The Rev. August John Woerner
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WESTERLY - Westerly resident The Rev. August John Woerner (Gus), died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 88 years of age, with his family by his side. He was active until the last day of his life, spending time on his computer and enjoying the company of his family.

He was born in Newark, N.J. on Sept. 27, 1925. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he attended University of Bridgeport, New School for Social Research, and Andover Newton Theological School. He married Beatrice Berg in Bridgeport, Conn. on August 13, 1955. He went on to serve as Minister of Christian Education for churches in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. He retired in 1990 from the Barrington Congregational Church.

Gus was known for his sense of humor, love of computers and genealogy research, his enthusiasm for serving youth during his 35 years as a Minister, and his devotion to his wife of 58 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Woerner, daughters, Sharon Carlson and Susan Simard, and sister, Madeline Supple. Great joy came to him from his grandchildren, Jason, Scott, Peter, Linnea, Julia, and Daniel; and great-grandson Maddox. He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Burlison.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Mystic Congregational Church at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Children's Heart Foundation, 3006 S. Maryland Parkway Suite 690, Las Vegas, NV 89109; or Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.

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Published in The Westerly Sun from Jul. 5 to Jul. 6, 2014.
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July 13, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Ulla&Jan Osterdahl
July 11, 2014
He was a man ahead of his time, showing us by example the best way to live our lives. He is gone, but his spirit and kindness will not be forgotten.
Paul Januszewski
July 11, 2014
Our very deepest sympathies are extended to the whole family. So saddened by this news but know Gus lived his life here to the fullest. Many memories fill my mind and each and every one of them is sweet. May God bless your family with gentle love and peace.
Cheryl Stroope
July 11, 2014
Gus will be dearly missed for he was endeared by so many people over the years through his life and ministry. His compassion, good humor and passionate faith touched the lives of countless people. I am humbled and honored to have been one of them.

Godspeed my friend! And peace and blessings for Bea.

Dave Hammett
Pastor, Riverside Congregational Church UCC
David Hammett
July 11, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
July 10, 2014
I held the Rev. August (Gus) Woerner in the highest personal regard. He was a good person, kind and loving, who gave good account of theological understanding -especially gifted as a Christian educator.
Along the way, I celebrated Gus's presence and manner. I said I would welcome Gus holding my hand as I crossed the ultimate boundary of life-death.
And I observed that if the end of the world would occur at 4 pm this afternoon, Gus would be about his caring for others in ministry up to 3:59!!
Gus lived faithfully in all his relationships - family, friends and colleagues, sharing his understanding in a happy dedicated style of life always. I will miss Gus but remember him with great fondness and respect.
The Rev. Dr. H. Daehler Hayes
H. Daehler Hayes
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