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.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Jul. 5 to Jul. 6, 2014.