Tokoph, Rev. Brian
Reverend Brian J. Tokoph passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Aurora Medical Center, Oshkosh. Brian was born February 13, 1950 in Chicago, IL, son of the late Herman and Rita (Peggy) Tokoph.
Brian attended Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, where he met the love of his life, Jeannie Holda. Following college, he attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL, receiving his Masters of Divinity degree. He subsequently answered a call to pastor the First Baptist Church, Fond du Lac, then became chaplain at St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac where he ministered to many including hospice patients. Following that, Brian was an adjunct professor at Marian University, where he taught classes including Death, Dying and Hope. He next became a campus minister at UW-Oshkosh where he talked to students about their faith, took them on Habitat for Humanity work trips, and developed a clown ministry. Brian served as pastor of St. Paul's UCC Church, Oshkosh where he helped institute a contemporary service. He was involved in many organizations including E.S.T.H.E.R., a social justice group on behalf of which he helped institute the Warming Shelter in Oshkosh.
Brian had a zest for life that touched lives to numerous to count. He was genuine in his care for others and always made time for conversation. Brian's many friends and family will miss his unique laugh and the often mischievous twinkle in his eye.
Brian is survived by his wife, Jean, daughter, Megan and son, Jeff, brother-in-law, Christopher Holda, mother-in-law, Lois Holda,and father-in-law, Eugene Holda. He is further survived by his brother, James, (Suzanne), niece, Victoria, and nephew, Sean. Brian was preceded in death by his brother John. Brian will be deeply missed by many family and friends.
A celebration of Brian's life will be held Saturday, February, 25 at 2:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Oshkosh with the Reverend Nancy Taylor officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
Published by Oshkosh Northwestern on Feb. 22, 2017.