DEATH CLAIMS REV. REMSBERG, COLLEGE GRAD
The REV. WILSON LEE REMSBERG, 95, D.D., pastor emeritus of St. Paul's Lutheran church of Funkstown, Maryland, and the dean of Washington county ministers, died at his home in Funkstown at 6:30 a.m. Friday of complications after an illness of one week.
An ordained minister for the past 67 years, he was pastor of the Funkstown church and the Salem Lutheran charge at Bakersville for 36 years prior to his retirement in 1935, and until a year ago frequently assisted the pastor, the Rev. Ray Miller, at funeral and in other church activities.
The son of Daniel and Catherine E. Remsberg, he was born in Middletown, Md., on December 26, 1848. When a child of eight years, he began to assist his father in the latter's woolen factory, and in later years he was fond of recalling how he worked from sun-up to sun-down on the water-powered looms, to the light of lard-burning lamps, weaving blankets, rag-carpets and other articles. His elementary schooling at Middletown academy was obtained during four winters. On January 11, 1870, he entered the preparatory school of Gettysburg college, and in June of the same year was admitted to the college, graduating in 1874. In 1877 he was ordained a minister of the gospel by the Northern Illinois synod of the General synod.
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In 1876, immediately prior to his ordination he supplied the Grafton, W.Va., pastorate, and after he was ordained he served many charges until December, 1935.
Among the veteran minister's accomplishments was hymn writing, and his talent in composing both words and lyrics won him an invitation to assist in compiling the first hymnal of the General Synod, membership in a committee for the preparation of Augsburg Songs No. 1, and selection by the church board to prepare several Easter services.
On June 6, 1938, at the age of 91, he was made doctor of divinity by Gettysburg college, in recognition of his outstanding services to the church, especially through his musical compositions.
He was married to Katie B. Strole December 12, 1899, and is survived by the following children: Mrs. William Paul Yingst, Cleona, Pa.; Robert A., of Pittsburgh; Wilbur S., of Hagerstown; and Mrs. John S. Small, of Waynesboro. Seven grandchildren, three of whom are in the armed forces, survive. He was the only survivor of a family of eleven children.
Funeral services Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Funkstown. Interment in the Funkstown cemetery.
Friends may call at the A.K. Coffman funeral home Sunday at which time the body will be removed to the church.
Source : The Gettysburg Times Newspaper - Gettysburg, Adams Co., Pennsylvania - Saturday, April 8, 1944
Katie Belle Stroh Remsberg
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