Church: Withee – St. John's Lutheran (New Pastor – 1969)


Surnames: Hellert, Westad, Wenger, Pankow, Braschler

---------Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 27 Nov 1969

The Rev. Arthur F. Hellert, Grand Forks, N.D., will be installed as pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Withee (Clark Co., Wis.), and Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenwood (Clark Co.), at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 1969. The installation service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Withee. The Rev. Robert Westad, Medford, will preach the sermon, with Rev. David Wenger, Greenwood, serving as liturgist. The Rite of Installation will be performed by the Rev. David T. Pankow, Colby.

Pastor Hellert, 35, was born in Ontonagon, Michigan, where his father, the Rev. Arthur C. Hellert, was the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church. For 11 years he also lived in Ironwood, Michigan. During his high school years he moved to Chicago and resided there until graduating from the seminary.

He began his training for the holy ministry at Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana. From there he went to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from which he graduated in 1959. While serving as a vicar (intern) for the year 1958-58, he was joined in marriage to Joy Elizabeth Braschler, St. Louis.

Pastor Hellert has served Lutheran parishes in Grey Eagle and Uppsala, Minnesota; Staples and Motley, Minnesota, and Middlebush, N.J.

The Hellerts have three children, Arthur 8, Elizabeth 5, and Rebecca 3. Mrs. Hellert is a Registered Nurse, having graduated from a school of nursing in St. Louis.

The Hellerts plan to come to Withee on November 26 to live in the parsonage of St. John's Lutheran Church there.



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