Concordia celebrates and remembers those from our university community who have passed.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the departed.
Paul Schaus, HS ’40
Paul Henry Schaus passed away peacefully, at home, on April 14, 2017. He was predeceased by his first wife, A. Romaine (Rayhill) Schaus after more than 50 years of marriage. He is survived by his second wife Nola Deierling Schaus; his children, Steve (Ellen), Jon (Dee), Faith (David Waschke), Margaret (Jim Noonan); 11 grandchildren; and, 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by Nola's children, Dale (Kathryn), Joni (Don Siewert), Dell (Renee); her 4 grandchildren; and, her 3 great grandchildren.
Paul was born in Cornelius, Oregon, on January 14, 1923 to the Rev. Paul H. Schaus, Sr. and Elsa (Dittrich) Schaus. He was the third of 5 siblings and the only son. He was predeceased by his parents and 3 of his sisters. His youngest sister, Lenore Dolphin, survives him.
The Schaus family moved from Oregon to Snohomish in the mid-1930's where Paul's father served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church for nearly 3 decades. Paul graduated from Concordia High School in Portland, Oregon in 1940.
Paul served with the 487th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He earned the Bronze Service Arrowhead, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1946 with the rank of Technical Sargent. Paul worked for Weyerhaeuser for 33 years, rising from work in the planning mill to Sales Supervisor. He retired in 1984.
While working full time, raising a family, and maintaining a small farm, Paul attended school at night to earn his college degree. His dedication and persistence paid off when he received his BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1972.
A gifted and self-taught carpenter, Paul built "the cabin", a family vacation home, near Granite Falls, overlooking Mt. Pilchuck and the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. It was the site of many wonderful gatherings for family and friends.
Service to church and community was an important part of Paul's life. He was a congregation member of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish from his teenage years until his death. He served Zion in many capacities, including president, trustee, and elder. Paul was also active in the United Way of Snohomish County, the Everett Chamber of Commerce and the Snohomish Tillicum Kiwanis.
Paul was loved and admired by all who knew him. His deep faith in God was demonstrated in his kindness, loyalty, honesty and ability to love unconditionally. He loved gatherings of family and friends; rooting for the Mariners, Seahawks and Huskies; raising big, beautiful vegetable gardens; making jam to give as holiday gifts; and, his John Deere tractor. His passing leaves a huge void in our lives and hearts.
He will be greatly missed.
Leonard “Nick” Warneke, HS ’47
Leonard “Nick” Warneke, HS ’47, died peacefully on March 17, 2017, five months after Norma, his wife of 66 years. Born in Pueblo, CO, in 1928, to Pauline and Arthur Warneke, Leonard headed west with his parents and siblings, ultimately stopping in Portland, where he would live from age 8 to 88. The third Leonard in his class, Warneke was given the nickname “Nick” at school. He attended Trinity Grade School, Jefferson High School, Concordia College, and Vanport (later known as Portland State). He literally lost his shorts in the Vanport flood when his gym locker was flooded. Nick married Norma Muhly in 1950. They lived in their north Portland home for about 40 years, raising their three children. The family enjoyed boating, skiing, fishing, camping, motorcycling, hunting, and going to Disneyland. Known as “Len” within the post office, Nick became a letter carrier in 1946; he worked at the Kenton post office for years before transferring to the main building downtown. Sometimes juggling three jobs at once, which included owning a laundromat and running a maintenance business, Nick worked over 38 years before retiring from the USPS. Nick and Norma traveled extensively after retirement, and the love birds became snow birds at Desert Hot Springs every December 26th. They remained dedicated to their Trinity Lutheran Church and friends throughout their lives. Nick was preceded in death by his sons Greg and Jeff. He is survived by his daughters Joyce Lewis and Debbie Choruby, daughter-in-law Linda, sisters Barbara, Donna, and Phyllis, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Beulah Maureen Kranich
Beulah Maureen Kranich, spouse of Concordia alumnus Junior Donald Kranich, HS ’54, JC ’56 and Concordia parent was a life-long Portlander. Maureen was born at Emanuel Hospital on October 19, 1937, the oldest daughter of Fred and Helen (Eissinger) Moser. She attended Boise and Ockley Green Elementary schools, graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955, and attended some classes at Cascade College.
Maureen met the love of her life, Don Kranich, on a blind date in January of 1955 and they married in Portland in July of 1956. After a brief stay in California, the couple moved back to Portland, where Don found work and became a baker at Nabisco, and where Maureen became a full-time mom and home maker, their union blessed with three children, Cindy HS ‘75, Jeffrey HS ’76, ‘80, and Michael HS ‘77. Maureen and Don celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in July 2016.
Maureen’s work and hobbies were eclectic. She enjoyed reading, listening to music, landscape painting using oils, sewed her own and many of the family’s clothes, played piano, enjoyed finding and refinishing old furniture (and occasionally stripping and refinishing hardwood floors!) She enjoyed discovering and picking up agates and shells on the beach, enjoyed singing in the choir at church, and selecting and sending greeting cards. For a time, she owned and managed a beauty salon in NW Portland, and worked as a secretary for private business as well as Concordia High School and the NW District Office. When the grandkids came along, she was very active in being a grandma during their visits, which included cookie baking and family meals. Decorating and preparing for Christmas and other holiday gatherings when family came home were her favorite times of the year.
While her health declined in recent years and months, Maureen still had a ready smile and twinkles in her eyes when you greeted her. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Don (his In Memorium featured in the Winter 2017 Connection Magazine). She is survived by her sister Ramona Haehlen; her children: Cindy Kranich, Jeffrey (Becky, JC ‘80) Kranich, Michael Kranich; four grandchildren: Jennifer (Daren) Rice, Paul (Brandi) Kranich, David (Liz) Kranich, Jonathan (Tessa) Kranich, and six great grandchildren: Oscar and Henry Rice, Daniel Kranich, James and Alice Kranich, and Charles Kranich. (The last two great grand babies were just recently born and great grandma Maureen was told about both of them, and got to see their pictures on Facebook!)
Kathy (Kohl) Strade, JC ’67
Kathy (Kohl) Strade, JC ’67, passed away on May 30, 2017, after a valiant battle with ampullary cancer. Kathy was born in Watertown, WI, on November 30, 1946. Daughter of a pastor/missionary, she moved around her whole life, making friends at each stop. She lived in many towns in Africa, Wisconsin, and Montana before settling in Portland. The two years she spent in Africa were some of her most cherished. There she and her brothers John and Jim raised monkeys, visited leprosy colonies, enjoyed local foods – sugar cane from the fields, grasshoppers cooked over a fire by the locals, peanuts grown in their garden – and attended the church where their mother Dorothy played the organ and their father John preached through an interpreter. Kathy’s father died when she was 10. Her mother eventually married Chuck, and the family was later blessed with a new sister. Kathy met her husband-to-be, Bruce, while attending Concordia College in Portland, after leaving nursing school in St. Louis. Though she’d intended to marry “a lumberjack or investment banker," she married a Lutheran minister, just like generations of family before her! They had three children. Kathy joined the workforce when her youngest was 6 months old. She started at Benjamin Franklin Saving & Loan as a bank teller and supervisor, before leaving to join a financial services firm and eventually work as a hedge fund executive and partner. Her titles and accomplishments are many: pig-calling champion, Miss Hamilton Montana, a successful career in financial services, a second mother to many, and a best friend to her children. Known for her warmth and radiant smile, Kathy was loved by all who knew her and is grieved by a long list of friends, as well as her husband of 50 years, Bruce; her adored children, Stephanie, Stacey, and Sean; and her beloved grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her best friend/mother, Dorothy; her fathers, John and Chuck; and her brother, Jim. She is survived by her brother John and sister Julie.
Carol Ann (St. Hilaire) Smith, HS ’72
Carol Ann (St. Hilaire) Smith, HS ’72, was born in Portland on January 11, 1954, to Jewell St. Hilaire. She was raised by her loving mother and grandparents, Lottie and Fern Goble. Carol is survived by her husband of 28 years, Steve Smith. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Michael; her nieces, Wendy and Diane; and her beloved cat, Boots. Carol was known and loved for her sense of humor, her honest advice, and her interest in other people, including her many dear friends and her co-workers at both Meier & Frank, where she worked for 24 years, and US Bank, where she worked for 17 years.
Derwin John Dressler, HS ’76, ’80
Derwin John Dressler, HS ’76, ’80, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born in Portland on December 9, 1957, to Robert Dressler and Jorene (Hulse) Dressler. After graduating from Concordia University in Portland, he was first called to First Lutheran in Culver City, California, where he began his teaching career from 1980-1984. He and his wife, Ardyce, were then both called to Amazing Grace in Renton, Washington, from 1984-1990. His final call was to Concordia Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington, where he served alongside his wife from 1990-2016 as a beloved teacher and patient coach. During his time there, he was voted teacher of the year for the entire state of Washington. Everyone who attended Derwin’s celebration service got a powerful sense of his impact on so many lives. Friends, colleagues, and relatives spoke of his kindness and concern for others, his humility, his big smile and even bigger personality, his faith, and his positivity throughout life – even during his illness with the brain tumor. From teaching in inner city L.A. and helping hungry students get enough to eat, to heading up mission trips and taking countless friends and students fishing and camping, Derwin went above and beyond for many people, in many ways. Derwin is survived by his wife, Ardyce (Petersen) Dressler, ‘81; daughter, Laura (Dressler) Sorgenfrei (Tony); daughter Julia Dressler (current student); son, Tim Dressler, ‘10 (Rebecca); son Joel Dressler (Courtney); and three beautiful grandchildren Theo, Jaxon, and Harper.
Justin Douglas Rosenblad, MAT ’04
Justin Douglas Rosenblad, MAT ’04, died peacefully on April 22, 2017, after a year-long fight against cancer.He was 41. Nicknamed Rosie, Justin was born in Portland on November 29, 1975, to Charles A. Rosenblad and Lauren Marie (Snell) Dixon. He began playing soccer, a sport that would define his life, at four years old. Justin went to Centennial High School, where he was a standout soccer player. After high school, he went to University of South Alabama on scholarship and played soccer for them for five years – and was never redshirted. He then played professional indoor soccer for the Baton Rouge Bombers from 1997 to 1998. After completing his undergraduate degree, he came back to Oregon to get his master’s degree in education from Concordia University. He graduated on a Saturday and was hired by his alma mater Centennial High on Monday. He taught history there ever since, loved by staff and students alike. Well known in the soccer world in Portland, he coached the Centennial Eagles along with multiple boys and girls club teams, as well as at varsity levels for Reynolds girls and Centennial boys. He also coached the girls’ varsity team at Warner Pacific. Justin loved brewing and drinking good beer with friends. An artist, he favored Asian landscapes, sumi brush painting, and pen and ink drawings. He taught art classes for all ages on Wednesday nights. He was well traveled, taking students to Europe and Washington D.C. He loved being outdoors, hiking and skiing with his family, and the annual Sunriver family reunions. A member of the Gresham Elks #1805, Justin volunteered for many community projects. He married Denise Cooke on November 21, 2001. Their four beautiful girls are Hailey Noelle, Sage Nicole, Maile Grace, and Tylen Olivia. He is fondly remembered as an amazing dad who adored his girls, a doting husband, a loving son, a Timbers fan, an animal lover (especially dogs), and an extraordinary person who shared his gifts with others. He and his megawatt smile will be missed by so many.
(Anita) Virginia (Koch) Kamprath
(Anita) Virginia (Koch) Kamprath, Concordia Luminary Society member and parent, died peacefully on January 21, 2017. Born in Jackson, Missouri, on April 19, 1924, Virginia met Rev. Robert Kamprath Jr. in St. Louis, and they married in 1950. For many years her primary role was pastor’s wife in the parsonages of the churches Bob served. First they lived in St. Louis, where son Thomas was born, while Bob finished seminary. Then they moved to South Dakota, where son Timothy was born, for Bob’s first parish call. From there they moved to Illinois, first to Beecher, where daughters Deborah and Sara and son Michael were born, then to Collinsville, where their last child, Peter, was born. Three more moves took them to Omaha (First Lutheran Church), Portland (Concordia College), and Eugene (Bethany Lutheran Church, Springfield). In July 1980, Bob died suddenly, leaving Virginia as the family leader. After the death of her mother, with whom Virginia shared her home for 27 years after Bob died, she moved to Tigard, staying busy with friends, hobbies, and church involvement. Throughout her life, Virginia was active in the Lutheran church – in recent years, the West Linn Lutheran Church. Her strong faith was an inspiration to everyone. She served on the board of the Good Samaritan Society Auxiliary (now part of Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services) and was volunteer director of the Diaconal Year Program of the ELCA Deaconess Community for two years, along with involvement in other groups. Virginia is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents August and Lydia Koch (Vogel), her brother Markus Koch, and her husband Robert.
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