Photo of Anita Virginia 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.