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Richard E. Frohmader

April 10, 1929 ~ October 30, 2019 (age 90)


Rev. Richard E. Frohmader, 90 of Jefferson, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home.

Richard was born on April 10, 1929 in Jefferson, the son of Clarence and Elizabeth (Sauer) Frohmader.  He attended high school and college at Northwestern in Watertown and earned his master’s degree in theology from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. During his seminary education he spent a semester at Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberursel, Germany and then a semester touring Europe with his dear friend Martin Westerhaus. On August 12, 1954 he married Catharine Krause in Marathon, Wisconsin. The couple enjoyed 30 years of marriage until Catharine’s death in 1984. He vicared at St. Jacobi in Milwaukee 1954-55. He served his first call at Immanuel in Tyler, Minnesota and Our Saviors in Island Lake from 1956-60. From 1960 until his retirement in 1995 Richard served Immanuel in Sault Ste, Marie, Michigan and Our Savior’s in Cedarville.  From 1980 to 85 he also served a vacancy at Our Saviors in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Richard enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and spending time with family. After the passing of his beloved wife and his retirement, Richard found pleasure and purpose in researching family genealogy and church history. He researched and compiled church histories for Immanuel in Sault Ste. Marie and for St. John’s in Jefferson. After retiring to Jefferson in 1995 Richard volunteered with FISH, transporting elderly and disabled people to medical appointments. Richard put others before himself. He lived out Christ’s work in his own life, dedicating himself to helping people, listening to their tales and helping them with their troubles. Richard E. Frohmader will be deeply missed.

Richard is survived by: his children Mary (Rev. Doug) Free of Rapid City, SD, Judy (Paul) Drew of McBain, MI, Karen (Kelly) Cushway of Big Rapids, MI and Susan (Rick) Fitzpatrick of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; 11 grandchildren; 7+ great-grandchildren; and a sister Beth Preuss of Oconomowoc.  He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son James (1977), and brother Paul.

The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to Richard’s grandson, Pastor Jason Free, for handling many of Richard’s legal affairs; to Rita Bartsch for her support and attention over the past several years.  Also, to Richard’s granddaughter, Jessica, who willingly dedicated five months of her life to living, loving and caring for him, allowing Richard to realize his desire to live his remaining days in his own home.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00PM on Friday, November 1, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church of Jefferson with Rev. Joshua Martin presiding.  Visitation will be on Friday evening from 5:00PM until the time of service at the church.  He will be laid to rest at 9:00AM on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Union Cemetery.

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November 1, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
232 E. Church Street
Jefferson, WI 53549

Funeral Service
November 1, 2019

7:00 PM
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
232 E. Church Street
Jefferson, WI 53549

Graveside Service
November 2, 2019

9:00 AM
Union Cemetery

Jefferson, WI

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