Alfons L. Woldt, 84|
The life of Alfons L. Woldt is a story of God’s grace. He was born on
Feb. 11, 1929, in the town of Jackson (Kirchhayn).
His Christian parents, Hugo and Bertha Woldt, brought him to the
baptismal font at David’s Star Ev. Lutheran Church, Jackson, where he
was born again of water and the Spirit on Feb. 24, 1929. Alfons was
confirmed in the Lutheran faith on April 18, 1943. His confirmation
verse was Psalm 103: 1-2: “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost
being, praise his holy name.
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
On Dec. 26, 1953, Alfons was united in marriage to Ruth Kleinke. Their
marriage was blessed with four children.
In his wisdom and mercy, our gracious God decided that Feb. 8, 2014, was
time to bring Alfons Woldt to the eternal home Jesus had won for him, at
the age of 84 years, 11 months and 28 days.
Alfons is survived by Ruth, his wife of 60 years; his children Michael
(Elizabeth), Lori (Allen) Greschner, Jon (Donna) and Amy (James) Bruss;
his grandchildren, Alicia (Derek) Campbell, Jon (Yuki) Greschner, Joseph
(Julia) Woldt, Jacob (Kami) Woldt, Mark (Erin) Greschner, Amanda
(Benjamin) Ziesemer, Joshua Woldt, Karen Woldt, Megan Woldt, Stephanie
Bruss, Matthew Bruss, Emily Woldt and Anna Woldt; great-grandchildren
Arya, Kellen, Alaina, Luke, Elizabeth, Emmeline; and one
great-great-grandchild yet to be born. Alfons is further survived by his
sister-in- law Lois (Harold) Krantz and special nieces, nephews
relatives, and friends.
Alfons was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Franklin
(Vera), Margaret (Rutheford) Butt, and Ruth (Milton) Lemke. He was also
preceded in death by his grandson, David Woldt.
Al grew up on a farm less than a quarter-mile from David’s Star Church
and School, where he received his early Christian education and
encouragement to study for the teaching ministry. He attended Dr. Martin
Luther High School and College in New Ulm, Minn. Upon graduation from
college in 1950, he receive a call to teach seventh and eighth grade and
serve as principal of Atonement Lutheran School in Milwaukee.
In 1963 he accepted a call to serve as a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran
College, a two-year training school for WELS teachers. When the school
closed in 1970, Alfons was asked to serve as the administrator for the
Martin Luther Home in South Lyon, Mich. In 1973, he accepted a call to
serve as the administrator for WELS Special Ministries. He served
faithfully in that call until the time of his retirement. His health and
enthusiasm for gospel ministry allowed him to be active in the public
ministry for more than 50 years.
Al enjoyed the support and loving companionship of his wife, Ruth. She
often “kept the home fires burning” while he was fulfilling the duties
of his various calls. In his free time and retirement, Al enjoyed
spending time with his growing family, hunting, fishing, playing cards,
the Montello cabin, watching sports, bargain hunting, fish frys, and
initiating conversations with friends and strangers alike. You never had
to guess how Al felt about an issue! He’d let you know.
In his last years he found special joy participating in the gospel
ministry being carried out by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Al knew that his faith, his family, his health, his service in ministry,
his good times and bad were all gracious gifts from the heavenly Father
who loved him dearly. That’s why he said so often, “God is good!”
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014,
at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 6869 Wildwood Road, West Bend,
with the Rev. Darren Knoll presiding. Memorial service will take place
at 2 p.m. at the church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be given to
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, West Bend, WELS Special
Ministries or any other ministry where the saving love of Jesus is
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262)