The Rev. Martin P. Janke, 89
Oct. 12, 1929 ó Dec. 10, 2017
Martin P. Janke was born Oct. 12, 1929, in New Ulm, Minnesota, the
second son of Professor Richard J. and Lisette K. (Saxmann) Janke. He
was reborn and became a child of God when he was baptized Oct. 27, 1929.
He was instructed in the saving truths of Holy Scripture in St. Paulís
Evangelical Lutheran School and professed his faith in the Triune God
and Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was confirmed April 18, 1943.
Pastor Janke attended high school at Martin Luther Academy in New Ulm.
In 1951, he graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown and
continued his education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. His
vicar year was spent at St. Peterís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fond
du Lac. After graduating in 1955, he was assigned to serve as assistant
pastor of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
On June 12, 1955, he was ordained and installed into the pastoral
ministry at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church.
On June 26, 1955, he married Marie Kappelmann of Manitowoc. The Lord
blessed the marriage with four children: Paul, Lynne, James and Karen.
In addition to his service at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in St. Paul,
Pastor Janke served from 1958 to 1965 as pastor of St. Paulís Lutheran
Church in Roscoe, South Dakota, and from 1965 until 1980 as pastor of
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac. He served at Faith
until 1980, when he was called to serve as pastor at Davidís Star
Lutheran Church in Jackson. Throughout his ministry, Pastor Janke served
in a variety of offices, including the WELS World Mission Board and
Commission on Inter-Church Relations. But above all, Pastor Janke was a
pastor and shepherd of souls ó a ďSeelsorger,Ē as they say in the German
language he loved so much. Gifted by God with a powerful voice, he used
it to preach the riches of Godís glorious grace in Christ Jesus and to
lead the saints he served in singing the Saviorís praise. After
suffering a stroke in 1995, which prevented him from preaching anymore,
he served as Davidís Starís visitation pastor until his retirement in
December 2014 after 60 years of service in the gospel ministry.
Pastor Janke is survived by his wife, Marie, and his four children:
Pastor Paul Janke and his wife Carol (Rusch), who are serving at St.
Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota; Lynne
Mathiak, who is a member of Davidís Star and lives in Slinger; Pastor
James Janke and his wife Ann (Holtz) Janke, who are serving at St.
Matthewís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Janesville; and Karen and her
husband, Pastor Randy Hunter, who are serving at St. Andrew Lutheran
Church in Middleton. Pastor Janke leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two
brothers, Pastor Philip Janke and Fredrick Janke.
On Dec. 10, 2017, our gracious God summoned the soul of Pastor Janke
from this world of sorrow to himself in heaven having granted him a time
of grace in this world of 88 years, one month, and 28 days. His body
will be laid to rest in Davidís Star Cemetery in Jackson, there to await
the resurrection to eternal life that will take place when Jesus comes
again in glory.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Davidís
Star Lutheran Church in Jackson. The Revs. Kurt Loescher and Michael
Woldt will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service at
Davidís Star beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, the
family suggests memorial gifts be directed to Davidís Star Lutheran
Church, WELS World Mission, or WELS Ministerial Education.
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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Cedarburg assisted the family with