Martin P. Janke, 88

Martin P. Janke, 88 Martin P. Janke was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in New Ulm, Minn., 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 on 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 on April 18, 1943. Pastor Janke attended high school at Martin Luther Academy in New Ulm. In 1951, he graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown, Wis., and continued his education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis. His vicar year was spent at St. Peterís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, Wis. After graduating in 1955, he was assigned to serve as Assistant Pastor of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. 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, Wis. 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, S.D., 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 Ė a Seelsorger, 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 of 2014 after 60 years of service in the gospel ministry.

Pastor Janke is survived by his wife, Marie; his four children: Pastor Paul Janke and his wife Carol (Rusch) who are serving at St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, S.D.; Lynne Mathiak who is a member of Davidís Star and lives in Slinger, Wis.; Pastor James Janke and his wife Ann (Holtz) Janke, who are serving at St. Matthewís Evangelical Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wis.; and Karen and her husband Pastor Randy Hunter, who are serving at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Middleton, Wis. 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, 1 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. at Davidís Star Lutheran Church in Jackson on Friday, Dec. 15. Pastors Kurt Loescher and Michael Woldt will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Davidís Star beginning at 11:30 on Friday. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial gifts be directed to Davidís Star Lutheran Church, WELS World Mission, or WELS Ministerial Education.

For online condolences please go to Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.