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
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
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
www.muellerfuneralhome.com. Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory
Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.