Rev. Robert M. Oswald, 86
June 8, 1931 ó Dec. 14, 2017
Robert Magnus Oswald of Cedarburg, Wis., received his long-awaited crown
of eternal life on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, after 86 years of Godís
amazing grace and blessings here on earth.
Robert was born to Kurt F. and Myra C. (Otto) Oswald June 8, 1931, in
Weyauwega, Wis. He became a child of God when he was baptized at St.
Peter Lutheran Church, where he would also receive his first call to
serve in fulltime ministry. He made confirmation of his faith in Jesus
as his Savior and became a member of St. Markís Lutheran Church in
He was a graduate of Northwestern Preparatory School and Northwestern
College in Watertown. He continued his ministerial education at
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, and served his vicar year at St.
Johnís Lutheran Church and School, (Newtonburg) Manitowoc, where he also
met the love of his life, Janet Huebner.
Robertís years of ministry included teaching grades five and six at St.
Peterís Lutheran Church and School in Weyauwega, and then at Wisconsin
Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wis., where he taught Religion, Latin
and German. He served as the pastor of the dual parishes of St. Paul
Lutheran Church, Crandon, Wis., and Christ Lutheran, Hiles, WI, and
later at St. Johnís Lutheran Church and School, (Town Grover) Peshtigo,
WI. From there to retirement, he served as the assistant to the
librarian at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis.. Throughout his
life, he served on various committees and boards relating to churches
and Christian education. As he began semi-retirement, both he and Janet
also began volunteering in their daughterís classroom at Our Savior
Lutheran School in Grafton and continued for over 15 years. Even as a
resident of Lasata Care Centerís Memory Care Unit, he would openly share
his faith in Jesus and was often referred to as Pastor Bob.
He deeply loved his Savior and family and left a legacy of faith for
all. He thoroughly enjoyed singing hymns and choral selections in parts,
listening to classical music, gardening, reading and journaling. Robert
is survived by his wife, Janet; a daughter, Annette Diener;
grandchildren Jacob (Renae) Diener and Anna Diener; sister, Marian
Biedenbender; sister-in-law, Rachel Huebner; and many nephews and
nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold;
sister-in-law, Barbara Oswald; brothers-in-law, Ralph Huebner and
Gerhard Biedenbender; and son-in-law, Richard Diener.
His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at Christ Alone Lutheran
Church Ė Calvary Campus, Thiensville, on Friday, Dec. 22. Visitation
will be held prior to the service at Christ Alone, beginning at noon on
Friday. Pastor Kurt Ebert will officiate. Burial will take place at
Immanuel Cemetery, Cedarburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
memorial gifts be directed to Christ Alone Lutheran Church, Thiensville;
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon; or Our Savior Lutheran School,
Robertís family extends special thanks to the pastoral staff of Christ
Alone, Ken Krueger and other dear family and friends who took time to
visit Robert, and to the caring staff of Lasata Care Centerís Memory
Unit for all their prayers, patience, kindness and support shown to him
and to their family.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. For online
condolences please go to:
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the
test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has
promised to those who love him. James 1:12 Be faithful unto death, and I
will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Ohne das Kreuz, gibt es
keine Krone! Without the cross there is no crown!