Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mr. Widenhofer, fallen asleep in Jesus

David B. Widenhofer served as Executive Director of Concordia Lutheran High School for 16 years, retiring in June 2008. His 40-year career in Lutheran high school education began at Martin Luther High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1968. In 1985 he began serving seven years as Principal of Lutheran High School Northwest in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He came to Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne in 1992 as Principal and later was named Executive Director.

After a long struggle with cancer, Dave went to be with his Lord on June 8, 2011. Surviving him are his wife, Mary; sons Steve, Jeff and Jeremy; and six grandchildren. "He will be much missed by everyone in the Concordia family."

Funeral Service: Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, IN

When I was a senior in high school, there was much talk about this new principal that was coming next year. While I never had Mr. Widenhofer as a principal, my sister did. His wife was the most helpful Lutheran school teacher in Fort Wayne to me during my difficult first year of teaching. She taught the same grade as I did at another school. I was cleaning out some files last year and I ran across a note that she had written me then. It meant a lot to me that she took time out of her extremely busy schedule to remember a question I asked at an inservice day, find what she thought would help me, and then mail it to me with a note that she was praying for me and my students. The Widenhofers impacted so many students in their classrooms, the parents of their students, the other teachers they worked with daily, and people like me that they took the time to help. Widenhofer family, we are praying for you during this difficult time.

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