Pastor Marcus Albrecht, age 87, passed into the waiting arms of his Lord on Thursday morning, May 10, 2012. Pastor Albrecht was born in Tolstoy, South Dakota, on June 19, 1924, son of the late Paul and Marie (Hoffmann) Albrecht. He attended Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge, South Dakota, earned his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin, and graduated in 1948 from Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary in Thiensville, Wisconsin. Pastor Albrecht married the former Margaret Mielke in Shiocton on May 29, 1955. His first assignment was as pastor in Akaska, South Dakota, which was followed by a teaching assignment at Martin Luther Preparatory School in New Ulm, Minnesota. Later he accepted a call to teach at Burr Oak Ev. Lutheran Church in 1951, and then served as pastor at Burr Oak as well as St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Melrose from 1961 until his retirement in 1991. His related professional activities included serving as editor of Faith-Life, a religious periodical. Pastor Albrecht had a life-long love of baroque music, especially that of J.S. Bach. He enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S., and, in his later years, to Europe.
He leaves behind his wife: Margaret Albrecht of Appleton; three sons: Karl P. (Barbara) Albrecht of Alexandria, Virginia; John M. (Kristy) Albrecht of Appleton; and Stephen L. (Jennifer) Albrecht of Indianapolis, Indiana; three grandchildren: Allison, Emily, and Ethan. Other survivors include his brothers and sisters: Paul (Carol) Albrecht, MD of Onalaska; Lois Kiecker of Fairfax, Minnesota; Martin ( Eunice) Albrecht of Eau Claire; and Elaine (Richard) Ogren of Santa Maria, California; two sisters-in-law: Christine Albrecht of Davidson, North Carolina and Ardelle Albrecht of Milwaukee. Margaret's brothers and sisters are: Louis Mielke of Waukesha; John Mielke of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Paul (Alice) Mielke of Pickerington, Ohio; and Milda Steinbrecher of Oshkosh. Pastor Albrecht was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rev. Jerome (Delores) Albrecht, Homer Albrecht, and Quentin Albrecht.
The Christian Funeral for Pastor Albrecht will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, N5610 Broad Street in Shiocton, with Rev. Floyd Brand officiating. Interment will follow in Bovina Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and again at the church on Monday afternoon from 1:00 PM until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established to honor Pastor Albrecht's memory.
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911