Friday, October 16, 2015

14 October 2015

Presbyterians Week Headlines


[Editor’s Note] The 14 October 2015 issue of Presbyterians Week and October 2015 articles in the Christian Observer have been delayed. D.V., both publications will be back to a normal schedule in the near future.

James F. Wittke, 59, pastor at Westminster Church of York County (Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church), Hanover, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Hanover Hospital. He was the loving husband of Jennifer A. (Achor) Wittke, Hanover. Together they shared thirty-two years of marriage.

He was born February 28, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Carl Francis and Geraldine Mae (Erickson) Wittke.

Mr. Wittke received the Master of Divinity degree from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He did doctoral work in St. Louis, Missouri in church planning and revitalization. Mr. Wittke was a diehard Cleveland sports fan, avid history enthusiast, aspiring gardener and master story teller. A loving husband, father and friend, he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Katherine MacFarlane Wittke Mathis and husband Nathanael, Winston Salem, North Carolina; Sarah Wittke Williams and husband Jacob, Colts Neck, New Jersey; Benjamin Erickson Wittke and wife Emily, Kailua, Hawaii; and Victoria Fall Wittke, Winston Salem, North Carolina; and brother, Robert Carl Wittke and wife Sharon, South Euclid, Ohio.

A service to celebrate the life of the Rev. James F. Wittke was held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 1 PM at Manor Presbyterian Church, 505 Street Road, Cochranville, Pennsylvania with the Rev. Daniel H. Perrin officiating. Burial was in Faggs Manor Cemetery, Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Serving as pallbearers were Benjamin Wittke, Robert Wittke, Peter Achor, William Achor, Nathanael Mathis, and Paul V. Houriet, III.

Contributions in memory of the Rev. James F. Wittke may be made to the North East Presbyterian Mercy Fund, c/o R. Gerard, 49 Elm Street, New Rochelle, New York 10805.

+ Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1 Cleveland Street Suite 110, Greenville, South Carolina, 29601, 864-232-8297, Fax: 864-271-3729

+ Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 7418 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208, 412-731-8690, Fax: 412-731-4834,