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2015-11-18 / Obituaries

Rev. Carl Streufert, longtime pastor

Streufert Streufert The Rev. Carl A. Streufert, longtime pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Clarence, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. He was 89.

Rev. Streufert was pastor of Holy Cross from 1966 until his retirement in 1992. He also served congregations in Sacramento, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina, and was executive secretary of the Walther League, an international youth organization, from 1958 to 1966.

He was the interim pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Buffalo and was serving First Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda as its spiritual care director.

Born in White Lake, South Dakota, Rev. Streufert was educated at the Seminary of the Missouri Synod in St. Louis and ordained in 1951.

He served the Eastern District as a circuit counselor, a campus ministry leader and a dispute resolution reconciler. He also served as a counselor and pastoral mentor at La Santa Cruz Lutheran Church.

Rev. Streufert was an adjunct chaplain in nursing homes for the last 10 years. The Lutheran Service Society of New York awarded him the Friend In Service award in 2003.

He was active in the Clarence community, not only as treasurer of the Clarence Teen Center in the 1970s, but also as a board member of the Clarence Community Counseling Center and as a member of the Clarence Clergy Association. He was a 30-year member of the Clarence Rotary Club and was honored in 1986 by the International Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Rev. Streufert enjoyed tennis, playing 20 years with the Ecumenical Tennis Group in North Tonawanda. He also enjoyed gardening and speed walking.

He is survived by his wife, Thea; one daughter, Sara; three sons, Frank, Randall and Thomas; one brother, Norbert; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Nov. 14 at First Trinity Lutheran Church.

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