Obituary: Pastor John Herbert Moretz, age 72

Calling hours will be held Friday August 17, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home.


Pastor John Herbert Moretz, of Milford, beloved husband of Linda Pearson Moretz, passed away on August 14, 2012 in Lord Chamberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Stratford. 

Born on September 29, 1939 in Princeton, IL, to the late Herbert and Ethel Paulson Moretz. He graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and received a Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL. 

After his ordination, John was called to develop St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Hudson-Marlboro, MA, He was the Associate Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford before serving 22 years as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milford. He served over twenty years on the Board of Directors of Bridges serving as President for 3 terms, and was a recipient of the Humanitarian award. 

He also served on the communication committee of the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, Board of Directors for the Beth El Shelter and was President of the Milford Clergy Association. 

In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, he is survived by his devoted sons Jonathan Moretz (Heather) of Wayland, MA , David Moretz ( Patricia) of San Francisco, CA., sister Helen Stahl of Davenport, Iowa and grandchildren Aidan, Keira and Benjamin. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Lord Chamberlain for their loving care. 

Calling hours will be held Friday August 17, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 Broad St., Milford. 

A funeral service will be held Saturday directly at the Trinity Lutheran Church Milford at 10:00AM. Interment will take place in Prophetstown, IL. 

Donations may be made in his name to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 21 Robert Treat Parkway, Milford, CT 06460.

John Pasnau August 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM
He was a wonderful Pastor, Man and friend.
Ken Fellenbaum August 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
He was one of my first fellow clergy friends in Milford 34 years ago. It was always a joy to be with him and his dear wife. He's now in a "far better place" experiencing his eternal rest & rewards!
Kathie Johnson Lilly September 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I was his first to make my confirmation at St Stephens in Marlboro ma. He was a very caring pastor


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