Obit: Zank, Rev. Marvin (1928 - 2015)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Abel, Ave’Lallement, Behnke, Bunten, Dermody, Kapfhamer, Kuhl, Marty, Meyer, Pfiefer, Prince, Shaw, Tisch, Zank

----Source: The Lake Mills Leader (Lake Mills, WI) 4/16/2015

Zank, Rev. Marvin “Marv” (8 DEC 1928 - 16 APR 2015)

Pastor Marvin “Marv” Zank, 86, Green Bay, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015.

He was born Dec. 8, 1928 to the late Pastor Walter and Martha (Ave’Lallement) Zank in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

On July 4, 1953 he married Joanne Dermody. Marv attended Northwestern Lutheran Prep School and later Northwestern Lutheran College in Watertown. He received his Masters of Divinity in 1953 at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He served as minister at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fort Madison, Iowa from 1953 until 1955; Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam, from 1955 until 1963; and Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medford, until his retirement, from 1963 until 1994.

After retirement, he served at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stambaugh, Mich., and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tipler, from 1994 until 2004. From 2004 until 2008, he was the visiting minister in Green Bay for Beautiful Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Marv is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne; seven children, Steven (Talora) Zank of Lake Mills, Katherine (Jim) Shaw of Medford, Karen (Tom) Behnke of North Fond du Lac, Elizabeth (Dave) Kapfhamer of Medford, Jane Zank of Medford, Richard (Chrystal) Zank of Green Bay and Lisa (Cory) Tisch of Green Bay; ten grandchildren, Erica (Bill) Marty, Jered (Heather) Shaw, Elissa Shaw, Erin (Derek) Bunten, Hannah Behnke, Andrew Behnke, Joshua (Kristi) Kapfhamer, Alyssa (Nick) Prince, Joshua (fiancé Andrea) Zank and Eric (fiancé Kayla) Zank; great-grandchildren, Anais, Henry and Aiden Shaw, Owen, Noelle and Violet Marty, Brinley and Caleb Prince, Addy Zank, Kason Zank, and Clara Bunten.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Abel and Althea Kuhl and a brother, Ronald Zank.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue. Visitation continued on Monday, April 20 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Beautiful Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2160 Packerland Drive where the funeral service took place at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jon Meyer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Marv’s name.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Pastor Jon Meyer, Mike Pfiefer and the staff at Grancare Nursing Home for their care and concern for Marv.

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