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Pastor Fred Wiechers

April 12, 2020

Frederick Edward Wiechers, 75, was born November 21, 1944 in Columbus, OH to Oscar and Virginia (Brodt) Wiechers and died on Easter Sunday surrounded by his family at his home in Norwalk, OH under hospice care following a brief battle with cancer.

Fred graduated from South High in Columbus, OH in 1962; Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1966; Evangelical Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1970; and Union Seminary in Richmond, VA in 1971. Fred had a keen interest in biblical archeology and spent two summers on archeology digs in Israel in 1971 and 1972.

He was ordained in 1971 and served 3 parishes over his 41-year career as a Lutheran minister. His first parish was Crusader Lutheran (Rockville, MD); second parish Peace Lutheran Church (Sarasota, FL); and third parish Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church (Norwalk, OH).

Fred was a beloved member of the Norwalk and Huron County community who served in many ways beyond his local parish. He was an active member of the Norwalk Rotary, the Huron County Board for Christie Lane, and spent over 10 years on committees and the Board of Directors for Fisher Titus Medical Center, most recently as the Secretary of the Board. Fred also spent 18 years of Friday nights on the sidelines as Chaplain for the Norwalk Trucker Football team. (Go Truckers!)

He is survived by the love of his life, his caring and compassionate wife of 45 years, Carole “Pumpkin”; daughter Dr. Ilse Wiechers (Dr. Michael A. Choma) and granddaughter Margaret “Maggie” Rose Choma of Menlo Park, CA; brother Dr. David (Deborah) Wiechers of Sausalito, CA; nephew Chad Wiechers of San Francisco, CA; brother Tim (Kelly) Wiechers of Dublin, OH; brothers-in-law Lee (Barbara) Blau of Leesburg, FL and Gary (Diana) Blau of Seebring, FL; sister-in-law Pamela Viner of Swanton, MD; dear friends Judy and John Merkel of Annville, PA, and Jim and Patti Gottfried of Norwalk, OH; along with many other dear neighbors and friends.

Private burial with close family will take place at the Scattering Garden of Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Ann Marshal officiating. A memorial service and celebration of all things Fritz will follow at a later date, undoubtedly to include the eating of Toft’s ice cream, cream puffs from Schmidt’s Haus, and pretzels.

Memorial gifts may be given to Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.

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Frederick Edward Wiechers, 75, was born November 21, 1944 in Columbus, OH to Oscar and Virginia (Brodt) Wiechers and died on Easter Sunday surrounded by his family at his home in Norwalk, OH under hospice care following a brief battle with cancer.

Fred graduated from South High in Columbus, OH in 1962; Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1966; Evangelical Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1970; and Union Seminary in Richmond, VA in 1971. Fred had a keen interest in biblical archeology and spent two summers on archeology digs in Israel in 1971 and 1972.

He was ordained in 1971 and served 3 parishes over his 41-year career as a Lutheran minister. His first parish was Crusader Lutheran (Rockville, MD); second parish Peace Lutheran Church (Sarasota, FL); and third parish Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church (Norwalk, OH).

Fred was a beloved member of the Norwalk and Huron County community who served in many ways beyond his local parish. He was an active member of the Norwalk Rotary, the Huron County Board for Christie Lane, and spent over 10 years on committees and the Board of Directors for Fisher Titus Medical Center, most recently as the Secretary of the Board. Fred also spent 18 years of Friday nights on the sidelines as Chaplain for the Norwalk Trucker Football team. (Go Truckers!)

He is survived by the love of his life, his caring and compassionate wife of 45 years, Carole “Pumpkin”; daughter Dr. Ilse Wiechers (Dr. Michael A. Choma) and granddaughter Margaret “Maggie” Rose Choma of Menlo Park, CA; brother Dr. David (Deborah) Wiechers of Sausalito, CA; nephew Chad Wiechers of San Francisco, CA; brother Tim (Kelly) Wiechers of Dublin, OH; brothers-in-law Lee (Barbara) Blau of Leesburg, FL and Gary (Diana) Blau of Seebring, FL; sister-in-law Pamela Viner of Swanton, MD; dear friends Judy and John Merkel of Annville, PA, and Jim and Patti Gottfried of Norwalk, OH; along with many other dear neighbors and friends.

Private burial with close family will take place at the Scattering Garden of Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Ann Marshal officiating. A memorial service and celebration of all things Fritz will follow at a later date, undoubtedly to include the eating of Toft’s ice cream, cream puffs from Schmidt’s Haus, and pretzels.

Memorial gifts may be given to Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 243 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk, OH 44857 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.

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OH
April 20, 2020

I am deeply saddened by this. Pastor Fred looked me right in the eye the day I told him I was leaving the church and he said 'You know I will always keep you in my hear and prayers and will always care for you'. That day I never stepped foot in a church again but I always had Pastor Fred in the back of my mind. He didn't judge or condem me for leaving Faith behind. Instead he let me know that he would still love me for who I was no matter what I chose. I will never forget you Pastor Fred and I'm sorry I let you down all those years ago.

Sharon Brown

April 16, 2020

Pastor Fred was a no nonsense leader of great faith. Taught me much about pastoral care when he was my mentor during my first year of seminary. - Sharon
Our sympathy goes out to Carol and all the family. I hope he got to spend time with his grandchild he was so looking forward to.

Ron Melvin

Columbus, OH, usa
April 15, 2020

I'm sure I'm speaking for the multitudes who were blessed to have known Fred, Carol, Ilse during his glorious service at Crusader Lutheran in Rockville Md. We will never forget the good humor and especially his positive influence among the young people. As we Buckeyes always greeted each other: O H I O!

Martin & Connie Hanke

Norwalk, OH, USA
April 14, 2020

Connie and I would like to express our condolences to the family. We became members of St. Peter Lutheran Church in 1983, and have known Fred throughout his ministry there. We can't say enough about his dedication and passion as a pastor. He was especially gifted in supporting those who had medical issues - his visits to the hospitals as well as his community involvement was greatly appreciated by many people. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Martin & Connie Hanke

South High School Alumni Association

Columbus, OH, United States
April 14, 2020

The South High School Alumni Association and its Board of Directors want to express our sympathy and send condolences at the death of your loved one. Our entire South High School family is diminished by his passing.

James Reichert

Norwalk, OH
April 14, 2020

Carol.
My wife Bev and I are so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a blessing to so many and a gift to the city of Norwalk. We will all miss him and his contagious smile.
May God's strength be with you and your family!
Jim and Bev Reichert

Janet (Lang) Bloodsaw

Bay Village, OH
April 13, 2020

When I think of Pastor Fred, I think of his sense of humor, his warmth, and his kindness. I remember him sitting with our family when my mother (Wilma Jean) had surgery. He was always there for our family. Wishing all his loved ones peace and sweet memories.
With Gratitude,
Janet Lang Bloodsaw

Pr. Keith A. Hunsinger

Defiance, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

For Fred yesterday's Easter became a personal reality. Peace and blessings to all of you in the family.

Janet and Ken Broz

Murrells Inlet, SC, United States
April 13, 2020

Dear Wiechers Family, We are so sorry to hear of Pastor Fred's passing and pray for peace and comfort for the family. He made our world a better place. With love, Landon, Hayden, Janet, and Ken Broz

Phil Annarino

Norwalk, OH, USA
April 13, 2020

Fred was a wonderful servant of the Lord. I was so sad to read the news alert in an online post today. He was always inspiring and a great supporter who always gave it to me straight and with compassion. My deep sympathy to his family. This world lost a good person today. God speed Fred!

Sylvia Miller

Wakeman, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

Our sincere sympathies to the family! He will be dearly missed!!We will never forget all he has done for us and the community!!

Ed and Krista Wagner

Collins, OH, Huron
April 13, 2020

Our hearts and prayers are with you! May the peace of knowing where he is bring you comfort. Pastor Fred married us almost 14 years ago, and I had known him from coming over to Norwalk Memorial Home where I was the activity dr. for 8 years. God Bless you all and we will continue to keep you all in our prayers. God took a beautiful person home on a Blessed day, well deserved!

Charlie Heyman

Beaufort, SC, SC
April 13, 2020

Pastor Fred was such a comfort to my family, especially my sister Carol in her final years.
He always had such warm greetings for me when I returned home. St. Peter's will miss him greatly.

Dennis Brummitt

wapaknoeta, OH, usa
April 13, 2020

You have been a pillar in the community for yrs. You hve been there for comfort in the passing of family members in our time of need. Bless you my friend

Janet Ketcham

Norwalk, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

Pastor Fred was one of a kind. When my son committed suicide in 2002, he came to my home, at my husband's request, to talk to me. I was beside myself as anyone would be. One of the things weighing on me was that I thought my son was not going to go to heaven bc he took his own life. Pastor Fred took my hand, told me that he indeed was going to heaven bc he wasn't thinking clearly, there was something wrong in his mind. I can't begin to tell anyone the burden he lifted off my shoulders that day. I will always be grateful for his compassion and understanding. He saved me that day????

Chuck Hemenway

Norwalk, OH, USA
April 13, 2020

Pastor Fred, I will miss your smile and your humor and your caring heart. Much love to Carole and the rest of his family and friends. Rest in peace Fred!

April 13, 2020

Pastor Fred will be dearly missed. He was such a wonderful man who made everyone feel special. His smile ,his humor, and his words of wisdom will always be remembered. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Lorie Pierce

Monroeville, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

Prayers for Pastor Fred's family. Loved him very much. God be with you all

Kathy Root

Norwalk, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

As the Truckers' photographer, spending every Friday night on the sideline for 18 years with Pastor Fred and Doc Gottfried was a little piece of heaven right here on earth.
"What are we going to do here? We need some offense now," Pastor Fred would say. Doc would offer his opinion, I'd offer mine ... but readily defer to the two football pals. They knew their "football stuff" and were so much fun to be around on the sideline. I shed some tears when they retired.
By their easygoing camaraderie, it was eminently clear they were best friends and valued each others' company. Their love for Truckers football was readily apparent as well. What a FUN pair!
And truly, it was my privilege for 18 years to get to be around them for all those games. They missed a few, here and there, but I didn't -- and when Pastor Fred and Doc weren't on the sideline, the game wasn't the same.
And now the game isn't the same for all of Norwalk -- for the Maple City has lost a great minister, servant and friend to all.
May he rest in peace. We will miss Pastor Fred; this corner of the world is a lesser place without him.

Phil Gardner

Sandusky, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

To Fred's family and friends, God's peace be with all of you. Ann mentioned a pastor near death on the radio yesterday, but I don't think she named that pastor. I was sorry to hear it was Fred. I called him "south side Freddie" because he grew up at St. Paul Congregation on the south side of Columbus, near my home congregation, Emmanuel. Fred was on the DD board when my wife was a social worker at Christie Lane. I retired at the end of 2019 from Trinity, Sandusky. Ann responded to an email today, through which I learned of Fred's death. I'm glad the two of them got along so well. Again, God's peace be with you all.

Debbie Rhoad

Norwalk, OH, Ohio
April 13, 2020

I will miss your kind heart, endearing smile and your sense of humor. Lots of love and prayers Carole

Stacy Tweto

Wakeman, OH
April 13, 2020

Pastor Fred we will miss your bright smile, your sense of humor, and your caring for all people. Your family is in our
prayers. You be always be remembered. May you Rest In Peace.

Jason Kuhlman

Norwalk, OH
April 13, 2020

Thank you Sir for all that you have done and the many lives that you have touched and made a difference. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends . May the Grace of God be upon them all . May the Gates of Heaven open up wide and Jesus Christ welcome you into his loving arms . Until we meet again my friend. This isn’t a goodbye , but until next time my friend with love and respect . Amen.

Barb Cory

Norwalk, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of Pastor Fred’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. May God wrap his arms around his living family and give them peace.

Edward Leroux

Norwalk, OH, United States
April 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Fred's passing he was a great man loved working with him