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Pastor Roger A. Ganzel

Pastor Roger A. Ganzel

November 4, 1939 - April 25, 2019     Age: 79

Pastor Roger A. Ganzel, born on November 4, 1939 in Neenah, WI, passed from this life into life enternal on April 25, 2019. Roger leaves his wife Diane (Lindner) Ganzel, his daughter, Lisa Angil, Amelia Island, and her children, Elizabeth Angil and John Michael Angil, his son Mark Ganzel (Deborah), Linneus, Maine, their children, Joshua, Tabetha, Autumn and Alexis.

Pastor Ganzel was pre-deceased by an infant daughter. He is also survived by a brother, William Burns (Kathy), Middleton, WI., a sister, Kathleen Hedberg, Houston, TX., and sister Connie Griesbach (Al), Appleton, WI and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Schools that he attended include: Menasha High School, Menasha, WI, Carthage College, Carthage, IL, and Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, MN, and a Master of Divinity Degree from the latter in 1963. Between his second and third year of seminary he married his life-long partner, Diane.

Upon Ordination in 1964 as a new pastor, God chose a somewhat unique path of ministry for him, that of being a church/developer.  Over the next forty years he and his wife helped establish five new congregations: Ascension Lutheran Church, Green Bay, WI, Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, New Berlin, WI, Peace Lutheran Church, Waunakee, WI, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Dublin, OH and All Saints Lutheran, Hudson, FL.

He retired in January, 2002, when he and his wife moved to Amelia Island, Florida.  In retirement, he continued to serve the church in various ways.  Since 1974 Pastor Ganzel has been a member of Rotary Clubs and currently a member of the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach.  In Boy Scouts he holds the rank of Eagle.

His avocation interest had been architecture, successfully having designed and built passive-solar.  His life long interest for study has been history which he used to make sense of everything he did understand, including the Bible.

Donations in his memory may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church here on the island or Shelterbox USA through the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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  • Doris and Neil Edwards Posted May 2, 2019 7:30 pm

    Sending sympathy to the family of Pastor Ganzell from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin Ohio. He called on us just after we moved to Dublin in 1986 and we found our new church home. I remember seeing him holed up in the coffee shop at Meijer’s working on the week’s sermon. The contextual history he threaded through those sermons was always illuminating. The core message was grace through faith. Please know he is remembered and we thank God for his ministry.

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