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Gilbert Paul Blomenberg, 94, of Seward, Nebraska, died May 13, 2012, in York, Nebraska.
Gilbert was born on January 20, 1918, to Martin Conrad and Esther Johanna (Preuss) Blomenberg, at Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
He was confirmed on March 20, 1932, by his maternal grandfather, the Rev. C.B. Preuss, who selected Psalm 23 as his confirmation “verse.”
He attended high school and college at Concordia College - now Concordia University Chicago -at River Forest, Illinois, where he studied to become a teacher in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He achieved the rare distinction of being the top student in his classes throughout his academic years and honed his musical ability on the piano and organ. He graduated June 12, 1940, with a Bachelor of Education degree and accepted a call to Waynesboro, Virginia, where he taught the first semester of the 1940-41 school year. He accepted a call to St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Columbus, Indiana, where he completed the remainder of that school year. Gilbert later became the principal of St. Peter’s Lutheran School, simultaneously serving as the eighth grade teacher, church organist and choir director, and instructor of adult Bible class teachers.
Gilbert married Bertha Marie Koch on August 29, 1943. God blessed this marriage with eight children.
Gilbert received his Master of Arts in Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, on June 18, 1951, and continued studies toward a doctorate.
In 1960, he accepted a call to Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska. He spent the next 26 years as a professor, teaching educational psychology, methods of reading for elementary teachers, and supervising student teachers.
Gilbert ended his academic career in 1986 and filled his retirement years in Christian fellowship with family and friends, researching family genealogy, traveling in Germany, translating historical family letters written in the old German script, listening to his vast library of classical music and playing piano.
Gilbert was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Seward Kiwanis Club. He was a faithful member of the Seward Kiwanis Ki-tones, a male chorus group, for 40 years. He served St. John’s Lutheran Church, Seward, Nebraska, as an elder. He also worked as a doctrinal consultant for Concordia Publishing House. He kept in contact with teachers who were grateful for his encouragement and help.
Gilbert was blessed to spend his last months while on Hospice in the loving care of his youngest daughter Andrea and her husband Drew Woodburn and their children in York, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marie on June 3, 2002; daughter Sarah on July 1, 2005; and son James on April 13, 2009.
Survivors include sons, Dr. Ted (Theodore) and Sandy (Saundra Niedens) Blomenberg of Decatur, Indiana, John and Susan Ann (Krieser) Blomenberg of Seward, Nebraska, Dr. Daniel and Deanna (Lawson) Blomenberg of Norfolk, Nebraska; daughters, Dr. Paula Blomenberg and Chuck (Charles) Rager of Tampa, Florida, Rhoda and Dr. Dom (Dominick) Toulouse of Seattle, Washington, Andrea and Drew (Robert Drew) Woodburn of York, Nebraska; daughter-in-law, Janeen (Miller) Blomenberg, widow of James Blomenberg, of Columbus, Indiana; 29 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be May 19 at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska.
A graveside service will be held at his childhood congregation, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedheim near Decatur, Indiana.
Interment will be at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Friedheim Cemetery, beside his wife Marie.
Memorials may be made to Concordia University, 800 N. Columbia, Seward, NE 68434 or to the T.J. Koch Memorial Scholarship Fund at Concordia University, 800 N. Columbia, Seward, NE 68434, or to the donor’s choice of charities.