11 Nov 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Marilyn Kelso

This story was presented at the LDA’s Centennial Banquet on Friday, November 8, 2019, written by Marilyn and read by Deaconess Eva Schindhelm. While Marilyn Kelso has lived most of her life in Wisconsin, Marilyn Schulz grew up in...
4 Nov 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – LORD, WHOSE LOVE IN HUMBLE SERVICE: A Brief History of Lutheran Deaconesses and Music

The following article was written by Deaconess Dawn Riske, with input from Deaconesses Robie Hillhouse and Edie Eickemeyer It has been overheard: “Oh, I wanted to be a Lutheran Deaconess, but I didn’t think I could.  I don’t sing...
28 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Diaconal Education & Formation

The following article was written by Deaconess Diane Marten. How do you become a deaconess or deacon? How does the LDA prepare people for diaconal ministry? Well, there’s history and context to that question. Throughout early...
23 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby

The following article was written by Deaconess Edie Eickemeyer, with input from "my classmates, more seasoned deaconesses, a couple of theology department colleagues of Professor Korby, the wife of a former theology professor, the...
14 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – “Guidelines for Those Employing Deaconesses”

Last week we read a document from the 1950s for deaconesses about to start in their first ministry call.  We had a request to see the document sent to churches and organizations that were going to employ these deaconesses to see what the...
8 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – “Guidelines for Deaconesses”

The following was taken from an LDA “Manual for Deaconesses”, written in the 1950s and given to those who were preparing to enter their first call after graduation.  This manual also included “Guidelines for Those Employing...
2 Oct 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – The Diaconal Litany

(Thank you to Deaconess Norma Cook Everist who provided the background information for this post) As the LDA celebrates its 100th anniversary, we also mark the 60th anniversary of one of our essential documents, the Diaconal (Deaconess)...
24 Sep 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Deborah Nebel

Deborah Kolke Nebel was born on December 1, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio. Around the 10th grade, Deborah saw some info on a bulletin board about deaconess ministry. She started writing to the LDA and planning. On her application, Deborah...
20 Sep 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Sheryl Andreasen

Sheryl Andreasen was born on July 11th, 1955 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Growing up with her two sisters, Linda and Lori, she learned to adapt well to change after moving 21 times as a family. They moved not only around the 48 states, but also...
9 Sep 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Blanche “Sprat” Spratley

Peggy Shea, Sprat, & Susan Wendorf Blanche Spratley, affectionately known as “Sprat”, was the beloved cook at Deaconess Hall for 13 ½ years, from the time it opened in 1958 through 1971 or so. She was born in Chicago but also...