March 20, 1916 - Oct. 7, 2012
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - The Rev. Dr. Edgar G. Prasse, 96, husband of the Rev. Barbara Prasse, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, where he had been a resident for the past 17 years.
He was born in Freeport, Ill., the son of Gustave and Anna Prasse, on March 20, 1916.
He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Elmhurst (Ill.) College in 1938 and with a bachelor of divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Miss., in 1941.
He was ordained in 1942. Later that year he married Barbara Gerstenberg, whom he met at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3.
The Rev. Prasse served as chaplain in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific arena during World War II. The fleet hospital he served, while stationed on Guam, received many of the casualties from Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Upon returning from the war, he received a master's of sacred theology (magna cum laude) from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
The Rev. Prasse served Presbyterian pastorates in Cleveland, Elkhart, Ind., and Winnetka, Ill. He also served as field representative for the board of pensions of the Presbyterian Church and as stated clerk for the Presbytery of northern Kansas.
He received a Merrill Scholarship from Harvard Divinity School in 1964 and an honorary doctor of divinity from Hanover (Ind.) College in 1969.
During his 20-year ministry in Elkhart, the Rev. Prasse gave active leadership in the civil rights movement along with many other social and ecclesiastical issues at all levels of the Presbyterian denomination.
Following retirement the Rev. Prasse and his wife moved to Bloomfield. Together with his wife, he was minister of visitation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford.
He also served on the board of directors, Capital Region Conference.
Throughout his ministry he pursued God's mercy, justice and reconciliation in the world.
Besides his wife of 70 years, he is survived by two daughters, Christine Farley (Patrick) of West Hartford and Monica Boruch (Frank) of Washington, D.C.; and two sons, Dr. David Prasse (Carol) of Milwaukee and Jonathan Prasse (Jacqueline) of Nicholasville, Ky. He also leaves six granddaughters, Bess Rothenberg, Erin Prasse Gartland, Andrea Prasse, Sarah Prasse, Kate Prasse and Ellen Prasse; two grandsons, Nicholas Boruch and Jonathan Boruch; a great grandson, Theo Prasse; and a great granddaughter, Madeline Gartland. He also leaves four nieces, Sylvia Flack, Helen Stamm, Charlene Koelling and Lorna Kuhlemeier; and two nephews, Keith Prasse and Ronald Prasse.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, William Prasse, Elmer Prasse and Florence Schoonhoven; and a nephew, Gerald Schoonhoven.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford. The family will greet friends at the church after the service. The family thanks Pauline Parks, the Rev. Prasse's special caregiver over the last several years, the staff of the Brewer Center at Seabury and the Hospice Team from Masonicare.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the Rev. Prasse's name to Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.
Carmon Funeral Home in Windsor is assisting the family.