Thursday, February 03, 2011

A great tribute to a great sainted parishioner

Mrs. Hilda Ziifle Jung +
The following tribute to Hilda Jung appeared in today's Times-Picayune.  Many people never knew that Hilda, a constant presence at Salem Lutheran Church, was a retired world-renowned physicist and chemist.

Hilda was remarkable parishioner in many ways.  I had the honor to be Hilda's pastor and to officiate at her funeral.  She is already sorely missed, by her close-knit family, by her brothers and sisters in Christ, and by friends all across the City of Gretna.

In giving Hilda pastoral care, I received the lion's share of God's blessing.  Her closeness with her two surviving sisters (also talented and remarkable ladies) and brother (who is 98 years old) was the very picture of Christ's love for the church.  Where one sister was to be found, all three were to be found.  And as often as not, they are taking care of one sibling or another who was in need, or in many cases, looking after younger relatives who are ailing.

But in spite of our grief of having Hilda taken from us on this side of the veil, we can take comfort in that while she awaits the resurrection of the body, Hilda is in the divine presence of our Lord in all His manifest glory! 

Thanks be to God for this extraordinary woman and the privilege we had (and will have forever) to call her a beloved sister in Christ!

“Oh what [her] joy and [her] glory must be,
Those endless Sabbaths the blessed ones see!
Crowns for the valiant, to weary ones rest;
God shall be all, and in all ever blest.”
Hilda (left) with sisters Ruth Ziifle and Myra Thalheim

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