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Laurier mourns the passing of Rev. Arnold Weigel

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Dec 20/11

Wilfrid Laurier University and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary are saddened by the loss of Rev. Arnold (Arnie) Weigel, who passed away Dec. 16 at the age of 72.

Weigel served as the director of Continuing Education at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary from 1974 to 1983. He was also professor of Practical Theology and the supervisor of Contextual Education at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary from 1983 to 2004.

"Arnie will be fondly remembered by many students and colleagues," said David Pfrimmer, principal-dean at the seminary. "He was a pioneer in the field of contextual education and recognized the importance of applying the best knowledge and insights of the seminary to the everyday wisdom so necessary for effective ministry and care of people and communities. His ideas and approaches have helped reshaped the direction of theological education."

Born in Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario, Weigel earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Divinity from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, a Master of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto School of Theology.

In addition to his roles at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Weigel served as a pastor and a mission developer from 1965 to 1975 in Thornhill, Ontario.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Brenda, his son Brian, and his grandchildren, Wesley, Brooke, Shannon and Julie. He is also survived by his brother Douglas and sister Betty Ann.

The family will receive friends at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Dec. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 248 Highland Road E., Kitchener Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will follow the reception at Williamsburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary or the Leukemia Society may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519-745-8445.


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