Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Family Stelmachowicz

Michael Stelmachowicz, born in 1927, died in 2009. Taught religion and secondary education.

Michael Stelmachowicz, President of Concordia Teacher's College (Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska, from 1978 to 1984.

Excerpts from his obituary:

Michael Joseph Stelmachowicz, born September 18, 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri, was called home to heaven on December 30, 2009. He was the son of Michael J. and Esther Stelmachowicz (nee Boylan). ... He is survived by ... his children and 16 grandchildren. ....

Michael was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO. He is a graduate of St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas, and Concordia Teacher's College, Seward, Nebraska. Rev. Stelmachowicz earned a Masters in Education, Counseling from St. Louis University and a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary (LCMS) St. Louis, MO. He earned a Ph.D in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Michael married Betty A. Rivers on June 14, 1949, in Port Arthur, Texas. The couple was blessed with five children, Candyce Kaye Seider and husband Bryan, Cheryl Wawrzyniak and husband Roland, Cary Stelmachowicz and wife Carla, Crystal Welter and husband Michael, and Corrie Klatt and husband Daniel and 17 grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Stelmachowicz served as a Lutheran Teacher, Lutheran High School principal at Lutheran High South in St. Louis, Missouri; Professor and Dean of Students at Concordia Teacher's College, Seward, Nebraska; Superintendent of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Detroit, Michigan; President of St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas; President of Concordia Teacher's College, Seward, Nebraska; Executive Director of the Board for Higher Education of the LCMS; CEO of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Interim President of Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.

In retirement he served as Assistant Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, and was appointed by ULBRA (Lutheran University of Brazil) as Ambassador to North America.

Dr. Michael J. Stelmachowicz was instrumental in starting Concordia Academy (Lutheran High School) in Austin, Texas, and established the CA High Five Club.

Betty (Rivers) Stelmachowicz, born in [year?], died in [year?].


Candy (Stelmachowicz) Seider, born in [year?].

Cheryl (Stelmachowicz) Wawrzyniak, born in [year?].

Cheryl Stelmachowicz pictured as a member of the seventh grade in the 1965-1966 yearbook of St John Elementary School in Seward, Nebraska
Cheryl Stelmachowicz pictured as an orchestra member in the 1965-1966 yearbook of St John Elementary School in Seward, Nebraska

Cary Stelmachowicz, born in [year?].

Cary Stelmachowicz. The picture was scanned from the fourth-grade pages of the 1965-1966 annual of St John Elementary School in Seward, Nebraska.

Crystal (Stelmachowicz) Welter, born in [year?].

Corrie (Stelmachowicz) Klatt, born in [year?].


They lived in Faculty Lane House 3 and in Faculty Lane House 7.


Mike lives in Austin, Texas. Betty died in [year?]. The kids live in [cities?].

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