Martha Lydia Janzow Rupprecht, 92, passed away on January 9, 2018. She was born on September 5, 1925, in Winona, Minn., to John and Martha Mueller Janzow. Martha married Gerhard (Gary) Rupprecht in 1946; God blessed them with five children. After the deaths of Gary and son, David, Martha, at age 42, moved to Milwaukee, Wis., to attend the Lay Training Institute at Concordia College. Then she was called to serve at Grace Lutheran in Oak Creek, Wis., for 13 years. Martha was commissioned as a missionary for the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod to serve with Lutheran Bible Translators in Sierra Leone, West Africa, from 1980-1982; from 1994-1998 as a missionary for the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in Moscow, Russia, as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher; and as a VBS teacher for a summer in Latvia. Martha settled in Florida to be near her four daughters and their families.
She is survived by her sister, Margaret Frey, Orange, Calif.; her brother, John Janzow, Tucson, Ariz.; four daughters, Gloria (James) Klockziem, Lakeland, Fla., Beverly (Ronald) Dierks, Orlando, Fla., Genean (Harry) Grant, Dallas, Texas, Terry Rupprecht, Bradenton, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary; and son, David.
A Christian Internment will be held at Immanuel Cemetery in Lewiston, Minn., on July 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. This will be the temporary resting place of her remains until the resurrection of all flesh when her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, returns with power and glory to judge the world. Until that time, we know from Scripture that Martha’s soul rejoices with her Lord in Heaven. To God be the Glory!