Humble sinner, servant of God
The Rev. John A. Rosenberg, 82, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
John was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 1935, to Bert and Nancy (Thomas) Rosenberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Leah (Rosenberg) Westrom Graff; and his beloved dogs, Bruiser and Bessie.
Left to cherish John's memories are his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Williams) Rosenberg; children, Gretchen (Scott) Rosenberg-Crossen, Sonnie (Jim) Boniface, Karlan Rosenberg and Karl (Julie) Rosenberg; six grandchildren, Aubrie (Wyatt) Boniface-Snodgrass, Morgan Boniface, Sarah Boniface, Madelyne Rosenberg, Lucille Rosenberg and Fritz Rosenberg; two great-grandchildren, Bodhi James Boniface and Penelope Rose Snodgrass; his brother, Dave (Harriet) Rosenberg; and his many nieces, nephews and friends.
John was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Franklin High School. Barbara was John's high school sweetheart and he credited her for her amazing influence on his life. John graduated from Coe College where he was a star athlete in three sports. His football record for most points scored by an individual in one season stood for over 30 years.
After college, John worked for Collins Radio for four years, and in 1961, started his own company as an electronics manufacturer's representative. He retired in 1999 on a Friday and by Monday, he was enrolled in Wartburg Seminary to pursue his master's degree in Divinity. At age 68, he completed his studies (with much help from Barbara, he always claimed) and was ordained in 2003.
As Pastor Rosenberg, he served as an associate pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Marion, Iowa; and as pastor at Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church, Lisbon, Iowa. Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church continues to enjoy the amazing church he was instrumental in building for their church community. He retired in 2011.
John always was most happy when building something, whether a new home, a new church or small carpentry items for his children. He enjoyed running (he completed many marathons), racquetball, tennis, bike tours with Gretchen and Scott, Saturday morning bike rides with Barbara and Sonnie, bike and ski races with Karl, and spending time with Karlan at the family mountain house in Colorado. Never far from football, John was an active coach in Pee Wee football and an assistant coach at Coe College. John loved his lifelong friends from Coe College and those made in the following years and he passionately loved his family. John's life was an inspiration to his children and all who loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested any memorial contributions in John's honor be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.