When I worked in the Admissions office (2004-2009), I got to know Dean Mischke pretty well during his frequent visits to the office. I always looked forward to seeing him. He always teased me about looking like Shirley Temple. I have thought of him a lot since I have been gone from WLC. He will truly be missed.
It is wonderful to read all of these other comments about Joel. He was our friend for over 40 years. Our children loved him, as did Al & I. We will miss him in this world but look forward to some good storytelling when we are all in heaven together. Love you, Joel!!
Very kind man and always took the time to visit with you when he saw you near by. Very sad to hear of his passing but know he is now resting in the arms of his Savior.
I remember your Family from Owosso, where we both taught. You would have known me as Karen Zehms.
Joel was a remarkable gift who was enjoyed by many and inspired so many. He had a special gift for making others, no matter what age, feel comfortable around him. That gift was a huge part as to why his ministry, whether being a principal, teacher, coach, or counselor was so special.
My time with my friend Joel, dating back to New Ulm, and then having Joel and Janet in the “Valley of the Sun” for a number of years was wonderful. We shared many fun times and also times where we shared real concerns about how to best serve the families and students entrusted to our care.
Joel Mischke was a model for all of us, in that he understood the amazing love our Lord had for him, and with that, the joy of helping others know of God’s love for them.
“Well done good and faithful servant” Matthew 25:21
It is with great sadness that I recieved a messege relaying the passing of such a wonderful man of God. I met Dean Mischke as a new international student at WLC. He always had a special word of encouragement and even went out of his way to converse on various cultural diffrences with those of us who were thousands of miles from home. He always opened up his office and his heart to any student that needed to support academically or otherwise. He was a prankster, loved to joke/kid and always walked around with a smile on his face. He was an embodiment of the spirit, values, actions that demonstrate what a true Christian is. My condolences to his entire family and the WLC community. He will truly missed. May his soul rest in internal peace. Faith Mwaura (Muriuki)
We appreciate the time he spent coaching Adam in basketball and the advice and encouragement he gave us when researching college choices for Samantha. It was a blessing to have known him. We are sorry to be unable to attend his funeral but will keep his family in our prayers. Peace be with you.
Brian & Chris Plough
Diahann (Amos) Lohr
Mr. Mischke was my sixth grade teacher at Salem, Owosso, MI. We were his first class right out of college and we loved him!
I remember he bumbled through playing the piano for the opening hymn and then said something like “enough of that, we’ll do without the piano.” There couldn’t have been a cooler guy to teach us that we’re not going to be good at everything, and that’s A-okay (we all thought he looked like actor Chad Everett, so, yes, he was very cool).
Mr. Mischke had stingray handle bars and seat on his grown up bike, a fun smile on his face, a prank in the waiting, and a huge, compassionate heart for his students. God blessed Salem greatly when he gave us Mr. Mischke.
Prayers and peace to you, Janet, and your beautiful family. Take care.
Kent & Kay Meyer
I clearly remember the day in 1990 when we brought our son, Lance Meyer, to the WLC campus. Joel Mischke was the Recruitment Director at that time. He showed us the campus and talked about the benefits of a WLC education. The blessings of that single day have impacted our family to this day. Not only did Lance graduate from WLC, but also his younger sister, Melissa, who met her future spouse, Matt Staude, at WLC. Today Melissa is a member of the adjunct faculty. I doubt Mr Mischke ever realized what an immense impression his words and encouragement had on our family. We thank God for the ways that He blessed us via his good and faithful servant, Joel Mischke.
-Kent & Kay Meyer, parents of Lance ’94 and Melissa ’97.
Jennifer Farley (Zwick)
Mr. Mischke and his wife were teachers and coaches for me at Arizona Lutheran Academy. Reading through the many comments below I noticed one comment from a student that was a classmate of my daughter, Gabrielle. I am thankful God placed him in my life to be a mentor and he truly touched many lives through his years of teaching and ministry. I have talked about him throughout the years and the lessons and fun I had when he coached softball.
Jennifer Zwick Farley