John C. Jeske

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John C.
Jeske

Jeske, Pastor John Carl Edward,
In February of 1924 God gave a son to John Gustave and Elizabeth Jeske of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The father taught his family the faith and love that are Christianity. The son never wanted to be anything but a Lutheran pastor like his father.

John C. Jeske would spend all but one year of his long ministry in a small Wisconsin triangle, between Milwaukee, Mequon and Watertown. God gave him a love for people, and it was people he served with his mind and his heart and his will and his hands.

In 1948 John served as a Tutor at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. In 1949 he was assigned from seminary to St. Marcus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. In 1952 Jeske was called to serve St. John’s, on 68th & Forest Home Avenue, at that time called Root Creek. Christmas of 1969 saw his family move to Mequon where he joined the faculty of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

During his Seminary years, Professor Jeske served three congregations that were without a pastor: Brown Deer, Grafton, and northwest Milwaukee. Jeske also served as a traveling professor in Siberia and in Japan.

After his retirement from his beloved Seminary in 1995, he served on the pastoral staff of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown. Here he was thrilled to return to preaching, while also making many personal visits to elderly Christians in their last chapters of life.

John Jeske married Eleonore Pieper of Milwaukee in July of 1951. God gave them five children. Wife and children survive their husband and father. Eleonore “Nonny” of Lake Mills; Mark (Carol) of Milwaukee; Kris (John) Metzger of Wauwatosa; Tom (Liz) of Omaha, NE; Mary (Ross) Metzger of Lake Mills; Lisa (Mark) Ricke of Oconomowoc. There are nineteen grandchildren plus one who preceded her grandfather to the eternal Father’s house.

Through his childhood home and Milwaukee schools, God taught this child of his a love for reading, an eye for the printed word and an ear for languages. Those treasured gifts were part of every day of his twenty retirement years in Lake Mills. He also loved to work with wood, to take his children camping, to plant trees and tend gardens, to travel internationally with his beloved Nonny, and to enjoy all four seasons of Wisconsin.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 29th, from 3-6PM at Luther Preparatory School’s Chapel, 1300 Western Ave, Watertown, WI, followed by the funeral service at 6PM.
Memorials may be given to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

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Past Comments

Diane Kennedy

I did not know Pastor/Professor Jeske personally but his leadership and love for his Saviour shines through in his children, especially Mark (Carol) and Lisa (Mark) whom I have had the privilege to know. May God be with all of you during this time of sorrow and celebration. Sincerely, Diane (Roekle) Kennedy

Dan Haag

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Diane Kennedy

I did not know Pastor/Professor Jeske personally but his leadership and love for his Saviour shines through in his children, especially Mark (Carol) and Lisa (Mark) whom I have had the privilege to know. May God be with all of you during this time of sorrow and celebration. Sincerely, Diane (Roekle) Kennedy

Dan Haag

Sorry for the ? marks. As a tribute to Professor Jeske, I wrote Psalm 23:4 in hebrew. God’s blessings to his family.

Joel Pankow

I wish I had half of his energy and knowledge. What a great man to learn under! Thanks be to God for his long and faithful service in the Lord. My condolences to Tom, Mr. Ricke and Mark.

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
All who their fatih before the world confessed,
Your name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Allelluia! Alleluia!

Pastor Jim Bolda

May the Lord be with you and comfort you, family and friends. Pastor/Professor Jeske was indeed of one of the most influential spiritual men in my life, from confirmation to seminary and beyond. I will never forget him, as so many of us can say proudly.

In the love of Jesus,

Jim Bolda

Sherene Fintak Nicolai

My sympathies to all the family on the loss of your husband and father. I still remember being in grade school at St. John’s and he explained all the symbolism in the stained glass scenes in church. He was so talented and well respected. We were all blessed because we knew him, even if only in a small way.

Robin Dail

Mary,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this sorrowful time. May your tears soon turn to smiles as you remember your father and all the wonderful times you had with him.

Sandra Strohschein

Please accept our sincere condolences. He was a great man and will always be remembered and loved.

Sandra Schram Strohschein, David Stroshschein and John H. Schram

Kathy Bruss

We have always had great respect and love for Prof.Jeske and his wife and family ever since he was our pastor at St. John,s and wish to express our deepest sympathy to them. We can just imagine how he is enjoying heaven. Jerry and Kathy Bruss

One Comment

  1. Matthew Marta June 27, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I am thankful for God using this man to write the Genesis and Daniel commentaries in the people’s bible. I wish I had met him. Some day in Heaven. Reading these commentaries by him I feel I know him already.

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