Rev. Theodore A. Michalk
Theodore Adolph Michalk was born at home on Galveston Island on September 24, 1920 to Emilie Theresa (Woelfel) Michalk and Rev. Adolph Fredrick Michalk, as their first born of 7 children. He was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in Galveston on October 31, 1920, and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in Fedor, TX, by his father on March 28, 1934. He was commissioned as a missionary to India by Rev. Max Studtmann and his father in Fedor on September 2, 1945.
Pastor Ted married Katherine Belle Kicker of St. Louis, MO on July 1st, 1945 after they completed Mission School. Their wedding was held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO where as a student Ted had taught Sunday school.
Their marriage was blessed with five children: Nancy (Bob Barth) of Lamy, NM, Audrey (Rev. Alan Abel, MD) of Big Spring, TX, Grace (Ed Perez) of Austin, TX., Judith (Barry Mascarenhas) of Tacoma, WA, and Paul of Giddings, TX ; four grandchildren, Andrea Abel (Jeff Thompson) of Tyler, TX, Jon Abel (Alicia Valasco) of Richardson, TX, Katherine Perez (Mike Currier) of Jonestown, TX and Deanna Perez (Bobby Diamond) of Smithville, TX and 5 great grandchildren, Gregory, Jacob, Daniel and Mary Abel of Richardson, TX and Taylor Thompson of Tyler, TX.
Pastor Michalk’s ministry was spreading the love of Jesus Christ to those in Ambur, Pernambut, Krishnagiri, and Kodaikanal and as a Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary, (1966-1971) Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India. He served at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Evansville, Illinois from 1972- 1985 and retired to Giddings, TX to care for his mother, Emilie, until her death in 1992. He served several congregations in the area as Vacancy Pastor, as well as faithfully leading weekly services at the nursing homes. All who came to know him were touched by his humility and gentle nature.
Pastor Michalk passed away the morning of Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at his home in Giddings.
Pastor Ted is survived by his beloved wife, children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, his sisters Ruth Doering of Giddings, TX and Dorothy Geisler of Grand Coulee, WA; sister-in-law, Barbara Michalk of Tucson, AZ; brotherin law, Edward Bernthal of Waupon, WI and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Hildegard Michalk in 1940, his brother, Paul Michalk who died in 1945 during WWII, his father, Rev. Adolph Michalk in 1975, his mother, Emilie Michalk in 1992, his brother, Erwin Michalk and his sister, Bernice Bernthal both in 2009 and his brothers-in-law, Curtis Doering and John Geisler.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church located in Giddings, Texas with Rev. Robert Tiner & Rev. Allen Doering officiating. Burial immediately followed in the Giddings City Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Pastor Ted’s grandson, Jon Abel, his great grandsons, Greg Abel and Jacob Abel, his grandsons-inlaw, Jeff Thompson, Mike Carrier and Bobby Diamond and his daughter, Judith Michalk. Honorary pallbearers were his close friend, Monroe Bieberstein, and his sons-in-law, Bob Barth, Rev. Alan Abel, MD, Ed Perez and Barry Mascarenhas.