The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Edward Kurschinski, entered into eternal life peacefully on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. He was 82 years old.
Bill was born on September 7, 1931, in Kitchener, Ontario, to his parents William and Luella Dotzert Kurschinski. He married Virgie Merkley in Williamsburg, on August 13, 1955. They welcomed into their family their two children David Michael and Kathryn Ann.
Bill was a graduate of Waterloo University College (BA); Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; McGill University, Montreal, QC; Drew University, Madison, NJ (DMin).
He was ordained June 12, 1957, and served the congregations of Trinity, Fort Erie, 1957-59; Trinity, St. John’s, Nfld, 1959-64; Our Saviour, Lachine, Quebec, 1964-70; Prince of Peace, Clifton Park, NY, 1970-72; Christ, Buffalo, NY, 1972-82; Trinity, Windsor, 1988-92.
He also served as Chaplain at the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College, London, 1982-88. He retired in 1992, as Pastor Emeritus, St. Matthew’s, Cornwall.
Following retirement Bill and Virgie moved to the Williamsburg area where Bill was an active member of the Seaway Singers choir as well as a member of the Upper Canada Playhouse board of directors. In addition, he served as interim pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Bill was a strong supporter of the local food bank and other social service organizations.
At the age of 78 Bill wrote a book entitled “Ketchup bottles for the dying Church” which proved very popular. It has been said that “Bill had the heart of Christ and loved people”.
Bill is survived by his wife Virgie, his son David Kurschinski (Colleen) of Temecula, California and their children Dylan, Austin and Lance and his daughter Kathryn Yorke (Tim) of London. He us also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 2-4 p.m.
The funeral service was held at South Dundas Lutheran Community Church, Williamsburg, Ontario on Friday, August 15th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Diane Raddatz, Rev. Norine Gullons and Rev. Douglas Reble officiating. Cremation followed.
Pallbearers were Burrill Harriman, Craig Harriman, Gordon Meek, Owen Meek and Corey Gaines. Interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.
Donations to South Dundas Lutheran Community Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.