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Oesch, Joseph (d. 1954)
Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Jul 29 p. 6
text of obituary:
PASTOR OF MENNONITE CHURCH IN LUXEMBOURG KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Akron, Pa. — Joseph Oesch, leader of the Luxemburg [sic Luxembourg] Mennonite Church at Diekirch, was instantly killed in a tractor accident July 15. This is the extent of the information reaching M. C. C. headquarters, Akron. Penn.
Bro. Oesch was pastor and bishop of the Luxemburg [sic Luxembourg] 13 family Mennonite congregation. MCC aided this group with money and personnel in the construction of a new house of worship which is to be dedicated this fall.
Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Aug 5 p. 1
text of obituary:
Luxembourg Church Left Without Leader
SERVICES FOR JOSEPH OESCH HELD IN EUROPE SUNDAY, JULY 18
Lancaster, Pa. — The only European Mennonite congregation in Luxembourg suffered a tragic blow in the sudden, accidental death of its lone pastor and elder, Joseph Oesch, on July 15.
The accident occured [sic] when Bro Oesch's tractor rolled down an embankment while he was attempting a turn on a small country road. His 13-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter who were with him escaped with very little injury. Bro. Oesch was apparently killed instantly.
A large number of relatives, neighbors and brethren from other parts gathered for the funeral service on Sunday, July 18. He leaves his wife and six children.
A small group of about fifty members comprising the European Mennonite congregation in Luxembourg. Only recently have they completed a chapel for their use after meeting in a rented hall for many years.
In the absence of a leader the Brethren Harvey Miller and Clarence Fretz have been asked to minister to this congregation until some other arrangement is made. Miller and Fretz are missionaries serving in Luxembourg under the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities.