Lord God, our shepherd, You gather the lambs of Your flock into Your arms.

Lily Wuerdeman born April 4, 1920 died today at 6:30 AM, Reformation day, October 31st, 2011.   Lily was affectionately known as “Wuerdy.”  She came to Hawaii to teach at Trinity in 1955.  In 1958 she became the first principal of Trinity.  This picture is of Wuerdy sharing a poem at the aloha for Pastor Grumm, most likely in May of 1961.  Wuerdy retired in 1986 after 30 years of teaching but continued to be a part of the educational ministry at Trinity church and school.  The school’s library and computer lab is dedicated to her as the Wuerdeman Resource Center and has be remodeled by the PTT (Parents and Teachers of Trinity) over the last two years with new computers, windows treatments, paint, carpet, bookshelves and books.  Wuerdy remained a member of Trinity Lutheran Church until her death at age 91.

Lily Wuerdeman shares a poem at Pastor Grumm's aloha (1961)

O God of grace and mercy, we give thanks for Your loving-kindness shown to Lily Wuerdeman and to all Your servants who, having finished their course in faith, now rest from their labors.  Grant that we also may be faithful unto death and receive the crown of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Lord God, our shepherd, You gather the lambs of Your flock into the arms of Your mercy and bring them home.  Comfort us with the certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we love who have died in the faith; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Lily Wuerdeman’s memorial service will be Sunday, November 27th, 3:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran.  Memorials dedicated to the memory of Lily Wuerdeman may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 1611 California Ave.  Wahiawa, HI 96786


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marie Hviding Gilbert on November 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I was one of Wuerdy’s students many years ago and remember vividly the sense of wonder which she instilled in all her students. To this day, I give her credit for teaching me how to read, which has had a profound effect on my life. But more than that, she she gave to her students the joy of reading, which has been monumental in my life and I am thankful for that gift. I have recently returned back to school and am in my first semester of studying for my masters degree in library science. I think it would make Miss Wuerdeman smile to know that. She was an all too rare and gifted teacher, one who inspired and filled her classroom with both joy and wonder. I am truly blessed to have been one of her students.


  2. Posted by Esther Williams on November 3, 2011 at 12:32 am

    For years I sat next to Wuerdy in choir. She really didn’t want to be there…. Ruth insisted. Anyway, while Ruth was rehearsing the altos or tenors, Wuerdy would correct her class workbooks. I looked over her shoulder, and was well entertained by the comments of first graders.
    I was honored to stay with Wuerdy for a dew months during the time when Ruth was called home. If I was some small comfort during that period of unspeakable grief, I am thankdul. Wuerdy was always up for a oarty, and enjoyed the frequent get-togethers at various homes….mine, the Gregors, Bob and Franks, and many others.
    Many families would send their child to Trinity just so they could have Miss Wuerdeman for their teacher in first grade. They often then dropped out. Such was her reputation in the town of Wahiawa.
    Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.


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