Obituaries


As testimony to our kinship in Christ and the Covenant that binds us one to another, we list below the names of those ministers known to us who have died recently. At one time or another they served in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Please click on the name of the person from the list below for whom you would like more information.

As we receive further information (about a memorial service or an obituary, for example), we will post it. Please understand that we often have limited information about the both the lives of some of these ministers and the details of funeral/memorial services.  We look for obituaries on-line, but these are not always available.  We cannot devote inordinate amounts of time to research, but will post the information we have.   If you have information that does not appear on this site, please send it to Patti Babcock at babcockp@macucc.org.


The Rev. Ms. Linda J. Reilly

6/18/2018
The Rev. Ms. Linda J. Reilly passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018. Linda was a member of the Environmental Ministries Task Team and a former MACUCC Board member. A memorial service, followed by a lunch, is planned for Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11:00am at Edwards Church, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA. When more details are available, they will be posted here.

The Rev. Dr. William R. Loesch

6/16/2018
The Rev. Dr. William R. Loesch died at his home in Dorchester on Saturday, June 16, 2018.             He is survived by his three daughters and son: Melanie Loesch; Cathy Loesch; Cynthia Loesch-Johnson (and husband Jeffery Johnson); Christopher (and wife Shannon), and their four children. He is also survived by his former wife, Martha Sanchez, of Dorchester, the mother of their children, and his twin brother, Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch, a United Church of Christ clergy living in Springfield, MA, ...

The Rev. Dr. Merle R. Jordan

3/25/2018
The Rev. Dr. Merle R. Jordan passed away on March 25, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Barbara; son Christopher Jordan and wife Elaine Kubota of HI; daughter Marcia Ann Jordan and husband Mark Huston of WA; and son Ross A. Jordan and wife Patricia Dennehy Jordan of Plymouth, MA; and grandchildren Thomas, Brianna and Bailey. Born in Portland, Maine the son of Everett C. Jordan and Ida Mae Moore, who died of scarlet fever when Merle was 51/2 weeks old. He was raised by his father and loving step ...

The Rev. Jeffrey T. Belcher

2/21/2018
The Rev. Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Belcher of Rockland, Maine - who served UCC churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts - died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He was 78. The Rev Belcher  worked at United Shoe Company before entering Bangor Theological Seminary where he got his Masters of Divinity. While finishing his work there he held the pulpits at the Orrs and Bailey Islands and United Church of Christ congregations in Maine. In 1969, he took the Associate Pastorate at the First Church of Christ ...

The Rev. Mr. Herbert I. Schumm

2/14/2018
The Rev. Mr. Herbert I. Schumm passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his three children, L. Philip Schumm, Hannelore C. Nalesnik and Anneliese E. Pimenta, and six grandchildren. Herb recieved a BA from Anderson College and additional courses at Butler University and Garrett Biblical Institute.  He was ordained as a minister on August 14, 1951. He started as a student pastor at Congregational Christian Church in Warren, IN from 1957-1960.  In ...

The Rev. Ms. Priscilla R. Schumm

2/14/2018
The Rev. Priscilla R. Schumm passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by her family.  She died following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was married to the Rev. Herbert I. Schumm and is survived by her three children:  L. Philip Schumm and his wife, Beth Beyer, and their sons, Matthew and Liam, of Chicago, IL; the Rev. Hannelore Nalesnik and her daughters Nadia and Esperanza of Ayer, MA; and Anneliese Pimenta, RN, and her husband Victor Pimenta, and their children, ...

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel J. Fackre

1/31/2018
The Rev. Dr. Gabriel J. Fackre died in Oregon City, OR on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  His wife Dorothy predeceased him on October 13, 2017.  He is survived by his five children: Bonnie, Gabrielle (and husband Thomas), Judith, Skye (and husband Christopher), and Kirk (and wife Alice); as well as eight grandchildren and their spouses: Ben (and wife Kristin), Gil (and wife Michelle), Acacia (and husband Michael), Cole, Kyr, Charlotte, Campbell, and Casey; and one great grandson Sawyer.   Dr. ...

The Rev. Mr. Ralph Miller Cook, Jr.

1/25/2018
The R​ev. Ralph Miller Cook, Jr., who served churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts, passed away on Jan. 25, 2018. He was 91. The Rev. Cook beloved husband of the late Janet E. (Fickinger) Cook, was born May 9, 1926 in Holyoke, MA the was the son of the late Ralph M. Cook, Sr. and Marion M. (Marshall) Cook. The Rev. Cook served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from University of Maine, and was a chemical engineer for several years before going into ministry....

The Rev. Dr. Guy L. Steele

1/11/2018
The Rev. Dr. Guy L. Steele died on January 11, 2018.   He was the devoted father of Guy L. Steele Jr. and his wife Barbara of Lexington, and David A. Steele and his wife Sandi of Leominster; cherished grandfather of Julia, Peter, and Matthew; and great-grandfather of Holly and Maya.  Guy was talented in many facets of life. In his early years he was an accomplished track athlete. As a man of devout faith he began his ministry as a student pastor in Montgomery City, Missouri, while studying for ...

The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Olmsted

1/5/2018
The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Olmsted passed away on January 6, 2018 at the age of 77 in Hudson, WI.  He is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 44 years; his daughter Christine; his brother Louis; and sisters, Catherine Mazzotta and Ann Pedersen.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Allison and his parents. He grew up in Connecticut and received his BA from Drew University in Madison, NJ.  He graduated from Yale Divinity School with a BD and in 1979 received his PhD from the Department of Religious ...

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