Rev. Eberhard Klatt
Rev. Eberhard Georg Friedrich Klatt, age 81, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer at Felician Village, Manitowoc, surrounded by family.
Eberhard was born on November 6, 1935, in Stettin, Germany to the late Georg and Gertrude (Heinze) Klatt. After bombing during WWII and the death of his father, his family lived as refugees in Bavaria, Germany until they emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While at Concordia College, he met Betty Jane Gnewuch on her family’s farm and they were married on August 22, 1959. He continued his education at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and was ordained after graduation in 1960. Together, they served in Wall, SD; Potter, WI; Merrill, WI; Milwaukee, WI; and Hartland, WI. He served as circuit counselor, mentored many, and was a catalyst in inner city missions. He lead English and German worship services and wrote many devotions, sermons and podcasts for German listeners around the world. Pastor Klatt was well known throughout his ministry for his gentle spirit, excellent preaching and teaching, intense love of God and genuine compassion for all of God’s children.
Eb is survived by five children: Lori Ann (Rev. Dr. Scott) Rische, El Cajon, CA; Rev. Alan Klatt, Oconomowoc, Pamela (Rev. Tim) Patten, Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Jonathan (Dr. Margaret) Klatt, Manitowoc, and Dr. Ruth (Rev. David) Seabaugh, Elmhurst, IL. He is also survived by a sister: Sybille Miller, Santa Cruz, CA. Eb and Betty had 22 grandchildren: David (Lindsey), Sarah (Zach Pfannenstiel), Benjamin (Rebecca) & Hannah Rische; Christiana, Melody, Benjamin, Alisa, Tiffany, Sarena, Noelle & Ariana Klatt; Naomi, Bethany, & Lucas Patten; Jonathan Jr., Lydia & Emma Klatt; Josiah, Daniel, Elijah & Samuel Seabaugh and 4 great grandchildren; Kadence, Kevin, Kinsley and Isaac. Eb is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his parents, Georg and Gertrude Klatt, and his sisters, Hannelore Thurner and Gertraude Hirsch.
A visitation for family and friends will also take place on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Harder Funeral Home (18700 W Capitol Dr., Brookfield.) A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Brown Deer (8080 N 47th St.) on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11 am with visitation prior from 9-11 am and a luncheon immediately to follow. A private burial will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Lebanon, WI.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Bethany Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI for the food pantry.
Thanks to all who shared in Pastor Eb Klatt's life as co-workers in the harvest, ‘For God so loved the world’ (John 3:16)