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West Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Park Cemetery

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OBITUARY

Victor L. Fenske

Victor L. Fenske, 76, of Phoenix, AZ. passed away on June 7, 2016, He was born in Shawano, WI in 1939 and lived the first five years of his life near Wittenberg, WI on the family farm in a log house without running water or electricity. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church during the last German service offered by the congregation. He grew up on a dairy farm near Wausau, WI. Fenske is survived by his wife Doris (nee) Dickson and four children: Cristie Schnee (Steve), Rebecca Knollhuff (Jeff) and Brent Fenske all of Phoenix. Son Lee Fenske (Lisa) live in Tennessee. Grandchildren are Tiffanie, Cynthia, Victoria, Kimberly, Taylor, Nathan, and Haley and great grandsons Stephen and Trent. He is survived by his sisters -in-law Mary and Virginia and nephews and nieces all of Wausau, WI.

Fenske graduated from Northwestern Prep in Watertown, WI. in 1959. He attended Bethany Lutheran Jr. College and graduated from Mankato State University with a BA in foreign languages and history. He also did advance study in Spanish in Mexico and Spain. At Bethany Lutheran Seminary he pursued the study of Dogmatics, Church History, Greek New Testament, Hermeneutics and Principles of Christian Education.

Fenske taught world history, sophomore religion and foreign languages in Lake Mills, WI for 12 years at Lakeside Lutheran High School. While at Lakeside he initiated a four year Spanish Program. He also implemented a summer program called Project Joy in which he trained students in Spanish so that they were able to canvass and teach vacation Bible school classes in a program that took them to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico as assistants to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Missionaries located there.

In 1978 he moved his family to Phoenix, AZ. For the next 24 years his taught at Arizona Lutheran Academy where he was its Publicity Director and taught Journalism, foreign languages and graphic design. While there he spent 7 years teaching a distance learning Spanish program. Through his efforts he initiated and developed a Spanish program in 7 of the 26 WELS Lutheran high schools. He wrote his own Spanish I and II textbook. With a former student he developed a computer assisted program in Spanish and a video grammar program. His journalism classes consistently produced a monthly 50-75 page news-literary-fine arts magazine, Perspectives, which received many awards from Columbia Scholastic Association sponsored by Columbia University in New York. Fenske took a year leave of absence to establish the SCRIP fund raising program at ALA which soon became synod wide. In 1989 he was selected as the runner-up Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Arizona.

From 2002 until 2006 he operated a home remodeling business. Since then he worked as the Head Elder and produced evangelism material promoting Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Peoria, Arizona. He initiated the monthly publication called Reaching Out, wrote an editorial and most of the articles for the 6 page publication until2014. During that time he also wrote a weekly devotion called Cross Connections which was accessible on Cross of Glory’s website. In 2013 he was promoted to Ministerial Assistant.

A memorial service will be held at Arizona Lutheran Academy at 6036 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041 in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday June 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. A German-style luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to: The Victor L. Fenske and Doris J. (Dickson) Fenske Scholarship Fund at Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, MN 56001.

Arrangements under the direction of West Resthaven Funeral Home, Glendale, AZ.

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C L

June 28, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Fenske family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13

Paul Karow

June 16, 2016

I extend my thoughts and prayers for comfort to the Fenske family and am so sorry for their loss. I rejoice that Mr. Fenske is now at peace in the hands of his Lord Jesus. I will always remember my four years of German at Lakeside, both for the great teaching that I received and for the friendship built with Mr. Fenske.
Sincerely, Paul Karow, '77

Debbie Fiedler

June 14, 2016

Gary and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Fenske family during this time of transition. We remember our time shared with Vic during our service at ALA with much love. We know the Vic is rejoicing with his Savior in heaven. Rest in peace, Vic - well done, thou good and faithful servant.

Shannon (Stick) Campbell

June 14, 2016

My condolences and prayers for the Fenske family. Mr. Fenske was my Spanish teacher at ALA in the early 80's and gave me my first bookkeeping job. He was one of my favorites <3

Vicki Hagen

June 13, 2016

Vic Fenske was the most influential teacher I ever had. Because of him I became a missionary in Peru. His faith was infectious and relevant. He *lived* and modeled it. I was blessed to know him and to be taught by him. I look forward to seeing him again in eternity. I pray comfort for you, Doris, Cristie, Becky, Brent, and Lee.

Vicki Miller Hagen

Vicki Hagen

June 13, 2016

Vic Fenske was the most influential teacher I ever had. Because of him I became a missionary in Peru. His faith was infectious and relevant. He *lived* and modeled it. I was blessed to know him and to be taught by him. I look forward to seeing him again in eternity. I pray comfort for you, Doris, Cristie, Becky, Brent, and Lee.

Bo Martin

June 13, 2016

Beckie, Our hearts go out to you and your family for the loss of your father. May memories of him always bring smiles to your face and a warmth in your heart.
Bo, David & Qamree Martin

Mateo Brooks

June 10, 2016

Mr. Vic expected the best out of his students. He pointed me to the Gospel. Great teacher.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY