Arthur Habermehl

May 31st, 1934 to March 31st, 2012
The Rev. Arthur J. Habermehl, 77, of Port Huron, passed away on March 31, 2012 in Port Huron. He was born May 31, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Rev. Arthur Habermehl, Sr. and Viola Boll Habermehl.

Before moving to Michigan, he grew up in Staunton, Illinois. He graduated from Three Oaks High School in Michigan, Elmhurst College, and Eden Theological Seminary. While a seminary student, he served churches in Nebraska and Missouri, and spent a clinical year at Fellowship Center and Redeemer Church in St. Louis. In 1959 he married Connie Hamilton, and was ordained as a minister of the United Church of Christ.

Following ordination, he served Trinity Church, Detroit; Bethlehem Church, Ann Arbor; and over 33 years as pastor of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Oxford, Michigan. During that time he served on several Association and Conference boards and committees, worked with FISH, a charitable organization, drove for Meals-on-Wheels, and was a Hospice chaplain until his retirement. He loved working with youth, served as a Junior Church Camp director and enjoyed field trips and work camps with the young people.

After his retirement in 1999, he often served as supply pastor in area UCC churches, including St. John’s UCC and First Congregational Church in Port Huron. He was given the honor of being named Pastor Emeritus of Immanuel Congregational UCC, Oxford.

Art was known as a very gentle, kind, caring person. He enjoyed fishing and bowling. His passion was in the areas of Christian Education, mission, and social justice for the poor and disenfranchised. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife; a sister, Esther Rosenberger; beloved niece, Mary (Charles) McMullen and their daughters; beloved nephew, Walter (Phyllis) Martinez and their son; two foster kitties; and his wife’s extended family, including many very beloved nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Charlene Martinez; and two sisters-in-law, June Garza and Alyce Henckel.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2012 in First Congregational Church. The Rev. Sherry Schacht and the Rev. William Terry will officiate.

Memorials may be given to First Congregational Church or to Church World Service, 899 Center St., Ste. 7, Lansing, Michigan, 48906. Arrangements are by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

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