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Latvian leader dies

Vilis Varsbergs, 82, president of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 1984 to 1999, died April 22.

Ordained by the United Lutheran Church in America, an ELCA predecessor, he served Grace, Albion, Mich.; Messiah, Constantine, Mich.; Zion Latvian, Chicago; and St. Peter Latvian, Wood Dale, Ill.

After the fall of communism, he returned to Latvia to re-establish the Department of Theology at the University of Latvia in Riga.


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