The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


January 6, 2012

Ranger’s memorial service announced

A public memorial service will be held Jan. 10, at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., for Margaret Kritsch Anderson, 34, the first female park ranger killed in the line of duty. Anderson and her husband, Eric Anderson, who is also a park ranger, and their daughters, Anna and Katie, are members of Bethany Lutheran Church, Spanaway, Wash.

The ranger was killed Jan. 1 when trying to keep a speeding car from entering Mount Rainer National Park. The gunman was later found dead.

Kritsch Anderson's father, Paul Kritsch, is pastor of Redeemer, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Westfield, N.J.

Jayne M. Thompson, an ELCA campus pastor, filed a blog for The Lutheran ("Margaret") on Jan. 2 about Kritsch Anderson's involvement in Lutheran Campus Ministry at Kansas State University in Manhattan. 

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