The theme of the 2013 Concordia Lutheran Ministries calendar is "Faithful Caring Our Way of Life," and each month offers a picture of a resident/patient with one of our dedicated caregivers. We thought it would be fun to tell the stories behind the models, in a series we're calling Concordia Calendar Portraits. Enjoy!
April's stars have probably known each other longer than any of those featured. Director of Chaplaincy Services Rev. Jack Hartman met Haven independent living resident Ruth Frohn in 2003 when her husband John needed skilled nursing care.
"When John was in Lund, Pastor Hartman ministered to him, to us, every day," she said. "He would ask John about his new toys (he had a collection of walking, talking stuffed animals which are now on display in Ruth's apartment), or take him for ice cream at the snack shop."
According to her, Rev. Hartman provided great comfort and spiritual guidance during the family's time of mourning when John passed away.
The Frohns had moved from their condo in Murrysville when John's health began to fail. The couple was among the first to make their home in the then brand new Haven III building. The Kansas native has lived from coast to coast and is a mother, grandmother and great grandma.
Pastor Hartman was called to Concordia 16 years ago. He has been a pastor since 1976, having graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis. His wife Michelle worked for Concordia Visiting Nurses and Good Samaritan Hospice, where she served as Clinical Director. They have three sons and two granddaughters.
He is full of Navy stories, as he spent most of his vocation in the military. When he is not preaching, you can be sure to find him at a baseball game, especially if the Pirates are playing. Regarding the Pirates, he says, "They are like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree; they need a lot of love!"