Marycarol Fabian Pretorius

Marycarol Fabian Pretorius died on June 24th, 2021. She was born December 23, 1932, to Arthur and Miriam (Heestand) Fabian at North Manchester, Indiana. She married Walter F. Pretorius, Junior on June 12, 1954.

Marycarol graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 1950 and attended Wittenberg College for two years. She transferred to the Ohio State University where she met her husband. She graduated with a major in business; her first job was as a social worker in the Columbus Tuberculosis Hospital. After working as a high school librarian for many years in the Dayton Public Schools, she liked the challenge of further studies and went nights to Wright State University for a Master’s in education. She enjoyed being a mother, appreciated her job as a school librarian-which she did for 30 years, and was grateful for other teaching opportunities in Sunday School and small groups. Her faith in Jesus Christ was the central focus of her life, sustained her throughout her life, and brought her peace and joy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 1967, her daughter Sharon in 1973, and her son Brian in 2007. She is survived by her children Douglas (Carol) Pretorius, Richard (Debbie) Pretorius, Marybeth (Gary) Haneline, David (Janet) Pretorius, and daughter-in-love Diana (Jim) Pretorius Smith. She is also survived by her siblings John (Ruth) Fabian, Arlene Harder, and Arthur (Louise) Fabian, Junior. She is survived by 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, West Carrollton.

The calling hours will be at Tobias Funeral Home, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429 from 4-7 pm, Monday, June 28th. The funeral will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 410 East Pease Avenue, West Carrollton, Ohio 45449 on Tuesday, June 29th at 10:30 am. Pastor Phil Hohulin will officiate.


Please check our website for the date and time of the inurnment at Dover Park, which will be several days after the funeral.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Graceworks Lutheran Services or Grace Lutheran Church.

The funeral will be livestreamed on YouTube under the name of “Grace Lutheran, West Carrollton, Ohio."

Highlights of St. Mark’s Renovation Plans


On the following pages you will find the draft floor plans for the renovation of St. Mark’s. This is based upon the requests and data available through the first of the year 2020. The Renovation Team is seeking your questions, suggestions, and ideas prior to reconvening to come up with an updated plan. Please note that the anticipated costs are based upon 2020 prices and will obviously be changed in the new environment.


PHASE 1 (2020 Estimated Cost $583,000)

  • New Men’s Restroom adjacent to Women’s (lose Custodial closet)

  • New Family Restroom across from Choir room

  • Renovated Women’s Restroom

  • Remove hall wall from lounge to create open Gathering Space with coffee bar; with high/low top tables

  • Convert nursery/pre-school classroom to office space for Pastor to allow private consultation

  • Convert other pre-school classroom to multi-purpose room for Sunday School and committee meetings; will have moveable furniture

  • Convert Chapel to Multi-purpose room for Sunday School/Conference room

  • Convert present Pastor’s office to support staff office (Christian Ed, Tech, etc.)

  • Convert present Men’s Restroom to Tech/Custodial closet

  • Add HVAC in offices, multi-purpose room, Gathering Space, choir room

  • Add Wi-Fi throughout building

  • Asbestos removal in ceilings and floors in main hallway and adjacent rooms


PHASE 2 - Fellowship Hall (2020 Estimated Cost $426,000)

  • Add 2 Family Restrooms; demo stage

  • Replace flooring

  • New Storage for tables/chairs

  • Add Acoustic treatment

  • Add HVAC

  • Add Elevator Shaft


PHASE 3 - Sunday School Wing (2020 Estimated Cost $289,000)

  • Create Elevator Corridor; Install elevator

  • Replace flooring and paint classrooms

  • Update Boys/Girls restrooms

  • Add HVAC to Sunday School wing

  • Update lighting/technology in Sunday School wing



Pastor Doug & Carol Pretorius will be taking vacation from July 12 – 25.

A video of various church members will be shown during the sermon time on at the worship services on July 17 and 18.

The Mission Focus and Strategic Planning Team will present their strategies for Being Community as a congregation at the worship services on July 24 & 25.

Pastor Melodi Hagen of Trinity, Moulton will be available for pastoral emergencies, and her cell phone number is 701-331-9412. The Trinity Lutheran Church, Moulton office number is 419-738-6547.

New Beginning’s Graduation

 May 27, 2021

New Beginning’s graduation for Pre-K was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The church was full of parents and grandparents. There are 41 students heading off to Kindergarten in the fall. Dustin made a beautiful montage of the kids in their caps and shirts. It is available on the New Beginning’s Facebook page.

Congratulations To Our College Graduates!! 

Nikki Bordner-Williams earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Sam Harrod graduated on May 9 from Walsh University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Confirmation Sunday May 23, 2021

Left to Right: Nate Garber, Pastor Doug Pretorius, Kaylee Dickey

Kaylee Marie Dickey

Parents:  Jeremy & Hannah Dickey 

Baptismal Sponsors:  Abby McKinney, Michael Dickey

 Favorite Hymn:  This Little Light of Mine   

Favorite Verse:  John 3:16 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

  Prayer Partner: Courtney Burton


Christian Sympathy

Our deepest Christian Sympathy to the family of Paul E. Zwiebel. Paul passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021. Pastor Doug Pretorius officiated at the funeral service on Thursday, May 13, 2021.


Our deepest Christian Sympathy to the family of Lura M. Doseck. Lura passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Kobacker Hospice House, Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Doug Pretorius officiated at the funeral service on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.


Our deepest Christian Sympathy to the family of Don Knipp. Don passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021. Pastor Doug officiated at the funeral service on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Moving Forward Begins with Reconnecting

To the St. Mark’s Family,

Greetings in Christ to you all.  As we continue to emerge from the unsettling times of the recent past, we can all be grateful and excited for what the future holds. Surely the future will in some respects allow us to get back to normal in our community, but surely it will also present us with new opportunities.

By now you have received the mailing from the church introducing the plans to roll out specifics of some of those new opportunities such as strategic planning and possible renovations.  Hopefully, you also heard the brief presentations at worship regarding the same topics.  As I write this, the Appeal Leadership Team has just completed two days of onsite meetings with our Kairos consultant, Tim Johnson.  We are pleased to share with you our next steps and several upcoming opportunities to reconnect with the church family.

First off, we wish to invite everyone to a Reconnection Rally.  Come share in a time of food and fellowship after the 10:15 am Sunday morning worship service the weekend of September 11-12. We envision this as a time to reconnect with one another, a time to share some stories from our recent experiences, and a time to talk a bit about our hopes for the future.  If you are unable to attend the event, we hope you will join us for one of our fellowship offerings during the week around that same time period. Save the date and look for more details about the Reconnection Rally in the near future.

Next, also coming up in September, we hope you will participate in the Mission Assessment Profile (MAP).  This is a survey tool the Kairos group has developed and used with numerous congregations.  It is a broader set of questions analyzing where we are as a church and community.  We want to see how we feel about our church experience in general at St. Mark’s. We will be able to compare our feelings here with those of other churches similar to ourselves. This helps all phases of what we do by giving us a big picture view of our church experience.  The MAP will be available in September after our Reconnection Rally.  We will provide online and paper versions of the MAP.

There will be additional engagement events as we move into autumn.  Watch for details.
Above all, the Appeal Leadership team wants you to know how much we want to reconnect with you and hope you wish to reconnect with each other.  We wish to re-engage with our church and develop a deeper faith and ways to share that faith and love with our community and the world.  We hope you join us in these opportunities to share our stories about our experiences, as well as to share our hopes for what is to come at St. Mark’s.

Yours in Christ,
Chad Doll


Strategic Plan Informational Sessions


The Mission Focus and Strategic Planning Committee is ready to share the entirety of the proposed strategic plan with our St. Mark’s family.  The strategic plan provides specific strategies and action steps to achieve our Mission (our purpose) and Vision (our dreams).  The strategic plan is divided into four categories:  Serve, Be Community, Worship, and Support.  Serve addresses Evangelism and Outreach strategies and goals to connect our community to God and demonstrate God’s love to our community.  Be Community goals and strategies help us be a stronger community of believers by helping our members connect more deeply in Godly relationships with one another.  Worship strategies help our members connect more deeply to God.  Support strategies help us identify the manpower, facility and financial needs required to live out our Mission and Vision.   Please join us on these selected dates to become familiar with the plan, or watch the informational videos and complete feedback forms that will be shared with you.  Additional Informational handouts and feedback forms and a feedback return box will be available in the narthex.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!


Serve:   June 26/27 - Discussion Q & A sessions following each service

Be Community:  July 24/25 - Discussion Q & A sessions following each service

Worship:  August 21/22 - Discussion Q & A sessions following each service

Support:  To be determined in conjunction with Kairos Phase One - Listening Phase

Wapak Loaves and Fishes – Thursday, July 29

Wapakoneta Loaves & Fishes continues their drive thru carry outs on Thursdays.  Meals need to be pre-ordered by calling Connie Krites at 567-204-6708 by Tuesday, July 27 by 6:00 p.m.   The pick-up location is the alley behind First English Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Please enter the alley from Blackhoof St.  Meals may be picked up from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Food can be dropped off at First English from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on the day of the meal in their Fellowship Hall. Please put individualized servings of cookies, bars, or any dessert in a sandwich sized Ziplock bag, aluminum foil, or cling wrap. 

We need at least 175 servings. Contact Laura Heitz by text at 419-204-8313 or by email at Also, a sign-up sheet to help and donate food will be available on the weekends of July 11 & 18.


Laura Heitz is organizing the July 29 meal which St. Mark’s is providing to the community.

Summer School Chapel

Summer School Chapel with New Beginning’s will be held during the summer months. Thanks to Pastor Doug Pretorius for leading Chapel and to Anne Grove for assisting!

2021 High School Graduates

Left to right:

Braden Fisher, Marisa Raney, Bradley Hicks, Stephanie Sorensen, Delani Harter and Corrin Wilder


Nathaniel “Nathan” James Garber

Parents:  Richard & Jeanette Garber

Baptismal Sponsors:  Howard & Carol Garber   

Favorite Hymn:  I Can Only Imagine     

Favorite Verse:  John 3:16 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Prayer Partner: Shirley Wiesenmayer

2021 Senior High Pedal-Paddle Adventure

Connecting Lake Luther & Lutherwald

Who:              Campers entering grades 9-12

What:              Biking and Canoeing Trip

Where:            Between Lake Luther & Lutherwald 

When:              July 11-16, 2021

Why:                For a fun biking, canoeing and tenting adventure between our two northern sites.

Ped-Pad is not a serious athletic challenge. The focus is FUN!

How:                Register at

Cost:                $370  

Participants will need a good multi-speed bike and a helmet.


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