The following is a statement by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger following the death of his mother, Elaine Magdal Scharfenberger:
“My mother, Elaine Magdal Scharfenberger, entered into Eternal Life early this morning, November 6, 2019, after a long journey with us on earth of ninety-nine years. We are comforted and thankful to God that she died peacefully at home among members of our family. Her life was her Catholic faith and her family. We are praying especially in the next few days for safe passage to her eternal home. I would be very grateful for your prayers joined to ours from wherever you may be throughout these days. Know that you are in mine. Any written expressions to me or my family may be sent to my residence or the Pastoral Center where I will receive them all personally. May you remain always in God’s love!”
Bishop Scharfenberger will celebrate a private funeral Mass for his mother on Friday, Nov. 8, only hours before he heads to Rome for the Quinquennial Ad Limina visit, which runs from Nov. 10-16.
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