The Lord Jesus called His good and faithful servant, the Rev. Martin L. Schlossman, Sr., to his eternal home on Friday, November 1, 2013.
He was born April 6, 1939 in Chicago, IL, the son of Leon and Anne Lee (Edwards) Schlossman. He graduated from St. Stephens Lutheran Grammar School and later graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago. He was a United States Army Veteran. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Walton College in Chicago. Pastor Marty graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO in 1982. During his seminary training, he served his vicarage in the rural community of Corder, MO at Zion Lutheran Church. He was ordained and installed on May 23, 1982 at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Dual Parish in Netawaka and Holton. He accepted a Divine Call to Hope Lutheran Church in Topeka on November 25, 1987 and to Tabor Lutheran Church in Chicago on May 1, 1994. Since 2006, Pastor Marty has served as a vacancy pastor at several northeast Kansas Lutheran Congregations.
He had served as Deputy Sheriff at Cook County Sheriff’s Department in Chicago and also held various accounting and finance positions in the Chicago area.
In addition to his ministerial calling, he was most recently involved in the Safe Streets Coalition in Topeka which reflects his lifelong involvement & commitment to community organizations and serving others. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka.
He was briefly married to Nancy Lee Schoeler in 1962. She preceded him in death in 1963. On July 2, 1966 he married Sharon Lynn Higgins in Chicago. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2008. On November 13, 2010, Martin married Elizabeth “Betsy” Yost in Topeka, she survives of the home. Other survivors include: his daughters, Kimberly Sampson (Dennis) of Topeka and Heather Wallisch (John) of Denison; his son, Martin L. Schlossman, Jr. (Jolene) of Topeka; and his 8 grandchildren, Rachel, Grace, Aaron, Tara, Megan, Macy, Hope and Matthew, and 2 great-grandchildren, Adriannah & Johnathan. In addition to his wives Nancy and Sharon, he was also preceded in death by his grandson, Martin L. Schlossman III on September 7, 1997.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka. Burial will be in Holton Cemetery. The family will greet friends Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials are suggested to Topeka Rescue Mission, Hope Lodge or to the ministry of your choice and may be sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, 66436.