Peters Township


Peters Township

Reverend James H. Wente

Reverend James H. Wente, age 86 of Bethel Park, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wedenday, December 5, 2018. Born on July 13, 1932, he was the son of the late Martha and Arnold Wente. Beloved husband to Helga Wente for 51 years. Loving father to Marlene (Frank) Speicher, Anneli Wente, Henning (Maryann Raleigh) Wente, and Eric (Kristina) Wente. Cherished grandfather to Maddie, Dylan, Megan and Sam Wente; Frank (Amanda Lynch) Speicher, Sara (John)  Speicher Archer, and Emma, Ben, and Stephen Raleigh. Dear great-grandfather to Frank Speicher and Joseph and John Archer and Phoebe Raleigh. Loving brother to Norman (Myrna) Wente and David (Susan) Wente.

Reverend James faithfully served congregations for over 50 years in Iowa, Texas and Western Pennsylvania. He loved playing viola and was a member of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, Edgewood Symphony, and Des Moines Symphony. Along with his musical interests, he enjoyed traveling the world.

A memorial service will be held on December 15, 2018 at 3 PM at Faith Lutheran Church, 80 Bartley Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.pittsburghcremation.com.

10 Condolences

  1. Lori Lingsch on December 5, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    My heart goes out to you for your loss! You are in my prayers. Your dad was a faithful srevant of God and now sits with Him enjoying the blessings of heaven! May the peace of Jesus be with you!

  2. Maria and Hans Papenbrock on December 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Dear Family Wente?

    Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your beloved one. We have known Jim and Helga only for a few years and enjoyed their company within our German Group. Now Jim is gone , but memories will remain.

    With sympathy
    Maria & Hans Papenbrock

  3. Rev. Robert J Newpher on December 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I always enjoyed seeing Jim and talking with him at Pittsburgh Symphony concerts. A good and faithful servant of our Lord. May God bless and comfort those who mourn.


    Pastor Bob Newpher

  4. David Matthews on December 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    My condolences to the family from a retired Lutheran Pastor. His ministry was appreciated

  5. Bishop Donald McCoid on December 7, 2018 at 11:35 am

    My love and sympathy are extended to Helga and the family. May the love of God and the comfort of our Lord Jesus be with you. I am holding you in prayer.
    Interim Bishop Donald McCoid
    Metropolitan New York Synod

  6. Holly Lindenfelser on December 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Helga, I am sad for your loss. I wish you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  7. Laura Haibeck on December 13, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Jim and l were stand partners at pittsburgh Civic orchestra for several years. It was always nice to play with him and talk about family and friends. My condolences to his loving family.

  8. Ulrike Nortmeyer-Spieß on December 18, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Liebe Helga, liebe Familie,
    auf der Suche nach Eurer Adresse habe ich vom Ableben Deines lieben Mannes, Eures lieben Vaters und Großvaters erfahren. In unseren Gedanken sind wir bei Euch, auch natürlich Frauke und Familie.
    Eure Ulrike

  9. Ulrike Nortmeyer-Spieß on December 18, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Dear Helga,
    I just tried to send my condolences in German, but that wasn’t possible.
    Although not knowing your husband, I well remember you from your younger days in Kropp until your latest visit to Germany. I really hope, that all the announcement says is right and Jim hadn’t to suffer too much.
    I will inform Frauke (my mother) of it.
    My regards to all your family
    your Ulrike

  10. Matthias und Isolde Nortmeyer Mannheim Germany on December 18, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Liebe Helga, liebe Familie,
    Isolde und ich möchte euch allen unsere herzliche Anteilnahme aussprechen und euch für die kommende Zeit viel Kraft wünschen. Wir haben Jim in guter, frischer Erinnerung, als er uns so freundlich und liebenswürdig am 4. Juli 1988 zum denkwürdigen Konzert in den Park am Golden Triangle begleitet und uns anschließend so fröhlich bewirtet hat.
    Matthias und Isolde aus Mannheim

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