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.

7 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.

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