The Reverend Doctor Paul Lyle Borgman, age 73, of Oconomowoc, WI, former pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Oconomowoc.
His funeral service will take place Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant Street, Oconomowoc, WI.
There will be visitation Friday, April 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., prior to the service.
The only child of Lyle C.N. Borgman and Ruth R. (Strauss) Borgman, Paul was born March 21, 1946, in Oshkosh, WI. He attended elementary school there until 1960, when he began his secondary education at Concordia High School, Milwaukee.
He remained at Concordia until he had completed junior college and earned his A.A. in 1966. Next, he entered Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne, IN. He graduated in 1968, with a major in English Literature.
Paul entered Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1968, to begin his studies for pastoral ministry. He graduated with his Master of Divinity degree in 1972. Subsequently, he studied at Nashotah House Seminary, where he obtained a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1985. Finally, he returned to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Paul married Patricia E. Hartmeister May 27, 1972, in St. Louis, MO, the day after his seminary graduation.
His first congregation was St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, where he served from July 1972 to June 1978.
It was during his pastorate in Winsted that his three sons, Michael Patrick, Joel Paul, and Stephen John were born.
In 1978, Paul became pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Then, in 1982, Paul and Pat and their sons moved to Oconomowoc, WI, where Paul began his life of pastoral service to the members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
In addition to congregation service and leadership, Paul was on the worship committee of the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and served a term as a vice-president of the district. He left St. Paul’s in 2009, to become director of development at Lutheran Counseling and Family Services; and returned to St. Paul’s in 2010, as part-time pastor, at which time he was named Pastor Emeritus.
Paul’s final sermons were preached in December 2017, at which time he experienced health concerns that convinced him he could no longer serve in the professional ministry. However, he continued to serve behind the scenes as needed.
During his ministry at St. Paul’s, congregation membership grew to over 2,000 souls. St. Paul’s celebrated 125th and 150th anniversary years in Oconomowoc, with worship festivals for all members to come together in one special service to celebrate their unity of faith.
Paul goes to heaven before his wife, Pat, and his children, Michael and Tracy née Faherty, Joel and Brenda née Verhage, and Stephen and Kapri née Kazik; and his dear grand-children, Macie and Bryant, Emma, and Phillip. He also will await the many children of our Lord whom he has known, loved, and cared for throughout his life and professional career and will greet those who have gone before him.