Rev. Dr. Ralph Quere
Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Quere, 82, of Dubuque died Thursday, March 22, 2018. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sundaay at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road where visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, St. Donatus.
Ralph was born to Walter and Helen (Czar netski) Quere on Sept. 26, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, joining sisters Arline and Joyce. He graduated from John Marshall High School and received a NROTC scholarship to Princeton where he graduated in 1957 with a degree in history. He married Janice Meeter where Ralph served his Navy years. In 1960, Ralph entered Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Ralph and Janice were parents to 6 children, John, David, Cynthia, Paul, James, and Jennifer. The first three preceded him in passing along with Janice. After graduation in 1964, the family moved to New Jersey where Ralph began doctoral studies in historical theology at Princeton Seminary and Jan tutored math. They left Princeton in their Volkswagen Bug in 1967 for Dubuque for a teaching position at Wartburg Seminary and parish ministry at St. John’s in St. Donatus and St. Paul’s in LaMotte. Ralph received his doctorate in 1970.
The children attended Hempstead High School where Jan taught math. They attended Concordia, Luther and Wartburg colleges during the 1980’s. Janice was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2003, at which time Ralph retired from his full-time teaching at his beloved Wartburg Seminary. Janice died in 2008. Ralph continued to contribute to Wartburg Seminary through emeritus teaching and also was active in the Lutheran Church, and especially St. Peter of Dubuque.
Any memorials may be sent to Wartburg Seminary or St. Peter Lutheran in Dubuque.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.