February 10, 2020
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with sadness that I report to you the death of Vicar Michael “Mike” Reibel, Collaborative Learning student at Wartburg Seminary and Synodically Authorized Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark, on Saturday, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in Oregon, Illinois.
Vicar Reibel was born January 16, 1968, in Clinton, Iowa and was baptized at First Lutheran Church, Chadwick, IL, on March 21, 1968. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1991 He and Bridget Musso married on September 21, 1991. After a career in government service in conservation and in planning and zoning, he took early retirement to answer God’s call to ministry of Word and Sacrament. He was entranced into candidacy for rostered ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through the Northern Illinois Synod in December 2018, and he began at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA, as a Collaborative Learning student in September 2019. At that same time, he also began serving Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark, as their pastoral leader.
Prior to entering candidacy for rostered ministry, in addition to his work for local governments, he was an active member of All Saints Lutheran Church, Byron, serving in virtually every volunteer position possible, including congregational council president, confirmation teacher, praise band member and voting member to the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly. A full obituary can be found at farrellhollandgale.com/obituary/michael-l-reibel.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 15, at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 624 Luther Dr., Byron, Illinois. Visitation will be held at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 West Merchant Street, Byron, on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 3-7 p.m. and prior to the service from 9:30 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church. Rostered ministers and seminarian classmates are invited to vest and process. The color is green. Those attending are asked to park across the street from the church, in the Loomis International, Ltd. parking lot, 602 E Blackhawk Dr (Rt. 2). Shuttle service will be provided to the church.
As the church we offer our sympathy to his family and friends and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we rejoice in God’s promise of eternal life, comfort, and hope.
Walking with you,
The Rev. Jeffrey Clements
Northern Illinois Synod
103 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Phone: (815) 964-9934