Zion Donation

Pastor David Frerichs of Zion Lutheran Church accepts a gift in memory of Eno and Tina Saathoff and Bob and Tena Warnke from Karen Nicodemus, center, and Mary Hass, both nieces of Tena Warnke.

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ALBION — Zion Lutheran Church in Albion recently accepted a memorial gift from the family of Tena and Bob Warnke and Eno and Tina Saathoff to upgrade the television production, closed-circuit television and audio-visual equipment.

“This gift will improve the quality of the broadcast on cable Channel 21, as well as the quality of in-house overflow video,” said Pastor David Frerichs.

Zion Lutheran Church worship services are broadcast in nine counties and 22 communities served by Eagle Communications. Sunday worship is broadcast at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on most Sundays throughout the year.

Eno and Tina Saathoff were longtime residents of Boone County, living in the Loretto area until relocating to Albion in 1951.

For many years, Tena, the second-youngest Saathoff child, and her husband Bob Warnke resided in the Closter area. They relocated to Florida in 1973. The Warnkes were both baptized at Zion and were active members of the North Branch congregation in rural Boone County for many years. After Bob’s death, Tena moved back to Albion and became a faithful and active member of Zion’s congregation until her death in February.

Family members making the donation noted: “This gift is given in recognition of the important role the church played in the Saathoff family’s life. For over seven collective decades, beginning in 1916, a Saathoff family member has been associated with the church. When Eno first joined the church, family records indicate he donated $50 to the construction of the church building at Fifth and State; with the exception of the oldest children, all of the Saathoff children were baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. The church also provided comfort and support at the time of several family members’ passing, including Eno, Tina, their sons Harvey, Herman and most recently Bob and Tena."

The donors also noted the gift is given to honor the spirit of giving and faith exemplified by their Saathoff ancestors.

Services can be viewed on Eagle cable in the following communities:

Colfax County: Richland and Schuyler.

Boone County: Albion, Cedar Rapids and St. Edward.

Greeley County: Spalding.

Madison County: Newman Grove.

Nance County: Fullerton and Genoa.

Platte County: Humphrey, Platte Center, Monroe and rural Columbus.

Merrick County: Central City, Palmer and Silver Creek.

Polk County: Osceola, Polk, Shelby and Stromsburg.

Butler County: Rising City and Bellwood.

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