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Reverend Theodore James Schapp

Reverend Theodore James Schapp
  • March 24, 1926 - November 6, 2013
  • El Granada, California
  • Pescadero Community Church
    Pescadero, CA

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Reverend Theodore James Schapp was born on March 24th, 1926 in Oakland, California to Adelbert and Lina Schapp of San Francisco, California. He died peacefully at home in El Granada on November 6th, 2013. For the past 25 years he and his wife Lorraine have been residents of the California coast, first in Pescadero, then El Granada.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorraine, and children Stephen Schapp and wife Jeanne of Portland, Oregon; Karen Faria and husband Daniel of Prather, California; Thomas Schapp and wife Rebecca of Cupertino, California; and Geraldine Kriwall and husband Bernd of Berlin, Germany. Ted is also survived by grandchildren Emily Kilburn, Katie McCaslan, Kelse Schapp, Salena Schapp and Theodore Schapp, and great-grandchildren Addisyn Kilburn and Kade Kilburn, along with many extended family members and dear friends.
Ted grew up in San Francisco along with his sister Virginia Smeltzer of Woodside, California. He was an active member of the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church of San Francisco. He attended Aptos Junior High School, graduating in 1941. There he met his future wife, then Lorraine Philleo. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco (Class of 1943) then UC Berkeley with a degree in theology (Class of 49). His Berkeley studies were interrupted by World War II, where he served 16 months in the Air Force in the Philippines under conscientious objector status. He graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo in 1952 with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister.
He served one year in Modesto before taking a position at the First Presbyterian Church of Encino, California where he served for 10 years. He then moved with his family to Berlin, Germany where he ministered for 25 years before retiring and returning to California in 1988.
His passion for world peace involved him in Berlin Fellowship, a group dedicated to bringing Christians from western countries to meet with Christians from the east-bloc countries behind the iron curtain. He also worked with interfaith peace groups to bring peaceful solutions to the Middle East. At the Pescadero Community Church he was a minister in rotation for many years.
During his life he had a major impact on many, many people as a pastor, mentor, teacher and friend. He leaves a precious legacy.
A memorial service will be held at the Pescadero Community Church in Pescadero, California on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with a potluck gathering following. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the Pescadero Community Church.