Loken, Mary

Mary Loken discusses the history of Luther Memorial Church of Springfield, Illinois, tracing its earliest days at the dawn of World War II, to its merger with two other Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations in 2015. Mary Frisk grew up in Mason City, Iowa and pursued a long career in education, especially in the field of special education. She married Dennis Loken in 1963, and the couple moved to Springfield in 1965, joining Luther Memorial Church that same year. She is an insightful observer of her congregation's history, and passionate about its role in the Springfield community.​