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Rev. John J. Lancz

September 6, 1941 - March 8, 2014
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Reverend John James Lancz of Norwich, Connecticut died March 8 from aggressive cancer. He was Pastor at the United Congregational Church of Norwich and will be dearly missed by the congregation, the community, and his family. Rev. Lancz is survived by his loving wife Linda Thompson Lancz, his daughter Major Teresa Drag, his step-son Daniel Sheppard, his first wife Winifred Drag Mott, and his cousins Russell and Gerald Blaskovich and their families and his cat companion of twenty-one years, "Skinny". He was pre-deceased by his son Peter Mott, and his parents Valeria Blaskovich and John Drag. From 1998 he was the Executive Secretary for...
Reverend John James Lancz of Norwich, Connecticut died March 8 from aggressive cancer. He was Pastor at the United Congregational Church of Norwich and will be dearly missed by the congregation, the community, and his family. Rev. Lancz is survived by his loving wife Linda Thompson Lancz, his daughter Major Teresa Drag, his step-son Daniel Sheppard, his first wife Winifred Drag Mott, and his cousins Russell and Gerald Blaskovich and their families and his cat companion of twenty-one years, "Skinny". He was pre-deceased by his son Peter Mott, and his parents Valeria Blaskovich and John Drag. From 1998 he was the Executive Secretary for the Fellowship of Connecticut Congregational Christian Churches. He also served as Pastor of both The Unitarian Universalist Society in Brooklyn, CT and The First Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven. From 1993 to 1997 he was the Senior Minister at The Church of Christ Congregational, Stony Creek, CT. For seven years he was a Chaplain at Wrentham State School in Massachusetts and for six years was the Supervising Principal Psychologist. Rev Lancz also served several years as the Executive Director of Group Homes of Forsyth in Winston-Salem N.C. From 1974 through 1976, he was the minister at the First Congregational Church in South Paris, ME. He served as Minister from 1967 to 1974 at the First Congregational Church in Terre Haute. There he hosted a spiritual television program and served on the coordinating committee of the 1969 Conference on Racism in Terre Haute. He received a M.S. in Counseling from
Indiana State University. Prior to that he was Associate Minister at the First Baptist Church in Terre Haute. While completing his graduate seminary studies in Theology at the Denver Seminary he was Youth Minister at the Baptist church in Wheatridge, CO. John earned a B.S. in biblical studies at Philadelphia College of the Bible. John was an accomplished photographer who captured beauty in landscapes, buildings, people, and animals. He was a member of the Norwich Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., the Norwich Anti-Bullying Coalition, The Green Party of CT, The American Civil Liberties Union, and The Nature Conservancy. Since 1996 he was a lifetime member of the International Freelance Photographers Organization and has shown his photographs in regional shows. Visitation will be (TODAY) Wednesday March 12, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at the Church and Allen Funeral Home 136 Sachem Street Norwich. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Congregational Church 87 Broadway, Norwich.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be sent to the Green Party of Connecticut (P.O. Box 231214, Hartford CT 06123), or the ACLU (https://www.acluct.org/donate-now), or to Amnesty International (http://www.amnestyusa.org/donate-to-amnesty)

"Prayers and deepest sympathy from the church family of First Congregational Church of Terre Haute." Dawn Carlson (Terre Haute, IN)

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