Carlos Messerli, 90

Music educator, director of Lutheran Music Program

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Carlos R. Messerli, PhD, 90, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 9, 2017. Born on Feb. 21, 1927, he was the founding director of the Lutheran Music Program. He received his B.A, in Education from Concordia University Chicago, a M.A. in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, a M.A. in Musicology from the University of Michigan, and his PhD in Choral Literature from the University of Iowa. A professor of music at Concordia University, Nebraska for 20 years, he also served as music director for various congregations in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Carlos Messerli was the husband of Susan (nee Roehrs) for 59 years; the brother of the late Victoria Shapiro and Leah Messerli; and the uncle of Jane and Andrew Shapiro. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. until the time of service, 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St. in River Forest. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the Lutheran Music Program, www.lutheranmusicprogram.org, or to Grace Lutheran Church, www.graceriverforest.org. 

Arrangements were by Drechsler, Brown & Williams, www.drechslerbrownwilliams.com.

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