Carl Schalk

Carl Flentge Schalk, 91, of Melrose Park, noted composer of sacred music and professor of music at Concordia University in River Forest, died on Jan. 24, 2021. Born Sept. 26, 1929, Dr. Schalk was an elementary school teacher and director of music at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Wausau, Wisconsin, from 1952 to 1958; a former director of music for the radio broadcast, The Lutheran Hour in St. Louis, from 1958 to 1965; and most recently was a professor of church music at Concordia Teachers College, now Concordia University Chicago, until his retirement in 1993.  

Carl was the husband of the late Noël Donata Schalk; the father of Jan Westrick, Rebecca (Edward) Nagel, and Timothy (the Rev. Ingrid) Schalk; the grandfather of Brian and Peter Westrick, Samuel Nagel and Aaron (Tasha) Schalk; brother of the late Jane (the late Junius) Fischer; uncle of many; and son of the late Erich and Elsie Schalk.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago and the Bach Cantata Vespers at Grace Lutheran Church are appreciated.  

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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