The Rev. Dennis L. Bushkofsky, 64, of Henryville, Pennsylvania, died at home on Feb. 2, 2023, following a brief period of hospice care. Born on July 15, 1958, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Marie (Kuper) Bushkofsky, he was married to Linda Post Bushkofsky for nearly 34 years.
A 1980 graduate of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) with a B.A. in music, he was a 1986 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Seminary) where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. In 1999 he earned a Master of Arts in liturgical studies from St. John University (Collegeville, Minnesota).
He served congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Illinois. A portion of his ministry was devoted to intentional interim assignments, guiding congregations through pastoral transitions. Throughout his career, he was also active as an editor and writer of liturgical materials and an educator in the adult catechumenate movement.
His most recent call was to United Lutheran Church in Oak Park, where he served 10 years before going on disability in mid-2022. During his time at United, he was active in the Community of Congregations, an interfaith organization serving Oak Park, River Forest, and surrounding communities.
In addition to his wife, Dennis is survived by their daughter, Judy Jackson; their son, Jayden Jackson of Henryville, Pennsylvania; two granddaughters, Jordyn Jackson and Alexandria Mauricio; his mother, Marie; and his brother, Duane. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fish Hill Road, Tannersville, with calling hours at the church one hour prior. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at United Lutheran Church, Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Lehigh Valley Hospice Pocono, 502 VNA Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.
Cremation arrangements were handled by William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA, www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com.