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Phone: (210) 688-3090

Email: zion@zionsa.org

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-5:00 and Friday 8:30-3:00.

Mailing Address: 9944 Leslie Road San Antonio, TX 78254

We are located at loop 1604 and Braun Rd

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Rev. Nicolas Frueh (Pastor)

The Rev. Nicolas Frueh was born on December 11, 1879 at Kalafat near Bucharest, Romania.  His father, a brewer, died when Rev. Frueh was six months old.  The mother, Elizabeth nee Brodt, married again and his step-father, Adolph Ruth, a civil engineer, passed away when Rev. Frueh was only five years old.  His mother died in 1935.

He was baptized in infancy by immersion in the Greek Orthodox Church.  He attended school in Bucharest and was confirmed in the Lutheran church there at the age of fifteen on March 19, 1896.  He served as an Italian, English, Romanian and French interpreter in the Austrian Army in Tyrol among the Italian Alps for a number of years.

After his term of military service was over in 1900, he followed the Call into the Holy Ministry by entering the theological seminary at Breklum, Schleisweg Holstein, Germany.  During his military service and during the summer he traveled extensively in the British Isles and from the North and Black Seas to the Mediterranean, from the Carpathian Mountains in the Balkans to the Alps in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria.

He graduated from the seminary in the spring of 1905, and in the summer of that year, leaving behind his mother, brother, sister and homeland, followed the call, together with several other graduates, to be a "foreign" missionary to the frontier of Texas landing in Galveston, Texas.

He was ordained as a Lutheran pastor of the Joint Synod of Ohio on September 3, 1905, in Seguin, Texas, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church by Dr. William Steinmann.  His first parish was Frat-Bulverde-Helotes which he served from San Antonio until 1911.

In 1908 he was married to Miss Elsie Beck of San Antonio at Grace Lutheran Church of that city by Rev. J. C. Felger.  They had one son, Pastor Milton Frueh and two daughters, Hermine, wife of Pastor Martin Burow and Dorothy, wife of Pastor Paul W. Geiger.  One of the great joys of Pastor Frueh’s live came when he ordained his only son into the Holy Ministry in La Vernia, Texas, June 26, 1938.

In 1911 Pastor Frueh submitted his resignation to accept a call to the La Vernia-Elm Creek, Texas parish.  His resignation was accepted at a congregational meeting of Zion Lutheran Church on July 23, 1911.  He lived in Elm Creek until 1917 and then moved to La Vernia, Texas.  From 1918 until the merger of the Buffalo, Iowa and Ohio Synods in 1930 he was president of the Texas District of the Ohio Synod.  For about ten years he served on the Board of Regents of Texas Lutheran College.  He gave impetus to the starting of Mexican Missions in the Rio Grande area.

He retired from the active ministry, because of his health, in the summer of 1948 and continued to live in La Vernia, still preaching occasionally in La Vernia, Poth, Ganado and San Marcos.

Since the spring preceding his death, his health steadily declined due to a heart ailment which began in 1928 and was complicated by kidney ailments, high blood pressure, facial stroke, cardiac asthma, and uremic poisoning.  He had been a patient in the hospital four times in the year of his death.

Pastor Frueh passed away from this life on April 13, 1954 at Memorial Hospital in San Marcos, Texas at the age of 74 years.  He was buried in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery of San Antonio, Texas.

One of the great joys of his life came when he ordained his only son into the Holy Ministry in La Vernia, Texas, June 26, 1938.

He left his wife, two daughters, one son, Pastor Milton S. Frueh and relatives living in Europe whom he kept in frequent contact.