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Phyllis Ronfeld plays the organ to an empty sanctuary at Zion Lutheran during off hours. When the congregation is present, Ronfeld says that even after 70 years she gets nervous. “That’s just the way it is.” Above, pipes of the organ curve along the balcony above and behind the organ. Below, a row of large pipes. Additional pipes are located behind those that are visible in a chamber.

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70 years of hymns

When she was 14 years old, ­­ Phyllis Ronfeld started playing the organ for Zion Lutheran Church. That was in 1946, just after the end of World War II. Plenty of things have changed since then, but not Ronfeld, who is still playing the organ 70 years later. Zion is celebrating the remarkable milestone this Sunday, Nov. 19.

November 18, 2017 11:36 a.m. read more..


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