Westfield Church To Hold “Service Of Healing” To Help Community Deal With Park Ranger’s New Year’s Day Death

WESTFIELD – Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield will hold a “Service of Healing” tonight following the death of National Park Service Ranger Margaret Kritsch Anderson, who was a town native and daughter of the church’s pastor, Paul Kristch.

The service, for the Redeemer Church family and members of the community, will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in the church sanctuary at 229 Cowperthwaite Place. Cards and condolences can be dropped off at the church to be forwarded to Anderson’s family.

Anderson was fatally shot while on duty in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State on New Year’s Day. Authorities conducted an extensive manhunt for the suspected gunman, 24-year-old Iraq veteran Benjamin Colton Barnes, who was found dead on Monday. An autopsy determined that he drowned, with hypothermia contributing to his death.

Anderson, 34, married her husband Eric, another park ranger, at Redeemer Church in 2005. They have two young children.


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