Johanna and Eugen Stöffler

Eugen Stöffler was born in Oberjesingen on March 7, 1886. He studied Protestant theology at the University of Tübingen from 1904 to 1908. During his vicarage, he was recruited for the new Protestant Press Association in Württemberg, established in 1911, by its first director Pastor August Hinderer. As of 1916, Stöffler was a pastor in Tuningen.

Eugen Stöffler married Johanna Busch in April of 1919. Their marriage produced six children.

Stöffler became a pastor in Köngen in 1928 and thenthe superintendent in Kirchheim unter Teck in 1947 until his retirement in 1953.

Stöffler was a member of the Church-Theological Society in Württemberg. In 1948, he was a member of the Württemberg Regional Synod. His wife Johanna Stöffler was in the synod from 1954 to 1956. Following his retirement, the couple lived in Luizhausen in the Swabian Mountains where Eugen Stöffler died of a heart attack just one year later on July 28, 1955.

The daughter of Pastor Wilhelm Busch and Johanna Busch, Johanna Stöffler was influenced religiously by Rhenish and Swabian Pietism. Two of her brothers were active members of the Confessing Church and theologians of national note: Wilhelm Busch (1897–1966) was a youth pastor in Essen from 1929 onward and Johannes Busch (1905–1956) was the national director of the Westphalian Young Men's Associations from 1934 to 1956. Johanna Stöffler went down in the history of the Württemberg Regional Church as the “mother of pastors’ wives”. She gathered prospective pastors’ wives together and initiated them in the particular challenges and pitfalls of a Swabian parsonage. Johanna Stöffler died in Luizhausen in May of 1982.

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