Pagan Leader Passes – Obituary Editorial

I received word at Pantheacon Sunday morning of a friend’s passing. He was not a famous author, or leader of a tradition, or a major contributor to the intellectual development of Pagan philosophy. For many in the Madison, WI area and the Midwest, Circle Sanctuary, Pagan Spirit Gathering ( PSG ), and hand drumming community, he was their rock.

Dennis Presser1958-2013

Dennis Presser
1958-2013

Dennis Presser passed peacefully and unexpectedly of natural causes Saturday, Feb 16th at the age of fifty-four. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Laurie Blue Heron, and his two children; Hunter and Allegra all of Madison, WI.

The details of his long history of service, as a veteran and through his dedication to environmental organizations are elaborated on his official obituary. As an activist conservationist he worked, often in leadership positions, to preserve and improve the outdoors he loved so much as a Pagan, hunter, and trout fisherman.

The loss of Dennis is felt across the breadth of his influence as a force of dedicated service to others.  In the Pagan community, he was known as a man of great personal strength, generosity, commitment, and ethical responsibility. He was willing to speak out and act in support of the people, community, and the natural environment he so loved.

Dennis was generous with his time and hands. He was an avid brewer and mead maker, and always a cheery and welcoming host. His easy-going and good-natured disposition made him a natural choice for anyone who needed help. If you were in need, he would do whatever he could to help. He was a man of his word, a commitment from Dennis was one you could count on. In a world of opportunistic ethics, Dennis was one who would stand for his beliefs, whatever the cost. Continue reading

Veterans Day at Circle Cemetery

Thursday November 11, 2010 at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, near Barneveld, Wisconsin free & open to the public.

11am-3 pm: Open House         Noon: Ceremony of Remembrance & Thanksgiving at Veterans Ridge

Circle Cemetery will be open for Nature walks, tours, and reflection throughout the Open House.

Circle Sanctuary’s senior minister Selena Fox will facilitate the Noontime Ceremony of Remembrance & Thanksgiving.  She will be assisted by US Army veteran Al Rickey of the Order of the Pentacle.

Located at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve near Barneveld in southwestern Wisconsin, Circle Cemetery is America’s first National Pagan Cemetery and Wisconsin’s first Green Cemetery.  Veterans’ Ridge of Circle Cemetery includes eight US Department of Veterans Affairs-issued pentacle gravestones marking the gravesites of cremains of Wiccan and Pagan veterans from across the nation.

Interested in attending some or all of this Veterans Day event?  Please email: events@circlesanctuary.org or call: (608) 924-2216.

If you are a veteran and you would like to assist in the ceremony, please contact: selena@circlesanctuary.org for more information.

Circle Times: Friday, November 5, 2010