Archive | August, 2011

1964, Karen (Oswald) White

Posted on 18 August 2011 by Mel Friesen

Karen D. White, 68, of Rockford entered into His presence on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 24, 1943, in Aurora, Neb.; the daughter of Paul and Inez (Schlatter) Oswald. She graduated from Nebraska Christian High School, Class of 1961, and earned her music degree from Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb., and went on to work at Grace Bookstore for more than 10 years. She married Edward White on Nov. 27, 1981. After moving to Rockford, Karen worked at Sundstrand and later spent nearly 20 years at McDonalds. Karen’s love for Jesus was apparent in her devotion to her church. She was a member of Elim Baptist Church where she spent more than 25 years as an accomplished organist. She was a volunteer for Slavic Gospel Association and spent time instilling her Christian values to the children of the Awana Cubbies. She will be deeply missed by her family and those whose lives she has touched. Survivors include her husband, Edward; son, Allen (Kari) White; brother, Val (Carol) Oswald of Aurora, Neb.; nephews, Chad (Joni) Oswald and Aaron (Stephanie) Oswald of Aurora; many special cousins, friends, and great-nieces and -nephews. Predeceased by parents. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Interment in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. Saturday to time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elim Baptist Church Ministry Opportunities Fund or American Cancer Society . To share memories and extend condolences please visit
Published in Rockford Register Star from August 18 to August 19, 2011

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1958 Elaine (Madsen) Jager

1958 Elaine (Madsen) Jager

Posted on 15 August 2011 by Mel Friesen

Elaine Naomi Jager, age 84, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away August 11, 2011, at Risen Son Christian Village. She was born March 31, 1927, in Raymond, Neb., to Anders and Ingeborg (Pedersen) Madsen. Elaine was a former Dean of Women at Grace University in Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Franklin on May 16, 2011; sister, Dorothy Hanson; brothers, Harry and Arnold Madsen.
Survivors include daughters, Carla Butts and husband, Bill, Crista Jensen and husband, Joel; six grandchildren; brother, Delmar and wife, Grace Madsen; sister-in-law, Elma Madsen; and brother-in-law, Robert Jager.
The family will host a reception Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave., Omaha, Neb. Visitation with the family will be Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Maher-Livingston Funeral Home with services at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the music departments of Grace University or Crown College.

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1973 Eileen L. (Kliewer) Penner

Posted on 11 August 2011 by Mel Friesen

Eileen LaVonne (Kliewer) Penner was born August 5, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas to Paul and Mildred (Hamm) Kliewer.  She died March 29, 2011 in Bet Shemesh, Israel.  She grew up in several states where her father was employed as a teacher and minister of the gospel.  She accepted Christ as her Saviour at an early age, was baptized and dedicated her life to the Lord.

She married David Penner, son of Peter and Salome (Janzen) Penner of Mt. Lake, Minnesota, on January 1, 1975 in Israel where they worked on a Kibbutz.  They lived in Israel for 23 more years and to this union 4 children were born.  In 1998 they returned to the United States and settled in North Carolina where a new assembly of the Charity Church had been started.  In 2010 they returned to Israel.

Eileen was very talented in many areas which she used wanting to honor and glorify her Lord.  She was frugal and ingenious to fix and make things last.  Music has been a joy to her since childhood and has used it in a great way of ministering to family, in churches, and had many students.  Even shortly before her death she was hoping to be able to play her piano once more.  She loved her family, praying and devoting herself to them.  She also wrote Sunday School material and songs for children for the Jewish  Christian Assemblies.  She was always concerned about helping others and about their spiritual life.  Even after she was diagnosed with colon cancer, a year ago, she used every opportunity to share her faith with her doctors, nurses, and fellow patients when in the hospital and to many friends from the past.  In sickness she rested in the knowledge that her life was in God’s hand and she looked forward with anticipation to be with her Heavenly Father.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, David; daughters Shlomete, Renatyah, and Joella; son, Hillel and wife Shanna and one grandchild, Talia, missionaries to Ghana, Africa; her parents, Paul and Mildred Kliewer of Omaha, Nebraska,  a brother, Leon and wife Dianne, sisters Rachel (Dick Morehead), Rebecca (Ed Stacy), E. Marie (David Berquist), Karla (Ted McPeake); nieces and nephews and cousins; her mother-in-law, Salome Penner and brothers and sister-in-laws in the Penner family:  Paul, Joel, Jonathan, Leonard and Rachel and their families; a number of uncles aunts, and cousins.

We praise the Lord for her victorious home going but have heavy hearts.  She will be missed by many.  “In the sweet by and by we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”

With all our love,

Paul and Mildred Kliewer


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