Archive | September, 2011

Pastoral Change

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Mel Friesen

Dale Janzen (1973) became pastor of Community Bible Church (Berean) in Central City, Nebraska on first of September, moving from Whitewater, Kansas.  Their address is 2316  11th Street   Central City  NE  68826 (308) 946-7350.  Dale and Sue appreciate your prayers as they continue in this transition to a new community.  This is the church pastored by Gil Larsen (1963) for numerous decades.

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1948, Dr. R.A. Regier

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Mel Friesen

1948, Dr. Rufus Alvin Regier, 92, formerly of Dallas, died in Helena, Mont., on Aug. 13. He was born in Midway Township, near Mountain Lake, Minn., to David A. Regier and Barbara E. Epp Regier.
R.A. was born into a Mennonite community and was raised in Mountain Lake. He graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1938. During World War II he stayed on the farm to support the war effort by growing food. Later he attended college at Grace Bible Institute (Grace University) in Omaha, Neb., from 1945-1948; Creighton University in Omaha from 1946-1948; Taylor University in Upland, Ind., from 1948-1950; and graduated from Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Iowa (Des Moines University) in 1955. He served as an intern at the Des Moines Still College Osteopathic Hospital for a year before opening a practice in Pocahontas, Iowa in 1956.
He remained in Iowa for eight more years before moving to Oregon in 1964. He spent time in Forest Grove and then Dallas, where he spent the majority of his career working. He was almost 70 when he retired from his medical practice in 1989.
He married Gertrude Heinrichs in 1947. Gertrude died in 1979 after a struggle with cancer. He married Orlue Boevers in 1980. In 2010 R.A. and Orlue moved to St. Therese of New Hope, Minn. Orlue died March 24, 2011. R.A. moved to Helena in April of 2011 to be near his youngest daughter and her family.
One of the strong themes of his life was his desire to help people. This continued outside his work environment in helping people through his service to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. “Doc,” as his friends liked to call him, joined the auxiliary in 1974. He logged numerous volunteer hours and received many awards and recognitions of service, one of which was an Award of Operational Merit for saving three triathletes from drowning during consecutive years at Henry Hagg Lake.
R.A. was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude Heinrichs Regier, and their infant son, Dannie; his second wife, Orlue Norland Boevers Regier; and his sister, Evelyn Regier Einfeldt.
Survivors include the children of his first marriage, Dean (Donna Akiyoshi) Regier, Winifred Regier, Rosemary Hossenlopp and Jean (Scott) Falley; five grandchildren; stepchildren of his second marriage, Bruce (Mary) Boevers, Joanell Boevers and Brian (Sara) Boevers; seven stepgrandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Elfrieda (Mel) Loewen, Arnold (Elaine) Regier, Elmer Regier, Milton (Lenora) Regier, John (Edna) Regier and Mary Regier.
A memorial service for both R.A. Regier and his second wife, Orlue Regier, will be Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Evangelical Bible Church. A reception will follow at the church. Graveside service for R.A. Regier with interment next to his first wife will be held before the service at 10 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery.
Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, Helena, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

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1949 Wava (Geiger) Wiens

Posted on 12 September 2011 by Mel Friesen

1949 Wava (Geiger) Wiens-December 04, 1929 – September 08, 2011

Wava Carol Geiger was born on December 4, 1929 in Pandora, Ohio to Monroe and Anna (Hofstetter) Geiger. She graduated from Pandora High School. Following High School she attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska where she met her future husband Harry Wiens.

Harry and Wava were married on August 10, 1951 in Pandora, Ohio and made their home in Wheaton, Illinois until moving to Mountain Lake in 1952. Wava enjoyed passing on her love for music to her piano students. She taught many Mountain Lake children to play piano over the course of 50 years. Wava actively served as a member of the Community Bible Church of Mountain Lake as a church organist and pianist. Wava also worked as a therapy assistant for over 30 years at the Mountain Lake Good Samaritan Village.

Wava’s hobbies included gardening, flower arranging, and knitting. In the past three years Wava knitted over 100 sweaters which were distributed to children in third world countries.

Wava is survived by her son Stan Lee (Jocelyn) Wiens, of Fargo, ND; two daughters: Reva Jo (Dennis) Hulzebos, of Mountain Lake and Kay Sue (Peter) Koran, of Newton, KS; eight grandchildren: Joshua (Jayna) Wiens, Jadon Wiens, Amberly Hulzebos, Travis (Shawna) Hulzebos, Jacob Eriksson, Micah Eriksson, Matthew Eriksson and Anna Eriksson and four great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister Lois (Peter) Voran, of Newton, KS and brothers: Wallace (Wanda) Geiger and Mahlon (Ann) Geiger, both of Pandora, OH. Wava was preceded in death by her husband Harry, parents, granddaughter: Kelsey Jo Hulzebos and a sister Treva Geiger.

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Pray for Pablo and Judy (Wiens) Perez

Posted on 12 September 2011 by Mel Friesen

Pablo & Judi Perez minister with Leadership Resources Intnt’l. in Latin America. Pablo teaches expository preaching. Testimonies from transformed pastors have resulted in many new open doors. Pray for wisdom in choosing where/who to teach.

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