Archive | December, 2011

Evangeline (Spenst) Bartel

Posted on 17 December 2011 by Mel Friesen

1947, Evangeline Diann Bartel, 86, of Grand Forks formerly of Munich, ND passed away December 10, 2011 at Woodside Village, Grand Forks.

Evangeline, often known as Vange or Vangie, was born on October 12, 1925 to John P. and Mary (Duerksen) Spenst in rural Moscow Township west of Langdon. She attended elementary school at Moscow 3. Opportunities for high school were limited, but Vange was determined to get as much education as possible. In 1944, she graduated from Bethany Bible Training School in Munich, ND. She graduated from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE with a teaching certificate in 1947 while at the same time completing high school via correspondence courses from American School, Chicago, IL. She was awarded her high school diploma in 1948 after already having a college diploma. She then attended Mayville State Teachers College, and later taught in one-room schools in Moscow and Waterloo townships for 5 years.

Evangeline married Alvin Bartel on June 3, 1954 at the Swiss Mennonite Church, Alsen, ND where they were active members for many years. Evangeline and Alvin farmed in the Alsen/Munich area until they retired in 1987. They enjoyed volunteering for many projects at FaHoCha Bible Camp and Child Evangelism Fellowships Camp Good News. Cooking for large groups of hungry young campers were summer highlights. In 1991, Alvin and Vange moved to Langdon. In 2002, Evangeline moved to Grand Forks.

While a student at Grace, Evangeline was voted Class Poet. She continued to use that talent as friends and family often requested personalized poetic pieces for their special occasions. Having had a lifelong but unrealized dream of learning to play the piano, she made sure each of her children had musical opportunities. Evangeline was also an avid gardener, taking special delight in any berry and fruit crops the harsh ND climate allowed. Cooking and baking brought much pleasure, the results of which she generously shared with family and the community.

Evangeline will be deeply missed by children Susan (Keith) Gronhovd New Hope, MN, Lee (Joy) Bartel Owasso, OK, Tim (Twyla) Bartel Grand Forks, ND; and grandchildren John and Philip Gronhovd; Carah and Caleb Bartel; and Matthew and Jonathan Bartel; also brother Earl Spenst Devils Lake; sisters-in-law Marion Bartel Langdon and Adeline Anderson Madelia, MN; brother-in-law Luverne (Betty) Bartel Pine River, MN; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Evangeline was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Alvin Bartel, brother Richard Spenst, and infant grandson Joshua Bartel.

A memorial/funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, January 7, 2012 at Swiss Mennonite Church, Alsen, ND.

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Stephanie Morehead

1999 Stephanie Ann (Stoll) Morehead

Posted on 08 December 2011 by Mel Friesen

1999, Stephanie Ann Morehead, 35, a resident of Dallas died at the Salem Hospital Sunday, December 4, 2011. She was born on November 18, 1976 the daughter of Arthur and Ann Marie Leonard Stoll in Denver, Colorado. She grew up in the Northwest section of Kansas around Oakley and Goodland. She graduated from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska with a BA in communications. Throughout college and beyond she worked for various radio stations. She was listed in Who’s Who while in college for academics. Following the death of her father, Stephanie and her mother moved to Oregon to be near family. Here she worked for KCCS as a radio announcer. On March 1, 2003, she married Timothy Daniel Morehead in Salem. Together, they moved to Dallas in that same year. Stephanie chose to be a stay at home mom and loved her time with her children; she felt it was the most important thing she could do. She led a Christ centered life with a kind, caring and nonjudgmental attitude toward all people. She was a member of the Grace Community Church and enjoyed attending Bible study and working with the children’s evangelism.

She is survived by her husband Tim of Dallas, son Landon Arthur Morehead, daughter Kristin Marie Morehead both of Dallas; mother Ann Stoll of Salem and sister Tia Slater of Salem. She was preceded in death by her father in 1997.

Viewing will be from 2:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, December 7th in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am Thursday, December 8th in the Grace Community Church. Interment will follow in the Dallas Cemetery. The Stephanie Morehead Memorial Family Fund has been established at the OSU Federal Credit Union at 210 NE Orchard Dr. Dallas, Oregon 97338 or may be sent to the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center at 287 SW Washington St. Dallas, Oregon 97338. To leave an on-line condolence for the family go to

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Highlights of Alumni Day

Highlights of Alumni Day

Posted on 06 December 2011 by admin

Alumni from near and far came together on a delightful, mild weekend November 4 and 5 for Alumni Homecoming.  The alumni soccer, volleyball and basketball games on Friday pitted players from several decades against each other in fun competition.

Mark Pauls of the 25 year class was honored as Alumnus of the Year, recognizing his faithful, sacrificial and passionate commitment to minister to international students on the university campuses in Omaha.  Dr. Jim Eckman was honored at the Honorary Alumnus of the Year in recognition of his 29 years of teaching and 15 years as President of Grace University.

Dr. Greg Zielke and Dr. Norman Regier welcomed Chorale members of the “post-Henry Wiebe” era to join in singing for the alumni luncheon.

Gregg Mattox succeeds Jim Isaac as President of the alumni association  and work will soon be underway for planning the 2012 Alumni Homecoming on November 2 & 3.

Enjoy the slideshows below from 2011 Alumni Homecoming.

Homecoming Weekend Slideshow

Homecoming Weekend Athletic Slideshow


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