Archive | November, 2012

Alice Harriger

Alice laverne (Hedman) Harriger, ’48

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Alice Harriger, 82, went home to be with her Savior on June 3, 2012.  Alice was born to Ernest and Esther (Gunther) Hedman in Newton, Kansas on October 11, 1929.  She was the oldest of seven siblings, four girls, and three boys.  As a young girl, she moved to Bakersfield, Cali., where she attended local schools, including East Bakersfield High School.  After high school, she traveled to Omaha, Nebr. where she attended Grace Bible Institute and met her sweetheart, Charles “Chuck” Harriger.

In 1950, she and Chuck were married in Bakersfield where they started a business, Chuck’s Appliance Service, and raised a family of four children.  Although she never realized her dream of becoming a school teacher, each of her children became teachers, and she became very involved in the Fairfax and Foothill parent’s clubs.  She was also “Nana” to eight treasured grandchildren who were her pride and joy.

Alice was very active in church activities including teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and directing the children’s Christmas program.  She was very gifted at sewing and made clothes and other home decor for her daughters, herself, and various family members.  In the early days of their marriage, she sewed shirts for Chuck as well as sewing many costumes, dresses, and school clothes for their children.  She excelled at managing the family business including bookkeeping and service call records.  She also enjoyed gardening and tended daily to her assortment of tropical plants and flowers.

She made holidays a grand event for her family, filling individual Christmas stockings for each child, young and grown, and making Easter baskets for the kids to find on Easter Sunday.  She loved traveling with her husband, friends, and family.  She and Chuck visited the Hawaiian Islands 27 times throughout their 62 years of marriage. Hawaii was her favorite place in the world.

Toward the end of her life, Alice struggled with cancer, and her daughter, Charlice, accompanied her to many doctor’s appointments.  Chuck was able to keep Alice home during her hospice care which enhanced the quality of her life during her final days.

Years ago, Alice lost an infant baby, Timothy Harriger, who she is now with in Heaven.  On this earth, she leaves behind her husband, Chuck Harriger, and four children, Charlice Brown, Mark Harriger, Jan Clark, and Kevin Harriger.  Alice is also survived by eight grandchildren, Corey Brown, Andy Brown, Brad Harriger, Lorraine Newton, David Harriger, Tracy Santoyo, Joseph Harriger, and Karen Harriger.  In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Arveda Buller and Shirley Hirst, and three brothers, Tom, Richard, and Floyd Hedman.  Alice accepted Jesus as her savior during her youth and trusted the Lord throughout her life.

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Zelma L. Rothhaar, ’71

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

Zelma L. Rothhaar, 80, of rural Bucyrus stepped into glory Friday morning, May 18, 2012 at her residence.

She was born on November 10, 1931 in Bloomville to the late Halcyon and Laura (Smith) Detterman.  She graduated from Bloomville High School in 1949. Zelma married Kevin W. Rothhaar on April 30, 1950.  Zelma was a member of First United Baptist Church in Tiffin.  She was a homemaker, mother, pastor’s wife and teacher.  When Kevin was called to the ministry, they moved to Omaha, Neb. where she studied education at Grace College of the Bible and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Her teaching career included schools in Nebraska, North Dakota and Wayside Christian School in Bucyrus.

Before falling ill, Zelma enjoyed worshiping her Savior through the gift of music as a soloist, pianist and with her accordion.

Zelma is survived by her loving husband of 62 years; their four sons, Alan (Jean Ann) Rothhaar of Nashville, Mich., Daniel (Rosalyn) Rothhaar of Burlington, Ky., James (Debra) Rothhaar of Ligonia, Ind. and David (Suzanne) Rothhaar of Bucyrus; 10 grandchildren, Timothy Rothhaar, Ricky Rothhaar, Krista (Jacob) Noorman, Paul (Kaeli) Rothhaar, Brian (Lisa) Rothhaar, Sarah Rothhaar, Joel (Sarah) Rothhaar, Jenna Rothhaar, Anna Rothhaar, and Tyler Rothhaar; three great grandchildren, Zachary Noorman, Chloe Noorman and Eli Rothhaar; two sisters, Bernice (Clifford) Price and Patricia Clark; three brothers, Charles Detterman, Gerald (Donna) Detterman and Kenneth (Evalyn) Detterman.

In addition to her parents, Zelma was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Detterman.

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James Ortman

James Ortman, ’72

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

James Ortman, 77, passed away Friday evening, September 21, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He was born near Dolton, So. Dakota on March 21, 1935 into a family of 3 siblings, including a twin brother, Jesse.  Jim attended Hilltop Country School.  His most important decision was to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at 15 years of age, and his greatest passion in life was to share his faith with others.

He married his sweetheart, Eileen, on October 17, 1958 near Marion, So. Dakota, and they enjoyed almost 54 years of wedded bliss. He served in the U.S. Army immediately following his wedding.

After graduating from Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska in 1971, he and his wife Eileen became the directors of Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Black Hills in Rapid City.  His career included many employment adventures such as farming, truck driving, locksmith and construction worker. Most recently he was employed at Sam’s Club.

He and Eileen spent several years volunteering in overseas missions, where he was his happiest serving, praying for and encouraging others. One of his favorite scriptures was Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”  Jim’s heart desire was that everyone know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Ortman, of Rapid City, SD; daughter, Rhonda (David) Nielsen of Black Hawk, SD, and daughter, Valerie (Bill) Landis of Lancaster, PA; five grandchildren: Joshua (Chelsey) Nielsen, Box Elder, SD; Lindsey (Bruno) Matos, Vitoria, Brazil; Josiah Landis (fiancé Jordan Wilke), Guyana, South America; Rebekah Landis, Lancaster, PA; Rachel Landis, Lancaster, PA; one great-grandson, Alijah Ballard, Box Elder, SD; his brother, Jesse (Jeneane) Ortman, Marion, SD; his sister, Mable Underwood, Sioux Falls, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel & Martha Ortman, and his brother, Harley Ortman.

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Louise Marie Fisher

Louise Marie Fisher, ’46

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

Louise Marie Fisher went to be with the Lord on June 24, 2012.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  Louise was born to Frank and Marie Hamm on November 9, 1926 in Paso Robles, CA.  She was the third of five children and grew up on a farm. She rode horses, milked cows, canned and enjoyed country life.

She attended Templeton schools and Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska.  She met her husband to be, Edgar Fisher, at her brother Rudy’s wedding.  Louise and Ed were married on July 2, 1950 at Grace Bible Church in Atascadero, California.  They moved to Turlock in 1950 when Ed accepted a position as the Ag teacher at Hilmar High School. They had three sons – Robert, Richard, and Ronald.

Louise was a Charter Member of Monte Vista Chapel where she taught Sunday school for many years.  Her open Bible was a familiar sight in her home and a symbol of her faith in the Lord.  She had strength in all she did and worked hard to support and care for her family.  She was a fabulous cook and homemaker. She loved her husband Ed and enjoyed every moment of their life together.  She delighted in her three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is survived by Ed, her husband of 61 years; two sons, Robert (Cindy) of Visalia, CA and Ronald (Debbie) of Denair, CA and daughter-in-law Lynette of Atascadero, CA; Grandchildren-David, Corey (Kristen), Linda (Jimmy), Carson (Melissa), Trevor, Amanda, and Natalie; Great-grandchildren-Eden, Elijah, Mattie, Cade, Gracie, and Mia; Brother Rudy Hamm (Virginia) of Paso Robles, CA and sister Florence McCarty of Ceres, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Marie Hamm; Brother Lenny Hamm; Sister Elenor Smiley; and son Richard who was the Assistant Pastor of Atascadero Bible Church- the same church in which Louise and Ed were married.

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Megan Hilty, ’06 marries Brett Randall

Posted on 13 November 2012 by vunruh

Megan Hilty, ’06 and Brett Randall, both of Versailles, Missouri, were married on October 27, 2012.  Megan is the daughter of fellow Grace Alumni, Philip & Brenda (Harder) Hilty.  Congrats to the happy couple!

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Marie Regier, ’48

Posted on 13 November 2012 by vunruh

Marie Regier, 95, of Henderson, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Henderson.

She was born Oct. 18, 1917 in Hamilton County, near rural Henderson to Isaac C. and Katherina (Siebert) Regier. She attended District #73 east for her elementary education and later earned her G.E.D. diploma.  She accepted Christ at a local Bible School at age 16. Marie also worked in the Henderson area as a housekeeper for area families.

She attended Grace Bible Institute of Omaha in 1944 and graduated with a General Bible Course in 1948. After her graduation, she and her friend Mary Smith went to Coalgate, Okla. and worked for the “Go Ye Mission” for 10 years.

Then she came back to Nebraska and worked at “Back to the Bible” Broadcast for 27 years. In 1990, she and Mary moved to Henderson and enjoyed her retirement by working in her yard and garden and also doing volunteer work at the Henderson Community School.

She was baptized at the Bethesda Mennonite Church and later transferred to the Faith Evangelical Church also in Henderson. Her favorite scripture was

I Corinthians 15: 50-58.

She leaves two brothers, Alfred Regier of Wichita, Kan. and Pete (Eleanor) Regier of Surprise, Ariz.; two sisters, Elsie Friesen and Lavina (David) Quiring of Henderson. Also surviving are nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces, as well as several great-great nephews and nieces.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Irvin and wife Helen Regier; her sister, Matilda and husband Edwin O’Toole; sister-in-law, Jeannette Regier and brother-in-law Jacob E. Friesen.

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