Archive | December, 2013

Imageyne Juett

Imageyne Elaine Juett, ’49

Posted on 12 December 2013 by vunruh

Imageyne Elaine Juett, age 84, of Edinburg, Texas, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 28, 2013. She was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Nevada, Ohio, to Arthur and Mamie Brown. She grew up on a farm in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and graduated from Sycamore High School in 1947. She attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska in the fall of 1949, where she met her husband, Aaron Juett. They married Aug. 20, 1950.

Together, they began a life of service as missionaries. They spent three years in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, then served in Panama from 1955-1965. They moved to the valley in 1967, where they joined and served at the Rio Grande Bible Institute of Edinburg. She was a talented and gifted musician and seamstress. She loved playing the piano for many occasions at RGBI along with playing the organ and piano for First Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas, for many years. She also played for the Split Rail Trailer Park and J-5 Park for 25 years beside her pastoring husband. She worked in the FBC office for many years while also helping her husband at RGBI with secretarial work.

She loved sewing for her daughters and granddaughters, and traveling in her later life. She loved and was loved deeply by her family. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lois Elaine Johns, and brother, Milfred Brown. She is survived by her husband and life partner, Aaron Juett of Edinburg, Texas; son, Ron Juett (Kelly) of Victoria, Texas; daughter, Doris Vanleeuwen (Adrian) of Pineville, Mo.; daughter, Rachel Smith (Bart) of Georgetown, Texas; grandchildren Sonya Johns, Tina Metzger (Jason), Trisa Seawell, Landon Smith (Heather), Justin Juett (Tiffany), Ashlynn Kelso (Clay), Kyle Juett , Grayson Smith, and Branson Smith; Great-grandchildren, Kolby, Emily, Cameren, Kennedy, Kadence, Dylan, Cannon, and Kai.

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Wynona Entz, ’53

Posted on 11 December 2013 by vunruh

Wynona I., Entz, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Wheat State Manor, Whitewater, KS. Wynona was born Nov. 21, 1934, in Newton,, KS, the daughter of Henry and Elsie Claassen. She was a graduate of Berean Academy and attended Grace Bible Institute. On Aug. 11, 1956, she was united in marriage to Walter Entz. They made their home near Whitewater on the farm.Wynona was a homemaker and member of the Emmaus Mennonite Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Eileen Doran; and her husband, Walter. She is survived by sons, Stanley of Whitewater, Byron and Susan of Parker, Colo., Gerald of Omaha, Neb., Lloyd and Jinny of North Platte, Neb.; daughters, Annette Entz of Whitewater, Sharon and Roger Block of Benton, Kan.; brother, Alvin Claassen and wife, Elaine of Whitewater; 14 grandchildren; and son-in-law, Peter Doran.

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Hannah Cozine baby pic Derek and Angela

Hannah Elizabeth Cozine born to Derek, ’11 and Angela, ’13 Cozine

Posted on 10 December 2013 by vunruh

Derek and Angela (Kennedy) Cozine would like to introduce Hannah Elizabeth Cozine, their new daughter!
Hannah was born November 8, 2013 at 9:23 p.m. after 28 hours of labor. She is 7 lb. 10 oz. and is 21″ in length.

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Albert Neufeld

Albert Neufeld, ’49

Posted on 09 December 2013 by vunruh

Albert Neufeld, 93, passed away Nov. 28, 2013.

Albert was born on Oct. 7, 1920, at Delft, MN, to Frank and Anna (Krahn) Neufeld. When he was 2, the family moved to Lostwood, ND, to farm. Albert, two brothers and a sister attended a country school. Because of drought, the family moved back to Minnesota and he farmed with his dad. After he was injured in a corn picker accident, he left the farm and went to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, graduating in 1949. Albert became a pastor. His first church was a small rural church in Arena, N.D.

On Sept. 6, 1949, he married Esther Wedel at Yale, SD. While at Arena, two of their daughters were born.

In 1955, Albert and Esther became missionaries and moved to Panama, Central America. The family grew and two more daughters were born in Panama.

During the 10 years in Central America, Albert worked as a church planter, brick layer, mechanic, teacher, preacher and dorm parent for missionary kids at a boarding school.

In 1966, he fulfilled a dream by driving from Panama to South Dakota with the family. He went back to pastoring and the family moved to Butterfield, MN, where he pastored the First Mennonite Brethren Church. Five years later, he became the pastor of a Bible church in Edgewood, IA, and during the nine years he was in Edgewood, he helped to start a Youth For Christ ministry for the area.

The next ministry stop was the Evangelical Free Church in Stanton, IA. In 1988, he moved to Taylor to help with a church plant until they were able to hire a pastor. By this time, he had spent 40 years in ministry. Being a pastor in rural areas provided him opportunities to work for local farmers, continuing his love for farming.

He loved visiting with people, sharing his faith and helping people come to faith and grow in their love for Christ. He loved going fishing with friends, spending time traveling and being with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, taking vacations to go back to South Dakota to help with harvest.

After a severe stroke in April 2010, he was unable to communicate as he liked. He spent much time reading the Bible, listening to audio sermons and Christian radio. On Sept. 19, he entered Golden Living Center in Broken Bow, and passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

He and Esther enjoyed 64 years of married life and traveled to many parts of the U.S. and other countries. He loved his family and prayed for them daily.

He is survived by his wife, Esther; his daughters, Wanda (Dan) Anderson, Naomi (Sydney) Okoye and Korreen (Jim) Morris; his son-in-law, Howard Sorensen; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ann Dawson, of Whitier, Calif.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a daughter, Eileen Sorensen.

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Bethany Epps, ’07 marries Nirmal Singh Samuel

Posted on 02 December 2013 by vunruh

Bethany Epps joined Nirmal Singh Samuel in marriage on November 17, 2013.  They met while Bethany was on a mission trip to India.

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Doris M. Fyfe, ’85

Posted on 02 December 2013 by vunruh

Doris M. Fyfe, adjunct professor in the Elementary Education Department from 1982 to 2002, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the uterus.  She asks for you prayers, but is trusting in the Lord for HIS will to be done.

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Millie and Aaron Pusch

Millie Ann Pusch, daughter of Andrew and Katherine Pusch, ’07

Posted on 02 December 2013 by vunruh

We are excited to announce our second child’s birth! Millie Ann joined her big brother Aaron, on September 4, 2013.  God has truly blessed our family!

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Ralph Friesen

Ralph Stanley Friesen, ’50

Posted on 02 December 2013 by vunruh

Ralph Stanley Friesen went home to be with the Lord on October 20, 2013.  He was born on July 8, 1932 near Mountain Lake, MN to Peter R. and Linda (Harder) Friesen . After graduating from Mountain Lake High School in 1950, he attended Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, NE. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Loewens on December 30, 1952. From January 1955 – December 1956, he did his 1W Service at Menninger Psychiatric Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.
They made their home and farmed together near Mountain Lake until 1986. He worked at Conestoga Woods for several years. In 1989, they moved to Mountain Lake, where Ralph worked many years as maintenance supervisor at the Eventide Home. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Heritage Village in later years. In February 2011, they moved to the Eventide Suites Assisted Living Facility and then in January 2013, moved to the Sogge Home in Windom, MN.
Ralph was very active in the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, MN and later the Community Bible Church in Mt. Lake. He served as church moderator, deacon, treasurer and various other committees. Ralph loved to sing and was very involved in all areas of music ministry. He directed the Carson Male Chorus for many years. He also sang many solos and duets with Linda. He enjoyed singing in small groups and the church choir. Ralph served on the Co-op Board and the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Board. He enjoyed being with people and was a very devoted husband, dad and grandpa.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Linda Friesen of Windom; 3 children, Stanton and his wife, Theresa of Brandon, SD. Bruce and his wife Darla, of Delft, and Michelle and her husband, Kevin Ratzlaff of Mt. Lake. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren. He is survived by one sister, Verona and her husband Vernon J Friesen of Tahlequah, OK, two brothers, Vernon D. and his wife Jan of Lincoln, NE and Norman of San Diego, CA.Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Sheila Embertson.

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