Archive | November, 2014

Charlene Burkholder, ’65

Posted on 05 November 2014 by vunruh

Charlene Marie (Classen) Burkholder was born Aug 2, 1944. She died Oct 22, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jared Burkholder of Hesston, KS; children: Brad Burkholder (Sally) of Hesston, KS; Tiffany Smith (Michael) of Omaha, NE; Jonathan Burkholder (Jeanna) of Seattle, WA; Candice Bradford (Jeff) of Phoenix, AZ; and nine grandchildren, Cassidy and Carson Burkholder, Thaddaeus, Elias, and Matthias Smith, Graham and Elliott Burkholder, Tyson and Taylor Bradford.

She is also survived by a sister, Yvonne Fenimore (Terry) of Urbandale, IA; sister-in-law, Dori Classen of Holdrege, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Curt & Lena Classen; her step-mother, Mary Classen; and her brother, Jerry Classen.

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Marilyn Amstutz

Marilyn Amstutz, ’09

Posted on 05 November 2014 by vunruh

Marilyn Florence (Horne) Amstutz was born February 5, 1957 to Olive and Gordon Horne in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from Simcoe Composite School, she moved to the United States for college. It wasn’t New York City or Los Angeles that lured her away from her homeland, but the small city of Cedarville, Ohio where she felt called to attend Cedarville University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1978 and moved back to Simcoe to teach grades 5-6 at Bethel Baptist Academy.

During this time, she became reacquainted with a friend from Cedarville, Kent Amstutz. They began dating long-distance and married in 1981, and again she moved to the states—this time to Des Moines, Iowa where Kent was in medical school. While in Des Moines, Marilyn taught Middle School English at Grandview Park Baptist School.

Kent had joined the Air Force before entering medical school, so upon his graduation they were sent to Biloxi, Mississippi for his residency. In 1983, their first child was born, Jenee Christina. 1986 brought another move—Omaha, NE—and another baby, Melissa Lynn. Shortly after, they moved to Papillion, NE, and with the Air Force being the Air Force, they moved shortly after that to Puyallup, WA.

Marilyn was able to home school the girls during their time in Washington and they all enjoyed the beautiful forests, mountains, and ocean as their classroom. Kent’s liver disease unfortunately progressed while in Washington, and while they were set to make their next move to England, instead they returned to Nebraska in order for Kent to receive care at UNMC, which housed one of the best transplant teams in the country. After Kent’s liver transplant, Marilyn and her family settled into life in Nebraska. She became a substitute teacher for Papillion-La Vista Schools until 2002.

Marilyn was gifted in many ways. She played the flute, piano, and sang; which she was able to do all over the world through her trips to Brazil (1978) all ten provinces in Canada (1980), and Australia (1977 and 2008). She delighted in serving and participating in ministry at Christ Community Church, where she wrote curriculum, taught bible studies, sponsored youth trips, and was a student leader trainer in the youth group.

Marilyn always valued education. She loved learning and she loved to teach others. She went back to school and graduated from Grace University with her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2009. In 2008, she became the Dean of Women at Grace University and continued until 2013. She cultivated many long, lasting relationships with her students.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she was a beloved Grammie to her grandchildren, Sam and Lucia. She was a friend to anyone who came into contact with her and she cared for all living things. Her battle with cancer was fought courageously, passionately, and with a smile until the very end.

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Martha Baerg

Martha (Classen) Baerg, ’51

Posted on 05 November 2014 by vunruh

Martha (Classen) Baerg was born on February 3, 1926 to Abe L. and Agnes (Bartel) Classen in Meade, KS. She was the oldest of 9 children. She passed into the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on September 10, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, MN at the age of 88.

She attended McNulty School in Meade County for her elementary education.  Martha and sister Ann both graduated from Meade Bible Academy in 1948. This was the first graduating class of MBA. Martha graduated from Grace University with her BA degree in 1951. In 1985 she earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Leadership from Azusa Pacific in California.

Martha accepted the Lord as her personal savior at age 16. She was later baptized, upon the confession of her faith, by Rev. Orlando Wiebe on August 6, 1944 and joined the EMB church at Meade, KA. She transferred her membership to the Cornerstone Bible Church in Mountain Lake on April 27, 1997.

Martha’s heart was for missions and to serve others which was indicated by her spending 5 summers working for the Go Ye Mission in the Ozarks. She also served and additional year at InFaith Mission in South Dakota. She answered her call to missions and went to Japan to assist in pioneer church planting. She faithfully served in Japan from 1951-1996 as a career missionary with SEND Int’l.  Along with her sister Ann, she assisted in planting 7 churches.

On May 5, 1989 she married Henry Baerg at the Christian Academy Chapel in Higashi Kurume, Japan. They served together as missionaries with SEND Int’l for 7 1/2 years and were married for 24 years. Upon retirement, they made their home in Mountain Lake and opened their doors to many friends and students from Japan who were traveling through. Martha volunteered with hospice, at Good Samaritan Village, Elizabeth House, and was active leading Bible Study, teaching Sunday school, and attending prayer meetings.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry in 2013; and sisters- Lisbeth (stillborn), and Esther Ratzlaff. Martha is survived by 4 sisters- Ann Classen, Lone Tree in Meade, KS, Alma Regier of Meade, KS, Arlene (D Junior) Stoesz of Mountain Lake, and Leona (Harold) Buller of Hillsdale, OK; 2 brothers- John (Rose) Classen of Topeka, KA, and Menno (Susanna) Classen of Aurora, NE; and many nieces, nephews, and Baerg extended family.

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