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Dorothy Ann Friesen, ’54

Posted on 29 June 2016 by editor

image001Dorothy Ann Friesen, 80, passed away on June 26, 2016, in Moundridge, Kansas. She was born in Newton on March 23, 1936, to Paul E. and Edna O. Tangeman Vogt. She was an active member of the Garden Community Church in rural Moundridge. On May 4, 1956, she married Norman Friesen. They farmed in rural Walton for 45 years until retiring in Hesston.

She is survived by her husband, Norman, of Hesston; sons Larry (Jeanette) Friesen and Dale (Shelly) Friesen, all of Walton; daughter Yvonne (Gerhard) Fast of Hesston; one brother, Arnold (Shirley) Vogt of Hesston; one sister, Helen (Alvin) Bergen of Augusta; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Verna Broeckel and Betty Oller.

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Clifford E. Koehn, ’50

Posted on 03 June 2016 by editor

imageRev. Clifford Koehn was born to Frank and Dena Koehn on April 8, 1927. He was the oldest of his siblings Robert, Alfred, Art, and Larry. He was raised on a farm near Carnegie, Oklahoma, and graduated from Alden High School. He then went to Grace Bible Institute and received his training for the pastorate. He met Anna Ruth there and they were married June 22, 1950. They entered the ministry in 1955 taking their first church near Langdon, North Dakota. Because of their continuing interest in missions, they moved to Seiling, Oklahoma, in 1960 as home missionaries to the Cheyenne. In 1975, they were called to Geary, Oklahoma, to pastor the First Mennonite Church. They remained at that pastorate until the church closed in the mid-nineties. He continued to preach whenever the opportunity came and taught Sunday school. In addition to his pastorates, Clifford found time to be a Scout Master in Seiling, and he had a photography business and a painting business in Seiling and Geary.  Clifford enjoyed serving his community and his church and talking with his friends at the ASAP store and the Rusty Bucket. Clifford enjoyed volunteering after retiring. Clifford worked with meat canning for MCC and volunteered at his church. He was a past treasurer for the Senior Center and a NODA representative. He was an active member for the Ministerial Alliance for the city of Geary.

He is survived by daughter Virginia Brendemuehl and husband Collin of Westerville, Ohio; son Ronald Koehn and wife Marie of Corn, Oklahoma; and daughter Wanda Koehn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, Michael Brendemuehl, Steven Brendemuehl, Brian Koehn and Renae Koehn, two brothers, Alfred Koehn and wife Alice of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Art Koehn and wife Jean of Topeka, Kansas, as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dena Koehn, his wife, Anna Ruth Koehn, and 2 brothers, Robert and Larry Koehn.

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Wilma Marie Friesen, ’47

Posted on 03 June 2016 by editor

1463850642Wilma Marie Friesen was born May 8, 1921, in Whitewater, Kansas, to Willie and Catherine (Wiebe) Harder. She died Friday, May 20, 2016, in Talihina, Oklahoma, at age 95. Wilma was reared and educated in Whitewater and graduated with the Whitewater High School Class of 1940. After high school she attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated in 1947. Wilma was strong in her faith and was baptized at Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater. She married Peter Z. Friesen on August 9, 1955, in Aberdeen, Idaho. Wilma spent most of her working life as an Ordained Missionary for Avant Ministries. She had a variety of pastimes such as reading, cooking, sewing, and telling stories to her children and grandchildren. Above all, she was a prayer warrior and loved sharing the Lord with people any opportunity she had. Loving family members include: Husband Peter Z. Friesen of Whitewater; Daughters Winnona Brush and husband Ron of Owasso, and Lynette Hinton and husband Geoffrey of Talihina; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many adopted spiritual grandchildren. Wilma was preceded in death by her cousin and Peter’s first wife, Elsie Regier, brother, Eldon Harder, brother, Willfred Harder, sister, Catherine Crocker, Sister, Mildred Dahlenburg, and son, Virgil Friesen.

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