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Darrell Fast, ’60

Posted on 09 August 2017 by editor


Darrell Fast, former pastor at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas, died peacefully on June 11, 2017, in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Mt. Lake, Minn., on Sept. 5, 1939. He also served Mennonite churches in Leamington and Toronto.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; children, Doug (Michelle) and Larissa; as well as grandchildren, Avery and Britton. He leaves his siblings, Don Fast (Diane), Evelyn Schofield and Elisabeth Smith (Aaron); as well as his sisters-in-law, Anita Janzen and Betty Ann Bontrager (Merv).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry L. and Anna (Rempel) Fast; a brother-in-law, Charles Schofield; a nephew, Jeffrey Christopher Fast; and a niece, Julie Ann Schofield.

Darrell will be remembered by nieces, nephews, colleagues and many friends. A memorial service was held June 17, 2017, in Leamington.

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Linda Mae Loewens Friesen, ’51

Posted on 09 August 2017 by editor


Linda Mae Friesen, the daughter of Henry S. and Nettie (Seibel) Loewens was born on April 10, 1932, in Mountain Lake, Minn. She passed away on July 19, 2017, at the age of 85.

After graduating from Mountain Lake High School in 1950, she attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. She married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Friesen, on December 30, 1952. They made their home and farmed together near Mountain Lake until 1986. In 1989, they moved to Mountain Lake. Linda was a wonderful wife and mother. She and Ralph were married almost 61 years, with Ralph predeceasing her in October 2013. Together they raised three children and kept very busy on the farm. She loved to sing and often sang duets with Ralph, a ladies sextet, and the church choir. She also worked at the Mountain Lake Public Library, volunteered at Good Samaritan Village, and Care and Share. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Linda is survived by her children: Stanton (Theresa) Friesen of Brandon, S.D., Bruce (Darla) Friesen of Delft, Minn., and Michelle (Kevin) Ratzlaff of Mountain Lake, Minn.; Linda was preceded in death by her husband; parents; granddaughter Sheila Embertson; brothers: Orlando (Marie) Loewens, LaVern (Amanda) Loewens; sister Evelyn (John) Stoesz; sister-in-law Dora Loewens; and brothers-in-law Vern Suderman, Art Rahn and Jim Schultz.

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David Bergmann, ’93

Posted on 09 August 2017 by editor


David Edward Bergmann, age 51, of Aurora, Neb., passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the scene of an accident near York, Nebraska.

David, the son of Edward and Barbara (Zezulak) Bergmann, was born in Omaha on February 19, 1966. David graduated from Weeping Water High School in 1984, attended Central College of McPherson, Kansas, and graduated in 1993 from Grace Bible College. He entered the U.S. Army on September 17, 1986, and was honorably discharged after serving in Germany in 1988. David married Brenda Hatfield on June 24, 1989, at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. They made their home in Omaha, then Arapahoe, before moving to Aurora in 2000. David worked for Penner Manufacturing as a welder for the last 12 years. He also worked as a part-time bus driver for Arrow Stage Lines in Grand Island since 2016. David and Brenda had just celebrated their 28th anniversary. David was a member of the Aurora Evangelical Free Church. He enjoyed kayaking with his son, gardening, riding his bike, movie trivia, history, working out and spending time with friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Hannah Lee, and father-in-law, Lynn Hatfield. Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife Brenda; son, Ethan Bergmann of Aurora; father and mother, Edward and Barbara Bergmann of Weeping Water, Neb.; brothers, Jeffery (Tina) Bergmann, Kyle ( Ellen) Bergmann; sister Christine (Doug) Freitag; mother-in-law Rosalie Hatfield; brother and sister-in-law Allen and Linda Hatfield, Lynda and Leroy Dowd, and Roy and Marlyn Mastre. He is also survived by several nieces and nephew and many close friends.

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Linda (Wall) Krahn, ’50

Posted on 09 August 2017 by editor

Linda (Wall) Krahn ’50,  age 88, of Mt. Lake, Minn., died June 22, 2017. Linda Helen Wall was born Oct. 2, 1928, to John and Mary (Fast) Wall in Mt. Lake. She grew up on a farm in Carson Township of Cottonwood County, where she loved the outdoors. She attended District 16 South Banner School before graduating from Bingham Lake High School in 1947. Linda continued her education at Grace Bible Institute.

Linda accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior, was baptized and joined Immanuel Mennonite Church, where she received Bible teaching and helped with Sunday school and release time classes. Linda also taught Vacation Bible School and counseled at camp. In 1963, Linda married Richard Krahn. She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening and helping her husband in the grocery business. When Richard and Linda retired in 1999, they enjoyed doing things together at home and church. Survivors include her husband, Richard Krahn of Mt. Lake; a daughter, Mary (Dick) Carpenter of Peyton, Colo.; and a son, David Krahn of Mt. Lake.

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Laura Jean (Rempel) Barkman, ’57

Posted on 20 June 2017 by editor

barkman617Jean Barkman was born on July 1, 1938, to Paul and Hannah (Miller) Rempel in Inola, Oklahoma. She departed this life on June 15, 2017 in Chouteau, Oklahoma, at age 78.

Jean grew up in rural Inola and attended various country schools and then Inola Public School from the 5th grade thru the 10th grade. In 1954 at the Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, Oklahoma,  she met the love of her life, Ed Barkman. She studied at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha in 1956-57. On June 27, 1958, they were married, and to their union three children were born. She and Ed did missionary work for most of their lives, serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil for 30 years. They served in various support roles including building jungle air strips. After retirement she was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, Bible school and serving in the prison ministry.?She loved sewing and making quilts for her grandchildren. More than anything she loved her family, and her devotion to God was one to be admired. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.?She is survived by her husband, Ed; one son, Keith Barkman and wife Heidi of Brazil; two daughters, Cheryl Skupa and husband Bryan of Haddam, Kansas and Linda Goossen and husband Elwyn of Brazil; six grandchildren, Timothy and Hanna Barkman, Laura Skupa and Andrew, Nathan and Susanna Goossen; two sisters, Shirley Schellhorn and husband Paul of Claremore, Eunice Weast and husband Frank of Inola and Charlie Rempel and wife Okie of Wiggins, Mississippi, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.?She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Hannah.

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Janice Jean Wohlgemuth, ’58

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

5934411230303Janice Jean (Diller) Wohlgemuth was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on May 6, 1936, to Albert and Telsa Diller. She passed away June 2, 2017, at the age of 81.

Janice loved helping on the family farm – whether it was milking the cows, driving the tractor for her father or helping her mother prepare food for the farm workers. Janice attended elementary and high school in Bluffton, graduating in 1954. While in high school, she participated in music and drama. She then attended Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, and received a four year degree in Christian Education in 1958. Today, this degree would include a teaching certificate.

Janice accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized and became a member of the Ebenezer Church in Bluffton, Ohio. Janice met Eldon Gene Wohlgemuth at Grace University in 1957. They dated a year before getting engaged. They were married on Aug. 29, 1958. They had two sons: Craig Allen Wohlgemuth, born June 28, 1959, and Kevin Ray Wohlgemuth, born Feb. 15, 1962. Janice loved raising her two boys and later, when she became a grandmother, loved spending time with her grandkids, even including sleepovers.

Janice started her work at Remington Middle School in 1972, as a para in different classrooms, but also helped out in many other areas of the school as she was needed. Janice loved working with the kids at school. While Eldon worked second shift for a while, she would come home from her middle school job and get ready to work the evening shift at Wheat State Manor in her certified nurses aide capacity.

Janice retired from the Remington School District in 2016. Jan sold her home in Whitewater, then moved to Newton. Even after moving, she stayed involved with Remington students by being part of a mentorship program with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Soon after moving to Newton, she became involved with the Community Assembly at Presbyterian Manor by serving as vice-chairwoman. She was in charge of lining up programs for the residents to enjoy.

Janice had a resiliency and strength in life that she recognized could only have come from God. She believed that, when bad things happen in life, one should use those instances as opportunities to help others in similar situations. Jan formed a group of six other widowed women who regularly ate out together, using that time to share about their lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon; son, Craig; father, Albert Diller; and mother, Telsa Diller. Janice is survived by her son Craig’s wife, Tammy and daughter Maddijo Allen, as well as Maddijo’s husband, Tyler James Kennedy, and their children Reck and Range of Whitewater; son Kevin and wife Leann and their children Hollann Marie, Bryant Ralen, Camden Tyler and Shaylie Breann of Peoria, Arizona; and brother, Marvin and wife Gloria of Bluffton, Ohio.

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Alvina Schroeder

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

20170523-120527_AlvinaSchroederAlvina Schroeder, age 104, of Mt. Lake, Minn., died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Alvina was born on Jan. 18, 1913, in Freeman, S.D., to Peter and Susie (Becker) Schroeder. She attended country school and graduated from the eighth grade. She became a seamstress at an early age and kept her brothers and sisters well clothed. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior as a youth and was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake for most of her life. Her work years included working as a cook at the Eventide in Mt. Lake and Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb. She also spent a year in Juneau, Alaska, helping the P.J. Nickel family. Alvina spent much of her time caring for her younger siblings as well as many nieces and nephews. She never married. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking and baking. Everyone loved her zwiebach! She was a great influence and joy to her whole family and those she worked with. All who knew her loved her. Even though she never had children of her own, she was mother and grandmother to many. We are blessed to have had her in our life and eagerly look forward to a reunion in heaven. She is survived by her sister, Leona Nickel of Andover; and her brother, Dennis (Margaret) Schroeder of Mound; and many nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her father, Peter W.; her mother, Susie; her brothers: Jacob, William, Peter, David, infant brother Sylvester, Leander, Ervin and Harley; and her sisters, Linda, Elsa and Delphe.

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Darrell W. Scott, ’64

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

ThumbnailDarrell was born on March 21, 1933, and died at age 84 on May 20, 2017, in Omaha. Darrell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was named the 1955 Mr. Midwest Bodybuilding Champion. Darrell graduated from Grace Bible Institute and was a pastor and evangelist in the greater Omaha area and beyond for over 50 years.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara; Former wife of 24 years, Carol Bednar; Children: Randall Scott, Sherry Scott, Shelly Briskey, Jon Scott and wife Traci; Step-Children, Matt Bochnicek and wife Mary, Mitch Bochnicek; 10 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson; Sister-in-law Rita Saab and husband Gene.

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Lillian (Siebert) Detweiler, ’53

Posted on 12 May 2017 by editor

image002Lillian S. Detweiler of Bradenton, Fla., died Dec. 4, 2011.  

Born in Hamilton County, Neb., on April 13, 1931, and she moved to Florida in 1953.  She  helped to found Detweiler’s Propane Gas Company.  She was a licensed practical nurse and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was deeply devoted to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ  and her church.

She enjoyed reading, baking and traveling. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be deeply missed.  

Predeceased by parents, Henry and Maria Siebert; sisters, Esther Rogers, and Winifred Siebert; survived by sons, Kenneth (Michelle) of Bradenton, Lawrence (Sue) of Huntington, Vermont, Anthony (Lisa) of Maryville, Tenn; daughters, Rebecca (Neil) Nyberg of Battle Creek, Mich., Susan (Don) Blaker of Bradenton, Fla.; brothers, Johnny, Henry, Alan, and Dennis Siebert; sisters, Tiena Sellers, Mabel Eichhorn, Marion Jensen; eighteen grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

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Lila Mae Kitch, ’63

Posted on 05 April 2017 by editor

lmk63Lila Mae Kitch ’63, born March 11, 1941, passed away March 30, 2017, at age 76. 

Lila was born in Arnold, Neb., to Manfred and Ildie Blixt. She graduated from Arnold High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Grace Bible Institute in 1963. On August 8, 1963, Lila married Sherman Kitch in Arnold. It was love at first sight. Lila worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Russell Stationary. They moved to Amarillo from Borger, Texas, in 2004. Lila was strong to the core. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and was the heart of her family. She was very involved with her church, and was very giving with her time and talents. 

Survivors include her husband, Sherman Kitch of Amarillo; a daughter, Renee Whitaker and husband James of Amarillo; two sons, Randy Kitch and wife Samantha of Kansas City, Mo., and Robbie Kitch of Ft. Worth; one sister, Lydia Blixt of Little Rock, Ark.; five brothers, Larry Blixt and wife Judy, Leroy Blixt and wife Tina, Lennie Blixt and wife Carol all of Chapman, Kansas, Leon Blixt and wife Elaine of Belton, Maryland, and Lyle Blixt and wife Janie of Branson, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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