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Elinor Katherine Goertz, ’46

Posted on 03 February 2017 by editor

83a1cc5e-798a-487a-be1b-04433402c181Elinor Katherine Goertz ’46 was born on September 24, 1925, in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, to John and Anna Barkman. She had an older brother, Paul, and a younger sister, Verda. After a number of moves, the family settled in Henderson, Neb., where Elinor graduated from high school. She attended Grace Bible Institute, graduating with the second graduation class in 1946. She met her first husband, Charles Boehr, at Grace and they were married on June 1, 1947. Their child, Charles, was born in 1950, in Winona Lake, Indiana. Her husband, Charles, was tragically killed in a car accident shortly after the birth of Charles. Elinor subsequently moved with infant Charles to Upland, Indiana, to obtain her B.A. degree from Taylor University. At Taylor she was reacquainted with a former Grace student, Reuben Goertz, who also was attending Taylor. Elinor and Reuben were married in Henderson on January 31, 1954. A daughter, Cornelia, was born in 1955, in Haxtun, Colorado, where Elinor and Reuben were involved in planting a church. Having felt God’s call to the mission field, Elinor and Reuben, along with Charles and Cornelia, set sail for Germany in 1956. Elinor and Reuben served as missionaries with Greater Europe Mission in Germany and Canada for more than 30 years. While serving in Germany, the twins, Samuel and Susan, in 1958, in Heidelberg. After retiring in 1998, Elinor and Reuben moved to Colorado Springs to be close to family. They settled into Go Ye Village in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in 2007. Reuben passed away on December 24, 2009. 

Elinor was a gifted teacher, musician, counselor, and inspirational speaker. She had a deep abiding faith in God. She trusted the Lord to sustain and provide no matter the situation or difficulty of the task. She was an amazing prayer warrior – someone who truly prayed without ceasing. Her home was open to everyone and there was always room for one more plate at the table. She loved to entertain making everyone who entered her home feel special. She especially delighted in cooking favorite foods for her children and grandchildren – Sunday roasts, verenika, zwieback and her heavenly strawberry jam. Her hands were always busy, knitting, sewing or cross-stitching. She delighted in knitting beautiful and creative sweaters for her grandchildren. She loved to play games and work with puzzles. She lovingly reminded her grandchildren to read their Bible. She treasured spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to gather them around her for a game of Skip bo or to work a puzzle. Their accomplishments were her pride and joy in life. In her eyes, they were perfect! Elinor was technologically savvy and kept in daily contact with those she loved on her iPhone, texting or sending selfies or photos. She was a loving, encouraging, faithful friend to a countless number of people. At the time of her death she was still in regular contact with friends in Germany. Even with the death of Reuben in 2009, she kept on serving the God she loved, encouraging others to join her in the work of the Lord. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home on January 28, 2017, in Tahlequah, OK, at the age of 91. A blessed sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, that can never be replaced.

Elinor is preceded in death by her mother, father, husband Charles Boehr and second husband Reuben Goertz, her brother, Dr. Paul Barkman, and her sister, Verda Prieb. Those left to carry on her legacy include her sons and daughters, Rev. Charles Goertz and wife Beverly of Denver; Connie Sturm and husband Rev. Jon Sturm of Portland, Oregon; Susan Holm and husband Rev. Jason Holm of Cologne, Germany; and Dr. Samuel Goertz and wife Andrea Goertz of Montvale, N.J. There are eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She also leaves her very special friend and sister, Maryann Andres, and three sisters-in-law, Frieda Barkman, Bette Friesen and Liz Hanes, as well as many cousins and a host of friends.

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Orlando Eldon Klassen, ’46

Posted on 12 September 2016 by editor

Orlando Eldon Klassen ’46, 88, died in Jackson, Minn., on December 24, 2015. 

He lived in Mountain Lake, Minn. for most of his life. He was born on Feb. 16, 1927, to Jacob and Elizabeth Klassen in Mountain Lake. He married Joanne Unruh on June 17, 1949, in Newton, Kansas. They farmed together near Mountain Lake and raised four children. Orlando was a member of the Cornerstone Bible Church in Mountain Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years. 

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Hilda Marie Schmidt, ’46

Hilda Marie Schmidt, ’46

Posted on 14 July 2016 by editor

hmschmidt46Hilda Marie Schmidt ’46 was born to Jacob and Maria (Rempel) Regier on February 17, 1924, the eldest of seven children. Ninety-two eventful years later, she passed into the presence of her wonderful Savior on July 3, 2016.

Hilda grew up on a farm near Mountain Lake, Minn., learning the meaning of hard work, close family life, and honest living from godly parents. After graduating from high school, she attended Mountain Lake Bible School, Grace Bible Institute in Omaha,  and Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. At Grace, she first met her future husband, Arthur Schmidt, from Meno, Okla. After graduation, she taught at Oklahoma Bible Academy, close to Arthur’s hometown. They were married in a double ceremony with Hilda’s sister, AnnaMae and her husband, Glen Epp, on June 16, 1950.

A year later, Hilda and Art were on a Norwegian banana boat bound for Ecuador, South America, as missionaries. They disembarked in the harbor at Guayaquil and braved the arduous trip over the Andes Mountains, finally arriving at the village of Shell Mera, known as the gateway to the jungle. There they studied the Spanish language and grew to love the Ecuadorian people. They became heavily involved in teaching at Berean Bible Institute, preparing the Ecuadorian young people for ministry in their local churches. Hilda was very busy teaching students to play the piano and accordion.

Hilda and Art’s focus also became the raising of a family of five children, who remember her well for strict and loving discipline, always ready with a song, never too busy to stop and listen to childhood woes and joys. She was a great letter writer, communicating with each child weekly as they attended boarding school, keeping them abreast of all the goings on at home. As each of them left home and eventually chose their life partners, she rejoiced. She also believed strongly in the power of prayer and would get up early each morning to pray for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Hilda helped her beloved husband through seminary, typing papers and dissertation. When they returned to the field again, and Arthur began a new method of preparing people for ministry called Theological Education by Extension, Hilda typed the textbooks he wrote.

After 32 years of ministry in Ecuador, they retired from the field, but not from ministry. Continuing serving God and loving people have always been their priority, whether on a college campus, with the Mexicans across the border in Juarez, in a Spanish-speaking church or at Golden Oaks Retirement Village in Enid, Okla. Arthur went to be with the Lord in January 2011, and Hilda was moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, to be closer to family. She spent her last years happily in the memory care wing of Luther Park. Here she continued to touch people’s lives through her music, cheerful spirit, and genuine love.

Hilda was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; parents Jacob and Maria Regier; an infant sister Edna and her brother Melvin. She is survived by her children: son Mervin (Cindy) Schmidt of Ramona, Okla., daughter Betsy (Norman) Olson of Glen Ellyn, Ill., son Fredrick (Desiree) Schmidt of Nampa, Idaho, son Jonathan (Karen) Schmidt of Spokane, Wash., son Ronald (Anne) Schmidt of Ponderay, Idaho; sisters AnnaMae (Glen deceased) Epp, Myrna (Verne) Zielke, Elisabeth (Walt) Heinrichs, brother Norman (Nancy) Regier, sister-in-law Lydia Regier, 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

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Peter W. Voran, ’46

Posted on 23 November 2015 by editor

(August 19, 1923 – November 14, 2015)

Peter Willard Voran, third child of Carl and Martha Voran, was born on August 19, 1923, on a farm near Castleton, Kansas. He attended Zion Grade School and graduated from Castleton High School in 1941. Upon his confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ he was baptized in the Mennonite Church in Arlington. In 1946 he attended Grace Bible University in Omaha, Nebraska. for 2 years. Following this, he was pastor of the Hopefield Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas, while attending Bethel College in North Newton.

He married Lois Geiger ’49 on August 5, 1949. In 1951, following graduation from Bethel, they went to Japan as missionaries with the Commission on Overseas Missions of the General Conference Mennonite Church. They served 30 years with that work. They served at the First Mennonite Church in Pretty Prairie for 6 years and also had several interim pastorates since their retirement. They have resided at Kidron Bethel Village since July 1991.

Peter passed into the presence of the Lord, November 14, 2015.

Surviving are children Dave (Linda), Leawood, Kans., Debra Graber (Allen), Newton, Kans., Dan (Darryl), Bow, Washington, grandchildren Brandon Voran (Sara), Kansas City Mo., Joshua Graber (Staci), Fayetteville, Ark., Jill Utecht (Adam), Hillsboro, Kans., Mindy Graber (Bryan Ulrey), Denver, Colo., Nichole Voran (Keith Prinkey), Connellsville, Penn., Chelsea Funk, Pittsburgh, Penn., eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sophia and Claire Utecht, Emeri and Elijah Graber, Layla Voran, AJ and Natty Prinkey. Also surviving are sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Betty Engle, Pineville, Mo., two brothers-in-law, Wallace Geiger (Wanda) and Mahlon Geiger (Anne) of Pandora, Ohio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Doris B. Ewert, ’46

Posted on 09 March 2015 by editor

Doris B. Ewert passed away in Omaha on February 25, 2015, at the age of  86. She was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Leonard B. Ewert; brother, Wilber Pekrul; sister, LaVonne Young; son-in-law, Danko Paziak. Survived by children and spouses, Stan and Karen Ewert of Bailey, CO, Reg and Linda Ewert of Omaha, Kathy Paziak of Omaha; grandchildren, Lisa (Bryce), Christopher (Carla), Sara (Igor), Melissa (Jacob), Doug (Katie), Lauren (Dylan); 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

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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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1946 Dorothy Thiessen

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1946 Dorothy Thiessen, 89, of Mt. Lake died March 28, 2011.  Services were Thursday at Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake with Rev. Nathan Janzen officiating.  Interment was at Cornerstone Bible Cemetery in Mt. Lake.

Dorothy Dick was born May 9, 1921, to Henry H. and Anna (Wall) Dick in Dallas, Ore. At a young age she moved with her family to Lester, Mont., and at age 12 was baptized.

She graduated from high school in Dallas and attended nurse’s school in Portland, Ore. After receiving her nurse’s degree, Dorothy attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb., for one year of Bible training.  Dorothy moved with her parents to Mt. Lake in the mid 1940s.

In 1949, Dorothy married John T. Thiessen at Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake. Dorothy was a full-time housewife and mother and worked part-time at the hospital. She also helped her husband with his many jobs around town.

Dorothy was involved in the Ladies Mission Society group and taught Sunday School.  She enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing a variety of games and traveling with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Thiessen; a grandson, David Thiessen; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Thiessen; a brother, sister, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Survivors include her son, Ron (Dayle) Thiessen of Chadron, Neb.; a daughter, Elizabeth (Robert) Birkey of Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Jantzen of Lancaster, Calif.; and Sara Hall of Glendale, Ariz.


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1946 Arthur R. Schmidt

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1946 Arthur R. Schmidt ENID — The funeral service for Arthur R. Schmidt, 87, will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Iglesia Bautista Emanuel Church. Rev. Savlo Flores will officiate. Burial will be in New Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery, Meno, Okla.  Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

Arthur was born March 14, 1923, in Meno, Okla., to Fred and Anna Buller Schmidt and died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in Enid, Okla.

He was raised in Meno and graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy. He went to Grace Bible Institute and graduated.

He married Hilda Regier in 1951. He went on to be a missionary in Ecuador for 34 years. He retired from Ecuador fields and went to the Mexican border, living in El Paso, Texas, for 10 years. He moved to Golden Oaks in Enid, Okla., 14 years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda, of the home; four sons, Mervin Schmidt and wife Cindy of Bartlesville, Okla., Fred Schmidt and wife Desireé of Ecuador, Jonathan Schmidt and wife Karen of Peru, Ron Schmidt and wife Anne of Sand Point, Idaho; one daughter, Betsy Olson and husband Norman of Chicago, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


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