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Anna Ruth Baerg Koehn, ’49

Posted on 06 August 2015 by editor

Anna Ruth would say the most influential person in her life was her Lord Jesus Christ. Her relationship with Him has carried her through difficult times in her life and difficult choices that would ultimately make her the woman she was. At age 13, Anna Ruth accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. Her love for Christ has been displayed throughout her life.

     Anna Ruth Baerg Koehn was born to Jacob and Maria Baerg on January 20, 1927, on the family farm north of Butterfield, Minn. She passed away on July 27, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the age of 88. She graduated from high school in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. She attended Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Nebraska, where she met Clifford Koehn. Prior to their marriage, she received nurses training at the Vocational School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Then on June 22, 1950, she married Clifford at her home church at Butterfield, Minnesota.

     Anna Ruth and Clifford planned to go to the mission field, but because of health issues their plans changed. Instead, they entered the ministry taking their first church near Langdon, N.D. Because of their continuing interest in missions, four years later they moved to Seiling, Okla., as home missionaries to the Cheyenne Indians. In 1975, they moved to Geary, Okla.,to pastor the First Mennonite Church. They remained in that pastorate till the church closed.   

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Maria Baerg, her brother Henry and his wife Martha, brother Jacob, and sister Marie. She is survived by her husband Clifford of Geary, Okla; 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. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael Brendemuehl, Steven Brendemuehl, Brian Koehn and Renae Koehn; and siblings David Baerg, Arthur and Rosella Baerg, Matilda and Dewayne Erickson, and Paul and Corina Baerg.

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Lois J. Voran, ’49

Posted on 17 December 2014 by editor

Lois June (Geiger) Voran, second child of Monroe and Anna Geiger, was born on June 23, 1926, on a farm near Pandora, Ohio. She attended Pandora public school and graduated in 1944. Upon her confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, she was baptized at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. In 1949 she graduated from Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, NE.

She married Peter Voran on August 5, 1949. Following two years of ministry at the Hopefield Mennonite Church in Moundridge, KS, 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 (for the Hillsboro paper add: including Hillsboro First Mennonite Church). They have resided at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, Kansas since July 1991. Lois and Peter were members of the Shalom Mennonite Church.

Lois peacefully passed into the presence of the Lord, Monday, December 15, 2014 with her family at her side.

Surviving are her husband, Peter W. Voran, of North Newton, children Dave (Linda), Leawood, KS, Debra Graber (Allen), Newton, KS, Dan (Darryl), Bow, Washington, grandchildren Brandon Voran, Kansas City MO, Joshua Graber (Staci), Fayetteville, Ark, Jill Utecht (Adam), Hillsboro, KS, Mandy Graber, Wichita, KS, Nichole Voran, Pittsburg, PA, Chelsea Funk, Pittsburgh, PA, seven great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sophia and Claire Utecht, Emeri and Elijah Graber, AJ and Natty Prinkey. Also surviving are two brothers, Wallace Geiger (Wanda) and Mahlon Geiger (Anne) of Pandora, OH, brother-and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Engle, Pineville, MO and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her parents of Pandora, Ohio, one son, Douglas, Youngwood, PA, parents-in-law, Carl and Martha Voran, Pretty Prairie, KS, sisters Treva Geiger, Bluffton, Ohio, Wava (Harry) Wiens, Mt. Lake, MN, in-laws Mildred Austermiller (John), Topeka, KS, Helen Mitchell (Doc), Hutchinson, KS Mary Hayes (Lee), Castleton, KS preceded her in death.

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Susan Viola Thiessen, ’49

Posted on 12 December 2014 by editor

Susan Viola Thiessen, 92, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. She was born April 15, 1922, to John and Helene (Harder) Thiessen. A tornado that destroyed the family farm on June 8, 1941, left Susan paralyzed at the waist. She was a 1949graduate of Grace Bible Institute.


Survivors include: sister, Lydia Klaassen; brother, Bernard (Ruby) Thiessen; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Thimmes; brother-in-law, John Pratt; and nieces, nephews and friends.

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Lyman Sprunger

Lyman Sprunger, ’49

Posted on 14 August 2014 by vunruh

Lyman Woodrow Sprunger was born March 2, 1916 to Selma Sprunger in Los Angeles, CA. He departed this life on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Okeene, OK. Lyman received a bachelors degree from Grace Bible Institute at Omaha, NE. He married Adeline Ensz on June 15, 1940 at Reedley, CA.

Lyman was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Sprunger Fisher; a grandson Gregory Scott; and a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Sprunger; Survivors include his wife, Adeline of the home; daughter Joanne Sinclair and husband DeWayne of Canton, OK, son-in-law Mike Fisher and wife Sherry of Wichita Falls, TX, daughter Melody Plemons and husband Ron of Granite Bay, CA, son John Sprunger and wife Connie of Canton, OK and daughter Rebecca Whiting and husband Randy of Enid, OK; sixteen grandchildren, Doug Sinclair, Doyle Sinclair, Donnita Minton, Brad Fisher, Kevin Fisher, Jason Plemons, Jared Plemons, Larissa Kelly, Melissa Conrady, Alan McKinley, Amy Bonura, Heather Murray, Suzanne McVicker, Zack Whiting, Casandra Whiting and Cristina Whiting; thirty great-grandchildren;

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Richard Tschetter ’49

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Richard “Dick” Tschetter, 95 died January 23, 2014 at his residence. He was born to Peter P. and Carra (Dirks) Tschetter on December 17, 1918 in Canton, KS. He grew up at Bridgewater and Freeman, SD and graduated from Freeman High School. He also graduated from Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, NE and from Bethel College in North Newton, KS.

While at Grace, Dick met and married Ruth Garbers. He pastored St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church of Council Bluffs, IA, Herold Mennonite Church of Bessie, OK, St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church of Huron, SD and First Mennonite Church of Pretty Prairie, KS. After his retirement he served on the staff of Ebenezer Mennonite Church of Bluffton, OH.

In addition to his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his wife and family, he loved to read and study God’s Word. His personal library contained over 2, 500 volumes.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, his daughter Rosalyn (Doug) Lehman of Mt. Cory; a son Russell (Mary) Tschetter of North Bend, OR; granddaughters Carra and Amanda Lehman of Portland, OR; step-grandchildren Jessica (Stuart) Smith of Bartow, FL; Bob Little of Seattle, WA; Lindsay Little of Livingston, MT; and Joey Little of North Bend, OR; step-great grandsons Dominic and Dawson of Livingston, MT; a brother Paul Tschetter of Phoenix, AZ; and a sister Caroline (Dalton) Jones of San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Eva Ruth Tschetter Trammel.

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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 scientific thesis cialis cheap 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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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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Gerhard Nickel Jr.

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Gerhard Nickel Jr., ’49, 84, of Newton, died on Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012) at Asbury Park Greenhouse in Newton. He was born on June 9, 1928, in Mountain Lake, Minn., the son of Gerhard T. and Helena Wall Nickel Sr. He graduated from high school in Mountain Lake, later Grace Bible Institute in Omaha and Emporia State Teachers College.

Gerhard married Norma Elva Schmidt on July 26, 1950, in Marion County. They moved to Newton in 1956. Gerhard and Norma had three children: son, James Nickel and wife, Donna of Columbus, Neb., their children, Daniel, Janna and Elizabeth; daughter, Joetta Moyer and husband, Duane of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, their children, Justin and his wife, Sara, Caleb and Amanda; and daughter, Nancy Roupp and husband, James of Newton. Norma died on May 15, 1992.

Gerhard taught school for many years at Heights High School in Wichita and Berean Academy. Through the years he taught physics, chemistry, German, life science and geology. Gerhard loved to travel, wood working and aided in the building of several homes in the area. He was a longtime member of Koerner Heights M.B. Church. He studied the evidence to prove creation over evolution through the study of fossils.

On July 8, 2000, he married Viola Stevens in Wichita, bringing an extended family to Gerhard: Charles and Elizabeth Spaulding of Tishomingo, Okla., Frank and Amy Spaulding of Connecticut, Brad and Teresa Stevens of Wichita, Paula and Paul Reynolds of Clearwater, and Phyllis Stevens and Valerie Johnson, all of Wichita. Viola died on April 4, 2011.


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1949 Wava (Geiger) Wiens

Posted on 12 September 2011 by Mel Friesen

1949 Wava (Geiger) Wiens-December 04, 1929 – September 08, 2011

Wava Carol Geiger was born on December 4, 1929 in Pandora, Ohio to Monroe and Anna (Hofstetter) Geiger. She graduated from Pandora High School. Following High School she attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska where she met her future husband Harry Wiens.

Harry and Wava were married on August 10, 1951 in Pandora, Ohio and made their home in Wheaton, Illinois until moving to Mountain Lake in 1952. Wava enjoyed passing on her love for music to her piano students. She taught many Mountain Lake children to play piano over the course of 50 years. Wava actively served as a member of the Community Bible Church of Mountain Lake as a church organist and pianist. Wava also worked as a therapy assistant for over 30 years at the Mountain Lake Good Samaritan Village.

Wava’s hobbies included gardening, flower arranging, and knitting. In the past three years Wava knitted over 100 sweaters which were distributed to children in third world countries.

Wava is survived by her son Stan Lee (Jocelyn) Wiens, of Fargo, ND; two daughters: Reva Jo (Dennis) Hulzebos, of Mountain Lake and Kay Sue (Peter) Koran, of Newton, KS; eight grandchildren: Joshua (Jayna) Wiens, Jadon Wiens, Amberly Hulzebos, Travis (Shawna) Hulzebos, Jacob Eriksson, Micah Eriksson, Matthew Eriksson and Anna Eriksson and four great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister Lois (Peter) Voran, of Newton, KS and brothers: Wallace (Wanda) Geiger and Mahlon (Ann) Geiger, both of Pandora, OH. Wava was preceded in death by her husband Harry, parents, granddaughter: Kelsey Jo Hulzebos and a sister Treva Geiger.

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1949 Marie Alvina (Olfert) Dahlenburg

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1949 Marie Alvina (Olfert) Dahlenburg , 92, Mountain Lake, MN died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Pleasant View Good help me with my homework Samaritan Center, St. James, MN.  Marie was born to David and Agnes (Schultz) Olfert June 22, 1918 at their rural home in Lustre, MT. She received her education in a local country school and also attended the local Bible School for two winters. In 1949 she graduated from the Christian Education Course at Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) and in 1950 with a B.A. Degree in Bible.

Marie accepted Jesus as her personal Savior at an early age, but lacked the assurance of salvation until some years later. September 11, 1932 she was baptized and became a member of the Lustre Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church. In obedience to God’s call, Marie served as a missionary in Japan for 33 years. She was commissioned by the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade (now SEND International) on October 30, 1950 and by her home church November 19, 1950. She left the west coast via ship December 1, 1950 and arrived in Japan December 31st. Her work included church ministry in Zushi, as well as Dean of the Japan Missionary Language Institute, Tokyo until her retirement in 1983.

Upon retirement Marie settled in Henderson, Nebraska. On June 25, 1988, she married Rev. Paul Dahlenburg, a retired minister. They were actively involved in the Lushton Bible Church, Lushton, Nebraska. Together they enjoyed trips to Japan, Hawaii, Florida and Alaska. The gift of hospitality was evident in their home as they welcomed many guests. Their daily life was characterized by intercessory prayer for their family and friends and Christian ministries around the world. On September of 1998, Paul and Marie moved to Mountain Lake, MN, transferring their church membership to the First Mennonite Church of Butterfield. Together they resided in Mountain Lake until Paul’s death. Marie continued to live there until moving to Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James, April 19, 2011. Marie died June 5, 2011 at the age of 92 years, 11 months and 14 days.

Marie is survived by five step children: JoAnn and her husband David Loewen of Farmington, MI, Treva and her husband Larry Steinle of St. James, Pauline and her husband Herb Schroeder of Sioux Falls, SD, Ken Dahlenburg and his wife Sharon of Lincoln, NE and Larry Dahlenburg and his wife Beth of Lake Barrington, IL; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchldren; a brother Clarence Olfert and his wife Esther of Billings, MT; a sister-in-law Frieda Olfert of Canada, a step-sister Dorothy Peters of Canada; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; three sisters: Gladys Olfert, Sara Heide and Edna Enzi; a brother, David Olfert, step-mother, Anna (Peters) Olfert; a step-sister, Stella Rempel; step brothers: Edwin Allen and Ron Peters Memorials may be designated for camp project in Japan through SEND International.

Service: 10:30 AM June 08, 2011 at First Mennonite Church, rural Butterfield, MN Interment: 11:30 AM June 08, 2011 at First Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Butterfield, MN


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