Posted on 02 December 2013 by vunruh
Posted on 06 November 2013 by vunruh
Rose Marie (DiStefano) Johnson, 80 years of age of Lamoni, Iowa, the daughter of Dr. Carmello and Mary (Favara) DiStefano, was born December 5, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska. She died at Unity Point Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa October 1, 2013.
Rose grew up in Omaha and graduated from South High School in 1950. After that she studied music at Grace Bible Institute. During the Spring of 1953, Rose met a very handsome Roy Johnson at Grace Baptist Church during choir. They were wed on August 8, 1953. Rose and Roy enjoyed bowling and spending time with all their friends including Rose’s Aunt Lucille and Fred Gibilisco.
Rose and Roy lived and began raising their four children, Robert, Rebecca, Rochelle, and Rich, in Omaha. In 1980 Roy changed jobs and the family moved to Lamoni. Rose worked at the Graceland College bookstore until her retirement in 1996. She then started helping out in her husband’s business, Havens – Johnson Plumbing and Heating.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Those surviving are her husband, Roy of Lamoni; children, Rob Johnson and wife TC of Lamoni, Becky Shields and husband Willard of Creston, Iowa, Rochelle Newberry and husband Mike of Pleasanton, Iowa, and Rich Johnson and wife Gretel of Hideaway, Texas; grandchildren, Laporcha, Jeremiah, Kristina, Nicholas, Alec, Heylee, Isaac, Courtney, Brandi, Isabella, and Chloe; one great granddaughter on the way; brothers, Richard DiStefano and wife Joyce of Spokane, Washington and David DiStefano of Las Vegas, Nevada; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Posted on 05 November 2013 by vunruh
Posted on 26 August 2013 by vunruh
Emil J. Krahn, 84, of Morton, IL. passed away at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
He was born January 18, 1929 in Langdon, ND to Jacob and Mary (Spenst) Krahn. He married Ruby Pauls on August 10, 1950 in Dallas, OR.
Surviving are his wife Ruby, of Morton; his children, Timothy (Marcia) Krahn of Morton, Carolyn (Kirby) Baltzer of Freeman, SD, Roland (Cheri) Krahn of Albuquerque, NM, Sheryl (Steven) Klassen of Morton and Jean (Steve) Sivadge of Omaha, NE; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ben (Lavina) Krahn of Newton, KS.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Emil served as a pastor from 1952 to 1959 in Avon, SD, 1960 to 1968 in Delft, MN, 1969 to 1973 in Lynden, WA, 1973 to 1981, and at Groveland Evangelical Mennonite Church, Groveland, IL. From 1985 until his retirement in 1994 he served at Avant Ministries, formerly Gospel Missionary Union, in Kansas City, MO. as the director of the mission guest house. After retirement he continued to minister whenever opportunity arose.
Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin
1950 John E. Penner, 92 years old of Freeman, SD, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at a local nursing home. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 am, at the Salem- Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 22 at 1:00pm, with the family present from 5:00-7:00pm, at Walter Funeral Home in Freeman.
John Edwin Penner was born on March 26, 1919, in Lushton, Nebraska, to Jacob and Helena (Epp) Penner. John’s family moved to Henderson, Nebraska, when he was one year old. In 1941, John and his brothers moved to Luton, Iowa, to begin farming. In 1946, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, and later to Omaha, Nebraska.
John was united in marriage to Beulah Graber in Freeman, SD on June 27, 1947. They moved to the Graber family farm at Freeman in 1950. They were blessed with two sons, John and David. John continued farming until he moved to Freeman in 2000.
John served on the District 94 School Board for several years. He was also a member of Salem- Zion Mennonite Church in rural Freeman. He enjoyed working with livestock and loved dogs. They were his constant companions and he taught them many tricks. In his free time, he enjoyed reading books, and you could always find candy and peanuts in his house.
Those left to cherish John’s memory include; sons, John A. (Marilyn) of Sioux Falls, and David (Rosezanna) of West Jordan, Utah; grandchildren, Jay (Malynda) Penner of Freeman, Marissa Penner of Sioux Falls, Blu Penner of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Luke Penner of West Jordan, Utah, Shane Penner of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Melody (Dave) Fox of Moroni, Utah; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha (Herbert) Dalke of Colorado, Helen Esther Penner of California, Erna (Gene) Liermann of Nebraska, and Marie (Bob) Spruel of Florida; and brother, Allen (Wanda) Penner of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Lula Penner of Kansas and Salina Penner of Freeman, South Dakota, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Tina Classen and Elizabeth Penner; and brothers, Daniel and Edward.