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Matilda Ekeland

Matilda (Tillie) Ekeland, ’51

Posted on 05 November 2013 by vunruh

Matilda (Tillie) Ekeland, 83, died on September 24, 2013 at the Newton Medical Center in Newton, KS.  She was born on September 13, 1930 to Katie(Koehn) and Cornelius B. Unruh in Enid, OK. On September 9, 1956 she married Joseph (Joe) Ekeland in Wichita, KS. He died on April 4, 1986.

Tillie graduated from Grace Bible Institute and also earned her Registered Nurse degree. She worked in the medical field training at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, until her and Joe started a family. Tillie then stayed home to raise their three children, Mark, Marcia and Brian.

Tillie held a membership with Grace Community Church. She spent many years volunteering for the Source of Light in Newton, KS. She enjoyed writing , and had several publications within the Source of Light literature. When Tillie moved to Newton on July 4, 1997 she stayed active with leading ladies ministries as well as teaching ladies Bible study groups.

Tillie was preceded in death by her parents and her spouse, Joe; siblings, Deena Koehn, Mary Koehn, Lena Koehn, Lizzy Becker, Mabel Kauffman and Dan Unruh.

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Orlando Earl Janzen

Orlando Earl Janzen

Posted on 06 August 2012 by Mel Friesen

Orlando “Lon” Janzen was born to Hank and Elizabeth Janzen on Aug. 1, 1932, in Clyde, N.D.  He was the third child in a family of six children and grew up working on the family farm.

He was educated in Munich, N.D., and attended college at Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Neb..

While at Grace, he met Mamie Wedel. They were married August 14, 1954, in Ringwood, Okla., and made their home in Enid, Okla., where they raised three children, Randy, LaVonne and Brenda.

Lon was a gifted piano tuner for more than 40 years and enjoyed farming for many years.

As a young teen, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord and enjoyed serving in his church as a Sunday school teacher, choir director and singing in a men’s quartet.

In 2010, Lon and Mamie moved to Reedley, Calif.  Lon was a resident of Palm Village Retirement Community when he passed from this life on Thursday, July 26, 2012.  He was a faithful husband and father and will be forever loved by his family.

Lon was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Elizabeth Janzen; a brother, Arnold Janzen; and a sister, Alice Dick.

He is survived by his wife of more than 57 years, Mamie Janzen; three children, Randy Janzen and wife Sharon of Visalia, Calif., LaVonne Unruh and husband Tim of Shafter, Calif., and Brenda Luskey and husband Michael of Enid, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Dustin Janzen and wife Rachel, Annie Janzen, Renee Janzen, Stephanie McCaslin and husband Dustin, Travis Unruh, Sean Luskey and Andrew Luskey; one great-grandchild, Faith McCaslin; one brother, Orval Janzen; and two sisters, Leona Heppner and Betty Unruh.


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Irene (Ewert) Giesbrecht, October 11, 2011

Posted on 19 October 2011 by Mel Friesen

1951, Irene Sylvia Giesbrecht
SALEM, OREGON - On Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, a woman of intelligence, beauty and grace went home to her Lord and Savior’s arms. Irene was born April 6th, 1930 in Peking China to missionaries, August and Martha Ewert, the oldest of five children. Irene returned to the United States permanently in 1942. While attending Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska she met her husband Alvin Giesbrecht and they were married in 1952. Over the next eight years Irene gave birth to her four children, Darrel, Hugh, Rae, and Murray. In 1966 Irene returned to college to begin work on her master’s degree.

In 1971, Al and Irene moved to Salem Oregon where Irene finished her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon and began work as Librarian at Waldo Middle School. She retired from the school after 19 years. Always active, she spent the next years on missions to Ecuador, the Ukraine, and working with the Gideons Auxiliary. During this time she also travelled to many places including Europe and returning to her birth place in China.

Irene passed quietly at home after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, three brothers, one sister, four children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at Monday, October 17, 10:30 AM at Emmanuel Bible Church, 8512 Sunnyview Rd NE, Salem. Arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home. Online tributes at In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gideons.

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