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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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Amy Winsinger Bergen, ’51

Posted on 23 February 2017 by editor

Amy Winsinger Bergen ’51 was born June 8, 1930, to Herman and Marie Winsinger in Pretty Prairie, Kansas. She attended Grace College of the Bible and graduated in 1951.  She then went on to attend Grace Hospital School of Nursing in Hutchinson, Kans., and graduated in 1954.  Amy left for Brazil, to be a missionary. There she met up again with Gerald Bergen and they married.  Amy faithfully served the Lord there with Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission for over 40 years. Amy joined her Savior on February 16, 2017.

Amy is survived by her husband of 61 years Gerald, son Timothy and wife Judy of DeRidder, Louisiana. Daughter Rachel Foster of Winston Salem, N.C.  Six grandchildren Adriana (Alan) Childress, Joel (Mary Beth) Bergen, Kristian Henry, Olivia Bergen, Bre’Anna Lemos, Bryson Foster.  Five great grandchildren Emery, Hadley, Carter, Nicholas, and Olivia. 

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Herb Schrag, ’51

Posted on 03 February 2017 by editor

4062923_wlppHerbert “Herb” Schrag, 86, died Jan. 8, 2017, in Hutchinson, Kans. He was born March 21, 1930, in Pretty Prairie, to Benjamin A. and Carrie (Graber) Schrag. Herb graduated from Castleton High School and attended Grace Bible Institute. He was employed by Dillons grocery stores for many years, most recently as store manager at the 13th and Main store location. He was a member of First Mennonite Church.

On June 12, 1955, he married Joan B. Biss in Pretty Prairie. She died Nov. 26, 2009. Herb is survived by: daughters, Deborah Williams and husband Bob of Henderson, Nev., Diane Coffman and husband Rich of Auburn, Kans.; sister, Mary Pauls of Manitoba, Canada; and sister-in-law, Patti Biss of Port St. Lucie, Fla.. He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Daniel, Dave, Harvey, Willard, Richard, and Johnny Schrag; sisters, Bertha Schrag, Adina Flickinger, and Ann Friesen.

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Alberta Walter, ’51

Alberta Walter, ’51

Posted on 12 September 2016 by editor

image003Alberta Walter, age 81, formerly of Huron, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Her funeral service was at 2 PM Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Living Hope Alliance Church with Pastor Josh Jetto and Rick Schryber officiating.  Burial was in the Ideal Cemetery. 

Alberta Alice Decker was born on the family farm northeast of Hitchcock, SD on October 26, 1931.  Alberta attended Bluebell School.  She moved to Huron with her parents and attended Huron High School through her junior year.  She attended Wessington Springs Academy at Wessington Springs, SD for her senior year and then attended Grace Bible College in Omaha, Nebraska. 

She was baptized upon the confession of her faith on August 2, 1952, in the James River.  On January 10, 1953, she married Wayne W. Walter.  They lived in San Antonio, TX and returned to the Huron area after completion of Wayne’s military duty.  She worked for St. John’s Hospital, Ravens and Huron Alignment.

In 1999, Wayne and Alberta moved to Minnesota.  In 2009, Alberta returned to Huron and in 2012 she moved to Stevens Point, WI.  There she lived out the remainder of her days. 

She is survived by five children, Kay (Randy) Bauder of Huron, Wendy (Rick) Schryber of Herndon, VA, Reg (Jill) Walter of Stevens Point, WI, Arlys (Jeff) Moser of Kalispell, MT and Linda (Steve) Hagland of Buffalo, MN; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Reuben (Betty) Decker of Seattle, WA and Albert (Marilyn) Decker of Huron; one sister, Gladys Wedel of Huron; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Decker of Reedley, CA and Gwendolyn Wipf of Ventura, CA.

Alberta was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Wayne Walter; 6 brothers, John K., Jake T., Sam J., Dave T., Harry and Joe Decker; 6 sisters, Mary Kleinsasser, Kathryn Glanzer, Adena Hofer, Sally Hofer Waldner, Ann Wipf, and Martha Decker; and numerous other relatives.

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Elsie Epp, ’51

Posted on 27 April 2016 by editor

Elsie Ruth Wiebe Epp ’51 died at age 87 on April 23, 2016, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.

She was born on February 1, 1929, in Newton, Ks., the daughter of Henry B. and Katie Enz Wiebe. The family moved to Idaho when she was a year and half old. Elsie graduated from high school in Aberdeen, Idaho, and Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. She also attended Bethel College in North Newton, Ks., Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, and later taught school four years.

She married Willard A. Epp on August 31, 1958, in Aberdeen, Idaho. To this union were born three sons and three daughters. They farmed together for 28 years in Marion, S. D., until moving to Kansas in 1986. Elsie and Willard moved to Kidon Bethel in North Newton five years ago.

In 1980, Elsie trained to be a Licensed Practical Nurse at Freeman Jr. College, Freeman, S.D. She worked as an L.P.N. for three years in Freeman, 10 months in Whitewater, Ks., eight and half years at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She retired from nursing in 1995.

She was baptized upon her confession of faith by the Rev. Phillip A. Wede, on September 10, 1944, in Aberdeen, Idaho, and presently was a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton. Elsie had also been involved in the Jail Ministry through the church as well as Ministers of Visitation.

Survivors include her husband Willard; sons Donald Epp of Halstead, Ks., Stan Epp and wife Esther of Newton, Bryan Epp and wife Janell of Hesson, Ks.; daughters Roselyn Parks of Nixa, Mo., Naomi Engle and husband Jess of Wauseon, Ohio, Rachel Winters and husband David of Tulsa, Okla.; 20 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Elsie is preceded in death by her parents; and eight siblings, Walter Wiebe, Karl Wiebe, Henry Wiebe, twins Jacob and Katie Wiebe who died in infancy, Willard Wiebe, Esther Becker, and Florence Nickel.

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Peters Pete

Peter Peters, ’51

Posted on 29 April 2015 by editor

Peters PetePete was born on a farm approximately 10 miles northwest of Aberdeen, Saskatchewan, on January 21, 1921, and passed away on March 13, 2015, at Kelowna General Hospital. 

His childhood and youth were spent on another farm two miles west of town. His elementary schooling was taken in a four room school in Aberdeen. Here too, was his home church where he made a commitment to the Lord, was baptized and joined the Aberdeen Mennonite Church.

After serving in the Medical Corps during WWII, he took his high school in Saskatoon, then went on to Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Nebraska. This is where he met his wife, Delores Schoenwald. After hearing her name announced in a class roll call, he felt he needed to meet the girl with this intriguing name. She became his life-long love. They married mid-way through Pete’s years at Grace, and David was born in the summer following his Graduation.

The next three years Dad taught at Swift Current Bible Institute during the winter, while the summers were spent in Delores’s hometown, Glendive, Montana. Milton and Dorothy were born in Swift Current during Dad’s tenure there. From there they moved to Portland, Oregon, where Dad was a representative for the Leprosy Mission and worked in a beam laminating plant. The next move was to Sweet Home, Oregon, where Dad pastored a church for six years. James, Sharon and Ruth were born here while they enjoyed living in the beautiful Willamette Valley. 

In the summer of 1963, Dad took a pastorate at the Salem church in Waldheim, Saskatchewan. In 1969 he began an eight-year season of pastoral service in Rhineland, Saskatchewan. In 1978, while serving a church in Morris, Manitoba, Pete suffered a heart attack, which precipitated his retirement from pastoral ministry. The Peters moved to Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, where he enjoyed serving as maintenance man and gardener at the Dalmeny Care Home until age 65, when he became their part-time chaplain. While in Dalmeny, the Peters attended the Dalmeny Bible Church, where Dad served on the Missions Committee and the Elders Board and taught Sunday School for many years.

They moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, in 2009 where they enjoyed their final years in the Village at Mill Creek. Pete took on a new role as Delores’s caregiver until her death in July of 2012. 

Pete was predeceased by his loving wife Delores, his parents, Jacob and Helena (Buhler) Peters, sister and brother-in-law Margaret and John Boschman, sister and brother-in-law Annie and Barney Thiessen, and brothers Jim (Bertha), John (Elizabeth), Bill, Abe (Tena), Dan and Art; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Johnny Thiessen, two infant brothers and one infant sister. 

Dad is survived by his children, Dave and Tena, Milt and Kathy, Dorothy and Ed Rempel, James and Debbi, Sharon Bodner, Ruth, 22 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

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Martha Baerg

Martha (Classen) Baerg, ’51

Posted on 05 November 2014 by vunruh

Martha (Classen) Baerg was born on February 3, 1926 to Abe L. and Agnes (Bartel) Classen in Meade, KS. She was the oldest of 9 children. She passed into the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on September 10, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, MN at the age of 88.

She attended McNulty School in Meade County for her elementary education.  Martha and sister Ann both graduated from Meade Bible Academy in 1948. This was the first graduating class of MBA. Martha graduated from Grace University with her BA degree in 1951. In 1985 she earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Leadership from Azusa Pacific in California.

Martha accepted the Lord as her personal savior at age 16. She was later baptized, upon the confession of her faith, by Rev. Orlando Wiebe on August 6, 1944 and joined the EMB church at Meade, KA. She transferred her membership to the Cornerstone Bible Church in Mountain Lake on April 27, 1997.

Martha’s heart was for missions and to serve others which was indicated by her spending 5 summers working for the Go Ye Mission in the Ozarks. She also served and additional year at InFaith Mission in South Dakota. She answered her call to missions and went to Japan to assist in pioneer church planting. She faithfully served in Japan from 1951-1996 as a career missionary with SEND Int’l.  Along with her sister Ann, she assisted in planting 7 churches.

On May 5, 1989 she married Henry Baerg at the Christian Academy Chapel in Higashi Kurume, Japan. They served together as missionaries with SEND Int’l for 7 1/2 years and were married for 24 years. Upon retirement, they made their home in Mountain Lake and opened their doors to many friends and students from Japan who were traveling through. Martha volunteered with hospice, at Good Samaritan Village, Elizabeth House, and was active leading Bible Study, teaching Sunday school, and attending prayer meetings.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry in 2013; and sisters- Lisbeth (stillborn), and Esther Ratzlaff. Martha is survived by 4 sisters- Ann Classen, Lone Tree in Meade, KS, Alma Regier of Meade, KS, Arlene (D Junior) Stoesz of Mountain Lake, and Leona (Harold) Buller of Hillsdale, OK; 2 brothers- John (Rose) Classen of Topeka, KA, and Menno (Susanna) Classen of Aurora, NE; and many nieces, nephews, and Baerg extended family.

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Lenita J. Vetter, ’51

Posted on 24 September 2014 by vunruh

Honoring Miss Lenita Vetter, born October 10, 1924 in Perryville, MO to Clarence William and Mina (Jacobs) Vetter and ushered into the presence of her Lord at Flagstaff Medical Center on August 1, 2014. She had one sister, the late Marie Vetter. She was preceded in death by her sister in Christ and fellow-missionary, Mary Nemire.

She graduated from Holton High School in 1942, Holton, KS. She attended Capitol City Commercial College and then graduated from Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, NE in 1951. Lenita became a missionary and devoted her life as a Bible teacher to the many children, teens & adults throughout northern Arizona, including Window Rock Mission, Indian Bible Church, Flagstaff Mission to the Navajos & ANAM.

She was a spiritual mother and grandmother to those she ministered to for 63 years. She will be truly missed by those whose lives she touched.

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Arthur Enns

Arthur Enns, ’51

Posted on 12 August 2014 by vunruh

Rev. Arthur Enns, 86, was born March 18, 1928 in Meade, KS to Abraham and Margaretha (Wiens) Enns.  Two days after his birth, his mother died and as an infant he was cared for by his uncle Dietrich and aunt Anna Enns. They had six daughters and were glad to have a baby boy in their home. Eventually he returned to his father who had married Susie Warkentin, a wonderful and caring mother with 7 children already in the home.

Arthur was baptized at age 14 in the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church, Meade, KS. After grade school and high school he attended Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, NE, where he received his training for pastoral work. While at Grace he met his wife Ruby Dalke. They were married June 2, 1950 and have enjoyed 64 years of marriage. After graduating from Grace, he attended Sterling College, Sterling, KS, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

In 1952 he was ordained to the ministry at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, Sterling, KS. After serving 5 years at the Sterling Church, he received a call to the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Wauseon, OH and served there 8 years. A call had come from Grace Bible Church in Omaha, which met on the campus of Grace Bible Institute. After six years of pastoring this church, and teaching courses in Bible Geography and Bible Introduction at Grace, a call came from Calvary Memorial Church, Palos Hills, IL (now New Beginnings Church). Here he had the privilege of serving 21 years, retiring in 1993, but continuing to serve the church as needed.

He is survived by his wife Ruby; three children, Nancy (Christopher) Lemons of Chicago, Phillip (Barbara) Enns of Frankfort, IL, Mark (Holly) Enns of Kankakee, IL; and five grandchildren, Dietrich, Daniel, Garrick, Jack, and Sophie. He also has two living sisters, Ruby Enns of Meade, KS, Jane (John) Thielenhaus of Norton, OH, a brother, Richard Enns of Wichita, KS; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

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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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