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Anna B. Classen, ’52, Alumna of the Year, Annuitant

Posted on 20 January 2016 by editor

Anna B. (Ann) Classen ’52 was born on June 12, 1928, to Abe L. and Agnes (Bartel) Classen in rural Meade, Kansas. She was the 2nd oldest of 9 children. She passed into the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on January 17, 2016, at Lone Tree Retirement Center in Meade at the age of 87 years.

She attended McNulty School in Meade County for her elementary education. The family moved to DeRidder, La, in April of 1940 for a year and a half, returning back to Meade in September of 1941. Ann attended high school at Meade Bible Academy and graduated in 1948. This was the first graduating class of MBA. Ann attended Grace University in Omaha, Neb, and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Christian Education.

Ann accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at age 14. 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. Ann had a heart for missions. Ann served in Oklahoma for several summers during her high school years teaching DVBS. She also participated in children’s ministry in Poplar, Montana, and Georgia. Her interest for missions was kindled in the summer of 1948. She joined the “Go Ye Mission” in Oklahoma for a four-week summer ministry with children. She had the privilege of leading her first soul to the Lord during this period of time and her thought was, “There is no greater joy and more exciting work than this.” Her call for foreign missions came while she was attending college at Grace University.

She arrived in Japan as a missionary with SEND International on October 3, 1953. Her first four years were spent in language study and distributing literature and “church planting.” She held English classes and also was very active in participating in the children’s ministries of the churches. She served over 42 years in Japan and was instrumental in starting numerous churches during this period of time. The fruit of her ministry remains today.

Ann made a significant contribution to the spread of the gospel and had many years of faithful service to her Lord and Savior whom she loved and diligently served.

Ann left Japan on May 28, 1996, and officially retired on November 30, 1996. She made her home in Meade. She continued to be active in her local church during her retirement until her health began to decline. Her ministry consisted of children’s church, childcare for the ladies Bible study, DVBS and camps. She enjoyed visiting the lonely, hurting people and senior citizens and providing transportation as needed. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Lisbeth (stillborn), Martha (Henry) Baerg, and Esther (Ed) Ratzlaff. Ann is survived by 3 sisters, Alma (Roy) Regier of Meade, Arlene (D Junior) Stoesz of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Leona (Harold) Buller of Hillsdale, Okla.; 2 brothers, John (Rose) Classen of Topeka, Kansas, and Menno (Susanna) Classen of Aurora, Neb., and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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Hildegard M. Goossen, ’52

Posted on 09 March 2015 by editor

Hildegard M. Goossen, age 87, of Rhinelander, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at home surrounded by family. She was born on March 1, 1928, in Newton, Kansas, the daughter of John and Marie (nee Harder) Epp, Jr. Hildegard taught children’s Sunday School in many churches and taught Bible School in the Black Hills. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, while singing along. Hildegard was involved in the Women’s Missionary Society and would write many letters to the missionaries. She was a devoted wife to Paul Goossen, whom she married on June 27, 1952, in Whitewater, Kansas. Hildegard was an active member at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Woodruff. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul; son, Dwight Paul Goossen; daughters, Mary Lynelle Fohner (Grace University Class of 1978), Sara (Walker) Scholten, Lois Eulalia Lowry and Marilyn (Molly) Kay Roman; brothers, Albert H., John E. and Melvin D.; sister, Phebe Ann Cressman; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Frieda Elnora Epp, Martha Epp and Justina Helen Martin.

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Raymond Becker

Raymond Becker, ’52

Posted on 11 September 2014 by vunruh

Raymond Jay Becker was born northwest of Dolton, SD on June 10, 1934 to parents Joseph J. Becker and Esther Unruh. He enjoyed a very happy childhood and youth on the farm as the third of six children before going to Grace College of the Bible for a semester after his Marion High School graduation.

Although making many life-long friends, he chose to work on the farm for a year while his brother Harold went to 1W service. During that time, he met Frances whom he married on April 24, 1954 and together they moved to Waukegan, IL to finish his two years obligation to our country in lieu of military service at the Downey Veteran’s Hospital. They returned to the farm near Freeman, SD in 1956 where he farmed through many seasons for 43 years, concluding with a farm auction sale in 2000.

Raymond carried on a legacy that his ancestors began of being a lifetime member at the EMB Country Church. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during a tent revival on May 25, 1943 at the age of 10. Raymond became a member of Gideons International in 1976 and was very active in spreading the Gospel through Bible distributions and personal testimony

Ray and Frances were “parents” to many foster children beginning in 1967. Of the approximately 20 different children, his most favorite was Jody, a Native American baby who spent many nights cuddled by a secure “dad” as he sang “Trust and Obey” to get her through her alcohol withdrawal.

In December of 2012 he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was an inspiration to all and shared continually that the Bible had promised him heaven because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. Instead of “dying with cancer”, he chose to live life abundantly as promised in the Bible.

He valued his precious family, loving each and every one. He leaves behind his precious wife, Frances (having just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April, 2014); four daughters: Coleen (Bill) Black of Omaha, Neb. and their 3 children; Brenda (Tim) Harder of Eldorado, Kan. and their 5 children; Debra (Steve) Friesen and their 4 children and Claudette (Trace) Frahm of Walnut, Iowa and their 2 sons, Ryan (Claris) and 2 children and Derek.

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Clarence Landis

Clarence H. Landis, ’52

Posted on 20 May 2014 by vunruh

Clarence Henry Landis was born in Quakertown, PA on March 19, 1921 to Harry Fretz and Beulah Francis (Allem) Landis. He graduated from Quakertown High School in 1939 and started farming. On February 1, 1942 he married Laura Lillian Landis at the East Swamp Mennonite Church near Quakertown. They continued to farm until 1948 when they moved to Omaha, NE where he Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University).

Thru the years he served church congregations and he attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL where he was ordained an Elder with the Methodist Church.

He and Lillian retired to Atlantic, IA in 1986 and for the next 15 years he was visitation pastor for the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic. He moved to Griswold, IA in October 2007.

Clarence loved people, hearing a good story, serving in the Lions Club, collecting coins, and especially loving his family and his Lord. He loved nature, was an amateur furrier, bird caller, and hunter. Just as he loved his family he loved his church family. Clarence and Lillian sang together on the radio early in their marriage. They also were part of the group that started Camp Aldersgate in 1958. Clarence enjoyed working with youth in their “camping” experiences.

Clarence died Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Griswold Care Center at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his wife L. Lillian on February 11, 2012, his children in infancy Martha, Karen and Randall, his great granddaughter Kayleen Amos and his brother Stanley.

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Virgil Smith

Virgil Smith, ’52

Posted on 06 March 2014 by vunruh

Virgil Everett Smith, for 32 years a member of the music faculty at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and a nationally renowned piano technician, died Monday, September 27th,2010, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Helen Marie Felbinger Smith; his two children, Elizabeth Anne Smith Brown (married to GeneThiele), and Stephen Robert Smith (married to Linda); and his four grandchildren, Samuel Edward Brown, Kristen Ruth Smith, Kathryn Elisabeth Smith and Stephen Charles Smith.

Virgil Smith was born in 1918 in Barnes City, Iowa, and spent most of school years at the Iowa School for the Blind, where he developed his love for and abilities in music, and also learned to tune pianos. He came to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the American Conservatory of Music. Following brief stints on the faculties at Chicago Evangelistic Institute in Chicago and Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, he was invited to join the faculty at Moody Bible Institute by Donald Hustad, the well-known gospel composer, organist and conductor.

While at Moody, Mr. Smith served as choir director at various churches in the Chicago area. It was while conducting the choir at Galilee Baptist Church at Damen and Wellington that he met his wife, Helen, who was singing alto in the choir. In later conducting jobs, Mrs. Smith at times played the piano for choirs her husband conducted. The Smiths and their children attended Galilee for many years, where Virgil taught the adult Sunday School class. In later years, Mr. Smith worshipped at The Moody Church, and then at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville.

Over the years, Virgil Smith became an increasingly prominent piano technician. For several years he tuned for the Sunday afternoon piano series at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and had the privilege of preparing pianos for masters including Arturo Rubinstein, Rudolf Serkin and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Mr. Smith was a proud and active member of the Piano Technicians Guild, eventually being inducted into the PTG Hall of Fame. Many piano technicians throughout the country spent time studying under Virgil Smith. Throughout recent years, he had greatly enjoyed helping lead a discussion in the PTG as to the value of aural whole note tuning, which he favored, as contrasted to machine-based tuning; his last letter on this topic is expected to be published posthumously.

Virgil Smith’s last years were spent with his wife at Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stream. There he performed classical piano concerts, taught Bible classes, and was a regular exerciser.

Virgil Smith firmly believed that he was part of God’s larger plan. He often noted that it was his visual disability that enabled him to be exposed to the world of music, which formed much of the basis for his rewarding life. Mr. Smith was one of the most positive and optimistic people on the face of the earth – he found joy in most of the aspects of his life. He regularly shared his faith with those whose lives he had the opportunity to touch.

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Sarah Loewen

Sarah Adeline Loewen, ’52

Posted on 09 July 2013 by vunruh

Sarah Adeline Loewen, daughter of Frank F. and Katharina (Wiebe) Loewen was born on January 14, 1925 on a farm four miles west of Mountain Lake, Minn. After attending country school and graduating from Mountain Lake High School in 1942, she attended Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. She received her R.N. in 1947.

Having received Christ as her Savior early in life, she felt the Lord was calling her to serve Him as a missionary.  She went on for further training at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. and then transferred to Grace University, Omaha, Neb. where she got her B.A. in 1952.

The Lord led her to spend the next winter caring for her Dad who was dying of cancer. In 1952 she left for Nigeria under SIM. The first 33 years Sarah served in the state of Sokoto. The first ten years she did dispensary work. The next ten years Sarah worked in the Sokoto Leprosarium where she was in charge of caring for around 500 patients with leprosy, besides their other ailments.

Medical work gives many opportunities to speak to patients about the Lord and many leprosy patients found Christ. One year, all seven graduates of a Hausa Bible School were converts from their leprosarium. The government took over all the medical work, but the Lord opened the door to teach Bible knowledge in secondary schools. During Sarah’s last five years in Nigeria she did bookkeeping at SIM headquarters in Jos. Her aim was to always bring people to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.

In 1989 Sarah retired in Mountain Lake with her sisters Luella and Louise. One by one the avenues of service continued through teaching a women’s Sunday School class, leading a weekly prayer group, being active in Mission Society, serving widows in visitation and serving “Meals on Wheels”.

Sarah is survived by: two sisters Clara Schultz of Mountain Lake and Elfrieda (Harold) Fast of Alexandria, Minn. and one brother Al (Carol) of Edmonds, Wash, besides nephews and nieces and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Abram, Albert, and Frank, and five sisters, Mathilda Loewen, Katie Dye, Luella Loewen, Edna Dick, and Louise Loewen.

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Allan Tschiegg

Allen Ray Tschiegg, ’52

Posted on 11 January 2013 by vunruh

Pastor Allan Ray Tschiegg went home to be with his Lord on Saturday evening, January 5, 2013, in Dallas, Oregon. He was born at home on the farm in Columbus Grove, Ohio on September 27, 1930 to Eldon and Grace (Lora) Tschiegg.

He worked on the farm and at Farmers Grain Co. in Bluffton, Ohio until he left for Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. There he met the love of his life, Adelia Marie Heinrichs. A year later they were married while he was attending Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. During his seminary years he was pastor of Pleasant Valley Community Church, just south of Warsaw, Indiana. It was there that they started their family.

Obeying God’s call led him and the family to nine different churches in four states over the span of 56 years. He took short periods of sabbatical in farming, nursing home administration, and chaplaincy. Allan found great satisfaction in gardening, hunting and fishing with family and buddies from the churches he served.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years; daughter, Ruth (Martin) Voelker; sons, Ken (Becky) Tschiegg and Stan (Juli) Tschiegg; daughters, Lora (Wally) Lierman and Lois (Ron) Keen; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 2 on the way; sister, Wanda (Wally) Geiger and brother, Gerald Tschiegg. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Tschiegg; an infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann; and a few unlucky buck deer.

The Memorial Service is planned for Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00AM at Emmanuel Bible Church, in Pratum (8512 Sunnyview Rd. NE, Salem, OR 97305).

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Rosalie Hanson

Rosalie Hanson

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Rosalie Hanson, ’52, passed away on September 20, 2012.  She was preceded in death by parents; son, Marvin, and  brother, Robert Decker.

She is survived by husband, Charles; daughters & sons-in-law, Charose & Alfred James; Linda & Randy Ronne; Rachelle & Adolfo Arellano; daughter-in-law, Hisako Hanson; grandchildren, Charles, Rose, Jeremy & Steven; brother & sister-in-law, Carl & Betty Decker; sister, Laveta Radke; sister & brother-in-law, Karen & Joe Koehn; sister-in-law, Lois Price.


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Robert "Bob" Aufrecht

Posted on 26 July 2012 by Mel Friesen

Robert “Bob” D. Aufrecht 81, of Loup City, NE died Monday, July 23, 2012 at Rose Lane Home in Loup City.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 at Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City with Reverend Douglas DeNeui officiating.  Burial will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Aufrecht family or donor’s choice.

Robert D. Aufrecht was born on a rainy Mother’s Day afternoon, May 10, 1931 to Albert J. and Claira E. (Morisson) Aufrecht, on a farm 7 ½ miles northwest of Loup City, NE.  He attended a one room school, District 82, and graduated from Loup City High School in 1949.  He farmed with his dad until his father’s death in 1963.

He and his mother operated the farm until he had to quit in 1976 because of illness and then sold they farm.  After recovering he worked haying west of Kearney.  In 1978, he worked at an alfalfa mill at Shelton, driving a field chopper.  In 1991, he worked at Kneffler Bee Farm and enjoyed working with bees.

He was united in marriage on May 23, 1997 to Alma L. (Wilson) DeGunia.

In his early years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and making or fixing things.  He also did volunteer work at Bible Camps, Nebraska Christian School and Central Nebraska Community Services.  He also did a lot of traveling and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Alma of Loup City, NE; three step sons, Ernest DeGunia of Connecticut; Darrold DeGunia of Omaha, NE; Troy DeGunia of Crawford, NE; brother, Dale Aufrecht of Beaverton, OR; sister, Leila G. Anthony of Central City, NE; one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant sister, one step son and one great grandson.

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