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Peter Tschetter, ’54

Posted on 03 January 2017 by editor

Rev. Peter William Tschetter was born on December 17, 1922, to Peter S. and Kathrine (Wipf) Tschetter on a farm near Huron, S.D., in Beadle County. Peter died 2 days short of his 94th birthday on December 15, 2016, in Windom, Minn. He attended Fairfield Country School #4 and high school in Aberdeen, Huron, and Doland, S.D., graduating in 1941. He married his high school sweetheart, Beulah Glanzer on December 12, 1943. To this union 3 children were born, Jacquelynn, Randall, and Rachel. Pete farmed in the Huron area until 1949 when he moved his family to Omaha where he attended Grace Bible Institute. He began his public ministry in 1956 serving churches in Cedar Creek, Neb., Butterfield, Minn., Bridgewater, S.D., and in Mt. Lake, Minn. He retired from active ministry in 1992, but continued to preach in various Mesa, Ariz., senior retirement courts for 17 years. 

His message was that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world and by grace alone, by faith alone in Christ alone we can know right now that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). He loved to hunt, fish, try new things, tease and kid around with people, and was forever looking out for the betterment of everyone both physically and spiritually. He went to the Holy Land, to all 50 states and all the Canadian provinces.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Tschetter; children, Jacquelynn (Jim) Linscheid, Randall (Wanette) Tschetter and Rachel (Larry) Engbrecht; grandchildren, Jason (Brenda) Engbrecht, Jeremy (Lindsey) Engbrecht, Michelle (Ty Callahan) Tschetter, Jessica (Tom Graham) Engbrecht, Kim Tschetter, Lori (Kerry Hofer) Tschetter, and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Peter and Kathrine Tschetter; brothers, Arthur and Jonas; sister-in-law, Susanne; grandson, Matthew Tschetter; great-granddaughter Ava; niece, Patrica Mendel and her four children.

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Inez I. Heinrichs, ’54

Posted on 12 December 2016 by editor

heinrichsinez1207Inez I. Heinrichs ’54, age 81 of Henderson, Neb., died Dec. 7, 2016. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Sutton to Jacob and Bertha (Ollenberger) Nachtigal. Inez was a longtime member of the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson and a member of Mission Circle. She loved gardening, making crafts and following her grandchildren to their sporting events. She was an avid reader and painter, she loved going to coffee with her sisters and friends. On Aug. 20, 1960, she was married to Delbert Heinrichs in Henderson.

Inez is survived by her daughter, Debra (Randy) Wilhelm and her son, Joel (Connie) Heinrichs all of Henderson. Her grandchildren include, Nicholas (Taylor) Heinrichs of Henderson, Katie Wilhelm of Omaha, Jordan Heinrichs and Rhianna Wilhelm both of Henderson and great-grandson Dawson Wild of Henderson. She also is survived by her brother, Hank Nachtigal of Aurora; sisters, Doris Classen of Holdrege and Kathy (Dave) Clayton of Lushton.  Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Joan Nachtigal of Aurora and a brother-in-law, Elvis “Short” (Nancy) Heinrichs of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her brother, Willis Nachtigal; brother-in-law, Jerry Classen and a sister-in-law, Janis Nachtigal.

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Dorothy Ann Friesen, ’54

Posted on 29 June 2016 by editor

image001Dorothy Ann Friesen, 80, passed away on June 26, 2016, in Moundridge, Kansas. She was born in Newton on March 23, 1936, to Paul E. and Edna O. Tangeman Vogt. She was an active member of the Garden Community Church in rural Moundridge. On May 4, 1956, she married Norman Friesen. They farmed in rural Walton for 45 years until retiring in Hesston.

She is survived by her husband, Norman, of Hesston; sons Larry (Jeanette) Friesen and Dale (Shelly) Friesen, all of Walton; daughter Yvonne (Gerhard) Fast of Hesston; one brother, Arnold (Shirley) Vogt of Hesston; one sister, Helen (Alvin) Bergen of Augusta; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Verna Broeckel and Betty Oller.

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Ella Reddig Berg, ’54

Posted on 02 June 2015 by editor

Ella Reddig Berg ’54 passed away January 29, 2015, at age 84 in Hillsboro, Kansas.  She was born to Karl and Bertha (Funk) Reddig in Luster, Montana. Survivors include: husband, Elton Berg of Hillsboro; sons, Steven (Sandra) of Wichita, Samuel (Lisa) of Ozark, Missouri, David of Yale, South Dakota; daughter, Deborah (Todd) Reynolds of Woodinville, Washington; 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

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Willie C. “Bill” Wiebe, ’54

Posted on 15 May 2015 by editor

bill-wiebe515Willie (Bill) C. Wiebe, 89, of Elbing, Kansas, son of Anna (Epp) and Herman A. Wiebe, died May 12, 2015, in Newton, Kansas.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Arlene (Dietz) Wiebe; his daughter, Nancy Holliday and her husband, Patrick; grandchildren Nicole Holliday, Rebecca Holliday, and Abigail Holliday; his daughter-in-law, Arleta Wiebe; and grandchildren, Andrea Wiebe, Stephanie Tester, Warren Wiebe. He also leaves two siblings, Gladys Wiebe and Richard Wiebe, along with his wife, Margaret. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy (Dottie) Landis Wiebe, his son, Kevin Wiebe, his parents, and six siblings.

Born on February 20, 1926, he was raised on a farm east of Whitewater, Kansas. His early years were spent working on the farm and attending a country school as well as German school.

World War II interrupted his education and he served in alternate military service. When he was 23, he finally graduated from high school in Hesston, Kansas. He then attended Grace University in Omaha, where he met his sweetheart, Dottie Landis. They were married on August 15, 1952, in Newton, Kansas. They lived on a farm in rural Furley for a few years, where daughter, Nancy, and son, Kevin, were born. They then moved to Winona Lake, Indiana.

In the late 1950s, the family moved to rural Peabody, Kansas, where Willie started farming. He enjoyed carpentry and built the house that they lived in. Bill became active in the Gideons and also filled in as pastor in a small church in Wichita.

In 1982, Bill and Dottie, took a step of faith and Bill became the pastor of a small church in Homestead, Oklahoma. He felt that he had truly found God’s calling for his life. He loved preaching the Word of God and ministering to the small but vibrant congregation. After serving for 16 years, they retired to Elbing, Kansas, to live next door to his son Kevin and his family.

During his retirement, Bill continued to serve the Emmaus Church for another 10 years as an associate pastor, and later as visitation pastor. He visited countless people in hospitals and in their homes and always ministered to their spiritual needs.

Dottie went to meet the Lord in 1997, and Bill adjusted. He knew of Arlene Dietz in Pennsylvania because Dottie had been friends with the Dietz girls. After corresponding for a few months, they discussed marriage and were wed on November 25, 2000. Arlene became indispensable to Bill in this ministry as she also went on visits to the ill and home bound. Bill always said that she kept the conversation going when he ran out of words to say.

Bill Wiebe’s passion was for God’s Word. His insights from the pulpit or in Sunday School were uniquely purposeful, and sometimes, of necessity, pointed. Many people learned from his teaching and preaching. His passion was so great that even in his last hours, he found strength to pray for his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and even his country.

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Walter Kleinsasser, ’54

Posted on 20 January 2015 by editor

Walter Kleinsasser, Grace University class of 1954,  died January 15, 2015, at the age of 92, at Salem Home in Hillsboro, Kansas.  He was born November 9, 1922, to John and Katharina (Glanzer) Kleinsasser at Carpenter, South Dakota.  He married Esther Mendel May 23, 1946, at Yale, South Dakota.  Survivors include: son, Joe (Michelle) Kleinsasser of Hillsboro; daughter, Faith (Ron) Klaassen of Newark, New Jersey; 3 grandchilden, Ryan and Nathan Kleinsasser of Hillsboro, Jonathan Klaassen of Newark, New Jersey; brother, Harold Kleinsasser of Reedley, California; sister, Edna Espenson of Windom, Minnesota.

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Maria Mary Penner

Maria Mary Penner, '54

Posted on 11 September 2014 by vunruh

Maria (Mary) Penner of Winnipeg , MB died peacefully on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at aged 88. She is survived by her half brother John Kroeker, half sisters-in-law Ruth and Hilda Kroeker, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Henry F.

and Maria (Hildebrand) Penner Kroeker, her stepfather John G. Kroeker, her sister Anne Hoeppner, brother-in-law Henry Hoeppner, half brothers Abe and Peter Kroeker, and half sister-in-law Shirley Kroeker.

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David Fast

David Fast, '54

Posted on 08 July 2014 by vunruh

David D. Fast, 92, died at Buhler Sunshine Meadows, Buhler, KS on June 23, 2014. He was born on August 12, 1921 at home, near Medora, KS to D.G. and Anna (Willems) Fast. He was a longtime Inman, KS resident also living in Hutchinson and Buhler.

He was a farmer and retired carpenter for Jost & Wiens Construction. He graduated in 1939 Zoar Academy and Bible School in Inman and attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE.

He and his wife Fran were loyal volunteers with RVICS – Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Hutchinson.

On November 2, 1945 he married Frances “Fran” Steward in Charlotte, MI. She died January 25, 2012. Survivors include: her children, Timothy (LeAnn) Fast, Inman; Karen (Steve) Sites, Hillsboro; Vernon Fast, Hutchinson; David (Karen) Fast, Topeka and Leland Fast, San Antonio, TX; four sisters, Anna Kliewer, Helen Hornbaker, Rose Ratzlaff and Frieda Goertzen; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Steven; his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Roy; and two sisters, Marie and Linda.

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Lavina Wall

Lavina A. Wall, ’54

Posted on 20 August 2013 by vunruh

Lavina Mae Wall, 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, IA.
Lavina was born April 3, 1935 to Peter and Nellie Heidi in rural Mountain Lake, MN. She accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized upon confession of her faith. Lavina grew up and attended school in Mountain Lake, MN and later attended Grace University in Omaha, NE.

On June 13, 1958 Lavina was united in marriage to Henry A. Wall and the couple made their home in Mountain Lake, MN for over fifty years. Lavina enjoyed cooking, and was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan. She loved and attended all of her children’s events.

Lavina is survived by her husband of 54 years , Henry Wall; children, Connie Wall of Ankeny, IA, Steve (Lisa) Wall of Ann Arbor, MI, Doug (Martha) Wall of Chanhassen, MN, Randy (Patty) Wall of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren, Sarah Wall, Matthew Wall, Jackie Wall, Laila Samaha, Alan Samaha. She is also survived by her brothers, Bob (Norma) Heide, Hutchinson, KS, Darrel (Susan) Heide of Highland, CA, Don (Jan) Heide of White Bear Township, MN, and Jerry (Kathy) Heide of Colorado Springs, CO; and sister-in-law, Orletta Wiebe, North Newton, KS; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marvin Heide; and step-mothers, Elsie Heide and Sara Heide.

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Ben W Smith

Ben W. Smith, ’54

Posted on 07 March 2013 by vunruh

Ben W. Smith, 81, died Feb. 10, 2013 in Hesston, Kans.

He was born Dec. 4, 1931, near Ringwood, Okla., to Ben A. and Caroline (Thomas) Smith. On Aug. 13, 1954, he married Frances Maureen Frey at First Mennonite Church in Newton. Ben was a graduate of Newton High School in 1950, Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University, Omaha, Neb.) in 1954, and Grace Seminary (Winona Lake, Ind.) in 1956 with a Master of Divinity.

He served as a missionary with Sudan Interior Mission (now SIM USA) in Ethiopia from 1960 to 1975. From 1975 to retirement, he worked as an interim Christian Education Director, a real estate agent at Hesston Corporation and 15 years at Avcon Industries.

He was a member of Newton Bible Church, where he served on the Elder Board and taught adult Sunday School. Ben, having been baptized upon confession of faith in Christ on May 16, 1948, by Rev. D.J. Unruh, was devoted in faith and shared freely his love of Christ. He raised five children to love and serve the Lord. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Hesston; five children: Jeanine Giles (Jerry) of Branson, Mo.; Russell Smith of Wichita; Carolyn Dority (Daniel) of Bali, Indonesia; Maureen Eichelberger (Jerry) of Wichita; Myron Smith (Jami) of Wichita; nine grandchildren: Marshal Giles (Rachel) of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tyler Giles (Gillian) of Tacoma, Wash., Micah Dority (Amanda) of Omaha, Neb., Hannah (Dority) Hoobler (Joshua) of Toccoa, Ga., Nathan Dority of Toccoa, Ga., Abigail Dority, Callie Eichelberger, Jadon Smith and Macy Smith; three great-grandchildren: Daniel, Ryan and Casey Giles; two brothers: Aaron Smith (Elisabeth) of Burrton and LaVern Smith (Marlene) of Omaha, Neb.; one sister: Lois Flaming (Melvin) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Emaline Smith (Melvin’s), Elda Smith (John’s), Evelyn Smith (LeRoy’s), Ted Veer (Malinda’s) and Anna Lee Smith (Will’s).

Ben was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings: Frank, Melvin, John, LeRoy, Malinda Veer, Allen D. and Will.

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