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Janice Jean Wohlgemuth, ’58

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

5934411230303Janice Jean (Diller) Wohlgemuth was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on May 6, 1936, to Albert and Telsa Diller. She passed away June 2, 2017, at the age of 81.

Janice loved helping on the family farm – whether it was milking the cows, driving the tractor for her father or helping her mother prepare food for the farm workers. Janice attended elementary and high school in Bluffton, graduating in 1954. While in high school, she participated in music and drama. She then attended Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, and received a four year degree in Christian Education in 1958. Today, this degree would include a teaching certificate.

Janice accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized and became a member of the Ebenezer Church in Bluffton, Ohio. Janice met Eldon Gene Wohlgemuth at Grace University in 1957. They dated a year before getting engaged. They were married on Aug. 29, 1958. They had two sons: Craig Allen Wohlgemuth, born June 28, 1959, and Kevin Ray Wohlgemuth, born Feb. 15, 1962. Janice loved raising her two boys and later, when she became a grandmother, loved spending time with her grandkids, even including sleepovers.

Janice started her work at Remington Middle School in 1972, as a para in different classrooms, but also helped out in many other areas of the school as she was needed. Janice loved working with the kids at school. While Eldon worked second shift for a while, she would come home from her middle school job and get ready to work the evening shift at Wheat State Manor in her certified nurses aide capacity.

Janice retired from the Remington School District in 2016. Jan sold her home in Whitewater, then moved to Newton. Even after moving, she stayed involved with Remington students by being part of a mentorship program with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Soon after moving to Newton, she became involved with the Community Assembly at Presbyterian Manor by serving as vice-chairwoman. She was in charge of lining up programs for the residents to enjoy.

Janice had a resiliency and strength in life that she recognized could only have come from God. She believed that, when bad things happen in life, one should use those instances as opportunities to help others in similar situations. Jan formed a group of six other widowed women who regularly ate out together, using that time to share about their lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon; son, Craig; father, Albert Diller; and mother, Telsa Diller. Janice is survived by her son Craig’s wife, Tammy and daughter Maddijo Allen, as well as Maddijo’s husband, Tyler James Kennedy, and their children Reck and Range of Whitewater; son Kevin and wife Leann and their children Hollann Marie, Bryant Ralen, Camden Tyler and Shaylie Breann of Peoria, Arizona; and brother, Marvin and wife Gloria of Bluffton, Ohio.

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Martha M. Harmon, ’58

Posted on 30 January 2015 by editor

Martha M. Harmon, who began her education at Grace University in 1953, died on January 24, 2015 in Council Buffs, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, Charles W.; children, Richard C. and friend Mary Dishman, and Carolyn Cahill (James); grandchildren, William R.F. Harmon (Amanda), Melissa Montgomery (Christopher), and Catlin Cahill; 5 great grandchildren; siblings, Ruth Roth (Lynn), and Heinrich Ortmann; brother-in-law, Walter Busenitz; sister-in-law, Kathleen Gray (Lee); and many family and friends. Martha worked for Mutual of Omaha, State of Nebraska, and UNMC. Following her retirement, she worked for the Stephen Center, and volunteered at General Dodge House and Lauritzen Gardens. Martha was very active with Charles in the Mayflower Society.

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Luella Zuercher

Luella (Harder) Zuercher, '58

Posted on 08 March 2013 by vunruh

Luella (Harder) Zuercher entered her eternal home on March 1, 2013.

Luella was born Oct. 26, 1936, to Gus and Kathrine Harder. Luella committed her life to Christ at a young age. She attended Berean Academy and Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Neb.

Luella married Floyd Zuercher on July 11, 1957. They were missionaries in Colombia, South America, from 1960 to 1972.

Luella taught at Berean Academy and influenced many lives during her 37 years of teaching. Luella earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wichita State University. She loved gardening and time with grandchildren. Luella’s life and witness inspire us to be more like Christ!

Luella was preceded in death by her father, Gus; mother, Kathrine; and brother, Kenneth.

Luella is survived by her husband, Floyd; son, Charles and Lili, Portland; son, Steve and Melanie, Wichita; daughter, Ann Servaes and Shannon, St. Louis; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Harder and Christine, Benton; sister, Doris Smith, Corvallis; sister-in-law, Marjorie Zuercher, Whitewater; brother-in-law, Dwight Zuercher and Wilma, Chicago; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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1958 Elaine (Madsen) Jager

1958 Elaine (Madsen) Jager

Posted on 15 August 2011 by Mel Friesen

Elaine Naomi Jager, age 84, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away August 11, 2011, at Risen Son Christian Village. She was born March 31, 1927, in Raymond, Neb., to Anders and Ingeborg (Pedersen) Madsen. Elaine was a former Dean of Women at Grace University in Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Franklin on May 16, 2011; sister, Dorothy Hanson; brothers, Harry and Arnold Madsen.
Survivors include daughters, Carla Butts and husband, Bill, Crista Jensen and husband, Joel; six grandchildren; brother, Delmar and wife, Grace Madsen; sister-in-law, Elma Madsen; and brother-in-law, Robert Jager.
The family will host a reception Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave., Omaha, Neb. Visitation with the family will be Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Maher-Livingston Funeral Home with services at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the music departments of Grace University or Crown College.

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