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Darrell Fast, ’60

Posted on 09 August 2017 by editor


Darrell Fast, former pastor at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas, died peacefully on June 11, 2017, in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Mt. Lake, Minn., on Sept. 5, 1939. He also served Mennonite churches in Leamington and Toronto.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; children, Doug (Michelle) and Larissa; as well as grandchildren, Avery and Britton. He leaves his siblings, Don Fast (Diane), Evelyn Schofield and Elisabeth Smith (Aaron); as well as his sisters-in-law, Anita Janzen and Betty Ann Bontrager (Merv).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry L. and Anna (Rempel) Fast; a brother-in-law, Charles Schofield; a nephew, Jeffrey Christopher Fast; and a niece, Julie Ann Schofield.

Darrell will be remembered by nieces, nephews, colleagues and many friends. A memorial service was held June 17, 2017, in Leamington.

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Alice M (Wedel) Johnson

Posted on 27 June 2012 by Mel Friesen

Alice Johnson, was ushered into the presence of her Savior on June 9, 2011. She was an incredible woman who touched the lives of so many around her. Alice had a love for Jesus Christ, her family, gardening, and music. She was a devoted wife of 46 years and was adored by her daughters and her only granddaughter. She was an active member of Temple Baptist Church and worked for Pfizer Animal Health in the animal care area for more then 30 years. Alice was a true example of a Godly Proverbs 31 woman and consistently inspired all those around. She will be missed here on earth, but will be reunited again with her family in heaven.

Survivors: husband, Ross Johnson, Lincoln; daughter, Peggy (Greg) Cline, Lincoln; daughter, Sandy Johnson, Lincoln; granddaughter, Lauren Cline, Lincoln; brother, Elmer (Elaine) Wedel, Eden Prairie, Minn.; numerous adoring nieces and nephews and their families. Proceeded in death by, parents, Theodore and Marie Wedel; sister, Eleanor Fullerton; brother, Ben Wedel.


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1960, Jane (Harrison) Synovec

Posted on 18 May 2012 by Mel Friesen

1960, Synovec, Jane  Feb 3, 1941 – Jan 12, 2012

On Thursday, January 12, 2012, Jane Ruth Synovec of Modesto, California, went to be with the Lord. She was born to the late Jesse and Jennie Harrison on February 3, 1941 in Leota, Minnesota. Jane graduated from Emerson High School in Emerson, Iowa. She also graduated from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha Nebraska with a degree in Biblical Studies. Jane later went on to receive her BA degree from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California, in 1983. Jane and her husband to be, Vernon Synovec, attended college together, where they formed a life-long relationship and were married on July 27, 1977. In those 35 years, they only spent one day apart and loved to spend their time together, both personally and professionally. Jane and her husband owned and operated Acceptance Insurance Services. They worked in their business every day together. Jane is survived by her husband Vernon of Modesto, CA; and children, Terry and his wife Michele, and Todd, all of Fremont, NE, and Rebecca and husband Keith Briggs of Evergreen, CO. Jane had two grandchildren, Tyler, and Trevor. Her 8 siblings include: Phyllis McKenna of Washington, Ida Pierce of Oregon, Mark Harrison of Council Bluffs, IA, Marcella Puentes of Tucson, AZ, Hannah Bayly of Warman, Sask, CAN, Peter Harrison of Washington, Jake Harrison of Oregon, and Gyda Noll of Modesto, CA. Jane was preceded in death by both of her parents; as well as her youngest brother Wesley Harrison; and her precious dog Trudy. Jane had a love of giving to others and her community. Her passions were decorating, antiques, attending Bible studies, and gardening.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave., Omaha, 11am, Monday, May 7. Lunch will follow the Service at the Church.

Published in Omaha World-Herald on May 6, 2012

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1960 Marie R. Buller

Posted on 07 May 2012 by Mel Friesen

1960, Marie R. Buller was born August 12, 1938 on the family farm west of  Kremlin, OK to John P. and Katherina Rempel Buller and passed away on Friday, May 04, 2012 at the Golden Oaks Nursing Home and is now rejoicing in the presence of Jesus her Lord and Savior.  She attended and graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1956 and from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska in 1960. She served for 35 years at Grace Bible Institute, later renamed Grace University.  She began her career as secretary in the Alumni Office and later did clerical work in the Development Office.  In 1989 she was honored with the Alumna of the Year Award.

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Marie began her faith journey in March 1949 when she trusted Jesus as her Savior during a week of revival with Evangelist Loyal Funk at the Mennonite Brethren Church north of Enid.  Then onOctober 8, 1950, she was baptized in the farm pond east of the church by Pastor P.C. Grunau and received into church membership.  During her years in Omaha she was an active member of Faith Bible Church.  She faithfully taught the four year old Sunday school class and was involved in women’s ministry.  After retirement in 2000 and her move to Enid, Marie was an active member of Enid Mennonite Brethren Church serving in AWANA, singing in the choir, and serving as greeter.

There were many things Marie enjoyed doing.  She was a long time stamp collector.  She loved putting together difficult puzzles and mounted and framed several.  She had a special interest in Thomas Kinkade puzzles and books.  She enjoyed many types of arts and crafts.  She is most remembered for the Afghans she crocheted.  She made one for each of her twenty-five nieces and nephews with each Afghan being different and unique.  She enjoyed children as can be seen in her many years of teaching children’s Bible classes and her association with her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her sisters Rosella Funk and husband Paul of Inman, KS, Hanna Thiesen and husband Alvin of Clovis, CA,  Sara Kroeker and husband Gerald of Fresno, CA, and Elfrieda Buller of Enid, brothers John and Dorothy Buller of Collinsville, OK, Harold and Leona Buller of Hillsdale and Alfred and Malvina Buller of Kremlin and many  nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and an infant niece and infant nephew.  While we miss Marie, we are glad for her since now she is free of any illness and is rejoicing in the presence of Jesus, her Lord and Savior.

Memorials may be made to the Open Arms Project at the Enid Mennonite Brethren Church with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodians of the fund.

Celebration of Life service for Marie R. Buller age 73 of Enid, Oklahoma will be 2 pm Thursday, May 10 at the Enid Mennonite Brethren Church with Rev. Lynford Becker officiating. Burial will be in the Mennonite Brethren Cemetery before the service under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:30 pm.

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