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Catherine C. Quenzer, ’68

Posted on 05 November 2013 by vunruh

Catherine C. Quenzer, 97, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 at Victoria Falls Nursing Home in Andover, KS after a short illness.

She was born Nov. 4, 1915 to Henry and Marie (Hamm) Claassen in Paso Robles, CA.  She attended German grade school at the Willow Creek farm enclave.  She helped her father with the family orchards and dairy cows. She worked in Los Angeles for several years and she worked as a children’s teacher.  later she worked as the reception, mail room supervisor and switchboard operator at Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, NE from 1968 to 1984.

She married Abraham H. Schultz Aug. 8, 1939 at the Willow Creek Mennonite Church in Paso Robles.  She was widowed in 1967 and more than 20 years later she married Paul Quenzer in 1984.

She and her husband served in Mennonite churches in Henderson, NE, Quakertown, PA, Mountain Lake, MN, Richfield, PA, and Steinbach, Manitoba.

Survivors include sons, Al Schultz and wife, Bonnie of Albion, IN, Rich Schultz and wife, Debby of Arlington, WA, Don Schultz and wife, Diann of Benton; daughters, Ruth Seth and husband, Bob of Liberal and Esther Bartsch and husband, Jim of Cottonwood Falls; daughter-in-law Bette Schultz of Kalispell; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Gertrude Claassen, Marie Claassen, Agathe Lichti, Bertha Lichti and Emily Toevs; two brothers, Ernest Claassen and Eric Claassen; and her son, Ken.

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Elsie Goossen

Elsie Franz Goossen, ’68

Posted on 20 June 2013 by vunruh

Elsie Franz Goossen died on March 22, 2013. She was born the fourth child of Alvin L. and Bertha (Franz) Goossen on July 20, 1945 in Colby, KS in the middle of wheat harvest.

Elsie grew up on a farm in the Mingo area and attended the first eight grades of school in Oakley, KS. The family moved to Newton the summer of 1959 and Elsie continued her high school education at Berean Acadamy in Elbing, KS., graduating in 1963. The next four years were spent at Grace Bible Institute, now Grace University, in Omaha, NE. She receiver a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education.

Her employment path took a different direction than she had expected. She got involved in electronic work in Newton and Peabody, KS. From there she went to work for Martin-Merietta Corp. in Colorado. During this time she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Administration. She developed her own business as a traveling book keeper maintaining a circuit of small businesses.

Survivors include siblings: Paul (Hildegard), Rhinelander, WI; Alva (Earlene), Vancouver, WA; Susie (Asher), Elkhart, KS, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law, Jacob Barkman, and a sister-in-law, Linda Goossen.

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Daniel Ashcraft

Daniel Ira Ashcraft, ’68

Posted on 11 June 2013 by vunruh

Daniel Ira Ashcraft, 66, went to be with his Lord June 1, 2013 in Alamo, Tex. He was born to Jack & Virginia Ashcraft on December 5, 1946 in Enid, Okla. He served his country in the Army as a medic and a Green Beret from 1968-1971. He married the love of his life, Joan Petersen, in 1971. In his youth he entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sharing the hope that is found in Jesus became his life-long passion. His life verse was I Corinthians 15:56, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” He spent 36 years fulfilling his calling as a missionary, living in Spain and Russia.

He was a loving husband, kind and gentle and always someone to lean on. He passed on to his children the value of hard work and the love of adventure. His grandchildren will always think of him as a fun-loving grandpa. He will be greatly missed, but we take comfort in the knowledge that we will be reunited with him in heaven.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joan Ashcraft; mother, Virginia Ashcraft, Alamo, Tex.; siblings, Rene Sprunger, Omaha, Nebr., Jay (Janice) Ashcraft, Livermore, Calif., Glenn (Sue) Ashcraft, Spain. Children, Candy Ashcraft, Lincoln, Nebr.; Lindy (Dane) Sorenson, Normal, Ill.; Matt (Rachel) Ashcraft, Spain. Grandchildren, Logan, Jada & Owen Ashcraft & Zoe, Moses & Acacia Sorenson.

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