FW Friends & Family
Thomas and Jenni Cannariato
Thomas Cannariato fs08 is asking for prayer for his wife, Jenni (Ritschard g10), who has been diagnosed with a mass in her brain that has been causing numbness and ringing in her right ear. Thomas and Jenni married on June 9, 2012, and then they welcomed Judah on June 15, 2017. Thomas works for Apple and Jenni works for Westside: A Jesus Church. The couple lives in Tigard, OR.
Suzanne "Sue" Belknap
Sue Belknap, wife of former TUFW Director of Financial Aid, Chuck Belknap, passed away on September 28 after battling a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Sue had been a teacher at Fort Wayne Christian School. The Belknaps have the Charles & Suzanne Belknap Endowed Scholarship at Taylor University.
Eileen Warner (Lageer)
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EILEEN LAGEER WARNER, 93, wife of Dr. Timothy Warner, President of Fort Wayne Bible College from 1971 to 1980, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario Canada, Eileen was the daughter of the late Wilmot and Winnifred Lageer. Eileen lived her life for God. She was a missionary, teacher, writer and author. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Fellowship Missionary Church. Her full obituary can be found at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=eileen-lageer-warner&pid=186555452&fhid=6181
Willodean Klopfenstein (Ehresman)
Mrs. Willodean Klopfenstein passed away August 27. She is survived by her children and grandchildren including Sandy Klopfenstein Jones g71. She and her husband were wonderful supporters of Fort Wayne Bible College. Calling and services are at Grabill Missionary Church with the service on Sept. 2. View Mrs. Klopfenstein's obiturary
Dr. C. Joseph Martin
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Dr. C. Joe Martin, 85, died on February 21, 2017 in Goshen, IN. Surviving is his wife, Shirley. Dr. Martin, an associate professor, taught psychology and counseling classes on the Fort Wayne campus from 1990 to 1999. He also served at Davis & Elkins College, Bethel College, King College, Taylor University Fort Wayne, and later at The Chapel. Here is a link to his obituary: http://obituaries.goshennews.com/story/c-martin-1931-2017-879053682.
Caitlin Israel (Wilson)
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Caitlin Wilson g12 married Brian Israel in Kansas City, MO, on October 14, 2017. The Israels will live in Hastings, NE, where Caitlin works as the director of operations for a book publicity group based in Seattle and where Brian serves as a public defender for the county.
Laurie Terpstra (Filson)
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Laurie Filson g10 married Jacob Terpstra on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. The couple will continue to reside in Indianapolis.
Hilary Fleischmann g10 was promoted by Benchmark Human Services in Marion, where she serves as an Employment Consultant.
Luke and Kimberly Schutt (Marshall)
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Luke g09 and Kimberly (Marshall g10) Schutt welcomed William Schutt on January 7, 2017. He was 7 lbs, 11 oz, and 20.5 in long. He joins his sister, Lillah, 3, and his grandparents, Dr. John h09 and Sharon Schutt. The Schutts live in Indianapolis.
Matt g09 and Natalie (Myers g11) Mills have returned from teaching in China the past two years. Matt has started taking online classes for a Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Natalie is the marketing manager for Faithlife, a company out of Bellingham, WA. She will work remotely from Chicago, where the Mills will move in the months ahead
Ryan g08 and Nicole Koch welcomed Caroline Kelly on October 18. She was 7.8 lbs and 20.5 in. Caroline joins Hudson, 4. The family lives in Huntertown, IN.
Amy Boeke (Badowski)
Amy (Badowski g07) and Matt Boeke welcomed their second set of twin girls on April 18, 2017. Meredith Quinlyn, who was 7 lb. 2 oz., and Rachel Tamsyn, who was 6 lb. 9 oz., join four-year old twin daughters, Amelia and Heather.
Kiley Coffman (Vitek)
Kiley (Vitek) g07 married Justin Coffman on March 4,2017 in Edgerton Ohio. Kiley works in the Human Resource Department at CK Technologies.
Kim Esquivel (Manon)
Kim (Manon g06) and Ramon Esquivel finalized the adoptions of our two foster sons of two years: Tristan and Bentlee on January 23, 2017. The Esquivel family lives in Defiance, OH.
Tim and Beth Groman
Tim g06 and Beth g04 Groman gave birth to Abel Michael Groman 8.18.2017 @ 7:28pm, 6lbs 14oz, 21in. Full of joy, and a huge blessing to us! Our God is able to do so much more than we can ask or imagine. This little dude is proof of that!
Sharyn Brisson (Thomas)
Sharyn (Thomas g06) and Matt Brisson had Wesley Zaiden Wayne on December 14, 2016. He weighed in at 6 lbs. and 11 oz. The Brisson’s live in Castle Rock, CO.
Amanda Luedeke (Heinsch)
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Amanda (Heinsch g06) and Tad Luedeke g09 welcomed Roland Alexander born on March 8 in Fort Wayne. He was 9 lbs, 5 oz, and 22 inches.
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Michael Clancy g05 married Catherine Eckland on May 6, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ. Several TUFW alums were in attendance, including Danny g04 and Ashley (Leifheit fs04) Smith, Evan g04and Stephanie (Ramsey g04) Boggs. The Clancys reside in Phoenix, where Michael is an attorney.
Heather Ensign (Howie)
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HEATHER DEANN (HOWIE) ENSIGN, 42, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, Dec. 23, 2017 at her residence. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46835) with calling one hour prior from 10 to 11 a.m. Visitation also from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at the church. Burial will take place at Leo Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne. Visit www.northernindianafuneralcare.com
Brianna Collins (Harper)
Brianna (Harper) Collins g05 and her husband, Jarid, welcomed Zane Aaron born October 29. He was 9 lbs, 2 oz. The Collins now have three boys and live in Wesley Chapel, FL.
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Patrick Jessup g05 married Jessica Yoder on September 9, 2017 at the Huber Opera House in Hicksville, OH. Patrick practices law at Yoder & Kraus, P.C. in Kendallville, IN.
Beth and Matt Overman (Armstrong)
Matt and Beth (Armstrong g05) Overman, with Patrick (6) and Charlie (3), welcomed Markus Samuel on January 26, 2017. Beth continues to teach as an intervention specialist at Parkway Local Schools. Matt will be ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church in June 2017.
Nancy Watta g04 is leading a Relationships of the Heart Conference / Workshop for men and women in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The link: https://www.relationshipswithn.wixsite.com/conferences
Rebekah Atkinson (Coleman)
Guy and I, and our 5 children: Timothy, Hannah, Grace, Natalie, and Jonathan, welcomed our 6th child, Caleb James Atkinson, on October 20, 2016.
Josh and Linde Boozell
Josh g02 and Linde (Payne g02) Boozell welcomed Wyatt Emerson on November 9. He weighed 6 lb. 9 oz, and was 20 in long. Wyatt joins Syndey, 9, and Miles, 5. The Boozells live in Newark, OH.
Daniel "Bo" Holden
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Daniel “Bo” Holden g02 joined Rothberg Logan & Warsco, Fort Wayne, as an associate for the firm’s business transactions group. Bo and his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, live in Fort Wayne.
Paul and Ashley Kellogg
Paul g02 and Ashley (Brandy g03) Kellogg adopted four-year old Frances Joy YuTang from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China and three-year old Finton Scott KangTe from Taiyuan City, Shanxi, China in July 2015. Then, the welcomed Trixie Darlene Diane born on January 28, 2016 who weighed 9 lbs, 2oz, and was 21.5 in long. The Kellogg family moved from Fort Wayne to Columbia City in February 2017. Other children at home include Kyler (14), Gracelyn (13), Brynnan (11), Ezekiel (9), and Myra (8).
Justin Spurlock g02 recently accepted the call by Grace Presbyterian Church in Highlands Ranch, CO to serve as their Senior Pastor beginning October 16, 2017. Justin and Sarah (Vestal g02), who owns Denver Counseling Solutions, have one son, Case.
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Rick Henderson g00 has moved with his wife and children to Woodland Park, CO to attend Charis Bible College in the evenings.
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Cliff Pappe g00 was promoted to Major in the Army National Guard in July 2017. Serving in the 135th Chaplain Detachment, based out of Terre Haute, IN Major Pappe will deploy again in March 2018.
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The Fort Wayne Newspapers selected Gary Rowland g97 as their Sales Representative of the month for August, 2017. Gary and his wife, Kelly, and their two boys, are in the process of raising support to serve in New York City with International Project.
Mark and Tonya Hammond
Mark g97 and Tonya g2000 Hammond are stepping into a Campus Pastor role at the Sonrise Roanoke campus on 12220 Lower Huntington Rd. Mark and formerly served 10 years as the Youth Pastor at Sonrise.
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Mark Hull g93 was just named the NCCAA Men’s Golf Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year after leading his Colorado Christian University (CCU) Men’s Golf Team to their fourth consecutive NCCAA National Championship. Mark resides with his wife, Danielle, and their daughter, Olivia Mia Grace in Lakewood, CO.
Mark and Danielle Hull
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Mark g93 and Danielle Hull became parents to an adopted baby girl, Olivia Mia Grace Hull who was was born at 6:03 a.m. June 17,2017, 6 lbs 11 oz, 19.5 inches. Grandparents Bill g69 and Sharon g67 Hull are also doing fine.
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Mark Hull g93 was named the 2017 RMAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year. This is the second year in a row Mark has been named the Coach of the Year. In his 12th year as the Head Men’s Golf Coach at Colorado Christian University, he has produced more national championships and back-to-back winning seasons than any other program in CCU history. According to the CCU website, “[Hulls] integrity and success on and off the course does not go unnoticed by his team and peers.”
Sondra Beard (Allen)
Sondra (Allen) Beard g93, English Language Learner Teacher, has been nominated for Teacher of the Year from Haley Elementary in Fort Wayne Community Schools. She and her husband, Jim g88, who works at IPFW, live in Fort Wayne. Their son, Colin cs20 is a freshman Business Major at Taylor University.
Rich and Maggie Troyer
Rich g92 and Maggie g92 Troyer are returning to northeast Ohio after spending the past 30 years in Fort Wayne to begin a new business venture and to be closer to Rich’s father. Troyer's Amish Tours will be serving the Holmes County-Ohio area with small group tours, charters and special events. The business will serve as a outreach ministry to those who come to understand more about the Amish faith and lifestyle. The website is www.troyersamishtours.com.
Karla Chamness-Eskridge (Chamness)
Karla Chamness-Eskridge fs1992 passed away on April 3, 2017
Dick Kryder, 86, husband of former alumni secretary Marceil (Zehr) Kryder g52, passed away on March 11. Survivors also includeDann (Ashley) Zehr g89 of Smyma, TN.
Susanna Collins (Downey)
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Susanna (Downey) Collins g89 passed away unexpectantly on December 1. She was employed as a Social Worker. After moving to Minnesota, she met her husband, Greg Collins, who still survives. Susanna and Greg have two daughters. Susanna loved Jesus, her family and mentored many people. She enjoyed running, hiking, fishing and a good cup of coffee. Here is a link to Susanna’s obituary: http://www.olsonfuneralhome.
The Rev. Ken Sistrunk g87 has been named the new pastor at North Manchester Missionary Church in North Manchester, IN. He and his wife, Joanne (Kingsbury g84) started in this new role in late May 2017.
Donn Dietz g86 moved back to Fort Wayne from Virginia Beach, VA, in December 2017. He is a field service technician at Integrity One Technologies.
Judy Dixon (Cuckler)
Judy (Cuckler) Dixon g86 has been an elementary education teacher since graduating with the exception of taking a break to have three children. After several grades at different Christian schools, Judy is now at Merritt Island Christian School, where she is the media specialist. She also has received her master’s degree in technology in education. She and her husband, George, live in Merritt Island, FL.
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After serving 42 years in pastoral ministry, the Rev. Tim g86 and Becky Yazel have been accepted as full-time missionaries with SonSet Solutions. Tim will be meeting with radio stations and churches to create partnerships. They're looking to speak at churches, Sunday school classes and Bible studies to spread the word about the ministry at SonSet Solutions, as well as to gain financial and prayer support. To contact the Yazels, go here: https://sonsetsolutions.org/
Allen and Rebecca Rassi (Sprow)
Allen Rassi g85 was awarded the President’s Award by the St. Marys’ Kiwanis Club for his outstanding leadership and service. Allen and his wife, Rebecca Sprow-Rassi fs85 live in St. Marys, GA
Darryl Brown g85 has a new position at Platinum Wealth Partners Inc
Lyndon Loewen g85 graduated from Huntington University with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Executive Leadership Coaching on May 13, 2017. He is thankful to his Best Friend Jesus to help him in the journey and to his wife Lori who encouraged and supported him immensely. He is working at Northwest Ohio Youth for Christ celebrating 30 years hanging out with teens sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Lyndon and Lori live in Findlay, OH and welcome FWBC grads who are near or going through to stop in and visit.
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Dr. Randall Dodge Named President of Horizon University
Former TUFW Dean of Students Dr. Randall Dodge g81 TU has been named President of Horizon University in Indianapolis. “I am both humbled and honored to accept the position as President of Horizon University and look forward to serving with our staff and students as we are all challenged to grow in ‘Wisdom for Eternity and Leadership for Life,” Dr. Dodge shared in the news release.
Dr. Dodge served initially as the Executive Director of the Samuel Morris Scholars program that started in 1997 on the Fort Wayne campus. He later was named and served as the Dean of Students until 2009.
Upon leaving TUFW, he served as a lead administrator with Project Mercy in Fort Wayne.
Horizon University was founded in 1993 by Mike Macintosh, D.Min., D.Div. Horizon University is accredited through ABHE. The campus is located near 79th and Fall Creek Road on Indy’s Northeast side.
Former faculty member Dr. D. Leon Pippin passed away on February 17, 2017, in Palm Bay, FL. Dr. Pippin is survived by his wife, Emily, and their four children.
George g76 and Twane Cecil have retired after 47 years of ministry in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Florida - the last 24 years at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Merriam, IN where they served as pastor and school administrator. The Cecils have moved to Fort Wayne.
Joe Alvarez fs76 went to be with Jesus on Monday, May 29. He is survived by his wife, Jan (Zimmerman) g75, and their three children. His funeral will be on Monday, June 5. There will be a viewing at 9:30 and funeral service at 10:30 at Central Church 5801 Schwartz Rd, Fort Wayne. Please be in prayer for his wife Jan, and their three children. Joe served on our Fort Wayne Alumni Council at one time.
Jan Zinck (Shorey)
Jan (Shorey) Zinck g75 retired from nursing after 41 years at the same hospital in New England. The very next day Jan moved 750 miles away to the Lynchburg, VA area. She is looking forward to spending much more time with her daughters & five grandchildren.
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Rev. Phil Mortensen g74, 72, earned his Heavenly reward April 3, 2017 in Point Orange, FL after suffering a heart attack. He had been battling Prostate Cancer and undergoing radiation treatments. “Pastor Phil” planted Fellowship Bible Church in 1971, while a student of FWBC. He then planted Love Church in 1986, whose mission was to demonstrate Christ’s love to the poor and needy. In 1999, he and his late wife, Fran Mortensen h99, were named Distinguished Alumni for Urban Ministry. He also served as an instructor at TUFW teaching an Urban Ministries course. Surviving are his wife, Norma, son, Michael (Christine g92) Mortensen g91, director of Fort Wayne Alumni & Friend Relations, his daughter, MaryAnn Goodwell, three step sons, one step daughter, and multiple grandchildren. Arrangements: Celebration of Life - April 22, 2017 3:00 pm First Assembly of God, 1400 W Washington Blvd Fort Wayne, IN (Calling one hour before (Hawaiian shirts are encouraged :) Visitation - Friday, April 21, 2017 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Love Church, 1331 E Berry St Fort Wayne, IN
Danny Boone fs72, 75, died Monday, January 8, 2018. Danny was married to Sharon, who survives. He was a pastor at First Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church, Wabash, IN, for 40 years, and worked security at Wal-Mart several years.
The Rev. James Mortemore g66 passed away on November 14, 2017. Before retirement, Jim served as a pastor and a custodian. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Kay (Falb) g67. Here is a link to his obituary: http://www.thomarich.com/
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JOHN A. STEINER g63, 76, went home to be with the Lord he had loved and served so long on Monday, April 3, 2017. Born Oct. 31, 1940 in Bluffton, Ohio, John served Fort Wayne Community Schools as teacher and principal for over 35 years. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lois Steiner g66; children; SuAnn g88 (Donn) Nichols, Michael (Lynne) Steiner, Shari (Matt) Barcalow; grandchildren Blaine, Keegan, Eli, Isaac, Piper, Natalie, Jaydn, Maggie; siblings, Virginia Witmer, Christine Gerig, Gus Steiner. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Avalon Missionary Church, 1212 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne (IN 46819), with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 at the church. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=john-a-steiner&pid=184886926#sthash.EyTMVBrk.dpuf
Howard and Ruth Moser (Ringenberg)
After fifty-five years of faithful ministry with World Partners, Reverend Howard g61 and Ruth g61 Moser retired on July 31, 2017. In 1962, the Moser family set off for language school in Costa Rica- then ministered in Ecuador, Spain and pastored in the US. They also have discipled many who are serving nationally and internationally.
Darline Strader (Haller)
Darline Strader g58 passed away in San Antonio, TX Sunday, September 10 after battling ALS. She is survived by her husband TA Strader g60 who cared for her. She had been a teacher and children’s director in their church.
Dr. Gaius Steiner g57 passed away on October 14 in Hacienda Heights, CA. Gaius was a clinical psychologist for over 42 years. Surviving is his wife, Melva (Rousselle) Steiner g57.
Beulah McKenney (Minnig)
Beulah (Minnig) McKenney fs55, 94 entered into her Heavenly rest on April 25, 2017. Following attending FWBC, she was employed as secretary to the President of the Missionary Church Association. Besides being an ordained minister, she spent 40 years teaching Vacation Bible School, Junior Church, Sunday school, and loved playing the piano and organ for church services. Click here for her obituary.
John Imler fs54 passed away in his home in Citrus Heights, CA, on December 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Gerig g53). John had authored a book entitled, Never Too Late: A Prodigal Pastor Returns, which is available on Amazon.com.
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DR. JACQUELINE J. "JACKIE" CARL, g53, 87, of Lima, formerly of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 6:43 a.m., at Wyngate Senior Living. A family graveside service will be held in July. Memorial contributions may be given to Brookside Community Church, 6102 Evard Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Online condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com. The family would like to thank all those at Wyngate for their wonderful care and compassion over the last 19 months. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=jacqueline-j-carl-jackie&pid=185865189&fhid=17954#sthash.q3B7kXil.dpuf
Rev. Dale Gerig
The Rev. Dale Gerig g52, 87, went home to be with the Lord February 12, 2017. Dale married his high school sweetheart, Beth g53, in a double wedding ceremony with his brother, Zenas Gerig g51, and his bride Esther (Lehman g52). Both Beth, his wife of 64 years, and Esther survive. Also surviving is their daughter, Karen (Gerig) Mills g81. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenton Gerig g78, for which the Gerigs started a scholarship available at Taylor University. Here is a link to the obituary - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kpcnews/obituary.aspx?pid=184140039.
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Ron Hodgin g61, 83, entered into eternity to meet his Savior on December 17, 2017 after a sudden illness. Ron and his surviving wife of 59 years, Mary Lee (Popps g54)dedicated their lives to missionary service for 25 years in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He also served as the principal at Sarasota Christian School, Sarasota, FL later in life.Click here for his obituary.
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The Rev. Virgil Bixler g51 passed away November 20. Surviving are his wife, Leona (Reibling) fs49, and his daughters, Sheryl (Bixler fs72) and son-in-law, the Rev. Tim Steiner g74, and Joy (Bixler g77) and son-in-law, Rex Forbes g77.
Arlene Williams (Mitchell)
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Arlene (Mitchell) Williams fs51, 87, went home to be with the Lord on September 23, 2017. She was the daughter of the late registrar, Harvey Mitchell, and the twin sister of Ardice “Ardie” Bailor fs51, who also proceeded her in death. Her husband, Ernest Williams still survives.
Barbara Van Gorkom (Dailey)
Barbara (Dalley) van Gorkom g50, 91, entered the presence of the Lord on April 10, 2017. She is survived by her husband, David g51, who lives in Mandan, ND.
Lillie M. Bodine (Farah)
Lillie M. (Farah) Bodine, 92, fs48 passed away in Fort Wayne on March 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by William Bodine, Sr. g46. Her obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185104859.
Amy Burley (Leightner)
Amy (Leightner) Burley g47, 92, went home to be with the Lord on August 8, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Robert Burley g52, who lives in North Manchester, IN.
Charles Joder fs47, 91, passed away on September 27 in Fort Wayne. He had spent 14 years with his family serving in French West Africa before working for Dana for 39 years. His wife, Mildred Pauline (McMichael fs47) who he met at Fort Wayne Bible Institute, preceded him in death.
Virginia G. Roth (Meier)
Virginia G. (Meier) Roth, age 93, went to be with her Lord on July 8, 2017. She was born November 9, 1923 in Swanton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Roth, parents, Alfred and Grace Meier, sister, Phyllis Meier, and a special sister-in-law, Cleo Roth. For 10 years, Virginia started Missionary Churches in Hawaii and has been a promoter of missions wherever she has served. Virginia attended Fort Wayne Bible Institute and Defiance College where she received degrees. She received a MA degree in Christian Education from Wheaton College. She served as Christian Education Director of the Fort Wayne First Missionary Church. Virginia was a long time member of the Grabill Missionary Church where she taught a special needs Sunday School Class for many years and sang in the Senior Saints Choir. Virginia enjoyed her experiences with family, neighbors, and friends. Ellis and Virginia enjoyed traveling in 35 different counties. Early in her life, she sang in the Meier Trio with her two sisters. Virginia married Ellis Roth (Berniece-deceased) in 1962 and assisted him in parenting his four sons. Virginia is survived by her sister Carolyn Patricia Meier, four sons, David (Nancy) Roth, Philip (Ann) Roth, Paul (Joyce) Roth, and James (Deborah) Roth, 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Service is 10:30 am, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Grabill Missionary Church,13637 State St. Grabill, IN with calling one hour prior and Rev. William Lepley officiating. Calling also Friday, July 14, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Grabill Missionary Church. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Rafiki Foundation: Mike Ritter, missionary in Africa . To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.