FW Friends & Family
Phyllis J. Miller (Miller)
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Phyllis J. Miller ’53 TUU, 88, passed away on March 23, 2019. She was one the first women’s basketball and volleyball coach for Fort Wayne Bible College (FWBC) from 1973-1978. Here is a link to our 2014 Hall of Fame booklet, when we inducted her into our Fort Wayne Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Dr. Tom Beckner, former TUFW professor, has been appointed Chaplain for the Westminster Canterbury community in Daytona Beach, FL.
Carl Badertscher fs92 graduated from University of Maryland in August 2018 with a masters in cybersecurity. Carl is Sergeant First Class in the United States Africa Command, Army Reserves and is based in Stuttgart, Germany.
Mark Vermilion, former TUFW PR professor, started his new role in August as leader of global education initiatives at Asbury Theological Seminary in Lexington, KY.
Deborah Hall, 65, passed into glory June 18, 2018. Deborah worked in the campus cafeteria for many years and was a great friend to many students and faculty. Services were held at First Baptist Church in New Haven, IN with some former students and staff members, including Linda Newman, in attendance.
Katlyn Stryker (Smith)
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Nicole and Brock Treesh (Wentworth)
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Nicole (Wentworth g09) and Brock Treesh welcomed Calliope Ann on February 27, 2019. Calliope weighed 7 lbs. 6.8 oz. and was 20 in. long. The Treeshes live in Kendallville, IN.
Andrea Phiri (Burns)
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Andrea (Burns) Phiri g09 and Owen Phiri welcomed their son Cedar Kudzai on January 22, 2019. Cedar weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 21.65 in. long. The name Cedar was inspired by Isaiah 41 and Psalm 92. Kudzai means “praise” in the Zimbanwean language Shona.
John and Ami Yoder (Troyer)
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Tad and Amanda Luedeke (Heinsch)
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Tad g09 and Amanda (Heinsch) g06 Luedeke welcomed Zelda on November 26, 2018. Zelda weighed 8lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 in. long. The Luedekes live in Fort Wayne.
Heidi Williams (Pierce)
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Heidi (Pierce) g09 Williams and her husband, Adam, welcomed Adalynn Joyce on November 27, 2018. Adalynn weighed 6 lbs.14 oz. The Williamses live in Fort Wayne.
Jeremy g09 and Sarah Cates welcomed their second son Malachi Austin on August 6, 2018. Malachi weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 ½ in. long. When older brother Jackson tries saying Malachi, it sounds like “hot guy.”
Matt and Natalie Mills (Myers)
Matt g09 and Natalie (Myers g11) Mills started www.PennyMagic.
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Jeremy g09 and Sarah Cates welcomed their first child on September 25, 2016. Jackson A. was 6 lb. 10 oz. and was 20 in. long. The Cates currently reside in the State of New Hampshire.
Rachel Muncie (VanAlstine)
Rachel (VanAlstine) g08 Muncie and her husband, Phil, welcomed their first child, Tristan, on October 3, 2018. Tristan weighed 7 lb. 14 oz. and was 21 in. long. The Muncies live in Fort Wayne where Rachel works at Lincoln Financial Group.
Rick Schwartz g07 was named senior pastor of First Missionary Church in Berne in February 2019. He and his wife, Jamie (Knuth g07) had previously been at CrossPoint Community Church in Lima, OH for eight years. Rick grew up at First Missionary, where his dad, Jim g79 served as the youth pastor, Rick was a Pastoral Ministries major and held with great respect by his department chair, Dr. David Biberstein.
Charrell Stevens g07 (Williams)
Charrell (Williams) Stevens g07 was nominated as Distinguished Staff of the Year (District) in her role as Secretary of Student Services at Elkhart Community Schools. Charrell and her husband, Justin, have twin daughters and reside in Goshen, IN.
Laura Larkin (Johnson)
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Laura (Johnson) Larkin g07, 33, passed away on November 26, 2018 in Fort Wayne. She was the daughter of Dr. Ken Johnson, former TUFW faculty member in the music department. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 1 at The Chapel in Fort Wayne. Donations may be made to the education fund of her surviving twin daughters, Lucy and Cora.
Traci Koenig (Bakie)
Traci (Bakle) Koenig g06 is the teen program administrator at Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services in Paulding, OH.
Sharyn and Matt Brisson (Thomas)
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Sharyn (Thomas g06) and Matt Brisson welcomed Alaya Grace on November 30, 2018. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 ¾ in. long. She joins her brother, Wesley, 2. The Brissons live in Castle Rock, CO
John Emenhiser g2005 passed away after a long battle with painful brain tumors. In recent years John helped as he was able with pastoral visits to hospitals and homes as a volunteer with the Pathway Church. He is survived by his wife, Danielle, and his three daughters. Those interested in contributing to the outstanding medical bills can send a donation to New Creation in care of Pathway Church.
Beth and Matt Overman (Armstrong)
Beth (Armstrong) g05 and Matt Overman welcomed Evelyn Leigh on March 7, 2019. Evelyn weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 19 in. long. She joins brothers Patrick, 8, Charlie, 5, and Markus, 2.
Patrick and Jessica Jessup (Yoder)
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Patrick g05 and Jessica Jessup welcomed their first child, Dietrich Lawrence, on January 6, 2019. The Jessups live in Spencerville, IN.
Michael and Catherine Clancy
Michael g05 and Catherine Clancy welcomed Clara Frances Thomasina on January 27, 2019. Clara weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 19 in. long. She joins her brother, Michael, 1. The Clancys live in Phoenix, AZ
Tabatha “Tab” Lamb
Tabatha “Tab” Lamb g05 received her Iowa state teaching license in the area of 5–12 grade English and language arts in January 2019. Tab lives and works in the Des Moines area.
Josh “Marty” and Jill Lehman
Josh “Marty” g05 and Jill Lehman felt called to overseas service in 2014 and began a four-year training program with Ethnos360, an organization focused on unreached people who need Him. They and their family hope to move to Asia Pacific by July 2019 to support planting efforts.
Julia Stickel (Beange)
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Julia (Beange g05) and Gentry Stickel welcomed Christopher Norman Gary on April 29, 2018. He weighed 10 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21.5 in. long. He is the fourth Christopher in the Stickel family. The Stickels live in Calgary, Canada.
Mandy Rakoci (Tarter)
Mandy (Tarter) Rakoci g04 and her husband Derek welcomed Ryne Beckett on October 25, 2018. Ryne weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 ¼ in. long. He joins older brother, Connor, 7.
Kim and Jeff Krabach (Tabor)
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Kim (Tabor) g04 and Jeff Krabach g04 welcomed Mabel Rose on August 30. Mabel weighed 7 lb. 2.5 oz. and was 19.68 in. long. She joins older siblings Noah, 12, and Sophia, 5. The Krabachs live in Lynnwood, WA.
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Matthew g04 and Laura Gross welcomed their third child, Jonathan Donald, into the world on July 5, 2018. Matthew works at Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne.
Tauna Batiste (Herrell)
It is my pleasure to announce that Tauna Batiste g03 will be joining our Batten Disease Support and Research Association team as Executive Director on May 20, 2019.
Brooke and Jeff Hartman (Wilson)
Brooke (Wilson g03) and Jeff Hartman welcomed twins, Hanalei Brooke and Maya Katherine, on March 11, 2019. They join older sister Havana, 2. The Hartmans live in Madison, WI.
Tauna and Tremayne Batiste (Harrell)
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Tauna (Harrell g03) and Tremayne Batiste welcomed Andrew Christopher on February 5, 2019. Andrew weighed 9 lbs., 3 oz. and was 21 in. long, and joins Alex, 4. Tauna is Executive Director for the National Hemophilia Foundation/Central Ohio Chapter. The Batistes live in Reynoldsburg, OH.
Adrianna Manaugh g03 is serving in Thailand with Partners, an organization that works with vulnerable and displaced communities that are difficult to reach in order to bring practical solutions to free children from hardship and exploitation.
Beth and Chuck Jones (Bongard)
Beth (Bongard) g03 and Chuck fs03 Jones welcomed Brynnlee on September 5, 2018 in Saint Augustine, FL, where they live. She weighed 7 lbs. and 5 oz. Beth Ann married Chuck on October 7, 2017.
Rebekah “Becka” and Guy Atkinson (Coleman)
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Rebekah “Becka” (Coleman g03) and Guy Atkinson welcomed Benjamin Nolen June 6, 2018. Benjamin weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 ¼ in. long. He joins siblings Timothy, 12, Hannah, 10, Grace, 8, Natalie, 5, Jonathan, 2, and Caleb, 1.
Kelley Sewell (Wayne)
Kelley Wayne g01 and Kelly Lyn Sewell welcomed Lilliana “Lillie” Joy on April 10, 2019. Lillie weighed 7 lb. 6.9 oz. and was 19 ¾ in. long. Kelley serves as the adult ministries pastor at Grabill Missionary Church in Indiana.
Dawn Crandall (Renkenberger)
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Dawn (Renkenberger g00) Crandall completed “Enchanting Nicolette,” her fifth novel in “The Everstone Chronicles,” a Christian fiction romance series focused on a group of characters living in the Boston area during the Gilded Age. “Enchanting Nicolette” will be released by Whitaker House in October. More information is available at dawncrandall.blogspot.com.
Rebecca Knight (Green)
Rebecca (Green) g99 Knight is now the news director at WBOI/WBNI, Northeast Indiana Public Radio after 15 years reporting for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. She recently wrapped up another semester as an adjunct professor of communications at Huntington University, where she has taught every-other spring since 2008. Rebecca married Aaron Knight in 2013 and they live in Noble County, IN with their search-and-rescue dog, Helo.
Matt and Estefana Jesch (Ponce)
Matt fs98 and Estefana (Ponce g98) Jesch celebrated the particularization of their church plant Iglesia Cristo Rey Eterno, which is now an independent operating church in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Jeschs are full-time missionaries with Mission to the World.
Jennifer Kreppert (Woolever)
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Jennifer Woolever (g98) married Fred Kreppert June 2, 2018 at Fellowship Missionary Church in Fort Wayne. Included in the wedding party were Laura (Tobens) Tinker (g01) and Sarah Ann (King) Martyn g00. Other participants included: the Rev. Richard Woolever g79, the Rev. Mark Mays g95, and the Rev. Tim Johnson g81. The Krepperts reside in Yorkville, IL.
Gary Rowland g97 serves as Mobilization Director for International Project, a ministry that initiates church planting movements through diaspora unreached people groups in major global cities. He and his wife, Kelly reside in Fort Wayne with their two sons.
Mark Hammond g97 is in his 22nd year in youth ministry and is starting a youth segment of Blackhawk Ministries, which seeks to be a light for Jesus and to build a diverse community of disciples in the Fort Wayne area.
Petula Myers g94 is serving with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She works for Izvor Centar, an outreach center that seeks to impact local children and youth through English classes, counseling, and the arts.
Sheila Combs, g94, 46, of Barberton, OH, passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2018. She will always be remembered for her big personality and kind heart.
Kathy Lauwers g92, 49, of Haskins, OH passed away on April 5, 2019. She had been a preschool teacher. Her obituary is posted
Maggie Troyer g92 entered her eternal home October 31, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Rich g92, who is praising God for his goodness and enduring love. Funeral arrangements are as follows:
4 – 7 p.m. Visitation
Smith Funeral Home, Sugarcreek, OH
11 a.m. Funeral Service
Viewing one hour prior to service
The Branch Church, Baltic, OH
Celebration of Life Service
Woodburn Missionary Church, Woodburn, IN
Lori Wilson-Snyder (Wilson)
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Lori Wilson-Snyder g91 started a new position with Ambassador Enterprises, a private equity company in Fort Wayne that helps build companies and leaders that seek to impact communities in northeast Indiana and beyond.
Natalie Zaccagna (Grillo)
Natalie Grillo g01 married Rich Zaccagna Jr. on November 16, 2018. The wedding took place in Denver, CO, where the couple resides.
Dr. Kent Kessler
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Dr. Kent Kessler g91 published a six-book children’s series, “Tales from Three Drawers Down.” The color-illustrated stories teach children about spiritual concepts using kitchen utensils. Kessler has performed public readings of his books, which are available for purchase on Amazon.
James Leichliter g90 is retiring from the pastorate after serving 14 years at the First Church of God of Franklin, PA. He began serving with the Churches of God, General Conference in 1984 in Yoder, IN. After graduating from Huntington College Graduate School of Ministry in 1992, he was called to pastor in Finksburg, MD and Decatur, IL before moving to Pennsylvania
Sherri and Mike Ritter (Harris)
Sherri (Harris g88) and Mike Ritter returned to the US in October 2018 for a brief sabbatical from their mission work in Rafiki Village, Liberia. The previous summer, they had the opportunity to meet with Liberian President George Weah and share with him how God is at work in their village.
Darwin Dunten g86 became the new chaplain for the Mercer County, OH Sheriff’s Office in June 2018. He had currently served as chaplain for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years.
Marilyn Millar g86 is employed by UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she continues to work and live, and attends Cornerstone Christian Community Church. She has been employed in the hospital’s dietary department for 18 years.
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Bob Herman g85 started a new position with The Rescue Mission in Fort Wayne as pastor of outreach and discipleship. In this role, he pastors and disciples men from the LifeHouse, which provides immediate relief for those experiencing hunger and homelessness.
While not much information is known, we learned last night that Lori Wilka g85, has unexpectantly passed away while at a job training event in Orlando, FL. Please pray for her family and friends. She was a National Service Officer at Military Order of the Purple Heart and lived in North Little Rock, AR.
Tommy and Konni Logan (Saylor)
Tommy g85 and Konni (Sayler g86) Logan returned to the U.S. in 2017 after nearly 30 years working as Bible translators in Musala, Papua New Guinea. Tommy continues to advise the local Musala translators remotely as they translate the Old Testament into the Kasua language. (Also see news item)
Carolyn Moyer (Bortz)
Carolyn (Bortz g84) Moyer and her husband Jerry have been serving with mission agency World Team as church planters in the Paris suburbs since 1997. They have two sons, who are currently completing their university studies in the US. Previously, Carolyn completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Kutztown University and her master’s in biblical counseling at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA.
Terry L. Diller g83, 57, of Elkhart, passed away early Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart. Arrangements are being made by Billings Funeral Home. See the following link for more details. https://www.billingsfuneralhome.com/notices/Terry-Diller
Craig and Peggy Vincent (Bearss)
Craig Vincent g83 with his wife, Peggy (Bearss fs83) serves as executive director of Streamside Camp and Conference Center in Stroudsburg, PA. Streamside is a ministry of BCM International with a mission to reach children through quality Christian camping programs geared toward urban youth and to strengthen churches by offering an affordable retreat facility.
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Kayleen Reusser fs82 published her 16th children’s book, a biography of Meghan Markle, in January 2019. Her book is available on Amazon.
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Randy and Carolyn Fudge (Kaufmann)
Randy g80 and Carolyn (Kaufmann) g80 Fudge retired in January 2019 from World Partners, an international ministry of the Missionary Church. The Fudges have been with the organization for 23 years, serving in various regions, including Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, and Ireland. They now reside in Berne, IN.
Don and Rachel Kramer (Weber)
Don g81 and Rachel (Weber) g79 Kramer are serving with The Christian and Missionary Alliance at Sihhu Alliance Church in Taiwan, which is seeing first generation believers being baptized and joyfully joining the life of the church.
Kathy Jones (LaBree)
Kathy (LaBree) Jones g78 retired from the Maine Judicial Branch after 33 years of public service. She served as Clerk of Court for three District Courts. She and her husband, Scott, have relocated to Augusta, ME to be close to family, including their son, Alex, who is a police officer.
William “Bill” Reeder
William “Bill” Reeder g78, 70, passed away January 29, 2019 at his home in Fort Wayne. He served in the U.S. Army as a veteran of the Vietnam War and as a Vietnamese translator. He worked as an electrical engineer with GE and Lockheed Martin, and was an accomplished Irish folk musician. Calling will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home Sunday, February 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Monday, February 4 at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. Bill is survived by his wife, Connie, and his six children.
Casandra “Cassie” Sorenson
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Casandra “Cassie” Sorenson g79 founded her own consulting agency, Cassie Sorenson Consulting, in 2014. Her agency helps Rescue Mission Programs operate effectively so that clients’ lives are transformed, staff are fully engaged, and supporters remain committed to sharing their resources.
James “Jim” Taylor
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Dr. James “Jim” Taylor g78 published his first book, Hope and a Future for Indiana: a guide for using prophetic words to pray Indiana into its destiny. His book is available for purchase on Amazon. Jim and his wife, Sharon, live in Mooresville, IN.
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DANIEL E. "DAN" SALSBUREY g77, 66, passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Born in Lima, Ohio, Dan was a member of the FWBC Concert Band and Singing Collegians. One of the most memorable performances was that of The Laughing Song with Nancy Waits Lowry g74. After graduation, Dan worked at Parkview Hospital for 15 years. He worked with Biomet for 20 years, prior to his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting eagles. Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Bonnie (Hart) Salsburey of Fort Wayne; children, Adam Salsburey of Boston, Mass., Justin (Katrina) Salsburey of San Francisco, Calif.; grandson, Rigell Salsburey; siblings, Larry g71 and Annette (Goldsmith) g72 Salsburey of Santa Clarita, Calif., Jack (Shelly) Salsburey, and Diane Salsburey, both of Kidron, Ohio. His full obituary posted.
William “Jung” Wall
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Dr. William “Jung” Wall g76, 65, of Middlebury, IN, went to be his Lord on August 16, 2018. He was a licensed minster with the North Central District of the Missionary Church. Survivors include his wife, Judy (Brinker) Wall g72.
Amy Philips g76 recently received her 20-year pin as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Eunice Oser (Keifer)
Eunice (Keifer g73) Oser, 70, was embraced by Jesus on February 25, 2019 after a battle with illness. Eunice was a kindergarten teacher for many years with First Christian Union Preschool and Kindergarten. She was a faithful member of Westview Alliance Church in Fort Wayne, where she served in the children’s ministry, taught Sunday school, and worked as a custodian. Eunice is survived by her husband, Rev. Randy Oser g77; daughter, Jana (Yearling g09) Pharr; and three step-children. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Westview Alliance Church in Fort Wayne.
Ray and Kay Swatkowski (Wright)
Ray Swatkowski g73 was appointed as Deputy Secretary General for Operations for the World Evangelical Alliance in August 2018. Ray previously served as Executive Vice President for Converge Worldwide and as Vice President of Mobilization for Pinnacle Ministries. Both he and his wife Kay (Wright g74) are published authors, have four children and eight grandchildren, and reside in Antioch, IL.
Dawna Lou Anderson (Haley)
After much prayer and family discussion, Dawna Lou (Haley) g73 Anderson has taken early retirement. She and her husband Steve are in the process of downsizing and are praising God for providing a lovely one-story home in Litchfield Park, AZ.
Rick and Monica Haberkamp
Rick g72 and Monica Haberkamp retired from missions with TEAM in October 2018. They have relocated from the Republic of Chad to Columbus, OH to live with their daughter while they search for a house.
Helen Steele (McIntosh)
Helen (McIntosh g69) and Arden Steele officially retired from missions with SIM International in 2015. Since then, they have returned to Bolivia, where they had served as missionaries since 1977, and remain active in ministry with their local church. The Steeles also enjoy spending time with their son, Jonathan, who, along with his wife and four sons, live and minister in Coachaca.
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Ralph Daniel “Dan” Willis g69, 72, passed away October 6, 2017 at his home in St. Petersburg, FL. The son of a pastor, Dan received a degree in missions from FWBC. His professional life included a vast array of experiences, including pastoring, insurance sales, electrical work, and business. He is survived by his wife, Sharyl (Doenges) g69, and two daughters.
Rick Habegger g68, 73, passed away October 28, 2018 in Berne, IN. Rick served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a short-order cook on Mackinac Island. He was a member of the ARBA and enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors. Rick is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren. His obituary is posted.
Pat Welty g67 (Mayo)
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Pat (Mayo) Welty g67, 75, received her eternal reward on March 7, 2019. Pat loved her family and enjoyed playing games and spending time with her husband, kids, and grandkids. Pat worked as a bank teller before attending Fort Wayne Bible College, and then taught third grade in Zion, IL for two years before becoming a full-time mom and homemaker. She then worked at Mount Paran Christian School in the finance department and taught preschool. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James g66.
Tom Norquist fs67, 70, passed away on January 18, 2019 in Burlington, WI. He had taught special education at schools in the northern suburbs of Chicago for close to 30 years, and coached volleyball and wrestling. He was a longtime member of Bethel Church and actively served there in many roles. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathleen; three children; and six grandchildren.
Brenda Moser g67 has been an instructor for the Interpreter Training Session at Zaporozhye Bible Seminary in Ukraine, where she has also been involved in leading Bible studies and English classes for seminary students.
Barbara Hibschman (Benedict)
Barbara (Benedict) Hibschman fs66 received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Findlay in Ohio. Barbara has enjoyed a varied ministry career, including serving with her husband, Jim, in the Philippines and Egypt, teaching in private and public schools, writing published books and articles, and speaking at conferences and events. Barbara received the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference “Writer of the Year” award in 1992. She and Jim have two children and four grandchildren, and live in Streetsboro, OH.
Dr. Grant Osborne g66 was received into Heaven on November 4, 2018. More information will be forthcoming. Here is what Trinity Evangelical Divinity School placed on their website concerning Dr. Osborne.
Sevices for Dr. Osborne are
Saturday, November 10 at 4 p.m. CSD
Village Church of Gurnee
1319 N Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
Carolyn “Sue” Eynon (Harris)
Carolyn “Sue” (Harris) Eynon g66 passed away April 9, 2018 in Indianapolis. Sue devoted her life to serving children: she worked as a kindergarten teacher for IPS Louis B. Russell Jr. School 48 for 25 years, volunteered with children’s ministries at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Jan (Janyce) Keller (Harris)
Jan (Janyce) Keller g64, age 76, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on March 29, 2019. She was born in Barberton, Ohio, to the late Joseph Harris and Ruth Harris-Johns. Janyce worked as a teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools for 35 years. She is survived by her children, Joe (Angie) Keller, Julie (Nate) Delagrange, and Jenna (Joel) Allen; grandchildren, Gracie, Austin, Kylie, Tyler, Myka, Leah, Zachary, Paige, Bryce, and Kate. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jack Keller. Memorials may be made to family. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.fairhavenfortwayne.com
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Steve Binkley g64 was honored by NeighborLink Fort Wayne’s creation of the Steve Binkley Service Award, recognizing Steve’s tireless service to others. NeighborLink is a non-profit organization that engages practical, neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of God’s love through knowing and serving one another in the name of community. Steve and Char (Miller) g64 live and serve in the Fort Wayne area.
Larry Eicher g61 has received his eternal welcome. He passed away June 9. Details regarding final arrangements will be posted as we receive them. Michael Mortensen and Bill Gerig commented that Larry was Wes Gerig's 1st cousin. Both passed on the same day. Larry's arrangements are 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th and 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12th at Jones Crossing, next door to Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. Pastor Jim Taylor will officiate Larry's celebration of life service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12th at Jones Crossing. His obituary is Larry Eicher's obituary.
Please be in prayer for the family.
Mary Jane Richardson g61 (Wolfe)
Mary Jane (Wolfe) Richardson g61, 79, passed away on February 24, 2019. Mary Jane served at the Salem Children’s Home in Flanagan, IL for 20 years and taught elementary school in Jacksonville, FL for 15 years. She was a foster parent as well as an active member of Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, OH. Mary Jane is survived by her husband, the Rev. John Richardson g59; three children; three step-children; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Gretchen Hughes (Gallagher)
Howard g61 and Ruth g61 Moser (Ringenberg)
Howard g61 and Ruth g61 Moser returned to Spain in February 2017 for a visit to Villagarcia, Galicia where they had served as missionaries with World Partners before retiring. Once they return to the US in December, they plan to settle in the Baltimore, MD area.
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The Rev. Hugh Palmer, g58, 88, of Saint Petersburg, FL, passed away June 21, 2018. He had pastored for 14 years with the Missionary Church in Jamaica. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara (Lung) g57, 6 children, and 16 grandchildren.
John g58 and Bernadine g60 Zurcher, Jr (Amstutz)
John g58 and Bernadine (Amstutz g60) Zurcher, Jr. celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 4, 2018. The Zurchers, who reside in Berne, IN, previously served as missionaries to Haiti for 20 years. John is a retired minister in the Missionary Church, and Bernadine was a teacher. The Zurchers have three sons and one daughter, 15 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.
Arlene Johnson (Riegel)
Arlene (Riegel g56) Johnson passed away in September 2018 after a protracted battle with pulmonary fibrosis. A music major at FWBC, Arlene served many congregations as a church pianist over the span of 72 years. Arlene was also a career social worker, first working as a parole officer for juvenile girls in Indiana, and later working in children’s protective services for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in Kentucky. After retirement, she served as LFUCG’s Director of Adult Services. Arlene is survived by two children, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Donna Leonard (Neuenschwander)
Donna (Neuenschwander) Leonard g55, 87, passed away January 10, 2019. Services were held January 19 at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship in Prescott, AZ. Donna is survived by her husband, Stan g55.
Marjalee Kelly (Dull)
Marjalee (Dull) Kelly g53, 87, entered glory on November 5, 2018. Marjalee served in Michigan public schools for 35 years as an instructor and counselor. She also served on teenage parenting programs, was an advisory member of the Marion United Methodist Church Council, and was a church accompanist on organ and piano. Her hobby of knitting provided many missionary school children with caps and mittens. Marjalee is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold; three children; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Clara (Bilbrey g52) Reynolds (Bilbrey)
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Clara (Bilbrey g52) Reynolds published her second book on Amazon, Just One Hill, about her mother’s missionary experience in Sierra Leone. Her mother, Edna Bilbrey, attended FWBC for one semester in 1929. Clara’s first book, The Reynolds Wrap, is a self-published memoir of her life with husband Edison Reynolds g50, including their marriage, time at FWBC, and ministry together. Two of their children attended FWBC (Timothy Reynolds g74 and David Reynolds g73), and four of their grandchildren attended TUFW, including Kari Reynolds g99, Jeremy Reynolds g01, and Maria (Reynolds g97) Weir.
Dr. Wes Gerig
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Dr. Wesley Gerig passed into the arms of Jesus today about 6:30 pm today. If you would like to post a tribute, click Dr. Wesley Gerig tribute.
The Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Missionary Church (701 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, 46807) on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. A live stream of the service can be found at (click). https://www.firstmc.org/
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at D. O. McComb and Son (Foster Park) at 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, 46807 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., as well as one hour before the funeral on Thursday at First Missionary Church. His obituary is posted at (click) https://mccombandsons.
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Donna Cottrell g51, 77, passed away on February 13, 2019 in Columbus, IN. Donna served as a missionary to Ethiopia and worked at the SIM USA office in North Carolina. She was a member of Wilson Chapel in Elizabethtown, IN and Sudan Interior Mission. Two of her favorite things were flowers and cats. Donna is survived by her sister, four nieces, and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
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Dr. Gerald I. Gerig g51, 91, passed away January 13, 2019 at Swiss Village in Berne, IN. Gerald served in the U.S. Navy prior to receiving his degree in music from FWBC. He served with Youth for Christ, was a pastor in the Missionary Church, and worked as a private counselor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Coyla (Crow) fs45 and his brother, Dr. Donald Gerig g62, and is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Gerig fs48 and Berdaline (Gerig) fs47 Cleveland; a son; two daughters; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation was held 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday, January 17 and 10 a.m. Friday, January 18 at First Missionary Church, followed by a service at 11 a.m.