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.
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.
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.
Traci Koenig (Bakie)
Traci (Bakle) Koenig g06 is the teen program administrator at Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services in Paulding, OH.
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.
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.
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.
Kathy Lauwers g92, 49, of Haskins, OH passed away on April 5, 2019. She had been a preschool teacher. Her obituary is posted
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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.
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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.
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 “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.
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.
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
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.