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With the Lord

As reported in the Jul/Aug 2017 issue.

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Dr. Marjorie (Marj) Jean (Teague) Bromley, MD

June 19, 1927–October 8, 2014

Dr. H. Myron Bromley

March 23, 1925–July 26, 2016

Born in Meadville, Pa., Myron received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury Seminary and attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where he also taught. He received his MA from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and his PhD from Yale University (New Haven, Conn.).

On February 8, 1958, Myron married Marj Jean Teague, who was born in Maffra, Victoria, Australia. She received her medical degree from the University of Melbourne (Australia). A member of the Australian Medical Association, Marj was in general practice for three years.

For nearly 40 years the Bromleys were C&MA missionaries in what is now Papua, Indonesia. Myron was a brilliant linguist. He was instrumental in creating a writing system for the Tangma language, assisted other missionaries in learning translation skills, and trained indigenous translators to continue the work.

As a missionary doctor, Marj taught Papuans basic nutrition and mother and child wellness; she also trained local health-care providers to serve in village clinics. Marj headed up the C&MA’s medical program in Papua and worked with other medical ministries throughout the province.

Following retirement, Myron served as a church elder and teacher; Marj was involved in Alliance Women (now Great Commission Women) ministries and continued to support missions.

Myron and Marj are survived by son Mark; daughters Elisabeth and Lois; and 2 grandchildren.

Rev. John R. Gorsuch

January 6, 1933–January 5, 2017

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, John accepted Jesus at age 16. He attended Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bible College and Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College). On August 23, 1957, he married Patsy Lee.

During 41 years of C&MA ministry, John served churches in Arapaho (1957–1959) and Norfolk, Neb. (1959–1962); Kansas City, Mo. (1962–1973); Oklahoma City, Okla. (1973–1976); New London, Ohio (1976–1980); and Durham, N.C. (1980–1994). After retirement, he served as an interim pastor in Angier and Durham, N.C.

John is survived by his wife; sons John and Steve; and 3 grandchildren.

Rev. Harvey G. Boese

April 9, 1917–January 6, 2017

Born in Bloomfield, Mont., Harvey attended school through the eighth grade near Avon, S.Dak. He received Christ during a visit from his uncle, Rev. Jacob Schmidt, who pioneered several C&MA churches in the North Central District.

Harvey attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he met Grace Chadderdon. They married June 15, 1944. In 1975 at age 58, he earned his GED. Harvey later attended Fuller School of World Missions (now Fuller Theological Seminary).

During nearly 50 years of C&MA ministry, the Boeses pioneered churches in Los Angeles, Calif.; and Hiawatha, Utah; and were missionaries to Thailand for 28 years. They were involved in church-planting and church-growth ministries, literature distribution, and ministry to leprous people. Harvey also was field director for nine years.

Later Harvey was a pastor in Baldwin Park, Calif., and ministered in Lao refugee churches in Pomona and Moreno Valley, Calif. He was facilitator of the Southwest and Pacific Districts’ unreached people groups ministry (1991–2000) and secretary/treasurer of the Mutual Benefit Association (1985–2003).

Harvey is survived by his wife; children Joy, Faith, Timothy (now Eliyahu [Rivka] Karmeli), Caroline, and Melody; 14 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Florence Marie (Galbraith) Frederick

July 24, 1920–January 22, 2017

Florence was born in Gladstone, Ill. She attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she met William (Bill) Frederick. They married June 16, 1944.

During more than 46 years of C&MA ministry, Florence served alongside her husband in churches in Phoenix, Ariz. (1944–1949); and Livermore (1949–1954), Cloverdale (1954–1967), and Santa Rosa, Calif. (1967–2002). In 1971 Florence received her licensed vocational nursing degree; she retired from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in 1980.

Florence was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Sheri, Carolyn, Linda, and Twila; son Bill; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

Rev. James (Jim) M. Riccitelli

May 16, 1927–January 28, 2017

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Jim attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and the University of Toledo (Ohio). He married Frances Ruth Windisch on June 13, 1947.

After serving C&MA churches in New Jersey and New York, Jim was a missionary to Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), where he learned and reduced a local language to writing, established and strengthened churches, and translated Scriptures and literacy materials. In Côte d’Ivoire, Jim assisted Conservative Baptist missionaries in developing a hymnody for their language group. He also was a pastor in Bobo-Dioulasso, Upper Volta, and, along with Frances, managed a Christian bookstore and developed and directed a radio ministry.

After they returned to the United States, Jim served various churches in Ohio. His roles included music minister, interim pastor, founding pastor, church planter, and pastor emeritus. Later he was an elder at Village Church (Fort Myers, Fla.).

Jim also produced two daily Christian radio programs; was director of Toledo’s Center for Biblical Studies; taught at the University of Toledo, Adrian (Mich.) College, and William Tyndale College (formerly Detroit Bible College); and published several books and articles.

Jim is survived by his wife; sons Kevin and Keith; daughters Karen, Karis, and Kenda; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Arlene Ruth (Carl) Cogan

June 2, 1949–February 8, 2017

Born in Wellsboro, Pa., Ruth attended Nyack (N.Y.) College (1967–1969). She married Rev. John Cogan on August 26, 1972.

During more than 28 years of C&MA ministry, Ruth served as a pastor’s wife in Putnam, Conn. (1977–1984); Bath, Maine (1984–1987); and Portage, Pa. (1991–1999); a pianist in Lower Burrell (2001–2014) and New Kensington, Pa. (2016–2017); and an administrative assistant in Greensburg, Pa. (2001–2014). Arlene also was active in children’s, women’s, and music ministries and worked as a caregiver for senior citizens since 2013.

Arlene is survived by her husband; sons Jonathan, Benjamin, and Timothy; daughters JoAnna and Abigail; and 8 grandchildren.

Rev. Richard Arlington Herritt

November 18, 1929–February 12, 2017

Richard graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) in 1952 and married Carolyn Battles. The couple then served as assistant houseparents for 36 boys in the Milton Hershey School with Carolyn’s parents, Fred and Esther.

During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Richard pastored churches in Harrison Valley, Paintersville, and Tower City, Pa; Newark, Del.; and Baltimore, Md. He was also an evangelist, church planter, and interim pastor; the team chaplain for the Baltimore Orioles (1979–1985); a member of the Hockey Ministries, Int., executive board; and a Dundalk Fire Department chaplain. Richard and Carolyn founded an ACE Christian School. The highlight of his career was helping scores of people overcome adversities through spiritual warfare counseling.

Richard is survived by his wife; sons Stephen, Thomas, and Richard J.; daughters Cynthia and Elizabeth; 14 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Linea.

Charlotte Grace (Bowman) McFarland

April 2, 1924–February 12, 2017

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Charlotte attended Gaines Business School, the National Bible Institute, Columbia (S.C.) Bible College, and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On November 26, 1949, she married Howard McFarland.

Together they served at the C&MA’s Bronx Missionary Center (1949–1951); started a church in Brattleboro, Vt. (1951–1953); were missionaries to the Belgium Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1953–1961); pastored C&MA churches in New York; and worked with International Students Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.) for 25 years. When the McFarlands’ children returned to the Congo in 2016, they met many locals who still remembered “Mama and Tata McFarland” after 60 years.

Upon retiring in 1998, the McFarlands began a ministry based in Steinsville, Pa., to help the impoverished in developing countries. They also renovated a retreat center that hosts Christian groups. Even after being unable to walk, Charlotte continued to tutor Chinese students in English, using the Bible as her textbook. Several months before her death, she organized a missions event for Spanish-speaking students.

Charlotte is survived by her husband; daughters Beth, Becky, and Lois; sons Steve and Tim; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Evelyn I. (St. John) Folstrom

November 10, 1906–February 22, 2017

Evelyn was born in Heron Lake, Minn. She attended St. Cloud (Minn.) Teacher’s College and taught in one-room country schools. On September 18, 1942, she married George F. Folstrom.

The couple served a non-Alliance pastorate in Holcombe, Wis. (1959–1961), pastored C&MA churches in Highmore (1961–1965) and Sisseton, S.Dak. (1965–1982), and served an interim pastorate in Waubay, S.Dak. After retirement, the Folstroms led Bible studies and nursing home services.

Evelyn was a consummate hostess and loved teaching piano. She shared the gospel with everyone she met.

Evelyn was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughter Becky; 2 grandsons; and 13 great grandchildren.

Carl August Berg

November 29, 1930–February 25, 2017

Born in Bayonne, N.J., Carl earned a BS from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. He married Joan A. Johnsen on October 17, 1959.

After working as a marine engineer on salvage operations, Carl served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Decatur, DD936, as assistant engineering officer (1956–1958). He worked for the New York Telephone Company for 35 years in engineering and executive positions before retiring as a division manager in 1990. He was then a consultant in Puerto Rico and South Korea.

After this, Carl entered the ministry and pastored four C&MA congregations in Eastern Pennsylvania, retiring in 2011. In the last church where he served, he was on the Elder Board and Board of Ministries and taught Bible classes. Carl also served with Gideons International (1977–1996).

Carl is survived by his wife; daughters Janet, Joan, and Ellyn; sons David and John; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Rev. Ralph L. Williams

December 5, 1921–March 8, 2017

Born in Rockwell, Iowa, Ralph received music and theology degrees from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and attended Bethel Theological Seminary and Midland College. He was an assistant pastor and involved in radio ministry in Edmonton, Alta., Canada, and a national evangelist under Christian Life magazine. In 1946, he married Lois Jean Dahl.

During more than 48 years of C&MA ministry, Ralph served pastorates in Fremont (1947–1954) and Lincoln, Neb. (1955–1963), and Coon Rapids, Minn. (1964–1965). He also was senior counselor and Christian Guidance Department manager of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) for 27 years. Ralph was a key figure in developing the BGEA’s telephone counseling ministry and Christian worker’s handbook.

For more than 20 years, Ralph and Lois conducted a daily radio broadcast, “Faith for the Family.” They continued to hold evangelistic crusades featuring music and verbal proclamation throughout their years of ministry. Later they worked in seniors’ ministries in church and residential settings. Ralph also was a trombonist, vocalist, and choir director.

Ralph is survived by his wife; sons Dwight and Brent; and 1 grandchild.

Carmen Juanita (Aikens) Nelson

January 7, 1930–March 27, 2017

Born in Wyandotte, Mich., Carmen received Christ at an early age. Her love of music began at age 12 and continued throughout her life. She led many singing groups, including children’s and high school choirs, as well as dramatic and theatrical productions.

Carmen attended Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.), where she met Norman Nelson. They married December 30, 1952. During 37 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in California, Utah, Indiana, and Australia. Their ministry included speaking tours and engagements around the world. Carmen also provided individual counseling to women and had a successful hospitality ministry.

Carmen is survived by her husband; sons Curtis and Eric; daughter Yvonne; 6 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Corrections

In “With the Lord” in the May/June 2017 issue, Rev. Paul Jonathan Tubbs’ years of service should have been reported as 30. Also, Rev. Tubbs’ father-in-law, not his father, developed dementia and Alzheimer’s. We apologize for the errors.

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