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As reported in the December 1, 2014 issue.

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Hazel Irwin Steinert

Hazel Irwin Steinert

September 7, 1931–June 1, 2014

Hazel was born in Roundup, Mont., and spent her early years in Billings before the family moved to Ronan. She received Jesus while a teenager and soon heard God’s call to full-time ministry. Hazel joined the newly formed C&MA church in Ronan, where she met Arnold Steinert, who also had been called to Christian service. They married in 1951 and attended Canadian Bible College (Regina, Sask.; now Ambrose University, Calgary, Alta.). During 40 years of pastoral ministry, Hazel and Arnold served C&MA churches in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. (1960–1974); Riverton, Wyo. (1974–1983); Heyburn, Idaho (1983–1986); and Libby, Mont. (1986–1997). Hazel was a gifted Bible teacher, a district-wide president of Alliance Women (now Great Commission Women) and a church pianist. Upon retirement, the Steinerts returned to Ronan, where they built a house and attended their home church. Hazel is survived by her husband; daughters Susan and Crystal; son Timothy; 6 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Howard Arthur Kinsinger

Howard Arthur Kinsinger

November 5, 1923–June 2, 2014

Howard was born in Erie, Pa., and received Jesus while in high school. He attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) from 1942–1945. On August 30, 1946, he married Eva Drake, also a graduate of Nyack. They prepared to serve on a C&MA mission field, but those plans were curtailed due to health issues. During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Howard and Eva served pastorates in Troy, Pa. (1946–1949); Wilmington, Del. (1949–1952); Philadelphia, Pa. (1953–1955); Washington, D.C. (1955–1962); Worcester, Mass. (1963–1970); Brattleboro, Vt. (1970–1976); and Stratford, Conn. (1976–1989). Howard also served on the New England District Executive Committee. In 1964, Howard returned to Nyack after it became a four-year program (Nyack Missionary College) to complete his theology degree. While living in Pennsylvania, he took graduate courses in theology. Howard and Eva retired from full-time ministry in 1989. In 1997 they moved to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Fla., where Howard led devotional times and attended a men’s Bible study. In December 2012, Eva died after 66 years of marriage. Howard was an avid sportsman and enjoyed woodcarving, painting, gardening, beekeeping and more. He also was a dedicated prayer warrior. Howard was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughter Judy; sons Dan and Dave; 7 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Ruth Ely Derr

Ruth Ely Derr

August 20, 1923–June 5, 2014

Ruth was born in Blackstone, Mass., and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On December 24, 1944, she married Rev. John Frederick Derr VII. During 21 years of C&MA ministry, Ruth served alongside John in Alliance, Ohio (1945–1947), and Maharashtra, India (1947–1966). While the Derrs were in India, the Mission Executive Committee appointed Ruth as house mother in Alliance hostels at schools for third-culture kids (TCKs), first in Chikalda, Maharashtra (then Berar), for grades one through eight, and then at the Alliance Hostel in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nad, a primary/secondary school for TCKs throughout central and south India. Children wrote to her later thank her for her love. Ruth is survived by her husband; daughters Rebecca, Jude, Shanta and Heather; 15 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Barbara Louise Wilson Franklin

Barbara Louise Wilson Franklin

March 23, 1918–June 8, 2014

Barbara was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Her mother died when she was eight months old, and her maternal grandparents raised her. At age 17, Barbara accepted Christ. She later attended St. Paul (Minn.) Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met James (Jim) Franklin. They married on May 26, 1942. During more than 43 years of C&MA ministry, Barbara served alongside her husband in churches in Wright, Minn.; Marshfield and Oconto, Wis.; and Van Buren, Ark. They also ministered for many years at Maple Plain (Minn.) Community Church. Barbara was a bold witness for Christ throughout her life. She conducted women’s Bible studies and led many participants to Christ. She was eager to see women and their families grow in faith and become active in a local church. Barbara was a gracious hostess and served countless meals to guests and church members. Jim and Barbara were instrumental in establishing compassionate ministries in Van Buren, Ark., where she continued to serve after Jim’s death. She moved to Northfield, Minn., in 2005 and was a faithful member of Cornerstone Community Church. Barbara was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons Jim and Tom; daughter Janean; 8 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Bill R. Douglas

Bill R. Douglas

October 8, 1925–June 15, 2014

Born in McKinney, Tex., Bill was saved in 1950. In 1951 he joined the Navy, where he was involved in a small-group Bible study. When the eight participants received permission to open the class to the troops, the room was filled every evening—with many coming to Christ. In 1951, Bill became acquainted with the C&MA at Oakland (Calif.) Neighborhood Church, where he met Alma. They married on September 17, 1954. During his 40 years as a believer, Bill was always active in church work. When he was offered the position of pastoral care minister at Cedar Boulevard Neighborhood Church in Newark, Calif., he retired from his job at the phone company to accept this role (1990–1993). Later, Bill was asked to step into an administrative position, but God continued to use him through teaching and deliverance ministries. Bill touched the lives of many hurting people, including those involved in the occult. When he retired, he continued ministry from his home office. Bill is survived by his wife; daughter Katherine; son David; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Rev. Alvin (Mark) Rohrer

Rev. Alvin (Mark) Rohrer

February 13, 1933–July 23, 2014

Mark was born in Lancaster, Pa. An avid sports fan, he tried out for the New York Yankees. Mark attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. (1952–1953). On March 13, 1953, he married Dorothy Olivia Zehr in Alden, N.Y. After a successful career in sales, Mark pastored in Stillpond, Md., and at Millersburg (Ohio) Mennonite Church. In 1973, he helped to launch the Faith Bible Church (affiliated with The Alliance in 1993) in Millersburg, which he pastored for 21 years. He also served as interim pastor in Frazeysburg, Zanesville and Shreve, Ohio. Mark hosted tours to Israel, Greece, the Middle East, Europe and Hawaii and traveled in preaching crusades and missions trips to India, Haiti, Ecuador and Romania. During retirement, Mark and Dorothy operated a food pantry. Mark also served as deputy director for the license bureau and owned an office supply and book store. He was a marshal at the World Golf Championships and an announcer for West Holmes Track and Field. Mark is survived by his wife; daughters Kim, Kay and Kit; son Alvin Mark Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Naomi May Miner Doughman

Naomi May Miner Doughman

January 29, 1925–June 24, 2014

Naomi was born in Guide Rock, Neb., to Clarence and Esther Miner. On January 11, 1945, she married Kenneth O. Doughman in Mankato, Kans. Naomi spent her early years of marriage as a farmer’s wife. The Doughmans also owned and operated Coast-to-Coast Stores in Smith Center and Concordia, Kans. After Kenneth was born again, the couple left the family farm so he could pursue his call to ministry. He trained at St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and then taught from 1968–1971 at Mokahum Indian Bible School (Cass Lake, Minn.), which was a C&MA outreach. During more than 21 years of C&MA ministry, Naomi served alongside Kenneth in churches in Echo and Rockford, Minn.; Fairfield and Sioux City, Iowa; Bucklin, Kans.; and Red Cloud, Neb. Naomi enjoyed teaching, hosting guests, visiting shut-ins and singing solos and duets in church. After the Doughmans concluded full-time ministry, she continued to serve friends and neighbors as long as she was able. Naomi was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by son Douglas; daughters Sheila and Garnet; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Richard O. Lenehan

Richard O. Lenehan

August 13, 1920–June 25, 2014

Born in Avon, Mass., Richard studied auto and plane mechanics and earned his pilot’s license while working at a local airport. During World War II, he joined the Army Air Corps, where he trained aircraft crews. Richard married Edna Erickson on August 5, 1944, in Brentwood, Mo. For a brief time, Richard owned and operated an excavating business. After God called him into full-time ministry, Richard enrolled in the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College); he graduated in 1953. Richard began his 32 years of C&MA service as a missionary in Dutch New Guinea (now Papua, Indonesia), where he was a copilot and mechanic for missionary supply planes. Upon returning to the United States, he became a minister and served churches in Buzzards Bay, Mass. (1958–1964); Bennington and Rutland, Vt. (1965–1970; 1981–1985); and Buffalo, N.Y. (1972–1979). During retirement, he served as an interim pastor in churches in Ballston Spa, N.Y.; Westfield, Mass.; and Berlin, N.Y. Richard was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by son Richard; daughters Rosalie and Nancy; 6 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

Ella Mae Dodge

Ella Mae Dodge

August 26, 1921–June 26, 2014

Ella was born in Osage, Iowa. She attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) and St. Cloud (Minn.) State University. Ella began her 15 years of C&MA ministry working in the Ozarks and among Native Americans in northern Minnesota (1946–1950). After spending 15 months in Belgium for language study, she departed for the Belgium Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), where she served as a missionary until 1962. On December 23, 1977, in Osage, Iowa, she married Glenn M. Dodge. Ella was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by stepchildren Fern and Lowell; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Charles Alexander Denhart

Charles Alexander Denhart

June 19, 1926–June 30, 2014

Born in New Brighton, Pa., Charles attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), graduating in 1946. On October 17, 1946, he married Ruth in Belvidere, N.J. During 66 years of C&MA ministry, Charles pastored churches in Rockwood, Mich. (1949–1955); Austintown (1955–1962), Westerville (1962–1967) and Dayton, Ohio (1967–1978); Cary, N.C. (1978–1988); and St. Petersburg, Fla. (1988–1991). The couple also ministered in other churches in Florida until they retired in April 2013 and moved to Shell Point Retirement Community (Fort Myers, Fla.). Unable to serve as missionaries themselves, Charles and Ruth prayed diligently for Alliance missions around the world and became missionary senders. In every church the couple pastored, there were members who became career missionaries or pastors; in each service, Charles presented a “missionary moment.” Also, he served on the Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Committee (LO&CC) in three districts until he was nearly 80 years old. Charles was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughter Kathy; son Mark; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Helen Stutler

Helen Stutler

May 17, 1936–July 5, 2014

Helen was born in Brainerd, Minn., and attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On October 27, 1956, she married Rev. Jackson (Jack) Stutler in St. Paul, Minn. During more than 28 years of C&MA ministry, the Stutlers served churches in Garrison, Minn. (1963–1968); Aurora, Ind. (1969–1972); Waterford, Mich. (1972–1976); Pensacola, Fla. (1976–1979; 1987–1989); Nassau, Bahamas (1980–1985); and Ketchikan, Alaska (1990).Helen is survived by her husband; daughters Faith and Jewel; son Greg; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Mary E. Baker

Mary E. Baker

February 15, 1928–July 7, 2014

Born in Cory, Pa., Mary attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), graduating in 1950. She then served for seven years as a secretary at the Alliance Headquarters in New York City. In 1956, after being appointed to Peru, Mary set sail to Costa Rica for a year of language study. She served as mission secretary during her first term. After being called to minister among the Quechua Indians in the Andes Mountains, Mary was reassigned to Huánuco, a large town in the central highlands. From there she traveled to remote, primitive villages, sharing the gospel through visual aids so the indigenous people could understand. As a pioneer missionary, Mary rode by mule for hours or days, traveled in rickety trucks carrying animals to market, slept on dirt floors and walked precarious trails in frigid rain. During her 43 years of ministry, she taught home Bible studies, implemented Evangelism Explosion, introduced Sunday school materials and was involved in home visitation ministries. She also founded a teacher training school for the C&MA churches of Lima, Peru’s capital. After her official retirement from full-time ministry, Mary served four more years in Peru. In 2003, Mary moved to the Alliance Community in DeLand, Fla. Six years ago, a rare illness caused her to become a paraplegic, but even life in a wheelchair did not slow her down. Mary is survived by brothers Robert and Bradley.

Carol Van Bremen

Carol Van Bremen

May 12, 1929–July 11, 2014

Carol was born in California, Pa. She attended the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a career in athletics, but God had other plans. During Carol’s senior year, a teacher invited her to attend a C&MA Missions Conference at the Northside Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., where Carol accepted Christ. Shortly thereafter, she was called to the mission field. She went on to study the Bible and missions at the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and then spent four years ministering in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky. During 40 years of C&MA ministry, Carol served as a missionary in Côte d’Ivoire, where she worked primarily with children and taught Bible studies after hours in public schools. Along with her colleague, Dorothy States, Carol preached, presented Bible conferences and held evangelistic meetings. They also established a women’s center in the city of Yamoussoukro, where they taught the Bible as well as first-aid and cooking classes. The women who attended the center went on to organize women’s groups in their villages. As a result, the national C&MA women’s organization, Great Commission Women (formerly Alliance Women), is active today in Côte d’Ivoire. When Carol and Dorothy shared the gospel with sugar refinery workers, several people in the village came to Christ. Out of that modest beginning, a church was born. Carol retired in 1996. The African church hosted a farewell celebration for her and Dorothy that the local mayor attended, along with representatives from women’s groups in various towns. Carol is survived by a sister, Roberta, and brothers Larry and Jerry.

Oliver (Ollie) Jay Kaetzel

Oliver (Ollie) Jay Kaetzel

January 15, 1933–July 13, 2014

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Ollie received Jesus as His Savior during his teens. In 1955, Ollie graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) with a bachelor’s degree in missions. On June 10, 1955, he married Winnie Carpenter. For 18 years, Ollie served as a C&MA missionary in Laos prior to the Communist takeover (1957–1975). Then, he and Winnie ministered for nearly four years with CAMA Services in Thailand’s refugee camps. Ollie later served as liaison between Asians and Anglos in California and taught Theological Education by Extension to Lao, Hmong and Cambodian émigrés desiring to serve the Lord (1985–1988). Between stints in Southeast Asia, he pastored C&MA churches in Michigan (1955–1957), Iowa (1975–1979 and 1981–1984) and California (1992–1998) before retiring. Ollie was known for his dry wit, faithful intercession and servant’s heart. Ollie is survived by his wife; sons Tom and Jonathan; daughters Sharon, Barbara and Becca; 16 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

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