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As reported in the Mar/Apr 2018 issue.

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Shirley Lou Maynard

September 11, 1931–October 1, 2017

Shirley was born in Barberton, Ohio. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she met Rev. Hugh (Bud) Maynard; they married on August 4, 1951. Later, Shirley attended Kent State University in Ohio.

During 30 years of ministry, Shirley served alongside Bud in churches in New York, Maryland, and Ohio, focusing on youth and women’s ministries. She also taught French in all grade levels at Chapel Hill Christian School (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and worked at the C&MA National Office in the Alliance Youth Corp office, where she helped prepare young people for missions work.

Shirley is survived by her husband; daughters Vickie and Carrie; and 2 grandchildren.

Rev. John Eumurian

January 14, 1925–October 6, 2017

John was born in St. Paul, Minn., and received Christ at the age of 13. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in combat for more than three months and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in December 1944.

Upon returning home, John attended the University of Minnesota and St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). He married Adeline Sivertson on May 31, 1948.

During their 40 years of ministry, John and Adeline did pastoral work in Sparta, Wis., where they served for 21 years; were teachers/administrators at Lake Center Christian School (Hartville, Ohio); and served a pastorate at Springville Christian Fellowship (Viroqua, Wis.).

After John retired in 1990, he and Adeline continued their ministry through home Bible studies, counseling, mentoring, and intercession. Using his teaching and pastoral gifts, John led Bible studies for many years and valued every opportunity to share God’s Word and pray with people.   

John was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughter Jane; son Daniel; 2 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Rev. Raymond N. Stumpf

November 17, 1922–October 10, 2017

Born in Williamsville, N.Y., Raymond attended Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.). On April 30, 1944, he married Rachel Ann Bodenhausen.

During 30 years of C&MA ministry, Raymond was a missionary to Japan, where he was involved in teaching Bible school, prison ministry, evangelism, church planting, and Christian camp development; served as a pastor in Phoenix, Ariz. (1964–1966); and Honolulu, Hawaii (1977–1980); and was on staff at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College (1980–2001).

After retirement, Raymond was involved in his local C&MA church, teaching adult Bible classes and working on annual Missions Conferences as his health permitted. He was also active in marriage counseling and spiritual deliverance ministry. Despite the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his mind and body during his final years, Raymond faithfully attended church every Sunday until one week before his death.

Raymond was predeceased by his wife and son Ronald; he is survived by daughter Sharon; 3 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Anna Lucille Sontra

July 19, 1920–October 16, 2017  

Anna was born in Meadowlands, Minn., to a Lutheran family. Unable to participate regularly in Lutheran services because of the weather, they attended the nearby Hazel Park C&MA church and learned about a personal relationship with Jesus. There Anna sensed God’s call to ministry. She attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and was appointed as a missionary to Native Americans and served under the C&MA National Specialized Ministries Program (1976–1979).    

During more than 43 years of C&MA ministry, Anna served in Fort Totten, N.Dak.; Arlee and Ronan, Mont.; Fort Yates, N.Dak.; Cass Lake, Minn.; and Aberdeen, S.Dak. She was involved in ministry to the Dakota Sioux people, church planting on the Flatland Reservation in Montana, kids’ and visitation ministries, and Theological Education by Extension. 

During her retirement, Anna resided at Bradenton (Fla.) Missionary Village and then at Shell Point Village (Ft. Myers, Fla.), where she ministered through water-aerobic classes, card making, and stamp design. She also remained involved in the local church through women’s activities and attended C&MA Councils, District Conferences, and other events.

An inclusive Sontra/Colenso Family Scholarship was established at Crown College in recognition of the institution’s impact on Anna and others.

Anna is survived by sisters Hazel and Louise and many nieces and nephews. 

Margaret (Peggy) Smith

September 23, 1945–October 17, 2017

Peggy was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. On April 20, 1968, she married Rev. John C. Smith. During more than 42 years of C&MA ministry, Peggy served alongside her husband in churches in Lillian (1974–1979) and Clay, Ala. (1979–1985); and Douglasville (1985–1990) and Port Wentworth, Ga. (1990– 2017).

Peggy is survived by her husband; daughter Elizabeth; and 2 grandchildren.

Rev. Louis T. Dechert, LTC U.S. Army (Retired)

January 18, 1931–October 21, 2017

Louis was born in Junction, Tex. While serving in the U.S. Army, he accepted Jesus at Dalat School in Vietnam through C&MA missionaries. On August 21, 1949, Louis married Marietta Jones. He earned his BA, MA, and MBA during his military service.

Following the Vietnam War, former C&MA president Dr. Nathan Bailey asked Louis to develop and run Operation Heartbeat, an Alliance sponsorship program for Vietnamese refugees at the resettlement center staffed by missionaries displaced by the conflict.

During 21 years of C&MA pastoral ministry, Louis served churches in Sierra Vista, Ariz. (1987–1989); Bakersfield, Calif. (1989); Jefferson, Ore. (1989–1990); Redding, Calif. (1990–1992); Weskan, Kans. (1992–1993); and Pensacola, Fla. (1995–1996).

Louis is survived by his wife; daughter Deborah; son Louis Jr.; 6 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Rev. Charles W. Good, EdD

July 28, 1928–October 22, 2017

Born in Hall Station, Pa., Charles attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, Taylor University (Upland, Ind.), and the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. He received his doctorate from Highland University and a certificate in marriage and family therapy from UGA.

On June 5, 1950, Charles married Ruth Woerner. During more than 47 years of C&MA ministry, they served churches in Texas and Indiana; were missionaries to Peru for 10 years; and worked at Toccoa Falls College for 30 years. Charles was also the behavior specialist at Stephens County Training Center (1977–1987).

In 1982, Charles opened the Toccoa Counseling Center, which helped many families in the area and neighboring states. He supervised more than 10 individuals in the field of counseling, enabling them to become licensed as professional counselors in Georgia. Along with other counselors, Charles founded the Organization of Professional Counselors in the State of Georgia. He served on the Board of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia for more than 10 years and was elected its president for 1998.

Charles is survived by his wife; daughters Charlene and Cheryl; son Caleb; and 8 grandchildren.

Margaret June Neigenfind

April 30, 1922–October 22, 2017

Born in San Diego, Calif., Margaret dedicated her life to serving Christ at the age of five. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she met Vernon Neigenfind Sr. They married in October 1942.

During more than 37 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served pastorates in North Carolina, Nebraska, and Iowa and were C&MA missionaries in China until the Communist Revolution forced them to leave. They were reassigned to Indonesia, where they often ministered in primitive, challenging conditions. Margaret’s work included teaching tribespeople and serving with Vernon at the Bible school in Makassar, Sulawesi. She was also involved in music ministry and was a dorm parent and co-administrator at the school for missionary children in Bandung, Java. The couple concluded their overseas ministry in Jakarta, where Margaret was secretary to the C&MA chairman and assisted with Vernon’s duties at the Inter-Mission Business Office. 

Margaret was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Vernon Jr., Sheila, and Lauren; 4 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. 

Charlotte I. (Gerhart) Grumbine

October 30, 1928–November 15, 2017

Charlotte was born in York, Pa. On August 31, 1946, she married Rev. James H. Grumbine Sr., a graduate of the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). During more than 37 years of C&MA ministry, Charlotte served alongside her husband in churches in Reedsville (1951–1953), West Pittston (1953–1960), Allentown (1960–1974; 1989–1991), and Elizabethtown, Pa. (1974–1979); and Edgewood, Md. (1979–1989).

Charlotte was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by son James Jr.; daughter Donna; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Mildred Jacqueline (Jackie) Hartsell Beck

March 2, 1928–November 23, 2017

Jackie was born to John Hurley and Alberta Robins Hartsell. At the age of 18, she accepted Christ as her Savior. On a blind date, Jackie met Joseph (Joe) Henry Beck. They were married by Rev. Charles Epperson after Joe’s discharge from the Navy. 

The Becks began their ministry in Asheboro, N.C., where they planted a church with three people in attendance, meeting in homes and rented facilities. In about a year, they purchased a property and constructed a building, and a growing congregation was established. They then took a pastorate in Hialeah, Fla. During more than 38 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Alabama, and Georgia. Joe was also director of Extension and Church Growth in the C&MA’s Southern District. 

As a pastor’s wife and mother of five children, Jackie shared a co-ministry role. She played the piano and organ and was known for her Christ-like spirit and love for Jesus. Even while enduring dialysis following heart surgery and kidney failure, she never complained or became discouraged.

Jackie is survived by her husband; daughters Linda, Kathy, and Shirley; sons Kenneth and Howard; 27 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and 2 great–great grandchildren.

Vonnie Mae Morscheck

August 28, 1921–November 30, 2017

Born in Merrillan, Wis., Vonnie received Christ at the American Sunday School Union summer camp in Amherst, Wis., and attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). Upon graduation, she became secretary to the C&MA’s Northwestern District superintendent in St. Paul, Minn.

Vonnie was later appointed as a missionary to Indonesia, where she served as secretary to the field chairman, taught at the Bible school, and helped begin a correspondence course on the Gospel of John and a songbook, both still in use today. Her ministry there was interrupted for seven years when she resumed her role as secretary in the Northwestern District. Then she returned to Indonesia for 15 more years of ministry, teaching at Jaffray Theological School, Toraja Bible School, and West Kalimantan Bible School. Vonnie also flew via Mission Aviation Fellowship to many villages to conduct Theological Education by Extension and served at various times at field headquarters as secretary or bookkeeper. Her ministry spanned more than 41 years. 

Vonnie is survived by her sister Edna and 6 nieces and nephews.

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