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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Memorial Service for Merlyn Schnoor

There will be a memorial service for Merlyn Schnoor on Sabbath, March 28, at 4 p.m., in the Riess Chapel at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Merlyn and Darlene Schnoor were long-time Berrien Springs residents until moving to Florida a few years ago. If you knew any of the Schnoor family, please come and bring your memories.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gilbert Closser Passes Away

Gilbert Closser, father of Bruce Closser, associate professor of English, died in Florida on Sabbath afternoon, March 14.  He will be buried Tuesday, March 17, in Apopka, Florida, in a family graveside service.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Werner Lehmann Life Story

Werner W. Lehmann, former employee of Plant Services at Andrews University, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, from the results of a massive stroke. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1934 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada. His parents being grain and dairy farmers gave Werner an appreciation for an honest work ethic that followed him the rest of his life. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church where he faithfully served in various capacities throughout his lifetime.

His early education began in a little country school in the town of his birth. He graduated from La Sierra University in 1970 with a BS in biology and from Loma Linda University with a master's degree in public health. 

In 1995, he and his family moved to Eau Claire, Michigan, where he worked for Andrews University Plant Services. After retirement, he spent many pleasant hours composing music to the honor of his precious Savior. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Shirley (Oetman) Lehmann; daughter Leandra Block of Bullhead City, Arizona; daughter Jennifer Wittum of North Carolina; son Kevin (’04) (Linaea) Lehmann of Granger, Indiana; daughter Karyn (’06) (Zach) Owen of Loveland, Colorado; four priceless grandchildren; and sister Ellen (Lyle) Thunstrom of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

The funeral service will be held at the Eau Claire Seventh-day Adventist Church at 6562 Naomi Rd, Eau Claire, Michigan, at 3 p.m., Tueday. March 3, 2015. Viewing will precede from 1–3 p.m. at the same location.

Werner was a lifelong advocate of Seventh-day Adventist education. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Eau Claire SDA Elementary School. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thank You From Gyeresi Family

Dear Andrews Family,

We would like to express our heartfelt and sincere appreciation for the loving kindness you surrounded our family with during our dear Erno's illness and after his passing. Your gentle words of encouragement and support have meant a lot to us. We appreciated the countless prayers, cards, flowers, hugs and food we received.

May the Lord richly bless you for everything you have done for us. We can't wait to see our dear Erno in heaven, very soon.

Ildiko Gyeresi and family

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wedding of Russell Murnighan and Chloe Lewis

Graduates from the Andrews Religion Department, Russell Murnighan and Chloe Lewis, will be joined in Holy Matrimony on the afternoon of February 22nd, 2015.

Russell Murnighan graduated in 2014 with a BA in Theology.

Chloe Lewis graduated in 2014 with a BA in Religion, with minors in Communications and Psychology.

The ceremony will be at 3:00pm in Pioneer Memorial Church. Come and celebrate with the bride and groom!

The ceremony is an open to all. However, the reception seating is severely limited. Only those who RSVP'd to a personal invitation will be admitted to the reception.

The couple are registered at and

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Memorial Service for Robert & Ilea McDaniel

The memorial service for Bob and Ilea McDaniel will be on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m., in the Pioneer Memorial Church. Longtime members of this congregation, Bob and Ilea were active in the community and on campus. Robert spent 37 years as "Barber Bob" in the barber shop next to the University Bookstore and Ilea worked in Custodial Services here on campus. Their untimely death while returning home from the holidays is tempered by the memory of their gracious living. Join the family from across the nation on March 1, as we remember and look forward to  the “blessed hope” of Jesus’ return.

You can read a news report on the accident here.

Their obituary can be found here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Scott Moncrieff's Father Died

Robert E. Moncrieff, father of Scott Moncrieff, professor of English, passed away last week in Loma Linda, California. He was born in China in 1926 where he lived for the first 13 years of his life. He attended Andrews Academy after returning from China, and served in the army in WWII, mainly stationed on Guam in the South Pacific.

Returning after the war, Robert completed a business degree at La Sierra and married. He later went back to school and received a medical technologist degree, worked in a lab and decided to go to medical school. He graduated from Loma Linda with his MD in 1967, specializing in pathology and blood banking, and worked at Loma Linda University for many years as the chief medical consultant for the blood bank, giving occasional lectures to med tech and medical students.

For over twenty years Robert had Parkinson's disease, and his quality of life was severely diminished for the last three quarters of that time. He was a kind, patient, generous and attentive father, and though not a great reader outside of medical books, US News and World Report and Time Magazine, Robert loved words and helped stimulate his son's interest in them.

The memorial service is scheduled to be held at the Brian S. Bull Pathology Building in Redlands, CA on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Thank you for keeping the Moncrieff family in your prayers as they say goodbye to a beloved father.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Death of Erno Gyeresi

Erno Gyeresi, associate director of Andrews University Press, died surrounded by family shortly before 1 p.m. on Sabbath, January 31. Erno’s death followed a long battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, Visitation with the family will begin a half hour before the service.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to Ildiko Gyeresi, Financial Records accountant, her son Lehel and daughter Harmat, and other family, friends and colleagues at this time of loss.

You may leave a message for the Gyeresi family in the Comments section.

Condolences for the family may be sent to:
Ildiko Gyeresi
2426 Jody Rae St
Niles MI 49120

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to:
Pioneer Memorial Church (Christian Education Fund)
8655 University Blvd
Berrien Springs MI 49103

Erno Gyeresi Obituary

Erno Gyeresi, 54, died peacefully on Saturday afternoon, January 31, at his home in Niles, Michigan, with his family by his side. Erno’s death followed a long battle with cancer.

He was born on February 27, 1960, in Nyaradszereda, Romania to Iosif and Marta (Csongvay) Gyeresi. Erno earned his high school diploma from Bolyai Farkas Theoretical Lyceum in June of 1979. Later that year, he was accepted into the Babes-Bolyai University Faculty of Mathematics program. Before he could begin his undergraduate program, he completed nine months of mandatory military service. In June of 1985, Erno fulfilled all degree requirements for a BS in Mathematics, except for his final thesis. His natural and widely recognized aptitude for a bright career in mathematics was balanced by a calling to the gospel ministry, a calling pursued by his father, a grandfather and a total of 10 members of his extended family. So while working on his mathematics degree, Erno concurrently attended the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Bucharest, Romania, where he graduated in June of 1985 with an undergraduate degree in theology. By the early 2000s, he had completed all but his dissertation for a PhD in Systematic Theology from Andrews University, and in 2009 he completed a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing, also from Andrews.

Erno married Ildiko Ilona Galfi on August 4, 1985, in Tirgu Mures, Romania. They lived in Cluj Napoca for 13 years, where Erno served in various roles in the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor and secretary/treasurer for the North Transylvania Conference. As a faithful servant of the Lord, Erno touched many lives during his years of ministry. In 1998, he moved his family to Berrien Springs, Michigan, to attend the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. As a student, Erno worked in several departments, including Physics Enterprises, the James White Library, and Andrews University Press. In 2005, he began full-time employment at the Press, and in 2011 he was named associate director, responsible for all business management and marketing.

In addition to his service as a pastor and church administrator in Romania, Erno’s professional influence and legacy will long be felt for his 13 years at Andrews University Press. Most significantly, he was the managing editor of the “Andrews Study Bible,” first released in the New King James Version in 2010; managing editor of the same study Bible in the New International Version (forthcoming); editorial consultant for the Romanian edition of the study Bible (2014); and managing editor of the “Andrews Bible Commentary” (forthcoming). All of this was in addition to his profound editorial and business influence on the regular operations of the Press, the only regularly established academic publishing house operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Erno is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ildiko Gyeresi of Niles, Michigan; his son Lehel Gyeresi of Houston, Texas; his daughter Harmat (Kyle) Beebe of Altamonte Springs, Florida; his parents Iosif and Marta Gyeresi of Tirgu Mures, Romania, and his sister Judit (Viorel) Dan of Madrid, Spain.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thanks from President & Mrs. Andreasen

To our many friends in the university and the community:

Demetra and I wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for the many thoughtful expressions of sympathy we have received and continue to receive following the death of my mother last month.  The cards, e-mails, phone calls, kind words along the way and warm handshakes have been overwhelming, encouraging and comforting.

Thank you so much.

Demetra and Niels-Erik Andreasen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dolores Slikkers Tribute in Holland Paper

Dolores Slikkers was a member of the Andrews University Board of Trustees and a long-time supporter of the University. She was killed in a car accident last month. The below excerpt (full story linked below) is a tribute article published in the Holland (Michigan) Sentinel on Jan. 13.

A woman with boundless energy and a heart for helping, Dolores Slikkers’ legacy extends far beyond the Tiara Yachts facility on 40th Street in Holland Township.

Dolores poured her passion for people into every greeting card she sent — more than 2,000 a year — and into every church she helped to build through her ministry.

Dolores, 85, died as a result of a car crash in December.

The wife of S2 Yachts founder Leon Slikkers, Dolores was very much his first mate.

In the weeks since Dolores’ death, Leon, 86, said there has been an outpouring of support from people that she helped.

“She enjoyed life. She really had a passion for helping others. There was just no end to it. I didn’t realize it that much until afterwards,” Leon said. “I knew she was active, but not to that extent.”

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Baby Villwock Arrived!

Micah Robert Lee Villwock was born to Mike & Jody Villwock on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 9:40 am.  He weighed 7 lb. 6 oz. and was 20” long.  Big brothers Elijah (7 yrs. old) and Noah (5 yrs. old) were super excited to welcome their baby brother home.  We are thanking God for this wonderful blessing this holiday season!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dolores Slikkers Passed Away

On Thursday, Dec. 18, Dolores Slikker, current board member and long-time Andrews supporter, was in a car accident in Holland and was rushed to the hospital, where she passed away.

Dolores was also an honorary degree recipient. In 2007, both Dolores and her husband, Leon, were awarded honorary Doctors of Law for their significant business accomplishments and their philanthropic endeavors. In 1969, the Slikkers, together with John Freeman, established Maranatha Volunteer International, a non-profit Christian organization that mobilizes volunteers to help in communities around the world.

The Slikkers family is well-established at Andrews; they have had family members involved on campus since the 1960s, and are well-known to many.

A Dolores Slikkers Memorial Fund has been set up at Holland Adventist Elementary School. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to this fund.

CARD SHOWER: Members of the Holland SDA Church have started a card shower for Leon Slikkers. Their goal is for Leon to receive 2000 Christmas or New Years cards--the number of birthday cards Dolores sent each year. If you were personally touched by Dolores' life in some way please put a message in the card stating in what way she effected your life. This is a surprise for Leon, so please keep it under wraps.

Cards can be sent to:

Leon Slikkers
A-5228 147th Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Please remember Dolores’ family and friends as they mourn her loss.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Loss in the Stephan/Damron Family

Sylvia Stephan, wife to Fred Stephan and mother to Elise Damron (husband Don) passed away on Wednesday, December 31. A memorial service was held in the PMC Youth Chapel on Sabbath afternoon, January 3.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Memorial Service for Ruth Kissinger

Ruth Meta Kissinger, 79, of Bridgman, passed away December 9, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. Ruth was buried on December 11, 2014, at Graceland Cemetery in Bridgman, with her family in attendance and Allred Funeral Home of Berrien Springs presiding. A memorial service will be held in her honor at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs. To view her complete obituary and post online messages for her family visit

Funeral Services for Carole Boothby

Carole Boothby, 83, longtime resident of the Berrien Springs area, died peacefully in her home on Saturday, December 27, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, with visitation at 10:30 a.m. To read her entire obituary and leave memories for the family visit

Monday, December 1, 2014

Corine Deckard Passed Away

Corine Mae (Anderson) Deckard, a longtime resident of Berrien Springs, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 in Dowagiac. Raised in Bedford, Indiana, Corine graduated from Oolitic High School, where she met her spouse, Rance Deckard. They were married on April 18, 1946 and soon moved to Berrien Springs, where Rance attended Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University). Upon his graduation, they settled in Berrien Springs, where they raised their children and became lifelong residents. Corine and Rance were members of Pioneer Memorial Church.

To read the full obituary, click here.

Online condolences may be left here.



Thank You from the Gonzalezes

Dear Andrews Family,

As many of you know, we lost our 14-month-old granddaughter, Emma, in a tragic car accident in October. Over the past several weeks, many of you at Andrews, in addition to others from our church family and the community at large, have reached out to us in significant ways. These gestures of compassion and love have meant so much to us. We would like to express our sincere, heartfelt "Thank You." May all of you be as richly blessed as you have blessed our family with your kindness.

Eduardo and Sylvia Gonzalez

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Death of Thesba Johnston

Thesba Johnston, professor emerita of counseling psychology, died on Thanksgiving morning, November 27, at the age of 96 years, in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Dr. Johnston served in the School of Education from 1978–1998, and maintained a private practice as a licensed psychologist in Berrien Springs. She was the first female licensed psychologist in Berrien County.

Visitation will be from 6–8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs. There will be a private graveside service December 3. Online messages for the family may be left at or in the Comments section of this posting.

Please remember her extended family in your thoughts and prayers, including son-in-law Don Smith, who works for Andrews University Arboretum/Grounds.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mother of John Rorabeck Passed Away

Dear friends and colleagues,

The past six weeks have been rough for our family as our dear Mother and
Grandmother Bernita Rorabeck has been slowly fading away in front of our
eyes. At 4:12 Monday afternoon, she closed her eyes in Jesus. Now we await
the glorious coming to see yet another loved one raised from the dead.

Thursday, November 6 will be her viewing at Allred's Funeral Home in Berrien
Springs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To view her obituary, click here.

Her funeral will be on Friday November 7 at the Village Church, at 1:00
p.m. Thank you for your love and support.

John Rorabeck, Chemistry Department, Andrews University
Christine Rorabeck, ESL Instructor, Andrews Academy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boundless Love: Heartwarming Story from an International Student

Note: The following was written by an international student and is published by request of the student and International Student Services.

Boundless Love: From Classroom to the Operating Room
by Yafu Qu

At 10 a.m. on September 17, 2014, I suddenly began to experience a severe stomachache. It continued to worsen until at 2 p.m. I felt so much pain that I could not get up from my seat. I was sweating all over.
Three of my classmates, Jessica, Yumei Cai, and Pastor Jose, saw this unusual behavior and called the campus safety office. When the emergency car came, my classmates helped me into the car and we went to University Medical where I had a blood test and received immediate care. The doctor told me that it was appendicitis and that I needed to be transferred to the hospital for emergency surgery.

I was in so much pain that I could not sit up. The doctor gave me a shot to relieve the pain, and immediately my thoughts became hazy. It was difficult for me to see and understand things. Pastor Jose drove us to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St Joseph. However, I was in the United States from China to pursue my MDiv degree at Andrews University and had arrived only a month ago. Now I faced a strange country, a strange hospital, and a strange medical system, but somehow God was giving me a deep inner peace!

One issue is that I did not know my medical insurance number! This is not something I had memorized (do you know yours by memory?), and I had no card with me. At that time, I just thought that I would go through the medical treatment and then go home to take my son to Pathfinders! So I did not call my wife to tell her about my treatment in hospital. The doctor asked for my wife to be informed, and then the treatment could proceed.
The medicine the doctor gave me to dull the pain had made my thoughts slow and hazy so I had to depend on my three classmates. Also, I did not know English very well, and they were very brave to stay with me and help me. They called many people for help, sending out many urgent requests for help. Thankfully, they were able to make contact with my wife and brought her to the hospital.

After two examinations from the doctor, it was already evening, and my classmates had two tests the next day. So they did their homework and reviewed their lessons in the hospital hallways, staying with me until 9 p.m. They would not go back to Andrews due to their concern for my ability to communicate with the hospital staff. They stayed with me for 7 hours. They did not think about themselves, the time, their test scores or any of their other challenges. I am sincerely grateful to Jessica, Yumei Cai, and Pastor Jose for their boundless love.

Two other friends, Xiaoming Xu and Jianming Wei, drove to the hospital to see me at 10 p.m. after receiving my wife's call. That they would take time to drive to see me at that time of night meant a lot to me.

1 John 3:18 commands us to “love, not in words or speech, but in truth and action.” They were fulfilling this command of God in a perfect way.

The next day at 6 a.m.—before the dawn light appeared—Jianming Wei picked up my wife and took her to the hospital, and Xiaoming Xu went to the student insurance services at Andrews University to deal with my medical insurance, got my medical letter from Andrews University, then took it to the hospital. At the same time, she looked after my 4-year-old daughter. 

At noon, the surgery was completed successfully. In the evening, Rowland Liu came to help me return home and made proper arrangements for my rest. After I had arrived at home, Scott Moncrieff, professor of English, and his wife, Lilia, came to see me with fresh flowers and homemade bread, as well as full expressions of good wishes. My heart was warmed greatly.

Through this situation, I experienced and was surrounded by so great a cloud of love by Andrews University. I will remember my kind friends forever. In turn, I would also like to be a channel of God’s love and blessings to those around me and to help others follow Andrews University’s motto: Seek Knowledge, Affirm Faith, Change the World.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Supporting the Gonzalez Family

We are sorry to let you know that earlier today, Emma Gonzalez, the younger daughter of Daniel and Wendy Gonzalez, passed away in an accident. Daniel is an assistant professor of biology here at Andrews University.

Emma’s grandmother, Sylvia Gonzalez, is also part of our Andrews faculty and community as a professor of leadership and educational leadership.

Campus Ministries is collecting non-perishable items all of this week (through Friday, Oct. 24) for the Gonzalez family, to relieve them of thinking about necessities such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, canned food, beans, rice, etc. If you would like to contribute to this collection, please drop your items off at the Campus Ministries office in the Campus Center during regular business hours. 

A memorial service for Emma was held Tuesday morning at the Spanish Seventh-day Advetist Church in Berrien Springs. The Andrews University family can share messages and condolences for Emma’s family and friends below (click "Leave a Comment"), and we invite you to remember and surround Emma's family and her friends with your prayers at this time of loss.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Funeral Arrangements for Emma Gonzalez

The Gonzalez family invites you to come offer your support and prayers as they grieve the loss of their youngest daughter Emma Danielle Gonzalez. Flower arrangements can be directed to Pioneer Memorial Church.

Monday, Oct. 20: Visitation at the PMC Commons from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 21: Memorial service at Berrien Springs Spanish Church. Seating begins at 10:30 a.m. Service begins at 11 a.m.

The Andrews University family can share messages and condolences for Emma’s family and friends below (click "Leave a Comment"), and we invite you to remember and surround Emma's family and her friends with your prayers at this time of loss.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Obituary for Lucile C. Davis

Obituary for Lucile C. Davis

Lucile C. Davis, 96, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, died Thursday, October 9, 2014. Lucile was a long-time resident of Berrien Springs (1945-1998)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mickey Buller Passes Away

Mildred W. Buller (known as Mickey), 95, of Worthington, Ohio, died September 9, 2014. A gathering of friends will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel,6699 N. High Street, Worthington (just south of 1-270). Full obituary will appear in Friday's edition or visit

Mickey and her husband, Allan, are the namesakes for Buller Hall on the Andrews campus. Allan passed away in 2013.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Anne Paris, 1934-2014

October 7, 1934 - August 5, 2014


Anne Parris, 79, of Berrien Springs, passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 5, 2014, at her home.

A Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 10, at All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, where she was a member. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the church from 1 - 3 p.m. prior to the service. Inurnment will be next to her husband in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Berrien County Cancer Service. Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, is serving the family, and online messages may be left at

Anne was born October 7, 1934, in Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of Oscar and Anna (Hendrickson) Akre. She married Eddie Parris in Boulder, Colorado, on July 15, 1956. She earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Andrews University, and in addition to caring for her family, she had worked at the Andrews University Bookstore. Survivors include two daughters: Laurena Parris of Orlando, Florida, and Sharilyn Pisarsky of Traverse City, Michigan; four sons: David of Belleville, Wisconsin; Keith (Carol) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Donald of Ypsilanti, Michigan; and Jerry of Berrien Springs; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Mervyn Akre of Victoria, British Columbia. Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie; and two sisters: Ruby (Victor) Caruso and Alice Ferraro.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Prayer for LaRonda Forsey's Hospitalized Son

Update: You can keep up to date with everything going on with Drew's progress on the Pray 4 Drew 4C Facebook page. 

Drew, son of La Ronda Forsey, associate dean for the School of Distance Education and K-12 principal for Griggs International Academy, was in a bicycle accident on Tuesday evening, July 22.  La Ronda and a friend drove through the night to get to the hospital to be with him.  Drew sustained serious head trauma and broken scapula.  His lungs were bruised from the impact so he is on a ventilator but at times breathing on his own. 

It is believed that Drew's bicycle tire malfunctioned throwing him over the handlebars landing on his head.  His helmet was smashed and pushed off to the side of his head, so he received some abrasions.  Cyclists happened upon Drew lying in the ditch and called 911.  One was trained as a first responder and was able to assess Drew's condition and inform the ambulance team when they arrived. 

Currently Drew is in Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga Tennessee.  While it has not yet been determined what the length of recovery will be, the family welcomes prayer for a complete recovery and has found tremendous encouragement from the texts and messages that have been sent.  Communication through a Facebook page called Pray 4 Drew 4C is appreciated and a source of strength during sleepless early morning hours.  The family is holding on to all of the evidences of His presence that God has shown.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Death of Former Staff Member Carl R. Barnaby

Carl Richard Barnaby, former staff member and father of Collections Mananger Rhonda J. Barnaby-Peak, died on May 13, 2014. He was 77.

Carl was born on August 15, 1936, in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He studied printing at the Everett Vocational high School, and worked for Review and Herald Publishing from 1955-57. After attending the University of Maryland and Atlantic Union College, Carl began working at the New England Sanitarium Hospital in a variety of capacities, including as a painter, business office assistant, security officer, and supervisor of Credit and Collections. In 1959 Carol was drafted into the United States Army, but as a Conscientious Objector he worked as an Operating Room Technician until he was honorably discharged in 1965.

Carl married Elizabeth B. Fessenden on August 9th, 1959. The couple had three daughters: Sheryl Ann in 1960, Rhonda Jean in 1962, and Sharon Elaine in 1966. Over the thirty years after leaving the military, Carl served in many different capacities, including as a funeral home manager, the principal bus driver at Andrews University from 1979 to 1981, manager of the Liberty General store in Waterville, Maine, constable and assistant to the fire chief, and full time lieutenant and assistant Jail Administrator in 1991.

In 1998, Carl retired, but remained active in the community. He volunteered as the full-time Searsmont SDA church pastor, as the Belmont constable, with the Belmont Fire department, and with the Belfast Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. He also loved camping and traveling to camp meetings, and his white and green truck and trailer was instantly recognizable.

More than anything, however, Carl loved to bring people to Christ. Carl would share the name of Jesus with anyone he met. From professionals to laborers, adults to children, shopping establishments to campgrounds to gas stations, Carl simply ministered.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Birth of Lucas Samuel

Daniel González, Faculty at the Department of Medical Laboratory Science, and his wife Anita, Training and Development Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources, announce the birth of their youngest son, Lucas Samuel.  Lucas was born on July 8, 2014 at 7:21pm, weighing 9 lbs. 3 oz., and measuring 20 1/2 inches.  Lucas was welcomed with lots of hugs and kisses from his nine siblings who had been praying for a baby brother for a few years. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Death of Minerva Stramen

The campus was saddened to learn of the passing of Minerva (Constantine) Stramen, long-time faculty member and principal of Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. She died Thursday, July 10, after a brief illness. Details of services will be posted when they become available. Please remember her sons, Tim and Tom Stramen, and the entire Constantine and Stramen family, in our prayers.

Visition will occur from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial Church on Friday, July 18, preceding the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Internment will follow the service at Rose Hill Cemetery.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Thank You To Our Friends

Your kind words and cards of sympathy, comfort, and support have meant a lot to us since the passing of Sylvia's mother.  The beautiful bouquet of flowers was very much appreciated and enjoyed in her memory.  We look forward to the day when there will be no more pain or tears.

Sylvia and Marvin Budd


Friday, July 4, 2014

Death of Elaine Waller

Elaine Louise Waller (retired music librarian at Andrews University) died Thursday, July 3, due to complications from pneumonia. She was 95 years old. Elaine began working in the cataloguing department of the James White Library in the early 60s and then after receiving her master's in library science, she served as music librarian.

A memorial service is being planned for later this summer, and an announcement regarding date, time and place will be made. Elaine is survived by two nieces (daughters of her brother, Robert), three grandnieces and a grandnephew. She has many friends in the Andrews University community.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ernest Berlin Passes Away

Ernest Mario Berlin, 98, of Berrien Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5, in the Castelbuono Youth Chapel of Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University, with Pastor Don Dronen officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 3 p.m., and condolences may be left at 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

David Steen's Mother Passed Away

By David Steen

My dear mother.
Frances Elizabeth Fuller Steen
December 16, 1919 - June 21, 2014
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

We now have yet another reason to look forward to that bright morning. Even so come Lord Jesus.

He then posted the following yesterday, Sunday:
Is there a good way to die?

My dear mother died yesterday. She lived for 94 and a half years. And on thinking about how she died, I can't imagine a better way to die. It was an answer to prayer really. Because for a long time, I have been praying to God, asking Him to transition my aging parents from this life to their long sleep in a gentle and dignified way as only He can. God is so good because mother's death was gentle and dignified.

So here is what happened - with some background.

For the last decade or two my folks opted to continue living in their Holly Hill home. It is the home place that they designed and built in 1962. It is where we have all called home since returning from many years of mission service in Ethiopia. It is where they have been very comfortable. But as dad lost his vision and then his mobility, and as mom lost her ability to drive, and with the Pisgah Villa and retirement facility next door, they were often tempted to sell this home place and move so they would have much less to manage in their old age. But indecision always becomes a decision and year after year they stayed here.

They simply could not have managed here on Holly Hill had it not been for Philip, my youngest brother, Geoff, and many others.

Philip lives in neighboring Madison county. Four years ago, he quit his log cabin building/cabinet making/blacksmithing jobs and focused his attention on care giving. He read and studied, asked questions, and with much learning from trial and error, he has lovingly cared for mother and daddy. For him, the day to day caring involved commuting an hour every day to fix their breakfast, keep up with their medications, getting them out for exercise and activities, grocery shopping, taking care of the home place, taking care of the ever present health care issues, cleaning up the ever present physiological accidents, preparing their evening meal and making sure that all was well before commuting back to care for his own place. Many were the times that he stayed overnight to make sure all was well.

Philip could not have done it alone. Grandson Geoff Steen also lives near Asheville. With his heart of gold, his caregiving skills, his culinary skills, and his great gifts for gentle service, Geoff has been a huge blessing to my parents assisting Philip in the day to day care, giving Philip much needed weekly respite. And Geoff's father, my younger brother James, an ER doc in Boston was frequently consulted when there were medical issues. His knowledge and expertise helped keep mother and daddy both healthy. So many have stepped in to help so that they could stay here at home during their old age. Friends, neighbors, all have helped and their demonstrations of love made the difference.

Mother was mobile to the end. Correction, she was highly mobile to the end. She was agile and always a fast walker. When Philip took them out for walks, mother was always far ahead and dad far behind moving slowly with his cane or walker, Philip hard pressed to keep them together. Mother did have down-times with her mobility. She did have periodic TIA-like episodes with loss of mobility, slurred speech, and drooping face and mental confusion. After extensive testing, neurologists called these episodes migraines rather than TIAs. Following every down time of these episodes, she would bounce back to her bright, energetic, social self again.

So it was that about two weeks ago mother had another episode. And to show that she was on the rebound, last Sabbath, after Philip put them to bed and left, the two old timers, like young kids got out of bed, dressed, and walked down their steep driveway to the neighbors to catch a ride to the church social where they had a grand time. Tuesday, Philip took them out to see the great grand kids in Madison county. Mother seemed to be bouncing back well. But Wednesday morning she didn't wake up. She continued sleeping, non-responsive, her pupils now fixed. This looked like the beginning of THE END. Hospice brought in a hospital bed which was placed in front of the picture window in her bed room. This is where mother loves to sit and view Mount Pisgah in the distance. But Wednesday she wasn't viewing. She was sleeping.

All day she slept. No change Thursday. The family started coming together on Friday. No change. No urine output. No response. Jim and Sandy flew in from Boston Friday afternoon, we drove down from MI arriving Friday evening, Claude and Donna cut short a counseling session in WV to drive in late Friday night. Lisa and Kevin arrived from Eastern Carolina Sabbath afternoon. Kind neighbors kept checking in and dropping off food.

Then at 4:45 Sabbath afternoon, God invited her to enter His gracious rest and she accepted. She just stopped breathing. No pain. No struggle. If this isn't a good way to die, I don't know what that would be. At home, with all your family around you, at peace, on a beautiful Sabbath afternoon, after 94.5 years of living an active life of humble service to others, like Jacob in Genesis 49:33, she simply gathered her feet into her bed and yielded up the ghost.

The girls dressed her in pretty clothes, fixed her hair and she looked so quiet and peaceful.

Is there a good way to die?

Thank you sweet Jesus. What a kind way to end this chapter. You are the best.


To comply with the oft-stated wishes of our parents, Claude and Elizabeth Steen, mother's body will be cremated now. Then, after dad follows her in death, we plan on having a public memorial service for the two of them together. They lived and served together as a team. They want to be remembered together.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clarence Lowe, Jr., Passed Away

Clarence “Rex” Lowe, Jr., 86, of Baroda, formerly of Berrien Springs, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Allred Funeral Home has been entrusted with cremation arrangements. Online messages for the family may be left at, and memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home. 

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Sylvia Budd's Mother Passed Away

Aretta E. "Betty" Smith passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Berrien Springs, MI.  Her daughter and son-in-law are Sylvia Budd, internal auditor, and Marvin, ITS.  She attended EMC from 1934-36.  Services will be at Allred Funeral Home on Monday.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Death of Gary Land

Gary G. Land of Berrien Center, Michigan, died on Saturday, April 26, at 12:48 p.m. at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at Pioneer Memorial Church on Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the Land family has requested that gifts be made to the Andrews University Department of History & Political Science. Gifts may be given online at or mailed to the Office of Development. Please make checks payable to Andrews University and include “History Dept” on the memo line.

Land joined the faculty of Andrews University in 1970 as a teacher in the Department of History & Political Science. He served as chair of the department for more than two decades. He retired as emeritus professor of history.

For his undergraduate studies, Land attended Pacific Union College, Angwin, California, and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. He continued his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, California, and completed a Master of Arts in 1967 and a PhD in 1973.

Throughout his service at the University, he served as an instructor in history, assistant and associate professor of history. He also worked in administration and served as a graduate programs director and assistant dean to the College of Arts & Sciences. He became chair of the Department of History & Political Science in 1988.

Service was very important to Land. He was a member of the Berrien County Historical Association Board of Directors and served the group since 1983. He was active in the church as a Sabbath School teacher, leader and director, among other service activities. Land was also a member of the organizing committee for the Ellen White Project as well as the Spectrum editorial board. 

An avid writer, Land edited several academic/professional books and has published three of his own. His writings appeared in many professional journals and periodicals, including the Journal of Adventist Education, College and University Dialogue, Spectrum: A Quarterly Journal of the Association of Adventist Forums and Adventist Heritage, among others. He also contributed chapters to books and wrote book reviews for academic publications. He was a co-editor of Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet, a new biography to be released by Oxford University Press in May 2014.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Death of Cynthia Taylor Warren

Cynthia Taylor Warren, widow of Joseph Warren, passed away on Tuesday evening, April 22, in Berrien Springs, Mich., from complications of long-term illness. She died just a year and a half after her husband, Joe. 

Services will be held at Pioneer Memorial Church on Monday, May 5, at 3 pm. Officiating will be Julius R. Everett, pastor of Niles Philadephia Adventist Church.



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