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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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, 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 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
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
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 bedbathandbeyond.com and CutcoGiftRegistry.com
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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
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
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:
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
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 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
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
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:
A-5228 147th Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
Please remember Dolores’ family and friends as they mourn her loss.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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
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 www.allredfuneralhome.com.
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 www.allredfuneralhome.com.
Monday, December 1, 2014
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.
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
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 www.allredfuneralhome.com 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.schoedinger.com.
Mickey and her husband, Allan, are the namesakes for Buller Hall on the Andrews campus. Allan passed away in 2013.