Family Flux – July/August 2014

New Members Full Gospel SDB Cumberland, MD Ron Higson, pastor Joined by letter Sandi Clark Daniel Pikora   Shiloh, NJ Don Chroniger, pastor Joined after baptism Jonah Charles Bond   Marriages Bond – Williams.  Richard Aaron Bond and Katherine “Kate” Williams were united in marriage on May 17, 2014, at the home of the bride’s parents in Bridgeton, NJ. Rev. Everett C. Dickinson performed the ceremony.   Births Crouch.—A daughter—yes, a daughter after five boys—Katriel Janette, was born to Rick and Grace (Camenga) Crouch of Titusville, FL on June 2, 2014. Inabnit.—A son, Declan Craig, was born to Eric and Erin (Burdick) Inabnit of Algona, WA on June 8, 2014.     Obituaries  Loofboro.—Dortha J. Loofboro, 80, passed away on May 28, 2014 at the Grandview Care Center in Blair, Wis. She was born October 5, 1933 in Salem, W.Va., the daughter of Carroll and Lucretia (Thompson) Bond. Dortha married Leland Green August 21, 1951 in Lost Creek, W.Va. He passed October 8, 1979. She then married Carroll Loofboro December 26, 1982 at the Milton (Wis.) Seventh Day Baptist Church. He passed April 15, 2006. Dortha moved to Milton in 1982. She had taught home economics in Oconto Falls, Oconto, and Stratford, Wisconsin Schools. She then taught food service and sanitation at Blackhawk Tech in Beloit, Wis. She was a member of the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church and Whitehall United Methodist churches. She was active in both churches in woman’s circle.
She served as a deacon in Milton. In high school Dortha was active in 4-H and FFA. She enjoyed showing hereford cattle and won many championships. Dortha was a fantastic cook and baker. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and gifted several grandchildren with quilts. Her gracious manner of making people feel welcome and appreciated will be greatly missed. Dortha is survived by her sister Sylvia Shreves of Charleston, W.Va.; and her children: David Green of Mondovi, Wis., Lois Bailey of Whitehall, Wis., and Janet Green of Marshfield, Wis.; Sue Hoff, Linda Gilmore, Warren Loofboro, Neil Loofboro, Rodney Loofboro, LeRoy Loofboro, Bob Loofboro all of Milton, Wis.; Alan Loofboro of Carthage, Texas, Lori Ball of Imboden, Ark.; along with 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She...

Family Flux – June 2014

Marriages Parker – Young. Jack Parker and Linda Young were united in marriage on February 15, 2014 at the White Cloud (MI) Seventh Day Baptist Church. Monroe – Spears.  Caleb Monroe and Nikki Spears were united in marriage on March 15, 2014 at Remount Baptist Church in North Little Rock, AR. Pastor Jeffrey Monroe, father of the groom, officiated. Spearl – Mirabel. Pastor Michael Spearl and Laura Mirabal were united in marriage on March 29, 2014, at the Bradenton Seventh Day Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida.   Births Hipskind.—A daughter, Emma Joy, was born to Greg and Jennifer (Butler) Hipskind of Rock Island, IL on May 16, 2014.   Obituaries  Epp.—Eugene Epp, 90, of Angwin, Calif., died on February 21, 2014. He was born on May 28, 1923 in Shafter, Calif., at the home of his parents John and Kathrine Epp. Gene grew up helping on the family farm in the central valley. During World War II, Gene served in a Conscientious Objector’s camp in Oregon.  He felt he could not morally bear arms, and in lieu of combat duty was assigned to fight huge forest fires and to help construct the Wikiup Dam, which is still in service near Bend, Ore. He married Blanch Gearing on August 25, 1946. After settling in Hollister, Calif., Gene started his own business called “Gene’s Repair Shop,” repairing small engines. During Gene’s retirement years, he and Blanch moved from Hollister to Angwin, Calif., to be near their family. Blanch died on February 2, 1999 after 52 years of marriage. He was a charter member of the Bay Area Seventh Day Baptist Church, often traveling almost 100 miles to the church’s meeting place. In the days of Bay Area joint meetings with the Monterey fellowship, he and Blanch would arrange for meeting places. Gene’s favorite Scripture was what he called “The 1-2-3 of the Sabbath”: 1st book, 2nd chapter, 3rd verse. Gene is survived by his daughter Barbara Hassard, granddaughter Amy Lee, and two great-granddaughters; a sister, Anna Griffith, a brother, David Epp, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held March 16, 2014, in Angwin, led by Gene’s daughter Barbara and family. In attendance were Anita...

Family Flux – May 2014

Births Rhoden.—A son, Jeremiah Omari, was born to Omari and Stephanie (Jones) Rhoden of Brampton, Ontario on January 27, 2014. Ashley.—A son, Malachi James William, was born to Keith and Natasha (Reynolds) Ashley of Toronto, Ontario on March 21, 2014. New Members Central, MD David Taylor, pastor Joined after testimony Charisse Henry Joined by letter Kim Merchant     Obituaries Welch.—Lowell A. Welch, 71, of Brookfield, N.Y., went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 18, 2012 after a long illness. He was born February 29, 1940 in Leonardsville, N.Y., son of Leslie A. and Henrietta (Davis) Welch. Lowell was a graduate of Leonardsville High School and lifetime member of the Leonardsville-Brookfield SDB Church where he served as a Sabbath School teacher and deacon. On July 1, 1961 he was united in marriage to Patricia Weidman. Lowell was a career farmer and spent many years working at Oertle Farms. He left farming in 1998 to work for the Village of West Winfield Public Works department, retiring from there in 2009. He always had time to play games with his children and grandchildren; a loyal and kind man who would do anything for anyone. Surviving besides his loving wife of 50 years are three sons, Robert Welch of Ashaway, R.I., Jim Welch of Oneida, N.Y., and Scott Welch of Leonardsville; three daughters, Bethany Rogers of Sellersville, Pa., Amy Krause of Arkport, N.Y., and Heather Welch of West Winfield; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; five sisters, Leona Burdick, Leola Dye, Cynthia Tichnell, Julia Randolph, Martha Vaught, and one brother, Bert Welch. Funeral services were held on February 22, 2012 at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams, and Edmunds Funeral Home in West Winfield.   Tichnell.—Cynthia Welch Tichnell, 63, of Middleville, N.Y., went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 1, 2013. She was born on May 20, 1949 in New Berlin, N.Y., daughter of Leslie A. and Henrietta (Davis) Welch. She is survived by four sisters, Leona Burdick and Leola Dye of Brookfield, N.Y., Julia Randolph of Belpre, Ohio, and Martha Vaught of Milwaukie, Ore.; one brother, Bert Welch of Brookfield, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a daughter, Melissa Bartlett of...

Family Flux – March 2014

Family Flux – March 2014

Feb 21, 2014

New Members   Boulder, CO Steve Osborn, pastor Joined after testimony Seth Osborn Michaella Osborn Joined by letter Philip Lawton Amanda Lawton   Milton, WI George Calhoun, pastor Joined after baptism Aidan Green Lynnette Millard Joined after testimony Ronda St. Clair Conor Green Collin Green Joined by letter Mark Green Faith Green Marriages  Stern – Patterson.  Ethan Stern and Jasmine Patterson were united in marriage on June 8, 2013 at the Stern Family Farm in Martinsburg, PA.   Obituaries                 Samuels—The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Samuels February 26, 1936 was a special day for Theophilus and Albertha Samuels. Their twelfth and last child was born—Joseph Alphonso Samuels. Joseph spent his early years in the Mountain View-Vineyard Town neighborhood in Jamaica. While at Crandall High School, God called him to the Christian Ministry. This would be his lifelong passion and unswerving commitment. At the age of 18 he was sent to pastor the Font Hill SDB Church, supervised by the Rev. John J. Hamilton. Under his leadership, the church hosted the second Jamaica SDB Conference Sessions in 1968. Pastor Samuels’ influence was felt throughout the community. On April 8, 1959 he married his childhood sweetheart, Joyce Vassell. The union produced four children and an “adopted’’ son. Joyce and Joe were an inseparable item throughout SDB churches in Jamaica, often performing songs as a duet. Joseph was installed as the pastor of the Kingston SDB ‘’Charles Street’’ Church in 1960. He would serve that church for the next two decades. Pastor Joe was ordained at the Albion Mountain Church in St. Mary in 1963 by the Rev. Leon Lawton. He pursued theological studies at the Jamaica Theological Seminary (J.T.S.) and was one of four students in the very first graduating class of this institution in 1964. He studied also at the Institute of Management. Pastor Joe and Joyce founded the Maiden Hall Camp for Youths and Young Adults in St. Mary. This annual summer camp became a training ground for the propagation of the Gospel, meeting the various needs of its participants. Many would gain lifelong friendships, spouses, and receive the call to ministry there. During his service in...

Family Flux – February 2014

Family Flux – February 2014

Jan 22, 2014

New Members Central SDB, Mitchellville, MD David Taylor, pastor Joined after baptism Japheth (Jay) Sieglein Joined after testimony Laura  Alonzo Susan Sieglein Joined by letter Joel Alonzo Beatriz Velasquez Jorge Alberto Velasquez Jorge Antonio Velasquez Keila Velasquez   Daytona Beach, FL Wray Winborne, pastor Joined after testimony Court A. Thomas   Foothill Community Montrose, CA Jim Schorr, pastor Joined after testimony Jim Schorr Zorik Gevorkian Carol Montague   Little Genesee, NY Kevin Palmiter, pastor Joined after testimony Randy Peterson Joined by letter Pastor JoAnne Kandel Mark Kandel   Little Rock, AR Jeffrey Monroe, pastor Joined after testimony Brendan Patnode Kathy Patnode   Philadelphia, PA Kenroy Cruickshank, pastor Joined after testimony Marcia Bowen William Towns Zanna Towns Joined after baptism Fateem Diabate   Marriages Monroe – Westphall.  Benjamin Monroe and Brittnay Westphall were united in marriage on October 12, 2013 in Howell, AR with Ben’s father, Pastor Jeffrey Monroe, officiating.   Births Fick.—A daughter, Sarah Ann-Elizabeth, was born to Bill and Samantha (Tennyson) Fick of Battle Creek, MI on August 3, 2013. Jara.—A son, Rafael Felipe, was born to Andres and Cathy (Payne) Jara of Colorado Springs, CO on December 17, 2013.   Obituaries Thompson.—William W. “Bill” Thompson, 94, died on December 4, 2013 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, Pa., where he had lived for the past two years. He was predeceased by Kathryn, his wife of 70 years, as well as his parents and siblings. Bill was a lifelong member of the Hebron (Pa.) Seventh Day Baptist Church, the Hebron Grange, and a 70-year member of the Coudersport Consistory. Mr. Thompson worked as a farmer with his father, Alva and brother Roy; and for PennDOT on road maintenance and bridge construction. There are currently nine working bridges in Potter County that he helped build in the 1940s and 1950s. He also worked for Tennessee Gas at Compressor Station 313 for 26 years. Bill is survived by two sons, William, of Ontario, N.Y., and George of Marietta, Ga.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on December 11, at the Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church, with Pastor Carl Greene officiating. Burial was in the Hebron Cemetery.   Stephan.—Yvonne Louise (Swanson) Stephan, 73, of...

Family Flux – January 2014

Births Owen.—A son, Micah Paul, was born to Jeremiah and Sarah (Keating) Owen of Canyon Country, CA on October 24, 2013. Owen.—A daughter, Marlowe Faith, was born to Phillip and Heather Owen of Castaic, CA on November 5, 2013. Killingbeck.—A daughter, Avah Grace, was born to Caleb and Jenna (Wethington) Killingbeck of Reed City, MI on November 22, 2013. Obituaries Sayre.—Margaret “Peg” (Brown) Sayre, 101, died at the Milton, Wis., Senior Center on July 12, 2013. Peg was born on March 28, 1912, the third child of Linn Henry Brown and Maggie May (Hakes) Brown. She grew up in Rodger’s Park in Chicago, Ill. Peg graduated from Senn High School in Chicago, and graduated from Milton College in 1934. She was active in athletics and Shakespeare plays during college. She was married to Walter R. Sayre in her Chicago home on September 8, 1934. They returned to Milton to live where Walter owned the Blackhawk Garage (later named Sayre Motors) and also raised mink as a business venture. Walt and Peg later owned the Sayre Bus Company in Milton. Peg was a bookkeeper for the family businesses. She was a member of the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church. Peg was always interested in the activities and politics in Milton, and served as President of the Women’s Village Improvement Club in 1949. An avid golfer, Peg continued to play until she was 93, shooting in the 60’s. Walt and Peg wintered in Texas, where she had a hole-in-one at age 77. After retirement, Peg became a quilter and volunteered at the Gathering Place in Milton, helping with quilting projects until age 98. She and Walt traveled extensively for 16 years in their private plane with other airplane enthusiasts to various destinations in Mexico and Central America, as well as across the United States. Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1995. She was the loving mother of Laura Sayre Hamann of Hummelstown, Pa., and John Sayre of Tomahawk, Wis. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on August 5, 2013, at the Milton SDB Church with Rev. Herb Saunders officiating.   Barber.—Doris Lenore Goodrich Barber,...