Deaths

8-6-2016 Carol (Beisbier) Nothem (’96) Carol Nothem, the beloved wife of Pastor David Nothem, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the age of 58. Carol was surrounded by her loving family. Carol served the Lord alongside her husband at First Baptist Church of Campbellsport for 14 years. Carol’s faith has been an inspiration to those around her. She enjoyed any opportunity to share her faith with others. Even throughout the dying process her faith did not falter, but only grew in strength. What an encouragement! Carol leaves behind her loving husband, Pastor David Nothem; her loving daughters Jill (Nothem) Worden and husband Brad, and Stacy (Nothem) Jager and husband Jeff; and five beautiful grandchildren Alathia Worden, Philip Worden, Daniel Jager, Emily Jager, and Brooke Jager. She also leaves behind, dad Cornelius Beisbier and mother Evelyn Beisbier, her four sisters Mary Doll, Patti Buehler, Laura Boltman and Ellen Ferreire. She is preceded in death by her father in-law Ralph Nothem, and sister in-law Betty Nothem.

6-13-2016 Michelle (Hogsett) Osborne (’96) Chelle Osborne, 42, died of brain cancer on June 13, 2016. Her spirit has left her body and is now present with the Triune God, and she eagerly awaits her resurrection to live forever on the new creation. She leaves behind her husband of 16 years, Scott and her four children-Maddy (12), Elanna (10), Owen, (9), and Tyler (6), her father and his wife Stephen and Linda Hogsett, her mother and her husband Jane and Fred Cheesman. In lieu of flowers, you can make a financial contribution to the family by visiting onrealm.org/RedemptionChurch/Give/CDJIKWTPRS and selecting “Love Offering.” Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com

3-7-2016 Paul Shellman (’85) Paul Stephen Shellman, 54, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Born on February 27, 1962 in St. Paul, Minnesota; he was the son of Nancy Haney Shellman, of Raleigh, and the late Dale Shellman.
Paul owned and operated Aardvark Exterminating Company for 18 years and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing hockey.
Including his mother, he is survived by his wife of 32 years, Martha Smith Shellman; three children: Joshua and Crystal Shellman, of Fuquay-Varina, Rachel and Corey Schmoldt, of Fuquay-Varina and Jacob Shellman, of Angier; two grandchildren: Hannah Shellman and Charlie Schmoldt; five siblings families: Dwight and Joleen Shellman, Michael and Cheryl Shellman, Valerie and Peter Norman, Michelle and James Huddle and Sharmane and Patrick Meacham; numerous nieces and nephews; the Smith Family; and other family and friends.

2-19-2016 Joseph Kobernat (’76) Pastor Joseph C. Kobernat, 59, of Geneseo and longtime Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Geneseo was called home suddenly on Friday, February 19, 2016 to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room. Memorials may be made to the Pastor Joe Kobernat Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several organizations.
Joe was born on February 22, 1956 in England, the son of James and Janet (Johnson) Kobernat. He graduated from Auburn High School in Rockford, IL and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI. Joe was united in marriage to Cindy Vigil on June 11, 1977 in Denver, CO. He taught at Berean Christian High School in Rockford, IL as well as coached for 16 years. In 1995, he became the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Geneseo where he had served his church and his Lord for the past 20 years.  His life and ministry has impacted hundreds, influencing full-time Christian workers who are now scattered across the world.  He was a devoted Pastor to his church and loved his God. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Cindy; daughters: Julie Kobernat (fiancé Kevin Walsh), Clarksville, TN, Jill (Don) Ghrist, Lancaster, CA, Jessica (Curt) Anderson, Orion, IL, and Jennifer (Caleb) Schnurr, Cambridge, IL; sons: Pastor Joel (Taryn) Kobernat, Davenport, IA, Pastor Jeremy (Joanna) Kobernat, Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Jared Kobernat, Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Angelina, Eden, Lacey, Savannah, Gabriella, Chloe, and Reagan who will be born soon; sister: Linda Erickson, Rockford, IL; brothers: Jim (Vickie) Kobernat, Rockford, IL, Terry (Melanie) Kobernat, Winnebago, IL, Curtis (Susan) Kobernat, Gurnee, IL, and Jeff Kobernat, Rockford, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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10-28-2016 Greg Smaga (’84) Gregory B. Smaga, 61, passed away on October 28, 2015, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was born November 30, 1953 in Bloomington, Illinois to Walter and Eleanor (Howanietz) Smaga.
Greg was an amazing man of God, and his walk reflected this in so many ways. It was clear Greg put God first, and just behind that was his wonderful family.
His survivors include his wife, Sharon Smaga; two sons, Michael H. (Nicole) Smaga, El Paso, Texas, and Caleb N. Smaga, Alamogordo, New Mexico; sister, Georgia (Sam) Maners, Bloomington, Illinois; and two brothers, Walter Smaga, Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Bruce (Mandi) Smaga, Cloudcroft, New Mexico

7-13-2015 Bob Rapson (’78) “Robert Melvin Rapson age 79 of Dayton Mountain died early Tuesday morning at Erlanger Hospital. Bob was born in Bad Axe, MI to the late Issac Rapson and Laura (Rheel) Rapson. He is also preceded in death by his daughter Sandra Lynn Rapson. Bob earned his bachelor’s degree from Taylor University, his master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and went on to teach and coach football at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown ,WI and then at Baptist University of America in Atlanta,GA. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Dayton where he was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher. Bob is survived by his wife of sixty years, Lois (Kreh)Rapson of Dayton Mountain, three sons; David (Debra) Rapson of Cummings,GA , Dennis (Gloria) Rapson of Dayton Mountain, Duane (Staci) Rapson of Atlanta,GA , a brother Bill (Fran) Rapson of Ft.Myers,FL, sister Karen (Jack) Allan of Marlette,MI , seven grandchildren ; Brent Rapson, Bethany Reed, Stephanie Frazier, Ashley Rapson, Ansley Rapson, Shane Rapson, Brandon Rapson, and five great- grandchildren. Please share your memories of Bob on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.”

7-6-2015 Ted (Rock) Jeffrey Knapp (’78) Ted (Rock) Jeffrey Knapp passed away on July 6, 2015 at the age of 58. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up in Kankakee, Illinois. Ted attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin. He was a high school football coach, radio talk show host and motivational speaker, but happiest with the title of “Big Poppy” to his grandchildren. In 2008, he was diagnosed with two terminal diseases.
Ted is survived by his wife of 35 years Shari Lykins Knapp; five children Teddy Knapp (Erin), Katie Smith (Johnny), Kelsey Murphy (Joe), Nile and Kirby Knapp; nine grandchildren Emily Todzia, Ella, William and Colton Knapp, Grant, Haley and Abigail Smith, Kylar and Joey Murphy; his father Ted R. Knapp; and sister Tammy Maki (Mike) of Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to The Honor Group, www.thehonorgroup.org, in memory of Coach Rock.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City – www.mowellfuneralhome.com

5-28-2015 Larry Svendsen (’82) “Larry M. Svendsen, 78, Green Bay, met his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2015, after a courageous fight with numerous health issues. Larry was born to Wilbert and Dagny Svendsen on January 28, 1937, on a farm in Southwest Iowa. He worked on that farm until he left for college at age 18. Larry came to know the Lord as his personal Savior at the Bible camp at the age of 13, and knew he wanted to serve the Lord from a young age. After college, he lived out his calling as a Pastor in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. His passion though, was full time evangelism. He traveled the United States and Canada preaching the Gospel message in churches and camps. He wanted all to hear about his Savior and the Good News of the cross and salvation. Larry loved reading his Bible and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a hard worker and held a job until the last year of his life.He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice; three children, Roland Svendsen, Sun Prairie; Raelynn (Kevin) Breil, Grand Blanc, MI; Rita (Phil) Schounard, Green Bay; nine grandchildren, Tiffany (Brad) Spies, TJ (Meg) Breil, Brenden Breil, Zachary Svendsen, Brock and Brynn Rice, Ashley, Erin and Andrew Schounard; two great-grandchildren, Ryder and Emilyn; three siblings, Elliott (Ardis) Svendsen, Harlan, IA; Keith (Cheryl) Svendsen, Loveland, CO; Carol (Johnny) Stoll, Coralville, IA; nieces, nephews and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, and a great-grandson, Carson Dane Spies.”

1-30-2015 Marcus Lane Wienke (’11) Marcus Lane Wienke, 25, passed away peacefully at home in the loving presence of his family and friends on January 30, 2015. He was born April 23, 1989 in Omaha, Nebraska to Lane and Michele (nee Darrah) Wienke. His family first moved to Texas before settling in Union Grove when he was a little boy. He grew up in Union Grove and attended Union Grove Baptist Church and School. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Humanities with a minor in Business from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI. He last worked as a Physical Therapist Aid at Alliance Physical Therapy. Prior to his illness he had been accepted into the Airforce as a Drone Pilot. Marcus’ Christian upbringing helped him develop a deep love for the Lord which led to trusting Christ as his Savior. It was his love and faith in God that gave him the strength to persevere in his battle with leukemia. Marcus was a major sports fan, with a special love of baseball and basketball. He played basketball and soccer in high school. It was his dream of working for ESPN someday. Marcus also loved to travel with particular interests in Hawaii and Ohio and New York. A young man with a great sense of humor, he earned himself the nickname “Your Funnyman.” His family and friends will miss his fun and laughter and the love he enveloped them with. Marcus is survived by his loving parents, Lane and Michele; his brother, Alex; and his grandparents, Donald and Beverly Wienke. He will be greatly missed by his aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Marcus was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gerald and Jacquelyn Darrah.