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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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.
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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.
12-15-2014 Jason Lee Rice (’00) Jason Lee Rice, 38 of Danville, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:14 PM at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Rachel Rice of Danville; his son, Ethan; his parents, Doug Rice of Palmyra, WI and Phyllis Rice of Chesterfield, VA; two sisters, Rebekah Rice of Milwaukee, WI and Lydia (Stephen) Hickok of Chesterfield, VA; nieces Lilly, Adelaid, Magnolia, and one on the way; his paternal grandmother, Alice Rice of Michigan; and his in-laws, Larry and Barb Potts of Danville. Jason is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather and both his maternal grandparents. Jason was born September 30, 1976 in Pensacola, FL to Doug and Phyllis (Minton) Rice. He graduated from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and went on to do some graduate studies. Jason married Rachel Nichole Potts on June 7, 2008 in Watertown, WI. They then had one son, Ethan, whom Jason loved to spend time with. Jason was a member of the Danville Municipal Band in which he played the tuba. He was also a member of the First Baptist church where he led the church orchestra and was in charge of the men’s singing group. He was also a member of the Maranatha Baptist University Alumni Association. Jason was a dedicated Green Bay Packers fan. Memorials can be made to the fund set up in Jason’s name at Danville Bell Credit Union, 3591 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please join Jason’s family in sharing memories on the tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
2-17-2014 Pastor Mike Marshall (’82) Pastor Mike Marshall went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 15. Pastor Marshall served at North Point Baptist Church in Libertyville, IL and was married to Rosalie (Herbert, ’74). They have two children–Mike Jr. (’12) and Sarah (’03).
5-15-2013 Pastor Gale Schafer (’70) Pastor Gale Schafer went home to be with the Lord on May 12 at 8:45 a.m. Pastor Schafer was the founding pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Jefferson, as well as a number of other ministries across Wisconsin. He was 99 1/2 years old, married for 76 years to his wife, Mildred, and one of the pioneers for Baptist churches in the state of Wisconsin.
1-16-2013 Debran Janne Thompson (’74) Miss Debran Thompson went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the age of 60. Debran is remembered for her years of ministry with the Appalachian Rescue Mission in Hindman, KY.
Her obituary is as follows:
60, of Hindman, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the Hazard ARMC. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on May 30, 1952 to Oland C. Thompson and Julia Jane Schilichter. She is survived by her Mother, Julia Jane Pierce. Funeral services for Janne Thompson will be 7 P.M., Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel with Chris Fugate and Rob Paddock officiating. Friends may call for visitation at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel, Saturday after 4 P.M. An additional funeral service will be held, 11A.M., Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Colonial Hills Baptist Church at Carmel, Indiana with Darrell Moore, Jack Weigle, Jim Quillen and Rob Paddock officiating. Burial will follow at the Carmel Cemetery, Rangeline Rd., Carmel, Indiana. Hindman Funeral Services, Hindman, KY in charge of arrangements.
3-2-2012 Glen Teasdale (DD, ’96) Pastor Glen H. Teasdale went home to be with the Lord he loved and served for over sixty-five years on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the age of 86.
Glen was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on May 15, 1925, to Harold and Helen Teasdale. He grew up in River Forest, Illinois and graduated from the Oak Park-River Forest Township High School. During his time in River Forest, he came to know Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 12.
After graduation from high school, he attended a year at the River Falls State College before the Lord called him into the ministry. After receiving the call, he transferred to the Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis, MN. While there, he began preaching at a small country church in Hersey, Wisconsin. After graduating from Bible school, he became the pastor of that church.
During that time, he met and later married his wife Marjorie (nee Hollerud) on June 16, 1953. After getting married, the young couple moved to Park River, North Dakota, and pastored a church there for a short time. Then, they were called to the First Baptist Church of New Lisbon, Wisconsin where they served for nine years. In 1964, Pastor Teasdale, his wife, and three daughters took up the challenge of becoming the pastor of a new church in Waukesha. He took over as pastor in June of 1964 and served the Lord here until his retirement in 2011. In fact, he preached his last message on his birthday–May 15, 2011.
While in Waukesha, he saw the church grow and move from its first location on the corner of Maple and Carroll Streets, across from the library, to its present location across Highway TT from the Meadowbrook Shopping Center. He also led in the opening of the Waukesha Christian Academy in the fall of 1976 and served as the administrator of the school until this past fall. Over the many years of service here in Waukesha, he also served on many state boards, including those of the Wisconsin Independent Baptist Mission which helped start Baptist churches around the state, the Chetek Baptist Assembly–a Bible camping ministry in northwestern Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, a body of independent, fundamental Christian schools around the state.
Some may have heard Pastor Teasdale on radio station WVCY (107.7 FM). He had a nightly broadcast on that station through the seventies and early eighties. Then, he changed to just a Saturday night broadcast beginning in 1982 until his failing health prevented him from continuing in July of 2011. In 1997, Pastor Teasdale was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Maranatha.
Pastor Teasdale is survived by his wife Marjorie; five children Karen, Donna (Gerald) Goessel, Eileen (Greg) Neu, John, and David–all of Waukesha; five grandchildren Stephen (Ruth) Goessel, Rebekah Goessel, Sarah Goessel, Elisabeth Goessel, and Julia Goessel; and two great-grandchildren Gavin and Noel Goessel. He is also survived by a sister Lila Franson of Des Moines, Iowa, and a brother John Teasdale of Titusville, Florida. Pastor Teasdale was preceded in death by his parents and a brother who died at birth.
The visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Faith Baptist Church, 3250 Summit Ave. Waukesha, WI 53188. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Wed., March 7, at Faith Baptist Church, (see address above). Pastor Doug Richards will be officiating. Interment at Baptist Memorial Cemetery in Mukwonago, WI.
The family wishes to thank the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Medical Oncology Clinic for their months of excellent, compassionate care. They would also like to thank the kind folks from the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care group for their help at the end. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Faith Baptist Church (see address above) or the Waukesha Christian Academy (same as church).
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.
12-29-2011 Tim Weber (’96) Timothy C. Weber (43) of Watertown passed away on Thursday December 29, 2011 following an auto accident.
Tim was born on March 25, 1968 in Peoria,IL the son of Carl & Edna (Frye) Weber. He graduated from Maranatha with a Bachelors of Science degree. He married Jeannette Stewart on July 9, 1994 in Waukesha. Tim worked for Maranatha for a number of years and currently worked sales and service with Cintas. He was a member of Cornerstone Church in Waterloo, where he served on the leadership committee and the board of elders. Growing up in the restaurant business, Tim enjoyed the culinary arts. He coached the Watertown Storm Baseball team for three years. He loved the Chicago Bears and the Cubs.
Survivors include: wife Jeannette; son Tyler; daughter Emily all of Watertown; mother Edna Weber of East Peoria, IL; two sisters Janet (Don) Cantello of Mokena, IL and Carla (David) Armstrong of East Peoria, IL; brother Steve (Marsha) Weber of Morton, IL; also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, sister Jane Moore and a niece Sarah Tabor. Memorials may be given to Cornerstone Church or the children’s education fund.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM on Tuesday January 3, 2012 at Cornerstone Church Waterloo with the Rev. Steve Weber and Rev. Keith Doyle officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday 5-7 PM and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery Watertown.
12-28-2011 David Baldwin (’72) David James Baldwin. Age 63 of Laingsburg passed away on December 28, 2011 at Sparrow Hospital. Funeral Services will be held 11am Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna with Dr. Douglas Jackson and Pastors Steve Brown and Doug LesVesque officiating. Burial will follow at Reed Cemetery in Victor Township. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm.
David was born on December 13, 1948 in Port Huron, the son of Glen and Donna (Jones) Baldwin. He graduated from Port Huron High School, class of 1967 and Maranatha in 1973.
David was a member of Laingsburg First Baptist Church where he served as Head Deacon and was a board member of the M.A.A.C.S. and Maranatha. He was an avid hunter of deer, turkey and bear and also loved to trap wild game.
David married Linda Horton on June 10, 1972 in Tipton, Ohio.
He was a teacher and coach for various Christian Schools and most recently had been a Principal at Grove Christian School. For the past 11 years he has owned and operated Thermal Trust in Owosso.
David is survived by his wife Linda; three daughters April (Mark) Wilson of St. Johns, Jenny (Josh) Park of Pennsylvania and Christie (Nick) Jones of Ovid; one son David (Bethany) Baldwin of Owosso; eight grandchildren Haley, Cutler, Brayden, Gavin, Delaney, Joshua, Micah and Levi; two brothers Fred (Kathy) Baldwin of Port Huron and Robert (Debbie) Baldwin of North Branch; several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, sister Diane Aston and brother Rick Baldwin.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to Laingsburg Christian School.
Online Condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com. Obituary is from Nelson-House.com.
11-21-2011 A Tribute to Kathy (Greenwaldt, ’90) Storkson by her husband Britt Storkson– Wednesday, October 19, 2011 the angels came and carried Kathy [Greenwaldt] Storkson home to be with the Lord. Her passing was sudden and unexpected and a great loss to all who knew her.
Kathy and I were married August 28, 2011 at Calvary Bible Fellowship in Madison, WI. I was 56 and she was 49 and it was the first marriage for both of us. The wedding was a wonderful time with nearly 170 well-wishers on hand to witness the event. Sadly, the same room that hosted our wedding also serviced her funeral less than eight weeks later.
Kathy will be remembered for many things as she brightened the lives of all who knew her. Kathy completed my life as my wife for a very brief time . . . Time that I will cherish. I grew to love Kathy with a love so incredibly deep and strong . . . A love that I had never experienced before.
Kathy was poor but content and we enjoyed planning the move out of the modest apartment where she had lived in for many years and into a house of our own that she could fix up just the way she wanted.
Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? James 2:5.
Kathy was limited by disability but had unlimited faith. How much faith does it take to believe, at age 49, that God would deliver a never-married man literally to her door to ask for her hand in marriage? And that’s exactly what happened.
“. . . Yes, Lord,” she said “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table”. Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” Matthew 15:27, 28.
I would like to extend thanks to all who touched our lives.
10-21-2011 Kathy (Greenwaldt, ’90) Storks Kathy Greenwaldt Storkson unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 21, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Calvary Bible Fellowship
2841 Index Road
Viewing will be from 1:00 to 3:00. Service at 3:00 with dinner to follow.
10-13-2011 V.K. Cheriyan (’74) Pastor V.K. Cheriyan was promoted to glory on October 13, 2011. Please pray for comfort and strength for the Cheriyan family.
10-6-2011 Vicki Darden (’78) Vicki Lynn Darden went home to be with her Lord October 6, 2011, age 56 years. Beloved daughter of Patricia and the late Charles Darden. Dear sister of Richard Darden, Judy (James) Strobel, Cynthia (Erwin) Knies and Robin Darden. Further survived by 6 nieces, 5 nephews, 6 great-nieces, 7 great-nephews and other relatives and friends. Vicki was a graduate of Maranatha and a member of Brookside Baptist Church.
3-22-2011 Edward Brandt (’79) Edward L. Brandt, 80, of Paragould, Ark., formerly of Lake Mills, Wis., died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1931, in Waterloo, Wis., the son of the late Edward F. and Helen (Blank) Brandt.
Edward married Patricia O’Neill on Nov. 1, 1955.
He was a graduate of Maranatha Bible College in Watertown, Wis., graduating in 1979.
Edward helped start four Christian schools, two of which still exist today. He also helped start the Rock Lake Baptist Church in Lake Mills.
He had served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia: one daughter, Kathleen (Dave) Johnson of Chesterton, Ind.; one son, Edward (Kimberly) Brandt Jr. of Paragould; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Ronald Brandt of Van Nuys, Calif.; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert; two sisters, Lois Eiden and Beverly Punzel; one daughter, Lorraine Brandt; and one son, Larry Brandt.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at the Rock Lake Baptist Church in Lake Mills, Wis., with Pastor Vince B. Kobosh officiating. Burial will be in the Aztalan-Milford Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Lake Mills American Legion Post No. 67.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Claussen Funeral Home, 416 W. Lake St. in Lake Mills, and after 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the church until the time of service.
2-6-2011 Pastor Kenneth Owens (’72) Kenneth Lee Owens was born December 27, 1935 at Colorado Springs, CO to Robert and Christine (Givens) Owens. He graduated from McKinley High School in Missouri. Kenneth served in The United States Air Force from 1954-1962 serving in lackland, TX, Williams Bay, WI, Luther Ontario, Canada, and Colorado Springs, CO. He was a truck driver for his father, Valley Steel in Missour and Quality Carriers in Burlington, WI. He then attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and graduated from Maranatha in Watertown, WI in 1972. Whiel in college, Kennet was a supervisor at UPS in Watertown. Kenneth married Betty Jo Zaspel December 3, 1955 at the Methodist Church in Burlington, WI. Kenneth served in the ministry in Sparta, WI, Chetek, WI, Menomonee, WI, and New Lisbon, WI. They retired to Concord in 2004, then moved into Laurel. Kenneth was a member of Evangelical Free Church in Concord. He loved preaching, counseling, working and being with people.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Betty Jo; two sons, Rick (Shannon) Owens of Senora, CA and Randy (Marti) Owens of Houston, TX and; daughter, Tamara (Rev. Todd) Thelen of Concrod; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother Robert (Willia Dean) Owens of Carroll, OH; sister, and brothers-in-law, Doris Russell of Aiken, SC, Barbara (Glen) Zieitler of St. Louis, MO, and Morey Morris of Emerson, GA; nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Willis “Jay” Owens; and sister, Delores Morris.