Deaths (April 8, 2009)


Norma Jean Eitzen


Norma Jean (Epp) Eitzen, 82, active in church and volunteer work, died March 23 at the Fairview Fellowship Home in Fairview, Okla.

Services were held March 27 at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church with pastors Mike Frantz, Brad Penner and Leonard Vogt officiating. Burial was at South Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 16, 1926, to A.W. and Eva (Just) Epp in Hillsboro. On March 3, 1946, she was married to Kenneth Eitzen, who survives.

Other survivors include daughters Marilyn and Don Ratzlaff of Hillsboro and Jeanette and John Glasgow of Altus, Okla.; brother Joel Epp of Henderson, Neb.; sister Betty Wichert of Fairview; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Fairview Hospice Circle of Love, Fairview Fellowship Home or Gideon?s International and sent in care of Fairview Funeral Home, 221 N. Main St., Fairview, Okla. 73737.

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Elizabeth Ann Ringering, 101, a children?s ministry worker, died March 31 at Hillsboro.

Services were April 3 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 229 Walnut, Marion, with pastor Joshua Wesner officiating. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery, Hillsboro.

She was born April 19, 1907, to Cornelius and Helena (Unruh) Thiessen at rural Inman. On May 12, 1960, she was married to pastor Oliver K. Ringering, who predeceased her.

Survivors are son-in-law Edgar Sturtz of Ellinwood; sister-in-law Hilda Thiessen of Hillsboro; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to North American Baptist Scholarship Fund or Awana at Emmanuel Baptist Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

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Hulda Thiessen, 84, a missionary nurse, died April 2 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church with pastors Nick Rempel and Bruce Porter officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Alexanderwohl Cemetery in rural Goessel. Visitation was from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Buhler Mortuary 120 N. Main St., Buhler.

She was born Jan. 13, 1925, to Frank W. and Mary Flaming Banman in Marion County. On June 13, 1987, she was married to Henry F. Thiessen at Buhler, who predeceased her.

Survivors include stepsons Leroy and Lorene Thiessen and Robert and Frances Thiessen, all of Buhler; brother Marvin and Elma Banman of Goessel; brother-in-laws Rudy Voth of Goessel and Albert and Alice Schmidt of Hesston; five step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Mennonite Brethren Missions or Oasis Ranch (Bob and Kelly Pankratz) and sent in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main St., Buhler, KS 67522.

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