Reception to honor life work of author Katie Funk Wiebe

A reception and program honoring the life and work of Katie Funk Wiebe, Tabor College emeritus professor of English, is planned for Saturday, April 24, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the new book, ?The Voice of a Writer: Honoring the Life of Katie Funk Wiebe,? published by the Menno?nite Brethren Historical Commission.

The free public event is sponsored by MBHC and the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College. The community is invited at 6:30 p.m. Wiebe will be signing books following the program.

?We hope that former colleagues, former students, friends from the community and churches, will take advantage of this special occasion to share in this tribute to Katie,? said Peggy Goertzen, CMBS director.

Wiebe, 85, began teaching at Tabor in 1966 and remained 24 years as professor of English and journalism. Author of numerous books about the role of women in the church, she was named one of the 20 most influential Mennonites of the 20th century.

The new book honoring Wiebe is a Festschrift, which is a German term used to describe a volume of articles and essays contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of retirements, important anniversaries and the like.

The book was co-edited by Valerie Rempel, associate professor of history and theology at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Calif., and Doug Heidebrecht, director of the CMBS in Winnipeg, Man.

Two Hillsboro residents, Goertzen and Don Isaac, contributed champters to the volume, as did Darlene Klassen, Wally Kroeker, Harold Jantz, Marlene Epp, Dan Hertzler, Lorraine Dick, Delores Friesen, David Giesbrecht, Susan Huebert and Katie?s daughter, Joanna Wiebe Baer.

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