News from Around the Conference

Glad Tidings

50 years ago – February 12, 1967 – Pastor Ray and Bonnie (Lang) Daniel were married in the old College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska on Lincoln’s birthday. Fittingly, the temperature was 67°! They’re celebrating with their children on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina from February 12-19.

Sweet Farewells

Luis Pedro Ajete, born April 14, 1960, a member of the Minneapolis Hispanic SDA Church, passed away on September 13, 2016. He is survived by his twin brother, Pedro Luis Ajete.

Edna Anderson from the Bemidji SDA Church passed away on December 4, 2016.

Donald G. Conklin of St. Paul, Minnesota passed away at the age of 88. Preceded in death by his wife, Jean and son, Steven.  Survived by his son, David, daughters and husbands, Bonnie and Kevin Mayer and Karen and Paul McPherson.  Survived by 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His memorial service was held Sunday, Jan 8 at St. Paul Eastside SDA Church at 2 pm.  Entombment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Janet Lois Franz, born Jan. 27, 1939 in Sibley County, Minn. and died Jan. 18, 2017 in White Bear Lake, MN.  A faithful member of the Stillwater Church, she was preceded in death by husband Jerry Franz and survived by her children: TeriKay (Duane) Thein, Jeff (Terri) Eckerson, Kirk (Kari) Franz; grandchildren: Carolyn Thein, Jeffry Eckerson Jr., Jonny Eckerson, Pam Hogan, Santana Franz; and great grandchildren: Camerson Quast, Jason Hogan, Haden Beck.

Lawrence and Shirley Gross of the All Nations SDA Church passed away while in Liberia on December 25, 2016.

James C “Jay” Jamison, b. Dec. 12, 1951, in Topeka, KS. d. Dec. 16, 2016, in St. Louis Park part of Minneapolis, MN.  He was 65 years old. Member of Minneapolis First Church.  Preceded in death by his parents, and wife Joan Cushman Fine.  Survived by 3 stepchildren Steven (Anna), Laura (Karen), and Scott Fine and grandchildren Michael, Leah and Alex; also by his siblings, Michael (Rosalyn) Hyatt, Katherine, Cameron, Jacqueline, Georgine, and Dale Jamison. Jay was a lifelong artist and writer, with a great interest in music and movies.  He completed close to 300 paintings and up to 1,000 drawings, and received numerous ribbon awards and acknowledgments for his work.  His work has been on display in many art shows and galleries throughout the Los Angeles and Twin Cities areas during his lifetime, including 3 times at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Bonnie Johnson of the Minnetonka SDA Church passed away on January 1, 2017.

Francisco Perez, born April 2, 1938, of the Red Wing Hispanic Company passed away on November 11, 2016.

John Sutherland, born December 22, 1953, a member of the Arlington SDA Church, passed away on December 13, 2016. His funeral was held on Sunday, December 18 at the Hutchinson SDA Church.

Jean E. Senne, age 87, of Medford, MN, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2017, at Medford Senior Care in Medford. Memorial services were held on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Faribault Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Pastor Bob Brauer officiating.  Interment will be held at the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park in Faribault, MN at a later date.

Jean Ellen was born on March 19, 1929 in Faribault to John “Jack” and Esther (Lewis) McKellip.  She attended Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, MN.  Jean was united in marriage to Hebert M. Senne on June 1, 1947 in Faribault.  She worked at Sears prior to her lengthy career at Mealey’s Restaurant in Faribault.  Jean was the pastry chef for years while raising her family.  She then managed the restaurant and was also a candy maker, which she continued doing into her retirement.  Jean devoted much of her life to her family and her church, volunteering in many capacities at Faribault Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Jean is survived by her husband of 69 years, Herbert Senne of Medford; daughter, Diane (Robert) Johnson of Minnetonka; son-in-law, John Staber of Lakeville; grandchildren, Dominic (Amanda) DeCoux, Drew Johnson (Kylie Dixson), and Lexi Johnson; great grandchildren, Josiah, Levi, Simon, and Jane DeCoux; sisters-in-law, Donna McKellip and Norma McKellip; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Laurie Staber; and brothers, Jack McKellip, Dick McKellip, and Bruce McKellip.

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