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Rev. Mary Barrino-Smith BCC of Reston, VA died August 11, 2015 at age 64. She served as lead chaplain, Department of Pastoral Care, Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA. A member of APC, she was granted BCCI® board certified chaplain status in 2014. She received her master of divinity degree from Regent University. She also held a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and a teacher certification from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to becoming a chaplain, she was an employee of Prince William County Government for 20 years in the area of information systems technology. She is survived by her children, Kim Butler-Dennis (Perry), Kelly Butler-Noel (Carlos) and Donald Smith II (Marisa); mother, Caretha Barrino-Williams; seven siblings; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 11/15
Rev. George A. Bumgarner BCC (retired) of Las Cruces, NM, died March 14, 2012 at age 84. He had been a member of APC since 1965. A graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, he served as a mental health services chaplain for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son, Walter (Delvonna) Baumgartner; two daughters, Carolyn (Wayne) Dibos and Louise (Ray) Spiering; a sister, Lorraine (Orville) Krohn; and seven grandchildren. 9/15
Rabbi Dr. Nachum (Norman) Berlat, Retired BCC (Formerly of Des Plaines) Husband of Ros, and father of Hillel. Before moving to Toronto, Rabbi Berlat was the Jewish Chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and taught at Skokie Yeshiva – HTC. Rabbi Berlat served as Director of Spiritual Care at Baycrest for almost 30 years, before retiring in 2012. He continues to serve as Scholar-In-Residence and teaches classes to patients, residents, clients and their families as part of our Jewish cultural and educational offerings. Rabbi Berlat is also an Associate Teaching Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education and provides instruction to Chaplain Interns and Spiritual Care Volunteer visitors as part of their training and development. He is also a member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Jewish University of America. He was ordained at Yeshiva University (Orthodox) in his home town of New York, NY and holds a Doctor of Pastoral Care as well.
Lawrence “Larry” O. Blight BCC of Medford, OR died January 18, 2015 at age 68. He served as lead chaplain at Asante Medical Center in Medford, OR. Endorsed by Church of the Nazarene, he joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 2004. 2/15
Sarah (Sally) E. Brown RBCC– Rev. Sarah E. “Sally” Brown passed away on December 28, 2019, in Redwood City, California at the age of 96. She was a resident of Palo Alto and Redwood City for 56 years.
Sally was born December 20, 1923, in Manila, Philippines, where her mother was a high school principal. Sally had a keen interest in dance and wanted to be a ballet dancer. When World War II broke out in the Pacific, her mother sent her to live with relatives in Washington. Sally met her husband at the University of Washington, where she graduated cum laude.
After raising four children, Sally went back to college to achieve her MA in Recreation Therapy. She worked for many years as a recreation therapist, incorporating dance into group activities. She also became a consultant and teacher.
In 1977, Sally joined Alcoholics Anonymous. Upon her death, she had forty-two years of active sobriety, and countless women were influenced by her example.
With her husband David, Sally co-wrote the ground-breaking A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous (Hazelden; 2001). In addition, Sally and David co-authored a book for families dealing with addiction.
Always learning and reaching for new horizons, Sally entered Berkeley’s Pacific School of Religion, graduating in 1988 at the age of 64. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she worked as a chaplain at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. At the time, she was the first and only woman chaplain at the Palo Alto VA—and one of only two female VA chaplains in all of Northern California. She was instrumental in facilitating one of the first VA programs for female vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 1989, Sally helped organize the first national women’s conference of VA chaplains. She later worked in the VA’s dual diagnosis unit, ministering to veterans who suffered from addictive and mental disorders.
Believing that the job of a chaplain is not “just to sit around and pray and look holy,” Sally incorporated dance and recreation therapy with patients. As a “spiritual recreation” director, she created shared, therapeutic experiences through art, music, and drama. She continued working as a chaplain until she was 89.
Sally always had a sunny, optimistic outlook on life, which she viewed as a great adventure. She loved people, reading, and crossword puzzles. Her interests were broad and inclusive. It was not unusual to find her reading a technical scientific article in the morning and a cozy mystery novel in the afternoon. She was always open to learning about other individuals’ cultures and backgrounds. People fascinated her, and she accepted them for who they were. Sally also loved, in no particular order, the recovery community, her church, PBS, Ngaio Marsh novels, British TV comedies, science fiction, modern dance, and music (from Brahms to Bob Marley). She generously shared her passions with others and was a joy to be around.
More than anything, though, Sally loved her family, and nothing made her happier than spending time with them.
Her husband of 72 years, David, passed away in 2016. Sally is survived by her four children: Annie, Polly, Ellen, and Philip; a grandchild, Lisa; daughter-in-law Karin; sons-in-law Chuck and Bill; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and countless friends. She was beloved by all who knew her. The cause of death was a long life well-lived.
Rev. Dr. Ralph Lee Carnes BCC (retired) of Chattanooga, TN, died October 16, 2015. He graduated from Emory University with BA, MA, and PhD degrees. In 1987, he was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. He joined APC in 1989 and has been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 1990. He served as staff chaplain at Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, IL and Northwest Community Hospital, Des Plaines, IL. After retiring to Chattanooga, TN, in 1995, he continued an active ministry. He served as consultant in bioethics for several local hospitals and also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Chattanooga Association of Clinical Pastoral Care (CACPC) and as its president from 2003 to 2004. He was also supply priest and guest preacher in several local churches, most recently at St. Peter’s, Chattanooga. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Abernathy Hogsed, and two sons, Rex L. Carnes and Randal C. Carnes. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the Rev. Dr. Valerie Bohanan Carnes; daughter, Carina Lee Ellis; two sons, Jon Thor (Peggy) Carnes and Robert Julian Carnes; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 12/15
Chaplain Eugene A. Charsky, Honorary Life Retired Board Certified
Eugene Arthur Charsky, 84, of Wellsboro, a devoted servant of the Lord’s ministry for over 58 years, finished his work here and was called home by the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Williamsport. He was the husband of Marion (Bowles) Charsky of Wellsboro, they shared 54 years of marriage together.
Gene was born in Utica, N.Y. on Sept. 25, 1933, the son of the late Arthur Otto and Mildred (Barfield) Charsky. After high school, he served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge as a PN2. He attended Dennison University of Ohio, where he obtained his BA in Philosophy. Continuing his education, Gene attended the Colgate Divinity School of Rochester, where he acquired his Masters of Divinity. In 1963, he was ordained through American Baptist Churches. Gene pastored churches in Ohio, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania. He served from 1977-1978 as a chaplain to the VA hospital in Batavia, N.Y. In addition to his prestigious degrees, in 1979 he completed his Pastoral Care Education residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In 1981 he was awarded Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Gene and family moved to Wellsboro in October 1979 as he pursued a career as the Director of Pastoral Care at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1995. Though he retired from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, he continued serving the Lord with zeal and joy! He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro for over 38 years. During that time, he served as Chaplain for Laurel Health/Susquehanna Hospice for 27 years. He also served as Chaplain at the Green Home in Wellsboro for 38 years, a position he held until his recent passing. He was actively employed as an associate and pastor at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd. since 1999. Gene enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking, model railroading, hunting, camping and hiking with his family. He also served as conductor on the Tioga Central Railroad. Although he had many hobbies and interests, he always put serving the Lord above all other personal desires. Gene will be remembered by family and friends for his contagious smile and wonderful sense of humor.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Marion Charsky of Wellsboro; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin (Bethanne) Charsky of Lyons, Brett (Colleen) Charsky of Pulaski, N.Y. and Bruce (Tracy) Charsky of Mountain Top; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Ben, Justin, Micah, Lexi, Katie and Aaron.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Griffith and his stepmother, Norma Charsky.
Denomination: American Baptist Churches USA
Joined College of Chaplains: December 1, 1980
BC Granted: March 2, 1981
Charles W. Davis BCC (Retired) 1936 – 2017 Obituary Condolences Charles W. DavisCharles William Davis, 80, Springfield, Mo. passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, evening after a long illness. He was born in Faven Texas, on June 14, 1936, to Casper and Ruby (Jordan) Cornwell. Charles was a retired U.S. Navy Chaplain, serving for 31 years. After his military career, he also served as a board certified chaplain for Hospitals and Hospices. Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith, one son; Timothy Davis, and his wife Debra, of Springfield, Mo. and one daughter: Jenay Anne Schaefer, and her husband George, of Granbury, Texas, five grandchildren; Shannon, Dustin, Heather, Jesica, and Carolyn, five great-grandchildren, a brother: Elliott Davis and his wife Betty, McKinney, TX. and one sister: Belle Anne Davis, Norfolk, VA. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, with burial, to follow, in Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery. Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
Reverend Laralee DeHart, (MACM 2007), 47, of Houston, TX, after battling cancer, died of complications related to the last phase of her treatment on Dec. 7, 2015. Laralee was a founding FollowOne board member and longest serving director. She resigned from the board a few years ago, but continued to give valuable accounting and financial advice out of her training and career as a CPA. Laralee was known for her humility, grace and joy even in the face of life challenges, including cancer. She earned her BC on Sept. 24, 2011. Rev. DeHart was endorsed by the United Methodist Church.
Fr. Joseph Humbert Determan, O.P., died peacefully at his home in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the age of 91. He was born on Sunday, May 10, 1925 in Haverhill, IA.Fr. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Determan and Mary Stalzer; his siblings, Antonia White, John Determan, Alma Gochee, Hugh Determan, Paul Determan, Helen Potter and Frieda Cormicle.He is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, and many dear friends.Fr. Joe entered the Dominican Order in 1944 when he joined St. Albert the Great Province. He professed Simple Vows on June 25, 1945 and Solemn Vows on June 25, 1948. He was ordained to the Diaconate at the Dominican House of Studies, River Forest, IL, Oct. 28, 1950 and to the Priesthood at St. Pius Church, Chicago, IL, June 1, 1951. In 1979, he joined St. Martin de Porres Province.Fr. Joe earned many degrees in his lifetime: Ph.B., Ph.L, M.A. in Theology and an M.S. in Physics. He was also certified as a Mental Health Chaplain and Supervisor as well as for Mental Health Chaplain for Clergy.Fr. Joe began his ministerial career as a teacher at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, in 1952 and remained there until 1963. For the next eight years, he taught at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, followed by three years at Mt. Carmel Academy and St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. For the next year, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ft. Worth, TX. In 1975, Fr. Joe did a Clinical Pastoral Internship and then he was the Staff Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Supervisor at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital until 1982. For the next three years, he was Chaplain at Villa Rosa Psychiatric Hospital in San Antonio. From 1985-1988, he served as Director of Novices for the Province of St. Martin de Porres. In 1989, Fr. Joe would find the ministry where he spend the largest part of his career, Chaplain at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, first from 1989 to 1995 and then again from 1999-2011. In between returning to Texas Methodist, Fr. Joe served as Chaplain for the Dominican Nuns in Lufkin, TX. In 2011, he semi-retired and did pastoral supply work at the Villa de San Antonio, TX, where he remained until his death. Joined APC when it was the, Association of Mental Health Clergy, and they had a College of Chaplains division: May 2, 1977
Rev. Edward F. Dobihal Jr. BCC (retired) of Hamden, CT, died on May 30, 2015. He joined APC in 1973 and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1974. He received his doctorate from Drew University in 1965. He founded Yale New Haven Hospital’s Religious Ministries (now Spiritual Care) department, as well as America’s first Hospice. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son Kirk and his wife, Ellen; daughter Donna and her husband, Andy; daughter Carol and her husband, Carl; son Scott and his wife, Cori; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. 9/15
Chaplain Elvin “Cy” Thayne Eberhart died peacefully in his home on Aug. 6, 2016, at the age of 91. Cy enlisted in the Navy as soon as he finished high school in WWII. While at the University of Texas in Austin, he played in the Longhorn Marching Band and earned two degrees. Cy took his commission in the Marine Corps and went to boot camp as a 2nd Lieutenant. After military service, he earned a degree at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Cy served as pastor of Congregational churches in Wyoming, Hawaii and Colorado. In 1968, Cy began employment at Salem Hospital, where he served 12 years as the one-man 24/7 chaplain. His work as a hospital chaplain led him to a profound interest in the power of humor as a tool for healing and coping. Cy also began researching the life of the American cowboy-philosopher Will Rogers, who believed in uniting people, not dividing them. Cy created and performed living-history programs, using Rogers’ own words, for large and small audiences across the country, including shows at three presidential libraries. Chaplain Elvin “Cy” Thayne Eberhart was an Honorary Life Retired Board Certified Chaplain. He joined the APCpredecessor organization, College of Chaplains, on Nov. 7, 1966 He became board certified on Jan. 23, 1967.
Rev. Robert E. Eades September 4, 1929 – December 4, 2017
The Reverend Robert “Bob” E. 88, lived a long life filled with loving family, caring relationships, meaningful work, and deep connection to his community in Wichita, Kansas. He died peacefully on Monday, December 4, 2017, with his family by his side. Bob was born in Stockton, Kansas, the son and grandson of pioneers, early Rooks County entrepreneurs, and staunch Methodists. He graduated from Kansas Wesleyan College, earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and found his calling as Methodist clergy at Perkins Seminary, where he earned a master’s degree in theology. Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, awarded him an honorary doctorate in Education. Bob’s professional experience included 28 years as chaplain at Wesley Medical Center, where he retired as Vice President for Chaplaincy Services in 1991. He spent 20 years as a Navy Reserve chaplain, 4 years as a parish pastor in Texas and Japan, and most recently, 8 years as chaplain at Larksfield Place retirement community, where he permanently retired in 2015. He was a supervisor for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 1970. He helped establish and was the first president of the National Institute for Business and Industrial Chaplains. He led support groups for clergy, provided counseling services, and conducted CPE training through the Counseling & Mediation Center. He is survived by Dee, his wife of 59 years; daughters, Donna (Eric) and Carol; brother Jack; grandchildren, Isabel Rummell, Jack Rummell, Tristan Delnevo, and Louisa Delnevo; nieces, Becky Weigand, Beth Jones, and Georgia Eades; and nephews, Walter and Ron Eades. He was preceded in death by his mother, Blanche Yoxall Eades; his father and stepmother, Bert and Edith Eades; and his brothers George and Johnny Eades.
BC Granted: February 14, 1996
Denomination: United Methodist Church
Rev. Paul L. Elhard of Logan, OH died November 12, 2014 at age 59. He was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1989 and served parishes in Bloomer, Logan and Athens, Ohio. A member of APC since 2013, he also served as a chaplain at Columbus Children’s Hospital and elsewhere. He is survived by his wife, Julie Lynn (Seitz) Elhard; daughter, Hannah; sons, Noah and Sam; grandchildren, Hunter and Joanna; mother, Jean Elhard; and brothers, Joel, Tim (Don) and Jay. 2/15
Riley W. Eubank, Jr. (Honorary Life Retired Board Certified) Riley W. Eubank, Jr., passed away peacefully on June 13, 2016 in Austin with family by his side. Riley W. Eubank Jr., born in Corpus Christi June 1, 1925. His life was rich with family, many, many friends and several careers, interests and a personal history befitting a label of exemplary human.
After serving as a pilot for the Army Air Corps, he returned home to Corpus Christi, married Aletha Welch and began his college education. He attended Baylor University then graduated from the University of Corpus Christi in 1947. After his ordination as a pastor, he served Pawnee Baptist Church and then Webb Baptist while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He earned a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern while ministering to Woodlawn Baptist in Austin.
During this time in Austin, he met several pastors who would serve as some of his closest friends for life: Browning Ware, Carlyle Marney, Blake Smith, Dick Lear, Hardy Clemons, and many others. They challenged his concept of ministry and theology, and the group grew together both professionally and each personally. He was pastor-advisor to the Baptist Student Union at the University of Texas, and taught New Testament as Townes Bible Chair there as well.
From 1959 to 1961, Eubank served as pastor of University Heights Baptist, Stillwater, Okla., adjacent to Oklahoma State University. Here he again worked with growing the church and its college ministry as pastor-advisor to the Baptist Student Union.
His final church ministry was at Seventh and James Baptist, adjacent to Baylor University, in Waco Texas. His proudest achievement as its pastor was the desegregation of the church in 1963.He became a member and vice chair of the Christian Life Commission and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Members of this group were invited to the Rose Garden at the White House where President Lyndon Johnson addressed them about the pending 1964 Civil Rights Act. He served as a trustee of Baylor University, a trustee of Hillcrest Hospital, a member of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention, and the co founder and first chairperson of the Board of Directors of Waco Pastoral Counseling Center.
In 1969, his career took a new path in pastoral counseling education and care. He interned at Memorial Baptist Hospital of Houston and at the Institute of Religion. In 1971, he married Wynelle Brown Vickrey and they moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where he served as Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at the South Carolina State Hospital. He became Director of CPE at Columbia’s Baptist Medical Center, and then Director of Pastoral Services. He supervised chaplaincies at the Baptist Medical Centers in Columbia and Easley, with satellite centers in Aiken, Greer and Summerville.
Eubank earned much formal recognition from the various groups he served, but his proudest achievements involved time with his many friends and family members. Whether around a campfire or a coffee table, he loved to share stories and jokes, and he certainly loved long, deep philosophical and theological discussions. He was passionate about servant leadership, books, travel, fishing, camping, art, and music, but most importantly, his deep and abiding relationships.
He is survived by his son, Dean Eubank of Arlington; daughter, Nancy Eubank Lewis; son-in-law, Paul; and granddaughter, Jessica of Austin; granddaughter, Amber Lewis and her partner, Roderick De Vries; and great-granddaughter, Amaya Esa Lewis De Vries of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is also survived by granddaughter, Robyn Eubank Slye, her husband, Chris Slye; and great-granddaughters, Rylee Rae Slye and Ellen Eubank of Richardson; sister, Eleanor Tuck of Fort Worth; stepson, Larry Vickrey of Charlotte, NC; and stepdaughter, Raelynn Vickrey Olson, her husband, Dan; and granddaughter, Lucinda Vickrey Olson of Arlington, VA.
Joined APC® April 28, 1975 the College of Chaplains.
BC granted: March 8, 1976 through the College of Chaplans.
Rabbi D. Frank BCC (retired) of Buffalo Grove, IL, died April 27, 2015. He joined was granted board certified chaplain status in 1997 and had been a member of APC since 2001. Before retirement, he was a staff chaplain at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Rochel Leah “Rochelle” Frank; his children Judy (David) Kershner; Batshie (Avi) Goldfeder; Aviva Frank and Lonnie Frank; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Nechama Frank. 9/15
Rev. Roger P. Frobe LCMS BCC (retired) of Saint Simons Island, GA died Sept. 2, 2015. He received his master of divinity degree in 1963 and master of sacred theology degree in 1972 from Concordia Seminary. He was ordained in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in 1964. He served as psychiatric chaplain at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga, TN for 19 years, from which he retired in 2000. He worked as a part-time chaplain for Heartland Hospice in Saint Simons Island. He had been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 1985. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Mary Avram; sister Kathi (Warner) Hoffman; daughter Ruth Frobe and her wife Nicki McCraw; stepchildren Lisa (Tony) Morris and Wesley (Lynne) Avram. 1/15
|Rev Roland L. “Skip” Getman passed away Friday February 23rd, 2018 amongst the laughter and tears of his wife and children. Through his two-year battle with Leukemia he loved weekend drives with his wife Beth and making excellent smoked meat with Myles and Michael. In between treatments he flew to Boston to do home improvement projects with Matthew and Rebekah and eat all-season ice cream cones with his granddaughters Claire and Margaret. Skip traveled to Minneapolis to enjoy wine with Michael and Meta and play with his twin granddaughters, Adeline and Eleanor, whom he was honored to baptize. Skip drove to Austin where he enjoyed breakfast-theologizing with Megan and his grand-doggie Winchester.|
Skip was born October 21, 1948, in Vancouver, WA. He graduated from Columbia River High School, Pacific Lutheran University and Wartburg Theological Seminary. Over his 37-year career as an ordained Lutheran minister, he served three congregations in Regent, North Dakota, two congregations in Portland, OR, and two congregations in Vancouver, WA. Worship, education and spirituality were his passions. In his broader ministry, he served his community as chaplain for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical center, ending his 30 years of chaplaincy at Hospice Southwest. Skip was a devoted father and participated in numerous sports and music events as a proud dad! He loved baseball and football and was an active umpire and referee for many years. He coached soccer and cheered at countless events! He loved road trips and travel, especially driving his “two-seater” with Beth.
With 37 years of spiritual care and end of life guidance as a Lutheran minister and chaplain, Skip was well prepared to meet the warm embrace of his Creator. He enthusiastically fulfilled his call of loving his family, practicing the presence of Christ, worship and education with God’s people, and offering supportive emotional care to patients and their families.
Skip is survived by Beth, his wife of 44 years; four children: Matthew (Rebekah), Michael (Meta), Megan, and Myles (Michael); four granddaughters: Claire, Margaret, Adeline, and Eleanor; family: Clair, Janelle, Amy (Bruce and Liv), and Eric Troftgruben; and his Stoner/Nortness family. Skip was preceded in death by Berl and Juanita Getman, Jeanne Nortness, and Jack Nortness.
Joined APC: August 22, 2012
BC Granted: March 28, 2016
Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Reverend Spike Gilbert, 69, of Denver, CO, passed away on March 8, 2016. Gilbert was a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the APC on April 2, 2008, and was granted board certification on Jan. 5, 2010. Rev. Gilbert was endorsed by Suburban Christian Church.
|David Walter Girardin, born July 9, 1951 fell asleep awaiting the second coming of our Lord, just before 6am on November 3rd, 2017. He was peaceful; his family was surrounding him and “Talk to the Shepherd” (Buddy Houghtaling) was playing in the background. This was after an eight-month courageous battle with cancer.|
David is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara White Girardin, married just over 41 years, with many cherished memories, adventures, and faithful ministry together. David is also survived by his two cherbs, David John Girardin (29) and Emily Grace Girardin (27) and her husband, David Snuffer. He was a faithful and loving husband, a devoted and adventurous father, and committed friend, pastor, and leader.
David’s extended family will also miss him greatly, including his treasured sisters – Diane Joan Girardin McKeen, Jane Marie Girardin Costello and her husband Ray, Wendy “Pooh” Baker Orford and her husband David, and his brother-in-laws Douglas Howard White, Walter Hackett White and his wife Miriam.
David was born in Detroit, Michigan to Anna Didyk Girardin and David Louis Girardin. He served 30 years in the U.S. military, primarily the Navy, under the mantra – “Lord let me live by the side of the road so I may be a friend to all.” He is remembered for his chaplaincy ministry in the U.S. Navy (retired O-6), pastoring Seventh-Day Adventist churches in Minnesota, hospital ministry across the nation, and pastoral care and counseling. His dedication, hard-work, faithfulness, humility, leadership, and integrity are some of the characteristics that others will remember of him. He has impacted more people than he will ever realize…
David was an adventurer who was passionate about SCUBA diving, traveling, hiking, shooting with Norfolk County Rifle Range, HAMM radio club, leading out in AWANA youth group, and serving with Virginia Defense Force. He loved providing for his family, taking care of the house, and cutting the grass at our home and at the church. His bucket list demonstrates his spirit of adventure. Some items include: hiking the Camino de Santiago with his best friend – Harvey Prather, going sky diving on an upcoming birthday, taking his wife on a trip to Niagara Falls, and taking his family on a SCUBA diving trip to the South Pacific island of Niue. His family plans on fulfilling each of these bucket list dreams for him.
David’s faith in Jesus, despite the winds and the waves of the last eight months, was strong. He claimed the promise of Psalms 40:1-3 – “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” As an ordained pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, his last sermon spoke about the spiritual growth through adversity. His favorite song “We Have This Hope,” speaks to the family during this new chapter.
John C. Haney ACC, age 87, of Jacksonville, FL, died on June 4, 2014. An honorary life retired associate certified chaplain, he joined APC in 1976. He earned his theology degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio and served more than 30 years as a Naval Chaplain. He attained the rank of captain before retiring in 1988. In addition, he volunteered for over 25 years for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Jacksonville University. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah A. Weida; son, John S. Haney; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 5/15
Ronald “Ron” Franklin Harber BCC, age 63, of Southaven, MS, formerly of Paris, TN, died June 12, 2015. He joined APC and was granted BCCI board certified chaplain status in 2001. He served as the BCCI Area 8 certification chair. He received his Master of Divinity in 1977 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary then received his Doctor of Ministry in 1985 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ron pastored various churches in TN from 1977 to 1993. He was a hospital chaplain in West Tennessee, serving in McKenzie, Lexington, Jackson and Memphis. From 2007 to the time of his death, he was a hospital chaplain for Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto in Southaven. He was also an adjunct professor for Union University. He was a past president of the Executive Board of the Mississippi Baptist Chaplains Association. He is survived by his wife, Melanie Bennett Harber; three sons, Paul (Danyel) Harber, Matthew Harber (fiancee’ Annette Marin), and John Harber; and parents, Billy Harber Sr. and Hazel Butler Harber. 7/15
Bernie Carroll Harkness, 70, passed away on January 25, 2016 in Yuma, Arizona. Carroll earned a Doctorate in Ministry from The Graduate Theological Foundation in May 1998. He worked as the Chaplin for Yuma Regional Medical Center from 1993 to 2005. He also served as a preacher and minister at a great number of churches across the country. He was an honorary life time member of the Certified Chaplains’ Association and was an Honorary Retired Board Certified Chaplain.
Rev. Jerre Hassell BCC of Jonesboro, AR, died on October 16, 2014. An honorary life retired board certified chaplain, he had been a member of APC since 1961 and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1962. He was endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention. He served as a chaplain at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock and was pastor or interim pastor at a number of churches in Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Dabney Hassell; two daughters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 5/15
Rev. Robert F. Henry Jr. BCC (retired) of Jackson, TN, died August 29, 2014. He joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1969. He earned a graduate degree in divinity from Erskine College in Due West, SC. He took chaplaincy training afterward in Columbia, SC. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister on July 28, 1963, Henry served two Presbyterian churches in Hampton County, SC for four years and then became a hospital chaplain in Charlotte, NC for Mecklenburg Presbytery. While a chaplain in Charlotte, he served Banks Presbyterian Church nearby. In 1970, Henry received additional training in chaplaincy in Osawatomie, KS at a state mental institution. He then became chief chaplain at the Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar, where he worked until he retired. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; sister, Mary Elizabeth Middleton; son, David (Cheryl) Henry; daughter, Donna (Ken) Stovall; and three grandchildren. 9/15
Jimmie C. Holland, MD, died suddenly on December 24, 2017, at the age of 89 years.
Dr. Holland was the Attending Psychiatrist and Wayne E. Chapman Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Internationally recognized as the Founder of the Field of Psycho-Oncology, Dr. Holland was the inaugural Chairwomen of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MSK. She was the first Chief of the Psychiatry Service at MSK, a department established in July 1977 by Jerome Posner, MD, then Chairman of Neurology. Dr. Holland founded the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, the International Psychiatry-Oncology Society, and the international journal Psycho-Oncology.
Early Research and Development of Distress Thermometer
Dr. Holland was born in Nevada, Texas in 1928, and received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She was board certified in psychiatry in 1966. In her early career, Dr. Holland taught and practiced at the State University of New York in Buffalo and Montefiore Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
A psychiatrist for more than 40 years, Dr. Holland conducted some of the first studies on the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis on patients and proved that interventions to combat the anxiety and depression associated with cancer can work.
According to Dr. Holland’s research, one-third of patients with cancer experience clinically significant mental distress. To help oncologists evaluate their patients’ distress levels, Dr. Holland and her colleagues at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network developed a “distress thermometer,” a psychosocial distress-screening tool that measures a patient’s distress level on a 0-to-10 scale. If a patient scored 4 or higher on the distress thermometer, it is a signal that the individual should be further evaluated and referred to a mental health-care specialist and monitored closely.
‘A Once-in-a-Generation Influencer’
William Breitbart, MD, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at MSK, said “Jimmie was a pioneer, a hero, an advocate, an inspirational leader, a teacher, a mentor who launched the careers of the leaders of a worldwide field, and always, up to the last days of her life, she was a caring and effective clinician.” He added, “We’ve lost a remarkable woman, a once-in-a-generation influencer. Her death is a profound loss to [Psychiatry and Behavioral Science] as a Department, a loss to MSK as an institution, a loss to the nation, and the world. We will mourn her deeply.”
Accomplished and Cherished
Dr. Holland was married to James F. Holland, MD, FASCO, Distinguished Professor of Neoplastic Diseases at the Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. In an earlier interview with The ASCO Post, Dr. Jimmie Holland told of first meeting her future husband, “Jim was Chief of Medicine at Roswell Park at the time. I was in residency in St. Louis and went to Buffalo to visit a dear woman colleague who was a surgical fellow at Roswell. It was a lucky chance that we met. Our many years together and six children speak to just how lucky we both were to find each other.”
That chance visit would end in marriage, forging one of the oncology community’s most accomplished and cherished husband-and-wife teams: James and Jimmie Holland.
Dr. Jimmie Holland is survived by her husband, James, their six children, and their many grandchildren. A memorial service is planned at a later date at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Samuel Holmes September 29, 1949 – November 20, 2016Rev. Samuel Arnold Holmes, 67, of Anderson, died Nov. 20, 2016, at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born Sept. 29, 1949, in Anderson to James and Rose (Titus) Holmes. He was a graduate of Markleville High School; attended Ball State University and graduated with a master’s degree from the Anderson University School of Theology. He completed his chaplain residency through St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and was a chaplain for both St. John’s and Community hospitals in Anderson. He taught an enormous Boys Sunday school class, taught a large adult Sunday school class at North Anderson and Madison Park Church of God. Sam also taught a home Bible study group. He was on the church council at North Anderson, now Madison Park Church of God. He was a member of the Mayor’s Committee Against Domestic Violence. He was the town marshal for Markleville, Indiana.
Not only did he own and operate the Shell station at Eighth and Jackson streets in downtown Anderson for many years, Sam was the downtown Shell station. Survivors include his wife, Lois (Weiland) Holmes of Anderson, daughters, Teresa (Bob Bailey) Nyboer, Tamera (Jeffry) Stoakes and Su “Bambi” (Mark Hardegen) Brown; his grandchildren, Justin Bolton, Jacqueline (Brian) West, Jeremiah Brown, Zachery Branch (MaeLee Taulbee-Brooks), Theresa Stoakes, Kaylee Branch, Alex Stoakes and Leah Stoakes; his brother, John (Jane) Holmes; great-grandchildren, Madison Bolton, Cadance Bolton, Aaron West, Abigail West, Joulina Shock, Jackson West, Dakota Lee Branch, Gracie Marie Tischler and Elana Rose Tischler; nieces and nephews, (Aaron) Shawn (Amber) Garris, Alison Holmes Yokum; cousins, Jane (Ken) Titus-Lewis and Matt (Sherry) Foust.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several cousins. Board Certified Granted 1/5/2010Denomination: Church of God (Anderson, IN)
Sherron Hughes-Tremper BCC, one of the first two women to be ordained in the Covenant, died the morning of August 24, 2015. Sherron, 70, was born July 9, 1945, in Ridgecraft, California. She graduated from Fresno State in 1967.After graduating, she went directly into the Peace Corps and worked in El Salvador until 1969. Sherron told friends she believed the experience would test her mettle, perfect her Spanish, and prepare her to fulfill her calling to serve as a Covenant missionary. When she returned, she entered North Park Theological Seminary. While there, she married Dale Tremper on March 25, 1970, and redirected her focus to living in the United States and a calling to “urban mission.”While Dale attended Princeton, she worked as a social worker. She began a master’s program towards California teacher certification at Cal State during the time Dale served as associate pastor at First Covenant Los Angeles.When Dale accepted a call to Douglas Park Covenant Church in Chicago. Sherron re-enrolled at the seminary in 1974 to complete her M.Div and seek ordination. She graduated in 1977, the year after the Annual Meeting voted to accept women candidates for ordination.In 1978, she became the first woman to be ordained because her name “Hughes-Tremper” came first in the alphabet before the other woman to be ordained, Carol Shimmin. The Chicago Sun-Times posted a photo of the event on its front page. She served for two years as staff chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. She completed supervisory training in clinical pastoral education (CPE) at Rush-Presbyterian Hospital, and then started the first CPE center in Arkansas at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where she served between 1984-87. She went on to serve as a supervisor at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, and Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. Sherron served as pastor of several United Methodist Churches before returning to be CPE supervisor at the Audy Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio from 2009 to 2012, when she retired.Following her retirement she led an “art and spirituality” group for roughly a dozen homeless and marginalized persons.Sherron is survived by her husband; a son, Matthew Arrington; a daughter, Stephanie Gameros; and two grandchildren.
Rev. George E. Jarrell of South Lyon died peacefully on January 28 at age 84, surrounded by family. He was a graduate of Jacksonville State University (BA Music), served in US Army, worked in the steel industry, managed restaurants and became a lay minister. He later attended Methodist Theological School in Ohio (M. Div.), was ordained and served Beaumont, Oakwood, St. Joseph & Providence Park Hospitals as a chaplain. He was an Honorary Life Retired Board Certified Chaplain.
Rev. James B. Jeffery BCC, honorary life retired board certified chaplain, died July 7, 2014 at age 85. Endorsed by the Episcopal Church, he joined APC in 1973. A graduate of General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1958, he served the Church of the Incarnation NYC for four years and then as Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Eastchester, NY until 1966. After being awarded a Fellowship by the Episcopal Mission Society of the Diocese of New York in Clinical Pastoral Education he moved into institutional chaplaincy at Central Islip State Psychiatric Hospital, the Rikers Island Penitentiary of NYC, Bellevue Hospital, Juvenile Detention Center, Bronx, NY. In 1970, he became the director of chaplains for the East Midtown Protestant Chaplaincy Inc., which served the East side hospitals: New York/Cornell, Memorial Sloane-Kettering, Lenox Hill and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Changing the name to The Hospital Chaplaincy, the organization expanded to a staff of six chaplains, two CPE supervisors and five residents and was sustained by internal development efforts. In 1984, he became the chaplain and CPE supervisor at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Here he coordinated the Ministry to Persons with AIDS, establishing the AIDS ministry and continued to care for those with AIDS until retirement in 1995. James Jeffrey spent his entire ministry in the Diocese of New York and the Eastern Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He is survived by brother David W Jeffrey and predeceased by brother Neil P. Jeffrey Jr. His partner, Harold M. F. Rush, preceded him in death. 5/15
Rev. Hilda “Graciela” Jortack died Monday Nov. 16, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary’s campus, in Rochester. Hilda Graciela Stonner was born Feb. 19, 1948 in Santa Fe, Argentina. Raised in Argentina, she married Victor E. Jortack on Sept. 20, 1979. The Jortacks came to the United States in August 1989. Graciela graduated from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul with a Master in Divinity in 1995. Her ministry has been far reaching. She has served as a chaplain with Merit Care in Fargo, N.D. She was the Director of Pastoral Care at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Fla. She was co-pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church and chaplain at Luther Manor in Milwaukee, Wis., and for 14 years she was a staff chaplain at Mayo Clinic. Her most recent work was as the bereavement coordinator with Heartland Hospice. Graciela loved spending time with her grandchildren and children. She enjoyed scrapbooking, baking, cooking, crocheting, and being with her beloved boxer puppies. She was a member of Zwingli United Church of Christ, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rochester, and the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Victor E. Jortack of Rochester; her children and step-children, daughters, Fernanda (Patricio Ibarra) Gimenez of Vancouver, British Columbia, Alejandra (Adam Berger) Gimenez-Berger of Columbus, Ohio, Pilar Gimenez of Saint Peter, Minn., Ingrid (Roberto Rocha, Jr.) Rocha of Dodge Center; a son, Rene (Katie Haala) Gimenez of Lake Crystal, Minn.; step-daughter, Soledad (Cristian Cousinet) Cousinet of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; stepson, Pablo (Melanie Jortack) Jortack of Centerville, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Gabe, Venus, Ianna, Gaston, Griffin, Mia, Jacob, Annika, Abby, and Ethan. She is also survived by a sister, Marta Stonner; and twin brother, Fernando Stonner. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ferdinand and Eva (Galvan) Stonner.
She joined the APC™ as an Affiliate member in February 2001 and was granted Board Certification September 25, 2005. As an active member in APC™ she served on the Inclusiveness Task Force from April 1, 2009 through June 15, 2010.
Donald B. Krause of Minneapolis, MN, died Feb. 7, 2012. Krause earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN; graduated from North Park Junior College and North Park Theological Seminary, and earned a Master of Science degree in counseling from Southern Illinois University.He served three churches in Minnesota – Maplewood Covenant Church, Alexandria Covenant Church and Randall Covenant Church – as well as Bensonvale Covenant Church in Omaha, NE. He served one year on the staff of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis and then spent 40 years as a chaplain in medical facilities and nursing homes. Donald joined the APC™ predecessor organization, College of Chaplains, in 1968. He became board certified on Jan. 14, 1969, and was granted Honorary Life Retired Membership in 2010. 10/16
Chaplain Austin Leo Ingram, 89, of Texarkana, TX, died Feb. 6, 2016. He was born Sept. 8, 1926, in El Dorado, AR. He was a chaplain and counselor, and owner of Christian Counseling Center, a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of First Baptist Church, Moores Lane and formerly served as an interim minister for several area churches. Ingram joined the APC™ when it was the Association of Mental Health Clergy in 1980. He was board certified in 1980 and was grandfathered into the APC™ as a board certified chaplain in May of 1998. 10/16
William Roy Keefe BCC of Bedford, NH, died in June 2012 at age 90. An honorary life retired board certified chaplain, he joined the Association of Mental Health Clergy, an APC predecessor organization, in 1946. He was granted board certified chaplain status in 1950. He served as a state membership chair from 1994 – 2001 and again from 2002 – 2006. He graduated from Boston University School of Theology and Boston University Graduate School. Endorsed by the United Methodist Church, he served as a chaplain at Montana Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, MT. He also served the United Methodist Church as Northern District Superintendent and as Conference Council Director. He was predeceased by his wife, Elsie. He is survived by his sons William and James; daughters Nancy and Kathy; brother, Loren; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 5/15
Chaplain (Col) Herman Keizer, Jr. age 79, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, received orders to report to his final duty station, Heaven, on Friday, December 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his sister Ann (Ron) Hoekstra. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ardis; his sons Bryan Keizer of Las Vegas, NV, and Randall Keizer of Washington DC; brothers and sisters, Robert (Carolyn) Keizer, Beverly (John) Folkerts, Phyllis (Robert) Veldman, Dennis (Loretta) Keizer, Cindy (C.J.) Veldman; and many nieces and nephews. Herm was born in Chicago, IL (1938), and in 1968 was both ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church and commissioned as a Chaplain in the U.S Army. His assignments and accomplishments included serving as Chaplain of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and NATO Chaplain based in Stuttgart, Germany as well as ministering in Vietnam with the First and Fourth Infantry Divisions where he was wounded twice. He was retired in 1998 when he reached mandatory retirement but was immediately recalled by the Secretary of the Army. His final assignment was Advisor to the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department where he served until his retirement in 2002. Herm was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, 6 Bronze Stars (1 with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Soldiers Medal. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. In 2010 the Association of Professional Chaplains awarded him their Distinguished Service Award, the first Military Chaplain Endorser to receive the award. Herm also worked on numerous projects and Boards: Heartside Ministries, GRACE, Restorative Justice Healing of Children of Conflict, Micah Center and co-founded the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School (TCU) in 2012, dedicated to educating and researching moral injury and recovery for military veterans. Herm also enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and singing. Funeral services will be held 6:30 pm Friday, January 5, 2018 at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church (107 LaGrave Ave., GR), with Rev. Ruth Boven and Dr. Neil Plantinga officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton St. SE, on Thursday, January 4 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Herm’s memory may be made to the Herman Keizer, Sr. Scholarship Fund, C/O Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, the Herman and Ardis Keizer Jr. Scholarship Fund C/O Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, or to the Chaplaincy Care Ministry Chaplain Development Fund, 1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, 49508. Col. Herman Keizer won the APC® Distinguished Service Award in 2010
Rev. William G. Leach BCC (retired) of Mississauga, ON Canada died May 2, 2014 at age 88. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Canada in 1957 to study for ordination in the Anglican Church. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College and Boston University. He was a clinical chaplain in eight hospitals, including six psychiatric institutions, after which he was appointed to the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA as director of Chaplaincy Services. In 1982, he returned to Toronto to head the Chaplaincy Services of The Toronto General Hospital. Leach’s final years were spent between Toronto and Pittsfield, VT, where he and his wife established the Beatty Ryckman Trust, dedicated to equipping clergy for self-knowledge and personal wellness. Endorsed by the Episcopal Church, he had been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 1967. He served as State Continuing Education Chair for Ontario from 1994-2003. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; and brother-in-law Geoffrey Beatty. 1/15
Rev. Richard (Dick) J. Lehman passed away on February 29, 2016, after a long decline into dementia. He was the former Director of Pastoral Care who taught Clinical Pastoral Education and served as the longtime pastor of the Congregational Church of Farmingville in Pennington, NJ. He was a past president of the Association of Mental Health Chaplains. In 1990 he was a recipient of the Anton T. Boisen Award. He was a Memorial Lecturer at the 2004 Russell L. Dicks Memorial, sponsored by the College of Chaplains. He was a Life Retired Board Certified Chaplain. He served as a volunteer on the APC Communication and Publications Council and the History Committee.
Rev. Ezra Luessen BCC (retired), of Cincinnati, OH, died January 31, 2016 at age 93. Endorsed by the United Methodist Church, he had been a BCCI board certified chaplain since 1978 and an APC member since 1969. He enlisted in the army after high school and was honorably discharged after four years of military service in Alaska as a Dental Prosthetic technician. He graduated in 1948 from Ohio Wesleyan University and then in 1954 received his master of divinity degree from Duke University. Prior to retiring as a chaplain from The Christ Hospital in 1989, Luessen served in many United Methodist West Ohio Conference churches. In addition, he was an accomplished trumpet musician, playing alongside Lester Young while in the Army and then in multiple jazz combos throughout the 1950s. He is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Eric (Donna); and grandchildren Lauren (Adam) Testerman and Ryan Luessen. 03/16
Dorothy Malcolm, of Santa Rosa, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital at the age of 94. A long-time Sacramento resident, she had lived in Santa Rosa with one of her daughters for the past 14 months.
Dorothy was born and raised in Indiana, the first of three children born to Roy and Helen Mueller. She married “the love of her life,” Jack Malcolm, in 1947. Jack became a minister and the couple served in New Mexico, Arizona, Wisconsin and northern California. They had four children and enjoyed 32 years together before he passed away in 1979.
Dorothy married again in 1987 to Glenn Burress, who passed away in 2001. Not only the wife but the daughter and sister of Presbyterian ministers, Dorothy herself desired to be a minister but that was not a choice open to women at that time. Instead, she returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Music while raising her family. She played piano, organ, cello and guitar, and taught elementary school music for several years.
After Jack passed she earned a Master’s at San Francisco Theological Seminary, completed a Chaplaincy program at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento and went on to serve as a Chaplain at Mercy Hospital for more than thirteen years, retiring at 70.
Dorothy turned her energies to her church, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where she served in a number of capacities. She was always a student in her faith. She was a remarkably welcoming person, in and outside of church, and shared her quiet, open love with everyone. Her family, faith and community were her love and focus all her life. She always had time for her children, grandchildren and church family. She actively embraced her neighborhood in Midtown, as well as the people at the Senior Center, where she took exercise classes and the Life Story Writing class. She loved to knit and until the last couple years never went anywhere without her knitting. She also was mad about chocolate; if asked, she would attribute her long life to dark chocolate.
In recent years she began having increasing memory and health problems but her sense of humor and infectious giggle lightened them for herself and those close to her. Dorothy touched many hearts and was herself well loved by many. Dorothy is survived by her children, Tina (Rich), Debbie, Tim (Lee) and Don (Diane), many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother Paul and her sister, Linda, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Rev. Rosalind Marshal-Exum BCC died April 6, 2014 at age 56. She serves as a chaplain at Sacred Heart Healthcare/Emeral Coast in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Endorsed by Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches, she joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 2008. She is survived by her daughter, Shara Marshall, and sister, Enrika Bargeon. 2/15
|Devon Leslie (Patrizi) McAnally, age 56 was born on September 8, 1961, in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Nicholas Anthony and JoAnn Elaine (Farish) Patrizi and passed away on September 19, 2017 in Enid, Oklahoma.|
Devon and Tim McAnally, her husband of 35 years, were married January 2, 1982 in Lawton, Oklahoma at the Fort Sill New Post Chapel. They were blessed with two daughters, Caitlin Amanda and Meghan Nicole. Devon was first called to serve our Lord as a teen while on a mission trip, but many years passed before she was able to fulfill this calling. Devon and Tim met while attending college at Cameron University, Lawton OK. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford OK in 1982.
Devon worked over 15 years in the Dallas area as a Systems Analyst, Project Leader, Team Leader and Supervisor. In 1998 Devon served as an Ordained Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in The Colony, Texas. In 1999, Devon and her family moved to Enid, Oklahoma where she worked for Central Christian Church as Director of Children’s Education. In 2003, Devon entered seminary at Phillips Theological Seminary(PTS) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her Masters in Divinity and was Ordained on July 8, 2007 by Central Christian Church, Enid and Hunter Christian Church.
Devon served as the minister at Hunter Christian church. She then served as a Chaplain at St Mary’s Regional Hospital and was a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains where each year she participated in reviewing and examining new candidates. Devon worked for Disciples Retirement Community of Oklahoma (DRCO) as a Healthcare advocate and Regional minister and then as the CEO of the DRCO Hearts for Care non-profit Ministry which advocated for senior adults. Devon worked for Humanity Hospice serving Ponca City, Tonkawa, and Blackwell communities as their chaplain. Devon went on to serve as the Senior Minister at University Place Christian Church. Devon received her Doctorate of Ministry, Pastoral Leadership in Church and Society/Women in Ministry in May, 2017 from PTS. Devon was an Amateur Radio Operator, KD5UID, a member of the Enid Amateur Radio Club and enjoyed sharing the hobby with her entire family who are HAM’s. Devon was an avid off-road enthusiast (Jeeper) that allowed her to drive to places inaccessible to most and see vistas others only dream of. Devon enjoyed fishing, hiking, trap and target shooting. Devon’s vision was that every person, regardless of their age, race, income level, or educational background, would have the opportunity to create the kind of community where people are valued and acknowledged. Most of all, Devon was passionate about serving our Lord, Jesus Christ to help others.
Devon is survived by her husband, Tim, of Enid, Oklahoma, daughters Caitlin McAnally and partner Richard Moreno, of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Meghan McAnally, of Guthrie, Oklahoma; mother, JoAnn Patrizi, of Enid, Oklahoma, brother, Gary Patrizi and his wife, Laura, and their children, Nathan, Jordan and Nicole, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her father Nicholas (Nick) Patrizi, grandparents, Joseph and Florence Patrizi and Ada Farish.
Teddy E. Mitten BCC (retired), age 68, of Perrysburg, OH, died August 16, 2015. He joined APC in 2003 and was granted board certified chaplain status in 2004. A 1979 graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, he was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene and later the Wesleyan Denomination. He was a missionary for in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland, Africa with the Brethren-in-Christ and Nazarene Church from 1967-1970. He then was a pastor at the New Cumberland Nazarene Church, Ashland Brethren-in-Christ Church, and Detroit Avenue Wesleyan Church. He later became a chaplain, and from 1989-2013, worked at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH. Most recently, he was a chaplain at Gentiva Hospice Services. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Etta Jane Fritts; his children, Jessica (Patrick) DeViney, Sara (Thomas) Harris and Laura (Jesse) Cruz; stepchildren Jon (Christina) McCloud, Joshua (Jennifer) McCloud and Megan (Gerran) Brown; and many grandchildren. 9/15
Rev. Sherry L. Owensby-Sikes BCC, Mt. Pleasant – The Rev. Sherry L. Owensby-Sikes, 71, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, died November 4, 2017. Sherry was born on January 7, 1946 in Louisville, KY and reared in Linden, AL, the oldest daughter of Carroll and Milly Owensby. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Laurence Murphy and daughter Kimberly Murphy. She is survived by husband David Sikes; brothers Dr. Loren Owensby (Lynn) and Dr. Dwain Owensby (Alyson); sisters Drena Owensby Miller (Jack) and Pamela Owensby. Sherry received a BME from University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS in 1967; an MDiv from Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC in 1981; a STM from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC in 1998. She continued her education through educational institutions and conferences throughout her working career. She was ordained by the United Church of Christ, May 16, 1982. From 1982 until 1998, Sherry served several congregations and county community groups in Sanford, NC. In 1998 she was called to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Swansea, SC. In 2000, she was called to serve as Chaplain, Franke Home in Mt. Pleasant, SC, later known as Franke at Seaside. She was installed in 2001. Sherry’s working life was dedicated to the education and ministry of others.
|Rev. Karrie A. Oertli DMin BCC, age 57, of Normal, IL, died on May 2, 2015. She was vice president of mission and spiritual care at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Ordained by Western Hills Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, TX, she joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1996. She served on the APC board of directors from 2001-2003 and on the Personnel Committee from 2008 – 2012. She also was a certified ACPE Supervisor. She earned her graduate degrees from Southwestern Theological Seminary and Drew University. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dennis Pendleton BCC; six children from Pendleton’s first marriage, Dave (Sharon) Pendleton, Eric (Kristi) Pendleton, Heather (Steven) Farley, Bethany Doyle, Ben (Ashley) Pendleton, and Matt Pendleton; eight grandchildren; mother, Betty Warren; and Father, Freddie Oertli. 5/15|
Sr. Dolores Pelletier DW BCC of Islip, NY, died August 24, 2014 at age 86. An honorary life retired board certified chaplain, she joined APC in 1975. At the age of 19, Sr. Dolores made her Profession of Vows as a Daughter of Wisdom taking the name Sr. Romuald de Montfort. She attended Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned a master’s degree (1974) in Humanistic and Theological studies and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) distinction. She was a member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. She served for over 25 years more as a hospital chaplain and CPE supervisor. She served at Pennsylvania at Lancaster General and St. Joseph Hospitals (1976-1982), Connecticut at Hartford Hospital (1975-1976), St. Raphael Hospital (1982-1988, 1999), Barnes Hospital (1974-1975), Riverside Methodist Hospital (1988-1995), and Maine at St. Mary Medical Center (2000-2001). In addition, she spent many years working in hospice at Emmaus House (1996-2000), In the Making (1998-2000), and Connecticut Hospice (1998-1999). After her retirement in 1995, Sr. Dolores had volunteered her time in pastoral care at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. She is survived by her sister, Jill Englert; brother, Paul Pelletier; and her religious family, the Daughters of Wisdom, US Province. 5/15
Reverend Thomas Clayton Pexton, Honorary Life Board Certified Chaplain died peacefully at Morningstar Dayton Place in Denver, Colorado on March 28, 2018. Rev. Pexton was a Board Certified Chaplain since 1978 and an APC member. Throughout his life he was filled with warmth and humor and was devoted to caring for others. He will be greatly missed. Tom is preceded in death by Constance Pexton, his wife of more than 50 years and his brother Harold Pexton. Tom is survived by his children Robert Pexton, Elizabeth Pexton (Tony) and Sarah Pexton (David) and granddaughter Isabel Pexton. Tom was born on December 15, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio. After obtaining degrees from Kent State University and Oberlin College, he was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1958. He served as clergy at First Hungarian Reformed Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Shiloh Springs Church in Dayton and First Congregational Church in Springfield, Missouri. Tom then returned to school for Clinical Pastoral Education, becoming a Board Certified Chaplain. For two decades he dedicated himself to the spiritual care of the hospitalized in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tom was a lifelong supporter of Civil Rights. In Springfield, Missouri, in the 1960’s, he co-founded and was vice president of the local chapter of the NAACP. He spearheaded and led the city’s first integrated Vacation Bible School, bringing together children and teachers from black and white churches. Tom also worked on bridging ecumenical relations and how faith groups could work together for greater good in this world. Tom’s tireless community involvement included working with Shorewood Men’s Club and Shorewood Historical Society in Shorewood, Wisconsin. He was a Free Mason in Ohio. He contributed to the performing arts as a regular cast member with the Shorewood Players and by lending his voice to the Plymouth Chorale. Tom was also accomplished on the flute and piccolo.
|Rev. Joan Ellen Rosenthal Randall passed away on March 9, 2016. Pr. Joan earned an MDiv at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was ordained on June 15, 1997. Pr. Joan had interned with Pastor Bob Anderson at Sunny View and was called there as a Pastor/Chaplain, serving for 18 years. Her BCC was granted on Jan. 10, 2003.|
Rev. Alan L. Reed BCC of Indianapolis, IN died Oct. 6, 2015 at age 58. He worked as a chaplain for Indiana University Health Hospice, was a volunteer at Church at the Crossing, as well as a former pastor and missionary in Japan and Hong Kong for the First Church of God, Anderson, IN. Endorsed by Church of God (Anderson, IN), he had been a BCCI board certified chaplain since 2012. He is survived by his wife, Diane Reed; children, Rachel (Ryan) Bertschman, David (Mallory) Reed and Matthew Reed; parents, George and Ruth Reed; mother-in-law, Fay Hatch; and five grandchildren. 1/15
Reverend Dorothy L. Robinson, BCC, 77, ordained Episcopal priest and chaplain, died at home on March 21, 2017 surrounded by close friends and family. She was a wife, Mother, sister, aunt, great aunt, and special friend to many. She was Board Certified bay APC in 2002.
Dorothy was born in Blacksburg, VA on January 27, 1940. She is deeply missed by husband Arch; sons Bill (Susan), Brian (Jessica Montour), and Scott; brother Gordon (Martha) Linkous, and numerous other family members. She is preceded in death by her brother Bill (Susan) Linkous. Dorothy will also be fondly remembered by close friends Mary Nell, Susan G., Dianne, Dee Dee, Susan R., and many others.
Rev. Dr. Ramon Runkel BCC (retired) of Ames, IA, died August 3, 2015 at age 84. He joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1969. He was endorsed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Pearson; children, Marta Wallace, Nathan Runkel, Sarah (Zev Sunleaf) Runkel, Timothy (Angela) Runkel, Karisa Runkel, Beth Anne Martin, Jane Beeman, Bryan (Kim) Pearson, Todd (Bethanne) Pearson and Julie (Joel) Utterback; 23 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carla Jean Runkel. 9/15
|Andrew “Drew” Warner Russell BCC of New Berlin died on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Froedtert Hospital at the age of 65. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 24, 1952 the son of Everett and Alma (nee String) Russell. His mother died when he was only 12 years old, and his father then married Clara (nee Dettmer) who raised him and who Drew called “mom.” On Jan. 17, 1983, he married Vicky Clark in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Drew proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an anti-submarines warfare specialist chief petty officer (AWC). He retired from the Navy after 20 years on October 30, 1990. Drew was a ELCA pastor and worked for many years as a chaplain for the VA. He loved his country and his veterans and will always be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and beloved grandfather.|
He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of 35 years, Vicky of New Berlin, and their children, Jeffery (Tabitha) Russell of York, Pa., and Erin (Adam) Buck of Chambersburg, Pa. He was the proud “grampy” of Savannah, Mileigh, Xavier, Elijah and Landon. He is further survived by his sisters and brothers, Deborah (Savoy) Nelson of South Carolina, Marlena (Gary) Yourstone-Holm of New Jersey, Walter (Dee) Yourstone of Georgia and Warren (Betty) Yourstone of Maryland along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Andrew Warner Russell II.
John R. Saeger of Grapevine, TX, died on Dec. 25, 2015. Baptized in infancy, Jesus Christ remained a vital presence in John’s life. Adding much to his life was the graceful and loving presence of his wife of 62 years, Lorraine. They were married while John was completing his studies for the Lutheran ministry at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Following graduation in 1955, John served as pastor to congregations in Hammond and Ponchatoula, LA; Lafayette, LA; and Galveston, TX. Because of a growing interest in hospital chaplaincy, John chose to enter a program of clinical pastoral education at St. Luke’s Episcopal and Texas Children’s Hospitals in Houston. Following completion of his clinical studies, plus his internship and residency, he was fully certified as a CPE supervisor by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. He joined the staff at Terrell State Hospital. He then accepted a position of C.P.E. supervisor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he remained for 21 years until his retirement in 1996. John became board certified on March 18, 1974 when APC was the College of Chaplains. 10/16
|Rev. Dr. Alice Beekman Updike Scannell, 2019 Gerontologist, researcher, educator, musician, author and Episcopal priest, the Rev. Dr. Alice Scannell was born July 15, 1938, in New York, N.Y., the fourth and youngest child of Godfrey and Alice Updike. She graduated with a music degree from Smith College (1960), received a Master’s degree in Religious Education (1963) from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Doctoral degree in Gerontology (1989) from The School of Urban Studies and Public Aairs, Portland State University, Portland, Ore. Her varied career included Christian Education, Caseworker in Social Services, Musician and Choir Director before being ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ladeho, Bishop of Oregon, in 1998..|
In 2004 she was appointed Vicar of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Washougal, Wash., retiring in 2012. Alice was a Board Certified Chaplain and cherished her years serving as Chaplain for St. Aidan’s Place (now Pacic Gardens) providing spiritual support for patients, families and staff.
For the last 35 years, Gerontology has been Alice’s passion. She focused her study, research and papers on issues related to aging, long-term care and caregiving. “I began to see late life issues as something we had to look at in new ways.” Her work culminated in the publication of her book in 2017, Radical Resilience: When There’s No Going Back to the Way Things Were.
In retirement, she and her husband served on the Diocese of Oregon’s team of chaplains supporting retired clergy and their families. While residing at Holladay Park Plaza her last 18 months, Alice was a member of the Health and Wellness Committee. She promoted new approaches in identifying and addressing the needs of residents with dementia. A new team continues with her vision and has christened it, “The Alice Project” in her honor. Alice was always seeking new challenges and projects she could lean into that would improve the lives of others. She was generous and thoughtful, able to assess people’s needs and effectively meet them. She clearly expressed her opinions but did not expect others to necessarily agree with her. She was a lifelong learner and student of life.
Alice died Dec. 9, 2019, surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, the Rev. John Scannell; two sons, Stephen and wife, Heather and Andrew and wife, Jessica; and grandchildren, Simon, Nathaniel and Willow. Also surviving is brother, Dr. Edwin Updike and wife, Lillian, of Brevard, N.C.; sister-in-law, Ellen Updike, of Stuttgart, Germany; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Edwin Raymond Schwanke (Honorary Life Retired Board Certifed Chaplain) died September 12, 2016.He was born April 28, 1930, Chicago, IL, the son of Edwin W. and Anna Hoffman Schwanke. He prepared for the Lutheran ministry at Concordia College, Milwaukee and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he received the Master of Divinity. He became a fellow in the College of Chaplains in 1983. He served as pastor in Birmingham, AL, Darien, IL, Denver, CO, and Austin, TX, and Chaplain/Director of Greater Wausau Christian Services, Wausau, WI. Ed served as Marathon County Jail Chaplain and was instrumental in founding The Neighbors Place in Wausau. In retirement he served interim ministries at Bethlehem-Lund (Elgin), and Salem-Austin, and visitation ministries at Martin Lutheran-Giddings and Triumphant Love-Austin.Ed is survived by his wife Janet, his daughters, Beth Marshall and Mari Barreda, their mother, Barbara, sons-in-law Jim and Pedro, grandsons Christopher and Thomas; sister-in-law, Erna, sister-in-law, Jean Zellmer, – brother-in-law, Jim, brother-in-law Jerry, sister-in-law Laverne, nephew, Brad, nieces Pam Kies and Connie Hanson, grandniece Heather.Memorial Service will be Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church in Austin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Austin, who provided tremendous support to Ed and his family. –
Joined the College of Chaplains on 11/10/1982
BC Granted through the College of Chaplains on March 21, 1983
Justus P. Selph died Oct. 30, 2015, with his wife of 65 years by his side. He was born June 11, 1930. He served in the military for 30 years. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. As a chaplain and Southern Baptist minister, Justus touched the lives of many. He joined the APC™ when it was the College of Chaplains in 1981. He became board certified on March 15, 1982. He received Honorary Retired Board Certified status on May 17, 2012. 10/16
Kermit W. Smith, RBCC, former pastor of Valley United Mehtodist Church, died recently. Kermit also served as the President of the College of Chaplains from 1980-1981, joining the organization in 1970. A memorial service will be at 10am on January 30, 2020 at Grace and Holy trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City, MO. He served Valley UMC from 1960 to 1962. Cars can be sent to the family in care of Steven Smith, 803 Kentbridge Court, Ballwin MO 63021.
Patricia Pearson Smith passed on July 28, 2016. She was born in Union Star, MO, on June 26, 1937, and educated at Tarkio College and San Francisco Theological Seminary. She became a hospital chaplain fulfilling her residency at UMC in Tucson. Patty Smith served as chaplain, Christian educator, musician and journalist to many. She served most of her chaplaincy at Methodist Hospital in Houston and retired in Green Valley, AZ, where she worshipped and worked at Valley Presbyterian Church as director of Christian education, chaplain and organist. Chaplain Patty Smith was a retired board certified chaplain.
Reverend Shari Dee Hyronemus-Reynolds 1963 – 2017
HYRONEMUS-REYNOLDS, Reverend Shari Dee of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, from a brain aneurysm at the age of 54.
Shari’s life story is a classic study of a person driven by a passion for helping others. She had been a school teacher, real estate agent, office manager, meeting planner, project manager, and then a pause to determine just what her true calling in life really was; she awakened one morning with an answer – she was ‘called’ to be in service to others, and chose to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas to earn her Masters Degree in Divinity; it was as though she was being led each step on her new journey.
After graduation, Shari served as a Chaplain at Dallas Children’s Hospital, and then she was ordained as a Minister, and served at First Christian Church of Plano, Texas. Her next step, and final step, was to accept the position of Chaplain at Dallas Doctors Hospice in Dallas where she served until her untimely and sudden death.
Shari was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on February 21st, 1963. She attended Worthing Elementary School and graduated from Lennox High School and Sioux Falls College in South Dakota.
Shari was preceded in death by her father, George Hyronemus of Worthing, South Dakota. She is survived by her husband, Ron Reynolds of Dallas, Texas, and their precious dog daughters Blueberry Muffin and Coco Puff. Shari is also survived by her mother, Juliette Hyronemus of Worthing, South Dakota, her brother Mark and Joy Hyronemus of Worthing, South Dakota, her brother David Hyronemus of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, her sister Tami and Mike Lappegard of Alcester, South Dakota, and her sister Dr. Gail and Michael Ihnen of Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She was loving aunt to Zachary Hyronemus, Joshua Freeman, Kristen O’Neil, Amber Hyronemus, Savannah Setnar, and Brittany Hyronemus. She was loving aunt and Godmother to Nicholas and Jacob Ihnen. She also leaves behind five great nieces and nephews, extended relatives, and many friends.
Shari’s spiritual work has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of men and women across America, and her works have been acknowledged by those whose lives she has touched. Her grave marker displays the year of her birth and the year of her death, but the main tribute to her life’s work is found in the hyphen between those two dates, for surely her journey in life is best described by the words of Paul the Apostle, who said – “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.”
Rev. June Ruth Michaelson Taylor passed awayat the age of 83 on May 22, 2016. She and her husband served together on the mission field of South Korea for five years. One of the first female Presbyterian ministers, June was the Director of Chaplaincy Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and at Ephrata Community Hospital.
Rev. Paul C. Tomlinson BCC of Columbia, SC died June 28, 2015. In recent years, he served as a chaplain with Palmetto Health Hospital in Columbia. Endorsed by American Baptist Churches USA, he had been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 1980. He received his master of divinity degree in 1973 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is survived by his mother, Velma, and was predeceased by his father, Otis, and brother, David. 1/15
Father Lincoln Richard Ure III, an Episcopal priest and chaplain at St. Mark’s Hospital, died June 10, 2016, in Salt Lake City at the age of 69. Father Ure joined APCin 1987 and became Board Certified in 1988. He was a State Representative for the APC™ from 1997-2004. In his 41 years at St. Mark’s, he counseled thousands of hospital patients and their families, hospital staff and student chaplains. From 1998 to the present, he served on the Board of Trustees for St. Mark’s Hospital. He was passionate about ethical issues, and was on the hospital’s Ethics Committee since 1993. Father Ure created the first Clinical Pastoral Education Program in Utah. He also helped establish the first hospice in Utah and was an active voice addressing end-of-life issues. Father Ure’s concern for others was never theoretical. Once, he spotted a distraught stranger threatening to jump from a fire escape. Despite his fear of heights, he climbed several stories and dissuaded the man from committing suicide. For his efforts, he received the Citizen’s Courage Award from the SLC Mayor’s Office in 2003. His achievements in the healthcare field earned him a “Healthcare Hero” award from Utah Business Magazine in 2006
Rev. Edward A. “Eddie” Ullrich passed away June 10, 2016, at his home in Medford, Ore. Eddie graduated in 1949 from Watertown High School, Watertown, WI, and continued his education at Moravian College and Moravian Theology, Bethlehem, PA, where he earned a master of Sacred Theology degree in 1957. Eddie served Moravian congregations in DeForest, WI; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Downey, CA; and Fargo, ND. He retired as a hospital chaplain in Fargo in 1996. He joined the APC when it was the College of Chaplains in 1987. Board certification was granted on Feb. 29, 1988, and he received Honorary Retired Board Certified status on Aug. 31, 2011. 10/16
Sister Marie Veronica (Jerelyn) Honorary Life Retired board Certified Chaplain– Passed Away on July 11, 2017Sister Marie Veronica (Jerelyn) was born in Pratt, KS to William D. and Marjorie Keith Janousek on January 8, 1935, and entered into eternal life July 11, 2017, in Wichita, KS. Se was raised in Dodge City, KS and education in the public schools there through high school. She pursued a nursing degree at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, eventually completing her BSN degree 1959. Her nursing education was interrupted for a time when she entered and was received into the Congregation of St. Joseph at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Wichita, KS on March 19, 1957, with final vows in 1962. Through the years her education was expanded to include Clinical Specialist in Operating room nursing at New York Hospital-Cornell, and Clinical Pastoral Education at Trinity Lutheran and St Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO. In 1974, she became a Certified Chaplain in National Association of both Catholic Chaplains and the National American Protestant Hospital Association. Her ministries have included staff nursing, nursing administration/supervision, hospital administration, chaplaincy and counseling in hospitals in Dodge City, Wichita, Pittsburg, KS, Ponca city, OK, Pratt and Halstead. In retirement, she continued to serve on hospital boards and in advisory positions where she was able to share her wisdom and experience. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her only brother, William. In addition to members of her Congregation, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Janousek; niece and nephews, Patty (Carl) Casterline, Jim (Lynn) Janousek, Dan Janousek, and many friends and colleagues of her Via Christi family. Sister Marie Veronica has donated her body to science. A Memorial Service will take place on at 7 p.m. Thursday, July14, at LL Saints’ Parish, 3205 E. Grand, Wichita, KS.Sister Marie Veronica Janousek is one of the 2016 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients. She died Tuesday at the age of 82.She dedicated her life to health care and held various key roles within Via Christi over the years. Those included frontline nurse, nursing school instructor and leader of surgical services. The Wichita Business Journal presented Janousek with a lifetime achievement award last fall for her work and service in the health care profession. The honor was part of the WBJ’s annual Health Care Heroes program. #1051 Sister Marie Veronica Janousek, Honorary Life Retired Board Certified ChaplainJoined AMHC Association of Mental Health Clergy on March 29, 1976BC Granted: March 7, 1977Denomination: Roman Catholic
Rev. Daniel Vinge BCC of Maplewood, MN died July 25, 2014 at age 88. An honorary life retired board certified chaplain, he joined APC in 1967 and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1975. A graduate of Luther Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he and his wife, Marie, were Evangelical Lutheran Church missionaries in Japan from 1951-1957. He served parishes in North Dakota, British Columbia and Minnesota. In 1968, he became the first full-time chaplain and director of pastoral care at Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. During his tenure, he developed a broad multifaith staff and services, and established programs in chemical dependency, ethics and clinical pastoral education. He retired from chaplaincy in 1991,and then served as an interim or part time pastor. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie; children Carmen (Tom) Lewis, Mark (Ronna) Vinge, Carol (Dave) Cumming, and Steve (Carole Anne Broad) Vinge; 11 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. 5/15
Rev. Ronald C. Welsh, 72, passed away on May 26, 2016. Rev. Welsh was a graduate of Concordia Jr. College, Milwaukee, Wisc., Concordia Sr. College Ft. Wayne, IN, and Concordia Seminary in Springfield, IL. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.Rev. Welsh served congregations in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod thru out West Virginia, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio. He served as Chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital 86th Street for 18 years and was a volunteer chaplain with the Indiana State Police. He was an active member of Carmel Lutheran Church.Rev. Ronald C. Welsh was a retired board certified chaplain.
Rev. Robert L. Wills, Honorary Life Retired Board Certified Chaplain- CHILLICOTHE: Robert “Bob” Lee Wills, 86, of Chillicothe, died at home Sunday August 20, 2017. His wife Theresa was by his side, as was his step-daughter, Terri, and his beloved dog, “Puppy.” He was born May 21, 1931 in Ansted, WV to Edwin Kenna Wills Jr. and Bernice Faye Rule Wills. He was a graduate of Central Baptist Seminary, Kansas, and the Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Theresa Allan Wills; a son, Tod Wills; a daughter, Laura Wills Tate; 2 step-daughters, Theresa Aswad and Deborah Marruso; and three grandchildren. Bob served in the US Navy and the US Army and was a Vietnam War Chaplain. He served 20 years at the VA Medical Center-Chillicothe as Chaplain. The family wishes to thank the Adena Hospice team for their compassion and care of Bob and his family. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Joined APC® February 21, 1997Board Certification Granted: May 20, 1997, Denomination: American Baptist Church USA
Rev. Patricia Wight-Holby BCC (retired), of Coachella, CA, died April 22, 2015 at age 86. She joined APC in 1988 and had been a BCCI board certified chaplain since 1990. She resided in Lawrenceville, NJ, for over 40 years and, in 2000, remarried and retired to California. She received her master’s degree in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She was the organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ, and later at St. James Catholic Church in Jamesburg, NJ. Throughout her life, she enjoyed teaching piano lessons to children of all ages. In midlife, Patricia felt called to the ministry, and received her master of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1983. In 1990, she was ordained at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ, one of the first women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood. This calling led her to become a hospital chaplain at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, and St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center in Lawrenceville, NJ, and, during her retirement, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. She is survived by her husband, William H. Holby; her four children, Margaret Mattson, Nancy Wight, Clifford Wight, and Carolyn Gladwell from her previous marriage to Kenneth R. Wight; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 3/16
Rev. Karrie A. Oertli DMin BCC, age 57, of Normal, IL, died on May 2, 2015. She was vice president of mission and spiritual care at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Ordained by Western Hills Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, TX, she joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1996. She served on the APC board of directors from 2001-2003 and on the Personnel Committee from 2008 – 2012. She also was a certified ACPE Supervisor. She earned her graduate degrees from Southwestern Theological Seminary and Drew University. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dennis Pendleton BCC; six children from Pendleton’s first marriage, Dave (Sharon) Pendleton, Eric (Kristi) Pendleton, Heather (Steven) Farley, Bethany Doyle, Ben (Ashley) Pendleton, and Matt Pendleton; eight grandchildren; mother, Betty Warren; and Father, Freddie Oertli. 5/15
|Chaplain Sandy Lysander Williams BCC died on January 28, 2017. He previously worked as a chaplain at the University of Texas – Harris County Psychiatric Center and held his board certification beginning in 2007. Chaplain Williams was 67 years old.|
Rev. Marcy C. Wright BCC died on June 27, 2014 at age 62. Endorsed by Disciples of Christ, she joined APC in 2008 and was granted board certified chaplain status in 2010. She was a spiritual director, having completed a two-year program at the Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, IN. In addition to APC, she was a member of Spiritual Directors. International and Spiritual Directors of Central Indiana. She earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry in pastoral care and counseling degrees at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN. Her doctoral research and topic of interest was the use of fairytales as a tool for spiritual growth. Mary lead workshops on weaving as spiritual practice and was a certified Weavjng a Life teacher. She was a Reiki master and received training in HealingTouch/Healing Beyond Borders. 2/15
Rev. Karrie A. Oertli DMin BCC, age 57, of Normal, IL, died on May 2, 2015. She was vice president of mission and spiritual care at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Ordained by Western Hills Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, TX, she joined APC and was granted board certified chaplain status in 1996. She served on the APC board of directors from 2001-2003 and on the Personnel Committee from 2008 – 2012. She also was a certified ACPE Supervisor. She earned her graduate degrees from Southwestern Theological Seminary and Drew University. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dennis Pendleton BCC; six children from Pendleton’s first marriage, Dave (Sharon) Pendleton, Eric (Kristi) Pendleton, Heather (Steven) Farley, Bethany Doyle, Ben (Ashley) Pendleton, and Matt Pendleton; eight grandchildren; mother, Betty Warren; and Father, Freddie Oertli. 5/15
Rev. Carlton Vance September 24, 1929- February 8, 2019
A memorial service celebrating the life of Rev. Carlton Vance will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at First Baptist Church, Pineville, LA, with Dr. Stewart Holloway officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM until the time of the service.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Pineville, 901 Main St., Pineville, LA 71360: Making Way Fund.
Published in The Town Talk on Mar. 1, 2019
He was board certified with the Association of Mental Health Clergy in 1988. Joined the APC January 1, 1998
Moved to Retired Board Certified Chaplain January 10, 2000, when he was 70.
Moved to Honorary Life Retired Board Certified status on January 25, 2012, when he was 82.
Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention