Mary Ann Goldsmith, 86, wife of UB minister Rev. Wayne Goldsmith, passed away on March 31, 2018. She was a pastor’s wife for 66 years.

Viewing: 5-8pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
Viewing location: D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Funeral: 3pm Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Funeral location: Central Church, 5801 Schwartz Rd, Ft Wayne, Ind.

Read the online funeral notice.

Phil and Sandy Whipple with Patsy Burelison Nelson (center).

Patsy Burelison Nelson, the mother of former bishop Phil Whipple, passed away on March 21. Phil wrote on Tuesday: “My mom has decided to move to a new address. She left for her permanent home this afternoon. She decided that this Easter would be spent in heaven with Jesus himself. It is a wonderful blessing to have the hope that we have in Christ. Today is not the end, but rather the beginning. No more pain, no more confusion, and no more limitations.”

Viewing: 5-8 pm Monday, March 26.
Funeral: 11 am Tuesday, March 27.
Viewing and funeral location: Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46835.

Phil and Sandy Whipple pastor a Missionary Church congregation in Yale, Mich. Address:

Phil Whipple
14840 Jeddo Rd.
Brown City, MI 48416

Rick Pride

Rev. Rick Pride (right) passed away early Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018. He was 66 years old. Rick was senior pastor of Eagle Quest UB church (Now CrossLife) in Columbia City, Ind., 2002-2011. He was ordained as a United Brethren minister in 2003. After leaving Eagle Quest, Rick worked three years with Broadway Christian Church in Fort Wayne, and completed his ministerial career at Salem Missionary Church in Noble County.

Visitation time: 2-6 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018
Visitation location: Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind.
Funeral time: 1:00 pm Monday, February 19, 2018
Funeral location: Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind.

Rick and Roxanne were married in 1975.  to pray for and support Rick’s wife, Roxanne, and his three daughters and four grandchildren.

Cards can be sent to:

Roxanne Pride
414 Catherine Ave
Columbia City, IN 46725-2710

Mabel Zurcher

Mabel Zurcher, 93, passed away February 10, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Carl Zurcher, who taught several generations of students at Huntington University.

Visitation: 3-7 pm Tuesday, February 13, at Bailey-Love Mortuary in Huntington, Ind.

Funeral: 11 am Wednesday, February 14, at College Park United Brethren church in Huntington, Ind.

You can read the complete obituary here.

Rev. Carey Knittle, 89, a United Brethren pastor in Indiana and Ohio 1960-2005, passed away February 2, 2018, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was a United Brethren pastor for 45 years, and a 1965 graduate of Huntington University.

Viewing: 11am – 1 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
Funeral: 1pm Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
Viewing and funeral location: Monticello United Brethren church, 21057 State Route 116, Spencerville, OH 45887

Son-in-law David Riddle, a former United Brethren pastor, will officiate at the funeral.

Carey Knittle was born April 6, 1928, in Adams County, Ind. He graduated in 1946 from high school in Decatur, Ind., and then entered the Army, serving in post-war Japan. He and Marjorie, who survives, were married October 9, 1949.

In 1960, Carey began five years as pastor of the Winchester UB church in Monroe, Ind. He graduated from Huntington University in 1965 with a Bible degree, was ordained that year, and became pastor of the Northbrook UB church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He remained there until 1972, when he became pastor of the Monticello and Elgin UB churches, on a circuit outside of Van Wert, Ohio.

Knittle subsequently pastored the UB church in Lancaster, Ohio, 1983-1991, returned to Monticello (no longer on a circuit with Elgin) until 1995, and served the Hillsdale UB church in St. Mary’s, Ohio, until 2005.

Rev. Carey Knittle, a United Brethren pastor in Indiana and Ohio 1960-2005, passed away February 2, 2018. He was ordained in 1965, the same year he graduated from Huntington University. His longest tenure was pastoring the Monticello and Elgin UB churches in western Ohio 1972-1983. Funeral details will be posted when available.

Kimberly Schock

Kimberly Schock, 60, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. She was the wife of Rev. Richard Schock, pastor of Sabetha UB church (Sabetha, Kansas) since February 2016.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 13, at Westview Baptist church, 1325 S. Meridian, Wichita, Kansas.

Cards can be sent to:

Richard Allen Schock
512 Grant
Sabetha, KS 66534

Linda Carter, wife of Rev. Al Carter, passed away around 11 am on Friday, January 5, 2018. She was in hospice after a battle with cancer. Her husband has been pastor of First UB (Columbus, Ohio) since 2011. They previously served UB churches in St. Mary’s and Rockbridge, Ohio.

Visitation: 12:00-1:00 on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Funeral: Following visitation
Location: First UB church, 496 S. Wheatland Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Condolences can be sent to Pastor Carter at this address:

Rev. Alfred Carter
711 Westfall Court
Columbus, OH 43228

Betty Ruedger Guenzler

Betty Ruedger Guenzler, 83, passed away November 19, 2017, in Mount Carroll, Ill. Betty served three terms as a United Brethren missionary nurse at Mattru Hospital in Sierra Leone, 1963-1971.

The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, November 28, at the Mount Carroll Church of God, with visitation one hour beforehand.

Betty became a Christian at a young age, and graduated from high school in Mount Carroll, Ill. She entered nursing school in Lansing, Mich., and during her final year sensed God calling her to become a missionary nurse. After graduating, she enrolled at Huntington College to study the Bible. While at HC, she applied for service with the UB mission board.

Mission director George Fleming said her duties during her three terms at Mattru included surgery supervisor, ambulance driver when needed, teaching in the nursing school, bookkeeping, and head nurse. During part of that time, Betty served alongside Juanita Smith, who was also from Mount Carroll (Juanita’s father, Cecil, pastored the Mount Carroll UB church). Juanita served 12 years at Mattru, 1953-1965.

Charles Guenzler and Juanita Smith were married in 1965. After Juanita became ill, Betty Ruedger was among a group of missionary nurses who came to Mt. Carroll to help Charles care for his wife. After Juanita’s death in 1981, Charles and Betty stayed in contact.

Charles and Betty were married on June 8, 1985. They enjoyed 32 years of married. Charles, at age 93, passed away on October 28, 2017. Betty died 22 days later. (Read her obituary notice.)

Rev. Frank L. Mathna, 88, of Shippensburg, Pa., passed away on the morning of Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Viewing: 3-5 pm Sunday, November 19, 2017.
Viewing location: Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, 112 West King Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257.
Funeral: 11 am Monday, November 20, 2017.
Funeral location: Lurgan United Brethren church, 7900 Roxbury Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Stan V. McCammon, Lurgan’s pastor, will officiate.

Frank Mathna was born on December 16, 1928, in Mongul, Pa. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Huntington University in 1960.

Mathna pastored the Van Wert, Ohio, United Brethren church for five years. That was followed by 32 years as pastor of Park Layne UB church in New Carlisle, Ohio. He retired from there in 1994. He subsequently served periodically as associate pastor of Mongul UB church in Shippensburg, Pa.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dot, along with four daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.