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Bartsch, Helene Marie (1894-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Jul 7 p. 5

Birth date: 1894 Dec 9, Kansas

Date of Death 1966

text of obituary:


● Sister Helene Marie Bartsch, a member of the Bethel Deaconess Sisterhood since 1930, died Saturday at Bethel Deaconess Hospital at the age of 71. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday forenoon at the First Mennonite Church with Rev. Paul Isaak, assistant pastor, officiating. Sister Helene Marie was born in Newton, daughter of John and Anna Bartsch. She entered nurses training at Bethel Hospital in 1928 and graduated in 1931. Since 1933 she had served at the Bethel Home for Aged. She is survived by one brother, Paul W. Bartsch and family of Topeka.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Jul 14 p. 11

Text of obituary:


Helene Marie, daughter of John and Anna (Hamm) Bartsch, was born Dec. 9, 1894 in Newton, Kan.

On May 30, 1909 she was baptized upon the confession of her faith and received into the fellowship of the First Mennonite Church of Newton. She remained a member here until her death.

She spent two years (1910-1911 and 1926-1927) in the Academy at Bethel College, Newton, completing her course in Hesston Academy and Bible School in 1928. By this time she had been led to present her life for Christian service as a Deaconess. In August 1928 she entered the Bethel Deaconess Hospital School for Nurses and graduated, receiving her R. N. degree in 1931.

On June 11, 1933, the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Sister Helene Marie along with three other Sisters was ordained. The special verse of Scripture given to her by Rev. J. E. Entz was II Corinthians 3:18, "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord Who is the Spirit" (RSV).

Since her ordination, Sister Helene Marie devoted her life in ministering to the needs of the residents in the Bethel Home. She was matron of the Home from 1945 until the time of her death.

One of the Sister's favorite expressions seemed to be "I love you all." In that spirit she gave her time and strength gladly to those she could serve. We shall remember her as an example of the verse given her, beholding the glory of the Lord and being changed into His likeness from glory to glory.

Funeral services were held on July 5 at 9 a. m. in the Sister Frieda Memorial Chapel with Rev. John Thiessen in charge, and at 10 a. m. in the First Mennonite Church, Newton, with Rev. Paul Isaak officiating.

The Mennonite obituary: 1966 Aug 16 p. 504

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Biographical note:
Newton, Kansas
Daughter of Johannes and Anna (Hamm) Bermann Bartsch (husband 2)
Deaconess -- Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, Kasnas

Bethel alumni note:
Bethel Academy student 1909-1910
Bethel College student `926-1927

Photo holdings:
Individual -- Newton, Kansas
Individual (at desk) -- (negative)

MWR 7/14/1966 p. 11
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