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Obituaries: Henkelman, Cottom, van Orden

Mrs. Martha Henkelman

Sister Martha (Roth) Henkelman died at Nanaimo Regional District, British Columbia, October 29, 2015 at the age of. She was born January 14, 1919 at Marlin, Wash., a daughter of Adam and Lydia (Miller) Roth.

Sister Henkelman attended schools in Marlin, Wash., and Western Baptist Theological Seminary, Portland, Ore. She was united in marriage to Brother Percival Henkelman on June 25, 1948 at Bruderheim Moravian Church, Bruderheim, Alberta.

She served alongside her husband in pastorates in Canada (Edmonton, Rio Terrace) and the United States (Downey, California).

Sister Henkleman is survived by daughter, Cheryl, and sons, Justin and Julian. She was predeceased by her husband, Percy, July 14, 2007.

Burial will take place in the Bruderheim Moravian Church cemetery.


Mrs. Donald Cottom

Sister Zoya T. (Zingale) Cottom died at Norman, Oklahoma, December 27, 2015 at the age of 81. She was born June 28, 1934 at Hancock, Wis., a daughter of Santos and Olga (Cogan) Zingale.

Sister Cottom was united in marriage to Brother Donald Cottom on June 21, 1952 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Madison, Wis.

She served alongside her husband in pastorates in Michigan (Grace), Wisconsin (Kellner-Saratoga, Lakeview) and Minnesota (Chaska).

Daughter, Kristine; sons Daniel, George, Michael, and Jonathan and five grandchildren survive Sister Cottom. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald, February 7, 2008, and their son, James.

Memorial services were held January 4, 2016 at Gunderson East Funeral Home, Madison, Wisconsin. Memorial gifts were welcomed for Porchlight in Madison, Wisconsin, an organization that provides support for the homeless.


Mrs. F. Jeffrey Van Orden

Sister Kristen Anna (Harberg) Van Orden died at Scotch Plains, N.J., November 7, 2015 at the age of 70. She was born January 27, 1945 at Marinette, Wis., a daughter of Thorlief and Elsie (Johnson) Harberg.

Sister Van Orden attended schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin and graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa. in 1969. She was united in marriage to Brother F. Jeffrey Van Orden on August 16, 1969 at Borhek Chapel of Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

She served alongside her husband in pastorates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Third); Riverside, New Jersey (First); Dublin, Ohio (Church of the Redeemer); and Indiana (Hope).

Sister Van Orden is survived by her husband, Jeff; son, Keith; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held November 14, 2015 at First Moravian Church, Riverside, New Jersey with the Rev. Richard Bruckart officiating.

Memorials were welcomed for the Travis Roy Foundation or the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry at First Moravian Church.


From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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