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Belva E. Unruh

November 20, 2018

Belva E. Unruh 94, died November 20, 2018 at Kidron Bethel Healthcare in North Newton, Kansas.  She was born September 1, 1924 in Freeman, South Dakota to Ed and Anna (Tschetter) Waltner.  She married Verney Unruh in 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 8, 2006.


She was a long time member of First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas where she was active in many church activities including prison ministry, Sunday school teacher, and on the dinner committee to name a few.  Belva also selflessly lent her talent as a pianist accompanying many musical groups, soloist and playing for many funerals though the years.


Belva attended schools in South Dakota, Bethel College in North Newton and Biblical Seminary of New York.  She also was a graduate of Hesston College School of Nursing.  Serving others was a joy and she was a dedicated Pastor’s wife, missionary and nurse during her working years.


Time spent quilting, reading and spending time with her loving family and many friends were looked forward to with anticipation.


She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Patricia Tilton. She is also preceded in death by three brothers Homer, LaVerne and Don Waltner.


Belva is survived by her daughter and son in law Judi and Peter Mollenkof of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; son in law and his wife Bruce and Mim Tilton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; son and his wife Paul and Chris Unruh of Hesston, Kansas and daughter and her husband Barb and Ernie Beachey of Hudson, Wisconsin.  She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 24th 2018 at First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastor Anita Kehr presiding.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery Newton, Kansas.


Memorials are suggested to MCC or First Mennonite Church in care of Petersen Funereal Home.

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3 thoughts on “Belva E. Unruh

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. God promises to be close to the brokenhearted. PS 34:18. I hope you find comfort in God’s promise & in the many wonderful memory’s you made & shared together. You have my condolences.

  2. Praying for comfort & peace as you celebrate Belva’s life. We will be thinking of all of you on Saturday & Monday.

  3. My condolences to the entire family. It was absolutely my privilege to have been able to care for Belva at Kidron. I remember when she first came to Kidron it was quit an adjustment for her, but she ended up adjusting well. We would talk in the evenings about family and faith. SHE CAPTURED MY HEART!!! I gave her a hug every night before she went to bed…I will miss that. I feel blessed just by having known her. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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