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Martha Elizabeth Wiens Koehn

November 15, 2017

Martha Elizabeth Wiens Koehn, age 98, passed away November 15, 2017. Martha was born February 13, 1919 just a few minutes before her twin sister, Frieda, in Mahaudi, India where her parents, Peter and Agnes Harder Wiens were missionaries. 

She attended Woodstock Boarding School in the Himalayan Mountains of India before coming to the states to attend Bethel College. It was at Bethel College that she met Galen Koehn, whom she married in 1941. Once her own children were all in school, she returned to teaching. She taught 7th and 8th grade English at Chisholm Junior High School in Newton, Kansas for 23 years. 

Martha is survived by her children; Galen Roy Jr. (Paulette) of Gaithersburg, MD.; Diana Macauley-Koehn of Wheatland, MD.; Wendy Jones (David) of Ankeny, IA.; Larry (Mary) of North Palm Beach, F.; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, son Kenneth, her parents and siblings Ferdinand, Rudolf, Agnes (Mieka) Bailey and Frieda Epp Kaufman. 

Memorial Service will be at the Bethel College Mennonite Church on November 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Private inurnment of her ashes will take place before the service at the Church Columbarium. Visitation will immediately follow the service in the fellowship hall of the Church. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bethel College Mennonite Church in her memory.

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2 thoughts on “Martha Elizabeth Wiens Koehn

  1. Larry, we were out of town at the time of your mother’s passing. I want you to know that she was such a delightful women. Always had a kind word for all she met. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this time of your loss.

  2. Larry, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. What a wonderful , kind lady. Thoughts and prayers coming your way my friend.

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