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Jonfre Airington, 7601 Hawthorne Ave., Raytown, MO 64138 (wife, Phyllis), very weak due to pneumonia and emphysema, not responding well to medication.

Sean and Hope McKenna, 1005 S. 14th St., Dodge City, KS 67801, mourning the loss of twin boys who died at birth. Mother is still hospitalized with a blood clot in her leg.

Bill Albright, Ava, Mo., area, cancer, difficulty with chemo treatments.

Karen Alexander, sister of Wade Hamil, more cancer found.

Ken Allen, New Boston, Texas, cancer.

Missy Allen, large mass in abdomen.

Aroldo Aragones, hospitalized in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., after suffering his second stroke.

R.O. Bailey, 180 Bailey Dr., Summiton, AL 35148, pancreatic cancer.


Henry Anderson, 87, of Dardanelle, Ark., died Nov. 30, 2008. Mr. Anderson was born June 23, 1921. He was a veteran of World War II and served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. After the war he worked at various jobs: cab driver, truck driver, salesman and, finally, carpentry. The last 30 years of his working life he was a building contractor. He built and remodeled many homes around Russellville, Dardanelle and the Little Rock area. Mr. Anderson died at his home after collapsing around 5 a.m. and hitting his head on a ceramic-tile floor. He regained consciousness, declined to be taken to a hospital and died about 11:45 that same morning. He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 62 years; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Elizabeth Anderson of Casa, Ark., and Alan and Sheila Anderson of Burleson, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers; and one sister. He was drawn to Jesus by the Father, repented and was baptized into the Body of Christ in the late 1950s. The Feast of Tabernacles 2008 was his 50th. He was an elder in the Church of God.


Dan Anderson, 77, died in his sleep due to an apparent heart attack Dec. 17, 2008. Mr. Anderson was one of's E-mail Evangelists, answering questions from the Web site. Dan and his thought-out, biblically researched answers will be sorely missed.

Sue Gardner, a deaconess in the Jackson, Tenn., UCG congregation, died Dec. 18, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband, Tom. Please keep him in your prayers. Cards may be sent to 7060 Mimosa Trail, Milan, TN 38358.

Dick Schindeldecker passed away Oct. 25, 2008, two and one-half weeks before his 70th birthday. He died from pneumonia four months after having a massive stroke. Dick is survived by his wife, Tracy; seven children, Rick, Kim, Charlene, Becky, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Maria; 21 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Prayer Requests

Ed Bilkasley, Cincinnati, Ohio, throat cancer.

Crew Buchanan, 6 months, cancer.

Brethren in Ghana need prayer for their safety during transition of power following presidential election.

Rod Meredith, recovering from a stroke.

Dale Bailey, Big Sandy, Texas, diagnosed with colon cancer. He and his wife, Yolanda, appreciate your prayers.

William Asbury, Apt. 8101, 15275 S. Dixie Hwy., Monroe, MI 48161, has a cyst behind his right knee. His leg is swelled from the knee down, turning red. No insurance of any kind.

Mary Asbury, diabetic, arthritis in both knees, injured left shoulder, able to walk only six or seven steps at a time.

Maxine Neff, Big Sandy, Texas, has recently learned that she has a malignant lump in her breast. She and her husband, Leroy, would appreciate your prayers for a successful surgery.

Carol Zamora, of the Houston North congregation of the UCG, contracted a strep-pneumonia bacterial infection that spread through her bloodstream resulting in terrible damage to her extremities. The result is that she has now lost both legs above the knee and one arm below the elbow. She is scheduled for surgery on her other arm. Carol and her husband, Robert, would appreciate your prayers on their behalf. Cards of encouragement may be sent to 12902 Regency Oak Lane, Cypress, TX 77429.

Mark Robinson of Plano, Texas, as of this writing in late January 2009 was in a Dallas hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Mr. Robinson's wife, Diane, son, Alexander, mother, Margaret Robinson of Tulsa, Okla., sister Felicity Reedy of Tyler, Texas, sister Mary Robinson and brother Robert appreciate your prayers.


Estelle Ayers Stroupe, 95, of Gaston, S.C., died Dec. 26, 2008. Mrs. Stroupe was born in Stoney Point, N.C. She was a member of the Church of God (Seventh Day) and was active in all church activities and helped establish a Spanish church in Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard L. Stroupe. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Joyce McLendon of Gaston; two sons, L. James Stroupe and wife Dorothy of Haines City, Fla., and Keith M. Stroupe Sr. of Holly Hill, Fla., a sister, Ollie Ayers Allred of High Point, N.C., 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Thomas "Tom" Allen Adams died Nov. 6, 2008. Mr. Adams was born in Oklahoma City Nov. 14, 1950, to Harriette Maine and James H. Adams Jr. After graduating from College High School in Bartlesville, Okla., in 1969, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy until 1971. He was also a 1975 graduate from Ambassador College, Big Sandy, Texas. Tom received a master's degree in history from the University of New Orleans in 2004 and was a candidate for a Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State University, 2004-2008. Tom held a variety of positions over the years including surveyor and land appraiser and most recently worked in the computer-network-technology industry. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry L. Adams. Survivors include brothers James H. Adams III, Rockville, Md., and Stephen M. Adams, Lawton, Okla., and a sister Antoinette A. Sonnenfeld, Parker, Colo.


Daniel Kenneth "Dan" Johnson died Jan. 10, 2009. Dan Johnson attended his first Feast of Tabernacles at Big Sandy in 1959. Mr. Johnson was a longtime member of the congregation in Pasadena, Calif., and served in various capacities. A memorial service is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Pasadena.

Carole E. Bernardo, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, of natural causes. She was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Plymouth, Wis., a daughter of the late Herbert and Jennie (Hoppert) Gates. She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1938 and joined the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. While in the service she met Vernon Bernardo of Pennsylvania, and they were married Mar. 25, 1944, while on duty in Seattle. Since 2005 they have made their home in Sturgeon Bay. She was a member of the Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth. Survivors include her husband, Vernon, three children, Gerald (Sheila) Bernardo of Darien, Ill., Faye Bernardo of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Lee (Kathy) Bernardo of Stevens Point, Wis.; five grandchildren, Cody, Rachel and Casey Bernardo and Tara (John) Cocomise and Heather (Gary) Haymond, six great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Michael, Stephanie and Daniel Cocomise and Hillary and Madeline Haymond. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund was established in Carol's name for the Salvation Army. Condolences may be sent to: Condolence cards, letters and/or memorial-fund donations may also be sent to Vernon Bernardo, 3544 County CC, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235, USA.

Luciano "Lou" Baltomeo, 69, died Jan. 8, 2009, as a result of a traffic accident. Lou and his mother moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1962, where they attended the Worldwide Church of God. When he was drafted, he cited his religious belief and invoked his conscientious-objector status, which was rejected. Subsequently he spent two years in a military prison working in its hospital. Lou worked in the janitorial department at Ambassador College for a few years and then in the Letter Answering Department. He was also a Spanish-to-English translator in the La Crescenta and Sierra Madre churches. When his mother (also a WCG member) died, he moved to Eureka, Calif., in 1999 and never wavered from the fundamental truths we all cherish. He counted Stan and Marie Clark and Tom and Mary Ellen Evans as his family in Eureka. He'll be missed, but we know he will wake up in a better world than he left.



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