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Sally Bourque of Albuquerque, N.M., having defibrillator inserted.

Dalton Chambless, 16, Jessieville, Ark., area, hospitalized in the UAMS hospital in Little Rock following an auto accident that killed his mother. He has a collapsed lung, three broken ribs, broken eardrum and swelling in the brain.

Linda Scott, 8133 Deerview Cir., Granbury, TX 76049, growth removed from her bladder. Currently undergoing treatment. Cards of encouragement would be appreciated.

Kris Bond, 13, Lindale, Texas, viral meningitis, encephalitis and a herpes infection in the brain.

Jerry Hunnicut, serious blockage in heart.

Ann Van Westen, outpatient surgery for spots on her arm.

Bob Coleman, heart problems, may have pacemaker installed.

Claudette Johnson, 14290 FM 1615, Athens, TX 75752, mother of Aimee (Mrs. Gary) Smith, hospitalized with a heart attack.


Don Berkey passed away June 14, 2009, following an auto-motorcycle accident on May 31. He never regained consciousness. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and son, D.J. (Don, Jr.). The family receives mail at 600 S. Chestnut St., Scottdale, PA 15683.

Rosemary Fochek Edwards died peacefully in her Lincoln, Ark., home, March 6, 2009, three days before her 88th birthday, just 15 days after her husband, Hugh, passed away. (Mr. Edwards' obituary appeared in the January-March 2009 issue of The Journal.) Rosemary was born and reared in Omaha, Neb. She obtained a bachelor's degree in social studies at Grinnell College in Iowa, then took a job in Princeton, N.J., where she met Hugh on a tennis double date. They married May 27, 1950. She is survived by three sons, Douglas (and Ruth), Russell (and Diane), Norman (and Marleen); four grandsons, Joel (and Erica), Josh, Jesse and James Edwards. After the birth of her first child, Rosemary worked at home, taking care of her children and husband.


Werner Jebens of Oceanside, Calif., died May 25, 2009, ending his battle with cancer. Werner was born in Hamburg, Germany, and lived in Germany throughout World War II. He completed high school and his trade-school education in Germany after the war and immigrated to the United States around 1950. He was baptized in 1957 in Chicago. Mr. Jebens was hired by the Radio Church of God in the German department in 1961 and worked as a researcher, proofreader and translator. Later, when there ceased to be a separate German department, he transferred to the editorial department and continued to work as a news analyst and news-file supervisor. He retired in 1995 and was 83 when he died.

Mr. Jebens is survived by his wife, Ruth, and three daughters, Gloria, Sue and Eve, and several grandchildren. Cards may be sent to Mrs. Jebens at 180 Bautista Court, Unit 78, Oceanside, CA 92057.

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Briana De Bois, Tulsa, Okla., area, daughter of Mike and Derinda Smith, suffering with shingles and other problems while pregnant.

Frederick Keefe, grandfather of Mrs. Rich Griffiths, hospitalized with respiratory problems, considerable pain and discomfort.

Joseph Kolb, 79, Leavenworth, Kan., father of Ronald Kolb of Tulsa, admitted to hospital due to dizziness, tingling in his leg and erratic heart.

Marc Buchholtz, hospitalized with infection, receiving nutrition intravenously.

Dottie Springfield, Longview, Texas, cancer in the bones.

Rory Ries, St. Louis, Mo., undergoing chemotherapy to combat brain cancer.

Katie Seaman, 9, Atlanta, Ga., area, receiving treatment for tumor on the brain stem.


Richard Allen Church, 46, of Big Sandy, Texas, passed away June 29, 2009. Mr. Church was born May 18, 1963, in Arcadia, Calif., to William and Nancy Church. He was employed as a carpenter for Richard Gage & Sons and had served as a medic in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Maria Church; mother, Nancy Church of Houston; daughter, Chloe Helices Church of Big Sandy; stepdaughter, Mari Lucero Helices of Rota, Spain; stepson, Victor Lucero Helices of Rota; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rhonda and Miles Bonom of Stamford, Conn., Renee and Larry Minter of Big Sandy and Rochelle and Steve Stoni of Trumbull, Conn.; nephews Jeremy Smith of Big Sandy and Mathew Stoni of Trumbull; and niece, Taylor Stoni of Trumbull. He was preceded in death by his father, William "Dick" Church.




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