Former Gothenburg Resident: Marjorie Juntunen (1930-2017)
Marjorie ("Marge") May Juntunen, 86, formerly of Gothenburg, entered the presence of her Lord on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska after suffering two recent strokes.
Services were conducted at the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg on Monday, February 6th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Interment was at the Gothenburg Cemetery. Visitation was at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Sunday, February 5th, 2017.
Marge was born March 4th, 1930 to Alva and Ethel (Thayer) Clement in King City, California. At age 14, she put her trust in Christ as her personal Savior during Bible camp. She attended The Bible Institute of Los Angeles for three years, where she met John Juntunen from Longview, Washington. They were married June 2nd, 1951, and God blessed them with five children. John and Marge were preparing to do overseas missions work until God re-directed them into pastoral ministry. Over the next 38 years, together they served pastorates in California, Washington State, and four Evangelical Free churches in Nebraska (New Hope church north of Gothenburg, Ponca, Lexington, and Newman Grove). Marge taught children's classes and used her musical gifts in the ministry, including directing the choir at Lexington EFC. The Juntunens retired in Gothenburg in 1989.
Marge was preceded in death by a son, Douglas (1955); her husband, John (2000); a brother, Harold Clement; and a granddaughter, Emmeline Schumacher.
Survivors include four children: Donna (Ron) Schumacher of the Philippines; Becky (Scott) Burton also of the Philippines; Gayle (Steve) Hillmer of Omaha, Nebraska, Mark (Nancy) Juntunen of Pensacola, Florida, a brother, Ernest Clement of California; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts will be designated for the publication of the New Testament in the Tagakaulo language of the Philippines within the next few years.