Goldie Buerge, 96, was born Feb 12, 1913, in Western Kansas, to Abraham Jantz and Dora Loucks Jantz. She passed away at Culpepper Place, in Nevada, on July 14, 2009. On Feb. 22, 1937, Goldie was united in marriage to Gene Buerge. To this union, two children were born: Sonya Ilene Buerge Slabach and Scott Ellsworth Buerge.
Preceding her in death is her father, Abraham, and her mother Dora; two brothers, Rollin Jantz and Melvin Jantz; four sisters, Ruby Weaver, Ila Steerman, Zella Jantz, and Helen Holmgren.
Her children and grandchildren survive her. Her daughter, Sonya Slabach and husband Herman, of Kalona, Iowa; her son, Scott Buerge and wife Charlotte, of Nevada; grandson, Lance Slabach and wife Nicole, of Iowa City, Iowa, and their children Roman, Bronze, and Monet; granddaughter Leslie Slabach Weber and husband Conrad, of Atmore, Ala., and their children David, Jace, and Abby; and many nieces and nephews.
Goldie spent her younger days in Western Kansas and some of her fond memories were riding horses and herding cattle on the open plains of Kansas. She worked hard in her young years to help her siblings finish their schooling, and to accomplish that she had to leave school after the eighth grade and go to work.
Goldie loved her family those she grew up with and those that came later. She was an avid photographer. She loved to travel and see new sights, but her church was a real love and comfort to her, especially in her later years. Jesus was her Savior.
Goldie lived the last six years in Nevada, and found pleasure in attending First Christian Church, in Nevada. She made many friends there, but she never gave up her membership in Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, which was her church home for many years. Goldie will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m., at Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, in Garden City, Mo., with pastor Bill Platt officiating. Musical selections are "It is Well With My Soul," "In the Garden," "Precious Lord Take My Hand," and "When We All Get To Heaven." Pallbearers are: Gerald Steele, Herman Slabach, Steve Buerge, David Steele, Lance Slabach, and Scott Buerge. Interment will be in Clear Fork Cemetery, in Garden City, Mo.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, in El Dorado Springs.