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Reedley Cemetery Memorial Service Building
Thursday February 10th, 2022

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Reedley Cemetery District
Thursday February 10th, 2022

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Adena Goertzen

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Adena - our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
She reminds me of "the faith of a mustard seed". Always strong in faith.
She was an expert in turning her worries into faith. It was God's will
whether it was good or bad at the time.
I'm sure she was toughened by the hard days of survival in Kansas.
Her stories of her mother and her trapped in the dust bowl era with very little help and resources, showed me how strong their faith was to travel west.
You see I grew up with her being my Grandmother after her tough responsibilities of raising 4 children. You're probably thinking I misspoke, that there were only 3 children. But Baby Goertzen came first as a stillborn. Her faith then continued, and she had 3 more successful, beautiful children.
I remember well, Baby Goertzen. Grandma and I would visit him often. She taught me that there was a spiritual connection in a way that most don't tune into. Baby Goertzen was raised by Grandma in spirit. She made sure to share her life with him, and I believe they helped each other find grace. As a parent, we are shaped by our children. They harden us, and they soften us, they teach us compassion and also strength. Baby Goertzen strengthened Grandma in a way that she would not let him go. Their souls spiritually connected.
She had faith like the mustard seed, knowing the outcome was for the Lord's will.
She is the most amazing person I've met. Always having home baked rewards ready for those who visited. Homemade snacks were always waiting in her freezer for any unexpected guests. We shared those when we traveled to see others. She shared the good things in her life because she knew and respected how tough it can be.
She was giving to all who would receive, without consequence. I've seen her get trespassed on. She always gave the benefit of the doubt, as it was the Lord's will that she help how she could.
I have a curious nature, always asking why questions. Grandma always answered them. When I asked about Baby Goertzen, she explained. When the visitors rang the doorbell with a challenging religious view, she would listen to them, and then explained to them the Mennonite
way. When the guests left, I asked her what that was about. She explained. We would chase the UPS truck through town, tracking down packages that Grandpa had to have. When I asked why, she explained. When we spent hours making what seemed like 100 Veranika (cheese pockets is what we called them in my youth) which were for the Mennonite auction, she explained why.
I thought she was wealthy. She knew how tough life could be. Always pushing out the space for bad. Giving donations to those willing to use them. She explained why.
I remember her character as one that held God's love close. She knew darkness was her enemy. She taught me that in the light it is hard to see the dark.
Thank you God for the blessing of having Adena Seibel Goertzen in our lives".
Auf Wiedersehen Grandma. Till we meet again in Heaven.
(written by grandson Chris Flaming)

Janis Mar 8 2022 12:34 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Adena Goertzen

Debbie Goertzen Mar 7 2022 8:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Adena Goertzen

Stuart Seibel Feb 20 2022 11:09 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Adena Goertzen

Janis Goertzen Haines Feb 15 2022 7:21 PM