Grand Island Info

President: Mary Ann Niemoth


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Marilyn Bader
Date to Note --- Fall Rally, October 13, 2018
Marilyn Bader
Grand Island Zone Fall Rally
Saturday, October 13, 2019
St. John's, Palmer
Reg. 9-9:30
Theme- A Light to Lighten the Gentiles
Bible passage- "a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel" Luke 2:32
Speaker- Mary Ann Niemoth "Jesus' Joys of Tanzania
in lieu of Gifts from the Heart an offering will be taken for lights in the Kyrasa Primary School in Swae' Village, Tanzania
Marilyn Bader
I posted the obit for Marlene Behm who was an active LWML members for a long time!! I met her when she lived at Gresham some 40 years ago. She was a beautiful servant of the Lord.
Marilyn Bader
The following was an article in the Grand Island paper about Mary Ann Niemoth. Our Special Gifts Fund gave her money for this trip. Thought LWMLers would enjoy reading it . There was a picture but I was unable to copy it.
Niemoth travels across world to do mission work in Tanzania
By Austin Koeller

Mary Ann Niemoth of Hastings stirs a pot of stiff porridge cooking over an open fire while doing mission work in Tanzania. Niemoth recently returned from Tanzania after a month in the country.

Hastings resident Mary Ann Niemoth never thought she would go to Africa and Tanzania.

But, after going on seven mission trips to Alaska, along with mission trips to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Niemoth said Tanzania “just seemed like the next step — the next thing — to do.”

Niemoth, who is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island, was able to spend a month doing missionary work in Tanzania alongside her brother, John Niemoth, who lives in Valley. The Niemoths returned from Tanzania about two weeks ago.

In order to even go to Tanzania, Niemoth said she and her brother had to be invited. They were invited by a Tanzanian pastor and his wife. Niemoth said the pastor and his wife wrote a letter to the Tanzanian embassy so the Niemoths could get a visa and permission to come into the country. She said it took “about six weeks” to get the letter from the pastor in Tanzania.

“You can’t just say, ‘I’ve got a passport, I can go anywhere I want,’” Niemoth said. “You have to get a visa from that country in order to be able to come. They have to know who you are, what your purpose is for being there and where you are going to be staying. It is all of these things that the government needs to know before they will accept you to come into the country.”

Niemoth said she and her brother raised their own funds to travel to Tanzania, but that churches and organizations helped in purchasing 285 Swahili Bibles to hand out to children. She said she and John handed out the Bibles from about 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

“This is the first thing that they have ever owned. It was just amazing,” Niemoth said. “We also took some soccer balls and they were out on the playground. The kids came out of their classrooms with their Bibles sat underneath the avocado trees and banana plants and read their Bibles.

“The soccer balls stayed out on the playground. They were not even used. It was just amazing that they would choose the word of God they received over soccer balls.”

While in Tanzania, Niemoth worked at a school where she taught third, fourth and seventh-graders.

“We were able to share the word of God through activities and taught them English, geography and science,” she said. “We just had Read Across America with Dr. Seuss here. So we took a bunch of Dr. Seuss books with us and called it ‘Read Across Africa.’”
Marilyn Bader
Marlene M. Behm, 85, of Grand Island passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Services and a celebration of Marlene’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery of Utica.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at All Faiths Funeral Home.

Marlene was born April 27, 1932, to Charles and Gertrude (Bender) Gausman in Seward County. She grew up on a farm by Seward and attended Seward County District 6 School. Marlene graduated from Seward High School as valedictorian with the class of 1950. She then taught country school for three years.

In 1953, she married Donald Behm and they had five children.

Marlene started playing the organ for church at the age of 15 and has played ever since. She taught piano from 1950 until recently. She also learned the accordion at the age of 36. Known as the “accordion lady,” she played in polka bands from Miller to Blue Hill, played in accordion festivals, played for nursing homes in Grand Island and the surrounding communities and taught lessons. Marlene loved her students and they gave her so much joy. She also loved to sew, knit and crotchet and has made countless items for family and friends.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of LWML for over 40 years, serving as past-president, current vice-president and recently putting together the directory. Marlene also enjoyed the Bible studies. She had taught Vacation Bible School on a trip to Alaska. She enjoyed traveling and visiting family in California and Colorado.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Barb (Rich) Klein of Grand Island, Karen (Jon) Kierbs of Hastings, Bernard Behm of Gresham and Joe Behm of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren, Sherri (Jason) Probasco, Angi (Charlie) Dobrusky and Tiegan (Kiefer) Wurm; step grandchildren, Channing, Tawnee and Chaz Churchill; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Charleen Gausman; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Sandy Behm; nephews, Darren Behm and Dustyn (Kaci) Behm; niece, Amy Gausman; seven great-grandchildren, Brennan and Alaina Probasco, Austin and Morgan Dobrusky, Harley and Harper Wurm and Michael Beck; dear friends, Glenn and Dorothy Jares; and her constant companion for 16 years, Kitty Pete.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald on Sept. 18, 1995; son, Norman Behm; and dear friend, Clayton Jares.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Marlene’s family to be designated to additional organizations.

Online remembrances may be left at

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