We give thanks for the life and ministry of alumna Janice West (M.Div., 1979) who died on Monday, 5 November following a brief illness. Of her mother, daughter Carol informed us, saying "My mother was a pioneer as she first attended seminary in 1948 at Colgate Rochester to become a minister.... Until a year and a half ago, she remained active in her ministry, preaching twice a month at the Bensenville Independent Living facility.... My mother's ministry often took place in facilitating churches in closing. She celebrated and loved parishes through death into life. I am only hoping we can celebrate her through death into life." A full obituary for Janice can be found online here.
A Service of Thanksgiving immediately followed by a Celebration of Life Gathering at the Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, IL, will take place on 12 January 2013 at 1pm.