Inventory of the Ruth Wiens Funk Papers, 1950-1991

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Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, California, 93702
Phone: (559) 453-2225
Fax: (559) 453-2124
Email: kennsrem@fresno.edu
URL: http://sunthree.fresno.edu/affiliation/cmbs
© 1999
Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Ruth Wiens Funk Papers, 1950-1991

Record Group No.: M252

Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

Contact Information:

  • Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
  • Fresno, California, 93702
  • Phone: (559) 453-2225
  • Fax: (559) 453-2124
  • Email: kennsrem@fresno.edu
  • URL: http://sunthree.fresno.edu/affiliation/cmbs
Processed by:
Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies staff
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1999 Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ruth Wiens Funk Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1950-1991
Record Group No: M252
Creator: Funk, Ruth Wiens, 1923-1992
Extent: 1.0 linear ft.
Repository: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Fresno, Calif.).
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ruth Wiens Funk Papers, M252, Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno, Calif.

Biography

Ruth Wiens was born 2 February 2 1923 to John and Marie Wiens at Mountain Lake, Minnesota. She was baptized and became a member of the Mountain Lake Mennonite Brethren Church at an early age. After attending public schools she enrolled at Wheaton (Ill.) College, from which she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1948. From 1948 to 1950 she taught school at the Post Oak Mennonite Brethren Mission in Indiahoma, Oklahoma. In August of 1950 she sailed to Kobe, Japan as the first Mennonite Brethren missionary to that country. In Japan Ruth Wiens was an instructor at the Osaka Biblical Seminary and coordinated the production of Christian education curriculum materials for the Japan Mennonite Brethren Conference. She spent forty years as a missionary there, retiring in 1990.
Wiens continued her education during furloughs from mission work. She took classes at Mennonite Brethren Bible College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. She received an M.R.E. degree from the latter institution in 1965.
In June 1990, shortly after her retirement from missionary work in Japan, Ruth Wiens married Peter J. Funk. They lived in Fresno until her death from a stroke on 10 June 1992.

Scope and Content

This record group includes correspondence, a diary, articles and reports, clippings, photographs and other material relating to Ruth Wiens Funk's missionary work in Japan

Languages Appearing in the Collection

Some material is in Japanese.

Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Letters to parents, 1950-1979

 

Letters from parents, 1972-1978

 

Letters from Japanese friends, early 1950s

 

Family round robin letters, 1959-1991

 

Other correspondence, 1950-1991

 

Prayer letters, 1950-1990

 

Christmas letters, 1978-1989

 

Diary, 1970-1973?

 

Articles and reports, 1950-1979

 

Clippings, 1982-1990

 

Other material

 

Photo print albums

 

Photographs