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Inventory of the Ruth Wiens Funk Papers, 1950-1991
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Languages Appearing in the Collection

  • 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


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

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


    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.