Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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Marieanne was born on December 16, 1927, in Clifton, NJ one year after her parents, Werner and Marie von Bergen, emigrated from Switzerland.
In 1949, after graduating with a BS in Home Economics from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio she began working and taking classes at Providence Bible Institute (RI). It was there she met and married Ted Crossman in June 1951 and began preparing for the mission field.
For five consecutive summers she was on staff at Camp-of-the-Woods (NY). It was during these summers that her faith in Christ became more personal and she was challenged to consider God’s direction for her life. In May 1953, after Ted graduated with a BA in Bible and Missions, they were accepted by Africa Inland Mission for overseas service.
In January 1954 Ted and Marieanne with four-month-old Peter left the US to serve as House parents at Rethy Academy, a boarding school for missionary children in the Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo). They served for 27 years. Their next two children, David and Lois, were born in Congo.
In 1980, after a year of furlough, Marieanne and Ted served with Helps International Ministries before coming to JAARS in 1983. Hospitality to newcomers was a key part of Marieanne’s ministry. In 1996 she retired, volunteering in the Accounting office for several years and then at the JAARS switchboard.
Marieanne was a member of Community (Evangelical Free) Church of Monroe. She served as the Missions Committee Chair up until a year ago.
In June 2016, Marieanne was diagnosed with cancer, declined any treatment and was put on Hospice care. God has graciously given us more than we could ask or think. We were privileged to care for her at home for the last 14 months. Marieanne was preceded in death by her grandson David Michael, son Peter, and brother Fritz. She is survived by her husband Ted, Peter’s wife Marjan, son David (Crystal), daughter Lois (Matt), grandchildren Aimee, Christina (Chris), Bryan, Teddy and Alice, brother George Werner von Bergen (Enid) and sister-in-law Myra von Bergen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the JAARS, PO Box 248, Waxhaw NC 28173, or Hospice of Union County 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Monroe, NC 28110.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Union Hospice and Palliative Care Center for their support and care.
“Among the Israelites a generation died in the wilderness. Their only lasting accomplishment was to raise children whose faithfulness would surpass their own.”
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