George S. Unger, 84, of Goshen, died early Friday morning, January 29, 2010, at Courtyard Healthcare.
He was born in Niverville, Manitoba, Canada, on September 16, 1925, to the late Peter N. and Helena (Stoesz) Unger. He married Dorothy Keller in Metamora, Illinois, on September 8, 1956. She survives.
Also surviving are a son, Benjamin P. (Debra) Unger of Center Valley, Pennsylvania; four sisters, Kathryn Martens and Elizabeth (George) Dueck, both of Niverville, Manitoba, Helen (Walter) Ploegman of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Mary Peters, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and a brother, Cornelius (Martha) Unger of Morden, Manitoba.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, and three brothers.
Before coming to Goshen College in 1952, he received a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Mennonite Brethren College in Winnipeg. At Goshen College he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1954 and a Bachelor Divinity degree from Goshen Biblical Seminary in 1957.
He and his wife served at Prairie View Hospital in Newton, Kansas, from 1956 to 1959, a mental hospital under Mennonite Central Committee Health Services. In the fall of 1963, he entered Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned a Master of Social Work degree in 1965. Until his retirement in 1989, he worked as a social worker at the Illinois State Hospital in Peoria, Illinois and as a Special Education social worker in Tazewell County, Illinois. He received the Social Worker of the Year Award from both the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers of the Peoria, Illinois, area. In 1989, he and his wife moved to Goshen to retire. He worked part time at Park Pharmacy after moving to Goshen.
A member of College Mennonite Church, Mr. Unger served in many church related volunteer activities, taught Sunday School classes and served on committees in churches in Illinois. Following his retirement, he volunteered at Goshen College, IN-MI Conference and Oaklawn.
Friends. may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church
Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Goshen, at 9:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 3. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen. Pastors Klaudia Smucker and Lee Hochstetler will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, Pennsylvania.
This memorial provided by:
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home