Stadem Heritage Sketch for Tapestry,

by Ron Ginther

Part I:

"In Years Past"

In years past I wrote many tributes

to Mother, uncles and aunts,

for by them there is victory

to quench the enemy's taunts.

Remembering their godly practice

of God's true, eternal Word--

that's the way to keep our own feet

on track, and not off the path be lured.

Heritage is about salvation--

our own and loved ones' too--

for by it we keep Perspective--

and Heaven shines in plain view.

By it we can't be long distracted

and spend our lives in vain--

By it, we have a Compass--

our course set right in sunshine or rain.


by Ron Ginther, May 10, Mother's Day, 2015


Part I: Memorials for Joyce Bassett,

Russ Del Von Schaefer,

& Marc Latimer Svanoe,

Who Passed to Glory in 2018



We are all one saint less in number, with the passing of beloved Joyce Marlene Ginther Bassett, daughter of Pearl A. Ginther, to heaven.

Joyce Marlene, Mother, Grandmother, and Matriarch, and long-time Care-Giver for husband and family members and while employed at a group home, passed to heaven June 30, 2018, having lived 73 years. Her 74th birthday would have been December 7. A Memorial Service was held August 13, 2018, 4 p.m. at Mt. View Lutheran Church, Edgewood, Washington. It is only suggested but Memorials can be sent to the Tacoma Seafarer's Center, Tacoma, Washington (see their website for contact) or to any other Gospel ministry. One memorial, however, was accepted for the Holbek Memorial Bible Project of 2018-2019, to be unveiled at Reunion 2020.

Testimonial Letter by Joyce about Tacoma Seafarer's Center:

Joyce's Christmas Letter, 2013

Scriptures of Comfort to Families of Joyce Bassett, whose life bore out the truth of these verses:

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of the knowledge of God in every land. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."--2 Corinthians 2:14, 15

Memorial Tributes for Joyce:

"The Gentle Dove," Memorial Tribute by Joyce's brother, Ron Ginther

Note: Joyce never dwelled on unhappy things in the past, she was a forward going person. She blamed nobody for the hard things in her life she experienced. We have mentioned some of the hard things in our tribute only because many are ignorant of what she faced in the past and what challenges she had throughout her life, some of them very severe, indeed. If we do not know of them, it is because she did not speak of them to gain sympathy or cast blame.--Ed.


A shining example to others, Joyce Bassett was also a strong supporter of heritage in her family and at Plain View Farm:

Joyce attended the 2018 Plain View Farm Centennial, arriving several days before the actual events, along with her brother Lorin and sister Roberta. She was on oxygen, but she testified to those at the Centennial that God had made it possible in a number of miraculous ways for her to make it to the event. She had to have a trustworthy person to take over so she could leave home care-giving duties and also needed the right new equipment (and Inogen oxygenator with additional batteries). Also her eyes had just recently needed and received cataract surgery, and beyond this she needed to feel well to go. In every way she was able to go, thanks to the Lord's provision and enabling her, giving her a care-giver to take her place at home, and she flew from Seattle to Minneapolis and went by rental car to the reunion with her brother Lorin Ginther and younger sister Roberta Ginther. Her prayers were answered and she got her heart's desire, and she took eager interest in everything that transpired. In the picture she is on the far left seated at the table nearest her brother Lorin while he is hosting the Pearl Ginther Scholarship Awards. It would be difficult, we must say, to think that anyone else made a greater effort to go and support our godly pioneer farm heritage. She obviously wanted so much to pass on an example to her children and grandchildren and to the young people of the Plain View Farm Stadem Relationship as well.. This turned out to be her last opportunity to join in at a Plain View Farm reunion, on the farm where her Grandparents pioneered and raised a wonderful family headed by her own mother, and she truly made the very most of it. Blessed be her memory and her example of love and sacrifice and faith in the Lord Jesus!--Ron Ginther

Joyce Bassett is sitting beneath Norwegian Flag on far left, listening intently to Pearl Ginther Scholarship Awards


Russ Del Von Schaefer as a boy, and as a man at his Aunt Pearl" s 100th Birthday Celebration in 2009


Russ Del Von Schaefer has recently passed to glory and left a beloved wife and two sons and their families and several grandchildren.. He was born Dec. 4, 1944, four days before Joyce Ginther Bassett. He is the only child of Russel H. Von Schaefer and Bernice Augusta, who is the second Stadem child of Alfred and Bergit Stadem. His dad and mother preceded him in 1999 and 2000 respectively. As stated in a group email from Elizabeth Stadem, wife of Leroy Stadem, he was involved considerably in Plain View Farm in his childhood and youth. He attended several times afterwards, and shared his experiences in the Viet Nam war, and even returned to visit the area with his wife. Hopefully in life, he found healing for the trauma suffered there and to which he testified on Plain View Farm at a reunion. We are grateful for his valiant service to our country and the cause of freedom and the sacrifice and pain which he endured for our sake. Moreover, after his mother's and his father's passings, he gave a large gift of money to the Farm projects, and that shows his high regard for his parents' great legacy there and his own love of Plain View Farm and all what it means to us. Blessed be his memory!



Marc Latimer Svanoe, the youngest son of Rennard and Carol Svanoe who evidenced the reddish hair of his Gr Grandmother Bergit Stadem, recently passed to the Lord at the age of 54. He was the grandson of Bill and Myrtle Svanoe. His middle name comes from, originally, the martyr Latimer of England, which we discovered in researching his name. Marc appeared in an article in the Samtaleran in 2018. His death came from a car accident, and he appeared very happy in the last picture of him featured in the Samtaleran, as he had successfully completed his program in the rehabilitation facility for alcohol addiction. He was evidently a proud graduate, and was helping others too achieve their goals. We shall add to this remembrance in the near future and invite contributions from family. "Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints," a Scripture that well applies to beloved Marc Latimer Svanoe. Blessed be his memory!


Part II,

On Her 70th Birthday,

Poem by Sister Estelle Stadem Rangen, 1981

Pencil Drawing of Bernice Stadem, by Nephew Ronald Ginther

This Queen of Hospitality Always Had One of These Hot and Ready:

1. Down in California State

The Place with plenty of sun,

There is a GAL we think highly of

Who is cheerful and full of fun!

2. Respectful, loving, and clever,

An Artist in design...

No craft is ever too difficult,

Just give her some time.

3. Behind a wheel, she's super,

No gas is lost as she drives!

If you want a fast trip down the mount

In this favor she thrives!

4. She has an adventurous spirit,

For to California she first went...

Since she's a good correspondent,

Good news to us she sent!

5. She works with her Hubby in printing,

Envelopes stuffed "by the ton."

There's speed in her work, let me tell you,

No one out-does her, "by gum."

6. Canaries and plants are her hobbies.

Ginger is her pet...(no meow).

More precious than all is her Darling,

Their son, his wife, Grandsons two!

7. Conversant, is one of her pluses,

She remembers each place ever stayed;

If ever a trip was repeated,

She recalls each stop that was made!

8. Health food is one of her majors,

She cooks like a gourmet too,

She's generous, fair and honest

in all she undertakes to do!

9. Each year she flies to Mobridge;

She scrubs and shines her Mom's home.

She bakes whole wheat bread by the dozens,

And, entertains with never a moan!

10. The farm has its needs every summer,

There's fencing--and brush she'll burn,

She works with the men and cooks meals

until exhausted, she'll finally home turn.


BIRTHDAY WISHES is what we shout!

For to our dear "Square Shooter"

We PRAISE YOU with never a doubt!

Pencil Drawing by Nephew Ron Ginther

Wasn't that great by my Aunt Estelle? Well, here is an added little shot of whipped cream for the tribute to Bernice by an anonymous niece, sent to Bernice and done in Calligraphy so beautifully, which Bernice framed and hung on her wall:

"Friends have a way of filling

Life with wealth surprising new;

Oh, joy, that I so poor of self

Should be so rich of You!"

How true those four lines are, that we all who knew her, my Aunt Bernice Schaefer of Atascadero, California, were made rich by her! We miss her sorely here on earth, but heaven was made even richer with her arrival.--Nephew Ronald Ginther, March 2010

Tribute to Aunt Bernice by Nephew Ronald Ginther:

"Tribute to Bernice Schaefer," by Ronald Ginther, Nephew

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