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Delsena “Del” Henningfield, 84, passed away unexpectedly Monday February 4, 2019 at her home in Washington. Funeral services will be held Saturday February 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM, at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington. Burial will be held at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford at 2:00PM. Visitation will be Friday February 8, from 5 – 7 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to United Presbyterian Home, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Iowa City, and Concordia Seminary of St. Louis. .
Delsena Ellen Henningfield, the daughter of Christy and Sarah Leta (Bruner) Kahler was born September 29, 1934 in Oxford, Iowa. She graduated from University High School in Iowa City. On June 12, 1955 she was united in marriage to Richard W. Henningfield at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Del was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed her role as homemaker. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading scripture, attending yoga classes at the UP Home, word search puzzles and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband Richard of Washington, five children: Craig (Sheryl) Henningfield of Steamboat Springs, CO, Jeff (Kim) Henningfield of Columbus Jct., IA, Diane (Bill) Grimm of Arnold, MO, Mary (Tom) Hoden of Council Bluffs, IA, Steven (Lori) Henningfield of Northbrook, IL, 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one sister Lureta J. Kahler-Gibson of Toledo, IA.
Preceding Del in death were her parents and one brother Dennis A Kahler.
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Hopefully leaving a note here a couple months late, will still reach you, Craig, Jeff, Diane, Mary, and Stephen, and Uncle Dick. When my Mom died, your Mom/wife, Aunt Del, sent a card long after all of the others had been received, and she said she did so, so that we would still feel remembered at the later date. So I thought I'd follow her lead. We hope you are doing OK, and finding extra joy this Holy Week, rejoicing in the assurance of the resurrection. As others have stated, Aunt Del always seemed to be so very unruffled, managing her household calmly and keeping everything under control. The Chevanurch crew in heaven is really growing. I'm sure she was warmly welcomed there!
Lou Anne Yee Apr 15 2019 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and remembrances of Del are uncountable. When Dick got our freight out of Keelung customs before we arrived in Taiwan in 1966, they took pictures so we knew all had been delivered at our apartment. Then there was hospitality at their house during our first two years in Taipei...with fun times with the kids. When Cliff's parents visited in fall of 1968, Del arranged for my mother's birthday cake and party. From then on there were repeated satisfying times together in Taipei and Chia Yi, mostly at missionary get-togethers and meals out at Mongolian barbeque places, Club 63, and others. Later missionary reunions included Del's inimitable wry humor and poetic talent on display, though she didn't crack a smile. She was a self-deprecating and generous and unassuming friend and helper. Role model. So many Chevanurch banners and song verses and historical records have Del therein . We thank God that we have had Del in our lives. Lois and Cliff Winter
Lois and Cliff Winter Feb 25 2019 12:00 AM
For a few years during our Chevanurch reunions Del and I had some long heart to heart talks. I was surprised at the time that we connected so well and am still grateful for our times together. Randy and I both appreciated her notes from the reunions. One phrase that has stuck with me since the report she wrote after the reunion in Wisconsin Dells (I think) was her segue from family update to talent show. She said something like, "We moved with ease from praying together to laughing hilariously together." I believe I was about eight months pregnant with our first child, Kylin at that one. We loved the way Del presented her contributions for Talent Shows. She said the funniest things--usually she was telling the story of a little incident from her life. The incident wasn't funny--but her delivery was amazing. She had a vivid way of painting a picture, then describing what went wrong and how she handled it (in some ingenious way) all the while keeping a straight face and flat voice. What she was reading was like a script for slapstick, but she never let on. Once she gave her whole contribution while lightly bouncing up and down on a trampoline. The story was about her relationship with the trampoline. Her life touched us. Condolences to Richard and the whole family.
Cathy Haedge Feb 9 2019 12:00 AM
Del, will be missed by many. She was a gentle soul always ready to help those in need. Your work is done here in this world and are now at home with your Lord and Savior. Prayers for Richard and family.
Sharon Squires [Richard's sister] Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM
Tien TaiTai (Mrs. Henningfield) was like a mother to Lucia and I while we were in our last year at the St. Louis Concordia Seminary. To help us financially so we could finish our study in the seminary, Mr. and Mrs. Henningfield took us in their small house in South St. Louis County. Over a year, Mrs. and Mr. Henningfield are like our parents, mentor and care taker. Every morning after we get up, she feeds us nutritious breakfast and see us off to the Sem and work. Dinner is always ready when we are back to the house. After dinner we always have devotion together before we could go back doing our works. She makes sure both our physical and spiritual needs are met. The most I remember about Tien TaiTai is her bright smile. I remember when I first met Mrs Henningfield she does not smile much, but after getting know her better we can never forget her bright smile and laugh. I remember her bright smile and laugh so well. Shie Shie Nie Tien TaiTai! What you gave to Lucia and I will never be forgotten. (by the way, Lucia left us two years ago). See you in heaven Tien TaiTai. From Paul Wang
Paul Wang Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM
Susan and I were saddened to hear about Dels passing and were at the same time comforted that she is with her Savior in eternity. Our condolences to Dick and to the entire family. We regret that we will not be able to attend her funeral service. We remember with great fondness her wonderful letters and theological/philosophical musings.
Maurice and Susan Goldhammer Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM
Edith and I best remember Del as a person epitomizing the peace of the Lord. It showed in her peace with herself, her peace with others, and her peace in turbulent situations. Nothing could shake her calm, not even getting stuck in the nightmare of Taiwan traffic. Now she is at home with the Prince of Peace, knowing the peace of God which surpasses all human understanding.
Ardon & Edith Albrecht Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM
Over 50 years of friendship, I have many good memories of Del, but none more deeply etched than that cute, mischievous twinkle in her eye as she was about to share one of her clever thoughts or ideas. Del leaves many better for her knowing them....including me. Bob Zimmer
Bob Zimmer Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM
Del is fondly remembered by me as a strong, consistently positive Christian woman. She was faithful, and now enjoys the crown of everlasting life. May the Lord be with and bless her family in this time of loss and remembrance.
Richard and Debbie Bringewatt Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM
What a marvelous, precious gift from the Lord, especially to us younger missionaries trying to make sense of life in Taiwan. With her warm smile, she radiated the gifts of the Spirit that St. Paul commended. Thank you, Lord.
Henry Rowold Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM