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Scholarship established to honor lifelong musician

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Lovella (Schneider) Goering’s lifelong love of music has led her family and friends to establish a scholarship in her name. The Lovella Schneider Goering Music Scholarship will be awarded to freshmen students who have an interest in vocal or keyboard music.

Mrs. Goering, a long-time Moundridge resident, grew up in Buhler and moved to Moundridge in 1941 when she married Joe W. Goering. A generous gift from Lovella Goering and her three children named Joe W. Goering Field in Bethel College’s new Thresher Sports Complex, inaugurated this past September.

Lovella Goering attended Bethel College in North Newton from 1938-40. While at Bethel, she sang in the Bethel College Concert Choir. She also served as accompanist for the choir and for student recitals.

Mrs. Goering continued to make music throughout her life. She served as church organist at local churches for more than 50 years, directed the children’s choir in the Moundridge Evangelical United Brethren congregation, accompanied Moundridge High school music students, taught private piano lessons for many years and played at countless weddings. Mrs. Goering also sang with the Four Tones, a women’s quartet, for eight years.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College professor of music and chair of the music department, expressed the college’s appreciation for the Lovella Schneider Goering Music Scholarship. "This scholarship will play an important role in helping the music faculty recruit outstanding vocal and keyboard students for Bethel’s music program," she said.

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