In the past weeks, much ink has been spilled in remembrance of Collyn Franzenburg Schmidt, the woman that so many people affectionately knew as “Aunt Collyn.” She died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at the age of 92.

Her memorial service was held at New City Fellowship on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The pews were filled with family and friends and the attendees vehicles spilled out into the surrounding streets, much further than even the average Sunday. As in all of Aunt Collyn’s life, the gospel was forefront in the celebration of her homecoming.

“This is also, and more importantly, a worship service,” said Dr. Jim Drexler, who gave the opening welcome and prayer. “Because there is one who gave Aunt Collyn her life in the first place, the one who gave her all of those wonderful attributes and characteristics and traits that over the decades we came to love and admire over the years, and maybe, by God’s grace, to emulate . . . And we’re here to worship him.”

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