The Summer of 2002 I went to Heidelberg, Germany for a semester abroad. It was an incredible experience. I discovered a lot about myself, lens through which I view the world and developed some great friendships. One person that was a big impact during those few months was Frau (Mary) Drehsel. I just found out that she passed away and I wanted to share the article from IP office at Pepperdine.
*the following information and picture was taken from the Pepperdine University International Programs Website*
It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary Drehsel passed away around midnight (February 21, 2011). Mary was Professor of German and Academic Coordinator of Pepperdine University’s Heidelberg International Program. She touched the hearts of all the students and colleagues who knew her and loved her. She leaves behind her husband Karl Drehsel and four children, Susanna, Miriam, Karli and Markus. We grieve with them and encourage everyone to keep them in your prayers in the days and weeks to come.
In the 1970s, Mary came to Germany as a missionary and especially worked with children at the Gemeinde Christi in Heidelberg. She became a teacher of German at Pepperdine University in 1981 and later Academic Coordinator of the Heidelberg International Program in the 1990s. Mary was a courageous woman who bravely fought cancer for more than 18 years, she was a Christian role model to us all, a loving mother to her children and an inspiring teacher. Throughout the years, Mary touched and inspired students who came to study in Heidelberg. The outpouring of messages – in the hundreds – that have reached us all in the past hours is a testimony to the Christian life she led.
The Heidelberg International Program was graced with Mary Drehsel’s presence for almost 30 years and will never be the same without her. A memorial service will be held in Elkins on March 11, 2011 at 3pm.
The Drehsel family has many financial needs during this time. If you would like to contribute to the Drehsel Family Assistance Fund, we will make sure that all proceeds go directly to assist their needs. Please make checks to Pepperdine University; specify that the funds go to the Drehsel Family Assistance Fund and send to:
C/o Advancement and Gift Records
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
You may also give to this fund online by going to:
Designate Seaver College; in memory of Mary Drehsel and specify that the gift is for The Drehsel Family Assistance Fund.