Ligonier Obituaries

Maxine M. Christner

1283089_profile_picMaxine M. Christner, 92, of Ligonier, Ind., formerly of Goshen, Ind., died Monday morning, April 7, 2014, at Avalon Village, Ligonier.

She was born June 15, 1921, in Goshen, Ind., to Roy and Abbey (Hite) Klase. On Sept. 11, 1944, in Goshen, she married Glen E. Christner. He died June 11, 1980.

She is survived by two sons: Chuck Christner, Syracuse, Ind.; Harold Smith, Goshen; a daughter: Betty (Wayne) Price, Goshen; five grandchildren: Tina Christner, April Price, Gary Price, Ed Christner and David Price; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and a brother: Richard Klase, New Paris, Ind.

Mrs. Christner was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son: Leon Christner; and two brothers: Dale and Chuck Klase.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Yoder Culpt Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the funeral home. Timothy T. Yoder will officiate. A burial of cremated remains will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Mary Jane Lepird

2468784Mary Jane Lepird, 95, of Summitville, Ind., formerly of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on April 2, 2014, in Alexandria, Ind.

She was born May 21, 1918, in Brimfield, Ind., to Clarence and Clara (Frick) Svoboda. She was raised by her mother and step-father, Arthur and Clara Couts. She married Woodie Madden in November 1936. He passed away in 1955. She then married Burl Lepird in 1960. He passed away in 2000.

Mary Jane graduated from Ligonier High School in 1936.  At the start of WWII, she moved to Long Beach, Calif., where she worked for the Army Air Force as a civilian employee. After the war, she was employed with Union Pacific Railroad.

She moved back to Ligonier in 1959. She retired from American State Bank, then worked for Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home in Ligonier. She was very active in the Ligonier community and was a member of several clubs: Golden Girls Club, Happy Eight Card Club, she volunteered with the Food Bank and the Blood Bank, she was a charter member of the Ligonier Historical society and served as a Tour Guide and she was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Lepird is survived by two children: Carol (Ron) Werker, Greenback, Tenn.; and Steve (Wendy) Lepird, Justin, Texas; and two step-children: Jack Lepird, Goshen, Ind.; and Shirley (Ron) Welborn, Summitville, Ind.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters: Joan DeTurk and Ethelmae Cunningham.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, at Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial was in Oak Park Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Clara Couts Prayer Garden c/o Ligonier United Methodist Church, 466 Townline Road, Ligonier, IN 46767; or to Summitville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 266, Summitville, IN 46070.

Starlin Runyon

2463440Starlin Runyon, 65, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Avalon Village in Ligonier.

He was born Nov. 10, 1948, to Lawrence and Carrie (Runyon) Owens in Grundy, Va. On April 19, 2011, he married Janet Schopf. She survives.

He graduated from Council High School and went on to work at Sorq’s in Ligonier for 25 years until their closing and then worked for Walker/Tenneco for 15 years before retiring.

Starlin enjoyed hunting, fishing, turkey shoots, and enjoyed the outdoors. Spending time with his family, particularly his nieces and nephews, was a favorite pastime for Starlin.  He also enjoyed his faithful companion, Coco, his Rottweiler.

Surviving are his wife: Janet; a sister: Brenda (Bill) Hall, Syracuse, Ind.; two nephews: Scot Hall and Eric Hall, both of Syracuse; and several cousins.

Mr. Runyon was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Raymond Runyon; and his companion of 34 years: Patricia Runyon.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the funeral home with Pastor Zachary Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Syracuse.

Cyndi Watson

Cyndi Watson, 55, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on March 14, 2014, at home.

She was born on May 4, 1958, in LaGrange, Ind., to Mary Renner. She married Kenny Watson on Nov. 16, 1973, in Cromwell, Ind.

She was formerly employed with Keystone RV. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was an avid Notre Dame Basketball fan.

Cynthia is survived by her husband; a son: Nick Watson, Ligonier; two daughters: Amy (Matty) Lake, Driggs, Idaho; Kensi (John) Wagner, Etna Green, Ind.; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a sister, Karen Vanette; and a step-brother; Kent Renner.

She was preceded in death by her mother; and a granddaughter.

A cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation and Remembrance Center. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Yeager Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.




Juan Carlos Gutierrez-Najera

Juan Carlos Gutierrez-Najera, 26, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away on March 5, 2014 in Fort Wayne, IN.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1988, in Los Cumbres Aguascalientes, Mexico to Antonio Gutierrez and Tiffany Trevino.

He loved playing with his dogs and spending time with his family. He enjoyed the outdoors and video games.

Juan is survived by his mother; Tiffany Trevino, Ligonier; two brothers: Jorge L. Najera, Ligonier; Christopher Najera, Ligonier; his grandfather: Juan Najera, of Mexico; three uncles: J. Guadalupe Najera, Juan Najera and Jose Luis Gutierrez; three aunts: Virginia Najera, Celia Najera and Francisca Najera; his fiancé: Cassandra Lambright, Ligonier; numerous cousins; and two special family friends: Rosa Garcia and Valerie Hague.

He was preceded in death by his father: Antonio Gutierrez.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Zion Comunidad Cristiana Church, 71691 CR 33, Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the church with Pastor Cervantes officiating. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family c/o: Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767.

Vance A. Good Jr.

Vance A. Good Jr., 85, of Ligonier, Ind., passed away at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at IU Health Goshen Hospital in Goshen.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1928, to Vance A. and Minnie B. (Merchant) Good in Hammond, Ind. On Jan. 17, 1948, he married Lorraine Ginter, she survives.

Mr. Good worked as a manufacturing supervisor for various companies. After retirement, Vance rejoined the workforce and worked for Wal-Mart for 10 years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ligonier. He enjoyed working on cars, tending to his garden, crossword puzzles and doing various home repairs.

Survivors include his wife; three children: Cheryl A. (Tom) Houser, Wichita, Kan.; John A. (Jerri) Good, Fort Wayne; Cynthia (Charles) Schlemmer, Ligonier; nine grandchildren: Timothy, Thad, Tyrone, Sheena, Kiley, Travis, Zachary, Elizabeth and Caitlin; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and one sister: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Matt.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter: Linda.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, with the Rosary service beginning at 6:30 p.m. A funeral service mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Wilson Corzo officiating. A burial committal will take place at Sparta Cemetery, Kimmel, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 300 Ravine Park Dr., Ligonier, IN 46767.