Milford Obituaries

Elvina M. Knepper

2613790Elvina M. Knepper, 101, of Milford, Ind., passed away July 22, 2014, at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

She was born Dec. 6, 1912, in Cando, N.D., to Basil and Emma (Hanson) Drake. Elvina graduated from Egeland High School in North Dakota. Elvina married Wilbur Knepper on Oct. 29, 1930; he preceded her in death on July 24, 1986.

The family moved to Milford in 1935 where she raised her family. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Milford Christian Church. Like “Rosie the Riveter” she worked during World War II in a bomb factory at Kingsbury.

Elvina is survived by a son: Beverly Knepper, Piney Flats, Tenn.; two daughters: Joye Mae (John) Stilwell,Piney Flats, Tennessee, Sandra ( Ron) Ganger of Syracuse; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, four step grandchildren, several step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother: Emery; a sister: Ruth; and one great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Mishler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Friday, July 25, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Milford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Milford Christian Church or Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

Charline Loretta Orn Craig

Picture_0063 (3)Charline Loretta Orn Craig, 94, formerly of Milford, Ind., passed away on Wednesday morning, June 25, 2014, at Springview Manor.

She was born Aug. 10, l919, on the front porch of her home on a farm near Milford, Ind., the only child of Orvil A. and Mabel A. (Rosenbohm) Orn, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Milford High School in 1937. On July 19, 1943, she married John S. Craig, who preceded her in death.

She worked as a waitress at Meyer Drug Company and as a receptionist at General Electric Company in Fort Wayne, Ind. There she met “the most wonderful man in the world”, her husband.

Her life as a wife and homemaker was centered on her husband and her boys’ activities as well as serving at her church and in her community.  She never met a stranger and could talk the ear off a fencepost. Following the death of her beloved husband, she traveled to see her kids wherever they happened to be in this world.  She dearly loved her grandchildren and was there for nearly all of their births. She could garage sale and price-haggle with the best of them. She was a good neighbor to all and felt most fulfilled when performing acts of kindness for others. In later years, she lived at Otterbein Senior Living in St. Marys, Ohio, then Primrose Retirement and Springview Manor in Lima, Ohio.

She is survived by three sons: Stephen A. (Vicki), Livingston, Texas; Allan O. (Diane), Sydney, Australia; Michael T. (Martha), Lima, Ohio; 10 grandchildren: Adam W. Craig, Lexington, Ky.; Leah W. (Tim Thornberry) Craig, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jeremy S. (Melanie) Craig, Pendleton, Ind.; Melissa K. (Kevin) Spall, Barberton, Ohio; Savannah L. Craig, Sydney, Australia; Molly E. (Ben) Collins, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa; Matthew S. Craig, Marcus A. Craig, Michelle C. Craig and Micah J. Craig, all of Lima; one step-grandson: Joel G. Deane, Blackheath, Australia: and three great-grandchildren: Kessa A. Craig, Patrick J. Spall and Owen N.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son: Fred; and daughter-in-law: Mary Alice Whitehead.

Visitation will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville, Ohio. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at the funeral home. Dr. Daniel H. Messner will officiate. Burial will follow the service at 3:30 p.m. in Milford Cemetery, Milford, Ind.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Envision” to support the missionary work of granddaughter Molly and her husband Ben as they share the Gospel in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Janet A. Peterson

HeadshotJanet A. Peterson, 58, of Milford, Ind., passed away at 10:32 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at her home.

She was born on March 12, 1956, in Decatur, Ind., to Robert E. and Wanda M. (Penrod) Munson. She grew up in California, graduated from high school there, and attended Butte College in Oroville, Calif. She was married on July 24, 1993, in Milford, Ind., to Jeffrey L. ‘Jeff’ Peterson who survives.

She moved to Milford in 1993 from North Manchester. She was a homemaker and formerly worked at Bowen Center in Warsaw, Ind., and Jayco in Middlebury, Ind. She was a member of the First Brethren Church in Milford. 

She is survived by her husband; sons: Brandon Munson, Syracuse, Ind.; Colin Munson, Milford; two grandchildren: Liam and Maiya Munson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Debby Munson and Susan Munson; and brother: Albert Munson. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June, 26, at Owen Family funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Graveside services will take place in at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 27, in the Oakwood Cemetery. 

Memorial bequest may be given to the Janet Peterson Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567. 

Bertha LaVonne Moneyheffer

2572750Bertha LaVonne Moneyheffer, 93, of Milford, Ind., passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Lakeland Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

She was born Jan. 26, 1921, to Orb and Ella (Brundage) Newcomer in Elkhart County, Ind. Bertha Graduated from New Paris High School in 1939. She married Delbert Moneyheffer on Oct. 25, 1942, at the Union Center Church, he preceded her in death on April 7, 2006.

She was a homemaker and was employed at the Milford School as Cafeteria Manager for 27 years. She had also worked at Camp Mack for 15 summers and served as a volunteer at Goshen Hospital for 22 years. She and her husband were long time deacons at the Bethel and Bethany Church of the Brethren, where she is now a member. She was also a member for several years of the Mellowaires singing group of Warsaw.

She is survived by three daughters: Linda (Henry) Miller and Sharon (Bob) Muhn, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Sue Boyer, Milford, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband; a daughter: Jeanne Hunsberger; a great-grandson: Dustin Stephenson; and five brothers.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Bethany Church of the Brethren in New Paris. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Bethany Church of the Brethren in New Paris. Pastor Nelda Risden will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Union Center Cemetery. Mishler Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Bethany Church of the Brethren.

Mary H. Grisamer

HeadshotMary H. ‘Helen’ Grisamer, 86, of Milford, Ind., and formerly of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 6 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lakeland Healthcare & Rehab in Milford.

She was born on Sept. 17, 1927, in South Bend, Ind., to Ignatz Peter and Jessie Josephine (Ward) Bogol. She graduated in 1945 from Central High School in South Bend and on June 13, 1953, she married Richard E. ‘Dick’ Grisamer who preceded her in death.

She moved to Syracuse in 1973 from Michigan and then to Milford in 2011. She was a homemaker, and was formerly employed at Studebaker Corporation in South Bend for several years and Laketronics, Inc. in Syracuse for 10 years. She was a lifetime member of both the VFW Auxiliary Post 1342 and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 223 in Syracuse.

She is survived by four daughters: Becky (Stan) Richardson, Paula (Tony) Newman, Randi (Tony) Siri and Linda (Marshall) Minnick, all of Syracuse; nine grandchildren: Katie Richardson, Annie Richardson, Sarah Beachy, Rachel (Adam) Schaaf, Emily (Jason) Worrell, Sydney (Chris) Webb, Ruby Minnick, Michael (Ashley) Siri and Mattison Siri; nine great-grandchildren; one sister: Betty McCormick, North Liberty, Ind.; one brother: Robert (Carol) Bogol, Mishawaka, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and grandson: Andrew Richardson.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Private family graveside service will take place in the McClintic Cemetery in Syracuse with Pastor Tim Bushong officiating.

Memorial bequest may be given to American Legion Auxiliary Post 223 or V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 1342. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Thomas Edward ‘Tom’ Gaskill

OI860971482_HeadshotThomas Edward ‘Tom’ Gaskill, 84, of Milford, Ind., passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in his Englewood, Fla., winter home after an extended illness.

He was born on May 7, 1929, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Joseph and Marchia (Sheets) Gaskill. He graduated from Madison Township High School, lived most of his life in the Elkhart County, Ind., area, and wintered in Florida. He was married to Yvonne Janette Haines, who preceded him in death, and then remarried on Nov. 14, 2004, in Goshen, Ind., to Laurine (Haines) Waldbeser, who survives.

He was a truck driver for over 25 years. He attended the Ligonier Evangelical Church, Sunnybrook Alliance Church in Englewood, Fla., and was an avid bowler. 

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Michelle Moseley, Sarasota, Fla.; a son: Mark (Pamela) Gaskill, Sarasota; three grandchildren: Thomas Bailey, Nichole Gibbs and Kasey Gaskill; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren: Robin and Paul Bailey; four step-great-grandchildren; stepdaughter: Kay Kuhn, Milford; stepson: Ben (Deb Skevington) Waldbeser, Milford; sister: Fran (Sonny) Lazar, Ruskin, Fla.; two brothers: Joseph (Kathy) Gaskill, Lithia, Fla.; Harold (Mary) Gaskill, Riverview, Fla.;
and a nephew: Dennis (Linda) Beadle, Syracuse, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; great-grandson: Christopher: foster-parents: John and Clara Bixler; three foster-sisters: Vera Beadle, Erma Johnson and Gladys Wagner. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Ind., with Pastor Troy Diersing and Reverend Mitchell Hile officiating. Private family burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola. Owen Family Funeral has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 

Memorial bequest may be given to Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. Envelopes will be available at the church.