Nappanee Obituaries


Polly A. (Miller) Schmucker

1389311_profile_picPolly A. (Miller) Schmucker, 96, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Courtyard Health Center in Goshen after a short illness.

She was born on July 24, 1918, in LaGrange County, Ind., to Andrew and Susie (Eash) Miller. She lived her adult life in this area. She married Daniel J. Miller on Aug. 16, 1942. He preceded in death. She married Ruben Schmucker on June 26, 1971. He preceded her in death.

Polly was a homemaker. She also did housecleaning for others and had worked at Amish Acres. She was a member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church where she had been very active with the women’s sewing, Thrift Shop and funeral dinner preparation. She was also involved with Open Door, and would make lap robes and comforters for those in need, including, the Women’s Shelter, Red Bird Mission, and Chicago Homeless.

She is survived by children: Betty Ferrell, Wakarusa, Ind.; Walter (Martha) Miller and Vernon (JoEllen) Miller, both of Nappanee;  Andrew Miller and Homer (Brenda) Miller, both of Bremen, Ind.; daughter-in-law: Patsy Miller, New Paris, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son: Lloyd Miller; daughter-in-law: Carol Miller; sisters: Fannie Miller; infant twin sister; and brothers: Simon, Abe, Levi and Ezra Miller.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Nappanee United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. Reverend Jim Davidson will officiate. Burial will follow at Weldy Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to open door.


Rosemary Anglemyer

1381253_profile_picRosemary Anglemyer, 64, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 4:10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Signature Health Care of Bremen after a short illness.

She was born July 31, 1950, in Elkhart to Keith and Mary (Sechrist) Anglemyer. 

Rosemary was a lifetime resident of this area.

She is survived by her mother; sisters: Judy Pfeiffer, Nappanee; Sandra (Milton) Burkholder, Bristol; a brother: Lyle (Carrie) Anglemyer, Nappanee; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother: Lynn Anglemyer. 

Private family graveside services are being held at Union Center Cemetery with Rev. Frank Ramirez officiating. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. 


Louis ‘Louie’ R. Bollenbacher

2627033Louis ‘Louie’ R. Bollenbacher, 82, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away Aug. 7, 2014, at his residence.

On May 5, 1932, Louie was born to Jesse and Amelia (Berger) Bollenbacher.Louie graduated from Bremen High school in 1951. He married Rachael Pfeiffer on July 31, 1954; she passed in April of 1988. Louie married Birdena (Lambright) Yoder Pfeiffer in 1989.

Louie was a man of faith and raised his family in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nappanee where he served many years on the church council and participated in charitable activities. He was employed at Studebaker for a short while and retired from CTS in Elkhart after 35 years of service. Louie enjoyed entertaining at his lake cottage, playing cards and board games, as well as riding his scooter and 4-wheel ATV.

Louie is survived by his wife; three sons: Rick Bollenbacher, Boca Raton, Fla.; Greg (Wendy) Bollenbacher, Bremen, Ind.; Bryan Bollenbacher, Bremen; four grandchildren: Britney, Briley, Sarah and Owen; two sisters: Ruth Rohrer, Goshen, Ind.; Evelyn Leeper, Bremen; one brother: Lester Bollenbacher, Bremen; three step-children: Jim (Susan) Yoder, Wyoming; Carla (John) Wisler, Montana; Mike (Traci) Yoder, Nebraska; eight step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Rachael; and three siblings: Clarence Bollenbacher, Norman Bollenbacher and Bernice Myers.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen, Ind. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Roger Rohde officiating. Burial will follow at the Bremen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Camp Lutherwald.


Charles Donald Ritter

1372506_profile_picCharles Donald Ritter, 78, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, surrounded by his family at Elkhart Hospice House.

He was born Sept. 9, 1935, in Bremen, Ind., to Francis and Marjorie (Morcombe) Ritter. On July 2, 1960, he married Beverly Joan Ralston.

Mr. Ritter was a graduate of Bremen High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 – 1956. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

In his later years, he enjoyed the company of a special dog named Ryder. As a result of coming to know Jesus as his Saviour, he looked forward to Heaven.

Mr. Ritter retired in 1992 after 35 years working for the local telephone company, where he had been supervising the installation and repair of commercial phone systems. He served on the Nappanee Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years and also served with the Nappanee EMS. He attended First Church of God and Nappanee Missionary Church.

He is survived by his wife: Beverly; children: Sena (Arlan) Landey, Anderson, Ind.; Guy (Kim) Ritter, Las Vegas, Nev.; Debbie Conn, LaGrange, Ohio; Shelly (Michael) Brigham, Milford, Ind.; grandchildren: Erika (Tony) DeLaRosa; Jamison Landey, Dustin, Shannon and Cierra Ritter; Brad and Alicia Niver and Alan Harter; great-grandchildren: Landen DeLaRosa, Jace DeLaRosa; Mickey, Violet and Lily Ritter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Donna (Bill) Graverson and JoAnn (Frank) Method.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Nappanee Missionary Church. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor Norm Reimer, Nappanee Missionary Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Bremen Cemetery, with Military Graveside services by Nappanee American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be given to Nappanee Missionary Church.

Levi Alan David Miller

Levi Alan David Miller, infant son of Jason Knight and Monica Miller of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 5:40 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

He was born at 5:02 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind.

He is survived by his parents; brother: Landon Knight; grandmothers:Viola Miller, Nappanee; Rachelle Guerrero, Nappanee; grandfather: Mark Knight, Nappanee; and great-grandparents: Jackie and Edgar Pippenger of Warsaw, Ind.

A graveside service will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at South Union Cemetery. Reverend Terry Tyler will officiate. Thompson Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Vickie J. Prater

1369327_profile_picVickie J. Prater, 52, of Nappanee, Ind., died unexpectedly at 8:44 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind., of natural causes. 

She was born Aug. 14, 1961, in Dowagiac, Mich., to Edward and Rojean Hines.

Vickie was a member of Mt. Tabor Church of God. She was also a member of The Eagles Lodge and The Warsaw Moose Lodge. She enjoyed hummingbirds and was an Elvis fan.

Surviving is her longtime companion: Dennis Brown; daughters: Barbie Burchett, Langley, Ky.; Jennifer Renea Utter, Rochester, Ind.; sons: Leroy Prater, Langley, Ky.; and Benjamin Hively; many grandchildren; her mother: Rojean Hines, Key Largo, Fla.; sisters: Linda Rasnak, Kendallville, Ind.; Cindy Jordon, Warsaw; Mary Ann Swoverland, Evansvillle, Ind.; Penny Miller, Goshen, Ind.; a brother: Mike Hines, Key Largo, Fla.; children of Dennis, Doug Brown, David Brown and Danielle Miller, all of Nappanee.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. A funeral service will immediately follow at 6 p.m. with Rev. Jeremy Grueser officiating. Cremation will take place. Internment will be in Akron Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to Mt. Tabor Church of God.