Lois F. Herr

Lois F. Herr, 83, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind.

She was born Sept. 25, 1929, in Union Township to Paul K. and Dorothy (Newcomer) Martin. On June 24, 1949, she married Francis L. Herr in Union Township. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2008.

Lois worked as a cook for several schools in the area. She was a lifetime member of the Union Center Church of the Brethren, where she was also active in the Women’s Fellowship. She was also a member of the Better Homes Club and the Union Center Ladies Aid. Mrs. Herr was well known for her quilting.

She is survived by two sons: Dean (Colleen) Herr, Wakarusa; and Devon (Deb) Herr, Nappanee; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Verda Jump, Goshen, Ind.; and Thelma (Dave) Snider, Wichita, Kan.; and a brother: Roy (Carol) Martin, Goshen, Ind.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, a great-grandson, two sisters and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home in Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Union Center Church of the Brethren. Rev. Herman Kauffman will officiate and burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Union Center Deacon’s Fund.


Lois J. Weddle

1101472_profile_picLois J. Weddle, 98, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at IU Health, Goshen, Ind.

She was born Sept. 22, 1915, in West Manchester, Ohio, to Clarence and Mary Richards Longanecker.
On June 1, 1940, she married James O. Weddle in West Manchester. He preceded in death Jan. 5, 1997.  Mr. and Mrs. Weddle had lived in VanBuren, Ohio; Hartford City, Ind., and South Bend, Ind., before moving to Nappane in 1944.

Lois attended Manchester College and received her bachelor’s degree from Goshen College. She was a teacher in the Wa-Nee Schools. Lois taught fourth grade at West Side Park and then Kindergarten at South Side Elementary School. During WW II she had worked in accounting at Studebakers in South Bend.

Lois was a member of Nappanee United Methodist Church, the Elkhart County Teachers Association, Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. She also played with two bridge clubs in Nappanee and was a member of the Thursday Club. She was an avid IU fan.

Surviving are her children: Sheri and Rich Dodson, Nappanee; Randy and Carol (Hoffer) Weddle, Anchorage, Alaska; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: Russell and Harold Longanecker; and sisters: Lora Collins, Treva Timmons and Ethel Fish.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Nappanee United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Davidson will officiate and burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the church.

LaDonna Agler

LaDonna Agler, 84, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind.

She was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Payne, Ohio, to Burtie and Hazel (Brown) Foreman. On May 10,  1947, she married Harold Agler.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse, Ind.

Mary E. (Stutzman) Borntrager

Mary E. (Stutzman) Borntrager, 76, Nappanee, Ind., passed away at her home at 1 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013.

She was born July 26, 1937, to Edward and Elizabeth (Yoder) Stutzman. She married Toby R. Borntrager on Oct. 2, 1958. They lived in matrimony 54 years 11 months and 2 days.

Mrs. Borntrager was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She is survived by her husband; nine daughters: Barbara Ann (Dan) Borntrager, Goshen, Ind.; Bettie (Wilbur) Troyer, Etna Green, Ind.; Fannie Mae (Daniel) Borntrager Jr., Etna Green; Ida (Aaron Jay) Miller, Etna Green; Susan (Amos) Borntrager Jr.; Etna Green; Edna Ellen (Marion) Beechy, Etna Green; Martha (LaVern) Yoder, Nappanee; Esther Irene Borntrager, Nappanee; Nettie (Harley) Schwartz, Akron, Ind; 47 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters: Amelia (Enos) Yoder and Esther (Henry) Kauffman, both of Clarissa, Minn.; Barbara (Henry) Yoder, Granger, Minn.; Rachel (Vernon) Mullett, Waupaca, Wiscon.; Mattie (Menno) Kauffman, Granton, Wiscon.; and brothers: Dan (Anna) Stutzman, Milton, Iowa; Jerry (Emma) Stutzman, Independence, Iowa; John (Mary) Stuzman, Granton; Perry (Mary) Stutzman, Delhi, Iowa; Chester (Sara) Stutzman, Cornell, Wiscon; David (Mary) Stutzman, Marlotte, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter: Mary Borntrager; and a great-grandson: Leon Jay Miller.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, and all day Friday, Sept. 6, at the Aaron Jay Miller Residence located at 7717 N. 800 W. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Devon Schwartz residence located at 8099 N. 800 W., Etna Green. Bishop Marlin Slabaugh and the Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Graber Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.


Anne G. (Hochstetler) Valdez

1079053_profile_picAnne G. (Hochstetler) Valdez, 27, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Elkhart Hospice House. For 3 ½ years, Anne bravely battled brain cancer without complaint.

She was born Aug. 21, 1986, in Goshen, Ind., to Rex and Carrie (Fimbianti) Hochstetler. On June 6, 2012, she married Remi Valdez in Nappanee.

Anne was a 2005 graduate of NorthWood High School. She had worked for Dr. Darren Minnich at Nappanee Family Eye Care. Anne enjoyed spending time with her husband, family and friends, dog Molly and designing jewelry. She excelled in sports, especially volleyball and softball. Anne will be remembered for her beautiful smile, spirit, courage, perseverance and love of her nephews and niece.

Anne is survived by her husband: Remi, Nappanee; her parents: Rex and Carrie Hochstetler, Nappanee; brothers: Mike (Kim) Hochstetler, St. Joseph, Mich.; Joe (Amber) Hochstetler, Nappanee; nephews: Alex and Mason Hochstetler; a niece: Ellie Hochstetler; and grandparents: Howard and Leona Hochstetler, Milford, Ind.; and Reno and Gloria Fimbianti, Nappanee.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mark Mikel will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Anne Hochstetler Valdez to Cleveland Clinic Brain Cancer Research. Gifts can be sent to Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655 or at giving.ccf.org/goto/AnneHochstetlerValdez. Or to Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart Campus, 4220 Edison Lakes Parkway, STE 210, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or online at foundationforhospice.org.


Donald E. Abel

1071524_profile_picDonald E. Abel, 66, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 4:45 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been admitted Sunday.

He was born Dec. 28, 1946, in Elkhart, Ind., to Paul and Evelyn (Roose) Abel. He was a 1964 graduate of Wakarusa High School and lived his lifetime in this area.

Don was owner of Franklin Coach in Nappanee. He was very active in the community serving on the Nappanee Smokey Stovers Fire Dept. for 36 years, 7 of which were spent as chief. Don helped to start the Butch Nine Scholarship committee. He also served on the Fourth of July committee, Nappanee Redevelopment Commission from 1994-2007 and the NorthWood Dollars for Scholars committee. He was a former Elkhart County Councilman. Don was named Nappanee Citizen of the year in 2000.

Surviving are his sons: Jim (Heidi) Abel, Fishers, Ind.; Chris (Mindy) Abel, Nappanee; grandchildren: Sydney and Payton Abel, Fishers; Bryce and Katie Abel, Nappanee; sister: Becky (Johnnie) Moody, Granger, Ind.; brothers: Steve Abel, Nappanee; Rick (Gail) Abel, Wakarusa, Ind.; and his former wife: Rita Tucker, Wakarusa.

Visitation will take place from 2  p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the funeral home. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31,  at the funeral home with Reverend Ruben Chupp, Pastor of North Main Street Mennonite Church, will officiate. Burial will take place with full Fireman Honors including a final call at Nappanee Fire Department and final salute at Olive West Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may directed to NorthWood Dollars for Scholars.