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 Or to Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart Campus, 4220 Edison Lakes Parkway, STE 210, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or online at


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.


Charles L. Jones

1071012_profile_picCharles L. Jones, 78, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:45 a.m., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital. He had been in ill health for 2 years.

He was born Jan. 22, 1935, in South Bend, Ind., to Russell and Alice (Bartz) Jones. Charles was a graduate of Tyner High School. He served in the United States Army in Germany. On Dec. 26, 1957, he married Anna Jo Dinkeldein at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Bourbon, Ind.

Charles retired from Newmar after working there for 25 years. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Church of God and enjoyed woodworking. He enjoyed being called ‘Boo’ by his family. He loved his family and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife; a daughter: Lorrie (George) Tancos, Granger, Ind.; son: Jeff (Kelly) Jones, Wakarusa, Ind.; grandchildren: Jordan and Elizabeth Tancos Camaron and Caleb Jones; sisters: Phyllis Tschupp, Nebraska; Marian (Wayne) Zillmer, Bremen, Ind.; Linda Warner, Mishawaka, Ind.; and a brother: Melvin Jones, Plymouth, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Jones.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Mt. Tabor Church of God. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the church with Reverend Jeremy Grueser will officiating. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

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


Thomas C. Petersen

Thomas C. Petersen, 91, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 12:55 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in Franklin Park, Ill., on Dec. 30, 1921 to Axel and Carla (Erickson) Peterson.

Tom graduated from Leyden High School in Franklin Park. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He worked as a Journeyman Plasterer in Chicago until his retirement. Following retirement he moved to Nappanee in 1988. He loved his family, good food, tinkering with electronics, golf and supporting his Chicago sports teams.

Survivors include daughters: Katherine (Milton) Becker, McCormick, S.C.; Kristine (Bill) Best, Nappanee; son: Thomas (Connie) Petersen, Annapolis, Md.; grandchildren: Milton Becker, Kimberly Becker-Greer, Erika Curry, Eric Petersen, Kyle Petersen and Stephanie Gibbs; and great grandchildren, Samantha Becker, Victoria Becker-Greer, Whitney Becker-Greer, Grace Becker, Sophie Petersen, Luke Becker, Alexander Curry and Robert Gibbs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Raymond and Stanley Petersen.

Following cremation inurnment will be in the Irving Park Cemetery in Chicago. He will be placed next to his loving wife at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to Nappanee Public Library.