Betty A. Sommer

Betty A. SommerBetty A. Sommer, 82, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 5:25 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2013 at Golden Living Nursing Home, Elkhart, Ind.

She was born Dec. 21, 1930, in New Castle, Ind., to Gus and Ruth (Valentine) Spears. Her adoptive parents were Asa and Elizabeth Blount. She was married to Rev. Eugene Sommer. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Sommer attended Portland Indiana Schools. She was a devoted Minister’s wife. Rev. Sommer pastored the Nappanee Church of the Nazarene for 14 years, and the Lagrange Church of the Nazarene for 19 years. She had worked at Blue Bells in Nappanee. Mrs. Sommer was a member of the New Paris Church of the Nazarene.

She is survived by her daughter: Diana (Dennis) Williams, Elkhart, Ind.; sons: Mike (Becky) Sommer, Edwardsburg, Mich.; David (Lorraine) Sommer, Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; foster daughter: Kelly Allen Mishler, Lagrange, Ind.; grandchildren: Jim Sommer, Samantha (Chris) Caldwell, Michael Sommer, Matthew Sommer, Steve Williams, Priscilla Williams; seven great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister: Beebe Permenter, Big Springs, Texas; and brother: Jim (Shirley) Blount, Portland, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Steven Sommer.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at New Paris Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Greg Hall will officiate and burial will follow in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Steven C. Sommer Scholarship Fund or New Paris Church of the Nazarene.

Linda Mae Miller

Linda Mae Miller, 89, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at The Maples in Goshen, Ind., where she had been a resident for two weeks.

She was born May 29, 1923, in Nappanee to Moses J. and Maude E. (Hochstetler) Miller. She lived her lifetime in this area. On May 11, 1943, she married Homer D. Miller in Nappanee. He preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 2008.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a faithful pastor’s wife for many years. She was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church.

Surviving are daughters: Katie (Glen) Bontrager, Wakarusa, Ind.; Ina (Dale) Slabaugh, Nappanee; Sara (Joni) Schrock, Madison, Ind.; Maria (Vernon) Bacher, West Minster, S.C.; a son: Lyle (Ada) Miller, Nappanee; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; brothers: Olen (Katie) Miller, Hartwell, Ga.; Herman (Anna Marie) Miller, Marshfield, Wiscon.; John William (Jane) Miller, Bremen, Ind.; and Gilbert Lee (Mary Kathryn) Miller, Nappanee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a stillborn son: Delbert; and infant brothers: Mervin and Monroe Miller.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Bethel Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the church. Pastor Calvin Yoder will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to United Christian Missions.

Joseph Detweiler

Joseph Detweiler, 79, of Nappanee, Ind., and formerly of Bremen, Ind., passed away peacefully at Community Hospital of Bremen on Friday, March 15, 2013.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1933, in Chateau, Okla., to Levi and Lydia Ann (Hochstetler) Detweiler. On May 25, 1962, he married Rose Marie Schutz; she preceded him in death on July 12, 2008.

He moved to Indiana with his family at the age of 9 years old. Joe served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957 on the USS Worchester and was honorably discharged.

Joe worked for Liberty Coach and owned and operated OK Body Shop in Nappanee, which became McCormicks Motors Body shop. Joe managed the shop until his retirement at the age of 71 in December of 2005.

He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and coaching Little League Baseball (Woodies) and the Bremen All Stars traveling league. Joe was an avid baseball, ultimate Cubs fan.

From his children, “He was a quiet, honest, hardworking man who never complained. He could not always give us what we ‘wanted,’ but always gave us what we ‘needed.’ Thank you! We love you!”

Survivors include one daughter: Robin (Scott) Hellman, Bremen; three sons: Joseph W. (Andria) Detweiler, Bremen; Jamie (Teri) Detweiler, Bremen; Paul A. Detweiler, Bremen; 10 grandchildren: Jessica Jones, Rebecca Quintanilla, Lance Hellman, Janae Detweiler, Josie Detweiler, Julie Detweiler, Jennifer Detweiler, Andrew Detweiler, Alissa Detweiler and Makali Detweiler; two sisters: Amanda Detweiler, Wakarusa, Ind.; and Barb (Wayne) Harter, Wakarusa; and a brother: Eli (Sue) Detweiler, Wakarusa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Rose; and a sister: Sylina Kauffman.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 19, at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Bremen. Services will be held at noon Tuesday in the church. Father Bob Lengerich will officiate. Burial will take place at the Bremen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Heather Barrett.

The Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements.

P. Carson Lantis

P. Carson Lantis, age 74, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa, Ind.

He was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Osceola, Ind., to Paul C. and Florence (Weldy) Lantis. He had lived his lifetime on the family farm.

On Aug. 6, 1961, he married Donna Stark.

Mr. Lantis was a lifelong member of Union Center Church of the Brethren, where he served as a deacon. He was a former church board chairman and Sunday school teacher. He worked for Elkhart Community Schools for 44 years. He started as a teacher for special needs students and became the Director of Special Education. He retired in 2004.

Mr. Lantis was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash for education and was an avid supporter of the 4-H program. He was a leader of the 4-H Lamb Club for 20 years, a member of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board for 31 years, and he served as president of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in 1996.

Mr. Lantis was inducted into the 4-H State Fair Hall of Fame in 2003 and was the parade marshall for the 2009 Elkhart County 4-H Fair parade.

He lived on his grandparent’s farm and raised Suffolk sheep. His greatest passion was selling lambs for 4-H projects and being able to help the kids and give advice on raising them for the 4-H shows.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Judy Scheets, Wakarusa; and Jill (Rex) Holdeman, Nappanee, Ind.; three grandchildren: Andrea and Zachary Holdeman and Paul Scheets; and sisters: Esther Crabill, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Martha (Bob) Kaylor, Decatur, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for one hour prior to the funeral service which will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, at Union Center Church of the Brethren. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair or Union Center Church of the Brethren Building Project.

Freddie Wayne Allen

Freddie Wayne AllenFreddie Wayne Allen, 50, of Nappanee, Ind., of 751 E. Walnut St., Nappanee, formerly of Hurley, Va., and of Akron, Ind., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at his sister’s residence

He was born Sept. 16, 1963, in Grundy, Va., to Fred B. and Okie (Lester) Allen. He worked for Miller Manufacturing Company where he worked for 19 years where he was a setup man. He worked for Miller Manufacturing Company where he worked for 19 years where he was a setup man.

He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was his favorite driver. He was very close to his nephews Corey and Seth Blankenship.

He is survived by his sisters: Tabatha Blankenship, Akron; Diane (Michael Reed) Blankenship, Akron; two nephews: Corey and Seth Blankenship, Akron; and special friends: Jim Weaver and Robert Blankeship, Nappanee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father: Douglas Justice.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the funeral home. Services will be officiated by Pastor Connie Cline. Burial will take place in Nichols Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions in honor of Freddie may be made to the donors choice.

Steven Joe Hochstetler

Steven Joe Hochstetler, 51, of Nappanee, Ind., died at noon Friday, March 8, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been a patient since Tuesday. He had been ill with cancer for 2 years.

He was born July 9, 1961, in Elkhart, Ind., to Ernest R. and Mary Edna (Chupp) Hochstetler. On November 10, 1983, in Nappanee, he married Etta Fern Schwartz.

Mr. Hochstetler had lived his lifetime in Nappanee. He had worked at Challenger Door and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He is survived by his wife: Etta Fern; daughter: KaLynn (Joel) Mast, Nappanee; sons: Karl Dean (Melissa) Hochstetler, Mishawaka, Ind.; Brian Eugene (Edna) Hochstetler, Nappanee; and Michael Ray (special friend, Lillian Hochstetler) Hochstetler, Timothy Adam Hochstetler and Joel Devon Hochstetler, all at home; grandchildren: Amy Rose, Eric Lavon, Lydia Jayne and Lucas Joe Hochstetler; his parents: Ernest and Mary Hochstetler, Nappanee; sisters: Lorraine (Mark) Stutzman, Regina (Larry) Chupp and Amy (Virgil) Yoder, all of Napanee; and Sherry (Allen) Borkholder, Linda (Fred) Milller, Dianna (Eddie Ray) Borkholder and Vonda (Daryl) Yoder, all of Bremen, Ind.; and brothers: Ray (Leona) Hochstetler and Michael (Linda) Hochstetler, both of Nappanee.

Family and friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and all day Sunday, March 10, at the family residence. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, also at their residence. The Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Slabaugh, Daryl Borkholder, Anthony Chupp, Delbert Slabaugh, Duane Yoder and Joe Reigsecker.

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