Robert Wade Blosser

BlosserRobert Wade Blosser, 90, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind.

He was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Roy P. and Orpha E. (Kring) Blosser. He was a 1940 graduate of New Paris High School and he was a lifetime member of Turkey Creek Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. Robert married Phyllis J. Watkins on Feb. 23, 1946, in Milford, Ind. She survives.

He was a farmer, and had lived and worked on the family farm his entire life. Robert was still farming and driving the combine until he was 88.

She is survived by sons: Dennis L. Blosser, Nappanee; Brad D. (Janene) Blosser, Nappanee; daughter: Vicki (Ron) Wedel, Nappanee; grandchildren: Matthew (Lyndi) Blosser, Nappanee; Adam Blosser, Nappanee; and Nathan (Katie) Mikel, Etna Green; step-grandson: Robert Wedel; five great-grandchildren: Brayden and Bryce Blosser, Lauren, Ryan and Megan Mikel; and sisters: Phyllis Beer, Nappanee; and Lonita (Ray) Cheechio, Elkhart, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a step-grandson: Brant Wedel.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, as well as from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the former Turkey Creek Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. Reverend Roger Eberly will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Family Christian Development Center.

Bessie E. Blosser

Bessie E. Blosser, 91, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind.

She was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Nappanee, Ind., to George and Nettie (Muffley) Marquart. She married Arthur Blosser on Feb. 12, 1944, in Bourbon, Ind. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1998.

She was a homemaker and a lifetime area resident. Bessie was a member of the First Church of God in Nappanee, and a member of the W.C.G. at the First Church of God. She liked to garden and she also enjoyed baking, and needle work.

Surviving are daughters: Sharon K. (David) Bean, Nappanee; Anita Blosser, Nappanee; grandson: David (Emily) Bean Jr., Nappanee; and sister: Treva Herr, Nappanee.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Vern, Berlin ‘Bud,’ Harold and Chester Marquart; and sisters: Jenny Marquart, Edith Brock, Pearl Lemler, Florence Hepler, Marjorie Bixler-Baker, Esther Smith, and Anna Cripe.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at The First Church of God in Nappanee. Reverend Sam Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow at Hepton Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Epilepsy Foundation or to the Donor’s choice.

Bradley D. Hollar

924198_profile_picBradley D. Hollar, 26, of Bristol, Ind., passed away at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, unexpectedly from natural causes.

He was born May 30, 1986, in Elkhart, Ind., to Dana and Dawn (Lambert) Hollar. He was an area lifetime resident. Bradley was a 2005 graduate of Northwood High School, where he was a member of the 2005 state runner-up football team. He then received his accounting degree from Bethel College. He married Kayla Wolfe on Aug. 16, 2008, at Nappanee Missionary Church.

Bradley worked in sales with Forest Pharmaceuticals. He was a member of the Presidents Club for Sales Achievement. In 2012, he was awarded Representative of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic area for Forest Pharmaceuticals. He was a member of Nappanee Missionary Church. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid Notre Dame fan.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Jayda Hollar; parents: Dana and Dawn Hollar, Nappanee, Ind.; sister: Bethany (Isaac) Burtsfield, Millersburg, Ind.; brother: Brent Hollar, Nappanee; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jack (Bernice) Wolfe, Angola, Ind.; grandparents: Denny (Elaine) Lambert, Nappanee; grandparents-in-law: Sharon (Leroy) Johnson, Hudson, Ind.; Ted (Linda) McClellan, Daytona, Fla.; grandfather-in-law: Max Wolfe, Pleasant Lake, Ind.; great-grandmother: Reatha Lambert, Nappanee; and brother-in-law: Matt Wolfe, Indianapolis, Ind.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Sanctuary. Pastors Derry Prenkert and Dave Engbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Bradley Hollar Memorial Fund for his daughter Jayda.

Craig A. Johnston

Craig A. Johnston, 57, of Nappanee, Ind., died unexpectedly of natural causes, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Plymouth, Ind.

He was born Jan. 1, 1956, in South Bend, Ind., to Henry and LaVonne “Bonnie” (Cattin) Johnston. Craig lived his lifetime in Nappanee, he attended NorthWood High School. He had worked at Goshen Rubber Company for 31 years. He was a NRA member and a lifetime member of Nappanee Conservation Club. He was a Motorcycle enthusiast.

Surviving are two sons: Cody and Connor Johnston, both of Nappanee; a brother: Terry (JoAnn) Johnston, Chicago, Ill.; and the love of his life: Carol Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Karen Johnston.

Private services are being planned with burial to follow at Stony Point Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nappanee Public Library.

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

Inez M. Witmer

Inez M. Witmer, 97, of Plymouth, Ind., and formerly of Nappanee, Ind., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Elkhart County, Ind., near Nappanee to Mervin G. and Elmeda (Wagner) Michael. She graduated from the Nappanee High School and had lived in Osceola before moving to Plymouth in 1996. She attended the First Brethren Church in Osceola.

Inez was a former 4-H Junior and Senior Leader, and was the first 4-H Fair Queen for Elkhart County. She married Mervin H. Witmer on Nov. 6, 1949, in Wyatt, and he preceded her in death on April 25, 1996.

She is survived by a son: Timothy Witmer, Plymouth; two granddaughters: Brandi and Brittany Witmer, both of Lafayette, Ind.; and brother: Earl (Mary) Michael, Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by her daughter: Patricia Ann Venckus; and brothers: Glenn “Mike” Harold and Paul Michael.

Friends and family may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, also at the funeral home. Pastor Terry Tyler of Grace Point Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the donor’s choice.

Judith Elaine Miller

Judith MillerJudith Elaine Miller, 56, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla.

She was born June 18, 1956 in Elkhart, Ind., to Nelson and Mary (Yoder) Martin. She was a lifetime area resident. She married Devon L. Miller on May 27, 1978, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.

Judy graduated from Northwood High School, and worked at Miller’s Market for many years. She also worked at Everence/MMA in Goshen, Ind. She was a member of Wakarusa Missionary Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, and traveling with her family. She was also a very competitive game player. 

She is survived by her parents; husband; daughters: Kristy (Clint) Cripe, Nappanee; Kathy (Josh) Welker, Goshen; grandchildren: Wyatt Cripe; Ella Cripe; Wesley Welker; brother: Jeff (Amy) Martin, Goshen; and sisters, Patty (Albert) Bontrager, Wakarusa; Barb (Fred) Snyder, New Paris; Anita (Rich) Yoder, Greenwood, Ind.

Friends may visit the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Wakarusa Missionary Church, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m at the church. Saturday Feb. 16. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, also at the church. Pastor Rob Dauber will lead the service. Burial will follow at Olive West Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Mission Fund at the Wakarusa Missionary Church.