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.

Pauline Elizabeth (Brendle) Weaver

PaulinePauline Elizabeth (Brendle) Weaver, 94, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:55 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born March 20, 1918, in East Earl, Pa., to Israel W. and Leah S. (Martin) Brendle. She graduated from New Holland High School, and moved to Nappanee in 1948 from Pennsylvania. Pauline married Isaac G. Weaver on Nov. 2, 1941, in Lancaster County, Pa. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1989.

She worked with her husband in farming and was a homemaker. She was a member of Salem Mennonite Church in New Paris, Ind., and enjoyed contributing to The Women’s Sewing Circle there. She also enjoyed gardening.

She is survived by her son: Kenneth L. (Janet) Weaver, Fort Wayne, Ind.; daughters: Pauline W. (Cary) Habegger, Lebanon, Pa.; Connie L. (Dennis) Stichter, Lebanon; Charlotte A. (Mike Hoover) Weaver, Goshen, Ind.; daughter-in-law: Sherry Weaver, Goshen, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters: Ethel Brendle, Lititz, Pa.; Louisa Lehman, Lancaster, Pa.; Ruth Kauffman, Ephrata, Pa.; Marian (Darrel) Hostetler, Goshen; sister-in-law: Alma Brendle of Goodville, Pa.

She was preceded in death by a son: Leon B. ‘Lee’ Weaver; a brother: Melvin Brendle; and sisters; Irma Hoober and Arlene Martin.

Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. Pastor Terrill Yoder, of Salem Mennonite Church will lead the service. Burial will follow at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Salem Mennonite Church for The Women’s Sewing Circle.

Evelyn M. Flickinger

896917_profile_picEvelyn M. (Burkholder) Flickinger, 86, of Wakarusa, Ind., died at 6:30 p.m. at Friday, Feb. 8, at The Cedars Nursing Home in Leo, Ind., where she had been for the past two years.

She was born July 2, 1926, in Nappanee, Ind., to Roy and Uretha (Frederick) Burkholder. She graduated from Nappanee High School, and the House of James Cosmetology School in South Bend, Ind., and was a beautician for 40 years, and also a housewife.

Evelyn was a lifetime area resident and a member of Union Center Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. She married Glenn Flickinger on Aug. 25, 1945, at the Union Center Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. He preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 2010.

Surviving are sons: Richard (Rebecca) Flickinger, Leo, Ind.; Terry (Debbie) Flickinger and Jon (Julie) Flickinger, both of Wakarusa, Ind.; a daughter: Anna (Randy) Griffin, Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren: Martha (Brian) McCombs, Leo, Ind.; Nikolaus Flickinger, Phoenix, Ariz.; Ryan Griffin and Juliana Griffin, both of Vancouver; Eric (Kortney) Flickinger, Cutler, Ind.; Andy (Amanda) Flickinger, Cave Springs, Ga.; and Jacob, Brynne, and Arika Flickinger, Wakarusa, Ind.; six great-grandchildren; and sister Marilyn Davis, Elkhart, Ind.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Howard, Dallas and Loyal Burkholder.

Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Union Center Church of the Brethren in Nappanee. Pastor Herman Kaufman, assisted by Pastor Ann Fourman will officiate. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be given to the church, Heartland Hospice, or to The Cedars Nursing Home.

Mary E. ‘Scootie’ Bellman

BellmanMary E. ‘Scootie’ Bellman, 75, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 7:04 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, from a short illness at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born April 24, 1937, in Rochester, Ind., to James and Helen (Lytle) Croussore. She graduated from Bremen High School in 1955. She married Glen “Whitey” Bellman on October 2, 1955 in Bremen, Ind. He survives.

They moved to Nappanee from Bremen in 1959. She was a homemaker and babysat. Mary attended Nappanee Missionary Church and she enjoyed bowling.

She is survived by her husband; sons: Jim (Rhonda) Bellman, Nappanee; Todd (Michelle) Bellman, Goshen; daughters: Terri Geyer, Nappanee; Deb (Ron) Ross, Bristol, Ind.; Tammy Martz, Nappanee; Tina (Dan) Newcomer, Nappanee; grandchildren: Jan (Christy) Geyer; Dustin (Stephanie) Geyer; Daric (fiancé Leah) Geyer; Isaac Bellman; Jacob Bellman; Amanda (Jesse) Bellman-Fritcher; Tabitha Bellman; Skye Bellman; Brittney Martz; Brett Martz; Bobby (Becca) Martz; Andrew Newcomer; Caleb Newcomer; Todd (Amy) Martz; Tristan McDougle; Chelsea (Jake) McDougle; as well as 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by son-in-law: Bob Martz; great-granddaughter: Cala Geyer; and sisters: Pat Neff and Jenny Gilpin.

Friends may visit the family from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral will take place on Tues, at 10 a.m. at Nappanee Missionary Church. Pastor Norm Reimer and son-in-law Dan Newcomer will officiate. Burial will follow at South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the church.

Anna E. Borkholder

Anna E. Borkholder, 85, of Bremen, Ind., passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa, Ind., where she had been since July. She suffered a stroke on June 20, 2012.

She was born Jan. 24, 1927, in LaGrange County, Ind., to Eli S. and Sarah (Herschberger) Lehman. She was born and raised in LaGrange County, and was a lifetime area resident of the Nappanee, Ind., area.

Anna was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She married Eli D.S. Borkholder on Oct. 21, 1948, in LaGrange County. He survives.

She is survived by sons: Willis (Freida) Borkholder, Nappanee; Owen (Carolyn) Borkholder, Nappanee: Eli Jr. (Ruth) Borkholder, Bremen; Allen (Sharon) Borkholder, Bremen; daughters: Viola (Willard) Miller, New Paris, Ind.; Lucy (Darryl) Hochstetler, Nappanee; Susie (Randal) Hochstetler, Bremen; 45 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; brothers: Amos (Wilma) Lehman, Shipshewana, Ind.; Levi (Ann) Lehman, Wolcotville, Ind.; sisters: Edna (Ervin) Whetstone, Topeka, Ind.; Dena Miller, Millersburg, Ohio; Clara (Ammon) Bontrager, LaGrange.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother: Harvey Lehman.

Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, and all day Tuesday, at the family residence, 2058 E. B. Road, Bremen. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wed. at Emory Kaufman’s Residence, 1699 B. Road, Bremen. Bishop Wilbur Kuhns and the Home Ministry will officiate. Burial will follow at Borkholder Cemetery.

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