Winona Lake Obituaries


Susan Kay Stafford

OI632346687_StaffordSusanobitphotoSusan Kay Stafford, 62, of Winona Lake, Ind., went to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw, Ind.

She was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana where she was a Warsaw High School graduate. In January of 1986 she was employed by Warsaw Community Public Library as an Administrative Assistant. Susan worked there until her passing. She was a member of Faith Fellowship in North Manchester, Ind., she enjoyed reading, traveling and especially spending time with her friends and family.   

Susan was born on Nov. 24, 1951, in Warsaw, to John Howard Stafford and Thelma Nancy (Maynard) Stafford.   

She is survived by her sister: Jewel Hatfield, South Bend, Ind.; niece: Virginia Hatfield, South Bend, Ind.; her adopted Addair family; and special caregivers: Tracy Bloom-Kenney and Renee Sweeny, both of Warsaw.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and her brother-in-law. 

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home. Her memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, and will be officiated by Pastor Don Horn, and assisted by Pastors Andrew and Connie Wyckoff. 

Memorial donations may be directed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 941 E 86th St # 100, Indianapolis, Ind.,  46240-1842.

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Henry Samuel Yeiter

Yeiter, Henry Samuel obit photoHenry Samuel Yeiter, 4 month old son of Samuel Seth Yeiter and Celestine Ann (Deck) Yeiter, Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born April 22, 2014, in Fort Wayne, Ind. His last hours were spent in his parents arms, at peace and free from pain. “We are honored to have been his parents. It was for much too short a time.”

He is survived by his parents; his brother: Jack; and two sisters: Elizabeth and Nora Yeiter, all home in Winona Lake, Ind.; grandparents: Stan and Leah Yeiter, Atwood, Ind.; and Mike and Bev Deck, Winona Lake, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his siblings: Shalom and Karis Irene Yeiter.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, and officiated by Pastor Bruce Barlow. Burial will be at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.

Memorial donations in Henry’s memory may be made to the Tim and Liz Sprankle Adoption Fund and may be mailed to 1504 E. Main St., Warsaw, IN 46580 or placed in a memorial envelope at the service.

Online condolences may be sent through the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home website.

Elizabeth Faith Leopold

Elizabeth Faith Leopold was stillborn at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

Elizabeth was born to John Paul and Angela Renee Leopold and is survived by her parents; a sister: Jessica Grace Leopold, Winona Lake, Ind.; maternal grandparents: David and Nannette DeCook, Grandville, Mich.; paternal grandparents: Jean Leopold, Englewood, Ohio; Larry and Kathy Leopold, Springfield, Ohio; maternal great-grandparents: Annabelle Samuelson, Allegan, Mich.; Joseph and Joyce DeCook, Fennville, Mich.; and paternal great-grandmother: Barbara Rihm, Beavercreek, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High St., Warsaw, and officiated by Dr. Erik Ohman. A private graveside service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw

Memorial donations in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High St., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Online condolences may be sent through the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home’s website.


Benjamin Eli Bingham Sr.

2624763Benjamin Eli Bingham Sr., 62, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away July 31, 2014, at Elkhart General Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 19, 1952, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Norman and Eileen Bingham. He married Martha J. Smith on March 3, 2003; she preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2006.

Benjamin joined the United States Marine Corp and was honorably discharged. He was a skilled handyman who enjoyed working on cars and keeping busy. He was dedicated to his career of truck driving up until he could no longer drive due to his illness.

He is survived by a son: Benjamin (Matthew) Bingham Jr., Winona Lake, Ind.; two daughters: Leaa (Aaron) Chew, Claypool, Ind.; Erin (Camden) Woolett; and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Visitation begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the First Apostolic Church, 802 E. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka, Ind. The memorial service will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen, Ind., is handling the arrangements.


Charles Edward Lisenbee

OI2123208102_LisenbeeCharlesobitphotoCharles Edward Lisenbee, 77, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1936, in Belle County, Ky., to James Lisenbee and Nellie (Hampton) Lisenbee Hoskins. On Dec. 23, 2012, he was married to Eleanor (Koban) Lisenbee, who survives.

Charles had worked for many years as a coal miner and as a factory worker in West Virginia and Illinois.  He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana for the past 16years where he attended Church of the Nazarene in Warsaw, Indiana.

He is survived by two sons: Chuck (Teresa) Lisenbee, Warsaw, Ind.; Jim (Tracy) Lisenbee, Warsaw; daughter: Peggi (Ron) Wright, Winona Lake; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother: Jerome (Joyce) Hoskins, North Manchester, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Bobby Morris; Tyrone Lisenbee; five brothers; and one sister.                

No visitation will be held. A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Church of the Nazarene, 1654 Fisher Ave., Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor William Keen. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.