Winona Lake Obituaries

M. Rose Snyder

OI1339735081_SnyderMRoseobitphotoM. Rose Snyder, 103, Winona Lake, Ind., passed away 6:52 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Grace Village Health Care in Winona Lake.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1910, in Conemaugh, Penn., to Grover and Myrtle May (Gossard) Snyder.

Rose graduated from Ashland College in Ohio with a teaching certificate in 1929.  She taught in Ohio for 2 years and then spent the next 42 years teaching in her home town — first in Conemaugh and then the last 5 years in Franklin once the school systems were consolidated. For most of her career she taught fifth-grade, many times teaching the children and grandchildren of former students until her retirement in 1973. Rose enjoyed socializing with friends, and had traveled throughout the United States and Europe. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and needle crafts.  Except for her years in Ohio, she was a lifelong resident of Conemaugh until this past December 2013 when she moved to an assisted living facility in Winona Lake, to be near family. Rose was thrilled with a surprise 100th birthday party in her honor in September 2010.

She is survived by her niece: Karen Basham, Mishawaka, Ind.; and her nephew: David Snyder, Mason, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother: Blaine Snyder; and her sister: Ruth Snyder.

There is no visitation or services planned, she will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Johnstown, Penn.

Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, Ind.

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Ellen Farra

FarrahMargaret “Maggie” Eileen Farra, 83, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 8:09 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Mason Health & Rehab of Warsaw, Ind.

She was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 9 years where she had been attending Warsaw Community Church. Margaret had worked in the Columbus Kroger Bakery in Columbus, Ohio, retiring in 1992 after 20 years of service.  She was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan, loved to work on puzzles, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was born June 10, 1930, in Franklin County, Ohio, to Charles Marcus Price and Alice Hannah (Pester) Price. On July 3, 1953 she was married for 50 years to Carl Duaine Farra, who passed away March 27, 2004.

She is survived by a son: John (Sharon) Farra, Columbus, Ohio; four daughters: Deborah (Gary) Rhodeback, Columbus, Ohio; Cheryl (Edd) Habegger, Winona Lake; Sharon (Joel) Bishop, Columbus, Ohio; and Cindy Padgett, Williamsburg, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by parents, three brothers and one sister.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel, Columbus, Ohio. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service, at the Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel, 3030 W. Broad Street, Columbus, and officiated by Edd Habegger. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus.

Local arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw.

Memorials in Margaret’s name may be directed to the American Lung Association; 1950 Arlingate Lane; Columbus, OH 43228.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home website.

Lily Mae Hurd

Hurd, Lily MaeLily Mae Hurd, 82, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, Ind.

She was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Bonanza, Ky., to Henry and Rushie (Robinson) Yates. She married Johnie Hurd on Oct. 6, 1947, in North Manchester, Ind.

She was a resident of Grace Village Nursing Home in Winona Lake, Ind., at the time of her passing.

Hurd was a jogger for R.R. Donnelley for 10 years and a member of the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses

She is survived by a son: Dannie (Amy) Hurd, Warsaw, Ind.; two daughters: Regina (Don) Ervin, Warsaw; and Wanda Hurd, Rochester, Ind.; a sister: Hazel McFarren, Angola, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Johnie Hurd; a brother: Homer Yates; and two sisters: Hester Abbott and Ruby Yates.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Warsaw. Brother Mike Longenecker will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice or simple acts of kindness may be done for others in Lily’s memory.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Elma Grace (Ingram) Abbott

image001Elma Grace (Ingram) Abbott, 90, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 10:28 p.m. on March 5, 2014, at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake.

She was born on July 23, 1923, in College Springs, Iowa, to Elma (Fine) and George Benton Ingram. On Dec. 25, 1941, she was married to Alvon Dale Abbott, who survives in Winona Lake. Prior to moving to Grace Village Retirement Community, Grace had lived in the Circle Drive neighborhood of Warsaw, Ind., since 1967, with close friends and neighbors Mary Lois Swain, Gracie Freeman, and Irene Golden.

Grace had worked for Little Crow Foods and Rockhill Law firm both of Warsaw, as well as having worked as a creative writer for 22 years for the Free Methodist Headquarters, then in Winona Lake, from which she retired in 1988. She was a member of Winona Lake Free Methodist Church since 1941, where she taught Sunday School classes for more than 40 years.  She served in various capacities in Christian Education across the years; was a member and former vice-president of Winona Literary Club; member of Book Club; and active in the Red Hat Society. For more than 10 years she was a volunteer tutor for Kosciusko Literacy Services; and Executive Director for five years when it was Kosciusko Literacy Volunteers Association.

She is survived by her husband; two sons: Stephen (Paula) Abbott, Fishers, Ind.; Phillip (Lydia) Abbott, Lenexa, Kansas; one daughter: Sandra (Sam) Bowling, Pierceton, Ind.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and countless loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four siblings; and one granddaughter.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, 902 College Ave., Winona Lake, and will be officiated by Pastor Roland Kramer. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Memorial donations in Grace’s name may be directed to Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, 902 College Ave., Winona Lake, IN 46590 and would be appreciated by her family.

Merle Leroy Sheffer

Sheffer, Merle obit photoMerle Leroy Sheffer, 84, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw, Ind.

He was born on March 18, 1929, in Van, Pa., to Warren Garnet Sheffer and Neva Izora (Ziegler) Sheffer. On Aug. 16, 1951, in Oil City, Pa., he was married to Patricia Louise Lane, who survives in Winona Lake.

He was a 1947 graduate of Cranberry High School, Cranberry, Pa., where he was a star basketball and baseball player. While in school he was active in the high school band, orchestra and drama club, as well as a member of the “Hayrake League,” a local baseball league. Merle was privileged to be selected to attend the first inter-collegiate all-state band and chorus in 1950, directed by conductor Fred Waring.

Merle in 1951 from Clarion State Teachers College. During the summer months he worked at Eakin Novelty Works as a wood craftsman. From 1951 until his retirement in 1987 he was a teacher and principal in the Cranberry Elementary School system in Seneca, Pa.

During his time in the U.S. Army he served during the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955 as a sergeant. He also served in the 69th Infantry Division Band & Chorus performing weekly on the Arlene Francis Soldiers Parade Show. After his honorable discharge from the military he completed his Master’s Degree in education at Penn State University in 1957.

He retired to Arizona, where he enjoyed hiking in the desert. He lived there for 13 winters before moving to Grace Village Retirement Community of Winona Lake 10 years ago where he enjoyed his time until his ill health and his passing.

He is survived by his wife: Patricia Louise Sheffer, Winona Lake; three sons:  Gordon (Barbara) Sheffer, Westville, Ind.; David (Kathy) West, Temperance, Mich.; Thomas West, Oil City, Pa.; daughter: Rebecca Carnes, Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

No visitation is planned. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Grace Village Chapel, 337 Grace Village Dr., Winona Lake, and officiated by Reverend Milt Ryerson. Military rites will be conducted by the Indiana ARNG Honor Guard, the American Legion Post #49, and the VFW Post #1126 both of Warsaw. Burial will be at a later date at Brandon Cemetery in Cranberry, Pa.

Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw.

Memorials may be made to Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590.

Anna Marie Hughes

HughesAnna Marie Hughes, 79 of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 3:13 p.m. Feb. 7, 2014, in St. Joseph Hospital – Select, Fort Wayne, Ind.

On Oct. 15, 1934, she was born in Lancer, Ky., to Henry and Lizzie (Hurd) DeRosett. She was united in marriage to Malcom Hughes on July 1, 1961, in Clintwood, Va.

Anna was raised in the Lancer, area until moving to Warsaw, Ind. She retired from Jomac Inc., after 26 years of service. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

Anna is survived by her husband; her daughter: Mary (Brian) Sager, Winona Lake; four grandchildren: Hugh Freeman, Bloomington, Ind.; Hunter Freeman, Winona Lake; Jason Sager, Winona Lake; and Kaitlin Sager, Wabash, Ind.; and one brother: Lowell (Cheryl) DeRosett.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister.

Visitation hours will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the funeral chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Pastor Glen Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be directed to American Lung Association, 802 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3935.

To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, visit the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website