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Charlene Christophel, 93, died Saturday at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born Sept. 29, 1924 in Middlebury to Noble and Edna (Kauffman) Showalter.
On Nov. 1, 1947 she married Theron Christophel at Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, Goshen. He died Aug. 1, 2001.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Buss, Pepperell, Massachusetts, Shirley "Crik" (Steve Zoller) Christophel, Mount Morris, New York, and Ronda (Chris) Miller, Newport News, Virginia; a son, Roger Christophel, South Bend; five grandchildren, Jesse (Jenn) Buss, Christopher (Jessica) Buss, Briana Buss, Sarah (Billy) Lemon, and Emily (Kendall) Wenger; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Deal, Goshen; and two brothers, Glen (RoseAnne) Showalter, Millersburg, and Dale (Sherry) Showalter, Goshen.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jay, Stahley, and Gerald Showalter; and a sister, Vesta Stroman.
Charlene graduated from Millersburg High School and attended Goshen College. She was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church and was a longtime waitress at the former Plain & Fancy Restaurant.
Friends and family may gather Friday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Yellow Creek Cemetery, 64901 C. R. 11, Goshen, for a graveside service prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 Ind. 15, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Bethany Christian Schools or Waterford Mennonite Church.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared on the website.
Published on December 10, 2017
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