Fanny Mae (Nissley) Bontrager passed away Wednesday, July 12, at her home.
She was born April 4, 1935, in Thomas, Oklahoma, to Andy D. and Mary (Yutzy) Nissley.
On May 18, 1961, she married Allen A. Bontrager in Ligonier. To this union were brought four children from a former marriage: Elson, Elmina, Nada and Lorene. Seven children were born to this marriage: Mary, Minerva, Melvin, Martha, Malinda, Ellen and Elizabeth.
Fanny had a passion for teaching which extended back to 1957. She also enjoyed gardening. The family moved to LaGrange from Kokomo in 1971.
Left to carry on life's duties are her husband, Allen A. Bontrager; children, Reuben and Emma Brandenberger, Eli and Elmina Hochstetler, Greg and Nada Henderson, and Brackie and Lorene Fugate, all of LaGrange, Ernest and Mary Miller, Howe, Paul and Minerva DeJianne, Huntertown, Melvin and Rachel Bontrager, Howe, Danny and Martha Miller, Homer, Michigan, Raymond and Melinda Yutzy, Princeton, Missouri, Joshua and Ellen Murphy, Hillsboro, Wisconsin, and Dan and Elizabeth Salisbury, LaGrange; 43 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leroy and Katie Nissley, Wolcottville, and William and Susan Nissley, Georgia; three sisters, Lloyd and Katie Viola Hochstetler, Middlebury, Amos and Mary Margaret Hochstetler, Milford, and Albert and Ruby Ellen Hochstedler, Kokomo.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, John; son, Elson Bontrager; granddaughter, Christi Ornelas; and great-grandson, Daniel Beechy.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 13, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ernest Miller residence, 6425 N. 100 West, Howe.
A funeral service will take place at the Miller residence, Saturday July 15, at 9:30 a.m. The home ministers of the church will officiate.
Burial will be at Mast Cemetery, LaGrange.
Arrangements are with Carney-Frost Funeral Home, LaGrange.
Published on July 13, 2017