Lela V. Sutter


Lela V. Sutter, 97, passed away Tuesday, June 11, at Greencroft Health Care, where she had been a patient for five months.
She was born July 24, 1921, in Hopedale, Illinois, to Levi and Alma (Nafziger) Sutter.
Survivors include two brothers, Willis Sutter, Eureka, Illinois, and Earl (Margaret) Sutter, Goshen; and a sister, Jean (John) King, Aiken, South Carolina.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernal and Dennis Sutter; and five sisters, Ina Sutter, Edna Springer, Oleda Albrecht, Miriam Albrecht and Alice Wenger.
Also surviving are eight nephews and 13 nieces, whom she loved and enjoyed spending time with them.
Lela received a Registered Nursing degree from Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Illinois; a Bachelor of Science degree from Goshen College; and a Public Health certificate from Loyola University, Chicago.
She worked for 27 years as a school nurse at York High School, Elmhurst, Illinois, with 24 of those years as head nurse.
Lela took two years during her career for service. Her first leave of absence was to serve with Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities at Mathis, Texas. While at Mathis, she saw a need for maternity care and raised money in the community to build a maternity clinic. She raised $2,400 for materials. Mennonite Voluntary Service young men built the building. It had four beds, an office and a delivery room. It served the migrant population.
During her second leave, she served as dean of women at Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas, for one year.
Lela requested cremation. Her remains will be buried at the Hopedale, Illinois, Mennonite Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
A member of College Mennonite Church, memorial gifts may be directed to the Sutter Family Scholarship Fund at Goshen College or to the church Jubilee Fund.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Published on June 15, 2019
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