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Lydia Mae Kauffman, 90, Middlebury, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 24, at 12:40 a.m. surrounded by her family. She was admitted to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, with breathing difficulties Aug. 7 and later admitted to the Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart, Aug. 16.
She was born at Loogootee, Sept. 3, 1926, to William and Lizzie Gingerich.
On July 2, 1945, she married Elmer Riegsecker. He passed away Feb. 5, 1982.
On March 3, 1984, she married Marion Kauffman. He passed away Aug. 5, 2016.
Lydia had two sons, Stephen (Waneta) Riegsecker, Middlebury, and Larry Riegsecker, Goshen; and two daughters, Diane (Ernie) Cross, Wawaka, and Karen Knowlton, Goshen. She also had 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
With her marriage to Marion, she gained three sons, Ron (Tina) Kauffman, Shipshewana, Craig (Diane) Kauffman, Albany, Oregon, and Loren (Paula) Kauffman, Columbia City. He also had six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and one surviving brother, Bill (Naomi) Gingerich, Ohio.
Preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Elmer; six brothers, Pete, George, Jake, Joe, Herman and Clarence; two sisters, Juliann and Betz; and a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Riegsecker.
Lydia loved to have things clean and one of her first jobs was cleaning houses. She worked many years at Artisan & Kirsch in the sewing department. In her retirement years, Lydia and Marion enjoyed delivering RVs and trailers.
Lydia was always willing to help her family. People would often see her down at Cargo Plus busy washing dishes and talking with the customers. She loved to eat out. When asked where she wanted to eat, it was always, "Wherever the car stops!"
Lydia was a member of First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, and later Marion Christian Fellowship.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Marion Christian Fellowship, Shipshewana.
Burial and graveside services will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at Millers Eight Square Cemetery in Middlebury. A celebration of life service is set for 11 a.m. at Marion Christian Fellowship. Pastors Ron and Char Roth and Pastor Joseph Raber will officiate.
Memorials may be given to Marion Christian Fellowship, 5460 N. 450 West, Shipshewana, IN 46545.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.rrefh.com
Published on August 25, 2017
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