Willodean Yoder

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Willodean Yoder

July 29, 1930 - October 09, 2018

Willodean Yoder, 88, Nappanee, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Center for Hospice House in Elkhart. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2017.
She was born July 29, 1930, in Syracuse, to Ray and Erma (Gross) Wilkinson. She was a lifetime area resident and a graduate of Syracuse High School. She received her bachelor's degree in math and English at Ball State University. She later received her master's degree at St. Frances in Fort Wayne.
On June 29, 1962, she married Enos Yoder at EUB Methodist Church in Nappanee.
Willodean was a freshman English teacher at NorthWood High School. She was a member of the Nappanee First Church of God, was the president of the Campfire Girls, served on the Nappanee City Council from 1984-1992, and was a member of the Women's Missionary Society at the church. She also played the piano and organ for the church.
Willodean was an avid quilter and one of her quilts is on display at the Nappanee Center. She was an award-winning quilter at the Elkhart County Fair.
She is survived by her husband, Enos Yoder, Nappanee; children, Bill (Barb) Yoder, Elkhart, Pam (Doug) Yoder, Nappanee, and Greg (Cathy) Yoder, North Palm Beach, Florida; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Esther (Jack) Forest, Sebring, Florida.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Weslie VanDamme.
Family and friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Friday, Oct. 12, at Nappanee First Church of God. The Rev. Sam Bennett will officiate.
Burial will follow at South Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart or Nappanee First Church of God.
Published on October 10, 2018
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Visitation

Thursday October 11, 2018

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home

950 North Main Street, Nappanee, IN, USA

Visitation

Thursday October 11, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home

950 North Main Street, Nappanee, IN, USA

Funeral service

Friday October 12, 2018

10:00 AM

Nappanee First Church of God

72036 County Road 7, Nappanee, IN, USA

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