Katherine E. Swartzentruber


Katherine E. Swartzentruber, 93, of LaGrange, and formerly of Shipshewana, died Saturday, Aug. 17, at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange.
She was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Van Buren Township (LaGrange County), to Ira and Eva (Kline) Swartzentruber.
Katherine spent all of her life in the Shipshewana area. She was a member of the Scott United Methodist Church, joining the church in 1944. She was a very active member of the church by serving as a Sunday school teacher, trustee and as a historian, celebrating the 175-year anniversary in 2009 and 180-year anniversary in 2014.
She attended Scott High School and graduated in 1943.
Katherine worked as the parts manager of Weaver and Lingg International Harvester Co. from 1944- 1963. She was a bus driver for the Westview School corporation from 1963-1997, driving students for 34 years. She also worked as the store manager for the Hostetler Hardware in Shipshewana from 1968-1997.
She gave 43 years of service to the LaGrange County Cancer Society as a member of the board of directors from 1967-2010.
In 2002, Katie moved to the Country Crossing in Shipshewana, where she served on the association board, as well as being an officer for 6 years.
Surviving Katie is her brother, Gordon (Margaret) Swartzentruber of LaGrange; two nieces, Lisa Tjarks of Howe and Diane Goynea of Churubusco; two great-nephews, Adam Tjarks and Seth Tjarks, both of Howe; a great-niece, Brooke (Mike) Richardson of Mongo; and a great-great-niece, Sunshine Richardson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services for Katherine will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Scott United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Christopher White officiating.
Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Howe.
A viewing will be held at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Memorials may be given in Katie's memory to the Scott United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be submitted to the family at fruripmayfuneralhome.com.
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Jane (Keefus) Hadley and Art Hadley
Aug 18, 2019
With great thanksgiving for the life of Katherine, we will miss her spirit of adventure, cheerfulness, memories, and family connection.