Thelma E. Horner
Thelma E. Horner died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Hospice House, Elkhart.
She was born in 1934 in rural Paw Paw, Michigan, to Glenn and Louella (Warren) McKnight.
She was married Dec. 31, 1955, in Paw Paw, Michigan, to Glen Horner; he survives in Goshen.
Survivors in addition to her husband are her daughter, Elaine (Linford) Martin, Middlebury; a son, Carl (Stephanie) Horner, Wakarusa; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Judy McKnight, Chippewa Lake, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Perry McKnight.
Thelma graduated from Western Michigan University in 1954 with an associate secretarial degree and received a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, in 1987.
She served as an administrative assistant of Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries from 1975 to 1978, conference coordinator of Ohio Mennonite Conference from 1978 to 1982 and conference coordinator of Illinois Mennonite Conference from 1995 to 1999. Thelma also served in pastoral ministry, co-pastoring with her husband Glen at First Mennonite Church, Morton, Illinois; as an intentional interim pastor at Meadows Mennonite Church, Chenoa, Illinois; and an interim with Glen at Orrville Mennonite Church, Orrville, Ohio.
After retirement, Thelma and Glen resided in Middlebury and at Greencroft, Goshen. She was a member of Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.
A private graveside service will be held at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury, prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service Monday, Sept. 23, at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 Ind. 15, Goshen. Pastor Terry Zehr will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Center for Hospice Care.
Published on September 18, 2019


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Gerald and Beulah Steiner
Sep 20, 2019
Thinking of you and your family as you grieve the loss of Thelma. May God be with you and give you strength.