FISHER — Edna Sutter Springer, 98, of Fisher, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.
She was born Sept. 8, 1917, on a farm near Hopedale, the daughter of Lee and Alma Nafziger Sutter. She married Roy Springer of Saybrook on Dec. 30, 1939, at Hopedale. They made their home on the Springer family farm near Bellflower and farmed there. Roy preceded her in death Oct. 7, 2011, at the age of 96.
Edna is survived by her daughter, Carol (James) Rhodes, Topeka, Kan.; two sons, Royal (Beverly) Springer, Fisher, and Keith (Kathleen) Springer, Saybrook; and foster son, Mark (Mary Jo) Bodenhamer, Newbury Park, Calif. She had eight grandchildren, two foster grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Dr. Willis Sutter, Eureka, and Dr. Earl Sutter, Goshen, Ind., and two sisters, Lela Sutter, Goshen, Ind., and Jean King, Aiken, S.C.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernal and Dennis Sutter; and four sisters, Ina Sutter, Oleeda Albrecht, Miriam Albrecht and Alice Wenger.
Edna graduated from Hopedale High School in 1935. She was baptized at the age of 14 at Hopedale Mennonite Church. She attended a short-term Bible class at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., which proved helpful to her during her years as a homemaker, Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher. She was a member of East Bend Mennonite Church, where she was active in Mennonite Women, a service organization that sews clothing, comforters and quilts for the needy. Edna and Roy and their family served at Alexander Chapel (AME) at Gibson City for three years. After retirement from farming, Edna and Roy moved to Fisher. They worked as volunteers for 14 years at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade store that provides a market for artisans in developing countries.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Bend Mennonite Church, rural Fisher, with the Rev. Michael Dean officiating. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour before the service Saturday. Burial will be in East Bend Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sutter Scholarship Fund at Goshen College, Mennonite Mission Network or East Bend Mennonite Church.
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements.