HOPEDALE — Eunice E. Nafziger, 84, of Hopedale, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Sunday (April 23, 2017) at Hopedale Nursing Home.
She was born May 2, 1932, in Grabill, Ind., to Levi C. and Eva Yoder Yoder. She married Lloyd E. Nafziger on Sept. 30, 1951, in Leo, Ind. He passed away Aug. 6, 2009.
Surviving are two sons, Rodney (Miriam) Nafziger, Lancaster, Pa., and Kent (Arlene) Nafziger, Grand Island, Neb.; two daughters, Marla (Kurt) Walker, Armington, and Gail (Joe) King, Bellevue; six grandchildren, Rachael (Ainsley) Gopie; Kristin (Adam) Jones; Matthew, Jacob and David Walker; and Abigail King; four great-grandchildren, Conrad and Naomi Gopie, Neil and Lydia Jones; three sisters, Arlene Stuckey, Grabill, Ind.; Jean Stuckey, Leo, Ind.; and Delores Nafziger, Normal.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Y. Nafziger; and one infant brother, LaMoine.
Eunice graduated from Leo High School in 1950. She worked at Brotherhood Insurance in Fort Wayne and later was a full-time homemaker and farm wife.
She was a member of the Hopedale Mennonite Church, where she was active in the Mennonite Women’s Organization and taught children’s Sunday school. She also volunteered for Love Packages Ministry, was active in the local chapter of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and a member of the church's outreach ministries.
Eunice was an avid letter writer, sending notes of encouragement and support to people across the United States and around the world. She had the gift of hospitality and hosted countless people in her home. Eunice and Lloyd hosted six Mennonite Central Committee international trainees in their home over the years.
She was an avid reader, woman of prayer, insightful and a great example of faith to her family and others.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopedale Mennonite Church. Her son-in-law, Pastor Kurt Walker, will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour before the service Saturday. Burial will be at Mennonite Cemetery, Hopedale.
Memorials may be made to Hopedale Mennonite Church or Mennonite Disaster Service or Love Packages.
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