LARWILL – Kathryn Agnes Leffel, 93, Larwill, went to be with her Savior at 5 a.m. July 14, 2014, at Mason Health & Rehab, Warsaw where she had been a resident since March.
She was born April 8, 1921, near Raber, to Millard and Goldia Agnes Conner Kyler. On April 26, 1940, in Fort Wayne, she married Robert S. Leffel, who went to be with the Lord Aug. 4, 1995.
They moved to Larwill after a short period.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She completed her education at Jefferson Center High School. She made her home in Larwill for 69 years, where the neighborhood children knew her home and front porch were always open.
Her charitable work included commodity distribution in Larwill and tornado relief in various areas. A member of one of the first 4-H Clubs, she served later as a 4-H leader for 18 years. She was the Whitley County Senior Queen and was named Citizen of the Year in Larwill in 2007. A member of the Larwill Lions Club, she served with her husband as Lion missionaries in Honduras and also as president of Larwill Lions Club. They both assisted in the building of Kids Dreamland in Columbia City. She was also a member of the Atwood Home Study Extention Club.
The Leffel and Georgia Lock families saved and stored the pictures of the senior classes at Larwill High School, which are now on display at Larwill Community Building. A member of Larwill United Methodist Church, she was a Bible school teacher and nursery school teacher. She also assisted with Boy Scouts and was past president of the Evening Bells Extension Homemakers Club.
Surviving are two children, William Leffel, Columbia City, and Linda (and spouse James) Stroup, Pierceton; a foster daughter, Janet (and spouse Randy) Grepke, Fort Wayne; two sons-in-law, Ralph Fitch and Mike Rogers, both of Larwill; three grandchildren: Katti (and spouse Randy) Sneed, Fairmount; Andi (and spouse Patricia) Stroup, Warsaw; Katrina (and spouse John) Osterman, Larwill; three foster grandchildren: Daniel Rogers and Janice (and spouse John) Bingaham, all of Pierceton; Amy Rogers, Columbia City; 11 great-grandchildren; and two foster great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Dale Leffel; a daughter, Joellen Fitch; a foster daughter, Sara Rogers; and a brother, Kendall Kyler.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial is in South Whitley Cemetery.
Calling is from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials to the final expense account payable to Smith & Sons Funeral Home or Larwill Lions Club.
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