Archbold, OH

Grace Brenneman

Grace Brenneman, 96, formerly from Elida, Ohio, died on Saturday evening, Feb. 27, 2010, at the home of her daughter in Goshen, Ind.

She was born on April 12, 1913, near Archbold to Simon J. and Emma (Kutzli) Short. She was the second of five children and was 10 years old when her mother died. Her father then married Elsie Nofzinger and they had six children.

Grace married Edwin Brenneman on June 6, 1943, and they lived together on their farm near Elida until his death in 1983. She remained on the farm until 2001, when she moved to Goshen.

She attended Bowling Green State University, where she received her teaching certificate. She taught for 12 years prior to her marriage, first in one-room schools, and then in Archbold where she taught fifth grade.

She was a member of Salem Mennonite Church, Elida, and after moving to Goshen she attended Faith Mennonite Church.

She was active in many aspects of the church including making many blankets, hats and school kit bags for relief.

She is survived by her son, Allen (Sheryl) Brenneman and daughter Margaret (Timothy) Thut, both of Goshen; grandchildren, Stephanie Brenneman Ramer, Michelle Ester-Bode, Tanya Brenneman Fast, Daniel Thut, Rebecca Thut Witmer, Amy Thut, Luis Francisco; and 11 greatgrandchildren.

She is also survived by sisters, Ada Short, Herma Gnagey, Helen Holsopple and brothers Walter (Shirley) Short, Herbert (Arlene) Short, Roger (Doris) Short.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Harold, and two sisters, Bessie Emch and Doris Ebersole.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salem Mennonite Church, Elida, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery. A memorial service in Goshen will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.

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