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Kathryn Agnes Leffel, 93, of Larwill, went to be with her Savior at 5 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at Mason Health & Rehab, Warsaw where she had been a resident since March.
She was born April 8, 1921, near Raber, a daughter of Millard and Goldia Agnes (Conner) Kyler.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She completed her education at Jefferson Center High School.
On April 26, 1940, she married Robert S. Leffel in Fort Wayne, moving to Larwill after a short period. Mr. Leffel went to be with the Lord Aug. 4, 1995.
Kathryn 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.
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.
Kathryn also assisted with Boy Scouts and was past president of the Evening Bells Extension Homemakers Club.
Surviving relatives include two children, William Leffel of Columbia City and Linda (James) Stroup of Pierceton; a foster daughter, Janet (Randy) Grepke of Fort Wayne; two sons-in-law, Ralph Fitch and Mike Rogers, both of Larwill; three grandchildren; three foster grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two foster great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Dale Leffel; a daughter, Joellen Fitch; a foster daughter, Sara Rogers; and a brother, Kendall Kyler.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the final expense account payable to Smith & Sons Funeral Home or Larwill Lions Club.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.