Janet K. Kiefer
July 7, 1917-Dec. 27, 2013
MILFORD — Janet K. Kiefer, 96, a dedicated and loving mother, died at 11 a.m. Friday at Lakeland Rehab and Healthcare Center, Milford.
She was born July 7, 1917, in Elkhart, to Daniel W. and Rose M. (Miller) Cripe. Janet married Gerald L. Yoder June 12, 1937. She married Walter K. Kiefer of Elkhart Oct. 15, 1982, at Trinity United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2010.
Left to carry on her memory are her four children (three sons and one daughter), Gary L. Yoder, San Diego, Calif., Thomas (Nancy) A. Yoder, Syracuse, Kent (Linda) J. Yoder, Bristol, and Nancy D. McClain, Goshen; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kiefer was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers, Maxine Fetters, Peoria, Ariz., Cecil Cripe, Grass Valley, Calif., and Robert Cripe, Greensburg.
Janet attended Elkhart High School and Elkhart Business College. While at EHS she enjoyed tennis and hygiene classes under Catherine Wolf. She was a bookkeeper for Yoder Oil for 10 years and sales secretary for 10 years with Windsor Homes. She loved collecting fine antiques and listening to classical and gospel music. Her true passion was her family.
Janet remembers clearly at age 7 accepting Jesus as her Lord and Savior while walking home from the Lutheran Church. She was a member of St. John’s UCC, Elkhart. Her favorite verse is:
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
³You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on you, Because he trusts in You.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday for viewing followed by a funeral service at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, 403 W. Franklin St., Elkhart. Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Lifeline Youth Ministries of Elkhart (Youth For Christ), PO Box 73, Elkhart, IN 46515.