Goshen News, Goshen, IN


January 14, 2013

Opal Maxine (Miller) Tarman

Nov. 14, 1913-Jan. 13, 2013

NEW PARIS —  Opal Maxine (Miller) Tarman, 99, died Sunday at 3:25 a.m. at Courtyard Healthcare, Goshen.

She was born Nov. 14, 1913 in Wakarusa, to Alvin C. and Carrie (Blessing) Miller.

She married Fredrick H. Tarman, May 8, 1938, in Wakarusa.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Thomas D. (Lorna) Tarman, Atlanta, Mich.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died June 13, 1994; her father, who died in 1963; and her mother, who died in 1964.

Opal graduated in 1931 from Wakarusa High School and in 1933 from South Bend Business College. She worked at the Kunderd Gladiola Farm, at Studebakers for about five years and New Paris Creamery for about 20 years.

A member of Wakarusa United Methodist Church for 10 years, she joined Grace United Methodist Church in New Paris in 1938. She was also a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority for more than 55 years.

She played the alto saxophone in the Elkhart County Band, the Highland County Band in Florida, the Lake Area Band and the area town bands in Wakarusa and New Paris.

Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Friday at Grace United Methodist Church, New Paris. The Rev. Rob Nelson will officiate.

Burial will be in New Paris Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bashor Home.

Messages of condolence for the family may be shared at www.rrefh.com.


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