Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

April 10, 2014

Frances M. Luther

Frances M. Luther

May 20, 1925-April 9, 2014

HESSTON, Kan. — Frances M. Luther, 88, went to be with her Lord Wednesday at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.

She was born May 20, 1925, to William and Anna (Bechler) Birky near Minier, Ill., and grew up near Kouts, Ind.

She married Charles Walter (Walt) Whitmer of Carlock, Ill., June 17, 1950, and they lived in Illinois and Colorado. He died Oct. 3, 1968.

On Aug. 11, 1974, she married Martin R. Luther and lived with him in Florida and Arizona before they moved back to Kouts in 1996. He died Feb. 17, 1999. Since the death of Fran’s second husband, she moved to Wakarusa, Ind., then to the Newton/Hesston area.

Fran was a homemaker and also did the bookkeeping for the business that she and her first husband owned in Colorado. Church life was very important to her. She sought out a church fellowship in each place she moved and held various positions at these churches. She enjoyed extending hospitality to strangers and friends alike, taking in foster children, teaching neighborhood Bible studies and volunteering her time in the community.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands, C. Walter Whitmer and Martin R. Luther; a son, Gerald Whitmer; three brothers, Thomas, Ray and Lee Birky; two sisters, Bonita Schrag and Margaret Bless; and a stepson, Fred Luther.

Frances is survived by two daughters, Virginia (Lowell) Nunemaker of Wakarusa and Karen (Ron) Bachman of Newton, Kan.; one son, Lyle (Cindy) Whitmer of Fairbanks, Alaska; two sisters, Barbara Hartzler of Cable, Ohio, and Vera Urschel of Lake City, Fla.; one brother, James (Erma) Birky of Greentown, Ind.; four stepchildren, Betty Jennings, Vera Kirby, Richard Luther and Gene Luther; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will take place Monday at 11 a.m. CST at Open Door Fellowship, 636 Baums Bridge Road, Kouts, with the Rev. B.J. Leichty of the Holdeman Mennonite Church of Wakarusa officiating. There will be a time of visitation at the church prior to the service, starting at 9:45 a.m.

Burial will follow at the Hopewell Cemetery in Kouts.

Kosanke Funeral Home, 105 E. Indiana Ave., Kouts, is assisting with arrangements.

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