Merlene Janet Parse, 85, died early Monday morning at Courtyard Healthcare.
She was born Nov. 13, 1927 in LaGrange County, to Mervin and Irma (Miller) Kaufman.
She married Robert Parse July 28, 1946 in Goshen. He died Oct. 29, 2001.
She is survived by a daughter, Diana (Jon) Stump, Goshen; a son, Thomas (Faith Nava) Parse, Fairbanks, Alaska; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Loren (Marilyn) Kaufman, Lake Placid, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Phyllis Vandegrift; and a granddaughter, Traci Stump.
A lifetime resident of the Topeka and Goshen area, Mrs. Parse was a member of the Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, Bradenton, Fla. and the Elkhart County Campers.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service on Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen. The Rev. Harold Knight of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, Goshen, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, Bradenton.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.