Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 5, 2013

Phyllis L. Vandegrift


— GOSHEN — Phyllis L. Vandegrift, 82, died early Monday morning at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital, Mishawaka. She had been in failing health.

She was born Aug. 28, 1930 in Elkhart, to Mervin and Irma (Miller) Kaufman.

She is survived by three sons, Rick (Susan) of Wakarusa, Randy (Karla) of Maineville, Ohio, and Mark (Laurie) Vandegrift of Ada, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Merlene Parse, Goshen; a brother, Loren (Marilyn) Kaufman, Lake Placid, Fla., a niece, Diana (Jon “Mick”) Stump, Goshen; and a nephew, Tom, (Faith) Parse, Kealakekua, Hawaii.

A 1948 graduate of Topeka High School, Phyllis retired in 1994 from Miles/Bayer Laboratories where she worked as an administrative assistant and also typed scientific papers for book publication. She had also worked at Keene Metal Products and Goshen Rubber.

A member of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, she was a charter member of Parents Without Partners No. 64 and served as treasurer from 1966 to 1970. She also served as a board member of the Goshen Rubber Credit Union.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where a 10 a.m. funeral service will take place Friday. The Rev. Harold Knight of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church will officiate.

Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be given to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.