December 14, 1923 -- September 14, 2020
Wilma J. Markle, 96, of Middlebury, died at 7:45 pm, on Monday, September
14 at Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart. She was born on December 14,
1923, in Peoria, IL, to Caryll and Lena E. (Kepcha) Ricketts. On February 6,
1943 in Gary, IN she married John A. Markle; he died December 31, 1979.
Surviving are two daughters, Jackie (Jerry) Gordon of Albion, Jill (Bob)
Green of Ogden Dunes; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by her husband; parents; five brothers, Robert,
Kenneth, Stanley, Roger and Richard Ricketts. Wilma worked in operator
services for Bell Telephone of Illinois for 25 years prior to retiring in 1983.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Middlebury and loved to
travel, visiting every state in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and
Europe. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, September 18 at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. Funeral
services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor
Katherine Kolodziejczyk. A graveside service will be held in Graceland
Cemetery, Valparaiso on Monday, September 21 at 12:00 pm noon (11:00
am CST). Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Center
for Hospice Care (Elkhart Hospice House).
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Wilma J. Markle