Lois Elizabeth Rhodes
Lois Elizabeth Rhodes, 78, passed away peacefully on Oct. 29 from her
earthly home in Middlebury. Cancer had been a companion for three years.
She was born March 12, 1935, in Hershey, PA, to Nathan and Sue (Miller)
Landvater. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in
Harrisonburg, VA. It was there she met her husband, James. They were
married Jan. 1, 1956.
Survivors include her husband; a son Robert “Bob” (Maribeth Miller) of
Middlebury; a daughter Rhonda (John) Fehring of Churubusco; five
grandchildren, Allen Rhodes of Indianapolis, Brian Rhodes of Elkhart, and
James, Rachel, and Joel Fehring all of Churubusco; two great-
grandchildren, Grace Elizabeth Rhodes of Elkhart and Jaxon Edward
Rhodes of Indianapolis; a sister, Delores Landvater of Halifax, PA.
Lois worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Kermit Bechtel in Goshen and as a
community reporter for the Goshen News and the Elkhart Truth. She also
served as a community appointee to the Goshen Hospital Board. She
retired as a school secretary from Northridge High School.
Lois was active in various programs of First Mennonite Church of
Middlebury, where she had been a member since 1974. She had a love for
Bible verses, many of which she learned from her grandfather. She was
particularly fond of Gospel music with four-part harmony.
Since retirement she and her husband participated in over 40 work
projects with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program in many of the 49
states. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling in their RV, meeting and working
with people in the ministry of service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be submitted to the
Middlebury Food Pantry, Amigo Family Camping Center in Sturgis, MI or
Merry Lea/Goshen College.
Visitation will be from 3:00-5:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 31 at
First Mennonite Church in Middlebury and from 9:00 – 9:45AM prior to the
10:00 AM Memorial Service on Friday, Nov. 1, also at the church.
Current Online Condolences
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What wonderful neighbors all those years on Mill St. Bob and I
graduated together and Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes were at Northridge
while we were there. God Bless your family in these days.
From: Ms. Betty and Richard Karl Overhiser
March 12, 1935 -- October 29, 2013