Jeanne Louise Werking Runkel, 92, formerly of North Manchester, IN, and with family ties to Huntington, IN, died Monday, July 12, 2021.
Mrs. Runkel worked at Chester and Manchester Elementary Schools as cook, eventually retiring in 1994. She also helped on the farm and kept farm records. In her younger years, she was a member of the Servia United Church of Christ and served as a worship leader for the youth at the church. She sang in the choir, taught summer Bible school and held various offices within the church. In her later years, she became a member at North Manchester Missionary Church. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years and taught sewing and baking. She was also a Charter member of Wabash County Homemakers and Chester Charmers Home Economics Club.
She was born on June 19, 1929, in North Manchester, to Ray E. and Hannah R. Neher Werking. She married Bill D. Runkel on Aug. 9, 1947. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2015.
Survivors include three daughters, Vicki (Tom) Niccum, of North Manchester, Dianne (Richard Jr.) Fox, of Urbana, and Debi (Steve) Vawter, of North Manchester; five grandchildren, Chad (Rena) Vawter, of Roann, Joshua (Carla) Niccum, of Bourbon, Erin (Brian) Lang, of Goshen, Michael (Ashley) Fox, of Huntington, and Zach (Katie) Vawter, of North Manchester; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Calling will take place on Friday, July 16, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m., at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Ind.- 114 West, North Manchester.
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., at North Manchester Missionary Church, 806 Ind.- 114 West, North Manchester, with calling beginning at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Ken Sistrunk will officiate.
Burial will be at Memorial Lawns, 1100 Manchester Ave., Wabash.
Memorials may be made to North Manchester Missionary Church, 806 Ind.- 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962.