Sarah Lucille “Lucy” Kenaga, age 101, went to to be with her Lord and savior on the morning of April 23, 2020. She was born March 19, 1919 in Goshen Indiana to the late Lester L. and Austa (Alheim) Frick. She later graduated from Goshen High School in 1936. On December 22, 1939, she married LaMar H. Yoder. He preceded her in death, passing away in 1965 after 25 years of marriage. At the age of 76, Lucy married Willis Cripe of Warsaw. Willis also preceded her in death in 2006. On December 11, 2007, she and Robert R. Kenaga, a longtime friend from church, married in Elkhart, Indiana.
Robert survives, along with her children Thomas Yoder and his wife Jackie of Edwardsburg, Michigan, and David L. (Debbie) Yoder of South Bend. Surviving as well are five grandchildren: Chris G. Yoder and his wife Amy of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Debra Kraska and her husband Greg of Osceola, Michele Sirko and her husband Bruce of South Bend, David A Yoder and his wife Sarra of Indianapolis, and John Yoder and his wife Lynn of South Bend. Lucy is also survived by 4 step-children; Linda Steinbaugh and her husband Jerry, Dennis Kenaga and his wife Vicki, Marla Beyer and her husband Laron, and Kirk Kenaga and his wife Patti. Surviving as well are her great-grandchildren; John Thomas Kraska, Charlotte Kraska, Lucy Sirko, Elliott Yoder, Evan Yoder, Zoey Yoder and Mia Yoder, and her siblings Kate Elliott, Jeanette Bolding, Garnett Mogel and Lois Fuller. She was preceded in death by her daughter Anita Jane Yoder, her brother Lester Frick, and her sister in law Betty Frick.
Due to the current circumstances regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, a celebration of her life will be held for the public at a later date. Cruz Family Funeral Home of Osceola will have a livestream of her graveside service at 2:00 pm Monday, April 27, 2020 from West Goshen Cemetery where Lucy will be laid to rest by her first husband, LaMar. Please follow this link to watch her service in real time: www.Facebook.com/CruzFamilyFH.
Lucy was employed as a secretary at Bendix in Mishawaka for 13 years and later at Church Growth Service in South Bend for 17 years, retiring in 1985.
The Yoder family started attending the Osceola Church of the Brethren on Easter Sunday in 1946. Lucy was still a member and was involved in the church as a Sunday School teacher, pianist/organist and as a deacon. She accompanied the first choir and played for many weddings and funerals. Playing church music had been her passion in her service to Christ and the church. In 1986, she became the part time church secretary, enjoying another way of service for 10 years. Another great joy in her life was attending Women’s Bible study fellowship at Gospel Center Church for 11 years.
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