Yvonne E. Kuhens, 73

Yvonne E. Kuhens, 73, Wabash, died at 8:25 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.  She was born Feb. 1, 1940 in Elgin, Iowa to Lawrence and Myrtle (Ruroden) West.

She was a 1958 graduate of Valley High School in Elgin.  She married James C. “Jim” Kuhens in Nashua, Iowa in the Little Brown Church in the Vale.  Yvonne was a teacher’s assistant at Wabash High School for 27 years.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wabash, and the Trinity Lutheran Women.  She also served on the Church Women United board of directors and was active on several committees at the church through the years.  She was an associate member of Kappa Delta Phi sorority.  She was a volunteer at the Dallas Winchester Senior Center in Wabash.

She is survived by her husband, James C. “Jim” Kuhens, Wabash; daughter, Stephanie (Craig) Castle Portage, Ind.; two grandchildren, Sydney and Christopher Castle, both of Portage;  two sisters, Marilyn (Rod) Cooper, Dubuque, Iowa and Shirley Rierson, Elgin; and sister-in-law, Kay West, Vinton, Iowa.  Her parents and her brother, Leonard West, preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1500 S. Wabash Street, Wabash, with Dr. Kent Young officiating.  Friends may call Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 4—8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, and one hour prior to the service, Thursday, at the church.  There will be a memorial service held in the East Clermont Lutheran Church in rural Clermont, Iowa at a later date.

Preferred memorials are to Trinity Lutheran Church or V.N.A. Hospice Homecare in Valparaiso, Ind.

The memorial guest book for Yvonne may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Jan 22