Roberta M. Runkel, 89

Roberta M. Runkel, 89, North Manchester, died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester. 

She was born May 8, 1927, in Kosciusko County, to Orville and Bertha (Parker) Correll.  She graduated from Burket High School, Burket, class of 1945. 

On Sept. 14, 1947, she married Rex Runkel.  He died Dec. 9, 2004. 

Roberta was a homemaker and farm wife.  She enjoyed farm life and her involvement in Runkel Farms.  She was a former member of Servia United Church of Christ, Servia, and current member of New Hope United Church of Christ, Bippus.  She was a past deacon, trustee and former choir member of Servia United Church of Christ. 

Roberta was a substitute bus driver for Manchester Community Schools for 21 years and a member of Chester Charmers Home Ec Club for 50 years. 

She is survived by sons, Gary (Karen) Runkel, North Manchester, and Steve (Cindy) Runkel, North Manchester; daughter, Connie Runkel Lerner, North Manchester; grandchildren, Katrina Runkel, Tricia Runkel, Brian Runkel, Jama (Jorge) Garcia and Torina Runkel; great-granddaughter, Layanah Garcia. 

One brother, Harold Correll and one sister, Evelyn Harrold, are deceased. 

Visitation is Sunday, Oct.r 2, 201,6 from 2-6 p.m. and one hour prior to service at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.  Service Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.

Pastor Larry Holderbaum will officiate.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Roberta Runkel, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope United Church of Christ, 9160 W 800 N, Bippus, IN 46713 or Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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Posted on 2016 Sep 28