Lena K. Lehman

August 05, 1921 - November 05, 2019

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Saturday, November 09, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S, Wolcottville

Sunday, November 10, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S, Wolcottville


Sunday, November 10, 2:00 PM
South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S, Wolcottville


Lena Kathryn (Gerber) Lehman, 98, of Wolcottville died Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville.

She was born on August 5, 1921, in Tremont, Illinois, to Otto and Fannie (Staker) Gerber.

On March 28, 1954, in West Liberty, Ohio, she married Thomas O. Lehman. He survives in Wolcottville.

Dedicated to Christian service and her intense love for children, led her to work in church services after World War II in a children’s home in France caring for orphaned children. She later taught Bible School in the inner city of Chicago, worked at West Liberty Mennonite Children’s Home in Ohio for needy children, and as an administrative secretary for the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College in Goshen for 21 years. She also helped researchers do genealogy research on Mennonite church history and co-authored the Stecker/Staker Family Genealogy History Book.

She was a member the College Mennonite Church in Goshen and the South Milford Church of Christ.

She moved to this area in 1993, coming from Goshen. In her retirement, she enjoyed the rural setting in LaGrange County and being near her family and church.

Surviving are three daughters, Angela Hartman of Berne, Kathleen McCain of Indianapolis, and Jean (David) Patton of Wolcottville; one son, Dr. John (Sharon) Lehman of Highland, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Lila (Harold) Ulrich of Eureka, Illinois; and a brother, Dr. Wayne Gerber of Mishawaka.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and a brother.

Memorial services will be Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the South Milford Church of Christ, 8030 E 600 S, Wolcottville with Pastor Brian Walter officiating. Private burial will be in MRE Cemetery in Berne.

Memorial visitation is Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

Preferred memorials are to the South Milford Church of Christ, 80930 E 600 S, Wolcottville, Indiana, 46795, or the Woodburn Christian Children’s Home, 24902 Notestine Road, Woodburn, Indiana, 46797.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Guest Book

Lewis Miller
November 10th, 2019 10:02pm
Sturgis Mi

One of best funeral services I ever attended THANK YOU I’ll never forget this Godly lady.

Julie Gosnell
November 9th, 2019 1:22pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.(Ruth Ann Gerber's Daughter and Rhoda Gerber's Granddaughter)

Steve and Pam Patton
November 8th, 2019 4:08pm
Evansville, IN

Jean, Dave and Tom, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love, Steve,Pam, David and Kathryn

Rick & Kathy Parrish
November 7th, 2019 3:07pm

Jean, Tom and family, our hearts and prayers go out to you. Lena touched many with her Christian walk. She was such a sweet and caring woman and a delight to be near to. May God give comfort to you all during this time.

Sally Jo Milne
November 7th, 2019 12:27pm

Lena was a warm, quiet, friendly woman. She and Tom were our neighbors here in Goshen. I also worked in the College library and often would go to the third floor to ask her for information.

Luke Birky
November 7th, 2019 11:44am

Oh! Tom, I am praying for you. My wife, Verna, died just 2 years ago. Luke

Mike & Cindy Smith
November 6th, 2019 7:19pm
Kendallville, In.

Our thoughts & Prayers are with you & your family at this time.