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Edna Mae Lautzenheiser Shoaf, 94, passed away at 8 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time) in Willow Wood Care Center of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
She had been in declining health due to mature age; however, death was sudden and unexpected.
Edna Mae was born on May 20, 1917, in rural Berne at the home of her parents, Sidney and Sarah Ethel Detro Lautzenheiser.
She was married to Harold J. Shoaf on July 24, 1937, in Decatur. Harold preceded his wife in death on November 8, 1984, at their retirement home in Florida.
Edna resided in the Decatur area with her husband and family most of her married life; however, upon retirement, they moved to Hernando, Florida, where she lived until she migrated back to Indiana and lived at Chalet Apartments in Berne. In 2005, Edna Mae moved to Utah, where she spent time with her daughters, Jane in Salt Lake City and Kathy in St. George, Utah. She was a resident of Willow Wood Care Center in Salt Lake City the past two years.
She was a graduate of Wren High School in Ohio and of Warner Beauty College in Fort Wayne. Professionally, she worked several years at Ruth’s Beauty Shop on Adams St. in Decatur and was employed at Decatur Industries prior to her retirement in 1976.
Until recently, Edna was able to relate interesting stories of her youth and events of her life and that of her family. She will forever be remembered for her energy and outgoing personality and her compassion for others. She was skilled in embroidery needlework and, until the last year, spent time carefully stitching images on pillow cases that were cheerfully presented to relatives and friends as cherished gifts.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Ethel Lautzenheiser; five brothers, Cleo, Gerald, Eldon, Don, and Robert Lautzenheiser; and her sister, Beatrice Wendell. Her youngest sister, Wanda Lautzenheiser Buck, lives in South Carolina.
Surviving are her children, Gary (Jewel) Shoaf of Decatur; Judy Mosshammer (and Ed) North Port, Florida; Kathy (John) Frey of St. George, Utah; Lee (Rosie) Shoaf of Decatur; and Jane (Randy) Edge of Salt Lake City. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be held at Yager-Kirchofer Funeral Home in Berne from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, with funeral services in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Immediately following will be interment at St. Luke Cemetery, 4998 W. County Rd. 100 North, rural Decatur.
The family expresses fond appreciation and thanks to the staff at Willow Wood Care Center in Salt Lake City for their tender love and care to Mom during her residence there.
Memorials are to the favorite charity of the donor.