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Marian Lucille (Sprunger) Zuercher, 88, a resident of Berne, passed away at 5:30 p.m. on April 12, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
She was born on April 12, 1923, in Woodburn, Indiana, the youngest child of Alvin and Sylvia (Lochner) Sprunger. At three years of age she was orphaned and was subsequently reared by Hiram and Rufina (Liechty) Sprunger of Berne, cousins of her father.
On April 8, 1944, she married Christian Walter Zuercher, who preceded her in death on April 7, 2001.
Since that time Lucille has resided at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
Lucille is survived by five children, Margaret Ann (Donald) Harsha, Paul (Marvel) Zuercher, and Elaine (Jeffrey) Boze, all of Berne; Leon (Candace) Zuercher of Indianapolis; and Linda (Charles) Abernathy of Concord, NC; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Meredith Sprunger of Muncie.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Alvin and Sylvia Sprunger; her foster parents, Hiram and Rufina Sprunger; her sister, Marguerite Erickson; and her brother, Blanchard Sprunger.
Lucille was instrumental in helping to establish a kindergarten in Berne and for a time opened her home for this endeavor until the school took it over. She was a member of First Mennonite Church in Berne and, for about 42 years. was a volunteer at Swiss Village.
Family and friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at the Swiss Village chapel and one hour before the funeral service, which will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Swiss Village chapel. Pastor Jerry Flueckiger will officiate.
She will be laid to rest at the M.R.E. Cemetery, rural Berne.
Preferred memorials are to Swiss Village's Samaritan Endowment Fund or to First Mennonite Church, Berne.
Funeral arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.