Kathleen M. Henkel, 81, of Berne, passed away October 3, 2012, at Swiss Village.
She was born to the late Ralph and Marie (Niswander) Gerig on May 2, 1931.
Kathleen married Walter "Wally" Henkel on August 16, 1952.
She graduated from Auburn High School and from St. Francis College in 1971. She attended Fort Wayne Bible College and Oberlin College, and taught elementary music in the Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Kathleen taught piano and organ privately and was an organist for the Berne First Missionary Church. She was an accompanist of the Edelweiss Singers men's chorus for 13 years.
Among survivors are a son, Kurt (Vicki) Henkel of Fremont, Ohio; daughters, Elise Schrock of Decatur and Denise (Kenneth) Nedimyer of Tavenier, Fla.; a sister, Joyce (Ed) Widmark of Lima, Ohio; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and by her brother, Darrell Gerig.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, October 8, at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, at the First Missionary Church, Berne, with visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Pastor Max Haines will be officiating.
Burial will be at MRE Cemetery.