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Sharon Yoder, 72, of Topeka, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 27, at her residence while surrounded by her family. She was born on October 4, 1948 in Sturgis, MI, to Robert and Rosalie (Miller) Yoder. On April 4, 1970 in Shore Church she married Richard Yoder, he survives. Survivors in addition to her husband are two sons, Russ (Allyse) Yoder of Topeka, Ryan (Erika) Yoder of Ft. Collins, CO; nine grandchildren, Luke, Brady, Ty, Kylie, Kloie, Macy, Bryce, Will and Baron; her mother of Topeka; a brother, Dennis (Mary) Yoder of LaGrange; a sister, Susan (Pat) Frain of Topeka. She was preceded in death by her father. Sharon was a 1966 graduate of Shipshewana High School and then graduated from Fort Wayne Business School. When her boys were in school, she worked at Shipshewana State Bank. Sharon and her husband purchased Yoder Popcorn in 1996, taking over full operations in 1999. She worked in the office for 20 years. Sharon accepted Christ as a teenager at Shore Church and after being married became a very active member of Emma Church, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and helping in the treasury department for many years. She was a wonderful cook and baker but most importantly a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her nine grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 5, at Emma Church, 1900 South 600 West Topeka. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 am on Monday, September 6, at Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana; a memorial service will then follow beginning at 10:30 am at Emma Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Gene Hartman. Memorials may be given to the Clothes and Food Basket of LaGrange County.
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