Mary (Holtz) Rishling

Mary (Holtz) Rishling, 59, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 5:41 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Elkhart General Hospital unexpectedly after a short illness.

She was born Aug. 11, 1953, in LaPorte, Ind., to Ralph and Lucille (Raymond) Holtz. Mary was a graduate of LaPorte High School. On July 19, 1975, she married Robert Rishling in LaPorte.

Mary and Robert moved to Nappanee in 1992 from Florida. She had worked at Tri-County Ambulance Service for the last 11 years. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are her husband: Robert “Bob” Rishling; a daughter, Christa (Travis) Burkholder, Nappanee; a son: Chad (Bethany) Rishling, Milford, Ind.; grandchildren: Tylor Rishling, Wyatt Johnson, Tucker and Waylon Burkholder, Kennedy and Ryan Brinkhoff; sisters: Marlene Alsfasser, South Bend, Ind.; Judy Gearhart, Knox, Ind.; Cherie (Jerry) Hoover, Hanna, Ind.; Karen (Jim) Carney, Nappanee; Sally Holtz, Westville, Ind.; Debra Holtz, Knox, Ind.; Sue Holtz, LaPorte, Ind.; Cindy (Jon) Eichelberg, Westville; Kathy (Mark) Rogers, St. Louis, Mo.; and brothers: Ralph (Tina) Holtz, Valparaiso, Ind.; Jeff (Cindy) Holtz, Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends may call 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, Ind. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at the funeral home. Rev. Janet McFall- Brown will officiate. Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Association.



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Mary (Holtz) Rishling — 1 Comment

  1. To my dearest sister,

    You have been taken by God but will remain in my heart forever. I looked last night in my telescope and could see mom and dad hugging you in heaven. Please tell them I miss and love them like you. When it is my time, I will see you again and share what I have learned about your great husband Bob, your children Chad and Christa, and all of your grandchildren. They are thinking of you; they are heart-broken but know you are in a better place.

    Love you,

    Brother Jeff