Elaine Christine Brenneman, 88, of Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, surrounded by family at her daughter’s residence in Lewis Center, Ohio.
She was a pastor’s wife, a homemaker and a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church. She has been a resident of Winona Lake, since 1978, moving here from Puerto Rico where she spent 19 years as a missionary and a lifetime in Christian ministry.
Elaine was born on March 28, 1924, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Leo Polman and Leila (Neher) Polman. She was married on Oct. 3, 1952, to Maxwell Brenneman, who passed away on May 2, 1987.
She is survived by her daughters: Nancy Joyce (Don) Makeever, Bradenton, Fla.; Ruth Elaine (Walter) Poupart, Lewis Center, Ohio; two grandsons: Joshua (Tirsa) Poupart; Joel (Jennifer) Poupart; one granddaughter: Angela Christine Poupart; three great-grandchildren: Leo, Sammy and Caleb Poupart; and her sister: Joyce (D. Robert ‘Bob’) Griffith, Winona Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her brother: Gerald Polman; and her great-grandson: Noah Poupart.
There will be visitation prior to the service on from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home, and officiated by Chaplain Bryan Benjamin and Pastor Bruce Barlow.
A private family graveside service will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Eberhart Lutheran Reform Church Cemetery, Columbia City, Ind.
Memorial donations in Elaine’s name may be directed to Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590.