Elizabeth Jane Rimmel, 91, Columbia City, died at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at Miller’s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since May 28, 2010.
She was born Feb. 1, 1925 in Albion, a daughter of Roscoe Trumbull and Mary (Wiley) Rimmel. Upon graduating from Albion High School in 1943 she went to Washington D.C. where she worked for the Justice Department in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She returned to Indiana and received a secretarial degree from Elkhart Business School.
After completing her education, she was employed by a Fort Wayne law firm and the Allen County Clerk’s office. In 1960 she began employment with Gates & Gates Law Firm, working primarily for the late Judge Phil McNagny. In 1970 she was appointed Whitley County Circuit Court Reporter by Judge Edward J. Meyers, a position she held until her retirement in 1992.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia City, belonged to the Whitley County Literacy Council, the Parliamentary Law and Literary Club and Alpha Associate of Tri Kappa.
Surviving relatives include a son, Gregg R. Kiester of Columbia City; two daughters: Brenda S. (Robert) Sweazey of Fort Wayne; and Barbara J. Siebert of Columbia City; two granddaughters: Melanie E. Bechtold and Jaclyn D. Croussore, both of Columbia City; a grandson, Andrew J. Siebert of Columbia City; two step grandsons: Ryan Sweazey and Elliott Sweazey; two great grandchildren: Leah and Samuel Bechtold; a sister and a brother: Harriet E. Page and Burton W. Rimmel, both of Albion.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with a Tri Kappa service at the conclusion.
Preferred memorials are to Whitley County Literacy Council.
Smith & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.