Eldona Joan Miller, 83, Elkhart, formerly of Nappanee and Granger, died at 11:39 a.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Elkhart Hospice House. She was born March 9, 1937, in Syracuse to Eldon and Mildred (Anderson) Wyland.
Mrs. Miller lived in this area her lifetime, moving from Nappanee to Granger in 1988. She attended Milford High School. Her first marriage was on Aug. 15, 1953 to Earl Edwin Kern. He preceded her in death in 1971. On July 12, 1974, she married Ronald Miller in Nappanee. He preceded her in death June 8, 2020.
Joan was a secretary and a homemaker. She enjoyed sports, playing golf and tennis. She was an avid Notre Dame men’s basketball fan. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and attending to her flowers. She loved baking cookies and getting “paid” in hugs.
Surviving are her sons, Kelly (Christine) Kern, Valparaiso, Kerry (Cheryl) Kern, Olathe, KS, Kris (Kristin) Kern, Mishawaka; stepdaughter, Cathy (Rodney) Miller, Nappanee; grandchildren, Cara (Matt) Germann, Laporte, Cami Kern, Chicago, Ill. Katie (Rick) Swann, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nathanial Kern, Lawrence, Kan. Aaron Kern, Sioux City, Iowa, Seth Kern, Olathe, Kan., Kyle Kern and Kaylee Kern, both of Mishawaka; great-grandchildren, Eleanor Germann and Rachel Germann, both of Laporte; and brothers, Eldon “Jake” (Sharon) Wyland, Duke (Debbie) Wyland; stepsister, Jane Boorsman; stepbrother, Jimmy Byland, all of Illinois.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Johnson.
Family and friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2020 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee followed by funeral service at 3 p.m. Rev. Terry Tyler will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to The Center for Hospice or Living Wisdom Center at Hubbard Hill.