Miriam Orendorf, 70, Nappanee, died at 10:12 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Elkhart General Hospital, where she had been admitted Wednesday after a short illness.
She was born May 2, 1950, in Bremen, to Daniel and Sue (Schmucker) Nissley.
Orendorf lived most of her life in Nappanee. She married Cleo L. Orendorf on June 29, 1969, at Bethel Conservative Church in Nappanee. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church. She was baptized in her youth and served her Lord faithfully. She enjoyed flowers and caring for others and had volunteered for the Center for Hospice.
Miriam is survived by her husband: Cleo; children: Sharena (Gary) Miller, Nappanee; Dorinda (David) Simmons, Hutchinson, Kan.; Fonda (Jason) Gladieux, Bourbon; and Sherman (Mandee) Orendorf, Shiner, Tex.; grandchildren: Shania, Mikala, Natasha, Cameron Miller; Justin, Aimee, Jessica, Tyler Gladieux; and Troy, Lizabeth Orendorf; sisters: Ruby Nissley, Nappanee; and Sue Ellen Nissley, Wakarusa; brothers: Lloyd (Gladys) Nissley and Ira (Reinhilde) Nissley, all of Nappanee; and Daniel Jr. (Paige) Nissley, Jacksonville, Fla.; and sister-in-laws: Betty Nissley, South Bend; and Mattie Nissley, Goshen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister: Treva Yoder; and brothers: Homer, Melvin, and Vernon Nissley.
Family and friends may call from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Bethel Conservative Church. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 15, also at the church. Pastor Randall Riegsecker will officiate and burial will be in the Church Cemetery.