Maribelle Sponseller

March 30, 1930 ~ November 7, 2019 (age 89)


Maribelle (Letherman) Sponseller, 89, of 117 N. Vine Street, passed from this life to her heavenly home early Thursday morning, November 7, 2019 at her daughter & son-in-law's home. She was born March 30, 1930 in Wakarusa to Ray and Florence (Berkey) Letherman. She married Rollan D. Sponseller on September 3, 1949 in Elkhart. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2005 after 55 years of marriage. Surviving are one daughter, Rhonda R. (Wayne) Hensley of Elkhart, two sons, Craig D. (Vicki) Sponseller of Granger, and Steven K. (Kathy) Sponseller of Elkhart. Also surviving are 2 step-daughters, Dawn (Jim) Breier of Chesterton and Donalene (John) Gutt of Union Mills. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents, 2 brothers, Lindy Letherman and Ray Letherman Jr. both from Wakarusa, and 2 sisters, Imogene Kulp of Elkhart and Norma Shank of Hamilton, Indiana. Maribelle graduated from Wakarusa High School in 1948. She worked at I&M Electric, Miles Lab, 28 years at Taylor Products, Osco Drug store, and 14 years in food service at Elkhart Community Schools before retiring in 2009. She enjoyed life with her family and friends. She liked to sew and do gardening with plants and flowers. She especially enjoyed going to Elkhart's high school basketball games and always had season tickets. She was an active member of Grace Bible Church and attended the Thursday morning Bible Study. She will be missed greatly. Friends may call from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home & Crematory, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00, Friday, November 15, 2019 at Grace Bible Church 1700 Edwardsburg Avenue, Elkhart where services will follow at 11:00. The Rev. Mike Fisher, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Olive Cemetery (West) in Wakarusa following the funeral service. Memorials may be given to Grace Bible Church or Heartland Hospice. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Maribelle Sponseller please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Olive Cemetery



NOV 14. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home

700 E. Jackson Boulevard

Elkhart, IN, 46516

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NOV 15. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

Grace Bible Church

54230 County Road 5

Elkhart, IN, 46514


NOV 15. 11:00 AM (EST)

Grace Bible Church

54230 County Road 5

Elkhart, IN, 46514

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