Eunice Imogene “Imy” Immel, 86, mother of Grace Brethren pastor K. Howard Immel, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior August 16, 2005, at the Meadowview Nursing Home, Seville, Ohio.
Imy was born in Homerville, Ohio, on April 11, 1919, to Levi and Lula Frank. She was a member of Rittman Grace Brethren Church. She enjoyed entertaining and praying for her many missionary friends.
A special thanks to Herb and Nancy Houts and Phyllis Dull for their many hours of care and love given to Imy. Imy led a full and varied life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was married to Keith Herle Immel August 11, 1940. She was a devoted mother to Keith Howard (June), Lou Ann (Jim) McQuire, Rachel (Richard) Holland, and Chris (Margaret).
Her grandchildren Lisa (Keith) Rochefort, Kirk (Tracy), Karl, Forest, and Poppy loved her deeply. Rebekah, Sarah, Bethany, and Keith, Jr. enjoyed great-grandmother’s love.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith, and granddaughter Lori. Also preceding her in death were her sisters; Freda Rice, Dorothy Own, Clarice Spellman, and brothers; Kenneth and Howard Frank.
Surviving is her sister, Dora Beatrice Fetzer. A memorial service will be held October 23, 2005, at 3 PM at the Rittman OH Grace Brethren Church, 44 S. First Street. Pastor Bud Olszewski, Officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Grace Brethren International Missions, Attn: Ted Rondeau, PO Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590.
Bud Olszewski, pastor of the Rittman church, sent along these additional personal comments:
“She had been struggling recently with a broken hip and then a fall broke her leg. Her spirit was good, but in the last couple of weeks she was being pulled downward. The final 10-12 days she spent without conscious awareness.
“It is a blessing for her, but a loss for us. Her missionary friends meant a lot to her. In fact, she has a stack of birthday cards ready to be mailed and delegated that to someone to do. If she knows your birth date, you are probably one of them. But I am not sure that the one assigned will get it done – but you know the thought is there.
“Thanks for praying for Imy and her family. She has been a wonderful servant for the Lord and is missed greatly. Her family needs to follow her direction.”