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Obituary: Janyce Lucille Givens Guckenberger, Nappanee


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Janyce Lucille Givens Guckenberger, age 80, of Nappanee, died at 1:15 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa. She was born November 19, 1933, in Columbus, Indiana, to Arthur and Opal (Vance) Givens.

She graduated from Columbus High School in 1951, and became a Phi Beta Phi Sorority member while attending two years at DePauw University. Janyce was a former member of the United Methodist Church of Columbus where she met and married Donald P. Guckenberger on June 21, 1953. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. The Guckenbergers moved to Nappanee in 1955.

She is survived by her husband, Donald; three daughters, Debora (Theadore) Martens of Findley, Ohio, Joanna (Steve Phillips) Guckenberger of Nappanee, and Janet (Jerry) Miller of Kettering, Ohio; one son, Donald Paul (Penny) Guckenberger II of Avon; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Brady, Nathan, Brett, Bryce, Tyler, Sydney, and Samantha; and one sister, JoAnn (Jack) Baker of Columbus, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Thomas Givens; a sister-in-law, Norma Givens; a sister, Jean Lee Givens Boll; and a nephew, Steve Givens.

Janyce was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nappanee and loved to read, sew and knit. She was also a member of Tri Kappa Sorority.

Janyce also liked to do volunteer work with youth. Having three daughters, she was encouraged to become a Campfire leader. She got them outside to camp and travel. Deb’s group went to the Allegan Forest in Michigan to camp and visited the Tulip festival. Joanna’s group went to Chicago for a weekend and went to a fancy restaurant. Janet’s group went to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She also guided them through the program to achieve the WO-HE-LO award (equal to the Eagle Scout Award). Janyce was a Campfire Board member and was later selected to become the executive director of the Nappanee Campfire Council, guiding the Council to become the only one in the United States to have more WO-HE-LO recipients per capita for its size. Later, she became an assistant den leader for her grandson’s den in Cub Scouts. She agreed to be an assistant council commissioner for the LaSalle Council, B.S.A.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. Family and friends may call that day from 1 p.m. until service time. The Rev. Jim Davidson will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to the United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were made by Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

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