PAULDING -- Vera Marie Laukhuf, 93, passed into eternity Sunday evening, June 1, 2014, at the In-Patient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
She was born on February 6, 1921, the daughter and fourth child of Joel and Ida Mae (Gillion) Maller. She and her siblings, Helen, Melvin, Naomi, and Robert, were all raised on the family farm east of Bluffton in Adams County, Ind. On January 1, 1944, she married Lester Laukhuf, son of Henry and Ollie (Gerber) Laukhuf. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Pauline, Dale, Dwain, LeAnn and LaNae. Lester and Vera accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and were baptized December 9, 1945, at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church.
Vera was a homemaker, supporting Lester in his vocation as a lifelong farmer west of Haviland, Ohio. She also volunteered in church and community activities, notably with the Blue Creek and Wayne Trace music mothers' organization and quilting with Apostolic Christian World Relief. With Lester's passing in 1987 and moving to Country Inn in 2010, she always remained active with the church, family and friends. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, and giving candy to her grandchildren, great-grandkids and other children. Nothing gave her greater joy than to sing and hear the Gospel in word and song.
Vera is survived by four of her children, Dale (Marcia) of Lima, Dwain (Wanita) of Haviland, LeAnn (Rodney) Stoller of Van Wert, and LaNae (Arlyn) Rudin of Milford, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Maller; a brother-in-law, Ted Kaehr; many nieces, nephews and cousins of the Laukhuf-Gerber/Maller-Gillion families.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; an infant daughter, Pauline; her parents; siblings; and an infant great-granddaughter, Ashley Claire Blume, who she believed to be with Christ to welcome her into Heaven's Glory.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, with burial following in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, June 3, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Country Inn Enhanced Living Center; Van Wert In-Patient Hospice; or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.