Lena Nagel, 92, of Berne passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Swiss Village in Berne. She was born November 10, 1928, in Berne to Menno and Leota (Sprunger) Eicher. She was married August 5, 1950, at First Mennonite Church in Berne to Conrad A. “Connie” Nagel.
She was a faithful longtime member of First Mennonite Church in Berne. She taught Sunday school and participated in the choir for many years. She started and operated Nagel’s Catering for many years. In addition, in the fall of 1975, she was one of the founding members of the Edelweiss Flower Shop in downtown Berne. She was instrumental in the family farming operation.
She was a lady of many talents. She loved to cook extravagant meals, can garden produce, create flower arrangements, decorate wedding cakes, bake pies and tend to the farm record keeping. She loved the outdoors and spent many hours gardening, tending her flower beds, fishing, hunting mushrooms and trapping muskrats. She was also an Indiana accredited flower judge and traveled throughout the state. Most importantly, she didn’t just hide these God-given talents. She shared them with everyone around her. She and her husband shared a servant’s heart and opened their home to many different people throughout years.
She is survived by her three daughters, Becky Jackson; Julie (Joe) Adams; and Nancy (Donald) Graber, all of Berne; sister, Amy (Robert) Wechter of Ligonier; four grandchildren, Seth Jackson; Elizabeth (Brandon) Fruechte; Matthew (Jesica) Adams; and Christopher (Alyssa) Adams; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on January 17, 2020; son, Dan Nagel; sister, Rachel Schutz; and brother, John Eicher.
Memorial service will be Saturday, January 9 at 10 a.m. at First Mennonite Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Jeff Linthicum and Pastor Jim Schwartz. Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no visitation prior to the service. A link to view the memorial service will be available at the First Mennonite Church website http://www.firstmennonite.org.
Memorials may be made to MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service), Mennonite Choral Society or Swiss Village Samaritan Fund.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.