Marilyn Kreider Winebrenner Kreider Swinehart

April 17, 1933August 10, 2012

MARILYN KREIDER WINEBRENNER SWINEHART, 79, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 17, 1933 in Noble County the daughter of Glenn Kreider and Grace Brumbaugh Kreider Tipton. She grew up on her parent's farm and told many stories including taking chickens to Barr Street Market to sell. She attended Wolf Lake High School and attained her G.E.D. in 1984. She married Kaye Martin Winebrenner at a young age and had five children, Martha Kaye, Mark Allen, Myra Ann, Monte Lee and Mary Carol. She married Richard Swinehart in 1961, and in 1962 they added Kirk Aaron to her loving family. She worked at and retired from G.E., and also worked at Magnavox. "During the course of her life, her main focus was her family. She was a loving, nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and opened her home and her heart to anyone in need. She was an amazing cook and baker and was best known for made from scratch Waldorf Astoria Red Cake. They weren't always pretty, but they tasted heavenly. Her potato salad was also a favorite. She loved to play Scrabble and Yahtzee." She was a member of Trinity English Evangelical Lutheran Church; a member and past president of the Social Order of Beauceant and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by daughters, Myra Craig and Mary Rugg; sons, Monte (Amy) Winebrenner and Kirk (fiancé Karen) Swinehart; 23 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leon (Pat), Lynn (Betty), Don (Marilee) Kreider; sister, Carol (Wayne) Edwards; and many, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Ed Tipton; husband, Richard Swinehart; children, Martha Kaye and Mark Allen Winebrenner; Sons-in-law, Frederick O. Craig and Melvin Rugg. Memorial service is 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 with calling one hour prior at Hockemeyer Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Viewing is also 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials to Parkview Home Health and Hospice, or Trinity English Evangelical Lutheran Church.


  • Visitation Monday, August 13, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 14, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Brent Edwards

August 13, 2012

I lived with Aunt Marilyn occasionally during my IPFW education and witnessed how she responded honorably to the triumphs and setbacks of life...often with equal sums of stubborn faith and riotous laughter. ‘Auntie Marilyn' will be missed.

Matthew & Melinda Edwards

August 13, 2012

We have also grieved with each update we received concerning Aunt Marilyn's sickness. We can only imagine how difficult it was for her and for those closest to her during her last weeks. And now, in reading about her passing, we also grieve, but not as those who have no hope. Death, where is your sting? Hell, where is your victory?

As one of her many nephews, I don't know if I remember the potato salad, but I certainly remember the red cake. It would be the first empty serving plate at family reunions. I also remember her resounding laugh and the wet sloppy aunt-kisses. We will miss her.

Sending our love,

August 13, 2012

I was blessed to have gotten to know this wonderful woman. She will be greatly missed but knowing that there is an angel such as her watching over us all is another blessing that she is giving us.

Jennifer Edwards

August 13, 2012

Though we are sad at her absence here on earth, we are so thankful for the hope of heaven and eternal life. We can say with confidence that Aunt Marilyn is rejoicing with Jesus and has no more pain!

Just wanted to let you know that Friday night at supper time Ella prayed. Her sweet prayer went something like this..."Please bless Aunt Marilyn and give her no more sickness anymore". With tears on Saturday morning I told her that her prayers were answered and that Aunt Marilyn has no more sickness! Though in her little heart she was hoping for complete healing, I helped her to imagine how exciting it must have been for Aunt Marilyn to meet Jesus face to face!

We are so sorry that the timing did not work out for us to be home for the funeral, but know that we are there in spirit and we are praying for you!

Lots of love,

Aaron, Jen and kids

Deloris Parker

August 12, 2012

I have been praying for my cousin, Marilyn since I heard
from my dear sister, her cousin who lost my only daughter, Judi to the dread disease in 2010.First I prayed for a miracle but the past two weeks the prayer has been changed to have Mercy to pass to the other heavenly side. My prayer has been answered, Praise be to God

David Herring

August 12, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.David and Karen Herring