OBITUARY

Avon G. Crismore

October 7, 1929April 30, 2019
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Dr. Avon G. Crismore, 89, of Bluffton, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital. She was born October 7, 1929 in Chicago, IL to the late Rupert Paul and Alice L. (Miller) Wellendorf. She received her PHD from the University of Illinois @ Urbana - Champaign and had began her teaching career at Ossian High School. She had also taught at Norwell and at Indiana University. She retired from teaching in 2013, after 50 years. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and enjoyed traveling for her work, giving lectures and living abroad for some time. She is survived by her daughters, Sheryl (Ray) Mitchell of Fort Wayne, Jill (Al) Mozena of Fort Wayne, and Debra (John) Enyeart of Huntington; sons, Ryan (Ann - Deceased) Crismore of Bluffton, Randy (Mary Ellen) Crismore of Vincennes, IN, and Noel (Laurie) Crismore of New Haven; siblings, Rodney (Barbara) Wellendorf and Mary O'Keefe; 15 grandchildren; and many many great and great great grandhchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Noel Crismore in 2014, grandson Bradley Paul Crismore; and sister Carole Ann Vachon. Funeral Service will be Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5912 Sugar Street, Uniondale, IN 46791 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill Street, Ossian, IN 46777. Burial will be in Horeb Cemetery. Preferred Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elzey-patterson-rodak.com for the Crismore family.

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  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Final Resting Sunday, May 5, 2019

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Ken Soo

May 5, 2019

I knew Avon when she was teaching college prep in Malaysia back in mid-1990s. It was on the other side of the world and as a struggling academic I was grateful for the advice and consultation Avon gave so generously. Our collaboration resulted in several peer-reviewed journal articles. It was also in large part upon Avon’s vote of confidence that I ultimately enrolled in IU Bloomington for my doctorate where I spent some of my happiest years. I visited her home in Uniondale many times and she would put us up and fed us, no matter how many of us showed up. She even came down to Bloomington for our graduation. There are many others from far-flung places whose lives Avon touched in some subtle manner as a teacher and colleague, whose life trajectories changed entirely as a result. She will ever be remembered for her grace and hospitality. May she rest in peace.

Josué Njock Libii

May 5, 2019

To Dr. Crismore's family,

Please, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I knew Dr. Crismore through her work as a professor at IU Fort Wayne. I have memories of her dedication to teaching , helping her students, and supporting her fellow faculty members. She was a mentor to many and had a very positive influence on the lives and careers of many throughout her long years of of service.

May she rest from her labors in the peace of her Lord.

Richard Dahm

May 4, 2019

Avon was my teacher when I was an undergraduate student, my mentor and colleague when I went into teaching, and, above all, a dear family friend. I remember the kind heart behind the crusty exterior, the many times we enjoyed dinner with her and Ed at the house in sleepy Uniondale and rhe wonderful travelogues detailing her many adventures far abroad. She was wise, flexible, old school but dedicated to new learning, and she left an indelible imprint on me. To say that she will be missed is a grievous understatement. Thank you, Avon.

suzanne OKeefe Ansari

May 4, 2019

Sandy Geist Funk

May 3, 2019

Dear Ryan,
I'm so sorry to learn of the death of your mother. May your memories bring you comfort and peace. I'm forever grateful how gracious you were to my mother in her declining years.
Sandy Geist Funk

Larry Griffin

May 3, 2019

I taught part-time in the English Dept. composition program at IPFW. I recall learning from her in the various workshops she held for the adjunct faculty who were teaching composition. By sharing her experience and knowledge she left a mark on many teachers and students who will pass that knowledge on to others. I specifically remember her for suggesting that I consider the Ph.D. program at Purdue and her lectures on heuristics which I was totally unfamiliar with at the time.

Dawn Wooten

May 3, 2019

Professor Crismore was so unique. As a graduate student, I had the pleasure of being in one of her courses. She had a great sense of humor, but more importantly, she truly respected her students. She was kind and always had time for me. Heaven has another angel!

Debra Siela

May 3, 2019

I remember Avon well. I spent more than one sleep-over at her house as a child. She was bigger than life. She was an exceptional unique individual. She drew you into her world. I am good friends with her daughter Jill. I am sure that she will be greatly missed.

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