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Genevieve Lehman


Genevieve Anne (Warner) Lehman, 90, a former resident of Topeka and widow of Dr. Kenneth M. Lehman, died at 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at her home in Indianapolis.

    A long-time resident of Topeka, she was born to DeMain and Hazel (Keim) Warner in Goshen on October 18, 1921 and graduated from Goshen High School in 1938. "Gen" graduated from GoshenCollege in 1942 with a B. A. and taught Latin for several years at Wakarusa, Topeka, and Elkhart Memorial High Schools. 

    She married Kenneth M. Lehman, M.D., on April 25, 1943, in Goshen, and also worked in his medical office in Topeka.

    A member of the Topeka United Methodist Church, she was the founder of the Candle Choir, and served as its church organist, a Sunday School teacher, and was a maker of many banners for the liturgical year. In recent years, she attended Maple Hill United Methodist Church in Wanamaker.

    In 1980 she became the first female member of the LaGrange County Council.  She and"Doc" donated the land for Maple Wood Nature Center in LaGrange County and were active members of the Audubon Society.  Gen was a life member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and a member of the Topeka Book Club until it disbanded.  She wrote articles that were published in “Quilters” magazine and in the Fellowship Worship Arts magazine.  She was an expert quilter, avid reader, and adventurous traveler.

    Dr. Lehman preceded her in death on June 24, 2002.

    In addition to her parents and husband, Gen was preceded in death by her stepmother, Vida Reynolds Warner, brothers Gail E. Warner and Indiana State Representative Philip T. Warner, and beloved neighbor Besse Oesch.

    She is survived by four daughters, Anne (Dan) Lind of Goshen, Rebecca Russell of Indianapolis, Katharine (Charlie) Walker of West Lafayette, and Lucinda Lehman of Indianapolis, housemates Allen McCormack and Donald Stikeleather; five grandchildren, Dirk (Tracy) Lind, Anjali (Domingos Robinson) Lind, Nathaniel Russell, Becky (Ron Adams) Troyer, and Rachel Troyer; two stepgrandchildren, Sarah (Craig) McClory and  Charlie (Hitomi Matarese) Walker; six great-grandchildren, Seth, Jasmine, and Maya Lind, Rosalie Adams, and  Memoria and Azia Matters; two stepgreat-grandchildren,  Alexander and Ella McClory; three nieces; and one nephew.

    Services will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, in the Topeka United Methodist Church with Revs. Tamra Gerber and James Gentry, officiating.

    The family will receive friends at the church after 11 a. m. on Wednesday until the time of the service.


    Interment of her cremains will be in Eden Cemetery, Topeka.

    The family requests that memorials be directed to Heifer Project International, P. O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AK  72203; United Methodist Committee on Relief, P.O. Box 9068, New York, New York  10087; or Maple Wood Nature Center, 4550 E 100 S, LaGrange, IN  46761

    To leave an online condolence for the family in Gen's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds. net.

    Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.

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