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Sallie Soboslay

Sallie G. Soboslay, 80, Kendallville, Ind., died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville.

    She was born January 24, 1933, in Kendallville, Ind., to Kenneth E. and Marjorie A. (Emerson) Gardner. 

    Living all her life in the area, she graduated in 1954 from Stevens College in Columbia, Mo., and received a Bachelor’s degree from IPFW in 1977. She was a substitute teacher for East Noble for many years.  She also worked at Hudson’s in Ft. Wayne and was a columnist, writing “Sallie’s Sallies” for a Kendallville newspaper. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville, serving as a deacon and elder, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as Tri Kappa Sorority, where she was a past president, the Noble County Democratic Committee, and was an original board member of the Cole Center YMCA.  She was also a member of the Bridge Club and the Book Club. She was proud of the fact that a taping was made of the Bridge Club and they were mentioned on the Oprah show for being together 50 years.

    She was married January 7, 1953, in Angola, to William J. “Bill” Soboslay Sr.  He preceded her in death on October 15, 2007.

    Surviving are two daughters, Rhae A. (Jim) Dazey and Dee-Anna R. (Bill) Rathge, both of Kendallville; four sons, Douglas (Laura) Soboslay, Phoenix, Ariz., William “Joe” Soboslay Jr., Kendallville, Christopher G. Soboslay, Kendallville, and Jay D. Soboslay, Kendallville; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a niece, Nola S. (Kruger) Morris; three nephews, Kevin K. Kruger, Parrish R. Kruger, Peter H. Greer; and a cousin, Karen (Darol) Stroman, The Villages, Fla.

    She was preceded in death by one sister, Carole S. Kruger, and one great-granddaughter, Gabriella M. Rathge.

    Funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, at the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville with Reverend Jordy Truman officiating. 

    Burial is in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

    Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the Kendallville Public Library.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.youngfamilyfuneral home.com.

    Young Family Funeral Home Kendallville Chapel was in charge of arrangements.