Wilma Jane Cender
1960 - 2019
BORN
1960
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN

Wilma Jane Cender

VALPARAISO, IN - Wilma Jane Cender, 58 of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 29, 2019 after a four year journey with cancer. She was born November 24, 1960 in Orrville, OH, the daughter of Ellis and Sadie (Yoder) Ressler. On August 13, 1983, she married Karl J. Cender, who survives along with their children, Emily (Matt Burgess) and Eric; father, Ellis Ressler; siblings, Eileen Martin, Julie (Rex) Nussbaum, and John (Roberta) Ressler; in-laws, Milton and Ruth Cender; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Sadie. Wilma graduated from Hesston College, Hesston, KS with an Associate of Arts degree in Medical Records and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Formation from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.

Wilma until recently served on the ministry team as pastor of Christian formation and pastoral care at the Valparaiso Mennonite Church. She also was a spiritual director and lead various retreats for women. She served on the Missional Leadership Team of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference and was a member of the Michiana Spiritual Directors Network. She was ordained into ministry in March of 2018. She was a member at Valparaiso Mennonite Church and Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend. Wilma enjoyed her family, traveling and reading. Wilma had a deep faith in God and enjoyed serving others.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 3:00-7:00 PM CST at the MOELLER FUNERAL HOME, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a Memorial Service at Hopewell Mennonite Church, Kouts on Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:00 AM CST. Private burial will take place at Hopewell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference or the Pathways Retreat Center, both in Goshen.


Published by The Times on Jul. 1, 2019.
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Kouts, IN
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She will be missed. Wilma added so much to our Michiana Spiritual Directors Network Group
Elizabeth Flores
Friend
July 2, 2019
What a beautiful person inside and out. We loved traveling with you both on Celtic Pilgrimages to Iona and England (16) and Ireland (18). Wilma, your kind and gentle ways and deep faith will continue to live on in our own souls. We are so delighted that you and Karl stayed with us in Harrisonburg for a reunion in January. Thank you for blessing our home and our lives. We will miss you! Sending love to you, Karl and your children. Our hearts are with you today and in the days to come.
Susan Swartz
Friend
July 2, 2019
Karl: I commit myself to pray specifically for you tomorrow, that you would have a sense of Christ's presence with you. Ruben Chupp
Ruben Chupp
July 2, 2019
How can I find the right words to say about Wilma? She didnt just live for herself, but also for her family, her church, her friends, and she did it well. I will always remember Wilma for her kind smile and her meekness. Let the love she has given bear all those who loved her through her loss. Dear Karl, Emily and Eric, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Laurie Otto
Family
July 2, 2019
a loved one
July 2, 2019
The Young family loves you Wilma. We were blessed to know you and your family. Scott and Traci Young
Traci Young
July 2, 2019
Wilma will be thought of in so many ways
as she enters the gates of heaven, a true believer.
A donation: SHARE Foundation
JoAnne Nelson
July 1, 2019
You didn't need to know Wilma well to feel her warmth and loving spirit. It was so easy to see. It's hard to understand when someone is taken this young. We can feel some peace knowing she is with the Lord and her mother. She will greatly missed in body, but her spirit will remain close to Carl, Emily and Eric and others who already miss her.
Michelle Sury
July 1, 2019
DuCharme Family
July 1, 2019
The phrase "too soon gone" comes to mind. Wilma was an inspirational woman of God. The world was a better place for having her in it. I am saddened by her loss. As her life is celebrated, may everyone have all the grace needed for this difficult time and loss.
Ruben Chupp
July 1, 2019
My sincere sympathy to Wilma's family. I became friends with her while in 6th or 7th grade at Tuslaw. We always kept in touch and she even was in Greensburg, PA a couple years ago and we were able to get together for a short visit. She was a very sweet lady and I will miss her. Prayers for comfort and peace.
Brenda Pace
July 1, 2019
Karl and Family. My deepest Sympathy on your loss. God Bless!!
Ed Krusa
July 1, 2019
wilma will be missed by her cousins. she had a gentle spirit. Will be missed.Praying for the family.
leora yoder
July 1, 2019
Wilma will be deeply missed by many people, for her kindness, her gentle spirit and warm smile. Sending love and prayers to Karl and the family as you celebrate her legacy and grieve this loss.
Deanna Waggy
Friend
July 1, 2019
a loved one
July 1, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! I treasure all my memories of Wilma and know this world is a better place because of her. She will be missed more than words can say.
Dede Crosmer
July 1, 2019
Wilma was so sweet and kind. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for the family.
Kathy Sharp
July 1, 2019
Wilma was Love, Joy, Peace and Praise. Her light will forever shine bright.
Laura Gerhardt
Friend
July 1, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
lenny franciski
July 1, 2019
To the Family Sorry to see this loss Try and remember all the good times you had with her.Prayers for you all as you go forth without her. Love Willie & Arlene
July 1, 2019
Sending prayers and love to you, Karl, Emily and Eric! I'm so glad Wilma and Teri and I were able to spend some time together a couple months ago! Wilma will be missed so very much!!
Karen Weldy
June 30, 2019
So very sorry to read this news of dear Wilmas death. Keeping you, Karl, and your family in my prayers.
Lois Harder
Acquaintance
June 30, 2019
Wilma will surely be missed. So many fond memories of her will remain in my heart. Many prayers for the rest of our family.
Karl and family praying for you all for peace and comfort as only Jesus can give.
Rebecca (Brubaker) Hamilton
June 30, 2019
Curtis Holland
June 30, 2019
Dear Karl and family,
Our time together on the Celtic pilgrimages is the most precious of memories. I grieve Wilma's death and give thanks for her light-filled and gentle presence.
Laura Douglass
June 30, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time. May God provide comfort and strength through this time.

Psalms 94:19
June 30, 2019
My book reading, sharing and caring friend...I will miss our conversations and sharing.
Praying for your family as they begin this new journey of life without their light! You were a blessing to all you met..rest in peace in Gods loving arms
Linda Alessi
Friend
June 30, 2019
Karl, I am so sad to hear of Wilma's passing. I so appreciated her loving spirit, compassionate heart, and wisdom. The AMBS community will continue praying for you and your family.
June 30, 2019
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