September 29 1921 September 11 2019
Mabelgene “Spoonie” Lenfers, 97, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2019. She was born in Earlington, KY on September 29, 1921, to the late Amanda E. Giannini and Jesse F. Witherspoon. The family moved to Evansville when Mabelgene was seven years old. She graduated from Reitz High School in 1939 and was an active participant at all class reunions. She married Jack L. Lenfers in 1940. He joined the Army as a combat engineer and they moved to Washington, D.C. where Mabelgene worked for the US Navy as a Precision Inspector. They returned to Evansville to help in the war effort with Mabelgene becoming a “Rosie the Riveter.” She then joined the staff at International Harvester in the payroll/accounting department and was one of the last three employees to leave in 1956 when the company moved out of state. She began working for Swanson-Nunn Electric managing the field office at Alcoa Warrick Operations remaining with the company for nineteen years. Following her husband’s death in 2002, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide at St. John’s Catholic School. She was a charter member of St. John’s East United Church of Christ. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi for over fifty years. As charter member of the Indiana American Business Women’s Association, she helped organize the Moonglow Chapter. She was an Easter Seal Legacy Society member, a lifetime member of the University of Evansville President’s Club, the Olmstead Society, and the Theater Societies at UE. She and her late husband sponsored many scholarships for UE students. They enjoyed golfing, fishing, and traveling. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Frank (Mary), Kenny (Lucille), Jesse (Hazel), Tommy (Vayden), and Billy (Virginia) Witherspoon; a sister, Emma (Charles) Bernard and sister-in-law, Marilyn Witherspoon. Also preceding her were nieces, Suzanne Manis and Rosemary Barnes; nephew, Greg, Larry, and Jesse Weatherspoon, Terry and Ronald Bernard. Survivors include her brother, David, (Joyce) Witherspoon, Goddaughter, Michelle McConnell; nieces, Giannini Lindauer, Sandra Server, Jill Stoneberger, Julie Witherspoon, Gayle Wright, Donna Bernard, and Sharon Richardson. Nephews are Delmer Manis, and Jeff, Frank, Rodney, Tom, and Robert Witherspoon. She also leaves behind many loving great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Dr. Patrick Flamion for many years of care, and dear friends, Terri Buehler and Cathy Renner for their kindness and support. Services will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Ziemer East Funeral Home, 800 S. Hebron Avenue. Visitation will be from 10:30 am to service time at 1:00 pm with Reverend Kenny Palmer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome in her memory to the Jack L. and Mabelgene Lenfers Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722 or a favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mabelgene “Spoonie” Lenfers please visit our Sympathy Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Mabelgene Spoonie Lenfers September 29 1921 September 11 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Evansville, state: Indiana