Phyllis Hilda Emma Stoltenberg Neidinger, 83, of Columbus died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown.
She was born Oct. 22, 1931, on the dairy farm of her parents, Victor and Adelaide Jaeger Stoltenberg in Newton, Wisconsin.
She was the eldest of three daughters and attended nursing school at Madison General Hospital with the University of Wisconsin, graduating with her registered nursing degree in 1953. She married her husband, William Neidinger, in 1953 and worked as a registered nurse in Elyria, Ohio, from 1953 to 1958. Her family grew with the births of three children, William, Lisa and Marie. She returned to nursing at Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital from 1972 to 1996.
Throughout her life, Phyllis was an active member of the Lutheran church. She also was a member of the Bartholomew County Flower Lane Garden Club and a lifetime member of the National Garden Club. In addition to flower arranging, bird watching and traveling, she was long active with the League of Women Voters and the Republican Women’s Club.
Phyllis passed away after battling Hodgkins Lymphoma for more than two years. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William; her sisters, Joan Dargis and Janet Krofta; her children, Bill, Lisa Neidinger and Marie Kaucher; and other relatives.
Her wish was to be cremated with her ashes placed by the graves of her parents at St. Johannes Cemetery in Cleveland, Wisconsin.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Borchers. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. today with Pastor Steven Wood officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice of charity, St. Paul Lutheran Church-Borchers or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.