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Margaret R. (Frye) Kendall

April 10, 1925 — September 25, 2019


Margaret Kendall, 94, of Elkhart, formerly of Nappanee, Indiana, died Wednesday, September 25, 2019. She was born as Margaret Ruth Frye in Elkhart, Indiana on April 10,1925.

She was a 1943 graduate of Elkhart High School. In December 1943 she married Dewey Smeltzer. He preceded her in death in March 1984.

On November 23,1986 she married Vernon Gove of Elkhart who died on July 20, 2001.

On April 27, 2004 she married Dr. Forest Kendall of Nappanee, Indiana who died on November 27, 2015. Margaret was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Elkhart.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her three husbands and eleven half siblings.

Margaret is survived by her children, Cynthia (William) Frascella of Mishawaka, Jeff (Yvonne) Smeltzer of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mary (Tony) Lorenzo of Joliet, Illinois, and two grandchildren, Joanna Johnson and Kirk Johnson.

During her life Margaret was employed full time at a number of Elkhart businesses from the moment her youngest child entered school until her retirement in 1986. These places of employment were General Telephone, Whitehall Laboratories, the Glass House restaurant on the Toll Road, the Elkhart County Humane Shelter, and Elkhart General Hospital.

During the 60's while working at the animal shelter she hosted a weekly radio program on WTRC called the Kennel Club.

Her family wishes to thank in particular her friends Verna Stutzman, Margaret and John Frechette and Patsy and George Dunning for their kindness and help in these last years and also the entire staff at East Lake Terrace and Grace Hospice.

A gathering of family and friends will be on Wednesday, Oct. 9th from 5:30 pm to 6 pm at the Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd. Elkhart, where her memorial service will be held at 6 pm. Sister Nora Frost will officiate.

Her family prefers memorial donations be made in her name to the Elkhart County Humane Society, 54687 Co Rd 19, Bristol, IN 46507.

Online condolences may be sent to the Kendall family at the funeral home website.


Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507
Tel: 1-574-848-4225

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

5:30 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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