Maryellen (Neterer) Best, 93, of Sauk City, formerly of Nappanee, Indiana, passed away at 5:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie Nursing Home in Sauk City.

She was born Oct. 7, 1925, in Nappanee, Indiana, to Vernon R. and Ethyl (Gordon) Neterer. On Sept. 24, 1944, she married Richard Alan Best in Nappanee, Indiana. He preceded her in death Nov.16, 2009.

She was a graduate of Nappanee High School, and was the first official welcome wagon lady for Nappanee. She also worked in the office for Dr. Lisle Roose as a receptionist, worked as an interior decorator at Pletcher Furniture, and established and ran her own antique store “The Owl’s Nest” in Nappanee.

She had lived her entire life in Nappanee, Indiana, until 2008, when she moved to Republic, Missouri. She moved to DePere, for five years and then moved to Maplewood where she lived for the last five and a half years. She was an active member of the First Brethren Church, where she served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and youth leader.

Survivors are, a son, Randall (Karen) Best of Massillon, Ohio; three daughters, Cynthia (Roger) Heckaman of Syracuse, Indiana; Cathlin Stuntz of Normal, Illinois; Elizabeth Keiser of Sauk City; grandchildren, Matthew (Angel) Best, Ben (Connie) Best, Katianne (Cory) Reinhart, Michael Heckaman, Bill (Kara) Heckaman, John Heckaman, Shana (Tim) Brownlee, Shelby (Nicole) Stuntz, Nate (Bethany) Keiser, Nick (Maria) Keiser, and Kelsey Keiser; great-grandchildren, Ben Best, Matthew Best, Jacob Best, Christian Best, Chloe Best, Jackson Reinhart, Hudson Heckaman, Harrison Heckaman, Joy Heckaman, Noah Heckaman, Lucia Heckaman, Olivia Brownlee, Ella Brownlee, Caprina Keiser, Linea Keiser, Landon Keiser, Harper Keiser, and Everly Keiser; and a brother-in-law, Barney Myers, of Bippus, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Phil Keiser; brother, Gordon Neterer; and sisters, Fran Wegmiller and Karen Myer.

Family and friends called from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 950 N. Main St., Nappanee, Indiana. Funeral services began at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at First Brethren Church, 1600 N. Main St., Nappanee, Indiana. The Rev. Tom Schiefer officiated. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


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