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Anne Lucille (Eversman) Pranger, 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023.
She was born Aug. 7, 1943, to George Eversman Jr., and Jean (Benton) Eversman.
She married the love of her life, Leslie Joe Pranger, on Sept. 26, 1964. They were married 57 years before he preceded her in death.
Anne, as she was known to all, was passionate in her love for God, her husband, Joe, and her family.
She was the co-founder of A New and Living Way Inc., a bible teacher, missionary and homemaker.
As a mother and grandmother, she truly was the keeper of the Cheerios. She raised six children into adulthood and gained six more through marriage. Multiple sons and daughters were grafted in through her mentorship and prayer.
Anne was an accomplished pianist, played for Women’s Aglow and played for more than 30 years at New Hope Christian Center, accompanied by Anita Diehl on the organ.
Anne’s hobbies were forever family related. She spent hours beating her grandchildren at Skipbo and reading story after story to the little ones on her lap. She was known best for her chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon coffee cake. Everyone knew when you came to Grandma’s you would be greeted with love and affection. She delighted in celebrating monthly Pranger birthdays and holidays through cards and gift giving. Christmas was her favorite time of year. Holiday decorations from years gone by and handmade ornaments by children and grandchildren filled her home creating the most magical atmosphere.
Anne was originally a city girl, from Greenhills, Ohio, but raised in downtown Fort Wayne. She brought sophistication to her ordinary, life on the farm. Rarely was she found without her hair curled or make-up and nails done. She was trendy in fashion and modeled femininity to her daughters and granddaughters in the most masculine of places.
She was notorious for hearing from God. She was an avid woman of the Bible and loved the Scripture. She taught years of women’s Bible studies and co-taught with Joe in home groups and conferences, locally and around the world. Spending hours of her day practicing the presence of God, while folding laundry and caring for her family and friends, Anne became seasoned in hearing from heaven. If you needed a word from the Lord, Anne had one and she was often accurate.
Surviving are her six children and their spouses, Robin Anne (Pranger) and James Lee Clifford, Christopher John and Kristina Lynn (Kaiser) Pranger, Shelly Lynn (Pranger) Diehm, Nicholas Joe and Linda Kay (Roose) Pranger, Gabriel Jay and Mindelle Marie (Lewis) Pranger and Bethany Jean (Pranger) and Chad Freeman Days; 45 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four of Joe's siblings and their spouses, Shirley Ann (Pranger) Dirig and Eugene George Dirig, Patricia Louise (Pranger) Parker, Michael Jay and Jennifer Lee (Combs) Pranger and John Barry and Pamela Marie (Miller) Pranger; and more than 150 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Joe Pranger; a sister, Susan (Jean) Eversman Stier; a brother, Earl Stanly Eversman; three brothers-in-law, Eugene Carl Baker, Larry Noel Parker and Bernard Paul Stier; two sisters-in-law, Rose Ann (Wade) Eversman and Bonnie Lee (Pranger) Baker, a nephew, Doug Parker; son-in-law, Roger Allan Diehm; a granddaughter, Gracie Mae Pranger; and a great-grandson, Maximus Wesley Warstler.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, at New Hope Christian Center, 900 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, with visitation from 9-11 a.m., on Wednesday, prior to the service at the church.
The Rev. Ralph Diehl will officiate. To view the service online, please visit https://newhopecc.online.church.
Burial will take place in Fairfield Cemetery in rural Corunna.
Visitation also will be from 2-8 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at the church.
Memorials may be directed to New and Living Way Inc., P.O. Box 5244, Kendallville, IN 46755.