Melba Kussmaul, 76

Melba Kussmaul, 76, of Warsaw, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. in Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.She was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Whitley County to Andrew and Mary (Bryant) Brookover. She has lived in Kosciusko County since 1971. Melba married John Kussmaul on July 3, 1954 in Huntington. Melba and John were the past owners of Jot-Em-Down Store (Barbee Lake) from 1971 to 2003. She was a member of the Salem Community Missionary Church. She was the president of the Women’s Circle at the church. Melba is survived by her two sons, John J. (Margaret) Kussmaul, Jr. of Valparaiso and James J. Kussmaul of Warsaw; three daughters, Mary (Roger) Kuhn of North Webster, Joan (Bruce) Schumacher of Indianapolis and Jennifer Kussmaul of Warsaw; one sister, Ola Mae Bergdall of Monticello; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one niece.She is preceded in death by her parents and husband. Melba enjoyed gardening and her flowers.Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.The burial will be in Huntington Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Huntington.Pastor Robert Wyman, North Webster Church of the Brethren, will officiate the services.Memorial contributions can be made to National Kidney Foundation, East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016To sign the guest book or send condolences electronically, go to