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CHESTER — Vivian A. Earlenbaugh, 87, of Frisco, Texas, formerly of Chester, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in The Cottages at Chapel Creek, Frisco, Texas.

She was born to the late Harold and Edith (nee Lehmberg) Alms on Oct. 25, 1931, in Steeleville.

She married Robert L. Earlenbaugh on April 7, 1956, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wine Hill, and shared 55 years of marriage. He preceded her in death Dec. 17, 2011.

Vivian was a switchboard operator and secretary at General Telephone in Chester.

She was a homemaker and a very active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Shepherd King in West Bloomfield, Michigan; where she was in the choir, Altar Guild, director of Children's Education at Bethany Lutheran Church, director of Evangelism at Bethany Lutheran Church, and lead Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, and small groups at Shepherd King. Vivian was also a very active volunteer, leading inter-generational group activities at the Lutheran Home in Livonia, Michigan, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2009.

Survivors include one daughter, Robin (Gary) Svehlak of Frisco, Texas; one son-in-law, Richard Wheeler V of West Bloomfield, Michigan; three sisters, Marilyn (the Rev. Donald) Sandmann of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Roberta (Ryan) Rutherford of Thornfield, Missouri, Sandra (Dale) Koenig of Perryville, Missouri; one brother, the Rev. Maurice (Linda) Alms of Troy; and three grandsons, Richard Wheeler VI of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Robert Wheeler of West Bloomfield, Michigan, and Trevor Svehlak of Frisco, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Cheryl Wheeler; two brothers, Donald and Royce Alms; and two sisters, Eunice Alms and Loretta Schuette.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Wine Hill, with the Rev. Sean Smith officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Wine Hill. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Wine Hill.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and, or Alzheimer's Association.

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