Edna Fern Kober, 100, of Marblehead, Mass., and formerly of Vandalia, died on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2009, at Devereux House in Marblehead.
Arrangements for a memorial service are pending, but internment will be held in the spring at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Eustis-Cornell Funeral Home in Marblehead was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 67 Cornell Road, Marblehead, Mass., 01945.
Mrs. Kober was born in Vandalia, the daughter of Garrett M. and Bertha Gertrude Bennyhoff. She married Ralph W. Kober.
She attended Vandalia schools and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1926. Following graduation, she taught school in Brownstown and Vandalia. After her marriage, she and her husband, who was a science teacher, moved to Alton, where they lived until his death in 1965. In 1973, she moved to Marblehead, Mass., to be near her daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons. She was an active member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church of Marblehead, where she served on the community for the annual church fair and was a devoted visitor of shut-ins and those who were ill. At age 92, when she was no longer able to drive, she continued that ministry by phone. Last June, she was honored by her family and friends at a party celebrating her 100th birthday at Devereux House.
She is survived by grandsons, Todd Kober Cogswell and his wife Kathryn of Lafayette, Ind., and Brent L. Cogswell and his wife Jodie of North Kingstown, R.I.; great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Hayley Cogswell, and Marisa, Ryan and Bryce Cogswell; son-in-law, Gary L. Cogswell of Moultonborough, N.H.; brother, Donald P. Bennyhoff of Vandalia; nieces, Edna Kay Wikel of Wisconsin, and Jill Zimmer and Paula Reliford of Illinois; and nephews, James Ford of Texas and Bruce Bennyhoff of Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Carole Susan Cogswell; brother, James Floyd Bennyhoff; and sister; Ruby Diveley Sills.