HANCOCK - Lilian Schroeder Armbrust, 102, answered God's call in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 5, 2012, in her room in Winona House at PortagePointe in Hancock.
She was a lifelong Lutheran and the oldest living member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Speedway (a suburb of Indianapolis, Ind.) where she spent most of her life and raised her three children with her husband, Earl Armbrust, Sr.: Joan (John) Hamar of Chassell, Susan Brattain of Granville, Ohio and the late Dr. Earl Armbrust, Jr.
Lilian's deep faith in God was the foundation of her life and she spread the word of God through her musical talents. She was the first pianist and first organist of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. In the wider community, Lillian was a member of the Speedway Choral Club and later served twice as president of the Speedway Musicale, both groups comprised of women seeking an outlet for their musical and theatrical talents and the opportunity to share them with others.
Lilian enjoyed many years of singing soprano in the adult choir and always sang with her heart. Music was the medium through which she shared her deep faith with others.
When Lilian moved to Granville, Ohio, in the spring of 2007 to be near daughter, Susan, she attended the First Presbyterian Church and became an honorary member of Chole Wells Circle. Her clear soprano voice still on pitch, she sang Silent Night in German at their Christmas program at the ripe age of 100.
The final year of her life was spent in PortagePoint Long Term Care Facility in Hancock where she had the joy of seeing her daughter, Joan, grandchildren and great-grandchildren almost every day.
Lilian's cheerful countenance, gracious smile and zest for living will be sadly missed by family and friends. She leaves behind a legacy of nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for friends was held by Pastor Dan Stroble of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Speedway. A memorial service for family members who are domiciled across the states was conducted by Pastor Dan Stroble via Skype on Oct. 2, 2012.
"When in our music, God is glorified and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried 'Alleluia!' ... There is absolutely no doubt that Lilian is now singing endless Alleluias with God's angels and angel choirs. She is not a 'soul in endless rest'. May she always rest in peace and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Memorials may be made to PortagePointe Long Term Care Facility or to any charitable organization.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock assisted the family.