Elvira Brigitta Gruenberg Tyner, age 77, died Tuesday, March 13 2012. She was born on June 9, 1934, the oldest daughter of Werner and Erma Gruenberg, in Berlin, Germany. She married her husband Charles, an Army soldier stationed in Berlin in 1955. As a military wife, she traveled extensively, and lived in Germany, Japan, California, Colorado, South Carolina, and Georgia, and visited every state in the United States. After Charles retired from the military, the family moved to Veedersburg, Indiana.
Elvira was a devoted mother to her four children, proud grandmother of six and great grandmother of five. She loved reading, gardening, travel, her cats and dogs, and bingo. She was a strong, feisty, outspoken, intellectually curious person, self-described as “her own woman”. After Charles’ death in 1985, she lived and worked in Terre Haute, Indiana, and Princeton, New Jersey, for a period and attended classes at Indiana State University.
Elvira was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Tyner, and her daughter June Ellen Tyner Balch. She is survived by her daughter Angela Tyner (Chicago, Illinois), her sons Charles (wife Celeste) and James (wife Alice) Tyner (Veederburg, Indiana), six grandchildren (Stacey Mruczkowski, Charles Tyner, Jason Tyner, Greg Balch, Brigitta Tyner, and Jamie Tyner), five great grandchildren (Dylan Tyner, Andrew and Grace Mruczkowski, and Jonathan and Abigail Tyner) and sister Brigitta Heide, niece Angela Heide and nephew Peter Heide (Berlin, Germany).
Family and friends will celebrate Elvira’s life Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg, Indiana. Services will be held there at 4:00 pm. She will be laid to rest with her husband Charles at the Danville National Cemetery in Danville, Illinois on Monday, March 19.