Mary Jane George Rieth, 92, a longtime Indiana conservationist and philanthropist, died Wednesday at her home in Goshen.
The Goshen College announcement said she and her husband, Lee, co-founded the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center near Wolf Lake in 1964.
The privately owned environmental education site in Noble County includes forest, prairie and wetland ecosystems.
“I join many others at Goshen College in grieving Mary Jane Rieth’s passing from this Earth and praying with her family,” Goshen College President James Brenneman said in a written statement.
He said the couple “left an invaluable legacy through their vision of creating a natural land sanctuary for the plants and animals of northern Indiana and helping provide environmental education for future generations.”
Visitation is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Meetinghouse at Greencroft, followed at 3 p.m. by a memorial service.
Memorials can be given to the Merry Lea Center of Goshen College.