Barbara Jane Spry
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:40

July 3, 1931 to June 1, 2010


WINAMAC - Barbara Jane Spry, 78, of 624 East 13th St., Winamac, passed away at 4:40 a.m., Tuesday, June 1,   in Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

She was born July 3, 1931, in Williamsville, MO, to Lewis M. and Mary E. Morecraft Wilkes. She married Charles John Spry on June 10, 1950, in Winamac. He died on Oct. 3, 1990.

Survivors include:
Gwendolyn Jane Crawford, Valparaiso, Daughter
Charles Jay (Gale)Spry, Reynolds, Son
Gary Stuart Spry, Winamac, Son
William Keith (Louann) Spry, Booneville, Son
9 Grandchildren
14 Great Grandchildren
John L. Wilkes, McKinney, Texas Brother

Preceded in death by:
Josephine Brown, Sister
Effie Rosalie (Patty) Krohn, Sister
Mildred Compton, Sister

Mrs. Spry lived in Winamac for most of her life and had lived in Monticello for 12 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Winamac, and the Christian Women's Fellowship of the church. She volunteered for many of the church's funeral dinners. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #96, Winamac, and a former member of Delta Theta Tau, Monticello. She had helped with Girl Scout camping. She was a former clerical worker for Winamac Sales, First Union Bank, and Galbreath Inc.

Friends may call after 10 a.m., Saturday,  at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., (Saturday, June 5), at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Abbott officiating. Burial will be in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be given to the First Christian Church or the American Heart Association.

Helen June Von Tobel
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 02:49

January 16, 1927 to May 28, 2010

FRANCESVILLE - Helen June VonTobel, 83, of 101 Constitution Drive, Francesville,passed away at 4:04 a.m., Friday, May 28, at Parkview Haven in Francesville.

She was born Jan. 16, 1927, in Reynolds, to Robert and Mildred Cearing. She married Robert VonTobel at the groom's family home in Francesville. He died August 1989.

Survivors include:
Sharon K. VonTobel (Timothy) Toole, Lebanon, Daughter & Son-in-law
Lisa L. VonTobel Hodson, Greensburg, Daughter
Jennifer Hodson, Greensburg, Granddaughter
Aaron Toole, Lebanon, Grandson
Benjamin Hodson, Greensburg, Grandson
Jordan Toole, Lebanon, Grandson
Paul Cearing, Franklin, Brother
Wayne Cearing, Pensacola, FL, Brother
Bobby (Pat) Cearing, Reynolds, Brother & Sister-in-law
Phyllis (Fred) Parks, LaPorte, Sister & Brother-in-law
Janice Cearing, Monticello, Sister-in-law

She was preceded in death by:
Clyde Cearing, Brother
Betty Cearing, Sister
Floyd Cearing, Brother

Before her marriage, Mrs. Von Tobel  worked at RBM in Logansport for several years. After she was married, she dedicated her life to being a mother and a grandmother. She retired from Central Electronics in West Lafayette.

Friends may call after 12 noon, Wednesday, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., (Wednesday, June 2), at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Memorial donations may be given to Parkview Haven, Riley Children's Hospital or Alzheimers Association.

Audrey A. Martin
Thursday, 27 May 2010 04:50

September 11, 1933 to May 26, 2010

WINAMAC - Audrey A. Martin, 76, of 711 N. Agnew St., Winamac, passed away at 11:50 p.m.,  Wednesday, May 26, at her daughter's residence.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1933 in Mundelein, IL to Harry and Ethel Hawker Wagner. In 1945, her family moved to Lake Mason near Briggsville, WI. She married Carl Williams on April 12, 1953 in Milwaukee. In 1954, they moved to Carl’s family farm five miles east of Winamac, where they raised five children. Carl survives. She married Jack Martin on March 11, 1989 near Walton. They lived most of their married life near Linton. Jack died Aug. 12, 2005. Mrs. Martin moved back to Winamac in 2006 to be near her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Lisa Kay (Glen) White, Winamac, Daughter
Deb (Don) DeSchepper, Wyatt, Daughter
Steven Williams, Logansport, Son
Jim Martin, Providence, RI, Step son
Terri (Bruce) Pearce, Denver, Step daughter
Nancy Click, Walton, Step daughter
Steven Martin, Walton, Step son
6 grandchildren
3 great-grandchildren
8 step grandchildren
16 step great-grandchildren
several beloved brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law

Preceded in death by:
David Williams, Son
Linda Davis, Daughter

Mrs. Martin had worked at the Fulton-Marshall Co-Op in Kewanna, IN for 15 years. She was a member of the Red Hat Society in Rochester. She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kewanna. She was a founding member of the Harrison Township Home-Ec Club. She loved to cook and for the past several years had been supplying the Winamac Marching Band with cookies.

Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.,  Tuesday (June 1), at the funeral home with Steve Martin officiating. The ladies of the Red Hat Society will share memories of Mrs. Martin as part of the service.

Memorial donations may be given to Pulaski Memorial Hospice or Winamac Music Boosters or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Shelby Jean Jeffers
Thursday, 27 May 2010 00:05

August 27, 1939 to May 26, 2010

WINAMAC - Shelby Jean Jeffers, 70, of 2059 North 100 West, Winamac, passed away at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, at Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport.

She was born Aug. 27, 1939, in Mullins, SC, to Evans L. and Louise Carter Bryant. She married Robert H. Jeffers on March 15, 1957, in Hammond. He survives.

Also surviving are:
Paula Jean (Chris) Cook, Downers Grove, IL, Daughter
Mark Allen Jeffers, Chicago, Son
Robert H. Jeffers Jr., Hammond, Son
Bryan (Amy) Lane, Herndon, VA, Grandson
Robert A. Jeffers, Cedar Lake, Grandson
Sarah J. Cook, Downers Grove, IL, Granddaughter
Emily E. Cook, Downers Grove, IL, Granddaughter

Preceded in death by:
Evans L. Bryant, Father
Louise Carter Bryant Nesbitt, Mother

Mrs. Jeffers has resided in Winamac for the past 8 years, coming from North Carolina. She was also a former resident of Calumet City, IL. While living in Calumet City she was a second mom to many children.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at  11 a.m., Saturday (May 29), at the funeral home with Pastor Denny Wilson officiating. Burial will be in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Thomas R. Koebcke
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 05:00

December 4, 1943 to May 2, 2010


MUNCIE - Word has been received of the death of Thomas R. Koebcke, 66, Selma, who passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 2, at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1943 in Valparaiso. He married Susan Wuethrich on Sept. 28, 1963 in Francesville. She survives.

Surviving relatives with his wife are parents, Max and Marie Erb of Monon; son, Tom Koebcke of Austin, TX; daughter, Polly Hines (husband: David) of Noblesville; three grandchildren, Lexiann, Xavier and Izabella Hines of Noblesville; one sister, Kitty (husband: Mike) Brooks of Columbia, MO.

Mr. Koebcke graduated from Francesville High School in 1961 and from Ball State University in 1966. He retired in 1999 after 33 years of teaching for Liberty-Perry Schools. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was also a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, Liberty-Perry Teachers Association, Fayette County Rifle and Pistol Club, and ABATE. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman until suffering from rheumatoid arthritis the last 10 years. He was a faithful blood donor until he was unable to donate because of his health.

The funeral service was Thursday May 6, at Garden View Funeral Home, 10501 North SR 3 Muncie. Rev. Mark Ellcessor officiated at the service. Burial was in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Muncie.

Memorial donations may be made to Central Missouri Humane Society 616 Big Bear Blvd Columbia, MO 65202 or Selma United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry P.O. Box 412 Selma, IN 47383.

Vivian J. Dean
Monday, 24 May 2010 05:00

April 13, 1919 to May 24, 2010

WINAMAC - Word has been received of the death of Vivian Juanita Dean, 91, of Belleview, FL, formerly of Pulaski County, who passed away Wednesday, May 12, in Florida.

She was born April 13, 1919, in Rochester, to George and Maude Rawins Crose.

Survivors include:
Harry Weller, Logansport, Son
Jerry Weller, Wiersdale, FL, Son
Tom Weller, Warsaw, MO, Son
Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by:
George Weller, Son

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday (May 29),  at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac. Rev. Glen Meyers will officiate.

Salli Jo Haack
Thursday, 20 May 2010 02:35

May 17, 2010


WINAMAC - Salli Jo Haack, 60, of 11295 W. Lakeshore, Kewanna, (Lake Bruce) passed away at 9:35 p.m.,  May 17, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

Her parents are George Norman Bewley Sr. of Hammond and the late Beatrice Mann Bewley. She married Thomas Haack on Aug. 29, 1970 in Hammond. He survives.

Also surviving are:
Jodi Lee Haack, Lafayette, Daughter
George N. (Linda) Bewley Jr., Ft. Wayne, Brother
Thomas M. (Nancy) Bewley, Houston, TX ,Brother
Donna S. Bewley, Westville, Sister

Mrs. Haack graduated from Gavit High School in Hammond, in 1967. She and her husband moved to Winamac (Lake Bruce) in 2000 after residing in Griffith for many years. She enjoyed quilting with her friends at the Thread Shed in Rochester,

A private memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Friday (May 21), at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be given to American Heart Association or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana [6316 Mutual Drive Ft. Wayne, IN 46825].


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