Norma J. Eichelberger
Thursday, 27 April 2017 08:03

January 2, 1933 to April 27, 2017

WINAMAC - Norma Jean Eichelberger, 84, of Winamac, passed away at 8:03 a.m., Thursday, April 27, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Gary, to the late Sam and Elizabeth "Betty" Sauer Davis.

She is survived by: 
Charles (Darlene) Eichelberger, Hobart, Son 
James (Fay) Eichelberger, Oostburg, WI, Son 
Lori (Milton) Perry, Newark, OH, Daughter 
Erin (Rick) Quinn, Wheatfield, IN, Daughter 
Susan (Bill) Luethke, Valparaiso, whom Norma considered as a daughter. 
13 Grandchildren 
20 Great-Grandchildren 
5 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
2 infant twin daughters Beth and Julie

Mrs. Eichelberger had worked as a text book manager at Valparaiso University for many years. Sheenjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and other loved ones. She also enjoyed camping at Broken Arrow Campground and other sites. She moved to Winamac in 2003. She enjoyed and appreciated her many neighbors for their friendship and assistance.

To honor her request, cremation will take place. No services will be scheduled.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. 

Evelyn J. Werner
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:22

April 27, 1929 to April 25, 2017

WINAMAC - Evelyn Jane Werner 87, of Winamac, passed away at 5:22 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

She was born April 27, 1929 in Logansport, to the late Ernest and Carrie Martin Strauch of Walton. On May 29, 1949, she married Richard Eugene Werner at the St. James Lutheran Church, Logansport. He survives.

She is survived by: 
Carol (Leonard) Short, Winamac, Daughter 
Steven (Nancy) Werner, Lafayette, Son 
Stanley Werner, Waynesboro, VA, Son 
Cheryl Stout, Kewanna, Daughter 
Christine (Rod) Ringen, Francesville, Daughter 
Norman Strauch, Logansport, Brother 
Paul (Eleanor) Strauch, Kokomo, Brother 
13 Grandchildren: Michelle (Tim) Bowyer, Lenny Short, Jacob Short, Natalie Shidler, Joe (Gena) Werner, Andrew Werner, Kirsten Whan, Brent (Carrie) Whan, Ashley (Casey) Bradburn, Austin Risner, Jordan (Lisa) Burton, Nicole Burton, and Abbriel Ringen.
28 great grandchildren 
Several Nieces and nephews

She was preceded by: 
Clarence and Margaret Werner, Mother- and Father-in-law 
Arma Jean Strauch, Sister-in-law 
Madolynne Werner, Sister-in-law 
Robert Werner, Brother-in-law 
Jeff Shidler, Grandson-in-law 
Susie Strauch Cable, Niece

Mrs. Werner graduated from Washington Township High School in 1947. She lived with her parents on their family farm until she married. She worked at Richardson's Cleaners and at the Pharos Tribune in Logansport following her graduation. She met her husband, Richard, at the Rural Youth Club in Logansport. Together they shared nearly 68 years. After her marriage she worked at the Pulaski County courthouse until they had children. The Werners purchased the Tony Moose farm in 1957. There they raised five children, worked and farmed. Mrs. Werner went to work at Singer/Eaton Controls in Winamac where she was employed for 21 years until her retirement. 

Mrs. Werner was a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac and belonged to the Ladies Guild of the church. She enjoyed helping with special church activities and Vacation Bible School. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed cooking for their many holiday family dinners. She cherished time spent playing with and caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and observing wildlife with her family on frequent family camping trips. The Werners spent their retirement winter months in the Ft. Myers/Bonita Springs, Florida area for over 15 years with their snowbird friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m.Friday April 28, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac; and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m.,Saturday, April 29, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac, with Pastor Tom Woodley officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Darlene J. Starr
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:50

May 26, 1944 to April 21, 2017

WINAMAC - Darlene J. Starr, 72, of Winamac, passed away at 9:50 p.m., Friday, April 21, at St. Elizabeth East, Lafayette.

She was born May 26, 1944 in East St. Louis, IL to the late Charles and Arvella Hoffmann. On Oct. 11, 1961, she married her high school sweetheart, William "Bill" Starr in Centerville, IL. He survives.

Also surviving are: 
Billy Starr, Winamac, Son 
Tracy Starr, Rensselaer, ISon 
Dana Marie Starr, Elkhart, Daughter 
Darren (Myra) Starr, Winamac, Son 
13 Grandchildren 
21 Great Grandchildren 
Gary (Mary) Hoffmann, Fairmont City, IL, Brother 
Larry (Theresa) Hoffmann, Quincy, IL, Brother 
Terry Hoffmann, Medaryville, Brother 
Rodger Hoffmann, Winamac, Brother 
Norman Hoffmann, Medaryville, Brother 
Paul (Shirley) Hoffman, Winamac, Half Brother 
Martha Kopka, Kansas City, MO, Half Sister 
Marlene (Dale) Parsons, Collinsville, Sister-in-law 
Richard (Lee) Starr, Swansea, IL, Brother-in-law 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Frank and Josephine Starr, In-Laws 
Jeffery Starr, Son 
Crystal Starr, Daughter-in-law 
Brandon Starr, Grandson 
Charles Hoffman, Brother 
Ernie Kopka, Brother-in-law

Mrs. Starr was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac. She had worked as a waitress for many years at Matilda's and Colonial Inn in Winamac. She enjoyed playing BINGO and going to the casino boat. She also enjoyed collecting angels. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac; and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac, with Pastor Tom Woodley officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Claudine Childers
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:15

April 4, 1937 to April 19, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Claudine Childers, 80, of Francesville (formerly of Medaryville), passed away at 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, at Franciscan Health, Lafayette.

She was born April 4, 1937 in Elmrock, Ky. to the late Coet and Hattie Messer Dobson. On Aug. 6, 1955, She married Thomas J. "TJ" Childers in Ohio. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1994.

She is survived by: 
Sheila (Jim) Buczek, Medaryville, Daughter 
Erica (Jeff) Mandsager, Fishers, Granddaughter 
Derek Buczek, Medaryville, Grandson 
Hayden Mandsager, Great Granddaughter 
Brooks Mandsager, Great Grandson 
William "Bill" (Diane) Dobson, Bradenton, FL, Brother 
Gladys (Larry) Stonebraker, Brookston, Sister 
Alice Dobson, Rensselaer, Sister-in-law 
Cecil Williams, Rensselaer, Brother-in-law 
Delores Jean Dobson, Winamac, Sister-in-law 
Adna Dobson, Monticello, Sister-in-law 
Robert "Bob" Stortz, Wolcott, Friend

Preceded in death: 
John C. Dobson, Brother 
Erma J. Williams, Sister 
James G. "Jim" Dobson, Brother 
Imogene Bell, Sister 
Hobart Dobson, Brother

Mrs. Childers was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She had a strong work ethic and enjoyed caring for others. She had worked as a hairdresser for over 45 years and was the owner of the Hair Hut in Francesville where she faithfully served her customers. In her early years, she had worked at the Medaryville Garment Factory. She enjoyed hosting gatherings, shopping, traveling and spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 24, at the funeral home with Thurman Ritchie officiating. Burial will be at White Post Cemetery, Medaryville.

Memorial donations may be made to the West Central Educational Foundation to establish a Cosmetology School Scholarship in memory of Claudine Childers.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Paul DeSabatine
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:22

May 31, 1931 to April 18, 2017

WINAMAC - Paul "Rusty" DeSabatine, 85, of Winamac, passed away at 12:22 a.m. ,Tuesday, April 18, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

He was born May 31, 1931 in Chicago, to the late Alfonso and Anna DePirro DeSabatine. He lived most of his life in Winamac. He married Betty L. Reutebuch on Oct. 20, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski. She survives.

He is survived by: 
Betty Reutebuch DeSabatine, Winamac, Wife 
Barbara (Steve) Rausch, Winamac, Daughter 
Robert (Sandy) DeSabatine, Winamac, Son 
Ronald "Rudy" (Cindy) DeSabatine, Winamac, Son 
Donna (Alan) Nicholson, Winamac, Daughter 
David (Monica) DeSabatine, Winamac, Son 
Joan (Tim) Murray, Winamac, Daughter 
John DeSabatine, Winamac, Son 
Rhonda "Weez" (Dave) Parcel, Winamac, Daughter 
Thomas (Ida) DeSabatine, Culver, Son 
44 - Grandchildren 
48 - Great Grandchildren 
Phyllis "Babe" Reutebuch, Pulaski, Sister 

Mr. DeSabatine went to school in Knox. He worked at Studebaker's, Kingsbury Powder Plant, and had his own milk route while also farming. He worked for the county and state highway departments. He started his own excavating business which his sons still operate today. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Winamac where he served on the St. Peter's cemetery committee. He was an avid fisherman. Most of his vacations were planned around fishing. He enjoyed playing euchre with his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved family.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m.Friday, April 21, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac. A scriptural wake service be at 8 p.m., Friday at the church. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m.Saturday, April 22, at the church, with Father Leory Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery, Winamac.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Patricia C. Skillen
Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

February 26, 1928 to April 17, 2017

WINAMAC - Patricia C. Sturm Skillen of Hartford City (formerly of Spring Hill, Fla. and Leesurg) passed away at the Trails of Orono Assisted Living Facility, Orono, Minn. on Monday, April 17.

She was born Feb. 26, 1928 in Jasper, Ind. to the late Victor and Clara Sturm. She married John D. Skillen on July 17, 1954 in Jasper. He preceded her in death in 2013.

Survivors include sons Jeffrey Charles Skillen and Steven Victor Skillen; daughter Ann Clare (Tom) Lockwich and grandchildren Natalie Skillen and Blake Skillen

She was preceded in death by sisters Marianne Fritch and Ruth Suttmiller; and brother George Sturm.

Mrs. Skillen graduated from Jasper High School in 1946. A year later, she left with $50 and two dresses for Indianapolis to attend St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing. She was a student council representative and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1950. After graduation she worked for Western Electric in Indianapolis as an industrial nurse where she met her husband. After marriage they moved to Dayton, OH for his work. They later moved to Hartford City, and then to Keokuk. Upon her husband's retirement in 1989, they moved to Tippecanoe Lake in Leesburg where they enjoyed many fine years with friends and family on the lake. In 2000, they moved to Spring Hill, Fla. to reside at the Timber Pines golfing community. After her husband's passing, she stay stayed in Florida with her daughter, and later in Orono, Minn. with her youngest son.

Mrs. Skillen was an excellent, lifelong golfer playing in the weekly women’s golf league at the Blackford Country Club in Hartford City, competing and winning in invitational golf tournaments in the regional area. She was also was a member of the Keokuk, Iowa Country Club league. She achieved her first hole-in-one when she was 72 years old while playing in the weekly league at Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Fla. She and her husband were avid bridge players, belonging to a couples bridge club, and she belonged to a women’s bridge club as well. She was an active member in Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Hartford City. She and her husband were active supporters of charitable and church organizations. She became a real estate agent in 1976 and worked as a realtor in Hartford City and in Keokuk. She was also the consummate homemaker; an accomplished seamstress, anexcellent cook and baker. Patricia had an artistic side to her and painted water colors, sketched women’s profiles and landscapes. She had a knack for interior decorating. Most of all she was a beloved wife and cherished mom who brought her sense of humor and love to her home and family's lives. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on May 20, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, followed by mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac. Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project or to Hospice Care for Veteran’s directed to the Henry B. Melrose Veterans Honor Fund.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Sharon D. King
Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:35

May 6, 1947 to April 15, 2017

WINAMAC - Sharon D. King, 69, of Star City, passed away at 4:35 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

She was born May 6, 1947 in Rochester to the late Robert and Olive Johnston Sparks. She graduated from Star City High School in 1965. On Dec. 18, 1969, she married Lonnie L. King in Chicago. He survives.

She is also survived by: 
Matthew (Sandra Sawistowski) King, Berlin, Germany, Son 
Danette Stark, Sandy, UT, Daughter 
Shannon King, Star City, Daughter 
Jeffrey King, Grandson 
Alexis Stark, Granddaughter 
Karena (David) Macy, Lakeland, FL, Sister 
Samuel Sparks, Clymers, Brother 
Benita (Rod) Henry, Temple, TX, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Curtis Sparks, Brother 

Mrs. King was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Logansport, where she was active in the Relief Society and Primary. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 20, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, April 21, at the funeral home with Rob Bettcher III officiating. Burial will be at Star City West Cemetery, Star City.

Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


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