Iva M. Pratt
Monday, 01 May 2017 09:25

January 8, 1928 to May 1, 2017

WINAMAC - Iva May Pratt, 89, of Winamac, passed away surrounded by her family at 9:25 a.m., Monday, May 1, at Hickory Creek, Winamac, after a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 8, 1928 in Kingman, Kan. to the late Keith and Daisy Rippey Leland. She was a 1946 graduate of West High in Plymouth. On Jan. 30, 1953, she married Melvin Pratt in Erding, Germany. He survives.

Also surviving are: 
John (Nancy) Pratt, Son 
Michael (Lisa) Pratt, Son 
Lisa (Dennis) Day, Daughter 
Daniel (Annette) Pratt, Son 
Regina Waits, Daughter 
Mark (Judy) Pratt, Son 
Maria (Jim) Nicolas, Daughter 
Dominic Pratt, Son 
Matthew (Carla) Pratt, Son 
29 Grandchildren 
35 Great Grandchildren 
Robert (Karen) Leland, Brother 
Mary Meyer, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Waylon Cox, Great Grandson 
Jack Leland, Brother 
John Leland, Brother 
Keith Leland, Jr., Brother 
Donald Leland, Brother 
Norma Serrato, Sister 
Wanda Brown, Sister 
Anita Leland, Sister

Mrs. Pratt was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac and formerly a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Monterey, where she had been active in religious education.She enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and nature walks. She was a devoted homemaker who had a knack for baking pies and canning. She was nurturing and loving to everyone, especially her family. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The rosary will be recited at 4 p.m., and a scriptural wake service will be at 7:30 p.m., at the funeral home.  The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 5, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.  Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, St. Anne's Catholic Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Kathryn Britt
Friday, 28 April 2017 00:15

July 6, 1938 to April 28, 2017

BROOKSTON - Kathryn "Katie" Britt, 78, of Wolcott passed away at 12:15 a.m., Friday, April 28, at Vibra Hospital, Crown Point.

She was born July 6, 1938 in Lee, Ind. to the late Lloyd and Louella Waymire Overton. She attended Francesville and Medaryville schools. Her marriage was to James Britt on April 13, 1956 in Rensselaer. He survives.

Also surviving are a son, Tim Britt of Remington; daughter Leann (Donald) Corbin of Francesville; grandchildren, Angala (Duke) Conley and Erin (Antonio) Gomez; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Allie, Aiden, Keegan, and Kendall.

Preceding her in death, along with her parents, is a son James Britt, and a brother Jack Overton.

Mrs. Britt was an employee of Dwyer Instrument and Indiana Ribbon. Being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was her most treasured role in her life. Her hobbies included penny slots, and taking cruises with her husband. Their travels included countries all around the world. She was avid rock collector, she loved reading and drinking iced tea on her back deck, and watching the world go around.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 30, for a celebration of life memorial service at the Wolcott Cafe, 201 N Range St, Wolcott. Private burial will be at a later date.

The family is asking memorials be made to the Riley Children's Hospital.

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Edra L. Hauptli
Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:05

March 8, 1916 to April 27, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Edra L. Hauptli, 101, of Francesville, passed away at 8:05 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at Parkview Haven, Francesville. 

She was born March 8, 1916 in Winamac, to the late James and Rose Babcock Sparks. On Aug. 24, 1940, she married Willis W. Hauptli in Winamac. He passed away April 12, 1996.

Survivors include: 
Carolyn Sue (Jim) Leslie, Scottsdale, AZ Daughter 
Several Nieces & Nephews 

Preceded in death by: 
Jack S. Sparks, Brother 
Henry W. "Hank" Sparks, Brother 

Mrs. Hauptli was a long time member of the Francesville First Christian Church where she was very involved in many activities.  She worked with her husband at Hauptli's Garage in Francesville for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend. She will be dearly missed by all.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m.Monday, May 1, at First Christian Church, Francesville, with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Francesville First Christian Church or at Parkview Haven. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

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.

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