She was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Waco, Texas, to Joseph C. and Minnie Leona (Markle) Nawara.
On Jan. 28, 1977, she married Max E. Torpy. He survives.
She graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School, Rosenburg, Texas in 1965.
Torpy worked in many financial institutions and retired from the loan operation department at Lake City Bank, Warsaw, in 2010. She enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, reading and collecting notebooks.
Verna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wabash. She was member of the Lady’s Guild at her church that made quilts for babies and veterans and a member of a ladies home-ec club.
Additional survivors include: one son, Bret (Ann) Torpy, Burket; one daughter, Shannon M. (Greg) Brazo, Burket; five grandchildren, ShaNell, Alexis and Morgan Brazo and Raechel and Jaxon Torpy; one brother, James (Janie) Nawara, New Ulm, Texas.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nila Miller and Bettye Meyer.
Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, followed by services at 1 p.m. Rev. Jeremy Yeadon will officiate.
Burial will be in Funk Cemetery, Bippus..
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, IN 46992; or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96thg Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005.
McKee Mortuary Inc., North Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.
She was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Meally, Ky., to James and Lucille (Rusher) Stambaugh. She married Douglas M. Shepherd who passed away in 1996.
She was a homemaker.
Betty is survived by a sister: Yvone McSurley, Kingsbury, Ind.; a brother: James Stambaugh, Kentucky; two grandchildren: Mandy Yeager and Christopher Yates; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Douglas M. Shepherd; a daughter: Beverly Wright; and a son: Timothy Shepherd.
Visitation will be from 3:30 p.. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Services will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Dan Cox. Burial will be in the Palestine Cemetery at a later date.
On Jan. 19, 1930, She was born in Alpharetta, Ky., to William Taylor and Martha (Hale) Layne. She married Ralph Perkins on March 1, 1946, in Prestonsburg, Ky., who preceded her in death on April 1, 1984. She then married Melvin Miller on Nov. 7, 1987, in Burket. He preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2009. Emma Jean was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons: Ralph (Kathy) Perkins, Warsaw; John (Rhonda) Perkins, Warsaw; and Kevin (Kelli) Perkins, Warsaw; four daughters: Toni (Don) Caudill, Warsaw; Jackie (John) Driscoll, Warsaw; Donna Perkins, Burket; Lisa Chaplin, Burket; five step-daughters: Anna Jean Hurd, Mentone, Ind.; Arlene (Larry) Sroufe, Larwill, Ind.; Gloria (Ron) Dafforn, Columbia City, Ind.; Gale (Larry) Burkhart, Warsaw; and Saundra (Jack) Ott, Estero, Fla; three step-sons: Michael Miller (Pauline Haynes), Wabash, Ind.; Arthur Miller (Linda Colter), Columbia City, Ind.; and Rich (Kristy) Miller, South Whitley, Ind.; one sister: Georgia Layne, Manton, Ky.; one brother: Burt (Betsy) Lane, Ky.; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a step-son: Melvin Miller Jr.; as well as two grandchildren, three brothers and five sisters.
Visitation hours will be from 4 p.m to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the funeral chapel with Pastor Terry Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
Nedra C. Brown, 80, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 12:15 a.m., at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.
Brown was born on Nov. 1, 1931, in Burket, Ind. to W. Ray Tucker and Reba (Baum) Tucker. She was married to Robert Eugene Brown on Feb. 14, 1952, in Claypool, Ind., and lived at Lifetime of Kosciusko County. She served as a clerk at Thornburg Drug Store for 17 years.
Brown was a 1949 graduate of Burket High School; member of Warsaw Community Church; Program Assembly Team at Warsaw Community Church; and delivered Meals on Wheels.
Surviving is son David R. (Natalie) Brown, Warsaw; two grandsons Kent and Quinn Brown; five step-grandchildren, six step-great grandchildren; two sisters Joan (Edward) Napier, Pierceton, and Sue (Marvin) Lowman, Burket; and one brother Bob (Laura) Tucker, Ankeny, Iowa.
Brown was preceded in death by husband Robert “Bob” Eugene Brown (December 13, 2004).
Visitation is Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Service will be Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:30 a.m., Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Pastor E.J. Underwood, Warsaw Community Church, will officiate at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials can be made to: K-21 Health Foundation, Cancer Care Fund, PO Box 1810, Warsaw, Indiana, 46581-1810. Caring for the family is Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana, www.titusfuneralhome.com.