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Lucinda ‘Cindy’ Whetstone

f43a9b90-3fa4-4ee9-9428-701ea64a22e6Lucinda “Cindy” Whetstone, 56, of Mentone, Ind., passed at 6:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at her residence after courageously fighting cancer for her family for 2 1/2 years.

She was born June 12, 1957, in Rochester, Ind., to Jack D. and Betty L. (Waltz) Fawley. On Oct. 16, 1976, she married Michael L. Whetstone at the Mentone United Methodist Church.

Cindy had worked for Zimmer as a bookkeeper in the late 70′s and then became a stay-at-home mom. She has also been an aide and a cook at the Mentone School. In addition to those things she was a loving farmer’s wife, mother, mamaw and sister.

She graduated in 1975 as the first Valedictorian of Tippecanoe Valley High School and was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church. Her family was the love of her life. She enjoyed flowers, bicycling and mowing.

Cindy is survived by her husband: Michael L. Whetstone, Mentone; a daughter: Carrie (Jeremy) Bowers, Mentone; a son: Scott (Laurel) Whetstone, Mentone; five grandchildren: Abby and Aaden Bowers and Isaac, Tucker and Wyatt Whetstone; a sister: Carol (Wayne) Hintz, Francesville, Ind.; a brother: J. Steven (Carla) Fawley, Syracuse, Ind.; her mother-in-law: Fay Whetstone, Mentone; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Jack and Betty Fawley; and her father-in-law: Carl Whetstone.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten. Burial is to follow at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Research, or the Mentone United Methodist Church for the benefit of the Jack & Jill Preschool, or the Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice.

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Pauline May Shoemaker

a7331894-78e5-4a05-ad5d-3f2aa5e2c0dbPauline May Shoemaker, 89, formerly of Mentone, Ind., passed at 9:23 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Mason Health Care of Warsaw, Ind.

Pauline was born May 3, 1924, in Tippecanoe, Ind., to Henry and Edna Iola (Rhinehart) Middaugh. On Feb. 14, 1942, she married Charles Shoemaker who preceded her in death.

She lived in the Burket, Ind., most of her married life. She lived near Camp Campbell where Charles was stationed in the Army. When he went overseas she returned and worked at Kingsberry and Bendix Air Craft. She also worked at Warsaw Coil in Bourbon and retired from Arnolds Corp. after 22 years of service. She loved driving the tractor on their farm and especially picking rocks. She and her husband spent 26 winters in Sebring, Fla.

She is survived by one sister: Mary Louise Wagoner, Plymouth, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers: James Middaugh and Raymond Middaugh, both of Argos, Ind.; and one sister: Helen Briggs.

Visitation will take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug, 9, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at the funeral home. Pastor Denny Bollenbacher will be officiating burial will follow in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Burket Fire Department or the Burket United Methodist Church.

Helen Welty

Helen Welty, 94, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 4 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at The Elkhart Hospice House, Elkhart, Ind.

She was born in Marshall County, Ind.,, to parents Henry and Orpha (Hershberger) Reichert. In 1938, she married Leslie Welty. He preceded her in death in 1976. Helen was a homemaker, who was a member of the Church of God AWA in Dallas, Texas.

She is survived by two daughters: Sue Ann (Rick) Mizell, Arlington, Texas; and Helene (Craig) Dunlap, Jacksonville, Fla.; one son: Lyle (Margie) Welty, Cincinnati, Ohio; one sister: Mary Alice Clough, Fort Wayne, Ind.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters: Carol Wolf and Janet Borton; one sister; and two brothers.

Following Helen’s wishes, private family services were held on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions are open to the donor’s choice.

King Memorial Home, Mentone, was entrusted by the family with arrangements.

Gene O. Whitteberry

Gene O. Whitteberry

Gene O. WhitteberryGene O. Whitteberry, 84, of Mentone, Ind., and formerly of Walkerton, Ind., passed away at 10:35 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Hickory Creek of Rochester, Ind.

He was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Stockwell, Ind., to Wesley and Bertha Mae (Crose) Whitteberry. He graduated from Walkerton High School in 1946. Gene then served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He furthered his education at the Allied School of Mechanical Trade in Chicago, Ill. On Aug. 8, 1973, in Walkerton, Ind., he was married to Irene Gouker. She preceded him in death.

Gene was a process engineer for Torrington, South Bend, Ind. He retired in 1982. He attended the Mentone United Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge 266 of North Liberty, and the Scottish Rite, South Bend.

He is survived by three daughters: Roxann (Ronnie) Drake, Walkerton, Ind.; Norma (Charles) Sobieralski, Koontz Lake, Ind.; Tammy Stoneburner, Mentone, Ind.; a brother: Harold Whitteberry, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his sisters: Helen and Mildred; and three brothers, one of which was his twin: Dean, Bob and Elmer.

Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Mentone United Methodist Church 116 E. Main St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at the church. Burial will take place at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mentone United Methodist Church, Hickory Creek of Rochester or the Center for Hospice.

Hartzler Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Betty L. Fawley

Betty L. Fawley, 84, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, Ind.; and formerly of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Miller’s Merry Manor.

She was born May 23, 1929, in Rochester, Ind., to John and Hazel (Clay) Waltz. On May 15, 1954, she married Jack D. Fawley in Rochester. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2001.

Betty worked at the Mentone School for 24 years in the cafeteria. She was a graduate of Richland Center High School in 1947. She was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed crocheting and sewing for her family. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren and made all of them an afghan. For many years she enjoyed attending the Nutrition Site in Mentone.

Betty is survived by two daughters: Cindy (Mike) Whetstone, Mentone; and Carol (Wayne) Hintz, Francesville, Ind.; a son: J. Steven (Carla) Fawley, Syracuse, Ind.; 11 grandchildren: Jared, Malissa, Crystal, Carlena, Nick, Blake, Cameron, Scott, Carrie, Jenny and Lisa; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Marjorie Gibbons, Rochester, Ind.; Irene Montague, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Patsy Waltz, Indianapolis, Ind.; and two brothers; Richard (Karen) Waltz, Rochester; Byron (Sue) Waltz, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother; and a sister: Esther Jean Hawk.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten. Burial is to take place at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone Nutrition Site.

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Gaylord N. Toll

MJ gaylord toll 5-22-13 abGaylord N. Toll, 85, of South Bend, Ind., and formerly of Garrett, Ind.; Lakeville, Ind.; Mentone, Ind.; and North Webster, Ind., died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at RiverCrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind.

He was born March 4, 1928. On July 28, 1951, he married Flonnie Beaty; she survives.

Gaylord is also survived by four children: Tom (Kay) Toll, Hillsborough, N.J.; Ron Toll, Becky (Terry) Holzwart and Barbara (Dr. Stephen) Zucker, all of South Bend; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Rd., South Bend. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery, Eaton, Ind., at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church; the Lydick Lions Club; or the charity of the donor’s choice.