ROLLING PRAIRIE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

                                                                        Mrs. Vivian Faye Parker,

                                                                                                              1934 - 2013         


79, of Westville, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Michigan City, IN.

She was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Valparaiso, IN, to Clark and Mabel (Fleming) Dickinson.

Vivian worked as an office manager for Carson Pirie Scott, retiring after 31 years. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church and the Senior Center in Westville. Vivian was involved with the food bank for the church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and church friends.

On May 2, 1959, she married Robert Parker, who preceded her in death on April 11, 1995.

Vivian was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandra Parker; one brother; four sisters; and special friend, Joe Watnick.

She is survived by her son, Bill (Leellen) Parker of Iowa; stepson, Joseph (Jackie) Watnick of LaPorte; two daughters, Susan (John) Rosenwinkel of Illinois and Linda Proud of LaPorte; two stepdaughters, Betty (Dave) Schaefer and Debra (Mike) Harris, both of Rolling Prairie, IN; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating. Cremation will take place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 3444 U.S. 20, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.

                                                                     Joseph Nicholas Watnick,            1927 - 2012


85, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Chicago.

He was born Jan. 21, 1927, in White Lake, SD, to Anthony and Delia (Thoat) Watnick.

Joe had been the owner of Joe’s Marathon in Michigan City, IN, retiring in 1988. He had also worked part time at Wheatbrook’s in Rolling Prairie. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rolling Prairie and helped with the food pantry and fair projects through the church. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. He was a charter and lifetime member and past commander of VFW Post 9423 in Rolling Prairie and for 23 years called bingo at the post. He was also a member of the American Legion of New Carlisle, IN.

On Nov. 15, 1947, in Rolling Prairie, he married Marian E. (Hebert) Watnick, who preceded him in death Jan. 16, 1996.

Joe was also preceded in death by his parents, sister Theresa Gourley, and brother Leonard Watnick.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra (Mike) Harris and Bette (Dave) Schaefer, both of Rolling Prairie; son, Joseph (Jackie) Watnick of LaPorte; five grandchildren, Roseann (Chris) Woolverton, Denny (Bethany) Masek Jr., Darin (Katie) Watnick, Ken (Cristina) Watnick and Chris Watnick; six great-grandchildren, C.J. Woolverton, Dreydyn Watnick, Kayhj Watnick, Emma Watnick, Levi Watnick and Kara Watnick; and longtime special friend, Vivian Parker.

 A life celebration service will take place at the United Methodist Church of Rolling Prairie at 11 a.m. Friday with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. Cremation will take place with burial of ashes at a later date.

                                                                                                  David Reese         1947 - 2012


65, of LaPorte, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital.

He was born March 2, 1947, in LaPorte to Joseph D. and Grace M. (Surns) Reese.

David was a 1965 Rolling Prairie High School graduate. He worked as an auto mechanic for Michiana Motors, retiring in 2009. He was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. He enjoyed Slicers baseball and basketball, woodworking, working on cars and tractors, and gardening. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.

On Dec. 1, 1990, in Rolling Prairie, IN, he married Cathy (Strakowski) Reese, who survives.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Doris Strakowski of LaPorte; two brothers, Joseph (Sharon) Reese of LaPorte and Paul Reese of Florida; two sisters, Danette Clayton and Veronica Karen Steele, both of LaPorte; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Walter Strakowski, and brother-in-law Kenny Clayton.

                                                                    Genevieve “T.T.” June Simcox,

                                                                                        1921 - 2013

91, of LaPorte, died peacefully at 12:34 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

She was born June 12, 1921, in Fish Lake, IN, to Lloyd and Rachel (Schmidt) Barthel.

Genevieve attended second and third grades at Rolling Prairie School, where she first met Willard Simcox on the school bus. She was a proud member of 4-H for 10 years and graduated from Mill Creek High School. She then attended La Porte Business School. Genevieve worked at Kingsbury Ordnance Plant from 1941-1946, issuing War Bonds. She retired from Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co. after 27 years of service as a payroll accounting clerk. After retiring, she was employed by Key Cleaners, Low’s Clothing Store, and many local families as a seamstress making alterations and repairs. She enjoyed gardening, reading and crocheting. During the past two years, she crocheted more than 200 Christmas placemats and many scarves for Colts fans. She attended Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church and was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and Best Years. Her family was her pride and joy.

On Feb. 9, 1991, in Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, she married J. Willard Simcox, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Margo (Joe) Wildey Brown of LaPorte; two grandchildren, Mandy (Allen) Mitterling of Avon, IN, and Angie (Steve) Starkey of Rolling Prairie; one great-grandchild, Jacob Tyler McCalment of Avon; two sisters, Margaret (Kenneth) Van Dine of LaPorte and Beverly (Charles) Noel of Fish Lake; nieces and nephews; two stepchildren, Sheila (Bernard) Jastrzemski of Granger, IN, and Ed (Sandra) Simcox of Fishers, IN; five step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Donald Kimmel; and grandson-in-law, Kevin McCalment.

A funeral celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte, with Pastors Dorothy Jones and Joellyn Chadwick officiating

God’s Garden
God looked around his garden And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids And whispered “Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you The day God called you home.
Anonymous

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God's Garden Treasures

                        Margaret Annie Oake, March 10, 1927 - Jan. 19, 2012

84, NEW CARLISLE - (nee Russell), born March 10, 1927, in Blaketown, Newfoundland, Canada,  Dorothy Jones officiating

                                                                        Mrs. Frances E. Hedstrom,

                                                                                           1931 - 2013

82, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at her home.

She was born April 27, 1931, in LaPorte to William Reese Parker and Wilhemina J. (Claussen) Parker.

Frances worked as a secretary for 25 years at American Rubber Products, LaPorte. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, a 33-year member of Rolling High AA group, and a member of Best Years Group of Rolling Prairie and Yana Club of LaPorte. She liked to email inspirational devotions to members of her AA group. She enjoyed her cat, George, and enjoyed reading. Frances loved being with her family and friends and she was a great mentor. Special thanks to South Bend Memorial Hospital, Southern Care Hospice, Miller’s Merry Manor and Haverstock Funeral Home.

On June 5, 1948, in LaPorte, she married Norman R. Hedstrom, who preceded her in death Aug. 24, 2007.

Frances and Norman had lived in Winamac, IN, for 10 years, then moved to Rolling Prairie for the remainder of their years.

She is survived by her four daughters, Linda (Robert) Shaw and Holly (Calvin) Jenks, both of Knox, IN, Julie Laymon of Hamlet, IN, and Susan Hedstrom of Rolling Prairie; six grandchildren, Carl Jenks, Cynthia Farmer, Lori Hamlin, Jeff Albertson, Bryan Albertson, and Sarah Hedstrom; and three great-grandchildren, Jeffery Albertson, Alan Farmer and Ashley Farmer.

Besides her husband, Frances was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, Lisa Henoch, Craig Jenks and Timothy Hedstrom; and three sisters, Evelyn Bach, Audry Pasky and infant Fern Parker.

The family will receive friends at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. A life celebration will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating.

                                                                                  Linda Blint       June 8, 1945 - July 6, 2012 

67,  New Carlisle, Indiana, passed away Friday, July 6, 2012 at 8:07 am in her home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana.  Burial will follow in Lambs Chapel Cemetery,  Laporte, Indiana Visitation will be from  4pm till 8pm Monday and Tuesday from 10am till the time of service in the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel.   

She was born June 8, 1945 in Laporte, Indiana to  Donald E. & Marguerite "Peg" (Long) Haverstock .  On September 28,, 1963 in Rolling Prairie, Indiana she married  Donald G. Blint, Sr., who survives in New Carlisle, Indiana;  Also surviving is her  father, Donald E. Haverstock of Rolling Prairie, Indiana; 2 Daughters, Debra Weisenberger of New Carlisle, Indiana, Jennifer (Kelly) Jones of Laporte, Indiana; Son, Donald G. (Chrissy) Blint, Jr. of Rolling Prairie, Indiana; 8 Grandchildren; Sister, Susan (Dan) Hartwick of Laporte, Indiana;  2 Brothers, Albert W. Haverstock of Chicago, Illinois, Lynn (Diane) Haverstock of Long Beach, Indiana; She was preceded in death by Mother, Marguerite "Peg" Haverstock 

Linda was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rolling Prairie, Indiana where she in charge of the Sunday attendance roster.  She was the former 4-H leader of the Wills Center Pals 4-H club and also was co-director of the Hoosier ornaments.  She was a member of the South Bend Pioneer Auto Association since 1964. Her favorite hobby was crocheting. She formerly was a substitute teacher for the New Prairie School system and the Laporte Community Schools.

                                                                                                       Mrs. Emily Jane Russell       1916 - 2012


95, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital.

She was born Nov. 12, 1916.

Mrs. Russell was a 1938 music graduate of DePauw University and in 1960 she received her master’s degree in education from Indiana University. She was a lifelong member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, where she served as choir master for several decades. She taught music at Rolling Prairie Elementary School for 23 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann Russell of Rolling Prairie; two sons, Harold Russell of Rolling Prairie and Robert Russell of Oak Park, MI; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert A. Russell, son James Russell and one sister, Patience Garrott.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Friday, Sept. 7, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. A service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. Cremation will follow with burial of ashes at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, 3376 E. U.S. 20, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.

​​​A little tribute small and tender just to say we still remember

                                                          Mrs. Glenna Mae Williamson,

                                                                             1939 - 2013

73, of New Carlisle, IN, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at her home.

She was born Sept. 3, 1939, in Kodiak, MO, to Clifford and Ethel (Gnuschke) Gilchrist.

Glenna was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rolling Prairie, IN, and the church’s Women’s Society of Christian Service. She had worked as a teller for First National Bank for six years and had also worked for 30 years at Howmet Corp., retiring in 2004. Glenna enjoyed spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On Nov. 21, 1959, in Rolling Prairie, she married James L. Willliamson, who survives.

She is also survived by three sons, Douglas (Stephanie) Williamson of Rolling Prairie, Brian (Karen) Williamson of New Carlisle and Allen (Brenda) Williamson of Rolling Prairie; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Gilbert Gilchrist of Rolling Prairie; and two sisters, Ella Porter of LaPorte and Norma Bardusk of Oak Forest, IL.

Glenna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers William Gilchrist and James Gilchrist, and sister Nellie Kaufman.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Wednesday, March 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. A life celebration will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. Burial of ashes will be held in Rolling Prairie Cemetery at a later date.

                                     Mrs. Dorothy L. Wheatbrook,

                                            ​                     1925 - 2013

87, of New Carlisle, IN, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Hamilton Communities Inc.

She was born Nov. 12, 1925, in LaPorte to Robert and Marie (Rice) Reese.

Dorothy was co-owner of and bookkeeper for Wheatbrook Home Center for 40 years. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. She loved to travel and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

On Sept. 30, 1945, in LaPorte, she married Charles Wheatbrook, who preceded her in death Dec. 25, 2009.

Her parents also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her three sons, Thomas (Jackie) Wheatbrook of Rolling Prairie, IN, Daniel (Rita) Wheatbrook of LaPorte and Timothy (Paula) Wheatbrook of Rolling Prairie; six grandchildren, Kevin Wheatbrook, Suzanne (Ted) Jarka, Alieshia (Steve) Marvel, Todd Wheatbrook, Derek (Kelley) Williams, and Ryan (Monica) Williams; 11 great-grandchildren; and one beloved sister, Barbara Nickerson of Rolling Prairie.

A life celebration will be held at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Thursday, March 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will take place at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, 3444 U.S. 20, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371, or to the donor’s choice.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

                                                                                                  Edwin A. Hamilton Jr.,             1930  - 2012

81, of Rolling Prairie, IN, died peacefully at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Chicago to Edwin A. Sr. and Zeita (Ray) Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton received his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Murray State University, Murray, KY, and his master’s degree in counseling at Indiana University, Bloomington. Edwin worked as a business teacher at New Prairie High School for 22 years until his retirement in 1990. He worked in the sporting goods department at Wal-Mart for nine years. Edwin also worked for 30 years as a part-time security guard at Roll Coater and Whirlpool. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post 83, LaPorte. Edwin enjoyed reading, golf and spending time with his family. He was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, lifetime member of the LaPorte National Education Association, and lifetime member of Indiana University Alumni Association.

On Dec. 14, 1985, in Rolling Prairie, he married Evelin L. Hunt, who survives.

Also surviving are one stepson, Brian Eugene (Sarah) Rinkle of LaPorte; six step-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Cassandra, Camden, Ashley, Darren and Brandon; one sister, Zeita Kleschen of Missoula, MT; one niece, Mary (Tom) Michels of Missoula; and three nephews, Henry (Karen) Kleschen III of Evanston, IL, and Erik (Kristin) Kleschen and Peter Kleschen, both of Missoula.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edwin Ray Hamilton.

                                                                        Mrs. Ella F. Porter,

                                                                                                         1931 - 2013

82, of LaPorte, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at IU Health LaPorte Hospital.

She was born March 17, 1931, in Cosby, MO, to Clifford E. and Ethel Gilchrist.

Ella retired in 2006 as a claims specialist for Farm Bureau Insurance after 33 years of service. She was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women of the church. She loved being in the yard and watching the birds, and enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. She was very family-oriented and loved being with the family.

On June 11, 1949, in Rolling Prairie, she married Kenneth Porter, who survives.

She is also survived by four sons, Hugh Porter of Farmington Hills, MI, Kent (Angie) Porter of LaPorte, Kirk (Lauren) Porter of Chicago and Bret Porter of Indianapolis; one brother, Gilbert Gilchrist of Rolling Prairie; one sister, Norma Bardusk of Oak Park, IL; eight grandchildren, Morgan Porter, Mallory Porter, Brianna Porter, Joshua Porter, Tyler Porter, Adam Porter, Cassondra Porter, and Troy Porter; and two great-grandchildren, Rory Porter and Zaiden Porter.

Ella was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, Kyle Porte, Andrew Porter and Jennifer Porter; two brothers, William Gilchrist and James Gilchrist; two sisters, Nellie Kaufman and Glenna Williamson; and daughter-in-law, Theresa Porter.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, on Sunday, Dec. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m., and at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church on Monday, Dec. 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A life celebration will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Pastor Debbie K. Beason and Rev. Dorthy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, 3444 U.S. 20, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.