ROLLING PRAIRIE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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.

                                                                  Marcia C. Porter

                                                                    1932 - 2017

formerly of Rolling Prairie, IN, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville, IN, following a six-month illness.

Marcia Claudette Jones was born Dec. 24, 1932, in LaPorte to Basil and Nellie Jones.

Marcia graduated from Rolling Prairie High School. She was involved in Eastern Star at an early age. She also served as a volunteer at Leighton Center for Seniors, South Bend, IN. While volunteering there, Marcia and Charles served on a Sage-ing Council and were trained as facilitators for several programs. Marcia also served as a volunteer usher at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend for 14 years. Marcia was a lay minister at the United Methodist Church in Rolling Prairie, having served as church organist for many years, helping to fulfill her lifelong love of music. One of Marcia’s great interests was the history of the local area; her work survives today in articles written about the history of the local fire department and the church, as well as many other contributions.

Marcia was a substitute teacher for 15 years, which gave her the flexibility to be with her family as well as work. When she turned 40, she began a career as a newspaper editor/photographer/reporter, although she had been a reporter since her 18th birthday for a daily newspaper. When her husband Charles’ career took her to Richmond, IN, she took on the role of Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. After moving back to Rolling Prairie, she worked as Registrar at LaPorte High School. Marcia also worked at Teledyne, and at various temp jobs in LaPorte and South Bend.

Marcia was chosen to appear as a schoolteacher in “Prancer,” a major motion picture filmed in LaPorte County and Three Oaks, MI. This role gave her much joy as she was recognized around the holidays.

Marcia and Charles relocated to Cicero, IN, to be closer to sons and grandkids. Building on her previous experience, she wrote a newsletter for the local community as well as developing many friendships.

Marcia married Charles Porter on Nov. 4, 1951, in Rolling Prairie. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Sims of Woodstock, GA; two sons, Timothy of Bloomington, IN, and Matthew of Noblesville, IN; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Luke Porter of Noblesville.

Roberta S. Fisher MARCH 8, 1935 ~ JUNE 10, 2018 (AGE 83)

A silent thought, a secret tear, keeps his memory ever dear...Time eases the edge of grief, memory turns back every leaf...

 Your life was a blessing
your memory a treasure...
You are loved beyond words
and will be missed beyond measure...

Pamela Marie Sudlow  July 11, 2018


Pamela Marie Sudlow, 56, of Mount Pleasant, SC, died July 11, 2018. Pam was born July 13, 1961, the daughter of James (Jim) Blint and Joyce M. (Sweder) Blint.

She is survived by her son, Ben Williams, mother, Joyce and

one sister,  Jill Blint Leuthardt of La Porte, IN, 

Her father, preceded her in death. 

Pam was past president of the Unity for Service National Exchange Club 2003 - 2004..

She was first woman to hold this office...

​A celebration of Life will be held later.. 

(Arrangements in care of Charleston Cremation Center and Funeral Home.
 

       Heaven's Garden is a tribute to our church family whom God took from earth and planted them in His beautiful garden

          in Heaven, They closed their eyes here on earth and when they next open them they will be where Jesus went to                                                    prepare a place for each one of us... In Glory with Jesus... As Pastor Deb said, 

                                                      "OUR LOSS, IS HEAVENS' GAIN.." AMEN!!  Till we meet again.....

Roberta S. Fisher, 83, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her home in Rolling Prairie with her loving family by her side.  Roberta was born in Auburn, IN on March 8, 1935 the only child of Robert and Helen (Evers) Berkes.
Roberta married James (Jim) Fisher on December 26, 1955.  Besides her husband, Jim, she is survived by her beloved children, Martha Collier and husband Wells Lindsay of Windsor, CT, Rob Fisher and wife Deb of LaPorte, and Jennifer Fisher and husband Jim Burr of Michigan City.  Roberta and Jim have four grandchildren, A.J. Collier and wife Courtney  Bloomfield, CT, Elizabeth Schmitt and husband Brad of South Bend, Jim Collier and fiancé Paige Fuller of Chandler, AZ and Brittany Fisher of LaPorte.  They have one great-grandson, Michael Collier of Bloomfield, CT.
Roberta graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Michigan in the inaugural class offered by the University.  Her professional career spanned many facets of nursing including public health, teaching and family practice.  She was a nurse for many years at Maple City Family Practice in LaPorte. 
Additionally, Roberta was passionate about her avocations. She was an avid bicyclist riding a number of events such as the Hilly Hundred and the Apple Cider. Roberta was an accomplished, self taught seamstress who sewed for her granddaughters and grand nieces, making heirloom, smocked dresses and baby quilts in addition to sewing her own dresses for special occasions.
Her family was active in 4-H for many years and Roberta was an enthusiastic supporter. She baked apple pies for fund-raising, sewed costumes for the LaPorte County Color Guard and Drill teams. Roberta cherished all opportunities to support her children and grandchildren: county and state Dress Revues, horse and cattle shows, wrestling matches, hockey and tennis games.  
Roberta loved Christmas and made it a special occasion for her family; she delighted in having the family gather together for multiple days around the holiday.  Christmas was replete with a banquet of each person’s favorite cookie, overflowing stockings and each year a larger than last year Christmas tree to scrape the cathedral ceiling.       
A Celebration of her Life will be held at 11:00 am (CDT) on Friday June 15, 2018 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Pam Pask officiating.  Internment at Oak Grove Cemetery will follow the service.
Family will greet visitors at the funeral home on Thursday June 14, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm (CDT) and from 10:00 am on Friday until the service.
Memorial contributions may be directed to:  Foundation for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or https://foundationforhospice.org/giving/

from left to right...... Pam's mother Joyce Blint,

Pam's son, Ben Williams and Pam

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

                                                   Charles L. Lenig,

                                                         1942 - 2017

75, of LaPorte, died March 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1942, in LaPorte to Daniel K. and Ethel M. (Fissgus ) Lenig.

Charles retired in 2002 after 28 years as a clerk working for Roll Coater. He graduated from Rolling Prairie High School in 1960 and served in the National Guard from 1963-1969. He was a member of Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee for many years, and also was treasurer of the Rolling Prairie Cemetery Board. Charles was a past member of Rolling Prairie Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of South Bend.

On July 16, 1966, in East Gary, IN, he married Alice C. (Bland) Lenig, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Charles “Ed” (Ginger) Lenig of Zionsville, IN, and Jason (Susy) Lenig of Rolling Prairie; two grandsons, Luke Lenig and Alexander Lenig; three granddaughters, Madison Lenig, Molly Lenig and Megan Lenig; brother, Arthur Lenig of Rolling Prairie; and sister, Grace Siford of Rolling Prairie.

Heaven's  Garden Treasures

   Thank you to my sister, Debbie Harris for

                suggesting the name...

MARCIA PORTER

DEC 24TH, 1932 - JAN 6, 2017

LONG TIME MEMBER AND CHURCH HISTORIAN

Beloved Mother of Susan, Timothy, & Matthew

Grandma to Luke & Sarah

Rainbows ​

the symbol of Hope ​till you meet again

Cherished memories that will hug your Heart... ​​

Charles Lenig

Feb 25, 1942 - Mar. 30, 2017

beloved husband of Alice 

father of Ed & Jason,

grandfather of

Luke, Alexander, Madison, Molly, Megan​​

         Most "Going Home Year" , is on its own page

         Go to Heavens Garden  then click the year.

Kenneth B. Porter 
June 12, 1930-October 8, 2017

Kenneth B. Porter, 87, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Brentwood Assisted Living in LaPorte, Indiana.

He was born June 12, 1930 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Burl Porter and Pauline (Vanderwalker) Porter.

Kenneth was a member of the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, he was the financial chairman at the church for 30 + years. Kenneth was a retired banker from the National Bank in South Bend and was a Veteran of the US Army. He was also a former member of the Jaycee's. Kenneth enjoyed golfing, watching the Chicago Cubs, all Notre Dame and Purdue sports, and going on cruises. 

On June 11, 1949, in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, he married Ella F. (Gilchrist) Porter who preceded in death December 25, 2013.

He is survived by his four sons, Hugh Porter of Farmington Hills, MI, Kent (Angie) Porter of La Porte, IN, Kirk (Lauren) Porter of Chicago, IL, Bret Porter of Indianapolis, IN; eight grandchildren, Morgan, Mallory Brianna, Joshua, Tyler, Adam, Cassondra, and Troy Porter; two great-grandchildren, Rory Porter, Zaiden Porter; two brothers, Paul Porter of Fort Wayne, IN, Thomas Porter of FL, and one sister, Patricia Wordinger of Detroit Lakes, MN.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, wife; grandchild, Kyle Porter, son of Kent and Angie Porter; grandchildren, Andrew Porter and Jennifer Porter; daughter-in-law, Theresa Porter, children and wife of Hugh Porter; two brothers Charles Porter and John Porter.

Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN where the family will receive friends Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Thursday, October 12, 2017, 9:30 am, until time of service at the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. A life celebration will be held at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church 3444 E. US Hwy 20, Rolling Prairie, IN. 46371, Thursday October 12, 2017 at 10:30 am with Pastor JoEllyn Chadwick officiating. Interment will follow at the Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Rolling Prairie, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church, 3444 E. US Hwy 20 Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. 


Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

​His memory is your keepsake, 
​with which you will never part.
​For God has him in his keeping
and you have him in your hearts...

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

Betty M. McDonald                     Sept 4, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2017

Gertrude “Betty” M. McDonald, 90, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in LaPorte Hospital. She was born on September 4, 1927 in Idaville, Indiana to the late James and Icel  (Barnes) McClure. On July 10, 1948 she married Carl V. McDonald who preceded her in death. Gertrude is survived by two daughters Carla (James) Barnes of New Carlisle, Indiana and Jean Stewart of Laporte, Indiana; two grandchildren Jennifer (Patrick) Alander and Michelle (Chris) Kohler; four great-grandchildren Aidan, Avery, Gabriel, and Jessica. Other survivors include three sisters Peggy Zolman, Sharon McClure, and Roberta (Bobby) Panozzo. Gertrude was a longtime member of the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the VFW women’s auxiliary in Rolling Prairie. Visitation for Gertrude will be on Monday December 4, 2017 from 11:00 until 1:00 pm est. in the Kaniewski Funeral Home 201 S. Filbert St, New Carlisle, Indiana. A funeral service will take place at 1:00 pm est. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in New Carlisle Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Gertrude’s honor to the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com 

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