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JENNIE (JACOBS) DECKER

JENNIE (JACOBS) DECKER, 51, of Lake Odessa, Mich., and formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer Saturday, May 18, 2013. She was born on Dec. 30, 1961 a daughter of Joanna (Brower) and Ned Herrick. Jennie moved to the Lake Odessa area in 1995 where she worked at Larry Neil Agency in Hastings, Koops Funeral Chapel and Robin Chase Insurance. On July 23, 1999 she married Brian Decker. She was best known for her optimistic outlook and unwavering faith. Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Jennie loved music and cruising around in her Jeep Wrangler. As her own struggles with cancer continued, she actively reached out to others battling the disease. Also, she was active in both Relay for Life and the Cancer foundation. She was a longtime member of the Central United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa, where she was very much loved. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Brian of Lake Odessa, Mich.; son, Jared (Joe Barnwell) Bickford of Howell, Mich.; daughter, Chelsea (Dave) Zook of Lake Odessa, Mich.; mother, Joanna Herrick of Fort Wayne; step sons, Matt (Holly) of Wayland, Mich., Andrew (Liz) of New Jersey and Joe Decker of Woodland, Mich.; brother, Jeff (Raye) Jacobs of Fort Wayne; sister, Jill (Steve) Sosenheimer of Fort Wayne; mother-in-law, Virginia Decker of Lake Odessa, Mich.; brother-in-laws, Dennis (Darlene) of Lyons, Mich., Allen (Kathy) of Hastings, Mich., Jim (Terri) of Hastings, Mich. and Steve (Jackie) Decker of Rockford, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Ned Herrick; and father-in-law, Orville Decker. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 10265 E. Brown Rd., Lake Odesa, Mich. 48849. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Koops Funeral Chapel, 935 4th Ave, Lake Odessa, Mich. 48849. Memorials may be given to the or the Lake Odessa Public Library.

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 21, 2013
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