LOVINA DEMETRE, 89, passed from this life on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, (Christmas morning), with family by her side. Lovina Ottielie Huhnke, was born July 9th, 1923 on a farm in Starke County, Ind. She was the third of five children born to Josephine Mary (Schwenk) Huhnke and Frederick Carl Huhnke. She and her sisters often shared stories of their childhood at "the brown house" on their family's peppermint farm in northwest Indiana. She was a studious child who enjoyed writing and illustrating stories. She graduated at the top of her class of Hamlet High School, Class of 1941. She worked briefly at a World War II munitions plant to raise money for nurse's training and then enrolled in the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. She became lifelong friends with some of her fellow nursing students, and remained in contact with them until her death. Since World War II was over by the time she graduated from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing. Lovina used her nursing skills as a public health nurse with the Fort Wayne Visiting Nurse Service. On Oct. 24, 1948, she married Roy L. Demetre at the rectory of Saint Peter's Catholic Church. They have one daughter, Josephine Anne. During the 1960's, she was active as a Girl Scout leader, and was engaged in numerous events with the Bishop Luers Mothers Club. She maintained her contact with the nursing field by teaching pre-natal classes for expectant parents for many years. Roy and Lovina began traveling internationally in the mid 1970's and continued until their last trip to Italy in 2002, where they visited their granddaughter, Jennifer. She carefully prepared for each of these trips by studying the history and culture of each location. She was an artist who enjoyed making beautiful oil paintings, and always led an oil painting project for her grandchildren when they came to visit. She had an eye for color and style, not only in painting, but also in decorating and dressing. In later life, she joined the Fort Wayne Women's Club, where she had many close friends and held several board positions, including president from 1996 to1998. Lovina and Roy were both avid basketball fans, and faithful followers of IU basketball. "Lovina will be remembered for her generous heart, her ability to know the right way a thing should be done, her faith, and her sense of style." She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roy Demetre of Fort Wayne; daughter, Josephine "Jo" (Jeffrey) Trachy (Jeffrey); grandchildren, James (Teri) Trachy, Jennifer (Nathan) Hakes, Julia Trachy, and Janet Trachy; three great-grandchildren, Xavier and Cecilia Hakes and Lauren Trachy; younger sister, Elvira (Richard) Ryan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. "Lovina greatly enjoyed participating in their life event celebrations." She was peceded in death by sister, Eva Rosser (William C.); brothers, Francis Hunhke (Loretta) and Louis Huhnke. Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Saint Anne Home Chapel, 1900 Randallia Drive, with calling one hour prior. Fr. Jack Overmyer officiating. Calling also from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Preferred memorials to St. John's Baptist Church. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 27, 2012