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Skidmore, Claris Carl  
Claris Carl Skidmore, 75 Claris Carl Skidmore, age 75, passed away with his wife and children by his side on June 27, 2016, following a brief illness. The son of Joseph and Rillia Skidmore, Claris was born July 20, 1940 in Harrogate, TN. He married Louise Foust, his wife of 57 years, shortly after his high school graduation in 1959. They raised three children together—LaDonna, David and Jonathan. There wasn't a job Claris couldn't tackle, and he and Louise moved several times early in their marriage for work opportunities. He then began his life's career with the railroad in 1965, working as a machinist for several different lines, including Monon, L&N, Seaboard Coast Line, and Chessie System, which later became CSX. This work took Claris and his family from Charlestown, IN, to Rossville, IN, and then to Nashville, TN. Following retirement after 38 years with the railroad, Claris and Louise returned to Lafayette to be closer to family. It wasn't a surprising move—family meant everything to Claris. Throughout their lives, his children could always count on their dad to be there. He attended every event and activity he could, regardless the distance. Claris loved sports, including high school and college basketball, as well as football and NASCAR. He enjoyed taking care of his garden and yard and was so content to be home mowing the grass. Garage sales and antiquing with Louise provided a chance to remember the old days. In short, Claris was up for anything if it meant time with his family and friends. He and Louise also enjoyed their recent winter getaways to their retirement home in Palmetto, FL. Claris was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rillia; as well as a sister, Bonnie, and brothers, Burel, Ralph, Donald and Kenneth. He will be missed and forever remembered by his wife, Louise, as well as their children, Donna (Mark) Johnson of Charlestown, IN; David (Amy) Skidmore of Upper Arlington, OH; and Jonathan (Trish) Skidmore of Rowayton, CT. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Donna's daughters, Amber (Chad) Jackson and Britni (Andy) Shrout; David's children, Matthew, Megan and Blake; and Jon's daughters, Stephanie and Elizabeth; as well as two great grandchildren, Macyn and Piper Jackson. Claris also leaves behind brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends—all of whom meant so much to him. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, June 29th, from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. at Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel, 450 N. State Road 39, Rossville, IN 46065, and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday. A funeral and celebration of Claris' life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th, at the funeral home with Pastors Randy Skidmore and Mitch Coggin officiating. Burial will follow in Fair Haven Cemetery in Mulberry. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Claris' name to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier on June 28, 2016

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Sams, Debra  
Debra "Debbie" C. Sams, 63 Debra "Debbie" C. Sams, 63, of Lafayette, died of natural causes at home, Friday, June 17, 2016. She was born March 23, 1953, in Lafayette, to the late Denver and Doriselwood Lemon Sams. She furthered her studies in Computer technology at Ivy Tech Community College. Surviving are sons, Ryan Hicks (wife Erin) of Lafayette, and Mark Hicks of West Lafayette, a sister, Joan Packard (husband George) of New Hampshire, and a grandson, Brantley Hicks of Lafayette. She was a lover of animals. She enjoyed reading and crafts. A memorial visitation will be 5-8 PM Saturday June 25, 2016 at the Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette, IN 47909. There will be no service. Those wishing may contribute to Natalie's Second Chance Animal Shelter, 10 S 16th St Lafayette, IN 47905. You may sign the guest book or leave condolences for the family by visiting www.soller-baker.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on June 22, 2016
Shake, Virginia A. "Ginny" (Lowe)  
Virginia A. "Ginny" (Lowe) Shake, 84 Virginia A. "Ginny" (Lowe) Shake, age 84, of Lafayette, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016 at The Springs. Born on May 19, 1932 in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of the late Charles G. Lowe and Ellamay (Howes) Lowe. Ginny married Loyd J. Shake on October 21, 1948 in Terre Haute and he preceded her death on August 24, 1998. She was owner and operator of Ginny's Ceramics for 23 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Ginny loved to oil paint and water color. She enjoyed all crafts. Ginny was an avid traveler. She loved following her grandchildren's sports career and she never missed a game. Surviving are her children: Greg L Shake (wife: Cheryl) of Lafayette, and Jeffery A. Shake (wife: Nancy) of Lafayette, 5 grandchildren: Jordan Shake, Vanessa Shake, Justin Shake, Jake Shake and Laura Shake and 2 great-grandchildren: Sadie Shake and Liam White. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the funeral home. Pastor Bonnie Shoaf will officiate. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery in Terre Haute at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from June 19 to June 22, 2016
Sousley, Elizabeth  
Elizabeth I. Sousley Elizabeth I. Sousley, 85, of Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Monticello Healthcare. She was born on January 13, 1931 in Viroqua, WI to the late Arthur S. and Ida G. Haugen Fortney. Elizabeth was a 1949 graduate of Viroqua High School and she went on to Rochester College to earn her Associates Degree as a Medical Secretary. On September 30, 1951, she married Benjamin F. Sousley in Lafayette. Elizabeth retired from the Arnett Clinic as a Medical Transcriber. Prior to that she was the Executive Secretary for Professional Associates Lab. She also owned and operated B.E. Thrifty Mart, downtown, Lafayette. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and had been actively involved in Stephen Ministries and Area IV Council on Aging and Community Services. Elizabeth enjoyed bowling, gardening, and selling and shopping at Flea Markets. Surviving is her husband, Benjamin Sousley of Lafayette; her children, Michael (Nancy) Sousley of Lafayette and Lorraine (Michael) Williams of Tooele, UT, her brother, Gordon Fortney of Rice Lake, WI, and her sister Aggie Fortney of Viroqua, WI. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Amanda & Kristy and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Orville and Norman Fortney. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Lafayette. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Lafayette with Rev. Dr. David M. Doane officiating. Burial will follow in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in loving memory of Elizabeth. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. You may light a Candle of Hope in remembrance of Elizabeth and sign her online guestbook by visiting www.fisherfuneralchapel.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on June 24, 2016
Sousley, Elizabeth  
Elizabeth Sousley, 85, Lafayette, died 06-22-2016. Arrangements: Arrangements are pending at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Lafayette..
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Published in the Journal & Courier on June 23, 2016
Stetler, Zeta M. (Koekenberg)  
Zeta M. (Koekenberg) Stetler, 90, Attica, died 06-20-2016. Arrangements: Maus Funeral Home, Attica.
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Published in the Journal & Courier on June 21, 2016
Stetler, Zeta Mae (Koekenberg)  
Zeta Mae (Koekenberg) Stetler, 90 Zeta Mae (Koekenberg) Stetler, 90, Attica, passed away in the St. Elizabeth East Medical Center, Lafayette, on Monday, June 20, 2016, at 11:25 a.m. Zeta was born at home in Independence, Indiana, on December 12, 1925. She was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Synesael) Koekenberg. Zeta graduated from Williamsport High School in 1943 and has resided in Attica most of her adult life. She has resided in Woodland Manor Nursing Center in Attica for the past year. Her favorite pastime was playing cards with family and her great enjoyment was beating the children in the card games. In her early years she enjoyed bowling and bowled on a league at Shawnee Lanes in Attica. She especially enjoyed the companionship of her two cats, Misty and Taffy. On August 10, 1945, Zeta married Elmer Stetler in Williamsport. Elmer preceded her in death on November 1, 1998. She leaves behind four children, Gary (Pauline) Stetler, Lafayette; Sharon Cartwright, Danville, IN; Rick (Shannon) Stetler, Franklin, TN and Nancy (William) Mickle, Attica; a sister, Josephine Rice, Ligonier, IN; eleven grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren and twelve great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita McClure; a sister, Mary Brooks; a brother, Bernard Koekenberg; two half sisters, Frances Davidson and Louise "Mick" Makin; five half brothers, Emil Koekenberg, Charlie Koekenberg, Ed Cottrell, Clarence "Fritz" Cottrell and Lois Cottrell. Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Elness officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Attica. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Paws 'n Claws Animal Shelter. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier on June 22, 2016
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