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JOAN GEORGE DEETER, 88, of North Manchester, Ind., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at 8 p.m., at Timber crest Health care Center. Born Nov. 2, 1930, in Piqua, Ohio, she was a daughter of Lester John and Thelma (Jackson) George. In 1948, Joan graduated high school in Covington, Ohio. After graduating from Manchester College and marriage to Allen Deeter on Aug. 31, 1952, she earned the MRE degree from Bethany Seminary at Chicago, Ill. While in Chicago, she also completed her MA degree in education at Northwestern University. She directed the Mental Health Association in Wabash County for 10 years. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren where she served as interim associate pastor from September of 1997 to June of 1998. She served as Christian Education Director and youth minister at the Manchester Church of the Brethren. After completing the MDiv degree at Bethany, she served as pastor at West Manchester Church of the Brethren for six years. She was Executive Director for the Parish Ministries Commission of the General Board of the Church of the Brethren in 1988. In 1992, she became the Executive Director for the World Ministries Commission, retiring in 1997. From 1997 to 2008, Joan served as a chaplain at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester. For relaxation, Joan loved to travel, was a voracious reader, enjoyed a round of golf, and attending the opera and symphony. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Michael (Abby Alpert) Deeter of Evanston, Ill., Dan (Jamie Marfurt) Deeter of Spartanburg, S.C., and David (Serena Sheldon) Deeter of Irvine, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Paul, Elena and Stephen Deeter, Ryan Deeter, Jennifer Deane, Michelle and Alex Deeter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister, Donna George Arnold. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester, with visitation to follow. For those who wish to honor the memory of Joan Deeter, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester, IN 46962; or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962. Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, Ind.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 12, 2019
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