July 3, 2935 - Oct. 13, 2011
ARGOS — Juanita Utter, 76, of Michigan Road, Argos, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Center for Hospice Care of Elkhart.
She was born in Rochester July 3, 1935, to Doyle and Reba Wagoner Clemans. As one of 12 children, Juanita shared her childhood with three sisters and six brothers, and was a life time resident of Fulton and Marshall counties.
A dedicated clerk, Juanita worked for R.R. Donnelley and Sons of Warsaw for 35 years. She loved her job and regarded her colleagues as her extended family.
In 1960 she was one of the founding members of the Bunco Club, which she was active rolling the dice till recently. She was a former member of the Argos American Legion Post and the Manitou Post #36 Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliaries.
An avid racing fan, Juanita loved following the stock car circuit. She was a frequent visitor to the tracks of Plymouth and South Bend in Indiana and the Mottville Speedway in Michigan. Winter brought her to the Argos High School gym where she cheered for the Lady Dragons basketball team. A doll collector, her most treasured were two Elvis dolls and one of Princess Diana. She was the proud owner of a vast and unique collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.
To relax, she enjoyed trekking to Bristol, Mich. to her mother's cabin. There was nothing like sitting on the banks of the lake while fishing for bluegill with her favorite cane pole. A lifelong love for reading, Juanita especially enjoyed books of Harlequin romance. An accomplished dancer, not many could shake-rattle and roll as well as the dancing queen. A seasoned traveler, Juanita and her sisters enjoyed adventures to California and Boston. She and Bob savored back road traveling on Sunday afternoons. Her most memorable vacation was to Memphis where she and Bob toured Elvis's home.
Juanita is lovingly remembered by her companion Bob Bauman, at home; daughters, Laura Hawkins and husband Ken of Warsaw; Rita Utter of Fort Wayne; Shelly King and husband Michael of Burkett; Kathy Blauser of Warsaw; Brenda Utter of Etna Green; Tina Becker and husband Jeff of Culver; a son, Rodney Utter and wife Donna of Warsaw; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six sisters, Barbara Reese and companion Norm Steinman of Bourbon; Loretta Miller and husband Robert of Alabama; Mary Hammonds and husband Larry of Claypool; Norma Bolen and husband Delbert of Palestine Lake; Sue Miller and husband John of Peru; Cindy Burnworth and husband Tom of Claypool and three brothers, Carlton Clemans of Lancaster, Calif.; Larry Isley and wife Edith of Logansport; Max Isley and wife Eileen of Claypool. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson Ryan Utter and brothers, Billy Isley and Kenny Isley
A celebration of the life of Juanita Utter will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Phil Pratt officiating.
Friends may visit with the family from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior the service in the funeral home.
She will be laid to eternally rest next to her beloved grandson, Ryan in Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Center for Hospice Care of Elkhart.
Visit Juanita's webpage, sign her guestbook or light a candle at www.goodfamilyfh.com