LaVera M. Utter

LaVera M. Utter
June 12, 1914 — March 12, 2011
MENTONE — LaVera M. Utter, 96, of Mentone, formerly of Athens, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her residence.
She was born June 12, 1914 in Fulton County, Indiana to Russel and Arlean (Morris) Walters. Sept. 3, 1933 in Rochester, she married Wilbert R. Utter. He passed away Jan. 4, 2004.
She was homemaker and traditional farmers wife. LaVera had also been a cook at the Colonial Hotel and several other places around the Rochester area. She had also worked at Hart Schaffner & Marx in Rochester.
She was a member of the Talma United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the many great times she had while being a member of the Talma Home Ec Club. LaVera graduated from Talma High School in 1932. She was a great seamstress and was known for her fine finish sewing.
She is survived by two daughters, Sue Curtis of Warsaw, and Luanne (Jim) May of Columbia City; a son, Richard Utter of Mentone; 13 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sons, James R Utter, who passed away in the Vietnam War and Ronnie Utter; one great- grandson, Ryan Utter; a sister; and two brothers.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Joe Lampton officiating.
Burial will follow at Akron Cemetery, Akron.
Visitation will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday March 15, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kosciusko County Home Care and Hospice P.O. Box #1196 Warsaw, IN, 46581.
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