Wilma Upsall Howard
Feb. 6, 1930 - Nov. 22, 2011
ROCHESTER — Wilma Upsall Howard, 81, of Rochester, formerly of Knox, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.
Upsall was born in Tip Top, Ky. Feb. 6, 1930.
She is survived by her children: Linda (Leonard) Wachs, of Kokomo, Tim (Deanna) Howard, of Knox, Pete (Janis) Mercer, of LaCrosse, Charlene Thompson, of Asheville, N.C., Debbie (Tim) Richardson, of Rochester, and Carol (Junice) Crittendon, of Knox; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; siblings: Bill Mann, of Knox, Cecil (Ivory) Mann, of Winamac, and Verna (Israel) Cole, of Knox; and four generations of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one son, David and one daughter, Flossie Cole, and siblings: Beecher Cole, Julia Rowe, Ruby Mann, Ed Cole, John Mann, Mary Cole and Sam Mann.
Upsall was so many things to many people: She was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; she was also a sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend. She lived to be 81 years old and was surrounded by family who loved and cherished her place in their world.
Upsall's family was everything to her. If given a choice about how she would spend her free time, she would have chosen to be with her children and grandchildren.
She was a kind and giving person. If someone had a special need, she wouldn't hesitate to find a way to take care of them. Many times, she would take something from her home and hand it to another.
Spoiling her grandchildren was one of her great passions. She liked to slip them a couple bucks from grandma whenever she thought no one was looking. She also taught some her love of baking, cooking, and sewing.
Upsall loved to do crafts of all kinds and she was quite skilled in producing beautiful works of art. She loved to paint and she created beautiful quilts for her family and grandchildren. She could do macrame, crochet, sew, and do needlepoint. She also had an amazing green thumb which was evident in the beautiful plants she grew.
Upsall was also a valued employee. For many years, She worked at Howmet Austenal in Laporte. Later, she worked in the kitchen at Starke Memorial Hospital (now IU Starke Hospital). After retirement, she would often visit the hospital because she couldn't stand being idle. She was a woman of many talents, a hard worker and possessed a generous spirit.
Visitation was held Saturday, Nov. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Knox. Memorial services were held Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Upsall was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in Round Lake Cemetery, Knox.