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Oneta Bader, 101

December 21, 2012

Oneta V. Bader, 101, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City where she was admitted on Friday, Dec. 14.
She was born Sept. 2, 1911 in Allen County, a daughter of Albert and Rebecca E. Grover. As a child, the family lived in Canada before moving back to New Haven. She graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1928.
On March 27, 1929, she was united in marriage to Gaylord H. Lake. They made their home in New Haven. In 1939, they moved to Washington Township.
Mr. Lake died Aug. 26, 1968. On Jan. 6, 1979, she married John M. Bader. They have always lived in Whitley County. Mr. Bader died Dec. 23, 1989.
A full-time homemaker, she raised three daughters and four foster children. She also ran the family’s dairy farm. She was an avid card player, enjoyed fishing and traveling and loved farm life especially her milk cows.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Lois Keener of Columbia City, Gaylen Hinen of Columbia City and Rita (Dave) Phillips of Corpus Christi, TX; two step-sons, James (Norma) Bader of Fort Wayne and Francis (Zana) Bader of Fort Wayne; two stepdaughters, Nancy Allen of Fort Wayne and Marsha Johnson of Kent, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Cindra (Steve) Evans, Debra (Tom) Goodrich, Richard A. Goings, Victoria (Danny) Davenport, Anthony A. Hinen, Randal J. Hinen and Denise (Tim) Szelis; nine great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and four foster children, Wallace (Peggy) Collier, Harold Collier, Sandra Collier and Rick Collier.
In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Miranda Ross, Francelia Bewley and Olive Pitser and seven brothers, Darwin, Roscoe, Edmond, Abnis, Russel, Erwin and Raymond Grover.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials may be made to World Wide Work of the Jehovah’s Witness.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

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