Laura Slagal, 59

Laura K. Slagal, 59, of Columbia City, died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Columbia City. Born on Dec. 2, 1952, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Franklin DeWayne and Betty Jean (Harrison) Nickolson.She was a lifelong Whitley County resident. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1971. On Aug. 9, 1974, she married Rex L. Slagal at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, Columbia City. She was a dedicated wife and mother only working outside the home after she and her husband raised their family. She then worked 15 years at Parkview Whitley Hospital from 1986-2001, in housekeeping, laundry and then as supervisor and director. From 2001-05, she worked at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne in housekeeping. She was a member of Eagles 1906 and VFW.Surviving relatives include her four children, Ronald Lee (Connie) Slagal of Fort Wayne, Bradley Lamoine (Stephanie) Slagal of Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Ill., Sherry Lynn Brunner and Brian Ashley (Jennifer) Slagal both of Columbia City; brother, Franklin Eugene (Rita) Nickolson of Louiseville, Neb.; sister-in-law, Marcia Allen of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her companion, Robert Walters, Columbia City. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Rex L. Slagal, brothers, Harold DeWayne and John Harvey Nickolson.Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor John Cummings of Community Bible Church officiating. The burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Slagal’s memory to the donor’s choice of charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.