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Bonnie Elaine Knetter, 74, of South Whitley, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her home. Born Aug. 31, 1938, in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Lee Arthur and Ethel Pearl (Weeks) Brown.
She lived most of her lifetime in Whitley County, graduating from Columbia City High School. She worked at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Parkview Oaks and retired from Oak Pointe as a QMA. She was a former member of B.T. Roberts Free Methodist Church.
Survivors include her nine children, Randy (Cindy) Hartman of Marion, Ohio, Cheryl (Dale) Jones of Cleveland, Ohio, Tim Hartman of Columbia City, Jim (Cherie) Hartman of South Whitley, Pamela Hoffman of South Whitley, Jody (Peggy) Hartman of Goshen, Melvin Knetter of Huntington, Melinda (Charlie) Vasquez of Columbia City and Melanie J. (John) Snepp of South Whitley; brothers and sisters, Cleo Brown of Columbia City, Gale Brown of Phoenix, Ariz. and Sandra (Bill) Watkins of Columbia City; 37 grandchildren and 42 great- grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; grandson, James K. Hoffman; brother, Richard Brown and two sisters, Deloris Mock and Myrna Yancy.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Certified Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating. The burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Knetterâ€™s memory to Alzheimer Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 East 91st Street, Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1554. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.