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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Edna Earlene Western, 86, of Etna Troy Township, Whitley County, died at 1:18 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Sycamore Village Keepsake Memory Care Unit where she had been a resident since December, 2008.
Edna was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Sycamore, Ill., a daughter of Earle Edna and Pearl Ethel (King) Matteson.
She graduated from Sycamore High School with the class of 1941 where she played the violin in the orchestra, played numerous sports in GAA and was a Girl Scout leader.
She had lots of fun working as a â€śsoda jerkâ€ť at the local drug store during high school.
On Nov. 18, 1945, she married Thomas William Western at her parentâ€™s home in Sycamore Ill., where Tom was employed as a herdsman for a large dairy operation.
In 1948 they moved to Etna Township where they lived the remainder of their 57 years of married life.
Edna was an active partner in their farming operation, including grain and a large Holstein dairy herd.
In 1964 Edna and Tom won the Neighborhood Extension Organization â€śOutstanding Dairymanâ€ť award. Mr. Western died Feb. 9, 2003.
Edna worked in the Whitley County Treasurerâ€™s office during tax season for a number of years, was a longtime supporter of the Whitley County Republican party and served as Etna-Troy Township precinct committee person.
She was a member of Troy United Methodist Church until its closing, a charter member of Etna-Troy Extension Homemakers with more than 50 years of membership, a member of Whitley County Home Extension Homemakers, a former board member of Farmerâ€™s Home Administration and a former board member of Whitley County 4-H Clubs, Inc. of which she was a longtime supporter.
Surviving relatives include a son and three daughters, Thomas E. (Sue) Western of Columbia City, Jeannine (Mel) Nix of Columbia City, Janelle (Doug) Burnworth of Kimmell and Jody (Kary) Klopfenstein of Columbia City; 13 grandchildren, Doug (Vicki) Western, Mindy (Drew) Hoskins, David Western, Ryan (Jenee) Nix, Carla (Aaron McDevitt) Mossburg, Kevin (Jes) Nix, Chad (Angie) Gebert, Laura (Mike) McGregor, Michelle (Rich) McNeil, Kiel Klopfenstein, Kendal Klopfenstein, Ryan Burnworth and Chad Burnworth; 18 great grandchildren who brought her much joy in her final years; and a sister, Grace Adee of Sycamore IL.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew James Nix and three sisters, Alice Murawski, Rose Marie Matteson and an infant sister.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation one hour prior to the service. The burial will be in Adams Cemetery. The visitation will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc. or Parkview Home Health & Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.