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Elaine Marie Stanley, 82, of Columbia City, died at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at The Oaks Living Center where she had been a resident since Dec. 21.
She was born March 8, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio a daughter of Clarence and Renata (Buenzel) Spoerke. Her formative years were spent in Ohio. She graduated from high school in Canton.
On Sept. 6, 1952 she was united in marriage to Charles B. Stanley. They made their home at Little Cedar Lake until 1955 when they moved to a farm on 300 South.
A homemaker, she worked part-time at Culligan and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Charles; four children, Rae (Leonard) Walker, Lynn (Cheryl L.) Stanley and Cheryl R. Stanley, all of Columbia City and Lee (Vickie) Stanley of Osceola; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carl Spoerke of Florida.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Spoerke.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home with visitation after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Worship for Shut-Ins.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.