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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gertrude A. Brock, 100, of Columbia City and formerly of South Whitley, died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Parkview Oaks.
She was born Jan. 18, 1912, in South Bend, a daughter of Lee O. and Florence (Carbiener) Walters. She graduated from Central High School in South Bend.
On March 4, 1933, she married Loyal B. Riley.
In 1936 they moved to South Whitley from Nappanee. Mr. Riley died in 1951.
On Jan. 27, 1957, she married Orda Hare. They always made their home in South Whitley. Mr. Hare died in 1974.
On Jan. 14, 1979, she married Russel Brock. They always made their home in South Whitley. Mr. Brock died in 1984.
In 2000, Gertie moved to the newly-opened Oak Pointe, where she resided until transferring to the nursing facility in 2007.
A homemaker, she was employed at Studebakerâ€™s in South Bend in the early 1930s and later Chamberlin Products in South Whitley for 10 years.
She was a member of South Whitley United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing Euchre with several groups.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Florence Linn and Mary (Asa) Bolinger, both of Columbia City; four stepchildren, Joe (Bert) Hare, Ted (Bonnie) Hare and Billy (Betty) Hare, all of Columbia City and Patricia (Bob) Allen of Murfreesboro Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Stouder and a half sister, Donna Walters.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Heartland Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.