Lucy L. â€śSisâ€ť Ickes, 93, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Churubusco businessman Eugene V. Ickes, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at her home. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Ickes was born Aug. 26, 1917 in LaOtto, a daughter of Peter Charles and Bessie Ann (Rosenogle) Bryie. She graduated from LaOtto High School, and was honored as the Onion Queen as a young lady.
On July 4, 1939 she was married in Frankfort, Ky. to Eugene V. Ickes. Early in their marriage the couple lived in Blackford County. They later built a home near Ari, and lived there until moving to their present home south of Churubusco in 1963.
An employee of Dana Weatherhead in Fort Wayne for many years, she retired from there in 1982.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Ege, its Rosary Society, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Smith Township Home Demonstration Club, and volunteered at St. Andrewâ€™s Soup Kitchen in New Haven. In her leisure time she enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Mr. Ickes, former owner and operator of Churubusco Watch for many years, preceded her in death Nov. 21, 1989.
The surviving relatives include her son, Terry (Beth) Ickes of Fort Wayne; a brother, Otho â€śPatâ€ť (Norma) Ickes of Lakeland, Fla.; two grandsons, Scott Ickes and David (Melissa) Ickes, both of Fort Wayne; and two great-grandchildren, Cassidy Ickes and Mikayla Ickes.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Ege with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant. The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Interment will be in the family plot at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed for masses or to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, No. 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Ickesâ€™ memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.