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Ollie M. Shank, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Wilbur L. Shank, passed away at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since Oct.
Born in Clinch County, Georgia, she was the ninth child born of 13 to William and Emma (Riberon) Chauncey. As a teenager she worked in a shoe factory in Waycross, Ga. and then moved to Jacksonville where she found employment in a cigar factory.
During her time there she met Wilbur Shank when he was stationed in the U.S. Navy. They were married on April 7, 1951, and relocated from Jacksonville to Churubusco shortly thereafter.
Ollie was employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 23 years, retiring from there in 1988.
She was a member and volunteer of the Churubusco United Methodist Church for more than 10 years. In her leisure time she enjoyed fishing and watching the birds at the bird feeders around her home.
Surviving are her husband Wilbur, to whom she was married for over 63 years; her daughters, Cheryl Wyatt of Churubusco and Monica Shank of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons, Andrew Ott of Chicago and Toby Ott of Churubusco.
Also surviving are three sisters, Arrie Dann of Fulton, N.Y., Louise Illum of Whittier, Calif., and Alma Foreman of Jupitor, Fla.; and a brother, Dr. Allen Chauncey of Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Churubusco United Methodist Church, with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating. The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church at churubuscoumc.org or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home who extended such care and compassion during our visit at www.vnfw.org/content/donate. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Shankâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net or on Facebook.