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Pauline Bair, 89, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Ralph L. Bair, passed away at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bair was born near Merriam April 17, 1921, a daughter of Tonda and Millie (Winebrenner) Keister. She spent her formative years in that area and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1939.
On March 29, 1941 she was married in Noble County to Ralph L. Bair. The couple lived most of their married lives in Green Township in Noble County until moving to their present home west of Churubusco in 1993.
As a young woman she had worked at Blue Bell in Columbia City. A member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, she had served as the churchâ€™s janitor for several years, was president of the Sarah Circle, was a member of its Missions Board, sang in the church choir, and was active in the churchâ€™s childrenâ€™s ministries.
She was also a member of the Highlighters Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed her flower gardens and crafts, and most importantly, loved her family and serving her Lord.
Mr. Bair preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2003.
The surviving relatives include her children, Connie Bair, Keith (Deidre) Bair and Curt (Diane) Bair, all of Churubusco, and Paula (Bill) Shultz of Albion; a brother, Paul E. Keister of Albion; a sister, Ilene Zumbrun of Columbia City; a brother-in-law, Alton Parker of Albion; three sisters-in-law Nora Jane Bair and Mary Lois Edwards, both of Albion, and Anita Bair of Churubusco; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Parker; a sister-in-law, Barbara Keister; and a brother-in-law, Harold Zumbrun.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Merriam Christian Chapel with Pastor Terry L. Zolman, officiating.
The family will receive friends in the church multi-purpose room from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday or in the church sanctuary one hour prior to the service Thursday morning. Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the church missionâ€™s fund.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Bairâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.