LaVera Utter, 96

LaVera M. Utter, 96, of Mentone, formerly of Athens, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at her residence.Born June 12, 1914 in Fulton County, she was a daughter of Russel and Arlean (Morris) Walters. She married Wilbert R. Utter Sept. 3, 1933 in Rochester. He preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2004.She was a homemaker, traditional farmer’s wife and had been a cook at the Colonial Hotel and several other places around the Rochester area. She had also worked at Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester.She was a member of the Talma United Methodist Church and enjoyed the great times she had while being a member of the Talma Home Ec. Club. A graduate of Talma High School, she was a great seamstress and was known for her fine finish sewing.Survivors include two daughters, Sue Curtis of Warsaw and Luanne (Jim) May of Columbia City; one son, Richard Utter of Mentone; 13 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. Several stepgrandchildren also survive.Besides her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by two sons, James R. Utter who passed away in the Vietnam War and Ronnie Utter; one great-grandson, Ryan Utter; one sister and two brothers.Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the King Memorial Home, 101 Tucker Street, Mentone. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at memorial home with Pastor Joe Lampton officiating. Burial is at Akron Cemetery in Akron.Memorial contributions to Kosciusko County Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581. Online condolences to