Paula Gael Shanks

Paula Gael Shanks, 53, of Terre Haute, IN passed away April 13, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Paula was born in Terre Haute, IN on January 19, 1962 to James W. Shanks and Joyce F.(Lakey) Shanks.

Paula was a life long learner. She received her undergraduate Business Degree and Master’s Degree in Safety Management from Indiana State University and also received her Nursing Degree from Ivy Tech College and maintained her licensure as an RN.

She took great pleasure in volunteering at Fowler Park as a pioneer and as a hostess at “The Lauras Cabin” behind the Fowler Park Barn. “The Lauras Cabin” was very special to her. Her mother, Joyce Lakey, donated the 1840’s log cabin to Fowler Park in 2007 in the memory of several family members who preceded her in death including her sister, Laura Aileen Shanks; brother, William Michael Shanks and niece, Laura Marie Shanks. Paula excelled in the art of hooking wool rugs and wall hangings, for which she won a championship award at the Vigo County 4-H Fair. These rugs were on display in the “The Lauras Cabin” as well as in her own home, also a modern log cabin.

Paula is survived by her parents, James W. Shanks and Joyce F. Lakey; her son, Dr. Michael James Elkins Shanks (Morgan) and granddaughter Jane of Flossmoor, IL; her daughter, Laureal Shanks and granddaughter Arianna of Evansville, IN; her brother, T. Jefferson Shanks (Claire); her niece Leslie May (William) and great-nieces Lilyana and Lorabell of Bucks County, PA.
Paula was the granddaughter of the late Clifford and Ernestine Shanks and Florence Roggenbau.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials
A celebration of her life will be presented at the Fowler Park Barn on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, at, 4:00 p.m with visitation following until 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to The Village Folk, a non-for-profit organization at Fowler Park. Contributions may be made to Vigo County Parks Department, with Village
Folk in the memo line, and mailed to Vigo County Parks Department, 165 Oak Street Terre Haute, IN 47807.
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Helen Jean Edwards

Helen Jean Edwards “Jeannie” 78 of Terre Haute passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Union Hospital-Terre Haute. Jeannie was born in Terre Haute on January 26, 1937 the daughter of the late Charles and Emily (Mann) Adams. She was the co-owner of Pioneer Pest Control and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jeannie was an accomplished writer of stories and was a review writer for the Tribune Star. She is survived by her husband, Larry A. Edwards; children, Kelly (Steven) Hall, Kerry (Mark) Schaffer both of Terre Haute, Jeff (Charlie) Edwards of Indianapolis, Dana (Ernest) Holman of Terre Haute and Brandi Edwards of Chicago, IL; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.
A celebration of Jeannie’s life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 5:00 PM (3734 North 25th Street) with Tony Griffin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall.
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John E. Wallen

John E. Wallen, 54 of Brazil, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. John was born in Chicago, Illinois the son of the late Jerrall and Virginia Wallen. Mr. Wallen was the owner of John’s Clean Glass. John was proceeded in death by his parents and brother Jerrall Wallen Jr.. Survivors include his children; Kayleigh B. (Chris) Cotton of Terre Haute, Morgan R. (Dustin Flowers) Wallen and Braden A. Wallen both of Brazil; grandchildren, Sophie, Gabriel, Makenna, Karsen and Cooper; brothers, Terry Wallen, Ronald Wallen, Don Wallen and Hubert Wallen.
Graveside celebration of John’s life will take place on Friday, April 17th at 3:00 PM at Restlawn Cemetery with Travis Wier officiating.
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William P. Collins

William Peter Collins, 58 of Clinton passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at his residence. William was born in South Bend, Indiana the son of William and Gladys (Burnett) Collins. Mr. Collins was a retired truck driver. He was preceded in death by his father and brothers; John and James Collins. Survivors include his mother, Gladys A. Barry of Clinton sons; James “Bubba” Collins and Drayden K. Harris; brother, Lawrence (Tandy) Collins of Ft. Myers, Florida; sisters; Dionne (Tim) O’Dell of Clinton, Brenda Collins, Janett Collins of Elkhart, IN, Betty (Charlie) Nash of Arkansas, June McCrum of South Bend and Judy (Toby) Ferguson of Elkhart.
A private celebration of life will be held.
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Joyce Spears Cholewa

Joyce Spears Cholewa, 56, of Oakland went home with the Lord on March 24, 2015.

Memorial services will be at a later date. Memorials: Ricky Spears, 504 Danville Road, Oakland, IL 61943. Send condolences: www.simplecremationsandburials.com.

Joyce was born Oct. 30, 1958. She attended Stephen Decatur High School. She worked several places as a cook.

Surviving are her children, Aaron Spears of Oakland; Cynthia Ann Spears of Decatur; mother, Nancy Keith of Oakland; brothers, Dale Ray Lyons of Monte Vista, Colo.; Ricky Spears and Mike Spears, both of Oakland; James McCallister of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl.

Pamela Jean Thomas

Pamela Jean Thomas, 67 of Terre Haute passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at her residence. Pamela was born in Sleepy Eye, MN on April 25, 1947 the daughter of the late Dana and Elsie Anderson. She was retired from Columbia House and a United States Army Veteran. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents and son Todd A. Thomas. Survivors include her husband, John E. (Melissa) Thomas, Sheila K. Thomas of Greenwood, John E. Thomas Jr. of Indianapolis,; grandchildren, Jacob (Melissa), Megan, Cole, Cierra, Jonathan, Christina, Kaitlyn, Rachel and great grand son, Charlie John.
A private celebration of life will be held.
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Albert William Baker

Albert William Baker, Jr., 66, formerly of Columbus died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his home in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He was born August 16, 1948 in Columbus the son of Albert William Baker, Sr. and Josephine Ballard Baker. He graduated from Columbus High School where he was the MVP of the baseball team. He went to Indiana State University before being drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as an artillery mechanic. He spent his career as a distribution manager of several large companies before retiring in 2006. He enjoyed his friends, boating, camping and watching sports.

He is survived by son, Zach Baker of Indianapolis; brothers, Mike Baker of Columbus and John (Sherry) Baker of Rockville, IN; sister, Diane (Stan) Bock of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be conducted 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street with Virgil Clotfelter officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

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James N. Mishler

James N. Mishler 87 of Clay City passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Mishler was born in Clay County on April 28, 1927 to Ralph and Adeline (Barding) Mishler. Jim was a World War II Army Veteran. He joined in 1945 and trained at Camp Wolters, TX. He served with the 793rd Battalion as a Military Policeman in Germany, for eight months he performed motorized patrol guard in the city of Nuremburg. He was honorably discharged in 1947 receiving The Victory Medal and The Army Occupation of Germany Medal. Jim was also a member of the American Legion post #0225. After serving in the Army he started working at the Arketex plant in Brazil until he took a position at Pillsbury, where he retired after 22 years of service. He enjoyed genealogy until his fight with Parkinson’s no longer allowed. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Almeda Mishler; three children, Denny (Sherry) Mishler of Staunton, Michael Mishler of Venice CA, and Sherry (Scott) Griffith of Clay City, three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren, and sister, Shirley Bell of Staunton. He was preceded in death by brothers; Richard, Paul and Robert Mishler; sisters, Ruth and Virginia Mishler. Jim’s family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice for their years of care, Shauna Poe-Ames for her many visits, and for all the many calls, food and flowers and all the many prayers for comfort and peace. Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials. Private services and interment will be at Beech Cemetery in Owen County.
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Donna Marie Pearson

Donna Marie Pearson, 63, of Terre Haute, Ind., formerly of Marshall, Ill., passed away at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Union Hospital.
She was born Feb. 28, 1952, in Terre Haute, to Donald and Chleada Pearson, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Pearson.
Survivors include her sister, Lynn Stout; brothers, Donald, Kevin and Brian Pearson; friend, Susan Kristich, who was her caregiver, and with whom she lived; and aunts, Kathy Headlee and Mary Jo Melvin; along with cousins, nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of life will be held
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Charlotte Ann Harden

Charlotte Ann Harden 71 of Terre Haute went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at her residence. Charlotte was born in Vigo County on March 21, 1943 the daughter of the late Charles C. and Dorothy L. (Wycoff) Robinson. Mrs. Harden was a self-employed housekeeper. She was preceded in death by her husband; Ernest Wayne Harden, siblings, Charles Robinson, Wanda Henry, John Robinson and Carol Robinson. Mrs. Harden is survived by children; Wayne Harden Jr., Eric Harden, Travis Harden, Colleen Harden, grandchildren, Chris Harden and Tyler Allen, siblings, Sandy Layton, Sharon Robinson.
A private celebration of Life will be held.
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