Jean Thrush

December 17, 1919 - January 19, 2017

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Jean Thrush, 97, of LaOtto died Thursday, January 19, 2017, in Chandler Place, Kendallville.

She was born December 17, 1919, in Swan Township, Noble County to Chester and Gertrude (DeHoff) Whonsetler.

On September 14, 1944, in Garrett she married Robert Thrush. He preceded her in death on October 27, 1997.

She was a lifetime LaOtto resident and a homemaker.

Mrs. Thrush was a lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran church in LaOtto and a member of the Ladies Aide. She was the last member of the LaOtto Euchre Club, a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Swanettes Home Demonstration Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Jean loved cooking, canning, freezing, and maintaining a large garden. She was a master seamstress who also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and could make anything. She also enjoyed crafting.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Judith “Judy” and Charles Wolf of Kendallville; four grandchildren, Zachary and Kristen Wolf of Fishers, Joshua and Bethaney Wolf of Fishers, Stacy and Troy Foote of Churubusco, and Rebecca and Todd Freeman of Albion; and 11 great-grandchildren, Maggie Wolf, Lucas Wolf, Carson Wolf, Everett Wolf, Charlotte Wolf, Brooke Foote, Bridgette Foote, Blaire Foote, Courtney Freeman, Sydney Freeman, and Nicklaus Freeman.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard Thrush; a sister, Catherine Brindle Moore; and two brothers, Robert Whonsetler and Bernard Whonsetler.

Private funeral services will be held at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Rev. Jeremy Russell of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaOtto officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery in DeKalb County.

Preferred memorials are to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 307 South Main Street, LaOtto, Indiana, 46763.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Guest Book

Jayne Scheumann
January 31st, 2017 7:11am

All our sympathy for your loss....we were out of town during the viewing. Would love to catch up. Take care and enjoy those grandkids!! Prayers, Jayne

Wanda and Garry christner.
January 25th, 2017 12:04pm
Peru. IN

Praying for all of you in your saddness and loss. So thankful for Aunt Jean and how blessed we all were to have her in our lives. Love. Wanda, Garry and family

Donna Griffis
January 24th, 2017 2:28pm

Judy, I send my prayers to you and your family. I loved your mother very much.

Hal and Cheryl Barker
January 23rd, 2017 4:10pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. She will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim Richardson
January 23rd, 2017 10:15am
Bremen, Indiana

My sincerest sympathies to the Wolf family on Jean's passing

Jeanne M Vignau
January 23rd, 2017 8:53am

Glad to have met such a lovely lady.

Mark and Pat Wilkinson
January 22nd, 2017 7:43pm
Big Long Lake

We are saddened to hear of Jean's passing. She and Bob were our lake neighbors for many years. We were honored to know them.

Belinda Corps
January 22nd, 2017 3:56pm
Kendallville, IN

So sorry for your loss. She lived a long life but will be missed by many. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Sue Mozena
January 22nd, 2017 11:53am

Prayers with Judy, Charles and family. It was my honor to know Jean working at Chandler she was smart , funny and an amazing person. Heaven is brighter with it's new angel.

Russell and Bonnie DeCamp
January 22nd, 2017 11:48am
Kendallville, Indiana

Our condolences to you and your family.

Sharon Grabill McMillan
January 22nd, 2017 10:32am
Gshen, Indiana

So sorry for your loss, she was a great lady and Jean's a part of my childhood memories as we were growing up.

Julia Christner Dewey
January 22nd, 2017 12:49am
São Paulo, Brazil

Aunt Jean will be greatly missed. I remember fondly her lovely laugh and her gentle voice. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs, Julia

Paula Cline
January 21st, 2017 1:56pm
Oregon, Ohio

Aunt Jean was such a special person, and I always so enjoyed visiting with her and listening as she shared stories from the past. She had such a wonderful sense of humor, and there was always a special twinkle in her eye! She will certainly be missed. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Todd Bender
January 21st, 2017 10:36am
Sioux Falls SD

So many fond memories of Aunt Jean in LaOtto. Love her and all her family.

Ray and Kathy Strawser
January 21st, 2017 8:09am

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. This life is so brief but it is comforting to know we live forever in spirit and will be reunited with all our loved ones in God's presence. A time to grieve and lean on friends. Call me anytime. Kate

Max & Pat Cleland
January 21st, 2017 8:08am
Palm Harbor, Florida

Prayers and hugs to all of you. Heaven just received another angel.

Steve and Dawn McCreery
January 21st, 2017 12:05am
The Lavender Lane

Our condolences to you and your family.

Terry and Grace Housholder
January 20th, 2017 11:06pm

Our condolences on the loss of your mother, Judy.

January 20th, 2017 11:05pm

Our condolences on the loss of your mother, Judy. Terry and Grace Housholder

Janet Whonsetler
January 20th, 2017 10:42pm
Littleton Colorado

You all have my heatfelt sympathies. Aunt Jean was an exceptional person and will certainly be missed by many. She had such a great heart for family, whether it was relating family stories from the past or encouraging and loving her family members. Over the years, I've learned life lessons in wisdom, humor, and acceptance, as well as a lot of history. I feel blessed to have known her and to have been a part of her extended family. Thinking of you and keeping you in thoughts and prayers. With love, Janet

Ken and Sherry Holden
January 20th, 2017 6:19pm
Alexandria VA

Dear Judy and Charlie, We are so sorry for your loss! May you find peace knowing she is with our Father and happier than ever! God bless!

Shari (Thrush) Mossberger
January 20th, 2017 2:56pm
Avilla, Indiana

Judy, Stacy, Becky and families. We are very sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Now Aunt Jean is at peace and with Uncle Bob. God's love be with you all. Doug, Shari, Ashton & Taylor Mossberger