Josephine W. (Jo) Leatherman

May 25, 1921 - July 02, 2019

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Saturday, July 06, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Rome City United Methodist Church, 297 Washington Street, Rome City


Saturday, July 06, 11:00 AM
Rome City United Methodist Church, 297 Washington Street, Rome City


Josephine Wilma “Jo” Leatherman, 98, of Rome City died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Orchard Pointe Health Campus in Kendallville.

She was born May 25, 1921, in Brimfield to Clayton J. and Emily Fay (Doud) Stienbarger.

On June 19, 1937, in Brimfield she married Luther Leon Leatherman. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1993.

She had worked at Essex, which later became United Technology in Ligonier for 27 years.

Jo was proud of the fact that she had lived in Rome City for 72 years prior to moving into a health care facility. She was a faithful member of the Rome City United Methodist Church, their Swinging Seniors group, United Methodist Women, and a Bible study group member. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star, having received the Gold Star, and was a member of the Rome City Community Club.

Following Indiana University and Purdue University sports was her passion and she enjoyed eating out with her church group.

Surviving are a daughter, Susan Fay (Carl) Fischer of Avilla; a son, Luther “Luke” (Janet Merlo) Leatherman, Jr. of Madison, Wisconsin; five granddaughters; and several great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jane Leatherman; a sister, Florence L. Stienbarger; two brothers, John Stienbarger and Jack Stienbarger; and two cousins that were like brothers, Earl Stienbarger and Jim Stienbarger.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Rome City United Methodist Church, 297 Washington Street, Rome City with the Reverend Jerry Burghduff officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Pallbearers are Max Stonebraker, Seth Stonebraker, Adam Stonebraker, Orrin Lewis, Dave Helmer, and Luke Leffers.

Calling is Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Helping Hands Food Pantry of Rome City.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Dorothy Chapman
July 7th, 2019 12:45am
Rome City

To all the family: I cannot express my sadness at hearing the news of the passing of one of my dearest of lifetime friends. Josephine & I exchanged Christmas cards for well over 50 years. We shared countless stories and updates of our families. We were the memories of a long time past of Rome City history. I will truly miss my wonderful dear friend Josephine. Dorothy Chapman, Rome City