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Josephine Kearns

Josephine Kearns (Layne)

February 27th, 1940 - July 17th, 2019
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Obituary

Josephine Kearns, a longtime North Webster resident, passed away quietly on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:36 a.m. in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester. She was 79 years old.

Born on February 27, 1940, Josephine was one of seven children and the daughter of James Layne and Judy (Freeman) Layne. She worked for many years as a machine operator for Dana (Weatherhead) in Syracuse.

On February 22, 1975, Josephine was united in marriage to David Kearns. The two were married for ten years before his unexpected passing on March 11, 1985.

Josephine was dedicated to her family and the wellbeing of her children. Nothing meant more to her than time spent with them except perhaps time spent with her grandchildren. The family loved time spent with her too, especially if she was going to cook – Josephine was an amazing cook and enjoyed gardening for many years. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 253 and previously of the VFW Auxiliary. She loved to sing and dance and enjoyed watching sprint car racing.

Those who survive include four daughters: Brenda (Dave) Darland of Atlanta, IN, Sherry (Tim Kelly) Elliott of Lavonia, GA, Dottie Love of Defiance, OH, and Jody (Scott) Shaske of Pierceton; three sons: Doug (Susie) Elliott of North Webster, Terry (Lonie Bloom) Elliott of North Webster and David (Michelle) Kearns, Jr. of Fort Wayne and two sisters: Ethel Miller of Defiance, OH and Virginia Ann McGuire of Richmond, KY. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, David Kearns, Sr., those who preceded her in passing include brothers: Jimmy Layne and Harold Layne; sisters, Nell Beagle and Juanita Greene and her parents.

A Life Celebration will be held at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw, on Monday, July 22nd at 11 a.m. Visitation will be in the Funeral Home on Sunday, July 21 from 12-2 and 4-6 p.m. Burial will take place in the Mock Addition of North Webster Cemetery following Monday’s service.

Memorial gifts may be directed to National Alzheimer’s Association – Northeast Indiana Chapter, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    July 21st, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    July 21st, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Titus Funeral Home
    Address
    2000 East Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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  • Second Visitation

    July 21st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    July 21st, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Titus Funeral Home
    Address
    2000 East Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, IN 46580
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    July 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    July 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Titus Funeral Home
    Address
    2000 East Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, IN 46580
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial Contributions: National Alzheimer's/Dementia Association
    Officiant
    David Cochran
  • Interment

    Location
    North Webster Cemetery-Mock Addition
    Address
    8766 E 500 N North Webster, IN 46555
    North Webster, IN 46555
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Roberta Ferverda

Posted at 06:11pm
Dear David and family, sorry to hear of your Moms passing, she was a special lady. My prayers are with each of you.
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Arielle Martin

Posted at 11:47pm
Every day at work was different, but I knew each and every day I’d get the same smile and laugh from her, she was like my grandma, she was my motivation to get up and go to work, and the reason I’ll continue working at Peabody 💕 I love you so much Jo, and I’m so happy we share a birthday! I had no idea ♥️
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ETHEL PRATER

Posted at 07:45pm
Jo loved to come to my house once or twice a week and get 5-6 gal.of whole milk from my cow. She would churn butter and put in freezer for winter. She was old-fashioned in alot of ways. We loved each other because of one good reason,we shared same granddaughters. I loved her so much. R.I. P.Grandma Jo.
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