Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

January 21, 2013

Neoma Irene Colpitts

Nov. 3, 1917-Jan. 15, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. —  Neoma Irene Colpitts, 95, passed away peacefully Jan. 15 at Orchard Creek Assisted Living in Traverse City with her daughter and son-in-law at her side.

Neoma was born Nov. 3, 1917 in Flint. She earned an associate’s degree from Flint Junior College in 1937 and a bachelor’s degree from North Central College 1939.

On June, 14, 1941, she married A. Hunter Colpitts.

Neoma was a kindergarten teacher in Flint, a teacher of first and second grades in Mouton, Ohio, and a substitute teacher in the Wapakoneta, Ohio, public schools.

She was a former member of Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., and also served as a second-grade Sunday school teacher.  She was an associate member of High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie, Ind., and was actively involved in the aftermath of the High Street Church explosion in 1978. Neoma was supporting member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Syracuse, Ind. and a member of P.E.O. Chapter E.J.

As Hunter’s loyal partner, Neoma lovingly embraced the many years of duties, responsibilities, joys and pleasures of the role of “the minister’s wife.” Prior to Neoma’s move to Traverse City, she enjoyed many years as a property owner in the wonderful community of Oakwood Park on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse. Neoma, Hunter, her family and friends made many happy memories there in their beloved little red cedar log cabin that they had built near the water. Later, they constructed their second home next to the cottage and lived contentedly there full time after their retirement.

She is survived by her son, Craig Harrison (s.o. Faith) Colpitts of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; daughter, Sarah Jane (Steve) Hall of Traverse City; brother, James (Esther) DeMott of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters, Pauline Ballou of Kalkaska, and Thelma (David) McKellar of Grand Blanc; grandchildren, Benjamin (Shelli) Finfrock of Grawn, Katherine Finfrock of Traverse City, Carrie Colpitts of Chicago, Ill., Matthew Colpitts of Fort Wayne, Leah Masters of Cedar, and James Hall of Fife Lake; great-granddaughter, Rebekah Hlavka of Grawn;  brother-in-law, Donald Vogelsberg of Chelsea; and many specially-loved nieces and nephews.

Neoma was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Lona DeMott; her husband, the Rev. Dr. A. Hunter Colpitts, who died in 1994; sister, Juanie Vogelsberg; brother-in-law, Kenneth Ballou; and nephew, Kenneth “Chip” Ballou.

There will be a service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Syracuse Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. Huntington St., (Ind. 13), with calling two hours prior to the service. The Revs. Dale Mendenhall and David Herr will officiate.

Interment will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested are W.A.C.F. (Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation), P.O. Box 548, Syracuse, IN 46567; the Colpitts Ministerial Scholarship Fund, Calvary Church, Syracuse; or the University of Indianapolis, Colpitts Scholarship Fund.

A special grateful, heartfelt thank you is extended from Neoma’s family to the entire staff of Orchard Creek, Traverse City.

McComb and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, is assisting with arrangements. To sign the online guest book and share memories, visit www.mccombandsons.com.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • OBT GN0723 Gianinno obit photo Evelyn C. Gianinno ELKHART — Evelyn C. Gianinno, 91, passed away Saturday afternoon at East Lake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Evelyn was born April 14, 1923, in Gary, to John and Cecilia (Piertzak) Nowak. As the former Evelyn C. Nowak, she married Victor J. Gianinn

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBT GN0723 Haas obit photo George R. Haas ELKHART — George R. Haas, 100, died Thursday at his residence. George was born Dec. 12, 1913, to Charles L. and Florence (Milburn) Haas in Bristol. He married Elva Bloomstrand Sept. 21, 1941. She preceded him in death March 13, 1993. George is surviv

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBT GN0723 Huff obit photo Russell L. Huff NAPPANEE — Russell L. Huff, 95, died at Heritage House Monday at 1:25 a.m. He was born May 27, 1919 in Nappanee, to Oliver and Edith (Haney) Huff. He was an area lifetime resident and a 1937 graduate of Madison Township High School. He was a World Wa

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Katie (Thomas) Bontrager LIGONIER — Katie (Thomas) Bontrager, age 93, passed away Sunday at 7:09 p.m. at her home. She was born on March 6, 1921 to Ben and Lovina (Mullet) Thomas in Dodge City, Kan. Katie was married to Andrew L. Bontrager, who preceded her in death April 23

    July 21, 2014

  • Sister Ursula Stample WOLCOTTVILLE — Sister Ursula Stample, 101, died Saturday at her residence in Wolcottville. There will be a graveside service Tuesday, July 22, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gasper Cemetery, Rome City. A memorial Mass will take place at a later date. Carney-Fr

    July 21, 2014

  • James Murray Jan. 10, 1918-July 18, 2014 BRISTOL — James “Jim” Murray, 96, died Friday at Elkhart General Hospital.

    July 21, 2014

  • OBT GN140721 R. Louise Cook R. Louise Cook R. Louise Cook, 93, Elkhart, where she was a lifetime resident, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa.She was born Dec. 23, 1920 in Elkhart County, three miles north of Wakarusa, to Irvin I. and Maude (BeMiller) Eby

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS GN140721 mahlon miller Mahlon D. Miller GOSHEN — Mahlon D. Miller, 83, of Goshen, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:06 p.m. Friday at his residence after an extended battle with cancer.He was the son of Dan R. and Katie (Schrock) Miller. Born April 2, 1931 in LaGrange County.He was

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arrangements pending Anna B. Yoder, 82, died Saturday afternoon at Courtyard Healthcare, Goshen. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m., Monday and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Angel M. Carder, 3 p.m., Owen Family Funeral Hom

    July 20, 2014

  • Arrangements pending

    Arrangements pending James Murray , 96,Bristol, died Friday at Elkhart General Hospital; Waterman Westbrook Clouse Funeral Home Services Monday Owen Daniel Whetston e, 9:30 a.m. at the Lloyd Yoder residence, 13468 Ind. 4, Goshen Richard A. “Dick” Dul

    July 20, 2014

AP Video
Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results