Matilda Mae <I>Gellenbeck</I> VanMeter

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Matilda Mae Gellenbeck VanMeter

  • Birth 8 Dec 1897 Finlayson, Pine County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 5 Jul 1994 Williamsport, Warren County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 6106150

Obituary from Fountain County Neighbor, July 8, 1994

Matilda Mae "Tillie" Gellenbeck VanMeter, 96, formerly of Lafayette, and had been residing with her daughter, Mrs. Ed (Patricia) Oswalt, Route 4, Attica, died at her residence on Tuesday, July 5, 1994, at noon. She was born in Finlayson, North Dakota, on December 8, 1897. She was the daughter of August and Anna (Dexter) Gellenbeck.

She moved to Lafayette as a teenager and lived there for many years. She married John William VanMeter on September 23, 1918, in Lafayette. She and her husband formerly owned a coffee shop in Lafayette. They had lived for several years in Tippecanoe, Fountain and Boone counties. After their retirement they had wintered for several years in Fort Myers, Florida, until health prevented them from traveling. Mr. VanMeter died on April 22, 1960. She had formerly attended the Thornton Wesleyan Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ed (Patricia) Oswalt, Route 4, Attica; a son, Elmer "Red" VanMeter, Lafayette; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Flack and a brother Hugh "Bud" Gellenbeck, both of Lafayette; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, a grandchild, four sisters, and four brothers.

Services will be held at Maus Funeral Home, Attica, Friday, July 8, at 11 am with Reverend Gene Polf officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10 am until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.

Donated by: Anonymous on Jan. 24, 2009

Parents: August and Anna Gellenbeck

Siblings: Mamie Lucille, Alice Irene, Richard, Harry, Oscar Leslie, Ila Christena, Dorothy, Louie, Hugh G. (Bud) and Elisabeth (Babe)

Married:John William VanMeter on September 23, 1918 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN.

Children:Marjorie, Patricia,and Elmer
Nickname: Tillie
1st Marriage: C.T. Boyd, details unknown
2nd Marriage: John VanMeter
3rd Marriage: Claude Long
4th Marriage: John VanMeter



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  • Created by: Patricia Brinson Madison
  • Added: 21 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6106150
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Matilda Mae Gellenbeck VanMeter (8 Dec 1897–5 Jul 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6106150, citing Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Patricia Brinson Madison (contributor 46481387) .