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Service set for Gladys Franklin Fiscus

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Gladys Franklin Fiscus of Jackson Township passed away Friday, March 26, 2010 at her home. She was 86.

Born April 15, 1923 in the Creek Bottom of Epsom, Ind., she was the daughter of Delmar E. Franklin and Sadie Mallet Franklin, both of whom preceded her in death. On Jan. 25, 1941 in Petersburg, Ind., she married Vergil N. Fiscus, who also preceded her in death.

She is survived by five children William “Bill” (wife Ada) Fiscus of Idaville, Ind., Alice Amstutz of Hart, Mich., Patricia (husband Neil) Charlson of Valparaiso, Robert Fiscus of Westville, and Wandajo (Randy) Jones of McDonough, Ga.; 17 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; sisters Ethel Franklin Borley of Washington, Ind. and Lois Corneilious Franklin of Fall Brook, Calif.; and by many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her son, Kenneth L. Fiscus; brothers Russell “John” Franklin, Ermal Franklin and Dayle Franklin; sisters Dorothy Arney Franklin and Genivena Franklin; and son in laws Paul E. Kolosci and Leonard Amstutz.

Gladys was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had worked at the election polls and as a Girl Scout Leader. Throughout her life, she had many jobs. She worked at Crane Ammunition Depot making bombs during WWII and the Vietnam War. She was the Assistant Manager of the Toll Road Restaurant in Westville, worked at American Foods in LaPorte, the Sewing Factory in Michigan City, Von Tobel Lumber in Valparaiso, the manager of Next Door Gas Station in Westville, two nursing homes and also at Home Health Care. She attended Epsom High School and went to Business College in LaPorte. She loved quilting, crafts and gardening.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd Street, Chesterton, with Pastor Erik Bernth officiating. There will be a graveside service Thursday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) at the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Odon, Ind. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the White-Love Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the La Porte Visiting Nurses Association or the Westville Methodist Church Resale Shop. For more information, call White-Love Funeral Home at 926-1309.



 Posted 3/29/2010