Bonnie Jeanne Metzger, formerly of Silver Lake and Winona Lake, passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Timbercrest Senior Living in North Manchester, at the age of 90.
She was born on Sept. 5, 1928, in Silver Lake to Velma Grace (Hill) Shipley and Carl Wendell Shipley. On Jan. 3, 1951, she was married to Ernest Ray Metzger, who passed away on May 12, 1986.
Metzger was a 1946 graduate of Silver Lake High School. She spent the majority of her life in Silver Lake, raising her family and was a proud homemaker and mother. She moved to Warsaw in 1993 and attended Warsaw Wesleyan Church. For many years she volunteered her time delivering mobile meals and enjoyed volunteering at Grace Village Retirement Community so much that she was honored with the distinction of being their volunteer of the year. Metzger lived a full 90 years of life and her memory will be cherished by her children and grandchildren.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters Rebecca Schipper, Fort Wayne; Evelyn Kay Meinert, Warsaw; Tamra Ann (David) Lawrenz, North Manchester; son Mike Metzger, Warsaw; and step-daughter Marilyn (Norman) Roberts, Warsaw. Also surviving are her beloved thirteen grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her sister Patricia Yoder, Warsaw.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, Jack, Bob and Richard Shipley and her sister, Peggy Parker.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
Her funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by David Lawrenz. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Lake, Indiana.
Memorial donations may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814; or to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s Web Site at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com