Josephine Walmer, 92, Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
She was born on May 13, 1928, in Treaty, to Merlin F. Clupper and Anna Monelle (Sutton) Clupper. On June 8, 1947, at the young age of 19, she was married to the love of her life, Warren David Walmer of LaFontaine. They raised three children together, shared the joy of watching them marry and making them grandparents all while being blessed with 67 years of marriage until Warren passed away on May 31, 2014.
Josephine was a 1946 graduate of Wabash High School and attended Manchester College in Wabash for a year before she married. She attended Manchester College as a music major and played a variety of instruments and the piano. Josephine played the bassoon at Wabash High School and at Manchester College. She moved from Wabash to Warsaw, in 1968 and was always a wonderful partner to her husband, Warren, and she also worked alongside him as co-owner of Walmer Supply, Inc. for 35 years.
After retiring from Walmer Supply in 1987, Warren became a United Methodist Licensed Pastor and Josephine served as the pianist in most of their churches where they served their Lord, Jesus Christ, in North Central Indiana. They were former members of the Treaty Christian Church in Wabash, as well as the First United Methodist Church of Wabash and First United Methodist Church of Warsaw. As a pastor’s wife, Josephine served alongside her husband at the following churches and proudly worshipped at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church of Warsaw, Riverview United Methodist in Attica, Indiana, Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, Sumption Prairie United Methodist Church in South Bend, Santa Anna United Methodist Church in Argos and Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Culver.
Josephine and Warren were members of the Dick Wardwell “Starlight Band” in Wabash for three years with Josephine as the pianist. She was a past member of the Frances Slocum Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, past Regent of Agnes Pruyn Chapman Chapter DAR, former member of the Altrusa Club of Warsaw, and Wabash Order of the Eastern Star. Josephine was also a Paul Harris Fellow through the Rotary Club of Warsaw and was an active member of the Gideons International in Warsaw for many years.
In her full life of 92 years, Josephine and Warren were able to travel the United States from coast to coast, and see the wonders of God’s creation in Canada, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Mexico, the Islands of the Bahamas, Hawaii, Jamaica, Portugal, South America, Great Britain and Europe. Her all time favorite part of life was being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Josephine will forever be loved, remembered and deeply missed by her family and many friends.
She will be lovingly remembered by her two sons: James Loren (Carolyn) Walmer, Warsaw; Robert Gene (Becky) Walmer Warsaw; and her daughter: Sharon Kay (Timothy) Wilson, Warsaw. Also surviving are her beloved ten grandchildren: Ryan (Amy) Walmer, Mahomet, Ill.; Christian Walmer, Woodstock, Ga.; Jonathan (Amy) Walmer, Goshen; Geoffrey (Kari) Walmer, Warsaw; Rob (Kristen) Walmer, Fort Wayne; Nicholas Walmer, Fort Wayne; Grant (Cindy) Walmer, Fort Wayne; Stephanie (Thomas) Boyd, Warsaw; Craig (Erica) Wilson, Plymouth; Sarah (Travis) Kempton, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and twenty-one great-grandchildren: Ethan, Andrew, Kyle, Paige, Dawson, Grace, Loryn, Makenzie, Jaxon, Reagan, Caden, Owen, Rylen, Addison and Link Walmer; Justin Boyd; Jaden, Tyler, Lucas and Briel Wilson; Ezekiel Kemton. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Warren and her brother Gene Clupper.
Friends and family are invited for a time of visitation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Redpath-ruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. Josephine’s life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. following visitation. A graveside service will follow at LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery, LaFontaine.
Memorial donations may be directed to The Gideons International, Memorial Bible Chairman, P.O. Box 766, Winona Lake, IN 46590-0766; Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707-3392; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.