MERRIAM — Cholene M. Anderson, 82, a resident of Merriam and wife of Herbert E. Anderson, Sr., passed away at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2016 after becoming ill unexpectedly at her home.
Mrs. Anderson was born on September 21, 1933 in Green Township, a daughter of Ira S. and Helen E. (Gay) Schlotterback. As a child she moved with her parents to Merriam, where she spent her formative years. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1951 and was a lifelong resident of Noble Township. Employed as a study hall monitor for many years, she worked at both Wolf Lake and Central Noble High Schools. She was employed at Dana Corporation in Albion for a short period, and retired as an inspector from BRC in Churubusco in 1995. A cancer survivor, she was active in the Noble County , and was a lifelong member of the Merriam Christian Chapel. In her leisure time she enjoyed watching NASCAR, was known as "Mom" to countless children of the community, and most especially loved and cherished her family and friends. On July 11, 1953 she was married in Merriam to Herbert E. Anderson, Sr. He survives. Other surviving relatives include: her seven children, Herbert (Barbara) Anderson, Jr. and Edward (Judy) Anderson, both of Albion, Richard "Rick" (Linda) Anderson of LaOtto, Brenda (David) Buchmeier and David (Kandy) Anderson, both of Albion, Frances (James) Heintzelman of Cromwell, and Daniel (Tina) Anderson of Albion; four brothers, Ira "Skip" (Martha) Schlotterback of Albion, Rodger (Geraldine) Schlotterback of Sarasota, Fla., Terry (Mary) Schlotterback and Kent (Patty) Schlotterback, both of Albion; three sisters, Joann Weber of Hagerstown, Linda (Jim, Sr.) Norris of Columbia City, and Sandra (Dick) Goldner of Tampa, Fla; a sister-in-law, Doris Schlotterback of Sarasota, Fla; 22 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Luella Kissinger; by two brothers Sterle Schlotterback and Tom Schlotterback; and by a daughter-in-law Claire Anderson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. John French, pastor of the Merriam Christian Chapel, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m., or one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning.
Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. The family requests that memorials be directed to Noble County or Central Noble Food Pantry. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Anderson's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net