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Velma Petro-Pearce

August 25, 1926 ~ August 20, 2019 (age 92)

Velma Petro-Pearce, 92, of Wabash, passed away at 5:13 a.m., on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Bickford of Wabash.  She was born in Sweetser, Indiana, on August 25, 1926, to the late Frank and Opal (Flook) Berry.

Velma married Grant Petro in 1943; he passed away in 1996. Velma then married Thomas Pearce on April 8, 2002; he passed away on June 11, 2017. Velma worked as a homemaker and was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Velma is survived by two sons, Joseph (Cheryl) Petro, of Wabash and John (Sharon) Petro, of LaFontaine; daughter, Pam (Jerry) Whitener, of LaFontaine, Indiana; two stepsons, Randy (Jerri) Pearce, of LaFontaine and John (Vickie) Pearce, of Marion; three stepdaughters, Barbara (Ernie) Ball, of Amboy, Teresa (Danny) Tracy and Colleen (Kerry) Tracy, both of Cheney, Kansas; sister, Bernice Adamson, of Upland; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are 16 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.  Velma was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, one stepdaughter, one step-grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019, at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940 with Pastor Dave Phillips officiating.  Burial will follow at Maple Grove cemetery in Sweetser.

Visitation for friends and family will be two hours prior to the funeral service, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Preferred memorials are to the nursing staff at Bickford of Wabash, 3037 West Division Road, Wabash, Indiana 46992.

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