Betty Hormann, 1925-2019

Betty June Hormann, 93, of New Carlisle, IN, passed away peacefully at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Hamilton Grove, New Carlisle.

She was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Fort Wayne, IN, to Donald and Thelma (Smith) Clem.

Betty was a former member of North Park Community Church, Fort Wayne, IN.

Betty had a heart as big as the sky, and it was filled with love for her husband of 70 years, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her family and friends. She made sure everyone knew how much they meant to her. She lived by her strong Christian faith and spread the gospel of Jesus whenever she could. She always seemed to know when her loved ones were hurting and would reach out to “see how you were doing” whenever they needed it most. She rescued a multitude of cats and birds (mostly robins and all named “Peeps”) over her years, and for as long as her body let her, she fed squirrels, birds and any other animal that lived outside her windows. Her family will miss her dearly, but we know that she was greeted in heaven by Vic, Jean and so many friends and family who preceded her and whom she held dear to her heart. She is looking over all of us from her seat in the clouds, surrounded by the animals she cared for, holding hands with Vic and shining her love upon us all.

On May 15, 1948, in New Haven, IN, she married Victor Henry Hormann, who preceded her in death March 14, 2019.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; her daughter, Carol Jean Smith; and three brothers, Donald Clem III, Victor Lynn Clem and Devon Clem.

Surviving are her two daughters, Cindy (Ric) Kok and Julie (Steve) Getz; one brother, Robert (Joan) Clem; four grandchildren, Carissa Kniola, Kelly Morris, Tiffany Lawrence and Michael Farren; five great-grandchildren, Kailyn Morris, Nyima Kniola, Kai Kniola, Reigan Farren and Miles Farren; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Hively and Lydia Clem; and one brother-in-law, Robert (Beverly) Hormann.

A funeral celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery Chapel, 1109 Hartzell Rd., New Haven, IN, with Pastor Heath Lisenby officiating. Burial will follow the service at the cemetery. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Woodburn Christian Children’s Home, 24902 Notestine Rd., Woodburn, IN 46797; and/or to the Doris Day Animal League, P.O. Box 96084, Washington, D.C. 20090-6084.

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