Margaret Olive Van Dine, 1929-2020

Margaret Olive Van Dine, 91, of La Porte, Ind. and formerly of Fish Lake, Ind. passed away peacefully at 5:25 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Oak Woods Manor, La Porte.

She was born March 16, 1929 in La Porte to Lloyd and Rachel (Schmidt) Barthel. She moved to Fish Lake at the age of four.

Margaret graduated from Mill Creek High School on May 7, 1946. She joined St. Anthony Catholic Church, Fish Lake in 1957 and was confirmed there in 1958. She was most recently a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte. Margaret retired from Hancock Fabrics, La Porte after 10  years. Previously she did clerical work for Modine, New York Blowers and Indiana Molding. Margaret enjoyed traveling, taking trips to Europe, Hawaii and other designations in the US. She also spent many summers in Buffalo, Ind.

On Jan. 4, 1968,in Kankakee, Ill. she married Lawton Bratcher, who preceded her in death Sept. 2, 1984.

On May 6, 2000 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Porte, she married Kenneth Van Dine, who preceded her in death Feb. 15, 2015.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; parental grandparents, Louis and Eveline Barthel; maternal grandmother, Sarah Schmidt; one sister, Genevieve June Simcox; and two step-sons, Jerry and Larry Bratcher.

Surviving are one sister, Beverly (Charles) Noel; two nieces, Margo (Joe) Brown and Brenda Arch; nephew, Charles (Connie) Noel, Jr.; three great-nieces, Amanda Mitterling, Angela Starkey and Hanna Arch; one great-nephew, Kendall Noel; great-great-nephew, Jake McCalment; her five step-children, Michael, John and Mickey Bratcher, Valerie (Joe) Jones and Victoria (Douglas) Heagren; and several step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100, followed by a funeral celebrating her life at noon with Rev. Ian Williams officiating. Burial will follow the service at Patton Cemetery, La Porte.

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3 Responses to “Margaret Olive Van Dine, 1929-2020”

  1. Mike & Wanda Bratcher

    Mar 31. 2020

    Mug will be truly missed, she was loved by so very many. She held a special place in my heart and always will.

    It breaks my heart that will not be there as we have recently flown back from Florida and are under COVID-19 quarantine until next week.

    Love always, Mike & Wanda Bratcher

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  2. Bev

    Apr 01. 2020

    We truly understand Mike, we know you will be there in spirit. She will be buried beside your Dad. Bev.

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  3. Dave and Joan Luther

    Apr 01. 2020

    We always enjoyed being with Margaret. She was a great person! We will cherish our memories of her always. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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