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November 20, 1915 ~ June 14, 2011 (age 95)

Gearldine Z. Growcock, age 95, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at her residence.  Born on November 20, 1915 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Jesse Benjamin and Lillie Francis (Prough) Zeigler.

She lived all of her life in the Whitley County area and spent 16 winters in Florida.  She attended Churubusco High School and on February 23, 1935 she married Albert C. Growcock in Columbia City, by Pastor Cecil R. Smith. She worked in the onion fields for 15 years helping her dad, from 1937-1950 she worked at the Blue Bell and from 1950-1978 she worked at Weatherhead, Columbia City retiring in 1978.  She was a member of the Church of the Brethern and later attended the First Baptist Church and lastly the Columbia City United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Weatherhead Pioneer Club, former member of the Moose and Eagles #1906 Auxiliaries and the Theo Widow's Club all in Columbia City.

Survivors include her 1 daughter, Linda (Jack) Walker and 1 son, Dean  A. (Sharon) Growcock both of Columbia City; 4 sisters, Martha Wappes, Ohio, Betty Crabill and Barbara Nicodemus both of Columbia City and Joy Follis of Fort Wayne; 2 brothers, Ralph (Delores) Zeigler of Collins and Allen E. (Jeannie) Zeigler of Churubusco; 4 grandchildren including Diana Harris, Christina Morgan, Heather Roehling and Penny Denison, 6 great grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Albert C. Growcock, 7 brothers, Clarence E., Jay W., Joseph B., Lee F., John H., Donnie O. and Marshall L. Zeigler and 1 sister, May Wappes.

Visitation is from 10-2 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City with funeral service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus will be officiating. Burial will follow at South Park (Annex) Cemetery. To send condolences, please log on to

 Service Information

June 17, 2011

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home
600 Countryside Drive
Columbia City, IN 46725

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