Josephine "Jo" Wells, 98, of Warsaw, IN passed away at 2:34 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor in Syracuse, IN. She was born on August 7, 1922 on the family farm in Warsaw, IN to Ralph H. & Lillie Faye (Wissler) Reiff.
She attended Pierceton High School and was a lifetime Pierceton / Warsaw area resident (lived within 1 mile from where she was born) except for 5 years in Crestline, OH. She purchased 20 acres right next to her parent’s farm and that was her home for over 70 years. Her father helped her with farming the land and she helped him tile the ground by digging and laying drain lines by hand.
She was married October 5, 1937 in Huntington, IN to Robert Royce Galbreath who preceded her on December 28, 1944. She then remarried on September 12, 1946 to Robert S. Wells who preceded her in 1999. She retired from Stephan’s Enterprises in Pierceton at the age of 83. She formerly worked at Western Auto in Warsaw, Warsaw Coil, and Winona Lake & North Webster Laundry Mats. She helped her sister, Mary, for many years as a cook at the Shrine Building in Warsaw serving many civic groups & private parties.
She attended Morris Chapel United Methodist Church in Warsaw, where she spent many hours helping make homemade noodles as a fund raiser for the church. She formerly attended United Methodist Church in Pierceton, and was a member of the Senior Citizens Group in Pierceton.
She is survived by:
2 Sons – Marvin L. (Jeannie) Galbreath of Syracuse & Richard A. (Frances) Wells of Pierceton
3 Grandchildren – Aaron D. Hartup, Robert “Rob” (Mindy) Galbreath & Todd (Candy) Wells
3 Gt. Grandchildren – Grady & June Galbreath and Audrey Wells
Brother – Samuel Reiff of Warsaw
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter – Lillie Faye “Susie” Hartup, 2 sisters – Veradean Reiff & Mary Shroyer, and 2 brothers – Robert & Bill Reiff.Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Pierceton with Pastor Steve Newkirk officiating. Family is requesting that masks are worn at graveside. Owen Family Funeral Home, St. Rd. 13 & CR 500N, North Webster, IN is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 482, Pierceton, IN 46562.
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