Willa Dean Schaaf, 74

Willa Dean Schaaf, 74, Wabash, died at 3:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born May 24, 1939 in Paintsville, Kentucky to Brooksie Sr. and Maggie (Wells) Collins.

Willa retired from Dana Corporation in Andrews after 14 years. She was a member of the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by three daughters, Michele (Todd) Hollingshead, Wabash, Lori (Bret) Wade, Huntington, and Kristi (Joe) Barker, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and Ned E. Schaaf, father of Willa's three daughters. She is also survived by two brothers, Stanley (Emma Ruth) Collins and David L. (Nila) Collins, both of Van Lear, Kentucky, two sisters, Madelyn (Curtis) Mead, Van Lear, and Peggy Lou VanHoose of Greenup, Kent. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Brooksie Collins Jr., one sister, Daisy Mae Williams, and a great granddaughter, Jules Autumn Rose Honeycutt.

Funeral services were Dec. 21 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with Jeff Barker officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.

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Posted on 2013 Dec 20