Zilla Zoe Welsh, 86

Zilla Zoe Welsh, 86, of LaFontaine, passed away at 6:17 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Marion General Hospital in Marion.

She was born to the late Milo and Lucy (White) Gruwell in LaFontaine on Nov. 21, 1928.

Zilla married Clifford Welsh; he passed away in 1978. She retired from United Tech. 

Zilla cherished the “White” cousin get togethers and helping with the grandchildren. She was a member of the LaFontaine United Methodist Church and an alumnus of the LaFontaine High School. Zilla was a longtime member of the LaFontaine Order of Eastern Star, Liberty Bells extension homemaker club and Francis Slocum Home extension club. Zilla often spoke of the happy times she had riding horses and swimming in the waterhole on the farm with her best friend. She loved horses and always looked forward to mushroom hunting in the spring.

Zilla is survived by two sons, Bruce Eugene Welsh of Warsawand Sam Gruwell Welsh of LaFontaine; granddaughter, Mrs. Tonya Adele (Phil) Douglas of Warsaw; daughter-in-law, Karen Welsh of LaFontaine.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Milo Vincent Welsh.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 S. Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940, with Pastor Crystal Jacobson officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the funeral home with an Eastern Star service being held at 5:30 p.m.. Preferred memorials are directed to LaFontaine Eastern Star or LaFontaine United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Posted on 2015 May 21