Roseanna Jean Locke, 66, of La Porte, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021.
She was born November 16, 1954, in Gary, IN to Ollie Ray Locke and Emma Jean (Varro) Thompson.
Ms. Locke served six years as a Sunday School Teacher for St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in LaPorte. She was a foster mother through the LaPorte County DFS, and for over six years, she was both a volunteer and paid instructor for the LaPorte County Chapter of the American Red Cross. For over ten years, she was involved with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, holding a variety of positions from the pack to district levels through Northern, IN and LaSalle Councils BSA.
Ms. Locke was a 1973 graduate of LaPorte High School and attended Purdue North Central Part time and some full time hours for seven years. She was a past employee of LaPorte Hospital, Fountainview Terrace, Purdue North Central, and Employer's Security, Inc.
Surviving Roseanna are her children, James M. (Elicia Feasel) Garske, II of La Porte, Danielle Garske of La Porte, Annette L. (Michael) Buell of La Porte, Amanda (Mike) Cornell of Rolling Prairie, Jon (Ashley) Garske of La Porte, and Erin Garske of La Porte; "Nana" to her foster-sons, Nicholas Sloan of Ohio, Brandon and Brentlyn Jones of La Porte and Joshua Craig of La Porte; brothers, L. Ray Locke of TX and Tim G. Locke of La Porte; stepsisters, Rebecca S. Budzinski of Knox and Colleen A. Danti of North Judson; 13 grandchildren, Sean (Shelby Phelps) Cornell, Elizabeth Buell, Callie Ellenberger, Maiara Feasel, Jessica Buell, Louis Feasel, Audri Garske, Laytan Brinsfield, Claira Garske, Alexandria Buell, Trentan Brinsfield, Sarah Buell, and Kimberlee Garske; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. She is also survived by her former husband, of 25 years, James M. Garske of La Porte.
Ms. Locke was preceded in death by her father, Ollie Ray Locke; mother, Emmajean Thompson; stepfather, Clarence A. Thompson; brother, Terry R. Locke; six grandparents; and companion, Barry W. Bush.
Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, South Bend.
A time of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the family c/o Annette Buell, 2900 Monroe Street, LaPorte, IN 46350.
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