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Joan George Deeter, 88, North Manchester died January 8, 2019 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center at 8:00 p.m. Joan was born November 2, 1930 in Piqua, Ohio to Lester John and Thelma (Jackson) George.
Joan graduated high school in 1948 at Covington, OH. After graduating from Manchester College and marriage to Allen Deeter on August 31, 1952, she earned the MRE degree from Bethany Seminary at Chicago, IL. While in Chicago she also completed her MA degree in education at Northwestern University. She directed the Mental Health Association in Wabash County for ten years. She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren where she served as interim associate pastor from September 1997 to June 1998. She served as Christian Education Director and youth minister at the Manchester Church of the Brethren. After completing the MDiv degree at Bethany, she served as pastor at West Manchester Church of the Brethren for six years. She was Executive Director for the Parish Ministries Commission of the General Board of the Church of the Brethren in 1988. In 1992 she became the Executive Director for the World Ministries Commission, retiring in 1997. From 1997 – 2008, Joan served as a chaplain at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, IN. For relaxation, Joan loved to travel, was a voracious reader, enjoyed a round of golf, and attending the opera and symphony.
Joan will be lovingly remembered by her sons Michael (Abby Alpert) Deeter, Evanston, IL, Dan (Jamie Marfurt) Deeter, Spartanburg, SC, David (Serena Sheldon) Deeter, Irvine, CA; seven grandchildren Paul, Elena & Stephen Deeter, Ryan Deeter & Jennifer Deane, Michelle & Alex Deeter. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister Donna George Arnold.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN with visitation to follow.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Joan Deeter, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN
Timbercrest Charitable Assistance Fund
P.O. Box 501, North Manchester IN 46962
Manchester Church of the Brethren
1306 North Beckley Street, North Manchester IN 46962