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Nan Louise (Burwick) Gemmer

September 18, 1936 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 85)


Nan Louise Gemmer, 85, Liberty Mills, Indiana, passed away April 25, 2022, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The daughter of William G. and Marjorie P. (Mickel) Burwick, Nan was born on September 18, 1936, in Marion, Indiana.

In 1954 Nan graduated from Peru High School. After a few years, she went on to graduate from Indiana Business College in Fort Wayne. She then worked as a legal secretary, taking notes in shorthand during court hearings.

On November 2, 1958, Nan married Lamoine Gemmer. During their sixty-three years of marriage, Nan worked as a secretary at North Manchester United Methodist Church for over twenty-nine years. During her time there, she was able to use her creative talents and make posters and other crafts for the preschool program.

An extremely gifted woman, Nan loved making quilts. For many years she attended quilting shows and arts and crafts festivals. When Fun Fest first started, she helped with the arts and crafts portions of the event. Nan also enjoyed bowling, traveling on cruises, gardening, and eating at various restaurants.

Nan was a very fair and fun mother. She was involved in her children’s lives and was a Cubs Scout Leader and Den Mother. When her children were younger, she put her seamstress skills to use by helping make her children’s clothing. When her grandchildren arrived, she spoiled them and loved each one immensely.

The loving memory of Nan Louise Gemmer will be forever cherished by her husband, Lamoine Gemmer, Liberty Mills; sons, Eric (Lisa) Gemmer, Fort Wayne and Andy (Cassie) Gemmer, Decatur; daughter, Cara (David) Penrod, North Manchester; grandchildren, Tyler Penrod, Lindsey Kraick, Tad Penrod, Jonathen Hicks, Claire Gemmer, and Taylor Johnson; and nine great-grandchildren. Nan was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Delmer Burwick; sister, Lois Martin; and one great-grandchild, Clay Harrison Penrod.

Services for Nan Louise Gemmer will be private, and burial will be at Fairview Cemetery at a later date.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Nan Gemmer, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

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