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Leah Rose (Strole) VanHoutin

June 18, 1918 — August 13, 2021

West Terre Haute

Leah Rose VanHoutin 103 passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021.  She was born on June 18, 1918, to Wayne Strole and Wilma Richardson Strole of New Goshen, Indiana. She was a graduate of the former Fayette High School and attended the former Terre Haute Commercial College. She married Hugh Van Houtin on June 18, 1938, they enjoyed 69 years of married bliss. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh VanHoutin on September 26, 2007, a daughter, Sharon Meadlo, a grandson, Darrell Bozarth, two great granddaughters, Tara Lynn Meadlo, and Autumn Lee Meadlo, two sisters and eight brothers.

Surviving are a daughter, Kay Bozarth (Dale Bozarth) , a son-in-law Larry Meadlo, a grandson, Tony Meadlo, grandson, Tim Meadlo (Leanne Meadlo) a grandson, Terry Meadlo and a grandson, Eric Bozarth. Also surviving are a great granddaughters Tiffany Greig, Lacie Audi, Cassie Bozarth, Trista Ristau, Taylor White, Cheyanne Meadlo, and eleven great great grandchildren, as well as two sisters, Doris Flowers and Charity Evinger.  She was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star Chapter 428 at West Terre Haute and Indiana Farm Bureau.

She worked on the farm right alongside her husband, Hugh, until she went to work for Sycamore Insurance Agency in 1961 where she remained until the age of 82. She loved her work and her Sycamore Insurance Agency Family. She was well-known in the community for her pies, mainly her coconut cream.

In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions can be made to the New Goshen Volunteer Fire Dept. or Hospice of the Wabash Valley.

Funeral services will be held at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 North 3rd St., West Terre Haute, IN on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM, with Pastor Chris Wilbur and Pastor Kathy Roush officiating.  Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park.  Visitation is scheduled for Monday, August 16, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the funeral home.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

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