Etta

May 30, 1927 ~ June 22, 2022

Born in: Vincennes, IN
Resided in: Vincennes, IN

Etta (McClure) Byerley Wolfe, 95, Vincennes, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Jasper, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born May 30, 1927, to the late Chauncy Randall and Kate (Waddell) McClure.  Etta was a lifelong resident of Knox County and graduated from Oaktown High School in 1945.

An advocate for women’s advancement in the workforce, she worked at various places early in life, including Port Shepard’s Store, Gimble Bond, BF Goodrich, and Red’s Country Store.  She made her career in banking at Old National Bank (formerly Security Bank & Trust), where she worked her way from teller to assistant vice president, retiring in December of 1995.  Etta was a three-time recipient of Old National’s Customer Service Award of Excellence for the Shiny Penny, an elite honor awarded only by nomination.  After retirement, she continued working at Accent Shop, GNC, Something Special, Jewel’s, and Gardner-Brockman/Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home.

Devotion to her family was the central focus of her life; she was invested in their happiness and experiencing life with them.  Involvement in church worship, committees, and activities was important to her.  She had a heart of compassion, and she used her spiritual gifts of hospitality and generosity well.  Etta was rich with friendships and found real joy hosting card parties and events in her home; she also enjoyed gospel music, travel, and being on the go.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Doug Warren of Jasper, granddaughters Erin (Byron) Lahr of Swayzee and Erika (Trevor) Shepard.  She cherished her great-grandchildren, Klair and Warren Shepard.  She is also survived by niece Susan (Rex) Marchino of Vincennes and her family.  Etta was preceded in death by her husband Donald L. Byerley in 2009, husband Bob L. Wolfe in 2020, sister Norma J. Wolfe in 1991, and nephew Terry R. Wolfe in 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, June 27th, at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway, with Pastor Dale Biehl officiating.  Following the service, she will be laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit and share memories of Etta with the family from 2:00 – 6:00 PM Sunday, June 26th at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home. The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to Wabash Community Church.  Online condolences may be sent to www.goodwinsievers.com.

Services

Visitation: June 26, 2022 2:00 pm - June 23, 2022 6:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street
VINCENNES, IN 47591


Funeral Service: June 27, 2022 10:30 am

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street
VINCENNES, IN 47591


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  1. What a beautiful lady Etta was and we were so privileged to know her. My Dad was especially close to her when he was Manager of Central Hardware and worked with Etta at the Bank. Please accept our deepest sympathy as we know she will be missed! Love and hugs to your whole family!

    • Etta Lou was a really good friend to my mother, Ilarose Anderson Abrassart as they went to Oaktown High School. She was the sweetest lady, mom introduced me to her many years ago and after that I never did forget her. She would always tell mom that Don (Shepard) mom’s step-dad helped her tremendously, and mom’s mother, Helen, my grandmother as well. Mom couldn’t say enough sweet things about Etta Lou. Prayers for the family RIP Etta Lou ❤️🙏

  2. Jill, so sorry for your loss. Your mother always had a smile and was eager to help others. What a special woman.

  3. Jill, deepest sympathies on your loss, but what a blessing she was to all who knew her. My dad appreciated her help & smile at the bank. She blessed me with every encounter we had. She was indeed rich in friendships! Love to you & yours.

  4. Jill and family!! Your mom was a very special lady. She never knew a stranger. My mom thought the world of her. The world was a better place because of her. Lifting you and your family in prayers🙏

  5. Jill: I was so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a fantastic lady while I worked in childcare during Thursday night services she was in the kitchen helping anybody With anything. We had many discussions and she just made me love her that much more my prayers and condolences go to you and the girls she was a wonderful lady and someone I’m grateful to know prayers for you all with love❤️

  6. Jill and family, your mother was very sweet lady. She always met everyone with a smile and hug. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  7. Please accept our complete sympathy and prayers. Your mom was truly a wonderful Kind hearted lady . She never knew a stranger .What an honor and privilege it was to have known Etta. I remember when I use to baby sit for you Jill and our trip to Gatlinburg . What wonderful memories I have from that trip. Then later on in life I got reconnected and enjoyed my time visiting her at church . She will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched over the years including mine. May GOD bless

  8. Such a fantastic woman!! She was so gracious in everything she did. She did a lot for the woman if this area. She will be missed. She lived life to it’s fullest.

  9. Jill, your mom was a very nice lady who
    always had a smile and would say something
    when I would see her. I know her and my aunt
    Verna & Frank Meyers we’re very close to her. I remember her working at the bank many years ago. So sorry for your loss. LisaLoweNolan

  10. Met Etta at Emmaus….. one of the sweetest gals I’ve ever met and her love of the Lord shined brightly for all of us to see.. sincere sympathy…..what an angel Heaven received….

  11. Jill,Doug and family, there is a deep sadness in the passing of your sweet Mother that we won’t get over. Such a blessing to have known her since I was a young girl. Prayers for all of you in the days ahead. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  12. I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep your family in my prayers. Etta was a wonderful woman and so loving to all.Etta will be remembered.love to all the family.

  13. Thoughts and prayers for Jill and your family. So sorry for your loss. God Bless. 🤍🙏❤️🙏💙🙏

  14. Jill, Doug and girls so sorry for your loss. Momma Etta was a special lady. We know she is in the presence of The Lord. She lived it everyday.

  15. Etta was one of the nicest ladies you could ever meet. Beautiful inside and out. I doubt she ever knew a stranger. So Happy to have known her. Prayers to the Family.

  16. Etta and I were at the “Walk To Emmaus”together! Her beauty has never left her! RIP my good friend!

  17. I’ll keep your mom in my prayers. It sounded like a peaceful passing in your home. What a final gift to her. God Bless Jill!

  18. Etta Lou you were such a wonderful lady! You had the kindest soul and the world is seriously losing sunshine without you in it. Remi and I love and adore you! Remi always refers to grandpa Bob when she sees a red bird and I have no doubt she will with you as well. Thinking of all your family. We love you Etta Lou

  19. Our sincere sympathy to Jill & Doug and family. Etta left everyone with a smile and her genuine hugs! We were all blessed to know her and she is already missed. I never serve her famous Candy Bar cake without thinking of her! May God grant her eternal happiness.

  20. Etta always greeted you with a smile on her face and a hug. So glad I had the opportunity to work with her over the years at Security Bank and Old National Bank before she retired. RIP Etta, you will be missed by many, but we will always have memories to remember you by.

  21. Jill, Doug and family.
    Loved your Mother. We had many fun times together and of course, card games. She was a fighter and a beautiful lady inside and out. My condolences to you all.

  22. Jill – I am so sorry for your loss. Etta was a force for good that this world will miss. She always had a smile and a kindness to her comments that I admired. I believe her biggest joy was you bringing those same qualities to light every day….What a legacy Etta leaves through you and your girls! I feel blessed to have known her just a bit, and I wish many mouthwatering candy bar cakes to those already up in heaven.

  23. Jill I am so sorry for your loss. Etta was one of the most amazing people that I ever met. She touched so many lives and she will be so missed.

  24. Etta was truly one of my favorite people when I was a kid. She was always very kind to me and treated me like I was one of hers. Etta always went above and beyond to be the best grandmother she could possibly be to Erin and Erika. It was truly a blessing getting to know her. She will be missed.

  25. Etta was a good friend of my mother-in-law, Fran Huxley, when my son Scott was 5, now 36, Fran took him straight to Etta to open his first bank acct! She made it such a fun experience for him! Wonderful women, I knew that from the minute I met her.

  26. Such a beautiful lady. She was a living example of gracious generosity. She will be missed by friends and loved ones but in her full life she left a legacy of friends, good works, and love and won’t be forgotten.

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