Esther Josephine Waltz of rural Atlanta, Indiana passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side on April 29, 2022. She was just a few months from attaining the age of 100.
Jo, as she was fondly known was born January 12, 1923 at Tipton, Indiana to William G. and Victoria G. (Hoyer) Meyer. She attended Tipton Schools and graduated from Tipton High School with the Class of 1941.
She married Leroy William Waltz on December 25, 1945 and they began their lives together on a farm. Both had been raised on farms and she assumed her role as farm wife with ease. She soon obtained baby chicks and raised them to become pullets and ultimately 400 laying hens. She then sold 30 dozen eggs every week. This was her business separate from the farming operation and with the proceeds she purchased her children's school clothing, books and other necessities. She also had a large garden raising vegetables for her growing family's food supply. She also liked to plant and care for her flower beds, with roses being her favorites. She dearly loved her family and enjoyed their family gatherings.
She was an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Indiana.
Surviving her is a daughter, Nancy K. (Duane) Stern of Arcadia, IN, sons: Eric (Jane Kidwell) Waltz of Benton, KY, and Alan K. Waltz of Atlanta, IN, grandchildren: JoDee (Jeff) Anderson, Kyra, Kenton, and Shelby, great grandchildren: Aidan and Lyla Jane, 2 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband, two grandsons, and sisters: Clara Meyer, Velma Watson, and Lena Smith, brothers: John and Louis Meyer.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, IN 46034 with burial to follow at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Arcadia, IN. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until time of the services. You may send condolences at http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 355 South Shaffer Street, Arcadia, IN 46030 or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 100 South 15th Street, Murray, KY 42071.
Emanuel Lutheran Church
355 Shaffer St, Arcadia IN 46030