Delores Elberta Van Meter
Residence: Peoria, Airzona (formerly of Monticello, Indiana)
Died: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Location: Amethyst Arbor of Peoria, Arizona
 
 
Age: 93
Date of Birth: Tuesday, November 28, 1922
Birth place: Indianapolis, Indiana
 
 
Father: David White  
Mother: Helen B. ( Burleson ) White  
Marital Status: Widowed
Resided in: Delores had lived in the White/Carroll County Communities most all her life prior to moving to Arizona.
Funeral Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Funeral Location: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016, Celebration of Life Service will be at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana.
Clergy: Jay Janke, Elder of the Frist Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Indiana.
Burial will take place: Hughes Cemetery in rural Monticello, Indiana.
Visitation will be: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Circle by the Elders and Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Indiana, followed by visitation until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016, all here at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana.
Biographical Information: Delores Elberta Van Meter found eternal peace with her Lord and Savior on October 13, 2016, at Amethyst Arbor Assisted Living in Peoria, AZ, where she had resided since November 2010. She was born November 28, 1922, to David and Helen White in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the oldest of nine children and frequently told stories about helping her mother with the younger children, which became essential when her father died at a young age. Delores met her husband, Joseph Van Meter, in 1935 when she went to Buffalo, Indiana, with her aunt and uncle for a summer vacation. They were married March 22, 1942, in Indianapolis and immediately started to travel around the U.S. as Joe’s World War II Navy service took them to many places, including Chicago Navy Pier, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. When Joe was sent to Whidbey Island, Washington, where his aviation machinist skills were needed for repairing planes damaged during air battles in the Pacific theater of the war, Delores drove cross country with her two year old daughter, Lonna, and another mother and baby to join their husbands. Her children and grand children loved to hear Delores tell the story of that grand adventure, which she undertook with courage and fortitude, as she did so many other things in her life. After WW II, Delores and Joe settled in Monticello, IN, where she helped him to start and operate a plumbing, heating and air conditioning business. They also operated a mobile home sales business and developed a small subdivision south of Monticello. Together they were members of the Presbyterian Church of Monticello and the Church at Litchfield Park. Delores was stricken with polio in September of 1952 when she was in the hospital for the birth of her fourth child, Pamela. She worked with physical therapists for months to learn to walk again with leg braces and crutches. Soon afterward, Joe built a new, larger home with features to make the tasks of daily living easier for Delores. Although she could not walk on her own, Delores learned to drive a car with the use of hand controls in the 1970s. She never let polio restrict her activities or define her life. She had an adventurous spirit and, enjoyed travel to many locations in the U.S., in addition to Canada and Mexico, and even traveled to The Netherlands to attend the wedding of Joseph Jr and Martine. She maintained her enthusiasm for life and served as president of the Resident’s Council of Amethyst Arbor Assisted Living for the last several years. She was well loved at Amethyst Arbor, where staff and residents very much appreciated her kindness and concern for others.
Special Services: 11:00 a.m. Prayer Circle held by the Deacons and Elders of the First Prysberterian Church of Monticello
Memorial Information: Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Indiana, or to the Church of Litchfield Park in Litchfield, Arizona. Envelopes will be available here at the funeral home.
Marriage Information: On March 22, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana, she married Joseph W. "Joe" Van Meter; he passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
Survivors include:
Children,
Lonna (husband Jesus) Gutierrez of Santa Fe, New Mexico,
Thomas (wife Judy) Van Meter of Arcadia, Indiana,
Bonita (husband Ronald) Funk of Tucson, Arizona,
Pamela (husband William) Dunston of Athens, Georgia, and
Joseph (wife Martine) Van Meter of Oak Hill, Virginia;

Fourteen (14) Grandchildren;

Fifteen (15) Great Grandchildren;

Five (5) Great Great Grandchildren.

Brother,
Karol "Bud" White of Indianapolis, Indiana;

Sister,
Kay Henderson of Drexel, North Carolina.
Preceded in Death:
Parents,
David and Helen B. (Burleson) White;

Husband,
Joseph W. "Joe" Van Meter.
Arrangements by:
Miller - Roscka Funeral Home, 6368 E. US 24, Monticello, Indiana, 47960 ( 574 ) 583 - 8488.