Lavella E. Singer, 88, Jasper

Lavella E. Singer, 88, of Jasper, passed quietly from this life on Wednesday, September 28, 2018, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

Lavella was born at home on a farm in Dubois County on July 24, 1930, to Elmer P. and Margaret (Braun) Fuhrman. She married Paul (Cotton) Singer on October 25, 1969, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper. He was her strong support in sickness and in health.

She was a long-time faithful member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper.  She was a warm and cheerful person who loved her Lord.

Lavella and Cotton met as employees of Fritch’s Dutch Lunch, a well-known family eating establishment in Jasper. When they purchased the restaurant from the Fritch family, it became “The Headquarters.” Lavella was known for her culinary skills in making delicious pies, German potato salad, turnip slaw, red hots, brain sandwiches, and other specialties.  After retirement, they spent 15 years enjoying the winter months at their home in Fort Myers, Florida.

She enjoyed gardening, golf, bowling, church activities, family gatherings, and serving others.

Surviving are two sisters, Luetta Mercier (George), Bloomington, and Ruth Elkins, Anderson; one brother, Luther Fuhrman, Shoals; sister-in-law, Ellen Fuhrman, Jasper; and nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Emil Fuhrman; a brother-in-law, George Elkins; and two nephews, Roger Fuhrman and Tim Mercier.

Funeral Services for Lavella E. Singer will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper, with burial to follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Haysville, IN.  Pastor Adam Ruschau will officiate.
A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jasper.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Brian and Kathi Mathies and family, the Albert Fritch family, Qualicare, Heart to Heart Hospice, and the entire Brookside Village staff for their compassionate love, support, and dedication.  We are deeply indebted to all of these guardian angels.

Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity.

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