Denise Alva Earhart, 83

Denise Alva [Dommer] Earhart, 83, of Winamac, IN passed away at 7:30 AM Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Rensselaer Care Center in Rensselaer, IN.  She was born on May 29, 1937 in Gary, IN to the late Walter C. and Kathryn L. [Galbreath] Dommer.   Denise graduated from Winamac High School in 1956.  On November 2, 1957, she married Lestel LaGene Earhart in Winamac.

Denise was a hard worker all of her life.  In her younger years, she was a laborer at the Singer Controls factory in Winamac and the Switches factory in Leiters Ford, IN.  She was a kitchen helper at the Colonial Inn Restaurant and Indiana Head Restaurant, both in Winamac.  Denise also worked as a housekeeper at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac and Porter Memorial Hospital in Valparaiso, IN.  She retired in 2003.

Denise was a volunteer “candy striper” at the hospital and was a member of the auxiliary. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac.

Denise enjoyed exercising, reading, and watching Golden Girls.  She was an avid bowler and participated in the local bowling league for many years.  

Denise loved her family very much, especially spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.


She is survived by:

Lestel LaGene “Gene” Earhart, Winamac, IN Husband

Penny (Tom) Saltsman, Winamac, IN Daughter

Duane Earhart, New Richmond, WI Son

Brenda (Bob) Lanham, Gosport, IN Daughter

Randy (Jeannie) Earhart, Valparaiso, IN Son

Kerry Earhart, Indianapolis, IN Son

6 Grandchildren: Jeremy, Shauna, Sheena, Jason, Katrina, and Anthony

1 Step Grandson: Tommy

5 Great Grandchildren: Jaren, Aidan, Brystol, McKinley, and Carter

Carolyn (Howard) Gordon, Sister

Delores Albee, Sister

Mary Abbott, Aunt

Mabel Hankey, Aunt

Ron (Doris) Dommer, Uncle

Don (Hannah) Dommer, Uncle

Bob Hoffman, Uncle

Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins


Preceded in death by:

Walter C. and Kathryn L. [Galbreath] Dommer, Parents

Richard Albee, Brother-in-law


Visitation will be from 10 AM – 12 Noon EDT Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon EDT Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating.

Burial will take place at Koster Cemetery in Francesville, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be to the American Cancer Society or the Dementia Society of America.

Online Tributes may be offered at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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