Sarah Jane Deiwert, 87, died on May 8, 2017. Sarah was born on Nov. 29, 1929, in Kokomo, the daughter of George Henry and Clara (nee Bassett) Alford. She spent her childhood years on Rest Haven Farm in Rush County and graduated from New Salem High School in 1947. She married her high school sweetheart Fred Deiwert on Sept. 23, 1951, and they raised their sons on the family farm north of Greensburg.
Sarah is survived by her husband of 65 years, Fred, as well as her sons Edward (Judy) of Franklin, Edwin (Jane) of Columbus, Myron from Wagram, North Carolina, and Mike (Wanda) of Stow, Ohio. Sarah and Fred have eight grandchildren: Philip (Aime'e) Deiwert, Rebecca Smith, Elisabeth Deiwert, Adam (Acey) Deiwert, Craig (Megan) Deiwert, Kyle (Sarah) Deiwert, Tyler Deiwert, and Mara Deiwert, as well as four great-grandchildren. Sarah's sisters Ruth Stevens (Glenwood) and Mary (Herb) Richey (Lexington, Kentucky) also survive.
In addition to the usual responsibilities of a farm wife and mother, Sarah lived a life of active service to her community and church, including Home-Ec Club 53, Rural Couples, and the Wedding Ring Class of Greensburg's First Christian Church, where she was a member for over 60 years. After her boys started school, she was employed as the secretary of Adams school, and then at First Christian for two decades.
In 1959, Sarah and Fred portrayed Greensburg's founders in the Greensburg Centennial Pageant, and in 1981, Sarah was selected as Mrs. Tree City.
In recent years Sarah and Fred continued to serve at church and in the community, including Meals on Wheels, where they were selected as "Volunteers of the Year," DCMH volunteer, and Bread of Life. Family, friends, and faith have been Sarah's priorities through all the years, and those who know her rejoice that she has entered the true Rest Haven in the presence of her Savior.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Move Forward fund of the Greensburg First Christian Church or the Bread of Life.
Visitation will be held at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11; there will also be visitation on Friday, May 12, at the First Christian Church from 9 a.m. until the start of the funeral service at 10 a.m., with Danny Wolford officiating. Burial will follow at the Kingston cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Published on May 9, 2017