Clara Jean “Jeanie” Whan, 86, died Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center lovingly surrounded by her children. Clara was born May 10, 1935 to Lewis and Mildred (Bradley) Briggs. She married Richard Whan on June 27, 1954 in Noble County. “Jeanie” as she was known to her co-workers, worked 35 years for Indiana & Michigan Electric Co., retiring in 1995. Her passion for genealogy is known throughout the area for diligently developing and maintaining a Noble Records website for the Noble County Public Library, as well as recording and writing numerous books of various family genealogy records. For her volunteerism, she was selected as a Torch Bearer for the Indiana Bicentennial. She also loved quilting and playing the piano.
Clara is survived by her children, Jerald and Sharell Whan of Columbia City, Jay and Brenda Whan of Westfield and Jackie Wakeman of LaOtto; ten grandchildren, Perry, Randy, Trevor, Jesicah, and Jacob Whan, John, Clark and Scott Wakeman, Caleb and Jon Wilson; 17
great-grandchildren; and two sisters Donna Mitchell and Grace Knafel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Richard Whan, and a sister Janice Reese.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be a family graveside service at a later date. Burial will be at Avilla Cemetery. Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Noble County Genealogical Society.