Juanita Mae Uland

September 9, 1933February 22, 2021
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Juanita (Michael) Uland, 87, died Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home in Bloomington. She was born on September 9, 1933, to Johnny and Roxie (Turpin) Michael in Greene County.

Juanita is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda (Jimmie) Crowe and Amy (Max) DeLaGarza, all of Bloomington; and her grandchildren, Tory Crowe of Bloomington, James Uland of Solsberry, Sarah Uland of Mitchell, Christian DeLaGarza of Garland, TX, and Olivia DeLaGarza, of Carmel. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Laughlin, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert “Bob” Uland; son, Robert Michael “Mike” Uland; siblings (birth and by marriage) Mona (Paul) Reed, John Laughlin, Leona (Bill) Mann; and nephews Steve, John, and Jeff Reed, Jay Laughlin, and Brett Mann. She was also preceded in death by her beloved father and mother-in-law, Emil “Red” and Freeda Uland, who loved her as their own daughter.

Juanita graduated from Solsberry High School in 1952 and married Bob in 1953. They lived in Texas and Virginia while Bob served in the Army. Juanita described those carefree newlywed years as some of the happiest of her life. They returned home following Bob’s discharge from the Army in 1955 and started their family. It was as a mother that Juanita truly found her calling and purpose. All who knew her knew that her children, and later grandchildren, were the center of her life. She often said that if her children were happy, she was happy.

She was employed at RCA in Bloomington, then Westinghouse/ABB, where she retired in 1991 after 31 years of service. Never one to sit still, Juanita worked at Meadowwood Senior Living Community as a receptionist, where she loved visiting with the residents and hearing the stories of their adventures. Following Bob’s death in 1999 from melanoma, Juanita gave back by volunteering with Hospice. She was an active member of Liberty Church of Christ in Hendricksville, where she faithfully attended services and shared her wealth of insights at weekly women’s Bible studies.

Later, she served as nanny for the Zwanziger family (Joe, Ulli, Clara and Bernd). They adopted “Juani” as their American family and asked her to be Bernd’s godmother. When their careers took them to Nova Scotia, the Zwanzigers became Juani’s “Canadian Family,” often traveling to visit each other.

The family thanks the caregivers and nurses from Southern Care Hospice who provided wonderful care. A private ceremony was held for immediate family, followed by interment at Solsberry Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 1923 S. Liberty Drive, Bloomington, 47403, or WildCare Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 198 N. Hartstrait Road, Bloomington, 47404.

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  • Gary Reed, Pallbearer
  • Tom McArtor, Pallbearer
  • Brian Mann, Pallbearer
  • Bobby Laughlin, Pallbearer
  • Mark Laughlin, Pallbearer
  • James Uland, Pallbearer


  • Private Family Service


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Paula Reed

March 18, 2021

Aunt Needy was a very special person. She would light up a room when she entered it. She would always make you feel special. She will be greatly missed.

Rocky Festa

February 27, 2021

James and family, my sincere condolences at the passing of your dear grandmother. May the love of family and friends surround you during this difficult time.

Ulli, Joe, Clara and Bernd Zwanziger

February 27, 2021

We love you, Juani, our "Indiana Mom". You will be missed so dearly for ever.

Randy and Carolyn Turpin

February 27, 2021

We we so sorry to hear of Juanita’s passing. She was always so gracious and kind. Our prayers are with your family for God’s comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Dinah Fuller

February 27, 2021

I had the privilege of getting to know Juanita while having her grandson, James, in my class and working with her daughter, Rhonda, the fabulous “Mrs. Crowe!”

School also brought Juanita to Grandparent’s Day. I recall her sparkling eyes as the students read their poems honoring their grandparents. Eastern Greene School certainly brought families together. Juanita saw the best in everyone! She will be greatly missed.

My prayers are with all of you.💚

Rhonda Carmichael

February 27, 2021

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Juanita. Juanita was a dear friend of our mother for many years. They had many adventures together. When mom got sick, Juanita continued to be a dedicated friend to her. Mom thought the world of her. She was a wonderful lady and I know will be missed by all. Thanks for sharing her with our family.

Rhonda Carmichael and Leslie May (Monna Fuller's daughters)

Karen Sharr

February 26, 2021

I worked at Westinghouse/ABB with Juanita for years. She was good friends with my Mother, Marjorie Sharr. Juanita was a classy lady, always kind to everyone and had a good heart. She will be missed. My sincere condolences.

Shelly Phipps

February 26, 2021

I always remember Juanita inviting us into her home after school. She was a good wife and mother and friend. Prayers for the family.

James Uland

February 25, 2021

She will always be my Mamaw. She stood behind me through thick and thin and she was ALWAYS there for me. She is already dearly missed and I will always love her.

As I promised her in her last weeks, I will never forget you!

Love you Mamaw