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Greenlawn Funeral Home

6750 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Naomi (Yake) Siela Shilling

January 27, 1931June 22, 2020
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Naomi Yake Siela Shilling, 89 of Pierceton, IN, passed away, Monday June 22, 2020, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, IN. Naomi was born January 27, 1931, in Adams County, the daughter of Lewis and Della Frauhiger Yake. She married Leo Siela, Jr. in 1951 and he passed away in 1966. Her second marriage was to Bruce Shilling in 1974. Naomi graduated from Lancaster High School in Wells County in 1949. She graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1966 as the top graduate of her class. After graduating, she supported herself and her three children (Deb, Dee, and Denny) by working as a registered nurse at the Caylor-Nickel Clinic Hospital. She also became the Northern Wells Community School System school nurse. In 1972, her son Denny died due to a dog attack. When Naomi married Bruce, she became the stepmother of Angie and Stephanie. During their marriage they lived in Ossian, North Webster, Pierceton and wintered in Sebring FL. Bruce and Naomi were well-known for Porky’s Chops their concession business. Naomi was a member, elder, and deacon of the Presbyterian Church. Naomi was also a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Post 253. Naomi enjoyed cooking, gardening, coloring, and entertaining. Surviving besides her husband Bruce of 45 years, are two daughters; Dr. Debra (Scott Biberstine) Siela of Bluffton and Deanna (John) Blair of North Webster; two step-daughters; Angie (Tom) Vachon of Markle, and Stephanie (Tim) Vachon of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Brittany (Bobbie) Stump of Warsaw, Weston Blair of North Webster, Dr. Bryce (Hannah) Biberstein of Grand Rapids, MI, Kennedy Vachon of Markle, Jason (Kristen) Vachon of Fort Wayne, and Amy (Heath Bryson) Vachon of South Carolina; 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and many friends. Besides her first husband Leo and son Denny, Naomi was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; Ruth Henschen and Hazel Liechty; and two brothers; Evan and Noah Yake. Visitation will be Monday, June 29, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Services will be held on Tuesday, June 30 at 1 pm at the First Presbyterian Church 300 W. Wayne Street Fort Wayne with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Seating will be limited to 125 and will be strictly enforced. The service will also be Facebook Live Streamed at 1:00pm. Masks will be available and are required at the visitation and funeral service. A grave site service will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to the University St. Francis St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursing Scholarship Fund in Fort Wayne, IN.

  • DONATIONS

  • University of Saint Francis - St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursing Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Memories

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Weston Blair

June 30, 2020

Grandma,
I love you and all the great times we shared at Eagle Point and your new house. The bacon and eggs you would make me for breakfast or even lunch, if I asked for it Were delicious!
I enjoyed it when we picked the mulberries and that we are both artistic.
Holidays and Christmas’s were special thanks to you and Grandpa.
I do have to say Sorry for not coming over as much lately and also Sorry for my Mustache. ( I know you didn’t like it )
I Love you and I will never forget the Great times we had or you.
Love,
Weston ❤️

Dr. James Babcock

June 30, 2020

What a grand lady! It was my privilege to have worked with Naomi on the Orthopaedic floor at CN Hospital for many years.
My condolences to Bruce and the Schilling and Siela families.

Judy Hartman

June 29, 2020

What a sweet, sweet lady beautiful inside and out. Always had a wonderful smile no matter what. Enjoyed looking at all the pictures. She will truly be missed. May God surround you with his comfort and love at this time.

Christine and Dan Hunt

June 27, 2020

Dan and I were saddened to hear of Naomi's passing. We have many fond memories of her. We have also really miss Porky's at the Bluffton Street Fair. They made the pork chop sandwich a Street Fair Staple!! God bless your family as you mourn your Naomi.

Julie McKeighen

June 25, 2020

I have always enjoyed visiting with Naomi at Pierceton Presbyterian Church. So sweet and so kind. She will be missed. Praying for your family. May the Lord surround you with His love and comfort.

Chuck Thompson

June 25, 2020

Naomi, you will be deeply missed. We are so glad the we became friends with you and Bruce in Sebring. Rest in Peace my friend. Keeping Bruce and family in our thoughts and prayers.
Chuck and Linda

Linda Thompson

June 25, 2020

Naomi, you sure will be missed. So very happy that we became friends in Sebring, FL. Keeping Bruce and family in our prayers. Chuck & Linda Thompson

Karen Olejniczak

June 25, 2020

Naomi was such a Beautiful person so sorry she is gone.
Met her and Bruce In Sebring she will be deeply missed

Roberta Allen

June 24, 2020

Deb to you and your family may memories warm you in this difficult time. I graduated the same year, as an RN that your mother did and went to work for my first RN position in post partum at St. Joe Hospital, Fr. Wayne. Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Roberta Allen.

Cindy Nahrwold

June 24, 2020

I was introduced to the Siela family--later the Shilling family--when Dee and I met our first day of high school at Norwell; we were in the same home room. Then I met Deb and Naomi. Then later I met Bruce. I remember coming home from my first year of graduate school at Arizona State, and before we went home, we stopped in Ossian for Naomi and Bruce's Christmas party. Dr. Cripe was there, and he fashioned IV drips full of wine. Now that was a party!

That's just one of many memories I have of Naomi--at the farm west of Lancaster, in Ossian, at Lake Webster. It's the memories that keep our loved ones alive. May all of you remember that. And know that although I can't be physically there with you, you all are in my heart and in my mind.

Cindy

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