, 2022-08-15 23:00:00,
GARRETT — Reba E. Sliger, age 85, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and formerly of Garrett, Indiana, died at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She had been residing at Park Place Senior Living of Fort Wayne for the past four years.
Reba was born on Dec. 1, 1936, to parents, Harold B. and Frances M. (Thompson) Knapp in Elkhart County, Indiana, and lived in Garrett, Indiana.
Reba married Kenneth P. Sliger on Aug. 26, 1961 in Garrett, Indiana. They moved to a farm south of Corunna, Indiana, and resided there for many years, raising four sons. Reba and Ken lived on Big Turkey Lake in Lagrange County for several years before moving to Englewood, Florida, for about 10 years. Sixteen years ago, they returned to build another home on the original farmland outside of Corunna.
Reba was a graduate of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio.
Reba worked as an elementary teacher for 29 years, spending most of her teaching career at J.E. Ober Elementary School in the Garrett-Keyser-Butler School District. She taught first grade for several years. She then moved up to teach third grade, which she said was her favorite grade.
She was very involved in the educational environment at her school, being twice awarded the Dedication to Excellence District Award. Reba retired from teaching in 1996. Even after her retirement Reba still enjoyed teaching about some of the subjects she loved.
She participated in historical re-enacting for a time, portraying 19th Century school teachers and local historical figures during guided cemetery walks.
After retirement Ken and Reba spent many years traveling quite extensively throughout the United States.
Reba is the author of the Genealogy of the Knapp and Sliger Families. She spent many years researching the family histories, finishing it only a few years ago and succeeded in having the books self-published. Many a family trip was planned around visiting someplace that might help Reba find some connection to her research on the two families.
As the four boys grew up and left home, Ken and Reba were now free to roam to the more out of the way places to look for deceased family relations. The family joke was that if Mom and Dad were gone from home, they were “off visiting dead relatives.” There probably wasn’t a cemetery in Indiana, or Ohio, that Reba and Ken hadn’t visited.
As a young adult, Reba was…
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