Ethel Louise “Jo” Engle

Ethel Louise
Ethel Louise “Jo” Engle


Ethel Louise “Jo” Engle, age 91, of Brownstown, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Engle was a life-time member of Brownstown United Methodist Church, where she served as an usher and helped prepare and serve funeral dinners.

Jo was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and was a Christ servant. She loved spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and volunteering at the Hoosier Christian Village.

Born on December 1, 1927, in Brownstown, she was the daughter of Everett and Esther Boley Schwein, both of whom preceded her in death. On February 14, 1947, in Brownstown, she married Paul W. Engle and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Steven (Pam) Engle of Cinnaminson, New Jersey; two daughters: Sherry Button of Indianapolis, and Paula Kay (Tim) Butler of Brownstown; one sister, Ramona (Joe) Bush of Brownstown; six grandchildren: Angie (Davidson) West of Edinburgh, Brian Paul (Casey) Engle, Philip (Jennifer) Engle, and Julie Engle (Ryan) Dugan, all of New Jersey, Sammie Jo Button of Indianapolis, and Tim Butler of Evansville; six great-grandchildren: Bailey West, Shaun Engle, Jobey West, Brady West, Miles Dugan, and Avery Engle; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Jo Engle; son-in-law, Jerry Button; two brothers: Maurice “Boob” Schwein, and Charles “Chad” Schwein; and three sisters: Catherine “Cat” McElfresh, Virginia “Jinny” McElfresh, and Dorothy “Jean” Jackson.

Funeral services for Ethel Louise “Jo” Engle will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Brownstown United Methodist Church with Kevin Stiles and Jesi Langlie officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at 11:00 a.m at Brownstown United Methodist Church.

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown.

Memorials may be given to Brownstown United Methodist Church and Schneck Medical Center Hospice.

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