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Jane L. Ponto

Jane L. Ponto Jane L. Ponto

Jane Louise Ernstberger Ponto, Lafayette, formerly of Fowler, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 6:52 p.m. at Franciscan Health East Hospital in Lafayette.
Born July 22, 1934, in Corydon, she was the daughter of the late Frank Anthony and Mildred Azelia Kochert Ernstberger.
She was a 1952 graduate of Corydon Central High School, was a former a secretary with Gennison & Holmes Manufacturing in New Albany, formerly worked at Avery Manufacturing in Fowler and later for Better Coil in Goodland and then in the bakery department of the Fowler IGA and was an Avon representative. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Society in Fowler and, with her husband, the Jeans and Calico Square Dance Club.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, and their husbands, Iona Miller (Joe) and Annette Akers (Mike); two brothers, Huston Ernstberger and Gilbert (Gib) Ernstberger; and two other brothers-in-law, Jim Matthews and Joe Drury.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Merlyn L. Ponto; nine children, Kevin Ponto (Sandra) of Plainfield, Keith Ponto (Berta) of Corydon, Cheri North (Bart) of Attica, Kenny Ponto of Lafayette, Dan Ponto (Neen) of Grand Prairie, Texas, Cathy Risk (Roger) of West Lafayette, David Ponto (Maureen) of Westfield, Dennis Ponto of Indianapolis and Alan Ponto (Tracy) of Rapid City, S.D.; six siblings, Vernon Ernstberger and Paul Ernstberger (LaVerne), both of New Albany, Ruthie Shewmaker (Wayne) of Carmel, Melva Gates (Jack) of Dallas and twins Nancy Matthews of New Albany and Rita Drury of Brandon, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth Ernstberger of Georgetown and Agnes Ernstberger of Clarksville; 27 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Monday, April 15, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 3:30, at Maus Funeral Home in Attica.
Funeral Mass: Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Attica with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fowler.
Officiants: The Rev. Samuel Futral (Mass) and the Rev. Peter Vanderkolk (grave site)
The family suggests memorial gifts to Banner Research, in care of Owen’s Climb for a Cure (Parkinson research), attn: Melinda Theobald, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351.