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7/12/2013 8:00:00 AM
Iolene J. Denton
March 18, 1928 - July 10, 2013
Iolene Denton
Iolene Denton

Iolene Jo Denton, 85, Rochester, passed away at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at her residence.

Iolene was born on March 18, 1928, in Mishawaka, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Wisely) Messman.

She graduated from Rochester High School and attended St. Mary's College, Notre Dame. On Feb. 17, 1950, in Kewanna, she married Harley R. Denton. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2002.

Iolene had worked as office manager for Denton Electric for many years, and had worked as a clerk for Farmers Home Administration. In her early years, she was one of the original 'Baxter's Beauties' working at Baxter's Drug Store in Rochester, and had driven the Fulton County Library Truck in the 1940s. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she had been Scrip coordinator, and had been active with Meals on Wheels. In her spare time, she was an avid bowler for over 70 years, and was an avid card and euchre player. She had been a member of the City Tennis team in the 1940s, and was a loyal Notre Dame fan, especially womens basketball, having been a season ticket holder for many years.

Survivors include her children, Ted Denton, Rochester, Tom and wife Paula Denton, Spring Grove, Pa., Terry Denton- Bible, Indianapolis, Tammy Denton, Indianapolis, and Tracey and husband Jeff Walker, Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Patricia Denton, Rochester, Staff Sgt. Jarad and wife Jennifer Denton, Hampton, Va., Jeff Walker Jr., Fort Wayne, Sara Murray, Bloomington, and Jacob Murray, Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Arianna Denton and Evelyn Denton, Hampton, Va.; and cousin, Jerry Garren, Naperville, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Bert Woolson officiating.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heal

Iolene always put a smile on our faces! We will certainly miss her spunk. Sending blessings and prayers to family and friends with the knowing that Iolene is doing the same for all of us.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Lou Walker Leavell Bernett

Dear Ted,

I am so sorry to read about your mom's death. I have such great memories of her - especially all those years at St. Joe's with Iolene and all the "little Dentons" across the aisle from us. You always sat on the other side of church.

I also remember the years she worked in Plymouth and her office was next to Tom's State Farm Office - what a hoot we had. He loved that she kept us up to date on all things Rochester and Fulton County.

I know how much you all will miss her - please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Lou Leavell Bernett

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Article comment by: Betty Townsend (McConkey)

Dear Friends and Siblings,
I am so sorry to read of your Mother passing. In my early years in Rochester, she was a true friend and inspiration to me. We talked right after Shad's passing.
I cannot remember a time that your Mom was ever down always positive, friendly and a smile on her face.
You all will surely miss her. Let the warmth of her memories give you comfort during this time of transition. I know that she is with you and will be there always.
I send prayers and blessings to each of you.

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