Fern Duvall (nee
Harriet LaVerne Postgate), age 85, changed her address on October 29, 2019,
to her eternal home in Heaven.
leaves behind her husband of 65 years, “Bud” Clayton Duane Duvall, Sr., to
hold the family together.
Fern was born April
13, 1934, in Brownsville, PA, to Neva Mastile (Hickle) and Richard Postgate.
Fern grew up in a
large, loving, extended family, with many aunts, cousins, and loving
grandparents, Harry and Effie Hickle, and step-father John Mastile Sr. Fern
has a brother, John Mastile of Valparaiso, IN, and sister, Cheryl (Scott)
Johnson of Tulsa, OK.
On May 14, 1954
Fern married the love of her life, “Bud” Clayton Duane Duvall Sr.
lifetimes they truly became one. They raised three children, Duane (Linda)
Duvall of Chesterton, IN, Kim Scott of Wisconsin Dells, WI, and David Duvall
of Porter, IN.
Fern was a strong
and faith-filled woman who loved deeply and fought for what she believed in.
Fern touched many hearts and moved mountains when she had to. One of the
greatest joys in life was her six grandsons, Joshua Duvall, Korey (Samantha)
Duvall, Bryant (Trisha) Donnella, Matthew (Karen) Donnella, Max Donnella and
Paul Scott. Just when Fern thought life could get no better, girls appeared
in the shape of beautiful great-grandchildren, Kylee Donnella, Gwen Donnella,
Ivy Donnella and Hannah Jarroll, and three wonderful great-grandsons, Kaden
Donnella, Thomas Donnella and Axl Duvall. Fern worked over 20 years at
Westchester Public Library where she was known as the Story Time Lady. Fern
loved her job and every story she told. Fern was an active member of the
First United Methodist Church of Porter and could often be found running a
committees, teaching Sunday School or in the pulpit. Her heart for God was
not just what she did, it was who she was.
Visitation will be
held on Friday, November 1, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.
A Celebration of
Life will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Porter
United Methodist Church, 100 Beam St., Porter, IN 46304.
Come help us
celebrate this extraordinary woman who loved fiercely and unconditionally.
Fern's verse she lived by was Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me". May He strengthen us all as we send her home.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Porter United Methodist Church.
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