Carol Dian Gettinger, 82, of Connersville, went home to be with the Lord Monday morning, September 12, 2022 following a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

She was born January 27, 1940 in Decatur County, Indiana, to Bernard and Geneva Boggs McNew. Carol grew up in Brownsville, Indiana and graduated from Brownsville High School.

On November 22, 1958, she married Thomas Lee Gettinger in Brownsville. Together, they built a life living on their farm in Connersville.

Carol was a member of Alquina United Methodist Church since 1967. She loved reading the Bible and Bible study. Carol was active in the community, participating in various clubs and organizations.

In her leisure, Carol loved gardening and maintaining flowers at home and in the community. Other interests included daily walks, knitting, and watching her grandchildren play sports and participate in other activities.

Survivors include her four children, Russell Lee “Rusty” Gettinger and his wife Sherri of Connersville, Karen Oldham and her husband Andrew of Greenfield, Indiana, Tom “Gene” Gettinger of Connersville, and Heather Flanigan and her husband Brian of Connersville; ten grandchildren, Brittany Gossett and her husband Ben, Jonathon Gettinger and his wife MacKenzie, Zachary and Shelby Oldham, Tom Blake Gettinger and his wife Kelsey, Fancee Congelton, Austin Flanigan and his wife Emily, Samantha Scott and her husband Chris, Bailey and Parker Flanigan; nine great grandchildren; and a brother, Russell Dale “Bud” McNew of Florida. She is also blessed with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Thomas Lee Gettinger, who passed away February 13, 2012; two brothers, Gene McNew and Raymond McNew; and a sister, Doris Lineback.

Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2022 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Rob Judd and Pastor Ellis McQueen officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carol to the Alquina United Methodist Church or the Alquina Blue Arrows Park.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.