Delene Vandewalker, 67, of Churubusco, passed away on December 21, 2022, at Parkview Hospital Randallia, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.\n\nShe was born in Fort Wayne on December 11, 1955, to the late David B. and Sueanne (Pounds) Brady. She spent her formative years in Green Center. She attended Green Center Elementary before graduating from Churubusco High School.\n\nDelene was married to Donald Vandewalker in Churubusco on January 2, 1988. Together they raised their daughter Julianna.\n\nShe had worked for the State of Indiana Department of Transportation as a road engineer. She plowed the snow in the winter and built the roads in the summer. After the birth of her daughter, she left the Highway department to be a stay-at-home mom.\n\nDelene loved to work in the yard, especially gardening and landscaping. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her daughter and loved to relax on her porch while visiting with friends and family. Delene and her husband enjoyed going up to Four Winds and spending the day playing slots. She loved animals, especially dogs. Dogs always seemed to be drawn to her.\n\nShe was a past president of the Churubusco Turtle Days and enjoyed leading. She liked to wear the Turtle Costume in the parade and run the information booth.\n\nDelene took so much joy in giving gifts and celebrating others. She loved to spoil her nieces and nephews, children, and grandchildren with her time and thoughtful presents.\n\nDelene is survived by her husband of 34 years, Donald Vandewalker; her daughter, Julianna (Bryan) Bogenschutz; a sister, Dawn (Curtis) Stauffer; three brothers, Daniel (Tracie) Brady, David (Sherrie) Brady, and Douglas (Glenda) Brady; four grandchildren, Korbin and Madison Paris, Kylie and Drex Bogenschutz.\n\nIn addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brannen D. Paris\n\nA Memorial service will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco Chapel, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. with calling beginning at 2:00 p.m.\n\nMemorials may be directed to the family.\n\nSheets & Childs Funeral Home has been entrusted with these arrangements.