Barbara Ann Mattern, 86

Barbara Ann Mattern, 86, of Wabash, died at 5:05 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Wabash.  She was born Aug. 27, 1934 in Upland, to John and Ona (Lightle) Bonewit.

Barb was a 1952 graduate of Wabash High School. She married Dr. Robert L. Mattern at the Wabash Street Methodist Church on June 17, 1956. She was an excellent homemaker and office manager at Mattern Dental in Wabash. Barb was a member and deaconess at the Wabash Christian Church, longtime member of the Christian Womens Fellowship, and led the funeral dinner program for many years. She was also a member of the Wabash Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority for 65 years, and member and past president of the Wabash Valley Dental Alliance. Barb enjoyed her family, going to their activities, and hosting all of their holiday and special events. 

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert L. Mattern of Wabash; four children, Dr. Robert J. Mattern of Roann, Diane (Rick) Kerlin of Warsaw, Lisa (Scott) Mattern-Billings and Megan (Josh) Long, both of Wabash; nine grandchildren, Chelsea Traver of Lincolnville, Alley Traver of Wabash, Maxwell (Morgan) Mattern of Roanoke, Sydney Mattern of Roann, Camille Kerlin and Carson Kerlin, both of Warsaw, Karigan Long, Cooper Long, and Cruz Long, all of Wabash; three step-grandchildren, Cord Billings and Paige (Garrett) Fouch, both of Lafayette, and Grant Billings of Indianapolis, Indiana; two step great grandchildren, Madison and Hadley Fouch, both of Lafayette; and three sisters, Mary (Kenny) Donaldson of Peru, Sue Schalow of Auburn, and Linda O'Hara of Westchester, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, John "Bud" Bonewit.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at Wabash Christian Church, Wabash, with Rev. Haley Asberry officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Wabash Christian Church.

The memorial guest book for Barb may be signed at

Posted on 2020 Oct 01