The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 20, 2013

Etta Rosemary Corbin


CATLIN — Etta Rosemary Corbin, 92, of Catlin, passed away at 2:43 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Presence Covenant in Urbana.

She was born on April 16, 1921, in Linton, Ind., to Kenneth Dale and Elva Beasley Hattery.

She married Walter A. Corbin on Oct. 14, 1939, in Linton, Ind. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1991.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda (Merlyn “Buzz”) Ritchie of Catlin; sister, Betty (Dr. Robert) Abel of Wakarusa, Ind.; daughter-in-law, Mary Corbin and her family of Oakwood; grandchildren, Bradley Corbin of Danville, Craig (Sharon) Corbin of Cumming, Ga., Angela Horton of Catlin, and Dr. Scott Ritchie of Danville; great-grandchildren, Amber and Ashley Corbin, Sam and Grace Horton and Andrew, Hope and Alex Ritchie; a great-great grandson, Andre Buchhaas; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Monty Douglas Corbin; sister, Janet Weaver; a brother, Bill Hattery; and a great-grandson, Andre Corbin.

Rosemary was a beautician and owned her own beauty shop for over 41 years. She and her husband also owned and operated Walt’s Washing Well Laundromat in Catlin. Along with a group of mothers, Rosemary helped to start the first kindergarten in Catlin.

She enjoyed traveling and especially loved to watch the Cubs and Indiana basketball.

A service to celebrate the life of Rosemary Corbin will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Pastor Nancy Wilson will officiate. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, also at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville.

Memorials may be made to Catlin United Methodist Church or Catlin Historical Society.

Please join Rosemary’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of her life through her Tribute Wall at


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