Louise Hayden, a lifetime Warsaw resident, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw. She was 94 years old at the time of her passing.

Born on Feb. 27, 1924, in Warsaw, Louise attended school here and graduated from Warsaw High School. Her parents, both of whom preceded her in passing, were Chauncy W. and Edith M. Hillery Rife.

Louise was united in marriage to I.O. Hayden in Ligonier on June 19, 1942. I.O., known by most as “John,” preceded Louise in passing in 1987.

Louise worked for several well-known local businesses. Most notably was her time spent with Crystal Pre-Forming, Silveus and Bradway Oil Co., and the 18 years she spent at DePuy in customer service. She retired in 1986.

Louise enjoyed wintering in Florida. Together she and John enjoyed many summers spent at Pike Lake campground, where they made many lasting friendships. Louise loved animals and was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are son, Bruce (wife Connie) Hayden, Warsaw; granddaughter, Amy (husband Tom) Wurst, Fort Wayne; grandson, Zach Hayden, Salt Lake City, Utah; great-granddaughter, Abigail Steger, Claypool; and great-grandson, Hayden Steger, Fort Wayne.

Preceding her in passing were her husband, John Hayden; two brothers, Dick and George Rife; a sister, Merl Hauth; and her parents.

The family will celebrate Louise’s life privately in a service at Pike Lake Campground.

Services are in the trusted care of Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.


Memorials to Kosciusko County Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 1906, Warsaw, IN 46581-1906.

Those wishing to express sympathy may visit www.TitusFuneralHome.com to leave a condolence.