The Rochester Sentinel

 

2012

 

Monday, January 2, 2012

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

 

Lynda Bennett

          Lynda BENNETT, 51, 17607 Kenilworth Road, Argos, died at 5:58 p.m. Sunday at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital.

          Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Annamae T. Carnett

          Annamae T. CARNETT, 90, Winamac, died at 9:42 a.m. Friday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Survivors include four sons, Clyde Carnett, of Highland, Donald Dooley, San Angelo, Texas, Dick Carnett, of Hammond, and Joe Carnett, of Hiram, Ga.; and three daughters, Carla Clark, of Pasedena, Fla., Linda Hotuyec, of Joliet, Ill., and Marty Acosta, of Joliet, Ill.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. EST, 11:30 a.m. CST Wednesday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation from 9-10:30 a.m. EST, 10-11:30 a.m. CST at the funeral home.

 

Mary Ellen Davis

          Mary Ellen DAVIS, 88, 635 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, died at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Hite, of Oakland, Calif.; three sons, John Hite, of Hurst, Texas, Rick Hite, of Plymouth, and Carl Hite, of North Carolina; one brother, Jim Workman, of Kokomo; and one sister, Ann Baker, of Osceola.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Argos, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. today at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

 

Derek Jan Anglin

Sept. 23, 1958-Jan. 3, 2012

          Derek Jan ANGLIN, of 7009 W. Crystal Lake Road, Warsaw, passed away at 6:12 a.m. Tuesday at his residence in Warsaw at the age of 53.

          He was born on Sept. 23, 1958, in Columbus, Ohio, to Danny L. Anglin and Marilyn L. (Smith) Anglin, who survive.

          Derek was a resident of Kosciusko County throughout his life. He was a 1977 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School. Derek was an avid sports lover who cherished his three daughters. He faced many struggles in his life but remained devoted to his girls and grandson.

          He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Erin (husband Ryan) Tucker, of Silver Lake, Alyssa (husband Jake) Moore, of Loveland, Colo., and Carli Anglin, of Winona Lake; one grandson, Maclain Tucker, of Silver Lake; one brother, Dion Anglin, of Plainfield, Ill.; two sisters, Anje Anglin, of Warsaw, and Aimee (husband Ryan) Graves, of Columbia City; and his parents, Marilyn and Dan Anglin, of Warsaw.

          He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

          Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home of Warsaw, with Pastor Jerry Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Stony Point Cemetery in Atwood.

          Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home's website at redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.

 


Lynda Lee (Snyder) Bennett

          Lynda Lee (Snyder) BENNETT, 51, 17607 Kenilworth Road, Argos, died at 5:58 p.m. Sunday at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital.

          Survivors include her husband, LeeRoy C. Bennett, of Argos; children, Joshua L. Van Vactor, of Plymouth, LeeAnna M. Dowd, of Plymouth, and Christine M. Bennett, of Bourbon; parents, Marvin and Nyla Snyder, of Argos; and sister, Laurinda S. Taylor, of Argos.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Argos United Methodist Church, Argos, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

          Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Loretta Greenwalt

          Loretta GREENWALT, 71, Greenfield, died Friday at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include her children, Lynn Greenwalt, of Greenfield, Jeff Greenwalt, of Carmel, and Dr. Jama Davis, of Fishers; and brothers, Vance Kline and Wayne Kline.

          Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Browns Chapel Wesleyan Church.

          The Erlewein Mortuary, Greenfield, was entrusted with arrangements.

 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

 

Lynda Lee (Snyder) Bennett

Aug. 4, 1960 - Jan. 1, 2012

          Lynda Lee (Snyder) BENNETT, 51, 17607 Kenilworth Road, Argos, passed away at 5:58 p.m. Sunday at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital following a brief illness.

          Born on Aug. 4, 1960, in Plymouth, she was the daughter of Marvin L. and Nyla J. (Irwin) Snyder. She has lived in the Argos community all of her life.

          On Aug. 5, 2000, in Plymouth, she married LeeRoy C. Bennett. She was a homemaker and a grandma. She attended the Argos United Methodist Church, Argos, and was a 1979 graduate of Argos High School.

          Survivors include her husband, LeeRoy C. Bennett, of Argos; children, Joshua L. Van Vactor and wife Ashley, of Plymouth, LeeAnna M. (Van Vactor) Dowd, of Plymouth, and Christine M. Bennett, of Bourbon; eight grandchildren; her parents, Marvin and Nyla Snyder, of Argos; and one sister, Laurinda S. Taylor and husband Charles, of Argos.

          She was preceded in death by her grandfather, A.C. Snyder in 2010; son, Jonathan W. Van Vactor in 2006; and daughter, Patricia A. Bennett in 2003.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Argos United Methodist Church, 540 N. Michigan St., Argos, IN 46501, with Rev. Henry Sprunger officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 22, Plymouth, IN 46563.

          Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Online condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com.

 

Jacob D. McClone Jr.

          Jacob D. McCLONE Jr., 85, 3025 S. 600 West, Mentone, died Wednesday morning at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at the King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Donald Edward Wogomon

          Donald Edward WOGOMON, 63, 327 Pontiac St., Rochester, died at 7:14 p.m. Dec. 27 at his residence.

          Survivors include three brothers, Roy L. Wogomon, Jerry A. Wogomon and Chad Swango, all of Rochester.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Friday, January 6, 2012

 

Jacob D. McClone Jr.

July 22, 1926-Jan. 4, 2012

          Jacob D. McCLONE Jr., 85, 3025 S. 600 West, Mentone, passed away at 9:31 a.m. Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Born on July 22, 1926, in Kosciusko County, he was the son of Jacob D. and Fern Dove (Rhoades) McClone. His first marriage was to Mary Belle Secor, and she preceded him in death. He then married Beverly J. Badman Clark on Dec. 25, 1970, and she preceded him in death on July 2, 2011.

          Jacob was the owner and operator of the Lake Trails Cafe of Mentone. He also was a truck driver for Maple Leaf Farm. Jacob has been a lifetime resident of Harrison and Seward townships in Kosciusko County. He grew up on a farm and attended Mentone High School before going to the military. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a charter member of the 40 & 8 Mentone American Legion, the Warsaw Moose, the American Legion of Warsaw, the VFW of Rochester and the Kosciusko County Gun Club. He enjoyed gardening and woodcrafts.

          Survivors include four daughters, Diane and husband Dave O'Brien, of Mentone, Pati and husband John Vrbenski, of Kalamazoo, Mich., Tina Marshall, of Warsaw, and Mary Lou McClone, of Denver, Colo.; four sons, Danny Ray McClone, of Palestine, Jimmy and wife Cathy McClone, of Palestine, Chris and wife Tammy McClone, of Pierceton, and Marvin McClone and companion Vicki Scott, of Burket; one step-daughter, Patti Lea Clark Dillinger, of Elkhart; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Dean McClone; two sisters, Velma Gates and Mary Wine; one son, Steve K. McClone; and two grandchildren, Corey Smith and Emma O'Brien.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green, where graveside military rites will be performed by the American Legion of Warsaw.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the donors' choice. Online condolences may be sent to hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

 

Virgil William Wagoner

June 16, 1921 - Jan. 6, 2012

          Mr. Virgil William WAGONER, 90, of 1508 Audubon Ave., Rochester, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Born in Leiters Ford, on June 16, 1921, Virgil William was the son of Amos and Faye Zolman Wagoner. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a sister, Willodean, and three brothers, Cleties, Cleon and Cledo.

          On Sept. 29, 1942, Virgil answered the call of patriotism, serving our country during World War II for 22 months in the European and African Theaters. During his stints as a medic, Virgil was highly decorated with five bronze stars, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

          On Dec. 7, 1946, Virgil married the love of his life and best friend, Norma J. Stansbury, in LaPaz. They recently celebrated 65 years together. Their union produced a daughter, Deb, and a son, Mike. Over the years the family tree grew to include four generations with the additions of three grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

          A self-employed, independent contractor in the trucking industry, Virgil owned his own rig. He hauled steel from the mills in Gary to destinations all over Indiana for over 50 years, retiring in 1998. To relax, he enjoyed reading, especially books on history, nature and antique cars. He was the proud owner of many model cars and a vast collection of trinkets and treasures. As the proud patriarch overseeing four generations of the family, Virgil cherished the time he spent with them. Always present at athletic activities and school concerts, at the holidays and family celebrations, he was always in the thick of things.

          Virgil is lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma, at home; one daughter, Deb Sosbe and husband Tim, of Rochester; one son, Mike Wagoner and wife Linda, of Rochester; three grandchildren, Dan Wagoner and wife Erin, Lindsay O'Leary and husband Ryan, and Stacey Sosbe and fiance Chris Papandria; three great-grandsons, Jacob Wagoner, Brennan Wagoner and Braylon O'Leary; and two brothers, Cleties Wagoner and wife Beverly, of Leiters Ford, and Cleon Wagoner, of Plymouth.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Willodean Brown; and one brother, Cledo Wagoner.

          A celebration of the life of Virgil W. Wagoner will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be accorded by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and the Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343.

          Arrangements have been entrusted with the Good Family Funeral Home. Friends may sign Virgil's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

James Linden Stayton-McGriff

          James Linden STAYTON-McGRIFF, 61, 12725 20-B Road, Argos, died at 1:41 p.m. Thursday at his residence.

          Survivors include his mother, Mary C. McGriff, of Argos; sisters, Barbara D. Peden, of Rochester, and Nancy G. McFarland, of Argos; and half-sister, Cheryl Eberhard, of Florida.

          Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Angela Joy Jackson

          Angela Joy JACKSON, 34, Palestine Lake, Warsaw, died Friday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Monday, January 9, 2012

 

Donna L. Carter

          Donna L. CARTER, 60, 326 W. High St., Montpelier, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Bluffton.

          Arrangements are pending at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Kay Donna Saner

          Kay Donna SANER, age 76, West Lafayette, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on Friday at her residence.

          Kay was born in Lancaster, Ohio, on Oct. 8, 1935, to Harry Donovan and Margaret Ophelia (Collins) Karns. Her family moved to Rochester in 1949. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1953. In her senior year of high school she was first baseman on the state championship softball team. Her father, "Don" Karns was a deputy surveyor and served as a Fulton County deputy sheriff for seven years.

          On June 6, 1954, she married Robert Eugene Saner at the First Christian Church in Rochester.

          Along with her husband, they owned and operated Commercial Refrigeration in Rochester for many years. Kay's interests included singing, music, flowers, dogs and horses. She was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan.

          She lived most of her life in the Rochester and Akron area, then 14 years in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her husband. The last few years of her life she lived in Indianapolis and then moved into the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette.

          Surviving Kay is her daughter, Roberta (Saner) Feeney and husband Mike; grandson, Scott, of Indianapolis; and her special companion, her miniature Schnauzer "Munchie."

          Preceding her in death are her parents; and husband "Bob" Saner, who died in 2001.

          Friends and family will miss her dearly and her soft-spoken voice.

          No funeral services or visitation will take place. Observance of Kay's passing will be private. As per Kay's wishes, her remains have been bequeathed to the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. After cremation takes place, she will be buried in the Indiana Veterans Home Cemetery beside her husband.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.

          Arrangements have been made by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome@gmail.com.

 

Homer Leroy Shoemaker

Oct. 28, 1913 - Jan. 7, 2012

          Homer SHOEMAKER, age 98, of Hammond, Ind., passed away on Jan. 7, 2012.

          Homer was born on Oct. 28, 1913, in Wabash County, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Londis Shoemaker and Anna Louisa (Gerlach), of Akron, Ind.; by sisters, Mary Edith and Dorothy Coralie; and a brother, Walter G. Shoemaker.

          Homer has one surviving brother, Cecil Eugene (Osie), in Akron, Ind.

          On Oct. 15, 1940, he married Edna Belle Ratliff, of Akron, Ind., and they had two daughters. Edna passed away in 1984. Homer is survived by his wife, Nettie Mae, of Hammond, Ind., whom he married on Jan. 18, 1985. He is also survived by his two daughters, Carole (Delbert) Graham, of Northfield, Minn., and Helen (Richard, late) Mau, of Carmel, Ind. Homer had three grandchildren, Tina (Jim) Makitalo, of Duluth, Minn., Kenneth (Michelle) Graham, of Menomonie, Wis., and Rebecca (Robert) Planck, of Noblesville, Ind., and six great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Kevin, Tyler, Jacob, Natalie and Emily.

          In 1931, Homer graduated from Gilead High School in Gilead, Ind. For the next eight years Homer worked several different jobs in and around Akron, Ind. Prior to marrying Edna Belle Ratliff in 1940, Homer moved to Hammond, Ind., to work at Inland Steel mills. Later he worked at Cities Service plant as a "pipe fitter." His final employment was at Purdue/Indiana University campus in Hammond in the heating plant area. Homer retired in the early 1980s and continued to live on Arizona Avenue in Hammond until 1985 when he married Nettie and moved to Woodlawn Avenue. In retirement, he loved going to his "garage workshop" where he could work with his hands repairing and building things. Homer also really enjoyed taking care of his home and his yard.

          Visitation will be on Monday, Jan. 9, from 2-7 p.m. at the Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond, Ind. Services will be at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Interment to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville, Ind.

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

Savannah May

Sept. 14, 1938-Jan. 8, 2012

          Savannah MAY, 73, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, and formerly of Salyersville, Ky., passed away at 10:25 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born on Sept. 14, 1938, in Salyersville, Ky., the daughter of Lester and Mary (Craft) Arnett. In 1959, in Salyersville, Ky., she married Winfred May. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 2010.

          Mrs. May had worked at the former Hart, Schaffner and Marx, the Streamliner Restaurant, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, all of Rochester. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing.

          Survivors include her sons, Rickey and wife Juneattea May, of Rochester, Toney and wife Tammy May, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Jeffery May, of Reno, Nev.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Bobby Arnett, of Salyersville, Ky., and Clayton and wife Vickie Arnett, of Salyersville, Ky.; sisters, Josephine Arnett, of Salyersville, Ky., and Linda and husband Denver Fyffel, of Salyersville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers.

          Funeral services are at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, where friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.

          Funeral services will also be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Magoffin County Funeral Home, Salyersville, Ky., where friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Craft Creek Cemetery, Salyersville, Ky.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 

Donna Lou Carter

Oct. 29, 1951-Jan. 8, 2012

          Donna Lou CARTER, 60, 326 W. High St., Montpelier, passed away at 4:27 p.m. Sunday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Wells County.

          Born Oct. 29, 1951, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Dean and Marie (Wright) Mathias. She lived in Montpelier for 13 years. She had lived in the Gilead, North Manchester and Montpelier communities. She is a 1970 graduate of North Miami High School.

          On March 2, 1974, in Miami County, she married Mike Kenneth Carter. She worked at Heckman Bindery, Coffles Family Market and was a baby sitter. Donna and her husband were foster parents of several children for 18 years. She was a member of the Niconza Baptist Church.

          Survivors include her husband, Mike Carter; two daughters, Beth Carter, of Upland, and Maria (spouse Adam) Saldana, of Montpelier; three sons, Jamie Carter, of Marion, Dan Enyeart, of Fort Wayne, and Doug Carter, of Montpelier; one brother, Ray (spouse Lisa) Mathias, of Roann; two sisters, Rita (spouse Roger) Hughes, of Macy, and Virginia (spouse Steve) Kurtz, of South Whitley; her mother, Marie Mathias, of Roann; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her father; and two nephews, Randy Hughes and Dylan Carter.

          Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Wayne Balmer of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Gilead Cemetery in Gilead, Ind.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

          Arrangements by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome@gmail.com.

 

Angela Joy Jackson

          Angela Joy JACKSON, 34, 4936 W. Lakeview Drive, Warsaw, died Friday at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Brian K. Jackson, of Warsaw; four children, Gabriel and Gracelynn Jackson, both of Warsaw, and Taylor and Blaine Corbett, both of Terre Haute; mother, Denise D. Eskridge, of Talma; adopted father, Steven R. Miller, of Lake Station; biological father, Robert Ray; and two sisters, Jessica J. Hart, of Culver, and Tiffany A. Eskridge, of Talma.

          Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone. No funeral service will take place.

 

Luella Mae Emery

July 22, 1929-Jan. 10, 2012

          Luella Mae EMERY, 82, Macy, passed away at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born July 22, 1929, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Virgil Lyman King and Fleetie Crippen. On Jan. 2, 1949, in Fulton County, she married Doyne F. Emery.

          She was a homemaker. She was a 1947 graduate of Fulton High School. She was a member of Fulton Baptist Temple, where her faith was evident through her work with AWANA, prayer groups, choir and other church activities. Mrs. Emery enjoyed singing, gardening, sewing and cooking. She especially enjoyed making cakes for weddings, anniversaries and all other special occasions. Her most frequented cake was red velvet. Her favorite pastimes were supporting her grandchildren in their sporting events and 4-H activities, and spending time with her family.

          Survivors include her husband, Doyne Emery, of Macy; two sons, David Emery and wife Donna, of Macy, and Douglas Emery and wife Patricia, of Lafayette; two daughters, Julie Bailey, of Macy, and Fleetie Jane Shriver and husband Jeff, of Rochester; granddaughter, Tara Sarver and husband Bob, of Holland, Mich.; granddaughter, Tristan Kirby and husband Travis, of Lafayette; granddaughter, Morgan Munson and husband Kyle, of Rushville; grandson, Kyle Emery and fiance Rachel, of Twelve Mile; granddaughter, Stephanie Shriver, of Rochester; grandson, Benjamin Shriver, of Rochester; granddaughter, Shayleigh Shriver, of Rochester; great-grandson, Jackson Sarver, of Holland, Mich.; brother, Lyman King and wife Helen, of Rochester; and sister-in-law, Maxine Scutt, of Coldwater, Mich.

          She was preceded in death by one grandson, Stephen Doyne Shriver; and two sisters, Anna Hartman and Alice Friedrich.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fulton Baptist Temple, Fulton, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Fulton Baptist Temple, Fulton. Burial will take place in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport.

          Memorials may be made to the Fulton Baptist Temple or to Gideon's International.

          The Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the online guest book or send electronic condolences to gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Walter McCrosky

          Walter McCROSKY, 100, formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday in St. Louis, Mo.

          Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

 

Carolyn Marie Carter

          Carolyn Marie CARTER, 65, died Tuesday at the IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include daughters, Deborah Carter and Lynn Carter Christy.

          Services are at 6 p.m. Friday at the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home, Indianapolis, with visitation from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Joann E. Kalterthaler

April 21, 1930-Jan. 6, 2012

          Joann (Winnefeld) KALTENTHALER, Fairlawn, Ohio, and formerly of Kewanna, Ind., beloved wife of the late Albert M. Kaltenthaler, M.D., died Friday surrounded by her children after a period of declining health at age 81.

          Joann was born in Cleveland on April 21, 1930, to Frank and Evelyn Winnefeld. She was a graduate of Willoughby High School and the Huron Road Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a dedicated health professional for many years.

          She is survived by her four children, Eva Kaltenthaler (Stephen Spooner), of Sheffield, England, Albert (Jill) Kaltenthaler, of Dewitt, Mich., Lisa Kaltenthaler (Robert Wimmel), of Downers Grove, Ill., and Karl Kaltenthaler (Florence Kot), of Copley, Ohio, who lovingly attended her for the last four years; 13 grandchildren, Joanna, Katherine, Emma, Abigail, Kristen, Heidi, Albert Joseph, Erik, Benjamin, Charlotte, Sophia, Phillip and Joseph; sister, Joyce (Burton) Schwartz, of Painesville Township, Ohio; and four nieces and nephews and their families.

          Calling hours are from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333.

          The family asks that memorial gifts be directed to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993 (www.lwml.org/). Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 330-867-4141.

 

Glennis K. Coker Lomax

          Glennis K. Coker LOMAX, 70, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Walter Gerald McCrosky

          Walter Gerald McCROSKY, 100, Rochester, died Tuesday at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

          Survivors include one son, Dr. Don McCrosky, of Waterloo, Ill.; and one daughter, Julia Baas, of Berthoud, Colo.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 9-10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Tonia Lynn Sopher Shockey

          Tonia Lynn Sopher SHOCKEY, 39, Converse, died at 6:50 p.m. Saturday at her residence.

          Survivors include her parents, Roger D. Sopher, of Huntington, and Judy A. Armstrong, of Converse; one son, Michael Joseph Shockey, at home; two brothers, Roger D. Sopher Jr., of Marion, and Robert E. Sopher, of Macy; and one sister, Michele A. Mosley, of Peru.

          A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Converse Church of Christ.

          Arrangements are being handled by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Friday, January 13, 2012

 

Glennis K. Lomax

July 12, 1941 - Jan. 11, 2012

          Glennis K. LOMAX, 70, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

          She was born on July 12, 1941, in Phoenix, Ariz., the daughter of John Calvin and Carrie (Gilbert) Coker. On Sept. 21, 1958, in Gila Bend, Ariz., she married Larry Lomax. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1995.

          Mrs. Lomax had worked for Cardinal Services and in the home health care field. She had also been a licensed real estate agent, working for Kelley Realty in Rochester. She had been a member of the Rebekah Lodge and had attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. In her spare time she was a master gardener, having been recognized as gardener of the month, and enjoyed reading.

          Survivors include her daughters, Lorraine and husband Terry Severns, of Rochester, and Debbie Lee Brown, of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Richard and wife Kanako Lomax, of Brindisi, Italy; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Gale Mackay, of Chicago, Ill.; and several aunts and uncles.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Dewayne Coker.

          Private memorial services will take place at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Public Library.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Walter Gerald (Bill) McCrosky

Nov. 29, 1911 - Jan. 10, 2012

          Walter Gerald (Bill) McCROSKY, 100, Rochester, passed away Tuesday at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

          He was born on Nov. 29, 1911, to Harley and Birdella Mogle McCrosky. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1929 and attended a Purdue Agriculture Short Course. He married Charlotte Jewell on Jan. 1, 1942.

          McCrosky was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Lend-a-Hand Sunday school class. He was a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge for 79 years. In 1983, the Fulton Masonic Lodge honored him with a dinner and a program for being a member for 50 years. In 2008, they honored him again for his 75 years of membership. He was also a member of the South Bend Scottish Rite Lodge and the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine. He was a former board member of the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a retired farmer who lived 100 years in Liberty Township. In June 2011, after the passing of his wife Charlotte, he moved to a nursing home in Waterloo, Ill. A party was held at the nursing home to celebrate his 100th birthday.

          He is survived by a son, Dr. Don McCrosky and wife Lois, of Waterloo, Ill.; and a daughter, Julia Baas and husband Jan, of Berthoud, Colo. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Chad Baas, David McCrosky, Rob Baas, Melinda Oatman, all of Colorado, and Laura Berkerey, of Waterloo, Ill. He has seven great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife of 60 and a half years, Charlotte.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Walter "Bill" McCrosky will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 9-10:45 a.m. on Monday. A Masonic service will be at 10:45 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or to Hope Hospice.

          Friends may sign Bill's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Dennis Leroy Smoker

March 2, 1949 - Dec. 31, 2011

          Dennis Leroy SMOKER was born in Camden, Ind., to Ernest and Frances (Shriver) Smoker March 2, 1949. He was raised in Akron until he was 12 years of age, at which time he moved to Belleview, Fla., where he resided until his death.

          Dennis proudly served our country during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star. Mr. Smoker worked for Marion County for 19 years and retired in March of 2011.

          He is survived by his daughter, Denise Smoker, of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, Dennis Allen Smoker, of Summerfield, Fla., and Bryan Irwin, of Belleview, Fla.; his mother, Frances Smith, of Belleview, Fla.; father, Ernest E. Smoker, of North Manchester; four brothers, Ernie (GeNelle) Smoker, Eddie (Lottie) Smoker, of Rochester, Richard (Janice) Smoker, of Lawrenceburg, and Jimmy (Joanie) Smoker, of Puyallup, Wash.; two sisters, Phyllia (Emory) Smith, of Ocala, Fla., and Shelby Wogoman, of Warsaw; and nine grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Allen Smoker, in 2007.

          Graveside service honors were held at 1 p.m. Jan. 9, at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

          Arrangements entrusted with Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Belleview, Fla. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.

 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

 

Richard (Dick) Burkett

Nov. 11, 1926 - Jan. 13, 2012

          Mr. Richard Haggerty "Dick" BURKETT, 85, of 2458 W. 450 North, Rochester, passed away Friday at his home.

          Dick was born in Fulton County, on Nov. 11, 1926, to Walter L. and Mildred V. Haggerty Burkett. The first born of the Burkett boys, he shared his childhood with brothers Don and Jerry.

          After high school, with Paul Burns, Dick set sail with the merchant marines. He reported in to Chicago, then on to Sheep's Head Bay, N.Y., where he began working out of the union hall. He helped hauling our troops to France and returned with P.O.W.s and wounded soldiers on board the St. Albans Victory and the USS Sea Tiger. On Jan. 24, 1946, Dick entered further service to our country with the United States Army, reporting in to camp Pickett in Virginia. He served in the European Theatre and earned a Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Germany.

          On Sept. 22, 1944, Dick married the love of his life and best friend, Margaret Clay, in Marshall County. Their union spanned 67 years and produced two handsome sons, David and Randy. The family tree continued to grow over the years with the arrival of two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

          In the early years, Dick and Margaret began raising baby chicks, who later produced eggs. Their start in poultry came from Uncle Bert Leedy. Enjoying life in Richland Township, they proudly oversaw a fine herd of 50 cross-bred beef cows, sheep and a few Holsteins. They also looked forward to spring when they tapped for maple syrup. Dick worked in production at Bendix of South Bend for 35 years, retiring in 1980. While working at Bendix, he continued to help his mom and dad with their farming operation at night. Over the years, he accumulated money to buy a new 7700 Ford Tractor upon his retirement.

          To relax, Dick enjoyed the music of cowboy poet Baxter Black. He loved life on the farm and raising his family in the country. After retirement, he looked forward to many spirited games of Pedro and hanging out with his buddies at the card table at various locales around town. He occasionally trekked out west and enjoyed many good times in Nevada.

          Dick is lovingly remembered by his wife, Margaret; two sons, David Burkett and wife Linda, of Rochester, and Randy Burkett and wife Beth, of Rochester; two grandchildren, Dustin Burkett and Jessie Burkett; three step-grandchildren, Terry, Andrea and Debra; two great-grandchildren, Lexi and Kami; seven step-great-grandchildren, Adrian, Breanne, Ayden, Haylin, Cole, Abby and Delany; one brother, Don Burkett and wife Jackie, of Rochester; and one niece and four nephews, Jeralyn Burkett Hines, Jay L. Burkett, Bill Burkett, Pat Burkett and Mike Burkett.

          Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jerry Lee Burkett.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Richard "Dick" Burkett is at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor David Mills officiating. Friends may visit with the family three hours prior to the service in the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1342, both of Rochester. Interment will be at the Richland Center Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Richland Township Room at the Fulton County Museum, Hope Hospice of Fulton County or to the donors' choice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Dick's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


Thelma I. “Til” Craig

March 10, 1923 - Jan. 12, 2012

          Thelma I. "Til" CRAIG, 88, 300 E. Fourth St., Rochester, and formerly of Akron and Silver Lake, passed away at 9:56 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester.

          Born March 10, 1923, in Lanark, Ill., she was the daughter of Robert and Vivian (Herman) Livengood. She was a bookkeeper for Miller and Sons Lumber Company of Silver Lake for 18 years, retiring in 1994. Til graduated from Lanark High School in Lanark, Ill. Then she attended two years at Manchester College. She enjoyed reading, playing cards with family, and spending time with her kids and grandkids.

          Survivors include her daughter, Phyl Olinger, of Rochester; son, Jeff and wife Jan Craig, of Jackson, Calif.; granddaughter, Niki Kerr; two grandsons, Blake Olinger, and John and wife Natalie Craig; great-grandson, Gabe Kerr; and great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Kerr.

          She was preceded in death by two twin sons, Bill and Bob Craig; and two sisters.

          Private family burial will take place Monday in the Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Public Library. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Monday, January 16, 2012

 

No Paper – Holiday

 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 

William P. Craig

Dec. 26, 1921 - Jan. 14, 2012

          William P. CRAIG, 90, 746 N. 1000 East, Akron, passed away unexpectedly at 12:17 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born Dec. 26, 1921, in Akron, he was the son of Oren and Grace (Cook) Craig.

          He was an independent livestock dealer. He was a 1939 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was on the first troop carrier, The Queen Mary, to leave New York and arrive in England. Later in his life, he served two years, 1985-1987, in the Peace Corps, serving in Papua, New Guinea. Bill was an active member of the Rochester VFW Post 1343.

          Survivors include his daughter, Phyl Olinger, of Rochester; son, Jeff and wife Jan Craig, of Jackson, Calif.; one granddaughter, Niki Kerr; two grandsons, Blake Olinger, and John and wife Natalie Craig; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Kerr; one great-grandson, Gabe Kerr; and one sister, Mildred "Topsy" Harrold, of Akron.

          He was preceded in death by two twin sons, Bill and Bob Craig; one sister, Susie Riley; and one brother, George Craig.

          Following Bill's wishes to be cremated, there will be no immediate services. The family will hold a scattering ceremony at a later date on his rural Akron farm.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Public Library, 205 E. Rochester St., Akron, IN 46910.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Harold Devon Van Meter

April 13, 1933 - Jan. 15, 2012

          Harold Devon Van METER, 78, Jackson, Mich., and formerly of Fulton and Cass counties, passed away at 7 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

          Mr. Van Meter was born on April 13, 1933, in Cass County, the son of Daniel L. and Pauline (Creek) Van Meter. On July 12, 1953, in Cass County, he married Lois Burton, and she survives.

          Mr. Van Meter had been manager of Manufacturing Services. He enjoyed playing golf, working in his garden, doing yardwork, and NASCAR. He and his wife, Lois, traveled frequently to visit friends and family, and also to watch their grandchildren's sporting events. He was looking forward to watching his great-granddaughter play her sports. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor, often working outside and ready with a friendly wave for everyone he saw.

          Survivors include his wife, Lois Van Meter, of Jackson, Mich.; daughter, Brenda K. Van Meter, of Flint, Mich.; son, David and wife Barbara Van Meter, of Revenna, Ohio; grandchildren, Ron and wife Jen Van Meter, of Holt, Mich., Carrie Van Meter, of North Canton, Ohio, Ashley Van Meter, of Ferndale, Mich., and Jessica Van Meter, David Van Meter, and Lauren Van Meter, all of Revenna, Ohio; and great-granddaughter, Joey Van Meter, of Holt, Mich.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Barbara J. Van Meter.

          He will be dearly missed by all of his loved ones.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from noon till funeral time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Metea Cemetery, Metea.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Frederick W Ditmire

          Frederick W. DITMIRE, 77, Leiters Ford, died Monday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Joe R. Hedington

          Joe R. HEDINGTON, 76, 3120 S. Indiana 25, Warsaw, died at 11:21 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko County Hospital of Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Teddy Joe Morris

          Teddy Joe MORRIS, 64, 14014 N. Gilead Church Road, Macy, and formerly of Wabash, died at 5:26 a.m. Saturday at Dukes Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Peru.

          Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Morris, of New Haven; and one sister, Melba Smith, of North Manchester.

          Services are at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

James Lane Thomas

          James Lane THOMAS, 76, Warren, died Sunday at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Helen Wiget

          Helen WIGET, 89, 5129 Truemper Way, Fort Wayne, died at 8:48 p.m. Friday at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne.

          Private interment will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Henry L. Wilhite

          Henry L. WILHITE, 79, Culver, died at 5:10 a.m. Sunday at his home.

          Arrangements are pending with the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

Fred Ditmire

June 19, 1934 - Jan. 16, 2012

          Mr. Fred DITMIRE, of 9889 W. 600 North, Leiters Ford, passed away at 9 a.m. Monday from complications due to a neurological disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

          Fred was born on June 19, 1934, to Raymond and Mildred Zechiel Ditmire. He enjoyed his entire lifetime living in the home he was born. Growing up, he shared this home, which his grandparents built, with two brothers and five sisters. In 1952, Fred graduated from Aubbeenaubbee Township High School in Leiters Ford.

          This farm was passed to his grandmother, Catherine (Mahler) Ditmire, by her parents, Gideon E. and Martha Mahler. Gideon and Martha Mahler purchased this 80 acres on Jan. 11, 1873, for $1,000.00. At the age of 18, Fred assumed the responsibility of the farm after his father died in March of 1953.

          In 1985, the Ditmire family received the coveted Hoosier Homestead Award for this farm (Mahler Heritage) and also a farm of the Ditmire heritage. Destined to be a farmer from boyhood, farming was in Fred's blood; it was his life and passion. With intensity and enthusiasm, he embraced life on the farm. There was only one thing better than the scent of freshly-tilled soil - and it was the satisfaction of a job well done with the bountiful autumn harvest. Fred treasured the view from his perch in the 9650 John Deere combine. More recently, he rode the "galvanized gobbler," as he referred to his JD 9650, with Todd or Jeff. Through the years, he accumulated additional acreage, harvesting beans, corn and wheat from 3,500 acres. In addition to the crops Fred oversaw, he annually raised 400 feeder cattle. In later years, he did a considerable amount of bulldozing in many surrounding communities for other farmers. During his lifetime, he garnered many friendships and was well-respected by friends and fellow farmers.

          On June 15, 1956, at the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, Fred married the love of his life and best friend, Mildred "Millie" Davis. Their union spanned five and a half decades and produced three children, Jeffrey, Coleen and Melanie. Fred, the proud patriarch of the family, oversaw four generations with the additions of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Serving as a devoted member of the Aubbeenaubbee Township Advisory Board for a number of years, Fred was a 54-year member of the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, transferring his membership from the Delong United Methodist Church. To relax, he enjoyed watching the RFD Channel.

          With his dedication and focus on farming, Fred and Millie did manage to make time for winter trips. There was many fond memories of Phoenix. A lifelong dream was to see the Giant Sequoia Redwoods of California, which became reality. Even though the vacations and mini-getaways were a welcomed break, there was no place like home and the farm. He enjoyed playing cards and cherished the good times he shared with family and friends.

          Fred is lovingly remembered by his wife, Millie, at home; one son, Jeffrey Ditmire and wife Darla, of Leiters Ford; two daughters, Coleen Watwood, of Culver, and Melanie Pitts and husband JayC, of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Amy Mauk and husband Kenyon, of Ohio, Erica Ditmire, of Monterey, Brian Ditmire, of Culver, Becky Watwood, of Plymouth, Joe Watwood, of Monterey, Katie Pitts, of Plymouth, and David Pitts, of Rochester; three step-grandchildren, Jason and Jamey Arthurhultz, and Jessie Sandifer; 13 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ruth Thomas, and Doris Brenner and husband Gus, all of South Bend, Jean Triplet, of Culver, and Jane Hartle, of Argos; and two brothers, Norman Ditmire and wife Janet, of South Bend, and Lee Ditmire, of Culver.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Catherine P. Overmyer.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Fred Ditmire will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday and an hour prior to services on Friday in the funeral home. Rev. Bob Metzger and Rev. Nancy Foster will officiate. Fred will be laid to eternal rest at the Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorial gifts may be made in Fred's name to Hope Hospice or the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church. You may sign Fred's guest book or light a candle honoring his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Ruth Gatliff

          Ruth Reppert GATLIFF, of Berea, Ky., went to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2012.

          She was born in Fairview, Ky., to Eugene and Liddie Reppert. She was married on March 14, 1946, to Philip Gatliff, of Berea. During their years together, they resided in New London, Ohio, and later moved to Rochester, Ind. While in Rochester, Ruth worked with physically-challenged people at Manitou Training Center as well as the activities director at a local nursing home.

          After retirement, Ruth and Phil moved back to Berea, Ky., where they are members of the Gethsemane Baptist Church.

          Surviving Ruth are her husband, Philip Gatliff, of Berea; daughters, Gail (Stoner) Wahl, of Ashland, Ohio, and Phyllis (Heckathorn) Snyder, of Versailles, Ky. Ruth had five grandchildren, Angela (Stoner) Paulin, of Delaware, Ohio, Joshua Heckathorn, of Chico, Calif., Amy Stoner, of Wayne, Ohio, Griffin Heckathorn, of Versailles, Ky., and Allison (Stoner) Stone, of Ashland, Ohio. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Myrt Wilson, of Berea, and Dorothy Pogorelc, of New London, Ohio.

          Preceding Ruth in death were her parents; six brothers; and four sisters.

          Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Lakes Funeral Home, Berea, Ky. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Lakes Funeral Home, with Pastor Ed Cortez officiating. Burial will take place in the Berea Cemetery.

          In memory of Ruth Gatliff, donations may be made to Gethsemane Baptist Church, P.O. Box 271, Berea, KY 40403. An online register book is available at www.lakesfuneralhome.com.

 

Charles W. Nicholas

          Charles W. NICHOLAS, 81, Logansport, died Tuesday at Chase Center of Logansport.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Joe R. Hedington

Jan. 10, 1936 - Jan. 16, 2012

          Joe R. HEDINGTON, 76, 3120 S. Indiana 25, Warsaw, passed away unexpectedly at 11:21 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital Emergency Room.

          Born Jan. 10, 1936, in Pierceton, he was the son of Sylvester and Floe E. (Shoemaker) Hedington. On July 21, 1958, in Columbia City, he married Linda (Bishop) Hedington, and she survives.

          He had been a lifelong farmer and had worked at the Red Comet Station in Warsaw and Utter's Service Station in Mentone. He also worked for Manwaring Farms and retired from Midwest Poultry.

          He was a 1955 graduate of Mentone High School. He had been a member of and raced ponies for many years at Nappanee Trotting Breed Racing. He is a licensed Groom through the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. He enjoyed watching and participating in horse pulling contests. Joe also worked on mowers and small engines of all kinds. Since retirement, he had participated in Standard Bred Racing at Pari-Mutuel and County Fair Tracks.

          Survivors include his wife, Linda Hedington, of Warsaw; two sons, Gary and wife Joyce Hedington, of Claypool, and Sam and wife Melody Hedington, of Claypool; three grandchildren, Cody, Cassi and Jason; one great-grandson, David Michael; and one sister, Nancy and husband Larry Mellott, of Etna Green.

          He was preceded in death by one grandson, David Joseph; one sister, Martha Yates; and his parents.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Terry Bradford officiating. Visitation is from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Kosciusko County Home Care and Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

 

Mariel W. Neff

          Mariel W. NEFF, 87, passed away Tuesday at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

          Born in Martinsville, Mariel was a member of Macy United Methodist Church. She had a great love for flowers, birds and the beautiful farm that she and Robert shared for 51 wonderful years.

          Surviving are her daughters, Barbara (Jerry) Sanden, of Ventura, Calif., Susan Beach, of Fort Wayne, and Janet (Patrick) Hunt, of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Jeff (Joi) Beach, Denise (Mike Flynn) Beach, Katherine Sanden, Andrea Hunt, and Ryan Hunt; great-grandchildren, Kanan Flynn and ZZ Flynn; four brothers; and two sisters.

          Mariel was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Winifred Brown; husband, Robert Neff; son, Leon Robert Neff; and one brother.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, with Rev. Douglas Croucher officiating, and with calling beginning at noon. Burial will take place in Chili Community Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

Henry Lee Willhite Sr.

          Henry Lee WILLHITE Sr., 79, Culver, died at 5:10 a.m. Sunday in Culver.

          Survivors include his wife, Gladys Willhite, of Culver; two sons, Michael Lee Willhite, of Culver, and Henry Lee Willhite Jr., of Culver; two brothers, Lawrence Willhite, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Roosevelt Willhite, of Eldorado, Ark.; and one sister, Pearlie Mae Price, of Milwaukee, Wis.

          A private graveside ceremony will take place at the Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Culver Academy Memorial Chapel, Culver.

          The Odom Funeral Home of Culver is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Friday, January 20, 2012

 

Doris E. Cummings

Feb. 25, 1920 - Jan. 18, 2012

          Doris E. CUMMINGS, age 91, of Rensselaer, passed away at home on Wednesday.

          Doris was born in Rensselaer on Feb. 25, 1920, the daughter of Ernest Rockwell and Marion (Meader) Rockwell. Doris was a graduate of Fair Oaks High School and attended Purdue University.

          On Dec. 10, 1942, in Virgie, Ind., Doris married Prentice C. Cummings. They made their home in Rensselaer, later moving to Brownsburg for several years before returning to Rensselaer.

          Doris was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Rensselaer, the Gideon's Auxiliary and the Jasper County Hospital Auxiliary. She was involved with the Hendricks County Meals on Wheels for 18 years.

          Doris is survived by her husband, Prentice; five children, Roger (Judy) Cummings and Janet (Steve) Hurley, both of Rensselaer, Donn (Tanya) Cummings, of Brownsburg, Anne (Duane) Judd, of Clermont, and Carol (Steve) Gottschalk, of Rochester; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph (Mary) Rockwell, of Oxford; and a sister, Mary Lou (Edwin) Nagel, of Rensselaer.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Neal Rockwell.

          The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor John Hostetter officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Rensselaer.

          Memorials may be made to the Jasper County Hospital, or to the Gideon's or Trinity United Methodist Church, Rensselaer. See www.jacksonfuneral.com to sign the online guests' registry.

 

Janice M. McClain

          Janice M. McCLAIN, 70, 303 W. Marshall St., Argos, died at 7:14 a.m. Thursday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-Mishawaka.

          Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Charles William Nicholas

          Charles William NICHOLAS, 81, 1701 Smith St., Logansport, died at 3:28 a.m. Tuesday at Chase Center of Logansport.

          Survivors include three daughters, Tina M. Warman, of Dawson, Pa., Dorine L. Abram, of Atlanta, Ga., and Linda K. Albin, of Logansport; seven sons, Paul Nicholas, of Midland, Texas, William Charles Nicholas, of Canton, Ohio, Robert L. Nicholas, of Logansport, Walter P. Nicholas, of Peru, Ronald E. Nicholas, of Jesup, Ga., Tony Nicholas, of Logansport, and Dave Smith, of Peru; four sisters, Blanche Bates, Clara Williams and Janet Russell, all of Canton, Ohio, and Katie Mitchell, of Cleveland, Ohio; and two brothers, Don Nicholas, of Cliffside, N.C., and Clinton Nicholas.

          Services are at 3 p.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

 

Frank H. Miller

Jan. 10, 1913 - Nov. 29, 2011

          Frank H. MILLER completed his passage from this realm to the next on Nov. 29, 2011. He wrote his life story over the span of 98 years, riding a horse to school on the plains of Oklahoma in his early years and adventuring throughout the U.S. and abroad in retirement.

          His was a life of service. Besides teaching at the University of Wisconsin and Connors State College (OK), Frank managed several of the top Aberdeen Angus herds in the nation before buying his own farm in Indiana.

          Local residents will remember Frank for his work with Purdue's Cooperative Extension Service. Besides consulting with farmers as a Farm Management and Livestock agent serving nine counties, he was also County Extension Director for Wabash County until 1979.

          In later years, his passion was volunteering for Heifer International. He sought livestock donations from dairyment in three states, helped launch a community-wide fundraiser that generated thousands of dollars annually, and delivered livestock to remote villages in Guatemala.

          Family and friends celebrate Frank as a steadfast partner and parent, wise and encouraging guide, and seeker of Divine direction. Resiliency was his signature trait, caring for two wives with serious illnesses and persevering through other life challenges.

          For more of Frank's story and details about a memorial service planned for this spring, check this link periodically: http://tinyurl.com/MillerObit.

          Donations in his honor may be made to Heifer International at this link: http://tinyurl.com/MillerHeifer.

 

Janice Marie McClain

          Janice Marie McCLAIN, 70, 303 W. Marshall St., Argos, died at 7:14 a.m. Thursday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-Mishawaka.

          Survivors include her husband, Bob McClain, of Argos; daughter, Melanie Stewart, of Kokomo; son, Eric E. McClain, of Fishers; and one sister, Verna Stevens, of Argos.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with visitation from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

          Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Edna Bernice McIntire

           Bernice McINTIRE, 88, 5786 N. Lakeshore Drive, Macy, died at 9:24 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, January 23, 2012

 

Joe L. Cooley

May 22, 1950-Jan. 19, 2012

          Joe L. COOLEY, 61, passed away of natural causes at his home in Rochester at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday.

          Joe was born in Plymouth, on May 22, 1950. He was the son of John J. and Avis I. Renz Howard.

          On Oct. 15, 1967, in his parents' new home in Inwood, Joe and Beverly J. Cowger were married.

          He earned a law enforcement certificate from the Colorado Police Academy in 1982 and served as a patrol officer and later detective until 1992. He drove truck from 1993 to 2005 and was then promoted General Manager for Commander Transportation until 2008, when he retired.

          He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, and enjoyed collecting antiques and collectibles and spending time with his grandchildren.

          As a member of the Elks in Fort Morgan, Colo., he founded the Elks Drug Awareness Program.

          Joe is survived by Beverly, his devoted wife of 44 years; and by their three sons, Troy Allen (Sherri) Cooley, of Kennewick, Wash., John E. (Tonya) Cooley, of Vucelik, Germany, and Terry Joe Cooley, of Michigan City.

          Seven grandchildren survive as well, together with a sister, JoAnn (Bill) Martin, of Bourbon; two brothers, Jack Howard, of Bremen, and Dan (Raelene), of Syracuse; a brother-in-law, Sandro Sickmiller, of Tippecanoe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          Also surviving are Joe's father- and mother-in-laws, Wilbur and Donna Cowger; sister-in-law, Darlene Cowger; brothers-in-law, Kelly and Shelly Cowger, and Tim Cowger, all of Rochester. Diana and Danni Overmeyer, of Tippecanoe, and Twyla and Michael Hartman, and Melody and Clyde Avery, sister-in-law, of Argos.

          Joe was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Marie Cooley; his parents; two sisters, Debra and Ruth; and a brother, Robert Cooley.

          Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Funeral services for Joe will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home. Dewey Miller, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Argos, will officiate. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bourbon.

          Memorial gifts in Joe's name may be made to Hope Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnson-danielson.com.

 


Edna Bernice McIntire

          Edna Bernice McINTIRE, 88, 5786 N. Lakeshore Drive, Macy, died at 9:24 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Survivors include her son, Thomas Gene Fry, of Burnaby, British Columbia; and daughters, Linda Sue Kidwell, of Macy, Beverly Gail Fry, of Warsaw, and Vrena Marie Locke, of Macy.

          No services are scheduled at this time.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wendell Ringle

          Wendell RINGLE, 88, Rochester, died at 11:23 p.m. Friday at his home.

          Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

William A. SerVaas

Oct. 12, 1920-Jan. 19, 2012

          William A. SerVAAS, "The Airboat Man," "Bill," 91, of Indianapolis, went to be with the Lord Thursday.

          He was born Oct. 12, 1920, the son of late Lela and Beurt SerVaas.

          Bill is survived by Jean, his loving wife and constant companion of 68 years. He is survived by his oldest son, Andy (Lara), and younger son, Mike (Linda). Bill's surviving grandchildren are Hans, Ian, Nicole and Kimberly, respectively.

          Bill is also survived by his older brother, Beurt (Cory) SerVaas; nieces and nephews, Chris, Joan, Amy, Eric and Paul; younger sister, Joey (late husband Rod) Williams; and niece and nephews, Cindy, John and Dave.

          Bill graduated from Purdue University as a mechanical engineer. He was employed by RCA, Allison division of General Motors, Civil Defense Department and Moore Equipment Company. In 1957, Bill started and pursued a career as a consulting engineer, which he continued into his 70s.

          Bill attended East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis and Trinity United Methodist Church in Rochester with his wife Jean. He enjoyed being a good friend and neighbor, boating, roller-skating, 4th of July, root beer, and ketchup.

          Funeral services for Bill will be at Flanner and Buchanan Washington Park, 2706 Kessler Blvd. W. Drive, on Friday at noon, with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.

          Online condolences and video tribute to Bill may be shared at www.flannerbuchanan.com. Burial will be at Washington Park North Cemetery.

 

Frank D. Smith

Aug. 2, 1917-Jan. 21, 2012

          Frank D. SMITH, 94, Mentone, died at 5:24 a.m. Saturday in Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          He was born Aug. 2, 1917, in Kosciusko County, to Alpheus and Myrtle (Brown) Smith. On Aug. 31, 1940, in Logansport, he married Geraldine "Jerry" L. Nellans, who died Jan. 25, 2011.

          He was a millwright, employed at the Co-operative Mill in 1940. The couple purchased the Mentone grocery store in 1947, a business they owned and operated together as "Frank & Jerry's" for 32 years. The store was leased at the time of a fire in 2003 that destroyed the building. Following retirement from their grocery business, Frank worked for a time at Price's Abattoir in Plymouth.

          A lifetime Mentone resident and 1936 graduate of Mentone High School, he was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Mentone Masonic Lodge for over 60 years and the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine, both of Fort Wayne.

          Surviving are sisters-in-law, Juanita Paulus (Rochester) and Norma Jean Clauss (Bourbon); brother-in-law, Dean C. Nellans Jr.; and nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by seven brothers; and four sisters, including his twin sister Opal, who died at the age of 1 month.

          Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with Pastor Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial will be in Mentone Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the donors' choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Alvin Charles Temme

Jan. 31, 1946-Jan. 21, 2012

          Alvin Charles TEMME, 65, Kokomo, received his reward in Heaven on Saturday at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

          He was born Jan. 31, 1946, in Evansville.

          After graduation from Purdue, Alvin taught horticulture and agriculture at the Pendleton Reformatory for 40 years. He was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, ISTA and a former president of the Pendleton Garden Club.

          Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Doris Temme; two sons, Michael (Haidee) Temme, of Leiters Ford, and Mathew (Rachele) Temme, of Russiaville; one brother, Donald (Linda) Temme, of New Harmony; and two sisters, Carolyn (John) Kissel, of Clover, S.C., and Joyce (Steve) Waters, of Evansville.

          Services celebrating Alvin's life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 705 Southway Blvd. E., Kokomo, with Pastors William Allison and Barry Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer or to aid students attending fishing trips to Canada through McKinley Fishing Adventures. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.

 

Betty Lou Lease

Jan. 10, 1930-Jan. 20, 2012

          Betty Lou LEASE, 82, Lucerne, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Friday at Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

          Born Jan. 10, 1930, in Lucerne, she was the daughter of Donald Herd and Katie Eikelberner. On Oct. 31, 1948, at Zion Methodist Parsonage in Lucerne, she married Harry Bud Lease, who survives.

          She was a farmer, and also was a cook for the Caston School Corporation for 29 years. She was a 1948 graduate of Lucerne High School. Betty was a member of the Lucerne Zion United Methodist Church and the 20th Century Extension Homemakers Club. She also enjoyed mowing her yard as well as flower and vegetable gardening.

          Survivors include her husband, Harry Bud Lease, of Lucerne; three daughters, Candy English and husband Gary, of Lafayette, Barb Troyer and husband Larry, of Twelve Mile, and Judy Kellems and husband Jack, of Lucerne; grandchildren, Bill English, Emily Goertemoeller, Amanda Offutt, Joseph Troyer, David Cooley and Darla Leavell; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Herd and wife Phyllis, of Lucerne; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Lease.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will take place in the Indian Creek Christian Cemetery, Lucerne. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 

Esther L. Plain (nee Bowen)

Aug. 3, 1916-Jan. 21, 2012

          Esther L. PLAIN (nee Bowen) passed away on Saturday at Asbury Towers in Greencastle at the age of 95, with her daughter, Jean Dell, at her bedside. Prior to moving to Greencastle to be near her daughter in September of 2011, she had been a resident of Hartsfield Village in Munster for 12 years and had lived in Lake County for over 70 years, residing in Crown Point, Hammond, Dyer and Munster.

          Preceding her in death were her daughter, Dr. Barbara E. Bremer, in 1985; her husband, Lester Plain, in 1995; and her siblings, Evelyn M. Amacher, Richard A. Bowen and Sarah Jane Scandling.

          She is survived by her son, Dr. William H. Bremer, of San Francisco, Calif.; her daughter, Jean (Paul) Dell, of Greencastle; her brother, former Indiana Governor and U.S. Secretary of H.H.S., Dr. Otis R. (Carol) Bowen, of Bremen; three grandchildren, Michael (Marielle) Cadwalader, of Medford, Mass., Paige (Scott) Ryan, of Carmel, and Wende (Enrique) Moran, of Bellingham, Wash.; along with five great-grandchildren, Witt, Carys, Delaney, Whitney and Celia; and two step-great-grandchildren, Enrique Jr. and Amber. Also surviving her are numerous nieces and nephews; members of the Plain family; and special friends, including the Greppi family, of Dyer, Phyllis Stanford, of Hammond, and residents of Hartsfield Village.

          On Aug. 3, 1916, Esther was born in her grandparent's farmhouse in Richland Township, Fulton County, to Vernie and Pearl (Wright) Bowen. The eldest of five children, she was a fifth generation Hoosier who grew up in the small town of Fulton, where her father taught high school math and shop, as well as being the basketball coach. She graduated from Fulton High School in 1934, and spent most of the remainder of her life in Lake County. She was a homemaker while raising her children and was active in the Girl Scouts, PTA and her church, Immanuel UCC, having been a Sunday school teacher and longtime member of the Women's Guild. After raising her children, she was employed at Monarch Dry Cleaners in Hammond for 25 years. While always an ardent Republican, she became more involved in politics after her brother began his Indiana political career and served as a poll worker and member of several GOP women's clubs.

          After retiring, Esther had more time to devote to gardening and needlework until worsening arthritis limited her physical activity. The big trip of her lifetime was to Great Britain and Ireland. Baggins, her much loved dog, was her faithful companion in her later years.

          The funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2201 Azalea Drive, Highland, IN 46322, with the Rev. Billy Kilgore officiating. There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the IOOF Cemetery, 620 W. Third St., Rochester, on Thursday (time TBA).

          Service entrusted to LaHayne Funeral Home, 6955 Southeastern Ave., Hammond. In loving memory of Esther, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel UCC at the above address; Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th Ave., Munster; Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. 375 North, Rochester, IN 46975; or Advocate Hospice, 2605 E. Main St., Danville, IN 46122. For further information regarding services, please contact LaHayne Funeral Home at 219-845-3600 visit the website at www.lahaynefuneralhome.com.

 

James Lane Thomas

          James Lane THOMAS, 76, died Sunday at Heritage Pointe, Warren.

          Survivors include his wife, Della (Jenks) Thomas, of Warren; and two daughters, Gwen Mays, of Raleigh, N.C., and Lane Bahney, of Gilead.

          Private family services were held Monday at the Gilead Cemetery, Gilead.

          Arrangements were handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 

Bea Eber

          Olive Beatrice "Bea" EBER, 98, formerly of Rochester, died Tuesday at her daughter's residence in Walton.

          She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Lockhart, of Walton.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Virginia (Capper) Gady Kinsel

May 17, 1926 - Jan. 23, 2012

          Virginia (Capper) Gady KINSEL, 85, 302 W. 11th St., Rochester, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Monday at her residence.

          She was born on May 17, 1926, in Chicago, Ill, the daughter of John S. and Romaine (Tiffany) Capper Jr. On Sept. 24, 1944, in Star City, she married Elmer C. Gady. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1973. On April 4, 1998, in Rochester, she married Don M. Kinsel, and he survives.

          Mrs. Gady Kinsel had been a School Librarian Media Specialist in the Peru Community Schools and a school teacher at Riddle Elementary School in Rochester. She also was the first children's librarian at the Fulton County Public Library, where she enjoyed storytelling and puppetry with the children.

          She had been a member of the Rochester Rotary Club, where she was past president and instrumental in organizing the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, CASA, Fulton County Literacy Coalition, National Education Association, Fulton County Retired Teacher's Association, and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher. In her spare time, she enjoyed following sports, especially Indiana University basketball and Chicago Cubs baseball. She enjoyed making charitable contributions to various organizations, including the Bashor Childrens Home of Goshen.

          Survivors include her husband, Don M. Kinsel, of Rochester; daughter, Ann Gady-Keller, of Mount Shasta, Calif.; sons, Richard Elmer and wife Debra Gady, of Lakewood, Colo., Joe Ernest Gady, of Argos, and David John and wife Amy Gady, of Cape Cod, Mass.; step-children, Cindy and husband Duane Border, of Rochester, Mark Kinsel, of Florida, and Al and wife Cindy Kinsel, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; brother, Tom Scott and wife Tressa Capper, of Star City; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jack Capper; sisters, Betty Ley and Marilyn Heinsen; and one grandson, Bryson Gady.

          Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Bashor Childrens Home, P.O. Box 843, Goshen, Ind.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

John Krupa Jr.

          John KRUPA Jr., 79, 635 N. 700 East, Rochester, died at 2:04 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Ivanna Krupa, of Rochester; children, Elizabeth Florian and Richard Krupa; two brothers, Joseph Krupa and Steven Krupa; and one sister, Rosemary Deno.

          Funeral services are at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Incarnation Church, Palos Heights, Ill., with visitation from 3-9 p.m. Thursday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, Oak Lawn, Ill.

          Local arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wendell D. Ringle

          Wendell D. "Windy" RINGLE, 88, 318 Pontiac, Rochester, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Carole, at home; and three daughters, Rose Archambeault, of Argos, Tina Flynn, of Rochester, and Sharon Turner, of Argos.

          No services will take place.

          The Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with his arrangements.

 

Myles Robert-Clifford Scott

          Myles Robert-Clifford SCOTT was stillborn Friday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include parents, Tony and Julie Scott, of Delong.

          Private graveside services were held Monday.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

Bea Eber

Feb. 25, 1913 - Jan. 24, 2012

          Former Rochester resident, Olive Beatrice "Bea" EBER, 98, passed away Tuesday at her daughter's home in Walton.

          Bea was born in Morgan, Minn., on Feb. 25, 1913, to Arthur and Ruey Hanaway Cranmer. When she was 6 years old, Bea's family moved to the Rochester area in 1919. Growing up, she shared her childhood with two brothers, Vernon and Kenneth. She was a proud 1931 graduate of Fulton High School.

          In February of 1938, Bea and Guy W. Anderson were married. Their union spanned just over four decades, when he passed onto the next life in March of 1968. In July of 1975, Bea married John D. Eber. Their marriage of over 28 years ended when John preceded in February of 2004.

          Mrs. Eber was a member of Faith Outreach Center of Rochester but had attended the Logansport Assembly of God after moving to the Walton area with her daughter and son-in-law in October of 2004. A dedicated employee of the Edmonton Manufacturing Company, Rochester, for more than 25 years, Bea served as their accounts payable clerk.

          With a love for music, Bea was an accomplished pianist and organist. She enjoyed photography, sewing and reading books. To keep mentally sharp, Bea looked forward to the challenges of solving word search puzzles.

          Bea is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Mary Jane Lockhart and husband Erle, of Walton; two granddaughters, Jennifer Baldwin and husband Terry, and Laura Thomson and husband Bruce, all of Rochester; two step-daughters, Sarah Gentry and Loretta Hayden; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandson, Milan Baldwin; and three great-granddaughters, Madison Baldwin, Olivia Thomson and Emilee Thomson, all of Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; two brothers, Vernon Cranmer and Kenneth Cranmer; and two step-sons, Guy N. Anderson and Phil Eber.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Olive "Bea" Eber will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Terry Baldwin officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to Faith Outreach Center, Rochester, or the First Assembly of God Church of Logansport. You may sign Bea's guest book or light a candle honoring her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wiletta Wilson

          Wiletta WILSON, 87, South Bend and formerly of Kewanna, died at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at the South Bend Hospice House.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Mary Elizabeth Teel

          Mary Elizabeth TEEL, 93, 708 W. Main St., Mentone, died at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor of Warsaw.

          Survivors include three sons, James Teel, of Winona Lake, Richard Teel, of Mentone, and David Teel, of Claypool.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 3-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

 

Wendell D. Ringle

March 5, 1923 - Jan. 20, 2012

          Mr. Wendell D. "Windy" RINGLE, 88, of 318 Pontiac, Rochester, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Friday at home.

          He was born in Plymouth, on March 5, 1923, the son of Frank E. and Eldora Pet Elkins Ringle. As one of eight children, Wendell shared his childhood with three brothers and four sisters.

          On Oct. 23, 1970, Windy and Carole Hollar were married in Plymouth. Together they shared life's adventures for over 41 years. In their earlier years, they annually planted a truck patch garden, supplying friends and family with fresh vegetables and fruits. The garden's bounty was also canned for later use.

          The weekends took Wendell and Carole to many garage sales, hunting for the bargain of the day. As avid antiquers, they had visited nearly every antique story in a 30-mile radius. Eating out at various locales was also an activity they enjoyed together.

          Windy loved going to car shows. Two of his most treasured cars were his 1936 Chevy and his 1954 Studebaker. He once was recognized with his Studebaker with the first prize in the antique car competition at the Argos 4th-a-bration several years ago. Windy cherished Gigi, his faithful French Poodle.

          Windy will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Carole, at home; three daughters, Rose Archambeault and husband John, of Argos, Tina Flynn, of Rochester, and Sharon Turner, of Argos; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Ringle, of Plymouth; extended family members, Elmer Stiles and wife Alice, of Plymouth, Don Stiles and wife Diane, of Plymouth, Rich Stiles and wife Hotsako, of Plymouth, Betty Sarna, of Plymouth, and Wanda Bassett, of Meridan, Conn.; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and canine companion, Gigi, a black French Poodle.

          Wendell was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis D. Ringle; a daughter, Donna Treber; three brothers, Marvin "Mike" Ringle, Francis Ringle, and Ray Ringle; and four sisters, Dorothy Lee, Gene Andrews, Louise Casper and Phyllis Lyons.

          Wendell's family is honoring his wishes of no services.

          The Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with his arrangements. Online messages of sympathy or lighting a candle to honor Wendell's memory may be sent by visiting www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Pauline Marie Youmans

          Pauline Marie YOUMANS, 90, Peru, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mexico Church of the Brethren, Mexico, with visitation from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

          Arrangements by McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Friday, January 27, 2012

 

Wiletta Wilson

Jan. 22, 1925 - Jan. 25, 2012

          Wiletta WILSON, 87, of Rochester and formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Center for Hospice Care South Bend.

          Born on Jan. 22, 1925, in Leiters Ford, she was the daughter of the late Harley and Clara (Bitterling) Guise. On Feb. 21, 1943, she married Hugh D. Wilson, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 2004.

          Wiletta was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the Luther Ann's. She was a senior volunteer person, and she had also volunteered at the ministerial food pantry of Fulton County. Wiletta enjoyed gardening and flowers.

          Survivors include her children, Thomas M. Wilson and wife Linda, of Granger, and Ann M. Michael and husband Robin, of Avon; sisters, Beulah Milliser, of Rochester, and Betty Strong, of Richland Center; and grandchildren, Shaun Wilson, of Anderson, Mark Wilson, of Granger, and Scott Wilson, of Granger.

          She was also preceded in death by brothers, Curtis Guise and Milo Guise; and sister, Joanne Tuley.

          Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester, with Pastor Jim Wasmuth officiating. Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel, and also one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Burial will be at Bruce Lake Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Chapel, Hope Hospice or Center for Hospice Care South Bend. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be sent to the Wilson family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

 

Frank J. Apt

Dec. 31, 1924 - Jan. 26, 2012

          Frank J. APT, age 87, Logansport, passed away at 7:48 p.m. Thursday in Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Born Dec. 31, 1924, in Peru, he was the son of Frank and Roxie Forrey Apt. On Nov. 24, 1946, in Peru, he was married to Mildred Robinson, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 2007.

          Frank was the retired corporate treasurer for Logansport Machine Company. He was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

          Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Judie Apt, of Rochester; a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Daniel Gilligan, of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          Private services will be held. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 621, Rochester, IN 46975.

          Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 


Monday, January 30, 2012

 

Marlene D. Hoglund

          HOGLUND, Marlene D. (nee Fetz), of Davisburg, died Jan. 27, 2012, at 46 years of age after a courageous battle with cancer. Dearest wife of Chris for six years; loving mother of Adel; beloved daughter of Alfred and Heidi Fetz; sister of Marvin (Cheryl) Fetz, Ronald (Lauri) Fetz, and David (Michelle) Fetz; in-laws, James and Elaine Hoglund, of Rochester, Ind.

          Marlene graduated from Chippewa Valley High School, Utica, Mich., and Davenport University in 2002. She was working for International Automotive Components, Southfield, Mich. Most important, Marlene loved being a wife and mommy. She enjoyed quilting, and everyone will miss her cakes and cheesecakes.

          A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coats Funeral Home-Clarkston, 8909 Dixie Highway, Clarkston, Mich. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Springfield Twp. Library. To send a private condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

 

Fred R. McGlothin

Aug. 6, 1926-Jan. 27, 2012

          Fred R. McGLOTHIN, 85, 1779 S. Sweetgum Road, Rochester, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Born Aug. 6, 1926, in Clear Creek, Va., he was the son of Fred L. and Ada Belle (Huff) McGlothin.  On Feb. 14, 1948, in Rochester he married Rosemary (Holloway) McGlothin.  She passed away April 30, 2002.

          He was a Journeyman Electrician, retiring from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 153.  Fred was a U.S Army veteran, serving during World War II.  While in the Army, he served in the Philippines and Japan and received several medals including Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Occupation Medal of Japan, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victor Medal.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1343, the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36 and the Eagles Aerie 825, all of Rochester.  Fred was an avid IU basketball and Cubs baseball fan.  During his earlier years, he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and tending to his garden.  Fred was also known for his wine making skills.

          Survivors include four daughters, Carol and husband Mike Bright, Connie S. Mitchell, Diana and husband Bob McGriff, and Brenda and husband Donn Kale, all of Rochester; two sons, Fred A. McGlothin and Jim and wife Kim McGlothin, both of Rochester; one sister, Ella and husband John Richards, of Crescent City, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by one son, John Ray McGlothin; one daughter-in-law, Pam Lowe; two brothers, John C. and Woody; and five sisters, Bertie, Pearl, Elsie, Ellis and Joy.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Chris Beall officiating.  Burial will take place in Salem Cemetery, southwest of Rochester.  Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, P.O. Box 621, Rochester, IN 46975.  Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Margaret M. Smith

          Margaret Merle Wilson SMITH, 93, died Saturday at her daughter’s home in Rochester.

          Survivors include two daughters, Elaine Snyder, of Fort Wayne, and Jane Shriver, of Rochester; and one son, Steve Smith, of Sedgwick, Kan. 

          Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to the services Wednesday in the funeral home.

 


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

 

Virginia Gady Kinsel

          A service for Virginia Gady KINSEL, 85, Rochester, who died Jan. 23, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. March 25 at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Fred R. McGlothin

Aug. 6, 1926-Jan. 27, 2012

          Fred R. McGLOTHIN, 85, 1779 S. Sweetgum Road, Rochester, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Born Aug. 6, 1926, in Clear Creek, Va., he was the son of Fred L. and Ada Belle (Huff) McGlothin.  On Feb. 14, 1948, in Rochester he married Rosemary (Holloway) McGlothin.  She passed away April 30, 2002.

          He was a Journeyman Electrician, retiring from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 153.  Fred was a U.S Army veteran, serving during World War II.  While in the Army, he served in the Philippines and Japan and received several medals including Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Occupation Medal of Japan, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victor Medal.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1343, the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36 and the Eagles Aerie 825, all of Rochester.  Fred was an avid IU basketball and Cubs baseball fan.  During his earlier years, he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and tending to his garden.  Fred was also known for his wine making skills.

          Survivors include four daughters, Carol and husband Mike Bright, Connie S. Mitchell, Diana and husband Bob McGriff, and Brenda and husband Donn Kale, all of Rochester; two sons, Fred A. McGlothin and Jim and wife Kim McGlothin, both of Rochester; one sister, Ella and husband John Richards, of Crescent City, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by one son, John Ray McGlothin; one daughter-in-law, Pam Lowe; two brothers, John C. and Woody; and five sisters, Bertie, Pearl, Elsie, Ellis and Joy.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Chris Beall officiating.  Burial will take place in Salem Cemetery, southwest of Rochester, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 1343 and the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36, of Rochester.  Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, P.O. Box 621, Rochester, IN 46975.  Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tom E. Ness

April 4, 1944 - Jan. 29, 2012

          Tom E. NESS, 67, 1501 Monroe St., Rochester, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          He was born on April 4, 1944, in Fulton County, the son of Roy Earl and Lillian E. (Button) Ness. On Sept. 11, 1982, in Rochester, he married Carolyn A. (Byrd) Scott, and she survives.

          Mr. Ness had worked at Torx Industries, Rochester, and for the Tippecanoe Valley School system at Akron Elementary School, Akron. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, VFW and American Legion. In his spare time, he worked on his rental properties, enjoyed coin collecting, collecting records, enjoyed music, was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn A. Ness, of Rochester; children, Victoria and husband Phil Bailey, of Culver, Jacquelyn Horn, of Rochester, Bruce and wife Mary Scott, of Rochester, and Jack Ness Floyd and companion Jennifer Doolen, of Mishawaka; grandchildren, Anthony Coplen, of Rochester, Kyle Coplen, of Houston, Texas, David Scott, of Rochester, Matthew Bailey and Kevin Bailey, both of Culver, Amy Coplen, of Auburn, and Carla Scott, of Kokomo; great-grandchildren, Trevor Coplen, of Rochester, Nikolai Conrad, of Kokomo, and Jackson Floyd, of Mishawaka; sisters, Lorraine and husband Merle Gray, of Camden, Betty Lou and husband James Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., and Wilma Jean Harvey, of Rochester; brother, Leonard Dale and wife Virginia Ness, of Long Beach, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jamie Ness; brothers, Vernal Roy Ness, Chester LeRoy Ness and Sherril Lee Ness; and sister, Irma Johnson.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Rod Ruberg officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. till funeral time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Margaret Merle Wilson Smith

Oct. 24, 1918 - Jan. 28, 2012

          Margaret Merle Wilson SMITH, 93, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Steve Shriver of Rochester, on Saturday morning.

          Margaret was born on Oct. 24, 1918, in Kewanna, to John L. "Bummer" and Amy E. Wiley Wilson. Growing up, she shared her childhood on the farm with her sister Darlene. In 1936, with great pride, she graduated from Kewanna High School.

          On March 10, 1939, Margaret and Herbert Dale Smith were married in the Kewanna United Methodist Church. Their marriage of over 47 years produced five children, Elaine, Jane, Steve, Bill and Richard. Richard passed to the next life at age 5 from complications of pneumonia. Bill preceded her on March 26, 2004, at age 57. The family tree flourished over the years with the addition of seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

          An accomplished handiwork artist, Margaret persevered with diligence completing a variety of projects, creating layers of warmth for family and special friends. There were mittens, sock hats, scarves, slippers and afghans, all of these were knitted or crocheted with love. Also among her creations was dish clothes and seasonal decorations for the holidays. She established a family tradition of creating custom clothing for her infant grandchildren and the great-grandchildren. Each was given a special baby blanket, too. Doting on the grands and great-grands was the specialty of the matriarch who oversaw four generations.

          An avid sports enthusiast, Margaret read "Sports Illustrated" until the more recent years. Football was her forte. She watched Notre Dame, Purdue and Drew Brees, and then there were the Vikings from Tippecanoe Valley. The autumn Friday nights were set aside to relax, as she listened to WRSW with Rita Price Simpson for the play by play and an occasional greeting from the broadcast booth. It was time for Viking Football, coached by her grandson, Jeff Shriver.

          A member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Margaret also sang in the Chancel Choir during her earlier years. She was a member of the Mackinac Club, Pinochle Club and a Fulton County 4-H Leader. As a seasoned traveler, Margaret's favorite destinations were to Colorado to visit with her son Steve and the Blue Ridge Mountains. She loved reading novels and books on history and had amassed many in her personal library. To relax, she listened to all types of music. Her favorite song was, "When the Saints Go Marching In."

          Margaret was passionate about life on the farm. She lived all of her adult life until her passing on the same land parcel. Watching the traffic on Indiana 25 and observing the action on the farm kept her intrigued. There was always something to see, whether it was the progress of the crops or the life cycle of the livestock, Margaret was on the cutting edge and in the know.

          Margaret is lovingly remembered by two daughters, Elaine Snyder, of Fort Wayne, and Jane Shriver and husband Steve, of Rochester; a son, Steve Smith and wife Lisa Sedgwick, of Kansas; seven grandchildren, Jeff and Janie Shriver, of Rochester, Sue and Eric Sponable, of Fort Wayne, Tina and Rob Ford, of Alexandria, Richard Snyder, of Charlotte, N.C., Jason Smith, of Springfield, Ill., Beth and Adam Smith, of Kewanna, and Sara Smith, of Illinois; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous granddogs.

          Preceding her in death are her parents; husband Herb, on May 31, 1986; sons, Richard Dale Smith and William D. Smith; an infant granddaughter, Victoria Lee Snyder; an infant great-grandson, Stephen Doyne Shriver; and a sister, Darlene Long and husband Kenny.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Margaret M. Smith will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 4-7 p.m. today and an hour prior to her services Wednesday at the funeral home. She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband, Herb, in Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. You may sign Margaret's guest book or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

 

Julie Diane Emery Bailey

Aug. 23, 1960 - Jan. 31, 2012

          Julie Diane Emery BAILEY, 51, Macy, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

          Born Aug. 23, 1960, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Doyne F. Emery and Luella King. She was a clerk for U.P.S. at Bourbon. She formerly owned and operated Bailey Embroidery in Warsaw.

          A 1978 graduate of Caston High School, she also attended Purdue University, where she was a member of the Purdue Musical Organizations University Choir. She was an active member of the Fulton Baptist Temple. Julie enjoyed singing in the church choir, for weddings and special occasions, and spending time with her family, especially supporting her nieces and nephews in their sporting and 4-H events.

          Survivors include her father, Doyne Emery, of Macy; brother, David Emery and wife Donna, of Macy; brother, Douglas Emery and wife Patricia, of Lafayette; sister, Fleetie Jane Shriver and husband Jeff, of Rochester; niece, Tara Sarver and husband Bob, of Holland, Mich.; niece, Tristan Kirby and husband Travis, of Lafayette; niece, Morgan Munson and husband Kyle, of Rushville; nephew, Kyle Emery and fiance Rachel, of Twelve Mile; niece, Stephanie Shriver, of Rochester; nephew, Benjamin Shriver, of Rochester; niece, Shayleigh Shriver, of Rochester; great-nephew, Jackson Sarver, of Holland, Mich.; uncle, Lyman King and wife Helen, of Rochester; aunt, Maxine Scutt, of Coldwater, Mich.; and aunt, Judy Emery, of Byron Center, Mich.

          She was preceded in death by her mother, Luella Emery; and one nephew, Stephen Doyne Shriver.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fulton Baptist Temple, Fulton, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will take place in the Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

          Memorial donations may be made to the Fulton Baptist Temple or Hope Hospice.

          The Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences to www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Nancy Howard

          Nancy HOWARD, Macy, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Thursday, February 2, 2012

 

Nancy Howard

          Nancy HOWARD, 75, 15501 N. 400 West, Macy, died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Survivors include her husband, Carl; two daughters, Debra Hull, of Boise, Idaho, and Teresa Friedman, of Jasper; two sons, Ed Reed, of Macy, and Michael Reed, of Rochester; and two sisters, Esther Kline, of Nokomis, Ill., and Marilyn Williams, of Logansport.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

 

Mary Elizabeth Hunt

Aug. 16, 1927 - Jan. 31, 2012

          Mary Elizabeth HUNT, 84, of Peru, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday in Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Peru.

          Born Aug. 16, 1927, in Kokomo, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Copeland and Esther (Surrige) Copeland. On June 18, 1949, in Fort Wayne, she married Vernon Samuel Hunt, and he survives. She was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

          Survivors include her husband, Vernon Samuel Hunt, of Peru; one son, Dallas Matthew (Katie) Hunt, of Rochester; one son-in-law, Curtis Elburn, of Peru; two sisters-in-law, Mary Copeland, of Fort Wayne, and Eunice Cowin, of Kokomo; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Kathy Elburn and Karen Hunt; four brothers; and one sister.

          Services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., Kokomo. Pastor Randy Blankeship will officiate. Burial will follow in Crown Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

          Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel is handling arrangements.

 

Friday, February 3, 2012

 

Nancy Howard

Sept. 28, 1936 - Jan. 31, 2012

          Mrs. Nancy HOWARD, 75, of 15501 N. 400 West, Macy, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Nancy was born in Litchfield, Ill., on Sept. 28, 1936, to Ralph and Mary Henson Keele. Growing up west of Rochester in Richland Township as one of seven children, she shared her childhood with two sisters, Esther and Marilyn, and four brothers, Warren, Don, Chuck and Leroy. In 1954, with great pride, she graduated with her class from Richland Center High School.

          On Aug. 3, 1973, Nancy married Carl Howard in Cave City, Ill. Together they shared nearly 39 years of life's adventures. They enjoyed eating out, usually at Tweedle-Dee's, on Friday nights. Applebee's and Golden Corral rated high on their list, too. They made beef jerky, searched for treasures at yard sales, loved the 30 percent coupons at Kohl's, and went to the boat to play Lucky 7's. In the earlier years, Carl and Nancy put out a truck patch garden large enough to share the bountiful harvest with family, special friends and a maybe a dear or two that ventured by to sample the produce. The harvest brought forth opportunities to can and the family enjoyed Nancy's specialties, vegetable soup, salsa and pickles.

          To relax, Nancy listened to the music of Brad Paisley, Kenney Chesney and Alabama. As a computer buff, she played yahtzee, rummy and solitaire. Nancy kept abreast of all the news of all of her friends with Facebook. As the matriarch overseeing four generations, she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved the good times they shared making wonderful memories.

          Nancy is lovingly remembered by her husband, Carl; two daughters, Debra Hull and husband Marvin, of Boise, Idaho, and their children, Heidi Howard and Rachel Hull; and Teresa Friedman, of Jasper; six sons, Ed Reed, of Macy, and his daughter, Amber Lynette Reed; Michael Reed and companion Joan Redding, of Rochester, and their children, Trisha Lewis, Lindsay Adams, Cassie Reed and Kylie Redding; Ricky Howard and wife Rebecca, of Rochester; Timothy Howard and wife Betty, of Tippecanoe; David Michael Howard, of Rochester; and Todd Allen Howard and wife Debbie, of Rochester; 29 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Esther L. Lipe, of Nokomis, Ill., and Marilyn Williams, of Logansport.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Marlee Reed; and four brothers, Warren, Don, Chuck and Leroy Keele.

          A celebration of the life of Nancy Howard will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor David Welsh officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Athens-Hoover Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Macy Christian Church or the donors' choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Nancy's family by signing the guest book or lighting a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Ernest R. Paullus

          Ernest R. PAULLUS, 93, 1 Woodspoint Circle, North Manchester, died at 12:02 a.m. Thursday at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, February 6, 2012

 

Chase A. Bonnell

          Chase A. BONNELL, 27, Winamac, died Saturday at his residence.

          Survivors include his father, Brad J. Bonnell, of Winamac; his mother, Michele Willing, of Winamac; and brother Evan Bonnell, of Winamac.

          Services will be private

          The Harrison Metzger & Rans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Wayne Miller

Sept. 10, 1926-Feb. 5, 2012

          Wayne "Hip" MILLER, 85, 1683 E. 600 South, Rochester, passed away at 12:50 a.m. Sunday at the Hospice House, Elkhart.

          He was born on Sept. 10, 1926, in Fulton County, the son of Kenneth and Edna (Koffel) Miller. Mr. Miller served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. On June 18, 1946, in Fulton, he married Esther Goodner, and she survives.

          Mr. Miller had been a lifelong farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Esther Miller, of Rochester; son, Kenny and wife Barb Miller, of Rochester; daughter, Penny and husband Larry Duncan, of Rochester; grandchildren, Cindy and husband Tony Trent, of Fulton, Lori and husband Jeremy Remley, of South Bend, Chris Duncan, of Indianapolis, Matt and wife Beth Duncan, of Fishers, and Jennifer Duncan, of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandson, Tyler Remley, of South Bend; brother, Gene and wife Mary Miller, of Fishers; sisters-in-law, Mary Goodner Norris, of Logansport, and Dorothy Burton, of Peoria, Ariz.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Etta F. Riggle

          Etta F. RIGGLE, 70, 2722 Manitou Park Drive, Rochester, died at 9:54 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, Terry L. Riggle, of Rochester; children, Waneta Guilfoos, of Elkhart, Junell Stutzman, of Nappanee, Kristina Yoder, of Nappanee, Dawn Kincaid, of Walterboro, S.C., Taralee Mollencupp, of Rochester, and Deanna Wicker, of Rochester; brothers, Lloyd Hershberger, of Milford, and Gary Hershberger, of Bremen; and sister, Jane A. Miller, of Bremen.

          Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

 

Oliver Ingram

June 3, 1937 - Feb. 3, 2012

          Oliver "OJ" INGRAM, 74, Indianapolis, passed away Friday in Indianapolis.

          He was born on June 3, 1937. He married Marsha Arnold. He was employed by the railroad Penn Station and Central Station and was an engineer for Louisville Indiana RR.

          Survivors include his wife, Marsha Arnold; children, Debbie, John, Denise and Mike; stepson, Randy; sister, Shirley Bussart; grandchildren, Christy, Jeff, Shannon and Zach; step-grandchildren, Andrew, Katie and Ashley; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by brothers, Woody, Donny, Bill and Richard.

          Arrangements are private and entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan-Memorial Park, Indianapolis.

          Memorial gifts may be made to the donors' favorite charity.

 

Larry R. Rans

May 23, 1935 - Feb. 6, 2012

          Larry R. RANS, 76, of Kewanna, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday at his residence surrounded by his family.

          Born May 23, 1935, in Kewanna, he was the son of the late Delbert Roy and Ethel Faye (Rouch) Rans. On Sept. 25, 1953, he married Elaine E. Larkin, and she survives.

          He was a 1953 Kewanna High School graduate, where he started on the basketball team for four years. Larry was a retired dairy farmer. He also retired after 15 years at Walmart in Rochester.

          He was a former Aubbeenaubbee Township 4-H leader for 10 years. Larry was an avid IU fan and Bob Knight fan. He was a former member of International Harvesters Collectors Club. Larry also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Survivors include his wife, Elaine E. Rans, of Kewanna; sons, Robert L. Rans (Donna Dugan), of Culver, and Larry David Rans (Barbara), of Culver; daughters, Susan E. Crawford (Kent Bonnell), of Winamac, and Diana F. Sollars (Tom Moore), of Monticello; brother, Joe Rans (Joan), of Akron; sister, Virginia Agnew, of Kewanna; grandchildren, Kyle Rans (Stacy), of Royal Center, Julie Robertson (Jimmy Vicsik), of Elkhart, Joshua Sollars, of Flora, Benjamin Rans (Erin), of Elkhart, Cody Rans (Kati), of Mishawaka, and Carol Prophet (Shaun), of Monticello. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

          He was also preceded in death by seven brothers, Billy Richard Rans, Harold Rans, Hubert Rans, Raymond Rans, Delbert Rans Jr., Paul Rans and Lowell Rans; and four sisters, Helen Worl, Lois Bell, Ethel Stipp and Lorene Wood.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor Bill Collins officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Hospice of Fulton County and/or Kewanna Citizens IOOF Cemetery Association.

          Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Rans family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Beth Adele (Draper) Ordiway

          Beth Adele (Draper) ORDIWAY died Saturday at White Memorial Hospital, Monticello.

          Survivors include her husband, Eugene Ordiway; two sons, Mike and Randy Ordiway; one sister, Jolinda Kerr; and two brothers, Don Draper and Wayne Draper.

          Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Monticello.

 

Ernest Paullus

          Ernest PAULLUS, 92, North Manchester, died Thursday.

          Survivors include his wife, Mildred Yarnelle Paullus; and daughters, Jane Grimes, of Carmel, and Lois Smock, of Zionsville.

          A private ceremony will be held today at Falls Cemetery.

          The Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

 

Marilyn D. Alber

Nov. 23, 1945 - Feb. 6, 2012

          Marilyn D. ALBER, 66, passed away and into the waiting arms of her son, Todd, on Monday.

          Born Marilyn Diane Lough on Nov. 23, 1945, she grew up on her parents' farm near Rochester, graduated from Richland Center High School and attended Ball State University. On Oct. 23, 1964, Marilyn and Phillip Alber married and together built their life and family in Fort Wayne. Marilyn completed her degree at Indiana University and worked in insurance and finance for several years. In 1982, she established Alber & Associates, Inc., a professional resume consultation and composition firm, committed to serving her clients for 30 years. Marilyn loved her family, her dogs and her home, was an avid NBA and loyal (obsessed?) Indiana Pacers fan, enjoyed music, writing, boating and fishing at the lake, bluebird watching in her backyard, and was extremely proud of her granddaughter Kayla's high school achievements, artistic talent and college path.

          Marilyn is survived by a close, caring family, devoted husband of 47 years, Phillip Stephen Alber; cherished daughter, Amy Diane Alber; precious granddaughter, Kayla Marie Diane Alber, all of Fort Wayne; mother, Orpha H. Lough, of Rochester; sisters, Betty Myers, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Pat (Bill) Rogers, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Ann Lough, of Culver; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, in-laws, and Diana Patterson, her close friend and business associate for the past 27 years.

          Marilyn was preceded in death by her son, Todd Stephen Alber, on Aug. 9, 2011; father, Greshem F. Lough; and brother, Greshem Monte Lough.

          Service is 2 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior, Rev. David Mitchell officiating. Calling is Friday from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the local SPCA or National Kidney Foundation. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

Vern B. McKee

          Vern B. McKEE, 79, Culver, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Miriam McKee, of Culver; and three daughters, Cindy Riester, of Plymouth, Denise Bohm, of Mountain View, Mo., and Jana McKee, of Plymouth.

          Services are at 7 p.m. Friday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 


Thursday, February 9, 2012

 

Joyce R. Keyes

          Joyce R. KEYES, 84, Mexico, died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

          Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer L. Keyes, of Mexico; and one brother, Ed Lesley, of Mexico.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 2-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, February 10, 2012

 

Oliver Jay “OJ” Ingram

June 3, 1937-February 3, 2012

          Oliver Jay "OJ" INGRAM, 74, of Indianapolis, formerly of Kewanna and Winamac, passed away peacefully Feb. 3, 2012, at his residence.

          Born June 3, 1937, in Kewanna, he was the son of the late Charles Lee and Lillian (Nelson) Ingram.

          OJ had worked on the railroad his entire life. He formerly worked for Penn Central Railroad as a brakeman, firearm and engineer. He also formerly worked for Indiana High Rail as an engineer.

          Survivors include his wife, Marsha Arnold, of Indianapolis; children, Debora Girton (Tim), of Winamac, John Jay Ingram (Carrie), of Winamac, Denise Hiatt (Troy), of Star City, and Michael Lee Ingram (Holly), of South Bend; stepson, Randy Arnold, of Indianapolis; sister, Shirley Bussert, of Kewanna; and grandchildren, Christina Girton Kviz, Jeffrey Girton, Zachary Finley and Shannon Finley. He is also survived by four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Woody Ingram, Dick Ingram, Bill Ingram and Donny Ingram.

          Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service on Saturday at the Kewanna Chapel. Burial will be at Barnett Cemetery in Kewanna.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung and/or American Diabetes Associations. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be made to the Ingram family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

 

Thea J. Krugman

          Thea J. KRUGMAN, 84, 2202 Poets Drive, Rochester, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Eloise Runkle

Jan. 26, 1929 - Feb. 10, 2012

          Eloise RUNKLE, 83, a Plymouth resident since 1988, coming from Rochester, passed away at 1 a.m. on Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          The daughter of Rev. Roy R. and Blanche R. Cochran Alexander, Eloise was born on Jan. 26, 1929, in Hartford City. She was a 1947 graduate of Roll High School.

          On Feb. 21, 1965, in South Bend, Eloise married Charles Runkle. Charles died on Jan. 2, 1985.

          Eloise had owned the Airport Cafe in Hartford City for five years, had worked at Hart-Schaffner & Marx in Rochester for 10 years, owned Lakeview Camp Grounds from 1973 to 1988, worked at Party-Pak in Plymouth, and in recent years she had been a caretaker for the elderly.

          She was a member of the Plymouth Baptist Church. Eloise also liked to fish, do quilting, collected clowns, worked crossword puzzles and especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Eloise is survived by three daughters, Sandra K. and Don Schultz, Sherry L. and Larry Townsend, and Connie E. Gaby; one son, Rick A. and Lee Ann Bubp, all of Plymouth; grandchildren, Rev. Brett Crump, Brian Crump, Kristopher Fear, Kerry Fear, Jason Hill, Sarah Hendrix, Jessica Bubp and Courtney Gaby; great-grandchildren, Jordan Crump, Emily Crump, Alivia Crump, Milo Crump, Austin Fear, Garret Fear, Jaden Fear, Tobias Hendrix, Leilana Hendrix, Anela Hill and Cory Hill; one great-grandchild in July; a sister, Helen L. and Ronald James, of Upland; and sister-in-law, Ilene Alexander, of Hartford City.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chuck; two brothers, Leo Alexander and Leon Alexander; a sister, Evelyn D. Eaton; a son-in-law, Charles Gaby; two grandsons, Cory Gaby and Chase Gaby; and a great-granddaughter, Angel Hendrix.

          The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, and on Wednesday for one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral services, officiated by Pastor Doug Jividen, at the Plymouth Baptist Church, 11345 9A Road, Plymouth. Burial will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial gifts may be given to a charity of the donors' choice. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family through the website www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Monday, February 13, 2012

 

Thea Jean Krugman

Nov. 1, 1927 - Feb. 10, 2012

          Thea Jean KRUGMAN, 84, 2202 Poets Drive, Rochester, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Friday at her residence.

          Thea was born on Nov. 1, 1927, in Rochester, the daughter of Theodore and Ethel L. (Milliser) Combs. She married Gene R. Tippy soon after high school, and together they had two daughters, Jill and Kimberlie. She married Noble W. Krugman on May 31, 1977, who survives.

          Lovingly known by many as Granny, she was famous for "Granny Thea's Mustard Pickles." She was passionate about gardening and greatly enjoyed sharing her flowers and produce with friends and family. Thea was part owner of the Colonial Inn, Rochester, and later, Miller's Bayside Marina, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband Noble and faithful canine companion Buddy II, of Rochester; daughters, Jill and husband Doug Sampsel, of Akron, and Kimberlie Landis, of Rochester; stepdaughters, Tami Moore, of Syracuse, and Stephanie Krugman, of St. Cloud, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Shirley Combs, of Warren; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her brother, Ted Combs; stepson, Darrell Krugman; and beloved dog, Buddy I.

          Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life with them on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Alejandra's banquet room, 2077 Main St., Rochester, from 1-5 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Ministries of Fulton County or Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

          Arrangements were by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Martha B. Litton

          Martha B. "Bernice" LITTON, 93, 117 Jacob Parrett Blvd., Kenton, Ohio, died at 11:25 a.m. Friday at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Kenton, Ohio.

          Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Richard Weiland

          Richard WEILAND, 79, Rochester, died at 7:20 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 

Harold L. Beecher

          Harold L. BEECHER, 84, Logansport, died at 11 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Robert L. James

          Robert L. JAMES, 79, South Bend, died Sunday.

          Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; one daughter, Linda Taylor, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; one son, Robert James Jr., of Medfield, Mass.; and two sisters, Nedra Wesson, of Goshen, and Mattie Ellen Cihak, of Culver.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hahn Funeral Home, Mishawaka, with visitation from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

 

Martha B. Litton

          Martha B. "Bernice" LITTON, 93, Kenton, Ohio, formerly of Argos, died at 11 a.m. Sunday at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Kenton, Ohio.

          Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Good, of Kenton, Ohio; and two sons, David Shivers, of Argos, and Mike Shivers, of Findlay, Ohio.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Argos United Methodist Church, Argos, with visitation from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday at the church.

 

Teddy Eugene McClure

          Teddy (Ted) Eugene McCLURE, 71, North Manchester, died Sunday at Millers Merry Manor of Wabash.

          Survivors include his three children, Mike McClure, Christy Arroyo and Craig McClure; and three siblings, Tom McClure, Steve McClure and Patti Flora, all of North Manchester.

          There will be a memorial service forthcoming in North Manchester.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Richard John Weiland

          Richard "Dick" John WEILAND, 79, formerly of Plymouth, died at 7:20 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. March 3, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

 

Harold Larkin Beecher

May 2, 1927 - Feb. 12, 2012

          Harold Larkin BEECHER, 84, Logansport and formerly of Twelve Mile and Rochester, passed away at 11 p.m. on Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born May 2, 1927, in Cass County, he was the son of the late Clinton E. and Grace Condon Beecher. On July 9, 1940, in Perrysburg, he was married to Norma Jean Knauff, and she preceded him in death on May 1, 2006.

          He was a member of Corinth Brethren Church near Twelve Mile. He graduated from Twelve Mile High School in 1945. He was a longtime dairy farmer in Fulton County and was best known as the breeder of Beecher Arlinda Ellen, who was the world milk production champion in 1975 and held that record for the next 19 years. He was a longtime active member of the Indiana State Holstein Association.

          Survivors include eight children, Stanley Beecher and his wife Barb, of Fort Wayne, Steven Beecher and his wife Libby, of Brattleboro, Vt., Susan Beecher, of Indianapolis, Sherry Brunden and her husband Kurt, of Media, Penn., Scott Beecher and his wife Lisa, of Howe, Shirley Ott and her husband Eric, of Logansport, Paul Beecher and his wife Joyce, of Craigville, and Patricia Webb and her husband Warren, of Valparaiso; eight grandchildren, Casey and Tori Ott, Terry and Jon Boggs, Larkin Webb, Nils Brunden, and Keegan and Ridley Beecher; one great-granddaughter, Adelyn Grace Ott; five step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Corinth Brethren Church, with Pastor Ben Pippen officiating. Burial will follow in Corinth Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Corinth Brethren Church, American Heart Association or Salvation Army. The online guest book can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Richard Harts

          Richard HARTS, 92, 1316 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, at home; one daughter, Ellen Scott, of Rochester; one son, Larry Harts, of Bunker Hill; one sister, Mildred Younce, of Rochester; and one brother, Donald Harts, of Amboy.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

 

Jack D. Burke

Dec. 16, 1934 - Feb. 14, 2012

          Jack D. BURKE, 77, 6966 S. 1000 West, Mentone, he had spent the winters in La Belle, Fla., for many years, passed away at 9:02 p.m. Tuesday at Autumn Ridge Rehab Centre of Wabash.

          Born Dec. 16, 1934, in Paintsville, Ky., he was the son of Den and Ella (Travis) Burke. On Jan. 11, 1957, in Silver Lake, he married Juda R. (Bowser) Burke.

          He retired from General Tire in Wabash after 42 years there. Jack was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a Life Member of the Goldwing Road Riders Association and a Life Member of the GMC Motorhome Association Great Lakes Charter. He attended Akron School most of his school years but graduated from Prestonsburg High School after moving back to Kentucky.

          Survivors include his wife, Juda R. Burke, of Mentone; daughter, Kathy Long, of Wabash; two sons, Steve Burke, of Mentone, and Stacy and wife Panessia Burke, of Warsaw; one sister, Ann Gunnel, of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

          Services are at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Danny Honeycutt officiating. Burial will take place in the Bremen Cemetery at a later date, where graveside military rites will be conducted. Visitation is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice, 265 W. Water St., Berne, IN 46711. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Richard Harts

Sept. 20, 1919 - Feb. 14, 2012

          Mr. Richard HARTS, 92, of 1316 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 8 a.m. Tuesday at his home. On this day he moved to his eternal Heavenly home, ironically the same day 120 years ago his dad was born, Feb. 14, 1892.

          Born in Miami County on Sept. 20, 1919, Richard was the son of Roy and Opal Strebin Harts. As one of four children, he shared his childhood growing up on the farm with a sister, Mildred, and two brothers, Donald and John. During this time he developed a strong work ethic, a passion for animals, and love and appreciation for agriculture - his lifelong occupation. In May of 1937, Richard graduated from Clay Township High School, where he played basketball during his high school years.

          During his youth, Richard enjoyed cruising around on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His courtship with a beautiful girl named Marilyn and enjoying many cycle rides with her led them to be lifelong partners of over 71 and a half years. On Sept. 15, 1940, Richard married the love of his life and best friend, Marilyn Jenkins, in the McGrawsville Methodist Church. Their union produced two children, Ellen and Larry. Over the years the family tree flourished with the addition of seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

          Without doubt, the only thing that eclipsed the planting season was the bountiful harvest, as Richard enjoyed turning the fresh soil while planting corn, beans and wheat on their 100-acre farm. The family milked a fine herd of Holsteins, raised cross bred pigs, and had an assortment of ducks, sheep, billy goats and Arabian horses. Ellen's pony, Champ, was a coveted pet. Richard also treasured the company of his Rat Terriers, Tuffy and Tippy.

          During his 70 years of farming, Richard experienced an evolution of change. The purchase of his John Deere B was memorable, as it had the amenities of lights and a starter; a luxury in the day. In 1962, the Harts moved to Rochester from the farm in Miami County although Richard continued to drive back and forth to tend to the farming operation. In 1990 Richard retired from farming, turning the farm over to his son Larry. For nearly two decades, Richard served the children of Clay Township schools as a bus driver, retiring in the early 1960s.

          A life member of the Moose and Elk's lodges, Richard was a proud 50-year member of the Fraternal Order of the Police. He was a devoted member of the Manicore Lodge of Peru. An avid outdoorsman, Richard loved to hunt deer and mushroom hunt near the railroad tracks, on his farm or other undisclosed locations. He and Marilyn enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine in Florida, as they wintered there for 40 years in Bradenton's Castle Park.

          As an adventurer, Richard and Marilyn cruised on his shiny black Harley on day trips around northern Indiana. To Las Vegas they went to enjoy the slots, and his favorite team was the Chicago White Sox. Paramount in Richard's life was his family. As the proud patriarch of four generations, he adored Marilyn, cherished Ellen and Larry, and loved the visits of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, doting on them.

          Richard is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marilyn, at home; one daughter, Ellen Scott and husband Doug, of Rochester; one son, Larry Harts, of Bunker Hill; seven grandchildren, Stacy and J.D. Heckathorn, Melissa Music, of Rochester, Kiley White, of Indianapolis, Roger and Sandy Harts, of Cicero, Robyn Macy, of Converse, and Steven Scott and Stephanie Rensberger, of Rochester; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Younce, of Rochester; and one brother, Donald Harts, of Amboy.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Harts; and a grandson, Evan Harts.

          A celebration of the life of Richard Harts will be at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Mr. Dennis Harts officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. He will be laid to eternal rest on the family plot in the Santa Fe Cemetery in Miami County's Clay Township.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. You may wish to sign Richard's electronic guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Patricia Mettler

          Patricia METTLER, 77, 9572 W. 700 South, Claypool, died Wednesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

John Robert Savage

          John Robert "Bob" SAVAGE, 61, 300 E. Fourth St., Rochester, formerly of Akron, died Tuesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Savage, of Rochester; one brother, Fred Savage, of Warsaw; and one son, John Ryan Savage, of Richmond.

          No services will take place.

          Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, has been entrusted to handle arrangements.

 


Friday, February 17, 2012

 

Patricia C. Mettler

June 30, 1934 - Feb. 15, 2012

          Patricia C. METTLER, 77, 9572 W. 700 South, Claypool, passed away Wednesday at her residence.

          Born June 30, 1934, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Earl M. and Catherine M. (Clemmons) Knisely. On Dec. 24, 1955, in Fort Wayne, she was married to James L. Mettler, and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2000.

          Pat was a homemaker. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1952. She lived in this area for 40 years, moving from Fort Wayne. Pat was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Warsaw and the Women of the Moose of Plymouth. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, birds, cats, fishing, and her dog. She also loved to spoil her grandchildren.

          Survivors include her daughter, Juanita and husband Thomas "Bomber" Wickey, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sons, Jeffery Mettler Sr., of Billings, Mont., and Jeffery and wife Tera Mettler Jr., of Etna Green; six grandchildren, Amanda and Peter Wickey, and Christopher, Patrick, Keelie and Joselyn Mettler; one great-grandson, Jaden Mettler; and one brother, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Knisely, of Warrenton, N.C.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Mettler; and one sister, Sharon.

          Services are at 3 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. Burial will take place in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation is from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, 3489 E. 100 South, Pierceton, IN 46562. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Helen Claire Willis Ho

May 20, 1932 - Feb. 11, 2012

          Helen Claire Willis HO died Feb. 11, 2012. She was born to Ida Mae Landon Willis and Paul Willis on May 20, 1932. She resided in Rochester, Ind., and Holden Beach, N.C.

          She is survived by her husband, Daniel Ho; her daughter, Paula Ho-Keultjes and husband Brian; daughter, Jennifer Plaster and husband Michael; grandsons, Kyle and Brandon Plaster; and niece, Kimberly Harding.

          Preceding her in death were her parents; and sister, Betty Harding.

          Helen graduated from North Manchester High School, Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, and received a B.S. from St. Francis University in Joliet, Ill.

          She practiced in the Rochester area all her life; at Woodlawn Hospital, in Dr. Wayne Knochel's office, and as a Rochester Community School nurse.

          Helen was smart, sassy, strong, unconditionally delightful, honest, generous, warm, gregarious, laugh until tears run down your face funny. She was a true socialite and enjoyed cocktail parties, camping trips, group dining, and had a lifelong desire to share her special place, Holden Beach, N.C., with those she cared about. She was happiest with her many friends, and family. Her smile, laugh and optimistic attitude was rivaled by none. She will be missed.

          For more information on Helen, please visit her website: www.caringbridge.org/visit/helenho.

 

Mabel B. Wagoner

          Mabel B. WAGONER, 93, 1491 Liberty Lane, Rochester, died at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include one daughter, Diana M. Sult, of Rochester; one son, Rev. Roger W. Wagoner, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; and one sister, Vernice Rhodes, of Rochester.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home.

 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

 

Shirley L. Fear

Dec. 20, 1928 - Feb. 17, 2012

          Shirley L. FEAR, 83, 3570 W. 100 South, Kewanna, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          She was born on Dec. 20, 1928, in Mansfield, Ohio, the daughter of Walter and Verona (Biege) Christoph. On Oct. 26, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she married Charles R. Fear Jr., and he survives.

          Mrs. Fear had worked for many years in the cafeteria for Rochester Community Schools. She also worked with her husband at Charles Fear and Sons Implement, sold Avon for over 30 years, and had worked in the Fulton County Clerk's and Treasurer's offices.

          She had been a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Fulton County Democrat Women's Club, Treasurer for the Fulton County Democrat Central Committee, and a former member of the Reiter Club. She was an avid animal lover, especially dogs, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Fear Jr., of Kewanna; children, Ross and wife Bonnie Fear, of Akron, Lynn Woosley, of Surprise, Ariz., Stephen Fear, of Rochester, and Larry J. Fear, of Rossville; grandchildren, Kris Fear, of Akron, Kerry Fear, of Akron, Brenda and husband Tom Ras, of St. Louis, Mo., Beth Good, of Rochester, Nesha and husband Tracy Skarbek, of Rochester, Rena and husband Cory Markstahler, of North Manchester, Barak and wife Jenifer Chandler, of Macy, and Lyn and husband Nick Shoemaker, of Fort Wayne; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marvelene Stacy, of North Manchester, and Betty and husband Chuck Freestone, of New Carlisle; and brothers, Lloyd and wife Charlene Christoph, of Chicago, Ill., and Dewey Christoph, of Madison, Wis.

          She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Tamera Lynn Hartle; brother, Ted Christoph; and her parents.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Buck Padilla officiating. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption & Education Center or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Mabel B. Wagoner

Feb. 8, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2012

          Mrs. Mabel B. WAGONER, 93, of 1491 Liberty Lane, Rochester, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Mabel was born in Miami County on Feb. 8, 1919, to Wilbur and Pearl Opple Craig. As one of seven children, she shared her childhood with three sisters, Vernice, Mildred and Esther, and three brothers, Devon, Raymond and Lloyd. As a youngster, she attended Woodrow School and later graduated from Rochester High School.

          On Dec. 3, 1938, Mabel and Russell W. Wagoner were married in Fulton. Their union of more than a half-century produced two children, Diana and Roger. The family tree continued to grow over the years with the additions of five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

          Mabel was an avid gardener with both vegetables and flowers. She shared the produce with family and special friends and canned the bounty for later use. A person of giving nature, she shared her beautiful flowers by creating fresh-cut arrangements, once winning first prize with her arrangement that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

          Mabel was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church for many years. She also was a member of the Reiter Club and Garden Club. Many will remember her thoughtful and kind assistance she gave to those who shopped at Rochester's B&B Men's Store.

          Mabel will be lovingly remembered by a daughter, Diana M. Sult and husband William, of Rochester; a son, Rev. Roger W. Wagoner and Linda, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vernice Rhodes, of Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell, on Sept. 20, 1991; two sisters, Mildred Wagoner and Esther Bowen; and three brothers, Devon, Raymond and Lloyd Craig.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Mabel B. Wagoner will be at 2 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon-2 p.m. in the funeral home. She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband of 52 years in Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Kathryn ‘Kay’ Weissert

Nov. 7, 1923 - Feb. 16, 2012

          Kathryn "Kay" WEISSERT, 88, of Tippecanoe, passed away unexpectedly at 5:11 p.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Plymouth.

          Kay was born the daughter of Ralph Reed and Lois Hite Reed on Nov. 7, 1923, in Bourbon Township Marshall County, and was a resident of the area all of her life. She was a 1941 graduate of Bourbon High School. She also attended South Bend Business College of Commerce and worked at St. Joseph Bank and Trust Company of South Bend prior to her marriage.

          Kathryn farmed all her life, along with her husband and son who operated Weissert Dairy Farm. She was active keeping books and with daily farming operations. She was a very active person, belonging to Daughters of the American Revolution, Tippecanoe Home Economics Club, Marshall County Historical Society Board of Directors, and past member of the Marshall County Past Presidents Club. She enjoyed genealogy, dairy farming, cooking and baking for her famous family dinners, flowers and gardening, her companion her cat, and she was an avid Notre Dame fan. Kay was a member of the Bourbon First United Methodist Church.

          On April 28, 1945, she married Kenneth LaMar Weissert, who died Jan. 2, 1981.

          She is survived by her two daughters, Cathy and husband Marvin Overmyer, of Rochester, and Pam and husband Tim Beam, of Maineville, Ohio; a son, Michael and his wife Cathy Weissert, of Tippecanoe; three grandchildren, Melissa and husband Paul Rosswurm, Amanda and husband Michael McHugh, and Brian Beam; two step-grandchildren, Rick and wife Teresa Overmyer, and Mike and wife Deborah Overmyer; four great-grandchildren, Evan, Renee, Claire and Lucas Rosswurm; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

          Kay was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Scherrer.

          The family will receive friends on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, IN 46504. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Argos.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to Marshall County Historical Society in her memory. Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.deatonclemensfh.com.

 

Miriam L. Weller

Sept. 6, 1925 - Feb. 16, 2012

          Miriam L. WELLER, 86, Peru, passed away at 6:37 p.m. Thursday at her residence.

          Born Sept. 6, 1925, in Macy, she was the daughter of Verl Sowers and Elsie (Knauff) Sowers. On March 11, 1945, she married Wesley "Dale" Weller, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 2003.

          She worked at Peru Community Schools, Victory School from 1958 until it closed, and Peru Junior High until retirement. She was a member of the Macy Christian Church from 1925-1966, and was a current member of the Salem Christian Church since 1967. She was a teacher and leader. She was a graduate of Macy High School.

          Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Weller Brandt, of Peru; one sister, Mary Shewman, of Peru; and one sister-in-law, Elaine Gottschalk (Bob), of Rochester.

          She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Michael Weller; her parents; a son-in-law, David Brandt; a brother, Orlan Sowers; and a brother-in-law, Rev. Bill Shewman.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with Pastor John Rhodes officiating. Burial will be at the Macy Plainview Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home in Peru on Monday from 4-7 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either the Salem Christian Church and/or No Limits Diabetes Foundation.

 

Monday, February 20, 2012

 

No Paper – Holiday

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

 

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Anne Castleman

          Elizabeth "Betty" Anne CASTLEMAN, 81, 17068 Oak Road, Argos, died at 3:05 a.m. Sunday at Millers Merry Manor, Culver.

          Survivors include her husband, Rex Castleman, of Argos; sons, John D. Castleman, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Andrew J. Castleman, of Carmel; and two sisters, Ruth Gordon, of Plymouth, and Lida Belle Norris, of Argos.

          Services are at noon Wednesday at the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Culver, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. today at the Argos United Methodist Church, Argos, and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church.

          Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Bessie E. Piotter Thomason

Oct. 22, 1924 - Feb. 18, 2012

          Bessie E. Piotter THOMASON, 87, Macy, passed away at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday at her residence.

          Born Oct. 22, 1924, in Washington, Ind., she was the daughter of Oscar T. and Ona Burton Ross. She married Arnold H. Piotter in Gulfport, Miss., on April 12, 1944; he preceded in death on Aug. 14, 1967. On June 18, 1988, she was married to Billy Ray Thomason, and he preceded in death on May 13, 1999.

          Bessie was the head cook at North Miami High School for numerous years in addition to her responsibilities on the family's dairy and grain farm in rural northern Miami County. She helped farm for over 60 years and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Peru.

          Bessie was the proud mother of three children, Jerald H. "Pete" Piotter and wife Carol A. (Hahn), of Macy, Sharon L. Dillman and husband Robert E., of Macy, and the late Glen A. Piotter, who is survived by his wife Helen (Evrard), of Macy. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Kimberly J. Eilers and husband Brian, of Crestwood, Ky., Philip A. Piotter and wife Lisa, of Macy, Leanna Bishop and husband Rob, of Macy, Laura Johnson and husband Zach, of Macy, Billy Dillman, of Macy, Arnold Piotter, of Macy, Bridget Buck and husband Brian, of Macy, and Lisa Guse and husband Tim, of Peru; her 11 great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Frank Ross, Mary V. Miller, William I. Ross, Oscar E. Ross and Shirley J. Woosley.

          She was preceded in death by one son, Glen A. Piotter; two grandsons, Jerald H. Piotter Jr., and Robert A. Dillman; and one sister, Snofa Hanes.

          Funeral services are being scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru, with Pastor Kenneth Greenwald officiating. Burial will follow at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

          Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru, or Hope Hospice, Rochester. The online guest book can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

June VonDerheide

          June VonDERHEIDE, 92, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 4 p.m. Sunday at Blair Ridge Health Campus of Peru.

          Survivors include two sons, Gary VonDerheide, of Peru, and James VonDerheide, of LaCanada, Calif.

          A memorial service will be held at a later date in St. Louis, Mo.

          Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Herbert G. Baker

Oct. 16, 1925 - Feb. 19, 2012

          Herbert G. BAKER, 86, of Bourbon, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at 9:44 p.m. at home of natural causes.

          Herb was born Oct. 16, 1925, at Plymouth, to Clarence "Frank" Baker and Elma C. Forbin Baker. Herb was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lewis and was a resident of Bourbon all of his life. After he graduated from Bourbon High School in 1943, he was drafted into the United States Navy, where he served until 1954. Herb retired in 1991 from Jr. Hahn Company as a salesman to RV Manufacturers and also had worked at Elcar Coach.

          Herb was an avid sports fan and loved the game of golf. He was a member of numerous community organizations that include The Bourbon American Legion Post No. 424, Bourbon Masonic Lodge, Triton Kiwanis Club, Bourbon Plan Commission, Marshall County Tourism Board, South Bend Scottish Rites, and was a past member of the Plymouth Moose Lodge and Warsaw Elks Lodge. He was a member of the Triton School Board from 1981-1986 and attended the Bourbon First United Methodist Church.

          On Aug. 6, 1948, he joined in marriage to Frances Ellen Morris, who passed away May 12, 1981. He later married Lois L. Eby on Aug. 9, 1985, who survives along with his three daughters, Candace (Mrs. Greg) Craft, of Bourbon, Kimberly (Mrs. Kris) Berger, of Bourbon, and Stacy (Mrs. Mike) Sheetz, of Plymouth. His family also consisted of four step-children, Debbie (Mrs. Lonnie) Witham, of Warsaw, Dena (Mrs. Larry) Wattenbarger, of Bourbon, Dava (Mrs. Mark) Barton, of Bourbon, and Dara (Mrs. Greg) Greenawalt, of Bourbon. Herb loved his grandchildren, Matthew Craft, Jennifer (Mrs. Joe) Potter, Tyler Berger, Samantha, Jordan and McKenzie Sheetz; and his step-grandchildren, Lisa Scott, Leslie Witham, Braxton Barton, Erica Hagg, Alison, Cory and Morgan McClarnon, along with several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.

          Herb was preceded in death by a step-grandchild, Dawn Francis.

          The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, IN 46504. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Bourbon First United Methodist Church, with Revs. Mark Cottrill and Stormy Scherer-Berry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bourbon, with military graveside services by the Bourbon American Legion.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Bourbon Police Department in his memory.

          The Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.deatonclemensfh.com.

 

Richard Roy Kumler

Aug. 26, 1943 - Feb. 19, 2012

          Richard Roy KUMLER, 68, LaFontaine, passed away at his daughter's home at 3:10 a.m. on Sunday.

          He was born in Kewanna on Aug. 26, 1943, to the late Loren D. and Lois I. (Tomlinson) Kumler. He married Nancy Jean Walters on Sept. 4, 1966. She passed away in 1995.

          Richard graduated from Kewanna High School in 1961. He attended Purdue University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 and a Master's degree in 1969, both in education. He served our country in the United States Navy Submarine Service from 1961-1965. He was a member of LaFontaine United Methodist Church. Richard held many memberships in the LaFontaine area including LaFontaine Masonic Lodge 295. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1966 and also served as past Master and Secretary for 10 years. He was also a member of the LaFontaine Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite 32nd degree, Van Buren American Legion Post 368, and the Troyer Memorial Library Board.

          He is survived by a son, Robert (Kim) Kumler, of LaFontaine; a daughter, Andrea (Kip) Benbow, of LaFontaine; a brother, Robert (Darla) Kumler, of Rochester; and a sister, Patricia Hoover, also of Rochester.

          He is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, George Hoover, along with his parents and wife.

          Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at LaFontaine United Methodist Church, with Pastors Brad Garrett and Larry Ray officiating. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel. Calling for friends and family will be held at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 S. Main St., LaFontaine, IN 46940, today from 2-8 p.m. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery in LaFontaine.

          Preferred memorial may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the current building fund at LaFontaine United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcdonaldfunerals.com.

 

Helen L. Vandermark

July 19, 1919 - Feb. 18, 2012

          Helen L. VANDERMARK, 92, North Manchester, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

          Born July 19, 1919, in North Manchester, she was the daughter of Chester E. Grossnickle and Lula D. (Frederick), who both preceded her in death.

          She was a secretary for Dr. J. Raymond Schultz at Standard Life Insurance Company, Indianapolis. She then was a clerk for the North Manchester Water Department, and from 1971-1988, she was the manager of the North Manchester BMV License Branch, retiring in 1988.

          She married Orville L. Vandermark on Oct. 13, 1940. He died April 29, 1995. She was a member of the First Brethren Church, North Manchester. She graduated from Central High School, North Manchester, in 1936. She then graduated from International Business College, Fort Wayne. She loved to travel and spent many winters in Florida, where she liked to shell. She was active in local politics and was a former member of the Ivy Chapter No. 69 O.E.S., North Manchester.

          Survivors include her son, Donald James (Pamela) Vandermark, of Akron; two daughters, Judith K. (Jerry) Judjahn, of Glendale, Ariz., and Nancy J. (Neil) Tate, of North Manchester; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

          Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to the services on Thursday at McKee Mortuary. Burial will take place in the Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or the donors' choice. Online condolences may be emailed to mckeemortuary.com.

 


Kathryn ‘Kay’ Weissert

Nov. 7, 1923 - Feb. 16, 2012

          Kathryn "Kay" WEISSERT, 88, of Tippecanoe, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday at 5:11 p.m. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Plymouth.

          Kay was born the daughter of Ralph Reed and Lois Hite Reed on Nov. 7, 1923, in Bourbon Township Marshall County, and was a resident of the area all of her life. She was a 1941 graduate of Bourbon High School. She also attended South Bend Business College of Commerce and worked at St. Joseph Bank and Trust Company of South Bend prior to her marriage.

          Kathryn farmed all her life, along with her husband and son who operated Weissert Dairy Farm. She was active keeping books and with daily farming operations. She was a very active person, belonging to Daughters of the American Revolution, Tippecanoe Home Economics Club, Marshall County Historical Society Board of Directors, and past member of the Marshall County Past Presidents Club. She enjoyed genealogy, dairy farming, cooking and baking for her famous family dinners, flowers and gardening, her companion her cat, and she was an avid Notre Dame fan. Kay was a member of the Bourbon First United Methodist Church.

          On April 28, 1945, she married Kenneth LaMar Weissert, who died Jan. 2, 1981.

          She is survived by her two daughters, Cathy and husband Marvin Overmyer, of Rochester, and Pam and husband Tim Beam, of Maineville, Ohio; and a son, Michael and his wife Cathy Weissert, of Tippecanoe; along with three grandchildren, Melissa and husband Paul Rosswurm, Amanda and husband Michael McHugh, and Brian Beam; two step-grandchildren, Rick and wife Teresa Overmyer, and Mike and wife Deborah Overmyer; four great-grandchildren, Evan, Renee, Claire and Lucas Rosswurm; four step-great-grandchildren, Christine, Jennifer, Jason and Amanda Overmyer; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

          Kay was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Scherrer.

          The family received friends from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, IN 46504. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today in the funeral home with Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Argos.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to Marshall County Historical Society in her memory.

          Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.deatonclemensfh.com.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 

Wallace Eikenberry

          Wallace Dean "Wally" EIKENBERRY, 87, formerly of Mexico, Ind., passed away at 3:25 p.m. Monday in Lake Placid, Fla.

          Arrangements are pending at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Betty M. Kamp

June 22, 1926 - Feb. 20, 2012

          Betty M. KAMP, 85, North Manchester, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Feb. 20, 2012, at 6:35 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.

          She was born June 22, 1926, at Kalamazoo, Mich., to John Clarence and Ethel Vivian (Chamberlain) Mowrer.

          She is survived by a son, Danny Kamp; two daughters, Linda K. (Kamp) Hyden and Cindy D. (Kamp) Campbell, of all North Manchester; nine grandchildren, Linda Marie (David) McKee, Candi (Kamp) Brubaker, Kelly M. (O'Hara) Caudill, Jason M. (Betty) O'Hara, James R. (Traci) Hyden, Kara M. Kamp, John M. Hyden, Ryan M. (Sarah) O'Hara, and Bob D. Kamp. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren.

          Betty married Bob L. Kamp on Oct. 21, 1945. He died Dec. 8, 2011. She graduated Laketon High School in 1944 and was a member of Manchester Bible Church. She attended TOPS for many years, loved teddy bears and beaded necklaces. She enjoyed Bible study groups, reciting poetry for church functions, singing with the church choirs, and testifying. She was an avid prayer warrior for her family. Betty was a homemaker and had worked in the dining room at Peabody Memorial Home and provided child care for her grandchildren.

          Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester, Ind. Friends and family may call on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, Ind., and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Betty will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, Ind.

          For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty M. Kamp, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N. 300 East, North Manchester, Ind. Condolences may be sent to the Kamp family at mckeemortuary.com.

 

June VonDerheide

June 8, 1919 - Feb. 19, 2012

          Mrs. June VonDERHEIDE, 92, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Blair Ridge Health Campus of Peru.

          June was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 8, 1919, to Albert and Anna Rabe Hentschel. Growing up as one of three children, she shared her childhood with a brother and sister.

          June was the loving wife of Melvin T. VonDerheide. Together June and Melvin enjoyed many adventures in St. Louis, where they called home most of their lifetime. Nearly eight years ago they moved to Rochester to be closer to their family. With great appreciation of music, they enjoyed going to the dance clubs, the summer concerts of the St. Louis Philharmonic, and annually had season tickets for the municipal opera outdoor summer series. June was always a loyal fan of the boys of the summer - the St. Louis Cardinals.

          June is lovingly remembered by two sons, Gary VonDerheide and wife Pat, of Peru, and James VonDerheide and wife Lisa, of LaCanada, Calif.; four grandchildren, Tyler VonDerheide and wife Melissa, of Chicago, Ill., Derek VonDerheide, of Peru, Evan VonDerheide and wife Katie, of Plano, Texas, and Kendra Fogg and husband Chris, of Westford, Mass.; and a great-grandson, Matthew Fogg.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Melvin on Dec. 11, 2005; and a brother.

          A memorial service celebrating the life of Mrs. June VonDerheide will be held at St. Louis. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. You may sign the guest book or light a candle to honor June's memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

          The Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

 

Wallace Dean ‘Wally’ Eikenberry

Nov. 11, 1924 - Feb. 20, 2012

          Wallace Dean "Wally" EIKENBERRY, 87, formerly of Mexico, Ind., passed away at 3:25 p.m. Monday at his home in Lake Placid, Fla., surrounded by the family he loved so much.

          Wally was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Mexico, Ind., to Walter Bryan Eikenberry and Madeline Ruse Eikenberry. He married Anne J. Morris on Oct. 28, 1950, in Peru, and she preceded him in death on May 27, 1991.

          Wally spent most of his life on his home farm west of Mexico, Ind., on the Miami/Cass County line. In his youth, he picked blackberries, hazelnuts and butternuts to sell and add substance to the family. He spent a lot of time as a youngster trapping on the Eel River. Wally graduated from Jefferson Township High School. In later years, with family, he fished on Eel River, providing many happy times on Sunday afternoons.

          Throughout his lifetime, Wally assisted many of those who needed an extra hand in life for which a simple thanks was sufficient. He coached little league in Mexico, participated in tractor pulls and collected Indian artifacts from the fields he cultivated.

          After 40 years of farming and the death of his first wife, Anne, he retired and sold the home place. He then met and married the second love of his life, Betty Hillman Adams, and they moved to Lake Placid, Fla., in 1994, where they both enjoyed the milder weather, with Wally ever the consummate sports fan.

          Wally was a member of the Peru Elks, Rochester Moose Lodge, Peru Maennerchor and Farm Bureau association.

          Wally was preceded in death by his parents; brother Robert Eikenberry; sisters Eleanor Eikenberry, Barbara Buckles, Ada Baldwin and Marjorie Kepner.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty; sons, Miles Eikenberry (Shenghong), of Las Vegas, Nev., and Braxton Eikenberry (companion Gretchen Coplen), of Akron; granddaughter Heather Stoner (Byron), of Indianapolis; great-granddaughters, Luna and Evie Stoner, of Indianapolis; stepson, William Adams (Julie), of Terre Haute; stepdaughter, Holly Ridgley (Darryl), of Valdosta, Ga.; step-great-granddaughter, Lauren Adams; and step-great-grandsons, Drew, Max and Sam Ridgley.

          A service celebrating the life of Wallace D. Eikenberry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main, Peru, with Pastor Tim Powers officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Ind. Family and friends will gather from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

          Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Miami County Helping Hands or the Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, Fla. Online condolences may be sent at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Robert Eugene Holland

          Robert Eugene HOLLAND, 65, Macy, died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Carmen Holmes-Holland, of Macy; three children, Linda Michelle Martin, of Peru, Kristina Jo McIntyre, of Rochester, and Robert N. "Bobby" Holland, of Peru; two brothers, Paul Holland, of Denver, and James Holland, of Riverdale, Mich.; and sisters, Mary Myers, of Kokomo, and Waynetta Douglass, of Walton.

          Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Friday, February 24, 2012

 

Wallace Dean Eikenberry

Nov. 11, 1924 - Feb. 20, 2012

          Wallace Dean EIKENBERRY, 87, formerly of Mexico, Ind., passed away at 3:25 p.m. Monday at his home in Lake Placid, Fla., surrounded by the family he loved so much.

          Wally was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Mexico, Ind., to Walter Bryan Eikenberry and Madeline Ruse Eikenberry. He married Anne J. Morris on Oct. 28, 1950, in Peru, and she preceded him in death on May 27, 1991.

          Wally spent most of his life on his home farm west of Mexico, Ind., on the Miami/Cass County line. In his youth, he picked blackberries, hazelnuts and butternuts to sell and add substance to the family. He spent a lot of time as a youngster trapping on the Eel River. Wally graduated from Jefferson Township High School. In later years, with family, he fished on Eel River, providing many happy times on Sunday afternoons.

          Throughout his lifetime, Wally assisted many of those who needed an extra hand in life for which a simple thanks was sufficient. He coached little league in Mexico, participated in tractor pulls and collected Indian artifacts from the fields he cultivated.

          After 40 years of farming and the death of his first wife, Anne, he retired and sold the home place. He then met and married the second love of his life, Betty Hillman Adams, and they moved to Lake Placid, Fla., in 1994, where they both enjoyed the milder weather with Wally ever the consummate sports fan.

          Wally was a member of the Peru Elks, Rochester Moose Lodge, Peru Maennerchor and Farm Bureau association.

          Wally was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Eikenberry; and sisters, Eleanor Eikenberry, Barbara Buckles, Ada Baldwin and Marjorie Kepner.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty; sons, Miles Eikenberry (Shenghong), of Las Vegas, Nev., and Braxton Eikenberry (companion Gretchen Coplen), of Akron; granddaughter, Heather Stoner (Byron), of Indianapolis; great-granddaughters, Luna and Evie Stoner, of Indianapolis; stepson, William Adams (Julie), of Terre Haute; stepdaughter, Holly Ridgley (Darryl), of Valdosta, Ga.; step-grandchildren, Jieli (Matt) Simon, and JunJie (Miles) Stewart; step-great-granddaughter, Lauren Adams; step-great-grandsons, Drew, Max and Sam Ridgley, and Riley Stewart.

          A service celebrating the life of Wallace D. Eikenberry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main, Peru, with Pastor Tim Powers officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Ind. Family and friends will gather from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

          Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Miami County Helping Hands or the Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, Fla. Online condolences may be sent at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Lois (Heeter) Baldwin

Aug. 19, 1914 - Feb. 20, 2012

          Lois (Heeter) BALDWIN, 97, died Monday at the Hospice Center at Tucson, Ariz.

          Lois was born Aug. 19, 1914, in Delong, to the late Della and William Heeter. Lois was married Dec. 24, 1937, to William J. Baldwin, who preceded her in death along with brothers Norman and Howard Heeter and sisters Gertude Parker, Gladys Rector and Ethel Flora. A sister, Wilma Hollopeter, of Fort Wayne, survives, along with many nieces and nephews.

          Also surviving are three children, Wilma (Dick) Melchiorre, of Tucson, Ariz., William D. (Carolyn) Baldwin, of Rochester, and Roxanna (Steven) Smith, of Clermont, Fla.; grandchildren, Erik (Becky) Melchiorre, Dina (Jeff) Wofford, William R. Baldwin, Brad Baldwin, Brooke Baldwin, Aaron Smith, Sarah (Tom) Cira, and Molly (Josh) Woody; and 12 great-grandchildren.

          Lois graduated from Leiters Ford High School in 1932, Henrotin Hospital, Chicago, Ill., in 1935, where she practiced nursing at Cook County Hospital, and 20 years as a head-nurse at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Lois was affiliated, for 70 years, with the Eastern Star in Fort Wayne and South Bend. She and her husband were active for many years with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America in South Bend. She belonged to the River Park United Methodist Church, South Bend, for 60 years. After retiring, as members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Indiana Dunes Unit, she and her husband spent 40 years splitting their time between Dade City, Fla., and their cottage at Rochester. For the last 33 years, Lois and her family participated in the Trail of Courage as Grandma's Berry Patch, making lye soap and selling her natural foods cookbook of the same name.

          Cremation took place at Green Valley, Ariz. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, with visitation prior to services from 10-11 a.m.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lois may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society, Rochester, or to Hope Hospice, Rochester.

 

Brian K. Johnson

          Brian K. JOHNSON, 46, Culver, died Wednesday at the Hospice House in Elkhart.

          Funeral arrangements are pending at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver.

 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

 

Lois (Heeter) Baldwin

Aug. 19, 1914 - Feb. 20, 2012

          Lois (Heeter) BALDWIN, 97, died Monday at the Hospice Center at Tucson, Ariz.

          Lois was born Aug. 19, 1914, in Delong, to the late Della and William Heeter. Lois was married Dec. 24, 1937, to William J. Baldwin, who preceded her in death along with brothers Norman and Howard Heeter and sisters Gertude Parker, Gladys Rector and Ethel Flora. A sister, Wilma Hollopeter, of Fort Wayne, survives, along with many nieces and nephews.

          Also surviving are three children, Wilma (Dick) Melchiorre, of Tucson, Ariz., William D. (Carolyn) Baldwin, of Rochester, and Roxanna (Steven) Smith, of Clermont, Fla.; grandchildren, Erik (Becky) Melchiorre, Dina (Jeff) Wofford, William R. Baldwin, Brad Baldwin, Brooke Baldwin, Aaron Smith, Sarah (Tom) Cira, and Molly (Josh) Woody; and 12 great-grandchildren.

          Lois graduated from Leiters Ford High School in 1932, Henrotin Hospital, Chicago, Ill., in 1935, where she practiced nursing at Cook County Hospital, and 20 years as a head-nurse at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Lois was affiliated, for 70 years, with the Eastern Star in Fort Wayne and South Bend. She and her husband were active for many years with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America in South Bend. She belonged to the River Park United Methodist Church, South Bend, for 60 years. After retiring, as members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Indiana Dunes Unit, she and her husband spent 40 years splitting their time between Dade City, Fla., and their cottage at Rochester. For the last 33 years, Lois and her family participated in the Trail of Courage as Grandma's Berry Patch, making lye soap and selling her natural foods cookbook of the same name.

          Cremation took place at Green Valley, Ariz. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, with visitation prior to services from 10-11 a.m.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lois may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society, Rochester, or to Hope Hospice, Rochester.

 

Cheryl L. Lowry

          Cheryl L. LOWRY, 55, 9049 W. Olson Road, Delong, died at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday at Kindred Hospital Northern Indiana, Mishawaka.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Josephine Sarkar

July 25, 1935 - Feb. 1, 2012

          Josephine SARKAR, artist, writer, homemaker; a gentle, compassionate, fun-loving lady, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Rochester, Ind., and Salt Lake, passed away on Feb. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, after battling pneumonia for a few weeks. She was 76.

          Born July 25, 1935, in Ashford, Kent, England, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Winifred Donaldson. In October 1955, in Calcutta, India, she was married to Satchidananda Sarkar. He preceded her in death in February 2011.

          Josephine retired from the Marriott Hotel in South Bend. She was an artist, working in oil, pastel, watercolor, ink and pencil. She also was a published author of many children's stories and humorous short stories.

          She leaves behind daughter Nandini and son Rahul and their families. Her family and her friends will dearly miss her.

          Services for Josephine Sarkar will be held March 17, 2012, in Calcutta, India.

          Online condolences may be sent to her family at www.rochsent.com.

 


Lois Ann Weiske

          Lois Ann WEISKE, 81, 2516 Country Club Drive South, Rochester, died at 3:05 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, February 27, 2012

 

Barbara Butcher

          Barbara BUTCHER, 77, Life Care Center of Rochester, died at 2 p.m. Saturday.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

John Herbert Fear Sr.

          John Herbert FEAR Sr., 75, 7988 Indiana 10, Argos, died at 6:29 a.m. Saturday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Malva Fear, of Argos; sons, Michael Fear, of Tippecanoe, and David Fear, of New Bremen, Ohio; daughters, Karen Olszewski, of Plymouth, Beth Garnier, of Arizona, Gina Williams, of Plymouth, and Nita Morgan, of Kokomo; one brother, Harold Fear, of California; and one sister, Ruth Patterson, of Argos.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 11a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Brian K. Johnson

          Brian K. JOHNSON, 46, Culver, died Wednesday in Elkhart.

          Survivors include his mother, Donna Johnson, of Culver; daughters, Kathleen, Hannah and Olivia Johnson, of Walton; brothers, Robert Johnson Jr., of Michigan City, and Kevin and Sven Johnson, of Culver; and one sister, Cynthia Reichard, of Rochester.

          Funeral services will be private. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Cheryl L. Lowry

          Cheryl L. LOWRY, 55, 9049 W. Olson Road, Delong, died at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday at Kindred Hospital Northern Indiana, Mishawaka.

          Survivors include her children, Brian K. Troyer, of Indianapolis, Nicole Wilson, of West Lafayette, and Cory Lowry, of Delong; father, Lewis Troyer, of Troy, Ala.; and brother, Richard Troyer, of Troy, Ala.

          Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Oak Cemetery, Plymouth.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Lois Ann Weiske

Aug. 2, 1930-Feb. 24, 2012

          Lois Ann WEISKE, 81, Rochester, passed away at 2:46 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Lois Ann was born on Aug. 2, 1930, in Rochester, the daughter of Dr. Cecil and Fanny (Conn) Gilger. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1948. She learned to play golf as a child and enjoyed it for many years. She attended DePauw University, where she was a member of Delta Zeta social sorority, the marching band and concert orchestra. On Aug. 28, 1949, in Rochester, she married Orville A. Weiske.

          Lois was an active member of Tri Kappa sorority for nearly 30 years, serving in Rochester, Plymouth and Indianapolis. Among her other activities, she served as a Girl Scout Leader, Blue Bird Leader and as a Sunday school teacher at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. When the family moved to Plymouth, she continued her community work and also resumed her college classes.

          In 1964, the family moved to Indianapolis, where she was able to finish her bachelor's degree in education in 1967 and her master's degree in library science in 1972 from Butler University.

          Lois taught fourth grade at Harcourt Elementary School, MSD, Washington Township, for 22 years, retiring in 1989. Lois and her husband retired to Lake Manitou in Rochester.

          She is survived by her husband, Orville A. Weiske, of Rochester; daughters, Annette and husband Ernest Millikan, of Noblesville, and Renee and husband Tim Spoor, of Brownsburg; grandchildren, Julie (Millikan) and husband Walter Setmeyer, of Noblesville, Jonathan Millikan, of Noblesville, Kate (Spoor) and husband Kris Kingery, of Brownsburg, and Chelsea Spoor, of Brownsburg; great-grandchildren, Millie, Sam and Meggie Setmeyer, of Noblesville, and Ella, Caroline and Amelia Kingery, of Brownsburg; sister-in-law, Irene Ritenour, of Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Fulton County Animal Adoption & Education Center or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

 

Lois Heeter Baldwin

          Lois (Heeter) BALDWIN, 97, died Monday at the Hospice Center in Tucson, Ariz.

          Survivors include her three children, Wilma Melchiorre, of Tucson, Ariz., William D. Baldwin, of Rochester, and Roxanna Smith, of Clermont, Fla.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, Leiters Ford, with visitation one hour prior to the service in the church.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Barbara J. Butcher

          Barbara J. BUTCHER, 77, Rochester, died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include three daughters, Debra Bess Butcher, of Hebron, Tammy Anne Butcher, of Rochester, and Jacqueline Rodriguez, of Rochester; and three sons, Tommy H. Butcher, of Charlotte, Ill., Claude David Butcher, of Westmont, Ill., and Patrick Timothy Butcher, of Chicago, Ill.

          Private family services will be held in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Flossie Virginia Smith Cover

          Flossie Virginia Smith COVER, 89, formerly of Denver and Peru, died at 1 a.m. Saturday at North Woods Village in Kokomo.

          Survivors include children, Geda Garling, of Twelve Mile, Ernest Leon Jones, of Baxter, Tenn., and Jerry Lee Jones, of Monticello; and siblings, Herman Bud Smith, of Columbia City, Ernest Smith, of Cooeville, Tenn., Aaron Smith, of Peru, and Mary Sue Goodman, of Peru.

          Funeral services are at 6 p.m. today at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4-6 p.m. today in the funeral home.

 

Billy Robert ‘Bill’ Gupton

          Billy Robert "Bill" GUPTON, 79, Winamac, formerly of Kewanna, died at 11:09 a.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Brian K. Johnson

May 8, 1965 - Feb. 22, 2012

          Brian K. JOHNSON, 46, of Culver, passed away Wednesday at Hospice House in Elkhart.

          Brian was born on May 8, 1965, to Robert and Donna Johnson, into all the torment and love that comes with being the youngest of five children. He graduated from Culver High School in 1983 as a proud trombonist for the marching band and a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed playing softball, tennis, bowling, golf and volleyball; always seeking to share this enthusiasm with others, he later served as the tennis coach for Culver Community High School for several years. As a spectator, he was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.

          Brian was a spring maker at Winamac Coil for 24 years and recently worked for Midwest Spring in Mentone. Brian loved cooking and had a special love for all things deep-fried; he owned a deep fryer just to make sure that his pre-cooked fries were saturated in a satisfactory amount of grease. He harbored a firm belief that the cure for all things was a big, greasy cheeseburger.

          Brian left behind his mother, Donna Johnson, of Culver; sister, Cynthia (Dennis) Reichard, of Rochester; brothers, Robert (Helen) Johnson Jr., of Michigan City, and Kevin Johnson and Sven Johnson, of Culver; and daughters, Kathleen, Hannah, Haley and Olivia, of Walton.

          He left his shoes by the door and his closet open; he left his favorite sweatshirt on the back of his chair. He left an empty seat at Christmases and graduations and weddings. He left an absence large enough to touch the lives of everyone he loved and everyone who loved him; he left years he had yet to live.

          Anyone who knew Brian will never forget him. He was a friend to everyone, short trips to the grocery turned into long excursions just by conversing with whoever he ran into, whether he knew them or not. He could lose hours driving around the lake and loved to go out in thunderstorms just to look at the lightning, probably singing along to Phil Vassar. He laughed loudly and told the same three jokes to anyone who would listen. He was a force of nature and will be missed with the same fierceness with which he lived.

          A time of sharing memories with the family will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. EDT. The committal and burial will be private.

          Memorials may be given to the Hospice House in Elkhart. Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Joseph Francis Sisti

March 5, 1927 - Feb. 25, 2012

          Joseph Francis SISTI, 84, of Rockford, Ill., passed away Saturday in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, Ill.

          He was born March 5, 1927, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Lewis and Mary Sisti. He married Josephine Gallina in Rockford, Ill., on June 5, 1954. He worked for Barber Coleman, and he then worked for many years as a metallurgist for Camcar Textron where he advanced to position of vice president of quality control. Joseph was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II. A member of Holy Family Catholic Church, he also was a member of the Rockford Art Guild and the American Society of Metallurgical Engineers. He graduated West High, class of 1945, and also was a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Joseph played the trumpet for the VFW Drum & Bugle Corps, which later became (predecessor) to the Phantom Regiment.

          Survivors include his wife, Josephine; four children, Jeff (Frances), of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jon (Kelly), of Wytheville, Va., Jeannine (Patrick) Plath, of Poplar Grove, and Janelle (John) Jones, of Round Lake Beach; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

          Services will be Thursday in Rockford, Ill. For more information, go to www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 

Leslie A. Hodges

Sept. 7, 1969 - Feb. 26, 2012

          Leslie A. HODGES, 42, of Pierceton, died on Sunday at 5:35 p.m. at her home from injuries she suffered in a farm machinery accident.

          Leslie was born the daughter of James Hodges and Toni Burnett Wheeler on Sept. 7, 1969, at Plymouth, and was a resident of the area all her life. She was a graduate of Triton High School with the Class of 1988. She was also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and loved her two dogs, "Jack" and "Peeps," and her horses. She worked at D&T Transportation of Goshen, delivering RVs.

          She is survived by her father, James and Deb Hodges, of Rochester; her mother, Toni Wheeler, of Pierceton; step-father, Joe Wheeler, of Elkhart; her brother, Wesley Hodges, of Tippecanoe; four step-brothers, Larry "Pete" and wife Jill Thompson, of Bourbon, Chad and wife Missy Thompson, of Warsaw, Jeremy Wheeler, of Elkhart, and Chris Mooney, of Fort Wayne. Additional family include her maternal grandmother, Ann Burnett, of Warsaw, Susan (Bill) Harr, Lonny (Norma) Hodges, Dustin (Jennifer) Hollar, Billy Harr, Pat Hodges, and Patrick Jr., and Chase, Dana and Shelby.

          Leslie was preceded in death by her brother, James "Jimmy" Hodges, December of 2010; and Grandma Mary and Norman Hodges.

          The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon, IN 46504. A graveside service will follow at approximately 2 p.m. in the Parks Hill Cemetery, Bourbon.

          The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Kosciusko County Animal Welfare League in her memory.

          Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at deatonclemensfh.com.

 

Barbara Pilachowski

          Barbara PILACHOWSKI, 85, Rochester, died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Thursday, March 1, 2012

 

Marcia (Peter) Cook

          Marcia (Peter) COOK, 62, Logansport, died at 9:33 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her father and mother, Fred and Viola Peter, of Logansport; brother, Dennis Peter, of Macy; and sister, Melanie Wickersham, of Kokomo.

          Services are at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with visitation one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Carol ‘Jean’ Cooper

          Carol Jean COOPER, 82, 6600 N. 450 East, Rochester, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Cooper, of Rochester; and three sons, Virgil Cooper, of Foley, Ala., Bob Cooper, of Tippecanoe, and Rick Cooper, of Mentone.

          Services are at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.

 

William Dale Hostetler

          William Dale HOSTETLER, 82, Mexico, Ind., died at 2 a.m. Monday at the Caring Hands, Peru.

          Survivors include three children, Richard D. Hostetler, of Peru, Brenda D. McLeod, of Pineville, La., and Jerry W. Hostetler, of Sharpsville; and one brother, Robert Noel Hostetler, of Sharpsville.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 3-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

 

Thomas J. Miller Sr.

          Thomas J. MILLER Sr., 52, New Albany, died Tuesday.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

James A. Yarbrough

          James A. YARBROUGH, 59, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

          Services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Friday, March 2, 2012

 

Carol ‘Jean’ Cooper

Aug. 9, 1929 - Feb. 29, 2012

          Mrs. Carol Jean COOPER, 82, of 6600 N. 450 East, Rochester, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born in Rochester on Aug. 9, 1929, to Harley and Essie Flagg Cooper.

          On April 18, 1953, Jean and Virgil L. Cooper were married in Jamestown. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1996. Their union produced five children and later, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were added to the family tree.

          Jean was the office manager for the Wilson's Corn Products in Rochester for over 30 years. She loved all sports, but IU basketball was number one. Watching Westerns was also a favorite pastime.

          Jean will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Tammy Cooper, of Rochester; and three sons, Virgil Cooper and wife Cynthia, of Foley, Ala., Bob Cooper, of Tippecanoe, and Rick Cooper, of Mentone. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Timmy; and a brother, Bobby Cooper.

          A celebration of the life of Carol Jean Cooper will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Richland Center Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Orma Elizabeth (Betty) Lowe

May 26, 1915 - March 1, 2012

          A former Rochester resident, Betty passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Paul Atchley, in Montrose, Colo., on March 1, 2012.

          She was born in Denver, Miami County, Ind., on May 26, 1915, to Edward and Flora (Delp) Benedict. She married Harold Earl Lowe on Feb. 4, 1940. He died on Feb. 1, 1985, in Rochester, Ind.

          She is survived by her daughter, Patricia L. Atchley and her husband Paul, of Montrose, Co.; and her son, Robert P. Lowe and his wife Mary Ellen, of Rochester, Ind. She has five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Benedict and wife Kay, of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a sister, Rachel McGuire and husband Lyman, of Denver, Ind.

          Preceding in death were her parents; husband; three sisters, Gladys Rody, Edna Meeker and Helen Sarver; and two brothers, William Benedict and Frank Benedict.

          Betty was a 50-year member of the Order of The Eastern Star, Rochester, Ind., Chapter No. 70, and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and the Green Oak Community Club in Rochester, Ind.

          There will be a private family service at the IOOF Cemetery in Rochester, Ind.

 

Thomas J. Miller Sr.

          Thomas James MILLER Sr., 52, New Albany, formerly of Rochester, died at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Memorial Hospital of Jeffersonville.

          Survivors include his son, Thomas "TJ" Miller Jr., of Cameron, N.C.; mother, Gloria Knox, of Rochester; three sisters, Brenda Popovich, of Springfield, Mo., Angel Skidmore, of Rochester, and Pamela Daulton, of Rochester; and one brother, Daniel Miller Sr., of Rochester.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 9-11 a.m. on Monday in the funeral home.

 

Barbara Pilachowski

Aug. 5, 1927 - Feb. 28, 2012

          Mrs. Barbara PILACHOWSKI, 84, of 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 5, 1927, to Leo and Barbara Becker. On April 7, 1945, Barbara married the love of her life, Jerome Pilachowski. He preceded on March 27, 1979.

          Barbara was a homemaker, a Girl Scout Leader, and very active in the Ladies Group at St. John's Catholic Church of Glenwood, Ill. She moved to Rochester about a year ago from Matteson, Ill.

          Cruising the country on their Harley Davidson, Barbara and her loving husband enjoyed traveling in every state. Barbara was often see on her red Honda, until she gave it up at age 65. She had many affiliations with motorcycle clubs and was also a member of Mooseheart of Homewood, Ill.

          Barbara will be lovingly remembered by a daughter, Barbara Morgan, of Radcliff, Ky.; and two sons, Jerome Pilachowski and wife Donna, of Park Forrest, Ill., and Roy Pilachowski and companion Lori Alterson, of Rochester. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Ann Marie, Albert, Nicholas, Kelley, Jeremy, Nicole and Joshua; and seven great-grandchildren, Lilly Sky, Alyssa, Ashley, Karen, Nicole, Nicholas and Andrea; and a brother, Leo Becker.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Eleanor Filipek; and a brother, Richard Becker, in infancy.

          A celebration of the life of Barbara Pilachowski will be at 10 a.m. CST on Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church in Glenwood, Ill. Friends may visit with the family from 3-8 p.m. CST today in the Tews Funeral Home, 18230 Dixie Highway, Homewood, Ill. Interment will be in the Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Ill.

          Local arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, Ind. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Richard J. (Dick) Weiland

          Richard J. (Dick) John  WEILAND, 79, formerly of Plymouth, died at 7:20 p.m. Feb. 10, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. No visitation will take place.

 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

 

Thomas J. Miller Sr.

March 5, 1959 - Feb. 28, 2012

          Mr. Thomas James MILLER Sr., 52, of New Albany, formerly of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Memorial Hospital of Jeffersonville.

          Tom was born in Rochester on March 5, 1959, to Arden and Gloria Alspach Miller. Growing up in Rochester, he shared his childhood with three sisters and a brother. He was a member of the Rochester High School Class of 1977.

          In his teenage years, he was introduced to the fine art of antiquing. Later he opened and operated his own antique shop in New Albany. Tom also was a volunteer at the local food pantry.

          He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Thomas "TJ" Miller Jr. and wife Rose, of Cameron, N.C.; two grandchildren, Haley Miller and Peyton Miller, of Cameron, N.C.; his mother, Gloria Knox, of Rochester; three sisters, Brenda Popovich and husband Mike, of Springfield, Mo., Angel Skidmore and husband Travis, of Rochester; and Pamela Daulton and husband Dave, of Rochester; a brother, Daniel Miller Sr., of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

          A celebration of the life of Thomas J. Miller Sr. will be at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Rodney Utter officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 a.m. on Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Reichter Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Tom's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Curtis C. Rowland

          Curtis C. ROWLAND, 82, Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw, formerly of Mentone, died at 7:26 a.m. Friday at his residence.

          Survivors include two sisters, Claribell Ressler, of Columbia City, and June Wilson, of Mattawan, Mich.; and one brother, Walter Rowland, of Tennessee.

          Services are at 7 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, March 5, 2012

 

Diane Lynn Fisher

          Diane Lynn FISHER, 53, Peru, died at 12:49 a.m. Tuesday at her cousins' home near Chili.

          She is survived by one brother, Mark Allen Fisher, of Plainfield.

          Private memorial services will take place at a later date.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Zook

          Sarah Elizabeth ZOOK, 93, Peru, and formerly of Wabash, died at 6 a.m. Monday in her residence.

          Survivors include four sons, LeRoy Bakehorn, James Bakehorn, John Bakehorn and Thomas Bakehorn; and one daughter, Kimberly Bakehorn.

          Services will take place at a later date.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

 

William ‘Bill’ Barnett

          William "Bill" BARNETT, 84, died Jan. 23.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo (Sowers); daughter, Debra; and sons, Mark and Gary.

          Services were held Feb. 19 in Orange City, Fla.

 

Billy Robert ‘Bill’ Gupton Sr.

March 20, 1932 - Feb. 26, 2012

          Billy Robert "Bill" GUPTON Sr., 79, of Winamac, formerly of Kewanna, left us at 11:09 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

          Born March 20, 1932, in Hickory Point, Tenn., he was the son of the late Russell H. and Effie (Dyce) Gupton. On April 3, 1989, he married Vicki Vice Heath, and she survives.

          Bill was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War. Bill was a retired road construction worker and teamster, and he also formerly worked for Leiters Ford State Bank. Bill enjoyed fishing, and playing guitar and banjo. He loved bluegrass and country music.

          He was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 1728 in Winamac, a member of the American Legion of Texarkana, Texas, AmVets of Monticello, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the IBT and AFL-CIO.

          Survivors include his wife, Vicki Gupton, of Winamac; son, Bill R. Gupton Jr. and common law spouse Ursula Vogel-Leitner, residing in Ulm, Germany; daughter, Deborah R. Serbousek and husband Steve, of Iron River, Wis.; stepson, Philip R. Heath and wife Christy, of Hurst, Texas; and sister, Betty Jean Ross, of Clarksville, Tenn. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Sarah Ann Gupton, of Massachusetts, Sarah Jayne Gupton, of Hopfgarten, Germany, Tiffany Gunderson and husband Michael, and Michael Serbousek and wife Pam, both of Superior, Wis., and Damon Crenshaw, of Hurst, Texas. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Bill was also survived by his beloved dog, Cody.

          He was also preceded in death by infant daughter, Barbara Jean Gupton; sisters, Mildred Collette Gupton and Rosemary Hodges; mother-in-law, Florence Thomas; and former spouses, Lillian (Stone) Gupton and Judith Ann Health.

          Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor Thomas Woodley officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside services and military rites will be performed at 2 p.m. Thursday at Marion National Cemetery in Marion.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the LCMS Ministry; to the Armed Forces, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295; and/or St. Luke Lutheran Church, 721 S. Market St., Winamac, IN 46996. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be sent to the Gupton family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

Elsie Zaffore Barnett

          Elsie Zaffore BARNETT, age 89, formerly of Rochester, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home in Lynden, Wash., March 2, 2012.

          Elsie was a retired LPN, member of the Eastern Star, and loved her family and fishing.

          Preceding her in death were her husbands, Thomas Barnett and Nachenzio (Duke) Zaffore; stepsons, Thomas Barnett and Curtis Barnett.

          She is survived by her stepdaughters, Sue (Moe) McGowen and Shirley (Al) Stoner, both of Rochester; her children, Cynthia Henricks Zaffore, of Lynden, Wash., James (Betty) Angel, of Teotopolis, Ill., and Thomas Zaffore, of Hendersonville, Tenn. She also is survived by several step-grandchildren and grandchildren, including Tony Zaffore, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Janee Angel (Hary Khano), of Antwerp, Belgium; and several step-great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Phoebe Khano, of Antwerp, Belgium.

          At her request there will not be a funeral or public memorial service. Donations in her memory may be made to Bison Quarterback Club, 210 Glenwood Drive, Goodletsville, TN 37072; or the American Heart Association; or a charity of your choice.

 

Don L. Martin

          Don L. MARTIN, 66, 705 22nd Ave. West, Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Akron, died Tuesday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending.

 

Vernice N. Rhodes

          Vernice N. RHODES, 84, 315 Fulton Ave., Rochester, died at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Rogers, of Rochester, Kimberly England, of Vandalia, Ohio, and Michelle Hubenthal, of Logansport; and one son, Dale Lynn Rhodes, of Cilena, Ohio.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 12-2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

 

Phyllis Lou Woodward

          Phyllis Lou WOODWARD, 82, Monterey, died at 11:12 p.m. Sunday at the Heart Center of Indiana in Indianapolis.

          Survivors include daughters, Sherry Hunneshagen and Renita Potthoff, of Monterey, and Kim Woodward, of Plano, Texas.

          Mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Monterey, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 


Thursday, March 8, 2012

 

Arthur R. Craig

June 24, 1921 - March 7, 2012

          Mr. Arthur Ross CRAIG, 90, formerly of Akron, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Wynnfield Crossing of Rochester.

          He was born in Rochester on June 24, 1921, to Merle and Florence Ross Craig. On Jan. 26, 1947, Arthur married Shirley A. Howard in Rochester. She preceded on Sept. 30, 1997.

          Art proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was the manager of the Peabody Seating Company of North Manchester. He was very active in the Democratic party. Art served as the Fulton County Surveyor, was a member of the Akron Cemetery Board and was on the Fulton County Housing Board. He was a member of the Akron Church of God and the Masonic Lodge No. 79.

          Art enjoyed yard work and gardening and was often seen working on the church's lawn. He liked to travel to different cities to visit family and friends. As a Notre Dame fan he cheered on the Irish basketball and football teams.

          He is survived by three nieces, Sandra Burch, of North Manchester, Ann Kreider, of Yardley, Pa., and Paula Foellinger, of Noblesville; and a nephew, Craig Schaller, of Indianapolis. He is also survived by nine great-nieces and nephews and 13 great-great-nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a sister, Maxine Schaller.

          A celebration of the life of Arthur Craig will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Akron Church of God, 301 West St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. on Friday in the church and one hour prior to the service in the church on Saturday. A Masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1343. He will be laid to rest in the Akron Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Akron Church of God.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Dorothy L. ‘Dottie’ Weaver

          Dorothy L. "Dottie" WEAVER, 91, Hickory Creek at Rochester and formerly of 1821 W. Indiana 14, died Wednesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

David Allen Terhune

          Pastor Dave TERHUNE, 62, 3601 Manitou Park Road, Rochester, died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Susan; daughter, Nicole Terhune, of Indianapolis; two sons, Rev. Brad Terhune, of Marion, and Clayton Terhune, of Dallas, Texas; parents, Tom and Dorothy Terhune, of Bluffton; a sister, Kim Smith, of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Keith Terhune, of Olympia, Wash., and Kent Terhune, of Bluffton.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Monday in the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, Plymouth.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Venice N. Rhodes

May 9, 1927 - March 6, 2012

          Mrs. Vernice N. RHODES, 84, of 315 Fulton Ave., Rochester, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Vernice was born in Rochester on May 9, 1927, the daughter of Wilbur and Lillie Opple Craig. Growing up she shared her childhood as the youngest of seven children, including three sisters and three brothers. A lifetime Fulton County resident, Vernice was a proud Rochester High School graduate; a member of the Class of 1945.

          On March 8, 1946, Vernice and Dale Rhodes were married in Rochester. Their union of 58 years produced three daughters and a son. The family tree flourished with the addition of 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

          As a homemaker, Vernice was busy taking care of her family. She thoroughly enjoyed knitting afghans and baby blankets for the newest additions to the family tree. Sewing clothing was also a talent of hers. She liked to stay in touch by visiting with her friends.

          A loyal and devoted member of the Riverview Community Church, Vernice was also active at the Area V Senior Center. She kept in shape by attending exercise class. As a member of the Woodlawn Ladies Auxiliary, she volunteered at the Woodlawn Hospital for 42 years.

          Vernice is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Sandra Rogers, of Rochester, Kimberly England and husband Robert, of Vandalia, Ohio, and Michelle Hubenthal and husband Todd, of Logansport; a son, Dale Lynn Rhodes and wife Karen, of Celina, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Dale, on Oct. 25, 2004; three sisters, Esther Bowen, Mildred Wagoner and Mable Wagoner; and three brothers, Devon Craig, Lloyd Craig and Raymond Craig.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Vernice N. Rhodes will be at 2 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Rev. Rod Ruberg officiating. Friends may visit with Vernice's family from noon-2 p.m. today in the funeral home. She will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Dale at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Riverview Community Church. You may wish to sign her guest book or light a candle honoring her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


Friday, March 9, 2012

 

David Allen Terhune

Jan. 17, 1950 - March 7, 2012

          Pastor Dave TERHUNE, 62, of 3601 Manitou Park Road, Rochester, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday at his residence.

          Dave was born in Bluffton on Jan. 17, 1950, to Thomas "Big Tom" and Dorothy Steffen Terhune. The oldest of the Terhune kids, Dave shared his childhood with two brothers, Keith and Kent, and a sister, Kim. He was a 1968 graduate of Bluffton High School. During his high school years, Dave met Susan Captain, and they quickly became high school sweethearts. Their relationship evolved into a lifelong commitment when on Aug. 8, 1970, Dave and Susan married. Their marriage of more than 41 years produced three wonderful children, Brad, Clayton and Nicole. Later came the added blessing of four grandchildren, Rachel, Daniel, Sarah and Andrew, all dearly loved by their papa.

          As a young man just out of high school, patriotism beckoned him. Dave answered the call as a member of the U.S. Air National Guard. During his six-week boot camp he shared platoon membership with former U.S. President George W. Bush. During his stint he served as a jet engine mechanic. Returning to Bluffton, he worked as a radio dispatcher for the Bluffton Police Department. It was their requirement that dispatchers be trained at the Ft. Wayne Police Academy so dispatchers could also work patrol. Officer Terhune enjoyed working the beat, and began his lifelong adventure serving humanity when he initiated the Police Athletic League Club. The PAL Club helped more than 200 kids daily, keeping them off the streets with a variety of gym activities from kickboxing to basketball to occupy their time, and crime rate was reduced by more than 40 percent.

          Answering a call to serve the ministry in 1975, Dave took classes at Taylor University while accepting a two-point charge, pastoring at the Petroleum United Methodist Church and the Phoenix United Methodist Church, both in central Indiana near Upland. Following his graduation from Taylor in 1981, Pastor Dave and Susan returned to Bluffton with great enthusiasm and started the Sonlight Wesleyan Church. The congregation grew as it answered the spiritual needs for many of the community members.

          In 1984, Pastor Dave and Susan were sent to Bedford, Texas, where they founded the second Sonlight Wesleyan Church. With the church up and going, they followed their hearts back to the Midwest and he became the assistant pastor of Kentwood Community Church in Kentland, Mich. With a desire to lead, unlimited energy and an evangelical spirit, Pastor Dave and Susan were led to Plymouth. For the next nine years they transformed the Plymouth Wesleyan Church into a dynamic house of worship.

          After leaving the Plymouth area, Pastor Dave served as the senior pastor of the Lakeview Wesleyan Church in Marion for four years and then spent seven years leading the Park Place Wesleyan Church in St. Petersburg, Fla.

          As grandchildren were born and retirement years were getting closer, Dave and Susan began to feel the pull back to Indiana. After months of prayer and direction from the Lord, he gave his notice in May of 2009 to return to Indiana and start a new Wesleyan Church in Rochester, which he would simply name The Cross.

          From the humble beginnings at the Rochester Middle School to Alejandra's Banquet Hall to a final church home at the corner of Third and Main, the Lord has been at work through this faithful servant. With a heart for the community and those in need, The Cross is a blessed church that gives back. The Harbor House, the Just Work It Out program, the Jail Ministry and Matthew's Market are the four outreach ministries dear to the pastor's heart.

          A little known fact about Pastor Dave is not long ago he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University for his unselfish work, leadership with a vision and purpose in the area of humanities. Our community is a better place with the innovative ideas that were implemented and became reality because of this pastor.

          A great humanitarian, his influence has a ripple effect that has impacted thousands of lives. He will long be remembered for his compassionate heart and genuine love for Jesus. He lived his life with a passion to win souls for the Lord. He often quoted and encouraged people to live by his favorite prayer/poem:

          Others

 

          Lord, help me to live from day to day,

          In such a self-forgetful way.

          That even when I kneel to pray,

          My prayer shall be for ... Others.

 

          Others, Lord, yes others

          Let this my motto be.

          Help me live for others,

          That I may live like Thee.

         

          Dave is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend, Susan; a daughter, Nicole Terhune, of Indianapolis; two sons, Rev. Brad Terhune and wife Kari and their children, Rachel, Daniel, Sarah and Andrew, of Marion, and son Clayton Terhune and fiance Mackenzie Depferd, of Dallas, Texas; parents, Tom and Dorothy Terhune, of Bluffton; a sister, Kim Smith, of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Keith Terhune and wife Patty, of Olympia, Wash., and Kent Terhune, of Bluffton.

          He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Louis and Doris Captain.

          Pastor Dave would like to share the plan of Salvation with you, one more time ...

• All of us have sinned - Romans 3:23

• The cost of Sin is separation from God - Romans 6:23

•We all must be Born Again - John 3:3

• We must believe Jesus is the Savior, and we must receive him into our life - John 1:12

•Ask Him to love you, start living for – JESUS

          A celebration of the life of David Terhune will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, 11203 S. Michigan St., Plymouth, with Sheriff Walker Conley, Pastor Don Bayne and Pastor John Branch officiating. There will be no visitation.

          In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to The Cross Benevolent Fund, 100 W. Third St., Rochester, IN 46975, to assist the needy, feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

          The arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to Pastor Dave's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Dorothy L. Weaver

          Dorothy L. WEAVER, 91, 1821 Indiana 14 West, Rochester, died at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Survivors include two sons, Daniel A. Weaver, of Terre Haute, and Matthew A. Weaver, of Rochester.

          A mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with visitation from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

 

Don L. Martin

Nov. 13, 1945 - March 6, 2012

          Don L. MARTIN, 66, 705 22nd Ave. West, Bradenton, Fla., died March 6 at his residence.

          Born Nov. 13, 1945, to Lewis and Martha (Sands) Martin. In 1992, he married Terri Stevens. She preceded in death March 2007.

          He was employed by DGP Enterprise Inc. in Bradenton. As a Notre Dame fan he cheered on the "Fighting Irish" and also enjoyed the Boston Celtics.

          Left to cherish his memory include stepsons, Charles (Jolene) Fagin and Scott Stevens; and special niece, Ambyr Young, of Bradenton; sisters, Virginia Baker, of Plymouth, Karen (Eugene) Deeds, and Sue (Virgil) Hudkins, of Rochester; brothers, Ron (Dorothy) Martin, of McAllen, Texas, James (Mary) Fisher, of Rochester, and John (Jeannine) Fisher, of Henderson, Nev.; one grandson, Matthew Taylor; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by parents; wife; brothers, Ralph Martin, Robert Martin, Charles Martin and LeRoy Martin; and nephew, Keenan Martin.

          Memorial services will be held Saturday at God's House, 201 22nd Ave. West, Bradenton, Fla.

 

Joseph Morris

          Joseph Richard MORRIS, 74, 302 Jefferson St. Rochester, died at 6 a.m. Friday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Sharon at home; three daughters, Kathleen Dooley, of Young America, Shirley Smith, of Rochester, and Christine Freet, of Rochester; and sister, Marilyn Halterman, of Rochester.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Shane J. Schumerth

          Shane Jeremiah SCHUMERTH, 28, died in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 6.

          Survivors include his parents, Stephen and Susan Schumerth; brothers, Christopher and Daniel; and sisters, Angela and Amanda.

          A memorial service is at 1 p.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver, with visitation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the church lounge.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Dorothy L “Dottie” Weaver

Nov. 3, 1920 - March 7, 2012

          Mrs. Dorothy L. WEAVER, 91, of 1821 Indiana 14 West, Rochester, passed away at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Dottie was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Nov. 3, 1920, the daughter of Floyd and Carrie Dell Blacketor Estabrook. At the age of 2, Dottie's mother passed away, so her grandparents Jeremiah and Ida Estabrook embraced the opportunity to raise her. Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother, Byron. She attended Woodrow Elementary School during her youth, and with great pride Dottie graduated from Rochester High School with the Class of 1938.

          Dorothy and Arthur were high school classmates and friends. They attended the senior prom as a couple. It was a few years after high school in 1941 that their romance resurfaced and evolved into a serious relationship just prior to Art's departure to serve our country with the U.S. Army during World War II. On July 12, 1944, in Ft. Monroe, Va., Dottie married her best friend and the love of her life, Arthur L. Weaver. Art continued to serve his tour of duty while Dottie served as secretary to the General at the Base at Ft. Monroe. Their union spanned 56 years and produced two handsome sons, Daniel and Matthew. Later the family tree grew with the additions of two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

          Returning home following Art's honorable discharge, Dottie worked as a secretary for the Haskett & Smith Insurance Agency. After seven years, she put her career on hold to tend to motherhood and the arrival of her sons. Dottie was truly dedicated to the men in her life, Art, Dan and Matt. During the years of the A&M Futures, for over 20 years Dottie prepared lunch and delivered it on-site to the office for Art and Matt. Many days she would make pies and cakes that were shared with friends and clients.

          Known for her exceptional culinary skills, Dottie is remembered for her homemade from scratch delicious cherry pie. Family birthday celebrations included custom chocolate cake with treasures strategically placed for the honored member of the day. Her creamy chocolate icing was second to none. Dottie's philosophy was create with a tasteful outcome - her recipes included real butter, whipped cream and other delectable delights. When making pumpkin pie, two official taste testers, Matt and Dan, were always at her side. Blending a double batch of the pie filling, so the boys could enjoyed their half, liking the treat to power shakes of today. Also in demand was her Waldorf Apple salad with homemade mayonnaise and her sweet potato casserole. A Christmas morning tradition included crisp bacon with a glass of Asti.

          Returning to the workforce, many will remember Dottie as the secretary for the law office of attorney J. Murray McCarty. She was dedicated to the law office for 27 years till her retirement at age 69. A nature lover, Dottie enjoyed watching the wildlife that visited her backyard. She fed the birds, deer and squirrels, and was entertained by observing them from her family room window.

          A proud owner of a vast and varied collection of cookbooks, Dottie also enjoyed reading about American Indian history, westerns, suspense, biographies and espionage. To relax, she listened to the music of Robert Goulet, Roger Miller, Roger Whittaker, Johnny Cash and the musical from the "Big Band" era. Eating out was always a treat in more recent years. Her favorites were Alejandra's, Pinder's and The Siding. When she visited Dan and Nancy in Terre Haute, a meal at the Olive Garden was complete with a glass of Italian wine.

          Dorothy is lovingly remembered by her two sons, Daniel A. Weaver and wife Nancy, of Terre Haute, and Matthew A. Weaver and wife Amy, of Rochester; two grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Weaver, of San Diego, Calif., and Samuel Joseph Weaver and wife Jill, of San Antonio, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Leia; and a niece, Jo Anne Kay, of Sebring, Fla. She is also survived by her loyal feline companion, Ebony, a black short-haired domestic cat.

          Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur on Nov. 18, 2000; and a brother, Byron Gerald "Jerry" Estabrook.

          A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Dorothy L. "Dottie" Weaver will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main St., Rochester, with the Rev. Fr. Burt Woolson officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. A prayer service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Dottie will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Art in Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph, 1440 W. Division Road, Tipton, IN 46072. You may sign Dottie's guest book or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Carolyn R. Shelpman

          Carolyn R. SHELPMAN, 71, 314 N. Maple St., Akron, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Richard "Gene" Shelpman, of Akron; son, Wesley Shelpman, of Akron; sister, Agnes Forgey, of Logansport; and brother, Eugene DeWitt, of California.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Teena Martin

          Teena MARTIN, 86, 914 Monticello Road, Rochester, died Friday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, March 12, 2012

 

Joseph R. Morris

June 22, 1937 - March 9, 2012

          Mr. Joseph Richard MORRIS, 74, of 302 Jefferson St., Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 6 a.m. on Friday at his residence.

          Joe was born in Rochester on June 22, 1937, the son of Wallace and Susie Davis Morris. Growing up he shared his childhood with three sisters, Marilyn, Frances and Donna Jean, and a brother, Red. On Dec. 21, 1961, Joe married his best friend and the love of his life, Sharon O'Connell, in Niles, Mich. This past December they celebrated their golden anniversary. Their union produced three beautiful daughters. Through the years, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren were added to the family tree.

          Retiring after 37 and a half years of dedicated service from the Chrysler Transmission Plant of Kokomo, Joe transitioned to more leisurely activities. In his free time he enjoyed following Notre Dame and Indiana University football and basketball. He especially enjoyed tracking IU during the Bobby Knight era. An avid outdoorsman, Joe embraced nature and deer hunting, always looking to bag the trophy of the season.

          Joe is lovingly remembered by his wife, Sharon, at home; three daughters, Kathleen Dooley and husband Freddie, of Young America, Shirley Smith and husband Jeff, and Christine Freet and husband Rob, all of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Holloway and husband Mark, of Rochester, Leah Correll, of China, Joseph "J.C." Correll, Myranda Glant, Sara Spencer, Shawn Freet, and twins Craig Freet and Cory Freet, all of Rochester; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Halterman and husband George, of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

          Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, France Baker and Donna Jean Olinger; a brother, Clifford "Red" Morris; and his two faithful canine companions who've passed over Rainbow Bridge, Gidget the teacup Poodle, and his favorite, Beau, a gray toy Poodle.

          A celebration of the life of Joseph Morris will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Tuesday. Joe will be laid to rest in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial gifts may be made to the Woodlawn Foundation through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family online at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Lynn Sanders

          Lynn SANDERS, 77, Rochester, died at 4:03 a.m. Sunday at Seton Specialty Hospital, Lafayette.

          Survivors include his wife, Clara Sanders, of Rochester; children, Mark Sanders, of West Palm, Fla., Steve Sanders, of Las Vegas, Nev., Chris Sanders, of Las Vegas, Nev., Scotty Sanders, of Florida, Susie Sanders, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gary Medsker, of Rochester; brother, James Sanders, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and sister, Hester Head, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

          No services will be observed.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Carolyn R. Shelpman

July 16, 1940 - March 9, 2012

          Carolyn R. SHELPMAN, 71, 314 N. Maple St., Akron, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Born July 16, 1940, in Cass County, she was the daughter of Harrison and Ruth L. (DePoy) DeWitt. On Dec. 24, 1967, in Las Vegas, Nev., she married Richard E. Shelpman, and he survives.

          Carolyn was a professional babysitter as well as a homemaker. She also looked after the elderly in her later years. Carolyn graduated from Kewanna High School in 1958. She was a collector of eagles.

          Survivors include her husband, Richard "Gene" Shelpman, of Akron; son, Wesley, Shelpman, of Akron; four grandchildren, Wesley II, Alexis, Maverick and Aleesya Shelpman; sister, Agnes and husband Herbert "Bud" Forgey, of Logansport; brother, Eugene and wife Willadean DeWitt, of California; two sisters-in-law, Patricia and husband Bill Vaugen, of Burlington, Ohio, and Margaret DeWitt, of Kewanna; and one brother-in-law, Milo Shriver, of Akron.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Saraetta Shriver; and three brothers, Dallas, Jerry and Bill DeWitt.

          Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with visitation from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Private burial will take place in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Kenneth Stidham

          Kenneth STIDHAM, 78, Monterey, died at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Knox.

          Survivors include daughters, Karen Ketcham, of Culver, and Pamela Hovarter, of Knox; brother, David Stidham, of Hyden, Ky.; and sister, Gladys Bowling, of Hyden, Ky.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Monterey United Methodist Church, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Gladys K. Tunis

          Gladys K. TUNIS, 88, Rochester and formerly of Knox, died Friday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Survivors include daughter, Jeanie Gault, of Rochester; and sister, Lillian Fisher, of North Judson.

          Services are 1 p.m. today at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Knox, with visitation from 11 a.m. till time of service today in the funeral home.

 

Steven R. Bright

          Steven R. BRIGHT, 64, 2127 W. Indiana 110, Rochester, died Sunday.

          Survivors include his wife, Cheryl, at home; two children, Stephanie Marquis, of Amboy, and Darrell Bright, of Rochester; and one sister, Joan Kline, of Bremen.

          Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Walnut Church of the Brethren, Argos, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 

Stephen R. Bright

March 28, 1947-March 11, 2012

          Mr. Steven Richard BRIGHT, 64, of 2127 W. Indiana 110, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday at home.

          Steve was born in Rochester on March 28, 1947, to Richard W. and Frances R. Nellans Bright. Growing up he shared his childhood with his sister, Joan. As a young boy Steve grew to love life on the farm and began developing a solid work ethic. He helped his dad with the chores for the heifers, pigs and chickens. Steve was a member of the Richland Center High School Class of 1965; the last class to graduate before Richland Center consolidated with Rochester Community Schools.

          Following high school, Steve and Cheryl worked at R.R. Donnelly & Sons in Warsaw for a short period of time. On March 6, 1966, high school sweethearts, Steve married his best friend, Cheryl Lynn Hibner, at the Richland Center United Methodist Church with Rev. Edward Miller officiating. This was the same church his grandparents, Clair and Ruth Nellans, attended and his parents Richard and Frances were married in 1943. Their marriage of 46 years produced three children, Kendra stillborn, Darrell and Stephanie. Over the years the family tree grew to include five grandchildren.

          Steve worked at Timbercrest in North Manchester from 1968-1971 while Cheryl attended Manchester College, earning her bachelors in elementary education, and was later awarded her masters in education. On Saturdays, Steve returned to help out with the family farming operation.

          In 1971, Steve joined his father as a full-time farmer. Together they raised replacement heifers and fattened Hampshire hogs for 20 years. Each spring they planted a total of 1,200 acres of wheat, corn and beans. Steve collected antique tractors. He completed major mechanical overhauls on two of his favorite tractors, his Cockshutt 30 and the John Deere B. Steve farmed with Internationals, New Holland, John Deere and Case equipment.

          A farmer for over four decades, Steve cultivated the friendships and garnered the respect of fellow farmers and business associates. He is remembered for good farm records, improvements made to the farm ground, and always maintained to the highest level his farm equipment. One of Steve's strengths was his ability to strategically plan and organize the complete farming operation from planting season to the harvest. He embraced the challenges of improving productivity by employing the advice of his farm advisors, always on the cutting edge and blending family traditions with new ideas. Being meticulous, Steve enjoyed keeping his shop organized, the fence rows clean, and his trucks detailed and polished.

          An avid outdoorsman, Steve's favorite state park campsites were at Potato Creek, Mississinewa and Chain-o-Lakes. There was nothing better than being with friends, drinking coffee or making s'mores by the campfire while under the starlit summer skies. His Walnut Church family was paramount in Steve's eyes. Whether it was sharing some fun on a hayride, roasting hot dogs over the fire, going to Camp Mack or attending Sunday services at Walnut, they were a close-knit group, enjoying many good times together. His Christian walk included serving many years as church Deacon, working on various church boards and teaching Sunday school classes. He is remembered by his friends for consistent treatment of every one.

          Each summer, Steve looked forward to the annual antique power shows in Rochester and Winamac. He listened to the music of the Gaithers and with enthusiasm watched R.F.D. Channel on TV. Steve was very proud of his Lionel model trains and toy collection.

          Steve will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Cheryl, at home; a daughter, Stephanie Marquis and husband Sam, of Amboy; a son, Darrell Bright and wife Dana, of Rochester; five grandchildren, Wyatt, Claire and Ethan Bright, and Madelyn and Alex Marquis; and a sister, Joan Kline and husband Keith, of Bremen. Also surviving are his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, La Verne and Eileen Hibner, of Plymouth, Dr. Dan Hibner M.D., of Rochester, Don and Etta Hibner, of Kewanna, Larry and Carol Smith, of Rochester, and Dr. Robert and Chris Hibner D.V.M., of Green Valley, Calif.; and many loyal farming friends and his faithful Walnut Church family.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kendra Lea, who was born into Heaven in 1975; and brother-in-law, Joe Hibner.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Steven Richard Bright will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Walnut Church of the Brethren, 19056 Gumwood Road, Argos, with Rev. Robert Rice assisted by Valarie Kline officiating. Friends may visit with Steve's family from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

          The family asks that memorial gifts in lieu of flowers be made to The Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 3329 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095, or the Walnut Church of the Brethren. You may wish to sign Steve's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

 

Orren A. Siders

          Orren Agustus SIDERS, Eatonton, Ga., formerly of Kewanna, died at Macon Georgia Hospital Friday.

          Survivors include wife, Sandy LeRoy Siders; brother, Lyle Siders, of Kewanna; and sisters, Wanda Siders, of Patagonia, Ariz., and Freda McGrew, of Rochester.

          Funeral services were Monday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Eatonton, Ga.

 

Arnold E. Powell Sr.

March 15, 1925 - March 12, 2012

          Arnold E. POWELL Sr., 86, of Logansport, passed away at 9:44 a.m. Monday in Rochester.

          Born March 15, 1925, in New Enterprise, Pa., he was the son of Elmer J. and Florence Lane Powell. He was married to Cleda Helsel, who preceded him in death in November of 1984. In Cass County, on July 1, 1985, he married Betty Harmon. She preceded him in death on May 23, 2008.

          A retired mechanic, Arnold was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Army as part of the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II and the Japanese Occupation.

          Arnold was a member of the Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1343 in Rochester.

          Surviving are four daughters, Shirley Powell, of Rochester, Patricia Fitterling, of Leiters Ford, Pauline Paugh, of Wanatah, and Wilma Norris, of Logansport; three sons, Jeffrey (Susan) Powell, Arnold (Jacqui) Powell Jr., both of Rochester, and Robert Shreck, of Ohio; two brothers, Nelson High, of Pennsylvania, and Bill Powell, of Portage; and three sisters, Zelda Dalesio, of Osterburg, Pa., Darlene Smith, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and Doris Campbell, of Austin, Texas.

          He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Powell; two brothers, Robert and Garwood High; and two sisters, Virgie Butler and Nora Musselman.

          Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, with Rev. Carolyn DeWitt officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may call from 11 a.m. Friday until the time of the service in the funeral chapel.

          Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. Light a candle of hope in remembrance of Arnold and view his video tribute at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 

William R. Walters (Bill)

Sept. 11, 1934 - March 11, 2012

          William R. WALTERS (Bill), age 77, passed away Sunday.

          On Sept. 11, 1934, he was born in Rochester, to Robert and Ethel (Rhodes) Walters. William is a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chesterton. He served in the Armed Forces for five years in Ft. Sill, Okla., and Darmstadt, Germany. His special interests are tractors and Barbershop music.

          William married Catherine (Kietzman) on Sept. 9, 1956, in Rochester, who survives along with their children, David (Kim) Walters, of Valparaiso, William M. Walters, of Buffalo, Minn., Joyce Walters, of Victor, Mont., and Denise (Jeff) Severson, of Victor, Mont; grandchildren, Philip Wilson, David, Josh, Brad, Daniel, Hannah Sara and Abby Walters; and sister, Kathryn (Jack) Thompson, of Argos.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Visitation will be Friday from 3-7 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 E. 1100 North, Chesterton, with Rev. Erich Fickel officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery at 700 N. 100 West, Richland Center, at 2 p.m. CST, 3 p.m. EST.

          Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice. You may send online condolences to the family at www.MoellerFuneralHome.com.

 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

 

Tom Miller

          Tom MILLER, 62, Rochester, died Wednesday due to injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Orren A. Siders

June 29, 1945 - March 9, 2012

          Orren Agustus SIDERS, Eatonton, Ga., formerly of Kewanna, died Friday at Macon, Ga.

          Survivors include his wife, Sandy LeRoy Siders; brother, Lyle Siders, of Kewanna; and sisters, Wanda Siders, of Patagonia, Ariz., and Freda McGrew, of Rochester.

          Funeral services were Monday at the Williams Funeral Home Chapel, Eatonton, Ga.

 

Friday, March 16, 2012

 

Lois A. Day

July 21, 1934 - March 14, 2012

          Lois A. DAY, 77, Culver, died at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday in Culver.

          Survivors include her husband, Francis M. Day, of Culver; two sons, Dean Day, of Stillwater, Mass., and Dale Day, of Pretty Lake; one daughter, Linda O'Dell, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and one brother, Don Yeoman, of Fort Wayne.

          Graveside services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Poplar Grove Cemetery, Culver. There will be no visitation.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Dee Harper

          Dee HARPER, 41, 1150 Dogwood Drive, Rochester, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Betty F. Singleton

March 15, 1930 - March 15, 2012

          Betty F. SINGLETON, 82, 910 E. Fourth St., Rochester, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Thursday at her residence.

          She was born on March 15, 1930, in Knox, the daughter of Elmer and Norma (Heater) Riggleman. On Nov. 23, 1946, in Knox, she married Joseph W. Singleton Sr. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1993.

          Mrs. Singleton had worked as a nurse aide at the Knox Hospital, Knox, and Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She had attended the First Church of God, Rochester, and enjoyed playing the guitar and singing at the Senior Center, and painting.

          Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte and husband Robert Massey, of Rochester; son, Joseph W. Singleton Jr. and wife Pam, of Elkhart; grandchildren, Angie Shidler, of Rochester, Andy and wife Alice Arndt, of Rochester, Amy Gilbert, of Rochester, Rick Singleton, of Knox, Michelle Reid, of Elkhart, and Shane and wife Crystal Singleton, of Goshen; great-grandchildren, Dustin and wife Amanda Shidler, of Rochester, Lacey Shidler, of Rochester, Joey Shidler, of Rochester, Brandy Arndt, of Kewanna, Mike Arndt, of Rochester, Kirsten Arndt, of Rochester, Mellissa and husband Joe Carpenter, of Rochester, James Gilbert, of Kewanna, Kathleen Paul, of Winamac, Brandon Singleton, of Knox, Kayla Singleton, of Knox, Hannah Singleton, of Goshen, Cody Singleton, of Goshen, and Trevor Reid, of Michigan; great-great-grandchildren, Joey Carpenter, of Rochester, and Cadie Shidler, of Rochester; and sister, Sadie Miller, of Kewanna; and also survived by her dachshund companion, Patty.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; seven sisters; and one brother.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Dolly Bowen officiating. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to zimmbermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

 

Betty L. Carr

          Betty L. CARR, 81, South Bend, formerly of Akron, died at 6:16 p.m. Thursday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Glendora Hamilton

July 16, 1924 - March 16, 2012

          Glendora HAMILTON, 87, 15961 E. 100 South, Silver Lake, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Born July 16, 1924, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Charles and Esther (Yarian) Gearhart. On July 26, 1943, she married Delbert M. Hamilton, and he passed away on May 23, 1985.

          She was a farm wife and a homemaker. Glendora graduated from Akron High School. She attended the Akron Church of God. She worked religiously with the food pantry at the church. She enjoyed reading and plastic canvas.

          Survivors include her daughter, Judy and husband Mark Wilcox, of Silver Lake; four grandchildren, Christopher Wilcox and Renee Cooper, of Akron, Heather and husband John Wildermuth, of Macy, Stephanie and husband Scott Sterk, of Silver Lake, and Lynette and husband Ryan Pritchett, of Silver Lake; six great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Grant Wildermuth, Eli, Anna and Katie Sterk, and Luke Pritchett; sister, Gertrude Walker, of Chili; and brother, Robert Gearhart, of North Manchester.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Freda Beigh; and two brothers, Lee Gearhart and Gerald Gearhart.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Burial will take place in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the food pantry at the Akron Church of God. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Virginia Gady Kinsel

          Service for Virginia Gady KINSEL, 85, Rochester, who died Jan. 23, 2012, will be held at 2 p.m. March 25, at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, March 19, 2012

 

Dorothy G. Blalock

July 29, 1918 - March 16, 2012

          Dorothy G. BLALOCK, 93, 3803 S. 950 West, Mentone, died at 9 p.m. Friday at Mason Health Care.

          Survivors include her husband, Tobie H. Blalock, of Mentone; one daughter, Kathy McGowen, of Bremen; and two sons, Barry Blalock, of Kokomo, and Dennis Blalock, of Burket.

          Services are at 6 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 4-6 p.m.

 

Betty J. Eikenberry

          Betty J. EIKENBERRY, 82, Lake Placid, Fla., formerly of Rochester, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Highlands Regional Medical Center, Sebring, Fla.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Betty Lou Carr

June 14, 1930 - March 15, 2012

          Betty Lou CARR, 81, formerly of Akron, passed away at 6:13 p.m. Thursday.

          Born June 14, 1930, in Logansport, she was the daughter of John A. Randolph and Mary K. (Albright) Randolph. She has been a part of the Akron community since 1990. On Feb. 27, 1954, in Logansport, she married Ralph A. Carr, who died in 1989.

          She was a farmer's wife. When living in Logansport, she attended Grace Lutheran Church, and presently attends Granger Community Church.

          Survivors include one daughter, Catherine (spouse John) Davenport, of South Bend; two sons, Stephen Carr, of Andover, Mass., and Randall (spouse Lori) Carr, of Rochester; daughter-in-law, DeLure Carr, of Noblesville; sister-in-law, Maureen Randolph, of Kokomo; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, James Lee Carr, in 2009; brothers, Robert Randolph, Richard Randolph, Raymond Randolph and Francis Randolph; sister, Maxine Singleton; and great-grandson, Brayden Carr.

          Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Olive Bethel Church of God, with Rev. Larry Pyeatt officiating. Burial will be at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Olive Bethel Church of God, 12998 W. 1000 South, Akron, IN 46910.

          Arrangements by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome@gmail.com.

 

Patrick McCarty

          Patrick McCARTY, 50, Rochester, died Saturday.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tom W. Miller

Oct. 5, 1949 - March 14, 2012

          Tom W. MILLER, 62, 1844 E. 300 South, Rochester, died Wednesday due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

          Survivors include his mother, Jean Miller; sister, Eileen Fellers; and brother, Charlie Miller, all of Rochester.

          Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Private family services will take place Wednesday.

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

 

Vickie A. (Branson) Bruce

March 5, 1957 - March 18, 2012

          Vickie A. (Branson) BRUCE, 55, of Star City, returned home to heaven at 4:54 p.m. Sunday at her residence.

          Born March 5, 1957, in Hammond, she was the devoted daughter of Carl and Patricia (Hurlburt) Branson. On March 25, 1983, she married her soulmate, Daniel L. Bruce. He survives.

          She was a 1975 graduate of Griffith High School. Vickie earned her degree in interior design in 1977. She later returned to school and graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in social services.

          She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Winamac, Literacy Partners Board of Directors and the Indiana Head Start Association.

          She was the proud mother of her children and beloved Nana to her grandchildren. She loved spending time with family and friends. She dedicated her life to helping others and volunteering with the Relay for Life and Toys for Tots. She also served as Girl Scout Troop Leader for 12 years and also worked as a literacy tutor since 1990. Vickie was IPIN Parent Liaison, INSOURCE Regional Parent Advocate and worked the Pulaski County Head Start providing services, training and resources to local families since 1990.

          Survivors include her husband, Daniel Bruce; mother, Patricia Branson, of Griffith; son, Robert Bruce (Samantha); and daughter, Dana Marie Gilbert (Bob Reutebuch), all of Star City; brother, Terry L. Branson (Tammy), of New Jersey; and father and mother-in-law, Edward and Donna Gates, of Florida. She is also survived by grandchildren, Dorine Lynn, Dylan Cole, Haylee Marie, Lauren Elizabeth and Daniel James, and several nieces and nephews.

          Vickie was a loyal friend and will be missed by many.

          Those welcoming her home in heaven are her father, Carl Leon Branson; brother, Carl Wayne Branson; paternal grandparents, William L. and Blanch N. (Ott) Branson; and maternal grandparents, Lovell J. and Frances C. (Engle) Hurlburt.

          Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Spring St., Winamac, with Pastor Matt Landry officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Bruce family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Delberta ‘Dee’ Dickie Harper

March 1, 1971 - March 15, 2012

          Delberta "Dee" Dickie HARPER, 41, Rochester, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, Don, at home; four daughters, Mellisha Rensberger, Ashlee Harper, Brittany Card and Jon-Tae Harper, all of Rochester; three sons, Elija Harper, of Silver Lake, Patrick Card, of Gladwin, Mich., and Adriel Harper, of Rochester; mother, Lillie Dickie Miller; and three brothers, Elroy Dale, of Wide Ruins, Ariz., Delbur Dickie, of Wabash, and Del D. Dickie, of Rochester.

          Services are 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 1-3 p.m.

 

Brian Charles Dalton

Sept. 15, 1961 - March 18, 2012

          Brian Charles DALTON, 50, Westport, died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday at the Hospice of South Central Indiana inpatient facility in Columbus.

          Survivors include two daughters, Ashley Dalton, of Montezuma, and Candace Dalton, of Arkansas; and one brother, Bradley Thomas Dalton, of Petaluma, Calif.

          There will be no services.

          Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hathaway-Myers Chapel, Columbus.

 

Marvin Owens Czapansky

June 12, 1928 - March 18, 2012

          Marvin Owens CZAPANSKY, 83, died at 9:45 a.m. EST on Sunday at Hamilton Grove Communities.

          Survivors include his wife, Eunice "Evon" Czapansky, of Rolling Prairie; and one daughter, Wendy Mrozinski, of La Porte.

          Private family service will be held.

          Essling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Patrick Brian McCarty

Oct. 13, 1961 - March 17, 2012

          Patrick Brian McCARTY, 50, 4461 Boicourt, Rochester, died at 12:47 p.m. Saturday.

          Survivors include his wife, Cindy, at home; three sons, Bradley Scott McCarty, of Huntington, Brian Patrick McCarty, of Logansport, and L.B. Mongosa, of Macy; two daughters, Mindy Townsend, of Macy, and Trina Bright, of Plainwell, Mich.; mother, Janet Johnson, of Nyona Lake; father, Donald McCarty, of Logansport; and two sisters, Kim Reid, of Logansport, and Kristi Boyd, of Noblesville.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service on Friday in the funeral home.

 

Tom W. Miller

Oct. 5, 1949 - March 14, 2012

          Tom W. MILLER, 62, 1844 E. 300 South, Rochester, died Wednesday due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

          Tom was born on Oct. 5, 1949, in Plymouth, to Clem H. and Jean (Neidlinger) Miller. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1968. He went on to earn a degree in agronomy from Purdue University in 1972. After college, he returned to Rochester to become a partner in the family farm where he grew up. Tom remained an active farmer until 2011 when his career was sidelined due to illness.

          Tom attended First Baptist Church, Rochester. He enjoyed spending time with his extended family and was an avid fisherman and Purdue fan. Tom also spent many evenings in area gyms watching Zebra basketball. He loved his nieces and nephews and took great pride in their accomplishments, videotaping everything from kindergarten music programs and RHS golf matches to 4-H beef shows. The warmth of spring beckoned Tom to the woods where he searched for sponge morel delicacies, coming home with enough to share with the whole family.

          Tom is lovingly remembered by his mother, Jean Miller; sister, Eileen Fellers; and brother, Charlie (Katie) Miller; two nieces, Lori Fellers and Sarah Miller, all of Rochester; four nephews, Brad (Kimi) Fellers, of Carmel, Cory Fellers and his companion Sophia, of Beaverton, Oregon, and Joe (Brianne) Miller, and Greg Miller and fiance Katie Holmes, of Rochester; great-nieces and nephew, Courtney Fellers, and Vivian and Grayson Miller; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his two devoted canine companions Shep, the Australian Shepherd blend, and Max, his Labradoodle.

          Tom was preceded in death by his father, Clem H. Miller Jr., April 17, 2008; and brother-in-law, Stephen L. Fellers, April 8, 2000.

          Visitation is on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Private family services will take place Wednesday, with Rev. Dr. Mark Spencer officiating.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Rochester or the First Baptist Church Scholarship fund. You may sign Tom's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

 

Harold Dean Clevenger Sr.

April 13, 1922 - March 11, 2012

          Harold Dean CLEVENGER Sr., 89, formerly of LaPaz and Bremen, died at 1 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Indiana Veterans Home, West Lafayette.

          He was born April 13, 1922, in Rochester, to William Clevenger and Ruth (Richmond) and was raised by his mother and stepfather, Omar Gregory. As an adult, he lived in Kewanna, Inwood, Plymouth, LaPaz and Bremen before retiring to the Indiana Veterans Home in 2007.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Norman, Robert and Harry Gregory; sisters, Netha Croussore and Nettie Fry; a daughter-in-law, Starrene Clevenger; and two great-grandsons, Mason and Christian Trevino-Clevenger.

          Harold is survived by his wife, Charlotte Tomalavicz, at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette; sons, Harold (and Karen), of Walkerton, Larry (Linda), of Inwood, and James (Linda), of Bremen; daughter, Virginia (Gary) Sullivan, of Paulden, Ariz.; stepson, Johann Backer, of Mishawaka; and a sister, Anna Mae Miller, of Rochester. He also is survived by 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

          Memorial donations may be sent in Harold's name to the National Ranger Memorial Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 53369, Fort Benning, GA 31995.

          Graveside services were held Tuesday at the Indiana Veterans Home cemetery.

          Hartzler Clapper Funeral Home of Brookston is handling the arrangements.

 


Betty J. Eikenberry

April 21, 1929 - March 17, 2012

          Betty J. EIKENBERRY, 82, Lake Placid, Fla., and formerly of Rochester, Ind., passed away at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hope Hospice in Highlands Regional Medical Center, Sebring, Fla.

          She was born on April 21, 1929, in Ashland, Ky., the only child of Fred and Kathleen (Phipps) Hillman and only grandchild of Dr. Andrew J. and Verlina (Sparks) Hillman.

          She was employed at Ashland Oil from 1952 until 1960. After living in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, and Peru, Ind., she moved to Lake Manitou in Rochester, where she was employed at the Defense Contract Administration Services at the AM General facility in South Bend. After leaving that position, she became sole owner of a ladies' boutique on the lake and a Redwing Shoe Store in Peru for a number of years. In 1992, she retired, married Wallace Eikenberry, of Mexico, Ind., and they moved to Lake Placid, Fla.

          Survivors include her daughter, Holly and husband Darryl Ridgley, of Valdosta, Ga.; son, William and wife Julie Adams, of Terre Haute; stepsons, Braxton Eikenberry, of Akron, and Miles and wife Shenghong Eikenberry, of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, Drew, Max and Sam Ridgley, of Valdosta, Ga., and Lauren Adams, of Terre Haute; and step-granddaughter, Heather and husband Byron Stoner, of Indianapolis.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Eikenberry; and her parents.

          A celebration of life service will be at a later date with internment at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Linda K. Hartmann

Sept. 26, 1949 - March 14, 2012

          Linda K. HARTMANN, 63, Altamonte Springs, Fla., died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

          Survivors include her husband, Ed Hartmann; and son, Tom Garver, of Altamonte, Springs, Fla.

          Funeral services were held Sunday at Riverside Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.

 

Delberta ‘Dee’ Dickie Harper

March 1, 1971 - March 15, 2012

          Delberta "Dee" Dickie HARPER, 41, of Rochester, passed away at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, shortly after admission on March 15, 2012.

          Dee was born on March 1, 1971, in Crown Point, New Mexico, the precious daughter of Delbert D. and Lillie Dale Dickie. A Native American and cherished member of the Navajo tribe, she was known to them as Glez-Bah, meaning "Little Lady." Growing up she shared her childhood with three brothers, Elroy, Delbur and Del. As a young lady at age 13, Dee was an innovative entrepreneur, entering the workforce while bringing joy to others. She dressed as a clown and attended children's birthday parties, singing and delivering balloon bouquets. She enjoyed baking cakes and had established a thriving business. With great pride in 1988, Dee graduated from Gallup High School, Gallup, New Mexico.

          On Oct. 21, 1995, Dee married her best friend and the love of her life, Donald L. Harper, at the Fulton United Methodist Church. Later that day, in an evening ceremony, the two were officially married by employing Native American rituals and customs.

          Dee served as store manager for four years at Rochester's G.N.C. Store. Most recently she volunteered as a medical assistant at the Compassionate Health Care Center. Dee's dream was to become a registered nurse. A nursing student at Ivy Tech, she was three courses short from reaching her goal.

          A friend to animals, Dee had saved the lives of many kittens. As an avid sports fan, she loved the Colts and cheered for her brothers at the demolition derbies they competed in. She once drove a demolition car herself. Dee loved swap meets and car shows, and she collected purses and shoes. Remembered as an extraordinary cook and baker, Dee loved making cupcakes for the kids. To relax, she listened to music from the '80s; her favorites were White Snake and the music of Michael Jackson. Most important in her life was her loving family. Dee cherished the many good times they shared and especially treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren.

          Dee is lovingly remembered by her husband, Don, at home; four daughters, Mellisha Rensberger and husband Alan, Ashlee Harper, Brittany Card and fiance Jordan O'Neill, and Jon-Tae Harper, all of Rochester; three sons, Elijah Harper and wife Laci, of Silver Lake, Patrick Card and fiance Nickole Prince, of Gladwin, Mich., and Adriel Harper, of Rochester; mother, Lillie Dickie Miller; three brothers, Elroy Dale, of Wide Ruins, Ariz., Delbur Dickie, of Wabash, and Del D. Dickie, of Rochester; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Betty Harper, of Rochester; and nine grandchildren and expecting a new grandson in June of 2012.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert; and grandma, Louise Dale.

          A celebration of the life of Dee Harper will be at 3 p.m. today in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Jim Dillinger officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. today in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

 

Patrick Brian McCarty

Oct. 13, 1961-March 17, 2012

          Mr. Patrick Brian McCARTY, 50, of 4461 Boicourt, Rochester, passed away at 12:47 p.m. Saturday.

          Pat was born in Logansport on Oct. 13, 1961, the son of Donald and Janet Heiden McCarty.  Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters, Kristi and Kim.  Pat attended Caston schools, and with great pride graduated with his Caston High School Class of 1980.  During his high school years, he enjoyed playing the bass drum as a member of the marching Comets.  A versatile athlete, Pat ran cross country, played outfield for the Comets and was the safety on the football team.

          On June 25, 2011, Pat and Cynthia Diane Wagoner were married in Rochester.  Together they enjoyed fishing and kayaking on the Tippecanoe River.  They also enjoyed catching the breeze on warm summer days while riding his Harley Heritage Softail.  A favorite destination was Milwaukee.  Pat was also the proud owner of a Harley Road King.

          Enjoying working with his hands and carpentry, Pat built a gazebo, deck and an outhouse.  In his free time, he restored cars from earlier years; he had a jeep and was especially proud of his 1972 Corvette Stingray.  Paramount in his life was his family.  Spending time with his grandchildren was especially fun.  They loved to challenge “Grandpa Pat” with wrestling.

          Pat is lovingly remembered by his wife, Cindy, at home; three sons, Bradley Scott McCarty and fiancé Cassie Wilds, of Huntington, Brian Patrick McCarty and wife Tero, of Logansport, and L. B. Mongosa, of Macy; two daughters, Mindy Townsend and husband Donald, of Macy, and Trina Bright and husband Tom, of Plainwell, Mich.; mother, Janet Johnson of Nyona Lake; father, Donald McCarty and wife Kay, of Logansport; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cletis and Beverly Wagoner, of Rochester; two sisters, Kim Reid and husband Chuck, of Logansport, and Kristi Boyd, of Noblesville; stepsister, Jenny Burgess and husband Troy, of Plainfield; stepbrother, Jon Sera and wife Jenni, of Fishers; sister-in-law, Brenda Crawford and husband Steve, of Tipton; brother-in-law, William C. Wagoner and wife Kelly, of Neenah, Wis.; and seven grandchildren, Dawson and Emma McCarty, of Huntington, Clayton, Colby and Shayla Bright, of Plainwell, Mich., and Laynee and Lindey Townsend, of Macy.  Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

          A celebration of the life of Patrick B. McCarty will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Stephen Addison officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday, March 23, 2012

 

Herbert A. Ballenger

Jan. 2, 1921 - March 22, 2012

          Herbert Allen BALLENGER, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          He is survived by his daughter, Krystal K. Smith, of Rochester.

          Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation 3-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

John Rucker

June 11, 1955 - March 21, 2012

          John RUCKER, 56, formerly of Rochester, died Wednesday.

          Survivors include his wife, Joanna Rucker, at home; and two sons, Travis Rucker, of Marfa, Texas, and Ryan Rucker, of Galveston.

          Services are 3 p.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 1-3 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

 

Herbert A. Ballenger

Jan. 2, 1921 - March 22, 2012

          Mr. Herbert Allen BALLENGER, of 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester.  

          Herb was born in Fulton County on Jan. 2, 1921, the son of Marvin and Ola Riggle Ballenger. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister, Freda. With great pride Herb graduated from Akron High School with his Class of 1939. He was drum major of the band during his years as a Flyer. Following high school he attended Manchester College, where he pursued a degree to teach high school history. His quest to attain the degree was interrupted with his service to our country during World War II.

          During his stint with the U.S. Army, Herb was involved with the Rome-Arno and North Apennies battles. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon, two bronze stars, the Good Conduct Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 26, 1945.

          Rochester's First Christina Church, on Nov. 9, 1947, was the setting where Herb married his best friend and the love of his life, Gloria F. Ensign. Their union spanned more than six decades and produced a set of twins, Kent and Krystal. Later the family tree grew with the additions of two grandsons and a great-granddaughter. The entire family enjoyed music with Gloria at the piano, and Herb would lead the music during family sing-a-longs.

          An avid sportsman and lifetime athlete, Herb enjoyed taking to the links. As a young man, his grandfather fashioned a four-hole mini-course in an alfalfa field. This made the fairways a bit challenging to navigate but allowed for a great place to practice elevating his game. His favorite golf courses were Mill Creek and North Manchester's Sycamore. Golf took Herb and Gloria to sunny Florida's city Mulberry. It was not only a place to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine but was a golden opportunity to take the challenges of a variety of golf courses during the winter months allowing year-round play.

          Tuesday night early league men's bowlers will remember Herb playing on the Rochester Glass team for many years. He enjoyed watching Major League Baseball, especially the White Sox - a man who fiercely cheered for the underdogs. During the autumn, he was locked on to NFL football on Sunday afternoons. The Colts were his favorite team.

          Herb will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Krystal K. Smith, of Rochester; two grandsons, Chad E. Ballenger, of Ballwin, Mo. and Brian P. Ballenger, of Ellisville, Mo.; great-granddaughter, Tiffany A. Ballenger, of Park Ridge, Ill.; a niece, Jill Stockwell and husband Bill, of Crawfordsville, Ill.; brother-in-law, John Ensign and wife Marilyn, of Peru; special friends, Nancy Tilden and Bobbie Hazen Pope; Outreach Ministry friend, Bert Sterk; and his Wynnfield table mates, Jim Bair, Al "Toad" Sibert and Rudy Rom; and numerous cousins and friends.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gloria, on May 19, 2009; son, Kenton J. Ballenger, on Nov. 25, 2005; sister and brother-in-law, Freda and Dean Ault; niece and nephew, Alys Ault Doering and Dale Doering; and special friend, Bob Hazen.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Herbert Ballenger will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery, Athens, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1343, both of Rochester.

          Memorials may be made to the food pantry or the charity of choice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Martha Wilhelmine (Kline) Ginther

          Martha Wilhelmine (Kline) GINTHER died on March 6, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center in Longview, Wash., at the age of 94.

          "Willie" was born and raised on a farm in Delong. On July 4, 1937, she married Albert F. Ginther. The marriage resulted in two sons and a daughter. The family moved frequently as the children were growing up, living in various towns in Indiana, Ohio and Maine.

          Willie was athletically inclined, belonging to the "200 Club" when did league bowling. When in her 50s, she took up golf and was selected as "most improved female rookie" by the country club to which she belonged. She was an exceptional cook who always made sure that family and guests were well-fed and comfortable. She was fortunate enough to live independently in her home until her death and got great pleasure from her vegetable garden, which she maintained through her final year.

          Willie is survived by her son, Phillip Ginther, of Salem, Ore.; her daughter, Beverly Miller, of LaCenter, Wash.; two sisters, Bernice Hartz, of Leiters Ford, and Dorothy Talbott, of Monterey; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          She was predeceased by her husband, Albert F. Ginther; and her oldest son, Frederick J. Ginther, of Muncie.

          There will be a graveside service at Leiters Ford Cemetery on Sat., April 28, at 3 p.m.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice.

 

John Rucker

June 11, 1955 - March 21, 2012

          Mr. John RUCKER, 56, formerly of Rochester, passed away Wednesday in Delphi.

          John was born in Wabash on June 11, 1955, the son of Alfred and Mabel Putman Rucker. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister, Nancy, and two brothers, Jimmy and Dean. As a young man John served two stints with the U.S. Navy for a total of 16 years service to our country. Initially he served during the end of the Vietnam War. He returned to duty from 1989-2000, serving during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His responsibilities were as boatman and chef.

          In June of 1974, John married Joanna Lyn Casey at the Athens United Methodist Church. Their union produced a precious daughter, Adrianne Joanne, and two handsome sons, Travis and Ryan. The family tree continued to grow with the additions of four grandchildren. John dearly loved his family and especially treasured the times spent with his grandchildren. To relax he enjoyed listening to blue grass music, Grandpa Jones or Merle Haggard while relaxing in his easy chair. At his side were his devoted canine companions, Laurel the black lab-rottie mix, and Tessie, his black and white Welsh Pembroke Corgi.

          John's passion was cooking. Many will remember John's culinary creations at the Streamliner Junction. He served up all of the customers' requests, satisfying them for over 15 years. John loved cooking for his family, too. He was always in the center of the kitchen or hovering over the grill creating the special requests, supplying the feast for holidays and special family celebrations. A Cubs fan, John loved the rodeo, and in his earlier years experienced the challenges of bull riding. A lifetime athlete, he enjoyed training and running in marathons. John ran in many, but his most memorable were South Bend's Sunburst, and the Chicago and Los Angeles marathons. During his Navy years, he ran a marathon in Cuba.

          He is survived by his wife, Joanna Rucker, at home; two sons, Travis Rucker and wife Sandy, of Marfa, Texas, and Ryan Rucker and wife Jeana, of Galveston; four grandchildren, November and Dawson Hunt, and Bailey and Ryanna Rucker; a brother-in-law, David Casey, of Delphi; two nephews, Steven and Anthony Casey, of Delphi; and two canine companions, Laurel and Tessie.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter born into heaven, Adrianne Joanne; a sister, Nancy Carithers; and two brothers, Dean and Jimmy Rucker.

          A celebration of the life of John Rucker will be at 3 p.m. on Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Jason See officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. on Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Athens Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and the Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343.

          Friends may sign John's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Helen C. Shunk

July 28, 1915 - March 23, 2012

          Helen C. SHUNK, 96, formerly of Mentone, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Friday at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.

          Born July 28, 1915, in Mentone, she was the daughter of Henry H. and Nettie (Bonnell) Griffis. On Aug. 2, 1933, she married Wayne A. Shunk, and he passed away March 20, 1972.

          She was a homemaker and also owned and operated a Zenith TV Sales and Service Shop with her husband. Helen continued to do TV repair work herself after he husband passed away.

          She was a member of the Mentone First Baptist Church, where she was a longtime church librarian and also taught Sunday school for many years. Helen enjoyed gardening and spending time with her friends. She was a Beaver Dam High School graduate.

          Survivors include nieces from the local area, Paula Whitesell, and Betty and husband Larry Boggs, both of Warsaw. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.

          She was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Griffis; and one sister, Caddye Rouch.

          Services are 2 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Richard Tyson officiating. Burial will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation is from noon-2 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, IN 46539.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Monday, March 26, 2012

 

Sharon F. Carpenter Brown

Nov. 11, 1942-March 24, 2012

          Sharon F. Carpenter BROWN, 69, Rochester, died at 5 p.m. Saturday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, Leonard Brown, of Rochester; two sons, Todd Brown, of Dyer, and Michael Van Etten, of Chicago, Ill.; and four daughters, Rhonda Hurt, of Rochester, Deirdre Stavedahl, of Warsaw, Denise Islas, of Warsaw, and Dawn Webb, of Goshen.

          Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 3-6 p.m. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

 

Betty L. Gillilaad

          Betty L. GILLILAND, 84, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

          Born in Peru, Ind., Betty worked with the production staff with Torins Mfg. for 25 years, retiring in 1986.

          Surviving are her daughter, Joyce (David) Woodcox, of Fort Wayne; son, Jim (Patricia) Gilliland, of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Mandy Gleave, Matt Gilliland and Alisha Carlson; and six great-grandchildren.

          Betty was preceded in death by parents Glen and Mattie Horton; and sister, Nina Patterson.

          Graveside service is noon Tuesday at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

Philip L. Michael

July 1, 1940-March 24, 2012

          Philip L. MICHAEL, 71, 3153 Center St., Tippecanoe, passed away at 7:56 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

          Born July 1, 1940, in Rochester, he was the son of Evan Michael and Mazie (Hanson) Michael. He lived in the Akron community most of his life, and lived in Tippecanoe for three years. Philip graduated with the Class of 1958 from Hammond Tech High School.

          On May 20, 1977, in Rochester, he married Jennie (maiden name Masterson) Michael. He was employed by Sealed Power of Rochester as a machinist in Rochester for 27 years. He was a member of the National Audubon Society (being an avid bird watcher), Fulton County Bass Club, Akron Lions Club, sang in a gospel trio singing group named "New Wine," attended the Akron Church of God and currently the Riverview Community Church, Tippecanoe.

          Survivors include his wife, Jennie; children, Rick Michael, of Fort Wayne, RaeAnn Michael, of Fort Wayne, Mike Morgan, of Fort Wayne, Wayne (spouse Shellie) Ash, of Estill Springs, Tenn., Joe (spouse Melissa) Ash, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Millie (spouse) Nathan) Smith, of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, with memorial service following at 7 p.m. officiated by Rev. Rod Ruberg.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Riverview Community Church, 3780 Indiana 110, Tippecanoe, IN 46570.

          Arrangements by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome@gmail.com.

 

Bonnie J. Pletcher

June 16, 1938-March 23, 2012

          Bonnie J. PLETCHER, 73, 1624 Freedom Drive, Fort Wayne, and formerly of Akron, died at 7:26 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Survivors include two daughters, Pennie Ward, of Harrison, Ariz., and Cindy Bucher, of Akron; son, William Max Pletcher, of Mesa, Ariz.; and brother, Edward Max Grubbs, of Cloverport, Ky.

          Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Akron United Methodist Church, Akron, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

          Arrangements entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Travis L. Karn Dall

Sept. 4, 1991-March 23, 2012

          Travis L. Karn DAIL, 20, Rochester, died Friday in Rochester.

          He is survived by his father, Phillip Dail, of Columbus, Ohio.

          Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

 

Larry A. Biddle

Dec. 4, 1942 - March 19, 2012

          Larry A. BIDDLE, 69, formerly of Peru, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2012, in Largo, Fla.

          He was born in Montpelier, Ohio, on Dec. 4, 1942, the son of Charles R. and Margaret Watts Biddle.

          Larry was a 1962 graduate of Peru High School and a U.S. Army veteran. His military decorations include the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Larry was a retired N&W Railroad conductor.

          He is survived by his daughter, Brenda J. Marks and her husband Dean, of Peru; a grandson, Mitchell Marks; sisters, Sharon Howard and her husband Donald, of Peru, and Carol Minyard, of Peru; and a brother, Terry Biddle and his wife Carol, of Peru. Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive, along with his former wife, Rhea Biddle.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Gary Biddle.

          A memorial service will be held at a later date.

          Local arrangements have been entrusted to Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Sharon F. Carpenter Brown

Nov. 11, 1942 - March 24, 2012

          Sharon F. Carpenter BROWN, 69, of Rochester, went to be with her Lord on March 24, 2012, at 5 p.m. in Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Sharon was born on Nov. 11, 1942, in Rochester, the daughter of Emmitt (Deloris Lozier) Carpenter. On Nov. 26, 1960, Sharon fell in love and married Leonard Brown. Together, they raised six children and have celebrated 51 years of marriage. Sharon collected lighthouses and loved to watch her hummingbirds.

          She is survived by her husband, Emmitt; daughters, Rhonda (Bob) Hurt, of Rochester, Deirdre (Charles) Stavedahl and Denise (Fernando) Islas, of Warsaw, and Dawn (Shawn) Webb, of Goshen; sons, Todd (Samantha) Brown, of Dyer, and Michael VanEtten, of Chicago, Ill.; and a legacy of 38 grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren.

          She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and three great-grandchildren.

          A time to gather and share memories will be held today from 3-6 p.m. at the Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home in Rochester. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.

          Memorials may be directed toward the family.

 

Michael R. Frye

Sept. 2, 1951 - March 24, 2012

          Michael R. FRYE, 60, of Logansport, passed away at 6:14 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Born Sept. 2, 1951, in Logansport, he was the son of Arthur M. Frye and Norma Jean Gaby.

          Mr. Frye retired from Pennsylvania/Conrail in 1975, then worked for Frye Trucking, Wilsons Food Processing, Eaton Corporation and Federal Mogul. He was a 1970 graduate of Caston High School. Mr. Frye was a United States Marine Corp. veteran, serving from 1976 until 1982. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Kewanna.

          Survivors include his father, Arthur M. Frye and wife Nila Jean, of Logansport; brother, Phillip Frye and wife Lynne, of Champaign, Ill.; sisters, Diana Smith, of Rochester, Carol Colvin and husband Eric, of Kewanna, Linda Brady and Gena and Jaime, of Logansport, and Kathy Smith and husband Dan, of Burnettsville; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his mother; and one brother, Jeffrey L. Frye.

          Graveside services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Cedarville Cemetery in Burnettsville, with Pastor Jason See officiating. Burial will take place in Seceder Cemetery, Burnettsville, with full military graveside rites.

          Memorial donations may be made to the family to help with expenses.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport. You may sign the guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.

 

Carol Jo Hickle

          Carol Jo HICKLE, 76, Kewanna, died Monday at South Bend Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Judianne ‘Granny’ Clark Renz

May 22, 1941 - March 26, 2012

          Judianne "Granny" Clark RENZ, 70, of Peru, passed away at 7:10 a.m. Monday at the Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

          She was born in Wabash County on May 22, 1941, the daughter of Laymond and Gladys Perry Clark.

          She worked for United Technology in Wabash, North Manchester and Peru. She was a bartender most of her life from Indiana and Florida and also was employed at Save-A-Lot and Goodwill in Peru. Judy made over 70 quilts for family and friends, and she loved to read and help other people. She loved Jesus Christ and her personal Lord and Savior and would say, "She knew where she was going and couldn't wait to get there!"

          She is survived by her daughters, Teri White (Rob), of Rochester, and Cheryl Myers, of Wabash; a son, Mark Renz (Allison), of Huntington; grandchildren, Mac Pemberton and his friend Corie Dean, Jessica (Mat) Household, Brittany (Matt) Harrison, Amber Walls, Ashley (Josh) Renz-French, Alyssa Renz and Shawn Renz; great-grandchildren, Haleigh Householder, Vincent Householder, Cody Harrison, Jeremiah Walls, Leah Walls, Jordan Renn, John Renn II, Mykenzie Renn, Jathen French, Hayley French, Braydon French, Madison French and Hope Walls; sisters, Lois Ellen James, of North Manchester, Katherine (Kit) Hitlaw, of Wabash, and Nancilou (Art) Moyers, of Burlington, Iowa; nieces, Lisa (Bob) Haupert, Debbie (Terry) Barrett, Diane Wood, Lori Conley and Kaylee Clark; nephews, Fred James, Danny Moyers and Paul Moyers; and special friends Wes and Wanda Miller.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Phyllis Clark Sickafus; and stepmother Katherine Clark.

          A service celebrating the life of Judy "Granny" Renz will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, with her daughter, Pastor Teri White, officiating. Family and friends will gather from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church J.A.M. (Jesus & Me) Youth Group. Online condolences may be sent online at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Travis L. Karn Dail

Sept. 4, 1991 - March 23, 2012

          Travis L. Karn DAIL, 20, of Rochester, passed away Friday in Rochester.

          Born Sept. 4, 1991, in Winamac, he was the son of Ester Darline Karn Shepherd and Phillip Dail.

          He was a laborer at Donald John's Construction.

          Survivors include his father, Phillip Dail, of Columbus, Ohio; aunt, Patricia Kuykendoll, of Rochester; stepfather, Randy Shepherd, of Rochester; and uncles, Leroy Karn, of Rochester, Eugene Karn, of Rochester, and Darvin Karn, of Florida.

          He was preceded in death by his mother, Ester Darline Karn Shepherd; brother, Lester L.K. Dail; and grandparents.

          Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with Rev. Floyd Allen officiating. Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will take place in Culver Masonic Cemetery.

          The Odom Funeral Home of Culver is in charge of arrangements. Letters of condolence for the family may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 

Lawrence L. Bonewitz

Lawrence L. BONEWITZ, 88, North Manchester, died Saturday.

          Services are at 4 p.m. today at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with visitation from noon-4 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Darlene F. Bulington

June 4, 1940 - March 26, 2012

          Darlene F. BULINGTON, 71, of Remington, passed from this life on March 26, 2012, in her home. She was lovingly surrounded by Tim, her longtime companion; her children; and wonderful care givers from Serenity Hospice, Inc. After 18 years, her battle with breast cancer has finally come to any end and she is at rest.

          She was born on June 4, 1940, to Cecil and June (Warren) Atkinson in Indianaola, Neb. Darlene excelled at and truly enjoyed being a Tupperware consultant for more than 30 years. She was also very active in her church, First Baptist Church of Rensselaer, as a member of the Ladies Missionary Circle, church treasurer, nursery attendant and more. Darlene enjoyed being a participant in the Relay for Life each year and truly enjoyed catching up over lunch with classmates from the Remington High School Class of 1958,

          Darlene is survived by her best friend and longtime companion Timothy Tomasello Sr.; her son LaVerne Lee (Marcia) Goad Jr., of Goshen; her son Kenneth Charles (Rhonda) Goad, of Indianapolis; and her daughter Lisa Faye (Mike) Brooking, of Colorado Springs, Colo. She is also survived by Tim's children, Timothy Tomasello Jr. and Teresa (Darcy) Bennett, of Peachtree City, Ga. She was a proud grandma to nine grandchildren, Vernon, Valarie, Jennifer, Jessica, Cara, Alex, Culley, Jessica and Rikki; and four great-grandchildren, Ricky Lee, Skyler Paul, Liam Anthony and Kylee Elisabeth. Darlene is also survived by two sisters, Carol (Dean) Jensen, of Rochester, and Donna (Otis) Reynolds, of Remington; two brothers, Larry Atkinson, of Monticello, and Steve Atkinson, of Pontiac, Ill.; her uncle, Ronald (Gloria) Warren, of McCook, Neb.; and her aunt, Virginia Restano, of Remington.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and June Atkinson; her sister, Shirley (Bramble) Scheffer; brothers, Ronald Atkinson and Charles Atkinson; and her great-granddaughter, Cherokee Pillow.

          Visitation will be held Thursday at the Jackson Funeral Chapel, 250 N. McKinley Ave., Rensselaer, from 4-8 p.m. CDT. Funeral services will be Friday at the First Baptist Church of Rensselaer, 2010 N. McKinley Ave., at 10 a.m. CDT, with Pastor Dan Hester officiating. Burial will follow at the Remington Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Rensselaer. See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences.

 

Virginia Quick

          Virginia QUICK, 89, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

 

Linda Fay Jackson

July 29, 1945 - March 27, 2012

          Linda Fay JACKSON, of Plymouth, age 66, passed away on Tuesday at 3:20 a.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          On July 29, 1945, she was born to George and Emma (Coonfare) Williams in Starke County.

          She has lived most of her life in Marshall County. Linda was a cook at the Country Inn restaurant in Plymouth; also worked for Sunoco Truck Plaza, Etna Green; and Pizza King, Warsaw. She was a member of the Inwood United Methodist Church, Inwood.

          She is survived by her son, Roy William Jackson Jr., of Plymouth; a daughter, Wannita F. (and spouse David) Kinney, of Plymouth; one brother, Arthur (and spouse Lois) Williams, of Hobart; six grandchildren, Kevin Jackson, Samantha Eby, Kristal Stafford, and Shanda, Kayla and Shari Jackson; and five great-grandchildren, Corina and Trinity Egy, Mathew Jackson, Josiah Hickle and Braxten Miller.

          She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Richard Williams; and four sisters, Alwida Latta, Ina Troyer, Fern Strong and Frances May Long.

          Service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw. Calling hours will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Mchatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Rev. Gail Law will officiate the services. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Inwood United Methodist Church. To send condolence or sign a guest book, go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

Virginia Louise Quick

Sept. 19, 1922 - March 27, 2012

          Virginia Louise QUICK, 89, Rochester, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester.

          She was born on Sept. 19, 1922, in Rochester, the daughter of Ed and Thelma (Downey) Delp. On Sept. 22, 1940, in Rochester, she married Joseph Kennedy Quick. He preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 2011.

          Mrs. Quick had been a homemaker and along with her husband had owned Quick Lanes, Rochester. She had attended the Grace United Methodist Church, had been a member of the D.A.R., Tri-Kappa, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Bridge Club and the Yacht Club at Lake Manitou. After retiring, she and her husband enjoyed spending winters at their home in Sebring, Fla. In her spare time, she enjoyed golf, bridge, bowling and gardening.

          Survivors include her sons, Tim and wife Jenny Quick, of Plymouth, Mike and wife Terry Quick, of The Villages, Fla., and Pat Quick and friend Bobbi Mollohand, of Lima, Ohio; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her grandson, Patrick Quick; and brother, Robert Delp.

          Graveside services will be conducted at noon Saturday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may call from 10-11:45 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or Tri-Kappa. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, March 30, 2012

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

 

Theresa K. Alber

Nov. 14, 1958 - March 30, 2012

          Theresa K. ALBER, 53, 10269 W. 800 South, Claypool, died at 11:35 a.m. Friday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include her husband, Randy Alber, of Claypool; mother, Juanita I. Boganwright, of Claypool; sons, Derek Alber, of Claypool, and Daren Alber, of Claypool; daughter, Dana Meyer, of Frankton; and brother, Tim Boganwright, of Claypool.

          Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron, with visitation 2-8 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Steven R. Hammond

Aug. 26, 1950 - March 29, 2012

          Steven R. HAMMOND, 61, 11442 E. 225 South, Akron, died at 8:43 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

          Survivors include daughter, Tiena Carnes, of Argos; sons, Randell Fields, of Akron, and Sean Hammond, of Argos; and one brother, Joe Hammond, of Silver Lake.

          Visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. No service will take place.

 

George Jones

          George JONES, 78, died Friday at Howard Regional Medical Center, Kokomo.

          Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Charles E. Tuley

          Charles E. TULEY, 58, Rochester, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Frances Utter

          Frances UTTER, 51, 7557 E. Indiana 14, Akron, died at 4:48 a.m. Friday at her residence.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Monday, April 2, 2012

 

Theresa K. Alber

Nov. 14, 1958-March 30, 2012

          Theresa K. ALBER, 53, 10269 W. 800 South, Claypool, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw.

          Born Nov. 14, 1958, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Richard E. and Juanita (Fear) Boganwright. On June 12, 1976, in the Talma United Methodist Church, she married Randy A. Alber, and he survives.

          Theresa was the bookkeeper for Alber's Porting and Machine that she and Randy own. Theresa graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1977. She was a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, where she was a teacher at the preschool in earlier years. She was a 4-H leader for the Beaver Dam 4-H Club. She has been a township trustee board member as well as on the board for the Mentone EMT. She served as a teacher's aide and the athletic director at the Akron Elementary School. She was the first president of the all sports booster club at Tippecanoe Valley High School. She enjoyed sewing and doing alteration, which included uniforms and banners for the school.

          Survivors include her husband, Randy Alber, of Claypool; mother, Juanita I. Boganwright, of Claypool; sons, Derek Alber, of Claypool, and Daren Alber, of Claypool; daughter, Dana and husband Todd Meyer, of Frankton; granddaughter, Abby Meyer; brother, Tim and wife Sara Boganwright, of Claypool; and nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Richard E. "Dick" Boganwright.

          Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron, with Pastor Butch Troke officiating. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Burial will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund administered by K21 Health Foundation, 2170 North Pointe Drive, Warsaw, IN 46582. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Harold P. ‘Bud’ Fivecoate

April 3, 1919-March 31, 2012

          Harold P. "Bud" FIVECOATE, 92, 8670 W. Indiana 25, Mentone, died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Millers Merry Manor of Warsaw.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Fivecoate, of Mentone; and son, James Fivecoate, of Mentone.

          Funeral services are at 5 p.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 3-5 p.m. in the funeral home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Ind.

 

Carol Jo Hickle

July 3, 1935-March 26, 2012

          Carol Jo HICKLE, 76, of Kewanna, passed away at 11:03 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012, at South Bend Memorial Hospital.

          Born July 3, 1935, in Glen Ellen, Ill., she was the only child of the late Harold and Josephine (Croffoot) Hyatt.  On Oct. 8, 1954, she married Howard E. Hickle, and he preceded her in death May 28, 2008. She was a 1954 Kewanna High School graduate.

          Carol Jo formerly owned and operated Kewanna Screen Printing, Inc. in Kewanna, a local business began by her parents. She succeeded them in the operation in 1990 after the death of her father. Carol retired in 2007, passing the torch of running the family business to her grandson, Ben. She was a member of the Kewanna United Methodist Church in Kewanna.

          Survivors include her daughter, Christine K. Fehrer and husband Wayne, of La Conner, Wash.; grandsons, Benjamin A. Fehrer and wife Tammy, of Rochester, and Bryan E. Fehrer and wife Karen, of Seattle, Wash.; and great-granddaughter, Ella Fehrer, of Rochester. She is also survived by sister-in-law Betty Hickle, of Kewanna.

          She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son, Bradley E. Hickle.

          Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kewanna United Methodist Church in Kewanna, with Rev. Todd Wilson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and also one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be held at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Kewanna United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 398, Kewanna, IN 46939. Online condolences and personal memories may be shared with the Hickle family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Frank H. Johnson

June 18, 1929-March 31, 2012

          Frank H. JOHNSON, 82, of Kewanna, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

          Born on June 18, 1929, in Vanceburg, Ky., he was the son of the late Bruce and Salana Johnson. On Jan. 31, 1958, he married Juanita Hughes, and she survives.

          Frank was a lineman for C&O Railroad for 38 years, retiring in 1986. He was also a farmer. He enjoyed going to auctions, cutting wood, tinkering, socializing, and most of all spending time with his family.

          Survivors include his wife, Juanita Johnson, of Kewanna; children, Sheila G. Seidel (Allen), of Winamac, Donna A. Dugan (Robert Rans) of Kewanna, Julia F. Brainerd, of Warsaw, and Frank H. Johnson (Wendi), of Rensselaer; brothers, Allen Johnson, of Vanceburg, Ky., and Nick Johnson, of Vanceburg, Ky.; and sister, Nettie Johnson, of Vanceburg, Ky. Frank is also survived by nine grandchildren, Hope, Jessica, Gavin, Brock, Bobby, Peggy Sue, David, Brenna and Holly; and nine great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Graysen, Jackson, Alli, Alexis, Kylie, Aubrie, Carter and Laynie.

          He was also preceded in death by brothers, Clarence, Herbert, Buck and Gabbie; sisters, Katherine, Pearl and Grace; son-in-law, Richard Brainerd; and a grandson, Tavin.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel, with Pastor Denny Wilson officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lake Bruce Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be sent to the Johnson family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

George Jones

          George JONES, 78, Rochester, died at 3:57 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Juanita Mae Rickman

April 3, 1944-March 31, 2012

          Nita RICKMAN, 67, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2012.

          She is survived by her husband, Ed Rickman; one sister, Nancy Peterson; and five children, Eddie (Brenda) Rickman, Jeanne (John) Newman, Cathy (Michael) Faylor, Lynn Rickman and her partner Lisa Perrault, and Jane (Ryan) Sheets. She has 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

          Nita was born April 3, 1944, in Wanatah, Ind., to Stan and Gay Flowers. She attended Valparaiso High School and married her high school sweetheart, Ed Rickman, soon after graduating on Aug. 11, 1962. They lived in Valparaiso a few years, where Ed managed a gas station and started a job where he was a tool and die maker. They moved to Culver, Ind., in 1969, where Nita and Ed raised five children. Nita was a homemaker.

          After the children were raised, Nita was office manager of Rickman Tool, Inc., started by her husband and son in 1995. Nita was a member of Hibbard Circle Homemakers Club, P.I.G.S. Card Club, and was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church. She was a member of the Ladies' Society for years. She enjoyed puzzles, reading, quilting, her flowers, and dearly loved family time with her grandchildren.

          Her mother and father; a sister, Donna Eldridge; and grandson, Douglas Newman, preceded Nita in death.

          Arrangements are Wednesday with an 11 a.m. Mass at Saint Mary's Of The Lake in Culver with a dinner at the church to follow. Later Wednesday evening, friends and family may gather at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver from 5-8 p.m. (Rosary at 7:40 p.m.).

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at Ed Rickman, P.O. Box 107, Culver, IN 46511.

 

Charles Edward Tuley

Dec. 25, 1952-March 30, 2012

          Charles Edward TULEY, 59, 6061 E. 375 South, Rochester, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at his residence.

          Born Dec. 25, 1952, in Rochester, he was the son of Theodore and Mary Josephine (Mutchler) Tuley. He lived all of his life in the Rochester area and Fulton County.

          He graduated from Akron High School in 1972 and earned an associate degree from Lincoln Tech. On Dec. 14, 1973, at the Gilead United Methodist Church, he married Janet Sue Doolittle. He worked for a farmer and was an accomplished woodworker, following his father's footsteps. He was a member of the Deedsville United Methodist Church and a member of ME-TO-CIN-YAH Longrifles of Central Indiana. He enjoyed farming, living history events, and being a grandpa.

          Survivors include his wife; daughter, Barbara "Barbie" (spouse Jake) Kieninger, of Rochester; son, Theodore "Ted" (spouse Cassia) Tuley, of Rochester; two grandchildren whom he adored, Edward "Eddie" and Samantha "Sammie" Tuley, of Rochester; brother, Kenneth (spouse Sandy) Linden, of Washington; and sister, Alice Lou Ewing, of Big Springs, Texas.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          After cremation, there will be a memorial service and burial at Mt. Zion Cemetery at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Deedsville United Methodist Church, County Road 1000 North, Deedsville, IN 46921; or to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, P.O. Box 621, Rochester, IN 46975.

          Arrangements by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome@gmail.com.

 

Frances Utter

June 27, 1960-March 30, 2012

          Frances UTTER, 51, 7557 E. Indiana 14, Akron, passed away at 4:48 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at her residence.

          She was born on June 27, 1960, in Warsaw, the daughter of Jessie and Doris (Staley) Hackworth. On July 15, 1978, in Warsaw, she married Morse M. Utter Jr., and he survives.

          Mrs. Utter had worked as a paramedic and E.M.T. for Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, and was residential manager for Cardinal Services of Indiana, Warsaw. She was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church, Athens, and had played the piano at the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, painting, playing the piano and cooking.

          Survivors include her husband, Morse M. Utter Jr., of Akron; four daughters, Amber L. and husband Bryan Edmondson, of Akron, Ashley R. and husband Eric Hoyt, of Paragould, Ark., Lacey R. Utter, of Indianapolis, and Aimee E. Utter, of Akron; grandchildren, Brody Edmondson and Grace Edmondson, both of Akron, and Zachary Utter, Arel Hoyt and Gabriel Hoyt, all of Paragould, Ark.; mother, Doris Hackworth, of Warsaw; sister, Kathy and husband Rev. Mike Curtis, of Rantoul, Ill.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Morse M. and Patricia Utter Sr., of Rochester; and several nieces, nephews, and brothers- and sisters-in law.

          She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Hackworth; and brother, James Hackworth.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Athens United Methodist Church, Athens, with the Rev. Michael McFarland officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

 

Barbara J. Hunter

Jan. 27, 1932 - April 1, 2012

          Barbara J. HUNTER, 80, Roann, went home to be with her Savior on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Wabash Skilled Care Center of Wabash.

          Born Jan. 27, 1932, in Brook, she was the daughter of Wendell S. and Marjoria F. (Kochenderfer) Duzenbery. She graduated from Talma High School in 1949 as the valedictorian. She married John D. Hunter March 12, 1950. Her whole life was given to be a loving and caring wife and mother to her two daughters and grandma to her three grandchildren. She was a wonderful pianist and player for 40 years as the pianist for her church, Calvary Baptist Church, as well as for other services and special occasions since her high school days.

          She was known for her giving spirit and her wonderful cookies that she continually baked, shared and kept on hand for her family. She loved her Lord and Savior and portrayed His gentle spirit throughout her life.

          Survivors include her husband, John Hunter, of 63 years; two daughters, Connie and husband Bernie Drew, of North Manchester, and Brenda and husband Jeff Ramseier, of Silver Lake; three grandchildren, Rachel and husband Alan Davies, of Savannah, Ga., Lt. Benjamin and wife Kristen Ramseier, of Djibouti, Africa, and Zachary and wife Amber Ramseier, of Roann; two brothers, Richard L. Duzenbery, of Akron, and Donald and wife Jan Duzenbery, of Rochester; two sisters-in-law, Beverly and husband Henry Phillabaum, of Kokomo, and Shirley Hunter, of North Manchester; brother-in-law, Loyle and wife Lois Karns, of Kokomo; and many nieces and nephews.

          Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1399 Falls Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Matt Haynes officiating. Burial will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Wabash Miami Home Health and Hospice.

          Arrangements entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

 

George T. Jones Jr.

May 31, 1933 - March 30, 2012

          George T. JONES Jr., 78, Rochester, and formerly of Clinton, died at 3:57 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

          Survivors include his daughter, Crystal Fowler, of Seven Valleys, Pa.; and son, John R. Bales, of Mooresville.

          No services are scheduled at this time.

          Arrangements entrusted to Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Ruth M. Staley

          Ruth M. STALEY, 94, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

 

Ruth Ann Gault

Dec. 23, 1928 - April 3, 2012

          Ruth Ann GAULT, 83, Rochester, and formerly of Northern Miami County, passed away at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born on Dec. 23, 1928, in Grass Creek, the daughter of Nelson and Lela (McCoy) Hizer. On March 5, 1947, in Grass Creek, she married Earl R. Gault. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2002.

          Mrs. Gault had worked as a teacher's assistant at North Miami Schools for 12 years, H&R Block Taxes, A.G.P, Peru, R.B.M., Logansport, Chamberlain's, Akron, as well as being a homemaker and working on the family farm. She had attended the Deedsville United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Ladies Aid. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, history, politics, crocheting, singing and spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother.

          Survivors include her daughter, Rosemarie Kleber, of Kokomo; sons, Steven and wife Nancy Gault, of Mundelein, Ill., Charles and wife D.J. Gault, of Rochester, William and wife Judy Gault, of Wabash, and Douglas and wife Laura Gault, of Dayton, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanne Miller, of Grass Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sylvia Frances Gault; son, Dwight Gault; grandson, Scott Gault; and brother, Frank Hizer.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church, Rochester, with the Revs. Jerry Pittman and Bill Babb officiating. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Grass Creek Cemetery, Grass Creek.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Deedsville United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Red Holland

          Red HOLLAND, 76, Rochester, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Ruth M. Staley

          Ruth M. STALEY, 94, 827 W. 13th St., Rochester, passed away at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born on Feb. 23, 1918, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Elmer and Lora Joy (Keim) Brown. On April 16, 1944, in Denver, Ind., she married Von M. Staley. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1988.

          Mrs. Staley had assisted her husband in the operation of Staley Electric Motor Service and Staley's Bait Shop. She had been a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time fishing and being on Lake Manitou. She will be remembered as a caring and lovable woman.

          Survivors include her nieces, Ellen Kenworthy, of Portage, and Glenda Fritz, of Jeff City, Mo.; adoptive kids, Donnie and Becky Mullett, of Rochester; dear friends, John and Wilma Robinson, of Umatilla, Fla.; and several cousins.

          She was preceded in death by her brother, Wilbur E. Brown.

          Graveside services will be conducted at 2:15 p.m. Friday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption & Education Center. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, April 6, 2012

 

Everett Ray Boston

          Everett Ray BOSTON, 79, Kokomo, and formerly of Cass County, died at 8:50 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.

          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, near Twelve Mile, with visitation 4-7 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Red Holland

Dec. 5, 1935 - April 4, 2012

          Red HOLLAND, 76, 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Marty, at home; twin sons, Andrew Holland and Anthony Scott Holland, all of Rochester; a sister, Yolanda Zoppe, of Dallas, Texas; and two brothers, Joe Zoppe, of Dallas, Texas, and Enrico Zoppe, of Tularosa, N.M.

          Private services will be held.

          Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Robert E. McKinstry

Oct. 12, 1922 - March 19, 2012

          Robert E. McKINSTRY, 89, Easton, Md., died at 11:19 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, in Easton, Md.

          Survivors include sons, Michael W. McKinstry, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Robert E. McKinstry Jr., of Palm Bay, Fla.; daughters, Anne M. Dunniington-Siergiej, of Ambler, Pa., and Mary M. Marriner, of Marietta, Ga.; and sister, Mary Turk, of Pasadena, Calif.

          Services are 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Culver Academy Chapel, Culver.

          The Odom Funeral Home of Culver is in charge of arrangements.

 

Dorothy A. Noftsger

Sept. 19, 1932 - April 4, 2012

          Dorothy A. NOFTSGER, Rochester, died at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include daughters, Nancy Lyke, of LaPaz, Sara Lyke, of LaPaz, Teresa Maynard, of Rochester, Bonnie Hicks, of Delphi, Roxie Hutchison, of Rochester, and Helen Weese, of Rochester; son, Peter Noftsger, of Palestine; and five sisters, Florence Johnson, Marie Gonsalves, Josephine Gonsalves, Delores Rodrigues and Lucille "Lu" Silva, all of California.

          Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Charles Tuley

          Charles TULEY passed away March 30, 2012.

          Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. April 14, at Deedsville United Methodist Church, Deedsville.

 

Lelia Ann Waltz

April 21, 1940 - April 4, 2012

          Lelia Ann WALTZ, 71, 5567 E. 75 South, Rochester, passed away at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born on April 21, 1940, in Rochester, the daughter of Donald Lee and Merle (McClain) Fry. On June 15, 1958, in Fulton, she married John "Jack" E. Waltz, and he survives.

          Mrs. Waltz had been a homemaker and enjoyed camping and horseback riding.

          Survivors include her husband, John "Jack" E. Waltz, of Rochester; children, Kathryn and husband Jim Freel, of Mishawaka, Jack Waltz, of Port Richey, Fla., Kenneth and wife Sherry Waltz, of Rochester, Melody and husband Mark Studebaker, of Carmel, and Rita Waltz, of Rochester; mother, Merle Isaacs, of Fort Myers, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, David Fry, of Rochester; sister, Pam and husband Phil Leever, of Fort Myers, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her father; grandson, Sidney Waltz; and brother, Donald "Donnie" Fry.

          The family will welcome friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at their residence.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

          Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

 

Everett Ray Boston

Dec. 29, 1932 - April 2, 2012

          Everett Ray BOSTON, 79, Kokomo, formerly of Cass County, died at 8:50 p.m. on Monday at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.

          Survivors include one daughter Lori Jo Wright; and one sister, Lilly Irene Clements, South Haven, Miss.

          Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Melvyn L. Hofferth

April 7, 1937 - April 5, 2012

          Melvyn L. HOFFERTH, 74, 1249 W. 1500 North, Akron, died at 2:20 a.m. Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Embree, Springfield, Mo., and Julie Potter, North Manchester; two sons, Jeff Hofferth, Rochester, and James Hofferth, Akron; a sister, Barbara Holding, Hebron; and a brother, Donald Hofferth, California.

          There will be private services. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Red Holland

Dec. 5, 1935 - April 4, 2012

          Red HOLLAND, 76, of 705 E. Fourth St., Rochester, passed away at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at his residence.

          He was born on December 5, 1935, in Trenton, N.J. He was raised in Rochester by the Maria Zoppe family performing in the circus with the Zoppes' Bareback Riding act and traveling all over the United States. He served in the US Army at Fort Benning, Ga. from 1958 - 1960 as a cook. He was employed by Ritz Craft in Argos, Rochester Homes, Rochester School Corporation and retired from the Fulton County Courthouse after 23 years of service.

          On June 5, 1966, Red and Martha "Marty" Marie Mowrer were married. Their union lasted nearly 46 years, and produced handsome twin sons. The family tree continued to grow with the addition of five grandchildren.

          Red was a member of the Eagles Lodge, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Rochester volunteer fireman for many years. Sports was his life with Notre Dame, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks as his favored teams. He coached Little League baseball, played men's softball and bowled for many years at Quick's Lanes. He golfed with a group from Rochester for nearly 20 years traveling to Valdosta, Ga., for their annual outing. But his favorite sport was watching his beloved grandchildren playing softball, baseball, basketball and volleyball and traveling to watch their games.

          He had attended the Akron Church of God.

          Red will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Marty, at home, and twin sons, Andrew Holland and wife Carla and Anthony Scott Holland, all of Rochester; grandchildren, Rylee, Alexa, Alec, Cyrus and Lexanne; a sister, Yolanda Zoppe of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Joe Zoppe of Dallas, Texas, and Enrico Zoppe and wife Joan of Tularosa, N.M.; and his canine companions, Spike, the Boston terrier, and Patches, the miniature beagle.

          Private services will be held on Monday. Burial will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

          Memorials may be made to the Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron, IN 46910, or to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jeannie M. Smith

April 9, 1981 - Feb. 29, 2012

          Jeannie M. SMITH, 30, Springfield, Ill., died at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

          Survivors include her husband, James D. Smith sons, Quentin and Gavin Smith and daughters Gabrielle and Alexis Smith, all of Plainfield; and her mother-in-law, Katrina Hizer Smith Beattie, of Sherman, Ill., and formerly of Rochester.

          Funeral service was March 7, 2012.

 

Dorothy Ann Noftsger

Sept. 19, 1932 - April 4, 2012

          Mrs. Dorothy Ann NOFTSGER, of Rochester, passed away 10:20 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Dorothy was born in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 19, 1932, the daughter of Manuel and Geraldine Borges Dias. She was of Portuguese heritage. Growing up she shared her childhood with five sisters - Florence, Marie, Josephine, Delores and Lu.

          On Jan. 15, 1960, Dorothy and Bennie Dean Noftsger were married in Oakland, Calif. Their union of 43 years produced seven beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. The family tree grew with the additions of 25 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. Bennie preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2003.

          As matriarch of her family, overseeing four generations, Dorothy, known as "Granny," ruled with respect, authority and love. She embraced the challenges of raising nine children and loved helping out with babysitting her grandchildren in their youth - and most recently helping with the great-grandchildren. The older grandkids so admired "Granny" that they included her in all of the activities. She especially loved dancing, cocktails and watching channel 17, TMC, movie classics with them.

          Remembered as an extraordinary cook, Dorothy always hosted a sit down dinner after church that included one of her specialties - fried chicken with all of the trimmings. Fish on Fridays was a tradition, but she was best remembered for her culinary skills with the preparations of her crispy fried potatoes garnished with onions and liver and onions. Granny looked forward to celebrating family birthdays and the holidays with her kitchen serving as the central hub of the activities. Christmas and Thanksgiving always brought about the football game tradition in the side yard where all the kids would join in. She enjoyed handiwork in her spare time that included needle point and crocheting, creating treasures and heirlooms for her family.

          A life member of the Eagles, Dorothy attained the coveted "Golden Eagle" status. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliaries of the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post #36, the Manitou VFW Post #1343, the 40 & 8 of Logansport and the Antioch Baptist Church. To relax she enjoyed the music of Elvis Presley and Jim Reeves. Dorothy was the proud owner of a unique collection of Elvis memorabilia. She was also a collector of John Wayne and Sam Elliott treasures.

          Dorothy is lovingly remembered by six daughters, Nancy Lyke and husband LeRoy of LaPaz, Sara Lyke and husband Dean of LaPaz, Teresa Maynard of Rochester, Bonnie Hicks of Delphi, Roxie Hutchison of Rochester, Helen Weese and husband Jerry of Rochester; a son, Peter Noftsger and wife Kathy of Palestine; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Florence Johnson, Marie Gonsalves, Josephine Gonsalves, Delores Rodrigues and Lucille "Lu" Silva, all of California.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter Theann Noftsger; a son Benjamin Noftsger; and two grandsons, Dean Weese and Jonathan Langley.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Dorothy A. Noftsger will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 4-8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Dorothy will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband, Bennie, in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. You may sign her guest book or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Robert G. Ritter

          Bishop Robert G. RITTER Sr., 66, Rochester, passed away at 2:15 a.m. Friday April 6, 2012, at Unity Medical and Surgical Hospital, Mishawaka.

          Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, April 9, 2012

 

Barbara Lee Hay Click

July 25, 1928-April 6, 2012

          Barbara Lee Hay CLICK, 83, Denver, died at 5:22 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

          Survivors include two sons, Jack Click, of Peru, and Terry Click, of Kokomo; and two daughters, Connie Doud, of Wabash, and Susie Fintz, of Noblesville.

          Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Denver Baptist Church, Denver, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Carl V. Grube Sr.

Feb. 12, 1930-April 6, 2012

          Mr. Carl Von GRUBE Sr., 82, of Kewanna, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on April 6, 2012, at home. His wish was fulfilled as he passed from this life to the next at home where he was born and lived his entire life.

          Carl was born on Feb. 12, 1930, the son of Jennings B. and Bertha F. Little Grube. As one of nine children, growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters, Dorothy and Betty, and six brothers, Max, Rex, Walter, Allen, Paul and Eldon.

          On Aug. 17, 1957, Carl married Pearl Gunter in Cass County. Their union of 54 1/2 years produced a daughter, Penny, and a son, Von. Carl was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corp, serving during the end of the Korean War.

          Carl is survived by his wife, Pearl, at home; a daughter, Penny Grube, of Rochester; a son, Carl "Von" Grube Jr. and wife Dawn, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; three granddaughters, Gessica Mathis and husband Seth, of Indianapolis, Skyler Kruse and husband Cameron, of Jacksonville, N.C., and Britnee Grube, of Moline, Ill.; one great-grandson, Josiah Kruse, of Jacksonville, N.C., and two more great-grandchildren to arrive soon. Also surviving are two sisters, Betty Dunlap and husband Kenny, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Dorothy Etchison, of Noblesville; and two brothers, Paul Grube and wife Pat, of Rochester, and Eldon Grube and wife Linda, of Kokomo.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Max, Rex, Walter and Allen Grube.

          A celebration of the life of Carl V. Grube Sr. will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor John Branch officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36, the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1343, and with the Marine Corp Military rites honors unit.

          Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family by signing Carl's guest book or lighting a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Connie Van Horn

          Connie Van HORN, 66, of Culver, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

          Arrangements are pending at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Bishop Robert G. Ritter Sr.

Oct. 14, 1945-April 6, 2012

          Bishop Robert G. RITTER Sr., 66, 1603 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, crossed over into the promise land at 2:18 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2012, at Unity Medical and Surgical Hospital, Mishawaka, no more tears, no more pain.

          He was born on Oct. 14, 1945, in Plymouth, the son of Bishop Armond A. and Betty Jane (Nitcher) Ritter. He loved people and all were treated equal. His goal in life was to walk with God, loving people and always willing to help others in need.

          Bishop Ritter was an U.S. Army veteran, serving until 1970 and settled back in Rochester, where he became Associate Pastor of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church until 1990, when he was installed as Pastor. Living for God was his life. Any time there was a special service he was there. On April 23, 1988, he married Carol Melton Weldy. With the marriage blended five teens in the household, Elizabeth, Tim, Bobby Jr. Newell and Jennifer.

          In 1995, he was founder and Bishop of Sanctuary of Praise Apostolic Church. His ministry included missionary trips to many countries, including a special fondness of the Philippines. He was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Joyfulhans Corp. He was an ordained Bishop with the Original Glorious Church of God in Christ Apostolic Faith, Inc., and traveled with A.W.C.F. on his mission trips. He loved to travel to revivals and conventions all over the United States sharing fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ. He was known as "Bob the Baptizer."

          Bishop Ritter had worked for the Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo for 26 years and had retired from Rochester Metal Products. He was a member of the Rochester Lion's Club, where he had been Past President and District Chaplain, and had served as a Chaplain for Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

          Bishop Ritter loved his gospel music, anytime you would enter his house you could hear the music playing. Some of his favorites were Jimmy Swaggart, and his daughter Liz Parker. Family was very important to him. Carol and Bob would travel to various church conferences all over the United States worshipping the lord or just taking drives in the country to be together. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He would play volleyball with them and loved to take them fishing and to the movies, and going to garage sales with his daughter Liz. He loved scrapping, collecting various items and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He loved having the family over all the time, where the family would enjoy some yummy homemade fried fish or homemade pizza and would sit around eating, conversing and watching television.

          Survivors include his wife, Carol Ritter, of Rochester; children, Elizabeth Parker, Timothy Ritter, Robert G. Ritter Jr., Jennifer and husband John Beaird, Joshua Michael Ritter, and Todd Alan Ritter, all of Rochester, and Newell and wife Mary Weldy, of Escondido, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Ashley, Destiny, Austin, Breyanna, Megan, Jason and Autumn; his first great-grandchild is due in November 2012; brother, Richard and wife Annetta Ritter, of Rochester; sisters, Ruth and husband Donald Bean, of Argos, Carole Jones, of Rochester, and Martha and husband Rufus Buckner, of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Apostolic Temple, 2221 S. Ironwood, South Bend, with Bishop Thomas Mann officiating. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe, where military graveside services will be conducted.

          Memorial contribution may be made to Joyfulhans or the Sanctuary of Praise Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

          "I have fought the good fight and finished the course and I kept the Faith."

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

 

Kimberly Jo Selleck

July 27, 1959 - April 8, 2012

          Kimberly Jo SELLECK, 52, died at 10:27 p.m. Sunday.

          She is survived by her parents, Fred Selleck, Peru, and Eva Olivarez, Peru; two children, Shelly Warner, Peru, and Jeremiah Mosley, Peru; three brothers, Michael Selleck and Roger Selleck, Peru, and Steve Selleck, Butler; two sisters, Robin Selleck and Marla See, both of Peru.

          Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Thursday.

 

Charlotte E. Vera

October 1, 1910 - April 6, 2012

          Born to Walter L. and Lulu (Triplett) Vera in Dunkirk, Ind., Charlotte was predeceased by her parents; sisters Helen (Vera) Merry, and Edna Delorian Vera; nephew, Earl W. Merry; and niece, Ada C. (Merry) Miller.

          Surviving are great-nieces, Merry Miller, Michele (Miller) Jump, Cathleen (Miller) Sparks, Linde Merry, Laurel (Merry) Sweeney; nephew, Andrew Merry; and great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

          Born in Dunkirk, she graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1928. She attended Western College near Oxford, Ohio, where she prepared for teaching. She taught in the Dunkirk schools for several years. After World War II she attended Indiana University and worked for B.F. Skinner. She returned to teaching at Milan, then moved to Decatur in 1949.

          She was a member of Decatur First Presbyterian Church, Decatur Women's Club, Research Club, Order of the Eastern Star #127 and Alpha Omicron Pi.

          Retiring from teaching in 1975, Charlotte taught English, Latin, and French at Decatur High School and Bellmont High School. She was a class sponsor, Latin Club, and French Club sponsor.

          Prior to retirement, she traveled to France, Switzerland, Greece and Italy. Upon retirement, she continued to travel and visit family and friends overseas in France, England and Scotland. Among her many friends and neighbors, Heidi Trentadue and her family stand out as special for their years of friendship and love.

          The family wishes to thank the staff of Woodcrest for their wonderful care.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Decatur First Presbyterian Church, Adams County Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, and Family Hospice.

          A memorial service will be held locally at a later date in June with a private burial in Dunkirk.

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

 

William ‘Ray’ Ault

Aug. 1, 1928 - April 10, 2012

          William "Ray" AULT, 83, 2074 W. 700 North, Rochester, died at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Mona, at home; three daughters, Deborah Galbreath, of Plymouth, Cynthia Loper, of Rochester, and Barbara Guerin, of Winamac; a son, Bill Ault, of Warsaw; and a sister, Elizabeth Kline, of Monterey.

          Services are 10 a.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church on Friday.

 

Robert E. Lease

June 24, 1926 - April 9, 2012

          Robert E. LEASE, 85, of Royal Center, passed away at 7:35 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2012, at the McKinney House in Logansport.

          Born June 24, 1926, in Lucerne, he was the son of the late Harry Lease and Faye Burton. On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Mary E. Huffman, and she survives.

          He was a Lucerne High School graduate and a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Bob was a former truck driver at Farm Bureau and North Central Co-op for over 40 years. He was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church. Bob enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

          Survivors include his wife, Mary Lease, of Royal Center; son, Robert "Mike" Lease and wife Kelley, of Rochester; daughter, Beth A. Nubel, of Logansport; and brother, Harry "Bud" Lease, of Kewanna. He is also survived by grandchildren, Robert Wells (Tammy), Chad Wells (Nikki), Stephanie Jackson (Kern), Amy Wyatt (Jay), Michelle Soel (Matthew), Mary Wells (Michael Myers), Shawn Nubel, Kim Darche (Brad), Chris Lease (Erin Reid), and Paxton Lease; three step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

          He was also preceded in death by son, Scott Lease; daughter, Sarita Sue Hoehler; and brother, Richard Lease.

          Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with Pastor Kevin Drane officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Kistler Cemetery in Royal Center.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Royal Center United Methodist Church. Online condolences and personal remembrances may be sent to the Lease family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 


John Koleszar

          John KOLESZAR, 94, Winamac, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

 

Charles K. ‘Chuck’ Latta

Nov. 19, 1924 - April 10, 2012

          Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., God called home a great man, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Charles K. "Chuck" LATTA, 87, of Peru. He passed away peacefully with his two daughters and his dog, Barney, by his side.

          He was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Peru to Charles B. and Ida Muriel (Jones) Latta. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash. On July 10, 1949, he married the love of his life, Marcella (Floyd), who preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2001.

          Charles is survived by his daughters, Vicky (Tom) McCain, of Kokomo, and Debby (Gary) Raber, of Peru; granddaughters, Kelly McKillip, of Carmel, and Sherry Raber, of Peru; great-granddaughters, Shelbey Brown, Ashelyn McKillip and Lilly Raber; his sister, Donna (Glen) Lawrence, of Richmond; and many nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother; and three sisters.

          Chuck was a devoted man who dearly loved his family and was always there for them. He was loved and respected by the many who knew him. He always had a joke or story to share with them. He will be sadly missed by his family and those whose lives he touched.

          Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Fields and Rev. Evan Strong officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Peru.

          Arrangements are being handled by Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Frank P. Estep

Sept. 16, 1955 - April 11, 2012

          Frank P. ESTEP, 56, 5988 W. Blueheron Lane, Mentone, (Palestine Lake), died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Wanetta Estep, of Mentone; and two daughters, Rachel Stambaugh, of Mentone, and Kritstie Estep, of Mentone.

          Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

William Ray Ault

Aug. 1, 1928 - April 10, 2012

          Mr. William Ray AULT, 83, Rochester, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          He was born in Culver on Aug. 1, 1928, to William Howard and Verda Miller Ault. Ray graduated from Culver High School in 1946.

          On Nov. 19, 1950, Ray and Mona P. Fechner were married in Culver. A lifelong farmer, he also drove a truck for Galbreath Inc. and Heyde Oil and worked at Indiana Metal.

          Music was an important part of his life. He played the trumpet in his high school band and in the South Bend Junior Symphony. Later, Ray sang gospel music in the Grandview Quartet. In his spare time, he spent hours reading and working on crossword puzzles.

          Ray will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mona, at home; three daughters, Debbie Galbreath and husband Steve of Plymouth, Cynthia Loper of Rochester, Barbara Guerin and husband Bill of Winamac; and a son, Bill Ault of Warsaw; seven grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Kline and husband Dwight of Monterey.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Arla Moran; and a son-in-law, Bill Loper.

          Ray's funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Rochester, with visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate. Interment will be in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.

 

Friday, April 13, 2012

 

Frank P. Estep

Sept. 16, 1955 - April 11, 2012

          Frank P. ESTEP, 56, 5988 W. Blueheron Lane, Mentone, (Palestine Lake), passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at his residence after being in failing health for three years.

          Born Sept. 16, 1955, in Williamson, W.V., he was the son of James and Alta (Blankenship) Estep. On July 2, 1983, in the Olive Bethel Church of God in Akron, he married Wanetta Cox, and she survives.

          Frank worked at Medcast of Warsaw for 21 years. Prior to that he worked for White Metal of Warsaw for 12 years. He moved to Indiana in 1969 coming from Kentucky. Frank graduated from Mentone High School in 1973. He was a devoted and loving family man.

          Survivors include his wife, Wanetta Estep, of Mentone; two daughters, Rachel and husband Justin Stambaugh, of Mentone, and Kritstie Estep, of Mentone; granddaughter, Alexis; brother, Delmar and wife Mary Alice Estep, of Mentone; two sisters, Norma Wadkins, of Mentone, and Kathy and husband Tud Shuey, of Rochester; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Martha and Floyd Cox, of Akron.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, James "Red" Estep.

          Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Rev. Bryan Kratzer and Pastor Thad Stewart officiating. Burial will take place in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, administered by K21 Health Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

John Koleszar

July 11, 1917 - April 10, 2012

          John KOLESZAR, 94, of Winamac, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his residence.

          Born July 11, 1917, in Chicago, he was the son of the late Anton and Elizabeth (Kaszu) Koleszar. He married Pauline Jenczalik in 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1990.

          He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, receiving three Bronze service stars. John was a local farmer most of his life and also worked for the Indiana State Highway Department retiring as a General Foreman. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Winamac and an avid Chicago White Sox and Notre Dame fan.

          Survivors include his son, Marvin Koleszar (Lillian), of Salem, S.C.; and daughter, Bonita Kiser (Rex), of Geneseo, Ill. He is also survived by grandchildren, Cori Koleszar (Jeff Ball), of Atlanta, Ga., Alie Treon (Eric), of Atlanta, Ga., Jon Kiser (Monica), of Chicago, Ill., and Andy Kiser (Jessica), of Chicago, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Drew Ball, Jake Treon, Abby Treon and Evan Kiser.

          He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

          Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel, with Father Martin Sandhage officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. Monday until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be performed at St. Peter's Cemetery in Winamac.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Koleszar family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Robert L. Newman

          Robert L. NEWMAN, 56, Rochester, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Samuel Lee Salary

April 30, 1934 - April 9, 2012

          Samuel Lee SALARY, 77, of Culver, passed away at 9:37 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012, at the St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

          Sam was born to Pierce and Martha (Wiggins) Salary on April 30, 1934, in Comer, Ala. On May 15, 1956, he married the love of his life, Mary Washington, in Phoenix City, Ala. Together they raised seven children.

          Sam was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kings Lake and the Great Lakes Roe & Gun Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, telling stories and watching westerns. He was a steelworker for the Youngstown Sheet & Tube for many years.

          Sam is survived by his wife, Mary, of Culver; sons, Rickie Salary, of Culver, Alfonso (Shirlene) Salary, of LaPorte, L.C. (Cynthia) Johnson, of Lithonia, Ga., and James (Ethel) Cody, of Springfield, Mass.; daughters, Nettie King and Geneva (Lynn) Jordan, of Culver, and Shellie Salary, of Indianapolis; brother, George Salary, of Forest Park, Ga.; sisters, Charlotte Harvey, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Lilly Richardson, of Indianapolis; 23 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and three sisters.

          A time of sharing memories with the family will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT. Rev. Lenon Harris will officiate services at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

          Memorials may be given to the donors' choice of charities.

          The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

 

Nancy Brown

Feb. 5, 1957 - April 12, 2012

          Nancy BROWN, age 55, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 3:27 p.m. at IU/Goshen Hospital, Goshen.

          On Feb. 5, 1957, Nancy was born to Hugh Edward and Catherine Mae Ressler in Rochester. She was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County residing in Warsaw. On June 16, 1979, she married Curt Brown in Warsaw, and he survives.

          Nancy enjoyed being a member of the community and was involved in many activities. Nancy was known as one of the first team members of the Women's Rugby Team at Purdue University, was past President of the Tri Kappa, member of the Kosciusko Human Resource Association, Kosciusko County Leadership Academy, and Rozella Ford Golf Club where she was a champion player and a member of the "Ladies 9 Hole Club." After graduation from Warsaw Community High School, Nancy achieved an MBA from the University of Saint Francis, BS from Purdue University, and a Teacher's Certificate from Goshen College. Nancy attended Warsaw Community Church with her family where she enjoyed numerous bible studies, along with teaching students in the Son Light Children's Ministries.

          Nancy enjoyed her years of employment at Ivy Tech as program chairman for the School of Business. She also had worked in the engineering department of United Telephone Company here in Warsaw. Her achievements at Ivy Tech were of many; chairperson for United Way campaign; chairperson for the charitable annual Golf 101 outing; instrumental in starting of the BAAG Group; brought the VITA group to campus to assist people with taxes; Scholarship Committee; and a Charter Member of WWW.

          Nancy is survived by her husband, Curt; a daughter, Amanda, of Chicago, Ill.; a son, William, of Warsaw; her father and mother, Hugh and Cathy, of Warsaw; and brothers, Dave (spouse Becky), of Houston, Texas, and Terry, of Fortville.

          Funeral services for Nancy will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Warsaw Community Church, Warsaw. Visitation will be on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the McHatton Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw. Pastor Denny Wilson will be officiating the service. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw.

          The family has asked for memorials to be made out to the Goshen Cancer Center, IU/Goshen Hospital, 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, IN 46562. To sign the guest book or sent condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

Harold Keith West

          Harold Keith WEST, 81, Rochester, died at 9:48 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, April 16, 2012

 

Mary L. Karns

          Mary L. KARNS, 82, Logansport, died at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Chase Center, Logansport.

          Survivors include her daughters, Marianne Berkshire, of Camden, Linda Snoeberger, of Buffalo, Shirley Wright, of Finley, Ohio, and Carol E. Foster, of Logansport; son, Jack Karns, of Logansport; brother, Gary Caine, of Kokomo; and sister, Alice Turner, of Kokomo.

          Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Gilbert G. Rich

          Gilbert G. RICH, 85, Argos, died at 9:34 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Einspahr; children, Pam Robowski, of Grovertown, Mike Rich, of Argos, and Linda Guyse, of Argos; and a brother, Lloyd Rich, of Rochester.

          There will be no visitation or services.

          Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, Bourbon, is caring for the arrangements.

 

Keith West

          Harold Keith WEST, 82, Rochester, died at 9:48 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife, Veta, at home; sons, Jerome West, of Traverse City, Mich., Larry West, of Almont, Mich., and Gary West, of Plymouth; and brothers, Bert West, of Palacios, Texas, and George West, of Tacoma, Wash.

          Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church on Friday.

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

 

Barbara Kay Davis

          Barbara Kay DAVIS, 67, 1907 LaVista Drive, Warsaw, died at 2:35 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at her residence.

          Survivors include her husband, John W. Davis Jr., of Warsaw; daughters, Cindy Kimmel, of Mentone, and Sandy Layne, of Warsaw; son, John Davis III, of Akron; sister, Harriett Freeze, of Mishawaka; and brothers, Terry Steiner, of Mesquite, Texas, and Thomas Steiner, of Huntington.

          Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. today.

 

Robert Lee Newman

          Robert Lee NEWMAN, 56, 433 E. 18th St., Rochester, died at 7:16 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at his residence.

          He is survived by his daughter, Petrina Williams, of New Orleans, La.

          Services are 11 a.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

 

Mary Bette Clevenger

July 18, 1922 - April 16, 2012

          Mary Bette CLEVENGER, 89, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 8:09 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2012, in Grace Village Healthcare Center.

          On July 18, 1922, she was born in Rochester, to Elzie and Myra (Moon) Blackburn. Mary married Homer M. Clevenger in Wabash, Ind. He preceded her in death in 1991.

          Living most of her lifetime in the Wabash area, Mary moved to Warsaw in 1990. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Christian Church, Warsaw. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Wabash, the Wabash Women's Legion Auxillary and the Wabash Moose Lodge.

          She is survived by her sons, Larry (and spouse Jeanne) Clevenger, Warsaw, Mike (and spouse Barb) Clevenger, Tarrytown, N.Y.; one brother, Bob Blackburn, Wabash; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and one grandchild.

          A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Pastor Gary Boschain officiating. Burial will be at The Falls Cemetery, Wabash, Ind.

          Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral chapel.

          To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com

 

Lois I. Garber

Aug. 2, 1929 - April 15, 2012

          Lois I. GARBER, 82, of South Bend, Ind., passed away at 9:05 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012, in her residence after an extended illness.

          Lois was born on Aug. 2, 1929, in Rochester, to Oran Leddy and Geneva (Baldwin) Leddy. She has resided in the Michiana area much of her lifetime. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Ralph C. Garber, in Rochester, who survives.

          Mrs. Garber is also survived by two sons, Daniel J. (Lisa) Garber, of Hortonville, Wis., and Michael J. Garber, of South Bend; one daughter, Laurie D. (Warren) Breit, of South Bend; one brother, Eldon Leddy, of Freemont, Ind.; and seven grandchildren.

          Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Oran Leddy and Geneva (Baldwin) Leddy.

          Mrs. Graber was a retired auditor for the federal government, working in the Defense Department. Some of her hobbies included gardening, sewing, cutting grass on the rider, cooking (baking pies) and spending time with family.

          The family request that all memorial contributions be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County located at 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.

          Visitation hours will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at Hanley & Sons "Southwest Chapel" Funeral Home located at West Ireland Road and Indiana 23, South Bend. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Gene Eckerley officiating. Burial is to follow at Rochester IOOF Cemetery in Rochester.

          The Hanley & Sons "Southwest Chapel" Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Garber family.

 

W. B. “Mal” Malaby

          W.B. "Mal" MALABY, 96, Rochester, died Tuesday in Stuart, Fla.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Eugene Personett

Sept. 27, 1937 - April 16, 2012

          Rev. Eugene "Gene" Virgil PERSONETT, 74, Logansport, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 16, 2012, at 6:23 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

          Gene was born on Sept. 27, 1937, in Mishawaka, Ind., the son of Virgil S. and Verna Pearl Gustin Personett. He graduated from South Bend John Adams High School in 1956 and attended Franklin College. Gene later obtained a B.S. degree from Indiana University and a master's degree from Trinity Theological Seminary. He was ordained a minister in 1957.

          Gene was married to Mary V. Knox on Nov. 5, 1957, in South Bend. Their union brought four children: Dale W., Nola D., Stacey L., and Wendy S. They were married until 1980.

          On April 27, 1991, in Versailles, Ind., Gene was married to Mary M. Keller Large and his family grew to include her three children: Duane J., Deborah S., and Diane M. Together, Gene and Mary celebrated nearly 21 years of marriage.

          Through the years, Gene served as pastor at several churches in Indiana and Georgia. His last pastoral assignments were at Perrysburg Baptist Church and Chili Baptist Church. He was also involved in the probation field and had served as a probation officer in several Indiana counties. Gene served as chaplain at Tyson Foods in Logansport for a few years and operated the Interventions Counseling Center in Logansport for 10 years.

          Gene is survived by his wife Mary; two sons, Dale Personett, Sellersburg, Ind., and Duane Large, Logansport; five daughters, Nola Hines, Fulton, Debbie Bell and husband Phil, Kokomo, Stacey Kesler and husband Blake, Kewanna, Diane Pendley and husband Tony, Syracuse, Utah, and Wendy Sutton and husband Steve, Kewanna.

          He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Robert Personett, serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Bo Hines, Fulton, Faith Brown and husband Ted, Kewanna, Lyndy Szmara and husband Zach, Marion, Zek Kesler, Kewanna, Jake Kiss, Kewanna, Luke and Tanner Sutton, Kewanna, Caitin Pendley and wife Candace, Ogden, Utah, Marissa Frederick and husband Aaron, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Tristan Pendley, Syracuse, Utah, Mollie Bell, Kokomo. and James Bell, Kokomo; seven great-grandchildren, Lilly and Ava Hines, Chloe and Barrett Brown, Isaac Szmara, and Jayden and Brookelynn Frederick; two sisters, Rosemary Hudson, South Bend, and Dorothy Peoples, Renton, Wash.; as well as many sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

          He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Jacque C. Hudson and James Peoples.

          Gene was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many. He thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with his family. Gene was a man who lived his faith every day. He will be truly missed by those who loved him.

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Glenn McLay officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anne's Cemetery, Monterey.

          Visitation will be Thursday from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

          The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life or Guardian Angel Foundation.

 

Keith West

March 24, 1930 - April 13, 2012

          Mr. Harold Keith WEST, 82, of Rochester, passed away at 9:48 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

          Keith was born in Honey Creek, Ind., on March 24, 1930, the son of Rev. Lawrence R. and Veva Whitworth West. Growing up, he shared his childhood with his two brothers, Bert and George. With great pride, in 1947, he graduated from Redkey High School in Delaware County. During his high school years, he played trombone in the band's brass section. Following high school, he attended and graduated from Ft. Wayne's International Business College where he earned an associate's degree in business.

          Patriotism beckoned him, and Keith answered the call by serving with the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He was stationed primarily in Fairbanks, Alaska. Returning home, he began his business career as an accountant with International Harvester from 1953-1966. During this time, he worked out of Ft. Wayne, South Bend and Kokomo. While in South Bend, he met and fell in love with Veta Bowen.

          On March 11, 1961, Keith and Veta were married at Southlawn United Methodist Church in South Bend. Their union spanned over 51 years. The family tree flourished with the additions of six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Moving to Rochester in 1966, Keith served the Topps Manufacturing Company as office manager for 27 years, retiring in 1993. With a level of high energy and a love for people, Keith earned his real estate broker's license and worked with the Dave Helt Realty group. During this time, he also served our community as a member of the board of zoning appeals and on the plan commission.

          Keith never missed an opportunity to exercise his civic responsibility, especially his privilege to vote on election days. A member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1966, he served his church as treasurer for many years. Earlier, he and Veta were members of the Come-Join-Us Sunday School class. A charter member and board of directors of the De Cycle's bicycling group, Keith looked forward to and shared in many of their adventures. During some of his vacation time, he would fly out to meet the group on location and help drive the truck with supplies. Keith was the head cook for the hungry bicyclers.

          Summertime on Lake Manitou brought on boating season. Keith was in the driver's seat pulling the kids water skiing and tubing. To relax he enjoyed the music of Lawrence Welk. He never missed the radio shows of Rush Limbaugh and Mike Huckabee. He enjoyed dinner with Veta while watching game shows the Price is Right and Jeopardy. Following the arrival of the third generation, he followed the grandchildren's activities, always attending their theatrical productions, music concerts and athletic events.

          Keith is lovingly remembered by his wife, Veta, at home; his three sons, Jerome West and wife Sue of Traverse City, Mich., and their sons, Mark West and wife Sarah, and Patrick West and wife Maria; Larry West and wife Rhonda of Almont, Mich., and their daughter, Stacey Zmikly and husband Joe; and Gary West and wife Laura of Plymouth, and their sons, Zachary West and Landon West; three great-grandchildren, Matthew West, Nathan West, and Tatum Zmikly; two brothers, Bert West and wife Betty of Palacios, Texas, and George West and wife Donna of Tacoma, Wash.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandson, Vern West in March of 1992.

          A celebration of the life of Harold Keith West will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012, in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 801 Jefferson St., Rochester, with Pastors Buck Padilla and Rob Mace officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester and one hour prior to the service in the church. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.

          Keith will be laid to rest on the family plot in the Mentone Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post #36, the Manitou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1343, and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

          You may wish to sign Keith's guestbook or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com

 

Hugh C. Young

          Hugh C. YOUNG, 92, Northport, Fla., died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.

          Survivors include three children, Glenn F. Young, St. Louis, Mo., Nila J. Dailey, Zionsville, and Sue Baxter, Valparaiso; and one brother, Charles A. Young, Indianapolis.

          Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

 

Phil Nafziger

          Phil NAFZIGER, 67, Rochester, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert Newman

Sept. 5, 1955 - April 11, 2012

          Mr. Robert Lee NEWMAN, 56, of 433 E. 18th St., Rochester, passed away at 7:16 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at his residence.

          He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 5, 1955, to Alfred and Clartha Neal Newman. Robert had lived in the Fulton County area since 1986. He had been employed as an iron pourer at Rochester Metals.

          Robert was a very nice guy, always willing to help anybody that he could. In his free time, he liked to watch TV. One of his favorite shows was Charmed. He was often seen at Pizza Hut ordering a delicious sub sandwich.

          Robert is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Petrina Williams, of Harvey La.; a granddaughter, Kayliyah Gray; and a grandson, Malik Taylor.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jacqueline Williams in 2009; and a brother, Alfred Newman in 2011.

          A celebration of the life of Robert Lee Newman will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Lenon Harrison officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service in the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in the Citizens Cemetery of Rochester.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to Robert's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday, April 20, 2012

 

Loretta Hurd

          Loretta HURD, 62, 5715 W. Quail Road, Mentone, (Palestine Lake), Ind., died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Mason Health Care, Warsaw.

          Survivors include her husband, James H. Hurd, of Palestine, Ind.; daughter, Lori Owens, of Silver Lake, Ind.; son, Jason Hurd, of Palestine, Ohio; brothers, Leo Bradley, of Royal, Ky., and Travis Bradley, of Peru, Ind.; and sisters, Renis Baldridge, of Pierceton, Ind., Biddie Reffitt, of Fulton, Ind., Arville Slone, of Warsaw, Ind., and Mimia Howard, of Printer, Ky.

          Services are 1 p.m. Sunday at Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, Silver Lake, Ind., with visitation 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the church.

          King Memorial Home, Mentone, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Bernard R. Seiler Sr.

          Bernard R. "Bernie" SEILER Sr., 96, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Muncie Health and Rehabilitation.

          Survivors include a son, Bernard Jr., of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; a daughter, Barbara Kaufman, of Muncie; and a brother, Toby Jr., of Rochester.

          Funeral service was held Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Muncie.

 


Saturday, April 21, 2012

 

Gale Boldry

Aug. 26, 1923 - April 20, 2012

          Gale BOLDRY, 88, 2950 W. 500 South, Rochester, passed away at 12:37 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at his residence.

          He was born on Aug. 26, 1923, in Twelve Mile, the son of Everett William and Hazel Anna (Dougherty) Boldry. On Aug. 1, 1946, in Lucerne, he married Jean Swank, and she survives.

          Mr. Boldry was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II and had been a farmer. He had regularly attended the Fulton United Methodist Church, Fulton, and in his spare time loved to do excavation work.

          Survivors include his wife, Jean Boldry, of Rochester; sons, Dr. Michael A. and wife Linda Boldry, of Rochester, Philip and wife Karen Boldry, of Macy, and Steven and wife Anita Boldry, of Rochester; daughters, Lori Ann and husband Ronald Jaworski, of Osceola, and Lisa Maroney, of Kewanna; grandchildren, Brian Boldry, Teresa Simpson, Staci Pfeiffer, Todd Boldry, Chad Boldry, Tammy Bonnell, Brad Boldry, Scott Boldry, Katherine Jaworski, Alice Jaworski, Sam Jaworski and Jacob Maroney; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Wanda Hauser, of Logansport, and Marie Leavell, of Fulton.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Everett Franklin Boldry; and brother, Howard Eugene Boldry.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Ind., where military graveside services will be conducted.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

W.B. (Mal) Malaby

          W.B. (Mal) MALABY, 96, Rochester, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Treasure Coast Hospice House, Stuart, Fla.

          Survivors include his wife, Norma, of Rochester; and son, Tom, of Rochester.

          Services are 11 a.m. April 28 at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

          The Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Harold (Curly) Dean Stevens

          Harold (Curly) Dean STEVENS, 73, 407 W. Walnut St., Argos, died at 8:26 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Phillip N. Nafzinger

Aug. 15, 1944 - April 18, 2012

          Mr. Phillip Noel NAFZIGER, 67, of Rochester, passed away at 3:01 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Phill was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 15, 1944, to Roland Wesley and Alberta Beck Nafziger. Growing up, he shared his childhood with his brother, Roger, and two sisters, Peggy and Minta.

          On July 4, 1992, Phill and Roxanne Spires were married in Rockford, Ill. Their adventures in life spanned nearly two decades. They enjoyed traveling to San Juan, St. Thomas and other Caribbean islands. A connoisseur of cigars, Phill loved relaxing on the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou, floating on the pontoon while listening to the music of Jimmy Buffett. An avid golfer, Mill Creek and the Elk's courses were among his favorites. At home, he enjoyed hosting poker parties with the guys. Grillin' out smoked brisket while providing all of the trimmings was another great gesture of hospitality.

          A loyal and devoted employee of AIRVAC, he served in the capacity of environmental manager until his retirement in January of 2012. Phill served on the Fulton County Parks Board. He was a member of the Eagles, Moose and Elks Fraternal Lodges, serving as trustee on the Elks board for many years.

          Phill will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Roxanne, at home; a son, Roger Nafziger and companion Laurie Hale, of Prosper, Texas; and a brother, Roger Nafziger and wife Nancy, of Tombal, Texas.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Minta and Peggy.

          A celebration of the life of Phillip N. Nafziger will be from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at Alejandra's, 2077 Main St., Rochester. This will be a time for family and friends to share their memories of Phill. Each year, Phill and Roxanne made holiday cookies and created treat bags for the kids to enjoy following their Christmas shopping experience with a cop. To honor Phill's memory, Roxanne and Roger asks that memorials in lieu of flowers be made to Shop with a Cop.

          The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. You may wish to sign Phill’s guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Monday, April 23, 2012

 

Wanda Hauser

Dec 2, 1917-April 21, 2012

          Wanda HAUSER, 94, Logansport, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 9:14 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          She was born on Dec. 2, 1917, in Packwood, Iowa, the daughter of Everett William and Hazel Anna (Dougherty) Boldry. On Dec. 3, 1938, in South Bend, she married Omer Hauser. He preceded her in death Aug. 12, 2002.

          Mrs. Hauser was a homemaker and worked on the family farm. Earlier in life she had worked at Bloominthal's Department Store, Rochester, and at Frick Hardware, Fulton. She was a member of the Fletcher's Lake United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and the Bidewee Club. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and making quilts.

          Survivors include her son, Danny and wife Phyllis Hauser, of Rochester; daughter, Donna and husband Jerry Hisey, of Macy; grandchildren, Dale Hauser, of Mountain View, Calif., Duane Hauser, of Muncie, Brent and wife Lana Hisey, of Warsaw, Brenda and husband Fred Weaver, of Macy, Barry Hisey, of Pierceton, and Brad and wife Patience Hisey, of Westfield; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Leavell, of Fulton.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Deb Templeton; and brother, Gale Boldry.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Revs. Dave Sommers and George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home. Eastern Star services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher's Lake United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Cecil Robert Snider

          Cecil Robert SNIDER, 74, 8707 19th Road, Argos, died at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Harold ‘Curly’ Dean Stevens

          Harold “Curly” Dean STEVENS, 73, 407 Walnut St., Argos, died at 8:26 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at his residence.

          Survivors include his wife, Verna Stevens, of Argos; son, Douglas D. Stevens, of Noblesville; sisters, Ruby Brock, of Argos, Juanita Duff, of Argos, Bonnie Susits, of Argos, and Linda Hale of Lakeville; and brothers, Herbert Stevens, of Argos, Hobert Stevens, of Lakeville, William Stevens, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Sherman Stevens , of Bourbon.

          Service are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to the services at the church.

 

Robert C. ‘Bob’ Tobey

          Robert C. "Bob" TOBEY, 77, Rochester, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Shirley, at home; daughter, Lee Ann Tobey Eizinger, of Rochester; sister, Jane Halterman; and brother, Thomas Tobey.

          Private family services will be Wednesday. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

 

David Allen Baker

          David Allen BAKER, 57, Peru, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at his residence.

          Survivors include his children, Scott Allen Baker, of Wabash, Misty Dawn Baker, of Peru, and Nicole Lynn Baker, of Peru; and brother, Daniel Baker, of Denver.

          Services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Ruthanna Borden

June 8, 1917 - April 23, 2012

          Ruthanna BORDEN, 94, Peru, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012, at St. Vincent's Heart Center, Carmel.

          She was born in Miami County on June 8, 1917, the daughter of Earl and Hazel Pence Agness. Ruthanna married Harold Borden on Dec. 31, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1999.

          Ruthanna was a 1935 graduate of Clay Township High School and a retired Butler Township homemaker.

          They lived on their family farm for 58 years, and she moved to the Blair Ridge retirement community in 2001 and resided there until her death.

          Ruthanna and Harold also wintered in Bradenton, Fla., for 27 years. She was a member and active in the McGrawsville United Methodist Church, where she had served as President of the United Methodist Women.

          She was active in the Butler Happy Homemakers for over 70 years, and she served as a Pink Lady for the Dukes Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

          Ruthanna was a devoted wife, a wonderful mother and a loving grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, ceramics and making afghans for her family. She delighted in entertaining her family and friends for special events and celebratory dinners.

          Surviving are sons, Glenn (Janellyn) Borden, of Fort Wayne, and Max (Janey) Borden, of Rochester; a daughter, Marcia (John) Graft, of Fishers; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sara) Borden, of Walton, Philip (Catherine) Borden, of Cambridge, Mass., Greg (Julie) Borden, of Naples, Fla., Abigail (Kevin) Renie, of Rochester, Nicholas (Lindsay) Borden, of Naples, Fla., Ryan (Alison) Graft, of Carmel, and Shawn (Alex) Graft, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Borden, Reece and Davis Renie, Cole, Anna and Brooke Borden, and Claire and Elise Graft. Also surviving are sisters, Geneva Willson, of Kokomo, and Carolyn Einselen, of Peru; and a brother, Gene (Fern) Agness, of Bradenton, Fla.

          Preceding her in death were brothers, Mark, Herman, Thurman and Richard Agness; and a sister, Beulah Harts.

          A service celebrating the life of Ruthanna Borden will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the McGrawsville United Methodist Church, 9377 S. 300 East, Amboy, IN, 46911, with Pastor Steve Austin officiating. Burial will be in Santa Fe Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, IN 46970.

          Memorial donations may be made to the McGrawsville United Methodist Church through the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Vivian F. Crippen

          Vivian F. CRIPPEN, 88, Rochester, died at 2:20 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel.

 

Marjorie J. Rhodes

July 22, 1928 - April 23, 2012

          Mrs. Marjorie J. RHODES, 83, Rochester, passed away at 11:12 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at her residence.

          She was born on July 22, 1928, in Rochester. On March 14, 1947, Marjorie and Thomas A. Rhodes were married in Logansport. He preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2000.

          Marjorie will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Colleen Wagoner and husband Richard, of Rochester, Marcia Heishman, of Lafayette, and Annette Fenstermaker and husband Don, of Rochester; nine grandchildren, Dustin Heishman, Trish Collins and husband Tony, Richard Wagoner and wife Shelly, Stacy Wagoner and wife Heather, Taylor Fenstermaker, Matthew Zehner and fiance Brittany Bailey, Josh Zehner and wife Candace, Kylee Fenstermaker, and Caleb Fenstermaker; and 16 great-grandchildren.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a great-grandson, Kaleb Thomas Wagoner.

          A celebration of the life of Marjorie J. Rhodes will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Terry Baldwin officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

C Robert ‘Bob’ Snider

          C. Robert "Bob" SNIDER, 74, 8470 19th Road, Argos, died at 9:55 a.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Strycker, of Tippecanoe.

          Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Robert C. ‘Bob’ Tobey

Sept. 15, 1934 - April 20, 2012

          Lifelong Fulton County farmer, Mr. Robert C. "Bob" TOBEY, 77, of Rochester, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Bob was born on Sept. 15, 1934, in Fulton County, the son of Howard and Mary Newell Tobey. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Jane and Phyllis. As a young man, Bob attended the Woodrow School for eight years. During his freshman year, he began attending Rochester High School. A member of the RHS football team, Bob graduated with his Class of 1952.

          Embracing agriculture during his youth, Bob was a charter member and one of the founders of the Rochester High School Future Farmers of America Chapter. He loved judging livestock in FFA and enjoyed attending fairs around northern Indiana to just visit the livestock barns and take in visual images of all of the animals he would see. Bob was also a 10-year member of Fulton County 4-H. With great pride, Bob showed the Jersey Calf at the Indiana State Fair. He also showed a hog he raised at our county fair that was recognized as Grand Champion Hog. He was an active participant in the Hoosier Quality Wether Shows.

          During his youth, Bob developed a strong work ethic and a passion for agriculture. Each day there were many chores, and with great dedication he addressed them meticulously and on time. Among his prized livestock were a fine herd of Jersey Cows and Chester White Hogs. Their farm also produced beans, hay and corn.

          On Nov. 25, 1955, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church, present home of Trinity, Bob married his best friend and the love of his life, Shirley Colleen Wagoner. Together they shared 56 years of love, family and adventures in life.

          Their union produced two beautiful daughters, Debbie and Lee Ann. Sadly, Debbie, age 14, passed in September of 1970. Over the years, the family tree flourished with the additions of two grandchildren, Amy and Burke. Bob and his family are excited with the thoughts of the imminent arrival of the fourth generation in early May, now known as Baby Ott.

          During the late 1950s, more livestock was added to the farming operation including purebred Shropshire Sheep and Hereford/Simmental Beef Cattle. White Emden Geese also inhabited the farm, and one year, more than 300 went to Chicago for the holidays. Some will remember Bob during the planting and harvest season perched on top of his International 806 or his 1952 N-Ford tractor.

          There are many fond memories with Bob on the farm. One is the "green bean processing day," a true production line. The entire family would provide a team effort to harvest the green beans, snap and wash prior to canning the delicious veggies that would be enjoyed by all through the winter to early spring. Another prominent memory is "Wash Day," an annual event just prior to the arrival of Fulton County 4-H week, bathing and grooming their sheep, hogs and geese so they would be attired in their finest for their judging day! There was no better cattle caller or bird caller than Bob, as his calls could be heard all over the neighborhood.

          Over the years, Bob enjoyed many aspects of horticulture. He planted a beautiful variety of flowers that enhanced the landscape of his home, exploding with bloom throughout the summer and fall seasons. He is best remembered for his ability to grow Zinnias. With a touch of craftsmanship, he would arrange fresh flower bouquets or incorporate a grapevine wreath with a touch of fresh-cut flowers to share with family, neighbors and special friends. One year, 20 Shropshire Lambs bred and born on Tobey Farms were found in seven different counties. Bob was accomplished with his "favorite" tools of the trade, binder twine and bailing wire.

          A memorable 4-H accomplishment occurred during Burke's show tenure. Taking nearly three and a half decades, Tobey Farms was the proud home of the Fulton County Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Ewes, and Grand Champion Dam and Daughter, a clean sweep, a rare achievement for any farming operation.

          In 2008, the state of Indiana recognized Tobey Farms with a Centennial award as the farm had been owned by the family for over 100 years as it was established by family in 1894. Bob witnessed his dream of his grandchildren competing at the Indiana State Fair with Shropshire's and Chester Whites for 11 years. He also showed in the open event two times. Bob and Burke and Amy all represented Tobey Farms at the International Livestock Expo in Louisville on several occasions, showcasing some of their finest sheep and hogs.

          Bob was a 77-year member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. He and Shirley were members of the Come-Join-Us Sunday School Class. There was many memories of hayrides, wiener roasts and New Year's celebrations with the class. Bob was a devoted member of the Fulton County Republicans, serving Precinct No. 7 as a committeeman during the '60s and '70s.

          Other memberships include the Fulton County Farm Bureau; Fulton County Purebred Breeders Association; member and past president of the Shropshire Breeders Association; National Shropshire Breeders Association; Fulton County Extension Board, serving a 15-year stint; and Fulton County Sheep Committee for 50-plus years, serving as sheep superintendent during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bob led the Woodrow Sodbusters for over 45 years as leader. As a young man, he was a member of the Indiana Jersey Registry and the Chester White Registry.

          In addition to farming, Bob worked for the Farm Bureau Co-Op as bulk delivery driver for 17 years. Later, he worked for the State Highway Department also for 17 years, retiring in 2000. He told many stories of his adventures driving the plows, clearing the Indiana highways making Hoosier driving safe. To relax, he and Shirley looked forward to their annual November trek to Louisville, home of the International Livestock Exposition.

          Bob is lovingly remembered by his wife, Shirley, at home; daughter, Lee Ann Tobey Eizinger and husband Tim, of Rochester; two grandchildren, Eric and Amy Eizinger Ott, of Greenfield, and Burke and Tasha Eizinger, of Syracuse; a sister, Jane Halterman; a brother, Thomas Tobey; an Aunt Dorothy Tobey Horn; and also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

          Preceding him in death are a beloved daughter, Deborah Sue Tobey, on September 1970; a sister, Phyllis; and his parents.

          Private family services celebrating the life of Mr. Bob Tobey will be Wednesday. Friends may visit with his family from 4-8 p.m. today at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

          The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers be made to the Robert C. "Bob" Tobey Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. You may sign Bob's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory by visiting www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

Vivian F. Crippen

Jan. 24, 1924 - April 23, 2012

          Vivian F. CRIPPEN, 88, of Grass Creek, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Born Jan. 24, 1924, in Grass Creek, she was the daughter of the late Otto W. and Edna B. (Kistler) Applegate. On June 26, 1945, she married Leroy Crippen, and he preceded in death on June 16, 1996.

          She was a 1942 Grass Creek High School graduate.

          Mrs. Crippen was a homemaker and a farm wife. She also formerly served as Fulton County Deputy Assessor for three years and also formerly worked at the license branch as branch manager in Rochester, retiring in 1990.

          Mrs. Crippen was a member of the Grass Creek United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer and pianist for many years. She was also a member of the 21st Century Club.

          Survivors include her daughters, Shirley A. Wagoner and Jean E. Rock and husband Rick, both of Grass Creek; sister-in-law, Corabelle Crippen, of Rochester; and six grandchildren, Tammy Vigar (Steve), of Rochester, Sandy Cooper and Kelly Wolf, both of Grass Creek, Art Crippen, of Indianapolis, Andy Crippen, of Rochester, and Carrie Crippen, of Indianapolis. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Jessie Rock-Wolf, Addison Crippen, Emily Vigar, Johnny Cooper, Kelsie Wolf, Terry Johnston and Aubrey Long.

          She was also preceded in death by her son, Edward Lee Crippen; son-in-law, Wayne Wagoner; and sisters-in-law, Zedda Brumbaugh and Mary York Hiatt.

          Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with Pastors Don Reed and David Sommers officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel, and also one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday. Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Grass Creek United Methodist Church. Online condolences and personal memories may be shared with the Crippen family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

W.B. ‘Mal’ Malaby

Jan. 16, 1916 - April 17, 2012

          Mr. W.B. "Mal" MALABY, 96, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed from this life to the next at Treasure Coast Hospice House in Stuart, Fla., on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

          Mal was born in Kokomo on Jan. 16, 1916, the son of Carl and Anna Wohrer Malaby. A proud 1935 graduate of Rochester High School, he later attended and graduated from the Chicago Business College.

          On Sept. 8, 1946, Mal married his best friend and the love of his life, Norma Mayer, in her hometown of Defiance, Ohio. Their union of over 67 years produced two handsome sons, Tom and David. Returning to Kokomo, Mal opened a sporting goods store, "Mal's Out-O-Doors Store." He offered a variety of sporting goods but specialized with products used for hunting and fishing and returned to Rochester to enjoy these activities. It's been said that Mal has caught about as many blue gill as anyone on Good Pond. He played the game of golf in Rochester, Kokomo and Stuart, Fla. A man of great athleticism, Mal golfed and fly fished until the amazing age of 94 years young!

          Mal's memberships include over 60 years of Grace United Methodist Churches in Kokomo and Rochester, the Elk's Lodge of Rochester, and the Optimist Club and the Power Squadron of Kokomo.

          Normal and Mal enjoyed over 25 years of wintering in Stuart, Fla. It was here that they enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine while playing shuffleboard, a game he was accomplished with. They both enjoyed the card table, playing many games of euchre and bridge. As a woodcraftsman, he enjoyed carving intricate images of birds while in Florida. Mal enjoyed the art of fly tying, creating custom lures for many fly fishermen that visited his shop. Following his retirement, he continued to fly-ty for many of his fly fishermen buddies. At home, he enjoyed assisting Norma with the painting of the flower gardens that accented their landscape.

          Mal is lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma, of Rochester; a son, Tom Malaby, of Rochester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind many neighbors, friends, his family at Grace Church and the many customers he befriended at his sporting goods store to cherish his memory.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, David Malaby, in October of 2008.

          Celebration of the life of Mr. W.B. "Mal" Malaby will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grace United Methodist Church, 701 Jefferson St., Rochester, with Pastor Maurice Grindle and Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Friends may visit with his family one hour prior to services.

          The Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, has been entrusted with his arrangements. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester, or the Treasure Coast Hospice House, Stuart, Fla. You may wish to sign Mal's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

James Manning

          James MANNING, 75, Rochester, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Betty J. Reeve Tann

          Betty J. Reeve TANN, 91, 7272 W. Nebraska St., Claypool, (Beaver Lake), and formerly of Marion, died at 5 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at her residence.

          Survivors include her son, Gregory Tann, of Claypool; and sister, Joan Beard, of Marion.

          Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Edward ‘Ed’ A. Waltz

          Edward "Ed" A. WALTZ, 75, 807 E. 10th St., Rochester, passed away at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his residence.

          He was born on May 19, 1936, in South Bend, the son of Robert B. and Doris (Andrews) Waltz. On July 12, 1956, in Twelve Mile, he married Leona Jo Corn, and she survives. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1964, serving in Korea and stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Benning, Ga.

          After retiring from the U.S. Army, Ed moved to Rochester to work in the family construction business of Waltz Building Service. He also owned Four Seasons Mobile Home Court, and upon selling this, he retired and worked part time at Modular Builders, Rochester.

          Ed was a member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He loved to work in his yard and garden, feeding and watching his birds, fishing, and attending the grandchildren's sporting events and had been very active in coaching baseball. He loved spending time with his family, especially teaching the grandchildren to fish.

          Survivors include his wife, Jo Waltz, of Rochester; daughter, Jo Ann and husband Jeff Warner, of Rochester; sons, Edward A. and wife Maria Waltz Jr., of Pierceton, and Robert P. Waltz, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Ashley (Warner) and husband T.J. DuBois, of Rochester, Adam Warner and fiance Sasha Terry, of Fort Wayne, Nicole (Waltz) and husband Justin Hines, of Royal Center, Hollie (Waltz) and husband Bob Prater, of Rochester, Lane Waltz, of Indianapolis, Ryann Waltz, of Warsaw, Kyle Waltz and fiance Jacci Havel, of Raleigh, N.C., and Derek Waltz and companion Nicole Graves, of Anderson; step-grandchildren, Chris Lusso and companion Kim Cantrell, of North Webster, and Stephanie and husband Pete Tuura, of Warsaw; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara and husband James Rock, of Rochester; and his beloved feline companion, Brady.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Waltz; mother, Doris Mills; and brother, Phillip D. Waltz.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Jason See officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

 

Merle V. Aldefer

March 6, 1928 - April 25, 2012

          Merle V. ALDERFER, 84, Laketon, passed away at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his residence.

          Born March 6, 1928, in Richland Center, he was the son of Carl M. Alderfer and Ruth J. (Ault), who both preceded him in death.

          He was a retired asphalt road construction worker, retiring from Rieth-Riley Asphalt, Fort Wayne. On Oct. 18, 1950, he married Julia M. Coleman, and she survives.

          He was a member of Operator Engineer Union No. 103, Fort Wayne, a life-member and past governor of Moose Lodge No. 1518 in North Manchester, and a life-member of Tippecanoe Fellowship No. 96.

          Survivors include son, Jack L. Alderfer, of Servia; daughters, Pamela Bowman, of North Manchester, Brenda (Larry) Weaver, of Goshen, Tammie (Robert) Funk, of Akron, and Susie Elliott, of Syracuse; brothers, Howard Alderfer, of Warsaw, and Wayne Alderfer, of Cromwell; sisters, Mary Bruce, of Mentone, Mrs. Bill (Ruby) Thompson, of Mentone, and Mrs. Don (Phyllis) Shuster, of LaPorte; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

          He was preceded in death by five brothers; one sister; and one great-grandchild.

          Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon.

          Memorial contributions can be made to the family through McKee Mortuary. Online condolences may be emailed to delaughtermckee.com.

 


Edith (Haney) Darkwood

Jan. 13, 1917 - April 24, 2012

          Edith (Haney) DARKWOOD, 95, of White Pigeon, Mich., passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Cass County Medical Care Facility.

          She was born Jan. 13, 1917, in Rochester, to Daniel L. and Della (Babcock) Cook. On Dec. 28, 1938, she married Edger Haney. He passed away Aug. 5, 1972. Edith later married Virgil Darkwood on May 8, 1993, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 2010.

          Survivors include a daughter, Lou (Marvin) Anderson, of Indianapolis; four sons, Wayne (Darlene) Haney, of White Pigeon, Mich., Lamar (Linda) Haney, of Cullowhee, N.C., Guy (Jane) Haney, of Orland, Maine, and Robert Darkwood, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

          In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Eldrith, Elmer and Kenneth Cook, and one great-grandson.

          Prior to her retirement, she had been employed more than 20 years at Domore Chair Company in Elkhart. Edith was a faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, traveling and especially spending time with her grandchildren playing board games.

          Visitation will be held today from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Friday at Billings Funeral home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Pastor Catherine Koziatek will officiate. Interment will follow in Rice Cemetery.

          Contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church in memory of Edith. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.billingsfuneralhome.com.

 

Jobe Gates

March 6, 1972 - April 14, 2012

          Jobe GATES, of Grand Blanc, Mich., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, April 14, 2012, at 40 years of age, leaving behind the joys of his life, Tessa (9), Kendall (7), and Annika (1).

          Jobe Gates was born to Sandy Sadler Gates and Dennis Gates on March 6, 1972. Jobe and Whitney Ellis Gates were married on Sept. 26, 1998.

          He has two brothers, Sean Gates (Kewanna), and Tracy Gates and Diane Suttles (Grand Blanc, Mich.); sisters-in-law, Mercedes Ellis and Tyson Walters; brothers-in-law, Justin and Michelle Ellis; and in-laws, Terry and Alice Ellis.

          A memorial gathering will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Grass Creek Fire Station, Indiana 17, Grass Creek, Ind. Please join us to honor Jobe and say farewell for now. He was a wonder dad, husband, brother and son that left us too soon.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the girls' education fund at Bank of America, Grand Blanc, Mich.

 

James Manning

          James MANNING, 75, Rochester, formerly of Berwyn, Ill., died at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at his residence.

          Survivors include his daughter, Theresa Manning-Esparza, of Rochester; and a son, Jimmy Manning, of Knox.

          Services are 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

 

Friday, April 27, 2012

 

Khristian Michael Anthony Bradley

          Khristian Michael Anthony BRADLEY, was stillborn 12:48 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Darlene Harper

          Darlene HARPER, 53, of 5439 E. 900 South, Claypool, died at 11:14 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.

          Survivors include her husband, Jeff G. Harper, of Claypool; three daughters, Jaime Rose, of North Manchester, Stephanie Justice, of North Manchester, and Amanda Bradley, of Warsaw; her mother, Eva Baldridge, of Winona Lake; two sisters, Phyllis Evans, of Disko, and Reece Morris, of Pierceton; and three brothers, Stan Baldridge, of Claypool, Gary Baldridge, of Claypool, and Jack Baldridge, of Warsaw.

          Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw, with visitation from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

James Manning

Oct. 6, 1936 - April 24, 2012

          Mr. James MANNING, 75, of Rochester, formerly of Berwyn, Ill., was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at home.

          Jim was born in Sevierville, Tenn., on Oct. 6, 1936, to Henry Melvin and Kathleen Owen Manning. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a sister, Nadine, and a brother, Henry. Serving with the U.S. Army in Germany during the mid-1950s, Jim was a paratrooper.

          Remembered as headstrong, Jim let it be known it was his way or the highway. Born in the Smoky Mountains, it was one of his favorite places to visit. Kentucky, the Carolinas and Tennessee were also among his favorite destinations. Jim loved antiquing, going to the flea markets and getting the best bang for his buck. To relax, he listened to old country like George Jones, Patsy Kline and Ronnie Milsap.

          Jim is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Theresa Manning-Esparza and husband Frank, of Rochester; a son, Jimmy Manning, of Knox; and 12 grandchildren, James Manning, Justin Manning, Ashley Manning, Sheldon Hubbard, Brenda Hubbard, Jackie Spiller, Daniel Manning, Adam Lozano, Robert Joseph Lozano, Sarah Griffin and Jennifer Miracle.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; lifelong partner and friend, Bessie Hubbard; a daughter, Brenda Partin; a son, Steven Hubbard; two grandsons, Terry Lee Partin and Anthony Champion; a sister, Nadine Cairo; a brother, Henry Manning; and two nieces, Janice Elledge and Katherine Frittz.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. James Manning will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Chaplain Charlie Azbell officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the LeRoy Shelton American Post No. 36, the Manitou VFW Post No. 1343 and the U.S. Army Military Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the Citizens Cemetery, Rochester.

          Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. You may wish to sign Jim's guest book or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Sally Ann Stesiak

March 24, 1940 - April 25, 2012

          Mrs. Sally Ann STESIAK, 72, of LaPorte, passed away unexpectedly April 25, 2012, at her home.

          She was born on March 24, 1940, in LaPorte, to George and Phyllis (Waznieski) Teets.

          She retired from LaPorte Hospital as a Nursing Administrative Assistant after 41 years.

          She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Joseph St. Vincent de Paul Society, volunteer for the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, past member of P.R.C.U., P.N.A., and was a LaPorte High School graduate. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She enjoyed needlepoint, was an avid Cubs and Notre Dame fan, and especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren's' activities.

          Sally leaves three sons, Michael (Michelle) Stesiak, of Granger, Jeffrey (Pam) Stesiak, of Granger, and Tony (Stacy) Stesiak, of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Haley, Riley, Brandon, Keaton, Regan, Trey and Quin; also one brother, Tim (Gina) Teets, of LaPorte; one niece, Taylor Teets; and one nephew, Jake Teets.

          She is preceded in death by her parents; and stepfather, Hip Andrzejewski.

          The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. CST at St. Peter Catholic Church with Rev. Dennis Teles officiating. The visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. CST and Saturday 8:30-9:30 a.m. CST at the Essling Funeral Home. The Prayer Service will be today at 4 p.m. CST at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery following the Mass.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph St. Vincent de Paul Society, 109 "C" Street, LaPorte, IN 46350. Friends and family may sign their condolences at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

 

Orie Leroy Vandermark

          Orie Leroy VANDERMARK, 98, Southern Lifestyle Assisted Living, Lake Placid, Fla., died at 12:25 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Florida Hospital, Lake Placid, Fla.

          Survivors include his daughter, Sally Sesko, of Lake Placid, Fla.; and his son, Anthony Vandermark, of Kokomo, Ind.

 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

 

Khristian Michael Anthony Bradley

          Khristian Michael Anthony BRADLEY was surrounded by his loving parents when he was born into Heaven at 12:48 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. He is the precious son of Matthew Bradley and Ryan Dille.

          Khristian is lovingly remembered by his parents; a sister Mariyah Bradley; a brother Jaden Mettler; maternal grandparents Rochelle Leslie and fiancee Kelly Couger, of Rochester; paternal grandparents, Judy Devona of Cedar Lake and Todd Bradley of Rochester; and three uncles, Derek Bradley, Cory Riley, and Adam Dille.

          A celebration of Khristian Michael Anthony Bradley, will be Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Rev. Junior Bose will officiate his service. You may wish to send a note of sympathy to Khristian's family or light a candle to honor his memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Martha Ginther

          Martha W. GINTHER, 94, died March 6, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center in Longview, Wash.

          She is survived by her son, Phillip Ginther, of Salem, Ore.; her daughter, Beverly Miller, of LaCenter, Wash.; two sisters, Bernice Hartz, of Leiters Ford, and Dorothy Talbott, of Monterey.

          There will be a graveside service at Leiters Ford Cemetery at 3 p.m. today. Good Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Frank H. Miller

          A service of storytelling and tribute to Frank MILLER, 98, who died in Oregon on Nov. 29, 2011, begins at 2 p.m., May 19 at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley St., North Manchester.

 

Monday, April 30, 2012

 

Geda May Garling

          Geda May GARLING, 71, Twelve Mile, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include her husband, Gailon A. Garling; three children, Tana Sons, of Peru, Raymie Smith, of Twelve Mile, and Donald Smith, of Peru; three brothers, Jerry Jones, of Monticello, Leon Jones, of Tennessee, and Clifford Jones, of Logansport; and two sisters, Oneta McFatridge and Catherine Jones, both of Logansport.

          Services are 7 p.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Mitchell Edward Anthony

          Mitchell Edward ANTHONY, 60, Vonore, Tenn., died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include his wife, Janet Ronk Anthony, of Roann; their children; and a brother, Dan Jordon, of Roann.

          There are no services planned at this time.

          McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

 

No Obituaries

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

 

James Richard ‘Dick’ Moore

25, 1950 - April 30, 2012

          James Richard "Dick" MOORE, 62, 9502 Summer Ridge Place, Indianapolis, passed away at 3 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012, at his residence.

          Born Jan. 25, 1950, in Rochester, he was the son of Budd and Emma (Moon) Moore. Moving from Rochester, he lived three and a half years in Indianapolis. He was a 1968 graduate from Akron High School and in 1982, graduated with a B.S. from Indiana University South Bend.

          In 1978, he married Karen Kay Douglass at the Lucerne Christian Church. He entered into military service in the Army on May 11, 1971, and served until May 10, 1977, in the Berlin Brigade. After leaving the service, he had a career in sales, mostly selling circuit boards.

          Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Indianapolis; three children, Karrie Moore, of Indianapolis, Craig (spouse Adrienne) Moore, of Fishers, and Andrew Moore, of Indianapolis; brother, Thomas Moore, of Paragould, Ark.; three sisters, Joann Wozniel, of White Pigeon, Mich., Pam Miller, of Goshen, and Marcia Speraw, of Mishawaka; and parents, Budd and Emma Moore, of Elkhart.

          Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday followed by the service of remembrance with military rites by the United States Army and American Legion Post at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron, IN 46910. Rev. Thomas Moore will officiate.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975.

          Arrangements by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefunearlhome@gmail.com.

 

Mildred ‘Millie’ P. Mullins

          Mildred "Millie" P. MULLINS, 87, 3075 Evergreen St., Rochester, died at 6:38 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          She is survived by her husband, Ralph E. Mullins, of Rochester.

          Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

          A full obituary will be published in the Thursday edition of The Rochester Sentinel.

 

June Reed

          June REED, 83, 3855 S. Viking Drive, Mentone, died at 3:32 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include her husband, George J. Reed, of Mentone; and two sons, Terry Reed, of Mentone, and Rocky Reed, of Pierceton.

          Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with visitation from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 


Thursday, May 3, 2012

 

Christene Cornell

          Christene CORNELL, 68, 10299 E. Indiana 14, Akron, died at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital emergency room.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Mildred P. Mullins

April 20, 1925 - May 1, 2012

          Mildred P. "Millie" MULLINS, 87, 3075 Evergreen St., Rochester, passed away at 6:38 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth Campus.

          She was born on April 20, 1925, in Grass Creek, the daughter of Cecil and Ruth (Ford) Gunter. On Dec. 22, 1945, in San Diego, Calif., she married Ralph E. "Moon" Mullins, and he survives.

          As a seamstress and gardener, Mildred's hands were always busy. She loved sewing for her many clients who became close friends over the years. There was no alteration she couldn't conquer. Time spent sitting at her quilting frame reaped many hand-quilted heirlooms she gifted to family members and friends. When not behind her sewing machine, Mildred could be found working her flower garden or touring the riverside with Ralph on their golf cart. Along with raising six kids in Fulton, Mildred found time to oil paint, travel, manage family campsites and slalom water ski. Her love of hunting morels was showcased in her famous family poem, "Ode to the Mush-er-room." She worked alongside Ralph on construction sites, including their own home in Riverwood Acres. Mildred was Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. She was an active member of several clubs over the years, including the W.E. Club. As a former 4-H leader she taught many girls how to sew their first hem or make their first pie crust. During World War II, she was "Millie the Riveter" at Bendix in South Bend. As an avid lifetime reader, she always had a book open and her favorite place to visit was the local library. Her sense of humor, generous heart, busy hands and lovely smile were her greatest traits she shared with her children, family and friends.

          Survivors include her husband, Ralph E. "Moon" Mullins, Rochester; children, Judy and husband Don Hughes, Rochester, Linda and husband Tom Hardin, Greenwood, Ron and wife Deb Mullins, Chandler, Ariz., Donna and husband Charles Smith, Gilead, Susan Mullins, Noblesville, and Alan Mullins, Chandler Heights, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brothers, George and wife Mary Gunter, Colorado, Ralph and wife Janet Gunter, Rochester, and Richard and wife Lily Gunter, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Konya Mullins; son-in-law, Bob Minthorn; brothers, Raymond Gunter, Russell Gunter, Virgil Gunter, and Harold Ray Gunter; and sister, Marjorie Easterday.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Eastern Star service will take place this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Public Library. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, May 4, 2012

 

Christene J. Conley Cornell

Aug. 5, 1943 - May 2, 2012

          Christene J. Conley CORNELL, 68, 10299 E. Indiana 14, Akron, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, May 2, 2012 at Woodlawn Hospital emergency room, Rochester.

          She was born Aug. 5, 1943 at Prestonsburg, Ken., to Fred and Myrtle (Manns) Conley. On April 18, 1964, in Fulton County she married William Cornell Sr. He survives at home.

          She had worked at United Technologies in North Manchester for 14 years until it closed. Following that she was a housewife. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed crocheting and going fishing with her husband.

          Survivors include her husband, William Cornell Sr., Akron; daughter, Mary and husband Jeramy Reese, Roann; three sons, William and wife Mary Cornell Jr., New Baltimore, Mich., Ron and wife Victoria Cornell, Pierceton, and Norman and wife Heidi Cornell, North Manchester; nine grandchildren, William Cornell, Eric Cornell, Sean Cornell, Joshua Cornell, Braxton Hanft, Lacey Cornell, Keaton Cornell, Devon Reese and Aidan Reese; three great-grandchildren, Faylinn, Makayla and Aiyanna; five sisters, Zefie Jackson, Gracie Jackson, Martha Hancock, Lorene Tesh and Izanie Thornington; and three brothers, Amos Conley, Norman Conley and Alfred Conley.

          She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Pennington and Opal Conley; and one brother, Jerry Conley.

          Her funeral service is at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Hartzler Funeral Home Akron. Burial will be in Gaerte Cemetery, Macy. Visitation is 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Kathryn Tilley

          Kathryn TILLEY, 68, Winamac, died at Life Care Center of Rochester Wednesday.

          She is survived by two sons, Rick McCarty, Winamac, Kenneth J. McCarty, Rochester; her mother, Edna Rose; three sisters, Barbara Long, Logansport, Leona Knoll, Bellviewe, Mich., Janet Melton, Chalmers; and her brother, Robert Rose, Seneca, Wis.

          Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

 


Saturday, May 5, 2012

 

Barbara E. Stoner

          Barbara E. McClain STONER, 82, Peru, died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Peru.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Milla M. Teel

          Infant Milla M. TEEL, Warsaw, died Friday at her place of birth, Kosciusko Community Hospital.

          Survivors include her father, Kevin Teel, Warsaw; her mother, Heather Teel, Warsaw; and siblings, Camdyn Teel, Lillian Teel and Dominic Teel, Warsaw.

          Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mentone United Methodist Church, 116 E. Main St.

 

Monday, May 7, 2012

 

Geraldine G. Basug

July 21, 1919-May 4, 2012

          Geraldine G. BASUG, 92, 827 W. 13th St. Rochester, died at 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2012, at her residence, Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born July 21, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Robert and Theresa (Offerowski) Gehrt. On July 25, 1946, she married Gregorio J. (Geroge) Basug. He passed away on March 16, 1999.

          Geraldine was a homemaker. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses of Rochester.

          Survivors include two daughters, Patricia and husband Kenneth Plumlee, Rochester, and Teresa (Terre) Weinz, Rochester; a granddaughter, Melissa Plumlee, Rochester; great-granddaughters, Amanda and husband Japheth Smith, Huntington, and Janet Tacy, Rochester.

          Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Rochester Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1563 N. Indiana 25, Rochester.

          Online Condolences can be made to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Kathy L. Flory

Sept. 11, 1957-May 4, 2012

          Mrs. Kathy Louise Mort FLORY, 54, Akron, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 11:50 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012, in her home.

          Kathy was born in Fort Wayne, September 11, 1957, the daughter of Harry and Barbara Westafer Mort. Growing up as one of three children, she shared her childhood with a sister, Penny, and brother, Greg. Kathy attended Manchester Schools and graduated with her class in 1975 from Manchester High School. She attended floral design school and later she attended Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne and graduated with an associate's of arts degree in interior design.

          On January 29, 1994, Kathy married her best friend John Flory, in a Victorian-style wedding held at the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame. Together they shared many common interests and adventures in life for the next 18 years. For the last decade, Kathy worked at Biomet, until she was recently placed on medical leave.

          John and Kathy made the quaint Millark Mill their home. It offered the perfect setting to showcase the primitive antiques she collected, all fitting within the era of the active mill. She was also a proud owner of a vast button collection. An artist, Kathy designed and created custom jewelry for the most discriminating eye featured at art shows around northern Indiana. She also shared her coveted treasures with family and special friends.

          Proud owners of a pair of beautiful Tennessee Walking horses, Kathy and John enjoyed embracing nature on the trails of northern Indiana horseback riding. With great pride Kathy established the Millark Kennel, home of her show quality Australian cattle dogs. She and John enjoyed many years of venturing around the U.S. and exhibiting their finest. Each Christmas brought the challenge of a jigsaw puzzle. Together, they persevered to complete the project. Kathy enjoyed spirited games of euchre with her family. Springtime brought on the planting season and introducing new species of plants to her English garden that embraced their home.

          Kathy is lovingly remembered by her husband, John; a sister, Penny Schutz and husband Mitchell of North Manchester; a brother, Greg Mort and wife Sandy of Raleigh, N.C.; her mother, Barbara Mort of Chesterton; her father, Harry Mort and wife Phyllis of Fort Wayne; two brothers-in-law, Aaron Flory and wife Lori of Mishawaka, and Ryan Flory and wife Julie of South Bend; her mother-in-law, Dolores Flory of South Bend; and her father-in-law, Ray Flory and wife Dorothea of South Bend; six nieces and nephews, Brogan Schutz, Nick Flory, Leah Flory, Oliver Flory, Dashiell Flory and Meredith Flory. Kathy also leaves behind her beloved canine companion Ralphie, an Australian cattle dog, and feline friend, Smokey.

          A celebration of the life of Kathy Louise Flory will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in the Good Family Funeral Home,1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Karen Eberly officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the service.

          Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Fulton County Humane Society and Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

 

Joan Smiley

          Joan SMILEY, 86, Rochester, died at 9:08 p.m., Saturday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, South Bend.

          Survivors include her son, Brad Smiley, Rochester; three daughters, Judy Sherman, South Lyon, Mich., Mary Jennings, Rensselaer, Lora Pfeiffer, Bremen; a sister, Sue Wheeler, Logansport; and brother Rex McCloskey, Galveston.

          Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, at Argos Bible Church. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church on Friday.

 

Barbara E. Stoner

          Barbara E. STONER, 82, Peru, died at 7:05 p.m., May 3, 2012, at Miller's Merry Manor, Peru.

          Survivors include four children, Susan E. Stoner, Lakewood, Colo., Jane E. Conrad, Peru, Linda E. Miller, Logansport, and Bryan E. Stoner, Kansas City; and a brother, Hal W. McClain, Denver.

          Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Mexico Church of the Brethren.

 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 

Virginia Knapp

          Virginia KNAPP, 98, 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, died at 3:35 a.m. Monday, at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Funeral service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation will be for two hours prior to the service at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

 

Virginia W. Knapp

March 14, 1914-May 7, 2012

          Virginia Woodley KNAPP, 98, of Rochester, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012 at Hickory Creek of Rochester where she had resided the past five years. She was born on March 14, 1914 in Benton Harbor, Mich., to Forrest and Mable Abbott Woodley.

          Ginny graduated from Elmhurst High School, Chicago, Ill. with the class of 1933. On December 16, 1939, she married Sam Clark, he preceded on Dec. 27, 1959. Ginny and Alden "Torchy" Knapp were married on June 3, 1961, he preceded on Aug. 10, 1994.

          While living in Benton Harbor, Ginny was a legal secretary for 11 years. After moving to Rochester, she busied herself with volunteering at the Woodlawn Hospital and the former Green Thumb Program for Step Ahead and First Steps. She made many friends while being a part of these social services. Crocheting baby blankets and caps and dishrags for the hospital and friends was a favorite hobby. Ginny always looked forward to the Saturday morning round table breakfasts at the Chicken Coop and Margaritta's Restaurant with her circle of friends. Lake Michigan was one of her favorite places to go sailing. She loved the water.

          Ginny was a member of the Methodist Church of St. Joseph, Mich. and the Grace United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star, both of Rochester.

          She will be lovingly remembered by her family, Dee Dague, of Akron, Teri White, of Rochester, Robert and Deloros Carter, of Cross Plains, Texas, Greg and Teri Carr and their daughters, Ryleigh, Chaneigh, and Sidneigh of Rochester, and a multitude of friends.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Martin Woodley.

          A celebration of the life of Virginia Woodley Knapp will be at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. Eighth St., Rochester with Pastors Teri White and Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may visit 2 hours prior to the service.

          She will be laid to rest in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to Camp We Can through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 715 Main St., Rochester, Ind., 46975.

          Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 


Joan Smiley

July 19, 1925-May 5, 2012

          Mrs. Joan SMILEY, 86, of Rochester, entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior at 9:08 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, after her son recited Psalm 23 and while her family sang Amazing Grace. Her death was due to tetanus, following an accident, while preparing to garden, which was something she loved to do. She died at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, of Mishawaka.

          She was born in Young America, on July 19, 1925, to Ora and Ethel (Hubler) McCloskey. She was one of ten children. Joan graduated from Young America High School in 1943. During her senior year, she met a new student, Paul E. Smiley. They fell in love and eloped on Jan. 18, 1947, and started their married life with $80.00. Paul passed away on Nov. 27, 2003.

          Their union of more than 55 years produced three beautiful daughters and a handsome son. The family tree continued to grow with the addition of two more generations. They lived in the Marshall County communities of Tyner, Plymouth and Argos prior to moving to Rochester in 1977.

          As the matriarch of her family, she passed her Christian heritage on to them. Joan was first and foremost a homemaker, she cherished the times spent with her family. She liked to garden and can and freeze the harvest. Joan collected buttons and owls, and later, an array of chickens decorated her kitchen. At one time, she had two live chickens in her backyard, and enjoyed the fresh eggs they provided. Joan enjoyed quilting, reading mysteries, and watching Christian TV shows. She was a member of the Argos Bible Church, a former member of the Argos Home Economics Club, the Rebekkah Lodge, and the Button Society of Warsaw.

          Joan had worked outside the home as an ad setter for a local newspaper and as a secretary at a lumber yard.

          Joan will be lovingly remembered by a son, Brad Smiley, of Rochester; three daughters, Judy Sherman and husband, Mike of South Lyon, Mich., and their children Sarah Hudkins and husband, Brian, Anna Sherman and fiancé, Joey Rollo; Mary Jennings and husband Dr. Steve, of Rensselaer, and their children, Christine Jennings, David Jennings and wife Julie, and Debbie Lapsley; Lora Pfeiffer and husband, John, of Bremen, and their children Mandy Ballge and husband Mark, Loring Pfeiffer and husband Gil Jones, Tyler Pfeiffer and Jenna Pfeiffer; 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Sue Wheeler, of Logansport; and a brother, Rex McCloskey, of Galveston.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters, Wilma Straight, Gene Isom, Mary Addy and Phyllis Dillon; and three brothers, Don McCloskey, Bo McCloskey and Max McCloskey.

          A celebration of the life of Joan Smiley will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 in the Argos Bible Church, 225 S. Michigan St., Argos, with the Rev. Phillip Platz officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester and one hour prior to the service in the church on Friday.

          She will be laid to rest in the Center Cemetery near Young America.

          Memorials may be made to the Argos Bible Church.

          You may wish to sign Joan's guest book or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com

 

Marvin G. VanLue

October 5, 1926-May 6, 2012

          Marvin G. "Jerry" VanLUE, 85, of Oakridge Drive, South Bend, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 6 at his residence, following an illness.

          He was born on Oct. 5, 1926, in Rochester to Marvin and Mary (Aughinbaugh) VanLue, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 29, 1990, he married Nancy L. Burden in South Bend. She died Feb. 19, 2008.

          Mr. VanLue was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He was a member of the American Legion, the Marine Corp League and the first Marine Division Association. He was a bricklayer until his retirement.

          He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Marie O'Neal, of Independence, Mo.; along with a niece, Terry Smith, of Clairmont, Fla. Also surviving, are two step children, Mark P. Burden, of Plano, Texas and Linda L. Perrott, of Bloomington, Ind. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

          In honor of Marvin's wishes, he will be cremated. Jerry had many, many friends at Tradewinds Restaurant who loved him so. We will miss you, Jerry.

          There will be a celebration of Jerry's life Friday, May 11 at the Galley at Tradewinds Restaurant in Mishawaka. Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

 

Ray W. Arthurhultz

          Ray W. ARTHURHULTZ, 64, Monterey, died at 3:14 p.m. Sunday in Monterey.

          Survivors include two sons, Steve Arthurhultz, Houston, Texas, and Kelly Arthurhultz, Florida; and a brother Dan Arthurhultz, Monterey.

          There will be no funeral service. The Odom Funeral Home, Culver is in charge of arrangements.

 

John R. Clingler

          John R. CLINGLER, 83, Knox, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday in Knox.

          Survivors include four sons, John Clingler, Knox, Randy Thompson, Rochester, Bob Thompson, Delong, and Ron Thompson, Rochester; a daughter, Candy Howard, Rochester; and three sisters, Violet Farris, Kentucky, Mildred Weiger, Indianapolis, and Annabelle Cougher, Akron.

          Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Delong Gospel Lighthouse Church. Visitation is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the church.

 

Friday, May 11, 2012

 

Raymond Goss Jr.

Dec. 22, 1921 - May 8, 2012

          Raymond GOSS Jr., age 90, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on May 8, 2012. He was born on Dec. 22, 1921, in Rochester, to Raymond and Alma (Rosberg) Goss. As a child, he was known as Raymond (Gawky) Goss Jr.

          After high school, he joined the United States Army Air Corps/Air Force and devoted 32 selfless years of service to our country. Raymond was a pilot of many different aircrafts and served from World War II through Vietnam. He retired from the service as a lieutenant colonel.

          Raymond loved to fish and make stained glass windows. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was truly a loving man who never knew a stranger, never had an enemy in life and was loved greatly. Raymond will be truly missed by all who knew him.

          Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Goss.

          To cherish his memory, Raymond leaves behind his sons, Rick Goss and Mike Goss; daughters, Pam Strohmeyer and Joanna Jones; brother, Larry Goss; sister, Virginia Mow; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

          Services for Lt. Col. (Ret.) Goss are private.

          You are invited to leave a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.

 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

 

Beatrice Gerrich

          Beatrice GERRICH, 100, of Rochester, died at 10:23 p.m. Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Robert R. Rudd

          Robert R. RUDD, 64, 1614 Ewing Road, Rochester, died at 3:30 p.m. Friday at his sister's Rochester home.

          He is survived a daughter, Robin, Anderson; four sisters, Marcella Boyd, Karn Clark, Kathy Moore and Debbie Powell, Rochester; and three brothers, Jack and David, Rochester, and Bernard, Denver.

          The funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, May 14, 2012

 

Beatrice A. Gerrich

Oct. 3, 1911 - May 10, 2012

          Fulton County centenarian, Mrs. Beatrice Adeline GERRICH, 100 years, 7 months and 7 days, departed this life at 10:23 p.m., May 10, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at home. Beatrice was born on Oct. 3, 1911, in Miami County, the precious daughter of Noah and Viola Weller Kirby. Growing up she shared her childhood with her brother John. In 1928, Bea graduated with her class at Laketon High School. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Manchester College.

          A proud and devoted member of Rochester's First Baptist Church, Bea was the church's oldest member and held the longest continuous membership. She was also a lifelong member of the Evergreen Rebekah Lodge. In addition to caring for her family, Bea managed to work at Crystal Dairy, Torin Corporation and after her retirement she was a member of the cafeteria staff at the Geneva Conference Center.

          A woman of great faith, Bea loved her church and looked forward to attending Sunday services. As an armchair athlete she cheered for NASCAR's # 88, Dale Earnhart and the Notre Dame football team. She looked forward to listening to the music of the Lawrence Welk Show and kept mentally sharp by watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." Bea was the proud owner of over 150 sets of salt and pepper shakers that she had collected over the years. She also collected unique teacups and saucers.

          A lady of little fear, Bea enjoyed the roller coasters at Cedar Point. She also is remembered for chaperoning the high school band trip to Detroit. Each night at 8, Bea would call her best friend Marilyn Stretch to talk over the day's events and activities. Accomplished with handiwork and crocheting, Bea created custom bedspreads for family and special friends. As an avid gardener, Beatrice planted and maintained beautiful flower and vegetable gardens annually.

          Beatrice is lovingly remembered by her two sons, Merrill "Butch" Gerrich and his wife Hannah Lee, of Rochester, and Oscar "Bill" Gerrich and his wife Shirley Ann of Queen Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; a favorite niece, Joyce Ann Girton of Star City; and favorite nephew, Gene Kirby of Tiosa.

          Preceding her in death are a grandson and a brother, John Kirby in 1953.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Beatrice A. Gerrich will be Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Dr. Mark Spencer and Mr. Bill Wall officiating. Burial will follow in the Enterprise Cemetery near Gilead. Friends may visit with her family from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and an hour prior to her service. You may wish to sign Bea's guestbook or light a candle to honor her memory at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Robert R. Rudd

Nov. 4, 1947 - May 11, 2012

          Robert Ray "Bob" RUDD, 64, 1614 Ewing Rd., Rochester, formerly of Yorktown, died at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, surrounded by his devoted family at his sister's Rochester home.

          He was born on Nov. 4, 1947, in Salyersville, Ky., to Hurndon and Finettie (Kraft) Rudd.

          He was a truck driver, driving for various companies including TB&P Trucking, Hall Brothers Trucking and E&B Paving. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving in Vietnam, a member of the American Legion Post 446, Dalevile, the VFW Post 1343, Rochester, and also was a member of the Teamsters Local 716. Bob loved horses and going trail riding with family. He was a member of the Akron High School class of 1966. He enjoyed camping and sitting around the campfire with friends and family. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

          He is survived by a daughter, Robin and husband Doss Baker, Anderson; three grandchildren, Kyle, Evan and Cole Baker, all of Anderson; a step-grandson, Jordan and wife Malissa Parks, Freeport, Fla.; one step-great-grandson, Alijah Parks; four sisters, Marcella and husband Keith Boyd, Karen Clark, Kathy and husband Ron Moore and Debbie and husband Daryl Powell, all of Rochester; and three brothers, Jack Rudd, David and wife Linda Rudd, both of Rochester, and Bernard and wife Katie Rudd, Denver.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Daisey Rudd; a sister-in-law, Susie Rudd; and a brother-in-law, Russell Clark

          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating. His place of burial will be at Athens-Hoover Cemetery, Athens, where graveside military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36 and the VFW Post 1343, both of Rochester. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

          Memorial donations can be made to the Rudd Family Relay for Life Team or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

 

Prentice C. Cummings

May 31, 1920 - May 14, 2012

          Prentice C. CUMMINGS, age 91, of Rensselaer, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Jasper County Hospital. Prentice was born in Birdseye, Ind., on May 31, 1920. He was the son of Adrian Cummings and Ona A. (Jones) Cummings Giles. He was a graduate of Ladoga (Ind.) High School and attended Lafayette Business College.

          On Dec. 10, 1942, in Virgie, Ind., Prentice married Doris Rockwell who preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2012. He and Doris had lived in Brownsburg, returning to Rensselaer in 1991.

          Prentice served in the United States Navy from Oct. 1941 to Oct. 1945. He was employed with the Jasper County Co-Op from 1940 to 1966 and with Indiana Farm Bureau from 1966 until his retirement in 1984.

          He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Rensselaer, the Gideon's International and the American Legion Post #0029.

          Prentice is survived by his loving children, Roger (Judy) Cummings, son, Rensselaer, Janet (Steve) Hurley, daughter, Rensselaer, Donn (Tanya) Cummings, son, Brownsburg, Carol (Steve) Gottschalk, daughter, Rochester, and Anne (Duane) Judd, daughter, Clermont; 21 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

          Prentice was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; and two brothers, Allen Ray Cummings and William Paul Cummings.

          Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor John Hostetter officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the Gideon's International, the Trinity United Methodist Church of Rensselaer or Jasper County Hospital Home Healthcare and Hospice.

 

Robert B. Jernigan Jr.

June 12, 1959 - May 13, 2012

          Robert B. JERNIGAN Jr., 52, Elkhart, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012, at his residence. He was born June 12, 1959, in Fort Riley, Kan., to Robert B. Jernigan Sr. and Lottie J. (Hibbard) Jernigan.

          On June 21, 1990, he married Judy (Plummer) Jernigan in Elkhart.

          In addition to his wife, other survivors include a son, Nate Jernigan, of Elkhart; mother, Lottie Joan Jernigan, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four sisters, Deborah (Chris) Collins, of Conway, S.C., Terri (Travis) Hickel, of Williston, N.D., Tina (Gary) Cline, of Elkhart, and Jorjanna (Jim) Miller of Plymouth.

          He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Lynda Brackett.

          Robert was a 1977 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School and later graduated from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2007.

          Robert was employed as an ironworker for more than 20 years and later worked as an LPN at Woodland Manor.

          He enjoyed watching and coaching baseball, NASCAR, sports cars and his German shepherd.

          A gathering of family and friends will be on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Osolo Little League Baseball. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.

          Online condolences may reach the family by visiting www.billingsfuneralhome.com

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

Tonya R. Swanson

          Tonya R. SWANSON, 42, Tuscon, Ariz., died on April 28, 2012, in the Tuscon Medical Center.

          Survivors include her mother, Rose Swanson, Tucson, Ariz.; father, Charles Swanson, Rochester; stepmother, Rose Swanson, Rochester; four stepsisters; and three stepbrothers.

          Services will be Sunday at the Antioch Baptist Church, immediately following the morning worship service.

          Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Delores R. Tharp

          Delores R. THARP, 89, Rochester, died at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek at Rochester.

          Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Lowe, Rochester, and Peggy Sue Smith, Osceola; and a sister Cleo Hartman, Ligonier.

          Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

 

Loyd B. Strong

          Loyd B. STRONG, 94, Twelve Mile, died at 11:58 a.m., May 11, at IU Health, Goshen.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

 

Carolyn Williams

          Carolyn WILLIAMS, 63, Peru, died at 3:25 a.m., Thursday, at Woodlawn Hospital.

          Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Family Fellowship Church of God, Peru. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 


Saturday, May 19, 2012

 

James L. Rose Sr.

          James L. ROSE Sr., 67, Elkhart, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Elkhart General Hospital.

          Survivors include two sons, James Rose Jr., Elkhart, and Robert Lambert, South Bend; two daughters, Star Marie Race, South Bend, and Jamie Hook, Michigan; and stepbrother, Cecil Stanley Rose.

          Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Walley Mills Zimmerman Funeral Home, Elkhart. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Loyd B. Strong

July 17, 1917 - May 11, 2012

          Loyd Bruce STRONG