FULTON COUNTY INDIANA

 

OBITUARIES

 

2008

 

ROCHESTER SENTINEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phyllis M. McGurk

 

 

 

2009


The Rochester Sentinel

 

2008

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

 

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

 

Donna Jean Bowyer

Dec. 22, 1936 – Dec. 31, 2007

          Donna Jean BOWYER, 71, New Carlisle, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 1 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, New Carlisle.

          Donna was born on Dec. 22, 1036, in Rochester to Art and Helen Louise (Toby) Thompson.  Donna Jean enjoyed playing bingo and bowling.  She loved her horses and cats.

          She was previously employed with American Rubber in LaPorte, Dee’s Truck Stop in Rolling Prairie and had retired from Easy Heat in New Carlisle.

          In 1956, in Rochester, as Donna Jean Thompson, she married Junior Bowyer, who survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Patty (Bill) Kingery of Fulton, and Lorraine (Larry) Norman of Akron; one brother, Dave Thompson of Rochester; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Hudkins.

          Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time today in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 201 S. Filbert St., New Carlisle.  Friends may also call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating.   Friends also may call one hour prior to the service.  Burial will take place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

George Edington

          George EDINGTON, 79, of 721 Madison St., Rochester, died at 1:50 a.m. today at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Glenn E. Hendrick Sr.

          Glenn E. HEDRICK Sr., 75, of 2241 E. 450 North, Rochester, died Dec. 22 at home. 

          Survivors include two daughters, Mary Senters, Baxley, Ga., and Lisa Wiles, Fort Pierce, Fla., and a son, Glenn Hedrick Jr., Fort Pierce, Fla.

          A private family service will be conducted.  Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Barbara L. Miller

          Barbara L. MILLER, 80, of 501 Pennsylvania Ave., Plymouth, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Charles William ‘Bill’ Donathen

Feb. 1, 1926 – Dec. 30, 2007

          Services for Charles W. “Bill” DONATHEN, 81, Kewanna, will be at Kewanna Church of Christ, 116 S. Logan St., on Thursday at 11 a.m.

          Bill passed away in the company of loved ones Sunday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

          Born Feb. 1, 1926, in Mishawaka, he was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Emmans) Donathen.  Bill was married to Eileen D. Hollis on Nov. 9, 1947.  She preceded him in death on March 30, 2006.

          Bill was a United States Navy veteran serving in World War II.  He was employed with Bendix in South Bend for more than 30 years.  He also farmed throughout his lifetime.

          Bill was a member and elder of Kewanna Church of Christ.  He was a 1944 Kewanna High School graduate, where he played basketball and was a member of many organizations including Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 70, Rochester, and was former Worthy Patron of the Kewanna Chapter, UAW South Bend Local and Grange organization.  He was a past Master of the Kewanna Masonic Lodge, received his 32nd degree in Scottish Rite, and continued to be a faithful member of the Rochester F&AM No. 79 after they merged.  Bill was an active Republican Precinct Committeeman and former member of Union Township/Kewanna School Board.  He was a former EMT and was one of the first drivers for the Kewanna EMS.

          Bill and Eileen spent 17 winters in Florida.  They met new friends and had great times.  They shared these years with their lifelong friends, Bill and Marilyn Moon.  Bill and Eileen bowled as couples.  Bill was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Colts, baseball and golf.  He won the “Best Beard” contest at the Kewanna Bicentennial.

          Vacations were important to Bill and his family.  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping with friends.  Bill and Eileen enjoyed many travels with Dream Tours.

          Family was the most important thing to Bill as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He loved family gatherings and was devoted to proudly attending the various activities of his children and grandchildren.

          Bill is survived by one daughter, Susan and her husband, Kenneth, Hamman, Winamac; two sons, Larry Donathen and his wife, Joyce, Franklin, and Jon Donathen and his wife, Diana, Grass Creek; five grandchildren, Amy and Douglas Smith, Amanda Donathen, Alexander and Matthew Donathen; two great-grandchildren, Andriana Smith and Aidan Smith; one brother Robert Engle and his wife, Barbara; sister-in-law, Violet Troutman; and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death are two sisters, JoAnn and Sally; his mother, father and stepfather.

          Pastors Scott Meneely and William Moon will officiate at the services.  Burial will be in Citizens IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna, where full military rites will be conducted.

          Calling will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.  Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Kewanna Church of Christ, P.O. Box 337, Kewanna, IN 46939 and/or the National Kidney Foundation, 911 E. 86th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  Online condolences may be made to the Donathen family at www.harrison-metzger.com.

 

Thursday, January 3, 2008

 

Donna Jean Bowyer

Dec. 22, 1936 – Dec. 31, 2007

          Donna Jean BOWYER, 71, New Carlisle, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 1 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, New Carlisle.

          Donna was born on Dec. 22, 1936, in Rochester to Art and Helen Louise (Toby) Thompson.  Donna Jean enjoyed playing bingo and bowling.  She loved her horses and carts.

          She was previously employed with American Rubber in LaPorte, Dee’s Truck Stop in Rolling Prairie and had retired from Easy Heat in New Carlisle.

          In 1956, in Rochester, as Donna Jean Thompson, she married Junior Bowyer, who survives.  Also surviving are two sisters, Patty (Bill) Kingery of Fulton, and Lorraine (Larry) Norman of Akron; one brother, Dave Thompson of Rochester; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Hudkins.

          Visitation at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 201 S. Fulbert St., New Carlisle, was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday.  Friends may also call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating.   Friends also may call one hour prior to the service.  Burial will take place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Iva Irene Brower

Oct. 8, 1918 – Jan. 2, 2008

          Iva Irene BROWER, 89, of 1502 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born on Oct. 8, 1918, in Marion, the daughter of Clarence and Lulu (Bates) Rook.  She married Everett Brower on May 24, 1941, in Marion.  He preceded her in death in 1980.

          Mrs. Brower worked for the Kroger Milk Plant, The Radio and Shoe Factory in Marion, Akron Cafe and Arter Drugstore in Akron.  She attended the First Christian Church, Marion, and First Baptist Church, Rochester.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, fishing, and was an avid gardener and loved big band music and dancing.

          Survivors include her son, Daniel A. and wife Wanda Brower, Rochester; six grandchildren, Roger and wife Pam Brower, Akron, Steve Brower, Akron, Dan and wife Sarah Brower, Fort Wayne, Christine and husband Ken Kneifel, Rochester, Greg Mow, Rochester, Gary and wife Becky Mow, Rochester; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Glendora Titus, Marion, LaVonne Mauller, Marion, Pat Huegal, South Bend; sister-in-law, Mary Rook, Marion; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clarence Rook Jr., Wallace Rook; and sisters, Betty Rix and Neidra Nelson.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr Mark Spencer officiating.

Burial will be in the Akron Cemetery, Akron.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

George W. Edington

Sept. 17, 1928 – Jan. 2, 2008

          Beloved father, brother, uncle and friend, George W. EDINGTON, 79, of 721 Madison St., Rochester, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          He was born on Sept. 17, 1928, in Pulaski County, the son of William and Mable (Irvin) Edington.  George was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  After the war, George returned to Rochester where he spent his entire life.

          After retirement from Burns Construction in 1989, George enjoyed helping out at Webb’s Pharmacy.  He spent a great deal of time uptown because it made him happy to be around others and making friends.  George always looked forward to his trips to New Mexico and California to spend time with family.  He attended Solid Rock Church, was a member of the Eagles Lodge and was an avid card player throughout his life.  He will be missed by many.

          Survivors include his daughter, Donna and husband Donald Gonzales, Bakersfield, Calif.: grandsons, Donald Gonzales Jr., Bakersfield Calif., David Gonzales, Bakersfield, Calif., and granddaughter, Danyelle and husband Jeremy Lopez, Ashburn, Va.; great-granddaughter Jalaya Lopez Ashburn, Va. And great-grandson, James Nolan Gonzales, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; brothers, Ralph and wife Jean Edington, Rochester, Carl Edington, Rochester; sisters Louise Grube, Rochester, Evelyn Burns, Rochester, Margaret Carpenter, Carey, Ohio, Ruby Armstrong, Lafayette; his special niece, Becky (Edington) Blystone, Rochester, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lester “Spider” Edington.

          His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Mark Kline officiating.  Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the funeral.  Burial will be in the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna, 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 George Edington Memorial Fund.  Online condolences may be sent to Zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Barbara Lou Miller

          Barbara Lou MILLER, 80, of 501 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. G-1, Plymouth, died Monday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her husband, Robert C. Miller; a son, John Miller, Plymouth; two sisters Marilyn Darr, North Manchester, and Mildred Hadley of Florida; and a brother, Philip Meier, Woodstock, Ill.

          Her funeral service is at 6 p.m. Friday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 3 p.m. until the service.

 

Jack E. Pickens

Dec. 27, 1927 – Jan. 2, 2008

          Jack E. PICKENS, 80, of 219 E. 14th St., Rochester, passed away at 2 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          He was born on Dec. 27, 1927, in Fulton County, the son of Lloyd C. and Blanche I. (Davis) Pickens.  On Sept. 7, 1952, in Rochester, he married Frances E. Taylor and she survives.

          He was a U.S Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War.

          Mr. Pickens was a construction supervisor for McMahan-O’Connor Construction and retired after 37 years of service.  He attended First Baptist Church, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and American Legion.

          Survivors include his wife, Frances E. Pickens, Rochester; sons, Frank C. and Dessie Pickens, Floyds Knobs, William T. and wife

Michelle Pickens, Rochester; a daughter, Andrea and husband Michael Ludwig, Rochester; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Tracy Pickens.

          Graveside services and committal will be at a later date at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, January 4, 2008

 

Jane S. New

          Jane S. NEW, 72, of 103 S. Buffalo St., Burket, died at 1:30 a.m. today at home.  Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Saturday, January 5, 2008

 

Jane S. Waddle New

          Jane S. Waddle NEW, 72, of 103 S. Buffalo St., Burket, died Friday at home.

          Survivors include five daughters, Alma Neiding, Bourbon, Laura Norton, Claypool (Palestine Lake), Robin Foreman, Warsaw, Ginger White, Claypool (Palestine Lake), Callie Deeter, Pierceton; four sons, Rusty Waddle, Tippecanoe, Scott Waddle, Mentone, Phillip Waddle, Akron, and Jason Waddle, Warsaw; and two brothers, Jim Groves, Fort Wayne, and Pat Groves, Auburn.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.  Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

Monday, January 7, 2008

 

Kay Patterson Clay

June 8, 1936 – Dec. 31, 2007

          Kay Francis CLAY 71, Indianapolis, died Monday, Dec. 31.

          She was born in Rochester to Cecil and Fances M. Patterson and is survived by her husband, Dale Clay, and two children, Tracy Clay Robinson, and Jnani Clay; four grandchildren; one brother, Neil Patterson; two sisters, Gail Patterson and LuAnn Bickel.

          She graduated from Rochester High School, John Herron Art School and obtained master’s degrees from Indiana and Butler universities.

          She was an art teacher at Indianapolis public schools for 45 years.  Her works were published in two art books and received two Lilly endowment grants.

          A memorial service will be held later.  Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center in Broad Ripple is in charge of arrangements, which also can be obtained at kaymemorial@gmail.com.

 

Lois Kathren Bowers

          Lois Kathren BOWERS, 81, of 952 Park St., Rochester, died at 12:01 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

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

 

Florence Gable

          Florence GABLE, 94, of 1235 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, died Sunday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Survivors include a daughter, Maureen Haab, Milford; two sons, Carl Gable, New York City, N.Y., and Brian Gable, Rochester.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.

 

Vernon M. ‘Bud’ Waymire

          Vernon M. “Bud” WAYMIRE, 82, of 222 W. Walnut St., Akron, died at 11:35 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

 

Lois K. Bowers

Nov. 9, 1926-Jan. 7, 2008

          Lois K. BOWERS, 81, of 952 Park St., Rochester, passed away at 12:01 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          She was born on Nov. 9, 1926, in Wabash, the daughter of Charles A. and Nellie Florence (McCoy) Gordon. On June 9, 1946, she married George W. Bowers Jr. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1975.

          Mrs. Bowers worked as a secretary in Washington, D.C., during World War II, was a floor supervisor at Hart, Schaffner & Marx, a telephone operator for Rochester Telephone Company and retired from Rochester Metal Products as office manager. She also had worked at the former Newsstand and was a member of the First Christian Church and the Homefront Club. She was an avid euchre player and gardener.

          Mrs. Bowers is survived by her children, daughters, Linda Bowers, Laura Bowers and Cathy Bowers, all of Rochester, and sons, Ronald P. Bowers, Rochester, and Michael Bowers, North Webster; a sister, Ruth and husband Andrew Morton, Richmond, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Robert, Harry and Charles F. Gordon.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Woody Slade officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Florence 'Flo' Gable

April 9, 1913-Jan. 6, 2008

          Florence "Flo" GABLE, 94, of 1235 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she was the daughter of John Lawrence and Agnes Young Lord. She came to the United States in 1947, from Ireland and has lived in Rochester since 1988, when she moved from Twelve Mile.

          On May 2, 1946, in Belfast, she married Everett Carl Gable. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1983.

          Florence was a homemaker and had been a special education teacher's aide in the Logansport school system for 10 years. Later, she assisted Wilma Shaffer by volunteering with remedial reading at Columbia Elementary School of Rochester.

          She was the oldest member of Metea Baptist Church. She was a former member of the Lioness Club, the Golden Agers and the Notables, all of Rochester. Flo was a 30-year volunteer for the Rochester Community Resource Center and also volunteered at the Rochester and Logansport hospitals. She enjoyed singing and knitting.

          Survivors include a daughter, Maureen Haab, Milford; two sons, Carl Gable, New York City, N.Y., and Brian Gable and wife Susan, Rochester; five grandchildren, Jason Haab and wife Amber, Kayla Connett and husband Robert, Jenna Haab, Lucy Gable and Kevin Gable; four great-grandchildren, Wyatt Haab, Libby Haab, Lane Connett and Ava Connett. She was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Sheila Gable; a sister, Sadie McGreevy; and two brothers, Lawrence Lord and James Lord.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Bill Cordes and Pastor Carl Malmgren officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Transpo or Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

 

Vernon Marks 'Bud' Waymire

Dec. 25, 1925-Jan. 6, 2008

          Vernon Marks "Bud" WAYMIRE, 82, of 222 W. Walnut St., Akron, died at 11:35 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born in Miami County, he was the son of Vern and Velma Marks Waymire. He graduated from Linlawn High School in 1944. A veteran, he served in the Army as a sergeant during World War II.

          On Aug. 7, 1948, in Bad Nuheim, Germany, he married Martha E. Karl, and she survives in Akron.

          He was a carpenter for Miller and Sons, Silver Lake. He served as Henry Township Trustee, an Akron Town Board member and was an Akron EMT. He belonged to the Moose and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

          A standout bowler, he enjoyed hunting and cheering for the Yankees. He also coached Little League.

          Survivors include his wife, Martha Waymire; three sons, Kurt and wife Brenda Waymire, Max and wife Patsy Waymire, all of Akron, and Kerry and wife Deb Waymire, Glendale, Ariz.; two brothers, Tom and wife Betti Waymire, Ohio, and Don and wife Jeri Waymire, Virginia; four sisters, Virginia Buuck, Fort Wayne, Janet Hammond, Wabash, Judy and husband Richard Losher, Richvalley, and Karen and husband Scott Cooper, Wabash; two sisters-in-law, Jean Waymire, Urbana, and Gayle Waymire, Texas; and four grandchildren, Zachariah, Lauren, Taylor and Nathan Waymire. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Waymire; a grandson, Elijah Waymire; and two brothers, Hugh Waymire and Bob Waymire.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Karen Ottjes officiating. Burial will be at Gilead Cemetery, Gilead, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Akron United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent through www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

 

George W. Geller

          George W. GELLER, 67, of 184 Fulton Ave., Rochester, died today at home.  Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Freda L. Graham

          Freda L. GRAHAM, 96, Wynnfield Crossing, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, formerly of Akron, died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday at Wynnfield Crossing.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

 

Mattie Shay Leininger

Ashlee (Pruitt) Leininger

          Mattie Shay LEININGER, 5, and Ashlee (Pruitt) LEININGER, 2, died Tuesday due to a road flooding accident on Fulton County Road 600 North.

          They are the children of Greg and Megihann Leininger, rural Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2008

 

George Wesley Geller

Sept. 17, 1940-Jan. 9, 2008

          George Wesley GELLER, 67, of 184 Fulton Ave., Rochester, died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at home.

          Born in Griffith, he was the son of "Bud" Leroy and Reba Barnett Geller. He lived his entire life in the Rochester community.

          On Sept. 30, 1989, in Rochester, he married Beverly MacLain. He retired as a foreman from Union Iron Worker with Local No. 292, South Bend.

          A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the Manitou VFW No. 1343 and LeRoy Shelton American Legion No. 36, as well as Moose Lodge No. 1107 and Eagles Lodge No. 852, all of Rochester.

          George was a true American sportsman - he enjoyed hunting rabbit and squirrel. He felt at home and enjoyed relaxing on his pontoon on the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou. As an angler, he looked forward to fishing for bass and blue gill. One of his most memorable moments on the lake was when he fought and landed a Great Northern Pike. It was no fish tale; it measured 42 inches in length and weighed in at 21 pounds.

          George was delighted to hang out with the guys at the old Main Street Tavern and the Dug Out. He would meet his buddies and stay abreast of the latest news. His greatest joy was the spirited games of euchre - George had no mercy for his opponents.

          When George made friends, he was a friend for life. He was loyal and devoted to his fellow ironworkers and the special friends he'd made over the years.

          Survivors include his wife, Beverly Geller, Rochester; four daughters, Yvonne White and husband Raymond, Rochester, Alissia Geller, Austin, Texas, Selena Johnston and husband Scott, Rochester, and Shan Jolley and husband Larry, Rochester; three sons, Gib Lee, Rochester, Bud Geller and wife Bonnie, Rochester, Charlie Geller and companion Tracey Hines, South Carolina; his mother, Reba Honkomp, Macy; two stepdaughters, Pam Bell and husband Greg, Grissom, and Eva Harper and husband Charles, Elkhart; a stepson, J.D. Nolen, Elkhart; 24 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; three sisters, Nancy Dell and husband Bob, Rochester, Linda Haeck, Leesburg, Fla., and Reba Derryberry and husband Dennis, Akron; six brothers, Bernard Honkomp and wife Reba, Peru, Richard Geller and wife Paulette, Monterey, Pete Geller and friend Laura, Monterey, John Honkomp and wife Becky, Rochester, Bill Geller and wife Lori, Knox, and Raymond Norris and wife Sherry, Nyona Lake; and special family members, Joey, Bobby, Wink and Tammy Arnett. He was preceded in death by his father and stepfather, Bernard "Ben" Honkomp, and a brother, Robert "Moke" Honkomp.

          A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Raymond Norris officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service.

 

Freda L. Smoker Graham

Feb. 25, 1911-Jan. 8, 2008

          Freda L. Smoker GRAHAM, 96, Wynnfield Crossing, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, formerly of Akron, died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday at Wynnfield Crossing.

          Born in Akron, she was the daughter of Albert and Leona Ruth Smoker. She graduated from Akron High School.

          On March 3, 1940, she married Fred M. Graham at Star City. He passed away on July 27, 1983.

          A homemaker and farmer's wife, she was a member of Akron Church of God. She was very active in the church. She taught Sunday School for many years and worked at Yellow Creek camp meetings for the church and youth. She was active on the prayer chain and prayer group and was part of the Goldenaires.

          At age 70, she started working in the Culver school system with Wanda Howard as a volunteer teacher's aide.

          She enjoyed family get-togethers, gardening, cooking, reading and traveling, especially her trip to Israel to the Holy Land.

          Survivors include her sister, Opal Laughman, Rochester; two brothers, Ernest and wife Esther Smoker, North Manchester, and Wayne and wife Chaume Smoker, Louisiana, Mo.; seven nephews, Ernie and wife GeNelle Smoker, Ed and wife Lottie Smoker, Dick and wife Janice Smoker, Jim and wife Joanie Smoker, Dennis Smoker, Matt Smoker and Mike Smoker; and four nieces, Shelby and husband Cliff Wogomon, Phyllis and husband Emory Smith, Susan and husband Larry Beachamp and Patricia Trower. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Smoker, and a nephew, Terry Smoker.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastors Terry Canfield and Steve Fleck officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County and Akron Church of God. Online condolences may be sent through ww.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Velma E. Stichler

Jan. 26, 1916-Jan. 9, 2008

          Velma E. STICHLER, 91, of 2383 N. Old U.S. 31, Rochester, died at 11:43 a.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Manor, Indianapolis.

          Born in Richland Township of Fulton County, she was the daughter of Harvey and Grace Overmyer Berkheiser. She lived most of her life in Marshall and Fulton counties.

          In 1933, she graduated from Richland Center High School. On March 2, 1935, at Lake Bruce, she married Theodore Stichler. He preceded her in death on June 14, 2006.

          A homemaker, she enjoyed counted cross-stitch, crossword puzzles and reading all types of books.

          Survivors include a son, Charles Buford Stichler, Indianapolis; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Stichler, Anderson; four grandsons, Ted Stichler, Lapel, Doug and Davis Stichler, Anderson, and Mark Jensen, Hamlet; a granddaughter, Desiree Jacobs, Lakeville; four great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters and one great-great-granddaughter. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, LaVonne Jensen, in 1969; a son, Theodore Garth Stichler, in 1981; two grandsons, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Friday, January 11, 2008

 

Mattie Shay Leininger and Ashlee A. (Leininger) Pruitt

Aug. 15, 2002-Jan. 8, 2008

Dec. 21, 2005-Jan. 8, 2008

          Mattie Shay LEININGER, 5, and Ashlee A. (Leininger) PRUITT, 2, of 6126 N. 825 East, Mentone, died Tuesday as a result of an automobile accident. Ashlee died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Kosciusko County Road 600 South west of County Road 1300 West near Mentone. Mattie Shay died at 12:04 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born in Allen County, Mattie Shay and Ashlee attended Mentone United Methodist Church. Mattie Shay went to Beaver Dam Preschool, Akron, and Book Buddies at Bell Memorial Library, Mentone.

          They are survived by their parents, Greg and Megihann Kinney Leininger, Mentone; a sister, Mariah; four brothers, Aaron, Seth, Michael and Canari (Gavin); grandparents, Kathi Tridle Kinney, Mentone, and David and Sally Leininger, Akron; great-grandmother, Vivian Overmyer, Akron; and aunts and uncles, Rebecca and husband Brandon Spitler, Jenny and husband David Bornmann and girls, and Gary and wife Heidi Leininger and girls.

          A funeral service for Mattie Shay Leininger and Ashlee A. (Leininger) Pruitt will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Revs. Gail Law and Doris Smith officiating. Burial will be at Nichols Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Leininger Family Fund in care of Lake City Bank. Donations may be made at any Lake City branch. Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Marjorie L. Rynearson

          Marjorie L. RYNEARSON, 82 Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Rochester, died at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday at Streams in the Desert Assisted Living Facility, Tempe, Ariz.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

George Robert Coughlin

          George Robert "Bob" COUGHLIN, 82, Logansport, died Wednesday at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

          Survivors include his wife, Maxine (Petrie) Kistler Coughlin; a sister, Margaret Ann Willison, Logansport; and children, Daniel R. Coughlin, Fort Wayne, Timothy E. Coughlin, Chesterton, Mary Kathryn Laskody, Norcross, Ga., and Patricia Ann Evans, Deer Creek.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Church, Logansport, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Marocco Funeral Chapel, Logansport.

 

Saturday, January 12, 2008

 

Marjorie L. Rynearson

March 5, 1925-Jan. 9, 2008

          Marjorie L. RYNEARSON, 82, Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Rochester, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday at Streams in the Desert Assisted Living Facility, Tempe, Ariz.

          She was born on March 5, 1925, in Rochester, the daughter of Lowe and Bernice (Hall) Rynearson. In April of 1947, she married Robert D. Caywood; they later divorced.

          Marjorie was a resident of Arizona since 1975 and retired from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. She was an avid sports fan, enjoyed needlepoint, knitting and spending time with her grandchildren.

          Survivors include her daughter, Sharon S. Ward, Tempe, Ariz.; grandson, Jason P. and wife Aimee Reid, Hoboken, N.J.; granddaughter, Rachel S. Replogle, Chandler, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Earl, Woodrow, Ellis, Reuben and Joseph Rynearson and sisters, Helen Rynearson and Sarah Coplen.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Maurice Grindle officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com

 

Monday, January 14, 2008

 

Serenity Rae Ann Frush

          Serenity Rae Ann FRUSH was stillborn Sunday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include her mother, Tara Frush, two brothers, Landon and Barre, and a sister, Madison, all of Warsaw; and great-grandparents, Howard and Joan Hart, Rochester.

          Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. No service is planned.

 

Annice P. Sears

          Annice P. SEARS, 72, of 6988 W. 1400 North, Silver Lake, died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday at her residence.

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

 

Betty J. Wilson Zehner

          Betty J. Wilson ZEHNER, 73, of 6123 N. 200 East, Monterey, died Friday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Survivors include daughters, Tina Race, Rochester, Laurie Zimmerman, Naperville, Ill., and Melissa Neidlinger, Plymouth; and a sister, Gladys Hartman, Mesa, Ariz.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Monterey, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

 


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 

 

Griffin Scott Huffman

Sept. 25, 2007-Jan. 13, 2008

          Griffin Scott HUFFMAN, 3 months, Logansport, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis.

          Born at Dukes Hospital in Peru on Sept. 25, 2007, he was the son of Vincent Scott Huffman and Robin Faith (Townsend) Huffman. They survive in Logansport.

          Also surviving are maternal grandmother, Marilyn Townsend, Rochester; maternal grandparents, Paul Townsend and his wife Melba, Roann; maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Bonnie Townsend, Rochester; paternal grandmother, Luella Huffman, Frankton; paternal great-grandmother, Charlotte Turner, Anderson; aunts and uncles, Amy and K. J. Blackburn, Rochester, and Julie Hughes, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; cousins, Grant, Annie and Carlee Blackburn; and a number of great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Fay and Mildred Bathrick; paternal grandfather, Randall Scott Huffman; and paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Birtie Porter.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Logansport First Assembly of God, 831 Burlington Ave., with Pastor Andy Weil officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Calling hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, Suite 500, 50 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46209. Arrangements are by Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport. Condolences may be placed online at kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Annice P. Sears

          Annice P. SEARS, 72, of 6988 W. 1400 North, Silver Lake, died Sunday at home.

          Survivors include her husband, Clifford E. Sears; a son, Joe Sears, Akron; a daughter, Melody Sears, Rochester; four sisters, Doris Gholson, Bloomfield, Lois Arnold, Spencer, Kathryne James, Solsberry, Ruth Ann Evans, Bloomington; and three brothers, Dwayne Black, Solsberry, Ancel Black and John Black, Bloomington.

          Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

 

Marvin E. Ringle

          Marvin E. RINGLE, 89, Plymouth, died Monday at Catherine Kasper Life Center, Donaldson.

          Survivors include three daughters, Janeal Youngman, Frankton, Sandra Bornes, Warsaw, and Marla A. Keefer, Rochester; and a brother, Wendell Ringle, Rochester.

          His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.

 

Thursday, January 17, 2008

 

Lois Emery Brown

Aug. 2, 1918-Dec. 29, 2007

          Lois Emery BROWN, age 89, passed away Dec. 29, 2007, at Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, N.M.

          The daughter of Cretie Jane (Ausman) and Carl C. Emery, Lois resided in Albuquerque since 1947, with her husband of 70 years, Marvin H. Brown.

          She graduated from Fulton High School in 1937.

          Lois was an active member of University Heights United Methodist Church.

          Her father, mother and sister, Opal Champ, preceded her in death.

          Lois is survived by two daughters, Pauline Nipper and husband Tom of Locust Grove, Ga., and Charlotte Campbell and husband Jarret, Mesa, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Dale Emery and wife Judy, Byron Center, Mich., Doyne Emery and wife Luella, Macy; and a sister, Maxine Scutt, Coldwater, Mich.

          Her funeral service was Jan. 3, 2008, in Albuquerque.

 

John R. Harris

          John R. HARRIS, 45, of 8936 King Road, Plymouth, died at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Edward Heckman

          Edward HECKMAN, 50, of 106 E. North St., Akron, died at 11:28 p.m. Wednesday in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Ardith Joan Rager

          Ardith Joan RAGER, 79, of 508 Brentwood, Akron, died at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

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

 

David Schrader

          David SCHRADER, 67, formerly of Rochester, died at 12:37 a.m. today at Northwood Village Healthcare, Kokomo.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Friday, January 18, 2008

 

John Robert Harris

          John Robert HARRIS, 45, of 8936 King Road, Plymouth, formerly of Rochester, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include four sisters, Kathy Burke, Everett, Wash., Ginny Lecatsas, Bloomsburg, Pa., Cindy Edel, Bourbon, Kim Braasch, Monterey; two brothers, Michael Harris, Charlotte, N.C., and James Harris, Oceanside, Calif.

          His funeral service will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. until the service.

 

Edward S. Heckman

Feb. 11, 1957-Jan. 16, 2008

          Edward S. HECKMAN, 50, of 106 E. North St., Akron, died Wednesday in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room, Rochester.

          Born in San Gabriel, Calif., he was the son of Deleo and Katherine L. McClain Heckman. He married Robin C. Hucks in Culver on March 22, 1997, and she survives.

          He worked at KABS (Cardinal Center, Warsaw) as a bus driver. A member of Omega Church, Akron, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

          Survivors include his wife, Robin C. Heckman, Akron; four daughters, Janiece Sheppard, Patti and husband Tommy Miner and Bonnie Heckman of California and Katherine Heckman, Akron; three sons, Eddie and wife Re-Ann Heckman of Texas, Gavin Hucks and Nathaniel Heckman of Akron; three grandchildren, Cheyenne Sheppard, Morgan and TJ Miner; his father, Deleo Heckman, Riverside, Calif.; a brother, Steven Heckman of California; his mother-in-law, Carol and husband George Graham, Akron; and his father-in-law, Vern Hucks, Kokomo. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepmother.

          His funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Thad Stewart officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the service Sunday. Memorials may be made to Omega Church, Akron. Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Florence L. Hunter

          Florence L. HUNTER, 79, formerly of 300 E. Fourth Street, Rochester, died at 12:15 a.m. today at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Ardith Joan Rager

Jan. 17, 1928-Jan. 16, 2008

          Ardith Joan RAGER, 79, of 508 Brentwood, Akron, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born on Jan. 17, 1928, in Larwill, the daughter of W. Arthur and Helen (Oliver) Buntain. She was a 1946 graduate of Larwill High School.

          Ardith had worked as a secretary in the medical field for many years and was a homemaker. She attended Akron United Methodist Church and enjoyed sewing and gardening.

          Survivors include her son, Delmar Rager, Lake Wales, Fla.; daughters, Pamela and husband Michael McFarland, Akron, Rene' Rozen-Rager and husband Shauli Rozen, Hemet, Calif.; grandchildren, Chelsea Rager, Lake Wales, Fla., Austin Rager, Lake Wales, Fla., Ryan McFarland, Akron, Bethany and husband Michael How, Rugby, England; sisters, Doris Todd, Warsaw, Vera and husband Karen Clark, Crystal Lake, Louise and husband Phil Dacey, Columbus, Ohio, Alice Brumfield, Claypool; a brother, Wendell and wife Helen Buntain, Las Cruces, N.M.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Judith Rager, and sister, Gertrude Maggert.

          No funeral services or visitation will be observed. Per Ardith's wishes, her remains have been bequeathed to the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


David Robert Schrader

April 10, 1940-Jan. 17, 2008

          David Robert SCHRADER, 67, Northwood Healthcare, 2233 W. Jefferson St., Kokomo, and formerly of Rochester, died at 12:40 a.m. Thursday at the healthcare residence in Kokomo.

          Born in Clinton, Iowa, he was the son of Robert and Marbeth Whalen Schrader. He lived in Florida before moving to Kokomo and in the Rochester area prior to living in Florida.

          On Dec. 17, 1960, he married Mary Jane Byers. She died Feb. 26, 1986. He had worked in all kinds of sales and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

          Survivors include three daughters, Melissa and husband Craig Armstrong, Elkhart, Katie and husband Darren Hanley, Kokomo, and Sarah and husband Sean Garrison, Macy; a son, Paul and wife Dawn Schrader, Mentone; and five grandchildren, Michelle and Graigory Armstrong, Michael and Cayla Schrader, Bryce Garrison. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Schrader, and his parents.

          His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Pastor David Welsh officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe.

 

Saturday, January 19, 2008

 

Florence Louise Hunter

June 19, 1928-Jan. 18, 2008

          Florence Louise HUNTER, 79, Hickory Creek, 340 E. 18th St., Rochester, and formerly of Waterhaven Apartments, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday at Hickory Creek.

          Born in Rochester, the daughter of Lee and Evelyn Musselman Ehlinger, she was a lifetime Rochester community resident. On Oct. 20, 1962, in Rochester she married Robert Hunter, and he preceded her in death.

          She retired as an aide at Canterbury Manor and was a member of First Church of God, Rochester.

          She collected Santa Claus figurines and enjoyed flower gardening. She liked to cook, especially on Sundays and holidays. She was an avid euchre player and loved garage sales and DQ dilly bars. She spoiled her grandchildren with pancakes and hot chocolate and cared about others before herself.

          She is survived by two daughters, Carol Goodman of Rochester, formerly of Culver, and Barbara Wolfe and fiance David Besse of Kewanna; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Barbara Joyce; and two nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Nancy Townsend Poulin; a son, Larry Ehlinger; a great-grandson, Jacob Ehlinger; and a brother, Bud Ehlinger.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Larry Dodge officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until the service Monday. Following interment, a dinner will be held at First Church of God, Third and Main streets. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, January 21, 2008

 

Haskell Eugene Rumple

Oct. 9, 1921-Jan. 19, 2008

          Haskell Eugene RUMPLE, 86, of 1139 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Saturday at Northwoods Village Nursing Home in Kokomo.

          He was born on Oct. 9, 1921, in Van Buren, the son of William and Florence (Hewitt) Rumple. On Feb. 14, 1942, in Marion, he married Dorothy Lorraine Cassidy. She preceded him in death on March 4, 2007. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps. veteran of World War II.

          Mr. Rumple retired from State Farm Insurance as a claims representative after 27 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, Knights of Columbus, Rochester Lions Club, Central Ohio Adjusters Association, Southern Indiana Adjusters Association and the Indiana Adjusters Association.

          Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Border, Rochester; son, Michael E. and wife Jeannie Rumple, Elburn, Ill.; grandchildren, Jessica Border, Rochester, Kathleen and husband Antonio Davis, Rochester; great-grandchildren, Trey Davis, Kendal Davis, A.J. Davis and Eian Haywood, all of Rochester; brother, Walter and wife Irene Rumple, Scottsburg. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mayme Rumple, and brothers, Robert, Glenn, George and Vern Rumple.

          A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

 

Lauramay Koebcke

Sept. 24, 1918-Jan. 19, 2008

          Lauramay KOEBCKE, 89, of 7082 W. 100 South, Kewanna, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born in Redkey, she was the daughter of Lewis C. and Sylvia Berrier Wandrey.

          She married Russell Edward Koebcke on Dec. 17, 1938, in Valparaiso. He died on Aug. 4, 2005.

          A homemaker, Lauramay was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac, and a member of the women's guild and the altar guild of the church. She enjoyed playing cards, reading and crocheting.

          Lauramay enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

          She is survived by a daughter, Colleen M. (Delbert) May, Rochester; two sons, Larry L. Koebcke, Valparaiso, and Walter L. (Donna J.) Koebcke, Kewanna; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Clara Wandrey Hahne, Tempe, Ariz., Louise Wandrey Thompson, Slater, Iowa, and Catherine Wandrey Ash, Winamac. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Esther Wandrey Hahne, Betty Wandrey and Margaret Wandrey.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac, with Pastor Carl Fitchett officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Lake Cemetery at Lake Bruce. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Frain Mortuary and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Luke church. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Billy A. McKee

          Retired USAF Lt. Col. Billy A. McKEE 87, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and formerly of Rochester, died at 7:15 a.m. Monday at Peabody Retirement Community.

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

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

 

Billy A. McKee

May 29, 1920-Jan. 21, 2008

          Retired USAF Lt. Col. Billy A. McKEE 87, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and 1223 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Monday at Peabody Retirement Community.

          He was born on May 29, 1920, in Rochester, the son of Brant and Beulah (Adamson) McKee. On Sept. 16, 1942, in Logansport, he married Elsie Brown and she survives. In 1944, he received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

          Mr. McKee was a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force and retired from Camcar Torx Division in Rochester, as Chief Accountant in 1984 after 38 years of service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and the Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed playing the drums with the dance bands the Mello-tones and Three's Company.

          Survivors include his wife, Elsie McKee, North Manchester; sons, George and wife Kyoko McKee, Sacramento, Calif., and Tom and wife Terri McKee, West Bloomfield, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

          His funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. David Wentroble officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Robert M. Moore

          Robert M. MOORE, 78, Kings Lake, died Saturday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Moore, Kings Lake.

          His funeral will be at noon Saturday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Thursday, January 24, 2008

 

No Obituaries

Friday, January 25, 2008

 

Ruth B. Reed

          Ruth B. REED, 94, Argos, died at 3:23 a.m. today t Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, January 26, 2008

 

Ruth B. Reed

          Ruth B. REED, 94, formerly of Argos, died Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

          Survivors include three daughters, Marjorie Dunham, Argos, Demaris Hochstetler, Bremen, and Zelma Montague, Wabash.

          Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Argos Bible Church with visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the service.  Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Monday, January 28, 2008

 

Carl Wilson

Feb. 15, 1915-Jan. 25, 2008

          Former Onward resident Carl WILSON of Winona Lake died at 6:30 a.m. Friday in Howard Regional Health System.

          Born Feb. 15, 1915, in Peru, he was the son of Richard C. and Olive Mae Gilver Wilson. On June 16, 1948, in Rochester, he married Helen M. Barkman, who preceded him in death Jan. 23, 2007.

          Carl was a graduate of Onward High School and attended Purdue University. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in North Africa.

          A lifelong farmer, Carl farmed in the Onward area before retiring to Winona Lake.

          He was a lifelong member of the Onward Christian Church and also attended the First Christian Church in Warsaw. He was a member of the Walton Masonic Lodge, the Onward Grange, the Logansport Eagles, and served as a Boy Scout leader for many years with the former Onward troop.

          He dearly loved his community. To that respect, he and his wife started a college scholarship fund for students at Lewis Cass and Rochester - their alma maters.

          Carl enjoyed traveling and had traveled all over the world. He also loved fishing.

          Surviving are his nieces and nephews, Carolyn Quinn, Englewood, Fla., Rick (Carol) Wilson, Athens, Sandy (Dick) Adams, Mexico, Dennis (Rhoda) Barkman, Kokomo, Janis Diehm, Sinking Springs, Penn., David (Karen) Barkman, Fayetteville, N.C., and Karen (Jean-Pierre) Kane, Wabash; two sisters-in-law, Marie Wilson, Peru, and Mabel Blacketor, Rochester; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Alma Wilson-Quinn; two brothers, Paul and Fred Wilson; one nephew, Keith C. "Sonny" Wilson; and two nieces, Shirley McLaughlin and Elizabeth (Libby) Cavanaugh.

          A memorial service, with military rites and flag presentation, will be held at a later date at the Onward Christian Church. Private interment will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Onward. Fisher Funeral Chapel, Logansport, has been entrusted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carl J. Wilson and Helen M. Wilson Scholarship Fund for Lewis Cass and Rochester students. You may light a candle of hope in remembrance of Carl and sign his guest book at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

 

Daniel Roy Barrett

Oct. 27, 1982-Jan. 27, 2008

          Trooper Daniel Roy BARRETT age 25, Logansport, passed away at 10:42 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 31, south of Indiana 110, in Fulton County.

          Born Oct. 27, 1982, in Logansport, he was the son of Vincent D. and Sarah J. Hanna Barrett. His parents survive, residing in Logansport.

          Daniel Barrett joined the Indiana State Police in 2007. Becoming a state trooper was his long-time goal. His fluency in Spanish allowed him to assist in several situations during his short career. Dan was enthusiastic about all aspects of his new job.

          Prior to joining the state police, Dan was employed as a correctional officer for the State of Indiana. A 2002 graduate of Logansport High School, Daniel took criminal justice courses at Indiana University - Kokomo and Ivy Tech State College. While in high school, he went on a "dinosaur dig" in South Dakota, which he enjoyed very much.

          Daniel also enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding four-wheelers and all outside activities. Described by friends and family as charitable and good-hearted, he enjoyed creative writing, arts and crafts and woodworking. He enjoyed cooking and baking, making apple pies and pie crusts. In 2003, Daniel was a contestant on the "Hoosier Millionaire" show.

          He was eagerly looking forward to the birth of his first nephew, Nicholas "Daniel" Barrett.

          Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Jane Hanna, Logansport; brothers and sister-in-law, Matthew D. and Shannon O. Barrett, Logansport, and Patrick J. Barrett, Logansport; sister, Laura J. Barrett, Carmel; aunts and uncles, John and Sharon Barrett, Charles Barrett, Mary Ann and Mark Penz, Herbert and Joyce Hanna and Allen and Janet Hanna, all of Logansport; great-aunts and a great-uncle, Frances Isabelle "Aunt Izzy" Roberson, Kokomo, John F. and Carolyn Appleton, Logansport; and several cousins as well as good friends, Justin Bault and Bob German. He was preceded in death by an uncle, William Barrett, and an aunt, Mary Louise Hanna.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Assembly of God, 831 Burlington Avenue, Logansport, with Rev. Tim McKaig, Indiana State Police Superintendent Dr. Paul Whitesell and Indiana State Police Chaplain Rev. Daniel Coffey officiating. Burial will be in a local cemetery to be determined. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God. Memorial contributions may be made to "Cops for Kids" c/o Indiana State Police Alliance, 1415 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203. Envelopes will be available at the church. Kroeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and personal remembrances may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

LuEdith M. Severns

March 22, 1922-Jan. 28, 2008

          LuEdith M. SEVERNS, 85, of 3269 E. 300 South, Rochester, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          She was born on March 22, 1922, in Rochester, the daughter of Ira and Mabel (Smith) Baker. On April 25, 1942, in Rochester, she married Dean H. Severns. He preceded her in death on April 29, 1952. On April 5, 1953, in Rochester, she married Jack C. Severns. He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2007.

          Mrs. Severns was a homemaker. She also owned and operated Severns Floral Shop. She was a member of the Homefront Club, Green Oak Club, Quilting Club, Mental Health Association, 4-H leader for many years, and enjoyed making flower arrangements for items at cemeteries, weddings and other family events.

          Survivors include her sons, Daniel and wife Rita Severns, Akron, Terrance "Terry" and wife Lorraine Severns, Rochester, Gary and wife Janet Severns, Rochester; daughter, Linda and husband Ned Heighway, Akron; brothers, Waldo and wife Alta Baker, LaPorte, Paul and wife Jane Baker, Elkhart, Ira Everett Baker, Churubusco; brother-in-law, Ben and wife Betty Severns, Athens; sister-in-law, Pat Baker, Osceola; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ethel Ruth Johnson; brother, Frederick Baker; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Severns.

          Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Butch Troke officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

 

Anne Clifford Cooper

          Anne Clifford COOPER, 87, Noblesville, died Monday at Harbour Manor Care Center in Noblesville. She and her husband had a home at Lake Manitou.

          Survivors include her husband Earl Long Cooper; three children, Judy Williams, Noblesville, Susan Cooper, Minneapolis, Minn., and William Cooper, Noblesville.

          A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at First Christian Church, Noblesville, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service. Hersberger Funeral Home, Lapel, is handling arrangements.

 

Kayleigh Ann Parker

          Kayleigh Ann PARKER, 14, 0f 1629 N. Meridian Road, Apt. A, Rochester, died Tuesday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

 

Kayleigh Ann Parker

          Kayleigh Ann PARKER, 14, of 1629 N. Meridian Road, Apt. A, died Tuesday at home.

          Survivors include her parents, Thomas and Patricia Parker, at home; a brother, Scottie Whittenberger, Atwood; and a sister, Angela Parker, Burbank, Calif.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 9 a.m. until the service.

 


Nelson Ray Voorhees

          Nelson Ray VOORHEES, 47, of 160 Reed Lane, Rochester, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Donna Voorhees, at home; three daughters, Julie Yanke, Riceville, Wis., Kristy Sears of Rochester, Amanda Sears, Larwill; two sons, Justin Ray Voorhees and Derrick Wayne Voorhees of Rochester; three sisters, Vicki Rudd, Galveston, Krista Rae Pearson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ramona Rae Anderson, Lehi, Utah; a brother, Randy Lee Voorhees, Evansville; and his mother, Maria Fries, Colorado Springs, Colo.

          His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Friday, February 1, 2008

 

Mildred Irene Barts

          Mildred Irene BARTS, 96, of 6241 W. Indiana 14, Rochester, died at 1:07 a.m. today at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

M. Ann Good

          M. Ann GOOD, 66, Grass Creek, died Wednesday at her residence.

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

 

Kayleigh Ann Parker

Sept. 2, 1993-Jan. 29, 2008

          Kayleigh Ann PARKER, 14, of 1629 N. Meridian Road, Apt. A, Rochester, died at 1:34 p.m. Tuesday at home.

          Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of Thomas and Patricia Geller Parker. She was a lifetime resident of Fulton County and an eighth-grade student at Rochester Middle School. She had recently transferred from Caston Jr./Sr. High School, where she achieved academic honors. At Caston, she was a member of the co-ed soccer team wearing No. 8 with great pride. She was a member of the Caston Band playing the saxophone. Prior to her stint at Caston, Kayleigh participated in the Rochester Soccer League as a versatile player able to play multiple positions.

          Kayleigh was gifted as an author, expressing herself with the poetry she wrote. One of her poems was published. As a teenager, she greatly enjoyed texting, photography and being on the computer on MySpace.com. Watching television, especially scary movies, and meeting friends for bowling each week at Quick's Lanes' Rock City Bowling were activities she always looked forward to as hobbies.

          Kayleigh treasured the time she spent hanging out with her Mom, Dad and friends. She also leaves behind her lifelong feline companion, "Knightfall," who was born the same week in September 1993. Kayleigh leaves her family and friends to cherish her memory.

          She is survived by her parents, Thomas and Patricia Parker, at home; a brother, Scottie Whittenberger, Atwood; a sister, Angela Parker, Burbank, Calif.; her maternal grandmother, Nancy Dell and husband Bob, Rochester; her paternal grandmother, Sharon Viedma-Aguilar, Los Angeles, Calif.; her maternal great-grandmother, Reba Honkomp, Nyona Lake; uncle John C. Ely and wife Angie, Spring, Texas, aunt Bridgette Wheadon and husband Ron, Rochester, aunt Cindy Pike and husband Mark, Rochester, aunt Frankie Ritter, Gilead; great-aunt Pearl McPhearson, Kewanna; numerous cousins; several great-aunts and great-uncles; and many loved and cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather David Geller in 1997 and great-grandmother Golda Carter Bailey in 1992.

          A celebration of the life of Miss Kayleigh Ann Parker will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 9 a.m. until her service. A private family burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made in Kayleigh's memory to her family. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Nelson Ray Voorhees

Feb. 10, 1960-Jan. 30, 2008

          Nelson Ray VOORHEES, 47, of 160 Reed Lane, Rochester, died at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday at home.

          Born in Williamsport, he was the son of William A. and Maria "Marie" Fries Voorhees. He had lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., and moved here from Fort Myers, Fla., in 1997.

          Nelson was a 1978 graduate of Fountain Central High School in Veedersburg. Following graduation, he worked with his dad and brother, Randy, as a logger. Embracing nature, he enjoyed the life of an American sportsman. He hunted deer, elk and bear in Canada, Utah and Colorado. He also enjoyed fishing, trapping and hunting with his brother near Hillsboro. These expeditions usually involved family or friends. Each spring he looked forward to hunting mushrooms in remote, secret locations.

          Nelson owned and operated the Blue Ribbon Construction Company of Rochester. He was very talented as a master builder - constructing several custom homes around the area. He enjoyed the challenge of refining the most difficult remodeling projects, accomplishing finished projects to perfection. His greatest strength of the building trades is that of his finishing and wood craftsmanship. One lesser known talent was his abilities as an auctioneer. He enjoyed auctioneering occasionally and sometimes even twice weekly.

          As a gourmet cook, Nelson was in command of the kitchen. Interested in trying new recipes and inventing some of his own, he felt more at peace in the kitchen than anywhere else. He is remembered for roasting hogs, catering business affairs and weddings for friends and family. His culinary talents weren't limited to the kitchen as he grilled hamburgers, steaks and chicken and delicious barbecued ribs. Chef Nelson created delectable soups - chicken noodle and chili were among his favorites. He also deep fried incredible mushrooms. Many times Nelson would share his culinary creations with his best friends and family. At one time, he and his wife, Donna, flirted with the idea of opening a restaurant.

          Nelson enjoyed the company of many friends he had cultivated over the years. Among the friends he treasured most were his buddies he met for coffee every afternoon, straight up at 4:00 at the Paradise Truck Stop. It was over the cups of coffee that the guys created a close bond, gathering each day and discussing the day's events and solving many of the world's problems. He will be remembered by his friends for his positive outlook and wonderful sense of humor.

          Nelson's memberships included the Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 523. He enjoyed the camaraderie with his fellow Masons. Nelson attended The Old Crossroad Baptist Church in Gilead. Lending his talents, he led the spirited efforts of restoration of this beautiful church and completed them in 2005. Nelson will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, a thoughtful son, a dedicated dad, a loyal brother and a faithful and trustworthy friend. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

          He is survived by his wife, Donna Voorhees, formerly Donna Lynn Ruff Sears, whom he married Jan. 29, 2005, in Rochester. Also surviving are three daughters, Julie Yanke, Riceville, Wis., Kristy Sears, Rochester, and Amanda Sears, Larwill; two sons, Justin Ray Voorhees and Derrick Wayne Voorhees of Rochester; three grandchildren, Georgia Damrow, Riceville, Wis., Ryley Sears, Rochester, and Alexa Wilson, Larwill; three sisters, Vicki Rudd and husband Jack, Galveston, Krista Rae Pearson, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ramona Rae Anderson and husband Michael, Lehi, Utah; a brother, Randy Lee Voorhees and wife Krista, Evansville; his mother, Marie Fries, Colorado Springs, Colo.; his stepmother, Nita Voorhees, Indianapolis; his stepsister, Becky; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father on Jan. 30, 1984, and an infant son, Ryan Andrew Cody Voorhees.

          A celebration of the life of Nelson Ray Voorhees will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, with the Rev. Thad Stewart officiating. His family will receive friends today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to the service. A Masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. today. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Hope Hospice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Carolyn Young

          Carolyn M. YOUNG, 76, of 3884 S. Wabash Road, Rochester, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Young, at home; three sons, Jerry Bunn, Fulton, Danny Bunn, Rochester, and Alan Young, Poway, Calif.; and a sister, Janet Coplen, Argos.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

 

Saturday, February 2, 2008

 

Carolyn Marie Young

April 4, 1931-Jan. 31, 2008

          Carolyn Marie YOUNG, 76, of 3884 S. Wabash Road, Rochester, died at 10:44 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in Mexico, Ind., she was the daughter of John and Marie Flenner Zartman.  On Aug. 2, 1956, she married Ronnie G. Young in Waterloo.

          She was a homemaker and worked at the former Chamberlain’s of Akron.  She enjoyed sewing and craft work.   She made kitchen towels and hot pads.  In past years, she did a lot of canning, with Ronnie assisting with the garden harvest.  She liked to eat out and cherished the time she spent with her family.

          Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Young, at home; three sons, Jerry Bunn and wife Gayle, Fulton, Danny Bunn and wife Julie, Poway, Calif.; grandchildren, Michelle Gribble and husband Stefan, Rebecca Baldwin and husband Scott, Laura Parsons, Danielle Sommers and husband Chris, Chelsey Young and Griffin Young; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet Coplen and husband Francis, Argos; a brother-in-law, Emerson Overmyer, Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.  Also surviving is her beloved poodle, Elvis.   She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rosanna Overmyer; two brothers, John Zartman and Glen Dean Zartman.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.  Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Home Health Care, Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Mary Jan Herendeen

March 17, 1916-Feb. 1, 2008

          Mary Jane HERENDEEN, 91, 1219 Jefferson Street, Rochester, passed away at 10:02 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          She was born on March 17, 1916 in Macy.  The daughter of Charles W. and Edith M. (Secor) Zartman.  On April 9, 1939 in Rochester, she married Herman D. Jones.  He preceded her in death on March 24, 1970.  On July 31, 1971 in Valdosta, Georgia she married Harold “Harry” Herendeen.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 2000. 

          Mrs. Herendeen retired as a deputy with the Marion County, Florida, sheriff’s dept.  She attended the First Christian Church, Rochester, was a member of R.S.V.P. and was an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago White Sox.  She also enjoyed gospel music, her plants and her dogs.

          Survivors include her nieces, Linda and husband Rich Migonis; Karen and husband Richard Waltz, both of Rochester; nephew, Howard “Hank” Summers, Akron; step-sons, Howard Herendeen and Gary Herendeen, both of Cleveland, Ohio, several great nieces and nephews and several great-great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Bonnie Summers.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester with the Rev. Woody Slade officiating.  Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or R.S.V.P.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

M. Ann Good

Nov. 20, 1941-Jan. 30, 2008

          M. Ann GOOD, 66, of Grass Creek passed away Jan. 30 at her residence.  Born Nov. 20, 1941 in Kewanna, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Helen (Oliver) Hizer.

          She was a 1959 graduate of Grass Creek High School, a graduate of Manchester College where she received a B.S. degree in 1971, and she was also a 1975 graduate of Indiana University where she earned her Masters degree in education.

          Ann was a special education teacher for Logansport Joint Services.  She taught at Logansport, Peru, Kewanna, Caston, Winamac and for may years at Pioneer, retiring in 1999 after 28 years.

          She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and also volunteered at Rochester Community Schools.  Ann enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

          Surviving are one son, Brad R. Good (Kathy), Rochester; one daughter, Kris K. Good, Indianapolis; one brother, Joe Hizer (Carol), Kewanna; one sister, Jane Hizer, Rochester; four grandchildren, Cory, Casey, Maggie, and Libby Good, all of Rochester; several nieces and nephews.

          Memorial services will be private.

          Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Harrison Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the M. Ann Good Memorial Fund, c/o Northern Indiana Community Foundation, P.O. Box 807, Rochester, IN. 46975.

          Online condolences may be made to the family at www.harrisonmetzer.com.

 


Monday, February 4, 2008

 

Marjorie Elizabeth Garland

          Marjorie Elizabeth GARLAND, 84, of 212 W. Walnut St., Argos, died Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include her husband, Kenneth A. Garland, Argos; two daughters, Carolyn Clingenpeel, Warsaw, and Nancy Kinsey, Tippecanoe; and a brother, Larry McDonald, Kerrville, Texas.

          Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Carl M. Paseka

Nov. 20, 1949—Feb. 2, 2008

          Carl M. PASEKA, 58, of 394 S. 900 West, Etna Green, died at 10:47 p.m. Saturday in the Kosciusko Community Hospital emergency room, Warsaw.  He was in failing health.

          Born in Warsaw, he was the son of Mark and Mildred Paseka.  He was raised by his father and his grandmother, Irene McCausey Paseka.  He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1968.

          On June 28, 1970, at Harrison Center Church, Etna Green, he married Gloria Tucker, and she survives.

          He was a maintenance superintendent for more than 20 years at Lear Corporation and also at WireKraft, both of Bourbon.

          He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family.

          Survivors include his wife, Gloria Paseka, Etna Green; two daughters, Stephanie and husband Samuel Dixon, Mentone, and Heather Paseka, Etna Green; a son, Andrew Paseka and wife Meagan, Warsaw; five grandchildren, Kylee and Cory Walton, Michael Paseka, Jacob Dixon and Ethan Paseka; two sisters, Leona Izumi, Stockton, Calif., and Kathy Ulshafer, South Whitley; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and two brothers, Philip and Peter Paseka.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Harrison Center Church, Kosciusko County Roads 100 South and 800 West, Etna Green, with Pastors Larry Goss and Bill Stevens officiating.  Burial will be at Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone.  Memorials may be made to Warsaw Dialysis Center.

 

Mildred Irene Barts

          Mildred Irene BARTS, 96, of 6241 W. Indiana 14, Rochester, died Friday at home.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sarah A. Betten, Rochester, a son, Ralph Richard “Dick” Barts, Huntington, and two half sisters, Lois Adams, Moorehaven, Fla., and Wilma Welker of South Carolina.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the service.

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

 

Mildred Irene Barts

Oct. 17, 1911—Feb. 1, 2008

          Mildred Irene BARTS, 96, of 938 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died at 1:07 a.m. Friday at her granddaughter’s residence.

          Born in Fulton, she was the daughter of Charles and Addie Copner Felty Holler.  On Feb. 1, 1930, she married Ralph Raymond Barts in Rochester.  He preceded her in death on March 8, 1970.

          A homemaker, she was employed by Olin Signal Corp., Peru, and retired in 1954.  She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

          A diehard Cubs fan, she was also an avid card player and enjoyed listening to country music, especially George Strait.  She also crocheted doilies for her family and friends.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sarah A. Betten, Rochester, a son, Ralph Richard “Dick” Barts and wife Caroline, Huntington; four grandchildren, Michael Betten and wife Cheryl, New Castle, Karen Sue Vititoe, Rochester, Jeffrey Richard Barts and wife Carol, Ardmore, Ala., and Lydia Susan Cartwright and husband Jeffrey, Huntington; 10 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Lois Adams, Moorehaven, Fla., and Wilma Welker, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and several half brothers and sisters.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Buck Padilla officiating.   Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. until the service Wednesday.   Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Geneva Miller

          Geneva MILLER, 92, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, formerly of Akron, died at 1:30 a.m. today at Peabody.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

 

Geneva Miller

March 5, 1915 – Feb. 5, 2008

          Geneva MILLER, 92, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and formerly of Akron, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at Peabody.

          Born in Wabash County, she was the daughter of Charles A. and Eva May Shaw Ramsey.  She married George J. Miller on April 25, 1936, at Chili.  He passed away on Sept. 7, 2004.

          A homemaker and member of Silver Creek Church of God, she loved the Lord and lived her life to serve Him.  She was a wonderful Wife and Mother.

          She is survived by two daughters, Janice and husband Bill Yeager, Akron, and Carolyn and husband Terry Shumaker, Indianapolis; a son, Richard Miller, Mentone; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a great-grandson; three sisters, Agnes Alexander, Edith Merle Crumrine and Anna Marie Abner; and four brothers, Paul, Verlin, Roscoe and Walter Ramsey.

          Her funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Silver Creek Church of God, 6504 W. 1300 South, Silver Lake, with Pastor Thomas Craig officiating.  Burial will be at Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service.  Memorials may be made to Silver Creek Church of God.   Arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.  Online condolences may be sent through www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Jesse Calvert

          Jesse CALVERT, 89, Rochester, died at 4:45 a.m. today at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Eldon F. Cowen

          Eldon F. COWEN, 86, of 18481 Nutmeg Road, Argos, died at 3:40 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thursday, February 7, 2008

 

Jesse J. ‘Bill’ Calvert

Nov. 27, 1919 – Feb. 6, 2008

          Jesse J. “Bill” CALVERT, 89, formerly of 1422 S. Park Road, Rochester, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Born in Fulton County, he was the son of Forrest A. and Susan May Waltz Calvert.  He was a lifetime resident of this community.

          On Aug. 31, 1942, in Bennetsville, S.C. he married Marjorie Bernice Carithers.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 1990.

          He worked as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

          He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Rural Letter Carriers Association, Fulton County Campers Association and Rochester IOOF Lodge.  He was a Boy Scout leader and former teacher for Win-A-Couple at church.

          He enjoyed playing euchre, gardening and church activities.  He especially enjoyed time with his family.

          He is survived by a son, Marc Calvert and wife Julie, Rochester; five grandchildren, Lyndee Calvert of Wabash, Corey Calvert and wife Amy of Rochester, Chad Calvert and fiancée Jodi Dell of North Manchester, Jason Calvert and wife Christine of Rochester and Kyle Calvert and wife Laura of Rochester; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Rock of Tippecanoe, Carol Saenz of Mishawaka, Helen Enyart and husband Richard of Rochester and Barb Tullis and husband Bud of Rochester; numerous nieces and nephews; and a daughter-in-law, Shirley Calvert of Rochester.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Alan Calvert, on Sept. 29, 2006; a sister, Clara Reeser; and four brothers, Ralph, Jim, Pete and Robert Calvert.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Buck Padilla officiating.  Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Eldon Frank Cowen

          Eldon Frank COWEN, 86, of 18481 Nutmeg Road, Argos, died Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Culver.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Cowen, Argos; a daughter, Susan E. Cowen, Indianapolis; four sisters, Lida Norris, Marjorie Andersen, Betty Castleman, all of Argos, and Ruth Gordon, Plymouth.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Culver, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Ethel L. Hayden

          Ethel L. HAYDEN, age 78, Demotte, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008.

          She is survived by three daughters, Cindi (Cliff) Robinson of Demotte, Carolyn (Lee) Piske of Lowell and Roberta (Howard) Crepeau of White Lake, Mich.; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert Reed of Lowell; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Clifford of Arkansas and Marcia Roy of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a sister, Janet Kay Reed; a brother, Cleo Roy.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Central time Friday at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, with Pastor Charles Hochmuth officiating.  Burial will follow at West Creek Cemetery, Lowell.   Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

          Ethel was a cosmetologist instructor for Merrillville Beauty College/John Amico.  She was a member of the Christian faith and a volunteer for Hope Hospice in Rochester.  Raising her family was Ethel’s main activity.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lowell Health Care Rehabilitation Center.

 

Friday, February 8, 2008

 

No Obituaries

Saturday, February 9, 2008

 

Weldon ‘Wod’ Baker

April 4, 1935 – Feb. 8, 2008

          Weldon “Wod” BAKER, 72, of 5290 E. 575 North, Rochester, died at 4:15 a.m. Friday at home.

          Born in Piper City, Ill., he was the son of William Martin and Tressie Dehm Baker.   A lifetime Rochester resident, he married Sara Jean Alderfer on Nov. 13, 1964, in Rochester.  She preceded him in death on July 24, 1991.

          In 2003, he retired from Maple Leaf Farms after working there for 20 years.  A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Germany.

          He loved to work in his garden and be outdoors.  He also enjoyed tinkering on small engines in the garage.

          Survivors include two daughters, Laurie Blankenship, Tippecanoe, and Julie Baker, Akron; a son, Andy Baker Tippecanoe; four grandchildren, Loren Lowe Jr., Tasha Martin, Monica Vick, LeeAnna Vick; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Conwell, Rochester, and Betty Alderfer, California; and two brothers, Kenneth Baker Rochester, and Eugene “Curly” Baker, Rochester.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, William; two brothers, Leonard and Harry “Bud” Baker; and a companion, Lona Estep.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev Junior Bose officiating.  Burial will be at Richland Center Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Billie W. Eaton

          Billie W. EATON, 81, of 1107 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, formerly of Akron, died at 11:35 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Charlotte E. Warner

          Charlotte E. WARNER, 86, formerly of 17560 Maple Road, Argos, died at 10:23 a.m. Friday at Mason Health Care Center, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Juanita L. Gibbs Johnson

          Juanita L. Gibbs JOHNSON, 85, Logansport, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday in her residence.

          Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, in Fisher Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Doug Mankell officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

          Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, in Fisher Funeral Chapel.

 

Monday, February 11, 2008

 

Billie W. Eaton

April 7, 1927 – Feb. 8, 2008

          Billie W. EATON, 80, of 1107 Jackson Blvd., Rochester, died at 11:35 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born in Burket in Kosciusko county, he was the son of Harry T. and Zora Summe Eaton.  On Nov. 20, 1950, he married Gloria A. “Dolly” Pontius, and she survives at home.

          A maintenance man, he worked at Sonoco Products Co., Argos, for 30 years and was a town marshal.  He also was a U.S. Army veteran.

          He was a fan of NASCAR and especially of Jeff Gordon.

          In addition to his wife, Gloria A. “Dolly” Eaton, he is survived by a daughter, Sherry Eaton, Rochester; a son, Larry Eaton, Rochester; four grandchildren, Rachelle Raines and Ryan, Kyle and Ashley Eaton; three great-grandchildren, Bryce and Emily Raines and David Wayne Andrews III; and a sister, Betty and husband Lee Gearhart, Akron.  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Emmett, Charles and Stewart Eaton.

          There will be no funeral service.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Gale Foley

Oct. 7, 1927 – Feb. 9, 2008

          Gale FOLEY, 80, of 3549 E. 400 North, Rochester, died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, Plymouth.

          Born in Cass County, he was the son of Walter and Nellie Ferguson Foley.  He lived in Rochester since he was 14 years old.

          On Oct. 29, 1944, in Rochester, he married Weldona D. Swango, who preceded him in death on March 28, 2006.

          He was employed at General Tire & Rubber Company for 34 years and was also a grain and livestock farmer.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and took pride in his vegetable garden, sharing the bounty with friends and neighbors.  He adored his granddaughter and his great-grandsons.

          Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Hurley, Rochester; a granddaughter, Meranda Ritchie and husband Branden, Rochester; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Brayden Ritchie, Rochester; a sister, Clara Childress, Warsaw; and two brothers, Gene Foley and wife Mary, Rochester and Dale Foley, Grissom.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Thelma Yoder.

          His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Phil Pratt officiating.  Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Erma Jean Graham

          Erma Jean GRAHAM, 82, of Greencroft Healthcare Center, Goshen, died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Greencroft Healthcare Center.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Frieda Maxine Moon

          Frieda Maxine MOON, 86, Twelve Mile, died Saturday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

          Survivors include two sons, Everett Allen Moon and Jerry Lee Moon of Twelve Mile; a daughter, Carmen Sue Carter, Russiaville; and a sister, Frances V. Beckley, Twelve Mile.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

 

Gerald J. Rouse

          Gerald J. ROUSE, 65, Rochester, died Feb. 3, in Cleveland, Ohio.

          He is survived by his children, Robin Rouse, Christopher Rouse, Jamie Rouse; two brothers, Dennis Rouse and Anthony Rouse; and two sisters, Delois Rouse and Zina Mae.

          There are no services. The Cremation Society of Ohio is handling arrangements.

 

Violet I. Smoker

Oct. 16, 1916-Feb. 8, 2008

          Violet I. SMOKER, 91, of 1119 Sunset Drive, Celina, Ohio, formerly of Akron, died at 10:40 p.m. Friday at Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford, Ohio.

          Born in Kosciusko County, she was the daughter of Melvin Merl and Sadie Faun Jones Smith. On Feb. 1, 1934, in Warsaw, she married Doin M. Smoker. He passed away on Sept. 10, 2004.

          A homemaker, she was involved in various 4-H and Farm Bureau activities. She also volunteered with the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

          Survivors include a daughter, Merlee and husband Fred Heckathorn, Celina, Ohio; a brother, Devon Smith, Warsaw; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jean Smith, Warsaw. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Charles Smoker; a grandson, Brent; a brother, Doyle Smith; and a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Smoker.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Akron Lions Club. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Charlotte E. Warner

          Charlotte E. WARNER, 86, of 3762 W. Old U.S. 30, Warsaw, formerly of Argos, died Friday at Mason Health Care Center, Warsaw.

          Survivors include her husband, Glenn B. Warner, Warsaw; four daughters, Karen Smith, Warsaw, Marsha Holland, New Palestine, Leah Johnson, Argos, and Denice Albertson, Warsaw; and a son, Jan Burns Warner, North Manchester.

          Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Mary Alice Watrous

          Mary Alice WATROUS, 89, formerly of 313 W. 11th St., Rochester, died Saturday at Life Care Center.

          Survivors include two daughters, Carol Shrader, Kewanna, and Kay Harris, Huntington, and a son, Emory Watrous, Belleview, Fla.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service.

 


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

 

Erma Jean Graham

April 21, 1925-Feb. 9, 2008

 

          Erma Jean GRAHAM, 82, of 1300 Greencroft Drive, No. 42, Goshen, died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen.

          Born in Leiters Ford, she was the daughter of Alpha M. and Ruth Newcomb Overmyer. In 1947, she married Robert Graham. He preceded her in death in 1989.

          A homemaker, she volunteered at the hospital. She greatly enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers. She was an avid board game player, always waiting to challenge her family and friends.

          Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Lyons and husband Ed, Titusville, Fla.; a son, Michael Graham, Walkerton; a grandson, Ed Lyons, Titusville, Fla.; a brother, Jim Overmyer, Mishawaka; cousins, Gerald Overmyer, Oxnard, Calif., and Cleon Overmyer, Silver Lake; and nieces, Julia Ecenbarger, Fort Wayne, and Janet Farias, Mishawaka. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jackie Overmyer.

          Private visitation and funeral services will be at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Charlene Harrison Allen officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Gerald J. Rouse

          Gerald J. ROUSE, 65, Rochester, passed away Feb. 3, 2008.

          Born in Oliver Springs, Tenn., Gerald was an outdoorsman who enjoyed reading and traveling with his family. He was employed for many years as a truck driver, and was a proud member of Teamster 142.

          He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Zina, and wife, Carole. He is survived by his sons, Robin (Susan), Christopher and Jamie (Mindy); brothers, Dennis (Delores) and Anthony (Carol); sisters, Delois and Zina Mae; and grandchildren Nicolaus, Erika, Evan, Lauren and Jacob. The family wishes to express their thanks for all friends and family for their prayers and encouragement. (ADAMS-MASON, 330-535-9186)

 

Omer J. Torrence

June 4, 1926-Feb. 12, 2008

          Omer J. TORRENCE, 81, of 1334 Park Road, Rochester, passed away at 2:10 a.m. today at his residence.

          He was born on June 4, 1926, in Peru, the son of Omer Adam and Alma I. (Warner) Torrence. On March 27, 1948, in Peru, he married Peggy J. Strominger. She preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 1990.

          Mr. Torrence owned and operated Torrence Plumbing and Heating in Rochester for more than 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion, and had been a volunteer fireman for the Rochester Fire Department. He enjoyed playing cards, woodworking and eating out.

          Survivors include his daughter, Carol and husband Robert Loebig, Rochester; son, Nick E. Torrence, North Hollywood, Calif.; grandchildren, Christy Stinson, Rochester, David Perdue and fiancee Jordon Schlosser, Rochester; and stepgrandchildren, Kim and husband Norm Benzing, Rochester, Robert Loebig II and wife Allison, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dorothy Clifford.

          Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Private graveside services will be conducted at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Mary Alice Watrous

Jan. 30, 1919-Feb. 9, 2008

          Mary Alice WATROUS, 89, formerly of 313 W. 11th St., Rochester, died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born in Elkhart, she was the daughter of Arthur and Alta Edington Barker. She graduated from Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio. Mary Alice moved to Rochester in 1957 from Union City, Pa. She also lived in Belleview, Fla., for 23 years prior to returning to Rochester in 1995.

          On July 26, 1941, in Lima, Ohio, she married James Daylin Watrous. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 1996.

          Mary Alice was co-owner of the former Watrous Paint Store, Rochester, and retired in 1980 from Sears Company, West Palm Beach, Fla.

          Mary Alice enjoyed a variety of crafting projects while residing in Florida. She helped a friend run her craft shop and many times participated in classes to learn new methods and crafts. Her forte was crocheting. Mary Alice fashioned many custom projects and dolls for her family and closest friends.

          Important in Mary Alice's life was the First Christian Church, Rochester, where she volunteered in the office, assisting the secretary and helping wherever she was needed.

          Mary Alice will be remembered as a devoted Mother and tender and loving Grandmother, always there to support her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their aspirations and endeavors. She also leaves behind many friends and her acquired family at Life Care Center, whom she loved and cherished.

          She is survived by two daughters, Carol Shrader and husband Ron, Kewanna, and Kay Harris and husband Butch, Huntington; a son, Emory Watrous and wife Betty, Belleview, Fla.; five grandchildren, Troy Shriver and wife Janelle, Teresa Harsh and husband Michael, all of Rochester, Brian Kinley and wife Teresa, Brenda Kinley, all of Huntington, and Vicki Mudra and husband Mike, Cary, Ill.; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were her parents; a grandchild; two brothers; and her son-in-law, Ronnie Shriver, in October 2003.

          A celebration of the life of Mary Alice Watrous will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, with the Rev. Chris Dodson officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before the service. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Life Care Center Activity Fund. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Elizabeth Warner Young

          Elizabeth Warner YOUNG, 87, Indianapolis, formerly of Twelve Mile, died at 1:55 p.m. Monday at Northwest Manor, Indianapolis.

          Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

 

Lyle E. Disney

          Lyle E. DISNEY, 79, Rochester, formerly of Terre Haute, died Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital.

          His funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, Terre Haute, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.

 

Thursday, February 14, 2008

 

No Obituaries


Friday, February 15, 2008

 

Bud W. Krohn Sr.

Jan. 27, 1927-Feb. 13, 2008

          Bud W. KROHN Sr., 81, of 4640 E. 50 South, Winamac, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Born in Cedar Lake to Charles and Clara Reichert Krohn, he was an active farmer. On July 31, 1948, he married Dorothy Rose Frasa in Winamac. She died Nov. 30, 2003.

          He served on the ASCS board as a township committeeman for many years, was a member of Winamac Masonic Lodge No. 262, and on Fulton County REMC board of directors for 12 years. He was Harrison Township trustee for eight years, a Pulaski County Commissioner for 12 years, and a Republican precinct committeeman and active volunteer for the Republican Party for many years. He served as Pulaski County Highway Superintendent for several years and was a member of the Pulaski County School Board when Eastern Pulaski Schools were formed. A member of the Pulaski County 4-H Fair Board, he was an avid supporter of 4-H for more than 48 years. He encouraged his children and grandchildren as they participated in 4-H.

          He enjoyed attending Purdue University athletic events with his grandchildren and loved to attend and participate in antique tractor pulls. His greatest joys in life were his family and farming.

          Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn (Ed) Newman, Star City; two sons, Bud (Cindra) Krohn Jr. and Robert E. (Theresa) Krohn of Winamac; grandchildren, Brian (Erin) Krohn, Brownsburg, Amy (Jacob) Koepkey, Sheridan, Rebecca (Brennen) Johnson, Lafayette, Lisa (John) Schaaf, Westfield, Valerie (Patrick) Ruth, Fishers, Erin (Erik) Howe, Jacksonville, Fla., Joshua (Sheila) Krohn, Lamesa, Texas, Cristy (David) Sinclair, Cloverdale, Meghan Newman, Eric Newman, Star City; great-grandchildren, Shaefer Krohn and Brynn Krohn of Brownsburg, Logan, Griffin and Madelyn Koepkey of Sheridan, Carter and Lauren Johnson of Lafayette, Reid Schaaf, Westfield, and Gavin Sinclair, Cloverdale; a sister, Evelyn Leslin, a brother, William (Libby) Krohn, a sister, Clara Mae "Babe" (Bill) Locke, and a brother-in-law, Frank Eiler, all of Winamac. He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter, Addison Krohn; and two sisters, Florence Klampe and Dorothy Eiler.

          His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with the Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Saturday, February 16, 2008

 

Delores Snavley

          Delores SNAVLEY, 85, Idaville, died Friday at home.

          Survivors include two daughters, Sue Ann Shaw, Winamac, and Sandi Kay Swetnam, Robinson, Texas.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

 

Lois Lemler

          Lois LEMLER, 101, Mentone, passed away at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Charlotte Sue Holden

          Charlotte Sue HOLDEN, 46, Peru, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Friday at Howard Regional Health Systems, Kokomo.

          Survivors include her husband, Greg Holden; a son, Shane Gregory Holden, at home; her parents Bill and Margaret Leffel, Peru; and a brother, Phillip Leffel.

          Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, 3500 West State Rd. 16, Denver.

          Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Monday, February 18, 2008

 

Sharon K. Gilbert

          Sharon K. GILBERT, 69, of 8027 W. 900 South, Akron, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Lois Lemler

Jan. 21, 1907-Feb. 15, 2008

          Mrs. Lois LEMLER, 101, formerly of Mentone, died at 4:57 p.m. Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15

          Born in Newville, she was the daughter of Silas M. and Cora Belle Cauffman Hill.

          On Sept. 2, 1923, in Bourbon, she and Fred D. Lemler were married by her father, Rev. S. M. Hill.

          She moved to Mentone from Nappanee in 1926. She and her husband owned and operated L&B Foods in Mentone for 43 years. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 1979.

          Mrs. Lemler was a member of Mentone First Baptist Church, where she was an active choir member and pianist. She was a past worthy matron of the Mentone Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Scrambled Egg Band and the Mentone Reading Club. She was noted as having a saying for everything.

          Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis (and the late Wayne) Bowser, Mentone, and Leah Nell and husband Stan Yeiter, Atwood; a half sister, Mrs. John (Marjorie) Knecht, North Manchester; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Gertrude Johnson Hill; a brother, Ellis Hill; and two sisters, Cloe Whitman and Mildred Krider.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mentone First Baptist Church, 301 N. Broadway St., with Pastors Sam Yeiter, Charles Swihart and Michael Wilhite officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorials may be made to Mentone First Baptist Church or the donor's choice. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Charlotte Jean Stratton

          Charlotte Jean STRATTON, 75, of 604 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, and formerly of Athens, died at 1:20 a.m. today at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

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

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

 

Sharon K. Gilbert

Aug. 29, 1938-Feb. 17, 2008

          Sharon Kay GILBERT, 69, of 8027 W. 900 South, Akron, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at her residence.

          Born on Aug. 29, 1938, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Samuel and Yvonne O'Dell Ware. Before becoming ill, she was employed as a cashier for more than 14 years at Wal-Mart in Warsaw.

          Surviving are three daughters, Leslie and husband Roger Morrow, Beaver Dam Lake, (Akron), Rhonda and husband Waleed Sharbini, Aurora, Colo., and Jennifer Senff, Marshall, Ill.; five grandsons and five granddaughters; two great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters and a stepgreat-granddaughter; four sisters, Joyce and husband John Sexton, Mentone, Nancy Owens, Warsaw, Dawn and husband Charles Walton, Avon Park, Fla., and Sharlene and husband Jerry Ross, Mentone. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son and a great-granddaughter.

          Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday with visitation 30 minutes before the service at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery following the service. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Online condolences can be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Lee T. Howe

April 23, 1963-Feb. 4, 2008

          Lee T. HOWE, 44, of 10382 Tiburon Drive, Florence, Ky., formerly of Winamac, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Hospice, Edgewood, Ky.

          Born in Winamac, he was the son of Jerry and Mary Ash Howe. He graduated from Winamac Community High School in 1981 and from Ball State University in 1986.

          A controller for Duke Energy, Cincinnati, Ohio, he was employed by Duke for more than 22 years.

          He was a member and treasurer of Florence (Ky.) United Methodist Church, and a member and coach in the Boone County Knothole Little League. He also coached Little League baseball in Winamac.

          He lived in Florence for the past several years and also lived in Indianapolis.

          Survivors include his wife, Julie Johnson Howe, Florence, Ky.; a daughter, Ashlee Howe, and son, Andrew Howe, both of Florence, Ky.; his father and stepmother, Jerry (JoAnn) Howe, Winamac; a twin brother, Don (Sue) Howe, Winamac, and two brothers, Rob (Connie) Howe, Winamac, and Mike (Sherri) Howe, Rockmart, Ga.; a stepsister, Julie (Dan) Middleton, Silver Lake; and a stepbrother, Jeff (Starr) Hoffman, Kewanna. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ash Howe.

          A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the service. Memorials may be made to ALS Research c/o University of Kentucky, Dr. Edward Kasarskis Department of Neurology UK Clinic, Suite L445, Lexington, KY 40536-0284, or the Lee Howe Memorial Scholarship Fund, Winamac. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Charlotte Jean Stratton

March 12, 1932-Feb. 18, 2008

          Charlotte Jean STRATTON, 75, of 604 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, formerly of Athens, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Monday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          She was born on March 12, 1932, in Macy, the daughter of William W. and Florence Ruth (Harding) Ballenger. On April 8, 1949, in Rochester, she married Kenneth Allan Stratton. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 1973.

          Mrs. Stratton worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 25 years, working as Postmaster for the Athens, Ind., Post Office. She attended the Rochester Church of the Nazarene.

          Survivors include her daughters, Charlene K. and husband Kevin Young, North Manchester, Barbara and husband Norman Fuchs, Angola; son, Walter and wife Betty Stratton, Guam; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Jones; brother, Charles Robert Ballenger; and her parents.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. J.P. Freeman officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery, Athens. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

 

No Obituaries

 


Thursday, February 21, 2008

 

Ruby Mae (Rhodes) Bearss

Oct. 6, 1935-Feb. 19, 2008

          Ruby Mae (Rhodes) BEARSS, 72, Berne, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Bluffton Regional Hospital, Bluffton.

          Born in Elkhart, she was the daughter of Herbert and Mary Rhodes. On Aug. 17, 1958, in Osceola, she married Gresham "Bud" Bearss, who survives in Berne.

          A teacher and a homemaker, she enjoyed painting, reading, knitting and gardening. She was a member of First Missionary Church of Berne. She served as a volunteer advocate/counselor for 19 years at A Hope Center, Fort Wayne. She also volunteered with Swiss Heritage Village.

          In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Laura Gene (Jim) Umpleby of Elkhart, Kristi Diane Bearss of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Barbara Elaine Bearss of Chicago; five grandchildren, Timothy, Tyler, Kyrsten and Karis Umpleby and Malachi Reid; two brothers, Donald Rhodes, Grass Valley, Calif., and David Rhodes, Mishawaka; and two sisters, Mildred Steely, South Bend, and Etta Marie Obringer, Goshen.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Missionary Church, U.S. 27 South, Berne, with Pastor Kris McPherson of First Missionary Church officiating. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church. Memorials may be made to A Hope Center, Fort Wayne, and The Hope Clinic, Berne.

 

George C. Feidner

          George C. FEIDNER, 77, Medaryville, died Wednesday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.  Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

 


Gary Richardson

          Gary RICHARDSON, 55 of 1100 Park Road, No. 69, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Florence E. Small

          Florence E. SMALL, 95, Royal Center, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include a son, David H. Schroder, Logansport.

          Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Indian Creek Christian Cemetery, Lucerne. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

 

Friday, February 22, 2008

 

Charles A. Crippen

Aug. 17, 1926-Feb. 21, 2008

          Charles A. CRIPPEN, 81, of 2779 N. 600 East, Rochester, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at home.

          Born in Cass County, he was the son of Daugherty K. and Marie Cornell Crippen. Chuck graduated from Grass Creek High School. On June 2, 1946, at Grass Creek, he married Corabelle Kistler, and she survives.

          He was a dairy farmer until becoming owner of Athens Oliver Implement Dealership in 1957. He was a longtime member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

          In addition to his wife, Corabelle Crippen, at home, he is survived by two daughters, Kathleen and husband Bob Sutton, Rochester, and Lorie and husband David Hurst, Rochester; five grandchildren, Kenneth Hurst, William and wife Kimberly Hurst, Terry Hurst, Rob and wife Laura Sutton and Amy Sutton; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Leon Crippen, and two brothers, Leroy and Leon Crippen.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Revs. Phil Pratt and Junior Bose officiating. Burial will be at Richland Center Cemetery, northwest of Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Hope Hospice of Fulton County and Bethlehem Baptist Church. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

George C. Feidner

          George C. FEIDNER, 77, Medaryville, died Wednesday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Feidner, Medaryville; a daughter, Debbie S. Beyers, Clermont, Fla., a son, Kevin L. Feidner, Hammond, a daughter, Dionna M. Huston, LaPorte, and a son James D. Feidner, Hobart; five sisters and three brothers.

          His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service.

 

Phyllis A. Nette

          Phyllis A. NETTE, 75, Life Care Center of Rochester, formerly of 11219 E. 50 North, Akron, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include three daughters, Patti Swihart, Gilead, Lori Cox, Akron, and Dianna Powell, Plymouth; two sons, Robert Nette, Akron, and Jeffrey Nette, Milford; a sister, Barbara Rudo, Akron; and four brothers, Bernard Holloway, Palestine, Dean Holloway, Rochester, Don Holloway and Rodney Holloway of Warsaw.

          Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 


Gary Richardson

Feb. 3, 1953-Feb. 20, 2008

          Gary RICHARDSON, 55, of 1100 Park Road, No. 69, Rochester, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in Rochester, he was the son of Leonard Earl and Phyllis Smith Barrett. He lived in Orlando, Fla., and moved back to Rochester in 1988. He never married.

          He was a paper carrier for The Rochester Sentinel and The South Bend Tribune for a number of years.

          He loved gardening, especially flowers. Roses were his favorite. He also enjoyed cookouts, family gatherings and watching scary movies.

          Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Barrett, Rochester; two sisters, Kathryn L. Mounts and husband Joseph and Cindy Sue Schaeffner of Rochester; a brother, Charles Albert Richardson, Rochester; two stepsisters, LaWanda Gail See and Earl Annette White and husband Ricky of Rochester; and his beloved feline companion, Smokey. He was preceded in death by his father, on June 23, 1993.

          Private family services will take place. Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Saturday, February 23, 2008

 

Lillian R. Hutchins

          Lillian R. HUTCHINS, formerly of the Talma area, died Saturday, Feb. 16 at the home of her son, Richard Newman Jr., Plymouth.

          She is also survived by a brother, Paul R. Ridenour, Sevierville, Tenn., and a sister, Dorothy Dague, Kokomo.

          Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, is handling arrangements.

 


Quentin Brower

Aug. 6, 1920 - Feb. 22, 2008

          Quentin BROWER, 87, formerly of rural Macy, died at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Wabash County Hospital.

          Born in Miami County, he was the son of Avery Brower and Orpha Bowen Smith. On Oct. 14, 1939 he married Dorothy Jean Mang, and she survives.

          He graduated from Deedsville High School in 1938. He was a member of Deedsville United Methodist Church and was an avid fisherman.

          In addition to his wife Dorothy Jean Mang, he is survived by a daughter, Penny Mae and husband Bobby Clemons of Macy; three grandchildren, Darrel and wife Ruby Clemons, Keller, Texas; Don Clemons, South Bend and Linnea and husband Robert Myers, Jr., Twelve Mile; and four great-grandchildren, Justin, Kristin, Joshua and Alexis; one brother, Larry and wife Geraldine Bower, Macy; two sisters, Lela and husband Lyle Deeds, Macy, Vera and husband Martin Green, Converse. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Berl Bower and a sister Mabel Patty.

          His funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third Street, Peru, with Pastor William Babb III officiating. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

T. Lucile Meredith

Dec. 21, 1922 - Feb. 22, 2008

          T. Lucile MEREDITH, 96, formerly of Akron, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bethany Pointe Health Campus, Anderson.

          Born in Howard County, she was the daughter of Henry Schafer and Melissa Barnhisel. She graduated from Akron High School in 1930. On June 24, 1934 she married Lonzo D. Meredith, who preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1994.

          She had worked in the Akron school cafeteria for 26 years and was also a homemaker.

          She taught Sunday school at the Akron United Methodist Church for 50 years and was a member of the church for over 60 years. She was also a member of the Amicus Club.

          Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann and husband Robert Gardner, Ft. Wayne; two granddaughters, Denise Paramore and Dr. Angie King; two great-grandchildren, Nick and Julia Paramore and a sister Mary Hines VanSlyke, Pendleton.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and half-brother, Garland Kline.

          Her funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron with the Rev. Harold L. Leininger officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery.

          Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 West Rochester Street, Akron.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Pointe Health Campus Anderson, or Akron United Methodist Church.

          On-line condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com

 

Monday, February 25, 2008

 

Mildred Gropp

          Mildred "Millie" GROPP, 79, Hudson, died Saturday at home.

          Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Gropp, Mishawaka, and Ruth Singleton, Wolcottville; a son, Mark Gropp, Wolcottville; and a brother, Richard Dorn, Buchanan, Mich.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's of the Angels Catholic Church, rural Hudson. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange.

 

Marie Miller

          Marie MILLER, 85, Life Care Center of Rochester, died at 11:20 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.  Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tricia Marie Simpson Russell

Dec. 18, 1961-Feb. 23, 2008

          Tricia Marie Simpson RUSSELL, 46, Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, succumbing to injuries suffered in an auto accident on Oct. 27, 2007.

          Tricia was born on Dec. 18, 1961, in Lake Forest, Ill., to Marvin and Bernadette (Dreyer) Simpson of Valparaiso, who survive.

          A 1980 graduate of Rochester High School and a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, she was a registered nurse who worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette, Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso, and most recently, VNA of Porter County, Valparaiso.

          She is survived by sons, Joseph, 12, and Thomas, 8, of Valparaiso; a sister, Pamela (Dan) Hood of Valparaiso; brothers, Michael (Sharon) Simpson of Valparaiso and Lt. Col. Daniel (Alicia) Simpson, M.D., of Silver Spring, Md.; a nephew, Cpl. Alexander Hood, USMC, Iraq; and nieces, Kathryn Hood of West Lafayette, Maria, Louisa, Sophia and Gabriella Simpson of Silver Spring, Md.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and a nephew, Benjamin Hood.

          Following prayer at 10:30 a.m., Central time, Wednesday at Dykes Funeral Home, 2305 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso, a funeral procession will travel to St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, for an 11 a.m. funeral mass with Msgr. John J. Charlebois officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul Cemetery, Valparaiso. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VNA of Porter County or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County. Arrangements by Dykes Funeral Home Inc., 219-462-3125.

 

Lily B. Sult

May 25, 1918-Feb. 23, 2008

          Lily B. SULT, 89, of 4787 School St., Leiters Ford, died at 6:53 a.m. Saturday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

          Born in Marshall County, she was the daughter of Wallace and Mary (Conrad) McGowen.

          On Dec. 9, 1966, she married Harry L. Sult in Rochester. They moved to Leiters Ford from Bremen in 1968. Her husband preceded her in death on July 6, 1993.

          A homemaker, she was a former member of Leiters Ford United Methodist Church and Mt. Hope Church. While attending Mt. Hope, she took joy in teaching the primary Sunday School class.

          Lily expressed herself through the poetry she wrote and by painting on canvas.

          She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen Ryon and husband Dave, Dayton, Ohio, and Joan B. Hodson and husband David, Peru; a son, John Sult and wife Amy, Culver; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Clarence McGowen.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Lily B. Sult will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bob Metzger officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to her service. Burial will be at Leiters Ford Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to Mt. Hope United Methodist Church at the church or the funeral home.

          Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with her services. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

 

Marilyn J. Kirby

Nov. 8, 1938-Feb. 21, 2008

          Marilyn J. KIRBY, 69, Fort Wayne, died Thursday at home.

          Born in Chicago, Ill., she graduated from Rochester High School in 1956, and from International Business College in 1957. She was an insurance agent with Smith Sawyer Smith, Rochester, for more than 35 years.

          She is survived by a daughter, Kathy (Mark) Hisey, Fort Wayne; a son, Harold E. Kirby Jr., Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Matthew and Lauren Hisey; a sister, Joyce Bascom, Tampa, Fla.; nieces, Barbara (Paul) Luhman and children, Abiquiu, N.M., and Julia LaShure and Dylan, Tamarac, Fla.; and a nephew, Randall Bascom and son, Tampa, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Pearl Gluck.

          She was a dedicated Mother, Grandmother and dog lover.

          Preferred memorials may be made to Anthony Wayne Services.

          There will be no services. Arrangements are by Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.

 

Marie Miller

          Marie MILLER, 85, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include one son, Jerry Miller, Cambridge, Ohio; one daughter, Sandra Sheppard, Plymouth; and three sisters, Mildred Nutter, Spencer, W.Va., Cloris Metz and Della Wise, both of Barberton, Ohio; and one brother, John W. Hall Jr., Weston, W.Va.

          Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Addy Funeral Home, Newcomerstown, Ohio, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the service. Local arrangements were handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

 

Lillian R. Ridenour Hutchins

April 22, 1929-Feb. 16, 2008

          Lillian R. (Ridenour) HUTCHINS, formerly of South Bend and the Talma area, went home to be with her Savior on Saturday morning, Feb. 16, 2008. She passed away at the home of her son, Richard Newman, Jr., of Plymouth, Ind. She had been under Hospice Care for a short time, but had been in failing health for two years.

          She was born Lillian Rose Ridenour April 22, 1929, in Kokomo, Ind., the daughter of Thomas N. and Pearl (Swisher) Ridenour. She graduated from Talma High School in 1947. She married Richard C. Newman in April 1948. She later married Duane Hutchins.

          She lived in Tampa, Fla., from 1978 until 2005. She was employed by CitiCorp in Tampa until her retirement in 1990. She had also previously lived in Illinois and Minnesota. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and word puzzles. She also liked listening to the Big Band music.

          She is survived by her son, Richard C. Newman, II, and wife Christine, of Plymouth; three grandsons and three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; a brother Paul R. Ridenour, Sevierville, Tenn.; and a sister, Dorothy and husband William Dague, Kokomo, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Everett Ridenour in 1932 and Morris Ridenour in 2006.

          Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

 

Rev. Maurice E. Kessler

          Rev. Maurice E. KESSLER 93, Timbercrest Retirement Community, North Manchester, formerly of Akron, died at 12:01 a.m. today at Timbercrest.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron

 

Mary J. Knight

          Mary J. KNIGHT, 81, of 5961 E. 350 South, Rochester, died at 3:45 a.m. today at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, February 28, 2008

 

Diana R. DeWitt

          Diana R. DeWITT, 73, Logansport, died Tuesday at Woodbridge Health Campus.

          Survivors include two sons, Kevin M. and Kirk D. Swartzell of Logansport and two daughters, Lisa C. Smith, Logansport, and Laura R. Benson, Royal Center.

          There is no visitation. Services are private. Marocco Funeral Chapel, Logansport, is handling arrangements.

 

Rev. Maurice E. Kessler

Oct. 12, 1914-Feb. 27, 2008

          The Rev. Maurice E. KESSLER 93, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, formerly of Akron, died at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at Timbercrest.

          Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., he was the son of Erven and Cora (Bassett) Kessler. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1933. In 1934, he received a Rector Scholarship for four years to DePauw University, where he graduated cum laude in 1938.

          On Sept. 5, 1938, in Terre Haute, he married Marjorie E. Bolsen. She passed away on Feb. 28, 1997.

          He graduated from the Boston University School of Theology in 1941 and served United Methodist Churches in the Northern Indiana Conference and retired in 1980 after serving for 44 years. He served these churches: Bethel United Methodist Church, Anderson; Carmel United Methodist Church; Warren United Methodist Church; Upland United Methodist Church; Bunker Hill United Methodist Church; Akron United Methodist Church; Elwood Grace United Methodist Church; Muncie High Street United Methodist Church; Frankton United Methodist Church; Culver Emmanuel United Methodist Church; Roanoke United Methodist Church. After retirement, he was the Pastor Emeritus at the Akron United Methodist Church.

          He was a member of the Akron Lions Club and the Astronomical Club in Warsaw.

          He had the highest license in the federal government as an amateur ham radio operator. In 1991, he received his 60-year pin. His call letters were NM9K.

          Survivors include two daughters, Alona and husband Randall Leininger, Akron, and Miriam and husband Stephen Sumner, Anderson; four grandchildren, Karl and wife Melanie Leininger, Zionsville, Lael and husband Chris DuBois, Plainfield, Chad and wife Cassie Sumner, Fishers, and Julie Sumner, Anderson; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mabel Cretcher, and two brothers, Lewis and Arthur Kessler.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Akron United Methodist Church, 121 N. Mishawaka St., Akron, with the Rev. Harold L. Leininger and the Rev. Karen Ottjes officiating. Entombment will be at Muncie Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Muncie. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East St., North Manchester, and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, and 30 minutes before the service Saturday at the church. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Mary J. Knight

          Mary J. KNIGHT, 81, of 5961 E. 350 South, Rochester, died Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Survivors include a daughter, Frances Eltzroth, Wabash; a son, Ernest Knight Jr., Athens; and a brother, Bud Cunningham, Plymouth.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Paul E. White

          Paul E. WHITE, 101, of 401 N. Mishawaka St., Akron, died at 2:30 a.m. today at home.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Carl D. Zolman

          Carl D. ZOLMAN, 90, Mentone, died at 4:30 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Friday, February 29, 2008

 

Lawrence 'Larry' Inglehearn

Nov. 9, 1938-Feb. 27, 2008

          Lawrence "Larry" INGLEHEARN, 69, Peru, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          A retired carpenter, he was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of Lawrence and Alice (Founds) Inglehearn.

          He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960.

          Survivors include his companion, Colette Sidwell; three sons, Curtis Inglehearn and wife Jude, Eric Inglehearn and wife Cheryl of Peru, and Michael Inglehearn and wife Sandy of Rochester; a daughter, Theresa Tibbits and husband Mike of Nevada; six grandchildren, Preston, Angelea, Michael, William, Cameron and Ethan; a brother, Jack Inglehearn of New Jersey; and three sisters, Marie Pilkowski of Peru, Carol Burns and Lora Mickles of Pennsylvania. His parents preceded him in death.

          There will be a celebration of Larry's life at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of his son, Eric, 2533 S. Wallick Road, Peru. Arrangements are by Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru.

 

Paul E. White

Dec. 23, 1906-Feb. 28, 2008

          Paul E. WHITE, 101, of 401 N. Mishawaka St., Akron, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

          Born on Dec. 23, 1906, in Marion County, he was the son of Allen and Anna Christian White. He was a mechanic, welder and farmer and had various other occupations.

          On May 8, 1923, in Noblesville, he married Iris Huber. She passed away on Dec. 25, 1978. He later married Florence McBroom and she passed away on Sept. 18, 1987. He married Margaret Eber and she passed away on May 5, 1997.

          He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II. He was a member of Leroy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343 of Rochester.

          He attended Akron Church of God, where he had been an active driver in the bus ministry.

          He belonged to the Akron Lions Club, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Delphi, the Indiana State Police Auxiliary, and the Masonic Lodge of Cutler.

          Survivors include a daughter, Corita and husband John Belyea, Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick, Canada, and Riverview, Fla.; a son, Karl White, Akron; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Mary Lou and husband Charles Staton, Akron; a stepson, Phillip and wife Carolyn Eber, Ossian. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Kay Marie and Alwilda; two sons, Phillip and George; three brothers and six sisters.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the American Legion and VFW after the service. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Akron Lions Club or Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Earl L. Smith

June 25, 1932-Feb. 27, 2008

          Earl L. SMITH, 75, rural Macy, died at 2:18 p.m. Wednesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

          A retired farmer, he lived in Miami County all of his life. He was born in Butler Township of Miami County to William and Elsie (Rentzel) Smith. He graduated from Chili High School in 1950.

          On Oct. 9, 1957, he married Doris Hunt, and she survives.

          He was a member of Center Chapel First Brethren Church, Macy Masonic Lodge, Peru Maennerchor, Deedsville Odd Fellows Lodge, and Pioneer Power of North Central Indiana tractor club.

          He loved mushroom hunting, fishing and playing cards at the maennerchor. He liked antique tractors and collected 1/16 scale Allis Chalmers tractors.

          Survivors also include a son, William E. Smith and wife Lynette, Chili; two daughters, Anne Hart and husband Paul, Macy, and Becky White, Chili; 11 grandchildren, Alicia Hart and fiance Paul Pe of Logansport, Zach Hart and wife Stacia of Silver Lake, Samuel Hart of Macy, Thomas and Rylie White, Carrie Anne Smith, Lee and Donnie Hall and Mary Werner and husband Adam of Chili; a brother, Roy Smith and wife Iris, rural Macy; and a sister, Joann Denny, Converse. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Mark David Smith and Robert Gene Smith; three brothers and eight sisters.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with Pastor Al Peck officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home; a Masonic service will be at 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Chili Cemetery, Chili. Memorials may be made to muscular dystrophy.

 

Carl D. Zolman

April 28, 1917-Feb. 28, 2008

          Carl D. ZOLMAN, 90, of 514 S. Franklin St., Mentone, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, where he was a resident less than a day. He was in failing health for a month.

          Born in Warsaw, he was the son of Willard and Maude Townsend Zolman. A lifetime resident of Mentone, he was a farmer, truck driver and a grain hauler. He also drove a school bus for Beaver Dam School.

          He was married to Emma W. Kepler on May 2, 1942, in Mentone. She preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 1997.

          He enjoyed the outdoors and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed keeping a perfect yard.

          Survivors include two sons, John and wife Sue Zolman and Jerry and wife Connie Zolman of Mentone; seven grandchildren, Chris, Chad and Aaron Zolman, Tina Clark, Amy Cohagan, Alissa Trippiedi, Angie Reed; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter and son, who both died as infants; two brothers, Emerson and Wayne Zolman; a sister, Elsie Mock; a grandson and a great-grandson.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p. m. Monday. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone EMS. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Saturday, March 1, 2008

 

No Obituaries

 

Monday, March 3, 2008

 

LeRoy Jay Conklin

          LeRoy Jay CONKLIN, 84, Rochester, died at 12:15 a.m. today at Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Janet L. Loveless

          Janet L. LOVELESS, 53, Fulton, died at 2:58 a.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Martha 'Alice' Mills

July 12, 1920-March 1, 2008

          Martha "Alice" MILLS, 87, Peru, died at 6:39 p.m. Saturday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          She was born in Wabash to John Charles Knee and Christina (Clevenger) Knee.

          She married Fredrick "Paul" Mills on March 24, 1962. He preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1985.

          She retired from the Meat Mart, Fifth and Benton streets, Peru, and was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.

          Survivors include a son, Charles Binkerd and wife Marjorie, Mexico; a daughter, Shirley Haffner and husband John, Denver; six grandchildren, Chuck Binkerd and wife Becca of Marion, Becky Aspinwall and husband Joe of Denver, Mike Binkerd and wife Lorraine of Fort Wayne, Don Haffner and wife Linda of Springfield, Mo., Dianne Hayes and husband Wayne of Logansport, and Rhonda Hunter and husband Tom, Denver; great-grandchildren, Joe Binkerd of Maitland, Fla., Nicole Binkerd of Orlando, Fla. Celeste and Victoria Binkerd of Fort Wayne, Steven and Alex Aspinwall of Denver, Melissa and Joe Haffner of Springfield, Mo., Ben Bond of Bunker Hill, Brian Bond, Iraq, Shawn and Kristy Haffner of Denver and Taralynn of Peru; one great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Charlene Chajkowski, New Cumberland, Pa. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles H. Knee; and two great-great-grandchildren.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with Pastors Robert Stuck and Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wabash-Miami County Home Health Care & Hospice.

 

Zeno William Schultz

Sept. 7, 1923-Feb. 29, 2008

          Zeno William SCHULTZ, 84, of 1853 S. Indiana 19, Akron, died unexpectedly at 5:45 p.m. Friday at his daughter's Macy residence.

          Born in Wabash County, he was the son of William Jayhawker Schultz and Cleo Ellen Shambaugh Schultz. He graduated from Laketon High School and served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II.

          He married Patricia Lou Alger on Aug. 22, 1954, in Springville, and she survives. He farmed and hauled livestock. He attended Akron Church of God.

          In addition to his wife, Patty Schultz, Akron, he is survived by three daughters, Charlotte and husband Duane Hammond, Akron, Mary Jo and husband John Riffle, Macy, and Jo Ellen Dunn and companion Scott Seagrave, Columbia City; eight grandchildren, Arissa Hammond, Vanessa Hammond, Trevor Hammond, Andrea Riffle, Jessica and husband Brad Farrell, Tyler Schultz, John Henry Riffle, Holly Dunn; two great-grandchildren, Luna and Devan Chandler; a sister, Mary Jareque, Midland, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Olive Harshbarger.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron, with Pastor Terry Canfield officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorials may be made to Akron Church of God. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Paul G. Thiry

March 26, 1922-March 2, 2008

          Paul G. THIRY, 85, Peru, died at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          The son of Aimalle and Philippina (Debring) Thiry, he was born in Peru and lived most of his life there. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

          He married Mildred Carlin on Nov. 12, 1971, and she died Nov. 8, 1993.

          He retired from Square D. Company, Peru. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge.

          Survivors include three sons, Paul W. Thiry and wife Irma, Denver, Quinton D. Thiry and Robert J. Thiry of Rochester; three daughters, Brenda Herbruck and husband Herb, Massillon, Ohio, Ethel Thiry, Louisville, Ohio, and Midge Hendershot and husband Jeff, Canton, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Sally Brown, Peru, and a stepson, Richard Burwell and wife June, Peru; 20 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, with the Rev. Johnny Spencer officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. A military committal service will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Team.

 

Linda (Jasiewicz) Wiedlocher

          Linda (Jasiewicz) WIEDLOCHER, 57, Las Cruces, N.M., died Wednesday.

          Survivors include her husband, Carl; daughters, Jessica Allen and Leslie Wiedlocher; sisters, Chris Parman, Decatur, Mich., Victoria Achterberg, Osceola, and Sandra (Roger) Rose, Rochester.

          La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home, Las Cruces, N.M., is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

 

LeRoy Jay Conklin

Sept. 30, 1923-March 3, 2008

          LeRoy Jay CONKLIN, 84, Rochester, formerly of Logansport, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

          Born in Logansport, he was the son of Schuyler and Edna Mae (Reeves) Conklin.

          He married Dorothy Riffe in 1945, in San Diego, Calif., and she preceded him in death. On June 23, 1961, in Logansport, he married Dorothy R. Hill, and she died on April 23, 1995. He married Ocelia Emigh Bailey on Aug. 23, 2003, in Rochester, and she survives.

          A carpenter, he retired in 1985 from Steinberger Construction Inc. LeRoy was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II and was a member of American Legion Post No. 418. He belonged to Logansport Eagles Lodge No. 323 and was a member and former governor of Moose Lodge No. 232.

          In addition to his wife, Ocelia Conklin, Rochester, he is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Whittenburger and husband Gene, Mexico; three sons, Ronald LeRoy Conklin and wife Sandra, Dennis Conklin and wife Alisha, and Greg Conklin and wife Dixie, all of Peru; a sister, Nina James, Logansport; Ocelia's nephew, Rick Lindgren, Rochester; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Bessie Sterrett, and a brother, Lloyd Conklin.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Dr. Horace Smith officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport, with a full military service. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Ted G. Eller

          Ted G. ELLER, 54, Evansville, died Monday at Deaconess Hospital.

          A Rochester High School graduate with the Class of 1972, he is survived by his wife, June Eller; daughter, Sarah June Eller; mother, Emily Joan Eller, and sisters, Toni Soloperto, Stuart, Fla., Nikki Eller of Carmel, Kay Garrett and Sue Cash of Rochester.

          Arrangements are being handled by Alexander East Chapel, Evansville.

 

James J. ‘Jamie’ Hill II

          James J. “Jamie” HILL II, 32, of 4631 E. Indiana 14, Rochester, died Sunday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Roy M. Jones

          Roy M. JONES, 88, Star City, died Sunday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

          Survivors include his wife, Helen, Star City; two sons, Sammy K. Jones, Star City, and Rex E. Jones, Indianapolis; two daughters, Joan Z. Marks, Indianapolis, and Susan Machata, Lake Whales, Fla.; a brother, Loren Jones, Fort Wayne, and a sister, Mary Lou Parker, West Lafayette.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Janet L. Loveless

          Janet L. LOVELESS, 53, of 8590 S. 350 West, Kewanna, died Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include a son, Aaron J. Loveless, Marion; her mother, Dolly Rife, Fulton; a sister, Carol Rife, Fulton; and two brothers, Bud Rife, Mitchell, and Jerry Rife, Fulton.

          Services will be at a later date. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Margaret J. Seedorf

          Margaret "Maggie" J. SEEDORF, 79, Lafayette, died Sunday at St. Anthony Health Care, Lafayette.

          Survivors include a son, Kenny J. Seedorf, Otterbein; four sisters, Flossy Ektall, Houston, Texas, Hilda Kemp, Delphi, JoAnne Howard, Wabash, Donna Woods, Kewanna; and a brother, Roscoe "Sunny" Malott, Rochester.

          Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

 

Ruby L. Mawbey

Nov. 13, 1917-March 3, 2008

          Ruby L. MAWBEY, 90, Peru, died at 1:43 p.m. Monday at Miller's Merry Manor, Peru.

          Born to George and Hazel (Maus) Brubaker in Miami County, she married George H. Mawbey on Nov. 20, 1941. He died on July 13, 1984.

          She was a Manchester College graduate, retired schoolteacher and member of First Baptist Church, Peru.

          She was also an avid and faithful follower of her son's basketball teams for more than 40 years and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

          Survivors include her son, Basil L. Mawbey and wife Eileen, Rochester; three granddaughters, Leah Haak and husband Tim of Zionsville, Dawn Hein and husband Andy of Highland, and Christine Farrell and husband Jim, Lake Forest, Ill.; a grandson, Cary Mawbey and wife Nicole, Kokomo; nine great-grandchildren, Christian, James, Luke, Charlie, Jacob, Gabriella, Maeve, George, Sam, and another one very soon.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 53 E. Main St., Peru, with Pastor Robert Adelsperger officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.

 

Zella I. Bowman Bain

Oct. 22, 1912-March 4, 2008

          Zella I. Bowman BAIN, 95, Hickory Creek of Rochester, died at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday at the nursing home.

          Born in Miami County, she was the daughter of Charles B. and Abbie J. Smith Young. She was raised in the Gilead and Akron areas. A Rochester resident, she had also lived at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester.

          On March 29, 1929, she married Frank H. Bowman. He passed away on Aug. 27, 1982. She later married William Bain, who also preceded her in death.

          A homemaker, she worked at stores in the area. In 1949, she became a member of the Church of the Nazarene. She was an organist and pianist and loved to sing.

          Survivors include two daughters, Betty and husband Rev. Byron Conrad, Sacramento, Calif., and Jean and husband Donald Personett, Akron; a sister, Louise Gerrick, Rochester; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren; a sister, Freida Trout; and three brothers, Floyd, Charles David and Donald.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, with the Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Gilead Cemetery at a later date. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Rochester Church of the Nazarene. Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Ted G. Eller

          Ted G. ELLER, 54, Evansville, died Monday at Deaconess Hospital. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1972.

          Survivors include his wife, June Eller; a daughter, Sarah June Eller; his mother, Emily Joan Eller, Rochester; four sisters, Toni Soloperto, Stuart, Fla., Nikki Eller, Carmel, Kay Garrett, Rochester, and Sue Cash, Rochester.

          His funeral service will be at 5 p.m., Central time, Thursday at Alexander East Chapel, Evansville, with visitation from 3 p.m. until the service.

 

Thursday, March 6, 2008

 

Zella I. Bowman Bain

Oct. 22, 1912-March 4, 2008

          Zella I. Bowman BAIN, 95, Hickory Creek of Rochester, died at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday at the nursing home.

          Born in Miami County, she was the daughter of Charles B. and Abbie J. Smith Young. She was raised in the Gilead and Akron areas. A Rochester resident, she had also lived at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester.

          On March 29, 1929, she married Frank H. Bowman. He passed away on Aug. 27, 1982. She later married William Bain, who also preceded her in death.

          A homemaker, she worked at stores in the area. In 1949, she became a member of the Church of the Nazarene. She was an organist and pianist and loved to sing.

          Survivors include two daughters, Betty and husband Rev. Byron Conrad, Sacramento, Calif., and Jean and husband Donald Personett, Akron; a sister, Louise Gerrick, Rochester; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren; a sister, Freida Trout; and three brothers, Floyd, Charles David and Donald.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, with the Rev. Don Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Gilead Cemetery at a later date. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Rochester Church of the Nazarene. Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Gertrude L. Vangundy

          Gertrude L. VANGUNDY, 78, Huntley, Ill., formerly of Royal Center, died Saturday at Centegra Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock, Ill.

          Survivors include two daughters, Judith Melman, Huntley, and Janet Crunelle, Camarillo, Calif.; two sons, Carl Vangundy, Elgin, Ill., and Richard P. Vangundy, Crete, Ill.; three brothers, Gerhard Oberle, Revere, Mass., Frank Oberle, Everett, Mass., George Oberley, Bloomingdale, Ill.; and three sisters, Louise Read of Bloomingdale, Ill., Hildegarde Druckamiller, Corsicana, Texas, and Geraldine Stangeby, Penn Valley, Calif.

          Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Christian Lee Chandler

          Christian Lee CHANDLER, 7 weeks old, Peru, died Tuesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

          Survivors include his parents, Ben and Crystal McElheny Chandler of Peru.

          His funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at United Pentecostal Church, Logansport, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Ted G. Eller

Nov. 19, 1953-March 3, 2008

          Ted G. ELLER, 54, Evansville, passed away Monday at Deaconess Hospital.

          He was born on Nov. 19, 1953, in Marion.

          Ted graduated from Rochester High School in 1972. He was a Vincennes University graduate with a degree in graphic arts.

          He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard G. Eller.

          Ted is survived by his wife of 34 years, June Eller; a daughter, Sarah June Eller; a grandson, Isaiah Lowe; his mother, Emily Joan Eller, Rochester; four sisters, Toni Soloperto and husband, John, Stuart, Fla., Nikki Eller, Carmel, Kay Garrett and husband John, Rochester, and Sue Cash and husband John, Rochester.

          Services will be at 5 p.m. Central time today at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Ave., Evansville. Friends may visit from 3 p.m. today until the service at the funeral home. Private burial will take place at a later date.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Community Foundation for the Rochester High School Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 807, Rochester, IN 46975. Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com.

 

Gerald Rouse

          A memorial service for Gerald ROUSE of Rochester, who died Feb. 3, 2008, will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Delong Gospel Lighthouse Church.

 

Friday, March 7, 2008

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday, March 8, 2008

 

Richard C. "Rick" Rish

          Richard C. "Rick" RISH, 53, of 7735 West Swick Road, Claypool died Tuesday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Corinnia Rish; mother Rosemary Beard, Claypool; father, Richard E. Rish, Beaver Creek; a sister, Ramara Hendrix, Claypool; a brother, Steven Rish, Denver Co.; a daughter, Kristie Wolf, Marion; a son, Barry Lake, Marion and four grandsons.

          Private family services were held on Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Monday, March 10, 2008

 

James Joseph 'Jamie' Hill II

          James Joseph "Jamie" HILL II, 32, of 4631 E. Indiana 14, Rochester, died March 2 at home.

          Survivors include a son, Gavin Reese Hill, Silver Lake; his mother, Rita L. Hill, Rochester; his father, James J. Hill, Rochester; four sisters, Tami Cox, Akron, Debi Shidler, Rochester, Katina "Katryna" Powell, Rochester, and Kira Shotts, Rochester; two brothers, Art Shidler, Rochester, and William "Bill" Adams, Massachusetts.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Roberta Beth Karn, R.N.

April 26, 1920-March 9, 2008

          Surrounded by her loving family, Beth KARN, 87, of 1218 Pontiac St., Rochester, went home to be with the Lord at 6:45 a.m. Sunday. She died as a result of cancer, which was diagnosed in September of 2006.

          Born in rural Silver Lake, to Artie and Hazel Ball Carr, she grew up there and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1937. Early on in life, Beth was intrigued by the medical field. It was at the age of 8 that she aspired and dreamed of some day becoming a nurse. Following her graduation from Silver Lake High School, she attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, now known as Parkview, in Fort Wayne, in pursuit of her dream. With great pride, in 1941, she graduated with a diploma as a registered nurse.

          Beth accepted her first nursing assignment at Woodlawn Hospital assisting her cousin, Dr. Milton Leckrone, as a surgical nurse. Dr. Leckrone owned the original Woodlawn Hospital at Seventh and Pontiac streets. As a life member of the Indiana Nurses Association, Beth served her colleagues as an officer for a number of years.

          On Sept. 4, 1945, Beth was united in marriage with local businessman and entrepreneur Harold Arthur Karn, owner of the Karn's Coffee Shop and Hotel. Shortly thereafter, she began raising her family and moved to the present-day residence on Pontiac Street.

          Beth continued nursing as a private-duty nurse and as the office nurse for Dr. E.V. Herendeen for several years until her children were older. She was relied on as the neighborhood nurse assisting injured and sick children and young families.

          In 1972, she was appointed to the position of Director of Nursing at Woodlawn Hospital. She held this post until her retirement in 1985, thus bringing to a close a career in nursing spanning nearly 4 1/2 decades. Beth actually mentored many of today's Woodlawn nursing staff. With a vision for the future, she assisted with the thoughtful design of the present-day Woodlawn as we know it. Private rooms, technology and Hill-Rom hospital beds were some of the essentials Beth insisted on implementing - keeping in mind patient comfort and care.

          Always aspiring to provide our community with the best healthcare, Mrs. Karn recognized the needs of home health care and was instrumental with encouraging her good friends, the Rev. Ron Purkey and his wife Sarah, also an R.N., to create a system of caring for those ill patients with a preference on being cared for at home. The Purkeys masterfully acted on and created Hope Hospice.

          With boundless energy, Beth was active in our community, serving at many capacities. Paramount in her life was her First Baptist Church family. As a member, she served the Lord and her church in a variety of ways. She was also a member of the Fulton County Literacy Coalition. She tutored many adult students with reading in the privacy of her home. She volunteered with youth at Head Start. The Red Cross Bloodmobile always counted on Beth to assist on donation days.

          An active member of the Republican Women's Club, Beth worked as a poll worker for Precinct 2 for numerous primaries and general elections. In May 1985, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce bestowed her with the Distinguished Citizen Award at her retirement reception for her dedication and service to our community.

          In addition to her dedication to her many patients over the years of her nursing career, she cherished the moments spent with her family and friends. Her outgoing personality, beautiful warm smile, joyous laughter and words of encouragement were a blessing to all she met. She loved Christ the Lord and her church family.

          As an avid angler, Beth embraced nature on the pristine waters of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Fishing for delectable panfish with her favorite casting rod, she could be easily spotted on the sparkling waters adorned with her signature red bandana. Many treasured family memories were made on these fishing expeditions.

          Beth is survived by her three children, a son, Richard Karn of Silver Lake, and twins, Jean Halfast and husband Greg of Rochester and Pastor John A. Karn and wife Sharon of Greenville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Eric Halfast and wife Jamie Howton, Alicia Halfast Scorsone and husband Michael, and Gretchen Lynne Jennings and husband Will; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gladys Tully and husband Eugene, Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harold, who died May 16, 1971; two sisters, Mabel Bouse and Mary Waite; and two brothers, Rex Carr and Robert Carr.

          A celebration of the life of Roberta Beth Karn will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Rochester, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Good Family Funeral Home and at the church an hour prior to her services. Interment will follow next to her beloved husband, Harold A. Karn, at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, First Baptist Church or the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Dolly E. Rife

Aug. 6, 1926-March 8, 2008

          Dolly E. RIFE, 81, of 8590 S. 350 West, Kewanna, passed away at 11:24 p.m. Saturday at her residence.

          She was born on Aug. 6, 1926, in Fulton County, the daughter of Manford J. and Chloe (Curtis) Kingery. On March 27, 1943, in Fulton County, she married Lloyd T. Rife. He preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 1978.

          Mrs. Rife retired from Marshall Electric in 1991. She enjoyed working puzzles, crocheting and quilting.

          Survivors include her sons, Manford C. and wife Ellen Rife, Mitchell, Jerry Rife, Kewanna; a daughter, Carol Rife, Kewanna; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy and husband Maurice Mason, Brooklyn; brothers, John Kingery, Las Vegas, Nev., Bill and wife Pat Kingery, Fulton; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Janet Loveless; granddaughter, Tender Lea Rife; three brothers; and two sisters.

          Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

 

James Joseph 'Jamie' Hill II

Dec. 22, 1975-March 2, 2008

          James Joseph "Jamie" HILL II, 32, of 4631 E. Indiana 14, Rochester, died at 6:36 p.m. March 2 at his residence.

          Born on Dec. 22, 1975, in Logansport, he was the son of James J. and Henrietta L. Shidler Hill. He was a lifetime Rochester resident.

          With great pride, Jamie graduated from Rochester High School in 1995. While at RHS, he spent time on the gridiron, playing football for the Zebras. He greatly enjoyed catching the wind while riding his Harley and four-wheelin' through the mud in his Jeep with friends.

          Jamie took pleasure in the title bestowed on him by his family - "Mr. Fix-It." He was talented and able to complete a variety of household repairs, including carpentry, plumbing and some electrical too. He also enjoyed tinkering with big equipment, especially the dozers and backhoes. Jamie, a gifted welder, was employed by Dragon Co. in that trade.

          An American sportsman, Jamie embraced nature; his experiences were varied and vast. He enjoyed adventures in the woods, hunting deer with bow or shotgun. The fresh waters of the ponds near his home often beckoned him, and there he relaxed, fishing for bluegill, catfish and crappie. He most recently enjoyed competing with his coon dog in field trials around the Midwest.

          He is survived by a son, Gavin Reese Hill, Silver Lake; his mother, Rita L. Hill, Rochester; his father, James J. Hill, Rochester; four sisters, Tami Cox, Akron, Debi Shidler, Rochester, Katina "Katryna" Powell and husband Scott, Rochester, Kira Shotts and husband Andy, Rochester; two brothers, Art Shidler and wife Jamie, Rochester, and William "Bill" Adams, Massachusetts; his companion, Brenda Wilson and her children, Brielle, Braxtin and Brilee Wilson, all of Rochester; his uncle, Mike Hill; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Scarlet Hill, in 1970, and a brother, Trevor Hill, in 1982.

          A celebration of the life of James Joseph "Jamie" Hill II will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating. Friends may visit with his family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Burial will follow at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Jamie's son through the Gavin Reese Hill Trust Fund in care of First Source Bank. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

 

Robert W. Pinder

          Robert W. PINDER, 66, Trinidad, Texas, formerly of Kewanna, died Saturday at his residence.

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

 

Thursday, March 13, 2008

 

Robert W. Pinder

Feb. 3, 1942-March 8, 2008

          A celebration of life for beloved father and husband, Robert W. PINDER, 66, of Trinidad, Texas. formerly of Kewanna, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel. He passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 8, at his residence. A visitation was held Wednesday at Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff, Texas.

          Born Feb. 3, 1942, in Logansport, he was the son of Harold and Lora Fay (Koenig) Pinder. On Feb. 3, 1980, he was married in Kewanna to Barbara Gail Sissom, and she survives. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was proud that during his lifetime he had traveled to all the 48 continental states.

          He worked at Sealed Power in Rochester for more than 34 years, retiring in 1997. Robert loved the outdoors. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, gardening, cooking and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 852 and the American Legion Post, Rochester.

          He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Gail, of Trinidad, Texas; his mother, Fay of Kewanna; a son, Robert R. Pinder of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Lisa and her husband Kevin Kersey of Plymouth, and Mary and her husband Danny Chew of Kewanna; four brothers, Ed Pinder and his wife Lora Ann of Culver, Dick Pinder and his wife June of Fulton, Jerry Pinder and his wife Beverly of Plymouth, and David Pinder of South Bend; six grandchildren, Sarah, Jason and Phil Kersey, Jeanann Hewitt, Darin Chew and Dylan Pinder; a great-granddaughter, Kathirine Kersey; and several nieces and nephews.

          He was preceded in death by his dad, Harold, in 1982.

          Online condolences may be made to the Pinder family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Friday, March 14, 2008

 

No Obituaries

Saturday, March 15, 2008

 

Irma Dailey

          Irma DAILEY, 96, 6406 South State Road 19, Mentone, died Friday at 5:15 p.m. at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.  Funeral arrangements are pending at King Memorial Funeral Home in Mentone.

 

Monday, March 17, 2008

 

Irma P. Dailey

          Irma P. DAILEY, 96, of 6406 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died Friday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include a son, John A. Dailey, Claypool.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church Activity Center, Mentone, with visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the activity center. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Danny Ray Ehlinger Sr.

Nov. 28, 1950-March 15, 2008

          Danny Ray EHLINGER Sr., age 57, Knox, formerly of Leiters Ford, passed away Saturday at Starke Memorial Hospital.

          Danny was born in Rochester on Nov. 28, 1950, to Harland "Bud" and Peggy (Hunter) Ehlinger. He graduated in 1968 from Aubbeenaubbee High School, the last class to graduate from that high school.

          He was married Dec. 14, 1968, to Sharon Thomas in Culver at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church by the Rev. Arthur E. Givens.

          He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ehlinger, Knox; two sons, Eddie Ehlinger, Manistee, Mich., and Danny (Nora Howard) Ehlinger Jr., Constantine, Mich.; a daughter, Shannon Shepherd, Culver; his mother, Peggy (Hunter) Ehlinger, Rochester; a brother, Donnie (Betty) Ehlinger, Knox; and five grandchildren, Dustin, Hanna and Devin Ehlinger of Knox, Emmalee Shepherd of Culver and Landen Howard of Constantine. He was preceded in death by his father, Harland "Bud" Ehlinger; two grandsons, Nathaniel Shepherd and Ethan Shepherd; and his in-laws, Richard and Bernice Thomas.

          Visitation with the family will be Tuesday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Rev. Ron Lewellen will officiate services at noon Wednesday with visitation also one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Moon Cemetery in Leiters Ford. Condolences may be sent through the obituary page at www.bonineodom.com.

 

William Huddleston

          William “Bill” HUDDLESTON, 92, of 6416 W. 500 North, Rochester, died at 5:51 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tressie Myers

Feb. 14, 1913-March 14, 2008

          Tressie MYERS, age 95, of Three Rivers, Mich., formerly of Marshall and Fulton counties, passed away Friday at Riverview Manor.

          She was born in Plymouth on Feb. 14, 1913, the daughter of Lester and Minnie (Swihart) Zehner.

          Mrs. Myers was a member of Jordan Baptist Church in Argos. She truly loved raising her family on their farm and watching her children and grandchildren grow.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Kenneth Myers, on April 3, 1990.

          She is survived by her loving family, a daughter, Marilyn Miller, Three Rivers; a son, Paul (Verna) Myers, of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Elnora Lackey, of Conway, S.C.; one very special sister-in-law, Ruth Grossman, of Rochester; two grandchildren, Mickey Miller and Pamela Myers; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan, Argos. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos. Arrangements are also by Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers, Mich.

 

Gerald 'Tex' Ross

Dec. 1, 1936-March 15, 2008

          Gerald "Tex" ROSS, 71, of 7167 W. Indiana 25, Mentone, passed away at 3:28 a.m. Saturday in his home surrounded by his family.

          He was born in Peoria, Ill., to Mace Warren and Ethel Brady on Dec. 1, 1936.

          He married Sharlene Ware on June 28, 1958, at Mentone Methodist Church, and she survives. He is also survived by their seven children: Kevin (Tawni) Owens, Caledonia, Mich.; Crystal (Vance) Hale, Martin, Ky.; Angie (Mark) Dillon, Warsaw; Eric (Sharon) Ross, Mentone; Windy (Terry) McFarren, Claypool; Cy (Michele) Ross, Fort Polk, La.; Balinda (BJ) Vasquez, Benicia, Calif. He has 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; all were very special to him. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Raymond Ross.

          Gerald worked as a machinist at Midwest Spring for 45 years before his retirement. He also owned, and was a handyman for, Ross and Sons. He served in the U.S. Air Force, was a Scout leader and loved the outdoors.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with the Rev. Doris Smith officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion of Warsaw. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hope Hospice of Rochester.

 


Margaret N. Stumpff

          Margaret N. STUMPFF, 56, Huntington, formerly of Rochester, died at 8:50 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

 

E. Wayne Hoffman

          E Wayne HOFFMAN, 89, of 316 N. Adams St., Akron, died at 3:05 a.m. today at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Arthur L. McFatridge Sr.

March 22, 1928-March 16, 2008

          Arthur L. McFATRIDGE Sr., 79, Logansport, died at 10:27 p.m. Sunday at Home Hospital, Lafayette.

          Born in Logansport, he was the son of Ira Lewis and Ethel Maude Campbell McFatridge.

          On Sept. 2, 1967, in Logansport, he married Oneta L. Erwin.

          He retired from Delco Electronics in 1990 after 25 years of service.

          He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

          Survivors include his wife, Oneta L. McFatridge, Logansport; four sons, Wayne McFatridge and wife Gina, Logansport, Steve McFatridge and wife Sally, California, Arthur McFatridge Jr. and wife Marie, Alabama, and Mitch McFatridge and wife Cathy, Illinois; two daughters, Vicky Doll, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Janice Moser and husband Tom, Arkansas; a brother, Charles McFatridge and wife Roseanne, Camden; a sister, Vera Larimore and husband Junior, Galveston; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Ira McFatridge, and four brothers, Virgil, Tom, Robert and William McFatridge.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, with Dr. Horace Smith officiating. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Deer Creek. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

William Emanuel Huddleston

July 10, 1915-March 15, 2008

          William "Bill" Emanuel HUDDLESTON, 92, of 6416 W. 500 North, Rochester, died at 5:51 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Born in Frankfort, he was the son of John Oliver and Lottie Fairchild Huddleston. He graduated from Frankfort High School.

          On Aug. 30, 1954, in Frankfort, he married Neda Jo Lytle. She preceded him in death in March 2003.

          He moved to Rochester from Frankfort. He lived here for 50 years.

          He was employed at Indiana Metal Products and did custom concrete flatwork for Dunlap Construction, Argos. He also worked on lawn mowers and repaired small engines.

          He raised beagles and enjoyed time with his grandchildren.

          Survivors include a son, Billy Huddleston and wife Penney, Rochester; grandchildren, Page and Clayton Huddleston, both of Rochester; his beagle, Hank, at home; a brother-in-law, Tommy Dean Lytle and wife Patricia, Indianapolis; a sister-in-law, Angie Nichols and husband John, Rochester; five nieces, Janet Lytle and husband Frank, Lori Dunse and husband David, Misty Cripe and husband Rob, Shaley Cripe and Erin Dunse; and three nephews, Jake Lytle, Sawyer Cripe and Ethan Dunse. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a sister, Lucille Sheets; a grandson, John Huddleston; a son, James Huddleston; and two brothers-in-law, Max Lytle and Walter Sheets.

          Memorial services will be held at a later date. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com. Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.

 

Naomi Shirk

          Naomi SHIRK, 34, of 749 W. 650 North, Rochester, died at 9:13 p.m. Monday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Margaret N. 'Peggy' Stumpff

Jan. 10, 1952-March 16, 2008

          Margaret N. "Peggy" STUMPFF, 56, Huntington, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 8:50 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          She was born on Jan. 10, 1952, in East Chicago, Ind., the daughter of Gilbert H. and Irene J. (Papesh) Stumpff. She was a 1971 graduate of Rochester High School and attended Patricia Stevens College in Chicago, Ill.

          Survivors include her father, Gilbert H. "Bert" Stumpff, Rochester; sisters, Diane Marie and husband Kenneth Lang, Pensacola, Fla., and Patricia Stumpff, Fort Wayne; a brother, Thomas J. and wife Patricia Stumpff, Rochester; nephews, Joe and wife Rebecca Lang, John and wife Christi Lang, and niece, Bailey Stumpff. She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene J. Stumpff.

          Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph Jacob officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hope Hospice or United Ministries of Fulton County. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

 

Artena Hedington

          Artena HEDINGTON, 96, Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, formerly of Tippecanoe, died at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday at the nursing home.

          Arrangements are pending at Kink Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

E. Wayne Hoffman

Sept. 25, 1918-March 18, 2008

          E. Wayne HOFFMAN, 89, of 316 N. Adams St., Akron, died at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday at home.

          Born in Wabash County, he was the son of Foster and Eathel Drudge Hoffman.

          On April 13, 1942, in Nappanee, he married Donabelle Sheets. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

          In 1981, he retired from Sonoco Products Co., Akron, after 26 years of service. He was a lifelong member of Silver Creek Church of God.

          A loyal fan of Akron High School and Tippecanoe Valley High School basketball teams, he also cheered on the Indiana Hoosiers and Chicago Cubs. He loved to fish and camp at Barr Lake.

          He is survived by his wife, Donabelle Hoffman, Akron; two daughters, Sharon and husband Hugh Hartz, Culver, and Connie and husband Dennis Helvey, South Whitley; six grandchildren, Jeff and Troy Hartz, Todd Helvey, Talisha Herendeen, Trina Semler and Trista Brubaker; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emogene Daine, Akron; and two brothers, Earl and wife Genelle Hoffman, Akron, and Edward and wife Martha Hoffman, Claypool. He was preceded in death by his brother, Elvin Hoffman.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, with Pastor Thomas Craig officiating. Burial will be at Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, where military graveside rites will be performed by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorials may be made to Silver Creek Church of God and Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Naomi R. Shirk

          Naomi R. SHIRK, 34, of 749 W. 650 North, Rochester, died Monday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include her parents, Harry and Miriam Weaver, Argos; her husband, Titus Shirk, at home; a son, Harlan Shirk; five daughters, Delores, Minerva, Ruthann, Kathleen and Anita Shirk; five sisters, Martha Martin and Rachel Martin of Rochester, Eunice Ramer of Wakarusa, Rhoda Weaver and Joanna Weaver of Argos; and four brothers, Jonathan Weaver of Tippecanoe, Nathan Weaver, Mathew Weaver and Andrew Weaver of Argos.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Tippecanoe Old Order Mennonite Church, with visitation in the family home from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday, March 20, 2008

 

John 'Oscar' Allen

Sept. 8, 1940-March 16, 2008

          John "Oscar" ALLEN, age 67, formerly of Winamac, died Sunday, March 16, at Community East Hospital in Indianapolis.

          Born on Sept. 8, 1940, in Peru, he was the son of John and Ida (Lerch) Allen. He graduated from Winamac Community High School in 1960 and went on to graduate from barber college.

          Mr. Allen was the owner of Allen's Hair Center in Indianapolis.

          He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Peter's Catholic Church, both in Winamac. Mr. Allen was also an avid sports enthusiast who loved horses, fishing and chocolate cakes.

          Surviving him are his children, John "Bob" Allen of Indianapolis, Connie Bair of Winamac, Lisa Foy of Atlanta, Ga., and Lucille Ann Allen of Indianapolis; stepchildren, William Harvey Funk II of Union City, Eric Dean Funk of Union City, Jacqueline Fay Funk of Indianapolis, and Ceresa Marie Boals of Indianapolis; siblings, Linda L. Bridegroom of Kewanna, Michael G. Allen of Coldsprings, N.Y., Sandy Roth of Winamac, and Becky Allen of Star City; the mothers of his children, Nancy Freeman of Winamac and Deana Fay "Cookie" Allen of Williamsburg, Ky.; three grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Raymond Allen; and granddaughter, Casandra.

          Visitation was Wednesday, March 19, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield. Funeral service was today, at the mortuary at 12:30 p.m. and burial was to follow at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.erleweinmortuary.com or e-mail condolences to sympathy@erleweinmortuary.com.

 

Artena B. Hedington

Oct. 3, 1911-March 18, 2008

          Artena B. HEDINGTON, 96, died at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, where she moved in 2005 from her lifelong home in Tippecanoe.

          Born Oct. 3, 1911, in Tippecanoe to Delbert and M. Leona Ritter Ralston, she married Noel L. Hedington on April 11, 1931, in Warsaw. He passed away Jan. 8, 1996.

          She worked at Atwood school as a custodian for 10 years. She also worked at Kralis Brothers Foods for 15 years before retiring in 1973. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her family, flowers and gardening. She particularly loved hollyhocks.

          Survivors include two daughters, Mary Sparks, Etna Green, and Retha and husband Russell Hart, Mentone; three sons, Delbert and wife Candace Hedington, Etna Green, Donald and wife Betty Hedington, Warsaw, and Jerry and wife Sandy Hedington, Tippecanoe; and 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 33 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Ooley; a brother, Orville Ralston; and a son-in-law, Wilford Sparks.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Rev. Dale Hart officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery in Tippecanoe.

          Visitation is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorial contributions may be sent to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Esther Melba Zink

          Esther Melba ZINK, 93, 404 Albert St., Argos, died at 4:35 a.m. today at Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth.

          There is no visitation. Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.

 

Marilynn L. Hewitt

          Marilynn L. HEWITT, 70, formerly of 5570 E. 150 South, Rochester, died at 4:05 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru.

          Funeral arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Mervin Groves

          Mervin GROVES, 64, of 5123 E. 350 South, Rochester, died at 2:20 a.m. today at his residence.

          Funeral arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

William Emanuel Huddleston

July 10, 1915-March 15, 2008

          William "Bill" Emanuel HUDDLESTON, 92, of 6416 W. 500 North, Rochester, died at 5:51 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Born in Frankfort, he was the son of John Oliver and Lottie Fairchild Huddleston. He graduated from Frankfort High School.

          On Aug. 30, 1954, in Frankfort, he married Neda Jo Lytle. She preceded him in death in March 2003.

          He moved to Rochester from Frankfort. He lived here for 50 years.

          He was employed at Indiana Metal Products and did custom concrete flatwork for Dunlap Construction, Argos. He also worked on lawn mowers and repaired small engines.

          He raised beagles and enjoyed time with his grandchildren.

          Survivors include a son, Billy Huddleston and wife Penney, Rochester; grandchildren, Page and Clayton Huddleston, both of Rochester; his beagle, Hank, at home; a brother-in-law, Tommy Dean Lytle and wife Patricia, Indianapolis; a sister-in-law, Angie Nichols and husband John, Rochester; five nieces, Janet Lytle and husband Frank, Lori Dunse and husband David, Misty Cripe and husband Rob, Shaley Cripe and Erin Dunse; and three nephews, Jake Lytle, Sawyer Cripe and Ethan Dunse. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a sister, Lucille Sheets; a grandson, John Huddleston; a son, James Huddleston; and two brothers-in-law, Max Lytle and Walter Sheets.

          Memorial services will be held at a later date. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com. Arrangements are by Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester

 

Friday, March 21, 2008

 

Mervin Paul Groves

March 18, 1944-March 20, 2008

          Mervin Paul GROVES, 64, went to be with his Savior, surrounded by his loving family, at 2:20 a.m. Thursday at his residence, 5123 E. 350 South, in Rochester. He was ill since July.

          Mervin was born the son of Raymond and Hazel Rhodes Groves on March 18, 1944, in Fayette County, Ohio. On March 18, 1973, his 29th birthday, he took Mary "Toni" Rice as his bride in Greenfield, Ohio.

          As a Chief Mess Specialist (SW), he retired after 28 years of active duty with the U.S. Navy. He then became a self-employed truck driver for 19 years, retiring for health reasons.

          The Groves have lived in the Rochester community since 1992. They came to this area after having lived in Henderson, N.C., and Virginia Beach, Va. Mr. Groves attended the Church of the Nazarene of Rochester and was baptized in the Church of the Nazarene of Greenfield. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Greenfield. Mervin liked to spend time with friends, horseback riding, camping and especially liked to cook. He cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

          He is survived by his wife, Mary "Toni" Groves, at home; a daughter, Pattie Faye Parshall and husband Marvin, Richmondville, N.Y.; a son, Raymond Paul Groves and wife Jennifer, Chesapeake, Va.; four grandchildren, Brandon and Ryan Parshall of Richmondville, and Raymond Jr. and Hunter Groves of Chesapeake. Also surviving is a sister, Virginia Smally of Greenfield, and two brothers, Earl Groves of Greenfield, and Raymond F. Groves and wife Marlene of St. George, Utah, and many special family members including in-laws, nieces and nephews.

          Merlin is also survived by special Navy friends: Tom Pullen of Chesapeake, and Bob Hafer of Oklahoma City, Okla.

          A celebration of Mervin's life will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, with Pastor Don Meyer officiating. Graveside services will be at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Va., at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor James Heckathorn officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church on Monday. Military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1342. Memorials may be made in Mervin's name to the Church of the Nazarene or to the American Cancer Society. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Marilynn Lou Hewitt

Oct. 7, 1937-March 20, 2008

          Marilynn Lou HEWITT, 70, formerly of 5570 E. 150 South, Rochester, died at 4:05 a.m. Thursday at Miller's Merry Manor, Peru.

          Born in Peru, she was the daughter of Carl B. and Leva Langdon Harris Gothard. She lived her entire life in Fulton and Miami county communities.

          She worked at American Geometric Plastics, and at Stage in Rochester. She attended the Foursquare Gospel Church of Rochester.

          She is survived by two sons, William Lee Hewitt and wife Cheryl, Peru, and Steven R. Hewitt and wife Marisa, Logansport; three grandchildren, Mandie Suthers, Olympia, Wash., Joshua Hewitt, Bunker Hill, and Amy Million, Peru; three great-grandchildren, Kellyn Suthers, Olympia, Wash., Faith Hewitt and Kendall Hewitt of Bunker Hill; and a sister, Ellen Wright and husband John, Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents.

          A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. There will be no visitation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

         

Roy Saner

          Roy SANER, 76, of 7701 W. Camabraw Lane, Rock Lake, Akron, died at 6:30 a.m. today in the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Ivan J. Klobucher

          Ivan J. KLOBUCHER, 63, of 1216 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, died at 5:10 a.m. today at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

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

Saturday, March 22, 2008

 

Mervin Paul Groves

March 18, 1944-March 20, 2008

          Mervin Paul GROVES, 64, went to be with his Savior, surrounded by his loving family, at 2:20 a.m. Thursday at his residence, 5123 E. 350 South, in Rochester. He was ill since July.

          Mervin was born the son of Raymond and Hazel Rhodes Groves on March 18, 1944, in Fayette County, Ohio. On March 18, 1973, his 29th birthday, he took Mary "Toni" Rice as his bride in Greenfield, Ohio.

          As a Chief Mess Specialist (SW), he retired after 28 years of active duty with the U.S. Navy. He then became a self-employed truck driver for 19 years, retiring for health reasons.

          The Groves have lived in the Rochester community since 1992. They came to this area after having lived in Henderson, N.C., and Virginia Beach, Va. Mr. Groves attended the Church of the Nazarene of Rochester and was baptized in the Church of the Nazarene of Greenfield. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Greenfield. Mervin liked to spend time with friends, horseback riding, camping and especially liked to cook. He cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

          He is survived by his wife, Mary "Toni" Groves, at home; a daughter, Pattie Faye Parshall and husband Marvin, Richmondville, N.Y.; a son, Raymond Paul Groves and wife Jennifer, Chesapeake, Va.; four grandchildren, Brandon and Ryan Parshall of Richmondville, and Raymond Jr. and Hunter Groves of Chesapeake. Also surviving is a sister, Virginia Smally of Greenfield, and two brothers, Earl Groves of Greenfield, and Raymond F. Groves and wife Marlene of St. George, Utah, and many special family members including in-laws, nieces and nephews.

          Mervin is also survived by special Navy friends: Tom Pullen of Chesapeake, and Bob Hafer of Oklahoma City, Okla.

          A celebration of Mervin’s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Church of the Nazarene, 1987 Southway 31, Rochester, with Pastor Don Meyer officiating.   Graveside services will be at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Va., at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor James Heckathorn officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service in the church on Monday.  Military rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1342.  Memorials may be made in Mervin’s name to the Church of the Nazarene or to the American Cancer Society.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Ivan J. Klobucher

May 22, 1944-March 21, 2008

          Ivan J. KLOBUCHER, 63, of 1216 Rochester Blvd., Rochester, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          He was born on May 22, 1944 in Lansing, Mich., the son of John and Elsie (Rosenthal) Klobucher.  He was a 1966 graduate of Michigan State University where he played on the varsity baseball team.  On Jan. 27, 1968 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Rochester, he married Judy L. Powell and she survives.

          Ivan had retired from the Prudential Insurance Agency.  He was an U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church and the Rochester Moose Lodge.

          He enjoyed playing golf, sports of all kinds, especially Michigan State University and attending his grandchildren’s numerous sporting events.

          Survivors include his wife, Judy L. Klobucher, Rochester; daughter, Kristin and husband Paul Carpenter, Rochester; mother Elsie Klobucher, Rochester; grandchildren, Alex Carpenter, Lukas Carpenter and Lindsay Carpenter, all of Rochester; sister-in-law, Jaren Gentile, Rochester; nephews, Kevin Gentile, Denver, Colo. And Ron Gentile, Palo Alto, Calif.

          He was preceded in death by his father, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and Lova Powell.

          Private services will be conducted at Zimmerman Bros.  Funeral Home, Rochester.  Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.  On-line condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com

 

Erman J. Dotson

          Erman J. DOTSON, 8764 S. 425 W. Silver Lake, died Friday at 6:02 p.m. at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

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

 

Roy Lee Saner

November 13, 1921-March 21, 2008

          Roy Lee SANER, 76, 7701 West Camabraw Park Lane, Rock Lake (Akron), died Friday at 6:30 a.m. at Woodlawn Hospital Emergency Room, Rochester.

          Born on Nov. 13, 1931 in Rock Lake (Akron), he was the son of Homer C. and Rerrell (Schindler) Saner.

          He married Marilyn A. Lockridge on June 13, 1952 in Claypool and she survives.

          He had owned and operated a well drilling business for 42 years.

          Roy was a member of the West Eel River Church of the Brethern in Silver Lake.  He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War and was a 1951 graduate of Akron High School.

          He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Saner, Akron; two daughters, Melanie and husband Ray Hollett, Warsaw, and Marilee and husband Terrence Wires, Nappanee; three sons, Jim and wife Jane Saner, Mike and wife Mary Saner, and Mark Saner, all of Akron; 13 grandchildren, Missy, Kristen, Jayme, Amy, David, Rachel, Daniel, Nathaniel, Brooke, Megan, Brandt, Marcus and Leigh’  seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and wife Willodene Saner, Warsaw and Charles and wife Lily Saner, Warren; two sisters-in-law, Kay Saner, Indianapolis and Doris Saner, Akron.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Loyd an dob Saner; a sister-in-law, Faye Saner and a grandson-in-law, Nicholas Patterson.

          His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with the Rev. Paul Tinkel officiating.  Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, 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 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 West Rochester Street, Akron.

          Memorial contributions can be made to the family.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  On-line condolences may be made at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Monday, March 24, 2008

 

Roy Saner

Nov. 13, 1931-March 21, 2008

          Roy Lee SANER, 76, of 7701 West Camabraw Park Lane, Rock Lake (Akron), died Friday at 6:30 a.m. at the Woodlawn Hospital emergency room, Rochester.

          Born on Nov. 13, 1931, in Rock Lake (Akron), he was the son of Homer C. and Ferrell (Schindler) Saner.

          He married Marilyn A. Lockridge on June 13, 1952, in Claypool and she survives.

          He owned and operated a well drilling business for 42 years.

          Roy was a member of West Eel River Church of the Brethren in Silver Lake. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He graduated from Akron High School in 1951.

          He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Saner, Akron; two daughters, Melanie and husband Ray Hollett, Warsaw, and Marilee and husband Terrence Wires, Nappanee; three sons, Jim and wife Jan Saner, Mike and wife Mary Saner, and Mark Saner, all of Akron; 13 grandchildren, Missy, Kristen, Jayme, Amy, David, Rachael, Daniel, Nathaniel, Brooke, Megan, Brandt, Marcus and Leigh; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and wife Willodene Saner, Warsaw, and Charles and wife Lily Saner, Warren; two sisters-in-law, Kay Saner, Indianapolis, and Doris Saner, Akron. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Loyd and Bob Saner; a sister-in-law, Faye Saner; and a grandson-in-law, Nicholas Patterson.

          His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with the Rev. Paul Tinkel officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, 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 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorials may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences:

 

Erman J. Dotson

          Erman J. DOTSON, 90, of 8764 S. 425 West, Silver Lake, died Friday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Survivors include his wife, Arizona Dotson, Silver Lake; a daughter, Krystal Napier, Silver Lake; and two sons, Paul Dotson, Jerome, Mich., and Finley Dotson, Chatham, Va.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Maxine Sayger

          Maxine SAYGER, 86, of 4425 Indiana 25 North, Rochester, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Irene Workman

          Irene WORKMAN, 89, Heritage Pointe Healthcare, Warren, formerly of Beaver Dam Lake, died this morning at the healthcare center.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 

Irene C. Workman

Oct. 30, 1919-March 24, 2008

          Irene C. WORKMAN, 88, Heritage Pointe, Warren, formerly of Beaver Dam Lake, (Claypool), died at 9:20 a.m. Monday at Heritage Pointe.

          Born in Fairmount, she was the daughter of Verlie and Lora Jones Couch. She graduated from Jefferson Township High School in Grant County and from Marion Business College.

          She married George D. Workman on Oct. 30, 1948, in Mathews. He passed away June 7, 2007.

          She was a secretary at Craig Middle School in Indianapolis and a bookkeeper at RCA. She attended Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron, and belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary.

          She is survived by her sister, Mildred and husband Clarence Wagoner, Marion, and her brother, Max and wife Shelby Couch, Swayzee. Although she didn't have any children, she was like a mother to her nieces and nephews.

          Her funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Jacqueline Foley officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Wednesday until the service at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Grant Memorial Park, Marion, at 10 a.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Nona Maxine Sayger

          Nona Maxine “Short” SAYGER, 86, of 4425 Indiana 25 North, Rochester, died Sunday at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

          Survivors include two sons, Larry Sayger, Rochester, and Michael Sayger, Thurmont, Md., and two sisters, Melva Sanders and Betty Glentzer of Rochester.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

 

Nona Maxine Sayger

July 20, 1921-March 23, 2008

          Nona Maxine "Short" SAYGER, 86, of 4425 Indiana 25 North, Rochester, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday at Howard Regional Health System, Kokomo.

          Born in Etna Green, she was the daughter of Edward and Bessie Bybee Lowe. She lived in the Rochester area for 80 years.

          In July of 1945, it was Maxine's desire to serve our country with the Women's Army Corps. To meet the requirements with her petite stature of 4 foot, 7 1/2 inches, it was essential that Maxine restyle her hair, adding the extra inches necessary and managing to hit the mark. It was with great pride that Private 1st Class WAC-TC Lowe answered the roll call at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

          Later the same year, on Oct. 27, at Fort Des Moines, she was united in marriage with her husband, Harry Sayger. Their union spanned just over 53 years. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1998. In addition to their sons, Larry and Michael, Harry and Maxine lovingly and unselfishly served as foster parents to numerous children of our county.

          She worked at Hart Schaffner & Marx and Topps Manufacturing in Rochester.

          Maxine was an active member of local clubs. She belonged to the American Legion LeRoy Shelton Post No. 36 for more than 63 years. She also served in various capacities at the Moose Family Lodge No. 1107. In 1975, as a charter member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Women's Auxiliary, Maxine was a driving force. She served in positions for Zone No. 2, District No. 7 and as secretary at the state level. Through the years, she and Harry recruited members and helped build the lodge to the prominence as it is known and appreciated today. Locally, Maxine served as secretary for more than 50 years. She was also a server, waiting tables and making new friends. Maxine was a solid supporter of the many Eagles charities for kids. Whether it was Shop with a Cop, scholarships or summer camps, Maxine could be counted on to be in the thick of things with all of her heart and soul.

          A devoted member of the Fulton County RSVP, Maxine would annually crochet more than 200 sets of hats, scarves and mittens for seniors and friends in local nursing homes. She will be remembered at Christmas for the mountain of rolled oats canisters she collected for RSVP over the year to create the Santa decorations they made as a group project.

          During her younger years, Maxine and Harry enjoyed dancing the night away at the Moose, Eagles or American Legion. Friends will recall this marvelous lady with the heart of the Energizer Bunny, insisting on cooking a delectable breakfast in the early morning hours prior to retiring for the night.

          A baker, her creations of pineapple upside down cakes and chocolate fudge were unparalleled and highly sought after at the charity auctions. She found great joy in cooking and sharing her tasty treats with everyone.

          Whether it was fishing on shimmering waters of Lake Manitou, the Marrow Pit or standing along the shores of the Tippecanoe, Maxine enjoyed relaxing while she fished for blue gill and crappie. Her cane pole was her favorite, but on some occasions she could be observed fishing with her casting rod.

          With a twinkle in her eye, Maxine is remembered as a prankster. Practical jokes and one-liners were among the most frequently used in her repertoire.

          A lover of dogs, Maxine bred and raised Pekingese. Her current canine companion, Precious, could be seen sharing her chair as she read or crocheted.

          She enjoyed reading; mysteries and love stories were among her favorites. She crocheted custom-made afghans for family and close friends, once again illustrating her thoughtfulness for all of the lives she touched. In recent years, Maxine became accomplished on the computer. Her forte was playing games, especially euchre, slots and solitaire.

          Maxine leaves her loving family and loyal friends to cherish her memory.

          She is survived by two sons, Larry Sayger, Rochester, and Michael Sayger and wife Barbara, Thurmont, Md.; two sisters, Melva Sanders, Rochester, and Betty Glentzer and husband Roy, Rochester; her canine companion, Precious the Pekingese; three grandchildren, Pamela Jean Breckenridge, Dean Winslow Sayger and Lincoln Edward Sayger; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law Nancy Baker; brother-in-law Jack Sayger and wife Elenora; and special friends, Jimmy and Betty Tyler, Rochester. She was also preceded in death by her parents and 13 sisters and brothers.

          A celebration of the life of Mrs. Nona Maxine "Short" Sayger will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to her service. Maxine will be laid to rest next to her loving husband, Mr. Harry Sayger, in the Athens Hoover Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Paramount in her life were the Eagles charities for kids - with that said, preferred memorials may be made to the Eagles charities allowing her one more opportunity to help area children. Electronic expressions of sympathy maybe made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Robert S. Stone

July 22, 1913-March 22, 2008

          Robert S. STONER, age 94, of Peoria, Ill., died Saturday at 8:10 p.m. at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.

          Born on July 22, 1913, in Rochester, the son of Norman and Mahala (Severns) Stoner. He married Jeannette B. Bryant on Feb. 19, 1939, in Rochester. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2005.

          Surviving is one daughter, Bobbette Pickell of Peoria; one grandson, Michael (Stacy) Pickell of Washington; and three great-grandchildren, Allison, Kaitlyn and Courtney.

          He was the founder of The Streamliner Restaurant in Rochester. He worked in hardware stores and the automotive industry before opening his own business, Stoner & Co., in Chicago in 1952. He moved to Elgin in 1948 and lived there with his wife until they retired to Peoria in 2000. A past president of the Elgin Shrine Club and the Elgin Izaak Walton League, he was active in the Elgin Model T Club and the United Church of Christ in Elgin, and at the Wheels O' Time Museum in Peoria.

          Cremation rites have been accorded and a graveside service will be April 12 at Greenwood Cemetery near Greenwood, Ill. Arrangements are by Richard S. Wilton, funeral director, through Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Avenue, Peoria, Ill. Memorials may be made to the church or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be submitted through www.cumerford.com.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2008

 

Viola Miller

          Viola MILLER, 74, of 298 Indiana Ave., Argos, died at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

George E. Wagner

March 5, 1923-March 26, 2008

          George E. WAGNER, 85, Hickory Creek of Rochester, formerly of rural Miami County, died at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek.

          Born in Miami County, he was the son of George H. and Nellie M. Teel Wagner. He graduated from Gilead High School.

          On June 11, 1944, in Macy, he married Normalene (Fites) Wagner. She passed away Oct. 21, 1997.

          He was a farmer and also sold school buses for Kerlin Motors, Silver Lake.

          He attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

          He belonged to Lincoln Lodge No. 523, Macy; Knights of Pythias, Peru; Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne; and Mizpah Shrine, Fort Wayne. He served as a member of the Rochester Community School Board, and was a former president.

          He loved to do woodworking and to fish.

          Survivors include a daughter, Martha and husband David Roberts, Rochester; a son, Stephen R. and wife Marlene "Gaye" Wagner, Macy; five grandchildren, Megan Roberts, Susan Mookhram, Nelson E. Wagner, Tawnya M. Mason and Stephen G. Wagner; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marjorie I. Wagner.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Miami County Road 1100 North and Meridian Road. The Rev. George Hapner will officiate. Burial will be at Ebenezer Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with a masonic lodge service at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Ebenezer church. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday, March 28, 2008

 

Viola 'Jean' Miller

          Viola "Jean" MILLER, 74, of 298 Indiana Ave., Argos, died Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include six daughters, Nina Hodges, Bald Knob, Ark., Susan Miller, Yorba Linda, Calif., Mary Conley, Argos, Brenda Rowe, Hemet, Calif., Melissa Littlejohn, Nucla, Colo., and Rebecca Miller, Argos; three sons, James Morack, Nucla, Colo., Roger Miller, New Richmond, and John Miller, Nucla, Colo.; four sisters, Dolly Shireman, Loudenville, Ohio, Lorraine Balentine, Mojave, Calif., Laura Anderson, Carrington, Minn., and Clarice Gilchrest, Anaheim, Calif.; and a brother, John Alloway.

          Private family services will be at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, March 29, 2008

 

Homer Miller

          Homer MILLER, 56, Grovertown, died Thursday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Pam; a sister, Rita Mullins, Grovertown; and four brothers, Arnie Miller and Richard Miller of Grovertown, Raymond Miller of Salyersville, Ky., and Lee Miller, Bremen.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Gospel Lighthouse Church, Delong, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and an hour before the service Monday at the church. Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet, is handling arrangements.

 

Viola 'Jean' Miller

Jan. 16, 1934-March 26, 2008

          Viola "Jean" MILLER, 74, of 298 Indiana Ave., Argos, died at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born in Long Beach, Calif., she was the daughter of William Sherman and Lucy Hendrickson Alloway.  She lived in Argos since 2007, when she moved from Nucla, Colo.

          A homemaker, she enjoyed many crafts, needlepoint, quilting and doing puzzles.  She was an avid backyard bird watcher and also liked parakeets.  She cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

          Survivors include six daughters, Nina Hodges and husband Joe, Bald Knob, Ark., Susan Miller, Yorba Linda, Calif., Mary Conley and husband Danny, Argos, Brenda Rowe and husband David, Hemet, Calif., Melissa Littlejohn and husband Duane, Nucla, Colo., and Rebecca Miller, Argos; three sons, James Morack, Nucla, Colo., Roger Miller and wife Annie, New Richmond, and John Miller, Nucla, Colo.; four sisters, Dolly Shireman and husband Glen, Loudenville, Ohio, Lorraine Balentine, Mojave, Calif., Laura Anderson and husband Richard, Carrington, Minn., and Clarice Gilchrest and husband Don, Anaheim, Calif.; a brother, John Alloway; 24 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

          Private family services will be at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester.  Burial will take place at a later date.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, March 31, 2008

 

Marjorie Rose Nixon

March 25, 1920-March 29, 2008

          Marjorie Rose NIXON, 88, of 1130 Fulton Ave., Rochester, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at her son's home in South Whitley.

          She was born on March 25, 1920, in South Bend, the daughter of Edgar W. and Rose (Wasoski) Clay. On April 7, 1946, in Rochester, she married James W. Nixon. He preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 1967.

          Mrs. Nixon worked at the former Birkway Supermarket and retired from Hart Schaffner & Marx. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a kindergarten Sunday School teacher, adult women's Sunday School teacher and in the choir for more than 60 years. She belonged to numerous bridge and euchre clubs over the years in Rochester. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, especially tending to her flowers, sewing various items for family and friends, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

          Survivors include her daughter, Marianne Nixon, Rochester; son, Michael J. and wife Dottie Nixon, South Whitley; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Clay, Phoenix, Ariz., Mabel Daulton, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James Nixon; grandson, Patrick M. Walters; and brother, Herbert W. Clay.

          Her funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service the day of the funeral. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice or the Trinity United Methodist Church, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Cara Lynn Tucker

          Cara Lynn TUCKER, 69, of 7348 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

 

Jordon 'Jo' Blumenthal

May 25, 1928-March 26, 2008

          Jordon "Jo" BLUMENTHAL, 79, whose family operated a Main Street business here for 45 years, passed away in Aventura Hospital, North Miami Beach, Fla., at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. He had been hospitalized the past three weeks for treatment of cancer.

          He was born in Chicago on May 25, 1928, the only child of Max L. and Sadie Cohen Blumenthal. A 1945 graduate of Rochester High School, Jo's height won him the starting center position on one of Coach Clyde Lyle's final Zebra basketball teams.

          His parents came to Rochester in 1939 to open a variety store known as The Trading Post at 708 Main St. Later, as Blumenthal's, it became widely known for its quality women's apparel and personalized customer service. The business closed in 1984 because of Max's ill health and the family moved to North Miami Beach. Max died in 1993 at the age of 89, Sadie in 2000 at the age of 95.

          Jordon was a student at Purdue University when he joined the Navy, serving at the Great Lakes Naval Training School near Chicago. Following World War II, he attended Indiana University two years before going to California where he graduated from UCLA. He and two friends worked as writers for film and television before Jordon returned here to manage the family business.

          Blumenthal's sales personnel became well known to its customers. Two with the longest service as managers and in sales survive: Cora Bowers, 30 years, and Evelyn Miller, 28 years. Sadie once managed a national dress store chain and was Blumenthal's buyer and manager until succeeded by her son. Max spent much of his time in later years overseeing his dairy farm on Fort Wayne Road.

          Jordon is survived by an uncle, Dr. Irving Blumenthal, Lakeview, Ill., and numerous cousins. Services were March 28 in Hollywood, Fla., followed by interment there.

          Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund, Mrs. Parke Baxter, 978 W. Sixth St., or to Hope Hospice, 420 Main St.

 

Kenneth D. Draper Sr.

          Dec. 15, 1935-March 30, 2008

          Kenneth D. DRAPER Sr., 72, McLean, Ill., formerly of Carroll County, died at 7:51 a.m. Sunday at Bromenn Medical Center at Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

          Born on Dec. 15, 1935, in Idaville, he was the son of Leo and Felicia (Coppock) Draper. Kenneth attended Battle Ground High School. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1960 and was stationed in Germany.

          On Dec. 17, 1960, he married Ruth A. House in Rochester.

          Mr. Draper was a retired self-employed farmer. Prior to farming, he worked in the sheet metal shop at Purdue University.

          He enjoyed collecting memorabilia.

          Survivors include his wife, Ruth A. Draper, McLean; two daughters, Cynthia Martin (Rusty) and Kimberly Dowell (Shannon) of Attica; two sons, Kenneth Duane Draper Jr., Fowler, and Van Draper, Danville; three brothers, Dean Draper (Arzella) and Don Draper (Dorothy) of Delphi and Wayne Draper (Betty) of Rochester; two sisters, Beth Ordiway (Gene), Monticello, and Jolinda Kerr (Kerly) Akron; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents.

          His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home, 121 N. Union St., Delphi, with Pastor Dan Jordan officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Run Cemetery in Carroll County. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online guestbook: www.davidsonfh.com.

 

Cara Lyn Tucker

          Cara Lyn TUCKER, 69, of 7348 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include two sons, Chad M. Tucker and Chan O. Tucker of Mentone, and a daughter, Cheri Mikesell, Zionsville.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

 

Lyman Jones

          Lyman JONES, 88, of 1205 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 7:35 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 


Thursday, April 3, 2008

 

Ruby Mae Abraham

Jan. 30, 1937-March 29, 2008

          Ruby Mae ABRAHAM, 71, died Saturday at Oakbend Medical Center, Texas City, Texas, while visiting family.

          She lived in Warsaw for 20 years. Previously, she lived in Silver Lake, the North Manchester area, South Bend and was originally from the Rochester area.

          She was born on Jan. 30, 1937, in Winamac, to Charles and Martha (Zimpleman) McCrackin. She graduated from South Bend Riley High School.

          On March 19, 1961, she married David M. Abraham in South Bend. David passed away on Jan. 18, 1980.

          She retired from Zimmer Inc., Warsaw, after almost 20 years of service.

          An avid crafter, she enjoyed giving her handmade items to friends and family. She also spent a great deal of time caring for elderly relatives and friends.

          She is survived by a son, Donald (Julie) Abraham, Berwyn, Ill.; two grandchildren, Lillian Abraham and Sophia Abraham, Berwyn; a sister-in-law, Doreen McCrackin, Richmond, Texas; nieces and nephews, Terry (Belinda) McCrackin, Craig McCrackin, Jan McCrackin, Bill (Debbie) Elliott, Kelly McCrackin, Terri (Philipp) Krauss, Steve (Wilmel) Elliott; 13 grandnieces and grandnephews; and five great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She is also survived by many other family and friends; especially dear were Fred and Kathrin Stewart and their children, Elliot and Madeline, as Fred was like a second son to her. Her companion and pet dog, Molly, also survives her.

          She was also preceded in death by her brother, William McCrackin, and great-nephew, Christopher McCrackin.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with the Rev. J.P. Freeman of the Congregational Christian Church of North Manchester officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Servia.

 

Lyman Everett Jones

Sept. 15, 1919-April 2, 2008

          Lyman Everett JONES, 88, of 1205 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Born in Peru on Sept. 15, 1919, he was the son of Harvey and Ethel Housma Jones.

          On his 20th birthday, Sept. 19, 1939, Lyman took the hand of his beautiful bride Daisy Christine Wray. Their marriage spanned 68 1/2 years and yielded many wonderful memories and three sons, James, Donald and Jerry. Over the years, the family tree expanded, as the Joneses were blessed with the addition of seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

          A man with a remarkable work ethic, Lyman worked with the road construction companies McMahan O'Connor, now known as E & B Paving Inc. Over the years, he developed many close relationships with the crews on which he was a member. Lyman, forever young, retired at age 86 in 2006 as a quality control manager for the asphalt division.

          An active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Lyman served as trustee, usher and on the administrative board. He truly loved his church.

          He enjoyed hitting the links at the Rochester Elks and Mill Creek golf courses. An angler, Lyman fished the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou for blue gill and crappie.

          Accomplished as a ham radio operator, Lyman's call number was N9PVP. Paramount as a hobby was the meticulous yard he manicured surrounding his home. He was proud of his skills with lawn care and the flower gardens he and Daisy maintained.

          He is survived by his wife, Daisy Jones, at home; three sons, James E. Jones, Sanford, N.C., Donald M. Jones and wife Geneva, Jackson, Ky., and Jerry L. Jones and wife Tani, Riverton, Utah; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Vern Jones and wife Bonnie, Logansport; a sister, Juanita Johnson, Flora; and a special friend, Doug Blackburn, South Bend. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Jones.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Lyman Everett Jones will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home with Pastor Buck Padilla officiating. Interment will follow at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with his family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services on Friday. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church in his memory. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Joy G. Krull

          Joy G. KRULL, 66, of 7229 17th Road, Argos, died at 4:30 a.m. today at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Donald D. Mann

Nov. 25, 1938-April 2, 2008

          Services for Staff Sgt. Donald D. MANN, 69, Rochester, formerly of Lucerne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Marocco Funeral Chapel, 119 E. Market St., Logansport.

          He passed away at 2:54 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

          Born Nov. 25, 1938, in Durham, N.C., he was the son of the late Herman and Christine (Barnwell) Mann.

          Donald was a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Vietnam veteran. He retired after 23 years in the service. He most recently retired in 2003 from the Logansport State Hospital after 20 years.

          He enjoyed spending time with family and was an avid baseball fan.

          Survivors include his wife, Janice M. (Lisenko) Mann, Rochester; two daughters, Donna and Christine of California; stepson, Harry A. Batson and wife Karen, Rochester; stepdaughters, Robyn M. Kidder and husband Jason, Rochester, and Michelle A. Kocherderfer, Ohio; brother, Michael Bruce Mann; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

          Calling will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Marocco Funeral Chapel. Burial with full military rites will be conducted at Zion Cemetery, Culver. The Rev. Johnny Thompson will officiate at the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the M.S. Society, 7301 Georgetown, Ste. 112, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Online condolences may be made to the Mann family at www.maroccofc.com.

 

Cara Lyn Tucker

Jan. 5, 1939-March 30, 2008

          Cara Lyn TUCKER, 69, of 7348 S. Indiana 19, Mentone, died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

          A lifetime area resident, she was born in Kosciusko County on Jan. 5, 1939, to Walter and Eileen A. (Mollenhour) Fenstermaker Koenig. She graduated from Etna Green High School.

          On June 5, 1960, she married Charles M. Tucker at Etna Green. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2001.

          A homemaker, she was a member of Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. She was dedicated to the church, was a member of its United Methodist Women, and served on many committees. She was also a former director of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Kosciusko Community Foundation board. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as a 4-H club leader and was an active 4-H mother and grandmother.

          She is survived by two sons, Chad M. and wife Lisa Tucker and Chan O. and wife Nicole Tucker of Mentone; a daughter, Cheri and husband Andy Mikesell, Zionsville; seven grandchildren, Charles, Bethany, Karis, Sarah and Luke Tucker and Logan and Brenden Mikesell; her mother-in-law, Mary Tucker Bucher, Mentone; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn and husband Michael Williams, Atwood. She also was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Ped Koenig.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, Akron, with the Rev. Butch Troke officiating. A remembrance place will be at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorials may be made to the church and the Charles Tucker Memorial Scholarship. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday, April 4, 2008

 

Philip B. Hurst

June 13, 1927-April 3, 2008

          Philip B. HURST, 80, Macy, passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at his residence.

          Born June 13, 1927, in Rochester, he was the son of Blaine J. and Edna K. McFadden Hurst. On Feb. 17, 1951, in Claypool, he was married to Gayle Carrothers, and she preceded him in death on May 11, 2006.

          Phil was a farmer and a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Rochester. He was a licensed pilot for more than 40 years and a member of the Mentone Flying Club. He served his community as a school board member and on various other county boards.

          Survivors include two sons, David P. Hurst and wife Liane, and Andrew B. Hurst, all of Macy; three daughters, LuAnn E. Hurst, Pierceton, Libby E. Working and husband Jeff, Macy, and Sarah E. Bonesteel and husband Bob, Greentown; grandchildren, Anna, Seth, Brandon, Brittany, Kirstie and Shania Hurst, Wesley, Jeremy, Diane and Bobby Lantz, and Addison, Jacob, Ryley and Maggie Working, and Sariya and Elijah Bonesteel, and several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jane Bell, Bryan, Ohio.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church, Rochester, with Pastor Todd Kauffman and Pastor Lawrence See officiating. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, and one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, Rochester.

 

Joy G. Krull

          Joy G. KRULL, 66, of 7229 17th Road, Argos, died Thursday at home.

          Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Williams, Argos; two brothers, Bill Filson and John Filson of Plymouth; and a sister, Phyllis Bachtel, Plymouth.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Argos United Methodist Church with visitation at the church Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Charles Robert 'Bob' Simonson

          Charles Robert "Bob" SIMONSON, 77, of 129 E. 14th St., Rochester, passed away at 4:20 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

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

 

Juanita M. Wagoner

          Juanita M. WAGONER, 79, Rochester, died at 3:30 a.m. today at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth.

 

Saturday, April 5, 2008

 

Joy G. Krull

          Joy G. KRULL, 66, of 7229 17th Road, Argos, died Thursday at home.

          Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Williams, Argos; two brothers, Bill Filson and John Filson of Plymouth; and a sister, Phyllis Bachtel, Plymouth.

          Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Argos United Methodist Church with visitation at the church Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services.  Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Linda Lou Rich

          Linda Lou RICH, 70, of Peru, died Thursday at Wabash County Hospital.

          Survivors include a son, Robert Rich, Culver, and a daughter, Kimberly Larson, Carmel.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico.  Friends may call at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home in Peru from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday.

 

Charles Robert ‘Bob’ Simonson

July 24, 1930-April 4, 2008

          Charles Robert “Bob” SIMONSON 77, of 129 E. 14th St., Rochester, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2008, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          He was born on July 24, 1930 in Waukegan, Ill., the son of Albert and Bessie (Harr) Simonson.  He grew up and lived in Gurnee, Ill. until moving to Rochester, in 1961.  Mr. Simonson was a U.S. Marine stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict.  In 1955, he married Christine Hart and she survives.

          Mr. Simonson was manager at Empire Gas, Rochester, for over thirty years, retiring in 2005.  He was a member of the Conservation Club, National Rifle Association, and had been president and a coach in the Rochester Little League.  He enjoyed target practicing, collecting guns, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Indiana University basketball.

          Survivors include, his wife Christine Simonson, Rochester; sons, Jeff Simonson, Fairbanks, Alaska, Brian and “Shari” Simonson, Rochester, Brett and “Suzie” Simonson, Nixa, Mo., Jay Simonson, Addison, Texas; grandchildren Alexandra Simonson, Nixa, Mos., Kirk Simonson, Nixa, Mo.; a sister Ruth Satterfield, Waukegan, Ill., brother-in-law Kay and wife Charlene Hart, Lakeland, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chalmer and Marjorie Hart.

          Private services will be observed.  Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorial contributions may be made to the conservation Club.  Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.  Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, April 7, 2008

 

Jane E. Kitterman Ashley

Feb. 21, 1923-April 4, 2008

          Jane E. Kitterman ASHLEY, 85, departed this life Friday, April 4, 2008.

          She was born on Feb. 21, 1923, in Shirley, Ind., and was the daughter of Vernis and Eva Jane Pusey Kitterman. She graduated from Kennard High School and attended Ball State University. She lived in Hancock County, Indiana, and then moved to Fort Wayne in 1966.

          She worked at Frank's and Stillman's Department Stores in downtown Fort Wayne. She later worked at Indiana Bank and Summit Bank and retired in 1986. After her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

          She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, 4-H member for 10 years, and volunteer leader for several years. She was an accomplished seamstress and had a passion for patchwork and quilting. She enjoyed sewing for her daughters, and grandchildren.

          She attended New Haven and Good Shepherd United Methodist Churches.

          She is survived by three daughters, Penny (Gary) Troutman of Rochester, Becki Emenhiser and Michelle Dunten of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Ryan, Marc and Katie Troutman, Lydia and Stephanie Emenhiser, and Amy, Kara and Joel Dunten. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert V. Kitterman.

          Her service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Phillip R. Emerson will officiate. Calling is also from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Allen County 4-H Clubs Inc. or the donor's choice.

 

Betty Jane Ritter

Jan. 25, 1925-April 4, 2008

          Betty Jane RITTER, 83, of 322 Ohio St., Rochester, went to be with the Lord at 10:35 p.m. Friday at the Argos home of her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Donald Bean.

          She was born on Jan. 25, 1925, in Plymouth, the daughter of Bina and Lula (Hall) Nitcher. On Nov. 2, 1940, in South Bend, she married Bishop Armond A. Ritter. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1990.

          Mrs. Ritter retired from Hart, Schaffner & Marx and worked as a cook for Pizza Hut after her retirement. She delivered papers for The Rochester Sentinel and worked for Blue Bell in Nappanee.

          Prior to coming to Rochester, Mrs. Ritter and her husband pastored churches in Bremen and Peru. She was a member of the Pentecostal Churches of America, the Apostolic World Christian Fellowship and a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, Rochester, for 45 years.

          Her hobbies included sewing, baking, cooking and gardening. She will be remembered for her generosity in putting on church dinners, preparing food and clothes to be sent overseas to less fortunate people, and always sending cards of encouragement to family and friends. The Ritter family is grateful to the Rochester community for allowing Bishop Armond and Betty Ritter the opportunity to be servants of the community.

          Survivors include her children, sons, Bishop Richard Ritter Sr. and wife Annetta Ritter, Rochester, Pastor Robert and wife Carol Ritter Sr., Rochester, daughters, Ruth and husband Donald Bean, Argos, Carole Jones, Rochester, Martha and husband Rufus Buckner, Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Virginia Spencer, Plymouth, and Lula Wallace, Argos. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, three sisters, grandson, and a great-grandson.

          Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Elder Charles W. Warfield III officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. The Ritter family would personally like to thank Hope Hospice of Fulton County, Darin Beeker and Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home for their compassionate care and service during Betty's illness and passing. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Juanita M. Wagoner

          Juanita M. WAGONER, 79, of 13th Street, Rochester, died Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Survivors include sons, Gregory Wagoner of Indianapolis, Mark Wagoner of Greensboro, N.C., Philip Wagoner of Greenwood, and Todd Wagoner of Taylorville, Illinois; and her sister, Claudine, of Plymouth.

          Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.

 

Victoria Bell Russell

April 3, 1949-April 5, 2008

          Victoria Bell McGlothin RUSSELL returned peacefully to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 9:56 p.m., surrounded by family at home after fighting a yearlong illness.

          She was born on April 3, 1949, to Wilma and Woodie McGlothin. She married William Everett "Bill" Russell on Sept. 20, 1969, in Leiters Ford and was sealed at the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 20, 1971. Bill and Vicky have three children: a son, Scott and wife Kellie Russell, children Claire, Madeline, Laura, Jessica, Katelin and Evelyn of Plain City, Utah; and two daughters, Gretchen and husband Scott Johnson, children Michael, Renae, Rebekah and Elizabeth, and Haidee and husband Michael Temme, children Zachary, Russell and Alexandra, all of Leiters Ford.

          Bill and Vicky opened their home and hearts to many. Extended children and grandchildren include Kristina Risner, children Ashley and Richard, Richard Ganshow, Karla and husband Mitch Rutledge, children Linda and Andres, all of Kentucky, Rob and Kira Bettcher, children Andi and Robby of Winamac, and foreign exchange daughter Jantje Roder of Germany.

          Besides her family, Vicky leaves behind sisters Pat Plothow, Leiters Ford, and Bettie and husband Ron, Kewanna, a brother-in-law Norman with wife Lane Wagoner, Sheridan, with several nieces and nephews.

          Preceding her in death: parents, Wilma and Woodie McGlothin; in-laws, Everett and Pauline Russell; brother-in-law, Fritz Plothow; and sisters-in-law, Barbara Wagoner and Rebecca Nelson.

          For the past 29 years, Vicky worked at Culver Academies, where she was known by many as "Mother Russell." Work was much more than a job for her. Vicky was involved with a mentoring program, "teen talk," and involved with many students, getting them into the college of their choice and much more. She was an active and energetic member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she fulfilled many callings, and she enjoyed the social activity of the Red Hatters of Fulton County.

          A celebration of the life of Victoria Bell "Vicky" Russell will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Legion Memorial Chapel at the Culver Academies. President William Tincher will officiate. (The Chapel is on the north side of the Academy just off Indiana 10.) The Leiters Ford Cemetery is the site of interment. Friends may visit with the family at the Good Family Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the chapel one hour prior to her services. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Aubbee Relay for Life Team. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

Phyllis Anita Short

Aug. 13, 1936-April 6, 2008

          Phyllis Anita SHORT, 71, of 1306 Monroe St., Rochester, died at 7:55 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Hazel Wolfe Wideman. A lifetime Rochester resident, she married Andrew Jackson Short on Nov. 15, 1969, in Metea, Cass County. He preceded her in death in 2000.

          A homemaker, she enjoyed writing, keeping in contact with her pen pals and working jigsaw puzzles. The time she spent with her grandchildren was cherished.

          Survivors include two daughters, Angela McIntosh and husband Paul and Jacqueline Gross and husband Franklin of Rochester; a son, Andrew Jackson Short II of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Shelby, Drake and Daulton Gross, Chelsea and Zachary Short and Sarah McIntosh; and a brother, Paul Wideman and wife Barbara of Mississippi. She also was preceded in death by her parents.

          Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Debbie Rennier officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

 

Marie V. Benner

          Marie V. BENNER, 83, died at 6:52 a.m. today at Miller’s Merry Manor, 730 School St., Culver.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 


Rea Steen Dubuisson

          Rea Steen DUBUISSON died Friday, March 28, 2008, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson, Miss. She was 87.

          Mrs. Dubuisson was the daughter of the late Plezant L. and Cleo Mae Stifle Steen. She and her husband, Robert, lived in Vicksburg, Miss., before moving to New Orleans, La. After his death, she lived in Birmingham, Ala., near her daughter, Deborah. Four years ago, she moved back to Vicksburg.

          She was a visual tech for Adema Vision Clinic for 20 years. She was a member of Oak Park Baptist Church in New Orleans. In Vicksburg, she attended the Ladies Bible Club at the First Presbyterian Church.

          Rea was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Fay Jacks; and one brother, William Steen.

          She is survived by three daughters, Deborah (Steve) Culbertson of Vicksburg, Robin (Michael) Wild of Diamond Head, La., and Alisa (Robert) Redweik of Tomball, Texas; two brothers, Leo Steen and Gene Steen, both of Vicksburg; three sisters, Betty Gillis of Vicksburg, D.D. Stalling of Baton Rouge, La., and Jane Kennedy of Boswell, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Shay Michelle Culbertson, Courtney Renee Culbertson Harrington, Hayley Allison Redweik, Madison Taylor Redweik, Kirsten Renee Redweik, Lanier Michelle Redweik, Shelby Renee Wild and Nikki Marie Wild; one great-granddaughter, Ava Rea Harrington.

          Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home, with Dr. Russell McIntyre officiating. Burial followed in Green Acres Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, March 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

          Pallbearers were Kelly Kavanaugh, David Gillis, Chris Gillis, Mike Gillis, Mark Steen, Glen Fournet, Allen Booth and Bill Stalling.

          Condolences may be sent to Robert and Alisa Redweik & Family, 20624 Hufsmith-Kohsville, Tomball, TX 77375.

          Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Gideons International or your favorite charity.

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

 

Juanita M. Wagoner

Oct. 1, 1928-April 4, 2008

          Juanita M. WAGONER, age 79, of 13th Street, Rochester, passed away at 3:45 a.m. on Friday at Life Care Center in Rochester.

          Juanita was born on Oct. 1, 1928, in Bremen, to Claude and Frances (Fetters) Booker. Juanita and Robert D. Wagoner were married in Plymouth on Dec. 29, 1945. The Wagoners owned and operated a coin laundry, Wagoner Radiator and Wag's TV and Appliances in Rochester.

          Juanita and Robert raised their four sons together. They were residents of the Rochester area since 1950 and attended the First Baptist Church, Rochester, since then. Juanita was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed antiques, swinging on the porch, cleaning house, bowling, card club with her friends, family activities, playing dominoes with her grandchildren and eating her favorite "Flagpole" ice cream.

          Juanita is survived by her sons, Gregory Wagoner of Indianapolis, Mark and Cindy Wagoner of Greensboro, N.C., Philip and Terri Wagoner of Greenwood, and Todd Wagoner of Taylorville, Ill.; her grandchildren, Cyle (Chris) Wagoner, Cory Wagoner, Paige Wagoner, Ty Wagoner, Eric Wagoner, Patrick Wagoner, Kaitlyn Wagoner and Alyssa Wagoner; one great-grandchild, Evan; and her sister, Claudine, of Plymouth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Wagoner, and two infant sons.

          Funeral services for Juanita will be at noon on Friday, April 11, at Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth, with Rev. Mark Spencer officiating. Burial will be in New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. A time of visiting with the Wagoner family will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until noon at Van Gilder Funeral Home. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be given to the Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617 or Southern Care Hospice, 310 W. McKinley Avenue, Mishawaka, IN 46565. Friends and family are invited to sign the guest book and share memories of Juanita with her family at www.vangilderfuneralhome.com.

 

Lloyd M. Weaver

          Lloyd M. WEAVER, 80, of 4024 W. 1550 North, Macy, died at 6 a.m. today at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Ida Shafer

          Ida SHAFER, 103, Wynnfield Crossing, 1729 Wabash Ave., Rochester, died at 4:15 a.m. today at Wynnfield.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Marie Vera Benner (Pesak)

Feb. 3, 1925-April 8, 2008

          Marie V. BENNER (Pesak), 83, formerly of Rochester, died on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Miller's Merry Manor in Culver, Ind.

          Marie was a resident of Fulton, Marshall and Starke counties for more than 50 years. Previously, she resided in Chicago, Ill.

          Born to Andrew and Madga Kock in the Czech Republic, she was the fourth of six children. On May 30, 1948, in Germany, she was married to Karl Pesak, who preceded her in death on May 23, 1977.

          Survivors include seven loving and devoted children, Maria Mangun and husband Donald of Milford, Ind.; Robert Pesak and wife Kathy of Hermitage, Tenn.; Karl Pesak Jr. and wife Jenean of Mishawaka, Ind.; Tony Pesak and wife Deborah of Charleston, S.C.; Marcella Boener and husband John of Plymouth, Ind.; Milton Pesak and wife Kathryn of Rochester, Ind.; and Andrew Pesak of Chicago, Ill. A surviving sister, Magda Vasak, resides in Ontario, Canada. Marie was blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved their grandmother dearly.

          Marie was a long-time member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Rochester and a 29-year employee of Hart, Schaffner & Marx Corporation. Cooking, gardening and exercise-walking were among her favorite activities, as well as contributing to various charitable organizations. More than anything in her life, she loved her Lord, her children and her grandchildren.

          Visitation and graveside services will be held privately for family members with burial at the IOOF Cemetery of Rochester. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 601 W. Edison, Mishawaka, IN 46545, or the American Diabetic Association, Attn: Barbara Carter, 6415 Castleway W. Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Electronic condolences may be sent to the family at memorials@earl-grossmanfuneral.com. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Thursday, April 10, 2008

 

Ida Carol Gordon Shafer

May 24, 1904-April 9, 2008

          Ida Carol Gordon SHAFER, 103, formerly of 5556 N. Indiana 25, Rochester, died at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester.

          She was born in Fulton County to Frank and Sophia Tetzlaff Gordon and was a lifetime resident of the county.

          She married Verl C. Shafer on Dec. 8, 1923, in St. Joseph, Mich. He preceded her in death on April 18, 1986.

          Fulton County's eldest citizen, Ida accomplished many things during her lifetime spanning more than a century. As a youngster attending Rochester High School, Ida traveled to school driving her horse and buggy. At the age of 101, she was proud of holding an Indiana driver's license and loved driving her blue Buick. She liked to travel across the country from coast to coast.

          Ida enjoyed being a homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing for five generations. For many summers, her garden yielded produce she canned and froze for her family. One of her greatest joys was the flower gardens in her yard that many admired.

          An avid reader, Ida looked forward to reading stories about our county's past authored by Mr. Jack K. Overmyer in The Rochester Sentinel. Amish books and novels were among her favorite books.

          She was a member of Walnut Church of the Brethren since 1927.

          Survivors include a daughter, Betty Rouch and husband Marvin, Rochester; a son, Arthur Shafer and wife Marilyn, Elkhart; six grandchildren, David Shafer, Gary Shafer, Sandra Wallin, Karen Beck, Carol Ann Rouch and Patricia Rahrig; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Lester Gordon, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death with her parents and husband were an infant daughter, Carol June; three sisters, Pauline Cranmer, Josephine Warner and Mabel Umbaugh; and three brothers, Howard Gordon, Arthur Gordon and Carl Gordon.

          Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Robert Rice officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or the Walnut Church of the Brethren Ladies Aid. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Lloyd M. Weaver

June 18, 1927-April 9, 2008

          Lloyd M. WEAVER, 80, formerly of 4024 W. 1550 North, Macy, and a resident of Hickory Creek of Rochester for more than three years, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in White County, he was the son of David and Ethel Suitor Weaver. A member of the U.S. Army, he served in World War II.

          On Dec. 11, 1954, he married Glova M. Poisel in Tracy, and she survives.

          He was a grain and dairy farmer in Miami and Fulton counties. He was a former member of Farm Bureau and American Milk Producers Inc.

          He belonged to St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Glova M. Weaver, Macy; a daughter, Sharon and husband Kent Mills, Denver; two sons, John Pope, Middlebury, and Larry and wife Brenda Weaver, Yoder; four grandchildren, Chrystal Smith, Nathan Vandermark, Travis and Michael Weaver; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Bonnietta Carter, Monticello, Irene Lawson, Royal Center, Alberta and husband Leonard Grable, Star City, and Leota Green, Bend, Ore.; and three brothers, David and wife Lois Weaver, Idaville, Franklin and wife Nancy Weaver, Royal Center, and Donald and wife Elsie Weaver, Rochester. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Weaver, and a sister, Dot Veach.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor James Wasmuth officiating. Burial will be at Athens Cemetery, Athens, with military graveside rites by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1343 of Rochester. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday, April 11, 2008

 

Stephen A. Farner

April 23, 1939-April 9, 2008

          Stephen A. FARNER, 68, of 1630 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, died at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.

          Born on April 23, 1939, in Ashland, Ohio, he was the son of Donald W. and Betty Jane (Hart) Farner. He graduated from White Swan High School in Washington state in 1957. He lived in the Warsaw area most of his life.

          On June 21, 1958, in Michigan, he married Carolyn Adams.

          He worked for Depuy and Sofamor Danek, where he was director of manufacturing until 1994. From 1994 to 2003, he was the owner of Macrotek, Warsaw.

          He was a craftsman, loved cars and was an auto racing enthusiast.

          Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Farner, Warsaw; two daughters, Stephanie and husband Randy Schmucker, Warsaw, and Angela and husband Robert Hansen, Johnsburg, Ill.; a son, James Farner and wife Debbie, Tuscumbia, Ala.; two brothers, Donald G. Farner, Butler, Ohio, and Timothy H. Farner, Columbus, Ohio; his mother, Betty Jane Farner, Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Ream V. and Ruth Hart.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Pastor Brian Koorey officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to mchattonsadlerfuneralchapel.com.

 

Saturday, April 12, 2008

 

Samuel Edward Carlton

April 6, 1921-April 10, 2008

          The. Rev. Samuel Edward CARLTON, 87, passed away at Garden Villa Nursing Home in Bloomington on April 10, 2008, following an extended illness.

          He was born in Macedonia, Ill., on April 6, 1921, to Marshall and Ethel Gibbs Carlton. He graduated from McLeansboro, Ill., High School in 1940. He served as an airplane mechanic in the Air Force during World War II. When he returned from the military, he married his grade school sweetheart Martha Louise Miller. He then attended Mckendree College in Lebanon, Ill., and then seminary at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, graduating in 1955.

          As a First United Methodist minister, he pastored at churches in Bridgeport, Brazil, Plymouth, Elkhart, Rochester, Griffith and Lafayette. He retired from full-time ministry in 1986. After retirement, he served as an associate minister for churches in Dyer, Brownsburg, Pendleton, Fort Wayne and Farmland.

          He was also a member of the Brazil Rotary Club, member of the board of directors for the Methodist Nursing Home in Frankfort, Council of Finance and Administration (CFA) as well as a member of the trustees for the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alberta Carlton; and brother, Robert Carlton.

          Survivors include his wife, Louise; children, Jim and Nedra Carlton, Jan and Doug Anderson, Joan Zimmerman and Dennis Burch; grandchildren, Dianna Carlton, Jana Johnson, Melissa Osner, Mark Anderson, Bradley Zimmerman, Meredith Anderson, Mathew Zimmerman, Molly Chasteen; great-grandchildren, Nathanial and Zion Osner, Grant Johnson, Marah Osner, Elsa Anderson, Silas Chasteen; and a brother, Don Carlton; as well as many friends, parishioners and extended family members.

          Services will be at the First United Methodist Church, Brazil, Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Bishop Michael Coyner, Dr. Douglas T. Anderson and Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery, Brazil. Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and again Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

 

John A. Gorcki

          John A. GORECKI, 91, (Wynnfield Crossing) 1729 Wabash Avenue, Rochester, passed away at 11:30 P.M. Thursday April 10, 2008 at his residence.

          He was born on November 23, 1916 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Frank and Catherine Gorecki.

          Survivors include his wife, Cecil Gorecki, Rochester; Daughters, Barbara Pluta, Seguin, Texas, Susan Godzik, Glenview, Ill., Carolyn Johannsen, Melvin, Ill., Sandra Wehlus, Prospect Heights, Ill., eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild.

          Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilman, Ill. with the Rev. John Balluff officiating.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday at Knapp Funeral Home, Onarga, Ill.

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

 

Monday, April 14, 2008

 

Bernita ‘Ann’ Crispen Miller

          Bernita “Ann” Crispen MILLER, 69, of 3660 S. 500 East, Rochester, died at 5:50 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Clarence A. Tignor

Sept. 3, 1934-April 11, 2008

          Clarence A. TIGNOR, 73, of 515 Northgate, Rochester, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Friday at Seton Specialty Hospital in Lafayette.

          He was born on Sept. 3, 1934, in Wise County, Va., the son of Charles Henry and Kelly Elizabeth (Spears) Tignor. On March 13, 1976, he married Lena Bollick. She preceded him in death in 2001. On July 13, 2002, in Rochester, he married Betty (Davisson) Sutton and she survives.

          Mr. Tignor worked for Pike Lumber Company, Akron, for more than 20 years and retired from Quality Hardwoods in North Manchester. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed traveling, hiking and walking.

          Survivors include his wife, Betty Tignor, Rochester; son, Johnny and wife Angela Tignor, Winona Lake; grandchild, Deondre Adkins, Winona Lake; mother, Kelly Elizabeth Tignor, Big Stone Gap, Va.; stepchildren, Randy and wife Chris Sutton, Rochester, Rick Sutton, Rochester, Jeff and wife Elaine Sutton, Fulton; stepgrandchildren, Jarrett Sutton, Rochester, Kylee Sutton, Fulton, Levi Sutton, Fulton, Shelly Isley, Warsaw; and sisters, Martha and husband Dellis Boggs, Lebanon, and Mae Jeanette Higer of Big Stone Gap, Va. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Joe Tignor.

          His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Bob Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Akron Cemetery in Akron. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

 

Samuel Edward Carlton

April 6, 1921-April 10, 2008

          The. Rev. Samuel Edward CARLTON, 87, passed away at Garden Villa Nursing Home in Bloomington on April 10, 2008, following an extended illness.

          He was born in Macedonia, Ill., on April 6, 1921, to Marshall and Ethel Gibbs Carlton. He graduated from McLeansboro, Ill., High School in 1940. He served as an airplane mechanic in the Air Force during World War II. When he returned from the military, he married his grade school sweetheart Martha Louise Miller. He then attended Mckendree College in Lebanon, Ill., and then seminary at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, graduating in 1955.

          As a First United Methodist minister, he pastored at churches in Bridgeport, Brazil, Plymouth, Elkhart, Rochester, Griffith and Lafayette. He retired from full-time ministry in 1986. After retirement, he served as an associate minister for churches in Dyer, Brownsburg, Pendleton, Fort Wayne and Farmland.

          He was also a member of the Brazil Rotary Club, member of the board of directors for the Methodist Nursing Home in Frankfort, Council of Finance and Administration (CFA) as well as a member of the trustees for the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alberta Carlton; and brother, Robert Carlton.

          Survivors include his wife, Louise; children, Jim and Nedra Carlton, Jan and Doug Anderson, Joan Zimmerman and Dennis Burch; grandchildren, Dianna Carlton, Jana Johnson, Melissa Osner, Mark Anderson, Bradley Zimmerman, Meredith Anderson, Mathew Zimmerman, Molly Chasteen; great-grandchildren, Nathanial and Zion Osner, Grant Johnson, Marah Osner, Elsa Anderson, Silas Chasteen; and a brother, Don Carlton; as well as many friends, parishioners and extended family members.

          Services will be at the First United Methodist Church, Brazil, Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Bishop Michael Coyner, Dr. Douglas T. Anderson and Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery, Brazil. Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and again Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

 

William Frushour

          William “Bill” FRUSHOUR, 86, Lucerene, died at 4:45 a.m. today at the Chase Center, Logansport.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

         

Bernita 'Ann' Crispen Miller

          Bernita “Ann” Crispen MILLER, 69, of 3660 S. 500 East, Rochester died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include her husband, George Miller, at home;  three daughters, Deborah Mills, Rochester, Carin Ringle, Fort Campbell, Ky., Ellen Felts, Rochester, a son, Kevin Crispen, Rochester; a sister, Marjorie DeWitt, Logansport; and two brothers, Lewis “Bob” Shambarger, Plymouth, and Herbert Shambarger, Laketon.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the services

         

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

 

Elizabeth Rossman Amsler

May 24, 1912-April 14, 2008

          Elizabeth "Libby" Rossman AMSLER, 95, of Knox, Pa., died at 10:15 a.m. Monday at UPMC Northwest in Seneca, Pa.

          Born May 24, 1912, in Ashland Township, near Ninevah, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George M. and Nettie Bell Rossman.

          At the age of 16, Mrs. Amsler graduated from the Ashland High School in Kossuth, where she played on the girls basketball team.

          Prior to her marriage, she was a governess to the children of Dr. Thompson in Franklin.

          Later, as a meticulous housewife, she provided a warm, loving environment in which she and her husband raised their three daughters.

          Mrs. Amsler's life revolved around the Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Ninevah, of which she was a lifelong member. She served as organist, pianist and choir member. She also taught the ladies Bible class, served as Bible school superintendent and held membership in the ladies aide and Women's Missionary Society. For many years, she planned and supervised preparation of meals for varied church functions. She also had been president of Ashland High School PTA.

          Mrs. Amsler enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening.

          On Nov. 19, 1935, she married Jay A. Amsler and he preceded her in death on March 19, 2008.

          Mrs. Amsler is survived by three daughters, Nola Kline and husband James of Huntington, Sharon Beverly and husband Larry of Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada, and Kathy Cole and husband Richard of Rochester. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Amsler was preceded in death by four sisters, Mildred Curtis, Gertrude Dreibelbis, Anita Fisher and Loretta Rossman.

          The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the David C. McEntire Funeral Home, 504 E. Penn St., Knox, Pa., and from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Friday at the Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Ninevah.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Rick Osberg, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Starr Cemetery at RD1 Knox. The family suggests memorials be made to Grace E.C. Church, 2561 Grace Church Road, Knox, PA 16232.

 

William V. Frushour

          William V. FRUSHOUR, 86, Lucerne, died Tuesday at the Chase Center, Logansport.

          Survivors include his wife, Josephine, at home, and two daughters, Wilma K. Bowers, Peru, and Joy Gorringe, Fort Wayne.

          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

 

Ray A. Kline

March 14, 1925-April 12, 2008

          Ray A. KLINE, 83, Laketon, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Charlotte County Medical Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

          He was born in Wabash County to Ray L. and Opal F. (Simpson) Kline. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force.

          A farmer and self-employed construction worker, he married Bertha B. Betten on Sept. 2, 1945. She died Aug. 13, 1998.

          He is survived by his companion, Katie Ihnen; sons, Allen (Marea) Kline, Laketon, Roger (Patty) Kline and Steven (Sandy) Kline, North Manchester; daughters, Sandra (Randy) Buss, Laketon, Susan (William) Fisher, Munford, Tenn., Sara (Rick) Greer, Akron, and Sally (Mark) Dyson, Roann; a daughter-in-law, Mary Kline, Laketon; brothers, Henry "Hank" (Ruth) Kline, Brooksville, Fla., Ben (Priscilla) Kline, Andrews, Ken (Ethel Mae) Kline, Milton, Ky., Paul (Ruth) Kline, Roann, and Ed (Louise) Kline, North Manchester; sisters, Ruby Utter, Peru, Violet Kline, Fort Wayne, Dorothy (Wayne) Leighen, Madison, Va., Mary (Glen) Blow and Martha (Bob) Kranzman, North Bangor, N.Y., and Pearl (Jerry) Davis, Russellville, Ark.; 25 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

          One son, Ronald Kline, died in 2005. Also preceding him in death were a daughter, two brothers, two sisters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

          His funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with calling hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 6100 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005, or Riley Children's Hospital, Donations Dept., 702 Barnhill Drive, Room 1715, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Kline family via delaughtermckee.com.

 

Bernita 'Ann' Crispen Miller

June 28, 1938-April 12, 2008

          Surrounded by her loving family, Ann was embraced by the angels as she went to be with our Lord at 5:50 p.m. on April 12, 2008.

          Ann, 69, of 3660 S. 500 East, Rochester, was in failing health for eight months. She died at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          A lifetime resident of Fulton and Miami counties, she was the daughter of Louis and Bernice Cover Shambarger.

          She married Francis Lee Crispen on March 10, 1956, in Mentone. He preceded her in death on July 20, 1985. She married George Miller on Oct. 7, 1987, and he survives.

          She was employed at Torin Corp., Rochester, and sold Avon products until her retirement in 1995.

          A member of the Church of the Nazarene, she also belonged to the Green Oak Club and Home Circle home economics club. She also had participated in the Lioness Club, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and was a charter member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and ladies Topps weight management group.

          Ann enjoyed gardening - both flowers and vegetables. Following the garden harvest, she would can and freeze the fruits of her labor. She enjoyed the challenge of word puzzles and relaxed by reading novels, the Bible and other spiritual passages. As an avid I.U. basketball fan, Ann cheered for the cream and crimson. Ann loved her family deeply and adored her grandchildren. She was passionate about the special times they spent together.

            Survivors include her husband, George Miller, at home; three daughters, Deborah Mills and husband Tom, Rochester, Carin Ringle and husband CW04 Michael, Fort Campbell, Ky., Ellen Felts and husband Neil, Rochester; a son, Kevin Crispen and wife Susan, Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Levi and Lucas Mills, Jenna, Joshua and wife Shanna, Jonas and Jason Crispen, Justin and Nicholas Ringle, Ashly, Casandra and Zachary Felts; a great-grandson, Gunnar Crispen; three stepgrandchildren, Hope, Gracie and Chelsea Manns; a sister, Marjorie DeWitt, Logansport; her mother-in-law, Burnice Crispen; two brothers, Lewis "Bob" Shambarger and wife Jan, Plymouth, Herbert Shambarger and wife Doris, Laketon; her faithful canine companion, Jazzy, an American Eskimo dog; nieces, nephews and cousins.

          She also was preceded in death by her parents; grandchildren, Landon Felts and Lacey Mills; three sisters, Marilyn Nicodemus, Sue Long and Nancy Brinell; and two brothers, Mark and Charles Shambarger.

          A celebration of the life of Bernita "Ann" Crispen Miller will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home. Rev. Don Meyer and Rev. Lowell Burrus will officiate. She will be laid to rest at the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with Ann's family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to her service. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made in Ann's memory to the Church of the Nazarene or the Scleroderma Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Thursday, April 17, 2008

 

Donna Fenimore Beavers

          Donna Fenimore BEAVERS, an Akron native who once had a dance studio in downtown Akron before becoming an artist who taught in England and at Swarthmore College, died April 6 in Hendersonville, N.C., where she had lived for nearly 40 years.

          The youngest and last member of Forrest and Audrey Fenimore's family, she attended Akron High School and the Akron United Methodist Church.

          She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews, including Marilyn Kruger, Akron, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

 

Betty Lee Newcomer

June 30, 1922-April 15, 2008

          Betty Lee NEWCOMER, 85, of Terre Haute, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in her residence.

          She was born June 30, 1922, to Ora Bussert and Gertrude DuBois Bussert in Macy.

          She married Carl Philip Newcomer on June 6, 1945, in Rochester, where they lived for 25 years.

          He preceded her in death May 24, 1972. She was also preceded in death by both parents, sister Virginia, and brother Luther.

          She loved her flower garden. Her hobbies were needlepoint, decorating and her daily walk in the Farrington's Grove area.

          She was a member of Macy Church of Christ and attended South Side Church of Christ in Terre Haute.

          Survivors include her son, Phillip Lee Newcomer of Terre Haute; sister-in-law, Shirley Bussert; two nephews, Wade and Ryan Bussert.

          Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, with Jim Dillinger officiating. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St., Terre Haute, and one hour prior to services in Rochester.

          A special Thank You to Tammy of Intrepid Health Care for her care and compassion.

 

Linda Rusie

Aug. 26, 1931-April 16, 2008

          Linda (Malinda) Miller RUSIE, Mexico, Ind., died at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 16. She was 76 years old.

          Born on Aug. 26, 1931, to Amish parents, Steven and Anna Miller in Cadwell, Ill., she was the eleventh of twelve children. She married John A. Rusie on May 30, 1953, in Indianapolis.

          She was preceded in death by her husband and two granddaughters, Leanna Friend and Ashley Rusie, one great-granddaughter, Lincoln Sutton, and five sisters and four brothers.

          Survivors include children: Ann (Bill) Friend, Macy; John H. (Dana) Rusie, Logansport; Mary Beth (Byron) Fites, Macy; Mark (Lori) Rusie, Mexico; Teresa (Randy) Pier, Peru; Florence (Robert) McKinley, Peru; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include two brothers, Peter of Elkhart and Dan of Arthur, Ill.

          Linda was a member and lifetime deaconess of Mexico Baptist Church, Mexico. She was matron of the Miami County Sheriff's Department from 1975 to 1982, when her husband, John, was sheriff. The Rusies lived in Fulton County following retirement from the sheriff's department. Linda was active in both Peru and Rochester communities serving on boards of various organizations. She was named Republican Woman of the Year in both Miami and Fulton counties. John and Linda were past Citizens of the Year in Miami County. Prior to her years at the sheriff's department, Linda worked at the Peru YMCA, Climate Makers and Sherrill Corporation. She later worked as a driver examiner for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and was a Mary Kay consultant for 30 years. While in Rochester, she managed the Cornerstone Christian Bookstore.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. at Mexico Baptist Church on Saturday, April 19, with Pastor Charles Cole officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mexico. Visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mexico Baptist Church.

          Memorial contributions may be made to the Mexico Baptist Church, P.O. Box 206, Mexico, IN 46958, or to Salvation Army, 84 W. Second St., Peru, IN 46970. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Milton 'Milt' Williams

June 22, 1931-April 15, 2008

          Milton "Milt" WILLIAMS, 76, of 518 W. Second St., Peru, died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday at home.

          He retired from the U.S. Air Force and owned and operated Williams Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

          He was born in Kilmichael, Miss., to Cube and Willie (Townsend) Williams. On April 10, 1965, he married Ginette Lenaers, and she survives.

          A former deacon of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, Milton was actively involved in various community organizations and benefits such as Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, American Legion, Democratic Headquarters and the American Red Cross. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police. He had also served two years in the U.S. Army.

          Milton is also survived by a son, Antoine Williams and wife Katie and children, Peru; four daughters, Astrid Williams, Peru, Nancy Forcier and husband Ray, O'Fallon, Ill., Delphinie Peltes and husband Pat, Saint Charles, Mo., and Diana Williams, Peru; grandchildren, Bradley Milton Williams, Jamie David Williams, Ginette Marie Williams, Noelle Marie Forcier, Philip William Peltes, Alexandra, Aurelia, Jerome, Laurie; stepgrandchildren, Patricia Ferouelle and husband Bruno, Andre´e Sam Emeterio and husband Tetere´; great-grandchildren, Damien and Riley Williams; two brothers, Otha Williams, Chicago, Ill., and Waddel Williams, Kilmichael, Miss.; a sister-in-law, Joella Williams, Chicago, Ill.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

          He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Mason Williams; a sister, Marie Powell.

          His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with Pastor J Litherland and Chaplain Steve Fleck officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A military commital service will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Unit. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul/Salvation Army.

 

Friday, April 18, 2008

 

Clem H. Miller Jr.

          Clem H. MILLER Jr., 81, of 1844 E. 300 South, Rochester, died Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Survivors include his wife, Jean I. Miller, at home, a daughter, Eileen Fellers, Rochester; two sons, Tom Miller and Charlie Miller of Rochester; and a brother, Richard L. Miller, Argos.

          Services will be private.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday, April 19, 2008

 

Clem H. Miller Jr.

June 25, 1926-April 17, 2008

          Clem H. MILLER Jr., 81, of 1844 E. 300 South, Rochester, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in Monterey, he was the son of Clem H. Miller Sr. and Elba Hott Miller. He graduated from Argos High School in 1944. He moved here from Marshall County in 1963.

          On Nov. 27, 1947, he married Jean I. Neidlinger at Argos United Methodist Church.

          As a family man who loved the land, Clem and his wife Jean's dream came true with the acquisition of their farm ground south of Rochester. They purchased the property from the McMahon family in 1962.  The past four and one-half decades yielded many good times enjoyed by their family on the farm. In addition to the grain operations, Clem oversaw, bred and raised a fine herd of Black Angus.

          Many produce lovers will recall seeing Clem and grandson Greg at the Miller Fresh Sweet Corn Stand situated on Wabash Avenue and 18th Streets during the months of July - August. He enjoyed the morning sales and seeing friends and customers their family pleased with their highly sought after "Incredible Sweet Corn," and last summer the addition of the delectable "Ambrosia Sweet Corn."

          From the late '80s till the late '90s those who enjoyed strawberries will remember the same location where Clem and his family harvested and sold strawberries. During early spring, when temperatures would drop, Clem would stay up late at night to oversee the irrigation system protecting the tender plants from frost.

          This year was no exception on the farm as Clem assisted with preparations for the planting season. Just last week he was pulling fence line with his Bobcat. With great pride this dedicated farmer enjoyed observing the harvest, riding high in the combine and planting the crops on his shiny red Case-International Harvester.

          Clem and Jean enjoyed trips to Michigan to pick fresh fruit, especially peaches, raspberries and cherries. In the spring of the year the collection of Maple Syrup beckoned them to Nappanee where they watched the processing of the sweet syrup. While in the Amish Country, Clem marveled and admired the working horses - especially the Clydesdale and Belgians.

          As the patriarch of the family, Clem was loved and respected by his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He instilled a love for the land, and work ethic for the family to follow with a special love only shared by Grandpa.

          He is survived by his wife, Jean I. Miller, at home; a daughter, Eileen Fellers, Rochester; two sons, Tom Miller and Charlie Miller and wife Katie, Rochester; a brother, Richard L. Miller and wife Barbara, Argos; six grandchildren, Brad Fellers and wife Kimi, Rochester, Cory Fellers, Beaverton, Ore., Lori Fellers, Rochester, Joe Miller and wife Brianne, Rochester, Sarah Miller, Indianapolis, and Greg Miller, Rochester; and a great-granddaughter, Courtney Fellers. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Steve Fellers; a sister, Cleta Nelson; and a brother, Herman Miller.

          Private family services will be held with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of one's choice.

 

JoAnn M.(Petrie) Morrison

Nov. 13, 1941-April 5, 2008

          JoAnn M. MORRISON, 66, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Denver, died Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda, Fla.

          She was born Nov. 13, 1941, in South Bend, and has wintered in Port Charlotte with her husband for the last four years.

          Mrs. Morrison retired from First Federal Savings Bank, Rochester, as an escrow manager. She was a member of the Port Charlotte Church of Christ and Rochester Church of Christ.

          She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Harold A. Morrison of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Denver; a daughter, Tammy A. (Alec) Breden of Granger; two sons, Michael B. (Marianne) DePoy of Plymouth, and Terry J. (Susan) DePoy of Denver; two stepdaughters, Lori S. Carpenter of Leesburg and Betty J. (Gary) Gibbons of Plymouth; stepmother, Margaret Petrie of Granger: two sisters, Vesta (James) Principe of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Chrissy McKenzie of South Bend; and nine grandchildren, Michael, Mathew, Makayla, Morgan, Shannon, Jared, Kyalan, Cody and Kevin.

          A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 26 at Rochester Church of Christ, 120 E. Fifth St., Rochester.

 

Monday, April 21, 2008

 

Chavez Earline Weathersby

          Chavez Earline WEATHERSBY, 43, formerly of Culver, died March 26.

          Survivors include her daughter, Janai Springfield, and her mother, Alyce Weathersby.

          Arrangements were handled by Carter Funeral Chapels, Chicago, Ill.

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

 

Elizabeth Ann Reynolds

March 26, 1960-April 19, 2008

          Elizabeth Ann (Zehner) REYNOLDS passed away unexpectedly Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital, Joliet, Ill.

          Beth was born March 26, 1960, in Rochester, to Don and Ruth (Keller) Zehner of Monterey. She lived her entire life in the Monterey community.

          Beth graduated from Culver Community High School in 1978 and from Indiana State University in 1981. She married Jacob Linn Reynolds on Sept. 22, 1984, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Monterey. She was a devoted wife and mother, a wonderful daughter, sister and friend. She was an active member of St. Anne church. She was a dedicated employee of Miller's Merry Manor in Culver for the past 25 years as the office manager.

          Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Jacob Linn Reynolds; her children, Heather, Erik, Tiffany and Bryce; her parents, Don and Ruth (Keller) Zehner; mother-in-law, Betty Reynolds of Rochester; brothers, Don Zehner (Pam) of Logansport, Greg Zehner (Mary) of Monterey, August Zehner (Kathy) of Anderson; and her sister, Sharon (Larry) Yelaska of Channahon, Ill. Also surviving are her brothers-in-law, Mark Reynolds of Rochester, and Dana (Nona) Reynolds of Lafayette, and sister-in-law, Debbie (Tim) Wilson of Kewanna. Beth was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clem and Marjorie Keller and August and Anna Zehner; a nephew, Benjamin Michael Zehner; and her father-in-law, Don Reynolds of Rochester.

          Services will be at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Monterey on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Fr. Bert Woolson officiating. Burial will be in St. Anne's cemetery, Monterey. Visitation will be at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at info@bonineodom.com. A memorial fund has been established at the First National Bank of Monterey to assist in the educational needs of her children. Contributions can be made to the Beth Reynolds Memorial Fund.

 

Lydia M. Stigall

          Lydia M. STIGALL, 87, of 300 E. Fourth St., Rochester, died at 12:23 a.m. today at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

 

Mary K. Fraser

          Mary K. FRASER, 93, Towne House Health Center, Fort Wayne, a longtime Rochester resident, died at 8:28 p.m. Tuesday at her residence.

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

 

Lydia M. Stigall

          Lydia M. STIGALL, 87, died Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

          Survivors include five daughters, Louise Stevens, Plymouth, Barbara Feltner and Patsy Zeiger of Rochester, Glenda Greer, Plymouth, and Freida Adams, Knox; three sisters, Juanita Stevens, Morehead, Ky., Bobby Lu Johnson, Ingalls, and Martha Jessie, Seymour, Ill.; and a brother, Leonard Messer, Knox.

          Services will be at 1 p.m. Central time Saturday at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.

 

R. Kevin McCarty

          R. Kevin McCARTY, 45, of 7639 W. Swick Road, Beaver Dam Lake, Claypool, died at 4:43 a.m. Tuesday at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Thursday, April 24, 2008

 

Mary K. Fraser

          Mary K. FRASER, 93, a longtime Rochester resident, died Tuesday at her residence, Towne House Health Center of Fort Wayne.

          Survivors include two sons, Robert Fraser of Fort Wayne and James Fraser of Plymouth.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

Robert "Kevin" McCarty

          Robert "Kevin" McCARTY, 45, of 7639 W. Swick Road, Beaver Dam Lake, Claypool, died Tuesday at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

          Survivors include his parents, Robert and Roslyn McCarty, Beaver Dam Lake, and a sister, Tessa Smalley, Beaver Dam Lake.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Topeka. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with visitation from 1 p.m. until the service.

 

JoAnn M. Morrison

          A memorial service for JoAnn M. MORRISON, 66, Denver, who died April 5 in Florida, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rochester Church of Christ, 120 E. Fifth St.

 

Friday, April 25, 2008

 

Thelma Harris Boetsma

Dec. 16, 1923-April 19, 2008

          Thelma Harris BOETSMA, 84, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, stepped into eternity to be home with the Lord Saturday, April 19.  She lived with her son and daughter-in-law in Gilbert, Ariz.

          She was born Dec., 16, 1923, in Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Fred and Maude Savage Harris Kneeves, who have preceded her in death.  She was preceded in death by husband, Joe Boetsma; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Clyde Craft; brothers, Francis and Clarence Harris; and sisters, Margie Kreighbaum, and Edna Brower.

          She is survived by sister, Rena Follmer; children, Larry (Anita) Boetsma, Debra (Allen) Mechling and Cynthia (Timothy) Decker.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Steven Boetsma and Erica Partin, Daniel, Stephanie and Isaac Michling, and Caleb, Kyle, Kirsten and Colson Decker, and five great-grandchildren, Harry and Austin Partin, Sierra and Michael Boetsma, and Gavin Mechling.

          Thelma worked in the family re-upholstery and then new furniture business in Culver.  She and her husband of 67 years moved to Hobe Sound, Fla., in 1979.  There she volunteered at a Chapel Crusaders Mission.  They moved to Indianapolis in 1999 and went to Gilbert, Ariz., in December 2006. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

          Arrangements are entrusted to Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, April 28, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  Her funeral service is at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.  Condolences may be sent to the family via the obituary page at www.bonineodom.com.

 

Eunice M. Rex Hunt Carter

          Eunice M. Rex Hunt CARTER, 77, Logansport, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.

 

Merle D. Grossman

          Merle D. GROSSMAN, 73, of 20302 Ironwood Road, Argos, died at 3:55 p.m. Thursday at home.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Carolyn Miller

          Carolyn MILLER, 72, Claypool, died Thursday at home.

          Survivors include sons, Nathaniel Miller of Claypool, Timothy Miller of Warsaw, Luther “Luke” Miller Jr. of Claypool, Frank Miller of Columbia City and Marcius Miller of North Manchester; daughters, Marsha Cleveland of Warsaw, Juli Miller of Silver Lake and Carol Vick of Warsaw; a brother, Bob Tillman, Claypool; and a sister, Vonda Ousley of Columbia City.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Saturday, April 26, 2008

 

Mary Ann Gillespie

Jan. 17, 1939-April 24, 2008

          Mary Ann GILLESPIE, 69, 301 E. Sycamore St., Silver Lake, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday in her residence.

          She was born Jan 17, 1939 and married her husband of 39 years on Sept. 7, 1968.  She is survived by her husband, Jay M. Gillespie; their daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Ginger R.) Dwyer, Claypool; two grand-daughters, Heather and Sara Dwyer; one brother and three sisters.  One sister is deceased.

          Services will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 601 W. Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545-8822 or Kosciusko County Home Care & Hospice, P. O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN, 46581.  Arrangements are entrusted to DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, Ind.  Condolences may be sent to the Gillespie family at delaughtermckee.com.

 

Edna Elizabeth Nellans

          Edna Elizabeth NELLANS, 95, of Masons Health Care, Warsaw, died at 2:50 p.m. Friday.

          Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Merle D. Grossman

          Merle D. GROSSMAN, 73, of 20302 Ironwood Road, Argos, went into the arms of his Lord Thursday at 3:55 p.m., after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

          He was one of 11 children born to Lott and Corene Hagenbush Grossman in Argos on Nov. 23, 1934.  He was a lifetime resident of the Argos Community and was a graduate of Argos High School.

          Merle took Dorthie Miller as his bride on July 3, 1956 in Plymouth.  They are the parents of seven children.

          He was a dairy farmer for most of his life and had also worked at Standard Motors, formerly Ristance, of Argos for eight years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Argos.  The family enjoyed camping together all over the United States.  Often, they were looking for chimes, listening for a special tone.  He spent hours at a time puttering around the farm.  John Deere green was his favorite color.

          He will be greatly missed by his wife, Dorthie, at home; two daughters, Loretta Caudill and husband Thomas, of Culver, Diana Grossman, of Argos; five sons, Ronald Grossman and wife Patti, Akron, Donald Grossman, of Argos, Joey Grossman, of Plymouth, Jan Grossman and wife Cindy of Grant, Mich., Edward Grossman and wife Teresa of Bourbon; and by his 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters; Leona Young, of Niles, Mich. And Donna Loop and husband Robert, of Laport; and a brother, Lowell Grossman and wife Bonnie of Argos.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, two sister, Martha Longstreth and Virginia Bollhoefer; and five brothers; Gerald, Dwight, Leroy, George and Richard (Dick) Grossman.

          A celebration of Merle’s life will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. John Fishburn officiating.  Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos.  Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

          Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma Organization or The Center for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, April 28, 2008

 

Repeated April 23 Obituaries

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

 

Eunice M. Carter

          Eunice M. (Rex) Hunt CARTER, 77, Logansport, died Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

 


Patricia M. Fieser

Oct. 23, 1929-April 27, 2008

          Patricia M. FIESER, 78, of 3020 Country Club Drive East, Rochester, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Sunday at her residence.

          She was born on Oct. 23, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Theodore L. and Persis (Jones) Morris. On Nov. 9, 1948, in Kenosha, Wis., she married David Fieser and he survives.

          Mrs. Fieser worked at the Washington Square Restaurant in Naperville, Ill. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was known for the baby sweaters she knitted for family and friends.

          Survivors include her husband, David Fieser, Rochester; son, John Fieser, Naperville, Ill.; grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Fieser, Milford, Conn., and Kurt James Fieser, Sycamore, Ill.; her sister, Marjorie Carson, Chicago, Ill.; and her brother, Robert and wife Terri Morris, Niles, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard Morris.

          No services or visitation will be observed. Burial will be at a later date at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be sent to zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Edna Elizabeth Nellans

          Edna Elizabeth (Pittman) NELLANS, 95, formerly of Crystal Lake, south of Atwood, died Friday at Mason Health Care, Warsaw.

          Survivors include three daughters, Mardene Kay Mellott, Bourbon, Madonna Sue Creighton and Nanette Clark, both of Warsaw, and a sister, Maxine Vandermark, Lake Placid, Fla.

          A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Aldergate United Methodist Church, Atwood, with visitation one hour prior to the service. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 


Frances Cora Nicodemus

Nov. 2, 1921-April 27, 2008

          Frances Cora NICODEMUS, 86, of 7567 E. 150 South, Akron, died at 5:43 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

          Born in Green County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Harry and Anna Kathlene Smith Morgan. She lived in the Fulton County community since 1947, when she moved from Medway, Ohio.

          With patriotism and pride, Frances served her country as a WAC in the U.S. Air Force from 1944 to 1946.

          On March 11, 1947, she married the love of her life, Peter A. Nicodemus in Peru. Their marriage spanned 60 1/2 wonderful years, until his death on Nov. 24, 2007. During this time, she worked at several area industries including Olin's in Mexico, Topps Safety Apparel, and from 1961 to 1971, she was a seamstress at Hart Shaffner & Marx until her retirement. She was a member of Union Local No. 785.

          Frances was also a member of the Akron Church of God and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

          She enjoyed crocheting baby blankets, afghans, mittens and scarves for family and friends. She also embroidered and created counted cross-stitch. Her family remembers the delightful cookies, cakes and pies she baked. Frances also took pleasure in maintaining the flower gardens surrounding her home and in the produce yielded annually by her vegetable garden. Most recently she was proud of her accomplishments with container gardening - a variety from beautiful African violets to succulent aloe plants.

          Through the years, Frances acquired a variety of interesting collections. Her favorites were her Lenox fine china collection of common birds. She collected a number of Lena Liu hummingbird plates and figurines too. Her Garfield collection was second to none. She also amassed a number of owls and model antique cars.

          Her favorite pastimes included watching television - Joyce Meyer, "Let's Make a Deal" and other traditional game shows. She once saw Alan Jackson in concert and enjoyed listening to his albums.

          She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Givens, Akron; a granddaughter, Charlene Givens, Akron; a great-granddaughter, Miranda Kaye Dotson, Akron; a sister, Ida Mickle, Medway, Ohio; and three sisters-in-law, Lucile Lewis, Kewanna, Louise Nicodemus, Akron, and Grace Edgar, Atlanta, Mich. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Larissa Kaye Givens in 1989; a son-in-law, Larry Givens in 1993; and a brother, Forrest, in 1989.

          A celebration of the life of Frances Cora Nicodemus will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Terry Canfield officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Pete in the Athens Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to her service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

Wayne D. Hissong

          Wayne D. HISSONG, 87, Monterey, died Monday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Arrangements are pending at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

 

Wayne D. Hissong

          Wayne D. HISSONG, 87, Leiters Ford, died at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth on Monday morning, April 28, 2008.

          Wayne was born in Argos, to Lawrence and Carrie Hissong. His parents preceded him in death as did his brother, Loren Hissong.

          On Oct. 21, 1956, he married Barbara Reinholt, who also preceded him in death. They were married 39 years and together had three children who survive, Valerie (Kevin) Staples of South Bend, Vince (Becky) Hissong of Leiters Ford and Van (Theresa) Hissong of Culver. His son from a previous marriage, Paul (Vicky) Sudlow, lives in Billings, Mont. Wayne has eight grandchildren: Isaac Hissong, Alexandra and Patrick Staples, and Madeline, Morgan, Sam, Gabriel and Savannah Hissong.

          Wayne graduated from Argos High School and worked in construction until his retirement. He was a proud World War II veteran, who served 4 1/2 years in the 2nd Armored Divison and the 712th Tank Battalion. He was awarded the Purple Heart, a silver battle star and several other ribbons and medals. Wayne maintained close friendships with his comrades in the years since the war. He traveled each fall to the 712th Tank Battalion reunions to renew friendships and recount stories.

          For Wayne, there was no baseball team but the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoyed golf, fishing and time with family and friends. He was a member of the Collins-Tasch American Legion Post 399 in Monterey, the Finney-Shilling VFW Post 6919 of Culver and the Maxinkuckee Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Culver. Wayne was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by his family and friends.

          Viewing will be at the Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver on Thursday, May 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Friday, May 2, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Finney-Shilling VFW Post 6919 of Culver or to the Collins-Tasch American Legion Post 399 of Monterey. Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.bonineodom.com.

 

Jerry D. Maple

          Jerry D. MAPLE, 53, of 10850 E. Indiana 14, Akron, died at 9:40 p.m. Monday at Parkview Hospital, Four Wayne.

          Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 


Thursday, May 1, 2008

 

Evieanna 'Wendy' Kinne

          Evieanna "Wendy" KINNE, 56, Plymouth, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Survivors include her husband, John Kinne, Plymouth; two daughters, Michelle Yoder, Milford, and Robin Luce, Rochester; a sister, Colleen Sexton, Lexington, Mich.; and a brother, Robert Sexton, Lexington, Mich.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and after 7 a.m. Monday.

 

Charles 'Chuck' Walter Miller

April 1, 1913-April 30, 2008

          Charles "Chuck" Walter MILLER, 95, of 3534 S. Palestine Lane, Warsaw, passed away surrounded by his loving family at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller's Merry Manor health care facility of Warsaw. He was born on April 1, 1913, in Fulton County to Carl and Maude Clarey Miller, who preceded him in death.

          In Marshall County, on Aug. 13, 1937, Charles was united in marriage with Mabel McGowen Miller, who survives at home.

          Charles retired from Bendix Mobile Homes of Bourbon in 1978. He continued to farm just outside Mentone until a few years ago. Charles was delighted with fishing for bass and blue gill, relaxing at the pond on the family's farm. Until three years ago, Charles could be seen in the neighborhood riding his bicycle - a feat for any 92-year-old, a gentleman with remarkable determination, balance, athleticism and pride!

          It was in Lake Placid, Fla., where he and Mabel enjoyed more than a decade of the life of snowbirds. With great success, Chuck fished the Gulf of Mexico for giant sheepshead. He was a dominant force on the shuffleboard court and looked forward to attending spring training, cheering the boys of summer.

          A lifelong, die-hard Cub fan, Chuck and Mabel's 70th wedding anniversary was noted at the game, during the seventh inning stretch. A sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching golf, tennis, football and college basketball in addition to his beloved Cubbies!

          A talented craftsman, Chuck was a woodworker. He built custom whirlygigs, and a variety of birdhouses, including martin and bluebirds houses. Mabel would compliment the nature creations with her special painting and creative touches.

          Survivors include: one daughter, Karen Fleck and husband John of San Diego, Calif.; one son, Dennis Miller and wife Teresa of Warsaw; five grandchildren, Paul Fleck and wife Teri, San Diego, Calif., Melinda Lynn and husband Patrick of San Jose, Calif., Michelle Clifton and husband Jeffrey, San Jose, Calif., David Miller of Miami, Fla., Darcy Julian and husband Michael, Akron; and 13 great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Tabitha Fleck, Jonathon, Joshua, Sarah, Benjamin, Katie and Rebekah Lynn, Alexander and Elyse Clifton, Aaron, Brittney and Jeremy Julian. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews survive. Also preceding him in death were one brother and three sisters. Charles will be missed. He leaves his family and friends to cherish his memory.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Charles "Chuck" Miller will be at 1 p.m. Friday, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. The Rev. Jack Worth will officiate. Interment will follow at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, the preferred form of remembrance is to Talma United Methodist Church, of which he was a faithful member. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be conveyed to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Dorothy L. Poundstone

July 23, 1919-April 28, 2008

          Dorothy L. POUNDSTONE, age 88, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2008.

          Dorothy was born on July 23, 1919, in Morton, Illinois, to Edward and Louise Leman, who preceded her in death. Dorothy had been a Hobart resident since 1961, coming from Glen Park. She was a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital registered nurse program and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and First United Methodist of Hobart.

          Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Poundstone in 1971 and brother Lester Leman. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

          Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Central time today, May 1, 2008, at Rees Funeral Home, 600 W. Old Ridge Rd., Hobart, with Rev. Jonathan Gosser officiating. Visitation will be today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an OES service at 1:45 p.m. Burial will take place on Friday, May 2, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time at IOOF Cemetery in Rochester.

 

Friday, May 2, 2008

 

Gerald W. Fish

          Gerald W. FISH, 90, of 4624 63rd St., Sacramento, Calif., died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

William M. Blackburn

April 4, 1919-May 1, 2008

          William M. BLACKBURN, 89, Logansport, died at 12:05 a.m. Thursday at the Chase Center, Logansport.

          Born in Rochester, he was the son of Elzie and Myra P. (Moon) Blackburn.

          Mr. Blackburn was employed at the Chrysler casting plant in Kokomo and belonged to UAW Local 1166. He retired in 1981. He also farmed and was a Minneapolis Moline tractor enthusiast. Many years ago, he was a member of the New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department.

          He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Sue Blackburn, Logansport; his daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Sue "Susie" and John Musselman, Logansport; his brother, Robert Blackburn, Wabash; his sister, Betty Clevenger, Warsaw; two sisters-in-law, Tish Blackburn, Rochester, and Anne Blackburn, Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Joanie Rans and her husband Jeff, Tammy Baumgardner and her husband Gary, and Daniel Musselman, all of Logansport; great-grandchildren, Mickayla, Matthew and Michael Rans, Tyler and Trever Baumgardner and Paxton Musselman, all of Logansport; stepgrandchildren, Melinda Young and her husband Kent, Hugh Gibson and his wife Cindy and Melissa Buck, all of Greentown; stepgreat-grandchildren, Zachary, Trevor and Conner Young, Wryan, Caleb and Braden Gibson and Dylan and Austin Buck, all of Greentown; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and John Blackburn, and his sister, Elizabeth Ann "Sally" Zeller.

          His funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Kroeger Funeral Home, 711 E. Market St., Logansport, with K.J. Blackburn officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Rochester, at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to any favorite charity. Condolences and personal remembrances may be left online at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Evieanna Kinne

April 8, 1952-April 29, 2008

          Evieanna "Wendy" KINNE, 56, 6th Road, Plymouth, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday in Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

          Wendy was born in West Virginia, the daughter of Robert and Mary Sexton, on April 8, 1952. She attended school in West Virginia.

          On March 17, 1995, in Plymouth, Wendy and John Kinne were married.

          A homemaker, she enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. She liked to look at catalogs and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

          Wendy is survived by John, her husband, and by two daughters, Michelle (Hugh) Yoder, Milford, and Robin Luce, Rochester. Four granddaughters, Haley Yoder, Rochester, Adrieanna and Sarah Yoder, Milford, and Hannah Luce, Rochester, and a grandson, Steven Yoder, also of Milford, survive as well. A sister, Colleen Sexton, Lexington, Mich., and a brother, Robert Sexton, Lexington, also survive. Wendy was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jo Jackson and Roberta Sexton.

          Friends are invited to share memories of Wendy with her family from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Visitation will continue after 7 a.m. on Monday. Funeral services for Wendy will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Charles Krieg officiating. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnson-danielson.com.

 

Saturday, May 3, 2008

 

Nathan Lee Ameigh

          Nathan Lee AMEIGH, 25, of Avon, lived in Rochester for 18 years then moved to Denver, Colo., where he lived for five years. He has lived in Avon the last three years.

          He loved snow skiing, snowboarding, water skiing and camping. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald Stevens, Argos; paternal grandparents, John and Josie Ameigh, Drasko, Alaska; and four aunts. Survivors include his parents, Calvin and Carol Ameigh, Avon; maternal grandparents, Ned and Juanita Rentschler, Fulton; uncles, Don and Lon Stevens, Port Charlotte, Fla., Charles (Karen) Ameigh, St. Charles, Mo., Rex (Jeanette) Ameigh, Clarksville, Tenn., and Rick Ameigh, Sercy, Alaska. He also had two loving dogs, Rudy and Jennie.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, 2950 N. High School Road, Speedway, with calling from noon till service time.

          www.flannerbuchanan.com.

 

Monday, May 5, 2008

 

Gerald W. Fish

          Rev. Gerald W. FISH, 90, 4624 63rd St., Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Fulton and Marshall counties, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include his wife, Burnette C. Fish, Sacramento, and son, Kenton W. Fish, Las Vegas, Nev.

          Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jordan Baptist Church, rural Argos, with visitation beginning at 1:30 p.m. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

John W. Frasa

          John W. FRASA, 49, Suffolk, Va., formerly of Kewanna, died at 2 a.m. today at Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, Va.

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

 

Carol Kelly

          Carol KELLY, 65, died Friday at her Nashville, Tenn., residence.

          Survivors include her husband, Ed Kelly; two daughters; and her father, Eugene Kelley of Rochester.

          A burial service in Rochester will be at a later date.

 

Richard E. Landis

          Richard E. LANDIS, 80, Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Akron, died Tuesday, April 29, in Chandler, Ariz.

          Survivors include his wife, Joan E. Landis, and their sons, Steve, Richard and Roger Landis.

          Services were Saturday at East Lawn Palm Cemetery, Tucson.

 


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

 

Lois Hauser

          Lois HAUSER, 87, formerly of Akron, died at 6:58 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Firth A. Shelpman

Feb. 22, 1937-May 3, 2008

          Firth A. SHELPMAN, 71, of Versailles, formerly of Rochester, passed away Saturday at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

          He was born near Versailles on Feb. 22, 1937, and grew up in the home of Lee and Mary Ann Firth Strubbe.

          He was married to Karla Naegele on Nov. 26, 1971, and she survives.

          Other survivors include one son, Fred (Ann) Shelpman of Cross Plains, one daughter, Dawndalyn (Robert) St. Michel of Hayes, Va.; eight grandchildren.

          Mr. Shelpman was a 1956 graduate of Versailles High School. He worked as a meat cutter in the Purdum grocery store in Versailles and also at Braley's Clover Leaf Store. He retired from the Teamsters as a truck driver hauling heavy equipment.

          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be given to FAME or the Ronald McDonald House in care of the funeral home at P.O. Box 84, Versailles, IN 47042. Online condolences may be made at skfuneralhome.com.

 


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

 

Lois Hauser

Dec. 3, 1920-May 5, 2008

          Lois Ruth HAUSER, 87, of 5004 Hawthorne Way, Avon, formerly of Akron, died at 6:58 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis.

          Born in Cass County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Mary Hester Fergeson Miller. She graduated from Grass Creek High School in 1939 and was a lifetime Akron resident.

          On Jan. 3, 1942, she married Charles Edward Hauser in Logansport. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1992.

          She retired from Controls of North Manchester in 1985, after 25 years. She was a member of Akron Church of God, the Goldenaires and the Order of Eastern Star of Akron.

          She enjoyed her flower garden, crafts and knitting projects. She especially liked to prepare Sunday dinner for her family. She was a true fan of Krispie Kremes.

          She is survived by a daughter, Susie McGuire, Avon; five grandchildren, Lynelle Wittmaack and husband Rob, Jamie Carter and husband Brian, Amy Tinney and husband James, Mark Leedy and Daryle Leedy; four great-grandchildren, Jacob Wittmaack, Thayne, Taylor and Tristan Tinney; and two brothers, Paul Miller and wife Nada, Jeffersonville, and Don Miller and wife Patsy, Frostbite, Fla. She also was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Betty Leedy, on March 3, 1996; and a son-in-law, Richard Leedy.

          Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 


John W. Frasa

Dec. 15, 1958-May 5, 2008

          Memorial services for John W. FRASA, 49, of Suffolk, Va., formerly of Kewanna, will be at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Homes, Kewanna Chapel, Friday at 10 a.m.

          He died at 2 a.m. Monday at Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, Va.

          Born Dec. 15, 1958, in Cicero, Ill., he was the son of Norman J. Frasa Sr. and Dorothy J. Hubeny.

          He was a 1977 Kewanna High School graduate.

          John was a former truck driver and airline mechanic and most recently owned and operated a Thomas Kinkaid art and John Deere toy store in Suffolk. He enjoyed Harley Davidson Motorcycles, airplanes and John Deere toys.

          He is survived by his mother, Dorothy J. Frasa of Kewanna; four sisters, Nancy L. Carlson and husband Timothy, Teresa A. Sailors and husband Jon, Susan L. Hilton and husband Edward and Bonnie J. Frasa, all of Kewanna; a brother, Jerry L. Frasa and wife Jessica of Winamac; and an aunt, Lois Ulerick of Rochester. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his father, Norman J. Frasa Sr., and brother Norman J. Frasa Jr.

          Father Bert Woolson will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Kewanna, at a later date. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Kewanna Chapel.

          Online condolences may be made to the Frasa family at www.harrisonmetzger.com.

 

Thursday, May 8, 2008

 

Shirley Ann Knezevich

          Shirley Ann KNEZEVICH, 72, of 338 W. Walnut St., Argos, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

          Arrangements are pending at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

John P. Plante Jr.

          John P. PLANTE Jr., 76, of 17443 West 16 C Road, Culver, died Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.

          Survivors include his wife, Joyce E. Plante, Culver, and a son, Wayne Michael Plante, Deland, Fla.

          His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Culver Academies Memorial Chapel with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver.

 

Robert Riewoldt

          Robert R. RIEWOLDT, 77, of 2696 N. Old U.S. 31, Rochester, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

          Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Hulvey, Texas City, Texas, and Beverly K. Reynolds, Logansport; five sons, James Matthew Riewoldt, Etna Green, Robert C. Riewoldt, Warsaw, Patric T. Riewoldt, Bourbon, Jon Riewoldt, Warsaw, and David L. Ginther, Rochester; and a sister, Judy, Greencastle.

          Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday.

 

Friday, May 9, 2008

 

Shirley Ann Knezevich

          Shirley Ann KNEZEVICH, 72, of 338 W. Walnut St., Argos, died Wednesday at home.

          Survivors include a son, Michael Knezevich Jr., Argos; two daughters, Sherry Strahla and Mary Marjorie Knezevich-Kimsey, both of Argos; two brothers, James Moriarty, Argos, and Terry Moriarty, Plymouth; and two sisters, Marilyn Smiley and Linda Fuller of Wakarusa.

          Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Argos Bible Church with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Robert R. Riewoldt

Feb. 15, 1931-May 7, 2008

          Robert R. RIEWOLDT, 77, of 2696 N. Old U.S. 31, Rochester, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at home.

          He was born in Logansport to Robert Harold and Virginia Harbert Riewoldt. Robert graduated from Logansport High School in 1948. After graduation, he was beckoned to serve our country with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return, he enrolled at the Fort Wayne Business College, where he earned a degree in business. He was a 57-year member of the American Legion Post No. 424, Bourbon, and also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

          He first married Beverly Jane Witham on Nov. 5, 1953, in Rochester. On July 5, 1968, in Warsaw, he married Barbara Jefferies. They moved from Mentone to Rochester in 1982.

          Robert was a tool and die maker for Midwest Spring, Mentone. He retired in 1996.

          A woodworking craftsman, Robert was delighted to create custom gifts for family and special friends. These beautiful presents included lamps, cabinets, rocking horses, wind mills and birdhouses, which were among his most appreciated. He also built model vintage airplanes from balsa wood, ships and carved miniature statues including a miniature-scale model of himself.

          An avid walker, Robert strode along the Woodlawn trail with his loving wife, Barbara, or his wonderful canine companion, "Happy" the Walker Hound. Whenever Robert exclaimed, "Let's take a drive in the buggy," his family headed for the car. He will always be remembered for his spicy vernacular and superb sense of humor.

          Prior to Barb's passing on Oct. 27, 2006, she and Robert were like two peas in a pod, inseparable - friends and family rarely saw one without the other. A prominent dessert connoisseur, his favorite delectable delights were peanut butter pie and fudgecicles. He was noted as a meticulous record keeper and authored his personal tool and die reference guide.

          Bringing Robert great satisfaction was helping others. Many times he would complete residential wiring for friends. An avid NASCAR fan, he cheered for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Television provided an enjoyable pastime - there wasn't a week without watching "Law & Order."

          Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Hulvey, Texas City, Texas, and Beverly K. Reynolds and husband Jerry, Logansport; five sons, James Matthew Riewoldt and wife Janet of Etna Green, Robert C. Riewoldt, Warsaw, Patric T. Riewoldt and wife Lisa, Bourbon, Jon Riewoldt, Warsaw, and David L. Ginther and wife Cathy, Rochester; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy Bunch and husband Herb, Greencastle; and his canine companion, Happy. He was also preceded in death by his parents and an infant grandson, James Riewoldt.

          A celebration of the life of Mr. Robert R. Riewoldt will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with his family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. The Rev. Woody Slade will officiate. Robert will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Barbara. Military graveside rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 424 of Bourbon, LeRoy Shelton American Legion Post No. 36 and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Rochester. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Hope Hospice. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Sara Thomas

          Sara THOMAS, 73, of 1122 Monroe St., Rochester, died at 8:57 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center, Rochester.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

         


Kathleen S. Walsh

          Kathleen S. WALSH, 92, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008. She was a resident of Kingston at Dupont, Fort Wayne, for the past four years.

          Born in Grass Creek, she graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1936. She worked at General Electric before becoming an office nurse for Dr. Joseph Baltes.

          She was a member of Allen County Board of Public Welfare from 1963 until 1985, an original member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and later attended St. John Fisher Church.

          She is survived by nephews, James Walsh of Lafayette and Dr. Edward Baltes of Fort Wayne, and niece, Nancy Jones of Greenfield. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Walsh; sisters, Loretta, Theresa and Gertrude Walsh, Beatrice Stahl and Margaret Baltes; and friend, John Schnurr.

          Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Church, Kewanna. Calling is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Kewanna. Memorials may be made to St. John Fisher Catholic Church or St. Ann's Church, Kewanna.

 

Saturday, May 10, 2008

 

Sara Louise Thomas

January 9, 1935 - May 8, 2008

          Sara Louise THOMAS, 73, of 1122 Monroe St., Rochester, died at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester.

          She was born in Royal Center to Robert and Ethel Kistler Finger, who both preceded her in death. Sara was a 1953 graduate of Royal Center High School. After coming to Rochester in the fall of 1953 she accepted employment with Topps Manufacturing Company. On Dec. 22, 1954, she was united in marriage to Dale W. Thomas, who preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 2000. Their wonderful union of over 47 years yielded four children: Lisa, Brenda, Bradley and Chad.

          For nearly two decades she is remembered by many locals as a shoe saleslady working with three families who owned one of Main Street's shoe stores - the Truitt's, Stephenson's and the Lahman's. She also worked in clothing stores. Sara was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester and collected guardian angels.

          Blossoming later in life, Sara discovered an artistic talent she revealed to family and close friends. It was the beautiful landscapes she painted with acrylics as the medium of expression. Her technique was self-taught by reading books authored by the renowned Bob Ross. This art form also served as therapy for her as she recovered from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

          Paramount in her life was her family. Sara will be missed by her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who adored her. She leaves her family and friends to cherish her memory.

          Survivors include two daughters, Lisa M. Butt and husband Alan, Edwardsburg, Mich., and Brenda S. Urbin and husband Larry, Kewanna; two sons, Bradley Thomas and wife Lori, Rochester, and Chad M. Thomas and wife Cheri, Rochester; seven grandchildren, Kyle Butt and wife Carrie, James Clark, Heather Clark and fiance, Josh Overmyer, Morgan, Mallory, Madison and Ava Thomas; three great-granddaughters, Alayna and Larissa Overmyer and Kylie Butt. Several nieces & nephews also survive.

          She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a sister, Wanda Wireman; and three brothers, Reed, James and Neil Finger.

          A celebration of the life of Sara Louise Thomas will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. The Rev. Junior Bose will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and on Monday one hour prior to her service. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Preferred memorials may be made to any of the following in her memory: Southern Care Hospice, Rochester High School Booster Club, F.O.P. Shop with a Cop or Relay for Life: Midwest Eye Consultants Team. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via goodfamily@rtcol.com.

 

Monday, May 12, 2008

 

M. Madeline Myers Bryant

Jan. 23, 1922-May 11, 2008

          Margaret Madeline Myers BRYANT, 86, 1729 Wabash Avenue and longtime resident of 2715 Barrett Road, Rochester, passed away at 2:35 p.m. Sunday in Rochester.

          She was born on Jan. 23, 1922, in Fulton County, the daughter of Omar Patrick and Ethel (Vanata) McLochlin.  She was a 1940 graduate of Grass Creek High School.  In September of 1956, she married Ray F. Myers.  He preceded her in death in November 1990.  In November of 1994, she married William Bryant.  He preceded her in death in 2001.

          Mrs. Bryant retired from Delco Electronics in Kokomo in 1987.  She enjoyed the Red Hat Society and loved to play cards.

          Survivors include her daughter, Patricia (Pier) and husband Paul Grube, Rochester; grandsons, Jeff Grube, Rochester, Gary Grube, Rochester, and Shawn and wife Brooke Grube, West Lafayette; great-grandchildren, Brad Grube and Ashlin Grube of Rochester, Sophie Grube, Kelsey Grube and Ian Grube, all of West Lafayette; sister-in-law, Marquitta McLochlin; and lots of cool cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Eldon “Pat” McLochlin.

          Her funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. Timothy Grayless officiating.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Private burial will take place at Bruce Lake Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.  Online condolences may be sent to Zimmermanbros@rtcol.com.

 

Harold D. Clemans

          Harold D. CLEMANS, 86, formerly of Rochester, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday at his residence, 9846 Daisy Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla.

          Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Jerry D. Maple

Dec. 1, 1954-April 28, 2008

          Jerry D. MAPLE, 53, of 10850 East Indiana 14, Akron, died at 9:40 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.

          Born in Warsaw, he was the son of J. Richard and Helen Waneta Kendall Maple. He graduated from North Manchester High School in 1973. On June 3, 1978, in North Manchester, he married Nayomia Lester Dotson. She survives in Akron.

          He was a truck driver.

          Survivors also include two sons, Jerry Maple Jr., Rochester, and Travis Michael and wife Danielle Maple, Fort Wayne; a stepson, James Edward and wife Lorraine Dotson, El Paso, Texas; a stepdaughter, Jennifer and husband Eric Murphy, Akron; two brothers, Jay and wife Nancy Maple, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Jeff Maple, Rochester; and seven grandchildren.

          His funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with the Rev. Karen Ottjes officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Grant Memorial Park, Marion, where a graveside service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the Maple family. For online condolences: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

 

Helen Holloway