Rochester Sentinel

2021

 

Friday January 1, 2021

 

Holiday-No Paper

 

Saturday January 2, 2021

 

Myron D. DAY

July 9, 1941-December 30, 2020

                Myron Dean “Bud” DAY, 79, Chili, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo.

                Born July 9, 1941, in Hammond, he was the son of Bower “Sie” Duboise DAY and Rosaleen Ruth (ROBINS) DAY. On June 8, 1963, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in Peru, he was married to Barbara Lee CRUME, and she survives.

                Bud was a 1959 graduate of Rochester High School. He was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and retired after thirty-three years from Chrysler in Kokomo, where he was a member of the UAW Local 685. He loved fishing, deer hunting, Colts football, and all Indiana University sports.

                He enjoyed spending time at the campground with his wife and many friends, and traveling to Florida with the camper to Lake Josephine with his wife for 15 winters. He was a hard worker, a very good father and grandfather, and an excellent husband. He loved his family very much, and he would go out of his way to help any of them at a moment’s notice. He enjoyed being outside, whether in the garden, in the garage, or just talking to someone walking by. Bud was a friend to everyone and never met a stranger!

                Survivors include his wife, Barb DAY, Chili; mother, Rosie DAY, Rochester; two children, Daniel D. (Donna) DAY, Mexico, and Donald L. (Jami) DAY, Peru; four granddaughters, Katie (Brandon) HUTCHISON, Lapel, Sara DAY (Ryan HEPFER), Lapel, Jamie DAY (Collin LOUGHMAN), Lapel, Hananyah “Nyah” DAY, Greentown; five step-grandchildren, Mandy (John) KRIEGEL, Decatur, Jamey (Kyle) CLARK, Evansville, Nathan RALSTON (Jacqueline SMITH), Allentown, PA, Dayne HARTLEROAD, Peru, and Danielle HARTLEROAD, Peru; thirteen great-grandchildren with another great-granddaughter arriving soon; one sister, Sianna DEEDS, Macy; one brother, Robin (Pam) DAY, Rochester; and one son-in-law, Eric (Deborah) SADDLEMIRE, Denver. He was preceded in death by his father, Sie DAY; daughter, Ann SADDLEMIRE; and three brothers, Rex, Raymond, and David DAY.

                The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2021, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Peru, with Rev. Adam MAUMAN officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Peru. For those unable to attend, you can watch the service live at www.mcclainfh.com/livestream. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, where a Scripture Service will begin at 5 p.m. An additional hour of visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Masks are required at all times for all visitors in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Building Fund, St. Vincent de Paul Society, or Miami County Helping Hands. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

John L. MAHASKA

                John L. MAHASKA, 71, of rural Mentone, died Thursday, December 30, 2020, at his residence. Survivors include his wife Jackie MAHASKA, Mentone; daughters, Alicia DESE and Virginia MAHASKA, both of Mentone; sons, Claude David MULLINS, Pierceton, James ISAAC, Pierceton, Craig HAMPTON, Warsaw, and John Allen MAHASKA, South Bend; sisters, Inez JACKSON, Tennessee, Shirley BROWN, Kokomo, and Gloria PICKERTON, Kokomo.

                Following his wishes, no visitation or service will be held at this time.

 

William E. MCCARTY

                William E. MCCARTY, 89, Peru, Indiana, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

                Survivors include his wife, Carol MCCARTY; two children, Steven MCCARTY, Logansport, and Lori THOMAS, Tucson, Arizona; and one brother, Donald (Kay), Logansport.

                Funeral services will be private. Visitation is 2-3 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.

 

Kenton M. KRIEG

                Kenton M. KRIEG, 77, of Akron, died Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Annalyn RONATO KRIEG, of Akron; daughter, April TOWNER, of Macy; brother, Stephen KRIEG, of Claypool;and sister, Sandra GRAY, of Warsaw.

                There is a public graveside service at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2021, at Silver Creek Cemetery.

 

William E. SMITH

                William E. SMITH, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Akron, died Saturday, December 19, 2020, in Colorado Springs.

                He is survived by a son, Michael SMITH, of Aloha, Oregon, and a daughter, Mary WARDEN, of Colorado Springs.

                A graveside service is being planned for the spring.

 

Tuesday January 5, 2021

 

Frances BAXTER

October 3, 1927-December 31, 2020

                Mrs. Frances BAXTER, 93, of Rochester was welcomed joyously into Heaven when she passed away at 3:42 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Wynnfield Crossing.

                On October 3, 1927, Frances CASTLEMAN was the first born of the CASTLEMAN girls. She was a cherished daughter of Vernon “Bill” and Gladys GARNER CASTLEMAN. Growing up in the Burton neighborhood with her little sister Carolyn “Ginger,” the girls attended Burton Elementary School. Fran graduated from Rochester High School in 1945. In pursuit of her dream to become a teacher, she graduated from Manchester College with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1949.

                On August 14, 1949, Fran married the love of her life, Mr. E. Parke BAXTER at the Burton Methodist Church. They enjoyed over 63 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two wonderful children, Doug and LeeAnn. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandsons and six-great grandchildren.

                Mrs. BAXTER’S teaching career spanned more than three and a half decades and was initiated at the Richland Center High School. Her next teaching stint was at Columbia Elementary. At Rochester Middle School she taught science and typing and served as guidance counselor. Mrs. BAXTER also coached sixth and seventh grade girls’ basketball. She retired in 1987 and was honored with a lifetime pass to all Rochester athletics.

                Mrs. BAXTER was the first sponsor of the RHS girls huddle for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, initially formed in 1975. Her memberships include Rochester Adult Chapter of the FCA and the Grace United Methodist Church. She was a 66-year member of the Beta Mu Chapter of Tri-Kappa. Fran and Parke were inducted as members of the RHS Athletic Hall of Fame in June of 2011 for their many years of financial support and encouragement to the RHS athletic programs, which extended for many years beyond when their children and grandsons were participating. She also enjoyed many years of league bowling at Quick’s Lanes. Most recently she was a Wii bowler at Wynnfield Crossing, where she resided since October of 2016.

                Fran and the BAXTER Family have been great supporters of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation with the BAXTER Inc., M & M Fund and most recently the Fulton County Cancer Fund Endowment Fund and the BAXTER Pharmaceutical Scholarship Fund.

                The “Patch,” a special home away from home in the country, is a rustic local that offered the family an opportunity to enjoy nature, wildlife, and the changing seasons. Fran savored the time spent there with family making memories. She enjoyed the cabin, fishing on O’Blenis Lake, mushroom hunting and gator rides with Parke and the grandsons. Holidays were special there with Easter egg hunts and Christmas in the cabin. In later years the great-grandkids joined the memories with campfires, s’mores, and feeding the birds.

                Left to treasure Fran’s memory are a daughter, LeeAnn POLLOCK and husband Buddy of Rochester; a grandson Dr. George E. “Chip” POLLOCK IV, Ph.D. and wife Amy of Colorado Springs, Colorado; six great-grandchildren, Imogen POLLOCK, George E. “Jory” POLLOCK V, Felix POLLOCK, and Calvin POLLOCK, all of Colorado Springs, Austin BAXTER and Eva BAXTER of Edmond, Oklahoma;daughter-in-law Christina BAXTER of Green Valley, Arizona; Janet WEST of Rochester; a nephew, Jeff HUNTER and wife Kim of Rochester and their children Raeann and Caleb. Others who will miss Fran are her beloved caregivers and her Wynnfield family. Preceding Fran in death are her parents, Bill and Gladys CASTLEMAN, beloved husband Parke BAXTER on November 13, 2012, son Doug BAXTER on September 29, 2014, two grandsons, Josh BAXTER on April 7, 2015, Chad BAXTER on September 2, 2020, and her sister, Carolyn “Ginger” HEETER on October 24, 2019.

                A remembrance gathering celebrating the life of Mrs. Frances “Fran” BAXTER will be during summer 2021, when family and friends will be able to share fellowship and memories safely. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rochester Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 1713 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, IN 46975, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. Ninth St., Rochester, IN 46975, or the Grace United Methodist Church, 207 W. Seventh St., Rochester, IN 46975. The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Kevin J. TUTTLE

January 6, 1953-December 31, 2020

                Kevin John TUTTLE, 67, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, as a result of COVID complications.

                Born January 6, 1953, in Syracuse, New York, he was the son of James Casper TUTTLE and Ruth E. (WAGNER) TUTTLE. On March 12, 1983, in Pulaski, New York, he was married to Yvonne Lorraine BROOKS, and she survives.

                He was a graduate of Pulaski High School, New York, in 1972. He moved to Rochester in 1993 to work for Rochester Metals, from which he retired in 2015 as the maintenance superintendent. He loved Jesus with all his heart and was a member of New Song Community Church in Plymouth. He was a devoted husband, dad, and papa, spending as much time as he could with family and often crafting awesome meals for his family to enjoy together. He enjoyed cars, traveling, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, Colts football, Golden State Warriors basketball, and bowling-something he especially enjoyed with his two sons.

                Survivors include his wife Yvonne TUTTLE, Rochester;daughter, Tammy (Derek) MOYER, Springhill, Florida; Daniel TUTTLE, Rochester;Brock (Ashley) TUTTLE, Alexandria; 10 grandchildren, Brandon MOYER, Travis MOYER, Ciarra TUTTLE, Abbi TUTTLE, Braxton CONKLIN, Colton TUTTLE, Jaxon TUTTLE, Jaxson PARTIN, Blaine TUTTLE, and Azalea TUTTLE; four brothers, Mark TUTTLE, Kim TUTTLE, Henry TUTTLE, and James TUTTLE; and two sisters, Kathy RECOR and Jill SCOFIELD. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ellen LOMBARDO, and one brother, Gary TUTTLE.

                A celebration of life will be planned at a later date, when it is safe for family and friends to gather. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Patricia CRIPE

                Patricia A. CRIPE, 84, Laketon, died at 4:33 p.m. Thursday at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Ernie CRIPE, Laketon;sons Randall, North Manchester, and Ricky, Laketon; daughters Beth WOODWARD, North Manchester, and Dawn SCHAFER, Laketon; and a sister, Cindy PRATT, Pendleton.

                No public services are planned. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Mary SHIVELY

                Mary Lou SHIVELY, 85, Akron, died Monday at the Indiana Veterans Home of Lafayette. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday January 6, 2021

 

Tonya CAMPBELL

                Tonya CAMPBELL, 44, Rochester, died at 3:13 p.m. Thursday at her residence. Survivors include four sons, Christian WILKINS, Rochester, Phillip STEPP, Michigan, Damien HALL-GLASFORD, Elkhart, Lucas CAMPBELL, Terre Haute; her mother, Edith SWANSON, Rochester; father James GLASFORD, Denver;siblings Rod DUZAN, Warsaw, Lorrae DUZAN, Macy, Traci NORMAN, Rochester, Bradley NORMAN, Macy, Judel BEENEY, Akron, Nisha NORMAN, Macy.

                Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

 

Betty PUTMAN

                Betty L. PUTMAN, 86, Argos, died at 7:37 a.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Winamac. Survivors include her husband, Doyle; daughter Gaye E. WELTON, Grove City, Pennsylvania; son Brent D. PUTMAN, Anderson; sisters Donnabelle ROGERS and Doris WARNER, both of Rochester, Carol KINDIG of Akron, and Barbara HOLLOWAY, Mentone.

                Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

 

Mary Lou SHIVELY

                Mary Lou SHIVELY, 84, formerly of Akron, died Sunday at Indiana University Hospital-Arnett, Lafayette after a three-week battle with COVID-19. Survivors include her husband, Joe.

                There will be a private family service. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

 

Thursday January 7, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday January 8, 2021

 

Mary P. DAY

July 19, 1938-January 6, 2021

                Mary P. DAY, 82, of rural Roann, passed Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw, Indiana.

                Mary was born on July 19, 1938, in Fulton County, to the late Max and Nellie Myrtle MCCAIN NICODEMUS. She was married on January 25, 1992 in Akron to William D. “Bill” DAY, who preceded her in death on January 11, 2015.

                Mary was a farmer’s wife and a homemaker. She was a lifetime member of both the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW of Laketon, as well as the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed milking cows during her time on the farm. She was known to make candy, especially peanut brittle. Mary always looked forward to visiting with friends.

                Mary is survived by her daughter, Paula and husband Randy HACKWORTH, Roann; son David NICODEMUS, Rochester; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren; step-daughter Linda and husband Mark BRISTOW, Branson, Missouri; and step-sons Richard “Dick” and wife Renee DAY, Denver, De and wife Joyce DAY, Roann, and William David and wife Kathy DAY, Mentone. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill DAY;a daughter, Roberta K. “Wink” EMMONS; a granddaughter, Kimberly DAY; sisters Hazel, Doris, Wilma, Marjorie; and brothers Edwin, Robert and John.

                The funeral service will be at 12 noon Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Kathy NELSON officiating. Masks will be required for all who are in attendance. Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice of charity in Mary’s memory. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Mary Lou SHIVELY

April 15, 1936-January 3, 2021

                Mary Lou SHIVELY, 84, formerly of Akron, passed away on January 3, 2021, at the Indiana University Hospital-Arnett of Lafayette. This followed a valiant three week battle with COVID-19.

                On April 15, 1936, Mary Lou GRIZZLE was born in Lampasas, Texas. She was a treasured daughter of Wyle and Stella ELLASON GRIZZLE. She graduated from Lampasas High School.

                Mary Lou and Joseph P. SHIVELY were married on October 23, 1980, in Lampasas; and afterward Mary Lou relocated to the SHIVELY homestead in Fulton County. The SHIVELYS have shared 40 years of life’s adventures.

                As a homemaker, Mary Lou cherished family time on the farm. In her free time she enjoyed time with her granddaughter, reading the Bible and Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and listening to music. Gospel, Classical, and Christmas music with a special blend of Johnny Cash & Don Williams were always enjoyed. The last several years, Mary Lou resided at the Indiana Veterans Home, in West Lafayette, where she enjoyed many wonderful friends.

                Left to cherish Mary Lou’s memory are her husband, Joe;two step-daughters, Tammy SHIVELY and Cindy FOERG and husband Don, all of Rochester; and a granddaughter, Casey SHIVELY, of Spencer. Preceding Mary Lou in death are her parents; two sisters, Wilma Jean THOMPSON and Martha Jo GRIZZLE;and a brother, Wyley GRIZZLE.

                There will be a private family service for Mary Lou. Interment will be in the Athens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Brian FOUST

                Brian Carl FOUST, 61, Mishawaka, died Sunday at St. Joseph Health System, Mishawaka. Brian is survived by his son Eric FOUST, Plainfield; sister Leanne SURGUY, Syracuse; brother Alan FOUST, Mishawaka.

                Visitation is noon-1 p.m. Monday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Vicki HARROLD

                Vicki HARROLD, 65, Akron, died Wednesday at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home.

 

Saturday January 9, 2021

 

James SKILES

                James M. SKILES, 76, Peru, died Thursday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

 

Shirley J. COMBS

November 3, 1931-January 6, 2021

                Shirley Jo MARTIN COMBS, affectionately known as ‘Nana,’ took flight on her final journey January 6, 2021. Her daughters were faithfully by her side.

                Shirley was born November 3, 1931, to Joseph and Eva MARTIN (MCCORMICK), of Lucerne. She had four siblings: James MARTIN, John MARTIN, Kay LEONARD and her eldest sister and best surviving friend, Zelpha FRUSHOUR, whom she chose to retire near in Warren.

                She married her high school sweetheart, Theodore (Ted “Papa” COMBS), on New Year’s Eve 1949. They have two daughters who became their greatest loves and legacies, Cynthia Lynn (husband Thomas) DEL TORO and Cara Kay (husband Roland) COLWELL. She has five grandchildren who brought her so much pride and joy: Kymberly L. COMBS (wife Melissa), Steven M. CHAPLA, Joshua C. COLWELL, Cari K. (husband Kerry) KEEPS and Jessyca Jo COLWELL, whom Nana is reuniting with in heaven. Nana also witnessed seven great-grandchildren bless her family.

                Shirley enjoyed a long and diverse career in the home building and interior decorating industry. She worked with the home builders association in South Bend for many years and was an executive officer for NHBA in Washington, D.C., as well as West Palm Beach, Florida.

                When Shirley retired from Garden Homes after many years, she decided it was her time to relax and enjoy life with family and took up painting as if she had mastered it all along. She had a passion for adventure, travel, and the outdoors including fishing and mushroom hunting. Shirley was a longtime member of Sunnyside Presbyterian church in South Bend.

                Shirley made numerous lifelong connections and deep friendships; her greatest love was always her family.

                The family would like to give a special thanks to Parkview Huntington Hospital and Hospice. In lieu of gifts and flowers, we ask for donations to Huntington Hospice.

                A private family service will be conducted in the springtime, where her ashes will be placed next to the love of her life, Ted. Arrangements are being handled by Glancy-H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren.

 

Wednesday January 13, 2021

 

Vicki S. HARROLD

February 5, 1955-January 6, 2021

                Vicki Sue (CURTIS) HARROLD, age 65, of Akron, entered eternal rest at 9:56 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, after a six-week battle with COVID-19.

                Vicki was born February 5, 1955, in Rochester, to Ralph E. and Peggy L. (WAGONER) CURTIS. She graduated from Akron High School in 1973 and furthered her education at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

                Vicki and Richard HARROLD joined their life together 43 years ago on May 21, 1977, at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church in Akron. She and Richard shared a hope and faith in Jesus Christ, and this was the foundation on which they built their life. They were blessed with the birth of a son, Jason who with his wife Tonia gave the couple their three beloved grandchildren who were the light of Vicki and Richard’s life.

                Family traditions and her home were of great importance to her. She cherished days spent with her grandchildren watching their soccer games, swimming in the pool, and going on their home school field trips. The family enjoyed many trips to attend tractor shows. A walk through Vicki’s home reveals many of her passions. She was a collector, from Jason and Dick’s John Deere tractors and Indy 500 memorabilia to Longaberger baskets and cherished antiques, which included many family pieces.

                Vicki loved music of all kinds from sacred to rock and roll. Even in high school, she was known as a wonderful soloist in the choir and in school musicals. The love of music continued as she become active in the church again singing solos for all events and duets with Lori MILLER.

                The music for VBS and the Kings Kids program at Beaver Dam Church was another great love in her life. She spent hours putting together music for the children that would be fun and inspiring as her desire was to have EVERY child know about Jesus and have music touch their hearts in a very special way. She was also in charge of the music ministry for the church, selecting music for services and special occasions.

                In addition to her love for music, Vicki loved children and taught Sunday school classes for many years. Her desire to serve God in any way that she could led her to lead the UMW ladies in the annual “Apple Dumpling Day” at church. She organized the project, where they often made 700 apple dumplings. Vicki was also well known for her yearly gifts of homemade Christmas rings to friends and family. The production of them involved every member of the family over the years, and was carried on by her family, in her honor during her hospital stay.

                Vicki worked several years for many businesses and organizations: Farmers State Bank, First United Methodist Church, Harris Drugs, Webbs Pharmacy, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, and Fulton County United Way. From these associations she made many lifelong friends. Friends were valued by Vicki and she was always willing to do anything she could to come to their aid, until you were challenging her in a game of cards or a dance off to Chubby Checkers’ 1960’s song “The Twist.” Then it was every man for themselves.

                Surviving Vicki is her husband Richard HARROLD of Akron; son Jason (spouse Tonia) of Akron; three grandchildren, Noah, Madelyn, and Sophia HARROLD of Akron; sister Marsha ARNETT of Rochester; brother Steve (spouse Johanna) CURTIS of Rochester; nieces Shannon (spouse Fred) MCGLOTHIN of Rochester, Lindsey (spouse Ryan) REESE of Rochester and Kim (spouse Danny) HODGE of Oklahoma; nephews Nathan ARNETT of Silver Lake, and Eric (spouse Lisa) GRAY of Kokomo. Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Ralph E. CURTIS, Jr. (November 23, 2018) and her mother, Peggy L. CURTIS (December 8, 2020).

                A public graveside service will be conducted at Nichols Cemetery, Road 950 South, off Indiana 19 North, Akron, on January 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. officiated by Pastor Butch TROKE of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. There will be a celebration of life held at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Vicki, memorial contributions may be made to “Wheels on Fire” c/o Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron, IN 46910 or Fulton County United Way, 720 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online condolences may be expressed at earllovefuneralhome.com.

                The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Vicki S. Harrold.

 

H. Joseph REX

                H. Joseph “Joe” REX, 85, Argos, died Monday at 8:10 a.m. at his residence. Survivors include his wife Sally of Argos; daughter Kim SELLERS, Bourbon; and son Dale REX Sr., Argos.

                His visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Monday at Argos United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at noon at the church. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Dorothy E. SILVERS

December 23, 1955-January 10, 2021

                Dorothy Evelyn SILVERS, 84, of West Lafayette, passed away on January 10, 2021, at 8:55 a.m. at Aster Place.

                Dorothy was born on April 24, 1936 in Oxford to the late Clarence and Faye HALL. She married Harold V. WIEGAND on December 23, 1955, in Williamsport, and he preceded her in death on September 13, 1975. Dorothy remarried Ted SILVERS on March 4, 1978, and he preceded her in death.

                She worked at Walmart as a greeter. Dorothy enjoyed crafts and her companion Poozer the cat. She was a member of the VFW in Rochester, Eagles 852 Auxiliary, and bowled in Rochester.

                Surviving are three daughters, Carol ZIMMERMAN of Rochester, Nina (Mearl “Travis”) OWENS of Attica, Theresa (Mike) ALLEN of Oxford;four step-children, Greg (Sherry) SILVERS of Fowler, Brenda (David) JESSIE of Fowler, Nancy COCHRAN of Fowler, Cheryl (Harold) NOBIL of Lafayette. Also surviving are three siblings, Sue (companion Bill) BURTON of Oxford, Joan BEST of Otterbein, and Bill (Marge) HALL of Lafayette; and six grandchildren, Travis (Heather) OWENS Jr., Jason (Michelle) OWENS, Stacey BORTKIEWICZ, David (companion Jodi) CLOUSE, Jamie RICHEY, Cory (companion Jorden) ALLEN; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-grandson-in-law, Kody BOND; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ruth WIEGAND, two brothers, one sister, and one son-in-law, David ZIMMERMAN.

                Services will be Monday, January 18, 2021, at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Simplicity Funeral Care, 1608 Schuyler Ave., Lafayette. Final interment will follow at Boswell Cemetery. Current COVID-19 precautions will be observed along with social distancing and current government attendance guidelines. Masks are required. Share memories and condolences at www.simplicity-funeralcare.com.

 

James M. SKILES

February 21, 1944-January 7, 2021

                James M. SKILES, 76, Peru, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

                Born February 21, 1944, in Logansport, he was the son of John and Amanda (FLORA) SKILES. On March 28, 1969, in Marion County, he was married to Joyce PARMAN, and she survives.

                He attended Landmark Baptist Church, Logansport. For many years, he worked as a farmer and in construction. He was self-employed as an RV transporter, and he enjoyed fishing.

                Survivors include his wife, Joyce SKILES, Rochester;three sons, Andrew (Michelle) SKILES, Jeremy (Carla) SKILES, and Nathan SKILES, all of Rochester; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe (Dorothy) SKILES, Homestead, Florida; two sisters, Mary Jake SKILES, Brookville, Ohio, and Martha SKILES (companion Paul PARKEVICH), Logansport; and one sister-in-law, Betty SKILES, Delphi. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John J. SKILES and Jesse Lee SKILES; and one sister, Miriam KINZIE.

                Public visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon Friday, January 15, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow with Pastor Todd RHYMER officiating. Burial will be in Musselman Cemetery, Carroll County. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or Parkinson’s Foundations.

 

Martha JONES

Martha E. JONES, 74, Gilead, died 7:01 a.m. Monday at Dukes Memorial Hospital of Peru. Survivors include her children, Darrin JONES of Gilead, Tim JONES of Gilead, and Kristi VIGAR, Macy; and siblings Rosalie CROUCH, Anderson, and Larry LeRoy RETHERFORD, Summitville.

                Her funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Thursday January 14, 2021

 

 

Dorothy E. SILVERS

December 23, 1955-January 10, 2021

                Dorothy Evelyn SILVERS, 84, of West Lafayette, passed away on January 10, 2021, at 8:55 a.m. at Aster Place.

                Dorothy was born on April 24, 1936 in Oxford to the late Clarence and Faye HALL. She married Harold V. WIEGAND on December 23, 1955, in Williamsport, and he preceded her in death on September 13, 1975. Dorothy remarried Ted SILVERS on March 4, 1978, and he preceded her in death.

                She worked at Walmart as a greeter. Dorothy enjoyed crafts and her companion Poozer the cat. She was a member of the VFW in Rochester, Eagles 852 Auxiliary, and bowled in Rochester.

                Surviving are three daughters, Carol ZIMMERMAN of Rochester, Nina (Mearl “Travis”) OWENS of Attica, Theresa (Mike) ALLEN of Oxford; four step-children, Greg (Sherry) SILVERS of Fowler, Brenda (David) JESSIE of Fowler, Nancy COCHRAN of Fowler, Cheryl (Harold) NOBIL of Lafayette. Also surviving are three siblings, Sue (companion Bill) BURTON of Oxford, Joan BEST of Otterbein, and Bill (Marge) HALL of Lafayette; and six grandchildren, Travis (Heather) OWENS Jr., Jason (Michelle) OWENS, Stacey BORTKIEWICZ, David (companion Jodi) CLOUSE, Jamie RICHEY, Cory (companion Jorden) ALLEN; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-grandson-in-law, Kody BOND; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ruth WIEGAND, two brothers, one sister, and one son-in-law, David ZIMMERMAN.

                Services will be Monday, January 18, 2021, at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Simplicity Funeral Care, 1608 Schuyler Ave., Lafayette. Final interment will follow at Boswell Cemetery. Current COVID-19 precautions will be observed along with social distancing and current government attendance guidelines. Masks are required. Share memories and condolences at www.simplicity-funeralcare.com.

 

 

 

Frances L. KERR

                Frances L. KERR, 80, of Rochester, died Tuesday at her residence. Survivors include: three daughters, Elizabeth NICKLAUS, Deborah HOWARD and Dana BRIGHT, all of Rochester; and a sister, Patricia ELTOUNI of Jacksonville, Florida.

                Her funeral service is at 7 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Robin MILLER

                Robin MILLER, 59, Rochester, died at 6:56 a.m. Wednesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday January 15, 2021

 

Frances L. KERR

May 14, 1940-January 12, 2021

                Mrs. Frances L. KERR, 80, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving daughters when she passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at her residence. Fran was born, married, lived most of her lifetime and passed away at the BURROUGH/KERR family home.

                On May 14, 1940, Frances Louise BURROUGH was born. She was a treasured daughter of Edgar George and Marie Ellen CLANDRA BURROUGH. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters, Ella May and Patricia. An accomplished equestrian, she enjoyed horseback riding. Mounted atop Vicky, her Thoroughbred with a white star, Fran enjoyed riding to relax. In 1958 she graduated from Aubbeenaubbee Township High School, where she was active in cheerleading.

                On September 17, 1960, in Aubbeenaubbee Township, Fran and James Lee “Jim” KERR were married. They shared nearly 60 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters: Elizabeth, Deborah, and Dana. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

                During her formative years, Fran grew up on a dairy farm where her work ethic developed. In addition to being a devoted wife and amazing mother she worked in the banking industry for many years as a teller. Around her home she annually planted flowers to enhance the landscape. She also expressed herself with oils on canvas, creating several paintings over the years. One of her favorites was a portrait of “Goblin,” the filly Thoroughbred legacy of Vicky. Gifted with her hands she quilted, creating gifts of warmth for family and friends.

                A huge passion shared with Jim was Fran’s love for camping and the outdoors. Together they taught the girls to hunt, fish and shared many camping adventures under the starlit skies. Many lifetime memories were made salmon fishing and elk hunting in Oregon and bear hunting in Canada.

                Left to cherish Fran’s memory are three daughters, Elizabeth NICKLAUS and husband Phil, Deborah HOWARD and husband Todd, Dana BRIGHT and husband Darrell, all of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Brandy MILLER and husband Donnie, Kyle HOWARD and wife Carri, Seth HOWARD and wife Brittany, Aimee HOWARD and significant other Wes STEVENS, Wyatt BRIGHT, Claire BRIGHT, and Ethan BRIGHT; 11 great-grandchildren, Aaron WARD, Rebekah WARD, Jimmy MILLER, Aliviah MCNEECE, Ava PIPER, Brantley HOWARD, Jaxxon MAULL, Owyn HOWARD, Ivy HOWARD, Emma HOWARD, Scarlett STEVENS; a sister, Patricia ELTOUNI of Jacksonville, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Fran in death are her parents, beloved husband Jim on November 8, 2019, grandson Briar NICKLAUS on August 8, 2015, and one sister, Ella May VICE.

                A celebration of the life of Frances Louise KERR will be at 7 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Kevin COOPER

                Kevin L. COOPER Sr., 65, Logansport, died January 8, 2021 at 3:34 a.m. at Franciscan Health Lafayette East, Lafayette.

                His survivors include his fiancé, Rita BEEMER, Rochester; children Heather L. SENDER, Chicago, Kevin L. COOPER, Jr., Elkhart, Nathan MERRITT, Granger; brothers Gary and Shawn COOPER, Florida, Randy COOPER, Greenwood, and Cliff WHEELER, South Bend.

                Funeral service will be at noon Tuesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, 16100 Juniper Road, Argos. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Martha VANGILDER

                Martha A. VANGILDER, 74, formerly of Mentone, died at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Ft. Wayne.

                Survivors include her daughter Anisa BRADLEY, Rochester;and sister Donna Kay PINEDA of Kendallville.

                Her funeral service is at 1 p.m. Monday at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation is an hour prior at the funeral home. Masks are required.

 

Saturday January 16, 2021

 

Dorothy R. COX

April 17, 1925-January 13, 2021

                Dorothy R. COX, 95, Logansport, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Logansport.

                Born April 17, 1925, in Cass County, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Mildred (GORSLINE) COFFMAN.

                Dorothy was a proud 1943 Lucerne High School graduate. She was a retired licensed practical nurse at Chase Center.

                Dorothy was a former member of Clymers United Methodist Church and she also formerly volunteered for the American Red Cross.

                Survivors include her daughters, Barbara MILLER and husband Kenny, of Rochester, and Karen STEVENS and husband Mike, of Lucerne;and daughter-in-law, Janet COX of Rochester. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edwin COX, son Mic COX, and one brother and one sister.

                Private family services were held. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Cause for Paws. Dorothy’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared at www.ransfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Marocco Chapel, 119 E. Market St., Logansport.

 

Sherryl L. CORRELL

January 25, 1957-January 12, 2021

                Sherryl Lynn CORRELL, 63, Rochester, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at her residence. Born January 25, 1957, in Peru, she was the daughter of Junior and Marietta (SMITH) STUDEBAKER. On April 5, 1998, in Denver, she was married to Larry Allen CORRELL and he survives.

                She was a 1975 graduate of Peru High School and attended Ivy Tech Community College. She worked at Robertson Transformer in Rochester and various other factories. She loved animals, nature, being outdoors, and completing Sudoku puzzles. She also enjoyed traveling, cooking, and science fiction.

                Survivors include her husband Larry Allen CORRELL, Rochester; one sister, Dessa (Glen) OVERLY, Peru; one nephew, Jimmy WRIGHT; and one niece, Amy WRIGHT. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                There will be no services. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Elizabeth ENGLE

                Elizabeth A. ENGLE, 34, Plymouth, died at 9:04 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Health Systems, Plymouth.

                Her survivors include husband Josh ENGLE, Plymouth;daughters Mackenzie ENGLE and Aedreanna ENGLE, both at home; mother Shelley BEATTY, Argos; and sister Sondra BEATTY, Walkerton.

                Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Pretty Lake Trinity United Methodist Church, Plymouth. Funeral services is at 1 p.m. in the church. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday January 19, 2021

 

William F. MARVEL

January 14, 1925-January 15, 2021

                William F. MARVEL, of Carmel, died January 15, 2021, the day after his 96th birthday. Bill devoted most of his career to Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. He was born January 14, 1925, in Middlebury, to Audrey Thomas and Ella Gertrude (HILLMAN) MARVEL.

                Survivors include his wife of eight years, Beverly (WILSON) (MCMILLAN) MARVEL; children Susie MARVEL (Dan MCCARTHY) and Debbie WESLEY (Jon); grandchildren Kevin MCCARTHY (Bethany), Regan MCCARTHY, Christina RALPHS (Kevin), Christopher WESLEY (Ashley), and Michael WESLEY; great-grandchild Alicia WESLEY; his MCMILLAN children Larry MCMILLAN (Peggy), Cheryl DRAPER (Marty), and Diane WALSH; and 11 MCMILLAN grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 53 years Martha Catherine (JONES) MARVEL, and brothers Tom, Jim, and Howard.

                Bill was a graduate of Purdue University. At Farm Bureau, Bill was the director of the legislative department. Earlier he was in the education department working with rural youth. He also taught in the Veterans On-The-Farm Training program and was assistant county agent in Tippecanoe County. A World War II Army veteran, Bill served at Bruns General Hospital. He was a member of the Indiana Council for Economic Education, Purdue Ag Alumni, and was appointed to several commissions by the governor. Bill was named a Sagamore of the Wabash.

                Bill was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, golf, bridge, and was an excellent ping-pong player. Known for his grilled pork chops and campground “midnight hamburgers,” his family fondly remembers the special pancake shapes he made and the song he sang while frying the best bacon ever. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, visiting all 50 states, with a goal of touring each state capitol building. One of his pleasures in life was driving. He said he drove more than two million miles in his lifetime, as his work included speaking throughout Indiana. Bill was a fervent Boilermaker and a fan of the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. At age 85, Bill wrote his 288-page memoirs filled with photos. Recently published, “The Life and Times of William Frederick Marvel” is available at blurb.com.

                Due to COVID there will be no visitation and the funeral service will be private. Burial will be in the Jones Family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Attica. Bussell Family Funerals is assisting the family in arrangements.

 

Nora E. LONG

October 10, 1927-January 16, 2021

                Nora Ella LONG, 93, passed away January 16, 2021. She was a loving homemaker. She is very much loved and she will be missed by her family.

                Nora was born October 10, 1927, in Fulton County. She is preceded in death by her husband Merle J. LONG. Nora is survived by her children, Rick (Deb) LONG and Steven LONG; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

                Graveside services are 1 p.m. Friday January 22, 2021, at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.conklefuneralhome.com.

 

Linda RHOADS

                Linda K. RHOADS, 74, Rochester, died at 12:30 p.m. Friday, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Survivors include her husband Tom, at home; children Jeff TALSMA, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Chad SPANGLER, Cape Coral, Florida, Shawn SPANGLER, Crestline, Ohio; Jennifer FISHER, Toano, Virginia, Stephanie BERRY, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nancy RHOADS, Richmond, Virginia, Jessica RHOADMOND, Staunton, Virginia; and two sisters, Julie HINZ and Marta MOORE, both of Lexington.

                Her funeral service is 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Michael CASPER

                Michael A. CASPER, 56, Rochester, died unexpectedly Saturday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. 

                Survivors include his mother, Sharon CASPER, North Manchester; wife Kim CASPER, Rochester; son Blake CASPER and daughter, Corinna BRUNER, both of Rochester; brothers Mark and Adam CASPER, North Manchester, Gary CASPER, East Troy, Wisconsin; sister, Kristi RENZ, North Manchester.

                Visitation is 3-7 p.m. today at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Masks are required.

 

Sandra CRADDOCK

                Sandra Eileen CRADDOCK, 77, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died Friday at Kindred Hospital of Northeast Florida.

                Survivors include her daughter, Rhonda YATES, Fernandina Beach; two sisters, Marilyn MCSHERRY, of Burket, and Nancy LEEDY, of Murrels Inlet, South Carolina.

                Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Blackrock Baptist Church in Yulee, Florida and will be livestreamed at blackrockbaptist.org. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling local arrangements.

 

Katherine LOVELL

                Katherine LOVELL, 83, rural Silver Lake, died at 3:45 p.m. Friday, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center of Warsaw.

                Survivors include son Rudy LOVELL, Fort Wayne;daughters Theresa PEARCE, Silver Lake, Shari CASEY, Warsaw, Tina BOSWELL, Silver Lake, Shawn MULLINS, Claypool, and Amber ISETON, Silver Lake; brother Willie ALLISON; and sister Pat NORTHERN.

                Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

John S. MOORE

                John Scott MOORE, 56, Noblesville, died Saturday at St. Vincent’s Hospital of Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday January 20, 2021

 

John S. MOORE

                John S. MOORE, 56, Noblesville, died at 8:09 p.m. Saturday at Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital-Indianapolis from complications of pneumonia and COVID-19.

                Survivors include his wife, Marie; children Melissa, Scott, Giuli, and Marcy; his parents Frankie and Richard OLDENBURG, Tehachapi, California, and Joe and Terry MOORE, Rochester; siblings Rusty MOORE and Cris MOORE, Rochester, and Mindy MARTYNOWICZ, North Manchester.

                A private family service will be at noon Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. His service will be live streamed on the JD Good page on Facebook.

 

Donald G. BEECH

                Donald Gary BEECH, 80, Mexico, died at 5:25 a.m. Friday at IU Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis.

                Survivors include his wife, Patricia BEECH, Mexico; one son, Donald G. BEECH, Jr., Peru; two daughters, Cynthia GIBSON, Indianapolis, and Jacqueline M. SHAW, Kokomo; and one brother, Ward D. BOWLBY, Russiaville.

                Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Peru. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Nanette EIZINGER

                Nanette J. EIZINGER, 95, Rochester, died at 6:25 a.m. Tuesday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday January 21, 2021

 

Kimberly K. DUFF

August 7, 1962-January 9, 2021

                Kimberly Kaye (SWEET) DUFF, 58, of Argos, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 12:45 a.m. in her residence.

                On August 7, 1962 in Plymouth, Kimberly was born to William “Bill” SWEET Jr. and Sharon (HITE) BOPE. She lived in the Argos community since July of 1980; having grown up in Rochester.

                On January 15, 1982, in Argos, she married David Lee DUFF Jr. and together they shared nearly 39 years.

                Kimberly graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1980. She worked for the State of Indiana at the Division of Family Resources for more than 30 years. Kim was known for her kindness and caring heart. She dedicated much of her professional and personal life to helping others.

                She enjoyed NASCAR racing, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. But most of all Kim adored her grandchildren, and being their “Nana” was one of her greatest joys. She loved Gatlinburg, Tennessee and took many trips to see her beloved Smoky Mountains. She was a member of the Argos Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.

                Kimberly is survived by her husband David DUFF of Argos; daughters Stephanie GONZALEZ and husband Stephen of Plymouth, and Jessica DUFF of Argos; two grandchildren, Christian and Briella; sister April GROSS and husband Rodney of Rochester; step-siblings Raymi BOPE of Oklahoma, Debbie WATTS and husband Mike of South Bend, Danny BOPE of Plymouth, Faith GAMBLE of Plymouth, Kristi MABIS and husband Chris of Columbus, and Coy BOPE and wife Brook of Florida. She is preceded in death by her parents; and stepbrother Ward BOPE.

                Visitors must follow state COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 12-1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos. Memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Danny HAUSER

May 31, 1940-January 18, 2021

                Danny O. HAUSER, 80, of Rochester, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021, at his son’s residence near Muncie.

                Born on May 31, 1940 in Logansport, he is the son of the late Omer and Wanda (BOLDRY) HAUSER. On January 14, 1962, at Fletchers Lake, he married Phyllis J. ST. CLAIR, who preceded in death on October 4, 2015.

                Danny retired from Dean’s milk in 2007. He had also worked for Kaiser Chemical and farmed. Danny was a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge.

                Surviving are two sons, Dale HAUSER of Camarillo, California, and Duane HAUSER of Muncie; son-in-law Bob TEMPLETON, Bloomfield;sister Donna (Jerry) HISEY, Macy; five grandchildren, Nathan (Kelly) TEMPLETON, Liz (Brenden) DYER, Taylor (Jeff) WEBER, Andrew TEMPLETON and Samantha HAUSER;six great-grandchildren, Julianna, Audrey, Joshua, Titan, Magnus, and Kinsley;several nieces and nephews. One daughter, Debbie Jo TEMPLETON, preceded in death.

                A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory with Pastor Bruce RUSSELL officiating. The funeral will be livestreamed on the funeral home website. Go to LIVE FUNERAL SERVICE TAB. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery with arrival time approximately 3:15 p.m. Visitation is noon until time of service Saturday. COVID guidelines will be followed; only 25 people will be allowed in the facility at one time. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. You may sign Danny’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Linda RHOADS

                The funeral service for Linda K. RHOADS, 74, Rochester, who died at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, is 2-4 p.m. February 20, 2021, at Good Family Funeral Home.

                Survivors include her husband Tom, at home; children Jeff TALSMA, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Chad SPANGLER, Cape Coral, Florida, Shawn SPANGLER, Crestline, Ohio, Jennifer FISHER, Toano, Virginia, Stephanie BERRY, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nancy RHOADS, Richmond, Virginia, Jessica RHOADMOND, Staunton, Virginia; and two sisters, Julie HINZ and Marta MOORE, both of Lexington.

 

Carol A. BAHNEY

                Carol A. BAHNEY, 80, of Rochester, died at 4:14 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday January 22, 2021

 

Carol A. BAHNEY

June 7, 1940-January 20, 2021

                Carol A. BAHNEY, 80, of Rochester and formerly of Akron, passed at 4:14 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                She was born on June 7, 1940, in Kokomo, the daughter of George and Mary Francis MARQUIS. She was married on November 27, 1981, in Lapel, to Marvin G. BAHNEY, who preceded her in death on July 10, 2012.

                Carol had been a bartender at the Eagles Lodge #2634 of Rochester as well as at the Elks Lodge, working in the pro shop. She was also a member of both organizations for many years.

                She attended school in Macy. She was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Moose all of Rochester. She loved to play golf and was an avid Notre Dame women’s basketball fan for which she held season tickets with her best friends Joyce HARMON and Shelly NEWELL. In years past she enjoyed quilting and playing cards. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for her dogs and cats.

                She is survived by daughters Kelly SHAMBARGER, Centerville, Ohio, Lela and husband Gordon NASH, Warsaw, Lory and husband Joe HEADDY, Fort Wayne, Jill and husband Kevin PUGH, Rochester; sons Chuck and wife Robin SHAMBARGER, Jackson, New Jersey, Marty and wife Kathy BAHNEY, Winona Lake, and Ty BAHNEY, Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers Raymond and wife Eileen CROUSORE, Cincinnati, Ohio, Paul and Sandi CROUSORE, Florida, George and wife Linda MARQUIS, Florida, and Mike and wife Becky MARQUIS, Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Marvin BAHNEY; sons Randy SHAMBARGER and Christopher “Skip” SHAMBARGER; a daughter Jana BAHNEY-GREEN;a granddaughter Aubrey HOGUE and a grandson Landon RESER.

                Carol’s interment will be in the Akron Cemetery, Akron. A celebration of her life will be at a later date. The arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Donations can be made in her memory to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Dolores J. PERSONETT

April 21, 1934-January 15, 2021

                Dolores Jean PERSONETT, age 86, formerly of Akron, died January 15, 2021, at her daughter’s residence in Marquette, Michigan at 11:45 a.m.

                She was born April 21, 1934, to Frank H. and Zella I. (YOUNG) BOWMAN in North Manchester. Dolores went to school in Gilead. She previously had seven children and then married Donald W. PERSONETT, in Akron on August 12, 1995. Dolores lived 30 years in the town of Akron, coming from Traverse City, Michigan.

                Dolores was a homemaker and collected dolls and teapots. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

                Surviving Dolores are four sons, Jerry (spouse Sue) SEIDNER, Frank (spouse Diane) DYER, Scott (spouse Laurie) DYER, John (spouse Mary) DYER;two daughters, Kathy (spouse Herman) MEDINA, Jeannie (spouse Richard) HOWARD;10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren;and a sister, Betty (spouse Byron) CONRAD. Preceding Dolores in death is her husband Donald W. PERSONETT and daughter Betsy DYER.

                There will not be a service and interment will be in the Gilead Cemetery, Gilead. Online condolences may be expressed at earllovefuneralhome.com. The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family of Dolores PERSONETT.

Nanette EIZINGER

                Nanette J. EIZINGER, 95, of Rochester, died at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester. She is survived by her son, Tim EIZINGER, Rochester.

                Private family services will be held. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Barbara FOSTER

                Barbara FOSTER, 70, Rochester, died 7:14 a.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

Saturday January 23, 2021

 

Barbara E. FOSTER

September 8, 1950-January 21, 2021

                Mrs. Barbara E. FOSTER, 70, of Rochester passed away at 7:14 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at her residence.

                On September 8, 1950 Barbara Elaine JAMES was born to Lawrence and Frances BAILEY JAMES. Growing up, she shared her childhood with two sisters and a brother. In 1969, she graduated from Kewanna High School. She continued her education studying nursing at Ivy Tech Community College.

                In Winamac, Barbara married the love of her life, Steven FOSTER, on July 12, 1969. They have shared 51 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two handsome sons, Steve and Dustin. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of four grandchildren.

                With a passion for helping others Barbara was a traveling nurse, performed insurance physicals, and she worked at the Pulaski Clinic over the years. More recently she was a private duty caregiver. For many years she co-owned the Shopping Guide News with Steve. In 2010 they sold their publication to slow down and enjoy life. During her years there she excelled in the advertising department as a sales rep.

                In earlier years Barbara and Steve planted a truck patch garden that included 75 tomato plants. The bountiful harvest was canned for the family’s winter use and shared with special friends. Avid fans of NASCAR, both Steve and Barb loved Dale Jarrett. Barbara loved chatting with friends on the computer and Facebook and shopping.

                Grandma Barb was the matriarch of the FOSTER family. She was so very proud of her grandchildren. Always in the stands, courtside or seated in the auditorium, Grandma Barb was there to cheer them on and enjoy their concerts. She looked forward to celebrating birthdays and the holidays, making memories of a lifetime. She was always there for her grands in all ways.

                Left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her husband Steve;two sons, Steven FOSTER Jr. and wife Alison of Kewanna, Dustin FOSTER and wife Elizabeth of Winamac; four grandchildren, Austin, Ashlyn, Maddie and Mylie; two sisters, Cheryl JENNINGS and husband Brian of Plymouth, Carolyn MARQUART and husband Rex of Howe; a brother, Larry JAMES and wife Mary of Kewanna; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Barbara in death are her parents, Frances JAMES MILLER and Lawrence JAMES, and granddaughter Adelyn Marie FOSTER in 2006.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Barbara E. FOSTER will be at noon Tuesday, January 26, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Ed CLARK will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The Outlet, P.O. Box 286, Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

 

Charles E. STATON

November 2, 1931-January 22, 2021

                Mr. Charles E. STATON, 89, of Akron, passed away January 22, 2021, at The Waters of Lebanon in Lebanon. He was born November 2, 1931, a son of the late Clyde and Elizabeth (OWENS) STATON.

                Charles, who spent most of his early years as a resident of Boone County, was a 1949 graduate of Whitestown High School. He excelled in basketball and baseball receiving a scholarship to play at Texas Lutheran College and later an offer to play semi-professional sports, which he could not pursue due to the draft.

                He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean Conflict. He was one of six brothers who served in the U.S. Army.

                Charles retired from Allison’s Transmission (GM) in 1989 after working there for 35 years. He and his wife, Mary Lou, soon after moved up near Akron, settling on a small lot at Town Lake, living a simple life in the country. They greatly enjoyed the lake, the surrounding wildlife, the Amish community, family and friends in the area for nearly 30 years.  He loved fishing, camping, auctions, building and refinishing furniture. He also loved to reminisce about the family fishing trips up to Canada over the years. They were faithful members of the Omega Baptist Church.

                Survivors include his wife Mary Lou; three children, Joe (Diane) STATON, Phil (Kathy) STATON, and Dianna (Dave) BARTOLAZZI; one stepdaughter, Susan (Dave) HUGHES; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by five brothers, Owen, William, Roy, Bob, and Woodrow; and four sisters, Louella Marie, Louella, Lulu Bell, and Dorothy.

                Memorial services will be at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Myers Mortuary and Boone County Crematory have been entrusted with his cremation arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Charles’ memory to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences: www.myersmortuary.com.

 

Cynthia VANKERSEN

                Cynthia S. VANKERSEN, 56, Akron, died at her residence Friday. Arrangements are currently pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday January 26, 2021

 

Delvona M. DAVIS

July 23, 1954-January 24, 2021

                Delvona M. DAVIS, 66, Rochester, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2021, at her residence. She was born July 23, 1954, in Chicago, the daughter of Melvin and Frankie (SNELL) DAVIS.

                Delvona had worked many years as a machine operator for Riddell Football Company and had attended the Mount Pilgrim Church both in Chicago. In her spare time she enjoyed visiting with friends, playing cards and collecting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse memorabilia and spending time with her family.

                Survivors include her son, Antonio (Kate) DAVIS, Rochester; grandchildren Trey DAVIS, Kendal DAVIS, Cheyenne MCINTIRE, Antonio “A.J.” DAVIS, Jr., Brendan SUTTON, Harper DAVIS, all of Rochester;great-grandchild, Dragan BOWENS, Rochester; and her brother, Melvin (Lynn) DAVIS, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter and infant son, Derrick DAVIS.

                Private services will be observed. Friends may visit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitors are reminded to follow State COVID-19 guidelines while at the funeral home including social distancing and wearing a mask. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

Cynthia VANKERSEN

                Cynthia S. VANKERSEN, 56, Akron, died at her residence at 11:33 a.m. Friday. She is survived by her children, Dale SHEPHERD, Rochester, and Shannon SHEPHERD, Niles, Michigan; father Billy SITTS of Warsaw;and siblings Peggy ANGLIN of Akron, Billy SITTS Jr. of Cromwell.

                Her funeral service is at 1 p.m. Friday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Scotty OWENS

                Scotty OWENS, 65, Akron, died at 12:49 p.m. Saturday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday January 27, 2021

 

Douglas D. KELLY

November 29, 1959-January 22, 2021

                Douglas D. KELLY, 61, Wapakoneta, Ohio, died Friday afternoon, January 22, 2021, at the Lima Memorial Health Systems.

                He was born November 29, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of William and Linda (HOPKINS) KELLY, who preceded him in death. On June 2, 2000, he married Erin L. MCCORMICK, who survives.

                Other survivors include three daughters, Rashel (Brian) SWARTZELL, Royal Center, Brittany (Aaron) COUGHENOUR, Akron, and Brooke (Eugene) HONEYCUTT, Akron; two stepchildren, Curtis (Tasha) FELDMAN, Grayslake, Illinois, and Rick FELDMAN, North Richland Hills, Texas; nine grandchildren, Laci and Carson SWARTZELL, Noah and Cooper COUGHENOUR, Dawson, Logan, Aydin, Jaylynn and Carter HONEYCUTT; two step-grandchildren, C.J. and Jason FELDMAN;two brothers, William (Kay) KELLY, Warsaw, and Victor (Susan) KELLY, Sarasota, Florida.

                Doug worked as a supervisor at Fed Ex, Lima, Ohio. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was a graduate of the Tippecanoe Valley High School and the ITT Technical Institute, Fort Wayne. He enjoyed riding his Harley, camping, cooking, hunting, fishing, and anything outside.

                In accordance with Doug’s wishes, there are to be no public services. Arrangements are under the care of the Eley Funeral Home &Crematory, Wapakoneta.

 

Jerry L. BRADWAY

August 26, 1960-January 19, 2021

                Jerry Lynn BRADWAY, AKA Renegade, AKA Chopper, was born in Rochester to Richard Dean and Barbara Sharon BRADWAY. He grew up in Akron and graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1978. He moved to Florida in 1986, where he lived until his death. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved motorcycles. He loved his dogs, going to swap meets, and motorcycle rallies.

                Survivors include his sister Laura and husband Brad HOWARD, Florida; brother Bruce and wife Suzy BRADWAY, Florida; daughter Lee Ann and husband Walker ROBINSON, of Indiana; son Joshua A. WOLF, Indiana; grandchildren Brooklyn and husband Beau SEGURA, Abagaile ROBINSON, Maylee Nicole WOLF, Kanelee LAWRENCE RIPP JACKSON; great-grandsons Gryphon Neil BATTA, Emmett Taylor ROBINSON; and many nieces and nephews.

                There will be a private family celebration of life. We thank you all for your prayers and support. We love you. Ride Free.

 

 

 

 

Scotty D. OWENS

                Scotty Denver OWENS, 65, Akron, died at 12:49 p.m. Saturday at his residence. He is survived by his wife Sandy OWENS of Akron;sons Denver, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Denny, Fort Wayne; daughter Crystall OWENS, Gallatin, Tennessee; brothers Troy OWENS, Mike OWENS, and Jessie OWENS.

                Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Thursday at the Pigeon Enterprise Baptist Church, Oil Springs, Kentucky. Funeral service is at noon Friday at the church. Hartzler Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

 

Thursday January 28, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday January 29, 2021

 

Wilson SADOWSKY

July 10, 1930-January 21, 2021

                Wilson SADOWSKY, 90, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Rochester, the son of Maurice and Margaret (WILSON) SADOWSKY. A graduate of Rochester High School and Purdue University, Wilson married Ann CESSNA in 1952.

                He retired from Sundstrand in 1990. Wilson was a dedicated member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a humble, private man and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

                He is survived by his wife, Ann; children, Jennifer (Dave) RUD and Julie (Steve CLEMENS) SADOWSKY; grandchildren Christine RUD, Elizabeth RUD, Eric (Lindsay BUCK) MINIX, Joel (Sarah GOLD) MINIX; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Maurice SADOWSKY Jr., and sister Mary Margaret NEFF.

                A memorial celebration will be at a later date. Cremation rites are accorded to Fitzgerald Home & Crematory, Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wilson’s name to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W State St., Rockford, IL 61102 or Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

 

Saturday January 30, 2021

 

Nellie ROBINSON

January 21, 1934-January 27, 2021

                Nellie Titus ROBINSON, a lifetime resident of Atwood, passed away quietly in the early hours of Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at home. Age 87, Nellie had a spunk and a zest for life which was memorable and admirable.

                Born on January 21, 1934 in Atwood, she was the last surviving of six children born to Ben J. TITUS and Kathryn L. (HUNGERFORD) TITUS. She was a 1951 graduate of Atwood High School who attended Manchester College following graduation.

                On September 19, 1953, Nellie was united in marriage to the late Roger D. ROBINSON. The pair shared nearly 55 years together before his passing on August 21, 2008. Their union was blessed with three children and their families, including many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

                Professionally, Nellie worked for LM Berry in the early years as secretary to the division manager. She also worked for Creighton Brothers for several years but is better remembered for her time as a librarian for Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, in the trust department of First National Bank, and for assisting grieving families at Titus Funeral Home.

                In retirement, Nellie stayed busier than many working-age people. She enjoyed attending Triton basketball games and shopping, and was always on the go, helping at the funeral home, the church and in any way she could. Her monthly calendar was a diary of sorts, documenting her busy days and helping her to plan for meetings and for every memorable family occasion.

                Nellie loved time spent with her family and was sure to bring out the camera, which often made everyone duck out of the way. As the photographer, she took many photos but was rarely in them. She is also remembered as past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Bourbon, member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Atwood and as a member of the Red Hat Society. She was formerly a longtime member of Atwood Otterbein Church and currently a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warsaw as well as the United Methodist Women.

                Those who survive with memories to cherish include her three children: Aimee (Dennis) KESSIE of Braidwood, Illinois, Jay (Lana) ROBINSON of Warsaw and Kirk (Kim) ROBINSON of Akron; eight grandchildren, Alexandra (Ben) SMITH, Mason KESSIE, Wyatt KESSIE, Andrew (Krystle) ROBINSON, Emily (Kirklun) PROCTOR, Angela (Chad) GEBERT, Kyle (Megan) ROBINSON, and Kara ROBINSON;and 11 great-grandchildren, Elara, Julie, Peyton, Madison, Bryce, Aubrey, Coby, Carl, Chloe, Cassandra, and Truman. In addition to her husband Roger, Nellie was preceded in passing by grandson James POPENFOOSE, sister Wylan SMITH and brothers Ben, Ned, Ted, and Don TITUS.

                A Life Celebration is entrusted to Warsaw’s Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., where visitation will be on Sunday, January 31, 2021, from noon until 4 p.m. On Monday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, Pastor Ernie TROXELL will officiate Nellie’s funeral service with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, 832 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580. Condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.

 

Dr. Larry FISH

June 4, 1956-January 20, 2021

                Dr. Larry FISH, 64, Red Bluff, California, died unexpectedly in his sleep January 20, 2021. Larry was born on June 4, 1956, at south Bend Osteopathic Hospital to Dr. William and Peggy FISH. He grew up with stepmother Helen and her two daughters Pam and Sheila in Culver, moving with his family to nearby Rochester in grade seven. During that time, sister Debbie was born.

                Larry spent much time with his grandmother Nellie FISH, who called him “the second coming.” Larry ran into the football goal post his sophomore year and sustained a serious leg injury. With sports no longer an option, he channeled his energies into Zebra fandom and his natural musical talents. A friendship with Scott STOCKING led to the home of Bob and Diane STOCKING becoming his “second home.”

                After graduating from Central College, Pella, Iowa, in 1978-where he did make the basketball team-Larry attended Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the same school as his father and grandfather, graduating in 1983. With an insatiable desire to learn all he could about medicine, Larry eagerly shared his knowledge with colleagues. His mentorship and encouragement and ability to write glowing letters of recommendation have been noted by many.

                Larry’s medical career started in the Chicago Hospital emergency room and concluded at Lassen Medical Clinic in Red Bluff, California. As he administered stitches, he kept staff and patients in stitches with quick wit and self-deprecating humor. Those who knew Larry will remember his easy laugh and the twinkle in his eyes.

                Larry was extremely proud of his three sons, Ryan, Jeremy, and Joey. He beamed when talking about any of his five grandchildren. Ryan and wife Veronica are the parents of William and Clara. Jeremy and wife Katie are the parents of daughter Charlie and son Henry. Joey is the father of Sierra. Spending time with his boys and their families was his favorite topic of conversation.

                An avid music lover, Larry could often be found playing guitar and singing alongside life-sized cut outs of some of his staunchly conservative heroes towering above their evil foes. He delighted his Facebook friends by sharing these sessions.

                Larry’s love for the game of golf was a close second to music. He taught all his boys how to play and they created great memories on the links, making the perfect golf foursome.

                In addition to being a skilled physician who cared deeply about his patients, Larry was also a loyal friend who was never too busy to return a phone call or offer assistance.

                Larry is survived by his sons and their families;companion Tania ARRAMBIDE; sisters Pam FISH, Sheila SHEPHARD and Debbie BARRICK;and two uncles, Lance and John FISH.

                A memorial service will be in Red Bluff at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Red Oaks Medical Group, 2450 Sister Mary Columba Drive, Red Bluff, CA 96080.

 

Wilson SADOWSKY

July 10, 1930-January 21, 2021

                Wilson SADOWSKY, 90, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Rochester, the son of Maurice and Margaret (WILSON) SADOWSKY. A graduate of Rochester High School and Purdue University, Wilson married Ann CESSNA in 1952.

                He retired from Sundstrand in 1990. Wilson was a dedicated member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a humble, private man and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

                He is survived by his wife, Ann; children, Jennifer (Dave) RUD and Julie (Steve CLEMENS) SADOWSKY; grandchildren Christine RUD, Elizabeth RUD, Eric (Lindsay BUCK) MINIX, Joel (Sarah GOLD) MINIX; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Maurice SADOWSKY Jr., and sister Mary Margaret NEFF.

                A memorial celebration will be at a later date. Cremation rites are accorded to Fitzgerald Home & Crematory, Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wilson’s name to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W State St., Rockford, IL 61102 or Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

 

Doris JUDY

                Doris Lee JUDY, 93, Denver, died at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru. Survivors include her children, Cindy TIGLER, Denver, Michael JUDY, Macy, Robert JUDY, Wabash, Kevin JUDY, North Liberty, and Jim JUDY, Denver; and six siblings, Kay, Jane, Jean, Jim, Jack, and Dean.

                Graveside service is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday February 2, 2021

 

Rosalie S. LOWE

April 28, 1940-January 29, 2021

                Rosalie Sue LOWE, 80, of rural Rochester, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021, at Dupont Hospital of Fort Wayne after being hospitalized since January 13, 2021, due to Covid-19.

                Rosalie was born on April 28, 1940, in Plymouth to the late Virgil P. and Arlene R. (LAWRENCE) GREER. She was married on July 8, 1962, in Inwood to Richard H. LOWE, who preceded her in death on November 4, 1994.

                Besides being a proud breast cancer survivor she was very busy being a homemaker and working outside of her home. She worked for Model Pharmacy in Plymouth where she ran the soda fountain. She also worked for the Telephone Company of Plymouth, Farm Bureau Insurance of Plymouth, Manwarings of Mentone, Topps in Rochester, and Memorial Hospital of Logansport as switchboard operator.

                She was a 1958 graduate of Plymouth High School. Rosalie had taught Sunday school at the Akron Church of God for many years. She also was a Farm Bureau member for most of her life as well as the Busy Belles Home Extension Club. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with friends. She was especially fond of bus trips, traveling with her friends, going to plays and musicals and visiting family.

                She is survived by her daughter, Julie A. and husband Toby NORRIS of Rochester; granddaughter Rebekah LOWE of Warsaw; daughter-in-law Rosemary LOWE of Rochester; sister Jeanie and George RUDICH of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; brother Larry GREER of Plymouth; niece Carrie and husband Derek SCHAFFER of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; nephew Nick and wife Alli RUDICH of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; 2 great-nieces and great-nephews of Wisconsin; and her pug Deedee and grand-dog pug Haddie. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, and her son Gregory A. LOWE on June 18, 2010.

                The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Phil PRATT officiating. The interment will take place in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Donations can be made in Mrs. LOWE’s memory to the donor’s choice of charity. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Catherine M. FAYLOR

October 18, 1966-January 9, 2021

                Catherine Marie (RICKMAN) FAYLOR, 54, of Rochester, went to Heaven on January 9, 2021. She was born on October 18, 1966 to Juanita and Edward RICKMAN in Valparaiso.

                She grew up in Culver loving life and animals. The study of the Bible and Jesus’s teachings were the compass of her life. Some of her fondest childhood memories are with 4-H members and leaders.

                Cathy gave birth to Zackary Arlen BLACK in 1988 at Goshen Hospital of Goshen. She was a devoted mother and was very proud to have been given the opportunity to have homeschooled Zachary. She was blessed with three grandchildren, Branson, Daysha and Darcy, and was very proud of them as well. Cathy loved spending time with friends and family.

                She was preceded in death by her mother Juanita RICKMAN, and her nephew Douglas NEWMAN. Cathy is survived by her loving husband Michael FAYLOR Jr.; father Edward and wife Lynn OVERMEYER; mother-in-law Christine and husband Chuck CHAMBERLAIN-BIGGS; siblings Eddie Jr. and wife Brenda RICKMAN, Jeannie and husband John NEWMAN, Lynn RICKMAN, and Jane SHEETS; son Zachary and wife Brandy BLACK; grandchildren Branson BLACK, Daysha BLACK, and Darcy BLACK;numerous close aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

                All who knew Cathy will remember her as a devoted wife and mother, her free spirit, love of life and laughter, and that her grandchildren were the apple of her eye.

                The arrangements for Mrs. FAYLOR were entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Phyllis L. HEISLER

September 1, 1955-January 31, 2021

                Phyllis Lorraine HEISLER passed peacefully at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina following a lengthy convalescence from a broken leg.

                She was born September 1, 1955 in Rochester to the late Franklin and Jane HEISLER, who were the owners of HEISELR Pharmacy, Rochester.

                Following graduation from Rochester Community High School, class of 1973, Phyllis went to Purdue University and received a degree in hospitality management in 1977. In 1979, she established a home in North Carolina to escape the plentitudes of Indiana snow. She continued her love of education and in 1997, Phyllis graduated from Vance Granville Community college with a registered nurse degree. She also obtained degrees in hospital management, medical coding, and tax preparation.

                Phyllis is remembered for her easy-going cheerful personality, love of dogs, especially Corgis, and enjoyment of entertaining friends in her home.

                She was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary L. SCHECK, and a brother, David Allen HEISLER.

                A private memorial service will be at a later date in Rochester, Indiana. Memorial contributions in Phyllis’s honor may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Fulton County, Franklin and Jane HEISLER Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 807, Rochester, IN 46975, website:www.nicf.org. The family is being served by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, 503 College St., Oxford, North Carolina, 27565.

 

Wilson SADOWSKY

                Wilson SADOWSKY, 90, of Rockford, Illinois passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born in Rochester, the son of Maurice and Margaret (WILSON) SADOWSKY.

                A graduate of Rochester High School and Purdue University, Wilson married Ann CESSNA in 1952. He retired from Sundstrand in 1990.

                Wilson was a dedicated member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a humble, private man and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

                He is survived by his wife, Ann; children, Jennifer (Dave) RUD and Julie (Steve CLEMENS) SADOWSKY; grandchildren Christine RUD, Elizabeth RUD, Eric (Lindsay BUCK) MINIX, Joel (Sarah GOLD) MINIX; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Maurice SADOWSKY, Jr. and sister Mary Margaret NEFF.

                A memorial celebration will be at a later date. Cremation rites accorded with Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wilson’s name to the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102 or Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Share online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

 

Gloria J. MILLER

                Gloria J. MILLER, 68, Rochester, died at 4:59 a.m. Saturday at her residence. Survivors include her siblings, Carolyn HOWARD, Rochester, William BOWLING, Sarah Faye ROBINSON, Robert BOWLING, and Kenneth BOWLING, all of Jackson, Kentucky.

                Private services will be observed. Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday February 3, 2021

 

Biddie J. REFFITT

February 11, 1936-February 1, 2021

                Biddie Jean REFFITT, 84, Peru, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

                Born February 11, 1936, in Prestonburg, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Henry BRADLEY and Nona OUSLEY BRADLEY. On April 20, 1952, in Martin, Kentucky, she was married to Harold REFFITT, and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2018.

                She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Harold and Biddie were well known for their garden. She spent many long hours tending to their crop, snapping beans, and putting up food for the rest of the year.

                Survivors include one son, Carl (Jill) REFFITT, Peru;two daughters-in-law, Brenda REFFITT, Rochester, and Connie J. REFFITT, Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Lee (Mary Lou) BRADLEY, Denver; and a sister, Mimie (Monroe) HOWARD, Martin, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Marcus J. REFFITT, and Harold W. REFFITT; one granddaughter, Stephanie Jo REFFITT; and one grandson, David SCHAKEL; five brothers, Mont BRADLEY, Dennis BRADLEY, Adam BRADLEY, Leo BRADLEY, and Cleo BRADLEY; and five sisters, Loretta HURD, Aggie CLICK, Sabra BRADLEY, Renis BALDRIDGE, and Arvilla SLOAN.

                Funeral service is at 3 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-3:00 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Marlene KLINE

                Marlene June KLINE, 88, Mexico, died at 3:35 a.m. Saturday at her residence. She is survived by two daughters, Theresa HIGHT, Rochester, and Annette RAIDER, Denver; and two sisters, Roberta ROTH, Fort Wayne, and Kay FISHER, Peru.

                The service will be livestreamed at www.mcclainfh.com/livestream at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home. Face masks must be worn at all times inside the funeral home.

 

Rosemary DAVIDSON

                Rosemary A. DAVIDSON, 93, Leiters Ford, died Monday, February 1, 2021 at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

Amy ONSTOTT

                Amy ONSTOTT, 79, Chicago, and formerly of Rochester, died Monday in Chicago. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday February 4, 2021

 

Dean M. HAUPERT

October 9, 1926-February 2, 2021

                Dean M. HAUPERT, 94, rural Urbana, died at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, February, 2, 2021, at his home. He was born October 9, 1926, in Wabash County, to Ezra and Cleo (MILLER) HAUPERT.

                Dean was a 1944 graduate of Urbana High School and a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He married Lois N. WAGNER in Urbana on February 24, 1951. She died August 24, 2020.

                Dean was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Urbana Yoke Parish, the Urbana Lions Club and the Urbana American Legion. He enjoyed golfing and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of Dean’s caretakers for their love and care.

                He is survived by five children, Steven (Kathy) HAUPERT of Urbana, Denise (Tom) GILLESPIE of Battle Ground, Shelley (Walker) CONLEY of Rochester, Tom (Janet) HAUPERT of North Manchester, and Neil A. HAUPERT of Wabash; daughter-in-law, Roxanne HAUPERT of North Manchester; 14 grandchildren, Shawn (Michelle) HAUPERT, Kelly (Kyle) PENROD, Kayla (Ryan) SORRELL, Ryan (Michelle) HAUPERT, Tara HAUPERT, Lisa (Dan) SARLL, Kevin (Bonnie) GILLESPIE, Matthew (Erin) GILLESPIE, Kendra (Curt) POGUE, Erin (Dan) WAGONER, Amanda (Brandon) TUGMON, Josh (Tara) LELAND, Whitney (Andrew) LAHRMAN, and Evan (Lauren) HAUPERT; and 29 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Brent and Dan HAUPERT; three brothers, Doyle, Dale, and Don HAUPERT; and two sisters, Bernice DAVIS and Lavonne BEHRMAN.

                Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Rev. Kellie HERBER officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Urbana. Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dan HAUPERT Memorial Scholarship Fund or Pathfinders Services of Wabash County. The memorial guest book for Dean may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Glen DOTSON

March 31, 1936-February 2, 2021

                Glen DOTSON, 84, rural Akron, passed at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.

                Glen was born March 31, 1936, in Pike County, Kentucky, to the late Joe and Elva (DOTSON) DOTSON. On December 30, 1955, in Pikeville, Kentucky he married Rebecca LESTER. She preceded him in death on December 26, 1995. He then married on May 4, 1996 to Kathy (MCKENZIE) BAKER, who preceded him in death on March 23, 2020.

                He retired from Cyclone Seeder of Urbana. In years past he attended the Silver Creek Church of God. He enjoyed bluegrass and gospel music, along with fishing and, as a younger man, hunting. He was an avid ham radio operator and his handle was “Beekeeper.” Glen also was known for his small orchard and for harvesting honey from his bees. He spent many hours with his dog Penny.

                Glen is survived by his daughter Sharon and husband Mitch STEELE of North Manchester; grandsons Matthew and Mark MURRAY;half-sisters Joyce MAYNARD and Karen WOLFORD, both of Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives Rebecca DOTSON and Kathy DOTSON, daughter Deborah “Debbie” DOTSON, and brothers and sisters.

                Visitation hours are 1-3 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. A moment of remembrance will take place at 3 p.m. Masks will be required for all in attendance. A private interment will take place in the Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, alongside his wife Rebecca. Donations may be made to the donor’s choice of charity in Glen’s memory. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

                Friday February 5, 2021

 

Josh AKEMON

                Josh M. AKEMON, 65, Lafayette, died at 5:18 a.m. Wednesday at Franciscan Health, Lafayette East.

                Survivors include his wife, Barbara, Lafayette; his children Charles D. RITCHIE, Florida, Dawn A. BARNGROVER and Joshua M. AKEMON, Lafayette; sisters Lois Jean MOSES, Ohio, and Shirley COAHRAN, Macy; and a brother, Bob AKEMON, Peru.

                Funeral services is for immediate family only and a recording of the service will be available on his obituary page at http://www.mcclainfh.com Monday. Visitation is 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette. McClain Funeral Home is handling local arrangements.

 

Rosemary DAVIDSON

                Rosemary DAVIDSON, 93, Leiters Ford, died in her home on Monday. Survivors include two daughters, Laura J. DAVIDSON of Vermont, and Paula L. RICHARDSON of Leesburg.

                Rosemary’s funeral service will be held at a later time. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

 

Saturday February 6, 2021

 

Amy L. ONSTOTT

June 23, 1941-February 1, 2021

                Amy Louise ONSTOTT, 79, Chicago, Illinois, and formerly of Rochester, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2021 at home.

                She was born June 23, 1941 in Rochester to Harry L. and Edith Ann (BRADLEY) ONSTOTT. She moved to Chicago in the early 60’s and was a stay-at-home mom until 1978 when she went to work in the Cranial-Facial Surgical Department at UIC Hospital as a transcriber, from which she retired in 2005.

                Amy loved music, especially Elvis and classical, art, genealogy and spending time with family. She was fun-loving, supportive, and always there for her children. She had a thirst for knowledge and loved learning about different cultures. Her sense of humor and love of reading was passed onto her 4 children. She especially loved visiting Washington D.C. where she worked for the Navy department for a short time before moving to Chicago.

                Amy faced many challenges in her life, but she met each one with courage and determination. No matter what she went through, she turned the situation into a positive and never allowed anything to hold her back. Even after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 77, she fought with everything she had. Amy was a warrior, and she will be remembered as someone who fought as long and hard as she could.

                In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four of her nine siblings, Phyllis HEMINGER, Florence SCOTT, David ONSTOTT, and Stephen ONSTOTT. She is survived by her four children, Alicia Marie (Antonio Sr.) MORADO, Rudy GONZALEZ Jr., Michael David GONZALEZ, Katherine Ann ONSTOTT;seven grandchildren, Amanda, Antonio Jr. (Jessie MORADO), Alex, Andrew, and Abigail, Giselle, Yasmine; her great-grandson Aiden; sisters Phoebe LYKOWSKI, South Bend, Susan ONSTOTT, Rochester, Helen SLISHER, Rochester; brothers James O. (Vicki) ONSTOTT, Rochester, and Paul (Beatrice) ONSTOTT, Burkett.

                Public visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. A private memorial service will take place following visitation with interment to follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Visitors are to follow state COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a facial mask and social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to: Rainbow Hospice, 1550 Bishop Court, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 or online at rainbowhospice.org. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Rosemary DAVIDSON

April 18, 1927-February 1, 2021

                Rosemary DAVIDSON, 93, Leiters Ford, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, February 1, 2021.

                Rosemary was born April 18, 1927, in Rochester to Joseph O. and Mabel C. IVERSON AULT. She was the youngest of a large and close-knit family and graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1946.

                Rosemary and the love of her life Paul “Red” DAVIDSON were married on December 3, 1950. Together they built their cherished home along the banks of the Tippecanoe River, near to where Red grew up. They shared 57 years of life’s adventures together and were leaders in their community;enjoying life along the river and in their many travels. Rosie took great joy in her deep faith and the simple things that life had to offer—watching and sharing nature reports about the birds and wildlife she observed, enjoying a good book, appreciating a delicious meal and spending time with family and friends. Her resilience, zest for life, creative pronunciations, and kind spirit shone throughout all her years.

                She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Her immediate family includes her two daughters, Laura J. DAVIDSON and wife Nora SKOLNICK, Braintree, Vermont, and Paula L. RICHARDSON and late husband Jerry, Leesburg; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Rosemary in death are her parents, husband, son Jack Andrew “Andy” DAVIDSON, an infant daughter, Judith A. DAVIDSON; three sisters, June HARTMAN, Louise TEEL, Joanna REYES; and three brothers, Dean, Dale and Joseph.

                A celebration of the life of Rosemary DAVIDSON will be held at a time when it is safe for people to gather together in person. Interment will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation watershedfoundation.org, or the Aubbeenaubbee Branch of the Fulton County Public Library fulco.lib.in.us. The Good Family Funeral Home is entrusted with her arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Tuesday February 9, 2021

 

Jerry PATTON

                Jerry PATTON, 73, Bourbon, died at 11:52 a.m. Saturday following a sudden illness. Survivors include his wife Kimberly PATTON;daughters Tana GARVER, Forest, Tracy WILLIAMS, Rochester, and Lisa PATTON, Plymouth; mother Janet PATTON, Argos; sisters Barbara CARLSON, Rochester, and Linda RANSOM, South Bend; and brother Mark PATTON, Argos.

                Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Julie A. SMITH

                Julie Ann SMITH, 55, Plymouth, died at 7:07 p.m. Thursday at home following a sudden illness.  Julie is survived by her husband David; daughter Marlene SMITH, Plymouth; sister Mary O’CALLAHAN, Port Orange, Florida; brothers Patrick RUTHERFORD of Farmington, New York, and Mike GIBEAU Jr., Canandaigua, New York.

                Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Dale L. SKINNER

                Dale L. SKINNER, 88, Twelve Mile, died at 5 a.m. Friday at his residence. Survivors include three sons, Mike SKINNER, Denver, Iowa, Dave SKINNER, Logansport, and Tom SKINNER, Twelve Mile; and a sister, Janet DUNDERMAN, Florida.

                The service will be at a later date. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday February 10, 2021

 

Evelyn May CRABB

December 16, 1928-February 6, 2021

                Evelyn May (WYSONG) CRABB, 92, of Eighth Street, Rochester, and formerly of the Argos community, passed away February 6, 2021, at 9:05 p.m. at her residence.

                On December 16, 1928, in Rochester, she was born to Lloyd WYSONG and Sarah Faye (BRUBAKER) WYSONG. Evelyn had lived in the Culver, Argos, and Rochester communities.

                On February 23, 1947, in Culver, she married Herbert Lee CRABB. They shared 52 years together until his passing in August 1999.

                Evelyn spent her life being a devoted wife and mother to her children. She was a member of the Cornerstone Church of Argos, formerly the First Baptist Church.

                Evelyn is survived by her daughters Donnabelle STOTLER and husband Lester of Monterey, and Diana CRABB of Rochester; sons Dale CRABB of Argos, and Donald CRABB and wife Rose of Osceola; by four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, son David CRABB; and brothers Lloyd WYSONG and Merl WYSONG.

                Graveside funeral services will be Friday, February 12, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery, Indiana 117, Culver, with Chaplain Todd WILSON. Burial will follow. Visitors must follow state COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing.

                Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Thursday February 11, 2021

 

Eric ARMSTRONG

                Eric ARMSTRONG, 47, Rochester, died at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

 

Friday February 12, 2021

 

Eric ARMSTORNG

                Eric J. ARMSTRONG, 47, Rochester, died at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday at his residence. His survivors include his wife Toni; daughter LouEllen ARMSTRONG; four sons, Adam ARMSTRONG, Isaac JACKSON, Corey JACKSON, and Matthew ARMSTRONG, all of Rochester; two brothers, Brad ARMSTRONG, Kewanna, and Faron ARMSTRONG, Wabash.

                Funeral service will be at a later date. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Saturday February 13, 2021

 

Linda RHOADS

September 1, 1946-January 15, 2021

                On September 1, 1946, Linda Kay SICKMILLER was born in Mansfield, Ohio. She was a treasured daughter of Merle and Anna Katherine MCLEOD SICKMILLER. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters, Julie and Marta. Linda graduated in 1964 from Ashland High School, Ashland, Ohio. She continued her education to achieve her life dream of becoming a registered nurse at Ashland’s Samaritan School of Nursing, graduating in 1967. Linda initiated her nursing career, specializing in trauma, at the Ashland Samaritan Hospital emergency department.

                In Ashland, Linda married Mr. Thomas C. “Tom” RHOADS on July 12, 1986. Following their move to Rochester, she volunteered for Kindred Hospice as a caregiver. In 2009 Hope Hospice conveyed the coveted “Hope Hospice Service Award” to Linda, with sincere appreciation for distinguished service to Hope Hospice and our community.

                Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband Tom, at home; seven children, Jeff TALSMA (Michelle) of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Chad SPANGLER (Misty) of Cape Coral, Florida, Shawn SPANGLER (Vicki) of Crestline, Ohio, Jennifer FISHER (Tommy) of Toano, Virginia, Stephanie BERRY (Shawn) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nancy RHOADS, of Richmond, Virginia, and Jessica RHOADMOND (Chris) of Staunton, Virginia; 12 grandchildren, Jordan, Caden, Bella, Anthony, Cameron, Evan, Caulen, Braden, Norah, Lucas, Kylee, and Arbor; two sisters, Julie HINZ and Marta MOORE, both of Lexington, Ohio; and many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving is her treasured canine companion Sam, the yellow lab.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Linda K. RHOADS will be 2-4 p.m. February 20, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice, 1476 W. 18th Street, Rochester, IN 46975. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Linda RHOADS, visit www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Tuesday February 16, 2021

 

Gail L. HAYDEN

                Gail L. HAYDEN, 69, of Rochester, died Saturday. Her survivors include her husband Mark; children Mark Jr. HAYDEN and Gretchen MURPHY; siblings Arlene HOUNSHELL, Carolyn WAGONER, Marilyn TOWNSEND, Karen GIBSON, and Keith BATHRICK.

                A private family service will be at First Christian Church, Rochester. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday February 17, 2021

 

Lessel L. HALTERMAN

January 14, 1930-February 14, 2021

                Lessel L. “Les” HALTERMAN, 91, Macy, passed away at 2:27 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

                Born January 14, 1930, in Macy, he was the son of Earl Levere and Opal Irene (LEWIS) HALTERMAN. He attended schools in Macy and Deedsville. He joined the U.S. Army, 5th Calvary, in 1947, and served in Japan and Korea, becoming an x-ray technician. He came home in 1950 and went to work in Chicago.

 On April 5, 1953, at the home of the late Rev. C. F. GOLDEN, near Denver, he married Donna Jean KOTTERMAN, who survives.

The HALTERMANs have lived in the Macy Community all their married lives. Les was an active member of the Macy Christian Church, served on the Macy Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, and was a trained EMT, serving his community for several years. He was active in other civic duties, serving on the board of directors for the children’s home in Ladoga, and working hard to help establish a food pantry in North Miami County, among other projects. In the early 1970s, he started his own company, HALTERMAN Fire and Safety, selling fire and safety equipment throughout Indiana and Illinois.

Lessel is survived by his wife, Donna Jean HALTERMAN, Macy; two sons, Stephen HALTERMAN, Peru, and David (Lisa) HALTERMAN, Macy; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Joshua (Jessie) HALTERMAN, Macy, Joel (Sterling) HALTERMAN, Crown Point, and Jenna (Jonathon) CARR, Akron; nine great-granddaughters and one great-great granddaughter; one brother, Willis (Clymenia) HALTERMAN, Rochester; and one sister-in-law, Shirley HALTERMAN, Peru. He was preceded in death by his father Earl HALTERMAN and his mother and father-in-law, Opal and Glen LOCKWOOD; daughter Kimberly HALTERMAN; brother Lewis (Jean) HALTERMAN;three nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with pastors David WELSH and Doug EMBERTON officiating, followed by military rites by the Miami County Military Rites Unit. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Face masks are required by any visiting guests at all times inside the building. Memorial contributions may be made to the Macy Christian Church or Macy Food Pantry. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

 

Alice M. FOX

November 23, 1933-February 14, 2021

                Alice M. FOX, 87, of Kewanna, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.

                She was born November 23, 1933, in Star City, to the late John and Ranna (ROBERTS) MURPHY. She graduated from Star City High School. On September 1, 1951, Alice married Loran FOX. He passed away May 3, 2005.

                Alice worked as a server at the Curve Inn in Kewanna for many years. She and her husband Loren owned and operated the Baldwin Fruit Market and the Pizza Shed in Kewanna. Alice had also worked as a caregiver. Alice attended The Cross church in Rochester.

                Alice enjoyed working in her flower garden. There were no plants that she could not save or grow. She loved watching and feeding birds. She also enjoyed eating out and finishing her meal with ice cream or a cold glass of wine. Alice also loved her lottery tickets, both giving them and scratching them off. She also enjoyed garage sales. More than anything Alice loved being with her family and friends. There was nothing that she wouldn’t do for them.

                She is survived by a son, Steve (Linda) FOX, LaPorte;daughters Lorna (John) MOLLENCUPP, Culver, and Anita “Nead” (Bo) KLINEFELTER, Kewanna; grandsons Steven Jr. (Brenda) FOX, John (Lauren) MOLLENCUPP and Verlin (Allison) KLINEFELTER; granddaughters Leslie (Zack) FONTAINE, Jennifer (Johnny) SULT, Shelly (John) MOORE, and Megan CARSON; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Patsy (Cyril) HAHN, Winamac; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Ranna (ROBERTS) MURPHY; husband Loran FOX;sisters Marjorie A. SCHEFFER, Virginia HARDY, Dorothy HERR, and Jean SHARP.

                A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Association or MS Society. Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

Dyanne FIVECOATE

                Dyanne L. FIVECOATE, 62, of Chili, Miami County, died at 6:10 p.m. Monday at her residence. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Thursday February 18, 2021

 

Dyanne L. FIVECOATE

                Dyanne L. FIVECOATE, 62, of Chili, Miami County, died Monday at her residence. Survivors include her husband Rick; three sisters, Kim WALDEN, Mexico, Lynda SHROCK, Gilead, and Kary KUHN, Denver; and her brother Dennis STRUCK, Denver.

                A memorial service will be at a later date. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling funeral arrangements.

 

Evelyn J. FELKE

                Evelyn J. FELKE, 92, Rochester, died Wednesday at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

Friday February 19, 2021

 

Evelyn Joan FELKE

October 8, 1928-February 17, 2021

                Evelyn Joan FELKE, 92, Rochester, passed away at 10:33 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, Indianapolis.

                She was born on October 8, 1928, in Plymouth, Indiana, the daughter of Andrew and Mildred (SHEETZ) OWENS. She graduated in the top of her high school class in Lansing, Michigan. On April 3, 1948, in Plymouth, she married Francis Edward “Ed” FELKE and he survives.

                Joan, along with her husband Ed, owned and operated the Rochester Greenhouse for 57 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and enjoyed horse racing, playing cards, Friday night date nights, watching television, spending time with family and crocheting blankets for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

                Survivors include her husband, Francis Edward FELKE, Rochester; son Michael FELKE, Rochester; daughter-in-law Marsha FELKE, Claypool; sister Marilyn June RAY, Bensenville, Illinois; grandchildren Tressa (Rod) MOHLER, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Marc (Desiree) FELKE, Plymouth, Brandy (Nathan) BABCOCK, Buchanan, Michigan, Amy (Aaron) BIRD, Rochester, Cassandra FELKE, Roselle, Illinois; great-grandchildren Anthony FELKE, Nicholas FELKE, Miguel RAMIREZ, Morgan MOHLER, Mackenzie BIRD, Benjamin BABCOCK, Miranda RAMIREZ, Brooklyn FELKE, and Mariah RAMIREZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, and son, Joseph FELKE.

                Private funeral services will be conducted at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Earl W. BANGEL

November 5, 1929-February 15, 2021

                Earl W. BANGEL, 91, Lake Bruce, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at his residence surrounded by family.

                Born November 5, 1929, in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Lillian (DEERBERG) BANGEL. He was a Warren Central High School graduate. On February 27, 1954, he married Mary L. DELLINGER. She preceded him in death on April 9, 2010.

                He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Earl was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Lake Bruce. Earl and Mary enjoyed square dancing.

                Survivors include his children, Darel W. BANGEL and his wife, Nancy of Alabama, Linda L. BANGEL of Michigan, Louis A. BANGEL and his wife, Jean of Winamac, and Bruce D. BANGEL and his wife Theresa of Indianapolis; and a brother, Glenn BANGEL of Greenfield. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with one on the way. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Vera LYNCH, and her husband Thomas.

                Private family services will be held. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lake Bruce. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Fulton County Community Foundation. Earl’s online guest book is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Raymond CASEY

                Raymond CASEY, 69, Indianapolis and formerly of Rochester, died at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Creek Health Care of Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

Kay BRASH

                Kay M. BRASH, 73, Rochester, died at 9:22 a.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday February 20, 2021

 

Kay M. BRASH

February 22, 1947-February 18, 2021

                Kay M. BRASH, 73, Rochester, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021, surrounded by her family at her residence.

                Kay was born February 22 1947, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to Norbert Francis and Evelyn (KNOEDLER) SCHROEDER. On June 6, 1970, she was joined in holy matrimony to Greg E. BRASH at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester.

                Kay graduated from Rochester Community High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and master’s degree from Ball State University. She served her community as an educator for almost 40 years and retired from Caston Elementary School in 2009, where she taught the fifth and sixth grades. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she served as a youth group educator, Eucharistic Minister, and captain of the Good Sam’s Group. Kay was blessed with many talents and hobbies including sewing, photography, and golf, but her greatest joy was spending time with friends and family, especially her eight grandchildren.

                Survivors include her husband, Greg E. BRASH, Rochester; children Andrea (Rob) SULLIVAN, Warsaw, Shelly (Kevin) MEYER, Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom (Vickey) BRASH, Los Angeles, California; grandchildren Rob SULLIVAN, Megan SULLIVAN, Drew SULLIVAN, all of Warsaw, Ethan MEYER, Blake MEYER, Griffin MEYER, all of Cincinnati, and Jacob BRASH and Kaitlyn BRASH, both of Los Angeles; brothers Paul (Linda) SCHROEDER, Anderson, Dale (Julia) SCHROEDER, Columbus; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Beth CARROLL.

                Friends may visit from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Private funeral services will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 

Dale E. BRADWAY

April 12, 1928-February 17, 2021

                Dale E. BRADWAY, age 92, of Chapman Lake, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 11 p.m. in Grace Village Rehab, Winona Lake.

                Born in Akron on April 12, 1928, he was the son of Chester and Mary Ellen (CLEVENGER) BRADWAY. He was one of eight BRADWAY children raised in the home and was a 1946 graduate of Akron High School.

 On March 21, 1948, Dale was united in marriage to Gloria WOODS; the pair met while roller-skating in Warsaw when they literally collided on the skating floor. They shared nearly 70 years before Gloria passed on January 16, 2017.

                Dale and Gloria made their home in the South Bend area in the early years. He worked for Drewey’s as a transport driver and was proud to help start Boy Scout Troop 110 in Mishawaka. Later, they returned to the Warsaw area where they owned and operated Woodies Rental for more than 25 years. More personally, Dale was an avid fisherman who enjoyed time spent on Chapman Lake. Practically the mayor of Osborn Landing, he is remembered for his daily golf cart ride, picking up rubbish around the neighborhood with his dog George in their red cart.

                Dale and Gloria began wintering in Florida in 1975. There, Dale was active in the Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of the Warsaw Lodge and a longtime member of the Leesburg Lions Club. He had served for many years on the Cardinal Center board and was board chairman for several terms.

                Those who survive with memories to cherish include three children; Jim BRADWAY of Greenfield, Charles “Chuck” (Janice) BRADWAY of Homosassa Springs, Florida, and Ruth (Ken) BOND of Silver Lake; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in passing by his son, Larry BRADWAY;daughter-in-law, Janet BRADWAY; five brothers, two sisters, and their parents.

                A Life Celebration is planned with Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw where friends may gather for visitation on Tuesday, February 22, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. A private funeral and graveside service will be on Wednesday in the funeral home with Bob JARBOE (ret.), Chaplain of Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice officiating. A livestream of the service may be viewed at www.TitusFuneralHome.com by clicking “livestream.” In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, where Dale adopted his canine pal George, or to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, who tenderly cared for Gloria in her final days.

 

Todd KOTTERMAN

                Todd KOTTERMAN, 57, passed away at his residence in Sevierville, Tennessee. Born March 23, 1963, in Rochester, he was the son of Larry Gene and Judith A. (FOUTS) KOTTERMAN.

                He was a 1981 graduate of North Miami High School and was retired from Dean Foods in Rochester. Todd was a loving father. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and the scenic countryside of his Smoky Mountain home in Tennessee.

                Survivors include his two sons, Austin KOTTERMAN (Casey LAYCOCK), Rochester, and Tanner KOTTERMAN (Shannon LOVE), Rochester; mother Judy KOTTERMAN, Denver; brother Kevin (Lea) KOTTERMAN, Bourbon; and three grandchildren, Hayden LAYCOCK and Baylie and Kayson KOTTERMAN, all of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his father.

                Funeral services were privately held at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Bill BABB officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Macy. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Barbara WARNER

                Barbara E. WARNER, 89, Mexico, died at 10:06 a.m. Friday at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru. Survivors include two daughters, Karen WARNER, Fishers, and Lorraine CHILCUTT, Peru.

                Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mexico Church of the Brethren. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at the McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Face masks are required for all attending the visitation and service.

 

Doris LAYMAN

                Doris J. LAYMAN, 89, Plymouth, died at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday February 23, 2021

 

Howard RENTSCHLER

June 17, 1923-February 19, 2021

                Howard RENTSCHLER, 97, of Fulton, passed away Friday, February 19, 2021, at Physicians Regional Healthcare in Naples, Florida.

                Born June 17, 1923, he is the son of Robert and Marie (DICE) RENTSCHLER. Howard graduated from Fulton High School. He spent his whole life farming and started this lifelong passion next to his dad.

                Howard was married to Betty SANDERS; they had been married for 77 years. During those years they worked together milking cows, tending laying hens and swine, and farming the land they loved. He will be remembered by the farming community for the straight corn rows he could plant.

                Howard was also known for the beautiful music he could play on the piano. He played for many years at the Fulton Baptist Temple. He also enjoyed wintering in Florida and soaking up the sun.

                Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Betty Catherine RENTSCHLER; his two daughters, Rhea WILEY and Renee (Bill EBER) LEMASTER; grandson Terry LAWSON and fiancé Tina SEE; two granddaughters, Rena GRUBE and Renna LEMASTER, all of rural Fulton County.

                Per Howard’s request, there will be no visitation. A private family burial will take place in the Fulton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. You may sign Howard’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Barbara L. GRANDSTAFF

January 8, 1943-February 21, 2021

                Barb L. GRANDSTAFF, 78, of Kendallville, passed away Sunday February 21, 2021 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous 13-year battle with Parkinson’s.

                Barb was born in Grass Creek, to the late Don and Pauline SCALES. She moved from Logansport to Fort Wayne where she attended Indiana Business College.

                Barb is survived by her husband of 27 years, Doug;daughter, Amy (Scott) ALLISON; son Tim (Patti) MINEAR; daughter, Denise (John) BROWN;11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Bruce, Phyllis, Linda, and Ellen. Barb was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold in 1988; and brother Barry in 1964.

                A funeral service for Barb will be Friday February 26 at 3 p.m., with visitation three hours prior at FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials in Barb’s honor may be made to Rock Steady Boxing Northeast Indiana.

 

Carolyn JOHNSON

                Carolyn JOHNSON, 80, Rochester, died Friday at her home. Survivors include three daughters, Robin WILLIAMS, Culver, Terri BROOKS, Wolcott, and Debbie CARMAN, Colorado; son Roger JOHNSON, Rochester; and her brother Lewis BRADEN, Leiters Ford.

                A graveside funeral service is at 3 p.m. today at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Doris LAYMAN

                Doris J. LAYMAN, 89, Plymouth, died at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at her home. Survivors include daughter, Linda EVERDON, Plymouth, and son Rick LAYMAN, Rochester.

                Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth. Good Family Funeral Home handled arrangements.

 

Wednesday February 24, 2021

 

Joseph ‘Joe’ BORTON

                Joseph “Joe” BORTON, 51, son of Suzanne (ZWIERZYNSKI) MONTALVO of Rochester and Dale (Lorainne) BORTON of Walkerton, passed away at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday February 16, 2021 in Memorial Hospital.

                Joe loved being with his grandpa when he was young and working on cars among other things. It was only natural that after he graduated from Penn High School in 1988 that he would continue his education at Lincoln Technologies in Indianapolis. For many years he worked at his uncle’s service station as a mechanic. He continued as a mechanic at Piper’s Alley Auto in Mishawaka for 17 years.

                Not only was Joe a terrific mechanic, but he could fix just about anything. If he couldn’t figure it out, he would watch a YouTube video and teach himself. We could always call him for advice on our things that needed fixing. Joe loved going to his dad’s to help him on his farm, he was great at fixing machinery, and coming to his mom’s house on the lake. He like dong the sound effects for the boat parade floats. He also loved dogs, working on his home, helping friends, and watching video movies.

                Joe’s passing has saved two other lives and the sight of another as he was an organ donor. His date of death officially is 2-16-21, but on 2-18-21 he gave the gift of life to others. He is a hero for doing this and we know this would have made him happy and it gives us some comfort knowing that a part of him lives on.

                Joe was preceded in death by his step-father, Richie MONTALVO;maternal grandparents Ted and Rose ZWIERZYNSKI; paternal grandparents James and Helen BORTON; brother Ricky MONTALVO; uncles Ted “Butchie,” Walter (Barb), Steven “Muggsy,” and Don ZWIERZYNSKI, and Howard (Cecelia), Jim (Linda), Keith (Ruby), Merle (Jan), and Carl BORTON; aunt Iona (Lester) COLE; and his dog Kato. He is survived by his parents, Suzanne MONTALVO and Dale (Lorainne) BORTON; sisters, Tina (David) ROE, Jacqueline HOSTETLER, and Cynthia (Jim) GROVES; nephew Brendon (Sheridan) ROE; and great-niece Arya ROE; aunts and uncles Les (Dee Dee) GALLOWAY, Jeanette ZWIERZYNSKI, Charlotte ZWIERZYNSKI, Lynn (Monica) BORTON, Terry (Darlene) BORTON, Zella (Furman) LUELLEN, Alma (Earl) LAFREE, and Glen (Pam) BORTON; and numerous cousins and second cousins.

                Viewing will be Saturday, February 27 from 2-6 p.m. in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Ave., South Bend. Funeral service will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Viewing is possible through our webcast. Please visit zoom.com, click on join a meeting, 574-287-7125 is meeting ID number, then enter passcode 0000. Cremation will follow, with burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Indiana Donor Network, 3760 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222. To leave an online condolence, visit our website http://www.zahoran.com or our Facebook page Zahoran Funeral Home.

 

Carmen J. SMITH

                Carmen J. SMITH, 97, Rochester, died at 11:40 a.m. February 23, 2021, in Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday February 25, 2021

 

Carmen J. ELLIS SMITH

February 24, 1924-February 23, 2021

                Carmen Josephine ELLIS SMITH, 97, passed away at 11:40 a.m. February 23, 2021, in Rochester. She was born February 22, 1924, at her ELLIS grandparents’ family farm in Fulton County, to Clair and Ruby (BLACK) ELLIS.

 Carmen graduated from Akron High School in 1942 and continued her education at Manchester College and Butler University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1946.

                Working for Dr. Dick and Dr. Dean Stinson in Rochester, Carmen met Glen SMITH of Macy, and they married in 1954. Together, Carmen and Glen raised three children, Steve, Nancy, and Dean, and celebrated 48 years together before Glen’s death in 2002.

                Active in homemaking and the family farm throughout her long life, Carmen was beloved by her family and close friends. As an only child on her father’s farm, Carmen was a quick study who embraced learning at all levels. Excellent in her school work, Carmen also learned farm skills as apprentice to her father, Clair, taking care of livestock and helping with the seasonal crop work. From her mother Ruby, Carmen learned the basics of housekeeping along with an appreciation for art and music.

                Throughout her life, Carmen excelled at gardening, from tomatoes and asparagus to roses and daylilies. She used her growing skills well and generously shared with others. Carmen was also an avid reader, a skilled seamstress, and music lover. In all seasons, Carmen’s children recall at-home adventures that featured pets, books and practical projects.

                With Glen, Carmen traveled throughout the continental United States and especially enjoyed trips to visit friends and relatives near and far. Carmen continued to travel after Glen’s death, driving herself throughout Indiana until she chose to quit driving at 92.

                Carmen served as family hostess for decades. From birthday parties and holiday meals to her parents’ 70th wedding anniversary reception, Carmen diligently brought loved ones together.

                Carmen lived the last years of her life in Rochester, in her own home, and later at Wynnfield Crossing. She was a member of Eastern Star through much of her life. After moving to town, Carmen enjoyed being part of The Notables music group. Carmen said she couldn’t sing, but she could read music and her skill with some basic choreography was fun for her.

                Carmen is survived by her children, Steve (Laurel) SMITH of Vincennes, Nancy SMITH of Rochester, and Dean SMITH of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and by her granddaughters Glenda SMITH and Alicia (Stephen) CHAPPO.

                The family will meet privately at a later date to share memories and celebrate Carmen’s life. We are grateful to the community at Wynnfield Crossing for their support of our mother during her residence there and to Kindred Hospice personnel for care during Carmen’s final days.

                In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fulton County Animal Center and Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or to the Fulton County Public Library, 320 W. Seventh St., Rochester, IN 46975. Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Charles K. ‘Charlie’ DEATON

March 8, 1957-February 14, 2021

                Charles Kenneth “Charlie” DEATON, age 63, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday morning, February 14, 2021.

                Charlie was born March 8, 1957, to Earl and Flora Ruth Ann FRANCIS DEATON in Hazard, Kentucky. He was a longtime resident of Macy, and a graduate of North Miami High School Class of 1976 in the town of Denver. He dedicated his high school years to dressing up as the warrior mascot, following his true family blood lines of Cherokee and Blackfoot Indian. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy as an electrical mechanic for the fight line on aircraft carriers. Retiring from the Navy after 18 years of service, he returned home and became an active member of the Macy Fire Department, serving as both firefighter and first responder. He worked as an electrical maintenance engineer and machinist throughout his remaining years and allowed his gypsy blood to lead him where it may.

                Charlie lived in Defuniak Springs, Florida for the last 10 years where he built a network of friends, many whom have become family. He loved the Florida weather and living near the beach, where he collected his daily treasures and shared them with his precious grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. The beautiful weather also gave Charlie the freedom to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle, a great joy in his life. Charlie was loved by many and will be missed dearly.

                He is survived by three children, Teffeny DEATON, of Marion, Charles DEATON Jr. of Marion, and Danyell (Josh) CHOBOT of Rome, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren, Brianna, Connor, Cierra, Brooklyn, Braxton, Adrian, Abby, Erika, and Journey; three great-grandchildren, Emowen, Evander, and Leela; siblings, Earl DEATON Jr. of Hazard, Kentucky, Lora DEATON (companion, Jim GOLLIHER) of Peru, Shari (Brian) SIMONSON, Rochester, and William Earl DEATON of Macy. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Earl and Flora Ruth Ann FRANCIS DEATON; paternal grandparents Willie and Armina DEATON; and maternal grandparents Elhannon and Anna FRANCIS.

                A celebration of life service for Charles DEATON will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars #1342, 1703 Federal Dr., Rochester. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Good Family Funeral Home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Glenda SALZER

September 24, 1928-February 19, 2021

                On Friday, February 19 2021, Glenda SALZER, our beloved mother, passed away at the age of 92. Glenda was born September 24, 1928, in Starke County, to Samuel and Millie SELLERS. She married Richard L. SALZER and they had three daughters, Tari, Toni, and Lori, and a son Ed.

                Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Millie SELLERS; her husband, Richard SALZER; brothers Harold and Junior SELLERS and a sister, Ida OLIVERIUS; and a grandson, Brock MINIX. She is survived by brothers Jim SELLERS (Nancy) and Paul SELLERS (Arlene); her children, Tari COLE (Joe), Toni HARTMAN (Art), Lori MINIX (John), and Ed SALZER (Lisa); and grandchildren, Shawn STERKESON, Shari AWONG, Billy NAPIER, Brandon MINIX, Loren SALZER, Dalton SALZER, Dustin SALZER; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

                Her funeral service is Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1 p.m. Central Time, with visitation two hours prior to services at M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox. Burial will follow at Alexander Heinemann Cemetery in Ora, Indiana.

 

Friday February 26, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday February 27, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday March 2, 2021

 

Nelson W. OWENS

November 16, 1953-February 26, 2021

                Nelson Wayne OWENS, 67, Mexico, passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis on Friday, February 26, 2021, with his wife Jeanne by his side.

                Nelson was born in Peru on November 16, 1953 to Betty (POSTILL) and Donald OWENS, who preceded him in death. He graduated from North Miami High School in 1972. He received his Associate Degree at Indiana School of Business and Technology. Nelson retired in 2020 from Gohn Family Farms in Rochester, after working there for more than 20 years. Previously, he owned Owens Radiator in Mexico. Nelson was a determined man with a strong work ethic; often working long hours and continued working part time even after retirement.

                Nelson had a great passion for golf, recently enjoying trips with Jeanne to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Course on the Monterey Peninsula in California and the Ryder Cup at Medinah in Chicago. One of his favorite rounds was played with his stepson, Sean, at the prestigious Harbour Town Golf Course in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He was a sports enthusiast, especially enjoying college basketball; March Madness was a favorite. He was an avid Butler Bulldogs fan. He and Jeanne often attended Butler and Notre Dame Basketball games together. Nelson enjoyed spending down time sharing stories with friends of the Maennechor, Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge; all in Peru, where he was a member. For more than 35 years, Nelson bowled in a Peru league, reaching 299 as his best game. Other interests included playing softball for the Main Street Tavern in Rochester and volunteering with the Denver Jaycee’s haunted house for several years.

                He and Jeanne spent many of their weekends enjoying the simplest pleasures of life: spending time with family and friends, out shopping for deals, eating a great meal at a restaurant, tending to their home or simply enjoying each other’s company. They also enjoyed traveling; he particularly loved the beach where he could sit for hours basking in the sun. Nelson loved spending time with his grandchildren, who looked up to their fun loving grandpa. Grandpa Nelson could often be found on the sidelines supporting the kids in their current sport or snuggled up reading a book with them. Nelson may be best remembered by family and friends for his kind smile and generous spirit, always willing to help others.

                Nelson is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Jeanne (PONSONBY) OWENS; his three adoring step-children and their significant others, Jennifer WHITCOMB (Scott STELTZ), Sean (Ashley) DUFFEY, and Erin CLOYD (Aaron FERGUSON). Also surviving are three brothers, Norman OWENS (Sandra MILLER), Dean (Peggy) OWENS, Donald (Stephanie) OWENS; and one sister, Nancy (Alan) GOHN;and six grandchildren, Cohen SCHMELER, Kailyn CLOYD, Easton CLOYD, Liam DUFFEY, Oliver DUFFEY, and Callie DUFFEY. Nelson also has many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

                In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Peru Maennechor Scholarship Fund in Nelson’s name, 154 South Wabash St., Peru, Indiana 46970. Viewing will be from 4-8 p.m. today, March 2, 2021, at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 with viewing one hour prior to the service. Pastor Phil TROXELL will be officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mexico. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.

 

Dan E. RICE

                Dan E. RICE, 60, died at home February 20, 2021. Survivors include his wife Angie; sisters Sharon ZINK, Judy KELLY, Jane KIEFER;brothers Robert RICE Jr., Larry RICE, David RICE, and Richard RICE; and his children Lindsay EMENHISER, Nick RICE, and Chelsea GARCIA.

                Visitation is 11 a.m.-2p.m. Saturday at Walnut Church of the Brethren Church, Argos. Eulogy will be shared at 1:30 p.m. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

James L. POWERS

March 16, 1925-February 27, 2021

                James L. “Jim” POWERS Sr., 95, formerly of South Bend, died peacefully on February 27, 2021 at Riverwalk Village in Noblesville. He was born March 16, 1925 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Edgar and Hilda (MILLER) POWERS.

                Jim was a very accomplished Indiana basketball player and coach. He starred on the 1942 and 1943 South Bend Central High School teams that were ranked No. 1 in the state and coached by the legendary John WOODEN. As one of the top players in the state, he was selected as a 1943 Indiana All-Star and elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team in 1968.

                After World War II, he rejoined Coach WOODEN as a player at Indiana State Teachers College (Indiana State University) where he was a starter on teams that were runner up in the NAIB national tournament in 1948 and won the national title in 1950. As a result of the critical role that Coach WOODEN playing during Jim’s high school and college years, they developed a close personal friendship that lasted throughout the remainder of their lives.

                Upon graduation from Indiana State, Jim started his career as a teacher and coach at his alma mater, South Bend Central. He was an assistant coach on both the 1953 and 1957 state champion teams there before he became head coach in 1958. His head coaching career spanned 18 years including stops at South Bend Central, Rochester, and Elkhart Memorial. During his coaching career his teams compiled a combined 283-137 record including 9 sectional, 3 regional, and 1 semi-state titles. His 1963 South Bend Central team finished as state runner up.

                He finished his career as athletic director at Elkhart Memorial for 10 years in 1986. In 1993, Jim was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for his outstanding playing and coaching career accomplishments. He served the Hall of Fame as a director and director emeritus for the past 25 years.

                Jim was also a proud World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Force after his high school graduation and through the end of the war. He flew 45 combat missions from his airbase in southern Italy as a radio operator and waist-gunner on B-24 Liberator missions over Germany and Eastern Europe. He survived a crash landing in hostile territory returning from a mission and he was listed as missing in action for three days.

                In 1954, Jim married the love of his life, Marilyn GLASER at St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Bend. They celebrated 66 years of marriage last November.

                In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Edgar and a beloved daughter, Jackie. Surviving with his wife Marilyn (GLASER) POWERS, are his sons, James Jr. (LuAnn) of Carmel, Jeffrey (Mary) of Indianapolis, and Christopher (Colleen) of Columbus, Ohio; his 7 grandchildren, Justin THOME, Kathryn (POWERS) LAUGHNER, Damon THOME, Michael POWERS, Alex POWERS, Paige POWERS, Zach POWERS, Garrett POWERS, and Claire POWERS; and three great-grandchildren; Alison LAUGHNER, James LAUGHNER, and Camryn POWERS.

                Visitation will be open to the public at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 N. Ironwood, South Bend, from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, March 4, immediately followed by a funeral mass. The church will manage the number of visitors allowed at any one time due to COVID restrictions, and masks will be required. The Funeral Mass will also be livestreamed. The livestream can be accessed via the church website littleflowerchurch.org and then scrolling down to the Live and Recorded Masses title.

                The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the many caregivers who helped and supported Jim over the past several months, especially those at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and Riverwalk Village. Those who wish to remember Jim in a special way may make a donation in his memory to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, One Hall of Fame Court, New Castle, Indiana 47362 or online at info@hoopshall.com. To send private condolences to the family, please visit www.McGannHay.com.

 

Cam RATHBUN

December 25, 1951-February 26, 2021

                Cam RATHBUN, 69, of Warsaw and formerly of rural Akron, passed at 7:29 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Ft. Wayne.

                Cam was born December 26, 1951 in Warsaw, to the late David William and Leona Marie (WIDEMAN) RATHBUN. He was married July 28, 1979, to Patricia M. BRAMAN in the First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, and she survives.

                He attended the Talma United Methodist Church in his youth. He was a graduate of Mentone High School in 1970. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors, and he loved his family. In earlier years he was active in the Akron Youth League where he coached girls softball, travel teams and served on the board. Cam had worked for Dalton Corporation in quality assurance for 40 years, retiring in 2017.

                Cam is survived by his wife Pat RATHBUN of Warsaw;daughters Gail and husband Patrick CRONE of Walkerton and Heather and husband Bryan BUCKLEY of Osceola; grandchildren Natalie CRONE, Liam BUCKLEY and Emma BUCKLEY;and sisters Carol and husband Don BOYER of Mentone and Sandy and husband Ellis SHEPHERD of Akron. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Marie RATHBUN.

                A private service will be held, with the interment taking place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Masks will be required for all who are in attendance. Donations can be made in Cam’s memory to the Akron Youth League, P.O. Box 401, Akron, IN 46910. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Pamela LAGENOUR

                Pamela K. LAGENOUR, 58, Argos, died at 12:29 p.m. February 27, 2021, at her residence. Her survivors include her husband, Barry;daughters Rhonda KALEY, Indianapolis, Victoria NETTROUER, Argos, and Julia LAGENOUR, Indianapolis; mother Mildred BALDING, Plymouth; sisters Marge BURKHOLDER, Plymouth, and Sue GUFFEY, Bourbon.

                Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Friday at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, with funeral service to follow at noon at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday March 3, 2021

 

Tina M. KLINE

                Tina M. KLINE, 56, Chesterfield and formerly of Rochester, died at 7:10 p.m. Sunday at St. Vincent’s of Anderson.

                Survivors include five siblings, Brenda ERNEST, Rochester, Crystal HIVELY, Etna Green, Angie JOHNSON, Rochester, Nick KLINE, Tippecanoe, and Chuck KLINE, Fishers.

                Funeral service is 1 p.m. on Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Debbie J. WHYBREW

                Debbie J. WHYBREW, 47, Silver Lake, died at 8:34 a.m. Monday at her residence. Survivors include her husband Joe, Silver Lake; sons Jared WHYBREW and Justin WHYBREW both of Silver Lake; sisters Peg SMITH, Warsaw, and Penny SLONE, Burket; and a brother, Jason SLONE, Warsaw.

                A private family service will take place. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Thursday March 4, 2021

 

Tina M. KLINE

September 8, 1964-February 28, 2021

                Former Rochester resident Miss Tina Marie KLINE, 56, of Chesterfield, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Ascension-St. Vincent’s of Anderson.

                On September 8, 1964, Tina was born in Peru to Charles Leroy and Karen HIVELY KLINE. She was the fourth of six KLINE children. Growing up she shared her childhood with three sisters, Brenda, Crystal and Angie, and two brothers, Nick and Chuck. Tina spent her elementary school years at North Miami. Her family moved and she completed her education at Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1983.

                On Friday evenings Tina enjoyed meeting up with best friends Troy and Rob to play cards and Scrabble. She also enjoyed spirited games of Yahtzee with them. The evening always began with conversation, laughter and sandwiches from the Streamliner. Life is good when you’re with your best friends.

                As a dietary assistant, Tina worked at Life Care Center of Rochester for 25 years. She attended the Noblesville Baptist Church and while living in Rochester she attended the Westside Apostolic Pentecostal Church. To relax, she could be found playing BINGO, watching TV game shows, and working puzzles or puzzle books.

                Paramount in Tina’s life was her family. She was a beautiful daughter, sister, aunt, and cousin. Tina was always there for her family. The holidays and special family celebrations were times when many memories were made.

                Left to cherish Tina’s memory are five siblings, Brenda ERNEST and companion Stan GATES of Rochester, Crystal HIVELY of Etna Green, Angie JOHNSON and husband Dan of Rochester, Nick KLINE and companion Mindi WILLIAMS of Tippecanoe, Chuck KLINE and wife Paula of Fishers; aunt and uncle Shari and Terry BURNS and family of Denver; nieces and nephews Jason BECK, Amy BECK, Amber BECK, Justin BECK, Danny KLINE, Zachary KLINE, Jared KLINE, Ashley WEBB, Victor WEBB; great-nieces and great-nephews Lindsay, Cole, Riley, Baylee, Justin Jr., Chloe and a new niece to arrive in late March; and numerous cousins, including Charlann COVER. Special friends include Terry and Joe MOORE, Troy MURPHY, Laura VAN METER, Byron and Sue WALTZ, Sharon CADDY, Charlene TURNER and other friends from Manitou Training Center; her Mentor Network family Tracy, Steve, David, Jason, Ian and staff and roommate Krista. Preceding Tina in death are her mother Karen GUNTER and step-father Don GUNTER, grandparents Sherman and Alice HIVELY and Herman and Bertha KLINE.

                A celebration of the life of Tina Marie KLINE will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Steven ADDISON will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Camp-We-Can, 2567 E. 500 North, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday March 5, 2021

 

Paul J. FLEISCHMANN

August 1, 1944-March 3, 2021

                Paul Joseph FLEISCHMANN, 76, Rochester, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on August 1, 1944, in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, the son of Louis and Wilda (MARKWELL) FLEISCHMANN. After graduating from high school, Paul served with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. On June 15, 1984, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, he married Diane MIELKE and she survives.

                Paul had been a welder and shop foreman for Symons Manufacturing in Chicago. He had also been a driver for Rochester Homes, Rochester. He enjoyed meeting up with friends to do blacksmith projects at the Fulton County Museum, fishing, and hunting.

                Survivors include his wife, Diane FLEISCHMANN, Rochester; stepsons Robert CARDISH, San Antonio, Texas, Peter CARDISH, Palm Springs, California; step-grandchildren Ian CARDISH and Shane CARDISH, both of San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lou FLEISCHMANN and David FLEISCHMANN, sister Georgia MYDOCK and stepdaughter, Lori CYPHER.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

 

 

Saturday March 6, 2021

 

Michael A. BERNERO

                Michael A. BERNERO, 82, Plymouth, died at 9:23 p.m. Wednesday at his residence. Michael is survived by his son Marc BERNERO, Plymouth; daughters Charlene ESPICH, Plymouth, and Rhonda SCHUH, Plymouth; and a sister Kathy TROUT, Akron.

                Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the New Oakhill Cemetery, 1300 Chester St., Plymouth. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Rita A. SUTTON

                Rita A. SUTTON, 82, Fulton, died at 5:54 a.m. Friday, at her residence. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday March 9, 2021

 

Rita A. SUTTON

November 23, 1938-March 5, 2021

                Rita A. SUTTON, 82, Fulton, passed away at 5:54 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021, at her residence. She was born on November 23, 1938, in Cass County, the daughter of Donald H. and Florence (SLAUGH) CAMP. On May 10, 1974, at the Fletcher’s Lake United Methodist Church, she married Maurice E. “Butch” SUTTON and he survives.

                Rita had worked for Hart, Schaffner, and Marx for many years before retiring from T.M. Morris Manufacturing. She attended Christian Life Fellowship. She enjoyed reading, sewing, mushroom hunting and her canine companions, Bella and Sophia.

                Survivors include her husband, Maurice E. “Butch” SUTTON, Fulton; children Robert A. FRED Jr., Peru, and David SUTTON, Fulton;granddaughter Lizzie SUTTON, Fulton; sister Patricia HAMILTON, Zionsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lawrence CAMP and George CAMP, and sister Carolyn HUFFMAN.

                Private services will be observed. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Life Fellowship. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Phyllis J. HAYS

                Phyllis J. HAYS, 67, Rochester, died at 10:25 p.m. Friday at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday March 10, 2021

 

Phyllis J. HAYS

August 30, 1950-March 5, 2021

                Phyllis J. HAYS, 67, Rochester, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021, at her residence. She was born August 30, 1953 in Rochester, the daughter of Curtis and Metha (GREGORY) CROUSSORE. She married Gary D. HAYS in 1968 in Birmingham, Alabama and he preceded her in death on May 19, 1922.

                Phyllis received an associate degree in animal science and had volunteered for the Fulton County Veterinary Clinic. She had also worked for Fairmont Homes in Nappanee, Hardee’s and Rochester Metals and spent the last 16 years as head building technician for Rochester Middle School. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and watching Lifetime movies.

                Survivors include her daughters, Wendy (Doug) BOWER, Rochester, Vicki (Mark) TURNPAUGH, Nyona Lake; grandchildren Samantha Jo BOWER and fiancé Cody EDSON, Rochester, Gage BOWER and companion Anna DUBOIS, Rochester, Dawson BOWER, Rochester; a great-grandchild, Paislee Jo BOWER, to arrive in June; sister Lydia GLASSBURN, Rochester; brother Robert (Debra) CROUSSORE, Rochester; nieces and nephews Amanda (Joshua) WEYANT, Rochester, Timothy GLASSBURN, Akron, William (Gailanne) CROUSSORE, Buckeye, Arizona, Dawn BOYER, Bourbon, Christi (Larry) ALSPACH, Peru, Christopher WORKING, Peru, Jonathon WORKING and companion Allie MILLER, Peru, Garret (Danielle) BUELL, Elkhart, Mercedes BUELL, Elkhart, Alec TODD, Dallas, Georgia, Dylan TODD, Dallas, Georgia, Taylor TODD, Dallas, Georgia, Jerrika BOYER, Bourbon, Matt TURNPAUGH, Rochester, Chelsie TURNPAUGH, Fort Wayne; mother-in-law Dixie HAYS, Elkhart; sisters-in-law Tonya (Tim) BUELL, Elkhart, Tracy (Bernard) TODD, Dallas, Georgia, Diane HAYS, Roseland, Doug WORKING, Peru; good friend Jana VANCE and her entire Zebra Family. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Terry L. CROUSSORE, great-grandson Maverick BOWER, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Vicki WORKING, Marvin N. HAYS, and parents-in-law Marvin HAYS and Madelyn HAYS.

                Friends may visit from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Private services will take place with interment to follow at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Visitors are reminded to follow current COVID-19 guidelines including wearing a mask and social distancing. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Sharlene F. ROSS

                Sharlene F. Ross, 80, Mentone, died at 12:54 a.m. Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending with King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Thursday March 11, 2021

 

Sharlene ROSS

                Sharlene F. ROSS, 80, Mentone, died at 12:54 a.m. Tuesday at her home. Her survivors include her children, Crystal HALE of Martin, Kentucky, Angie DILLON of Warsaw, Eric ROSS of Mentone, Windy MCFARREN of Claypool, Cy ROSS of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Balinda VASQUEZ of Vallejo, California.

                Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with masks required.

 

Sondra TURNER

                Sondra M. TURNER, 88, Rochester, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday at her son’s residence in Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday March 12, 2021

 

Sondra M. TURNER

November 2, 1932-March 10, 2021

                Sondra M. TURNER, 88, Rochester, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2021, at her son’s residence in Rochester.

                She was born November 2, 1932, in Rochester, the daughter of Harry and Alice (JOHNS) BASHAM. On August 6, 1955, in Norfolk, Virginia, she married James TURNER. He preceded her in death March 10, 2015.

                Sondra had been a homemaker and previously had worked for Wilson’s and the Shopping Guide News. She had been a member of Rochester Church of the Nazarene and had been active at the senior center. She, along with her husband, was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed cooking.

                Survivors include her children, Jo and husband Philip PUGH, Logansport, Harry TURNER, Rochester, Michael TURNER, Mishawaka, Robin LEWIS, Rochester, Patti BURNS, Rochester; grandchildren Remus SHINDLEDECKER, Logansport, Sondra BURNS, Rochester, Tommy BURNS, Rochester, Maggie May HOLLAR, Argos; four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sisters Pat (Fred) BIBLE, Edington, North Carolina, and Ruth TORBET, of Gloucester, Virginia; and brothers, James BASHAM, of Georgia, David (Flory) BASHAM, Norfolk, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Quinton SHINDLEDECKER, brothers Ernest BIBLE, Clyde BIBLE, Harry BIBLE, Melvin BIBLE, and Donald BIBLE.

                Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Don MEYER officiating. Friends may visit from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Visitors are reminded to follow COVID-19 guidelines including wearing mask and social distancing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Resource Center or the Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Saturday March 13, 2021

 

Brittany MULLINAX

                Brittany D. MULLINAX, 22, Rochester, died at 9:11 a.m. Sunday at her residence. Survivors include her parents Shane and Marlene MULLINAX, Kokomo; her children, Sophia MULLINAX, Kokomo, Kenai HOUSTON, Rochester; sisters Nicole MULLINAX and Hope MULLINAX, both of Kokomo.

                Private family services will be observed. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert A. SIMONS

                Robert Alan SIMONS, 72, rural Akron, died at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday at Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne.

                His survivors include wife Cheryl SIMONS, Akron; son Tom SIMONS, Warsaw; daughter Becky SIMONS, Wabash; mother Lois SIMONS, Wabash;and a brother Douglas SIMONS, Wabash.

                No services will be held at this time. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday March 16, 2021

 

Kendra L. FUENTES

April 5, 1969-March 13, 2021

                Kendra L. FUENTES, 51, Rochester, passed away at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

                She was born April 5, 1969, in Rochester, the daughter of Darrell and Kay (NEWMAN) CREVISTON (Jeff BRUBAKER). On February 3, 2007, she married Reinaldo O. FUENTES and he survives.

                Kendra had been a homemaker and previously worked at Wendy’s and The Dam Landing. In her free time, she enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.

                Survivors include her husband, Reinaldo FUENTES, Rochester; children Skyler CREVISTON and fiancé Robert HARDESTY, Rochester, Ember (Jacob WILLIAMS) LAMBERT, Miami, Ebony LAMBERT, South Bend, Raven (Miguel GOMEZ) LAMBERT, Silver Lake, Quincy LAMBERT, Rochester; bonus children Cortnie TUTTLE, Delong, Ayriel EYTCHESON, Montgomery, Texas; grandchildren Emery LAMBERT, Jayce WILLIAMS and Sawyer WILLIAMS, Tileasha, D.J., Ciarra and Noah; sisters Julie (Shanan) SHAFER, Rochester, Michelle (Paul) SHANKLIN, Rochester; brother Donald (Crystal) CREVISTON, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

                Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Margaret BURKETT

                Margaret BURKETT, 94, Rochester, died at home Saturday. Survivors include her two sons, David BURKETT and Randy BURKETT, of Rochester.

                A graveside service is at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday March 17, 2021

 

Dallas R. MUSSELMAN

May 9, 1952-March 11, 2021

                Dallas R. MUSSELMAN, 68, of Hamlet and formerly of Twelve Mile, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Northwest Hospital, LaPorte following a sudden illness.

                He was born on May 9, 1952 in Peru, to the late Ralph and Lucy (MILLER) MUSSELMAN. On April 9, 1986, Dallas married the love of his life, Virginia “Jill” SHARP, who preceded his death in October 2020.

                He cherished his family dearly, especially his grandchildren. Dallas was a familiar face at the coffee shops, auctions and swap meets and he never met a stranger.

                Dallas is survived by two daughters, Dawn (Christopher) LAWRENCE of Hamlet and Beth MUSSELMAN of Koontz Lake; five grandchildren, Maxwell, Anna, Mabel, Malcolm, and Ruby; three stepchildren, Hope (Greg) GRAF of Peru, Mark (Julia) ASHBAUGH of Logansport, and Stacey (Phil) FRISCHKORN of Noblesville; six step-grandchildren, Cody, Angelica, Bobby, Katie, Gretchen, Sydney; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Philip, and Mark; and two brothers, Donald MUSSELMAN and Roger MUSSELMAN. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, granddaughter Lydia LAWRENCE and one brother, Kenneth MUSSELMAN.

                It was Dallas’ wish to be cremated. A combined memorial service with his beloved wife Jill will take place at a later date. To leave online condolence visit rannellsfh.com.

 

Anthony H. MOREAU

                Anthony H. MOREAU, 63, Rochester, died at 3:25 a.m. Monday, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

                Survivors include his wife Mary MOREAU, Rochester;daughter Anna MILLER, Plymouth; sons Jerry MILLER, South Bend, and Jason MILLER, Butler; sister Lori SCOTT, LaPorte; and a brother, Brian MOREAU, LaPorte.

                No service is planned at this time. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Thursday March 18, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday March 19, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

 

 

Saturday March 20, 2021

 

John T. ‘JT’ REFFITT

May 23, 1941-March 16, 2021

                John Thomas “J.T.” REFFITT, 79, formerly of Peru, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Born May 23, 1941, in Risner, Kentucky, he was the son of Clyde and Dorothy STEPHENS REFFITT. He was married to Karen S. BOWMAN, and she preceded him in death on January 28, 2013.

                He was retired from Dyer Construction, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He served in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam. He loved to hunt, fish, watch westerns, collect coins, and in his younger years, ride motorcycles. He was a hard worker who enjoyed life and kept on working even when his health tried to restrict him.

                Survivors include four children, Billy Joe (Donna) REFFITT, Columbia City, Jaclyn (Jeff) NELSON, Macy, Clayton (Marrianne) REFFITT, Rochester, and Brandon REFFITT, Peru; eleven grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou (Lee) BRADLEY, Denver; and one brother, Clifford (Candy) REFFITT, Rochester; and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three siblings, Clyde Hershel REFFITT, Larry Dean REFFITT, and Harold REFFITT;daughter Jami REFFITT; and one grandson, Nicholas REFFITT.

                A time of visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Military Rites will be presented at the funeral home at 6 p.m. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Paul D. REED

                Paul D. REED, 67, rural Akron, died at 1:31 p.m. Thursday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday March 23, 2021

 

Richard ALBER

                Richard “Dick” ALBER, 89, formerly of Rochester, died Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his Winamac home.

                Survivors include his children, Pam LOCKE, Winamac, Rich Joe ALBER, Rochester, Debbie GIRTON, Winamac, John INGRAM, Winamac, Denise HIATT, Kewanna, Mike INGRAM, South Bend; and three brothers, Wayne ALBER, Plymouth, Larry ALBER, Brookfield, Ohio, Phillip ALBER, Fort Wayne.

                A celebration of life is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Robert R. HOLLOWAY

                Robert R. HOLLOWAY, 84, of rural Mentone and North Port, Florida, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his residence in Florida. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Dianne H. WUKOVITS

                Dianne H. WUKOVITS, 77, Rochester, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday March 24, 2021

 

Richard ‘Dick’ ALBER

February 25, 1932-March 20, 2021

                Former Rochester resident Mr. Richard “Dick” ALBER, 89, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on March 20, 2021, at 6:10 p.m. in his Winamac home.

                On February 25, 1932, Richard Lee ALBER was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Norvannah and Lillian Marie BARNHART ALBER. Growing up as the sixth of the ALBER kids, Dick shared his childhood with a sister Margie and five brothers, Wayne, Larry, Phillip, Raymond, and Addison.

As a Richland Center High School Wildcat, his basketball team was led by legendary coach Paul “Rocky” ROCKWELL. The team ascended to the semi-state during Dick’s senior season in 1950. He played at the forward and guard positions while getting out of his farm chores he said, was the best. Dick graduated as a proud member of the top ten scholars of his class. A stellar baseball player, after high school, Dick was invited to try out for the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

Dick worked at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant for a few months, then when patriotism beckoned; he answered the call by joining the United States Navy. He served as a radio man aboard the USS Juneau CLAA-19 also known as the “Galloping Ghost.” It was the second largest warship sailing at that time. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Korea on board USS Juneau and completed his tour of duty on Bermuda Island. He was honorably discharged returning home to Rochester in 1955.

In Richland Center, Dick and Shirley Ann CLAY were married on September 9, 1951. Sadly, she passed away on November 22, 1974. On January 17, 1976, Dick and Helen “Jeanie” FAGAN were married. They have shared over 45 years of life’s adventures.

With a strong work ethic, Dick began his career at Studebaker in South Bend. An opportunity to join the Dean’s Milk Company arose. He worked with great dedication for 40 years, 28 years he served as the plant manager. Dick was a hard worker, great boss and was known for his cussing “Lesson” to each plant employee during the “evaluation meeting.” The office girls learned to leave the office and go outside until he taught them the correct way to do their job. But at the end of the day, you could count on finding him and that employee at the bar drinking a beer. Dick retired in 1996.

                Dick was known by many names to his inner most circle. “Babe,” to his beloved wife Jeanie, Dad and Grandpa to his family. He also answered to Capt. Dick, Leatherhead, Dickie Bird, and a few other choice names by other friends.

                A gifted wood craftsman, Dick could be found in his woodshop working on his projects and creating custom gifts. He made lanterns, various trucks, cabinets, carving out pocket knives for friends and family. If the kids had a request, he would make it. One Christmas he made boxes for the grandkids with their names on each box. By the end of the day, they all fell apart, we never let him forget that. Annually Dick planted two truck patch gardens. With a green thumb he yielded a bountiful harvest that was shared with family, friends and usually enough to feed a small village. His produce was in demand and Dick delivered.

                Paramount in Grandpa Dick’s life was his family. As the patriarch he was proud to oversee four generations. His family loved him immensely. Grandpa was an amazing role model, teaching us to celebrate life and to love. His influence and memories will be carried on by all of us. He looked forward to our holidays and special celebrations with family and friends. We looked forward to his authentic, acclaimed, forever turkey call! Shared with family and friends, he never denied his followers and obliged when anyone asked. He loved a good party! We will miss you Babe, Dad and Grandpa, you will continue to live within all of us: in our hearts and through the memories we made.

                Left to cherish Dick’s memory are his wife, Jeanie, children Pam LOCKE of Winamac, Rich J. ALBER and wife Karna of Rochester, Debbie GIRTON of Winamac, John INGRAM and wife Carrie of Winamac, Denise HIATT and husband Troy of Kewanna, Mike INGRAM and wife Holly of South Bend; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne ALBER and wife Mary of Plymouth, Larry ALBER and wife Sharon of Brookfield, Ohio, Phillip ALBER and wife Dian of Fort Wayne. Preceding Dick in death are his parents; first wife, Shirley; a grandson, Jeremy LOCKE; a great-grandson, Tyler THOMAS;son-in-law, Tim GIRTON; sister Margie MINARK; three ALBER brothers, infant Norvannah, Raymond, and Addison.

                A celebration of the life of Richard “Dick” ALBER will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Chaplain Jason SEE will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

                Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honor’s Team. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County DAV Van Fund, 815 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday March 25, 2021

 

Dean REED

April 24, 1953-March 18, 2021

                Paul Dean REED, 67, rural Akron, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 1:31 p.m. He was born on April 24, 1953, in Rochester, to Lloyd F. and Francis “Grethel” (HUTCHISON) REED.

                Dean had lived all of his life in the Akron area. He retired in July of 2014 from DePuy (Synthes) Orthopedics, later Johnson &Johnson in Warsaw, where he worked as a polisher. He was married to Velvet MANNIES and later divorce. Together, they had four children. He was a former member of the Akron Masonic Lodge.

                Survivors include his two sons, John Dean REED, of Akron, and Joseph Aland (spouse Kayla) REED, of Columbus; two daughters, Emilea Arine (REED) (spouse Ron) KENWORTHY, of Poneto, and Ashlynn Nicole REED of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, John Wyatt, Cody Dean, Emma Elise, Kora Jo, Cleyton Lane, Connor Aland, Faith Brooklyn; two brothers, Michael (spouse Mary Lou) REED, of Akron, and David REED of Austel, Georgia; three sisters, Marcille NEEDHAM of Wabash, Joyce GREER of Peru, and Wanda WILDERMUTH of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Dean in death are his parents, brother James “Jim” REED, sisters Marilyn MAYNARD and Carol LEEDY, and granddaughter Kali Marie REED.

                A public visitation with the family will be on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the Silver Creek Church of God, 6504 W. 1300 South, Silver Lake, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. officiated by Pastor Dave PHILIPS, with burial and committal service at the Silver Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com. The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Paul Dean REED.

 

Aaron T. MCCOMBS

May 21, 1962-March 23, 2021

                Pastor Aaron Thomas MCCOMBS, 58, Rochester, gave his last gift to others as he became an organ donor on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

                Right before his gift of life was shared with others, his family offered these words: “The man in front of you today is a very special one. The kindness you feel coming from his heart is only made by a full life of serving others. He taught his friends to be their best selves. He taught his family to love. He taught his community to trust. He walked with friends and strangers alike in good times and in bad all to lead them home to our Father in Heaven. God now holds his hand as you help him with his greatest and final act. God blessed us with a true hero. He is flying a little higher today.”

                Born May 21, 1962, in Denver, Colorado, he was the son of Fred and Florence (HEISSINGER) MCCOMBS.

                Aaron was a retired pastor having graduated from Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois, and last serving the Kewanna Church of Christ. In addition to being a pastor for over 35 years, he served on the South African Christian Mission Board and served with many Christian youth camps. Active in his community, he had been a 4-H Leader, Boy Scout Leader, and Little League coach.

                A man who is impossible to forget is remembered by his son, Brandon MCCOMBS (fiancé Ashley STUBER), Rochester; daughter, Aschlee RIEG and husband Dan RIEG, Westfield; six grandchildren, Noah MCCOMBS, Kobe JAMES, Kason RIEG, Eleanor RIEG, Noah STUBER, and Addison CORIA; one brother, Kerry MCCOMBS, Springfield, Illinois; and his beloved canine companion, Max.

                Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Church of the Heartland, Rochester, with Pastor Daniel BATES officiating. The service will be livestreamed at www.mcclainfh.com/livestream. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. McClain Funeral Home, Denver has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Mary BABER

                Mary LaVerne CONNER BABER, 103, Peru, died Monday, March 22, 2021, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Patricia MOULTON

                Patricia MOULTON, 90, Peru, died Monday, March 22, 2021, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru. Arrangements are pending at McClain Funeral Home, Denver.

 

Friday March 26, 2021

 

Richard L. BEHRENS

December 11, 1943-March 19, 2021

                Richard Lee “DooDah” BEHRENS, 77, of Peru, entered eternal rest surrounded by his family at 8:23 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2021, at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

                He was born on December 11, 1943, to John Fredrick “Fritz” and Kathryne Evelyn (ZEIGLER) BEHRENS in Peoria, Illinois.

                Richard shared his childhood with two sisters and a brother, Betty Jane, Linda and Jerry. He went to Pleasant Hill school until the 8th grade. He was drafted into the Army in May 1965, stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky and later shipped overseas to Germany. He was awarded a National Defense Service Medal: Sharp Shooter Rifle. He was honorably discharged on May 11, 1967.

                On January 13, 1968, Richard married the love of his life, Sharon Elaine EIKENBERRY. She preceded him in death on February 14, 2018.

                Richard was hardworking, always providing for whatever the need was. He instilled great work ethics in all of his kids. “If you want something, you have to work for it” was his motto. Smart, caring and giving come to mind when his name is mentioned.

                He worked at many gas stations (actually pumping gas and checking oil for patrons) as well as working on cars. He also worked at Stellite in Kokomo and Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. For 24 years, he worked at Wilson’s Meat Packing, Logansport. He loved to tinker and build. He could often be found with a pencil he had sharpened with his pocket knife, a piece of paper and a ruler, plotting his dream home and scouring the realtor books for the perfect piece of land to put it on.

                In the garden, he would turn the earth, plant the seeds and nurture the crops until it provided a bounty which he shared with others via 5-gallon buckets. Later in life, he was the “supervisor” to those who planted and nurtured.

                Surviving are his children: a daughter, Mel and husband Tony ANDERSON, of Peru; two sons, Michael BEHRENS and partner Matt, of Flossmoor, Illinois, and Jeffrey BEHRENS and companion Christina, of Marshall, Illinois. Also, five grandchildren: Brandy PEEK and companion Brandon, Elwood, Braxton BOWERS and companion Chelsey, Rochester, and Adrienne ANDERSON, Logansport, Isabell, Sarah, Natalie BEHRENS, Marshall, Illinois. Also, nine great-grandchildren: Ella JoeAnn, Amya Lynn, Zayden Alexander, Hayden Raysel, Alyiah Marie, Christopher Michael, Ashlynn Ann, Kegan Lee, and Paislee Ann; and many, many bonus children who called him Papa DooDah, as well as many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sister Linda KRIDER, Chillicothe, Illinois, sister-in-law Carol BEHRENS, Florida, and brother-in-law Jim (Pam) EIKENBERRY, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon, sister Betty Jane SCHLOCHER, brother Jerry BEHRENS, son Matthew BEHRENS, and grandson Matthew ANDERSON.

                At a later date, there will be graveside services at IOOF Cemetery in Rochester, with military rights by Veterans Affairs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to American Heart Association, and/or a homeless shelter or animal shelter of your choice. Continue his legacy of giving and providing for the less fortunate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.

 

Chloe Ann CHOATE

February 20, 1956-March 24, 2021

                Chloeann (Chloe Ann) CHOATE, 65, Rochester, passed away on March 24, 2021, at her cherished home at Sandhill Church. She was surrounded by Frank, her husband, Jace, her son, and Kara, her stepdaughter.

                Chloeann was born on February 20, 1956, in Rochester, the daughter of Calvin R. and Frances Elizabeth (WOOD) MUMMERT.

                She married Tim HOPPES on June 28, 1974. Their son, Jace Q. HOPPES, was born on December 2, 1979. They later divorced but remained friends. She married John JONES on August 28, 1983, and they later divorced. In January of 2001, she met the love of her life, Frank CHOATE. They remained together until the time of her death and had been married since August 7, 2010.

                Chloeann highly valued education. She graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Masters of Public Administration. She was a lifelong and voracious reader and was a professional writer for the South Bend Tribune.

                Chloeann had a passion for work and did so for as long as possible. She worked for the Center for Mental Health and was manager of the Supported Employment Department at Four County Counseling. She worked for many years at the Fulton County Library as a Reference Librarian. She and her husband owned and operated Decisions Psychological Services since 2006. She worked for the practice until her passing. She was a charter member of Fulton County Crime Stoppers. She actively served as an Elder at First Christian Church, Rochester.

                Chloeann had a love for animals her entire life. She especially loved flamingos. She had many furry kids, which are typically referred to as cats. Merlin, Artie, Buddy, and Tuxedo currently survive.

                She is survived by her husband, Dr. Frank CHOATE, and they enjoyed traveling. They visited Denver, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, Hawaii, and most recently China. Chloeann also took several Road Scholar trips with friends. She is also survived by her son, Jace HOPPES, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and stepdaughter, Kara (Kenny) DOWELL, Fowler. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Prudence HOTT.

                Her wish was to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a future date at First Christian Church, Rochester. In lieu of flowers the family asks you make a donation to your local library or animal shelter in her memory. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Robert R. HOLLOWAY

May 22, 1936-March 20, 2021

                Robert R. HOLLOWAY, 84, of rural Mentone and North Port, Florida, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his residence in Florida.

                Bob was born on May 22, 1936, in Warsaw, to the late Clayton J. and Maxine (SCOTT) HOLLOWAY. He had been married to Dolores MOCK. He then married on January 1, 1984, in Burket, to Esther M. LEONARD, who preceded him in death on December 22, 2015.

                He was a graduate of Mentone High School in 1955. He served his country in the U.S. Army. While in the service he was stationed in Island/Greenland. Bob had worked for R.R. Donnelley & Sons of Warsaw for 42 years.

                Bob was an avid classic car enthusiast. He attended many car shows with his Ford Galaxies and 1940 Chevy. He restored several classic cars. He also enjoyed racing, driving late models and go carts. You could see him drive at Gas City and Kokomo in his driving days. He was a NASCAR fan, cheering on his driver’s Bill Elliott and Chase Elliott. Bob was also a longtime member of the Cruisin’ Hoosiers Car Club, Rebel Rousers Car Club, and the Moose Lodge of Warsaw.

                Bob is survived by his companion Betty CHANDLER, of North Port, Florida; daughters Vickie BRADLEY, of Mentone, and Sherri and husband Rick NELSON, of Warsaw; a son, Steve HOLLOWAY, of Warsaw; grandchildren Jennifer, Brett, Tyler, and Brynn; and great-grandchildren Dylan, Dominic, Reagan, Clayton, Linxi, Ava, and Alanna. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Esther, son Jeff CANARY, brother Max D. HOLLOWAY, and his step-mother Marguerite RAYNER.

                The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Rod UTTER officiating. The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, with graveside military rite performed by the American Legion Post No. 49 Honor Guard of Warsaw. Visitation hours will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Donations can be made in Bob’s memory to the donor’s choice of charity. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Saturday March 27, 2021

 

Mary BABER

                Mary LaVerne (CONNER) BABER, 103, of Mexico, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

                Survivors include her son, Dennis BABER, of Panama City, Florida, and her daughter, Linda FOLAND, of Lafayette.          

                Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico. Her funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the New Life United Methodist Church.

 

Patricia MOULTON

                Patricia Joann CONNER MOULTON, 90, Peru, passed away at 8:25 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru. Survivors include her son, Mark CONNER MOULTON.

                Her funeral service is at 2:30 p.m. Monday at New Life United Methodist Church, Mexico. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the church.

 

Tuesday March 30, 2021

 

Stephen W. STYERS

March 25, 1941-March 17, 2021

                Stephen (Steve) W. STYERS, age 79, passed away on March 17, 2021 at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

                Steve was born the son of Venus D. and Mildred (COUCH) STYERS on March 25, 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School. On August 25, 1962, he married the love of his life, Linda WEBBER.

                Steve was proud to serve his country as part of the U.S. Navy Reserve. Steve worked for DA Lubricants as a salesman for many years. He and Linda moved to the Plymouth area over 50 years ago and attended the Plymouth Wesleyan Church most recently. During his free time, he enjoyed restoring antique classic cars of all kinds, and had several of his projects featured in various museums and magazines. Steve was a true connoisseur of cars; he loved working on them, racing them, and one of his favorite hobbies was going to Car Shows with his family!

                He was one of the founding members of the “Hoosier Old Wheels” and owned Colonial Antique Auto Restorers. He and his wife were also proud members of the Blacktop Cruisers of Rochester. Steve was well-known all over town for his sense of humor and his ability to tell jokes! He had a knack for being able to put a smile on every face he met! His love for kids was clearly evident in his work with Boy Scouts, his involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and his passion for Riley Children’s Hospital. Steve was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge, which was very near and dear to him. Most important of all was his love for his family, and attending his kids and grandkids’ sporting events. He loved to encourage those who had lost their “Dad” or “Grandpa” to call him “Dad” or “Grandpa” as he loved them as his own.

                Those who will cherish their memories of Steve most are his loving wife of 58 years, Linda, sons Scott (Beth) STYERS of Plymouth, along with grandchildren Brandon STYERS and his fiancé Ashley GRIFFEE, Justin STYERS, Mark (Susan) STYERS of Plymouth along with grandchildren Anthony (A.J.) STYERS, Victoria STYERS, and Joseph STYERS.

                In accordance with Steve’s wishes, cremation services are being provided. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date; in which the family requests that anyone that Steve made laugh bring your classic car, a memory, or a joke to share and remember Steve as the fun-loving and great personality he was! Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth is privileged to be entrusted with arrangements. Thank you to all of our friends and community for your support during these difficult times.

 

Rosalia L. ZIEGLER

October 14, 1922-March 22, 2021

                Rosalia Louise ZIEGLER, 98, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2021, at her daughter Dianne’s home in South Bend. Rosalia was born October 14, 1922, to the late Joseph F. and Catharina (PROSMAN) BOLLAERTS in Antwerp, Belgium.

                Rosie was married to Adam S. ZIEGLER and they had celebrated 65 years together before he passed away in 2011. Adam was in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war in 1945 he met Rosie in Antwerp, Belgium. They were married in 1946 at the Holy Heart Catholic Church in Antwerp. Adam and Rosie returned to the U.S.A. to reside in North Dakota with Adam’s family.

                In 1961, Adam and Rosie moved with their four children to Rochester, and in 1980 they settled in Franklin, where Rosie still has a home. Rosie and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling throughout the United States and Europe. They enjoyed spending time with family and attending their grandchildren’s special events.

                Rosie is survived by three daughters, Gladys (Rodger) MACY of Geneva, Illinois, Dianne ZIEGLER of South Bend, and Carmen (Fred) KAOUK of Naples, Florida; son James ZIEGLER of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; also all surviving in Belgium, are sister-in-law Carmen BOLLAERTS;two nephews, Carl BOLLAERTS and Francois CEULEMANS; two nieces, Jeanie EVERAERT and Monique (Ludo) PERSOONS. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Adam, parents, brothers Albert BOLLAERTS and Francois BOLLAERTS; sister Johanna (Jenny) CEULEMANS and husband Pierre CEULEMANS, and nieces Sonja BOLLAERTS and Christianne CEULEMANS.

                Rosalia Louise ZIEGLER will be inurned next to her husband Adam at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

 

Eleanor DRAPER

October 12, 1938-March 21, 2021

                Eleanor “Ellie” DRAPER, 82, of Roann, died at 9:41 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2021, at her home. She was born October 12, 1938, in Wabash, to James and Vera Friederika (GRAY) VAN BUSKIRK.

                Ellie was a 1956 graduate of Roann High School. She attended Purdue University and Earlham College, receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1960 from Manchester College, and her master’s degree in 1966 from Ball State University. Ellie was a teacher and owned and operated Van Buskirk Insurance Agency in Roann from 1985 to 2000. She was a member of Olive Branch Church, and the Olive Branch Bible Study. She also belonged to the Roann Community Heritage, the Happy Homemakers Home Economics Club, and the Valley Rich Red Hat Society. Ellie was recognized as Indiana Homemaker of the Year Top Ten. She served as chairperson of the Roann Sesquicentennial Committee in 2003, and volunteered at the Roann Carnegie Public Library and the Stockdale Mill Association. Ellie enjoyed her children, grandchildren, family reunions, nature walks, reading, sewing, flower gardens, bird and squirrel watching and sports.

                She is survived by three children, Jeff (Beth) DRAPER of Noblesville, Jennifer DRAPER of Warsaw, and Jeannine DRAPER COOLEY of Roann;pseudo daughter, Debbie (David) WILLIAMS of Roann; four grandchildren, Rebecca (Drew) BURCHAM of Huntington, Kyle DRAPER of Noblesville, Paige COOLEY of Frankfort, and Lauren DRAPER of Noblesville; three great-grandchildren, Karter STAFFORD, Korbin STAFFORD and Kenzi STAFFORD, all of Huntington; and her sister, Priscilla (Ross) BURDGE of Akron. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the Roann Community Cemetery with David LABORDE officiating. Grandstaff-Hentgen, Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa Road, Roann, handled arrangements. Preferred memorials are the Roann Carnegie Public Library or Roann Community Heritage. The memorial guest book for Ellie may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Wednesday March 31, 2021

 

J. Jane WILSON

February 6, 1945-March 26, 2021

                J. Jane WILSON, age 76, passed away quietly on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

                Born Juanita Jane WILSON on February 6, 1945, in Winamac, she was the daughter of John Joseph and Doris Marie (BRYANT) VIGUS. Jane, as most knew her, was a graduate of Kewanna High School and went on to attend St. Elizabeth’s Nursing School.

                Jane loved God and people; with an artist’s heart, she delighted in His creation. Whether she was helping friends with chores or yardwork or lifting someone’s spirits with joyful laughter, she gave without reservation from a heart of love. She was gifted in photography, painting, music, calligraphy and humor. She especially loved babies and children. She will be held in the hearts of all who knew her as a blessing. Her infinite and unconditional love honored her children and grandchildren with a beautiful legacy.

                Surviving with treasured memories are two children: son Jonathon WILSON, South Bend, and daughter, Carri WILSON, Oswego; four grandchildren: Cainan, Calli and Carlin WILSON, Oswego, and Christian PURICH, Chicago; sister, Jackie (Steve) BROWN, Frankfort, and brother John (Tracy) VIGUS, Lafayette. She was preceded in passing by her parents.

                Warsaw’s Titus Funeral Home is assisting the family with private services. Those wishing to express their sympathy are encouraged to follow Jane’s giving nature by donating to God’s Grace Children’s Home. A GoFundMe has been established at the following address: https://www.gofundme.com/f/c32yt-gods-grace-childrens-home

                Her infinite and unconditional love honored her children and grandchildren with a beautiful legacy. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.

 

Thursday April 1, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday April 2, 2021

 

Dennis E. WILSON

January 7, 1946-March 31, 2021

                Dennis E. WILSON, 75, rural Claypool, passed unexpectedly at 10:39 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at his residence.

                Dennis was born January 7, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Robert E. and Charlotte E. (STEIMEIER) WILSON. He was married on November 19, 1992, in Paris, Kentucky to Jody S. HUDSON WISE, and she survives.

                Dennis was a 1964 graduate of North Manchester High School. He then graduated from the University of Washington in 1968 and Brown University in 1970. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1994. He had worked for Zimmer Orthopedics of Warsaw and Ford Meter Box of Wabash. He was a member of the American Legion of Hartford City, the Masonic Lodge Post 61 of Wabash, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine of Ft. Wayne, the United Suffolk Sheep Association, and the National Rifle Association. He always enjoyed raising and showing Suffolk sheep as well as scuba diving and rifle shooting.

                Dennis is survived by his wife Jody WILSON of Claypool;stepdaughter Rickell and husband Duane KLINE of Claypool; grandchildren Kara, Kendra and Kaleb; a sister Julie E. GAERTE, North Manchester, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-daughter Larchell WISE.

                The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Duane KLINE officiating. The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, with graveside military rites performed by the American Legion Post #49 of Warsaw. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2021, at King Memorial Home. Donations can be made in Dennis’s memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Processing Center, P.O. Box 863765 Orlando, FL 32886. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

 

 

 

Saturday April 3, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday April 6, 2021

 

Gladys BIRD

                Gladys BIRD, 90, Rochester, died at 12:32 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester. Survivors include her husband Ron at home;children David R. HARLING, Culver, Thomas A. HARLING, Fishers, Patricia HARLING LONTZ, Greenfield, and Garry A. HARLING, Cicero.

                Funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 11 a.m. to time of service.

 

Doris MASTERSON

                Doris MASTERSON, 87, Rochester, died at 10:20 a.m. March 31, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Catherine MERLEY

                Catherine MERLEY, 94, rural Akron, died at 4 a.m. Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday April 7, 2021

 

Gladys BIRD

July 30, 1930-April 4, 2021

                Mrs. Gladys BIRD, 90, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 12:32 p.m. Sunday, April 4, 2021, at Life Care Center, Rochester.

                In Norfolk, Virginia, Catherine Gladys HARRISON was born on July 30, 1930. She was the cherished daughter of Willie Thomas and Irene LAWRENCE HARRISON. Growing up near Towson, Maryland, she graduate from Towson High School with her class in 1949.

                During her Indianapolis years, Gladys founded a homeless shelter in 1984. She and Ron were a members of the St. Alban Episcopal Church.

                On November 19, 1983, Gladys and Mr. Ronald C. BIRD were married in Knoxville, Tennessee. They shared 38 years of life’s adventures. With a love for exploring and cruises, Gladys and Ron enjoyed more than 48 cruises, navigating waters all over the world. At home they looked forward to cruising around Lake Manitou and watching the sunset. They also shared a passion, cheering for Indiana University Men’s Soccer Team. From 1982-2008 they did not miss a game and traveled to all venues, wherever they played. The BIRDS were recognized for their contributions and support of the team.

                As entrepreneurs, the BIRDS founded the Ameri-Can Engineering Company in Argos 1988. Their firm engineers and develops premier quality, luxury restroom and shower trailer systems. In 2018 Ameri-Can celebrated its 30-year anniversary. For many years Gladys served on the board of directors of the Portable Sanitation Association International. She was also a member of the Rochester Lion’s Club.

                Gladys inspired people to enjoy life to the fullest. She could light up a room with her twinkling eyes and radiant smile, bringing all who met her happiness and excitement.

                Left to cherish Gladys’ memory is her loving husband Ron, at home; her children David R. HARLING (Renee) of Culver, Thomas A. HARLING (Elizabeth) of Fishers, Patricia HARLING LONTZ of Greenfield, Garry A. HARLING (Angie) of Cicero; daughters-in-law Debby HARLING and Kathy HARLING; 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Preceding Gladys in death are her parents, first husband Ambler A. HARLING in April 1976, sons Robert S. HARLING on March 26, 2011, and Warren S. “Butch” HARLING on March 1, 2021.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Gladys BIRD will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. A Lion’s Club memorial service will be held at 12:45 p.m. Gladys’ family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the services. Mr. Garry A. HARLING will officiate. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. April 17, 2021, in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday April 8, 2021

 

Catherine J. MERLEY

January 1, 1927-April 5, 2021

                Catherine J. MERLEY, 94, of rural Akron, passed at 4:00 a.m. Monday, April 5, 2021, at her residence.

                Catherine was born January 1, 1927, in Silver Lake at her family home to the late John Isaac and Eva (SHILLING) SANDS. On May 4, 1947, she married C. William “Bill” MERLEY in Silver Lake. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2011.

                She was a 1945 graduate of Silver Lake High School and then attended Manchester College. She was a homemaker, helping on the family dairy and hog farm. Catherine enjoyed reading and learning about the Civil War. She took many trips and even sat through a hurricane in the Outer Banks. She was an avid college sports fan with her favorite teams being Indiana University basketball and Notre Dame football.

                Catherine is survived by four sons, Bill MERLEY Jr., Indianapolis, John and wife Donita MERLEY, Akron, Mark and wife Sherry MERLEY, Akron, and Brent MERLEY, Akron; and five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Carl SANDS, as well as an infant brother.

                The funeral service will be at 12 noon, Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Stan OWEN and Pastor Luke VASICEK officiating. The interment will place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Hartzler Funeral Home. Donations can be made in memory of Catherine to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday April 9, 2021

 

Joseph E. HARTER

January 21, 1932-April 7, 2021

                Joseph E. HARTER, 89, rural Akron, passed at 3 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Parkview Randallia Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Joe was born January 21, 1932, in Rochester, to the late Wilbur Charles and Fern Mae (TAYLOR) HARTER. He was married in November 1959 in Chicago to Beverley MARTZ, she survives.

                He was a 1950 graduate of Akron High School, where he was class president all four years. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, where he was wounded. He was honorably discharged from the military at the rank of sergeant. He then graduated from Washington University of St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and the University of Missouri Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

                Joe was an engineer with General Motors of Kokomo for 27 years, as well as a farmer. He always enjoyed his time working on the farm. He was a member of the American Legion of Kokomo and also of the Omega Church for many years.

                Joe is survived by his wife Beverley HARTER; son Joseph HARTER Jr. of Muncie; daughters Ruth Ann HARTER of Akron, Mary Beth and husband Greg GAST of Akron, and Elizabeth HARTER of North Manchester; grandchildren Derrick HARTER, Thomas GAST, Christopher HARTER, Taylor GAST, Jessica HARTER, Megan WAGNER, Sarah WAGNER, Brayden WAGNER; great-grandchildren Elise HARTER and Rienn GAGNON; and sisters Carolyn LARGEN of St. Louis and Suzanne NILES of Muncie. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Hester Jane, Esther Jean, and Mary Ann.

                Following his wishes private family services will be with Pastor Thad STEWART officiating. The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, with graveside military rites in honor of his service. The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Donations can be made in Joe’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8516. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Di Anne SMITH

                Di Anne SMITH, 77, of rural Claypool, Yellow Creek Lake, died at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday at her residence.

                She is survived by her daughter Michele FOX, Warsaw;son Troy SMITH, Claypool; brother Burdell BLACKBURN, Tennessee; and sisters Sue RUPERT, Columbia City and Linda JONES, Claypool.

                There were private family services. King Memorial Home, Mentone, handled arrangements.

 

Saturday April 10, 2021

 

Jack E. SWIHART

July 13, 1931-April 8, 2021

                Jack E. SWIHART, 89, of Gilead, passed at 10:53 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021, at his residence. Jack was born on July 13, 1931, in Akron, to the late Russell L. and Carrie I. (CHURCHILL) SWIHART. He was married on December 3, 1955 in Athens, to Anne RHODES. She preceded him in death on August 20, 2009.

                Jack was a 1949 graduate of Akron High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in England. He retired from General Tire of Wabash after 37 and a half years. He also provided transportation for the Amish community for many years.

                Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was known for videotaping everything and wearing his white shoes. He was an avid collector. He had many arrowheads, coins, watches and small banks. Jack was a card player, but only by his own rules. He loved watching basketball and NASCAR as well as playing badminton.

                He is survived by his daughter Kim and husband Dave YODER, Mexico; sons Stuart and wife Cindy SWIHART, Goshen, and Brett and wife Julie SWIHART, Bourbon; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Norma and husband James LEE of Mentone and Judy MONTAGUE and companion Jim WOLFE of Akron;and extended son Bub CORMICAN, Athens. He was preceded in death by his wife Anne SWIHART, and sons Kelby and Ricci D. SWIHART.

                The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. The interment will take place in the Gilead Cemetery, Gilead, where graveside military rites will be performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana. Donations can be made in his memory to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the Scratching Post Cat Rescue, 600 Chili Avenue, Peru, IN 46970. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Gordon TATMAN

                Gordon L. TATMAN, 77, of Rochester, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Mason Health Care Center of Warsaw.

                Survivors include his daughters, Margaret PONTIUS, Silver Lake, Donna DAVIS, Chalmers, Jackie JOHNSON, Chesterton, and Jenny ZARSE, Logansport.

                His funeral service is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday April 13, 2021

 

James FRASER

                James M. FRASER, 79, Plymouth, died Friday, April 9, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

                Survivors include his wife Joan FRASER, Plymouth; two sons, David, Collierville, Tennessee, and Jeffrey, Columbus, Ohio;stepchildren, Michelle IRWIN, Plymouth, Monica BETZ, Argos, and Earl BETZ, Plymouth; and brother Robert, Fort Wayne.

                Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos. Funeral will be at noon Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church-Flatrock, Monroeville, with visitation starting at 10 a.m.

 

Carolyn WAREHAM

                Carolyn WAREHAM, 74, Plymouth, died at 4:34 a.m. Sunday at her residence. She is survived by her son Kevin WAREHAM, Bourbon; and daughter Renee LACKEY, Etna Green.

                No services will be held at this time. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Dinzeal ADAMS

                Dinzeal ADAMS, 69, Kewanna, died at 6:31 p.m. Sunday at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday April 14, 2021

 

Dinzeal ADAMS

                Dinzeal ADAMS, 69, Kewanna, died at 6:31 p.m. Sunday at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Joe Anna ADAMS, Kewanna;children Darsha LIVESAY, Delphi, Sharon Renee WALLACE, Kewanna, Clyde THOMAS, Arkansas, Jackie THOMAS, Florida, Jason FRAZIER, Kewanna, J.D. WALLACE, North Carolina, April WALLACE, North Carolina, Philip WALLACE, North Carolina, Sharon Ruth WALLACE, North Carolina, Shannon WALLACE, North Carolina.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Lee BRADLEY

                Lee BRADLEY, 87, Denver, died at 11:38 a.m. Sunday at his residence. Survivors include his wife Mary Lou BRADLEY, Denver; children Douglas BRADLEY, Syracuse, Lisa SIMPSON, Flat Gap, Kentucky, Connie TYLER, Peru; Lugina BENNER, Peru; and a sister, Mimie HOWARD, Kentucky.

                His funeral service is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Thursday April 15, 2021

 

Roderick A. SEEHASE

August 8, 1955-December 21, 2020

                Roderick “Rick” A. SEEHASE, 65, Logansport, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020, at St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel.

                Born August 8, 1955, in Logansport, Rick was the son of James R. and Frankie (PARKER) SEEHASE. Rick was a farmer, and instrumental in day-to-day operation of the family business, Oak Ridge Farms.

                Surviving are two brothers, Jim and Fred SEEHASE;sister, Cindy (Kevin) SCOTT; niece Stephanie (Blake) MOLLENKOPF; three nephews, Wesley (Grace) SCOTT, Duane SCOTT, and Cody (Jennifer) SCOTT, all of Logansport; great-nieces and great-nephews Kinzie MOLLENKOPF, Gavin MOLLENKOPF, Logan MOLLENKOPF, Remley MOLLENKOPF, Keaton SCOTT, Quinn SCOTT, Carter SCOTT, Cora SCOTT, Colette SCOTT, Chloe SCOTT, and Jarrett SCOTT.

                A celebration of Rick’s life will be at the Cass County Community Center, at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds, from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cass County 4-H Association, C/O the Cass County Extension Office, 200 Court Park, Room 302, Logansport, IN 46947. Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport, handled arrangements.

 

Friday April 16, 2021

 

Earl DAMRON

                Earl DAMRON, 73, North Manchester and formerly of Rochester, died at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Survivors include his wife Paula; daughter Beth STARKWEATHER, South Whitley; sons Eric DAMRON, Rochester, and Chris DAMRON, North Manchester; and a brother, Rodney E. DAMRON, Illinois.

                Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is noon to time of service in the funeral home.

 

Charles L. HUNTER

                Charles L. HUNTER, 92, of Mansfield, Ohio, and formerly of Mentone, died at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at Elmcroft Assisted Living, Ontario, Ohio.

                He is survived by his daughter Rebecca THOMAS, Ontario, Ohio; son Mark HUNTER, Fort Gratiot, Michigan; and a sister Carolyn FIVECOATE, Mentone.

                Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Mentone Cemetery. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Saturday April 17, 2021

 

Edith R. BROWNING

October 10, 1957-April 15, 2021

                Edith R. BROWNING, Rochester, passed away at noon Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

                Born October 10, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of Lloyd Sr. and Ethel (THOMAS) LAMBERT. She had worked at United Technologies, which became Lear Corporation, and also as a bartender at Putt’s Bar and Grill and the Fulton Pub. She enjoyed playing Bingo on her phone and spending time with her canine companions. She was a member of the Macy Christian Church, Macy.

                Survivors include one daughter, Denella (Maya) GARCIA, Watkins, Iowa; one stepdaughter, Sandra BRISETTE, Bremen; grandchildren Sage SMITH, Watkins, Iowa, Alysina CARILLO, Quincy, Illinois, Tabitha (Felipe) OLIVARES, Twelve Mile, and Noah NICK, Watkins, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren; siblings Susan (Dave) SHAMBARGER, Macy, Allen LAMBERT, Rochester, John (Holly) CATTIN, Mexico, Larry (Andrea) CATTIN, Macy, Pam HARPER, Winamac, and Glen (Karen) CATTIN, Winamac; and companion James MINIEAR, Macy; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd LAMBERT; mother and stepfather, Ethel and Richard CATTIN, five siblings, Cindy CATTIN, Lloyd LAMBERT, Mike LAMBERT, Debra YERK, and Lennie LAMBERT; and a niece, Jessica LAMBERT.

                Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Dave WELSH and Skip SHAMBARGER officiating. Burial will follow in Five Corners Cemetery, rural Macy. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to McClain Funeral Home to assist with final expenses, which has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.McClainFH.com.

 

Deborah FLANNERY

                Deborah Lou FLANNERY, 71, rural Denver, died Tuesday at her residence. Survivors include her sons, Donn F. WHITENIGHT, Rochester, and Jason S. WHITENIGHT, Lafayette; and five siblings, Steve SIEGEL, Kathie CLEVELAND, Marsha CARRESCIA, John SIEGEL, and Jim SIEGEL, all of Pennsylvania.

                Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, with family friend Mike SHEEHAN officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, Indiana. Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home.

 

Margaret ZUMBAUGH

                Former Rochester resident, Margaret E. ZUMBAUGH, 82, of New Albany, died at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

                Survivors include her daughters Julie LEWIS, New Albany, and Celena WATSON, Argos; and a sister, Hazel MASSINGHAM, England.

                A graveside service celebrating the life of Margaret Ellen ZUMBAUGH was Friday at the Richland Center Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, handled arrangements.

 

Patty SCHULTZ

                Patty SCHULTZ, 92, of rural Akron, died at 7:57 a.m. Friday, at her daughter’s residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Tuesday April 20, 2021

 

John C. KELLER

November 5, 1939-April 16, 2021

                John C. KELLER, 81, of Winamac, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, at his home. Born on November 5, 1939, in Monterey, he was the son of the late Clem and Marjorie (PRENDERGAST) KELLER.

                He was a 1958 Monterey High School graduate. On September 21, 1989, he married Colleen G. FOUST. She survives.

                John owned and operated the KELLER Advisory Group in Winamac for 35-plus years. Throughout his life, John enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, playing cards, especially Euchre, and spending time with family and friends. He was a strong advocate of No Child Should Go Hungry in a Farming Community.

                Survivors include his wife, Colleen G. KELLER of Winamac; son Michael KELLER (Marielle) of South Bend; daughters Susan MAES (Mark), Culver, Sheila BROEKER (Tim), Monterey, Nancy DAVIS (Rob), New Jersey, and Becky RISNER (Boyd) of Plymouth; brothers Thomas KELLER of Nappanee, Robert KELLER, Monterey, James KELLER, Monterey, Jerry KELLER, Monterey, and Danny KELLER of Culver; sisters Pat O’DONNELL of Francesville, Ruth ZEHNER, Monterey, Mary PERSONETT, Logansport, and Marjorie WISE, Monterey; sister-in-law Jean KELLER;grandchildren Meagan (MAES) HLADIK, Mark Robert MAES, Mitch MAES, Jonathon BROEKER, Jordan BROEKER, Chloe BROEKER, Hannah DAVIS, Ben DAVIS, Noah RISNER, Luke RISNER, and Monroe KELLER; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clem KELLER Jr.

                Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Leiters Ford Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pulaski County Community Foundation, John C. KELLER Memorial Ag Scholarship, and/or your local community food pantry. John’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the KELLER family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Patty SCHULTZ

December 21, 1928-April 16, 2021

                Patty SCHULTZ, 92, of rural Akron, passed at 7:57 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021, at her daughter’s residence.

                Patty was born on December 21, 1928, in LaPorte County to the late Morris Eugene Sr. and Ruth Evelyn (DANIELSON) ALGER. She was married on August 22, 1954, in Springville to Zeno William SCHULTZ. He preceded her in death on February 29, 2008.

                She was a 1946 graduate of Springville High School. She then graduated from Manchester College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She started teaching school in Michigan City and then in Rochester. After eight years of teaching, she started her family. She enjoyed her time raising her family on the farm.

                Patty and Zeno owned and operated The Farmer’s Daughters Café in Akron for 20 years. Patty attended the Akron Church of God, starting in 1962. She loved to draw and enjoyed flowers very much. She also raised ponies with her husband, and at one point had as many as 33 on the farm.

                Patty is survived by daughters Charlotte and husband Duane HAMMOND, Akron, Mary Jo and husband John RIFFLE, Macy, and Jo Ellen and husband Scott SEAGRAVE, Fort Wayne; grandchildren Arissa, Vanessa, Trevor, Andrea, Jessica, Tyler SCHULTZ, Henry, Rena, and Holly; great-grandchildren Luna, Devan, Romelia, Hunter, Jackson, Caden, Cora Jo, Evelyn Mae, Hudson, and Lucy; a sister, Sharon Kay ALGER, of Greenville, Illinois; and a brother, Morris Eugene ALGER, Jr., Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Zeno, sisters Ruth Lee ALGER and Joan DECKARD.

                A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Akron Church of God, 301 S. West St., Akron, with Pastor Kathy NELSON officiating. Friends and family can gather from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the church. The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Donations can be made in Patty’s memory to the Akron Church of God or to Wee Care Children’s Ministries. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Patricia MCMILLEN

                Patricia J. MCMILLEN, 76, Rochester, died at 11:35 a.m. Sunday at Rose Senior Living, Carmel. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

Wednesday April 21, 2021

 

Patricia J. MCMILLEN

December 8, 1944-April 18, 2021

                Patricia J. MCMILLEN, 76, Rochester, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Rose Senior Living, Carmel.

                She was born on December 8, 1944, in Rochester, the daughter of John Robert and Marie K. (RICHARDSON) MCLOCHLIN. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1962. After high school, she attended St. Mary’s of the Woods College, Terre Haute, for two years before transferring to Indiana University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1966. She received her master’s degree from Indiana University in 1981.

                On July 2, 1966, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, she married Billy “Bill” MCMILLEN. He preceded her in death on January 28, 2017.

                Patricia taught at Griffith High School, Triton High School, and North Miami high School before retiring from Rochester High School after 23 years as a beloved Spanish teacher. She had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Tri-Kappa. Patricia enjoyed walking, playing golf and bridge, following her family’s sporting events, watching basketball, and spending time with her grandchildren.

                Survivors include her children Colleen WOOD, Fishers, Brad MCMILLEN, Indianapolis, and Sheila and husband Too KELLER, Carmel;grandchildren Alyssa WOOD, Bloomington, Grant WOOD, Notre Dame, Gabbi PINEGAR, Bloomington, and Luke, Lauren and Karli KELLER, all of Carmel; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard A. MCLOCHLIN.

                Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Andrew DEKEYSER officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Visitors are reminded to follow COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and mask wearing while attending. Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday April 22, 2021

 

Linda K. UTTER

December 23, 1949-April 19, 2021

                Linda K. UTTER, 71, North Manchester, passed away April 19, 2021. Born December 23, 1949 in Fulton County, Linda was the daughter of the late Earl and Evelyn (HOPKINS) BUCHER.

                After graduating from Manchester High School, Linda married Bryon T. UTTER on October 2, 1970. They were married forty-four and a half years before Bryon passed away on July 1, 2015. They built a loving life together, sharing it with their two daughters, Dawn and Kristie. For more than 40 years Linda was a staple in the North Manchester Foundry office. During her time there she worked several positions and in 2013 retired as the head of accounts receivable and accounts payable.

                Life was more than just work to Linda, though. She enjoyed her time camping at Jellystone and excursions on a whim. She relished time with friends at breakfast weekly.

                Linda left a lasting impression on everyone she met, including the people with whom she worked, friends, strangers, and the people with whom she attended church. She was generous to a fault and would give more than she had if someone was in need. Linda was a mom to more than just her children and filled a gap for many, showing love and faithfulness to anyone who was in need of help. Faith in the Lord was something Linda was always proud of, and she often helped people with encouraging words. She was brought up in her faith at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, where she and Bryon were married. Throughout her life, she remained faithful and strong in her love for the Lord.

                The loving memories of Linda K. UTTER will be forever cherished by her daughters, Dawn (Matthew) HARDING, Fort Wayne, and Kristie UTTER, Silver Lake; brothers James BUCHER, Akron, Thomas (Shirley) BUCHER, Silver Lake, and Elbie (Robin) BUCHER, Sarasota, Florida; sister Myra WADE, Marysville, California; and grandchildren Shayla REED, Dwight FRANCE, Bryon MOORE, Sadie HARDING, and Curtis “C.J,” HARDING.

                Visitation is Friday, April 23, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 Indiana 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. with visitation at 9 a.m. at McKee Mortuary. Burial will be at Silver Creek Cemetery, 6504 W. 1300 South, Silver Lake. Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.

 

Gary C. GREEN

August 18, 1949-April 17, 2021

                Gary C. GREEN, 71, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021. He was born in Rochester on August 18, 1949, to Calvin L. and Eva B. GREEN. Gary was married to Susan L. RITCHIE on January 20, 1994.

                Gary is survived by his wife Susan; siblings Sandy (Jim) GUNNELS, Judy (Phil) DUNCAN, and Barry (Shenna) GREEN; his sons, Chad BROOKS, Toby (Jenny) GREEN, Todd (Lisa) BROOKS, Jamie (Kim) GREEN, Steven (Carrie) RITCHIE, Roby (Anita) GREEN, and Ryan RITCHIE; 17 grandchildren; and other family members Kristie BROOKS, Johnny and Jerry MATTHEWS, Fred and Patti WARREN, and Merilyn KNOX. He is preceded in death by his parents Calvin and Eva GREEN, and his brother Johnny GREEN.

                Gary enjoyed a life of tranquility, spending his days solving puzzles, playing solitaire, crafting in his wood shop, and trading stories with his wife and loved ones. He will be remembered by those closest to him as a man who touches their lives in the simplest, yet most meaningful of ways. He will forever be intensely loved and thoroughly missed.

                In keeping with Gary’s wishes, cremation will take place. No services are planned at this time. Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services in Warsaw was entrusted with Gary’s care. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.heritage-fcs.com.

 

Friday April 23, 2021

 

Caroline R. BOOS JOHNSON

June 13, 1933-April 18, 2021

                Caroline R. BOOS JOHNSON, 87, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Lake Bruce, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.

                She was born June 13, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Freidel Henry and Bernice (BUSCH) RENEE. Caroline graduated from Kewanna High School and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She worked in the horsemanship department at Culver Military Academy from 1967-1980, was an administrative assistant for the American Librarians Association 1980-1984, and was a project accountant at W.E. O’Neil Construction in Chicago from 1984 until her retirement in 1998.

                Caroline attended Leiters Ford United Methodist Church and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where she and Paul were married. She enjoyed singing, along with her husband Paul and stepdaughter Lori, with The Notables. She also was a member of a local Red Hat Society ladies club. Caroline enjoyed traveling with Paul. Together they toured many destinations in the U.S. and Europe. Caroline and Paul also visited children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, shared precious time with family, eating, talking, and playing cards. Caroline loved to read, swim, grow flowers, cook and decorate her home. She also loved to visit antique shops. She and Paul shared a passion for watching hummingbirds and a variety of other birds that visited the feeders on her back porch.

                She is survived by: daughters Renee (James) PRICE, Glasgow, Kentucky, Christina MAJOR, Birmingham, Alabama; son Timothy (Jennifer) BOOS, Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren Whitney Marie (Jason) WOODCOCK, Jameson Manley (Jessie) PRICE, Allison Renee BOOS and Grant Timothy BOOS;great-grandchildren, Madison Grace WOODCOCK, Wyatt Jase WOODCOCK, and Brielle Renee WOODCOCK; nephew Peter RENEE, Dallas, Texas; stepchildren, Deborah (Jim) BARBOUR, Atlanta, Georgia, Andrea (Garry) KLOTZ, Lenexa, Kansas, Charles JOHNSON, Indianapolis, Lori JOHNSON, Rochester, and Matthew (Shanda) JOHNSON, Salem, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents Freidel and Bernice RENEE;former husband Edward BOOS, second husband Paul JOHNSON, brother Harvey RENEE, and niece Suzanne RENEE.

                Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lake Bruce with Pastor Dave SOMMERS officiating. All are welcome. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, or Leiters Ford United Methodist Church. Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

Saturday April 24, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday April 27, 2021

 

Mickey ABAIR

August 26, 1953-April 22, 2021

                Mickey “Bear” ABAIR, age 67, a McMinnville, Tennessee resident and Rochester native, was born August 26, 1953, and died April 22, 2021 at his residence following a sudden illness.

                He was a retired forklift driver at Carrier Corporation, a member of the West Riverside Church of God of Prophecy, and the son of the late Harold Ralph and Dorothy May BROCK ABAIR.

                In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by great-granddaughter, Haven Essence MULLICAN. Mr. ABAIR is survived by wife, Gabrielle SANDERS; daughter, Miranda (Gregg) DODD; grandsons Dameon (Lacy) ABAIR, De’Sean BELL, Gregg DODD, Jr., and Craig DODD all of McMinnville; and great-grandsons Legend ABAIR and Elijah ABAIR.

                His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in High’s Chapel, McMinnville, with Rick LYLES officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery in McMinnville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at High’s.

 

David M. HOWARD

                David M. HOWARD, 63, Macy, died of natural causes at his home April 23, 2021. Survivors include his daughters Bri Lynn HOWARD, Barto, Florida, and Kariann HOWARD, Tampa, Florida; his father Carl R. HOWARD, Macy; brothers Rick HOWARD, Rochester, Tim HOWARD, Tippecanoe, Todd HOWARD, Rochester; sisters Teresa FREIDMAN, Jasper, and Christina MILLER, Rochester.

                A graveside service is at 10 a.m. Friday at the Akron Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Randy HOLLOWAY

                Randy HOLLOWAY, 68, Rochester, died at his home April 24, 2021. Survivors include his brother, Jeffrey D. HOLLOWAY, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

                A private graveside service will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

James ODEN

                James R. ODEN, 51, Mentone, died Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday April 28, 2021

 

James R. ‘Jamie Rose’ ODEN

October 3, 1969-April 21, 2021

                James R. “Jamie Rose” ODEN, 51, Mentone, passed away April 21, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

                He was born October 3, 1969, in Langley, Virginia, the son of James M. and Linda (MASTERSON) ODEN. He was a Tippecanoe Valley High School Graduate.

                He had been a truck driver, previously working for Moran Trucking out of Warsaw, and had been a large machine operator. He had been active in his Mentone Community and enjoyed cooking, watching movies, comic books, supporting the LGBTQ community and time with his daughter.

                Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Marie (David) GILBERT, Bloomington; sister, Ellen (Ray) BOARDMAN, Rochester; niece Nicole Lin BOARDMAN, Rochester; nephew Martin William BOARDMAN, with the U.S. Navy in Hawaii;several great-niece and great-nephews; Uncle Fred ODEN, Rochester; cousins Michelle (Don) RAIRIGH, Jacksonville, Florida, Kimberly (Denny) SENTOR and children, Culver, Fred ODEN and children, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday April 30, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sycamore Memorial Park, Mentone. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Elmer D. MILLER

                Elmer D. MILLER, 92, Denver, died Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru. Survivors include a son, David G. MILLER, Kokomo.

                There will be a private service with no visitation. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, handled arrangements.

 

Thursday April 29, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday April 30, 2021

 

Marie GILES

November 14, 1926-April 28, 2021

                Marie GILES, 94, of Akron, passed at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2021 surrounded by her family at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw.

                Marie was born on November 14, 1926 in Rockford, Illinois, to the late Marino and Sophie (NADONLY) CALACURCIO. She married on February 18, 1947, in Bluffton to Raymon GILES, who preceded her in death on April 17, 2018.

                Marie was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid shopper and enjoyed QVC, the mall, and having many packages delivered. She also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas. She never missed her soap operas and she relished the time with her grandchildren.

                She is survived by her son Tod and wife Joyce GILES of Warsaw; daughter Renee and husband Shaun KNEE of Akron; son-in-law Norm PERRY of North Carolina; grandchildren Ashley and Courtney GILES of California, Lacey and husband Logan MANNS of Silver Lake, Melinda and husband Jeff LINHARES of North Carolina; great-grandchildren Jacob, Sophia, Dakota, and Karter; sister Jean SUNDINE of Noblesville; and a brother, Danny O’BRYANT, of Minnesota. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymon, daughter Lynda PERRY, great-grandson Liam LINHARES, and sister Louise GREEN.

                The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Brian CHAMBERLAIN officiating. Interment will follow at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Donations can be made in Marie’s memory to Eleos Hospice Care, 4601 S. Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Eric S. WALLACE

January 28, 1983-April 28, 2021

                Eric Scott WALLACE, 38, rural Fulton County, passed away April 28, 2021 at 4 a.m. at his residence. On January 28, 1983, in Plymouth, he was born to Donald L. Wallace and Judith L. (SHEROW) WALLACE. Eric lived most of his life in the Rochester community.

                Eric worked at the Argos McDonald’s for six years and the past year at Rochester Metal Products. Eric was a 2001 graduate of Rochester High School. He served in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Field Machinist’s Mate-MM3 E4-and received Honorable Discharge on April 16, 2003.

                Eric is survived by his parents, Donald and Judith WALLACE, Rochester; brothers Donald WALLACE II, Rochester, Jesstin WALLACE and wife Samantha, Nappanee; sister Angela TUCKER and husband Josh, Rochester;grandmother Shirley SHEROW, Warsaw; many aunts and uncles and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, David WALLACE, Betty BAILEY, June SHEROW, and Albert SHEROW; uncles Frank WALLACE, Bob BARCUS, and Bill MARTZ;and aunt Judy WALLACE.

                Friends may visit with the family Sunday, May 2, 2021 from 1-4 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center, 747 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601.

 

Paul E. POTTENGER

                Paul E. POTTENGER, 86, Rochester, died at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday May 1, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday May 4, 2021

 

Teresa M. SHAVER

January 24, 1955-April 28, 2021

                Teresa Marie SHAVER, beloved mother and “Mamaw”, 66, passed away on April 28, 2021, at Woodbridge Health Campus due to Parkinson’s complications.

                Born on January 24, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Della MOON. Teresa grew up in Royal Center and graduated from Pioneer High School in 1973.

                Teresa worked as a marketing director for Pulaski White Telephone Company until she retired. She was an avid sewer and quilter; but adored and treasured her family more than anything. She embraced every moment with them; and especially loved her role as “Mamaw”. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life that she had touched.

                She is survived by her two children, Kristina, of Fort Wayne, and Kevin, of Stuart, Florida; her four grandchildren, Taylor CLIFTON, Cole CLIFTON, Alexis SHAVER, and Brayden SHAVER; her sister, Sharon GLASSON, of Logansport; as well as her three brothers, Aaron MOON (Sharon), of Star City, Joe MOON (Deb), of Star City, and Carl MOON (Vonda), of York, Pennsylvania. Teresa was preceded in death by her brother, Marshall MOON. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews.

                In lieu of a memorial service, Teresa asked to have her body donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine in effort to contribute to the advancement of medical education of Parkinson’s disease. The family has asked that memorials be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation on Teresa’s behalf.

 

Mahlon SCHMUCKER

                Mahlon SCHMUCKER, 76, of Macy, died Saturday, May 1, 2021, at his son’s residence. Survivors include his wife, Mary; children Glen of Roann, Joanna of Macy, Letha of Drakesville, Iowa, Devon of Lovington, Illinois, and Katherine of Macy; four brothers and a sister.

                His funeral service is at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Pleasant Hill School/Community Building, Akron. Visitation will begin after 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Glen’s residence, 14071 N. 400 East, Roann, until 8 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday throughout the day and evening.

 

Charles D. OSBORN

                Dr. Charles D. OSBORN, 79, of Rock Lake, Akron, and formerly of Kokomo, died Sunday May 2, 2021.

                Survivors include his wife, Beverly OSBORN, of Akron;and three children, Richard OSBORN, of Sheridan, Stacey SWANSON, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Erin CHATER, of Orefield, Pennsylvania.

                His funeral service is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Juanita P. SUNDAY

                Juanita P. SUNDAY, 93, Denver, died Sunday May 2, 2021, at her residence. Survivors include her two children, Rebecca LYTLE and Robert SUNDAY, both of Denver; and brother, Dean MCGUIRE, of Peru.

                Her funeral service is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday May 5, 2021

 

Edgar M. THOMAS

January 24, 1933-May 2, 2021

                Edgar M. THOMAS, 88, Rochester and formerly of Kewanna, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Sunday, May 2, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

                Born January 24, 1933, in Stockwell, Indiana, he was the son of the late George and Helen (JUDKINS) THOMAS. He was a U.S. Army veteran and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

                He was a graduate of Stockwell High School. On December 25, 1953, he married Roxie Joanne LISTON. She survives.

                Ed was retired from Federal Mogul, Leiters Ford, where he was a machine operator.

                Surviving with his wife are children, Steven A. THOMAS of Rochester, Bryan THOMAS (Deanna) of Kewanna, Sue SNYDER (Joe) of Plymouth, Teresa VAN METER of Logansport, and Deborah HORN of Rochester. He is also survived by 52 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

                Burial with military rites will be performed at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Ed’s online guest book is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Thursday May 6, 2021

 

Agnes Ruth TIBBETS

August 13, 1925-May 3, 2021

                Agnes Ruth (OOLEY) TIBBETS, 95, of Warsaw, formerly of Mentone, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 3, 2021, in the home she shared with her daughter. She spent her last days visiting with friends and family members, letting them know how excited she was to be going to Heaven. Agnes was born August 13, 1925 in Brazil, Indiana to Loran I. and Ethel (MILLER) OOLEY.

                Agnes graduated from Brazil High School in 1943 where she played cello in the orchestra. On July 19, 1945 she married her high school sweetheart, Jim TIBBETS, who preceded her in death on December 8, 2020. The couple honeymooned at Turkey Run State Park and then relocated to New Orleans where Jim was stationed with the United States Navy. They were married for 75 years. They lived briefly in Columbus, Indiana before moving to Mentone in 1953.

                Growing up in Brazil, Agnes began a lifelong desire to serve others when she was asked to lead a group of Campfire Girls during her junior year in high school. In later years, she “adopted” special needs individuals at the Warsaw Nursing Home, spending time with them and helping make their holidays special. Agnes was an active member of the Mentone United Methodist Church, where she was instrumental in beginning the Bible Study group Alpha, and serving in various ministry capacities over the years. She and Jim sponsored 20 men and women on their Emmaus Walks in association with the Northern Indiana Emmaus Community. She found it very rewarding to see lives changed through the Emmaus experience. She also volunteered in the hospice program for many years.

                Agnes spent several years sewing and designing clothes, then worked at Hales and Hunter and Midwest Spring, Mentone, before obtaining her real estate license. She and Jim started TIBBETS Realty in Mentone, and then she worked with Lucas Realty, Warsaw. She was a member of the Jolly Janes Club in Mentone. In younger days, she was a den mother for Cub Scouts and loved baking holiday cookies for her children to take to school. She and Jim were also avid square dancers.

                Agnes is known for her love of all things Longaberger and is remembered by her grandchildren for camping trips, sleepovers, tea parties and New Year’s Eve parties. She loved attending as many of their concerts, plays, recitals, sporting events, birthday parties and graduations as possible. Agnes was happiest when surrounded by her family.

                Agnes is survived by four children, James David (Jane) TIBBETS, Elkhart, Susan KINTZEL, Warsaw, Barbara TIBBETS, Warsaw, and Daniel (Wendi) TIBBETS, San Jose, California. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Joseph (Cathy) KINTZEL, Westfield, David (Marisa) KINTZEL, Akron, Christy MOERING, Winter Springs, Florida, Julie (Jim) RIFFLE, Warsaw, Steven (Julie) TIBBETS, Fairfax Station, Virginia, Jessica (Patrick) PURVIS, Warsaw, Sara MUMMEY, Lafayette, Julia TIBBETS, Elkhart, Laura TIBBETS, Fort Wayne, Katie (Berto) GONZALEZ, Milpitas, California, and Andrew TIBBETS, Milpitas, California. Also surviving are 19 great grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, her two sisters Joan WELLS, Brazil, Indiana and Jackie THOMAS, Greencastle, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother Lawrence (Bud) OOLEY, a sister Janice OOLEY, brothers-in-law Richard WELLS and Don E. THOMAS, and sister-in-law Roberta (Bertie) OOLEY.

                A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2021, in the Mentone Cemetery, next to her husband, with Pastor Jeff HERRON and Pastor Gail LAW officiating. The service will be available live via the Hartzler Funeral Services Facebook page at 2 p.m. The arrangements have been entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Donations can be made in her memory to the Mentone United Methodist Church. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday May 7, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday May 8, 2021

 

Judith A. VAN HAM

September 23, 1963-May 5, 2021

                Judith “Judy” A. VAN HAM, 57, Kewanna, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2021, at her home. Born September 23, 1963, in Hammond, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Joann (CHRONOWSKI) NORTON. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with friends.

                Survivors include her husband, Richard VAN HAM of Kewanna, stepson Michael VAN HAM (Tina) of Kewanna, stepdaughter Sandy HICKLE of Kewanna, and stepson Jeff (Danielle) VAN HAM of Chicago. She is also survived by grandchildren Michael VAN HAM, Christian VAN HAM (Adrienne), Selena VAN HAM (fiancé Brock HARTMAN) all of Kewanna, Nicole GREENER of Rochester, Amanda SHELTON (Anton) of Carmel and Cynthia VAN HAM of Kewanna; and great-grandchildren, Aubree, Christian Jr., Ayden, Austen, and Alivia. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Eric NORTON.

                Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 10, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Chaplain Todd WILSON will officiate. Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery. Judy’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Paul POTTENGER

                Paul E. POTTENGER, 86, Rochester, died at 9:15 a.m. April 29, 2021, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport. He had no immediate survivors.

                His funeral service is at 11 a.m. May 15, 2021 at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, preceded by visitation from 9:30-11 a.m.

 

 

Tuesday May 11, 2021

 

Thelma J. LEDGER

June 30, 1926-May 9, 2021

                Thelma June LEDGER, 94, Rochester, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2021, at her residence.

                Thelma was born June 30, 1926 in Mount Ayr, Newton County, the youngest of five children to Jesse and Clara Belle (JENKINS) PUTMAN. She grew up in the Chicago area. On May 19, 1979, in Tyler, Texas, she married Elmer Lee LEDGER. He preceded her in death on March 29, 1999.

                Thelma received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and had worked as a real estate broker for more than 25 years, retiring when her husband retired from the military. Early in life, she had worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” for a production plant in California during World War II. Later in life, she drove a school bus for disabled children. She had attended the First Presbyterian Church, had been active in church choir as well as local choirs, and had been a member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. An adventurous person by nature, she enjoyed traveling, cruising, bowling, skydiving, reading and her love for cats.

                Survivors include her children, Judith (Larry) UNDERWOOD, Hebron, John (Judith) STOCK, Westfield, Charles STOCK, Corvallis, Oregon, Hank STOCK, Lafayette, David (Pam) STOCK, Portage; dear friend, Michael FELKE, Rochester;nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard STOCK, daughter Joy Michelle STOCK, three brothers and one sister.

                Private graveside services and burial will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Veterans Home, Lafayette. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Carol FLOHR

                Carol J. FLOHR, 89, rural Akron, died at 9:26 a.m. Saturday at her residence. Survivors include her son Mark FLOHR and daughter Patsy WAYMIRE.

                A graveside service is at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Akron IOOF Cemetery. Arrangements are handled by Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Garwin EATON

                Garwin EATON, 83, rural Mentone, died at 7:05 a.m. Sunday at Paddock Springs of Warsaw. Arrangements are pending with King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Wednesday May 12, 2021

 

M. Garwin EATON

July 4, 1937-May 9, 2021

                M. Garwin EATON, 83, of rural Mentone, passed at 7:05 a.m. Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Paddock Springs of Warsaw, where he had been for three weeks.

                Garwin was born on July 4, 1937, in Silver Lake, to the late Marshall E. and Helene (BASHORE) EATON. He was married November 22, 1956, in the Burket United Methodist Church to Peggy Lou TINKEY. She survives.

                Garwin was a lifelong farmer. He was a graduate of Mentone High School in 1955. He served as past REMC director for Kosciusko County. He was a past trustee of the Burket United Methodist Church, where he had been a member. He also attended Warsaw Community Church.

                He loved sports, especially basketball, and was one of the biggest Tippecanoe Valley fans. He always enjoyed watching all of his grandchildren play at their events. He was known as a regular at the coffee shops, which included Teel’s, the Beehive, and the Burket Restaurant. The love of his life was his Shih Tzu George that he adopted.

                He is survived by his wife Peg EATON, Mentone; children Kevin and wife Terri EATON, Claypool, Greg and wife Flo EATON, Morrisville, North Carolina, Kelly and husband Jeff HOWARD, Rochester, Stacy and husband Kenny JOHNSON, Claypool; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two nieces. Garwin was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, Isaac, a sister, Patricia Ann SYLER, and a niece, Vicki PARSON.

                The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Pastor Jamy GREGORY officiating. The interment will take place in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at King Memorial Home and one hour prior to the service. Donations can be made in Garwin’s memory to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Thursday May 13, 2021

 

Teressa ‘Terry’ MOORE

                Teressa A. “Terry” MOORE, 83, Rochester, died Tuesday at her residence. Survivors include her husband Joe; two daughters, Cris MOORE, Rochester, and Mindy MOORE, North Manchester; and son Rusty MOORE, Rochester.

                Private family services will be at the good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday May 14, 2021

 

 Nancy S. WAGONER

                Nancy S. WAGONER, 79, Bremen, and formerly of Rochester, died at 1:40 a.m. Thursday at Signature Health, Bremen. Arrangements pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday May 15, 2021

 

Teressa A. ‘Terry’ MOORE

April 24, 1938-May 11, 2021

                Teressa A. (Terry) MOORE, daughter of the late Russell and Lois GAUMER WILSON, passed away at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at her home.

                Terry was the wife of Joe, mom of Rusty, Cris, Mindy and John, loving grandma of Stephanie, Allison, Evan, Katelyn, Guiliana, Marcy, Jake, Scott, and Melissa.

                Preceding her in death are a son, John; brothers Tom and Rob; and special aunts Helen GAUMER and Madge STEWART and her uncle Floyd GAUMER.

                On April 24, 1938, Terry was born and lived her entire life in Rochester graduating with the RHS class of 1956. Throughout her entire life she was helping others, whether working in insurance, banking, at Manitou Training Center, director of the Fulton County Council on Aging, United Ministries plus being a long time Tri Kappa member. In addition to the above, she enjoyed playing the organ or the piano for church services, sing alongs for pure enjoyment or an occasional wedding or funeral.

                Terry surely was a special person to those who worked with her or came to her with their problems or concerns. She was a good listener, kind, sincere, caring, compassionate and accepted all people regardless of their status, handicap or color. Terry and Joe received the 2016 Community Service Award.

                A private service celebrating Terry’s life will be at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Chaplain Jason SEE will officiate. The committal will follow at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Manitou Training Center, 1690 E. Lucas St., Rochester, IN 46975, Fulton County Council on Aging, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN 46975, or United Ministries Outreach, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN 46975 would be appreciated. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com. Terry’s life celebration will be live-streamed at 12:30 EST Sunday, May 16, 2021. Log on to Facebook and search “JD Good” to view the service.

 

Nancy S. WAGONER

July 27, 1941-May 13, 2021

                Nancy S. WAGONER, 79, Bremen, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Signature Health Care of Bremen.

                She was born July 27, 1941, in Kokomo, and graduated from Tipton High School in 1959. She had been married to Frederick WAGONER and he had preceded her in death in 2001.

                Nancy retired from working two full-time jobs at O’Malia’s Food Markets in the deli and as shift manager at Taco Bell, both in Carmel. Nancy had made many “family” relationships with regular customers. Before that she had worked for Hart, Schaffner & Marx in Rochester for 21 years.

                Nancy was always a very hard worker. In her earlier years she always had a garden full of vegetables, planted many flowers, canned tomato juice and made homemade grape jelly from the grape vines in her yard. She was always on the go, taking her daughter, Jeanie, to all her sporting practices and games and all her clubs, girl scouts, 4-H, etc. over the years. Nancy also enjoyed making crafts and sewing. After retirement, you could always see her out walking.

                Left to cherish her memories, are a daughter, Jeanie GRIFFITH, Plymouth; grandson, Cody GRIFFITH, Plymouth; brothers Jerry COY, Sheridan, Mike (Janet) COY, Sheridan; and a sister, Kathy (David) EATON, Greenwood. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marceille COY, in 1995.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Jack L. NICHOLS

                Jack L. NICHOLS, 89, Newark, Ohio and formerly of Rochester, died at 5:25 p.m. December 21, 2020 at Flintridge Health Care Center of Newark.

                Survivors include two daughters, Jill ZIMMERMAN, East Islip, New York, and Linda NICHOLS, Mesa, Arizona; and a son, Christopher NICHOLS, Las Vegas, Nevada.

                Graveside service is at 10 a.m. May 22 in the Athens Hoover Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Betty BARNES

                Betty BARNES, 83, Rochester, died at her home at 1:06 p.m. Friday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Robert ULERICK

                Robert ULERICK, 64, Rochester, died at Woodlawn Hospital Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday May 18, 2021

 

Betty L. BARNES

August 1, 1938-May 14, 2021

                Mrs. Betty L. BARNES, 83, of Rochester was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021 at her residence.

                On August 1, 1938, Betty Lou MEHRLEY was born in Rochester to Gerald E. and Mildred A. CUNNINGHAM MEHRLEY. As the oldest of five, she shared her childhood with three sisters and a brother.

                Betty and Jerry Lee BARNES were married September 1, 1979, in the Talma Church. They enjoyed 41 years of life’s adventures. Their family tree included the additions of three generations.

                After 30 dedicated years of working as a production clerk, Betty retired from RR Donnelley in 1996.

                Gifted with her hands, Betty enjoyed crocheting gifts of warmth for her family and friends, especially Afghans and hats. Reading romantic novels was a source of relaxation. Jerry and Betty were avid campers usually heading to one of Indiana’s state parks like Covered Bridge, Mounds or Tippecanoe. They also enjoyed camping trips to Daniel Boone Park in Charleston, West Virginia.

                Left to cherish Betty’s memory are her husband Jerry;two daughters, Debra CROUSSORE and husband Robert of Rochester; Peggy BAILEY and husband Tim of Tippecanoe; four sons, David BARNES and wife Teressa of Columbia City, Rodney BARNES and wife Ethel of Warsaw, Craig BARNES and wife Ginger of Warsaw, Tony BARNES and wife Deb of Mentone; seven grandchildren, Levi JONES and wife Shannon, Gina TUCKER and husband Nathan, Braxton BARNES, Kristen CONNOR and husband Ryan, Kelsey NELSON and husband Wyatt, Kyle BAUSE and wife Tawny, Chris SLONE; seven great-grandchildren, Hailee, Amanda, Anthony, Jaxon, Alexa, Harper, Huxlee, Trinity; two sisters, Judy SPENCER of Rochester, Karen BOCK and husband David of Rochester; brother Ernest “Jr” MEHRLEY and wife Pat of Jackson, North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Betty in death are her patents and sister Imogene DAVIS.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Betty Lou BARNES will be at 12 noon Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Rodney UTTER will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-12 noon Wednesday, in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Joan Elizabeth LEASE

                Joan Elizabeth LEASE, 88, Rochester, passed away at 8 a.m. May 17, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Betty Lou ROHRER

                Betty Lou ROHRER, 92, Argyle, Texas and formerly of Akron and Rock Lake, died May 12, 2021. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday May 19, 2021

 

Betty Lou ROHRER

October 23, 1928-May 12, 2021

                Betty Lou ROHRER, 92, of Argyle, Texas and formerly of Akron, Elkhart, and Rock Lake, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

                Betty was born October 23, 1928, in Akron. She was the daughter of Melvin CLARK and Mildred SMOKER CLARK, and she graduated from Akron High School in 1947. She was a member of the Church of God for many years.

                On February 18, 1950, she married Frederick D. ROHRER and they had three children together. They lived most of their lives in Indiana, but also lived in Alaska, Florida, and Texas. They especially enjoyed living on Rock Lake in their later years.

                Betty and Fred had many great adventures throughout their lifetime. They loved to fish, travel in their RV, and spending time with family and friends. One of their most cherished memories was visiting The Holy Land. They attended Christian Center in South Bend. After 60 wonderful years of marriage, Fred passed away in 2010.

                Betty was a wonderfully caring wife and mother. One of her greatest gifts was serving others and caring for loved ones. Betty found love later in life with Otto WOIKE, while living at the Good Samaritan. They were married in 2014 and he passed in 2018. They had a short, but wonderful life together.

                Betty is survived by her daughters, Nancy WARNER of Champaign, Illinois, Sherrie and her husband Randy BRANDT of Argyle, Texas; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her two sisters, Mary Ann HEISER STINSON and Donna WAHLIG; sister-in-law JoAnn CLARK;brother-in-law Max STINSON; along with 7 nieces and 3 nephews. Betty was preceded in death by husbands Fred ROHRER and Otto WOIKE, son Terry ROHRER, brother Bob CLARK and brothers-in-law Fred HEISER and Larry WAHLIG.

                A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021, in the Akron Cemetery with Pastor Jim SHROCK officiating. The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Donations can be made in memory of Mrs. ROHRER to the Akron Church of God. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Reinaldo FUENTES

October 15, 1958-May 17, 2021

                Reinaldo FUENTES, 62, Rochester, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Plymouth.

                He was born October 15, 1958 in Cidra, Puerto Rico, the son of Jose’ and Sixta OLIQUE FUENTES. On February 3, 2007, in Rochester, he married Kendra L. CREVISTON. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2021.

                Mr. FUENTES early in life had worked in law enforcement in Puerto Rico. He was employee of Pike Lumber Company, Akron, and had also worked security at Rumors. He enjoyed camping, watching western movies, especially John Wayne movies, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

                Survivors include his step-children, Skyler (fiancé Robert HARDESTY) CREVISTON, Rochester, Ember (Jacob WILLIAMS) LAMBERT, Miami, Indiana, Ebony LAMBERT, South Bend, Raven (Miguel GOMEZ) LAMBERT, Silver Lake, Quincy LAMBERT, Rochester, Cortnie TUTTLE, DeLong, Ayriel (Mark KNOBE) EYTCHESON, Montgomery, Texas, Melinda HOLLAND, Fort Pierce, Florida; step-grandchildren Emery LAMBERT, Jayce WILLIAMS and Sawyer WILLIAMS, Tilesasha, D.J., Ciarra, and Noah; siblings Ada FUENTES OLIQUE, Adelaida FUENTES OLIQUE, Angel Manuel FUENTES OLIQUE, Samuel FUENTES OLIQUE, Zenida FUENTES OLIQUE, and Doraldina FUENTES OLIQUE;and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Juan Antonio FUENTES OLIQUE.

                Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

 

 

Joan E. LEASE

February 19, 1933-May 17, 2021

                Joan Elizabeth LEASE, 88, Rochester, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born on February 19, 1933, in Manchester, England. On February 27, 1954, in Manchester, England, she married Howard James LEASE. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2016.

                Mrs. LEASE had worked for the Fulton County Public Library for more than 40 years, retiring at the age of 75. She enjoyed flowers and gardening.

                Survivors include her sons, Warren and wife Gloria LEASE, Rochester, Jeff and wife Colleen LEASE, West Lafayette, Matt and wife Debbie LEASE, Rochester; eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Albert TAYLOR, great grandchild Aylee FOXWORTH, brother Albert TAYLOR, step-brothers David CLOWES and Jack CLOWES.

                Private services will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday May 20, 2021

 

Harold D. JOHNSON

May 28, 1922-May 17, 2021

                Harold D. JOHNSON, 987, formerly of rural Akron and Chicago, passed at 7:15 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

                Harold was born on May 28, 1922, in Chicago, to the late Edward and E. Edna (JOHNSON) JOHNSON. He was married on June 14, 1952 to Margaret VURUM. She preceded him in death in 1988. He and his companion Geraldine DENNING moved to Akron over 20 years ago. Gerry preceded him in death on August 19, 2013.

                Harold graduated from Tippecanoe High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942 to 1945. Harry had been in construction, working in the sheet metal industry. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 73 of Hillside, Illinois. He was a very good woodworker and builder.

                Harold was always a very giving and friendly person. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an active giver to the Salvation Army, various animal shelters, and to disabled veterans. He was known to be an active person and enjoyed joking around. He spent many mornings walking on the trails in Rochester and frequenting Casey’s to socialize.

                Harold is survived by his niece Linda and husband Dennis BOBSON of Mishawaka, a half- sister Betty BISER, and many friends and close neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margaret, companion Gerry, and a brother, Melvin JOHNSON.

                A private service will be at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Memorials can be made in Harold’s memory to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Paul HOLLOS

February 22, 1920-May 15, 2021

                Paul HOLLOS, formerly of Rochester, died May 15, 2021, in Lakeland, Florida. He was born in South Bend on February 22, 1920. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, fighting throughout Europe with the 709th tank battalion. Paul was a retired diesel mechanic and loved taking things apart and putting them back together.

                He is survived by daughter Sally CLIFTON and husband Richard, son Paul Jr. and companion Cheryl CARTER, all from Florida, and daughter Rosemary BELLAMY and husband David, Rochester; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

                There will be no service per his wishes.

 

Friday May 21, 2021

 

Brendyn R. STUMP

August 20, 2004-May 17, 2021

                Brendyn Ryan STUMP of Akron sadly passed away at 4:48 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne at the young age of 16. Brendyn was critically injured Saturday, May 15, 2021 when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a utility pole along State Road 14 at the Packerton Road intersection in Kosciusko County. His beautiful soul is now at home with HIS Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ where he will forever be in the presence of Glory!

                He was born August 20, 2004, in Columbia City, to proud parents Kristie Daire CULP and Cy Daniel STUMP. Since the day he was born he was always full of so much energy, hugs, smiles and love!

                Brendyn LOVED GOD FIRST and he always loved his family. His #1 passion in life was basketball! He loved all sports…baseball, football and even ping pong. Basically, if Brendyn knew there was a ball involved, he was there playing. He could spend hours playing video games but he always made time to go kayaking with his Mom and spending time with family. He was a joy to be around, and he had plenty of cousins to spend time with. Everyone knew Brendyn had one particular fondness: Who could forget his obsession with SHOES!

                He was enjoying his sophomore year at Tippecanoe Valley High School in Akron, where he excelled at many sports. He was a varsity basketball and baseball player at school as well as a member of AAU Basketball out of Fort Wayne, Summit City Elite. Brendyn was also an All-Star World Series in baseball, and played travel baseball with the Sliders out of North Miami in 2018. Brendyn played with the South Bend Landsharks in 2019 and with the Harris Mavericks in 2020. He kept his parents and family busy with attending his games; they loved to watch him play at what he loved doing.

                Brendyn wasn’t just about all sports, he was also a very intelligent young man and made the top ten academically in his freshman class, with a current GPA of 3.9. He was an honor roll student and he had a keen mind for mathematics. He would excel at just about everything he would put his sharp mind to. Brendyn’s good attitude and likable personality both helped make him as popular at school as he was in the community. In his short 16 years on this Earth, he left a huge footprint on the hearts of those he loved. There were so many friends and family that loved and cared for Brendyn that he will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

                He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Kristie CULP (Akron); father Cy STUMP (Pierceton); his sister Adaira MALOTT (Akron); his grandparents Tom and Cathy CULP (Fulton), Matt and Theresia STICKLER (Rochester), Pat and Joe STUMP (Pierceton); great-grandparents Betty CULP TROYER (Macy), Jeff and Julie BEATTIE (Rochester), Donna J. ROSS (Warsaw); aunts Brandy CULP (Rochester), Elaine SMITH (Pierceton), Elizabeth STUMP (Pierceton);uncles Ryan and Peggy CULP (Rochester); and his cousins James DUNCAN, Jr., Jarrett and Jordan DUNCAN, Sawyer CULP, Carter and Laynie DUGAN, Skylar SMITH, Ethan Jaxsyn and Lillian STUMP, Adreona and Noe YBARRA. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Paul CULP and Loretta and William STUMP.

                Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Tippecanoe Valley High School, 8345 Indiana 19, Akron. Brendyn’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 24, 2021, at Warsaw Community Church, 1855 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor Jeff PFEIFER. A graveside service will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Pierceton. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. Memorial donations in Brendyn’s memory may be directed to help a fellow Tippecanoe Valley student Dillon PRATER with his medical expenses. Checks can be made out to Tippecanoe Valley High School, 8343 Indiana 19, Akron, IN 46910 and in the memo line please write Medical Expense Fund for Dillon PRATER. Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.

 

Janet E. HORN

December 30, 1939-May 19, 2021

                Mrs. Janet E. HORN, 81, of Rochester, passed away at 5:03 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

                On December 30, 1939, Janet Elaine WILLS was born in Grass Creek. She was a treasured daughter of Paul and Reva NICKLES WILLS. Growing up as the second oldest of the WILLS kids she shared her childhood with a sister Lou Anne and two brothers Dean and Allen. In 1957, Janet graduated from Grass Creek High School.

                In Lucerne, Janet married the love of her life, Mr. Maurice Frederick HORN, on July 6, 1957. They have shared 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children Patti, Tim, and Lisa. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                Janet’s memberships include the Order of Eastern Star and the “The Friendly 12 Club.” She also loved snaring the bargain of the day when going to garage sales with a carload of gal pals.

                With a love for the outdoors, Janet was happy to be planting radiant flowers to enhance the landscape of her home. Each spring brought on the planting of the beautiful garden usually consisting of sweet corn, a vast pumpkin patch, tomatoes and green beans. The HORN ladies led by Janet devoted a sweet corn freezing day. Of course there was the pumpkin carving led by Patti and the grandchildren. During the summer weeks Janet could be seen onboard her shiny John Deere lawn mower grooming the lawn to perfection.

                An extraordinary cook, Janet was at home in her kitchen command post. From there she prepared many meals for the help while observing the activities in the field. At the holidays, Grandma rolled into action preparing the favorite dishes of the day. She made the most amazing peanut butter fudge and pumpkin cookies. Janet also made many unique creations like her simmering ham and beans with dumplings.

                Paramount in Janet’s life was her family. As the matriarch of the HORN family she was very proud of her legacy, overseeing four generations. She was the rock and always there lend to support when needed.

                Left to cherish Janet’s memory are her husband, Maurice; three children, Patti HORN, Tim HORN, and Lisa ADAMS and husband Kent;five grandchildren, Travis HORN and wife Kristin, Ty HORN, Kyle HORN and wife Marjorie, Ben ADAMS, Troy ADAMS; three great-grandchildren, Layne HORN, Tanner HORN, Tylee HORN; a sister, Lou Anne TOWNSEND and husband Ryan of Kewanna; two brothers, Dean WILLS of Los Lunas, New Mexico, Allen WILLS and wife Carolyn of Altoona, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Janet in death are her parents, grandson Jordan Cole HORN on August 30, 2007 and great-grandson Trey Douglas HORN on February 15, 2007.

                A celebration of the life of Janet Horn will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Chaplain Teri WHITE will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wheels on Fire, percent Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron, IN 46910 or the Rochester Wrestling Club, 1390 W. Sixth St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Janet’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

Paul HOLLOS Sr.

February 22, 1920-May 15, 2021

                Paul HOLLOS Sr., formerly of Rochester, died May 15, 2021, in Lakeland, Florida. He was born in South Bend on February 22, 1920.

 He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, fighting throughout Europe with the 709th tank battalion. Paul was a retired diesel mechanic and loved taking things apart and putting them back together.

                He is survived by daughter Sally CLIFTON and husband Richard, son Paul Jr. and companion Cheryl CARTER, all from Florida, and daughter Rosemary BELLAMY and husband, David, Rochester; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, and four sisters and a brother.

 

Saturday May 22, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday May 25, 2021

 

Jackie D. HOLCOMB

August 7, 1942-May 22, 2021

                Jackie D. “Tex” HOLCOMB, 78, Rochester, passed away at 8:14 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on August 7, 1942, in Iowa, the son of Clarence G. and E. Gertrude (THOMAS) HOLCOMB. On May 9, 1964, in Logansport, he married Beverly Sue CARLSON. She preceded him in death on October 24, 2019.

                Mr. HOLCOMB retired after working years for the Co-Op in Kewanna. Previously he had worked for Wilson’s Foods, Logansport, and during “retirement” years he worked farming, hauling grain and moving equipment. Known as a workaholic, Jackie would always be out working in his yard, garden or anything else that needed done.       

                Survivors include his children, Jeff HOLCOMB, Rochester, Amy CLINE, Rochester; grandchildren Cassandra (Aaron) ISLEY, Silver Lake, Randy CLINE, Brandi CLINE, Amanda CLINE, Eddie HOLCOMB, all of Rochester, Mandie JAVIER, Rochester, Phillip HOLCOMB, Rochester, Brian THOMAS, Rochester, Erica THOMAS, Logansport, Rebecca TAYLOR, California, Phillip TAYLOR, Rochester; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Harry HOLCOMB, Clinton, Missouri, Grant (Judy) HOLCOMB, Florence, Arizona, Jim (Myrna) HOLCOMB, Fairfield, Iowa, Thelma WHITE, Iowa City, Iowa, Velma HUMMEL, Burlington, Iowa, Mable (Chuck) HART, Ottumwa, Iowa, Trudy HEY, Florida, Sarah POSS, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Mark HOLCOMB, brother Clarence G. HOLCOMB Jr., sister Martha FILSON and niece Holly HOLCOMB.

                Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will take place later at Leiters Ford Cemetery, Leiters Ford. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Kelsie L. BILTZ

                Kelsie Lynn BILTZ, 26, Rochester, died Friday at Logansport Memorial Hospital shortly after her motorcycle collided with a car.

                Her survivors include fiancée Jon-Tae HARPER, Rochester; parents Andy and Kim BILTZ, Kewanna, and Renda DOSS of Logansport;sisters Brittany ABBOTT, Logansport, Taylor SHACKELFORD, New Rockton, North Dakota, Destiny RICE, North Manchester, and Crystal SMITH, Rochester; brother Johnathon MILLER, Rochester.

                Her funeral service is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

 

Wednesday May 26, 2021

 

Kelsie L. BILTZ

June 4, 1994-May 21, 2021

                Kelsie Lynn BILTZ, 26, of Rochester, was fatally injured when her motorcycle collided with a car that pulled in her path on Friday evening, May 21, 2021. She was pronounced deceased at Logansport Memorial Hospital shortly after her arrival.

                On June 4, 1994, Kelsie was born in Logansport. She was the treasured daughter of Anthony “Andy” D. BILTZ and Renda DOSS.

                Kelsie was a 2013 graduate of Rochester High School. Being very competitive, she excelled in basketball and cross country. She was also a peer helper. Kelsie would also enter dirt bike competitions as she preferred two wheels.

                With a strong work ethic, Kelsie was an accomplished fork lift driver for Rochester Homes. Previously, she worked at Lau Industries, Kroger and Label Shopper.

                With a great love for the outdoors, Kelsie floated the Tippecanoe or Wabash rivers. She enjoyed the challenges of deer hunting and fishing year around. Summertime brought on floating around Lake Manitou on the pontoon and swimming to chill out.

                Kelsie’s vibrant persona and warm smile would light up any room as she brought love and happiness to all she met. Aunt Kelsie was greatly admired by her nieces and nephews and she loved being their aunt. Listening to REO Speedwagon and playing the PlayStation were great ways to relax.

                Left to cherish Kelsie’s memory are her fiancée Jon-Tae HARPER of Rochester; parents Andy and Kim BILTZ of Kewanna, Renda DOSS of Logansport; four sisters Brittany ABBOTT and husband Greg III of Logansport, Taylor SHACKELFORD and fiancé Brandon ROGNESS, New Rockton, North Dakota, Destiny RICE of North Manchester and Crystal SMITH of Rochester; a brother, Jonathan MILLER, Rochester; grandparents Terry and Lynn BILTZ of Rochester and Pamela and Harold CONKLIN of Logansport; 13 nieces and nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; a canine companion, October, a gray brindle and tan Pitbull puppy, and a feline companion, Miss Kitty, a black and white domestic long hair. Preceding Kelsie in death are her grandmother, Amanda “Helen” BILTZ November 18, 2021, two uncles, Richard BILTZ on September 5, 2015, David BILTZ on November 16, 2016, and her canine companion, “Nike” a Poodle-Chow special blend in December of 2020. 

                A celebration of the life of Miss Kelsie Lynn BILTZ will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester, with Mr. Alvin DOSS and Mr. Rick SEXTON officiating. Her family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. The family asks that everyone be aware of motorcycles. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Carol S. GRAHAM

February 5, 1936-November 25, 2020

                Carol Sue HILAND GRAHAM, 84, of Indianapolis and formerly of Kewanna, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Bickford Assisted Living in Greenwood. She was born February 5, 1936, to the late Kenneth and Catherine (KELSEY) HILAND in Kewanna.

                Carol is survived by her son Michael (Sueann) GRAHAM, and daughter Kathy (Steven) DEAN; three brothers, Jerry (Pat) HILAND, Jim (Sharyn) HILAND and Richard (Carolyn) HILAND; eight grandchildren, Zachary (Nicole) DEAN, Josh (Erin) DEAN, Kate (Caleb) JOHNSON, Brandon (Chrissy) GRAHAM, Aaron (Isabel) GRAHAM, Delaney (Garrett) WERTS, Aidan and Andrew GALTS;five great-grandchildren, Kyla, Kinsley, Whitley, Savannah and Charlie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William C. GRAHAM.

                Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Local arrangements have been entrusted to Ran Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna. Sign Carol’s online guestbook at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Deborah J. LATOZA

                Deborah J. LATOZA, 66, Rochester, passed away at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday May 27, 2021

 

Deborah J. LATOZA

September 14, 1954-May 25, 2021

                Deborah J. LATOZA, 66, Rochester, passed away at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

                She was born September 14, 1954, in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of William Joe and Mary Virginia (WRIGHT) AGENT. She married Richard LATOZA and he preceded her in death.

                Mrs. LATOZA had been a homemaker and had worked for Wal-Mart. She enjoyed puzzles, gardening, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

                Survivors include her children, Richard LATOZA, Winamac, Rebecca LATOZA, Rochester, Danielle PRIMMER, Lafayette; grandchildren, Ian and his father Cameron, Von and Odin and their father Austin, and Serenity;siblings Clara Sue MITLEFF, Cleo Steven AGENT, Rita BOLECK FULLER, Angie May AGENT, Emma Christine AGENT ARNOLD, Jennifer OECHSIER; stepmother, Gwendolyn Ruth WOODWARD AGENT. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                Memorial services will be conducted at noon Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit one hour prior to service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Friday May 28, 2021

 

Margel ‘Lee’ PARKER CRAIG

                Margel “Lee” PARKER CRAIG, former resident of Akron, Warsaw, and Tucson, Arizona, passed away May 25, 2021, at the age of 98. She was the daughter of William F. RILEY and Elizabeth MORRETT RILEY of Akron.

                Her son, Stephen “Steve” PARKER passed away on March 7, 2021. Survivors are Suzanne “Susie” PARKER, Tucson, Arizona; as well as her grandchildren, Angela PARKER, Tucson, Kristi PARKER, Boise, Idaho, Todd SCHULTZ, W. Hollywood, California; a great-grandson, Andrew “Drew” PARKER BECKETT, Boise, Idaho; and niece, Linda PARKER EWERT, Warsaw.

                Lee married her childhood sweetheart, Shirley “S.L.” PARKER. Together they started Parker Industries, Inc. [Par-Kan] in Silver Lake.

                William “Bill” CRAIG and Lee were married in 1980. While in their sixties, they served more than two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, which was a cannibalistic country. Lee wrote her book “The Killing Stones” which described their experiences in a remote jungle village.

                Lee was an accomplished French horn musician and ballroom dancer, earning many awards. She also traveled to 57 countries, making friends throughout the world. Lee always described her life as “full,” “interesting,” and “Unique.” Her family celebrates their many memories with her!

                Per her wishes, there will not be a memorial service. Margel Lee will be placed next to her parents in the Akron Cemetery.

                “Success is the memories that we build with our family as well as those that we encounter with others along life’s highway.”

 

Mary BOWERS

January 8, 1928-May 26, 2021

                Mary E. IGO BOWERS, 93, formerly of Mentone, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at Paddock Springs of Warsaw.

                Mary is survived by her daughters, Diana MANN of Warsaw, and Mary D. STIFFLER of Fort Wayne; and stepson Kenneth BOWERS of Niles, Michigan.

                Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Mentone Cemetery. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Saturday May 29, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday June 1, 2021

 

Howard HART Jr.

June 18, 1960-May 29, 2021

                Howard R. HART Jr., 60, of Rochester, died unexpectedly at his home Saturday. His survivors include wife Barbara at home; children Amber BRADY of Indianapolis, and Andrew JOHNSON and Britney ERIKS, both of Rochester; three siblings, Pam FRUSH, Bloomfield, Paul HART, Macy, and Miriam HART-CHAVARRIA, Miramar, Florida.

                Howard’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday June 2, 2021

 

Clifford R. STEIN

January 23, 1939-May 30, 2021

                Clifford Rae STEIN, 82, Chili, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Parkview Hospital-Randallia, Fort Wayne.

                Born January 23, 1939, in Watseka, Illinois, he was the son of Fritz Johann and Pauline (RHODES) STEIN. He married the former Nancy Kay ZIMMERMAN, and she preceded him in death on June 17, 1963.

                He was a 1957 graduate of Chili High School and went on to join the United States Army. He retired from Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo and owned and operated his own farm outside of Chili. He enjoyed raising chickens and Chihuahua/Pomeranian puppies, as well as woodworking and pulling garden tractors. He spent many hours helping solve the world’s problems sitting on his swing and visiting with friends and family.

                Survivors include three children, Gary Rae STEIN, Indianapolis, Pamela Sue (Fred) MUSSELMAN, Denver, Troy Johann (Shelley) STEIN, Chili; eight grandchildren, Kyle (Leah) MUSSELMAN, Ryan (Lynette) MUSSELMAN, Lynn (Jared) MILLER, Ty (Paris) MUSSELMAN, Braden (Katie) TIMMONS, Brendan (Josie) TIMMONS, Ragin STEIN, and Riley STEIN; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Janet (Bill) WALKER, Muncie; and his African Grey Parrot, Nick. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ronald G. STEIN, and one sister, Carolyn DUBOIS.

                Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Chaplain Jason SEE officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. The service will be live-streamed at www.mcclainfh.com/livestream. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to North Miami Athletic Boosters or Miami County Military Rites Unit.

 

Robert ULERICK

August 12, 1956-May 13, 2021

                Robert A. ULERICK, 64, Rochester, died at 10:04 p.m. May 13 at Woodlawn Hospital. Immediate survivors include his wife, Allee, Rochester; two sons, Mitchell A. ULERICK and Connor N. ULERICK, Rochester;mother Darlene KUHN, Peru; sister Theresa KIMMEL, Rochester; brother Brian ULERICK, Clearwater, Florida; step-siblings Karen SUMPTER, Joe MURRAY, and Rhonda RICHTER.

                His funeral service is at 7 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the church. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

James P. CLEMONS

                James P. CLEMONS, 52, Rochester, died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday June 3, 2021

 

Thomas Fayne FLENNER

December 21, 1951-May 30, 2021

                Thomas Fayne FLENNER, 69, Warsaw, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at his residence. Born December 21, 1951, in Rochester, he was the son of Donald D. and Adelene L. (SCOTT) FLENNER.

                He was a 1970 graduate of North Miami High School. He retired from Biomet in Warsaw and enjoyed spending time fishing, watching drag racing and watching old Western movies.

                He is survived by two sons, Gregg (Bridgette) FLENNER, Mentone, and Danny FLENNER, Delong; four grandchildren, Sam (Dominique) FLENNER, Rochester, Brantley FLENNER, Delong, and Lillee STYDHAM, Rochester; three great-grandchildren, Cavin, Emmett and Adeline; three sisters, Cindy (Richard) WALKER, Columbia City, Amy (Doug) ROBISON, Peru, and Julie (Ted) JONES, South Carolina;as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one great-granddaughter, Joyce FLENNER.

                Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Dale Leon SKINNER

                Dale Leon SKINNER, 88, Twelve Mile, died at 5 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at his residence.

                A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Cemetery, Cass County, with military rites and Pastor Mark HARMON officiating. A time of food and fellowship will follow from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the New Twelve Mile Community Building. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Cherikee S. MILLER

October 23, 1955-May 29, 2021

                Cherikee S. MILLER, 65, of Warsaw and formerly of Mentone, died at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital of Ft. Wayne.

                She is survived by her husband Larry MILLER of Warsaw;son Ryan MILLER, Warsaw; sister Brenda MCKEE of Rochester.

                The funeral service is being planned for a future date at Warsaw Community Church. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Friday June 4, 2021

 

James P. CLEMONS

December 25, 1968-June 1, 2021

                James Paul CLEMONS, 52, Rochester, died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at Logansport Memorial Hospital, Logansport.

                Survivors include his children, Jeffery REFFETT, Florida, Jamie R. CLEMONS, Lafayette, Christopher LEFFERT, Lafayette, Bailey CLEMONS, Warsaw, Katie CLEMONS, Warsaw; father, Donald BAILEY, Wolcott;siblings Laurie CLEMONS, North Carolina, Robin Lee CLEMONS, Lafayette, William J. CLEMONS, Rochester, Mark A. CLEMONS, Rochester, Tammy BAILEY, Wolcott, Jennifer BAILEY, Wolcott.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday June 5, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday June 8, 2021

 

Daniel A. BROWER

February 19, 1948-June 6, 2021

                Daniel A. BROWER, 73, Rochester, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on February 19, 1948, in Marion, the son of Everett and Iva Irene (ROOK) BROWER. On August 10, 1984, at the First Baptist Church in Rochester he married Wanda (Craig) MOW and she survives.

                Mr. BROWER had worked for the former Chamberlain Products, Akron, Pike Lumber Company, Akron Lear, Plymouth, and Medallion, Culver. He attended the First Baptist Church, Rochester, and enjoyed working in his yard, woodworking, painting by number kits, and utmost important was time spent with his family.

                Survivors include his wife, Wanda BROWER, Rochester;children, Roger (Pam) BROWER, Akron, Dan R. (Sarah) BROWER, Rockwall, Texas, Christine (Chris) VANATA, Akron, Greg MOW, Rochester, Gary (Becky) MOW, Rochester; grandchildren, Nicole (Kyle) AMOR, Conrad WARDER III, Daniel (Samantha) KNEIFEL, Justin (Brandi) KNEIFEL, Angela (Matt) BIEN, Troy (Brittlyn) MOW, Rachel MOW, Adam (Kayla) MONTEL, Brentley MOW, Hanna BROWER, Chase BROWER, Grayson BROWER, Peyton BROWER, Arielle VARELA, Carlos VARELA, Levi (Tiffany) BROWER, Jarret GARD, Aileen BROWER; and 23 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Steve BROWER.

                Private funeral services will be conducted at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Fulton County Cancer Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Nokie Ruth VIGAR

May 30, 1946-June 6, 2021

                Nokie Ruth VIGAR, 75, of Akron, died 3 a.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Logansport. She was born on May 30, 1946, in Varney, West Virginia, to Arthur and Arizona (CULVERSON) VARNEY.

                Nokie married Curtis VIGAR on April 13, 1946, in Wabash County. He died October 6, 1986. She worked at BioMet in Warsaw, retiring after more than 20 years. She was a member of the Athens Community Church in Rochester. Nokie enjoyed vacationing, gambling, flowers, working in her yard, and especially spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

                She is survived by six children, Jacquetta “Jackie” (Matt) MANNIES of Logansport, Rod (Diana) VIGAR of Akron, Terry Randall (Jane) VIGAR of Roann, Jerry (Janet) VIGAR of Akron, Rhonda (Jeff) ROBINS of Denver, and Barry (Kristi) VIGAR of Macy; 14 grandchildren, Philo MANNIES, Tyrel MANNIES, Megan HAMMOND, Lauren VIGAR, Lydia VIGAR, Lakin WOOD, Laci STUBER, Layne DELAUTER, Benjamin VIGAR, Dakota ROBINS, Taylor ROBINS, Destiny VIGAR, Tylor CONE, and Bryer VIGAR; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Coetta (David) STEWARD of Kendallville, and Betty MAYNARD of Lodi, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Gerald VARNEY, Arthur VARNEY, Jr., and Alvis VARNEY; two sisters, Carol VARNEY and Willeta FIELDS; and brother-in-law, Bud MAYNARD.

                Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service-Roann, 335 S. Chippewa Road, Roann, with Rev. Luke VASICEK officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorial is Athens Community Church. The memorial guest book for Nokie may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Adria Louise MARTINEZ

April 16, 1950-June 2, 2021

                Adria Louise MARTINEZ, 71, of Akron, died at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday in transition to her home after an extended stay at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

                She is survived by her children Leigh Anne JUDY, Claypool, Tom ROUSH, Michigan City, and Katrina L. FRANKLIN of Akron; sisters Allison STREVY, North Manchester and Denise BUSSARD of Akron; brothers Dr. James MORGAN, Akron and Lloyd MORGAN Jr., Akron.

                A private graveside service will take place in the Akron Cemetery. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Dorothy J. MORGAN

                Dorothy J. MORGAN, 91, Rochester, died at 10 a.m. Sunday at her residence. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday June 9, 2021

 

Dorothy J. MORGAN

June 7, 1929-June 6, 2021

                Dorothy J. MORGAN, 91, Rochester, passed away at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021, at her residence.

                She was born on June 7, 1929 in Brinsmade, North Dakota, the daughter of Marko Mike and Olivia (JOHNSON) MEDVED. On February 19, 1955, in Spokane, Washington, she married Stanley L. MORGAN. He preceded her in death on August 19, 2019.

                Mrs. MORGAN had been a homemaker and early in life had worked as a waitress. She enjoyed video games, crafting, playing games, collecting roosters and angels, crocheting, and painting.

                Survivors include her children, Ramona (Bryan) GEBERT, Rochester, Rebecca (Ryan) MURPHY, Rochester, Beth SCHOEN, Rochester, Dana (Cathy) MORGAN, Middleville, Michigan, Patrick MORGAN, Portland, Oregon, Eric MORGAN and companion Jessica DIAZ, Rochester; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters Frances SMITH, Cheyenne, North Dakota, Margaret BARTEL, Port Charlotte, Florida; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara WILSON; son, Gary MORGAN; granddaughter Melissa BROYLES;sisters Mae Irene SMITH, Kathleen “Kay” HAINE, Wilma THORSON, and Macy ROCK.

                Friends may visit from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Audrey E. GRIFFIS

October 2, 1937-May 26, 2021

                Audrey E. GRIFFIS, 83, of Burket, passed at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Mason Health Care of Warsaw.

                Audrey was born on October 2, 1937 in Warsaw to the late Arnold and Clarabel (CAREY) FLORY. On December 10, 1955, in Bourbon, she married Bill G. GRIFFIS, who preceded her in death on January 2, 2010.

                She was a Tippecanoe High School graduate. Audrey was a quality control inspector for Blue Bell in Warsaw. She then worked for Uniroyal in Warsaw, where she was the first woman employed. She retired from there after more than 20 years. After retiring, she worked part-time for the U.S. Post Office in Burket. She loved sewing, crafting, and quilting. She enjoyed Goodwill and was a loyal customer.

                Audrey is survived by her son Brad and wife Judy GRIFFIS of Akron; grandchildren Damien SHRIVER, Jackie APT, Billi GRIFFIS, and Tanner GRIFFIS;10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Lorraine and husband Tom DEVROS of Tippecanoe; and brothers Jerry and wife Glenda FLORY of Tippecanoe and Duane and wife Kathy FLORY of Tippecanoe. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, siblings Anita CRAWFORD, Rose WALTERS, Lewis FLORY, Douglas FLORY, and Doyle FLORY.

                A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021, in the Summit Chapel Cemetery on Indiana 10 near Bourbon. The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Donations can be made in Audrey’s memory to Camp C.O. Mollenhour, 10265 S. 600 West, Silver Lake, 46982. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Mary E. BLACKETOR

November 29, 1930-June 7, 2021

                Mary Eldonna BLACKETOR, 90, passed away June 7, 2021 in Fort Wayne. Born in Miami County on November 29, 1930, Eldonna was the daughter of the late Calvin Earl and Mabel BARBER.

                She enriched the lives of all who knew her with her kind nature and incredible wit. She became a registered nurse in 1952, graduating from Methodist Hospital’s School of Nursing in Indianapolis.

                Survivors include her sons, Brad BLACKETOR of Lone Tree, Colorado, Brian of Crooked Lake, John (Abbe) of Hinsdale, Illinois, Rod (Candi) of Peoria, Arizona, Tom of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Alex, Eli, Jake, Sydney, Ross, and Elaina; sister Nancy and brother Kenny; and numerous nieces and nephews. Eldonna was preceded in death by her husband Donald and brothers Bill and Dick.

                Family graveside services and burial will be at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling services.

 

Billie L. HILL

July 30, 1926-June 3, 2021

                Billie L. HILL, Kokomo, and formerly of Akron, died Thursday at Golden Living Center in Kokomo. Survivors include his children Robert L. HILL, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and Suzanne AHNERT, Rochester; and brother Dick HILL of Tampa, Florida.

                Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Sunday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. and will include military rites. Flowers-Leedy & Allen Funeral Home, Peru, is handling arrangements.

 

Helen V. MURPHY

April 20, 1935-June 7, 2021

                Helen V. MURPHY, 86, rural Akron, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday at her residence. Helen is survived by daughters Debbie CRAFT, Akron, and Teresa GUITEREZ, Allegan, Michigan; sons Richard CHILCUTT of Akron, David CHILCUTT, Rochester, Randy CHILCUTT, of Peru, and Don CHILCUTT of Syracuse; and a brother, Bill WEBB, Baltimore, Maryland.

                There will be no visitation or service at this time. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Harold H. DITTMAN

                Harold H. DITTMAN, 92, Rochester, died at 7:22 p.m. Monday, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday June 10, 2021

 

Harold H. DITTMAN

November 29, 1928-June 7, 2021

                Harold H. DITTMAN, 92, Rochester, passed away at 7:22 p.m. Monday June 7, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                He was born on November 29, 1928 in White County, the son of Clarence H. and Iva M. (CLERGET) DITTMAN. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1946. On February 22, 1964, in LaPaz, he married Mary Lou BEARD and she survives.

                Mr. DITTMAN had retired as manager of North Central Co-Op. He had been a member of the Community Presbyterian Church, past-president of the Fulton Town Board and Lions Club, long time member of the Eagles Lodge and enjoyed driving the bus for Manitou Training Center. In his leisure time, he enjoyed drives in the countryside admiring the crops and land, and spending time with his family.

                Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou DITTMAN, Rochester; children, Dianna HOLLAND, South Bend, Donna FINCHER, Rochester, Angie (Steve) RITCHEY, Warsaw, Lisa (Brad) THOMAS, Rochester, David (Jan) DITTMAN, Portageville, Missouri, and Rick (Dawn) DITTMAN, Rochester; fourteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Dean DITTMAN, brother Richard D. DITTMAN, sons-in-laws Dwight HOLLAND and David FINCHER.

                Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at Sycamore Memorial Park, Mentone. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Jerry L. ANDREWS

                Jerry Lee ANDREWS, 86, Rochester, died at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                Survivors include his daughter, Cindy COFFING, Rochester; sons Robert ANDREWS, Mentone, David ANDREWS, Rochester, and William ANDREWS, Rochester; sister Shirley STEPHENS, Argos; and a brother, Doug ANDREWS, Argos.

                His funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is noon-2 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

 

Friday June 11, 2021

 

Jerry L. ANDREWS

July 22, 1934-June 9, 2021

                Mr. Jerry L. ANDREWS, 86, of Rochester, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                On July 22, 1934, Jerry Lee was born in Argos to Thomas and Martha BYERS ANDREWS. As one of nine children, he shared his childhood with four sisters and four brothers. Proudly, Jerry graduated with the Argos High School Class of 1953.

                Patriotism beckoned and Jerry answered the call serving with the U.S. Army. His stint began on October 13, 1954. He was honorably discharged on October 12, 1956.

                On March 18, 1958, Jerry and Miss Janet Lee WOODCOX were married in Rochester. They shared 58 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced a daughter and three sons. Two more branches have been added to their family tree.

                The skill of the art of masonry was passed down from Jerry’s father, Tom. Building with bricks, stones, blocks, and tiles with precision and expertise was Jerry’s way of life. He left his fingerprint on many businesses and homes with his meticulous masonry style. Jerry was the proud mason of many beautiful and unique fireplaces. He and John FIGLIO teamed to provide masonry services for Rochester High School, Life Care Center, and area car washes. They also completed a memorial at the University of Notre Dame. Jerry retired in 1996 and was a member of Local No. 8.

                For more than 50 years, Jerry enjoyed fishing for crappie and bass on the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou. He also could be seen with his fly rod, fishing on Pike Lake near Warsaw. Jerry hooked many big fish and shared his limit with family and friends at the fish fry. He was a former member of the Church of God and had most recently attended The Cross church.

                Jerry will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Cindy COFFING and husband Brent of Rochester; three sons, Robert ANDREWS and wife Stacy of Mentone, David ANDREWS and wife Amy of Rochester, William ANDREWS of Rochester; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley STEPHENS and husband Herbert of Argos; a brother Doug ANDREWS and wife Lynn of Argos; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Jerry in death are his parents, beloved wife Janet on May 15, 2016; three sisters, Linda HOWARD, Mary CORRELL, Leila DENNY; three ANDREWS brothers, Thomas, Larry, and Mike.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Jerry Lee ANDREWS will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester with Pastor Dave PENNINGTON officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 12-2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County DAV Fund, through the Auditor’s Office, 125 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Saturday June 12, 2021

 

Georgia Ann DAY

                Georgia Ann DAY, 92, Rochester, died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday June 15, 2021

 

Georgia Ann DELP DAY

August 19, 1928-June 10, 2021

                Georgia Ann DELP DAY, 92, Rochester, passed away at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born August 19, 1928, in Rochester, the daughter of John A. and Pauline (CLAY) SNYDER. On May 9, 1947, in Rochester, she married Robert Edward DELP. He preceded her in death on February 16, 1983. On September 28, 2002, at the Rochester City Golf Course, she married Richard E. “Dick” DAY and he survives.

                Georgia Ann along with her husband Robert, had owned DELP Cleaners for many years. She later retired from the Rochester Telephone Company. She had been a member of First Baptist Church, Elks Lodge, Tri-Kappa sorority, Moose Lodge, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

                Georgia Ann was an accomplished bowler, having bowled for more than 50 years and having won one state individual bowling title. She was an avid golfer, including hitting a hole in one at the Rochester Elk’s Golf Course. In her leisure time, she enjoyed walking, dancing, collecting antiques, dolls, traveling and wintering in Florida with her husband Richard.

                Survivors include her husband, Richard E. “Dick” DAY, Rochester; sons John (Jennifer) DELP, Nokomis, Florida, Dave DELP and fiancé Caren PARKO, Rochester; stepchildren, Pamela VANDERMARK, Akron, and Joe (Marianne) DAY, Akron; grandchild Lyndee (Mark) MERSCH, Georgia;great-grandchildren Mason, Isabelle, and a baby boy due in August 2021;step-grandchildren, Leann (John) CARR, Akron, David (Angela) MADEFORD, Akron, Scott (Tiffany) COOKSEY, Akron, Kevin (Carrie) COOKSEY, Silver Lake; several great step-grandchildren and one great-great-step-grandson; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Almyrta BLUE, stepson-in-law Jim VANDERMARK, and step-grandson, Patrick DAY.

                Private services will be observed. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com. The family would like to thank Life Care Center of Rochester for their care and support these past few months that Georgia Ann resided there.

 

Rusty W. SHELBURNE

August 3, 1959-June 11, 2021

                Rusty W. SHELBURNE, 61, of Scotts, Michigan, and formerly Rochester, died June 11, 2021 from injuries sustained in a fall at his home on May 7, 2021.

                Survivors include his wife Laurie, at home; son Derek SHELBURNE, Phoenix, Arizona; four sisters, Tammy SHELBURNE-SEE, Rochester, Betsy SHELBURNE, State College, Pennsylvania, Misty DEPOY, Rochester, and Mindy NAVARRO, Rochester; four brothers, Jeffery SHELBURNE, Rochester, Rodney SHELBURNE, Warsaw, Randy SHELBURNE, Rochester, and Barney SHELBURNE, Stillman Valley, Illinois.

                His funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

 

Lois J. BURNS

                Lois J. BURNS, 96, Rochester, died at 3:37 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday June 16, 2021

 

Lois J. BURNS

November 17, 1924-June 14, 2021

                Lois J. BURNS, 96, Rochester, and formerly of Marion, passed away at 3:37 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                She was born November 17, 1924, in Tiosa, the daughter of Oswald and Mable (SMITH) PALMER. On June 22, 1946, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, she married Robert F. BURNS. He preceded her in death on January 3, 2014.

                Lois was a veteran, serving with the United States Army during World War II. She had been a telephone operator stationed in Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb.

                Lois had been a homemaker. She was a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, had been one of the members of the Mississinewa 1812 reenactment in Marion. For years she volunteered at Marion General Hospital. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, quilting, and along with her husband enjoyed presenting Indian folklore and traditions to elementary school children.

                Survivors include her children, Richard (Lana) BURNS, Ninety Six, South Carolina, Jerry (Sue) BURNS, Surprise, Arizona, Ruth AYERS, Raleigh, North Carolina, Robert (Stacie) BURNS, Vernon, Shirley (A.W.) TEEL, Brunswick, Georgia; grandchildren Michele (Phill) DAVIS, Stacey (Kevin) HENKEL, Nicole THURMAN, Jerry (Christie) BURNS Jr., Krista NASH, Jennifer (Jim) JOHNSON, Elizabeth (Jack) WALKER, Noah (Tina) SANDERS, Brandon (Maggie MOHR) BURNS, Jared RAYHON, Blake RAYHON, Haley RAYHON; brother Floyd (Hazel) PALMER, Argos;22 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lucy BURNS, a grandson, a great-grandchild, a great-great grandchild, siblings Norene BILLISSITZ, Norman PALMER, Esther WALSH, and Jim PALMER.

                Private services will be observed at Richland Center Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Mississinewa 1812, P.O. Box 1812, Marion, IN 46952. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Cherikee S. MILLER

October 23, 1955-May 29, 2021

                Cherikee S. MILLER, 65, of Warsaw and formerly of Mentone, passed at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2021, at St. Joseph Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Cherikee was born October 23, 1955, in Plymouth, to the late Arthur and Velma (ABAIR) CORDES. She was married June 28, 1980, in Mentone, to Larry N. MILLER. He survives.

                She was a homemaker and had worked for the Mentone Post Office. She attended Warsaw Community Church. Cherikee always enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

                Cherikee is survived by her husband Larry MILLER of Warsaw; son Ryan MILLER and fiancé Shannon of Warsaw; grandchildren Katlyn COX, Maverick COX, Christopher MILLER, Alexis MILLER, Darryn FRANCIS, and Jaylyn FRANCIS;sister Brenda and Ronald MCKEE of Rochester; niece Tracey and husband George RUCKMAN, and nephew Jeremy and wife Andrea MCKEE. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                A celebration of Cherikee’s life will be at 5 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at Warsaw Community church, 1855 South County Farm Road, Warsaw, with Pastor Jeff PFEIFER officiating. Friends may gather for a time of remembrance from 4 p.m. to the time of the service. The interment will take place in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery at a later date. The arrangements are entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice of charity. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Ruby REED

                Ruby REED, 84, formerly of the Fulton area, died at 1:05 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Tommy ANDREWS

                Tommy W. ANDREWS, 73, Rochester, died at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

 

Thursday June 17, 2021

 

Ruby M. REED

November 6, 1936-June 14, 2021

                Ruby M. REED, 84, Peru, and formerly of the Fulton area, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

                She was born November 6, 1936, in Flora, the daughter of Robert and Violet (HUNNICUT) SIMMONS. On July 26, 1979, in Nashville, Tennessee, she married Don Dale REED. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2015.

                Ruby had been a homemaker. She had been active over the years with Fulton County 4-H, having worked at the county fair for many years. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, and cooking.

                Survivors include her children, Deanna GIBSON, Louisiana, Rita Lynn Brown, Indianapolis, William BROWN, Mexico, Phyllis Jean BROWN, Sheridan, Gary Lee BROWN, Kempner, Texas, and Rhonda COBY, Peru; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; sister Roberta EVANS, Madison, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Wayne Lee BROWN, and brother Robert SIMMONS Jr.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Floyd E. STONE

                Floyd E. STONE, 74, Rochester, died at 10:47 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Hospice Care, Mishawaka. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friday June 18, 2021

 

Tommy Wayne ANDREWS

May 21, 1948-June 15, 2021

                Tommy Wayne ANDREWS, 73, Rochester, passed away at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at his residence. He was born on May 21, 1948 in Macon, Georgia, the son of William and Erma (HARPER) ANDREWS.

                Mr. ANDREWS had been a drywall contractor for most of his life. He enjoyed playing the guitar and drums.

                Survivors include his wife, Helen SIMMONS, Rochester;children Todd ANDREWS, Talma, Tonya ANDREWS, Logansport, Scott ANDREWS, Peru, Mark ANDREWS, West Palm Beach, Florida, Crystal ANDREWS, St. Petersburg, Florida, Tanya SIMMONS, Fulton, and Tara ANDREWS, Peru; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Steven SIMMONS, brothers Billy ANDREWS, Curtis ANDREWS, Lee ANDREWS, Ronnie ANDREWS, Gene ANDREWS, and Jody ANDREWS.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Floyd E. STONE

February 15, 1947-June 15, 2021

                Floyd E. STONE, 74, Rochester, passed away at 10:47 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Center for Hospice Care, Mishawaka. He was born on February 15, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Sydney and Ruby (CHAMBLISS) STONE.

                Survivors include his nieces and nephews, Lillian ALLEN, Rochester, Robert ELDRIDGE, Logansport, Teresa JOHNSON, Huntington, West Virginia, and Robin JACKSON, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sydney RUSSELL and Jean STONE, brothers Charles STONE, Ronald STONE, Anthony STONE, and Roger STONE.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Wayne LEEDY

                Wayne LEEDY, 57, Rochester, died at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday June 19, 2021

 

Justin F. PATTON

March 5, 1988-June 15, 2021

                Justin Frederic PATTON, 33, Denver, died Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at his residence. Survivors include three children, Kohen PATTON, Greenwood, Bentley PATTON, Roann, and Maverick Hebert PATTON, Denver; mother Yolanda MATHENY, Denver; father Frederic PATTON, Greenwood; sister Alexis PATTON, Denver; stepsisters, Kelly BRASH, Greenwood, and Colleen BRASH WERNER, Batesville.

                Visitation is 3-4 p.m. Saturday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Graveside service follows at Rankin Cemetery, Bunker Hill. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

 

 

 

 

John W. COOK

January 16, 1938-June 17, 2021

                John W. COOK, 83, Rochester, died at 5:53 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021 at I.U. Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis.

                Survivors include two daughters, Cindy YORK of Fort Wayne, Ginger LIEGIBEL of Indianapolis; two sons, Tim COOK, Empire, Michigan, Mark COOK, Waldo, Florida; and two brothers, James R. COOK, The Villages, Florida, and Richard D. COOK, Cypress, Texas.

                The funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Janie GROGG

                Janie GROGG, 73, Rochester, died at 1 p.m. Friday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday June 22, 2021

 

John W. COOK

January 16, 1938-June 17, 2021

                Mr. John W. COOK, 83, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 5:53 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021, at IU Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis.

                On January 16, 1938, John was born in Peru. He was a treasured son of Willard and Margaret HALL COOK. Growing up he shared his childhood with two brothers, Jim and Richard. A proud Tiger, John graduated from Peru High School in 1956. During his Tiger tenure he was a member of the cross-country team and ran the distance and endurance events for the track team.

                In Peru, John and Sharon Kay KUNKLE were married on May 28, 1958. They shared 53 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, Cindy, Ginger, Tim, and Mark. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations including seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

                For many years the COOK family enjoyed their home on the tip of Wolf’s Point Drive, situated on the southeast shore of Lake Manitou. Sundays brought on the competition of C-Scow sailboat racing. John could be seen gliding across the lake always in a good position. He savored the times of tooling around with Sharon and the family on the pontoon or pulling the grandkids skiing and tubing.

                John also had a great love of flight. He took flight over the decades in his Cessna 182 airplane. John hung up his headset in 1994 after 29 years of flying high in the blue sky

                After retiring as a plastic mold injection engineer, John enjoyed volunteering, giving back to our community. For many years he volunteered at the Shafer Medical Center. He was also a member of the valet team at Woodlawn Hospital. John also drove a bus for Rochester Community Schools for 12 years, delivering precious cargo.

                With great athletic prowess, at the age of 50 years old, John re-initiated his running activities with training and entering several area mini-marathons including the Blueberry Stomp. He was also accomplished with ice skating, roller-blading, and bicycling.

                A man of great faith, John was a vibrant member of the First Baptist Church. He was on the finance board, deacon and board of trustees. Sharon and John provided great support for the boat church service each summer Sunday at 7:44 a.m. They, along with Gordon and Ruth BOHS, were hosts for the event. A red-orange canoe powered by John could be seen crossing the lake with boxes of donuts that the COOKs delivered to the floating boat church congregation as they anchored and were poised ready for the service.

                Left to cherish John’s memory are two daughters, Cindy YORK of Fort Wayne, Ginger LIEGIBEL of Indianapolis; two sons, Tim COOK and wife Velma of Empire, Michigan, Mark COOK and wife Jamie of Waldo, Florida; seven grandchildren, Melissa JACOBS and husband Derek, Krystal BUCKLEY, Patrick K. YORK Jr., Andrea BARTS and husband Landon, Brandon LIEGIBEL and wife Grace, Nicholas COOK and wife Janipher, Alex COOK and wife Samantha; nine great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Peyton, Mya, Devonte’, Lera, Owen, Nora, Garrett, and Isabella; two brothers, James R. COOK and wife Cindy of The Villages, Florida, Richard D. COOK and wife Jenith of Cypress, Texas; brother-in-law Ed KUNKLE and wife Judy of Peru; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding John in death are his parents Willard and Margaret COOK, and beloved wife Sharon Kay on September 21, 2011.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. John W. COOK will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Dr. Mark SPENCER will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2021, and one hour prior to the service Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Reichter Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. Ninth Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jane L. GROGG

June 19, 1947-June 18, 2021

                Janie L. GROGG, 73, Rochester, passed away at 1 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021, at her residence. She was born June 19, 1947, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Ferman and Mary Jane (FARRINGTON) KITTERMAN. On January 21, 1999, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, she married Danny GROGG and he survives.

                Janie had worked at Woodlawn Hospital and owned and operated Jada Medical Billing. She enjoyed golf and dancing.

                Survivors include her husband, Danny GROGG, Rochester;children, Tony (Tracy) COURTNEY, Wabash, Marcus COURTNEY, Plymouth, Melissa COURTNEY, North Judson, Brandi (David) BUSSARD, Rochester; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; brother-in-law, Mark HENRION, Denver, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Susan HENRION.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

LouAnn WHETSTONE

July 26, 1945-June 19, 2021

                LouAnn WHETSTONE, 75, rural Akron, died at 8 a.m. Saturday at her residence. Surviving include her children Steve WHETSTONE, Akron, Jeannie C. GRIMM, Rochester, Charlie WHETSTONE, Akron, Kimmi TIMMONS, Warsaw, and Bob WHETSTONE of Akron.

                An afternoon memorial celebration will take place at her home July 25, 2021. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Edward J. LEWIS

February 14, 1939-June 18, 2021

                Edward Joe LEWIS, 82, Twelve Mile, passed away Friday, June 18, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

                Born February 14, 1939, at the home cottage at Lake Manitou in Fulton County, he was the son of Joe Howard LEWIS and Beatrice Pauline (BRINEY) LEWIS. On November 22, 1962, at the Metea Baptist Church he was married to Betty Gail COFFING, and she survives.

                He was a member of the Metea Baptist Church and was a veteran of the United States Army National guard and the United States Army Reserve, having served from 1962 to 1967. He retired from Lau Corporation in Rochester and owned and operated, with his wife and son, a small farm northwest of Twelve Mile. He enjoyed woodworking and working on his property, spending many hours with his son Doug, mowing the grass on their John Deere tractors. He had a love for fishing and took many trips over the years with friends who shared the same passion.

                Survivors include his wife, Betty LEWIS, and son, Douglas Joe LEWIS, both of Twelve Mile; a sister, Roxann (Marvin) MURPHY, Rochester; sister-in-law, Judy LEWIS, Rochester; the many members of the COFFING family, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jerry E. LEWIS.

                Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the Metea Baptist Church, with Pastor Mark FOREMAN officiating. Burial will follow in the Metea Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peak Community Services, 1416 Woodlawn Ave., Logansport, IN 46947. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Karen Lynn FREESE

December 26, 1967-June 18, 2021

                Karen Lynn (CHANDLER) FREESE, 53, of Rochester, passed at 6:45 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. Joseph Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Karen was born December 26, 1967, in Marion, to Edzell Gale and Edna Louise (HAMILTON) CHANDLER. She was married on September 28, 2007, to Tim W. FREESE. He survives.

                Karen was a graduate of Logansport High School in 1986. She furthered her education at the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. She had been a CNA and then was a QMA for Camelot Care Center of Logansport. She then became a social worker for the Bowen Center of Warsaw.

                She enjoyed spending time with her grandson, crocheting, and caring for her dogs. Karen was known to be bold. She had a strong will and was a solid figure in her family’s lives. She was able to do anything she put her mind to.

                Karen is survived by her husband Tim FREESE of Rochester; son Stephen and wife Renate ARTHUR of Kokomo; daughter Kaitlyn ARTHUR and boyfriend Ryan SERNA of Kokomo; grandson Cameron; mother Louise CHANDLER of Rochester; brothers Roger CHANDLER of Rochester and Steven CHANDLER of Logansport; sister Sandra and husband Jim WARREN of North Carolina; and four nephews and two nieces. Preceding her in death is her father Edzell CHANDLER.

                A memorial service will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, June 25, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Friends and family may gather from 5 p.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home. Donations can be made in her memory to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Melody D. SHUMPERT

November 8, 1963-June 17, 2021

                Melody D. SHUMPERT, 58, Denver, died Thursday at her residence. Survivors include her children, Tashina N. MCNABNEY, Wabash, Yanel F. RIGLE, Peru, Guanea N. TALBERT, Kokomo, Nemiah D. JONES, Kokomo, and Aaron J. DORAN, Denver; two sisters, Velvet SHROCK, Mexico, and Trudy FERGUSON, Peru;brother Butch LESLEY, Macy; stepchildren Preston and Denzel SHUMPERT.

                Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

 

Richard E. HOLLER

                Richard Eugene HOLLER, 85, Denver, died at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru. Survivors include one daughter, Linda YORK, Denver; and one son, Richard L. HOLLER, Denver.

                Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

 

Melvin HILL

                Melvin HILL, 77, Rochester, died at 1:01 p.m. Friday at Parkview Fort Wayne. His survivors include a daughter, Wendy BURNS, Denver; and a brother, Raymond TURNER of Rochester.

                There will be a private family service. Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester is handling arrangements.

 

Wednesday June 23, 2021

 

LouAnn WHETSTONE

July 26, 1945-June 19, 2021

                LouAnn WHETSTONE, 75, of rural Akron, passed at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at her residence.

                LouAnn was born July 26, 1945, in Rochester, Fulton County, to the late Robert L. and Esther (MILLER) NICODEMUS. She was married August 30, 1972, in Jellico, Tennessee, to Marvin E. WHETSTONE, who preceded her in death January 21, 1999.

                LouAnn was a USDA meat inspector for five years, as well as a homemaker for her family. She also enjoyed working at the Akron Flea Market for many years. She was very crafty. She always looked forward to operating her booth at the Roann Covered Bridge Festival selling her arts and crafts. LouAnn had many special cats that she cared for and loved.

                Surviving are her children, Steve WHETSTONE of Akron, Jeannie C. GRIMM of Rochester, Charlie WHETSTONE of Akron, Kimmi and husband Kelly TIMMONS of Warsaw, and Bob and wife Jackie WHETSTONE of Akron; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Lou Ann was preceded in death by her husband Marvin, a sister, Carol MYERS, and a grandson.

                Following her wishes, no visitation or service will be held at this time. An afternoon memorial celebration will take place at her home on July 25, 2021. Her final resting place will be in the Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe, alongside her husband. The arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Jack D. JONES

September 5, 1936-June 16, 2021

                Jack D. JONES, 84, Fort Wayne, was ‘Returned to Shipper’ on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Born September 5, 1936, he was a son of the late Raymond and Arvada JONES. He spent 39 years with UPS and had 23 years of glorious retirement. Jack highly recommends it to all!

                He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Chris; daughters Sheri (Jim) JACOBSON, Kim EASTWOOD, Patty JONES, and Jackie (Bob) WHETSTONE; son Kevin JONES; brothers, Ron (Mary) JONES and Don JONES;in-laws Sandy MAGGART, Mike (Judy) COLEMAN and Mark (Jill) COLEMAN; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Jack was also preceded in death by brothers, twins Jim Jones and Ken Jones.

                A most special thank you to his Parkview Hospice nurse Kate, who was dearly adored. “Jack was loved by many and will be dearly missed!”

                Just like Jack, we encourage you to honor him by celebrating his life in your own special and unique way! Arrangements are entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services-Highland Park.

 

Betty HALL

                Betty HALL, 96, Rochester, died at 10 p.m. Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday June 24, 2021

 

Betty E. HALL

December 8, 1924-June 21, 2021

                Betty Elizabeth HALL passed away peacefully at the Wynnfield Crossing Senior Community at 7:30 p.m. June 21, 2021, at the age of 96. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John D. HALL.

                Betty was born in Rochester on December 8, 1924. Betty’s parents were Edward H. SWEANY of Kokomo, and Bessy M. GUESS SWEANY of Crawfordsville. Betty was the second youngest and the last survivor of her siblings. Betty’s siblings were Marie HAGERMAN, Leiters Ford, Violet REDDING, Rochester, Agnus Wynona GATES, Kokomo, Lucille BECKER ROWE, Rochester, Douglas SWEANY, Rochester, Melvin SWEANY, Rochester, and Helen EASTERDAY, Warsaw.

                Betty is survived by her two sons from a previous marriage and their wives, William D. (Nathalie) SCHMICKER and Richard D. (Wendy) SCHMICKER. Also surviving are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

                Betty spent most of her time as a homemaker, but she worked at Logansport Memorial Hospital between marriages where she met her second husband, John D. HALL. John worked at the Logansport police force, serving as a sergeant at the time of his retirement. Betty enjoyed her chats with the caregivers at Wynnfield, and she enjoyed playing Bingo and Crazy 8s. Betty was a consummate shopper and her interest in fashion persisted through her final days.

                Betty will be interred at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, in a private ceremony for the family. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Friday June 25, 2021

 

Rosemary DAVIDSON

April 14, 1927-February 1, 2021

                Leave your sadness at the door and join us as we celebrate the life of Rosemary DAVIDSON. We invite her friends and loved ones to join us.

                We’ll share music, favorite memories, stories and enjoy a picnic along the banks of the Tippecanoe River she loved so well, Saturday, June 26 from 2-6 p.m. at her home, 4784 River St., Leiters Ford. The Good Family Funeral home is entrusted with assisting her family. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Anne L. WRIGHT

December 11, 1949-June 18, 2021

                Anne Louise WRIGHT, age 71, of Brownsburg, died June 18, 2021, at Compassus Hospice in Indianapolis, Indiana.

                Born December 11, 1949, in Auburn, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Lucille (LEFFEL) WICOFF. She married David L. WRIGHT on June 17, 1989, in Richmond; he passed away on September 14, 2010.

                Mrs. WRIGHT was a 1967 graduate of Rochester High School in Rochester. She was a graduate of Ball State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1971 and a Master of Arts in education degree in 1979.

                She worked for Alcoa in Richmond, and Indianapolis for 18 years in various capacities, including executive assistant, internal control accountant and senior sales service representative. Anne was employed as a customer service representative for Maplehurst Bakeries in Brownsburg for 12 years, retiring in April of 2011.

                Anne was a volunteer at Compassus Hospice in Indianapolis and Mental Health America of Hendricks County in Avon. She had previously volunteered at the Indiana School for the Deaf and at the Mental Health Association in Indianapolis on the suicide prevention hotline.

                In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John WICOFF, on March 17, 2014. Survivors include her uncle, Elvin LEFFEL (Monique), her aunt Delores LEFFEL of Columbus, Ohio; and many cousins and friends.

                A gathering will take place Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 12 p.m. with a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Gothic Chapel in Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis. Interment will be with her husband at the Field of Valor at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 and Compassus Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

 

Saturday June 26, 2021

 

Eileen DAVIS

March 30, 1941-June 25, 2021

                Eileen DAVIS, 80, of Rochester, died at 12:36 p.m. Thursday at her residence. On March 30, 1941, Eileen was born to O.C. and Dora CRAFT HOWARD. As the youngest of eight children, she shared her childhood with four brothers and three sisters.

                Eileen and John Robert DAVIS were married on March 24, 1961 in Rochester. They have shared 60 years of life’s adventures.

                Her survivors include her husband, John Robert DAVIS, Rochester; two daughters, Penny WENTZEL, Rochester, and Lana KOCHER, Shelbyville; and three brothers, Harold HOWARD, Rochester, Paul HOWARD, Rochester, and Carl HOWARD, Macy.

                A celebration of the life of Eileen DAVIS will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday June 29, 2021

 

Keith William KURZ

October 24, 1949-June 25, 2021

                Keith William KURZ, Rochester, New York, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of loved ones on the morning of June 25, 2021, after a year-long struggle with cancer.

                Born in Muskegon, Michigan on October 24, 1949, to William J. and Dorothy L. (ERDMAN) KURZ, Keith spent the majority of his childhood in Rochester, Indiana.

                He attended Ball State University and Colorado State University at Boulder where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education, respectively. He spent his career working with students and faculty in higher education, culminating in his position as assistant dean and director of conferences and events, at the University of Rochester.

                It was during his time spent working at Earlham College that he met Kathy, his loving wife of 37 years, with whom he welcomed two precious daughters. A devote father and husband, Keith’s greatest pride was his two girls, to whom he passed on his love of music (most specifically the Beach Boys and Billy Joel), summer evening bonfires and wild thunderstorms, a good game of cards or chess (or single handedly defeating his entire family in Trivial Pursuit), and a love of fine woodwork (of which he was himself a master craftsman). Keith especially cherished time spent at the family cabin on Seneca Lake manning his faithful boat, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. The center of his life, Keith loved his family fiercely and deeply, as they will forever love him.

                Predeceased by his parents as well as brother Kirk KURZ, sister Barbara CRALL, nephew Matthew CRALL, and granddaughter Parker ADAMS, Keith is survived by his wife, as well as daughters Elena STIEHLER with her husband Brett, and Julia ADAMS with her husband Storey, and grandchildren Hugo and Juniper ADAMS.

                A celebration of his life will be Saturday, July 10, 2021. Friends and family who would like to pay their respects are invited to stop by Keith and Kathy’s home for a Blue Moon, or two, between 6 and 9 p.m. to celebrate Keith’s life with music, memories, and light fare. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to UR Medicine Palliative Care. To share a memory of Keith or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.

 

Reggie A. ROSS

April 14, 1952-June 22, 2021

                Reggie Alan ROSS, 69, rural Greencastle, peacefully went to his eternal home June 22, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born in Plymouth on April 14, 1952, to C. Walter “Walt” ROSS and Eunice (WAGNER) ROSS.

                He was first and foremost a Christian and member of the church of Christ. He loved the Bible and sharing it.

                He married Beverly (HURST) September 18, 1976. She survives. He is also survived by his mother; daughter Leah (CLAY) HENRY, Greencastle, and their sons J. WALKER, Alton and J. GREENE; sister Valerie (Lester) GOOD of Fulton; numerous nieces and nephews and their children. He was greeted at the pearly gates by his father and daughter Heidi.

                A 1970 graduate of Caston High School, Reggie was a retired union sheet metal worker and entrepreneur, a member of SMWIA Local 20 and GCIU Local 17, owned and operated LeHi Stitches and Gravestone, was active in many online fishing clubs and was a member of the Greencastle “Romeo” club.

                Reggie’s celebration of life will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 at Owl Ridge, 3333 S. U.S. 231, Greencastle. His ashes will be spread in the places he loved the most. Please honor his life and your own by accepting the gift of salvation. In lieu of gifts or flowers please donate to Heidi ROSS Memorial Fund, Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, IN 46135, or choose Heidi ROSS Memorial Fund at https://pcfoundation.org/donate/.

 

Edgar C. NASH

September 18, 1933-June 25, 2021

                Edgar C. NASH, 87, Gilead, died at 2:07 p.m. Friday at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Center of Wabash.

                He is survived by his children Mike NASH of Peru, Tammy EVERROAD of Mexico, Kelley SCHULTZ of Akron, Jim MINKS, John MINKS, and Joe MINKS, all of Sullivan; sister Elizabeth WEEKS, Peru; and companion Debra MOORE.

                A private memorial service will be at a later date. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

 

Eileen DAVIS

March 30, 1941-June 24, 2021

                Mrs. Eileen DAVIS, 80, of Rochester, passed away at 12:36 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021, at her residence.

                On March 30, 1941, Eileen HOWARD was born. She was a cherished daughter of O.C. and Dora CRAFT HOWARD. As the youngest of eight children, she shared her childhood with four brothers and three sisters. Eileen graduated from Rochester High School in 1959.

                In Rochester, Eileen and John Robert DAVIS were married on March 24, 1961. They have shared 60 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two beautiful daughters Penny and Lana. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of four grandchildren.

                After raising her daughters, Eileen returned to school and achieved her dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from Ivy Tech-South Bend with a Licensed Practical Nurses diploma. She initially went to work at the Life Care Center. Eileen concluded her career with Woodlawn Hospital. Eileen also attended the Athens Community Church.

                With a love for outdoors, Eileen enjoyed observing the domestic backyard birds feeding and interacting. Each fall with the garden harvest, she would can the fresh produce for her family’s winter use. Gifted with her hands, Eileen enjoyed sewing, knitting, and all kinds of crafting. To relax she could be found in the recliner watching the soaps.

                Left to cherish the memories of Eileen are her husband, John; two daughters, Penny WENTZEL of Rochester, Lana KOCHER and husband Keith of Shelbyville; four grandchildren, John D. WENTZEL, 2nd Lt. Keith KOCHER Jr., Charles KOCHER, Benjamin KOCHER; three brothers, Harold HOWARD and Paul HOWARD, both of Rochester, Carl HOWARD of Macy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Eileen in death are her parents, three sisters, Betty MILLER, Finette RUDD, Thelma RUDD; brother Junior BAILEY and Blackie the long-haired Dachshund.

                A celebration of the life of Eileen DAVIS will be at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in The Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Wanda CARTER will officiate. Friends visited with the family from 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2021, and may visit today one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Athens Hoover Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 200 Vesey St., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Robert A. HURLEY

February 4, 1948-June 25, 2021

                Robert “Pete” A. HURLEY III, 73, of Greenwood, passed away at 5:47 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021, at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

 Born on February 4, 1948, in Winamac, he was the son of the late Robert II and Laura (PERRY) HURLEY. He was a 1966 Kewanna High School graduate from Ball State University.  On August 16, 1970, he married Nedra J. HUNTER. She preceded him in death on August 22, 2009.

                Pete retired from the United States Air Force and later the U. S. Department of Defense. Pete enjoyed scouting and was a former scout leader. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Pete enjoyed fishing, gardening, and I.U. Basketball.

                Survivors include his wife, Yvonna SMITH HURLEY of Greenwood; sons Robert “PJ” HURLEY IV (Andrea) of Greenwood and Matthew HURLEY (Jessica) of Macy; brother Tom TROUTMAN (Joy) of Rochester; stepson David EIDSON (Mary Beth) and stepdaughters Crystal ROY, Candy SMITH and Erin FRANCE (Kivia). He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by siblings, Joe HURLEY, Cathy CHAMBERS and Renee ST. CLAIR and his second parents Donald and Violet TROUTMAN.

                Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial with military rites will be performed at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Kidney Foundation and/or James F. Talbott V.F.W. Post 1121, P.O. Box 363, Kewanna, IN 46939. Pete’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Wednesday June 30, 2021

 

David Dale RENTSCHLER

January 22, 1941-February 22, 2021

                David Dale RENTSCHLER, 80, of Paris, Missouri, passed away Monday morning, February 22, 2021, at his home surrounded by family.

                David was born January 22, 1941 in Fulton County, the son of Elgy and Mervine HUBERT RENTSCHLER. David graduated from Fulton High School in 1959. On October 3, 1959, David married Nancy HENDRIX and she survives at the home.

                He worked as a farmer and also an over the road truck driver up until his retirement. He enjoyed sports, including NASCAR, baseball, basketball, and football. He loved going fishing at his son Allen’s lake. He also enjoyed watching YouTube on his TV, but what he loved the most was the time he got to spend with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

                David is survived by his wife, Nancy of Paris; three sons, Allen (Linda) RENTSCHLER of Huntsville, Missouri, Lee (Leanna) RENTSCHLER of Moberly, Missouri, Abraham (Abe) RENTSCHLER of Austin, Texas; two daughters Tonja (RENTSCHLER) BYINGTON of Port Charlotte, Florida and Cherylyn RENTSCHLER of Paris, Missouri; one brother, Ned (Juanita) RENTSCHLER of Fulton; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren with another expected in August; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Phillip and Jim RENTSCHLER, and a niece, Shelly Kay RENTSCHLER.

                A celebration of David’s life, to which friends and family are invited, will be 2-6 p.m. July 11 at Fulton Community Center.

 

Thursday July 1, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday July 2, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday July 3, 2021

 

Mary C. MCGRIFF

October 31, 1928-July 1, 2021

                Mary Charlotte (STAYTON) MCGRIFF, of Plymouth, passed away July 1, 2021, at 9:23 p.m. at We Belong Senior Care, Plymouth, where she had been a resident for the past three years.

                On October 31, 1928, in Argos, she was born to David A. STAYTON and Goldie G. (PERSONETTE) STAYTON. Mary lived all of her life in the Argos community. On October 21, 1951, in Argos, she married Robert S. MCGRIFF. With each other they shared 44 years before he passed on January 12, 1996.

                Mary was a housewife/homemaker and a foster parent. She is a member of the Santa Anna Church, Argos, and past member of the UM Women’s Ladies Aid. Mary was a graduate of Argos High School with the class of 1946. She was trained for two years as a medical technologist at Elkhart Business College.

                Mary is survived by her daughters, Barbara D. PEDEN and husband Monty of Rochester, and Nancy G. MCFARLAND and husband Rex of Argos;stepdaughter Cheryl EBERHARD and husband Ralph of Lake Wales, Florida; five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, eight great step-grandchildren; and several foster children who grew up on the farm in Argos. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jim MCGRIFF;brothers Lowell STAYTON and Vernon STAYTON; and sister Virginia WALLACE.

                Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Santa Anna Church, 20269 Nutmeg Road, Argos. Funeral service will follow the visitation Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Tim LEE. Burial will follow at the Jordan Baptist Cemetery, Argos. Memorial contributions may be made to We Belong Senior Home, 300 Meadow Lane, Plymouth, IN 46563 or Santa Anna Church, 20269 Nutmeg Road, Argos, IN 46501. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Norma Jean KRANING

February 24, 1932-July 1, 2021

                Norma Jean KRANING, 89, of Peru, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Blair Ridge Health Care Center.

                She was born February 24, 1932, in Bunker Hill, to Arthur and Irene GRAFT. She married Harold KRANING on September 4, 1949, and they were married for 71 years. She was a member of Mexico Church of the Brethren, where she was an organist for many years. Norma was a homemaker who enjoyed music, gardening, reading and most of all, cooking for her family.

                She is survived by her husband, Harold KRANING; her three children, Christine JONES (Glen) Rochester, Laraine HUDSON (Tim), Danville, and Greg KRANING, Peru. She had four grandchildren, Michael JONES (Lacey), Michelle ADLER (Jerod), Andrea SCHWEIZER (Aaron) and Jared HUDSON. She also had eight great-grandchildren.

                Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the funeral home, with Pastor Matt MYERS officiating. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Mexico. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Mexico Church of the Brethren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.

 

Tuesday July 6, 2021

 

Katrina CANTRELL

August 15, 1959-July 2, 2021

                Katrina CANTRELL, 61, Rochester, passed away at 11:01 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2021, at her residence.

                She was born August 15, 1959, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, the daughter of Luther and Beatrice (POWERS) SHELL. She grew up in the Prestonsburg area before moving to Paintsville, Kentucky in her early 20s. She had also lived in Florida for 20 years before moving to Rochester in 2018.

                Katrina had worked for Vista Blinds in Florida and had also worked for a laundromat and movie theater. She loved to play bingo, tending to her flower gardens, helping and caring for others, and enjoyed watching murder and mystery shows, especially Criminal Minds, Law and Order, and Forensic Files.

                Survivors include her sons, Jamie L. (Madeana) SHELL, Temple, Texas; grandchildren Gabriel SHELL and Kaylee SHELL, Temple, Texas;brothers James (Connie) SHELL, Romulus, Michigan, Steven SHELL, Macy, Jack (Joyce) SHELL, of Betsy Layne, Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gladys DANIELS, Virginia “Ginny” FREEMAN, Brenda BRADLEY and brothers Robert “Junebug” SHELL and Gregory SHELL.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Morgan I. HITE

June 3, 1989-June 6, 2021

                Morgan Ivey HITE, 32, Tacoma, Washington and formerly of Akron, died June 6, 2021, at Tacoma General Hospital.

                Her survivors include children Camden, Zaiden, Avery, and Skyler; parents Katrina FRANKLIN and Eric DAMRON; siblings Ethan SMITH, Griffin SMITH, Alexis HALE and Josiah DAMRON; and grandparents Maryann FREY and Paula DAMRON.

                Funeral service is at 6 p.m. Thursday, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Visitation is 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

 

Martha I. SCHWENK

                Martha “Marti” L. SCHWENK, 87, Avon, and a longtime Rochester resident, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital, Danville. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday July 7, 2021

 

Charles E. BURNS

October 5, 1922-July 4, 2021

                Charles Edward BURNS, 98, Denver, passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 4, 2021, at his residence.

                Born October 5, 1922, in Miami County, he was the son of Verl and Ruth A. IMHOOF BURNS. On January 1, 1944, he was married to Peggy J. HAND, and she preceded him in death on October 5, 2004.

                Ed was a lifelong farmer in northern Miami County, where he also owned and operated Ed BURNS & Sons Trucking. He was a member of the Mexico Church of the Brethren and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp, having served in India and Australia during WWII.

                Survivors include two sons, Terry BURNS and wife Shari, Denver, and Mike BURNS and wife Bonnie, Twelve Mile; one daughter, Linda DAVIDSON, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Victor H. BURNS, Robert W. BURNS, and Richard O. BURNS;three sisters, Mary L. DAY, Anna L. DAVIS, and Regina VIGAR; and one great-grandchild.

                Due to health concerns, the family has chosen to have a private service with burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver. Pastor Teri WHITE will officiate and military rites will be presented by the Miami County Military Rites Unit. Memorial contributions may be made to Westlawn Cemetery Association and can be mailed to the funeral home, McClain Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Denver, IN 46926, which has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

 

 

 

Vicki A. STEPHEN

October 17, 1946-July 5, 2021

                Vicki A. STEPHEN, 74, Rochester, died at 8:22 a.m. Monday at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Survivors include a daughter, Misty SWANSON, Rochester; sons Dustin STEPHEN, Rochester, Kevin PENNELL, Yellow Creek Lake;and a sister, Brenda KIRBY, Delong.

                Her funeral visitation and service are 2-3 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday July 8, 2021

 

Martha L. SCHWENK

April 9, 1934-July 3, 2021

                Martha “Marty” L. SCHWENK, 87, Avon, and a longtime Rochester resident, passed away at 4 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital, Danville.

                She was born April 9, 1934, in Huntington, the daughter of John F. and Blanche D. (MILLER) RAUB. Marty graduated from Leiters Ford High School in 1951 and attended Purdue University.

                She married Glenn SCHWENK on September 6, 1952, in Rochester. Early in their marriage they lived in North Carolina while Glenn served with the United States Marine Corps. They moved back to Northern Indiana and eventually settle back in Rochester. Glenn preceded her in death on August 24, 1987.

                Marty worked for Hart, Schaffner & Marx for 23 years. She then worked for the Diocese of Lafayette serving as church secretary at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, and at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kokomo, for 10 years.

                She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. An expert seamstress, she made clothes for her children, herself, and others. Marty was known for her culinary skills as well, especially for her crescent rolls and chocolate fudge. While raising her children, she always had a large garden, canning and freezing most of what she grew. She made sure all of her children went to college and graduated, and accomplishment that made her very proud. In later years, she enjoyed growing a variety of flowers, just like her mother. She had earned her Master Gardner and Advanced Master Gardner degrees. In her mid-70s, she enjoyed taking ceramic classes. She was active with the March of Dimes organization and their annual walk and fundraiser. She was recognized as top money earner and for 14 years of support.

                Survivors include her children, Dr. Glenn Rudy (Julia) SCHWENK, Jr., Indianapolis, Ed SCHWENK, Florida, Jeff (Lisa) SCHWENK, Waynesboro, Virginia, Tim (Briget) SCHWENK, Rochester, Christina (Keith) KELLEY, Wadesville; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; siblings Jan (Lynn) MISHLER, Leiters Ford, Donna BRUCKER, Muskegon, Michigan, John (Margaret) RAUB, Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Shirley Joan HIATT and brother Gene RAUB.

                Special thanks to the staff at Traditions Nursing Home in Avon for all the great care she received there.

                Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Friends may visit on Friday July 9, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Rosary and prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Michael H. NESBIT

                Michael H. NESBIT, 65, Rochester, died at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Visiting Nurse Hospice of Fort Wayne due to a sudden illness. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

Friday July 9, 2021

 

Donna L. LOUK

July 3, 1966-July 7, 2021

                Donna Lee (SMITH) LOUK, 55, of Argos, left this world the morning of July 7, 2021, after a private three and one third year battle with stage IV colon cancer.

                She was born July 3, 1966, in Plymouth, to Lee R. and Bonnie Lee (GIBBONS) SMITH. She was raised in northern Fulton County, and she shared her childhood with an older sister.

                Donna graduated from Culver Community High School in 1984 and Indiana University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration. She had worked as a human resource manager in multiple, local businesses.

                She started her career at Rochester Metal Products, and then moved to Hoosier Racing Tire. She was instrumental in the startup of the formerly known as Madras Packaging plants in Argos and Atlanta, Georgia. She also was on the management team which started Medallion Cabinetry in Culver.

                She finished her career with Weirs International at the Plymouth location. It can be said Donna loved her jobs, co-workers, and lived to work. Donna worked until the very end of her disease, and she sincerely appreciated Tom Weirs and the Weirs team support when she told them she was no longer able to work. On her July 3rd birthday, the management team came to her house to announce the first annual “Donna LOUK Can Do Attitude Award” to be given annually to a Weir’s employee who exemplifies Donna’s positive attitude.

                She married her high school sweetheart Andy LOUK, of Culver. They later divorced, and she met Terry THOMPSON of Argos. Terry and Donna enjoyed traveling to Nevada, driving their golf cart around town and supporting the Argos American Legion. Each year, Donna anticipated the week long Marshall County 4-H Fair. Each night, they could be seen driving the golf cart to the fair. Her mom would have the front seat next to Donna, and Terry would be riding on the back of it.

                Terry passed in 2014, and she then met Gary STOUSE. They also traveled to Nevada and enjoyed many evenings around the fire pit in the back yard, shopping, and traveling.

                Donna was known for her generous heart and her life-long love of cats. She enjoyed feeding and providing shelter for stray cats. She was a member of the Santa Anna Church, Argos.

                She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou DURKES, of Culver and Rochester. Donna is also survived by Gary STOUSE, of Argos. She was preceded in death by her parents, former husbands Andy LOUK and Terry THOMPSON.

                Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, with Rev. Henry SPRUNGER. A gathering for friends to reminisce about her life will be held immediately following the service at the American Legion Post 68 in Argos. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home in Argos is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Educational Center, 1540 N. Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975.

 

Ruth M. TUCKER

                Ruth M. TUCKER, 93, rural Etna Green, died at 8:11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Arrangements are currently pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday July 13, 2021

 

William E. SMITH

November 11, 1936-December 19, 2020

                William “Bill” Edward SMITH, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and formerly of Akron, died on December 19, 2020, in Colorado Springs.

                He was born to Ernest and Esther SMITH in a house next to the old grade school in Akron on November 11, 1936—Veterans Day.

                Bill graduated from Akron High School in 1954, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and while at home on leave, married Carol Ann SMITH in 1956. She preceded him in death on February 22, 1997.

                He discharged from the Air Force and attended Ball State University, graduating in 1965. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1983. Bill had a distinguished military career with many accomplishments, including serving as a Minuteman missile combat crew commander. He and his deputy, long-term friend Elbert JOHNSON, were the first crew in the Air Force to be qualified as mission ready directly from initial training. They were also selected to launch a missile as on operational test. In addition, Bill was presented with the Crewmember Excellence Award by the command at 15th Air Force, an honor awarded to approximately the top 15 percent of the crew force.

                Upon retirement from the military, he had a second career at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs as a credentials examiner and retired in 2004.

                Bill always appreciated fine mechanisms and was heavily involved with photography and target shooting for hobbies as a result. He was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and golf. He also appreciated classical music and loved listening to it.

                Late in life, he moved into an independent living facility and was a staff favorite. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed very much.

                His wife, Carol SMITH, preceded him in death as did his parents, Ernest and Esther SMITH, a brother, James, and a sister, Jane. He is survived by a son, Michael SMITH, of Aloha, Oregon, and a daughter, Mary WARDEN, of Colorado Springs. He also leaves behind two much loved grandchildren, Ashley WARDEN-WILLIAMS and Nathan WARDEN, and two great-grandchildren, Andrew WARDEN and Jacob WARDEN.

                A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at the Akron Cemetery, with graveside military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Friends and family may gather starting at 9 a.m. at the cemetery until the time of the service. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Jimmy W. LOWE

                Jimmy W. LOWE, 74, Rochester, died at 2:40 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday July 14, 2021

 

Duane C. BEAN

September 16, 1968-July 10, 2021

                Duane Curtis BEAN, 52, Rochester, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at his residence. Born September 16, 1968, in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was the son of Raymond BEAN and Thelma Louise HACKBARTH BEAN. He is the brother of Stacey (Shawn) DYSON, Grand Rapids; and Michael (Amber) BEAN, Peru.

                He married Loretta Grace JOHNSON on January 17, 1987, in Mexico, Indiana, and together they had two children. Jacqueline N. G. BEAN and Austin Curtis BEAN. He was then married to Dusty La-Dawn ARWOOD BEAN on February 22, 2020.

                Duane worked at Chrysler for seven years, then found his love for truck driving and began driving over the road. He could drive any route without even needing a map. He was very mechanically inclined and could fix anything he touched. In his spare time, he loved riding his Harley, camping, cooking and grilling out and working in his shop. He could walk in a room and always make a friend. His laugh was contagious and would absolutely light up telling old trucking stories or singing a song. Duane was a remarkable man and left a standing impression on anyone who he met.

                He is survived by his wife, Dusty La-Dawn BEAN and her grandson, Raylen BOWYER; his first wife, Loretta G. JOHNSON BEAN, Peru, and their two children, Jacqueline N.G. BEAN (Alexander WARD), Peru, and Austin Curtis (Hannah) BEAN, Bunker Hill; grandson Jaxson DeWayne LONG, Peru; and daughter Gabriella H. HARPER, Alabama. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Brandon M. BEAN, Brandy N. BEAN, Taylor E. BEAN, Nicholas R. CAMPBELL, and Megan R. CAMPBELL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Thelma BEAN;and grandparents, John HENRY and Ruth BEAN, and Samuel and Fanny Mae HACKBARTH.

                Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. He will be laid to rest at Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, with a procession leaving from McClain Funeral Home on Friday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed towards the funeral home to assist with final expenses. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Catherine POOLE

February 26, 1927-July 12, 2021

                Catherine B. WARREN REICHARD POOLE, 94, Mentone, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, after a brief stay at Mason Healthcare of Warsaw, Indiana.

                Survivors include her children, Russell REICHARD, Bourbon, Darlene ANDERSON, Mentone, Carol FELDMAN, Avon, David REICHARD, Warsaw, Bernard REICHARD, Tippecanoe, Roger REICHARD of Tippecanoe; stepson Ted POOLE; stepdaughter Debbie WOOD; sisters Esther BERGER, Plymouth, and Ilene BESSINGER, Fort Wayne; and a brother, Jesse WARREN of Tennessee.

                The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tippecanoe Community Church, Tippecanoe. Visitation is 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. King Memorial Home, Mentone, is handling arrangements.

 

Merrill GERRICH

September 12, 1941-July 11, 2021

                Merrill “Butch” GERRICH, 79, Rochester, died at 8:48 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2021, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Hannah;two daughters, Lee Ann WALL, Ridgeway, South Carolina, Denise GERRICH, Rochester; son Chuck WILLIAMS, Nicholasville, Kentucky; and a brother, Oscar GERRICH, Queen Valley, Arizona.

                His funeral is 1-3 p.m. July 21, 2021, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Debra L. HENRY

                Debra L. HENRY, 64, Kewanna, died at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

Thursday July 15, 2021

 

Debra Lynn HENRY

April 27, 1957-July 10, 2021

                Debra Lynn HENRY, 64, Kewanna, passed away at 4:11 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at her residence. She was born on April 27, 1957, in Gary, the daughter of William F. and Virginia P. (NOLAN) MILLS. Debra early in life had worked as a nurse. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, and crocheting.

                Survivors include her children, Damian HENRY and companion Liz HOFFMAN, Warsaw, Richard LONGMIRE, Indianapolis, Danielle LONGMIRE and companion David HERNANDEZ, Rochester; seven grandchildren; sister, Barb HURLBURT, Winamac; brother, Kenny GREENHILL, Fort Worth, Texas; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Angel MILLS, and sister Robin MILLER.

                Private services will be observed. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Friday July 16, 2021

 

Kevin SHAVER

October 1, 1979-July 13, 2021

                Kevin SHAVER, 41, Stuart, Florida, died July 13, 2021. Kevin is preceded in death by his mother, Teresa SHAVER. He is survived by his children, Alexis and Brayden SHAVER; father Randy SHAVER; and sister Kristina CLIFTON.

                A private family service will be observed.

 

Saturday July 17, 2021

 

Devan BIGGS

October 17, 1931-July 15, 2021

                Devon “Jake” BIGGS, 89, Deedsville, passed away at 2:13 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Sycamore Village, Kokomo.

                Born October 17, 1931, in Logansport, he was the son of Dee Devon BIGGS and Fern J. (PATCHETT) BIGGS. On August 28, 1959, in Peru, he was married to Roberta L. DICKERHOFF and she survives.

                He graduated from Macy High School, where he was a member of the basketball team. He was a tool and die maker and retired at age 70 from B. Walter and Company in Wabash, having worked for the same company more than 50 years.

                He was a United States Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. He enjoyed mowing his yard, dogs, feeding and watching birds, working crossword puzzles, going to garage sales, and savoring the sweet taste of a delicious donut.

                Survivors include his wife, Roberta BIGGS; daughter Deb SUTTON; two sons, Randy BIGGS and Tim BIGGS; one granddaughter, Jessi (Wesley) BROOKS;and one great-grandson, Braxton BROOKS. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dog Buddy.

                Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Private services will be held for the family. Burial will be in Deedsville IOOF Cemetery. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

 

 

Debra Lynn HENRY

April 27, 1957-July 10, 2021

                Debra Lynn HENRY, 64, Kewanna, passed away at 4:11 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021, at her residence. She was born April 27, 1957, in Gary, the daughter of William F. and Virginia P. (NOLAN) MILLS. Debra early in life had worked as a nurse. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, and crocheting.

                Survivors include her children, Damian HENRY and companion Liz HOFFMAN, Warsaw, Richard LONGMIRE and companion Tasha STARK, Indianapolis, Danielle LONGMIRE and companion David HERNANDEZ, Rochester; seven grandchildren; sister Barb HURLBURT, Winamac; brother, Kenny GREENHILL, Fort Worth, Texas; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Angel MILLS, and sister Robin MILLER.

                Private services will be observed. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

David R. NOLTE

                David R. NOLTE, 74, Rochester, died at 8:07 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021, at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday July 20, 2021

 

David R. NOLTE

October 19, 1946-July 16, 2021

                David R. NOLTE, 74, Rochester, and formerly of Connersville, passed away at 8:07 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born October 19, 1946, in Indianapolis, the son Robert William and Mildred Alberta (NEIDENBERGER) NOLTE. David graduated from Connersville High School in 1964 and served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he graduated from Indiana State University where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. On December 18, 1982 in Plymouth, he married Linda (FISHER) LUCAS and she survives.

                Mr. NOLTE was a retired high school industrial arts teacher, having taught at Triton High School, Oregon-Davis High School, Pike High School, Indianapolis, as well as schools at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Hampton, South Carolina, and Cheatham County Schools in Tennessee. He had attended Calvary Church, Plymouth, and had been an active volunteer for Boy Scouts.

                Survivors include his wife, Linda NOLTE, Rochester;children, Denise (Joe) SHAWVER, Columbia City, Laura (Chris) TOLLE, Katy, Texas; stepchildren, Michele (Kevin) VANLUE, Plymouth, Jennifer (Brian) BREWER. Argos; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Roberta WESNER and Rebecca MARTIN.

                No services are scheduled. Private interment will take place at Dale Cemetery, Connersville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Donabelle HOFFMAN

                Donabelle HOFFMAN, 99, Akron, died at 3:48 a.m. Monday at Timbercrest Health Care of North Manchester. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Roger HUGHES

                Roger D. HUGHES, age 65, Macy, died at 2:49 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, Akron.

Evelyn BURNS

                Evelyn L. BURNS, 91, Rochester, died at 2:09 a.m. Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday July 21, 2021

 

Evelyn L. BURNS

November 27, 1929-July 19, 2021

                Evelyn L. BURNS, 91, Rochester, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 2:09 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at her residence.

                She was born on November 27, 1929, in Pulaski County, the daughter of William and Mabel E. (IRVIN) EDINGTON. On September 18, 1949 in Rochester, she married Howard A. BURNS. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2006.

                Evelyn had been a homemaker. She was a member of Solid Rock Church where she was baptized on August 24, 2004. She had also been a member of the Reiter School Club, and had been a poll worker for many years on election days. Pinnacle to her life was the time she spent with her family. She often hosted family gatherings of 40 or more people. In the kitchen, she was known for her expertise in frying eggs and for her ham, ham gravy and sweet potatoes. She enjoyed playing cards with family members, eating popcorn and drinking coffee with her lady friends and family. She will also be remembered for her contagious laugh. To know her was to love her.

                Survivors include her children, Dianna (Earl) ROE, Rochester, Darlene HOUSER (Rod RUNYON), DeMotte, Patty (Joe) BRADY, Rochester;grandchildren Todd (Rachel) RHYMER Matthew HOUSER, Rochester, Daniel HOUSER, San Diego, California, Adam CHEEK, Mishawaka, Andrea (Jeremy) MCKEE, Rochester, Abby CHEEK, Cassidy BRADY and companion Tyler COFFING, Rochester, Adyson CHEEK-BRADY, Rochester, Brantlyn CHEEK-BRADY, Rochester; great-grandchildren Jessamyn, Samuel, Linda, Nick, Brian, Sharon, Bobby, Hayden, Gavin, Makenna, Kinlee, Griffin, Dreyden, Roman, Kolson; great-great grandchildren Imanauella, Ammara, Jacob, Logan and Winter; and one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild soon to arrive this fall; sisters, Louise GRUBE, North Manchester, Ruby ARMSTRONG, Lafayette; brother, Ralph “Dink” EDINGTON, Rochester; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Marie NICKLAUS, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Howard “Joe” BURNS, sister Margaret CARPENTER, brothers Lester EDINGTON, George EDINGTON, and Carl EDINGTON, and son-in-law Ben HOUSER.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Donabelle HOFFMAN

April 13, 1922-July 19, 2021

                Donabelle Jean HOFFMAN, 99, of Akron, passed at 3:48 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at Timbercrest Health Care of North Manchester.

                Donabelle was born on April 13, 1922, in Nappanee, to the late Paul and Alma (BUSS) SHEETS. She was married on April 13, 1942, in Nappanee, to E. Wayne HOFFMAN, who passed on March 18, 2008.

                Donabelle was a homemaker and proudly raised her family. She also worked in earlier years for Dan LEININGER and Sons until the store closed. She was a longtime member of the Silver Creek Church of God. She had been a seamstress, doing all kinds of alterations and making three bridal gowns. She was honored in 2018 as the Akron 4th of July parade marshal for being Akron’s oldest living resident. She and her husband enjoyed camping and they spent 20 years together at Barr Lake.

                She is survived by her two daughters, Sharon HARTZ, Culver, and Connie and husband Dennis HELVEY, South Whitley; six grandchildren, Jeff HARTZ, Troy HARTZ, Todd HELVEY, Talisha HERENDEEN, Trina SELMER, and Trista BRUBAKER; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. Donabelle was preceded in death by her parents, husband, great-granddaughter Aleea Dawn BRUBAKER, son-in-law Hugh HARTZ, brother Max SHEETS, and an infant sister.

                The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021, at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, with Pastor Thomas CRAIG officiating. The interment will be in the Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, next to her husband. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday July 23, 2021, at Silver Creek Church of God. Memorial contributions can be made to Silver Creek Church of God or to Heart to Heart Hospice. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Devon BIGGS

October 17, 1931-July 15, 2021

                Devon “Jake” BIGGS, 89, Deedsville, passed away at 2:13 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Sycamore Village, Kokomo.

                Born October 17, 1931, in Logansport, he was the son of Dee Devon BIGGS and Fern J. (PATCHETT) BIGGS. On August 28, 1959, in Peru, he was married to Roberta L. DICKERHOFF and she survives.

                He graduated from Macy High School, where he was a member of the basketball team. He was a tool and die maker and retired at age 70 from B. Walter and Company in Wabash, having worked for the same company for more than 50 years.

                He was a United States Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. He enjoyed mowing his yard, dogs, feeding and watching birds, working crossword puzzles, going to garage sales, and savoring the sweet taste of a delicious doughnut.

                Survivors include his wife, Roberta BIGGS; daughter Deb SUTTON; two sons, Randy BIGGS, and Tim BIGGS; one granddaughter, Jessi (Wesley) BROOKS; and one great-grandson, Braxton BROOKS. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dog Buddy.

                Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Private services were held for the family. Burial is in Deedsville IOOF Cemetery. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Thursday July 22, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday July 23, 2021

 

John DUNN

August 20, 1947-July 20, 2021

                John DUNN, 73, of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021. John was born August 20, 1947, in Elwood, to his parents Donald and Emmanell (SMALL) DUNN. He married Susan GOETZ on January 22, 2005. They shared 15 years together.

                John was a graduate of Sheridan High School, class of 1965. John was an Indiana State Trooper for 21 years before retiring.

                John was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Post No. 143. He loved tractors, Massey Ferguson being his favorite! He served as secretary of the Indian Massey Collectors. In his down time, he enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs. He was a true kid at heart, always very involved with his children. He served as a 4-H leader as well as coached little league when his children were younger.

                Those left to carry on John’s legacy of love are his wife Susan DUNN; mother Emmanell DUNN; children Steven (Suzanne) DUNN, Dwain DUNN, Sheri (Shawn) RAMSAY; stepchildren Jennifer (Philip) SANTORO, Kathryn (Lance) STEWART; grandchildren Holly DUNN, Skylar RAMSAY, Sierra RAMSAY; step grandchildren Austin BAXTER, Eva BAXTER, Philip SANTORO; and siblings Walter (Lynn) DUNN, Linda (Gregg) KEGLER, Gary (Debbie) DUNN, and Ann COX. John was welcomed into Heaven by his father, Donald DUNN.

                A graveside service will be Saturday, July 24, 2021, at noon at Fairview Cemetery, 418 Fairview Road, Tipton. Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, Tipton, is honored to care for the DUNN family in their time of need. Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of John on his tribute wall at www.taylorcowanfh.com.

 

Saturday July 24, 2021

 

James A. CHASE

September 25, 1943-July 20, 2021

                James “Jim” Arthur CHASE, 77, Milford, Michigan, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, athlete, entrepreneur and friend to all who knew him.

                He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Debra (nee SCHWENK); sons Steven, Eric (Lindahl) of South Bend, Scott (Anastasia) of Royal Oak, Michigan; his brother, Carl of Maui, Hawaii; grandsons Miles and Spencer; and his granddog, Harper. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Mary (nee VANDERWEELE), and his daughter Stephanie.

                Jim was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on September 25, 1943. He attended Galesburg-Augusta High School. He was an avid athlete, earning a total of 13 varsity letters. He held the school record in the high hurdles for 51 years. He proudly graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in natural science and remained a lifelong Spartan fan and football season ticket holder.

                He married his wife Debbie, daughter of George and Liale, on February 27, 1980. They welcomed two children, Eric and Scott, and established their family in Milford, Michigan.

                In 1980 he founded his corporation Chase-Nedrow Industries in Wixom, Michigan, which specializes in the design and manufacturing of precast refractory products. In 2020, he received a lifetime achievement award from Harbison Walker.

                Jim was a Tennessee Squire, a member of Baypointe Country Club, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan State University President’s Club, Harley Owners Group, VFW, Moose, Elks, the American Legion, and the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles. He was also the Detroit Chapter President of the American Foundry Society from 1982-1983.

                A true sports fan, he held season tickets for the Detroit Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions. He enjoyed traveling out west on his Harley, and to Arizona and Florida with his wife Debbie. On the weekends, Jim could be found cheering on Spartan teams to victory at Chasers in Michigan or Hog Heaven at Lake Manitou.

                An August memorial service is planned in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation in memory of Jim CHASE to the Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools Foundation. Donations may be made online at http://bit.ly/GACSFoundation, or mailed to 1076 N. 37th St., Galesburg, Michigan, 49053.

 

 

 

Darrell O’DELL

January 30, 1939-July 20, 2021

                Darrell O’DELL, 82, Rochester, died at 2:33 p.m. Tuesday at his home. Left to cherish Darrell’s memory are his wife, Susan; two daughters, Debbie FRIAR, Plymouth, Stephany EDWARDS, Plymouth; four sons, Bill O’DELL, Grinnell, Iowa, Don O’DELL, Argos, John O’DELL, Warsaw, Jeff O’DELL, Plymouth; sister Patty ROWE, Argos; brothers Gary O’DELL, Mishawaka, Wade O’DELL, Argos.

                Visitation is 9-11 a.m. July 31 at The Cross Church, Rochester, with the service to follow. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Tuesday July 27, 2021

 

Charles STERK

September 10, 1935-July 24, 2021

                Charles STERK, 85, rural Claypool, and formerly of Akron, passed at 1 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at his residence.

                Charles was born on September 10, 1935, in Cook County, Illinois to the late Cornelius H. and Winnie (KELDERHOUSE) STERK. He was married on October 22, 1955 in the Burton Church of Rochester to Margaret Rose JOHNSON. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2005. Charles then married on August 12, 2006, in the Eel River Church of Silver Lake, Marilyn Sue DRUDGE. She survives.

                He was a 1954 graduate of Akron High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and was then honorably discharged. In earlier years he worked for Peabody Seating Company and Chamberlain’s. He retired after 38 years with Singer (Eaton) Controls of North Manchester in 1997, where he was a Production Control Analyst. He was also known to assist on farms in the area, especially for George Sheets, Tucker Farms and Wise Farms. He also trimmed hedges in the Akron area for many years.

                Charles was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church, where he served on many boards. He served his community on the Akron Town Board for two terms. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post #36. He was a lifetime fisherman and loved to maintain his property. He enjoyed traveling and made yearly trips to Minnesota camping with friends and family as well as to Florida.

                Charles is survived by his wife Marilyn Sue STERK of Claypool; daughters Deborah and husband Mark WISE of Claypool and Lisa and husband Chad TUCKER of Mentone; a son, Charles Alan and wife Sally STERK of King, North Carolina; grandchildren Mariah and husband Matt ROBERTS, Amanda and husband Cody HUDSON, Charles Dean and wife Chrissie STERK, Charles Matthew TUCKER, and Bethany and husband Camron BERON; six great-grandsons Trevor, Jay, Brayden, Nolan, Garrett and Calvin and one great-granddaughter, Baby B, on the way;sisters Margaret TROMP, Schererville, Bernice and husband Paul BROWN, Akron, Wilma BELSAN, Brookfield, Illinois, and Cornelia MOORE, Akron; brothers Robert and wife Sharon STERK, Sevierville, Tennessee, Bert and wife Theresa STERK, Akron, and Lee and wife Leta STERK, Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margaret, brothers John, Herman and Richard STERK; and sisters Nellie MOSHER, Carrie KOSTER, Dorothy STERK, and Nancy STERK.

                The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor David EATON and Pastor Phil PRATT officiating. The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, with graveside military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation hours will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Fund or the Akron United Methodist Church. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Mary Etta BASHAM

March 14, 1933-December 11, 2020

                Mary Etta BASHAM, 87, of Mishawaka, passed at 9:42 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2020, at Signature Health Care of Bremen.

                Mary Etta was born on March 14, 1933, in Fulton County, to the late Paul and Aletha May (CLINKER) COX. She was raised on the family farm near Akron.

                She was a graduate of Akron High School in 1951. She then was married on May 18, 1952, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Lawrence A. “Larry” BASHAM, who preceded her in death on March 17, 2015. She and her husband owned and operated South Bend Pools and 3E Electric & Construction for many years.

                Mary Etta was a lifetime member and past president of the National Home Builders Association. She was an avid Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan.

                Mary Etta is survived by her daughter Cindy and husband Richard OSBORN of Mishawaka, and grandsons Blaine OSBORN of Seattle, Washington, and Neil and wife Mackenzie OSBORN, Cliffside Park, New Jersey.  Also surviving are sisters Helen COX, Wabash, Pauline and husband Ron MEYER, North Manchester, Willowdean and husband James ZOLMAN, Columbia City, Patsy and husband James CARPENTER, Rochester, Jean KERBY, Greentown, and Jane and husband Wayne SPRATT, Silver Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry BASHAM; and siblings Earl COX, Milton COX, Dale COX, Floyd COX, Genavee SNAVELY, and Gail GRABLE.

                With COVID-19 circumstances at the time of her passing, a celebration of Mary Etta’s life will now be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., with Pastor Thad STEWART officiating. Friends and family may gather from 12:30 p.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home. Private burial took place at the time of her passing in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, next to her husband Larry. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Wednesday July 28, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday July 29, 2021

 

Martin L. PARMETER

September 29, 1944-July 25, 2021

                Martin Lawrence PARMETER departed this life and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 25, 2021. He was 76 years old.

                Larry was born September 29, 1944 in Logansport, a son of the late Joseph PARMETER and Josephine (KELLENBERGER) PARMETER. He was a 1962 graduate of Logansport High School and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1968 and then received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University.

                On June 7, 1993, he was united in marriage to Barbara Elaine (STELLHORN) PARMETER. They shared 28 loving years together.

                Larry was a man of strong faith. His faith was evident to many as well as his passion for men’s ministry. He was very involved with young people and was a CASA advocate as well as a teacher, coach, and counselor.

                He was compassionate, loving, and deeply cared for his family. He leaves behind his loving wife, Barbara of Lebanon; five kids, Sandy (Kasey) COOK of Taylor, Michigan, Tim PARMETER of Thatcher, Arizona, Robin (Heather) COOK of West Lafayette, Mark COOK of Lafayette, Tara (Scott) PARMETER-SEUFERER of Rochester; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother Terry PARMETER of Logansport, sisters Ginny RUST of Orlando, Florida, and Shirley (Stan) HILL of Orlando, Florida; and four nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his grandson Ryan.

                The memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Mt. Runn Baptist Church, 250 S. 775 East, Zionsville. A small fellowship will be held after the memorial service in the gymnasium of the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Indiana Funeral Care. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mt. Runn Baptist Church, 250 S. 775 East, Zionsville, IN 46077.

 

Kathleen Ann LANDING

                Kathleen Ann LANDING, 70, Rochester, died at 1 a.m. Wednesday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday July 30, 2021

 

Stacy K. COLLINS

October 4, 1946-July 24, 2021

                Stacy K. (FIELD) COLLINS, 44, passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Monticello.

                Born on October 4, 1976, in Rochester, she was the daughter of Mark FIELD and Lisa HALL. She was a 1995 Caston High School graduate.

                Stacy was a former mortgage and loan officer at Security Federal Savings Bank in Logansport and was currently working at Community First Bank of Indiana in Kokomo. She was a member of Faith Community Fellowship Church and CASA.

                Stacy was very active with the Great Banquet Community and served in several different roles over the years. She volunteered for the Salvation Army and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Stacy enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, and was also an avid pickleball player and was proud that she got to play in Florida recently. Stacy also coached volleyball at Caston High School for several years.

                She enjoyed the outdoors and taking in nature, going on walks, writing poems, journaling, and being active in her Bible Study groups. Stacy’s life was filled with the love for her grandchildren and her dog Luna.

                Survivors include her husband, Brandon COLLINS, of Logansport; mother, Lisa PLANTZ, of Frostproof, Florida; father, Mark FIELD (Karen), of Kewanna; mother-and-father-in-law, Deb and Bill DRINKWINE of Logansport;sons, Garret GRAY (Robin), of Logansport, and Gage HORN (Shealyn) of Vilseck, Germany; daughter, Grayce HORN, of Galveston; stepsons, Dodger COLLINS (Alexis), of Logansport, Brantlen COLLINS, of Logansport, and Mac COLLINS, of Logansport; grandchildren, Blake, Briar, and Baleigh GRAY and one on the way;step grandchildren, Launa, Laney, and Luka; brothers, Kevin PLANTZ (Melisa), of New Haven, and Mark FIELD (Erica), of Kewanna; sisters, Kindra FIELD (Jen) and Kirsten FIELD, both of Rochester; several aunts and uncles, Rodney HALL, Ryan HALL, Randy HALL (Kendra), Becky HOTT, Neil and Kelly FIELD, Linda and Chet GOOD, Peggy FIELD, Jean and Carl GRAY, Sandy and Bob SUTTON, David and Lisa FIELD, Gail and Sue FIELD and Carolyn ENYEART. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her step father, Donald PLANTZ, maternal grandparents, Gary and Theresa HALL, paternal grandparents, Garold and Betty FIELD, step grandparents, Robert and Alyce PLANTZ, brother, James PLANTZ, uncles, Gary HALL, Mark HALL, and Jim HOTT, and aunt, Kathleen KING.

                Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 2, 2021, at Faith Community Fellowship Church, 1007 17th Street, Logansport. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the Faith Community Fellowship Church. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Stacy’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Maroco Chapel, Logansport.

 

Richard C. ALDERFER

March 5, 1950-July 27, 2021

                Richard Clinton ALDERFER, 71, Rochester, died at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Survivors include his four daughters, Sabrena SIMPSON, Seanita SIPLE and Lisa FRANKLIN, all of Rochester, and Jeri MCKINNEY, Hastings, Florida; two brothers, Charles ALDERFER, Rochester, and Stephen ALDERFER, Plymouth.

                A celebration of the life of Richard ALDERFER is at 1 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the DAV Vehicle Fund.

 

Saturday July 31, 2021

 

Kathleen A. LANDING

August 15, 1950-July 28, 2021

                Kathleen A. LANDING, 70, Rochester and formerly of Michigan City, passed away at 1 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born on August 15, 1950, in South Bend, the daughter of James Edward and Geraldine Theresa (KUSH) LANDING. She graduated from Michigan City Elston High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University South Bend.

                After graduating from college, Kathy moved to the Los Angeles, California area where she worked in the film and entertainment industry. She was employed by Paramount Studios for many years. She had served as assistant to Producers Bonnie Bruckheimer and Bette Midler during the filming of the 1988 movie “Beaches” and had also served as personal secretary to Producer/Writer/Director Michael Mann during filming of the 1981 movie “Thief.” She continued working for Michael Mann during the television production of “Miami Vice” from 1984-1989. In the early 1990s she returned to the Midwest to be close to family, settling in the Chicago area. There she worked for the Chicago Historical Society. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, old movies, and being with family.

                Survivors include her sister, Jean LANDING, Michigan City; brothers, William LANDING, Michigan City, and Alan (Laurie) LANDING, Michigan City; one nephew and one great niece. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are being handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Tuesday August 3, 2021

 

Michael H. NESBIT

January 24, 1956-July 7, 2021

                Michael H. NESBIT, 65, of Rochester, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Visiting Nurse Hospice of Fort Wayne due to a sudden illness.

                On January 24, 1956, Michael Harold was born in Kokomo to W. Harold and Mildred L. JAMESON NESBIT. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and two brothers. He was the best brother.

                In 1974 Mike graduated from Eastern High School of Greentown. As a well-rounded student, he was strong academically, active in sports, and was a member of the student council. Playing fullback for the Eastern Comets he set a football record that stood for about 50 years. Mike’s record was 47 touchdowns from 1971-1973. During his sophomore year, he was a forward on the basketball team. In track he threw the shot put and discus.

                His high school sweetheart was a cheerleader, Julia ETCHISON. They would soon become life partners. Water skiing was a great way to spend the summers. Joining the Manitou Ski Club in the 70s, Mike perfected barefoot, jumping, slalom, and trick skiing. He could perform all aspects flawlessly.

                To relax, Mike enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and enjoying nature. He was a huge fan of NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500, and Sprint Car racing. His favorite drivers were Tony Stewart and Kyle Larson.

                With a strong work ethic, Mike was the owner of Rain Creek Construction. Building new homes, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, and exceeding his customers’ expectations was his way of life.

                Mike and Julia married on June 10, 1978, in Greentown. They shared 43 years of life’s adventures. Their favorite time was being home together listening to John Prine and Bob Dylan.

                Left to cherish the memories of Mike are his wife, Julia; father and stepmother Harold and Laura of Branson, Missouri; sister Linda SCHMITT of Rochester; brother Jeffrey NESBIT and companion Brian DELANCEY of Fort Ogden, Florida; feline companion Beldar, a rescue cat, canine companion Lola, an Australian Red Healer; father and mother-in-law Donald and Arlene ETCHISON of Greentown; three brothers-in-law, Greg ETCHISON of Elwood, Gary ETCHISON and wife Sharon of Greentown, Terry ETCHISON and wife Anna of Greentown; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Mike in death are his mother Mildred NESBIT on January 18, 2009 and his brother Dennis R. NESBIT on January 2, 2016.

                A memorial service for Michael Harold NESBIT will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 4992 S. Wabash Road, Rochester. After the service, there will be a dinner and celebration of Mike’s life at the home of Barb LUTTERBEIN. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975 or Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 843, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Carol E. FLENAR

December 16, 1934-July 30, 2021

                Carol E. FLENAR, 86, Leesburg and formerly of Talma, died at 11:38 a.m. Friday at her daughter’s residence.

                Surviving Carol are her daughters Pamela JACK, Leesburg, and Donna MILLER, Talma; sons Larry D. FLENAR, Federal Heights, Colorado, Rick FLENAR, Rossville, Georgia, and Seth FLENAR, Bourbon.

                A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. August 14, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Robert H. YAKES

May 13, 1964-July 29, 2021

                Robert “Bobby” Harry YAKES, 57, Akron, and formerly of Cottonwood, Arizona, died at 10:13 a.m. Thursday at his residence.

                Bobby is survived by his wife, Susie YAKES, Akron;daughter Jennifer HALE; siblings Albert YAKES, Susan GILLESPIE, and Michelle YAKES YOUNG.

                Following Robert’s wishes, no services will be held at this time. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday August 4, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday August 5, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday August 6, 2021

 

Helen SICILIANO

May 12, 1932-August 3, 2021

                Helen SICILIANO, 89, of Rochester and formerly Chicago, died at 8:33 a.m. Tuesday at her home. Survivors include her three daughters, Denise SICILIANO, Crystal Lake, Illinois, Diane SICILIANO, Villa Park, Illinois, and Donna SICILIANO, Carol Stream, Illinois; son, Joseph T. SICILIANO, Rochester; and sister, Rachele RIMMER, Laguna Woods, California.

                A private family service will take place. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Terry WYNN

                Terry WYNN, 74, Rochester, died at 9:35 a.m. Thursday at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday August 7, 2021

 

Dawn M. PARIS

December 25, 1974-August 3, 2021

                Dawn M. PARIS, 46, Carmel, went home to be with her Savior on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family and friends after a 17-month battle with breast cancer.

                Dawn was born December 25, 1974, in Warsaw, to Doug and Rosie BRICKEL. In 1998, she married Chris PARIS, and they have two beautiful children, Jakob (Jake) and Brookelyn. Dawn grew up in Warsaw and moved to the Indianapolis area in 1998 and Carmel in 2003. She was a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University.

                Dawn was a marketing and product manager for Roche Diagnostics, where she has worked since October 2004. She attended Grace Community Church.

                Dawn was a beautiful person inside and out. She had an infectious love for life and left a lasting impact on everyone that she met. She had a strong faith in God and was a brave, strong, tenacious warrior who inspired many and was a light to those around her. She adored her husband and children, faithfully supporting and cheering them on in their activities, vacations on the beach, hot yoga, dancing, and singing. Traditions were especially important to her. Attending the Indy 500 and Colts games, dinner parties with her many friends, cooking her annual Thanksgiving meal, and celebrating Christmas with her family were just a few she held dear to her heart. Everyone who knew her simply loved her.

                Family and friends are invited to visitation from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, August 8, at Flanner Buchanan-Carmel, where a funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, August 9, with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

                Dawn is survived by her husband, Chris; children Jakob and Brookelyn; father and step-mother, Douglas and Donna BRICKELL; in-laws George “Tim” and Patricia PARIS; brothers-in-law Randy (Carmen) PARIS and Jason (Jessica) PARIS; niece Maddie PARIS; nephews Landon, Ben, Zach, and Nic PARIS. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosalinda “Rosie” BRICKEL and brother Stephen BRICKEL.

                In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (info@komen.org). Please visit flannerbuchanan.com to sign the online guest register.

 

Terry WYNN

May 26, 1947-August 5, 2021

                Terry WYNN, 74, Rochester, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

He was born on May 26, 1947, in Rochester, the son of Eli and Barbara (NEWELL) WYNN. Terry served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving with the Second Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment in Vietnam. On April 4, 1971, in Rochester, he married Mary L. BAILEY and she survives.

                Terry started working for the City of Rochester in the water department before working 39 years as street superintendent, retiring in 2010. He also served almost 40 years as a volunteer on the Rochester Fire Department and had driven for Alexander Distributing delivering Dean Foods milk.

                He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Eagles Lodge, and American Legion. He had been an active bowler for many years, competing in state bowling tournaments. At home, he enjoyed mowing and maintaining his lawn.

                Survivors include his wife, Mary L. WYNN; sons, Randy (Erin) WYNN, Rochester, Tim WYNN, Rochester; twin brother, Jerry (Joellen) WYNN, Rochester; sisters Patty Ann (Mike) BINGLE, Rochester, and Deb VIGAR, Rochester; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law, Ron BAILEY and Roger VIGAR.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, August 9, 2021, at the First Baptist Church, Rochester, with Dr. Mark SPENCER officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service Monday. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles Lodge Scholarship Fund or the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Helen SICILIANO

May 12, 1932-August 3, 2021

                Helen SICILIANO, 89, Rochester, passed away at 8:33 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at her home. On May 12, 1932, Helen RIZZO was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was a cherished daughter of Savario and Mary (VELTRI) RIZZO. Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters, Rachele and Rosemarie, and a brother Barney. With pride, Helen graduated in 1950 from Austin High School in Chicago.

                In Chicago, Helen married Joseph T. SICILIANO. From their union came four beautiful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away on June 21, 2007.

                With a strong work ethic, Helen worked at Petersen’s Ice Cream, serving up some amazing flavors, treats and unique concoctions to her customers and friends. For 31 years she served the best until she retired. She was known affectionately by her best friends as “Sweet Helen.”

                A woman of strong faith, Helen was a devout Catholic who loved and treasured Virgin Mary. In her earlier years she was quite active at her church in Chicago.

                The matriarch of the SICILIANO family, Grandma Helen was proud to oversee three generations. Her greatest lifetime accomplishment was her legacy. Conveying to all love unconditionally, she enjoyed the times spent together during the holidays and special family celebrations.

                Left to cherish Helen’s memory are three daughters, Denise SICILIANO (Al MAJKO) of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Diane SICILIANO (Mark TOKARZ) of Villa Park, Illinois, Donna SICILIANO (Emil CARGOLA) of Carol Stream, Illinois; son Joseph T. SICILIANO (Christine) of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Katie MAJKO, Joey MAJKO, David SICILIANO, Kristen SICILIANO, twins Dana and Anthony SICILIANO, Joey SICILIANO, Frankie SICILIANO; sister Rachele RIMMER of Laguna Woods, California, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Helen in death are her parents, husband, sister Rosemarie KUCZEK and brother Barney RIZZO.

                A private family celebration of life will take place. The Good Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with services. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Ronald NICKELL

October 1, 1955-August 5, 2021

                Ronald L. NICKELL, 65, Rochester, died Thursday at his residence. Survivors include two daughters, Melissa LETT, Rochester, and Alisha MILLER, Lafayette; and mother-in-law Barbara MIKESELL, of Rochester.

                His funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation begins at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Tuesday August 10, 2021

 

Carol E. FLENAR

December 16, 1934-July 30, 2021

                Carol E. FLENAR, 86, of Leesburg and formerly of Talma, passed at 11:38 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at her daughter’s residence.

                Carol was born December 16, 1934, in Warsaw, to the late Charles “Byron” and Virginia (WOODLING) PETERSON. On September 25, 1950 in Mentone, she married Larry G. FLENAR, who preceded her in death on January 4, 1993.

                Carol was a homemaker and in earlier years she had managed a chicken house for Manwaring Farms and worked at Frank and Jerry’s. She had most recently worked in the cafeteria for Mentone School.

                Carol had been a member of the Moose, American Legion, Elks, and Eagles. She enjoyed bingo and traveled all over the area to try her luck. She spent her spare time doing jigsaw puzzles and solving Sudoku.

                Surviving Carol are her daughters Pamela and husband James “Japo” JACK, Leesburg, and Donna and husband Randy MILLER, Talma; sons Larry D. and wife Marilyn FLENAR, Federal Heights, Colorado, Rick FLENAR, Rossville, Georgia; and Seth FLENAR and companion Kelly ORMSBY, Bourbon; 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Larry, son Troy L. FLENAR, a sister, Mary Ann KRAUSE, and brothers Carl “Ted” PETERSON, Donald “Pete” PETERSON, and Merrill PETERSON, her twin.

                A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone. The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Memorial visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday August 11, 2021

 

James D. TOWNE

June 13, 1946-August 9, 2021

                James D. TOWNE, 75, Rochester, died at 7:41 p.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. His survivors include his wife Patty;daughter Darla TOWNE, Rochester; son Ron TOWNE, Burkett; sisters Gloria Jean NEHER, Culver, and Janice HATFIELD, Corpus Christi, Texas.

                His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is the two hours preceding the service at the funeral home.

 

Thursday August 12, 2021

 

John H. HOAGLAND

November 25, 1943-August 8, 2021

                John H. HOAGLAND, 77, Twelve Mile, passed away at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, August 8, 2021, at his residence.

                Born November 25, 1943, in Macy, he was the son of John Richard HOAGLAND and the former Miriam Louise COVER. On January 4, 1965, in Mexico, he married Dianne AVERY, and she survives.

                He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1961-1964. He was retired from Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo and had previously worked for Wilson Foods from 1969-1994, and Federal Mogul for several years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing Euchre and traveling. He was a self-appointed chauffeur and enjoyed driving family and friends to appointments out of town and would usually enjoy a great time of fellowship over a meal before heading home.

                Survivors include his wife Dianne HOAGLAND, Twelve Mile; two daughters, Suzie JONES, Muncie, Ruth (Carl) GLESIGE, Eads, Tennessee;four grandchildren, all of Muncie, Shelby NEELEY, Jonathon NEELEY, Bethany NEELEY (fiancé, Steven MCGRIFF) and Bradley JONES; one sister, Anna GARRISON, Peru;several nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Nancy ANDERSON, Warren, Pennsylvania; Cheryl AVERY, Clarion, Pennsylvania; and Ruth (Barry) TROUTMAN, New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his father, John Richard HOAGLAND; mother and step-father, Miriam and Ralph GORDON; one brother, Terry HOAGLAND; one sister/brother-in-law, Suzie (Jerry) RAYMOND; one son-in-law, Scott NEELEY; three brothers-in-law, Paul MCALLISTER, Mel “Red” GARRISON, and Don ANDERSON; and one nephew, Tom ANDERSON.

                Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 13, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Cole WESTWOOD officiating. Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Twelve Mile First Responders or Fulton Cemetery Association. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Friday August 13, 2021

 

Linda L. BESSON COCHRAN

April 12, 1938-August 11, 2021

                Linda L. BESSON COCHRAN, 83, of Mentone, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw.

                Linda was born on April 12, 1938, in Warsaw, to the late William Earl and Leona (LEININGER) BESSON. She was raised by her father, and after her mother’s passing her step mother, Lela. She married on May 20, 1961, in Mentone, to William “Bill” M. COCHRAN, who preceded her in death on March 15, 2018.

                She was a 1956 graduate of Mentone High School. Linda had been the assistant librarian and a teacher’s aide at the Mentone Elementary School, retiring in 1993. She had been a lifetime and very dedicated member of the Mentone Church of Christ. She was on the board and served many roles for the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum and helped organize Rotors Over Mentone. Linda enjoyed genealogy and took great interest in history. She was a key member of curating the Mentone Historical Museum, where she was known to give tours. She had also been a member of the Mentone M&M Extension Club and the Bell Memorial Public Library, where she served with the Friends of the Library.

                Linda was a seamstress and loved to make clothes for her granddaughters Jennifer and Krista. She, along with the ladies of the church, made cancer caps for the children at Riley’s as well as for the community. Linda and Bill were honored as past parade marshals for the Mentone Egg Festival. Over the years she had been an active part of the Mentone Alumni Committee. She was known to be a community minded person that enjoyed helping fellow Bulldogs and friends in all ranges of events and activities.

                Linda is survived by her daughters, Leisa NORMAN, of Mentone, and Laura and husband Jeff FELZIEN, of South Vienna, Ohio;grandchildren, Jennifer and husband T.J. KEATHLEY and Krista and husband Nate PETERSON, both of Fairborn, Ohio; sister-in-law, Lois BESSON, of Carmel; brothers-in-law, Skip COCHRAN and Dan STINE; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; an infant son, Gary Dean COCHRAN; a brother, Keith BESSON; and stepmother, Lela BESSON.

                The funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker St., Mentone, with Minister Kent JONES officiating. The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, next to her husband. Visitation hours will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Memorial contributions can be made in Linda’s memory to the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum or the Mentone Church of Christ. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Mary Beth MASTERSON

                Mary Beth MASTERSON, 71, Rochester, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday August 14, 2021

 

Mary Beth MASTERSON

April 11, 1950-August 11, 2021

                Mary Beth MASTERSON, 71, Rochester, went home to be with the Lord at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

                She was born on April 11, 1950, in Evansville. She became the loving daughter of Betty (HUFF) and Devon SHUMAN in Rochester, in 1953. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1968. On December 23, 1976, in Rochester, she married Delbert MASTERSON and he survives in Rochester.

                Beth had worked for Bob’s Lock and Key, had worked in the insurance industry, and had been a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother. She attended Riverview Community Church.

                Surviving along with Delbert are her son, Dave (Allison) MASTERSON, Brownsburg; son-in-law, Tim KINDIG, Bluffton;grandchildren, Austin (Emily) KINDIG, Bluffton, Zach and Adam TYLER, Brownsburg, Grayson and Shelbee OLINGER, Rochester; great-grandchildren, Giovanni, Isabella, Therese, Basil and Aurlia KINDIG; sister, Debbie (Dave) SWANGO, Rochester; brothers, Brent SHUMAN, Bill (Joan) DAWSON, South Bend, Budd (Susan) DAWSON, Warsaw; brother-in-law, Tim THOMPSON, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter DeVona KINDIG, sister Linda THOMPSON, and brother, Dick MCGLOTHLIN.

                Services in her memory will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at Riverview Community Church, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverview Community Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Michael MOZAL

                Michael MOZAL, 67, of Rochester, died Tuesday morning at Life Care Center of Rochester. No services have been planned at this time.

 

Tuesday August 17, 2021

 

Richard W. ULERY

May 28, 1945-August 13, 2021

                Mr. Richard W. “Rich” ULERY, 76, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 5:32 p.m. Friday, August 13, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                On May 28, 1945, Richard Wayne ULERY was born near Adamsboro in Cass County. He was a treasured son of Richard E. and Martha Rosella BEAN ULERY. Growing up he shared his childhood with four brothers and two sisters. In 1964 he graduated with his class from South Caston High School. In Rochester, on November 11, 1992, Rich married Clara Ann YAGGIE.

                His memberships include the IOOF Lodge and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Rich enjoyed manicuring the IOOF Cemetery lawn to perfection and playing cards with his lodge buddies on Wednesday nights. With a love for the Tippecanoe River, Rich floated and fished with his friends Mark and Denny. He also enjoyed the game of golf, bowling, solving puzzles, western TV shows, and Wheel of Fortune. His favorite place to eat was Hardees.

                Left to cherish Rich’s memory are his wife Clara; his children, Richard ULERY II (Jessica) of Huntington, Andrew ULERY (significant other Jessica) of Warsaw, Brian ULERY (Jessica) of Royal Center, Randy ULERY (Paige) of Logansport, Penny THOMPSON (Scott) of Burnettsville, Tammy HURD (Josh) of Warsaw; brothers Don ULERY and Bobby ULERY, both of Logansport, Larry “Jay” ULERY (Mary) of Peru; a sister, Betty EVANS of Logansport; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and his faithful, overfed chocolate lab Layla. Preceding Rich in death are his parents and siblings Shirley and Ronald.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Rich ULERY will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 17th in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows will conduct a memorial service followed by the family service. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery. Rich would like his friends to be attired casually and with their favorite ball caps. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Ronald O. NAZERINE

May 9, 1939-August 14, 2021

                Ronald “Ron” O. NAZERINE, age 82, of Macy and formerly of Logansport, passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Woodbridge Health Campus. Born May 9, 1939, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Dorothy (GRAY) NAZERINE.

                Ron was a dedicated math teacher of 34 years, teaching at Columbia Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, and Columbia Middle School for the Logansport Community School Corporation. Ron also served 20 years as treasurer of LEA and 20 years as treasurer of Nyona Lake/South Mud Lake Boosters Club. Ron was active with youth sports for many years serving 29 years with Logansport Little League, coaching basketball for 21 years at Lincoln Middle School and 4 years at Columbia Middle School and 15 years coaching with Rag Tag Football. Ron helped keep the books and stats for the Logansport Berries Baseball Team for many years and was also a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church.

                Survivors include two nieces, Deborah (Tim) SENESAC, Logansport; Tracy (Brian) HARPER, Winamac; two great nieces, Alison SENESAC, Atlanta, Georgia, and Hayley (Josh) RUFF, Fishers. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Joanie (Art) SMITH.

                A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Roger KNEBEL officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church. You may sign Ron’s online guestbook and send condolences to the family at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Linda A. KOWAL

December 18, 1962-August 13, 2021

                Linda Ann KOWAL, 58, Rochester, died at 2:33 p.m. Friday, August 13, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Her survivors include husband Richard; daughter Amanda HUSE, Bourbon; son Rich KOWAL, Forest, Virginia; parents Richard and Betty HASSENPLUG, Rochester; and sister Julie LOPEZ, Bourbon.

                Her funeral service is at 1 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Wednesday August 18, 2021

 

Kyle A. THOMAS

November 26, 1967-August 16, 2021

                Kyle Aaron THOMAS, 53, of Rochester, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021, at his residence.

                On November 26, 1967, Kyle was born in Plymouth to Keith C. and Sandra SMITH THOMAS. In 1986 he graduated from Culver Community High School. While in high school, he played basketball and football. As a concrete finisher, Kyle worked for Richard’s Concrete for a number of years.

                Left to cherish the memories of Kyle are three daughters, Sara, Samantha, Abbie; mother Sandra HOLCOMB of Monterey; companion and best friend Terri Jo HINDS and her daughter Alisa of Culver; brother Kent W. THOMAS and wife Dawn of Culver; half-sister Tori THOMAS of Indianapolis; two nieces, Jamie THOMAS, and Jenna HIATT and husband Nat; canine companion Roscoe, a special blend, Whiskers, an orange tabby, and Oscar, a tiger cat. Preceding Kyle in death are his father Keith THOMAS, stepfather Walt HOLCOMB and his grandparents.

                A celebration of the life of Kyle Aaron THOMAS will be at 2 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Leiters Ford United Methodist church. Pastor Tami BOGGS will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 12-2 p.m. in the church on Friday. Interment will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975 or the Pretty Lake Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 266, Plymouth, IN 46563. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Thursday August 19, 2021

 

Aloralee BROMLEY

September 24, 1950-August 16, 2021

                Aloralee BROMLEY, a resident of Huntington, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 10:54 a.m. A longtime resident of northern Indiana, Aloralee was 70 years old.

                She was born September 24, 1950, in Peru and spent her formative years there. She graduated from North Miami High School in 1969 and spent much of her working years as a seamstress, sewing everything from boat and van seats to clothing and gloves. She also worked in several restaurants over the years but truly enjoyed sewing.

                She also enjoyed camping, scrapbooking, and computer games like Farmville, Candy Crush, and Diamond Mine. She enjoyed a variety of TV shows, from TLC to the Food Network, but more than anything, she enjoyed time spent with her family. She loved cooking for her family and especially loved the holidays, when she was sure to bake all kinds of goodies and make her own candles too.

                United in marriage to Donald R. BROMLEY on April 18, 1987, “Don” as most know him, survives at home in Huntington. Also surviving are four children, son Joe (Becky) BOOKS of Macy, daughter Laurie (Darrell) KING of Eubank, Kentucky, daughter Marlena “Mar” BOOKS of Huntington, and son Jessie (Kristi) OUSLEY of Huntington; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Linda) WARNER of Naples, Florida, and Harry BOOKS of Rochester; and five sisters, Honey (Loren) PRUITT of Warsaw, Roxanna (Paul) CARTER of Peru, Sandra CADDY of Logansport, Christina (Roger) DRUDGE of Jacksonville, Florida, and Juneattea (Rick) MAY of Rochester. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Ervin E. and Phyllis J. BOOKS, brother Richard BOOKS, sister Joyce MARTIN, and a great-grandson, Avery.

                Titus Funeral Home, 2000 W. Sheridan St., Warsaw is assisting the family. Friends may gather there on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., family friend, Pastor Doug EMBERTON will officiate Aloralee’s Life Celebration funeral. Those wishing to express sympathy may give to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 while written condolences may be left online at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.

 

Dwight B. LINGENFELTER

October 23, 1948-August 13, 2021

                Dwight Burl LINGENFELTER, age 72, formerly of Terre Haute, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021, in Rochester.

                He was born October 23, 1948, in Terre Haute to Robert J. LINGENFELTER and Ruth Pauline JARRETT LINGENFELTER. He grew up with two brothers, Steve and John.

                He married Katherine Lynne CUSTER on July 27, 1967, and they had been married 54 years. He was the father of two sons, Erich (wife Missy) and Lyle (wife Cana). He has 12 grandchildren, Kaelyn, Kassidy, Mick, Karsten, Chad, Kovenant, Kinley, Kalvary, Kristianna, Karah, Khloe, and Kaden.

                Dwight was a 1966 graduate of Wiley High School. He was well known as a cabinet and countertop maker who worked many years for American Tile, Mike HEYEN, and later opened his own shop, Lamination Creations. It often seemed he could make anything out of wood.

                He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. He was a fan of muscle cars and loved to hear the roar of a well running engine. He enjoyed watching football, was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and even volunteered time as a youth football coach.

                Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, and brother John. He is survived by his immediate family, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

                His funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, August 23, 2021, in Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 W. 25th Street, Terre Haute, with Pastor Rick MAY officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation is scheduled prior to service, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the funeral home. If friends should so desire, memorial contributions may be made to your local animal shelter. Funeral information and tributes may be found at www.callahanandhughes.com.

 

 

 

Friday August 20, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday August 21, 2021

 

Phil DEAMER

                On the morning of July 24, 2021, Phil DEAMER of Louisville died at the age of 76. Phil, formerly of Rochester, was born to George and Doris DEAMER in 1945. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in 1967 and was the founder and CEO of Mission Critical Systems. In 1972 he married Jennifer DEAMER.

                Phil was at the forefront of computer technology. He developed a data management system which was recognized in 1992 by Computerworld’s Smithsonian Awards competition. This technology was the basis for Sweden’s national retirement system and for General Electric’s consumer appliance processing.

                Phil is survived by his wife Jennifer, his brother Robert, and nephew Eric.

 

Linda Sue MALOTT

April 29, 1952-August 20, 2021

                Linda Sue MALOTT, 69, Denver, passed away on Friday morning, August 20, 2021, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born April 29, 1952, in Peru, she was the daughter of Noah E. WOLF and former Betty A. LANDIS.

                She attended North Miami Schools and had worked for many years at Gallahan’s Truck Stop where she had been a waitress and worked in the convenience store. She loved to sit at her home out in the country and watch the world pass by from the comfort of her front porch. She enjoyed going to the casino, taking care of her yard, cooking and baking, and finding any excuse to run around without her cellphone. More than anything, she was a dedicated mother and grandmother who loved all of her kids.

                Survivors include two children, Tony (Angie) MALOTT, Denver, and Troy MALOTT (Brandi WILLIAMS), Akron; six grandchildren, John (Susie) MALOTT, Florida, Amanda MARSHALL (Justin WHALEN), Kokomo, Madison MALOTT, Macy, Tori MALOTT, Macy, Hope MALOTT, Wabash, and Drew MALOTT, Wabash; six great-grandchildren, Maverick MALOTT, Lily MARSHALL, Kennedy MARSHALL, Landen WHALEN, Devon AGEE, Marcus AGEE; two sisters, Ellen (Jerry) KING, Peru, and Lana (Bryan) JABERG, Peru; half-sister Mary CANADAY, Indianapolis; former daughter-in-law Carol MALOTT; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by one son, Todd MALOTT, one granddaughter, Baley MALOTT, and one sister, Carol JOSEPH.

                Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will follow in Gilead Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Gerald D. SMALLEY

November 25, 1933-August 20, 2021

                Gerald D. SMALLEY, 87, of rural Claypool, Beaver Dam Lake, passed at 12:15 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at his residence.

                Gerald was born November 25, 1933, in Burket, to the late Donald D. and Minnie (SANDS) SMALLEY. He married, on October 7, 1956, in Atwood, Sherry S. PARKS, and she survives.

                He was a 1951 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. Gerald was known for many things. He was a former bus driver for Tippecanoe Valley Schools. He was a familiar face at the livestock auctions at Shipshewana and Topeka for more than 38 years. He served his community as a Kosciusko Commissioner for 10 years and was a 12-year director of the Kosciusko REMC.

                Gerald was a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. He enjoyed 4-H and served as leader for many years. He also was known for having exotic animals. It was not uncommon to see zebras or other less common livestock around his farm. With all of the talents and interests he had, most people would not know the struggle he had with Polio as a child. He never forgot that battle, so for many years he regularly met with a group of Polio survivors in Warsaw.

                He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sherry SMALLEY of Claypool; daughters Tammy HORN and Brant NELLANS, and Cara and husband Mark KISSELL;son Gary and wife Deb SMALLEY; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren;sister Linda and husband Mitch TUCKER; and brother Wayne and wife Shirley SMALLEY. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, and a son-in-law, Timothy HORN.

                The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday August 23, 2021, at the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron, with Pastor Butch TROKE officiating. The interment will take place in the Nichols Cemetery near Akron. Visitation hours will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Donations can be made in Gerald’s memory to the Beaver Dam Church/Wheels on Fire to assist the community members who are fighting cancer or to the Beaver Dam Church Youth or Nehemiah Vision Ministries with the memo line saying “Intern #3” which helps Brooke SMALLEY in Haiti. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday August 24, 2021

 

Michael H. GILLILAND

February 28, 1957-August 20, 2021

                Michael Howard GILLILAND, 64, Rochester, passed away at 4:27 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on February 28, 1957, in Rochester, the son of Howard A. and Eris A. (KINLEY) GILLILAND. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He later served with the Indiana National Guard as a medic. On August 20, 1977, in Logansport, he married Dianna LOGAN and she survives.

                Mike had worked at Winamac Coil Springs and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department before spending 25 years as a correction officer for the Fulton County Jail. He, along with his father, had been active woodworkers making wooden toys and pens, often selling their products at craft shows. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he ran the sound system and played guitar at services for many years, a member of the Indiana Sheriff Association and Fraternal Order of Police. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, playing his guitar in bands, and always loved to make people laugh.

                Survivors include his wife Dianna GILLILAND, Rochester;son, Steven GILLILAND, Rochester; mother, Eris A. GILLILAND, Logansport;sisters Sheila L. GILLILAND, Logansport, Dina S. DOWNHOUR, Kokomo, Debra J. NIEDZIELSKI, Plymouth; brother-in-law Michael (Vada) LOGAN, Logansport; nieces and nephew, Julie DOWNHOUR, Kokomo, Tina BYERS, Royal Center, Brian LOGAN, Twelve Mile, Heather RANCOURT, Ontario, Canada, Holly HUSS, Plymouth, Anita WILLIAMS, Monticello, and Rose WOODWARD, Logansport. He was preceded in death by his father and brother-in-law, Marvin W. LOGAN.

                Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna, where military graveside rites will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Tom L. REED

September 23, 1944-August 21, 2021

                Tom L. REED, 76, of Warsaw, and a longtime Rochester resident, passed away at 1:36 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Paddock Springs Health Campus, Warsaw.

                He was born on September 23, 1944, in LaPorte, the son of Paul Winfield and Adeline (BAILEY) REED. He graduated from Knox High School before moving to the Rochester area to start farming.

                Tom had been a dairy farmer for many years as well as being a feed and seed sales representative for the McNess Company. He also served as a school bus driver for Culver Community Schools for 15 years and for Rochester Community Schools for 38 years. In his spare time he enjoyed going to dealer auctions.

                Tom is survived by several cousins and aunts. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be conducted at noon Friday, August 27, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery, Starke County. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Daniel M. PETERS

December 10, 1941-August 20, 2021

                Daniel M. PETERS Sr., 79, Rochester, died at 9:36 p.m. Friday at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

                Survivors include his wife, Sharon; two daughters, Dawn PETERS and Shan JOLLEY, both of Rochester; three sons, Daryl PETERS of Rochester, Charlie GELLER, Kentucky, Dan PETERS Jr., Rochester; a brother, Jim PETERS, Kingsbury.

                His service is 11 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service, Thursday, in the funeral home.

 

Wednesday August 25, 2021

 

Daniel M. PETERS

December 10, 1941-August 20, 2021

                Mr. Daniel M. PETERS Sr., 79, of Rochester, passed away at 9:36 p.m. Friday evening, August 20, 2021, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

                On December 10, 1941, Daniel Martin PETERS was born in LaPorte to Walter T. and Alberta M. MARKS PETERS. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister, Mae, and a brother, Jim. In 1961 Dan graduated from Stillwell High School of Stillwell. Answering the call of patriotism, Dan served with the U.S. Army as a military police officer and was honorably discharged in 1963.

                Growing up Dan developed a strong work ethic as he helped out with the family farming operation. His passion for agriculture continued as he helped family and friends throughout his life.

                On August 2, 1980, Dan and Sharon Kay WINTER were married in Rochester. They have shared 41 years of life’s adventures. Fulton County has been home for the PETERS family for the past 41 years, moving from Silver Lake.

                Dan was the owner/operator of the Scrap Wood Sawmill since 1980. He built and remodeled homes. As a finish carpenter he was a member of Local Union of Warsaw. With a great skill, Dan was also a custom cabinet maker. He served as vice president of Tippecanoe Valley Woodworkers since 2017 and president of the Fulton County Tractor Club for six years. Dan was the proud owner of an International 702. He loved all Allis-Chalmers tractors.

                To relax, Dan fished at his friends’ ponds. He could be seen at the water’s edge with his casting rod or whipping his fly rod line attracting the catch of the day. Watching MASH on television was a great way to unwind.

                Left to cherish Dan’s memory are his wife, Sharon; two daughters, Dawn PETERS, Rochester, Shan JOLLEY and husband Larry, Rochester;three sons, Daryl PETERS of Rochester, Charlie GELLER and companion Tracey HINER of Kentucky, Dan PETERS Jr. and companion Beth PINDER of Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother Jim PETERS and wife Linda of Kingsbury, and his produce buddy Jack TOWNSEND and wife Wanda. Preceding Dan in death are his parents, sister Mae SPEAR and infant brother Dennis Carl PETERS.

                A celebration of the life of Daniel M. PETERS will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Chaplain Jason SEE will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, and one hour prior to the service Thursday in the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. Ninth Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Charles L. BAIRD

                Charles L. BAIRD, 94, Rochester, at 11:40 a.m. Monday at Chase Center of Logansport. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Roy F. CRIST

April 22, 1952-August 21, 2021

                Roy F. CRIST, 69, of Star City, passed away at 4:54 a.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at home. Born April 22, 1952, in Winamac, he was the son of the late Ralph and Ardella Jean (GOOD) CRIST.

                He was a 1973 Winamac High School graduate. On September 27, 1975 he married Kathleen J. NEEDHAM and she survives.

                Roy was a lifelong farmer and was formerly a welder at Galbreath’s and had also been employed at CFS in Kewanna.

                He was a member of Star City United Methodist church and the Northern Indiana Power of the Past. Roy was also active with Pulaski County 4-H. He enjoyed farming of all sorts, model trains, quilts and helping out anyone and everyone who needed it. He knew no stranger. Roy also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

                Survivors include his wife, Kathleen CRIST of Star City; sons John F. CRIST (Richel) of Star City and Jacob CRIST (Katrina) of Carmel; daughter Laura Jean BATES (Andrew) of Fenton, Michigan; sisters, Jackie WHEELER (John) of Star City and Janeal SCOTT (Albert) of Lafayette;sisters-in-law Carol CRIST of Logansport, Cathy MCKINLEY of Florida, Susanna MCKINLEY of South Bend, and Cathy NEEDHAM of Missouri; brothers-in-law Dan MCKINLEY (Anna) of Winamac and Charles NEEDHAM (Deb) of Logansport; grandchildren Kaela GEHRMAN, Keagen CRIST, Arabellah CRIST, Ariannah CRIST, Raiden RIDDLE, Landen CRIST, Sophia BATES, and Hannah BATES. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Cara DAUENHAUER, Ranee PRICE, Taneal MYERS, Chad ROUDEBUSH, Allison MCKINLEY, Andrea WILLIAMS, Danny MCKINLEY II, Alicia HANAWALT, Nathan NEEDHAM, Celie MCKINLEY, Chad BEBEE, Annie BEBEE, John W. WHEELER, Jr., Gabe WHEELER, Tammy LOVELY, Stephanie WHEELER, Matt WHEELER, Lisa ALLEN (Sean), Melissa SHATTO (Brandon), Amber POOL (Trevor), and Matt NEEDHAM (Ashley). He was also preceded in death by a brother, Rex CRIST.

                Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main Street, Kewanna, with Pastor Jeff SEGER officiating. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Paul’s Chapel at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Northern Indiana Power From the Past horse pull and/or Riley Children’s Hospital. Roy’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

June F. HARVEY

June 12, 1953-August 23, 2021

                June Fay HARVEY, 68, of Rochester, passed at 10:08 p.m. Monday, August 23, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester.

                June was born June 12, 1953, in Rochester, to Robert and Doris (HARVEY) CHALK. She had worked for Lau Industries of Rochester for many years. She was a former member of ABATE of Fulton County. She loved to listen to music.

                She is survived by her sons, Dustin MILLER of Rochester and Dexter NINE of Warsaw; grandchildren Lenora, Leah, Carlie, Brooklin, Jaxson, and Saffire; mother Doris WARNER, of Rochester; brother Tom and wife Rita CHALK of South Whitley; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. June was preceded in death by her father, son Derrick Grant FISHER, and her twin sister JoAnn HARRIS.

                Following her wishes, no services will be held at this time. The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Thursday August 26, 2021

 

Charles L. BAIRD

October 14, 1926-August 23, 2021

                Charles Leon BAIRD, 94, Rochester, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Monday, August 23, 2021, at Chase Center, Logansport.

                He was born October 14, 1926, in Fulton, the son of James Beveridge “Bev” and Lorene (KERN) BAIRD. He served with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. On June 28, 1947 in Fort Wayne, he married Dorothy L. NEWTON and she survives.

                Mr. BAIRD had been a mechanic for International Harvester for more than forty years and retired from T.M. Morris Manufacturing in Fulton. He had also been a farmer, a member of Fulton Baptist Temple and the Fulton Masonic Lodge.

                Survivors include his wife, Dorothy L. BAIRD, Rochester;daughters Nancy (Johnny) THOMPSON, Twelve Mile, Stella (Hiram) HOOVER, Grass Creek, Karen (Bob) MUNDY, Logansport; 9 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister Sharon BAIRD, Fulton; brother-in-law Gerald NEWTON, Fulton; sister-in-law Bonnie NEWTON, Riverside, California; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother James B. BAIRD, and sister Maxine YATER.

                Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2021, at the Fulton Community Center, East Dunn Street, Fulton. Friends may visit from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the Community Center. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

James MINIEAR

                James R. MINIEAR, 61, Macy, passed away at his residence. Born December 15, 1960, in Hartford City, he was the son of Richard Terrance MINIEAR and the former Wanda Jean GRAHAM.

                He was a contractor by trade and enjoyed spending many hours in the woods looking for mushrooms and arrowheads.

                Survivors include his son, Jesse MINIEAR, Kokomo; two grandchildren, Mackenzie MINIEAR and Skyla MINIEAR, both of Kokomo; two sisters, Gail (Neale) DUGGER, Kokomo, and Joyce (Philip) KLINE, Kokomo; one brother, Kevin MINIEAR, Hartford City; several nieces and nephews; and his longtime companion’s daughter, Denella (Maya) GARCIA, Watkins, Iowa, and all of her family. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Olivia MINIEAR; stepfather Russell BENNETT; brother, Steven MINIEAR; and longtime companion Edith BROWNING.

                Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will follow in Five Corners Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Friday August 27, 2021

 

Donna Belle FRENCH

July 22, 1929-August 25, 2021

                Donna Belle FRENCH, 92, of North Manchester and formerly of rural Silver Lake, passed at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community of North Manchester.

                Donna was born July 22, 1929, in Kosciusko County, to the late Harmon O. and Ethel F. (LANDIS) BUCHER. On May 10, 1947, in the Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, she married Richard E. FRENCH, who preceded her in death on July 26, 2012.

                She was a 1947 graduate of Burket High School. Donna had worked for General Tire, The Akron-Mentone News, as a secretary for Manchester College, and was a cook at Akron School. She raised her family near her childhood home. She lived in the same home for 69 years before moving to Timbercrest.

                Donna was an active member of the Silver Creek Church of God and had attended the Akron Church of God in years past. She was a member of the National Conference of Churches of God and the Gideons Women’s Auxiliary. She was very talented. She was a pianist, organist, song leader as well as performing skits that she and others had written. She was known as a collector of owls.

                She and her husband wintered in Florida, where they made many friends. She enjoyed spending time with her Christian friends and shared her faith all of her life. She lived her life and loved the Lord in everything that she did.

                She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne and husband Mark HOLT, Sweetser; two sons, Joseph and wife Sara FRENCH, Nappanee, and David and wife Marlyn FRENCH, Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Melissa KLOTZ, Cherie DUPOR, Amanda MANLEY, Derek FRENCH, Amanda THOMPSON, Ashley HOLT, Allison NELSON, and Alexis HOLT; great-grandchildren, Brady, Natalie, Tyler, Sydney, Merin, Sava, Draza, Ninah, Adah, Grayson, Ellie, Oakleigh, Bear, Hannah, and Mackenlee. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Gerald L., Earl D., Robert H., and Charles Edward BUCHER, and a sister, Mildred E. CLINKER.

                Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private funeral service will take place at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester Street, Akron. A link to funeral service will be available on the funeral home website on Monday, August 30, 2021, after 3 p.m. Burial will take place following the service in the Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, next to her husband. Donations can be made in Donna’s memory to the Silver Creek Church of God. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservivs.com.

                The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Timbercrest Senior Living Community.

 

 

 

Shannon M. TORRES

November 22, 1978-August 25, 2021

                Shannon Marie TORRES, age 42, Logansport, passed away peacefully at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021, in her residence surrounded by her family.

                Born November 22, 1978, in Logansport, she was the daughter of Victor and Robin ZARTMAN SPENCER. Her mother survives, residing in Twelve Mile, and her father survives, residing in Logansport.

                Shannon was married February 18, 2005, to Henry TORRES, who survives. She was a 1996 graduate of Logansport High School.

                Shannon loved children and loved to travel, hoping to visit all 50 States. She was an extreme collector of coupons and active “couponer.”

                She will be greatly missed by her dog, Marley. Also surviving are a brother, Adam SPENCER; maternal grandmother Barbara ZARTMAN;mother-in-law, Margarita REYES; stepson Anthony TORRES (girlfriend Porsha HAMM);stepdaughter Riana TORRES; sister-in-law Grethel ROJAS (boyfriend Jordan GIBBS);adopted grandchild SaVani, who she called “Tootsie Roll.” Shannon was anxiously awaiting the arrival of a grandson in November.

                Visitation will be Monday, August 30, from 2-6 p.m. at Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport. The funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, following the visitation. Interment will be private at a later date. Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.

 

Martha BUCKNER

                Martha J. (RITTER) VIRES BUCKNER, 71, Rochester, died Wednesday morning at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday August 28, 2021

 

Martha J. (RITTER) VIRES BUCKNER

December 17, 1949-August 25, 2021

                Martha Jeanette (RITTER) VIRES BUCKNER, 71, Rochester, passed away at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                She was born on December 17, 1949, in Atwood, the daughter of Bishop Armond and Betty (NITCHER) RITTER. Martha devoted her life to God, her children and grandchildren. She followed in her father’s footsteps, becoming an ordained minister and was privileged to baptize two of her grandchildren. She spent more than 20 years delivering newspapers for The Rochester Sentinel and The Shopping Guide. She enjoyed/loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, Southern Gospel music, and going to church, was an avid animal lover and collecting all things Elvis.

                Survivors include her husband, Rufus BUCKNER III, Rochester; children, James (Jewelie) VIRES, Colorado, Michael VIRES, Rochester, Angela (Randell) FIELDS, Akron, Crystal (Andrew) HILL, Rochester, Rufus BUCKNER IV, Florida; grandchildren Shawn, Jesse VIRES and Nichole HUDSON, Samantha and Jonathon FIELDS, Abbigayle and Jaxon TUTTLE, Kennedy and Andrew HATHAWAY, Irene, Valerie, and Arianna; brother Rev. Richard (Annetta) RITTER, Rochester;sisters Ruth (Don) BEAN, Argos, Carole JONES, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bishop Robert RITTER and life-long friend, Robert J. NYE Jr.

                Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Steven LEE officiating. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe. Memorial contributions may be made to her memorial fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

John A. SMITH

November 4, 1943-August 26, 2021

                John A. SMITH, 77, of rural Tippecanoe, passed at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw due to complications of respiratory disease.

                John was born November 4, 1943, in Rochester, to John F. and Fannie (MCCLAIN) SMITH. He was married in 1966 in the Walnut Church of the Brethren of Argos to Marsha D. MCDOWELL, and she survives.

                He was a 1961 graduate of Tippecanoe High School. John retired from R.R. Donnelley & Sons of Warsaw in 1998, where he worked in the solvent recovery department. Prior to Donnelley he worked in the recreational vehicle industry.

                John lived most of his life in the Tippecanoe area. He was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Marshall County Bass Masters and enjoyed participating in bass tournaments in the area. He was a big Purdue Boilermaker fan.

                He was survived by his wife Marsha SMITH of Tippecanoe;sons John A. SMITH of West Lafayette, Bart D. and wife Elisa SMITH of Lisle, Illinois, and Eric M. SMITH of Tippecanoe; five grandsons, Cameron, Levi, Logan, Caleb, and Luke, all of the Lafayette area; sisters Patricia and husband Jim HENSLEY of Tippecanoe and Joyce ROE of Warsaw; brothers-in-law Michael and wife Donna MCDOWELL of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and Richard MCDOWELL of Rochester;many nieces and nephews; and former daughter-in-law Jacqueline SMITH of West Lafayette. John was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Barbara HARRELL and Thelma CRESS.

                Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private graveside service will take place at a later time. The interment will be in the Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos, with Pastor Bob RICE officiating. The arrangements have been entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker Street, Mentone. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Tippecanoe Improvement Association or the Tippecanoe Fire Department.          

 

Tuesday August 31, 2021

 

John A. SMITH

November 4, 1943-August 26, 2021

                John A. SMITH, 77, of rural Tippecanoe, passed at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw due to complications of respiratory disease.

                John was born November 4, 1943, in Rochester, to John F. and Fannie (MCCLAIN) SMITH. He was married in 1966 in the Walnut Church of the Brethren of Argos to Marsha D. MCDOWELL, and she survives.

                He was a 1961 graduate of Tippecanoe High School. John retired from R.R. Donnelley & Sons of Warsaw in 1998, where he worked in the solvent recovery department. Prior to Donnelley he worked in the recreational vehicle industry.

                John lived most of his life in the Tippecanoe area. He was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Marshall County Bass Masters and enjoyed participating in bass tournaments in the area. He was a big Purdue Boilermaker fan.

                He was survived by his wife Marsha SMITH of Tippecanoe;sons John A. SMITH of West Lafayette, Bart D. and wife Elisa SMITH of Lisle, Illinois, and Eric M. SMITH of Tippecanoe; five grandsons, Cameron, Levi, Logan, Caleb, and Luke, all of the Lafayette area; sisters Patricia and husband Jim HENSLEY of Tippecanoe and Joyce ROE of Warsaw; brothers-in-law Michael and wife Donna MCDOWELL of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and Richard MCDOWELL of Rochester; many nieces and nephews; and former daughter-in-law Jacqueline SMITH of West Lafayette. John was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Barbara HARRELL and Thelma CRESS.

                Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private graveside service will take place at a later time. The interment will be in the Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos, with Pastor Bob RICE officiating. The arrangements have been entrusted to King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker Street, Mentone. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Tippecanoe Improvement Association or the Tippecanoe Fire Department.          

 

Wednesday September 1, 2021

 

Brandon M. LOWE

July 1, 1983-August 25, 2021

                Brandon Michael LOWE passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the age of 38. He was born on July 1, 1983, and raised in Rochester, where he attended Hearth and Home Christian Academy, New Life Christian Academy, and Rochester High School. After a slight detour, he earned his GED in 2001. Brandon was employed at Heartland RV’s in Elkhart and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos.

                He lived life to the fullest and never hesitated to extend a helping hand, even when he may have needed one himself. Brandon loved the outdoors and spending time with his dog, Zeke. He enjoyed fishing in any pool of water he happened upon, regardless of any fish actually living in the fishing hole. Fortunately, his sometimes disappointing fish endeavors helped prepare him for the recent lackluster performance of his beloved Indianapolis Colts.

                He was preceded in death by his uncle, DeWayne O’CONNOR and grandfather, John HENSLEY. Brandon is survived by his mother, Deborah O’CONNOR of Fort Wayne; father Michael (Pam) LOWE of Mentone; sister Ashela (Andrew) DENICOLA of San Diego, California; stepbrother Drew (Cindy) HEINOLD of Mentone;stepsister Kelly (Ryan) TRAVIS of McKinley, Texas; stepsister Megan HEINOLD of Warsaw; maternal grandmother Thelma Jo HENSLEY of Argos; paternal grandmother Ruth LOWE of Akron; as well as numerous extended family members who cared for him deeply.

                All services will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 3, 2021, from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 10 a.m., with Brandon being laid to rest at Akron IOOF Cemetery, Akron, immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate in his memory to the Riley Children’s Foundation Fund. Online condolences may be sent to earllovefuneralhome.com. The Staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Brandon LOWE.

 

Thursday September 2, 2021

 

Jon C. DONATHEN

January 10, 1963-August 21, 2021

                Jon C. DONATHEN, 61, of Grass Creek, passed away unexpectedly at 1:47 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021 at his home.

                Born on January 10, 1960, he was the son of the late William and Eileen (HOLLIS) DONATHEN. He was a 1978 graduate of Kewanna High School and 1982 graduate of Manchester University.

                Jon retired from Rochester Metal Products. He was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church.

                Jon was active in the Boy Scouts of America, being an Eagle Scout himself. He served as a den leader, assistant scout master and scout master. He was so proud his boys followed and became Eagle Scouts too.

                Survivors include his sons, Matthew DONATHEN of Grass Creek and Alexander DONATHEN (Heather) of Royal Center; brother Larry DONATHEN (Joyce) of Franklin; sister Susan HAMMAN of Winamac; many nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews, and granddaughter Astraea DONATHEN of Royal Center, with one more grandson on the way. He was also preceded in death by his wife Diana DONATHEN, and brother-in-law Kenneth HAMMAN.

                A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Grass Creek United Methodist Church with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Pastor David SOMMERS will officiate. Burial will follow at the Grass Creek Cemetery. Arrangement have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna. Jon’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Frederick R. VAN DUYNE

                Frederick Richard VAN DUYNE, 93, Rochester, died at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday at Wampler’s Senior Living of Bourbon. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

 

Fenyx BOWENS

                Fenyx Skye Marie BOWENS, 3 months, Rochester, died at 2:58 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Cheyenne P. RUTTSCHAW

                Cheyenne Paige RUTTSCHAW, 21, Culver, died Monday evening at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday September 3, 2021

 

Cheyenne Paige RUTTSCHAW

November 10, 1999-August 30, 2021

                Cheyenne Paige RUTTSCHAW, 21, Culver, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021, at her residence. She was born November 10, 1999, in Rochester, the daughter of Mikel SRIVER and Diana (RUTTSCHAW) SOUCY.

                Cheyenne had been employed by McDonald’s and Burger King. She had attended the Antioch Baptist Church and enjoyed listening to music and drawing.

                Survivors include her parents, Diana SOUCY, Rochester, Mikel SRIVER Plymouth; siblings Cody IRWIN, Kentucky, Tristan MILLER, Rochester, Kimberly SOUCY, Rochester; grandmother Lois DEEDS, Rochester; aunts and uncles Caroline and Jimmy BALDWIN, Rochester, Christine WILLIAMS, Argos, Daphne and Brandt PIERCE, LaGrange, Debbie and Jerry NEFF, South Bend, Michael RUTTSCHAW, South Bend, Donna RUTTSCHAW, Ohio, Ken MCCRUM, California; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ed and Wanita SRIVER and Raymond MCCRUM, and step-grandfather Arthur DEEDS Sr.

                Her funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Jerry PITTMAN officiating. Friends may visit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cheyenne RUTTSCHAW Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Fenyx Skye Marie BOWENS

May 19, 2021-August 30, 2021

                Fenyx Skye Marie BOWENS, three months, passed away at 2:58 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She was born May 19, 2021, in Rochester, the daughter of Michael James BOWENS and Kendal DAVIS.

                Survivors include her parents, of Rochester; siblings Pandora BOWENS, Connor BOWENS, Dragan BOWENS, all of Rochester, and Ripley BOWENS, Logansport; grandparents Antonio and Kate DAVIS, Rochester, Larry and Kathy BOWENS, Rochester; great-grandparents, Robert (Beulah) HARDESTY Sr., Goshen, Patricia BORDER, Rochester, and Carol HARDESTY, Goshen; and several aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Delvona M. DAVIS.

                Private services will be observed. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Ronald C. BIRD

September 15, 1931-August 30, 2021

                Ronald C. BIRD, 89, of Rochester, passed away at 10:37 p.m. on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Compassus Hospice of Indianapolis.

                Survivors include children Kimberly Ann YOUNG, Indianapolis, Sandi BIRD KORZEN, Glenview, Illinois, David COPLEY BIRD, Carmel, Steven COMPTON COOK, Indianapolis, David R. HARLING, Culver, Thomas A. HARLING, Fishers, Patricia HARLING LONTZ, Greenfield, Garry A. HARLING, Cicero, and daughter-in-law Kathy HARLING, Fishers.

                His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with visitation preceding from 9-11 a.m.

 

Eldora FORE

February 11, 1978-August 31, 2021

                Eldora Elaine Marie FORE, 43, Rochester, died at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday at her residence. She is survived by her husband Brandon FORE, Rochester; sons Brandon and Dale; siblings Brittney OSWALT, Mentone, Timothy ROHM, Mentone, and Shawn NINE, Mishawaka.

                No services are planned at this time. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

 

Frederick Richard VAN DUYNE

February 10, 1928-September 1, 2021

                Mr. Frederick Richard VAN DUYNE, 93, of Rochester, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Wampler Senior Retirement of Bourbon.

                In Fulton County, on February 10, 1928, Frederick was born to Fred K. and Mildred FULTZ VAN DUYNE. As one of four children, he shared his childhood with two sisters, Evelyn and Marilyn. His brother Dean passed at the age of 3. With great pride he graduated with the class of 1945 from Rochester High School.

                Fredrick and Dorcas June RIDDLE were married on September 11, 1949 in the Brethren Church of Tiosa. They shared nearly 65 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on February 27, 2014. They were blessed with a family of seven children and enjoyed the family life on the farm. The blessings continued with the addition of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the family tree.

                Fredrick was a farmer all of his life. He also worked in construction for 16 years and finished working as the maintenance director for the Argos Community School System after 15 ½ years. Committed to serving his community, he was a mail carrier, Walnut Township Trustee and Argo Community School Board member. His service continued with his faith. He was a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, a Gideon, and on the Brethren Retreat Board at Shipshewana. He would say “Church is important in my life. I’m a representative to the Kingdom and I do what I think God has for us for our lives.”

                Fredrick is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Linda GATES and husband Troy of Huntington; six sons, Richard VAN DUYNE and wife Barbara of Rochester, Kenneth VAN DUYNE and wife Sherry of Ashland, Ohio, Dennis VAN DUYNE and wife Anne of Warsaw, Michael VAN DUYNE and wife Cathy of Plymouth, Tim VAN DUYNE and wife Tracy of Argos, Kevin VAN DUYNE and wife Jill of Wabash; 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; sister Marilyn MASTERSON and husband Randy of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Fredrick in death are his parents, wife, sister Evelyn BRAMAN and brother Dean VAN DUYNE.

                A celebration of the life of Frederick R. VAN DUYNE will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Riverview Community Church, 3780 State Road 110, Tippecanoe, with Rev. Daniel R. VAN DUYNE officiating. Friends may visit with the family in the church from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family is requesting that visitors wear masks due to the present increase of COVID-19. The service will be live streamed at the You Tube Channel rcctippy church. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery, percent Debbie BARTS, 3200 S. 500 East, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com. The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Pat A. CALVERT

                Pat A. CALVERT, 77, Rochester, died at 7:01 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Hospital. Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer PRYOR;two sons, Jeffery and Gary, both of Rochester; sister Carol WILSON, Peru, brothers Vernon ULLERY, Niles, Michigan, and Robert ULLERY of Marion.

                Private family services will be Thursday. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with a limit of 25 people at a time and masks required.

 

Paul A. SHOEMAKER

                Paul A. SHOEMAKER, 81, rural Claypool, died at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw.

                He is survived by his daughters Candra Marie, Powder Springs, Georgia, and Kimberly Kay HUNSBERGER, Etna Green; son David L. SHOEMAKER, Warsaw; and a sister, Ruth Anna FRANTZ of Warsaw.

                His funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Eldora FORE

February 11, 1978-August 31, 2021

                Eldora Elaine Marie FORE, 43, Rochester, died at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday at her residence. She is survived by her husband Brandon FORE, Rochester; sons Brandon and Dale; siblings Brittney OSWALT, Mentone, Timothy ROHM, Mentone, and Shawn NINE, Mishawaka.

                No services are planned at this time. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

 

Ronald C. BIRD

September 15, 1931-August 30, 2021

                Mr. Ronald C. BIRD, 89, of Rochester, passed away at 10:37 p.m. Monday, August 30, 2021, at Compassus Hospice of Indianapolis.

                On September 15, 1931, Ronald Copley BIRD was born in the General Hospital of Indianapolis. He was the treasured son of Cecil and Henrietta COPLEY BIRD. After graduation from Carmel High School in 1949, Ron answered the call of patriotism by joining the United States Army Air Corps. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. Ron continued his education at Butler University. While there, he was a drummer in the pep band.

                On November 19, 1983, Ron and Gladys HARLING were married in Knoxville, Tennessee. They shared 38 years of life’s adventures. With a love for exploring and cruises, Gladys and Ron enjoyed more than 48 cruises, navigating waters all over the world. At home they looked forward to cruising around Lake Manitou and watching the sunset. Hosting the Indianapolis 500 race party on Memorial Day weekend was always a great opportunity to make memories, being with family and friends. Ron had diverse interests, including a love of cars and photography.

                The BIRDs also shared a passion cheering for Indiana University Men’s Soccer Team. From 1982-2008 they did not miss a game and traveled to all venues wherever they played. The BIRDs were recognized for their contributions and support of the team.

                As entrepreneurs, the BIRDs founded the Ameri-Can Engineering Company of Argos in 1988. Their firm engineers and develops premier quality, luxury restroom and shower trailer systems. In 2018, Ameri-Can celebrated its 30-year anniversary. For many years Ron was a member of the Potable Sanitation Association International. He was also a member of the Rochester Lion’s Club. In 2017, Ron was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow, the pinnacle award in Lionism for his service, dedication, and contributions to the club.

                Left to cherish Ron’s memory are children Kimberly Ann YOUNG and husband Elmer of Indianapolis, Sandi BIRD KORZEN and husband Tim of Glenview, Illinois, David COPLEY BIRD and wife Kimberly of Carmel, Steven COMPTON COOK and wife Lisa A. Sevens of Indianapolis, David R. HARLING and companion Renee of Culver, Thomas A. HARLING and wife Elizabeth of Fishers, Patricia HARLING LONTZ of Greenfield, Kathy HARLING, wife of Warren HARLING (deceased), Garry A. HARLING and wife Angie of Cicero; 26 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Preceding Ron in death are his parents, his beloved wife Gladys on April 4, 2021, and sons Robert Scott HARLING and Warren Sewell HARLING.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Ronald C. BIRD will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Mr. Garry A. HARLING will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 a.m. in the funeral home on Friday. A Lions Club Memorial Service will be at 10:45 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, in the St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Columbarium, 1402 W. Main Street, Carmel. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Patsy Pauline (LEAP) HOLCOMB

April 18, 1945-August 31, 2021

                Patsy Pauline (LEAP) HOLCOMB, passed away peacefully at home after an extended illness on Monday, August 30, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 76.

                She had been a resident of Anderson for more than 30 years. Patsy was born at home outside Leiters Ford on April 18, 1945, to Manson and Gladys (SHIDAKER) LEAP, and was the oldest of their three children. Patsy was active in school, as drum major, cheerleader, and prom queen before graduating as salutatorian from Aubbeenaubbee Township Schools in 1963. She moved on to achieve her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Indiana University Bloomington. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, where she worked the dining halls to help put herself through school. One of her favorite memories of her time there was participating in the Little 500.

                She spent many years as a teacher, one of her great passions, then moved into insurance, and finally worked for the state in the Department of Family and Children until her retirement. Through it all, she remained a teacher of life.

                Though she grew up knowing her future husband, they did not truly find one another until he returned home from the war in Vietnam. They were married June 22, 1968, and spent their years moving around the country, raising their two children until they finally settled back home in Indiana in 1988.

                Among their many travels, they spent much time researching genealogy and visiting lighthouses, two of her passions. Another was music, and they spent many years in retirement bringing light and joy to others through song until dementia fully took hold.

                Patsy is preceded in death by her parents, Manson and Gladys LEAP (SHIDAKER); and her granddaughter, Savannah Grace THOMPSON. She is survived by her soulmate, Jerry Lee HOLCOMB; their two daughters, Shannon Rae HARTZELL and Dulcie Lynn HOLCOMB, both of Anderson; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Debi LEAP of Rochester; and her sister Ann BLAIR, also of Rochester; their beloved children, and families, as well as a host of other family and friends.

                Services for Patsy will be held at Loose Funeral Home in Anderson on Saturday, September 4. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. and service will begin at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Fulton County Historical Society, an organization near and dear to her heart. Checks can be made out to Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. 375 North, Rochester, IN 46975, or envelopes will be available at the time of service.

 

Avis Irene CLICK GLASSBURN

June 16, 1931-September 2, 2021

                Avis Irene CLICK GLASSBURN, 90, Denver, passed away at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Hickory Creek of Peru.

                Born on June 16, 1931, in Peru, Indiana, she was the daughter of William and Julia Ann (HEDGE) MCCUTCHEON.

                On February 15, 1948, in Miami County, Indiana, she was married to Russell Elbert CLICK, and he preceded her in death on January 11, 1981. She was then married to Oliver V. GLASSBURN on May 3, 1986, and he preceded her in death on October 17, 2004.

                She was a member of the Peru Church of the Nazarene. After the death of her first husband, she went back to school to study nursing. She became a licensed practical nurse and worked at various positions, retiring from home healthcare. She had worked at Miller’s Merry Manor for several years, but she spent most of her career working in pediatrics.

                Survivors include three sons, William E. (Cathy) CLICK, Denver, Edward L. (Sandra) CLICK, Denver, and Dave L. CLICK; her daughter, Mona M. KENNEDY, Denver; six grandchildren, Aaron (Sabrina) CLICK, Logansport, Sheila (Darin) OLIVER, Rossville, Dave R. (Kelly) CLICK, Denver, Daniel J. CLICK, Lafayette, Cassie LEVELL, Florida, Tim (Roxanne) CIAVARDONI, Peru; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary (Richard) HOWARD, Atwater, California. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, two grandchildren, Jason Corey CLICK and Angela Lynette BRITTON, two great-grandchildren, Eric Jefferson JONES and Brayton KELSOR, and five siblings, Winifred A. MCCUTCHEON, Charles Lester MCCUTCHEON, Edith Faye GAMBEE, William Rodney MCCUTCHEON, and Betty Ann KLEIMAN.

                Funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, with Pastor Tony WINTER and Pastor Mark ELLIOT officiating. Private burial will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Cass County. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Peru Church of the Nazarene. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

Tuesday September 7, 2021

 

Pat A. CALVERT

December 25, 1943-September 1, 2021

                Mrs. Pat A. CALVERT, 77, Rochester, passed away at 7:01 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital.

                On December 25, 1943, Patricia Ann ULLERY was born in LaPorte to Lester and Edna WALLACE ULLERY. She shared her childhood with a sister, Carol, and two brothers Vernon and Robert. As a young lady, Pat moved with her family from Marshall County to Rochester in 1951. Proudly she graduated with the Class of 1962 from Rochester High School.

                In the Talma United Methodist Church, Pat married the love of her life, Mr. Roy Dale CALVERT on July 4, 1963. They shared 51 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, Roy passed away October 9, 2014. Their union produced three wonderful children, Jennifer, Jeffery, and Gary. Two more generations were added to the family tree with the blessings of 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

                With an appetite for adventure, Pat and Roy toured all over, exploring most of 48 states. They enjoyed cruising the Caribbean and taking a train trip through Canada. The CALVERTs floated the Tippecanoe and went 4-wheeling around the property.

                Pat was a former member of the Talma United Methodist Church and currently attended the Burton-Richland Center United Methodist Church. As a lifelong conservative, Pat was currently president of the Fulton County Republican Women. She was also Newcastle Township precinct committeeman, campaigned with those seeking office and served as a consultant and strategist. For the last several years she worked as a courthouse poll worker during pre-election day voting. Pat was a devoted member of the Royal Center Eastern Star Chapter No. 375, holding many leadership roles including past worthy matron.

                Many will remember Pat at Farmers and Merchants Bank where she worked 25 years. More recently, Pat worked as a secretary for Rick BROWN, our prosecuting attorney for 12 years. Since retirement, she enjoyed visiting, traveling, and going for coffee with the girls. To relax, Pat enjoyed listening to the music of The Elderly Brothers.

                As the matriarch of the CALVERT family, Grandma Pat was proud to oversee four generations. She cherished the time spent with her family, making noodles with the grandchildren were the best of times. She annually planted a bountiful vegetable garden, sharing the harvest with her family. Pat was proud of the colorful flower gardens highlighting her landscape. Sometimes she would plant new peach trees to increase the crop.

                Many good times, making memories with family and friends, were had at the pavilion built by Roy, embracing the east edge of the Tippecanoe River. Pat loved hosting birthday parties, family reunions, and special family celebrations there and as an extraordinary cook, delivered the best buffets many times, serving her specialty, chicken and noodles.

                Left to cherish Pat’s memory are her daughter, Jennifer PRYOR and husband Dan; two sons, Jeffery and wife Jennifer, Gary and wife Laura, all of Rochester; 10 grandchildren, Jessica BERLASTY, Jonah BERLASTY, Jeremy SHEETZ and companion Chris BEAMAN, Jordan SHEETZ HUFFMAN and boyfriend Michael KISTLER, Jarod SHEETZ and wife Lisa, Amber SNELLING, Amanda FLOYD and husband Andrew, Alyssa CALVERT, Austin CALVERT, Cody LONG and wife Jessica; 14 great-grandchildren; sister Carol WILSON and husband George of Peru; two brothers, Vernon ULLERY and wife Dee of Niles, Michigan, Robert ULLERY of Marion; sister-in-law Judy CALVERT of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Pat in death are her parents, beloved husband Roy Dale, son-in-law Jeff BERLASTY and a great-granddaughter, Genna SNELLING.

                Private family service will be Thursday. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Please note that we will be limiting the number of friends in the funeral home to 25 at one time. Those attending are asked to mask up. Pastor Steve HARTMAN will officiate. Interment will following the Reichter Cemetery, northeast of Rochester. Memorials may be made to the Roy D. CALVERT Scholarship Fund for Law Enforcement Training through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. Ninth St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Frederick Richard VAN DUYNE

February 10, 1928-September 1, 2021

                Mr. Frederick Richard VAN DUYNE, 93, of Rochester, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Wampler Senior Retirement of Bourbon.

                In Fulton County, on February 10, 1928, Frederick was born to Fred K. and Mildred FULTZ VAN DUYNE. As one of four children, he shared his childhood with two sisters, Evelyn and Marilyn. His brother Dean passed at the age of 3. With great pride he graduated with the class of 1945 from Rochester High School.

                Fredrick and Dorcas June RIDDLE were married on September 11, 1949 in the Brethren Church of Tiosa. They shared nearly 65 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on February 27, 2014. They were blessed with a family of seven children and enjoyed the family life on the farm. The blessings continued with the addition of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the family tree.

                Fredrick was a farmer all of his life. He also worked in construction for 16 years and finished working as the maintenance director for the Argos Community School System after 15 ½ years. Committed to serving his community, he was a mail carrier, Walnut Township Trustee and Argo Community School Board member. His service continued with his faith. He was a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, a Gideon, and on the Brethren Retreat Board at Shipshewana. He would say “Church is important in my life. I’m a representative to the Kingdom and I do what I think God has for us for our lives.”

                Fredrick is lovingly remembered by a daughter, Linda GATES and husband Troy of Huntington; six sons, Richard VAN DUYNE and wife Barbara of Rochester, Kenneth VAN DUYNE and wife Sherry of Ashland, Ohio, Dennis VAN DUYNE and wife Anne of Warsaw, Michael VAN DUYNE and wife Cathy of Plymouth, Tim VAN DUYNE and wife Tracy of Argos, Kevin VAN DUYNE and wife Jill of Wabash; 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; sister Marilyn MASTERSON and husband Randy of Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Fredrick in death are his parents, wife, sister Evelyn BRAMAN and brother Dean VAN DUYNE.

                A celebration of the life of Frederick R. VAN DUYNE will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Riverview Community Church, 3780 State Road 110, Tippecanoe, with Rev. Daniel R. VAN DUYNE officiating. Friends may visit with the family in the church from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family is requesting that visitors wear masks due to the present increase of COVID-19. The service will be live streamed at the You Tube Channel rcctippy church. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery, percent Debbie BARTS, 3200 S. 500 East, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com. The Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday September 8, 2021

 

Linda L. DYSON

November 29, 1939-September 6, 2021

                Linda L. DYSON, 81, of rural Peru, died at 12:55 a.m. Monday, September 6, 2021, at Aperion Care in Peru.

                She was born November 29, 1939, in Logansport, to James Harold and Betty Blanch (WADE) ROBERSON.

                Linda attended Lucerne High School in Cass County. She married Gene Cole DYSON in Lucerne on July 5, 1969. She worked as a seamstress for Hart Schaffner and Marx in Rochester, and also worked at Lance’s Market and Tate Farms, both of North Manchester. She lived several years in Servia, Wabash County. Linda enjoyed fishing, sewing, and gardening. She raised animals and had a zoo.

                She is survived by her husband, Gene Cole DYSON of Peru; nine children, Doug MAPPIN of South Bend, Teresa PETERSON and Bryan (Dawn) MAPPIN, both of Rochester, Mike (Lori) MAPPIN of Crestview, Florida, Laurie ROSS of Logansport, Jeff (Sheryl) HEDGES of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gene Cole DYSON II of Russiaville, Gene Anthony (Sharon) DYSON and Teri Ann BROCK, both of Michigan; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James Wade ROBERSON, of Walton, and Garry D. (Martina) ROBERSON of Mishawaka. She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter.

                Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor J.P. FREEMAN officiating. Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The memorial guest book for Linda may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

 

Verlin Joseph WARNOCK

June 10, 1927-August 12, 2021

                Verlin Joseph (Jody) WARNOCK was a graduate of the Purdue University electrical engineering program and a Registered Professional Engineer. Verlin spent 39 years in the planning and development of the distribution system at American Electric Power.

                He was married to his high school sweetheart, Helen Jean BREWER, for 65 years, until her death in 2013. In his later years, Verlin divided his time between his daughters’ homes in Ohio and California and his beloved summer home in Barnegat Light, New Jersey.

                Verlin is survived by two daughters, Elaine MAJOR of Columbus, Ohio and Ginny (Chuck) QUICK of Tiburon, California; five grandchildren, Benjamin (Nadja) QUICK of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Caroline (Jason) DOMBROWSKI of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Blake (Amanda) MAJOR of Liberty Hill, Texas, Kyle QUICK of San Rafael, California, and Matthew (Erin) QUICK of Arlington, Virginia; step-grandson Peter QUICK; great-grandchildren Caleb and Eve MAJOR, Noah, Lauren, and Clara DOMBROWSKI, Kendall and Brielle QUICK, and Giselle STAVENHAGEN.

                Those who knew and loved him will miss his keen intellect and quiet strength. To read a full obituary, please visit www.schoedinger.com.

 

Donovan L. NELSON

                Donovan L. NELSON, 41, Rochester, died at 3:53 a.m. Sunday, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

Thursday September 9, 2021

 

Troy E. MURPHY

June 18, 1965-September 6, 2021

                Troy E. MURPHY, 56, Warsaw, died at 5:11 p.m. Monday, September 6, 2021 at Miller’s Merry Manor where he had been residing for the past eight weeks. Before being admitted there, he lived at Cardinal Services for six years in Warsaw.

                He was born June 18, 1965, in Warsaw, to Paul L. and Beverly Sue (HORN) MURPHY. He lived all his life in the Akron area with his mother up until six years ago when he moved to Cardinal Services in Warsaw. He graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1983 where he earned a letter jacket and was a proud Viking.

                Troy worked at Viking Foods in Akron and loved to talk about it. He was employed at that job for 27 ½ years and was well known and beloved by customers and members of his community. He was described as a sweet, kind and generous gentleman. He would often ask if there was anything he could help you do and was a joy to be around. He loved cheeseburgers and pizza and would eat them every day if he could. Troy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

                Troy was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God in Silver Lake. He was a member of the Akron Lions Club and was very helpful in any task asked of him. He was in the Special Olympics of Fulton County where he earned many medals. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the New York Jets. He enjoyed bowling and shooting baskets. Troy also attended “Camp We-Can” in Rochester from the beginning until just a few years ago.

                Surviving Troy is his mother, Sue MURPHY, of Warsaw;three brothers, Jeff (spouse Tami) MURPHY of Warsaw, Bryan (spouse Tracy) of Akron, Ryan (spouse Becky) of Rochester; six nephews, Josh, Joe, Morgan, Andrew, Seth, and Austin. He also had several great nieces and nephews. Preceding Troy in death was his father, Paul MURPHY, who died on December 4, 1988.

                Visitation is today, Thursday, September 9, 2021, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester St., Akron. The funeral service will immediately follow visitation at the funeral home officiated by Pastor Tom CRAIG. Burial will be in the Silver Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at earllovefuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions can be made to the Special Olympics or to Cardinal Services, 504 North Bay Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580.

                The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Troy E. MURPHY.

 

Lana Lou BOWSER

September 2, 1957-September 6, 2021

                Lana Lou BOWSER, 64, of rural Akron, passed surrounded by her family at 7:14 a.m. Monday, September 6, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Lana was born on September 2, 1957, in Rochester, to Norman L. and Rozella M. (HOLLOWAY) TINKEY. She was married on November 6, 1977 in the Akron Church of the Brethren to Frederick Wayne BOWSER. He survives.

                She graduated in 1976 from Tippecanoe Valley High School. She then attained her real estate and insurance licenses. She worked for her father at TINKEY Insurance Agency for many years. Lana then worked for Akron Elementary School as Swoop Reading Recovery Leader. She also was known for being a friendly face at Green Oak Antiques of Rochester. Most recently she was a paraprofessional for Columbia Elementary School of Rochester.

                Lana had been a lifetime member of the Akron Church of the Brethren where she had served in many roles. She had been treasurer and was active in Bible school and Sunday school. She enjoyed shopping and was a collector of many things. She took great care in decorating her home and she loved her flowers. Lana enjoyed taking short trips with her family. Lana’s family, especially her grandchildren, were her life. She always had a smile and will be deeply missed by many.

                She is survived by her husband Fred BOWSER, Akron;children Brent and wife Aryn BOWSER, Alyssa and husband Travis RAMSEY of Rochester, and Le’Erick and significant other Alex ROCKHILL of Warsaw;grandchildren Dixie, Benjamin, Maison, Ella, Abbygaile, Braiker; mother Rozella TINKEY of Akron; sister Tana M. TINKEY, Akron; and a brother, Byron and wife Christine, Akron; nephew Johnathan TINKEY. Lana was preceded in death by her father Norman, a granddaughter Prim RAMSEY, and many aunts and uncles.

                The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Phil PRATT officiating. The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Donations can be made in Lana’s memory to the donor’s choice of charity. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservives.com.

 

Friday September 10, 2021

 

Lola F. RIDDLE

September 24, 1929-September 7, 2021

                Lola F. RIDDLE, 91, Rochester, died at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday at Wynnfield Crossing of Rochester. Survivors include her daughter, Denise WILLIAMS; two sons, Ronald RIDDLE and Duane RIDDLE; and daughter-in-law, Peggy RIDDLE of Akron.

                Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday in the funeral home.

 

Larry D. SHEETZ

                Larry D. SHEETZ, 80, rural Plymouth, passed away on September 7, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Bertha BLUE; sons Charles and wife Mindy SHEETZ, Ronald and companion Tina HUDSON, James and wife Tammy SHEETZ; stepdaughters Beth LARSON and husband Pat LARSON, and Cathy HAUG;several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey SHEETZ.

 

Saturday September 11, 2021

 

Lola F. RIDDLE

September 14, 1929-September 7, 2021

                Mrs. Lola F. RIDDLE, 91, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Wynnfield Crossing of Rochester.

                On September 24, 1929, Lola Frances PIERCE was born in Rochester. She was a treasured daughter of James Francis and Gracie Belle COOK PIERCE. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister Carol and brother Gene. Proudly she graduated with the class of 1948 from Rochester High School. During her high school years Lola took wood shop class and built a beautiful heirloom quality bookcase.

                In the First Baptist Church of Rochester, Lola and Charles Lee RIDDLE were married on June 27, 1951. They shared 64 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, Ron, Douglas, Duane, and Denise. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                Initiating her professional career, Lola was a dental assistant with Dr. Harold ILER DDS for four years, then took a time out to raise her children. Lola returned to the workforce as deputy auditor for Fulton County. She later was elected Fulton County’s first female auditor and retired after serving Fulton County citizens for more than two decades in the auditor’s office.

                Lola was devoted to the First Baptist Church for more than 70 years. Prior to her years at First Baptist, she was a member of Tiosa Brethren where she taught Sunday School class and provided musical accompaniment to the congregation on Sunday mornings. Lola was a member of the Fulton County Extension Board, What Not Home Ec Club and more recently the Busy Belles Home Ec Club. She also as a member of the Fulton County Republican Women, Fulton County Friends of The Library and the Fulton County Historical Society, where she worked for many years.

                Gifted with the arts and creativity, Lola baked and decorated many wedding cakes and special birthday cakes over the years. She enjoyed collecting Longaberger baskets and Fiesta Ware. She and Charlie looked forward to many spirited games of canasta with friends. With a great passion for music, Lola and Charlie made music playing duets for church.

                Left to cherish Lola’s memory are a daughter, Denise WILLIAMS and husband Randy; two sons, Ronald RIDDLE and wife Judy, Duane RIDDLE and wife Donna, all of Rochester; daughter-in-law Peggy RIDDLE of Akron; 10 grandchildren, Alan RIDDLE and wife Jennifer, Brook NIETER and husband Aaron, Amy MAST and husband Jay, Melissa RIDDLE, James RIDDLE, Charles Owen RIDDLE, Andrew Michael RIDDLE, Jeremiah RIDDLE, Stephen WILLIAMS, Robert WILLIAMS and Samantha; 13 great-grandchildren with another blessing due to arrive on January 22, 2022; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Lola in death are her parents, beloved husband Charles Lee on April 10, 2016, infant daughter Janice Louise, son Douglas RIDDLE, sister Carol HILL, and brother Gene PIERCE, who passed on April 3, 1974 as a result of the tornado.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Lola F. RIDDLE will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Dr. Mark SPENCER will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Historical Society through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. Ninth St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Betty W. ZIMMER

March 26, 1930-September 8, 2021

                Betty W. (VAN METER) ZIMMER, 91, of Royal Center, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2021, at Chase Center.

                Born March 26, 1930 in Cass County, she was the daughter of the late George and Lovie (FIDDLER) VAN METER. She was a Metea High School graduate. On June 25, 1950, Betty married the love of her life, Louis E. ZIMMER who passed away October 23, 2013.

                Betty was a housemaker her entire life. She was a member of Metea Baptist Church, and a founding member and past president of the Lamplighters Home Ec. Club. Along with her husband, she was also a founding member of the Pioneer Pathfinders camping club in Royal Center.

                Betty was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She and Louis enjoyed taking their children on vacations and camping trips. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was her greatest joy.

                Survivors include her six children, Gary L. ZIMMER (Peggy) of Rosedale, Jeffery L. ZIMMER (Bobbi) of Royal Center, Linda S. ZIMMER of Royal Center, Sharon L. SMITH (David) of Billings, Montana, Randal D. ZIMMER (Jennifer) of Winamac, and Bradley A. ZIMMER (Anne Haley) of Indianapolis. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Steven GWIN (Loretta), Sara RAMSEY (Chris), Justin ZIMMER (Erica), Cole ZIMMER (Sabrina), Jacob COUCH, Misty WADE (Chris), Maria ZIMMER, and Jordan COUCH (Maria); and nine great-grandchildren, Cody and Noah GWIN, Whitney and Matthew RAMSEY, Asher LYMAN, Braelyn COUCH, Paisley ZIMMER and Kason and Maverick ZIMMER. She was also preceded in death by her seven siblings, Daniel VAN METER, Martha STUDEBAKER, Mildred RANS, Bud VAN METER, Weldon VAN METER, Ernest VAN METER, and Donald VAN METER.

                Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, Royal Center. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will follow at Indian Creek Christian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Metea Baptist Church and/or the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department. Betty’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Donovan L. NELSON

August 21, 1980-September 5, 2021

                Donovan Lynn NELSON, 41, Rochester, passed away at 3:53 a.m. Sunday, September 5, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on August 21, 1980 in San Luis Obispo, California, the son of Steven J. NELSON and Augusta (HANNO) KIENE and grew up in Cambria, California.

                Donovan loved to travel. After high school, he lived with his brother in Seattle and San Francisco before living in Manchester, New Hampshire, Landshut, Germany, and Cambridge, England. Donovan moved to Rochester to be with his mother and sister. He had worked for Gulf Stream in Etna Green and was proud to be a part of the making of the trailers for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. He enjoyed hanging out with his family, listening to music and animals. He loved playing basketball with his niece Arabella and playing at the park with his young nephews, Aydin and Milo. He was dedicated to the care of his two Chinese Shar Pei dogs, Zoidberg and Su Zin and his alligator snapping turtle, Nelson.

                Survivors include his mother, Augusta KIENE, Rochester;sister Joline (Phillip) TAYLOR, Rochester; brother Shaun NELSON, Wilmington, North Carolina; niece Arabella TAYLOR, Rochester, and nephews Aydin TAYLOR and Milo TAYLOR, both of Rochester; uncle Scott NELSON, Fredonia, Arizona, and his longtime friend from elementary school, Hernan CASTELLANO, Santiago, Chile. He was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents Roseann and Jim NELSON, maternal grandparents Eddie and Juanita HANNO.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Tuesday September 14, 2021

 

Louise M. GRUBE

November 24, 1926-September 9, 2021

                Louise M. GRUBE, 94, of Rochester, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

                On November 24, 1926, Louise M. EDINGTON was born near Kewanna to William and Mabel IRVIN EDINGTON. Growing up she shared her childhood with three sisters and four brothers. Louise was a member of the Grass Creek High School class of 1944.

                On February 26, 1950, Louise married the love of her life, Mr. Walter F. GRUBE. They shared 37 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, Connie, Jan, Jerry, and Michael. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                As a homemaker, Louise cherished the time with her family. She also worked for the former radio factory, Joyners. More recently she was a self-employed cleaning professional, offering custom services to her clients. Louise attended the Church of God where she was baptized by Rev. David DITTMAN and was a member of the Eagles and American Legion Ladies auxiliaries and the Reiter Club.

                Never wanting to learn to drive, Louise was a walker. Staying fit and trim, it was not unusual for her to walk two to three miles daily to do her errands and visit friends along the way. She loved having coffee with friends and reading the newspaper. Louise moved to Peabody where she made many new friends while enjoying coffee and happy hour. She considered the staff at Peabody her family and she appreciated the wonderful care they conveyed.

                As the matriarch of the GRUBE family, Grandma Louise oversaw four generations. She took great joy with getting together to celebrate birthdays, family celebrations, and the holidays. She once enjoyed a three-generation trip to London, England with Jan and Leah. Many memories were made exploring London. Another highlight was seeing the theater production of The Lion King.

                Left to cherish Louise’s memory are a  daughter Janice SAWYER and husband Tom, of Rochester; son Jerry GRUBE and wife Mary of Rochester;eight grandchildren, Shannon GRUBE and wife Lori, Jason GRUBE and wife Angie, Jeremy GRUBE and wife Abby, Leah SAWYER, Nathan SAWYER and wife Dana, Courtney KRETCHEK and husband Andrew, Elliott ALLEN and wife Stacy, Pat ALLEN and wife Jill; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Ruby ARMSTRONG and husband Ed of Lafayette; brother Ralph “Dink” EDINGTON of Rochester; special friend and neighbor Beverly WAGONER;in-laws Paul and Pat GRUBE, Eldon and Linda GRUBE, Sue GRUBE, Pearl GRUBE, Dorothy ETCHISON, Betty DUNLAP; and several nieces and nephews. Welcoming Louise to Heaven are her parents, beloved husband Walt entered on June 14, 1987, daughter Connie GRUBE entered on January 9, 2019, son Michael GRUBE entered on August 5, 2000, two sisters, Evelyn BURNS and Margaret CARPENTER; three brothers, Lester EDINGTON, George EDINGTON, and Cal EDINGTON; and her in-laws Rex GRUBE, Max and Stella GRUBE, Carl GRUBE and Allen GRUBE.

                A celebration of the life of Louise M. GRUBE will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Pastor Kurt NICHOLS will officiate. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department, 2006 E. Indiana 14, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Sharon F. LOVELESS

April 16, 1962-September 11, 2021

                Sharon Faye LOVELESS, 59, Rochester, passed away at 12:08 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

                She was born April 16, 1962, in Paintsville, Kentucky, the daughter of Thomas Clayton and Dora (BLEVINS) MOLLETTE.

                Sharon had formerly worked at Rochester Bagel and Deli and attended Safe Harbor Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, working in her flower garden and her miniature pincher, Raven.

                Survivors include her children, Charlie RATLIFF, Rochester, Heather (David) KILGORE, Painstville, Kentucky, Shane WEBB, Rochester; longtime companion, Dustin STEPHEN, Rochester; stepson Scout STEPHEN, Indianapolis; grandchildren Gabby MASTIE, Paintsville, Kentucky, Emma BYRUM, Peru, Mattie ENYART, Rochester, Sativa STEPHEN, Indianapolis, Samara STEPHEN, Indianapolis; brothers John MOLLETTE, Paintsville, Kentucky, Thomas (Lynette) MOLLETTE, Mentone; sister Marleen (Marvin) BUCKS, Paintsville, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, brothers Roger MOLLETTE and James MOLLETTE, and sister Janice Carolyn MOLLETTE.

                Service information is to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Robin R. LUCE

March 16, 1976-September 10, 2021

                Robin R. LUCE, 45, died at 7:17 p.m. Friday at her home, following a sudden illness. Survivors include daughter Hannah Nicole LUCE, Rochester; father Steven LUCE and partner Christine DOBY, Farmington, Michigan;stepfather John KINNE, Plymouth; sister Michelle LUCE and brother Dustin REESE.

                Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to service on Friday.

 

Robert L. BOZZO

September 16, 1942-September 11, 2021

                Robert L. BOZZO, 78, Rochester, died at 9:50 a.m. Saturday at his home. Survivors include his wife Ann, son Alfie “A.J.” BOZZO;and siblings Jerry BOZZO and Josephine BOZZO, both of Elkhart.

                A Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Joyce SMITH

                Joyce E. SMITH, 86, Rochester, died at 8:27 a.m. Saturday at Seasons Home Care of Warsaw. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday September 15, 2021

 

Robert BOZZO

September 16, 1942-September 11, 2021

                Mr. Robert L. BOZZO, 78, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at his home.

                On September 16, 1942, Robert Lee BOZZO was born in Elkhart. He was a treasured son of Albert and Virginia PRESTON BOZZO. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters, Josephine and Elizabeth, and a brother Jerry. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1960. Bob continued his formal education at Butler University.

                In Elkhart, Bob married the love of his life, Miss Anna Marie JOHNSON, on November 23, 1963. From their union came a beloved son. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessing of Robert, his namesake and adored grandson.

                Bob’s memberships include the Elks Lodge #2120 and the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

                As an entrepreneur, Bob was one of the founders of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association. Bob founded his company, Casa Villa Inc. in the early 1980’s and ran that successfully until his retirement. The business saw international trade when he began marketing the units to Japan. These were all custom built and strategically set in the side of a mountain for use as recreational residences.

                In his early years, Bob enjoyed coaching junior high basketball in Elkhart. As an American sportsman, he loved boating on the sparkling waters of Lake Manitou with his family and friends. As an accomplished golfer, Bob once hit a hole in one. His favorite course was the Rochester Elks’ Club.

                Bob and Ann returned to the home country, Italy, to sightsee and visit family and friends. Many memories were made visiting the Isle of Capri, walking up the steps, then getting a taxi to return to sea level. Great times were had at Sorento singing karaoke. There were many visits to the Vatican and once they stood less than 10 feet from the Pope. Another favorite destination was Toronto to visit the family.

                As the patriarch of the BOZZO family, Bob’s greatest joy was being a grandpa. He looked forward to the holidays and special family celebrations. He was his grandson Robert’s number one fan, always in the gallery or courtside cheering him on at all his sporting events and school activities.

                Left to cherish Bob’s memory are his wife Ann, a son, Alfie “A.J.” BOZZO, a grandson, Robert J. BOZZO, all of Rochester; his siblings, Jerry BOZZO and Josephine BOZZO, both of Elkhart. Preceding Bob in death are his parents and a sister, Elizabeth DEROSE.

                A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert L. BOZZO will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1300 Main St., Rochester. Rev. Daniel SHINE will officiate. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Rochester Elks Scholarship Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Robin R. LUCE

March 16, 1976-September 10, 2021

                Robin R. LUCE, 45, Rochester, passed away at 7:17 p.m. September 10, 2021 at her home. This followed a sudden illness.

                On March 16, 1976, Robin Renee’ LUCE was born in Wayne, Michigan. She was the treasured daughter of Steven M. and Wendy SEXTON LUCE. Robin was a proud 1994 graduate of Bremen High School. She continued her education at Davenport Business College, South Bend, where she earned her associate degree in business.

                For nearly a decade Robin served the Gas America Corporation as district manager, overseeing the management and success of 10 locations. She most recently worked for WorkOne as an employment counselor. Her trademark happy dance was shared when one of her clients was hired for a job they pursued.

                Each autumn brought on Notre Dame football games and Robin faithfully followed the team dressed in Kelly green and gold. She also took great joy in watching the NASCAR circuit, cheering for Bobby Labonte driving car No. 18. She loved bowling with Brian, but would challenge her Dad to an occasional game, finally beating him the last time they played.

                A Harry Potter fan, Robin was the proud owner of many unique pieces. She also loved planting flowers around her home to add color to the landscape. Robin loved all animals but had a soft heart for her feline companions Gibbs, Daytona and Bristol. Robin’s greatest love was for her daughter Hannah and her family. She loved getting together for the holidays and special family celebrations, making memories.

                Left to cherish Robin’s memory are her daughter Hannah Nicole LUCE of Rochester; father Steven LUCE and life partner Christine DOBY of Farmington, Michigan; stepdad John KINNE of Plymouth; her blended family of sister Michelle LUCE and her brother Dustin REESE; lifelong friends Brian NICODEMUS, Aimee HAMMER STEWART and husband James, Jen and Mike BECKER, and her feline companions, Gibbs, Bristol, and Daytona. Preceding Rob in death are her mother Wendy KINNE in 2008 and a blended brother, Wesley REESE in 2002.

                A celebration of the life of Robin Renee LUCE will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Chaplain Todd WILSON will officiate. Robin’s family will receive friends on Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 5-7 p.m. and an hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Joyce E. SMITH

August 6, 1935-September 11, 2021

                Joyce E. SMITH, 86, Rochester, died at 8:27 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Seasons Home Care of Warsaw.

                Survivors include a daughter, Susan HALTERMAN, Rochester; sons Kerry SMITH, Denver, Greg SMITH, Cedarville, Ohio; two sisters, Doris SMITH, Denver, and Nancy RIDENOUR, Wabash.

                Her funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church, Rochester. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Her family requests that visitors wear masks. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Donald MAYLOTT

                Donald MAYLOTT, 66, Denver, died at 10:45 p.m. Monday at Logansport Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday September 16, 2021

 

Joyce E. SMITH

August 6, 1935-September 11, 2021

                Mrs. Joyce E. SMITH, 86, of Rochester, passed away at 8:27 a.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Seasons Home Care of Warsaw.

                On August 6, 1935, Joyce Evelyn HUNT was born in Alto to Sherman and Carrie SNYDER HUNT. As one of 11 children, she shared her childhood with five sisters and five brothers.

                Joyce and Galen D. SMITH were married on August 25, 1957 at the Chili United Methodist Church. They shared 63 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children, Kerry, Susan, and Greg. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of five grandchildren.

                An active member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Joyce was also a member of United Methodist Women and the Blue Apple Study Group. She delivered Meals on Wheels and played in the local euchre and bridge clubs.

                A true sports fan, Joyce loved, followed and was knowledgeable about many sports. Basketball was her forte, always present for the Zebras games when Galen coached. Each spring, Joyce loved following the IHSAA and NCAA tournaments during March Madness. More recently she could be seen in the stands following Greg’s women’s volleyball team at Cedarville or checking in with him afterwards to get the latest updates. Her Chicago Cubs began their season in April and Joyce could be found relaxing in her favorite chair cheering for her Cubbies.

                Each summer brought on the FCA retreats, an opportunity to renew old friendships and help our youth grow spiritually. The SMITHS were vital to the success and continuity of the program. Galen and Joyce also enjoyed their annual expedition to Crooked Lake, located in the Upper Peninsula for a week of relaxation and fine fishing.

                At home Joyce planted and oversaw a vegetable garden each year, then harvested the produce for use. She fed the birds with special feed that sometimes the deer and squirrels enjoyed too. From her kitchen Joyce created special meals for her family. Her specialties were spaghetti and meatballs and beef and noodles. She was known for her pies and cookies coming fresh from the oven, always in demand.

                As the matriarch of the SMITH family, Grandma Joyce was passionate about her five grandchildren and made it a point to follow their school activities and sports teams’ progress. She looked forward to the holidays and special birthday parties celebrating with her family.

                Left to cherish Joyce’s memory are a daughter, Susan HALTERMAN of Rochester, Kerry SMITH and wife Susan of Denver, Greg SMITH and wife Erica of Cedarville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jillian WILLIAMS and husband Ben, Katherine HALTERMAN, Peytan SMITH, Reagan SMITH, Logan SMITH; two sisters, Doris SMITH of Denver, Nancy RIDENOUR of Wabash; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Joyce in death are her parents, beloved husband Galen on November 28, 2020, son-in-law Jerry R. HALTERMAN; three sisters, Mable O’DONNELL, Mary FRED, Frances CREASON and five HUNT brothers, Charles, Raymond, Dale, Doyal, Paul, and Kenneth Gene.

                A celebration of the life of Joyce E. SMITH will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021, at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Her family requests that visitors wear masks. Interment will be in the Chili Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St., Rochester, IN 46975 or the Rochester Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 2902 Manitou Park Drive, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Gloria J. BANKS

February 1, 1946-March 25, 2020

                Gloria J. BANKS, 74, of Culver, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

                Gloria was born in Tiffin, Ohio, on February 1, 1946, one of three children born to George B. BAKER and Alice M. (MILLER) LUTZ. The family moved to Indiana and Gloria graduated from Culver High School in 1964.

                After high school she married Randel BANKS on August 23, 1964, in Culver. Together they started a family and raised their two children.

                Gloria worked five years at Culver Academies, followed by 10 years at Farm Bureau Insurance in Plymouth. Gloria then entered the food service industry, working in several local establishments, while working 19 years at the Corner Tavern in Culver. Gloria served as the Corresponding Secretary for the Culver High School Alumni Association 43 years. Randy and Gloria purchased The Kibitzer in Kewanna, in May 1989, where they served families food and drinks for 30 years. Gloria enjoyed gambling in Las Vegas and especially loved socializing with her friends and family.

                Gloria is survived by husband Randy of Culver; mother Alice (Don) LUTZ of Culver; daughter Carolyn BANKS of Plymouth; son Jerry BANKS of Culver; brother Rick BAKER of Culver; grandchildren Jessica and Colton MEASELS and Taylor BANKS; great-grandchildren Keon BANKS and Jaycee JOHNSON; and her faithful Yorkie, Max. She was preceded in death by her father, George BAKER, and brother, George BAKER Jr.

                A gathering for her memorial and visitation is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held on the west lawn of The Kibitzer in Kewanna following the service, and include food, games and fun to celebrate the life of Gloria BANKS. Memorials may be made in Gloria’s memory to the Marshall County Humane Society in Plymouth. Gloria’s online guestbook is available, and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Dennis R. SCHOLL

December 2, 1946-September 8, 2021

                Dennis R. SCHOLL, 74, Rochester, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at his home. Survivors include Sylvia SCHOLL, Rochester, and brother Steven SCHOLL and wife Melinda of Noblesville.

                His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Visitation is two hours prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday September 17, 2021

 

Donald Russell MAYLOTT

September 19, 1954-September 13, 2021

                Donald “Donny” Russell MAYLOTT, 66 years old, raised in Thompsonville, Connecticut, and current resident of Denver, Indiana, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021, around 10:45 p.m. at Logansport Memorial Hospital with his loving wife, Marilyn MAYLOTT, by his side. He would have been 67 years old this coming Sunday.

                He was born September 19, 1954, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Russell MAYLOTT and Micheline MAYLOTT. Donald is survived by his wife, Marilyn MAYLOTT of Denver; son Jeremy MAYLOTT of Lafayette; daughter Jasmine MAYLOTT of Altoona, Iowa; stepsons Devin MCWHORTER of Muncie and Dylan MCWHORTER of Peru; five grandchildren, Haylie GRIMM, Arianna BADORE, Kinley MCWHORTER, Barettson MCWHORTER, and Everly MCWHORTER; and by his five siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents, Micheline and Russell MAYLOTT.

                Donald had been a journeyman electrician for Tech Trades of Indianapolis, and had worked for M.P. Baker Electric, Lafayette. He was a true Renaissance man and enjoyed many hobbies including his current project of remodeling his home. There wasn’t a skill he didn’t have or couldn’t learn, he truly wanted to do it all and he did. He married the true love of his life, his wife Marilyn, on October 30, 2016 in Agawam, Massachusetts. They were together for 12 years and would have celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary this October.

                Donny is remembered by his family and friends as a hardworking and kind man, passionate and loud, devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather. He was an amazing cook and baker who would always make his children’s and grandchildren’s birthday cakes from scratch each year. He had always gone out of his way to ensure his family had everything they could ever want or need no matter the cost. To him, family was everything, and his children along with his grandchildren were his greatest accomplishment in life. He truly was the center of his family’s universe and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

                Private services for the family and close friends will be observed. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. If desired, friends and family may make flower contributions or funeral donations to the family directly. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Saturday September 18, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday September 21, 2021

 

Joel Patrick HILL

                Joel Patrick HILL, 47, Macy, passed away at 9:24 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, after a short and brave battle with cancer.

                He was born in Rochester, the son of Dick G. and Betty (LEWIS) HILL. He was married to Teraysa (LOWERY) HILL and she survives. Joel had been a truck driver for 20 years and worked for 6 Logistics of Fort Wayne.

                Survivors include his wife, Teraysa HILL, Macy;children Austin HILL, John LOWERY and Bradley HILL, all of Rochester; mother Betty HILL, Rochester; father Dick HILL; siblings Laura REID, Michelle RINEHART, Teresa RITZ, Corey GREEN, Carl HILL, Tina DOUBET, Carole BISHOP; and several nieces and nephews.

                Joel had to park his semi to fight for life. Jesus Christ saved him; God carried him home. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Friends may visit from noon- 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joel HILL Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Wednesday September 22, 2021

 

Michael L. GARBER

March 20, 1951-September 12, 2021

                Michael L. GARBER, 70, of Amboy, passed away at 12:54 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

                He was born in Peru on March 20, 1951, the son of Burt F. GARBER and Mary Belle (ANDERSON) GARBER.

                Mike was a graduate of Oak Hill High School. A carpenter by trade, however, Mike had been enjoying retirement for several years. Mike’s passion in his younger years was hunting and fishing, solo and with longtime friends. In retirement, Mike and Laurie designed, created and maintained a wildlife preserve of numerous native prairie grasses and several thousand trees on their property. This wildlife preserve was a source of great pride for Mike.

                Mike married his soul mate, Laurie LASALLE GARBER, after several years of sharing life together. Mike and Laurie were married September 6, 2002, on horseback, at the top of a mountain, in Tennessee.

                Surviving are his father Burt GARBER; his wife Laurie GARBER;his daughter Sara FOWLER and husband Dustin, of Rochester; stepdaughter Kelli GUNTER and husband Patrick, of Galveston; stepson Joe PENCE and wife Kari of Bipus, along with six grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Kay (Richard) MOBLEY of Converse and Jane Ann MITCHEL of Converse.

                Private graveside services will be at Bond Cemetery. A celebration of Mike’s life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Acres Land Trust in Mike’s memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Laird-Eddy Funeral Home, Amboy. Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook at Eddy Funeral Homes, Inc.

 

G. ‘Devon’ MOORE

August 16, 1941-September 20, 2021

                G. “Devon” MOORE, 80, of Rochester, died at 12:08 p.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                Survivors include his wife, Alberta; his mother, Elverta MOORE, Rochester; three children, Timothy MOORE, Westfield, Stephen MOORE, Huntington, Naomi FRUCHEY, Huntertown; and two sisters, Betty WARD of Argos, Treva MURPHY, Plymouth.

                His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

 

Pamela Y. MELCHER

                Pamela Y. MELCHER, 72, Akron, died Saturday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Thursday September 23, 2021

 

Sharon F. LOVELESS

                The memorial service for Sharon Faye LOVELESS, 59, Rochester, who died September 11, 2021, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

Friday September 24, 2021

 

Richard D. THACKER Sr.

February 14, 1938-September 6, 2021

                Richard Duane THACKER Sr., 82, of rural Rochester, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 6, 2021, at 2:40 a.m. following a lengthy battle with cancer.

                On February 14, 1938 in Plymouth, he was born to Otis THACKER Sr. and Leona (COOPER) THACKER. He grew up in Bourbon, graduating from Bourbon High School in 1956, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and with great pride was a member of the Bourbon Comets’ basketball team.

                From the time Richard was a small boy, he farmed and raised dairy cattle with his father. Later, they continued the farming and also formed a fertilizer business. Eventually, the farming and fertilizer businesses were sold and Richard went into business with his sons and formed THACKER A/C-Refrigeration and Heating, Inc. He retired from the business in 2000.

                Richard loved trapping, hunting, and fishing. No matter how many hours he spent working in the fields or at his business, he would find time to fish and hunt. Almost every summer he and his family spent time fishing in Minnesota or somewhere they could fish.

                Richard served in the Army National Guard from October 18, 1960 and was discharged from the National Guard on April 10, 1964. On September 30, 1966, he was discharged from the Army Reserves.

                Richard married Janice NULL on April 9, 1962, in Fairmount. Janice passed away in July 2005. Then on March 30, 2012, in Rochester, he married Dixie (STEWART) LINGLE THACKER.

                Richard is survived by his wife, Dixie THACKER;children Richard THACKER Jr. and wife LaVonda Kaye, Sonja MCCAN and husband Tony, Jon THACKER, and Otis THACKER and wife Bethany; stepchildren Melissa KNEPPER and husband John, and Shelly WHITAKER; 12 grandchildren, Andrew THACKER, Jonathon THACKER and wife Kara, Richard THACKER III, Samantha MILLS and husband Kenrick, Jordan SCHEETZ and wife Alli, Cameron MCCAN, Kieran MCCAN, Rueben THACKER, Connor THACKER, Lydia THACKER, Nolan THACKER, and Jaden THACKER; six step-grandchildren, Chris HOLLAND, Amanda WHITAKER, Amy CLARK, Allison ALLEN, Alexia SMITH, and Jordan SMITH; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Phoenix, Remi, and Roman; and four step great-grandchildren, Brayson, Halin, Nolan, and James. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Janice THACKER, sister Linda APPLE and grandson Aaron THACKER.

                Friends may visit with the family Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana. Memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will take place at the Bethel Cemetery, Argos. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Devon MOORE

August 16, 1941-September 20, 2021

                Mr. Devon MOORE, 80, of Rochester, passed away at 12:08 p.m. Monday, September 20, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                On August 16, 1941, Gerald Devon was born in Rochester to John D. and Elverta F. STOUT MOORE. Growing up he shared his childhood with three sisters. In 1960, he graduated from Kewanna High School. Proudly, he served with the Indiana National Guard.

                In the Hillcrest Baptist Church of Rochester, Devon and Alberta L. WIPPERMAN were married on May 30, 1965. They have shared 56 years on life’s adventures. Their union produced three children, Timothy, Stephen, and Naomi. Another generation has been added to the family tree with the blessings of nine grandchildren.

                Devon was a hobby farmer his entire life. Occasionally, he found baby raccoons and raised and trained them to eat out of his shirt pocket.

                As a mechanic he worked for Nickles Bakery, Lobdell Emery/Oxford of Argos and Dean Foods Co. His love of anything Studebaker developed into other interests, including antique cars, trucks, tractors, toy cars and trains. To relax, he enjoyed reading books about railroads and everything automotive.

                A man of strong faith, in 1962, Devon was a charter member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church. He continued to serve there throughout his life.

                Left to cherish Devon’s memory are his wife, Alberta;his mother Elverta MOORE of Rochester; three children, Timothy Paul MOORE and wife Amy of Westfield, Stephen Andrew MOORE and wife Jessica of Huntington, Naomi Kay FRUCHEY and husband Michael of Huntertown; nine grandchildren, Alex, Timothy, Austin, Ashlyn, Jaxon, Chase, Kayde, Madison, McKinley, Monroe “Rayna”;two sisters, Betty Charlene WARD of Argos, Treva Louise MURPHY and husband Roger of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Devon in death are his father and sister Brenda Joyce VERMILLION.

                A celebration of the life of Gerald Devon MOORE will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Thomas MEYERS will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Entombment will be in the Akron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1010 W. Ninth Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Mary E. HUDKINS GEORGE

                Mary Ellen HUDKINS GEORGE, 81, died at 7:38 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, at St. Frances Hospital of Peoria, Illinois.

                Survivors include her husband, Dick; daughters Debra BOCK, Rochester, Tammy NEWLIN, Silver Lake, Suzie SIMONSON, Nixa, Missouri, Donna WAITE, Mesa, Arizona; stepdaughters Suzanne COMPTON, Naperville, Illinois, Barbara CONFORTI, Champaign, Illinois; and brothers Richard HUDKINS and Virgil HUDKINS, Rochester.

                Her funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Saturday September 25, 2021

 

Mary E. HUDKINS GEORGE

August 3, 1940-September 19, 2021

                Mrs. Mary Ellen HUDKINS GEORGE, 81, Peoria, Illinois, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, at St. Frances Hospital of Peoria.

                On August 3, 1940, Mary Ellen HUDKINS was born in Rochester to William Judson and Mildred I. BROOKER HUDKINS. Growing up, she shared her childhood with six brothers. She was a proud member of the Rochester High School class of 1958. During her high school years, Mary was active in 4-H and worked the soda fountain at Baxter Drugs.

                Mary and Donald GROLEAU were married in 1957. They later divorced. Their union produced four daughters, Debra, Tammy, Suzie, and Donna.

                Mary and Richard “Dick” GEORGE were married on December 26, 1987, in Naperville, Illinois. They shared 33 years of life’s adventures. Accomplished with great rhythm Mary and Dick enjoyed dancing and loved to travel. Later in life she enjoyed sewing crafts and making scarves. With a love for music, she enjoyed many genres from big band to rock and roll. Mary was a vibrant member of the retirement community choir.

                A master in her kitchen, Mary was an amazing pie maker. She would create and bake delicious blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb and sugar crème pies. Her tapioca pudding was a family favorite. Christmas cookies were shared with family and friends and were included in care boxes to the grandchildren during the holidays. Her homemade soups warmed the hearts of many.

                Keeping up with the gossip in the National Enquirer, watching a variety of television shows, Sci-Fi movies and soap operas were a great pastime for Mary. She loved to shop for a good bargain. Family time making many memories was cherished by Mary. She was the family photographer and enjoyed all of the images she captured. Her treasured companion, a Maltese blend, Maggie, aka “Baby,” always enjoyed their walks in the dog park.

                Left to cherish Mary’s memory are her husband, Dick;four daughters, Debra BOCK and husband Heshy of Rochester, Tammy NEWLIN and husband Joe of Silver Lake, Suzie SIMONSON and husband Bret of Nixa, Missouri, Donna WAITE and husband Tom of Mesa, Arizona; two step-daughters, Suzanne COMPTON of Naperville, Illinois, Barbara CONFORTI of Champaign, Illinois; grandchildren Jessica CREEKMORE and husband David, Derrick VANCE and wife Amy, Courtney WILLIAMS and husband Matt, Allie WRIGHT and husband Nick, Kirk SIMONSON and fiancé Anna, Jimmy WAITE and fiancé Susie, Mike WAITE and fiancé Carmen, Lauri MARQUARDT, Brandon COMPTON, Kayli BRAUN, Nick CONFORTI, Alex CONFORTI; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; two brothers, Richard HUDKINS and companion Jean SIMPSON, Virgil HUDKINS and wife Sue, both of Rochester;numerous nieces and nephews; and canine companion, Maggie “Baby.” Preceding Mary Ellen in death are her parents, a daughter, Mary Jacqueline GROLEAU born into Heaven on March 21, 1964; four HUDKINS brothers, Don Jerry, George, and John.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Mary GEORGE will be on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Todd MULLINS will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Pamela Yvonne MELCHER

December 5, 1948-September 18, 2021

                Pamela Yvonne MELCHER, 72, of Akron, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021, at her residence.

                Pamela was born on December 5, 1948 in Lima, Ohio to the late John Walter and Virginia (PIKE) YORK. She had been married to Bill MELCHER and they later divorced.

                Pam was a 1966 graduate of Akron High School. She then attended Ravenscroft Beauty College in Fort Wayne, living there and working as a hairdresser for many years. Pam was a lifetime animal lover. As a young woman, she competed in many horse shows. She loved caring for her dogs, especially Mya. In later years she could be found watching movies, which included her favorite Asian dramas.

                She is survived by her nephew, Dana Aaron and wife Jenn YORK; sister-in-law Linda YORK; cousin Channing and wife Patsy UTTER, Lynne and husband Joseph NORTHROP, Kent and wife Carolyn HARTING, Von and wife Leona HARTING, Hal and wife Jennifer HARTING, Karen SHRIVER, and Kim and husband Jeff GRAHAM;and special friend Dauneda SHULTZ. Pamela was preceded in death by her parents, brother Douglas A. YORK, cousin Kay Joan BROWN, and beloved dog Mya.

                Following her wishes there will be no service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Donations can be made in Pam’s memory to the donor’s local animal shelter to assist animals in need. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Michael N. WILKINS

October 26, 1949-September 23, 2021

                Rev. Michael Nacy WILKINS, 71, Rochester, died at 3:05 p.m. Thursday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Survivors include his wife, Karen; six children, Donna WILKINS-SEBERT, Auburn, Sherri WILKINS, Nashville, Tennessee, Joan ALLDAFFER, Columbia City, John WILKINS, Rochester, Michael WILKINS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Adam WILKINS of Rochester; sister Sandy ARMENTROUT, Texas.

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

 

Anthony COCHRAN

                Anthony COCHRAN, 60, Rochester, died at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday September 28, 2021

 

Nancy DENTON

February 18, 1935-September 4, 2021

                Nancy (ROWE) DENTON was born at home on a farm near Athens to Catherine (PERSONETT) ROWE and Ralph ROWE. One of five siblings, she attended elementary school in Akron, and graduated from Rochester High School in 1953. Her first official job was at Blumenthal’s Clothing Store, inspiring a love of fashion and sewing.

                In the fall of 1953, Nancy entered William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. She completed one term before returning home to marry Charles DENTON, her husband of 67 years. In 1955, the young couple moved to Bartow, Florida, where Charles started flight school in the U.S. Air Force. Nancy loved this land of sun, water, excellent fishing, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Their military travels took them to Big Springs, Texas, and Moses Lake, Washington, where their first daughter, Sandra, was born. After the military, the couple lived in South Bend five years. Charles taught school and Nancy was a busy homemaker with the birth of another daughter, Karen, and son John.

                Teaching opportunities and sunny weather enticed the family to San Bernardino, California, in 1963. Nancy loved children, and while her own were young, she provided daycare for two other children from age 4 months until they started school. Later, Nancy attended Skadron Business College, graduating first in her fashion merchandising class. She worked in the bridal department and occasionally modeled clothing for Harris’ Department Store until the store was sold. Nancy then went to work for San Bernardino City Schools Educational Services office as a teacher’s aide and proficiency test clerk. Nancy retired in 1994.

                In 2018, Nancy and Charles moved to Monmouth, Oregon, to be closer to their daughter Karen and her family. They found a new church family at Christ’s Church and appreciated the welcoming from new friends in their neighborhood.

                Nancy was an active member of the Faculty Wives Club and a member of the Del Rosa United Methodist Church for 54 years. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, gardening, and flower arranging. Her greatest joy was sharing her talents with others. It was also typical for Nancy to de-emphasize the importance of her role as Mom, but she was always there, ready to read a book, sew a new dress, bake a cake, or set another place at the table. She seldom missed a teacher’s conference, back to school open house, recital, ball game, or graduation. Her commitment and devotion to family was exemplary.

                Nancy is survived by her husband, Charles DENTON, of Monmouth, Oregon; daughters Sandra (Bob) BRENDZA of Ft. Worth, Texas and Karen (Mike) LIPPSMEYER of Independence, Oregon, and son John (Doreen) DENTON of Rosamond, California; plus eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Nancy is also survived by her sister, Charlotte JOHNSON, of Villa Park, Illinois; and sister-in-law, Marjorie ZARTMAN of Rochester.

                A private family service will be at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8450, Portland, OR 97207-8450 or the Fulton County Public Library, 320 W. Seventh St., Rochester, IN 46975.

 

Rev. Michael N. WILKINS

October 25, 1949-September 23, 2021

                Rev. Michael N. “Mike” WILKINS, 71, of Rochester, went home to be with our Lord at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. This followed a brave and valiant battle with COVID-19.

                On October 26, 1949, Michael Nacy WILKINS was born to Rev. Clifton E. Sr. and Rev. Johanna KRONBERG WILKINS. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters, Bonnie and Sandra, and a brother, Clifton. He went to Bald Eagle Area Junior-Senior High School in Pennsylvania and later studied at Central Bible College.

                Mike married the love of his life, Karen L. HAYES, on December 24, 1988. They have shared 33 years of life’s adventures.

                At Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Mike was a heart transplant recipient on May 22, 2014. He was blessed to extend life for an additional seven years.

                Collaborating with Carl ADLEY, Mike helped ignite the Rochester High School soccer programs for high school men and women. They were officially made IHSAA team sports allowing the athletes to compete on a higher level.

                Mike was a soloist and evangelist serving under Mike WILKINS Ministries. During his ministry, he sang and preached in 49 states including Alaska. Pastor Mike served at the Cornerstone Country Church of Fulton and the Mount Hope Church near Culver. He was a member of the Faith Outreach Center of Rochester. As a prayer warrior, Mike had more than 4,000 friends on Facebook. Everyone will miss “What’s for supper?”

                Left to cherish Mike are his wife, Karen; six children, Donna WILKINS-SEBERT and husband Jason of Auburn, Sherri WILKINS of Nashville, Tennessee, Joan ALLDAFFER and husband Don of Columbia City, Josh WILKINS of Rochester, Michael WILKINS of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Adam WILKINS of Rochester; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sister Sandy ARMENTROUT and husband Kenny of Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Mike in death are his parents, sister Bonnie GOOD, and brother Clifton J. WILKINS Jr.

                Private family services will be held for Mike. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

Anthony B. COCHRAN

January 29, 1961-September 21, 2021

                Anthony “Tony” B. COCHRAN, 60, Rochester, passed away at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. He was born January 29, 1961, in Rochester, the son of Donald E. and Helen (HEFLICK) COCHRAN Sr.

                Anthony was an U.S. Navy veteran and had worked for Modern Materials, Rochester, for more than 37 years. He enjoyed bowling and softball.

                Survivors include his brothers, Donald COCHRAN, Rochester, Andrew COCHRAN, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack COCHRAN, sisters Rachael SWANGO and Karen COCHRAN.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Roland ‘Rolly’ POWELL

April 13, 1947-September 23, 2021

                Roland “Rolly” POWELL, 74, Akron, died at 4:36 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Debbie; four daughters, Lesa POWELL, Indianapolis, Rochelle POWELL, Akron, Dominea TRIGG, Akron, Brandy KANOUSE, Rochester; sister Beverly ROSS of Basehor, Kansas; two brothers, Denny POWELL, Warsaw, and Mark POWELL, Akron.

                A graveside service for Roland E. POWELL will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, in the Omega Cemetery. Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, is handling arrangements.

 

Constance J. MCFARLAND

July 31, 1945-September 15, 2021

                Constance J. MCFARLAND died Wednesday at 12:26 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Survivors include her husband, Jeff MCFARLAND, Fort Wayne; two daughters, Jackie RAMSEY and Julie PETTIBONE, and a son, Darren MCFARLAND, all of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Rick HAFFNER of Cupertino, California, and Herman HAFFNER, Crawfordsville.

                An open house is noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Sonrise Church, 10125 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne. Earl-Love Funeral Home, Argos, is handling arrangements.

 

Patricia BUCKS

                Patricia BUCKS, 80, Rochester, died at 7:10 p.m. Sunday at We Belong Senior Home, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

 

Patricia May BUCKS

September 21, 1941-September 26, 2021

                Patricia May BUCKS, 80, Rochester, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2021, at We Belong Senior Home, Plymouth.

                She was born September 21, 1941 in Winamac, the daughter of James R. and Marian M. (BARKDALL) BOISSIER. On December 6, 1969, at the Kewanna United Methodist Church, she married Larry Joe BUCKS. He preceded her in death on June 14, 2017.

                Patricia had been a homemaker. She had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family.

                Survivors include her children, Kathy (Raymond) FRANKO, Winamac, Chris (Kim) SCHRAMM, Winamac, Laura (J.T.) MAYS, Winamac, Susan (Jim) DOWNHOUR, Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Debbie (Richard) SARGAENT, Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother James BOISSIER, sister Carol BOISSIER, and step grandson Jerad MAYS.

                Graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may visit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Nora J. MELTON

                Nora J. MELTON, 73, Rochester, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday September 30, 2021

 

Edward W. FOOR

June 16, 1952-September 27, 2021

                Mr. Edward W. FOOR, 69, of Rochester, passed away at 12:08 a.m. Monday, September 27, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                On June 16, 1952, Edward Wayne FOOR was born in Rochester to Amos E. and Wanita K. STOELTING FOOR. In 1970, he graduated from Akron High School. Ed served in the National Guard U.S. Army for eight years and was honorably discharged.

                Ed and Roberta Kay MICHEL were married on October 28, 1972, in the First Brethren Church of North Manchester. They shared nearly 49 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                With a strong work ethic, Ed worked as a sales rep for the Andersons of North Manchester. He officially retired from the company in the fall 2017, but returned to work part time. He was also a member of The Moose Lodge and The Elks Lodge, both of Rochester.

                With a passion for agriculture, Ed and Roberta owned and operated a farm where they oversaw a fine herd of Suffolk sheep. He was an accomplished equestrian, riding the quarter horses. Each spring brought on the planting of a truck patch garden. In addition, Ed annually planted corn and soybeans.

                Left to cherish Ed’s memory are his wife, Roberta;three daughters, Aimee RUGGIERI and husband Lou of Denver, North Carolina, Heather MCGRIFF and husband Keith of Rochester, Haley MCCREERY and husband Derek of Columbia City; eight grandchildren, Gavin GALLOWAY, Aiden GALLOWAY, Rylyn GALLOWAY, Lillian BOWERS, Grady MCGRIFF, Asher MCGRIFF, Izabella COFFING, Abbagail COFFING; two great-grandchildren, Malachi Jay RIES, Raelynn Kay SMITH;and a sister, Jenean RAGER and husband Eldon of North Manchester. Preceding Ed in death are his parents.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Edward W. FOOR will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Pastor Ed HAINES will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Vernellee REFFETT

February 15, 1941-September 27, 2021

                Mrs. Vernellee REFFETT, 80, Rochester, passed away Monday September 27, 2021, at her home. On February 15, 1941, Vernellee HOWARD was born in Floyd County, Kentucky, to Adam D. and Lina ADAMS HOWARD. Growing up she shared her childhood with two brothers, Edsel and Delmar. During the early years her family moved to Rochester. Proudly she graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1960.

                On January 3, 1963, Miss Vernellee HOWARD and Calvin A. REFFETT were married. They shared 56 years of life’s adventures. From their union came two handsome sons, Shane and Shawn. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two grandsons, Charlie and Jack.

                An accomplished seamstress, Vernellee worked for Hart Shaffner Marx. Later she worked for Superior Sample and Topps Safety Apparel. To relax, she enjoyed watching the birds and her favorite television shows. The last two years she completed more than 100 jigsaw puzzles. She was an avid quilter and created warm memories for her family. The serenity of beautiful Lake Manitou was cherished by Vernellee.

                Left to cherish Vernellee’s memory are a son, Shane REFFETT and wife Lisa of Rochester; two grandsons Jack CARVEY REFFETT and Charles REFFETT;two nephews, Adam HOWARD and Chris THOMPSON; a niece, Angie HOWARD; and sister-in-law, Mary YOUNG of South Bend. Preceding Vernellee in death are her parents, beloved husband Calvin on February 9, 2019, son Shawn REFFETT on December 25, 2017; two brothers, Edsel HOWARD in 1971 and Delmar HOWARD in 1985.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Vernellee REFFETT will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 1, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Gail LAW will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30-10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Citizens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lake Manitou Association, P.O. Box 376, Rochester, IN 46975. Vernellee’s family would like to thank Help at Home of Logansport for the care and compassion shown to their mom, grandma, and sister. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Charles HALL

April 30, 1951-September 28, 2021

                Charles HALL, 71, Macy, died at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at his residence. Survivors include five children, Stephen HALL, Emily HALL, Andrew HALL, Laura RUNKLE, Rachel MAHAN, all of Macy; two sisters, Rae ALLEY, Kokomo, Sue Ann WESTBY, Tucson, Arizona; brother Ron HALL, Lake City, Florida.

                His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Jeanette MCKEE

                Jeanette L. MCKEE, 78, Rochester, died at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday October 1, 2021

 

Marilyn E. MOON

September 7, 1929-September 26, 2021

                Marilyn Elizabeth (BROWNING) MOON, 92, of Rochester, passed away peacefully September 26, 2021, at Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka.

                She was born September 7, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of three daughters to James Edward and Jessie Elizabeth (TRIPP) BROWNING. In the 1940s, the BROWNINGS moved to Lake Bruce in Fulton County, where Marilyn met her future husband of 74 years, William “Bill” MOON. The BROWNINGS later relocated to Winamac and Marilyn graduated from Winamac High School Class of 1947.

                Marilyn married William Floyd MOON in her parents’ home in Winamac on June 29, 1947. They resided in South Bend and had one son, James William MOON. Prior to the birth of her son, Marilyn was employed at Singer Sewing Machine Company, and in the 1970s worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She was active in the Community of Christ (Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) hosting rummage sales, bake sales, and cooking at their Camp Manitou, outside Marcellus, Michigan.

                In 1977, after Bill retired from Bendix, they relocated to rural Fulton County, wintered for 20 years near Fort Ogden, Florida, with friends and relatives and enjoyed various Dreamland Tours.

                Marilyn is survived by her husband, Bill MOON; son James MOON and companion Kimberly HORVATH; brother-in-law Donald MOON of Indianapolis; sister-in-law Thelma FRETTINGER of Rochester; grandchildren Shawn (Shanna) MOON of McDonough, Georgia, Drew (Kathy) MOON of Monticello, and Emily MOON of Danville; great-grandchildren Ashley, Aidan, and Nyla MOON of Georgia, Dylan and MacKenzie MOON of Monticello, Becky (Andrew) MCINTYRE and Maddox of South Bend, Dr. Daniel (Dr. Sally) HORVATH of Indianapolis; special niece Shirley HOFF of Greenwood; several nieces and nephews; friends and neighbors Sue HAMMAN of Winamac and John (Julie) MOONEY and Matt (Rachelle) WOODS of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Jessie BROWNING;sisters Alma KRIEG and Jamertta BORG GRAHAM; father-and mother-in-law, Charles M. and Elgie (IPPS) MOON; brothers-and sisters-in-law Lee and Genevieve (FELTY) MOON, Donabelle and Dale HOFF, Hattie and Hugh BALDWIN, Agatha and Ogden MARSH, Ethel and Jim MATHIAS, Charles and Lois (CULP) MOON, Emma (MCDONALD) MOON and Frank FRETTINGER; nieces and nephews Richard EADS, Noralynn MOON, Dr. David BALDWIN, Jim MATHIAS, Andy ANDERSON, Susan FRETTINGER, Ronald MOON, and Raymond CASEY.

                The family would like to thank Hospice Home Health Care of Plymouth and the Center for Hospice Care (Raclin House) of Mishawaka. Dr. Matt MISNER and all the dedicated staff who cared for Marilyn’s needs in her final time on earth, especially Registered Nurse Elizabeth “Beth” KARAS for her home visits.

                Memorial service will be at a later date. Burial will be at Moon Cemetery in Fulton County. Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel in Kewanna, has been entrusted with arrangements. Marilyn’s online guest book is available and condolences may be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Edwin F. HEYDE

March 5, 1957-September 20, 2021

                Former Rochester resident Mr. Edwin Forest HEYDE, 64, of North Redington Beach, Florida, passed away at 2 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021.

                On March 5, 1957, Ed was born in Rochester to James and Lalla BOSWELL HEYDE. He shared his childhood with two brothers, David and Robert. In 1975 he graduated from Rochester High School. He continued his education at Indiana State University. Ed was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Rochester and the Masonic Lodge.

                Ed is survived by his son, Philip HEYDE and wife Amy;life partner Meghan WISELL; two brothers, David HEYDE and wife Alison of Rochester, Robert HEYDE of Chicago; nieces and nephews Mason HEYDE and wife Aereka, Randall VALIN and husband Tim, Blake HEYDE, Alec HEYDE, Caroline CLOUSER and husband Jordan.

                Private family services will be at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Nora J. MELTON

January 3, 1948-September 28, 2021

                Nora J. MELTON, 73, of Rochester, passed away early September 28, 2021 at the home she and her husband James “Jim” MELTON built more than 40 years ago. A dedicated mother of four and grandmother to five, she passed with her husband, children, and grandchildren nearby.

                Nora was born on January 3, 1948 in Wabash, to Hugh and Frances (FEARNOW) TRACY. She grew up on her family’s farm with her four siblings. Following high school, Nora attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

                After college Nora returned to Indiana, where she soon met her husband to be. On August 7, 1971, in Wabash, she married Jim and they went on to have four boys. Nora often joked about the trials and tribulations of raising her four boys in the country, rarely passing up the opportunity to tell a funny story about moments where her boys went beyond testing her patience.

                In her later years Nora enjoyed gardening, spending winters in Arcadia, Florida with her husband, and watching her grandchildren play in the same fields and woods where she raised her sons.

                Survivors include her husband, James “Jim” M. MELTON, Rochester; sons, Andy (Elizabeth) MELTON, Rochester, Tracy (Moira) MELTON, Sylva, North Carolina, Bart MELTON, Washington, D.C., Kyle (Andrea) MELTON, Logansport; grandchildren Mack and Cash MELTON, Rochester, Esther and Magnolia MELTON, Sylva, North Carolina, Leo MELTON, Logansport; siblings, Tom (Jane) TRACY, Wabash, Mary Ann (Chuck) KALLMEYER, Cincinnati, Ohio, Frank (Konnie) TRACY, Huntington, Barbara TRACY, Wabash; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                Memorial contributions may be made to the National American Cancer Society. The celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Steven BALDWIN

July 1, 1952-September 23, 2021

                Steven “Steve” BALDWIN, 69, Kewanna, passed away at 12:53 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at home.

                Born July 1, 1952, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Richard and Florence (STEPP) BALDWIN. He was a 1971 graduate of Kewanna High School. Steve worked for Galbreath in Winamac for 34 years.

                On October 4, 1986, he married Pamela SHANKS. He enjoyed golfing, and spending time spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

                Survivors include his wife, Pam (SHANKS) BALDWIN, Kewanna; his children, Jennifer (Jeff) DUKES of Rochester, Scott BALDWIN of Peru, Lisa BARR of Pisgah, Ala., Shawna (Jonathon) AMIT of Anderson, and Scott (Gillian) OLIVER of Fort Wayne; 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and another great-grandchild on the way. Siblings surviving include Larry (Bev) BALDWIN, Chuck (Barbi) BALDWIN, Tami (Rich) POWELL, and Deana (Bryan) THOMAS. Many nieces and nephews will miss his antics and family gatherings. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Colton James BALDWIN.

                Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Kewanna United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the church. Burial will be at Citizens IOOF Cemetery in Kewanna. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes &Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna. Steve’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Jeffrey W. MCMINN

                Jeffrey W. MCMINN, 58, Rochester, died at 2:27 p.m. Wednesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday October 2, 2021

 

Jerry Owen WEBSTER

January 10, 1938-September 30, 2021

                Jerry Owen WEBSTER, 83, Macy, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021, at his residence.

                Born at Dukes Hospital in Peru, January 10, 1938, he was the son of Berton Owen WEBSTER and Mildred Josephine MADARY (WEBSTER) AUSTIN and was the grandson of Bert WEBSTER and Maude WAYMIRE WEBSTER.

                Jerry was a 1956 graduate of Peru High School where he was active as a yell leader, member of the choir, and a member of the first swing choir under the direction of Jim NOBLE. Jerry was also very active in plays, and music school productions. After one year of college, Jerry was drafted into the United States Army.

                Jerry started a floral business in an old hip roof building willed to him by an aunt. Along with his dad, Berty, they renovated the building into a silk floral house and then added fresh flowers and plants. Many parties, weddings and school orders kept them busy and growing, along with funerals and requests for special events. Within one year, they were doing weddings—sometimes two each week—providing the flowers, decorations, and cakes. The one business soon split into two: one floral and setups, and the other a complete food and rental service. Jo’s Bakery later took off, providing the same services for party rentals and supplies as the flower business continued to grow. The floral work tripled, and Jerry was approached about a shop in Rochester. Dorothy Irene BAIRD and her son, David, led the shop across from the airport in Rochester.

                Always keeping a keen eye and looking at the current trends, Jerry attended professional design and style shows, home shows, and many more to increase the potential of the business. Then came the begging call of the Miami County area, “Please bring your style and design to our area.” Within six months, it was ready with a grand opening one week before Mother’s Day.

                As the business trended more towards Peru, the shops closed in Rochester and Macy. Webster’s Florist has operated in Peru since 1975 and continues to provide service to Miami County. The business was even able to stay open and operate after a devastating fire on September 28, 2000, with opening of the new building and retail shop in May 2001 just in time again for Mother’s Day. Jerry loved all of his business friendships and working with the community, especially providing flowers for the Honeywell Center in Wabash for many different functions over the years.

                Mr. WEBSTER retired in 2020, and his legacy, Webster’s Florist, survives under the managing eye of longtime business partner, David L. BAIRD, Macy, and the phenomenal staff who will continue the great traditions of providing beauty, style, and great service to all of Miami County and surrounding areas.

                Also surviving are several cousins, including Jerry’s only first cousin, William P. MADARY III, Indianapolis.

                Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fulton Cemetery, Kindred Hospice, or The Honeywell Foundation. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

Wade E. STEPHENSON

November 29, 1945-September 29, 2021

                Mr. Wade E. STEPHENSON, 75, Rochester, died at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday at his residence. Survivors include his companion Linda HERENDEEN;and five children, Amy CISNEL, Curt DAVIS, Jason STEPHENSON, Christine RAYPHOLTZ, Leslie CRISSINGER.

                His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

 

Edward W. FOOR

June 16, 1952-September 27, 2021

                Mr. Edward W. FOOR, 69, of Rochester, passed away at 12:08 a.m. Monday, September 27, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                On June 16, 1952, Edward Wayne FOOR was born in Rochester to Amos E. and Wanita K. STOELTING FOOR. In 1970, he graduated from Akron High School. Ed served in the National Guard U.S. Army for eight years and was honorably discharged.

                Ed and Roberta Kay MICHEL were married on October 28, 1972, in the First Brethren Church of North Manchester. They shared nearly 49 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three beautiful daughters. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                With a strong work ethic, Ed worked as a sales rep for the Andersons of North Manchester. He officially retired from the company in the fall 2017, but returned to work part time. He was also a member of The Moose Lodge and The Elks Lodge, both of Rochester.

                With a passion for agriculture, Ed and Roberta owned and operated a farm where they oversaw a fine herd of Suffolk sheep. He was an accomplished equestrian, riding the quarter horses. Each spring brought on the planting of a truck patch garden. In addition, Ed annually planted corn and soybeans.

                Left to cherish Ed’s memory are his wife, Roberta;three daughters, Aimee RUGGIERI and husband Lou of Denver, North Carolina, Heather MCGRIFF and husband Keith of Rochester, Haley MCCREERY and husband Derek of Columbia City; eight grandchildren, Gavin GALLOWAY, Aiden GALLOWAY, Rylyn GALLOWAY, Lillian BOWERS, Grady MCGRIFF, Asher MCGRIFF, Izabella COFFING, Abbagail COFFING; two great-grandchildren, Malachi Jay RIES, Raelynn Kay SMITH;and a sister, Jenean RAGER and husband Eldon of North Manchester. Preceding Ed in death are his parents.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Edward W. FOOR will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester. Pastor Ed HAINES will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jesse Russell GUNNELS

June 27, 1947-September 30, 2021

                Jesse Russell GUNNELS, 74, of Rochester, and formerly of Robertsdale, Ala., and Mentone, passed at 5:40 p.m. Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                Jesse was born June 27, 1947, in Maytown, Kentucky, to the late William and Ruth (OUSLEY) GUNNELS. On December 24, 1966 in Clintwood, Virginia, he married Judith K. CLICK, who preceded him in death on February 15, 2010. He then married Sandra (KOPECY) PARKER on August 20, 2010 in the Biblical Gardens of Warsaw. She survives.

                He was a graduate of Maytown High School in 1965. He retired from Dalton Foundry after 39 years as a steelworker. He attended the Rochester Church of Christ and had previously attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of Claypool.

                Jesse enjoyed fishing and collecting knives, as well as watches. He loved to socialize and be around friends and family. He was known as a friendly face at his favorite restaurants, Teel’s and The Streamliner. Jesse loved to take day trips around the area. He will be missed by his beloved dogs Ricky and Lucy.

                He is survived by his wife Sandy GUNNELS of Rochester;daughters Yavonna and husband John DOTSON of Silver Lake, Aggie and husband David PRATER of Mentone, Angela and husband Mark HANCOCK of Rochester; a son Jesse T. and wife Kia GUNNELS of Mentone; grandchildren Christopher, Seth, and Emily DOTSON, Zachary and Noah PRATER, Alycia and Justin PORTER, and Mia, Sophina, Olivia, twins Jesse Lee and Carter Alan GUNNELS; great-grandchildren Selah and Bowman Russell DOTSON, and Remington and Finley DOTSON; a brother, James and wife Sandra K. GUNNELS of Mentone; sisters Lilly BROWN of Macy and Ellen and husband Danny SLONE of Kentucky. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Judith GUNNELS, a grandson David Aaron PRATER, brothers Sherman, Ivan, Charlie, Millard, and Arnold GUNNELS; and sister Maggie STEVENS.

                The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, October 4, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with sons-in-law John DOTSON and David PRATER officiating. The interment will take place in the Graceland Cemetery, Claypool, next to his wife Judith. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, October 4, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home. Donations can be made in Jesse’s memory to the family. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Lori Faye OBERG

June 22, 1963-September 29, 2021

                Lori Faye (MULLINS) OBERG, 58, Macy, passed away at 9:56 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

                Born June 22, 1963, in Poynette, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Jesse MULLINS, Jr. and Wilma Mae MULLINS. She was a 1982 graduate of North Miami High School.

                Survivors include her three daughters, Ashely (Joe) TROYER, Twelve Mile, Kayla (Travis) FRY, North Manchester, Megan OBERG (Travis DRAKE), Deedsville; two sisters, Cheryl (Gary) BACH, Wisconsin, Terri HOLBROOK, Macy;two brothers, Michael “Shag” MULLINS, Nyona Lake, and Larry “Bug” (Karen) MULLINS, Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews, including her special “Bubba,” Owen. Known as “Gam,” she also leaves behind her seven granddaughters, Aubrey, Jordan, Emma, Maelie, Ellie, Shay, and Delilah. She enjoyed being with family more than anything, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John MULLINS.

                Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor David NOEL officiating. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Jeanette MCKEE

January 14, 1943-September 28, 2021

                Jeanette MCKEE, 78, Rochester, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born January 14, 1943 in Fulton County, the daughter of Clair and Margaret (HEIGHWAY) JONES. She married Dr. John MCKEE in 1989 and he survives.

                Jeanette had been office manager for Manitou Veterinary Clinic and a homemaker. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and visiting with family. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her many flowers.

                Survivors include her husband, Dr. John MCKEE, North Manchester; sons Michael “Mike” (Sherry) SHOEMAKER, Albion, Bob (Nikki) SHOEMAKER, Rochester, Jim (Shu Yi Tsou) SHOEMAKER, Dublin, California; grandchildren, Emma SHOEMAKER, Indianapolis, Luke (Alyssa) SHOEMAKER, Georgetown, Parker SHOEMAKER and Jordan SHOEMAKER, Rochester; and a brother, Ron (Pat) JONES, Silver Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter Patty SHOEMAKER.

                Services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Jeffrey W. MCMINN

November 17, 1962-September 29, 2021

                Jeffrey W. MCMINN, 58, Rochester, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born November 17, 1962 in Rochester, the son of Peter C. and Mary E. (BARNETT) MCMINN. After graduating from high school, Jeffrey served with the United States Navy. He had worked for the Culver Academies in Culver before retiring.

                Survivors include his sisters Ruth DEGEETER, Plymouth, Norma TAYLOR, Indiana; and a brother, Charles MCMINN, South Bend. He was preceded in death by his parents.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Tuesday October 5, 2021

 

 

Paul E. WINN

November 17, 1934-October 2, 2021

                Paul E. WINN, 86, of Culver, passed away October 2, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor. Paul was born to Paul R. and Margurite (HELMICK) WINN on November 17, 1934, in Lucerne. The family moved to Culver in 1943 and Paul lived on the family farm for 78 years. He married Joyce KLINE on December 20, 1952. Paul also served in the U.S. Army.

                Paul was a faithful member of Mt. Hope Church, where he served in many capacities. He was a lifetime farmer, retiring in 1997. He was on the board of directors of the Marshall County REMC for 39 years. He served on the Board of Directors of the NorCen Bank of Culver. He was also a former member of the Culver Lions Club. He was involved in the Marshall County Dairy Association and The Farm Service Association Board.

                Paul had many hobbies and interests and enjoyed life. He loved fishing and camping and was a licensed pilot and auctioneer. In retirement he enjoyed his two draft horses, Ben and Ted, and using his antique tractors. He and Joyce spent many winters in North Ft. Myers, Florida.

                Paul is survived by his wife, Joyce of Culver; daughter Linda WINN of Culver; son Neil (Michelle) WINN of Kokomo; three grandchildren, Carly STEVENS of Valparaiso, Greg (Ashley) WINN of Tipton, and Grace (John) GRIGGS of Indianapolis; four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ruth, Martha, June, and Rebecca.

                A time of visitation will be at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from noon-2 p.m. EDT where Rev. Robert METZGER will then officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to Mt. Hope Church in Paul’s memory.

 

 

 

Dewey ARMSTRONG

July 25, 1965-August 27, 2021

                Former Rochester resident Dewey A. ARMSTRONG, 56, Atlanta, Georgia, died August 27, 2021. Survivors include his mother, Jenice ARMSTRONG, Mishawaka; and brother, Craig ARMSTRONG, Elkhart.

                His funeral service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

 

Norma EASTERDAY

                Norma EASTERDAY, 71, Winamac, and formerly of Rochester, died at 4:43 p.m. Sunday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday October 6, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday October 7, 2021

 

Audra R. BRYANT

February 22, 1924-Ocotber 5, 2021

                Audra R. BRYANT, 97, Rochester, died Tuesday at his residence. Survivors include his wife Wilma; five children, Roger BRYANT, Susan WIDMAN and Tim BRYANT, all of Rochester, Rodney BRYANT, Macy, Barbara ZEIDER HITES, Fulton.

                Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today and 10-10:45 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday October 8, 2021

 

Audra R. ‘Obby’ BRYANT

February 22, 1924-October 5, 2021

                Mr. Audra R. “Obby” BRYANT, 97, of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at his residence.

                On February 22, 1924, Audra Ray BRYANT was born near Athens to Oliver R. and Fern T. RUSH BRYANT. As one of five children, he shared his childhood with three sisters and a brother. Proudly he graduated from Fulton High School with the class of 1942. Answering the call of patriotism, Obby served during World War II with the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1943.

                On February 25, 1945, Obby married the love of his life, Miss Wilma Jean WAGONER. They have shared 76 years of life’s adventures while making many memories. From their union came six wonderful children. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                Obby attended the Fulton Baptist Temple. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge No. 47 more than 60 years. With a strong work ethic, Obby was a lifelong farmer. He oversaw a fine herd of registered Black Angus and a milking operation. He annually planted corn and soybeans.

                In the early years he worked at General Tire in Wabash for five years. He also worked at the Rochester Sale Barn for many years. Mr. BRYANT drove the school bus for Fulton Schools. Obby was manager of the Fulton County Farm Bureau elevator. With his diverse interests he always made time to help Wilma with raising their five children and lending a helping hand to a neighbor in need.

                As the patriarch of the BRYANT family, Grandpa was proud to oversee four generations and his legacy. He looked forward to the holidays and special family celebrations, getting together making memories. Obby and Wilma enjoyed relaxing while wintering in Florida for more than four decades.

                Left to cherish Obby’s memory are his wife, Wilma; five children, Roger BRYANT and wife Margaret of Rochester, Susan WIDMAN and husband Jim of Rochester, Tim BRYANT and wife Susan of Rochester, Rodney BRYANT and wife Lisa of Macy, Barbara ZEIDER HITES of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Michael BRYANT and wife Betsy, Jennifer Ann KOROUS and husband Michael, Sid STREMIECKI and husband Scott, Lori WILEY and husband Brad, Ben BRYANT, Scott BRYANT and wife Ashley, Mathew ZEIDER, Jason ZEIDER and wife Summer; step grandchildren Amber SMALLBONE, Joseph SMALLBONE; 14 great-grandchildren, Andrew BRYANT, Hannah KOROUS, Levi KOROUS, Evelyn WILEY, Christopher BRYANT, Bryce BRYANT, Trevor MEGEDOHT, Grayson BRYANT, Addison BRYANT, Easton BRYANT, Maddux ZEIDER, Jaden ZEIDER, Kade ZEIDER, Talon ZEIDER;and three step great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary Dee BRYANT of LaGrange, Kentucky, Mary MURPHY and husband Don of Fort Wayne; two brothers-in-law, Paul L. WAGONER and wife Peggy of Texas, Kenneth WAGONER of Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Obby in death are his parents, infant daughter Shelby Jean BRYANT in 1946; three sisters, Freida ZELLER, Catherine HOGE, Donna Jean LONG; and brother Milo BRYANT.

                A celebration of the life of Audra R. “Obby” BRYANT is at 11 a.m. today, Friday, October 8, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Bruce RUSSELL will officiate. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Thursday and friends may visit with the family 10-10:45 a.m. today in the funeral home. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 47 will conduct a memorial service at 10:45 a.m. today in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army Honors Team. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jackie Joe KELLEMS

February 29, 1960-October 5, 2021

                Jackie Joe KELLEMS, 61, of Lucerne, passed away suddenly at home early Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Jack was born on February 29, 1960. He was the son of the late Garry KELLEMS and Marilyn SNYDER, who survives.

                He grew up in the Oakdale neighborhood of Peru. Jack worked at Peru Utilities where he became a journeyman lineman. He worked for the past 25 years for the Miami-Cass County REMC, from which he planned to retire in February.

                Jack married Judy KELLEMS on August 19, 2006. She survives.

                Jack could build, fix, or grow nearly anything. He was a proud father and grandfather and a neighbor and friend that anyone could count on.

                He is survived by his loving wife, Judy KELLEMS; his mother, Marilyn SNYDER and her husband Jack SNYDER; a special aunt, Bonita FRETZ; his sister, Kelly (Kevin) MERRYMAN; step-brothers Tim and Brent GOCHENOUR; sons Joshua (Claire) KELLEMS and Derek (Katie) KELLEMS; step-children David (Michelle) COOLEY and Darla (Shane) LEAVELL; grandchildren Jasper, Julian, Elijah, Oliver, Everett and Liliana KELLEMS; step grandchildren Alexander and Liam LEAVELL. Also surviving is Jack’s beloved bulldog Tank. Preceding him in death were his father Garry KELLEMS; his step-brother Rusty GOCHENOUR; and his father-and-mother-in-law, Bud and Betty LEASE.

                Visitation will be Saturday, October 9, 2021, from noon-4 p.m. and a service will follow at 4 p.m. at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third Street, Peru. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Cass County Humane Society or Fulton County Animal Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.

 

Saturday October 9, 2021

 

James L. COPLEN

                James L. COPLEN, 77, Rochester, died at 4:05 p.m. Thursday at his daughter’s residence in Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Raymond Lee EASTERDAY

                Raymond Lee EASTERDAY, 74, Winamac, died at 10:20 a.m. Thursday at Franciscan Health, Lafayette East. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Terri L. MILLER

                Terri L. MILLER, 68, Rochester, died at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday at Franciscan Health, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday October 12, 2021

 

Charles CANNON

January 5, 1951-October 9, 2021

                Charles CANNON, 70, Rochester, passed away at 11:11 a.m. Saturday at his residence. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; three daughters, Jessica RINGER, Culver, Cara Lee ROBERTSON, Rochester, Courtney LUSTIG, Elverson, Pennsylvania; son, Jared CANNON, Rochester; sister Janet HARROVER, Jacksonville, Florida.

                His service is 1 p.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

 

Sandra H. STAVEDAHL

December 7, 1943-October 10, 2021

                Sandra H. STAVEDAHL, 77, Mentone, died at 4:56 a.m. Sunday at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, Indiana.

                Survivors include her husband, Terry STAVEDAHL, Mentone; daughter Tammy RICHMOND, Simi Valley, California; sons Travi BOUCK and Tom BOUCK, Michigan; sisters Wanda GENES, South Dakota, and Patricia MCARTHUR, Florida.

                Visitation is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Jason HOUNSHELL

                Jason Dee HOUNSHELL, 48, Tippecanoe, died at 8:32 a.m. Sunday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Wednesday October 13, 2021

 

Norma and Raymond EASTERDAY

                Norma EASTERDAY, 71, Winamac and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 4:43 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2021, at her residence. Raymond EASTERDAY, 74, Winamac, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Franciscan Health Lafayette East. Norma and Raymond were married May 9, 1976 in Illinois.

                Norma was born July 28, 1950 in Rochester, the daughter of James Frederick and Melba M. (RHOADES) RUPP. Raymond was born on August 10, 1947 in Logansport, the son of Robert and Marjorie E. (GUNTER) EASTERDAY.

                Norma had worked as a correctional officer for ten years at the boys correctional facility in Logansport, and had also worked at Eaton Corporation where she had been a union steward. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping, garage sales, watching game shows, having lunch with her sister Barbara, and loved being with her family.

                Raymond had worked as a painter and artist. He owned and operated Airbrush Plus for many years. He had also worked as a mechanic for Exxon and had done heating and cooling. In his spare time, he enjoyed painting, art and playing games on Facebook. In his younger days he was active in racing cars and was talented enough to walk on stilts tall enough to see over the top of train cars that were parked close to his house.

                Survivors include their children, Margaret RITCHIE, Rochester, Angela DAVIS, Winamac, Joe (Tammy) RITCHIE, Dowell Town, Tennessee, Samantha (Kenny) TULEY, Winamac; their 14 grandchildren and their 15 great-grandchildren. Norma’s siblings, Barbara (Ralph) HART, Rochester, Cindy EASTWOOD, Rochester, Chuck (Jane) RUPP, Akron, Paul (Lori) RUPP, Terre Haute, Frank RUPP, Rochester, Bill LEE, Vacaville, California. Raymond is survived by his brother, Steve (Brenda) EASTERDAY, Columbus, Ohio. They are survived by several nieces and nephews. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Jim RUPP and Kenny RUPP, and sister, Mary Jane SINGER. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents.

                Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Jason D. HOUNSHELL

September 6, 1973-October 10, 2021

                Jason D. HOUNSHELL, 48, Tippecanoe, and formerly of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at 8:32 a.m. Sunday, October 10, 2021, at his home.

                He was born September 6, 1973 in Rochester, the son of Forest Dee and Arlene (BATHRICK) HOUNSHELL. He was a graduate of Rochester High School Class of 1992. Because of his love for music, he was in the Manitou’s swing choir and band.

                On September 23, 2006, he married his best friend, Angie SWIHART. From their union God’s gift of a son, Jayden D., was born.

                Jason was the night supervisor at Sealed Power Corporation until its closing. Most recently he worked at Auto Zone in Rochester. Jason always put others before himself and always had a smile on his face.

                Survivors include his wife, Angie HOUNSHELL, Tippecanoe; son, Jayden HOUNSHELL, Tippecanoe; mother Arlene HOUNSHELL, Rochester; sisters Cindy (Dave) STEININGER, Rochester, Penny (Don) BILLS, Huntsville, Alabama, Debbie (Mike) WALTER, Nappanee, Jodi (Andrew) FINCHER, Akron, and Holly (John) FEARNOW, Rochester; mother-and-father-in-law, J and Jerri SWIHART, Palestine; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

                Friends may celebrate Jason’s life at the New Life Church, Rochester, from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2021. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

 

 

 

Terri L. MILLER

September 17, 1953-October 6, 2021

                Terri L. MILLER, 68, Rochester, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2021, at Franciscan Health, Indianapolis.

                She was born September 17, 1953, in Denison, Texas, the daughter of Charles N. and Freda (HOUNSHELL) MILLER.

                Terri had worked in property management for years. She enjoyed watching bald eagles, was an avid animal lover, and loved to visit with her neighbors.

                Survivors include her son, Chris (Beth) MILLER, Rochester; grandchildren Taylor GOBLE, Caitlynn MILLER, and Samantha MILLER;sister Kris LEASE, Rochester; nephews Michael (Tara) LEASE and family, Rochester, Bradley LEASE and family, Lafayette; niece Stacey (Robert) YOCKEY and family, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Yvonne D. FOSTER KEITZER

July 31, 1957-October 10, 2021

                Yvonne D. FOSTER KEITZER, 64, Rochester, died at 11:43 a.m. Sunday, at her residence. Survivors include her husband, Frank; four children, Erica GRACE, Springfield, Illinois, Yolanda COLE FOWLER, Jacksonville, Illinois, Prentiss G. KELLY Jr., Jacksonville, Illinois, Ronald E. COLE, Jr., Wheatfield; a sister, Beatrice ROBERTS, Kings Lake; brother Joe FOSTER, Mississippi.

                Her funeral service is 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

 

Pamela J. PARKER

                Pamela J. PARKER, 55, Delong, died Tuesday morning at St. Joseph Plymouth Medical Center, Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday October 14, 2021

 

Don D. MASTERSON

                Don D. MASTERSON, 90, passed away at IU Hospital Wednesday, October 6, 2021. He was born in Logansport to Roy and Ruth MASTERSON.

                In 1948, Don graduated from Fulton High School, where he played basketball and pitched for the baseball team.

                Don graduated from Indiana Business College, enlisted, and proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he graduated Officer Training School and served as a second lieutenant during the Korean War.

                After his military service, Don joined Levell &Bates Finance Co. and after 36 years retired as president and co-owner. Don was an active member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and was past president of the board of directors of the Indiana Consumers Finance for 20 years.

                On October 15, 1955, Don married Alice RITTER and they were blessed with three sons Doug, Trent, and Michael. His happiest times were spent with family around the dinner table laughing, telling stories and enjoying one another. Don was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.

                Don was an avid sportsman and especially loved to fish and play golf. He went to Canada fishing for 30 years, bowled in the Elks league for 48 years, and played golf with his good friends at the Elks-West Lafayette Golf and Country Club.

                Don is survived by his wife Alice of 65 years; sons Doug (Marti), Trent (Brenda), Michael (Katrina); and many good friends. Proceeding him in death are his parents, sister, and a grandson.

                A celebration of Don’s life will be held at West Lafayette Golf and Country Club, 3224 US 52, West Lafayette, 4-6:30 p.m. November 13, 2021. (Casual attire) Donations may be sent to the Anatomical Education Program of Indiana University School of Medicine, 317-274-7450.

 

Pamela J. PARKER

September 27, 1966-October 12, 2021

                Pamela J. PARKER, 55, Delong, passed away at 8:26 a.m. Tuesday October 12, 2021, at St. Joseph Health System, Plymouth.

                She was born on September 27, 1966 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Curtis and Patricia (BYE) PEACOCK. On July 28, 1984 in Tyner, Indiana, she married Ernest PARKER Jr. and he survives.

                Pamela had been a homemaker, but most of all was a dedicated mom to her three children.

                Survivors include her husband, Ernest PARKER Jr., Delong; children, Cassandra JEFFERIES, Muncie, Deborah ROE, Rochester, Ernest PARKER III, Delong; grandchildren, Draven JEFFERIES, Muncie, Logan ROE, Samantha ROE, Sera ROE and Lucas ROE, all of Rochester, Ernest PARKER IV, Eliot PARKER, Eoin PARKER, and Ethan PARKER, all of Delong; father, Curtis PEACOCK, Plymouth; siblings, Sheryl GORDON, Michigan, Steven (Carol) PEACOCK, Florida, James (Lanette) PEACOCK, Elkhart, Barb (Pat) FRANKLIN, Florida, Patricia PEACOCK, Plymouth, David PEACOCK, Plymouth, Rebecca (Sam) MADDOX, Michigan; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, sister, Brenda CLEMONS and brother, Danny PEACOCK.

                Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Leiters Ford Cemetery, Leiters Ford. Friends may visit from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

James L. COPLEN

August 11, 1944-October 7, 2021

                James L. COPLEN, 77, Mentone, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, October 7, 2021, at his daughter’s residence in Rochester.

                He was born August 11, 1944 in Rochester, the son of James LeRoy COPLEN Sr. and Mary Lee (CRISPEN) COPLEN.

                Jim had worked as a tool and die maker. He previously worked for Zimmer in Warsaw, Wynn in Akron, and for the Torin Corporation (Lau Industries) in Rochester. In his spare time, he enjoyed being with his cat and was an avid reader of the Bible. Jim loved to talk to people about his Savior, Jesus, and all the wonderful things he was going to do when he went home to be with his Savior!

                Survivors include his daughters, Dawn (John) NICODEMUS, Rochester, Jennifer (Roger) JOHNSON, Rochester; four grandchildren, Jared (Kasee) BRADY, Rochester, Tyler (Staci) PETERSON, Middlebury, Aaron (Arin) JOHNSON, Rochester, Adrienne JOHNSON, Rochester; five great-grandchildren; siblings Randy COPLEN, Sun Valley, Arizona, Don COPLEN, Syracuse, Pat DORAN, Rochester, Perry (Jeanie) COPLEN, Rochester, Pam SEIDLE, Greenwood, Tim COPLEN, Rochester;several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law John DORAN and nephew Victor COPLEN.

                Private family services will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

 

 

Rodney S. HOWELL

                Rodney Stanley HOWELL, Plymouth, passed away at 12:39 a.m. Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 63.

                He was born June 26, 1958 in McDowell, Kentucky, to Naretta Jo (MCSURLEY) HOWELL and Joe Toliver HOWELL.

                Rodney was a 1976 graduate of Triton High School in Bourbon. He then attended International Business College in Fort Wayne, graduating with an associate degree in accounting.

                Rodney loved the outdoors, especially when he could garden and go fishing. He was also a real car buff, having won a number of awards at car shows. Rodney was a loving father, son, brother, and uncle. He was very beloved by his entire family.

                He leaves behind two sons: Caleb and Austin, both of Rochester; sister Phyllis KING, Bourbon; brother Gary HOWELL, Warsaw; and his mother, Naretta HOWELL, Tippecanoe. Also surviving are eight nieces and nephews, twelve great-nieces and great-nephews; and his fiancé, Delma. He was preceded in death by his father Joe in 2000 and his sister Brenda IAMS in 2018.

                Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. Rodney’s life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor Mike HONTZ. A graveside service will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association, Indiana Chapter, 6100 W. 96th Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005.

 

Friday October 15, 2021

 

Kathryn C. SCHALLIOL

June 16, 1945-October 13, 2021

                Kathryn “Kace” C. SCHALLIOL, 76, of Granger, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Center for Hospice-Raclin House.

                Kathryn was born on June 16, 1945, in Peru, to the late Hilbert and Katherine (RICHMOND) WACKNITZ.

                Kathryn is survived by her husband, James SCHALLIOL, M.D.; her sons, Monroe, Michael, and Kevin ALFREY; five grandchildren, Simon, Abigail, Zackary, Ryan, and Zoe ALFREY; one great-grandchild, Calvin ALFREY;and one brother, Steve (Sylvia) WACKNITZ.

                Kathryn’s life was represented by “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. She was a president of Bay Plumbing, a member of the Christ Child Society, a board member of Duke’s Hospital, and active with the Saint Joseph County Mental Health Association.

                Services will take place Saturday, October 16, at the mausoleum at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, 375 W. Cleveland Road, Granger. Refer to www.palmerfuneralhomes.com for the service time. Palmer Funeral Home-Bubb Chapel is assisting with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in Kathryn’s name to Center for Hospice-Raclin House, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be made at www.plamerfuneralhomes.com.

 

Saturday October 16, 2021

 

Helen I. BREIDINGER

                Helene Irene BREIDINGER, 75, Rochester, died Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

Gary L. MINIX III

                Gary L. MINIX III, 31, of Rochester, died October 8, 2021, at his residence. Survivors include his fiancée, Kayla Nicole SHULTZ;mother, Tabitha MINIX, of Rochester; father and stepmother, Gary L. MINIX Jr. and wife Terra, of Culver; four children, Hayden Lee HARDEL, Calvin James MINIX, Cameron Kane MINIX, and Kami Lynn EATON; four siblings, Tyler MINIX, of Silver Lake, Katelinn GAGNON, of Rochester, Allison MINIX of Knox, and Devin MINIX, of Culver; and paternal grandparents, Gary Lee MINIX Sr. and Bonnie Mae.

                A celebration of the life of Gary Lee MINIX III is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Tuesday.

 

Jimmie F. RITCHIE

May 21, 1953-October 14, 2021

                Jimmie F. RITCHIE, 68, Macy, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

                Born May 21, 1953, in Hazard, Kentucky, he was the son of Hershel and Beulah Mae (SMITH) RITCHIE. On June 2, 1972, in Macy, he was married to Phyllis Joan SLISHER, and she survives.

                He had worked as a machine operator for many places, the last being Touby Pike Recycling, Kokomo. After retiring from full-time employment, he worked for the town of Macy. He loved spending time with his family, cooking, camping, and eagle watching. He loved going with his wife to parks and enjoying the beauty of nature, especially France Park.

                Survivors include his wife, Phyllis RITCHIE, Macy; two daughters, Maryanne (Charles) RUDE, Kewanna, and Michelle (Shawn) EISAMAN, Peru; six grandchildren, Jimmie RUDE, Billy (McKenna) RUDE, Josh (Mikayla) RUDE, Belle EISAMAN, Lexi EISAMAN, and Nick EISAMAN; one great-grandson, Levi RUDE;five siblings, Hershel RITCHIE, Ohio, Bill RITCHIE, Ohio, David RITCHIE, Georgia, Doug RITCHIE, Georgia, and Sheila WRIGHT, Kokomo. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lola MERCER; and three brothers, Hiram “Buddy” RITCHIE, Lloyd RITCHIE, and Rick RITCHIE.

                Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. The funeral service will be private, and burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Macy. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Ellis SHEPHERD

                Ellis SHEPHERD, 82, of rural Akron, died Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Survivors include his wife, Sandy SHEPHERD, of Akron;children, Todd SHEPHERD, of Rochester, Scott SHEPHERD, of Warsaw, Josh SHEPHERD, of Akron, Ashley CORDES, of Roann, Pam GIROUARD, of Warsaw, and Dan SHEPHERD, of Warsaw; and siblings, Edith May, Janice May, Asenath Julian, Donna KONKLE, Judy BLACKBURN, Betsy May, Penny VALENTINE, Karen OWENS, Joyce BLANTON, Randy SHEPHERD, and Kenny SHEPHERD.

                His funeral service is at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 17, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday October 19, 2021

 

Jeanette MCKEE

January 14, 1943-September 28, 2021

                Jeanette MCKEE, 78, Rochester, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born January 14, 1943, in Fulton County, the daughter of Clair and Margaret (HEIGHWAY) JONES. She married Dr. John MCKEE in 1989 and he survives.

                Jeanette had been office manager for Manitou Veterinary Clinic and a homemaker. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and visiting with family. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her many flowers.

                Survivors include her husband, Dr. John MCKEE, North Manchester; sons Michael “Mike” (Sherry) SHOEMAKER, Albion, Bob (Nikki) SHOEMAKER, Rochester, Jim (Shu-Yi Tsou) SHOEMAKER, Dublin, California; grandchildren Emma SHOEMAKER, Indianapolis, Luke (Alyssa) SHOEMAKER, Georgetown, Parker SHOEMAKER and Jordan SHOEMAKER, Rochester; brother, Ron (Pat) JONES, Silver Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Patty SHOEMAKER.

                Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Rochester. Burial will take place later at Athens Cemetery, Athens. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Naoma A. (ZELLERS) SEIDEL

October 25, 1923-October 16, 2021

                Naoma Alice (ZELLERS) SEIDEL, 97, was born to Arthur and Julia (METZGER) ZELLERS on October 25, 1923 on a farm near Kewanna. She passed away October 16, 2021, in Indianapolis.

                She graduated from Kewanna High School in 1941 and worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant, manufacturing ammunition and bombs for the war effort, for two and a half years during WWII. She married Elmer SEIDEL on May 25, 1944.

                She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and spending time with her large family. She was a Cub Scout den mother, delivered Meals On Wheels, was a Grey Lady volunteer at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, and was involved in volunteer work most of her life.

                She is survived by her children, Susan GRAFFIS (Richard) of Indianapolis and John SEIDEL (Betty) of Woodbury, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Christine (GRAFFIS) LONG (Dan), Alison (GRAFFIS) THERBER (Mike), Craig GRAFFIS, Amy SEIDEL (Mike CODDINGTON) and Kari SEIDEL AASE; her 11 great-grandchildren, Natalie and Megan LONG, Michael and Sam THERBER, Hannah, Nella and Henry GRAFFIS, Ethan and Chase CODDINGTON, and Joey and Gavin AASE;siblings Marilyn WILLIAMS, Wayne ZELLERS (Doris), Herb ZELLERS (Becky); and brother-in-law Wally BAHLER. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one great-grandson, Christopher THERBER; and siblings, Marjorie MARTIN, Virginia COOK, Virgil ZELLERS, and Nedra BAHLER.

                A memorial gathering will be held at a future date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main Street, Kewanna. Her online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

William J. RISNER

August 23, 1955-October 16, 2021

                William Joe RISNER, 66, of Akron, passed away surrounded by his girls at 6:21 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at his residence.

                Joe was born August 23, 1955, in Prestonburg, Kentucky, to the late William “Willie” and Helen K. (ADAMS) RISNER. He was married on February 12, 1977, in Silver Lake, to Billie Lu GILLESPIE, who survives.

                Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force at the 122nd Fighter Wing of Fort Wayne. He served for 30 years, retiring in 2014. During his active duty he served as chief of supply in Balad, Iraq and he was also deployed through his years in Qatar and Iraq. He was an active part of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After retirement he wanted to stay active. He assisted the Fulton County Sheriff’s department as a correctional officer.

                As a young man he grew up in Floyd County, Kentucky. He ran the hills barefoot in Ruff and Tuff Holler. He and his family traveled back and forth to Indiana for work. In elementary school his family settled in the Sydney area. Then they moved to Silver Lake, where he would first meet his future wife Billie.

                He loved Taekwondo, and he was a fifth degree black belt. He ran a school in North Manchester and Akron, where he was instrumental in many children’s lives. He was an avid traveler. He loved camping with family. Every year they took the entire family on a vacation. He and his wife traveled all around the world, including Mexico and Italy.

                Joe’s love for riding started many years ago. He showed up on his first date with Billie on a motorcycle. He rode all kinds and brands of motorcycles. His last bike was a teal Harley-Davidson trike. He loved to take motorcycle trips down to Brown County. He also enjoyed rebuilding golf carts in his spare time.

                Joe is survived by his wife Billie RISNER of Akron;daughters Nicole (Albert) GUTIERREZ of Akron and Stacey HOXIE; grandchildren Emma, Dylon, Elizabeth, Bella, Gavin, Axel, and Frankie; siblings James (Barb) RISNER, Drema (Todd) MONTGOMERY of Burket, Debbie (Mike) JENSEN of Hamlet, Danny (Donna) RISNER of Warsaw; and sister-in-law Irene RISNER; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul RISNER.

                The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester Street, Akron, with Pastor Tim LEE officiating. Military honors will be performed at the Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake. The visitation hours will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice of animal shelter in Joe’s memory. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Ellen M. REED-SMITH

January 3, 1935-October 15, 2021

                Ellen Mae (FRUSH) REED-SMITH, 86, of rural Fulton County, passed away October 15, 2021 at 9:55 a.m. at her residence.

                On January 3, 1935 in Warsaw, she was born to Robert FRUSH and Princess Marie (RATHBURN) FRUSH. Ellen had lived most of her life in Marshall County.

                On May 14, 1955 in Warsaw, she married Thomas R. REED. They shared the next 48 years before he passed in 2003. On January 26, 2008 at the Walnut Church of the Brethren she married Donald E. SMITH.

                Ellen was an abstractor working for First Federal Savings Bank as an escrow processor until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of the Walnut Church of the Brethren. Ellen served with the Gideons International, for which she was Indiana president of Gideons Auxiliary. She served many years as a 4-H leader in Fulton County and always enjoyed the sheep project. Ellen was a graduate of Warsaw High School with the class of 1952.

                Ellen is survived by her husband Donald SMITH, Rochester; daughter Cheryl Lynn LEININGER of Merrill, Wisconsin; son Robert L. REED and wife Jamie of Plymouth; grandchildren Aaron LEININGER, Seth LEININGER, and Latosha REED; three great-grandchildren; and brother James FRUSH and wife Charlene, Sanatobia, Miss. She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband Thomas REED.

                Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at Walnut Church of the Brethren, 5975 19th Road, Argos. Funeral service will be Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the church with Rev. Robert E. RICE Jr. Burial will follow at the Walnut Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Argos. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos.

 

Helen I. BREIDINGER

September 9, 1946-October 14, 2021

                Helen Irene BREIDINGER, 75, Rochester, passed away at 4:02 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                She was born on September 9, 1946 in Kewanna, the daughter of John Loren and Roxie (MACLAIN) FRY. On July 22, 1969 in Rochester, she married Russell L. BREIDINGER and he survives.

                Helen had been a homemaker, had worked for Rochester Community Schools in food service, and had worked for the Kewanna Observer. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and collecting books creating a home library, and was an avid Elvis fan.

                Survivors include her husband, Russell L. BREIDINGER, Rochester; son Ryan (Leslie) BREIDINGER, Rochester; grandchildren Alexandria COLEMAN and Elyse COLEMAN, both of Rochester; sister Shirley (Jack) SUBAT, Oak Park, Illinois; brother, John (Cindy) FRY, Rochester; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Joe FRY, and sister Rose WAGONER.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Dr. Mark SPENCER officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

William G. BUBB

November 14, 1950-October 15, 2021

                William G. BUBB, 70, Tippecanoe, and a longtime resident of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, passed away at 4:47 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on November 14, 1950, in Granville, Pennsylvania, the son of Robert B. and Ruth L. (BRINDEL) BUBB. He served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On July 26, 1973 in Granville, Pennsylvania, he married Denise HARMON and she survives.

                Bill had been a steelworker and bricklayer for many years at Standard Steel in Burnham, Pennsylvania and had worked as a contractor for Paul FINK. He attended the Pleasant View Bible Church in Warsaw, and had attended the Calvary Bible Church in Lewistown. A lover of the outdoors, he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his family—especially his granddaughters.

                Survivors include his wife, Denise BUBB, Tippecanoe;children Tyler BUBB, Port Angeles, Washington, Nikki (Josiah) DRUCKENMILLER, Bourbon; grandchildren Ivy DRUCKENMILLER and Ella DRUCKENMILLER, both of Bourbon; brother Robert (Kathryn) BUBB, Lewistown, Pennsylvania; and childhood friend John (Kathy) MORRISON, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Debra BUBB.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 21, 2021, at King-Barr Funeral Home, Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Burial will be in the Juniata Memorial Park, Lewiston, PA. Friends may visit from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Bible Church, Lewistown. Local arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

Cassandra L. WALGAMUTH

                Cassandra Louise WALGAMUTH, 33, Rochester, passed away Saturday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday October 20, 2021

 

Thomas Michael MATE

August 26, 1943-Ocotber 16, 2021

                Thomas “Tom” Michael MATE, 78, Rochester, died to life with Christ on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital surrounded by his family.

                Born August 26, 1943 in Chicago, he was the son of the late Paul and Francis MATE. During his teen years he worked for the IC Central Railroad with his father.

                Tom achieved his childhood dream and became a Chicago fireman, his career lasting 32 years. He became an engineer of Engine 13 stationed in downtown Chicago. He told many of us “If you love your job, you never work a day in your life.”

                He spent summers at Yogi Bear Campground with his family. Fishing with his son, Tom, always was a highlight, catching fish at a lake and bringing them back to let them go in the pond at Yogi. He started a fire department and built a pole barn with his friends that was used to store the fire truck he purchased with the help of his friends. He always organized picnics and 4th of July parties. He never left a good occasion for a party undone.

                While working as a fireman, he owned and operated a family business, an ornamental iron shop. His “hobby” job became his full-time job. In 1989, he helped his daughter start Upright Iron Works. He worked for her until his death.

                In 1998, he purchased a building in Kewanna and opened Luke’s Products and Auction. It was a place he and Luke could buy and sell items. He just loved the small town with a big heart.

                He wintered in Florida, organizing many block parties for the 55-plus park residents and many friends. The block parties included a whole day of fun for hundreds of people, from elephant rides and circuses to food and games all day. He was always getting people involved to work hard and still enjoy the fun. Tom didn’t know it was work.

                His passion for the last 18 years was the Kewanna Fall Festival. He and Luke, along with his new friend Ashley, pulled it off again this past September. He gave his all to having a festival that everyone could enjoy with free activities for all. This was all done with the help of hundreds of sponsors. Tom had a true gift of making people happy.

                He is survived by the love of his life, Diane MATE, Rochester, who he married in 1969; daughter Elizabeth “Beth” MATE-BIAS and husband Charlie of Crown Point, son Thomas D. MATE and wife Denise of Oak Forest, Illinois, son Luke MATE of Rochester, daughter Nancy BOEREMA and husband Larry, of Plainfield, Illinois; and nine grandchildren, Devin, Hunter, Brooke, Lena, Law, Grace, Betty, Aniya, and Izaac. He is also preceded in death by brother Don MATE (U.S. Army), and grandchildren Nathan and Rose.

                Service will be at 1 p.m. EST Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran, 1314 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Pastor Eric AHLEMEYER will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. EST Friday, October 22, 2021, at Rans Funeral Homes, 123 E. Main Street, Kewanna, and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made payable to Northern Indiana Community Foundation. In the memo add Kewanna Fall Festival Fund in memory of Tom MATE or Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna. Tom’s online guest book is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Cassandra L. WALGAMUTH

October 25, 1987-October 16, 2021

                Cassandra Louise WALGAMUTH, 33, Rochester, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021, at her residence. She was born October 25, 1987, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Randy and Sandra K. (CASTLE) WALGAMUTH.

                Cassandra had previously worked for Penguin Point in Warsaw. She enjoyed listening to music and taking care of her cat Milo.

                Survivors include her mother, Sandra BYERS, Rochester;father, Randy WALGAMUTH, Warsaw; sister Ann CASTLE, Warsaw; grandmother Wilma Jean CASTLE, Warsaw; several aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Bob CASTLE and her paternal grandparents.

                Friends may visit from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Jeanette MCKEE

January 14, 1943-September 28, 2021

                Jeanette MCKEE, 78, Rochester, and formerly of Akron, passed away at 5:27 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born January 14, 1943, in Fulton County, the daughter of Clair and Margaret (HEIGHWAY) JONES. She married Dr. John MCKEE in 1989 and he survives.

                Jeanette had been office manager for Manitou Veterinary Clinic and a homemaker. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and visiting with family. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her many flowers.

                Survivors include her husband, Dr. John MCKEE, North Manchester; sons Michael “Mike” (Sherry) SHOEMAKER, Albion, Bob (Nikki) SHOEMAKER, Rochester, Jim (Shu-Yi Tsou) SHOEMAKER, Dublin, California;grandchildren Emma SHOEMAKER, Indianapolis, Luke (Alyssa) SHOEMAKER, Georgetown, Parker SHOEMAKER and Jordan SHOEMAKER, Rochester; brother, Ron (Pat) JONES, Silver Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Patty SHOEMAKER.

                Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Rochester. Burial will take place later at Athens Cemetery, Athens. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday October 21, 2021

 

Dr. Jeffrey Lee HOOVER

September 11, 1959-October 11, 2021

                Dr. Jeffrey Lee HOOVER, 62, of Sacramento, California, passed away October 11, 2021, after a sudden cardiac event. He was born September 11, 1959, in Anderson, to Patricia and George HOOVER.

                Dr. HOOVER was a man of many talents, but everyone who knew him also knew that music and art were his life’s work. Growing up in Northern Indiana, Jeffrey started playing the clarinet in fourth grade and began playing the saxophone when he entered high school.

                He graduated from Rochester High School in 1977. He attended Ball State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education in 1981 and saxophone was his principal instrument. He received a master’s degree from Ball State in 1985 in music composition and musicology. He then pursued an interdisciplinary doctorate in music and arts at Texas Tech University and graduated with his Ph.D. in 1991.

                He established a career as a music teacher in public and private schools and was a university professor in music and arts at Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas, Illinois Central College, Peoria, Illinois, University of Baltimore, California State University, Sacramento, and Sacramento City College.

                Over his career, his body of compositions, ranging from music for vocal soloist to symphony orchestra, received recognition through the prestigious Trieste prize, the Russolo competition, awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, the Lancaster Fine Arts Festival, grants, publications, fellowships, and more than 20 commissions.

                His music has been performed by many great artists and his book, The Arts and Society: Making New Worlds, is also used and recognized in universities as a narration of the rich and diverse experience in the arts.

                He leaves a loving wife of 27 years, Joy (WHARTMAN) HOOVER, daughter Elle HOOVER, and step-daughter Katie HOWARD, all of Sacramento. Jeffrey was a devoted husband, father, friend and colleague. His sweet, kind and unique nature was adored by all who knew him. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his mother Patricia (KUMLER) HOOVER, Rochester; and sister Jennie CAREY (Chuck), Plymouth. He was preceded in death by his father George HOOVER.

                A memorial service will be at California State University, Sacramento, in the Capistrano Concert Hall on November 14 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, during which some of his works will be performed. Memorials can be made to the Jeffrey HOOVER Memorial Scholarship at https://bit.ly/3ALOFJc, or by sending to Sacramento State, University Development, Attention Nebrisa FISH, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6030. Please include “Jeffrey HOOVER Memorial Scholarship” in the memo line. More about Jeffrey: https://www.jeffreyhoovermusic.com/

 

Reinhold R. ‘Bob’ LEMBKE

December 10, 1935-October 19, 2021

                Reinhold Robert “Bob” LEMBKE, 85, changed his address from Gold Canyon, Arizona to his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

                Bob LEMBKE was born December 10, 1935 to Reinhold John and Christine LEMBKE in Lincoln, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic stationed in Germany from 1957-1960. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1960. After college, he moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where he met and married Barbara CROSS in 1961. The first half of his working career was in management with Sears, Roebuck and Co. He went on to be the human resources manager at Torx, a division of Camcar, and retired in 1998.

                He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rochester, serving as a trustee, Sunday school superintendent, and congregational vice president. When he and Barbara moved to Gold Canyon, Arizona, he was an active member at Mt. View Lutheran church as a trustee, council member, and usher. He was also an active Lion’s Club member for many years in both Rochester and Gold Canyon, where he served as president of each.

                He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and breakfast with the “boys” on his street. Bob was a talented craftsman and often built sturdy household items. He built a table and grandfather clock from walnut trees he felled on family land in Nebraska. He even made an adorable two-story doll house. He especially enjoyed making wooden, antique cars. He even had an exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Bob also painted during his leisure time. But most of all, he loved his family dearly. He loved fishing in Canada with his sons and grandson. When family would come for a visit, he loved to take them to fun and interesting places. Family Christmases were always a joyous and happy time for him.

                Preceding him in death were his parents, infant son Timothy, in-laws Wesley and Dorothy CROSS, brother-in-law Richard W. CROSS. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the love of his life, Barbara LEMBKE;three wonderful children, R. David LEMBKE (Sandra), Robert W. LEMBKE and Nancy J. BONSON (Brady); sister Barbara C. WILLIAMS; brother Michael J. LEMBKE (Melody); sisters-in-law Joanna WALDO and Carole CROSS; five grandchildren, Brandy PRENTICE (Jamey), Douglas LEMBKE (Delaney), R. Brian LEMBKE, Alecia BONSON and Benjamin BONSON; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Bob LEMBKE will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2021, in the St. John’s Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson St., Rochester. Pastor Curtis MAY will officiate. The Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Army will accord military graveside rites at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made in Bob’s memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Friday October 22, 2021

 

Roy E. IMEL

                Roy E. IMEL, 79, Rochester, died Wednesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday October 23, 2021

 

Reinhold R. ‘Bob’ LEMBKE

December 10, 1935-October 19, 2021

                The celebration of the life of Reinhold Robert “Bob” LEMBKE, 85, Gold Canyon, Arizona, has been moved from Wednesday to Tuesday, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson Street, Rochester.

                Pastor Curtis MAY will officiate. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. The Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United States Army will accord military graveside rites at Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.

                Born December 10, 1935 to Reinhold John and Christine LEMBKE in Lincoln, Illinois, Bob served in the U.S. Army as a medic, stationed in Germany from 1957-1960. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1960. After college he moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where he met and married Barbara Cross in 1961.

                The first half of his working career was in management with Sears, Roebuck and Co. He went on to be the human resources manager at Torx, a division of Camcar, and retired in 1998.

                He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rochester, serving as a trustee, Sunday school superintendent, and congregational vice president. When he and Barbara moved to Gold Canyon, Arizona, he was an active member at Mt. View Lutheran church as a trustee, council member, and usher. He was also an active Lion’s Club member for many years in both Rochester and Gold Canyon, where he served as president of each.

                He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and breakfast with the “boys” on his street. Bob was a talented craftsman and often built sturdy household items. He built a table and grandfather clock from walnut trees he felled on family land in Nebraska. He even made an adorable two-story doll house. He especially enjoyed making wooden, antique cars. He even had an exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Bob also painted during his leisure time. But most of all, he loved his family dearly. He loved fishing in Canada with his sons and grandson. When family would come for a visit, he loved to take them to fun and interesting places. Family Christmases were always a joyous and happy time for him.

                Preceding him in death were his parents, infant son Timothy, in-laws Wesley and Dorothy CROSS, brother-in-law Richard W. CROSS. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the love of his life, Barbara LEMBKE;three wonderful children, R. David LEMBKE (Sandra), Robert W. LEMBKE and Nancy J. BONSON (Brady); sister Barbara C. WILLIAMS; brother Michael J. LEMBKE (Melody); sisters-in-law Joanna WALDO and Carole CROSS; five grandchildren, Brandy PRENTICE (Jamey), Douglas LEMBKE (Delaney), R. Brian LEMBKE, Alecia BONSON and Benjamin BONSON; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

                Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made in Bob’s memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Good Family Funeral Home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Roy E. IMEL

February 14, 1942-Ocotber 20, 2021

                Roy E. IMEL, 79, Rochester, passed away at 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born February 14, 1942, in South Bend, the son of Joseph H. and Lois L. (BUDD) IMEL. On February 23, 1963, in Knox, he married Shirley Ruth HAZEN and she survives.

                Roy was a machinist at Sealed Power more than 35 years and briefly worked for the Dana Corporation, Richmond. After retiring he worked at Mystic Hills Golf Course, Culver. He had been a member of the Rochester Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a board member, and The Eagles Lodge. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and spending time with his family.

                Survivors include his wife, Shirley R. IMEL, Rochester;children Sheila (Don) WRIGHT, Leiters Ford, Rick (Lydia) IMEL, Elkhart, Suzette (Dave) ZIMMERMAN, Warsaw; 24 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; sister Rose BRITTON, Phoenix, Arizona; brothers Bill IMEL, South Bend, Ron (Betty) IMEL, Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and son David IMEL.

                Funeral service is noon Monday, October 25, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastors Don MEYER and Paul PLETCHER officiating. Friends may visit from 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the funeral home. Private burial will be at Eagle Creek Cemetery, Knox. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Tuesday October 26, 2021

 

Vivian Ann PESARESI

May 10, 1943-October 22, 2021

                Vivian Ann PESARESI, 78, of Mishawaka, and formerly of Winamac, passed away with her loving husband by her side on Friday, October 22, 2021.

                She was born May 10, 1943, in Kewanna, to the late Henry John and Alice Lorraine (WELLER) MONTZ. She was a 1961 graduate of Kewanna High School. On August 26, 1961, Vivian married Daniel J. PESARESI in Kewanna. In August of this year, they were blessed to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at Ruth’s Chris with their daughter, Anna Maria and their son, Dan, Jr. and his wife Lisa.

                Vivian was a proud homemaker and strong supporter of her husband’s family business, Winamac Coil Spring. She hosted numerous parties and gatherings which nurtured a family like atmosphere for the workers and customers of WCS. Vivian and Daniel enjoyed many winters in Phoenix, Arizona. They enjoyed attending Notre Dame Football games together. Vivian would always call her son after a win and play the Notre Dame Victory March. She was a loving and dedicated mother. She was faithful to attend all of their events and activities over the years. From band contests to sporting events and everything-in-between; she was always there.

                Vivian was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. As an advocate for higher education, Vivian was proud to hold the title of Fellow at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer. She enjoyed music, old movies, nature, swimming, bowling, and playing golf. Vivian touched so many hearts over the years and leaves behind a legacy of kindness. She will be dearly missed.

                She is survived by her husband, Daniel J. PESARESI, Sr. of Mishawaka; two children, Anna Maria PESARESI of Mishawaka and Daniel J. (Lisa) PESARESI, Jr. of Plymouth; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marv KOLESZAR of Seneca, South Carolina, Renate MONTZ, Kewanna, Barbara (Gene) HUBER of Winamac, and Terry PESARESI of Winamac; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry John and Alice Lorraine (WELLER) MONTZ; two siblings, Victor MONTZ and Lillian KOLESZAR; her in-laws, Walter and Theresa PESARESI; and a brother-in-law, Joe PESARESI.

                Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A Scriptural Wake Service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Frain Mortuary with Rev. Leroy KINNAMAN officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame for the Dujarie House or Raclin Hospice House. Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

Bernard D. KUHN

May 26, 1931-October 22, 2021

                Bernard D. KUHN, 90, of rural Mentone, went home to be with his Lord and Savior and his beautiful wife at 3:35 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021, at the Seasons Care Home of Warsaw.

                Bernard was born May 26, 1931, in Fulton County, to the late Willard and Mabel (HOFFMAN) KUHN. He was married May 18, 1951, at the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church of Akron, to Pauline B. “Polly” WHITTENBERGER, who preceded him in death January 7, 2015.

                Bernard was a 1949 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had been a farmer all of his life as well as working for the Kosciusko County Highway Department and Sun Metal of Warsaw.

                He was a longtime member of the Burket United Methodist Church. He could be seen frequently all around the area singing with the Friends Quartet. He enjoyed traveling on bus trips with his wife and many friends. Bernard worked the land with his John Deere machinery.

                He is survived by his daughters, Beverly and husband Randy ROMINE of Etna Green, and Brenda and husband Donnie LYNCH of Warsaw; sons Jeff KUHN and Debbi TAYLOR of Burket and Greg and wife Lee KUHN of Burket;grandchildren Kerry, Cory, Kylie, Kayla, Ashley, Hannah, and Lacey; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Tona HUFF of Burket. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, wife Polly, and brothers Virgil and Donald KUHN.

                The funeral service will be at noon, Thursday October 28, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker Street, Mentone, with Pastor Duane KLINE officiating. The interment will take place in the Harrison Center Cemetery, Etna Green, next to his wife. Graveside military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post #49 of Warsaw. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Memorial contributions can be made in Bernard’s memory to Heartland Home Health &Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Suite 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com

 

Tony L. BALSLEY

                Tony L. BALSLEY, 59, Rochester, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday October 27, 2021

 

Linda MAIBAUER

September 7, 1956-September 12, 2021

                Linda MAIBAUER, St. Petersburg, Florida, died September 12, 2021. Survivors include her son, Daniel MAIBAUER; brother Larry MAIBAUER, Rochester; sisters Anna ROE, Rochester, and Susan SLACK, Rochester. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 6, at the Church of the Nazarene, Rochester.

 

Thursday October 28, 2021

 

Tony Lee BALSLEY

June 17, 1962-October 25, 2021

                Tony Lee BALSLEY, 59, Rochester, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Monday, October 25, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born on June 17, 1962, in Bremen, the son of Leonard and Janice (SWARTZ) BALSLEY. After graduating from Triton High School, he served with the United States Army, spending two years stationed in Germany. On February 21, 1987, in Bourbon, he married Kimberly LANG and she survives.

                Tony had worked in the produce department for Kroger grocery store. Previously he had worked for Wirecraft in Bourbon, Lear Corporation and Nisco, both of Bremen, and Royalty Roofing in Warsaw. In his spare time he enjoyed collecting receipts, cooking on the grill, D & D gaming, and loved dragon collectables.

                Survivors include his wife, Kimberly BALSLEY, Rochester; children Janice BALSLEY, Rochester, Shy BALSLEY, Rochester, Carley BALSLEY, Andrews, and Remmy BALSLEY, Rochester; grandson Nathan Lee GARRETT, Andrews;brothers Marty (Denise) HECKAMAN, Etna Green, Kim (Jane) HECKAMAN, Bremen, Rex (Leanne) HECKAMAN, Nappanee, Terry (Barb) HECKAMAN, Michigan; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his mother Janice BALSLEY in 1968, his step-mother Gelenice BALSLEY who helped raise him, father Leonard BALSLEY, and sister-in-law, Barb HECKAMAN.

                Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be at a later date at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Friday October 29, 2021

 

A Ruth ZARTMAN

February 5, 1931-October 27, 2021

                A Ruth ZARTMAN, 90, Rochester, passed away at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Wampler’s Senior Home, Bourbon.

                She was born February 5, 1931 in Benton County, Tennessee, the daughter of Jessie and Lucille (RAYBORN) ALLEN. On June 4, 1946, in Corinth, Miss. She married A. Garfield MILLS. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1971. On June 28, 1974, in Michigantown, she married Kenneth ZARTMAN and he preceded her in death on September 2, 2004.

                Over the years, Ruth had worked on the family farm, helped operate the Cozy Corner Café with her husband in Fulton, was employed by the Rochester Community Schools and later in life served as a Home Health caregiver. She was a member of the Rochester Church of the Nazarene and participated in several short term mission trips to foreign countries and numerous trips to volunteer at Native American schools in New Mexico and Arizona. She had been an avid traveler visiting all fifty states and traveling to five continents.

                Survivors include her daughters, Ann (Bruce) BEEHLER, Kewanna, and Jan (David) DITTMAN, Portageville, Missouri; grandchildren Todd (Paula) BEEHLER, Rochester, Troy (Shoda) BEEHLER, Rochester, Traci (Tom) COURSEY, Crawfordsville, Megan (Chris) MURPHY, Peachtree City, Georgia, Kelly (Kevin) GUTHRIE, Portageville, Missouri, Erin (Kevin) CLEMONS, Midland, Michigan; eighteen great-grandchildren; sister Zelma GROSS, Paris, Tennessee; brothers Wayne (Jenna) ALLEN, Paris, Tennessee, Jim (Vivian) ALLEN, Big Sandy, Tennessee;sister-in-law, Jemmie ALLEN, Big Sandy, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Willie Mae FRENCH, Kathy WALTER, Betty MATHIS, and Wanda HARTLEY, and brothers Ray ALLEN and Roy ALLEN.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, November 1, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Don MEYER officiating. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery, Kewanna. Memorial contributions can be made to the Rochester Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

George Francis SCOTT

                George Francis SCOTT passed away October 10, 2021. He was born in Rochester to the late Arthur Thomas and Freda SCOTT MCCALLA. After serving in the United States Army he worked for several years as a bartender at the Eagles Lode in Rochester.

                In 1973 he made the move to Indianapolis and was the bar manager for the Moose Lodge #17, until he retired. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, VFW and the American Legion. George was an avid reader and enjoyed taking care of his lawn.

                He is survived by his children, Gregory SCOTT of Rochester, Teri VANCE of Texas, Brenda KELLY (Brad) of Rochester; sisters Gladys GALLOWAY (John), Connie TERPSTRA (Pete), Sandra WISENBERG (James);sister-in-law Kathy MCCALLA; grandchildren Kyle KAMP, Gracie KELLY and Joni and Nathan SCOTT. He is also survived by several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Echo Larue MCCALLA, sister Barbra TURNER and her husband Art, brothers Laverne “Butch” SCOTT, and Harold MCCALLA.

 

Marilyn E. MOON

                The funeral service for Marilyn E. (BROWNING) MOON, 92, Rochester, who died September 26, 2021 at Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka, is 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the Kewanna Church of Christ with Chaplain Wyatt SMITH officiating. Burial will follow at Moon Cemetery in Fulton County. Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel in Kewanna, is handling arrangements.

 

Dorothy D. MILLER

September 8, 1953-October 26, 2021

                Dorothy Diane MILLER, 68, Peru, died Tuesday at her home. Survivors include her daughter Emily BAUMAN, Fulton; sister Judy HOVERMALE, Denver; brothers Ronald K. WORKING, Mexico, and Jeffrey D. WORKING, Macy.

                Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Bonnie J. SNIPES

                Bonnie Jean SNIPES, 87, rural Rochester, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday at White Oak Health Campus of Monticello. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone.

 

Saturday October 30, 2021

 

Renate MONTZ

July 5, 1940-October 25, 2021

                Renate MONTZ, 81, of Kewanna passed away at her home on Monday, October 25, 2021. She was born July 5, 1940, in Freising, Germany, to Wilhelm and Renata (WIMMER) OBERLOHER. Renate moved with her mom from Germany to Kewanna in 1956, graduated from Kewanna High School and on September 23, 1960 married Victor Alan MONTZ. Renate spoke fluent English and German.

                Renate was an avid gardener, transforming a former two-acre cornfield into a nature lover’s paradise full of trees she planted herself while holding down a full time job on the night shift at Singer in Winamac.

                She hosted many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at her home. Cooking for her family was close to her heart. Her daughters especially enjoyed the German meals Renate served them.

                Renate was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed music, nature, and spending time outdoors whether alone or with her children and grandchildren. She marveled at God’s creation. She leaves a legacy behind of joy and kindness. Renate will be dearly missed.

                Survivors include her mother, Renate OBERLOHER-WELLER of Kewanna; daughters Christina Renate MACE (David) of Owens Cross Road, Ala., and Lorrie Lynn KENDALL (Dwayne) of Westfield; grandchildren John A. MACE (Ellis) of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., Kiersten Renate DALTON (Landon) of Gurley, Ala.; great-granddaughter Elle Renate DALTON, Gurley, Ala.; brother Wilhelm OBERLOHER of San Antonio, Texas; stepsiblings, Jimmy WELLER of Lafayette, Claudia WELLER-NEWCOMER of Rochester, Sharon WELLER of Zionsville, and special friend Alan MCPHERSON of Kewanna. She was preceded in death by father, Wilhelm OBERLOHER, husband Victor MONTZ and stepfather, Paul “Bud” WELLER.

                Family service and burial is Monday, November 1, at 11 a.m. at Bruce Lake Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, Kewanna. Renate’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

 

Jack BUTTS

                Jack BUTTS, 81, Naples, Florida, died Thursday evening at Avow Hospice House, Naples. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday November 2, 2021

 

Lois E. VAN METER

February 7, 1935-October 29, 2021

                Lois E. (BURTON) VAN METER, 86, formerly of Jackson, Michigan, and Fulton County, passed away Friday evening, October 29, 2021, in Fairlawn, Ohio.

                She was born February 7, 1935, in Fulton, the daughter of Fred A. and Lelia Belle (GAULT) BURTON. On July 12, 1953, in Cass County, she married Harold VAN METER. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2012.

                Lois was an Avon representative, Real Estate agent, a 7-Eleven store employee and a volunteer at the Jackson Hospital. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, and baking, especially with her family and friends. Her family will cherish the quilts she made as well as many memories of baking together and eating her famous waffles. She led two card clubs and was a member of the Lois Club and the Calvary United Methodist Church. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She enjoyed having long phone conversations with her loved ones.

                Survivors include her son, David (Barbara) VAN METER;grandchildren, Ron (Jennifer) VAN METER, Carrie (Robert MAST) VAN METER, Ashley (Andrew) KLUG, Jessica VAN METER, David (Hannah) VAN METER, and Lauren VAN METER;great-grandchildren Joey VAN METER, Emily VAN METER-MAST, Tyler KLUG and Paige KLUG. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Barbara Jo VAN METER in 1999, Brenda Kay VAN METER in 2016; siblings Lincoln BURTON, Donald BURTON, Wanda BURTON, and Alberta BARKER, who passed away earlier the same day.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Fulton. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Metea Baptist Cemetery, Metea. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lois’s former church, Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus St., Jackson, MI, 49202.

 

Bobby TACKETT

September 11, 1938-November 1, 2021

                Bobby Barbara Ann (CAMPBELL) TACKETT, Port Wentworth, Georgia, died Monday. Her immediate survivors include her children, Mike of Georgia, Mary Catherine of Michigan, Phil of Rochester, John of Missouri, and Tina of Georgia.

                Her service will be in June 2022 when family can all gather.

 

Rebecca S. HOLLOWAY

June 2, 1960-October 30, 2021

                Rebecca “Becky” Sue HOLLOWAY, 61, Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. Immediate survivors include her husband, Rob;daughter Chrystal RADERSTORF, Rochester; son Robert “Lee” HOLLOWAY III, Peru;sister Sandy OLIVER, Rochester; brother Ron MATHIAS, Rochester.

                Her visitation and service is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday November 3, 2021

 

Jack Lloyd BUTTS

July 10, 1940-October 28, 2021

                Jack Lloyd BUTTS, 81, of Naples, Florida, passed away comfortably on Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the presence of his loving family. Jack was born July 10, 1940 to J. Lloyd BUTTS and Clara Annabelle (TOOTIE/GGB) BUTTS in Michigan City.

                Jack attended Purdue University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management in 1962. While attending Purdue, he was student body president, Cary Quadrangle president, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Iron Key, Scabbard & Blade and was on the President’s Council. He was also in the ROTC.

                After graduating from Purdue, Jack joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California, assigned as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer aboard the USS Uhlmann DD 687. Jack married Ann Elaine SWIHART on February 9, 1963.

                Upon completion of his service in 1964, Jack and Ann moved to Valparaiso where Ann completed her college degree in education. Jack was hired by Arthur Anderson (now known as Accenture) from 1965 to 1969, and he and Ann moved to Arlington Heights, Illinois. They later moved to Hinsdale, Illinois where they had their two sons, Jason (1972) and Kevin (1976).

                Jack completed his MBA at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He made partner in charge in Arthur Anderson’s Chicago office.

                In 1983, Jack and his family moved to Weston, Massachusetts, where he was named managing partner for Anderson Consulting until 1990. At this time Jack was transferred to Seoul, Korea where he was named country managing partner of Northern Asia. After living in Seoul four years, Jack and Ann returned to the U.S. and he retired from Anderson Consulting in December 1996. He was also proud to be a 32nd Degree Mason.

                Post retirement Jack was an adjunct professor of management information systems at C. H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and an adjunct professor of technology at J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

                When not working Jack threw himself into a myriad of activities and spending time with his family. He enjoyed traveling the world, riding his motorcycle, snow skiing, water skiing, bicycling, fishing, kayaking, and of course playing tennis and golf-his favorites.

                He has been described as the truest of gentlemen and the kindest of souls. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

                He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Ann; his sister Barbara SAVAGE of Peru; his sons, Jason (Amy) of Zionsville, and Kevin (Renee) of Arlington, Tennessee; his three grandchildren, Alex, Teel, and Tinley; and his two nieces, Jennifer DEGROFF of Warsaw, and Erin SAVAGE of Peru and their families; as well as the entire SWIHART family of Indiana, Missouri, and Tennessee.

                He will be interned at The Culver Masonic Cemetery next to his parents in Culver, his home away from home. In lieu of flowers the family requests friends and family make donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or a charity they hold dear. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday November 4, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday November 5, 2021

 

Florence C. PERDUE

                Florence C. PERDUE, 91, Rochester, died Wednesday evening at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday November 6, 2021

 

Florence C. PERDUE

July 11, 1930-November 3, 2021

                Florence C. PERDUE, 91, Rochester, passed away at 9:27 p.m. Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at her residence.

                She was born on July 11, 1930, in East Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Atly and Lillie (ARNOLD) CENCION and graduated from Akron High School in 1948. On August 6, 1948, in Akron, she married Thomas “Sonny” D. PERDUE Jr. He preceded her in death on August 2, 2011.

                Florence retired from Hart, Schaffner and Marx after 33 years as a quality supervisor manager. She had been an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Rebekah’s Lodge for more than 50 years where she held offices at the local, district and state levels, American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing the piano, was an avid reader, enjoyed collecting bells, loved to dance and was an adventurous traveler.

                Survivors include her sons, Thomas D. (Sarah) PERDUE III, Palm Springs, California, Michael (Peggy) PERDUE, Rochester, and Melvin PERDUE, Jacksonville Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Dr. Adrienne PERDUE (Wayne) FORTNER, Riverview, Florida, Thomas S. (Yesenid) PERDUE, Haslet, Texas, Jason A. PERDUE, Los Angeles, California, Christy PERDUE, Rochester, David (Jordan) PERDUE, Rochester, Tim (Rachael) PERDUE, Chatam, Illinois, Jessica PERDUE (Jason) Lee, Dawson, Illinois; numerous great-grandchildren; and sister, Joyce PERDUE, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Royal CENCION in 2010, and brother-in-law, Dean L. PERDUE.

                Funeral services, along with a Rebekah Lodge service, will be conducted at noon Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Karen S. WIDEMAN

July 20, 1959-November 3, 2021

                Karen Sue (SPANGLER) WIDEMAN, 62, Macy, passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in Montgomery County.

                Born July 20, 1959, in Peru, she was the daughter of the late Alfa Eugene SPANGLER and Roberta Virginia HOLLIS SPANGLER. On October 12, 1980, at the Macy Christian Church, she was married to Kevin Dale WIDEMAN, and he survives.

                She was a 1977 graduate of Maconaquah High School and retired from Trelleborg Corporation in Peru. She enjoyed camping with her husband and family, and she loved her Lord with all her heart and soul. She attended First Church of Christ, Peru, and was a member of the Macy Christian Church. She was a prayer warrior and made sure her family knew she prayed for them all the time.

                She was a proud wife, mom and grandma, who loved her family and leaves behind her husband, Kevin WIDEMAN, Macy; two daughters, Amy (Brien) SIMS, Blanchard, Oklahoma, and Kelli (Andy) CARVER, Andrews; five grandchildren, Mayah SIMS, Reuben SIMS, Jake CARVER, Summer CARVER and Addy CARVER;four siblings, Bob (Theresa) SPANGLER, Ossian, Barbara (Mark) DEEDS, Bunker Hill, Ken (Sharon) SPANGLER, Bunker Hill, and Joyce (Phil) KLINE, Rochester;best friend, Ruth CORRELL, Denver.

                Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Evangelist Shane CAPPS officiating. Burial will follow in Five Corners Cemetery, Macy. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to assist with expenses. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Linc A. TOWNSEND

November 5, 1963-November 4, 2021

                Linc Andrew TOWNSEND, 57, Rochester, died at 8:47 a.m. Thursday, November 4, 2021, at his residence.

                Survivors include his wife, Lisa; parents, Jack and Wanda TOWNSEND, Rochester; two sons, Blayne TOWNSEND, Culver, and Brody TOWNSEND, Rochester; three siblings, Jack “Jay” TOWNSEND, Kewanna, Tammy TOWNSEND, Rochester, and Brian TOWNSEND, Fulton; mother-in-law, Judy TEEL GREEN, Rochester, and brother-in-law, Jim TEEL, Lafayette.

                A celebration of the life of Linc Andrew TOWNSEND is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Carla R. LOWE

                Carla R. LOWE, 57, Rochester, died at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday November 9, 2021

 

Stanley F. STEVENS

January 15, 1929-November 7, 2021

                Stanley F. STEVENS, 92, Delong, died at 6:18 a.m. Sunday at his residence. Survivors include a daughter, Judy SCROGGS, Delong;sons Phillip STEVENS and Tim STEVENS, Rochester, Ryan STEVENS and Christopher STEVENS, Culver, and Mark STEVENS, Delong.

                Service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Wednesday November 10, 2021

 

Brelynna FELIX

March 2, 2009-November 5, 2021

                Brelynna Davin Marie FELIX, known to most as “Bre,” passed away unexpectedly and heartbreakingly on Friday, November 5, 2021 near her home in Akron. She was 12 years old.

                The daughter of David FELIX and Ashley KINSEY, she was born in Fort Wayne on March 2, 2009. She was attending Tippecanoe Valley Middle School and was on the school’s basketball team.

                A loving, selfless person with a big heart for helping others, Bre was both sassy and caring. She loved trips to Starbucks and time spent with her friends. She also loved her brothers and sisters and especially her dog, Mia. Those who knew her best were familiar with her crazy socks paired with Croc shoes. She is also remembered for her beauty and her long hair. Mostly, she is remembered for her generous spirit and her love for others.

                Those who survive include her mother, Ashely KINSEY and Brian PURSIFULL of Akron and Argos, respectively; father David FELIX and wife Tisha FELIX of Albion; two brothers, Isaiah FELIX and Matthew FELIX; two sisters, Destinee (Austin MURRAY) FELIX and Autumn (Jordan COOPER) FELIX; and three nieces whom Bre loved dearly, Skylynn, Melanie and Nevaeh. Also surviving are three stepsiblings, Madelyn, Peter, and Samuel BRADLEY; six aunts and uncles, Cole (Caty) HIRSCHY, Ali (Tertius) STEYN, Cheyenne (Casey) JONES, Terasa (Daniel) MAY, Jacob (Le’Anne) ISAAC and Josh ISAAC; paternal grandmother, Bonnie and Jeff ISAAC; paternal grandfather, Phillip and Karen FELIX;maternal grandfather Travis and Kay HICKS; maternal grandmother Jeanine HIRSCHY-KINSEY;and several great-grandparents. Bre was preceded in passing by an infant brother, Chance James FELIX and great-grandparents Betty and Keith HIRSCHY.

                A Life Celebration is planned with Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Warsaw. Those wishing to support the family may gather for a memorial visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2021, at First Christian Church, 115 Park Ridge Drive, Warsaw. Memorial gifts may be given to the family with envelopes available at the visitation. Written condolences may be left on the funeral home website at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.

 

Barbara Ann TULLIS

August 15, 1943-November 8, 2021

                Barbara Ann CALVERT TULLIS, of Tippecanoe, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2021, at her home with her husband by her side.

                On August 15, 1943, Barbara was born in Rochester to Forrest A. and Edna Marie HARRIS CALVERT. Growing up she shared her childhood with four sisters and five brothers. She was a member of the class of 1961 of Rochester High School.

                Barb and Buddy J. TULLIS were married October 7, 1966 at the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church. They shared 55 years of life and all those daughters.

                Barb and Bud were the owners of Chamberlain’s Bar for several years and grew to love all of their “Bar Kids.” Barb retired from Torin (Lau) in 2008, after 40-plus years. Barb loved to travel, having getaway weekends with her daughters and sitting on her porch watching the river go by.

                Left to cherish the memories of Barb are her husband Bud; five children, Sherri EILER and husband Rod, Gaston, Cheryl KNEE and husband Jim, Pleasant View, Tennessee, Brenda GORR, Bourbon, Lisa TULLIS and wife Lachelle, Warsaw, Ginger GOSSELIN and husband Peter, Kenosha, Wisconsin;11 grandchildren, Jacob EILER, Jared KNEE, Derek KNEE, Carissa (KNEE) BAGLEY, Joe GORR, Heather GORR, Brody COOPER, Logan COOPER, Trisha GOSSELIN, Erica GOSSELIN;12 great-grandchildren and another due to arrive in March 2022; two sisters, Carol SAENZ of Mishawaka, Helen ENYART and husband Dick of Rochester; her chosen sister Diann GRUBE; the bar kids; numerous nieces and nephews and the list goes on. Preceding Barbara in death are her parents; sisters Mary ROCK and Clara REESER; and five CALVERT brothers, Pete, Bob, Bill, Ralph, and Jim.

                A celebration of the life of Barbara Ann CALVERT TULLIS will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Teri WHITE will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Charlann COVER

                Charlann COVER, 72, of Rochester, passed away at 10:34 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021, at St. Vincent Heart Center of Carmel.

Charlann was born in Rochester to Harvey “Sonny” COVER and Georgia GREER KERN. Charlann worked as an inspector for Federal Mogul for 20 years and Lau Industries for 11 years.

Left to cherish the memories of Charlann are sisters, Leeann BROWN, Dothan, Alabama, Pam DONLE (Roger) Simpsonville, South Carolina;brothers Kip KERN (Cheryle) Yemassee, South Carolina, Frank KERN (Debria) Marion, and Carlton COVER of Nyona Lake; and several nieces and nephews as well as cherished cousins. Preceding Charlann in death are her parents.

All donations should go to the Fulton County Animal Center, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jerry RIFE

                Jerry Lee RIFE, 70, Kewanna, died at 2:56 p.m. Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday November 11, 2021

 

Holiday-No Paper

 

Friday November 12, 2021

 

Arlene C. HOUNSHELL

December 20, 1940-November 9, 2021

                Arlene C. HOUNSHELL, 80, Rochester, passed away at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                She was born December 20, 1940, in Muskegon, Michigan, the daughter of Fay J. and Mildred E. (GROSSENBACHER) BATHRICK. She was a proud graduate of the Rochester High School Class of 1959. On June 19, 1960, at the Rochester First Baptist Church, she married Forrest “Dee” HOUNSHELL. He preceded her in death on May 28, 2009.

                Arlene had worked as a school bus driver for Rochester Community Schools and also worked for Olympic Fiberglass. For many years she had been a sales consultant for Tupperware and Avon products. She had been a volunteer with the Tribal Trails Council of the Girl Scouts for more than 25 years, was an early member of the Rochester Lioness Club, participated with the Swingin’ Dudes square dance club and had attended First Christian Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed crafting, sewing, and spending time with family and friends.

                Survivors include her daughters, Cindy (Dave) STEININGER, Rochester, Penny (Don) BILLS, Huntsville, Alabama, Debbie (Mike) WALTER, Nappanee, Jodi (Andrew) FINCHER, Akron, Angie (Jason) HOUNSHELL, Tippecanoe, Holly (John) FEARNOW, Rochester; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren;sisters Karen (Dan) GIBSON, Snohomish, Washington, Marilyn TOWNSEND and Carolyn (Jim) WAGONER, both of Rochester; brother Keith (Carolyn) BATHRICK, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Jason HOUNSHELL, brothers Kenneth BATHRICK and Gordon BATHRICK and sisters Ardith ADAMS and Gail HAYDEN.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021, at New Life Church, Rochester. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Friday November 19, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to service Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arlene C. HOUNSHELL Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Jennifer SHEPHERD

September 22, 1961-November 8, 2021

                Jennifer SHEPHERD, 60, of Warsaw, passed away Monday, November 8, 2021, at her home. Born September 22, 1961, in Blue Island, Illinois, Jennifer was the daughter of Robert MITCHELL of Rochester and Edith (POTTHARST) GUHLCKE of Lubeck, Germany.

                She was a graduate of Rochester High School in 1980 and continued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in speech communication and theatre from Manchester College and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, Ohio, in 1986.

                She worked as a school administration for Huntington North High School. She previously worked in alumni relations for Manchester University. The beginning of her career was spent as a teacher and assistant principal at Warsaw for 20 years, with 2 years spent at Rochester. Jennifer was a board member of the Wagon Wheel Theatre and the Wagon Wheel Community Theatre chairperson.

                Jennifer is survived by son Peter SHEPHERD of Warsaw;daughter Emily SHEPHERD of Warsaw; companion, Randal CLAYTON; and sister Stephanie AUGUSTIN of Port Aransas, Texas. She was preceded in passing by a son, Daniel SHEPHERD, and a brother, Robert MITCHELL.

                Visitation is 3-5 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2021, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A memorial service in celebration of her life will begin at 5 p.m. in the funeral chapel. Pastor Glenn HALL will officiate the service. Interment will be at a later date. Masks are optional and social distancing is encouraged. No food is permitted at this time. Memorial donations may be made to donor’s choice: Wagon Wheel Center for Fine Arts, 2515 E. Center Street, Warsaw, IN 46580; Team Gleason Foundation ALS, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 120, New Orleans, LA 7012; ALS Association Indiana Chapter, 7202 E. 87th Street, #102, Indianapolis, IN 46256; or Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, 1515 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46581. To sign the guestbook or send a condolence go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

 

 

Jerry Lee RIFE

June 20, 1951-November 8, 2021

                Jerry Lee RIFE, 70, Kewanna, passed away at 2:56 p.m. Monday, November 8, 2021, at his residence. He was born June 20, 1951, in Rochester, the son of Lloyd T. and Dolly E. (KINGERY) RIFE.

                Mr. RIFE previously worked at Sealed Power Corp. and Rochester Metal Products and retired from Pioneer Seed as an area supervisor. He served in the Indiana National Guard reserves and enjoyed collecting antique farm tools, gardening, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

                Survivors include his children, Melanie (Trent) PHERSON, Monticello, Delilah (Jason) ROGERS, Royal Center, Melissa (Patrick AHO) RIFE, Marquette, Michigan, Jerry Lee (Rose) RIFE II, Newberry, Michigan;grandchildren Caleb BOWEN, Royal Center, Jayden RIFE, Marquette, Michigan, Chloe ROGERS and Blake ROGERS, both of Royal Center, Mackennah AHO, Carleigh AHO, Ian AHO, all of Marquette, Michigan, Faith RIFE and Jerry Lee RIFE III, both of Newberry, Michigan; and a sister, Carole RIFE, Kewanna. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tender Lea RIFE, sister Janet LOVELESS, and brother Manford RIFE.

                A private service will be observed with burial in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Saturday November 13, 2021

 

Annette WISE

                Annette WISE, 55, Indianapolis, died Sunday, October 31, 2021, at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday November 16, 2021

 

Carla R. LOWE

April 20, 1964-November 4, 2021

                Carla R. LOWE, 57, Rochester, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis.

                She was born April 20, 1964, in Rochester, the daughter of Warren and Nancy (NORMAN) OUSLEY Jr. On April 7, 1985, in Akron, she married Jimmy W. LOWE. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2021. Carla was a homemaker and enjoyed arts and crafts as well as fishing.

                Survivors include her children, April LOWE, Madison, James LOWE, Rochester; sisters Patty OUSLEY Jr., Macy, Tina AMBURGY, Rochester;brother Joseph BROOKS, Macy; and her companion Rader CAMPBELL, Tippecanoe.

                Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery, Athens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carla Lowe Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Suzanne M. WALTZ

August 5, 1950-November 13, 2021

                Suzanne M. WALTZ, 71, Rochester, passed away at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                She was born August 5, 1950, in Rochester, the daughter of William H. and Norma (WAGONER) CADDY Sr. On October 24, 1981, in Rochester, she married Byron W. WALTZ and he survives.

                Suzanne had worked at Manitou Training Center and attended Living Faith Ministries. She enjoyed playing games and was active in Life Care Center activities over the years.

                Survivors include her brother, Pat CADDY, Columbia City. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers William H. CADDY Jr. and David A. CADDY, and sister Marilyn CADDY.

                Funeral service will be conducted at noon Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may call from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

John J. BRAZIL

                John J. BRAZIL, 74, Rochester, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Carlotta D. ROE

                Carlotta D. ROE, 89, Rochester, died at 10:56 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Jack PFLEDDERER

                Jack Lynn PFLEDDERER, 70, Rochester, died Sunday after a short battle with cancer. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

James A. FOX

September 7, 1946-November 12, 2021

                James A. “Jim” FOX, 75, Rochester, died at 8:05 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Survivors include his wife Wanda;daughters Connie MALOTT and Tracy MAPPIN, of Rochester; siblings Rose Ann MASTER, Monterey, and Carl FOX, Richard FOX, and Kenneth FOX, all of Plymouth.

                Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Wednesday November 17, 2021

 

Jack Lynn PFLEDDERER

February 12, 1951-November 7, 2021

                Jack Lynn PFLEDDERER, 70, of Rochester, went to face the Lord on Sunday, November 7, 2021, after a short battle with cancer.

                On February 12, 1951, Jack was born to Edward and Orpha PRATT PFLEDDERER in LaPorte. He worked at Acument Global Technologies for 50 years as a material handler, hardly ever missing a day. He was a faithful and loyal worker and for many years didn’t take vacations until it became mandatory. He saw his factory buddies as family. Jack was second on the plant’s seniority list and received numerous safety awards.

                He enjoyed his job, classic cars, watching movies, film trivia, and visiting his favorite fast-food restaurants. He never ate anywhere without a coupon. Jack would always talk about cars, movies, food and often shared so with his friends. Those who knew him would say, “That’s just Jack!”

                He is survived by one son, Jason and wife Yankho PFLEDDERER;one daughter, Kimberly YEAGER, all of South Bend; his seven grandchildren, Kamara UMBAUGH, Miranda PFLEDDERER, Emily and husband Eric WOLF, Boston and husband Thad SUMMERS, Dumsoni TAKIA, Ariana PFLEDDERER, Annaniah PFLEDDERER, and Azariah PFLEDDERER. He also had three great-grandchildren, Jackson WOLF, Henry WOLF, and Oliver WOLF. Jack is also survived by his sisters, Barbara WILSON and Betty BRADY and her companion Richard MILLER, all of Rochester; his brothers Ken and Karen PFLEDDERER of LaCrosse and Jerry PFLEDDERER of Wanatah;and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his wife, Reba J. PFLEDDERER (2014), both of his parents, and his brother-in-law, Garland WILSON.

                A celebration of life for Jack’s family and friends will be at the IOOF Cemetery, 620 W. Third Street, Rochester, on Thursday, November 18 at 3:15 p.m. The eulogy will be presented by Dr. Jason PFLEDDERER. Following the service, there will be a gathering at Solid Rock Church, 913 Main Street, Rochester, ending at 5:30 p.m. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Carlotta D. ROE

March 17, 1932-November 15, 2021

                Carlotta D. ROE, 89, Rochester, passed away at 10:56 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                She was born March 17, 1932, in Knox, the daughter of William and Doris (COREY) SOLLIDAY. On April 8, 1952, in Rochester, she married George H. “Doc” ROE. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2001.

                Carlotta had worked for Wile’s Department Store and retired from Hart Schaffner and Marx. She enjoyed decorating the interior of her home.

                Survivors include her children, Wayne Douglas ROE, John Patrick ROE, Mary Sue O’DELL, Nancy Patricia HART, all of Rochester; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren; sister Doris MARKS, Angola; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lisa Marie TILLMAN and brother William SOLLIDAY.

                Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, November 19, 2021, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

John James BRAZIL

June 25, 1947-November 13, 2021

                John James (Jim) BRAZIL, 74, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. surrounded by his family at his residence.

                Jim was born on June 25, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan, to James and Helen (CHMELARSKY) BRAZIL. His family moved to Geauga County, Ohio where he spent his childhood with his sisters Jackie and Judy. Jim met the love of his life, Janet Irene JAYNE. They married October 9, 1971 and shared 50 years of life adventures together.

                Jim was active in the Jaycees in Burton, Ohio, volunteered at the Log Cabin on Burton Square collecting maple sap and making maple candy.

                Jim and Jan became parents to a son, Brian, in 1973 and a daughter, Wendy, in 1976. Jim’s family became his everything. He was by his children’s side and active in whatever activity they were in, whether it was making derby racecars for Boy Scouts to loading horses for horse shows.

                For 15 years Jim and Jan would take their children to the Ohio State Fair for 4-H square dancing competitions, and you could find them as well at the Great Geauga County Fair camping and supporting their children in 4-H and Geauga Horse and Pony Association. Jim liked to end the day with a piece of pie from the Hambend Grange booth.

                He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son Brian. Jim was active in the Hubs Square Dance club. He worked at the Geauga County Highway Department for 31 ½ years. Jim was baptized in the early 80s at Faith Baptist Church in Newbury, Ohio, where he became a member and later a trustee for 40 years. He then became a member of United Methodist Church.

                Although his children grew up, got married, and moved out of state, he loved any time he could get with his grandchildren. Jim was truly the wind beneath his family’s wings.

                Jim was preceded in death by his parents James and Helen BRAZIL and sisters Jackie SHERMAN and Judy BOSLEY. He is survived by his wife, Janet BRAZIL of Rochester; son Brian and Elsy-Rose BRAZIL of Lorton, Virginia; daughter Wendy and Matt REINARTZ of Rochester; grandchildren Mindy and Cody BRAZIL of Centerville and Fairfax, Virginia, respectively and Kyle and Tanner REINARTZ of Rochester. He was known as Uncle Jimmy to all his nephews and nieces, who thought he was the best.

                Celebration of life will be in the spring at the United Methodist Church in Middlefield, Ohio. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday November 18, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday November 19, 2021

 

Lois Jean SCOTT

June 6, 1934-November 17, 2021

                Lois Jean SCOTT, 87, Rochester, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Woodbridge Health Campus, Logansport.

                She was born June 6, 1934, in Camden, the daughter of Thurlow and Vera (ISAACS) GEORGE. On June 25, 1961, in Camden, she married Robert W. SCOTT. He preceded her in death on December 22, 2012.

                Jean had been a homemaker and also worked as a bank teller at Logansport State Bank and the former Farmer’s and Merchant Bank in Rochester. She had been an avid Indiana University and Notre Dame fan.

                Survivors include her children, Kevin (Konnie) SCOTT, Rochester, Lisa (Mike) BARRY, Clarkston, Michigan, Christopher SCOTT, Bainbridge; grandchildren, Skyler SCOTT, Rochester, Lillian SCOTT, Bloomington, Noah SCOTT, Bainbridge, Taylor SCOTT, Rockford, Illinois, Tyler (Maggie) BARRY, Lake Orion, Michigan, Madison (Luke) DONALD, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Annalee BARRY, Auburn Hills, Michigan; great-grandchild, Mason BARRY, Lake Orion, Michigan;sisters-in-law Adela GEORGE, Gordonsville, Virginia and Janet GEORGE, Kokomo. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Max GEORGE and Robert GEORGE.

                Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the Camden Cemetery, Camden. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Annette WISE

January 14, 1966-October 31, 2021

                Annette WISE, 55, Indianapolis, and formerly of Rochester, passed away at 4:31 p.m. Sunday, October 31, 2021, at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis.

                She was born January 14, 1966, in Tipton, the daughter of John Hartman and Sharon Sue (VANCE) KELLEY. On November 22, 2003, in Rochester, she married Michael WISE. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2017.

                Annette had been a homemaker. A fan of history, she belonged to the Fulton County Historical Society and was an active contributor to the website Find a Grave. Annette was an organ donor. Her gift provides life to three other people.

                Survivors include her sisters, Darlene (Jack) CRISWELL, Kokomo, Lee Ann (Jason) KIRK, Peru; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

                Private interment will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Saturday November 20, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Tuesday November 23, 2021

 

Frances Faun BOUNDS

                Frances Faun (MIKESELL) BOUNDS, age 82, of Houston, Texas, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Houston.

                Born February 21, 1939 in Miami County, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Louise (ZIMMERMAN) MIKESELL. On January 4, 1964, in Kingsville, Texas, she married Anton “Tony” BOUNDS, who preceded her in death.

                Franny pursued her love of science and became a medical lab technologist. She spent her life working in the lab department of many local hospitals in Houston. Her lifelong hobby was sewing, and she enjoyed the companion of her many cats she had throughout her life. Even though Alzheimer’s robbed her of much joy in her golden years, leaving just a mere shadow of who she had been, she continued to sew as long as she was able and enjoyed the companionship of family. She will be greatly missed by the many loved ones she is leaving behind but can now rest easy with her Lord and Savior.

                Frances is survived by daughter Sheri SMITH and husband Bryan, Cypress, Texas; son Bart BOUNDS and wife Penny, Houston; sister Esther BLEDSOE, Kokomo; brothers Larry MIKESELL and wife Bonnie, Rochester, Clifford MIKESELL and wife Nelda, Rochester; sisters-in-law Carolyn MIKESELL, Marion, Lu Cassel MIKESELL, North Manchester; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Anton “Tony” BOUNDS, brothers David MIKESELL and Marvin MIKESELL, sister Lou Anna BRITT and grandsons Joey REED and Garrett HARDY.

                A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2021, in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Bryan SEWELL officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be noon until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Rockfield Cemetery. You may sign Franny’s guest book and send online condolences to the family at www.gundrumcares.com.

 

Thelma Jo HENSLEY

May 10, 1942-November 18, 2021

                Thelma Jo HENSLEY, 79 of Argos, died Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at her residence. Survivors include her daughters, Deborah O’CONNOR, Fort Wayne, Reva ANGLIN and Pheby HENSLEY, Warsaw, and Peggy WATKINS, Plymouth; sons Stephen HENSLEY and Mark HENSLEY, Argos; sisters Linda WOJCIECHOWSKI, Knox, Brenda LONG and Gwendolyn GOOD, Monterey, Bernice CARTER, South Bend, Elaine MARTIN, Hialeah, Florida, Yvonne DAILEY, Grovertown, Cindy POLSINELLI, Maryville, Tennessee; and brother Roy Dean SMITH, Grovertown.

                Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Road, Argos. Funeral service is at 1 p.m. at the church. Earl-Grossman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lanty E. ARMSTRONG I

July 25, 1951-November 18, 2021

                Lanty E. ARMSTRONG I, 70, of Rochester, died at 11:44 p.m. Thursday at his residence. His survivors include his wife, Shawnee;daughter Lannette KRAMER, Robinson, Illinois; son Spud ARMSTRONG, Rochester;sister Debra FULWIDER, Fort Myers, Florida; brother Daniel ARMSTRONG, Kokomo.

                His funeral service is at 10 a.m. today at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. on Monday and is one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Carol Sue FLENAR

August 26, 1935-November 19, 2021

                Carol Sue FLENAR, 86, Etna Green, died at 4:54 p.m. Friday at her residence. She is survived by her husband Kay FLENAR, Etna Green;children Teresa WEAVER, Claypool, and Kimberly GAREY and Gary FLENAR, Etna Green; sisters Pat MULLINS and Beverly CARTER.

                Her funeral service is at 1 p.m. today at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday November 24, 2021

 

Stephen D. SHAFFER

November 1, 1948-November 20, 2021

                Stephen D. SHAFFER, 73, of Rochester, died Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Joann; five children, Misty HOFF, Kewanna, Kelly JENKINS and Michael SHAFFER, both of South Bend, Martin PRATER, Rochester, and Matthew SHAFFER, Crown Point; and two sisters, Juleen NEWCOMER, Rochester, and Christine MORGAN, Burley, Idaho.

                A celebration of the life of Stephen D. “Steve” SHAFFER is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and an hour prior to his service on Tuesday.

 

Thursday November 25, 2021

 

Holiday-No Paper

 

Friday November 26, 2021

 

Stephen D. SHAFFER

November 1, 1948-November 20, 2021

                Mr. Stephen D. SHAFFER, 73, of Rochester, passed away at Woodlawn Hospital on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

                On November 1, 1948, Stephen Douglas SHAFFER was born in Rochester. He was the treasured son of Victor Keith and Wilma Eileen WISELY SHAFFER. Growing up she shared his childhood with two sisters, Chris and Juleen. During his high school years, Steve participated in the Manitous and 4-H cattle showmanship. He graduated from RHS in 1966.

                When patriotism beckoned, Steve answered the call, serving with the United States Air Force. He was honorable discharged in May of 1972 and achieved the rank of sergeant.

                In Elkhart, on May 15, 1987, Steve married the love of his life, Miss Joann Marie CONSTAT. They enjoyed 35 years of life’s adventures while blending a beautiful family of eight. The family tree has continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                With a strong work ethic, Steve worked as a heavy equipment operator in the road construction business, spanning just over three decades when he retired in 2003. He worked for McMahon-O’Connor Construction Company, Walsh & Kelly then retired from Reith Riley. Steve was a member of Local 150 of the Operating Engineers Union and just recently received his 45-year ring. He was once featured in an article for his efficiency and accuracy with operating the heavy equipment machines. He was a devoted member of the Riverview Community Church.

                Steve loved his farm, the family homestead, and was always making improvements. He collected lighthouses, enjoyed vegetable gardening and once grew lavender. Steve owned a unique set of tools and used them to the max to help others in the neighborhood.

                To relax Steve and Joann enjoyed camping with Cecil and Bev at Pike Lake Camp Ground near Warsaw. Many new friendships were made at the campsite. Steve always made time to help Joe and John at the Lion’s Club soft serve trailer at the Blueberry Festival. Boiler Up! Steve was an avid Purdue fan! Grandpa Steve always made time for his family and the grandchildren. There was nothing better than getting together for special events and family celebrations.

                Left to cherish Steve’s memory are his wife Joann; five children, Misty HOFF (Shawn) of Kewanna, Kelly JENKINS (Michelle), Michael SHAFFER, all of South Bend, Martin PRATER (Sabrina) of Rochester and Matthew SHAFFER (Vanessa) of Crown Point; 15 grandchildren, Joel, Rachel, Patsy, Tyler, Keanan, Jared, Josh, Katie, Kelsey, Kylee, Jaime, Austin, Cheyenne, Holley, Deanna; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Juleen NEWCOMER (Ron) of Rochester, Christine MORGAN (Dave) of Burley, Idaho; and his new Sheltie puppy Finley. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Preceding Steve in death are his parents Vic and Wilma SHAFFER, son Anthony SHAFFER on January 1, 2020 and an infant brother, Michael D. SHAFFER. Also Garfield his orange tabby feline companion and Shep his treasured Sheltie.

                A celebration of the life of Stephen D. “Steve” SHAFFER will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Steve WILHELM will officiate. His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, November 29, at the funeral home and one hour prior to his service on Tuesday. The United States Air Force and the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard will accord military honors. Burial will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Animal Education and Adoption Center, 1540 Lucas Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Marjorie M. BOUNSALL

                Marjorie M. BOUNSALL, 84, Rochester, died at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday at her son’s residence in Sylvan Lake, Michigan. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Joshua D. BRISCOE

                Joshua David BRISCOE, 29, Kokomo, died at 12:14 a.m. Tuesday in Kokomo. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Saturday November 27, 2021

 

Rick J. HALL

September 23, 1961-November 25, 2021

                Rick J. HALL, 60, of Silver Lake, went home to be with Jesus after a long and courageous battle with cancer on November 25, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.

                He was born September 23, 1961, in Warsaw, to Franklin D. and Mary E. (MEADE) HALL. On September 18, 1982, Rick married the love of his life, Christine ROBINSON. She survives.

                Rick was an incredibly dedicated and hard worker throughout his life. He was employed at Dalton Foundry in Warsaw for 20 years before going to work for Rochester Metal Products in 1998. Rick worked there until his cancer and eventual retirement in 2019.

                He enjoyed horses, renovating homes, solving puzzles and playing with the grandkids, even through the cancer treatments. Rick had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile and enjoyed laughing. One of his favorite things to do was talk backwards just to annoy Chrissy.

                He was a member of Harvest Community Church since its inception and enjoyed singing with the HALL Family Singers. Rick loved Jesus and would share his faith every chance he got. Nothing meant more to him than his faith and his family. He cherished every moment with them all, especially his grandchildren.

                Rick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Christine;three children, Thomas HALL, Silver Lake, Amanda (Jason) UMMEL, Logansport, Frankie (Andrew) HARNESS, Warsaw; seven grandchildren, Asher, Zoey, Grantham, Jameson, Colette, August, and Oliver. Also surviving are his parents, Frank and Mary HALL of Warsaw, three siblings, Glenn (Teressa) HALL, Pierceton, Rita (Wayne) ADAMS, Warsaw, Vickie (Scott) ULREY, Claypool; and several nieces and nephews.

                A funeral service celebrating the home going of Rick will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Harvest Community Church, 512 S. Seventh Street, Pierceton, Indiana, 46562. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 30, from 2-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Pastors Glenn HALL, Hedgel PERRY, and Eric TRUMP will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Claypool. Memorial contributions may be directed to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, 1515 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 in honor of Rick HALL. Arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services, Warsaw, Indiana. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-fcs.com.

 

Georgia TOWNSEND

                Georgia TOWNSEND, 88, Rochester, died at 3:25 a.m. Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Tuesday November 30, 2021

 

Sharon K. RINGLE

June 9, 1940-November 26, 2021

                Mrs. Sharon K. RINGLE, 81 of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away Friday evening, November 26, 2021.

                Born in Argos, on June 9, 1940, Sharon Kay MCGOWEN was a treasured daughter of Harold and Margaret STULTS MCGOWEN. Growing up in the Argos community, she shared her childhood with a sister Beverly and two brothers, Ronnie and Danny. In 1958, she graduated with her class from Argos High School.

                On November 14, 1958, Sharon K. MCGOWEN married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Mr. Gary O. RINGLE, at the Richland Center Church parsonage. They shared 63 years of life’s adventures. From their union came a handsome son, John. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of five grandchildren.

                With diverse interests, Sharon was accomplished in many realms. For many years she worked as a member of the cafeteria staff at Rochester High School, making certain the Zebras were well fed. She was a skilled manager of their family’s Quality Starr Motors. Most recently Sharon was the goodwill ambassador of Rochester Ford, greeting customers and making them feel at home. She and Gary are devoted members of The Cross. To relax she enjoyed gospel music, especially performed by Elvis.

                In the early years as an adult, Sharon enjoyed a small herd of fine Arabian Horses that she raised as pets, but were shown by family and close friends ascending to champion realms. She took great pride in cheering John on when he raced motocross. Nothing was more important to Grandma Sharon then being with the family. She loved following the progress of her grands with their school activities and sporting events. She also did some coaching in preparation for their spelling bees. The holidays and celebrating special family occasions were paramount in her life, as being with family is the best.

                Left to cherish Sharon’s memory are her husband Gary at home; a son John RINGLE and wife Tisha of Rochester; five grandchildren, Jared RINGLE, Katie TYLER, Morgan TYLER, twins Emily TYLER and Kelsey TYLER; a sister, Beverly HOWTON of South Bend; special family members Jerry and Helen WEESE;many nieces and nephews also survive. Preceding Sharon in death are her parents, and brothers Ronnie MCGOWEN and Danny MCGOWEN.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Sharon K. RINGLE will be at noon Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit with her family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Martin FURROW will officiate. Burial will follow in the Argos Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jeanine R. SHELBURNE

September 18, 1949-November 26, 2021

                Jeanine (Jeanie) Rose SHELBURNE, 72, of Rochester, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.

                She was born on September 18, 1949 to Leonard Jewell and Mary Kathryn (BORING) WIX in Elwood, Indiana.

                She was proposed to in marriage in 1967 by her husband of 53 years at his senior prom.  October 5, 1968 they were married at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in HomePlace, Indiana.

                Jeanie and her husband, Rev. Jeffery SHELBURNE, traveled via motorhome as evangelists and song evangelists more than 35 years. They ministered in many revivals and camp meetings across the Midwest and southern United States. Jeanie was always considered an angel, with an angelic voice by all who heard her sing. She was a devoted prayer warrior and ministered to many through her prayers.

                Jeanie and Jeff were members of the Indiana Gospel Music Association and the Indiana Gospel Music Festival. Jeanie was an avid gardener and always had beautiful flowers each year. She was a member of the Rochester Garden Club for many years.

                She is survived by her husband, Jeffery SHELBURNE; sons Andy Joseph SHELBURNE and Bradley Moses SHELBURNE; grandsons Devon Ashe SHELBURNE and Wesley Joseph SHELBURNE; sisters Kathy (Sonny) CASTOR and Nancy STEWARD;and brother Fred (Susan) WIX. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Jo SHELBURNE in 1973, brother Michael WIX, and sister Linda WIX.

                Service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield road, Noblesville, with Pastor Kevin PALMER officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Summit Lawn Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Temple Church Missions or Youth Department, 2908 W. 200 North, Peru, IN 46970. Condolences may be expressed at www.randallroberts.com.

 

Patricia L. KINGERY

                Patricia L. KINGERY, 83, Fulton, died at 9:35 a.m. Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

Kenneth R. HUBLER

                Kenneth Ray HUBLER, 73, Rochester, died at 3 p.m. Saturday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Rick J. HALL

September 23, 1961-November 25, 2021

                Rick J. HALL, 60, of Silver Lake, went home to be with Jesus after a long and courageous battle with cancer on November 25, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.

                He was born September 23, 1961, in Warsaw, to Franklin D. and Mary E. (MEADE) HALL. On September 18, 1982, Rick married the love of his life, Christine ROBINSON. She survives.

                Rick was an incredibly dedicated and hard worker throughout his life. He was employed at Dalton Foundry in Warsaw for 20 years before going to work for Rochester Metal Products in 1998. Rick worked there until his cancer and eventual retirement in 2019.

                He enjoyed horses, renovating homes, solving puzzles and playing with the grandkids, even through the cancer treatments. Rick had a great sense of humor, a beautiful smile and enjoyed laughing. One of his favorite things to do was talk backwards just to annoy Chrissy.

                He was a member of Harvest Community Church since its inception and enjoyed singing with the HALL Family Singers. Rick loved Jesus and would share his faith every chance he got. Nothing meant more to him than his faith and his family. He cherished every moment with them all, especially his grandchildren.

                Rick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Christine;three children, Thomas HALL, Silver Lake, Amanda (Jason) UMMEL, Logansport, Frankie (Andrew) HARNESS, Warsaw; seven grandchildren, Asher, Zoey, Grantham, Jameson, Colette, August, and Oliver. Also surviving are his parents, Frank and Mary HALL of Warsaw, three siblings, Glenn (Teressa) HALL, Pierceton, Rita (Wayne) ADAMS, Warsaw, Vickie (Scott) ULREY, Claypool; and several nieces and nephews.

                A funeral service celebrating the home going of Rick will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Harvest Community Church, 512 S. Seventh Street, Pierceton, Indiana, 46562. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 30, from 2-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Pastors Glenn HALL, Hedgel PERRY, and Eric TRUMP will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Claypool. Memorial contributions may be directed to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, 1515 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 in honor of Rick HALL. Arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services, Warsaw, Indiana. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-fcs.com.

 

Marjorie M. BOUNSALL

May 15, 1937-November 24, 2021

                Marjorie May BOUNSALL, 84, Rochester, passed away at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at her son’s residence in Sylvan Lake, Michigan.

                She was born May 15, 1937 in Mishawaka, the daughter of Harry and Dorothy (WILSON) MILLER. On June 6, 1959, in Mishawaka, she married Richard Allen BOUNSALL. He preceded her in death on November 1, 2018.

                Marge graduated from Indiana University School of Nursing in 1958. She had worked at various hospitals and doctor’s offices in Indianapolis, Wabash, Columbus, Ligonier, and Mattoon, Illinois, before moving to Rochester in 1987. Upon arrival in Rochester, she started working at Argos Medical Clinic in Argos. She and her husband operated BOUNSALL’S Shoe Store in Rochester until her retirement in 1999.

                Marge had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Fulton County Choral Club’s Melody Makers, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, and the Rochester Lions Club. Along with her husband, she enjoyed traveling, being season ticket holders to Notre Dame girls basketball games, attending theater productions, and her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities.

                Survivors include her sons, Philip and wife Judi BOUNSALL, Carmel, Jeffrey BOUNSALL and partner Larry JACK, Sylvan Lake, Michigan;grandchildren Lauren BOUNSALL, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Michael BOUNSALL, Carmel;sister-in-law Lueva FRANCIS, Carmel. She also was preceded in death by her parents.

                Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Georgia M. TOWNSEND

June 21, 1933-November 26, 2021

                Georgia Mae TOWNSEND, 88, passed away at 3:25 a.m. Friday, November 26, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.

                She was born June 21, 1933, in Muncie, the daughter of Orville E. and Dessie (EDWARDS) RENFROE. On August 27, 1950, in Macy, she married Harold L. TOWNSEND. He preceded her in death August 29, 2013.

                Georgia had been a homemaker as well as a Real Estate Agent and appraiser. She had worked in real estate markets in Indianapolis and Peru. While living in Indianapolis, she had been a member of the North United Methodist Church and upon her return to Rochester she attended Grace United Methodist Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed sewing.

                Survivors include her daughters, Victoria Lynn TOWNSEND, Peru, Laura Ann MIHANKHAH, Lexington, Kentucky; two grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; sister Cora (Richard) REESE, Denver; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marsha Ann KOONS.

                Private interment will take place at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or the Fulton County Public Library. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Bill KNAUFF

                Bill KNAUFF, 81, of Rochester, died at 1 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital. His survivors include his wife, Marty; daughter Cassandra “Cassie” MILLER, Rochester; stepchildren, Kathleen RISK, Margie WORRELL, Wes MARION, Mary WIREMAN; sisters Linda HOOVER, Denver, and Colleen WILSON, Perrysburg.

                His service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Vaughn BAUGH

Vaughn BAUGH, 77, Rochester, died at 10:57 p.m. Saturday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday December 1, 2021

 

David Lee PHILLIPS, Sr.

August 29, 1944-November 24, 2021

                David Lee PHILLIPS, Sr., age 77, DeMotte, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at home with his loving wife by his side.

                On August 29, 1944 in Winamac, David was born to Harold PHILLIPS and Mary (LONES) POTTENGER. He graduated from Caston High School with the Class of 1962. He attended Purdue University for one year before joining the U.S. Army. David was a member of the Christian Church of DeMotte and American Legion Post #440 of DeMotte.

                First Lieutenant PHILLIPS had a distinguished and heroic wartime service record, including the award of four Bronze Stars (three with the “V” device), the Purple Heart, four Air Medals and the Army Commendation Medal with the “V” device. Following military service, he served American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) for 27 years, culminating his distinguished career as lead eEngineer directly supervising the development of testing methods for the conversion of the AT&T network from analog wiring to the digital fiber optic system that powers modern communications. He was a professional-level softball umpire and officiated at the Indiana State High School Softball Championship in 2007. He was a volunteer Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counselor of Vietnam War veterans.

                He had been married to wife Cheryl for 53 years and was the father of six children, grandfather of 10, and great-grandfather of one.

                David is survived by his wife, Cheryl PHILLIPS of DeMotte; children Tammy (Matt) LONG of Elkhart, Teri WEST of Greenwood, Dawna MONTGOMERY of Lakeland, Florida, Ginger (Christian) O’ROURKE of Herndon, Virginia, David (Susan) PHILLIPS II of DeMotte, Mark (Jenna) PHILLIPS of Westville; 10 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter; sister Linda WESTHUSIN; half-sister Katina (David) LEVERING; step-brother Jim GATES; and cousin Richard STRONG. He is preceded in death by his parents and half-brother, Robin GATES.

                Friends and family may visit at Jackson Funeral Service of DeMotte on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 2:00 until 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Jackson Funeral Service with Pastor Derald AILES officiating. Interment will be at a later date at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DeMotte American Legion, Post #440. To share a memory with the PHILLIPS family, please visit www.jacksonfuneral.com.

 

Vaughn BAUGH

July 6, 1944-November 27, 2021

                Vaughn BAUGH, 77, Rochester, passed away at 10:57 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born July 6, 1944 in Logansport, the son of Harvey V. and Alma Edith (CAPPIS) BAUGH. On January 20, 1990, in Rochester, he married Linda Lou SQUIRES. She preceded him in death on July 11, 2016.

                Vaughn had worked as an owner/operator truck driver for many years before retiring. He had been a member of ABATE, American Legion Auxiliary and the American Fisherman Association. He enjoyed fishing, socializing with all his friends and tinkering on various projects.

                Survivors include his children, Henry (JoEllen) BAUGH Sr., Rochester, Terry Lee BAUGH, Arkansas, Austin (Christina) BAUGH, Terre Haute, Danny (Niki) AMICH, Rochester, Trula (David) COLT, Goshen, Jason (Victoria) AMICH, Noblesville; grandson/live in caregiver, Henry BAUGH Jr., Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Sylvester BAUGH, Arkansas;several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Donald Wayne BAUGH, Harvey Dean BAUGH, John BAUGH, Sarah J. ODEN, Helen MARTIN, Dollie CLARK, Henry CLARK, Frank CLARK, and Billy DORCH.

                Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vaughn BAUGH Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Scott YOUNG

November 2, 1951-November 29, 2021

                Scott R. YOUNG, 70, Rochester, died at 6:40 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center of Rochester. Survivors include his wife Kay; daughter Bethany HATFIELD, Warsaw; sons Isreal YOUNG, Comstock, Michigan, Andy YOUNG, Denver, Colorado, Jason YOUNG, Minneapolis, Minnesota; stepchildren Kim WEBB, Eric LEWIS, Tim SMITH, all of Rochester; brother Terry YOUNG, Granger.

                His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Bill ‘Barber Bill’ KNAUFF

October 3, 2021-November 28, 2021

                Bill “Barber Bill” KNAUFF, 81, Rochester, passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital.

                On October 3, 1940, Billy Ray was born in Peru, to Lowell and Naomi TEEL KNAUFF. In 1958, he graduated from Deedsville High School. Growing up he shared his childhood with a sister and a brother.

                Bill and Sharon S. CURTIS were married on November 2, 1963, in Rochester. They shared 41 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on June 22, 2004. On September 16, 2006, Bill and Martha “Marty” DIRKS MARION were married at the Geneva Center.

                For 51 years Barber Bill cut, trimmed, shaved, and listened to many locals of Fulton County. His love of 50’s and 60’s and country music often included dancing the night away. Spending time with the grandchildren, riding bikes was always enjoyed by all. Bill liked to cast a line at the local lakes and rivers. To relax, Bill watched westerns; Gunsmoke was his favorite.

                Left to cherish the memories of Bill are his wife, Marty; daughter Cassandra “Cassie” MILLER and husband Matthew of Rochester;four grandchildren, Caleb, Mackenzie, Makayla, and Chloe and fiancé Isaac PLUMM;stepchildren Kathleen RISK, Margie WORRELL, Wes MARION and wife Cindy, Mary WIREMAN and husband Ricky; step grandchildren, Stephen RISK, Andrew RISK, Jacob WORRELL, Emily WORRELL, Sam MARION, Erick WIREMAN, Cody WIREMAN; two sisters, Linda HOOVER and husband Tom of Denver, Colleen WILSON of Perrysburg; and several nieces and nephews. A great-grandchild is due to arrive in June of 2022. Preceding Bill in death are his parents, first wife Sharon, two granddaughters, Madison Marie KNAUFF of August 18, 1998 and Corinna MILLER on May 21, 2003; stepdaughter Janet MARION, and three brothers-in-law, Dennis WILSON, Ralph CURTIS, Bob CURTIS.

                A celebration of the life of Billy Ray KNAUFF will be at 10 a.m. Thursday December 2, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Mr. Hector FERNANDEZ will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Patricia L. KINGERY

October 20, 1938-November 29, 2021

                Patricia L. KINGERY, 83, Fulton, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Monday, November 29, 2021, at her residence.

                She was born October 20, 1938, in Rochester, the daughter of Arthur and Helen Louise (TOBEY) THOMPSON. On November 4, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois, she married William J. KINGERY. He preceded her in death on January 21, 2017.

                Patricia had been a homemaker while raising her five children. When her children’s schooling was complete, she worked for T.M. Morris Manufacturing until her retirement. She enjoyed bird watching, especially cardinals, her cats, crocheting and spending time with her family.

                Survivors include her children, Bonnie KINGERY, Logansport, Kenny KINGERY, Fulton, Jeff KINGERY, Rochester, Julie (Lynn) MILLER, Russiaville, Alan (Lori) KINGERY, Kewanna; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Lorraine (Larry) NORMAN, Akron; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Joan HUDKINS, Donna Jean BOWYER, and brother, Dave THOMPSON.

                Private services and interment will be conducted at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Kenneth Ray HUBLER

April 2, 1948-November 27, 2021

                Kenneth Ray HUBLER, 73, Rochester, passed away at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2021, at his residence.

                He was born April 2, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio. He was the son of Arthur and Wilma (HEIGHT) HUBLER and was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

                Kenneth had been a truck driver for many years and had also worked for Walmart before retiring. He attended Grace United Methodist Church and had been a member of the V.F.W. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and oil painting.

                Survivors include his children, Matthew S. HUBLER, Rochester, Jason C. HUBLER, Goshen, Samantha M. HUBLER, Wolcotville, Robert A. HUBLER, Iowa City, Iowa, Allen J. HUBLER, Wetumpka, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tina M. (HUBLER) MEAD in 2000 and his parents.

                Services will be announced at a later date with interment at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Thursday December 2, 2021

 

Scott R. YOUNG

November 2, 1951-November 28, 2021

                Scott R. YOUNG, 70, of Rochester, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

                On November 2, 1951, Scott Reed YOUNG was born in South Bend to Warren E. And Anna REED YOUNG. He graduated from Adams High School with the class of 1970. Growing up he shared his childhood with two brothers.

                Scott and Jane Kay BECK were married September 20, 2002 in Las Vegas, They have shared 19 years of life’s adventures. They enjoyed going to Vegas twice a year and never found a casino they didn’t like.

                After 37 years, Scott retired from Kroger. He was a true cut up, preparing your favorite cut of pork, that T-Bone, or fresh ground beef. Hunting deer and casting a line at his favorite watering holes was a great way to relax. As an avid sports fan, he followed the Bears and Indiana University.

                His local memberships include The Veterans of Foreign Wars #1343, The Fraternal Order of Eagles #852, and the Le Roy Shelton American Legion #36. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.

                Left to cherish the memories of Scott are his wife Kay;daughter Bethany HATFIELD of Warsaw; three sons, Isreal YOUNG and wife Laura of Comstock, Michigan, Andy YOUNG and wife Erin of Denver, Colorado, Jason YOUNG of Minneapolis, Minnesota; three stepchildren, Kim WEBB and husband Brian, Eric LEWIS, Tim SMITH, all of Rochester; 14 grandchildren, Wyatt, Breanna, Lynsie, Makenzie, Maddy, Ian, Cole, Reed, Leilah, Ahlianna, Bryanna, Dale (Liz), Shelby, Elise; brother Terry YOUNG and wife Becky of Granger; several nieces and nephews; and three canine companions, Buddy the Beagle, Stubby the brown special blend Lab and Newfoundland, and Pee-Wee the sorrel Dachshund. Preceding Scott in death are his parents, granddaughter Erica Leanne BOWEN on June 12, 2001, great-grandson Daxton McKaide Anthony Nicholas on November 2, 2018, and brother Richard YOUNG on March 28, 1972.

                A celebration of the life of Scott R. YOUNG will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 3, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Chaplain Dan DECROW will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. today, Thursday, December 2, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Per Scott’s request, please wear T-shirts or flannel and jeans. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Peru. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St. Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Lyman A. RENTSCHLER

                Lyman Allen RENTSCHLER, 64, Rochester, died at 10:01 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday December 3, 2021

 

M. Eileen NICODEMUS

April 11, 1932-October 26, 2021

                M. Eileen (COX) NICODEMUS, 89, Rochester, passed away at 8:30 a.m. October 26, 2021, at McKinney Place, Logansport.

                She was born April 11, 1932, to Jess and Dorothy COX, Akron. She graduated from Akron High School, and spent most of her life in Akron and Rochester.

                She married John NICODEMUS, who proceeded her in death. She also was proceeded in death by her brother, Donald COX. She is survived by three children, Andrew and Vicki WOODS, Arizona, Michael and Paula WOODS, Texas, Cheryl CARTER and Paul HOLLOS, Lakeland, Florida; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

                Cremation has taken place and there will be no public service.

 

Paula CONKLIN

                Paula (NOLAN) CONKLIN, 53, Rochester, died at 8:05 a.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday December 4, 2021

 

Wilma Jean WILLARD TULLIS

January 28, 1928-November 20, 2021

                Wilma Jean WILLARD TULLIS, 93, Macy, went to be with Jesus on November 20, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, with her daughter Mary at her side.

                Born January 28, 1928, in Fulton County, she was the daughter of Mary Catherine SCHAMP WILLARD and Joshua WILLARD. She was married to Richard Gene TULLIS on December 21, 1944, and he preceded her in death in 1993.

                Wilma and Richard raised one daughter, Mary TULLIS GOODWIN and one son, Bernard Eugene TULLIS, who preceded her in death in January 2020.

                She leaves behind her grandchildren, Pam and Paul GOODWIN, and Crystal, Richard Bernard, Jr.; and is great-grandma to Mary DUNHAM MELENDEZ (Julio Victor MELENDEZ) and great-great-grandmother to Samantha, Kailyn, Victoria, and Aria. She also leaves behind one brother, Willis Dean (Shirley) WILLARD, Rochester.

                There will be no public services at this time. A gathering is being planned in the spring. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com.

 

Charlann COVER

February 23, 1949-November 1, 2021

                Charlann COVER, 72, of Rochester, passed away at 10:34 a.m. Monday, November 1, 2021, at St. Vincent Heart Center of Carmel. Charlann was born February 23, 1949 in Rochester to Harvey “Sonny” COVER and Georgia GREER KERN. Charlann worked as an inspector for Federal Mogul for years and Lau Industries for 11 years.

                Left to cherish the memories of Charlann are sisters, Leeann BROWN, Dothan, Alabama, Pam DONLE (Roger) Simpsonville, South Carolina;brothers, Kip KERN (Cheryle), Yemassee, South Carolina, Frank KERN (Debria) Marion, and Carlton COVER of Nyona Lake; and several nieces and nephews as well as cherished cousins. Preceding Charlann in death are her parents.

                All donations should go to the Fulton County Animal Center, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Tuesday December 7, 2021

 

Paul E. REUTER

October 11, 1939-December 1, 2021

                Paul E. REUTER passed away unexpectedly after experiencing a medical emergency in the early hours of Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Age 82 at the time of his passing at Kosciusko Community Hospital, he was a longtime Warsaw resident.

                Paul was born in Peru on October 11, 1939. He was the only son born to Dr. Elbert and Mrs. Jane (WEBBER) REUTER and was a 1957 graduate of Rochester High School. On August 26, 1958, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann ANDERSON, who most know as Ann. They shared more than 63 years together before his Wednesday morning passing.

                Professionally, Paul spent more than 37 years with R.R. Donnelley and Sons, retiring in 2000. He spent much of his tenure there as a re-toucher, correcting photos and artwork by hand. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force where he worked as an air traffic controller. He served a year-long deployment to Northern Africa and several years stationed in Yuma, Arizona, before being honorably discharged.

                It was while living in Yuma that Paul fell in love with Arizona, the desert and the turquoise gemstones of the Southwest; Paul and Ann made many good friends in Arizona. Paul also enjoyed organ music, playing the organ and guitar. He was a photographer, a member of American Legion Post 49 and a competitor in the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).

                In addition to his wife of 63 years, Ann REUTER of Warsaw, survivors include: son David (Sally) REUTER of Warsaw; two grandsons, Ben (Stephanie) REUTER of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and Zach (Robyn) REUTER, Etna Green; four great-grandchildren: Emily, Evelyn, Eleanor, and John; and sister, Carole (Paul) THOMPSON of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his parents.

                A Life Celebration with Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2000 E. Sheridan Street, Warsaw, was Monday, December 6. Pastor Jordan ICKES, Etna Green Church of Christ, officiated the service. Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choosing. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.

 

Miriam A. BOARDMAN

March 13, 1933-December 5, 2021

                Miriam A. BOARDMAN, 88, of rural Mentone, passed away at 4:33 p.m. Sunday, December 5, 2021, at her home with her family at her side.

                Miriam was born March 13, 1933, in Logansport, to the late Floyd “Sug” and Geneva (LONG) CAIN. She was married on May 6, 1950, in Logansport, to Bill L. BOARDMAN, who preceded her in death on November 16, 2019.

                She was a graduate of Mentone High School in 1964. Miriam and Bill shared a lifetime working together. She attended General Motors Accounting School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they worked for 31 years at Boardman’s Chevrolet of Bourbon.

                Miriam’s early years were active with her children’s activities. She served on the first EMS team in Mentone for 12 years. She also served her community on the Mentone Town Board for 8 years. She was President of the Lambda Chi Sorority, Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, and taught government at Hoosier Girl’s State. She was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church since 1957 and assumed many roles during her life. She always enjoyed wintering in Harlingen, Texas, which she and her husband had done for 30 years.

                She is survived by her daughters Terri and husband Ken SNYDER and Kimberly and husband Allen KRICHBAUM; son Pedro “Pete” and wife Tina BOARDMAN;grandchildren Darek, Dax, Jarvis, Damion, Tana, Justin, Jarrid, Connor, Clayton, Caleb, and Collin; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers Jack and wife Nancy CAIN of Walton and James and wife Dorthy CAIN of Rochester. Miriam was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Bill.

                The funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker Street, Mentone, with Pastor Jeff HERRON officiating. The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, with her husband. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Bartter Syndrome Foundation, 6689 Willow Ridge Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Martha I. ROBERTS

March 7, 1950-November 30, 2021

                Martha I. ROBERTS, 71, of Rochester and formerly of Warren, passed at 8:51 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

                Martha was born on March 7, 1950 in Rochester, to the late George and Normalene (FITES) WAGNER. She was a graduate of North Miami High School in 1968. Martha received a certification in gerontology from Ball State University and attended the Ft. Wayne Institute of Art. She served as an EMT for 11 years in Huntington County as well as the director of the Huntington County Council of Aging. Martha was an art teacher in the activities department at Heritage Point of Warren. She then was owner and artist at Mirglas Glass Art.

                She had been a lifelong attendee of the Ebenezer Church of Macy. She was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority and the Red Hat Society. Martha loved being outdoors, especially fishing and mowing her yard. She was known as an amazing artist in many mediums. She fell in love with stained glass and it became her passion. She adored her grandsons and they meant the world to her.

                She is survived by her daughters Megan and husband Arturo MONDRAGON of LaFontaine, and Susan and husband George SAUNDERS of Zephyrhills, Florida; grandsons Joshua MOOKHRAM and Victor MONDRAGON; brother Stephen R. and Marlene “Gaye” WAGNER of Macy; nieces Tawnya and husband Carl MASON and Koren WAGONER; nephew Nelson and wife Debbie WAGNER; and ex son-in-law Dave MOOKHRAM. Martha was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Stephen G. WAGNER.

                A memorial will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester Street, Akron, with Pastor Kathie JONES officiating. Memorial visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Martha’s final remembrance place will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery of Macy, Indiana. Memorial contributions can be made in Martha’s memory to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975 or to donor’s choosing. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Paula K. CONKLIN

                Paula Kay CONKLIN, 53, Rochester, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021, at her residence. She was born on January 8, 1968, in Warsaw, the daughter of Jack Leroy and Mary Louise (TABLER) NOLEN. She had been a homemaker.

                Survivors include her children, Leeanne MARKLEY, Rochester, Steven TERRY, Rochester; grandchildren Aden LOWE, Curtis and Landon MARKLEY, all of Rochester; father, Jack NOLEN, Rochester; mother, Mary Louise NOLEN, Peru; siblings, Pam TABLER, Monterey, Nikki JONES, Peru, Charlie NOLEN, Lucerne, and Trent NOLEN, Rochester. She was preceded in death by her brother, Travis NOLEN.

                No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

James W. CLARK

                James William CLARK Sr., 73, Liberty Mills, died December 4, 2021, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

                Survivors include his wife, Golda Sue CLARK, Liberty Mills; sons James W. CLARK Jr. and Christopher CLARK, both of North Manchester;daughters Rebecca BATALIS, Liberty Mills, and Angela M. THOMAS, North Manchester; and a sister, Paula WILLIS, Tennessee.

                McKee Mortuary is handling his final arrangements.

 

Wednesday December 8, 2021

 

Kenneth R. HUBLER

                Graveside service for Kenneth Ray HUBLER, 73, Rochester, who died November 27, 2021, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2021 at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester, with arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

Thursday December 9, 2021

 

Sue Ellen (MANMILLER) JOHNSON

July 18, 1935-December 6, 2021

                Sue Ellen (MANMILLER) JOHNSON passed from this earthly life into the arms of God on Monday, December 6, 2021, at the home of her son, Paul, in Columbus, Indiana, where she had lived the past year.

                Sue was the only child of William and Roseanna Jean (WAREHAM) MANMILLER, born July 18, 1935, in Peru. She attended Peru High School where she played the drums in the marching band. She had a close group of friends in high school she called “The Gang,” who continue to correspond regularly. She graduated in 1953.

                She married James Irvin JOHNSON, her high school sweetheart, in Peru on August 22, 1954. She was a dedicated wife, and mother to three children, Paul (Melinda) JOHNSON of Columbus, Julie (Bryan) LEWIS of Rochester, and David (Rachelle) JOHNSON of Fulton.

                Sue’s legacy of faith continues on in her children, and in her grandchildren, Jill SPAULDING, Eric JOHNSON, Mark JOHNSON, Lanae PETER, Aaron PETER, Jessica TACKETT, Garrett JOHNSON, Dylan JOHNSON, and Hayley JOHNSON.

                She loved her great-grandchildren: Shelby RUDICEL, Zoie RUDICEL, Tanner SPAULDING, Cole JOHNSON, Oliver JOHNSON, Harper JOHNSON, Maizie JOHNSON, John TACKETT, and Brantley TACKETT. In addition, Sue has 12 bonus grandchildren, Abby SPAULDING, Brookley ALLMON, Logan SCOTT, Leigha EBER, Leighton EBER, Brie and Richie NOTZ, Greg and Laura LEWIS, Maddie and Tyler HINORA, and a bonus great-great-grandson, Britten HOLCOMB.

                Sue was a longstanding member of Grace United Methodist Church, and held offices in United Methodist Women and Church Women United. She also was an active member of Tri Kappa Sorority and Eastern Star.

                She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a son-in-law, Gregory PETER.

                The funeral will be on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery in Peru. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Sue’s memory to Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Brett L. LEWIS

                Brett Lee LEWIS, 31, Rochester, died at 6:57 a.m. November 27, 2021 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Friday December 10, 2021

 

Jack A. BROWN

June 17, 1932-December 8, 2021

                Jack A. BROWN, 89, Rochester, died at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at his residence. Survivors include his wife Phyllis; daughter Diane PRIOR, Carmel; sons David J. BROWN, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, Mark T. BROWN, Ft. Myers, Florida, and James R. BROWN, Valparaiso.

                Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, followed by a wake.

 

 

 

Saturday December 11, 2021

 

Jack BROWN

June 17, 1932-December 8, 2021

                Mr. Jack A. BROWN, 89, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at his residence.

                On June 17, 1932, Jack Arthur was born in Chicago to Charles Arthur and Margaret LAVINSKAS BROWN. Growing up he shared his childhood with two brothers and three sisters. In 1951 Jack graduated from Thornton Fractional North High School, Calumet City, Illinois. During his youth, he enjoyed following the White Sox, going to many games each season. He was also a member of the Boy’s Club.

                After high school, patriotism beckoned and Jack answered the call by serving with the United States Navy during the Korean War.

                On September 8, 1956, Jack married the love of his life, Miss Phyllis Jean CROY in Lansing, Illinois. In short order, Jack evolved into a die-hard Cubs fan with the influence of his lovely wife who grew up attending many games in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field as a young lady. They have shared 65 years of life’s adventures. Accomplished skaters, on the weekends Jack and Phyllis went to the skating rink to let the good times roll.

                Their union produced twins, Diane and James, and sons David and Mark. Two more generations have been added to the family tree.

                With a strong work ethic and great dependability, Jack was a member of the Lever Brothers security team for 37 years, retiring in January 1994. He and Phyllis permanently moved to their Lake Manitou home in 1993, where he engaged in many hobbies for the next 28 years. Their home provided a beautiful setting to capture great photos of family fun, making memories and intriguing wildlife. With casting rod in hand, the catch of the day awaited him through all the seasons. Known to his family and special friends as Mr. Fix-It, Jack could repair nearly anything! Wearing his special sweatshirt, he supervised the neighborhood building projects from his lawn chair assuring the projects went smooth.

                Left to cherish Jack’s memory are his wife Phyllis;daughter Diane PRIOR (Robert THOMPSON) of Carmel; three sons, David J. BROWN and wife Cheryl of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, Mark T. BROWN and wife Bobbi of Ft. Myers, Florida, James R. BROWN and wife Debra of Valparaiso; nine grandchildren, Kristi, Greg, Rick, Nikki, Bri, Paige, Connor, Sarah, and Josie;eight great-grandchildren, Camdyn, Beckett, Tyler, Remy, Hudson, Logan, Otto, Oliver, and a new one expected May 2022. Preceding Jack in death are his parents; three sisters, Ethelyn, Margie, Charlene; and brothers Dale and Wilbur.

                The family of Mr. BROWN wish to thank Katie BISCELLA of Elara Caring Hospice for the love, support, and wonderful care given to Jack.

                The Mass of Christian Burial for Jack Arthur BROWN will be at 10 a.m. EST, Monday, December 13, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main Street, Rochester. Rev. Leroy KINNAMAN will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 1-4 p.m. EST Sunday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. A wake service will be at 4 p.m. EST, followed by 4:30 p.m. military honors accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honors Team. Interment will be in the Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, Illinois, with a graveside service at 2 p.m. CST. Memorials may be made to the Lake Manitou Association, P.O. Box 376, Rochester, IN 46975.

 

Jane CHANEY

                Jane CHANEY, 80, Rochester, died at 5:25 p.m. Thursday at Raclin House, Mishawaka. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

 

 

Jo GAMBLE

                Jo E. GAMBLE, 73, rural Mentone, died at 3:31 p.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are currently pending at King Memorial Home, Mentone. 

 

Tuesday December 14, 2021

 

Jo Elaine GAMBLE

April 12, 1948-December 9, 2021

                Jo Elaine GAMBLE, 73, of rural Mentone, passed at her residence, surrounded by her family at 3:31 p.m. Thursday, December 9, 2021.

                Jo was born on April 12, 1948 in Huntington, to Joe D. and Janice A. (CARL) RICE. She was married on January 15, 1969 in North Manchester, to Victor D. GAMBLE. He survives.

                She was a graduate of Huntington Township High School in 1966. She then attended Manchester College, graduating in 1970. Jo furthered her education with two master’s degrees from Ball State University. She taught for Northfield High School and then transitioned into Real Estate, where she was a real estate agent from 1974-1988 for Larry Nellans Realtors and then Lucas Realtors. In 1988, she pursued an opportunity to return to education and accepted a role as the guidance counselor at “The” Tippecanoe Valley High School, where she retired in 2009.

                She took great pride in being a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was a Christian and a lifetime member of the Central Christian Church of Huntington. Jo touched so many lives in an extremely positive way. If you knew Jo, you know it was her lifelong calling to help and serve others in her family and her community, especially the youth. She was a member Psi Iota Xi Sorority, founded the Miss Kosciusko Scholarship Pageant, and served as a volunteer EMT for the Mentone EMS.

As a member of the TVHS staff, Jo enjoyed supporting many extracurricular activities. Many Viking supporters know Jo as the “Queen of the North Door.” For many years, she and Vic were ticket takers at home basketball and football games. For more than 25 years, Jo and Vic hosted the boys and girls basketball teams for a pre-sectional dinner at their home. She greatly enjoyed hosting and serving a formal meal on prom night for handicapable/special education students at Valley and hosting the annual Christmas party for the wonderful members of the FFA. She looked forward to cooking meals for the Mentone United Methodist Church Wednesday night service.

Jo looked at her children as her greatest calling. Providing an endless amount of love, support, and encouragement in all that came their way. Her sons’ friends from Tippy Valley, Sigma Chi’s at Ball State, and many other friends got to know Jo, too. Her boys took great pride in their mother and loved to have friends visit their home. As they did, a common theme arose among these visitors: “Your mom is incredible,” “We love mama Jo,” and the greatest testament to her caring ways, “Jo is like a second Mom to me.” Her grandchildren, nieces and nephews were loved without limits and always knew that whenever they needed support Grammy/Aunt Jo was a go-to for them.

                She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vic GAMBLE of Mentone; sons Troy and wife Wendy GAMBLE of Noblesville and Shane and wife Ally GAMBLE of Fishers; grandchildren Tyler, Garrison, Elijah, Joey, and Delaney; her mother, Janice ELLER of Mentone; and a sister, Janick “Nicki” NORRIS;many nieces, nephews, and other wonderful extended family. Jo was preceded in death by her father Joe D. RICE and daughter-in-law Erin Lyn GAMBLE.

                A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021, at King Memorial Home, 101 N. Tucker Street, Mentone, with Pastor Gail LAW officiating. Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Mary & Jerry’s Helping Hands, 10274 W. 600 South, Mentone, IN 46539.

D. Jane CHANEY

July 21, 1949-December 9, 2021

                D. Jane CHANEY, 80, Rochester, passed away at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, December 9, 2021, at the Raclin House, Mishawaka.

                She was born July 21, 1941, in Peru, the daughter of Frank and Charlotte (HAMILTON) BUCHER. On May 1, 1990, in Rochester, she married John Mullin CHANEY. He preceded her in death on January 21, 1999.

                Jane had worked at Walgreens Drug Store, Wynnfield Crossing, and owned and operated Classic Tanning Salon. She had attended Silver Creek Church of God and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, mushroom hunting, and fishing and was an avid fan of the Indiana Pacers.

                Survivors include her children, Shannon (Carla) PUGH, Rochester, Travis (Becky) PUGH, Argos, Kevin (Jill) PUGH, Rochester; several grandchildren; brother Steven (Cindy) BUCHER, North Manchester; and sister Patsy SPARKS, Warsaw. She was preceded in death by her parents.

                Private services will be observed with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, Raclin House, Mishawaka. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

John W. HONKOMP

February 4, 1944-December 10, 2021

                Mr. John W. HONKOMP, 77, Rochester, passed away on December 10, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                Born on February 4, 1944, in Gary, John Wayne HONKOMP was a treasured son of Bernard and Mary Francis NORRIS HONKOMP. Growing up he shared his childhood with seven brothers and three sisters. In Talma, on May 27, 2006, John married Rebecca A. MCGEE. Together they shared 15 years of life’s adventures.

                With a strong work ethic, John worked at Lau Industries for many years as a press operator until his retirement. Proud of his small fleet of tractors, he was the owner of a Ford 9-N, Massey-Ferguson and Grasshopper.

                To relax, John enjoyed fishing; many adventures included his family. There was an annual trip to the Wisconsin Dells or taking his brothers on his Ranger fishing boat in Florida. Sometimes he just fished undisclosed waters around Northern Indiana. He was accomplished with his casting or fly rod, acquiring his instincts from his mother. John and Becky rode the Polaris 4-wheelers around the farm and sometimes with his family around the Badlands. He and his family went rabbit hunting annually on Thanksgiving Day.

                Left to cherish John’s memory are his wife, Becky; two sons, Rick HONKOMP of Ft. Wayne, Terry HONKOMP (Charlotte) of Plymouth; two stepsons, Mark FREET (Mary) and Robert FREET Jr. (Chris) all of Alabama;several grandchildren, a sister, Reba DERRYBERRY of Akron; four brothers, Daniel “Pete” GELLER (Laura HALL) Culver, Richard GELLER (Paulette), Monterey, William GELLER (Lori) of Knox, Bernard HONKOMP (Reb) of Nyona Lake; a half-sister, Pam EGE of Akron; a half-brother, Raymond NORRIS; and cousins Mike BARNETT (Rhonda) and Pat BARNETT; and Dorsey the Teacup Yorkie. John was welcome to Heaven by his parents, two sisters, Nancy DELL and Linda HAECK, two brothers, George Wesley GELLER, Robert “Moke” HONKOMP, and Uncle George BARNETT and his canine companions Maggie Mae and Suzie-Que.

                A sunset celebration of the life of Mr. John Wayne HONKOMP will be Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit with his family from 4 until the hour of the service. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jimmie Lee CLEMANS

May 29, 1931-December 11, 2021

                Jimmie Lee CLEMANS, 90, Rochester, passed away on December 11, 2021, at his home in Wynnfield Crossing. He was born 29 May 1931, in Akron, to Herbert and Anina (MILLER) CLEMANS. On September 28, 1952, he married Doris L. NEFF of Rochester and she survives.

                Surviving in addition are their daughter, Sandra (Mike) WILDERMUTH, Macy; son David (Connie) CLEMANS, Melissa, Texas; four grandchildren, Suzanna ELLIOT, Greeley, Colorado, Nicole (John) BARCLAY, Eaton, Colorado, Margaret (Molly) CLEMANS (Kirk) FARRELL, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jack CLEMANS, Axtell, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Aedalin BARCLAY, Elijah BARCLAY, and Temperance BARCLAY; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Collin CLEMANS, brother Mark and sister-in-law Janeene CLEMANS, father and mother-in-law Clyde and Opal NEFF, nephew Jeffrey DAVIDSON, brother-in-law Richard DAVIDSON and sister-in-law Mary NEFF.

                Jim served his country in the Armed Forces during the Korean conflict. Being stationed in Alaska enabled his wife Doris to accompany him during his tour of duty where they enjoyed traveling about the state and learned of the native culture.

                Jim was an avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast, spending most weekends and free days touring with Doris at his back. Between motorcycle and camper trips together, they traveled 49 of the 50 United States plus all of the Canadian Provinces.

                Having been affiliated with farming and the dairy industry, Jim was a Dean Foods’ distributor and later a DHIA inspector in Indiana and in Colorado where he was their state manager.

                A celebration of the life of Jimmie L. CLEMANS will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 15, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Dr. Mark SPENCER will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Plainview Cemetery of Macy. Military Honors will be conducted by the Miami County Military Rites Unit and the United States Army Honors Team. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Evelyn M. DENNY

May 14, 1925-December 10, 2021

                Evelyn May (SNETHEN) DENNY passed away Friday, December 10, 2021, at Blair Ridge Nursing Home under hospice care.

                She was born in Ross Township, in Clinton County, May 14, 1925, to Elmer Ellsworth SNETHEN and Myrtle May WINGARD. After the death of her mother at an early age, she was raised by her maternal grandparents on the family farm. She married George DENNY on May 16, 1943, in Logansport. She has been a resident of Peru for the last 68 years.

                She is survived by her children David (Shelley) DENNY, Steve (Cindy) DENNY, and Malita (James) FRY; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, George DENNY Jr., her parents, her brother Charles SNETHEN, her granddaughter Kimberly FRY, and George DENNY.

                As a teenager she played violin in the school orchestra. She was a Cub Scout leader, and she was also a cook for several years for the N&W Dormitory. She will be remembered by her children and grandchildren for her love of tradition and family, her sense of humor and warm laugh, her colorful handmade quilts, her incredible green thumb, and the delicious popcorn ball treats and colorful Christmas ornaments she made during the holidays.

                Until the last few weeks of her life, this remarkable woman, at age 96, lived in her own home with the help and support of her children and their spouses that lived close by, Steve and Cindy and Malita and Jim.

                A private family funeral service will take place at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jim RAIRIGH officiating. Per the family’s request, masks must be worn at the funeral home, and standard social distancing guidelines will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.

 

Mike SANER

May 6, 1954-December 13, 2021

                Mike SANER, 67, Akron, died at 1:10 a.m. Monday at his residence. He is survived by his wife Mary SANER of Akron; children David SANER of Franklin and Rachael HAMILTON, Palmetto, Florida; siblings Jim SANER, Akron, Melanie HOLLETT, Warsaw, Marilee WIRES, Cromwell, Mark SANER, Akron, and Brenda SMITH, Kokomo.

                The funeral service will be at noon, Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Wednesday December 15, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday December 16, 2021

 

Bonnie M. OVERMYER

September 18, 1931-December 8, 2021

                Mrs. Bonnie M. OVERMYER, 90, of Rochester, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital.

                On September 18, 1931, Bonnie Marie CASTLEMAN was born in Fulton County. She was the treasured daughter of Clyde Earl and Clarice C. GOOD CASTLEMAN. She graduated with the Class of 1949 from Rochester High School. Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother, Jack.

                In the Burton United Methodist Church, Bonnie married the love of her life, Mr. Ronald D. OVERMYER on May 7, 1950. They shared 59 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, he passed away on March 10, 2009. Their union produced a son, Steve. A grandson and great-grandchildren have been added to the family tree.

                As a homemaker, Bonnie cherished the time with her family. Ron and Bonnie wintered in Texas. They enjoyed the warmth and even learned to line dance. She was a caregiver to several of her family members. Going out to eat with friends was a great way to catch up on the local news and happenings. Bonnie was an avid gardener, her flower beds were beautiful. Being very crafty and creative, Bonnie had an eye for Swedish embroidery.

                Left to cherish Bonnie’s memory are her son, Steve OVERMYER and companion Jannelle SMITH, of Rochester; a grandson, Dustin OVERMYER and companion Nikki, of Rochester; brother, Loyd “Jack” CASTLEMAN and wife Anita, of Rochester; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding Bonnie in death are her parents and husband.

                A celebration of the life of Bonnie Marie OVERMYER will be at 2 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

 

Rachel E. KUBLEY

December 2, 1940-December 14, 2021

                Rachel Eloise KUBLEY, 81, of Bremen, passed away in Community Hospital of Bremen on December 14, 2021.

                Rachel was born on December 2, 1940, in Peru, to the late Harley G. and Mabel (DUNN) WALTERS. On June 24, 1959, she married Ronald Owen KUBLEY.

                Rachel is the mother of three children, 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson, Dustin REAKER, and son-in-law, Larry REAKER. At the time of her death, she was living with her daughter, Risa REAKER.

                She worked for 38 years at Hart Schaffner Marx sewing factory in Rochester. When the doors closed, she worked at Seating Tech in Bremen and Topeka. Rachel worked into her 70s with a strong moral ethic. Her motto always was “You do what is right and what needs done, no matter how hard it is. That ethics lives on.”

                “You shall be my roots and I will be your shade, though the sun burns my leaves. You shall quench my thirst and I will feed you fruit, though time takes my seed. And when I’m lost and can tell nothing of this earth you will give me hope. And my voice you will always hear. And my hand you will always have. For I will shelter you. And I will comfort you. And even when we are nothing left, not even in death, I will remember you.” Mark Z. Danielewski.

                Per her wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mishlerfuneralhomes.com.

 

Friday December 17, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday December 18, 2021

 

Eileen GROSS

September 9, 1922-December 2, 2021

                Eileen GROSS, 99, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2021, at home. Eileen was born to Raymond and Margaret (BERNHARD) SMITH on September 9, 1922, in Plymouth. After high school she graduated from beauty college and later worked at John Meck in Plymouth, testing crystals that were used in B25 airplanes. There she met Kenneth GROSS and they married. He preceded her in death during World War II.

                Eileen attended the EUB Church, now known as Emmanuel UMC, in her younger years, where she taught children’s Sunday School class.

                On October 29, 1945, she married Don GROSS. They enjoyed many years of camping, dancing, fishing, gardening, ice/roller skating, winters in Florida, and most of all family. Eileen also enjoyed baking pies, playing piano, swimming, crocheting doilies, reading, and word puzzles.

                Eileen is survived by her children: Jim GROSS, Argos, Jerry (Janeal) GROSS, Statesville, North Carolina, Jean (Ron) BROWN, Anchorage, Alaska, Ron (Bettie) GROSS, Rochester, Dan (Deb) GROSS, Leiters Ford, and Donna HIGGINS of Wake Forest, North Carolina; grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, granddaughter Chloe, and grandson Brian.

                Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, at Odom Funeral Home, 104 E. Lakeshore, Culver. Funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be given to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 401 S. Main Street, Culver. Odom Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Phillip MAXWELL

October 26, 1947-November 24, 2021

                Phillip MAXWELL, 74, recently of Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at his home in Midland, North Carolina.

                He was born in Lafayette on October 26, 1947, to the late Garland and Alyce (ZARTMAN) MAXWELL. His boyhood was spent in Fulton County. After graduation from Akron High School in 1965 he lived in Fort Wayne and was employed at Food Marketing Corp., where he met his wife of 54 years, Eva (MILLER) MAXWELL.

                He was a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Phil retired from Hallmark Cards in 2006 after 34 years. At the time of his retirement he was living in West Friendship, Maryland, before moving to North Carolina in May of this year.

                Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Vanessa (Chris) WEDMAN and Jessica (Matt) MULLANEY; four grandchildren; a brother, Ken (Julia) MAXWELL, and sister, Mary OCHOA.

                A visitation and remembrance of his life will be at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Indiana, January 15, 2022 from 3-5 p.m.

 

Richard C. RADER

July 19, 1924-December 16, 2021

                Richard C. “Dick” RADER, 97, of rural Akron, passed at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

                Dick was born July 19, 1924, in Akron, to the late Ralph and Grace (MILLER) RADER. He was married November 18, 1945, in the Akron United Methodist Church, to LaDonna M. SUMME. She preceded him in death on January 24, 2019.

                He was a 1942 graduate of Akron High School. He was a lifetime member of the Akron United Methodist Church. Dick was a proud farmer. He took great care in raising cattle for many years. In years past, he also raised hogs.

                Dick was a member of the Lincoln Masonic Lodge #523 of Macy since 1955 and the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine since 1962. He was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1986 by Governor Robert D. Orr. He was an avid Purdue Boilermakers fan. Dick was known to be meticulous in everything he did.

                Dick is survived by a daughter, Candi NEWELL of Silver Lake, as well as many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 74 years, LaDonna.

                The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester Street, Akron, with Pastor David EATON officiating. The interment will take place following the service in the Akron Cemetery next to his wife and parents. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorial contributions can be made to the Akron United Methodist Church in his memory. Share a memory or send an online condolence at www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Tuesday December 21, 2021

 

Gail A. URBIN

October 2, 1962-December 18, 2021

                Gail A. URBIN, 59, Rochester, passed away at 2:08 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Indiana University Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.

                She was born on October 2, 1962, in Rochester, the daughter of Gerald M. and Betty J. (WARFIELD) URBIN. On December 8, 2007, in Rochester, she married John KELLEY. He preceded her in death on December 10, 2021.

                Gail for many years owned and operated All About Pets pet store in downtown Rochester and was currently operating Barking in Style pet grooming. Gail’s passion in life was caring for animals.

                Survivors include her siblings, Ned (Eunice) URBIN, Kewanna, Madge (Phil) SMITLEY, Bunker Hill, Alma HALTERMAN, Rochester, Larry (Brenda) URBIN, Rochester, Rex (Glenda) URBIN, Kewanna, Dale (Annette) URBIN, Logansport, Nanette (Dennis) STARK, Winamac; stepson, John (Keri) KELLEY, Portsmouth, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Brian URBIN.

                Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaski Animal Center, Winamac, or Cause for Paws, Logansport. Arrangements are being handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Sally K. CHARLES

November 13, 1953-December 17, 2021

                Sally K. CHARLES, 68, of Akron, and formerly of Kentucky, died Friday, December 17, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

                Survivors include her husband Henry CHARLES, of Akron;twin children, Marianne OOLEY, of Syracuse, and Terry CHARLES, of Rochester;sisters, Lacie ROBINSON and Delores HALL, both of Kentucky; brothers, Tom BOWENS, of Kentucky, and Arvid BOWENS, of Michigan.

                Following Sally’s wishes, no services will be held at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron.

 

Wednesday December 22, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Thursday December 23, 2021

 

Norma MOYER

June 19, 1932-December 21, 2021

                Norma MOYER, 89, of Akron, and formerly of rural Macy, passed at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester.

                Norma was born on June 19, 1932, in Warsaw, to the late J.D. and Bessie (CRIST) LEITER. She married on September 5, 1953, at Olive Branch Church of God, Roann, to Richard L. MOYER, who preceded her in death on October 12, 2012.

                Norma was a homemaker. She was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God. She enjoyed gardening, watching line dancing, playing bingo as well as other games. She also liked to watch western shows and people watch from her porch.

                Norma is survived by her daughters, Denise CODY, of North Manchester, and Teresa and husband Greg BLANTON, of Mentone; sons, Randy MOYER, of Akron, Terry MOYER, of Columbia City, Gary and wife Holly MOYER, of Argos, Danny MOYER, of Columbia City, Bob MOYER, of North Manchester, Don and wife Tina MOYER, of Nappanee, and Chris and wife Sue MOYER, of North Manchester; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a brother, David and wife Jackie LEITER, of Etna Green. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, brothers Robert and Richard LEITER, and sisters Phyllis FORBES and Maxine HUGHES.

                The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester Street, Akron, with Pastor Thomas CRAIG officiating. The interment will take place following the service in the Gaerte Cemetery, Macy. Visitation hours will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Heart to Heart Hospice, 72221 Eagle Road, Suite 100, Fort Wayne, IN 46804-2232. Share a memory or send an online condolence at: www.hartzlerfuneralservices.com.

 

Friday December 24, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Saturday December 25, 2021

 

Holiday-No Paper

 

Tuesday December 28, 2021

 

Sharon Sue CRISPEN

November 8, 1959-December 21, 2021

                Sharon Sue CRISPEN, 62, of Macy, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Duke’s Memorial Hospital, Peru.

                On November 8, 1959, Sharon was born in Brunswick, Georgia, to Burrell L. and Patsy Ruth HODGES BOATWRIGHT. Growing up, she shared her childhood with two sisters and a brother.

                Sharon was the parts manager at Mike Anderson’s of Rochester. In her free time, she enjoyed painting with acrylics. Being very handy, she was very accomplished with sewing, quilting, crocheting, and baking. Having a green thumb, her flowerbeds, strawberry garden and her fruit trees were always plentiful. Her love of nature was shown to others with her photography. As an equestrian, she rode atop Buzzsaw through the countryside. Throughout the day, she could often be found enjoying a glass of iced sweet tea.

                Left to cherish the memories of Sharon are three children, Mitch THORNTON of Macy, Amanda BARNES of Denver, Kathy SCHLOSSER of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Miranda, Antonio, Taylor, Jacob, Haley, Brooke, Curtis, Katlynn, Bo, Shane, Mason; two sisters, Patsy Ruth HEISEY and husband David of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, Wanda Gail BOATWRIGHT of Vidalia; brother Burrell L. BOATWRIGHT Jr. of Brunswick, Georgia; companion Dave BANDELIER and his loving family; and Charlie, the seal brown Pitt. Preceding Sharon in death are her parents; grandparents Nancy E. HODGES, Thomas HODGES, Francis and Bernice CRISPEN; and her quarter horse, Buzzsaw and Pitt Bull Buddy.

                A celebration of the life of Sharon Sue CRISPEN will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday December 29, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Pastor Thad STEWART will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. today, Tuesday December 28, 2021, and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Jean L. KUHN-HATCH

September 23, 1923-December 25, 2021

                Jean Louise KUHN-HATCH, age 98, North Manchester, died on December 25, 2021, at 4 a.m. at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, where she had been a resident for nine years.

                She was born on September 23, 1923, in Milford. Her parents were Joseph and Jeanette (DARKWOOD) KRAUTER. She attended Sidney High School.

                Jean was formally from Akron, where she and her husband raised four daughters, and then resided in Florida from 2002 to 2012.

                Some of Jean’s interests were baking, fishing, hunting mushrooms and playing the piano for many, many years. She worked at various places such as Wiles Department Store, Chamberlains, and as a cook at the Akron School.

                Jean was married in North Manchester to Neil KUHN from 1943 to 1995 when he passed away. She was then married to Don HATCH from 1999 to 2006 when he passed away in Sebring, Florida.

                Surviving Jean are four daughters, Pat (spouse Miles) HOFFMAN, Silver Lake; Pam (spouse George) MOFFIT, Indianapolis; Cathy FRENCH, North Manchester; and Nancy (spouse Andy) SHEWMAN, North Manchester; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Jean in death are her parents, husband Neil KUHN, husband Don HATCH, son-in-law (Cathy’s husband) Charles FRENCH, grandson Brent HOFFMAN, great-grandson Ryan HENDERSON, and brother Joseph KRAUTER.

                Visitation will be Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester Street, Akron, from 10 a.m.-noon. The service will be at noon, following the visitation, at the funeral home officiated by Pastor David EATON. Burial will be at the Akron IOOF Cemetery, Akron. Contributions may be given in her memory to the Akron United Methodist Church and/or the Caring Circle at Peabody Retirement Community. Envelopes will be furnished at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to www.earllovefuneralhome.com. The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Jean Kuhn-Hatch.

 

Jeffery D. MCCROSKEY

August 16, 1957-December 23, 2021

                Jeffery Dean MCCROSKEY, 64, Rochester, passed away at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                He was born August 16, 1957, in Rochester, the son of Wilbur Dean MCCROSKEY and Marolyn (DAWSON) STEMM. On February 4, 1983, in Orrville, Ohio, he married Cathy SCOTT and she survives.

                Mr. MCCROSKEY had been an owner/operator truck driver and worked for various trucking companies as well as working for Rochester L.P. He attended Christian Life Fellowship and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

                Survivors include his wife, Cathy MCCROSKEY, Rochester;children Brenda (Jacob) JUDAY, Frankton, Brad (Tarah) MCCROSKEY, Little Rock, Arkansas, Brett (Autumn) MCCROSKEY, Logansport, Brandon (Rochelle) MCCROSKEY, Anderson, Brandi MCCROSKEY, LaPorte; grandchildren Elijah JUDAY and Eliot JUDAY, both of Frankton, Avery MCCROSKEY, Little Rock, Arkansas, Lily MCCROSKEY, Logansport, David JUAREZ, Anderson, Chloe MCCROSKEY and Naomi MCCROSKEY, Anderson; mother Marolyn STEMM, Rochester; sister Connie Jean (Jim) MILLER, Louisville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean MCCROSKEY, and stepfather, Ken STEMM.

                A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the Fulton Community Building, Fulton. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Bradley J. BAKER

September 11, 1954-December 23, 2021

                Bradley J. BAKER, 67, Rochester, died Thursday. Survivors include his children, Anne Marie BAKER of Fort Wayne, Christine BAKER, Kellie SCOBIE, all of Rochester; and sister Cathy O’NEAL, Independence, Missouri.

                His funeral service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Grace J. HOLLOWAY

March 18, 1938-December 25, 2021

                Grace J. HOLLOWAY, 83, of Rochester, died Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital. Survivors include her husband Bernie;and sons Dave HOLLOWAY, South Carolina, Gregory HOLLOWAY, Rochester.

                Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Ronnie G. BRADLEY

July 13, 1957-December 23, 2021

                Ronnie G. BRADLEY, 64, Rochester, died at 10:05 p.m. Thursday at his home. Survivors include his wife Treina; daughter Ashley BRADLEY-WITZBERGER, Indianapolis; and half-sister, Jenny ROBERSON, Vincennes.

                Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. January 8, 2021, at the Athens Hoover Cemetery. Good Family funeral Home is handling arrangements.

 

Elizabeth A. SCHILLING

December 22, 1992-December 21, 2021

                Elizabeth A. SCHILLING, 28, Newark, Ohio, died December 21, 2021. Survivors include her parents, Brian SCHILLING and Heather (WHITE) SCHILLING, North Manchester, and brother Lucas SCHILLING, Indianapolis.

                Her funeral service is at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 30, at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. that day. McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, is handling arrangements.

 

Lorrie ARTIST

                Lorrie ARTIST, 74, Rochester, died at 8:47 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Roger D. MUSE

                Roger D. MUSE, 70, Rochester, died at 10:34 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Lucile DOERING

                Lucile DOERING, 96, Arkon, died at 4:40 a.m. Monday at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

 

Wednesday December 29, 2021

 

Bradley J. BAKER

September 11, 1954-December 23, 2021

                Mr. Bradley J. “Bake” BAKER, 67, of Rochester, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

                On September 11, 1954, Brad was born in Fulton County, He was the treasured son of Lyman and Angelina PAFUNDI BAKER. During his high school years, Brad was involved in instrumental and vocal music. He played major roles in theatrical productions of Tri-Epsilon and gifted with his voice, sang baritone with The Manitous. With three quick blasts of his whistle, he led the RHS marching Zebras as the drum major onto the RHS football field for the halftime show. He also helped fire-up the crowd leading cheers from the edge of the hardwoods during the basketball season. Brad graduated with the Rochester High School class of 1972.

                Music and theater were a lifelong passion of Brad’s. He was a member of the Fulton County Players and played his trombone with our local big band sound, Tuxedo Junction. An avid SCUBA diver, he participated in many dives.

                With diverse interests as an entrepreneur, Brad owned and operated Auto Pro, an automotive parts store in both Akron and Rochester. Excelling in sales and customer service, he also owned and operated Gunsmoke Firearms.

                Most will remember Brad as an amazing friend, a good listener and a practical joker with a great sense of humor. He was compassionate, always there to help others in need. Charisma and his bright smile were major components of his persona. Brad is remembered cruising around town in his maroon 1967 classic Chevrolet Corvette. During the holidays, Santa Brad, attired in his red suit trimmed in white, was the perfect man to liven up a party and distribute gifts to all who were in attendance. Usually, another family member posed as an elf, assisting Santa with gift distribution.

                Paramount in Grandpa Brad’s life was his family, as he cherished the time spent with them making memories. Grandpa shared his intense loved with all of the family during the holidays and special celebrations. He shared his talents of target shooting with the kids and grandkids and accurately hit the bullseye most frequently during the great afternoon of fun. Grandpa Brad was delighted to orchestrate the fireworks display at family picnics and summertime gatherings. Tender-hearted with all of his grands, Grandpa Brad helped raise Camden for several years.

                Left to cherish Brad’s memory are his partner Beth STOCKING, Rochester; his children, Anne Marie BAKER of Fort Wayne, Christine BAKER, Kellie SCOBIE and husband Chad, all of Rochester; five grandchildren, Camden BAKER, Karsyn BAKER, Seth Bradley FLENAR, Amelia SCOBIE, Watson SCOBIE; sister Cathy O’NEAL and husband Lou of Independence, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews. Meeting Brad at Heaven’s gates were his parents Lyman and Angelina.

                A celebration of the life of Mr. Bradley J. BAKER will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Pastor Terry BALDWIN will officiate. Burial will follow in Rochester’s IOOF Cemetery.

 

Joan MORRIS

April 1, 1963-December 26, 2021

                Joan MORRIS, 58, of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

                Born on April 1, 1963, in South Bend, Joan was the daughter of John Sr. and Charlotte (HILL) MORRIS. She worked as production coordinator for Zimmer Biomet with 35 years of service.

                Joan will be lovingly remembered by her siblings, Bill (Lisa) LANGDON, Bremen, Vickie (Larry) WATKINS, Argos, Janet RIEWOLDT, Plymouth, John MORRIS Jr., Goshen, Kevin (Beth) MORRIS, Warsaw, and Mark MORRIS, Goshen. She was preceded in passing by her parents, brother-in-law Matt RIEWOLDT, and nephew John MORRIS III. Also surviving are her good friends, The BECKERS.

                A visitation is planned from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service in celebration of her life will begin at 11 a.m. in the funeral chapel with Todd KAUFFMAN officiating. A private interment will be in Calcutta Cemetery, Carbon, Indiana. Masks are optional, and social distancing is encouraged. No food is permitted at this time. To sign the guestbook or send a condolence, go to www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.

 

 

 

Lorrie E. ARTIST

January 2, 1947-December 25, 2021

                Lorrie E. ARTIST, 74, Rochester, passed away at 8:47 p.m. Saturday, December 25, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

                She was born January 2, 1947, in Hammond, the daughter of Albert Elvis and Marie (PENA) COX. On April 4, 1983, in Whiting, she married James P. ARTIST and he survives.

                Lorrie had been a homemaker. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing cards and watching her favorite western movies and shows.

                Survivors include her husband, James P. ARTIST, Rochester; children, Donald Ray HUFFSTATLER, Rochester, Donna Lee FIELDS, Avon, Robert (Martha) ARTIST, Rochester; step-children, James L. ARTIST, Clayton, Michael ARTIST, Rochester, Crystal Gail CONKIN and husband, Kingsport, Tennessee; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister Marie ELLIS, Malta, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Sandra COX and Betty Jo COX.

                Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2021, at Moon Cemetery, Kewanna. Friends may visit from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Grace J. HOLLOWAY

March 18, 1938-December 25, 2021

                Mrs. Grace J. HOLLOWAY, 83, of Rochester, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital.

                On March 18, 1938, Grace Julia PREVATTE was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. She was the treasured daughter of Clarence R. and Lois TOWNSEND PREVATTE. Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother Kenneth. Grace graduated from Lumberton High School and pursued her associate degree in business at Carolina Business College, graduating in 1957.

                Grace met Bernie HOLLOWAY and shortly after, they were married on June 19, 1960, at Raft Swamp Baptist Church near Lumberton, by the Rev. B. Clyde SIMPSON. They shared 61 years of life’s adventures. They returned to Rochester after their marriage as Bernie was scheduled to go to Korea. Grace initiated her professional career at Dean Milk working in the office for about seven years.

                Bernie and Grace were the proud parents of two handsome sons, David and Gregory. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

                For many years Grace assisted Bernie with the operation of the HOLLOWAY’S Marathon, their full-service gas station located on the southeast corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown Rochester. As office manager she greeted customers, tended to general accounting and daily operations for their company.

                Grace was a plus-50-year member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She and Bernie teamed up to annually plant a vegetable garden. They also planted flowers around their home to add color and enhance the landscape.

                Left to cherish Grace’s memory are her loving husband Bernie of more than six decades; sons Dave HOLLOWAY (Penni) of South Carolina, Gregory HOLLOWAY (Alice) of Rochester and their two sons Calvin HOLLOWAY (Lacey), Will HOLLOWAY (Krysta); great-grandchildren Ava Grace HOLLOWAY, Levin Lee HOLLOWAY, Henley Grey HOLLOWAY, Alba Rose BURNETT, Blake Marie HOLLOWAY, Kenna Janet HOLLOWAY, Rachel MOW; great-great-grandson Jaylyn HOLLOWAY.

                A celebration of the life of Mrs. Grace Julia PREVATTE HOLLOWAY will be on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 10 a.m. in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Their family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, in the funeral home and an hour prior to her service on Thursday. Pastor Kurt NICHOLS will officiate. Burial will follow in the Citizen’s Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

 

Roger D. MUSE

June 7, 1951-December 26, 2021

                Roger D. MUSE, 70, Rochester, passed away at 10:34 a.m. Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester.

                He was born June 7, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Denver and Essie (DAULTON) MUSE. On November 25, 1972, in Boswell, he married Patricia FOSTER and she survives.

                Roger had worked as a truck driver for 20 years at General Transfer and spent the last 27 years working for Rochester Community Schools at Riddle Elementary as building tech. He enjoyed gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, and really enjoyed working at Riddle Elementary with all the staff and students.

                Survivors include his wife, Patricia MUSE, Rochester;sons Eric (Meredith) MUSE, Plymouth, Rodney SOUTH, Oneida, Tennessee;grandchildren Landon MUSE, Rochester, Brady COFFIN, Plymouth, Evan MUSE, Plymouth, Seth MUSE, Plymouth; mother Essie MUSE, Rochester; brothers Ralph (Gwen) MUSE, Rochester, Richard (Lisa) MUSE, Burnettsville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and brother Robert MUSE.

                Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends are invited to Riddle Elementary School after visitation Thursday afternoon for continue friendship and food. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Archie HEPLER

                Archie R. HEPLER, 58, Fulton, died at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

 

Thursday December 30, 2021

 

No Obituaries

 

Friday December 31, 2021

 

No Obituaries