Our Obituaries

Patricia Lou France

August 16, 2018

Patricia Lou France, 68 of Fort Wayne, IN passed away August 16, 2018. She was retired as a Technician for GE BAE Systems for over 40 years. Pat was a member of E-Lex and loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 12 years, Michael L. France, children, Jeramie, Edward (Kelly), Michael (Katie) Van Gessel, step-children, Todd (Sara) France, Traci (John Paul)...
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Charles S. Butcher

August 15, 2018

Charles S Butcher, 61, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at his home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and raised in Carmel, IN. Charly graduated from Carmel HS in 1975. He was a radio announcer and icon with WOWO and WMEE for over 30 yrs. He is known in Fort Wayne for his passion for broadcasting and the community, but to his family he will be remembered most for his...
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Richard C. (Dick) Fisher

August 11, 2018

Richard C. (Dick) Fisher Nine Decades Young Richard C. (Dick) Fisher was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on May 23, 1928 to the late Clark and Gladys (Phillips) Fisher. He was a graduate of Central High School, a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church and a dedicated member of the Masons, Scottish Rite and Shrine. Dick passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family on...
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Michael Patrick Kane, Jr.

August 11, 2018

Michael Patrick Kane Jr. 47 and Chrissy Marie (Campagna) Kane, 44, passed away suddenly, Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Michael was born in Philadelphia and was raised in Collingdale, PA. He worked in construction. He followed in his father's footsteps, as well as his five uncles, two in the Navy, two in the Army and two in the Marine Corps, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was a...
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Christina Marie (Campagna) Kane

August 11, 2018

Michael Patrick Kane Jr. 47 and Christina Marie (Campagna) Kane, 44, passed away suddenly, Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Michael was born in Philadelphia and was raised in Collingdale, PA. He worked in construction. He followed in his father's footsteps, as well as his five uncles, two in the Navy, two in the Army and two in the Marine Corps, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was...
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Maureen Kearney

August 11, 2018

Maureen Kearney, 66, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, IN. She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. Maureen graduated from Bishop Luers High School and went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. Maureen had a passion for creating beautiful stained glass pieces and also mastered every other creative art she...
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Joseph R. Stelmack

August 7, 2018

Joseph R. Stelmack, 56, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Portsmouth, VA, Joseph worked as a software engineer with Raytheon. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a kind and loving person and will be greatly missed. Surviving are his father, John Stelmack of Littleton, NC; mother, Connie (Rick) Kumer of Virginia Beach, VA;...
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Marianne Howard

August 6, 2018

Marianne Howard, 88, entered her heavenly home on Monday, August 6, 2018. Marianne was born to the late Clarence and Lillian Rossell. Marianne married her high school sweetheart, Dean Howard, of Fort Wayne, IN and together they had one daughter, Susan (Mutton). Marianne will be fondly remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. She was always interested in the activities of Susie's family and...
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James Lester "Jim" Scheil

July 28, 2018

James Lester "Jim" Scheil, age 69, of Fort Wayne passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Northside High School in 1967. Jim began a career in mechanical contracting and founded Summit Mechanical, Inc. in 1984. Jim's talents and accomplishments were many, he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather as well as a steadfast and loyal friend...
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Virginia "Ginne" Christoff

July 26, 2018

Virginia "Ginne" Christoff, age 88, passed away at North Woods Village Thursday, July 26, after a several year experience with dementia. Ginne was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She was a graduate of North Side High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she joined the Delta Gamma sorority and obtained her Bachelor's...
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Joan Katherine McKee

July 26, 2018

Joan Katherine McKee, 80, of Fort Wayne, IN & Naples, FL, passed away on July 26, 2018 at 7:34 p.m and will be deeply missed. Joan was born in LaPorte, IN on Dec 20th, 1937 to Clarence & Rosa (Loy) Devereaux. She earned her Masters in Science in Education degree at Indiana State University and retired from teaching Home Ec at Northrop High School. Joan was an avid crafter, reader and red hat...
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Beverly Haag-Parkison

July 25, 2018

Beverly Haag-Parkison, 83, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Born in Taunton, MA, Beverly worked at State School for 7 years. Surviving are her son, Richard (Linda) Haag of Leitchfield, KY, daughter, Debra Luttman of Butler, IN, daughter, Tina Rutledge of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter, Beverly (Denver ) Tackett of Avilla, IN, daughter, Teri (Bruce) Butler of Avilla, IN, 11 grandchildren, 20...
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Pamela R. Hicks

July 17, 2018

Pamela R. Hicks, 50, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Pam was born in Kendallville, IN. She's the daughter of Constance E. (Becker) and R. Ray Hicks who survive. Pam was a 1986 graduate of Northrop High School and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. Pam spent her career in food service. Most recently she worked at McDonald's on Dupont Road. The team she...
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Esther Corbat

July 17, 2018

Esther Corbat, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Winamac, IN, Esther worked as a registered nurse for 50 years, retiring in 2008. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Arcola. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and enjoyed gardening and quilting. Surviving are her children, Steven (Beth) Corbat of...
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Elsie Mabel Burch

July 16, 2018

Elsie Mabel Burch was called to Heaven on July 16th at 1:38 am. Elsie joined our beautiful world far earlier than expected but quickly showed all those that knew her how strong and full of life and love she was. Elsie was a warrior princess always doing more than the nurses and doctors thought she should. In her short lifetime of 47 days Elsie Mabel brought more love and happiness to her friends...
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Martha (Marty) H. Cohee

July 15, 2018

Martha "Marty" H. Cohee, 87, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Covington Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late William C and Mildred L Berning-Whitacre. She graduated from North Side High School. Martha was a Receptionist at Parkview Hospital for 39 years. She was a long time and faithful member of Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco...
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Raymond L. Christ, Jr.

July 11, 2018

Raymond L. Christ Jr., 75, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Huntington, IN, Raymond worked as an outside plant engineer with GTE/Verizon for 39 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and being outdoors. Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Shari Christ of Roanoke, IN; daughters, Ann (Frank) Williams of Jacksonville, NC and Amy (Steve) Carney of Fort...
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Paul A. Parker

July 10, 2018

Paul A. Parker, 74, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Paul worked at Volkswagen of America for five years until he left to start his own business, Paul's Service Center. He retired from Paul's Service Center in 1988 and then from Tom Kelly in 2007. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Paul loved watching his grandchildren play ball. Cheryl and Paul...
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Fred John Huston, Jr.

July 8, 2018

Fred John Huston Jr., 89, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 in Bowling Green, KY. Born in Muskegon, MI, Fred graduated from Michigan Tech. University with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a mechanical engineer with International Harvester for 30 years until his retirement. He then moved to North Carolina to work with M.A.N. Truck and Bus Company and Thomas Built...
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Archie Jackson James

July 8, 2018

Archie Jackson James, 93, of Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on July 8th 2018. He has joined his beloved wife Imogene, his parents and siblings. He was born April 9, 1925 in Hazel Green Kentucky to Benjamin F. James and Cora Alice (Russell) James. He was the third of ten children including Andy, Everett, Jesse, Rose Patrick, Sarah Rockwell, Dewey, and...
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Carol Ann Logan

July 6, 2018

Carol Ann Logan, 84, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018. The daughter of Mary Lucille Mancini of Connersville, and J. Norbert Cusick of Harrison, Ohio, Carol was part of a happy, extended family residing at 1204 Central, Connersville, an uptown, two-story, grand enough to accommodate Carol's many aunts, uncles and cousins. Carol attended St. Gabriel Catholic School, Connersville High School...
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Gary Allen Evans

July 4, 2018

Gary Allen Evans, 79, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Parkview Randallia. Mr. Evans was born on January 4, 1939 to Ishmael and Irene (Roy) Evans. Gary graduated from Central High School. He served his country honorably with the United States Air National Guard. On January 16, 1960, he married his wife of 58 years, Judith Braun in Fort Wayne. Gary worked for...
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John Groganz

July 3, 2018

John Groganz, 90, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Fort Wayne. He was born in Jagodnjak, Yugoslavia to the late Josef and Anna (Potnek) Groganz. John co-owned B & G Electric for 23 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Fort Wayne Sport Club for 66 years. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty (Baatz) Groganz; son, John M. (Caren) Groganz of Carmel; daughters, Linda C. ...
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Roanne R. Drerup

June 30, 2018

Roanne R. Drerup, 68, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018 at her home in Roanoke, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Clell G. and Margaret I. Boerger. Roanne graduated from New Haven High School in 1968 and earned her LPN and worked at Parkview Hospital for six years. She later became a teacher's aide at Croninger Elementary School for 19 years, retiring in 2004. She was a member...
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Linda Lou "Luby" (Raquet) Goodman

June 29, 2018

Linda Lou "Luby" (Raquet) Goodman, 74, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Clayton and Elma "Sissy" Raquet. Linda worked at Von Maur for 13 years, retiring in 2014. Linda was a former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Linda loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. She was a compassionate and...
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Merle W. Long

June 23, 2018

Merle W. Long, 96, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Noble County, Indiana on December 24, 1921 to Charles and Emma (Beers) Long. Merle graduated from Cromwell High School in 1940. He then continued his education at International Business College in Fort Wayne where he achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. On...
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Edgar A. Poppy Pelfrey

February 20, 1939 - June 23, 2018

Edgar A. Pelfrey age 79, peacefully passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol (Cramer) Pelfrey; daughter, Amy Misner; sons, Brad (Ellen) Pelfrey, Joe (Margaret) Hammons and Jeffrey (Tiffany) Hammons; grandchildren, Paige and Emily Misner, Evan and Grace Hammons, Logan and Prewitt Pelfrey and Megan and Kyle Spray. Ed was...
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Lawrence D. Wehnert

June 22, 2018

Lawrence D. Wehnert, 69, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at Coventry Meadows Nursing Facility. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Ralph and Betty (Lauer) Wehnert. Lawrence graduated from Bishop Luers High School and earned a degree from St. Francis University. He worked at International Harvester/Navistar for 40 years, retiring in 2012. He was a member of the McMillen Park Lions Club....
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Margaret E. Anderson

June 21, 2018

Margaret E Anderson, 70, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Huntington, IN. Margaret retired from Verizon after 12 years. She was a Union Steward for IBEW Local 723. Surviving are her daughter, Missy (Randall) May of Knoxville, TN, daughter, Shawn Anderson of Upland, IN, son, Jason (Amanda) Anderson of Roanoke, IN, siblings, Dave (Karin) Wyatt of Montpelier, IN, Ray (Jo)...
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Stanley L. Guenin

January 4, 1943 - June 17, 2018

Stanley L. Guenin, 75, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Metron of LaMont in LaMont, MI. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Stan served honorably in the United States Army. Stan loved to fish and enjoyed following baseball statistics. Surviving are his daughter Teresa (William) Layman of Fort Wayne; siblings, Rosemary (James) Clark of Hoagland, IN, Walter E (Elenore) Guenin of Topeka, IN, Sandra Bennett...
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James Henry Crandal

June 12, 2018

James Henry Crandal, 93, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Lutheran Life Villages - Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, James was a local farmer from 1946-1958 and then worked in the maintenance department, with SWAC Schools for 28 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, James was a volunteer at Lutheran...
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Kent D. Swihart

June 3, 2018

Kent D. Swihart, 83, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Ned and Bertha Mildred Swihart. Kent graduated from Arcola High School in 1953. He was a US Army Veteran and served for 6 years. Kent worked as a Forklift Driver with International Harvester for 28 years, retiring in 1989. He delivered trucks for...
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Helen J. Archbold

June 1, 2018

Helen J. Archbold, 86, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born January 16, 1932, she was the daughter of Alvey Kenneth & Mable (Worman) Mettert. She is survived by her daughters, Cindy (James) Hart of Columbia City, IN, Karen Archbold of Golden, CO and Sherry (Rob) Stark of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Kristin Monnier, Travis (Mindy) Hart and Hannah & Hailey Stark; great...
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Sharon L. Martin

May 30, 2018

Sharon L Martin, 81, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Walter and Beulah Coolman. Sharon graduated from North Side High School in 1955. Her passion and calling in life was caring and nurturing children. Sharon worked at Wesleyan Kiddie Kollege for 20 years. She also taught preschool and Sunday school. ...
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Norma A. Jellison

May 18, 1936 - May 27, 2018

Norma A. (Schwierking) Jellison, 82, passed away at home Sunday, May 27, 2018 after a year long battle with ALS. Born in Warsaw, IN, Norma graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse with John E. Krueger, M.D. & John Nill, M.D. for 30 years, retiring in 1999. She was a volunteer at Parkview North Cancer Center and the St. Vincent de Paul Society....
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Julian F. Franke III

July 13, 1939 - May 27, 2018

Julian F. Franke III, 78, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital surrounded by family. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he graduated from Central Catholic High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1962. Julian retired in 1985 after 23 years with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, serving as Captain for 14.5 years. He was also the manager with Fire Systems for 10 years,...
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George C. Wissinger

June 11, 1935 - May 27, 2018

George C. Wissinger, 82, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018 at home in Huntington. Born in Nappanee, IN, George worked as a supervisor with Buckeye Pipeline for 36 and a half years, retiring in 1993. He was a problem solver. He loved being surrounded by his family and was a true friend to many. He will be missed greatly. Surviving are his wife of 61 and a half years, Della Wissinger of Huntington,...
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Paul H. Regenold

March 27, 1929 - May 26, 2018

Paul H. Regenold, 89 passed away on May 26, 2018 with his family and children by his side at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. He died from a broken heart of losing his beloved Norma Jean in January 2018. Paul was born in 1929 in Monroe, Michigan. He was a depression kid and overcame tough odds through hard work and a zest for life. He worked at several Ft. Wayne companies in data processing and...
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Rex Burnell Burden

April 25, 1930 - May 25, 2018

Rex B. Burden, 88, passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rex graduated from Fort Wayne Central High school and attended Indiana Institute of Technology. Rex worked for NCR for 18 years and was the owner of Burden Business Machines for 25 years. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corp. He loved the family cottage at Lake James where he enjoyed boating and...
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James E. Loehr

March 7, 1931 - May 22, 2018

James E. Loehr, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Chapman Place in Fort Wayne. Born in Birmingham, AL. James served honorably in the United States Air Force. He was a very active in the local D.A.V. and American Motorcyclist Association. Surviving are his ex-wife, Marjorie Loehr; three sons, Dennis J. Loehr of Fort Wayne, Ernest W. (Vicki) Loehr of Columbia City, and Joseph A. Loehr of...
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Virginia Mae Wampler

May 17, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Virgina Mae Wampler (99), mother, grandmother and sister passed away peacefully at her home in Ft. Wayne, IN. She was born to Ernest and Sylvia (Thatcher) Lantis on March 22, 1919. She was older sister to Jannette Hartman Caley of Brewster MA., Louise Buzzard (deceased) and Dorothy Stocksdale (deceased). She was married to Fredrick (Fritz) Guthier of Huntington, IN. and...
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Steven Lee Stroup, Sr.

May 17, 2018

Steven Lee Stroup Sr., 79, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 surrounded by family. Steve was a loving, caring, husband and father. Born in Sturgis, MI, to Walter and Mabel Stroup. Steve was the CEO of HVAC Machine Company. He was a member of Emmanuel Community Church. He was known for 36 patents he created for the HVAC industry. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Loretta Stroup, son, Steve ...
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Nick Minnick

May 16, 2018

Nick Minnick, 75, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Born in Columbia City, Indiana, Nick was the son of the late Clarence and Florence Minnick. He worked in the Heating and Cooling Industry until his retirement. Nick was an avid model airplane builder. He enjoyed flying his completed projects and belongs to Flying Circuits. Nick was a tinkerer around the house and was willing to give his...
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Charlene M. Wenzel

May 14, 2018

Charlene M. Wenzel, 69, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Edward Peter and Evelyn Marie Derheimer. Charlene graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in 1967 and earned her Associates from Ivy Tech. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and loved spending time with her family. Charlene was a librarian with...
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Jean N. Wagner

May 13, 2018

Jean N Wagner, 94, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Saint Anne Home in Fort Wayne. She was born in Ray, IN, to the late Clayton James and Birdene Collins McNaughton. Jean worked at Summit Bank as a teller for 12 years, retiring in 1990. Previously she worked at the Wayne Metal Protection Company. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Surviving are her daughters, Ann L. ...
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Hubert John (Bud) Steinbacher

May 11, 2018

Hubert John "Bud" Steinbacher, 91, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, Bud worked as a union electrician through Local 305 and with GE for 27 years. He served honorably in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Waynedale Masonic Lodge and Shriner. Bud enjoyed working on his small farm in Whitley County and was an avid golfer...
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Marjorie (Margie) E. Himes

May 9, 2018

Marjorie "Margie" E. Himes, 96, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Born in Evansville, Indiana, Margie was the daughter of the late Charles Kuester and Meta Double. She worked as a sales clerk with S & H Greenstamp Store for 20 years, retiring in 1984. She was an active member at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Margie volunteered for Lutheran Hospital and St Matthews Food Bank for many years....
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Mary Lou Gigli

September 10, 1935 - May 9, 2018

Mary Lou Gigli, 82, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Martha Monnier. She was preceded in death in 1996 by her husband of 40 years, Louis P. Gigli, Jr. Mary Lou worked as a Receptionist at Southwest Hair and Day Spa for 16 years. Mary Lou enjoyed cooking, caring for, and spending time with her family and many lifelong...
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Alice J. Veiga

May 8, 2018

Alice J. Veiga, 83, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Alice was the daughter of the late Caeser and Carmen Veiga. She worked in sales at Koehlinger for many years, prior to her retirement. Alice loved traveling around the world and did so with her best friend of over 68 years, Diane Humphries. Surviving are her siblings, Robert (Donna) Veiga, Patricia Hardisty...
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Gerald (Jerry) Riedel

May 3, 2018

Gerald "Jerry" Riedel, 90, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus, one day after his 90th birthday on Thursday, May 3, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Algona, Iowa, Jerry was the son of the late Louis and Edna Riedel. Jerry served as a District Manager with NCR for 33 years, retiring in 1987. Jerry had a strong faith in the Lord. He was an active member at St. Michael...
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Luella M. Bryant

May 3, 2018

Luella M. Bryant, 92, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Hoagland, IN, Luella enjoyed caring for her family as a homemaker. She will be remembered for her generosity and ability to make others feel welcomed. Surviving are her three daughters, Sharon Patterson of New Haven, IN, Susan Baumgardner, and Sandra Davis both of Fort Wayne; 8 grandchildren; 13 great...
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Shirley M. Domeier

April 29, 2018

Shirley M. Domeier age 78, passed away Sunday April 29, 2018 at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born and raised in Big Beaver, MI to the late Harold Floyd and Freida Caulk. Shirley attended Oakland Community College in MI. She was an apartment manager and worked at the local bank. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roanake, IN. American Legion Post 160, and...
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Patrick Kemp

April 25, 2018

Patrick Kemp, 68, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 25, 2018 at home. A native son of Fort Wayne, Pat was born to the late Gratia Kemp and survived by William Kemp. An avid golfer Pat loved the outdoors and traveling and more than anything he loved playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of both the Sycamore Hills Country Club and the Fort Wayne Country Club where he spent many holidays...
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Patti Lou Hutchins

April 25, 2018

Patti Lou Hutchins, 60, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Patti graduated from Wayne High School and received her Bachelor's degree from IPFW in both geology and education. She also received her Master of Science from the University of Southern Illinois. Patti worked as a teacher with Gary School District for 30 years. Surviving are her parents,...
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Dorothy M. Frewer

April 19, 2018

Dorothy M Frewer, 87, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018. Born in Huntington, Indiana, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Kyle and Melba Funderburg. Dorothy was a devoted wife, loving mother, and caring grandmother to her family. In her youth, Dorothy enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and spending time with her family. Surviving are her children, Terry (Rene) Frewer, Tonya Frewer, Brenda Frewer...
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Melveena C. Gabriel

April 12, 2018

Melveena C. Gabriel, 91, passed away on April 12, 2018. She was born on January 22, 1927 in Syracuse, NY to the late Shaker and Margaret (Bashara) Gabriel. She attended Cathedral Grade School and Central High School. Melveena spent her working days ITT until her retirement. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Surviving are her nephews and niece; Richard, Ronald,...
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Suzanne E. Puff

April 11, 2018

Suzanne E. Puff, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Hubert and Edna Mae Ralston. Suzanne has been a resident of Michigan since 1965. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Suzanne enjoyed working in the yard, tending her flowers, feeding the birds, watching soap operas and was...
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Harry Arnold

April 11, 2018

Harry Arnold, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne, Harry was the son of the late Harry Arnold Jr. and Betty Maxine Arnold. Harry worked for Hanover Shoes and Marathon prior to retiring. He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church. In his youth, Harry enjoyed going to the lake, speed boating, and attending hockey and racing events. Surviving are his sister, Vicki...
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Mark Craig Smith

April 9, 2018

Mark Craig Smith , 65, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018 in Chicago,IL. Born in Buffalo, NY, Mark was retired from J.P. Morgan Securities. Surviving are his sister, Cynthia (Richard) Wismer of Chicago, IL.; Nephew Lev Wismer; Niece Codi (Alan) Goodis and great-niece Noa Goodis. Mark was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Berenice Smith. A private family service was held at Lindenwood...
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David Andre Bobilya

April 9, 2018

David Andre Bobilya, 65, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS. He fought the battle with dignity and grace, and a strong belief in Jesus Christ. He was the son of Donald and Velma (Klausing) Bobilya. David graduated from Indiana University School of Business at IPFW in 1975, concentrating in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam in 1975. At the age of 15...
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Rose M. Uecker

April 7, 2018

Rose M. Uecker, 77, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Covington Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late August J and Teresa Uecker. Rose worked in medical records and the medical staff office with Lutheran Hospital for over 30 years. She was a former member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, where she was active in the choir and taught...
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Cathy J. Glover

December 30, 1956 - April 5, 2018

Cathy J. Glover, 61, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cathy was the daughter of the late Merlin Bowers and Delores Bowers Schmidt. Cathy was working with FWO for the past 17 years. She enjoyed crocheting, crafting, baking, and quilting. There was nothing more important in this world than her family and she cherished her title "Nana." Surviving are her...
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David A. Sanders

April 4, 2018

David A. Sanders, 57, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Dave loved and was deeply devoted to his extensive family. Surviving are his wife, Stephanie Sanders; daughters, Brittany (Adam) Drummond; and Chelsea Sanders; grandchildren, Jonathon, Teagan, and Piper; parents, Jerry and Nancy Sanders; sister, Rhenda Graham; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews,...
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Leonard E. Krauskopf

April 3, 2018

Leonard E. Krauskopf, 93, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Lutheran Life Villages, Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, in. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Otto C and Hilda M Krauskopf and was a lifetime resident. Leonard was a graduate of Central High School. He worked at Zollner Piston for 43 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran...
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Geraldine R Trautman

August 28, 1926 - March 30, 2018

Geraldine R. Trautman, 91, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018. She was born in Hoagland, IN on August 28, 1926, the daughter of the late Roy and Bessie Crabill. Geraldine attended Hoagland High School graduating in 1944. Geraldine worked at General Electric for 14 years, and she was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN. Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Richard Trautman;...
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Judy Lynn Smith

March 27, 2018

Judy Lynn Smith , 86, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Judy was born in Huntington, Indiana to the late Maurice V. and Jane L. (Barnhisel) Krebs. She married Vernon C. Smith, on March 21, 1953, in Ft Wayne, IN, he preceded her death on February 13, 2001. Judy was a private piano instructor and an I.P.F.W. associate professor. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where...
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Mildred G. "Toots" Hall

March 25, 2018

Mildred G. "Toots" Hall, 84 passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 peacefully at home in Fort Wayne. Born in Defiance,OH, on November 9, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Ethel Moser. Toot spent most of her life as a homemaker and babysitter and also worked at Supermarket Services for 25 years. She enjoyed traveling especially to visit family and friends and loved the warm beaches of...
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Nancy F. Davis

March 20, 2018

Nancy F. Davis, 80, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Nancy was a member of The Chapel and volunteered at St. Vincent. She owned the Davis Family Restaurant in Markle and worked as the head chef at the L.S. Ayers Tea Room. Nancy enjoyed quilting, sewing, music, and traveling. She was a devoted mom and will be greatly missed. Surviving are her...
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Rosemarie C. Mannes

March 17, 2018

Rosemarie C. Mannes, 86, lost her courageous battle to MS after 57 years on March 17, 2018. She was born in Wilhelmswalde, Germany on December 22, 1931, the daughter of the late Hans and Auguste Dyck. Rosemarie worked at Platka Export as an administrative assistant in Fort Wayne, IN until she was diagnosed with MS. In her earlier years she enjoyed ice skating and dancing. She was a member of St....
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Willmette (Willie) Clark

March 15, 2018

Willmette "Willie" Clark, 88 passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018. She was born and lived in Fort Wayne, IN. For over 30 years customers enjoyed her smiling face at Zesto Ice Cream. Willmette was a wonderful cook. She loved the arts, big band music and dancing. However her greatest passion was her family. She was married to Jack Clark for over 43 years until his passing and was a loving and...
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Garry C. Graff

March 15, 2018

Garry C. Graff, 84, passed away March 15, 2018. He was born in Milford, IN on May 18, 1933, the son of the late Albert and Thelma (Bird) Graff. Garry served in the Navy during the Korean War. He worked at G.E. as an engineer for 36 years before his retirement. Garry was a member of the VFW, the General Electric Apprentice School Alumni, GE Quarter Century Club, and a life time American Legion...
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Willmette Clark

March 15, 2018

Willmette "Willie" Clark, 88 passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018. She was born and lived in Fort Wayne, IN. For over 30 years customers enjoyed her smiling face at Zesto Ice Cream. Willmette was a wonderful cook. She loved the arts, big band music and dancing. However her greatest passion was her family. She was married to Jack Clark for over 43 years until his passing and was a loving and...
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Garry C. Graff

March 15, 2018

Garry C. Graff, 84, passed away March 15, 2018. He was born in Milford, IN on May 18, 1933, the son of the late Albert and Thelma (Bird) Graff. Garry served in the Navy during the Korean War. He worked at G.E. as an engineer for 36 years before his retirement. Garry was a member of the VFW, the General Electric Apprentice School Alumni, GE Quarter Century Club, and a life time American Legion...
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Monzelle (Bootie) Rose Amstutz

March 14, 2018

Monzelle "Bootie" Rose Amstutz, Age 91, passed away March 14, 2018, at Lutheran Life Villages on Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bootie was born April 12, 1926, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She married Dale E. Amstutz on December 21, 1947; he preceded her in death on March 16, 2005. A graduate of North Side High School, Bootie was Vice-President of the Amstutz Insurance Agency, a member of the...
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William (Bill) W. Briggs

March 14, 2018

William "Bill" W. Briggs, 78, departed this life on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was an Arkansas native who came to Fort Wayne in 1961. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Gertrude Briggs. He was employed and retired from Zollner Piston after 40 years of service. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Constance "Connie" Briggs; 3 children,...
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Betty Jane Keller

March 11, 2018

Betty Jane Keller, 93, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Betty was the daughter of the late George and Esther Spittler. She graduated from North Side High School. Betty worked at General Electric for 13 years prior to her marriage to Robert Keller who passed away in 2012. Betty enjoyed crocheting, traveling, making crafts, and cats. She loved her family and...
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Norma Jean Mohrman

March 9, 2018

Norma Jean Mohrman, 90, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018. Born in Quincy, Illinois, Jean was the daughter of the late Grover and Emma Pfirman. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, and was active in many of their womens clubs. Jean was a volunteer at East Wayne Center for many years. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bridge,...
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Susan L. Glotzbach

March 8, 2018

Susan L. Glotzbach, 67, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne with family and friends comforting her. She was born May 5, 1950 to the late Junior and Marjorie Louise (Bretzinger) Foster, in Lafayette, IN. She graduated from Wolcott High School, Wolcott, IN, in 1968 and Purdue University in 1972. She was married on August 14, 1971 to her high school...
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Pauline R. Perez

March 6, 2018

PAULINE R PEREZ, 88, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, March 06, 2018, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne, IN. Born in San Antonio, Texas. She was a resident of Fort Wayne since 1952. Pauline had various jobs, but her true passion was her family and loved ones. In a time when it became common for women to leave the home for opportunities, Pauline recognized the value of nurturing the core of...
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Mary C. Hupe

March 3, 2018

Mary C. Hupe, 49, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home of Fort Wayne. Born in Franklin, IN, Mary worked as a Registered Nurse for 12 years, most recently at Lutheran Hospital. She enjoyed riding horses, singing, dancing, and art. Most of all she loved her children and many friends. She will be remembered for her strong faith and her compassion for others. ...
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Sharon A. Knisely

March 2, 2018

Sharon A. Knisely, 83, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Auburn, IN, Sharon worked as a central service technician with Parkview Hospital for 20 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church and Trinity Chapter Eastern Star #576 being the past secretary and past Matron-Associate Matron for 2000....
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Thelma Jean Newcomb

March 1, 2018

Thelma Jean Newcomb, 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on March 1, 2018 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Williams County, Ohio, Thelma was a loving wife, dedicated mother, and loving grandmother. She and her husband owned and operated a local food brokerage business for many years. She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ. She served as past Worthy Matron...
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Leona P. Bixler

February 25, 2018

Leona P. Bixler, 89, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Elkton, MI, Leona enjoyed caring for her family as a homemaker and supporting her husband's ministry as a pastor's wife for over 50 years. She was a member of First Missionary Church. Surviving are her children, Sheryl (Timothy) Steiner of Archbold, OH, Jay (Deborah) Bixler of Lafayette, CA, and Joy (Rex) Forbes...
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Edmund R Kubinski

November 20, 1949 - February 24, 2018

Edmund R. "Ed" Kubinski, 68, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ed was the son of the late Edmund and Ann Kubinski. Edmund was a Vietnam War Army veteran. He worked for General Motors in California for many years prior to his retirement. Ed enjoyed restoring antique cars, raising horses, and chickens, being outdoors and spending time with his family. He was a...
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Beverly A. Cartwright

February 23, 2018

Beverly A. Cartwright, 80, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Beverly was the daughter of the late George and Frances Walda. Beverly was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. There was nothing on this earth that she loved more than taking care and spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church and was active...
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Aaron Bracken Hopkins

October 11, 1992 - February 19, 2018

Aaron Bracken Hopkins of Roanoke, IN, 25, passed away February 19, 2018. He was born October 11, 1992, the son of Terry and Gena Hopkins. A 2011 graduate of Huntington North High School, he obtained his Associates Degree from International Business College in 2017. Aaron loved the outdoors, the ocean, the mountains, the woods and foraging for mushrooms of many varieties. When he was younger he...
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Bernice A. Mock

February 18, 2018

Bernice A Mock, 79, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018. Born in Wells County on May 6, 1938, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Louise (Kammeyer) Rekeweg. Bernice graduated from South Side High School. She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church. She retired from GTE after many years of service. Bernice enjoyed reading, sewing and baking. Surviving are her children,...
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Paul Eugene Underwood

September 15, 1931 - February 16, 2018

Paul Eugene Underwood, 86, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on September 15, 1931, the son of the late Harry and Blanche Underwood. Paul was a 1953 graduate of Indiana University where he played baseball. He was voted most valuable player for the 1953 season and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. Rather than playing MLB, Paul served in the US Air Force and...
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Donald J Huhn

February 12, 2018

Donald J Huhn of Jackson, Wyoming died February 12, 2018 (age 90) of natural causes. Don was born on November 7, 1927 in Van Wert, Ohio to Joseph Huhn and Elizabeth Stein. After going to one semester of college, Don enlisted with the Navy in 1946. He served his two year enlistment in Chicago where he met his wife Lorraine Young. They were married February 19, 1949 and lived in Chicago for a...
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Barbara C. Gruettert

February 10, 2018

Barbara C. Gruettert, 84, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 at The Hearth at Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Barbara worked for Lincoln Bank for 10 years, and the admitting office at Parkview Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Arcola and the Irish Loners at the church. Surviving are two brothers, Carl ...
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Ronald (Ron) Hensinger

February 9, 2018

Ronald (Ron) Hensinger, 65, peacefully passed away on February 9, 2018, at his home in Big Sandy, Texas. He was born on April 10, 1952 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Daniel J. and Dorothy M. (Litchfield) Hensinger. He married Cynthia (Cindy) S. Arnold in 1974. In 1983, Ron moved to Arlington, Texas with his wife and children. He later moved to Big Sandy, Texas in 2002. He was a member of St. Francis of...
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Elaine Sunny Helstrom

November 16, 1929 - February 9, 2018

Elaine "Sunny" Helstrom, 88, passed away peacefully Friday, February 9, 2018 at Visiting Nurses Hospice, Fort Wayne, with loving family and caretakers at her side. Sunny was born in Chicago Ill; the daughter of the late William and Sally Kerbs. She attended Northwestern University. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, a past president of the Civic Theatre Guild and the Junior...
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Marlene Gearhart Allison

February 5, 2018

Marlene (Gearhart) Allison, 80, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Marlene was born on September 25, 1937 in Huntington, Indiana to the late George C. Gearhart and Leah (Divelbiss) Gearhart. She was a graduate of the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1958 and worked for several years at Lutheran Hospital. In 1971, she began work as a Public Health Nurse at the Allen...
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Gregory S. Schmitt, M.D., F.A.C.S.

February 4, 2018

Gregory S. Schmitt M.D., F.A.C.S., 63, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Woodstock, IL, Greg retired as a Cardiac Surgeon with Parkview Hospital. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Greg and his family moved to Fort Wayne in 1989 after completing his fellowship at St. Louis University. He attended Bradley University, Peoria,...
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Dorothy L. Kissinger

February 3, 2018

Dorothy L Kissinger, 90, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, to the late Clarence and Viola Anderson. Dorothy worked in customer service with JC Penney for 25 years, and later pursued a career at Lincoln Financial until she was 82 years old. After retirement she was passionate about volunteering at Lutheran Hospital. Dorothy was a member of the...
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Sally Ann Libey

January 30, 2018

Sally Ann Libey, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Portage, MI. Born in Buffalo, NY, Sally worked as a teacher prior to marrying her husband, John Libey who preceded her death. Sally was proud of her role as a Navy wife and caring for her family as a homemaker. She enjoyed arts and crafts, playing and watching tennis, and spending time at her home in Florida each winter. Surviving...
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Mary Ann Sheets

January 30, 2018

Mary Ann Sheets, 85, of Roanoke died Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 6:25 a.m. at The Heritage of Huntington. She was born on April 22, 1932 to the late Henry and Marie Rose. Mrs. Sheets was a graduate of Union City High School, Union City, Michigan. She retired from Royal Lace Packaging in 1982. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 160 in Roanoke, IN. She attended The Chapel in...
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Norman R. Schnabel, Sr.

January 27, 2018

Norman R. Schnabel, Sr., 83, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Appleton, WI, Norman was the son of the late Leo and Edith Schnabel. He worked for Baker Manufacturing and was a Police Officer in Evansville, Wisconsin prior to working as an auditor for General Motors for 37 years, until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church,...
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Barbara "Meemo" Wells

January 24, 2018

Barbara "Meemo" Wells, 89, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Fort Wayne surrounded by the family she adored. Born in Mount Kisco, NY, she graduated from John Jay High School in Katonah, NY. Later she received her degree from the Washington School for Secretaries. Barb worked as an executive assistant with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and as a records clerk with the Fort Wayne Police...
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Cleta M. Bowlin

August 26, 1920 - January 23, 2018

Cleta M. Bowlin, 97, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at The Towne House Retirement Center where she had been living in the independent housing for many years. Born in Appleton City, MO, Cleta was the daughter of the late Robert and Essie Bellomy. Cleta was a loving wife, wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a devoted friend. She married her husband Richard on February...
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