Our Obituaries

Lucas Paul Merkler

February 15, 2019

Lucas Paul Merkler, 16 days old, passed away on February 15, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Survivors include his mother, Sara Merkler, sister, Emma Merkler, grandfather, David Merkler, uncles; John (Alycia), and Joseph (Melissa) Merkler, many cousins, Noah, Tyler, Ayden, Ella, Kerrington, Elijah, Ryan, and Grace. Lucas was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lou Ann Merkler,...
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Leon Edward Freimuth

February 15, 2019

Leon Edward Freimuth, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday February 15th 2019. He was born in Warsaw, IN, July 26th, 1928, the son of the late Leo and Bertha (Clabaugh) Freimuth. His early life included starting for Leo High School at the Sectional Basketball Championship game and pursuits as an avid outdoorsman including hunting and fishing. Leon married Joyce Morgan in 1948, they were married...
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Cheryl S. Gfell

February 15, 2019

Cheryl S. Gfell, 62 of Fort Wayne, IN passed away February 15, 2019. She was born June 12, 1956 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Richard L. and Betty J. (Gildea) Gfell. Cheryl was retired and formerly worked at Atz Ice Cream Shoppe, KinderCare Child Care, Coventry Meadows and was a Nanny to three wonderful boys. Her dream job was at Stuckey's Greenhouse on Tyler Ave. She loved being with...
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Valerie A. (Jones) Wilkinson

February 15, 2019

Valerie A. (Jones) Wilkinson, 79, passed away, February 15, 2019, peacefully in her sleep, after a long struggle with dementia. Valerie was born August 15, 1939 to the late T. Wayne and Ethel (Rainey) Jones. Valerie worked for many years as the Sales and Marketing Director for Ft Wayne Marriott Hotel. She was an active member in the community volunteering at events such as the Mad Anthony Golf...
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Babette W. Siegel

February 13, 2019

Babette W. Siegel, 91, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at The Brennity Assisted Living in Melbourne, Florida. She was born in St Louis, Missouri to the Late Abraham and Helen (Appleman) Wax. She was a member of Congregation Achduth Vesholom, Ft. Wayne and Temple Israel in Melbourne, Fl. She retired as office manager from Coldwell Banker Reality in Elkhart, Indiana. She was...
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Larry S. Hanshew

February 11, 2019

Larry S. Hanshew, 80, passed away Monday February 11, 2019, at Woodview Health Care, Ft Wayne. He was born in F.t Wayne to the late Samuel and Katherine (Painter) Hanshew. Survivors include daughter Christine (Tim) Sweet-Geary, Ft Wayne; 2 sons Jeffrey (Von) Hanshew, Mississippi and Timothy (Cindi) Hanshew of Ft Wayne. Six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a...
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Esther Ruby Steffens

February 10, 2019

Esther Ruby Steffens, 95, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Parkview Hospice in Fort Wayne. Esther was born in Crookston, MN to the late Oscar and Amanda Wermager. She worked for Magnavox as a payroll clerk for 31 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church and enjoyed four seasons, puzzles, and garage sales. She also liked to be involved in the church...
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Kevin James Slane

February 8, 2019

Kevin James Slane passed away on February 8, 2019 at the age of 59 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a tool and die journeyman by trade, but in the evenings he also helped keep the swimming pools of many sparkling. When he wasn't working or watching the stock market, Kevin enjoyed riding his ATV, rolling craps at the casino, and spending time with his family. He loved a good seafood...
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Anthony John Lavka

February 14, 1929 - February 8, 2019

Anthony J. Lavka, 89 passed away February 8, 2019 at his home in Fort Wayne, IN surrounded by his loving family just a week short of his 90th birthday. He was born in Franklin, NJ to the late Anton Hlavka and Julia Kermes. Anthony earned his Bachelors from Rutgers University. He served in the US Marine Corp during WWII. Anthony's career was in sales and marketing in the plastics and polymer...
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Jay A. Sivits

February 3, 2019

Jay A. Sivits, 66, slipped peacefully away from us and into the loving arms of Jesus at 7:29 am on Sunday, February 3, 2019. She passed painlessly and peacefully with her family holding her hands. Jay was born July 3rd, 1952 to the late Doris and Bill Sivits. She grew up in Fort Wayne, graduating from R. Nelson Snider High School in 1970. She then went on to graduate from Ball State University in...
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Dallas L. Weibel, Jr.

February 4, 1925 - February 2, 2019

Dallas L. Weibel Jr., passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the Danville Regional Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 4, 1925 in Fort Wayne, Ind., Dallas was a son of the late Dallas and Adel (Leamley) Weibel Sr. He lived most of his life in Fort Wayne, but lived in Danville, Ind. the past five years, and prior to Danville the Cataract Lake area. He was a facility engineer for International...
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Jeannie S. Lougheed

February 1, 2019

On February 1, 2019, just three months shy of her 97th Birthday, Jeannie S. Lougheed walked toward the Light, holding her Savior's Hand, into the arms of her beloved husband, Cook. After 65 years of marriage, Cook had waited patiently 11 years for this glorious heavenly reunion! Born on May 1st, 1922, into a musically gifted family, Jeannie was the middle child of Larry Guy Sibbitt and Glyde...
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Robert (Bob) Glenn Fansler

January 30, 2019

Robert "Bob" Glenn Fansler, received a big promotion on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. After running the race for 91 years he finally gets to kick up his heels in heaven. Following a fall on the ice in the bitter cold, he peacefully went to be with his Lord surrounded by prayers, singing, scripture and encouragement voiced by his loving family. The love of his life was his wife Violet (Vi) who...
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Raymond Hayes

January 29, 2019

Raymond Hayes, 83, passed away, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in South Bend, IN, to the late Herman and Julia Hayes. He married Deborah Neal in 1970 and she survives. He enjoyed selling, building, and designing radio control sail space planes and owned Sky Bench, a company that sold Sailplane Kits. He also had a long career in automobile sales....
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Robert W. Lohman

January 27, 2019

Robert W. Lohman, 81, passed away on January 27, 2019. He was born on September 5, 1937 in Lawrence, KS, the son of the late William and Nadine Lohman. Robert worked at Raytheon/Magnavox for 35 years until his retirement. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Johna Lohman; children, John (Torri) Lohman, Janet Potts, James (Anne) Lohman, Jill (Chris) Stewart; grandchildren, Ashley Potts,...
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Sandra Lynn Nicholson

January 26, 2019

Sandra Lynn Nicholson, 68, passed away at home on January 26, 2019. She was born on August 18, 1950 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Clyde and Alice Nicholson. She was a 1968 graduate of Elmhurst High School and attended Indiana University for a year after graduation. She was an active member of The River Christian Church and helped with children ministries. Sandra was also very...
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Mary Lu Durham

January 25, 2019

Mary Lu (Sherman) (Meeks) Durham, 84 died on Friday, January 25, 2019 at her residence in Fort Wayne. She was born in Portland, IN on 3/3/1934 to Warren and Merle Sherman. She married the love of her life, Donald Meeks in 1953, he passed away at age 31 in 1961. Mary Lu was an incredible woman, who at age 27 was widowed left to raise her only daughter alone. She enrolled in St. Francis College and...
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Pauline Flaugh

January 24, 2019

Pauline Flaugh, 99, passed away January 24, 2019. She was born in Okolona, OH on June 19, 1919, the daughter of the late Henry and Dora Panning. Pauline was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and many hand crafts. She is survived by her children, Edward Flaugh, Richard Flaugh, and Dianne Flaugh; and her sister Ida Jenkins. She was preceded in...
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Kenneth (Ken) Miller

January 21, 2019

Kenneth "Ken" Miller, 87, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on January 21, 2019. Ken was born in North Manchester, IN, to Glen and Ruth Miller. Ken served for 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He then worked for Lincoln National Life for 31 years before retiring in 1993. Ken was a dedicated fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and IU Hoosier Basketball. He loved spending time...
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Stanley J. Podzielinski

January 20, 2019

Stanley J. Podzielinski, 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 20, 2019, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born in Utica, NY to the late Adolph and Aniela Podzielinski. He married Eugenia A. Scatko on April 24, 1954 and she survives having enjoyed 65 years of marriage. He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corp during the invasion of Japan. Earning his degree from the Univ. of Washington, he...
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Tommy Lee Hutchings

January 19, 2019

Tommy Lee Hutchings, 73, passed away Saturday January 19, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born May 28, 1945 in Battle Creek Michigan to the late Edward and Ila Mae (Garrett) Hutchings. He married Millie Duvelius on June 20, 1970 at St Joseph Catholic Church Shelbyville, Indiana. Tommy retired from General Electric and after retiring from General Electric he work security for the Brinks...
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Peter Marino Saya

January 18, 2019

Peter Marino Saya, 65, passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at his residence in Roanoke. He was born in Syracuse, NY to the late Peter and Jane Saya. He was a graduate of Henninger High School in Syracuse, NY. He married Christine on November 7, 1992 in New York and she survives. He worked for GM as a process engineer for 36 years until his retirement in 2008. He also worked for EFC for 7 years....
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Opal Mae Hamrick

January 16, 2019

Opal Mae Hamrick, 94, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Fairview Living Center in Centreville, Michigan. She was born in Wabash, IN to the late Nathan and Mabel Marie Bricker. Opal graduated from Central High School in 1943. She married James Leon Hamrick Sr. on April 3, 1948 in Columbia City, IN and he preceded her in death. She was a life-long member of the Order of Easter Star and...
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Robert R. Harkenrider

January 12, 2019

Robert R. Harkenrider, 84 of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Born February 20, 1934, he was the youngest son of the late Frank and Zula (Buchtel) Harkenrider. Robert served in the United States Army, and served as a Boiler Operator at the Embassy Theater, Falstaff Brewery and the V.A. Hospital of Northeast Indiana where he retired from in 1997. "Bobby" always had a...
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Patsy R. Reese

January 10, 2019

Patsy R. Reese, 91, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne. Born in Centerville, Indiana to the late John Floyd and Annis Dynes, she later attended Ball State University where she met her husband Revere Reese, Jr. Patsy and Revere were married on August 17, 1947 and enjoyed 68 years of marriage before preceding her in death. She was an avid animal lover, enjoyed...
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Mary Ann Brown

January 8, 2019

Mary Ann Brown passed in peace on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at the age of 84. Born to John and Martha Richter (deceased) on July 4th, 1934 in Winona, MN, Mary Ann was the beloved mother of five children, Matthew Brown, (Jill), Sharon Hallock (deceased), (Dave), Shelia Brown, Douglas Brown, (Denise) and Mark Brown, (Patricia), devoted wife of 14 years to John Brown (deceased), a loving sister to...
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Martha F. Etzcorn

January 4, 2019

Martha F. Etzcorn, 89, passed away on January 4, 2019 at Celina Manor, Celina, OH. She was born July 3, 1929 in Bryant, WI, the daughter of the late Earl and Martha Scott. Surviving are her son, Michael (Sue) Etzcorn; daughter-in-law, Sheri Etzcorn; grandchildren, Bryan (Melissa) Etzcorn, Jennifer (Jeremy) Lawrence, Daniel (Katie) Etzcorn, Cory Etzcorn; great-grandchildren, Reid Etzcorn, Alex...
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Terry E. Krinn

January 1, 2019

Terry E. Krinn, 77, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne. He was born in Wells County to the late Orest A. and Alice May Krinn. Terry served honorably in the United States Army and worked for GTE until his retirement. He proudly received the Indinapolis Star and Indianapolis News Military Achievement Award. He was a member of The Chapel. He enjoyed golfing,...
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Lillian N. Brown

December 31, 2018

Lillian N. Brown 88, Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, went home to be with the Lord December 31st. She was born in Churubusco but lived and worked most of her adult life in Fort Wayne. Family and church came first but in her free time she loved to take automobile trips to see the United States. Lillian retired as Church secretary from Fort Wayne Baptist Temple and in her later years kept...
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Brian Lister Bates

December 23, 2018

Brian Lister Bates, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Boyne City, Michigan died at his Fort Wayne home, surrounded by his loving family, December 23, 2018 after courageously battling ALS. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Brian started his career at Stanford University in a Cardiovascular Research Lab. From there, he joined Cook, Inc. His career at Cook Medical spanned forty one years. At...
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Jack E. Emrick

December 21, 2018

Jack E. Emrick, 77, passed Friday December 21, 2018 at Parkview Regional Hospital. Jack was born to the Late Orval and Ruby (Hawk) Emrick. He is survived by sisters, Carole (Ed) Huntine, Patricia (Tom) Druley. Funeral services 11:00 Am Friday December 28, 2018 D O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home 8325 Covington Rd Ft Wayne with calling one hour prior to the service. Burial...
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Mary Ann Drees

December 21, 2018

Mary Ann Drees, 83, passed away on December 21, 2018. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park.
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Richard (Rick) Kaylor

December 20, 2018

Richard "Rick" Kaylor, 61, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late Donald and Rosemary (Caccamo) Kaylor. He was a graduate of Paul Harding High School and served honorably in the United States Army and Reserves as drill sergeant. Rick worked for the Allen County Highway Department for 34 years as a mechanic...
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Anthony (Tony) Takacs

December 15, 2018

Anthony "Tony" Takacs, 78, passed away on December 15, 2018. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 4, 1940. He was the son of the late Joseph Takacs and Catherine Frye. Tony served our country's armed forces in the US Airforce and was honorably discharged in 1962. Outside of his military service, he started his career with International Harvester and quickly transitioned to being a...
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James F. Horgan

December 11, 2018

James F. Horgan, 92, resident of St. Pete Beach, Fla., and Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla. Born May 30, 1926 in St. Louis, Mich., he was a son of the late Daniel and Bernice (O'Melia) Horgan. James graduated from St. Louis High School in Michigan and served in the U.S. Army. He furthered his education at the University of...
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Edith Ann Dickerhoof

December 10, 2018

Edith Ann Dickerhoof, 82 passed away December 10, 2018 at Heritage Pointe Communities of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on May 16, 1936 to the late Elmer and Virginia Gutman, and has been a lifetime resident. Edith graduated from North Side High School in 1954. Edith was a devoted member of Brookside Community Church for many years and also volunteered at Hope Alive. She enjoyed...
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Dwight E. Siela

December 7, 2018

Dwight E. Siela, 89, passed away on December 7, 2018. He was born in Wells County, IN on December 18, 1928, the son of the late Leo and Emma Siela. Dwight was a member of Markle Church of Christ and always very active in his church community. He worked at Nipsco for 36 years, and retired as a supervisor. Dwight was a sports fan of many varieties, basketball, baseball, softball and golf. He loved...
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Betty Marie Welch

December 6, 2018

Betty Marie Welch, 97, passed away on December 6, 2018. She was born in Fort Wayne on June 24, 1921, the daughter of the late Ed and Anna Minneker. She attended South Side High School and was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. Betty was a long time member of the Dorcas Quilting Circle at Trinity English Lutheran Church. She was a passionate follower of golf, avid reader, and loved...
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J. Michael O'Hara

December 2, 2018

J. Michael O'Hara, 90, passed away peacefully, Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the hour of Divine Mercy. He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan on October 25, 1928, the son of the late Dr.Martin Patrick and Fern (Smith) O'Hara. He married Sally Ann Berghoff on November 5, 1955, she preceded him in death on December 25, 2017. Mike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in...
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Laura Elizabeth Larkin

November 26, 2018

Laura Elizabeth Larkin, 33 passed away at her home in Fort Wayne, IN. Monday November 26, 2018. She was born in Denver Colorado and moved to Fort Wayne in 2000. Laura graduated from Homestead HS in 2003 and earn her Bachelors in Creative Writing for Taylor University of Fort Wayne In. She was a project manager with JH Specialty of Fort Wayne. She is survived by her twin daughters Cora and Lucy...
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Vivian J. Albert

January 24, 1930 - November 23, 2018

Vivian J. Albert, 88, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018 at home. Born in Culver, IN, Vivian was the daughter of the late Arthur and Velma (nee Zechiel) Hatten. She married the late Vaughn Albert on October 16, 1949. Together they were dedicated members of churches wherever they lived, singing in and supporting the choirs. Vivian worked 20 years at Lincoln National Life Insurance Co.,...
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Joshua Lynn Parsons

November 16, 2018

Joshua Lynn Parsons, 29, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018 at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Josh was a 2007 graduate of Homestead High School and received his associate's degree from Sinclair Community College in Automotive Training. He enjoyed auto cross racing and fishing and loved spending time with his pets. He is survived by his mother, Karen (Stroud)...
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Donald R. Ferguson

November 11, 2018

Donald R. Ferguson, 80 of Fort Wayne passed away following a long illness on Sunday, 11 November 2018 on Veterans Day at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Born โ€“ January 10, 1938, in Fort Wayne, Don was the son of the late Robert & Leila (Gordon) Ferguson. Don graduated Central High School in 1956. Served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, KY, from 1961 to 1963. Earned a B.S. degree in Math and...
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Micheline (Mimi) MacMillan

November 9, 2018

MICHELINE "MIMI" MacMILLAN, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Born and raised in New Jersey, she was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked at Bendix Aviation in Teter boro, N.J. After marriage, she moved with her family to Fort Wayne. Her work career included Canterbury School, Maritz Motivation, the Pizza Hut corporate office and Travel Leaders. She is survived by her...
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Dolores Jane Schaefer

November 4, 2018

Dolores Jane Schaefer, 92, passed away on November 4, 2018. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on December 25, 1925, the daughter of the late Henry and Bertha Kaiser. Dolores was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. During her working days she worked at Stein Advertising, National Automotive, and Montgomery Wards. She was a dedicated Mother and Grandmother. She loved making new friends and being...
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Patricia (Pat) A. Lawlor

October 25, 2018

Patricia "Pat" A. Lawlor passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 surrounded by her children in her home where she lived independently at the age of 88. She graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School. She became a registered nurse and graduated from Fort Wayne Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She worked on the IV team at Saint Joseph Hospital from where she retired....
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James C. (Jim) McArdle II

October 21, 2018

James C. "Jim" McArdle, II, 64 of Fort Wayne, IN passed away October 21, 2018. He was born December 25, 1953 in Fort Wayne, IN. Jim was a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Theater Arts and traveled extensively throughout Europe performing Shakespeare in numerous theaters. At one time Jim resided in Delray Beach, Florida and was known as "The Kite Man" as he was a stunt...
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Leroy Lynn Cook

October 19, 2018

LEROY LYNN COOK, 96, lifetime resident of Allen County, Indiana passed away on October 19, 2018, at Ashton Creek. Born June 18, 1922, son of Oscar & Chloe Cook. He attended South Side High School and excelled in sports playing football, basketball and track, awarded nine sports letters. He won the Kenworthy Trophy in years 1938 โ€“ 1940 as the best all-around athlete and in 1976 was inducted...
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Mary L. Marks

October 15, 2018

Mary L. Marks, 69, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at her home. Mrs. Marks was born on January 12, 1949 in Lafayette, IN to Thomas and Betty (Squires) Howat. She graduated from Francisville High School and then obtained an Associate's Degree from International Business College in Fort Wayne. On August 2, 1969, she married Michael Marks. She worked in customer service...
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Rita A. Snoke

October 12, 2018

Rita A. Snoke of Fort Wayne passed away peacefully on October 12th in Brownsburg, IN after recently celebrating her 100th birthday. Rita is survived by her daughter Janice (Greg) Roach-Conwell, grandchildren, Jodi (Bruce) Pfeifer, Jeff (Stephanie) Roach, Julie (Chris) Maury and great grandchildren, Emilee and Olivia Pfeifer, Carter and Logan Roach and Kendal and Samuel Maury. She was preceded in...
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Esmelita Villajuan

October 10, 2018

Esmelita Villajuan, 86, passed away October 10, 2018. She was born on June 8, 1932 in the Philippines. She was married to Roberto Villajuan for 63 years until his passing on June 3, 2017. Esmelita was a teacher in the Philippines for 34 years. When she and her husband moved to New Jersey, she also taught Elementary school. Esmelita enjoyed crocheting, and watching sports, including Tennis, Golf,...
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Judith (Judy) A. Niezer

October 7, 2018

Judith "Judy" A. Niezer, 72, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Judy volunteered at Bishop Luers High School, St. Joe Hospital, and the Northeast Indiana Radio Reading for the visually impaired. She was a woman of strong faith who enjoyed spending time with her family especially her three beloved grandchildren. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed...
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Harry D. Meads

October 6, 2018

Harry D. Meads, 95, passed away Saturday October 6, 2018 at his home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Monroeville, IN to the late Ira and Alma Meads. He graduated from Central high school in 1941. Harry was a pilot US Army Air Corp veteran during WWII and retired as Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force reserves in 1972. Harry worked at General Electric for 44 years, until his retirement in...
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Tom Biesiada

October 5, 2018

Born on February 25, 1925 in Washington Township, Allen County, Indiana, Tom was the son of Thomas and Ella (Bacon) Biesiada. He grew up in Fort Wayne and attended Central Catholic High School. In his senior year (1944) at the end of the football season and having been crowned "football king" at Central Catholic, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During the remainder of WWII, Tom served...
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Edward E. (Ted) Epps, Jr.

October 4, 2018

Edward E "Ted" Epps Jr. age 82 died at his home Thursday. October 4, 2018 in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Patterson, NJ to the late Edward E. and Phyllis Epps Sr. Ted grew up in Villanova, PA and graduated from Radnor High School and the University of Kansas. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Delta Chi Fraternity, ADS, Advertising Fraternity and was a US Army Veteran. Ted retired from...
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Daniel F. Lamping

September 29, 2018

Lamping โ€” Daniel F. Lamping, 90 passed away Saturday, September 29 in Ft. Wayne, IN with his family around him. Born January 13, 1928 in Joliet, IL, Dan was a Korean Veteran. He worked many years as a auto mechanic in his own shop and later was engaged in farming. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Marjory, three...
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Mark Mulqueeney Suedhoff

September 28, 2018

Mark Mulqueeney Suedhoff, died at home Friday, September 28, 2018 following a lengthy battle with cancer. With the exception of brief residences in St. Petersburg, FL. And Seattle, WA., Mark's life was spent in Fort Wayne. His education locally was entirely at Homestead grade and high schools. Graduating in 1980, he continued his education at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned a...
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Janice A. Moyer

September 27, 2018

Janice A. Moyer, 82, passed away on September 27, 2018. She was born in Fort Wayne on September 23, 1936, the daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Hyser. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald J. Moyer; sons, James Moyer, Arthur Moyerl; daughter, Gayle Rigsby; special daughters, Peggy Bratt, and Rita Roach. Arrangements entrusted in to the care of D.O. McComb and Sons Covington...
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Jane McKay Deister

September 26, 2018

Jane McKay Deister, age 87, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Born July 30, 1931, in Fort Wayne, Jane graduated from South Side High School in 1949 and then attended Northwestern University. After the death of her mother, she continued her education graduating from Babson College in Florida. After graduation, Jane became a buyer...
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Phyllis M. Mead

September 25, 2018

Phyllis M. Mead, 90, was reunited with her family and her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. She was born on November 23, 1927 in Goshen, IN to the late Paul and Eva Eaton. She retired from school teaching in 1986. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her great joy. She is survived by her children, Rev. Daniel (Alice) Mead, Stephen (Marge) Mead, Elizabeth (Stephen)...
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Janice (Dedman) Boissenet

September 11, 2018

Janice (Dedman) Boissenet, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 11, 2018. Born on March 4, 1944 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Carl E. and Marjorie Dedman. Jan was a graduate of South Side High School then went on to stay at home and raise her 3 sons on Indiana Avenue. Jan brought much love and joy to all of her friends in her days of tennis and cross country skiing. In 1989 she moved to...
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Michael R. (Mike) Thomas

September 6, 2018

Michael R. "Mike" Thomas, passed away September 6, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in Fort Wayne, on December 10, 1947, the son of the late Earl and Angie Thomas. Mike worked as a union griever at GE/BAE systems for over 45 years until his retirement. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his wife of 12 years Mary Etta...
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Charisse Del Rosario

September 4, 2018

Charisse Del Rosario, 39, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Fort Wayne. Born in Augsburg, Germany, Charisse graduated from Homestead High School in 1997. Charisse was very social and loved hanging out with her friends and family at dance, the beach and camping. Charisse was a wonderful daughter and friend to all and will be dearly missed. Surviving are her mother, Luz (Maria) Marks, and...
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Dorothy M. Jernigan

September 4, 2018

Dorothy M Jernigan, 100, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Coventry Meadows LLC in Fort Wayne. She was born in Terre Haute, IN, to the late Leslie and Daisy Kearshner. Dorothy graduated from Union Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Navy Veteran and Nurse during WWII. Later she worked at Parkview Hospital for several years and retired as the Assistant Director at Visiting Nurse Hospice...
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Reagan C. Swinford

August 29, 2018

Reagan C. Swinford, 17, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Lutheran Children's Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Reagan was a member of Sonrise at Aboite United Methodist Church. She attended Wayne New Tech High School and was active in the Olympic Committee, Canstruction, Women in Engineering Club, Key Club, Interact (Rotary), and New Tech Academy Culture Club. She was a member...
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Rosemarie M. Long

August 23, 2018

Rosemarie M. Long, 91, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Michigan City, IN, Rosemarie was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and past president of Monday Musicale. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of strong faith and had a great passion for music. Surviving are her children, Mary Kathryn (David) Skinnon of Meriden,...
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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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