Our Obituaries

Deborah D. Apt

December 14, 2017

Deborah D. Apt, 49, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Bryan, OH, Deborah worked with Wells Fargo for 14 years and most recently at Walmart as a cashier. She attended The Pointe Church. Surviving are her daughter, Whitney Apt; mother, Kalli Miller both of Fort Wayne; half sisters, Tammy Apt and Suzy Bailey; and her half brother, Jerry Apt. Service is 10:30 am,...
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Sharon Freiburger

December 14, 2017

Sharon Freiburger, born May 27, 1945, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017, while listening to her favorite Elvis song, "One Pair of Hands." One pair of hands formed the mountains, One pair of hands formed the sea And one pair of hands made the sun and the moon, Every bird, every flower, every tree One pair of hands formed the valleys, The ocean, the rivers and the sand Those...
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Jason Tavassol

December 14, 2017

Jason Tavassol, 37, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jason enjoyed golfing, watching the Yankees, along with planning and going on family adventures. He loved spending time with his son Samson. Surviving are his wife, Adriane Tavassol; son, Samson Tavassol; parents, Kim (Randy) Davis; sister, Sara (Jeremy) Tavassol of Fort Wayne; in-laws, Gary (Danette)...
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Robert (Bob) Olinger

December 11, 2017

Robert "Bob" Olinger, 84, passed away on December 11, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on October 15, 1933, the son of the late Leo and Edith Olinger. Bob attended Purdue University, where he obtained his degree in pharmacology. He worked until retirement at Walgreens. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Surviving are his wife of 60...
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Leah Hager

December 2, 2017

Leah R. Hager, 95, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo-Cedarville. She was born in Rural Debalb County, IN, to the late George A. and Evelyn A. Sebert. Leah graduated from Waterloo HS in 1940. She was a Cook with East Allen Community Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of Leo United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. Evening Circle. Leah was a volunteer...
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Don Rayl

November 30, 2017

Don Rayl, 82, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Seymour, IN, Don worked as a truck driver with Consolidated Frieghtways for 35 years. He was a Mason and past teamster. Don was the receiver of the 3 million mile safe driving award and honorably served in the United States Navy. Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Patricia ...
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Patrick D. Plank

November 30, 2017

Patrick D. Plank, 81, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Parkview Hospice Randallia in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Amos D. and Josephine D. Plank. Patrick graduated from North Side High School in1955 and attended Purdue University. He served in the Army as a Staff Sgt. Patrick worked as a Machine Operator with Dana Corporation for 20 years, retiring in 2002,...
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Gene A. Pelter

November 29, 2017

Gene A. Pelter, 82, left this physical world, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages, Pine Valley. He was born on October 15, 1935 in Washington D.C. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, he moved his young family to Fort Wayne to work at Magnavox. Soon after, he began his life long career in car sales. From Studebaker, to Buick, Nissan, or Oldsmobile, if Gene...
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Elsie Lavine Dougherty

November 29, 2017

Elsie Lavine Dougherty, 101, a beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She will be mourned by all who have enjoyed her infectious laugh and since of humor. She was born in Quincy, Michigan on October 3, 1916 to the late Arthur and Ida Bowerman. Elsie graduated from Quincy High School and attended...
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James C. Coen

November 28, 2017

James C. Coen, 72, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Jim was born in Prince George's County, Maryland in 1945 to Wilma and Clair Coen. Jim graduated from North Side high school in 1962, and graduated from Michigan State University. He then served in the US army in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He returned to Fort Wayne and worked...
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Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD

November 27, 2017

Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD, 96 of Fort Wayne, passed away on November 27, 2017. He was born in Mishawaka, IN on October 31, 1921 and was the son of Alphonsus P. and Mary Geneva (Schroeder) Arata. Dr. Arata graduated from St. Monica Elementary School and Mishawaka High School, where he lettered in football. He completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University, in Bloomington, where he...
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B. Willene Hanson

November 26, 2017

B. Willene Hanson, 91, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Heritage Corner Health Care in Bowling Green, Ohio where she had lived for the past two years. She was born in Ackerman, MS, to the late William Victor and Onie Henderson. Willene was a resident of Fort Wayne, IN since 1967 and worked as a Sales Clerk with Fred Toenges Shoes for 20 years, retiring in 1994. She was a founding...
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Ayden Bernard

November 25, 2017

Ayden Bernard, 12, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He was born on May 14, 2005. Ayden was an inspiration and amazed everyone around him. His smile was contagious, he will be missed greatly. Surviving are his parents, Keith and Donnita Bernard of Fort Wayne; brothers, Justin Bernard of Fort Bliss, TX and Jason (Christina) Bernard of Madison,...
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Paul Bouza

November 24, 2017

Paul Bouza passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Eagle Valley Meadows in Indianapolis. Paul Alan Bouza, 64, passed away on Friday November 24, 2017. He was born on February 20, 1953 in Talcahuano, Chile, to the late Manuel and Elsie Bouza. He was preceded in death by his brother Douglas. Paul spent his early childhood in Chile; completing his formative years in the Detroit, Michigan area. Paul...
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Stephen Ignace II

November 24, 2017

Stephen Ignace II, 72, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Derby, CT, Stephen worked as a software engineer with Raytheon for 46 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of Purdue Alumni. Stephen received his bachelors from Indiana Tech, then attended Purdue University where he received his Master's Degree. He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed drawing, building model...
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Franklin Hurt

November 24, 2017

Franklin "Harry" Hurt, Sr., 80, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Harrisburg, PA, Franklin retired as a local business owner. He proudly served his country as US Navy veteran. Harry was a member American Legion Post 47. He enjoyed golfing, boating, and IU sports. Surviving are his daughter, Michelle (Jim) McClain; son, F. Harry (Michelle) Hurt, II. both of Fort Wayne; 4...
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Marie P. Monhollen

November 24, 2017

Marie P. Monhollen, 89, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Parkview Noble Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the Late Emberson and Mabel F. (Putt) Hunt. Marie worked as a seamstress for the Bennett Manufacturing Co. Surviving are her, daughter, Gerry (Clay) Herendeen, Albion; sister Cleo F. Kelley, Fort Wayne; grandchildren; Steve Bowers, Katrina Richards, Don Richards...
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Ireland Marie Harner

November 23, 2017

Infant, Ireland Marie Harner, was stillborn, November 23, 2017 at Dupont Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Devon McGue and father, Kenneth Harner. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Dorothy Stavreti

November 23, 2017

Dorothy Stavreti , 78, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017, in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Dorothy worked as a Teacher Assistant & School Secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 15 years, retiring in 1994. She was a very active member of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, a Choir Member for over 50 years, Women's Guild secretary for many years and a past board member. She...
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Evelyn (Gitsa Yancheff) Toscos

November 22, 2017

Evelyn Toscos (born as Gitsa Yancheff), Passed Away Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Chapman Place, Ft Wayne 1/22/1931 - 11/22/2017 Born Gitsa Yancheff (maiden name) on January 22, 1931 in the small village of Vissinia, near the town of Kastoria, in northern Greece. She was the only child of Boris Yancheff and Slavka (maiden name Kotchoff). In 1947, after WWII, Evelyn and her mother took an...
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Rose Johnston

November 20, 2017

Rose Johnston, 100, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born October 30, 1917 in Detroit, MI, she co-owned The Oyster Bar downtown Fort Wayne in the 1950's. Rose enjoyed sewing, cooking, and 18 holes of golf with her friends at Pine Valley Golf Course. For years she walked miles each day at Fort Meyer's Beach. Her family always looked forward to going to Gran's on Sunday for her...
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Emily (Jean) Gump

November 20, 2017

Emily "Jean" Gump, 91, passed away on November 20, 2017. She was born in Rural Allen County, Indiana on September 4, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Anna Maloney. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and Society. She is survived by her children, Paul Gump of Chicago, IL, Peter (Jessica) Gump of Offalon, MO, Jocille (Terry) Donahue of Centreville, VA, Joyce ...
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Rita A. Minnich

November 13, 2017

Rita A Minnich, 74, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 surrounded by her family in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rita was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Good Hope. She was a devout mother, grandmother, and wife who was strong in her faith, and had a passion for life. She was giving, loving, kind-hearted, and had a great sense of humor. Rita kept close ties with her life-long friends....
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Jean Ellison

November 11, 2017

Jean Ellison , 87, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Park Place Senior Living in Ft. Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jean was a member of St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. Special thanks to the staff of Park Place Senior Living for the loving care given to Jean. Surviving are her children, Laurie (Fred) Stevens of Celina,...
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Mary A. (Roth) Paddock

November 10, 2017

Mary A. Roth Paddock , 96, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo, IN. Born in Summitville, IN, Mary worked as a teller with Grabill Bank for 44 years, retiring in 2009. She was a faithful member of Grabill Missionary Church. Surviving are her three daughters, Carolyn Green of Leo, IN, Jeanne (David) Smead of Grabill, IN, and Linda (Bill) Mowery of Fort Wayne, IN; step...
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Edward Carney

September 18, 1930 - November 9, 2017

Edward Carney, 87, passed away on November 9, 2017. He was born on September 18, 1930 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late Andrew and Carolyn Carney. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing golf, and was an avid reader. Edward is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna Bane Carney; children, David Carney, Debora (Paul) Outhwaite; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral service...
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Gloria Chen

January 18, 1955 - November 9, 2017

Friends and family will gather on Saturday, November 18th to celebrate and remember Gloria's life. The memorial service will take place at Christ's Community Church (10616 Liberty Mills Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804). Service will begin at 10:00AM. The Chen family requests that memorial contributions be made to Chung-Wen Chen to support the grandchildren's education fund. If sending a check,...
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Jeanette (Nette) H. Hagan

November 3, 2017

Jeanette "Nette" H. Hagan, 88, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jeanette worked with Magnavox for 22 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and also a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are her children, Steven (Karen) Hagan of Siesta Key, FL, Kevin (Kathy) Hagan of Fort Wayne, Kathleen (Darwin) Bartels of...
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Blagoy A Nanchoff

March 27, 1932 - November 2, 2017

Blagoy A. Nanchoff, 85, passed away peacefully November 2, 2017 at The Heritage of Fort Wayne. Born March 27, 1932 in Gorno Dupeni, Macedonia, he was the son of the late Andrea and Sela Nanchoff. Blagoy immigrated to the United States in 1960, settling in Lima, Ohio prior to moving to Fort Wayne. He then married his wife, Vasilka, on November 5, 1961 and took care of her lovingly and...
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Stephan R. Smith

October 30, 2017

Stephan R. Smith, 62, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. He was born in Flint, MI, on May 8, 1955, the son of the late Roy Smith. Stephan worked as a Truck Driver for 30 years before his retirement in 2011. He enjoyed working on cars and collecting trains. Steve loved going to Tigers games and Lions games. Surviving are his mother, Jo...
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Stephanie A. Dunsire

October 29, 2017

Stephanie A. Dunsire, 74, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017. Born in Worcester, MA, Stephanie was the daughter of the late Jacob and Alice Mooradian. Stephanie earned her bachelor's degree in history from Mount Holyoke College (1965) and her MBA from University of Connecticut (1977). She was a secondary school teacher with Worcester School Systems for four years before working at Worcester...
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Shannon L. Noel

October 28, 2017

Shannon L. Noel , 33, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital, Carmel, IN She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, Surviving are her husband, Ronald Noel of Fort Wayne, In; father, David Thompson, Sr. of New Haven, IN; brother, David A. Thompson, grandfathers James D Thompson of Fort Wayne, IN; Sonny Myers of Columbia City, IN; aunts, Linda Screeton...
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John S. (Jack) Ripple, Jr.

October 25, 2017

John S. "Jack" Ripple, Jr., 56, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jack was the son of the late John S. Ripple, Sr. and Doris Ripple who survives. Jack earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. He worked for and was a lifetime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America during his working career. His passion for the Scouts started...
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Marion J. Bracht

October 24, 2017

Marion J. Bracht, 84, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Ferndale, MI, Marion was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She had a smile for everyone and had a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Marion loved playing bingo, crafts, and enjoyed traveling....
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Robert Stephen Warner

October 23, 2017

Robert Stephen Warner, 69, passed away at his home in Flowery Branch, Georgia on Sunday, October 23. He was the son of the late James and Ruth Warner and lived most of his life on the family farm near Huntertown, Indiana. He graduated from Huntertown High School and Purdue University. His occupation was in educational technology, but his passion was golf. He moved to Georgia to be close to family...
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Betty Ann (Glenn) Heyman

October 22, 2017

Betty Ann (Glenn) Heyman, 89, of Fort Wayne, IN, died October 22, 2017. She was born on July 30, 1928 to Stephen and Marian (Snyder) Glenn. Betty grew up in southern Ohio in the Cincinnati area, moving to Fort Wayne after high school, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was employed by Wolf and Dessauer in the early 1950's as a fashion illustrator. She met, and in 1952, married...
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Edmund "Ed" Daniels

October 19, 2017

Edmund "Ed" Royce Daniels, 87, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo. Born in Munising, MI, Ed worked as a supervisor with Nipsco for 36+ years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the American Legion Post 499 Masonic Lodge, Huntertown, life member of Scottish Rite Free Masonry, USS Pittsburgh Association, and US Navy Cruiser Association. Ed was a Korean War Navy Veteran on...
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Maria (Shiriaev) Juillerat

October 18, 2017

Maria (Shiriaev) Juillerat, 93, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Born in Suma, Ukraine, Maria was the daughter of the late Paul and Natalie Grebenuk. Maria immigrated to the United States after World War II in 1950. She came to live the American Dream, which she did with hard work and determination. She cleaned houses for many years to provide for her family. Her and her husband Orville...
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Ed Alberding

October 18, 2017

Edward Alberding, 81, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Ed worked as the Vice President/Sales Manager with National Oil and Gas for 55 years. Ed was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a member of Knights of Columbus of Fort Wayne and St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. Ed loved fishing and playing golf. He was an avid Chicago sports fan....
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Karen Davis

October 15, 2017

Karen Davis, 75, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Kingston at Dupont in Fort Wayne. Born in Rensselaer, IN, Karen worked as a secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2006. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Society, through Our lady of Good Hope, and a volunteer and senior games coordinator with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Karen was a passionate...
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Mary E. Jansen

October 15, 2017

Mary E. Jansen, 94, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born on September 1, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN, Mary was the daughter to the late Bernard and Agnes Jansen. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She is survived by her 20 loving nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her siblings Geraldine Didier, Bernard Jansen, JoAnne Schimmele, and Jean Jansen...
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Ronald (Ron) Bernard Walden

October 13, 2017

Ronald "Ron" Bernard Walden, 73, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was a graduate of Elmhurst High School class of 1962. Ron was a retiree from the Fort Wayne Fire Department having held many ranks throughout his career. He was a District Chief and Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau. Ron also served as President of the Firefighters Union IAFF Local 124...
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Ira (Gene) Listenberger, Sr.

October 12, 2017

Ira "Gene" Listenberger Sr., 70, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Gene worked as a machinist with GE for 13 years and most recently with Bentler Automotive for 25 years. He was an avid fisherman who loved taking trips to Canada. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Betty Ann Listenberger of Fort Wayne; daughter, Martie (Pat) Simpkins of Columbia City,...
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Ortencia VanHorn

October 11, 2017

Ortencia VanHorn, 74, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Antwerp, OH, Ortencia worked at Zollner Pistons for 39 yrs years, retiring in 2008. She was a member St. Judes Catholic Church, Her hobbies included ceramics, music and dancing. Surviving are her children Roberto (Andrea) VanHorn of AZ; John VanHorn of Auburn, IN; Rachel ...
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Richard E. Roy

October 11, 2017

Richard E. Roy, 91, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, Richard worked as a tool and die maker with Slater Steel for 44 years. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy during WWII. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church of Fort Wayne and St. Malachy Catholic Church of Brownsburg, IN. Surviving are his son, Bryan ...
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Carolyn (Pam) Kille

October 8, 2017

Carolyn "Pam" Kille Fort Wayne, IN – Carolyn "Pam" R. Kille, age 86, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Carolyn was born in Spencerville, OH on October 23, 1930 and was the daughter of Raymond Ramsey and Bernice (Rapp) Ramsey Jacobs, and the step-daughter of Charles Jacobs. Carolyn graduated from Spencerville High School and attended Ohio Northern University in...
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Sharon Rose Walden

October 6, 2017

Surrounded by her family, Sharon Rose Walden (Gra), entered eternal life on Friday, October 6, 2017. Her spirit is carried on by her husband of 53 years, Ronald B. Walden, her three children Scott (Shelly) Walden, Gregory Walden, Michelle (Anthony) David; her grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Alexa and Xavier Walden; Joel, Anthony, Nathaniel and Rylan David. Brothers Robert (Georgeann) Minnick,...
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Aubrey M. Williams

October 6, 2017

Aubrey M. Williams, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 6, 2017. Born in Boaz, Alabama, Aubrey was the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Williams. Aubrey was a welder and mechanic for International Harvester, American Hoist, Truck Transport Equipment and Lincoln Way International until his retirement. In his youth, Aubrey enjoyed camping, fishing, riding...
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Paul L. Yoquelet

October 5, 2017

Paul L. Yoquelet, 85, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 quietly at his home with family by his side in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Paul worked as a director/treasurer with Cellular 2000 Telephone Company for 15 years and was the owner of Yoquelet's Tavern. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards. Surviving are his wife of 60 years,...
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Lisa L. (Riebersal) Moore

October 3, 2017

Lisa L. (Riebersal) Moore, 31, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home in South Bend. Born in Fort Wayne, Lisa worked as a nurse at Elkhart General Hospital and Southfield Village Nursing Home in South Bend. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church - West Jefferson. Lisa loved her husband, family, friends, and puppy. She enjoyed quilting and all things Alice in Wonderland. Lisa loved...
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Paul A. Staller, Jr.

September 30, 2017

Paul A. Staller Jr, 80, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Auburn, PA, August 6, 1937 to the late Paul Adam and Ruth Jasmina Staller. Paul retired as a Project Engineer with Cooper Tire with 30 years of service. He was a member of Parkwood Church of God and served in many capacities with a passion for helping and learning. His hobbies included traveling,...
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Douglas (Doug) Ohnesorge

September 30, 2017

Douglas "Doug" Ohnesorge, 54, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. Born on November 21, 1962 in Fort Wayne, Doug was the son of Dolores M. (Caston) and the late Richard H. Ohnesorge. Doug was a graduate of Paul Harding High School class of 1981, and spent much of his career as a body and fender repairman. Doug enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, and cooking. Surviving are his...
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Betty (Thivener) Wahl

September 28, 2017

Betty (Thivener) Wahl, age 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 28, 2017. Born July 6, 1928 in Gallipolis, OH. She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, James; son Jeff (Jan) Wahl; daughter-in-law Sharon Wahl; sister Anna (Russ) Shaeffer; grandchildren Nicole (Ryan) Melching, Jeremy (Dawn) Wahl, Brandon (Monica) Wahl, Faith (Jeremy) Smith, and Brittany Wahl; great-grandchildren Davis ...
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Eric J. Balliet

September 27, 2017

Captain Eric J. Balliet, 41, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 during a training session with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. Ericgraduated from Northop High School in 1994 and earned his associates degree from Ivy Tech. Eric was a 19 year veteran with the Fort Wayne Fire Department; a paramedic with Three Rivers Ambulance...
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Betty Marie McKinney

September 27, 2017

Betty Marie McKinney nee Hughes, 82, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Stroh, IN, on July 4, 1935 to Bill and Frankie Hughes, Betty was always a "firecracker". She met the love of her life at the age of 14, "Billy", while working at Millers Ice Cream. They were married April 22, 1955. Betty enjoyed genealogy and her doll collection, but what she loved most was her family,...
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Norma Lavern Routhier

September 27, 2017

Norma Lavern Routhier passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday September 27th, 2017. Norma was born in Columbia City, Indiana on March 31st 1929 to Estella and Harry Slater. She grew up around Coesse and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Upon graduating from Coesse High School she worked for many years at Lincoln Life Insurance Company. Soon after WWII she met Ron Routhier and they were married on...
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Judith Ann Hansen

May 22, 1943 - September 22, 2017

JUDITH ANN HANSEN 74, of Ft Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2017. Born in Toledo, Ohio Judith was the daughter of the late Jean and Ralph Mason. Judith was a hairdresser for 30 years in the Toledo area and owner of Curl and Flair beauty salon on Sylvania Avenue. She loved to travel, play golf and go boating and fishing with her loving husband of 45 years, Niels Hansen. ...
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Jack V. Bridges

September 18, 2017

Jack V. Bridges, 90, passed away on September 18, 2017 at home. He was born on June 5, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late William and Leona Bridges. Jack served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was recalled for the Korean Conflict as a specialist in communications. His journey in the Navy took him to Northern Ireland where he met and married Annie "Fay" Bridges nee Orr. After the Korean...
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Frank Anthony Palermo

September 15, 2017

Fort Wayne - Beloved brother, uncle, godfather Frank Anthony Palermo, 84, of Fort Wayne, died on September 15, 2017. Mr. Palermo was born February 14, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Alessandro and Venera (Vastano) Palermo. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Palermo worked at...
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Laura F. Smith

September 14, 2017

Laura F. Smith, 95, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017. Born in Pinehurst, GA, Laura was the daughter of the late Major Franklin and Mary McCormick. She worked for Parkview Hospital as an Employment Manager during her 44 year career, retiring in 1999. She was a 61 year charter member of Forest Park United Methodist Church where she was active in many church groups including the Rebecca...
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Maxine Troutner Evans

September 13, 2017

Maxine Troutner Evans died September 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born June 21, 1913 in Blue Creek Township, Adams County, Indiana to Will & Edra Dellinger, and lived to be 104 years old. Maxine was a homemaker until her children were in school. She then returned to work, eventually retiring from the Allen County Clerk's office. Maxine enjoyed dancing at the Senior Dance Club, where she...
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James J. (Jim) Glaser

September 11, 2017

James J. "Jim" Glaser, 78, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jim worked as a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne for 25 years, retiring in 1988. He was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a member of St. Joe Athletic Club and 20 year club member - Fort Wayne Firefighters. Jim loved to hunt, fish, golf, play cards, and cook. He...
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David Wayne Bogard

September 10, 2017

David Wayne Bogard, 57, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. Surviving are his brother, Rickie Bogard of Marion, IN; sister, Kathy Bogard of Fort Wayne, IN; niece, Crystal (Jeremy High) Reaume of Fort Wayne; and nephew and niece, Noah and Anna Reaume. David was preceded in death by mother, Guianna Bogard; father, Marvin Wayne Bogard. Service is 10:00 am, September 18, 2017 at Riverview...
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Rose Marie Kallmyer

September 8, 2017

Rose Marie Kallmyer passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Rose was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951. Rose married Ray Kallmyer in 1958. She was a talented pianist and church organist. Rose also worked as a seamstress and helped with her husband's real estate business. Rose attended Pathway Community Church. ...
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Kaplanis

September 8, 1936 - September 6, 2017

Evangeli Kaplanis, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 6, 2017. Born on September 8, 1936, in Itea, Greece, and immigrated to Fort Wayne in 1966 with her family, she was a daughter of the late Triandafilos and Flora Panou. She was a homemaker and housewife who loved to cook both Greek and traditional cuisine. She was the mother of three children and nine grandchildren and lived her life...
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Patricia (Meiners) Knight

September 6, 2017

Patricia (Meiners) Knight, 89, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Pat was a 1945 graduate of Central Catholic High School, where she excelled in English and won a national poetry award. Other schools Pat attended were Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, and St. Joseph's Academy in Tipton. She was...
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Willard (Jeff) Potts

September 5, 2017

Willard "Jeff" Potts, 64, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 after a brave and courageous battle with ALS. Jeff made a career of selling cars spanning over 30 years. He was passionate about his family, baseball, bowling, and knowledge of sports. Jeff had a magnetic personality and loved making conversation. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Clara Potts of Fort Wayne, daughter, Casey (Erv)...
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Richard (Rick) Marx

September 3, 2017

Richard (Rick) Marx, 69, died Sunday, September 3, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan, on September 9, 1947, to LaVern and Helen Marx. He had an accounting degree from Wayne State University and a master's degree in taxation from Walsh College. He retired from Irmscher, Inc. after 26 dedicated years, in 2013; in addition, he worked in public...
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Michael J. Kohrman

September 2, 2017

Michael J Kohrman, 47, passed away Saturday Sep 2, 2017 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Michael was the son of the late Thomas and Joan Kohrman. Michael worked at Navistar for over 20 years. He loved being with his family, travel and Notre Dame football. He is survived by his wife of 18 years Karen Kohrman of Plainfield, Ill; brother Thomas (Karen)...
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William J, Harr, Jr.

September 1, 2017

William J. Harr Jr., 74, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Bill worked as a maintenance supervisor for over 50 years. He enjoyed gardening, watching football, attending auctions, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his daughter, Brenda Skaggs of Leo, IN; grandchildren, Gregory (Alissia) Skaggs, and Rebecca Skaggs both of...
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Michael F. Lehman

August 31, 2017

Michael F. Lehman, 76, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Parkview Home Health and Hospice in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Michael worked as an attorney at Water Resource of California, was the Vice President at the former family business, National Mill and Supply, and a professor of legal and business studies. Michael was a 1958 Southside High School graduate. He then attended Indiana...
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Stanley A. (Stan) Peppler

August 30, 2017

Stanley A. "Stan" Peppler, 74, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Stan was the son of the late William and Delaurus Peppler. Stan served our country in the Army National Guard. He worked with BF Goodrich for over 30 years prior to his retirement. Stan enjoyed being in his pool, working in his yard, watching sports, completing crossword puzzles, and in his...
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Diane F. Ward

August 27, 2017

Diane F. Ward, 64, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, Diane worked with Target for 25 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband, Chet Ward of Fort Wayne; daughters, Ashley (Jeremy) Brickey, and Kaitlin Ward of Fort Wayne; son, Dr. Chad Ward of Iowa City, IA; 4 grandchildren, Madisyn, Austin, Chase, and Aliyah;...
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Willodean Mae Klopfenstein

August 27, 2017

Willodean Mae Klopfenstein, 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, August 27, 2017. Born on October 3, 1924 in Woodburn, Indiana, Willodean was the daughter of the late Asa and Anna Ehresman. She worked for Trinity Home Center for 15 years, retiring in 1986. She was an active member and supporter of Grabill Missionary Church. She was an original member of the singing group,...
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Christine (Rolin) Riggle

August 25, 2017

Christine (Rolin) Riggle, 86, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017. Born in Ardmore, Tennessee, Christine was the daughter of the late Erskin and Beulah Rolin. She was a nurse's aide for many years. She was a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, VFW, and Eagles. Christine enjoyed music, playing bingo, and spending time with her dog Lola. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Jane DeVaney of...
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William LaLonde

August 25, 2017

William "Bill" LaLonde, 75, went to be with the Lord Friday, August 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Bill was a true family man and loved his children dearly. He had a strong faith and will be greatly missed. He enjoyed collector cars, attending the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival with his children since the 1980's and was an avid Detroit sports fan. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gladys...
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Sharon Lee Brown

August 23, 2017

Sharon Lee Brown, 73, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, In. March 23, 1944 to the late John and Ruth Zahki. Sharon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are her daughter, Jill (Dan) Johnson of Huntertown, IN; son, Matt (Shelly) Brown of Leo,...
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Mary Ann Mahler

August 23, 2017

Mary Ann Mahler, 79, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Albert and Myrtle Foster. Mary Ann earned her Masters Degree from Purdue University. She was a second grade school teacher with the Hammond School System for 25 years, retiring in 2000. She was an active volunteer and member of First United Methodist Church in...
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Marilyn Rose Waggoner

August 21, 2017

Marilyn Rose Waggoner, 90, of Grabill went home to Jesus on August 21, 2017. She was born in Moline, Illinois to the late Virgil and Sarah (Anders) Fleming on December 6, 1926. Her childhood years were spent in Moline, and Tampa, Florida. It was there she met USAF 2nd Lieutenant and B-17 pilot, Harry Waggoner Jr. They were married in October 1945 in Tampa. After they were married they moved...
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Steven Alan Wahl

August 20, 2017

Steven Alan Wahl, age 66, of Fort Wayne, lost his battle with brain cancer Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Pinckney, MI. He is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Sharon; children Nicole (Ryan) Melching of Fort Wayne, Brandon (Monica) Wahl of Pinckney, MI, and Brittany Wahl of Fort Wayne; parents James and Betty Wahl of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Connor and Ava Melching, Jacob Irwin and Adriana Wahl;...
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Helen Marie Archacki

August 20, 2017

Helen Marie Archacki, 96, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Helen was the daughter of the late Matthew Burczak and Frances Hudzinski. Helen was a Beautician for 53 years retiring in 1998. During that time she owned and operated Central Beauty Salon and A Haus of Mini Salons. Helen enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Surviving are...
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Deborah J. Crooks

August 18, 2017

Deborah J. Crooks, 63, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Deborah worked for Waterfield Mortgage Company and most recently as administrative assistant with SAC Finance for 15 years. She was an active volunteer with Parkview. Deborah enjoyed working in her flower garden, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, David...
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Smaragtha (Mary) Hanewald

August 17, 2017

Smaragtha "Mary" Hanewald, 90, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in New York City, NY, Mary worked as a secretary with Jersey City State College for 25 years. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Surviving are her son, Thomas (Maria) Hanewald of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons Thomas and Christopher Hanewald. Mary was preceded in death by her husband,...
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John Redwanski, Sr.

August 15, 2017

John Redwanski Sr., 69, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017. John worked with International Harvester for 30 years. Surviving son, John (Merrie) Redwanski, Jr. of Scarborough, ME; and his significant other, Susan Frisch of Churubusco. Private family services will be held in Fort Wayne. Burial in Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. To sign the...
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Kathryn Ann Jagodzinski

August 11, 2017

Kathryn Ann Jagodzinski, 65, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017. Born in Portland, Indiana, Kathryn was the daughter of the late Stanley Jagodzinski and Bonnie Jagodzinski who survives. She worked with Tomkinson Automotive Group for 19 years prior to her retirement in 2004. Kathryn loved animals and enjoyed the company of friends and family. Surviving are her mother, Bonnie Jagodzinski of...
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Diana R. Jordan

August 10, 2017

Diana R. Jordan, 80, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. Born in Saint Louis, MO, Diana was the daughter of the late William and Viola Rebscher. Diana met her husband Edward while she was studying at Washington University. Diana and Edward moved many times over the years and in each community Diana took a leadership role and was active in many organizations. With that in mind, Diana was...
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Cleo F. Miller

August 10, 2017

Cleo F. Miller, 84, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at in Fort Wayne. He grew up in Pennville, IN, graduating from Pennville High School in 1950. He later graduated from Purdue University in 1954. Cleo taught high school for one year at Bluffton High School then he served two years in the US Army going to Germany. He then returned and taught biology at Garrett High School along with...
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Raymond C. Buescher

August 9, 2017

Raymond C. Buescher, 95, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Born in Poe, Indiana, Raymond was the son of the late Fred and Anna Buescher. He graduated from Central Catholic High School. Raymond was a WWII Navy veteran. Raymond owned and operated his own farm for many years. He had a strong faith in God, loved his family, and enjoyed playing euchre, and dominoes. He was a member of St....
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Connie Borland

August 8, 2017

Connie Borland, 70, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Connie began her life journey on August 24, 1946. Connie graduated from Franklin High School on June 10, 1964. Connie worked at Joy Manufacturing until she got married to Walter Gregory Borland. They were married on April 8, 1967 and stayed happily married for these past 50 years. Connie was a fantastic mother, wife,...
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Marian L. Thompson

August 7, 2017

Marian L. Thompson, 95, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. She was born in Walla Walla, WA, to the late Alfred and Hazel Shaw. Marian had been a resident of Fort Wayne for 30 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a great grandmother. She was a longtime member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Marian volunteered along with her husband at Homebound...
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Andrew J. Picco

August 6, 2017

Andrew J. Picco, 70, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Spring Valley, IL, Andy began his college education at the University of Arizona and then graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked as a sales engineer for General Electric and most recently was the owner of Fort Wayne Newcomer Services for the past 25 years. Andy was a...
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Odetta A. Bender

August 2, 2017

Odetta A. Bender, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at her residence, the Hearth of Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Odetta worked both as an office manager and bookkeeper with St. Joe Center Vet Hospital for 29 years and later for several other local animal clinics. She served as past-President of Concord Place Community Association, and was a Precinct...
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Louisa W. Hartman

August 2, 2017

Louisa W. Hartman, 93, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Louisa was the daughter of the late Elmer and Elfreda Haugk. Louisa was the secretary and treasurer of H.W. Hartman Dry Wall Company for many years. She was also head of the cash office for Montgomery Ward where she worked for 14 years. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and their...
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James Redmond Shields

August 1, 2017

James Redmond Shields was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 13, 1923 to William and Mary Shields. He grew up in Fostoria, Ohio. James attended St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, on football and track scholarships, before deploying to serve his country during World War II. Returning from serving as an officer in the Merchant Marine in World War II, James married his wife of nearly...
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Robert Pentino

July 29, 2017

Robert Pentino, 76, passed away on July 29, 2017. He was born on September 30, 1940. He was an avid motorcyclist visiting 49 states with his wife. Bob also enjoyed watching old movies, reading, and fine dining. Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Toni Pentino; step-son, David (Jennifer) Schusterman; and brother-in-law, Edward McIntyre. He was preceded in death by his sister Loretta McIntyre...
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Mary Theresa Lebrato Newman

July 28, 2017

Mary Theresa Lebrato Newman, 80, passed away peacefully, Friday, July 28, 2017 in her Fort Wayne home surrounded by family. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, Theresa enjoyed being at the lake, cooking, and adored her grandchildren. She loved traveling to southern Italy to visit her family. Surviving are her Spouse, Richard Newman of Fort Wayne; daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Patterson of Fort Wayne;...
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Lawrence W. Zehrung

July 28, 2017

Lawrence W. Zehrung, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior July 28, 2017. Lawrence graduated from New Haven High School in 1948. He worked in the accounting and computer departments of Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire for 36 years, except for two years when he served in the Korean War in Seoul, Korea, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was also the president of the Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire...
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David Mike Belfry

July 26, 2017

David "Mike" Belfry, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Born in Munising, MI, Mike was a graduate of North Side High School and later completed his undergraduate degree and Law School from the University of Michigan. He served his country as a Captain in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving are his mother, Muriel Wallenstein of Fort Wayne; siblings, Kurt (Jennifer) Wallenstein of...
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James A. Smith, Jr.

July 23, 2017

James A. Smith, Jr., 91, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, James was the son of the late James and Agnes Smith Sr. James was a WWII Marine veteran. He was a lineman and installer for GTE/Verizon for 40 years before his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, American Legion, Post 499 COF, IBEW #723. James enjoyed...
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Steven G. Love

July 21, 2017

Steven G. Love , 67, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven graduated from New Haven High School in 1968 and Sam's Technical Institute. He worked as a systems engineer with Raytheon for 39 years, retiring in 2013. Steven was a member of Aboite Lutheran Church. He was a past chairman of the Emmanuel Lutheran School Board and...
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