Our Obituaries

Terry L. Listenberger

February 28, 1953 - May 9, 2017

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Betty VanHouten

March 14, 1929 - April 29, 2017

Betty VanHouten, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away April 29, 2017 at Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne. She was born March 14, 1929 in Fort Wayne to the late Raymond and Wilma (Woods) Archibald. She work caring for her family as a homemaker. She is survived by children, Cynthia (Richard) Bontempo, Sandra K. VanHouten, and Lon L (June) VanHouten, all of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and 18 great...
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Herman R. Hanlin

July 22, 1925 - March 31, 2017

Herman R. Hanlin, 91, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. He was born on July 22, 1925, a son of the late Charles and Verna Marie (Morgan) Hanlin. He worked at American Electric Power as a substation foreman. He was a member of Grabill Missionary Church and loved being outdoors and all the activities that go along with it. Surviving family include his daughters, Amber (Jerry) Stieglitz and...
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Opal P. Caudill

November 14, 1920 - March 22, 2017

Opal P. Caudill, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Kingston Care Center. She was born November 14, 1920 in Wayland, Kentucky to the late Charles and Myrtle (Parsley) Blankenship. She worked as a homemaker and was a seamstress to over 200 people in her 80+ years of sewing. She was a member of Three Rivers Wesleyan Church. Through city churches she was very involved in...
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Bernice I. Zimmerman

April 12, 1932 - March 18, 2017

Bernice I. Zimmerman, 84, of Fort Wayne passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017. She was born on April 12, 1932 in Van Wert, Ohio, a daughter of the late George and Florence (Bechtol) Beck. She was the owner of Cassandre's Boutique. Her family was extremely important to her and her number one priority and passion. Surviving family include her children, Debra (Matthew) VanMeeter, Thomas...
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Carolyn J. Volz

January 2, 1933 - March 16, 2017

Carolyn J. Volz, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away, Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Hospice Home. She was born January 2, 1933 in Huntingburg, Indiana to the late Christian H. and Clara Ann (Ficken) Brace. She worked for Magnavox in Columbia City for 11 years. She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church where she was part of the Deborah Esther Circle. She is survived by her children, Diane L. ...
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Mary Lou Banks

March 27, 1930 - March 15, 2017

Mary Lou Banks, 86, of Fort Wayne passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Born on March 27, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Lucinda (Burry) Pettit. She worked at General Electric. She was an avid IU basketball fan; a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Eastern Star, and Elex Club. She enjoyed spending time doing puzzles and watching butterflies. Surviving family includes her...
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Alvin Rockford Brown

January 28, 1952 - March 7, 2017

Alvin Rockford Brown, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away March 7, 2017 at his residence. He was born January 28, 1952 in Tullahoma, TN to the late Alvin D. and Mary Margaret (Whitfield) Brown. He worked as an over the road truck driver. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed old western movies, camping, and spending time outdoors. He is survived by his wife,...
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Daniel E. Jenkins

July 31, 1945 - March 6, 2017

Daniel Edward Jenkins, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 6th 2017 in his hometown of Fort Wayne, with his family at his side. Born on July 31st 1945, he was the son of Donald E. Jenkins and Mary L. (Beck) Jenkins Roth. He was a graduate of Elmhurst High School, a graduate of the General Electric Apprentice Program, and went on to work at...
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Gerard A. Kelker

August 23, 1946 - March 6, 2017

Gerard A. "Jerry" Kelker, 70, of Columbia City, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017. He was born August 23, 1946 in Fort Wayne to the late David P. and Patricia J. (Schneiders) Kelker, Sr. He worked as an accountant and retired from Allied Signal. He enjoyed reading, fishing & walking his dogs. He is survived by his children, Nowell R. (Angela) Darstein of Winston-Salem, NC and Alyssa M....
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Margaret Irene Hobson

December 14, 1947 - March 5, 2017

Margaret Irene "Peggy" (Sitton) Jones Hobson left us to meet her Lord and Savior Sunday March 5, 2017 after a valiant fight with long term illness. She was strong, outspoken, and had a heart full of love for her family. She was a second mother to many and touched the lives of all that she met. She was a selfless, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt. She is...
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Rita Marie Dressler

August 19, 1928 - February 25, 2017

Rita Marie Dressler, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away February 25, 2017 at Coventry Meadows. She was born August 19, 1928 in Terra Haute, IN to the late Andrew E. and Veronica I. Fabiny. She worked as a registered nurse and homemaker. She was a caring, loving, and devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, Charles Louis Dressler of Fort Wayne; children, Brian Dressler of Fort Wayne,...
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Mabel A. Leatherman

March 25, 1918 - February 23, 2017

Mabel A. Leatherman, 98, of Coldwater Michigan, passed away February 23, 2017 at Branch County Hospital. She was born March 25, 1918 to the late Chester and Adah (Krauter) Copper. She worked raising her family and caring for their home. She is survived by her children, Steve (Linda) Leatherman of Coldwater, MI and Marlene (Jerry) Lashuk of East New Market, Maryland; sister, Helen Kammeyer;...
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Earl E. Pruitt

October 13, 1980 - February 22, 2017

Earl E. Pruitt, 36, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. He was born October 13, 1980, in Ft. Wayne, to Barry C. Pruitt and Sharon K. Perlini. Earl graduated from Homestead High School in May, 1999, having lettered in varsity football, and subsequently graduated from Indiana University's Bloomington campus in 2004 having majored in Secondary Health Education. Earl was known for his...
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Linda Kaye Gibson

August 15, 1948 - February 14, 2017

Linda Kay Gibson, 68, born August 15, 1948, in Fort Wayne to the late John and Alice Smead met our lord and savior, Jesus Christ on February 14, 2017. Linda retired from Lincoln Life/ Swiss Re Insurance Company where she worked as an executive assistant. She enjoyed riding with her husband on their Harley, touring wineries, touring Chicago, spending time with her family including her beautiful...
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Genevieve Edwards

August 5, 1918 - February 1, 2017

Genevieve Edwards, 98, of Angola, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Northern Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 5, 1918 in Saginaw, Michigan. She worked as a homemaker, caring for her family. Surviving are her children, Beverly (James) Robbins of Angola, Frank (Rose) Bishop of Bennett, CO, and Richard (Janet) Bishop of Tazewell, TN; and many grandchildren, great...
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Deborah K. Khaliq

July 8, 1957 - January 30, 2017

DEBORAH K. "DEBBIE" KHALIQ, 59, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Born on July 8, 1957, she was a daughter of the late Ellis and Stella (Fowler) Ryan. She worked for nearly 40 years at K-Mart. She will be remembered as a very hard worker, selfless, honest, and loving. A huge part of her life was her grandchildren and spending time with her family. Surviving family...
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Richard D. Shew

June 14, 1926 - January 29, 2017

RICHARD D. SHEW, 90, passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Richard was a retired grocery manager at the A & P Tea Company, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was very active at St. Michael Lutheran Church. Surviving are his daughter, Linda Listar; sister, Patricia Johnson; grandchildren, Nicholas Listar and Amanda Listar; great-grandson, Ethan Buster. He was preceded in death by his...
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Karen K. Paonessa

October 24, 1951 - January 22, 2017

Karen K. Paonessa, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away, January 22, 2017. She was born October 24, 1951 in Fort Wayne to the late Walter and Rosie (Walters) Faurote. She retired after a long career in customer service and sales. She is survived by her four children, Kelly (Jason) Marks, Angela (Mike Dunlap) Paonessa, Amber Paonessa, and Anthony "A.J." (Katie) Paonessa, all of Fort Wayne; nine...
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Dona K. Kelker

July 15, 1949 - January 13, 2017

Dona K. Kelker, 67, of Columbia City, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She was born July 15, 1949 in South Bend to Donald K. and Alice M. (Nyikos) Miller. She graduated from Northside High School and retired in 2012 from Ulta Electronics as an administrative assistant. She was a member of the Gold Panning Association of America, Antiques of America and the North...
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Donald Charles Byanski

October 23, 1929 - December 26, 2016

Donald Charles Byanski, 87, of Fort Wayne passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 at Canterbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born October 23, 1929 in Fort Wayne to the late Leo and Ethel (Koch) Byanski. He was a Navy Veteran and retired from General Electric. Surviving family includes his children, Christine (Mike) Goshert of Markle, Bridgette (Tony) McAfee of Almont, MI, and Charles...
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Barbara Jean Neeley

January 24, 1934 - December 24, 2016

Barbara Jean Neeley, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Coventry Meadows. She was born January 24, 1934 in Fort Wayne to the late Robert B. and Daphy A. (Counterman) Rhodes. She worked as a homemaker, caring for her family. She was a member of the Waynedale Church of Christ. Surviving are her children, Mike (Vicki) Coleman of Foley, AL, Deb (John) Carpenter of St....
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Harry L. Esterline

December 25, 1938 - December 23, 2016

Harry L. "Bud" Esterline, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016. He was born on December 25, 1938 in Orland, Indiana, a son of the late Loren F. "Tiny" and Dora Jane Esterline. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 9 years. He worked for Dana Corp. for 31 years. He was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing shuffle board and especially...
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Alice Mae Minniefield

August 16, 1935 - December 16, 2016

Alice Mae Minniefield, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at New Haven Genesis Health Care at 4:05 am. She was born August 16, 1935 in Fort Wayne to the late Eugene and Claudia (Buggs) Blevins. She retired in 2000, after 38 years, from the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center as a recreational therapist. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul (Boogie) Minniefield,...
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Allen LaVeral GILBERT

January 25, 1941 - December 15, 2016

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Jack E. Reed

March 24, 1928 - November 29, 2016

Jack E. Reed, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away at The Hearth at Sycamore Village on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He was born March 24, 1928 in Fort Wayne to the late Orville and Mary Reed. He worked as an accountant at Lincoln Life Insurance Company for over 30 years. Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha Jeanne Reed of Fort Wayne; sons, Steve (Julie) Reed and Michael (Julie) Reed, both...
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John Allen Mitchell

December 17, 1942 - November 23, 2016

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Raymond F. Jenkins

August 25, 1932 - November 19, 2016

Raymond F. "Ray" Jenkins, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016. He was born on August 25, 1932, in Madison, Indiana, to the late Orba and Goldie (Cogner) Jenkins. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War earning the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Ribbon. He worked as a mechanic and truck driver for the City...
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Paul B. Young

March 9, 1935 - November 18, 2016

Paul B. Young, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away at his home on Friday, November 18, 2016. Paul retired from Stiffler Plastering and Drywall. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Young; children, Mark (Jackie) Slain, Michael (Jeanne) Slain, and Paula (Dean) Jones; and nine grandchildren. Funeral will be Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 6750 Covington Road, Fort Wayne,...
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Joseph Le'Shore

August 6, 1960 - November 10, 2016

Joseph Le'Shore, Jr., 56 of Fort Wayne passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016. He was born August 6, 1960 in Alabama to the late Joseph Le'Shore, Sr. and Elizabeth (Lee) Le'Shore. He graduated from South Side High School and then worked as a machine operator and trainer for Rea Magnet Wire Corporation, Inc. His fun loving spirit and style will be missed by his family, which includes his...
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Mary Marie Stuersel

March 6, 1921 - November 9, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Martha J. Felger

October 11, 1930 - October 29, 2016

Martha J. "Marty" Felger, 86, of Fort Wayne passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. She was born on October 11, 1930, a daughter of the late Merle and Blanche (Kinzie) York. She worked as a waitress at Chen's and later at the Fort Wayne Newspaper. She enjoyed puzzle books, watching TV, and her pets. She especially loved her children, grandchildren, and the Christmas season. She took great...
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Ignacio Briones Barajas

February 1, 1931 - October 28, 2016

Ignacio B. Barajas, 85, passed away, October 28, 2016 at his home. He retired from Essex. Surviving are his daughters, Maria Barajas Perez, Ana Luisa Barajas Perez, and Veronica Barajas Perez, all of Mexico; son, Luis Barajas; step daughters, Joan Rodrigus, Gloria Vasquez, and Evelyne Hernandez; step sons, David Casiano, Michael Casiano, and Jose Casiano; 49 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren;...
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Eric M. Rybolt

November 21, 1983 - October 24, 2016

Eric M. Rybolt, 32, of Fort Wayne passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016. He was born on November 21, 1983. He worked as a retail manager at Walmart. He loved his dogs and spent time playing in soccer leagues at The Plex and hockey at Canlan Ice Sports. Surviving family include his mother, LeeAnn (Mike) Richter; father, Martin (Debra) Rybolt; brothers, Zach and Mitch Richter; grandparents,...
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Gregory Allen Bussard

December 4, 1954 - October 2, 2016

Gregory "Buzz" Bussard, 61, of Huntington, passed away October 2, 2016 at Parkview Huntington Hospital. He was born December 4, 1954 in Huntington to the late Richard and Helen (Fahl) Bussard. He was owner and operator of GB Construction Company. He was a graduate of Elmhurst High School and graduated from Wabash College, playing football there all four years. He served as a certified Speaker Lay...
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Helen Joan Cain

June 30, 1929 - October 1, 2016

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Brooke N. Whitney

May 19, 1992 - October 1, 2016

Brooke N. Whitney, 24, of Fort Wayne passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016. She was born on May 19, 1992 in Peru, Indiana. She worked as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She started working there as a PCA while a student at IPFW. She was a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau. She loved the beach and always looked forward to the yearly...
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Patricia Gale Wallace

February 8, 1960 - September 15, 2016

Patricia G. "Pat" Wallace, 56, of Fort Wayne passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2016. She was born on February 8, 1960 in Greenville, Mississippi, a daughter of the late James E. and Roberta M. (Lambert) Wallace. She graduated from South Side High School. She worked at Value City and at Brinks Armored Car as a supervisor. She enjoyed playing euchre every Sunday with her friends. ...
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Lois Leone Harter

April 16, 1923 - September 7, 2016

Lois Leone (Jones) Harter, 93, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2016 and now resides with her loving Savior. She was born April 16, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to the late Earl Stephen and Florence Leone (Peaselee) Jones. She worked as a Certified Insurance Agent for Lupke - Rice Insurance, retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Insurance Women of Fort Wayne, the Appleseed Quilters Guild...
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Virginia E. Hattendorf

July 21, 1928 - August 21, 2016

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Kay Ned Doster

July 24, 1933 - August 17, 2016

Kay Ned Doster, 83, of Fort Wayne went to his Home in Heaven on Wednesday August 17, 2016, after bravely battling pancreatic cancer. He was at home surrounded by his family. He was the 3rd son of Ned and Lucile Doster and was born in Fort Wayne July 24, 1933. Kay is a 1952 graduate of North Side High. He married his high school sweetheart Melba Born on Oct. 3, 1953. They would celebrate 63...
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David Lowell Fate

June 10, 1944 - August 8, 2016

David Lowell Fate, 72, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away August 8, 2016 at his home in Anthem, Arizona. He was born June 10, 1944 in Huntington to the late Robert and Iva (Paxson) Fate. He started his career in the GE apprentice program and worked there as a tool and die maker, retiring after 39 years. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Bailey) Fate of Anthem, AZ; sons, Michael (Kimberly) Fate of...
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Jerry Vernon Nuttle

June 9, 1955 - July 20, 2016

Jerry Vernon Nuttle, 61, of Fort Wayne, passed away July 20, 2016 at his residence. He was born June 9, 1955 in Fort Wayne to the late Clarence and Ellen (Stuart) Nuttle. He worked as a machinist at Zollner Piston for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Pamela J. Nuttle of Fort Wayne; children, David Haas of Fort Wayne, Timothy...
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Lorraine R. Gilbert

April 28, 1945 - July 17, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Margaret Jane Hurley

October 7, 1928 - July 9, 2016

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MaryAnn Moisica

January 17, 1933 - July 7, 2016

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Jerome Anthony Hampel

March 26, 1932 - July 7, 2016

Jerome "Jerry" Hampel, 84, passed away July 7, 2016 at Betz Nursing Home. He was born March 26, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Mary and Oscar Hampel. He joined the Army in 1949 and served with distinction with the 4th Company Airborne Rangers and the 187th ARCT in the Korean War from 1950 until 1952 earning a Purple Heart for wounds in combat. He returned to Elkhart in 1952 and earned his...
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Alice M. Miller

July 9, 1926 - June 26, 2016

ALICE M. (NYIKOS) MILLER, 89 died on Sunday, June 26 at Parkview Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of John K. and Margaret (Retek) Nyikos, immigrants from Hungary. She was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, where she met her husband, Donald K. Miller. They spent 20 years traveling with the U.S. Air Force. Upon retirement from the Air Force, they settled in...
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Mary Jane Brown

May 27, 1958 - June 12, 2016

Mary Jane Brown, 58, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Hospice Home. She was born May 27, 1958 in Fort Wayne to the late Robert C. and Elizabeth "Betty" J. (Coulardot) Groves, Sr. She worked as a phlebotomist at Lab Corp for 23 years and was a member St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie (engaged to Michael Wendt) Young of Indianapolis;...
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Wilbur Gene Wendel

July 26, 1934 - June 11, 2016

Wilbur "Gene" Wendel, 81, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in South Whitley, Gene graduated from South Whitley High School in 1952 and was a star basketball player during his school days. Gene owned several businesses in his lifetime, including the Aboite Inn in Roanoke, IN, Wawasee Motel in Syracuse, IN and a full service gas station and car wash. He was an...
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Mary Ruth Spielman

November 8, 1927 - June 2, 2016

Mary R. Spielman, 88, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Berne, Indiana passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016. She was born on November 8, 1927 in Rochester, Indiana, a daughter of the late George and Edith (Cummings) Steininger. She worked as a homemaker raising her family. Surviving family includes her sons, Kim (Susan), Kenton, and Curtis (Stephanie) Spielman; 10 grandchildren; and three great...
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Kate G. Steward

May 26, 1924 - June 1, 2016

Kate G. Steward, 92, passed away June 1, 2016 at her home. She was born May 26, 1924 in Attica, IN to the late Ele Lewis "Pete" and Wilma Pearl (Carter) Martin. She worked as a telephone operator, along with caring for her family as a homemaker. She enjoyed volunteering, previously working at St. Joseph and Lutheran Hospitals and the Senior Citizen's Center. Her family remembers her tenacious...
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Robert R. Kaiser

October 6, 1928 - May 24, 2016

Robert Rudolph "Bob" Kaiser, 87, fearlessly left this world on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Born in 1928 in Fort Wayne to the late William H. and Helen Kaiser, Bob graduated from South Side High School and obtained an arts degree from Ft. Wayne Art School. He served in the Army during the Korean War. As a commercial artist, he used his creativity daily in his 42 year work life with Lincoln Printing...
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Dorthy Jene Bone

January 25, 1932 - May 23, 2016

Dorthy J. (Werner) Bone, 84, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home on Monday, May 23, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Philip and Frances Werner. She graduated from Salisbury, PA High School and Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Cumberland, MD, moving to Fort Wayne in 1955. She had worked as a registered nurse at several facilities in Maryland and Indiana. She retired from...
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Kathleen Virginia Hood

May 27, 1913 - May 18, 2016

Kathleen (Bitner) Hood, 102, died Wednesday May 18, 2016 at Kingston Health Care. She was born in Fort Wayne on May 27, 1913 the child of the late Charles L. and Helena Guettner) Bitner and was a 1931 graduate of Central High School. She was employed by Wayne Knitting Mills and retired in 1983 after 27 years as a legal secretary with the law firm of Rothberg, Gallmeyer, Fruechtenict & Logan...
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Louise Ann Lynch Quirk

May 9, 1928 - May 13, 2016

Louise Ann (Zann) Lynch Quirk passed away on May 13, 2016. Louise was born on May 9, 1928 to Peter and Susanne Lynch in Dubuque, Iowa. Louise went to St. Patrick's Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy High School in 1946. She went on to earn her 4 year nursing degree at Loras College graduating in 1950. She completed her nursing training at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. She...
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Veronica Sue Carrizales Gibson

January 10, 1971 - May 3, 2016

Veronica Sue Carrizales Gibson, 45, of Fort Wayne passed away May 3, 2016. She was born January 10, 1971 in Lubbock, TX. She is survived by her father, Domingo Carrizales of Lubbock, TX; children, Keeane Gibson of Lima, OH and Corinna Weaver of Fort Wayne; brother, Richard Lee Carrizales of San Antonio; and grandchildren Jaleigh Gibson, Rayvon Gibson, and AmierahMarie Weaver. Funeral will be...
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Clyde Peacock

July 31, 1940 - May 3, 2016

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Constance Lee Eschmann

May 7, 1939 - April 27, 2016

Constance "Connie" Eschmann, 76, of Fort Wayne passed away April 27, 2016. She was born May 7,1939 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of William R. and I. Irene (Schelling) Krinn. Connie was a skilled seamstress and an excellent cook. One of her hallmarks was sharing home-baked cookies with everyone, including friends and neighbors, bank employees and her veterinarian's office, among others. Connie's...
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Thomas H. Shoup

February 9, 1954 - April 6, 2016

Thomas H. Shoup, 62, died April 6, 2016, at his home in Ft. Wayne. He was born on February 9, 1954 in Ft. Wayne to Harold and Roberta Shoup and graduated from South Side High School in 1972. He was active in Boy Scouts and a member of South Wayne United Methodist Church. He took an early interest in architecture and attended Ball State University, earning Bachelors degrees in architecture and...
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Stephen R. Raymer

October 15, 1952 - March 30, 2016

STEPHEN R. RAYMER, of Leo, Ind., died on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Bethlehem Woods. Born Oct. 15, 1952, in Moline, Ill., he was a son of the late Richard F. and D. Lael Welch Raymer. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1979 and was a manager at Allen Business Machines. He was a member of F.O.E. 248. Surviving are his wife, Beverly Raymer of Leo; four daughters, Lisa Jackson, Angela Raymer...
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Nancy E. Schafer

July 22, 1939 - March 28, 2016

Nancy E. Schafer, 76, of Fort Wayne passed away Monday, March 28, 2016. She was born on July 22, 1939 to the late Glen and Valaria Miller. She was a co-owner of Parkside Ceramics and later retired from Goodwill. She was involved in the Northeast Indiana Post-Polio Support Group - Ft. Wayne. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and watching Nascar. Surviving family include her daughters,...
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Charles L. Stoner

July 19, 1930 - March 23, 2016

CHARLES L. STONER, 85, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He was a Korean War veteran and was a retired repair technician for Monroe Systems. He also was a member of Order of the Eastern Star - Wayndale Lodge, Masonic Lodge, in Waynedale, Masonic Lodge, in Chelsea, Mich., and American Legion, in Indianapolis. He was compassionate and kind to everyone. Surviving are his wife of 65 years,...
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Manuel J. Mercer

July 8, 1915 - March 21, 2016

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John Franklin Aumiller

May 28, 1930 - March 6, 2016

John Franklin Aumiller, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at his Residence. He was born May 28, 1930 in Fort Wayne to the late Marion F. and Hazle M. (Merillat) Aumiller. He graduated from Central High School in 1949 and served in the Indiana National Guard for 14 years. John was a barber, owner and operator of the Aumiller Barber Shop. He loved playing duplicate bridge and...
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Sherri Ann Pishvai

August 13, 1961 - March 2, 2016

SHERRI ANN PISHVAI, 54, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at home surrounded by her family. Born Aug. 13, 1961, she was the daughter of Joseph and Diane Billman. She was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. A warm loving daughter, mother, and grandmother, she was a born hostess and care giver who loved nothing more than making those around her happy. While she never wanted to be...
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Eleanor M. Byanski

June 24, 1931 - February 16, 2016

Eleanor M. Byanski, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016. She was born on June 24, 1931 in Derby, Connecticut to the late Michael and Anna (Golob) Kurtyka. She retired as a nurse's aide at Lutheran Life Village, South Anthony Blvd. Surviving family include husband, Donald Byanski; daughters, Christine (Michael) Goshert, Bridgette (Tony) McAfee; son, Charles Byanski; four...
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Richard Baxter Fishering

August 25, 1922 - February 11, 2016

RICHARD B. FISHERING, 93, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. He was born in Fort Wayne on Aug. 25, 1922, a son of George William Fishering and Muriel (Baxter) Fishering. He was a 1941 graduate of South Side High School, and graduated with a B.S. in Business from Indiana University in 1947. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and served as an Army Sergeant in World War II from 1943...
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Marilyn R. Ruf

August 12, 1922 - January 16, 2016

MARILYN R. RUF, 93, passed peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Plymouth, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Orval and Fane Roberts. Moving to Fort Wayne with her family as a child, she graduated from North Side High School, later attending Butler University, joining the Tri Delta sorority. For most of her life, she was a...
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Wilma E. Skekloff

November 12, 1930 - January 13, 2016

Wilma E. Skekloff, 85, of Fort Wayne passed away, Wednesday, January 13, 2016. She was born on November 12, 1930 in Holgate, Ohio to the late Forest and Anna (Leaders) Williams. She worked as a secretary at Indiana Michigan Power before leaving to raise her children and manage the family farm. She was a member of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church, Red Hats, and I& M Live Wires. Surviving...
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Norma J. Miller

October 28, 1930 - January 13, 2016

Norma (Capatina) Miller, 85, passed to her heavenly family on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 296, and she was a local artist. Her heart was always on the light and love of God, loving people, children, animals, and all of God's creations. Surviving are sons, Jack (Sandy) Burns, Kurt (Roxanne) Burns; daughter, Linda (Max) Elliott;...
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Raymond V. Taylor

October 7, 1943 - January 6, 2016

Raymond V. "Ray" Taylor, 72, of Godfrey, IL, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born on October 7, 1943 in Granite City, IL, to the late Virgil and Anna Mae (Scott) Taylor. He was the owner and operator of Raymond V. Taylor Insurance along with his wife, Janet. He enjoyed fishing, riding his bike, camping, traveling, and spending time at Disney World. He...
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William S. Vallely

June 6, 1942 - January 6, 2016

William Sterling "Bill" Vallely, 73, peacefully passed away at his home with his wife and family at his side on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. He was born on June 6, 1942, in St. Louis, MO to the late Clarence & Dorothy Vallely. He served in the Army from 1959 to 1962. Bill graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from Southern Illinois University and earned his master's degree in...
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Charles William Flotow

June 6, 1936 - December 29, 2015

Charles William "Chuck" Flotow, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at his home. He was born June 6, 1936 in Fort Wayne to the late Arthur and Mary (Minier) Flotow. He retired after 30 years from the forging shop at International Harvester and then worked at Pro Techs for 15 years. He was a member of the Eagles #248 and enjoyed woodworking and crafts. He played and watched...
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Kostas Rongos

February 17, 1932 - December 16, 2015

KOSTAS RONGOS, 83, of Fort Wayne, died in peace on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2015, at his home. Born Feb. 17, 1932, in Poly-keraso, Greece, he was a son of the late Dimitri and Thomai Rongos. He moved to the U.S.A. in 1966 with his wife Vasiliki (Milosis) and children for a better life for them. He was a loving husband and a super dad and grandfather. He is survived by his son, Paul (Renee) Rongos;...
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Linda S. Collins

April 21, 1951 - December 13, 2015

Linda S. Collins, 64, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Parkview Hospital. She was born April 21, 2015 in Fort Wayne to the late James and Erma (Fern) Parks. She retired from working in retail. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Kinney; son, Tim Collins; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Paul Collins. A graveside service will be...
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Dimitrius Michael Kaplanis

January 13, 1994 - December 6, 2015

Dimitrius Michael Kaplanis, 21, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Born on January 13, 1994, he was a graduate and wrestler of Wawasee High School. Dimitri was an exceptional student and a defensive lineman at the University of Saint Francis where he studied Business Administration. Dimitri will always be remembered as "the light" in the family that always shined so bright;...
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Ralph Marvin Warner

December 5, 1951 - December 4, 2015

Ralph Marvin Warner, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born December 5,1951 in Cuba, NY. He worked as Superintendent at Wired Communications. He was a member at SW Conservation Club and enjoyed fishing along with most outdoor nature activities. He was also a NASCAR and Green Bay Packers Fan. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Warner of Fort Wayne;...
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William Raymond Harter

January 14, 1925 - November 27, 2015

William R. "Bill" Harter, 90, of Fort Wayne gently passed in to the arms of his maker Friday, November 27, 2015. He was born on January 14, 1925 in Evansville, Indiana. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II where he served as a Fire Controlman First Class, in the U. S. Navy. He served aboard the U. S. S. Franks DD-554. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal...
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Steven Ochoa

June 8, 1959 - November 12, 2015


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Steven Michael Ochoa

June 8, 1959 - November 12, 2015

Steven Michael Ochoa, 56, passed away, November 12, 2015. Steven was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, born, June 8, 1959. He was the son of the late Panfilo and Margaret (Wilhelm) Ochoa. Surviving are his sister, Gloria Brooks and his step-sister Elizabeth Stoodley. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and friends. A graveside service will take place Friday, November 20, 2015 at...
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Paulette J. Maroney

March 3, 1944 - November 8, 2015

Paulette J. Maroney, 71, of New Haven passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was born on March 3, 1944 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Paul and Marie (Hatch) Galbreath. She worked at Meadowbrook School in the cafeteria for 18 years. She was a member of Curves. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, reading, gardening, and playing with her Yorkies. She...
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Shirley A. VonDerau

June 15, 1949 - November 7, 2015

Shirley A. VonDerau, 66, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at her home. She was born June 15, 1949 in Fort Wayne to the late William and Leona (Geiger) Uptgraft. She retired from ChromaSource. Surviving are her children, Tim (Missy) Hall of Fort Wayne, Dawn Hall of Georgia, Melissa Tigner and Jennifer Kelsey, both of Fort Wayne; step children, Tammy (Russell) Burtose of Fort...
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Judith Lothamer

October 30, 1940 - November 1, 2015

Our Father who art in Heaven,Hallowed by Thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be doneOn earth as it is in Heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,And forgive us our trespasses,As we forgive those who trespass against us,And lead us not into temptation,But deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
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Helen Addington

February 1, 1922 - October 12, 2015


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Kathleen E. Hope

March 1, 1951 - October 6, 2015

Kathleen E. Hope, 64, of New Haven, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 1, 1951 in Fort Wayne to the late Lester C. and Zora V. (Hampton) Mills. She worked at the Columbia City Walmart and retired in June 2015. Surviving are her children, Charity Hope and Franklyn Hope, both of New Haven; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Hope and Alexis Hope; sister, Joan Martony; and...
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Evelyn June Hamilton

March 12, 1938 - September 29, 2015

Evelyn June Hamilton, 77, of Fort Wayne passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015. She was born on March 12, 1938 to the late Carl Gause and Evelyn (Selph) Gutman. She worked as an office manager at K-Mart distribution and at United Art & Education after retirement. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Fort Wayne and most recently was attending Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort...
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Sharon Katherine Coe

October 25, 1955 - September 28, 2015


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Arthur Shull

February 25, 1933 - September 26, 2015

Arthur "Art" Shull, Jr., 82, of Fort Wayne passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015. He was born on February 25, 1933 in Fort Wayne to the late Arthur William and Martha (Heath) Shull. He worked for the Fort Wayne Police Department in a number of divisions, but retired as a Sergeant with the Bureau of Identification. He was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. He also held...
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Rita Rae Parker

June 20, 1943 - September 23, 2015

Rita R. Parker, 72, passed away Wednesday Sept. 23, 2015. She was a home maker.Surviving are her husband Richard; sons Sam and Paul Parker; brother Allen Felt and 2 grandchildren. Services will be 2pm Sunday Sept. 27, 2015 with visitation one hour prior at Greenlawn Funeral Home 6750 Covington Rd. Visitation will also be 3-7 Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
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Thelma Louise Raczy

April 2, 1976 - September 21, 2015

THELMA LOUISE RACZY, 39, of Huntertown, passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at her home. She was born April 2, 1976, in East Chicago, Ind. "She touched the hearts of everyone that she met." Surviving are her sisters, Jennifer (Jake) Cowan of Huntertown and Mary Beth Bikfasy of New Castle, Ind.; nephews, Tommy, Michael, Chris, and Isaiah Bryant; niece, Madison Cowan; and many loving...
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Richard E. Block

November 30, 1925 - September 19, 2015

Richard E. "Dick" Block, 89, of Fort Wayne was born November 30, 1925 in Aurora, Indiana, to the late Horace and Maude Mae (Ward) Block. He graduated from Aurora High School during his seventh semester in December 1943. Dick enlisted in the U. S. Navy in January of 1944 and was assigned to Naval Radio/Radar Institute at Northwestern University after recruit training. After completion...
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Douglas George Rockne Knuth

August 4, 1931 - September 15, 2015

Douglas George Rockne Knuth, 84, passed away on September 15. Rockne was born in 1931 to Charlotte (Cavil) and Arthur Knuth in De Pere, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1954 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He played the drums in the Marching Band at Wisconsin and had a life-long love of music, playing many instruments including the piano, dulcimer,...
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Patricia Ann Baker

February 21, 1947 - September 10, 2015

Patricia A. Baker, 68, passed away Thursday Sept. 10, 2015. She was born in Fort Wayne to the late Joseph and Lucy Frantz.Surviving are her husband Robert R. Baker; daughters Patricia (Brad) Scher, Annette Fox and Tami Gloy; sons Kenneth (Linda) Baker and Danny (Debbie) Baker; sister Jane Knafel; brothers John Frantz and Philip Frantz; Godchildren Hope Parish and Bridget Frantz; 15 grandchildren...
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Ardis R. Lunz

July 26, 1919 - September 8, 2015

ARDIS R. LUNZ, 96, of Fort Wayne, died in peace on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Born on July 26, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Selma Trzynka. Ardis is survived by her sons, Victor Lunz and Larry (Mary) Lunz; sister, Marilyn Kimmel; brothers, James Trzynka and Eugene Trzynka; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 51 years,...
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Paulette Kay Orr

March 15, 1947 - September 5, 2015


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Naum L. Bircheff

May 13, 1923 - August 28, 2015

Naum L. Bircheff, 92, of Fort Wayne passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at Brookdale Fort Wayne Assisted Living Center. He was born May 13, 1923 in Fort Wayne to the late Marco and Dota (Nickoff) Bircheff. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII on P. T. 109 in the Pacific, Italy and the Mediterranean. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and worked in automotive sales as owner and...
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Joseph Lee Brooks

February 6, 1938 - August 26, 2015

Joseph Lee Brooks, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the VA Regional Medical Center. He was born February 6, 1938 in Louisville, KY to the late Joseph and Leona (Schenkenfelder) Brooks. He worked as a supervisor for Valspar Paint Company, retiring after 40 years. He was a member of Harvest Fellowship and Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He served his country proudly in...
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Donna K. Koehl

August 22, 1938 - August 16, 2015

Donna K. Koehl, 76, passed away August 16, 2015 at University Park Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born August 22, 1938 in Fort Wayne to the late Charles and Gertrude (Delanbaugh) Baumgartner. In addition to working as a homemaker, she had worked at many different retails stores, working at the Parkview Hospital Gift Shop prior to retiring . She was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic...
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A. James Stein

August 10, 1928 - August 4, 2015

A. James "Jim" Stein, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Coventry Meadows surrounded by family. Born in Fort Wayne in 1928, Jim was a graduate of South Side High School where he excelled in track and field and football. Jim went all the way to State as a long jumper. He married Lee DeWitt, his high school sweetheart, and joined HWI - Do It Best Corp in 1957. He started the...
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