Our Obituaries

Buryl Dean Sauer

November 25, 1929 - March 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Guy Kenneth WAGGONER

July 23, 1930 - March 20, 2017

Guy Waggoner., 86 of Fort Wayne, IN. Died on Monday, March 20, 2017. He was born to the late Frank and Tillie Waggoner in Fort Wayne. He is survived by his wife Barbara Rhoades; sons Guy Waggoner and Kenneth Alan Waggoner; daughters Ruth Baysinger, Amal Marie Waggoner, Yolanda Jane Holt, and Margo Irene Waggoner; sister Eleanor Waggoner; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Arrangements by...
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A. David Klein

August 17, 1926 - February 22, 2017

A. DAVID KLEIN, 90, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, February 22, 2017. Born in Wabasha, MN, he was a son of the late Adam W. and Nellie L. Klein. He retired from Yaste, Zent, & Rye Financial Services as an independent insurance agent. He served in the Navy during World War II and attended St. Thomas College. Dave enjoyed family, friends, singing, and attending daily Mass. Surviving are his...
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Rita S. Grashaw

October 27, 1926 - February 21, 2017

RITA M. GRASHAW (NEE SMITH), 90, beloved wife of the late Walter; loving mother of Patricia Lynn Greve (husband Rev. Paul), Suzanne Rullman (husband Thomas) and the late Christine Kuhn; devoted grandmother of Lauren Greve, CPT Eric Rullman USMC, CPT Ryan Rullman USMC (wife Nicole), Anthony Kuhn, and Petty Officer 2d Class Nicholas Kuhn USN, (wife Jessica) and great-grandmother of Aiden; aunt of...
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Kenneth Eugene Languell

December 31, 1935 - February 19, 2017

KENNETH E. LANGUELL, 81, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday, Feb 19, 2017, 12:15 PM at home while in Hospice care. Born December 31, 1935, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Ray Sr. and Helen Languell. He retired after 30 years of service from the City of Fort Wayne's Police Garage working as a mechanic. He was a life-long member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. His hobbies included working on automobiles,...
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Ruth Ann McCormick

March 23, 1935 - January 26, 2017

RUTHANN McCORMICK (SCHUHLER), 81, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at home surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave., with calling one hour prior, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Dale McCormick.
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David Keith Doenges

November 16, 1928 - January 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Charles Eckman

January 3, 1921 - January 15, 2017

CHARLES ECKMAN JR., 96, died Sunday, January 15, 2017, at The Towne House Retirement Community. Born January 3, 1921, in Andrews, IN, he was the son of Charles Emery and Jennie Margaret (Slagal) Eckman. He graduated from Andrews High School and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in physics at Manchester College (now Manchester...
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Doris Ellen Williams

July 21, 1922 - January 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Doris Ellen Williams

July 21, 1922 - January 12, 2017

DORIS ELLEN WILLIAMS, 94 of Talbott, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Clarence Shull and Edna (Shull) Carr. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Wisniewski; and three grandchildren, John, Andrew and Eric Wisniewski also of Tennessee. She has three great-grandchildren, Elijah, Callasandra and Lillyan Wisniewski. Doris was...
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Judith Ann Bell

September 2, 1945 - January 8, 2017

Judith A. Bell, 71, passed away Sunday Jan., 8, 2017. She retired from Parkview Hospital. She is survived by her husband Steve Bell. Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, 207 W Rice St, Continental, Ohio, with visitation one hour prior.Preferred memorials are to Research for Mental Illness, American Heart Assn., or the Alzheimer Association.
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Nancy Jane Griffin

June 22, 1935 - January 7, 2017

NANCY JANE (WHITE) GRIFFIN, 81, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Indianapolis, IN. Born June 22, 1935, in Battle Creek, MI and lived most of her life in Fort Wayne. As a child, she loved touring the Kellogg's Cereal Factory with her siblings and eating the special treat. She spent time traveling to England and Hawaii after retiring from General Electric, Taylor Street, where she...
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Jerry Eugene Snyder

April 9, 1936 - January 5, 2017

JERRY EUGENE SNYDER, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at Canterbury Nursing Home surrounded by his family. Jerry loved many things, Notre Dame Football, Golf, his wife Amaryllis of 62 years, his four children, Tammy (Dennis), Steven (Cindy), Stephanie (Brian), and Christopher; his grandchildren, Dustin (Kylie), Daisha, Corey (Elena), Austin, Jeisson, Erika, and Egiber. Great grandchildren Ty, Emersyn,...
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Phyllis J. Wolfe

October 26, 1927 - January 1, 2017

PHYLLIS J. WOLFE, 89, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Vancrest of Delphos Nursing Home. Born October 26, 1927, in Muncie, IN, she was a daughter of the late Ray and Ida (Hiatt) Goodman. She was a homemaker and member of United Faith Presbyterian Church. She was an avid reader, a wicked bridge player, who enjoyed her family and friends and adored her grandchildren. Surviving are...
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Timothy Martin Craw

October 13, 1967 - December 29, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Charles Arnott Cleveland

December 14, 1924 - December 23, 2016

CHARLES CLEVELAND, 92, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016, in Fort Wayne. He was born December 14, 1924, in Plymouth, Indiana, to Josephine and Arthur Cleveland. He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran, and worked in distribution management for Campbell's Soup Company. "Chuck" was an avid IU fan and enjoyed golf and bridge. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal...
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Donald M. Cassaday

April 16, 1922 - December 22, 2016

DONALD M. CASSADAY, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, December 22, 2016, at Hospice Home. Born April 16, 1922, in Montcalm, Michigan, he was a son of the late Bertha (Smith) and Earl J. Cassaday. He served in the Army and was a factory worker at Fruehauf. He was a member of the American Legion Post 241. Surviving are his three sons, Pat (Lourena) Cassaday, Donald Cassaday Jr. and Floyd...
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Clifford Falls

December 5, 1928 - December 7, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Betty June Eckert

June 24, 1930 - December 2, 2016

Betty June (Burgin) Eckert died December 2, 2016, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home after a brief illness; she was 86. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Augustus Burgin and Anna DeArmond, and son, David. Surviving are daughters Karen (Jon) Stone and Kirsten (Aaron) Eckert-Smith; grandchildren Jason, Robert, Amanda, and David Jr; great-grandchildren Robert, Jayden, and Wyatt. Betty...
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Eileen L. Hakey

March 25, 1943 - November 28, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Doris May Drummond

July 14, 1929 - November 2, 2016

DORIS DRUMMOND, 87, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. She retired from Lincoln National Life Insurance and enjoyed her German Shepherds. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.Surviving are her children, Sheryl (Ron) Grosjean, Keith (Bonnie) Drummond, Ken Drummond, and John (Linda) Drummond; grandchildren, Laura (Jeff) Diver, Sheree ...
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Kathryn Amanda Heasley

April 2, 1918 - October 31, 2016

KATHRYN A. HEASLEY, 98, passed away on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Greenwood, Ind. She was a resident of Greenwood for the last five years, previously residing in Fort Wayne.Survivors include her sister, Mary Susan Foreman; two sons, Richard (Sandra Bryson) Heasley and David (JoAnn) Heasley; three granddaughters, Erin (Sean) Booher, Kathryn (Engenio) Sanchez and Kate (Anthony) Clarvoe; one grandson...
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Oddie Emma Ridley

March 30, 1925 - October 28, 2016

ODDIE EMMA ESSEX RIDLEY, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 28, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Oddie was born March 30, 1925, in Perry County, Marion, Alabama, to Isaac Essex Sr. and Mabel Lillian Harper Essex. There, she was a member of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church and attended Lincoln Normal School. Oddie moved to Fort Wayne in 1946, where she worked as domestic help, laundry...
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Jon Kerwin DOSSEN

September 3, 1957 - October 28, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Francis Eugene Madison

August 15, 1924 - October 22, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Herman Fredrick Zeppering

January 29, 1940 - October 6, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Hilda Elizabeth Bennett

October 23, 1916 - October 5, 2016

Hilda E. Bennett, 99, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. She enjoyed being a homemaker, quilting, gardening, reading and playing games. She was a life long member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She married Charles H. Bennett on October 24, 1938.Surviving are her children Barbarann Gill and William E. (Sue) Bennett; grandchildren Kelly Gill, Hilda Elizabeth (Scott) Hradecky,...
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Marilyn Ann Morthorst

January 25, 1924 - October 4, 2016

Marilyn A. Morthorst, 92, passed away Tuesday Oct. 4, 2016. She was a life-long resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a 1941 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Marilyn was a long-time volunteer at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen, and a member of St. Mary's and St. Patrick's, Arcola. Surviving are her children Tom (Patty), daughter in-law Heidi Harriett (Jerry Morthorst), Ann (Mike) Koontz,...
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Thomas E. Castle

March 25, 1948 - September 29, 2016

THOMAS E. CASTLE, 68, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital after a long battle with Myasthenia Gravis. Born March 25, 1948, he was the son of Hazel and William Castle. He married his wife Cappy on Aug. 9, 1974. They welcomed their daughter Katie in 1980. Tom was a graduate of North Side High School. He served our country in Vietnam and upon his heroic return, began...
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Patricia White Thomson

January 24, 1947 - September 29, 2016

PATRICIA WHITE THOMSON, 69, passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital with her son by her side. Pat was a mother, a career women, a master gardener, and an asset to the communities with which she lived and worked. Born in Boston, Mass., she raised her son on the west coast, forged a prosperous career in both the midwest and on the east coast, and settled in Fort Wayne shortly...
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J. Henry Bux

April 30, 1927 - September 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Robert W. Haller

October 9, 1928 - September 16, 2016

ROBERT W. (BOB) HALLER, 87, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 in Fort Wayne, where he was a life-long resident. Born Oct. 9, 1928, he was a son of the late Harry W. and E. Louise (Spake) Haller. He attended Harrison Hill Elementary School, South Side High School and Indiana University where he obtained his LLB degree in1954. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1948. He served in Korea as a...
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John Henry Bux

April 30, 1927 - September 16, 2016

JOHN HENRY "HANK" BUX, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at 2:20 a.m. at his residence. Born April 30, 1927 in Indianapolis, Ind., he was the son of the late August and Marie (Schnabel) Bux. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Daugherty) Bux of Fort Wayne; daughters, Cheryl (Rob) Wiley of Auburn and Cathy Bux of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren....
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Trudy Johnson

September 6, 1949 - September 9, 2016

Trudy Ann Johnson, 67, of Fort Wayne, died on Friday September 9, 2016. She was born to the late Charles and Mirl Smith on June 1, 1949 in Fort Wayne, IN. She is survived by her daughter Tonya (Shawn) Fisher; son Troy (Ann) Johnson; brothers Bill (Dee) Smith and Pat (Amy) Smith; sister Char (Steve) Hormann, Sally Hanson and Sue Hopkins; sister in-law Linda (Larry) Ballman; mother in-law Margaret...
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Joan A. Monnier

June 24, 1927 - September 9, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Arnold R. HARMEL

July 11, 1935 - August 29, 2016

ARNOLD R. HARMEL, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. He was born July 11, 1935 in Wilton, Wis. to the late Arthur and Margaret (Cook) Harmel. Arnold honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. He retired from General Motors in 1991 after 35 years of service. He was an avid Packers and NASCAR fan.Survivors include his wife, Arlene (Splinter) Harmel of Fort Wayne; sons,...
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Carolyn Ann Moss

May 28, 1942 - August 22, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Julia Marie Shaw

November 11, 1931 - August 21, 2016

Julia Marie Shaw, 84, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Gale and Polly Kinerk. She resided in Fort Wayne until 1980 when she moved to Ball Lake in Hamilton, Indiana, with her beloved husband Don who preceded her in death in 1998. She was a retired school secretary of 31 years. She was a member of the American Legion Aux. Post 467; St. Mark&...
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Katherine Elizabeth Bobilya

March 14, 1924 - July 29, 2016

Katherine (Pruitt) Bobilya, 92, passed away July 29, 2016. She was born in Defiance, Ohio, and was a retired Registered Nurse of 50 years.She is survived by sons Steven (Sharon) Pruitt and Michael (Cheri) Pruitt and grandchildren Katherine (Andrew Welfle) Pruitt, Robert Pruitt, John (Rachel) Pruitt and Bethany Pruitt ; step-sons Eric (Maureen) Bobilya and James (Tonya) Bobilya and siblings...
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Jennifer Anne Tritch

March 8, 1948 - July 27, 2016

JENNIFER A. TRITCH, her spirit was released to the universe on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Fort Wayne. She was born March 8, 1948. She married Daniel L. Tritch on Dec. 30, 1969. Jennifer impacted many lives as an RN, radio show host and small business owner, as well as being a primary homemaker and beloved mother. She is survived by her daughters, Charlotte (Tobin) and Courtney; sons, Jeffrey...
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Phillip Garrison

September 17, 1934 - July 23, 2016

PHILLIP GARRISON, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Hospital.Phil was born Sept. 17, 1934, in Grant County, Indiana but resided in Fort Wayne most of his life. He was a warehouse worker before retiring and an active participant in programs provided by Easter Seals-Arc. He was also a long standing member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He...
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Sharon Elaine Myers

September 9, 1947 - June 20, 2016

SHARON ELAINE MYERS, 68, died on Monday, June 20, 2016. Born Sept. 9, 1947, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Gaynell Stier. She was a homemaker for all of her life as well as a caregiver for her parents and grandchildren. She knew no stranger and always helped anyone in need. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Kenneth Myers; daughter, Jennifer (Tom Jr.) Rauner;...
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Michael Joseph Phillips

July 1, 1959 - June 19, 2016

Michael J. Phillips, 56, of Fort Wayne passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016. He was born on July 1, 1959 in Huntington, a son of the late Gene and Martha (Farkas) Phillips. He attended Huntington North High School. He worked for 20 years as church sexton at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He enjoyed working in his yard and vegetable garden.Surviving family include his significant...
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Peter D. Souder

April 8, 1945 - June 8, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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James Frederick Steele

August 9, 1950 - May 31, 2016

LCDR James F. Steele of Fort Wayne passed quietly in his home on the morning of Tuesday, May 31, 2016. James was born in Chamblee, Georgia, to Norman and Mary Steele. He graduated from Snider High School in 1968 and married the love of his life Vicki L. Steele (Dommer) of New Haven in 1971. He went on to earn his bachelors degree in Biology at Purdue University before joining the U.S. Navy...
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Jacob William Myers

April 9, 2016 - May 24, 2016

Jacob William Myers, born on April 9, 2016,succumbed to complications of prematurityon May 24, 2016.Although small in stature, his personalityand charm were evident.His gazing eyes, curious eyebrows, stubborn grip,and cuddling nuzzles captured our hearts forever.Jacob has received the reward of salvation given himby the grace of God through his redeemer, Jesus.We are thankful that we were blessed...
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Larry M. Brooks

September 21, 1936 - May 20, 2016

LARRY M. BROOKS, 79, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016, at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, Ind. He was born in Huntington, Ind. and graduated from Huntington High School in 1954. When he was younger, Larry worked for Wabash Magnetics and Utrad in Huntington. He retired in 1999 from Food Marketing/Supervalu Inc. after 35 years. He was a member of Arcola United Methodist Church, Masonic Amity Lodge 483...
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Theodore H. Heemstra

February 22, 1928 - May 19, 2016

Theodore H. Heemstra, 88, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, surrounded by his family, at Woodview following his stroke in October 2015. Born February 22, 1928 in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Purdue University with a chemical engineering degree in 1948 and immediately was called to active duty for the US Army in Watertown Arsenal, CT and Korea. He married a fellow Purdue graduate,...
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Norman Ray Binkley

February 2, 1938 - May 9, 2016

NORMAN RAY BINKLEY, of Fort Wayne, died on Monday, May 9, 2016, in Florida.Born Feb. 2, 1938, in Gary, Ind., he was a son of the late Charles Binkley and Natalie (Costo) Binkley. He was the Human Resource Director for Fort Wayne Wire Die for 30+ years.Surviving are two daughters, Susan (Brett) Windsor of Louisburg, N.C. and Karen (Jack) Waters of Leo, Ind.; granddaughter, McKenna Waters; and...
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Laura Alison Reiff

November 11, 1933 - May 9, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Richard G. Frazier

August 5, 1931 - May 7, 2016

THE REVEREND DR. RICHARD G. FRAZIER, 84, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016, at The Towne House Health Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Richard retired from Trinity English Lutheran Church where he spent 43 years. He was assistant pastor and youth minister for 11 years, then served as senior pastor for 32 years. Richard was a graduate of Wittenberg University with a Masters, Sacred...
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Hiram Nally

April 14, 1925 - May 2, 2016

HIRAM H. NALLY, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at Lutheran Hospital.He recently moved back to Fort Wayne from Salem, Indiana, where he had lived for 26 years. Born April 14, 1925, in Little Rock, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Henry and Goldie Nally. He graduated from Indiana University and was a World War II Army veteran. He retired as Vice Chairman of Summit Bank in...
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Tamara Jo Travagiakis

January 26, 1956 - April 30, 2016

TAMARA JO TRAVAGIAKIS, 60, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born Jan. 26, 1956, in Jasper, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late George and Rosalee Travagiakis. She grew up in Arizona, where she attended school and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She moved to Fort Wayne, and was employed by Park Center for 15 years....
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Florence E. Hartman

November 17, 1927 - April 25, 2016

FLORENCE E. HARTMAN, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Sophia Hartman. She is survived by her loving friend and care giver, Karen J. Shirely; caring niece, Deby Cole; nieces, Ruth Ellen Dodd, and Geneva Clancy; and many friends. She was also preceded in death by her four sisters and one brother. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday,...
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Larry L. Dalman

October 1, 1934 - April 22, 2016

LARRY L. DALMAN, 81, died Friday, April 22, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Oct. 1, 1934, in Zanesville, he was the son of the late Virgil Doyle and Alta Caley Dalman.He was a life-long Fort Wayne resident. For over 30 years, he was the "Man Behind the Drum" as a Professional Sales Representative for Huntington Laboratories, Huntington, Ind. Larry was an avid golfer...
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Margie Opliger

January 10, 1927 - April 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Gladys Irene Squires

November 13, 1917 - April 16, 2016

Gladys I. Squires, 98, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 13, 1917, in Whitley County, the daughter of the late Grover and Estella (Shively) Jagger. Gladys was a registered nurse having graduated as valedictorian of her class from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at Lutheran Hospital, a urology doctors' office, and retired from...
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Walter Wayne Bonham,

February 18, 1937 - April 15, 2016

Walter W. Bonham, Jr., passed away surrounded by family on April 15, 2016. He was a resident on Coldwater Lake, Coldwater, MI. He was retired with over 40 years of service from Lincoln National Corporation as Assistant Treasurer and Director of Corporate Cash Management. He was also a board member of the American Red Cross and Mental Health America in Allen County. He was active in the Mizpah...
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Judith A. Bliven

February 11, 1934 - April 6, 2016

JUDITH A. BLIVEN of Fort Wayne, died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born February 11, 1934, in Kokomo, Indiana, Judy lived in Fort Wayne for much of her adult life. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Judy is survived by her children, Brad (Kim) Boyd and Mark (Leanne) Boyd of Fort Wayne, and Anne (David) Norris of Fort Worth, Texas; her sisters Janet ...
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Janice Ruth Kapp

June 7, 1956 - April 3, 2016

Janice Ruth Kapp, 59, passed away April 2, 2016. She was born June 7, 1956 in Fort Wayne, to the late Arthur and Joan Kapp. She loved to garden, she would volunteer her time at the botanical gardens, and would grow the most beautiful flowers. She also enjoyed art, and spent many years as a framer. She would say that she was always adventurous, and loved experiencing new places and meeting new...
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Arthur N. Draudt

July 12, 1956 - March 27, 2016

Arthur Ned Draudt, age 59, passed away on Sunday, March 27, after a long battle with juvenile diabetes. Born July 12th, 1956 in Indianapolis, IN, Arthur moved to Ft. Wayne at age 9. He graduated from South Side High School.After attending IPFW, Arthur entered the tool making trade. He was the founder and owner of AND Tool, Inc. in New Haven.Arthur was especially proud of the 25-plus years he...
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Doris K. Schoelkopf

September 10, 1926 - March 1, 2016

Doris Anna Kline Schoelkopf, 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 1, 2016. She was born to the late Albert Raymond Kline and Annie Johanna Kline in Charleston, S.C. on September 10, 1926. Through out her life with moves and travels her heart always remained with her beloved Charleston and the LowCountry. As a homemaker she was a very loving mother and wife. Music always was a large presence...
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Mary E. Long

August 19, 1947 - February 25, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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James Edwin Feasel

October 3, 1931 - February 23, 2016

James E. Feasel Sr., 84 passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at DuPont Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, IN James graduated from North Side High School and Ball State University. He was also a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He retired as owner/operator of the Airomat Corporation, but still maintained an active role in the business. He was a member of the Waynedale Masonic...
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Rubie Stewart

October 25, 1926 - February 21, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Lois Dinkel

December 4, 1926 - February 14, 2016

Lois Bender Dinkel passed away peacefully on February 14th at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, SC. She was 89. Lois is preceded in death by her husband Edward Dinkel, son Ronald Dinkel, father Oscar Bender, mother Meline Bender (Glusenkamp), sister Helen Weigman, and brothers Wayne Bender and Kenneth Bender.Born on December 4th, 1926, Lois was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, graduating...
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Charlotte V. Randall

May 26, 1921 - February 11, 2016

Charlotte V. Randall, 94, of Elkhart, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Miller's Merry Manor, of Wakarusa. Born on May 26, 1921, in Holland, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Rena (Cramer) Siegers.She retired in 1993 from SEARS, after 25 years of service. She loved shopping and always tried to look her best. She is survived by her...
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Marilyn A. Buchanan

February 27, 1926 - February 8, 2016

MARILYN BUCHANAN, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Born Feb. 27, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Margaret (Gardner) Buchanan. Marilyn spent her days working as a school music teacher. She was very passionate about traveling, having traveled to every continent except Antarctica. She was a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, Area...
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Richard Craig Waikel

October 7, 1948 - February 1, 2016

RICHARD "RICH" C. WAIKEL, 67, of Fort Wayne, died on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at his home. He graduated from South Side High School in 1966, obtained an Associate Degree in Computer Science from IU- DGTS in 1976, and finished his Bachlors of Science in Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1987. He worked as a computer programmer for 40 years, spending the last 12 years...
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Catherine Durkes

May 6, 1936 - February 1, 2016

"The gates of Heaven opened wide; the angels stood there, side by side; a special guest was on her way; the day Kay Durkes went home to stay."Catherine (Kay) Durkes, 79, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2016 at her home in Fort Wayne.Kay was born and raised in Liverpool, England where she met the love of her life, Indiana native Ronald Durkes, in 1955. The couple married in 1958 and moved to...
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Linda Jayneen Smith

June 27, 1941 - January 31, 2016

Linda Jayneen Smith, 74, passed peacefully in the early hours of January 31, 2016. She was the 3rd of 8 children, and a loved member of the community. She was a nurse's assistant at Cameron Hospital for a number of years, volunteered at the local bingo hall, and was a valued and loved Moose Member as well. Her personality and spunk could light up a room; she was never seen without a smile on her...
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Hilda Wiehe

May 23, 1912 - January 27, 2016

HILDA WIEHE 103, a lifelong resident of Ft. Wayne, died January 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. Hilda was born May 23, 1912 to Ernst and Bertha Kruse. She grew up on a farm near Arcola and attended Emmaus Lutheran School and The Lutheran Institute, from which she graduated in 1928. She worked at Wayne Hardware during the 1930's and subsequently with her husband in the family business.In 1935, she...
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Susanne M. Wisniewski

June 21, 1926 - January 26, 2016

SUSANNE "SUSIE" WISNIEWSKI 89, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Parkview Hospital. Born in New Bavaria, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Frances Wilhelm. Susie loved to play the accordian and guitar and she delighted in growing flowers of all kinds.She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; six brothers, Roy, Ruell, Cletus, Jerome, Sylvester and...
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Carol Marie Thomas

December 14, 1931 - January 18, 2016

CAROL MARIE THOMAS, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Lutheran Life Villages, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 14, 1931, in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Emil and Clara (Gatzka) Ruprecht. Carol married the late Ronald Thomas on Sept. 5, 1951, in Iron River, Mich. "She devoted her life to caring for her family and others." She moved from...
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William Barker Rondot

June 27, 1918 - January 16, 2016

WILLIAM BARKER RONDOT, 97, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Covington Manor. Born June 27, 1918, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late William and Gladys (Barker) Rondot. William proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was the owner of Rondot Heating & Air Conditioning for over 40 years. He opened and organized the Heating & Air Conditioning...
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John Henry Lyon

May 1, 1920 - January 16, 2016

John H. Lyon, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on January 16, 2016. Born on May 1, 1920, on Bryan Hill, near Emporium, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Emporium High School, Emporium, Pennsylvania in 1938. John resided in Fort Wayne, for 77 years before going to Heaven on January 16, 2016. He is survived by his daughter Linda (Harold) Spenn; grandson, Michael and one brother. He was preceded in...
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Betty June Waters

June 21, 1923 - January 12, 2016


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Marilyn M. Newman

October 25, 1929 - January 11, 2016

Marilyn Newman aged 86, born in Fort Wayne, died at her home in Wolcottville, Indiana on Saturday, January 9.She was the daughter of Lowell and Fern Newman and grew up in Fort Wayne while spending summers at the family farm in Wolcottville. She was a member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, The Fort Wayne Country Club and Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi. One of her fondest jobs was bringing theater...
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Sheila A. Boseker

November 23, 1947 - December 27, 2015

Sheila A. Boseker, 68, passed away December 27, 2015 at Lutheran Life Villages. Born November 23, 1947 in Fort Wayne, IN, she was a resident of Bethesda Lutheran Home for over 45 years living in Watertown, WI, and various group homes in the Joliet, Ill. area. She relocated to Ft. Wayne in 2008. She inspired her father, Arthur F. Boseker, to found and also serve as the first president of Easter...
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Donald Lee Beitz

May 11, 1932 - December 14, 2015

Donald Lee Beitz, 83, passed away at home on Dec. 14, 2015 surrounded by his wife and family.Born on May 11, 1932 in Ft. Wayne, IN he attended Emmanuel Lutheran School and Elmhurst H.S. class of 1950. He served in the US Army, stationed in Germany. A 1961 graduate of the mechanical engineering program at Purdue, Don was the owner and sole employee of LeeLine Machine after employment with General...
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Arthur W. Larson

April 8, 1917 - November 28, 2015


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Arthur William Larson

April 8, 1917 - November 28, 2015

ARTHUR LARSON, 98, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. He was born April 8, 1917, a son of Andrew and Anna Parson Larson. Arthur attended a one room country school house for grades first through eighth grade and then high school in Newman Grove, Neb. He became the valedictorian of his high school graduating class of 1934. He worked his way through college, graduating from the University of...
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Lowell W. Miles

July 15, 1925 - November 26, 2015


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Robert G. Beaubien

January 24, 1940 - November 23, 2015

Robert "Bob" Beaubien, 75, of Churubusco, Indiana and formerly of Grosse Ile, Michigan, passed away suddenly on November 23, 2015. Born January 24, 1940, he was the son of the late Lance and Alma Beaubien from Wyandotte and Grosse Ile.Surviving are his wife, Jean (Hayward) Beaubien, and his loving children, Eric (Becky) Beaubien, Lisa (Tim) Konger and grandchildren Renee and Kristen Beaubien,...
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Richard Harry Eykholt

October 14, 1928 - November 11, 2015

October 14, 1928 - November 11, 2015Richard Harry Anthony Eykholt (87), of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday with his family by his side. Richard (Dick) was born October 14, 1928 in Waukegan, IL and was the son of Hendrikus "Harry" Eykholt and Margaret Frances Dougherty Eykholt. Richard's father was the owner of several bakeries, including the Dutch Maid Bakery in Goshen, IN.Dick attended...
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Paul E. Shaffer

August 3, 1926 - November 8, 2015

Paul E. Shaffer, 89, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Towne House Health Center. He was born August 3, 1926 on a farm near Rockford, Ohio and was the son of Randall J. and Zelah V. (Alspaugh) Shaffer. He was a graduate of Rockford High School in the class of 1944. On June 24, 1951 he married Dorothy L. Schumm and had two daughters Paula K. (J. Michael) McCallister and Patti L....
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Beresford N. Clarke

December 21, 1923 - October 23, 2015

BERESFORD N. CLARKE, 91, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. He was a combat rifleman in the 26th "Yankee" Infantry Division of the 3rd US Army, and a graduate of Purdue University. He was co-founder of Metallurgical Processing, Inc. for 25 years and was the founder and owner of MPI Furnace Company. He was a registered professional engineer, a member Quest Club, a lifetime member of the...
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Linda J. Haman

September 27, 1944 - October 12, 2015


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Linda J. Haman

September 27, 1944 - October 12, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Alice M. Robart

December 12, 1930 - October 8, 2015

ALICE M. ROBART, 84, went home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, head of the Altar Guild, Tri Kappa and Women's Reading Club. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Max; children, Mark (Debbie) Robart, Susan Robart, Diane (Jeff) Taner and Sarah (Dean) Didion; brothers, Carson Grubb and Thomas Grubb; and eight wonderful...
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Ethel Emmi Lee

July 16, 1917 - October 7, 2015

Ethel Emmi Volckmann Lee (98) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Covington Manor Nursing Home. Ethel was born July 16, 1917, in Mt. Vernon, New York. She and Charles M. Lee were married July 31, 1941, in Anniston, AL, while he was serving in the U.S. Army. Together they moved to Fort Wayne in 1954 with their three daughters. Ethel was graduated from Mt. Holyoke College...
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Felipe O. Marquez

February 5, 1930 - September 29, 2015

FELIPE O. MARQUEZ, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. Born Feb. 5, 1930, in Palau Coahuila, Mexico, he later became a naturalized citizen of the United States, as an adult. He retired from Inland Steel, in East Chicago, in 1989 after 34 years of service and then worked and volunteered for the Lake County Sheriff's department after...
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Melvin J. Schueler

September 20, 1926 - September 25, 2015

Melvin J. Schueler, 89, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 at Coventry Meadows, Fort Wayne. Born in Adams County on September 20, 1926. He retired in 1988 from the US Post Office window service. Served in the army during the Korean War. He was Post Commander of the American Legion Post 47 and the color guard and now a member of Post 160. He was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church...
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Pat Pat Meyer

April 23, 1921 - September 21, 2015

L. Pat Meyer also known as Lilias Carmen Oser died Monday, September 21, 2015, at Asbury Care Center, Charlotte, NC, age 94. Born Lilias Carmen Patton, April 23, 1921, Cando,ND, the daughter of Lester Clark and Ethel Elizabeth Schell Patton. A Fort Wayne resident 88 years, she graduated South Side High School and attended Ft. Wayne Business School. December 29, 1941, married Army Staff Sergeant...
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Phyllis K. Shoaff

August 30, 1918 - September 15, 2015

On Sept. 15, Phyllis Marion (Kleiner) Shoaff passed away at the Towne House of Fort Wayne, at the age 97. She was born on Aug. 30, 1918, in Detroit, MI., where she spent her childhood with her family: father, William Edmund Kleiner; mother, Zoah Louise (Schnoor); and sister, Margaret (Burns). Her best early memories were of her summers in Marine City, MI., where she spent time with her Grandpa...
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Gloria Jean Stein

May 26, 1925 - September 8, 2015

Gloria Jean Stein, 90, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sept. 8, 2015. She was born to the late Grover and Edith Miller. She worked many years at General Electric before marrying Victor Stein (deceased in 2008) and raising her two surviving sons Dale of Sherman, TX, and Tim (Karen) of Ft. Wayne. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.She was a devoted...
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Kathryn Irene Harris

September 22, 1926 - September 6, 2015

Kathryn I. Harris, 88, passed away Sept. 6, 2015. She was the owner of Irene's Record and Gift Shop. She is survived by her children Ernest Harris of Ft. Wayne and Sandi Smith of Springfield Missouri; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Internment will be in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home 420 W. Wayne, St.
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Leona M. Branning

February 19, 1926 - September 2, 2015

Leona M. (Hemsoth) Branning, 89, passed away Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015 at Renaissance Village. She was born February 19, 1926 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the late John and Julia (Bradtmiller) Hemsoth. Surviving are her children; Linda L. (Jerry) Lake of Fremont, Indiana, David L. (Amy) Branning, Gene A. (Teresa) Branning, Dale A. (Dawne) Branning, Gary L. (Jill) Branning, Larry W. Branning, all of...
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Otto Richard Meyer

January 4, 1927 - August 30, 2015

OTTO R. MEYER, 88, passed away on Sunday Aug. 30, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Karl and Lena Meyer. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retired truck driver. He married his wife, Martha on June 28, 1947, and she preceded him in death July 7, 2008. He was a member of American Legion Post 47 and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Surviving are his sons, Richard ...
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Dorothy Louise Ehresmann

May 11, 1928 - August 24, 2015

DOROTHY L. EHRESMANN, 87, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Born May 11, 1928, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of late Herman and Louise Lunz. Dorothy graduated from Elmhurst High School, class of 1946. She worked at Fort Wayne City Utilities and then Lutheran Hospital, where she continued volunteering for over 20 years after she retired. She served on the board of Lutheran Health Services...
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