Our Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Moore

December 12, 1920 - December 3, 2017

MARY E. MOORE, 96, was reunited with her husband on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. She was a resident at Lutheran Life Village and was a member of South winds Church of Christ.Surviving are her daughter, Joyce (Dennis) Colbert; two grandchildren, Aaron (Sherry) Colbert and Sara (Eugene) Colbert - Tuttle; four great- grandchildren, Joseph and Jonathon Colbert and Logann and Xander Tuttle; sister, Eula ...
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Terita Diann Breuning

February 17, 1952 - November 10, 2017

Terita Diann Breuning, 65, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017. She was born in Peru, Indiana, and graduated from Peru High School and International Business College. She worked for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Light & Breuning, Inc., and was a homemaker. She co-founded the Crohn's Disease Support Group in 1990 and helped hundreds of people suffering from IBD. Memberships...
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Arlene Leone Christ

November 10, 1931 - November 10, 2017

ARLENE L. CHRIST, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017, at 8:30 p.m. at her residence. Born November 10, 1931, in White County, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Russell E. and Waunita M. Cramer Hendryx. She was a secretary at Maller's-Spirou Enterprises. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa "Terri" Christ, of Fort Wayne; son, Michael (Jana) Christ of Angola, IN;...
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Geraldine Arlyne Mielke

April 17, 1926 - November 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Susan Claire Parks

July 13, 1948 - October 30, 2017

Susan Claire Parks, 69, of Avilla, IN, passed away on October 30, 2017, after a long battle with sarcodosis. She was born to the late Gerald and Nelda (Holcombe) Parks on July 13, 1948. Susan graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1965. She retired in 2015 from Deister Machinery after 41 years of service. Susan is survived by her companion of 38 years, Dave Eckart; daughter, Robin Ritchie of...
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Joyce E. Hambrock

January 2, 1934 - October 25, 2017

Joyce E. Hambrock, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on October 25, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital. She was born on January 2, 1934, in Monroeville, IN, to the late Paul and Mabel (Schlemmer) Lehrman. She was a graduate of the Monroeville High School Class of 1952. Joyce was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church where she also retired as their custodian. Surviving are her children, Sandra ...
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Lee G. Smith

December 14, 1924 - October 24, 2017

Lee G. SMITH, of Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Genesis Healthcare. Born Dec. 14, 1924, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Pauline (Hall) and Arthur Smith. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for Nipsco Gas Co. He is survived by his friend, Cheryl Cashdollar of Fort Wayne. Graveside service is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Klaehn,...
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Jaw They

January 1, 1957 - October 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Joseph P. Specht

March 21, 1935 - October 13, 2017

Joseph P. Specht, 82, died on Friday, October 13, 2017, after an extended illness. Born in Turtle Creek, PA, on March 21, 1935, Joe was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. He worked in home building and commercial construction management before declining health forced his early retirement. Joe first dated his wife, Carol (Blance) Specht, when they were students at Elmhurst High School....
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Cindy King

December 29, 1956 - October 10, 2017

Cynthia "Cindy" Lou King, 60, passed away while surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne and was the daughter of Robert and Joan Hartwig. Cindy worked many years at Slater Steel and most recently at Walmart. She had a memorable smile, enjoyed the Appalachian Mountains and spending time with her cats.Surviving are her mother, Joan Hartwig; son,...
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Betty Rose Greenfield

June 27, 1935 - October 10, 2017

BETTY R. GREENFIELD, 82, went home to her Lord on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was the owner of Tina Swirl and Curl for 50 years. Surviving are her husband, Richard; children Richard Lynn Greenfield, Carrie Jean Squires, Linda Marie Walker, Glenn (Teri) Hazelwood, Nancy (Bill) Harris; brothers, John Baker and Paul Baker; and many grandchildren. Preceeding Betty in death are children Cecil...
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Than Kywe

November 15, 1946 - October 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Esther D. Miller

February 3, 1925 - October 6, 2017

Esther D. Miller, 92, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017. She was born to the late Henry and Dora (Knueppel) Sprehe on February 3, 1925. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Esther was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.Esther is survived by her daughters, Gail Miller, Linda (Bill) Rowlett, and Glenda (Pawnee) Rowe; grandchildren, Tabitha, Tracey (Adam),...
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Marjorie Vivian Leath

July 29, 1923 - October 1, 2017

Marjorie Vivian Leath, 94, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017. She was born on Sunday, July 29, 1923, in Parker City, Randolph County, IN, to the late Archie Virgil and Cora Fern (Moore) Clevenger. Marjorie was one of nine siblings. Her faith was always an important part of her life, and she was a long-time member of Simpson United Methodist Church. She worked at Lutheran...
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Max Eugene Fetters

June 16, 1930 - September 25, 2017

Max Eugene Fetters was surrounded by his family when he passed away on September 25, 2017, in Carmel, Indiana. Max was the first child born to Ralph and Ruby (Goodspeed) Fetters. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 16, 1930. Max was active in the Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He also started a tradition carried on by his younger brothers and sisters of delivering the...
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Byron Paul Nicholson

September 8, 1939 - September 25, 2017

BYRON PAUL NICHOLSON, 78, went to his heavenly home on Monday, September 25, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Adam and Edna Nicholson. He graduated from Lafayette Central High School. He farmed with his father and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Germany. He was a member of Nine Mile United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Janis;...
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Jane Patricia Czech

August 1, 1929 - September 21, 2017

Jane Patricia Czech, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017. She was born to the late Alvin and Gertrude (Love) Melchior. A longtime parishioner of St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, she was a devoted volunteer in the Soup Kitchen and parish. She also was an accomplished seamstress and artist. Her greatest love was her family.Jane is survived by her daughters, Jenny ...
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Joseph Neal Daniel

January 9, 1939 - September 18, 2017

Joseph "Joe" N. Daniel, 78, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 18, 2017. Joe Daniel spent the first 22 years of life growing up in Quincy, MI. He graduated from Quincy High School and earned ten varsity letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was student body president and earned an academic scholarship to Hillsdale College; Hillsdale, MI. While studying at Hillsdale, he...
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Michael L. King

May 26, 1945 - September 11, 2017

Michael "Mike" L. King, 72, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017. Mike was born to the late John King and Florence Harms on May 26, 1945. Mike worked at Slater Steel for 37 years then worked at Wal-Mart for 3 years.Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy; son, Cody (Rachael) King; brothers, Carl (Ellen) King, Greg (Debbie) King, and Steve (Margie) Harms; caregiver and friend, Jackie...
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Linda Ann Shopoff

August 6, 1939 - September 10, 2017

Linda A. Shopoff, 78, passed away at home with her family by her side on Sunday, September 10, 2017. She was born in Van Wert, Ohio, to the late Jack and Dorcas Merris. Linda was retired from Cottage Flowers and Gassfy Wholesale Florist as a floral designer. She was a member of Coventry Baptist Church.Surviving are her husband Carl; children Holly (Doug Eby) Shopoff and Craig (Jennifer)...
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Patricia D. Noel

March 18, 1932 - September 10, 2017

Patricia D. "Pat" (Owens) Noel, 85, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Pat was born on March 18, 1932, to the late Fern W. and Ellen (Springer) Owens. Pat was a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Waynedale. She retired from Lincoln National Life in 1998. Her grandchildren were the love of her life, and she enjoyed...
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William D. Hitzfield

January 8, 1961 - August 29, 2017

William D. Hitzfield, 56, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Born on January 8, 1961, he was the son of the late William Hitzfield and Belanda Carpenter. He was self-employed in the flooring business. He survived by his wife, Starr Hitzfield; daughter, Kristen Hitzfield; son, Michael (Brittany) Hitzfield; and his mother, Belanda. He is also survived by four beautiful...
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Daniel Edward Boyle

February 26, 1933 - August 26, 2017

DANIEL EDWARD BOYLE, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017. Born on February 26, 1933, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Patrick and Bertha Boyle. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Korea. He worked as a truck driver through the Teamsters Union for many years and also drove for G&L and later retired from Penske. Daniel was a...
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Anita E. Busick

August 18, 1929 - August 25, 2017

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

November 1, 1932 - August 25, 2017

DONALD E. GRIMME, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017. Don was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He retired from NIPSCO after 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice; sons, David (Jane), Mark (Mary Ann), and Philip (Tonya) Grimme; grandchildren, John, William, Daniel, Gregory, Michael, Cara, Brandon, and Matthew Grimme; siblings, Donna Hall,...
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Mitsuko Truelove

September 27, 1931 - August 24, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Kingston Diamond Gerber-St. Rose

August 22, 2017 - August 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Grayson Edward Gerber- St. Rose

August 22, 2017 - August 22, 2017

Blessed Little OneAlmighty and most merciful God,who, when children born again ofwater depart from this mortal life,dost forthwith, without any desertof theirs, bestow upon them lifeeverlasting, as we believe thou hastdone to this little child, grant webeseech Thee, that through theintercession of the Blessed VirginMary and of all Thy saints, we mayserve Thee here with pure mindsand be forever...
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Spencer Michal SMITH

January 11, 1997 - August 19, 2017

Spencer Michal "Penny" Smith, 20, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2017. He is survived by his parents, Ron (Kerri) Smith and Angi (Steve) Berger; and brothers, Sam and Marco.Funeral Service will be on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home (6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819) at 5:00 p.m. with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. until...
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Billie F. Rykard

August 27, 1928 - August 9, 2017

BILLIE F. RYKARD, 88, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017. She was born in Kirkmansville, KY, on August 27, 1928. Billie retired from Parkview Memorial Hospital in 1993 after 21 years of service. She served well over 20 years as president of the Belle Vista / Allendale Neighborhood Association and was a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving are her daughters, Beryl Sue (Robert)...
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Mary Standish Dilgard NOLD

January 28, 1931 - August 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Geoffrey Stuart Riske

May 7, 1959 - July 29, 2017

Geoffrey Stuart "Jeff" Riske, 58, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 29, 2017. He was born on May 7, 1959 to the late Roy M. and Ruth P. Riske. Jeff enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. He also enjoyed playing pool and he had a passionate heart for animals. Jeff was able to finish several things off his bucket list.Jeff is survived by his girlfriend, Belinda Romine; children,...
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Alan Lee VerPlanck

May 1, 1950 - July 27, 2017

Alan Lee VerPlanck, born May 1st, 1950, to Orpha and Charles "Chuck" VerPlanck, passed away at home July 27th. He was 67. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife, Victoria, in November of 2016. Together they shared over 42 years of marriage and gave their three children, Carl, Anna, and Zoe a storied childhood. In high school Alan would meet his would be wife, Vicky. ...
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Joann M. Voelker

August 22, 1929 - July 22, 2017

JOANN M. VOELKER, 87, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 peacefully at home. Born in Ossian Ind., she was the twelfth child of Gustav and Annetta Springer. Joann graduated as valedictorian of Ossian High School class of 1947. Kindness and the desire to serve others, is how Joann lived her life. For many years she served as secretary of the Southside Optimist Club. Her children and neighbors...
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Bradley Allen Rathburn

December 11, 1975 - July 19, 2017

Bradley Allen Rathburn, 41, of Berne, IN passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Bradley was nicknamed "Cowboy" by friends and family. You would often see him wearing his black cowboy hat.Bradley is survived by his parents, Larry (Nancy) Rathburn and Audrey Rathburn; sister, Jennifer Huber; and a host of relatives and friends.Services will be held privately with family.Memorial...
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Alphonse Ludwig Scheuerer

September 18, 1934 - July 19, 2017

Alphonse Ludwig "Archie" Scheuerer, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne on September 18, 1934 to the late Ludwig and Bertha Scheuerer. His parents were both born in Germany before coming to the Unites States. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant and was an Armor Tank Mechanic. He was a jack-of-all trades from carpentry to being a...
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Erich John Kennerk

February 14, 1972 - July 16, 2017

Erich J. Kennerk, 45, went home to the Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne and was a graduate of Wayne High School. He also graduated from Newberry College in South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in sports management. He received his master of science degree from Delta State, Mississippi. He was employed by Riddell Sports. He enjoyed fishing, golf, the lake, friends,...
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Antonio Vasquez

July 16, 1964 - July 7, 2017

Antonio "Tony" Vasquez Jr., 52, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born on July 16, 1964, in Fort Wayne to Mary M. Lamb and the late Antonio Vasquez Sr.Tony is survived by his children, Autumn Rose Bowser and Antonio Vasquez III; mother, Mary M. (Larry L.) Lamb; brothers, Ernie Vasquez and Ruben (Juanita) Vasquez Sr.; sisters, Maria M. (Angel) Hernandez, Ana M. ...
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Anyliah Janae Jones

January 10, 2015 - July 6, 2017

Anyliah Janae Jones, 2.5 years of age, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at home. Born January 10, 2015, she was a daughter of Calvin Jones and Ida Goncalves, who survive. Other survivors include siblings, Serenity Rogers-Conwell, Ursula, Rose and Jakarious Goncalves, all of Fort Wayne; and grandparents, Sharon Johnson, Daniel Rogers and Hattie Dunbar, all of Fort Wayne. Also...
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Richard L. Beam

February 16, 1934 - July 6, 2017

RICHARD L. BEAM, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born in Roann, Indiana, in 1934 and graduated from Roann High School. He received an honorable discharge from the Army, then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He received his B.S. from Manchester College in 1958 and M.A. from Ball State University in 1959. He later studied at...
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Sue A. Huffman Morgan

July 23, 1951 - July 3, 2017

SUE A. (HUFFMAN) MORGAN, 65, of Fort Wayne, departed this life Monday, July 3, 2017. She was born on July 23, 1951, in Bluffton, Indiana. She graduated from Huntington North High School class of 1969. She attended Huntington College and then went on to fulfill a life-long career at Lincoln Financial Group where she worked for the past 46 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Matthew...
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Shirley Ann Hamilton

February 7, 1928 - June 25, 2017

Shirley A. Hamilton, 89, of Fort Wayne passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. She is survived by her children, Bruce (Sonya) Hamilton and Barbara Hamilton; and 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale B. Hamilton and daughter, Rebecca Recht.Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home (6424 Winchester Road,...
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Michael Jay Flennery

August 2, 1949 - June 25, 2017

Michael "Mike" Flennery, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Mike is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Jeff Flennery; daughter, Amy Thompson (Ty); and grandson, Mason Thompson. He is also survived by four siblings, Nancy Flennery, Dennis Flennery, Pat Flennery, and Hugh Flennery.Visitation will be on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home...
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Thomas Nicholas Douglas

February 2, 1942 - June 16, 2017

Thomas N. Douglas, 75, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1960 and retired from the Allen County Print Shop after 23 years of service. He enjoyed wood working, spending time with his grandkids and fishing.Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Rita, sons Scott (Tammie) Douglas and Matt (Trisha) Douglas; 11 grandchildren; brothers Gary (Chris) and...
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Venita Roberta Blake

October 3, 1927 - June 13, 2017

Venita Blake, 89, of Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday June 13, 2017. She was born on October 3, 1927 in Metropolis, IL. a daughter of the late John and Venita Stinnett.Surviving are her daughter, Diane (Rich) Dunifon; grandchildren, Chris and CJ; daughter-in-laws, Aubrae and Cecilia; great-grandchildren, Westley, Hazel, Chloe, Violet, Blake and Scarlett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar...
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Ann Elizabeth Yager

February 23, 1948 - June 12, 2017

Ann E. Yager, 69, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017. Born on February 23, 1948 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Margaret A. (Watson) Gallatin. Ann graduated from South Side High School in 1965, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and selected as the DAR Best Citizen. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Elementary...
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Paul J. Nicholls

September 12, 1945 - June 12, 2017

Paul J. Nicholls, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 12th, 2017. He attended Messiah's New Life Tabernacle Church in Avilla and his home based fellowship Fort Wayne Torah Keepers. Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from I.U. with multiple degrees and with a BSN from the University of New York. Paul enjoyed riding his Harley and loved his dogs, Harli and Daphani.He is survived...
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Arthur Carl Keck

July 20, 1931 - June 10, 2017

Arthur Carl Keck, 85, of Fort Wayne died Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Kingston Residence. A native of Alhambra, CA, Art was a graduate of Maple Heights High School, Maple Heights, OH, and of Valparaiso University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked 44 years as a design engineer for Jack & Heintz, Bendix, Bowmar, and GE and was awarded 13 patents...
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Vincent D. Muntzinger

July 19, 1920 - June 6, 2017

Vincent D. Muntzinger, 96, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on June 6, 2017. He was born on July 19, 1920 in Convoy, OH to the late Arthur and Alma (Ohlendorf) Muntzinger. Vincent graduated from Convoy High School and attended Purdue Tech School and International Business College. He worked for 45 years for Essex Wire and United Tech. He served 3 ½ years in WWII as Master Sergeant Chief Check....
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Max Laverne Anthony

November 4, 1938 - May 28, 2017

MAX L. ANTHONY, 78, went home to the Lord Sunday, May 28, 2017. Born Nov. 4, 1938, in Marion, Ind., where he was raised with his brother and two sisters by his mother on the family farm. He entered the Air Force in 1956. He served eight years active duty in the states, Okinawa, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the Air National Guard after serving 37 years. His...
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Amelia Auman

July 28, 1917 - May 27, 2017

AMELIA AUMAN, 99, of Fort Wayne, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Lutheran Life Villages. Born July 28, 1917, in Fort Wayne, IN. She was the daughter of Henry and Emilie (Shurr) Hugenell. She was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, and a volunteer of over 30 years at Lutheran Hospital. Survivors include sons, Richard Auman of Tucson and David Auman of Fort Wayne; daughter, Carol Auman-Bemis of...
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Thomas L. Bueter

June 1, 1931 - May 22, 2017

THOMAS L. BUETER, 85, peacefully passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 surrounded by his family. A life-long resident of Fort Wayne, he graduated from Central Catholic High School and Xavier University and attended St. Louis University. After working at General Electric for 38 years as a chemical engineer, he volunteered in his retirement for Matthew 25 and St. Vincent de Paul. He was a member of the...
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Jeanette Lelja

May 13, 1923 - May 18, 2017

Jeanette Lelja, 94, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on May 18, 2017. She was born in Hicksville, OH on May 13, 1923 to the late Albert and Celeste Chester. She graduated from Garrett High School in 1941. Jeanette married Wayne Lelja in 1947 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. Throughout her life her worked at the Allen County Recorder's Office, Gas's Dress Shop, and Sears. She was a...
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Karl Joseph Klingler

March 28, 1919 - May 17, 2017

Karl Joseph Klingler, Jr., 98, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Karl and Daisy Klingler. Karl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. He then learned the watch repair trade from his father in 1938, and continued his trade as owner of Klingler Jewelers. He retired in...
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Nancy Jane Butler

July 11, 1940 - May 14, 2017

NANCY J. BUTLER, 76, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Mary Keck.Nancy retired from Parkview Hospital in 2002 after 25 years service in the finance department.Surviving are her husband, Danny; children, Roberta (James) Sexton and Paul (April) Gumbert, Beverly Zuber, Greg Butler, Scott Butler,and Steve Butler; grandchildren and great...
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Kathleen Fuhrman

October 8, 1927 - May 12, 2017

Kathleen Fuhrman, 89, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on May 12, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Edward Fuhrman; children, Marla (Jeff) Sherfick and Keith Beeching; step-children, Tim Fuhrman, Cheryl (Dan) Porter, Beth (Jeff) Schoel, and Christine Biltz; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Beeching.Her...
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Angelita Z. VALADEZ

August 16, 1929 - May 6, 2017

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

July 1, 1944 - May 4, 2017

Father Richard Hire, 72, of Syracuse, died on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 1:05 p.m., at his residence. Born July 1, 1944, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Richard and Lucille A. (Ueber) Hire. He was a Catholic priest. Surviving are his sisters, Pamela (Skip) Sandels of Fort Wayne and Dr. Cheryl (Gary) Putnam of Tucson, AZ; James (Maricela) Hire of Herford, AZ; sister, Dr. Mary Lou Hire of...
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Steve Tibor Nagy

November 13, 1941 - May 2, 2017

Steve Tibor Nagy, 75, passed away Tuesday May 2, 2017, peacefully at home. He is preceded in death by his parents Maria (Molnar) Blasko and Joseph Blasko. Steve was born in Hajduboszormeny, Hungary. He and his mother were forced to flee Hungary after the Revolution of 1956. They then lived in a displaced persons camp in Austria until coming to Fort Wayne as refugees in 1959. Steve learned English...
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Margareta Marie Slogar

July 8, 1928 - April 28, 2017

MARGARETA MARIE SLOGAR, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Covington Meadows Nursing Home at 11:21 a.m. Born July 8, 1928, in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Paul W. and Margareta Zunner Lichtenberg. She was a librarian. Survivors are sons, Raymond J. Slogar Jr. of Columbus, OH, Joseph Slogar of Schofield, WI, and Richard Slogar of Mountainview, CA; daughter,...
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Jean Erskine Anthony

August 8, 1940 - April 25, 2017

JEAN E. ANTHONY, 76, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Born August 8, 1940, in New York City, she was raised by her grandparents in Richmond, VA. In 1956, she moved to Marion, IN, and graduated from Marion High School in 1959.Jean's creative talents landed her in Fort Wayne where she began a career in Advertising for some 30 years. In the 1980's, she became Advertising...
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Ruth Hulda Lillian Jordan

August 18, 1940 - April 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Mildred L. Franke

November 6, 1922 - April 14, 2017

Mildred (Keltsch) Franke, 94, of Fort Wayne passed away surrounded by her family on April 14, 2017. Mildred was born on November 6, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Ida Keltsch. Mildred was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She worked at Fort Wayne Ice Delivery and Protective Electric. She married Robert "Bob" Franke and spent 69 years together. Mildred was a proud...
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Roberta Joann Mattax

April 28, 1930 - April 13, 2017

Roberta "Bobbie" Joann Mattax, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 13, 2017. Bobbie volunteered for the Genealogy Department at the Allen Co. Library, Carewear, Crochet Club/ Festival of Trees, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, PTA, leader of Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. She retired after 28 years from Fort Wayne Community Schools. Bobbie was preceded in death by...
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Sam Stanford Hall

January 4, 1949 - April 8, 2017

SAM "TEX" HALL, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The summation of such an extravagant life is difficult in 300 or so words, but here goes Sam liked to work and when he wasn't working, he might have been doing something at work. He enjoyed the finer things in life like Miller High Life, a fine fifty-cent cigar, and braun-schweiger if he was really feeling...
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Cynthia A. Becker

September 1, 1946 - April 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Michael Allen Stiffler

May 7, 1953 - April 6, 2017

Michael Allen Stiffler, 63, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on April 6, 2017. He enjoyed gardening, golf, baseball and football. Michael was employed by his father's business, C.D. Stiffler Plastering and Drywalling of Fort Wayne. Michael was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on May 7, 1953, to Vera Patricia Stiffler and the late C.D. Stiffler.Along with his mother, Michael is survived by his wife of 36...
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Jonathon George Ember

June 13, 1945 - April 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Kelly Sue Anderson

March 2, 1975 - April 3, 2017

Kelly Sue Anderson, 42, of Huntington, passed away on April 3, 2017. Born on March 2, 1975, in Indianapolis; she was a 1994 graduate of New Haven High School. She was a resident and a member of the Pathfinders Services family in Huntington for over 22 years. She is survived by her father William (Diane) Anderson; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her...
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Alexandra Wisnioch

November 12, 1921 - March 29, 2017

Alexandra Wisnioch, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 29, 2017. She was born in the Ukraine on November 12, 1921. She was a homemaker all her life. Alexandra is survived by her children, Ann (David Sr.) Lynch, Lydia Sample, and Mike (Cheryl) Wisnioch; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-granchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Piotr Wisnioch, and her son, Joseph Wisnioch. Visitation...
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Robert E. DOELLING

December 6, 1927 - March 23, 2017

Robert E. "Bob" Doelling Sr., 89, of Fort Wayne, Ind. died Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was the son of the late Ernest H. and Anna B. Doelling. He graduated from North Side High School in 1946 and then attended Purdue Extension in Fort Wayne. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the early stages of the war with the Third Infantry Division from 1950 through 1952. Returning from the...
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Barbara Jean Rysman

September 7, 1938 - March 23, 2017

Barbara Jean Rysman, 78, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday March 23, 2017. She was born to the late Anthony and Cecilia Miskowski on September 7, 1938 in Duluth MN. She is survived by her loving husband Duane Rysman of 62 years; daughters Lorrie (Kerry) Cayot, Vicki (Phil) Fike and Valerie (Bill) Fairbanks; sons Alan Rysman and Eric Rysman; sister Janice Slaviero; 8 grandchildren and 6 great...
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Marceil V. Kimmel

May 27, 1945 - March 22, 2017

Marceil "Marsha" Kimmel, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Born May 25, 1945 in Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Fritz and Pearl (Ditmars) Fritz. She was lead operator in the machine shop at Wayne Combustion Systems for 45 years, retiring in 2016. She was a member of Moose Lodge 1700, New Haven...
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Edwin Richard Hall

March 27, 1926 - March 20, 2017

Edwin Richard Hall, 90, passed away peacefully at the Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home on March 20, 2017. He was born in Chicago IL. He graduated from Elmhurst High School and joined the Navy at 17 years. Serving in the Pacific area during W.W. ll. He was a Field-Superintendent and Estimating Engineer for over 50 years in the sheet metal trade. He was an avid golfer, made golf clubs for family...
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William Oswald Stamm

October 21, 1926 - March 19, 2017

William O. Stamm, 90, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Lakeland Nursing Home in Angola. He was born in Columbia City, and was theson of the late Rev. O.A. and Ottilie E. (Mannerow) Stamm. After graduating from Columbia City High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army and servedduring WWII. He then graduated from Eastman School of Music and went on to teach music in the Minneapolis, Minn., school...
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George Arthur Marquart

March 31, 1951 - March 18, 2017

George Arthur Marquart, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 345p.m. at Coventry Meadows. Born March 31, 1951 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the son of the late Warren G. Marquart and Ruth E. Barnett. He was a construction carpenter working in the housing market. He was a member of the Valley 8 Ball Pool Leagues and past member of Southwest Conservation Club. Survivors include: daughter,...
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Laura A. Rundio

October 31, 1919 - March 18, 2017

Laura Adelle (Shedd) Rundio, 97, died on March 18, 2017, in Huntington, IN, surrounded by loved ones. Born in 1919 in Galesburg, MI, she graduated from Galesburg High School in 1937 and Western State Teachers College in Kalamazoo, MI, in June 1941. Mrs. Rundio went on to teach business classes at Oak Hill High School, Converse, IN, while partnering with her husband, Wesley Rundio, who owned...
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Adele Ann Strubel

June 17, 1940 - March 12, 2017

Adele Ann Strubel passed away March 12, 2017, in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she grew up in Brooklyn and Centerport where she had a love of art and family. She met the love of her life, Edward, on the ice of the Mill Pond 54 years ago. After a short courtship they were married and moved to Florida. Having graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in art education, she taught...
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Krishna A. Gupta

June 28, 1936 - March 12, 2017

Krishna Gupta, 80, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017. Born in Dibai, India, she emigrated to the United States in 1968 to join her husband initially in Erie, PA, and then for the last 22 years in Ft. Wayne. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bhagwati; her three children, Nilakshi, Nishi, and Samir; her brother, Rama Shankar; her sister, Indu; and her four...
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Mary Anna Martin Wyall

January 24, 1922 - March 9, 2017

MARY ANNA MARTIN "MARTY" WYALL, 95, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at home with her family after a battle with brain cancer. Born January 24, 1922, in Liberty, IN, Marty was a daughter of the late Reverend Sumner L. and Bernice (Smith) Martin. In 1939 Marty graduated from Shields High School, Seymour, IN, and in 1943 graduated from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, with a...
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Edythe Marie Gordon

November 27, 1925 - March 5, 2017

EDYTHE M. GORDON, 91, of Florence, KY, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Villaspring Long-term Care, Erlanger, Ky. Born In Kosciusko County, IN, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Grace Lentz. She retired from McKesson in Fort Wayne as a bookkeeper. She was a 67 year member of the Fort Wayne Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron twice...
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Elizabeth M. Reuille

January 13, 1925 - March 5, 2017

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Reuille, 92, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Saint Anne Home. Born January 13, 1925, in Sandusky, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Earl and Ruth Riedy. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1942 and St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1945. She did post graduate studies in pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Washington D.C. In 1952,...
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Richard Eugene Beck

October 14, 1927 - February 28, 2017

Richard Eugene Beck Sr. of Fort Wayne died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Hearth at Sycamore Village. He was the son of Gerald S. and Ruth (Wilson) Beck. He was born October 14, 1927, in Columbia City, IN.Richard was a retired sales manager at Anthony Motor Parts Corporation. He was a Lutheran Hospital volunteer for 15 years. He was a member of the Northridge Baptist Church. Richard proudly...
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Jeri Linn Zabolotney

March 25, 1954 - February 27, 2017

Jeri Linn Zabolotney, 62, passed away Monday Feb. 27, 2017. She was a graduate of the University of Alabama. She was a member of The Chapel, F.O.E. Riders Group and volunteered for CASA. She most enjoyed working with people and animals. She loved being a grandmother and spending time with family.Surviving are her daughter Kira (Vincent) Mckinley; step daughter Wendy (Stuart) Myers; grandchildren...
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Eugene F. Hoagburg

September 18, 1930 - February 19, 2017

Eugene F. Hoagburg, 86, passed away on Sunday evening, February 19, 2017. Born September 18, 1930, in Fort Wayne Indiana, Gene was the son of the late Gustav and Edith (Conahan) Hoagburg. After serving in the United States Army from 1951 - 1953, Gene continued his career in theater management, working at various local theaters including the Eastern, Paramount, Hillcrest Drive-In, the Clyde at...
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Vera M. Schmidt

May 27, 1922 - February 18, 2017

VERA MAXINE (SCHNEPP) SCHMIDT, 94, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Born May 27, 1922, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Adrian and Hermena Schnepp. She is survived by her sisters, Delores Ruby and Dottie Rohrbach; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Schmidt; sister, Betty Lorenz; and niece, Carole Klaehn. Funeral service is...
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Nora Jean Anderson

November 13, 1928 - February 18, 2017

NORA J. ANDERSON, 88, of Fort Wayne, went to her Lord on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Ossian Health & Rehabilitation Center. She graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1946 and Madonna College, Livonia, MI, in 1982. She was married to Vergil C. Anderson Jr. for 61 years; he preceded her in death on February 10, 2009. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, retired from F.W.C.S...
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Oscar Quintero

April 18, 1922 - February 13, 2017

OSCAR QUINTERO SR., of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Woodview Manor Nursing Home. Born April 18, 1922 in Eagle Pass, Texas, he was the son of the late Matias and Maria Barrera Quintero. He was a mattress maker at Wolfe Corp. for 37 years. Survivors include four daughters, Carolina Vasquez of Fort Wayne, Maria (Raul) Soto, Elena York, Gracie (Doug) Matteson; son, Oscar Quintero...
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Mary Helen Burrow

July 9, 1919 - February 11, 2017

Helen Burrow passed away February 11, 2017 in Avon, IN. A graveside burial service is planned for March 9, 2017 at 2 PM at the Old Concordia Cemetery in Fort Wayne.Helen Burrow was born on July 9, 1919 to Theodore and Esther Mertz in Fort Wayne, IN. She graduated from Fort Wayne Central High School and worked at Lincoln Life prior to marrying Clarence Burrow April 15, 1944. They lived in various...
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Donald Eugene Monce

September 25, 1929 - February 10, 2017

DONALD E. MONCE, 87, of Fort Wayne, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2017. Born in Urbana, IN, he was a son of the late Rupert and Bonnie Monce. Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart medal. He was a manager for the Canteen Corp., retiring after 35 years of service. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. He enjoyed...
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Angela Claire Rectanus

December 28, 1969 - February 7, 2017

Angela "Angie" C. (Steinacker) Rectanus, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister & friend. Angie passed away Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 at age 47 in our Saviors arms. She always put others ahead of herself, making her one of God's special gifts to us all. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael and their three children, Amanda, Jonathon and Benjamin. At Angela's passing, she leaves behind...
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John G. Hornberger

April 1, 1922 - February 5, 2017

JOHN "JACK" G. HORNBERGER, 94, passed away Sunday Feb. 5, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, he graduated from South Side High School, attended Illinois Wesleyan University and married his college sweetheart, Jean, prior to being deployed overseas serving in the Army during World War II. After returning from the war, he played semi-pro baseball and was inducted into the Fort Wayne Baseball...
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Charles Edward Wyss

October 25, 1938 - February 2, 2017

Charles E. Wyss, 78, died Thursday February 2, 2017. He retired from Dana Corp in 1999.He enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.He is survived by his wife, Veronica of 58 years; children Chris (Angela) Wyss, Laurie (Matt) Feipel, Ned (Vicki) Wyss, Tony (Barb) Wyss, Bryan (Jean) Wyss and Karla Saalfrank;...
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Mary Anna Brookhart

July 5, 1922 - January 24, 2017

Mary Anna (Johnson) Brookhart, 94, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017. She was born in Adams County and a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She was a loving mother of four, grandmother of nine and great grandmother of 14. Mary was employed by K-Mart for 25 years, retiring in 1985 to Crooked Lake, where she enjoyed lake life, fishing, but most of all her family.Surviving are her children Jim ...
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Mary Horne RUSSELL

March 5, 1946 - January 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Arthur L. Voelker

July 9, 1924 - January 21, 2017

Arthur L. "Art" Voelker, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Louis and Frieda Voelker. Art graduated from North Side High School class of 1942. He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Arthur worked for General Electric for 45 years retiring in 1987 and was a member of the GE Quarter Century...
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George Edgar OBERLIN

October 8, 1930 - January 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Mildred E. Wagner

June 7, 1920 - January 19, 2017

Mildred E. Wagner, 96, died peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Isabel (Ehrman) Gerhardstein. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for 40 years.She is survived by her children Yvonne M. (Ron) Stanski of Fort Wayne and Timothy J. (Mary Lou) Wagner of Greenfield, IN; 4 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters Mary Gebhard,...
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Mary Ann Sadenwater

August 21, 1939 - January 14, 2017

Mary Ann Sadenwater, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. She was a daughter of the late Philip Sr. and Minerva (Piper) Hubbuch. A beloved Mother and Grandmother, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and will be greatly missed.She is survived by her children, Bob (Christy) Sadenwater Jr., Beth (Jeff) Krudop, Karen...
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Janet Irene Shawler

November 29, 1932 - January 12, 2017

Janet Irene Shawler, 84, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, January 12, 2017. She was born to the late Ralph and Ruth Cramer on November 29, 1932, in Delphos, OH. She graduated from the Lima Senior High in 1950 and the Marian School of Nursing in 1953. She was a nurse at Lima Memorial Hospital and retired from Marion General Hospital. She was a wonderful sister, mother and grandmother. She was...
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