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Harriet F. Robinson

July 25, 2017

Harriet F. Robinson, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. Born in Harlan, Indiana, Harriet was the daughter of the late Jake and Irene Gonser. During her youth, Harriet managed her family's business Robbie's Western Store and her families apartments. Harriet's number one priority in her life was her family. She loved taking care of them and spending time with...
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Larry J. Neely

July 24, 2017

Larry J. Neely, 70, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Larry worked as a welder/fabricator with Wayne Metals, retiring in 2009. He was a 1965 North Webster High graduate. He was a member of Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene. Larry enjoyed fishing and camping. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a story-teller and kept...
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Amiya Goldsby

July 21, 2017

Amiya Goldsby, 5, earned her wings Friday, July 21, 2017 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Amiya loved playing with shopkins. She was a little princess and loved wearing dresses and twirling in them. She was so smart. Surviving are her mother, Rashaunda Wallace; father, Aaron Goldsby; paternal grandmother, Coretta Harris of FL; maternal...
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Helen B. Juricak

July 19, 2017

Helen B. Juricak, 90, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. She was born on July 26, 1926 in Ithaca, MI, the daughter of the late Frank and Annastasia Chvojka. Helen worked at Magnavox for 26 years until her retirement in 1987. She is survived by her son, David (Cathy) Juricak; and 5 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Frank Juricak; son, James "Jim" Juricak;...
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Wilma Secaur

July 17, 2017

Wilma Secaur, 90, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017. She was born on September 21, 1926 in Morgan Co., IN, the daughter of the late Gordon and Winnie Brown. She graduated from Chili High School, and was a member of Eastern Star. Wilma loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Surviving her children; Carol (Larry) Minns, and James Fouts; 4...
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Brian Kennedy

July 16, 2017

Brian Kennedy, 60, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 16, 2017 surrounded by his family. A resident of Fort Wayne, Brian was employed as a real estate agent, and later was the president of Kennedy Rayl Homes and owner of Kennedy Building Corporation. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Brian was a bright star in the lives of many people. "Dance with the Angels, Brian." Surviving are...
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Frederick A. Beckman

February 23, 1923 - July 16, 2017

FREDERICK A. BECKMAN, 94, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at St. Anne Home. Born on February 23, 1923, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Fred was the son of the late Adam and Cornelia (Schnitker) Beckman. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1941, he worked for General Electric, the News-Sentinel and the IRS until he entered St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind., the fall of 1942. He left...
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Addilynn Grace Binns

July 15, 2017

Infant, Addilynn Grace Binns , was stillborn, July 15, 2017 at Dupont Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Marissa Pearson and father, Joshua Binns. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd.
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Joan Detwiler

July 14, 2017

Joan L Detwiler. 86, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 and is now reunited with a lifetime of precious family and friends. She was born in Three Rivers, MI, to the late Arthur and Odessa Pickens. Joan lived in Fort Wayne, IN most of her life. She worked as the Director of Day Care with North Christian Church for many years and taught nursery school at Crescent Ave Church. Joan had lived and...
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Virginia Vera (Ginny) Hollister

July 6, 2017

Virginia Vera "Ginny" Hollister, 98, passed from this life into her heavenly home on July 6, 2017. She was born on April 17, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout her life she enjoyed many roles. She was above all a mother first, but was involved as a secretary in the family business, and in her later years was a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital and proceeded to become a paid employee for total...
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Jerome Mays

July 2, 2017

Jerome "Jerry" K. Mays, 71, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his home in Pleasant Lake. Born in Bradford, PA, Jerry worked at the Experior Corporation, Lincoln National Corporation, and most recently as a engagement manager with Sun Microsystems. Jerry also served as the project manager for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. ...
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Larry Edward Mast

December 9, 1938 - July 2, 2017

Larry Edward Mast, 78, passed away on July 2, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a three-year battle with cancer. Larry was born on Dec 9, 1938, in Wabash County, Indiana, to the late Orville and Catherine Mast. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1956 and Manchester College in 1960 with a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry. Larry began his career at General Tire in Akron, Ohio. He was...
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Ann Perry Wintrode

October 12, 1919 - June 30, 2017

Ann Perry Wintrode, 97, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017. She was born in Ashland, AL, the daughter of the late James W. and Ida Jane (Schoggins) Perry. Ann graduated from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, Ca at age 18, and obtained a Master's Degree from the Peabody School of Library Science. Her career in librarianship took her to a number of places including Baltimore, MD, The Menninger...
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Dorman G. Keller

January 10, 1924 - June 27, 2017

Dorman G. Keller, 93, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Covington Meadows in Fort Wayne. Born in South Bend, IN, Dorman worked as a Printer with Fort Wayne Type for 26 years, retiring in 1989. Dorman was a WWII Army Veteran. He was an original member of Calvary-Third United Presbyterian Church and presently a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his daughters, Linda S. Knepple...
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Benjamin James Bowdon

June 27, 2017

Benjamin James Bowdon, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Ben was born on April 4, 1924 in Sheridan, Wyoming, the son of the late Dewey and Agnes Bowdon. Ben served as a Radioman Second Class in the Navy during World War II in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, seeing action in North Africa, Italy and Normandy. Ben graduated from St. Louis University in 1948. Ben married Becky...
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Lourine Pequignot

June 26, 2017

Lourine Pequignot , 76, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Hazard, KY, Lourine worked as a Machinist with Essex Wire in Columbia City for 30 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are her son, Ed (Cheryll) Palmer of Columbia City, IN; daughter, Debra Hamilton of Tucson, AZ; step-daughters, Michelle Judd and Marla (Judge...
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Trent Charles Heinemeyer

June 24, 2017

Trent Charles Heinemeyer, 60, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Trent was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and was the son of the late Ray Heinemeyer and Marilyn Heinemeyer who survives. He attended Bismarck High School, Bismarck Junior College, and received a B.S. degree in business from the University of North Dakota. He graduated from UND School of Law in 1982, and...
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Vicki Lynn Brubaker

June 23, 2017

Vicki Lynn Brubaker, 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was born on October 7, 1952 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Joe and Carol Golembiewski. Vicki graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1971. During her senior year of High School she began working at Maloley's Deli, where she worked for several years. She then went on to work...
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Vicki Brubaker

October 7, 1952 - June 23, 2017

Vicki Lynn Brubaker, 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was born on October 7, 1952 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Joe and Carol Golembiewski. Vicki graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1971. During her senior year of High School she began working at Maloley's Deli, where she worked for several years. She then went on to work...
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JoAnn Marie Powers

March 2, 1962 - June 23, 2017

JoAnn Marie Powers, 55, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 2, 1962 she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Crimmins Powers. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and very passionate about the Lord. JoAnn attended Easter Seals ARC for over 40 years and she enjoyed listening to music of all types. Surviving...
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Norma Jean Fincher

June 21, 2017

Norma Jean Fincher, 90, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. She was born in Peru, IN on March 30, 1927 to the late James H. and Ruby Fincher. She was a member of Indiana University Alumni, Purdue University Xi Nu at large, Sigma Theta International Nursing Honor Society, Northeast Region Nursing, ISNA, and ANA. She also volunteered at St. Charles school. Her hobbies included reading, playing...
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Gus (Dennis) M. Trahin

June 20, 2017

Gus Dennis M. Trahin, 71, a faithful, loving, and giving servant for the Lord left this earth on Tuesday, June 20th 2017. Gus was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to his many loved ones. Gus attended grade school at St. Patrick's Arcola, and graduated from Arcola High School in 1965. Starting as a young boy he volunteered with his dad and family at St. Pat's, his...
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Lois J. Fisher

June 20, 2017

Lois J. Fisher, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Born in Monroeville, Indiana, Lois was the daughter of the late Cleo and Alma Gilbert. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family. During her working years she was a sales clerk for several company's before her retirement in 1980. Lois enjoyed bowling, fishing, going to fairs, festivals, concerts, being at the lakes,...
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Suzanne Spindler

June 15, 2017

Suzanne Spindler, 79, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Suzanne was the daughter of the late Emmett and Helen Spindler. She graduated from South Side High School class of 1956. Suzanne was an accountant with Wayne Chemical Company and Gelco Trucking during her working career, retiring in 1997. She was a member of the National Association for...
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Marjorie A. Henschen

June 15, 2017

Marjorie A. Henschen, 93, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Tipton Place in Huntington. Born in Napoleon, OH, Marjorie worked as a Sales Clerk with House of Golden for 15yrs years, retiring in 1962. She was a talented seamstress and business woman most of her life. Surviving are her son, Kent (Lisa) Henschen of Big Bend, WI; brother, James (Sharon) Bruns of Angola; sisters, Jean Krinn of...
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Frank Robinson, Sr.

June 12, 2017

Frank Robinson, Sr., 82, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in Bluffton. Born in Middlesboro, KY, Frank worked with General Electric for 34 years, retiring in 1996. He was a steadfast and devout caretaker of his wife for10 years who battled Alzheimer's. Surviving are his son, Frank (Amy) Robinson, Jr.of Ossian, IN; 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchild; brothers, Carl Robinson of Corbin, KY, Jim...
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Helen Joan Saxton

June 11, 2017

Helen Joan Saxton, 91, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Portland, IN, Helen worked as a Legal Assistant for several law firms, for over 48 years, retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, Legal Secretary's Association and past president, American Legion Post 296, VFW Aux 10006, and Mississinewa Chapter of D.A.R. She was...
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Stanley W. Miller

June 10, 2017

Stanley W. Miller, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Fort Wayne with his loving wife by his side. Born in Fort Wayne, Stanley was the founder of CMS Roofing. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Joanne Miller of Fort Wayne; daughter, Catherine (Frederick) Peterson of Fort Wayne; sons, Scott (Kevin Heck) Miller of...
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Joseph Andrew Tweedy

June 9, 2017

Joseph Andrew Tweedy,53, went home to our Lord on June 9, 2017 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home Ft. Wayne, IN after a long battle with cancer. Joseph was a 1987 Graduate of the University of Iowa. He served ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corp Officer. He worked for nearly twenty years in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, most recently for Dometic Corp in LaGrange, IN. He was a...
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Thoburn (Toby) D. Hatch

June 7, 2017

Thoburn "Toby" D. Hatch, 73, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Toby was the son of the late William and Jeanette Hatch. He graduated from North Side High School class of 1962. Toby was in the printing industry throughout his working career which included being president of Indigo Printing and Graphics. Toby was an active member of...
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Marlene (Bean) F. Douglas

June 5, 2017

Marlene "Bean" F. Douglas, 48, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday June 5, 2017. She was born June 12, 1968 in Anderson, IN. She was selfless by nature and loved with her whole heart. She was an amazing grandmother, not only to her own, but to the few (nonbiological) grand babies she loved just the same. She was many people's personal advisor on life's ups and downs, but never judged. Marlene will...
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Terri L. Taylor

June 5, 2017

Terri L. Taylor, 58, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne on May 26, 1959. Terri graduated from Northrop High School. She worked at Patriot Group Inc. for 20 years, and most recently has been working at Shambaugh and Sons. Terri loved to cook and entertain, and certainly loved her book club friends. She was an avid reader and animal lover, and a bee keeper. She also...
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Elizabeth "Bette" M. Fuess

July 19, 1925 - June 4, 2017

Elizabeth "Bette" M. Fuess, 91, passed away on Sunday June 4, 2017. She was born on July 19, 1925 in Theresa, NY, the daughter of the late Forest and Elizabeth Bellinger. Bette was married to Robert Fuess for 52 years until his passing in 1998. Bette owned The Wig Shop, in Fort Wayne, for 10 years, and worked in various floral shops throughout her career. Her hobbies included writing poetry,...
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MaryEllen Dolby

June 3, 2017

MaryEllen Dolby, 76, passed away on June 3, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on March 9, 1941, the daughter of the late Charles and Genevieve Fritz. She was married to Leon Dolby in 1972 and they spent 43 years of wonderful marriage together, until his passing in 2015. MaryEllen worked as a secretary for Dolby Insurance until her retirement in 1998. MaryEllen and Leon spent 15 years in...
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Roberto "Vic" Villajuan

January 29, 1930 - June 3, 2017

Roberto "Vic" Villajuan, 87, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born in Pantabangan, Philippines, Vic was the son of the late Pedro and Andrea Villajuan. Vic was a teacher in the Philippines for over 20 years prior to his retirement in 1985. Vic was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was a loving husband, tatay, and lolo...
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Marjorie E. Kauffman

May 25, 2017

Marjorie E. Kauffman, 96, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Marjorie graduated from South Side High School in 1940. She worked as an accounting clerk with GTE for 20 years, retiring in 1983. Marjorie was a member of Christ's Church at Georgetown, former past President of the Jane Adams Society, the GTE Retirement Club, Voyagers,...
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Robert G. Claypool

May 23, 2017

Robert G. Claypool, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Bethlehem Woods Rehab Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Whitesville, KY, Robert had a deep faith and unwavering integrity. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and retired as a Postmaster following his military career. He was a member of Northridge Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Surviving are his son, Stephen...
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Richard F. Pulse

May 19, 2017

Richard F Pulse, 68, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 in Fort Wayne. The first born of 6 to his parents in New Castle, IN, Richard was a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN. Richard was in the first graduating class at Bishop Dwenger High School in 1967. He served in the US Air Force and was a Vietnam combat veteran. Professionally, he was the president and CEO of several businesses, including...
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James E. Williams, D.D.S., M.S.

May 18, 2017

James E. Williams, D.D.S., M.S., 69 died on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was born on June 3, 1947 in Newport, AR and lived most of his childhood in Memphis, TN. In 1960 he moved with his family to the Chicago suburbs and then again in 1963 to Fort Wayne. He graduated from Northside High School in 1965 and then enrolled in a predental curriculum at IPFW. The following year he met Diane Simancek, a...
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Meredith D. Wamsley

May 16, 2017

Meredith D. Wamsley, 98, (three weeks short of reaching his 99th birthday,) passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 16, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1918 in Huntington, IN. He was the only child of Lloyd L. and May P. Wamsley. He served in WWII as a Motor Pool Mechanic. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He spent his career in both...
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Ruby N. Shoemaker

May 15, 2017

Ruby N. Shoemaker, 77, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017. Ruby was born on August 17, 1939, the daughter of the late Cecil Gerald "Johnny" and Edna Johnson. A graduate of the class of 1957 from Portland H.S. Ruby was the co-owner of Shoemaker Inc. where she worked actively with her husband for 30 years. She was always very involved with numerous church organizations, including the Women's...
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Anthony (Tony) Scatena III

May 14, 2017

Anthony "Tony" Scatena III, 53, passed away May 14, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Anthony "Tony" worked as a Police Officer with Fort Wayne Police Department for 13 years. He adored his family and friends, loved fishing and hunting. Surviving are his Spouse, Sofia Scatena; mother, Katharine Scatena; son, Anthony Scatena, IV; daughter, Cheyennea; sisters, Laura and Angela Scatena; nieces and...
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William Albert Keim

September 24, 1939 - May 14, 2017

William "Bill" Albert Keim, 77, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bill was the son of the late Raymond and Margaret Keim. He graduated from Central High School in 1957. He graduated in 1961 from Wabash College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. While there, he was a member of the Lambda Chi...
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Michele Lee McCulloch Gaskill

May 11, 2017

Michele Lee McCulloch Gaskill, 47, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 11, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on February 6, 1970. Michele worked as a nurse for the past 20 years, and most recently acted as a traveling nurse. While traveling, her dog, Thor would always accompany her. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, and crocheting. She was a loving daughter,...
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Joseph Stemen

May 8, 2017

Joseph Stemen, age 72, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. He was born on January 28, 1945 in Van Wert, OH the son of the late Clayton and Grace Stemen. Joe enjoyed archery, cars, and biking. Being with his family was the most important thing in his life. He will always be remembered as a good man compassionate man. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carolyn Stemen; step-daughter, Aimee ...
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Willem A. De Villiers

May 8, 2017

Willem A. De Villiers, 68, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Harrysmith, South Africa, Willem moved to the United States where he attended Southern Baptist University earning his Master's degree. He was an ordained pastor serving at several churches in Campbellsburg, IN and Kendallville, IN. Willem also worked as a communications attache at the National Press...
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Mary Ann Braun

May 8, 2017

Mary Ann Braun, 81, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Bryant, IN, Mary Ann worked for Pro Bowl West for 15 years, and later retired from Spangle Fasteners. She enjoyed bowling on numerous teams and participating in several local leagues. Surviving are her daughter, Hope Harris of Fort Wayne; son, Bruce Braun of Huntertown, IN; 2 grandchildren,...
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Waldo P. Dick

May 6, 2017

Waldo P Dick passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the age of 99. He married Doris Beller in 1947, they raised four children, James (Becky) Van Dyke, Susan (Terry) Unruh, John (Shirley) Dick and Charles (Judith) Dick. With Doris, Waldo had six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Following Doris's death in 2007, Waldo married Hazel Cummins in 2008, becoming a part of her family of three...
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Jerry W. Bailey

May 3, 2017

Jerry W. Bailey, 66, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jerry was the son of the late Ivan and Harriet Bailey. Jerry graduated from Elmhurst High School. Jerry founded Jerry W. Bailey Trucking Inc. in 1976 and expanded his small two truck operation to over 60 trucks in operation today. Jerry was very passionate about his job and...
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Carol Castor Brooks

April 10, 1955 - May 1, 2017

Carol Castor Brooks, 62, died Monday, May 1, 2017, surrounded by her family after a long battle with breast cancer. Born April 10, 1955, in Fort Wayne, IN, Carol was the youngest daughter of Ken and Frieda Castor. With lifelong friends Vicki and Julie and her sister, Honey, Carol's spirit started getting her into mischief at an early age, continuing to find fun and joy for all throughout her...
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Frank K. Helmsing

April 25, 2017

Frank K. Helmsing, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Frank was the son of the late Lawrence and Elise Helmsing. Frank graduated from Central Catholic High School class of 1946 He worked as a cost analyst with International Harvester 37 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, and was part of the Got...
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Matthew Anthony Nyman

April 24, 2017

Matthew Anthony Nyman, 40, passed away on April 24, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on January 15, 1977. Matt graduated from Bishop Luers High School and Indiana University - Bloomington where he obtained his bachelor's degree. Matt worked as Distribution Center Manager at Venture Logistics in Indianapolis. He was a loyal IU basketball, Colts football and Chicago Cubs...
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Billie J. Stephens

April 23, 2017

Billie J. Stephens, 76, passed away April 23, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Carol Stephens; sons, David (Linda) Stephens; Billy S. Stephens, Roger Stephens, Eric (Lori) Stephens, daughter, Lori Anthony; daughter, Melissa (Eric) Fearnow; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Sam Stephens of Fort Wayne; and his canine companion, Willie. Billie was preceded in death by...
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Don E Miller, MD

February 13, 1930 - April 20, 2017

Don E. Miller, M.D., 87, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Spencerville, Ohio, Don was the son of the late Arthur and Fern Miller. Don graduated from Spencerville High School class of 1948. He earned his bachelors degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Don went on to earn his Medical Degree from...
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Nelson A. Hornick

April 19, 2017

Nelson A. Hornick, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his "sunshine"; Delores Ruby of Fort Wayne; son, David (Arlene) Hornick of Oakville, Ontario; son, Daniel Hornick of Fort Wayne; 1 granddaughter, Adynne and her mother Annette; sister, Patricia Beselaere of Chatham, Ontario; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nelson was preceded in death by wife of...
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Thomas C. Smith, Jr.

April 17, 2017

Thomas C. Smith Jr., passed away Monday, April 17, 2017. He was born in Decatur, IN, son of the late Thomas and Mildred Smith. Thomas attended Purdue University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree. After graduation, he served in the US Army. He went on to become a Sales Agent, and worked with Allstate Insurance for 20 years, and then opened his own company, Smith Insurance, retiring in 2006....
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Russell G. McMillen

April 16, 2017

Russell G. McMillen, 90, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Jeanette McMillen; daughter, Kathleen (Steven) Smith; sons, Michael (Nancy) McMillen; Dennis (Gale) McMillen; and Kenneth (Sandra) McMillen; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren . Russell was preceded in death by his first wife, Mable McMillen; parents, Walter...
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Jeffery S. McComb

April 15, 2017

Jeffery S. McComb, 51, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Terry McComb; son, Jeffery Chase (Stephanie) McComb ; mother and step-father, Patricia and Ray Strater; sister, Julie (Ryan) McComb; sister, Morgan McComb; grandmother, Donna Harris; 4 step-children; 7 grandchildren; 8 nieces and nephews. Jeffery was preceded in death by his father, Terry...
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Robert E. Hatfield

April 11, 2017

Robert E. Hatfield, 89, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Robert worked as a dental technician with the Allen Dental Laboratory for over 40 years. He was a lifelong member of Harvester Avenue Missionary Church. Robert proudly served his country as a member of the US Army during the Korean War where he earned the Purple Heart medal. Surviving are his step...
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Winifred F. Howe

April 5, 2017

Winifred F. Howe, 94, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Born in Middleville, NY, Winifred graduated high school from West Canada Central School as the class Salutatorian and with honors from Albany Business College. Surviving are her daughter, Janice Howe Eplett; and dear friend, William H. Knipstein. Winifred was preceded in death by her parents, Varnum Caldwell and Eva Mae Farrington, ...
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Mary Matilda Cockman

April 4, 2017

Mary Matilda Cockman, native of Moore County, North Carolina, was born November 26, 1925 and went to be with her Lord at the age of 91 on April 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Eugene Cockman. Mary is survived by her sons Dr. Richard L. Cockman and Timothy Cochran; sisters, Joan Chilton and Linda Camp; brothers, Harold Hussey and Dwight Hussey; 3 granddaughters; 3...
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A. Claire Hoffman

April 1, 2017

A. Claire Hoffman, 93, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Claire was the daughter of the late John and Angela Murphy. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, IL. Claire worked in sales during her working career with HIS, and Comcast. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church Arcola, Orchard Ridge Country Club for 30...
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Marie Louise Bruggeman

March 31, 2017

Marie Louise Bruggeman passed away peacefully on March 31, 2017. An intelligent, cultured woman, her wit, wisdom and warmth will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was born to Pierre and Marcelle Cellard on November 28, 1918 in Paris. A war bride, she met and married Captain Joseph A. Bruggeman of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in France. She is survived by her children Henry Bruggeman; Jack...
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Naomi E. Jewett

March 31, 2017

Naomi E. Jewett, 79, our beloved wife, mother and grandmother was called to heaven. We shed tears of sadness and joy as she passed away last Friday, March 31, 2017. Proverbs 31:10, "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Born in Fort Wayne on April 7, 1937, Naomi was the daughter of W. Kenneth and Mary Plumley Leamon. Along with her nine brothers and sisters, Naomi...
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Richard A. Dick Ullrich

March 30, 2017

Richard A. Ullrich "Dick", 88, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Buffalo, NY, Dick was the son of the late Alfred Ullrich and Beatrice Myers. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Dick was a Geologist with Meridian Oil Company for 31 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Emmanuel Community Church. Dick's heart was in volunteering at his church...
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Eileen E. Diehm

March 28, 2017

Eileen E. Diehm, 97, passed away March 28, 2017. She was born January 3, 1920 in Jay County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Elmer and Edith Avey. Surviving are her son; Brian David (Diana) Diehm; granddaughter, Katherine Diehm; and 3 nieces and 6 nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Merritt Diehm; siblings, Thelora Maxine Mason, Marjorie Lucille Arnold, and Cloyce Keith...
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Aaron Jerome Greengard

March 25, 2017

Aaron Jerome Greengard , 26, of Fort Wayne, left to be with Our Lord on March 25th, 2017 following a two year battle with heart disease. Surviving are his mother, Judith Akenbruck of Fort Wayne, father, Robert Greengard of Orlando, FL, by his son Conner Leo Greengard, 2, and Conner's mother Jessica Covey, brother Ryan Shull and sister, Vanessa Cearbugh of Fort Wayne. Aaron is also survived by his...
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Keith B. Clark

March 23, 2017

Keith B. Clark, 83, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Coventry Meadows LLC in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Keith was the son of the late Clarence and Tressa Clark. Keith worked for Hostess for over 40 years, retiring in 1995. He was an active member at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Keith enjoyed fishing, tending to his garden, watching nature, traveling with his wife Anita, and...
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Willem De Villiers

March 21, 2017

Willem De Villiers, 29, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in South Africa, Willem worked as a crane lift operator with Paragon Steel Enterprises. He was a master at aquarium building and enjoyed painting. Surviving are his sons, Payton and Maddox; and his father, Willem A. De Villiers of Fort Wayne. Willem was preceded in death by his mother, Miriam du Plooy Selby. ...
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William (Uncle Bill) E. Fahlsing

March 20, 2017

William "Uncle Bill" E. Fahlsing, 74, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017. Uncle Bill was the son of the late Emil and Elsie Fahlsing. Surviving are his sons, Ryan (Kendra) Fahlsing, Brant Fahlsing, Blayn Fahlsing; granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah; siblings, Richard (Shirley) Fahlsing, Patricia Stigall, Mary Lou Thur, Elaine Welty, and Raymond (Francie) Fahlsing. Uncle Bill was preceded in...
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Richard E. Hill

March 17, 2017

Dr. Richard E. Hill, 87, passed away on March 17, 2017 following a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Dick was born on February 6, 1930, the only child of the late Emmett and Ruth (Bergman) Hill. Raised on a farm near Bargersville, Indiana, Dick won many 4-H awards, was president of the Junior Leaders, and was a 4-year starter and co-captain of the Union Township High School basketball...
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Mary Paul

March 17, 2017

Mary J. Paul, 76, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017. She was born in, OH, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Audrey Stafford. Mary worked as a teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools, before going on to work for the Census Bureau where she retired from. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls, 8325 Covington Road.
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Patricia (Pat) A. Johnson

March 12, 2017

Patricia "Pat" A. Johnson, 86, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children, Teresa Eckler of Fort Wayne, Thomas (Karen) Johnson of Flowery Branch, GA, and Susan Johnson of Fort Wayne; 3 grandchildren, Jeff (Andrea) Shreve, Molly (Cory) Bennet, and Stephanie (Adam) Rudnik; and 6 great-grandchildren. Pat was preceded in death by her husband, H. Keith Johnson;...
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Aaron Michael Stone

March 12, 2017

Aaron Michael Stone, 18, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 after living fully and joyfully in spite of a relentless cancer. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on October 9, 1998. He began drumming as soon as he could toddle, first on the family pots and pans, later on drum sets with his band. He learned the values of teamwork and respect in his younger years playing baseball. He had a quick wit, a...
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Douglas Libey

March 6, 2017

Douglas J. "Doug" Libey, 57, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Brockton, MA, Doug graduated from Homestead High School and earned his bachelors degree from IPFW in mechanical engineering. He worked for several companies including Boeing during his career. Doug enjoyed family genealogy, military history, going to the library to research, and working on...
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Mary Ellen Hampshire

August 16, 1931 - March 1, 2017

Mary Ellen Hampshire, 85, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Miller's at Oak Pointe in Columbia City. Born in Adams County, Indiana, Mary was the daughter of the late John and Laura Boice. She graduated from Geneva High School class of 1949. In her teenage years, Mary worked for her local veterinarian in Geneva. She would often reminisce over her time there. Mary worked for US Rubber for...
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Paul (Jay) T. Demaree

February 26, 2017

Paul "Jay" T. Demaree, 64, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017. Surviving are his loving wife of 36 years, Deborah A Demaree of Fort Wayne, IN: daughters, Erin Demaree of Fort Wayne, Megan (Matt) Clark of Roanoke, IN; Nicole Demaree of Fort Wayne, IN; sisters, Gail (Mike) Firks, Beverly Swank, Lorraine Demaree, Dawn Demaree and grandchildren, Mason, Gabrielle, Ariel, Romen, Gage, Piper, Ryder...
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Ramalinga Reddy Vedira

February 25, 2017

Ramalinga Reddy Vedira, 84, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at his residence in Fort Wayne,IN. He was born in Hyderabad, India to Gopal Vedira Reddy and Lakshmi Narsamma Reddy. He received his law degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He was an attorney practicing in civil law. He also served as a police public prosecuting officer for several years and later became an...
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Helen K. Bosserman

February 24, 2017

Helen K. Bosserman, 91, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017. Surviving are her daughter, Darlene (Ted) Tomkinson of Fort Wayne; son, Jan A. (Janet) Bosserman D.D.S. of Toledo, OH; grandchildren, Todd (Karyn) Tomkinson; granddaughter, Abby (Tom) Terwiel, Andrew Bosserman, Timothy Bosserman; eight great-grandchildren, and two twin great-great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her...
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Kathern Noble

August 16, 1935 - February 23, 2017

Kathern M. Noble , 81, passed away February 23, 2017 at . Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Hannah Frankenstein Zacher

February 22, 2017

Hannah Frankenstein Zacher passed away peacefully February 22. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 12, 1929. Hannah was the daughter of Solly K. and Julia Frankenstein. She was a graduate of North Side High School, earned an undergraduate degree from Rippon College and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Hannah also received a graduate certificate in...
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Victor D. Counterman

February 21, 2017

Victor D. Counterman, 85, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Surviving are wife, Marjorie Counterman; daughters, Susan (Timothy Farber) Zwierko and Karen (Charles Freeman) Hill; sons, Steven (Christine) Counterman, James (Devan) Counterman and Christopher Counterman; brothers, Earl (Esther) Counterman; Robert (Kathryn) Counterman; sister, Elaine Lough; ,sister-in-law, Ruth Counterman;...
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Maxine Melching

February 19, 2017

Maxine Melching, 96, passed away February 19, 2017. Surviving are daughters, Diane Melching, Marcia (Philip) Rodenbeck; grandchildren, Lisa (Ken) Weaver, John (Stacy) Rodenbeck; great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Trevor, Alex, and Nicole; great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah, and Isla; brother, Hubert Pensinger; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her...
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Jeffrey A. Clore

February 18, 2017

Jeffrey A. Clore, 52, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jeff was the son of the late James Clore and Carolyn Conger. Surviving are his children, Daniel (Stacy) Clore II; Tracy (Calvin) Wynne; Alexander (Britney) Clore; grandchildren, Harleigh Wynne, Kinsley Clore, Hudson Wynne, Caroline Clore; companion, Virginia Boots; and his dog Dixie. Jeff was preceded...
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William James (Bill) Vandertulip

February 17, 2017

William James Vandertulip,"Bill", 87, passed from this world to eternal life on February 17, 2017 at Swiss Village Retirement Community, Berne, Indiana. Bill was known for his enduring patience, gentleness, intellect, and dry humor. Bill's greatest passion was the study of scripture, especially bible history. Bill immersed his mind in the commentaries and writings of Calvin, Spurgeon, Murray,...
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Julie (Jules) Charlton

February 17, 2017

Julie "Jules" Charlton, age 66, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017. She was born on October 7, 1950 in Fort Wayne, IN. Julie was a fun loving and high spirited individual who loved everyone. She had a smile that everyone knew. Her kids and grandkids were the joy of her life. She always had to be sure that everyone was happy and having a good time. She will be missed by all that knew her....
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Judith E. (Judy) Osha

February 15, 2017

JUDITH E. "JUDY" OSHA, 75, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at her home in Syracuse, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Judy graduated from North Side High School in 1960 and went to work for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, where she met William, her husband of 53 years. After dedicating several years to raising her children, Thomas and Robert, she returned to school to study...
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Nathan T. Horton

November 10, 1919 - February 11, 2017

Nathan "Nate" T. Horton, 97, of Fort Wayne, went to be with the Lord on February 11, 2017 while a resident at Sycamore Villages in Fort Wayne. Born November 10, 1919 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Lola (Driskill) Horton and Leo Horton of Big Spring, Texas. He served in the Army in the 45th Division and in the Army Air Corp as a pilot in World War II. He was a graduate of...
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David W. Kartholl

February 10, 2017

David W. Kartholl, 62, died on February 10, 2017, in Fort Wayne. He was born on December 3, 1954, in Fort Wayne where he lived until the mid-1980s when he moved to his property in Noble County. He attended Central Catholic High School until it closed in 1972, and then graduated from Bishop Luers High School in 1973. Dave was a unique, self-sufficient man who chose a simple lifestyle; he...
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Olga (Pedroff) Gouloff

February 10, 2017

Olga (Pedroff) Gouloff, 89 of Fort Wayne passed away early Friday morning, February 10, 2017 at Harbour Assisted Living. She was born on March 26, 1927 in Canton, Ohio to the late Mitchell and Stoyna (Evanov) Pedroff. Olga graduated from Canton McKinley High School. She moved to Fort Wayne in 1946, when she married Methodi Ted Gouloff after a long distance courtship during World War II. As a...
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Ann Matheis

February 9, 2017

Annette "Ann" L. Matheis, 57, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at her home after a seven month battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family. Born in Washington Court House, OH, Ann graduated from Fairfield HS in Leesburg, OH in 1977 and earned her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1981 from The Ohio State University. She was a member at Emmanuel Community Church where...
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Lesa Deanne (Starbuck) McMurray

February 8, 2017

Lesa Deanne (Starbuck) McMurray went to be with her Lord, February 8, 2017, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith. Lesa was born July 16, 1959, to James and Beverly (Holt) Starbuck. She graduated from West Jefferson High School in West Jefferson Ohio in 1977, and from The Ohio State University in 1983. ...
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Wilma Hirschy

February 6, 2017

Wilma Hirschy , 90, passed away February 6, 2017 at her daughter's home surrounded by her loving family. Surviving are her daughter, Pamela (Max) Fuelling; daughter, Darva (Dan) Cox; daughter, Marlene Hirschy; granddaughter, Nichole (Fuelling) Kelly, great-granddaughter, Morgan Moser (John) James; great-granddaughter, Maddie Moser; great-great grandson, Carson James. Wilma was preceded in...
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Joan M. Venderly

February 3, 2017

Joan M. Venderly, 89, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017, in Fort Wayne. Born in Cloquet, MN, Joan graduated from the Lutheran School of Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse with Lutheran Hospital. As an active community volunteer, she dedicated much time and talent to organizations such as the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Indiana. Joan was also a world traveler...
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Clyde Smith

February 3, 2017

Clyde O. Smith, 92, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Maples, IN, Clyde owned and operated a Texaco service station in Fort Wayne, most recently he worked with Phelps Dodge retiring in 1981. Clyde proudly served his country as a member of the US Army during WWII where he earned a Bronze Star. He was a member of American Legion Post #160 of Roanoke and of Broadway...
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Thomas Gerald Szymanski

February 3, 2017

Thomas Szymanski, 51, passed away Fri., February 3, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born on January 1, 1966 in Ann Arbor, MI. Thomas is survived by his wife, Mary Szymanski; children David, Christopher, and Nicolette; mother, Dolores Szymanski; siblings, John (Donna) Szymanski, James (Tina) Szymanski, and Mary (Michael) Robinson. Thomas was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Szymanksi.
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Maurice Duke Ransbottom

September 9, 1931 - January 28, 2017

Maurice C. "Duke" Ransbottom, 85, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Duke was the son of the late Maurice Sr. and Bertha Gross. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Duke worked with the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the VFW #857, American Legion #499, F.O. P. Wayne Lodge #14. Duke enjoyed golfing, mowing his lawn, and...
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Helen W. Wyss

January 27, 2017

Helen M. Wyss, 96, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a 1939 graduate of South Side High School. Helen worked with General Electric for 42 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Elex Club at General Electric and Grace Lutheran Church. Helen's caregiver, Sheila Curtis, provided the care that allowed her to live in her home during her final...
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Barbara A. Ferguson

January 26, 2017

Barbara A. Ferguson, 86, passed away Jan. 26, 2017 at Sycamore Village, Fort Wayne, IN. Surviving are her daughters, Mary (Michael) Hayden, Woodburn, IN, Kathleen (Jeff) Wilcox, Fort Wayne, IN, Marcella Mossburg, Clariton Hills, IL and Carrie (Larry) Helms, Germantown, MD. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband William Ferguson and brother Amos Cameron. Memorials may be made the...
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Randy J. Longardner

January 24, 2017

Randy J. Longardner, 61, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Randy worked for Tokheim for many years prior to his retirement. Randy had the biggest heart in the world and would help anyone in need. He had a particular interest in motorcycles, eagles and coin collecting. He loved his family and cherished his time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his father...
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