Celebrity Obituaries

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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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Bonnie B. Wheeler

April 2, 1930 - January 21, 2017

Bonnie B. (Kelley) Wheeler, 86, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Sturgis, Michigan, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Harold and Lilah Kelley. Bonnie and her husband owned and operated an Amoco Service Station in Nappanee, Indiana for 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, baking, crochet, and spending time with her family, especially her...
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Victoria Ann Gillespie

September 1, 1947 - January 18, 2017

Victoria Ann Gillespie, 69, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, and a lifelong resident. Victoria loved traveling, having been on over 20 cruises in her life. She loved any place tropical, and would collect photos and keepsakes of palm trees to always remind her of the beautiful beaches she visited. Surviving are her mother, Helen Miller; children, Blake ...
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James (Jim) W. Midbon

January 18, 2017

James "Jim" W. Midbon, 57, passed away January 18, 2017. Surviving are sister, Jennifer (Michael) Luce of Onalaska, WI; brother, Jeffrey Midbon of Brea, CA; his girlfriend, Jenny Godinez and her daughter Emma of Fort Wayne; step-father, Lee Thomas of Warsaw, MO; nieces, Courtney and Christine Luce; and nephews, Jeffrey and Danny Midbon. James was preceded in death by his father, James...
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Margaret E. Baker

January 10, 2017

Margaret E. Baker, 80, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Richard E. Baker of Fort Wayne, IN; son, Glenn E. (Tiara) Baker of Lockport, IL; daughter, Christine M. (Paul) Stevens of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan and Jadyn Stevens and Curtis Baker; sisters, Mary Ann Smith of Auburn, IN. and Patricia O'Brien of Lewisville, TX. Memorials may...
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Marilyn E. Trahin

February 10, 1932 - January 9, 2017

Marilyn E. Trahin, 84, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Walter and Opal Bilcer. She graduated from North Side High School. She worked with United Technology in Columbia City for 18 years prior to retiring. Marilyn was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Arcola, Moose Lodge and...
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Mary L. Dellinger

January 8, 2017

Mary L. Dellinger, 92, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children, Mark (Cherry) Dellinger; Jan L, (Robert) Woltz; Barton (Karen) Dellinger; sister, Louise Hammersmith; 11 grandchildren., 27 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, Mary was preceded in death by her parents Forrest G. and G. Edna Carlson, husband, John A....
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Charlene A. Collins

January 8, 2017

Charlene A. Collins, 86, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017. Surviving are her children; Thomas F. (Pam) Collins III; Daniel F. (Colleen) Collins, Catherine Bolick, Patty (David) Seybert, and Nancy Berghoff; grandchildren, Ehren Seybert, Nick Berghoff, Andy Seybert, Erica (Berghoff) Smith, Jon Seybert, Jordan (Collins) Majeed, Blake Collins, Tom Collins, Allie Collins, and Maura Collins; and 2...
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Imogene A. (nee Brooks) James

January 8, 2017

Imogene A. James (ney Brooks) 87, passed away peacefully the morning of January 8th. Surviving is her beloved husband of sixty-four years Archie J. James, her Son Archie F. (Susan) James, and Betsy (Michael) Motter, five grandchildren Benjamin and Paul James, James, Elizabeth, and Thomas Motter, and two great-grandchildren Joshua Williams and Simon Motter and numerous nieces and nephews. She...
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Martha Berghoff Ryan

January 2, 2017

Martha Berghoff Ryan 78 passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. Marty was born in Fort Wayne on November 7, 1938. Marty was the daughter of the late Norbert G. and Betty Noll Berghoff. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, IN and attended Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. Marty had an unwavering faith in God and devout love for her family and friends. She created...
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Karin L. Cramer

January 1, 2017

Karin L. Cramer, 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, Sunday, January 1, 2017. Surviving are her loving husband of 52 years, Jerry Cramer; children, Stephani Cramer (Ken) Clouser, Sean (Cassie) Cramer, and Sara (Lonnie) Fowler; grandchildren, Kendall Cramer, Isabel Cramer, Coyle Fowler, Miles Fowler, Zoey Clouser, and Jayden Clouser; step-grandchildren, Seth Clouser, and...
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Denise A. Thornton

June 23, 1953 - December 31, 2016

Denise A. Thornton, 63, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Denise was the daughter of the late Don and Delores Miller. She graduated from Central Catholic High School and earned multiple degrees including her masters from Indiana University and Ball State University. She was a social worker in the dialysis department at...
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Harold Fraser

December 30, 2016

Harold Eugene Fraser, 70, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Springfield, MO, Harold graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He worked at Consumer's Market from 1962-1972 and then was a Store Manager and buyer with Kmart (Sears Holdings) for 36 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of Kiwanis International. Harold...
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Mary F. Riedel

December 23, 1930 - December 30, 2016

Mary F. Riedel, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Visiting Nurse surrounded by her family. Born on December 23, 1930 in Tipton, IA, Mary was the daughter of the late Donald and Frances Hegarty. She lived her life in devotion to her faith, her family and her community. She married Jerry Riedel on September 19, 1953 and were blessed with five children. ...
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Lois Joy Arnold

December 24, 1930 - December 29, 2016

Lois Joy Arnold, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Eleanor Zuercher. She graduated from Concordia High School and Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1952. She worked as a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital for 40 years prior to her retirement in 1992. She was a...
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Eleanor McKibben

December 26, 2016

Eleanor McKibben, 94, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. Surviving are her children; Dennis (Jan) McKibben, David McKibben Douglas (Christine) McKibben; son-in-law, Ken Herold; grandchild, Dennis (Melissa) McKibben, Drew (Tina) McKibben, Alisa McKibben, Ken Herold Jr., Todd (Melissa) Herold, Michelle (Tony) Straessle, Megan (Ryan) Campbell, Mark McKibben, and Matthew McKibben; 20 great...
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Lou Ann Merkler

July 5, 1952 - December 25, 2016

Lou Ann Merkler, 64, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at her home in Warsaw. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lou Ann was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Beaver. Lou Ann earned her associated degree in business from IPFW. She worked for Lincoln Life for 41 years prior to her retirement. Lou Ann absolutely loved "Lake Life." She enjoyed spending time with her close friend Kay Schoeff...
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Sally Jane Stanley

January 3, 1936 - December 23, 2016

Sally Jane Stanley, 80, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. She was born in Detroit, MI on January 3, 1936. The daughter of the late William and Ella Williams. Sally graduated from Southside High School in 1954. She went on to be one of the first female Real Estate Agents in the Fort Wayne area. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, William Stanley; children; Jennifer Mae (Jeffery I....
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Richard Rodemeyer

December 23, 2016

Richard A Rodemeyer, 90, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on April 27, 1926, the son of late W. Arthur and Selma Rodemeyer. Richard worked as a Building Superintendent with the Scottish Rite for 25 years, retiring in 1988. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.
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Michael Jon Hall

November 16, 1958 - December 19, 2016

Michael J. "Mike" Hall, 58, passed away Monday, December 19, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mike graduated from Wayne High School, class of 1978. Mike worked for Dana prior to his current position with Steel Dynamics. He enjoyed his job there as a hot saw operator and loved his second family, the "B Crew." Mike enjoyed golfing, and was extremely proud of his hole in...
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Lloyd C. Ramel

December 18, 2016

Lloyd C. Ramel, 62, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Elise Ramel of Fort Wayne, daughter, Clare Ramel of Fort Wayne; siblings, Carol (Dan) Guse of Fort Wayne, Jeanne Ramel of Columbia City, Liz (Alan) Arvola, Joyce (Bil) Savio both of Churubusco, Sue (Alan) VanHouten of Coesse; uncle Charles Ramel of Columbia City; along with seven...
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Laura Migliore

December 17, 2016

Laura E. Migliore, 64, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Visiting Nurse Hospice in Fort Wayne. Born in Des Moines, IA on September 25, 1952, Laura graduated in 1970, as Valedictorian of a class of 807, from Elston Senior High School, in Michigan City, IN. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.
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Beverly J. (Freiburger) Schlup

December 16, 2016

Beverly J. Schlup (Freiburger), 83, passed away Friday, December 16. Surviving are her husband of 64 years, James Schlup; children, Lynn Shclup, James (Patricia) Schlup Jr., and John Charles (Toni) Schlup; grandson, James Schlup III; and sister, Karen (William) Griffith of Tavares, FL. Beverly was preceded in death by her brother, Walter "Junie" Freiburger Jr.; and sister, Mary Ann Wyatt....
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Steven W. Wysong, Sr.

December 13, 2016

Steven W. Wysong Sr., 69, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Surviving are his wife, DiAnn Wysong, son, Steven (Michelle) Wysong, Jr., daughter, Stephanie Wysong; grandchildren; Tiffany Lackey, Steven Michael Wysong, Mekinzie Wysong, Michael Kuehner, Jr.; Anastasia Barnard; and several nieces and nephews. Steven was preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Marleen Wysong, brothers, Larry...
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Robert Gorman

November 13, 1922 - December 12, 2016

Robert E. Gorman, 94, passed away Monday, December 12, 2016 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Robert was the son of the late William and Julia Gorman. Robert graduated from Central Catholic High School and earned his bachelors degree from Xavier University. He was a WWII Army veteran serving under General Patten. Robert worked for General Electric for 36...
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Gail E. Roskuski

December 9, 2016

Gail E Roskuski, 77, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016. She was born in Fremont, IN, on November 9, 1939, the daughter of the late Hugh and Geraldine Chapin. Surviving are her children; Michelle (Jeff) Hipskind and Matt (Beth) Roskuski; and 8 grandchildren. Gail was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert J. Roskuski. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the...
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Rachel E. (Elle) Dillman

December 8, 2016

Rachel E. "Elle" Dillman, 93, of Rogers, AR passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Innisfree Nursing and Rehab. Elle is survived by her children: Deborah Martinez of Fayetteville, AR, Jacquelyn (Eric) Lindquist of Ft Wayne, Linda Dillman of Zionsville, Indiana and Earl Dillman of Rogers, AR; grandchildren Amanda Gilbird, Rachel Dillman, and Alex Dillman; two great-children: Eric Carlson and...
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Sam Stoller

December 8, 2016

Sam Stoller, 97, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016. Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Kathryn Stoller of Fort Wayne; children Jerry Stoller of Cincinnati, OH, Fran (Arthur) Patsiner of New York City, NY, Jeff (Bobbi) Goltz of Bradenton, FL, Larry (Eileen) Goltz, Ron (Vicki) Goltz both of Fort Wayne, Donald (Kitty) Stoller of Indianapolis;15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Sam...
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Alice S. Welch

December 4, 2016

Alice S. Welch , 88, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Sage Bluff Nursing and Rehab in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children, David G (Zada Law) Schlundt ; John Schlundt; daughter, Mary Alice (Daniel) Salsbury; and granddaughter, Maya Schlundt. Alice was preceded in death by her parents .John J, and Florence E. Graham,and first husband, Rev.K. David Schlundt. Memorials may be made...
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Nina E. McClellan

December 3, 2016

Nina E. McClellan, 59, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, Nina worked as a programmer with North American Van Lines. She was a member of , . . Surviving are her husband of 23 years, Bryant McClellan of Fort Wayne. Calling will be 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd. In...
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Robert E. (Bob) Curts

December 1, 2016

Robert E. "Bob" Curts, 80, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Born in Mount Carmel, IL, Robert worked at Tokheim for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He was a U S Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post #499, Old Timers Softball League, Old Timers Baseball League, Central High School Alumni Association, Fort Wayne Radio Club, ACARTS Radio Club, ...
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Darvin E. Strader

December 1, 2016

Darvin E Strader , 82, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his loving wife, Dorceil Strader, of Fort Wayne; daughters, Beth (Chris) Garstka of New Haven, IN, Tina (Joseph) Kayne of Evanston, IL; sister-in-law, Wanda Jean Strader of Fort Wayne, IN; 4 grandchildren and a great grandson. Private services will be conducted at a later date...
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Dolores (Dee) Pugh

November 29, 2016

Dolores "Dee" Pugh, 87, of McAllen, Texas, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Dee loved camping, the southern Texas lifestyle, and her family and friends with all her heart. Surviving are her daughters, Margo (James) Small of Fort Wayne, IN, Marta Pugh-Westlyn of Austin, TX, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen Bares,...
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Alvin L. Denney

November 29, 2016

Alvin L. Denney, 84, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Warsaw, Indiana, Alvin was the son of the late Cecil Denney and Leona Trushel. Alvin worked in the printing industry during his working career. During that time he owned and operated Al's Litho with his son Brian for 12 years. Alvin and his wife enjoyed dancing together...
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Patty L. Price

November 27, 2016

Patty L. Price, 90, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016. She was born in Ft. Wayne, IN on May 21, 1926. Patty was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lavonia Hanthorne. Surviving are her children; John C. (Debera) Price and Robert A. (Lynnette) Price; and grandchildren, Jason Price, and Austin West. Patty was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Charles Price. Memorials may be made...
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Jeanne E. Derheimer

November 20, 2016

Jeanne E. Derheimer, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother died November 20, 2016. She is survived by her children, Fred (Terri) Derheimer,; Mark (Mary GiaQuinta) Derheimer,; Mary Anne Derheimer (Glenn Teschendorf); Peter Derheimer (Clare Applewhite); Dan (Carol); Nancy (Jeff) Washburn; Teresa (Rick) Johnson; and sister Patricia (Pat) Meehan; and numerous nieces and nephews. ...
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John H. Rash

August 7, 1934 - November 16, 2016

John H Rash, 82, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. John retired from Fort Wayne National Bank in 1988. Surviving are his wife, Mildred Rash of Huntington; daughters, Melinda (Mark) DeArmond of Monroe, Nikki (Jeff) Turner of Huntington, Kathi Rash of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Jared, Meagan, Joel, Tyler, Michael; sisters, Leah Teeple of Bluffton, Marie...
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