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Phyllis J. (Wyatt) Hite

November 16, 2015

Phyllis J. (Wyatt) Hite , 88, died at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Ellis E. Hite. Surviving are her children, Mary Ellen Garman of Granger, IN; John Hite of Bartlett, TN; Deborah Gallegos, and Gregory Hite both of Fort Wayne; sister, Doris Jacoby, of Wisconsin; her 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be...
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Tha Kyaw Maung

November 7, 2015

Tha Kyaw Maung, 46, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital of Fort Wayne. Born in Rangoon, Burma, Tha worked as a mechanical engineer with Miller Poultry, and since 1988 he served as the Information Director for the All Burma Federation of Student Union. Tha was the President and owner of Little Burma Asian Grocery and Gifts. He was a member of Myanmar Indigenous...
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Irene A. Acenas

October 30, 2015

Irene A. Acenas, 81, passed away Friday, October 30, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Alaminos, Pangasinan, Philippines, Irene worked as a seamstress with Nobbson and Fishman. Surviving are her daughter, Connie L. (Geoffrey) Grinols of Redding, CA. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Acenas; and mother, Esperanga Aquino. Memorials may be made to the St. Patrick's Catholic Church...
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Velma M. Williams

October 18, 2015

Velma M. Williams, 92, passed away October 18, 2015. Surviving are her step-daughter, Linda J. Montoya; granddaughter, Lenaya Montoya and grandson, Diego E. Montoya ; 17 nieces and nephews. Velma was preceded in death by first husband, Marion J. Rice, Second husband, James Williams; Parents Herbert and Leah (Laukhuf) Stoller, step-daughter, Ann L. Williams, sisters, Pauline R. Wieland, Ruth...
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Jose (Carlos) Espinosa

October 12, 2015

Dr. Jose "Carlos" Espinosa, 75, passed away Monday October 12, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Jose Carlos graduated from the University of Madrid School of Medicine in 1964. He spent the next 5 years completing his internship and residency at Mt Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, OH. In 1969 he began the practice of general Surgery and peripheral vascular...
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Rosemary Westrick

October 9, 2015

Rosemary Westrick, 99, passed away Friday, October 9, 2015, at Kingston at Dupont in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughters Elizabeth W. Newman; Nancy W. (Carlton) Waite; grandchildren, Erik (Christa ) Buchenbeger; Christopher (Erin) Newman; Ashley (Michael) Winnen; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeanette (James) McGill; and Marjorie King. Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents...
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Sandra Sue Anderson

October 4, 2015

Sandra Sue Anderson , 64, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015. Surviving are her husband, Steve Anderson; son, Lloyd Schaper, Jr.; daughters, Angela (Mark Mongold) Schaper; Michelle Antrim; Jennifer (Anthony) Flanagan and Melissa (William) Masura; grandchildren, Travis Kolkman, Rory, Riley and Joshua Antrim, Emma Flanagan, Annastasia Zepke, Kaylyn and Nathan Masura; brothers, Bill ...
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Winston C. Summerville

September 19, 2015

Winston C. Summerville , 86, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Coventry Meadows LLC in Fort Wayne. Born in Columbus, MS, August 6, 1929 Retired Air Force. He is survived by thirteen children, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Mary Colvin of Columbus, MS; special niece, Hilda Williams of Fort Wayne, IN and a host of other nieces and nephews. Winston was preceded...
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Terri L. Klein

September 13, 2015

Terri L. Klein, 56, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015, at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis. Surviving are her parents, Robert H. and Shirley A. (Chadwick) Johnson; son, Matthew J. Bolden; daughter, Jaime L. Klein; son, Justin J. Klein; granddaughter, Alexis Tomlinson; brother, Randy J. (Candy) Johnson; sister, Pam (Todd) Franke of Aiken, SC; many nieces and nephew. Memorial Service...
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James R. (Dick) Barfell

September 8, 2015

James R. "Dick" Barfell, 82, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Dick was a teacher with Southwest Allen County Schools for 38 years, retiring in 1995. He then worked for the University of St. Francis Football for 10 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Roanoke; a life long member of the St. Joe A. C. Club and a long...
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Phyllis N. Hill

September 7, 2015

Phyllis N. Hill, 99, passed away Monday, September 7, 2015. Surviving are her sons, James (Marge) Hill of Westchester, PA: Steven (Ann) Hill of Richmond, VA; 4 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, James E. and Millicent Burton, and her husband, Alfred N. Hill, in 1999. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the...
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Iona R. Straub

September 6, 2015

Iona R. Straub, 70, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Gary, Indiana, Iona was number 10 out of 14 children. She came into life like a lamb and went out like a lady. Iona worked as a LPN Nurse with Lutheran Home for 36 years, retiring in 2008. She was a member of New Life Fellowship Church. She showed her love through her cooking. She loved to play...
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Leonard E. (Len) Luginbill

August 23, 2015

Leonard E. "Len" Luginbill, 87, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Len graduated from South Side High School. He served in the Air National Guard during the 1950's. He earned his way to becoming the Director of Corporate Facilities with North American Van Lines during his 30 plus year career, retiring in 1987. He was an active...
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Marie (Beeching) Reyburn

August 19, 2015

MARIE (BEECHING) REYBURN, 95, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. She was a longtime resident of Fort Wayne, born in Whitley County, daughter of the late John and Ona Mae Beeching. She is survived by one daughter Pamela (Kathleen) Reyburn-Michael. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Theodore M. "Ted" Reyburn and her brother, J. Alton Beeching. Memorials to Trinity...
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Robert F. Tapp

August 16, 2015

Robert F. Tapp, 73, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015. Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Tapp; daughter, Rebekah (Quinten) McClain; son, Darrell (Sandra) Cates; all of Fort Wayne; grandchildren: Tre and William; and sister, Helen Miller of CA. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Howard C. and Katherine Tapp; brothers: Charlie, Phil, and Jim; and grandchild, Madison. Memorials may be...
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Christopher E. Dodane

August 12, 2015

Christopher E. Dodane, 43, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Washington, IN, Christopher dedicated 20 years of his life to teaching. He will be remembered for the way he cared for his students and the positive impact he had on their lives. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a wonderful son. His strong Christian faith appeared in all he did. Christopher...
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Dorothy S. Wilson

July 25, 2015

Dorothy S. Wilson, 99, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was born in Wheaton, IL, on January 6, 1916 o the late Ernest and Petra (Jacobson) Selander. Surviving are her son, David C. Wilson of Fort Wayne and daughter, Kristi L. (Ron) McGarrigle of Fenton, MO; Grandson Daniel (Mary) Schonfeldt, Oakville, MO; two great granddaughters, Peyton and Oliva Schoenfeldt. Dorothy was preceded in...
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Gerald R. Baker

July 23, 2015

Gerald R. Baker, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Lutheran Life Villages where he remained living independently. He remained optimistic about life to the end. Gerald was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne having grown up near the General Electric plant. As a young man, he set pins at the GE Athletic Club in their bowling alley. He played basketball for...
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Jerald E. (Jerry) Smith

July 17, 2015

Jerald E. "Jerry" Smith, 77. We said goodbye to a special husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Friday, July 17, 2015, at his home in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Betty Smith; sons, Thomas (Dawn) Smith; John (Shelly) Smith; David (Lynn) Smith; daughter, Sheila (Rick) Lepird; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley (Max) Masten. Special thanks to...
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Suzanne Michelle Nagel

July 14, 2015

Suzanne Michelle Nagel, 44, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at her residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Suzanne was a assembly line worker with General Motors. Surviving are her sons, Jared Nagel; Cody Nagel; and Colton Nagel, all of Fort Wayne; father, Norbert (Elizabeth) Nagel of Fort Wayne; step-father, Charles Richardson of Fort Wayne; grandsons, Cooper Nagel and Darrick Nagel;...
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Sylvia I. Musser

July 14, 2015

Sylvia I. Musser, 100 passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Surviving is her son, John E. (Ginny) Musser of Port Angeles, WA, daughter, Gaynel R (Edward) Murphy of Fort Wayne, IN step-daughter, Mary Katherine (Chuck) Dulaney of Miamisburg, OH, and several grandchildren. Sylvia was preceded in death by husband, Edward Musser. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Acres Land Trust and or...
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Betty R. Glidewell

July 1, 2015

Betty R. Glidewell, 92, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Vincennes, IN, Betty worked as a Secretary with General Electric for many years. She loved nature, all animals, and was a long time supporter of the ASPCA. Surviving are her children: Roger W. (Sondra) Glidewell, Dr. Hugh S. (Rhea) Glidewell, Marcia K. Glidewell, and Rita J. (Richard) Korn, all...
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Denise Dana DeMarchis

June 23, 2015

Denise Dana DeMarchis, 41, of Fort Wayne, joined the angels in heaven on Tuesday, June 23 2015, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Denise was known for her kindness, her generosity, and her beautiful smile. She touched so many lives through the company she founded, Matilda Jane Clothing, and the charity she created, Mighty Acorn Foundation. Her greatest happiness came by making other people...
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David H. Lauer

June 21, 2015

David H. Lauer, 83, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Fort Wayne, David retired from the Indiana Air National Guard after 36 years of service in 1986 earning the rank of Master Sergeant. He was activated and sent to France for 10 months during the Berlin Crisis. David was a classic car and air plane enthusiast. He enjoyed playing piano, listening...
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Michael K. McBride

June 14, 2015

Michael K. McBride, 52, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab in Ft. Wayne after a courageous two and a half year battle with cancer. Born in Fort Wayne, Michael was an automotive technician with Gouty's Service Center for 27 years, retiring in 2013. He is a 1980 graduate of Maconaquah High School. Surviving are his daughter, Leslie (Bryce) Cline of Fort Wayne; son...
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Mary M. (Kibiloski) Linkhart

June 8, 2015

Mary M. (Kibiloski) Linkhart, 94, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. Surviving are her daughter, Carol A. (A. Joel) Klein; 2 grandchildren, Brian (Kari) Klein and Katie Klein; 3 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Lillian & Carter; sisters, Alberta H. Barkowski and Rose Marie Skandis. Mary was preceded in death by husband, Wayne J. Linkhart; daughter, Kathy L. Linkhart; parents, George and Helen...
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Frank J. McNamara

May 19, 2015

Frank J. McNamara, 82, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Riverbend Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Sunman, IN, Frank was a U S Army Korean War veteran and was the owner of McNamara Auto Repair for 24 years, He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, Fort Wayne Ski Club, Southwest Conservation Club, Olive Club American Legion, #241, and the Back 40 Flying Club. Surviving are...
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Marilyn Sue Gagnon Johns

May 18, 2015

Marilyn Sue Gagnon Johns, 71, died suddenly Monday, May 18, 2015. Marilyn was described as continuously " happy, bubbly, smiley and upbeat". Surviving are her loving husband of 44 years, David Johns of Fort Wayne, IN; nephew Gary Gagnon; niece Diane Swihart; sister in law Mary (Glynn) Rinne Barnhart and her children John, David and Melissa. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Walter...
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Steven Anthony Yanner

April 3, 2015

Steven Anthony Yanner , 60, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015. Surviving are his companion of 27 years, Mary Novachcoff and his faithful dog and buddy, Cheetos. A brother, Michael (Vicki) Yanner; niece, Leslie Yanner; Daughter, Lori (Jeff) Petro; grandchildren, Cera and Nate Petro; grand dog Butkus and Xerxes,Daughter, MIshelle (Jim) Coldren; grand dogs, Rogue and Rockie; Daughter, Chanel ...
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Eloise M. Harmeyer

February 4, 2015

Eloise M. Harmeyer, 88, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Eloise worked for Sears for 40 years before retiring. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. Eloise enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family. Surviving are her sons, Richard (Sally) Harmeyer of Stephenville, TX, Randy Harmeyer, Timothy Harmeyer both of...
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Augusta (Money) Boone Jackson

February 1, 2015

Augusta "Money" Boone Jackson, 80, passed away February 1, 2015. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, James Jackson; daughter, Deloris Jackson; step-daughter, Tina Linnie (Joe) Jackson; daughter, Georgiann (Larry) Miller; daughter, Carolyn (Chester) Jackson-Ware; son, Bobby R. Jackson; daughter, Conella (Dean) Menefee; daughters-in-law, Gwen Jackson and Theresa Jackson; 21 grandchildren; 61...
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Keith E. (Gene) Hosler

January 22, 2015

Keith E. "Gene" Hosler , 83, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at home. Born in Jefferson Township, Whitley County IN, Gene worked as a letter carrier with United States Postal Service for 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Joyce Hosler; daughters, Helen "Lucy" Lucille (Chuck) Meeks of Hudson, Alice (John) Bremer of Howe and Cathleen (David) Meyer of Decatur; 7 grandchildren and one great...
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Katherine M. Bair

March 4, 1937 - January 22, 2015

Katherine M. Bair , 77, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at home. Born in Willshire, OH, Katherine worked as a clerk with Lincoln Life Insurance for 45 years and also was an Avon Rep for 48 years. Katherine was a member of Mount Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post 241 Auxiliary and the Business and Professional Women's Club. Surviving are her brother, Charles (Ilene)...
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Jeanette Lewis

January 19, 2015

Jeanette Lewis , 91, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015. She is survived by; four sons, Sidney and his wife Yvonne, Kim and his wife, Shelly, Michael and his wife, Rita, and Mooch and his wife, Barbara. She also enjoyed her grandchildren, Justin and his wife, Marie, Tyler and his wife Michelle, Paige and her husband, Aaron Martin, Abby and her husband, Jason Tomcsi, Michael and his wife,...
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Sara J. (Endorf) Osbun

January 18, 2015

Sara J. (Endorf) Osbun, 65, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Sara was a RN with Lutheran Hospital for 28 years and Hospice Home for 6 years, retiring in 2014. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and The 46807 Steering Committee. Surviving are her husband, Mark Osbun; daughters, Heather Smith and Emily Bermes all of Fort Wayne; 5...
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Charles L. Caley

January 16, 2015

Charles L. Caley, 64, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015. Charles was a devoted Catholic and Football fan. Surviving are his mother, Delores Caley, son, Daniel Gonzalez, daughter Holly, 3 grandchildren and two brothers.
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Virginia E. Christman

January 12, 2015

Virginia E. Christman, 80, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015. Surviving are her son, George (Lynn) Christman; son, Steven (Ann) Christman; daughter, Kathleen (Richard) Shaffer; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy (Richard) Shull. Virginia was preceded in death by husband, Paul Christman; parents, Raymond and Signe (Spiece) Miller. Memorials may be made to the St....
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Judy A. (Klages) Bauer

January 7, 2015

Judy A. (Klages) Bauer, 77, went to be with The Lord Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Judy was known for her great sense of humor, storytelling abilities and her love of cooking. She enjoyed her time with family and friends and all children. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Clarence Bauer of Fort Wayne; son, Jeff (Beth) Bauer of...
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Carol Jean Buckley Brown

January 6, 2015

Carol Jean Buckley Brown, age 81, passed away January 6, 2015. Carol is survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Wright; her nieces Elizabeth Till; Sue Spitler; and Nancy McGraw; nephews, James (Deborah) Buckley; Dr. Steven (Siobhain) Buckley; and William Buckley; as well as extended family, friends, and students who were touched by Carol's teaching. Carol was preceded in death by her...
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Bobby J. Bellis

January 6, 2015

Bobby J. Bellis, 66, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Bobby retired as a machine operator with General Electric after 45 years service. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Rosemarie "Rosie" Bellis; daughters, Karen (Don) Hastings, and Michelle (Tim) Lauer, all of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Amanda Ferguson, Kyle McDaniel, Alysa Leininger, and Aaron Hastings; and great...
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Lorraine M. (Jerrie) Neat

January 2, 2015

Lorraine M. "Jerrie" Neat, 87, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015, at her residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Ewen, Michigan, Jerrie was a homemaker and a member of World Wide Church of God and VFW Auxiliary. Surviving are her loving husband of 53 years, Russell L. Neat; daughter, Caroll J. (Wilbur) Fowler, both of Fort Wayne; daughter, Bonnie R. (Bruce) Terry of Green Valley, AZ; son, George E. ...
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Carol V. Brant

December 31, 2014

Carol V. Brant, 78, passed away December 31, 2014. Surviving are her son, Rex (Reba) Bardsley of Kendallville, daughter, Della Westrick of Bloomington, MN, sister, Mary (Joseph) Bleakney of Zephyr, FL, nephew, David (Addie) Croghan, Sr. of Fort Wayne, 10 loving step-children, grandchildren; Sabrina, Stacy, Sandra, Rex Jr., Stephen, James, Michael, Victoria and numerous great-grandchildren. ...
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Judy E. Books

December 24, 2014

Judy E. Books, 75, to heaven Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at her residence in Ossian. Born in Bloomington, Judy was a cashier with MCL Cafeteria. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading, her pets and helping others. Surviving are her brother, Ronald Weddle of Patricksburg; brother, Stan (Joyce) Weddle of Huntertown; niece, Judy (Scott) Fiely of Crawfordsville; 2...
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Charles Edward Lampel

December 15, 2014

Charles Edward Lampel, 73, a local artist, left this life on December 15, 2014. Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 22 years, Marianne Lampel; devoted and loving son and daughter, Justin (Laura McGuire) Lampel and Carey (Ryan Miller) Lampel; stepdaughter, Jessica (William) Krause; stepson, Stanley (Meghan) Jarosz; brother, Allen (Patricia) Lampel; sister, Margie; three adored...
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Virginia M. Bogner

December 2, 2014

Virginia M. Bogner, 83, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Virginia was a master gardener, growing lots of food and donating much of it to the Fort Wayne Food Bank for many years. Surviving are her nephews, Bill (Becky) Bogner; Dave (Sherri) Bogner; niece, Shari Vanderford; along with many extended family members. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin, and Editha...
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Dennis A. (Kool-Aid) Girardot

November 25, 2014

Dennis A "Kool-Aid" Girardot, 73, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Dennis worked as a Manager with Ream Steckbeck for 45 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Hessen Cassel and an Honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 12379. He enjoyed restoring antique tractors and spending time with...
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Ronald E. Flohr

November 20, 2014

Ronald E. Flohr, 87, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Servia, IN, Ronald worked as a builder and realtor with Worthman Homes for 40 years and also served as company President, later he joined Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly and Graber as a realtor. He was a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, while attending the Wesleyan Builders Sunday School Class. ...
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William (Will) C. Miller

November 12, 2014

William "Will" C. Miller, 59, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Born May 4, 1955 in Fort Wayne, Will was a salesman with NAPA Auto Parts, in Defiance, OH. He enjoyed camping, casino gambling, boats, cars, and collecting Beatles memorabilia. Surviving are his wife, Sandy (Lulfs) Miller of Defiance, OH; daughters, Rachel (Adam) Bancroft of Carmel, IN, and Laura (Carson) Tucker of West...
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Sabra Rose Tinsley

November 7, 2014

Sabra Rose Tinsley, 14, passed away November 7, 2014. Sabra was an amazing person with big dreams. She attended Wayne High School where her teachers and friends adored her. Surviving are her mother, Deanna (Robert Dennis) Crumb; father, Barnaby Tinsley; siblings, Kayla Burget, Logan McCue, and Jacob McCue; nephews, Jax and Nathan; niece, Alexandra; grandparents, uncles, and aunts, Sabra was...
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Sabra Rose Tinsley

November 7, 2014

Sabra Rose Tinsley, 14, passed away Friday November 7, 2014. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
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John Patrick Nolan

March 17, 1938 - October 31, 2014

John Patrick Nolan, 76, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Corning, NY, John worked as a Grinder with Wayne Home Equipment for 15 years. He then went on to retire from Meijer in 2003. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church-Fairfield and the Elks and Eagles in Elmira, NY. He was an avid Notre Dame fan, loved nature and...
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Martha Denise Wilson

October 27, 2014

Martha Denise Wilson, 60, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014. Surviving are her daughter, Rhonda Horton of Indianapolis, IN; son, Lavon Riley, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH; son, Sean (Tina) Riley of Fort Wayne; son, Marlon Riley of Fort Wayne; son, Forrest Willson of Louisville, KY; 13 grandchildren; 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Mason and Carolyn...
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Ollie Reeves

October 17, 2014

Ollie Reeves, 74, passed away October 17, 2014. Born in Cruger, MS, Ollie served his country in the United States Navy. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Reeves; mother, Rosie Cooper; sons, Anthony (Angie) Reeves and Adrial Lyons; daughters: Alisha Reeves, Anjonette Reeves, Khamia Lyons, and Ollie Denise Lyons; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; 10 siblings; and one aunt. Ollie was...
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Jean Howard White

October 14, 2014

Jean Howard White, 91, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages. Born in Brazil, IN, Jean was an engineer with ITT Aerospace for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He had been a member of Calvary Third Presbyterian Church and currently United Faith Presbyterian Church. Jean was a WWII Army veteran. Surviving are his sons, Michael (Donna) of Phoenix, AZ, Greg, Jeff (Carolyn), Brian...
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Anna Graner Colburn

October 13, 2014

Anna Graner Colburn, 94, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill, sons Chriss of Avilla, Lance of Union, OR, Wayne (Karie) of Bossier City, LA, Glenn of Fort Wayne, and daughter Claire (Richard) White of Fort Wayne, 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Charles Graner, sister Betty Christensen, son...
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Gary D. Clinton

October 12, 2014

Gary D. Clinton, 71, passed away October 12, 2014. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Clinton of Fort Wayne, brother, Scott (Robin) Clinton of Hendersonville, NC, sisters, Sharon (Paul) Koehlinger, Sue (Victor Stringer) Clinton both of Livonia, MI, sister-in-laws, Catherine Lubking, Nancy Lubking, many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Shirley...
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Helen Louise VanCuren Blackledge

October 11, 2014

Helen Louise VanCuren Blackledge was born August 23, 1907, in Ft. Wayne, IN to the late Estella E. Shinabarger VanCuren and the late Leroy E. VanCuren. She died peacefully on October 11, 2014, at the age of 107 at Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne. Helen is survived by her two sons and their spouses, David William Blackledge (Diana Wiley) and Robert Donald Blackledge (Sally McCollum), seven...
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Matthew Alan Williams

August 16, 1985 - October 9, 2014

Matthew Alan Williams, 29, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Matthew was a student with Lada and a member of Bible Baptist Church. Matthew had a big heart, loved Jesus, enjoyed coloring and singing and had a special ministry of sending cards. If you were a recipient, you know what joy the card brought you; always signed Matt W. ...
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Percy E. Davies

September 30, 2014

Percy E. Davies, 95, was called home by his heavenly Father,Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at in Fort Wayne. Born in Franklin, IL, Percy was a US Air Force Veteran during WWII. He was a resident of Ft. Wayne most of his adult life. Percy worked as a Bottler with Old Crown Brewery for 29 years and Phelps Dodge , retiring in 1984. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and the American...
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Paula A. Simmons

September 30, 2014

Paula A. Simmons, 55, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Surviving are her husband, Robert Simmons of Fort Wayne; sons, Joe (Rachel) Wilhelm of Fort Wayne, and Quinn Simmons of San Diego, CA; and brother, Jeff Wilhelm of Las Vegas. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue. Memorials may be made to...
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Phyllis L. Sitko

September 29, 2014

Phyllis L. Sitko, 89, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Hoagland, Phyllis worked with Viking Fire Protection for 17 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. Throughout the years, Phyllis enjoyed crossword puzzles, shuffleboard and spending time with her family. Surviving are her sons, Michael (Linda) Sitko of...
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Melvin W. Schrader

September 25, 2014

Melvin W. Schrader, 87, passed away September 25, 2014. Surviving are his daughter, Beth Schrader of Fort Wayne, sisters, Dorothy Parker of Fort Wayne, Thelma (Bob) Hamilton of Melbourne, FL, grandchildren, Kirstin (Josh) Taylor, Lae William Schrader, great-grandson, J.J. Taylor, foster-grandchildren, John and Caleb, many nieces and nephews and close friends and neighbors. Melvin was preceded...
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Anna Lee Fisher

September 24, 2014

Anna Lee Fisher, 77, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Born in Celina, OH, Anna worked in the childcare industry for 35 years before retiring. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Gamma Iota Chapter, and Red Hat Society. Anna had the privilege to sing with the Sweet Adelines. She enjoyed crochet, knitting, crossword puzzles and...
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Carol L. Thompson

September 21, 2014

Carol L. Thompson 90, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Thompson, Patricia Thompson, Judith (John) Post all of Fort Wayne, granddaughters, Holly and Robyn, great-grandsons, Tyler and Nathan, and niece, Jennifer Kelly. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Elmar and Delphina Petersen, husband, Arthur Thompson, brothers, Robert and Elmar Petersen, and...
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Michael L. VanRyn

September 10, 2014

Michael L. VanRyn, 66, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Michael graduated from North Side High School. He served overseas in the Army during Vietnam. Michael was a devoted Fort Wayne Police Officer and served for 32 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member, past president and commander of the American Veterans #33. We also was a past president of...
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Dolores Mae Scheiman

August 30, 2014

Dolores Mae Scheiman, 80, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at her home in Fort Wayne. She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, and graduated from Bishop Luers HS. Dolores worked at Wayne Home Equipment from August 1973 until retirement in November 1998. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping with her husband and sitting on her back porch watching the squirrels. Burial in...
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Joan B. (Worthman) Flohr

August 26, 2014

Joan B. (Worthman) Flohr, 87, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Joan was the daughter of the late John R. and Alice L. Worthman. She was active in Jr. Women's Club, Past Matron of the Star of the East Chapter #514 OES and Grand Representative, member of the Daughters of the Nile. She was also a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church,...
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Helen L. Sievers

August 25, 2014

Helen L. Sievers, 94, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at Emeritus in Fort Wayne. Born in VanWert, OH, Helen was a graduate of Northside High School Class of 1937. She loved golf, bowling and watching sporting events. Her grandchildren lit up her life. She was kind and generous to all who needed her help, and she will be missed by many. Surviving are her sons, Robert T. (Barb) Sievers of...
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Violet A. Manes

August 21, 2014

Violet A. Manes, 92, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014 at home. Born in English, IN. Violet was a volunteer grandmother for at risk children, a member of the Allen County League for the Blind, and was a foster parent for many years. She loved her family and friends and was always just a phone call away with a sympathetic ear and a loving heart. Surviving are her son, William K. (Susan)...
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Robert R. Lohr

August 19, 2014

Robert R. Lohr, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Bob worked for I & M 20 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and a US Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Nancy Lohr of Fort Wayne; daughter, Pam (Bob) Flory of New Haven; son, Rod Lohr of Fort Wayne; brother, Paul (Elayne) Lohr of Riverside, CA; sister, Virginia...
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Lewis Justin McCulloch

August 16, 2014

Lewis Justin McCulloch , 63, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Lewis worked at General Motors for 29 years. He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Waynedale Congregation. Surviving are his wife, Debbie McCulloch of Fort Wayne; children, Rachel (Michael Heastan) McCulloch, Crystal (Bob) Nicholson and Justin (Audrey Mast) McCulloch all of Fort Wayne; ...
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Sounthone (Sonny) Kenchanh

January 11, 1945 - August 7, 2014

Sounthone "Sonny" Kenchanh as he was known to many, passed away peacefully at home on August 7, 2014. He was born in Vientiane, Laos on January 11, 1945. Dangerously escaping communist oppression in Laos, and fleeing across the Mekong River to Thailand with his wife and three young boys is what eventually lead them to settle in Fort Wayne during the blizzard of 1978. He and his family became US...
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Shirley A. Wilhelm

August 1, 2014

Shirley A. Wilhelm, 81, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014. Born in Columbus, OH, Shirley was a Manager with N&W Credit Union for 32 years, retiring in 2004. Surviving are her daughter, Paula (Robert) Simmons of Fort Wayne; son, Jeffrey Wilhelm of Las Vegas, NV; ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by husband, Paul J. Wilhelm; daughter, Sheryl...
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John Burdette Charles, Sr.

July 28, 2014

John Burdette Charles, Sr., 95, a former public school teacher and minister, passed away on July 28, 2014. A graduate of Orland HS and Butler and Yale universities, he was a minister in Disciples of Christ and Unitarian churches in the Northeast. Later he taught in several schools in Fort Wayne. He also was a recreation director for many summers in Fort Wayne parks. No funeral or...
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Emma (Betty) Helmke

July 9, 2014

Emma "Betty" Helmke , 87, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Emma worked at Maloley's for 11 years. Surviving are son; John Henry (Sarah) Helmke of Roanoke, IN and James Robert (Debra) Helmke of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Rose Marie (Mike) Fultz of Fort Wayne, IN; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sister, Anna Emerich of Payne, OH. Emma was preceded in death by her parents...
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Terrance P. McCaffrey

July 3, 2014

Terrance P. McCaffrey, 55, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Terry was a graduate of South Side High School and Indiana University, Bloomington. Terry worked as the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana for 5 years. Terry was the president of the Arena Dinner Theatre board of directors, and a founding member of the Southside Garden...
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Jarrico Lee Wilms-Ridley

June 29, 2014

Infant, Jarrico Lee Wilms-Ridley, passed away June 29, 2014, at St Joseph Hospital. He is survived by his mother, Ja'Shell Wilms and father, Brandon Ridley. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
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Steven B. Smethers

June 18, 2014

Steven B. Smethers, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at his home in Columbia City. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven was a minister and founder of United Christian Ministries International. Previously he was a contractor-carpenter and member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He enjoyed cooking, woodworking, and spending time at Loon Lake. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Smethers of Columbia...
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Bertha Ann Reber

June 10, 2014

Bertha Ann Reber, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Born in Redkey, IN, Bertha worked for Franklin Electric. Surviving are her son Roger Reber of Warren, OH, grandchildren Kirk and Kregg Reber, five great-granddaughters, and one great-great-grandson. Bertha was preceded in death by parents Russell and Mamie Joseph, husband Roger Reber, son Carson Reber, daughter Melody Reber, sister...
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Andrew Richard Benevich

June 9, 2014

Andrew Richard Benevich , 26, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014. He was a native and lifetime resident of Ft. Wayne, IN, Andrew graduated from South Side HS 2005 and worked as a Auto Mechanic with G & J Family Auto. Surviving are his son, Kyler Benevich-Powell, parents Edward A. and Sharon Benevich of Fort Wayne, brother, Anthony "Tony" Benevich, grandparents, Jerome and Norma Batchelder of Ft....
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Gladys B. Walker

June 7, 2014

Gladys B. Walker, 92, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Mt. Etna, IN, Gladys worked as a Clerk with Sears for 25 years, retiring in 1984. She enjoyed gardening and fishing. Surviving are her daughter, Vicki L. Fox of Fort Wayne, IN; son, Timothy L. Walker of Whitesburg, TN; sister, Catherine Street of Huntington, IN; four grandchildren; seven great...
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Madonna C. Beck

June 3, 2014

Madonna C. Beck, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at her home. She retired from Stein Mart in the Lady's Boutique Department. Madonna had also worked for Nobsons and Paterson Fletcher. She was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving are her son Kent Beck of Fort Wayne, and sister Patricia Bollhoefer of Marion. Madonna was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert N. Beck in...
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Robert W. Zollinger

May 27, 2014

Robert W. Zollinger, 82, passed away May 27, 2014 at Hospice Home. Born in Fort Wayne, Robert worked for I & M Electric Power Company for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Surviving are his loving wife 46 years Barbara Zollinger. Robert was preceded in death by parents Walter and Mary Zollinger. Calling will be from 11am until 1pm Friday, May 30, 2014 at D.O. McComb and Sons Foster Park Funeral...
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Fred Norris

May 22, 2014

Fred Norris, 91, passed away peacefully early in the morning on May 22nd with his daughter and daughter-in-law at his side. He is survived by his immediate family; his elder son, John, his daughter Cynthia Giumarra and husband Sal, and his daughter-in-law, Wendy Norris; He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Nancy Hicks and husband Dave; Richard Vint and his wife Patricia; Bob Vint; and ...
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Robert G. Robinson

July 13, 1928 - May 10, 2014

Robert Gene Robinson , 85, passed away May 10, 2014 at Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
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William (Bill) R. Hollman

May 8, 2014

William R. "Bill" Hollman, 73, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Bill was the superintendent of water maintenance with the City of Fort Wayne for 42 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Water Works Association. Bill coached Little League at Harding for several years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting...
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Garneta Marie Dickmeyer

May 3, 2014

Garneta Marie Dickmeyer, 94, passed away May 3, 2014. Surviving are her son, David P. Dickmeyer; son, Michael J. (Patricia K.) Dickmeyer; son, Stephen L. Dickmeyer; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. Garneta was preceded in death by husband, Charles O. Dickmeyer; parents, Romey and Dessie (Wilkerson) Wass; brother, William Wass; brother, Milo Wass; sister,...
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Diana M. Scott

April 29, 2014

Diana M. Scott, 67, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, She married her beloved husband,now deceased, in 1966 to become an Air Force wife. She followed wherever the Air Force sent her family. Diana served in the Air National Guard in New Mexico and California for 8 years and was a member of the Girl Scouts of America. She was a family woman that cherished her...
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Quinley Monroe Drewery

April 27, 2014

Quinley Monroe Drewery, 8 months, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Quinley was the happiest and most vocal baby in the whole world. "She was so loved and we will miss her very much." She is survived by her parents, Onnie Miguel and Danielle Lea Drewery, of Fort Wayne; grandparents Bruce O. and Terry S. Gattshall of Van Wert, OH;...
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Omari Alonnah Sanders

April 26, 2014

Infant, Omari Alonnah Sanders, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born April 23, 2014. Surviving are her mother, Sherqunna Wells; father, OmarrDeshawn Sanders; sister, Samoni Hill; sister, Carlazaria Rowland; brother, Jerriuan Adams; grandmother, Miranda (Henry) Williams; grandfather, Michael Cummings. Omari was preceded in death by...
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James Michael Ryan

August 12, 1936 - April 24, 2014

James Michael Ryan, 77, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his residence. Born in Fort Wayne, Mike graduated from Central Catholic High School and worked as a Photo Lithographer with Precision Litho Plate for 44 years, retiring in 2003. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mike was a devoted husband, father, and a loyal companion to his dogs Pepe, Thunder, Panda and Riley. He was an avid...
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Karen Lea Pose

April 18, 2014

Karen Lea Pose, 61, passed away on Good Friday, April 18th, at her home. She was born on Fathers' Day, 1952 in Connersville, IN. Karen attended Lafayette Central School and was a graduate of Elmhurst High School (1970) and of Ball State University, where she earned a BA (1974) and MA (1980) in Music Education. She retired from her career as an elementary music teacher for Fort Wayne Community...
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Larry J. White

April 6, 2014

Rev. Larry J. White, 64, entered heaven rejoicing, Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Elwood, IN, He received his masters degree in theology and family counseling. He was an evangelist for several years and became the Pastor of the First Pentecostal Church, and served there for 28 years. He was a member of The Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Surviving are his wife, Nadine of...
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Helen A. Doehrman-Schmieman

April 3, 2014

Helen A. Doehrman-Schmieman, 91, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Helen worked as a Secretary with Northeast Indiana Urology for 20 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and their Rosary Society, The Marions, Daughters of Isabella, American Legion Auxillary #296, Red Hat Society, and RSVP. ...
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Shirley J. (Reade) Black

April 15, 1937 - March 29, 2014

Shirley J. (Reade) Black passed away in her home on Saturday March 29, 2014 in Ossian, Indiana. Born on April 15, 1937 in Plato, Indiana. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She served as a pastor's wife for 54 years and 36 of them were spent ministering and serving at Tillman Road Church of God in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Of those 54 years, she was a Sunday school teacher and...
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Edward E. Helmke

March 28, 2014

Edward E. Helmke, 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 28, 2014. Surviving are his sons Gary Helmke of Fort Wayne, Larry Helmke of Portland, OR, granddaughters, Alex Ann and Kylee Lee Helmke, brothers Robert Helmke of Fort Wayne, Howard Helmke of Columbia City, and sister Trudy Freeman of Fort Wayne. Ed was preceded in death by parents Otto and Alvina Helmke and wife Phyllis ...
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David A. McClure

March 5, 1963 - March 16, 2014

David A. McClure, 51, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home. Born in Hicksville, OH, David was a 20 year journeyman with multiple HVAC companies including JF Miller during his career. David enjoyed shooting pool, listening to country music, NASCAR and sitting around a bonfire. Surviving are his wife Teri McClure of Monroeville, mother Rosemarie Karlstadt of Bryan, OH, children David...
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Thomas J. Doyle

February 25, 2014

Thomas J. Doyle, 62, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Tom worked as a machinist with Paramount Tube for over 20 years. He was a long time member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. Surviving are his brother Ron (Anita) Doyle of Walls, MS; sister Linda Kindig of Fort Wayne; nieces and nephew Ashley, Andrew, and Caitlin. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Russell and...
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Steven M. Braun

February 18, 2014

Steven M. Braun, 64, passed away, surrounded by his family, Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Surviving are his wife, Anne; daughters, Stephanie Braun; Carol (Jeremiah) Deakins; Mary (Chad) Distelrath; grandchildren, Joel and Preston Deakins; Michael and Claire Distelrath; sisters, Shirley (Tom) Stratton; Kathy (Joe) Dowling; Connie (Ron) Erck; Merri (Jim) Windmiller; Gail Talamantez; Amy (Scott)...
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Eugene (Gene) Glosson

February 13, 2014

Eugene "Gene" A. Glosson was born December 18, 1922, the son of Joe and Clara Glosson in Waukegan, IL. He was owner and operator of Hobart/Glosson Food Equipment retiring Dec. 1988. He joined the U.S. Navy in Dec. of 1940 and served on the Battleship USS Nevada as a Gunners Mate 1st Class. He was aboard the Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the ...
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