2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014


Our Obituaries

Chester L. Gatchell

January 20, 2015

Chester L. Gatchell, 91, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Chester was a brakeman with Conrail for 43 years, retiring in 1985. He was a graduate of Central High School; a WWII U. S. Army veteran serving in the North Africa and Italy campaigns; a member of VFW Post 2457, New Haven and American Legion Post 82. Surviving are his...
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Emily A. Ludwig

January 20, 2015

Emily A. Ludwig, 22, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at her home. Emily had a passion for traveling around the world and learning what the world had to offer. She touched many throughout her life and will be deeply missed. Surviving are her father, Steven Ludwig; mother, Lisa Ludwig; brothers, Tom (Courtney Carey) Ludwig; Gorman David (Paula) Ludwig; sister, Veronica Ludwig; and many...
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JoAnna C. Rowan

January 20, 2015

JoAnna C. Rowan, 90, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Parkview Regional Medical Center Hospice Unit, surrounded by her family. Born in Fort Wayne, JoAnna was a homemaker and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Her friends and family were the center of her life and her greatest joy. She will be missed. Surviving are her sons, Chris K. (Louise) Rowan and David E....
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Berniece C. Bearman

January 20, 2015

Berniece C. Bearman, 88, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at her home in New Haven. Born in Poe, IN, Berniece will be remembered as a loving Wife, Mother, Grandma, and Friend who loved to serve her family as a homemaker. Surviving are her sons, Brad (Caroline) Bearman of Fishers, IN; and Philip Bearman of Fort Wayne; daughters, Emily (Tim) Ware; and Beth (Gary) Kantz both of New Haven; 10...
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William (Bill) W. Colchin

January 18, 2015

William "Bill" W. Colchin, 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 18, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Bill was a WWII Air Force Veteran. He worked for Hires Auto Parts for 39 years before retiring. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, and was a proud Kadiddlehopper. Bill was an avid racing fan, especially open wheel racing. His other hobbies included model railroading, and collecting die...
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Shane M. Wentz

January 17, 2015

Shane M. Wentz, 35, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born in Warsaw, IN, Shane was a member of Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren and Easter Seals ARC. Memorial Service is at 6:30 pm, Friday, January 23, 2015 at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, 2810 Beacon Street, Fort Wayne, with calling from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Memorials may be made...
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Jean M. (Lawrence) Pittner

January 16, 2015

Jean M. (Lawrence) Pittner, 61, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Jean graduated from North Side HS in 1972. She worked at Tru Lawn yard serice and was the owner of J&J's Phone Connection for 5yrs years. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, and the Prayer Shawlers Group at church. Jean...
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Larry G. Nicklin

January 15, 2015

Larry G. Nicklin , LA street rodder, WWII GI, automotive designer, Ferrari historian, collector and father of five died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Coventry Meadows LLC in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Carmen J. Nicklin sons, Craig (Becky) Nicklin, John (Lucyna) Nicklin all of Ft. Wayne, IN son, Tom (Amy) Nicklin of Indy, daughter, Jennie Nicklin of Leo, IN and eight grandchildren and...
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Margaret J. Ochoa

January 15, 2015

Margaret J. Ochoa, 79, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital. Margaret loved her pet Yorkie dogs. Surviving are her son, Steven Ochoa of Fort Wayne, daughter, Gloria Brooks of Auburn, granddaughter, Tammy Fugate, grandson, Dallas Fulgate and several great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Nina Willham, siblings, Robert Willham,...
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Gregory Alan Byrd

January 14, 2015

Gregory Alan Byrd, 51, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Lebanon, IN, Greg graduated from Lebanon High School in 1981 and received his degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University in West Lafayette. He was a partner with The Landplan Group for 22 years. He was a member of Elks Lodge 155, Coyote Creek Golf Club, and American...
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Alleda Louise Elam

January 14, 2015

Alleda Louise Elam, 88, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Surviving are her granddaughters, Jennifer (Paul J Jr) Schuler and Heather Byrd; and Danielle (Jeff) Gulyas; great grandchildren, Julian and Sydney Schuler, Miranda and J D Gulyas and T. J. and Matthew Byrd; Half brother, James Stults. Alleda was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Elam; parents, John and Anna Mary...
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Gerald (Jerry) G. Dehner

January 13, 2015

Gerald "Jerry" G. Dehner, 91, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at his home in Fort Wayne surrounded by his family. He was a native and lifetime resident of Ft. Wayne, IN. Jerry was an alumni of Central Catholic HS class of 1942 and the University of Norte Dame.. He was a WWII US Army Veteran serving 3 years overseas. Jerry was President of John Dehner Inc. for 55 years. He was a member of...
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Richard E. Parrish

January 12, 2015

Richard E. Parrish, 85, passed away at 6:50 p.m. Monday January 12, 2015. Survivors include; wife Mary Jeanne of Nampa, ID, Son, Robert (Mary) Parrish of Hawaii, daughter, Penny (Ken) Onstott of Sandy, UT, son, Gene (Judy) Parrish of Provo, UT, son, Lester (Yvonne) Parrish of Saranac Lake, NY, son Boyd (Sheralyn) Parrish of Nampa, ID, son, Louis (Jacki) Parrish of Sandy, UT, 26 grandchildren, 40...
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Mildred R. (Lyman) Scheuerer

January 12, 2015

Mildred R. (Lyman) Scheuerer, 95, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Mildred was a teacher assistant with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 32.5 years, before retiring. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Mildred was a very creative and artistic and enjoyed putting together the bulletin boards at school. She also...
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Patricia F. Hensley

January 11, 2015

Patricia F. Hensley, 69, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015. Born in Harlan, KY, Pat retired as a supervisor from Meridian Automotive Systems in Grabill, IN. She enjoyed flower gardening, cats and loved her family. Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Olan M. Hensley, Sr. of Woodburn; sons, Jeff (Christie) Hensley of Bluffton and Mike Hensley of Fort Wayne; sister, Brenda of Sweetser, ...
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Charlotte I. Hettinger

January 10, 2015

Charlotte I. Hettinger, 80, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015. Surviving are her son, Harold "Chub" (Monica) Hettinger; daughters, Brenda Hettinger; and Melinda Hettinger; 3 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; sisters, Judith (Richard) Gatton; and Sandra (Bill) Branstrator; and many nieces and nephews. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Harold...
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Sandra K. Koeneman

January 10, 2015

Sandra K. Koeneman, 73, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Summit City Nursing Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Zanesville, OH, Sandra was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Richard Koeneman; daughters, Julie Schroth and Christy (Dave) Nei; grandchildren, Tammy; David and Christopher; 2 great-grandchildren. Sandra was preceded in death by parents, Maurice and Betty ...
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Mary Ruth Alwine

January 10, 2015

Mary Ruth Alwine, 90, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015. Surviving are her daughters, Deborah Kelley and Melody Nolder both of Fort Wayne; grandsons, Shawn Kelly Nolder and Heath B.J. Kelley; sister, Marilynn Mathias of Spring Hill, TN; brothers, James Alwine of Peru, IN and Marvin Alwine of Fort Wayne. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Adelbert and Jessie Alwine; sisters, Betty...
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Sara C. Young

January 9, 2015

Sara C. Young , 88, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Uniontown, PA, Sara was a graduate of St Joseph College of Nursing of Baltimore MD in 1948, and worked as a Registered Nurse with St Joseph Hospital in Baltimore, MD for 20 years, retiring in 1965. She was a member of St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Churches in Naperville IL...
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Norma Gillespie

December 6, 1933 - January 9, 2015

Norma D Gillespie, 81, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015. Surviving are her children: Catherine Brookshire, Barbara Conley, Beverly Gunter, and William D. (Diana) Miller; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and sisters, Donna (Richard) Florea and Dorothy (Don) Frazier. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Gillespie; parents, Chester and Alta Nelson...
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Martha E. Long

January 8, 2015

Martha E. Long, 86, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015. Martha worked as a secretary with Livingstone, Dildine, Haynie, Yoder for 12 years, retiring in 1984. Surviving are her daughter, Teresa (Richard) Johnson; son, Greg (Cheryl) Long; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her parents Clair E. and Emily Bowman, husband of of 42 years, Edward Long....
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Marjorie (Margie) Terry

January 8, 2015

Marjorie "Margie" Terry, 92, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Woodview Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Margie worked for the Fort Wayne Credit Bureau for 30 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband, William Terry of Fort Wayne; son, Richard W. (Sylvia) Terry of Fort Wayne; granddaughters, Dawn and Robyn...
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Daniel C. Harris-Fool

January 7, 2015

Daniel C. Harris-Fool , 33, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Oklahoma City, OK, Daniel served in the US Army from 2000- 2002. He currently worked as a LPN with Covington Manor NH in Ft. Wayne. Daniel enjoyed technology, playing video games, watching NetfFlix and was a avid movie buff. Daniel also liked to cook and grill for family and friends. ...
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Lynda M. (Cafolla) BianRosa

January 7, 2015

Lynda M. (Cafolla) BianRosa, 65, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Yorkton, Canada, Lynda worked as a Housekeeper with Parkview for 8 years. She was a member of St Jude Catholic Church and enjoyed animals, bowling, and sitting by the pool. Surviving are her Son, Brian (Kimberly) BianRosa of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Martin B. ...
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Nancee L. (Brunner) Bryson

January 7, 2015

Nancee L. (Brunner) Bryson, 62, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, Nancee worked as an accountant with David L. Wade and Associates for 17 years. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, loved to travel, and loved spending time with family. Surviving are her husband, Neil A. Bryson of Fort Wayne; mother, Agnes Brunner of Fort Wayne; sons, Peter Bryson...
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Ann Patricia Rice

January 6, 2015

Ann Patricia Rice , 89, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Woodview Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Akron, OH, Ann was a loving homemaker for her family for many years. Surviving are her husband, William Rice; sons, Adam Rice of Fort Wayne and Matthew Rice of Ellington, FL; daughter, Abby Rice of Fort Wayne. Ann was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Bernice Schmock....
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Thomas Walter Tracey

January 5, 2015

Thomas Walter Tracey, 81, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Phyllis A. Tracey; son, Kim Allen (Teresa) Tracey; son, Timothy P. (Violet) Tracey; daughter, Lori Ann (Kirk) Cerny; 10 grandchildren, Robert, Austin, Allyson, Morgan, Courtney, Parker and Chad Tracey; Jaclyn (Ian) Wuest; Ryan and Shawn Cerny; brother, Harry D. (Sharon) Tracey; brother, Jerry L. ...
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A. Lorraine Richards

January 4, 2015

A. Lorraine Richards, 89, passed peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab in Ft. Wayne where she had been a resident patient for nearly two years. Lorraine was born in Flint, MI, as the only daughter to the late Charles W. and Lorene A. (Mullen) Gildea. She was a classically trained pianist and attended private school for young women and one year of...
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Gregory K. Borton

January 1, 2015

Gregory K. Borton, 70, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Nina Borton of Hoagland; adopted daughter, Eve Derkach; many nieces and nephews. Greg was preceded in death by parents, Sidney Clark and Edna Jean (Fritz) Borton. Service is 11:00 am, January 7, 2015, at Lindenwood Cemetery, 2324 W. Main Street. Arrangements by D. O. McComb ...
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Joel Duane (Dewey) Fisher

January 1, 2015

Joel Duane "Dewey" Fisher , 81, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Covington Manor Nursing Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Joel graduated from Central HS in 1952. He was a US Army veteran. He was as a pressman with Fort Wayne Newspapers for 46 years, retiring in 1995. He was member of Bethany English Lutheran Church. Joel enjoyed taking day trips with his wife to buy lottery...
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Gary W. Sampson

January 1, 2015

Gary W. Sampson, 64, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015, at VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Gary proudly served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne, 327th Infantry and 2nd Battalion. Gary worked as a Factory Worker with Indiana Phoenix for 6 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the American Legion. He was a hardworking man who was a great provider. He...
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Fahma I. (North) Rousseau

January 1, 2015

Fahma I. (North) Rousseau, 91, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Fahma had her auctioneer's and real estate license. She worked for Finlay Jewelers at Marshall Fields for 10 before retiring in 2010. She was an active member at Messiah Lutheran Church, Past President of Fort Wayne Ballet, Civic Theatre Guild, North Side PTA and...
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Charles L. Nagel

December 31, 2014

Charles L. Nagel, 85, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Harvey, IL, Charles was a self employed truck driver for over 23 years, He was a Korean War veteran and a member of , American Legion 499. Charles enjoyed wood working, traveling, fishing and his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family. Surviving are his sons, Michael...
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Luz Maria Tello

December 30, 2014

Luz Maria Tello, 64, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at her residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Juarez, Mexico, Luz was an assembler with General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 2010. She was a member of UAW #2209. Surviving are her children, Julio (Mark Decker) Tello; Heriberto Tello; Luz Maria (Jesus Amador) Tello, all of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Sonya Maria Rivera; Jasmine Aurora...
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George A. Berghoff

December 29, 2014

George A. Berghoff, 75, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, George was a Firefighter for the City of Fort Wayne for 20 years. George then went to work as an electrician with the East Allen County Schools for 20 years before retiring in 2004. He was a charter member of NKPHTS. He was also a member of New Haven/ Adams...
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Vurla M. Black

December 28, 2014

VURLA M. BLACK (Cooper) 89 The longtime Fort Wayne resident passed away Sunday, December 28th 2014 of natural causes. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Wayne and a member of the Social Order of Beauceant. Preceded family members: William H. Black, her husband of 40 years, her parents Alfred Cooper & Olga Cooper and a sister Joy Herr. She leaves behind a Brother...
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Aeyai Xayarath

December 28, 2014

Aeyai Xayarath, 56, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Vientiane, Laos, Aeyai worked as a machine operator with Alcoa for 10 years. Surviving are 3 brothers; 3 sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Aeyai was preceded in death by his parents, Bounsong and Somrauy Xayarath; and 1 brother. Service is 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 3, 2015 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park...
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Abigail (Abby) C. Anderson

December 27, 2014

Abigail (Abby) C. Anderson, 64, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Trumbull, CT passed away suddenly on Saturday December 27, 2014. Born in Connecticut, Abby worked as Cook Manager for Trumbull Public Schools for 25 years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Trumbull, CT and attended The Ridge Church in Fort Wayne, IN; a member of Trumbull Center Volunteer Fire Company...
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Fred J. McDirmit

December 27, 2014

Fred J. McDirmit, 84, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014. Surviving are his son, Greg McDirmit of Fort Wayne, IN; daughters, Kathleen Westfall and Phyllis (Ambrose) Tata both of Fort Wayne, IN; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; brother, Evan McDirmit of NC; and several nieces and nephews. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mariett McDirmit, daughter, Carolyn...
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Loraine M. (Hess) Penkul

December 27, 2014

Loraine M. (Hess) Penkul, 93, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Loraine worked as a Secretary with Civil Services for 26 years, retiring in 1969. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Golf League, Bowling League, Needlework Guild, and Sewing and Quilting Club. She enjoyed reading, sewing, traveling, and was a talented golfer...
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Vance E. Clem, Jr.

December 27, 2014

Vance E. Clem Jr. of Fort Wayne passed away peacefully at Glenbrook Rehab Nursing Home on December 27, 2014. Vance was born in Decatur, IN, spent his formative years in Monroeville, IN and graduated from Monroeville High School. He served honorably with the U.S.A.A.F. in the Vietnam War and then served 16 years with the reserves. He retired from L.S. Ayres Southtown in 1992 as Manager of...
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Mary Louise Howell

December 27, 2014

Mary Louise Howell, 95, went home to be with her Savior, Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Straughn, IN, Mary worked as a Registered Nurse with Methodist Hospital for many years. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Cancer Services of N E Indiana, Fort Wayne International Airport, Botanical Gardens and Lutheran Hospital Gift Shop. Mary was a...
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Sharon A. Keller Diemer

December 26, 2014

Sharon A. Keller Diemer, 76, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Sharon was a homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Robert Diemer of Columbia City; son, William (Dianna) Diemer of Knoxville, TN; daughters, Debra (Jim) Byerline of Columbia City, Sondra (Jerry) Hughes of Fort Wayne, and Stephanie Hayes of Colorado Springs,...
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Marceline J. Hollopeter

December 25, 2014

Marceline J. Hollopeter, 85, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Ft. Wayne, IN, Marceline was a Secretary for Fort Wayne Community Schools for 32 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Jane Addams Society, and volunteered at Parkview for many years. Mom was devoted to her family and loved spending time with her...
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Judith Korn

December 24, 2014

Judith Korn, 74, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Signature Care Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her nephew, Patrick (Kim) Goralski of Indianapolis, IN; nephew, Mark (Peggy) Goralski of Naperville, IL; niece, Lori (Tom) Eyth of Omaha, NE; niece, Vicki (Jim) Arendt of Granger, IN; niece, Kathy Krizman of Edwardsburg, MI; nephew, Dennis (Debbie) Korn of Holt, MI; and Julie (Hugh)...
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Elizabeth (Betty) Ochstein Wald

December 23, 2014

Elizabeth (Betty) Ochstein Wald, 102, of West Palm Beach, FL., passed into her eternal rest Tuesday 23 December 2014. Although Betty had no children of her own, four generations of nieces and nephews all loved her as a grandmother. Her vocation in life was to help family and friends and no one whose life she touched will forget her. Betty was one of eight Ochstein siblings (all predeceased) that...
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DeAnna Marie Wilber

December 23, 2014

DeAnna Marie Wilber, 74, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Surviving are her friends: Pat Butler and Julie Kent; brothers: Glenn and James Wilber, both of Fort Wayne; half brother, DeWayne Myers of CO; half sister, Sharon Bowden of TX. DeAnna was preceded in death by her father, Cleon Wilber and mother, Helen Myers. A special thanks to the AWS staff for their care and support that they...
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Patricia Rose (Runion) Peterson

December 23, 2014

Patricia Rose (Runion) Peterson, 79, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Surviving are her son, Robert (Wanda) Becher; son, Patrick (Jan) Becher; son, David (Kathy) Becher; daughter, Elizabeth English; daughter, Karen Becher; son, Matthew Becher; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchidlren; sister, Maxine Davis. Patricia was preceded in death by husband, Gene Peterson; parents, Ward and...
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Donald T. Funk

December 22, 2014

Donald T. Funk, 90, passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at Grey Stone Health and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Don served his country during WWII in the United States Marine Corp. Later, he worked as a Facilities and Grounds Manager with Ivy Tech for 11 years. He liked photography, computers, and was talented at making jewelry when he was younger. Surviving are his son, Mike...
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John J. Renner

December 21, 2014

John J. Renner, 81, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, John was a mechanical engineer and retired as owner of Mission Industries. He was a U S Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Renner of Woodburn; daughters, Kathy (Steve) Biernacki of Boynton Beach, FL, and Jean Kavorik of Chandler, AZ; sons, Chris (Melissa) Renner of Fort Wayne, and John M. ...
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Rosemary Maher

December 21, 2014

Rosemary Maher, 89, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Ege, Indiana, Rosemary worked as an administrative assistant for the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend for 13 years. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family. Surviving are her son, Thomas W. (Elaine) Maher of...
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Laurabell McCaffery

December 21, 2014

Laurabelle McCaffery, 82, died Sunday at Parkview Hospital Randallia. Born Bourbon, IN 1932 to Fern Meek Hibbets& Glasgow L. Hibbets, she graduated as Valedictorian at Bourbon High School 1949. She received the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Kernan in 2004. Memorials are to the History Center, Barr Street Irregulars or the Literary Alliance. Private Services. Arrangements by D. O....
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Marjorie I. Brown

December 19, 2014

Marjorie I. Brown , 98, passed away December 19, 2014 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Brenda A. Moore

December 18, 2014

Brenda A. Moore, 59, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. Born in Chicago , IL, Brenda enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are her daughters, LaShonda Moore, Dominique Moore, son, Darnel Moore all of Fort Wayne. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Ann Lee Moore, and sister, Nicole Moore. Service is 11:00 am, Friday, December 26,...
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Rose E. Edsall

December 18, 2014

Rose E. Edsall, 68, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Ft. Wayne, IN. Rose graduated from Central Catholic HS 1964. She retired as a Data Conversion Operator with the US Post Office. Rose enjoyed gardening, and having picnics with her family at wineries, with her favorite being Two EE's in Huntington. Her true life's passion and...
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Barbara Galli

December 18, 2014

Barbara Galli passed away Thursday night, December 18, 2014 at The Towne House. Born on February 18, 1928 to Richard and Hazel Etzler, she was a life-long resident of Fort Wayne. Barbara graduated from Concordia High School in 1946. She was married to the late Richard Galli on June 25, 1949. She was a secretary, loving mother and spouse and a long-time active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church...
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Robert Davis

December 18, 2014

Robert Davis, 66, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014. Surviving are his daughters, Shanta Medsker, Wendy (Americo) Mella both of Fort Wayne, grandchildren, Skye, William, Emily, Dallas, Anastasia, Donatello, and Americo Jr., sister, Kathie (Fred) Teeple of Decatur, nieces, Michelle Anquanio, and Sarah Whistoff. Robert was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Kathleen Davis....
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Dorothy I. Baltes

December 17, 2014

Dorothy I. Baltes, 98, passed away December 17, 2014. Surviving are her children; Richard (Jamie) Bell; Ronald Davis; John (Sandra) Baltes; Catherine (Gary) Roberts; Margaret (Donald) Miller; Carl Baltes and Donald (Michelle) Baltes; 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, and brother, Jack (Pauline) Wood. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents...
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Julia Ann Modarressi

December 17, 2014

Julia Ann Modarressi, 56, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Service is 3:00 pm, Monday, December 22, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with calling from 11:00 am. Memorials may be made to the family.
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Betty J. McIntire

December 17, 2014

Betty J. McIntire , 69, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Cleveland, OH, Betty worked as a Service Representative with Verizon for 14 years, retiring in 2007. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed entertaining in her home. Betty liked feeding the birds and squirrels and working in her yard along with boating, camping and jet skiing. Her...
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Phyllis J. Glaser

December 16, 2014

Phyllis J. Glaser, 86, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Phyllis was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was dedicated to her faith, family and friends. She was a member of Queen of Angels Rosary Society. Surviving are her children, Thomas Glaser, Karen (David) Belschner, Nancy Ellert and Lisa (Terry) Bailey all of Fort Wayne; grandsons; Robert, Michael, Jon,...
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Matthew S. Frank

December 15, 2014

Matthew S. Frank , 45, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at his mother's home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Matthew graduated from Snider HS in 1987 and earned his bachelors degree from Indiana University. He was the owner of Clear Moment Health Food Store Bloomington IN for the past 20 years. Matthew was an avid believer in living a healthy life style and natural remedies. He...
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Patricia Speidell Blain

December 15, 2014

Patricia Speidell Blain, 86, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Patricia worked as a Administrative Assistant with Standard Federal Bank for 27.5 years, retiring in 1991. Surviving are her daughter, Mary Edna Swartz of Cape Coral, FL; Grandchildren, Brittany and Bridgett Miller and David J. Swartz; Great-Grandchildren, Samantha and Brooke Swartz and Drake Gonzalez. ...
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Walter G. Eloranta

December 15, 2014

Walter G. Eloranta, 92, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Grace; three daughters: Sandra Sillampa; Nancy (Robert) Rhee; and Barbara (Ted) Dynes; nine grandchildren: Josie (Caleb) Miller, David Sillampa, Timothy (Christina) Sillampa, and Kelly Sillampa; Elizabeth and Suzanne Rhee; Seth, Olivia, and Joshua Dynes; great-granddaughter, Vivian Sillampa; and...
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Robert J. (Bob) McCoy

December 15, 2014

Robert J. "Bob" McCoy, 72, passed away suddenly, Monday, December 15, 2014, at his home in Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with bone cancer. Born in Ft. Wayne, Robert graduated from North Side HS 1961 and earned his MBA from ITT. He served honorably in the US Army as well at the National Security Agency. He had a distinguished career in the logistic industry and...
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Robert L. Traub

August 23, 1913 - December 13, 2014

Father Robert L. Traub passed away on December 13, 2014 at St. Ann's Retirement Center, Fort Wayne, where he had been in residence. He was born in Muncie, IN, on August 23, 1913 to Adam and Ann Traub. Fr. Traub was the oldest of nine, with five brothers and three sisters. Father Traub attended St. Lawrence School, Muncie, and Columbia College, Dubuque, Iowa. He enrolled at St. Meinrad Seminary,...
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Larry E. Orr

December 12, 2014

Larry E Orr, 76, passed away December 12, 2014 at home. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Dwight C. Bridges

December 12, 2014

Dwight C. Bridges, 89, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Park Place Senior Living in Ft. Wayne. Born in Yoder, IN, Dwight worked as a Grocer with Roger's Markets for 35 years, retiring in 1989. He was U S Army WW II veteran and a member of Grace Point Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed collecting fossils and stones for over 70 years and donated them to the local schools. Surviving are...
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Alice Louise Parrot

December 12, 2014

Alice Louise Parrot, 101, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Alice and her husband owned the Parrot Packing Company Inc. for many years. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and enjoyed playing cards and fishing. Surviving are her son, Stephen J. (Marilyn L) Parrot of Fremont, IN; daughter,...
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Cathy L. Katt

December 11, 2014

Cathy L. Katt, 60, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Cathy loved to serve her family as a homemaker. She was an active member of The Cross Church. Surviving are her husband, Randy Katt of Fort Wayne; son, Jeff (Karen) Caldwell of Fort Wayne; son, Joshua (Kayleigh) Katt of Gulfport, MS; son, Jon-Michael (Kaitlyn) Katt of Cincinnati, OH; and 7 grandchildren....
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Marilyn E. Savage

December 10, 2014

Marilyn E. Savage, 41, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Marilyn graduated from Harding High School. Later she worked for Custom Mattress for 3 years. She was a loving mother, sister, and daughter who enjoyed cooking and traveling. She will also be remembered for having a great sense of humor. Surviving are her mother,...
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Freda M. Kugler

December 8, 2014

Freda M. Kugler, 95, passed away December 8, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her sons: James (Betty) Biggs and Thomas "Art" (JoAnn) Biggs, step-sons: Malen P. (Marie) Kugler and Ralph (Kim) Kugler, Jr.,; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; many great great grandchildren; and dog, Abby. Freda was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kugler; sons: Jack and Larry Biggs; great great...
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Mehmedija Kikic

December 8, 2014

Mehmedija Kikic, 73, passed away December 8, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Paul R. Bueter

December 7, 2014

Fr. Paul R. Bueter, 81, died Sunday, December 7, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Fr. Paul was a Catholic Priest with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 55 years. Fr. Paul was a 1951 graduate of Marmion Academy and thereafter entered into studies for the priesthood. After graduating from St Mary's Seminary in 1959, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the...
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Miriam Guadalupe Jimenez

December 6, 2014

Miriam Guadalupe Jimenez, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her parents, Gustavo and Maria (Colin) Jimenez of Fort Wayne. Miriam was preceded in death by brother, Nathaniel Jimenez. Mass of Christian Burial is 1:00 pm, Friday, December 12, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison with Fr. Fernando Jimenez officiating. ...
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John F. Maher

December 6, 2014

John F. Maher, 91, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014, at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Marion, John was a WW II US Navy veteran and was a specifications interpreter with International Harvester for 34 years, retiring in 1976. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Senior Bowling League, American Legion Post #241 and he sang in the Cathedral choir for over 30yrs....
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Bryson A. Robinson

December 5, 2014

Bryson A Robinson, passed away December 5, 2014 at home. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Elizabeth "Bette" (McDonald) Johnston

December 4, 2014

Elizabeth "Bette" (McDonald) Johnston, 94, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 at The Towne House Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN. Bette graduated from North Side HS in 1938 and received her Bachelor's and Master's in education from Indiana University where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Bette was a teacher with the Ft....
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Mary Elnore McDonald

December 4, 2014

Mary Elnore McDonald, 89, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Lawrenceburg, TN, Mary enjoyed working as a home seamstress. She was a member of Come 2 Go Ministries, an avid reader, and loved baking for her family. Surviving are her daughters, Jo Adair, Margaret (Mike) McConkey, and Kay (Rick) Schory, all of Fort Wayne; son, David (Sandra) McDonald of New Town, PA;...
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Lois M. Butcher

December 4, 2014

Lois M. Butcher, 75, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Lima, OH, Lois was a teacher with Southwest Allen County School Corporation for 33 years, and later worked with St. John Evangelical Lutheran School. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, a consultant for Workshop Way; and enjoyed clogging at the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Surviving are her husband,...
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Daniel L. Fanger

December 2, 2014

Daniel L. Fanger , 55, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, He was a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School. Dan worked as a radio tech with the U S Coast Guard, serving our country for 21 years. He also enjoyed fishing. Surviving are his father, James L. Fanger of Fort Wayne, IN; brothers, James R. Fanger, Scott (Pim) Fanger and Jeff ...
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Sandra L. Novak

December 1, 2014

Sandra L. Novak , 73, passed away December 1, 2014. She enjoyed crafts and painting and loved spending time with her family. Surviving are her son, John A (Kim) Novak; daughter, Donette (Jim) Braun; grandchildren, Nicole Kidwell; Hallie Novak; Nick (Tasha) Braun; Sommer Braun; and Morgan Braun; great grandchildren, Parker and Alexis Kidwell and Adalyn and Rylan Braun. Sandra was...
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Jean Lorain Krebs

November 30, 2014

Jean Lorain Krebs, 82, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by her family, Sunday, November 30, 2014. Surviving are her son, Robert Stroman, Jr.; daughter, Penny Stroman; granddaughters, Rebecca Riggs; Amy Thomas; Charity Catania; grandson, Chris Stroman; and ten great-grandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by husband. William Krebs; son, Larry Stroman; daughter, Kathy Krebs; grandson, Randy...
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Eugene J. Foti

November 27, 2014

Eugene J. Foti, 89, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his daughter, Stephanie (Rod) Griggs of Churubusco, IN; daughter, Andrea (Peter) Woodruff of Norwalk, OH; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Pete Foti of Ledgewood, NJ; and his sister, Dr. D.L. Foti of Dublin, OH. Eugene was preceded in death by his wife Ethel R...
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Lillian L. Liggett

November 26, 2014

Lillian L. Liggett, 90, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Born in Peru, IN, Lillian retired from G.T.E. and was a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, traveling and loved her family. Surviving are her daughter, Jane (Tom) Dunn of Fort Wayne; sister, Faye Shiffer of Springfield, IL; 4 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband...
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Richelle L. Bodle

November 25, 2014

Richelle L. Bodle, 48, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Surviving are her aunt, Eva Dunbar; grandfather, Curtis Troy "Papa" Barker; cousin, Michael Troy (Katie Marie) Kobryn; cousins, Stefen Lee, Noah Michael and Alex; aunt, Lucy Phillips; sister, Tracie Derbyshire; boyfriend, Michael Rubalcada; many other family and friends. Richelle was preceded in death by mother, Sharon Kay...
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Ismet Sakinovic

November 24, 2014

Ismet Sakinovic, 59, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at PRMC in Fort Wayne. Born in Bosnia, Ismet worked as a Craftsman with M&W Countertop for 17 years and was a member of the Bosnian Islamic Culture Center. He was a people person who loved to have cookouts with family and friends. Surviving are his wife, Ramiza; daughter, Dina; son, Edis (Jasmina); daughter, Tina, all of Fort Wayne;...
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Matthew L. Bobay

November 24, 2014

Matthew L Bobay, 49, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Matt worked as a Engineer with Medtronic and was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife Jennifer; mother, Mary Ann Bobay of Fort Wayne, IN; children, Anthony, Joseph, Vincent, Dominic, Maria and Regina; sisters, Jeanne (Tim) Gish of Fort Wayne, IN, Ann (Joe)...
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Harold L. Andrews

November 23, 2014

Harold L. Andrews, 98, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014. Surviving are his daughter, Kathleen R. (William) Freimuth; daughter, Sherrylea A. Suciu; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Robert G. Schott; niece, Rosalie Buchwald; grand-niece, Elizabeth Buchwald. Harold was preceded in death by wife, JoeAnna Andrews; parents, Hobart and Ruby (Sautbine) Andrews; sister,...
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Marlene Ables

November 23, 2014

Marlene Ables, 71, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Ft. Wayne, IN, Marlene graduated from South Side HS 1961. She was a Homemaker. Marlene was a member of Saturn Christian Church, VFW Post 1421 and the Ladies Auxiliary 40 8. Her hobbies included Nascar, Colts football. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made...
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Patricia A. (Pat) Hager

November 20, 2014

Patricia A. "Pat" Hager , 88, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014. Surviving are her son, Charles Hager; daughters, Cheryl (Doug) Johnson; Lynn (David) Knight; grandchildren, Joann (Jeff) Parrot; Jackie (Shawn) Bachelor; Jeremy (Lanessa) Didier; Jon Didier; Chad (Kelly) Middleton, Bryan (Crystal) Knight; Jeff Hager; Craig Hager; Jason (Beth) Hager; 21 great-grandchild, ; step...
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Jayden Javon Davis

November 19, 2014

Jayden Javon Davis, two months of age, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his mother, BreeAnna Hout; father, Javon Davis; brother, DaJour Jackson Jr.; sister, Bryleigh Davis; grandparents, Marsha and Bruce Riley; Joyce and Larry Hout and Rhonda Davis; great-grandmother, Beverly Davis; great-grandmother, Armella...
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Jayden Javon Davis

November 19, 2014

Jayden Javon Davis, 2 months, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his mother, BreeAnna Hout; father, Javon Davis; brother, DaJour Jackson Jr.; sister, Bryleigh Davis; grandparents, Marsha and Bruce Riley; Joyce and Larry Hout and Rhonda Davis; great-grandmother, Beverly Davis; great-grandmother, Armella Uhrick;...
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Rodney J. Andrews

November 19, 2014

Rodney J. Andrews , 67, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Surviving are his son, Thomas (Crystal) Andrews of Ft. Wayne, IN; daughters, Kathy (Anthony) Selking of Grabill, IN; Christy (Mike) Hendrickson of Stevensville, MI sisters,; Sara Thomas of OH; brother, Kenny Andrews, Doug Andrews, sisters Betty Andrews, Alice Barksdale, all of Ft. Wayne, IN; 7 grandchildren. Rodney was...
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Phyllis C. Mitchell

November 19, 2014

Phyllis C. Mitchell, 89, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at home. Surviving are her daughter, Sharon (Thomas) Fox of Fort Wayne, sons, Rev. David (Barbara) Mitchell of Fort Wayne, Paul (Mary) Mitchell of Grand Rapids, MI, eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, sister Nancy Heeman, and cousin, Marjorie Johnson. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Rev. M. Richard Mitchell in...
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Kay Baker

November 17, 2014

Kay Baker , 71, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Swindon, England, Kay had lived in Ft. Wayne for over 50 years. She was employed at Smurfit-Stone for 34 years and retired in 2008. Kay was a member of First Mennonite Church, She was an avid novel reader and enjoyed watching the Hallmark channel, but spending time with her family was her true passion. ...
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Scott Howard Vogan

November 16, 2014

Scott Howard Vogan, 33, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014. Born in Palos Heights, IL, Scott lived life to the fullest with a deep love of God and a strong love for his family. Surviving are his wife, Kristen Kaye Vogan; daughters, Kayela Paige Vogan, Natalee Margaret Vogan, Bridghid Howard Vogan; grandmother, Margaret A. Vogan; brother, Thomas Leiber; sister, Catherine Hilpp; and many other...
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Jay A. Klingler

November 13, 2014

Jay A. Klingler , 78, passed away November 13, 2014. Surviving are his wife of 55 years Sandra Klingler; children, Timothy Klingler, Sara Klingler, Robert Klingler, Jamie Witte, and Steve (Anna) Aichele; grandchildren, Michael, Mary Kathryn, Jackson, and Natalie Klingler, Christian and Elizabeth Aichele; great grandchildren, Zachary, Avasa and Kitana. Christian and Elizabeth Aichele; brother,...
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Candice L. Dart-McCormick

November 10, 2014

Candice L. Dart-McCormick, 46, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Candice will be remembered for loving her family and always having a good time. Surviving are her sons, Nicholas (Jennifer) Dart and Levi Brand; father, Stanley Dart of Oblong, IL; sisters, Cathy (Louis) Roembke and Cindy Harden; brother, Bruce (Kim) Dart of Logansport, IN; and 4 grandchildren. Candice was...
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Delores (Dee) Kitchen

November 9, 2014

Delores "Dee" Kitchen, 84, passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Emeritus in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, Nicholas F. Kitchen, III of Rome City; daughter,Terri Kitchen of Fort Wayne; 3 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Nick Kitchen, Jr.; parents, Frank and Sophia (Blechinger) Wistl; sisters, Isabell Beach; Helen Wistl; Anne Lein and Mary...
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