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Evelyn (Gitsa Yancheff) Toscos

November 22, 2017

Evelyn Toscos (born as Gitsa Yancheff), Passed Away Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Chapman Place, Ft Wayne 1/22/1931 - 11/22/2017 Born Gitsa Yancheff (maiden name) on January 22, 1931 in the small village of Vissinia, near the town of Kastoria, in northern Greece. She was the only child of Boris Yancheff and Slavka (maiden name Kotchoff). In 1947, after WWII, Evelyn and her mother took an...
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Rose Johnston

November 20, 2017

Rose Johnston, 100, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born October 30, 1917 in Detroit, MI, she co-owned The Oyster Bar downtown Fort Wayne in the 1950's. Rose enjoyed sewing, cooking, and 18 holes of golf with her friends at Pine Valley Golf Course. For years she walked miles each day at Fort Meyer's Beach. Her family always looked forward to going to Gran's on Sunday for her...
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Emily (Jean) Gump

November 20, 2017

Emily "Jean" Gump, 91, passed away on November 20, 2017. She was born in Rural Allen County, Indiana on September 4, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Anna Maloney. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and Society. She is survived by her children, Paul Gump of Chicago, IL, Peter (Jessica) Gump of Offalon, MO, Jocille (Terry) Donahue of Centreville, VA, Joyce ...
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Rita A. Minnich

November 13, 2017

Rita A Minnich, 74, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 surrounded by her family in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rita was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Good Hope. She was a devout mother, grandmother, and wife who was strong in her faith, and had a passion for life. She was giving, loving, kind-hearted, and had a great sense of humor. Rita kept close ties with her life-long friends....
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Jean Ellison

November 11, 2017

Jean Ellison , 87, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Park Place Senior Living in Ft. Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jean was a member of St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. Special thanks to the staff of Park Place Senior Living for the loving care given to Jean. Surviving are her children, Laurie (Fred) Stevens of Celina,...
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Mary A. (Roth) Paddock

November 10, 2017

Mary A. Roth Paddock , 96, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo, IN. Born in Summitville, IN, Mary worked as a teller with Grabill Bank for 44 years, retiring in 2009. She was a faithful member of Grabill Missionary Church. Surviving are her three daughters, Carolyn Green of Leo, IN, Jeanne (David) Smead of Grabill, IN, and Linda (Bill) Mowery of Fort Wayne, IN; step...
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Edward Carney

September 18, 1930 - November 9, 2017

Edward Carney, 87, passed away on November 9, 2017. He was born on September 18, 1930 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late Andrew and Carolyn Carney. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing golf, and was an avid reader. Edward is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna Bane Carney; children, David Carney, Debora (Paul) Outhwaite; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral service...
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Gloria Chen

January 18, 1955 - November 9, 2017

Friends and family will gather on Saturday, November 18th to celebrate and remember Gloria's life. The memorial service will take place at Christ's Community Church (10616 Liberty Mills Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804). Service will begin at 10:00AM. The Chen family requests that memorial contributions be made to Chung-Wen Chen to support the grandchildren's education fund. If sending a check,...
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Jeanette (Nette) H. Hagan

November 3, 2017

Jeanette "Nette" H. Hagan, 88, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jeanette worked with Magnavox for 22 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and also a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are her children, Steven (Karen) Hagan of Siesta Key, FL, Kevin (Kathy) Hagan of Fort Wayne, Kathleen (Darwin) Bartels of...
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Blagoy A Nanchoff

March 27, 1932 - November 2, 2017

Blagoy A. Nanchoff, 85, passed away peacefully November 2, 2017 at The Heritage of Fort Wayne. Born March 27, 1932 in Gorno Dupeni, Macedonia, he was the son of the late Andrea and Sela Nanchoff. Blagoy immigrated to the United States in 1960, settling in Lima, Ohio prior to moving to Fort Wayne. He then married his wife, Vasilka, on November 5, 1961 and took care of her lovingly and...
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Stephan R. Smith

October 30, 2017

Stephan R. Smith, 62, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. He was born in Flint, MI, on May 8, 1955, the son of the late Roy Smith. Stephan worked as a Truck Driver for 30 years before his retirement in 2011. He enjoyed working on cars and collecting trains. Steve loved going to Tigers games and Lions games. Surviving are his mother, Jo...
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Stephanie A. Dunsire

October 29, 2017

Stephanie A. Dunsire, 74, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017. Born in Worcester, MA, Stephanie was the daughter of the late Jacob and Alice Mooradian. Stephanie earned her bachelor's degree in history from Mount Holyoke College (1965) and her MBA from University of Connecticut (1977). She was a secondary school teacher with Worcester School Systems for four years before working at Worcester...
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Shannon L. Noel

October 28, 2017

Shannon L. Noel , 33, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital, Carmel, IN She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, Surviving are her husband, Ronald Noel of Fort Wayne, In; father, David Thompson, Sr. of New Haven, IN; brother, David A. Thompson, grandfathers James D Thompson of Fort Wayne, IN; Sonny Myers of Columbia City, IN; aunts, Linda Screeton...
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John S. (Jack) Ripple, Jr.

October 25, 2017

John S. "Jack" Ripple, Jr., 56, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jack was the son of the late John S. Ripple, Sr. and Doris Ripple who survives. Jack earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. He worked for and was a lifetime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America during his working career. His passion for the Scouts started...
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Marion J. Bracht

October 24, 2017

Marion J. Bracht, 84, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Ferndale, MI, Marion was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She had a smile for everyone and had a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Marion loved playing bingo, crafts, and enjoyed traveling....
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Robert Stephen Warner

October 23, 2017

Robert Stephen Warner, 69, passed away at his home in Flowery Branch, Georgia on Sunday, October 23. He was the son of the late James and Ruth Warner and lived most of his life on the family farm near Huntertown, Indiana. He graduated from Huntertown High School and Purdue University. His occupation was in educational technology, but his passion was golf. He moved to Georgia to be close to family...
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Betty Ann (Glenn) Heyman

October 22, 2017

Betty Ann (Glenn) Heyman, 89, of Fort Wayne, IN, died October 22, 2017. She was born on July 30, 1928 to Stephen and Marian (Snyder) Glenn. Betty grew up in southern Ohio in the Cincinnati area, moving to Fort Wayne after high school, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was employed by Wolf and Dessauer in the early 1950's as a fashion illustrator. She met, and in 1952, married...
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Edmund "Ed" Daniels

October 19, 2017

Edmund "Ed" Royce Daniels, 87, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo. Born in Munising, MI, Ed worked as a supervisor with Nipsco for 36+ years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the American Legion Post 499 Masonic Lodge, Huntertown, life member of Scottish Rite Free Masonry, USS Pittsburgh Association, and US Navy Cruiser Association. Ed was a Korean War Navy Veteran on...
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Maria (Shiriaev) Juillerat

October 18, 2017

Maria (Shiriaev) Juillerat, 93, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Born in Suma, Ukraine, Maria was the daughter of the late Paul and Natalie Grebenuk. Maria immigrated to the United States after World War II in 1950. She came to live the American Dream, which she did with hard work and determination. She cleaned houses for many years to provide for her family. Her and her husband Orville...
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Ed Alberding

October 18, 2017

Edward Alberding, 81, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Ed worked as the Vice President/Sales Manager with National Oil and Gas for 55 years. Ed was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a member of Knights of Columbus of Fort Wayne and St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. Ed loved fishing and playing golf. He was an avid Chicago sports fan....
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Karen Davis

October 15, 2017

Karen Davis, 75, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Kingston at Dupont in Fort Wayne. Born in Rensselaer, IN, Karen worked as a secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2006. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Society, through Our lady of Good Hope, and a volunteer and senior games coordinator with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Karen was a passionate...
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Mary E. Jansen

October 15, 2017

Mary E. Jansen, 94, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born on September 1, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN, Mary was the daughter to the late Bernard and Agnes Jansen. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She is survived by her 20 loving nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her siblings Geraldine Didier, Bernard Jansen, JoAnne Schimmele, and Jean Jansen...
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Ronald (Ron) Bernard Walden

October 13, 2017

Ronald "Ron" Bernard Walden, 73, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was a graduate of Elmhurst High School class of 1962. Ron was a retiree from the Fort Wayne Fire Department having held many ranks throughout his career. He was a District Chief and Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau. Ron also served as President of the Firefighters Union IAFF Local 124...
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Ira (Gene) Listenberger, Sr.

October 12, 2017

Ira "Gene" Listenberger Sr., 70, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Gene worked as a machinist with GE for 13 years and most recently with Bentler Automotive for 25 years. He was an avid fisherman who loved taking trips to Canada. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Betty Ann Listenberger of Fort Wayne; daughter, Martie (Pat) Simpkins of Columbia City,...
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Ortencia VanHorn

October 11, 2017

Ortencia VanHorn, 74, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Antwerp, OH, Ortencia worked at Zollner Pistons for 39 yrs years, retiring in 2008. She was a member St. Judes Catholic Church, Her hobbies included ceramics, music and dancing. Surviving are her children Roberto (Andrea) VanHorn of AZ; John VanHorn of Auburn, IN; Rachel ...
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Richard E. Roy

October 11, 2017

Richard E. Roy, 91, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, Richard worked as a tool and die maker with Slater Steel for 44 years. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy during WWII. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church of Fort Wayne and St. Malachy Catholic Church of Brownsburg, IN. Surviving are his son, Bryan ...
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Carolyn (Pam) Kille

October 8, 2017

Carolyn "Pam" Kille Fort Wayne, IN – Carolyn "Pam" R. Kille, age 86, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Carolyn was born in Spencerville, OH on October 23, 1930 and was the daughter of Raymond Ramsey and Bernice (Rapp) Ramsey Jacobs, and the step-daughter of Charles Jacobs. Carolyn graduated from Spencerville High School and attended Ohio Northern University in...
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Sharon Rose Walden

October 6, 2017

Surrounded by her family, Sharon Rose Walden (Gra), entered eternal life on Friday, October 6, 2017. Her spirit is carried on by her husband of 53 years, Ronald B. Walden, her three children Scott (Shelly) Walden, Gregory Walden, Michelle (Anthony) David; her grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Alexa and Xavier Walden; Joel, Anthony, Nathaniel and Rylan David. Brothers Robert (Georgeann) Minnick,...
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Aubrey M. Williams

October 6, 2017

Aubrey M. Williams, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 6, 2017. Born in Boaz, Alabama, Aubrey was the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Williams. Aubrey was a welder and mechanic for International Harvester, American Hoist, Truck Transport Equipment and Lincoln Way International until his retirement. In his youth, Aubrey enjoyed camping, fishing, riding...
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Paul L. Yoquelet

October 5, 2017

Paul L. Yoquelet, 85, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 quietly at his home with family by his side in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Paul worked as a director/treasurer with Cellular 2000 Telephone Company for 15 years and was the owner of Yoquelet's Tavern. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards. Surviving are his wife of 60 years,...
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Lisa L. (Riebersal) Moore

October 3, 2017

Lisa L. (Riebersal) Moore, 31, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home in South Bend. Born in Fort Wayne, Lisa worked as a nurse at Elkhart General Hospital and Southfield Village Nursing Home in South Bend. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church - West Jefferson. Lisa loved her husband, family, friends, and puppy. She enjoyed quilting and all things Alice in Wonderland. Lisa loved...
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Paul A. Staller, Jr.

September 30, 2017

Paul A. Staller Jr, 80, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Auburn, PA, August 6, 1937 to the late Paul Adam and Ruth Jasmina Staller. Paul retired as a Project Engineer with Cooper Tire with 30 years of service. He was a member of Parkwood Church of God and served in many capacities with a passion for helping and learning. His hobbies included traveling,...
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Douglas (Doug) Ohnesorge

September 30, 2017

Douglas "Doug" Ohnesorge, 54, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. Born on November 21, 1962 in Fort Wayne, Doug was the son of Dolores M. (Caston) and the late Richard H. Ohnesorge. Doug was a graduate of Paul Harding High School class of 1981, and spent much of his career as a body and fender repairman. Doug enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, and cooking. Surviving are his...
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Betty (Thivener) Wahl

September 28, 2017

Betty (Thivener) Wahl, age 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 28, 2017. Born July 6, 1928 in Gallipolis, OH. She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, James; son Jeff (Jan) Wahl; daughter-in-law Sharon Wahl; sister Anna (Russ) Shaeffer; grandchildren Nicole (Ryan) Melching, Jeremy (Dawn) Wahl, Brandon (Monica) Wahl, Faith (Jeremy) Smith, and Brittany Wahl; great-grandchildren Davis ...
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Eric J. Balliet

September 27, 2017

Captain Eric J. Balliet, 41, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 during a training session with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. Ericgraduated from Northop High School in 1994 and earned his associates degree from Ivy Tech. Eric was a 19 year veteran with the Fort Wayne Fire Department; a paramedic with Three Rivers Ambulance...
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Betty Marie McKinney

September 27, 2017

Betty Marie McKinney nee Hughes, 82, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Stroh, IN, on July 4, 1935 to Bill and Frankie Hughes, Betty was always a "firecracker". She met the love of her life at the age of 14, "Billy", while working at Millers Ice Cream. They were married April 22, 1955. Betty enjoyed genealogy and her doll collection, but what she loved most was her family,...
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Norma Lavern Routhier

September 27, 2017

Norma Lavern Routhier passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday September 27th, 2017. Norma was born in Columbia City, Indiana on March 31st 1929 to Estella and Harry Slater. She grew up around Coesse and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Upon graduating from Coesse High School she worked for many years at Lincoln Life Insurance Company. Soon after WWII she met Ron Routhier and they were married on...
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Judith Ann Hansen

May 22, 1943 - September 22, 2017

JUDITH ANN HANSEN 74, of Ft Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2017. Born in Toledo, Ohio Judith was the daughter of the late Jean and Ralph Mason. Judith was a hairdresser for 30 years in the Toledo area and owner of Curl and Flair beauty salon on Sylvania Avenue. She loved to travel, play golf and go boating and fishing with her loving husband of 45 years, Niels Hansen. ...
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Jack V. Bridges

September 18, 2017

Jack V. Bridges, 90, passed away on September 18, 2017 at home. He was born on June 5, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late William and Leona Bridges. Jack served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was recalled for the Korean Conflict as a specialist in communications. His journey in the Navy took him to Northern Ireland where he met and married Annie "Fay" Bridges nee Orr. After the Korean...
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Frank Anthony Palermo

September 15, 2017

Fort Wayne - Beloved brother, uncle, godfather Frank Anthony Palermo, 84, of Fort Wayne, died on September 15, 2017. Mr. Palermo was born February 14, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Alessandro and Venera (Vastano) Palermo. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Palermo worked at...
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Laura F. Smith

September 14, 2017

Laura F. Smith, 95, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017. Born in Pinehurst, GA, Laura was the daughter of the late Major Franklin and Mary McCormick. She worked for Parkview Hospital as an Employment Manager during her 44 year career, retiring in 1999. She was a 61 year charter member of Forest Park United Methodist Church where she was active in many church groups including the Rebecca...
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Maxine Troutner Evans

September 13, 2017

Maxine Troutner Evans died September 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born June 21, 1913 in Blue Creek Township, Adams County, Indiana to Will & Edra Dellinger, and lived to be 104 years old. Maxine was a homemaker until her children were in school. She then returned to work, eventually retiring from the Allen County Clerk's office. Maxine enjoyed dancing at the Senior Dance Club, where she...
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James J. (Jim) Glaser

September 11, 2017

James J. "Jim" Glaser, 78, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jim worked as a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne for 25 years, retiring in 1988. He was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a member of St. Joe Athletic Club and 20 year club member - Fort Wayne Firefighters. Jim loved to hunt, fish, golf, play cards, and cook. He...
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David Wayne Bogard

September 10, 2017

David Wayne Bogard, 57, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. Surviving are his brother, Rickie Bogard of Marion, IN; sister, Kathy Bogard of Fort Wayne, IN; niece, Crystal (Jeremy High) Reaume of Fort Wayne; and nephew and niece, Noah and Anna Reaume. David was preceded in death by mother, Guianna Bogard; father, Marvin Wayne Bogard. Service is 10:00 am, September 18, 2017 at Riverview...
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Rose Marie Kallmyer

September 8, 2017

Rose Marie Kallmyer passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Rose was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951. Rose married Ray Kallmyer in 1958. She was a talented pianist and church organist. Rose also worked as a seamstress and helped with her husband's real estate business. Rose attended Pathway Community Church. ...
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Kaplanis

September 8, 1936 - September 6, 2017

Evangeli Kaplanis, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 6, 2017. Born on September 8, 1936, in Itea, Greece, and immigrated to Fort Wayne in 1966 with her family, she was a daughter of the late Triandafilos and Flora Panou. She was a homemaker and housewife who loved to cook both Greek and traditional cuisine. She was the mother of three children and nine grandchildren and lived her life...
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Patricia (Meiners) Knight

September 6, 2017

Patricia (Meiners) Knight, 89, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Pat was a 1945 graduate of Central Catholic High School, where she excelled in English and won a national poetry award. Other schools Pat attended were Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, and St. Joseph's Academy in Tipton. She was...
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Willard (Jeff) Potts

September 5, 2017

Willard "Jeff" Potts, 64, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 after a brave and courageous battle with ALS. Jeff made a career of selling cars spanning over 30 years. He was passionate about his family, baseball, bowling, and knowledge of sports. Jeff had a magnetic personality and loved making conversation. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Clara Potts of Fort Wayne, daughter, Casey (Erv)...
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Richard (Rick) Marx

September 3, 2017

Richard (Rick) Marx, 69, died Sunday, September 3, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan, on September 9, 1947, to LaVern and Helen Marx. He had an accounting degree from Wayne State University and a master's degree in taxation from Walsh College. He retired from Irmscher, Inc. after 26 dedicated years, in 2013; in addition, he worked in public...
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Michael J. Kohrman

September 2, 2017

Michael J Kohrman, 47, passed away Saturday Sep 2, 2017 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Michael was the son of the late Thomas and Joan Kohrman. Michael worked at Navistar for over 20 years. He loved being with his family, travel and Notre Dame football. He is survived by his wife of 18 years Karen Kohrman of Plainfield, Ill; brother Thomas (Karen)...
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William J, Harr, Jr.

September 1, 2017

William J. Harr Jr., 74, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Bill worked as a maintenance supervisor for over 50 years. He enjoyed gardening, watching football, attending auctions, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his daughter, Brenda Skaggs of Leo, IN; grandchildren, Gregory (Alissia) Skaggs, and Rebecca Skaggs both of...
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Michael F. Lehman

August 31, 2017

Michael F. Lehman, 76, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Parkview Home Health and Hospice in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Michael worked as an attorney at Water Resource of California, was the Vice President at the former family business, National Mill and Supply, and a professor of legal and business studies. Michael was a 1958 Southside High School graduate. He then attended Indiana...
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Stanley A. (Stan) Peppler

August 30, 2017

Stanley A. "Stan" Peppler, 74, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Stan was the son of the late William and Delaurus Peppler. Stan served our country in the Army National Guard. He worked with BF Goodrich for over 30 years prior to his retirement. Stan enjoyed being in his pool, working in his yard, watching sports, completing crossword puzzles, and in his...
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Diane F. Ward

August 27, 2017

Diane F. Ward, 64, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, Diane worked with Target for 25 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband, Chet Ward of Fort Wayne; daughters, Ashley (Jeremy) Brickey, and Kaitlin Ward of Fort Wayne; son, Dr. Chad Ward of Iowa City, IA; 4 grandchildren, Madisyn, Austin, Chase, and Aliyah;...
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Willodean Mae Klopfenstein

August 27, 2017

Willodean Mae Klopfenstein, 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, August 27, 2017. Born on October 3, 1924 in Woodburn, Indiana, Willodean was the daughter of the late Asa and Anna Ehresman. She worked for Trinity Home Center for 15 years, retiring in 1986. She was an active member and supporter of Grabill Missionary Church. She was an original member of the singing group,...
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Christine (Rolin) Riggle

August 25, 2017

Christine (Rolin) Riggle, 86, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017. Born in Ardmore, Tennessee, Christine was the daughter of the late Erskin and Beulah Rolin. She was a nurse's aide for many years. She was a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, VFW, and Eagles. Christine enjoyed music, playing bingo, and spending time with her dog Lola. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Jane DeVaney of...
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William LaLonde

August 25, 2017

William "Bill" LaLonde, 75, went to be with the Lord Friday, August 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Bill was a true family man and loved his children dearly. He had a strong faith and will be greatly missed. He enjoyed collector cars, attending the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival with his children since the 1980's and was an avid Detroit sports fan. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gladys...
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Sharon Lee Brown

August 23, 2017

Sharon Lee Brown, 73, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, In. March 23, 1944 to the late John and Ruth Zahki. Sharon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are her daughter, Jill (Dan) Johnson of Huntertown, IN; son, Matt (Shelly) Brown of Leo,...
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Mary Ann Mahler

August 23, 2017

Mary Ann Mahler, 79, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Albert and Myrtle Foster. Mary Ann earned her Masters Degree from Purdue University. She was a second grade school teacher with the Hammond School System for 25 years, retiring in 2000. She was an active volunteer and member of First United Methodist Church in...
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Marilyn Rose Waggoner

August 21, 2017

Marilyn Rose Waggoner, 90, of Grabill went home to Jesus on August 21, 2017. She was born in Moline, Illinois to the late Virgil and Sarah (Anders) Fleming on December 6, 1926. Her childhood years were spent in Moline, and Tampa, Florida. It was there she met USAF 2nd Lieutenant and B-17 pilot, Harry Waggoner Jr. They were married in October 1945 in Tampa. After they were married they moved...
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Steven Alan Wahl

August 20, 2017

Steven Alan Wahl, age 66, of Fort Wayne, lost his battle with brain cancer Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Pinckney, MI. He is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Sharon; children Nicole (Ryan) Melching of Fort Wayne, Brandon (Monica) Wahl of Pinckney, MI, and Brittany Wahl of Fort Wayne; parents James and Betty Wahl of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Connor and Ava Melching, Jacob Irwin and Adriana Wahl;...
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Helen Marie Archacki

August 20, 2017

Helen Marie Archacki, 96, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Helen was the daughter of the late Matthew Burczak and Frances Hudzinski. Helen was a Beautician for 53 years retiring in 1998. During that time she owned and operated Central Beauty Salon and A Haus of Mini Salons. Helen enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Surviving are...
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Deborah J. Crooks

August 18, 2017

Deborah J. Crooks, 63, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Deborah worked for Waterfield Mortgage Company and most recently as administrative assistant with SAC Finance for 15 years. She was an active volunteer with Parkview. Deborah enjoyed working in her flower garden, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, David...
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Smaragtha (Mary) Hanewald

August 17, 2017

Smaragtha "Mary" Hanewald, 90, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in New York City, NY, Mary worked as a secretary with Jersey City State College for 25 years. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Surviving are her son, Thomas (Maria) Hanewald of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons Thomas and Christopher Hanewald. Mary was preceded in death by her husband,...
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John Redwanski, Sr.

August 15, 2017

John Redwanski Sr., 69, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017. John worked with International Harvester for 30 years. Surviving son, John (Merrie) Redwanski, Jr. of Scarborough, ME; and his significant other, Susan Frisch of Churubusco. Private family services will be held in Fort Wayne. Burial in Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. To sign the...
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Kathryn Ann Jagodzinski

August 11, 2017

Kathryn Ann Jagodzinski, 65, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017. Born in Portland, Indiana, Kathryn was the daughter of the late Stanley Jagodzinski and Bonnie Jagodzinski who survives. She worked with Tomkinson Automotive Group for 19 years prior to her retirement in 2004. Kathryn loved animals and enjoyed the company of friends and family. Surviving are her mother, Bonnie Jagodzinski of...
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Diana R. Jordan

August 10, 2017

Diana R. Jordan, 80, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. Born in Saint Louis, MO, Diana was the daughter of the late William and Viola Rebscher. Diana met her husband Edward while she was studying at Washington University. Diana and Edward moved many times over the years and in each community Diana took a leadership role and was active in many organizations. With that in mind, Diana was...
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Cleo F. Miller

August 10, 2017

Cleo F. Miller, 84, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at in Fort Wayne. He grew up in Pennville, IN, graduating from Pennville High School in 1950. He later graduated from Purdue University in 1954. Cleo taught high school for one year at Bluffton High School then he served two years in the US Army going to Germany. He then returned and taught biology at Garrett High School along with...
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Raymond C. Buescher

August 9, 2017

Raymond C. Buescher, 95, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Born in Poe, Indiana, Raymond was the son of the late Fred and Anna Buescher. He graduated from Central Catholic High School. Raymond was a WWII Navy veteran. Raymond owned and operated his own farm for many years. He had a strong faith in God, loved his family, and enjoyed playing euchre, and dominoes. He was a member of St....
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Connie Borland

August 8, 2017

Connie Borland, 70, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Connie began her life journey on August 24, 1946. Connie graduated from Franklin High School on June 10, 1964. Connie worked at Joy Manufacturing until she got married to Walter Gregory Borland. They were married on April 8, 1967 and stayed happily married for these past 50 years. Connie was a fantastic mother, wife,...
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Marian L. Thompson

August 7, 2017

Marian L. Thompson, 95, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. She was born in Walla Walla, WA, to the late Alfred and Hazel Shaw. Marian had been a resident of Fort Wayne for 30 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a great grandmother. She was a longtime member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Marian volunteered along with her husband at Homebound...
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Andrew J. Picco

August 6, 2017

Andrew J. Picco, 70, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Spring Valley, IL, Andy began his college education at the University of Arizona and then graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked as a sales engineer for General Electric and most recently was the owner of Fort Wayne Newcomer Services for the past 25 years. Andy was a...
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Odetta A. Bender

August 2, 2017

Odetta A. Bender, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at her residence, the Hearth of Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Odetta worked both as an office manager and bookkeeper with St. Joe Center Vet Hospital for 29 years and later for several other local animal clinics. She served as past-President of Concord Place Community Association, and was a Precinct...
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Louisa W. Hartman

August 2, 2017

Louisa W. Hartman, 93, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Louisa was the daughter of the late Elmer and Elfreda Haugk. Louisa was the secretary and treasurer of H.W. Hartman Dry Wall Company for many years. She was also head of the cash office for Montgomery Ward where she worked for 14 years. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and their...
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James Redmond Shields

August 1, 2017

James Redmond Shields was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 13, 1923 to William and Mary Shields. He grew up in Fostoria, Ohio. James attended St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, on football and track scholarships, before deploying to serve his country during World War II. Returning from serving as an officer in the Merchant Marine in World War II, James married his wife of nearly...
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Robert Pentino

July 29, 2017

Robert Pentino, 76, passed away on July 29, 2017. He was born on September 30, 1940. He was an avid motorcyclist visiting 49 states with his wife. Bob also enjoyed watching old movies, reading, and fine dining. Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Toni Pentino; step-son, David (Jennifer) Schusterman; and brother-in-law, Edward McIntyre. He was preceded in death by his sister Loretta McIntyre...
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Mary Theresa Lebrato Newman

July 28, 2017

Mary Theresa Lebrato Newman, 80, passed away peacefully, Friday, July 28, 2017 in her Fort Wayne home surrounded by family. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, Theresa enjoyed being at the lake, cooking, and adored her grandchildren. She loved traveling to southern Italy to visit her family. Surviving are her Spouse, Richard Newman of Fort Wayne; daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Patterson of Fort Wayne;...
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Lawrence W. Zehrung

July 28, 2017

Lawrence W. Zehrung, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior July 28, 2017. Lawrence graduated from New Haven High School in 1948. He worked in the accounting and computer departments of Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire for 36 years, except for two years when he served in the Korean War in Seoul, Korea, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was also the president of the Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire...
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David Mike Belfry

July 26, 2017

David "Mike" Belfry, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Born in Munising, MI, Mike was a graduate of North Side High School and later completed his undergraduate degree and Law School from the University of Michigan. He served his country as a Captain in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving are his mother, Muriel Wallenstein of Fort Wayne; siblings, Kurt (Jennifer) Wallenstein of...
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James A. Smith, Jr.

July 23, 2017

James A. Smith, Jr., 91, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, James was the son of the late James and Agnes Smith Sr. James was a WWII Marine veteran. He was a lineman and installer for GTE/Verizon for 40 years before his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, American Legion, Post 499 COF, IBEW #723. James enjoyed...
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Steven G. Love

July 21, 2017

Steven G. Love , 67, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven graduated from New Haven High School in 1968 and Sam's Technical Institute. He worked as a systems engineer with Raytheon for 39 years, retiring in 2013. Steven was a member of Aboite Lutheran Church. He was a past chairman of the Emmanuel Lutheran School Board and...
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Karen Elizabeth Leffers

July 21, 2017

Karen Elizabeth Leffers, 54, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on December 4, 1962, the daughter of Leroy and Marcia Leffers. Karen worked at Easter Seals ARC for 35 years, and was a life long member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. She had a great love of dogs, and watching movies from the 50's and 60's era, especially Grease. She enjoyed spending...
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Steven Weddle

July 20, 2017

Steven Weddle, 53, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN on Dec. 18, 1963, he was the son of Floyd and Arlene Weddle who survive. He had worked with Rescom Construction for a number of years, and in 2006 opened his own business, Weddle Lawn Care. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife of 34 years, Cindy Weddle; children, Melissa (Nathan) Rusher, Brandon (Megan)...
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Katelyn M. Pulley

July 20, 2017

Katelyn M. Pulley, 25, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Katelyn graduated from Churubusco High School in 2011 and was currently attending Ivy Tech Community College. She worked for Wise Business Forms. Surviving are her father, Kevin (Rhonda) Pulley of Columbia City; mother, Kelly Pulley of Fort Wayne; fiancé, Aaron Heaton of Fort Wayne; brother, Eric Pulley of...
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Sharon E. Wiegman

July 20, 2017

Sharon E. Wiegman, 85, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. Born in Decatur, Indiana, Sharon was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Hite. Sharon was a lifetime member of the Fort Wayne Civic Theater. The Arts and Theater were a true passion of hers. She also enjoyed making crafts and was an avid animal lover. Sharon's exuberant...
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Bonnie Lou Stanford

July 20, 2017

Bonnie Lou Stanford, 76, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late W. Charles and Violet Martin. Bonnie was a compassionate and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that will be remembered for her humor and unconditional love. Surviving are her husband, of 60 years John M Stanford, Sr. children,...
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Clara R. Dison

July 18, 2017

Clara R Dison, 79, passed away peacefully in her home, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Lake City, TN, Clara enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. She enjoyed sewing, adored her children, and liked to cook. Surviving are her daughter, Chanie (Don) Organ of Fort Wayne and son, Stephen (Cheryl) Dison of Franklin, OH; granddaughters, Andrea Lindsey and Stephanie (Christopher) McCoy;...
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Sharon (Shari) L. Closson

July 18, 2017

Sharon "Shari" L Closson, 67, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 18, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born in Sturgis, MI, Shari completed her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Ball State University. She worked as a Registered Nurse with Parkview Randallia for 38 years. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Joseph Closson of Kimmell, IN; mother, Mary Ann Miller of Sturgis, MI; daughter,...
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Donald E. Bodeker

July 21, 1932 - July 17, 2017

Donald E Bodeker,84, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Donald worked with the Fort Wayne Engineering Department for 45 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Surviving are his daughters, Linda L. (Les) Buttles of Fort Wayne and Terri A (Eddie) Newhard of Fort Wayne; sons, Rick L (Nancy) Bodeker of Avilla...
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Noel R. Wells

July 16, 2017

Noel R Wells, 83, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home in Leo. He was born in Auburn, Indiana to the late John W and Arlene H Wells. Noel graduated from Leo High School and was a lifetime resident of the community. He was a car salesman and worked at Allen County Motors, Bobilya Ford in Lagrange, IN and retired from Max Platt in Kendallville, IN. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul...
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Virginia G. (Meier) Roth

July 8, 2017

Virginia G. (Meier) Roth, age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 8, 2017. She was born November 9, 1923 in Swanton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Roth, parents, Alfred and Grace Meier, sister, Phyllis Meier, and a special sister-in-law, Cleo Roth. For 10 years, Virginia started Missionary Churches in Hawaii and has been a promoter of missions wherever she...
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Alice M. Knepp

March 17, 1918 - June 30, 2017

ALICE M. KNEPP, 99, died Friday, June 30, 2017, at Harbour Assisted Living, Fort Wayne. A Kentucky native, Mrs. Knepp moved to Fort Wayne following World War II, married Harold, her husband of 52 years, and raised two children and a myriad of fruits and vegetables on 16 acres west of Leo. A classically-trained pianist, Mrs. Knepp taught piano and organ, directed choirs and ensembles, and played...
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Carol S. Borches

December 11, 1937 - June 30, 2017

Carol S. Borches, 79, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Cincinnati, OH, Carol was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Three of Carol's passions in life were her grandchildren, gardening, and playing cards. Surviving are her Spouse of 47 years, Donald Borches, of Fort Wayne; son, Robert H (Kelly) Wilson of Valparaiso; daughter, Patty (Greg)...
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Elwyn Rigsby

June 29, 2017

Elwyn "Gene" E. Rigsby, 82, slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Ironton, OH, Gene worked as an Engineer with General Telephone for 25 years, and after retirement he worked with Hoosier Park Casino. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army. Gene enjoyed golfing, and loved spending Sunday afternoons at Peanuts drinking Diet...
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JoAnne Martin

August 3, 1938 - June 28, 2017

JoAnne Martin, 78, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, JoAnne retired from the VA Canteen after 15 years of service. Surviving are her daughter, Kim (Douglas) Heiser of Fort Wayne; son, Thomas (Debra) Schlup of Fort Wayne; daughter, Sandra (Dan) Jones of Fort Wayne; companion, Joe Kohl of Fort Wayne; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister,...
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Jackson Leslie Beam

June 24, 2017

Jackson Leslie Beam,18, passed away unexpectedly after an unfortunate illness. Jack was an amazing young man. He was an outstanding student, an Eagle Scout, a 3rd degree Taekwondo black belt, and a fine banjo player. More importantly, he was a sweet and obedient son, a loving brother, and a great friend. Jack was preparing to serve as a missionary in Taiwan, followed by studies of...
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Joan D. (Jo) Shoaff

June 20, 2017

Joan D. "Jo" Shoaff, 89, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. She was born on February 26, 1928 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Carl and Ruth Vorndran. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Joan graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1946. She began her working career as a Secretary at GE Winter Street where she met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Shoaff....
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Dorothy (Dottie) L. Tyler

June 17, 2017

Dorothy "Dottie" L. Tyler, 90, passed away on June 17, 2017. She was born August 30, 1926 in Pioneer, Ohio to the late James and Ruth King. Dottie retired from Sears after 27 years of service in 1988. She was a devoted wife and mother. A very social woman, that enjoyed friends and family. Surviving are her children, Beverly Raymer, and Steven (Diane) Tyler; grandchildren, Laurie (Stan) McCall,...
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Richard Francis Piekarski

June 15, 2017

Richard Francis Piekarski, 80, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was born in South Bend, IN on October 5, 1936, son of the late Stanley and Helen (Kitkowski) Piekarski. Richard was a tireless worker, and retired from Rochester Midland, in Rochester, NY. His hobbies included golfing, fishing, traveling, attending sporting events, concerts and the Philharmonic. Musical talent is ...
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Karin E. Trocchio

June 14, 2017

Karin E. Trocchio, 63, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Born in Gary, Indiana Karin was the daughter of the late Henry and Edna Mattson. Karin loved her job as an executive secretary with US Steel for 29 years and with Parkview Health for 4 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Parkview Seniors Club. Karin enjoyed photography and spending time with her family. Surviving...
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