Our Obituaries

Dewey "Gene" Marks

October 19, 2014

Dewey "Gene" Marks, 87, of New Haven died on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of the late Dewey and Marie Marks. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven and a graduate of Notre Dame University. He served his country in the US Navy and retired in 1980 from International Harvester after 20...
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Richard Dean "Dick" Woebbeking

October 15, 2014

Richard Dean "Dick" Woebbeking, 74, was stricken suddenly and unexpectedly and went to be with Jesus at 9:30 p.m. on October 15, 2014 at home. A lifelong Allen County resident and lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn, he was born on a farm north of Woodburn on April 4, 1940 to the late Herbert and Anita (Knoblauch) Woebbeking. He and his wife Joan Kay (David), were married on May...
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Miriam Elaine Wray

October 10, 2014

Miriam Elaine Wray, 94, passed away on October 10, 2014 at Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Wilma Luginbill. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. She was also a member of a euchre club for over 50 years. She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Herbert; children, Pamela (Larry) Springer of...
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Robert A. Tuttle

October 4, 2014

Robert A. Tuttle, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead, Ft. Wayne surrounded by his family. Born in Ft. Wayne, he was the son of the late Myron and Gertrude (Hartman) Tuttle. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The Korean War Navy veteran was a past board member of American Legion Post 330, past president of the Eagles 3164,...
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Cecile K. Ladig

October 3, 2014

Cecile K. Ladig, 77, passed away on October 3, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, after losing a 17 month battle with cancer. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy (Petry) Jacquay. She was a member of St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, New Haven. Cecile, retired in 1998 from Sheller Globe, Grabill with over 24 years of service. She is...
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Maynard E. Yarian

September 29, 2014

Maynard E. Yarian, 86, passed away on September 29, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Earl and Grace Yarian. He was a member of First Assembly of God, Fort Wayne and was also a deacon, greeter, bible school bus driver and visited the elderly. He served his country in the US Army and retired in 1994 from B. F. Goodrich with over...
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Barbara Jean Heine

September 28, 2014

Barbara Jean Heine, 75, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Arlene DuVall. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Waynedale. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John; sons, David Heine of Fort Wayne, Steven Heine of Columbia City, and Mark (Kim) Heine of New Haven; sister, Carolyn Lockridge of New...
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Leona Rinaker

September 27, 2014

Leona Rinaker, 92, passed away Saturday September 27, 2014 at Signature Healthcare, Fort Wayne. Born in New Haven she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Nahrwold. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and the ladies aid. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Cichocki of New Haven; sister, Pauline Baatz of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Benjermin (Rebecca)...
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Todd William Unsicker

September 25, 2014

Todd William Unsicker, 53, passed away unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism on September 25, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a member of Brookside Church, Fort Wayne. Todd was a lifelong farmer and also a registered nurse. He loved his time spent at Lake George, golfing, and walking the beach in Florida. Most of all he enjoyed spending time...
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Ann Marie Martin

September 25, 2014

Ann Marie Martin, 99, passed away September 25, 2014 at Woodview Healthcare, Fort Wayne. Born in Niagra Falls, New York, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Placek. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Fort Wayne. She is survived by her niece, Shirley (Don) Alexander of Morrison, CO; and great niece, Lisa Alexander of Englewood, CO. She was also preceded in death by...
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Dixie Elaine King Emerson

September 25, 2014

Dixie Elaine (King) Emerson, 61, passed away peacefully September 25, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Edith King. She worked as a waitress over the years at Eagles and 4 Mile. She was a member of American Legion, Moose, and Navy Club. She is survived by her husband, Dean; children, Paul (Heather) Hicks, Betty (Todd) Hagadorn; step-children, Troy ...
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Ruth M. Griebel

September 21, 2014

Ruth M. Griebel, 83, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Lutheran Life Villages, Ft. Wayne. Born in Wauseon, OH, she was the daughter of the late Ezra and Florence (Clark) Rychener. She was an R.N. at the Lutheran Hospital, Red Cross, and Lutheran Life Villages where she retired as head nurse in 1990 after 23 years. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She enjoyed sharing her...
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Barbara A. Seitz

September 20, 2014

Barbara A. Seitz, 88, of New Haven, passed away September 20, 2014 at St. Anne Home & Retirement, Ft. Wayne. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Mary (Gelbaugh) Bricker. She was a member of Blackhawk Baptist Church, Christian Women's Club, Stonecroft Ministries, and Orchard Ridge Country Club, all of Ft. Wayne and a Life Master of Bridge with the American...
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Patricia L. Gebert

September 20, 2014

Patricia L. Gebert, 82, of New Haven, passed away September 20, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Venedocia, OH, she was the daughter of the late Morgan and Mary (Grant) Evans. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were among her greatest joys in life. She loved animals and flower gardening. She is...
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Vera T. Francois

September 17, 2014

Vera T. Francois, 88, passed away September 17, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Blue Island, IL she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Vera Jaeger. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her children, John (Judi) Francois and Sharon (Greg) Rogers both...
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Elizabeth "Betty" A. Kumming Purvis

September 17, 2014

Elizabeth "Betty" A. Kumming Purvis, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away September 17, 2014 at Parkview Regional Home Health and Hospice, Fort Wayne. Born in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Jesse Call, Sr. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church and attended Townhouse Chapel. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. She attended DePauw University. ...
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Charles C. Bandelier

September 14, 2014

Charles C. Bandelier, I, 90, passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in New Haven, Indiana. Born in Jefferson Township, he was the son of the late Harold and Ethel (Bolyard) Bandelier. Charles worked for Do It Best (HWI) for almost 20 years. He was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church, V.F.W. #2457, Marine Corp. League, and American Legion Post 330. Charles proudly served his...
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Mary J. Ort

September 13, 2014

Mary J. Ort, 82, of New Haven, passed away September 13, 2014 at Parkview Regional Home Health and Hospice, Ft. Wayne. Born in Gary, she was the daughter of the late Pauline McKimpson. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. She retired from Carl's Tavern, New Haven after 30 years. Her life was her kids and grandkids and she enjoyed going to all their sporting...
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Melvin T. Downs

September 9, 2014

Melvin T. Downs, 74, of Woodburn died September 9, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Springfield, Ohio, he was the son of the late Robert and Candy Downs. He served his country in the US Air Force, and retired in 2006 from Materials Handling Equipment Corp after 39 years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren. He was an avid...
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Gloria M. Werling

September 6, 2014

Gloria M. Werling, 89, of New Haven died September 6, 2014 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Minnie Wiegmann. The New Haven native was a loving farm wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother whose life long mission was to serve her family. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven. Those...
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Norman Edward McNally

September 5, 2014

Norman Edward McNally, age 72, died at his home in Spencerville, IN, on September 5. Born on November 19, 1941, in Pittsburgh, PA, he attended West Liberty College before moving to Twinsburg, OH and then to Woodburn, IN. He spent his 50 year career in education serving as a teacher and administrator at Maple Heights, Twinsburg, Antwerp, Fairview, Woodburn Lutheran, Central Lutheran, Holy Cross...
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Richard A. Dauer

September 2, 2014

Richard A. Dauer, 77, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late William and Sophia Dauer. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church โ€“ Soest, Fort Wayne He is survived by his brother-in-law, Bernard Claymiller. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Evelyn Claymiller and Norbert Dauer. Funeral...
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Ron Brauner

August 31, 2014

Ron Brauner, 76, passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Ron was a Senior Product Engineer for Dana Corp., retiring in 2001 after 30 plus years. After he retired, he drove the school bus for FWCS and Canterbury Schools and also the Hoosier Shuttle. He currently was working part time at Connolly's Do it Best. He was an active church...
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Joan Ellen Roemke

August 26, 2014

Joan Ellen Roemke, 71, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at home with her family by her side. Born in Blue Island, Illinois she was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. She retired as an aerobics instructor from the YWCA with over 15 years of service. She loved crafts, pets, and was a collector and garage sale enthusiast. She is survived by her children, Todd Klein, Tim...
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Dorcas Elaine Ringenberg McDeavitt

August 19, 2014

Dorcas Elaine Ringenberg McDeavitt went to be with her Lord on August 19, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey where she and her husband served for the past 22 years. Dorcas was born on March 17, 1953 in Defiance, Ohio, where her father pastored a church in Continental, OH, but in the year she was born, the family moved to Cleveland, OH where her father began a new pastorate. The family moved to Woodburn,...
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William Marcellus Crunk

August 18, 2014

William Marcellus Crunk, 72, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014, at Genesis HealthCare, New Haven. Born in Central City, KY, he was the son of the late William and Lorine Crunk. He was a member of Westwood Fellowship, Woodburn. He served his country in the US Marines and retired from General Motors in 2003. The electronics lover spent his time operating radio controlled airplanes, building...
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Kenneth "Ken" Braun

August 17, 2014

Kenneth "Ken" Braun, 78, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center Hospice, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Rolland and Hilda Braun. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest), Fort Wayne. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 1954. He went on to attend GE Apprentice School as a tool and die maker and worked at GE...
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Patricia Ann Geier

August 22, 1942 - August 15, 2014

Patricia Ann Geier, 71, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Violet (Kamphues) Davis. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church. She was a Co-Owner of Patron Rebuilders, Manager of Bill Knapps Restaurant, and a Teller at National City Bank. She is survived by her...
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Katherine "Katie" Ann (Keim) Wolf

August 13, 2014

Katherine "Katie" Ann (Keim) Wolf, 80, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born in Paulding, Ohio September 20, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth Keim. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church. Katie became the beloved wife of Ned Ellis Wolf, who survives, in 1952 where they met at Hardware Wholesalers Inc. She...
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Louise "Weezy" Pierce

August 20, 1948 - August 8, 2014

Louise M. "Weezy" Pierce, 65, of Hoagland, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Wheaton, IL she was the daughter of the late John and Lucille Gangestad. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. She was a manager for various credit unions in the Ft. Wayne area and recently retired from Walgreens, New Haven. She had a passion and love for...
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Boyd "Clete" Williams

August 7, 2014

Clete Boyd Williams, 67, of Fort Wayne, recently relocated to Murray, KY passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at his home unexpectedly. Born in Corbin, KY he was the son of the late Lloyd and Minerva Williams. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. The US Army veteran served his country in Vietnam and was a member of VFW Post 3846, Churubusco and American Legion Post 157,...
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Lawrence L. Stratmeier

August 3, 2014

Lawrence "Joe" Stratmeier, 85, of New Haven, passed away August 3, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare, New Haven. Born in Woodburn, he was the son of the late Herman and Easter Stratmeier. He worked as a carpenter for 16 years at the former Woodburn Lumber Company, then retiring in 1992 from BF Goodrich after 28 years. He is survived by his daughters, Sue (Pat) Molitor of Antwerp, Ohio, Debby ...
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Bernice C. Peck

July 30, 2014

Bernice C. Peck, 86, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Park Place Senior Living, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Herman and Martha Doehrman. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and volunteered at Lutheran Hospital. She retired in 1983 from Sears Credit Department after 18 years. Bernice loved bowling, playing cards, and ceramics. She is...
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Phyllis L. Doster

July 23, 2014

Phyllis L. Doster, 82, of New Haven, passed away July 23, 2014 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Paulding County on September 24, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Mearl and Lucile (Armour) Davis. She was a graduate of Haviland High School, Haviland, Ohio. She was a member of Woodburn United Methodist Church, since 1960 and was also a member of United Methodist Women. ...
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Paul J. Larson

July 19, 2014

Paul J. Larson, 66, of New Haven, passed away July 19, 2014 unexpectedly. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Fred and Bernice Larson. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven and the Holy Name Society. Paul served his country in the US Army, was a member of American Legion Post 330, and was a volunteer fireman for the New Haven Fire Department. He retired...
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Jane M. Evans

July 12, 2014

Jane M. (Henkel) Evans, 70, of New Haven, died suddenly Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Cameron Hospital, Angola. Born in Palestine, she was the daughter of the late Kurt and Paula (Merkle) Henkel. Jane was a beautician in the area and was very involved with the 4-H as a leader. She loved the outdoors and camping near the lakes. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jerry; sons, Todd E. ...
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Evelyn Minick

July 12, 2014

Evelyn Minick, 84, of New Haven, passed away July 12, 2014 at home. Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Bowers. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven and was a certified nurse assistant at Golden Years Homestead. Evelyn is survived by her husband of 65 years, Daniel; children, Jerry (Peggy) Minick, John Minick, and Diane Minick...
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Erwin "Rack" C. Rekeweg

July 7, 2014

Erwin "Rack" C. Rekeweg, 92, of Woodburn, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at Adams Heritage, Monroeville. Born in Woodburn, he was the son of the late Fred and Frieda Rekeweg. He was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn. He owned and operated Rack and Helen's in both Woodburn and New Haven, retiring in 1981. He is survived by his wife Irene; children, Mike Rekeweg...
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William Francis Rohyans

July 2, 2014

William Francis Rohyans, 89, a resident of New Haven since 1969, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 2, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at Parkview Hospital - Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Gregory and Catherine Rohyans. The US Navy World War II veteran was an Honor Flight recipient. He retired in 1986 from BF Goodrich after 26 years as a...
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Betty Ann Conover

July 2, 2014

Betty Ann Conover, 70, of New Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Scottsburg, she was the daughter of the late Kelso and Florence Dowling. Throughout her career she was employed part time at Comfort Suites North, and worked at Phoenix Sewing and Bennett's Manufacturing. Betty had an active lifestyle and enjoyed being outdoors. ...
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Corey Mitchell Gibson

June 23, 2014

Corey Mitchell Gibson, 22, of New Haven, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014. He was born in Fort Wayne. He was currently employed by T.F.E. Transmission and Fluid, was a past manager at Papa Johns, and worked as a civilian at the Air National Guard. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer (Dennis) James of New Haven; brother, Kyle Gibson of New Haven; step-brother, Jesse James of Fort Wayne;...
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John E.W. Payton

June 23, 2014

John Everette William "J.P." Payton, 60, died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Clare and Dorothy Payton. As a US Marine, John, served his country during Vietnam and was a supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project. For the past 15 years was employed with Stonhard. John loved football, baseball, fishing, country music, and...
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LaVerne Sophia Stein

June 19, 2014

LaVerne Sophia Stein, 92, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Woodview Assisted Living, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Heiman. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. She retired from Fort Wayne Drug. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Sandra J. Stein of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Alan (Stacy) Stein and...
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John E. Becker

June 19, 2014

John E. Becker, 75, of New Haven, passed away June 19, 2014 at home unexpectedly. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late John D. and Ida Becker. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. The Central Catholic High School graduate went on to receive his B.S. and M.S. from Indiana University where he was an Alpha Tau Omega. Mr. Becker touched many lives over his...
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James William "Big Jim" Thompson

June 16, 2014

James William "Big Jim" Thompson, 87, of New Haven, passed away June 16, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Elmer and Adella Thompson. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. The US Marine veteran served his country in the Korean War. He was also a member and past commander of American Legion Post 377,...
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Glenn E. Eiden

June 16, 2014

Glenn E. Eiden, 86, of New Haven, passed away June 16, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Leonard and Louella Eiden. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. The US Navy veteran served his country in World War II and was a member of American Legion Post #330. Glenn retired in 1992 from Philips...
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Merlin Mert Dettmer

June 15, 2014

Merlin "Mert" L. Dettmer, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages from his recent struggle with cancer. Born in Ossian, IN, Wells County, he was the son of the late Victor and Alvina (Buuck) Dettmer. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church "Soest" and previously of Zion-Friedheim Lutheran Church. He was a car salesman (at Allen Co Motors and then at...
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Laura Laury Miller

November 23, 1963 - June 13, 2014

Laura "Laury" Miller, 50, surrounded by her loving family, went home to be with the Lord June 13, 2014 at Genesis Health Care, New Haven. Born in Plattsburgh, NY., she graduated from New Haven High School, She was a sales representative for Indiana Auto Auction, and was a member of New Horizons Fellowship Church in New Haven. Laury was known for her passion for animals, especially cats. ...
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Gerald Gerry Gratton

June 9, 1944 - June 13, 2014

Gerald (Gerry) Gratton, 70, of New Haven, passed away at his home, on Friday, June 13, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born on June 9, 1944 in Peoria, Illinois. Son of John and Stella Gratton. Both preceded him in death, along with his brother, Robert. Gerry relocated to this area in 1971 after graduating from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. He founded and pastored Emmanuel...
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Jacob D. Kennell

June 8, 2014

Jacob D. Kennell, 22, of New Haven, died June 8, 2014 at home with his family by his side. Born in Fort Wayne, he played power soccer at Turnstone. He also loved BBQ and was an avid watcher of the Food Network. The movie buff and gamer could also be found trying his luck at the slot machines and loved scratch offs. A lover of music, he could test your knowledge with lyrics, especially in the...
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Kathryn A. Eagleson

June 3, 2014

Kathryn A. Eagleson, 93, of Edgerton, Indiana died Wednesday, June 3, 2014 at Kingston Health Care Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Edgerton, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Kilgore. She was a lifetime member of Edgerton Wesleyan Church. Kathryn was an avid sports fan and bowler. She was also a great cook, seamstress, and played the role of grandmother to many family and...
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Byron Gerald Peters

March 24, 1975 - May 31, 2014

Byron Gerald Peters, 39, died May 31, 2014 at Hospice Home, Ft. Wayne, after losing the battle to kidney & liver disease. Born in Radford, VA, he graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 1993 and attended Vicennes University. He was previously employed by Ft. Wayne Newspapers and was the owner and operator of the 412 Club. Byron loved children and coached several years at St. Joe...
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Emma J. Ginter

May 27, 2014

Emma J. Ginter, 78, died May 27, 2014 at The Gardens of Paulding, Paulding, Ohio. Born in Otis, LA, she was the daughter of the late Clint and Mahalie Walker. She was a member of First Baptist Church, New Haven. She was a clerk at Kings Department Store, Hutners, Blackwell's Meat Market, and Meijer's. Emma is survived by her children, Yvonne (Jim) Thompson Jr. of Yuma, AZ, Gary (Nola...
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Clinton Kiser

January 10, 1926 - May 16, 2014

Clinton J. Kiser, 88, of New Haven, died May 16, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Kannapolis, N.C., he was the son of the late Clifford and Minerva Kiser. He was a member of New Horizons Fellowship Church, New Haven. Clinton served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired in 1988 as a teacher for Ft. Wayne Community Schools, and also taught at...
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June I Doty

May 15, 2014

June I. Doty, 93, of New Haven, died Thursday May 15, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Alpha and Martha Forsyth. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church, New Haven and United Methodist Women. She is survived by her children, Karla (Gregory) Anderson and James (Marie) Doty both of Fort Wayne; siblings, Robert ...
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R. Dale Miller

May 5, 2014

R. Dale Miller, 80, of Fort Wayne, formerly of New Haven, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Donald and Edith Miller. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. He retired in 1999 as an electrician and member of IBEW Local ...
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Annabelle M. "Donna" Sadler

April 28, 2014

Annabelle M. "Donna" Sadler, 90, of New Haven, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at home with her family by her side. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late John and Ellen Hammond. She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Haven and served her country in the US Women Army Auxiliary Corps. She was a member of the Hoosier Bird Club. Annabelle is survived by her daughter...
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Vivian I. Schreiber

April 26, 2014

Vivian I. Schreiber, 101, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Casper and Alice Colicho. She worked for Weatherhead, Allen County Superior Court Two, and Kuhne Abstract. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Vivian is survived by her daughter Gloria...
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Mary Agnes Davis

April 17, 2014

Mary Agnes Davis, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Miller's Merry Manor, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Cletus and Adelaide Hoevel. She was an active member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, Fort Wayne and their St. Vincent DePaul Society. Mary is survived by her daughters, Ann Fercho of British Columbia, Canada, and Mary (Paul)...
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Jerry L. Beberstein

April 13, 2014

Jerry L. Beberstein, 75, of New Haven, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at home. Born in Hartford City, he was the son of Walter and Sara Ketterman. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven. He served his country in the US Navy, worked for R.G. Construction for over 12 year, and went on to retire from Lowe's in 2003. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Maxine; children,...
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Denise L. Schuckel

April 11, 2014

Denise L. Schuckel, 69, of New Haven, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Parkview Hospital โ€“ Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in St. Paul, MN, she was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. She was also a member of American Legion Post 330 Ladies Auxiliary. Denise retired in 2005 from Do It Best Corporation after 18 years of service. She is survived by her husband...
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Kathy (Davis) Hohenbrink

April 9, 2014

Kathy (Davis) Hohenbrink, 40, of Fort Wayne, went peacefully home to the Lord Wednesday, April 9, 2014 surrounded by her family after a nearly two year courageous battle with cancer. Mary Kathleen Davis was born to Douglas and Mary (Brubaker) on July 22, 1973 in Defiance, Ohio. She grew up in Defiance and graduated from Defiance High School in 1992. She earned an associate degree from...
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Robert "Bob" L. Jacquay, Sr.

April 9, 2014

Robert "Bob" L. Jacquay, Sr., 88, of New Haven, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Parkview Hospital. Born in Jefferson Twp., Allen County, he was the son of the late Herschal and Ella Jacquay. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The World War II Navy veteran was a member of American Legion Post 330, Howard Bandelier VFW 2457, and Navy Club Ship 245. He retired from...
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Phyllis M. Hoeppner

April 6, 2014

Phyllis M. Hoeppner, 90, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Woodburn, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Emma Gustin. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn and the Ladies Aid. She was a member of American Legion #307 Ladies Auxiliary and the Red Hatters. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. Phyllis is survived by...
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R.D. Kelly

February 5, 1926 - April 3, 2014

R.D. Kelly, 88, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Parkview Hospital - Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in Savana, TN, he was the son of the late, George Kelly and Creasie Spear. He owned and operated Kelly Heating and Air, worked for the Allen County Sherriff's Dept. for 23 years. He was a member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. A Life Member of the American Legion #241, VFW...
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Chad Michael Fickle

April 3, 2014

Chad Michael Fickle, 41, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Jerry and Dorothy Fickle, who survive. He was a past member of Faith Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He was a 1991 graduate of New Haven High School and a 1995 graduate of IPFW. He had been employed with WLYV Radio, WANE TV, and most recently worked as a...
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Kenneth Louis Klinski

April 1, 2014

Kenneth Louis Klinski, 75, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Northville, Michigan he was the son of the late Louis and Elsie Klinski. He was a member of St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, New Haven. He served his country in the US Navy, was past Chief and Commander of Navy Club Ship 245, and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 3164. He has...
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Joan Fredrickson

March 31, 2014

Joan Fredrickson, 87, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at Hamilton House, Fort Wayne. Born in Ossian, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Summers. She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne. She retired in 1983 from Lincoln National Life with over 25 years of service. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and also Lincoln Links. Joan is survived by...
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Gary A. Lanoue

March 27, 2014

Gary A. Lanoue, 78, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Wenachee, WA, he was the son of the late Jess and Verna Lanoue. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven and was a former member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Waynedale. He served his country in the US Air Force, which led him to a career as a corporate pilot...
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Therese M. Bowers

March 27, 2014

Therese M. Bowers, 83, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Signature Healthcare, Fort Wayne. Born in Allen County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lucille Kohrman. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the rosary sodality. She retired in 1963 as head ER Nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. Therese is survived by her husband of 53 years, Francis;...
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Donald Wilson

March 25, 2014

Donald Wilson, 83, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Waynedale, he was the son of the late Eldon and Mildred Wilson. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and retired as a Superintendent from Gladieux Refinery after 39 years. Donald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis; children, Ron (Kathi) Wilson of...
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Anna S. "Sunday" Wormcastle

March 25, 2014

Anna S. "Sunday" Wormcastle, 81, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at home. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Sacco. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. Anna is survived by her daughters, Tina Wormcastle of Berne, Brenda Wormcastle of New Haven, Patricia (James) Hawthorne of Leo, and Margaret Wormcastle of Fort...
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Margaret L. Hockemeyer

March 21, 2014

Margaret L. (Grotrian) Hockemeyer left this earth March 21, 2014 after living graciously with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis for 9 years. She was a Hoagland area native, born on November 18, 1930 to the late Ray and Bertha (Springer) Grotrian; she attended both St. John's Lutheran School and Hoagland High School. On October 15, 1954 she married Richard A. Hockemeyer in St. John's Flatrock and...
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Barbara A. Isenbarger

March 20, 2014

Barbara A. Isenbarger, 74, died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Park Place Senior Living, Fort Wayne. Born in Elwood, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Vera Bull. She was a member of First Baptist Church, New Haven. She retired in 1996 from the Allen County Co-op accounting department. Barb is survived by her children, Cindy (Rob) Creek and Kenneth (Linda) Isenbarger both of...
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Laura A. VanAllen

March 16, 2014

Laura A. Van Allen, 71, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 with her loving family at her side. Born in Ft. Wayne, she was the daughter of the late William "Pat" and Clara (Dwerlkotte) Pierce. She retired in 1999 after 27 years with the Raytheon Corp. She is survived by her step-sons, Blaine and Frank VanAllen; brother: William Pierce of Simla, CO; sisters: Janet Seslar of Woodburn,...
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Gene L. Emenhiser

March 10, 2014

Gene L. Emenhiser, 88, of Monroeville, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Adams Heritage, Monroeville. Born in Jackson Twp., he was the son of the late Leonard and Estella Emenhiser. He was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church. Gene retired from Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company. He is survived by his wife, Delores; grandsons, Eric (Jessica) Schnepp of New Haven and Andy Schnepp...
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Rudolf H. "Rudy" Stein

March 9, 2014

Rudolf H. "Rudy" Stein, 95, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Woodview Assisted Living, Fort Wayne. Born in Ravenna, Nebraska he was the son of the late Frederick and Amanda Stein. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. The World War II Army veteran retired in 1981 from HWI Do It Best. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, LaVerne; daughter-in-law,...
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Robert D. Jones

March 3, 2014

Robert D. Jones, 65, of New Haven, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Parkview Hospital โ€“ Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in Battle Creek, MI, he was the son of the late Robert and Bertha Jones. He served his country in the National Guard for 25 years and was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. He retired in 2010 from NIPSCO after 42 years. He is survived by his wife of 30 years,...
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Arthur J. "Art" Pelletier

March 3, 2014

Arthur J. "Art" Pelletier, 85, longtime resident of New Haven, passed Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Lutheran Life Village in Fort Wayne. Born in St. Paul, MN he was the son of the late James and Caroline Pelletier. He was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church and served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Throughout his life, Art loved airplanes, engines, and...
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Todd W. Fritcha

February 28, 2014

Todd W. Fritcha, 50, of New Haven, died unexpectedly in a work related accident Friday, February 28, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a member of Grace Gathering, New Haven. Todd was a heavy equipment operator for Fritcha Construction since 1982. Todd loved his God, his family, and his friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Lynna; children, Matraca and Zachary both at...
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Franklin E. Forsyth

February 27, 2014

Franklin E. Forsyth, 83, of New Haven, died Thursday February 27, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare, New Haven. Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Alpha and M. LaVerne Forsyth. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a lifelong member of the New Haven United Methodist Church and life member V.F.W. Post 2457. Frank was also a member of American Legion...
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Thomas L. Kunderd

February 26, 2014

Thomas L. Kunderd, 77, of New Haven, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Thomas and Thelma Kunderd. He served his country in the US Army and was a member of American Legion Post 330. He retired in 1989 from Fort Wayne Community Schools after 25 years. He is survived by his wife if 51 years, Betty; children, Patty (Tim) Hoover,...
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Margaret E. Gillenwater

February 24, 2014

Margaret E. Gillenwater, 65, of New Haven, died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday, February 24, 2014 at home. Born in Garrett, she was the daughter of the late Billy and Marguerite Treesh. She retired in 2004 from Phelps Dodge after 32 years. She will be dearly missed by her children, Brent (Nikki) Gillenwater of New Haven, Tracy (Kevin) Brown of Fort Wayne, and Shelly (Steve) Bower of...
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Leland T. (Doc) Pollock

February 21, 2014

Dr. Leland T. "Doc" Pollock, 97, of Fort Wayne, died Friday, February 21, 2014, Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehab, Fort Wayne. Born in Kendallville, he was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. Leland served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWll, and practiced chiropractic medicine for over 50 years at Pollock Chiropractic Clinic, New Haven. He was a member of American Legion...
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John W. Goings

February 18, 2014

John W. Goings, 79, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Canterbury Nursing and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne. Born in Auburn, he was the son of the late William and Ruth Goings. He served his country in the US Marine Corp and was a member of the American Legion Post 330, VFW 2457, and Navy Club Ship 245. He was also a member of Moose Lodge 1480, where he was an administrator for 15 years and was...
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Marilyn L. Jarvis

February 18, 2014

Marilyn L. Jarvis, of New Haven died at the Parkview Regional Medical Center on February 18, 2014, following a courageous battle to live beginning with a confinement there on November 17, 2013. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois on September 28, 1936 and was the daughter of the late Leo and Irma Windish of Galva, Illinois. Marilyn graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa in...
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Berdena E. Roemer

February 18, 2014

Berdena E. Roemer, 91, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Woodburn, she was the daughter of the late Julius Scholstrate and Lydia Miller Scholstrate Disher. The lifelong Woodburn resident was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. Berdena retired in 1989 from Norm's grocery store in Woodburn after 37 years. Her focus was her family and she enjoyed...
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Roger D. "Buck" Ehle

February 17, 2014

Roger D. "Buck" Ehle, 71, died suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday, February 17, 2014 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Illinois. Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Mervin and Loraine Ehle. The lifelong farmer was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Woodburn, the church choir, and the Board of Associated Churches. Buck is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Barbara...
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Marylen Z. Pemberton

February 17, 2014

Marylen Z. Pemberton, 80, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Parkview Hospital - Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Edna Schuckel. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, the Altar Sodality, and Harvest House. She was a former member of the New Haven Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Marylen is...
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Lester D. Fry

February 9, 2014

Lester D. Fry, 82, went home "To Glory" Sunday morning, February 9, 2014 at his home in Woodburn. Born in Fort Wayne on December 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Charles and Martha (Busche) Fry. The family moved to Woodburn six months later and became members of Christ Lutheran Church, where they still attend. Lester graduated Christ Lutheran Elementary and Woodburn High School, where he...
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Mary Lou Miller

February 5, 2014

Mary Lou Miller, 79, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Raymond and Alvina Williams. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. She retired in 1993 from North American Van Lines. She was also a member of Harvest House, the Red Hat Society and several card clubs. Mary also...
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Dolan E. Kroemer

February 2, 2014

Dolan E. Kroemer, 95, a combat veteran of World War II and a long-time New Haven businessman, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. He resided at Georgetowne Place on Maplecrest Road. He was born August 29, 1918, in Fort Wayne, the oldest son of Edward and Susan Marie (Smith) Kroemer. He lived his entire life in the New Haven and Fort Wayne areas except for 18 years in Florida after his retirement. He...
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Sandra "Sandy" K. Bay

January 30, 2014

Sandra "Sandy" K. Bay, 73, died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late William and Etta "Pat" Speck. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven. She retired from Lincoln Life Insurance Company and General Credit Union. Sandy is survived by her daughters, Susan Speck and Jeanne Bay;...
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Kristin L. Thiele

January 25, 2014

Kristin L. Thiele, 39, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne after a four year battle with cancer. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Gar Creek, New Haven. She was a graduate of Woodlan High School, IPFW, and completed her Masters at Ball State University. She was a teacher for Northwest Allen County Schools. Kristin's passion was her...
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Margaret B. Phillips

January 20, 2014

Margaret B. Phillips, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 20, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. The Philipsburg, Pa native was the daughter of the late Oliver and Maude Smith. On December 28, 1942 she married Boyd Phillips, the day before he left to serve in the Army during WWII. He preceded her in death on January 27, 1994. Mrs. Phillips lived in Philipsburg until moving...
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Mark W. Pusey

January 14, 2014

Mark W. Pusey, 50, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a member and served as an elder at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He was employed with Schenkel and Sons for 25 years as a Superintendent. Mark was also a member of the Carpenters Union Local #232 and Allen County Coon Hunters. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cathy Pusey; children...
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Noble C. Doerhman

January 12, 2014

Noble C. Doehrman, 80, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Genesis HealthCare, New Haven. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Carl and Hulda Doehrman. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn. Noble served his country in the US Army and was a member of American Legion Post 377. He was a mechanic for 19 years at Bohren's Trucking and was owner operator of Doehrman Repair...
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Elaine Kay Richhart

January 12, 2014

Elaine Kay Richhart, 55, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Genesis HealthCare, New Haven. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Ross and Virginia Richhart. She was a loving aunt to several nieces and nephews. She is survived by her siblings, Diane Richhart, Connie (Dave) Poppele, and Kevin (Jan) Richhart all of Woodburn, Cheryl (Steve) Lothamer, Bonnie (Donald) Denney, Robert...
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Peggy J. Smith

January 11, 2014

Peggy J. Smith, 70, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Marshall, MI she was the daughter of the late Dale and Maxine Kirkland. She retired in 2005 as a Vice President for Lincoln Financial Group. She is survived by her children, Pat Eliason of Potterville, MI and Tom (Tracy) Eliason of New Haven; grandchildren, Trinity, Kora, Gavin, and Foster; and brother...
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Ruth E.H. Benbenek

January 11, 2014

Ruth E. H. Benbenek, 95, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Heritage Park, Fort Wayne. The Buffalo, New York native was the daughter of the late Elmer and Lillian Schultz. Ruth was a member of Grace St. John's United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne, and retired from J.C. Penney after 22 years of service. She is survived by her children: Doris (Gene) Mann, of New Haven; Lawrence (Jeanne)...
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