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Verna McFadden Keever

March 28, 2015

Verna McFadden Keever , 93, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Cedars in Leo-Cedarville. Born in rural Allen County, IN, Verna graduated as Valedictorian from Ossian HS in 1939. She worked as a Secretary with Coe Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. for 16 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, making ceramics and...
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Joan R. Kuchar

March 27, 2015

Joan R. Kuchar, 91, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Chicago, IL, Joan was an administrative assistant with Mutual Security for many years, retiring in 1983. Joan was preceded in death by parent, Arthur and Nora Gleissner, husband, Lawrence Kuchar. Memorials may be made to Wallen Baptist Church.
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Jon Yoho

March 27, 2015

Jon Yoho, 22, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jon was a manager with Pizza Hut. Surviving are his parents, Stephen and Beverly Yoho of Fort Wayne; sister, Heather Woodall of Catlin, IL; brothers, Christopher (Katie Garber) Yoho; Alexander Yoho; and Joshua Yoho. Service is 4:30 pm, Monday, March 30, 2015, at Elmhurst Church of the...
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Pauline Baker

March 27, 2015

Pauline Baker, 83, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Pauline was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards, and spending time with her family. Surviving are her children; David (Ann) Baker of Fort Wayne, Karen (Mark) Hill of Carmel, Dan (Linda) Baker of Renton, WA, Kathy (Richard) Longmeier of...
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Ann Wibel

March 27, 2015

Ann Wibel, 81, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Vicksburg, MI, Ann was a dept. manager with Kmart for 20 years, retiring in 1999. Surviving are her son, Scott (Bubpha) Wibel of Auburn; grandson, Michael "Alex" Wibel; granddaughter, Christie Ann (Thomas) Fisher; great-grandson, Noah Fisher; great-granddaughter, Alexis Marie Fisher;...
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Ronald G. Miller

March 27, 2015

Ronald G. Miller , 69, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born July 21, 1945 in Fort Wayne, IN. He worked in sales all of his life. He was a member of Congregation B'nai Jacob Past President B'Nai Jacob Men's Club, Past member and officer of B'nai Jacob, B'nai Brith youth advisor 5 years for A.Z.A. and Indiana State Umpires Association for 17 years. Ron loved all...
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Juanita R. Lytle

March 27, 2015

Juanita R. Lytle, 85, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. Surviving are her sons, Donald (Lucy) Lytle and Jerry Lytle; daughters, Joyce Ensley; Shirley Finigan; Carolyn (Marvin) Beady; and Sandra (Robert) Leslie; 45 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lytle and son, Walter A. Lytle. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or...
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Rita M. Minnick

March 26, 2015

Rita M. Minnick, 93, was called home to heaven on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rita was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who especially enjoyed watching her grandkids sporting events. She also enjoyed playing dominos. She loved birds, cats, flowers, being outdoors, and was an avid Notre Dame fan. Rita had strong devotion...
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Warren E. Shannon, Sr.

March 25, 2015

Warren E. Shannon Sr., 69, passed away March 25, 2015 at his residence. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home.
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Gregory Stephen Dietrich II

March 24, 2015

Gregory Stephen Dietrich II, 24, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Born in Charlotte, NC, Gregory worked as a server/trainer with Red Robin. He loved to dance. Surviving are his parents Gregory Stephen and Terry Dietrich of Fort Wayne, IN; grand mother, Betty Dietrich of Beaufort, SC; grand mother, Winnie Reed of Fort Wayne; great grand mother, Katherine Terry of Louisville, KY; uncle,...
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Douglas (Doug) Geller

September 9, 1941 - March 24, 2015

Douglas "Doug" Geller, 73, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Indianapolis, Doug was a senior production planner with Lincoln Food Service Products Inc. for 35 years, retiring in 2007. He was an Eagle Scout with Palms and Silver Explorer, served as a Cub and Boy Scout Leader, and earned the Scouter's training award. He served as VP of...
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Frank J. Potosky

March 24, 2015

Frank J. Potosky, 86, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born February 16, 1929 in Fort Wayne, IN, Frank was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended the U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet School in Pass Christian, MS. He was a Salesman with Fisher Brothers Paper Company for 42 years, retiring in 1991. Frank was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic...
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Betty J. Goodspeed

March 24, 2015

Betty J. Goodspeed, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born on April 24, 1926 in Hartford City, IN, she was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the Seton Society. She enjoyed spending time with family and many close friends, traveling and playing euchre. Surviving are her daughters, Teresa Wedler of Fort Wayne and...
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Martha S. Brinkman

March 23, 2015

Martha S. Brinkman, 91, passed away March 23, 2015. Surviving are her daughters, Iris L. Stinson and Phyllis A. Hoagland; grandchildren: Troy Lee, Tammy King-Deems, Tony (Phyllis) Lee, Scott (Amanda) Hoagland, Carla Smith, and Travis Stinson; 17 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Brinkman;...
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David W. Rudolph

March 23, 2015

David W. Rudolph, 69, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 surrounded by his family. Born in Fort Wayne, David was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed being a part of his Huntertown community. He served on the Huntertown Town Council for over 25 years including a 4 year term as the Clerk Treasurer. Surviving are his wife, Janine Rudolph; sons: Chris (Becki), Joseph (Jenna), Paul ...
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Carl E. Simmons

March 23, 2015

Carl E. Simmons, 89, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Carl worked with Indiana Michigan Power for 40 years. He served his country as a member of the US Navy SeaBees during WWII. Carl was also a member of the American Legion Post 499, VFW Post 857, and the AEP Live Wires. Surviving are his son; Dave (Stefi) Simmons of Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren, Jeremy ...
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Jon Robert Didier

March 23, 2015

Jon Robert Didier, 72, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Connersville, IN, Jon was a graduate of Northside High School and the past owner of Our Place, Mile Corner in Garrett IN and Clark in Butler IN. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Didier of Angola, IN; sons, Adam (April) Schueler of Fremont, IN, Jon Allen Didier of Fort Wayne and...
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Randy L. Harmeyer

March 23, 2015

Randy L. Harmeyer, 59, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Visiting Nurse. Born in Fort Wayne, Randy had been working in the IT Department at Dana for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Olive Club. Randy enjoyed playing golf, watching NASCAR, and rooting for the Detroit Tigers. Surviving are his siblings Richard (Sally) Harmeyer of Stephenville, TX, Timothy Harmeyer, Diane (Tom)...
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George E. Wright

March 22, 2015

George E. Wright, 83, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Rochester, IN, George was a talented athlete in school. He played football, basketball, and won a state championship in track. After high school he attended International Business College where he earned an associates degree in accounting, Then George went to serve in the U.S. Army...
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Leona M. Anspach

March 22, 2015

Leona M. Anspach, 95, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. , Surviving are her sons, Dennis A. (Shelly) Anspach of Hudson, IN; Larry (Fran) Anspach of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Edward Dager of New Haven, IN; 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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Aloyse (Weezie) C. Moritz

March 22, 2015

Aloyse "Weezie" C. Moritz, 91, teacher, journalist, wartime decoder of Japanese codes, and beloved "Aunt Aloyse" to 2 generation of nieces and nephews, died in Fort Wayne on March 22, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne on December 20, 1923, and daughter of Madeline and Ongle Moritz, Aloyse was the youngest of 3 girls. She graduated from Central Catholic High School, and following her 2 older sisters, she...
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Stanley A. Etzler

March 22, 2015

Stanley A. Etzler, 76, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Miller's Merry Manor Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne. Born near Convoy, Ohio, the son of the late Willard and Doris (Schmidt) Etzler. Surviving are his brothers, Ronald Etzler of Payne, OH: and Wayne (Marlene) Etzler of Decatur, IN; 4 nephews; 3 nieces;19 great nephews/nieces and 6 great-great nieces. Preceded in death by sister-in-law,...
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Sandra K. Myers

March 21, 2015

Sandra K. Myers , 66, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Parkview Hospital. Born in Van Wert, OH, Sandra was a graduate International Business College and worked as a credit analyst with Essex Wire for 37 years, and Easter Seals Arc of Fort Wayne. She was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, David L. Myers of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Sara L Myers...
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Walner Castillo

March 21, 2015

Walner Castillo , 34, passed away March 21, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Arrangements by Mungovan & Sons Funeral Home, 2114 S. Calhoun St.
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Elliot Davis Rumschlag

March 21, 2015

Infant Elliot Davis Rumschlag passed away Monday, March 21, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital. Surviving are his parents, Brian and Kristin Rumschlag, big brothers, Evan and Harrison Rumschlag, grandparents, Ron (Alice) Rumschlag, Dan (Dianne) Potter, and grandmother, Paula Surprenant. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 am, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church with calling one...
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Charles W. Pollick

March 21, 2015

Charles W. Pollick , 80, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was a native and lifetime resident of Ft. Wayne, IN, and attended Central HS. Charles worked as a truck driver for over 30 years and work several years for CW Transport. and retired in 1988. He and his wife owned Chuck and Dee's Winning Circle Bar in New Haven, In for 8 years. He...
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Larry E. Kellaris

January 1, 1932 - March 21, 2015

Larry E. Kellaris, 83 years old of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Clearwater, Fla., passed away March 21, 2015, with his family at his bedside. He was the son of William and Imogene Kellaris. He was born January 1, 1932 and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1950. He served in the US Navy on the USS Roberts from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict. He worked for City Light & Power as a...
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Hazel Jeanette Josephine Carl Enochs

March 21, 2015

Hazel Jeanette Josephine Carl Enochs, 102 and 1 month, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at her apartment at Bell Trace Health and Living in Bloomington, IN. Hazel was born in Fort Wayne, IN on February 21, 1913. She lived the first 99 years of her life in Fort Wayne before moving to Bloomington to be closer to her beloved son and his family. In Fort Wayne, Hazel was a member of St. John...
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Andrew Yoder

August 5, 1985 - March 21, 2015

Andrew Yoder, 29, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, March 21, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Andrew graduated from Carroll High School in 2005. He had a special love for his family and was passionate about being a good friend. He was a talented musician, especially when it came to playing the guitar. Surviving are his father, Jeff (Jane) Yoder of Fort Wayne; mother, Laura (Michael...
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Laurie M. Carto

March 21, 2015

Laurie M. Carto, 60, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Laurie was the daughter of the late David and Marjorie Carto. She was a nurse for 30 years, retiring in 2008. Surviving are her daughters, Molly (James Cochran) Rao, Katharine Rao, Marjorie Rao all of Fort Wayne, grandchildren, Cameron and Savannah Rao, niece, Carrie (Matt) Reilly, great-nephews, David...
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Homer B. Gause

March 20, 2015

Homer B. Gause, 76, passed away at home Friday, March 20, 2015 after a courageous 12 year battle with Alzheimer's. Born in Decatur, IN, Homer worked as a Accountant with Tork Products for many years. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed going to antique auctions. He also liked music. In High School he was a member of a talented quartet. Surviving are his loving wife of 54 years,...
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Richard J. McNett

March 19, 2015

Richard J. McNett , 91, passed away March 19, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd.
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Mary E. Kaufeld

March 19, 2015

Mary E Kaufeld, 87, passed away March 19, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd.
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Armando Perez

March 19, 2015

Armando Perez, 75, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne. Born in Cienega de Flores, Mexico, Armando worked as a Terrazo Finisher with F & M Tile for over 38 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and played with the Fort Wayne traveling baseball team Los Indios in the 1970s, which was part of the Federation League. Surviving are his wife, Gloria...
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Sandra (Sandy) E. Bowman

March 19, 2015

Sandra "Sandy" E. Bowman, 76, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015. Surviving are her husband, Robert Bowman; son, John (Shelley) Bowman; son, Jerry (Rae Ann) Bowman; 6 grandchildren, Kristin (Heath) Bodkin; Kyle Bowman; Paul Lester; Beth Lester; Sandra Lester; and Rachel (Robert) Renfroe 3 great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Haven, and Ryder; and son-in-law, Barry Lester. Sandy was preceded...
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Geraldine (Gerry) R. Burns Lytle

March 19, 2015

Geraldine "Gerry" R. Burns Lytle , 93, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Signature Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, She graduated from Central High School in 1939, and worked at Essex where she met her husband Robert who preceded her in death in 1960. Gerry also was a manager with Peerless Dry Cleaners for 23 years, retiring in 1985. Surviving are her daughter, Nancy J....
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Nonda J. Wolfe

March 18, 2015

Nonda J. Wolfe, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Born in Fort Wayne, Nonda worked for the Marriott Hotel for 22 years, retiring in 2005. Surviving are her son, Rick L (Donna) Wolfe of Laotto; son, Glenn E (Theresa) Wolfe of Waterloo; daughter, Ruth E (Tim) Grall of Columbia City; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Rosemary...
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Anita Louise Cooper

March 17, 2015

Anita Louise Cooper, 77, went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2015 with her loving family by her side. Memorial Calling will be 12pm to 2pm April 2, 2015 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road.
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Evelyn Muriel Bemis Duff Phinney

March 17, 2015

Evelyn Muriel Bemis Duff Phinney , age 101of Fort Wayne, Ind. passed away peaceably with her grandaughter, Jennifer Niemann, and Son, Don Duff, by her side as she took her last breath on March 17 ,2015 at 1:28pm. She was born on January 20, 1914 in Rock County, Wisconsin to Jervis Kiron Bemis and Alpha Grace Bemis.She grew up on her Father's farm west of Janesville and east of Footville with...
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Rose Ann Hite

March 17, 2015

Rose Ann Hite, 71, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughter, Paula (Dave) Peterson of North Vernon, IN; daughter, Amy M. Hite of Fort Wayne; son, Steven A. Hite of Fort Wayne; grandson, Cody Peterson; brothers, Ernest Pierce; and Ken (Donna) Pierce of Grand Rapids, MI. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Hite; and her parents, Newton and...
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Carla Jo Wodock

March 17, 2015

Carla Jo Wodock, 65, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Surviving are her son, Joseph A. Wodock,, II; daughter, Wendy M. (Clark ) Henkel; daughter, Jennifer M. (Jason) Ikerd; grandchildren, Katherine and Austin Henkel, Charles Myers-Stahl, and Lillian Mae Wodock; step-grandchild, Jessica Proffitt; brother, Charles H. Myers, III; sister, Jill M. Harris; uncle, Thomas (Ruth) Myers; and...
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Mary A. Reese

March 16, 2015

Mary A. Reese, 92, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015. Born in Bluffton, IN, Mary was a member of Covenant Christian Center, and volunteered at Educare for 18 years. Surviving are her sons, Kent E. (Tamara) Reese of South Whitley, IN and Keith O. (Leisa A) Reese of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, R. Dale (Doris) Romey of Fort Wayne, IN, grandchildren, Kristi M Helvie and Jeremy J Reese great...
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Elaine May Shine

March 16, 2015

Elaine May Shine, 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, March 16, 2015. Born in Chicago, IL on May 4, 1931, Elaine worked in accounts receivable with GTE for 14 years. She was a member of the Congregation B'nai Jacob Synagogue where she kept herself busy with the sisterhood. Elaine enjoyed playing cards three times a week once she retired. She will be remembered as a fighter who...
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Arthur H. Seddon, Jr.

March 15, 2015

Arthur H. Seddon, Jr., 92, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his son, Kenneth H. (Ginny) Seddon of Fort Wayne; daughters, Ellen S. (Douglas) Moeller of Phoenixville, PA and Carol E. (Paul Phillips) Seddon of Timonium, MD; and 5 grandchildren. Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth B. Seddon; parents, Arthur H. Sr. and Ethel Seddon; and brother, John...
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R. Elaine Hollman

March 15, 2015

R. Elaine Hollman, 73, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Elaine worked with the City of Fort Wayne for 21 years, retiring in 2001. She was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Surviving are her son Todd (Kristi) Hollman of Roanoke, daughters Stacey (Nick Jackson)...
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Robert Charles Miller

March 15, 2015

Robert Charles Miller, 23, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Van Nuys, CA, Robert graduated from the Homestead High School special education program, a very special place with amazing teachers. He will be remembered for his smiles, laughs and big hugs; and, his ability to touch people's hearts wherever he went. Surviving are his parents Sue and Jeff Miller; sister, Hannah...
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Wallace C. Scheffel

March 14, 2015

Wallace C. Scheffel, 94, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015, at his residence in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born in Davenport, Iowa, Wally was a WWII U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and retired as President and CEO of Eagle Picher Plastics in 1986. He then founded Scheffel-Weaver and Associates and continued to work until 2006. Mr. Scheffel was recognized as a pioneer in thermoset plastic molding and...
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Philip J. Lanning

March 14, 2015

Philip J Lanning , 51, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Philip worked as a mechanical engineer with Superior Enterprises for 27 years, He enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting , fishing, scuba diving, NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts. Surviving are his wife, Dawn Lanning of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Jessica (David) Grimm of Thurston, OH; son, Andrew Lanning of...
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Lawrence (Larry) F. Doctor

March 14, 2015

Lawrence "Larry" F. Doctor, 88, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015. Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Delorah Dudley Doctor; daughters, Linda Feaster of MA, Cheryl Brewer of Carmel, IN and Julia Grannis of Monroeville, IN; sons, Eugene Doctor of Westfield, IN and John C. Dudley of Fort Wayne, IN; 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren . Lawrence was preceded in death by his...
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E. Joan Sult

March 14, 2015

E. Joan Sult, 85, went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Golden Years Homestead surrounded by her family. Born in Dayton, OH, Joan graduated from North Side High School. She was a member and past president of the Fort Wayne Artist Guild. She was also a member of the Tri Kappa/ Delta Associates. Joan had the wonderful gift of being an artist. She also loved to garden, and play...
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Rex G. (Rick) Beard

March 13, 2015

Rex G "Rick" Beard, 49, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015. Rex enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing and hanging out with his buddies. Surviving are his sisters, Sara Lendman, Beth Olson both of Fort Wayne, IN; two nephews and a niece and many close friends. Rex was preceded in death by his parents Max and Carol Beard. Private Family Service at later date. Memorials may...
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Timothy K. Orr

March 13, 2015

Timothy K. Orr, 65, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Timothy was a solderer with BAE for 38 years, retiring in 2007. He was a member of Avalon Missionary Church. He enjoyed golfing and fishing and his grandchildren were the light of his life. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Orr of Fort Wayne; mother, Doris I. Orr of Fort Wayne; daughters...
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Joseph Richard Eversole

March 13, 2015

Joseph Richard Eversole, 22, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne and a graduate of Homestead High School, Joseph worked along side his father at DTM. He was a certified wilderness EMT, enjoyed playing music, and loved archery. He will be remembered for helping and caring for others and his ability to be lighthearted and make people laugh. Surviving are his...
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Marilyn (Mitzi) Toepfer

March 13, 2015

Marilyn "Mitzi" Toepfer , 74, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Sturgis Michigan, Mitzi worked as the manager of McMillen Park Ice Arena for 45 years, retiring in 2006. She was an Indiana Representative for USA Hockey for over 30 years, awarded the Presidents Award from the Indiana State High School Hockey Association in 2004 and...
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Richard W. van der Smissen

March 13, 2015

Richard W. van der Smissen died peacefully at his home Friday, March 13, 2015. He is survived by his three daughters, Diane Kain (Bernie) of Auburn, Jane Yoder(Lavon) of Fort Wayne and Linda Conway(Mike) of Columbus, Ohio. He leaves behind Redi, his beloved dog and companion. Memorials to Richard's church - Imago Dei, PO Box 25544, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or Riley Children's Foundation.
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Nick Kiefer

March 12, 2015

Nick Kiefer, 51, of Lansing Michigan, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015. Born on December 6, 1963, in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was the son of the late Edward and Ruth (Harmon) Kiefer. He worked most of his life with the American Red Cross. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and his bicycle, playing darts, and time with his many friends and family. He is survived by his daughters Mariah and...
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James E. Berger

March 12, 2015

James E. Berger, 80, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Waynedale, James worked for Falstaff Brewery 32 years. He then retired from Bridge Logistics. He was a Korean Era U.S. Army veteran. Surviving are his son, Jeffrey (Christie) Berger of Fort Wayne; son, Gregory (Toye) Berger of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Mandi Goller-Sanders; Clint Davis; Katherne...
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Sarah A. Merchant

March 12, 2015

Sarah A. Merchant, 53, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Albert Lea, MN, Sarah worked as the director of student services with IPFW for14 years. Surviving are her son, Ryan (Liesel) Delamater of Westfield, IN; daughter, Lily Merchant of Fort Wayne, IN; parents, Robert and Yvonne Ausen of Janesville, WI; 2 grandchildren, Hannah and Zachary; brother, Rob (Pam) Ausen...
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Edwin (Eddie) Middaugh

March 12, 2015

Edwin "Eddie" Middaugh, 75, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015. Eddie was born in Huntington, Nov. 7, 1939 to the late Ruth and Al Middaugh. He was an electrician and owner of E.J. Services for 40 years and retired in 2000. Eddie was a pilot and scuba diver that loved fishing, boating, dogs, and the outdoors. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years Patricia; and son, Scott both of...
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Kathryn A. Cross

March 12, 2015

Kathryn A. Cross, 70, passed away March 12, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Kathryn worked as an assembler with ITT for 22 years, and formerly worked with Cap Tech for 15 years. Surviving are her sons, Doug (Sally) Cross; and Scott Cross; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Nichols; and several nieces and nephews. Service is 3pm, Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park...
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Arvin B. Milledge

March 11, 2015

Arvin B. Milledge, 87, passed away March 11, 2015 at home . Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Carole Jane Cronkhite

March 11, 2015

Carole Jane Cronkhite, 78, passed away March 11, 2015. Surviving are her daughter, Charlotte (Michael) Vance; son, Christopher (Lisa) Cronkhite; son, Randy (Laura) Cronkhite; daughter, Renee (Brooks) Beatty; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Larry (Sue) Snyder; sister, Nancy Ort; brother, Ronald Snyder; and sister-in-law, Tomme Snyder. Carole was preceded in death by her...
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Margaret A. Rowan

March 11, 2015

Margaret A. Rowan, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Born Sept. 25, 1933 in Princeville, IL, Margaret graduated from Priceville High School and Browns Business College. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Margaret enjoyed many friends, playing bridge, golfing and family vacations to the ocean. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, David Rowan of Fort Wayne; sons, Mark (Cindy)...
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Harry Wm. Klein

March 10, 2015

Harry Wm. Klein, Sr. 94, of Huntington, passed away Tuesday morning March 10, 2015. Surviving are his five children: Harry William Jr.; Gregory Robert; Dennis James; Kathy Louise Bergdall; and Robert Edgar Klein; He was preceded in death on June, 19, 2004 by his wife of 62 years, Emy Lou; his older sister, Florence M. VanWyngaarden; and younger brother, Robert Otto Klein. In lieu of...
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Zurri Ellen Matiya

March 10, 2015

Infant, Zurri Ellen Matiya, was stillborn, March 10, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Teanna Benbow and father, Matthew Matiya. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Mary Alice Karnes

March 10, 2015

Mary Alice Karnes, 96, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in South Whitley, Mary Alice was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her daughter, Donna C. Slone; and grandchildren, Janna M. Slone; and Beau A. Slone. Mary Alice was preceded in death by her husband, August C. Karnes; and parents, Charles C. and Edna (Knapp)...
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Sharon J. Fromm

March 10, 2015

Sharon J. Fromm, 74, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Sharon worked as an accountant with Sweetwater Sound for 15 years. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Sharon loved classic car shows and was a member the Canal Cruizers and Curbside Cruisers. Surviving are her husband, Richard Morry Fromm of Fort Wayne; daughter, Shari Tucker of Ft....
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Linda L. Ruffolo

March 10, 2015

Linda Lee (Parisi) Ruffolo , 73, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago Heights, IL, Linda received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1963 and her Masters from the Illinois State University 1966. She and her late husband, Joseph D. Ruffolo moved to Fort Wayne in 1973 when he started his career at North American Van Lines....
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David W. Yee

March 10, 2015

David W. Yee , 64, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at home. Born in San Francisco, CA, David worked as an information tech with St Vincents dePaul Catholic Church. He was a member of St Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Associate/3rd order Carmalite, 3rd degree Knights of Columbus. He was very spiritual, enjoyed the outdoors, technology and hydroponic gardening. Surviving are his wife,...
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Werner Lee Beyer, Sr.

March 9, 2015

Werner Lee Beyer Sr., 88, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Bellville, TX, Werner worked as an operator with Exxon Mobil Refinery for 30 years, retiring in 1985. Werner served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Surviving are his daughter, Shirley Ann (Kurt) Lothamer of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Parkview Hospice, Redeemer...
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Christopher R. (Kip) Lackey

March 9, 2015

Christopher R. "Kip" Lackey, 68, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Dayton, OH, Kip was a terminal manager with Consolidated Freightways for 35 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Maumee Masonic Lodge, Mizpah Shrine, and the Scottish Rite. He was voted Fort Wayne's favorite Santa Claus several times, participating in many functions including the...
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Paul E. Roy

March 9, 2015

Paul E. Roy, 91, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Paul served in the US Army from 1943-1945. He was a veteran of WWII during the invasion of France on D-Day. Later he worked as the Controller with Falstaff for 30 years, retiring in 1987. He was a charter member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and an avid Cubs and...
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Edward W. Bodkin

March 8, 2015

Edward W. Bodkin, 91, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at The Harbours of Ft. Wayne.. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Edward was a WWII Army Veteran serving in the 147 Engineering Corp. He was in stationed in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe during the War. He worked with Rea Magnet Wire for many years before retiring in 1964. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and...
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Robert B. Lambert

March 8, 2015

Robert B. Lambert, 79, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Bob was born on March 17, 1935 to the late Elba and Alice Lambert in Pikeville, Ky. Bob graduated from South Side High School, Purdue University with a bachelors degree and from Ball State University with a masters degree. He was an Industrial Arts and Social Studies Teacher with FWCS for...
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Wilfred J. Amstutz

March 8, 2015

Wilfred J. Amstutz, 95, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bluffton, OH, Wilfred worked as a foreman with Rea Magnet Wire for 27 years. He was a member of St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Wilfed was known for his selfless ways and...
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Terry D. Spiller, Sr.

March 8, 2015

Terry D. Spiller Sr., 59, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015. Born in Chicago, IL, Terry retired from Allen County Government. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Terry was an avid Chicago Bears fan who enjoyed fishing and loved his family. He and his wife were Foster Parents for 14 years. Surviving are his wife, Diane Spiller of Fort Wayne; children, Justin (Brenda) Krause, and Jaime ...
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James D. Lindsey, Jr.

March 7, 2015

James D. Lindsey Jr., 65, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his residence in Fort Wayne. Born in New York, NY, James was a talented model car builder and enjoyed traveling and watching sports, especially the New York Yankees. He worked as a Journeyman Millwright with General Motors for 25 years. He was a member of the Northeast Indiana Model Car Club and United Auto Workers. Surviving are...
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Richard F. Brace

March 7, 2015

Richard F. Brace, 90, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Richard was born in Huntingburg, IN, to Christian and Clara Brace. He received a degree from Purdue and worked as a Drafting Supervisor with ITT Aerospace for 36 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 47, Flying Circuits Inc., ITT Old Timers...
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Jill R. Alberson

August 24, 1946 - March 6, 2015

Jill R. Alberson, 68, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Lima, OH, Jill worked as a closing agent with Waterfield Mortgage. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 42 Auxillary. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Alva "Al" Alberson of Fort Wayne, IN;...
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Frieda J. Bryie

March 5, 2015

Frieda J. Bryie, 97, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Heritage Park Health Care Center. Born in Rockford, OH, Frieda enjoyed bowling, gardening, and cooking for her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are her children, Gary (JoAnn) Bryie of Fort Wayne, James (Carolyn) Bryie of Saint...
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Lila J. Anderson

March 5, 2015

Lila J. Anderson, 74, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Lila was a hostess with Richards Restaurant who loved her cold beer. Surviving are her son, Robin Anderson; step-son, Daniel Gene (Sheila) Anderson; step-son, Richard A. (Desi) Anderson; grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin) Boroff; Sarah Shaw; Wesley (Misty) Shaw; Danyel; Kelly and...
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Leatha A. Stumbo

March 4, 2015

Leatha A Stumbo , 90, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Logan County, WV. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church, and loved spending time with her family and friends from Genesis Health Care. Surviving are her daughter; Marla (Larry) Lash of New Haven, IN; son, Jack Stumbo of Port Orange, FL; grandchildren , Brianna...
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Stanley L. Hutsell

March 4, 2015

Stanley L. Hutsell, 77, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at his residence in Bluffton. Born in Fort Wayne, Stan was an insulator with Local Union 41 for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He was a US Navy veteran who enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling and loved his family and friends. Surviving are his daughter, Anne (Bill) Gase; and granddaughter, Noelle Gase all of Decatur. Stan was preceded in...
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Jelan Aaron Kahlil Whitten-Strother

March 4, 2015

Jelan Aaron Kahlil Whitten-Strother, 8, was born on Friday, June 30, 2006 at 4:51a.m. to parents Wesley Strother and Jacinda Whitten at Parkview Hospital-Main. Jelan's family was blessed with almost 9 years with Jelan, before he passed away at 5:13am, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at St.Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Jelan was a second grader at Weisser Park Elementary School. Jelan had a vivid...
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Elizabeth (Libby) M. Wittkopf

March 4, 2015

Elizabeth "Libby" M. Wittkopf, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Surviving are her daughter, Susan Hermann; son, Ronald Wittkopf; daughter, Debbie (Michael) Stabler; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kermit (Charlotte) Robinson; Harold (Gloria) Robinson; and Charles Robinson. Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Wittkopf; and her parents,...
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Teddy (Ted) C. Richardson

March 4, 2015

Teddy "Ted" C. Richardson, 77, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Born in Bluffton, IN, Ted was a truck driver with USF Holland for 35 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Church and a US Air Force Veteran. Ted was a humble and unselfish man who enjoyed fishing and making people laugh. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Mildred Richardson of Fort Wayne, son,...
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Jack M. McNeal

March 4, 2015

Jack M. McNeal, 91, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jack worked as an iron worker with Local Union 147 for 36 years, retiring in 1982. Jack served his country as a member of the US Army during WWII. He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 82, and a past member of the Fort Wayne figure skating club. Surviving are his sons,...
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Hazel Lewis Hunsche

March 4, 2015

Hazel Lewis Hunsche, 91, died at Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Home on March 4 due to complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Hazel, a resident of The Hearth at Sycamore Village was born March 8, 1923 in Wolverhampton, England. She moved to Fort Wayne with her family when she was 6 months old. She graduated from North Side High School in 1941 and worked as the office manager and...
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JoAnn Ward

March 4, 2015

JoAnn Ward, 80, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Corwin E. Ward; children: Melody (Rick) Luttrell, Brigetta (Mark) Holst, and Paul (Rose) Ward; grandchildren: Jessie (Dave) Fitch; Sarah (Philip) Cross; Zack (Stephanie) Luttrell; and Tommy Ward; and great grandchildren: Nicholas, Keagan, Taevon, Aaron, Arianna, Marissa, and Jocelyn. JoAnn was...
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Norman A. Disler

March 3, 2015

Norman A. Disler, 85, passed away March 3, 2015. Norman enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Sharon Disler; daughters, Janet (Steve) Elmer, Susan (Tim) Claypool; five granddaughters, ten great-grandchildren, and son-in-law Patrick Kelker. Norman was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Beatrice Disler,...
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Audrey L. Laisure

March 3, 2015

Audrey L. Laisure, 97, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Audrey retired from Magnavox in 1987 after 38 years service. She was volunteer at Parkview and Lutheran Hospitals, enjoyed gambling in Las Vegas and loved her family. Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Dan) Springer of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Jackie (LaDonna), John (Laura), Tonya (Chris), and Diana; and 10 great...
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Karen F. Brabender

March 2, 2015

Karen F. Brabender, 72, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, following a chronic illness. She was born July 8, 1942 in Conneaut, Ohio. The daughter of the late Kenneth F. and Velma L. (Sanford) Brabender. She moved from the Cleveland OH area to Ft. Wayne in 1957 with her parents, and was a graduate of North Side High School. Karen retired from...
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Odie M. Hengst

March 1, 2015

Odie M. Hengst, 69, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Pineville, KY, Odie had been working with Cintas for the past 22 years. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Surviving are her son, Scott (Jill) Hengst of Fort Wayne, siblings, Levi Saylor, Merica Saylor, and Pauline Henson . Odie was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Sarah Saylor,...
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Laurie Barhydt

March 1, 2015

Laurie Barhydt, 54, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. Surviving are her husband, Scott Barhydt of New Haven; father, Willian Knorr of Fort Wayne; daughter, Samantha MIlls of Fort Wayne; daughter, Myranda (Jason) Armey of Fort Waye; five grandchildren; brother, David (Jennifer) Knorr of Fort Wayne; brother, Daniel (Stacey) Knorr of New Rochelle, NY. Laurie was preceded in death by mother, Dorothy...
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Robert Boleyn

February 28, 2015

Robert Boleyn, 83, went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 28, 2015. Surviving are his children, Don (Violet) Hart, Gloria (Mike) Hall, Karen (David) Hottman, Timothy (Teresa) Uetrecht, Kenneth (Tena) Uetrecht, and Sarah (John) Spillers; and a host of grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kathreen Boleyn, parents, two sisters and a brother. Burial in Riverview...
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Alleen L. Kipfer

February 28, 2015

Alleen L. Kipfer, 91, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Ossian, IN, Alleen graduated from Ossian High School and was honored as valedictorian of her class. She worked as a secretary with Ron Shaw Insurance Agency for 25 years, retiring in 1994. Alleen also served as the City Clerk of Grabill for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Leo United Methodist Church,...
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Robert D. Reynolds

February 27, 2015

Robert D. Reynolds, 89, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Robert worked as a bookmobile librarian with the Allen County Public Library for 23 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and was a Kiwanis Golden K Board Member. Surviving are his nephew, David (Joan) Reynolds of Danbury, CT; niece, Janet Smith of Fort...
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Ava (Lucy) Mays

February 8, 1932 - February 27, 2015

Ava "Lucy" Mays, 83, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Thayer, MO, Ava was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Surviving are her husband, Scotty Mays of Fort Wayne; sons, Stephen Mays of Chicago, IL, and Christopher (Debra) Mays of Auburn; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and...
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Lawrence W. Kelly

February 27, 2015

Lawrence W. Kelly, 81, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Chicago, IL, Lawrence was the CFO with General Truck Sales and M & R Truck Sales before retiring in 2000. He was a charter member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus #451. Since he was born in Chicago, Larry was a long suffering Cubs and Bears...
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Jane Berghoff

February 26, 2015

Jane Berghoff, died on February 26, 2015 in Indianapolis. She worked for 25 years for Allen County Department of Public Welfare as a social worker. After retiring, she volunteered at the American Red Cross and Parkview Hospital. She loved golfing and served as president for her golf league before moving to Indianapolis. She is survived by her son, Michael, two grandchildren, Kelly and Daniel,...
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