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ELIJAH BELL, 26, died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Greenville, Miss., he worked at Auburn Foundry. Surviving are his companion, Latoya Johnson of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Twana Robinson of Greenville and Rhoda McKinley of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Wayne of Queens, N.Y., and Minister Chris Bell of Fort Wayne. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. No calling. Burial at a later date.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

DELORES M. BLEEKE, died Sunday at Woodview Health Care Center. Born in Merrill, Wis., she was a homemaker and a former teacher in Wisconsin. Surviving are a husband, Louis A.; two daughters, Paula Strasser of Grabill and Marilou Linnemeier of Churubusco; a son, Mark E. of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Ruth Rothlisberg of Merrill and Bernice Riggio of Melrose Park, Ill.; and four grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Concordia Cemetery Gardens Chapel, 5300 Lake Ave., with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Entombment in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Memorials to Concordia Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or Keshena Primary School for the Menominee Indians, P.O. Box 58, Keshena, WI 54135.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

DOROTHY H. ELLIOTT, 95, died Friday at Towne House Health Care Center. Born in Ladoga, she was executive director of the West Central Branch of the YWCA in Chicago, retiring in 1973. Surviving are a niece, Joan Coon of Hicksville, Ohio. Memorial services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Towne House Retirement Home Chapel, 2209 St. Joe Center Road, with a reception following the services. Burial in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

LYDIA E. GATCHELL, 58, died Sunday at Parkview Hospital. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she was a dietician at Parkview for 33 years. Surviving are her husband, Homer G.; a daughter, Angela G. Hobson of Fishers; a son, Andrew G. of Fort Wayne; a sister, Margarita Lopez deRosado of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; a brother, RaFael Gonzalez of Carolina, Puerto Rico; and a grandson. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, East State Boulevard at Randallia Drive, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Parkview Hospital Foundation, 2200 Randallia Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

WALTER HATCHER, 75, died Friday at Arbors of Fort Wayne Care Center. Born in Mount Airy, N.C., he retired in 1982 from International Harvester after 38 years. Surviving are his wife, Addie Lee; a daughter, Bernice A. DeShay of Clarksville, Md.; three sons, Jerry Moore of Los Angeles, Robert D. of Fort Wayne and Michael E. of Chicago; a sister, Anna Bell Starks of Fort Wayne; three brothers, John Hatcher and Robert Carter, both of Philadelphia and Robert Hatcher of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Thursday at Union Baptist Church, 2200 Smith St., with calling two hours before services. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to Allen County Mental Health Association. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

PATSY A. JONES, 80, died Sunday at home. Born in Utica, N.Y., she was a dance instructor and owned Patsy Smith's Dance Studio in Utica for 35 years. Surviving are two daughters, Missy Tornblom of Fort Wayne and Colleen Schumacker of Clifton Park, N.Y.; a son, Thomas P. of Marcy, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Lourdes Schnieble of McKinney, Texas; a brother, Benjamin M. Smith Jr. of New Hartford, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Memorials to donor's choice.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

SISTER AUGUSTA RIETMAN, 84, of Ferdinand, died Monday at Monastery Immaculate Conception infirmary. Formerly of Fort Wayne, she ministered as a tutor at the Benet Learning Center in Fort Wayne. She also ministered as a teacher at different schools throughout Indiana. She retired to the monastery in 1995. Surviving are two brothers, Walter Rietman of Haubstadt and Joseph Rietman of Evansville; and two sisters, Esther Humpert of Haubstadt and Marjorie Toon of Evansville. Wake at 7 p.m. today at the monastery chapel, with calling starting at 1 p.m. Also calling from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the resurrection liturgy. Burial in monastery cemetery. Memorials to the Sisters of St. Benedict.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

ALFRED HUNTER ROBERTS, 60, of Lothian, Md., died Nov. 17 at home. Formerly of Fort Wayne, he retired from the Army after 26 years. He served in the Vietnam War and received the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. Surviving are a son, Duane E. of Fort Wayne; and two daughters, Teresa L. Roberts of Fort Wayne and Judith Weicht of Elkhart. No services. Calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, Va. Graveside services at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in Arlington National Cemetery, with military rites. Memorials to American Diabetes Association, 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20036.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

SARAH E. SHROYER SMITH, 88, died Sunday at Lutheran Homes. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher, retiring in 1973 after 39 years. She was a past board member, past treasurer and past chairperson of Youtheatre. Her husband, Donald C., died in 1997. Surviving is a niece, Ruth Patton of Grass Valley, Calif. Services at 11 a.m. Friday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, with calling an hour before services. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to Youtheatre's Sarah Shroyer Smith Scholarship Fund.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

DAVID M. SORG, 61, died Monday at home. Born in Fort Wayne, he worked at KA-O Motors for three years. He also had worked at International Harvester for 24 years. Surviving are his wife, Joyce A.; a daughter, Dawn Scott of Hamilton; a son, Dean of Fort Wayne; two stepsons, Chris Hakes of Lake Worth, Fla., and Jim Hakes of Monroeville; a stepdaughter, Joyce Greuter of Butler; nine grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in Catholic Cemetery.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

SHARON A. WOLFSON, 35, of Tinley Park, Ill., died Friday in Plymouth. Formerly of Fort Wayne, she was a waitress. Surviving are her parents, Andrew and Patricia Evans of Oak Forest, Ill.; a son, Joseph Hickey of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mary Evans-Davis of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Andrew T. Evans of East Hazel Crest, Ill., and Stephen Evans of Elkhart; and her grandmother, Alice Evans of Oak Lawn, Ill. Prayer services at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at McKenzie Funeral Home, Ltd., Oak Forest. Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Damian Church, Oak Forest. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Ill.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

INDIANA

Columbia City

KAY M. ANDERSEN, 56, died Monday at her sister's home in Huntington. Services are pending at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

ROBERT WILLIAM "BILL" REIMER, 67, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Whitley County, he was the newly elected commissioner of Whitley County. He retired from Gripco in South Whitley after 40 years. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Eileen; three sons, Randy, Steven M. and Todd, all of Columbia City; five grandchildren; six brothers, Frederick of Fort Wayne, Franklin of Bippus, Price, Brice, Richard and Delmar, all of Columbia City; and three sisters, Betty Treece of Florida, Patricia Hartman of Columbia City and Judy Thompson of South Whitley. Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Eberhard Cemetery, Columbia Township. Memorials to Whitley Home Health Care.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

Huntington

BROCK DOUGLAS RIPPLINGER, died shortly after birth Saturday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his parents, Dave W. and Rhonda Ripplinger of Huntington; a brother, Brody Ripplinger of Huntington; two stepbrothers, David Jr. and Derek Ripplinger, both of Andrews; his grandparents, Doug and Loni White of Wabash and Lonny and Norma Ripplinger of Tucson, Ariz.; and his great-grandmother, Dorothy Urschel of Tucson. Graveside services at 10 a.m. today in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion. Arrangements by Hart Funeral Home, Huntington.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

Portland

ZELMA P. BAILEY, 89, died Sunday at Jay County Hospital in Portland. Born in Jay County, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Oral R., died in 1982. Surviving are a brother, Chester G. Stoner of Fort Wayne; and a sister, Lena Campbell of Portland. Services at 11 a.m. Friday in Portland Chapel of the Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home. Calling from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial in Salamonia Cemetery. Memorials to Salamonia United Church of Christ.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

South Whitley

RONALD EUGENE PARRETT, 96, died Sunday at Applewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. Formerly of South Whitely, he retired from Ajax Wire Die in Fort Wayne. He also worked at the South Whitley Co-op and was a farmer. His wife, Mary A., died in 1993. Surviving are a daughter, Phyllis Dietel of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Abe of Sun City, Ariz., and George of Warsaw. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald E. Jr. Services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial in South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials to Applewood Activity Department.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

Bryan
DONNA M. JOHNSON, 84, died Sunday at Hillside Country Living Nursing Home in Bryan [OH]. Born in Bryan, she was a secretary for construction and lodging firms in California. Her husband, Harry F., died earlier this year. Surviving are three nieces, Sharon Taylor of Archbold, Carolyn Welch of Brunswick, Maine and Sandra Parsons of Virginia Beach, Va. Private graveside services at a later date. Burial in Stryker Cemetery. Arrangements by Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

DONELDA M. LUKE, 59, of Dayton [OH], died Sunday at Harborside Healthcare Center in Dayton. She was formerly of Bryan. Surviving are two sisters, Josephine Missler of Bryan and Shirley Hayes of Archbold. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, with calling an hour before services. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to Hospice Care of Dayton.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

FRANK E. YOUSE JR., 78, died Sunday at Harborside Healthcare Center in Bryan [OH]. Born in Bryan, he was a retired cabinet maker at Aro Corp. He also owned Custom Made Cabinets and Furniture. Surviving are several cousins. Graveside memorial service at a later date. Burial in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Arrangements by Rice Funeral Home, Bryan.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

JAMES RICHARD HAMMAN, 65, died Sunday at home. Born in Paulding, he was a Paulding County sanitary-environmental director, retiring in 1994. He was an Army veteran. He was past member of the Wayne Trace School Board, past president of the Paulding County Pollution Control Board, former president of the Paulding County Crippled Children & Adults and former secretary of the Paulding Kiwanis Club. Surviving are his father, Raymond "Bob" Hamman of Paulding; his wife, Alice; a son, Eric of Antwerp; a daughter, Korenia Scott of Haviland; two sisters, Ruth Ellen Pate of Ohio City and Janet Parton of Leo, Ind.; and six grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with calling three hours before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. today. Burial in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding. Memorials to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses Association or Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]

LELAND RUSSELL "BUD" ESTERLINE, 79, of Archbold [OH], died Sunday at Fairlawn Nursing Home in Archbold. Formerly of West Unity, he was a veteran's service officer in Williams County, retiring in 1980 after 21 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Betty; three sons, Gary of Pettisville, Randy J. of Bryan and Thomas of Pittsburg; a daughter, Nancy Yannarell of North Canton; two sisters, Naomi Lutz of West Unity and Rhea Kaser of Bryan; and eight grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, West Unity. Calling from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity. Burial in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity, with military rites by American Legion Post No. 669 of West Unity.
[PUBLISHED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1, 1998]


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