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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KAY M. ANDERSEN, 56, died Monday at her sister's home in Huntington.
Services are pending at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.