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Published Saturday January 16, 1999
ELMER EBERT ANDERSON, 76, of Huntsville, Ala., died Dec. 25. Born in Ottawa, Ill., he retired in 1992 as professor emeritus at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was former dean of science and humanities at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 1977, holding that post until he joined the University of Alabama, Huntsville in 1979 as a physics professor and vice-president of academic affairs. He wrote three college textbooks in physics, including one in Turkish, and published more than 60 refereed research papers. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran and retired as a commander in the Naval Reserve. Surviving are his wife, Diane; five sons, Sven H. and Kurt W., both of Huntsville, Kenneth D. of Massena, N.Y., Mark D. of Concord, N.H., and Carl M. of San Diego; a daughter, Ruth E. Kulman of Wakefield, R.I.; and five grandchildren. Memorial services were held in Huntsville. Memorials to the Professor Elmer E. Anderson Scholarship Fund, Office of University Advanceme nt, Alumni House, Huntsville, AL 35899 or to Hospice Family Care. Arrangements by Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Huntsville.
EILEEN M. BROWN, 78, died Thursday at Parkview Hospital. Born in Decatur, she worked at General Electric Co. for 41 years, retiring in 1982. Surviving are two cousins, Geraldine Rausch and Joyce Larimore, both of Fort Wayne. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1100 S. Calhoun St., with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with a vigil service at 4 p.m. Burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Decatur.
FRANKLIN CARLO, 72, died Friday in Leesburg, Fla. Born in Van Wert, Ohio, he was a former resident of Fort Wayne. He retired as regional sales manager and agent at Ohio Life Insurance Co. after 17 years. He was a World War II and Korean War Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Jean; and a son, Franklin B. of Fort Wayne. No services or calling. Arrangements by Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, Fla.
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ELEANOR STOLLER FISCHER, 69, died Tuesday at Polamar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Kurt; two daughters, Sonja Luce of San Diego, and Terri Steffen of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Twila Stoller and Elaine Erb both of Fort Wayne, and Carol Huber of Monon; four brothers, Norman Stoller, Verlin Stoller and Ronald Stoller, all of Fort Wayne, and Maurice Stoller of Boca Raton, Fla.; and five grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling an hour before services. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial in IOOF Cemetery, New Haven. Memorials to Aboite Baptist Church.
THEODORE E. "TED" KISSLING, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Thursday at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg. Born in Merrill, Wis., he was a former resident of Fort Wayne, moving to Florida in 1967. He was a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans Life Insurance Society, retiring after 20 years. He was associated with St. Petersburg AAA Motor Club, retiring as a training coordinator after 13 years, in 1984. He was former personnel manager at Thordarson Electric Manufacturing Co. in Chicago. He also worked for the 7th regional office of the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Chicago and was chief recruitment and placement officer for the Billings VA Hospital in Indianapolis. He was former president of the Florida-Georgia District of the International Lutheran Laymen's League, vice-president of the Northern Illinois District of the Walther League and first president of the Chicago chapter of the National Lutheran Collegiate Association. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was also past-president and vice-president of the original Meadowlawn Civic Association Inc. He was a precinct committeeman of Pinellas County Executive Committee of the Republican Party in Pinellas, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Delores; a son, Donald of Fort Wayne; twin daughters, Kristi Lawrence of Spencer and Kathi Schwab of Charleston, S.C.; a brother, the Rev. W.R. Kissling of Lakeland, Fla.; three sisters, Lorna Danielson of Eau Claire, Wis., Miriam Robbins of Waterford, Wis., and Selma Peck of Oklahoma City, Okla; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald. No services or calling. Arrangements by Blount Curry & Roel Funeral Homes, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg, Fla.
JOSEPHINE A. LANDUA, 85, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in Fort Wayne, she worked at Fort Wayne State Hospital and Training Center for 20 years. Surviving are a son, Gordon Huffman of Huntertown; and a sister, Mary F. Barge of Fort Wayne. Her first husband, Winton B. Huffman, and her second husband, Henry A. Landua, preceded her in death. Services pending at Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St. Memorials to American Red Cross Of Northeast Indiana, 1212 E. California Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or to donor's choice.
RAYMOND I. PETERS, 57, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. Born in Lakewood, N.J., he worked at Kroger Warehouse for 31 years, retiring in 1996. Surviving are his wife, Linda L.; a son, Daniel of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Ruthann McDonald and Rayetta Pearson, both of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Melvin Peters of Barnegat, N.J., and Edwin Peters Jr. of Fort Wayne; a sister, Edwina Naclerio of Bayville, N.J.; and eight grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials to the family.
CATHERINE M. SCHENKEL, 29, died Thursday in Fort Wayne. Born in Fairfax, Va., she worked at Saylors Pizza. Surviving are a son, Joshua David; her parents, Raymond and Susan Schenkel of Fort Wayne; her mother, Shirley Stallone of Fort Wayne; her fiance, David Gaunt of Fort Wayne; four sisters, Tina Boreani, Jennifer Wilson, Heather Serres and Cassie Williams, all of Fort Wayne; three brothers, James Garman and James Schenkel, both of Fort Wayne, and Russell Schenkel of Garrett; grandparents, George and Joanna Serres and Bernard and Dorothy Schenkel, all of Fort Wayne; and a great-grandmother, Ethel Loop of Fort Wayne. Prayer services at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 Wells St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold St. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.
FLOSSIE "BIZZ" HUBBARD, 82, died Friday at St. John's Hospital in Anderson. Services pending at Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville.
JAMES E. JOHNSTON JR., 21, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Auburn. Surviving are his parents, James Sr. and Patti Johnston of Auburn; grandparents, Harold and Joan Johnston of Auburn; and a brother, Jarrod of Auburn. Services at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, with calling from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Roselawn Cemetery, Auburn. Memorials to the family.
RUSSELL A. SHAFFER, 78, died Friday at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn. Born in DeKalb County, he worked for Dana Corp., retiring in 1982 after 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Ilah; two sons, Michael R. of St. Joe and Ronald K. of Goshen; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Monday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, with calling from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Newville Cemetery, Newville. Memorials to Jerusalem Community Church in Butler or to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Butler.
EMMA S. SCHWARTZ, 70, died Friday at home. Born in Wayne County, Ohio, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Andrew W.; six sons, Joe W. and Dan A., both of Berne, and Jonas W., David A., Andrew W. Jr. and Eli W., all of Monroe; five daughters, Elizabeth L. Schwartz, Maryann Schwartz and Emma Schwartz, all of Monroe, Rebecca Schwartz and Susie Schwartz, both of Berne; three brothers, Noah Wengerd of Geneva, Andrew Wengerd of Quincy, Mich., and Eli Wengerd of Mount Gilead, Ohio; 96 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services at the Schwartz residence, rural Monroe, with calling from 2 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Schwartz Cemetery, Monroe. Arrangements by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
MAMIE BAUER WENDEL, 84, died Thursday at Adams County Memorial Hospital. Born in Jefferson Township, she retired from the sewing department at Berco Co. in Berne in 1976. Her first husband, Theodore Bauer, died in 1982. Her second husband, Harold Wendel, died in 1989. She was also preceded in death by a stepson, John Wendel. Surviving are a son, Myron Bauer of New Haven; a daughter, Lois Harvey of Decatur; two stepdaughters, Madonna Johnson of Fort Wayne and Pauline Steiner of Rockford, Ohio; two brothers, Dwight Dailey of Geneva and Donald Dailey of Berne; five sisters, Treva Yoss and Marcella Sipe, both of Geneva, Esther Young of Bryant, Betty Pugh of Portland, and Edna Hunt of Berne; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Peace Lutheran Church, Berne, with calling from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial in MRE Cemetery, Berne. Memorials to the church or to donor's choice. Arrangements by Yager-Kirchhofe r Funeral Home, Berne.
THEODORE "TED" M. HAWK, 94, died Thursday at Renaissance Village. Born in Allen County, he worked for Pennsylvania Railroad as a brakeman for five years in the 1920s. He was owner of General Sales Co. in Fort Wayne and owner of a restaurant. After retirement in 1958, he was a farmer and a breeder of thoroughbred race horses. Surviving are his wife, Luella M.; a son, E. Theodore of Columbia City; three daughters, Electa Jane Hawk of Denver, Jo Ann Espich of Columbia City and Francis "Jackie" Jacqueline Long of Warsaw; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Brubaker of Fort Wayne. Services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Columbia City.
JERRY WAYNE WHETZEL, 52, died Wednesday at Blackford County Hospital. Born in Hartford City, he was owner and operator of Whetzel's Garage in Roll. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran and served in the Indiana National Guard. Surviving is a son, Jeffrey W. of Roll. Services at 11 a.m. Monday at Glancy Funeral Homes, Walker Chapel, Montpelier, with calling from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Roll Cemetery. Memorials to American Heart Association or to American Diabetes Association.
ORILLA R. "MIDGE" BENNIGAN, 72, died Thursday at home. Born in Michigan, she was a homemaker. Her husband, John, died in 1991. Surviving are a son, Troy of New Haven; two daughters, Debbie Mason of New Haven and Lori Crewse of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Rosy Martin and Mary Ann Vorndran, both of New Haven, and Millie Worden of Hicksville, Ohio; six brothers, Ronald Lake, Edward Vondran and Harry Vondran, all of Fort Wayne, and Danny Vondran, Edgar Vondran and Harold Vondran, all of New Haven; and seven grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana 930 E., New Haven, with calling from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial in IOOF Cemetery, New Haven. Memorials to New Haven EMS or to New Haven Fire Department.
KATHRYN V. BEARD, 82, died Thursday at Portland Community Care Center West. Born in Jay County, she was a clerk for Ballastran Corp. and worked at Hanlin Drug Store. Her husband, J. Edwin, died in 1973. Surviving are two daughters, Susan Blackford of Portland and Rebecca Bailey of Milroy; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Monday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, with calling from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Green Park Cemetery, Portland. Memorials to West Walnut Street Church of Christ or to Mercer County Hospice.
THELMA G. O'SHAUGHNESSY, 96, died Thursday at Portland Community Care Center East. Born in Chicago, she was a Stanley Home Products distributor and had worked at Jay Garment Co. in Portland. Surviving are two daughters, Sue Schoenlein of Portland and Marilou Cannici of Sarasota, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Services at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, with calling from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Park Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorials to Sugar Grove Nazarene Church.
EDWARD KUHN, 92, died Thursday at Prairie View Health Care Center, Warsaw. Born in Barbee Lake, he owned Bug House Bait Shop at Barbee Lake. His wife, Lillian, died in 1989. Surviving are three nephews, Charles Disher of Syracuse and Robert Disher and Robert Carpenter, both of California; four nieces, Velma Yoder of Georgia, Shirley Cripe of Goshen and Joan Whitesel and Betty Barley, both of South Bend. Memorial services at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. No calling. Memorials to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1386, Warsaw, IN 46581.
CLEMENS L. WIELAND, 84, died Thursday at home. Born in Bay City, Mich., he was a retired farmer. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was also co-owner of Defiance Lumber Co. and Paulding Grain and Seed. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Diane Wieland-Gerber of Paulding and Suzanna Freeman of Abbeyville, Miss.; three brothers, Floyd and Guy, both of Detroit, and Howard of Bay City, Mich.; seven sisters, Helen Wieland, Mildred Wieland, Alice Wieland and Laura Wieland, all of Bay City, Marie Waibel of Kawkawlin, Mich., Margaret Fierke of Palms, Mich., and Edith Meir of Bay City; three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Sunday at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, Latty, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. today in the fellowship hall at the church. Burial in Apostolic Church Cemetery, Latty. Memorials to donor's choice.
WILBUR E. "TINY" FALLER, 74, died Thursday at Van Wert County Hospital. Born in Van Wert, he was an automobile transport truck driver for Howard Sober and then C&J Transport in Lansing, Mich., retiring in 1983 after 37 years. Surviving are his wife, Vivian C.; two daughters, Karen M. Hemmelgarn of Clayton and Bonnie M. Longacre of Leonard, Texas; a son, Kenneth E. of Suffolk, Va.; three sisters, Margaret L. Keltner and Esther M. Placke, both of Van Wert, and Ruth "Becky" Zirkle of Venedocia; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with calling from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials to the Van Wert EMS.