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OBITUARIES - FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2001 
 
Fort Wayne

MILDRED B. GAFFER, 88, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, she retired in 1975 as a winder from General Electric Co. after 33 years. Surviving are four nieces, Marilyn S. O'Rourke, Ruth Watkins and Sharon Radu, all of Fort Wayne and Joyce Brames of Pleasant Lake; and two nephews, Tim Varner and Clinton Varner, both of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J., and an infant son, James. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 518 E. DeWald St. Calling one hour before services. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Lutheran Home, Arrangements by Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St.

MARY PUSEY MARTINIS died Monday at her daughter's home in Cumming, Ga. Surviving are her husband, Ralph; two daughters, Ethel Boone of Cumming and Barbara Reed of Columbus, Ohio; two sons, Bill Staats of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Harry Orkin of Lynchburg, Va.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private memorial services at a later date. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming.

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LYDIA M. McKEE, 85, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a homemaker. Her first husband, Elmer Roemke, died in 1977. Surviving are her husband, John; two stepsons, Richard McKee and David McKee, both of Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter, Susie Murdock of Fort Wayne; and seven grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Keith. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd., with calling 30 minutes before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St. Burial in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials to the church.

ELEANOR SJAUKEN, 81, of Apopka, Fla., formerly of Fort Wayne, died Thursday. Born in San Antonio, she was a homemaker. Surviving are a son, Daniel Ferria of Oneonta, Ala.; two daughters, Babette Machalleck of Apopka and Jenelle McCaffrey of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; three sisters, Loretta Kocher of Sarasota, Fla., Mildred Schoenherr of Fort Wayne and Dorothy Ringesbach of Norge, Va.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. No local services or calling. Arrangements by Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, Ocoee, Fla.

JUDITH A. SPEAR, 60, died Thursday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Born in Anderson, she worked in inventory control for 17 years at Supermarket Service Inc. in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Robert H.; a daughter, Sheila D. Clay of Fort Wayne; a son, Jack K. of North Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Barbara Leips of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren. Memorial services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling one hour before services. Entombment in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to American Diabetes Association.

INDIANA

Angola

EVERETT E. HATFIELD, 77, died Thursday at Carlin Park Healthcare Center, Angola. Born in Leggett, Ky., he was a car salesman at several car dealerships and an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, Hazel; three sons, Ronald of East Point, Mich., Brian of Angola and Kevin of Huron, Mich.; six daughters, Patricia Jakob and Karen Hatfield, both of Taylor, Mich., Jeanette Prosser, Arlena Leland and Debra Keller, all of Angola and Maureen Jones of Centerville, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola. Calling one hour before services. Entombment in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Auburn

KATHLEEN CONSIDINE BAKER, 79, died Wednesday at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn. Born in Las Cruces, N.M., she was a former business associate of Probst Enterprises in Fort Wayne and California and also had worked in the Agriculture Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Surviving are her husband, Lanning C.; a son, Bernard of Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Lanna Lee of Churubusco; two sisters, Guen Staff of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Eileen Rundle of Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Auburn. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Memorials to the church or DeKalb Memorial Hospital.

HELEN M. KELLER, 78, died Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a homemaker and piano teacher for 50 years. Her husband, Ray D., died in 1996. Surviving are two sons, Tom of Butler and Dan of Auburn; a daughter, Shirley Rohrs of Auburn; a sister, Betty Hess of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Auburn Church of the Nazarene. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn. Memorials to the church.

Avilla

RUBY M. RABER, 80, died Thursday at home. Born in Wabash County and formerly of Kendallville and Bippus, she was a homemaker. Her husband, Glenn E., died in 1995. Surviving are a daughter, Beverly Gerber of Kendallville; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery, Kendallville. Memorials to American Heart Association.

JAY M. SNELL, 88, died Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Noble County, he was a farmer and drove a school bus for East Noble Schools for 30 years. His first wife, Pauline, died in 1974. Surviving are his wife, Mary E.; two sons, Donn H. of Hicksville, Ohio, and Robert J. of Fort Wayne; a stepson, Bruce E. Tuner of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; and four sisters, Hazel Schaefer of Garrett, Stella Henning of Monroe, Mich., Edna Herendeen of Albion and Jessie Scheurich of Churubusco. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 3 to 7 p.m. today. Burial in Perry Township Cemetery, Huntertown. Memorials to American Heart Association or Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Avilla.

Berne

WALTER "BUD" SCHINDLER, 85, of Delaware, Ohio, formerly of Berne, died Thursday in Delaware. He was a former Indiana State Police trooper and insurance agent. Arrangements pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne. Burial in M.R.E. Cemetery, Berne.

Butler

FLORENCE W. TROSTEL, 82, died Thursday at Select Medical Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Allen County, she retired in 1983 from Universal Tool & Stamping in Butler. Her husband, Dale W., died in 1986. Surviving are a son, Jerry D. of Avilla; two brothers, Calvin Worden and Charles Worden, both of Hicksville, Ohio; two sisters, Rose Hart of Harlan and Garnet McCoy of Defiance, Ohio; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at H.E. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, Butler. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Newville. Memorials to Butler Church of Christ.

Columbia City

E. JOSEPH PARENT, 87, died Wednesday at home. Born in Decatur and formerly of Fort Wayne, he retired in 1977 from the product service and payroll departments of General Electric Co. in Fort Wayne after 47 years. He was then the caretaker of Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City, until 1997. His wife, Mary E., died in 1999. Surviving are a son, Edward T. of Columbia City; four daughters, Joanna Mae Ewing, Phyllis McClure, Rosanne Coyle and Sharon Kay Lock, all of Columbia City; a sister, Helen Clemons of Syracuse; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Alice Parent. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Columbia City, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, with rosary at 8:30 p.m. Burial in Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials to Masses.

Corunna

M. JUNE HOLMES, 79, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Helmer, she retired in 1978 from the DeKalb Central Middle School cafeteria after many years. Her husband, Harry, died in 1980. Surviving are two sons, Marty of Corunna and Neal of Kokomo; a daughter, Julia A. Grate of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Betty McKeever of Kendallville, Theda Neukom of Garrett and Roma Ludwig of Granger; and four grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Corunna Cemetery. Memorials to Corunna Community Church.

Decatur

LENA C. MAZELIN, 93, died Wednesday at Woodcrest Nursing Center, Decatur. Born in Adams County, she retired in 1990 as the former owner and operator of Mazelin Laundry in Decatur after 35 years. Surviving are a son, Walt of Decatur; a daughter, Sylvia "Sue" Bleeke of Decatur; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband, John K., died in 1973. Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Decatur Cemetery. Memorials to First United Methodist Church, Decatur.

Hartford City

SHARON L. WALL, 69, died Thursday at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie. Born in Hartford City, she retired in 1991 from Sheller-Globe Corp. after many years. Her husband, Chester L. "Chet," died in 1990. Surviving are a son, Gregory J. of Hartford City; two brothers, Wallis N. Ort of Hartford City and Richard V. Ort of Nashville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Glancy Funeral Homes Á Walker Chapel, Montpelier. Calling from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Burial in Brookside Memorial Park, Montpelier. Memorials to Montpelier-Harrison Township Cancer Society in care of Madonna McHenry, 420 W. Plate Glass, Montpelier, IN 47359.

JOHN HARVEY WEAVER, 79, died Wednesday at home. Born in Montpelier, he retired from the Indiana State Board of Health as a meat inspector and cutter. He formerly owned John's Meat Market in Marion. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Julia M.; four sons, Mike J. of Brandon, Miss., Rick J. of Selma, Randy J. of Muncie and Mark J. of Hartford City; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Mark S. Lewis of Bluffton, James W. Lewis of Hartford City and Timothy D. Lewis of Anchorage, Alaska; a stepdaughter, Lisa D. Michael of Summitville; and eight step-great-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Keplinger Funeral Home, Hartford City, with calling after 8 a.m. until services. Calling also from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in Montpelier IOOF Cemetery, with military services by Moyer-Pooler American Legion Post. Memorials to Blackford County Animal Shelter, 412 E. Water St., Hartford City, IN 47348.

Portland

LINDA SUE BLOWERS, 53, died Wednesday at Chalet Village, Berne. Born in Celina, Ohio, she had worked in the accounting department at Frank Miller Lumber Co. in Union City. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Golder. Surviving are her husband, William; her parents, Glenn and Catherine Theurer, both of Salamonia; a son, Stacey Pyle of Portland; three stepsons, Charles Golder of Redkey, Steven Blowers of Bryant and William Blowers of Elkhart; a stepdaughter, Dawn Golder of Geneva; a brother, Jerry Theurer of Richmond; a sister, Judy Blair of Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Burial in West Lawn Cemetery, Geneva. Memorials to Jay County Cancer Society.

Wabash

ROBERT R. HALL, 78, died Thursday at home. Born in Wabash, he was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Aera; three sons, E. Eugene Cloe and Gary W. Hall, both of Wabash and Larry D. Hall of Rochester, Minn.; a sister, Shirley Combs of Wabash; a brother, Virgil of Wabash; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Falls Cemetery, Wabash, with military graveside services by American Legion Post 15 and VFW Post 286. Arrangements by McDonald Funeral Home, Eddingfield Chapel, Wabash.

LENORA MAE THOMPSON, 85, died Wednesday at University Nursing Center, Upland. She was born in West Virginia. Her husband, Charles "Ned," died in 1973. Surviving are two sons, Charles "Bud" of West Virginia and Fred A. of Milton, Fla.; a daughter, Jewell Ann Short of Las Cruces, N.M.; three brothers, Roy A. Davis of Kenova, W.Va., John W. Davis of Huntington, W.Va., and James E. Davis of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; a sister, Ruth Mayberry of Pittman, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son and a daughter. Services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Burial in Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville.

Warren

IVA IRETA DuBOIS SCHONHARDT, 85, of Warren, formerly of Hartford City, died Wednesday at United Methodist Memorial Home, Warren. Born in Blackford County, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, J. Richard "Dick;" two daughters, Darlene E. Frazier of Evansville and Violet I. Schonhardt of Chesterfield; three brothers, Delbert DuBois, Lenn O. DuBois and Glenn H. DuBois, all of Hartford City; a sister, Josie Irene Huggins of Dyer; and two grandchildren. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, with calling 30 minutes before services. Calling also from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City. Burial in Gardens of Memory, Muncie. Memorials to the church or the scholarship fund of the church.

OHIO

Haviland

MERRIL L. LAUKHUF, 79, died Thursday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Payne, he retired in 1983 as a farmer and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was also a retired minister from the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, Martha "Dolly" L.; a daughter, Janice Bachtold of Fairbury, Ill.; two sons, Rodney and John, both of Haviland; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Hartzler of Smithville; and a brother, Kenneth of Haviland. Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, with calling one hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. today at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial in the church Cemetery, Latty. Memorials to the church building fund.

Montpelier

DONALD L. MAHAN, 66, died Tuesday at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla. Born in Henry County, he retired in 1997 as plant engineer from Winzeler Stamping Co. in Montpelier after 38 years. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Ann; a son, Greg of West Unity; three sisters, Velma Moor of Montpelier, Elma Jackson of Woodburn, Ind., and Donna Merrifield of Edon; and two grandchildren. His daughter, Sabrina Mahan, died in 1981. Services at 1 p.m. Monday at First Methodist Church, Montpelier. Calling from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, with graveside military rites by Montpelier American Legion. Memorials to the church or American Heart Association.

CLAYTON L. MORELAND, 75, died Tuesday at The Dilworth Center of Community Hospitals of Williams County, Montpelier. Born in Garrett, Ind., he had retired from the former Mohawk Tools Inc., of Montpelier, after 25 years. His wife, Donna M., died in 1973. Surviving are a stepson, Larry Andrews of Benson, Ariz.; and a sister, Maxine Tressler of Pioneer. Graveside services were held Thursday at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier. No calling. Memorials to The Dilworth Center. Arrangements by Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.

Van Wert

NOELLA MARY WISE, 86, died Wednesday at Van Wert County Hospital. Born in Monroeville, Ind., she had worked as a nursing assistant in the office of Dr. James Jarvis, as a librarian at Brumback Library and had retired from the Van Wert County Recorder's Office. Her husband, Russell N., died in 1971. Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Wenning of Fort Wayne and Janell Lamb of Van Wert; a son, Carl of Wilmington, N.C.; a sister, Charlotte Giant of Monroeville; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, with parish vigil services at 8:45 p.m. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials to the church endowment fund or St. Vincent DePaul Society.


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