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OBITUARIES - MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2001 
 
Fort Wayne

ALFRED E. CUMMINGS, 71, died Saturday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Born in Bangor, Maine, he was a retired carpenter and Korean War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his former wife, Rosalie C. Cummings of Fort Wayne; three daughters, Becky Cummings of Fort Wayne, Anne Bridge of Azle, Texas, and Therese Cummings of McLean, Va.; two sons, Leo of Fort Wayne and Ed of Indianapolis; a brother, Robert of Bangor; a sister, Annette Taylor of Bangor; and two grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. today at the Church of Divine Science, 1615 Wells St. Calling two hours before services. Memorials to the church or VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems. Arrangements by C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St.
The following obituary is being republished to provide additional information.

ELIZABETH "LIBBA" MEINERT, 92, died Wednesday at Regency Place. Born in Franklin County, she retired in 1984 after serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Surviving is the Foss Smith family for whom she was a housemother. Services at 1 p.m. today at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 8669 Auburn Road. Calling 30 minutes before services. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to Erin's House for Grieving Children, 3811 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne, or Masses. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St.

JANE E. NEEB, 91, died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, she worked in Lutheran Hospital's Admitting Office. Her husband, Robert C., died in 1960. Surviving are two brothers, Dudley Wass and Earl Byron Wass, both of Fort Wayne. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2131 Getz Road, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Burial in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials to the church.

JOHN E. PRESSLER, 72, died Sunday at his son's home. Born in Fort Wayne, he worked at International Harvester for 34 years. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, Dotsy; a daughter, Sandy Altman of Baxley, Calif.; a son, David of South Whitley; three sisters, Marge Livingood, Bernadine Guebard and Barbara Current, all of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and a step-grandchild. Services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Military graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials to First Missionary Church or Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice.

JOHN L. SLICK JR., 86, died Sunday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana. Born in Gary, he owned and operated Slick's Laundry. He was the national president of the American Institute of Laundrys. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Mary Frances; three daughters, Susan Griffith of Livermore, Calif., Kathy Phillips of Yorktown, Pa., and Nancy Allen of Berkeley, Calif.; a son, John III of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to the church or Shriners Children's Hospital.

INDIANA

Berne

WALTER ZUERCHER, 79, died Saturday at Chalet Village. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, he owned a trophy and awards business. He helped organize the Berne Jaycees in 1948. Surviving are his wife, Lucille; three daughters, Margaret Ann Harsha and Elaine Boze, both of Berne, and Linda Abernathy of Concord, N.C.; two sons, Paul David of Berne and Leon of Indianapolis; a brother, Sylvan of Albuquerque; a sister, Irene Sprunger of Decatur; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Mennonite Church Chapel, Berne, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 9 p.m. at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne. Burial at the MRE Cemetery, Berne. Memorials to Agape Respite Care Center, Berne, or Gideons International.

Bluffton

DORIS I. WILLIAMS, 82, died Sunday at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton.

Hartford City

WILLIAM E. MABBITT, 69, died Sunday at his home. Born in Blackford County, he worked at Delco Battery for almost 30 years before retiring in 1994. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. His wife, Mary, died in 1999. Surviving are three sons, William of Rochester, Minn., Johnny of Muncie and Steve of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Kathy Minner of Muncie; a sister, Jean Boxell of Richmond; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial with military rites in Hartford City Cemetery. Memorials to Gideons International, in care of the funeral home.

Kendallville

LAURETTA A. WELCH, 84, died Sunday at Parkview-Noble Hospital, Kendallville. Born in Corunna, she was a homemaker. Her husband, John W., died in 1983. Surviving are three daughters, Annette Luttman and Rachel Welch, both of Kendallville, and Sally Clem of Fort Wayne; a half brother, Raymond Gulick of Kendallville; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville, with calling an hour before services. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials to Shepherd of the Hill Care Center or the church.

New Haven

RONALD H. HANEY, 38, died Saturday at Cleveland Clinic. Born in Fort Wayne, he worked at O'Daniel Ford Mitsubishi, New Haven. Surviving are his wife, Lauri A.; a son, Clayton G.; a daughter, Lauron A.; two brothers, Robert H. and Richard A., both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Debra A. Green; and his mother, Janice E. of New Haven. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Gar Creek, St. Paul Lutheran Church. Memorials to Educational Fund for Children or Department of Natural Resources.

CONSTANCE RUTH "CONNIE" LAISURE, 78, died Saturday at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Decatur, she was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Wayne "Shorty" L.; two daughters, Carolyn Ruth Brown and Linda L. Mullenhour, both of Fort Wayne; a son, Larry W. of Fort Wayne; a brother, Richard Abbott of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Miriam Harriss of Fort Wayne and Betty Elzey of Valdosta, Ga.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven. Calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Memorials to the Heart Fund.

North Manchester

DARCUS MULLENIX, 87, died Friday at Peabody Healthcare Center. Born in Panther, W. Va., she retired from General Tire, Wabash. Her husband, George, died in 1969. Surviving are two daughters, Joyce Mullenix of New Castle and Carol Jean Rimar of Las Cruces, N.M.; a half sister, Laura Lafave of Lynchburg, Va.; a half brother, Fred Bailey of Lynchburg, Va.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home, Main Street Chapel, Wabash. Calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.

Rome City

MARGHERITA E. "AUNT MARGH" CHAPMAN, 103, died Saturday in Sturgis, Mich. Born in Rome City, she was a practical nurse at Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne. Surviving are a niece, JoAnn Chapman of Highland; and two nephews, Larry Chapman of Howe and John Chapman of Rome City. Services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hutchins Funeral Home, Wolcottville, with calling two hours before services. Burial in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Wabash

MILDRED RUTH ANDERSON, 87, died Saturday at Miller's Merry Manor West, Wabash. Born in Kokomo, she worked at the City Meat Market for years. Surviving are two daughters, Floretta Strange of Lagro and Carol Murphy of Dayton; a son, Marvin Oyler of Richmond; a sister, Marjorie Oyler of Marion; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Services at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home, Main Street Chapel, with calling two hours before services. Burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials to American Diabetes Association.

OHIO

Bryan

JEANNETTE O. MUSSER, 87, died Saturday at Hillside Country Living. Born in Fulton County, she retired in 1973 as co-manager of Hillside Nursing Home. She was former president of the Bryan Eagles Auxiliary. Her first husband, Earl Sidle, died in 1963. Her second husband, Gordon Musser, died in 1982. Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Norma J. Sidle of Montpelier; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. Her son, Bob, died in 1998. Services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson Funeral Home, Montpelier, with calling two hours before services. Burial in Shiffler Cemetery, Bryan. Memorials to Williams County Heart Fund.

Convoy

MATTHEW STEPHEN RICHARDSON, newborn, died April 3 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Van Wert. Surviving are his parents, Stephen E. and Debra J., both of Convoy; three brothers, Bryce A., Brant E. and Wyatt Kahn; his grandparents, John and Peggy Richardson, both of Wren, and Connie Adams of Ohio City. Private services at Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert. No calling. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Convoy.

Hicksville

REGINA LAVERNE SMITH, 88, died Sunday at Fountain Manor Care Center, Hicksville. Born in New Castle, she worked at Hicksville Grain Co. for several years. Her husband, Ralph A., died in 1991. Surviving are a son, Larry J. of Villa Grove, Ill.; two granddaughters, Julie Taylor of Albuquerque and Karen Smith of Columbus, Ohio; and a great-grandchild. Services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with calling starting at 9 a.m. Calling also after 4 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Farmer Cemetery, Farmer. Memorials to the Hicksville Unit for Crippled Children and Adults.

Rockford

GEORGE BELNA, 83, died Saturday at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford. Born in Burnham, Ill., he was an ironworker at Martin Inc. in Fort Wayne. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth J. "Betty"; three sons, Rick of Columbia City; Larry of Temperance, Mich., and Rob of Rockford; two brothers, Pete of Coldwater and Sam of California; a sister, Marie Stevens of Garden Grove, Calif.; a half-sister, Irene Burden of Painsville; and seven grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Rockford. Calling from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, with a wake at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Memorials to the Rockford EMS.

Van Wert

JAMES K. AGLER, 81, died Saturday at Van Wert County Hospital. Born in Van Wert County, he retired in 1985 as an agent for Western-Southern Life Insurance Co. Surviving are his wife, Becky; two daughters, Cheryl Joan Compton of Troy and Barbara Ann Reed of Van Wert; and four grandchildren. Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, with calling an hour before services. Calling also after 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Memorials to Van Wert EMS or the church.


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