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Joannah Macon
Fort Wayne
Joannah Macon, 84, of Fort Wayne, a member of Order of Eastern Star Indiana Grand Lodge, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.
"She loved to go fishing." The Frankfort, Ky., native was retired from St. Joseph Hospital. She was a member of American Legion Post 144, Indiana District Grand Lodge 22 and Indiana District Grand Household of Ruth 1 and 9. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Brewer of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Steven Jones of St. Louis, Mo., Robert E. Jones of Indianapolis, Paulette M. Jones of Fort Wayne and Donna M. Sloss of Anderson; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Dupree Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1231 Hayden St., with calling one hour before services. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens.
Information provided by Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St., 422-6958.

Norbert E. Romie
Fort Wayne
Norbert E. Romie, 67, of Fort Wayne, a U.S. Army veteran, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at home.
"A very loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed woodworking, gardening and home improvement." The Fort Loramie, Ohio, native retired in 1999 from International Truck & Engineering as an engineer after 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, Marlene A.; sons David P. of Brownsburg, Michael E. of Chicago and Joseph R. of Fort Wayne; daughters Mary S. Cronin of Bellefonte, Pa., and Kathleen A. Cabral of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers Harold of Fairborn, Ohio, and Oscar of Dayton, Ohio; sisters Helen Council of Greenville, Ohio, and Luella McGowan of Fort Loramie, Ohio; and eight grandchildren. A son, Daniel M., preceded him in death. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 518 E. Dewald St., with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. rosary service at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial will be at Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are to Masses, Boy Scouts of America or Cancer Services of Allen County.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, 426-9494.

Charles R. Wurm
Fort Wayne
Charles R. Wurm, 72, of Fort Wayne, a retired drafting designer, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Parkview Hospital.
The Paulding, Ohio, native retired in 1986 from Rea Magnet Wire after 26 years of service and was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. Surviving are a son, Richard of Fort Wayne; brothers Vincent of Lake James, Donald of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Victor of Monroeville; sisters Kathryn Haessly of Cleveland and Marilyn Malargik of Garrett; and two grandchildren. His wife, Patricia M., and a son, Ronald A., preceded him in death. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Jude Catholic Church, East State and Randallia Drive, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Burial will be at Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are to Masses or Easter Seals for Children.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, 426-9494.

Virene E. Myers
Fort Wayne
Virene E. Myers, 95, of Fort Wayne, owner/operator of Baerfield Inn for nine years, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Lutheran Home.
The Charlotte, Mich., native retired in 1969 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital and American Red Cross for several years. Surviving are a niece, Mary C. Dufford of Kalkaska, Mich.; and her friend, Phyllis Hill of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Eldred Cline, and a sister, Helen Johnson. Memorial Mass is 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1910 Hale Ave. Graveside services will follow at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to the church.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., 426-9494.

Thomas Bertrand
Fort Wayne
Thomas Bertrand, 85, of Fort Wayne, a former coal miner for the Tennessee Valley Authority, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at home.
The Feds Creek, Ky., retired in 1978 from Dana Corp. as an inspector after 19 years of service and was a member of Dana Sympathy Club. Surviving are a son, Russell R. of Columbia City; a daughter, Etta Elliott of Atlantic City, N.J.; a brother, Ray of Pikeville, Ky.; his caregiver, Ruby Crance; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His wife, Freda, three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 5 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are to Visiting Nurse Service's Hospice Home.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., 426-9494.

Jane Pattison McKathnie
Fort Wayne
Jane Pattison McKathnie, 76, of Fort Wayne and Douglas Lake, Mich., died Monday, March 31, 2003, at home.
The Hartford City native worked for Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. in the human resources department. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Tri Kappa sorority. Surviving are daughters Nancy Wermuth of Fort Wayne, Linda Woolcott of La Mesa, Calif., and Lois Brown of Richmond; a brother, John Pattison of Fort Wayne; and six grandchildren. Her husband, Ivan, and a brother preceded her in death. Private services will be held. There is no calling. Memorials are to Parkview Home Health Care & Hospice.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, 426-9494.

Paul F. Braden
Fort Wayne - 1933-2003
Paul F. Braden, 70, of Fort Wayne, a Korean War U.S. Army veteran, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Parkview Hospital.
The Wolf Lake native retired from B.F. Goodrich Co. in Woodburn after more than 30 years of service. He was a 1951 graduate of Wolf Lake High School and was formerly of Wolf Lake and Grabill. Surviving are sons Kevin D. of Chula Vista, Calif., and Brian L. of Kimmell; daughters Cathy Nagle of Omaha, Neb., and Karen Armstrong of Friendship, Texas; a brother, Robert E. of Albion; sisters Barbara Treece of Columbia City and Docell Strader of New Haven; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A son, Paul F. Jr., preceded him in death. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Stringtown Cemetery, rural Wolf Lake. Memorials are to the American Heart Fund.

Archie J. Shaffer Sr.
Ossian - 1929-2003
Archie J. Shaffer Sr., 73, of Ossian, a docent for the Fort Wayne Lincoln Museum, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at home.
The Ohio City, Ohio, native retired in 1994 from Union Construction Co. as an electrician after 30 years of service, was formerly of Murray for 40 years and a former salesman for Montgomery Wards in Bluffton. He was a member of Local Union IBEW 305 and Lions Club, a former Bluffton firefighter and Korean War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, Rose; sons Gregory A. of Bluffton and David E. of New Haven; an adopted son, Gregory A. of New Orleans; a stepson, John R. Earnest of Ossian; a daughter, Katherine Bedwell of Craigville; stepdaughters Terri Quinn of Ossian and Janice Earnest of Yoder; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred, and a son, Archie J. Jr. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, with calling one hour before services and also from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial with military graveside services by Bluffton American Legion Post 111 will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, Ossian. Memorials are to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana.
Information provided by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton,1-260-824-3850.

Mary Ann Bauck
Warsaw - 1926-2003
Mary Ann Bauck, 77, of Warsaw, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Winona Lake, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Miller's Merry Manor.
The Lima, Ohio, native worked in banking in customer service and in the vault department. Surviving are a daughter, Susan Williamson of Warsaw; a stepson, Paul of Seattle; sisters Helen Reitz and Marilyn Bates, both of Florida, Margaret Dodson of Albuquerque, N.M., and Norma J. Shafer of Boise, Idaho; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands Arthur Schuster and Howard Bauck and a sister. Services are 4 p.m. today at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with calling from 2 p.m. until services. Private burial will be at Chapel Hill South Cemetery, Cicero, Ill. Memorials are to the American Cancer Association of Kosciusko County.
Information provided by Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, 1-574-267-3104.

Claude A. Hosier
Huntington - 1911-2003
Claude A. Hosier, 91, of Huntington, a retired conductor, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Oakbrook Village Nursing Center.
The Wells County native retired in 1975 from Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and had worked for Caswell Runyon Cabinet Co. for more than 18 years. He was a member of St. Peter's First United Church of Christ, Amity Masonic Lodge 483, Loyal Order of Moose and Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Helen R.; sons Ronald D. and Kenneth E., both of Huntington, and Phillip D. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Claudia A. Growney of Orion, Mich.; a brother, Robert L. of Huntington; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Charlene K., a brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today with 8 p.m. Masonic services. Burial will be at Pilgrim's Rest, Huntington County. Memorials are to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Information provided by Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington, 1-260-356-1710.

Joseph L. Sanchez
Paulding, Ohio - 1944-2003
Joseph L. Sanchez, 58, of Paulding, Ohio, an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at home.
The Paulding native retired in 2002 from GM Powertrain after 39 years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Church of Christ, VFW Post 587, UAW Local 211 and a 1962 graduate of Paulding High School. Surviving are his wife, Wanda; sons Dennis Coburn of Defiance, Butch Coburn of Grover Hill, William Coburn of Fort Wayne, Mark Coburn of Butler, Ind., Bruce Coburn of Ohio, Scott Coburn of Michigan City, Ind., and Noah Thacker of Panama City, Fla.; daughters Penny Harrison of Fort Wayne and Sheila Coburn of California; his mother, Mary Sanchez; brothers James, David, Patrick and Gilbert, all of Paulding; sisters Delores Sanchez of Continental, Antonia Reid of Antwerp and Teresa Sanchez of Paulding; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A son, Gregory Thacker, and two sisters preceded him in death. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with calling from 8 a.m. until services and also from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burial with military graveside services will be at Brunersburg Cemetery, Defiance. Memorials are to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Information provided by Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, Ohio, 1-419-399-2866.

Michael L. Scher
Huntington - 1948-2003
Michael L. Scher, 54, of Huntington, a computer field service technician, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
The Huntington native had worked for File Net Corp., Systech, Data General and Trans Wheel. He was a member of Christ the King Episcopal Church and a Vietnam War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Patricia; sons Christopher and Matthew, both of Huntington; a daughter, Marla Brinkman of Valparaiso; his mother, Virginia Scher of Huntington; a brother, Patrick of Golden, Colo.; sisters Diane Pequignot of Columbia City and Susan Scher of Brownsburg; and two grandchildren. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Christ the King Episcopal Church, Huntington, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Huntington County. Burial with military graveside services by VFW Post 2689 will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Huntington County. Memorials are to the Huntington County Humane Shelter.
Information provided by Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington, 1-260-356-1710.

Phyllis J. Hatfield
Warsaw - 1943-2003
Phyllis J. Hatfield, 59, of Warsaw, a payroll supervisor for Sprint, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
The Winchester native had worked as an executive assistant for Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Warsaw Community Church and American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her husband, Jerry; a daughter, Pamela Dersch of Warsaw; brothers Paul Craw of Florida, James Craw of Indianapolis and Richard Craw of Muncie; and two grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be private. Memorials are to the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund.
Information provided by McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, 1-574-267-7123.

Lavonne B. Cory
Ligonier - 1918-2003
Lavonne B. Cory, 84, of Ligonier, a member of Samaritan Circle, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Oak Leaf Village.
The Goshen native retired in 1982 from American State Bank and had worked for Master Garment Co. and Kidd & Co. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church, served as president of Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary and also served on the Ligonier Library Board. Surviving are her husband, Melvin R.; a son, Dr. Randall of Syracuse; a sister, Jeanette Conner of Arizona; a half brother, Ted Lepird of Fort Wayne; one grandchild; two stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Graveside services are 1 p.m. Monday at Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier, with the funeral procession assembling at 12:30 p.m. at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Memorial services will be at a later date. Memorials are to United Parkinson's Foundation, 833 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607.
Information provided by Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier, 1-260-894-3119.

Dr. Harland Virgil Hippensteel Jr.
Auburn - 1922-2003
Dr. Harland Virgil Hippensteel Jr., 80, of Auburn, a family practice physician, died Friday, March 28, 2003, in Auburn.
"Dr. Hippensteel had been challenged to live by the saying, ĎAssociate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than to be in bad company.' " The South Bend native was in practice for 53 years, served as the chief of staff for DeKalb Memorial Hospital and was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Rotary Club, American Legion Post 97 and VFW. He was also a member of American Medical Association and DeKalb County Medical Society. Surviving are a daughter, C. Ellen Hefty of Auburn; sons Tim of Kirkwood, Mo., Harland of Fairbanks, Alaska, Sam and Jeff, both of Auburn, and Dan of Fort Wayne; a sister, Dr. Janet Merrill of Dallas; a brother, Joseph of North Manchester; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His wife, Rosemary, and two brothers preceded him in death. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at McComb, Dilgard & Cline Funeral Home, Auburn, with calling from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Cedar Creek Cemetery. Memorials are to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Manchester College Library Fund or Willennar Genealogy Center of Eckhart Public Library.

Arellia B. "Dot" Helmrich
Monroeville - 1915-2003
Arellia B. "Dot" Helmrich, 87, of Monroeville, a member of Women of the Moose, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Christian Care Nursing Center in Bluffton.
The Wells County native was a homemaker and had worked for The Fairway Restaurant in Decatur for 10 years. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Magley, Women's Guild and Ladies Aid. Surviving are sons David L. of Decatur and Ted P. of Monroeville; daughters Carol Foster of Bluffton and Susan Elliott of Decatur; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery. Memorials are to the church.
Information provided by Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, 1-260-724-7167.

Hazel Potter
Fort Wayne
Hazel Potter, 87, of Fort Wayne, and formerly of Arjay, Ky., died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Parkview Hospital.
The Arjay, Ky., native was a homemaker. Surviving are children Carolyn J. Roop of Fort Wayne, Jean D. Sizemore of Belleville, Mich., and James A. Potter of Monroeville; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cossie D., a son, Rex D., two sisters; and two brothers. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, 106 S. Cherry St., Pineville, Ky., with calling from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Middlesboro, Ky.
Information provided by Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville, Ky., 1-606-337-2045.

Eugene A. Boester
Fort Wayne - 1925-2003
Eugene A. Boester, 78, of Fort Wayne died Monday, March 31, 2003, at home.
"He loved music and dancing." The Fort Wayne native was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Donna M.; a son, Jay of Fort Wayne; stepsons Gary and Dennis Crabill, both of Fort Wayne; daughters Shelia Crawford of Roanoke and Shelley McBride of Fort Wayne; sisters Genevieve Booher and Phyllis James, both of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, with calling from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to the church, Emmaus Lutheran School or Parkview Hospice.
Information provided by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, 424-1525.

Richard G. Robins
Fort Wayne - 1924-2003
Richard G. Robins, 79, of Fort Wayne, a retired truck driver, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Covington Manor Nursing Center.
The Miami City native was retired from Essex after 26 years of service. He was a member of Teamsters 414, formerly attended North Manchester Church of the Brethren and Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane; sons Richard D. of Bratenahl, Ohio, and Jerry G. of Huntertown; a daughter, Cheryl Buckingham of Hampton Falls, N.H.; a brother, Samuel of California; sisters Elizabeth Wilcox of Arizona, Mary R. Fowler of Fort Wayne and Mariam Rusher of Pierceton; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road, with calling one hour before services and also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are to Riley Children's Hospital.
Information provided by Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road, 432-2508.

John W. Bunch
Fort Wayne
John W. Bunch, 45, of Fort Wayne, a supervisor, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at home.
The Marion native had worked for Kruse Worldwide Delivery for four years. Surviving are a son, Tim of Ainsworth, Neb.; a daughter, Tina Wiiest of Chambers, Neb.; sisters Karen Stoldt of Somerset, Dianna Evangelidis of Fort Wayne, Judy Rucker of Sevierville, Tenn., and Toni Vachon of New Haven; and three grandchildren. His parents, Billy J. and Betty R., preceded him in death. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to the Northeast Indiana Radio Reading Service.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, 426-9494.

Fred "Fritz" S. Yoss
Fort Wayne
Fred "Fritz" S. Yoss, 74, of Fort Wayne, a union representative for RWDSU for 14 years, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital. The Willshire, Ohio, native was retired from Perfection Bakery after 40 years of service. He was appointed to the city of Fort Wayne Park Commissioners board in 1982 and served as a representative of the park board on the City Planning Commission. He attended North Christian Church and was an avid woodworker. Surviving are a son, Jeff; a daughter, Janet Lantz of Fort Wayne; a sister, Gene Richards of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren. His wife, Duetta, preceded him in death. Services are 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Calling is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are to Visiting Nurse Service's Hospice Home.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, 426-9494.

Nelson C. Riedel
Fort Wayne
Nelson C. Riedel, 89, of Fort Wayne, an optician, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Golden Years Homestead.
"He enjoyed oil painting and summers at the lake." The Fort Wayne native was a member of Salem United Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; a son, Steven C. of Destin, Fla.; a brother, Kenneth of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren. Private services will be held. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., 426-9494.

Justin C. Washmuth
Fort Wayne
Justin C. Washmuth, 29, of Fort Wayne, a graduate of New Haven High School, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at home.
The Indianapolis native was a member of Fellowship Missionary Church. Surviving are his mother, Carmalita Shafer of Fort Wayne; his father, Scott A. of Rushville; a sister, Amanda Shafer of Fort Wayne; a brother, Aaron of Fort Wayne; and grandparents John and Nancy Finchum of Fort Wayne and Richard and Mary Washmuth of Shelbyville. There are no services. Calling is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Memorials are to McMillen Park Lions Club.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., 426-9494.

Mary E. Stephenson
Fort Wayne
Mary E. Stephenson, 95, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Apache Junction, Ariz., died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Regency Place.
The Kentland native was a homemaker, affiliated with the Methodist Church and a member of Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are a daughter, Martha Weaver of Fort Wayne; and a grandson, Richard Weaver of Peoria, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, and a daughter, Margaret Barnes. There are no services or calling.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, 426-9494.

Howard M. "Snuffy" Hess
Huntertown
Howard M. "Snuffy" Hess, 74, of Huntertown, a retired machine repairman, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Parkview Hospital.
The Avilla native retired in 1982 from Dana Corp. after 32 years of service and was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and a 1945 graduate of Huntertown High School. Surviving are his wife, Patricia; daughters Anita Hoot and Kathy Hess, both of Fort Wayne; a son, Phillip P. of Huntertown; sisters Ruth Heffelfinger of Auburn, Helen Stein of Fort Wayne and Lois Diehm of Kendallville; brothers Merlyn and George Jr., both of Huntertown; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 11228 Coldwater Road, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Burial will be at Cedar Chapel Cemetery, Garrett. Memorials are to Beautiful Savior Lutheran School.
Information provided by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, 426-9494.

Irene M. Byerley Henschen
Fort Wayne
Irene M. Byerley Henschen, 93, of Fort Wayne, a retired information operator, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.
The rural Allen County native retired in 1971 from Greyhound Lines after 30 years of service and had also taught at Arcola Elementary School. She was a charter member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Surviving are a daughter, Judith A. Meyer of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Beth A. and Jeffrey R. Meyer, both of Fort Wayne; and three great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 2305 Goshen Road. Calling is from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Burial will be at Eel River Cemetery, Allen County. Memorials are to the church.

Justin Cain Hunnicutt
North Webster
Infant Justin Cain Hunnicutt of North Webster died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his parents, William H. and Michelle L. of North Webster; a brother, Cody J. of North Webster; and grandparents Gwen Ray of Fort Wayne, Jerry and Marge Poulson of Sebring, Fla., and Robert Hunnicutt of North Webster. Services were March 19 at Highland Park Cemetery Chapel, 2403 E. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne. Burial was at Highland Park Cemetery.
Information provided by Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, 485-8500.

Thomas E. Jellison Sr.
Bluffton - 1931-2003
Thomas E. Jellison Sr., 71, of Bluffton, a Korean War U.S. Army veteran, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at home.
The Portland native had worked for Corning Glass for 17 years and for Wayne Metal for 10 years. He was a member of Grover Sheets American Legion Post 111 and Sonlight Wesleyan Church, and active in the Wells County Republican Party for several years. Surviving are his wife, Bessie J.; sons Thomas Jr. of Albion, Scott of Twelve Mile, Clinton W. Manning of Bluffton, Gary L. Manning of Roanoke and Mark A. Manning of Carmel; daughters Tina Hart of Fort Wayne, Jane Pettit of Bluffton and Teresa A. Smith of Roanoke; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons Jack Jellison and Kenneth G. Manning. Services are 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt &Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, with calling from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. today. Burial with military graveside services will be at Six Mile Cemetery, Bluffton. Memorials are to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Fort Wayne or the church.
Information provided by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, 1-260-824-3850.

Mildred M. Manley
Decatur - 1921-2003

Mildred M. Manley, 81, of Decatur, a member of American Legion Post 43 Auxiliary, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Woodcrest Nursing Center. The Adams County native had worked for General Electric Co. and Alma Plastics, both of Decatur. Surviving are daughters Patricia M. Bleeke and Cindy S. Mendez, both of Decatur, Peggy J. Geimer of Akeley, Minn., and Kathy L. Brown of Monroe; sons Michael O. of Van Wert, Ohio, Timothy V. of Decatur, Marvin L. of Leo-Cedarville and Buddie D. Smith of Oklahoma; sisters Ruth Nicodemus of Decatur, Myrtle Bricker of Portland and Betty J. Fisher of Fort Wayne; 28 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sonny, and a son, Eugene R. Manley. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, with calling from 2 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Decatur Cemetery. Memorials are to the Wound Care Unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne or Adams County Diabetes Connection.
Information provided by Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, 1-260-724-7167.

Gertrude E. Luce
Clearwater, Fla. - 1915-2003
Gertrude E. Luce, 87, of Clearwater, Fla., a native of Bluffton, Ind., died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Sunset Point Rehab & Nursing Home. She was a schoolteacher for more than 38 years, taught elementary school in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois for several years, and was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Surviving are a son, Don of Cleveland; daughters Carolyn Christy of Vandalia, Ohio, and Jane Gildow of Green Valley, Ariz.; a brother, Max Houge of Downey, Calif.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands Rev. Paul Sharpe and Rev. Harvey Luce and a brother. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Church of Christ, Bluffton, Ind. Calling is one hour before services. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton. Memorials are to Habitat for Humanity.
Information provided by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, 1-260-824-3850.

Orpha A. Book
North Manchester - 1909-2003
Orpha A. Book, 93, of North Manchester, a retired reference librarian, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Timbercrest Retirement Community.
The North Manchester native retired in 1975 from Manchester College, was a librarian for Elkhart High School from 1941 to 1964 and had taught English and Latin at Chester High School. She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester Historical Society and Wabash County and Indiana Retired Teachers associations. Surviving are a sister, Beulah Book of North Manchester; a nephew, Douglas Dickey of Knoxville, Tenn.; four great-nephews; and one great-niece. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Timbercrest Retirement Community Chapel, North Manchester, with calling a half hour before services. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Memorials are to Manchester College or the American Heart Association.
Information provided by DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, 1-260-982-6700.

Helen M. Coulter
Marion - 1914-2003
Helen M. Coulter, 88, of Marion and formerly of the Bluffton area, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Northgate Health Care.
She was a native of Allen County. Surviving are a son, David of Bluffton; sisters Mary Renz of Bippus, Carolyn Winters of Cincinnati and Jeannie Eldridge of California; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, with calling from 11 a.m. until services. Burial will be at Stahl Cemetery, Bluffton. Memorials are to Northgate Health Care.
Information provided by Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, 1-260-824-3852.

Bernice T. Bever
Wabash - 1906-2003
Bernice T. Bever, 96, of Wabash, who liked to play euchre, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Miller's Merry Manor East.
The Huntington County native was a charter member of Lagro American Legion Auxiliary and had lived in Lagro for 45 years. Surviving are a son, Rex of Wabash; a daughter, Phyllis Bowman of Lagro; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Leo I., four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash. There is no calling. Burial will be at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Memorials are to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lagro.
Information provided by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Manchester Avenue Chapel, Wabash, 1-260-563-8879.

Diann Beavers
Claypool - 1957-2003
Diann Beavers, 45, of Claypool, a housekeeping supervisor, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at home.
The Floyd County, Ky., native worked for Cambridge House in Warsaw and had lived in Kosciusko County since 1959. Surviving are her husband, Clifford; her parents, Floyd and Ann Reffitt of Warsaw; a brother, William Reffitt of Warsaw; and sisters Sue Manns and Cathy Reffitt, both of Warsaw. She was preceded in death by a brother. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Information provided by McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, 1-574-267-7123.

Edmund L. "R.C." Wines
Ligonier - 1954-2003
Edmund L. "R.C." Wines, 49, of Ligonier, who worked in RV manufacturing, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at AR Medical Center in Hazard, Ky.
The Charleston, W.Va., native was a fisherman, and enjoyed NASCAR racing and spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Anna J.; sons Robert of Syracuse, Michael of Ligonier, Richard of Indianapolis and Harmon L. Jones of Millersburg; a daughter, Geneva West of Warsaw; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Wines and Thelma Crosswhite, and a brother. Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier, with calling from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier. Memorials are to Eden Community Worship Center.
Information provided by Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier, 1-260-894-3119.

Norma P. Krom
Roann - 1920-2003
Norma P. Krom, 83, of Roann, former co-owner of Roann Roller Mill for several years, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Miller's Merry Manor in Peru. The Stockdale native had worked for Honeywell Corp. in Wabash as the secretary of the engineering department for 14 years. She was a member of Roann Church of the Brethren, where she served as organist/pianist for several years, Daughters of the American Revolution, where she held several state and local offices, Colonial Dames and Mayflower Society. Surviving are sons Thomas of Lebannon, Tenn., Richard of Niantic, Conn., Joseph of Argos and John of Noblesville; daughters Jane Jackson of Fort Wayne and Susan Jahn of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Addison A., preceded her in death on Feb. 18. Two sisters also preceded her in death. Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Roann Church of the Brethren, Roann. Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Roann Chapel, Roann. Burial will be at Roann Community Cemetery. Memorials are to Stockdale Mill Foundation or the church Building Fund.
Information provided by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Roann Chapel, Roann, 1-765-833-5591.

Joel L. Oberley
Bloomington - 1979-2003
Joel L. Oberley, 23, of Bloomington, an Allen County native, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at home.
Surviving are a son, Syrus L. of Bloomington; his mother, Peggy L. Oberley of Bloomington; his fiancee, Jessica Y. Hammond of Bloomington; and grandparents Harold and Mary Ellen Oberley of Monroeville and Leland E. and Lorene V. Lynch of Grabill. He was preceded in death by his father, Roger A., and a brother, Sean A. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, 15535 E. Lincoln Highway, New Haven, with calling one hour before services. Calling is also from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday with a gathering of friends at 8:30 p.m. at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, 111 S. Water, Monroeville. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Memorials are to the family.


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