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Helen P. Hassler
Sept. 2, 1918 – Oct. 29, 2001
Helen Parker Hassler, 83, Fountainview Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LaPorte, died at 1:45 a.m. Monday at Fountainview.
Born in Akron to Gerald and LaVon Bryant Bemenderfer, she married Charles H. Haldeman in Aug. 1937. He preceded her in death. She married Harold DeWayne Parker on Feb. 4, 1942. He also preceded her. She married Frank Hassler on Sept. 1, 1973. He died in June 1990.
She was co-owner, with her husband Harold Parker of Maple City Pony Farm and also worked at Parker Realty and Parker’s Auctioneer. She retired as a support clerk with LaPorte County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. She was a member of the American Shetland Pony Association and Salem Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Polly Warfel and Bette Conroy, LaPorte; one son, Harold Parker, LaPorte; two step daughters, Diane Phillips, Berrien Springs, Mich., and Jane Walzak, Niles, Mich.; one step son, Jeff Hassler, Petersboro, N.C.; one sister, Mary M. Shorter, Lafayette; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cutler Funeral Home, 2900 Monroe St., LaPorte with Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Akron Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the 4-H Horse and Pony Club.

Betty M. Hoffman
March 18, 1933 – Oct. 28, 2001
Betty M. Hoffman, 68, 2004 E. Fulton County Road 900 South, Rochester, died at 3:32 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Winamac to George and Jennie Curts Jenkins, she married Keith N. Hoffman Jan. 27, 1952, in Winamac. He survives at home.
She was employed at the Fulton branch of the First National Bank and later at the Macy branch of the Farmers & Merchants Bank.
Surviving with her husband are one son, Ronald and wife Linda, Logansport; two daughters, Sandra Sadler and husband Richard, Lake Placid, Fla., and Karyn Harmon, Macy; four grandchildren, Jacob Hoffman, Argos, Hillary Hart, Muncie, Ashlie Sadler, Lake Placid, and McKenna Harmon, Macy; six step grandchildren, 13 step-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Billy G. Jenkins, Winamac.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zimerman Brothers Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday. Burial is at Fulton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fulton Fire Department First Responders.

Dorothy A. Eastburg
Dorothy A. Eastburg, 80, Brooksville, Fla., died Monday at Brooksville Regional Hospital.
She was born in Logansport and moved to Florida from Monticello in 1974. She was a registered nurse and attended First Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Fred Bohm, Rochester, David Eastburg, Lakeside, Calif., and Robert Eastburg, Grayslake, Ill.; two daughters, Diana Maxwell, Tampa, Fla., and Connie Strang, Mishawaka; one brother, Glen Selders, Logansport, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Florida arrangements were handled by Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville Chapel.

Betty M. Hoffman
March 18, 1933 – Oct. 28, 2001
Betty M. Hoffman, 68, 2004 E. Fulton County Road 900 South, Rochester, died at 3:32 a.m. Sunday at the Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Winamac to George and Jennie Curts Jenkins, she married Keith N. Hoffman Jan. 27, 1952, in Winamac. He survives at home.
She worked at the Fulton branch of the First National Bank and the Macy branch of the Farmers & Merchants Bank.
Surviving with her husband are one son, Ronald and wife Linda, Logansport; two daughters, Sandra Sadler and husband Richard, Lake Placid, Fla., and Karyn Harmon, Macy; four grandchildren, Jacob Hoffman, Argos, Hillary Hart, Muncie, Ashlie Sadler, Lake Placid, and McKenna Harmon, Macy; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Billy G. Jenkins, Winamac.
Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Fulton, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday. Burial is at Fulton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fulton Fire Department First Responders.

James L. Plummer
May 20, 1932 – Oct. 26, 2001
James Lee Plummer, 69, Lake Trail, Lakeville, died at 4:10 p.m. Friday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Lakeville to Joseph Otto and Pearl Laughman Plummer, he was a carpenter in Bremen.
Survivors include two daughters, Pamela (David) Wiegand, Lakeville, Peggy (Frank) Wiegand, Grayslake, Ill.; six sisters, Martha Stanage, Lakeville, Donna (Dwight) Nolen, Plymouth, Lelia (Fred) Masten, Rochester, Evelyn (Richard) Rice, Decatur, Mich., Iris (Louie) Tortorelli, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jean Ann (Dean) Rice, Mishawaka; six brothers, Glen (Mary) Plummer, Richard (MaryAnn) Plummer, Lynn (Berneda) Plummer, all of Rochester, Joe (Annette) Plummer, Houston, Texas, Jake (Gail) Plummer, Lakeville, and Dan (Sandie) Plummer, Osceola.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home, 314 S. Michigan St., Lakeville, with Pastor Philip M. Jerome, Gospel Center Church, officiating. Burial was at Southlawn Cemetery. Visitation was noon to 2 p.m. today.

James E. Watts
Sept. 23, 1961 – Oct. 25, 2001
James E. Watts, 40, Logansport, died at 10:56 a.m. Thursday in an accident on U.S. 24 W., Logansport.
Born in Rochester to Morris C. and Carolyn S. Korreckt, he graduated from Peru High School in 1980.
Mr. Watts owned Watts Tire Company, Logansport. He was a member of East Main Street Church of God.
Survivors include his mother, Carolyn S. Gatzimos, Logansport; one son, Kirby C. Watts, Logansport; one stepson, Nolan Pugh and mother Sarah Watts, both of Logansport; one brother, Tim, Rockford, Ill.; two stepbrothers, Bill Gatzimos and wife Brenda, Nashville, Tenn., Alexander Gatzimos, Lebanon; one stepsister, Tina Franke and husband Tom, Monroeville; maternal grandmother, Ruby Hardy, Logansport; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Preceding in death were his stepfather, Dr. Christos D. Gatzimos, and one stepbrother, Jim Gatzimos.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at East Main Street Church of God, Logansport, with Dr. Gregory Elkins officiating. Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at McClosky-Hamilton-Gundrum Funeral Home, 1603 E. Broadway, Logansport, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

Helen I. Adams
March 31, 1917 – Oct. 23, 2001
Helen Irene Adams, 84, died at 8:36 p.m. Tuesday at Wabash County Hospital.
Born in St. Louis, Mo. to Edward and Irene Glass Moss, she married John W. Adams March 4, 1939. He died Aug. 22, 1997.
Mrs. Adams, a homemaker, was a member of Wabash Presbyterian Church. She was a Girl Scouts of America leader, and a volunteer for CHEER, Wabash.
Survivors include one son, John A. and wife Carol, North Manchester; one daughter, Barbara Horton, Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home, Wabash. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Girl Scouts of America.

Wilma J. Scott
Nov. 9, 1930 – Oct. 19, 2001
Wilma Jean Scott, 70, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday at her residence at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born near Winamac to Clyde Earl and Clarice Howe Scott, she lived in Rochester most of her life, coming from Pulaski County.
Miss Scott worked in housekeeping at Woodlawn Hospital over 20 years.
Survivors include one sister, Betty Cramer and husband Aaron, Winamac; two brothers, Francis “Jerry” Scott and wife Maryvon, South Bend, and Robert “Scotty” Scott and wife Jean, Rochester; close friend, Teresa Sue Rentschler, Twelve Mile; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Scott, South Bend, Cletha Scott, Winamac; one brother-in-law, Ray Fagner, Kokomo; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were her parents, three sisters, Lova Garrigues, Thelma Fagner and Eula Planck, and two brothers, Wilbur and Clyde Scott.
Services are at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Burial and a graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McKinley Memorial Gardens, Winamac. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lois J. Pownall
Sept. 28, 1926 – Oct. 18, 2001
Lois Jean Pownall, 75, died at 9 p.m. Thursday at her Perrysburg residence.
Born in Adamsboro to Fenton and Gertie Bunnell Culp, she married Garrett E. Pownall April 6, 1947 at Perrysburg Baptist Church. He died Dec. 5, 1987.
Mrs. Pownall, a member of Perrysburg Baptist Church, was a homemaker.
Survivors include one son, Wayne L. and wife Linda, Bunker Hill; one daughter, Carol J. Hozey and husband Sammy, Macy; two grandsons, Kerry Pownall, Wasseon, Ohio, and Ryan Pownall, Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters, Mamie Petty, Peru, Margaret Loftus, Marathon, Fla., Josephine McClain, Sparta, Mich., and Olive Snyder, Wabash; three brothers, Robert Culp, Peru, James Culp, Mexico, and Orville Culp, Saint Cloud, Fla.
Preceding in death with her husband were one son, Timothy W. Pownall, four brothers, Ora Bill Culp, Chester Culp, Harry Culp and Raymond Culp, and three sisters, Edith Kidd, Grace Hayden abnd Marcella Peter.
Services are at 9 a.m. Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, with Rev. Dean Personett officiating. Burial will be at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Robert M. Cole
March 27, 1916 – Oct. 18, 2001
Robert M. Cole, 85, Bradenton, Fla., died Thursday at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Born in Mentone, he moved from Elkhart to Manatee County, Fla. in 1970.
Mr. Cole served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the lumber industry, where he was in sales. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Indiana Lions Club and Disabled Veterans, Bradenton, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Alveretta Cole, Bradenton, Fla.; two nieces, Sandra Vanden-Bossche, Rochester, and Susie Reinholt, Plymouth.
Services were today at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Ellenton, Fla. Burial was at Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton, Fla. Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St., Bradenton, FL 34207.

Rev. Fred Landolt
Feb. 20, 1926 – Sept. 22, 2001
Rev. Fred Landolt, 75, died at 2:15 p.m. Sept. 22 at Bristol Village Convalescent Center, Waverly, Ohio.
Born in Genevieve County, Mo. to Fred and Iona Landolt, Sr., he married Helen Hager Oct. 6, 1944. She survives.
Rev. Landolt ministered at several churches, including seven years at Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are four children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Silver Creek Church of God. Funeral services were held Sept. 26 at Arlington United Methodist Church, Arlington, Ohio, where he served after retiring from the ministry.

Anne Baker
Sept. 27, 1926 – Oct. 17, 2001
Anne Baker, 75, 513 Main St., died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at South Bend Memorial Hospital.
Born in Chicago to Nicholas and Anna Farro Pafundi, she married Lyman Baker June 1, 1962 in Rochester. He died in 1983.
Mrs. Baker, a 55-year Rochester resident, was a homemaker and a member of Fulton Baptist Temple.
Survivors include one daughter, Cathy O’Neal and husband Louis, Independence, Mo.; one son, Bradley J. Baker and wife Connie, Rochester; five grandchildren, Kristine A. Overback, Mary R. Deardorff. both of Independence, Mo., Annemarie, Christine and Kellie Baker, all of Rochester; three great-grandchildren, Eric, Ryan and Rachael Overback, Independence, Mo.
Preceding in death with her husband were her parents, five sisters and two brothers.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Louis O’Neal officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.
Mary Jane Heckathorn
Nov. 18, 1917 – Oct. 17, 2001
Mary Jane Heckathorn, 83, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Monticello Health Care, Monticello.
Born in Indianapolis to Jacob and Nannie Lowe Greenwald, she married Kenneth Dean Heckathorn Sept. 10, 1934 in Fulton. He survives.
Mrs. Heckathorn was a Rochester mail carrier for 20 years. She was a member of Good Sam Club and enjoyed camping. She lived in Fulton 50 years, moving to Monon in 1999 and to Monticello in March.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Penny Yeakley-Scott and husband David, Monon; two sons, Freddie K. and wife Merlee, Celine, Ohio, Jerry D. and wife Maxine, Rochester; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one sister, Bernice Thurber, Milwaukee, Wisc.; one brother, William Greenwald and wife Betty, Lafayette.
Preceding in death were her parents, three grandchildren, Brent Heckathorn, Yancy Yeakley and one infant.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Fulton County United Ministries.

Nathaniel P. Cooper
June 21, 1999 – Oct. 10, 2001
Nathaniel Pierce Cooper, 2, Savannah, Ga., died Oct. 10 at Atlanta Children’s Hospital.
He was born in Columbus, Ohio to Jay Maurice Cooper II and Kristina Michelle Kelly. They survive.
Surviving with his parents, of Savannah, Ga., are two brothers, Emmanuel and Carter Cooper, at home; one sister, Brooklyn, at home; maternal grandparents, Sherry and Jim Crowe, North Bay, Ore., and Michael Kelly, Columbus, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Linda and Jay Cooper, Sr., Enterprise, Ala.; maternal great-grandparents, Brenda and Fred Manuwal, Rochester; paternal great-grandparents, Nancy and Henry Maines, St. Louis, Mo.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service and burial will be held in St. Louis, Mo.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Peter Wegner
Dec. 7, 1910 – Oct. 15, 2001
Peter Wegner, 90, Winamac, died at 12:38 p.m. Monday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.
Born in Chicago, Ill. to Joseph John and Agnes Matella Wegner, he married Martha H. Wills Aug. 8, 1931 in Crown Point. She died April 5, 1993.
Mr. Wegner, a farmer, was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, and the Not-So-Young Club. He was an avid card player and Cubs fan.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Parcel and husband Dean, Winamac; two sons, Joe and wife Mary, Kewanna, Don and wife Cathy, Winamac; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Szymanski, Darien, Ill.; two stepsisters, Esther Kieltyka, Hammond, and Florence Bordelon, Valparaiso.
Preceding in death with his wife were two sisters, Vernie Powalski and Genevieve Puchalski, and one brother, Harry Wegner.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. John Hoying officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Winamac. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 8 a.m. Thursday at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main St., Winamac. The rosary will be at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, followed by a scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the heart fund.

Bernice Hagan Fore
Sept. 29, 1905 – Oct. 16, 2001
Former Rochester resident Bernice Hagan Fore, 96, Noblesville, died Tuesday at Carmel Care Center, Carmel.
Born in Mt. Lion to Ed and Nell Reese Hagan, she married Virl Fore. He died in 1996.
Mrs. Fore was a homemaker and member of First United Methodist Church, Noblesville, and was a 50-year member of Delta Sigma Psi.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Johns, Noblesville; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan St., Noblesville, with Rev. Jack Wolfe officitaing. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville. Friends may call from 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the funeral home.

Glenn N. Sivits, Sr.
July 23, 1937 – Oct. 14, 2001
Glenn N. Sivits, Sr., 64, 1117 George St., Logansport, died at 5:54 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born in Andrews to Von Harry and Edith Green Sivits, he married Virginia L. McClain Nov. 18, 1960 in Rochester. She survives.
Mr. Sivits worked at Monon Trailer and part-time at Small Parts. He enjoyed computers and fishing. He served in the U.S. Marines.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are three sons, Tracy, Logansport, Todd and wife Kristy, Logansport, Glenn Sivits, Jr., California; two daughters, Sherry Brown and husband Lee and Kimmi Thomas and husband David, all of Arkansas; five grandsons; 10 granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; four brothers, Charles, Illinois, Robert and Sid, both of Peru, and Jerry, Logansport; one sister, Ruth Winegardner, Logansport.
Preceding in death were his parents, two sons, two brothers and three sisters.
Services are at 6 p.m. Thursday at Marocco Funeral Chapel, 119 E. Market St., Logansport, with Rev. Art Maloney officiating. Military services will be conducted. Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home. 

Dennis W. Burke
March 11, 1917 – Oct. 15, 2001
Dennis William Burke, 84, Colleyville, Texas, died Oct. 15.
Mr. Burke was born in Paisley Scotland, living most of his life in Detroit, Mich. before moving to Michigan City in 1962 and Texas in 1976. He was an industrial salesman, starting his own company 25 years ago. He enjoyed history and politics and was once a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Survivors include four children, Patrick J. and wife Wende, Burlington, Vt., Diane L. Kuhl and husband Michael, New Carlisle, Alan D. and wife Rosemary, Rochester, and Colleen M. and husband Wayne, Colleyville, Texas.
His wife of 62 years, Iona, died Feb. 28.

Garnet M. Roe
Nov. 9, 1920 – Oct. 13, 2001
Garnet M. Roe, 80, 862 E. Center Road, Kokomo, died at 1:32 a.m. Saturday at Windsor Estates Health & Rehabilitation Center, Kokomo.
Born in Russiaville to Elvadore and Ethel Tolle Morris, she married Harold L. Roe June 1, 1938 in Kokomo. He survives.
Mrs. Roe retired from the payroll department at Delco Electronics in 1975 after 25 years. She was a member of Kokomo Trinity United Methodist Church and the KI-CU-WA Club, Kokomo. 
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one daughter, Sondra Baker and husband Haven, Winter Springs, Fla.; one son, Ronald Roe, Nyona Lake; five grandchildren, Bert Baker and wife Wendy, Sanford, Fla., Bradley Baker and wife Patricia, Wixom, Mich., Clark Roe, Galveston, Dane Roe and wife Kim, Galveston, and Kimberly Robertson and husband William, Greentown; nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were her parents and her twin sister.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ellers Mortuary, Webster Street Chapel, Kokomo, with Rev. Verl Winslow officiating. Entombment will be at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, Kokomo. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Juana M. Sheetz
Jan. 19, 1914 - Oct. 12, 2001
Juana M. Sheetz, 87, 1738 N. Fulton County Road 900 East, Akron, died at 5:02 a.m. Friday at Life Care Center of Rochester.
Born in Miami County to Ralph T. and Maude Drudge Lukens, she married George R. Sheetz April 18, 1943 at Akron. He survives.
Mrs. Sheetz retired from a position as a government secretary and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, and the American Association of Retired Persons. She was formerly a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving with her husband is a son, David Sheetz and wife Diane, Akron, two grandchildren, Angela S. Gillman and husband Billy, Akron, and Brad D. Sheetz, and one great grandson, Billy E. Gillman. Preceding in death were two brothers, Roland and Jack Lukens.
Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Stevan Haiflich as minister. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Akron United Methodist Church.

Dorothy M. Cox
March 28, 1921 – Oct. 5, 2001
Dorothy M. Cox, 80, died at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at her Life Care Center of Rochester residence.
Survivors include two sons, Richard D. Baker and wife Sharon, Rochester, William W. Baker, Rochester; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Kessler, Rochester, Edna Lessard and husband Joe, Florida; one brother, Everett Miller and wife Marion, California.
Preceding in death were her husbands, Leonard Baker and Henry Cox, one son, two brothers and one sister.
No services are planned. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie E. Seibold
Nov. 15, 1931 – Oct. 9, 2001
Marjorie E. Seibold, 69, Roann, died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw.
Born in Pleasant Township, Wabash County, to Herman and Velma Bishop Ihnen, she married James E. Seibold July 19, 1951. He survives.
Mrs. Seibold retired from Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, and worked at Quick Clean Laundry, Warsaw.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are her mother, Velma Ihnen, Rochester; four daughters, Brenda Wadkins and husband Lon, Silver Lake, Cathy Harrold and husband Phillip, Warsaw, Marian Krom and husband Mike, Roann, Sandy Blankenship and husband Tim, Winona Lake; one stepson, Jim Bartoo, Roann; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob Ihnen, North Manchester; one sister, Betty Davis, Akron; one sister-in-law, Katie Ihnen, Akron.
Preceding in death were her father and one brother.
Services are at 7 p.m. Thursday at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester Chapel, with Rev. J.P. Freeman officiating. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to South-Central Kosciusko EMS, Silver Lake.

Juneva I. ‘June’ Smith
Feb. 3, 1933 – Oct. 7, 2001
Juneva I. “June” Smith, 68, 2184 W. Olson Road, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth. She was in failing health six months.
Born in Backus, Minn. to Fred and Cora Winters Sheller, she married Robert L. Smith, Sr. Sept. 30, 1954 in Fort Worth, Texas. He survives.
Mrs. Smith came to Rochester in 1955. She worked at First National Bank, Rochester, 18 years, retiring in 1988 as manager of the South branch. She worked in the Fulton County Treasurer’s office from 1993 to 1998. She served in the U.S. Air Force as a teletype operator and cryptograph decoder during the Korean War. She was a member of First Christian Church, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 70.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are one son, Robert L. Smith, Jr. and wife Anita, Gary, Ill.; four grandchildren, Damian, Martin, Anthony and Laryssa Smith, Gary, Ill.; three sisters, Elanor Zaske and husband Wade and Lorraine Kampa and husband Al, all of Minneapolis, Minn., Ardy Johnson and husband John, Blaine, Minn.; three brothers, LeRoy Sheller, Minneapolis, Vernon Sheller, Anacortes, Wash., Richard Sheler, Pace, Fla.
Preceding in death were her parents, two sisters, Genaveve Semmler and Deloris Sheller.
Services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Woody Slade officiating. Burial will be at Hoover Cemetery, Athens, where the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Cancer Fund or Hope Hospice of Fulton County.

Donald J. Whittenberger
Oct. 22, 1920 – Oct. 9, 2001
Donald J. Whittenberger, 80, died at 4:27 a.m. today at his residence at Wesleyan Health Care Center, Marion.
Born in Akron to Otis and Pearl Hart Whittenberger, he married Florence Hizer Aug. 2, 1946 in Denver. She died Sept. 7, 1981.
Mr. Whittenberger was a carpenter. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in Europe, where he became a prisoner of war. He was a member of Rochester Veterans of Foreign Wars and an avid golfer. He was a graduate of Beaver Dam High School, where he was on the basketball team.
Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Johnson and husband Richard, Warsaw; three grandchildren, LaDonna Mitchell and husband Jon, Rochester, Sondra Patton and husband Joe, Warsaw, and Brian Johnson and wife Paige, Akron; six great-grandchildren; special friend, Bonnie Miller, Gilead; one sister, Pauline Kuhn and husband Bernard, Mentone.
Preceding in death with his wife were one brother, Richard, and one sister, Deloris Young.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Akron-Henry Township Fire Department.

Donald J. Whittenberger
Oct. 22, 1920 – Oct. 9, 2001
A brother, Robert, who preceded in death was inadvertently ommitted from Tuesday’s obituary for Donald J. Whittenberger, 80, who died Tuesday at Wesleyan Health Care Center, Marion.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial will be at Akron Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Rochester American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Henry Township Fire Department.

Mildred L. Wilber
Nov. 3, 1914 – Oct. 6, 2001
Mildred Louise Wilber, 86, died at 1:50 a.m. Saturday at her Life Care Center, Rochester, residence.
Born in Sullivan County to James and Ida McCammon Land, she was a retired seamstress from H.W. Gossard Co. and a member of Sullivan First Christian Church.
Survivors include one son, James W. and wife Doris, Rochester; two granddaughters, Kelly Mills and husband Troy, Flower Mound, Texas, Erica Moore and husband Collin, Rochester; two great-grandsons, Trevor and Adam Mills.
Preceding in death were her husband, Basil Wilber, one son, Jack D. Wilber, one sister and five brothers.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Banks & Brust Funeral Home, Sullivan, with Rev. David Cox officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery, Carlisle. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ralph R. Mull, Sr.
Dec. 22, 1926 – Oct. 5, 2001
Former Rochester resident Ralph R. Mull, Sr., 74, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday at his Elkhart residence.
Born in Peru to Homer G. and Bernice Hopper Mull, he married Janet Farrell Nov. 22, 1972 in Elkhart. She survives.
Mr. Mull was operations and sales manager at River Park Distributors, which became Advanze Engineering Corp. He retired in 1995. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War and was a member of Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Elkhart.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are four sons, Ralph R. Mull, Jr., Brent Y. Mull and wife Jean, all of Lafayette, David E. Schutz, John L. Schutz and wife Diann, all of Elkhart; three daughters, Peggy A. Miller and husband Tom, Rochester, Jennifer M. Criswell and husband David, Lafayette, Kathleen Soncrant and husband George, Green Bay, Wisc.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Lila O’Connell, Warsaw.
Preceding in death were one daughter, Barbara Basham, and one grandson, Brian Mull.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Rev. David Cross officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Elkhart.

William D. ‘Shane’ Wise
Sept. 27, 1977 – Oct. 3, 2001
William Derek “Shane” Wise, 24, 209 W. Eighth St., died at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday in a fire at Pyro Design & Development, Inc.
Mr. Wise was born in Rochester to John and Diana Meyer Wise.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Diana Bradley, Rochester; three sisters, Tami Rutledge, Peru, Carmen Shambarger and husband Skip, Roann, Tiffany Wise, Rochester; three brothers, Allen Castleman, Indianapolis, John Wise II and wife Priscilla, Rochester, and Carson Wise, Rochester; maternal grandparents, Howard and Mary Meyer, Rochester; maternal grandfather, Robert Grove, Lutz City, Fla.; several nieaces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding in death were his father, John Wise on Oct. 15, 1989, and maternal grandmother, Vivian Grove in January, 2001.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Robert Ritter officiating. Burial will be at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester. friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

Lisa M. Tillman
Nov. 11, 1976 – Oct. 3, 2001
Lisa Marie Tillman, 24, 1999 E., Fulton County Road 400 North, died at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday in a fire at Pyro Design & Development, Inc.
Born in Plymouth to Lanny R., Sr. and Nancy P. Roe Tillman, she attended Tippecanoe Valley High School and worked at Pyro Design & Development, Inc.
Survivors include her mother, Nancy P. Tillman, Akron; her father, Lanny R. Tillman, Sr., Claypool; four sisters, Lori and Mindy Tillman, both of Rochester, Marcy and Melissa Tillman, both of Akron; three brothers, Lanny Tillman, Jr., Rochester, Eric and Bobby Tillman, both of Akron; boyfriend, Ryan Peterman, Rochester; maternal grandmother, Carlotta D. Roe, Rochester; maternal great-grandfather, William Solliday, Lake Okechobe, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Robert and Sue Tillman, Claypool; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding in death were her maternal grandfather, George H. Roe on Aug. 18, 2001, and paternal grandmother, Hazel P. Tillman. 
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. John Reed officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Hospital Burn Unit, Fort Wayne.

Jason ‘Sam’ Estep
Aug. 17, 1975 – Oct. 3, 2001
Jason “Sam” Estep, 808 Monroe St., died at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday in a fire at Pyro Design & Development, Inc.
Mr. Estep was born in Tampa, Fla. to Donald DeMon and Brenda Estep Cook. He worked at Pyro Design & Development, Inc.
Survivors include his mother, of Rochester; fiance, Lori Tillman, Rochester; one daughter, Desiree K. Estep, at home; one son, Tyrees DeShawn Estep, at home; two brothers, Timmy and Ace Estep, both of Rochester; maternal grandmother, Lona Estep, Rochester; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. John Reed officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

Dorothy M. Cox
March 28, 1921 – Oct. 5, 2001
Dorothy M. Cox, 80, died at 10 a.m. Friday at her residence at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Pulaski County to Frank and Jennie Moore Miller, she married Leonard Baker. He died. She married Henry Cox. He died.
Mrs. Cox was a cook and a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Richard D. Baker and wife Sharon and William Baker, both of Rochester; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Kessler, Rochester, Edna Lessard and husband Joe, Florida; one brother, Everett Miller and wife Marion, Rio Linda, Calif.
Preceding in death with her husbands were one son, two brothers and three sisters.
No services or visitation is planned. Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is in charge of arrangements.

Warren G. Grimme
March 13, 1921 – Oct. 3, 2001
Warren G. Grimme, 80, died Wednesday at his Indianapolis residence.
Born in Hobbs to William Phillip and Selma Caroline Leininger Grimme, he married Betty Oakley May 9, 1946 in Indianapolis. She survives.
Mr. Grimme worked at U.S. Rubber-Uniroyal as a quality assurance supervisor. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Indianapolis.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two daughters, Brenda Ellen Stout, Rochester, Jeanette Dawn Strohm, Indianapolis; five grandsons; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Calvin Donald Grimm, Indianapolis; one sister, Laura Heidenreich, Indianapolis.
Preceding in death was one son, Brian Warren Grimme.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Indianapolis. Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 6111 S. Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46206.

George W. Pace
Aug. 13, 1935 – Oct. 2, 2001
George W. Pace, 66, 4689 N. Bowen St., Leiters Ford, died at 1:04 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend.
Born in Elwood to George W. and Ferrell Peters Pace, Sr., he married Mary Duncan May 28, 1982 in Indianapolis. She survives.
Mr. Pace was a retired plastics engineer from General Electric Corp., Louisville, Ky. He was a member of Elwood Masonic Lodge, Harmony Christian Church and a 1953 graduate of Elwood High School.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are his parents, Elwood; two daughters, Pam Hickman and husband John Michael, Logansport, Kathy Ames and husband Daniel, Morton, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Angela Rangel, Mobile, Ala.; three stepsons, David and Joe Rangel, Indianapolis, and Paul Rangel, Birmingham, Ala.; two grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Ames; three stepgrandchildren, Jacob, Gabriel and Aidan Rangel.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. Dorothy Jones officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s hospitals through the funeral home.

Jackson W. Burrows
Dec. 10, 1923 – Sept. 27, 2001
Former Akron resident Jackson W. Burrows, 77, Anderson, died Thursday at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.
Born in Akron to Claude and Lela Burrows, he was a 1942 graduate of Akron High School, where he was on the basketball team.
Mr. Burrows was co-owner of Broadway Sales Corp., Anderson, and retired as general manager at Paul Goeke Chrysler, Noblesville. He served in the U.S. Army in India and China during World War II and retired as a Major at Anderson’s Army Reserve Center. He was a member of Elks Lodge 209, where he was a trustee and worked at the Sunday Singles dances. An antique car fan, he was a member and co-founder of the Central Indiana Old Car Club and Amvets 692.
Survivors include one daughter, Jacki Hill and husband Ron, Anderson; one son, Frank and wife Janet Heath Burrows, Muncie; four grandchildren, Brande Kuss and husband Dave, Carmel, Dustin Dixon and wife Roslynn, Westfield, Jamie Burrows and Angie Burrows, both of Anderson; one sister, Marian Gerig, Anderson; one stepdaughter, Donna Hampton and husband Kevin, Midlothian, Texas; one stepgrandson, Brian Gourley and wife Amy, Arlington, Texas; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death were his wife of 48 years, Madonna, in 1994, one stepson, Don Gourley, in July, 2001, one sister, Bettie Hawley, and his parents.
Services were Monday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Home, Anderson. Burial was at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.

William “Bill” F. Schroer
Rochester teacher and coach Bill Schroer, 74, who achieved national prominence as a college athlete and played pivotal roles in local politics for more than two decades, died at his 1015 Jackson Blvd. home at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.
Born March 28, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Rev. William Jennings and Regina Clara Scheidt Schroer, he came to Rochester in 1931 at age 4, when his father was called to pastor at St. John Lutheran Church.
Rochester High School’s first athletic director, he earned the nickname “Sure Shot Schroer” for his basketball prowess.
President of the Rochester High School Class of 1945, Mr. Schroer played softball and basketball and ran track for the Zebras. He was an undefeated fast-pitch softball pitcher for three years and a conference high jump champion. Mr. Schroer was a member of sectional championship basketball teams in 1944 and 1945. He was named to all-sectional and all-regional teams in 1945. The RHS free-throw record he set in 1945, when leading the Central Indiana Conference in scoring, stood until the 1971-72 season. 
He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
Schroer left Rochester for the U.S. Army. He served 18 months as a member of the occupation forces in Nuremburg, Germany, and as a guard at the Nuremburg Trials at the close of World War II.
He then enrolled in Valparaiso University, where he earned five letters in basketball, two in track and one in baseball, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in physical education and social studies.
He was named the 1948-49 National Free Throw Champion, hitting 59 of 68 shots his sophomore year.
He was Valparaiso’s high scorer, most valuable player, free throw percentage leader and sportsmanship award winner in 1949-50. He was named to Colliers Magazine’s All-American team. He was the Valparaiso University team captain for the 1950-51 season, and during his 1947-51 career earned the university’s career free throw record and became the school’s second-highest career high scorer. In 1995, he was awarded Valparaiso University’s Alumni Achievement Award.
He earned his master’s in education from Indiana University in 1960.
After college, he coached basketball at Talma High School. In 1957, he became dean of boys and assistant basketball coach at RHS. He was athletic director at RHS from 1961 to 1987. Schroer helped form the Northern Lakes Conference. He was the conference secretary-treasurer from 1964 through 1987. He suggested the name for the conference. He retired from RHS in 1989.
He was named to the Indiana Silver Anniversary Basketball Team in 1970. In 1995, Schroer was one of 14 inductees to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He was an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame volunteer for several years.
His book, entitled “Z-Roots,” recorded Rochester High School’s athletic history.
He spoke at Rochester High School’s commencement ceremonies from 1961-1970. He was cosponsor of the RHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1966-1975. He was the co-sponsor of American Field Service at the RHS from 1961-1974.
He was RHS director of guidance and counseling for 18 years and an assistant principal for five years.
A Republican, he was a 26-year member of the Rochester City Council. He was appointed to the Council in 1961 and served until a defeat at the polls in 1975. He was appointed in 1989, was re-elected in 1991, 1995 and 1999. He resigned in 2000. Mr. Schroer set a record for longest serving councilman at 20 years.
He is credited with giving Rochester its “City of Friendship and Pride” motto.
As a 16-year member of the Rochester Park and Recreation Board, he played a key role in the development of Mill Creek Golf Course and the Rochester City Pool.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, serving as local president and state Lieutenant Governor.
He was a member and officer of the Fulton County Retired Teachers Association and on the board of directors of the Fulton Economic Development Corp. from 1995-1997.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he served as president of the church board from 1994 to 1997.
The Rochester Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Community Service Award in 1996. Accordingly, he served as Round Barn Festival parade grand marshall that year.
He was active in Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Adminis-trators Association, was Woodlawn Hospital Development Council annual support committee chairman. He started and organized Kiwanis turkey dinner each year up to 1999.
Schroer married Sharon “Charlene” Dick Dec. 26, 1955 in Rochester. She survives, at home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Deborah Habig and husband Richard, Carmel, Cynthia Cerami and husband Couter, Chino Hills, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kelsey and William “Gus” Habig, Carmel, and Joseph and Matthew Cerami, Chino Hills, Calif.; two brothers, Lewis and wife Geri, Mishawaka, Robert and wife Mickey, Valparaiso; one sister-in-law, Patricia Utterback, Westfield; one brother-in-law, Fred Wright and wife Joanne, LaGrange; 10 nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.
Service are at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church, Fourth and Jefferson streets, with Revs. James Kreft and Delmar Kreuger officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home, Rochester, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be made to the Northern Indiana Community Foundation or St. John Lutheran Church.

William W. Creviston
Jan. 13, 1926 – Oct. 2, 2001
William W. Creviston, 75, 18607 Cedar Road, Tippecanoe, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Hospice House of St. Joseph County.
Born in Huntington to Bert Wilson and Bessie Heyser Creviston, he married Grace Watkins June 28, 1969. She survives.
Mr. Creviston enjoyed working with automobiles and lawn mowers.
Surviving with his wife, at home, are two stepsons, Fearol Baxter and wife Betty, and Robin Ritchison, all of Tippecanoe; three stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Mary C. Huffer, Argos.
Preceding in death were four sisters and five brothers.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home, Bourbon, with Rev. Tom Padberg officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Marshal County Hospice.

Martha M. King
Aug. 9, 1932 – Sept. 26, 2001
Martha Mae King, 69, 9960 16th Road, Argos, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso, following a short illness.
Born in Greencastle to Elsie Cook, she married DeWayne Whitaker Sept. 5, 1954. He died in March, 1963. She married Donald King Aug. 25, 1963. He died in February, 1982.
Mrs. King, an Argos resident since 1979, was a clerk at Greyhound Bus Terminal, Plymouth. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of Argos American Legion Post 68, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Virtue, Indianapolis; one son, Eddie Whitaker and wife Erika, Germany; two grandchildren, Ashley and Clint, Indianapolis; two brothers, Roy and Jack Cook, both of Putnum County.
Preceding in death with her husbands were her mother, one sister and one brother.
Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, with Rev. Larry Stutzman officiating. Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, is in charge of arrangements.

Erica K. Collins
Sept. 9, 1976 – Oct. 1, 2001
Erica Kay Collins, 25, died at 5:46 a.m. Monday at her residence at 9257 Indiana 19, Etna Green, following a five-month illness.
Born in Wabash to Arthur, Jr. and Janet Rush Collins, she was a lifetime resident of the Etna Green area.
Miss Collins was a 1995 graduate of Northwood High School.
Survivors include her mother, Janet Collins, Etna Green; one brother, Brian Collins, Mishawaka; maternal grandmother, Dortha Lowman, Rochester; and one niece, Claire Frances Collins, Mishawaka.
Preceding in death was her father, in 1988.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 950 N. Main St., Nappanee, with Rev. Norm Reimer officiating. Burial will be at Stony Point Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until time of service Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Kosciusko County Home Health Care and Hospice.

Buthene G. Smythe
Jan. 15, 1909 – Sept. 30, 2001
Services for former Mentone resident Buthene G. Smythe, 92, who died Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Revs. Jack Thompson and Will Lawson, Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Ann Zellers
Nov. 2, 1927 – Sept. 29, 2001
Mary Ann Zellers, 73, Rossville, died at 9:44 a.m. Saturday at Lafayette Home Hospital.
Born in Chanute, Kan. to Peter and Mary Katzen Reinlander, she married Ardis Dean Zellers March 3, 1946 in Levenworth, Kan. He died April 11, 1993.
Mrs. Zellers, formerly of Kewanna and Kentland, moved to Rossville in 1982. A homemaker, she was a member of World Wide Church of God, Lafayette, and enjoyed gardening and bird watching.
Survivors include one son, Norman Ray Zellers, Kentland; two daughters, Sandra Henning and husband Erwin, Swayzee, and Janice Heater and husband Bary, Rossville; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were three brothers, Walter, Albert and Robert, and one sister, Amy Bailey.
Graveside services are Tuesday at Bruce Lake Cemetery with Rev. Bill Miller officiating. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at Bodine Funeral Home, Rossville.

Jessica L. Thompson
Sept. 13, 1983 – Sept. 28, 2001
Former Akron resident Jessica Lynne Thompson, 18, 15225 Elkhart County Road 40, Goshen, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Thursday.
Born in Wabash to Ronald and Theresa Thompson, she moved from Akron to Goshen three years ago.
Miss Thompson was a senior at Fairfield High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, varsity volleyball team and varsity softball team. She worked at Penguin Point, Goshen. She attended Jefferson Brethren Church, Goshen, where she was secretary of the youth council and taught junior high Sunday school class. She was a tutor and mentor of the Lync Summer Fun Program at the church in 2000.
Survivors include her father, Ronald Thompson, Akron; mother and stepfather, Theresa and Ray Allison, Goshen; three sisters, Elizabeth Thompson and April Allison, both of Goshen, Angela Snyder and husband Ben, New Paris; two brothers, Aaron and Adam Thompson, both of Goshen; maternal grandparents, Charles and Cathy French, North Manchester, Beverly French-Kidd, Bippus, Richard and Emily Allison, Ashland, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Francis and Kathryn Thompson, Akron.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the main gymnasium of Fairfield High School, Goshen, with Revs. Ron Spyker and Scott Berkey officiating. Burial will be at Brown Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 South Main St., Goshen. Memorials may be made to Fairfield High School Dollars for Scholars Jessica Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Clara A. Vedder-Spangler
July 14, 1902 – Sept. 29, 2001
Clara A. Vedder Spangler, 99, Logansport, died at 9:26 a.m. Saturday at Chase Convalescent Center, Logansport.
Born in Miami County to Julias and Augusta Brown Pritz, she married Ernest Vedder Sept. 1, 1923 in Macy. He died Nov. 20, 1956. She married Kenneth Spangler Aug. 2, 1958 in Rochester. He died Aug. 13, 1974.
Mrs. Spangler, a homemaker, was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis D. Hinkle, Logansport, Helen Raber, Macy; one son, Eugene Vedder and wife Norma, Rochester; one daughter-in-law, Bonnie Vedder, Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren, Ronnie Hinkle and Jodie Robinson, both of Logansport, Carla Phillips, Indianapolis, Sharon Hileman, Fulton, Steve Vedder and Sandy Vedder, both of Rochester, Kathy Fitz, Akron, Kevin Vedder, Lafayette, Mark Vedder, South Bend, Gary Vedder, Plymouth, Brian, Lisa and Darren Vedder, all of Fort Wayne; three stepgrandchildren, Julie Bommer, Brookeille, Gary Raber, Macy, and Paula Kline, Indianapolis; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husbands were six brothers, four sisters, one son and one daughter.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at McCloskey-Hamilton-Gundrum Funeral Home, 1603 E. Broadway St., Logansport, with Rev. Teri White officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Vada A. Chapman
July 3, 1921 – Sept. 29, 2001
Vada A. Chapman, 80, Rochester, died at 11:41 p.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Hospital.
Born in Wabash County to Wilfred and Ethel Sonner Lewis, she married Edward Ray Chapman Sept. 19, 1936 at the Brethren Church, Andrews. He died in October 1992.
Mrs. Chapman worked at General Tire Corp., Wabash, and was a member of Springhill Baptist Church, Paris, Tenn.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Hipskind and husband Joseph, Macy, and Judy Tremblay and husband Bona, Long Sault, Ontario, Canada; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were one daughter, Geneva Hastings, one grandchild, one great-grandchild, three brothers and four sisters.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Burial will be Friday at Render Memorial Cemetery, McHenry, Ky. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marjorie D. Fred
Jan. 10, 1909 – Sept. 30, 2001
Marjorie D. Fred, 92, 403 Pontiac St., died at 12:50 p.m. Sunday at Life Care Center, Rochester.
Born in Fulton County to James Morton and Ida B. Hower Downs, she married Howard D. Fred Jan. 8, 1946 in Rochester. He survives.
Mrs. Fred, a 1930 graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, was a Registered Obstetrics Nurse at Woodlawn Hospital for 33 years. She did private duty nursing in the area and was a member of the Indiana State Nurse’s Association Local District 15, and the National Nurse’s Association.
Surviving with her husband, at home, are three daughters, Mary Kathleen Stevens and Rebecca “Becky” E. Savage, both of Richmond, and Diane Fred, South Bend; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death were two sisters, two brothers and one half brother.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with Rev. James W. Kreft officiating. Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Historical Society, Rochester High School Scholarship Fund or a charity of donor’s choice.

Buthene G. Smythe
Jan. 15, 1909 – Sept. 30, 2001
Buthene G. Smythe, 92, formerly of Mentone, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at her Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, residence.
Born in Kosciusko County to J. Alva and Jenettie Hatfield Bowser, she married Harry E. Smythe Nov. 24, 1928 in Warsaw. He died April 6, 2000.
Mrs. Smythe, a homemaker, and lifetime resident of the Mentone area, was a member of Mentone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Jalaine Anderson, Warsaw; one son, Don Smythe, Mentone; one foster daughter, Linda Marshall, Decatur; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren.
Preceding in death with her husband were two brothers and five sisters.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at King Memorial Home, Mentone, with Revs. Jack Thompson and Will Lawson, Sr. officiating. Burial will be at Mentone Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mentone United Methodist Church or Hope Hospice.

Lawrence Hudson
Nov. 8, 1906 – Sept. 29, 2001
Lawrence Hudson, 94, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Grace Village Health Care, Winona Lake.
Born in Kosciusko County to Orla and Anna Sensibaugh Hudson, he married Dorothy Weiss Feb. 22, 1926. She died in November, 1994.
Mr. Hudson, a lifetime Kosciusko County resident, was a teacher for 42 years in the Kosciusko County area, and a farmer. He was a member of Claypool United Methodist Church, Indiana Retired Teachers Association and Indiana Farm Bureau Association. He enjoyed wintering in Florida.
Survivors include one son, Gilford, Arizona; one son-in-law, Richard L. Kehoe, Sr., Warsaw; seven grandchildren, Sheila Ellis, Leesburg, Kerry Kehoe, Warsaw, Eric Hudson, Bremen, Debbie Campbell, Indianapolis, Sherri Stutzman, Atwood, Richard Kehoe, Jr., Winona Lake, and Todd Hudson, Bremen; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Preceding in death with his wife were one daughter, Wanda Lou Kehoe, one grandson, David Lee Hudson, three brothers, Ronald, Howard and Raymond Hudson, and three sisters, Mabel Rickel, Hazel Linn and Velva Hudson.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw, with Richard Kehoe, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Palestine Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Indiana Chapter, 425 N. Michigan St., Suite 308, South Bend, IN 46601-1236.


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