Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Margaret J. Gernert

Margaret J. Gernert, 89, a res-ident of Peabody Retirement Community, N. Manchester, IN and former resident of Somerville, N.J., died at Wabash County Hospital Tues-day, May 13, 1997. She was born Dec. 13, 1907 at Long Is-land, N.Y. to Charles Frederick and Adelia (Seaman) Jeffs. 

She married Eugene Henry Gernert Feb. 18, 1928 in Somerville, NJ, and he died Nov. 26. 1962. She was a homemaker, and attended the North Manch-ester United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Somerville First United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Cen-tury Chapter #100 O.E. of Somerville, N.J. She lived in North Manchester since 1982, coming from Somerville, N.J.

She is survived by daughters, Adele Westman of Roann, IN and Shirley Robbins of Rut-ledge, PA; a son, Eugene H. Gemert of Las Vegas, NV; 10 grandchildren, 21 great grand-children and two great-great grandchil-dren. Two brothers and five sis-ters preceded her in death.

Friends may call at the Peabody Chapel one hour prior to the service to be held Thurs-day, May 15, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. William Hemmig offici-ating. Friends may also call at the Speer-Van Arsdale Funeral Home in Somerville, N.J. Satur-day, May 17 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Lee Van Rensburg officiating the Somerville services. Burial will be in the New Cemetery, Somerville, N.J. Preferred memorials are to the Salvation Army.

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Jackson

Earl Jackson, 70, of 1511S 1275E, Akron, IN, died Monday, May 12, 1997 at Parkview Hospi-tal, Fort Wayne following a year of failing health. He was born Sept. 14, 1926 at Saly-ersville, KY to John F. and Osie (Stanley) Jackson, both de-ceased.

He was an Akron community resident for the past 40 years, coming from Salyersville, KY. He married Emma Grace Jack-son Dec. 31, 1948 at Warsaw, IN, and she survives at home. He was retired from the Nickle Plate railroad (Norfolk & Western).

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Brenda) Honeycutt of North Manchester; two sons - Ronnie (wife Nancy) Jackson of Rochester, IN and Garrett J. (wife Barbara) Jackson of Lake-ton; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; three sis-ters - Mrs. Chester (Imogene) Coddle of Claypool, Mrs. Lillie Spraddlin of Warsaw, and Mrs. Maxine Conley of Rochester; three brothers - Desmond Jack-son of Warsaw, Harold Jackson of Mentone, and Merl Jackson of Michigan. A daughter, Linda Jackson, preceded him in death.

Friends may call at the Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today) and at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 15, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at the House of Prayer, lo-cated four miles east of Akron, IN with Pastor Danny Honeycutt officiating.

Charlotte A. Adrianson

Charlotte A. Adrianson, 71, of 828 East North "E" St., Gas City, IN, died Saturday, May 10, 1997 at Marion General Hospital. She was born in Gas City to Willis Ivan and Ruth (Barton) Karnes. She was a 1943 graduate of Gas City High School.

She was a Past President of the V.F.W. Post 6728 Women's Auxiliary and was a charter member of the auxiliary. An avid reader, she had worked at the Gas City License Branch for seven years.

Survivors include her husband, Jake; a son, Ray D. (wife Jena) of Greenwood, IN; daugh-ters Mrs. Don (Connie) Curry and Mrs. Bill (Mary A.) Hix, all of North Manchester; a brother, Bill Karnes of Sara-sota, FL and five grandchil-dren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Needham-Storey Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City with Dr. Joe Seaborn officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery of Gas City.

Delma E. Purdy

Delma E. Purdy, 95, of 1229 Meadowbrook Ln., Apt. 2, Wabash, IN, died Sunday, May 11, 1997 at Community Care Center of Wabash. She was born Mar. 4, 1902 in Kosciusko County, IN to John L. and Per-milla (Batdorf) Kline. She mar-ried Lawrence Purdy Feb. 5, 1926 in Tiffin, OH; he died Au-gust 1, 1966.

She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three sons - Richard Purdy and Lawrence Marvin Purdy, both of Wabash and David Purdy of Roann; two daughters - Mrs. John (Connie) Lewis and Mrs. Shirley Frieden, both of Wabash; 14 grandchil-dren and 17 great grandchil-dren. A daughter, six brothers and three sisters pre-ceded her in death.

Funeral service was held today (Wednesday) May 14, at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel, Wabash. Burial took place in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.

Donald Green

Donald (Don) Green, 70, of 220 Dover St., Lagro, IN, died Friday, May 9, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. He was born Jan. 24, 1927 in Johnstown, FL to Jeff and Reba (Anderson) Green. He married Goldie Mur-ray Aug. 29, 1953 at St. Marie, IL.

He was employed by Celotex Corporation of Lagro, and was a member of the Paperworkers Union #563.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons - Tim Green of North Manchester, and John and Daniel Green, both of Lagro; three daughters - Mrs. Larry (Shelley) Owen of Peru, Maria Green of Lagro, and Mrs. Kerry (Linda) Steele of Wabash; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; three brothers - Ray and Mer-ritte Green, both of Andrews, and Roger Green of Hunting-ton; and three sisters - Mrs. Jessie (Murley) Dyer, Lennie Earhart and Joyce Garri-son, all of Andrews. A brother, Frank, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 13, 1997 at Deal-Robbins & Van Gilder Andrews Chapel, and burial was in River-side Cemetery of Andrews.

Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association.

Billy Ray Miracle

Billy Ray Miracle, 61, of 1210 Stitt St., Wabash, IN died at his residence May 9, 1997. He was born Dec. 23, 1935 at Lejunior, KY to Jasper and Celia Eliza-beth (Reece) Miracle, both de-ceased. He married Claudia Lackey in Las Vegas, NV Oct. 24, 1995.

He worked at British Tire & Rubber/Gen Corp in Wabash since 1968. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, the Wabash Eagles Lodge, and was an Army Vet-eran.

In addition to his wife, Clau-dia of Wabash, he is survived by a son, Allen of Wabash, a step son, James Nelson of Wabash; three brothers, Ken-neth of New Tazewell, TN, Jackie and Doyle, both of Wabash; sisters Nyoka Daniels of New Tazewell, TN and Faye Blakeman of Skyland, NC; and three grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 13, at the Grand-staff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel with the Rev. William Ryan officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

David J. Mullin

David J. Mullin, 74, of 382 N. Carroll St., Wabash, died May 8, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne. He was born July 10, 1922 at Rockfield, IN to Herman and Daisy (Berkshire) Mullin, both deceased. He was a 1949 graduate of Purdue University.

He married Maxine Wrights-man June 21, 1947, and she sur-vives. He was employed as a salesman for 35 years. He was a World War II Air Force vet-eran, a life member of the Elks Lodge of Wabash; also a mem-ber of the Moose, American Legion of Wabash, and Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge #211 of Camden, IN.

He was survived by his wife, Maxine; daughters Mrs. Pamela Bradley and Mrs. Gary (Marlene) Cooper, both of Wabash; a brother, Donald Mullin of Lafayette, IN; sisters Nancy Mullin and Mrs. Geral-dine Rice, both of Delphi, IN, Mrs. Adrinne McCain of Cam-den, IN and Mrs. Melvin (Martha) Spencer of Anderson; and grandchildren Heather and Wesley Cooper and Azure Bradley, and one great grandchild. A sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 12, 1997 at Eddingfield,-

DeLaughter Mortuary of Wabash with the Rev. Carl Hanser officiating. Military graveside service followed at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Mark J. Rice

Mark J. Rice, 80, died May 7, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor East where he had been a resident. He was born Sept. 1, 1917 at Marion, IN to Earl and Nora (Cauley) Rice, both deceased. He married Mary Ellen Weaver Sept. 7, 1936 and she died Dec. 8, 1985. 

He was retired from "Advance Security" in Atlanta, GA. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and a charter mem-ber of the Fa-ther Pettit Council in Wabash.

Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Max (Peg) Carter and Mrs. Vince (Judy) Baucco, both of Wabash; a brother, Philip Rice of Orlando, FL; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grand-children and three great-great-grandchildren. A granddaugh-ter, a brother, and a sister pre-ceded him in death.

Funeral was held Saturday, May 10, 1997 at St. Bernard Catholic church of Wabash with Father Timothy Wrozek officiat-ing. Burial was in Falls Ceme-tery, Wabash.

Preferred memorials are to the St. Bernard's Scholarship Fund. Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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