Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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Virginia N. Knight

Virginia Null Knight, 76, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Knight was born in Byron, MN and moved to Marion in 1945. She moved to North Manchester in 1992. She retired in 1981 as a bookkeeper at Marion General Hospital. She was a graduate of Byron High School, Byron, MN and Indiana Business College, Marion. She was a Navy veteran of WWII and was a member of the American Legion, Post 10, Marion. She was a former member of the Women of the Moose, and the Y.W.C.A., both in Marion. She was married to Ted Null who died in 1977 and to Robert 'Bob' Knight who died in 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen (Edwin) Church of Muncie; a brother, Robert A. (Margaret) Briggs of Woodberry, MN; a sister, Mary E. (T.W. 'Bill') Barley of Marion; five nephews; and three nieces.

Services were held Tuesday in Needham-Storey Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, with Steven Loft officiating. Burial was in Estates of Serenity Cemetery, Marion.

Bessie M. Henry

Bessie M. Henry, 98, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Feb. 23, 1900 at Laketon, IN to D. E. and Ida M. (Fosnough) Ramey. She married Howard E. Alger July 30, 1921; he died March 4, 1931. She then married Arlie C. Henry Feb. 5, 1940. He died Dec. 27, 1953.

She graduated from Laketon High School in 1918 and from Manchester College in 1920. She was an elementary teacher in Ijamsville, Disko, Laketon, Lagro, Silver Lake, United Noble in Albion, IN, and Concord - East in Elkhart, IN. She was a member of the Laketon Legion Auxiliary and the Indiana State Teachers Association.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James (Bonnie) Smith of New Carlisle, IN and a sister, Mrs. Frank (Fairy) Pearson of Wabash; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998 at Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, with the Rev. Brian Daniels officiating. She was buried in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Pauline Miller

Pauline Miller, 87, of 397W 900S, Lafontaine, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Sept. 1, 1911 in Miami County to Clarence Glenwood and Lesta (Gerhart) Graham. She married Ora Lee "Nick" Miller in Marion, IN on Aug. 30, 1933; he died Sept. 24, 1990.

She was a 1929 graduate of Clay Township Miami County High

School. She was a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Somerset, a member of the LaFontaine Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Tri Township Home Ec Club, and a 35-year member of T.O.P.S.

She is survived by two daughters - Mrs. John (Carolyn) Hanaway of Peru and Mrs. Glen (Martha Lou "Marti") Dillman of Flora; a son, Max Miller of Winchester, IN; a brother, Orville Graham of Peru; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law and two brothers.

Funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 9, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Pastor Kenton Lord officiating. Burial was in Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery, located at Somerset, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the charity of the donor's choice.

Frances Ann Dunnagan

Frances Ann Dunnagan, 63, of 598 Elm St., Wabash, IN, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998 at Home Hospital of Lafayette, IN. She was born Sept. 15, 1935 at Wabash IN to the late Leonard Huddleston and Opal Elshire Haas of Wabash. She was married to Willis E. Dunnagan in Wabash on April 18, 1954, and he survives.

She attended Roseburg Church of Christ in Marion, IN. She acted as Chief of the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana, Inc. for three years, until April 1998, at which time she was elected Vice Chief in the first general election. She served on the Miami Council for several years, and served on the Native American Governor's Council. She worked at General Tire in Wabash, IN for 10 years and Preferred Tech in Andrews, IN.

In addition to her husband and mother, other survivors include a daughter, Tyann M. Besonen of West Lafayette; five sons - Ernest Z. Dunnagan of Logansport, Willis E. Dunnagan, Jr. of LaFontaine, Steven R. Dunnagan of Wabash, John P. Dunnagan of Peru, and Allen L. Dunnagan of West Lafayette; and 12 grandchildren. An infant son, Randy Dunnagan, preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 6, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel in Wabash, with Pastor Paul Tomlinson officiating. Burial was in Frances Slocum Cemetery of Wabash.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash.

Margaret L. Thrush

Margaret Louise Thrush, 82, a resident of Dixie Shores 12030 W. Bayshore Dr., Crystal River, FL , died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998 at Ocala, FL. She was born Aug. 6, 1916 at Wabash, IN to Cecil and Mercy (Watson) Martin. She married Charles Joseph Thrush who died August 13, 1972.

In Florida, Louise was active in the Moose, Eastern Star, and camping clubs throughout Florida. She was active in musical organizations in the Crystal River area. She was retired from General Tire, and moved to Florida in 1979.

She is survived by two sons - Steven Ray Thrush of Columbia City, IN and Douglas Thrush of Crystal River, FL; a brother, Cecil Martin of Wabash and a sister, Dorothea Blackburn, also of Wabash; two granddaughters and two great grandsons.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel one hour prior to the memorial service to be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998 at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. James McDonald will officiate and burial will take place in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.

Preferred memorial is the Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice and the American Cancer society. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn I. Myers

Carolyn I. Myers, 70, of 1904 Olds Court, Kokomo, Indiana, died Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 at St. Vincent's Hospice Center, Indianapolis, IN. She was born Aug. 31, 1928 in Tipton, IN to Earl L. and Cara Montra (Pennycuff) Meeks. She married Robert E. Myers Nov. 13, 1948 and he died June 5, 1990.

A farm wife, she was retired from Millbanks in 1989. She was a member of Indian Heights Baptist Church of Kokomo. In her lifetime, she lived in Howard County, Tipton and Clinton Counties.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry E. and Cheryl Myers of Urbana, and Ronald W. Myers of Sharpsville, IN; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Robert Roney of Greensboro, NC; four sisters - Evelyn Niver of Arizona, Shirley Ann Brogan of Colorado, Lavona Smith of Cloverdale, IN, and Dorcas Woods of Franklin, IN; and three grandchildren - Christopher Roney, Angela Myers and Roni Myers Jr. Three brothers, a sister, and a grandson, Clinton Myers, preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, 1998 at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, IN, with Pastor Jerry Adamson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens of Kokomo.

Preferred memorial contributions may be made to Indian Heights Baptist Church.

Gertrude Carroll

Gertrude "Gertie" Carroll, 68, of 685 High St., Wabash, IN, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 at Millers Merry Manor West, Wabash. She was born Sept. 7, 1930 at Wabash, IN to Rolland and Colleen (Props) Brothers. She married William D. "Bill" Carroll in Lagro, IN on Oct. 25, 1948; he died Sept. 8, 1989.

She was a member of the Lagro United Methodist Church, and the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority.

She is survived by a son, Marc "Bernie" Carroll of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Elmer (Beverly Jo) Williams of Roann; and two grandsons - Jared and Shawn Williams of Roann. Two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held this morning, Dec. 16, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel with Pastor James Stevanus officiating. Burial was in the Lagro Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Oncology Department at Wabash County Hospital.

Edna L. Heeter

Edna Lucille Heeter, 91, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. She was born Jan. 5, 1907 to George Wilson and Harriet (Ramey) Frushour at the Frushour homestead east of Urbana, IN. She married Dale Madlem Heeter Christmas Day 1924 in Lagro, IN; he died June 30, 1970.

She attended the Frushour school for eight years until its closing in 1918, then finished at Urbana school. Many teachers of the country school stayed with the Frushour family. 

She worked in Food Service at Chester Elementary School for 12 years, and was a receptionist at the Manchester Community Pool for two years. For 25 years, she was co-ordinator of Cheer, Inc. in Wabash County. She was a volunteer at Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home. She was an organist and pianist in area churches for many years. She was a member of the North Manchester Historical Society.

Survivors include a son, Richard D. (wife, Liela) Heeter of North Manchester, and a daughter, Mrs. Gene (Barbara Rosann) Custer, also of North Manchester; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. Four brothers, three sisters and a great-grandchild preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Monday morning, December 14, 1998, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, with Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, located at Servia, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Congregational Christian Church in North Manchester, or the Wabash Friends Church, Wabash. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

George D. Treska

George Delbert Treska, 70, of 5021 U.S. 24E, Lagro, IN, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998 at his home. He was born July 21, 1928 at Redkey, IN to Joseph Martin and Anna Marie (Simota) Treska. He married Betty Gressley on October 27, 1949 in Plymouth, IN. 

He was a member of the Lagro Presbyterian Church. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired farmer and also worked at Honeywell, Inc. in Wabash for 15 years as a tool & die maker. He lived at rural Lagro since 1960, and lived most of his life in Wabash County.

He is survived by his wife, Betty of Lagro, IN; a daughter, Ruthann Richwine of Zephyr Hills, FL; a son, Gary G. Treska of Lagro; three sisters - Rose Harris of Wabash, Barbara McCourry of Freehold, NJ, and Pauline Brinkman of Hartford, CT; three grandchildren and a great grandchild. Five brothers, two sisters and a grandson preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 13, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Chaplain Steve Fleck officiating. Cremation took place Dec. 14, 1998 at Fort Wayne, IN Northern Indiana Crematory.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer society or the Wabash-Miami County Home Healthcare and Hospice. Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel

Hazel Day

Hazel Day, 92, of Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998 at Millers Merry Manor East. She was born Apr. 12, 1906 at Laketon, IN to Franklin and Caroline M. (Clark) Day. 

Formerly of Laketon, Hazel moved to Roann in 1914. She worked for the Roann Basket Factory, General Electric in Wabash and retired from General Tire in Wabash after 25 years service there. She taught Sunday School at the Roann United Methodist Church for many years. She was a 1924 graduate of Roann High School.

She is survived by a sister, Turee Coblentz of Wabash. Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel with Pastor Kurt Snyder officiating. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, located at Laketon, IN.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Pearl Hopkins

Pearl Hopkins, 97, of Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 at Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw. She formerly resided at rural Silver Lake, IN. She was born April 18, 1901 at Salyersville, KY to Lee and Poppie Risner. She married George F. Hopkins May 11, 1918 and he died March 22, 1986.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church of Warsaw.

She is survived by four sons - Paul and George Hopkins Jr., both of Warsaw; Homer Hopkins of Meansville, GA and James Hopkins of Westland, MI; a daughter, Mrs. Neil (Julia) Altman of Longwood, FL; a half brother, Jay Risner of Findley, OH; three half sisters - Sylvia Bishop of New Riegel, OH, Jennie Cook and Rowena Lowery of Fostoria, OH; 26 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 32 great-great grandchildren. Two sons, a daughter, seven brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary today, Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Calling also available one hour prior to services at the Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, Silver Lake, IN on Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998 where Rev. Wayne Whitaker will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Kosciusko County.

Modlyth R. Crow

Modlyth Russel Crow, 86, of 3068 Lake Bayshore Dr., Bradenton, FL 34205, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 at Casa Mora Nursing Home of Bradenton, FL. He was born Jan. 29, 1912 in Wabash County, IN to Chester H. and Blanche B. (Hester) Crow. He married Velma Winebrenner in Wabash, IN Nov. 17, 1935. They celebrated 63 years of marriage in 1998. they resided in Wabash County until 1974 when they moved to Bradenton, FL.

He retired in 1974 from Public Service Indiana after 30 1/2 years as a line service man. He was a member of First United Methodist of Wabash and worked with Scouting for 25 years through the First United Methodist Church. He was a 1931 Marion High School graduate.

He is survived by his wife, Velma of Bradenton; a son, Stephen Crow of Erlanger, KY; a daughter, Mrs. Maurice (Janet) Lipply of North Manchester; three sisters - Mrs. John (Jule) Durnbaugh and Mrs. Paul (Bonita) Gackenheimer, both of Wabash, and Mrs. Raymond (Barbara) Whitinger of Lake Placid, FL; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Avenue Chapel Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice of SW Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.


 

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