Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Lola V. Sanger

Lola V. Sanger, 83, of North Manchester, Indiana died on Saturday, October 5, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital in Wabash, Indiana. Born in Cordova, MD, on February 27, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Rev. William E. and Mary Anna (Zigler) Sanger. 

Following graduation from high school she attended Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, where she received her B.A. degree in 1939 and then was assistant to the Treasurer of the college for four years following graduation. In 1944 she received her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Since October 1945 she has lived in North Manchester where she was employed by Manchester College, first as an accountant, then as Professor of Accounting and other business subjects for 27 years until her retirement in 1978.

She was a member of North Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester Historical Society, North Manchester Business and Professional Women's Club and the College Woman's Club of Manchester College. She was also listed in Who's Who Among American Women for two consecutive years.

Miss Sanger is survived by a brother, William Henry Sanger of Easton; one niece and three nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Roland Zigler Sanger.

Funeral services were held this morning, (Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1996) at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Easton. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Cordova, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Manchester College Accounting Dept., N. Manchester, IN 46962 or to the Timbercrest Retirement Home, Timbercrest Charitable Assistance, P.O. Box 501, N. Manchester, IN 46962.

A memorial service is being planned for the weekend of October 26, 1996 at Timbercrest Chapel in Timbercrest Retirement Home, North Manchester. For further in-formation, call the retirement cen-ter at 982-2118.

Halon Walton Sr.

Halon Walton Sr., a resident of 724 N. Sycamore St., N. Mancheser, IN and 835 Whatley Ct., Sebring, FL. died Friday, Oct. 4, 1996 at Com-munity Care Center, Wabash, IN. He was born Sept. 9, 1911 at Peno-lia, KY to the late Harl and Mollie (Farthing) Walton. He was married to Mary E. Thorn May 30, 1935 and she survives.

He was a member of the Sebring United Methodist Church of Sebring, FL, and was a retired conductor for the Erie Railroad after 32 years of service.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Halon Walton Jr., of Woodburn, IN; a daughter, Mrs. Dea (Donna) Hethcote of North Manchester; seven grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. One granddaughter, a brother, and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996 at the North Manchester United Methodist Church with the Rev. William Hemmig and David Walton officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories, Huntington County.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Heart Fund. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph L. Geyer

Joseph L. Geyer, 75, of 165 Shady Lane, Wabash, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996 at Miller's Merry Manor West, Wabash, IN. He was born Dec. 18, 1920 to Ray E. and Lucy M. (Lieter) Geyer at Monticello, IN. He married Lois Mains Oct. 25, 1947 in Auburn, IN, and she survives.

Mr. Geyer grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Garrett High School, Garrett, IN. He attended Manchester College before going into the service. After his discharge from the Army following World War II, he moved to Wabash in 1946 and joined his brother in Geyer Motor Sales. He was in sales with Deihl Machines of Wabash, Peabody Seating Company of North Manchester, and Chicago Manufacturing in Chicago, IL. He was a member of the Wabash Hanna Masonic Lodge #61 F&AM, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the Wabash American Legion.

In addition to his wife who resides at Wabash, he is survived by daughters Mary Margaret Geyer and Laurie Allen, both of Wabash; sisters, Margaret Jackson of Hartford City, IN and Mary Helen Williams of San Antonio, TX; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother.

The memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996 at the Main Street Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, with the Rev. David Phillips officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Day of Healing Conference at Wabash Friends Church, or to the Wabash County Humane Society.

Doris-Lee Horstman

Doris-Lee (Tomlinson)Horstman, 70, of 5394 S SR 15, Wabash, IN died Friday, Oct. 4, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born June 30, 1926 at Wabash, IN to Lawrence and Marie (Hum-mer) Tomlinson.

She married Herbert M. Horstman January 26, 1947 in Wabash, and he died May 23, 1982. She worked at the Wabash County Hospital as a nurse's aid for more than 20 years. A lifetime Wabash resident, she was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Wabash.

Survivors include daughters Dianna-Lee Yates of Wabash and Mrs. Tom (Lorraine) Urbano of Schenectady, NY; a son Herbert DuWayne Horstman of Tulsa, OK; a sister, Helen Marie Simpson of El Paso, TX; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996 at Zion Lutheran Church of Wabash, with Rev. Manford Fremder officiating. 

Preferred memorials are to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund. Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Arthur C. Fisher

Arthur C. Fisher, 64, a resident of Columbia city, died Monday, Sept. 30, 1996 at Parkview Memo-rial Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past two months.

He was born July 19, 1932 in Union Township, Whitley County. His formative years were spent with his grandparents, Elmer and Jennie Fisher on a farm in Union Township; he was educated in the Coesee High School. He was a member of the Church of God International and the Columbia city V.F.W. Post.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean Conflict.

He married Madonna Poynter Nov. 19, 1957, and they made their first home in Columbia City, then in Florida. They resided in North Manchester for 30 years and in November 1995, returned to Columbia City.

Survivors include his wife, Madonna; two sons, Mark Fisher of Columbia City, and Bill Fisher of Slidell, LA; two daughters, Sally Boudreau of Tacoma, WA, and Terri Fisher of North Manchester; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia city with Pastor Frank Denman of the Church of God International, officiating. Burial was in Nolt Cemetery, Columbia Township.

Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Fund.

Fannie M. Coning

Fannie M. Coning, 90, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN, died at Peabody Healthcare Center Sunday morning, Oct. 6, 1996. She was born at Dayton, Ohio May 2, 1906 to the late Joseph and Hettie (Mohler) Denlinger. 

A homemaker, she was married to Delbert B. Coning June 15, 1935 and he died April 21, 1972. She was a member of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters Mrs. Dan (Norma) Hufford of North Manchester and Mrs. Dwayne (Nedra) Filbrun of Westphalia, KS; a sister, Mrs. Nettie Brubaker of Modesto, CA; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Wednesday (today) Oct. 9, 1996 at the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church with Home Brethren officiating. Burial was in Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Irene K. Haupert

Irene K. Haupert, 85, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died Monday morning, Oct. 7, 1996 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center. She was born in Kosciusko County March 19, 1911 to the late Homer and Emma E. (Miller) Leckrone.

She married Luther J. Haupert April 12, 1936 and he preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1992. She was a homemaker, and was retired from Eaton Controls after 10 years em-ployment. She was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester.

Survivors include a son, Roger Haupert of Leesburg, IN, and a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary Louise) Eltzroth of Ft. Myers, FL; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, a brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 5 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thurs-day, Oct. 10, 1996, 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel with the Rev. Marlin McCann officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, N. Manchester. 

Preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Retirement Community. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Gross

Ethel Gross, 88, a former Columbia City area resident, died Friday morning, October 4,1996 in her home at Bonita Springs, FL. She was born Oct. 27, 1907 in Wabash County, a daughter of Wal-ter and Inez (Brookins) Bussard. Her formative years were spent in the North Manchester and Sidney communities and she graduated from Sidney High School.

She married Howard Allen Gross Nov. 24, 1926, and they made their home in several communities: Grand Rapids and Jackson, MI, Col-lamer and Columbia City, IN. They resided in Florida since October, 1984. Mr. Gross died January 14, 1988.

Mrs. Gross had been employed in several places, including Fort Wayne Tailoring Company, the Blue Bell, and Schultz Brothers Store in Columbia city, Meijer Company in Grand Rapids. 

She was a 50-year member of the Columbia City Chapter #65 Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, Paul Gross of Naples, FL; two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Madeline) Ferrell of Bonita Springs, FL and Mrs. Jack (Deloris) Lefever of Columbia City; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Gross of Bonita Springs; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Betty O'Hara of LaGrange. A son, Eddie, and a sister, Mildred VanCleave preceded her in death.

Funeral services was held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996 at the Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Gene L. Kinney, pas-tor of Grace Lutheran Church, offi-ciating. Burial was in Union Town-ship Cemetery at Coesse. The Columbia City Order of Eastern Star conducted a twilight service, 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to be made to the American Heart Fund.

Benny C. Cone

Infant Benny Charles Cone was stillborn Saturday, Oct. 5, 1996 at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru. His parents are Keith A. of Roann, IN and Amanda F. (Ward) Cone of 704 N. Wayne St., North Manch-ester.

Survivors, in addition to his par-ents, include a half brother, Dakota J. Hackworth of Wabash; maternal grandparents Benny and Monica Ward of North Manchester; pater-nal grandparents Sam Charles and Barbara Cone of Roann; maternal great grandmother Elsie Fay Ward of Wabash; maternal great grand-parents Jack and Ruth Sizemore of Swayzee and Robert and Doris Stambaugh of Huntington; paternal great grandparents Jim and Mintie Kerr of Wabash and Lucy and Carl Sundheimer of Urbana; paternal great great grandmother Mary Porter of Wabash and Maternal great great grandmother Alma Webb of Paintsville, KY. Maternal great grandfather, Rev. Henry Ward, preceded him in death.

Graveside service was held at the Friends Cemetery, Wabash, IN Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996 with the Rev. Venny VanHoose officiating. Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


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