Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Maxine Burton

Maxine Burton, 77, of 501 N. Mill St., North Manchester, died Sunday morning March 23, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born July 5, 1919 in Wabash County, IN to Orville and Etta (Shireman) Emrick. She married Paul Burton August 9, 1941 in Elkhart, IN.

A lifetime North Manchester resident, she was a member of First Brethren Church in North Manchester for 60 years. She worked as a book-keeper/secretary for Knauff In-surance for nine years.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, of North Manchester; sons Ken Burton and Alan Burton, both of North Manch-ester; a brother, Lowell Emerick of North Manchester; a sister, Mrs. Dave (Mildred) Roth of Fort Pierce, FL; and four grand-children.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, with the Rev. Marlin McCann officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Ruth Luther

Ruth Luther, 83, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997 at Timbercrest Retirement Home in North Manchester.

She was born Nov. 10, 1913 in Churubusco, IN, a daughter of William and Fannie (Duncan) Brandon. Her formative years were spent in Churubusco where she graduated with the Churubusco High School Class of 1931. She continued her edu-cation at Manchester College, completing in 1933.

After graduation she began teaching in a one-room school in Jefferson Township, Whitley County. She later received a Bachelors Degree from Manch-ester College and a Masters De-gree from Ball State University. She also taught at Coesse and Jefferson. In 1972 she retired from the Riverside Elementary School in Fort Wayne with a to-tal of 31 years of teaching experience.

On June 7, 1941 she was united in marriage to Charles Christian Luther. They made their home on a farm in Jeffer-son Township, Whitley County for 35 years. In 1989 they moved to Timbercrest Retirement Home where Mr. Luther died January 3, 1997.

She was a member of Laud Christian Church, Indiana Re-tired Teachers Association, and the Whitley County Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include two sons: Charles C. Luther Jr. of Fort Wayne and William Brandon Luther of Springfield, OH; three granddaughters and a step grandson, Serena Luther Johannes of Sacramento, CA, Michelle Luther Knecht of Anderson, Tricia Luther of Chicago, IL and Joshua Shideler of Fort Wayne; two great grand-sons, Colby Christian Knecht and Kyle James Johannes; and a sister, Nellie Simon Lloyd of Huntertown. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Brandon and a sister, Fern Brandon Jones.

Funeral service was held Sat-urday, March 22, 1997 at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial was in South Park Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Laud Christian Church or Timbercrest Retire-ment Home.

Charles A. Southwick

Charles A. (Frosty) Southwick, 92, of 5651W SR 124, Wabash, IN died Saturday, March 22, 1997 at his home. He was born Sept. 21, 1904 to Charles W. and Alma (Edgerton) Southwick at Wabash, IN. 

Mr. Southwick was a member of the Lebanon United Methodist Church. He was owner of Southwick Pump and Well Service for 43 years. He was a member of Oddfellows Lodge for 63 years.

He married Hazel B. Gilley Nov. 9, 1929. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Janet Carol) Jacobs of Wabash; six grandchildren and three step grandchildren; 16 great grand-children and five step great grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral was held today, March 26, 1997 at the Eddingfield-DeLaughter Mortuary, Wabash, with the Rev. Pat Tobin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Mildred Music

Mildred Music, 72, of 844S 475W, Wabash, died Saturday, March 22, 1997 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born May 5, 1924 in Whitley County, IN to Jesse Sr. and Agnes (Ballard) Parrett. She married Everett Music Oct. 27, 1951, and he survives. She was a homemaker, and mother of Vicki Music of Wabash. Other survivors include a brother, Carl Parrett of Wabash; and sisters Jean Ellen Martinez of Wabash, Evelyn Richards of Marion, IN and Ethel Eckelbarger of Peru, IN. Four brothers and four sis-ters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 25, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, with the Rev. Venny VanHoose officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 1835 N. Meridian St., Indianapo-lis, IN 46202.

Grace E. Lewis

Grace Ethel Holsinger Lewis, 76, of 310 Green Acre Lane, Wabash, IN, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997 at Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash. She was born July 1, 1920 at Wabash, IN to Charles and Lula (Leonard) Holsinger, both decreased. She married Daniel Wayne Lewis May 27, 1945 and he died Dec. 30, 1981.

She retired as janitor at Sharp Creek Elementary School, and had been the janitor at Lagro El-ementary School. She was a member of the Wabash First Church of God. She was raised by her Aunt Leona Holsinger in Marion, IN.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Ridenour of Wabash; step sons DeWayne Lewis of Wabash and Asher Lewis of Three Rivers, MI; a step daugh-ter, Jane Ford of White Pigeon, MI; and a sister, Edith Crail of Tipton, IN; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Sun-day, March 23, 1997 at Grand-staff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with the Rev. Terry L. Canfield officiating. Burial was in Center Grove Cemetery, located at Lincolnville, IN.

Mary Louise Price

Mary Louise Price, 80, of 1316 Creekside Dr., Wabash, IN died Wednesday, March 19, 1997 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Feb. 24, 1917 at Wabash, IN to Arthur C. and Bertha Mae (Bowman) Finken-biner, both deceased. 

She was a lifetime Wabash resident and worked for 32 years at Wabash Magnetics until her retirement in 1983.

She is survived by a daughter, Sue Ann Finkenbiner Dillon of Lagro; sons Richard Price and Jack Price, both of Wabash; a brother, Etson Finkenbiner of Warsaw and a sister, Neomia Burger of Warsaw; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchil-dren. A son, three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with the Rev. David Phillips officiating. Burial was in LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery lo-cated at LaFontaine, IN. 

Marcella N. Unger

Marcella Nancy Unger, 78, of 6143 W. Elliott Road, Wabash, IN, died March 19, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Nov. 23, 1918 in Wabash County to Ovid and Nora (Long) Niccum. She mar-ried John E. Unger Oct. 9, 1938 in Richmond, IN.

She was a member of the Richvalley United Methodist Church, the Linlawn Missionary Society and the Hoosier Home-makers Home Economics Club. She was a lifetime Wabash County resident and a farmer's wife and homemaker.

In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by sons John N. Unger and Sam J. Unger, both of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Joyce) Hixson of Red Oak, TX; former exchange student, Dr. M.A. (Jan) Akbary, of Kansas City; brothers Marion Niccum and Kenneth Niccum, both of Wabash; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one step great-grandchild. Three brothers, four sisters and a daughter preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash with Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial was in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.


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