Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998

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John L. Blakely

John L. Blakely, 48, of 750 Cement Ave., Lagro, IN died Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at his residence. He was born June 28, 1949 at Muncie, IN to Jay C. and Martha (Hawley) Blakely, both deceased. He married Connie L. Bodenhorn in Elkton, Maryland on Nov. 27, 1968.

He was a member of the Wabash Trinity Lutheran Church, a member of the Indiana Sheriff's Association, and the National Sheriff's Association. John was a deputy sheriff for the Wabash County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. He also worked for the Muncie Police Department from 1973-1979 and the North Manchester Police Dept. from 1979-1983.

He is survived by his wife, Connie, of Lagro; a son, Jon "Doug" Blakely of Wabash; two daughters, Mrs. Rodney (Marty) Haupert and Mrs. Jamie (Kayla) Fawley, both of Wabash; a brother, Phillip Blakely of Portland, IN; and three grandchildren. A sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call Thursday, June 11, 1998 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel in Wabash from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Ave. Chapel Friday, June 12, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with the Pastor James Engel officiating. Burial will take place in the Memorial Lawns Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Beverly Richardson

Beverly Ann Richardson, 68, of Elkhart, IN and Palm City, FL, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at Hospice of Martin, St. Lucie in Stuart, FL following an extended illness from can-cer.

A 49-year resident of Elkhart, she and her husband, Robert, have wintered at Pipers Landing, Stuart, FL since January 1988. Prior to this they were winter residents of Marathon, FL for 11 years.

Mrs. Richardson was born in Detroit, MI, moving to North Manchester, IN in 1935. The daughter of Charles and Esther Jane Sheller, who pre-deceased her in 1949 and 1993, she also had a sister, Barbara Spencer, who passed away in 1989. A son, William, died in 1985. In 1949 she married Dr. H. R. Swihart in North Manchester; he died in 1972. In 1974 she married Robert Richardson, also in North Manchester. He survives, along with three children - Stephen Swihart of Bloomington, IN; Susan Jayroe of Tucson, AZ; Jane Hagale of Houston, TX; and three stepchildren, Leslie Simpson of Ladue Missouri; Mark Richardson of Greenwood Village, CO, and Matt Richardson of Madison, WI. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren.

For many years Mrs. Richardson was active in community affairs, including serving as a director of the Elkhart YMCA with a special interest in their youth camp; also the Elkhart and Indiana Medical Auxiliary, and the Elkhart Civic Theater. While in Florida she was most active in her community as well as having a strong interest in art in which she either organized or participated in many work-shops.

Cremation will be in Palm City with a memorial service to take place in Elkhart Friday, June 12, 2 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church. 

If desired, memorials may be given to the Beverly Richardson Student Aid Fund, Hillsdale, College, Hillsdale, MI 49242; The Hospice of Martin, St. Lucie, 2030 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996; Elkhart Community Hospice, 600 East Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46515, or the charity of choice. No flowers please.

Frederick L. Rantz

Frederick L. Rantz, 72, of 937 Cambridge Cr., Wabash, IN, died Saturday, June 6, 1998 at Miller's Merry Manor East of Wabash. He was born June 18, 1925 at Roann, IN to Loren and Thelma (Sarber) Rantz. He married Alice Cramer in August 1949.

Mr. Rantz was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church, a life member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15 and a member of the Wabash Elks Lodge. He retired from Container Corp/Jefferson Smurfit in Wabash in 1987 after 35 years. He was the Wabash Community Service Athletic Director for softball and basketball for 40-plus years, and a dis-trict director for the Amateur Softball Association. He was a World War II Marine Corp veteran.

Survivors include his wife Alice of Wabash; a son, Gary F. Rantz of Lafayette, IN; a sister, Mrs. Charles "Wally" (Doris) Hunt of Wabash; and a granddaughter. A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held to-day, June 10, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel with the Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery of Roann. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.

Jean E. Martinez

Jean Ellen (Parrett) Martinez, 6, of 1745 S. Wabash St., Wabash, IN died Friday, June 5, 1998 at Community Care Center of Wabash. She was born Jan. 30, 1930 at Lagro, IN to Jesse and Agness (Ballard) Parrett. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Mitchel Howard Jr. of Wabash; a brother, Carl Parrett of Wabash; and a sister Evelyn Richards of Marion; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Four brothers and six sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at the Falls Cemetery of Wabash, IN with Raymond Rhoads offici-ating.

Margaret D. Hart

Margaret D. Hart, 81, of Rolling Meadows Health Care, Lafontaine, IN, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at the Healthcare Center. She was born Oct. 2, 1916 at Washington, PA to William and Anna Mary (Powell) Howell.

Mrs. Hart was widowed; she has been a resident of Wabash County since June, 1993. She lived with her son, Ray Hart, prior to moving to Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center. She was a homemaker and at-tended the Avery Methodist Church in Washington, PA before moving to Wabash. 

Survivors include the son, Ray, of Wabash; three grand-children, and five great grandchildren. Two sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside service was held in Washington Cemetery, Washington, PA with Dr. Allyn L. Ricketts officiating on June 6, 1998.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Edna May Scott
Edna May Scott, 81, of 1477 Middle St., Wabash, IN, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998 at 1571 Cramer Rd., Andrew, IN. She was born Feb. 17, 1917 at Luka, MS to Arthur J. and Mary Elizabeth (Hensen) Houston. 
She married Minos Scott in Collinwood, TN on July 29, 1939 and he died July 4, 1984. She retired from Wagners, Inc., Wabash, in 1973, and was a member of the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters - Mary E. Kersey of Wabash and Mrs. Doug (Barbara) Chopson of Andrews; a son, Hubert Boyd Scott of Louisville, TN; three brothers - Buck Whitehead of Collinwood, TN, Aaron Whitehead of Fairmount, IN, and Arthur Houston, Jr. of Bradenton, FL; two sisters, Mrs. Terry (Bonnie) Parrett of Wabash and Pauline Ryan of Columbus, OH; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Three brothers preceded her in death.
Friends may call today (Wednesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen, Manchester Ave., Chapel Wabash, and one hour prior to service at the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. at the church, 1056 Erie St., Wabash, with the Pastor Tom Cross officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert J. Risser
Robert J. Risser, 84, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, and a former Wabash, IN resident, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. He was born Aug. 3, 1813 to Clarence H. and Clara (Hipskind) Risser. He married Ruth E. Myers August 17., 1933 and she survives.
Mr. Risser graduated from Huntington High School in 1932. He was a retired tool and die maker for United Technologies of Peru, IN. He attended St. Bernard's Catholic Church of Wabash.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons - Robert L. Risser of Hoffman Estates, IL and James A. Risser of Dayton, OH; a daughter, Mrs. Arnold (Carole A.) Miller of Lady Lake, FL; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash, IN with Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Heart Fund, c/o DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, which was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Margarette I. Reber
Margarette I. Reber, 84, of CR 200E, North Manchester, died Thursday, July 30, 1998 at Timbercrest Retirement Community in North Manchester, IN. She was born Dec. 14, 1913 to Charles R. and Cora Thorne Ervin in Grant County, Indiana. She married Mark Andrew Reber in Huntington County, Indiana Dec. 11, 1937, and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1994.
Mrs. Reber was an elementary school teacher for 27 years at Huntington County Community Schools, retiring in 1979. She was a 1931 graduate of Banquo High School, a 1933 graduate of Manchester College with a normal degree, and a 1963 graduate of Huntington College with a Bachelor of Science degree.
She was a member of Markle Church of the Brethren, member of Huntington County Retired Teachers Association, a member of Miriam Rebekah Lodge #37 of Andrews, a member of Jolly Rebekah Club, Salvation Army Auxiliary, a volunteer at Markle Health Care Center, a member of Rock Creek Home Ec Club, and a member of Timbercrest Auxiliary.
Survivors include a son, James A. Reber of Huntington; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Jane) Hite of Huntington; five grandchildren, four great granddaughters; and one brother, James Ervin of Los Altos, CA. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Ervin and Robert Ervin.
A Rebekah memorial was held at the funeral home Saturday, and funeral service was held Sunday at Myers Funeral Home Markle, of 415 N. Lee Street, Markle, IN, with Rev. Joan Deeter and Rev. Jim Yaussy Albright officiating. Burial was in Star of Hope Cemetery in Huntington County, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Markle Church of the Brethren, 500 W. Logan St., Markle, IN 46770, or to Salvation Army, 1424 E. Market St., Huntington, IN 46750. Myers Funeral Home Markle was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothea M. Schetzsle
Dorthea M. Schetzsle, 96, of 604 Renaker St., LaFontaine, IN, died Thursday, July 30, 1998 at Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center of LaFontaine. She was born Mar. 1, 1902 at Wabash, IN to William and Mable (Edwards) Young. She married Ralph Schetzsle in 1922 and he died June 20, 1969.
She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Gold Star Mothers. She was a linotype operator and worked for the Wabash Plain Dealer and Hamer Printing, retiring from Hamers in 1967. She then moved to the Clearwater, FL area and lived there for 20 years. 
Survivors include sons Carlos (Corky) Schetzsle of Summitville, IN and John (Carol) Schetzsle of Wabash; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; a step granddaughter, and a step great grandson. A son, James was killed in World War II; and two sisters, a brother, a half sister and a half brother preceded her in death.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Albert F. Slagal
Albert Fred Slagal, 79, of 6238E 500S, Wabash, IN died Thursday, July 30, 1998 at his home. He was born Aug. 9, 1918 at Huntington, IN to Charles T. and Clara (Martin) Slagal. He married Mary Waggoner in Roann, IN on June 21, 1941. 
Mr. Slagal was retired from the General Tire & Rubber Co. of Wabash. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corp, and a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Wabash; a son, Charles A. Slagal of Lagro; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Phyllis) Hayes of Wabash; a sister, Mrs. Herman (Betty Ann) Beamer of Orlando, FL; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 1, 1998 at the funeral home in charge of arrangements, Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, IN and Rev. Dean Atkins officiated. Burial was in Center Grove Cemetery of Wabash. 


 
 

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