Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996

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Vernon C. Sickafus

Vernon C. Sickafus, 83, of 57 E. Geary St., Ijamsville, IN, died Friday, June 7, 1996 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. He was born March 9, 1913 in Wabash County to Thomas and Anna (Long) Sickafus. He married Doris Martin April 22, 1936 and she died Feb. 2, 1969; he married Phyllis Clark in 1969 and she died June 10, 1982.

He graduated from Laketon High School in 1936 and was a charter member of the Laketon American Legion. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church. Mr. Sickafus was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Survivors include daughters Mrs. Samuel (Mary Anna) Coe of Wabash, Mrs. Miriam Linkenhoker of Elkhart, and Mrs. Mike (Laura) Bradley of North Manchester; stepdaughters, Mrs. William (Lois) James of Ijamsville and Mrs. Judy Renz of Peru; a goddaughter, Amber Lynn Wall; 13 grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A son, three brothers and five sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 11 at the Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Preferred memorials are to the Christian Fellowship Church. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Josephine M. Fruitt

Josephine M. Fruitt, 90, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, and formerly of Sidney, IN, died Wednesday, June 5, 1996 at Timbercrest Healthcare, North Manchester. She was born in Wabash County, IN, married Floyd H. Fruitt Oct. 10, 1925, and he died Jan. 11, 1994. 

Mrs. Fruitt graduated from Laketon High School and from Manchester College with an Associate Degree in Elementary Education. She taught school at Laketon Elementary and Sidney Elementary Schools. She was a member of Jackson Township Home Extension Club, and of War Mothers. She was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include sons Leon Fruitt of Spring Hill, FL, Eldon Fruitt and Danny Fruitt, both of North Manchester, and Ronald Fruitt of West Lafayette; daughters Mrs. William (Joan) Franklin of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Todd (Norma) Rager of Roann, Mrs. Max (Carol) Richard of South Bend, Mrs. Larry (Janet) Michael of Wheaton, IL, Mrs. Anthony (Janine) Batta of Lafayette, and Mrs. James (Sharon) Dunnuck of Columbia City; 33 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 8, 1996 at Timbercrest Assembly Room, North Manchester, with the Rev. Martha Cory and Rev. Kurt Stout officiating. Burial was in Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Kosciusko County.

Preferred memorials are to Timbercrest Crestwood Wing or Eel River Church of the Brethren. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Cole S. Brembeck

Cole Speicher Brembeck, 79, of 1149 S. Oakwood Circle Dr., Syracuse, IN, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 4,1996 at Goshen General Hospital emergency room. He was born May 22, 1917 at Urbana, IN to Paul J. and Hulda (Speicher) Brembeck. He married Helen E. Simpson in 1941 at Lewisburg, PA.

Mr. Brembeck was graduated from the Urbana High School Class of 1935, attended Manchester College, Pasadena College, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939. He earned the M.A. degree from Bucknell University, and the Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin in 1949.

He was a member of the Urbana United Methodist Church; director of Development of Oakwood Foundation; authored several educational texts, and was past president of Comparative International Education Society (CIES).

Mr. Brembeck is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter, Mrs. Mark (Elizabeth Ann) Maule of San Diego, CA; a son, Mark S. Brembeck of East Lansing, MI; three grandchildren; a sister, Ardis Brembeck Witkoske of Oakwood Park, Syracuse; and two brothers, Howard S. Brembeck of Goshen and Winston L. Brembeck of Madison, WI. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Mark Brembeck.

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 8, 1996 at Oakwood Center, Syracuse with the Rev. Andrew L. Hardie officiating. Burial was in Speicher Cemetery, Urbana, IN. 

Preferred memorials are to Oakwood Foundation Endowment Fund. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home of 1911 S. Main St., Goshen, IN was in charge of arrangements.


 
 

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