Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1997


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Charles A. Smith

Charles Andrus "Andy" Smith, age 67, died Monday, September 1, 1997, at his home in Indianapolis. He was born in Indianapolis May 30, 1930, to L. Roy and Jennie (Andrus) Smith.

He had been the sexton at St. Pius X Catholic Church for 10 years, retiring in 1995, having previously worked at the Naval Avionics Center for 28 years. A retired Lt. Colonel, he had served two tours of duty in Viet Nam and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a life member and past State President of the Reserve Officers Association and a life member of the Air Force Association and the National Rifle Association. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Orr and was awarded the Bronze Star and three Meritorious Service Medals, among other military citations.

Survivors include his wife Ramona G. Smith of Indianapolis, former wife Barbara Hoffman Smith of Indianapolis, son Michael B. Smith of Washington, D.C., daughters Karen S. Smith of Indianapolis, Mrs. Daniel (Julie K.) Winship of Plainfield, IN, Mrs. Chris (Lisa S.) Briner of North Manchester, step-daughters Debra K. Legendre and Lisa A. Zigler of Indianapolis, four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Friends may call Thursday, September 4, 1997 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E. 71st Street, Indianapolis. Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at St. Pius X Church, following a brief service at 9:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Entombment will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Indianapolis, with accompanying military honors. Memorials may be directed to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036, or to the Cure for Lymphoma, 215 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016.

Dorothy H. Joseph

Dorothy H. Joseph, 86, a resident of Timbercrest Retirement Community, died at Timbercrest Healthcare Center Aug. 27, 1997. She was born Dec. 8, 1910 at Niles, MI to Otho E. and Iva (Stauffer) Hill.

She married Virgil Joseph Oct. 26, 1946 in Plymouth, MI. He died May 11, 1981. She graduated from the University of Michigan Nursing School, in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1932. She was a registered nurse in the Plymouth, MI area for 30 years, retiring in 1970. She attended the Manchester Church of the Brethren and was a member of the North Manchester Historical Society, the Shepherd's Center, and the Friends of the Library.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Floyd (Kathleen Ann) Graham of Hillsdale, MI; a sister, Mrs. Harvey (Freda) Burch of North Manchester; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death.

Memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997 at Timbercrest Chapel with Pastor Susan Boyer and Chaplain Helen Beery officiating. Burial is to be in United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth, MI at a later date.

Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Manchester Historical Society, the Shepherd Center, or the Friends of the Library.

Grace G. Alberson

Grace Gertrude Alberson, 86, of 1720 N. Alber St., Wabash, died at Miller's Merry Manor West, Wabash August 28, 1997. She was born March 8, 1911 at Lagro Township of Wabash County, IN to Hugh and Alice (Carey) Gribbin.

She was a self employed private duty nurse for many years. She volunteered many hours of service to CHEER, Inc. in Wabash and to the Wabash County Senior Citizens. A lifetime Wabash County resident, she was a member of the Wabash Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Don (Wanda) Haupert of Urbana, IN; a sister, Alice Sedar of South Bend, IN; four grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Five sisters and five brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel with Elder John Knecht officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

Arrangements were by Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Senior Citizens.

Trilba Z. Frantz

Trilba Z. Frantz, 88, of 429 W. Center St., Watrsaw, IN, died August 27, 1997 at Mason Healthcare Center, Warsaw. She was born Jan. 19, 1909 in Kosciusko County to John and Elnora (Gunter) Fruitt. She married Elmer Frantz July 4, 1926 and he preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and nurse's aide, and had been employed at Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home. She was a member of the West Eel River Church of the Brethren. 

Survivors include a son, Robert E. Frantz of Okeechobee, FL; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Carol) Davis of Tipp City, OH; a sister, Mary Hull of Florida; five grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Friday, August 29, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, which was in charge of arrangements. The Rev. Lester Young officiated, and burial was in Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester.

Virginia Kinzie

Virginia Kinzie, 80, of 225 S. Church St., Roann, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 1997 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. She was born Dec. 26,1916 in Hamilton County, IN to Blanch and Blanche (Jones) Johnson, both deceased. 

She graduated from Roann High School in 1935, and had played in the Roann town band. She married Dale V. Kinzie in Roann, IN on Oct. 11, 1936. She was a member of the Roann United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir for 60 years, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Roann Matrons Club. She retired from General Tire & Rubber in Wabash in 1979 after 28 years.

Survivors include her husband, Dale, of Roann; a daughter, Linda R. Kinzie of Wellington, CO; a sister, Jeanette Newcomer of Trotwood, OH; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons and a sister.

Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, August 27, at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery of Mexico, IN.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.

D. Franklin Zinsmeister

D. Franklin Zinsmeister, 88, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Friday, Aug. 22, 1997 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born Sept. 20, 1908 at Bippus, IN to William Frederick and Emma (Strobel) Zinsmeister, both deceased.

He married Marietta Fitch at Niles, Michigan on March 11, 1934 and she died Nov. 24, 1992. He was a retired farmer and had also worked for McDonald Oil Co. in Huntington, IN. He was a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ in Bippus, and had lived in the North Manchester area the past 29 years, coming from Bippus, IN.

Survivors include two sons - George of Roann, IN and Charles of North Judson, IN; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister and a son.

Funeral service was held Monday, August 25, 1997 at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, located at Servia, IN.

Preferred memorials are to St. John's United Church of Christ.

Cheryl Jean Blanchard-Jackson

Cheryl Jean Blanchard-Jackson, 46, of 7316 West SR 114 in Whitley County, died Wednesday, August 20, 1997 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born Nov. 26, 1950 to Robert R. and Helen M. (Geiger) Blanchard. She was married to Michael Evan Jackson in North Manchester, IN on March 17, 1974; Mr. Jackson survives.

Mrs. Jackson lived in Churubusco until the completion of the first grade of school when she moved to Larwill, IN and lived there until 1957. She then moved to North Manchester and lived there for 30 years. She and her family moved to her Cleveland Township home on SR 114 in 1987.

Mrs. Jackson had taught fifth grade in 1973 and has taught first and second grade rotation from 1974 until present at the South Whitley Elementary School. She was a 1968 graduate of Larwill High School and earned her teaching degree from Manchester College, North Manchester and her Master's Degree from Indiana University. She was a member of the South Whitley United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Indiana Reading Association.

Survivors include her husband, Michael; three sons - Christopher R., Jeremy Kyle, and Nathan A., all of South Whitley; her parents Robert R. and Helen M. Blanchard of North Manchester; her in-laws, Dale E. and Janet L. Jackson of Lafayette, IN; a sister, Cindy J. Anglin of Claypool, IN; her grandmother, Irene A. Geiger of Columbia City, IN; and nieces Stephanie Dawn and Amanda Leigh Anglin, both of Claypool, IN. 

Funeral service was held Sunday, August 24, 1997 at the South Whitley Elementary Gymnasium with the Rev. August W. Lundquist officiating.

DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home of Columbia City, was in charge of arrangements, and burial was in South Whitley Cemetery. Preferred memorial bequests may be given in Mrs. Jackson;'s memory to the Jackson Son's College Fund at First Federal Bank (former NBD,) South Whitley, or to the Whitley County Senior Citizen Center.

Betty Allen

Betty Allen, 75, of rural Warsaw, IN, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1997 at Mason Healthcare Center, Warsaw, IN. She was born Sept. 10, 1921 in Salyersville, KY to Bass and Dollie (Allen) Howard, both deceased. 

A homemaker, she was married to Edd Allen on July 10, 1941, and he survives, along with a son, Robert Allen of Pierceton, IN; daughters, Mrs. Ken (Belva) Shepherd and Mrs. Carl (Avadean) Morrison, both of Claypool, IN; three brothers - Rosco and Lonzo, both of Pierceton and Monroe of Printer, KY; a sister, Arizona Mullins of Pierceton; seven grandchildren and two step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 23, 1997 at the Packerton Free United Baptist Church of which she was a member. The Rev. James Rowe and Rev. Willie Collins officiated. She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton, IN.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Wilbur E. Steele

Wilbur E. Steele, 80, of 563 Washington St., Wabash, IN, died Monday, June 2, 1997 at his residence. He was born Jan. 10, 1917 in Wabash County to Earl and Clara Mae (Scott) Steele.

He married Bertha L. Leach in Wabash Feb. 28, 1940. He retired in 1980 from U.S. Gypsum in Wabash. 

He is survived by his wife, Bertha, at Wabash; three sons - James A., Carl H. and Danny J., all of Wabash; a daughter, Sandra S. Perkins of Wabash; a brother, Robert Steele of Peru; three sisters - Elizabeth Swope of Grandberry, TX, Lula Bookwalter of Peru, IN, and Marguerite Crider of Texas; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, seven brothers, a sister, and a grandchild.

Funeral service will be at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, Wabash, Thursday, June 5, 1997 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Marion. 

Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Dorothy M. Leatherman

Dorothy M. Leatherman, 76, of Sebring, FL, died May 26, 1997 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. She was born at Albany, N.Y. and had been a resident of Sebring since 1983, coming from Huntington, IN where she had lived for 17 years, and a former resident of North Manchester, IN for 17 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sebring.

She was a member of the Sebring Golf Association; was active with Girl Scouts; den mother for Cubs; Past President of Newcomers Club in Huntington, Past President of Psi Iota Psi, and founder of HELGA of Huntington. 

She was a homemaker, married to John W. Leatherman, who survives at Sebring. Other survivors include daughters, Elizabeth Ann Ehinger of Gaylord, MI, and Joan Ellen French of Warsaw, IN; sisters Judy Grosvenor of Indianapolis, Mary Nette Palmer of Salinas, CA; a brother, William Willson of Denver; and four grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 31, at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Snidow officiating. Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer society.

Arrangements were by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, 2501 Fairmount Dr., Sebring, FL 33870.

Allen H. Smith

Allen H. Smith, 83, of Rt. 1, Box 81, Roann, IN died May 23, 1997 at his residence. He was born July 13, 1913 in Wabash County to Harvey and Daisy (Stouffer) Smith, both deceased. 

He was first married to F. Imogene Bahney Dec. 22, 1935 in Miami County, IN; she died July 27, 1979. His second marriage was to Clara Barnhisel on April 16, 1983. He was a retired farmer and seed corn salesman for McKillip Seed Corn Co.

A 1932 graduate of Laketon High School, he was a past president of the Laketon Lions Club, served as Pleasant Township A.S.C.S. chairman, Pleasant Township Farm Bureau Vice Chairman, Past President Wabash Co. Plan Commission, Vice Chairman of Wabash County Lions Eye Bank, and was a former Pleasant Twp. Deputy Assessor. He was a former Niconza Baptist Church trustee. He was currently a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Chuch in Roann. He also volunteered for 4-H clubs of Wabash County.

He is survived by his wife, Clara, of Roann; daughters Connie Milam of Silver Lake and Janet Dawson of Fort Wayne; stepdaughter Roberta Struck of Roann; step sons Dennis Barnhisel of Roann and Richard Barnhisel of Lexington, KY; seven grandchildren 11 great grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter and two sisters.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 26, 1997 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel or Roann. The Revs. Richard K. Fox and Mike Barnhisel officiated. Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice or Laketon Lions Club.

Violet B. Taylor

Violet B. Taylor, 87, of 543 N. Wabash St., Wabash, IN died June 1, 1997 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash. She was born June 7, 1910 at Newton Stewart, IN to John and Phoebe (Whitmire) Linthicum, both deceased.

She married Rev. Harry H. Taylor in 1928 in Whickliffe, IN; he passed away May 31, 1987, having served as a United Methodist Minister for 50 years.

In addition to serving as a minister's wife for 50 years, she was a homemaker, and a hairdresser for 25 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Christian Women's Association, the Women's Club House and Widows to Widows, all of Wabash.

She is survived by daughters, Mrs. Maurice (Marian) Connell of Connersville, IN, Mrs. Carl (Margaret) Parks of Dallas, TX, and Mrs. Marvin (Nelda) Love of Wabash; nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A son, six brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 3, 1997 at First United Methodist Church of Wabash, with the Rev. Bill Moon officiating. Burial was in Patoka Cemetery, Orange County, IN.

Preferred memorials are to First United Methodist Church, Wabash.


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