Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Goldie Baker

WAPAKONETA, OH--Goldie M. Baker, 92, of Wapakoneta, formerly of North Manchester, IN, died Friday, Aug. 9, 1996 at Wapakoneta Manor. She was born Aug. 25, 1903 in Thornhope, IN, the daughter of James and Wilhemina (Koake) Hatfield. On Nov. 30, 1935, she married Orville Baker, and he died Aug. 1,1967.

A homemaker, Mrs. Baker and her husband had owned and operated the former Goldie's Antiques, North Manchester. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Chapter #866, North Manchester.

She is survived by two nephews, Robert Davison of Wapakoneta and Lowell (Bud" Reed of Warsaw; a niece, Mrs. Albert (Roberta) Kessler of Bellefontaine, OH; 17 great nieces and nephews and nu-merous great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Forrest Hatfield, and two sisters, Lena Reed and Ruth Knoch.

Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 12, 1996 at Fairview Cemetery, North Manchester. Ar-rangements were by Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home of Wapakoneta.

David L. Bratten II

David L. Bratten II, 37, of Silver Lake, died Saturday morning, August 10, 1996 in a one-car accident in Kosciusko County. Mr. Bratten was born July 5, 1959, a son of David L. and Dianne (Wallace) Bratten of Muncie, IN. He had lived the last year in Silver Lake, moving there from North Manchester. He worked as a locator for Joint Un-derground Locating Service in New Haven. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Warsaw.

Surviving are his fiancee, Janice Castle of Silver Lake; three daughters, Heidi Bratten of Burket, Cayla and Nicole Bratten, both of Warsaw; a son, Austin of Silver Lake; two brothers, Chris of Albion and Ron of Kendallville; a sister, Robin Brown of Syracuse; two step broth-ers, Tom Papenbrock of Churubusco and Jon Hemming of Grand Rapids, MI; his parents, David L. of Kendallville and Mrs. Tom (Dianne) Papenbrock of Churubusco. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Bratten.

Services were held Tuesday at the Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco, with Rev. B. Vaughn Pow-ell officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Eel River Township, Allen County. Memorials may be given to the Bratten Children Education Fund.

Dale K. Walter

Dale Kendal Walter, 57, of 2205 John Glenn Rd., Dayton, OH, died Friday, August 9, 1996 at V.A. Med-ical Center of Dayton, OH. He was born Oct. 7, 1938 at North Manchester, IN to the late Victor V. and Ruth E. (Tschantz) Walter, a resident of North Manchester.

He married Fujiyo Walter Aug. 26, 1970 in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Chester High School in North Manchester in 1957. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1989 as a Senior Master Sargent, after 28 years service. He had lived in Dayton for the past six years, and was a Viet Nam Veteran.

Survivors include his wife Fujiyo of Dayton, OH; his mother, Ruth Walter of North Manchester; a brother, Donald Walter of Westborough, MA; sisters Kay Capistrano of Los Angeles, CA, Cathy Gilbert of North Manchester, and Sharon Martin of Fort Wayne.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, August 13, 1996 at Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service with the Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, North Manchester.

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen F.S. was in charge of arrangements.

Virdie T. Lemna

Mrs. Virdie T. Lemna, 93, a resident of Miller's Merry Manor, Wakarusa for nine years, and formerly of Nappanee, died Saturday, Aug. 10,1996 at Miller's Merry Manor. She had been in ill health for 15 years.

Mrs. Lemna was born January 21, 1903 at Nappanee to Elie E. and Matilda (Weiss) Frevert, and lived her entire lifetime in the Nappanee area. She married Frank C. Lemna Nov. 26, 1925 at Nappanee, and he preceded her in death Aug. 10, 1978.

She was a housewife and bookkeeper for Coppes Kitchen of Nappanee, having graduated from Nappanee High School.

She was a member of the Nappa-nee United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's Club, Helping Hands Club of Nappanee, Nappanee Order of the Eastern Star, and Nappanee Order of the Eastern Star Past Matrons Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ross (Lois) Cook and Mrs. Dennis (Janet) Templeton, both of Nappanee; two sons, Owen Lemna of Muncie and Rev. Carl Lemna of North Manchester; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Bumb of Muncie; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Alice Mae Lemna and a grandson, Kris Lemna; sisters Edith Ruch and Cleta Thompson, and brothers John and Ray Frevert.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1996 at the Nappanee United Methodist Church with Rev. Janet McFall-Brown officiating. Burial was in Bremen Cemetery, Bremen, IN. Preferred memorials are to the Nappanee United Methodist Church.

Francis A. Burris

Francis Annetta (Anne) Burris, 83, of 6331W & 1000S, South Whitley, IN 46787, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. She was born May 25, 1913 in Marion County to Fred and Laura (Clark) Cunningham. She married Paul A. Burris Jan. 11, 1930.

She was a housewife and homemaker, and was a member of the Happy Hoosiers Home Ec Club.

She is survived by her husband, Paul of South Whitley; daughters Lita Lee Alther of Elwood, Patricia A. Cripe of Pendleton, and Cynthia D. Pratt of Laketon; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; two sisters, LaVerne Burris of Pierceton, and Irene Bandy of Mooresville, IN; and brother Burl Cunningham of Florida. A son Paul A. Burris preceded her in death.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1996 at Fairview Cemetery of Tipton with Minister George Morrisett officiating.

Loretta Manns

Loretta Manns, 67, of 8113W 1250S, Akron IN died Sunday, Aug. 25, 1996 at her residence; she had been in failing health for six months. She was born Dec. 6, 1928 in Magoffin County, KY to Otto and Elloree (Hopkins) Fletcher. She was a resident of this area since 1941 and married Oscar Manns April 23, 1946 in Rochester.

A member of the Church of Christ, Stockbridge, MI, she was a homemaker, and worked as a lab technician at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.

Survivors include her husband, Oscar; a daughter, Barbara J. Brower of Akron; three grandchildren, Roger D. and Daniel R., both of Akron and Stephen D. of Kansas; a great grandson, Levi M. Brower of Rochester; a sister Mrs. Oren (Ruth) Norman of Akron; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death with her parents are a son, Roger D., a sister Ethel Timberman and a brother, Herman Harold Fletcher.

Funeral services was held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996 at Foster & Good Funeral Home of Akron with the Rev. Wayne Whitaker officiating. Burial was in Akron Cemetery.

Fern Kendall

Fern Kendall, 102, of Community Care Center, Wabash, died at the Care Center Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996. He was born Apr. 21, 1894 to Robert and Amanda (McNeil) Kendall. He married Anna Hudson Feb. 12, 1919 and she died Sept. 28, 1972.

Fern was a retired farmer and also had worked at the Laketon Nursery and for the Indiana State High Department. He fellowshipped with the Olive Branch Church of God near Roann. He had lived most of his life in the Roann Community.

He is survived by a sister, Ruth Shisler of Logansport, IN. A son, two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, 1996, at the Roann Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service with the Rev. Lowell Burrus officiating. Burial was in the Enterprise Cemetery located at Rt. 1, Roann, Miami County.

Virgil L. Ihnen

Virgil L. Ihnen, 70, of PO Box 607, SR 14W, Akron, IN died Thursday, Aug. 22, 1996 at Veterans Hospital of Fort Wayne. He was born at North Manchester to the late Herman Ihnen and Velma (Bishop) Ihnen of Silver Lake.

A retired farmer, he had worked at Schrader's Auto Supply of Warsaw. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Dutchtown Brethren Church of Warsaw. He was a member of the American Legion of Port Charlotte, FL.

He married Katherine Holderman July 24, 1948 and she survives along with a son, Ellis Ihnen of Macy; daughters Mrs. Rodney (Phyllis) Carey of Warsaw and Mrs. Duane (Carol) Yoder of Goshen; a brother Robert Ihnen of North Manchester; sisters Mrs. Jim (Marjorie) Siebold of Roann and Mrs. Robert (Betty) Davis of Akron; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Private burial service was held at Royal Palms Memorial Gardens of Punta Gorda, FL. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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