Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1998


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Ethel Shull B. Meyer
Ethel Irene (Shull) Brubaker Meyer, 96, was born near Girard, Illinois, on November 19,1901. Her parents were William H. and Clara (Gibson) Shull. Ethel was the fifth child of their 10 children. Five of her siblings have preceded her in death. Still living are Cleda Zunkel, Ralph Shull, Arthur Shull, all of Timbercrest, and Ernest Shull of North Manchester.
Ethel grew up on a farm. Her father was a farmer preacher and Elder of several churches. As a child, Ethel's interest in art was being developed. She spent much of her time drawing and painting scenes. She graduated from Girard High School and attended Manchester College.
At Manchester College, Ethel majored in art and education. She was the Art Editor for the Aurora, and also worked as Assistant Matron and Superintendent of the College Dining Room. In her junior year, Ethel enrolled in an Illustrating Class with Mrs. A. W.Cordier as instructor. One of the projects assigned was to reproduce the picture, "God of the Open Air" two times larger than the original. Ethel spent hours on it and prized it more than anything else she ever did. Ethel's comment regarding the project, "...could use only the three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue. This meant I even had to paint the background color in ivory. 'God of the Open Air' has sky, water, trees, flowers, animals of all sorts, and the designs in it were intriguing. When I took it to Mrs. Cordier, she said , 'That puts me to shame.'"
After graduating in 1931, Ethel taught art in the Chester Township Schools. In the 1940s, she moved to Elgin, IL. She met Everett Brubaker there and they were married on January 1, 1944. Everett worked for Bobbs-Merrill Corporation, and Ethel taught at the Illinois Correctional School for Boys at St. Charles, IL. They were active in the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren.
Everett died on January 15, 1971. Shortly thereafter, Ethel moved to Timbercrest where she pursued her interest in art. Her paintings of the North Manchester covered bridge were so popular that as soon as she had one completed, someone would want it. She painted 14 covered bridge pictures. Five of her paintings are mounted on the walls of Timbercrest.
Ethel married Herman Meyer on July 12, 1980, after meeting him at Timbercrest. He had three children - Wendell Meyer of Midland, MI, Phil Meyer of Sparta, NJ, and Edie King of Findlay, OH. Herman died in 1986. In April 1997, Ethel became a permanent resident of Health Care. She died Saturday, June 13, 1998. One of her last gifts to society was the donation of her body to science.
A memorial service will be held in Timbercrest Chapel Monday, June 22, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Susan Boyer and Rev. Charles Lunkley will officiate. Preferred memorial gifts may be given to Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Retirement Home.

Etta B. C. Fultz

Etta B. Circle Fultz, 102, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at Peabody Health Care. She was born Jan. 24, 1896 in Wabash County to Martin J. and Sarah (Baker) Fields.
Mrs. Fultz was a retired practical nurse. She was first married to Fred L. Circle Jan. 24, 1915, and he died Dec. 27, 1945. She then married John Fultz July 9, 1955, and he preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1960.
She is survived by five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Two sons, a brother, a sister, and a grandchild preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, and a member of Kosciusko County Home Economics Club.
Friends may call at Peabody Chapel Friday, June 19, 1998, from 10:00 a.m. till time of the service at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Charles Circle, assisted by Rev. Lester Young, will officiate for the service, and burial will be in Spring Creek Cemetery of Kosciusko County. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Alice L. Bird

Alice L. Bird, 89, of 768 N. Spring St., Wabash, IN died Monday, June 15, 1998 at Community Care Center of Wabash. She was born Sept. 15, 1908 at Wabash to Adam and Cecil (Kanower) Gretzinger.
She married Francis L. Bird on May 29, 1928 in Wabash; he died August 7, 1966. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wabash, and was a member of the Wabash O.E.S. #90 for 50 years and a member of the past Matrons Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Lois Bird Christon of Dayton, OH, and a son, William L. Bird of Fowler, IN; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main Street Chapel two hours prior to the funeral, which will be held at the chapel Thursday, June 18, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Zerkel officiating.
Preferred memorials are to the Donor's Choice. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service is in charge of ar rangements.

Grace E. DuBois

Grace E. DuBois, 94, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died Sunday, June 14, 1998 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1903 at Detroit, MI to Frank and Melinda (Martin) Morgan.
Grace E. Morgan married Marvin W. DuBois May 16, 1929 in Detroit, MI. He died Nov. 23, 1988. They moved to Wabash, IN from Huntington Woods, MI in 1983. She was a homemaker and a member of the Southfield, Michigan Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a son, Richard M. DuBois of Wabash, IN; two grandchildren and four great grand children. A sister and a brother preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held today, Wednesday, June 17, 1998 at Peabody Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Schmeiser officiating. Burial took place in Friends Cemetery of Wabash. 
Preferred memorials are to Peabody Retirement Community. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Sharron K. Rebholtz

Sharron K. Rebholtz, 57, of 11628S 700W, Amboy, IN died Monday, June 15, 1998 at her residence. She was born Oct. 26, 1940 at Pierceton, IN to Chester and Ella (Vanderpool) Carpenter. She married Phillip Rebholz in Somerset, IN on Feb. 2, 1960. 
She was a member of the College Corner Brethren Church, and was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband Phillip of Amboy; three sons - Mitchell of Wabash, Todd of Somerset, and Matt of Wabash; a brother, Steven Carpenter of Jasper, IN, and a sister Melodie Goff of North Manchester; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 18, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, with Pastor Jim Black officiating. Burial will be in the Mississinewa Cemetery, located at Somerset, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Claris Lee O'Connell

Claris Lee O'Connell, 75, of 7784N 200W, Laketon, IN died Saturday, June 13, 1998 at his residence. He was born Feb. 10, 1923 at Rochester, IN to Clarence and Goldie (Bryant) O'Connell. 
He was a World War II Navy veteran, and was retired from GenCorp of Wabash after 35 years service. He was a member of the American Legion Post #15 of Wabash.
He married Marjorie M. Patkus March 29, 1947 and she survives, along with two sons, Danny L. O'Connell of Kokomo, IN and Michael D. O'Connell of New Paris, IN; two sisters - Mrs. George (Ina Belle) Traver of Lafontaine, IN and Mrs. Joe (Sharon) Morris of Rochester, IN; three grand children and a great-grandchild. A sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, which was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Athens Cemetery, Athens, IN. The Rev. Don Fisher officiated.

Raymond L. Whitmyre

Raymond L. Whitmyre, 85, of 570 N. Anna St., Wabash, IN died Friday, June 12, 1998 at Wabash Healthcare Center. He was born Apr. 17, 1913 at Laketon, IN to David and Laura (Zimmerman) Whitmyer.
He married Mary J. Thomas on July 27, 1934, in Roann, IN; she died June 30, 1995. He was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, and the Dana Sympathy Club. He worked for Dana Corporation in Marion, IN for 22 years, retiring in 1975.
He is survived by a son, Thomas Whitmyer of Wabash; two granddaughters and six great grandchildren. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Main St. Chapel, Wabash, which was in charge of arrangements. The Rev. John Leinbaugh officiated and burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

Roger A. Marsh

Roger A. Marsh, 76, of 1702 Villa Court, North Manchester, died Wednesday, June 10, 1998 at his residence. He was born Oct. 22, 1921 at Cumberland, WI to Harry A. and Esther (Mills) Marsh, Sr., both deceased. He married Marjorie H. Schaaf July 19, 1941, and she survives. He was retired from Manchester Foundry after 35 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Randall J. Marsh of Venice, FL; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Janet) Roth of North Manchester; a brother, Howard J. Marsh of Columbia City, and a sister, Thelma Hill of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, one step grandchild, and five great-grandchildren. Three brothers preceded him in death.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements, and preferred memorials may be made to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Edith M. Anderson

Edith Marie Anderson, 95, a resident of Millers Merry Manor East, Wabash, died Tuesday, June 9, 1998 at Millers. She previously lived at 2275N 400W Wabash. She was born Sept. 10, 1902 at Huntington, IN to George and Edith (Brahs) Endres. 
She married Joseph S. Anderson on July 16, 1923 in Wabash, IN; he died March 23, 1977. She was a member of the St. Matthews United Church of Christ and a member of the Deborah Circle of the church. She was also a member of the Rangeline Home Extension Club and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Wabash Chapter.
Survivors include two daughters - Mrs. Russell (Jo Ann) Hapner of Wabash and Mrs. Robert (Mary Jean) Wendel of South Whitley; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Funeral service was held Friday, June 12, 1998 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel, with Pastor Richard Rensner officiating. Burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash. Preferred memorials are to the St. Matthews United Church of Christ.


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