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John Melvin Button 
Jan. 20, 1998 
WINAMAC--John Melvin Button, son of Melvin F. and Karen Sue Button, of 200 S. County Road 6467 West, was dead at birth Tuesday in Pulaski Memorial Hospital. Survivors include a sister, Kayleen Button, and a brother, Thomas Craig, both at home. Private services will be held. There will be no visitation. Frain Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 

Philip C. Corts 
March 24, 1950-Jan. 4, 1998 
STAR CITY--Philip Chris Corts, 47, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Star City, died Jan. 4 of natural causes in his home. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Hazel Corts of Ashtabula, Ohio; a sister, Naomi White of East Brunswick, N.J.; and five brothers, John of Minneapolis, Mark of Winston-Salem, N.C., David of Phoenix, Thomas of Birmingham, Ala., and Paul of West Palm Beach, Fla. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Star City Church of Christ, where friends may call one hour before services. 

Kenneth L. Ford 
April 6, 1929-Jan. 20, 1998 
NORTH JUDSON--Kenneth L. Ford, 68, of 303 High St., died Tuesday in Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso. Survivors include his wife, Patty (Wilson); five daughters, Diana Vermilyer, Vicki Sturgell and Linda Lewandowski, all of North Judson, Sandra Smith of Knox and Karen Minix of Denham, Ind.; two sons, Kenneth Jr. of Knox and Steve of North Judson; a sister, Phyllis Goodman of Galveston, Ind.; and a brother, William of Houston. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in O'Donnell Funeral Home, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today. 

Walter Lechlitner 
April 10, 1903-Jan. 21, 1998 
WAKARUSA--Walter Lechlitner, 94, of 306 High St., died Wednesday in Elkhart General Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Frances (Lindsey); and a daughter, Alice Culp of Fort Wayne. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Rieth, Rohrer, Ehret & Lienhart Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 

Billy E. Strombeck 
Dec. 25, 1935-Jan. 21, 1998 
NORTH WEBSTER--Billy E. Strombeck, 62, of 4928 N. County Road 850 East, died at 8:48 a.m. Wednesday in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, of an apparent heart attack. Survivors include three sons, Robert of North Webster, David of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Matthew of Murphysboro, Tenn.; his mother, Rachel Strombeck of North Webster; a sister, Patricia Loetz of North Webster; and a brother, Larry of Muncie, Ind. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Eastlund Funeral Home-Harris Chapel, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. 

Howard E. Wareham 
Nov. 12, 1946-Jan. 20, 1998 
DONALDSON--Howard Edward Wareham, 51, of 2714 W. Lincoln Highway, died Tuesday following an automobile and train accident at Muckshaw and Indiana 10. Survivors include a daughter, Renee L. Warren of Bourbon; a son, Kevin E. of Bourbon; his mother, Dorothy L. Brown Wareham of Holly, Mich.; two sisters, Susan G. Donovan of Clarkston, Mich., and Janet L. Schultz of Clearwater, Fla.; and four brothers, Larry B. of Roseville, Calif., Douglas C. of Garden City, Mich., Bill B. of Kansas City, Mo., and Jeff A. of California. Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, where friends may call two hours before services. 

Edward J. Bahar 
April 8, 1939-Jan. 21, 1998 
MICHIGAN CITY--Edward J. Bahar, 58, of Woodland St., died at 4 a.m. Wednesday in Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital, Olympia Fields, Ill. The Cook County Medical Examiner, Chicago, said he died of multiple gunshot wounds he received in Doltan, Ill. Survivors include two sons, Roger and Joseph, both of Michigan City; four sisters, Victoria DuBois of Portage, Ind., Laurice Dull and Clemonce Bahar, both of Michigan City, and Emily Bahar of Oahu, Hawaii; and a brother, Gabriel of Michigan City. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday in Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, where a rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Mary M. Gazdick 
March 5, 1916-Jan. 22, 1998 
LAPORTE--Mary M. Gazdick, 81, of 4672 County Road South 300 West, died at 2:25 a.m. Thursday in LaPorte Hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Marian Fleming of LaPorte; and a son, James of LaPorte. Services will be at noon Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Essling Funeral Home. 

Magdalene K. Geisler 
Sept. 27, 1896-Jan. 21, 1998 
LAPORTE--Magdalene K. Geisler, 101, of Fountainview Terrace Nursing Home, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the nursing home. Survivors include three daughters, Lucille Jensen and Jean Vander Mel, both of LaPorte, and Irene Nowatzke of Michigan City; four sons, James of Donaldson, Robert of South Bend, Donald of Plant City, Fla., and Bernard of LaPorte; and a sister, Christine Koselke of Chesterton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Essling Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today. 

Barbara A. Helgeson 
Jan. 30, 1944-Jan. 22, 1998 
ELKHART--Barbara A. Helgeson, 53, of 51919 Northfield Drive, died Thursday in Elkhart General Hospital of natural causes. She is survived by a daughter, Christine Helgeson of Elkhart; a son, Daniel of Houston; her mother, Margaret O'Connor of Palos Hills, Ill.; and a brother, Michael O'Connor of Champaign, Ill. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. 

Ruth M. Johnson 
March 21, 1924-Jan. 21, 1998 
ELKHART--Ruth M. Johnson, 73, of Windsong Drive, died at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday in Elkhart General Hospital. She is survived by a son, John A. of Romeoville, Ill. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

Mabel B. Kietzman 
Feb. 1, 1910-Jan. 22, 1998 
ROCHESTER -- Mabel B. Kietzman, 87, of Life Care Center, died Thursday in the center. Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Walters of Valparaiso; a son, William of Mexico, Ind.; two sisters, Evelyn Grauman of Rochester and Dorothy Lage of Gibson City, Ill.; and three brothers, Floyd Stroh and Warren Stroh, both of Denver, and Donald Stroh of Champaign, Ill. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today in Foster & Good Funeral Home, and one hour before services Saturday in the church. 

Charles E. Kiste Jr. 
June 28, 1928-Jan. 22, 1998 
NILES -- Charles E. "Chuck'' Kiste Jr., 69, of 857 Mobile Boulevard, died Thursday in Regency Place Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, South Bend. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo (Bright); a son, Todd of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Lena York and Ethel Thomas, both of Niles; and a brother, Harry of Niles. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Halbritter Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour before services. 

Destiny Renee Perkins 
Feb. 21, 1997-Jan. 21, 1998 
PLYMOUTH -- Destiny Renee Perkins, 11-month-old daughter of Amy Perkins and Jeremy Lowe, of 610 1/2 E. Jefferson St., died Wednesday in St. Joseph's Hospital of Marshall County. The death is being investigated by Marshall County Coroner Dean Byers as a possible accidental death. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel, where friends may call one hour before services. 

George Seid 
Feb. 21, 1915-Jan. 21, 1998 
THREE OAKS -- George Seid, 82, of Houston, formerly of Three Oaks, died Wednesday in Cy-Fair Hospital, Houston. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; two sons, Lawrence of Arvada, Colo., and Ronald of Spring, Texas; and a sister, Anita McGuigan of Three Oaks. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Pobocik Funeral Home Connelly-Noble Chapel. 

Christopher J. Spicher-Criffield 
May 13, 1980-Jan. 21, 1998 
DOWAGIAC -- Christopher John Spicher-Criffield, 17, of Division Street, died about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday following an automobile accident on Marcellus Highway east of Decatur Road. Survivors include his adoptive parents, Shirley and Gerald Criffield of Dowagiac; his biological parents, Sharon Shelton of Elkhart and John Spicher of Decatur; three sisters, Amy N. Spicher and Sharon Wilson, both of Dowagiac, and Marie Mitchell of Decatur; and two brothers, Thomas Spicher of Paw Paw and James Spicher of Decatur. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home, where friends may call two hours before services. 

Roy L. Adams
Jan. 25, 1907-Jan. 22, 1998 
MENTONE--Roy L. Adams, 90, of 520 N. Franklin Street, died at 6 p.m. Thursday in Life Care Center, Rochester. Survivors include three daughters, Beatrice Gordon of Macy, Ind., Mary Wease of Rochester and Betty Busch of Syracuse; and two sons, James and William, both of Rochester. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in King Memorial Home, where friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Vera N. Andre 
March 20, 1926-Jan. 22, 1998 
UNION MILLS--Vera N. "Nadine" Andre, 71, of 10352 S. 400 West, died at 8:41 a.m. Thursday in LaPorte Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in October 1997. Survivors include her husband, Robert A.; three daughters, Betty P. Lloyd of Plymouth, Brenda L. Veach of Lapel, Ind., and Beverly J. Horstmann of Union Mills; two sons, Kenneth A. of LaPorte and Keith R. "Bob" of Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; and two brothers, William Dill of Fargo, N.D., and Donald Dill of Chilton, Wisc. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Essling Funeral Home, LaPorte, where friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and two hours before services Monday. 

Ruth A. Bunn 
June 30, 1927-Jan. 21, 1998 
ELKHART--Ruth A. (Minegar) Bunn, 70, of 333 W. Mishawaka Road, died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Valley View Health Care Center. Survivors include her husband, Floyd R.; two daughters, Linda Myers and Connie Cook, both of Goshen; a sister, Kathryn Mann of Elkhart; and two brothers, Vernon Bontrager of Elkhart and Robert Bontrager of Lewisburg, Pa. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. 

Kelly L. Chubb 
Dec. 19, 1962-Jan. 23, 1998 
BUCHANAN--Kelly L. Chubb, 35, of 14762 Rangeline Road, died Friday in her home of natural causes. Survivors include her husband, Michael; two daughters, Danielle and Brianna K. Chubb, both at home; her father, Larry Miller of Mishawaka; and three sisters, Karla Reeves of South Bend, Kacy Reeves of Chester, Va., and Karie Hathcoat Whittle of Colonial Heights, Va. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Swem Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 

Gladys I. Davis 
Sept. 22, 1907-Jan. 22, 1998 
NILES--Gladys I. Davis, 90, of 401 Hill Street, died Thursday in Old Farm Living Center, Berrien Springs. She is survived by a son, Dale D. of Niles. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Swem Funeral Home, Buchanan, where friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 

Dorothy A. Goodrich 
March 5, 1916-Jan. 19, 1998 
DECATUR--Dorothy A. Goodrich, 81, of Hillsboro, Ore., formerly of Decatur, died Monday in her home. Survivors include three daughters, Connie E. Van Domelen of Hillsboro, Elizabeth Dragan of Las Vegas and Joan Stewart of Decatur; four sons, Leonard A. of Iowa, Gerald W. of Decatur, Dwayne D. of Portland, Ore., and Harold L. of Las Vegas; a sister, Florence Patterson of Hartford; and a brother, Alfred McCowen of Marion, Ohio. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Newell Funeral Home, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. 

Mary P. Greene 
Jan. 27, 1908-Jan. 22, 1998 
NORTH WEBSTER--Mary Pauline Greene, 89, of 8540 E. Wesley Lane, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday in the home of her daughter in Columbia City. Survivors include her daughter, Marcina Schrader; and a son, Bill Greene of Convoy, Ohio. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Eastlund Funeral Home, Harris Chapel, Syracuse, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

Teddy A. Jacobs 
June 24, 1949-Jan. 22, 1998 
ELKHART--Teddy A. "Andy" Jacobs, 48, of 804 W. Hively Avenue, died at 4:05 p.m. Thursday in his home. Survivors include his wife, Joan E.; two sons, David C. and Daniel R., both of Kalamazoo.; a sister, Pat Hart of Elizabeth City, N.C.; and two brothers, Tom A. of Buchanan and Jim of Scottville, Mich. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Calvary Assembly of God Church. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Billings Funeral Home and one hour before services in the church. 

Vera R. Jones 
Feb. 20, 1904-Jan. 22, 1998 
DOWAGIAC--Vera R. Jones, 93, of Utea St., died Thursday in Dowagiac Nursing Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. today in First United Methodist Church, where friends may call one-half hour before services. McLauchlin-Clark Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Mary V. Kann 
Oct. 1, 1918-Jan. 23, 1998 
WARSAW--Mary Virginia Kann, 79, of 1630 S. County Farm Road, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday in Kosciusko Community Hospital. She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Kreutzer of Warsaw and Dorothy Szabo of Rochester, Minn.; a son, Russ of North Webster; and a brother, Doug Cunningham of Fla. There will be no services or visitation. Titus Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

John Kruis 
April 10, 1929-Jan. 22, 1998 
MIDDLEBURY--John Kruis, 68, of 13725 County Road 12, died Thursday in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Survivors include his wife, Ida C. (Siemonsma); five daughters, Diana Kruis of Bristol, Marla Williams of Middlebury, Kelly Cleveland of McMinnville, Ore., Michele Freed of Columbus, Ind., and Kimberly Wilken of Bristol; two sons, Jeffrey of Bristol and James of Elkhart; four sisters in The Netherlands; and two brothers, Herman of Elkhart and Ned of Tallahassee, Fla. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bristol. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Elkhart, where a rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. 

Lydia A. Lehman 
July 4, 1910-Jan. 23, 1998 
MIDDLEBURY--Lydia Ann Lehman, 87, of 10405 County Road 16, died at 3:15 a.m. Friday in her home. Survivors include three daughters, Esther Chupp of Nappanee, Mary Ellen Nisley of Goshen and Polly Anna Miller of Cambria, Wisc.; five sons, Elmer of Shipshewana, Mervin of Goshen, John of Belle Center, Ohio, and Lavern and Lester, both of Middlebury; and a brother, John F. Miller of Sarasota, Fla. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Ralph Bontrager home, 11475 W. 250 North. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday and all day Sunday in Lehman's home. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Imogene M. Magers 
Nov. 10, 1926-Jan. 23, 1998 
LAPORTE--Imogene May Magers, 71, of 306 Planett St., died at 5 a.m. Friday in her home. Survivors include three daughters, Diana L. Michie and Connie Lilly, both of LaPorte, and Barbara J. Lucas of Westville; a son, Carl J. of LaPorte; two sisters, Janice Bottorff of Walkerton and Alberta Cowen of Knox; and five brothers, Raymond Burger of Gulfport, Miss., Roy and Gordon Burger, both of Knox, Harold Burger of Chicago and Duane Burger of LaPorte. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Haverstock Funeral Home, where friends may call from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and until services Monday. 

William H. Nichols 
Dec. 20, 1934-Jan. 22, 1998 
TOPEKA--William H. "Bick" Nichols, 63, of Todd-Dickey Nursing Home, Leavenworth, Ind., formerly of Topeka, died Thursday in the nursing home. Survivors include two daughters, Sharla Thompson of Topeka and Rhonda Morgan of Shipshewana; a son, Billy of Goshen; and a sister, Jennifer Hawkins of Louisville, Ky. Services will be at a later date. There is no visitation. Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, is handling arrangements. 

Louise M. Philipson 
June 29, 1912-Jan. 22, 1998 
ELKHART--Louise M. Philipson, 85, of Ypsilanti, Mich., formerly of Elkhart, died at 11:10 p.m. Thursday in Saline, Mich. Survivors include a son, William L. of Ypsilanti; a sister, Dorothy Reynolds of West Boylston, Mass; and a brother, Ray Bergland of North Liberty. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, where a rosary will be said at 2:30 p.m. 

Lloyd V. Schrader 
Nov. 30, 1913-Jan. 21, 1998 
ELKHART--Lloyd V. Schrader, 84, of 1337 Okema St., died at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday in Elkhart General Hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Sissy Schrader; a son, Randy; and a sister, Vera Beard of South Bend. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Rice Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Monday in Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home. 

Edna L. Schwartz 
July 20, 1906-Jan. 19, 1998 
NAPPANEE--Edna L. Schwartz, 91, of Greencroft Nursing Center, formerly of Nappanee, died Monday in the center. Survivors include a son, Arthur E. of Charlottesville, Va.; and two sisters, Arlene J. Soeller of Tucson, Ariz., and Agnes Mazelin of Greencroft Nursing Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. May 29 in Nappanee United Methodist Church. Thompson & Yoder Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Patricia A. White 
Oct. 11, 1908-Dec. 12, 1997 
PLYMOUTH--Patricia A. White, 89, of 222 Parkview, died Dec. 12 in Pilgrim Manor Nursing Center. Memorial Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in New Oakhill Cemetery Chapel. Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Mary H. Yazel 
Oct. 6, 1918-Jan. 23, 1998 
LAPAZ--Mary H. Yazel, 79, of Old Town, Fla., formerly of LaPaz, died Friday in her home. Survivors include her husband, Ray; and two sons, Larry of South Bend and Terry of Old Town. There is no services or visitation. National Cremation Society, Ocala, Fla. is handling arrangements. 

Raphael Yoder 
Dec. 25, 1901-Jan. 23, 1998 
TOPEKA--Raphael Yoder, 96, of 6055 W. 200 South, died at 10:49 a.m. Friday in Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne. Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Miller of Middlebury; three sons, Fred, Gordon, and Maurice, all of Topeka; and two sisters, Rozella Fahsling of Topeka, and Ruby Yoder, Middlebury. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Emma Mennonite Church, where friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Miller Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling arrangements.


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