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D. Elizabeth Baker
Dec. 19, 1908-Jan. 26, 1998 
ELKHART--D. Elizabeth "Libby" Baker, 89, of 1400 Franklin St., formerly of 24352 Merrimac Lane, died at 12:07 a.m. Monday in Chelsea Manor. Survivors include a son, Charles E. Shroyer of Elkhart; two sisters, Onda Vae Sutton and Alice Mae Meyers, both of Sturgis; and two brothers, George E. Denison and Harold E. Denison, both of Sturgis. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Butler Cemetery, Butler, Ind. There will be no visitation. Billings Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Margaret E. Baumer 
April 26, 1909-Jan. 25, 1998 
LAPORTE--Margaret E. Baumer, 88, of 700 Waverly Road, died at 5:20 p.m. Sunday in LaPorte Hospital. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Baumer of St. Louis; and four sons, James and John, both of LaPorte, Richard of Dayton, Ohio, and Michael of Cleveland. Services will be at 11 a.m. today in St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Haverstock Funeral Home handled arrangements. 

Lloyd W. Blank 
July 11, 1924-Jan. 24, 1998 
NILES--Lloyd William "Monk" Blank, 74, of Lutz, Fla., and Niles, died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in his home in Lutz. Surviving are his wife, Anne Josephine; two sons, Michael G. of Niles and Timothy J. of South Bend; two sisters, Marguarite Coble of Dunedin, Fla., and Shirley Elrod of Davenport, Fla.; and two brothers, LaVerne of Davenport and William of Phoenix. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Dobies Funeral Home, Holiday, Fla., is handling arrangements. 

Dorothy J. Christensen 
Oct. 20, 1906-Jan. 25, 1998 
BRIDGMAN--Dorothy Julia Christensen, 91, of Jordan's Nursing Home, died Sunday in the nursing home. She is survived by a daughter, Ilene Caster of Yucaipa, Calif.; a son, Bruce of Berrien Springs; and a sister, Marion Shadel of Oak Harbor, Wash. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs. There will be no visitation. 

Gertrude P. Duff 
Jan. 3, 1912-Jan. 27, 1998 
CULVER--Gertrude P. Duff, 86, of 456 Lakeview Street, died at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday in Miller's Merry Manor. Survivors include a son, Charles T. Duff of Culver; four sisters, Gracie Blue of South Charleston, W. Va., Grovie Lanham of Dunbar, W. Va., and Geneva Shackleton and Betty Gilkie, both of Middleport, Ohio; and a brother, Richard Parsons of Dayton, Ohio. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Bonnie Funeral Home is handling local arrangements. 

Mary M. Fredianelli 
Oct. 24, 1913-Jan. 26, 1998 
SAWYER--Mary Margaret Fredianelli, 84, of South Wolcott, died Monday in Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident at the intersection of Niles Road and Lincoln Avenue. She is survived by a daughter, Dolores Mazur of Chicago; two sons, Thomas Korkos Sr. of Sawyer and Alvin Korkos of Lansing, Ill.; and a brother, Harry Zolma of Chicago. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Agnes Catholic Church. Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Pobocik Funeral Home, Three Oaks, where there will be a Scripture service at 8:30 p.m. 

Eleanor L. Guingrich 
Sept. 5, 1913-Jan. 27, 1998 
PLYMOUTH--Eleanor L. Guingrich, 84, of Del-Lo-Me Lane, died Tuesday in Pilgrim Manor Nursing Center. She is survived by two daughters, Deloris Keiser of Plymouth and Susan Brace of Fort Wayne; a son, Thomas J. of Bourbonnais, Ill.; two sisters, Jeannette Scifert of Reynolds, Ind., and Genevieve Lasher of Fowler, Ind.; and two brothers, Alfred Bissonnette of Wolcott and Dr. Roger Bissonnette of Evansville, Ind. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Remington. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Stitz Funeral Home, Remington, where a rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. 

Lizzie D. Hostetler 
Dec. 2, 1903-Jan. 26, 1998 
SHIPSHEWANA--Lizzie D. Hostetler, 94, of 0790 N. County Road 1000 West, died in her home at 11:30 p.m. Monday. Survivors include eight daughters, Ida Frey and Mabel Mast of Ligonier, Anna Miller, Orpha Miller and Mary Etta Eash, all of Shipshewana, Freida Raber of Middlebury, Lizzie Ann Lehman of Topeka and Leah Fern Hostetler, at home; and four sons, Eldon and David, both of Middlebury, Daniel of Shipshewana and LaVern of Wilmington, Ill. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Andrew Troyer Home, 10540 W. County Road 050 North, Middlebury. Friends may call after 10:30 a.m. today and all day Thursday in the Erwin Eash home, 0865 N. County Road 1000 West, Shipshewana. Miller Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling arrangements. 

Benjamin H. Jones 
June 21, 1925-Jan. 26, 1998 
BREMEN--Benjamin H. Jones, 72, of 8897 N. Shore Drive, died at 8:25 p.m. Monday in St. Joseph Community Hospital, Mishawaka. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Bailey); one daughter, Diane Cumins of Mishawaka; six sons, Paul Jones of South Bend, Bill Jones of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Manges of Wichita, Kan., David Manges of Chamberburg, Pa., Jack Manges of Elkhart and Steve Manges of Osceola; two sisters, Violet Welker of Chino Valley, Ariz., and Ida L. Parker of South Bend; and two brothers, Robert and Jim Jones, both of South Bend. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Mishler Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

Arlene T. Larish 
March 23, 1901-Jan. 26, 1998 
ELKHART--Arlene T. Larish, 96, of 130 W. Wolf Ave., died at 11:20 a.m. Monday in Elkhart General Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Harvey M.; a son, Raymond Stephens of San Francisco; and a sister, Edna Pollock of Berwick, Pa. There will be no services or visitation. Billings Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Robert E. Logan 
July 6, 1942-Jan. 25, 1998 
MOTTVILLE--Robert E. Logan, 55, of 10274 Blyley Road, died at 9:19 p.m. Sunday in his sister's home after an illness. He is survived by two sisters, Georgia K. Sassaman of Mottville and Marjorie Allen of Traverse City, Mich.; and his mother, Treva M. Wheelock of Mottville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in United Methodist Church, Constantine. There will be no visitation. Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon, is in charge of arrangements. 

Mary A. Lorenzen 
Nov. 18, 1910-Jan. 26, 1998 
NILES--Mary A. Lorenzen, 87, of Oak Street, died Monday in Lakeland Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Roger E.; and two sisters, Florence Myers and Lillian Boulton, both of Niles. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Saint Mary's Catholic Church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Halbritter Funeral Home, where a prayer Scripture service will be at 7 p.m. 

Joseph A. Maylor 
Aug. 14, 1931-Jan. 26, 1998 
LAPORTE--Joseph A. Maylor, 66, of Johnson Road, died at 12:22 p.m. Monday in his car at 4500 County Road 300 North. The death is being investigated by LaPorte County Coroner Barbara Houston. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie A. (Markowski); and two sisters, Mary Drubert and Barbara Maylor, both of Michigan City. There will be no services or visitation. Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, is handling arrangements. 

Joan Pratt 
May 18, 1925-Jan. 25, 1998 
LAPORTE--Joan Pratt, 72, of 204 Glenview Avenue, died in her home Sunday. She is survived by a daughter, Tina Gasparett of LaPorte; a son, Tim of LaPorte; and a sister, Jane McKnight of Corry, Pa. There will be no visitation or services. Cutler Funeral Home handled arrangements. 

Roger F. Schwager 
Feb. 23, 1936-Jan. 26, 1998 
MICHIGAN CITY--Roger F. Schwager, 61, of Hendricks St., died Monday in his home of natural causes. He is survived by his wife, Edith (Witt); two daughters, Julie Maul of Pennsylvania and Christie Schwager of Michigan City; and two sons, Michael of Michigan City and Roger P. of Lakeville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Carlisle Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

Virginia Sperry 
Feb. 6, 1919-Jan. 26, 1998 
SAWYER--Virginia Sperry, 78, of Peck Avenue, died Monday in Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident at the intersection of Niles Road and Lincoln Avenue. She is survived by two sons, Chuck of Sawyer and Stanton of Bridgman. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in St. Agnes Catholic Church. Pobocik Funeral Home, Three Oaks, is handling arrangements. 

Violet M. Vinnedge 
Aug. 28, 1922-Jan. 27, 1998 
NILES--Violet M. Vinnedge, 75, of 2403 Rebecca Lane, died Tuesday in Regency Place Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, South Bend. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Bunch of Niles; two sons, Kyle "Dean" of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Gary L. of Buchanan; and two sisters, Stella Weil of Grand Island, Neb., and Judy Spellman of Kerney, Neb. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in First Missionary Church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Halbritter Funeral Home. 

Josephine A. Wagner 
Dec. 5, 1924-Jan. 26, 1998 
MONTEREY--Josephine A. Wagner, 73, of Henderson, Ky., formerly of Monterey and South Bend, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, Ind. Survivors include three daughters, Janis Ross and Joyce Wagner, both of Henderson, and Mary "Jody" Ross of North Street, Mich.; three sons, James F. of Coldwater, Mich., Jacob W. of Alexander, N.Y., and Joseph A. of Evansville; and four sisters, Rita Gottlick and Mary Bauer, both of South Bend, Judy Minear of Muncie, Ind., and Carol Stoneburner of Plymouth. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Anne's Catholic Church. There will be no visitation. Bonine Funeral Home, Culver, is handling arrangements. 

Ruth M. Zupke 
Sept. 27, 1896-Jan. 26, 1998 
NILES--Ruth Mae Zupke, 101, of 1333 Wells Street, died Monday in Lakeland Medical Center. Surviving are a daughter, Mary L. Hess of Buchanan; and two sons, Lawrence of Kalamazoo and George of Buchanan. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Swem Funeral Home, Buchanan, where friends may call from noon until services. 

Pauline J. Beach 
Jan. 5, 1904.-Jan. 28, 1998 
CULVER--Pauline J. Beach, 94, of Pontiac and St. Helen, Mich., formerly of Culver, died Wednesday in Miller's Merry Manor. Survivors include a daughter, Leona (Vaughn) Spencer of Ellsworth, Mich.; a son, Darrell of Culver; and two sisters, Nesta Hutchinson and Nona Jewell, both of St. Helen. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Lewis E. Wint & Son Trust 100 Funeral Home, Clarkston, Mich., where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today. 

Patricia A. Cassity 
May 8, 1949-Jan. 27, 1998 
ELKHART--Patricia Ann (Harrison) Cassity, 48, of 423 W. Marion St., died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday in Elkhart General Hospital. Survivors include her husband, James F.; three daughters, Tricia Bell of Millersburg, Cheryll Beachy of Bristol and Dainta Cassity of South Bend; two sons, Eric E. and James F. II, both of Elkhart; four sisters, Mary McCourt of Elkhart, Claria Peeters and Betty Hepler, both of Dowagiac, and Barb Harrison. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Billings Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour before services. 

Helen J. Darlison 
May 21, 1913-Jan. 28, 1998 
STURGIS--Helen J. Darlison, 84, of 69832 Pamela Drive, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday in the home of her daughter in Sturgis. Survivors include a daughter, Jane M. Todd of Sturgis, and a sister, Anna Marie Bush of Sturgis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon, where friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today. 

Lottie T. Ellis 
July 9, 1924-Jan. 27, 1998 
ELKHART--Lottie T. Ellis, 73, of 24099 Himebaugh Ave., died Tuesday in Elkhart General Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Wilbur L.; four daughters, Teresa Duncan of Hillsdale, Mich., and Nancy Clark, Karen Phillips and Debra Spratt, all of Elkhart; and two sons, John and Gary, both of Elkhart. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, where friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today. 

Helen M. Geishert 
April 19, 1919-Jan. 26, 1998 
BERRIEN SPRINGS--Helen M. Geishert, 78, of 105 N. Bluff St., formerly of Niles, died Monday in Niles Township after a vehicle collision. She is survived by a sister, Betty Geishert of Niles; and a brother, Edwin C. Geishert Sr. of Quincy, Mich. Memorial services will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Allred Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Dow M. Gorham 
May 19, 1893-Jan. 28, 1998 
GOSHEN--Dow Merrill Gorham, 104, of 2105 E. College Ave., died Wednesday in Elkhart General Hospital. Survivors include two daughters, Jane Clark of Frankfort, Ind., and Patricia Peaslee of Jupiter, Fla. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. James Episcopal Church, where friends may call one hour before services. Rieth, Rohrer & Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements. 

Walter Griffin 
Aug. 31, 1943-Jan. 26, 1998 
ELKHART--Walter Griffin, 54, of 1328 Okema St., died Monday in Elkhart General Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Gearlene; two daughters, Tijuana Griffin and Tabatha Griffin, both of Elkhart; five sisters, Charlie Johnson, Anjenette Ivy, Betty Ann Crews, Betty Jean Jordan, all of Elkhart, and Frankie Boswell of South Bend; and five brothers, George Griffin, Thomas Suggs, Ron Suggs, all of Elkhart, Senate Suggs of Phoenix and Decatur Suggs of Vallejo, Calif. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Canaan Baptist Church, where friends may call one hour before services. Alford's Mortuary, South Bend, is handling arrangements. 

Isabel E. Kettlebar 
Dec. 1, 1920-Jan. 27, 1998 
GOSHEN--Isabel E. Kettlebar, 77, of Carriage Manor Nursing Home, died Tuesday in the nursing home. Survivors include three daughters, Dixie Soice of Mishawaka, Sharon Johnson of Goshen and Kathy Sochren of Indianapolis; a son, Michael of Goshen; and a brother, Kenneth Michael of Elkhart. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, where friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today. 

Owen W. Stock 
Feb. 17, 1914-Jan. 27, 1998 
BREMEN--Owen W. Stock, 83, of 152 Oakmont Drive, died Tuesday in Bremen Health Care Center. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Hooper); two sons, John H. of Pendleton, Ind., and Jack O. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and two sisters, Pearl Reed of South Bend and Delores Hirstein of Tucson, Ariz. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Mishler Funeral Home, where friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today. 


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