Miscellaneous Wabash County, Indiana Obituaries - 1996


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Marie Hartsough

Marie Hartsough, 97, a Peabody Retirement Community resident, died Tuesday, May 21, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital. She was born in Kosciusko County, IN to David and Nida Bell (Sebring) Antrim. She married Charles Hartsough Jan. 31, 1916 and he died July 8, 1964.

She was a member of Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Geraldine) Thomas of North Manchester, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 25, 1996, at 3:00 p.m. with the Revs. Mark Flora-Swick and Glen Campbell officiating. Friends may call at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary Friday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester. Preferred memorials are to that of the donor's choice. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Arthelia C. Wolfe

Arthelia Catherine (Burkhart) Wolfe, 85, of Indianapolis, IN, died Monday, May 20, 1996 at St. Francis Hospital. She was born at Bippus, IN and lived in Shelbyville from 1941 to 1990. She was bookkeeper for Fairland Lumber Company for 12 years and retired in 1973.

Survivors include her husband, Russell E. Wolfe; sons James E. and John R. Wolfe; sisters, Beulah Bowers and Evelyn Greer; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Shirley Brothers Washington Chapel Wednesday, May 22 from 2-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. prior to funeral service which will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund. Shirley Brothers Mortuaries, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Mary A. Purvis

Mary A. Purvis, 78, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, May 18, 1996 at Huntington Memorial Hospital. She was formerly a resident of Owingsville, KY and was a resident of North Manchester for 25 years.

She was born in Bath County, KY Aug. 7, 1917 to Owen and Lucinda (Lucas) Withrow. A homemaker, she was married to Ewell Purvis Sept. 24, 1948 and he preceded her in death Sept. 5, 1995.

Survivors include sons William E. Staton and Jimmy D. Purvis, both of North Manchester, Herman O. Staton of Silver Lake, Ewell G. Purvis of Wabash, Dave H. Purvis of Salt Lick, KY, and Kenny L. Purvis of Servia; daughters Anna Goldy of Carlisle, KY and Jeanie Shepherd of North Manchester; brothers Alen Withrow of Marion, IN and Junior Withrow of Sharpsburg, KY; 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 22, at Owingsville, KY and burial was in Withrow Cemetery, Salt Lick, KY. 

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Della Mae Reiken

Della Mae Reiken, 86, a former resident of Laketon, IN, died Thursday, May 16, 1996 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN. 

She was born June 24, 1909 at Huntington County, IN to John and Catherine (Swearer) Forst.

A homemaker, she married Fred Reiken Sr. Nov. 10, 1932 and he died May 10, 1974. She was a member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Fred Reiken Jr. of Traverse City, MI; a brother Porter "Jim" Forst of Peru, IN; sisters Mrs. Kline (Irene) Sands, Mrs. Tura Poehler and Mrs. Esther Wygant, all of Huntington, IN; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside service was held Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN with the Rev. David Inskeep officiating.

DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Ijamsville United Methodist Church of St. Bernard's Catholic Church of Wabash.

Wanda J. Montel

Wanda J. Montel, 66, of 802 Meadowdale Dr., North Manchester, died Thursday, May 16, 1996 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. She was born May 7, 1930 in Kosciusko County to Henry and Edith Cleo (Hively) Bryan.

A 1948 graduate of Claypool High School, she was a homemaker, married to John I. Montel July 25, 1948, and she had been a clerk at the former G.C. Murphy Co. of North Manchester. She was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include her husband, John; stepmother Pearl Bryan of Pierceton; daughters Mrs. DeWayne (Brenda) Thomas and Mrs. Duane (Barbara) Watson, both of North Manchester; a granddaughter, Nichole Watson of North Manchester; stepsisters Mrs. Mildred Peden of North Manchester and Mrs. Everett (Helen) Shoemaker of Warsaw. A brother preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 19, at the Eel River church of the Brethren, SR 14, with Rev. Martha Cory officiating. Burial was in Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Kosciusko County.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ellen Merritt

Mary Ellen Merritt, 75, of 103 W. Third Street, North Manchester, died Thursday, May 16, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born July 14, 1920 at Akron, OH to Ollie and Florence (Delvin) Burkhart.

She married Herschel Merritt May 26, 1938. She was employed at Tri-Wic 20 years, and was retired from Custom Magnetics after five years service. She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, Dorcas Society of the church, Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority, and the 39'ers Club.

She is survived by her husband, Herschel; son Karl Merrit of North Manchester; daughters, Donna Merritt of Indianapolis, Mrs. Vern (Martha) Pursifull of Huntington, Rebecca Merritt, Warsaw, and Mrs. Beth Adair of Cromwell; a sister, Mrs. Dewayne (Jane) Monce of Warsaw; and 13 grandchildren. One daughter and a brother preceded her in death.

Funeral service was held at the Congregational Christian Church Sunday, May 19 with the Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society or to the Congregational Christian Church. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary handled arrangements.

Helen Jennings

Helen Jennings, 87, a resident of Peabody Retirement Home, died May 13, 1996 at the Home. She was born Sept. 3, 1908 in North Manchester to William M. and Pearl (Jinks) Jennings.

She was a high school English and Home Economics teacher at Deedsville High School and Huntington High School for 15 years, retiring in 1946. She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, Tri-Kappa Sorority, and the Riverside Garden Club, all of North Manchester.

A graduate of Central High School, she was also graduated from Manchester College with a B.A. degree and from the University of Wisconsin where she received an M.A. degree in teaching.

Survivors include nieces Barbara Shoemaker of North Manchester and Jean Nelson of Delphi, IN; a nephew, William Jennings of Fremont, OH; sister-in-law Carol Jennings of North Manchester; great nephews Rick Shoemaker of Leesburg and Randy Shoemaker of Auburn, Jason and Josh Howard, both of Delphi. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, with the Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Peabody Home Foundation.

Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Brumbaugh

Ruth Sherrick Brumbaugh, 103, a resident of Mease Continuing Care Center, Dunedin, FL, and formerly of North Manchester, died at the Mease Center Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1996. She was born July 21, 1893 at Lanark, IL to Marvin M. and Minnie (Buck) Sherrick. She married John Aaron Brumbaugh, who died in 1983. 

Mrs. Brumbaugh was an English Professor at American University, Washington, D.C. She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy June Breck-shot of Dunedin, FL, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Unitar-ian Church of Dunedin, FL. Private burial service was held at Oaklawn Cemetery with DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary in charge of arrange-ments.

Earl W. Harvey

Earl W. Harvey, 77, of Laketon, IN died Monday, Aug. 19, 1996 at The Oaks of Columbia City, IN. He was born in Rochester, IN Dec. 20, 1918 and was raised by Arthur DeLauter, deceased and Orrill Day, also deceased. He married L. Max-ine Betten Dec. 11, 1947 and she survives.

Mr. Harvey had worked at Lake-ton Elevator, Honeywell Inc., and was retired from Peabody Retire-ment Community.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, hav-ing served in World War II for which he received two bronze stars. He was a member of the Laketon American Legion Post #402, gradu-ated from Laketon High School in 1939 and attended Manchester Col-lege. He was a member of the Lake-ton United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, Maxine, survivors include daughters Mrs. Carolyn Hoffman, Mrs. Tom (Linda) Hippensteel and Mrs. Brian (Di-anna) Baker, all of North Manch-ester, Mrs. Larry (Jean) Hall of Roann, Mrs. Stuart (Donna) Lampert of Bronx, N.Y., and Mrs. Roy (Debbie) Ho of Queens, N.Y.; a brother, Frank Harvey, Indiana, and a sister, Anneane McClurg of Wabash; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call Thursday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary. Funeral service will be held at De-Laughter-McKee Mortuary Friday, Aug. 23, 1996 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Glenn Howenstine officiating. Burial will be in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.

Preferred memorials are to The Oaks, Columbia city, IN.

Loretta Sturtsman

Loretta Beatrice Sturtsman, 73, died August 8, 1996 at Pensacola, FL. She was born Oct. 21, 1922; she married Lewis Andrew Sturtsman February, 1937 and he died Jan-uary, 1995.

Survivors include sons Bob Sturtsman of Greentown, IN, Bill Sturtsman of Pensacola, FL, and Jim Sturtsman of North Manchester; daughters Irene Tyner of Indianapolis, IN and Susie Ulrey of Huntington, IN. One infant son pre-ceded her in death.

She was a member of the North Manchester Women of the Moose. 

Private funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 19, and preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society.

Priscilla A. Greene

Priscilla A. Green, 60, of Seymour, IN, died Saturday, August 17, 1996 at Community Care Center, Seymour, IN, where she had been ill since November, 1995. She was born May 30, 1936 at Logansport, IN to Robert Duncle and Helen L. (Harrell) Smith. She married James Greene Sept. 27, 1981 at Seymour; he died Nov. 9, 1989.

A homemaker, who lived most of her life in the Seymour area, is sur-vived by four children - Steve Acton of Seymour, Robert Acton of Lex-ington, IN; Gary Acton of Norman, IN; and Douglas Acton of Palm Beach, FL; and 11 grandchildren; also four brothers, William of Michigan, Kenneth, Richard and Van Hoover, all of North Manch-ester; two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Diana) Steele of North Manch-ester, and Mrs. William (Judith) Day of Brownstown, IN.

Memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Seymour Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996 with the Rev. Bruce Cochran officiating. There is no visitation; Mrs. Greene will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Oncology Department at Jackson County Hospital, Seymour, may be made. Arrangements are made by Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home, Inc., of Brownstown, IN.

S. Quentin Tackitt

S. Quentin Tackitt, 58, a resident of Huntington, IN, died Friday in the Hospice Home of Northeast In-diana, Fort Wayne, where he had been a patient for the past four weeks.

He was born Oct. 23, 1937 in Wales, KY, a son of Robert and Mellie Little Tackitt. His formative years were spent in the South Whit-ley area where he graduated from high school in 1957. After complet-ing high school, he received a busi-ness degree from the International Business College in Fort Wayne.

He was first employed by the Franklin Finance Company of Hunt-ington, then served two years in the U.S. Army. After his discharge from military service, he worked for the Model Engineering Company in Huntington. Mr. Tackitt retired as plant manager of United Technologies Automotive Products Co. in North Manchester in 1989 with 25 years service.

He was united in marriage June 27,1959 to Barbara Bolinger and they made their first home in Hunt-ington, following a brief stay in Chicago, they resided in N. Manchester until October 1995 when they returned to Huntington. He was a member of the N. Manch-ester American Legion Post and Optimist Club. He also helped coach girls' softball for several years.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Kelly Tackitt of Indianapolis and Tracy Tackitt of Huntington; two grand-children, Kyle and Kala Tackitt; his mother Mellie Tackitt, now a pa-tient at Community Care Center in Huntington; four brothers, Maurice of Lakeland, FL, Benjamin of Hunt-ington, Larry of South Whitley and Danny of Bradenton, FL. His father and two brothers, Charles and Freddie, preceded him in death.

Funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 19 in Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with the Rev. Tom A. Curry, pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Andrews, officiating. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be made to St. Paul's Church of Christ in Andrews or the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

Stanley Miser

Stanley Miser, 68, of 681 Washington St., Wabash, IN died Aug. 13, 1996 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash. He was born Feb. 5, 1928 at Valley City, N.D. to Chester and Helen (Griffin) Miser. He married Ruth Rickard Aug. 25, 1953 in Indi-anapolis, IN, and she survives.

He was a resident of Wabash, IN for most of his life. He owned Stan's Barber Shop on Canal St. for many years until moving his barber shop to his home. He also owned Miser's Nursery Service. He played the guitar as a hobby and also played in a band. He was an Army Veteran and he served in the Korean War for more than a year. He was in the Pioneer & Ammunition Platoon which swept the mine fields. He re-ceived three bronze stars while in Korea.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Mark, of Silver Lake; three daughters, Mrs. Tyler (Deborah) Bergfeld of Tulsa, OK, Mrs. Mike (Connie) Eis of Wabash, Mrs. Jeff (Julie) Rice of Fort Wayne; a half brother, Jack Miser of Sparta, MI; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 16, at Manchester Ave. Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen, Wabash, with Pastor Max White officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.


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