Our Obituaries

David A. Matherly

August 2, 1955 - August 26, 2016

DAVID ALAN MATHERLY, 61, of Fort Wayne, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. David retired from Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 after 37 years. He was a handyman extra ordinaire and an amazing inventor, but best known for his generous spirit and crazy antics. He will be missed so dearly by his wife of 22 years, Rose; daughter, Angela Hess; grandson, William Hardiek; granddaughters,...
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Robert Everett

February 19, 1951 - August 23, 2016

Robert Everett, 65, of Fort Wayne passed away on August 23, 2016. He is survived by his family and friends at Life Inc and Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana.Funeral service will be Noon Wednesday August 31, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial...
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Richard F. Hoffman

August 12, 1935 - August 23, 2016

Richard F. Hoffman, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 23, 2016. Born on August 12, 1935, in Columbus Grove, Ohio, he was a son of the late Alfred and Rosalia (nee Siebeneck) Hoffman. A member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Fort Wayne; he proudly served his country in the Army and was a member of the American Legion Post #409; he attained a Bachelors degree from the University of Dayton in...
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Dennis Lee Shearer

May 25, 1948 - August 18, 2016

Dennis Lee Shearer, 68, of New Haven, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born May 25, 1948 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Richard Shearer and Virginia (Holder) Bookmiller. Denny was an Inspector with Zollner Pistons for 31 years; from which he retired. He enjoyed Lottery, fishing, NASCAR, and working outdoors-tending to his yard and flowers. He...
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Audrey R. Stier

June 17, 1925 - August 16, 2016

Audrey Stier, 91, of Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Born June 17, 1925 in New Castle, she was a daughter of the late Rufus Stanley and Oella (Brown) Norman. Audrey was married to the late James "Jimmy" Stier, former City Councilman. She was a homemaker as well as a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who raised five children. Audrey was a very artistic person, as well as a...
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Charlotte E. Eisenhart

July 18, 1918 - August 16, 2016

Charlotte E. Eisenhart, 98, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages - the Village at Pine Valley. Born July 18, 1918 in Wabash County, she was a daughter of the late William and Charlotte (Wolf) Koch. Charlotte graduated from Urbana High School and served in the US Army from 1943-46 where she was a Sergeant and secretary in the General's office. She...
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Aleya Renee Hawthorne

August 11, 2016 - August 13, 2016

Aleya Renee Hawthorne, infant daughter of Keondra M. Hawthorne and Michael A. Davis, passed away on August 13, 2016. Funeral service will be 10am Thursday August 18, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.
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Daniel Walter Murphy

May 5, 1970 - August 8, 2016

Daniel W. Murphy, 46, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 8, 2016. Born on May 5, 1970, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Riley (Barb) Murphy, who survives and the late Dorothy V. Laurie.He is also survived by his wife of 16 years, April Johnson-Murphy; children, Aaron Johnson and Autumn (Steve) Buffenbarger; grandson, Jericho; his beloved dogs, Capone, Mable and Delaney; as well as brothers Tim...
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Alice A. Beerbower

November 17, 1922 - August 7, 2016

Alice Anson Beerbower, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 7, 2016. Born on November 17, 1922, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Pearl Anson.She is survived by her sons, Michael L. (Karen) Beerbower, of Astor, Florida, Douglas O. Beerbower, of Fort Wayne, Roger P. (Mary) Beerbower, of Waxhaw, North Carolina and Joe O. (Lisa) Beerbower, of Fort Wayne; brother-in-law,...
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Clarence Connin

September 1, 1924 - August 4, 2016

Clarence "Skeeter" Connin, 91, passed away Thursday, August 4th. Skeeter was a true follower of the Golden Rule. Born in 1924, he was a WWII veteran, serving in the Navy patrolling the Atlantic in a B24 bomber. He was a tool and die maker, retiring in 1989, with 42 years of service at Tokheim. Skeeter enjoyed bicycling, camping, woodworking, and studying physics and astronomy. He even...
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Ernestine Ann Weiss

October 17, 1938 - August 2, 2016

Ernestine Ann Weiss, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Born October 17, 1938 in Detroit, she was a daughter of the late Carlton and Lydia (Perry) Payne. Ernestine was a Pre-School/Kindergarten Teacher for over 42 years having taught at Bethlehem Lutheran, Noah's Ark, Prince of Peace, Messiah Lutheran, Suburban Bethlehem and most recently St....
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Zander Julian Kennell

July 26, 2016 - July 28, 2016

Zander Julian Kennell, infant son of Joshua Kennell and Ashley Partin, passed away on July 28, 2016, at Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis. Born on July 26, 2016; he is also survived by four siblings and many other family members. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne.
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Julio Cesar Casiano

May 4, 1958 - July 24, 2016

Julio Cesar Casiano, age 58, passed away at 8:25 am on Sunday, July 24 at Ft. Wayne Lutheran Hospital. He was born on May 4, 1958 in Yauco, Puerto Rico and was raised in the Bronx, New York. Julio began dating the love of his life, Arlene Garcia, in 1974 when they were 16 years old. They married in 1978 and they have been together ever since. Together they had one son, Christopher Casiano, and...
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Earl Richard Knoblauch

August 3, 1936 - July 22, 2016

Earl Richard "Dick" Knoblauch, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 at his home with his wife by his side. Born in 1936, he was a son of the late Earl Richard and Luzzina Knoblauch. After graduating high school, Dick served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He later retired from DANA after over 30 years of service. Dick enjoyed traveling, his computer, and his cats. He is...
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Tricia Mae Bair

February 13, 1972 - July 21, 2016

Tricia Mae Bair, 44, of Danville, New Hampshire, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 21, 2016. She is survived by her husband of over 21 years, Mark Bair; daughters, Julia and Emma Bair; Mother, Sarita (John) Hensch; father, Jim (Judy) Delamarter; sisters, Tina (Roger) Boyers, Kellie (David) Beauregard, Cyndi (Ben) Levine, Tammy Oltman and Beckie (Don) Hoekema; mother and father-in-law,...
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Robert Douglas Ferguson

June 28, 1949 - July 21, 2016

Robert Douglas Ferguson II, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 21, 2016. Born on June 28, 1949, in Clinton, Indiana; he was a member of Pathway Community Church, of Fort Wayne; he proudly served his country in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and retired in 2014 from FedEx after more than 30 years of service.He is survived by his wife, Lan Ferguson; parents, Robert and Helen Ferguson;...
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Isaiah Joseph Soehngen

November 25, 1997 - July 15, 2016

ISAIAH J SOEHNGENLoving father, son, brother and grandson passed away on July 15, 2016. He is survived by his mother, Melissa; son, Aiden; brother, Zachary; sister, Olivia;grandmother, Sally; grandfather, Michael. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ISAIAH SOEHNGEN MEMORIAL FUND at any fifth third bank branch.Arrangements under the direction of Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home,...
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Michael Eugene Peters

February 7, 1955 - July 15, 2016

Michael Eugene Peters, 61, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Born February 7, 1955 in LaGrange, he was a son of Betty J. (Rowe) Peters of Sturgis, MI and the late Eugene C. Peters. Michael attended Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan and earned an Associate Degree in Computer Programming. He was a Computer Programmer with ITT...
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Jose Eduardo Mendez

December 4, 1936 - July 14, 2016

Jose Eduardo Mendez Sr., 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 14, 2016. Born on December 4, 1936, in Cuidad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; he was a member of Joy Fellowship Church, New Haven and was retired from Dutch Made Cabinets.Jose is survived by his children, Margie Mendez, Jesus Mendez, Magdalena (Toni) Mendez, Carmen Mendez, Marisela (Ernesto) Barrientos, Francisco Mendez, Aurora ...
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Ida Mae Christian

July 9, 1944 - July 12, 2016

IN LOVING MEMORY OF IDA MAE CHRISTIAN Ida was born on July 9, 1944 to the late Glen Christian and Leah Kate Stephens in Uniontown, Alabama. She is the sixth of seven siblings. She accepted Jesus Christ while attending Pilgrim Baptist Church, under the ministry of Rev. John Dixie. She attended Johnny Appleseed School for children with Special Needs where she learned many social skills and...
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Lawrence Wright

January 23, 1923 - July 11, 2016

Lawrence "Larry" Wright, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 11, 2016. Born on January 23, 1923, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late James and Viola Wright. He was a member of North Park Community Church; proudly served his country in the Army during WWII in Guadalcanal; a member of American Legion 499; a member of the Waynedale and Foster Park Lions Club, a 26 year member of the Wayne...
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Calvin Engelberth

July 9, 2016 - July 9, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Nancy Jean Doehrmann

January 20, 1927 - July 9, 2016

Nancy Jean (Bobilya) Doehrmann, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 9, 2016, at North Woods Village Memory Care, of Fort Wayne. Born on January 20, 1927, in Fort Wayne; She was a 1944 graduate of North Side High School; she spent most of her life as a homemaker; volunteered in the Holy Cross library for several years and enjoyed history, playing bridge, traveling and spending time at Clear...
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LeRoy Rutz

November 5, 1933 - July 8, 2016

LeRoy A. Rutz, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Harbour Assisted Living. Born November 5, 1933 in Waynedale, he was a son of the late Albert and Caroline (Springer) Rutz. LeRoy served in the U.S. Navy for six years and was also a member of the American Legion. He retired as a National Sales Manager with United Marketing in 1999. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing,...
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Ben Douglas Jump

April 21, 1949 - July 7, 2016

Ben Douglas Jump, 67, of Lagrange, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at his home. Born April 21, 1949 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Estle and Audrey (Longsworth) Jump. Ben was a graduate of Central High School and was a supervisor for many years with companies such as Advanced Mixer, Irving Gravel, Owens Corning, and Fremont Plastics. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was quite...
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Oliver Stephen Bush

June 27, 2016 - July 5, 2016

Oliver Stephen Bush, infant, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 5, 2016, at Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis. Born on June 27, 2016, he was a son of Stephen and Danielle Bush, who survive. Oliver is also survived by his siblings, Atticus, Jordyn, Braxton and Camden Bush; paternal grandparents, Rev. David and Barbara Bush; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Julie McMillan; paternal great...
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James Davis

October 1, 1948 - July 4, 2016

James Leon Davis, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Born October 1, 1948 in Spangler, PA, he was a son of the late James and Helen (Adams) Davis. James was a graduate of Cambria Heights High School and upon graduation attended Allegheny Tech. He was a major appliance service technician with GE for over 25 years, from which he retired....
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Maxine C. Trier

August 22, 1924 - June 28, 2016

Maxine C. Trier, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages- Village at Anthony Boulevard. Born August 22, 1924 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late William and Louise (Firks) Volz. Maxine was a homemaker for many years while raising her children. After her children were raised, she was proud to be employed with Lincoln Bank for seven years from...
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Bernard Baker

September 11, 1924 - June 26, 2016

Bernard "Barney" Baker, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 11, 1924 in Lima, Ohio, he was a son of the late Charles and Leila Mae (Appleman) Baker. Barney proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1947 and was a member of the American Legion Post 82. He was a Home Improvement Contractor with Bernard Baker...
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Earl Martin Hedges

November 4, 1920 - June 26, 2016

Earl Martin Hedges, 95, of Fort Wayne passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Towne House Retirement Center. Born November 4, 1920 in Bluffton, he was a son of the late Earl Hedges Sr. and Jessie (Aker) Castner. Earl proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 and was a Sergeant with the Headquarters, 925th Engineer Aviation Regiment. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland...
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Alma C. Schnelker

May 16, 1933 - June 26, 2016

Alma C. Schnelker, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at St. Anne Home & Retirement Community. Born on May 16, 1933 in New Haven, she was a daughter of the late Alban and Angeline (Kamp) Schnelker. Alma retired from North American Van Lines after 46 years of service. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church and the American Business Women's Association....
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Ardath Eileen Quinn

April 14, 1937 - June 21, 2016

Ardath (Roe) Quinn, 79, entered Heaven on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Born on April 14, 1937 in Tipton, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Bertha (Moore) Roe. She is survived by two sisters, Jeanne (John) Jordan and Kay (David) Rea, both of Fort Wayne. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Claude Jr., Bill, Gayle, Carl and John Roe. Ardath's wishes were to be cremated. A...
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Mary Jo Kinslow

March 31, 1938 - June 12, 2016

Mary Jo Kinslow, 78, of Fort Wayne, changed her address on June 12, 2016. Born on March 31, 1938, in Muncie, she grew up in Churubusco; and was a certified hospitality aide at Bryon Health Center for over 22 years. "A loving girlfriend, wife, momma and nana to all her babies" She is survived by her children, Susan (John) Webster, Judith Ann Whaley, Elam "Joey" (Jenna) Kinslow and Della Kinslow;...
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Danny Steve Furman

September 18, 1955 - June 7, 2016

Danny S. Furman, 60, of Fort Wayne, sunset on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at his home with his family by his side. Sunrise on September 18, 1955 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Stefan and Lottie (Augustyniak) Furman. Danny attended Central High School and graduated from South Side High School, Class of 1973. Danny was employed with Slater Steel/Valbruna for over 22 years. Danny was a sports...
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Hettie Jill Stauffer

December 12, 1947 - June 7, 2016

Hettie Jill Stauffer, 68, died Tuesday, June 07, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born, December 12, 1947, and raised in Marion, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Blanche (Hall) Hardin. She graduated from Taylor University, class of 1969, and married Christian L. Stauffer who preceded her to heaven in 2006. Hettie faithfully served as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 25 years; 12...
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Marcile R. Reichhart

December 14, 1930 - June 3, 2016

Marcile R. Reichhart, 85, of Woodburn, IN, passed away on June 3, at Golden Years Homestead. Born on December 14, 1930, she was the daughter of Gerhard Gerbers and Frieda (Schaper) Gerbers. Marcile graduated from Woodburn High School in 1948 and was a resident of Woodburn her entire life. Marcile retired from BF Goodrich and Macys. After retirement she volunteered at Parkview Hospital for 12...
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Marian S. Cirillo

May 22, 1945 - May 30, 2016

Marian S. Cirillo, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 30, 2016. Born on May 22, 1945, in Erie, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Kobierecki and a member of Broadway Christian Church, volunteering in the clothing bank. She is survived by her children, Patrick Cirillo, Stephanie (Joseph) Hannan and Samuel (Kristine) Cirillo; grandchildren, Cameron Hannan, Eric Cirillo,...
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James Arthur Cassell

December 17, 1954 - May 29, 2016

James Arthur "Rooster" Cassell, 61, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital. James graduated from New Haven High School and was employed with BF Goodrich for many years from which he retired. James "Rooster" was a DJ and enjoyed oldies and 50's music. He was a member of the Carriage House and a founding member of Classic Fort Wayne Media.He is survived by his loving...
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Florence Irene Sowder

August 15, 1918 - May 29, 2016

Florence Irene Sowder, 97, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home on Sunday May 29, 2016. She was born August 15, 1918, in East Providence, Rhode Island to the late James and Florence Hammond. She was an inspector Brown and Sharpe, making submarine torpedo sights. She met a handsome sailor, Donald Sowder and soon married him. They had daughters Diana and Gloria in Rhode Island, then they...
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Peter Joseph Frericks

January 20, 1960 - May 28, 2016

Peter Joseph Frericks, 56, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born January 20, 1960 in Quebec City, Canada, he was a son of the late Arthur and Patricia (Yaste) Frericks. Peter graduated from Bishop Luers High School, Class of 1979, and was a self-employed Entrepreneur. He is survived by his brother, Justin Frericks of Syracuse;...
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Ann L. Kocks-Stanski

February 8, 1959 - May 28, 2016

Ann L. Kocks-Stanski, 57, of Leo, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at her home with her family by her side. Born February 8, 1959 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Larimore) Kocks. Ann graduated from IPFW with an Associate Degree in Dental Technology; having put herself through college, she worked with many friends at Smugglers and at Don Hall's Gas House in...
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Ralph R. Hill

July 30, 1932 - May 19, 2016

Ralph R. Hill, 83, of Bronson Michigan, formerly of Leo, passed away on May 19, 2016. Born on July 30, 1932, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Phillip and Mary Hill Sr. A member of Leo United Methodist Church, he was the owner of Hill Plumbing and Heating for 25 years and retired from GE as maintenance manager after 38 years of service; he was also a 50 year member and Past Master of the...
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Janell V. Thiele

September 10, 1926 - May 19, 2016

Janell V. Thiele, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 19, 2016. Born on September 10, 1926, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary Hooper; and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. She is survived by her daughter Beth (Robert) Livergood; grandchildren, Shannon, Jason, Sharon, Jonathan, Steffanie Pomfred and Kyra Livergood; great-grandchildren, Justin and Journey. She was...
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John D. Erne

March 30, 1957 - May 17, 2016

John D. Erne, 59, of New Haven, passed away on May 17, 2016. Born on March 30, 1957, in Miami, Florida, he was a son of the late Ernest and Patsy Erne Jr; he was a member of Central Ministries and worked for 44 years as a Meat Cutter/Processor for Grabill Country Meats.He is survived by his wife, Rita Erne; daughter, Kara (Steven) Hankey; grandchildren, Elijah and Hans Hankey; siblings, Barbara ...
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Roger Van Abels

June 6, 1949 - May 16, 2016

Roger Van Abels, 66, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016. Born June 6, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska, he was a son of the late Glenn and Alice (Starks) Abels. Roger retired after 42 years of service as a Pastor with Grace Communion International which served locations in Philadelphia, Chicago, Louisville, and Fort Wayne. Most currently, he spent 25 years with New Beginnings Community...
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Charles Franklin Vibbert

January 28, 1954 - May 16, 2016

Charles "Chuck" Vibbert passed away on the 16th of May, at the age of 62. He passed peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by his daughter and family. Though diagnosed over a year ago with terminal cancer, Chuck decided to forgo traditional treatments and enjoy his remaining time with his family. Chuck took great pride in his military service and his last 18 years of sobriety. Chuck was...
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Donald M. Macke

November 28, 1924 - May 15, 2016

Donald M. Macke, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 15, 2016. Born on November 28, 1924, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Martin and Martha Macke. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, for over 60 years; he proudly served his country in the Army and was a POW during WWII.He is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Mary Macke; children, Deb (Tom) Medley and Thomas...
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George John Krom

December 29, 1937 - May 13, 2016

George John Krom, 78, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Born December 29, 1937 in Ellenville, NY, he was the only son of the late Percy and Florence (McCluer) Krom. George proudly served in the US Air Force for four years and in the US Air Guard for five years. He was an Outside Warranty Claim Rep with Navistar for 36 years, from which he...
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Adam Allen Dunn

January 8, 1983 - May 10, 2016

Adam Allen Dunn, 33, of Fort Wayne, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at his home. He was born January, 8, 1983 in Fort Wayne. He was a 2001 graduate of Carroll High School and studied at Ivy Tech College. Adam was a kind and loving father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. He will be remembered as a generous, passionate and caring soul, and by his infectious smile....
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Roland George Keuneke

September 23, 1927 - May 8, 2016

Roland "Rollie" "Legs" Keuneke, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at his home. Born September 23, 1927 in Mount Healthy, Ohio, he was a son of the late Otto and Helen (Bedinghaus) Keuneke. Roland graduated from Fort Wayne Central High School in 1946 and enlisted into the US Army in Oct. 1946. He spent 16 months serving in Japan in the Occupational Forces. He was a member of...
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Phyllis J. Slater

November 6, 1945 - May 4, 2016

Phyllis J. Slater, 70, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 4, 2016. Born on November 6, 1945, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Donald and LuWanda Driver; and retired in 1998 from Seiferts Potato Chips, after several years of service.She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joe Slater; children, Mark J. Slater, Christine (Dalaun) Seavers and Dean (Chassidy) Slater; grandsons, Kevin...
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Cody James Goelz

February 16, 1995 - May 2, 2016

Cody James Goelz, 21, of Fort Wayne, lost his life to a tragic car accident on May 2, 2016. Born on February 16, 1995, he was the son of Brian and Andrea (Goelz) Harpel, who survive. Cody enjoyed living a carefree life He had a passion for music, his dad taught him a love for fishing, camping and auto mechanics but most of all Cody enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his...
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Janice M. Kroeber

March 16, 1938 - April 30, 2016

Janice M. Kroeber, 78, of Fort Wayne, earned her angel wings on April 30, 2016. Born on March 16, 1938, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Kitty (Rapp) Loeffler.She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Klaus Kroeber; sons, Larry Applegate and Tim Kroeber; daughters, Laurie Northrup, LuAnne Applegate, Lynda Fields and Michele Stump; grandchildren Raven (Brian), Jennifer ...
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Carol M. Bunner

August 14, 1930 - April 30, 2016

Carol M. Bunner, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 30, 2016. Born on August 14, 1930, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Darewood and Matilda Grogg; a graduate of South Side High School and was the manager of The Carriage House Bedding and Bath. She is survived by her children, Dr. Thomas (Trisha) Bunner, Robert Bunner and Jane (James) Hirschbiel; grandchildren, Alexander,...
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Cheryll Ann Lootens

October 3, 1949 - April 29, 2016

Cheryll Ann Lootens, 66, of Grabill, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 at her home with her husband by her side. Born October 3, 1949 in Denver, CO., she was a daughter of the late Richard Sanderford and Rose Marie (Turner) Van Curan. Cheryll was a wonderful homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church for several years. She is survived by her husband, John Lootens of...
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Robert E. Franke

March 6, 1927 - April 22, 2016

Robert E. Franke, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 22, 2016. Born on March 6, 1927, in Anderson, he was the son of the late Edward and Pearl Franke. He proudly served his country in the Army during WWII. He is survived by his children, Mike (Jane) Franke, Karen (Mike) Grashoff, Jim (Sandy) Franke, Kathy (Walt) Polston, Fred (Frannie) Franke and Joe (Lori) Franke; son-in-law, Roger...
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James Anthony Gill

July 13, 1921 - April 20, 2016

On Wednesday April 20, 2016; James A. "Jim" Gill suddenly passed away in the company of his family; Jerry, Jackie, Robert, Marion, Mary Margaret; his nephew Jay B. Cameron; and Reverend George Gabet F.S.S.P. Born in Huntington, Indiana on Friday, July 13th, 1921, he was the second son of Edward and Anna (Nuck) Gill. He served his country in the Pacific Theater during WWII then, married the love...
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Pauline B. Laughlin

September 11, 1914 - April 18, 2016

Pauline B. Laughlin, 101, of Fort Wayne, IN, died in peace on Monday, April 18, 2016, at Ashton Creek. She was born on September 11, 1914, in Huntington, IN. She was known for being a great cook and a prolific seamstress. Surviving are her daughter Nancy Elliott (Dennis) Klopfenstein; sons Leonard Small and Douglas (Lisa) Laughlin; daughter in-law Ruth Small; sister Delores Toenges and many...
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Jackie L. Holbert

October 25, 1950 - April 16, 2016

Jackie Holbert, 65, died Saturday April 16 in Hartford City IN. She was born in Oneida TN the daughter of Bates and Lois Pennycuff. She is survived by two sons Derek (Krista) Holbert Joshua TX and Major Scott (Stephanie) Holbert Morehead City NC and four grandchildren Cole, Mathis, Aria and Grayson (in June) Holbert. Services will be held at a later date.
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Richard E. Muller

March 19, 1928 - April 11, 2016

REV. RICHARD ERNEST MULLER, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of Monday, April 11, 2016. Born March 19, 1928, in New York City, he was the son of German immigrant parents the late Elsie and Ernst Muller. His undergraduate education was in the New York City public schools upon completion of which he received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Oswego State Teacher's...
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Ruth Ellen Mosely

August 2, 1920 - April 7, 2016

Ruth Ellen Mosely, 95, of Fort Wayne, went to her heavenly home peacefully on Thursday, April 7, 2016. She was born in Columbia City, Indiana, on August 2, 1920. She loved the Lord and served Him in many ways; church choir and Sunday School leader. She was a great volunteer with organizations such as American Red Cross and American Cancer Society (she was a cancer survivor). A member of Rebekah...
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Stanley David Mills

December 5, 1957 - April 5, 2016

Stanley David Mills, 58, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 5, 2016. He was born on December 5, 1957. Funeral service will be 7pm Tuesday, April 12, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling from 5pm until time of service. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
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Donna D. Rose

May 8, 1934 - April 4, 2016

Donna D. Rose, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 4, 2016. Born on May 8, 1934, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Edna Pearl Coburn and was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Fort Wayne. She is survived by her children, James (Debra) Rose, Michele (James) Driver and Renee (Brenda) Rose; grandchildren, Kimberly, Jami, Carissa and Brent; great-grandchildren,...
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James Daniel Herstad

October 21, 1937 - April 3, 2016

James Daniel Herstad, 78, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 after a very long battle with Parkinson's. Born October 21, 1937 in Fort Wayne to the late Norman Herstad and Madeline Harkenrider. He retired from DANA Corporation after 30 years, during his time @ Dana he opened his own business, JD Handy Man Service, he also spent 13 years working for his son at SPS Corporation. He loved camping,...
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Michael K. Samuel

May 9, 1959 - April 3, 2016

Michael K. Samuel (Some of you called him "Sam", 56, passed away at Parkview Hospital on April 3, 2016. He was born in Buchanan, Michigan on April 9, 1959, the son of the late Robert W. Samuel and Sandra Flenar Samuel. Mike lived most of his life in Fort Wayne, attending Haley, Blackhawk and Snider schools. We will miss him and his booming voice. Favorite things were listening to music (Chuck...
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John William Bartle

January 5, 1932 - April 2, 2016

John William Bartle, 84, of Grabill, departed from this life on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Parkview Memorial Hospital after a long struggle with cancer. Born on January 5, 1932 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late David and Lulu (Putt) Bartle. After graduating from Harlan High School, he was employed with Pepsi-Cola for 38 years, until he retired and started performing magic shows for...
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Dianne M. Koch

November 14, 1949 - April 2, 2016

Dianne M. Koch, 66, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at her home. Born on November 14, 1949 in Fort Wayne, she was a graduate of Bishop Luers High School. Upon graduation, Dianne earned her Bachelor and Master Degree in Education from IPFW. She was an English and Television Production teacher at Snider High School for 19 years. Most recently, she was the Owner of Certified...
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Diann S. DiPiero

January 25, 1947 - April 1, 2016

Diann Sue DiPiero, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Canterbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born on January 25, 1947 in Wabash, Ind., she worked in Insurance Administration with Tennant Special Risk for the past 10 years and prior to that was employed with Miller's Merry Manor for 30 years where she progressed from Nurse's Aide to R.N. to the Director of Nursing....
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Dona Lee Sell

August 8, 1939 - March 29, 2016

Dona Lee Sell, 76, of Huntertown, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on July 7, 2015. Born on August 8, 1939 in Indianapolis, she was the only child of the late Herman and Margaret "Peg" (Boles) Mann of Monticello, Ind. Dona grew up in Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School, Class of 1957. She...
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William Raymond Clements

January 17, 1943 - March 26, 2016

William Raymond "Billy Ray" Clements, age 73, originally of Washington County, Ken., passed away peacefully on March 26, 2016, at home in Ft. Wayne, Ind., surrounded by his family. Born January 17, 1943, in Washington County, Billy Ray proudly served his country as an active duty soldier from October 1961 to August 1962, remaining in the Army reserves until May, 1969. He was a retired...
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Phyllis Thomas

March 29, 1943 - March 24, 2016

Phyllis Thomas, 72, of Fort Wayne, Passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born March 29, 1943 in Fort Wayne, IN.. She retired from Perfection Bakery after 25 years and later worked at Troy Cleaners. Surviving are her daughters Shawn (Mike) Helland and Tricia (Scott) Amburgey; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandsons. She was a loving mother, Grammy and Sister. ...
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Kenneth Paul Vandre

November 11, 1928 - March 23, 2016

Kenneth P. Vandre Sr., 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 23, 2016, at his home. Born on November 11, 1928, in Lowell, Indiana, he was a son of the late Rev. Walter and Melanie Vandre. A member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, he proudly served his country in the Air Force. Ken's life was anchored in faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This faith was manifested in service to...
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George M. Kohlmeier

May 31, 1920 - March 23, 2016

George M. Kohlmeier, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 23, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born on May 31, 1920, in New Haven, he was a son of the late Rev. Herman and Lydia Kohlmeier. George was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne; and proudly served his country in the Army during WWII in the 10th Mountain Division; he was a sales manager for Essex Wire, Magnet...
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Marilyn Ann Feichter

August 29, 1927 - March 21, 2016

Marilyn Ann. Feichter, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 21, 2016. Born on August 29, 1927, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Emma Emrich. A member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne; she retired from Summit Bank after more than 20 years of service and was a member of the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Sigma Tau Sorority. Marilyn was a beautiful "Fancy" lady with a...
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Elizabeth H. Ebel

July 4, 1919 - March 21, 2016

Elizabeth "Betty" Ebel, 96, of Avon, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 21, 2016. Born on July 4, 1919, in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late A.C. and Clara Muntzinger. Betty was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, and formerly a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. Betty was a member of the Fort Wayne Women's Club for more than 30 years; she enjoyed...
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Blanche Alice Schaefer

July 15, 1927 - March 19, 2016

Blanche Alice (Mourey) Schaefer, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. Born near Monroeville on July 15, 1927, Blanche was seventh of the eleven children of the late Leonard & Eva (Dodane) Mourey. Blanche married her forever love, Elmer Schaefer on July 19th, 1947. Her four passions were her faith, her family, music and service to...
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Wilbur Wagler

August 24, 1942 - March 19, 2016

Wilbur "Dale" Wagler, 73, of Harlan, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Born on August 24, 1942 in Loogootee, Ind., he was a son of the late William and Mary (Yoder) Wagler. He was the co-owner of Harlan Cabinets and M&W Countertops for over 40 years and was also the co-owner of Gordon Creek Granite for over 10 years. Dale was a lifelong member at...
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Stephen Michael Mentzer

March 11, 1959 - March 17, 2016

Stephen Michael Mentzer, 57, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Born on March 11, 1959 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Daniel and Jane (Barnes) Mentzer. Stephen was employed with Creative Coatings, Inc., for nearly six years and enjoyed rock music, the beach, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Stephen's family...
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Janet R. Campati

February 19, 1963 - March 12, 2016

Janet R. Campati, 53, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully, at Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice, on March 12, 2016. Born on February 19, 1963, in Akron, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Anthony E. and Alice M. (Smethers) Campati. Born with both physical and intellectual impairments, her life was filled with challenges. In spite of those, she was a sweet and loving person with a tenacious...
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Melvin A. Schott

February 11, 1918 - March 9, 2016

MELVIN A. SCHOTT, 98, a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana was called home by his Lord and Savior on March 9, 2016. Born February 11, 1918 in Fort Wayne, he was the fourth child of Almeda and August Schott. He was baptized as an infant at Emmaus Lutheran Church where he attended grade school and helped his father with janitorial duties after school. He graduated from Central High School...
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Donna Pendergrass

April 10, 1955 - March 4, 2016

Donna "Ducky" Pendergrass, 60, passed away on March 4, 2016 and will spend a spiritual life with the Lord. She was born April 10, 1955 in Fort Wayne to the late Roy and Velma West. Donna worked for Dana Corp in Columbia City (also known as PTG) for thirty years. She was a student at Arcola Elementary School then went on to attend the first class of Carroll High School. Donna left high school...
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Patricia Ann Lucia Jefferies

September 3, 1974 - March 3, 2016

Patricia Ann "Trish" Lucia Jefferies, 41, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 3, 2016. Trish was a Loving Free Spirit. She always brought a smile to everyone she met and knew. She served our country in the US Army. Her #1 treasure was her children Benjamin, Nickolas, Daniel, Christi Zollinger and her grandson, Roman Zollinger. She loved her wonderful fiancé, Shane Garvey unconditionally....
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Patricia Ann Gray

May 9, 1931 - March 3, 2016

Patricia A. "Pat" Gray, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Coventry Meadows. Born in Hudson, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Virgil and Marion "Maxine" (Teegarden) Hoover. Pat worked in Blueprints with General Electric prior to working as a Key Punch Operator with Lincoln Life. She was also a member of Waynedale Baptist Church for several years. Pat treasured her...
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Edith A. Woznick

November 7, 1933 - March 2, 2016

Edith A. Woznick, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Sage Bluff Rehabilitation Center. Born in Bedford County, VA, she was a daughter of the late George and Bonnie (Martin) Paggans. Edith was employed with Lincoln Life for many years, from which she retired. She was a loving mother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters,...
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Rebecca S. Joseph

June 2, 1959 - March 2, 2016

Rebecca Sue Joseph, 56, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Verle and Estella (Pauken) Wagner. Becky was first and foremost a Christ follower and was a member of Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne for 13 years. She had an undeniable sprit of helping and serving others, and demonstrated...
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Paul A. Fiandaca

December 30, 1969 - February 26, 2016

Paul A. Fiandaca, 46, of Leo, passed away on February 26, 2016. Born on December 30, 1969, in Oak Lawn, Illinois, he was a son of the late Tony Fiandaca and Gina Fiandaca, who survives. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Fort Wayne; worked as a fiber tech for Frontier Communications and was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Northeast Allen County Fire and EMS.He is also...
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Lawrence DeJournette

August 27, 1946 - February 24, 2016

Lawrence "Larry" DeJournette, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 24, 2016. He is survived by his family and friends at L.I.F.E. Inc. Funeral service will be 12pm Wednesday March 2, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling from 10am until time of service. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to...
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Edgar M. Zent

April 24, 1926 - February 24, 2016

Edgar M. Zent, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 24, 2016. Born on April 24, 1926, in Wells County, he was a son of the late Dewey and Lulu (nee Mendenhall) Zent; a member of Blackhawk Baptist Church, Fort Wayne; he proudly served his country in the Marine Corp during the Korean War.He is survived by his wife of 70 years, M. Joan (nee Cooper) Zent; daughter, Pam (Gerry) Bollman;...
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Nancy E. Topp

September 5, 1949 - February 23, 2016

Nancy E. Topp, 66, of Fort Wayne, went to her final resting place on February 23, 2016; and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Jodie (Darren) Topp; grandchildren, Brandon, Kaycee and Jessica Steward, Oshana and Elaine Topp; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Emma, Akkandian, Annabelle, Jaxson and one on the way; brothers, Ralph "Tubb" (Deloris "Pudd") and...
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Rob K. Gilbert

June 29, 1958 - February 23, 2016

Rob K. Gilbert, 57, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 23, 2016. He is survived by his mother, Sandra Gilbert; children, Robert K. Gilbert II, Lee Gilbert, and Jessica Gilbert; grandson, Nicholas Gilbert; siblings, Rachel (Mark) Eisaman, Hank (Linda) Gilbert, Valerie (Craig) Dancer, Susan Gilbert and David (Sue) Gilbert.Funeral service will be Noon, Monday February 29, at Hockemeyer &...
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Orpha Vincent

April 24, 1929 - February 23, 2016

Orpha Vincent (nee Peterson) April 24, 1929 - February 23, 2016 Predeceased by husband William Bales Vincent, January 1, 2011Predeceased by brothers Keith, William Neal, and DouglasSurvived by children Vanessa Lee Vincent, Sterling Brian Vincent, Kimberly Kay Vincent (Moran) son-in-law Michael Moran, sisters Betty Flesher, Nancy Rickert and brother-in-law Ervin Rickert and countless beloved...
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Norman D. Zorger

June 19, 1923 - February 22, 2016

Norman D. Zorger, 92, of Spencerville, passed away on February 22, 2016. Born on June 19, 1923, in Aboite Township, he was a son of the late Dewey E. and Bessie M. (Stouder) Zorger; and was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church; and served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gloria R. (Henschen) Zorger; children, Kenneth D. (Pamela) Zorger,...
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Bernard E. Richardville

December 1, 1921 - February 20, 2016

Bernard E. "Bernie" Richardville, 94, of Ft. Wayne, died on February 20, 2016. He was at home surrounded by family. Born in Vincennes, IN to Dennis E. and Ella Mae (White) Richardville, Bernie was the youngest of 9 brothers and sisters. Bernie served in WWII as a medical corpsman attached to the Combat Engineers, stationed in the Philippines. Before and after the war, he...
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Susan R. Klooze

February 1, 1950 - February 19, 2016

Susan R. Klooze, 66, passed peacefully into God's care on February 19, 2016. Born on February 1, 1950, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Susan was a very determined, strong-willed, independent, and giving soul who was devoted to her family, friends, and neighbors. Susan was diagnosed at a young age with Myasthenia Gravis, but always remained determined to live a full and productive life. Education...
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Rina A. Del Priore

October 25, 1936 - February 19, 2016

Rina A. (Levesque) Del Priore, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Madawaska, Maine, she was a daughter of the late Eddie and Mattie (Beaulieu) Levesque. In her younger days she was an avid bowler (often one of the most competitive female bowlers in Fort Wayne!), loved playing her games online with her sister Angela, enjoyed...
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Don A. Phillips

February 27, 1928 - February 19, 2016

Don A. Phillips, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born February 27, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arthur and Helen (Speilman) Phillips. The family moved to Marion, Ohio, and Don graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1946. Upon graduation, Don proudly served in the U.S. Army where he served in the U.S....
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John Thomas Hay

December 18, 1929 - February 17, 2016

John Thomas Hay Sr., 86, of Fort Wayne, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at The Heritage of Fort Wayne. Born December 18, 1929 in Fort Wayne, John proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War era. He was a Police Sergeant with the FWPD for 20 years and was also employed with NAVL for 17 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou (Oser) Hay of Fort Wayne;...
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Roger Douglas Lowe

August 26, 1944 - February 16, 2016

Roger Douglas Lowe, 71, of Huntertown, crossed over into Heaven to join his loved ones who have gone before him on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born August 26, 1944 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Myron and Anna (Uncapher) Lowe. Roger graduated from Elmhurst High School, Ball State University where he achieved a BS in Mathematics Education, and...
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Duetta R. Davis

March 17, 1922 - February 14, 2016

Duetta R. Davis, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 14, 2016. Born on March 17, 1922, in Jay County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Strauss; she was a graduate of Portland High School, co-owner of Industrial Tractor and Equipment Co and was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne.She is survived by her children, Kay (David) Marrero, Margie Carey and Bill ...
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H. Michael Houser

January 6, 1945 - February 13, 2016

H. Michael Houser, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 13, 2016. Born on January 6, 1945, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Harold and Eleanor (nee Bower) Houser; a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne. He proudly served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War; and was retired from both GTE and the City of Fort Wayne Lighting Department.He is...
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