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Emily Elizabeth Andres

August 25, 2016

Emily Elizabeth Andres, 27, passed away on August 25, 2016 from kidney failure. She leaves behind her parents, Bruce and Elizabeth Andres, of Fremont, IN, two brothers, Eric and his wife and son, Amanda and Henry Andres of Toledo, OH and Justin Andres and his fiancé, Gal Bordo, of Los Angeles, CA; and paternal grandmother, Zelma Andres, of Angola, IN. Emily had many challenges in her...
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John N. Talarico

August 22, 2016

John N. Talarico, 70, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Parkview Heart Institute. Born in Fort Wayne, John graduated from Central Catholic High School, class of 1963. He played football and was known as the "Biggest Center in the City". John worked as a purchasing agent at Magnavox for 32 years, and later retired from Zimmer of Warsaw after 5 years. He also enjoyed working in Real...
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Mary Helen Steinauer

August 20, 2016

Mary Helen Steinauer died on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at age 77, her brilliant brain finally released from the relentless grip of Alzheimer's Disease. She is survived by her brother Bill (Kate) Steinauer; and her sister Dorothy "Dotsie" Hoffman; and nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as her cherished and loving friends, Sue and Dave. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and...
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Charles G. (Dutch) Krause

August 20, 2016

Charles G. "Dutch" Krause, 90, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Park Place Senior Living in Ft. Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Charles worked at International Harvester/Navistar for 36 years, retiring in June 29, 1983. After his retirement, he worked at the Wood Youth Center in Fort Wayne. He was a U S Navy WW II veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #409 in Leo and the...
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Betty Lou Shoemaker

August 17, 2016

Betty Lou Shoemaker, 71, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, David L. Shoemaker; son, John D. (Hyejeong "Hannah") Shoemaker; son, Stephen D. (Hristina) Shoemaker; daughter, Amy (Andrew) LeMaster; daughter, Kara (Daniel) Hall; step-son, David C. (Debora) Shoemaker step-daughter, LuAnn (Doug) Thomas; step-daughter, Sheri Lynn (Joseph Schmidt)...
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Afrodhiti Danusis

August 16, 2016

Afrodhiti Danusis, 91, went home to be with our faithful and loving Lord on August 16, 2016. Born in Vevi, Greece on March 22, 1925, she was the daughter of Dimitrios and Magdeline Mangos. She was married for 44 years to Dimitrios Danusis, who preceded her in death. Afrodhiti and her husband immigrated to Fort Wayne in 1951 with their first born child, George. She enjoyed gardening, her family...
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Hti Mu Zin

August 15, 2016

Hti Mu Zin, 67, passed away August 15, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Larry Van Pelt

August 14, 2016

Larry Van Pelt , 76, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. Born in Salem Center, IN, Larry graduated from Rome City HS and was a US Army veteran. He was an engine assembler with International Harvester for over 20 years, and also worked at Sheller Globe in Grabill. He was a proud and faithful member of the NRA. He loved bird hunting and...
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Samuel S. Zehr

August 14, 2016

Samuel S. Zehr, 86, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016, He was born in Leo, IN on October 12, 1929. He had an incredible appreciation for a hard day's work, a painter from the age of 16, he then started his own painting business, Sam Zehr Decorating, that thrived for 40 years. He was well loved in the community, for his years as a Little League coach, basketball and football referee and church...
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David C. Colchin

August 13, 2016

David C. Colchin, 82, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, David worked at the K-Mart warehouse for 18 years, retiring in 1989. Surviving are his sister, Helen Colchin of Fort Wayne; and nephews, Tim Colchin of Avilla, IN. and Mark (Michele) Colchin of Fort Wayne. David was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. and Gladys Colchin, and brother, William W. Colchin. ...
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David (Dave) R. Baker

August 13, 2016

David "Dave" R. Baker, 69, peacefully entered God's kingdom on August 13, 2016. Born on April 7, 1947 in Ft. Wayne, IN, he was the son of the late Charles and Hilda "Nita" Baker. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Charlotte (Tripp) Baker; daughter, Julie (John) Krass; son, Brian (Carrie) Baker; five grandsons, Zane Standridge, Noah Baker, Elliot Baker, Liam Krass, and Crosby Krass;...
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Donald G. Amstutz

August 9, 2016

Donald G. Amstutz, 86, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Born in Indiana, on May 7, 1930. He was the son of the late Virgil and Beulah Amstutz. Donald was a member of American Legion 409, Masonic Lodge 224, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, and Eastern Star 278. He owned and operated the first car wash in Leo, IN. He also owned Amstutz Plumbing and Heating in Leo, IN for a number of years, and...
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Annalise Marie Gemmer

August 8, 2016

Infant, Annalise Marie Gemmer, passed away August 8, 2016 in Fort Wayne. She is survived by her parents Andrew and Lori Gemmer. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Philip Ehrman

August 7, 2016

Philip Ehrman, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving children, August 7, 2016. Surviving are his Spouse, Sarah Ehrman; daughters, Phyllis (Phil) Suelzer, Theresa Roberts, Katherine "Kathy" (Bradley) Waters, Anne (Lee) Ehinger; sons, "Steve" (Barbara) Ehrman, Thomas "Tom" (Dana) Ehrman; son-in-law, Mark Schenkel; 23 Grandchildren; and 20 Great-Grandchildren; sister, Rita Haifley;...
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Helen Mae Aschliman

August 5, 2016

Helen Mae Aschliman, 94, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at Genesis Healthcare in New Haven. Helen is survived by her son, Robert M. (Judy) Aschliman of Westfield, IN; daughter, Barbara M. Aschliman of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchilddaughter, Melissa (Chris) McGee; great grandchildren, Thomas and Michael. Helen was preceded in death by parents Clarence and Stella Watterson, husband of 68 years,...
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Diane Hockensmith

August 4, 2016

Diane Hockensmith, 72, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016. Surviving are her husband, Dale Hockensmith; daughter, Renate (John) Heyn, of St. Peter's, MO; son, Will (Austreberta) Hockensmith, of Verona, WI; grandchildren, Cassandra Heyn, Kaitlyn Hockensmith, Danielle Heyn, Dylan Heyn, and Jaden Hockensmith; sister, Jacqueline (John) Moore; and her father, Louis Bowman. Contact the funeral...
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Rebecca Vorderman

August 3, 2016

Rebecca Vorderman passed away peacefully on August 3rd surrounded by her loving family. Rebecca lived a rich life full of adventure and experiences that most could not imagine. Born as the youngest child of eight daughters and one son in the Dutch East Indies, Rebecca spent her formidable years during World War II in a Japanese internment camp. She later met her husband Robert and lived in...
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Wendy Vrtis

August 3, 2016

Wendy Vrtis , 52, passed away August 3, 2016. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Timothy J. Wagner

August 3, 2016

Timothy J. Wagner passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tim moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana when he was 9 years old. He attended Bishop Dwenger High School, graduating in 1971. He briefly attended Indiana University where he was fond of saying he made the Dean's list…not the honors list, but the one where they ask you not to come back! He refocused, transferred to...
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John Amstutz

August 3, 2016

John Amstutz , 74, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Molly Amstutz of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Anna (Cris) Stout of Huntertown, IN; son, Brad (Janet) Amstutz of Fort Wayne, IN; sister, Sarah (David) Monos of New London, OH; brother, Robert (Beverly) Amstutz of Avon, OH; grandchildren, Andrew and Aaron Stout and Soren and Raine Amstutz . John was preceded in death...
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Marilyn K. Fischer

August 3, 2016

Marilyn K. Fischer, 71, lived faith, hope, and love. She entered her heavenly home on August 3, 2016. Born in Toledo, OH, she lived most of her married life in Fort Wayne. She attended St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church for 40 years. She was active with the Funeral Dinner Ministry, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and within her Small Christian Community group. She retired from the University of Saint...
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Sue A. Osborne

July 30, 2016

Sue A. Osborne, 70, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sue was the daughter of the late Dave and Naomi Adkison. She graduated from cosmetology college and continued in the field many years. She was a past volunteer at Ask Ministries. Sue enjoyed shopping, crafts, being social, and spending time with her family. Surviving are her son, Euel (Cindi)...
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Phyllis Joan Swinney

July 28, 2016

PHYLLIS JOAN SWINNEY, 81, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Ashton Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Crawford sville, Ind. on May 27, 1935, Joan was the beloved daughter of Leverett Olin and Lillian Gail Swinney. Joan graduated from Ladoga High School in 1953 as valedictorian. She was an active member of 4H and was crowned the 4H Queen. She was a Job's Daughter...
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John D. Tague

July 27, 2016

John D. Tague, 68, of Pleasant Lake joined the Lord Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in the comfort of his home with his loving wife beside him. John was born July 29, 1947 and grew up in Portland, IN, John worked for GTE/ Verizon in Fort Wayne and Westfield, IN for 35 years retiring in 2003. He will be remembered for working hard his entire life. In John's retirement he enjoyed the outdoors and...
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Duane E. (Butch) Likes

July 27, 2016

Duane E. "Butch" Likes, 71, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at home. Born in Kendallville, IN, Duane worked as a foreman with Phelps Dodge for 17 years and also at the Fort Wayne Water Filtration Plant for 21 years, retired in 2011. He enjoyed woodworking, and loved spending time with his grandson, Landon. Surviving are his son, Aaron (Jessica) Likes of Fort Wayne, IN; grandson, Landon...
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Collin Jacob McEntee

July 25, 2016

Collin Jacob McEntee, 18, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN. Anyone who knew Collin, knew him for his witty personality, his contagious laugh and smile, big heart, and immense love for his family. Surviving are his parents Troy A. and Jeanne J. McEntee and sister, Macy McEntee all of Huntertown, IN; grandparents, Martie (George Heil) Johnson and Johnny (Paula)...
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Laura Williams

June 26, 1964 - July 24, 2016

Laura Rae Williams, 52, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, went home to be with her Savior and finished well the race marked out for her with her profound faith, trust, and love for the Lord on July 24, 2016. She was born on June 26, 1964 in Fort Wayne to Franklin and Barbara Skees. Laura has a sister, Holly Roth, and a brother, John Skees, and several nieces and nephews who love her dearly and saw her...
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Vicki Lynn Maddux

July 22, 2016

Vicki Lynn Maddux, age 63, went home to be wit the Lord on July 22, 2016 at Parkview Hospital surrounded by loved ones. Vicki married her best friend and love of her life in 1980. They were blessed with a son, Brandon, born December 1985. She loved the Lord, her family, her friends and the light of her life were her grandsons and her car. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband,...
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Marguerite McCabe Jennings

July 22, 2016

Marguerite McCabe Jennings, 94, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Kathe McCabe; step-sons, Garry (Sandy) Jennings and Robert (DeAnna) Jennings, Jr.; step daughters, Janet (Roger) Fisher and Ann (David) Prosser; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Luke Daniel McSorley

July 21, 2016

Infant Luke Daniel McSorley, passed away July 21, 2016. Surviving are his parents Landin and Lisa McSorley of Fort Wayne; brother, Jaiden; grandparents, Rick and Betsy McSorley of Fort Wayne; and Doug and Marilyn Nyffeler of Ossian, IN. Service is 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Anthony Wayne First Church of God, 6012 South Bend Drive with calling 2 hours prior beginning at 3 :00 pm. ...
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Peter Smith

July 20, 2016

Peter Smith, 86, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Peter was the son of the late Peter and Ethel Smith. He graduated from South Bend Washington High School and earned his bachelors degree from South Bend College of Commerce Business School. Peter was a Korean War Army veteran. He worked with Prudential Insurance Company for 26 years, retiring in...
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Mrithyum Jaya RaoTatavarthy

July 18, 2016

Mrithyum Jaya RaoTatavarthy, 83, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his sons, Bhupathy Rao Tatavarthy, Chandrasekhar Rao Tatavarthy, Yugender Rao Tatavarthy and Madan Mohan Rao Tatavarthy: daughter, Jyothsna V Cass and several grandchildren. Mrithyum was preceded in death by his parents Ranga Rao and Ratnamma Tatavarthy, wife,...
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Traianos G. Kaplanis

July 17, 2016

Traianos G. Kaplanis , 86, passed away July 17, 2016. Surviving are his loving wife of 66 years, Polixeni Kaplanis, son, Dr. Paul T. (Diane) Kaplanis, daughter, Maria Kaplanis, son, John (Laura) Kaplanis all of Fort Wayne, IN; siblings Pandelis, Christos, Athina, Katarina, grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alex, Matthew Kaplanis . Traianos was preceded in death by his parents, Gregorios and Christina...
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Franklin G. Fite

July 17, 2016

Franklin G. Fite , 78, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016. Surviving are his Spouse, Jeanne Fite. Service is 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at - D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road with Rev. David Mitchell officiating. Visitation also at the funeral home, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Burial to take place in Highland Park Cemetery. In...
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Richard (Dick) Keith Elward

July 16, 2016

Richard "Dick" Keith Elward, 83 passed away on Saturday, July 16,2016. Dick graduated from Central Catholic HS in 1951. He joined the Navy where he served during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he attended Indiana University earning a degree in Accounting. While at IU, he raced for the Men's Quad in the "Little 500". Dick worked at Rea Magnet Wire for 38 years retiring as their Treasurer. ...
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Lola Melvena Stenger

July 13, 2016

Lola Melvena Stenger, 95, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Melvena was a loving Wife, Mother and Nana. She will be missed dearly by her children John(Judy) Stenger of Fort Wayne, IN, M. Scott(Joy) Stenger of Fishers, IN, Andrew Stenger of Lexington, KY and Maribeth(David) Brown of Kaufman, TX, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Melvena was preceded in death by her...
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Steven M. Hill

July 12, 2016

Steven M. Hill, 46, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Steve worked as a mechanical engineer with PHD Inc for 21 years. He was an avid fisherman and golfer. Surviving are his wife, Patti Hill; father, Archie (Mary) HIll of Huntertown, IN; mother, Maryanne Stevenson of Fort Wayne; step-sons, Tyler Moser and Ryan Michels; grandson, Tyler James "TJ" Knepper; ...
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Ola B. Gibson

July 11, 2016

Ola B. Gibson, 73, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Augusta, GA, Ola was the daughter of the late Ed and Zelina Gibson. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in New Haven, IN. She was a QMA, retired LPN, makeup artist and sales consultant. Ola's top priority was ministry work. She also enjoyed reading and spending...
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Mary D. Mauch

July 11, 2016

Mary D. Mauch, 85, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her 3 sons, Milo (Donna) Patterson of Osceola, IN; Marion (Candace) Patterson of Seattle, WA; and Rory (Julie) Mauch of South Bend, IN; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 5 sisters and 2 brothers . Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers. Private family services will be held at a later date....
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Naomi (Nicki) Tazian

July 10, 2016

Naomi "Nicki" Tazian, 80, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016. Nicki was the daughter of the late Bernard and Golda (Mann) Kramer and lived in Fort Wayne her entire life. Surviving is her husband, Zohrab; they were married on September 16,1959 at St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church in Beirut, Lebanon. Also surviving are her children, Tina (Marc Schwartz) Tazian, Sona (Frank Catalano) Tazian, Ara...
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Joseph Jereb, Jr.

July 8, 2016

Joseph Jereb Jr, 75, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Kane, PA, raised in Bradford PA, he moved to Fort Wayne in 1959 where he met his wife Mary Ann (Rose) who preceded him in death in 2007. Joseph worked at Eckrich meats for 18 years and later retired from Dana Corp. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was a U S Army...
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Bruce Shady

July 7, 2016

Bruce Shady, 66, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016. Surviving are his daughter, Adriene (Brian) Johnston of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Layla & Julian Jones; sister, Kathy Shady of Huntertown, IN; brother, Greg (Tita) Shady of Churubusco, IN; sister, Lisa (David) Wright of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Lenny (Dawn) Shady of Churubusco, IN; lifetime friends, Pierre Longardner and Kenny Pepin;...
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Barbara L. Marqueling

July 5, 2016

Barbara L. Marqueling, 58, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Muncie, IN, Barbara was a devoted wife and mother as she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Northridge Baptist Church. Her greatest passion was her faith and service to the Lord. Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Jack Marqueling of Fort Wayne; her mother, Frances Hughes of Fort...
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Strother Gene Maddox

July 5, 2016

Strother Gene Maddox, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in McHenry, KY, Strother worked as a contract inspector with the Defense Contract Administration for 35 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church, a U S Air Force Air Traffic Controller during WW II, American Legion Post 47, Southgate/Waynedale Masonic...
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Darell D. Park

July 3, 2016

Darell D. Park, 70, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at VA Medical Center. Born in Fort Wayne, Darell was the son of the late Keith and Francis Park. Surviving are his children, Dean (Karen) Park, Patrick (Lila) Park both of Fort Wayne, Denise (Chad) Holloway of Churubusco, grandchildren, Anthony, Blaise, and Dlyan Park, siblings, Joyce (Charlie), Ruth (Harold), Marty, Judy, and Curtis (Sharon)...
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Onalee Collins

July 2, 2016

Onalee Collins, 88, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Signature Care Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughter, Ellena (Glen) Stump of Grabill, IN; grandchildren David W. (Kara) Beers, Matthew D. (Betsy) Beers, Michelle L. (Arron) Andreson, Shelly Stump, Sara (Todd) Cozad, 8 great grandchildren. Onalee was preceded in death by her parents Pryor and Armelda Lay, husband, Claude Collins,...
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Dorothy L. Lucas

July 1, 2016

DOROTHY L. LUCAS, 91, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Hunter town, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Vernie and Cecile McComb. Dorothy worked at Byron Health Center for 25 years before her retirement. She attended Huntertown United Methodist Church. She was part of two card clubs (euchre and bridge), quilt clubs, and a home ec club. She had a...
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Gerald (Jerry) Charles Kramer, Jr.

July 1, 2016

Gerald "Jerry" Charles Kramer, Jr. 77, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born on January 8, 1939 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida he was the son of the late Gerald and Martha Kramer. Gerald graduated from Central Catholic High School, attended Xavier University and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. He...
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Jill Hodges

June 28, 2016

Jill Hodges , 45, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at her home in Fort Wayne, Born in Lansing, MI, Jill graduated from Eastern High School and received her Bachelors from Michigan State University. She was an active member of Wallen Baptist Church and enjoyed her time in Bible studies. Jill enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, biking and jogging. Her true passion was her family and caring for her...
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Grigorios Mangos

June 27, 2016

Grigorios Mangos, 83, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Polikerasos, Kastoria, Greece, Grigorios was a master cabinet maker and through the years was employed at Roethele Lumber, Waynedale Lumber, and retired from Key Millwork. Grigorios loved spending time with his family and enjoyed gardening and fishing. He especially cherished time on the soccer field sidelines watching...
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Eleanor Zook

June 26, 2016

Eleanor R. Zook, 94, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 75 years, Harold, daughter Ruth (Michael) Brescia of Arlington, MA, son Vaughn (Carol) Zook of Fort Wayne, and granddaughter Barbara Brescia of Arlington, MA. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter Catherine Brescia.
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Steve D. Norton

June 25, 2016

Steve D. Norton, 67, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Huntertown, IN. Surviving are wife, Susan E. Norton of Huntertown, IN; brother, David L. (Patti) Norton of Fort Wayne, IN. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Robert Norton and mother, Annabelle Norton, and his fishing partner, Thom Fitzcharles.
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Edward Patire

June 24, 2016

Edward Patire, 70, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 24, 2016.Surviving are his Spouse, Lynn Patire; daughters, Jody (Rob) Moher, Tracy (Nate) Busch, Kelly Patire; and son, Todd Patire; and grandchildren, Thomas, Kori, Katie, Tyler, Ellie, Julia, Grace, and Morgan. He is also survived by his two brothers, Charles (Barbara) Patire and Richard (Geraldine) Patire and several nieces and...
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Aubrey S. Sarrazin

June 24, 2016

Aubrey S. Sarrazin, 101, passed away peacefully Friday, June 24, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Surviving are his son, David (Mary) Sarrazin of Angola; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Aubrey was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Sarrazin, daughter, Sara Jane Christen, sister, Helen Hambrock, and brother, Eugene Sarrazin.
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Llewellyn B. (Lou) Stine

June 24, 2016

Llewelleyn B. Stine (Lou), born February 27, 1927, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016. Surviving are his four daughters, Linda Cripe, Cathy Stine, Becky (Brad) Nelson, and Sandy Reed; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews along with his ex-wife Beverly Stine; Lou's longtime companion, Gladys Buenconsejo, her daughters Gemma McClendon and Cynthia Buenconsejo and 3...
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Richard Baumgarte

March 31, 1943 - June 24, 2016

Richard Baumgarte, 73, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016. Born in Delphos, OH, on March 31, 1943. He was the son of the late Cletus and Evelyn Baumgarte. Richard worked as a Engineer with Navistar for 31 years. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus. He was a general contractor, and started his own construction business in 1991. Surviving are: son,...
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Nondis (Nibby) Imogene Gordon

June 24, 2016

Nondis "Nibby" Imogene Gordon, 88, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at her home in Laotto. Born in Fort Wayne, Nondis worked at the Wayne Knitting Mill for 8 years and more recently at the Fort Myers Truck Stop for 32 years. She attended the Laotto Wesleyan Church. Surviving are her children, Larry (Jacqueline) Gordon of Avilla, IN; Lonny (Barbara) Gordon of Awendaw, SC; Lynn (Denise)...
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Norman H. Black

June 22, 2016

Norman H. Black, 78, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Maris Black; son, Kurt (Shelley) Black; daughter, Heidi Lancaster; son, Kyle (Liz) Black; eight grandchildren, Noah, Rachel, Ashtyn, Brightyn, Meredith, Rebecca, Tanner, and Daniel; sister, Geraldine Chandler; and brother, David Black. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Ottis and Pauline...
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William R. Shepherd

June 20, 2016

William R. Shepherd, 75, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at Miller's at Oak Pointe in Columbia City. Surviving are his wife, Carol R. Shepherd; sons, Mark A. Shepherd, Daniel R. (Kelly) Shepherd, John R. (Rose) Shepherd, and Todd Christopher Shepherd; daughters, Julia M. (Jim) Baughman, and Lisa A. (Stacey) Petrovas; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; mother, Florence Shepherd; sisters,...
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Anatolij (Tony) Udalych

June 19, 2016

Anatolij "Tony" Udalych, 68, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016. Surviving are his nephews, Alex (Terri) Koshurin of Churubusco, Andrew Tymoczko, Robert Tymoczko; niece, Tania (Wayne) Bonin; great-niece, Elizabeth Koshurin; great-nephews, Eric, Adam Koshurin, Austin and Cole Bonin. Anatolij was preceded in death by his parents, Emilian and Maria; sisters, Tania Koshurin, Barbara Tymoczko, nephews...
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Phil Alexander

June 18, 2016

Phil Alexander, 86, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Jean Alexander of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Denise (Perry) Lyons, son, Brent Alexander, all of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Justin Alexander, Jennifer (Kevin) Mattison, Kristen (Ryan) Kay, Katelyn (Brenden) Williams, Jacob Alexander, Houston...
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Susan D. Winchester

June 14, 2016

Susan D. Winchester, 42, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Christopher Winchester; daughter, Amanda Winchester; father, Douglas Sprague; sister, Rose (Charlie) Brown; brother, Shawn Buelow; step-father, Frank Buelow; special nieces, Jordan Brown and Samantha (Kyle) Justice; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and several nephews and nieces. Susan was...
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Norma Jean Steiss

June 14, 2016

Norma Jean Steiss, 86, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Norma loved serving her family as a homemaker and overseeing the family farm as she cared for the animals and garden. She was a member of Our Hope Lutheran Church since 1971. Norma served as past President of Our Hope Lutheran Church Ladies Guild, and a member of the Our Hope Lutheran Church Choir for...
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Phyllis J. Ritenour

August 6, 1932 - June 13, 2016

Phyllis J. Ritenour, 83, joined her beloved husband, Leon, in heaven on Monday, June 13, 2016. Born on August 6, 1932 in Elkhart, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Edna and Ralph Brubaker. Phyllis was co-owner of Ritenour Blue Flame LP Gas in North Manchester where she served as the secretary and bookkeeper. She loved her grandchildren, crafts, flowers, hummingbirds, collecting spoons and...
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Julie L. Fitzgerald

June 10, 2016

Julie L. Fitzgerald, 48, passed on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Marion, IN, Julie worked as a teacher with St. Vincent's Catholic School. She was a member of the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Thursday Night Group. She enjoys painting, being creative, and family visits. Surviving are her mother, Maryanne Fitzgerald of Marion; son, Nicholas Wusterbarth of Fort Wayne;...
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Barbara Ann Davis

January 8, 1940 - June 8, 2016

Barbara Ann Davis. 76 went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday June 8 surrounded by loved ones. She was born on January 8 1940 to Richard and June Guthier. She was a member and volunteer at St. Vincent's Catholic Church. Barb retired from Von Maur and has been a volunteer at Parkview Hospital, comforting and thinking of others before herself. Surviving family is include; sons, Mike (Lisa...
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Allen M. Clendenen

June 8, 2016

Allen M. Clendenen, 89, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community. Born in Cabin Creek, WV, Allen was a WWII and Korean War Air Force Veteran. He worked with Rea Magnet Wire for 33 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Praise Lutheran Church, active member of Korean War Veteran, Chapter 1; American Legion, Post 82; and Air Force, Chapter 143. Allen's...
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Tony S. Hendrickson

June 5, 2016

Tony S. Hendrickson, 52, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at his brother's home in Fort Wayne. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, Tony worked at Summit Mechanical for over 20 years. He was an avid NASCAR fan, an accomplished artist, and loved to paint and draw. Surviving are his sister, Tammy Thompson; brother, Todd Hendrickson; niece, Shannon (Zach) Leymon; nephews, Travis...
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Jane Herber Martin

June 3, 2016

Jane Herber Martin, 67, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at her home in Fort Wayne. She was larger than life and made us all laugh. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jane graduated from Bishop Luers High School and earned her dental assistance degree from IPFW. She worked for more than 30 years in the dental profession and was a pillar of that community. She was a lifetime member of the American...
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Olin (Brownie) Brown

May 31, 2016

Olin "Brownie" Brown, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Auburn, IN, Olin served as a Senior Master Sergeant of the 122nd Fighter Wing with the Indiana Air National Guard. He also served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War and the Berlin Wall conflict. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte ...
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Arlene C. Roy

May 29, 2016

Arlene C. Roy, 82, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Hoosier Village Retirement Center in Indianapolis. Born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, June 19, 1933, Arlene was the daughter of Sylvester and Elva (Wyss) Reinig. Arlene graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951 and St. Joe School of Nursing in 1956. She worked at Joslyn Steel and ITT and then was a plant nurse at Dana Corp until her...
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Elizabeth (Betty) Bridgwater Brink

May 29, 2016

Elizabeth (Betty) Bridgwater Brink died 29th of May 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born March 20, 1934 in Yonkers, New York to Dwight Jennings Brink and Alice Cooper Brink. Raised in Indianapolis, she graduated from Broad Ripple High School and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She also resided in New Albany, Indiana and Apopka, Florida before moving...
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Janet A. Stearns

May 29, 2016

Janet A. Stearns, 85, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Saint Louis, MO, she was a US Marine Corps veteran and a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, David (Linda) Stearns of Fort Wayne, IN, John M. (Robin) Stearns of...
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Mildred L. (Millie) Dill

May 26, 2016

Mildred L. "Millie" Dill, 88, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016. Surviving are her daughter, Marsha (David) Martin of Fort Wayne; son, Michael (Marlene) Dill of Churubusco, IN; grandchildren, Dr. Andrew (Elizabeth) Martin of Crestwood, IL, and Carrie (Adam) Purgason of Moseley, VA; She especially loved her 3 great-grandchildren Alex, Sarah, and Jessica. Memorials may be made to the Allen...
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Leta P. Hunnicutt

May 26, 2016

Leta P. Hunnicutt, 85, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016. Surviving are her daughters, Ellen (James) Leslie; Charlotte (Tom Dinkel) Terry; Mary Hunnicutt; Patricia (Steven) Ingram; Tish (Bruce) Richman; and Christine (Jeffrey) Heck; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Bonnie (Jerry) Gillespie. Leta was preceded in death by her husband, William Hunnicutt; parents,...
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Gary L. (Mac) McMillen

May 23, 2016

Dr. Gary L. "Mac" McMillen, 76, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Monroe, IN, Mac was a lifelong educator and served as the Superintendent for Bluffton Harrison Metropolitan School District for 15 years, retiring in 2000. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Manchester College, Master's Degree from Ball State University, and an...
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Robert E. Christoph

May 22, 2016

Robert E. Christoph, 87, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Thomaston, Ind., Robert owned and operated R & K Services in Fort Wayne for over 25 years and was a Korean War Army Veteran. Surviving are his daughter, Sherrie (Haris) Hazbic of Fort Wayne; step-daughter, Cindy Stanley of Fort Wayne; step-grandchildren, Veronica and Lisa Adams; brother, Raymond...
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Janet Twila Gaby

February 5, 1927 - May 21, 2016

Janet Twila Gaby, 89 went home to be with the Lord on May 21, 2016. Janet was born in Middleport Ohio on February 5, 1927 to the late Jacob and Bernice Milliron. She was a coalminer's daughter and as a young girl she spent her days marveling at the beauty of God's creation as she explored the hills surrounding her. She was valedictorian of her class. She moved to Fort Wayne where she met Kenneth...
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Martha Ann Doster

May 20, 2016

Martha Ann Doster, 84, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at Wealshire Nursing Home in Bloomington, MN. Born in Huntertown, IN, Martha loved serving her family as a homemaker. She was known as her husband Don's helpmate with the family business, White Swan Supermarket. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, and a former member of Cedar Creek Women's Club. Martha loved her family,...
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Gayle L. Ort

May 19, 2016

Gayle L. Ort, 72, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Gayle graduated from New Haven High School. He was a Vietnam Army veteran. He was a commercial pilot, banker, and the Administrator of Allen Circuit Court. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed all the time spent with his loving family. ...
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Gloria A. Sterns

May 16, 2016

Gloria A. Sterns, 78, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab in Ft. Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Gloria was a quality control supervisor for Blue Bell, Indiana Knitwear, and Knights Leather for many years. Gloria also was worked for Vera Bradley. She was also a seamstress and beautician for over 50 years. She was a member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church...
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Victor Koshurin

May 14, 2016

Victor Koshurin , 57, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Victor worked as a Producer and Director with Channel 55 TV for 19 years.. He was a member of the former Holy Trinity (Russian) Eastern Orthodox Church of Ft. Wayne, IN. Victor enjoyed music and movies and collected records and CD's. He was a great brother and loved spending time...
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Marvin J. Kever

May 13, 2016

Marvin J. Kever, 76, passed away May 13, 2016. Surviving are son, Timothy J. Kever; daughter, Tamara M. (John) Moore; 2 grandchildren; brothers: Jerome F. (Mary Ann) Kever; and Robert A. (Sue) Kever; sisters: Mary C. Gonya and Theresa M. (Aaron) McCoy; and sister-in-law, Mary (Patrick Fraizer) Colone-Fraizer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie Kever; parents, Gustav J. and...
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Gaynl M. (Kessler) Spalla

May 12, 2016

Gaynl M. (Kessler) Spalla, 75, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Churubusco, IN, She was a graduate of Huntertown High School, University of Michigan, a past "Miss Laotto" and a past cheerleader for the Detroit Lions. Gaynl worked as a case work supervisor for the Indiana Social Service Administration and later as a marketing rep...
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Brad Lee Brennan

May 7, 2016

Brad Lee Brennan, 42, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016. Brad worked as a welder and enjoyed fishing and bowling and was a member of the Car Tunes Club. Surviving are his wife Wendy Brennan; sons, Kodey Brennan and Kollyn Brennan; daughter, Kierstann Brennan; parents, David L. and Joyce A. Brennan; grandmother, Ruth Brennan; brothers, Kevin Brennan and Gregory Marchal; sisters, Kimberly...
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Merle E. Brown

May 6, 2016

Merle E. Brown , 75, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Flora, IL, Merle joined the US Navy immediately after high school. He served in active duty from 1958 to 1961. He and his family lived in Illinois, Virginia and Florida, although they spent most of their lives in Ft. Wayne, IN. Merle retired in 2007 as the Quality Assurance Manager...
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Mary Lou Dillon

May 6, 2016

Mary Lou Dillon, 80 passed away Friday, May 6, 2016, at home with her children by her side. She enjoyed being with her family and time with her friends, and especially playing cards and traveling together. Surviving are her children: Kathyrn Dillon, Daniel (Cathy) Dillon, Tricia (Thomas) Crepeau, Timothy (Julie) Dillon, Christine (Wayne) Ouimette, sister Joanne Maggard. Her ten grandchildren...
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Randy (Rockstar) (Guitar) A. Miller

May 6, 2016

Randy "Rockstar" "Guitar" A. Miller, 60, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Bellvue, NE, Randy worked with several local companies including North American, Exhaust World, Slater Steel, and Fort Wayne Metals. He was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church, and played in the Thorty Hockey League. Randy played guitar in several bands including Ayre Ryde,...
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Richard P. (Dick) Quillin

May 6, 2016

Richard P. "Dick" Quillin of Fort Wayne, Ind., 82, passed away on May 6, 2016. Born in Chicago in 1934, Dick graduated from Notre Dame University in 1956. He lived in Fort Wayne for most of his adult life, working in sales first at IBM for over 30 years followed by 25+ years at Harding Dahm. Dick was a member and volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church for over 50 years. Dick was a...
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Clayton Matthew Warren Thompson

May 4, 2016

Infant, Clayton Matthew WarrenThompson , was stillborn, May 4, 2016 at Dupont Hospital. He is survived by his parents, Ariana and Jordan Thompson. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Maxine (Micky) K. (nee Vander Veen) Young

May 3, 2016

Maxine (Micky) K. Young (nee Vander Veen) passed away May 3, 2016 in Fort Wayne Indiana. She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 11,1934. Graduated from Wyoming High School in Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Junior College and Indiana University, with a B.S. in Business degree. She also received a PHT (Putting Hubby Through) degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in...
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Phyllis R. Grieger

May 2, 2016

Phyllis R. Grieger, 89, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, Phyllis graduated from North Side High School and then worked at Lincoln Life Insurance Company for several years. She was a lifetime member of Salem United Church of Christ and a 50 year charter member of the Cedar Creek Women's Club...
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Robert G. Bryan

May 2, 2016

Robert G. Bryan, 82, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Surviving are his sons, David N. Bryan, Glenn A. (Linda) Bryan, and Thomas S. (Donna) Bryan, all of Fort Wayne; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and numerous extended family members. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Marcile Bryan; parents, David Elmer and Ruth Etta Bryan; 5 brothers; and 5...
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Julia H. Nankervis

May 1, 2016

Julia H. Nankervis, 72, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Anderson, IN, Julia worked as Controller at St. Joe Hospital until 1998. Most recently she was an Appeals Representative with Lutheran Hospital. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church and will be remembered for being a hard worker as well as a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her...
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Madison Clark

April 30, 2016

Madison Clark, 20, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016. Surviving are her mother, Tina M. Clark of Fort Wayne, IN; father, Robert J. Clark of Fort Wayne, IN; sister, Megan M. Clark of Arcata, CA; grandfather, Ronald (Pennie Kelley) Clark, Sr. of Saint Joseph, MI; grandmother, Judith VonKoenig of Sarasota, FL; uncles, Jeff (Angi) Newkirk, Ronald (Anne Dailey) Clark, Jr., Steven (Margaret) Clark;...
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Maureen Anne (nee Gallagher) Madden

February 21, 1937 - April 30, 2016

Maureen Anne Madden, (née Gallagher) 79, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family at her home in Fort Wayne on the evening of April 30. Maureen was born on February 21, 1937 in Jersey City, NJ to James and Mary Gallagher. Maureen grew up in Nutley, NJ, and attended Queen of Peace High School, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Clement Madden. They were married on May 11,...
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Iris Guethe

April 26, 2016

Iris Guethe, 93, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, Steven (Sharon) Guethe; daughter, Marge (Lynn) Overman; grandchildren, Brandon (Meghan) Guethe, Aaron (Amy) Hoover, Danielle (Glenn) Hoover, Chris (Mimi) Guethe, Shannon (Kelley) Hoover, and Beth Guethe; and great-grandchildren: Bailey, Saxtibm Gabriella, Maxwell,...
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Norma Jean Hudson

April 23, 2016

Norma Jean Hudson, 88, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Norma was born on September 10, 1927 in Linton, IN. She was married to Rock Hudson for 62 years until his passing in 2014 and together they raised five children. Norma had a passion for reading and never stopped learning and sharing with others her interests in people, history, politics, and...
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Robin R. Piercy

April 21, 2016

Robin R. Piercy, 51, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Marty Piercy; daughters, Ashley (James) Piercy, Shelby Piercy, and Megan Piercy; 4 grandchildren; sister, Chana (Michael) French; father, David Roop; and step-mother, Carolyn Roop all of Fort Wayne. Robin was preceded in death by her parents, Jay Adams and Carolyn Simpson. Memorials may be made...
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Margaret L. Bracht

April 20, 2016

Margaret L. Bracht, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Coventry Meadows LLC in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her nephews, David (Carolyn) Buckmaster, Rick (Judy) Buckmaster, Mike (Lynn) Shidler, Tom (Sheila) Shidler, Kenny Shidler, nieces, Martha (Henry) Pichla, Ruth (Mike) Gemi, Laura Spuller. Margaret was preceded in death by her son Gregory R. Bracht, parents, Frederick B. and Pauline L....
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