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Richard W. Hess

February 13, 2018

Richard W. Hess, 86, ended his long battle with Parkinson's, February 13, 2018 and is finally at peace in the fullness of God's grace. He was born on April 14, 1931 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Lawrence and Clara Hess. Dick served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953. Dick was the Founder and President of Indiana Fluid Power for 24 years until his retirement in 2000. Dick had many...
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Kathleen D. Riley

February 11, 2018

Kathleen D. Riley, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018. Kathleen was born in rural Paulding County Ohio to the late Lewis and Susie Davis. She spent her childhood on a farm in Bryan, Ohio with her 4 siblings. Lorna Luegring, Willis, James and Lloyd. Kathleen was a bank-teller in Ft Wayne, until she met Allen Riley and married in 1961 and started their family and was blessed...
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Robert "Bob" Hogge

February 10, 2018

Robert F. "Bob" Hogge, 77, went home to his Lord and Savior and his wife, Mary, on February 10, 2018. He was born on October 15, 1940, in Wheelwright, KY, the son of the late, Mitchell and Maultie (Stacey) Hogge. Growing up in coal camps from Hazard Kentucky to Frog Alley West Virginia, Bob and his siblings lead an adventurous childhood. Through epic ball games, schoolyard "boxing", collecting...
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Jeff Dailey

February 10, 2018

Jeff Dailey, 53, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Van Wert, OH, Jeff worked as a service technician with Stanley Black and Decker for 24 years. He attended Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, and was a past coach with Georgetown Little League. Jeff will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and a loyal friend. He loved his family and was his son's biggest...
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Cynthia L. Kaiser

February 10, 2018

Cynthia L. Kaiser, 61, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Fort Wayne surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Cynthia worked as a teaching assistant with Fort Wayne Community Schools, retiring in 2011. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Flatrock. Cynthia loved her children and grandchildren. She, day in and day out, lived for her grandchildren. She will be...
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Nancy A. Steffens

February 9, 2018

Nancy A. Steffens, 90, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Cedarville, Nancy worked as an obstetric technician, unit clerk, and time coder from 1966 to 1993 with Parkview Memorial Hospital. She was previously employed by Indiana Bank Money Order Division. Nancy was a 1945 graduate of Leo High School. She was a lifelong resident of Cedarville,...
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Nicholas Naume Guretis

February 4, 2018

Nicholas Naume Guretis, 86, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. Nicholas was born in Bapchor, Greece on September 7, 1931 to the late Louie and Sophia Guretis. Nick came to Fort Wayne in 1950, and served in the Army during the Korean War from 52-1954. He married his wife, Velma Mitsopoulos on July of 1957. He worked with Toscos Construction Co., till...
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Eileen V. Gross

February 1, 2018

Eileen V. Gross, 85, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Blue Island, IL, Eileen worked at National Acceptance Cooperation for several years where she served as Vice President. Surviving are her sister, Rosalie Barhydt of Huntertown, IN, and many nieces and nephews. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Rose Gross; siblings, Frank Gross Jr., Marie...
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Jacob Marc Irven

January 30, 2018

Jacob Marc Irven, 16, passed away January 30, 2018. He was born on December 10, 2001. Jacob attended Northrop High School, and enjoyed music. Jacob is survived by his mom and dad, Jeff and Julie Harper; grandparents, Curt and Rhonda Irven, and John and Judy Harper. Jacob was loved by his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral service will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday, February 3,...
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Arlene K. Smith

January 29, 2018

Arlene K Smith, age 51, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Monday January 29, 2018. Arlene was born February 20, 1966 in Fort Wayne, IN to Marclyn "Tootie" Filler and Arlin Filler. Arlene enjoyed gardening and roaming flea markets. She took great joy in spoiling her numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed. Arlene is survived by her husband of 27 years, Kevin Smith; mother...
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Karla Kay May

January 28, 2018

Karla Kay May, 58, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Karla completed her Bachelor's degree from Milligan College. She began her career as a teacher with Beardstown Christian Academy in Beardstown, IL, later becoming the principal. In 1998, she moved back to Fort Wayne and served as the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ's Church Fort Wayne. Most...
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Gloria Esposito

January 26, 2018

Gloria Esposito, 86, passed away Friday, January 26th, 2018 at Park Place Senior Living in Fort Wayne. Born in Norwalk CT, Gloria worked at The Norwalk Hat Co, Norwalk School Cafeteria and MBI (Danbury Mint), retiring in 1992. She enjoyed family, children, her dogs, water/boating, happy hour and her collectables. Gloria had good words of wisdom. Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Tom) Cappadona...
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Jack Davis

January 25, 2018

Jack Davis, 91, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 in Rome City, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Jack was a machine tool repairman and an engineer with Harvester for 39 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of Rome City United Methodist Church and served honorably in the United States Army. He loved the lake and fishing. He and his wife Colleen traveled from Newfoundland, Canada to Alaska and...
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Anna Sue Didion

January 22, 2018

Anna Sue Didion, 75, passed away January 22, 2018. She was born in Livingston, TN March 30, 1942 the daughter of the late Terry and Zilpha Buck. Ann worked at Bob Evans for over 20 years. More than anything she loved her grandchildren like they were her own children. In her spare time she enjoyed working out in the yard, growing flowers, traveling, and loved cooking for others. Ann was also known...
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Clint Charles McGuire

January 21, 2018

Clint Charles McGuire, 41, passed away on January 21, 2018. He was born on January 10, 1977 in Englewood, Colorado. Clint was a Broncos fan who loved being on the lake and the boat, and taking road trips to various places in the US. Surviving are his wife of 3 years, Abigail McGuire; children, Layne McGuire, Cayleb McGuire, Madilyn McGuire; mother, Jan (Steve) Brady; father Dallas Christlieb Jr.;...
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Ronald Leigh

July 14, 1942 - January 18, 2018

Ronald W. Leigh, 75, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 18, 2018. He was born in Aurora, IL on July 14, 1942. He was the son of the late Stanley and Dorothy (Patterman) Leigh. Ronald was ordained to the Gospel Ministry, and later obtained a PHD from New York University in Religious Education. He taught for many years at Christian Bible Colleges and also taught at Ivy Tech College for...
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Margaret Ann Shields

January 11, 2018

Margaret Ann Shields 92, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018. She was born in Huntington, Indiana on April 4, 1925 to the late Paul A. and Marjorie Scheiber. She met her husband, James, in Fort Wayne who precedes her in death after nearly 70 years of marriage. She was a competitive bridge player, avid Notre Dame fan, but mostly a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Margaret was the silent...
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Antonia M. Phillips

January 10, 2018

Antonia M. Phillips, 91, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at The Towne House Retirement Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Antonia worked with Montgomery Ward for 7 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of The Chapel. She enjoyed sewing and loved her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, George (Vicki) Walter of Fort Wayne, Paul (Lisa) Phillips of Auburn, IN...
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Ruthanna Gaff

January 8, 2018

Ruthanna Gaff, 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 8, 2018. Born in Dekalb County, Indiana, Ruthanna was the daughter of the late William and Elva Hull. Ruthanna worked at GE during the War prior to getting married to the love of her life, Enlo John Gaff, who preceded her in death in 1994. Once her children were older she became an attendance clerk at Snider High School...
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Glenn Leroy McComb, Jr.

January 6, 2018

Glenn Leroy McComb, Jr., 87, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his daughters, Carolynne (Dave Langdon) McComb, Kristine (Wes) Bradley, Cheryl (Doug) Potter, and April (Robert) Anderson; step-daughters, Cheri (Rick) Cupa, Lorri (Tracey) Ott, and Nancy Capps; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death...
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Thomas Paul Seifert

January 4, 2018

Thomas Paul Seifert, 65, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Paul and Marguerite Seifert. Thomas graduated from Snider HS in 1970. He was the owner of Sports One Therapy at Spiece Field House in Fort Wayne, Thomas was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Surviving are his wife, Pamela Seifert,...
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James R. Trueblood

January 3, 2018

James R. Trueblood, 83, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Indianapolis, IN, James worked as a Industrial Engineer, retiring in 1999. He served honorably in the Korean War in the U.S. Navy. He was a feisty Scot with a quick wit . Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Rose L. Trueblood of Fort Wayne; children, Ann Trueblood of Plainfield, IN, David...
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Michael (Mike) DeSales Disterhoft

January 2, 2018

Michael DeSales "Mike" Disterhoft, 68, unexpectedly passed away on January 2, 2018. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa on April 11, 1949, the son of the late Clarence and Evelyn Disterhoft. Mike worked with ITT for 20 years before his retirement. He enjoyed music, especially Jazz and 70's Rock, and listening to live music, but his passion was playing the guitar. He had a very close group of McFriends...
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Dung Luong

December 31, 2017

Dung Luong , 70, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her five children, Phan Luong (Son Tran) of Highlands Ranch, CO, Michelle Luong (Minh Phan) of Fort Wayne, Thanh Luong (Liem Bui) of Centreville, VA, Sang (Matthew) Workman of Louisville, KY, and Don Luong of Fort Wayne; and 6 grandchildren. Dung was preceded in death by her husband, Khai Luong. Mass of...
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Joan Schrage

December 31, 2017

Joan Schrage , 85, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Joan worked as a bookkeeper for 25 years with her first husbands' business, Kenny's Sheet Metal. Surviving are her husband, Robert Schrage of Fort Wayne; daughter, Pam (Phil) Blauser of Grabill, IN; son, Richard Glauoppo of Battle Ground, IN; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchldren; and her beloved...
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Gloria L. Clark

December 29, 2017

Gloria L Clark, 83, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017. She was born in Metz, IN, on May 20, 1934, the daughter of the late Ardnel and Ruby Musser. Gloria enjoyed singing, teaching children and ministry work. Surviving are her husband of 59 years Norman Clark, son Michael Clark, daughters Denise Gannon and Andrea Wagner, Grandchildren, Lauren Gannon, Olivia Clark, Nick Gannon, Adam Gannon,...
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Geraldine Benson

January 20, 1930 - December 28, 2017

Geraldine M. "Gerry" (Foy) Benson, 87, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was born in Kendallville, Indiana on January 20, 1930 to the late Dr. Hayward W. Foy and Blanche E. (Reif) Foy. She graduated from North Side High School in 1947, graduated from Northwestern University in 1951 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and received a Master...
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Harold R. Buckenmeyer

December 28, 2017

Harold R Buckenmeyer, 91, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett. Born in Swanton, OH, Harold worked with Michigan State Park as a manager for 39 years. He served honorably in WWII with the U.S. Army. Harold was a loving father and very kind man. He was soft spoken, intelligent, and thoughtful. He will be missed greatly. Surviving are his wife of 22 years,...
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Edward L. Gick

December 27, 2017

Edward L Gick, 80, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Edward F and Ruth M Gick and has been a lifetime resident. Edward graduated from South Side HS in 1955 and was a member of the National Guard. Edward is a retired Captain, Station 13 with the Fort Wayne Fire Department with 28 years of service. Ed relished traveling, camping and...
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Howard K. Stillwell

December 27, 2017

Howard K. Stillwell, 94, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Howard worked as a manufacturing supervisor with Dana Corporation for 42 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and a 60+ year member of American Legion Post #499. Howard served honorably in WWII with the U.S. Coast Guard. Surviving are his sons...
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George E. Colby

December 26, 2017

George E Colby, 70, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born in Prentice, WI, to the late George E and Irma Colby and graduated from Elmhurst HS in 1967. George was a US Army Veteran from 1968-1971. He was an Allen County Police officer for 35 years and retired in 2006. He has served as a Lieutenant of Vice and Narcotics and a multi...
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Glen E. Shears

December 25, 2017

Glen E. Shears, 89, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. He was born in Grabill, IN, to the late Paul A and Mary E. Shears. Glen was a lifetime resident of Grabill and Fort Wayne. Glen was in the automotive business for 60 years and was the owner of Shears Chevrolet for 7 years, He was the youngest Chevrolet dealership owner at the age of...
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Timothy Sweet

December 25, 2017

Timothy Sweet , 53, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Timothy was born in Auburn, IN. Tim was the loving father of Chase, dear son of Carol and the late Michael W. Sweet, brother of Terry and Sarah, Suzanne (Sweet) & Rev. John Straub, Steven & Christy Sweet, uncle of Tyler Sweet, Angie Straub Bush & Tracy Straub. Tim was the long time manager and owner of...
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Howard F. Martin

December 23, 2017

Howard F. Martin, 95, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Presence Sacred Heart, Avilla, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne, to the late Frank G. and Ottilia (Breckbill) Martin. Howard worked as an Abstractor with Driebelbiss Title Company, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, American Legion Post # 82. He served in the US Air Force during WW II. Surviving...
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Gene Parnell

December 23, 2017

Gene Parnell, 61, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Hartford City, IN, Gene worked as an assembly worker with General Motors for 40 years. He enjoyed fishing and most importantly was a family man, who loved his daughters and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Roxie (Case) Parnell of Fort Wayne; daughters,...
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Phillip E. Gutman, Sr.

December 22, 2017

Phillip E. Gutman Sr. 87 of Fort Wayne went home to be with the Lord on Friday December 22, 2017. Born January 5, 1930 in Fort Wayne Indiana, he was the son of Fronc Gutman and Beulah (Holman) Gutman. He graduated from North Side High School and attended Indiana University on a Football scholarship, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. While in the undergraduate program at IU, he was an...
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Janet L. Mertens

December 19, 2017

Janet L. Mertens, 88, passed away on December 19, 2017. She was born on March 3, 1929 in Indiana. Janet worked as a controller in the construction industry at Irmscher suppliers until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Janet enjoyed knitting, square dancing, cooking, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her daughter; Denise (Michael)...
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Deborah D. Apt

December 14, 2017

Deborah D. Apt, 49, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Bryan, OH, Deborah worked with Wells Fargo for 14 years and most recently at Walmart as a cashier. She attended The Pointe Church. Surviving are her daughter, Whitney Apt; mother, Kalli Miller both of Fort Wayne; half sisters, Tammy Apt and Suzy Bailey; and her half brother, Jerry Apt. Service is 10:30 am,...
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Sharon Freiburger

December 14, 2017

Sharon Freiburger, born May 27, 1945, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017, while listening to her favorite Elvis song, "One Pair of Hands." One pair of hands formed the mountains, One pair of hands formed the sea And one pair of hands made the sun and the moon, Every bird, every flower, every tree One pair of hands formed the valleys, The ocean, the rivers and the sand Those...
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Jason Tavassol

December 14, 2017

Jason Tavassol, 37, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jason enjoyed golfing, watching the Yankees, along with planning and going on family adventures. He loved spending time with his son Samson. Surviving are his wife, Adriane Tavassol; son, Samson Tavassol; parents, Kim (Randy) Davis; sister, Sara (Jeremy) Tavassol of Fort Wayne; in-laws, Gary (Danette)...
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Robert (Bob) Olinger

December 11, 2017

Robert "Bob" Olinger, 84, passed away on December 11, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on October 15, 1933, the son of the late Leo and Edith Olinger. Bob attended Purdue University, where he obtained his degree in pharmacology. He worked until retirement at Walgreens. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Surviving are his wife of 60...
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Philip E. Kennedy

December 10, 2017

Philip E. Kennedy, 83, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne native, Phil was born to the late Kenneth J. and Eugenia LaCroix Kennedy. He graduated from Marion HS then earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from Indiana University. He was a proud U.S Army Veteran. Philip worked at Lincoln Life for 33 years, retiring as Vice President of large accounts. ...
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Leah Hager

December 2, 2017

Leah R. Hager, 95, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo-Cedarville. She was born in Rural Debalb County, IN, to the late George A. and Evelyn A. Sebert. Leah graduated from Waterloo HS in 1940. She was a Cook with East Allen Community Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of Leo United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. Evening Circle. Leah was a volunteer...
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Don Rayl

November 30, 2017

Don Rayl, 82, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Seymour, IN, Don worked as a truck driver with Consolidated Frieghtways for 35 years. He was a Mason and past teamster. Don was the receiver of the 3 million mile safe driving award and honorably served in the United States Navy. Surviving are his beloved wife of 62 years, Patricia ...
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Patrick D. Plank

November 30, 2017

Patrick D. Plank, 81, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Parkview Hospice Randallia in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Amos D. and Josephine D. Plank. Patrick graduated from North Side High School in1955 and attended Purdue University. He served in the Army as a Staff Sgt. Patrick worked as a Machine Operator with Dana Corporation for 20 years, retiring in 2002,...
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Gene A. Pelter

November 29, 2017

Gene A. Pelter, 82, left this physical world, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages, Pine Valley. He was born on October 15, 1935 in Washington D.C. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, he moved his young family to Fort Wayne to work at Magnavox. Soon after, he began his life long career in car sales. From Studebaker, to Buick, Nissan, or Oldsmobile, if Gene...
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Elsie Lavine Dougherty

November 29, 2017

Elsie Lavine Dougherty, 101, a beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She will be mourned by all who have enjoyed her infectious laugh and since of humor. She was born in Quincy, Michigan on October 3, 1916 to the late Arthur and Ida Bowerman. Elsie graduated from Quincy High School and attended...
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James C. Coen

November 28, 2017

James C. Coen, 72, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Jim was born in Prince George's County, Maryland in 1945 to Wilma and Clair Coen. Jim graduated from North Side high school in 1962, and graduated from Michigan State University. He then served in the US army in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He returned to Fort Wayne and worked...
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Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD

November 27, 2017

Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD, 96 of Fort Wayne, passed away on November 27, 2017. He was born in Mishawaka, IN on October 31, 1921 and was the son of Alphonsus P. and Mary Geneva (Schroeder) Arata. Dr. Arata graduated from St. Monica Elementary School and Mishawaka High School, where he lettered in football. He completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University, in Bloomington, where he...
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B. Willene Hanson

November 26, 2017

B. Willene Hanson, 91, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Heritage Corner Health Care in Bowling Green, Ohio where she had lived for the past two years. She was born in Ackerman, MS, to the late William Victor and Onie Henderson. Willene was a resident of Fort Wayne, IN since 1967 and worked as a Sales Clerk with Fred Toenges Shoes for 20 years, retiring in 1994. She was a founding...
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Ayden Bernard

November 25, 2017

Ayden Bernard, 12, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He was born on May 14, 2005. Ayden was an inspiration and amazed everyone around him. His smile was contagious, he will be missed greatly. Surviving are his parents, Keith and Donnita Bernard of Fort Wayne; brothers, Justin Bernard of Fort Bliss, TX and Jason (Christina) Bernard of Madison,...
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Paul Bouza

November 24, 2017

Paul Bouza passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Eagle Valley Meadows in Indianapolis. Paul Alan Bouza, 64, passed away on Friday November 24, 2017. He was born on February 20, 1953 in Talcahuano, Chile, to the late Manuel and Elsie Bouza. He was preceded in death by his brother Douglas. Paul spent his early childhood in Chile; completing his formative years in the Detroit, Michigan area. Paul...
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Stephen Ignace II

November 24, 2017

Stephen Ignace II, 72, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Derby, CT, Stephen worked as a software engineer with Raytheon for 46 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of Purdue Alumni. Stephen received his bachelors from Indiana Tech, then attended Purdue University where he received his Master's Degree. He loved his grandchildren, enjoyed drawing, building model...
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Franklin Hurt

November 24, 2017

Franklin "Harry" Hurt, Sr., 80, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Harrisburg, PA, Franklin retired as a local business owner. He proudly served his country as US Navy veteran. Harry was a member American Legion Post 47. He enjoyed golfing, boating, and IU sports. Surviving are his daughter, Michelle (Jim) McClain; son, F. Harry (Michelle) Hurt, II. both of Fort Wayne; 4...
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Marie P. Monhollen

November 24, 2017

Marie P. Monhollen, 89, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Parkview Noble Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the Late Emberson and Mabel F. (Putt) Hunt. Marie worked as a seamstress for the Bennett Manufacturing Co. Surviving are her, daughter, Gerry (Clay) Herendeen, Albion; sister Cleo F. Kelley, Fort Wayne; grandchildren; Steve Bowers, Katrina Richards, Don Richards...
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Ireland Marie Harner

November 23, 2017

Infant, Ireland Marie Harner, was stillborn, November 23, 2017 at Dupont Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Devon McGue and father, Kenneth Harner. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Dorothy Stavreti

November 23, 2017

Dorothy Stavreti , 78, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017, in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Dorothy worked as a Teacher Assistant & School Secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 15 years, retiring in 1994. She was a very active member of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, a Choir Member for over 50 years, Women's Guild secretary for many years and a past board member. She...
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Evelyn (Gitsa Yancheff) Toscos

November 22, 2017

Evelyn Toscos (born as Gitsa Yancheff), Passed Away Wednesday November 22, 2017 at Chapman Place, Ft Wayne 1/22/1931 - 11/22/2017 Born Gitsa Yancheff (maiden name) on January 22, 1931 in the small village of Vissinia, near the town of Kastoria, in northern Greece. She was the only child of Boris Yancheff and Slavka (maiden name Kotchoff). In 1947, after WWII, Evelyn and her mother took an...
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Rose Johnston

November 20, 2017

Rose Johnston, 100, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born October 30, 1917 in Detroit, MI, she co-owned The Oyster Bar downtown Fort Wayne in the 1950's. Rose enjoyed sewing, cooking, and 18 holes of golf with her friends at Pine Valley Golf Course. For years she walked miles each day at Fort Meyer's Beach. Her family always looked forward to going to Gran's on Sunday for her...
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Emily (Jean) Gump

November 20, 2017

Emily "Jean" Gump, 91, passed away on November 20, 2017. She was born in Rural Allen County, Indiana on September 4, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Anna Maloney. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and Society. She is survived by her children, Paul Gump of Chicago, IL, Peter (Jessica) Gump of Offalon, MO, Jocille (Terry) Donahue of Centreville, VA, Joyce ...
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Rita A. Minnich

November 13, 2017

Rita A Minnich, 74, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 surrounded by her family in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rita was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Good Hope. She was a devout mother, grandmother, and wife who was strong in her faith, and had a passion for life. She was giving, loving, kind-hearted, and had a great sense of humor. Rita kept close ties with her life-long friends....
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Jean Ellison

November 11, 2017

Jean Ellison , 87, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Park Place Senior Living in Ft. Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jean was a member of St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. Special thanks to the staff of Park Place Senior Living for the loving care given to Jean. Surviving are her children, Laurie (Fred) Stevens of Celina,...
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Mary A. (Roth) Paddock

November 10, 2017

Mary A. Roth Paddock , 96, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo, IN. Born in Summitville, IN, Mary worked as a teller with Grabill Bank for 44 years, retiring in 2009. She was a faithful member of Grabill Missionary Church. Surviving are her three daughters, Carolyn Green of Leo, IN, Jeanne (David) Smead of Grabill, IN, and Linda (Bill) Mowery of Fort Wayne, IN; step...
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Edward Carney

September 18, 1930 - November 9, 2017

Edward Carney, 87, passed away on November 9, 2017. He was born on September 18, 1930 in Uniontown, PA, the son of the late Andrew and Carolyn Carney. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing golf, and was an avid reader. Edward is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna Bane Carney; children, David Carney, Debora (Paul) Outhwaite; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral service...
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Gloria Chen

January 18, 1955 - November 9, 2017

Friends and family will gather on Saturday, November 18th to celebrate and remember Gloria's life. The memorial service will take place at Christ's Community Church (10616 Liberty Mills Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804). Service will begin at 10:00AM. The Chen family requests that memorial contributions be made to Chung-Wen Chen to support the grandchildren's education fund. If sending a check,...
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Jeanette (Nette) H. Hagan

November 3, 2017

Jeanette "Nette" H. Hagan, 88, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jeanette worked with Magnavox for 22 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and also a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are her children, Steven (Karen) Hagan of Siesta Key, FL, Kevin (Kathy) Hagan of Fort Wayne, Kathleen (Darwin) Bartels of...
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Blagoy A Nanchoff

March 27, 1932 - November 2, 2017

Blagoy A. Nanchoff, 85, passed away peacefully November 2, 2017 at The Heritage of Fort Wayne. Born March 27, 1932 in Gorno Dupeni, Macedonia, he was the son of the late Andrea and Sela Nanchoff. Blagoy immigrated to the United States in 1960, settling in Lima, Ohio prior to moving to Fort Wayne. He then married his wife, Vasilka, on November 5, 1961 and took care of her lovingly and...
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Stephan R. Smith

October 30, 2017

Stephan R. Smith, 62, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. He was born in Flint, MI, on May 8, 1955, the son of the late Roy Smith. Stephan worked as a Truck Driver for 30 years before his retirement in 2011. He enjoyed working on cars and collecting trains. Steve loved going to Tigers games and Lions games. Surviving are his mother, Jo...
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Stephanie A. Dunsire

October 29, 2017

Stephanie A. Dunsire, 74, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017. Born in Worcester, MA, Stephanie was the daughter of the late Jacob and Alice Mooradian. Stephanie earned her bachelor's degree in history from Mount Holyoke College (1965) and her MBA from University of Connecticut (1977). She was a secondary school teacher with Worcester School Systems for four years before working at Worcester...
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Shannon L. Noel

October 28, 2017

Shannon L. Noel , 33, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital, Carmel, IN She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, Surviving are her husband, Ronald Noel of Fort Wayne, In; father, David Thompson, Sr. of New Haven, IN; brother, David A. Thompson, grandfathers James D Thompson of Fort Wayne, IN; Sonny Myers of Columbia City, IN; aunts, Linda Screeton...
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John S. (Jack) Ripple, Jr.

October 25, 2017

John S. "Jack" Ripple, Jr., 56, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jack was the son of the late John S. Ripple, Sr. and Doris Ripple who survives. Jack earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. He worked for and was a lifetime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America during his working career. His passion for the Scouts started...
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Marion J. Bracht

October 24, 2017

Marion J. Bracht, 84, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Ferndale, MI, Marion was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She had a smile for everyone and had a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed. She was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Marion loved playing bingo, crafts, and enjoyed traveling....
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Robert Stephen Warner

October 23, 2017

Robert Stephen Warner, 69, passed away at his home in Flowery Branch, Georgia on Sunday, October 23. He was the son of the late James and Ruth Warner and lived most of his life on the family farm near Huntertown, Indiana. He graduated from Huntertown High School and Purdue University. His occupation was in educational technology, but his passion was golf. He moved to Georgia to be close to family...
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Betty Ann (Glenn) Heyman

October 22, 2017

Betty Ann (Glenn) Heyman, 89, of Fort Wayne, IN, died October 22, 2017. She was born on July 30, 1928 to Stephen and Marian (Snyder) Glenn. Betty grew up in southern Ohio in the Cincinnati area, moving to Fort Wayne after high school, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was employed by Wolf and Dessauer in the early 1950's as a fashion illustrator. She met, and in 1952, married...
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Edmund "Ed" Daniels

October 19, 2017

Edmund "Ed" Royce Daniels, 87, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo. Born in Munising, MI, Ed worked as a supervisor with Nipsco for 36+ years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the American Legion Post 499 Masonic Lodge, Huntertown, life member of Scottish Rite Free Masonry, USS Pittsburgh Association, and US Navy Cruiser Association. Ed was a Korean War Navy Veteran on...
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Maria (Shiriaev) Juillerat

October 18, 2017

Maria (Shiriaev) Juillerat, 93, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Born in Suma, Ukraine, Maria was the daughter of the late Paul and Natalie Grebenuk. Maria immigrated to the United States after World War II in 1950. She came to live the American Dream, which she did with hard work and determination. She cleaned houses for many years to provide for her family. Her and her husband Orville...
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Ed Alberding

October 18, 2017

Edward Alberding, 81, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Ed worked as the Vice President/Sales Manager with National Oil and Gas for 55 years. Ed was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a member of Knights of Columbus of Fort Wayne and St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. Ed loved fishing and playing golf. He was an avid Chicago sports fan....
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Karen Davis

October 15, 2017

Karen Davis, 75, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Kingston at Dupont in Fort Wayne. Born in Rensselaer, IN, Karen worked as a secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2006. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Society, through Our lady of Good Hope, and a volunteer and senior games coordinator with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Karen was a passionate...
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Mary E. Jansen

October 15, 2017

Mary E. Jansen, 94, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born on September 1, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN, Mary was the daughter to the late Bernard and Agnes Jansen. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She is survived by her 20 loving nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her siblings Geraldine Didier, Bernard Jansen, JoAnne Schimmele, and Jean Jansen...
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Ronald (Ron) Bernard Walden

October 13, 2017

Ronald "Ron" Bernard Walden, 73, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was a graduate of Elmhurst High School class of 1962. Ron was a retiree from the Fort Wayne Fire Department having held many ranks throughout his career. He was a District Chief and Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau. Ron also served as President of the Firefighters Union IAFF Local 124...
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Ira (Gene) Listenberger, Sr.

October 12, 2017

Ira "Gene" Listenberger Sr., 70, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Gene worked as a machinist with GE for 13 years and most recently with Bentler Automotive for 25 years. He was an avid fisherman who loved taking trips to Canada. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Betty Ann Listenberger of Fort Wayne; daughter, Martie (Pat) Simpkins of Columbia City,...
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Ortencia VanHorn

October 11, 2017

Ortencia VanHorn, 74, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Antwerp, OH, Ortencia worked at Zollner Pistons for 39 yrs years, retiring in 2008. She was a member St. Judes Catholic Church, Her hobbies included ceramics, music and dancing. Surviving are her children Roberto (Andrea) VanHorn of AZ; John VanHorn of Auburn, IN; Rachel ...
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Richard E. Roy

October 11, 2017

Richard E. Roy, 91, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, Richard worked as a tool and die maker with Slater Steel for 44 years. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy during WWII. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church of Fort Wayne and St. Malachy Catholic Church of Brownsburg, IN. Surviving are his son, Bryan ...
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Carolyn (Pam) Kille

October 8, 2017

Carolyn "Pam" Kille Fort Wayne, IN – Carolyn "Pam" R. Kille, age 86, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Carolyn was born in Spencerville, OH on October 23, 1930 and was the daughter of Raymond Ramsey and Bernice (Rapp) Ramsey Jacobs, and the step-daughter of Charles Jacobs. Carolyn graduated from Spencerville High School and attended Ohio Northern University in...
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Sharon Rose Walden

October 6, 2017

Surrounded by her family, Sharon Rose Walden (Gra), entered eternal life on Friday, October 6, 2017. Her spirit is carried on by her husband of 53 years, Ronald B. Walden, her three children Scott (Shelly) Walden, Gregory Walden, Michelle (Anthony) David; her grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Alexa and Xavier Walden; Joel, Anthony, Nathaniel and Rylan David. Brothers Robert (Georgeann) Minnick,...
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Aubrey M. Williams

October 6, 2017

Aubrey M. Williams, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 6, 2017. Born in Boaz, Alabama, Aubrey was the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Williams. Aubrey was a welder and mechanic for International Harvester, American Hoist, Truck Transport Equipment and Lincoln Way International until his retirement. In his youth, Aubrey enjoyed camping, fishing, riding...
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Paul L. Yoquelet

October 5, 2017

Paul L. Yoquelet, 85, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 quietly at his home with family by his side in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Paul worked as a director/treasurer with Cellular 2000 Telephone Company for 15 years and was the owner of Yoquelet's Tavern. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards. Surviving are his wife of 60 years,...
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Lisa L. (Riebersal) Moore

October 3, 2017

Lisa L. (Riebersal) Moore, 31, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at her home in South Bend. Born in Fort Wayne, Lisa worked as a nurse at Elkhart General Hospital and Southfield Village Nursing Home in South Bend. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church - West Jefferson. Lisa loved her husband, family, friends, and puppy. She enjoyed quilting and all things Alice in Wonderland. Lisa loved...
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Paul A. Staller, Jr.

September 30, 2017

Paul A. Staller Jr, 80, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Auburn, PA, August 6, 1937 to the late Paul Adam and Ruth Jasmina Staller. Paul retired as a Project Engineer with Cooper Tire with 30 years of service. He was a member of Parkwood Church of God and served in many capacities with a passion for helping and learning. His hobbies included traveling,...
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Douglas (Doug) Ohnesorge

September 30, 2017

Douglas "Doug" Ohnesorge, 54, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. Born on November 21, 1962 in Fort Wayne, Doug was the son of Dolores M. (Caston) and the late Richard H. Ohnesorge. Doug was a graduate of Paul Harding High School class of 1981, and spent much of his career as a body and fender repairman. Doug enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, and cooking. Surviving are his...
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Betty (Thivener) Wahl

September 28, 2017

Betty (Thivener) Wahl, age 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 28, 2017. Born July 6, 1928 in Gallipolis, OH. She is survived by: her husband of 68 years, James; son Jeff (Jan) Wahl; daughter-in-law Sharon Wahl; sister Anna (Russ) Shaeffer; grandchildren Nicole (Ryan) Melching, Jeremy (Dawn) Wahl, Brandon (Monica) Wahl, Faith (Jeremy) Smith, and Brittany Wahl; great-grandchildren Davis ...
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Eric J. Balliet

September 27, 2017

Captain Eric J. Balliet, 41, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 during a training session with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. Ericgraduated from Northop High School in 1994 and earned his associates degree from Ivy Tech. Eric was a 19 year veteran with the Fort Wayne Fire Department; a paramedic with Three Rivers Ambulance...
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Betty Marie McKinney

September 27, 2017

Betty Marie McKinney nee Hughes, 82, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Stroh, IN, on July 4, 1935 to Bill and Frankie Hughes, Betty was always a "firecracker". She met the love of her life at the age of 14, "Billy", while working at Millers Ice Cream. They were married April 22, 1955. Betty enjoyed genealogy and her doll collection, but what she loved most was her family,...
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Norma Lavern Routhier

September 27, 2017

Norma Lavern Routhier passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday September 27th, 2017. Norma was born in Columbia City, Indiana on March 31st 1929 to Estella and Harry Slater. She grew up around Coesse and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Upon graduating from Coesse High School she worked for many years at Lincoln Life Insurance Company. Soon after WWII she met Ron Routhier and they were married on...
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Judith Ann Hansen

May 22, 1943 - September 22, 2017

JUDITH ANN HANSEN 74, of Ft Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2017. Born in Toledo, Ohio Judith was the daughter of the late Jean and Ralph Mason. Judith was a hairdresser for 30 years in the Toledo area and owner of Curl and Flair beauty salon on Sylvania Avenue. She loved to travel, play golf and go boating and fishing with her loving husband of 45 years, Niels Hansen. ...
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Jack V. Bridges

September 18, 2017

Jack V. Bridges, 90, passed away on September 18, 2017 at home. He was born on June 5, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late William and Leona Bridges. Jack served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was recalled for the Korean Conflict as a specialist in communications. His journey in the Navy took him to Northern Ireland where he met and married Annie "Fay" Bridges nee Orr. After the Korean...
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Frank Anthony Palermo

September 15, 2017

Fort Wayne - Beloved brother, uncle, godfather Frank Anthony Palermo, 84, of Fort Wayne, died on September 15, 2017. Mr. Palermo was born February 14, 1933, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Alessandro and Venera (Vastano) Palermo. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Palermo worked at...
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Laura F. Smith

September 14, 2017

Laura F. Smith, 95, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017. Born in Pinehurst, GA, Laura was the daughter of the late Major Franklin and Mary McCormick. She worked for Parkview Hospital as an Employment Manager during her 44 year career, retiring in 1999. She was a 61 year charter member of Forest Park United Methodist Church where she was active in many church groups including the Rebecca...
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Maxine Troutner Evans

September 13, 2017

Maxine Troutner Evans died September 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born June 21, 1913 in Blue Creek Township, Adams County, Indiana to Will & Edra Dellinger, and lived to be 104 years old. Maxine was a homemaker until her children were in school. She then returned to work, eventually retiring from the Allen County Clerk's office. Maxine enjoyed dancing at the Senior Dance Club, where she...
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James J. (Jim) Glaser

September 11, 2017

James J. "Jim" Glaser, 78, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jim worked as a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne for 25 years, retiring in 1988. He was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a member of St. Joe Athletic Club and 20 year club member - Fort Wayne Firefighters. Jim loved to hunt, fish, golf, play cards, and cook. He...
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