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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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David Wayne Bogard

September 10, 2017

David Wayne Bogard, 57, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. Surviving are his brother, Rickie Bogard of Marion, IN; sister, Kathy Bogard of Fort Wayne, IN; niece, Crystal (Jeremy High) Reaume of Fort Wayne; and nephew and niece, Noah and Anna Reaume. David was preceded in death by mother, Guianna Bogard; father, Marvin Wayne Bogard. Service is 10:00 am, September 18, 2017 at Riverview...
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Kaplanis

September 8, 1936 - September 6, 2017

Evangeli Kaplanis, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 6, 2017. Born on September 8, 1936, in Itea, Greece, and immigrated to Fort Wayne in 1966 with her family, she was a daughter of the late Triandafilos and Flora Panou. She was a homemaker and housewife who loved to cook both Greek and traditional cuisine. She was the mother of three children and nine grandchildren and lived her life...
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Patricia (Meiners) Knight

September 6, 2017

Patricia (Meiners) Knight, 89, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Pat was a 1945 graduate of Central Catholic High School, where she excelled in English and won a national poetry award. Other schools Pat attended were Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, and St. Joseph's Academy in Tipton. She was...
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Willard (Jeff) Potts

September 5, 2017

Willard "Jeff" Potts, 64, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 after a brave and courageous battle with ALS. Jeff made a career of selling cars spanning over 30 years. He was passionate about his family, baseball, bowling, and knowledge of sports. Jeff had a magnetic personality and loved making conversation. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Clara Potts of Fort Wayne, daughter, Casey (Erv)...
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Richard (Rick) Marx

September 3, 2017

Richard (Rick) Marx, 69, died Sunday, September 3, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan, on September 9, 1947, to LaVern and Helen Marx. He had an accounting degree from Wayne State University and a master's degree in taxation from Walsh College. He retired from Irmscher, Inc. after 26 dedicated years, in 2013; in addition, he worked in public...
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Michael J. Kohrman

September 2, 2017

Michael J Kohrman, 47, passed away Saturday Sep 2, 2017 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Michael was the son of the late Thomas and Joan Kohrman. Michael worked at Navistar for over 20 years. He loved being with his family, travel and Notre Dame football. He is survived by his wife of 18 years Karen Kohrman of Plainfield, Ill; brother Thomas (Karen)...
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William J, Harr, Jr.

September 1, 2017

William J. Harr Jr., 74, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Bill worked as a maintenance supervisor for over 50 years. He enjoyed gardening, watching football, attending auctions, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his daughter, Brenda Skaggs of Leo, IN; grandchildren, Gregory (Alissia) Skaggs, and Rebecca Skaggs both of...
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Michael F. Lehman

August 31, 2017

Michael F. Lehman, 76, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Parkview Home Health and Hospice in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Michael worked as an attorney at Water Resource of California, was the Vice President at the former family business, National Mill and Supply, and a professor of legal and business studies. Michael was a 1958 Southside High School graduate. He then attended Indiana...
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Stanley A. (Stan) Peppler

August 30, 2017

Stanley A. "Stan" Peppler, 74, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Stan was the son of the late William and Delaurus Peppler. Stan served our country in the Army National Guard. He worked with BF Goodrich for over 30 years prior to his retirement. Stan enjoyed being in his pool, working in his yard, watching sports, completing crossword puzzles, and in his...
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Diane F. Ward

August 27, 2017

Diane F. Ward, 64, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, Diane worked with Target for 25 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband, Chet Ward of Fort Wayne; daughters, Ashley (Jeremy) Brickey, and Kaitlin Ward of Fort Wayne; son, Dr. Chad Ward of Iowa City, IA; 4 grandchildren, Madisyn, Austin, Chase, and Aliyah;...
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Willodean Mae Klopfenstein

August 27, 2017

Willodean Mae Klopfenstein, 92, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, August 27, 2017. Born on October 3, 1924 in Woodburn, Indiana, Willodean was the daughter of the late Asa and Anna Ehresman. She worked for Trinity Home Center for 15 years, retiring in 1986. She was an active member and supporter of Grabill Missionary Church. She was an original member of the singing group,...
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Christine (Rolin) Riggle

August 25, 2017

Christine (Rolin) Riggle, 86, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017. Born in Ardmore, Tennessee, Christine was the daughter of the late Erskin and Beulah Rolin. She was a nurse's aide for many years. She was a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, VFW, and Eagles. Christine enjoyed music, playing bingo, and spending time with her dog Lola. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Jane DeVaney of...
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William LaLonde

August 25, 2017

William "Bill" LaLonde, 75, went to be with the Lord Friday, August 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Bill was a true family man and loved his children dearly. He had a strong faith and will be greatly missed. He enjoyed collector cars, attending the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival with his children since the 1980's and was an avid Detroit sports fan. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gladys...
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Sharon Lee Brown

August 23, 2017

Sharon Lee Brown, 73, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, In. March 23, 1944 to the late John and Ruth Zahki. Sharon was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. Surviving are her daughter, Jill (Dan) Johnson of Huntertown, IN; son, Matt (Shelly) Brown of Leo,...
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Mary Ann Mahler

August 23, 2017

Mary Ann Mahler, 79, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Albert and Myrtle Foster. Mary Ann earned her Masters Degree from Purdue University. She was a second grade school teacher with the Hammond School System for 25 years, retiring in 2000. She was an active volunteer and member of First United Methodist Church in...
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Marilyn Rose Waggoner

August 21, 2017

Marilyn Rose Waggoner, 90, of Grabill went home to Jesus on August 21, 2017. She was born in Moline, Illinois to the late Virgil and Sarah (Anders) Fleming on December 6, 1926. Her childhood years were spent in Moline, and Tampa, Florida. It was there she met USAF 2nd Lieutenant and B-17 pilot, Harry Waggoner Jr. They were married in October 1945 in Tampa. After they were married they moved...
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Steven Alan Wahl

August 20, 2017

Steven Alan Wahl, age 66, of Fort Wayne, lost his battle with brain cancer Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Pinckney, MI. He is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Sharon; children Nicole (Ryan) Melching of Fort Wayne, Brandon (Monica) Wahl of Pinckney, MI, and Brittany Wahl of Fort Wayne; parents James and Betty Wahl of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Connor and Ava Melching, Jacob Irwin and Adriana Wahl;...
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Helen Marie Archacki

August 20, 2017

Helen Marie Archacki, 96, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Helen was the daughter of the late Matthew Burczak and Frances Hudzinski. Helen was a Beautician for 53 years retiring in 1998. During that time she owned and operated Central Beauty Salon and A Haus of Mini Salons. Helen enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Surviving are...
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Deborah J. Crooks

August 18, 2017

Deborah J. Crooks, 63, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Deborah worked for Waterfield Mortgage Company and most recently as administrative assistant with SAC Finance for 15 years. She was an active volunteer with Parkview. Deborah enjoyed working in her flower garden, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, David...
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Smaragtha (Mary) Hanewald

August 17, 2017

Smaragtha "Mary" Hanewald, 90, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in New York City, NY, Mary worked as a secretary with Jersey City State College for 25 years. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Surviving are her son, Thomas (Maria) Hanewald of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons Thomas and Christopher Hanewald. Mary was preceded in death by her husband,...
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John Redwanski, Sr.

August 15, 2017

John Redwanski Sr., 69, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017. John worked with International Harvester for 30 years. Surviving son, John (Merrie) Redwanski, Jr. of Scarborough, ME; and his significant other, Susan Frisch of Churubusco. Private family services will be held in Fort Wayne. Burial in Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. To sign the...
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Kathryn Ann Jagodzinski

August 11, 2017

Kathryn Ann Jagodzinski, 65, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017. Born in Portland, Indiana, Kathryn was the daughter of the late Stanley Jagodzinski and Bonnie Jagodzinski who survives. She worked with Tomkinson Automotive Group for 19 years prior to her retirement in 2004. Kathryn loved animals and enjoyed the company of friends and family. Surviving are her mother, Bonnie Jagodzinski of...
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Diana R. Jordan

August 10, 2017

Diana R. Jordan, 80, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. Born in Saint Louis, MO, Diana was the daughter of the late William and Viola Rebscher. Diana met her husband Edward while she was studying at Washington University. Diana and Edward moved many times over the years and in each community Diana took a leadership role and was active in many organizations. With that in mind, Diana was...
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Cleo F. Miller

August 10, 2017

Cleo F. Miller, 84, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at in Fort Wayne. He grew up in Pennville, IN, graduating from Pennville High School in 1950. He later graduated from Purdue University in 1954. Cleo taught high school for one year at Bluffton High School then he served two years in the US Army going to Germany. He then returned and taught biology at Garrett High School along with...
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Raymond C. Buescher

August 9, 2017

Raymond C. Buescher, 95, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Born in Poe, Indiana, Raymond was the son of the late Fred and Anna Buescher. He graduated from Central Catholic High School. Raymond was a WWII Navy veteran. Raymond owned and operated his own farm for many years. He had a strong faith in God, loved his family, and enjoyed playing euchre, and dominoes. He was a member of St....
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Connie Borland

August 8, 2017

Connie Borland, 70, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Connie began her life journey on August 24, 1946. Connie graduated from Franklin High School on June 10, 1964. Connie worked at Joy Manufacturing until she got married to Walter Gregory Borland. They were married on April 8, 1967 and stayed happily married for these past 50 years. Connie was a fantastic mother, wife,...
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Marian L. Thompson

August 7, 2017

Marian L. Thompson, 95, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. She was born in Walla Walla, WA, to the late Alfred and Hazel Shaw. Marian had been a resident of Fort Wayne for 30 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a great grandmother. She was a longtime member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Marian volunteered along with her husband at Homebound...
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Andrew J. Picco

August 6, 2017

Andrew J. Picco, 70, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Spring Valley, IL, Andy began his college education at the University of Arizona and then graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked as a sales engineer for General Electric and most recently was the owner of Fort Wayne Newcomer Services for the past 25 years. Andy was a...
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Odetta A. Bender

August 2, 2017

Odetta A. Bender, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at her residence, the Hearth of Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Odetta worked both as an office manager and bookkeeper with St. Joe Center Vet Hospital for 29 years and later for several other local animal clinics. She served as past-President of Concord Place Community Association, and was a Precinct...
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Louisa W. Hartman

August 2, 2017

Louisa W. Hartman, 93, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Louisa was the daughter of the late Elmer and Elfreda Haugk. Louisa was the secretary and treasurer of H.W. Hartman Dry Wall Company for many years. She was also head of the cash office for Montgomery Ward where she worked for 14 years. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and their...
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James Redmond Shields

August 1, 2017

James Redmond Shields was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 13, 1923 to William and Mary Shields. He grew up in Fostoria, Ohio. James attended St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, on football and track scholarships, before deploying to serve his country during World War II. Returning from serving as an officer in the Merchant Marine in World War II, James married his wife of nearly...
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Robert Pentino

July 29, 2017

Robert Pentino, 76, passed away on July 29, 2017. He was born on September 30, 1940. He was an avid motorcyclist visiting 49 states with his wife. Bob also enjoyed watching old movies, reading, and fine dining. Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Toni Pentino; step-son, David (Jennifer) Schusterman; and brother-in-law, Edward McIntyre. He was preceded in death by his sister Loretta McIntyre...
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Mary Theresa Lebrato Newman

July 28, 2017

Mary Theresa Lebrato Newman, 80, passed away peacefully, Friday, July 28, 2017 in her Fort Wayne home surrounded by family. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, Theresa enjoyed being at the lake, cooking, and adored her grandchildren. She loved traveling to southern Italy to visit her family. Surviving are her Spouse, Richard Newman of Fort Wayne; daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Patterson of Fort Wayne;...
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Lawrence W. Zehrung

July 28, 2017

Lawrence W. Zehrung, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior July 28, 2017. Lawrence graduated from New Haven High School in 1948. He worked in the accounting and computer departments of Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire for 36 years, except for two years when he served in the Korean War in Seoul, Korea, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was also the president of the Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire...
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David Mike Belfry

July 26, 2017

David "Mike" Belfry, 75, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Born in Munising, MI, Mike was a graduate of North Side High School and later completed his undergraduate degree and Law School from the University of Michigan. He served his country as a Captain in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Surviving are his mother, Muriel Wallenstein of Fort Wayne; siblings, Kurt (Jennifer) Wallenstein of...
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James A. Smith, Jr.

July 23, 2017

James A. Smith, Jr., 91, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, James was the son of the late James and Agnes Smith Sr. James was a WWII Marine veteran. He was a lineman and installer for GTE/Verizon for 40 years before his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, American Legion, Post 499 COF, IBEW #723. James enjoyed...
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Steven G. Love

July 21, 2017

Steven G. Love , 67, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 21, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven graduated from New Haven High School in 1968 and Sam's Technical Institute. He worked as a systems engineer with Raytheon for 39 years, retiring in 2013. Steven was a member of Aboite Lutheran Church. He was a past chairman of the Emmanuel Lutheran School Board and...
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Karen Elizabeth Leffers

July 21, 2017

Karen Elizabeth Leffers, 54, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on December 4, 1962, the daughter of Leroy and Marcia Leffers. Karen worked at Easter Seals ARC for 35 years, and was a life long member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. She had a great love of dogs, and watching movies from the 50's and 60's era, especially Grease. She enjoyed spending...
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Steven Weddle

July 20, 2017

Steven Weddle, 53, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN on Dec. 18, 1963, he was the son of Floyd and Arlene Weddle who survive. He had worked with Rescom Construction for a number of years, and in 2006 opened his own business, Weddle Lawn Care. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife of 34 years, Cindy Weddle; children, Melissa (Nathan) Rusher, Brandon (Megan)...
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Katelyn M. Pulley

July 20, 2017

Katelyn M. Pulley, 25, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Katelyn graduated from Churubusco High School in 2011 and was currently attending Ivy Tech Community College. She worked for Wise Business Forms. Surviving are her father, Kevin (Rhonda) Pulley of Columbia City; mother, Kelly Pulley of Fort Wayne; fiancé, Aaron Heaton of Fort Wayne; brother, Eric Pulley of...
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Sharon E. Wiegman

July 20, 2017

Sharon E. Wiegman, 85, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne. Born in Decatur, Indiana, Sharon was the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Hite. Sharon was a lifetime member of the Fort Wayne Civic Theater. The Arts and Theater were a true passion of hers. She also enjoyed making crafts and was an avid animal lover. Sharon's exuberant...
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Bonnie Lou Stanford

July 20, 2017

Bonnie Lou Stanford, 76, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late W. Charles and Violet Martin. Bonnie was a compassionate and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that will be remembered for her humor and unconditional love. Surviving are her husband, of 60 years John M Stanford, Sr. children,...
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Clara R. Dison

July 18, 2017

Clara R Dison, 79, passed away peacefully in her home, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Lake City, TN, Clara enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. She enjoyed sewing, adored her children, and liked to cook. Surviving are her daughter, Chanie (Don) Organ of Fort Wayne and son, Stephen (Cheryl) Dison of Franklin, OH; granddaughters, Andrea Lindsey and Stephanie (Christopher) McCoy;...
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Sharon (Shari) L. Closson

July 18, 2017

Sharon "Shari" L Closson, 67, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 18, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born in Sturgis, MI, Shari completed her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Ball State University. She worked as a Registered Nurse with Parkview Randallia for 38 years. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Joseph Closson of Kimmell, IN; mother, Mary Ann Miller of Sturgis, MI; daughter,...
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Donald E. Bodeker

July 21, 1932 - July 17, 2017

Donald E Bodeker,84, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Donald worked with the Fort Wayne Engineering Department for 45 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Surviving are his daughters, Linda L. (Les) Buttles of Fort Wayne and Terri A (Eddie) Newhard of Fort Wayne; sons, Rick L (Nancy) Bodeker of Avilla...
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Noel R. Wells

July 16, 2017

Noel R Wells, 83, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home in Leo. He was born in Auburn, Indiana to the late John W and Arlene H Wells. Noel graduated from Leo High School and was a lifetime resident of the community. He was a car salesman and worked at Allen County Motors, Bobilya Ford in Lagrange, IN and retired from Max Platt in Kendallville, IN. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul...
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Virginia G. (Meier) Roth

July 8, 2017

Virginia G. (Meier) Roth, age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 8, 2017. She was born November 9, 1923 in Swanton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Roth, parents, Alfred and Grace Meier, sister, Phyllis Meier, and a special sister-in-law, Cleo Roth. For 10 years, Virginia started Missionary Churches in Hawaii and has been a promoter of missions wherever she...
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Alice M. Knepp

March 17, 1918 - June 30, 2017

ALICE M. KNEPP, 99, died Friday, June 30, 2017, at Harbour Assisted Living, Fort Wayne. A Kentucky native, Mrs. Knepp moved to Fort Wayne following World War II, married Harold, her husband of 52 years, and raised two children and a myriad of fruits and vegetables on 16 acres west of Leo. A classically-trained pianist, Mrs. Knepp taught piano and organ, directed choirs and ensembles, and played...
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Carol S. Borches

December 11, 1937 - June 30, 2017

Carol S. Borches, 79, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Cincinnati, OH, Carol was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Three of Carol's passions in life were her grandchildren, gardening, and playing cards. Surviving are her Spouse of 47 years, Donald Borches, of Fort Wayne; son, Robert H (Kelly) Wilson of Valparaiso; daughter, Patty (Greg)...
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Elwyn Rigsby

June 29, 2017

Elwyn "Gene" E. Rigsby, 82, slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Ironton, OH, Gene worked as an Engineer with General Telephone for 25 years, and after retirement he worked with Hoosier Park Casino. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army. Gene enjoyed golfing, and loved spending Sunday afternoons at Peanuts drinking Diet...
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JoAnne Martin

August 3, 1938 - June 28, 2017

JoAnne Martin, 78, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, JoAnne retired from the VA Canteen after 15 years of service. Surviving are her daughter, Kim (Douglas) Heiser of Fort Wayne; son, Thomas (Debra) Schlup of Fort Wayne; daughter, Sandra (Dan) Jones of Fort Wayne; companion, Joe Kohl of Fort Wayne; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister,...
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Jackson Leslie Beam

June 24, 2017

Jackson Leslie Beam,18, passed away unexpectedly after an unfortunate illness. Jack was an amazing young man. He was an outstanding student, an Eagle Scout, a 3rd degree Taekwondo black belt, and a fine banjo player. More importantly, he was a sweet and obedient son, a loving brother, and a great friend. Jack was preparing to serve as a missionary in Taiwan, followed by studies of...
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Joan D. (Jo) Shoaff

June 20, 2017

Joan D. "Jo" Shoaff, 89, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. She was born on February 26, 1928 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Carl and Ruth Vorndran. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Joan graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1946. She began her working career as a Secretary at GE Winter Street where she met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Shoaff....
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Dorothy (Dottie) L. Tyler

June 17, 2017

Dorothy "Dottie" L. Tyler, 90, passed away on June 17, 2017. She was born August 30, 1926 in Pioneer, Ohio to the late James and Ruth King. Dottie retired from Sears after 27 years of service in 1988. She was a devoted wife and mother. A very social woman, that enjoyed friends and family. Surviving are her children, Beverly Raymer, and Steven (Diane) Tyler; grandchildren, Laurie (Stan) McCall,...
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Richard Francis Piekarski

June 15, 2017

Richard Francis Piekarski, 80, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was born in South Bend, IN on October 5, 1936, son of the late Stanley and Helen (Kitkowski) Piekarski. Richard was a tireless worker, and retired from Rochester Midland, in Rochester, NY. His hobbies included golfing, fishing, traveling, attending sporting events, concerts and the Philharmonic. Musical talent is ...
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Karin E. Trocchio

June 14, 2017

Karin E. Trocchio, 63, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Born in Gary, Indiana Karin was the daughter of the late Henry and Edna Mattson. Karin loved her job as an executive secretary with US Steel for 29 years and with Parkview Health for 4 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Parkview Seniors Club. Karin enjoyed photography and spending time with her family. Surviving...
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Donald F. Didier

June 13, 2017

Donald F. Didier, 93, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Saint Anne Home in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Fort Wayne November 18, 1923, Don was the son of Clem and Edith Didier. Don was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and met friends from the Class of '41 monthly for lunch. Enlisting in 1942, Don served his country in the Air Force at Baer Field in Fort Wayne. In the years immediately...
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Donald Bowers

June 10, 2017

Donald P. Bowers, 89, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Delaware County, Donald worked with the Dana Corporation for 51 years where he retired as Supervisor of the Sample Dept. He was a member of the Dana Quarter Century Club. Donald enjoyed farming, playing cards, golfing, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Peggy Dey Bowers...
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Christopher A. vanAttenhoven

June 10, 2017

Christopher A. vanAttenhoven, 30, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Albion, IN. Born in Augsburg, Germany, Christopher worked as a pipe fitter with Shambaugh and Sons and was a member of the Local Union #166. Surviving are his four children, Ayden, Gabrielle, Ava, and Vincent; mother, Jacquelene (Jeffrey) Finton of New Haven, IN; father, Anthony (Melody) vanAttenhoven of Auburn, IN; ...
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Philip D. Kuhn

June 10, 2017

Philip D Kuhn, 84, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Phillip worked for Carson- Perry-Scott for several years, retiring in 1992. He loved camping, in the Smokey Mountains especially, going at least 3 times a year. Philip adored his cat Susie, Surviving are his son, Scott (Debby) Kuhn of New Haven; sisters, Sharon, Kathy...
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Phillip (Phil) Shultz

June 7, 2017

Phillip "Phil" Shultz, 56, was called home on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on December 8, 1960. Phil graduated with the class of 1979 from Paul Harding High School. He worked with BAE Systems for 19 years, he previously worked at Magnavox for 10 years. Phil loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. Spending time at the lake was one of his favorite activities...
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Virginia Witmer

June 4, 2017

Virginia E. Witmer, 89, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, Lance R. (Angela Graham) Hauth; daughter, Constance Hauth-Overly; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Gaius C. Steiner; and sister, Christine Gerig. Virginia was preceded in death by husband, Winston J. Witmer; father, Armin C. Steiner; mother, Martha E....
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Sharon Redders

June 4, 2017

Sharon Redders, 62, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Madison, WI, Sharon worked as a secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 20 years. She was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church. Sharon enjoyed playing euchre, making her own greeting cards, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and most of all spending time with family. Surviving are her husband of 43 years,...
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John P. Berger, DDS

October 18, 1927 - June 4, 2017

John P. Berger, D.D.S. passed away on June 4, 20017 at Lutheran Life Village, Fort Wayne. He was 89 years old. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Mishawaka, Indiana. He was preceded by his parents Paul S. Berger, Hazel F. Berger and his sister, Betty Hans (Dean). John enjoyed music, playing the saxophone and was active in school events at Mishawaka High School. John loved Lake Wawasee where he...
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Larry G. Waggoner

June 4, 2017

Larry G. Waggoner, 85, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo-Cedarville. Born in Decatur, IN, Larry worked with International Harvester and General Electric. Most recently he worked as a courtesy van driver for Bob Thomas Ford. Larry proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of North Highlands Church of Christ for 57 years...
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Kathleen Hyndman

June 4, 2017

Kathleen Hyndman, 66, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was born on May 3, 1951 in Fort Wayne, IN. Kathy was the baker in Bishop Dwenger's kitchen for 28 years and was famous for Kathy's cookies and rolls. Kathy was a kind person who was always giving of her time and treasure to make someone's day better. Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Steven...
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Mary Ellen Wisniewski

June 2, 2017

Mary Ellen Wisniewski, 99, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017. Surviving are her daughter, Joellen (Lynn) Gross of Churubusco and son, Paul D Wisniewski of Morristown, TN; 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by father, Edward G Clemmer; mother Louise Clemmer; husband, John P. Wisniewski; daughter, Mary C Didion; brothers, John E Clemmer, Donald D Clemmer, and...
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Marilyn Elaine Grile

May 30, 2017

Marilyn Elaine Grile, 86, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. She was born in Marion, IN on April 26, 1931, the daughter of the late William and Bertha Stewart. Marilyn was married to Gerald Grile on April 25, 1952, and they shared 56 years of marriage together before his passing in 2008. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Marilyn dedicated her whole life to...
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Robert E. Faulkner, Sr.

May 29, 2017

Robert E. Faulkner Sr., 87, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017. Surviving are his children, Robert (Marguerite) Faulkner, Jr.; James (Cara) Faulkner; Peggy Brown, David (Ann) Faulkner; sister, Beverly Mraz; 10 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Faulkner; siblings Ada Marks, Roseman Numbers, Harry Faulkner, Diane Faulkner, William...
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Lauralynn M. Frane

May 27, 2017

Lauralynn M. Frane, 76, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017. Surviving are her sons, Jeffrey (Joyce) Frane; Chris (Jackie) Frane; and Scott (Kim) Frane; daughter, Jessica D. Hernandez; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo (Mike) Bair;14 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren; sister, Carolynn E Werline. Lauralynn was preceded in death by father, Virgil A Scherrer; mother, Helen Scherrer; husband,...
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Michael Jack Scheerer

May 26, 2017

Michael Jack Scheerer, 71, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 in Kokomo, IN. Michael worked with Zollner Pistons for 25 years retiring in 2000. Surviving are his brother, Todd (Bonnie) Scheerer of Fort Wayne; Norma (Larry) Richeson of Russiaville, IN; many nieces and nephews . Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Scheerer and Lora Rose; and his brother, James Scheerer. Memorials...
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Craig Brase

May 25, 2017

Craig Brase, 59, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. Craig enjoyed spending time at Snow Lake with family and friends, sketching, and cooking. Throughout his life he worked in customer service. Craig is survived by his siblings; Shayne (Greg) Albright, Lisa Brase, Geary (Alison) Brase, Corrine Brase, and Pamela (Jeff) Adams; daughter, Alexis Brase;...
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Sally Jo Daugherty

May 25, 2017

Sally Jo Daugherty, 60, passed away May 25, 2017. Surviving are her children, Heather (John) Smith of Avilla, IN, Laura (Jerry) Coblentz of Leo, IN, and Christopher Harden of Kendallville, IN,; 4 grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Ian, and Jae; 8 siblings, Ronnie, Myra, Christina, Jackie, Ronda, Michael, Timothy, and William; and companion, Marty Gause of Leo, IN. Sally was preceded in death by...
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Richard E. "Dick" McCart, Sr.

December 14, 1940 - May 23, 2017

New Haven - Richard E. "Dick" McCart Sr., 76, of New Haven, died suddenly May 23, 2017 at his summer home near Upper Long Lake in Noble County. He was born to James and Ruth-Morris McCart in Chattam, Ontario, Canada. The family moved to Fort Wayne when Richard was an infant. He graduated from North Side High School. In 1968, he married Brenda Hardiek McNamara. Richard was sales manager for Kunkle...
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Pamela Rose (Dirrim) Jordan

May 23, 2017

Pamela Rose (Dirrim) Jordan returned her soul to her loving Heavenly Father from Parkview Randallia's Supportive Care Hospice Unit early in the morning on Tuesday, May 23rd when, surrounded by her loving husband, Fred, their children, and her sister, Margaret, she took her last breath and returned home completing her earthly journey quietly and at complete peace.In lieu of flowers, preferred...
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G. Douglas McConnell

May 22, 2017

G. Douglas McConnell, 78, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Doug graduated from Chase High School in Chase, KS, then completed his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville. Later he completed his Master's degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Doug began his career as an electrical engineer with Magnavox where he worked on...
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Lee Allen Nierman

May 20, 2017

Lee Allen Nierman, 46, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Chandra Nierman of Angola, IN: his children, Loruel Nierman of Davison, MI, Jordyn Nierman, Emaley Nierman, Mark Nierman, Josie Nierman, Avarey Nierman, Bradley Nierman all of Angola, IN; father, Dale Nierman of Fort Wayne; 2 brothers, Duane and Gary; and 3 sisters, Terri, Cathy, and Linda. Lee was preceded in...
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Anastasia (Raptis) Hatzigeorgiou

May 18, 2017

Anastasia "Raptis" Hatzigeorgiou, 56 of Fort Wayne, died peacefully on May 18, 2017. Born on July 5, 1960 in Fort Wayne, she attended South Side High School and worked at Friends Restaurant alongside her husband. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Surviving are her husband, Nikolaos "Nikos" G. Hatzigeorgiou; a daughter, Marianthi Hatzigeorgiou; a son, George "Yorgo"...
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Iris Joann Sauder Griggs

May 18, 2017

Iris Joann Sauder Griggs, 88 yrs. old, former high school teacher and proud native of Grabill, Indiana left to be with the Lord, peacefully on the morning on May 18th . She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Robert Easton Griggs. She is survived by step-daughters Janet Yarberry (Robin); and Sussan Falge (Robert). Also, surviving her are five beloved siblings; 1 sister-in-law; three...
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Edna M. Coe

May 12, 2017

Edna M. Coe, 93, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017. Born in Napoleon, Ohio, Edna was the daughter of the late Herman and Frieda Schuette. She was a faithful wife, dedicated mother, and loving friend to many. Surviving are her sons, James Coe of Fort Wayne, Michael (Linda) Coe of Eaton, OH; and sister, Laura (Richard) Meyer. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Coe; siblings, Paul,...
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Rick (Rickie) N. Smith

May 11, 2017

Rick (Rickie) N. Smith , 63, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at IU Med Center in Indianapolis. Born in Fort Wayne, Rick worked at Steel Dynamics, Korte Paper, and Eagle Picher Plastics for many years. He graduated North Side High School in 1972 and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church - St. Joe Center Road and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, Rick loved to travel and adored his children, Bandit...
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A. Jeanette (Gee) Caccamo

May 10, 2017

A. Jeanette "Gee" Caccamo, 83, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Park Place Senior Living. Jeanette was the daughter of the late Harold and Marie Redman. Surviving are her children, Michael (Kay) Caccamo; Kevin Caccamo; Karen (Bart) Brown, Debra Wills; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband John Caccamo; great-grandson, Blayne...
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Gabrielle AnnNicole Patterson

May 8, 2017

Gabrielle AnnNicole Patterson, age 10, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, May 8, 2017. Gabrielle was born on June 2, 2006 in Fort Wayne, IN. The Backyardigans, Disney Princesses, singing along with movies, and listening to her cousin, Miles play the piano were some of Gabrielle's favorite things. She was a fun loving, energetic little girl who was full of courage...
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Jean Louise Gonzales

May 7, 2017

Jean Louise Gonzales, 92, of Auburn, IN, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, May 7, 2017. Jean was born in Waterloo, IN, to Guy and Mildred Zerkle. She will be buried near them in Lindenwood Cemetery, next to her beloved husband, Jesse M. Gonzales and a son Mark Steven Gonzales. Jean is survived by six children: Lisa (Ron) Jordan; Jesse (Lola) Gonzales; Maria (Steve) Gardner; Sandra (Joe)...
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Esther Roberts Sichanis

January 14, 1940 - May 4, 2017

Esther Sichanis, 77, went home to meet her Savior on May 4th, 2017. Born in New Haven, Indiana, on January 14, 1940, her full maiden name was Miriam Esther Roberts, and she was the devoted daughter of Herman and Cebe Roberts. The only girl of 3 older brothers, Gene, Edwin and Paul, Esther is the last of her siblings to pass away. She had such grace and class. To know her was to love her. She...
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Harold D. Sprunger

May 3, 2017

Harold D. Sprunger, 91, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at The Towne House Retirement Center of Fort Wayne. Born in Berne, IN, Harold completed his Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from the University of Michigan. He worked with Dunbar Furniture where he served as President. Most recently he worked as a Plant Manager with Batesville Casket Company for 12 years, retiring in 1987. He...
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Clement Charles Madden

August 24, 1934 - April 30, 2017

CLEMENT CHARLES MADDEN, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday, April 30, 2017, with family by his side. He was born August 24,1934 in Chicago, IL. He was the son of James and Gertrude Madden. Clem grew up in Chicago, Boston and Nutley, NJ, where he attended Queen of Peace High School. There, he met the love of his life and future wife, Maureen. After high school, Clem...
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James A. (Jim) Shuler

April 30, 2017

James A. "Jim" Shuler, 69, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jim was the son of the late Arthur and Betty Shuler. Jim attended North Side High School and was active in their sports programs. He served our country in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. Jim worked with Dana for 30 years, retiring in 2000. ...
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Judith (Judy) A. Kirn

April 30, 2017

Judith "Judy" A. Kirn, 74, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, William Kirn; son, Kirk (Mylin) Fisher; daughters, Rhonda Kujawa; and Melissa (Scott) Yorko; 6 grandchildren; and her 7 siblings, Rita Caston, Leon Caston, Ruth Overholt, Danny (Cora) Caston, Dean (Sherry) Caston, Richard (Jan) Caston, and Jill (Doug) Worden. Judy was preceded in death ...
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George T. Mangos

April 27, 2017

George T. Mangos, 87, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Born in 1930 in Polikerasos, Greece to Thoma and Maria Mangos, George was the youngest of four boys. He immigrated to the United States in 1951 and settled in Fort Wayne. One of his favorite stories to tell, was that he "came to this country with only five dollars in his pocket." George was...
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Marilyn J. Ryan

April 25, 2017

Marilyn J. Ryan, 51, of Fort Wayne passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 after a long struggle with Lung Cancer. Marilyn was employed at Big G's in Columbia City, Indiana for 12 years. She loved her job and all the people. She often talked about their kindness and how much she missed everyone. Her family was her life and she loved them unconditionally. She had such a fun loving, kind and...
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Barbara R. Erb

April 24, 2017

Barbara R. Erb, 84, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 8, 1932 the daughter of the late Emmett and Julia Rauner. Barb graduated from Central Catholic High School. She was an executive secretary at I&M for 25 years where she eventually retired from. In Barb's spare time she loved playing bridge, listening to music, and enjoying a glass of wine. She...
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Christine A Ohler

October 17, 1951 - April 21, 2017

Christine A. Ohler, 65, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Christine was the daughter of Harold and Patricia Ohler who survive. Christine graduated from North Side High School. She was the owner of Tasty Pizza in North Manchester for many years. She was a chef at Oakwood Inn in Syracuse, and the head cook with Warsaw Community Schools during...
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John Mason Howard

April 19, 2017

John Mason Howard, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He was the son of Charles W. and Elizabeth Emma Howard. Surviving are his wife Pauline Jeanette Howard; children, Sandra Niezer; Susan (Dennis) Taylor; Linda (Bruce) Menshy; Deborah (Mike) Mullen; Michael (Pat)Howard; brother, Phil (Sharon) Howard; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. John was...
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Paul (Dave) Eggelston

April 17, 2017

Paul "Dave" Eggelston, 61, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Paul was the son of the late Paul and Vivian Eggelston. Paul graduated from North Side High School and earned his bachelors degree from Indiana Tech. He was the Assistant Vice President of Facilities at Lincoln Financial Group where he had been working for the past 33...
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Sally A. Hake

April 17, 2017

Sally A. Hake, 82, of Clear Lake, Indiana, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home after a brave battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sally was born January 8, 1935, to the late Gerald and Irene (Schaefer) Aurentz. She was married on May 7, 1982, in Fort Wayne to Dr. Joseph W. Hake. Sally graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1953. She studied Fine Arts at Indiana...
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