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Michele Jayne "Shelly" Bahney, 70, of Akron

Michele Jayne “Shelly” Bahney, 70, of Akron, passed surrounded by family at 9:54 am, Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at her daughter’s residence.

Shelly was born on April 30, 1952 in Peru, Indiana to the late Max J. and Mary Jane (Phillipy) Gearhart. She was a 1970 graduate of Akron High School. In earlier years she was the cashier at the Akron Grocery Store as well as working at Cooksey's Freezer Fresh, The Bindery of North Manchester, Peabody Retirement Community, YMCA of Peru, and babysat for numerous families over the years.

Shelly was a caring person. She enjoyed being able to take care of children and always tried to be heartwarming and giving. She absolutely loved her family and was proud to be raised in Akron. She served on the 4th of July Committee and was a part of the church bus youth ministry at the Akron Church of God. She was raised to respect her elders. Shelly also enjoyed watching classic tv shows and her soap operas.

She is survived by her children Justin and wife Mandy Gearhart of Akron, A'shel Bahney of Warsaw, Josh Bahney and significant other Bethann Ewing of Gilead; grandchildren Victoria and husband Carlos Rosas, Marisha, Isaiah, Madison and wife Hazel Gearhart, Jake and fiancé Hannah, and Connor; great grandchildren Ayven, Leegan, and Ayzlynn; siblings Melea Gearhart and Randy Shaver of Akron and Michael and wife Terry Gearhart of Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the local EMS and First Responders that came to her rescue, as well as Elara Hospice for their special care.

Shelly was preceded in death by her parents, brother Marty Gearhart, and a grandson Branigan Bahney.

The funeral service will take place at 5:00 pm, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022 at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana with Rev. Dr. Amber Karkosky-Litten officiating.

Shelly’s final remembrance place will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.

Visitation hours will be from 2 pm to 5 pm, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Henry Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Mike Swafford, 58, of Akron

Mike Swafford, 58, of Akron, passed unexpectedly at 9:29 am, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 at his residence. 

Michael was born on Sept. 23, 1964 in Kosciusko County, Indiana to the late Claude and Mary Ann (Willard) Swafford.  He married on May 2, 1993 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Debra Netherton, she survives. 

Mike was a graduate of Warsaw High School and furthered his education at Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis attaining his credentials as a certified mechanic.  He was a Truck Driver for many years for The Moving Company of Warsaw and Metzger’s Trucking of Silver Lake.  He also was a painter with Smith Painting and Lee Painting.  Mike was a believer in God and attended several different churches over the years. He enjoyed fishing, drawing, animals and birds, gardening, and mowing his yard. 

He is survived by his wife Debbie Swafford of Akron; children Matthew Swafford of Kentucky, Daniel and wife Rayann Swafford of Pennsylvania,, Whitney and husband Jerry Mort of Indiana, Morgan Swafford of Indiana; grandchildren Aiden, Rainie, Aolani, Everly, Lauren, and Revan; siblings Ricky Lee Swafford of Akron and Patricia and husband Cordell Hull of Silver Lake; and nephews Damon Prater and Adam Hull.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Bentley. 

The funeral service will take place at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana. 

The interment will take place following the service in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana. 

Visitation hours will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the animal shelter of the donor’s choosing or to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA  22116-7023

 

Leola Willis, 93, formerly of Macy

Leola Willis, 93, formerly of Macy, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Golden Living-Sycamore Village, Kokomo, Indiana.

Born March 7, 1929, in Pike County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of King Solomon Tackett and Stanley B. (Townsend) Tackett.  She was married to Trulen Ray Willis, and he preceded her in death.  

She attended Fulton Baptist Church in Fulton, Indiana, and had retired from Vintage RBM Essex Wire in Logansport, Indiana.  

Survivors include her children, Monte (Wanda) Willis, Kokomo; Roger Dale (Sandra) Willis, Texas; and Janet Sue Sandefur, Logansport; grandchildren, Tony Willis and Curt Willis, Tennessee; Shelly Bostic, Fishers; Michael Sandefur, Robert Sandefur, and Fred Sandefur, all of Kentucky; and step-grandchildren, Desire Bosquez and Josie Bosquez, of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son and daughter-in-law, Benny J. and Jo (Zartman) Willis; son-in-law, James Larry Sandefur; and siblings, Huddleston Tackett, Allie Tackett, Arlie Tackett, Irene Drake and Leatha Countryman.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating.  Burial will follow in Metea Cemetery, Metea, Indiana.  

Visitation will be held from noon-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Kokomo Humane Society.

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com. 

Kelsa Mae Carr, 84, Rochester

Kelsa Mae Carr, 84, Rochester, passed away at 6:20 P.M. Friday, November 25, 2022 at her home.  She was born on November 28, 1937 in Floyd County, Kentucky to Whitten & Lucinda (Ratliff) Reffett, Sr.

Kelsa was a 1956 graduate of Grass Creek High School, Grass Creek, Indiana.  On October 5, 1958, she married Phillip Carr, who survives.   Kelsa worked in the Fulton County Auditor’s Office, Rochester until her retirement.  Kelsa enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, friends and many more. Many enjoyed her cookies and pies throughout the community.

She is survived by her husband, Phil of Rochester, a son, Greg (Teri) Carr of Rochester and a daughter, Greta (Ron) Lynch of Rochester, grandchildren – Jared (Dasha) Lynch of Rochester, Ryleigh (Deanna) Carr of Culver, Chaneigh Mae Carr of Rochester, Aaron (Kristen) Lynch of Rochester, and great-grandchildren Aiden Lynch, Camden Vanata, Jaxon Carr, Jace Carr, one sister, Lottie Kotterman, North Carolina, sister-in-law’s Donna Reffett, Lagrange, IN and Ida Reffett, AZ, brother-in-law, John (Linda) Milliser of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers, a sister, ten half-brothers & half-sisters and granddaughter, Sidneigh Jo Carr.

There will be no viewing. 

A private family graveside service at the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to NICF-Sidneigh Jo Carr Memorial Fund, 227 E. 9th St. Rochester, Indiana 46975 or donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Janice S. Nelson, 93, of Leiters Ford

Janice S. Nelson, 93, of Leiters Ford, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 9:27 AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 

On November 3, 1929, Janice Sue Weller was born in Rochester.  She was a treasured daughter of John Robert and Oneita Irene Lowe Weller. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister and two brothers.  Janice was a 1948 graduate of Rochester High School.  She was a lifetime resident of Fulton County. 

Together Janice and John Riley Nelson shared 54 years of life’s adventures.  Their union produced five wonderful children including three daughters and two sons.  Three more generations have been added to the family tree with the blessings of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great -grandchildren. 

After 20 years of service, Janice retired as the librarian for the Fulton County Library, Aubbeenaubee Branch.  She was also a member of Friends of the Library.  Janice was a devoted member of the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church,  serving as the President of the Methodist Women and held many offices in the church. Other memberships include Tri Kappa Beta Mu Chapter and Ball State Chi Omega.

Left to cherish Janice's memory are three daughters: Christine Sellers of Plymouth, Margaret Barrett and husband Allen of Rochester, Karen Hoff and companion Joe Bowers of Culver; two sons: John Michael Nelson of Leiters Ford, Martin Riley Nelson of Leiters Ford; 10 grandchildren;  18 great- grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Brent Bartholomew of Lafayette; and several nieces and nephews. 

Preceding, Janice in death are her parents; beloved husband John on July 9, 2002; a grandson;  great-granddaughter;  sister Caralee Gordon; and two brothers, Robert Weller and David Weller. 

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Janice Sue Nelson will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St, Rochester. Mr. John Sult will officiate. 

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  

Burial will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery

Donald Vernon Reinhold, 91, of Winamac

Donald Vernon Reinhold, 91, of Winamac, died peacefully at 4:52 pm on Friday, November 25, 2022, surrounded by his three boys and other family members at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

 

Don was born in Monterey, IN on March 4, 1931 to the late Clarence and Grace [Hassenplug] Reinhold.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in June of 1954.  Don married Ruby Doris Sprayberry on August 21, 1954 in Oxford, AL.Don and Ruby returned to Indiana from Alabama and were lifelong residents of Pulaski County. 

 

Don spent the majority of his professional work life in the farm machinery industry working with local farmers and their families across the state of Indiana (and beyond).  He started with Allis Chalmers and Herb Hoch at Hoch Farm Supplies, from there he went green and worked with Gilsinger’s Farm Equipment, a John Deere dealership.  Don was a highly accomplished and nationally recognized salesman. 

 

Don was a member of the American Legion and was formerly a 4-H adult leader for many years. He was a talented ball room dancer with numerous awards, and he enjoyed bowling in several area leagues.  Most of all, Donenjoyed traveling to see his family.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Anthony (Sue) Reinhold, Valparaiso, IN Son

MM2 Randy (Rhonda) Reinhold, US Navy Ret., Virginia Beach, VA Son

Dr. Greg (Tina) Reinhold, Falls Church, VA Son

Kirsten Penrose, Granddaughter

Christina Brown, Granddaughter

Randy W. Reinhold, Grandson

Derek (Danielle) Reinhold, Grandson

Corey Reinhold, Grandson

Elizabeth Reinhold, Granddaughter

10 Great Grandchildren

Mary Hammond, Rensselaer, IN Sister

Florence John, Harlingen, TX Sister

Betty Reinhold, Francesville, IN Sister-in-law

Sharon Reinhold, Sebring, FL Sister-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:

Clarence and Grace [Hassenplug] Reinhold, Parents

Ruby Doris [Sprayberry] Reinhold, Wife

Wilma Reinhold, Sister

Eldon Reinhold, Brother

Clair Reinhold, Brother

Dr. Marion Reinhold, Brother

Jerry Hammond, Brother-in-law

 

Services will be held at2 PM EST on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Chaplain Larry Phillips officiating. 

 

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac.  The VFW and American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

 

Visitation will be from 10 AM – 2 PM EST Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pulaski County 4-H Fair, Pulaski Health Care Center Activities Fund, or Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Marjorie Mae Thomas, 99, of Winamac

Marjorie Mae Thomas, 99, of Winamac, passed away at 3:35 AM Monday, November 21, 2022 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. 

 

She was born on May 25, 1923 in Winamac to the late Harry and Lydia [Frieske] Freeman.  Marjorie was a 1941 graduate of Center School in rural Winamac.  After her high school graduation, she completed Beauty College in South Bend.

 

On October 10, 1942, Marjorie married Robert M. Thomas.  He passed away on June 2, 2004.  Throughout the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Marjorie and Robert were partnered with Thomas Brothers Shelling & Hauling.  They farmed from 1962 until retirement. 

 

Marjorie loved spending time with her family and reading as well as bird and wildlife watching.

 

She is survived by:

Marshall Lee (Lesa) Thomas, Winamac, IN Son

Dean Allen (Diana) Thomas, Winamac, IN Son

Robert (Angela) Thomas, Grandson

Kathleen Thomas, Granddaughter

William Thomas, Grandson

Donald Thomas, Grandson

Monica (Chad) Kolish, Granddaughter

Joshua (Sherry) Thomas, Grandson

3 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Granddaughter

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Harry and Lydia [Frieske] Freeman, Parents

Robert M. Thomas, Husband

Dorothy Seidel, Sister

Olive Braun, Sister

Clara Ruth Rude, Sister

Mary Jane Sloderbeck, Sister

Paul Freeman, Brother

Marion Freeman, Brother

Vernal Freeman, Brother

Roger Freeman, Brother

Lloyd Freeman, Brother

George Freeman, Brother

Bill Freeman, Brother


Private Graveside Services will be held at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, IN.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, IN.

Online Condolences may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

David Edward Murphy, 73, formerly of Denver

David Edward Murphy, 73, formerly of Denver, passed away 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at LifeCare Center of Rochester. 

Born on March 19, 1949, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Lyman E. “Bud” and Marcella M. (Hartish) Murphy.

David was a 1968 graduate of North Miami High School. He had lived at Peak Community Services in Logansport since the death of his mother and before moving to Rochester.  He was an AVID North Miami sports fan, and cheered on his alma mater at every chance he could attend.  He also enjoyed other sports, especially Notre Dame and Colts football.  

Survivors include his sister, June R. Brown, Mexico; three nieces, Amy (Jeff) Davenport, Denver; Stacey (Calvin) Boomhower, Rochester; and Melissa (Tony) Newman, Fishers; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews, and several cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2022 at McClain Funeral Home, with his cousins officiating.  Burial will follow in Chili Community Cemetery, Chili.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  

Memorial contributions may be made to North Miami Athletics.  

William W. Conover, 91, Argos

William W. Conover, 91, Argos, passed away at 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 18, 2022 at his residence.

He was born on September 15, 1931 in East Chicago, Indiana, the son of Lee and Anna (James) Conover. On November 8, 1985 in Fulton County, Indiana, he married Celesta Yvonne (Jones) Wolfe and she survives.

Mr. Conover had worked as a mail carrier, warehouse manager, Family Fair Supermarket and retired from working as a security guard from Indiana Heat Transfer in Plymouth, Indiana. He had been a member of Grace Baptist Church, Plymouth, Indiana and enjoyed cutting trees, selling wood, and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Celesta Yvonne Conover, Argos, Indiana, children, Bill (Debbie) Conover, Hammond, Indiana, Chuck (Wilma) Conover, Springfield, Missouri, Sue (Wayne) Bloch, Lowell, Indiana, Tim (Tammy) Conover, Lowell, Indiana, Joanie (Ron) Waitekus, Cape Coral, Florida, thirteen grandchildren, twenty -four great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Deloris (Hunter) Conover, parents, daughter, Sandy Leininger and five brothers.

Private services will be observed with burial in Richland Center Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the William W. Conover Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Local centenarian, Esther M. Buck, 104 years, 8 months and 13 days

Local centenarian, Esther M. Buck, 104 years, 8 months and 13 days departed this life at 6:44 PM on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

On March 4, 1918, Esther Mae Barkman was born at home in Richland Township to Charles R. and Esther Mehling Barkman. Growing up in Richland township, she shared her childhood with three sisters: Lydia, Meriam and Ruth.  In 1936, Esther graduated from Richland Center High School. She was very proud to be the oldest living graduate of the school.

In Peru, Esther and Marion L. Buck were married on August 10, 1941. They shared 29 years of life’s adventures.  Sadly, he passed away on September 11, 1970.

Esther was a homemaker and worked at Topps Manufacturing in the shipping and receiving departments, retiring at the age of 76.

As an avid crafter, Esther loved to crochet and embroider. The tablecloths she made were beautiful. With a green thumb, Esther could often be found working in the flower and vegetable gardens. Many of the girls at Topps would line up to get a piece of the fresh pies or cookies that Esther made. She liked to bake the treats for her family and friends.  Esther loved and treasured the time with her nieces and nephews.

Left to cherish Esther's memory are niece and nephews: Judy Taylor of Rochester, Sven Barkman of Deedsville, Charles V. Alexander of Mishawaka, Darlene Vale and husband Bill of Fl; and special friends Connie and Mickey Baker.

Preceding Esther in death are her parents, husband, and three sisters: Lydia Barkman, Meriam Alexander, and Ruth Buck.

A celebration of the life of Esther M. Buck will be at 12 noon on Monday, November 21, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester. Esther's nephew, Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 10-12 on Monday in the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Museum, 37 E. 375 N., Rochester, IN  46975.

 Tom Migonis, 80

 Tom Migonis, 80, passed away unexpectedly on November 19, 2022 at his home with his wife Sandi at his side. 

 

Born on April 18, 1942, in Chicago, Thomas was the first-born son of George B. and Josephine Rouden Migonis.  Growing up he shared his childhood with two brothers.  After high school Tom served our country with the United States Army.  As a careerman he served multiple tours of duty that spanned over two decades in Korea, Germany and Vietnam.  At the time of his honorable discharge, he was known as 1st Sgt. Tom Migonis.

 

On April 21, 1997, Tom married Sandi in Booneville, Kentucky.  Together they shared 25 years together.  A man of strong faith, Tom was very active at the Gospel Lighthouse Church.  He was especially dedicated to mentoring Celebrate Recovery.  With a servant's heart, Tom served our veterans as the District Commander of the Veterans of Foreign War.  He was past commander of the of the Leroy Shelton American Legion Post # 36 and was a member of the Fulton County Veteran's Honor Guard. 

 

At home there was no better way to relax than chopping wood. In the spring Tom could be found on his tractor doing custom work for friends and neighbors, prepping their garden plots for planting. A lifelong American patriot Tom kept a watchful eye on our flags around the county.  Keenly observing for their pristine appearance.  If not, he politely mentioned that he could help them with proper disposition of our symbol of America.

 

An avid gardener, Tom planted a truck patch garden.  Some years containing over 50 tomato plants, of course there was always an abundance of cabbage, green beans and a variety of peppers. He enjoyed visits from his grands.  Jeffrey Jr. and companion Bri,  Alicia and husband Sean, Amanda and husband Kevin loved to hear stories from earlier years and the patriotism of their Grandpa Tom.  They went on nature hikes with him, exploring the back woods while catching glimpses of wildlife.  He conducted many tours of his prized garden, always sharing the bountiful harvest with them.

 

Left to cherish Tom's memory are his wife Sandi; four children: Christine Calvert of Rochester, Toni Walker of Galveston, Kimmy Gard of Macy and Jeff Ferrell Sr. and wife Ellen of Rochester; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and his canine companion Millie the English Mastiff.

 

A celebration of life will be announced later.  Burial will follow at the Arlington National Cemetery.   The United States Army Honors Team will accord military honors. 

 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Delong Gospel Lighthouse Church, 5823 Center St., P.O. Box 440, Delong, Indiana 46922.  

Hoy Gene Noble, 63, Rochester

Hoy Gene Noble, 63, Rochester, passed away at 12:43 P.M. Friday, November 11, 2022, at his residence.

He was born on June 5, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Hoy and Mary (Miller) Noble. On September 22, 2002, in Knox, Indiana, he married Patricia Clemons and she survives.

Hoy had worked as a welder and fabricator for many years retiring from Indiana Heat in Plymouth, Indiana. He was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, walking and working in his garage. Hoy thoroughly loved to laugh and socialize with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Noble, Rochester, Indiana, son, Gene (Amber) Noble, Indianapolis, Indiana, daughter, Sabrina (Aaron) Voter, Knox, Indiana, grandchildren, Brenna Noble, Indianapolis, Indiana, Dominick Voter, Knox, Indiana, Rylan Voter, Knox, Indiana, Ashton Voter, Knox, Indiana, brother, Kenneth Noble, Peru, Indiana, sister, Denna (Ron) Adkins, Chesterton, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Michael C. Brown 49, Rochester

Michael C. Brown 49, Rochester, went to be with our Lord and Savior at 9:30 P.M. Friday, November 11, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on January 19, 1973 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Tommy Lee Brown and Christine (Alldaffer) Medeiros.  On October 22, 2000 in Winamac, Indiana, he married the love of his life Amy Fritz and she survives.

Michael graduated from Rochester High School in 1992 and was previously employed by Rochester Metal Products. He enjoyed praising God and reading God’s word, watching High School and College games, playing the game Risk with family and friends, fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Amy Brown, Rochester, Indiana, daughters, Alyssa Brown, Rochester, Indiana, Emma Brown, Rochester, Indiana, Brittani (John) Gibson, Plymouth, Indiana, Sabrina (Jeremy) Van Scoik, Plymouth, Indiana, sons, Tyler Fritz, Goshen, Indiana, Christian (Tracy) Sweet, Walkerton, Indiana, KC (Patricia) Sweet, Rochester, Indiana, six grandchildren, mother, Christine Medeiros, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Donald (Joan) Alldaffer, Columbia City, Indiana, sister, Marietta Finley, Vicksburg, Michigan, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 3, 2022 at the Church of Heartland, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael C. Brown Memorial Fund. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Cheryl L. Schwuchow 61, Kenosha, Wisconsin, formerly of Fulton County

Cheryl L. Schwuchow 61, Kenosha, Wisconsin, formerly of Fulton County, Indiana, passed away at 9:45 A.M. Monday, November 14, 2022 at her residence.

She was born on May 21, 1961 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Charles L. and Rose (Kuhn) Norman. On December 4, 1982 in Marquette, Michigan, she married Thomas Earl Schwuchow. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2016.

Cheryl had worked as a bus driver, bundle hauler and had worked in a factory while living in North Dakota. She had attended the First Assembly of God Church and enjoyed macrame, gardening, crafts and tending to her flower beds.

Survivors include her sons, Curtis Schwuchow, Kenosha, Wisconsin, Craig (Randella) Schwuchow, Watford City, North Dakota, Christopher (Nicole) Schwuchow, Kennewick, Washington, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, siblings, Chrystal (Kim) Burton, Peru, Indiana, Charles Lee (Mary Kay) Norman Jr., Virginia, Carl LeRoy (Debbie) Norman, Florida, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at Noon Monday, November 21, 2022 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. to Noon Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Elverta F. Moore, 103 years

Local centenarian Elverta F. Moore, 103 years, 2 months, and 17 days was surrounded by her loving family when she departed this life on November 12, 2022 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

 

On August 26, 1919, Elverta Francis Stout was born in Monon.  She was a treasured daughter of Dale and Emma Stotler Stout.  Growing up she shared her childhood with three sisters and a brother.  It was with great pride that Elverta graduated from Winamac High School with her class in 1939.

 

On August 25, 1940 Elverta married John D. Moore in Winamac.  They enjoyed 32 years of life's adventures.  From their union came four wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three more generations.

 

With a strong work ethic, Elverta worked as a seamstress at Hart-Schaffner-Marx for 27 years.  She was a talented homemaker, living independently and managing her home until the past six months. 

 

A woman of strong faith, Elverta was a charter member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.  She served her church in a variety of capacities including teaching Sunday School for many years.

 

Elverta possessed diverse interests.  She was a seasoned traveler visiting Israel twice and many locales across the United States including California.  Elverta expressed herself artistically with oils on canvas.  She masterfully completed compositions of landscapes, florals, wintry-scenes and still-life.  Gardening both flowers to enhance the landscape of her home to annually planting the vegetable garden to harvest the produce for family use, canning and freezing.

 

Proud of her legacy, and the opportunity to oversee five generations, Grandma Moore loved getting together with her family for special celebrations and at the holidays

 

Left to cherish Elverta's memory are two daughters: Betty Charlene Ward of Argos, Treva Louise Murphy (Roger) of Plymouth; daughter-in-law Alberta L. Moore of Rochester; son-in-law Jim Vermillion of Plymouth; nine grandchildren: Candra Dorell (Bill), Kimberly Huntsberger, David Shoemaker, Roger Murphy Jr., Charles Murphy (Stevennie), Timothy Paul Moore (Amy), Stephen Andrew Moore (Jessica), Naomi Fruchey (Michael),  Sherry Naggy (Chris); 20 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

 

Welcoming Elverta to Heaven are her parents Dale and Emma Stout;  beloved husband John of 32 years;  daughter Brenda Joyce Vermillion; son, Gerald Devon Moore; 2 grandsons: Jimmy Shoemaker and Jonney Fuller; great-grandson Aaron Fuller; great-granddaughter Allie Mae Murphy; 3 sisters: Leora Miller, Lola Anderson, Ruth Oliver; 2 brothers: Kedrick Stout and an infant brother Richard Stout; and many other members of her extended family.

 

A celebration of the life of Elverta F. Moore will be at noon on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Hillcrest Baptist Church,  1010 West  9th Street, Rochester, Indiana.  Pastor Thomas Myers will officiate.

 

Her family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will follow in the Athens-Hoover Cemetery. 

 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Joanne L. Mattocks, 68, Rochester

Joanne L. Mattocks, 68, Rochester, passed away at 1:10 P.M. Tuesday November 8, 2022, at Stillwater Hospice, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born on July 15, 1954 in Orange, California, the daughter of Eddie Lee and Josephine (Rivera) Weathers.

Joanne had previously lived in California and Nevada before moving to Rochester, Indiana, to be close to family. She had been a homemaker and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, Diamond Dot, arts and crafts, walking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Vicki Richardson, Reno, Nevada, Mike Weathers, Logansport, Indiana, Denise Mattocks, Rochester, Indiana, Ward Schrecongust, Reno, Nevada, multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren, and siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Lula Maude "Lulu" Hall Lounsbery, 97, of Granger, formerly of Niles, MI, Cape Coral, FL, and Winamac

Lula Maude “Lulu” Hall Lounsbery, 97, of Granger, formerly of Niles, MI, Cape Coral, FL, and Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 4, 2022. 

 

She passed away at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.  Lula was born on July 6, 1925 at Bass Lake, IN to the late Harry Leslie and Nora Elizabeth [Melvin] Bailey.  She graduated from Knox High School in Knox, IN. 

 

On February 17, 1945, Lula married Rev. Larsene C. Hall. Lula and Larsene were founding members of the First Baptist Church in Winamac.  Together, they pastored the church for 31 ½ years; leading many souls to Christ.  She was a devoted pastor’s wife and loving mother to her daughter, Carol.  Larsene passed away on November 22, 1990. 

 

On July 14, 1992, Lula married George N. Lounsberry.  They spent their retirement years in Cape Carol enjoying life to the fullest in sunny Southwest Florida.  After George passed away on September 28, 2003, Lula moved to Niles to live with her daughter.  She enjoyed over 20 years of time well spent with her family.

 

Lula enjoyed babysitting her great granddaughter, Marielle and enjoyed gardening.  She was a member of the Mishawaka Garden Club and the Red Hat Society.  Lula was an Indiana University Basketball/Bobby Knight Fan as well as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Tom Brady Fan. 

 

Lula will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

Carol L.Greider, Niles, MI Daughter

Evonne M. Enyeart-Corbett (husband: William J. Corbett IV), Niles, MI Granddaughter

MarielleBouvier Corbett, Niles, MI Great Granddaughter

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Harry Leslie and Nora Elizabeth [Melvin] Bailey, Parents

Rev. Larsene C. Hall, First Husband

George N. Lounsberry, Second Husband

Edna M. Winters, Sister

Leah R. Hunnicutt, Sister

Samuel L. Bailey, Brother

Russell C. Bailey, Brother

Howard Bailey, Infant Brother

Cora F. ClausonMetcalf, Sister

Allen C. Bailey, Brother

Dorothy M. West, Sister

Harry M. Bailey, Infant Brother

Irene A. ReedSellers, Sister

Ester Bailey, Infant Sister

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 1 PM EST Sunday, November 20, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EST Sunday, November 20, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. David Broad officiating.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (Southlawn Addition) in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Memorial Swinging Bridge Project, Wounded Warrior Project, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Online Condolences may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangement shave been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Beverly Sue Murphy, age 82, formally of Akron

Beverly Sue Murphy, age 82, formally of Akron, died on November 9, 2022 at Millers Merry Manor in Warsaw, IN at 8:27 p.m.

 

She was born on September 30, 1940 in Warsaw, IN to Fred and Lavera (Stockberger) Horn.  Beverly graduated from Mentone High School in 1958. She lived in the town of Akron for 56 years from 1960-2016.  From 2017 to 2022, she lived at Millers Merry Manor in Warsaw, Indiana.

 

On April 22, 1960, she married Paul L. Murphy in Mentone, IN.  She worked as a bank teller for 30 years in Akron and retired from Wells Fargo Bank after 30 years of service.

 

Beverly was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God and of the organization Manitou Training Center of Rochester.  She enjoyed watching IU basketball on TV, camping, singing and loved the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Surviving Beverly are (3) sons: Jeffrey P. (Tami) Murphy of Warsaw, IN; Ryan L. (Becky) Murphy of Rochester, IN; Bryan D. (Tracy) Murphy of Akron, IN; (2) sisters: Shirley (Richard) Wine of Warsaw, IN; Leota Holloway of Talma, IN; (6) grandchildren and (7) great-grandchildren.

 

Preceding Beverly in death are her parents, husband Paul L. Murphy (1988), son Troy E. Murphy (2021), several brothers and sisters.

 

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester Street, Akron, IN 46910.

 

Funeral Service will be on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Silver Creek Church of God, County Line Road (West County Road 1300 S.) Silver Lake, IN  46982.  Officiating the service will be Rev. Randy Samuels with burial in the Silver Creek Cemetery.

 

Preferred memorials may be given to the Troy Murphy Memorial Fund, c/o Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN  46580.

Sally Little, 83, of Silver Lake

Sally Little, 83, of Silver Lake, passed away on November 9, 2022 at 2:45 p.m. at her residence.

 

On July 14, 1939 in Plymouth, Indiana she was born to Walter J. Snyder and Mary Alice (Fear) Snyder. She’s lived in Silver Lake, Indiana for the past 10 years, having lived in Claypool, Indiana prior to that.

 

She had been a waitress at Indiana Express and Smitty’s both of Etna Green, Indiana; She also worked at Mason’s Hardware, Etna Green, Indiana and Warsaw Health Food Store, Warsaw, Indiana. She was a graduate of Argos High School with the class of 1957.

 

Sally is survived by her Significant other Alan Baugher of Silver Lake, Indiana

Daughters -  Lori Campbell and husband Chalmer of Akron, Indiana; and Lisa Nifong and husband Mark of Claypool, Indiana

 

Son – Dayton Paxton of Silver Lake, Indiana

Grandsons – Travis Campbell and wife Selly; Corey Campbell and fiancé Kaitlin; Morgen Nifong

2 Great Grandchildren

Sister – Sharon Campbell and husband Sheldon of Argos, Indiana

 

She is preceded in death by her: Parents; Brother – Darrell Snyder

 

Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Monday November 14, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana.

 

Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana

 

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana

Carol Lynn (Harris) McCoy, 77, of Argos

Carol Lynn (Harris) McCoy, 77, of Argos, passed away on November 6, 2022, at 11:37 am at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.

 

She was born October 3, 1945, the daughter of Jerry Rogers and Frank G (Nora ) Harris.

 

She grew up in Slidell, Louisiana and New York City . Carol spent many years with her grandma, Mabel Hawk Depolito.

 

She married James L. McCoy in California. They later divorced. She met her soulmate, Pierce Vires Jr. in 1981. Together they shared  41 years and became loving parents and grandparents.

 

She enjoyed decorating their home, gardening and best of all, shopping! She was always on the hunt for the next bargain. Carol loved listening to music and enjoyed when family and friends would pick guitars.

 

Carol is survived by soulmate – Pierce Vires Jr. of Argos, Indiana

 

Daughters – Pam McCoy of Argos, Indiana; Sandi McClellan and husband Eric of Donaldson, Indiana

 

Son – Mike McCoy and wife Samantha of Alcester, South Dakota

 

Grandchildren – Danielle Styles and husband Dan; Dale Rex and wife Melissa; Brett Hammond; Kylie Woodka and husband KR; Trey Krantz; Quinn Luse and wife Taylor; Nikki Johnson and husband Cole; Cheyenne Harry and Fiancé Ryan Davis

 

Great Grandchildren – Phoenix, Danika, and McKynlee Dickson; Hartley Styles; Zander and Gavin Rex; James and Adaline Rex; Parker and Aubree Woodka; Westin Luse and his little brother due in February.

 

Special friends – Susan Welch McCoy and Michelle Moeller

 

Step-Sister – Selma Babin of Prairieville, Louisiana

 

And her beloved Vires family

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Terry Phelps and grandson Deven Rex.

 

No Services are planned at this time, per Carol’s wishes. Instead, family and friends will gather at the Izaak Walton for a carry in dinner on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 12:00 noon. Don’t forget your guitars.

 

Memorial Contribution may be made to:  Marshall County Humane Society, PO Box 22, Plymouth, Indiana 46563

 

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana.

William C. "Bill" Simoni, 81, of Griffin, GA, formerly of Winamac

William C. “Bill” Simoni, 81, of Griffin, GA, formerly of Winamac, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022 at Pruitt Health Monroe in Forsyth, GA. 

 

He was born on July 14, 1941 in North Judson, IN to the late Geno and Bernice [Suckow] Simoni.  Bill married Mary J. Rater on October 23, 1965 in Denham, IN. 

 

He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Denham and a retired steelworker. 

 

Bill was a joyful man, with a good sense of humor.  He was always trying to make someone laugh or smile.  Bill will be dearly missed. 

 

He is survived by:

Mary J. [Rater] Simoni, Griffin, GA Wife

Scott W. (Teri) Simoni, Griffin, GA Son

Brandon Simoni, Pearisburg, VA Grandson

Brianna (Landon Neal) Simoni, Narrows, VA Granddaughter

Chase Carden, Griffin, GA Step Grandson

Cypress Scott Neal, Narrows, VA Great Grandson

John (Judy) Simoni, Tinley Park, IL Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

He was preceded in death by:

Geno and Bernice [Suckow] Simoni, Parents

Kurt David Simoni, Son

Louella Simoni, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon - 2 PM EST Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Pastor Lynda Hosek officiating. 

Burial will take place at Denham Cemetery in Denham.

 Memorial Contributions can be made to the family c/o Mary Simoni.

Online Condolences may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Harold Gene Stotler, 84, of Winamac, formerly of Monterey

Harold Gene Stotler, 84, of Winamac, formerly of Monterey, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. 

 

Gene was born March 20, 1938 in Monterey to the late Evert D. and Bertha [Rater] Stotler.  He graduated from Monterey High School in 1956. 

 

Gene served as an MP in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  After receiving an honorable discharge, he moved to Colorado and worked for Gates Rubber Co.  He lived in Colorado for twelve years and during that time, Gene met Linda T. Wills who he would marry on August 23, 1993 in Las Vegas, NV.  

 

After spending a year in Arizona, Gene moved back home to the family farm in 1981.  He was a caregiver for his parents until they passed away. 

 

Gene was a farmer who enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and fishing.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

 

He is survived by:

Linda T. [Wills] Stotler, Winamac, IN Wife

Kenneth E. Stotler, Monterey, IN Brother

Ronald E. Stotler, Phenix City, AL Brother

Richard K. (Sharon) Stotler, Crestwood, KY Brother

Donald M. (Betty) Stotler, Ellettsville, IN Brother

Lester L. (Donna) Stotler, Monterey, IN Brother

Lois I. (Merv) Lemeron, Winamac, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Evert D. and Bertha [Rater] Stotler, Parents

Garry S. (Janice) Stotler, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 3-6 PM EST Monday, November 14, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating.

Burial will take place at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey, IN.  The American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Memorial Swinging Bridge Project or Gideon’s International or Monterey Fire Department. 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Rickey David Bradshaw II, 46, Peru

Rickey David Bradshaw II, 46, Peru, passed away at 3:58 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, in Peru. 

Born September 6, 1976, in Marion, Indiana, he was the son of Rickey David Bradshaw and the former Anna M. (Case) Bradshaw.  

He was a 1995 graduate of North Miami High School and attended Joliet Junior College where studied culinary arts to become a sous chef.  He loved cars and sound systems and belonged to a car club in Joliet, Illinois.  He loved going to car shows with his late mother and his children.  Rickey was a legend in his own right.  He had a wicked sense of humor and never hesitated telling it how it was.  Recently, Rickey connected with God and made peace with Him.  

Survivors include six children, Gabrielle N. Bradshaw, Macy; Daulton J. (Mackinsey) Wentz, McGrawsville; Lilly F. Bradshaw, Peru; Brayden F. Bradshaw, Joliet, IL; and Savanna M. Bradshaw, Joliet, IL; and Kinsley L. Bradshaw, Joliet, IL; one grandson, Colt Townsend, Macy; three sisters, Cheryl (Lisa) Case, Logansport; Shelly Case-Layton, Peru; and Sherry Shipley, Marion.  He also leaves behind one niece, several nephews, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rickey Bradshaw and Anna Dunn; maternal grandparents, Harold and Marcella Case; and paternal grandparents, Floyd and Wanda Bradshaw.  

Respecting his afterlife wishes, cremation arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.  The family invites all to a celebration of his life gathering from 1-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at the Denver, Community Building on South Emmons St. in the town of Denver where Rickey was raised. 

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family on the McClain Funeral Home website at www.mcclainfh.com, where friends and family are also able to leave memorial contributions to assist with funeral expenses.  

Betty Mae Brown, age 78 of Unionville, Tennessee, and formerly of Peru/Denver

Services for Betty Mae Brown, age 78 of Unionville, Tennessee, and formerly of Peru/Denver, Indiana, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2022, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. 

Friends may visit at the funeral home from noon until the time of service.  Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Denver, Indiana. 

Ms. Brown passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born on Friday, November 12, 1943 in Berwyn, Illinois to the late Randall Melvin Herman Sr. and Mary Constance Wieler Herman. She was a high school graduate and retired from Lions Club International in 1999 after 22 years of service.  

On February 14, 1991 she married Joseph S. Brown and he preceded her in death in 2002.    

She is survived by two children, Denise (Steve) Paulson, Thompson, Illinois; and Leigh Ann (Jason) Williams, Unionville; one sister, Shirley Michels, Lyon, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Herman, Camdenton, Missouri; and Patricia Bowman, Bardwell, Kentucky.

Betty is also survived by two grandchildren, Rachel (Steven) Teeter, Unionville and Katelyn Paulson, Thompson, Illinois; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron McGee, Unionville; and Christopher Reccord, Thompson, Illinois; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with her parents and her husband, Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, Randall Herman Jr. and Jack Herman; two sisters-in-law, Sally (Ken) Couch and Dixie (Dennis) Johnson; and one nephew, Timothy Couch. 

Jack J. Summers, 74, of Rochester

Jack J. Summers, 74, of Rochester, passed away at 6:35 AM on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at his residence.

                                       

On April 16, 1948, Jack was born in Kokomo.  He was a treasured son of John Juddson and Loretta M. Shriver Summers. 

 

He graduated with the class of 1966 from Rochester High School.  Answering the call of patriotism, Jack served with the United States Navy for almost 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1971.

 

As a young man, Jack entered the work world at the Beall Tire Shop.  Returning from the Navy he began work for Denton Electric.  He completed his career at Sealed Power and the Dana Corporation. Jack was a member of the UAW Local #221.

 

On September 1, 1974, Jack and Janet Kay Abbott were married, in the Grace United Methodist Church of Rochester. They have shared 48 years of life’s adventures.

 

The Elks Golf Course was Jack’s favorite place to spend the day hitting the links. Jack loved watching the Chicago Cubs, and will always remember their World Series Championship in 2016. 

 

Left to cherish Jack's memory are his wife, Janet; sister Pam Whalin of Elkton, FL; two brothers: John “Judd” Summers of Apopka, FL, Steve Summers and wife Kay of Rochester, four nieces, 2 nephews, brother-in-law, Don Abbott and wife Lois of Rochester.  A special thanks to nephews Brian Abbott, Shane Lehman, nieces Rhonda Abbott and Janece Warner for being caregivers over the last several months. Other nieces and nephews are:  Julie Lehman, Todd Abbott, Kevin and Julie Abbott, Lanae and Neville Button.

 

Preceding Jack in death are his mother Loretta in 2014, father John in 1990, brother Rick Summers in 2016, and sister-in-law Doris Lehman in 2022.

 

The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Woodlawn Hospital and the nurses from Kindred Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Jack J. Summers will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 11, 2022, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 11-1 on Friday in the funeral home.  

 

Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Navy Honors Team.  

 

Memorials may be made to the United Ministries Food Pantry, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN 46975.  

 

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

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