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Allen B. Chesser Jr, 68, of Culver

Allen B. Chesser Jr, 68, of Culver, passed away unexpectedly at 7:16 a.m. on Wednesday, December, 28, 2022, at his residence.

 

On July 22, 1954, Allen Baird Chesser Jr. was born in Augusta, GA, to Allen B. Sr. and Katherina Preywisch Chesser. Proudly he graduated with the class of 1972 from Culver High School. Continuing his education at Purdue University he earned a BS in biology in 1976. Allen professionalized his career in the financial world as a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

 

High school sweethearts, Allen and Mary L. Croy were married on May 29, 1976 in the Zion Church near Bruce Lake. They have shared over a half century of life’s adventures.  From their union came three wonderful children Emily, Alex and Carl. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren.

 

With a strong work ethic developed as a young man, Allen worked at the Monterey Bank for many years.  In the leadership role he served as President overseeing the daily operations with a vision for the future and a passion for helping his community and friends.  

 

As a community servant, Allen was a member of a multitude of organizations. Locally he served as a past member of the Fulton County 4-H Fair Board, two terms on the Woodlawn Hospital Board and the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council. Allen was the treasurer for the Aubbeenaubbee Improvement Association and the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church.

 

Gifted with his hands, Allen was a man of diverse interests and from his woodwork shop came many custom creations. Among them are bird houses, gifted to the Fulton County Park Board for use in our parks and trophies built for Power of the Past. He once made a walnut table for his son., step stools and more. Cutting wood for the family wood boiler, maple syrup evaporator, fireplace or campfires was a way of relaxation.

 

An outdoorsman, Allen loved nature.  As an artifact hunter, he acquired a unique collection of arrowheads. He proudly displayed them in framed shadow boxes he built. A coveted friend, Dave McGowen assisted him with building a camp structure at the family maple syrup camp. Allen would pick black raspberries for Mary to make jam and pies. He often said he liked two kinds of pie, hot and cold. Annually Allen would be responsible to till, water and weed a large garden. He also loved driving the hay baler during the baling season.

 

The restoration of antique tractors was another interest of Allen’s.  He restored  International Harvester and John Deere tractors to be used on the family farm.  While working in the barn, he could be found repairing bicycles for the family and friends.

 

 

As the patriarch of the Chesser family, Allen was proud to oversee three generations. Dedicated to his family, Grandpa Allen or Papa adored his grandchildren and treasured the time he spent with them. Making memories, taking them rides in the Gator or playing in the pool were special times.  He and Mary followed their school and sporting activities

 

Left to cherish Allen's memory are his wife, Mary, daughter, Emily Schouten and husband Andrew and their children, Adrian, Katie and Nicholas of Rochester, two sons, Alex Chesser and wife Janel and their children, Jack, Emmett and Seth of Winamac, Carl Chesser and wife Courtney and their children Conan and Carsyn of Kearney, MO; a sister Frances Bowers of NC; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Mike Holdmann, Tom and Lana Croy and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Allen in death are his parents Allen and Katherina Chesser.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Allen Baird Chesser Jr. will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Bob Metzger will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 3-7 PM on Monday, January 2, 2023 and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  

 

Interment will be in the Leiters Ford Cemetery.  

 

Memorials may be made to the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund, 116 N. Main St., Culver, IN 46511 or the Leiters Ford United Methodist Church, PO Box 126,  Leiters Ford, IN 46945. 

 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com .

Mary Rockenbaugh, 69, of Rochester

Mary Rockenbaugh, 69, of Rochester, passed away at 8:20 PM on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Vibra Hospital of Northwestern Indiana.

 

On March 11, 1953, Mary Ellen Keitzer was born  to Paul Joseph and Ellen Louise Reinholt Keitzer.

 

Mary and James Rockenbaugh were married on September 17, 1995 in the Elvis Presley Chapel of Las Vegas. They have shared 27 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, he preceded her in death.

 

Over the years, Mary was a homemaker and cherished the time with her family.  For 18 years she worked at the Railroad Hotels, in Peru assisting with housekeeping. Playing Bingo and visiting with her friends at the Senior Center was always a highlight of the week. To relax she liked to read books about the Amish lifestyle. Watching and feeding the birds and squirrels kept her busy too. Mary attended The Cross Church of Rochester.

 

Left to cherish Mary's memory are her daughter Amber Waller of Akron; son, Anthony Byerline of Logansport, three grandchildren, Matthew, Kaylie, and JoAnna Knauff,  siblings, Frank Keitzer, Ted Richard and wife Lynda, Rita Jenkins and husband Jim, Hugh Richard and wife Vicki, Joe Richard, Ruth Gunter, Jane VanMeter and husband Kyle, Ed Richard and wife Amy all of Rochester, Mark Richard of Oregon, numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Mary in death are her parents, husband, son, Roy Byerline, three brothers, James Richard in infancy, Carl Richard and Charles Richard.

 

A graveside service at the Monterey Cemetery, Monterey will be announced.  

 

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

David Lewis Dady Sr., 71, of Argos

David Lewis Dady Sr., 71, of Argos, passed away on December 27, 2022 at 11:20 a.m. at the intersection of US 31 and State Road 10, Argos, from injuries sustained in a auto accident.

 

On July 24, 1951, in Flint, Michigan he was born to James W. Dady and Doris M. (Barkley) Dady.

 

David had lived in Argos, Indiana since September 2022, having lived in Warsaw, Indiana for many years.

 

He married Dolores E. Dady and later they divorced.

 

David worked for the Warsaw Community School Corporation from 1980 to 2011as a custodian and with the maintenance department. He worked for TMC, based out of Texas from 2011 to 2016 and the spent a year teaching at Notre Dame University. David had worked the past 5 years for JBS Carriers as a truck driver.

 

David was a graduate of Carbondale High School, Carbondale, Illinois, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Business Administration.

 

David is survived by his Son – David Dady Jr. and wife Shannan of Argos, Indiana

3 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren

 

Brothers – Ken Dady and wife Pam of Bellefontaine, Ohio; John Dady and wife Sue of Alabama; and Bruce Davis and wife Gaythel of Van Wert, Ohio

 

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, and Daughter – Karen Mussbaum

 

No services are planned at this time.  A Celebration of Life will be held later.

 

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

John Joseph Tidwell, Sr., 80, of Westville

John Joseph Tidwell, Sr., 80, of Westville, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022 at Franciscan Health Hospital in Michigan City. 

 

He was born on March 12, 1942 in Gary, IN to the late Easley Richardson and Helen Mildred [Strinchak] Tidwell. 

 

John served in the US Army and the Indiana Army National Guard.  He was a 50 year member of Porter Lodge #137 F&AM.  John worked at ANCO/Federal Mogul for 41 years. 

 

On April 15, 1991, John married Eldora Louise [Wiegand] Ferrell in Sevierville, TN.  They loved traveling together and especially enjoyed visiting Tennessee as well as staying at their getaway in Francesville, IN.  He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and woodworking.  He was an avid genealogist.  Most of all, John loved spending time with his family.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Eldora Louise [Wiegand] Tidwell, Westville, IN Wife

Mary “Mitzie” Harris, LaPorte, IN Daughter

John Joseph (Jamie) Tidwell, Jr., Westville, IN Son

Stella (Carlos) Montoya, Indianapolis, IN Step Daughter

James (Michelle) Ferrell, Walkerton, IN Step Son

Terry (Chris) Ferrell, Kouts, IN Step Son

18 Grandchildren

9 Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by:

Easley Richardson and Helen Mildred [Strinchak] Tidwell, Parents

Infant Brother

 

Per John’s wishes, no services will be held.

Private Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.  The American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Mary Ellen Link, 93, of Monticello, formerly of Pulaski

Mary Ellen Link, 93, of Monticello, formerly of Pulaski, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at White Oak Health Campus in Monticello.  S

 

he was born on March 19, 1929 in Francesville, IN to the late Charles Gilbert and Jessie Lee [Ren] Parker.  Mary graduated from Francesville High School. 

 

On June 4, 1947, she married Donald Paul Link at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.  Don passed away on October 11, 2009. 

 

Mary was a loving and devoted farm wife and mother.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski and the Christian Mothers of the Church.

 

She is survived by:

Mike L. Link, Monticello, IN Son

Cynthia (Bill) Scott, Pulaski, IN Daughter

Patricia Ringen, Star City, IN Daughter

Ronald P. (Karen) Link, Star City, IN Son

Donald G. (Tammy) Link, Winamac, IN Son

Stacey Ingram, Granddaughter

Aaron (Christie) Link, Grandson

Shawn Scott, Grandson

Tasha (Aaron) Campbell, Granddaughter

Sonia (Alford) Collins, Granddaughter

Chasity (Billy) Herrod, Granddaughter

Bryce (Ashley) Link, Grandson

Jerod (Kristen) Bolt, Step-Grandson

 

15   Great Grand Children

 4   Great Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by:

Charles Gilbert and Jessie Lee [Ren] Parker, Sr., Parents

Donald Paul Link, Husband

Maria Ann Link, Infant Daughter

Sue Link, Daughter-in-law

Charles Gilbert Parker, Jr., Brother

Wayne W. Allen, Half Brother

Wanetta E. Ezra, Half Sister

Rubye F. Reutebuch, Half Sister

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EST Monday, January 2, 2023 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 3:30 PM EST on Monday, January 2, 2023 at the funeral home.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM EST Tuesday, January 3, 2023 St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.

 

Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery West in Pulaski.

 

Memorial Donations may be made to the Christian Mothers of the church.

 

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

 

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

Mrs. Helen L. Notz, 95, of Rochester

Mrs. Helen L.  Notz, 95, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 1:20 AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Wynnfield Crossing of Rochester. 

 

On February 24, 1927, Helen Lucile Kindig was born in Fulton County to Oral and Eva Severns Kindig. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister, Donna and a brother Omer  “Skip".  Proudly she graduated from Rochester High School with the Class of 1945. She was a lifetime resident of Rochester.

 

On January 13, 1946,  Helen and Richard B. Notz were married in Rochester, while Richard was on leave from the U.S. Navy while serving in China. They shared 48 years of life’s adventures. After retirement, they wintered in Florida at the west end on the panhandle, making Apalachicola their snowbird getaway for nearly a decade.  Their union produced four wonderful children, Terry, Pat, Rick and Joe. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations including eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 

For many years, Helen assisted our community with transactions at First Federal Savings Bank of Rochester. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church for over 70 years and actively participated in the ministry of the Lutheranns. Keeping busy and active was Helen’s way of life. She enjoyed the lady’s coffee table in the mornings at Tweedle-Dees. Playing cards, going to luncheons and her dinner group was the best way to keep up with her friends and the community.

 

Grandma Helen loved hosting celebrations and creating memories with her family. They always looked forward to her specialty either the roast pork or turkey. For dessert, the fruit pies, especially the blueberry and the rhubarb fresh from the oven were the family favorites.

 

Left to cherish Helen's memory are two daughters, Terry Pfeiffer and husband Wally of Rochester, Patricia Zehr and husband Ben of Franklin; two sons, Rick L. Notz and wife Karen of Rochester, Joe W. Notz and wife Angie of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Jody Pfeiffer McCall and husband Matt, Alison Pfeiffer, Greta Notz-Black and husband Geoff, Richard “Rich” Notz and wife Brie, Joseph Landon Notz, AJ Charles Notz, Kelly Aucremanne and husband Jim,  Kimberly Zehr;  five great-grandchildren, Grady McCall, Ashly McCall, Connor Aucremanne, Alana Aucremanne, and Benjamin Zehr; a brother, Omer “Skip” Kindig of Rochester; nieces Jean Mize and husband Bobby,  Karen Smith and husband Tim, Tammy Smith; special cousin Hans and Vera Schwartz of Zurich Switzerland.

 

Preceding Helen in death are her parents, beloved husband Richard on December 24, 1994, sister, Donna Jean Smith,  brother-in-law Francis Smith,  sister-in-law Annette Kindig and great-grandson Austin McCall.

 

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Helen L.  Notz will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 30, 2022, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 12- 2 in the funeral home. Rev. Curtis A. May will officiate. 

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

 

Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 404 Jefferson St., Rochester, In 46975. 

 

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

Hugh M. Funk, 73, of Rochester

The Celebration of Life services of Hugh M. Funk will be live-streamed at 10:00 AM EST Friday, December 30, 2022.     

           

Following a brief intermission, the stream will continue for Military & graveside rites on the arrival at IOOF Cemetery.  

 

Log on to Facebook to view the services and search for JD Good.

 

Mr. Hugh M. Funk, 73, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 2:41AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at his home. 

 

On July 3, 1949, Hugh Martin Funk was born in Fulton County to Carry and Lucile King Funk.  Hugh was the second youngest of 12 children.  

 

He graduated from Akron High School in 1967.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and spent the majority of his time serving in Alaska where he worked on heavy equipment and spent his off-time fishing for salmon that he would send home to his mom.  Hugh was honorably discharged on September 3, 1971.  Returning home, he furthered his education at the Lincoln Tech Diesel School in Indianapolis.

 

At the Grace United Methodist Church, Hugh and Rita Paulus were married on July 31, 1976,  in Rochester.  From their union came two wonderful sons, Daniel and Brian.  The family tree continued to grow with the birth of Grandpa’s favorite buddy, Jonah Eldred Funk.

 

With a strong work ethic, Hugh worked for Northwest Fuel Injection in Mentone, where he repaired and tuned-up nearly any make and model of diesel pump and set of injectors.  During those years he met many customers that stayed cherished friends long after retirement.  Retirement for Hugh was far from sitting around, he loved woodworking, making anything from bedroom furniture sets to civil war era lanterns and canteens.

 

Left to cherish Hugh’s memory are his wife Rita, sons Daniel and Brian, grandson Jonah; siblings, Isabelle Kamp, Martha Schultz, Robert Funk, Rose Habegger, Sue Quintinia, and Judy Armstrong and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Hugh in death are his parents Carry and Lucile Funk, sisters Elma Swihart and Elizabeth in infancy, brothers James “Harvey” Funk, Arthur Funk,  George in infancy, his in-laws Eldred "Bud" and Juanita Paulus .   

 

A celebration of the life of Hugh Funk will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 30, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor Kurt Nichols will officiate.  

 

Friends may visit with the family from 5-7 PM on Thursday, December 29th and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.  

 

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  

 

Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.  

 

Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 201 West 7th Street, Rochester, IN 46975.    

 

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

Kimberly A. Boyer, 52, of rural Mentone

Kimberly A. Boyer, 52, of rural Mentone, passed at 2:10 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 with her husband by her side at their home.

Kim was born on June 2, 1970 in Rochester, Indiana to the late Allison Jr. and Sharlene Kay (Shull) Haimbaugh. She married on March 25, 2000 in the Izaak Walton League of Argos, Indiana to D. Kevin Boyer, he survives.

Kim was a 1988 graduate of Rochester High School. She had been a longtime Clerk for D.R. Smith Trucking of Akron. She kept the farm books for the family farm and was the caregiver for her parents until the time of their passing.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years Kevin Boyer of Mentone; brothers Neal Haimbaugh of Culver and twin Kenneth Haimbaugh of Rochester; father and mother-in-law Donald and Carol Boyer of Mentone; and nieces and nephews Joshua and wife Hannah Haimbaugh, Anthony “A.J.” Haimbaugh and companion Smiley, Hayden Haimbaugh and companion Nicole, Isaac Haimbaugh, Abigail Haimbaugh and fiancé Kyle Corn, and Hanna Haimbaugh; uncles Bill and Karen Shull and Spencer and Cathy Shull; and an aunt Dana Nichols.

Kim was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Allison Sr. and Dorthea Haimbaugh and Paul and Opal Shull.

The funeral service will take place at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana with brother-in-law Rev. Michael Smith officiating.

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

Visitation hours will be from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund.

Harry Jay Adams, 95, of Argos

Harry Jay Adams, 95, of Argos, passed away December 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the  Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana.

 

On May 23, 1927, in Silver Lake, Indiana he was born to Loren Adams and Maybelle M. (Perry) Adams. Harry lived in Argos since 1945.

 

On August 17, 1947, in Argos, Indiana he married Ruth Eileen Jones and together they shared the next 72 years until Ruth’s passing on May 1, 2020.

 

Harry was a farmer and worked for DESCO Chemical in Nappanee, Indiana retiring in 1983.

 

Harry was a graduate of Silver Lake High School with the class of 1945. He was a member of the Argos Lions Club and Plymouth Elks Lodge.

 

Harry is survived by his Daughters – Shirleen Martens and husband Kim of Red Lodge, Montana; and Darleen Vanderweele and husband Jon D. of Argos, Indiana

7 Grandchildren – Todd Vanderweele and wife Kelli of Plymouth, Indiana; Amee Stone and husband Andy of Argos, Indiana; Mark Vanderweele and wife Jena of Argos, Indiana; Kari Nielson and husband Troy of Fishers, Indiana; Jean Bess and husband Larry of Monroe, Michigan; Jennifer Browning and husband Pat of Noblesville, Indiana; and Chris Martens and wife Erin of Bismark, North Dakota

and 16 Great Grandchildren

 

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, Wife, Great Grandchildren Hudson Nielson and Trevon Browning, Brothers – Loren Adams Jr. and Harold Adams

 

Private Funeral Services will be held on Monday December 26, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana with Rev. Robert E. Rice Jr.

 

Private burial to follow.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Argos Food Pantry; Attn: Argos United Methodist Church; 570 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana 46501

Joan L. Winters, 87, of Monterey

Joan L. Winters, 87, of Monterey, passed away Monday, December 19, 2022 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver. 

 

She was born on July 30, 1935 in Hammond, IN to the late Clarence and Evelyn [Miller] Natke.  

 

Joan graduated from Hammond High School and worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Margaret Hospital.  She married Frank L. Winters in 1958.  She was a devoted wife and mother.

 

Joan was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  She was an animal lover.  She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Joan endured many health issues over the past two years, but Frank stood by her side and cared for her.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

Frank L. Winters, Monterey, IN Husband

Michael Winters, Lansing, IL Son

Jim Winters, Monterey, IN Son

Brian (Sally) Winters, Dyer, IN Son

2 Granddaughters: Marie and Casandra

3 Great Grandsons

Diane Natke, Monterey, IN Sister

 

Preceded in death by:

Clarence and Evelyn [Miller] Natke, Parents

David J. Winters, Son

1 Granddaughter: Caitlin

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 1 PM EST Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac

 

Funeral Services will be held at at 1 PM EST Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Daniel Shine officiating.

 

Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

 

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

 

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

Sean Garrison, 47, of Rochester

Sean L. Garrison, 47, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

 

On May 7, 1975, Sean LaMar Garrison was born in Logansport to Stephen L. and Judith Tirey Garrison. Proudly he graduated with the Class of 1995 from Rochester High School. Sean went on to further his education at Lincoln Tech Diesel of Indianapolis. He earned the distinction driving professionally with a Class A CDL.

 

On September 18, 1999,  Sean married the love of his life,  Sarah Beth Schrader in the Macy Christian Church. Pastor David Welsh was the officiant of the wedding. As high school sweethearts,  they have shared 31 years of life’s adventures and as married partners 23 years. From their union came two wonderful children, a son Bryce and a daughter Brenah.

 

With a strong work ethic, Sean drove for "R.I.M." Rochester Iron & Metal Trucking hauling loads of scrap to the Rochester plant from all over northern Indiana. He was a member of the Macy Christian Church. Serving his community, Sean was a dedicated  member of the Macy - Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department.

 

The attributes of loyalty and speed define Sean's vision and way of life.  In the early days, he took Sarah to dinner at South Bend on the back of his shiny black Harley making their destination of South Bend in record time. They also enjoyed summer day trips around the countryside, catching the breeze and enjoying the freedom on a Harley ride can bring. His loyalty to family, friends and co-workers was unmatched, always counted on to be there for all of them.

 

A man able to blend adventure with education, Sean was delighted to take his family on expeditions and places to explore.  They enjoyed the Smokey Mountains, an amazing place of beauty for a family field trip.  Blending educational opportunities with fun and adventure was the perfect ingredient for learning.  Sean and Sarah made many memories with Bryce and Brenah at Monterey's Rising Sun Campground hugging the shores of the Tippecanoe River. 

 

Left to cherish Sean's memory are his wife Sarah, two children Bryce and Brenah; parents, Judy and Dale Coffing of Macy and Steve and Nancy Garrison of Rochester; sister Amy Freeman and husband Matt, two brothers, Brent Coffing and wife Cindy, Chad Garrison and wife Danielle all of Rochester; in-laws, Melissa and Craig Armstrong, Paul and Dawn Schrader, Katie Hanley and  fiance' Chris Hight, numerous nieces and nephews; his black and white feline companion, Avenger.

 

Preceding Sean in death are grandparents Ed and Kate Tirey and Dave and Mary Schrader.

 

A celebration of the life of Sean Garrison will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday,  December 29, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Pastor David Welsh will officiate.

 

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, December 28th and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Please wear your favorite blue jeans to honor Sean.  

 

Interment will be in the Tippecanoe Cemetery.  

 

Memorials may be made to the family for the benefit of the children's education.   

 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Joshua A. West, 35, of Kokomo

Joshua A. West, 35, of Kokomo, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2022.  

 

He was born on November 16, 1987 in Winamac, to Darrell Holbrook and Robin West.  Josh was an avid Chicago Bears Fan.  

 

He enjoyed the outdoors and playing basketball.  Josh will be sadly missed.

 

He is survived by:

Jayla Garcia-West, Monon, IN Daughter

Darrell (Bonita) Holbrook, Medaryville, IN Father

Eleshia (Markus) Wein, Monticello, IN Sister

Gaberial Wein, Nephew

Aaliyah Wein, Niece

Skylin Ried, Niece

Colton Rowe, Nephew

Glenna West, Winamac, IN Maternal Grandmother

Robin Rowe, Medaryville, IN Step Grandmother

Several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

 

Preceded in death by: 

Robin West, Mother

Devin Holbrook, Brother

Justin West, Brother

Dillon West, Brother

John and Polly [Patrick] Holbrook, Paternal Grandparents

Harold West, Maternal Grandfather

Jimmy Rowe, Step Grandfather

Colton Devries, Cousin

 

Visitation 12 Noon – 1 PM EST Friday, December 23, 2022 at Goodway Baptist Church in Medaryville, IN.  

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EST Friday, December 23, 2022 at Goodway Baptist Church in Medaryville, IN.  

 

Burial will take place at Goodway Cemetery in Medaryville, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Goodway Baptist Church.

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

Sandra Rae Wilson, 83, of Rensselaer, formerly of Hebron

Sandra Rae Wilson, 83, of Rensselaer, formerly of Hebron, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac. 

 

She was born on March 14, 1939 in Winfield Township, Lake County, IN to the late Cecil Raymond and Mabel Lucy [Einspahr] Kenney. 

 

Sandy was valedictorian of Lowell High School in 1958. 

 

She married Charles Neal Wilson in 1959.  Sandy and Neal were very active in modern western square dancing until his death in 1992.  Sandy enjoyed reading and crocheting.  She loved her family very much and will be sadly missed.

 

She is survived by:

Jodi (Chris) Kosary, Star City, IN Daughter and Son-in-law

Teresa Wilson, Rensselaer, IN Daughter-in-law

Devon (fiance: Stacey Morton) Wilson, Grandson

Ashley (Justin) DeMoss, Granddaughter

4 Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by:

Cecil Raymond and Mabel Lucy [Einspahr] Kenney, Parents

Charles Neal Wilson, Husband

Jayme Neal Wilson, Son

Todd Neal Wilson, Son

Virgadell Dawn [Kenney] Bateman, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 9 AM – 12 Noon EST Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Kewanna United Methodist Church 111 E. Pearl St. Kewanna, IN 46939.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon EST Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Kewanna United Methodist Church 111 E. Pearl St. Kewanna, IN 46939 with Pastor Jeff Herron officiating.

 

Private Family Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, IN. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation. 

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN and Kosary Funeral Home in Evergreen Park, IL.

Billy Neeley, 58, of Medaryville

Billy Neeley, 58, of Medaryville, passed away at his daughter’s home on Saturday, December 17, 2022 following years of health issues. 

 

He was born on July 20, 1964 in Monticello, IN to the late Wayne and Gertrude [Patrick] Neeley. 

 

Billy attended West Central High School where he also played football.  He was a welder for many years and worked for Galbreath in Winamac, IN.  Billy enjoyed playing his guitar, cooking, gardening, and quilting. 

 

Billy loved the outdoors and was an avid coon hunter.  He also enjoyed dirt track racing (both as a driver and a fan).  Most of all, Billy loved his family and will be deeply missed.

 

He is survived by:

Amber [Starr] Neeley, Medaryville, IN Wife

Jeremy (Holly) Neeley, Medaryville, IN Son

Kaltrina (Gregg) Tarr, Star City, IN Daughter

Bridget Neeley, Star City, IN Daughter

Noah Neeley, Star City, IN Son

Aubree Justice, Step Daughter

Bryson Justice, Step Son

Ava Justice, Step Daughter

13 Grandchildren: Christian, Erica, Kaytlyn, Malaki, Samantha, Madison, Isaac, Nathan, Bella, Quentin, Gracie, Jaylyn, and Gaige

Delmer Neeley,  Brother
Ralph (Vivian) Neeley, Brother
Marilyn Hirtle, Sister
Patricia (Ronnie) Fritz, Sister
Richard Neeley, Brother
Arnold Neeley, Brother

Norman Danford, Brother-in-law

Neil Clark, Brother-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews

Numerous Cousins
 

Preceded in death by:

Wayne and Gertrude [Patrick] Neeley, Parents

Barbara [Hargrove] Neeley, Wife

Casey Carter, Bridget and Noah’s Mom

Ernie Neeley, Brother

Wessell Neeley, Brother

Mary Danford, Sister

Brenda Clark, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 1 PM EST Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EST Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Pastor James Rowe officiating.

 

Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses.

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

Maurice E. "Butch" Sutton, 71, Ora

Maurice E. “Butch” Sutton, 71, Ora, and longtime Fulton resident, passed away at 11:11 A.M. Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at Northwest Health, LaPorte, Indiana.

 

He was born on March 7, 1951 in Rochester, Indiana the son of George “Pete” and Hazel (Click) Sutton. On May 10, 1974 at the Fletcher’s Lake United Methodist Church, he married Rita A. Camp. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2021.

 

On October 9, 2021 in Fulton, Indiana, he married Catherine McClanahan and she survives.

 

Butch worked for over thirty eight years for the Fulton County Highway Department and had also served as a Volunteer Fireman with the Fulton-Liberty Township Fire Department.

 

He had also served Fulton as Town Marshall.

 

He had attended Solid Rock Church and had been a member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed going to movies, parks, taking his dogs to Dairy Queen, and dining out for supper. He dearly loved all his canine pals, Sophia, Bella, Samantha, Holly, Buster and Daisy Mae.

 

Survivors include his children, David (Lisa) Sutton, Fulton, Indiana, Robert Fred Jr., Peru, Indiana, Charles Ward, Ora, Indiana, grandchildren, Lizzie (Freddie) Jiminez, Ohio, Haley Ward, South Bend, Indiana, brother, James (Arvella) Sutton, Fulton, Indiana, sister, Nina Krisher, Anderson, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Shirley Felda and Jane Reames.

 

Private services and interment will take place in Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Elnora A. Sayger, 88, Rochester

Elnora A. Sayger, 88, Rochester, passed away at 3:09 A.M. Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw, Indiana.

 

She was born on September 3, 1934 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Francis and Naomi (Pickens) Tyler. On April 5, 1952 at the First Christian Church in Rochester, she married John Sayger. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2017.

 

Elnora had been a homemaker and a lifetime member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, baking, cooking and doing genealogy.

 

Survivors include her sons, Ronald (Tina) Sayger, Rochester, Indiana, Timothy (Linda) Sayger, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Heather Dawn (Paul Lindsley) Briney, Dr. Kara (Dr. Jeff) Martindale, Katelyn Sayger, Nicholas (Julie) Sayger, Rebecca (Joshua) Rude, Laura (Shaun) Barnes, fifteen great grandchildren, one great- great grandchild, sisters, Clymenia (Willis) Halterman, Rochester, Indiana, Judy Kuhn, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Jimmie (Betty) Tyler, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Barbara Briney, and several brothers and sisters.

 

Private services and interment will take place at Athens Cemetery, Athens, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Jill Renee (Horton) Reffitt, 55, Peru

Jill Renee (Horton) Reffitt, 55, Peru, passed away 3:43 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at her residence surrounded by her family. 

 

Born September 8, 1967, in Peru, Indiana, she was the daughter of Bobby Gene Horton and Wilma Jean Butler Horton.  On June 23, 2007, in Peru, Indiana, she was married Carl Edward “Sapp” Reffitt, who survives.

 

Jill was a 1986 graduate of Maconaquah High School and had worked at Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru. She was an avid fisherman, enjoyed horseback riding and eagle watching, and exercising her green thumb in her garden.  She also loved shopping (especially finding a bargain) and spending time with her family.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and she enjoyed decorating and collecting nutcrackers in addition to her favorite past-time at home—CLEANING!

 

Survivors include her husband, Carl Reffitt, Peru; three children, Taylor (Justin) Vigar, Wabash; Leanndra Wilson, Peru; Karhli Wilson, Peru; grandchildren, Lilli Koonce, Harper Wilson, and Cole and Nolan Vigar; two sisters, Pam Coleman and Bobbi (Terry) Kern; and several nieces and nephews.  Also surviving are her fur-babies, Whoopy, Tuffy, Macie, and Aries, and many grand-dogs.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Janna Kay Horton; one brother, Perry Dewayne Coleman; in addition to a a niece, Megan Brittany Horton.  

A celebration of life will be held from 2-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2022, at Whitetail Lodge, 909 N Eel River Rd. Peru. 

 

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

 Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclainfh.com. 

Terry W. Weiss, 80, of Rochester

Terry W. Weiss, 80, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022, at the Norton-Brownsboro Hospital, Louisville, KY.  This followed a sudden illness while visiting his grandson in Taylorsville, KY.   

On November 30, 1942, Terry William Weiss was born in Mishawaka to William and Maxine (Darr) Weiss. Sadly, his father William passed away when he was only 3 years old. Later his mother met and married Delbert Schlarb who helped raise Terry.  Proudly he graduated with the Class of 1960 of Wakarusa High School. While in high school he was president of the photography club and was active in Future Farmers of America. Terry went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University.  He grew up in Wakarusa and moved to South Bend before making Rochester his home.

On December 7, 1963, Terry and Peggy Jean Stoner were married in Syracuse. They shared 46 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, she passed away on February 1, 2010. Developing a strong work ethic, Terry began his career at Bethlehem Steel in Gary.  Later working professionally as a surveyors, the Weiss’s worked for Lang - Feeney and Associates. in South Bend.  When that company acquired R.E. Daake and Associates Terry and his family moved to Rochester. He retired in 2018. Terry's memberships include Eagles and VFW both of Rochester.

Family time was very important to Terry and Peggy. They loved spending time together bowling.  Sharing their passion with their children, they coached the kids at Regal Lanes on Saturday mornings.   As a gifted mechanic, Terry worked on cars in his garage and served as pit mechanic for his stockcar racing team in South Bend   Later racing go-karts was always enjoyed by the family.  Terry spent many hours wrenching and tuning the engines to maximize their performance. The family enjoyed the annual trip to Daytona Beach during Christmas vacation and racing go-karts around the legendary track.  While in Florida, they looked forward to visiting the beaches and lighthouses of St. Augustine, Key West and Ponce de Leon.   Setting up the campsite near Ligonier and throwing in a line for the catch of the day made many great memories.

To relax Terry enjoyed listening to the music of Jimmy Buffett.  A family man, Grandpa Terry enjoyed following the grandchildren's adventures, school activities and sporting events.  Most recently he was very proud of his great-grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them making memories.

Left to cherish Terry's memory are two daughters: Jacki Weiss, Jodi Weiss – Castellano; son Brian Weiss, all of Rochester; three grandchildren: Nicholas Weiss and wife Alycia, Jessica Winkel, Jared Weiss; four great-grandchildren: Jude, Kail, Willow, Mazin; sister Cathy Barwick and husband Bruce of Mishawaka; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Terry in death are his parents; beloved wife Peggy Jean; two brothers:  Robert Schlarb, David Schlarb; treasured canine companions Sammy and Buddy the Miniature Shelties.

A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Pastor Kurt Nichols will officiate.  The Good Family Funeral Home is charge of arrangements. 

Ray "L. (Bud) Powers, 97, resident of Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth

Ray “L. (Bud) Powers, 97, resident of Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth, Indiana, transitioned from this life on earth to his next journey with Jesus at 7:30am, Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

 

He was well known to many as "Bud".  He hardly knew a stranger and he would willingly do what he could for almost anyone.

 

He was born on August1, 1925 to his parents, Reuben R. and Gussie R. (McCollough) Powers. Bud was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Dorothy E. Swanson. Surviving  Bud is his sister, Velma I. Harmon, as well as several nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces and their extended families.

 

Bud was raised and grew up in the town of Argos, Indiana. He graduated from Argos High School in 1943. He was drafted and very proudly served and represented his country in the Army. He was a T/4 (Tec-4) Marine Engineman and was assigned to the Engineering and Amphibian Battalion, Company B, 544 EB & SR. He was sent overseas on an LCM which took him to the Philippines, New Guinea, Morotai, Manila and Japan.

 

After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, Bud was an employee at Crabb's Furniture Store, and the State Exchange Bank in Argos. Bud retired in 1989. He was known as a "jack of all trades" and a master of them all.  Bud spent lots of time in his shop "tinkering", fixing, making, and creating many projects. He thoroughly enjoyed his hobbies of working and restoring many different cars, trucks, and antique tractors throughout his life. He had many skills, some of which were carpet laying, clock repair, caning chairs, to name a few. Bud enjoyed attending his Army reunions each year and partook in civic events, parades, and memorials.

 

Bud was a loyal and devoted founder and member to Hoosier Old Wheels car club, the American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge F & AM. He also was a devoted member of the Argos Congregational Christian Church ( Argos Bible Church) where he was a treasurer and trustee, not only to preforming maintenance and other necessary requirements to his home of worship. Bud was very privileged and honored to attend the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight in October 2013.

 

Anyone that knew him, knew that he was a proud and humble man. He has a big kind, and generous heart. If he was asked for a favor or help he could hardly say no. People were touched by his kindness and sense of humor.

 

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday December 20, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Parkside Community Church, 225 S. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana. 

 

Funeral Services will follow the visitation on Tuesday December 20, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Parkside Community Church with Rev. Brian Trump.

 

Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Argos American Legion.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Parkside Community Church, 225 S. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana

 

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

Mariam J. Wagenknecht 88, Rochester

Mariam J. Wagenknecht 88, Rochester, passed away at 3:33 A.M. Monday, December 12, 2022, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac, Indiana.

She was born on January 29, 1934 in Marshall County, Indiana, the daughter of Aubrey L. and Anna Marie (Shoemaker) Kelley. She married Lawrence C. Wagenknecht and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2000.

Mrs. Wagenknecht had worked as a bookkeeper/clerical worker for a bank in Culver, Indiana, a construction company in Indianapolis, Burton Plumbing and Heating and for Kelley Real Estate, both of Rochester. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading novels, and riding motorcycles with her late husband.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Alysha (Mike) Marrs, Rochester, Indiana, Hannah (Joey) Bohm, Granger, Indiana, along with their mother, Gretchen Wagenknecht, Rochester, Indiana, great grandchildren, Maxwell Marrs and Amelia Marrs, both of Rochester, Indiana, Reed Bohm and Willow Bohm, both of Granger, Indiana, brothers, James Ed (Susan) Kelley, Rochester, Indiana, Walter Kelley, Plymouth, Indiana, Richard (Marcia) Kelley, Florida, sisters, Sheila (Larry) Shivers, Plymouth, Indiana, Janet (Jim) Saunders, Plymouth, Indiana, Sandra Copas, Plymouth, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Michael Wagneknecht and Kenneth Wagenknecht, sister-in-law, Dee Kelley, and brother-in-law, Ray Copas.

Private services and interment will take place in the Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Julie Ann (Wilson) Varab, 52, of Argos

Julie Ann (Wilson) Varab, 52, of Argos, passed away December 12, 2022 at 11:40 a.m. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Indiana.

 

On April 1, 1970 in Valparaiso, Indiana Julie was born to Dwayne Wilson and Joyce J. (Anderson) Wilson. She lived in the Argos community for the past 30 years, having lived in Knox, Indiana prior.

 

On July 12, 2013 in Tippecanoe, Indiana he married Robert Varab and together they shared the next 8 years before Bob’s passing on February 4, 2021.

 

Julie was a Housewife/Homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Argos, Indiana.

 

Julie is survived by her Sons – Tony Hutchinson of Argos, Indiana; Joseph Hutchinson of Argos, Indiana; Robert “Robbie” Hutchinson and wife, Alie, of Plymouth, Indiana; Charles “Chaz” Ault of South Whitley, Indiana; and Bronsen Ault-Fishburn of Argos, Indiana.

 

Daughter – Sarah Hutchinson of Indianapolis, Indiana

Grandchildren – Andrielle, Roman, Grace, and Cora

Step-Father – Martin Rock of Argos, Indiana

Sister – Joyce Lark of Argos, Indiana

Brothers – James Wilson and Jeremiah Wilson

She is preceded in death by her:  Parents and Husband

 

Friends may visit with the family on Friday December 16, 2022 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Rd., Argos, Indiana. 

 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday December 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. James Snyder.

 

Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Rd., Argos, Indiana.   

 

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

Timothy L. Richardson, 58

Timothy L. Richardson, 58, passed away November 21, 2022.

 

He was born on June 18, 1964, in Fulton County, Rochester,  to parents James M. Richardson and Mary Lou (Morris) Richardson, both deceased.

 

Tim attended school at Tippy Valley where he played football and won a state championship.

 

He was an admirer of fast cars. He loved hunting and all things guns as he was an avid shooter.

 

Tim graduated college with an associate degree in maintenance.

 

Above all, Tim had the deepest love for his six grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Richardson, two children, Chris Boyne and Rachel Lee (Scott) and six grandchildren, Aiden Boyne, Allison Boyne, Jude Keller, Blair Boyne, Willow Boyne, and Aries Lee.

 

A celebration of life will take place at the Bass Lake Fire Department Station on Sunday, December 18, 2022, from 1-5pm (ET).

 

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to the Cheryl Lyn Welter Family Charitable Foundation.

Patricia Ann Porter, 79, of Akron, Indiana (Rock Lake)

Patricia Ann Porter, 79, of Akron, Indiana (Rock Lake), passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at her residence.

Patricia was born on April 4, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Frank and Edna (Weems) Moss. She married on Nov. 23, 1960 in Birmingham, Alabama to Michael J. Porter, he survives.

Patricia enjoyed golfing, painting, and life with her husband at the lake, watching nature together from their front porch. But mostly, she enjoyed hosting her family. She was all about family. She was a loving wife for 62 years. She was a doting mother and grandmother. She lived for her loved ones and family meant everything to her.

Survives include her husband Mike Porter of Akron; Michael Lee and wife Christy Porter of Cary,IL, Elizabeth and husband Tom Synak of Hanover Park, IL, and Susan and husband Joe Dentamaro of St. Clair Shores, MI; grandchildren Nick and Georgia Dentamaro, Jake Porter, Nona Porter, and Sean Porter; great grandchild Campbell Dentamaro; and a sister Terri Staten of Georgia and many nieces and nephews.

Patricia was preceded by her parents and siblings Michael Moss, Sue Nixon, and Judy Mattingly.

Private family services are being held at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital PO Box 1893 Memphis, TN 38101-9950

Jeannine Nellans, 91, of Mentone

Jeannine Nellans, 91, of Mentone, passed at 5:20 pm, Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Mason Health Care and Rehabilitation Center of Warsaw, Indiana.

Jeannine was born on June 10, 1931 in Mentone, Indiana to the late Peter and Mary Lena (Busenburg) Blue. She married on Dec. 17, 1964 in Mentone, Indiana to Dean C. Nellans, Jr., who preceded her in death on March 8, 2016.

She was a graduate of Mentone High School in 1948. She furthered her education at the LaSalle School of Interior Design. She then became an Interior Designer for many homes and offices around the Warsaw area. Jeannine was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion of Warsaw, where she served as past-president of the Women’s Auxiliary. Jeannine was the organizer for the Memorial Day Service at the Mentone Cemetery for many years.

Jeannine was a community minded person. She helped at the Mentone Nutrition Site and assisted in the planning of the Mentone Egg Festival for many years. Jeannine was a proud member of the Scrambled Egg Band. She enjoyed mowing the lawn, but most of all her family. She looked forward to seeing all of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Sherry and husband Stan Pequignot of Winona Lake, Ind., Kathy and husband Lloyd Morgan of Akron, Ind., Randy and wife Aimee Nellans of Rochester, Ind., and Rusty and wife Kelly Nellans of Mentone, Ind.; 15 Grandchildren; 43 Great Grandchildren; and 5 Great Great Grandchildren.

Jeannine was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean, a step son Sonny Nellans, brothers Donald Blue and Royal Blue, and sisters Jeannette Baker and Phyllis Secrist.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, Dec.16, 2022 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana with Pastor Denny Bollenbacher officiating.

The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Indiana next to her husband of 51 years Dean.

Visitation hours will be held from 10 am to 12:00 noon, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the American Legion Post #49.

 

Thomas Lee Dean, 86 of Tippecanoe

Thomas Lee Dean, 86 of Tippecanoe, passed away December 6, 2022 at 1:25 p.m. at his residence where he had been in declining health for the past year.

 

On May 2, 1936 in Dunkirk, Indiana he was born to Robert L. Dean and Vivian (McNutt) Dean. Thomas lived in Tippecanoe, Indiana since 1960, having grown up in the Muncie community.

 

In October 1956 he married Martha J. Hartley, she preceded him in March 1962. He then married Julia A. Bailey , she preceded him in September 1996.

 

Thomas worked for Panel Craft for several years before starting his own business, Custom Aluminum and for nearly 30 years he installed Awnings and Siding.

 

He was a former member of the Plymouth Moose Lodge, and a frequent visitor of the Bourbon American Legion Post#424. He had a wonderful sense of humor and once commented “The only thing he was great at was being a Great Grandpa”.

 

Thomas is survived by his Daughter – Jenny Kadis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

Sons – Darrell L. Dean and wife Joanne of Warsaw, Indiana; and Alan L. Dean and companion Debbie Warner of Plymouth, Indiana

 

8 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren

 

Brother – Robert E. Dean and wife Mary of Anderson, Indiana

 

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, Wives, and Son – Wesley L. Dean

 

Per Thomas’s wishes a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Center for Hospice Care, 112 S Center St. C, Plymouth, Indiana 46563 

Robert Wayne Hoover, 61, of Knox, formerly of Avilla and Winamac

Robert Wayne Hoover, 61, of Knox, formerly of Avilla and Winamac, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Northwest Health Hospital in LaPorte. 

 

He was born on April 21, 1961 in Logansport, IN to the late William H. and Pauline Mae [Rose] Hoover, Jr.  Robert graduated from Winamac High School in 1979.  He had worked at numerous factories, including Winamac Coil Spring, Nesco, and Galbreath.  He had also helped install field tile with Neidlinger and delivering trailers for Hoosier Transport. 

 

Robert enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, playing computer games, and sewing.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Samantha (Nathan) Zimmerman, Lancaster, PA Daughter

Lindsey Hoover, Ephrata, PA Daughter

Mary Fosnaugh, Knox, IN Sister

Twila Slomka, Knox, IN Sister

Laura (Daryn) Wilder, Winamac, IN Sister

Shirley Hoover, Winamac, IN Sister-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

William H. and Pauline Mae [Rose] Hoover, Jr., Parents

Hubert Hoover, Brother

William Hoover, Infant Brother

Richard Hoover, Infant Brother

Craig Fosnaugh, Brother-in-law

Joe Slomka, Brother-in-law

 

Private Family Graveside Services will be take place at a later date.

Entombment of Cremated Remains will take place at Winamac Cemetery.

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

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

Alan E. Kingery 56, Fulton

Alan E. Kingery 56, Fulton,  passed away at 4:50 A.M. Thursday, December 8, 2022, at his residence.

 

He was born on December 31, 1965 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of William and Patricia (Thompson) Kingery. On June 16, 1990 at the Fulton United Methodist Church, he married Lori A. See and she survives.

 

Alan had been Production Manager at Midwest Spring, Mentone, Indiana, for many years. He attended the Fulton Baptist Temple, was an avid Chicago White Sox fan, and enjoyed attending White Sox games with his family. He also loved spending time with family on vacation.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lori A. Kingery, Fulton, Indiana, children, Holly (David) Dusold, Portland, Oregon, Jake Kingery, Indianapolis, Indiana, one granddaughter to arrive in April 2023, sisters, Bonnie Kingery, Logansport, Indiana, Julie (Lynn) Miller, Russiaville, Indiana, brother, Kenny Kingery, Fulton, Indiana, mother and father in-law, Bill and Lucy See, Fulton, Indiana, several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jeffery Lee Kingery.

 

Memorial services will be conducted at 6:00 P.M. Thursday, December 15, 2022, at The Fulton Baptist Temple, Fulton, Indiana.

 

Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, North Carolina 27715.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Pauline Evelyn Clark 96

Pauline Evelyn Clark 96, passed away on December 10, 2022, at Peabody Retirement Home, North Manchester.

 

She was born August 18, 1926, in Muskegon, MI, to Marion F. and Evelyn (Bliss) Salathe.  Her parents were retail merchants, working in Kendallville and Nappanee, before purchasing a dime store in North Judson, IN.  Polly worked in the store, attended the Methodist Church, and graduated from North Judson High where she especially enjoyed music.


Polly married her junior high sweetheart, Willard Lloyd Clark, on Feb. 3, 1946, and they moved to Kewanna where they co-owned Clarks 5 & 10 store until the mid-1950s.  They were active in the community, formed new friendships, and began their family there.

From 1959-1966, Willard was Fulton County sheriff, and Polly was the jail matron.  Her duties included cooking and serving meals for inmates and staff members, answering phone calls, responding to radio messages, and being present whenever a female person was brought in for questioning.  The Clarks lived in the residence side of the jail facility with their three daughters.
    
After their years of service to Fulton County, the Clarks moved to Lake Manitou.  Polly then worked in the fan division of Torin, with several of her good friends, until her retirement. She was very interested in workers’ rights and was active in union events.

Polly enjoyed listening to music, collecting carnival glass, and spending time with friends and family.  Having been an only child, she also treasured family pets.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past Grand Worthy Matron.  She continued her membership in the Methodist denomination at Grace United in Rochester. 

Polly was preceded in death by her husband, Willard, on August 27, 2019.
She is survived by their daughters: Cynthia K. (Michael, dec.) Croussore, Susan M. Clark, and Patricia Jean (Keith) Keim; a granddaughter, Natalie R. Keim; a grandson, Phillip Clark Keim; a nephew, Clark (Bonnie) Matthew; a niece, Susan Gwen (Larry) LaFavor; and several cousins from the Oscar and Jean Minkert family.  
 

The family of Mrs. Polly Clark will receive friends  from 4:00 - 7:00 EST on Thursday, December 15, 2022, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  

 

A private family celebration of life will take place followed by a graveside service on December 16, 2022 at noon CST/1:00 PM EST in the Highland Cemetery, North Judson. 

 

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Animal Education and Adoption Center, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, IN  46975. 

 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Polly's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Steven Lee Coplen, 64, Pierceton

Steven Lee Coplen, 64, Pierceton, passed away at 9:20 P.M. Monday, December 5, 2022, at his residence.

 

He was born on July 22, 1958 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Harold A. Coplen and Donna Jo (King) Coplen Romig. He was a 1976 graduate of Rochester High School.

 

Steven was Assistant Plant Manager for J.C. Manufacturing in North Webster, Indiana.  He was an avid Indiana University Basketball Fan, enjoyed watching college sports, fishing, playing the lottery scratch off tickets but most of all loved to spend time with his family.

 

Survivors include his daughter, Cary Cay Pierce, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Alyssa Morgan Pierce, Mooresville, Indiana, Daren Lee Pierce, Terre Haute, Indiana, sister, Serita (Rusty) Markley, Rochester, Indiana, brothers, Robert Coplen, Pierceton, Indiana, Timothy Coplen, Rochester, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Tyler Jordan Pierce, and step-brother, Michael Allen Coplen.

 

Friends may visit from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, December 11, 2022, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Burial will be at a later date at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Indiana.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Terry Conwell, 75, of Rochester

Mr. Terry Conwell, 75, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 2:09 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Woodlawn Hospital.

 

On March 30, 1947, Terry Cleon Conwell was born in Logansport to Cleon and Marguerite Heishman Conwell. Proudly he graduated with the Class of 1965 from Rochester High School.  Answering the call of patriotism, Terry served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1969.

 

Terry first married Susan Craig Horn, they later divorced, but remained friends.

 

On July 21, 1984 , Terry and Jerilynn “Jeri” Brown were married in the First Christian Church of Rochester. They have shared 38 years of life’s adventures. Both Terry and Jeri liked to ride the motorcycles. The lightning speed ride on his 1977 maroon Yamaha to Plymouth will always be remembered. Grandpa Terry cherished the time with his grandchildren. He always attended their ballgames and school concerts and activities to cheer them on.

 

As a young man, Terry developed a strong work ethic on the farm. Raising cattle and Duroc hogs kept him busy.  Teaching the kids to drive the tractor created many memories. Spring time included planting a big garden to the bountiful harvest in the fall. Over the years, Terry was a truck driving professional hauling his load from coast to coast. He had also made many friends while working for Dean's Foods and Sealed Power.

 

Left to cherish  Terry's memory are his wife Jeri; three daughters: Melissa Weitzel and husband Brian, Lesley Corn and husband Troy, Becky Sweany and husband Brian all of Rochester; a son, Christopher Vanata and wife Christy of Akron; ten grandchildren: Clifford Vanata, Bronson Vanata and wife Elizabeth, Maggie Rock and husband Andrew, Nathanial Beck, Emma Beck, Bryan Corn and wife Heather, Kyle Corn, Madison Bauer and husband Joe, Josselin Sweany, Dasha Lynch and husband Jared; numerous great-grandchildren;  three bonus siblings: Frank Brown and wife Nancy, Connie Jones, Andrea Natali and husband Tony; several nieces and nephews; and two canine companions, P.J. the Yorkie and Birdie the Rat Terrier.

 

Preceding Terry in death are his parents; two sisters: Cora Conwell age 5, Angela Nichols; a brother, La Verne Conwell;  and three treasured canine companions, Patches, Jewel & Poppy.

 

Private family services will be held. 

Raymond H. Grubbs, 94, formerly of Claypool,  (Beaver Dam Lake)

Raymond H. Grubbs, 94, formerly of Claypool,  (Beaver Dam Lake), passed at 11:27 am, Monday, December 5, 2022 at Lake City Place of Warsaw, Indiana.
 
Raymond was born on Nov. 18, 1928 in Warsaw, Indiana to the late Harvey and Wreatha (Boyer) Grubbs. He married on Oct. 30, 1964 in Mentone, Indiana to Georgianna Dillingham Teel, who preceded him in death on May 24, 2017.
 
Raymond was a lifetime resident of the Warsaw and Mentone areas.  He attended Warsaw Schools. He left school in 1946 to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He proudly served in Alaska and New Jersey as a Military Policeman.
 
He worked at Mentone School for 27 years as a custodian.  He attended Riverview Community Church of Tippecanoe, where he served on the council board for 6 years. Raymond enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling, camping, and was an excellent horseshoe pitcher and was a member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
 
He is survived by a daughter Sherry Lowry of Plymouth; step daughter Connie Haney of Mentone; step son-in-law Steve Secrist of Warsaw; 6 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren; siblings Violet and husband Frank Unruh, Elaine Ellis, and Martha and husband Don Burnau.
 
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, wife Georgie, son Mike Grubbs Sr., daughter Linda L. Price, sister Doris Gadson, brother Glen Grubbs, and a step daughter Donita Secrist, and a step son Ronald Teel.
 
The funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana with Pastor Rod Ruberg officiating.

The interment will take place in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Indiana with graveside military rites performed by the American Legion Post # 49 of Warsaw, Indiana.
 
Visitation hours will be from 11 am to 12 noon, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Riverview Community Church.

Daniel Rausch, 68, of Frankfort, formerly of Winamac

Daniel Rausch, 68, of Frankfort, formerly of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at his home. 

 

He was born on September 15, 1954 in Logansport, IN to the late Francis and Gertrude [Meyer] Rausch. 

 

He was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  Dan attended St. Peter’s Catholic School and graduated from Winamac High School in 1973.  He has been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church since moving to Frankfort in 2002.  Just this past year, he joined the Knights of Columbus Council #5294 in Frankfort. 

 

Dan spent over 26 years working in skilled trades as an industrial mechanic and electrician.  He retired from Red Gold, Inc. in Elwood, IN.  He was a very hardworking and talented man who could build anything, fix cars, and do anything mechanical. 

 

Dan enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, hiking, and traveling out West with his family.  He was a proud member of the NRA and an avid supporter of President Donald J. Trump.  Dan was an animal lover, with a soft spot for his little Pomeranian, Lily and his Yorkie, Maxie.  He especially enjoyed riding his Harleys and had fond memories of numerous bike trips, including his trip to Sturgis, SD.  Dan was a former member of the American Legion Riders Chapter #113 in Lebanon, IN and a former member of Pulaski & Clinton County ABATE.  He was a current member of Sons of the VFW Post #1110 in Frankfort. 

 

Dan had a passion for music, especially playing bass guitar.  While living in Winamac, Dan played in the following bands: Night Shift, Sidewinder, Vertical Hold, and Cactus Jack.  While living in Frankfort, Dan played in Time Machine, 61/49 Blues Band, Paper Alley, and Whiskey Bent.  Most recently, Dan was the bass guitarist for Mudhound Revival Band. 

 

Dan was a good man who would do anything for anyone, especially his family.  He was a loving dad, brother, and uncle.  Dan will be missed by his friends and family. 

 

He is survived by:

Vania Rausch, Former Wife

Tsetsy (John) Baron, Step Daughter

Gabriela Angelova, Step Daughter

3 Step Grandchildren (and 1 on the way)

Joyce (Art) Kelsey, Sister

Trudy (Larry) Kruzick, Sister

Dr. F. David (Linda) Rausch, Brother

Larry (Cloretta) Rausch, Brother

Helen Rausch, Beloved Sister

Mary (Tom) Seidel, Sister

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Francis and Gertrude [Meyer] Rausch, Parents

John Rausch, Brother

Dr. Mosey Rausch, Brother

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Friday, December 9, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, December 10, 2022 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac with Rev. Andrew DeKeyser officiating. 

 

Private Burial will take place at a later date at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac following cremation. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Winamac Boy Scouts or Winamac Girl Scouts. 

 

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

 

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

Linda J. Johnston, 71, of Culver

Linda J. Johnston, 71, of Culver, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2022 at her home. 

 

She was born on March 10, 1951 in LaPorte, IN to the late William H. and Ruth R. [Gee] Mack, Sr.  Linda graduated from Winamac High School in 1969. 

 

On July 4, 1970, she married Terry G. Johnston in Winamac.  He survives.

 

Linda was a loving and devoted wife and mother.  She was affectionately regarded to as a teacher of life to her family.  She worked at the Culver Union Township Public Library for 17 years. 

 

Linda was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church in rural Plymouth, IN.  She had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Linda collected dolls and enjoyed shopping.  She took pride in her appearance and was always dressed nicely.  Most of all, Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

Terry G. Johnston, Culver, IN Husband

William (Catherine) Johnston, Toccoa, GA Son

Daniel (Candice) Johnston, Rochester, IN Son

Angelina Gabbard, Granddaughter

William Johnston, Jr., Grandson

Brooke Lehman, Adopted Granddaughter

Matthew Johnston, Grandson

Jacob Johnston, Grandson

Makinzee Johnston, Granddaughter

Averi Johnston, Granddaughter

Emily Johnston, Granddaughter

1 Great Grandson

William H. Mack, Jr., Francesville, IN Brother

Dale (Terri) Mack, Winamac, IN Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

William H. and Ruth R. [Gee] Mack, Sr., Parents

Roseanna Kennedy, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 2-6 PM EST Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Monday, December 12, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Pastor Paul Whitworth officiating.

 

Burial will take place at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Monterey.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church.

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Lucreda A. "Crete" Hutton, 96, of Rochester

Lucreda A. “Crete” Hutton, 96, of Rochester, passed away at 4:59 AM Monday, December 5, 2022 at Wynnfield Crossing. 

 

She was born on January 5, 1926 in Logansport, IN to the late Ralph and Clara [Leffert] Williams. 

 

Crete graduated from Logansport High School.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Butler University, a Master’s Degree from Purdue University, and a PhD from Indiana University. 

 

On June 9, 1950, Crete married Dr. Charles E. “Chuck” Hutton in Logansport.  He passed away on March 10, 2017.  They enjoyed being together and shared many of the same interests, including traveling the world, water skiing, and snow skiing as well as raising, showing, and judging llamas. 

 

They proudly founded the Boone County 4-H Llama Project.   Crete taught spinning and weaving; starting a club that continues to this day. 

 

Crete was a beloved friend to many and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She will be deeply missed. 

 

Survivors include:

Dr. Charles R. “Randy” (Donna) Hutton, Winamac, IN Son

Lucinda A. “Cindy” (Dr. Gene) McElhinney, Vancouver, WA Daughter

Katherine (Kenyon) Maynard, Granddaughter

Charles Aaron (Dr. Andrea) Hutton, Grandson

Miles (Stephanie) McElhinney, Grandson

Dr. Elizabeth (Michael Almador) McElhinney, Granddaughter

7 Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by:

Ralph and Clara [Leffert] Williams, Parents

Dr. Charles E. “Chuck” Hutton, Husband

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EST Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 3:30 PM EST Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM EST Friday, December 9, 2022 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

Burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Logansport.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Boys Town of Nebraska or Pulaski Memorial Hospital. 

Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac. 

 

Donna Jarrette Polley Rhodes, 90, of Rochester

Donna Jarrette Polley Rhodes, 90, of Rochester, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 8:14 P.M., at her residence.

 

She was born on May 10, 1932 in Rochester, Indiana, to the late Wade H.  and Letha (Potts) Jarrette. Donna graduated from Rochester High School in 1950, then attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

 

In 1951, Donna married D. Ward Polley and from their union came three daughters, Susan, Margot, and Lee Ann. They shared 26 years of marriage before his death in 1977. In 1996, she married Bob Rhodes, of Rochester, Indiana, whom she was married to for 21 years before his death in 2017. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her oldest daughter, Susan L. Kirk.

 

Surviving are her two daughters Margot E. Denger, Carmel, Indiana, and Lee Ann (Brett) Stinson, Cary, North Carolina. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Reichert, Michigan City, Indiana, and brother, James C. (Teri) Jarrette, Warsaw, Indiana. Donna was blessed with six grandchildren, Ryan (Dianna) Barnett, Japan, Kyla (Dylan) Johnson, Lucerne, Indiana, Geralyn and Jack Denger, both of Indianapolis, Indiana, Wade and Cole Stinson, both of Lynchburg, Virginia. Her four great-grandchildren include, Logan Scott, Harper Johnson, and Maisie Johnson, all of Lucerne, Indiana, and Jaiden Barnett, Japan.

 

Donna worked as a secretary for Topps Manufacturing of Rochester for several years, and as the Court Reporter for Judge Douglas Morton for eleven years until her retirement in 1995. In other service to the community, Donna served as secretary for the Rochester Water Department and was a Girl Scout Leader for many years.

 

Donna was a lifelong and dedicated member of Presbyterian Church. She served as a Deacon, Elder, and as Clerk of the Session. She loved singing in the church choir and playing in the bell choir. She was especially proud of starting and participating in the Christmas Cookie Walk and working on the annual St. Patrick’s Day supper at the church. She was instrumental in starting the Community Garden and was a member of the Rochester Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority. After many years of service, she became a member of the Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa.

 

Donna was an ambitious and enthusiastic person who was honest and had high standards. She always did her best in her many endeavors. Donna’s passions included keeping a beautiful home, cooking fine meals, and working in her flower garden. She loved providing her flowers for the church services. She was a very loyal friend and had a great sense of humor. She liked to tease and joke with all she met!

 

Visitation for Donna will take place on Monday, December 12, 2022, from Noon to 2:00 P.M. at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson Street, Rochester, Indiana.

 

A private service for the family will follow immediately with Donnie Kohls officiating.

 

Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Public Library, 320 W. 7th Street, Rochester, Indiana or donor’s favorite charity.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Dorothy Luella Newton Baird 95, Rochester

Dorothy Luella Newton Baird 95, Rochester, passed away at 3:50 P.M. Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Logansport, Indiana surrounded by her family.

 

We wish to thank the staff at Chase Center and Memorial Hospital for our loved one’s care.

She was born on October 6, 1927 in Seneca, Illinois, the daughter of Ralph Manley and Bessie Naomi (Byerly) Newton. On June 28, 1947, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she married Charles L. Baird who preceded her in death on August 23, 2021. Together they had three girls.

Mrs. Baird was a homemaker and worked at Kresge’s Five and Dime, RBM, and retired from T.M. Morris Manufacturing in Fulton. Dorothy was an excellent wife and mother. She enjoyed these hobbies: cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, making crafts and quilts. She loved her family, was a generous caring person with a servant’s heart to those around her.

Survivors include daughters, Nancy (Johnny) Thompson, Twelve Mile, Indiana, Stella (Hiram) Hoover, Grass Creek, Indiana, Karen (Bob) Mundy, Logansport, Indiana, nine grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, brother, Gerald Newton, Fulton, Indiana, sisters-in-law, Sharon Baird, Fulton, Indiana and Bonnie Newton, Riverside, California, several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Pete Newton, Riverside California, sisters, Mary Ann Newton and Lois (Ronnie) Gundrum, Fulton, Indiana.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the Fulton Community Center, E. Dunn Street, Fulton, Indiana.

Friends may visit from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Fulton Community Center.

Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

June Ellen Weber, 93, formally of rural Akron

June Ellen Weber, age 93, formally of rural Akron, died on November 30, 2022 (11:02 p.m.) at Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, Indiana where she had resided for one year.

She was born on June 3, 1929 in Kewanna, Indiana to George and Hazel (Heater) Bowers.

She grew up in Rochester, Indiana attending Rochester High School.

June married Walter Weber on December 19, 1948 in Rochester, Indiana.  They shared the next 64 years living on a dairy farm in Akron, Indiana raising Holstein cows and raising their five children.  Besides being a housewife, June was a bus driver for the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation for 22 years.  She also worked at Walmart in the snack bar and then as a greeter.

June and Walter loved to travel.  Many trips were to Florida, out West and several trips to Michigan.  She enjoyed camping, collecting owls and loved her grandchildren.  Her home church was First Christian Church, Rochester, Indiana.

Surviving June are (4) daughters: Sandra (Max) Blocker of North Manchester, IN; Louanne Weber of Akron, IN; Pat (Steve) Betten of Wabash, IN; Debra (Darryl) Peters of Warsaw, IN; (1) son: David (Susan) Weber of Warsaw, IN; sister-in-law: Lois Bowers of Rochester, IN; 13 grandchildren, 26 (plus one on the way) great-grandchildren and 4 (plus one on the way) great great-grandchildren.

Preceding June in death are her parents, husband Walter (2012), (3) brothers: Gerald, George and James Bowers; (2) sisters: Mary Jane Bowers and Carolyn Wynn; grandson Scott Sechrist.

Visitation and Service will be Thursday, December 8, 2022 at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester Street, Akron, Indiana.  Viewing and visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  The service will follow at 1:30 with Pastor Jody Tyner officiating from the Walk by Faith Community Church.  Burial will follow at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery in Rochester, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to:

Akron Las Donas Marcus Hackworth and Scott Sechrist Memorial Scholarship

Northern Indiana Community Foundation

P.O. Box 807, Rochester, Indiana  46975

Online condolences may be sent to: earllovefuneralhome.com

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of June Weber.

Donald Dean Van Meter, 85, of Monon

Donald Dean Van Meter, 85, of Monon, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 2, 2022.  He passed away peacefully at home following a brief illness. 

 

Don was born on June 20, 1937 on a small farm East of Francesville, IN to the late Marion E. and Anna M. [Fields] Van Meter.  In 1955, following his graduation from Roosevelt High School in Monticello, IN, he enlisted in the US Navy. 

 

In 1959, Don married Helen Wilson and they had two daughters, Denise and Deborah.  Don served his country for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a Chief Data Processing Technician. 

 

After retiring from the Navy, Don worked as a clerk at the Lafayette Post Office for 22 years.  While working at the post office, he met Karen Pixey.  They married in 1992 and Don inherited three more children: Daniel, Phillip, and Barbara. 

 

Don was a longtime member of the Medaryville Christian Church where he served as a Deacon.  He was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed playing at Myrtle Beach, SC and Biloxi, MS.  Don was honored to receive a Quilt of Valor several years ago. 

 

He is survived by:

Karen J. [Comer] Pixey Van Meter, Monon, IN Wife

Denise E. (Cliff) Walker, Liberty Hill, TX Daughter

Deborah A. (David) Nixon, Bloomington, IN Daughter

Daniel P. (Brandy) Pixey, Eagle River, AL Son

Barbara E. (Tate) Krigbaum, Paris, MO Daughter

Emily Walker, Granddaughter

Eric Walker, Grandson

Alexandria (Surjit) Dawar, Granddaughter

Jenna Pixey, Granddaughter

Kale Pixey, Grandson

Phillip Barkho, Grandson

Joseph Barkho, Grandson

Coraline Barkho, Great Granddaughter

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Marion E. Van Meter, Father

Anna M. [Fields] Van Meter Begley, Mother

A.D. Begley, Step Father

Phillip M. Pixey, Son

 

Visitation will be from 9-11 AM EST Friday, December 9, 2022 at the Medaryville Christian Church.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Friday, December 9, 2022 at the Medaryville Christian Church with Pastor Tony Schabel officiating.

 

Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville, IN.  The American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Medaryville Christian Church. 

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

Matthew Caleb Gregory, 35, most recently of Rochester,  and formerly of Alabama

Matthew Caleb Gregory, 35, most recently of Rochester,  and formerly of Alabama, passed unexpectedly Friday, November 25, 2022 in Peru, Indiana.

Matt was born on Oct. 26, 1987 in Dothan, Alabama to Mark D. and Andrea (Kline) Gregory. He graduated from High School in Alabaster, Alabama and always enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his father and step mother Mark and Kristi Gregory of Warsaw; siblings Daniel Gregory of Hueytown, Alabama, Joshua Gregory of Cleveland, Alabama, Tabitha Langford of Mentone, Jason Gregory of Sylacauga, Alabama, Joel Gregory of Alabaster, Alabama, Ashley Gregory of Syracuse, Jordan Gregory of North Webster, Nicholas Gregory of Warsaw, Brittany Gregory of Warsaw; a niece Kaitlin Langford and a nephew Braedon Wallace of Mentone; and great niece Kali and great nephew Gianni.

Matt was preceded in death by his mother Andrea (Nov. 2007).

The memorial service will take place at 1:00 pm, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana with Pastor Samuel Peña officiating.

Memorial visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1 pm, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

The interment will take place at a later date in Constantine, Michigan next to his Mother.

William "Bill" Charles Dille, 92 of Warsaw, and formerly of the Argos community

William "Bill" Charles Dille, 92 of Warsaw, and formerly of the Argos community, passed away November 29, 2022 at 12:05 p.m. at Mason Health and Rehabilitation, Warsaw, Indiana.

On October 30, 1930 in Fulton County, Indiana he was born to Baker E. Dille and Theresa E. (Moore) Dille. Bill had lived in Warsaw, Indiana the past 2 ½ years, having lived in Argos, Indiana for nearly 60 years prior.

On July 2, 1955 in Argos, Indiana he married Sharon A. Thompson, together they shared the next 54 years until Sharon's passsing on December 14, 2009.

Bill worked on the building crew for Moriarty Buildings and Wicks Lumber, both of Argos, Indiana

He was a graduate of Culver High School with the class of 1948 and a veteran of the United States Army from 1950 – 1952.

Bill enjoyed mowing his grass and shoveling snow, taking walks, and riding his bike. He could be seen from time to time feeding the squirrels by hand and he loved a good game of Dollar Up – baseball with all the neighborhood kids.

Bill is survived by his children - Daughter: Vicki Dille of Argos, Indiana

Sons: Bob Dille and wife Jane of Argos, Indiana; Steve Dille of Argos, Indiana; and Brian Dille and wife Karen of Warsaw, Indiana

8 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren

He is preceded in death by his: Parents, Wife, Sisters – Elnora Ringer and Lura Bollman

 

Per Bill's wishes a Private Graveside Services will be held on Saturday December 3, 2022 with Rev. Rod Valentine.

Burial will take place at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Argos, Indiana.

Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Argos Youth Baseball ;  PO Box 57, Argos, Indiana

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

Thomas Fisher, 86, of Mentone

Mr. Thomas Fisher, 86, of Mentone, was with his loving family when he  passed away at 11:07 AM on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Life Care Center of Rochester.

 

On November 25, 1936, Thomas Charles Fisher was born in Bremen to Charles Edward and Margaret Ann Muffley Fisher. Growing up he shared his childhood with four sisters and two brothers.

 

As a youngster, Tom developed a strong work ethic. Working in the woods at the age of 8 years old, was the beginning of his life long career as a lumberjack and logger. Tom became well acquainted with the timber industry using a team of horses to help him in the woods with his duties harvesting the lumber.  He sold the timber he had cut to many lumber companies.  Tom was also an accomplished blacksmith, forging shoes for his horses. Throughout the years, he enjoyed participating in horse pulling contests with his draft ponies and Belgian horses at regional competition, usually garnering first or second place due to their conditioning.

 

To relax,Tom loved to fish, a sport he enjoyed while visiting Bonnie in Oklahoma.  He made many memories casting a rod with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Left to cherish Tom's memory are three daughters, Tina Bratton and husband David of Akron, Bonnie Lee Nethercut and husband Tom of Muldrow, OK, Cindy Biltz and husband Mike of Kewanna, son, Thomas Fisher II of Rochester; 18 grandchildren, Scott Dillon, Jennifer Fisher, Destiny Phlipot, Travis Horn, Ty Horn, Thomas Charles Fisher III, Nicole Nethercut, Tasha Nethercut, Taylor Nethercut; 18 great grandchildren;  Dyson Biltz, Taylor Biltz, Elijah Yarber, Brianna Yarber, David Carter, Layne Horn, Tanner Horn, Jaden Horn, Tylee Horn, Ember Nethercut, Jalan Phlipot, Parke, Phlipot, Bair Phlipot, Tristan Dillon, Haily Dillon, Jamarion Nethercut, Eric Nethercut, Yuriah Nethercut; great great grand daughter, Jo Jo Vogt;  two sisters, Jean Albert,  Patricia “Pat” Fisher; two brothers,  Larry Fisher, Phillip Fisher; special friends, Steve Deplanty, Betty Gibson, Dick Miller, his coffee drinking buddy, Joe Moore and several nieces and nephews.  

 

Preceding Tom in death are his parents, Charles and Margaret Fisher, infant daughter Susan Fisher, grandson Jerimy Biltz, great grandson Trey Horn,

two sisters, Doris Hart and Mary Ann Dandeno.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Thomas C. Fisher will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.  Pastor Chuck Crum and Tom’s brother Mr. Phillip Fisher will officiate.  

Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday in the funeral home.  

Interment will be in the Fulton Cemetery.  

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

Patsy L. Brown 86, Rochester

Patsy L. Brown 86, Rochester, passed away at 3:02 A.M. Thursday, December 1, 2022, at her residence.

She was born on May 27, 1936 in Normal, Illinois the daughter of Raymond J. Gayhart and Beulah B. (Arbogast) Gayhart Pace. On September 9, 1956 in Peru, Indiana, she married Bill E. Brown and he preceded her in death on January 31, 2016.

Mrs. Brown had previously worked at Delco-Remy and Howard Community Hospita,l both of Kokomo, Indiana and had been a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, painting, cross stitching, flowers, gardening and canning.

Survivors include her children, Kathy Smith, Rochester, Indiana, Bill (Brenda) Brown, Sharpsville, Indiana, Sharon (Joe) Rock, Rochester, Indiana, six grandchildren, Christina (Ian) Davis, Rochester, Indiana, Richard (Kathy) Lucker, Rochester, Indiana, Michael (Melody) Brown, Sharpsville, Indiana, Amanda (Josh) Philapy, Sharpsville, Indiana, Casie (Neil) Baumann, Rochester, Indiana, Joey (Alivia) Rock, Rochester, Indiana, and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Saturday and one hour prior to service Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Rita Fae (Wright) Pennington, 66, of Argos

Rita Fae (Wright) Pennington, 66, of Argos, passed away November 30, 2022 at 5:35 a.m. at her residence. On September 20, 1956 in Rochester, Indiana she was born to Samuel Wright and Audrie (Hensley) Wright. She lived all her life in the Argos community.

On November 18, 1978 in Argos, Indiana she married David L. Pennington and together they shared the next 45 years.

Rita was a housewife/homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Argos, Indiana.

Rita is survived by her husband David Pennington of Argos, Indiana

Children – Jared Pennington of Washington, and Jessica LaBere and husband Nick of North Liberty, Indiana

4 Grandchildren

Sisters – Helen Epley and husband John of Kentucky; Sandy Schori and husband Ken of Argos, Indiana; Wanda Lloyd of Plymouth, Indiana; Janice Wright of Kentucky.

Brother – John Wright of Argos, Indiana; Jack Wright and wife Sarah of Culver, Indiana; Joe Wright of Argos, Indiana

She is preceded in death by her: Parents, Sisters - Lorena Fritters and Elizabeth Wright, Brothers – Jamie Wright and Harold Wright

Friends may visit with the family on Sunday December 4, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ, 15676 Michigan Rd., Argos, Indiana.  

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

Tommy Joe "Tom" Bonnell, 71, of Indianapolis

Tommy Joe “Tom” Bonnell, 71, of Indianapolis, departed this life Sunday, November 27, 2022.

 

Tom was born September 18th, 1951 in Winamac, Indiana to the late Sherald L. “Shay” Bonnell and Verla Glenn (Haselby) Bonnell. Tom was a 1969 graduate of Winamac High School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Business from Ball State University.

 

Tom was dedicated to serving his family and his wife of 47 years and 4 months, Sarah Lynn (Hutchens) Bonnell, who proceeded him in death.

 

Known for his quick, dry wit and sense of humor, Tom was a dedicated and loyal soul who was happiest making memories with his family and friends. He absolutely loved enriching the lives of his grandchildren through his family’s genealogical records, as well as regaling them with stories of yesteryear in Pulaski County. He never passed on an opportunity to visit and share with his children and grandchildren, and appreciated his own quiet moments with family, often times celebrating life with good barbeque and a small glass of Miller High Life.

 

Tom was a longtime member of the Northern Indiana Power from the Past, Inc., and an avid collector of all things related to antique tractors and farm machinery, including toy antique tractors, and numerous full-size working models that he would often painstakingly restore to their original condition. When there was time to get away, he would make his way with his family to Lake Maxinkuckee or Lake Bass where many memories were made.

 

Tom is survived by his devoted sons, Shay (Angie) Bonnell, Domenick (Tiffany) Calabrese, Trent Bonnell and Travis (Jessica) Bonnell; his sister, Charlene (Jim) Planck; nephews Kevin and Corey Planck; nephews Jeff, Kent, and Brad Bonnell; nieces Cristy (Planck) Hankla, and Michelle J. (Bonnell) Grostefon. Tom is also survived by his dedicated grandchildren, Avery, Brady, Bowen and Briggs Calabrese; Audrey, Grant and Aspyn Bonnell; Carter and Connor Bonnell, and Ethan Lamar; a host of dear friends, grateful students, and a score of former employees of The Braun Corporation and Legend Valley Products/O’Brien Manufacturing.

 

Tom will be honored and remembered as a parent, husband, colleague, friend, with a gathering as a family AND community at a later date to be determined at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you send memorial contributions to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County, and designate your donation to the Sherald & Verla Bonnell Family Educational Fund.

 

Donations may be made online, and dedicated to and in the name of Tommy J. Bonnell.

 

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County can be found at the following website:

www.cfopc.org

 

Online condolences available at: www.frainmortuary.com

Mark A. Peterson, 66, of Lucerne, formerly of Monterey

Mark A. Peterson, 66, of Lucerne, formerly of Monterey,  passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Community Howard Regional Health Hospital in Kokomo. 

 

He was born on February 1, 1956 in Winamac, IN to the late Amos J. and Sarah K. [Reinholt] Peterson. 

 

Mark graduated from Culver High School in Culver, IN.  He was a retired butcher, having worked at Martins in Logansport, IN for many years.

 

Mark was a former member of Winamac Lodge #262 F&AM as well as Shriners.  He was a member of the Lucerne Lion’s Club.  Mark enjoyed the outdoors, especially boating, fishing, hunting, and playing Frisbee golf.  He had a keen eye for Indiana artifacts.  He also enjoyed cooking and gardening.  Mark loved his many pets – too many to name!  Most of all, Mark loved his family and will be dearly missed.

 

He is survived by:

Jennifer L. [Ashbaugh] Peterson, Lucerne, IN Wife

Matt Peterson, Monterey, IN Son

Jenny (Michael) McGraw, Zionsville, IN Sister

Judy (Doug) Hartz, Plymouth, IN Sister

Ginger (James) Boys, Valparaiso, IN Sister

Jarrel Hartle, Brother-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Amos J. and Sarah K. [Reinholt] Peterson, Parents

George A. Peterson, Son

Jane E. Hartle, Sister

 

Visitation will be from 2-6 PM EST Sunday, December 4, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Monday, December 5, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Burial will take place at Riverbank Cemetery in Winamac, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lucerne Volunteer Fire Department or Monterey Volunteer Fire Department.

 

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

 

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

Randy D. Bennett, 62, of Francesville

Randy D. Bennett, 62, of Francesville, went home to be with his family in Heaven on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. 

 

He passed away following an eight month battle with cancer.  Randy was born on June 9, 1960 in Cape Girardeau, MO to the late Richard and Shirley [Simpkins] Bennett. 

 

He moved to Indiana as a child and attended Hebron Elementary School.  Randy graduated from Kankakee Valley High School. 

 

On February 14, 1995, he married Linda S. [Clark] Owens in Winamac, IN.  She survives.

 

Over the years, Randy had been employed at Owens Corning Fiberglass in Valparaiso, IN, Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, IN, Wabash National in Lafayette, IN, and Vulcan Stone Quarry in Francesville.  He retired from Lehigh Hanson Materials in Francesville.  Randy was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local #150 in Countryside, IL.

 

He served on the Medaryville Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

 

Randy enjoyed woodworking and fishing as well as painting and drawing.  He was an avid fan of Notre Dame Football and Purdue Basketball.  Most of all, Randy loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.  He will be deeply missed.

 

He is survived by:

Linda S. [Clark] Bennett, Francesville, IN Wife

Timothy (Jodie) Bennett, Wheatfield, IN Son

Sean (Jennifer) Owens, Francesville, IN Son

Brice Schultz, Grandson

Cameron (Brittany) Owens, Grandson

Emily Bennett, Granddaughter

Wendy Bennett, Granddaughter

Isabelle Harris, Granddaughter

Randall Pierce, Brother-in-law

Barbara [Clark] Kapraun, Sister-in-law

Pat (Jeff) [Clark] Barngrover, Sister-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews as well as Great Nieces and Nephews

Naomi [Bennett] Mann, Aunt

Numerous Cousins

 

Preceded in death by:

Richard and Shirley [Simpkins] Bennett, Parents

Chastity Nicole “Chas” Bennett, Daughter

Christopher Owens, Son

Marie Annette [Bennett] Pierce, Sister

Dawn Marie Bennett, Infant Sister

Clarence Kapraun, Brother-in-law

Joseph T. Clark, Brother-in-law

 

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM EST on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN. 

Entombment will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.

In lieu of flowers, food, and gifts, memorial contributions may be made to Indiana Burn Camp or Medaryville Volunteer Fire Department. 

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

Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

Janice S. Nelson, 93, of Leiters Ford

Mrs. 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.  

 

Memorials may be made to the John Nelson Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 E. 9th St., Rochester, IN 46975. 

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