James E. Rausch, 76, of Star City

James E. Rausch, 76, of Star City, passed away at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at the Life Care Center in Rochester.

Per his wishes there will be no services.

Guadalupe "Lupe" Tijerina, 72, of Winamac

Guadalupe “Lupe” Tijerina, 72, of Winamac, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at I.U. Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born on August 13, 1951 in San Benito, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Vicenta (Sanchez) Mendiola. 
Lupe moved to Indiana in 1966 with her family, she worked as a migrant worker harvesting various crops and traveling to different states. Her work introduced her to the love of her life Ramon Tijerina. 
Together they continued working as migrant workers. Their work introduced them to many people and opportunities. They decided to call Winamac their home in 1978. 
Lupe worked at Pulaski Memorial Hospital for several years as a Nurse’s Aid. Her kindness and caring heart provided her patients with exceptional care. 
Hard worker was just one word to describe Lupe. She proved that when she went to work for Wirtz & Yates Construction doing road construction and building bridges. As her children grew older she made the decision to look for employment closer to home. She worked as a custodian at  Eastern Pulaski School Corporation for 26 years retiring in 2015. 
Grandchildren kept Lupe busy. She enjoyed taking them to the splash pad, parades, shopping trips to Bailey’s, cheering for them at their sporting events, taking them to church and golf cart rides on the trail. She enjoyed watching Notre Dame football. Lupe was a member of the Winamac Nazarene Church. 
Lupe was the most genuine person known and loved by many. Her kindness, generosity and beautiful smile was shown to all including strangers. 
Survivors include her husband Ramon “Ray” Tijerina of Winamac, her children, Linda Overmyer (Josh) of Winamac and Johnny Tijerina (Julie) of Winamac, sister, Margarita Mendiola (Mark Miller) of Winamac, brothers, Jose Mendiola of Santa Rosa, Texas, Angel Mendiola (Chris) of Winamac and Tony Mendiola of Carthage, Missouri and grandchildren, Eli Overmyer, Kinley Overmyer, Tate Tijerina and Rylie Tijerina.
She was also preceded in death by brothers, Miguel and Jesse Mendiola.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 28, 2023 at the Winamac Nazarene Church, 516 E. 13th St., Winamac.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at the church.
Burial will be at Franklin Township Cemetery/ Mt. Zion.
Lupe’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at

Claude Bradley Jr, affectionately known as Sonny, of Rochester

Claude Bradley Jr, affectionately known as Sonny, of Rochester, passed away peacefully passed away in his home of 36 years on Friday September 22, 2023 surrounded by family.

He was born on November 16, 1943 in Je?ersonville, Indiana, the son of Claude and Laura (Gambill) Bradley Sr. On July 25, 1968, he married Cheryl L. Lindgren. Together they spent 29 years raising their family and enjoying life before Cheryl passed away on October 12, 1997. Following years of laughter and adventure, he married Vickie (Voorhees) Rudd on October 29, 2022. Vickie stood by his side until he breathed his last breath.

A 48-year member, Sonny Joined the Millwright union 1076 (Formerly Local 1043) on June 23, 1975. He spent his retirement years owning and operating his own lawn mower repair business and continued to work on them in his garage for many years.  There wasn’t much that Sonny couldn’t fix! He was a proud veteran having served his time in the United States Army. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post, as well as the American Legion Post 36 in Rochester, Indiana. Through his many years of service with the American Legion, Sonny held the offices of Historian, Commander, Finance Officer, and First Vice Commander. In his spare time, he enjoyed tinkering in his garage (especially when he was teaching things to his grandsons), going to casinos, and camping. Sonny became an ordained minister in 2017 to officiate his grandson’s wedding and continued providing matrimonial services until as recently as one month ago. Sonny was a cherished father and devoted grandfather, adored by his family. While he may have left this Earth, you will find a piece of him in each of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Sonny leaves behind his treasured family including his wife, Vickie Bradley, Rochester, Indiana, children, Melanie (Bernie) Green, Tuckerman, Arkansas, Todd Bradley( companion Laurie), Rochester, Indiana, Kevin Bradley (companion Beth), Gary, Indiana, Lori (James) Cunningham, DeMotte, Indiana, Brian Bradley, Merrillville, Indiana, Tim Bradley (companion Rhonda), Rochester, Indiana, Tami (Craig) Spurlock, Key West, Florida, step-children, Kim Meadows (Companion Greg), Rochester, Indiana, Jason (Bobbi) Meadows, Crawfordsville, Indiana, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, siblings, Paul (Donna) Bradley, Winamac, Indiana, Floyd (Tickie) Bradley (Companion Tammy), Lake Village, Indiana, sister, Davi Rawlins, Monument, Colorado, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joey Bradley, great- grandchildren Khristian and Maleigh Bradley, parents, sisters, Rosalee Pawlosky, Betsy Porras, Nellie Jo Martin, and brother, George Keesee.

Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Friday September 29, 2023, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard will perform military rites after visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Tiffany Lynn Chambers 31, of Rochester

Tiffany Lynn Chambers 31, of Rochester, was surrounded by her family and friends when she passed away, at 12:57 PM, Sunday, September 24, 2023.  This followed a valiant 12-month battle with liver failure.

On March 25, 1992, Tiffany Lynn Hartwell was born in Knox.  She was the daughter of Samuel Tolson and Jenny Lynn Hartwell.

On September 27, 2012, in Knox, Tiffany married the love of her life and best friend Brian Chambers.  They have shared 11 years of life's adventures.  From their union came two handsome sons Gunner and Kannon.

In the early years Tiffany and Brian enjoyed the outdoors filled with great adventure.  They kayaked on the waters of the Tippecanoe River putting in at Menominee and floating to homes of friends.  They also enjoyed the sport of deer hunting with their crossbows.  Paramount in her life was her family.  There was nothing better than getting together at the holidays and special family celebrations. Tiffany's favorite role in life was being the mother of Gunner and Kannon.  She never missed any of Gunner's school activities, concerts and or sports activities, being his number one cheerleader.  

Left to cherish Tiffany's memory are her loving husband Brian; sons: Gunner Charles Chambers, 8 years old,  and Kannon Brian Chambers, 3 years old, all at home; 2 sisters: Tesla Jenkins (Mark) of Utica, Ohio, Jaylan Hartwell of Plymouth; her mother, Jenny Hartwell White (Brian) of Plymouth; and grandmother Jewel Sayler of Logansport. Many extended family and friends also survive.

A life celebration honoring Tiffany is planned at a later date.

Barbara A. Guy, 81, of Winamac

Barbara A. Guy, 81, of Winamac, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2023. 

She was born on November 23, 1941 in Chicago, IL to the late John and Barbara [Reiss] Wierzbicki. 

On July 12, 1969, Barbara married Robert D. Guy in Chicago.  He passed away on December 1, 2010. 

Barbara retired from Milwaukee Railroad in Chicago after many years.  She had also worked downtown at Banker’s Life. 

Barbara enjoyed life in Chicago and often went shopping and dining with her friends.  They caught plays and musicals whenever they could.  She had many hobbies over the years such as ceramics, reading, and watching TV. 

Barbara and her family moved to Winamac in 2002. 

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


She is survived by:

Regina Baran, Winamac, IN Daughter

Jessica Baran, Peru, IN Granddaughter

Natalie Baran, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Nicole Baran, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

Margaret Semich, Delray Beach, FL Sister

Marlene (Howard) Root, Chicago, IL Sister-in-law

Lyndell (Karen) Guy, Brother-in-law

Jim Guy, Poplar Grove, IL Brother-in-law

Richard Klein, Rockford, IL Brother-in-law

Thomas Guy, Poplar Grove, IL Brother-in-law

David Guy, Elkhorn, WI Brother-in-law

Several Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

John and Barbara [Reiss] Wierzbicki, Parents

Robert D. Guy, Husband

Cheryl Guy, Sister-in-law

Carol Klein, Sister-in-law


No Services will be held at this time.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

Online Tributes may be offered at

Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac, IN.

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


Rebecca "Becky" C. Mahoney 63, Macy

Rebecca “Becky” C. Mahoney 63, Macy, passed away at 2:46 P.M. Sunday, September 10, 2023, in Little River-Academy, Texas.

She was born September 29, 1959, in Temple, Texas, the daughter of David W. and Clara (Pazdral) Phillips Sr. On May 26, 1981, in Clarksville, Arkansas, she married Patrick W. Mahoney.

Becky grew up on her family’s farm in Little River-Academy and was one of the first girls in the area to belong to FFA. She graduated from Sul Ross State University and worked as an L.P.N. Becky retired from nursing to be a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling her children and running her own family farm. Becky was a member of The Cross Wesleyan Church of Rochester, Indiana and the Rochester Optimist Club, where she served as Club President, as well as Distinguished Governor for the Optimist Indiana North District. She also served as the Board President for the American Guinea Hog Association.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick W. Mahoney, her four children, Brian Patrick Mahoney, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Phillip Matthew Mahoney and wife Brittany, of Auburn, New Hampshire, Clara Elizabeth Mahoney, of South Bend, Indiana, and Kathleen Jeanette Mahoney, of Macy, Indiana, her three grandchildren, Taran Benjamin Timothy Mahoney, Quinn Saoirse Ann Mahoney, and Miriam Aisling Rebecca Mahoney, all of Auburn, New Hampshire, her brothers Tod Phillips, of Little River-Academy, Texas, Mark Phillips, of Tomball, Texas, Jimmy Phillips, of Austin, Texas, sister-in-law, Cindy Avery, of Little River-Academy, Texas, as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, David W. Phillips Sr. and Clara Joan (Pazdral) Pinkerton, and her brother, David W. Phillips Jr.

Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Friday, September 29, 2023, at The Cross Wesleyan Church, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Friday, September 29, 2023 at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rochester Optimist Club or The Cross Wesleyan Church.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Harold Lloyd Brown, 89, of rural Akron

Harold Lloyd Brown, 89, of rural Akron, passed peacefully at 2:29 pm, Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at his residence.

Harold was born on May 22, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Stanley and Mary (Zornes) Brown. He married on Sept. 10, 1988 in Bunker Hill, Indiana to Brenda Lee McClish Marshall, she survives.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as an Engineman First Class. He was a member of the Rochester VFW Post 1343 and the Lakeville American Legion Post 363. Harold enjoyed pitching horseshoes, working on his farm, and being outside mowing and tinkering on many projects. He taught his wife many things and they worked as a team on their property.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Brenda Brown of Akron; daughters Mary Brown of Chula Vista, CA, Priscilla and husband Branden Nelson of Rochester, Jennifer and husband Joe Hamilton of Culver, and a son Harold Brown Jr. of Spring Valley, CA; a step daughter Billie and husband Santiago Abalos of Mentone; a step son Joe Marshall of Great Falls, Montana; 22 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Joseph Brown.

A private graveside service will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana with military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard.

The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

Alden G. Jones Jr., 89, of rural Claypool

Alden G. Jones Jr., 89, of rural Claypool, passed at 4:20 pm, Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at Mason Health and Rehabilitation of Warsaw, Indiana.
Alden was born on Aug. 28, 1934 in Sevastopol, Indiana to the late Alden and Emma Irene (Sparrow) Jones. He was a 1952 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. He married on June 24, 1967 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Warsaw to Yvonne C. “Penny” Miller, she survives.
Alden worked for AT&T for 34 years, retiring in 1985. After retirement, he worked for United Technology for 10 years. He also enjoyed farming, raising hogs and using his favorite, Oliver equipment.  Alden was a charter member of the Mentone Flying Club. He had his own plane for many years. He also was a member of the Burket United Methodist Church. He was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed watching high school basketball. He loved his family and selflessly sacrificed for them.
He is survived by his wife Penny Jones of Claypool; sons Christopher Alden of Claypool and Brian Thomas of Indianapolis; grandchildren Thiele Alden and Terra Dawn; and a brother Howard Rudolph and wife Carol Jones of Greencastle, Indiana.

Alden was preceded in death by his parents and sister Iris Dickerhoff.

Visitation hours will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:00 noon, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 125 N. Harrison St. Warsaw, Indiana with Father Jonathan Norton officiating.
The interment will take place in the Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana following the service.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Burket Fire Department (First Responders).


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Roger L Deardorff, 95, formerly of Akron

Roger L Deardorff, 95, formerly of Akron, passed Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Timbercrest Health Care of North Manchester, Indiana.
Roger was born on July 5, 1928 in Howard County, Indiana to the late Ralph and Gladys (Little) Deardorff.  He was a 1946 graduate of Clay Township High School. He married on Oct. 24, 1948 in Russiaville, Indiana to Patricia A. Hawkins, who preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2017.
He was a lifetime dairy farmer in the Akron area, raising Holstein cattle. Roger and Pat sold the farm in 1986 and moved east of Akron. He was a member of the Akron United Methodist Church, the Akron Lions Club, the Holstein Cattle Association, and Associated Milk Producers (AMPI). His greatest joy was his family and the happiness of his beloved wife.
He is survived by his sons Dr. Kerrick and wife Melanie Deardorff and Kevin and wife Amy Deardorff both of Claypool, Ind.; daughter-in-law Pat Deardorff of Overland Park, Kansas; 9 Grandchildren; 17 Great Grandchildren; a Great Great Grandson; and a brother Ralph and wife Linda Deardorff of Huntington.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pat, son Michael Deardorff (July 8, 2023), and sisters Laura Deardorff and Dorothy Barr.
Following his wishes private family services will be held with Pastor David Eaton officiating.


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

The arrangements are entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Akron United Methodist Church and Kosciusko Community Foundation.



E. Catherine "Katie" Whetstone, 97, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and formerly of Mentone

E. Catherine “Katie” Whetstone, 97, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and formerly of Mentone, went home to be with the Lord at 6:57 am, Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at The Village at Anthony Boulevard of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Katie was born on Oct. 9, 1925 in Atwood, Indiana to the late Glen and Ethel (Easterday) Snider.  She was the second youngest of 6 siblings. A resident of Mentone for most of her life, she graduated from Mentone High School in 1943. She was married on Jan. 18, 1945 at Homestead Air Base Chapel in Homestead, Florida to Robert J. Whetstone, who preceded on Feb. 8, 1997.
She was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church where she was active for many years in the church choir, United Methodist Women, and Emmaus Walk ministry. She also served her local community well as a Cub Scouts leader, delivery driver for Meals on Wheels, Clerk Treasurer for the town of Mentone, and working for many years at Boggs & Nelson Insurance Agency. She was a loyal Cubs and I.U. basketball fan who enjoyed taking trips, and playing cards, board games, and bingo.

Most of all, she loved and served her family. After Bob’s passing she moved to Ft. Wayne to be closer to her children and grandchildren there and in the South Bend area. She cheered them on at countless sporting and music events, encouraged them every time she interacted with them, and faithfully prayed for each of them daily. She was a wonderful and godly woman who influenced many with her love and kindness. 

She is survived by sons Mike (Susan) of Ft. Wayne, Tom (Debbie) of Nappanee, and Chris (Chelle) of Crown Point, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. 

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob; son Jim Whetstone; sisters Mary Thomas, Wylan Bowers, Doris Cooper; and brothers Harold Snider and Hollis Snider.
The funeral service will take place at 1:00 pm, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023 at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana.
The interment will take place next to her husband in the Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Indiana.
Visitation hours will be held from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023 at King Memorial Home, Mentone, Indiana.

Memorials can be made in her memory to the Mentone United Methodist Church.


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Linda Sue Kline (Dancy)

On Friday, September 15, 2023, Linda Sue Kline (Dancy) was reunited with her father, Daughton Dancy, mother, Wilma Cole, sister, Louann, and her son, Clinton Kline.

From her green pastures she will watch over her son and his family: Ryan Kline, wife Jessica and daughters Madeleine (Maddy) and Matilda (Maia). She will continue to adore her daughter and her family: Kimberly Kline, fiancé Jeremy Snyder and son Sam Cubberley. And, as she plays with her beloved pug Free in Heaven, she will tease and comfort her beloved min-pin, Serenity. And certainly, Linda will remain a faithful presence in the lives of her many siblings: Gary, Roger, Rene, Della, Debbie, Judy, Michael, and Tom.

Linda was born to humble circumstances on Tuesday, March 13, 1951, in Fairdale, West Virginia, one of her mother’s five children. Her mother passed away while Linda was still young. And though she was robbed of the joy of knowing her own mother, she proudly displayed a portrait of Wilma in a prominent position in her home. After Wilma passed, Daughton remarried and would go on to have five more children, blessing Linda with more of what she loved most, family. They, too, would lose their mother at a very young age.

In January 1970, Linda enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. It was the proudest moment of her life to that point…and the first time she enjoyed regular acess to an indoor toilet! She served faithfully with the Chapel while stationed at Torrejon Air Force Base, Spain. She loved it!  While in Spain, her first child, Clinton Kline, was born and unexpectedly passed away only six months later from pneumonia.  She was honorably discharged in December 1972, and moved to Tucson, Arizona to work for the Sheriff’s department.  

A year later she moved to rural northern Michigan, to a small town called Kingsley. There she invited two new members into her family: son, Ryan Kline, born in April 1975, and daughter, Kimberly Kline, born April 1978. She loved them both dearly…despite their many mishaps and mistakes. And they, in time, became endeared with her strict disciplines and humble preferences.

As a fastidious organizer, Linda was well suited as a bookkeeper, a profession she kept for almost 50 years! Her children still recall the click-clacking and printing of her adding machine. She worked for various small companies, mostly in retail automotive parts. They found her quite indispensable; only losing her when she moved away, or they had closed down.

Linda was also a voracious reader and a logophile. She loved playing Scrabble…though had a hard time finding people to play with her for their fear of a staggering defeat. She also enjoyed playing bingo and cards – whether rummy, euchre, or penny poker – and would while away hours with family and friends.

Linda lived in rural West Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Madrid, Spain; Tucson, Arizona; Kinglsey, Michigan, and finally, Louisville, Kentucky. Of all of these, she loved the places where she could be close with her family…and Spain, she loved Spain.

Linda was ever faithful to her family and to her Lord Jesus Christ. She kept to herself when she wasn’t keeping family connected. She wasn’t one to ask for help though she was always willing to help another.

“God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” – Matthew 5:5

We will cover Linda with love during her memorial service to be held on September 30, 2023 @ 1PM EST at Leiters Ford Cemetery in Rochester, Indiana. The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betty Louise [Reutebuch] DeSabatine, 90 of Winamac

Betty Louise [Reutebuch] DeSabatine, 90 of Winamac, went to be with the loves of her life, the Lord and her husband “Pauly”, on September 22, 2023 in Winamac.  Betty was born at home in Pulaski, IN to the late John and Cora [Link] Reutebuch on October 20, 1932.  She was the fifth child in a family of thirteen.  Betty graduated from Pulaski High School. On October 20, 1951, she married Paul “Rusty” DeSabatine at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.  Rusty passed away on April 18, 2017.


Betty worked from the early age of 10 babysitting and cleaning for a couple of her schoolteachers.  She also did ironing for an aunt.  Betty worked in a sewing factory after graduating from high school.  She was the bookkeeper for 65 years for Rusty’s excavating business “DeSabatine Brothers Excavating”.  While helping with the family business she had nine children in ten years and did a wonderful job raising them.


Betty was very active at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac where she was a CCD teacher for many years.  She was also a member of the Christian Mothers and Ladies of Charity.  Betty was proud to be a part of the first group of parishioners allowed to distribute the Eucharist at St. Peter’s. 


Aside from raising her family, Betty loved to work in her garden, read, cook for her family, play Euchre on Friday nights, and watch her family swim in her pool.  A day did not go by without her watching her favorites on TV, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy. 


He is survived by:

Barbara (Steve) Rausch, Winamac, IN Daughter

Robert (Sandy) DeSabatine, Winamac, IN Son

Ronald “Rudy” (Cindy) DeSabatine, Winamac, IN Son

Donna “Guba” (Alan) Nicholson, Winamac, IN Daughter

David “Butch” (Monica) DeSabatine, Winamac, IN Son

Joan (Tim) Murray, Winamac, IN Daughter

John “Chopper” (Robin) DeSabatine, LaPorte, IN Son

Rhonda “Weez” (Dave) Parcel, Winamac, IN Daughter

Thomas DeSabatine, Culver, IN Son

45 Grandchildren

54 Great Grandchildren

1 Great Great Granddaughter

Marlene (Ron) Roth, Monticello, IN Sister

Kay Ann (Tom) Derheimer, Columbia City, IN Sister

Sharon (Jerry) Cloud, Indianapolis, IN Sister

Marcia Lehman, Indianapolis, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


She is preceded in death by:

John and Cora [Link] Reutebuch, Parents

Paul “Rusty” DeSabatine, Husband

Ida DeSabatine, Daughter-in-law

Bill (Babe) Reutebuch, Brother

Junior (Evelyn) Reutebuch, Brother

Richard Reutebuch, Brother

John (Janet) Reutebuch, Brother

Gerald “Popcorn” (Georgette) Reutebuch, Brother

Marjorie “Chiz” (Chester) Hanus, Sister

Dorothy (Melvin) Linback, Sister

Ronald Reutebuch, Infant Brother

Alfonso and Anna [DePirro] DeSabatine, In-laws

Rich Lehman, Brother-in-law


Visitation will be from 2:30-7:30 PM EDT Friday, September 29, 2023 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church 402 N. Market St. Winamac, IN 46996 (enter through north door off of parking lot). 

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 8 PM Friday, September 29, 2023 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. 

The Rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM EDT Saturday, September 30, 2023 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and will be followed by the Prayers at the Closing of the Casket. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM EDT Saturday, September 30, 2023 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew DeKeyser officiating. 

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

Ruth Belle (Fear) Paterson, 84, of Argos

Ruth Belle (Fear) Paterson, 84, of Argos, passed away September 7, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. in Miller's Merry Manor, Plymouth, Indiana. On May 13, 1939, in Argos, Indiana she was born to Thurl J. Fear and Elnora (Mechling) Fear. Ruth lived all her life in the Argos community.

On February 10, 1981, in Bradenton, Florida she married Thomas “Tom” Paterson and together they shared the next 42 years.

Ruth worked for many years at the Wash Board Laundromat, Argos, Indiana and at Casey’s making Pizzas, Argos, Indiana. She was a former member of Argos Lions Club and Izzak Walton, Argos, Indiana.

Ruth is survived by her Husband – Tom Paterson of Argos, Indiana

Daughter – Karen Smith and husband Tracy of Argos, Indiana

Son – Lowell Hollar and wife Susan of Argos, Indiana

8 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren

Step-Daughter – Terri Brandt and husband Rey of Plymouth, Indiana

Step-Sons – Thomas R. Paterson of Argos, Indiana; Robert Paterson of Elkhart, Indiana; and Tim Paterson and wife Shalon of Plymouth, Indiana.

Brother – Harold Fear and wife Ester of California  

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Brother – John Fear, Step-sons – William Paterson and James Paterson

No Services are planned at this time

Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Argos Library, 142 N. Michigan St., Argos, Indiana 46501 or Marshall County Humane Society, PO Box 22, Plymouth, Indiana 46563

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


Nicholas "Nic" Kasten, 36, of Winamac

Nicholas “Nic” Kasten, 36, of Winamac, passed away peacefully at 4:21 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at the Northwest Healthcare Center in LaPorte surrounded by his family and loved ones.

He was born on August 18, 1987 in Logansport.

Nic graduated from Winamac Community School in 2006. He was blessed with his first son, Avi Kruz Kasten, on December 17, 2017. He had his second son Kash Lee Kasten on January 4, 2019.

Nic was an avid music listener. He often loved sitting in the pool with his mom, playing music trivia. He amazed people with his vast knowledge of all kinds of genres of music. He loved playing cards with his friends and family, even though he was often “spanked” by his talented sister.

He was often found tinkering in his garage on different cars. He acquired a lot of his knowledge from participating in several years of high school super mileage, his bonus dad, and working at Braun’s dealership while in high school. He used his skills to help his little brother in different racing endeavors. Nic also had a love for hunting and fishing; a hobby he learned from his dad.

Nic loved to make others laugh, whether it would be with jokes he had heard or videos he had found. His late night phone calls will be sorely missed by his sister as he would always find a way to make her laugh until she cried. Above all else, Nic loved his sons more than anything on this earth.

He is survived by his two sons Avi Kruz Kasten, Kash Lee Kasten, his parents Tim Kasten (Sherri) of Rochester, Kim Adamski (Bob) of Winamac, his sister Natalie Reynolds (Carl) of Bluffton, his brother Eric Kasten (Kara) of Winamac, his grandparents Ronald and Judy Loehmer of Winamac, his niece Phoebe Reynolds, his nephew Memphis Kasten, and many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Mary Lou and Bob Swartzell.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, September 11, 2023 at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family that will be trusted for Nic’s two sons, Avi and Kash.

Nic’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at

John Wayne Brown, 75, of Twelve Mile

John Wayne Brown, 75, Twelve Mile, passed away at 5:55 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2023, at his home of fifty years in Twelve Mile, Indiana.

Born on September 24, 1947, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of James Logan and Gene Ellen (Howard) Brown.  On September 13, 1969, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he married Constance Eugena Gibbs, who survives. 

He attended Maconaquah High School, class of 1967, before leaving to join the United States Army.  He served two years in Vietnam before being transferred to Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs where he met his wife of fifty-four years.  His family was able to gather in 2019 to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary in their beloved Twelve Mile Community.  John attended Skinner Chapel, near Twelve Mile after his home church, the Twelve Mile United Methodist, closed.  John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, working in the flower and vegetable garden, and keeping their home looking nice by always keeping up on mowing and weed-eating, maintaining the grass all the way to the Defco lot and back. He also took care of his neighbors, shoveling snow in the winter.

John was always working to keep his 2009 Ford F150 looking its best.  He had been fixing up a 1923 Ford T-Bucket which he had always wanted and bought just a year ago; he had almost finished his restoration work. He always helped his wife around the house.  He and his wife added a second floor to the house in 1993 and built a large garage for his semi. They added a shelter for the RV and a lean-to for his toys.  A lot of time, you would see him working on something with Steve Benedict and Dan.  

John worked for General Transfer, Rochester, Indiana, retiring in 1999.  He then bought his own truck which he drove for over twenty-years, working for nine years driving for  Ed Burns & Sons Trucking.  Even though he retired several times, he was always working part-time for friends, Brian Moss, Geary Manuel, Brian Hartley, Larry Tabler, Mike and Dee McKinley, and he was still working for Nutrient Ag at the time of his death.  

Survivors include his wife, Connie Brown, Twelve Mile; children, John Brown, Jr., Kentucky; Nonie (Dennis) Frye, Logansport; Brian Brown, Twelve Mile; and Logan (Rusty) Newby, Rochester  grandchildren, Austin, Christopher, Shawn, Hank, Megan, Ben, Britny, Caleigh, Cateline, Kamryn, and Payton; great-grandsons, Leo and Colt; and his puppy of six years, Missy (which you would see most of the time with John); and sisters, Sharon (Don) Craig, Macy; Teresa (Brian) Bruce, Kokomo; Bonnie (Mike) Burns, Twelve Mile; and Christie (Tim) Howard, Peru.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Gene Brown; in-laws, Joe and Billie Gibbs; granddaughters, Allie and Bailey Frye, and nephew, Jerald Craig. 

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana.  Pastor David Noel will officiate at a service immediately following visitation.  Burial will follow the service in St. John Cemetery, Logansport. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cause for Paws, Logansport, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

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

Daniel R. "Danny" Ashby, 67, of rural Akron

Daniel R. “Danny” Ashby, 67, of rural Akron, passed surrounded by family at 8:45 pm, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 at his residence.
Danny was born on Aug. 28, 1956 in Warsaw, Indiana to the late Charles Foster and Virginia Marie (Ellis) Ashby. He was a 1974 graduate of Tipton High School. He married on March 5, 1977 in Claypool, Indiana to Betty Shriver, she survives.

He worked for Wabash Valley Manufacturing of Silver Lake for over 30 years, retiring as a scheduler. He loved riding his Harley and working on homes, cars, and lawn mowers. He also enjoyed driving his Amish friends around the area. Danny and his wife enjoyed camping, hiking, bonfires, and all things outdoors. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.
Danny is survived by his wife Betty Ashby of Akron; children Brenda and husband Brian Yoder of North Manchester, Dawn and husband Charles Poe of Akron, Thomas and wife Samantha Ashby of Rochester; grandchildren Bryanna, Devon, Zachary, Kara, Bailey, Harley, and Zeke; numerous Great Grandchildren; brothers Steve Ashby of Fort Wayne, Glen Ashby of Florida, Bobby Ashby of Warsaw, John Ashby of Bargersville, and Edgar and wife Carol Ashby of California; and sisters Helen and husband Tony Middleton of Silver Lake, Teri and husband Tony Monce of Silver Lake, Janine and husband Troy Hoskins of Warsaw, and Sandy and husband David Smith of Elyria, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Lee Ashby, and father and mother-in-law Milo and Saraetta Shriver.
Following his wishes no services will be held at this time. There will be a private family gathering in his memory at a later date.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

Cindy Schaeffner, 71, of Rochester

Cindy Schaeffner, 71, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023, at Elkhart General Hospital.

On March 22, 1952, Cindy Sue Richardson was born in Rochester to Kenny and Phyllis Smith Richardson.  She was a lifetime resident of Fulton County.

As a homemaker, Cindy enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and housekeeping. In her spare time, she watched TV,  played Yahtzee and worked in her yard. She was especially proud of the roses she planted around her home.

Left to cherish Cindy's memory are her companion, Brad Peltz; three children including  twins, Susanna Elchert and husband Scott of Warsaw and  Robert Schaeffner Sr.;  Paul Schaeffner and wife Tracy all of Rochester;  11 grandchildren: Brittany Sue, Daniel Skyler, Arial Nicole, Alexis Laura Lynn, Amanda Jo Laine, Jarazzna Leigh, Matera Marie, Robert Lee Jr, Ray Von, Autumn Rose, Destiny Faith ;  9 great-grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Cindy in death is her mother Phyllis Barrett on Feb. 1, 2023; father Kenny Richardson; step-father Earl Barrett; two brothers: Gary Wayne Richardson, Charles Albert Richardson; and three sisters: Kathryn Mount, L. Gail See, and Annette White .

A celebration of the life of Cindy Sue Schaeffner will be at noon on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, in the Good family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester.  Pastor Allen Schaeffner will officiate.  

Friends may visit with her family from 10:00 AM until the hour of the service. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery

Roger Eric Ward, 74, of Francesville

Roger Eric Ward, 74, of Francesville, went to his eternal home on Sunday, September 3, 2023 after a hard-fought three year battle with cancer. 

Roger was born on December 12, 1948 in Francesville to the late Russell Emmett “R.E.” and Lena [Honegger] Ward. 

He graduated from Francesville High School in 1966. 

On November 16, 1968 he married Sandra J. Long in Francesville, and they were blessed to share 54 years together.

Roger served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1972, with an eight month tour of duty in Vietnam as a loadmaster on cargo airplanes.  He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant before completing his military service. Roger was a member of the Francesville American Legion Post #228 where he participated in the honor guard.

Roger gave his life to the Lord in 1979.  He was a faithful member of the Francesville Apostolic Christian Church and served in many roles over the years.  His strong faith guided him to invest in the lives of others - including the less fortunate. 

Roger was an entrepreneur and local business owner.  His life work included owning and operating a construction company, a stone quarry, and a hog operation.  Roger also grain farmed for many years.

Roger enjoyed playing golf as well as spending time withhis friends.  Roger cherished wintering with Sandi in Florida and being surrounded by his family.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who strongly desiredto see his family walk the streets of gold with him someday.


He is survived by:

Sandra J. [Long] Ward, Francesville, IN Wife

Erica (Evan) Christensen, North Judson, IN Daughter

Amber (Philip) Leman, Francesville, IN Daughter

Amanda (Rustin) Meister, Lafayette, IN Daughter

Erin (Bryce) Drayer, Centerville, TN Daughter

21 Grandchildren: Aidan and Macie Christensen; Ethan, Camille, Brie, Tate, and Josie Leman; Micah, Clay, Joshua, Moriah, and Colt Meister; Sydney, Brant, Nolan, Elliot, Theodore, Rhett, Knox, Celine, and Ransom Drayer

Nola Wuethrich, Francesville, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Russell Emmett “R.E.” and Lena [Honegger] Ward, Parents

2 Infant Grandchildren

Barbara (David) Wuethrich, Sister

Dale (Anne) Ward, Brother

Mary Ann (Joe) Sanders, Sister

David (Karen) Ward, Brother

Richard Wuethrich, Brother-in-law


Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM EDT Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville with Ministers of the Church officiating.

Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Visitation will be from 3-8 PM EDT Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Apostolic Fellowship Center in Francesville and one hour prior to services at the church Saturday.

Memorial Contributions may be made to LifeWise Academy West Central.

Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

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

Marilyn R. Blacketor 90, Jacksonville, Florida, and formerly of South Bend, and Fulton County

Marilyn R. Blacketor 90, Jacksonville, Florida, and formerly of South Bend, Indiana and Fulton County, Indiana, passed away at 11:55 A.M. Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Ortega Gardens Care Center, Jacksonville, Florida.

She was born on November 4, 1932 in Cass County, Indiana, the daughter of Harry Paul and Thelma Fay (Skinner) Culp. On May 23, 1951 in Fulton, Indiana, she married William J. “Bill” Blacketor and he survives.

Marilyn worked for L.S. Ayres Department Store for many years while living in South Bend. She and her husband Bill retired to the Jacksonville, Florida area about twenty years ago. She enjoyed spending time with her Bible study groups and her family.

Survivors include her husband, William J. “Bill” Blacketor, Jacksonville, Florida, children, Daniel (Joanna-spouse) Blacketor, South Bend, Indiana, Gary (Terese-spouse) Blacketor, South Bend, Indiana, Sharolyn Blacketor (Lance Helton-spouse), Jacksonville, Florida, Matthew (Sherri-spouse) Blacketor, Jacksonville, Florida, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Steven Blacketor, and siblings, Wanda Dinsmore, Harry Blain Culp, Paul Culp and Joyce Johnson.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 A.M. Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at


Bernice Hazel (Mevis) Calhoun, 78, of Argos

Bernice Hazel (Mevis) Calhoun, 78, of Argos, passed away on September 1, 2023, at 3:30 a.m. in her residence. On December 4, 1944, in Plymouth, Indiana Bernice was born to Dale Russell Mevis and Margaret (Baker) Mevis. She lived in the Argos community for the past 30 years, coming from Culver, Indiana.

Bernice worked for 20 plus years at Bomarko in Plymouth, Indiana, retiring in 2017. She graduated from Culver High School with the class of 1962.

Bernice is survived by her Daughter – Denise DeVos and husband Pete of Argos.

Sons – Dale Lenig of Argos; Wes Lenig and wife Crystal of Plymouth; Craig Lenig and wife Traci of Plymouth.

11 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild    

Sisters – Barb Boyd of Argos and Mary Rex of Plymouth, Indiana  

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Son – Andrew Leffert, Sisters – Carol Mevis and Joan Cowsert, and Brother – Bob Mevis

Graveside Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contribution can be made to:  Playful Paws Cat Sanctuary, 14607 S. State Road 17, Culver, Indiana 46511

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

Michael D.  Foster, 63, of Rochester

Michael D.  Foster, 63, of Rochester, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at his residence.

On May 22, 1960, Michael Devoy was born in Gary to Earl Devoy and Mary K. Haskell Foster.  Proudly he graduated with the Class of 1979 from Rochester High School. Answering the call of patriotism, Mike served with the US Army as a field medic. He was honorably discharged in 1984.

On January 12, 1996, Mike and Christine M. Grimes were married at the Fulton County Courthouse. They have shared 27 years of life’s adventures.

With a strong work ethic, Mike was a CNC machinist at Zimmer-Biomet of Warsaw.  As an avid outdoorsman, Mike enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He started the Fulton County Bassmaster’s Bass Club in 1995 and served as president for many years. His other memberships include, International Harvestor IH Club Chapter #33, Fulton County Historical Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars #1343 and LeRoy Shelton American Legion #36.  Mike and Christine enjoyed going to new restaurants, trying new foods and attending local festivals.

Left to cherish  Mike's memory are his wife, Christine; daughter Amber Enyart and husband Adam of Rochester;  three grandchildren: Elise Renee Enyart, Lucas Wayne Enyart, Carson George Enyart;  father, George E. Meyer of Rochester; two sisters: Rhonda Moore and husband Dave of Rensselaer, Heidi Foster Snyder of Rochester, two brothers: Patrick Foster of Rochester, Don Meyer and wife Kim of Rochester; canine companions, white American Eskimos, Meeka and Rarity; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Michael in death are his father Earl Foster and mother Mary Meyer.

A celebration of the life of Michael Devoy Foster will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team.  

Ruth Bose, 94, of Rochester

Ruth Bose, 94, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at her home in the early morning hours on August 31, 2023. 


On June 26, 1929, Edith Ruth Culp was born to Arvie Earl and Mable Katheryn Frey Culp.  She attended school at Michigantown, Bell Center, Union Buffalo and graduated from Monticello High School in 1947.


On June 26, 1949, at the Sitka Baptist Church, Monticello,  Ruth was married to Elmo Junior Bose by the Reverend V.R. Graham.  From their union came four wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three more generations.  Sadly, Junior preceded her in death on March 25, 2022, after 72 wonderful loving years of marriage.  During these years they served as pillars to our community as stewards and spiritual leaders.


Over the years, Ruth had been employed at Bryan's Manufacturing, Monticello and at Chamberlains, Akron for several years.  She was a member of the Rochester Pleasant Valley Club; the First Baptist Church, where she served on the Diaconate Board; The Ruth Missionary Club and the Women's Guild of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.  She had volunteered at the Woodlawn Hospital for over 30 years, where she served as Chairwoman of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary and assisted in the operation of the Woodlawn Gift Shop.  She also had been very active in the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce for many years.


Ruth served her Lord and her family with a glorious love and devotion all while keeping her amazing, unique sense of humor. She and Junior enjoyed vacationing.  They were particularly fond of the explorations to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico.


Left to cherish Ruth's memory are 4 children: Richard (Joyce) Bose, Mentone, Dan (Barbara) Bose, Sharlene Haney and Sheila Wildermuth all of Rochester. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren: April Irons (Rick), Matthew Bose (Chantelle), Orville Haney,  Jeremiah Haney (Rachel), Barney Haney (Molly), Amy Reeser (Geoff) and Evan Wildermuth (Angie), and 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.


Preceding Ruth in death are her husband, a daughter, Susan in infancy, her parents, two sisters, and 2 brothers-in-laws.


A celebration of the life of Ruth Bose will be Thursday, September 7, at 1:00 PM, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester, Indiana. 

Her family will greet friends from 11:00 AM until the hour of the service. Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F Cemetery, Rochester. 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at