Obituaries

Dale Allen Gilger Sr, 58

Dale Allen Gilger Sr, 58, of Medaryville, IN passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020.  He passed away at home with his loving family nearby.   Dale was born on October 23, 1961 in Valparaiso, IN the son of the late Donald E. B. Gilger Jr. and Evelyn L Davis Gilger. 

Dale was a graduate of Valparaiso High School. Dale moved to California upon entering the armed services. While in the military Dale gained expertise in electronics. After leaving the military Dale used and sharpened these skill sets in the petrol/chemical industry throughout California. Dale returned home to Indiana in 2010. Dale was passionate about electronics. He continued with his unique skill set after joining Jacob’s Professional Services LLC in Monon, IN. Jacob’s is owned and operated by Ed and Stacy Jacobs. Dale loved his work as well as  the owners, associates and clients of this essential business. He answered calls regardless of weather or time of day. He would do troubleshooting or installations to keep stations available for Indiana communities. He always demonstrated his desire to train and share his passion for the job with those associated with him. He was especially devoted to his job during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dale enjoyed cars and electronics both as hobbies and as work. His greatest joy was his wife and children.  Dale constantly tended to their wellbeing and futures.

Many will miss Dale.

 

He is survived by:

Carry White Gilger, Medaryville, IN  Wife

Dale Gilger Jr., Medaryville, IN    Son

Zachary Gilger, Medaryville, IN  Son

Sophia Gilger, Medaryville, IN   Daughter

Donald E.B. (Terri) Gilger III,   Indiana   Brother

Marquita (Randy Hoepker) Davis,  Colorado  Sister

David (Omar Rios) Gilger, Colorado      Brother

Jason (Vita) Dust    Indiana    Brother

Uncles:

Glen “Dale” (Millie) Markley,   Indiana

Pat Markley, Texas

Aunts:

Louwella Markley McDonald,  Tennessee

Sally Markley, Indiana

Cindy Markley,  Indiana

Larry Dust,  Indiana  Step-father

Dale leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews who will miss him as well.

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Donald E. B. Gilger Jr. and Evelyn L Davis Gilger,  Parents

Harry Davis   Step-father

William McDonald,   Uncle

Bernard Markley   Uncle

Marilyn Markley   Aunt

Nancy Markley   Aunt

 

Visitation will be from 11 AM EDT until 1 PM EDT on Monday, July 13, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville, IN.

Memorial Services will be held at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medaryville, IN on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1 PM EDT with Jeremy Glasford officiating.

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

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

Mary Ellen White 99

Mary Ellen White 99, Winamac, Indiana, and formerly of Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 1:00 P.M. Monday July 6, 2020 at Hickory Creek of Winamac where she resided for the past six years.

She was born on June 25, 1921 in Peru, Indiana, the daughter of Alfred and Hilda (Radamaker) Fries.  In 1959, she married Edward A. White. He preceded her in death on April 18, 2010. She graduated from Peru High School and attended Indiana University.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann (John) Gray, LaPorte, Indiana, son, Ed (Adrienne) White, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Thursday July 9, 2020, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru, Indiana. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Carol Jean Geier 70

Carol Jean Geier 70, passed away peacefully at home in Sun City, Arizona on May 28, 2019.

Carol was born to George and Emma (Gosse) Soucek Sr. on February 22, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Elgin High School, Elgin, Illinois. Carol worked many years at the All State Insurance Company home office in Northbrook, Illinois in the computer department.

Carol is survived by her husband, Robert Geier, Sun City, Arizona, two daughters, Audra Schuetz, Skokie, Illinois, Amber Garland, Daytona Beach, Florida, step-daughter, Lynette Anderson, step-sons, Eric Geier and Scott Geier, two special grandsons, Kevin Schuetz of the U.S. Army and Daniel Schuetz of the U.S. Navy, five step-grandchildren, brother, George Soucek.

The inurnment will begin with a procession forming at 10:30 A.M. Friday July 10, 2020, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, 1101 Jefferson Street, Rochester, Indiana, and preceding at 10:45 A.M. to Odd Fellows Cemetery, 620 W. 3rd Street, Rochester, Indiana for a 11:00 A.M. graveside service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Marshall W. Fry, 75

Mr. Marshall W. Fry, 75, of Rochester, passed away at 11:05 AM on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at his home.

On July 24, 1944, Marshall Warren Fry was born in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette.  He was a treasured son of Lawrence "Bud" and Mildred M. Overlay Fry.   Growing up as one of the four Fry children he shared his childhood with a sister Connie and two brothers Robert and Richie. Marshall graduated in 1962 from Monticello High School.

 

When patriotism beckoned, Marshall answered the call serving with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  His service stint included an assignment where he was based in Germany.

On the banks of the Tippecanoe River, Marshall and Laraine M. Kirby were married on June 29, 1991.  They shared 28 years of life’s adventures. 

With a strong work ethic, Marshall was a master welder and fabricator.  For many years he was a Isshinryu Karate instructor sensei. Proud of his accomplishments he led by example being an amazing role model.  He mentored many of his students offering individualized instruction allowing them to achieve their greatest potential.  Marshall was proficient with karate ascending as a 5th degree black belt.

Marshall was passionate and dedicated about his daily workouts at the Wellness Center.  This allowed him to keep focused and stay fit.  He once bench pressed 365 lbs.  BOOM!  Marshall loved watching the Indianapolis 500, the Chicago Bears,  Sox and the Boilermakers of Purdue. As a Grandpa he cherished the memories made while teaching the finer art of fishing to his granddaughter Hayly.

With a happy demeanor and a ferocious love for people, Marshall established a dedicated fan base.  Loyalty was his greatest character trait, a man who would give the shirt off his back to family and friends.  He wanted to insure the comfort of all those around him.   Marshall was an amazing joke teller, keeping his listeners laughing.  He loved hats being proud owner of a unique collection.  To relax, he enjoyed his perch on the banks of the Tippecanoe watching the river, and the seasons while soaking up the warmth of the summer sun.

Left to cherish  Marshall's memory are three children,, Beth Ann Oldfather of Rochester and Matt and Sherry Hall of Lucerne,  April Esposito of Monon; five grandchildren, Hayly N. Oldfather, Cheyene A. Oldfather, Alleigh Byrd, Mathias Hall and Jake Esposito; a sister Connie Chambers and husband Will of Bloomington, a brother Robert Fry and wife Becky of  Shell Lake, Wisconsin.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

 Preceding Marshall in death are his parents Bud and Millie Fry, beloved wife Laraine on January 31, 2019,  a daughter Jean Ann Kirby and a brother Richie Fry.

Friends may visit with the family of Marshall W. Fry from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Friday, July 10, 2020,  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.   To Marshall's wishes the familys friends to wear casual attire.  At 1800, Military Honors will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Army  Honors Team.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

James R. Davies, 82

James R. Davies, 82 of Kewanna passed away at 5:03 am on Monday, July 6, 2020 at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home of Rochester.

John R. Tuley, 71

John R. Tuley, 71, of Winamac, IN went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 2, 2020.  He passed away at home surrounded by his family.   John was born on December 20, 1948 in Logansport, IN to the late John Martin and Dorothy Jane Chamness Tuley.  On March 11, 1967, he married the love of his life and soulmate, Nancy Shepherd, in Knox, IN.  John was retired from Plymouth Tube in Winamac after 47 years.

 

John enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, gardening, canning, mowing, mushroom hunting, and floating the river.  He also enjoyed bluegrass and country music.   John loved a good drive in the country with Nancy, especially driving by the kids’ houses.  More than anything, John loved his wife and family.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He is survived by:

Nancy Shepherd Tuley, Winamac, IN Wife          

John Wayne (Mary) Tuley, Raeford, NC Son

Beverly S. (Vick) Daugherty, Winamac, IN Daughter

Kenny E. (Samantha) Tuley, Ripley, IN Son

Becky L. (Kenny) Davis, Winamac, IN Daughter

17 Grandchildren: Latricia, Shawn, Patrick, Patricia, Christopher, Devin, Joshua, Austin, Patrick C., Zachary, Portia, Bailey, Kenny, Jr., Joshalyn, Nicholas, Taleasha, and Steven

20 Great Grandchildren

6 Step Great Grandchildren

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

John Martin and Dorothy Jane Chamness Tuley, Parents

Casin Michael Dean Tuley, Infant Great Grandson

Judith Ann Stigall, Sister

Tracy Allen Stigall, Infant Nephew

 

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Monday, July 6, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com

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

Leona C. Oliba 83

Leona C. Oliba 83, Macy (Nyona Lake), Indiana, passed away at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2020, at her residence.

She was born on December 13, 1936 in Blue Island, Illinois, the daughter of Harry Anton and Gladys (Bell) Walters. On November 18, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, she married Angel Oliba and he survives.

Leona had been telephone operator for Illinois Bell in Harvey, Illinois and retired from Acument Global Technologies in Rochester, Indiana. She had been a member of the Women of Moose Lodge, enjoyed flowers, birds, gardening, fishing, horses, antiquing, vacationing and being a dedicated friend and mother to her four daughters.

Survivors include her husband, Angel Oliba, Macy, Indiana, daughters, Shawn (Ronald) Bryant, Rochester, Indiana, Angie (Jim) McAlister-Strong, Macy, Indiana, Rena Oliba, Mexico, Indiana, Trisha Oliba, Denver, Indiana, grandchildren, Zach Troyer, Mexico, Indiana, Cameron McAlister, Lexington, Kentucky, Julia McAlister, Kokomo, Indiana, Katie Glasgow, Bedford, Indiana, Jennifer Addison, Kokomo, Indiana, Cherie Weir, Russiaville, Indiana, nine great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, sister, Betty Walters-Quier, Peru, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Jay McAlister.

No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Esther Colleen Dillman 74

Esther Colleen Dillman 74, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 4:36 P.M. Tuesday June 30, 2020 at her residence.

She was born on March 28, 1946 in Rochester, Indiana, the daughter of Charles and Huetta (Cloud) Norris.

Colleen attended Rochester Community Schools and had worked for Chamberlains in Akron, Indiana, for many years until they closed. She enjoyed listening to music, working word search puzzle books, adult coloring books, and sitting outside on her porch in the summer.

Survivors include her sister, Donna Miller, Rochester, Indiana, nieces, Trina Miller, Frankfort, Kentucky, Angie and husband Joe Marlin and son, Lafayette, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Jane Norris in 2013 and brother-in-law, Ronald E. Miller in August 2019.

Private family visitation will take place at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 3, 2020, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana, with Rev. Larry Pyeatt officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

Maurice Harold McKinney, 86

Maurice Harold McKinney, 86, a lifelong farmer from Pulaski, IN passed away at 8:42 PM Monday, June 29, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport, IN.  He was born on January 4, 1934 in Monon, IN to the late Harold and Hazel Morris McKinney.  Maurice graduated from Royal Center High School in 1952.  On October 25, 1953, he married Margene Louise Benson at White Oak Methodist Church in Headlee, IN.  She passed away February 27, 2014.  Maurice served in the Indiana National Guard and US Army Reserves.  

Maurice was a longtime member of White Oak United Methodist Church in Headlee. After retiring from farming, he drove a school bus for Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation.  Maurice served many years on the Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Co. (PWRTC) Board and Pulaski County 4-H Fair Board. He was a member of the (former) Winamac IOOF Lodge #168.  

Maurice loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.  He took pride in keeping up his farm.  He enjoyed playing Euchre and was very competitive.  Maurice enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities.  He was a good father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  Maurice will be dearly missed.  

He is survived by:
Gary McKinney, Pulaski, IN Son
Mike (Sue) McKinney, Rochester, IN Son
Steve (Sherry) McKinney, Winamac, IN Son
Tim (Sharon) McKinney, Star City, IN Son
Kyle McKinney, Grandson
Molly (Michael) Wardell, Granddaughter
Brittany (Clayton) Smith, Granddaughter
Bryan McKinney, Grandson
Amy Stewart, Granddaughter
Josh (Jessica) Polstra, Grandson
Amelia Louise Smith, Great Granddaughter
Michael Theodore Wardell, Great Grandson
Allister Moore, Great Grandson
Julian Polstra, Great Grandson
Jenna Polstra, Great Granddaughter
Phyllis Benge, Sister
Loren (Rosie) McKinney, Brother
Leon McKinney, Brother
Jerry (Darlene) McKinney, Brother
Many Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
Harold and Hazel Morris McKinney, Parents
Margene Louise Benson McKinney, Wife

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19:

Private Services will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to White Oak United Methodist Church or  Pulaski County 4-H Program.

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

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

Nancy E. Owens, 86

Nancy E. Owens, 86, of Warsaw, Indiana passed at 3:29 pm, Sunday, June 28, 2020 at her residence.

Nancy was born on July 11, 1933 in Kewanna, Indiana to the late Samuel and Yvonne (O’Dell) Ware.

She had been a factory worker and helped people in home health care as well as being a homemaker. She was a graduate of Mentone High School.

Nancy enjoyed making dolls and being involved with activities at the senior center of Warsaw.  

Survivors and place of residence:
Daughters - Debra and husband Ken Pass - Waco, Texas
Lisa Owens - Louisville, Kentucky
Shelly and husband Alexander McMillan - Shipshewana, Ind.
Sons - Deron and wife Leslie Kosloski - South Bend, Ind.
Torre and wife Jusel Owens - Churubusco, Ind.
Dusty Owens - Warsaw, Ind.
Several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
Sisters - Joyce and husband John Sexton - Mentone, Ind.
Dawn and husband Charles Walton - Mentone, Ind.
Sharlene Ross - Mentone, Ind.

Preceded in Death By: 
Parents - Samuel and Yvonne Ware
Son - Kevin Owens
Daughter - Marcie Compson
Sister - Sharon Gilbert

A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

The arrangements are entrusted to King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone, Indiana.

Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Mentone Fire Dept.

John E. Gaerte, 98

John E. Gaerte, 98, of rural Macy, Indiana went to be with the Lord at 6:37 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester, Indiana.

John was born on Feb. 17, 1922 west of North Manchester in Wabash County to the late Ray M. and Annette E. (Schipper) Gaerte. On March 28, 1948 in Wabash, he married Kathryn L. “Katy” Gillespie, who preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 2006.
 
He was a graduate of Laketon High School. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army as a part of 2nd Cavalry Brigade in the Philippines and Tokyo, Japan.

John was a farmer. On the Gaerte Homestead Farm, he was a dairyman milking Holstein cattle and raising hogs as well as crops for over 70 years.

He had been a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester for over 85 years. In that church, during the candle light Christmas Service in 1947 he placed the engagement ring on Katy’s finger and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before her passing.

John was an avid NASCAR enthusiast cheering for Bill Elliott. He was always known to drive Fords and a couple Lincolns along with his Oliver tractors. He was recognized as a Veteran by the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight on June 21, 2011 for his sacrifice for his country.

He was blessed with two children that survive, a daughter Marcia Cole and husband John, Akron; one son, John Mark Gaerte and wife Merry, Macy; four grandchildren LeAnn Scacco and husband Gary, Macy; Mark Gaerte and wife Nikole, Akron; Jenna Hillen and husband Josh, Akron; and John W. Cole, Long Beach, California.; great-grandchildren Piper Kathryn, Bailey, and Naomi Gaerte, Jacob, Dane, and Kaid Scacco, and Fiona Fish and Silvin Eilt Hillen, step great grandchildren Kodiak Hillen, Analeigh Hillen, Ryker Hillen. Also a sister Patricia Lucas of Fishers, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Annette Gaerte, his wife Katy Gaerte, and a brother Herbert Gaerte Sr.

Following county, state, federal, and CDC guidelines the funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana with Pastors Amy Beitelshees-Albers and Jeff Hawkins officiating. For the health of all in attendance we encourage the public to wear masks.

Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana with graveside military rites performed by the American Legion Post 286 of North Manchester, Indiana.

Visitation is 5 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.

Donations can be made in John’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to the donor’s choice of charity.

Maurice Harold McKinney, 86

Maurice Harold McKinney, 86, a lifelong farmer from Pulaski, IN passed away at 8:42 PM Monday, June 29, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport, IN.  He was born on January 4, 1934 in Monon, IN to the late Harold and Hazel Morris McKinney.  Maurice graduated from Royal Center High School in 1952.  On October 25, 1953, he married Margene Louise Benson at White Oak Methodist Church in Headlee, IN.  She passed away February 27, 2014.  Maurice served in the Indiana National Guard and US Army Reserves.  

Maurice was a longtime member of White Oak United Methodist Church in Headlee. After retiring from farming, he drove a school bus for Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation.  Maurice served many years on the Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Co. (PWRTC) Board and Pulaski County 4-H Fair Board. He was a member of the (former) Winamac IOOF Lodge #168.  

Maurice loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.  He took pride in keeping up his farm.  He enjoyed playing Euchre and was very competitive.  Maurice enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities.  He was a good father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  Maurice will be dearly missed.  

He is survived by:
Gary McKinney, Pulaski, IN Son
Mike (Sue) McKinney, Rochester, IN Son
Steve (Sherry) McKinney, Winamac, IN Son
Tim (Sharon) McKinney, Star City, IN Son
Kyle McKinney, Grandson
Molly (Michael) Wardell, Granddaughter
Brittany (Clayton) Smith, Granddaughter
Bryan McKinney, Grandson
Amy Stewart, Granddaughter
Josh (Jessica) Polstra, Grandson
Amelia Louise Smith, Great Granddaughter
Michael Theodore Wardell, Great Grandson
Allister Moore, Great Grandson
Julian Polstra, Great Grandson
Jenna Polstra, Great Granddaughter
Phyllis Benge, Sister
Loren (Rosie) McKinney, Brother
Leon McKinney, Brother
Jerry (Darlene) McKinney, Brother
Many Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
Harold and Hazel Morris McKinney, Parents
Margene Louise Benson McKinney, Wife

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19:

Private Services will be held at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to White Oak United Methodist Church or  Pulaski County 4-H Program.

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

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

Diana Marie Sult, 80

Diana Marie Sult, 80, of Rochester passed away at 3:15 PM, Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw.

On June 25, 1940, Diana M. Wagoner was born in Rochester.  She was a treasured daughter of Russell and Mable Craig Wagoner.  Growing up she shared her childhood with a younger brother Roger.

In Richland Township, Diana and William David "Willie" Sult were married on November 8, 1959.   They shared 54 years of life’s adventures. From their union came a trio of sons.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

With a strong work ethic Diana was a quality control inspector at Torx Corporation for many years.  She later worked in the cafeteria at the Columbia School and was also a licensed beautician.   

Willie and Diana loved sharing their passion for camping, nature and the outdoors with their sons.  As members of the Fulton County Camper's Association they visited all of the county campsites.  Camping evolved from the pop-up trailer to motor home, making many lifetime memories around the campfires telling stories.  Diana enjoyed crocheting, making special gifts of warmth for her family and special friends.  A fan of QVC, she enjoyed finding unique pieces of jewelry.

 Left to cherish Diana's memory are two sons Mark Sult of North Manchester, Brian Jaworski-Sult and husband Gary Jaworski-Sult of Sunsites, AZ;  four grandchildren, Angel, Krista, Jared, Misty; four great-grandchildren, Addison, Zachary, Bryce, Kimber; a brother, Roger Wagoner Pensacola, FL

Preceding Diana in death are her parents Russell and Mable Wagoner, beloved husband Willie on November 29, 2013 and a son David.

A celebration of the life of Diana M. Sult will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 2, 2020  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 9-11 AM on Thursday in the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.  Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.

Helen L. Scheffer, 96

Helen L. Scheffer, 96, of Pulaski, IN went home to be with the Lord at 1:55 PM Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  She passed away peacefully at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac, IN with her family by her side. Helen was born on July 20, 1923 in Pulaski, IN to the late Hubert and Rose Russell Ortman.  She graduated from Pulaski High School and attended Beauty College in Logansport, IN.  On November 30, 1945, she married Paul M. “Pudge” Scheffer at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski.  He passed away August 13, 2006.

Helen was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was also an active member of the Christian Mothers.  She was a devoted farm wife and the proud mother of thirteen children.   Helen enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning, and cooking.   She was hardworking and raised chickens which she sold as frozen fryers.  She also sold farm fresh eggs.  

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by:

Ronald Scheffer, Son

Donald (Kathy) Scheffer, Son

Linda (Tom) Hoffman, Daughter

Lynn Nufer, Daughter

Gary (Jean) Scheffer, Son

Kathleen Schroeder, Daughter

Douglas Scheffer, Son

Vicki (Gary) Funkhouser, Daughter

Steve Scheffer, Son

George (Melinda) Scheffer, Son

Shelley Krider, Daughter

Many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

 

She was preceded in death by:

Hubert and Rose Russell Ortman, Parents

Paul M. “Pudge” Scheffer, Husband

Randall Scheffer, Infant Son

Bradley Scheffer, Son

6 Brothers: George, Paul, Julius, Robert, Frank, and Bill

3 Sisters: Mary, Katherine, and Rosanna

 

A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 4 PM EDT Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.  The Rosary will be recited following the wake service.

 

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM EDT Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM EDT Friday, June 26, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pulaski, IN with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

 

Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery South in Pulaski, IN.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

 

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

 

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

Melvin A. Garling, 84

Melvin A. Garling, 84, of Monticello, IN (formerly of Francesville, IN and Monon, IN) passed away Monday, June 22, 2020 at his home.  He was born on January 8, 1936 in rural Pulaski County, IN to the late Robert H. and Ruth V. [Chamness] Garling.   He was a 1955 graduate of Monon High School and served in the Indiana National Guard for nine years.  On June 14, 1956, Melvin married the love of his life, Loretta J. Elston, in Indianapolis, IN.   They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. 

Melvin was a lifelong farmer in Pulaski and White Counties.  He was also a school bus driver for West Central School Corporation for twenty years. 

Melvin was a longtime member of St. James Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville.  He loved farming and spending time with family. Melvin enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and camping. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new places as well as listening to country music. Melvin enjoyed going to Florida and sitting on the beach.  He cherished trips to Branson, MO with his wife, Loretta.

Melvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

 

He is survived by:

Loretta [Elston] Garling, Monticello, IN Wife

Angela (Mark) Dickerson, Murfreesboro, TN Daughter

Brandy (Rick) Hunt, Granddaughter

Brooke (Clark) Curry, Granddaughter

5 Great Grandchildren

Devon Garling, Francesville, IN Brother

4 Nephews and 4 Nieces

Preceded in death by:

Robert H. and Ruth V. [Chamness] Garling, Parents

Phyllis “Phid” (Carl) McCormick, Sister

Richard Garling, Brother

 

Due to Covid 19 and the safety of all concerned a Private Service and Burial will be held.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

 

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

 

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

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Walter "Walt" Wallace, 82

Walter “Walt” Wallace, 82, of Winamac, IN passed away at 5:40 AM Saturday, June 20, 2020 at his home.   Walt was born on October 22, 1937 in Mishawaka, IN to the late Frank and Bessie Burkett Wallace.   He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1956 and went on to serve in the US Army.  On September 18, 1982, Walt married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Braun at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. 

 

Walt was retired from Plymouth Tube, but in his younger years he had worked at Studebaker and RCA.  He was the last living charter member of the Winamac FOE #2580. 

 

Walt was a fan of all sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and IU Basketball.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening.  He also enjoyed doing puzzles. 

 

Walt loved his family very much.  He especially adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Walt will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

Survivors include:

Elizabeth “Betty” Braun Wallace, Winamac, IN Wife

Diana (Tom) Thompson, Winamac, IN Daughter

Elaine (Dave) Crissinger, Winamac, IN Daughter

Vickie (Herb) Purtee, Winamac, IN Daughter

Michael (Alisha) Wright, Winamac, IN Son

Many Beloved Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

Phyllis Cowsert, Hammond, IN Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews

 

 

Preceded in death by:

Frank and Bessie Burkett Wallace, Parents

Donald Wright, Infant Son

Amber Wible, Infant Granddaughter

Wayne (Evelyn) Wallace, Brother

George (Juanita) Wallace, Brother

Linda (Joe) Cowsert, Sister

Jack Cowsert, Brother-in-law

 

 

Visitation will be from 10 AM – 12:30 PM EDT Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

 

An Eagles Service will be held at 12:30 PM EDT Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 


Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM EDT Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.

 

Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac, IN.  The American Legion and VFW will conduct Military Graveside Services.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

 

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

 

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

Bruce Earl FanslerĀ 74

Bruce Earl Fansler 74, of Rochester passed away at 2:22 PM on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at  St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Mishawaka.

 

On October 22, 1945, Bruce was born in Fulton County to Earl and Mary Jane Edington Fansler.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Bruce are a daughter: Britt Fansler  and fiance'  Michael Chalk of Cromwell;   granddaughter: Corinna Rae Chevalier;

life friend: Corinne & Monte Pickens, Rochester; special nephews; Tad & Tom Wilson and sister: Patsy Sullivan, Fortville.

 

Preceding Bruce in death are his parents, brother Ed Fansler, great friends Eddie Guy McCollough  & Dan Helt.

 

A celebration of the life of Bruce E. Fansler will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 26, 2020 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 PM on Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

 

Interment will be in the Kewanna Cemetery.

 

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

Robert P. "Pete" Bremer, 74

Robert P. “Pete” Bremer, 74, of rural Silver Lake, Indiana went home to be with the Lord at 9:50 am, Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his residence.

Robert was born on March 28, 1946 in St. Joe, Missouri to the late Myer and Laura (Iseton) Bremer. He married on July 30, 1965 in Lowell, Michigan to Virginia Griffith, she survives.

Robert was a general contractor for many years. He enjoyed golfing, pitching horse shoes, and spending time with his family. Robert was known to help others over himself.

Survivors and place of residence:
Wife – Virginia Bremer – Silver Lake, Ind.
Son – Robbie and wife Nicole Bremer - Warsaw, Ind.
Grandchildren - Robbie Jr., Frank, Huey, Judah, and Skylar
Sister - Janie and husband Steve Sidebottom - Beacon, Iowa
Brothers - Charles and wife Lisa Bremer - Claypool, Ind.
George and wife Helen Bremer - Winona Lake, Ind.

Preceded in Death By:
Parents - Myer and Laura Bremer
Brothers- Leo and Myer Bremer

Following county, state, federal, and CDC guidelines the funeral service will be held at 11:30 am, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana with Pastor Nelson Iseton officiating.

Interment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, Indiana following the service.

Visitation hours will be from 2 pm to 7 pm, Monday, June 22, 2020 at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, Indiana.

Memorial contributions can be made in Robert’s memory to the donor’s choice of charity.

Mary Ann Wilson, 68

Mary Ann Wilson, 68, of Akron, Indiana passed at 1:17 am, Friday, June 19, 2020 at her residence after being seriously ill for 2 weeks.

She was born on April 14, 1952 in Rochester, Indiana to the late Alvin and Pauline (Swihart) Ruff. She married 20 years ago to Monte L. Wilson, he survives.

She retired from Lau Industries of Rochester in 2017. She had attended and was baptized at the Athens Community Church. Mary enjoyed embroidering and sewing.

Survivors and place of residence:
Husband - Monte Wilson - Akron, Ind.
Son - Rex Wilhite - Kansas
7 Grandchildren and 1 Great Granddaughter
Sisters - Barbara Ervin - Ligonier, Ind.
Wanda and husband Hugh O’Donnell - Akron, Ind.
Donna and husband Brad Wilson - Macy, Ind.
Sister-in-law - Yvonne and husband Harold Lent - Sidney, Ind.

Preceded in Death By:
Parents – Alvin and Pauline Ruff
Daughter - Teresa Alderfer
Grandson - Gage Becker
Brother-in-law - Tom Ervin

Following her request, no visitation or services will be held at this time.

Donations can be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society 5635 W. 96th Street Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46278-6025.

Matthew Floyd Boos, 53

Matthew Floyd Boos, 53, of Winamac passed away peacefully on June 19, 2020 at his home with his wife and daughters by his side after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Matt was born on August 3, 1966 in Winamac, to parents Allen and Carolyn (Smith) Boos. On September 15, 1990, he married his high school sweetheart, Lynndy L. Colgrove.

Matt was a 1984 Winamac High School graduate. He was formerly employed at Plymouth Tube for 21 years and most recently was a Team Leader at the Braun Corporation for the past 10+ years. However, being a husband and father brought Matt the most joy in life. He always believed that his greatest accomplishments were being married to the love of his life and best friend for 30+ years as well as watching his two beautiful daughters grow up. Second only to the love of his family, Matt enjoyed spending time with family and friends, spending weekends at his niece’s lake house, golfing, watching the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, going on vacations, and relaxing in the pool with a beer in his hand surrounded by friends and family.

A wonderfully kind and charming man, Matt never met a stranger and always enjoyed life to the fullest. Matt “Floyd” should be remembered for his infectious smile, blue eyes, kind heart and selfless personality.

Survivors include his wife, Lynndy Boos of Winamac; his daughters: Stefanie (Dalton) Grandstaff of Winamac and Courtney (Hunter) Holliday of Carmel; mother, Carolyn Boos of Winamac;  sisters: Gale (Jay) Spry of Reynolds; Kathryn Cochran of O’Fallon, Missouri; and Elaine (Steve) Voltz of Winamac.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Matt was preceded in death by his father, Allen Boos, paternal grandparents Louis and Marie Boos, maternal grandparents Floyd and Alene Smith, and in-laws Garry and Betty Colgrove.

Visitation for Matt will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, 304 S. Chicago St., Royal Center.

A private family service will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Cancer Network or the Winamac VFW Post 1728.

Robert Eugene Swafford, Sr.

Robert Eugene Swafford, Sr., lovingly known as Cowboy Bob, passed into eternity at the age of 83 on March 18, 2020. 

He was proceeded in death by his mother Charlotte P. Swafford Lisby, stepfather Charles O. Lisby and brother Gerald D. Swafford. 

He is survived by his children Robert W. Swafford (Sandy), Connie Layne (Michael), Robert E Swafford, Jr. (Beverly) and Michael Swafford (Heather).  He is also survived by 9 grand-children and 9 great grand-children. 

Robert retired from driving truck for Amoco in 1995. 

He loved spending time playing guitar and singing with family, hunting, camping, woodworking and knifemaking.

Burial will be at Grass Creek Cemetery, June 28th at 2:00pm.

Clara Marie Gentry, 59

Clara Marie Gentry, 59, of Medaryville, IN (formerly of Merrillville, IN) went home to be with the Lord at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 19, 2020.  She passed away peacefully at Franciscan Health Hospital East in Lafayette, IN with her husband by her side.  Clara was born on October 14, 1960 in Hammond, IN to the late George F. and Mary L. Spanier Lair.  She grew up in Hammond where she met her husband, Michael G. Gentry.  On January 9, 1978, Clara married Michael in Cedar Lake, IN. 

Clara worked at Calumet Auto Recyclers in Hammond for many years before becoming the manager at Family Express in Medaryville.  In 2007, she went to work for Metro Auto Recyclers in Valparaiso, IN. 

Clara was a member of the Ladies of Harley Kankakee Valley Chapter in North Judson, IN.  She enjoyed the many bike trips taken with her husband and friends.   She loved fishing, especially with the grandkids at the pond.   

Clara had an infectious smile!  She was a kind-hearted woman who was always caring for others.   Most of all, Clara was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Although she is no longer with us, her love will always be our guide.

She is survived by:

Michael G. Gentry, Medaryville, IN Husband

Kristie M. (Scott) Wellestat, Crown Point, IN Daughter

Michelle L. (John) Pena, DeMotte, IN Daughter

Audrey Wellestat, Granddaughter

Lauren Wellestat, Granddaughter

Cora Pena, Granddaughter

Jessa Pena, Granddaughter

Donald Lair, Hammond, IN Brother

Ronald Lair, Hammond, IN Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews

Dorothy (Ray) Ballenger, Cousin

Preceded in death by:

George F. and Mary L. Spanier Lair, Parents

Laura Lair Bigger, Niece

 

Visitation will be from 5-9 PM EDT Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.

 

Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN with Pastor Mark Promnitz officiating. 

 

Burial will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN.   

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

 

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

Norma J. Wagoner 93

Norma Jean Wagoner 93, of Rochester passed away at 2:43 AM on Friday, June 19, 2020 at her residence.

On August 22, 1926, Norma was born in Fulton County to Hudson and Ina Belle Carruthers Stansbury.

Norma and Virgil W. Wagoner were married on December 7, 1946 in LaPaz. They shared 65 years of life’s adventures.

Left to cherish the memories of Norma are a daughter, Deb Sosbe and husband Tim, of Rochester; a son, Mike Wagoner and wife Linda, of Rochester; three grandchildren, Dan Wagoner and wife Erin, Lindsay O'Leary and husband Ryan, and Stacey Papandria and husband Chris ; six great-grandchildren, Jacob Wagoner, Brennan Wagoner, Miles Wagoner, Braylon O'Leary, Landon O’Leary, Ella Papandria; two sisters-in-law, Pat Stansbury of Rochester, Beverly Wagoner of Leiters Ford and  several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Norma in death are her parents, husband, eight siblings, George Richardson, Alice Liming, Carmen Packard, Mabel Miller, John Richardson, Frances Slaybaugh, Joe Stansbury, Helen Carr.

Private services for Norma J. Wagoner will in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester. Chaplain Jason See will officiate.

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975.

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

Mary Lu Molho

Mary Lucille (Miller) Molho (“Mary Lu”) died quickly at South Bend Memorial Hospital at the age of 81 after experiencing a massive heart attack.

Mary Lu was a Christmas baby born on the cusp of World War II to Ivan Purl Miller and Lucille Harris Miller. She was the greatest gift her parents could have received. Her birth meant her family could no longer afford to send her oldest sister Marilyn to college. For the rest of Mary Lu’s life, she would quote her second favorite aphorism as a recognition of life’s trade-offs, “Take what you want from life but be prepared to pay for it.”

Mary Lu was one of the “smart” kids in school. But she would always deflect her own intelligence and talk about certain Amish girls who were smarter. She rued the fact that these girls stopped their formal education at 8th grade. She would go on to be an educator herself.

Mary Lu attended Purdue University where she took a history degree. She became a life-long Purdue college basketball fan.

After teaching elementary school, Mary Lu pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan in history where she earned a master’s degree. In her typical self-deprecating way, she claimed that the only way she was admitted to U of M was because the regular admissions dean was on sabbatical, and his interim replacement was a drunk. She loved Michigan college football.

In 1964 she earned a Fulbright scholarship and studied in Mexico. While there, she met a nice Jewish man from New York City, named Manny Molho.  They were married December 27, 1966.

Mary Lu paused her career to raise her two boys in Suffern, New York during the 1970s. Their neighborhood was largely Italian and Irish Catholic, and Jewish.  Mary Lu adored the diversity of her New York neighborhood, but she insisted that her boys know that they were Presbyterian, Protestant, and Christian -- in precisely that order.

Mary Lu and Manny moved from New York to West Lafayette, Indiana in 1982.  In 1989 she moved to Rochester, Indiana to resume her teaching career. She became an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Rochester.  In her various leadership roles, she was particularly proficient at politely but relentlessly raising money for various Church mission causes. Throughout her life, Mary Lu was an animal lover and an advocate for animal welfare.  She was never without a dog or cat or both.

Mary Lu experienced a catastrophic medical accident on August 7, 2018.She underwent a back surgery where her aorta was accidentally cut. While being rushed into emergency surgery to repair the error, her heart stopped, and she was given CPR. After months of rehabilitation and care, she experienced an almost full recovery.

Immediately after her recuperation, Mary Lu returned to her role as care giver for her husband, whose health was declining. Her children urged her to throttle back her efforts because they were depleting her. She refused. She said, “God kept me alive for a purpose after my accident, and that purpose was to care for Manny.” And so, she did.

Mary Lu weathered the COVID pandemic by reading the few mysteries left in Rochester’s public library that she had not read before, and by streaming operas from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. With her cat on her lap and her opera blaring she was, as she would like to say, “Happy as a clam.”

Her death came as a sudden shock to everyone. But if told of the circumstances of her own demise, the fact that it was quick, and mostly painless, she would have quoted her first favorite aphorism, “It could have been worse.”

Mary Lu is survived by her step-daughter, Lisa Molho and son-in-law John Cave; her son Ross Molho and daughter in-law Kristina M. Johnson Molho, and three grandchildren, Taylor Kirk, Jacob Molho and Rachel Molho; and son Eric Molho. She adored and was adored by her sister Marilyn Richmond’s extended family. She was preceded in death by many loving family members including her husband Manny in October 2019.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home at 1101 Jefferson Street Rochester, IN 46975. Masks (available on site) and physical distancing for guests are requested by the family. A funeral and burial open to all will be at South Union Cemetery in Nappanee at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020, followed by a picnic at Rochester City Park at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

Community Presbyterian Church of Rochester, Indiana

530 Jefferson Street, Rochester, IN 46975

Or

 

Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center Inc.

1540 N. Wentzel Street

Rochester, IN 46975

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Fred Eugene Foust, 67

Fred Eugene Foust, 67, of Monticello, IN (formerly of Medaryville, IN) passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at IU Health Hospital in Lafayette, IN.  He was born on September 8, 1952 in Winamac, IN to the late Fred and Simonette Fritz Foust.  Fred graduated from West Central High School in 1972.  On May 12, 1979, Fred married the love of his life, Linda Lee McKee, in Culver, IN.  They recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. 

Fred was a lifelong truck driver.  He began his career at Gutwein Mill in Francesville, IN and retired from Morning Song in Reynolds, IN.   In his retirement, he continued his passion for driving truck at RPC Enterprises in Reynolds. 

Fred was a former member of the Medaryville Jaycees and the Medaryville Volunteer Fire Department. 

Fred enjoyed fishing and loved his cat, Bootsie.  Most of all, he loved his family.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and pestering his sisters (as any little ornery brother does!).   Fred will be dearly missed by his family and friends. 

 

He is survived by:

Linda Lee McKee Foust, Monticello, IN Wife

Tammie (Barney) Calvert Bachman, Medaryville, IN Daughter

Steven (Stephanie) Foust, Medaryville, IN Son

Seth Bachman, Grandson

Brandon Bachman, Grandson

Trever Foust, Grandson

Devon Foust, Grandson

Donald (Leota) Foust, Truth or Consequences, NM Brother

Patricia Foust, Medaryville, IN Sister

Richard (Shirley) Foust, Crown Point, IN Brother

Thelma Tanner, Medaryville, IN Sister

Judy Wise, Goshen, IN Sister

Shirley Scholz, Wheatfield, IN Sister

Kay (Doug) Warner, LaPorte, IN Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Fred and Simonette Fritz Foust, Parents

Raymond Foust, Infant Brother

 

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, June 19, 2020 from 4-8 PM EDT at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.  Guests are reminded to practice social distancing.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

 

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

 

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

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