Obituaries

Anthony Ray Coplen, 33, of Rochester

Anthony Ray Coplen 33, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 5:46 P.M. Wednesday January 22, 2020 at his residence.


He was born on May 28, 1986 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Perry Coplen and Jackie (Scott) Horn.

 

Anthony graduated from Rochester High School and from Ball State University with a degree in Science Technology. He was an accomplished C & C Operator having worked at various factories. He was an Eagle Scout, who enjoyed the outdoors, Frisbee golf, gardening and gaming.

 

Survivors include his mother, Jackie Horn, Rochester, Indiana, father, Perry (Jeannie) Coplen, Rochester, Indiana, sister, Amy Rose Coplen, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Kyle Alen (Lindsey) Coplen, Holland, Michigan, grandmother, Carolyn Ness, Rochester, Indiana, two nieces, one nephew, several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

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

 

William Howard Case, 64, of New Buffalo, MI

William Howard “Bill” Case, 64, of New Buffalo, MI, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM at the  home of his sister in Winamac. He was born on August 3, 1955in Michigan City, IN, to the lateWillard Duane and Carolyn B. SpechaCase.


Bill had worked as a carpenter most of his life. Bill enjoyed woodworking. He made lawn furniture,  picnic tables and picture frames. He also made shelves and other wooden items. Bill enjoyed morning coffee with his friends in New Buffalo and  going to flea markets. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great niece.

 

He is survived by:
Willard Neal Case, Knox, IN  Brother
Richard Allen ( Edna) Case, Arlington, WA  Brother
Barbara  A. (Jerry) Crosby, Winamac, IN  Sister
Several nieces and nephews

 

Preceded in death by: 
Willard Duane and Carolyn B. SpechaCase  Parents

 

Private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Robert L. Forney, 94, of Rochester

Mr. Robert L. Forney  94 of Rochester passed away at 7:40 AM Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.  


On October 10, 1925,  Robert Lee Forney was born in Rossville.  He was the treasured son of Roscoe and Ora Hood Forney.  Growing up as the middle child, Bob shared his childhood with  three brothers and three sisters.  He graduated from Frankfort High School with the class of 1943.  Immediately following his graduation he enlisted with the United States Army to serve our country during World War II.


During his service stint Bob was trained in communications and as a tank destroyer.  He was recognized as a  rifle sharpshooter, expert on the sub-machine gun. Decorations conveyed were American Theater Ribbon,  Good Conduct Medal and Victory medal World War II.  He achieved the rank of technician fifth grade aka technician corporal and was honorably discharged on April 17, 1946.  In April of 2016,  Bob was honored as a member of the Northeast Indiana Honors Flight accompanied by grandson Aaron to Washington, DC.


On July 30, 1945, Bob married the love of his life Miss Rosanna Weaver, at the Shenandoah Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.  From their union came four beautiful daughters and a handsome son.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of six grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.


With a keen interest in customer service, Bob was in retail grocery store management.  He also once managed a Sears store in Michigan. To relax he enjoyed golfing and traveling.  In more recent years he enjoyed tooling around the county taking a drive with his buddy Burns.  


With an amazing and uncanny ability to tell stories, Bob  told  many and recreated them adding a special touch only he could apply.  Occasionally he was accused of border line BS-ing.  He was very loyal to his friends and adored and admired his family, treasuring the many good times they shared.

 

Left to cherish Bob's memory are his five children: Kathy Siders and husband Maurice of Rochester, William Scott Forney and wife Judith of Denton, TX, Suzanne Halsey and husband Denny of Angola, Rebecca Morris and husband Butch of Mexico, Kristie Brooks and husband Chad of Rochester; six grandsons: Marvin Siders, Andrew Halsey, Jason Morris, William Forney, Tyler Brooks, Aaron Brooks, seven great-grandchildren and a sister Shirley Coy Overton of Plainfield.


Preceding Bob in death are his wife Rosanna on January 10, 2015, parents Roscoe and Ora Forney, two sisters Lois Phillips, Phyllis Forney and the three Forney brothers Glenn, Walter and Kenneth and a treasured friend Burns Becht.  

A celebration of the life of Mr. Robert "Bob" Forney will be at 1:00 PM Friday,  January  31, 2020 at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street,Rochester.  Pastor Martin Furrow will officiate.  Friends may visit with his family from 11:00 AM  until the hour of the service. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 12:45  PM.  The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and US Army Honors Team will accord military graveside rites.  Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Veteran's  DAV Van Fund, % Veteran's Service Office 815 Main Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Bob's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com

Mary Ann Swayze, 75, of Winamac, IN

Mary Ann Swayze, 75, of Winamac, IN passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5:50 PM at Franciscan Health East Lafayettte, IN.  She was born on March 18, 1944 in Joliet, IL. to the late Harold and Clara Stankus Euber.   On April 10, 1962                       married Kenneth E. Swayze in Winamac, IN. Kenneth survives.

Mary was a homemaker and had worked at Winamac Steel and was the manager at the Indian Head Motel in Winamac.

Mary enjoyed Facebook and Farmville. She was a great cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. Mary also enjoyed gardening. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother. Mary enjoyed watching the Yankees and listening to Elvis.

 

 

She is survived by:

Kenneth E. Swayze, Winamac, IN  Husband

Cletha Fay( James)  Swartzell, Winamac, IN  Daughter

Heather N. (Brandon) Downey, Winamac, IN  Granddaughter

Dylan J. (Alexis) Swartzell, Winamac, IN  Grandson

Matilda (Seldon) Gordon, Frankfort, IL  Sister

Kathy (Mike) Yerion, Wheatfield, IN  Sister

John “Jack” (Gail) Euber, Tuscon, AZ    Brother

Joe (Cindy Stark ) Euber, Elkhart, IN   Brother

Dean Euber, Chicago, IL  Brother

 

Preceded in death by:

Harold and Clara Stankus Euber  Parents

Wayne “Mike” Guthrie     Brother

Pam Gear     Sister

Reva Lesiow   Sister

To honor Mary’s wishes no services will be scheduled.

 

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 in Winamac, IN.

Melvin Stamberger  93 of Rochester

Mr. Melvin E. Stamberger 93 of Rochester was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 1:33 AM, January 12, 2020, at Miller's Merry Manor in Warsaw.

 

On February 13, 1926, Melvin Edwin Stamberger was born in Bureau  County, Illinois.  He was a treasured son of Herman Oscar and Hilda Margaret Lamps Stamberger.  Growing up he shared his childhood with two brothers.

 

At the Clarion Evangelical Lutheran Church at LaMoille,IL, Melvin married the love of his life Miss Wilma Jean Horn, on August 18, 1957.  They enjoyed 62 years of life's adventures.  From their union came three wonderful children Kathy, Chuck and Steven.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations including nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

 

In 1969, Melvin and Wilma moved their family from Mendota to Newcastle Township to set up their home and family farming operation.  They erected the windmill that graced the landscape of their  farm  in Illinois. Melvin was primarily  a grain farmer  annually planting wheat, corn and soybeans.  He also enjoyed overseeing the livestock operation consisting of cross-bred hogs,  black Angus and Hereford's.  He could be seen turning the soil, then planting annually each spring atop his classic J.I. Case shiny tractors. 

 

Melvin was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Plymouth.  He was an over 30 year member of the Hesston Steam Power Society in LaPorte County.  An avid train buff, Melvin built two locomotive steam powered engines on an 1.5 inch scale, powered by coal and water building the perfect steam engine.  As the patriarch of the Stamberger family, grandpa Melvin served as engineer and sometimes conductor.

 

Establishing a family tradition, Melvin and Wilma spent most summer weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day  taking to the 7 inch train track and engineering their locomotive steam engine, allowing friends and new acquaintances the thrill of a historic ride.   Other family members joined in the fun serving as conductor or sold tickets at the depot.

 

The appointment of the annual "Corn Day," was led by Melvin.  Each spring he planted a special field of tender, juicy sweet corn, monitoring it until the kernels were blistered to perfection.  When he declared the corn was ready, his family was notified and the corn was harvested the evening before the "Big Day."  Everyone pitched in completing their assignment from shucking, overseeing the blanching in a huge black butcher kettle and cutting the corn from the ear.  Much love and many legendary stories were told during the days events. The Stamberger family collaborated to freeze over 400 pints for winter's use, enough for more than 10 families to enjoy!

 

 

 

Left to cherish Melvin's memory are his wife: Wilma at home,  a daughter Kathy Stuart and husband Gary, son Chuck Stamberger and wife Melva all of Rochester; daughter-in-law Jayne Stamberger of Mishawaka, 9 grandchildren Christine Smith and husband Adam, Erin Nelson and husband Brett, Daniel Snipes and wife Kelly, Cory Mauck and wife Melissa,  Melinda Owens and husband Jason, Michael Stamberger and wife Tana, Timothy Stamberger and wife Katelyn, Jordan Lloyd Stamberger, Cynthia Renee Stamberger; 13 great-grandchildren including the Smith's:  Austin, Kaitlyn and Allison, the Nelson's:  Brooke and Addison, the Mauck's:  Lane, Harley, Alexis and Conner, the Owens:  Kensie, Jacob and another blessing due in the spring and the  Stamberger's: Clair and Kennedy,  brother-in-law Arnold Horn and wife Kay and many nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Melvin in death are his parents Herman and Hilda Stamberger, a son Steven Stamberger on August 2, 2012, three older brothers: infant Earl, Wayne and Robert.

 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Melvin Stamberger will be at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 1314 North Michigan Street, Plymouth.  Pastor Eric Ahlemeyer will officiate.  Friends may visit with his family from 4:00 - 7:00 PM on, Wednesday January 15th in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester, and an hour prior to services at the church.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Melvin's  the family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

William David "Bill" Hughes, 82, of Medaryville, IN

William David “Bill” Hughes, 82, of Medaryville, IN went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 9, 2020.  He passed away surrounded by his family at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident Monday.  Bill was born on September 30, 1937 in Salyersville, KY to the late Virgil and Stella Prater Hughes.  He was a lifelong resident of Medaryville. 

 

Bill owned and operated Hughes and Son wrecker service in Medaryville for many years.  He also worked at Plymouth Tube in Winamac, IN and retired as a supervisor from American Oak in North Judson, IN.  Bill was a hard worker and always supported his family.

 

Bill enjoyed fishing and scrapping.  He had a good sense of humor, “Did you see that little green man?”  Bill loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren all of whom he had given a special nickname.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

 

He is survived by:

Richard (Darlene) Hughes, Marion, NC Son

Doreen (Tom) Kasten, Winamac, IN Daughter

Tina Boller, Monticello, IN Daughter

Christy Chavez, Knox, IN Daughter

Misty (Tom) Carey, Hamlet, IN Daughter

Stacey Mitchell, Angola, IN Daughter

11 Grandchildren

18 Great Grandchildren

Paul (Donna) Hughes, Brother

Loretta Conrad, Sister

Jean Harris, Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Virgil and Stella Prater Hughes, Parents

Jim Hughes, Brother

Karma Saltsman, Sister

Joan Wolff Hughes, Former Spouse

 

Visitation will be from 2-6 PM EST Monday, January 13, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 6 PM EST Monday, January 13, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN with Pastor Heath Hiatt officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the funeral home.

 

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

 

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

Terri Charais Bowers, 59

Mrs. Terri Charais Bowers, 59, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away,  after a valiant three year battle with pancreatic and liver cancer, Terri is now pain free. Her love of family and friends kept her fighting, but the Lord has called her home. Terri was known as being exceptionally kind and empathetic, never met anyone she did not like, and no matter the situation she was always positive and was able to lift up those around her. Terri truly believed in the Golden Rule: that we should always treat others the way we wish to be treated, and she urged others to follow this rule to make the world a better place.

 

On December 24th, 1960,  Terri was born, in Rochester. She was a treasured daughter of Theresa and Frank Vojtasek, Sr.  Growing up she shared her childhood with three brothers and a sister.  

 

 

At the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, Terri married  the love of her life, Mr. Joe Bowers.  They enjoyed over 40 years of life's adventures.  From their union came four beautiful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of the three grandchildren.

 

Terri is survived by her best friend and loving husband Joe of 40 years, son Nicholas Bowers and fiancé Laura Robbins, Indianapolis; daughter Amy Bowers, Rochester; son Mitch Bowers and wife Brita, Rochester; son Marcus Bowers and wife Heather, Mendon, Michigan.  Her grandchildren include grandsons Titus and Abel Bowers, Rochester; granddaughter Myla Bowers, Mendon, Michigan; with two more grandsons due in March. Terri also leaves behind her brother Nick Vojtasek, Logansport; brother Mike and wife Niki Vojtasek, Rochester; sister Dianne Demos and husband Louis, Anderson; and brother Frank Vojtasek Jr. and wife Karen, Rochester. Her nieces and nephews include Courtney Vojtasek, Alexandria, VA; Blake Vojtasek and wife Sarah, Indianapolis; Aimee Prawat and husband Stuart, Indianapolis; Ted Demos and wife Felisa, McCordsville; Melinda Demos, Loveland, OH; Olivia Hilbert and husband Joe, Wallingford, CT; Ethan Vojtasek and girlfriend Alisha Morgan, Rochester; grandnieces Georgia Vojtasek, Indianapolis; Natalie, Lillian, Chloe Prawat, Indianapolis; grandnephews Eli Hilbert, Wallingford, CT;  Cole Demos, Loveland, Ohio;  Terri’s in-laws were her second family. They include: mother-in-law Lois Bowers, Rochester; brother-in-law John and wife JoAnn Bowers, Rochester; sister-in-law Ruth Ann Ravencroft, Rochester; sister-in-law Sue Bowers, Sterling Heights, MI; and brother-in-law Jay and wife Cindy Bowers, Denver, IN and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Terri held a deep love and faith in the Lord. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Rochester and taught religious education classes for several years. In her younger years, Terri played first base on the First Federal Fillies softball team; and graduated from Rochester High School in 1979. She had worked at Dr. Timothy Ravencroft’s dental office after high school for a few years. Then, after marrying and having four children, Terri fulfilled her life ambition of being a teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Kokomo, and earned her master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University. Terri was a former member of the Optimist Club as well. She was a dedicated teacher at Rochester Middle School for nearly twenty years and felt honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to teach and meet so many wonderful young people. Being a supportive mother was also a huge part of her life. She had travelled to hundreds of baseball and basketball games over the years, including AAU basketball and the younger boys playing college baseball, and last summer was able to enjoy watching her oldest grandson Titus play T-ball. To relax, Terri enjoyed reading and walking. She loved spending time with her family and taking family vacations at the many beaches in Florida. More recently, Terri and Joe were able to take more romantic vacations in Aruba and Hawaii. She always looked forward to taking their yearly Cub Game trips to Cincinnati and Wrigley Field.

 

Terri is preceded in death by her father Frank Vojtasek Sr., her mother Theresa Vojtasek, her father-in-law Jim Bowers, and brother-in-law Dr. Timothy Ravencroft  DDS.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, January 14th at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester with the Reverend Michael McKinney officiating. Friends may  visit with her family from 3:00 - 7:00  at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. On Tuesday friends may visit from 9:30 - 10:30.  Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.  Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1310 Main Street, Rochester, IN  46975 or the Fulton County Cancer Fund thru the Northern Indiana Community Foundation,  227 East 9th Street, Rochester.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 

Patrick "Pat"  Meade, 78, Rochester

Mr. Patrick "Pat"  Meade, 78,  of Rochester,  was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 2:00 AM, January 8, 2020 at Traditions of Solana in Indianapolis.  Arrangements are pending at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Demarcus Lynzel Alexander 40, Marion, Indiana

Demarcus Lynzel Alexander 40, Marion, Indiana and formerly Culver, Indiana, passed away at 1:12 P.M. Tuesday December 31, 2019 at his residence in Marion.

He was born on February 18, 1979 in Michigan City, Indiana.  He had worked as an auto mechanic for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed repairing and working on automobiles, spending time with his family and will be remembered for his friendly and out- going personality.

Survivors include his son, Kedrae (Karissa Forrest) Searles, Saint Paul, Minnesota, granddaughter, Kalana Rose Searles, St. Paul, Minnesota, siblings, Antonio Alexander and fiance’ Shalon Hite, Plymouth, Indiana, Latisha (Damon) Harris, South Bend, Indiana, Jeffery (Jessica) Alexander, Kokomo, Indiana, Sharita Alexander, Gary, Indiana, Lawrence Alexander Jr., Gary, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Alexander and his grandmother who raised him, Della McClane.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Terry L. Croussore 73, Rochester, Indiana

Terry L. Croussore 73, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 11:40 A.M. Sunday January 5, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.

He was born on September 21, 1946 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Curtis Croussore Jr. and Metha (Gregory) Croussore.

Mr. Croussore spent most of his life working in small engine repair for mowers as well as bicycle repair.

Survivors include his daughter, Dawn Boyer, Bourbon, Indiana, granddaughter, Jerrika Boyer, Bourbon, Indiana, sisters, Phyllis J. Hays, Rochester, Indiana, Lydia Glassburn, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Robert (Debra) Croussore, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Thursday January 9, 2020 at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Doris Gene Speicher, 95, Francesville, IN

Doris Gene Speicher, 95, of Francesville, IN passed peacefully at home on Friday, January 3, 2020 surrounded by family.  She was born on January 14, 1924 in Medaryville, IN to the late Lloyd and Alice Coppess Madaus.  Doris graduated from Medaryville High School in 1942. After graduating, she worked in the garment factory in Medaryville and later in the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant that made munitions during WWII.  On March 30, 1947, she married Charles W. “Charlie” Speicher in Medaryville.   He preceded her in death on September 27, 2005 after 58 years of marriage.   They enjoyed many years working together along with their son, Gene, on the Speicher Orchard.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.  She enjoyed gardening and was generous with the food that she preserved.  She was a talented seamstress, making clothing and gifts for the grandchildren.  Doris loved cooking, baking bread and making desserts.  Most of all she enjoyed preparing family meals. 

After retiring, Doris loved to go for a ride in the car, especially if shopping was involved.  She had extensive collections of glassware, dolls, and of course her favorite, Stonewheel Pottery.  She loved her daily dish of ice cream as well as watching and taking care of animals. At Christmas, Doris delighted in giving gifts to every member of the family.

Doris will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by: Susan Hall, Lebanon, IN Daughter, Wayne (Susan) Speicher, Albany, IN Son, Gene Speicher, Francesville, IN Son, David (Kim) Speicher, Cedar, MI Son, Jason (Anna) Speicher, Grandson, Christy Speicher, Granddaughter, Matthew (Lindsay) Speicher, Grandson, Flint Speicher, Grandson, Evan (Whitney) Speicher, Grandson, Adam (Carly) Speicher, Grandson, Luke Speicher, Grandson, 12 Great Grandchildren, Alice M. Morris, Cincinnati, OH Sister, Several Nieces and Nephews

She was preceded in death by: Lloyd and Alice Coppess Madaus, Parents, Charles W. “Charlie” Speicher, Husband, Henry C. Hall, Son-in-law, Morris Madaus, Infant Twin Brother, Delos Madaus, Brother, Keith Madaus, Brother

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastor Dennis Gutwein officiating.  

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Friday, January 10, 2020 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN and one hour prior to services at the funeral home Saturday morning.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Francesville First Baptist Church. 

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

 

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

Darlene L. Granato, 72, of Winamac, IN

Darlene L. Granato, 72, of Winamac, IN passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at her home surrounded by family.  She was born on April 5, 1947 in Washington County, PA to the late Dewey H. and Betty S. Martin Chalfant.   On December 16, 1964, Darlene married Ronald E. Granato in Crown Point, IN.  He passed away on May 31, 2019.

Darlene was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved spending time on the Tippecanoe River.  She enjoyed birdwatching, gardening, ceramics and shopping at Kohl’s.   She was an avid garage-saler and enjoyed finding a good bargain.  Darlene was fond of her dog, Sebastian. 

Darlene was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles where she had many cherished friendships.  Most of all she loved her family very much and especially enjoyed spending time with her three sons and playing cards with her granddaughter, Lexi.   Darlene will be deeply missed. 

She is survived by:Todd C. (Stephanie) Granato, North Judson, IN Son Brian S. (Kimberly) Granato, Wheatfield, IN Son Janet Granato, North Judson, IN Daughter-in-law Kayleigh Granato, Portage, IN Granddaughter Paige (Tyler) Gilliam, Kodak, TN Granddaughter Dylan Granato, Cabin Creek, WV Grandson Alexis Granato, Crown Point, IN Granddaughter Chad (Liz) Chalfant, Portage, IN Brother Janet Chalfant, Fayette City, PA Sister Denise (Tom) Fafalios, Fayette City, PA Sister Aggie (Shaune) Krajzel, Fayette City, PA Sister Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

Preceded in death by: Dewey H. and Betty S. Martin Chalfant, Parents Ronald E. Granato, Husband Chad E. Granato, Son Jean Chalfant, Sister

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EST on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM EST on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with John DeSabatine officiating. 

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.

Kenneth Wagenknect

Kenneth Edward Wagenknecht 62, Rochester, Indiana, succumbed to cancer in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family at 10:20 P.M. Tuesday December 31, 2019.
He was born on December 31, 1957 in South Bend, Indiana, the son of Lawrence C. and Mariam J. (Kelley) Wagenknecht.


Kenneth had worked as Auto Parts Manager at Shepherd’s Automotive and various other auto dealers. He loved cars, sports, and motorcycles exceptionally working on them. He spent his free time searching for old dirt bikes and motorcycles so he could restore them to new and enjoy them with his daughters and son –in-laws. He also enjoyed planning long rides and vacations with his family and stopping at new places to eat and experience. Kenny was always there to help relatives and friends with household projects, car troubles, or whatever else people needed.


Kenny is survived by his mother, Mariam Wagenknecht, Rochester, Indiana, daughters, Alysha (Mike) Marrs, Rochester, Indiana, Hannah (Joey) Bohm, South Bend, Indiana, along with their mother, Gretchen Wagenknecht, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Maxwell Marrs and Amelia Marrs, both of Rochester, Indiana and Reed Bohm, South Bend, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Michael Wagenknecht. Kenny will be remembered as a loving son, father, grandfather and friend to everyone.


Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver, Indiana, with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Chad Granato

Chad E. Granato, 52, of North Judson, IN passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born on November 14, 1967 in Hammond, IN to Ronald E. and Darlene L. Chalfant Granato.  Chad graduated from Portage High School in 1986.  On May 20, 2016, he married Janet Wait in Knox, IN. She survives.

 

Chad had a lifelong struggle with several medical conditions but always maintained a very positive attitude.   He shared a passion for hunting and fishing with his brothers and routing for the Pittsburgh Steelers with his dad.  Chad enjoyed playing the drums and belonged to several bands over the years.  His latest musical passion was playing Christian praise and worship music at Global Harvest Church in Monterey, IN.


Most of all, Chad loved spending time with his family and friends.  He was a loving and devoted husband, dad, papa, son and brother.  He had a big heart, which showed in the way he raised his three step daughters from a previous marriage and loved them as his own.  Chad will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.  


He is survived by:
Janet Granato, North Judson, IN Wife
Kayleigh Granato, Portage, IN Daughter
Paige (Tyler) Gilliam, Kodak, TN Daughter
Sarah Cutrel, Hobart, IN Step Daughter
Michelle (James) Cable, Hobart, IN Step Daughter
Andria (Gene) Cassell, Clendenin, WV Step Daughter
Jaimie Coulter, Sevierville, TN Step Daughter
Meagan Coulter, Sweetwater, TN Step Daughter
15 Step Grandchildren: Devin, Dallas, David, Angel, Adam, Ryan, Brantley, Hunter, Faith, Lily, Ana, Alycia, Jo Jo, Jaidyn and Jay
Darlene L. Chalfant Granato, Winamac, IN Mother
Todd C. (Stephanie) Granato, North Judson, IN Brother
Brian S. (Kimberly) Granato, Wheatfield, IN Brother
Alexis Granato, Niece
Dylan Granato, Nephew
Several Aunts, Uncles and  Cousins 
Many lifelong Friends
Preceded in death by:
Ronald Edward Granato, Father

 

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EST on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM EST on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with John DeSabatine officiating.  


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. 

Robert Vollmer

Robert Deloss “Bob” Vollmer, 95, of Fishers, IN (formerly of Francesville, IN) passed away peacefully at his home in Fishers on December 24, 2019 where he had resided since 2018.  Bob was born on May 2, 1924 to the late Fred L. and Eva Mae Salrin Vollmerin Hebron, IN.  He spent his early years in Medaryville, IN before moving to Francesville and later graduatingfrom Francesville High School.   In 1943, Bob enlisted in the US Army and spent three years serving with the 66th Infantry Division “Blank Panther Division” in Northern France during which time he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge.   He was a lifelong member of the Francesville American Legion.  


On September 1, 1943, Bob married Helen Wendtwith whom he shared life together for 76 years.  Bob was a longtime member of St. James Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville.  He owned and operated Vollmer Construction in Francesville for many years having built and remodeled numerous homes in the area.  Bob was a member of Royal Center Lodge #585 F&AM, earning his Award of Gold in 2002.  He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  

 

He is survived by:
Denise (Dave) Neff, Montpelier, IN Daughter
Janice (Don) Partlow, Lafayette, IN Daughter
Mark (Bonnie) Vollmer, Westfield, IN Son
Jenny (Olivier Delers) Neff, Richmond, VA Granddaughter
Melissa (JR) Rees, McDonough, GA Granddaughter
Sara (Jack) Feliciano, Noblesville, IN Granddaughter
Andrea (Craig) Blissitt, Brookston, IN Granddaughter
Joshua (Casey) Vollmer, Anna, TX Grandson
Jacob Vollmer, Richardson, TX Grandson
Trenton (Ondraa) Hall, Lafayette, IN Grandson
Jeremy (Megan) Vollmer, Arvada, CO Grandson
James (Alli) Vollmer, Charlotte, NC Grandson
5 Great Grandchildren
Fred (Dee) Vollmer, Jr., Brother
Ruth Anne Vollmer, Sister

 

He was preceded in death by:
Fred L. and Eva Mae Salrin Vollmer, Parents
3 Sisters and 3 Brothers

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon-2 PM EST Saturday, January 4, 2019 at St. James Salem United Church of Christ (10934 W. 600 S. Francesville, IN 47946).

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM EST Saturday, January 4, 2019 at St. James Salem United Church of Christ with Rev. T.J. Jenney officiating.  

 

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

 

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

 

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

Jeff Shriver

Revered Tippecanoe Valley teacher, coach Jeffery Smith Shriver 53, of Rochester passed away at the Cleveland Clinic following a valiant battle with liver cancer.
 
On November 20, 1966, Jeff was the first born of Stephen and Jane Smith Shriver.   Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters Tina and Beth.  Jeff graduated from Rochester High School in 1985. To pursue his life dream of becoming a teacher and coach, Jeff continued his formal education at Purdue University.  He graduated in 1990 with a BS degree in secondary education.  Jeff continued on at Purdue University in Ft. Wayne, where he earned his master's degree in administration.
 
In Fulton, Jeff married the love of his life and best friend, Fleetie Janie Emery, on June 15, 1991.  Their union produced four wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessing of a beautiful granddaughter Emery.
  
Left to cherish Jeff's memory are his wife Janie at home, children Stephenie Paige McCulley and husband Drew of Hartford City,   Shayleigh Nicole Shriver of West Lafayette, Benjamin Smith Shriver of Elkhart, a granddaughter Emery Jane McCulley, his parents Steve and Jane Shriver of Rochester, sisters Tina Ford and fiancee' Christian Holford of Alexandria, and Beth Smith and husband Adam of Kewanna.
 
Preceding Jeff in death is his son Stephen Doyne Shriver on August 11, 1995.
 
 A celebration of the life of Coach Jeffery S. Shriver will be held at  10:00 AM on Monday, December 23, 2019 at the Tippecanoe Valley High School, 8345 State Road 19, Akron, IN  46910.  Pastor Rod Eiler and Dr. Mark Spencer will officiate.  His family will receive friends from 1:00 - 5:00 Sunday, and an hour prior to services on Monday.  A private family burial will take place in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.   Preferred memorials may be made to Jeffery Smith Shriver Memorial Fund thru the Northern Indiana Community Foundation,   227 East 9th Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Jeff's family at www.goodfamilyfh.com 
 

 

Ingrid Becherer

Ingrid F. Becherer, 87, Rochester, Indiana, and longtime Kokomo, Indiana, resident died at 1:58 P.M. Friday December 6, 2019, at Howard Community Hospital. She was born on June 30, 1932 in Hamburg, Germany to Else (Albrecht) and Henry Levert. She attended Rostock University to study medicine. On June 22, 1952, she married Hans Becherer, a doctoral candidate in physics. 


Ingrid started her professional career in Germany as an actress. In 1958, she and her young son, Frank, moved to the United States to join her husband who had accepted a position as physicist with Delco Electronics in Kokomo. Her husband died in 1962, soon after the birth of their daughter, Judith. Ingrid and her two children remained in Kokomo, and she proudly became a naturalized citizen of the United States on June 13, 1978.


Since living in America, Ingrid had traveled across the world working as a translator, translating Russian, German, French, and English. She also served as a Real Estate Agent and worked at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Kokomo branch, before retiring. Her passions in life included the study of medicine, literature, art, and theater, interacting with children, and she was an avid card player. She welcomed everyone into her family and cared deeply about people who are poor and are otherwise marginalized by society. 


Survivors include son Frank and his wife Julie Becherer of Carmel; daughter Judith and her husband Lloyd Jennings, Jr., Rochester; grandchildren Ryan Becherer, Carmel; Kristine (Tom) Lindsay, Zionsville; Daniel Jennings, Fishers; Victoria Jennings, Indianapolis; Olivia Jennings, Rochester; Jordan Jennings, Rochester; and three great grandchildren. She also leaves behind two step-daughters, Renate Waldmann, and Sabine (Jorg) Froese-Duill, both of Germany; sister Gerda Zunic, Hamburg, Germany; sister-in-law, Darlene Kommans, Kokomo; five nieces and nephews; and an extended family that includes Lee Moore and companion Christina , Kokomo and Sally Golightly and husband Ed, Kokomo, She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Edith Pilz, Germany; and brother, Willy Kommans, Kokomo. Ingrid was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.


A celebration of life will take place at 10:30 A.M. Thursday December 12, 2019 at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, Indiana. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday December 11, 2019, and one hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home in Kokomo. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kokomo Rescue Mission. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

 

Oris Baker

Oris G. Baker 92, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 5:24 P.M. Friday December 6, 2019 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana. He was born on February 25, 1927 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Howard Ray and Sarah “Sadie” (Estabrook) Baker. On December 9, 1951, in Rochester, Indiana, he married Mary P. Rentschler and she survives. Oris had attended International Business College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, studying Business Administration and had served with the United States Army.


Mr. Baker had worked as an accountant for Essex Wiring in Logansport, Indiana for over thirty five years retiring in 1992. He also operated Baker Vacuum Sales for almost sixty years. He had attended the Fulton Baptist Temple, Fulton, Indiana, as well as Metea Baptist Church, Metea, Indiana. He enjoyed fishing, repairing vacuums and was an avid reader of the Bible.
Survivors include his wife, Mary P. Baker, Rochester, Indiana, daughters, Mary Lynne (Phil) Frye, Fulton, Indiana, Rebecca (Jack) Aylor, Lake Zurich, Illinois, grandchildren, Andy (Laura) Mulligan, Carmel, Indiana, Matthew Frye, Indianapolis, Indiana, Aaron Frye, Champaign, Illinois, Jason (Chereline) Frye, Savoy, Illinois, great grandchildren, Lily Mulligan, Gavin Mulligan, Aleah Frye, Aislin Frye, and Matthew Frye II, brothers, Philip (Marge) Baker, Phoenix, Arizona, Jerry (Nancy) Baker, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Monday December 9, 2019 at the Fulton Baptist Temple, Fulton, Indiana, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday December 8, 2019 and one hour prior to service Monday at the Church. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Baptist Temple Youth Building Fund. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

 

Alvina Risner

Alvina Mae Risner, 85, of Medaryville, IN went home to be with her Lord at 11:29 PM Friday, December 6, 2019.  She passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Parkview Regional Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Alvina was born on December 23, 1933 in Francesville, IN to the late Orval and Leona Roth Hunter.  She graduated from San Pierre High School in 1952.  Alvina married Henry J. “Hank” Risner on October 16, 1954 St. John’s United Church of Christ.  
Alivina was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville.  She was a member of the Medaryville American Legion Auxiliary.  Alvina was a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack #3152.

  
Alvina and Hank owned and operated Hank’s Standard Service Station in Medaryville for over 30 years.  She was the first woman licensed in the State of Indiana to conduct safety inspections for motor vehicles.  She also drove a school bus for West Central School for many years.  Alvina was extraordinary woman who had many talents.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, antiquing, crafting and remodeling.  She also enjoyed the outdoors, especially, fishing, camping and gardening.  


Alvina was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She will be dearly missed but her inspiration will live on in all of us.

 

She is survived by:
Henry J. “Hank” Risner, Medaryville, IN Husband
Gale (Deb) Risner, Lafayette, IN Son
Dennis (Theresa) Risner, Francesville, IN Son
Nancy (Bud) Blackburn, Idaville, IN Daughter
John Risner, Lafayette, IN Son
Peggy (Darren) Godsey, Williams, IN Daughter
Randy Risner, Grandson
Angie (Billie) Pattengale, Granddaughter
April (Jason) Pattee, Granddaughter
Heather (Brett) Ricketts, Granddaughter
Amanda (Joshua) Rinehart, Granddaughter
Andrea (Joshua) Richmond, Granddaughter
Danielle Blackburn, Granddaughter
Jacob Blackburn, Grandson
Madison Risner, Granddaughter
Clay Risner, Grandson
Lynnsie (Pat) Greene, Granddaughter
Danae Godsey, Granddaughter
Cori Bower, Granddaughter
Terry Godsey, Grandson
Casi Bower, Granddaughter 
17 Great Grandchildren
Luella (Edward) Bartman, Crawfordsville, IN Sister
Norma Jean (Earl) Clark, Argos, IN Sister-in-law
Ralph (Sue) Risner, North Judson, IN Brother-in-law
Marlene Risner, Rensselaer, IN Sister-in-law
Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:
Orval and Leona Roth Hunter, Parents
Edward Risner, Brother-in-law

 

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Medaryville Assembly of God Church with Pastor Thomas Dewlen officiating. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Medaryville, IN.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or Medaryville Assembly of God Church. Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN.  

Joan Kroft

Joan Ellis Kroft, 84, of Medaryville, IN passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac, IN.  Joan was born on June 21, 1935 in Crown Point, IN.  She was a 1953 graduate of Boone Grove High School.  On September 24, 1954, Joan married Ray H. Kroft in Boone Grove, IN.  He preceded her in death on May 24, 2011.

 

Joan was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville.  She worked as a Deputy Treasurer in Pulaski County for several years.   Joan formerly served on the Pulaski County Public Library Board and sang with the Pulaski County Chorus for many years.  

Joan was a proud homemaker and enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and canning.  She also enjoyed reading as well as playing cards and BINGO.   Joan loved her family, supported her husband on the farm and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities.  She will be sadly missed.  

 

She is survived by:
Karen (Ben, Jr.) Smolek, San Pierre, IN Daughter
Janis Potter, Sapulpa, OK Daughter
Marcia (Greg) Schoeneck, Valparaiso, IN Daughter
Jon Smolek, Grandson
Craig Smolek, Grandson
Riann Hendrickson, Granddaughter
Matt (Kristan) Ahlemeier, Grandson 
Amanda (Brian) Wilson, Granddaughter
Geoffrey Schoeneck, Grandson
10 Great Grandchildren
2 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by:
Glenn and Sarah Douglas Ellis, Parents
Ray H. Kroft, Husband

 

Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 2PM EST Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville, IN. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Medaryville, IN with Pastors Nelda Seger and Bill McNabney officiating. Burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Medaryville, IN. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville, IN. 

Herman Rogers Hayes

Herman Rogers Hayes, 77, of Winamac, IN (formerly of North Judson, IN) died Saturday morning November 30, 2019 at his home.  He was born on April 28, 1942 in Knox, IN to the late Fred O. and Maude L. Scott Hayes.  On October 11, 1965, Herman married Ruth P. Rowe in Colorado Springs, CO.  She survives along with two sons, Roger of Semmes, AL and James of North Judson, IN; one daughter, Valerie (Craig) Jones  of Winamac, IN; 11 grandchildren including a very special grandson, Thomas Clemons of Semmes, AL; and 21 great grandchildren, including two very special ones, Willow and Zayla.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Freda Reading; and six brothers, Russell, Eddie, Richard, Fred, Jim and Floyd.

     

Herman retired after 40 years from Casting Services of LaPorte, IN.  He served in the US Army from 1963-1970 during the Vietnam War.  Herman was a collector of belt buckles and enjoyed mowing yards.  He always helped others and will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 10 AM – 2 PM EST Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating.

Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in LaCrosse, IN.  The American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services.  

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses or to the First Baptist Church of Winamac.

 

Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Marjorie B. Thompson

Marjorie B Thompson passed away at 8:00 pm Friday, November 29 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Winamac surrounded by family.


Marjorie was born September 4, 1923 at the old Galbreath homestead along the Tippecanoe River south of Winamac to the late Frederick Walter and Emma Ellen Galbreath Brinker.  She was a 1941 graduate of Winamac High School.  She married Norman S Thompson on June 8, 1941 and they celebrated 73 years of marriage before he passed away October 31, 2014.
Marjorie worked at the United Telephone Company as a telephone operator after high school and then stayed home to raise her family.  In 1964, she went to work at the school as a secretary for Lamoin Nice and Richard Irven, then later became a secretary at the Eastern Pulaski Elementary Schooluntil she retired in 1983.
Marjorie always had a large garden and canned and preserved all of the extra produce that wasn't eaten.  She loved working in her flower garden and was known for all of her beautiful flowers. 


Marjorie was a former member of the Monroe Modern Homemakers Extension Club.  
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Winamac. 
She and Norman traveled to Florida to their winter home for many years where she enjoyed getting together with their Winamac friends.  She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her dog Mitzi.
Survived by:
Donald (Jean) Thompson, Winamac, Son
Larry (Jean) Thompson, Conyers, GA, Son
Richard (Denise) Thompson, Plano, TX, Son
June (Tom) Roth, Star City, Daughter
9 grandchildren,
Angie Crawford, Tracy Brandenburg, Rebecca Riordan, Randy Thompson,Natalie Roth, Joe Roth, Kyle Roth, and Wyatt Roth

 

16 great grandchildren:
Bekah and Abby Brandenburg, Alex, Margo and Hannah Riordan; Trevor Thompson andVictoria Coldiron; Aria and Owen Roth, Griffin, Holden, Cameron, and Finley Roth;Colin, Brodie, and Hensley Roth.
2 great great grandchildren:
Macy and Leeland 

 

Preceded in death:
Norman S Thompson, Husband
Mildred Powers, Sister
Mary Ellen Cook, Sister
Donald Paul Brinker, Infant Brother
Jennifer Jo Thompson Terry, Granddaughter
Visitation will be from 12 noon EST -2 PM EST on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 


Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating. 
Burial will be in the McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac, IN.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First Christian Church  or to the Pulaski Animal Center.


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


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

Shirley A. Williams, 69, Winimac, Indiana

Shirley A. Williams, 69, of Winamac, IN passed away at 4:32 AM Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Ascension St. Vincent Carmel Hospital.  She was born on March 9, 1950 in Knox, IN to the late Ernest B. and Florence C. Thompson.  Shirley was a graduate of Knox High School.

 

Shirley was the owner of Diamond Lil’s in Winamac alongside her husband, John. She enjoyed cooking and visiting with her patrons.  Shirley was an avid collector of many unique items.  She also enjoyed traveling and visiting her granddaughter, Emma, on the lake as often as possible.  
Shirley was full of personality and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

 

She is survived by:
John H. Williams, Winamac, IN Husband
Frank Thompson, Elkhart, IN Son
Terry Howerton, Lafayette, IN Son
Toby Williams, Winamac, IN Son
3 Grandchildren: Justin, Daniel and Emma
2 Great Grandchildren: Peyton and Noah

Preceded in death by: 
Ernest B. and Florence C. Thompson, Parents
Atheleen P. Thomas, Step Mother

 

A Celebration of Life will be from 2-5 PM EDT on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN followed by a Gathering at Diamond Lil’s. Memorial Contributions may be made to the funeral home. Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com. Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.  

Jack E. Horn, 88, North Manchester, IN

Jack Elden Horn, age 88 died on November 10, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Indiana where he was a resident.

 

He was born on May 28, 1931 in Alexandria, Indiana to Frank and Alice (Dikey) Horn.  He graduated from Alexandria Monroe High School in 1945.  Jack married Patricia Ruth Malicoat on June 10, 1951 in Alexandria, Indiana. 

 

Jack served 32 years in the Indiana National Guard and his rank was 1st Sargent.  He worked 32 years at Delco Remy in Anderson, Indiana and retired from there in 1991.  After that, he worked at Petro Brothers in Warsaw as a parts manager for 10 years.  Jack lived in the Akron area for 33 years before moving to Peabody Retirement Community 1-1/2 years ago with his wife

 

He was an avid bowler and bowled several years in a bowling league at Norco Alleys in Alexandria and Elwood where he once bowled a perfect game. Jack played basketball in high school and on a semi-pro team later.  He was a die-hard fan of IU basketball.  He loved to ride his Honda Golden Wing motorcycle and collected model cars, enjoyed watching car races on TV and was proud of his own cars and kept them clean and shined all the time.  He was a perfectionist in everything that he did and had all his tools neat, labeled and organized.  He enjoyed mowing his yard and other people’s too.  He was a member of the Jimmy Swygart Media Church.  He enjoyed having visitors and seeing all of his grandchildren.

 

Surviving Jack is his wife: Patricia Horn of North Manchester; (3) children:  Timothy A. (spouse Debbie) Horn of Alexandria; Daniel E. (spouse Melody) Horn of Tipton; Julie R. (spouse Mike) Smith of Claypool; (1) brother: Donnie (spouse Maureen) Horn of Frankton; (1) sister: Sharon Walker of Summitville; (8) grandchildren: Lindsay (Jason) Smith, Brandon (Lisa) Dotson, Nick (Erin) Smith, Jordan Smith, Madira (Eric) Markley, Miriah (Brian) Burnell, Jason Horn and Crisi Young; 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; a special care giver: Gabby Hoffman.

 

Preceding Jack in death are his parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law and his brother Frankie Horn.

 

Visitation will be on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Earl-Love Funeral Home, 811 E. Rochester Street, Akron, Indiana  46910.

 

The funeral service will follow visitation at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Officiating the service will be Jason Smith.  Burial will be in the Akron IOOF Cemetery, Akron, Indiana.

 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Jack, memorial contributions may be made to Peabody Foundation and mail to Peabody Retirement Community, 400 W. 7th Street, North Manchester, Indiana  46962

 

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

Janice A. Grubbs, Winamac, Indiana

Janice A. “Jan” Grubbs, 66, of Winamac, IN passed away at 3:55 AM Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at the Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.   Jan was born on October 25, 1953 in LaPorte, IN to the late Elgy and Mary Irene Dolan Lawton.  She graduated from North Liberty High School in 1972.  On March 7, 1973, Jan married the love of her life, James L. “Jim” Grubbs in Knox, IN. 

 

Jan was retired from Sanders where she worked in the deli for 24 years.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and adult coloring books.  She also enjoyed playing cards and BINGO as well as going to the casino.  Jan loved her family very much, especially spending time with her grandchildren and great granddaughter.  She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

 

She is survived by:

James L. “Jim” Grubbs, Winamac, IN Husband, Edward L. “Ed” (Kylie) Grubbs, Star City, IN Son, Michelle A. (Brian) Browning, Star City, IN Daughter, Cierra Grubbs, Granddaughter, Ashlee Grubbs, Granddaughter, Hunter Browning, Grandson, Olivia Browning, Granddaughter, Harlow Titus, Great Granddaughter, Gracie Clapper, Sister, Jeanne Davis, Sister, James Lawton, Brother, Alfred Lawton, Brother, Vernon Lawton, Brother, George Lawton, Brother, Several Nieces and Nephews

 

Preceded in death by:

Elgy and Mary Irene Dolan Lawton, Parents, Patty Lawton, Sister

 

No Services will be held.

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

 

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

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