Obituaries

Carol Sue Wilkinson 72, Rochester

Carol Sue Wilkinson 72, Rochester, passed away at 11:41 A.M. Monday September 9, 2019 at her residence.

 

She was born on August 30, 1947 in Rochester, Indiana. Carol graduated from Rochester High School and had worked for the Rochester Sentinel for many years.

 

Survivors include her aunt, Lois Wilkinson, Rochester, Indiana, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mariam F. Wilkinson Michalski.

 

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday September 16, 2019 at Citizens Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Thelmarae Wieringa,  55, Rochester

Thelmarae Wieringa,  55, of Rochester passed away on September 1, 2019  unexpectedly at her home.

 

On February 28, 1964, Thelmarae Frazier was born in Champaign, Illinois.  She was a treasured daughter of Charles and Virginia Lee Michaels Frazier.  As one of four children, growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters, Gustave, Lela Fay and a brother Charles.

 

As the matriarch of the Wieringa family, Grandma Thelma was proud to oversee three generations.  Paramount were her 19 grandchildren.  She adored each one and loved them to the moon and back!  She especially was joyous in attending her grandchildren's sporting events and school concerts.  The holidays and special family celebrations brought on making many new memories that lasted a lifetime. 

 

Left to cherish Thelma's memory are six children: William L. Wieringa and fiancee Nicole, Margaret Clingler and husband Thomas, Virginia Wieringa and husband Kenneth Morgan all of Rochester, Geraldine Arebalo and husband Miguel of Chicago Heights, IL, Myklejo Parker and husband Michael Moore of Chicago, Samantha Wieringa and fiancee  Jon Sorak of Rochester; the father of her children Michael David Wieringa of Winamac;  19 grandchildren: Ethan, Amara, Arianna, Sydney, Jordan, Carter, Kameron, Ian, Bentley,  Paislee, Liam,  Destiny, Nevaeh,  Mariah, Sean, Jayden, Izaiah, Meyah and Landon;  two sisters: Gustave Salyer and husband Wayne of Monterey, Lela Fay Sparks and husband Don of Lancaster, Missouri;  a brother, Charles Francis Stirk of Royal Center; and her treasured canine companion Coco-Pebbles, the tan and black Yorkie-Terrier blend.

 

Services celebrating her life will be held at a later date. 

Mary Ann Hoyt, 71, Rochester

Mary Ann Hoyt, 71, Rochester, passed away at 6:49 A.M. Tuesday September 3, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

 

She was born on July 23, 1948 in Logansport, Indiana, the daughter of William and Josephine (Kopystecki) Nowak. On August 26, 1967 in North Judson, Indiana, she married Steve Hoyt and he survives.

 

Mrs. Hoyt had worked at the former Robertson Transformers, working as a production supervisor. She later worked at Life Care Center of Rochester for many years before retiring.

 

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Swinging Dudes Square Dancing, former coach in the Junior Girls Softball League and had been active in 4-H. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed spending as much time with her grandchildren.

 

Survivors include her husband, Steve Hoyt, Rochester, Indiana, daughters, Joann Evans, Brownsburg, Indiana, Lisa (Mike) Elliott, Culver, Indiana, Cindy (Justin) Carmack, Avon, Indiana, grandchildren, Abigail Evans, Stephanie Evans, Jenna Moise, Brady Moise, Lexi Carmack, Marshall Carmack, Zoie Carmack and Zane Carmack, brothers, William (Pat) Nowak Jr., Crystal Lake, Illinois and Robert (Dixie) Nowak, New Palestine, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Funeral Mass will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday September 6, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester, Indiana, with Rev. Michael McKinney officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. Thursday and from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Friday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

 

Prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be at a later date at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Winamac, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Angels for Alyssa (Methylmalonic Acidemia Research Fund) or St. Joseph Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Theodore "Ted" James Migonis 48, Rochester

Theodore “Ted” James Migonis 48, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 9:04 P.M. Friday August 9, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

 

He was born on January 3, 1971 in Rochester, Indiana, the son of Richard and Linda (Summers) Migonis.

 

Mr. Migonis had served with the United States Army and had been a member of the Rochester Veteran of Foreign Wars Post.

 

Survivors include his mother, Linda Migonis, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Jayson Leigh Migonis and wife Jessica, Kewanna, Indiana, sister, Dannielle Pfeiffer Lynch and husband Steve, Rochester, Indiana, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, Howard and Bonnie Summers, uncles, Hank Summers and Richard Waltz.

 

No services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center or the Children’s Miracle Network.

 

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

Ronald Eugene Miller, 74, Rochester

Ronald Eugene Miller, 74, of Rochester passed away at 4:06 PM on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne.

 

On July 18, 1945, Ronald was born in Rochester to Charles and Marjorie McCalla Miller.

Ronald and Donna Jean Norris were married on November 24, 1973. They have shared nearly 46 years of life’s adventures.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Ronald with his wife, Donna, are four daughters:  Julie Clupper of Kewanna, Tammy Kline and husband Tim of Kewanna, Trina Miller of Frankfort, KY,  Angie Miller and fiancé Joe Marlin of Lafayette; three grandchildren: Mark “Tony” Anthony Clupper, Latisha Crissinger, Glenn Scott; four great grandchildren: Hunter Clupper, Faith Bartram, Jordon Bain, Delaney Elaine Clupper;  two brothers: Don Miller and wife Deborah of Peru, Dennis Miller of North Platte, NE: nieces and nephews Rex Robison and wife Kris, Lynn Miller and Tunie Miller.

 

Preceding Ronald in death are his parents; a sister, Marsha Robison; and great granddaughter, Liberty Jessica Grace Bartram.

 

Pastor Larry Pyeatt will officiate services. 

 

Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the US Army Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County DAV Van Fund, 815 N. Main St. Room 102,

Rochester, IN 46975 or to Rochester Church of God, 3048 Southway 31, Rochester, IN 46975

Robert Eugene Clemans Sr., 91, of Elkhart, formerly of Rochester

Mr. Robert Eugene Clemans Sr., 91, of Elkhart and formerly of Rochester passed away at 11:25 am on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital. 

 

On June 18, 1928, Robert was born near Athens to Doyle an Pauline Borden Clemans.

 

Robert and Donna Jean Mabie were married in Warsaw on April 8, 1950. She passed away on May 1, 1995.

 

On July 13, 1996, Robert and Mary Elizabeth Watts were married in Rochester. They have shared 23 years of life's adventures.

 

Left to cherish the memories of Robert are his wife, Mary; four daughters: Jennifer White and husband Danny of Rochester, Judy Hoge of Silver Lake, Mechelle Mares and husband Steve of Illinois, Amy D. Brock of Elkhart; three sons: Robert E Clemans Jr. and wife Phyllis of Rochester, Arden K. Clemans and wife Missy of Rochester, Darrell R. Watts of Goshen; 35 grandchildren; 96 great grandchildren; 34 great-great grandchildren; six sisters: Susan Fairbanks and husband Les of Watervliet, Sandy Vermilyer of Benton Harbor, Virginia Schuh and husband John of Warsaw, Glenda Holbrook of Warsaw, Linda Cremar and husband Rick of Warsaw, Barbara Reese of Bourbon; three brothers: Jim Carey and wife Carolyn of Ft. Wayne, Forrest Vinning and wife Betty of Claypool, Carlton Clemans of California; lots of nieces and nephews; and Corky, the black & White Shih-tsu.

 

Preceding him in death are his parents; 2 daughters: Carol S. Carlson & Terri A. Littlefield; one son, Louis L. Watts; sisters Judy Hudkins, Juanita Utter, Helen McKee, and Katheryn Carey; brothers: Dave Carey, Rodney Carey, and Cephus Dunton.

 

Robert retired from Torx in 1990.

 

A Celebration of Life of Robert Eugene Clemans will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday August 13, 2019 in the Good Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 11:30 to 1:00. Interment will be in Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the family or the  American Heart Association.

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