Carmen Josephine Ellis Smith, 97

Carmen Josephine Ellis Smith, 97, passed away at 11:40 AM on February 23, 2021, in Rochester, Indiana. 


She was born February 22, 1924, at her Ellis grandparents’ family farm in Fulton County, Indiana, to Clair and Ruby (Black) Ellis. 


Carmen graduated from Akron High School in 1942 and continued her education at Manchester College and Butler University, where she completed her BS degree in 1946. 


Working for Dr. Dick and Dr. Dean Stinson in Rochester, Carmen met Glen Smith of Macy, and they married in 1954.  Together, Carmen and Glen raised three children, Steve, Nancy and Dean, and celebrated 48 years together before Glen’s death in 2002. 


Active in homemaking and the family farm throughout her long life, Carmen was beloved by her family and close friends.  As an only child on her father’s farm, Carmen was a quick study who embraced learning at all levels.  Excellent in her school work, Carmen also learned farm skills as apprentice to her father, Clair, taking care of livestock and helping with the seasonal crop work. 


From her mother Ruby, Carmen learned the basics of housekeeping along with an appreciation for art and music.  Throughout her life, Carmen excelled at gardening from tomatoes and asparagus to roses and daylilies.  She used her growing skills well and generously shared with others. 


Carmen was also an avid reader, a skilled seamstress, and music lover.  In all seasons, Carmen’s children recall at-home adventures that featured pets, books, and practical projects. 


With Glen, Carmen traveled throughout the continental United States and especially enjoyed trips to visit friends and relatives near and far.  Carmen continued to travel after Glen’s death, driving herself throughout Indiana until she chose to quit driving at 92. 


Carmen served as family hostess for decades.  From birthday parties and holiday meals to her parents’ 70th wedding anniversary reception, Carmen diligently brought loved ones together. 

Carmen lived the last years of her life in Rochester, in her own home and later at Wynnfield Crossing.  She was member of Eastern Star through much of her life. 


After moving to town, Carmen enjoyed being part of the Notables music group.  Carmen said she couldn’t sing, but she could read music and her skill with some basic choreography was fun for her.  


Carmen is survived by her children: Steve (Laurel) Smith of Vincennes, Nancy Smith of Rochester, and Dean Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and by her granddaughters, Glenda Smith and Alicia (Stephen) Chappo. 


The family will meet privately at a later date to share memories and celebrate Carmen’s life. 


We are grateful to the community at Wynnfield Crossing for their support of our mother during her residence there and to Kindred Hospice personnel for care during Carmen’s final days. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fulton County Animal Center and Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975 or to the Fulton County Public Library, 320 West 7th St., Rochester, IN 46975.


Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

Elizabeth J. "Betty" [Kuhn] Graves, 93, of Winamac

Elizabeth J. “Betty” [Kuhn] Graves, 93, of Winamac, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. 


She was born on March 27, 1928 in Pulaski, IN to the late Martin and Theresa [Nies] Kuhn.  Betty was a 1946 graduate of Pulaski High School. 


Before she was married, Betty worked as a telephone operator for Indiana Bell Telephone Co and as a bookkeeper at the Winamac Elevator.


On September 21, 1948, she married John E. Graves at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac.  Together, they worked on the family farm for 62 years.  John passed away on October 2, 2010.  


Betty was a proud homemaker and was well-known for her huge garden and open kitchen.  


She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and cooking as well as entertaining friends and family.  She also enjoyed playing Euchre.   Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. 


She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and Daughters of Isabella.  She enjoyed traveling - especially when she was John’s co-pilot in the Tri Pacer.   Betty will be dearly missed.


She is survived by:

Sandra Graves, Portland, OR Daughter

Gary (Karen) Graves, Winamac, IN Son

Roberta Graves, Winamac, IN Daughter

Beverly (Thomas) Bachota, Winamac, IN Daughter

Tricia (Damian) Flaherty, Granddaughter

Shannon Farmer, Grandson

Brenda (Richie) Croom, Granddaughter

Sharon (Eric) McCann, Granddaughter

John (Cheryl) Graves, Grandson

Troy (Synde) Hamman, Grandson

Brittni (Micheal) Lovelace, Granddaughter

Hannah (Raul) Tejada, Granddaughter

16 Great Grandchildren

Victor Kuhn, Brother

Norbert Kuhn, Brother

Joseph (Carole) Kuhn, Brother

John (Karen) Kuhn, Brother

Alberta (James) Wieand, Sister

Virginia Cooke, Sister

Cecilia Cripe, Sister

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Martin and Theresa [Nies] Kuhn, Parents

John E. Graves, Husband

Cobert Arthur Graves, Son

Theresa Kuhn, Infant Sister

Rita Raderstorf, Sister

Ann Hoover, Sister

Mary Shellhart, Sister

Genevieve Scheffer, Sister


A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM EST Monday, February 15, 2021 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Daniel Shine officiating.


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

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Online Tributes may be offered at


Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Jerry Patton captained the first soccer team at Argos HS; passed away Saturday

Argos is certainly known for soccer.  A member of the first Argos HS soccer team has passed away.


Jerry Patton, 73, of Bourbon, passed away on February 6, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. following a very sudden illness.


On August 7, 1947 in Rochester, Indiana he was born to Mart C. Patton and Janet (Nesmith) Patton. Jerry lived all of his life in the Marshall County area. 


On December 31, 1999 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee he married Kimberly Welty, and together they shared the past 22 years.


Jerry worked for Valley Sanitation after retiring from Fairmont Homes in Nappanee, Indiana.


He graduated from Argos High School with the class of 1965 and was co-captain of the first Argos High School soccer team. In his younger days Jerry enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycle racing, fishing, spending time with family, and teaching them to enjoy the outdoors and how to play sports.


He was also a valued member of the Argos Izaak Walton League and of the American Legion Post #424, Bourbon, Indiana. To this day he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Kim and with his family.


Jerry is survived by his wif,  Kimberly Patton.


Daughters – Tana Garver and husband Patrick of Forest, Indiana; Tracy Williams and husband Michael of Rochester, Indiana; and Lisa Patton of Plymouth, Indiana


9 Grandchildren    5 Great Grandchildren


Mother – Janet Patton of Argos, Indiana

Sisters – Barbara Carlson of Rochester, Indiana; and Linda Ransom of South Bend


Brother – Mark Patton of Argos


Step-Children  Andrea Allen of Warsaw, Indiana; Melissa Dowell and husband John of Plymouth, Indiana; 

and Bryan Long of Bourbon, Indiana; 15 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren


He is preceded in death by his father; and brothers – Darrel, Randy, Jeff, and David Patton


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


A post on the Argos Boys Soccer Twitter page reads:  The thoughts and prayers from everyone in the Argos Soccer community are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our first co-captain and MVP Jerry Patton, following his passing. Patton helped lead the Dragons in our second ever season to an undefeated finish in 1964.

Evelyn May (Wysong) Crabb, 92 of Rochester

Evelyn May (Wysong) Crabb, 92 of 8th Street, Rochester, Indiana; and formerly of the Argos community passed away on February 6, 2021 at 9:05 p.m. at her residence.


On December 16, 1928 in Rochester, Indiana she was born to Lloyd Wysong and Sarah Faye (Brubaker) Wysong. Evelyn had lived in the Culver, Argos, and Rochester communities.


On February 23, 1947 in Culver, Indiana she married Herbert Lee Crabb. They shared 52 years togethe until his passing in August, 1999 .


Evelyn had spent her life being a devoted wife and mother to her children. She was a member of Cornerstone Church of Argos, Indiana; formerly the First Baptist Church of Argos, Indiana. 

Evelyn is survived by her Daughters – Donnabelle Stotler and husband Lester of Monterey, Indiana; and Diana Crabb of Rochester, Indiana

Sons – Dale Crabb of Argos, Indiana; and Donald Crabb and wife Rose of Osceola, Indiana

4 Grandchildren    10 Great Grandchildren


She is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband; Son – David Crabb; and Brothers Lloyd Wysong and Merl Wysong


Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Friday February 12, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery, State Road 117, Culver, Indiana with Chaplain Todd Wilson.


Burial will follow. 


Memorial Contributions may be made to:  Fulton County Animal Adoption an Education Center, 1540 N. Wentzel St., Rochester, Indiana 46975


Gloria J. Miller 68, Rochester

Gloria J. Miller 68, Rochester, Indiana, and longtime Jackson, Kentucky, passed away at 4:59 A.M. Saturday January 30, 2021, at her residence.


She was born on February 2, 1952 in Jackson, Kentucky the daughter of Robert and Lorean (Strong) Bowling.


Gloria had worked opening and closing graves for cemeteries in Jackson, Kentucky, for many years. She had also worked raising alligators while living in Florida. She enjoyed watching Christian broadcast shows, crossword puzzles, enjoyed playing cards, flowers and raising her garden.


Survivors include her siblings, Carolyn Howard, Rochester, Indiana, William (Helen) Bowling, Sarah Faye Robinson, Robert “Bob” Bowling, Kenneth (Sarah) Bowling, all of Jackson, Kentucky, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Beth Getson, brothers, Al Bowling, Charles Bowling, and Gary Bowling.


Private services will be observed. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Knox, Indiana.


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


Online condolences may be expressed at

Marlene June Kline, 88, Mexico

Marlene June Kline, 88, Mexico, passed away at 3:35 a.m. on Saturday morning, January 30, 2020, at her residence. 

Born October 3, 1932, in Deedsville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Thomas “John” J. and Blanche H. (Grock) Fitzpatrick.  On June 8, 1952, she was married to Robert E. “Bob” Kline, and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2015. 

She was a member of the Oakdale Baptist Church in Peru and was a graduate of Deedsville High School.  She enjoyed playing bingo, Euchre, and other card games.  She loved her family and cherished the times they gathered around her table for a meal and card games.  Over the years, she faithfully supported her husband and his membership in the Mexico Lions Club, where she volunteered many hours fixing pies and helping with fundraisers.

She is survived by two daughters, Theresa Hight, Rochester; and Annette “Andy” Raider, and husband Fred, Denver; eight grandchildren, Tim Hight, Christopher Hight, Alicia Fuller, Ashley Yearling, Ryan Raider, Tyler Kline, Erica Kline, and Christina King; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Roberta “Bobbi” Roth, Ft. Wayne, and Kay Fisher, Peru.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, David A. Kline, and sisters, Patricia Allman, Margaret VanDalsen, Katherine Thomson, Lavanche “Sue” Dillman, and brothers, Leonard, Leon, Thomas, and Richard Fitzpatrick.

Funeral services will be private with Pastor Eric Alwine officiating.  The service will be live-streamed at at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2021.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico, Indiana.

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at the funeral home.  Facemasks must be worn at all times by visitors inside the funeral home.  

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

Condolences may be sent online at Memorial contributions may be made to Greenlawn Cemetery Association.

Biddie Jean Reffitt, 84, Peru

Biddie Jean Reffitt, 84, Peru, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Peru.  


Born February 11, 1936, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Henry Bradley and Nona Ousley Bradley.  On April 20, 1952, in Martin, Kentucky, she was married to Harold Reffitt, and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2018.


She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Harold and Biddie were well known for their garden, she spent many long hours tending to their crop, snapping beans, and putting up food for the rest of the year.  


Survivors include one son, Carl (Jill) Reffitt, Peru; two daughters-in-law, Brenda Reffitt,

Rochester; Connie J. Reffitt, Rochester; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, one brother, Lee (Mary Lou) Bradley, Denver; and one sister, Mimie (Monroe) Howard, Martin, Kentucky.


She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Marcus J. Reffitt, and Harold W. Reffitt; one granddaughter, Stephanie Jo Reffitt; and one grandson, David Schakel; five brothers: Mont Bradley, Dennis Bradley, Adam Bradley, Leo Bradley and Cleo Bradley; five sisters: Loretta Hurd, Aggie Click, Sabra Bradley, Renis Baldridge, and Arvilla Sloan.


Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021, at McClain Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 1-3:00 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.  


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


Condolences may be sent online at 

Ray J. Crisler, 84, of Buffalo, IN (formerly of Kentland)

Ray J. Crisler, 84, of Buffalo, IN (formerly of Kentland, IN) passed away at 4:30 PM Monday, January 25, 2021 at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac, IN. 


He was born on April 2, 1936 in Kentland, IN to the late Charles L. and Anna Ruth [Spangle] Crisler. 


When Ray was in the fourth grade, his father fell ill with Dropsy, causing Ray to have to quit school and work on the farm.  Needless to say, he learned how to work hard at a young age.  Ray was a farmer and bridge builder.  He lived most of his life in Kentland until he retired to Buffalo in 1998. 


Ray was an avid fisherman and coon hunter.  He had a special gift for training coon dogs.  Although Ray never had any children or grandchildren, he adopted Jenni at a young age and would later adopt her children, all of whom he loved as his own.  He was a kind and patient man who will be sadly missed. 


He is survived by:

Jenni (Rob) Richie, Winamac, IN Daughter

Travis Foulks, Buffalo, IN Grandson

Ryan (Brittany) Foulks, Royal Center, IN Grandson

Kara Richie, Noblesville, IN Granddaughter

6 Great Grandchildren

Esther Emory, Sister

Barbara Remick, Sister


Preceded in death by:

Charles L. and Anna Ruth [Spangle] Crisler, Parents

Roy J. Crisler, Twin Brother

Daril Richie, Grandson


In keeping with Ray’s wishes, cremation will take place.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Indiana DNR.

Online Tributes may be offered at

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

Delvona M. Davis 66, Rochester

Delvona M. Davis 66, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 5:45 P.M. Sunday January 24, 2021 at her residence.


She was born on July 23, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Melvin and Frankie (Snell) Davis.


Delvona had worked many years as a machine operator for Riddell Football Company and had attended the Mount Pilgrim Church both in Chicago. In her spare time she enjoyed visiting with friends, playing cards and collecting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse memorabilia and spending time with her family.


Survivors include her son, Antonio (Kate) Davis, Rochester, Indiana, grandchildren, Trey Davis, Kendal Davis, Cheyenne McIntire, Antonio “A.J.” Davis, Jr., Brendan Sutton, Harper Davis, all of Rochester, great grandchild, Dragan Bowens, Rochester, Indiana, brother, Melvin (Lynn) Davis, Rochester, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter and infant son, Derrick Davis.


Private services will be observed. Friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.


Visitors are reminded to follow State COVID-19 guidelines while at the funeral home including social distancing and wearing a mask.


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


Memorial contribution may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago, Illinois.


Online condolences may be expressed at


Michael A. "Mike" Casper, 56, Rochester

Michael A. “Mike” Casper, 56, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 16, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.


One of five children, Mike was born on Nov. 22, 1964, in Wabash to Lawrence A. “Larry” and Sharon Kay (Cormany) Casper.


After graduating from Manchester High School in 1983, Mike married Kimberly Kaye “Kim” Creager on Aug. 23, 1986. The two began dating when Mike was 18 and were wed for 34 years. After their wedding, Mike and Kim moved to the Mentone/Rochester area where Mike became a member of Indiana Freemasons Masonic Lodge 576, Mentone, Indiana.


For the last 38 years, Mike worked for MPS Egg Farms, most recently as Director of Service. He was proud of the fact that he could say he only ever received a paycheck from one place.


Mike was a family man and dad, first and foremost, who enjoyed coaching his children in various sports. His children were his best friends and he enjoyed teaching them lessons in hunting, sports, and life like being humble and passionate. Mike had high expectations for his children and expected them to live their lives with integrity. “Pap Mike”, as his grandchildren called him, loved being with his grandkids. To his wife, children, and family, Mike was the best and was always there for anyone who needed him. Mike’s caring nature didn’t stop at his family, though, as he had a great love for his dogs as well. To Mike, they were more than pets.

Mike loved to hunt deer, which was more of a passion for him than a hobby. He enjoyed working for the upcoming deer season and making sure everything was ready to go. Mike loved teaching his grandchildren to hunt as well. He found joy in sharing something he loved with them and watching them enjoy it for themselves.


The loving memory of Mike Casper will be forever cherished by his mother, Sharon Casper, North Manchester; wife, Kim Casper, Rochester; son, Blake (Emily) Casper, Rochester; daughter, Corinna Kaye (Tyler) Bruner, Rochester; brothers, Mark (Sage) Casper, North Manchester, Gary (Yvonne) Casper, East Troy, Wisc., and Adam (Angie) Casper, North Manchester; sister, Kristi (Dan) Renz, North Manchester; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Mike was preceded in death by his father, Larry Casper, who passed away on Oct.10, 2020.


Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 at 10 a.m.


Burial will be held at Mentone Cemetery, South Morgan Street, Mentone, at a later date. Pastor Hedgel “Lee” Perry will officiate.


For those who wish to honor the memory of Mike A. Casper, memorial contributions may be made to Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, 7922 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.


Due to the CDC and Wabash County Health Department mandates, masks are required


The family of Mike A. Casper has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.

Condolences may be emailed to

Linda K. Rhoads, 74, of Rochester

Linda K. Rhoads, 74, of Rochester was surrounded by her loving family, when she passed away at 12:30 PM, January 15, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne.


On September 1, 1946 Linda Kay Sickmiller was born in Mansfield, Ohio.  She was a treasured daughter of Merle and Anna Katherine McLeod Sickmiller.  Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters, Julie and Marta.  Linda graduated with the class of 1964 from Ashland High School, Ashland, OH.  She continued her education to achieve her life dream of becoming a registered nurse at Ashland's Samaritan School of Nursing graduating in 1967.   Linda initiated her nursing career specializing in trauma at the Ashland Samaritan Hospital emergency department.  


In Ashland, Ohio Linda married Mr. Thomas C.  "Tom" Rhoads on July 12, 1986.   Following their move to Rochester, she volunteered for Kindred Hospice as a care giver.  In 2009 Hope Hospice conveyed the coveted "Hope Hospice Service Award" to Linda with sincere appreciation for distinguished service to Hope Hospice and our community.


Left to cherish Linda's memory are her husband Tom at home; seven children:  Jeff Talsma (Michelle) of the Upper Peninsula, MI, Chad Spangler (Misty) of Cape Coral, FL,   Shawn Spangler (Vicki) of Crestline, OH, Jennifer Fisher (Tommy) of Toano, VA, Stephanie Berry (Shawn) of Albuquerque, NM, Nancy Rhoads, of Richmond, VA, and Jessica Rhoadmond (Chris) of Staunton, VA;  12 grandchildren: Jordan, Caden, Bella, Anthony, Cameron, Evan, Caulen, Braden, Norah, Lucas, Kylee and Arbor;  two sisters: Julie Hinz  and Marta  Moore both of Lexington, OH; and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also surviving is her treasured canine companion Sam, the yellow Lab.


A celebration of the life of Mrs. Linda K. Rhoads will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, on February 20, 2021 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester, IN  46975.  Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice,  1476 West 18th Street, Rochester, IN  46975. 

John Scott Moore,  56, of Noblesville

John Scott Moore,  56, of Noblesville; husband of Marie, father of Melissa, Scott and twins Giuli and Marcy, passed away at 8:09 PM Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Ascension St. Vincent's Hospital-Indianapolis.   This followed a valiant six-week battle from complications of pneumonia and COVID-19.


John's formative years were spent in California near the city of Lynwood. In 1982 he graduated from Downey High School, Downey CA.  John served a short stint with the US Army during 1984 until he was honorably discharged.  After a job transfer and returning to Indiana, he worked primarily for loan institutions.


On November 29, 2003, John married the love of his life Miss Marie Guevara at Upland, CA.  They have shared over seventeen years of life's adventures.  In the early years John shared his passion for nature, introducing Marie to camping expeditions.  A few years later came their beautiful twin daughters and an opportunity to share their enthusiasm for camping, building a great campfire, enjoying S'Mores, telling stories and fishing.


An outdoorsman, fishing and spending time on the shooting range were John's primary ways of relaxing.  He also always enjoyed a good round of golf.  An American patriot, John loved his country and to fly the flag.  He was an avid Colts fan, either attending games with his family or watching together on TV.   John enjoyed listening to the Eagles, 70's classic rock and AC-DC.

Survivors in addition to the earlier mentioned family include his parents,  Frankie and Richard Oldenburg  of??? Tehachapi, CA,  Joe and Terry Moore of Rochester; siblings: Rusty Moore (Connie) Rochester, Cris Moore of Rochester, Mindy Martynowicz of North Manchester; brothers & sisters-in-law, the seven Guevaras:  Jasmine and fiancée' Ricky Tapia,  Kenia, Daniel, Adolfo, Martha and husband Kevin,  Delmi and husband Alex; his mother-in-law Elena Guevara of Greenwood; and his treasured canine companion Luna, the black Miniature Schnauzer.


Private family services will be held at 12:00/Noon EST to celebrate John S. Moore's life, on Friday, January 22, 2021, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. 


His services will be live streamed.  Go to Facebook and search "JD Good" to view the service.  Mr. Daniel Guevara will officiate. 


Memorials may be made to the John S. Moore Trust Fund for his twin daughter's education. 

Floyd Allen Podell, 89, of Winamac

Floyd Allen Podell, 89, of Winamac, IN passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Winamac.


He was born on November 10, 1931 in Winamac to the late Isadore L. and Martha Lucille [Hendry] Podell, Sr.  


He graduated from Winamac High School in 1949 and was an alternate for the Marshall Carper Scholarship Award.  


Floyd was a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force.  He served for four years during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Kimpo Air Base in Japan.  In 1956, Floyd received an honorable discharge at Westover Air Force Base in Springfield, MA. 


During this time, Floyd met the love of his life while attending a big band dance with his military buddies.  He decided to stay and take a job at United Aircraft and attend Western New England College.  On Thursday, November 28, 1957 (Thanksgiving Day), Floyd married Jeanette Cargel in Agawam, MA.  In the spring of 1958, they moved to Winamac where they dedicated their life to farming. Together, they raised three children, Annette, Ted, and Cheryl.  Just last year, they celebrated 63 years of marriage.


Floyd was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denham, IN.  He was also a member of the Pulaski County Aviation Board, Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and Eastern Pulaski School Board.  He served as Franklin Township Trustee and Pulaski County Commissioner.  Floyd was a founding member and Past President of the Kankakee Valley Workforce Development Services.  He was a lifetime member of the Winamac VFW Post #1728 and the Winamac American Legion Post #71. 


Floyd had a passion for flying and owned his own aircraft, a Cessna 170 (Charlie).  He truly enjoyed being a member of the Indiana Flying Farmers organization, giving airplane rides, and flying over his farm to check out his crops. 


Floyd loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren.  He will be sadly missed.



He is survived by:

Jeanette M. [Cargel] Podell, Winamac, IN Wife

Annette (Jeff) Dixon, Calico Rock, AR Daughter

Cheryl McGovern, Winamac, IN Daughter

Stefanie McGovern, Granddaughter

Quinn McGovern, Grandson


Lois Alfeld, Sister

Arlene Luehrs, Sister

Thelma Pace, Sister

Phyllis Wall, Sister

Kenneth (Shelley) Podell, Brother

Robert (Marsha) Cargel, Jr., Brother-in-law

Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins


Preceded in death by:

Isadore L. and Martha Lucille [Hendry] Podell, Sr., Parents

Theodore “Ted” Podell, Son

Richard Podell, Brother

Carl Podell, Brother

Isadore L. Podell, Jr., Brother

Robert and Mary [Kielec] Cargel, In-Laws


Visitation will be from 4-8 PM EST Friday, January 22, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 


Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EST Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Mark Fakih officiating.


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


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

Online Tributes may be offered at


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

Johnny L. Bradshaw, 78, of Winamac

Johnny L. Bradshaw, 78, of Winamac, IN (formerly of Knox, IN) passed away unexpectedly at 1:03 PM Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Northwest Health Starke Hospital in Knox. 


He was born on April 6, 1942 in High Point, NC to the late Paul and Iva Lee [Mills] Bradshaw. 


Johnny served in the US Army and US Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He retired from Polygon Manufacturing in Walkerton, IN in 2006.


Johnny enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, and going back to the pond to fish. 


He also enjoyed playing the lottery.   Johnny loved his family very much, especially his grandchildren.  He will be deeply missed.


Survivors include:

Jeffrey John Bradshaw, Bruce Lake, IN Son

Lynn (Wes) Terry, Winamac, IN Daughter

Joaunpaey Davis, Logansport, IN Granddaughter

McKenzie Terry, Winamac, IN Granddaughter

John Terry, Winamac, IN Grandson

Cora Linback, Logansport, IN Great Granddaughter

Patricia Proctor, Thomasville, NC Sister

Paul Richard Bradshaw, Thomasville, NC Brother

Many Nieces and Nephews

Dianna [Swayze] Wilder, Winamac, IN Former Spouse


Preceded in death by: 

Paul and Iva Lee [Mills] Bradshaw, Parents

Darrell Bradshaw, Brother


Visitation will be from 12 Noon – 2 PM EST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.


Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EST Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Edward Clark officiating. 


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


Memorial Contributions may be made to Pro Cemetery.





Online Tributes may be offered at


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



Lois K. Gorton 76, Plymouth

Lois K. Gorton 76, Plymouth, Indiana, passed away 5:10 A.M.  Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her residence.


She was born on October 16th, 1944 in Allen Park, Michigan the daughter or Gordon Laatz and Kathleen Laatz. She married Thomas G. Gorton in June of 1963 in Detroit, Michigan.


Lois had worked as an Executive Secretary for Alexander Hamilton for ten years and had done specialty advertising sales. Her and her husband owned and operated Gorton House Bed and Breakfast for thirty years as well as acting as buiosness manager for Good News River Lodge in Alaska. She also worked a few years as Medicare Representative Surveyor and President of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce and owned and operated Pine Tree Quilt Shoppe. Her hobbies include quilting, sewing, and cooking.


Survivors include husband Thomas Gorton, children Karen Gorton, Wasilla, Alaska, Timothy Gorton, Chicago, Illinois, Koreen (David) Immen, Napa California, and Michael (Dawn Vincent) Gorten, Sugarloaf Key, Florida. She is also survived by brother Arthur (Cathy) Laatz of Harrisville Michigan, thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.


No services are scheduled at this time.


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Vicki Sue (Curtis) Harrold, age 65, of Akron

Vicki Sue (Curtis) Harrold, age 65 of Akron entered eternal rest at 9:56 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne after a six-week battle with Covid-19.


Vicki was born on February 5, 1955 in Rochester to Ralph E. and Peggy L. (Wagoner) Curtis.  She graduated from Akron High School in 1973 and furthered her education at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne.


Vicki and Richard Harrold joined their life together 43 years ago on May 21, 1977 at Beaver Dam United Methodist Church in Akron.  She and Richard shared a hope and faith in Jesus Christ, and this was the foundation on which they built their life.  They were blessed with the birth of a son, Jason who with his wife Tonia gave the couple their three beloved grandchildren who were the light of Vicki and Richard’s life.


Family traditions and her home were of great importance to her.  She cherished days spent with her grandchildren watching their soccer games, swimming in the pool and going on their home school field trips.  The family enjoyed many trips to attend tractor shows.  A walk through Vicki’s home reveals many of her passions.  She was a collector from Jason and Dick’s John Deere tractors and Indy 500 memorabilia, to Longaberger baskets and cherished antiques, which included many family pieces.


Vicki loved music of all kinds from sacred to rock and roll.  Even in high school, she was known as a wonderful soloist in the choir and in school musicals.  The love of music continued as she become active in the church again singing solos for all events and duets with Lori Miller.


The music for VBS and the Kings Kids program at Beaver Dam Church was another great love in her life.  She spent hours putting together music for the children that would be fun and inspiring as her desire was to have EVERY child know about Jesus and have music touch their hearts in a very special way.  She was also in charge of the music ministry for the church, selecting music for services and special occasions.


In addition to her love for music, Vicki loved children and taught Sunday school classes for many years.  Her desire to serve God in any way that she could led her to lead the UMW ladies in the annual “Apple Dumpling Day” at church.  She organized the project where they often made 700 apple dumplings.  Vicki was also well known for her yearly gifts of homemade Christmas rings to friends and family.  The production of which had involved every member of the family over the years, and was carried on by her family, in her honor during her hospital stay.


Vicki worked several years for many businesses and organizations:  Farmers State Bank, First United Methodist Church, Harris Drugs, Webbs Pharmacy, Tippecanoe Valley Middle School and Fulton County United Way.  From these associations she made many life-long friends.  Friends were valued by Vicki and she was always willing to do anything she could to come to their aid, until you were challenging her in a game of cards or a dance off to Chubby Checkers’ 1960’s song “The Twist”.  Then it was every man for themselves.


Surviving Vicki is her husband Richard Harrold of Akron; son: Jason (spouse Tonia) of Akron; (3) grandchildren: Noah, Madelyn and Sophia Harrold of Akron; sister: Marsha Arnett of Rochester; brother: Steve (spouse Johanna) Curtis of Rochester; nieces: Shannon (spouse Fred) McGlothin of Rochester; Lindsey (spouse Ryan) Reese of Rochester; Kim (spouse Danny) Hodge of Oklahoma; nephews: Nathan Arnett of Silver Lake; Eric (spouse Lisa) Gray of Kokomo.


Vicki was preceded in death by her father, Ralph E. Curtis, Jr. (November 23, 2018) and her mother, Peggy L. Curtis (December 8, 2020).


A public graveside service will be conducted at Nichols Cemetery, 950 South (off of State Road 19 N.), Akron, on January 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Butch Troke of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church.  There will be a celebration of life held at a late date.


For those who wish to honor the memory of Vicki, memorial contributions may be made to  “Wheels on Fire” c/o Beaver Dam United Methodist Church, 9798 W. 1000 S., Akron, Indiana 46910 or Fulton County United Way, 720 Main St., Rochester, Indiana 46975.


Online condolences may be expressed at


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

Frances Baxter, 93 of Rochester

Frances Baxter, 93 of Rochester was welcomed joyously into Heaven when she passed away at 3:42 AM, Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Wynnfield Crossing.


On October 3, 1927, Frances Castleman was the first born of the Castleman girls. She was a cherished daughter of Vernon "Bill" and Gladys Garner Castleman. Growing up in the Burton neighborhood with her little sister Carolyn "Ginger," the girls attended Burton Elementary School. Fran graduated from Rochester High School in 1945. In pursuit of her dream to become a teacher she graduated from Manchester College with a bachelors degree in secondary education in 1949.


On August 14, 1949, Fran married the love of her life, Mr. E. Parke Baxter at the Burton Methodist Church. They enjoyed over 63 years of life's adventures. From their union came two wonderful children Doug and LeeAnn. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 3 grandsons and 6 great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Baxter's teaching career spanned over three and a half decades and was initiated at the Richland Center High School. Her next teaching stint was at Columbia Elementary. At Rochester Middle School she taught science and typing and served as guidance counselor. Mrs. Baxter also coached 6th and 7th grade girls' basketball. She retired in 1987 and was honored with a lifetime pass to all Rochester Athletics.


Initially formed in 1975, Mrs. Baxter was the first sponsor of the RHS girls huddle for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her memberships include Rochester Adult Chapter of the FCA and the Grace United Methodist Church. She was a 66-year member of the Beta Mu Chapter of Tri-Kappa. Fran and Parke were inducted as members of the RHS Athletic Hall of Fame in June of 2011 for their many years of financial support and encouragement to the RHS Athletic programs, which extended for many years beyond when their children and grandsons were participating. She also enjoyed many years of league bowling at Quick's Lanes. Most recently she was a Wii bowler at Wynnfield Crossing where she resided since October of 2016.  


Fran and the Baxter Family have been great supporters of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation with the Baxter Inc, M & M Fund and most recently the Fulton County Cancer Fund Endowment Fund and the Baxter Pharmaceutical Scholarship Fund.


The "Patch," a special home away from home in the country, is a rustic locale that offered the family an opportunity to enjoy nature, wildlife and the changing seasons. Fran savored the time spent there with family making memories. She enjoyed the cabin, fishing on O'Blenis Lake, mushroom hunting and gator rides with Parke and the grandsons. Holidays were special there with Easter Egg Hunts and Christmas in the cabin. In later years the great-grandkids joined the memories with campfires, s'mores and feeding the birds.


Left to treasure Fran's memory are a daughter LeeAnn Pollock and husband Buddy of Rochester; a grandson, Dr. George E. "Chip" Pollock IV, Ph.D. and wife Amy of Colorado Springs, CO; 6 great-grandchildren: Imogen Pollock, George E. "Jory" Pollock V, Felix Pollock, and Calvin Pollock all of Colorado Springs, Austin Baxter and Eva Baxter of Edmond, OK; daughter-in-law Christina Baxter of Green Valley, AZ; Janet West of Rochester; and a nephew, Jeff Hunter and wife Kim of Rochester and their children Raeann and Caleb. Others who will miss Fran are her beloved caregivers and her Wynnfield family.


Preceding Fran in death are her parents Bill and Gladys Castleman; beloved husband Parke Baxter November 13, 2012; son Doug Baxter on September 29, 2014; 2 grandsons:  Josh Baxter on April 7, 2015, Chad Baxter on September 2, 2020; and her sister Carolyn "Ginger" Heeter on October 24, 2019.


A remembrance gathering celebrating the life of Mrs. Frances "Fran" Baxter will be held during summer 2021, when family and friends will be able to share fellowship and memories safely.


Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rochester Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 1713 Mitchell Drive, Rochester, IN 46975; Northern Indiana Community Foundation, 227 East 9th Street, Rochester, IN  46975; or the Grace United Methodist Church, 207 West 7th Street, Rochester, IN  46975

Robert Eugene "Bob" Peterson 90, Rochester

Robert Eugene “Bob” Peterson 90, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 9:30 A.M. Saturday, December 19, 2020, at his residence.


Robert Eugene (“Bob”) Peterson was born in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, on March 8, 1930 to Beulah Russell Barkman Peterson and Clarence Cleveland Peterson.  He was raised on his family’s farm.


He graduated valedictorian from Talma High School in 1948.  He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1952, where he belonged to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.  At Purdue, he was on both the livestock and dairy judging teams.


A member of ROTC at Purdue, Bob was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and joined the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division, serving in Japan and Korea in 1953-54.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in reorganizing the Battalion Communications Section.


After farming in Fulton County, Bob received his law degree from Indiana University in 1964.


On September 12, 1965, Bob married Martha Ann Coplen in Rochester’s First Baptist Church.  Their son, Matthew, was born in 1966, and their daughter, Elaine, in 1970.


In 1956, Bob was elected Fulton County Auditor, and in 1960 he was elected a member of the Indiana State Senate.  He was re-elected in 1964 and again in 1976.  In the Senate, he was chairman of the Roads and Transportation Committee and, in 1979-1980, served as Assistant Minority Leader.  He also served on the Education Study Commission that led to the first state funding for public school kindergartens.  In 1980, he was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee for Indiana.


Bob started his solo law practice in Rochester in 1965.  He was a founding partner in the Peterson, Waggoner and Perkins, LLP law firm.  He retired from the practice of law in 2012.


Bob remained involved with his alma mater.  He was President of the Indiana University Law Alumni Association in 1978.  In 2003 he was appointed to serve as a member of the Purdue Board of Trustees by Governor Frank O’Bannon, serving until 2006.


Bob was active in civic activities in both his community and state.  He was lieutenant governor of Indiana Kiwanis and a member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Association of American Baptist Churches.   He served on the Board of Managers of the Indiana State Bar Association and as Chairman of the Bar’s State Legislation Committee.   Governor O’Bannon named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2001.


In Fulton County, he was Chairman of the Courthouse Needs Study Committee in 1992 and the Courthouse Centennial Committee in 1995.    He was on the board of the Fulton County Airport for sixteen years.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fulton County Historical Society.   He was a moderator, trustee and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Rochester.  In 2001, he was presented with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.

Bob loved and was dedicated to his family, his community, his church, the practice of law and his farms.  Everyone who knew him witnessed his kindness, his friendliness and his integrity.


He is survived by his wife, Martha, by his children, Matthew Peterson (Elizabeth Rambeau) of Pittsburgh and Elaine Goebel (Ernie) of Columbia, Maryland, and by three grandchildren, Sophie, Ben, and Ellie Peterson, all of Pittsburgh.  Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother, Chloris Barkman, and sister, Maleta Borden.


Private services will be conducted at First Baptist Church, Rochester, Indiana.


Public graveside services will be conducted at Noon Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard.


Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Fulton County Historical Society.


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


Online condolences may be expressed at A webcast of Bob’s funeral can be viewed starting at 10:55 A.M. Wednesday, December 23, 2020 on Bob’s obituary page on the funeral home’s website.

Jim A. Rentschler 89, Lucerne

Jim A. Rentschler 89, Lucerne, Indiana, passed away at 6:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at his residence.


He was born on March 24, 1931 in Fulton County, Indiana, the son of Elgy V. and Mervine C. (Hubert) Rentschler. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1949 and on November 25, 1951 at the Fulton Evangelical United Brethren Church, he married Doneta Riemenschneider and she survives. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954.


Mr. Rentschler had been a farmer and had worked at the Sale Barns in Rochester and Logansport on the weekends. He had been a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club, American Legion and attended the Metea Baptist Church. He enjoyed reading, playing golf, woodworking, playing cards, computers, basketball, visiting, and most of all enjoyed his family.


Survivors include his wife, Doneta Rentschler, Lucerne, Indiana, sons, Wayne A. Rentschler, Houston, Texas, Dale B. Rentschler, Fulton, Indiana, granddaughter, Ryvrle, Houston, Texas, great granddaughter, Ariya Rose Salazar, Houston, Texas, brothers, Ned (Juanita) Rentschler, Rochester, Indiana, David (Nancy) Rentschler, Paris, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelly Kay Rentschler, brother, Phillip Rentschler and his parents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Sunday December 20, 2020, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.


Friends may visit from 2-5 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service.


Burial will follow in the Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Indiana, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans’ Honor Guard.


State guide lines for COVID-19 including, mask wearing, social distancing, and a limited amount of visitors allowed in the facility will be followed.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Metea Baptist Church, Parkinsons’ Foundation or Donor’s Favorite Charity. Online condolences may be expressed at

Steven R. "Duffy" Duff, 75, formerly of Rochester

Steven R. “Duffy” Duff, 75, formerly of Rochester, passed away at 5:00 AM on Friday, December 18, 2020 at his son’s home in Plymouth.


On December 30, 1944, Steven was born in Fulton County to Harold and Doris Dillman Duff. He was a graduate of Caston High School.


Steve and Donna Harper married on December 29, 1963. Their union produced four children. They later divorced but remained friends over the years.


For over 30 years, Steve worked in industrial maintenance at Kralis Brothers Foods of Mentone. To relax he enjoyed watching westerns and Christmas movies on TV.


Left to cherish the memories of Steve are a daughter, Erin Trusty and husband Mike of Rochester; two sons:  Keith A. Duff and wife Tina of Plymouth, Shane Duff of Rochester; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Donna Good of Rochester.


Preceding Steve in death are his parents, son Steven “Stevie” Duff on March 25, 2014 and daughter-in-law Kristine K. Lemler Duff.


Private services will be held for Steven R. Duff. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Kathryn Ann Parris, 67, of Rochester

Kathryn Ann Parris, 67, of Rochester passed away at 10:28 AM, on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Majestic Care of New Haven.


On June 4, 1953, Kathryn was born in Detroit, MI to Paul Steven and Jennie Habrick Damer.

 In Rochester, in April 2002, Kathryn and Lester Parris were married. Sadly, he passed away on September 22, 2008.


Many will remember, Kathryn as a cashier at Ames and Advanced Auto Parts of Plymouth. She also worked at Ristance of Argos and retired from Pizza Hut of Rochester in 2019.  Reading a James Patterson thriller novel was a great way to spend a weekend. Listening to Clint Black, Ronnie Millsap and Elvis was always enjoyed.


Left to cherish the memories of Kathryn are six daughters, Christina Rhoads and husband John of Plymouth, Lorelei Whittington of Dayton, TN, Rebecca Trayer and husband Scott of Martinsville, WV, Peggy Guzzo of Oregon, Cheryl Bower and fiancé Sam Williams of North Judson, Tanya Pine and husband Michael of Rochester; two sons, Thomas Guzzo Jr and wife Jessica of Plymiuth, Jamie Guzzo and wife Tinisha of Rochester; a brother, David Damer and wife Jackie of St. Clair Shores, MI,


Private family services for Kathryn Ann Parris will be held.


Good Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at

John "Johnny"/ "JT" Thomas 74, Rochester

John “Johnny”/ “JT” Thomas 74, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 7:27 A.M. Sunday, December 13, 2020 at his residence, after a courageous battle with liver disease. He was surrounded by his loving family as he was welcomed into Heaven.


He was born on August 31, 1946 in Berrien Springs, Michigan the son of John Monroe and Jessie Elizabeth (Groves) Thomas. On August 1, 1987 in Rochester, Indiana, he married the love of his life, Sandra Pugh and she survives.


John, a man of many talents and trades had been a truck driver, worked for Rochester Metals and his most treasured occupation had been as sexton for Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. A man of God, he had attended Rochester Church of God where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Wednesday night bible study. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, drawing, fishing and camping. He was always ready for a “roadtrip” with his wife and looked forward to trips to Menards to simply browse the aisles. He was known as the “Neighborhood Grandpa” sitting on his front porch visiting with neighbors and conversing with any passerby out and about. He enjoyed grabbing his favorite Dunkin Donuts cake donuts and coffee and taking long drives in the country every Tuesday with his daughter, stopping to talk to every cow and horse they passed by. He was known for being a man of great advice and always looked forward to the frequent phone calls he received from his son. The most cherished part of his life was simply being a family man. To know him was to love him and he spent his time with those that loved him the most. 


Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thomas, Rochester, Indiana, children, Derek John (Christina) Thomas, Peru, Indiana, Jessica Louann (Jason) Urbin, Rochester, Indiana, Lonnie Thomas, Michigan, Tammy Anders, Michigan, grandchildren, Brayden John Thomas, Peru, Indiana, Emma Audrey Marie Thomas, Peru, Indiana, Sophia Louann Urbin, Rochester, Indiana, Macie Jo Urbin, Rochester, Indiana, Caleb Thomas, Mikayla Thomas, Cynthia Moody, sisters, Janet (Jerry) Beaird, Rochester, Indiana, FayAnn (Alton) Mitchell, Princeton, Kentucky, “Neighborhood son and daughter” Jeremy and Kellie Jo Swango, Rochester, “Neighborhood Grandchildren”, Elizabeth, Noah, Aaron and Eli Swango, all of Rochester, Indiana, feline friend, Annie Lou and canine friend, Lucy Lou. He was preceded in death by his parents, and four sisters and five brothers, and one grandchild, and canine pals, Buffy Lou and Baby Bear Bear.


Friends may call or visit from 4-8 P.M. Thursday at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. 


State guide lines for COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing, and a limited amount of visitors allowed in the facility will be followed.


Private services will be observed. Public graveside services will be conducted at approximately 10:45 A.M. Friday December 18, 2020 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester, Indiana.


Online condolences may be expressed at


Jane Sturgeon, 99

Jane Sturgeon,  99 years, 1 month and 1 day departed this life on Friday, December 4, 2020 at The Estelle Peabody Memorial Home of North Manchester.


On November 3, 1921, Betty Jane Sturgeon was born in Richland Center to Clyde Orland and Fannie Krathwohl Sturgeon. Growing up she shared her childhood with a sister, Mary Ruth.  

After graduating from Richland Township High School in 1940, she furthered her education at the Chicago College of Commerce. For 18 years she worked for Swift & Co. and then retired after 13 years of service at Hart Schaffner & Marx in 1984.


Prior to moving to North Manchester, the Fulton County community had been her home.  While residing in Chicago for 14 years and in Texas for 4 years, she was always happy to return to familiar faces.


Jane served as President of the Board of Directors for the Council of Aging from 1983 to 2003.  She also served as President of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary from1983 to 2003 and assisted with the Woodlawn Volunteers.


While in Rochester, Jane was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Currently, she had been a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. The Caring Circle at Peabody was also dear to her heart.


To relax Jane enjoyed trying out new recipes.  Her specialty and ALWAYS in demand was her AMAZING fudge!   Only those who were lucky enough to try it and savored this delicious treat can attest to her greatness with fudge! 


Left to cherish Jane's memory are her nephew Gary Overmyer of California, her treasured friends from the Richland Center and Burton communities, the Senior Center, Woodlawn Hospital and her Peabody family, especially her friends from the Caring Circle. 


Preceding Jane in death are her parents and sister Mary Ruth Overmyer.


A celebration of the life of Miss Jane Sturgeon will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 10, 2020,  in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St., Rochester.


Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to her services in the funeral home. 


Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Fulton County Council on Aging, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester, IN  46975.   


Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery.

Laurie A. Richards 61, Rochester

Laurie A. Richards 61, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 12:32 P.M. Friday November 27, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.


She was born on January 30, 1959 in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of James and Emma (Ottey) Kochis.


Laurie grew up in New Jersey and had worked in the banking industry for many years before moving to Florida where she was employed in the same industry. She moved to Rochester, Indiana about ten years ago and was currently working her favorite job at Walgreen’s. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, and had a passion for cooking.


Survivors include her sons, Thomas (Kristy) Richards, Rochester, Indiana, Michael (Marina) Richards, West Palm Beach, Florida, grandchildren, Zoe Richards and Remy Richards, West Palm Beach, Florida, Colin Snook and Brayden Snook, Rochester, Indiana, sister, Kathy Higgins, West Palm Beach, Florida, brothers, Jimmy Kochis, Rocky Hill, New Jersey, Shawn (Elaina) Kochis, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her parents.


No services are scheduled at this time. Burial will take place at a later date in Rocky Hill, New Jersey.


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


Online condolences may be expressed at


Trenton J. Goff 58, Macy (Nyona Lake)

Trenton J. Goff 58, Macy (Nyona Lake), Indiana, passed away at 9:59 A.M. Friday, December 4, 2020, in Rochester, Indiana.


He was born on August 18, 1962 in Logansport, Indiana, the son of H. Franklin and Roseanne (Beck) Goff.


On March 19, 1994 in Galveston, Indiana, he married Jennifer Grube and she survives.


Trent worked for United Parcel Service retiring after thirty four years of service. He was currently working for O’Reilly Auto Parts, Rochester. He had been a member of Teamsters #710 of Chicagoand enjoyed doing small engine repair and fishing.


Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Goff, Macy, Indiana, children, K.C. Sines, New Castle, Indiana, Logan Goff, Indianapolis, Indiana, Jory Goff, Louisville, Kentucky, Jordan Goff, Macy, Indiana, Quinn Goff, Plymouth, Indiana, Wren Chenoweth, Macy, Indiana, Kota Chenoweth, Macy, Indiana, grandchildren, Xander Wicker, Rochester, Indiana, sisters, Michelle Moulton, Galveston, Indiana, Marta (Rob) Hedding, Indianapolis, Indiana, brother, Ted (Paula) Goff, Carmel, Indiana. He was looking forward to the arrival of his grandchild, Baby Uyhelji, this spring. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Skip Moulton.


Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday December 9, 2020 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.


Friends may call from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. State guidelines for COVID- 19 will be required including, masks, social distancing and minimum visitors within the facility.


Memorial contributions may be made to Manitou Training Center.


Online condolences may be expressed at

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