Archive - 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â A custom molding company that hopes to increase its share of the medical device marketplace is relocating to Whitley County.
Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. made the announcement official Tuesday after appearing before the Whitley County Council requesting a tax abatement for its new property in Larwill.
âTheyâre closely tied to the medical device industry,â said Alan Tio of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Recorderâs office will be changing Internet service providers.
Former Recorder Rosemary Brown approached the Whitley County Commissioners in December about needing more bandwidth.
She told the Commissioners that everything her department records goes to an off-site server where the data can be accessed and certain purchases of documents can be made.
âWe have documents coming and going and by sharing with all the other departments, it slows everything down,â said Brown Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees changed the time of its regular bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
The board voted unanimously, 8-0 (Steve Hively was absent) to change the time of the regular meeting from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The board discussed possible ramifications of the earlier time.
âThe only thing I can see is that (5:30 p.m.) takes us traditionally through the dinner hour, when people sit down to supper,â said board member Tim Bloom.
Maurice L. Pfeiffer, 88, passed away at home Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.Â Born in Fort Wayne March 2, 1922, he was a son of Fred and Jessie Pfeiffer.Â
He served the country as a Marine in World War II and the Korean Conflict.Â He retired from Navistar in 1983 after 36 years.Â He was a member of the New Haven Masonic Lodge 740, Waynedale O.E.S. 600, Shrine, American Legion Post 330 and Trinity English Lutheran Church.
Vivian Louise Fidler, 89, a resident of rural Churubusco for the last 28 years, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 20, 1921 in Conneaut, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Albert Burr and Mary Elizabeth (Connell) Bruner. She was united in marriage to Theo âJackâ Fidler, and he preceded her in death in 2000.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacklyn L. Norris; a son, Robert Fidler; and a brother, Melvin Bruner.
James S. Briggs, 96, formerly of Columbia City, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio. He had been a resident of Bethany Village Retirement in Dayton.
He was born Feb. 21, 1914 in Smith Township, a son of Roland Earl and Mable (Stemen) Briggs. He attended Collins School and graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Oct. 24, 1936 he was united in marriage to Crystal Bonetha Larue. They made their home in Columbia City for many years. They resided in Arizona for many years during their retirement. Mrs. Briggs died March 23, 2002.
William Dale Frederick, 83, Rapid City, S.D. died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at Golden Livingcenter in Bella Vista, S.D. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged and was married to Mary Delores Frederick who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Puckett and Jacqueline Roe.
Maryann A. Brenkus, 99, a resident of rural LaOtto, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 in the Millers Merry Manor Nursing Center in Garrett.
She was born in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Herbert and Anna (Lweue) Reiling. She was married to Jule Jeanmougin, who preceded her in death and later married to Al Brenkus who also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Joan Ostermeier and a sister, Dorothy Redwinski.
Honoring Maryannâs wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Disposition of the ashes will take place at a later date.
Phyllis Louisa Barber, age 81, a former resident of Hobson Road in Fort Wayne died Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 2011 in the Glenbrook Rehabilitation Center.
Born April 6, 1929 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Phil and Martha (Brown) Barber.
A service will be held at 2:20 p.m. today in the Chapel inside Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m.
Gloria A. Ruckman, 77, of Churubusco, passed away at 6 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 29, 1933 in Huntington County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Helen (Allen) Routt.
She has been a resident of Whitley County, since 1951. She attended Arcola High School. On Dec. 25, 1951, she married Duane E. Ruckman. While Mrs. Ruckman worked for nine years at Dana Churubusco, she spent most of her working years raising her four children and 10 grandchildren. She was an active member of the Jehovahâs Witnesses Congregation of Columbia City.