November 29th, 2011
Joan R. Sollazzo, 75, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Columbus John Sollazzo, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mrs. Sollazzo was born in Fort Wayne on Jan. 30, 1936, a daughter of Raymond and Wava (Brandt) Stilwell, and spent her formative years there.
On July 3, 1964, she was married in Fort Wayne to Columbus John Sollazzo. The couple spent the first months of their marriage in Fort Wayne before moving to Churubusco in 1965.
Cheryl L. McDevitt, 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:44 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at her home.
Born July 9, 1955, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Robert Leon and Gloria Jean (Watson) Gibson.
A lifetime Columbia City resident, she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the class of 1973 and Ravenscroft Beauty College in 1980.
On June 3, 1973, she was united in marriage to Keith D. McDevitt at Faith Baptist Church, by Pastor Morris Scutt.
Grace L. Dubach, 86, Berne, died Thursday morning, Nov. 24, 2011 at Swiss Village.
She was born to Solomon and Velma (Burley) Mosser on Dec. 19, 1924.
Survivors include her husband, Glen, three sons and one daughter; Wallace Dubach, Columbia City, Lynn Dubach, Berne, Robert Dubach, Berne and daughter, Rebecca Gaskill Farmington Hills, Mich. and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Bryan, brothers, Solomon âBudâ, Arden, and Hugh David âDavyâ Mosser and sisters, Elizabeth Stamm, Lavon Moore, and Catherine Knapp.
Wayne A. Rekeweg, 63, of Fort Wayne, died Nov. 26, 2011 at Parkview Hospital.
Born Feb. 12, 1948, in Fort Wayne, he was a 1966 graduate of Woodland High School.
Wayne was also a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, recognized with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
He worked at General Motors as a Millwright and was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Janna C. (Speck) Miller, 38, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.
Born May 20, 1973, in Fort Wayne, Janna was a homemaker and worked in the insurance and mortgage industry.
She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.
COLUMBIA CITY â A young girl shot two deer with one bullet Wednesday, a feat many hunters donât experience in a lifetime.
Kelly Schwenn of Etna-Troy Township walked into the woods with her rifle, and walked out of the woods with two does.
Schwenn and her mom, Wendy, have spent the season in a blind in a field west of Albion.
The eight-year-old Northern Heights Elementary School third-grader put down one game to engage another type of game; two in fact.
Kelly was playing her Nintendo DS, a handheld video game, when her mom tapped her on the shoulder to tell her there was a deer in sight.
COLUMBIA CITY â Warsaw proved that even the best of teams can be beaten.
Columbia City, ranked in the Associated Press and Indiana Coaches Association polls, as well as semi-state qualifier last season, was taken down by the Tigers Saturday night.
The Eaglesâ 28-17 lead in the second quarter turned into a four-point loss, 63-59, in Columbia Cityâs home-opener.
âThe good news is, weâre pretty good. The bad news is, (we think) weâre pretty good,â Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said. âWe let them back in the game and it deflated our momentum. Itâs frustrating.â
Terry A. Woods, 50, of Huntington, died Saturday Nov. 26, 2011, at 11:05 am at his home.
He served in the Army National Guard from 1980 to 1992.
He was born Aug. 15, 1961, in Fort Wayne, the son of Jay G. and Janice (Herndon) Woods.
Donald E. Leazier, Jr., 77, a resident of Elmira, Mich. and a former resident of the Fort Wayne area, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the home of his daughter in rural DeKalb County.
Mr. Leazier was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Donald Everett and Goldie (Guisinger) Leazier, Sr.
He was a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran.
Surviving relatives include his four children, Goldie Dimmick of Huntertown, Theresa Leazier of Auburn, Kenneth G. Leazier of Avilla, and Paula Porter of Auburn.
COLUMBIA CITY â Joyce A. Darrow, 77, of rural Whitley County, died Saturday morning, Nov. 26, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 14, 1934 in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Harold E. and Marie E. (Hall) Linden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David L. Darrow.
Surviving relatives include two sons, David L. Darrow of Fort Wayne and Scott Darrow of California; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Grabill of Peoria, Ill.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. There will be no service.