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September 8th

Virginia M. Pepple, 93

September 8, 2010

Virginia M. Pepple, 93, a resident of Avilla and widow of Huber Pepple, passed away at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

Mrs. Pepple was born June 4, 1917 in Green Township in Noble County, a daughter of Martin and Anna (Bianski) Kostielney.

The surviving relatives include her daughter, Rosalie Curtland.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ege, with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.

Melvin G. Huber, 87

September 8, 2010

Melvin G. Huber, 87, died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Goshen General Hospital.

He was born March 9, 1923 to G. Fred and Sarah (Shidler) Huber in Goshen. On Nov. 21, 1942 he married Joann A. Detwiler at the First Brethren Church Parsonage, Goshen.

Thomas B. Parrish, 59

September 8, 2010

Thomas B. Parrish, 59, a resident of rural Fort Wayne in Eel River Township, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Parrish was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 2, 1951, a son of Robert E. , Sr. and Sylvia M. (Shoopman) Parrish. He spent his formative years in Eel River Township and graduated from Carroll High School in 1970.

September 7th

John M. “Big John” Clawson, 76

September 7, 2010

John M. “Big John” Clawson, 76, of Columbia City, died at 2:38 a.m. Sunday, September 5, 2010 at his home.

He was born Oct. 30, 1933 in Marion, a son of John R. and Edith M. (Chappell) Clawson. He enlisted in the United States Navy, receiving a Purple Heart during the Korean War.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Lynn.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date at Grace Lutheran Church. There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorials may be directed the final expense account at Smith & Sons Funeral Home.

Willard S. “Bill” Hankins, 89

September 7, 2010

Willard S. “Bill” Hankins, 89, a resident of Huntertown, passed away at 9:15 a. m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at the Kingston care Center in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mr. Hankins was born March 22, 1921, a son of Marvin C. and Marie (Webber) Hankins, and served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
Among the surviving relatives is his wife Isabel; a son William E. Hankins; a brother, Norman Eugene Hankins; and a sister, Edna Marie Snyder.

Michael Edwin Murphy, 56

September 7, 2010

Michael Edwin Murphy, 56, of Churubusco (Blue Lake) passed away at 6:25 pm, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at his residence. Born Aug. 31, 1954 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Charles and Jean (Bussard) Murphy.

Raised in New Haven, he graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1972, then went on to earn his HVAC Certificate from Ivy Tech Community College. For the past 31 years he has been a resident of Blue Lake. He was employed by Sears as an HVAC Technician for over 21 years. On July 28, 2007 he married Rowena E. Walker in Columbia City.

September 2nd

Letha B. Werstler, 83

September 2, 2010

Letha B. Werstler, 83, of Pierceton, passed away at 2:04 a.m. today, Sept. 2, 2010 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born Nov. 5, 1926 in Marion to Leslie H. and Emma Z. (Wolfe) Wagoner. She was married to John J. “Buster” Werstler who preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Burns and a brother, Merritt Wagoner.

Nancy Sue Militello, 68

September 2, 2010

Nancy Sue Militello, 68, passed away Aug. 26, 2010. She was born on May 23, 1942 and a native of Columbia City. She was married to Joseph Militello, Jr. April 5, 1988 in Tampa, Fla. She moved to McAlpin, Fla. with Joseph seven years ago and made it her home.

Nancy is survived by her brother-in-law James (Susan) Militello, Sr. of McAlpin; two nephews, Vincent (Christa) Rosales of Tampa, Fla. and James Militello, Jr. of McAlpin; and one niece, Elizabeth Stanley of McAlpin.

August 31st

Juanita S. Mueller, 88

August 31, 2010

Juanita S. Mueller, 88, of Columbia City, died at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident for the past two years.

She was born Dec. 14, 1921 in Allen County, a daughter of John and Celeste (Bubb) Gibson. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended Catholic Schools.

Freida Blanche Fleck, 95

August 31, 2010

Freida Blanche Fleck, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 at Miller’s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City. Born July 5, 1915 in Columbia Township, she was a daughter of Charles Grover and Estella Mae (Crawford) Wynkoop.

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