Archive - Mar 2011 - Obituary
Katharine A. â€śKayâ€ť Lembright, R.N., 92, of Columbia City, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at The Oaks Nursing facility, where she had been a resident for two weeks. She was born Aug. 10, 1918 to Arthur and Eva Marie (Koons) Lembright, Sr., in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio.
Wesley L. Smith, 25, a Columbia City native, died Thursday, March 24, 2011.
He was born Nov. 27, 1985 in Fort Wayne, a son of Duane A. and Diana E. (Clark) Smith. His formative years were spent in rural Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 2004.
He joined the United States Army where he served in Iraq, Indianapolis and most recently El Paso, Texas.
On Feb. 26, 2010 he was united in marriage to Caroline M. Cripe.
In January, he began his employment at Micropulse.
Geraldine â€śJeriâ€ť Robinette, 87, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 23, 2011 in Naples, Fla.
She was born June 24, 1923 in Wabash County, a daughter of George W. and Marie (Grimm) Garrison. At the age of six, her family moved to Huntington County. She graduated from Bippus High School. In 1942 she moved to Fort Wayne.
On June 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to Joe A. Auker. They made their home in South Whitley. Dr. Auker died Feb. 1, 1979.
She assisted her husband in the operations of J.A. Auker Veterinary Hospital for nearly 30 years.
Helen J. Heinley, 94, of rural Columbia City died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident since August 2010.
She was born Oct. 27, 1916 in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of the late Jesse and Florence (Miller) Jackson. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. She graduated from Washington Center High School and then International Business College, Fort Wayne.
Following her graduation, she took a job with a stock brokerage firm in Fort Wayne.
Anthony Edward Martelli 33, of Columbia City passed away unexpectedly Monday March 21, 2011 at his home.
He was born in Holyoke, Mass. Sept. 18, 1977 to Neil and Linda (Monroe) Martelli.
Surviving family include his fiancĂ©e, Tanya Boehly, son, Julian Anthony; mother, Linda Martelli; father, Neil Martelli; sisters: Traci Connors, Victoria Makuch, Nicole Martelli and Angelina Moran.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to Julian Martelli trust fund, c/o Hampden Bank, 19 Harrison Ave. Springfield, MA 01103
Joyce Joan Lindemann Nestel, 83, of South Whitley passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her home. Born Oct. 28, 1927 in Wells County, she was a daughter of Ralph J. and Juanita (Shady) Lindemann.
Thelma J. Leitch, 101, a resident of Churubusco and widow of long-time Churubusco businessman Daniel Devoyd Leitch, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Leitch was born in Avilla July 4, 1909, a daughter of Thomas and Ethel (Owen) Cramer, and spent her formative years in that area. On Nov. 14, 1924 she was married to Daniel Devoyd Leitch, and spent all of her adult life in Churubusco.
Julia Corinne Bain, 67, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Jan. 23, 1944 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of Carl F. and Dorothy E. (Conner) Hess.
Kurt Matthew Rigsby, Jr., 18, of South Whitley, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 at St. Vincentâ€™s Hospital, Indianapolis. Born Feb. 1, 1993 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Amanda Marie (Fett) and Kurt M. Rigsby, Sr.
Deloris M. Gaff, 85, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Herman L. Gaff, passed away at 12:46 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital after suffering from apparent congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized since Friday.
Mrs. Gaff was born Sept. 6, 1925 in Kosciusko County, a daughter of Charles and Flossie Ellen (Johnson) Leiter. She spent her formative years on the family farm near Sidney, and graduated from Sidney High School in 1943.