Archive - May 2012 - Obituary
NEW HAVEN â€” Allen L. Plasterer, 79, of New Haven, died at 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, at Golden Years Homestead where he had been a resident since 2009.
He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Fort Wayne, a son of Richard W. and Myrtle (Lee) Plasterer.
On Feb. 1, 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War.
On Jan. 29, 1983, he was united in marriage to Jacqueline L. Ramp.
Buna C. Head, 97, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died at 12:21 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Parkview Oaks in Columbia City.
She was born July 28, 1914, in Huntington County, a daughter of Arthur C. and Mary Ann (Shidler) Myers.
On June 21, 1953 she married Harry W. Head.
He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1974.
Surviving relatives include her daughters, Nancy Murphree of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Marilyn â€śSusieâ€ť Koker of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Helen E. â€śGeneâ€ť Lahr, 93, of rural Columbia City, died Friday morning, May 18, 2012, at Renaissance Village.
She was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Garrett, a daughter of John F. and Florence (Ladig) Osterman.
In 1936, she married Floyd Ervin Hall. He died in 1944.
On May 21, 1945, she married Lester E. Lahr.
He died Sept. 28, 1995.
Surviving relatives include two children, Carol Gillum and Robert Lahr, all of Churubusco; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a brother, Martin Osterman of Fort Wayne.
Beverly (Cowles) Smith-Pullen, 81, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at her home on her beloved Shriner Lake.
Born Oct. 17, 1930, in LaOtto, she was the daughter of Ed and Eleanor (Walda) Cowles.
She attended South Side High School, Fort Wayne.
She married John R. Pullen in 1975 and lived most of her life in Allen and Whitley counties.
Bev worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne for more than 25 years and was a member of Elex Club, Zion Lutheran Church and United Community Travelerâ€™s of America.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Helen Marie Williams, 84, of rural Columbia City, died at 12:24 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Wednesday.
She was born June 26, 1927, in Monroeville, a daughter of Cecil E. and Carol L. (Dager) DeWert. She completed her education at Monroeville High School.
On Nov. 11, 1949, she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Williams Jr.
From 1953 until 1978 they made their home at Blue Lake before moving to Colorado for two years. In 1980 they returned to the rural Columbia City area.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jessie Maxine Romine, 87, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since July 2011.
She was born April 4, 1925, in Branch County, Mich., a daughter of Ray and Delilah (Hulse) Brown. As a teenager, her family moved to Auburn. She graduated from Auburn High School.
Following her high school graduation, she worked for Warner Gear for three years, the principal at Auburn High School. She also worked at Royal Industries for three years.
Phillip Hatfield died Monday, May 14, 2012.
He was born Feb. 10, 1948, the son of James and Virginia Hatfield of Columbia City.
Hatfield served in the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann (Imler) Hatfield, previously of Columbia City; son, Joseph Hatfield of LaPorte; daughter, Mindy Deardurff of Chesterton; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brothers, Dennis and James Jr., along with 17 nieces and nephews.
Eva M. McCormick, 91, a resident of Churubusco and formerly of rural Avilla, died at 4:05 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
She was born May 1, 1921, a daughter of James Emitt and Mabel (Sloan) Smith.
On Nov. 27, 1939, she was married to Clarence G. McCormick, Sr.
Mr. McCormick preceded her in death on April 8, 1997.
Jean Ann Tschantz, 64, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1:59 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
Born May 28, 1947, in Huntington, she was the daughter of Carl Raymond and Lois Maxine (Deal) Bruch.
She graduated from Clear Creek High School with the class of 1965 and attended business college in Indianapolis.
On Oct. 11, 1969, she married John F. Tschantz in Warren. She lived in Goblesville until 1969; moving from South Whitley in the mid-70s to her current Fort Wayne home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Phyllis J. Harrold, 84, of Columbia City, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since May 7, 2005.
She was born April 2, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Harold and Gladys (Pontzious) Beard.
Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from North Side High School.
On Dec. 31, 1949, she was united in marriage to Richard L. Harrold. They made their home in Thorncreek Township until 1964 when they moved into Columbia City. Mr. Harrold died Aug. 24, 1992.
She was employed at Shooks Dairy Queen for 25 years.