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March 11th

Gladys Szelis, 91

March 11, 2013

Gladys Vera Szelis, 91, of Huntington, passed away at 12:28 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Oakbrook Village.
Gladys was born April 14, 1921, in Huntington a daughter of Leander and Dorothy May (Brann) Mote.
Survivors include a brother and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St. Huntington.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, at 2 p.m. following visitation at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel with Pastor Joe Hostetler officiating.

Darwin Sievers, 64

March 11, 2013

Darwin R. Sievers, 64, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:13 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Vibra Hospital. He was born April 24, 1948, in Wolf Lake, a son of Russell E. and Evelyn L. (Schrader) Sievers.
His formative years were spent in Columbia Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School, received his bachelor’s degree in English and history from Ball State University and his master’s degree in education from Ball State University.

Madge Mathias, 94

March 11, 2013

Madge M. Mathias, 94, of Richland Township, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since Jan. 28.
She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Grant County, a daughter of Ward B. and Hester (Craig) Sharp. As a teen, her family moved to Kosciusko County.
On April 16, 1938, she was united in marriage to Jess T. Mathias. They always made their home on the Mathias family farm in Richland Township, moving to their home on 600 West in 1974. Mr. Mathias died March 28, 1999.

March 7th

Justin Hinen, 21

March 7, 2013

Justin Edward Hinen, 21, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013, as a result of a snowmobiling accident north of Columbia City.
He was born Jan. 29, 1992, in Columbia City, a son of Jeffery L. and Cynthia A. (Schenkel) Hinen. He graduated from Columbia City High School and just recently completed his associate’s degree in business and marketing at Baker College.
He was employed at the family business, Hinen Printing.

Joseph Lazoff, 87

March 7, 2013

Joseph “Bob” Lazoff, 87, of Tri Lakes, died at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been admitted Sunday.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Blagoy Lazoff.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Margie; four children and one brother.
A private funeral service will be held at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

March 4th

Darwin Trautman, 85

March 4, 2013

Darwin D. Trautman, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Parkview Regional Hospital.
Born in Allen County, April 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Lafayette Trautman and Mitilda (Burkamp) Trautman. He retired in 1987 from Philips Dodge as a wire enameler after 46 years.
He has served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post #98, Columbia City.

Florence Fetters, 93

March 4, 2013

Florence Leora Fetters, 93, of Kimmell, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born February 12, 1920, in Aldridge, Ala., she was the daughter of James C. and Florence L. (Jones) Key.
She was born and raised in Alabama and in 1962 moved to Indiana. On Aug. 29, 1962, she married Robert S. Fetters. She and her late husband lived on a 94 acre farm in Washington Township, Noble County.

Karen Grover, 60

March 4, 2013

Karen Sue Grover, 60, of Leesburg, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 3:15 p.m. at her residence.
She was a resident of Kosciusko County for the past 33 years. She had worked for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw since 1979. At the time of her passing she was working as a Polymer Molder in the Knee Division.
Karen was born June 21, 1952, in Dayton, Ohio to Paul Edward Johnson and Ella Pearl Carnahan.

Mildred Judd, 93

March 4, 2013

Mildred L. Judd, 93, a resident of South Whitley, died Saturday morning, March 2, 2013, at her home.
She was born April 8, 1919, in Huntington County, a daughter of the late Avery and Florence (Keiser) George.
As a small child, the family moved to Whitley County where she spent her formative years. She graduated from the Jefferson Center High School and then attended Grace College, Winona Lake.
On March 25, 1939, she was united in marriage to Lester A. Judd. They made their first home in Thorncreek Township. In early 1952, they moved to Cleveland Township.

Michael Rucker, 64

March 4, 2013

Michael E. Rucker, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at his home in Noble County.
He was born September 10, 1948, in Wabash, a son of Cyrus E. and Margaret J. (Lynch) Rucker. He graduated from Wabash High School and Upper Wabash Vocational School.
On Nov. 24, 1982, he married Judy A. (Bunch) Farner. They made their home in Lagro a short time before moving to Columbia City. In 1999, they moved to Sevierville, Tenn. until February 2012.

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