Archive - May 2013 - Obituary
The Mass of Christian Burial for Edman Michael Anthony Lis, 55, formerly of Chicago, will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake, Ill. Monsignor Daniel Hermes will be the celebrant. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Ill.
The visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of prayers at 11 a.m., at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.
Mary G. â€śJerryâ€ť Rothgeb, 91, of Columbia City, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since April 23.
She was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Rockville, N.Y. a daughter of Orville Adelbert and Frances Pearl (Jerolds) Robinson. As a young girl, her family moved to California for nine years, returning to New York and later Texas. In 1937, they moved to Fort Wayne where she graduated from Central High School.
Robert J. â€śBobâ€ť Payne, 79, of South Whitley, passed away at 7:57 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital. Bob was a veteran of the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He loved yard work, especially mowing the grass and working in the garden. He loved spending time with his family.
He was born Aug. 9, 1933 in Standards, N.Y., a son of Claude and Martha (Teater) Payne. He was united in marriage to Vivian Tanner Nov. 13, 1954, in Festersville, Pa. He is survived by his wife.
Robert A. Fudge, 95, of Lake Township in Allen County, went peacefully on the morning of Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Hamilton House in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Fudge was born in Eel River Township Sept. 15, 1917, a son of Dean and Pearl (Arnold) Fudge. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1935.
As a young man, he served during World War II in the U.S. Armyâ€™s 12th Armored Division, 714 Tank Battalion A Company, under General George Patton.
Nancy Jayne (Jagger) Nagi passed away April 29, 2013, at her home in Metolius, Ore. She had been battling cancer for more than a year and a half.
She was born Nov. 23, 1957, in Columbia City and attended grade school at Thorncreek School. Her family moved to Bakersfield, Calif. and where she attended and graduated from East High School.
She married Saleh Nagi April 24, 1981. They had three children together.
Nancy worked in nursing homes as an aide and then went into medical records.
Joyce N. Gaff, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:46 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born Aug. 4, 1922, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of Nathaniel C. and Lillian A. (George) Newman.
She lived in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and then moved to Churubusco in 1944, and then to Florida in 1987.
In May 2006, she moved to her present home in Columbia City. She graduated from Patterson Collegiate Institute with a Senior Matriculation in Windsor in 1941.
Steven P. Jantz, 62, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 5:16 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He had been seriously ill for the past week.
Mr. Jantz was born Oct. 10, 1950, in Fort Wayne, a son of John â€śJakeâ€ť and Mary (Tumbleson) Jantz. He spent his formative years there and graduated from Northside High School in 1969.
On June 4, 1977, he was married in Churubusco to Nanette K. Anderson, and lived all of his adult life in Churubusco.
Simon L. Luther, 94, of Columbia City, died at 11:33 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Wednesday.
He was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Washington Township, a son of Walter and Vera (Sheets) Luther. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He graduated from Washington Center High School.
On Sept. 21, 1940, he was united in marriage to Betty L. Gradeless. They made their home in Columbia City for four years before moving to Laud. In September 2005 they returned to Columbia City.
Roger A. Cooper, 65, Huntington, passed away at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
Mr. Cooper was born July 2, 1947, in Wolf Lake, to Robert and Elizabeth Mae Orcutt Cooper. His parents preceded him in death.
Roger graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1966. He joined the U.S Navy after high school. He was currently retired from Wal-Mart as an assembler.
Dennis Robert Firestone, 60, of South Whitley, died at 6:54 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his home.
He was born December 31, 1952, in Whitley County, a son of Robert G. and Mildred A. (Schneider) Firestone.
Surviving include his two children, two grandchildren and his domestic partner, Sarah Mills, South Whitley.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday at the VFW Hall, South Whitley, from 2 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.