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November 18th

George Webster Sr., 93

November 18, 2013

Reverend George Webster Sr., 93 of South Whitley, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in his residence.
On Oct. 5, 1920, he was born in Booneville, to Dallas and Elzie (Bryant) Webster.
He married Betty J. Sroufe May 7, 1941, in Sidney, who preceded him in death May 24, 1997. He then married Mary Belle Chandler on June 1, 1998, who also preceded him in death.

Garnett Fabian, 87

November 18, 2013

Garnett Bernelia Fabian, 87, passed to be with the Lord, Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
She resided most of her life in South Bend. She was born in Barbour County, W. Va., April 13, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Andrew H. Mayle and Lucille (Norris) Mayle.
Garnett was married to George B. Bojtor from 1947 until his death in 1992 and to Harold Sigmund Fabian from 2001 until his death in 2011.
Garnett enjoyed being with family and friends, music, dancing, and had a wonderful smile and sense of humor.

November 13th

Phillip Kessie, 59

November 13, 2013

Phillip R. Kessie, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
Born Aug. 27, 1954, in Whitley County, he was the son of Gerald R. and Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 1972, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school.
On May 29, 1999, he married Victoria J. Hileman in Columbia City.

Donna Wilburn, 64

November 13, 2013

Donna K. (Keisling) (Anglin) Wilburn, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 28, 1949, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Albert and Viola M. (Stock) Keisling.
She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1967. In high school, she was active in the band and show choir. On March 27, 1993, she married Connie J. Wilburn in Columbia City.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Ruth Billings, 85

November 13, 2013

Ruth I. Billings, 85, of Noble County, died at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at her home.
She was born June 23, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Edward August and Margaret Pauline (Boland) Gosda.
Surviving relatives include four children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, and a sister.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Vickie Kirkwood, 59

November 13, 2013

Vickie J. (Lee) Kirkwood, 59, of Anderson went to be with the Lord Nov. 10, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born Aug. 1, 1954, in Noble County, to Lennis Lee and Donna Bell (Winebrenner) Cearbaugh.
She was a waitress at various restaurants in Columbia City and Anderson, where she lived since 1991.

Charles Macy, 82

November 13, 2013

Charles E. Macy, 82, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
Mr. Macy was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Richmond, a son of Oscar and Mary (Hamilton) Macy.
He moved to this area as a child with his parents, and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1951.
As a young man he served with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict, and was married in Noble County on Oct. 11, 1952, to Patricia L. Halsey.

November 11th

Patricia Durbin, 85

November 11, 2013

Patricia A. Durbin, 85, of Kendallville died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 2:55 a.m. in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.
She has lived in this area for 53 years, coming from South Bend.
She was a graduate of South Bend Central High School and Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, both in South Bend.
Mrs. Durbin was a registered nurse. She worked as a surgical nurse at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. She also worked as the industrial nurse for 25 years at Kraft Foods in Kendallville.

Gary Rapp, 63

November 11, 2013

Gary Lee Rapp, 63, of Churubusco, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Rapp was born in Garrett on Aug. 5, 1950, to Dick A. Rapp, Sr. and Janice Fern (Trumbull) Rapp.
His mother preceded him in death on March 29, 2009. Gary graduated from Churubusco High School in 1968, and the Nashville Auto Diesel College. He married Edna Marie Lafevor May 26, 1972.

Phillip Kessie, 59

November 11, 2013

Phillip R. Kessie, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
Born Aug. 27, 1954, in Whitley County, he was the son of Gerald R. and Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 1972, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school. On May 29, 1999, he married Victoria J. Hileman in Columbia City.

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