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December 2nd

Juanita McConnell, 87

December 2, 2014

Juanita McConnell, 87
Sept. 16, 1927 — Dec. 1, 2014
Juanita B. McConnell, 87, of Little Cedar Lake, died peacefully after a four month journey with cancer at 9:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Renaissance Village where she had been a resident since Sept. 20.
She was born Sept. 16, 1927 in Columbia City, a daughter of John F. and Rosena A. (Hartman) Karst.
She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1945 and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1952.

December 1st

Maxine Kreider, 97

December 1, 2014

June 3, 1917 — Nov. 27, 2014
Maxine L. Kreider, 97, of North Manchester, died at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at Peabody Home where she had been a resident for the past three years.
She was born June 3, 1917 in Wabash County, a daughter of Grovie and Abigail (Bechtold) French. She graduated from Chester High School.
A homemaker, she worked at South Whitley Florist and Bryan Manufacturing in North Manchester.

Charles Zumbrun

December 1, 2014

Nov. 19, 1930 — Nov. 24, 2014
Charles Bonnell Zumbrun died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at St. Anne Home, Fort Wayne.
Mr. Zumbrun was born in Whitley County, Nov. 19, 1930 to Merril and Freeda (Winebrenner) Zumbrun. He and Arleen Farris were married on Dec. 8, 1951. Zumbrun was a lifelong Whitley County farmer.

Thomas Martin, 53

December 1, 2014

Sept. 12, 1961 — Nov. 28, 2014
Thomas L. “Tom” Martin, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at 10:04 p.m., surrounded by his loving family. He had been in declining health since October.
Mr. Martin was born in Huntington Sept. 12, 1961, a son of James Lee and Nina (King) Martin. He spent his early years in Huntington, and as a youth moved with his parents to a home near Green Center. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1979.

Eric Hoffman, 19

December 1, 2014

Feb. 2, 1995 — Nov. 28, 2014
Eric Dylan Hoffman, 19, of rural Columbia City, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 in a single-vehicle accident in which he was a passenger.
He was born Feb. 2, 1995, in Columbia City the son of Kent L. and Cheryl J. (Chaplin) Hoffman. He grew up on the family’s farm in Columbia Township, and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2013.

Savannah Labenz, 19

December 1, 2014

Dec. 23, 1994 — Nov. 28, 2014
Savannah Eileen Labenz (“Red” as she was called by some friends) 19, of Churubusco, passed away as the result of a single-car accident on Friday evening, Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. Born on Dec. 23, 1994 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Lyle A. and Shelly M. (Kiefer) Labenz.

Perry ‘Joe’ Coffelt, 50

December 1, 2014

March 15, 1964 - Nov. 28, 2014
Perry “Joe” Coffelt, 50, of Columbia City, passed away as the result of a single-car accident Friday evening, Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. Born on March 15, 1964 in Columbia City, he was the son of Eugene Sr. and Marie (Roberson) Coffelt.

November 26th

Mildred Deubner, 79

November 26, 2014

Sept. 24, 1935 - Nov. 24, 2014
Mildred “Midge” L. Deubner, 79, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 7:23 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Sept. 24, 1935 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Homer H. and Bonnie (Biggs) Bowlby.
She was a lifelong resident of Whitley County.

Helen Baxley, 83

November 26, 2014

Oct. 6, 1931 — Nov. 23, 2014
Helen L. Baxley, 83, of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at her home.
Born Oct. 6, 1931 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Keith and Berniece (Wood) Leininger.
She grew up on her family farm outside of Columbia City and graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1949.
On April 17, 1953, she married Harley L. Baxley. The two had met while working together at U.S. Rubber.

Virginia Smith, 87

November 26, 2014

Sept. 18, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014
Virginia Ruth Smith, 87, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Sept. 18, 1927, a daughter of Frank and Viola (Hicks) Cherry.
Her husband is Herman Smith. She has three step-children, one sister and one brother. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three half sisters.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation after 10 a.m. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to


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