Archive - 2014 - Obituary
March 12, 1956 â€” July 12, 2014
Beth A. Sollazzo, 58, a resident of rural Columbia City and wife of John Sollazzo, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at the family residence in Etna Troy Township.
Beth was born March 12, 1956, in Garrett, a daughter of George E.. and Shirley (Cook) Gause, and spent her formative years in LaOtto.
As an adult she had worked for 12 years at Fasson Avery Dennison in Fort Wayne, and had retired from the Wal Mart Warehouse in Garrett due to ill health.
Aubree Marie Coe, 4 month old daughter of Christopher D. Coe and Summer Marie Woodworth, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 20, 2014, in Kendallville.
Edward Henry Kohut, 91, of Hubbard Lake, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his home.
He was born in Washington, Pa., to Joseph and Mary (Duskey) Kohut on Feb. 2, 1923. Edward was raised in Detriot.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a tail gunner in the European Theatre.
After the war, he returned to Detriot where he married Alice M. Rudolph on Sept. 1, 1946.
They resided in Detroit, where Edward was a sergeant in the Detroit Police Department.
In 1971, Edward and his family moved to Hubbard Lake.
Marceil Joan Baatz, 82, of Columbia City, died unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
She was born July 29, 1931, in Allen County, a daughter of the late Herman and Anna (Hockemeyer) Hegerfeld.
Her formative years were spent in the Hoagland area. She completed her elementary education at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran parochial school and graduated from Hoagland High School in 1949. She completed the requirements for a real estate license and medical transcriptionist.
Mary Knight Leffers, 96, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at Saint Anne Home, Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Leffers was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Huntington, to E. Edwin and Mary Kathryn (Duffey) Coughlin. Her parents preceded her in death. Maryâ€™s first marriage was to Gordon Knight. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1961. Her second marriage was to Paul Leffers on Feb. 17, 1962. Her husband survives and resides at Saint Anne Home.
Mrs. Leffers graduated from Huntington High School in 1935. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1940.
Ruth H. Ryan, 87, a resident of Churubusco and widow of George F. Ryan, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, where she had been admitted earlier in the day after becoming ill at her home.
Mrs. Ryan was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Charles and Martha (Busche) Fry.
She spent her formative years in Woodburn and graduated from Woodburn High School in 1944.
Nov. 16, 1936 â€” July 7, 2014
Sandra C. Hamel, 77, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Fremont, Mich., a daughter of Frank and Alexandra (Cattanach) Hamel. She graduated from Cassopolis High School in Michigan.
Sandy enlisted in the Womans Army Corps to attend Clinical Laboratory Technologist School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
She was the owner and director of Medical Arts Lab in Mishawaka for 12 years and Lab Director at South Bend Clinic Lab for six years.
Aug. 5, 1918 â€” July 7, 2014
Drusella A. Joker, 95, of Columbia City, died at 11:50 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since September 2013.
She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Columbia Township, a daughter of Floyd and Myrtle (Grable) Gawthrop.
As a young girl, her family moved into Columbia City from their farm. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Dec. 30, 1939, she was united in marriage to Ralph M. Joker. They made their home in Columbia Township until 2003 when they moved into Columbia City. Mr. Joker died Jan. 11, 2008.
Infant Jaxon Blackburn, 25 days old, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 9:21 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Born June 11, 2014 at Parkview Whitley in Columbia City, he was the son of Damon Blackburn and Gabrielle Branning.
Ollie M. Shank, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Wilbur L. Shank, passed away at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since Oct.
Born in Clinch County, Georgia, she was the ninth child born of 13 to William and Emma (Riberon) Chauncey. As a teenager she worked in a shoe factory in Waycross, Ga. and then moved to Jacksonville where she found employment in a cigar factory.