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May 12th, 2014

Samuel S. Keirn, 17

May 12, 2014

Samuel Sherm Keirn, 17, of South Whitley died peacefully with his mother at his side during a doctor visit in Fort Wayne, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
He was born Nov. 28, 1996 in Columbia City to Sherm S. and Diana L. (McNamara) Keirn. He was a life-long resident of South Whitley. He completed his elementary education at South Whitley and Whitko Middle School and was a junior at Whitko High School.

May 9th

Albert Curless, 96

May 9, 2014

Albert Curless, 96, of Columbia City, died at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted earlier in the day.
He was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Wabash County to Earl and Grace (McKinley) Curless. He grew up in Wabash County, and later moved to the Arcola area where he graduated from Arcola High School. In 1936 he moved to the Columbia City area.
He was united in marriage to Margaret E. Roemer Dec. 24, 1937. They made their home at Goose Lake for 10 years, moving to their home in Columbia City in 1979.

Ellen Schaefer, 91

May 9, 2014

Ellen M. Schaefer, 91, of rural Columbia City, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at her home.
She was born March 25, 1923, in Columbia City, to Grant M. and Belle (Walker) Knight. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
She was united in marriage to Earl G. Schaefer May 4, 1940. They made their home in Columbia City until moving to their home in Union Township around 1960. Mr. Schaefer died July 7, 2002.
She was employed at Supermarket Service in Fort Wayne for 10 years.

May 8th

David Zeigler, 71

May 8, 2014

David L. Zeigler, 71, of Churubusco, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at his home in Churubusco.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Zeigler of Churubusco; his children, Matthew (Julie) Zeigler of Logansport, Julie (Greg) Hubbart of New Haven, and Mark (Melissa) Zeigler of Columbia City; brother, William (Rosemary) Berry of Churubusco; and eight grandchildren
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Weaver.

Elaine M. Hesting, 72

May 8, 2014

Elaine M. Hesting, 72, of Columbia City passed away at 6 a.m. Tuesday May 6, 2014 at her home. Elaine was born Jan. 24, 1942, in Winston, Conn. She was the daughter of Claude Brot and Alice (LaFountain) Harrington, Sr.
She graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School, Lafayette, with the Class of 1960. She married Marvin R. Hesting June 18, 1960. They made their home in rural Whitley County for the last 53 years.

Richard Ellison, 94

May 8, 2014

S. Richard Ellison, 94, of Kosciusko County, passed away at 11:35 am Monday, May 5, 2014 in his residence.
He was born Sept. 10, 1919, in Huntington County to Samuel Edward and Ida Mae (Gesaman) Ellison.
He was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Penn Feb. 16, 1945, in Huntington. She preceded him in death June 26, 2012.
Richard graduated from Andrews High School in 1937 then he moved from Huntington to his Monroe Township Farm in 1950.

May 7th

David Zeigler, 71

May 7, 2014

David L. Zeigler, 71, of Churubusco, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at his home in Churubusco.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Zeigler of Churubusco; his children, Matthew (Julie) Zeigler of Logansport, Julie (Greg) Hubbart of New Haven, and Mark (Melissa) Zeigler of Columbia City; brother, William Rosemary Berry of Churubusco; and eight grandchildren
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Weaver.

Daniel “Mike” McGrath, 73

May 7, 2014

Daniel Michael “Mike” McGrath, 73, Angola, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart after an extended illness.
A longtime resident of northeast Indiana, he had lived in Columbia City for a number of years.
He was born Aug. 29, 1940, to Daniel W. and Mabel H. (Shook) McGrath in Fort Wayne.
He was a 1959 graduate of Fort Wayne’s Central Catholic High School and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

May 6th

Mary Schrader, 84

May 6, 2014

Mary Elizabeth (Buckles) Young Schrader, 84, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Columbia City, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, with her family at her side.
She moved to Whitley County as a teenager from Indianapolis.
Mary began her career working as an x-ray technician at the Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake.

Joann Bays, 83

May 6, 2014

Joann Geneva Bays, 83, of South Whitley, passed away at 7:13 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
She was born on June 19, 1930, in Round Head, Ohio, to Lester and Nora (Whitaker) Nichols.
Joann always had a very strong faith and was a member of Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, Warsaw.

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