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March 21st, 2012

Nina Grant, 87

March 21, 2012

Nina Grant, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born March 26, 1924, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Lucille (Weeks) Pressler.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, she graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1942.
On Dec. 20, 1943, she married Jack Grant. For 40 years, she worked at Gates Law Office, Columbia City, retiring in November, 2004.

Lorraine Willyard, 82

March 21, 2012

Lorraine A. Willyard, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at her home.
Born Aug. 6, 1929, in Churchville, Md., she was the daughter of B.W. and Ada (Blackburn) Parlier.
When she was an infant, she moved with her family to Bedford, Ohio, where she graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1947. She completed her education when she graduated from Cleveland Bible College, Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19th

Dorothy Lamb, 94

March 19, 2012

Dorothy O. Lamb, 94, died at Covington Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne on Sunday, March 18, 2012.
She was born July 19, 1917, in Adams County to David and Fannie (Huser) Habegger.
Her husband, John W. Lamb passed away in March of 2010.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Brunson of Fort Wayne; three grandsons; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Juanita Munson of Craigville.
A funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday with calling one hour prior, at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne.

Robert McLaughlin, 98

March 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Robert Foster McLaughlin, 98, formerly of Union Township, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Mich. where he was admitted Wednesday.
He was born July 29, 1913, in Sac City, Iowa, a son of John Walter and Mary Elizabeth (Foster) McLaughlin.
As a young boy, his family moved to Ohio.
He graduated from Antwerp High School and continued his education at Bowling Green College.
On Dec. 9, 1936, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Price.
They made their home in Antwerp, Ohio until the early 1940s when they moved to Fort Wayne.

Wilma Simon, 99

March 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Wilma A. Simon, 99, of Jefferson Township, died at 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she was admitted Thursday.
She was born July 9, 1912, in Huntington County, a daughter of William E. and Zelma (Bolinger) Blaugh.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township, where she attended the first eight years of school at 9 & 14.
Her family then moved to Roanoke and she graduated from Roanoke High School in 1930.
On Dec. 30, 1933, she was united in marriage to Russel M. Simon.

Rita Armel, 85

March 19, 2012

Rita M. Armel, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1:55 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Covington Manor Nursing Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Loren B. and Rosella J. (Arens) Sanders.
She attended Precious Blood School, graduated from Central Catholic High School and continued her education at the University of Oregon.
On Feb. 14, 1946, she married Elmer Dewitt Armel in Fort Wayne.
She lived in Fort Wayne most of her lifetime except for the years she resided in Columbia City from 1973 to 2004.

Lavon Tucker, 91

March 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Lavon E. Tucker, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at her home.
Born June 21, 1920, in Huntington County, she was the daughter of Henry O. and Bertha (Reinkensmeir) Piepenbrink.
Raised in Huntington County, she attended Huntington High School.
On Aug. 1, 1947, she married Jerry J. Tucker in Waynedale.
She and her husband moved to Allen County where they lived until 1999 when they moved to Whitley County.
For the past several years, she resided at the Lutheran Home, Fort Wayne.

Daniel Leeuw, 83

March 19, 2012

Rev. Father Daniel Robert Leeuw, 83, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Edward A. and Madonna C. (Manier) Leeuw.
He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne by Bishop Leo A. Pursley on May 25, 1957.
His education included Precious Blood Grade School, Fort Wayne, Central Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s College Rensselaer, Indiana University, the University of Dayton (bachelor’s degree), University of Notre Dame (master’s degree) and St. Meinrad School of Theology.

March 16th

Garland Watters, 83

March 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — COLUMBIA CITY: Garland A. “Red” Watters, 83, a resident of Etna-Troy Township, died at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at his home, on the same farm where he was born .
He was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Troy Township, a son of Murland R. “Jimmy” and Robia E. (Mullendore) Watters.
He attended Troy Center School and graduated from Larwill High School in 1946.
After completing his education, he started farming and on Oct. 17, 1951, entered the U.S. Army and served in the military police until Oct. 18, 1953.

Breanna Walker, 20

March 16, 2012

Breanna Lynne Walker, 20, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:54 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident earlier in the evening in Fort Wayne.
Breanna was born Jan. 27, 1992, in Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of Jeffrey A. and Lynne (Pitcock) Walker.
She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Northrop High School in 2010.
She was a second-year student at the University of Saint Francis, and also worked part time as a waitress.

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