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June 2nd, 2014

Connie Freshour, 60

June 2, 2014

June 14, 1953 — May 27, 2014
Connie June Freshour, 60, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her home in LeRoy, Kan.
She was born June 14, 1953 in Iola, Kan., the daughter of Ray and Willena Simpson Holloway.
Connie attended Colony Crest High School and graduated as a member of the Class of 1971.
During the years following high school she lived in Columbia City, and worked at Weatherhead Manufacturing.
Connie was joined in marriage to Ralph K. Freshour June 16, 1978, in Columbia City.
They lived in Columbia City until moving to Colony in 1980.

May 30th

Dennis Sutton, 61

May 30, 2014

July 15, 1952 — May 28, 2014
Dennis W. Sutton, 61, of Claypool, died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born July 15, 1952, in Bluffton, a son of Richard F. and Alice Rose (Shady) Sutton. His formative years were spent in South Whitley, graduating from South Whitley High School.
He was employed at Dayco, Wolf Cage & Supply for 19 years, Whitley Feeds in South Whitley for 11 years and lastly at Advanced Auto Parts.
A member of Noble County Rabbit Fanciers where he served as president, he was also a member of Indiana Bass Masters.

May 29th

Jeana Pontzius, 46

May 29, 2014

March 29, 1968 — May 24, 2014
Jeana R. Pontzius, 46, of Larwill, passed away at 1:43 pm Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1968 in Springfield, Ill., she was the daughter of Gary Louis and Margaret Rose (Campbell) Cox.
Jeana was an area resident for most of her life and grew up at Lower Long Lake in Albion, before moving to Columbia City and most recently to Larwill.
She attended Central Noble Schools. On June 22, 2012, she married John Pontzius in Columbia City.

May 28th

Virginia M. Freeman, 64

May 28, 2014

March 29, 1950 — May 27, 2014
Virginia M. Freeman, 64, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1950 in Noble County, she was the daughter of Hobart E. and Helen V. Yoder. She graduated from West Noble High School with the Class of 1968.
May 29, 1971 she married Maurice D. Freeman in Avilla. A few years later, the two moved to Whitley County. She and Morry had owned and operated Freeman Janitorial. She is a member of First Church of God.

May 27th

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86

May 27, 2014

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully May 24, 2014.
The elder daughter of Ray F. and Hazel (Smith) Hutton, Beverley was born July 31, 1927 in the old Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County, living in the country on farms and later in Columbia City. She was educated in the Columbia City Schools and Columbia City High School.

R. Choleene Leinker, 86

May 27, 2014

Oct. 26, 1927 — May 25, 2014
R. Choleene Leinker, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 26, 1927, in South Whitley, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjory M. (Ramsey) Warner.
She lived in South Whitley until 1941 then moved to Fort Wayne for 10 years, where she attended North Side High School, before moving to St. Petersburg, Fla.
She then moved to North Webster, where she lived until 2000 finally settling at her present home in Columbia City.

May 23rd

Norma Jean Keppler, 72

May 23, 2014

Norma Jean Keppler, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead Nursing Home.
Born May 28, 1941, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Isaac Franklin “Frank” and Clara Elizabeth (Murphy) Overholser.
Norma will be lovingly remembered by her family.

Evelyn Duffield, 92

May 23, 2014

Evelyn Magley Coleman Duffield, 92, of Kingsport passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Asbury Place.

May 22nd

Sharon L. Beard, 76

May 22, 2014

March 21, 1937 — Oct. 3, 2013
Sharon Louise Beard, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark. since Sept. 1997, died Oct. 3, 2013.
She was born March 21, 1937, in Columbia City, a daughter of Forrest W. and Jean (Staley) Zumbrun. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School.
On Aug. 21, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald R. Beard in Jefferson Township. Mr. Beard preceded her in death in 1992.

Margaret Thompson, 63

May 22, 2014

June 9, 1950 — May 19, 2014
Margaret E. (Hiss) Thompson, 63, of Kissimmee, (formerly of Elkhart), passed away, May 19, 2014, with her husband “boyfriend,” of 41, years lovingly at her side.
She was born June 9, 1950, in Garrett, to Robert and Anna (Felke) Hiss and married Richard Thompson June 1, 1973.
Together they built and nurtured a blended family with sons Rick (Glenda) Thompson, Kerry (Dawn) Thompson, Kristopher (Laurie) Thompson, Mark (Jacqui) Pedley, and son-in-law Bob Storlie. Their daughters include Tina Thompson, Kristie (Maurice) Conley, and Kelli Storlie.

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