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December 28th

Isabel Kitson-Bishop, 90

December 28, 2011

Isabel I. Kitson-Bishop, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:28 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at her home.
Born Oct. 7, 1921, in St. Joseph County, she was the daughter of Marvin and Pearl (Enders) Odiorne.
She spent her childhood in St. Joseph County. On March 10, 1942, she married Monroe Kitson, in Goshen. She and her husband raised their family on a farm near Tri-Lakes where they resided for many years before moving to Columbia City.

Dennis Crampton, 64

December 28, 2011

Dennis Crampton, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in San Diego.
He was born in Fort Wayne Sept. 14, 1947.
He grew up in the Tri-Lakes area near Columbia City and enjoyed swimming, boating, fishing, baseball, and track.
He graduated high school at Columbia City Joint High School in 1965, and from Purdue University in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering.

Donna Himelick, 83

December 28, 2011

Donna Rae Himelick, 83, of South Whitley, fell asleep in death on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.
She is survived by her five children, Ricky J. (Diana) Kuckuck, Trudy R. (Richard) Shirey, both of South Whitley, Jan A (Marianne) Kuckuck of Columbia City, Valerie A Roebuck of Houston, April L (Richard) Gerisch of Niles Mich.; two brothers, Gay (Rosalie) Smith, G. Lee Smith, 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

December 26th

Charles Stephens, 59

December 26, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Charles Lee Stephens, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, after becoming suddenly ill.
He was born Feb. 13, 1952, in Fort Wayne, a son of Don Wesley “Joe” and Mary Louise (Weber) Stephens.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1970.
Along with owning his own business, working for Tires Plus and Hires, he was a long-time employee of Goodyear Tire. While living in Bradenton, Fla., he was a member of the Moosehead Lodge 1223. During his life he was an avid fisher, kayaker, golfer and boater.

Lynn Young, 93

December 26, 2011

WABASH — Lynn Carlton Young, 93, Wabash, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at 1:07 a.m. at Wabash Skilled Care Center.
He was born in Whitley County Dec. 3, 1918, to the late Fredrick A. and Josephine R. (Butler) Young.
He served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He married Lillie Belle Starbuck Dec. 12, 1942.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie Belle Young, Wabash, and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Ray.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.

Robert von Holdt, 84

December 26, 2011

Robert L. von Holdt, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born June 18, 1927, in Chicago, he was the son of Norbert W. and Barbara (Hessel) von Holdt.
He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Loyola Academy with the class of 1945.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946.
After his marriage to Josephine Cecelia Psenicka on Oct. 15, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., moving to Columbia City in 1960.

December 23rd

Jan Lambert, 78

December 23, 2011

Jan M. Lambert, 78, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Fort Wayne.
Born in Redkey, he graduated from Muncie Central High School.
Jan worked as a electrician with General Electric for 42 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1997.
Surviving are his wife, Becky S. Lambert of Fort Wayne; daughter, Cathy (William) Howard of Columbia City; daughter, Debra (Tim) Minnick; son, Michael Lambert of Tennessee; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents Lloyd M. and Madge Cedora Lambert, a son, Scott Lambert and brother Lloyd Kent Lambert.

Mary Larson, 82

December 23, 2011

Mary Lois (Goble) Larson, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Mary Lois was stubbornly determined not to give up her fight for recovery and planned to return to Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, Minn. where she had recently began a physical therapy program.
Mary Lois lived winters in Fort Myers, Fla., and resided in Shell Lake, Wisc. in the summer months.
She loved visiting the Lindstrom, Minn. area where she and her husband, Harry T. Larson, raised their family.

Edna Draper, 93

December 23, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Edna Ruth Draper, 93, formerly of South Whitley, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw where she was admitted on Tuesday evening.
She was born May 10, 1918, in Wabash County, a daughter of Harley and Edna (Johnson) Tait.
Her formative years were spent in Somerset.
She graduated from Somerset High School.
On Sept. 18, 1940, she was united in marriage to James Calvin “J.C.” Draper.

December 22nd

Shannon Bisel, 39

December 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Shannon Lynn Bisel, 39, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:38 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at her residence.
Born Jan. 27, 1972, in Glendale, Ariz., she was the daughter of Paul D. and Coral Lee (Luken) Rambo.
Raised in Glendale, Ariz., she moved to Iowa until moving to Fort Wayne.
She has resided in Columbia City for the past 8 years.
She graduated from Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa with the class of 1990.
On Sept. 29, 2007, she married Mark Edward Bisel at Eagle Quest Church in Columbia City.

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