Archive - Obituary
February 14th, 2011
Donna M. Bitting, 87, formerly of South Whitley, died at 7:39 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at her home in Goshen.
She was born May 21, 1923 in Wabash County, a daughter of Walter V. and Cleo D. (Hite) Yentes. She attended school in Urbana and graduated from Laketon High School in 1941.
In 1951 she was united in marriage to Ralph Judy. They made their first home in North Manchester, moving to South Whitley in 1953. Mr. Judy died in 1966.
In 1967 she began working at Whitley County Memorial Hospital and in 1969 she moved to Columbia City.
Doris E. Pittenger, 86, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since December 2006.
She was born Jan. 13, 1925 in Huntington, a daughter of Charles M. and Julia (Yanko) Carroll. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she completed her education.
On Nov. 16, 1941 she was united in marriage to Richard W. Pittenger. They made their home in Oakland, Calif. moving to Lake Tahoe in 1955 until 1980 when they returned to Columbia City. Mr. Pittenger died in 1991.
Richard L. â€śJinglesâ€ť Waikel , 74, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Born in Ft. Wayne, Richard retired as a brick mason after 46 years with Local 4 Indiana and Kentucky. He was an avid fisherman in Columbia City and Tarpon Springs.
Mary Helen Dellinger, 72, of Columbia City, died Saturday, at 9:44 a.m. Feb. 12, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born July 6, 1938 in Monroeville, she was a daughter of Paul L. and Angnes L. (Wagner) Gramelspacher.
Kimberlina (Ickes) Heintzelman of Columbia City passed away Feb. 3, 2011 at Fort Wayne Hospice, to be with her Lord. Her family hopes she is at peace and no longer in pain.
She was born in Bakersfield, Calif. in 1965. She grew up in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and graduated from high school there. She was married twice and had no children.
Janice M. Waikel, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Surviving are her daughters, Jannelle (Butch) Kelly, Alica (Richard) Sherman and Patricia (Jay) Greer; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, JoAnn Waikel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Waikel; parents, John and Madeline Galloway; and son, David Waikel.
Amber Ruth (Ruckman) Johnson, 101, passed away Feb. 2, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Johnson; devoted mother of Edgar (Janet) Johnson and C. Warren Johnson; dearest grandmother of David, Jerry, Sally (deceased) and Warren Charles; great-grandmother of Deanna, Joshua, Jacqueline and Samantha; great-great-grandmother of three; and sister of the following deceased: Ford, Harold and Maurice.
Audrey I. Barker, 84, of South Whitley, died at 1:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since November 2009.
She was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Collamer, a daughter of Reed and Ida Irene (Ribett) Brower. Her formative years were spent in the Collamer area. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On May 6, 1944 she was united in marriage to Lester Lewis Barker. They made their home on a farm northwest of South Whitley. Mr. Barker died June 4, 1994.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in South Whitley.
Neva B. Writesel, 92, a native of Noble County and a former resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Born June 1, 1918 in Swan Township in Noble County, she was a daughter of Lodie and Eva Ellen (Richards) Freeman.
She was the widow of Richard C. Writesel
The surviving relatives include a daughter, Brenda Combs; two sisters, Mary Gerber and Laura Shank; and a brother, Wilbur Freeman.
Robert K. â€śBirdâ€ť Derosett, 54, of Columbia City, died at 6:19 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at his home.
He was born March 19, 1956 in Marion, a son of Atwell and Hazel Josephine (Todd) Derosett. His formative years were spent in Bluffton, Churubusco and Blue Lake areas. He completed his education at Churubusco High School.
Surviving relatives include his mother, Hazel Josephine â€śJoâ€ť Hurt of Columbia City; two children, Sarah Derosett of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey Schutt of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Priscilla Klingaman.