Archive - Obituary
April 27th, 2012
Herbert Raymond Brooks, 77, a resident of Wolf Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his home.
He was born in North Judson on Nov. 4, 1934, a son of Raymond and Clara (Katchke) Brooks.
As a young man he served with the U. S. Army.
He was married to Patricia Maciejack. She preceded him in death in 1978.
Tyler Jeffrey Geisleman, 26, of Urbana, passed away at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on July 1, 1985, in Huntington, he was the son of Jeff P. and Maria J. (Rupel) Geisleman.
He spent his lifetime in Huntington, Wabash and Whitley Counties, graduating from Huntington North High School.
He first worked at Warner Electric and currently was employed at Reelcraft both of Columbia City.
Kathleen J. Bower, 65, of South Whitley, passed away at 8:15 am Thursday, April 26, 2012, at her residence.
Born Dec. 4, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Keith and Helen (Joy) Herr.
She spent her lifetime in South Whitley, graduating from South Whitley High School with the class of 1964.
She married Earl E. Bower on Sept. 5, 1964, at her parentsâ€™ home in South Whitley.
She was a homemaker and a former member of Troy Presbyterian Church. She also was a member for more than 25 years of Delts in South Whitley and Columbia City.
FORT WAYNE â€” Oma Isabelle (Reeg) Tennant, 92, or Fort Wayne, and formerly of Larwill, died Tuesday April 17, 2012, at St. Anneâ€™s Nursing Home.
She was born April 3, 1920, a daughter of the late Frank and Rozzie (Bentz) Reeg.
She was married to Dr. David Lewis Tennant on Nov. 9, 1940, and he preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2002.
She was a graduate of Larwill High School and was a member of Wayne Street Methodist Church.
Oma was a stay-at-home mother and was involved in her childrenâ€™s many activities.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Vera Lois (Fritz) Shively, 80, of Mission, Texas formerly of South Whitley, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 3 a.m.
She was born Sept. 10, 1931, in Warsaw, a daughter of Ralph and Albertha (Steffan) Fritz.
In 1949, she graduated from Larwill High School. On Aug. 18, 1950, she married Donald G. Shively, who survives.
They moved to Indianapolis in 1956 and she retired from Stokely-Van Camp in 1976.
They returned to the Fritz family farm south of Larwill. In 1990, she became a resident of Texas and made her home in Mission, Texas.
NORTH WEBSTER â€” Wilma May Mitchell, 81, of North Webster, passed away April 24, 2012, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Noble County to William and Mabel (Simpson) Wilfong.
On May 15, 1954, in South Whitley she married Dick Mitchell who preceded her in 2012.
She moved to North Webster from South Whitley in 1957 and has resided there since then.
She retired from the deli/bakery at Augsburgers in North Webster in 1996 after 25 years.
She volunteered at the North Webster Food Pantry since 1998.
Douglas Michael Smith, 47, Syracuse, (Dewart Lake), died at 11:40 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
He was born Jan. 28, 1965, in Wabash to Darrell G. and Sharon K. (Flowers) Smith.
He is survived by his parents and a sister, Lynn Smith of South Whitley.
Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.
Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester.
Lois Janet Hoehn, 87, of Columbia City, formerly of Ossian, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at The Oaks Living Center.
Born Nov. 1, 1924, in Culver, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A and Nellie (Anderson) Hathaway.
She married Duane Q. Hoehn on June 25, 1944. He passed away in 2007.
A 1943 graduate of New Haven High School, she was a lifelong homemaker, wife, and mother.
She is a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church.
John Lee â€śThatchâ€ť Plunkett, 64, a resident of Churubusco and formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the family residence.
He had been battling cancer for the past seven years, and had been more seriously ill since 2010.
Mr. Plunkett was born in Fort Wayne Jan. 20, 1948, a son of John James and Alice Caroline (Christiansen) Plunkett.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thelma Millie Pettigrew, 97, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at her home.
Born Jan. 24, 1915, in New Haven, she was the daughter of Harry J. and Bessie Artola (Bauserman) Smith.
She attended New Haven Elementary, Arcola High School and completed her education at Cass Tech in Detroit.
She also attended night school at Dency & Warren Community College. She lived in New Haven through grade school and, for a short time, in Michigan.