Archive - Obituary
November 29th, 2011
Joan R. Sollazzo, 75, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Columbus John Sollazzo, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been a patient there for the past two years.
Mrs. Sollazzo was born in Fort Wayne on Jan. 30, 1936, a daughter of Raymond and Wava (Brandt) Stilwell, and spent her formative years there.
On July 3, 1964, she was married in Fort Wayne to Columbus John Sollazzo. The couple spent the first months of their marriage in Fort Wayne before moving to Churubusco in 1965.
Cheryl L. McDevitt, 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:44 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at her home.
Born July 9, 1955, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Robert Leon and Gloria Jean (Watson) Gibson.
A lifetime Columbia City resident, she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the class of 1973 and Ravenscroft Beauty College in 1980.
On June 3, 1973, she was united in marriage to Keith D. McDevitt at Faith Baptist Church, by Pastor Morris Scutt.
Grace L. Dubach, 86, Berne, died Thursday morning, Nov. 24, 2011 at Swiss Village.
She was born to Solomon and Velma (Burley) Mosser on Dec. 19, 1924.
Survivors include her husband, Glen, three sons and one daughter; Wallace Dubach, Columbia City, Lynn Dubach, Berne, Robert Dubach, Berne and daughter, Rebecca Gaskill Farmington Hills, Mich. and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, Bryan, brothers, Solomon â€śBudâ€ť, Arden, and Hugh David â€śDavyâ€ť Mosser and sisters, Elizabeth Stamm, Lavon Moore, and Catherine Knapp.
Wayne A. Rekeweg, 63, of Fort Wayne, died Nov. 26, 2011 at Parkview Hospital.
Born Feb. 12, 1948, in Fort Wayne, he was a 1966 graduate of Woodland High School.
Wayne was also a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, recognized with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
He worked at General Motors as a Millwright and was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Janna C. (Speck) Miller, 38, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.
Born May 20, 1973, in Fort Wayne, Janna was a homemaker and worked in the insurance and mortgage industry.
She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.
Terry A. Woods, 50, of Huntington, died Saturday Nov. 26, 2011, at 11:05 am at his home.
He served in the Army National Guard from 1980 to 1992.
He was born Aug. 15, 1961, in Fort Wayne, the son of Jay G. and Janice (Herndon) Woods.
Donald E. Leazier, Jr., 77, a resident of Elmira, Mich. and a former resident of the Fort Wayne area, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the home of his daughter in rural DeKalb County.
Mr. Leazier was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of Donald Everett and Goldie (Guisinger) Leazier, Sr.
He was a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran.
Surviving relatives include his four children, Goldie Dimmick of Huntertown, Theresa Leazier of Auburn, Kenneth G. Leazier of Avilla, and Paula Porter of Auburn.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Joyce A. Darrow, 77, of rural Whitley County, died Saturday morning, Nov. 26, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 14, 1934 in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Harold E. and Marie E. (Hall) Linden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David L. Darrow.
Surviving relatives include two sons, David L. Darrow of Fort Wayne and Scott Darrow of California; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sharon Grabill of Peoria, Ill.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. There will be no service.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Genevieve M. Rhoades, 88, of South Whitley, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident since October.
She was born April 22, 1923, in Jefferson Township, a daughter of Orton E. and Joy L. (Robinson) Schoenauer.
At the age of six, her family moved to Columbia City. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On July 7, 1947, she was united in marriage to Ralph Schneider. They made their home in Columbia City. Following Mr. Schneiderâ€™s death in 1961, Genevieve moved to South Whitley.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Margaret (Peggy Getts) Whitcomb, formally of Fish Lake in LaPorte County, died at 9:09 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Whitcomb was born in South Bend, on June 19, 1940, a daughter of Leo E. Lewis and Ester (Bata, Lewis) Hagedorn.
On Jan. 11, 1980, she married Fredrick D. Whitcomb, preceded her in death in 2002.