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January 26th, 2012

Joel Kimmel, 69

January 26, 2012

Joel Kenneth Kimmel, Sr., 69, formerly of Columbia City, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at his home in Peoria, Ariz.
Born Jan. 8, 1943, he was the son of Lois L. (Spaw) and Charles R. Kimmel in Fort Wayne.
A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps two tours during his 13 years of service from 1960-1973.
He worked as a lathe operator at Deister Machine Company in Fort Wayne where he retired in 2001.
Mr. Kimmel spent most of his life in Fort Wayne and Columbia City until moving to Arizona in 2002.
His first marriage was to Sharon L. Buckles on Aug. 31, 1965 in Indiana.

January 25th

Norma Werling, 88

January 25, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Normas I. Werling, 88, a former resident of Long Island, N.Y., died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne.
The interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Trinity English Lutheran Church, Taxi Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhomes.com.

January 23rd

Carla Cooper, 57

January 23, 2012

Carla Anne Cooper, 57, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
On March 20, 1954, in Fort Knox, Ky., she was the oldest of three daughters born to Maynard E. and Beverly J. (Pence) Harrold.
As a child, she resided in Columbia City where she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1972.
She graduated in 1976 from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French with distinction.
Carla earned a master’s degree in Education in 1994 from Valparaiso University.

Maxine Hursey, 89

January 23, 2012

ELKHART — Maxine (Palmer) Hursey, 89, of Elkhart, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Elkhart Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Hursey was born April 10, 1922, in Whitley County to Jesse and Ethel (Garrison) DePoy.
She was married to J. Marion Palmer on Aug. 14, 1940. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1985.
On Feb. 24, 1990, she married Edgar A. Hursey. He also preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1999.

Nathan Castor, 27

January 23, 2012

Nathan Ronald Castor, 27, formerly of Kendallville, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
He was born March 9, 1984, in Bristol, Penn., a son of Ronald C. and Connie (Fulk) Castor.
Surviving relatives include his parents, Ronald and Connie Castor of Kendallville; a sister, Miranda Heitz of Clearwater, Fla; a nephew, Ezra Heitz; aunts and uncles Joanne Etersque, Vincent Castor, Maria Faight, Kathleen Thompson, Annette Castor, Christopher Makai, Joan Rose, and Steve Fulk; and numerous cousins.

Grace Akers, 89

January 23, 2012

Grace Akers, 89, a former resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County and widow of Donald G. Akers, died at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Renaissance Village Nursing Home.
She was born in Van Wert, Ohio Sept. 4, 1922, a daughter of Homer and Lucy D. (Ingmire) Murphy.
She was married in Fort Wayne on Aug. 30, 1942, to Donald G. Akers.
Mr. Akers preceded her in death on April 26, 1994.

January 20th

Robert Workman, 83

January 20, 2012

Robert Eugene Workman, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born May 11, 1928, in Logansport, he was the son of Grover Cleveland and Pearl Mae (Michael) Workman.
In addition to Kalamazoo, Mich., he lived in several Indiana cities including, Kentland, Churubusco, Auburn, Rome City, Kendallville, and Columbia City.
He graduated from Kentland High School with the Class of 1946.
On May 11, 1958, he married Margaret Louise Craig in Whitley County.

Beatrice Winger 83

January 20, 2012

NORTH MANCHESTER — Beatrice Roseann “Rosie” Winger, 83, formerly of North Manchester, died at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since December 16, 2011.
She was born April 7, 1928, in North Manchester, a daughter of Riley and Ina (Rhinehart) Lambert.
Her formative years were spent in North Manchester and she graduated from Central High School.
On Aug. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Arden Joe Winger.
They made their home in Fort Wayne and later North Manchester before moving to South Whitley in 1959.

Lowell Bodine 84

January 20, 2012

Lowell B. Bodine, age 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:58 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Aug. 17, 1927, in Maybee, Mich., he was the son of Benjamin C. and Lucille (Yost) Bodine.
He graduated from Dundee High School, Dundee, Mich. with the Class of 1946.
A Whitley County resident since 2009, he was a former resident of Lake James and Michigan.
On June 12, 1948, he married Phyllis A. Wiseman in Maybee, Mich. After 33 years of service, he retired December, 1987, from National Life Insurance.

Carmie Haneline, 84

January 20, 2012

Carmie Haneline, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:06 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Richlands, Va., she was the daughter of Alonzo and Amie Lee (Allen) Hilton.
She lived in Virginia until 1962. She lived at Wabash, Andrews and Huntington prior to moving to Columbia City in 2002 where she lived at the Clugston Hotel for 6 years and Parkview Oaks for the past four years.
She was a former detective in Georgia, and she worked as a factory worker at Seamco, South Whitley, and Preferred Tech, Andrews.

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