Archive - Obituary
April 11th, 2011
Gregory W. Suelzer, 54, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday evening, April 10, 2011 in the emergency room of St. Joe Hospital. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 25, 1956 in Quebec, Canada. A son of William F. and Esther J. (Walda) Suelzer, his formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School.
He was employed over 15 years at Doswell Kover Vault Company.
Surviving relatives include his sister, Julianne (Charles) Strack of Columbia City; a niece and a nephew, Jacqueline Butcher and Adam Strack.
Martha E. Kessler, 77, of Churubusco died at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born May 19, 1933 in Noble County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Stewart) Graves.
She attended school in Wolf Lake. On July 4, 1953 she married Robert Lee Kessler in Churubusco. She was a homemaker and mother, raising their two daughters.
Ruby L. Peoples, 89, of Fort Wayne, widow of Wayne Peoples, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Rollo and Dessie (Tyner) Steele.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Sudan Interior Missions (SIM). Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia Sue Solt, 73, of Lakeland, Fla. passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Born April 14, 1938 in Angola, she was a daughter of Lawrence Larry and Avis (Hall) Murbach.
Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Rollyn LeRoy Solt; daughters, Jo Lyn Hensley and Lu Ann Solt; sisters, Carolyn Roach and Linda Murbach.
At Mrs. Soltâ€™s request there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private at a later date.
Elizabeth Hollis King, 97, of Hamilton, Mont. died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Marcus Daly Hospice in Hamilton. She was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Arthur C. Hollis and Mabel Gardiner Hollis. Her parents and grandparents were from Hartford City, Ind. and her parents, older brother and sister had moved to the dry Albuquerque climate for her mother to recover from tuberculosis. Elizabethâ€™s grandmother and grandfather, both medical doctors, would go back and forth from Indiana to New Mexico to oversee the recovery of their daughter-in-law.
Harriet E. Veazey, 97, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at The Oaks where she had been a resident for the past three years. She had moved from her Churubusco home to Oak Point in 2000.
She was born Oct. 3, 1913 in Washington Township, Whitley County to Levi Jacob and Edith A. Morrolf Keiser. She attended the West Ward Grade School and after graduating from the Columbia City High School in 1931 was employed at the Daniel Brothers Grocery.
Carl S. Crickmore, 75, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011. He was born May 20, 1935 in Ft. Wayne to the late Frederick and Martha (Worley) Crickmore. He retired from the Zollner Piston Corporation. He laid carpet for Clark and Mitchell. He also served on the Poe fire department and greatly enjoyed camping and fishing.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 54 years, Marilyn Crickmore of Ft. Wayne; children, Stanley Crickmore of Fort Wayne, Mark Crickmore of Columbia City, Ann (Randy) McCallister of Florida; four grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Crickmore.
Howard E. Harnish, 58, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born July 13, 1952 in Fort Wayne to the late Kenneth and Martha (Gerard) Harnish.
He worked as a machinist for numerous companies and then later took over the operations of K & M Upholstery in Roanoke. He was a member of Columbia City Church of Christ, the N.R.A. and was a ham radio operator. Mr. Harnish enjoyed racing, tractor pulls and was a true outdoorsman.
Betty M. Pence, 88, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Roger L. Pence, passed away at 12:04 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla following a lengthy illness.
Mathew A. Neukam, 83, of Larwill passed away at 10:06 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011 at his daughterâ€™s home. Born Nov. 18, 1927 in Allen County, he was a son of Otto F. and Mabel M. (Noe) Neukam.