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August 10th, 2011

Laura Squires, 91

August 10, 2011

CROMWELL — Laura G. Squires, 91, of Cromwell, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at North Ridge Village, Albion.
She was born March 28, 1920 in Portland, Indiana, a daughter of Howard L. and Etta (Ashley) Williams.
Her formative years were spent in the Portland area where she completed her education.
On Dec. 23, 1944 she was united in marriage to Robert R. Squires. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1989 when they moved to Knapp Lake. Mr. Squires died Oct. 12, 1999.

August 8th

Donald Gumm, 75

August 8, 2011

Donald E. Gumm, 75, a resident of Shriner Lake near Columbia City and a former resident of Churubusco, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.
Mr. Gumm was born in Salem, Ind. April 12, 1936, a son of Bleve J. and Katherine (Seals) Gumm.
On April 8, 1955, he was married in Hamilton, Ohio to Shirley J. Kent.
The couple spent most of their married lives in this area, and moved from Churubusco to their present lake home in 1996.
He retired from Food Marketing in Fort Wayne after more than 30 years of service.

Frances Stangland, 96

August 8, 2011

Frances E. Stangland, 96, of Albion, died Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 2:20 p.m. in her residence.
She was born Jan. 18, 1915, in Noble County to Marshall and Frances (Stout) Young.
On Nov. 15, 1935, in Wolf Lake, she married Omar Stangland. He preceded her in death Aug. 31, 1997.
Mrs. Stangland, a lifetime area resident, graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1932. She was a teacher’s aide and worked in the cafeteria at Wolf Lake School.
She and her husband moved to the Stangland Family Farm March 13, 1936. For many years, they wintered in Bradenton, Fla.

Richard Ambrose, 75

August 8, 2011

Richard P. “Rick” Ambrose, Sr., 75, of South Whitley, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Aug. 12, 1935 in Jamestown, N.Y., he was the son of Benny M. and Bernice (Goldfinch) Ambrose.
Raised in New York where he attended Jamestown High School, he moved to Whitley County in 1958.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958.
On May 25, 1984 ,he married Patricia M. (King) Deubner in Whitley County.

August 5th

Marjorie Bennett, 84

August 5, 2011

Marjorie E. Bennett, 84, a former resident of Collins and more recently of rural Cromwell, died at 8:01 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Syracuse.
She was born in Eel River Township, Allen County on Sept. 10, 1926, to Bert and Loudema (Shock) Ferguson.
On Jan. 30, 1945, she was married in Whitley County to Garland E. Bennett.
He preceded her in death Nov. 19, 2005.

August 4th

Mary Crain, 86

August 4, 2011

Mary Crain, 86, of Pigeon Forge, Tenn. died Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2011.
She was born May 28, 1925 in Michigan .
She married Raymond Crain in 1964. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Susie Stonert, Lynda Gilbert, Pam Crain, Jim Crain; Ron Kramer; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral service is 1 p.m. Monday at Atchley’s Smoky Mountain Chapel in Pigeon Forge with Father Joseph Brando officiating.
Entombment will follow in the Garden Mausoleum of Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens.
Visitation is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

August 3rd

Toni Wood, 30

August 3, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Toni J. Wood, 30, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, after a lifetime illness.
She was born in Fort Wayne Nov. 18, 1980 to Ronald D. Wood and Judith (Minton) Wheeler.

August 1st

Miranda Lewellyn, 16

August 1, 2011

LAOTTO — Miranda Lewellyn, 16, a resident of rural LaOtto, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011 at the family residence in Noble County.
She was born April 26, 1995 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of John M. and Tracie M. (Campbell) Lewellyn.
Her father preceded her in death April 5, 1998.

Edith Ritchie, 98

August 1, 2011

Edith M. (McCreery) Ritchie, 98, a resident of rural Gaston, died Friday, July 29, 2011, at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
She was born in Gaston Dec. 4, 1912, to Lloyd and Winona (Manring) McCreery.
Surviving are her son Donald P. Ritchie of Gaston; four granddaughters, two grandsons, 15 great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, three nephews, and two nieces.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers Ralph McCreery, Paul McCreery, and C. Wayne McCreery.

Grace Keister, 80

August 1, 2011

Grace L. Keister, 80, a resident of rural Albion and wife of Lester “Pete” Keister, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
She had been a patient there for the past five days.
Mrs. Keister was born in Churubusco Nov. 26, 1930, a daughter of Ralph and Effie (Tarlton) Shanabarger.
She spent her formative years in Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948.
On July 7, 1951 she was united in marriage in Merriam to Lester “Pete” Keister, and lived all of her adult life in Noble County.

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