Archive - Obituary
July 24th, 2011
Michael Adair, 45, of Kimmell, died at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born April 13, 1966 to Richard and Carolyn (Conkling) Adair in Havelock, N.C.
Surviving are his parents, Richard and Carolyn Adair of Cromwell; two siblings, Michelle Adair of Cromwell and Matthew Adair of Albion; his grandfather, Burlyn Conkling of Cromwell; four nephews and one niece.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Yeager Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Rensner officiating. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell.
Rose Elnor Kaufman, 87, passed away July 15, 2011 in Bluffton.
She was born Oct. 3, 1923 to J. C. and Edith Spade in Branch County, Michigan.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Max Kaufman; five sons Jerry (Patricia), Ted (Sharon), Phil (Cheryl), Dave, Bill (Jane) Kaufman and a daughter Marsha Gemmer (Bob), eleven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Rose devoted her life to her family and was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
After working as head of housekeeping at Caylor-Nickel Clinic, she retired in 1981.
Burnice E. Toor , 87, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne and worked as a secretary with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 27 years, retiring in 1990.
She was a member of United Faith Presbyterian Church and also volunteered at the Embassy Theater and St. Joseph Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dâ€™Maris Belvetta Grant, 97, died Monday, July 18, 2011.
She was born Dâ€™Maris Palmer, a daughter of Zelma (Hile) and James Palmer on Feb. 2, 1914 in Pierceton.
She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1932 and obtained her teaching degree from Indiana University where she belonged to the Delta Gamma sorority. She was an honorary colonel of the Reserve Officers Training Corps and a member of the Pleiades.
Upon returning to Columbia City, she taught second and third grade children at the McClellan and West Ward Schools.
Donna Gordon Dowell, 89, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 6:35 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.
She had been a patient at The Oaks in Columbia City, and was taken to the hospital one week ago.
Donna was born Sept. 8, 1921 in Allen County, a daughter of William H. and Myra J. (Worrick) Smith.
She spent her youth in rural Whitley County and graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1939.
On June 7, 1941 she was married to Junior F. Gordon.
FORT WAYNE â€” William W. Steffey, 85, a resident of rural Avilla and long-time Noble County farmer, died at 7:50 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
He was born April 17, 1926 in Mankato, Minn., a son of Vern J. and Maude (Neuhouser) Steffey.
He married Mary Leslie in 1957. She preceded him in death in 1986.
Surviving relatives include his partner, Gail M. Olson of Avilla; two children Andrew J. Steffey of Albion and Cindy Chalfant of Land-O-Lakes, Fla; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Marilyn M. Heidenreich Murphy, 82, of Columbia City, died at 3:23 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011 at the Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on July 7th.
She was born Aug. 4, 1928 in Whitley County, a daughter of Kenneth E. and Mary A. (Mathias) Magley.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1946.
Ray W. McNeal, 78, a resident of Wolf Lake, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.
McNeal was born May 11, 1933 in Green Township in Noble County, a son of Ernest E. and Mable (Kichler) McNeal.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1906 in Columbia City.
On June 21, 1952 he married Marilyn F. Hopkins. She preceded him in death July 29, 1999.
Nancy Jo Reese, 60, of Andrews, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at her home.
Nancy was born May 1, 1951 in Huntington to Rolland and Eloise Hutchings Reese.
Her parents preceded her in death. She was employed as a caregiver and secretary.
Her many joys included being near the water, taking care of her birds, gardening, quilting, delighting over her grandchildren who called her â€śNanaâ€ť or Grandma. She also enjoyed spending time with David, the love her of life.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ruth C. McClain, 92, of Columbia City, died at 8:35 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Allen Bower, with whom she had been staying.
She was born Aug. 18, 1918 in Whitley County, a daughter of Loren Frank and Philena Isabel (Brubaker) Hodson.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia Township.
She graduated from Coesse High School and completed her nursing training at Washington Blvd. Hospital in Chicago.