Archive - Obituary
July 11th, 2014
Marceil Joan Baatz, 82, of Columbia City, died unexpectedly at her home Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
She was born July 29, 1931, in Allen County, a daughter of the late Herman and Anna (Hockemeyer) Hegerfeld.
Her formative years were spent in the Hoagland area. She completed her elementary education at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran parochial school and graduated from Hoagland High School in 1949. She completed the requirements for a real estate license and medical transcriptionist.
Mary Knight Leffers, 96, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at Saint Anne Home, Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Leffers was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Huntington, to E. Edwin and Mary Kathryn (Duffey) Coughlin. Her parents preceded her in death. Maryâ€™s first marriage was to Gordon Knight. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1961. Her second marriage was to Paul Leffers on Feb. 17, 1962. Her husband survives and resides at Saint Anne Home.
Mrs. Leffers graduated from Huntington High School in 1935. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1940.
Ruth H. Ryan, 87, a resident of Churubusco and widow of George F. Ryan, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, where she had been admitted earlier in the day after becoming ill at her home.
Mrs. Ryan was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Charles and Martha (Busche) Fry.
She spent her formative years in Woodburn and graduated from Woodburn High School in 1944.
Nov. 16, 1936 â€” July 7, 2014
Sandra C. Hamel, 77, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:30 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Fremont, Mich., a daughter of Frank and Alexandra (Cattanach) Hamel. She graduated from Cassopolis High School in Michigan.
Sandy enlisted in the Womans Army Corps to attend Clinical Laboratory Technologist School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
She was the owner and director of Medical Arts Lab in Mishawaka for 12 years and Lab Director at South Bend Clinic Lab for six years.
Aug. 5, 1918 â€” July 7, 2014
Drusella A. Joker, 95, of Columbia City, died at 11:50 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since September 2013.
She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Columbia Township, a daughter of Floyd and Myrtle (Grable) Gawthrop.
As a young girl, her family moved into Columbia City from their farm. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Dec. 30, 1939, she was united in marriage to Ralph M. Joker. They made their home in Columbia Township until 2003 when they moved into Columbia City. Mr. Joker died Jan. 11, 2008.
Infant Jaxon Blackburn, 25 days old, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 9:21 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Born June 11, 2014 at Parkview Whitley in Columbia City, he was the son of Damon Blackburn and Gabrielle Branning.
Ollie M. Shank, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Wilbur L. Shank, passed away at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since Oct.
Born in Clinch County, Georgia, she was the ninth child born of 13 to William and Emma (Riberon) Chauncey. As a teenager she worked in a shoe factory in Waycross, Ga. and then moved to Jacksonville where she found employment in a cigar factory.
Infant Gracelynn Elizabeth Moyer, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born at 7:34 p.m. July 4, 2014, she was the daughter of Tanner Moyer and Annetta Lengacher.
Additional survivors are her paternal grandparents, Tim and Diana Moyer of South Whitley; maternal grandparents, Melvin and Ruby Lengacher; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral service will be private. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery.
Joe E. Williams, 64, passed away Friday at Cameron Memorial Hospital in Angola. Joe was born in Wynn, Ark., Nov. 14, 1949.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Margie Williams of Fort Wayne a brother, a sister-in-law, two nieces, two nephews and beloved cats.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road with calling two hours prior.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allen County SPCA 4914 Hanna Street Fort Wayne, IN 46806.
Feb. 28, 1926 â€” July 3, 2014
Thomas Ray Wolfe, 88, of Columbia City, died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since May.
He was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Whitley County, a son of the late Ray and Elvirta A. (Buckles) Wolfe.
He spent his formative years in Washington Township. The family moved to the Wolf Lake area where he graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1944. He continued his education at Purdue University receiving a bachelorâ€™s in Engineering in 1949.