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June 3rd, 2014

Shirley Kreger, 84

June 3, 2014

Shirley Kreger, 84
May 14, 1930 — May 31, 2014

Shirley Lou Kreger, 84 of Pierceton, passed away at 2:40 am Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Mason’s Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.
On May 14, 1930, she was born in Pierceton to Lewis and Anna (Rhodes) Jones.
Shirley was united in marriage to Lionel J. Kreger Oct. 23, 1948, in Churubusco. He preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1995.

June 2nd

June Adams, 90

June 2, 2014

June 17, 1923 — May 30, 2014
June E. Adams, 90, of Larwill, died at 10:20 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at her home.
She was born June 17, 1923, in Whitley County, a daughter of Leo and Huldah J. (Palmer) Miller. She graduated from Larwill High School in 1941.
On Feb. 13, 1943, she was united in marriage to Porter Jackson “Jack” Adams. They always made their home in the Larwill area. Mr. Adams died May 14, 2008.
She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church.

Ross Cook, 65

June 2, 2014

April 3, 1949 — May 30, 2014
Ross L. Cook, 65, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:27 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
Born April 3, 1949, in Allen County, he was the son of Jack A. and Gloria J. (Gruesbeck) Cook.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1967 and attended Ivy Tech.
Ross served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. On June 12, 1982, he married Rebecca L. Auer at Hope Lutheran Church, Coesse.

Connie Freshour, 60

June 2, 2014

June 14, 1953 — May 27, 2014
Connie June Freshour, 60, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her home in LeRoy, Kan.
She was born June 14, 1953 in Iola, Kan., the daughter of Ray and Willena Simpson Holloway.
Connie attended Colony Crest High School and graduated as a member of the Class of 1971.
During the years following high school she lived in Columbia City, and worked at Weatherhead Manufacturing.
Connie was joined in marriage to Ralph K. Freshour June 16, 1978, in Columbia City.
They lived in Columbia City until moving to Colony in 1980.

May 30th

Dennis Sutton, 61

May 30, 2014

July 15, 1952 — May 28, 2014
Dennis W. Sutton, 61, of Claypool, died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born July 15, 1952, in Bluffton, a son of Richard F. and Alice Rose (Shady) Sutton. His formative years were spent in South Whitley, graduating from South Whitley High School.
He was employed at Dayco, Wolf Cage & Supply for 19 years, Whitley Feeds in South Whitley for 11 years and lastly at Advanced Auto Parts.
A member of Noble County Rabbit Fanciers where he served as president, he was also a member of Indiana Bass Masters.

May 29th

Jeana Pontzius, 46

May 29, 2014

March 29, 1968 — May 24, 2014
Jeana R. Pontzius, 46, of Larwill, passed away at 1:43 pm Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1968 in Springfield, Ill., she was the daughter of Gary Louis and Margaret Rose (Campbell) Cox.
Jeana was an area resident for most of her life and grew up at Lower Long Lake in Albion, before moving to Columbia City and most recently to Larwill.
She attended Central Noble Schools. On June 22, 2012, she married John Pontzius in Columbia City.

May 28th

Virginia M. Freeman, 64

May 28, 2014

March 29, 1950 — May 27, 2014
Virginia M. Freeman, 64, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1950 in Noble County, she was the daughter of Hobart E. and Helen V. Yoder. She graduated from West Noble High School with the Class of 1968.
May 29, 1971 she married Maurice D. Freeman in Avilla. A few years later, the two moved to Whitley County. She and Morry had owned and operated Freeman Janitorial. She is a member of First Church of God.

May 27th

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86

May 27, 2014

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully May 24, 2014.
The elder daughter of Ray F. and Hazel (Smith) Hutton, Beverley was born July 31, 1927 in the old Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County, living in the country on farms and later in Columbia City. She was educated in the Columbia City Schools and Columbia City High School.

R. Choleene Leinker, 86

May 27, 2014

Oct. 26, 1927 — May 25, 2014
R. Choleene Leinker, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 26, 1927, in South Whitley, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjory M. (Ramsey) Warner.
She lived in South Whitley until 1941 then moved to Fort Wayne for 10 years, where she attended North Side High School, before moving to St. Petersburg, Fla.
She then moved to North Webster, where she lived until 2000 finally settling at her present home in Columbia City.

May 23rd

Norma Jean Keppler, 72

May 23, 2014

Norma Jean Keppler, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead Nursing Home.
Born May 28, 1941, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Isaac Franklin “Frank” and Clara Elizabeth (Murphy) Overholser.
Norma will be lovingly remembered by her family.

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