A brass trio serenaded in the Columbia City area on Christmas Eve Eve, last Friday. Above, the trio plays a Christmas selection at the residence of Colleen Ward on Wallace Avenue to the delight of neighborhood adults and children. The musicians are, from left, Todd Ward, Matt Murdock and Brandon Drew. They made several stops in Columbia City, Tri-Lakes, and Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The next step in a proposed utility rate increase was taken last week when the Columbia City Common Council approved the application for a new water rate filing.
The rate increase was initially discussed in September after a one and one-half year study showed that sales volumes are down more than 10 percent since the last increase in 2006.
In 2007, projections for water usage were made and those projections have not been met.
According to Mayor Jim Fleck, there was an anticipated growth expectancy of two percent a year and growth simply stopped.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For five of the last six years, Tom Rethlake has served as chairman for the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Rethlake has announced he will be stepping down from the position.
He will remain on the board as a commissioner.
Commissioner Don Amber will take over the duties as chairman.
According to Rethlake, the county has a policy that a chairman generally only serves for two years at a time.
Isabel I. Kitson-Bishop, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:28 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at her home.
Born Oct. 7, 1921, in St. Joseph County, she was the daughter of Marvin and Pearl (Enders) Odiorne.
She spent her childhood in St. Joseph County. On March 10, 1942, she married Monroe Kitson, in Goshen. She and her husband raised their family on a farm near Tri-Lakes where they resided for many years before moving to Columbia City.
Dennis Crampton, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in San Diego.
He was born in Fort Wayne Sept. 14, 1947.
He grew up in the Tri-Lakes area near Columbia City and enjoyed swimming, boating, fishing, baseball, and track.
He graduated high school at Columbia City Joint High School in 1965, and from Purdue University in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Donna Rae Himelick, 83, of South Whitley, fell asleep in death on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.
She is survived by her five children, Ricky J. (Diana) Kuckuck, Trudy R. (Richard) Shirey, both of South Whitley, Jan A (Marianne) Kuckuck of Columbia City, Valerie A Roebuck of Houston, April L (Richard) Gerisch of Niles Mich.; two brothers, Gay (Rosalie) Smith, G. Lee Smith, 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Children at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church pose for the camera in advance of their program on Christmas Eve, presented Saturday afternoon.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Charles Lee Stephens, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, after becoming suddenly ill.
He was born Feb. 13, 1952, in Fort Wayne, a son of Don Wesley â€śJoeâ€ť and Mary Louise (Weber) Stephens.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1970.
Along with owning his own business, working for Tires Plus and Hires, he was a long-time employee of Goodyear Tire. While living in Bradenton, Fla., he was a member of the Moosehead Lodge 1223. During his life he was an avid fisher, kayaker, golfer and boater.
WABASH â€” Lynn Carlton Young, 93, Wabash, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at 1:07 a.m. at Wabash Skilled Care Center.
He was born in Whitley County Dec. 3, 1918, to the late Fredrick A. and Josephine R. (Butler) Young.
He served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He married Lillie Belle Starbuck Dec. 12, 1942.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie Belle Young, Wabash, and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Ray.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.
Robert L. von Holdt, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born June 18, 1927, in Chicago, he was the son of Norbert W. and Barbara (Hessel) von Holdt.
He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Loyola Academy with the class of 1945.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946.
After his marriage to Josephine Cecelia Psenicka on Oct. 15, 1949, at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., moving to Columbia City in 1960.