March 19th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Robert Foster McLaughlin, 98, formerly of Union Township, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo, Mich. where he was admitted Wednesday.
He was born July 29, 1913, in Sac City, Iowa, a son of John Walter and Mary Elizabeth (Foster) McLaughlin.
As a young boy, his family moved to Ohio.
He graduated from Antwerp High School and continued his education at Bowling Green College.
On Dec. 9, 1936, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Price.
They made their home in Antwerp, Ohio until the early 1940s when they moved to Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â While Iotron Industries, USA may have been celebrating its grand opening, it was also playing host for the first time, with the guest of honor being the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and itâs annual meeting.
This yearâs meeting was titled âOutlook 2012â.
EDC President Alan Tio began by speaking about last yearâs meeting and how at the time, the EDC was just welcoming Iotron into the Whitley County fold.
Tio said it was only fitting a year later, the company was hosting the same event while also cutting the ribbon to open its doors.
COLUMBIA CITY â Clients of Passages in Whitley County surrounded 150 pieces of art as they walked through the display held at the Peabody Public Library Auditorium Friday.
The event, "Paintings, Pickles and Patrick," was a fundraiser for Passages dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities or challenges to thrive in the community, as well as in their home life.
Photography, water color, coloring pencil, ceramics, acrylic, jewelry and furniture were among the many items being bid on and observed at the show.
COLUMBIA CITY â Wilma A. Simon, 99, of Jefferson Township, died at 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Renaissance Village where she was admitted Thursday.
She was born July 9, 1912, in Huntington County, a daughter of William E. and Zelma (Bolinger) Blaugh.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township, where she attended the first eight years of school at 9 & 14.
Her family then moved to Roanoke and she graduated from Roanoke High School in 1930.
On Dec. 30, 1933, she was united in marriage to Russel M. Simon.
Rita M. Armel, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1:55 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Covington Manor Nursing Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Loren B. and Rosella J. (Arens) Sanders.
She attended Precious Blood School, graduated from Central Catholic High School and continued her education at the University of Oregon.
On Feb. 14, 1946, she married Elmer Dewitt Armel in Fort Wayne.
She lived in Fort Wayne most of her lifetime except for the years she resided in Columbia City from 1973 to 2004.
COLUMBIA CITY â Lavon E. Tucker, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at her home.
Born June 21, 1920, in Huntington County, she was the daughter of Henry O. and Bertha (Reinkensmeir) Piepenbrink.
Raised in Huntington County, she attended Huntington High School.
On Aug. 1, 1947, she married Jerry J. Tucker in Waynedale.
She and her husband moved to Allen County where they lived until 1999 when they moved to Whitley County.
For the past several years, she resided at the Lutheran Home, Fort Wayne.
Rev. Father Daniel Robert Leeuw, 83, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Edward A. and Madonna C. (Manier) Leeuw.
He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne by Bishop Leo A. Pursley on May 25, 1957.
His education included Precious Blood Grade School, Fort Wayne, Central Catholic High School, St. Josephâs College Rensselaer, Indiana University, the University of Dayton (bachelorâs degree), University of Notre Dame (masterâs degree) and St. Meinrad School of Theology.
As pink and white flowers bloom in the days before the official start of spring, followed by fruit in May, bees search for nectar in the tiny flowers of an apricot tree. The warmer weather has encouraged bees to arrive early.
Post and Mail photo / James Thomlison
COLUMBIA CITY â Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. With that being said, just imagine a world without art. That certainly isnât the case with any client at Passages, for their clients can be involved in Passagesâ Artistry Program. And there is art literally everywhere at Towerview Industries.