February 25th, 2013
Marjorie June Wetzel, 85, formally of rural Smith Township, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Surviving relatives include a son, Robert (Peggy) Wetzel; granddaughters, Christina (Stephen) Peterson and Sherry (Douglas) Adams and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaugter, Abigail Susan Adams.
Michael John Tartaglia, 85, a resident of rural Columbia City, passed away at 6:04 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Although he had been hospitalized recently, his death was unexpected.
Mr. Tartaglia was born in Chicago on June 2, 1927, a son of Guseippe and Maria (Coppola) Tartaglia, and spent his formative years there.
As a young man he served with the Merchant Marines during World War II, and was later married in Chicago Dec. 19, 1953, to Jeannine M. Hopkins.
Patricia Elaine Myers, 76, a resident of Wolf Lake, died at 9:16 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she had been transported from Parkview Noble Hospital.
She was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Tazwell County, Illinois, a daughter of the late Merrill and Dorothy J. (Pierce) Wallace.
She began her schooling in Illinois. She continued her grade schooling at South Whitley. She completed her education at Wolf Lake High School graduating in 1954.
She was a U. S. Postal worker for 33 years, retiring as the Postmaster at Wolf Lake in 1991.
Jo Ellen Adams McConnell, 74, died at 11:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at her home with her caring family surrounding her.
She was born Jan. 13, 1939, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, a daughter of James DuPont and Clarice Vivian (Mink) Adams.
A Whitley County native, she graduated with the Class of 1957 from Columbia City High School, where she participated in speech, band, and was editor of â€śThe Eagleâ€ť school newspaper.
Jo Ellen graduated from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964, with a B.A. degree in Spanish.
Gerald J. â€śJerryâ€ť Martin, 91, of Decatur, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce Martin, of Decatur; three sons; two daughters; a brother; three sisters; 12 granchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at Woodcrest Nursing Center and from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 3:30 p.m.
Paul Braddock Sr., 81, of Warsaw, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, peacefully in his sleep.
Paul was born in Columbia City Jan. 2, 1932, to John and Elsie (Salesman) Braddock. He married Marilyn Snyder in 1957, and they enjoyed 56 years of marriage together.
Paul worked for Nor Folk Southern for 38 years before he retired. After he retired, he worked at Red Horse Bait Shop where he fixed gas lanterns for people in the community and Jelly Stone Park where he mowed lawns and helped to care for the park.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sitting down with state leaders and discussing government issues over a cup of coffee is not a common Saturday activity for most residents in Whitley County.
However, Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, Ind. Representative Kathy Heuer along with Ind. Rep. David Ober spent Saturday morning at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds to meet face to face with their constituents.
The Farmerâ€™s Share Breakfast was hosted by the Whitley County Farm Bureau. Those who attended came armed with questions and looking for state officials to offer answers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Maintenance is important in any line of work.
Columbia Cityâ€™s water department recently received recognition for some of its maintenance. The city was added as a member of the Cast Iron Pipe Century Club (CIPCC).
â€śAny town with active water mains with over 100 years of service gets recognized for keeping that water line in service,â€ť said Mike Dear, Columbia City water superintendent.
Dear did research and found 10â€ť mains on W. Van Buren St. and S. Chauncy St. were part of the original system installed in 1895 for the city, and they still provide service today.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For students who are involved in multiple school and extra-curricular activities, time and energy can become depleted.
But in the middle of competition season, when Saturdays start early and end late, Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choir students have dug deep to find more time and more energy to serve another Indiana show choir.
Recently, students held a fundraiser at Dairy Queen, Columbia City, with some $500 raised for a competing choir.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Corinne Kauffman, a senior at Columbia City High School, will represent Whitley County at the Distinguished Young Woman state program in Kokomo.
Kauffman is the 48th representative of the local program of DYW and will participate in a preliminary competition Thursday and Friday and a final competition Saturday.
â€śI am really looking forward to the overall experience and meeting new people,â€ť Kauffman said. â€śGetting the chance to represent my county is a real honor.â€ť