July 2nd, 2012
Doris Pauline Lewark, 82 of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at her home.
Mrs. Lewark was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Paul B. and Mary F. (Mertz) Cox. On July 24, 1948, she married Walter E. Lewark in Roanoke. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2005.
She graduated from Roanoke High School as valedictorian of the class of 1947, worked as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, was devoted to her husband and family, was an animal lover, especially dogs and cats, and enjoyed painting.
The drought gripping Whitley County and Indiana has parched lawns and stunted crops, but its effects on fish and wildlife might not be seen for years, biologists say.
Whitley County is in the midst of an unprecedented heat cycle, spanning to March of this year. With temperatures stuck in the mid- to upper-90s â€“ and a 104 reading last Thursday â€“ the searing temps are projected for days to come. In fact, forecasters predict the current spate of 90+ degree readings will escalate to triple digits â€“ that's right, 100+ degrees â€“ later this coming week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Although electricity was quickly restored in Whitley County from Friday afternoon's powerful storms, other nearby areas are not faring nearly as well.
Utility crews were still working to restore electricity to about 74,000 customers in northern Indiana two days after a storm that packed winds as high as 91 mph hit the state.
Indiana Michigan Power reported most of those without power were in the Fort Wayne area, where 62,000 customers remained without power Sunday morning. The utility projects that electricity in Allen County should be restored by late Wednesday night.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s Ian Pherigo is setting the bar high in the weight room for his fellow football teammates. Pherigo holds the National record in squats for his age and size at 352 pounds.
The senior is a full back on the football team, and wrestled in his freshman and sophomore years.
â€śI gave up wrestling last season for lifting,â€ť Pherigo said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert â€śPitâ€ť Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this yearâ€™s Old Settlers Day Citizens. Normally the ceremony takes place on Thursday, the traditional Old Settlers Day, but due to the heat the men met up with the OSD officers at the air-conditioned Thomas R. Marshall Museum Friday afternoon.
Pittenger was named the Longest Continuous Resident who registered for Old Settles Day on Thursday. He is 93 years old and hails from Union Township.
FORT WAYNE â€” A press conference was held Thursday in Fort Wayne to officially announce the formation of a joint caucus of the mayors and commissioners of Northeast Indiana.
In a press release issued by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the caucus provides a forum to work collaboratively on policy issues of common interest. This collaboration is essential to advance public policy critical to the goal of transforming the economy of the region through their leadership.
Ruth M. Zollinger, 89, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hamilton House.
Born June 25, 1923, in Ft. Wayne, Ruth worked at L. S. Ayresâ€™ Tea Room. She was a member of St. Patrickâ€™s Catholic Church in Ft. Wayne and loved baking Christmas cookies.
Marquis Jr. Reid, of Columbia City, died at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since April.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Richland Township, a son of Mark H. and Lena M. (Hoffert) Reid.
He attended Larwill High School.
He entered into the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 1944, serving in the European Theater.
He was honorably discharge on Sept. 30, 1945. He returned to the area.
On Dec. 29, 1944, he married Ruth C. Fosnaugh. They made their home in Richland Township.
Betty J. Boggs, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boggs was born in Smith Township on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Orlando and Lela N. (Shlater) Geiger. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.
Barbara S. Wilt, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 27, 1936, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Chester J. and Jennie (Smith) Boggs.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1954. On July 3, 1963, she married Lanny K. Wilt in Fort Wayne, and they have always lived in Noble County.
For 31 years she worked for Dana Corporation, Churubusco, where she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.