February 20th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” What remains of South Whitleyâ€™s longtime movie theater continued to smolder Sunday while shocked residents stared in disbelief and some harkened back to a day when the historic building hosted celluloid images of Gable, Grant and The Duke.
â€śIn 1947, I sold tickets to the Kent Theatre movies and admission was 35 cents then, along with a big bag of popcorn for 10 cents,â€ť said Donna (Wendel) Thomson.
â€śOn Friday and Saturday evenings there were two movies, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. and the theater was completely full with both show times.â€ť
Virginia A. Browning, 84, of Fort Wayne, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Smith Township, a daughter of Adam and Ollie (Truelove) Ragan.
On Jan. 24, 1946, she married Leo E. Browning, who preceded her in death on June 6, 1992.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Browning of Churubusco and Dean Browning of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Pamela Murphy of Dewy Rose, Ga. and Renee Lemish of Avilla; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Peggy Jean Heindselman, 86, of South Whitley died at 8:48 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident for the last four weeks.
She was born July 6, 1925, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Clifford and Bessie (Shorb) Sickafoose.
Her formative years were spent in the Fort Wayne area.
She started high school at Northside, Fort Wayne and finished her senior year at South Whitley, graduating with the Class of 1943.
Following her graduation, she worked for Lincoln Life, Fort Wayne. On Feb. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to John K. Heindselman.
Marilyn Anne Enz McVay, 79, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in West Lafayette.
She was born March 28, 1932, to Carl and LeNore (Hoard) Enz in Springfield, Ill.
In the 1930s, her family moved to Washington Township where she grew up on the family farm and attended Washington Center School.
She was very proud that her family came to Whitley County in the 1830s and settled in Washington Township. She transferred to Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne where she graduated in 1950.
She graduated from Indiana University with a major in elementary education with a reading concentration.
Ardith Fay Baker, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born March 29, 1930, in Thorncreek Township, she was the daughter of Arthur Henry and Marie Helen (Fullmer) Baron.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia City and Whitley County where she attended Thorncreek Elementary School and Columbia City High School.
On Nov. 9, 1947, she was united in marriage to Harold Oran Baker. In 1969, she and her family moved to Meridian, Miss. where her husband took a position as a tool and die supervisor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Martha I. Long, 83, of Columbia City, died Thursday morning, Feb. 16, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since Oct. 14, 2011.
She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Warren, a daughter of George E. and Mable (Moyer) Long.
In 1930, her family moved to Mooresville and in 1943 to Columbia City.
She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1946 and attended Manchester College for two years.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Pauline McBride, 89, of Churubusco, died at 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at her residence in Churubusco.
She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Churubusco, a daughter of Bert J. and Edith (Bice) Grim.
On June 7, 1941, she was married in Angola to Ralph R. McBride, who preceded her in death Nov. 13, 1992.
Dale E. Geiger, 78, of rural Columbia City, passed away at 4:34 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., where he spent his winters.
Mr. Geiger was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Columbia City, a son of Clifton J. â€śJakeâ€ť and Irene (Krider) Geiger.
He spent his formative years in rural Columbia City all within a mile of his current residence.
He lived at his current residence since 1965 and was a dairy farmer for 17 years. He was also a grain farmer until he retired at the age of 70.
On Jan. 18, 1958 he was married in Decatur to Janice Irene Owen.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When Mayor Ryan Daniel was elected, he said he wanted the inner-workings of city government to be more accessible to the public.
Minutes of public meetings have always been available to read on the cityâ€™s website. As of the beginning of Danielâ€™s term, audio recordings of Columbia City Common Council and Board of Works and Safety has been made available. Now, talks have begun about adding video into the mix. "We're looking to potentially provide council and board of works live for our residents to watch,â€ť said Daniel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” He has a zest for life. Lester Sheets also has great reverence for the dead.
Lester and Doris Sheets are retired and living in Columbia City. The young couple bought a funeral home in 1950 located on Main Street in Churubusco from Frances and Dasie Sonday.