March 5th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At Passages, Inc., after a campaign and election of officers, attendance has increased fivefold in the past year.
â€śPassages has always had a group that met but now weâ€™ve got a name, officers and a mission statement,â€ť said Mary Hunnicutt, Passages director of supported living and admissions.
Martha L. Reilly, 93, of Columbia City and Fort Myers Beach, Fla., died March 2, 2012.
She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Henry and Fredericka (Heuer) Franz.
Surviving are sons, Thomas (Marti Ainsworth) Reilly, Daniel Reilly, and Robert (Sarah) Reilly; daughters, Patricia (David) Willyard, and Kathleen (Kurt) Blessing; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Reilly Jr.; grandson, Grant Reilly; two brothers and one sister.
Carl E. Metzger, 92, North Manchester, died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Peabody Healthcare Center.
He was born May 20, 1919, in Kosciusko County to Albert H. & Fern E. (Swank) Metzger.
On Sept. 29, 1946, he married Wilda E. Poehler. She died March 17, 2010.
Surviving are a son, Lee W. Metzger, Lagrange, and a sister-in-law Wilma Pinckley of California.
One sister, Lela B. Wise is deceased.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.
Visitation is one hour prior to services at the mortuary.
Joseph Z. â€śJoe-Joeâ€ť Baranowski, 63, of Columbia City, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Aug. 22, 1948, in Cherbourne, England, he was the son of Mieczyslaw and Janina Baranowski.
Survivors include his mother, Janina Baranowski and brother, George Baranowski both of Schererville.
His father, Mieczyslaw Baranowski, and sister, Jeanette Baranowski-Emery preceded him in death.
Private services have been entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Sharelle Woll, 69, a former resident of Churubusco and more recently of Pittsboro, passed away at 10:55 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Brownsburg Healthcare Center in Brownsburg, Ind.
She had been in declining health for some time.
Sharelle was born Feb. 18, 1943, in Norfolk, Va., a daughter of Merle D. and Genevieve (Krider) Woll.
She spent most of her life in Churubusco and graduated from Churbusco High School in 1961.
Employed in the offices of the Town of Churubusco for several years, she retired from there in 2005, moving to Pittsboro at that time.
Helen Margaret Adella (Brown) Kreiger-Ziegler, 92, of Huntington, passed away at 6:47 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Helen was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Huntington County, the daughter of J. Clayton and Esther Luella (Ziegler) Brown.
She was a 1937 graduate of Huntington Township High School.
She continued her education at Huntington College, earning an A. B. Degree, a Masters Degree from Ball State University, and also attended Indiana University, Purdue University and Princeton University.
Margaret M. Moeller, 83, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, March 2, 2012, at Kingston Residence in Fort Wayne.
Born March 4, 1928, in Payne, Ohio, she graduated from Payne High School in 1947.
Margaret formerly worked at General Electric and was a waitress and cook at the Green Frog.
She also worked at Magnavox for 16 years, retiring in 1990.
She was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and St. Paulâ€™s Catholic Church of Columbia City.
She loved to spend time with her family and was a down-to-earth and honest woman.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Linda L. Bisel, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 2, 1947, in Muncie, she was the daughter of C. Marvin and Betty L. (Stafford) Fager.
She spent her life in Albany until 1989 when she moved to her Big Lake residence.
She graduated from DeSoto High School with the class of 1966.
On July 25, 1980, she married Kenneth E. Bisel in Muncie.
She has worked at Wal-Mart, Columbia City, since opening day, 1990 in the clothing and soft lines department.
OSSIAN â€” The Whitko Wildcats, playing in the sectional semi-finals, battled double-digit deficits and poor free throw shooting to survive against Heritage and move on to the final tonight at Norwell High School. Whitko beat the Patriots 66-65 on â€” ironically â€” a last second free throw by Logan Irwin.
Whitko mustered just one point in the final four minutes of the first half, while Heritage only netted three, sending the teams into the locker room at halftime with the scoreboard reading 28-25.
Heading into the final eight minutes, the Wildcats led 43-42.
WATERLOO â€” â€śI love these guys. I love the way they play,â€ť Columbia City Head Basketball Coach Chris Benedict said after the sectional semi-final win over North Side.
The Eagles came back from a 47-40 deficit late in the third quarter to win 66-56 over the Redskins Friday night at DeKalb.
â€śI think they found themselves,â€ť Benedict said. â€śWhen they stay together they have a chance to be a really good team.â€ť
Columbia City senior Drew Burnsworth stole the momentum in the final seconds of the third quarter, scoring two buckets and leading the Eagles to the win.