April 25th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March, the students of Mary Hilger at Indian Springs Middle School had a special concern for the people of Japan.
Hilgerâ€™s daughter, who lives in Japan because of her husbandâ€™s work and works for the Boy Scouts Far East Council, gave Hilger a personal reason to be anxious for the people of Japan, and she communicated that to her students.
Her daughter was all right, but the students wanted to do something for those affected by the devastation. They went to work, doing what they do best.
Alice Kaye Eden Spurlock, of Syracuse was stillborn at 9:04 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City.Â She is a daughter of William L. Spurlock and Kaylee A. Barth.
Besides her parents, survivors include a half sister, Chloe Spurlock; grandparents, Donna Barth and Tom and Patty Spurlock; great-grandparents, Bethel Barth and James and Barbara Campbell.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Milford Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Bollenbacher of the New Beginnings Community Church in Atwood officiating.
Marilee J. Fleck, 88, of Columbia City, died at 8:57 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was transported earlier in the day.
She was born March 25, 1923 in South Bend, a daughter of Charles and Frances (Smith) Austin. At the age of five, her family moved to a farm in Richland Township. She graduated from Larwill High School in 1941.
On July 2, 1956 she was united in marriage to Robert W. Fleck. They always made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Fleck died Nov. 10, 1979.
Cynthia Anne Crooks, 69, a resident of Churubusco and wife of David L. Crooks, passed away at 4:41 p.m. Friday April 22, 2011, at Parkview Hospital from a short illness.
Mrs. Crooks was born in Fort Wayne July 23, 1941, a daughter to Howard W. and Margaret (Neher) Wilson. She spent her formative years in Churubusco where she graduated from Churubusco High School in 1959.
CHURUBUSCO — Another weekend in the Indiana high school girls’ track and field season had another title go home with Columbia City.
Saturday, the Lady Eagles claimed their second consecutive weekend title at the Churubusco Turtletown Invitational.
The Lady Eagles beat Warsaw in the large school “Gold” division with 23.5 points to spare, 115.5-88.
GOSHEN — Whitko boys’ track head coach Ron Cherry called it a total team effort after his Wildcats went to the Goshen Relays Saturday.
A total of 102 points was the most Whitko had ever scored at the event.
Despite the showing, the Wildcats came home runner-up to Fairfield in the class B division.
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CHURUBUSCO — “It’s probably the best girls meet I’ve ever been a part of.”
That’s all Churubusco girls’ track head coach Zack Dock could say after his Lady Eagles owned the Turtletown Invitational Saturday.
For the first time since 1991, Churubusco came away as the top team at its own weekend invitational.
â€śEvery day, I knew God was with me. He lifted the world off my shoulders.â€ť â€” Jill Winebrenner.
â€śEvery day is a gift.â€ť â€” Jillâ€™s husband, Tony Winebrenner.
It has been more than four years since the accident that brought the life Jill Winebrenner lived to a halt.
Though she has suffered through seven surgeries to try to fix her broken pelvis, was told she would never get out of a wheelchair and still suffers constant pain, she says she wouldnâ€™t change a thing.
â€śItâ€™s not the best thing that happened to me, but it brought my life to reality,â€ť she said.
Jack Dewitt Schrader, 61, died Thursday, March 31, 2011 in Oregon City, Ore. He was born May 21, 1949 in Columbia City, a son of Dewitt and Phyllis Schrader.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Schrader; children, Erica Streeton, Sara Schrader and Isaac Schrader; and sister, Ann Akpabio.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. April 30 at the Columbia City United Methodist Church with a reception following.
Memorials may be directed to the VFW of Columbia City.
Evelyn Irene Andorfer, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home. Born Nov. 13, 1918 in Edgerton, she was a daughter of William and Minnie (Longardner) Doty.