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August 24th, 2011

Donna Vorce, 78

August 24, 2011

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Donna Jean Chappell Kern Vorce, 78, of Canandaigua, N.Y., died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 in Canandaigua where she resided since July 9, 2000.
She was born in Whitley County on Sept. 17, 1932, the daughter of the late Thomas E. Chappell and Ruth M. Bills.
He formative years were spent in Milton, Pa. where she graduated from Milton High School June 1950.

Rickey Moyer, 57

August 24, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Rickey T. “Rick” Moyer, 57, of rural South Whitley, died Sunday evening, Aug. 21, 2011 in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was transported after becoming suddenly ill at his home.
He was born May 27, 1954 in Columbia City, a son of Joseph Denver and Mary Deloris (Anderson) Moyer.
His formative years were spent in rural South Whitley.
He graduated from Whitko High School.
On June 3, 1972 he was united in marriage to Jill E. Fry. They made their home south of South Whitley for the past 39 years.

Olive Tonkel, 87

August 24, 2011

Olive M. Tonkel, 87, a former resident of Collins and widow of Charles Merl Tonkel, Sr., passed away at 9:23 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at The Oaks in Columbia City.
She had been in declining health for some time, and had been a patient at the nursing home for the past six years.
Mrs. Tonkel was born in Fort Wayne May 3, 1924, a daughter of Lyman and Pauline (Sines) Blanchard.
She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne, and was married there on May 25, 1941 to Charles Merl Tonkel, Sr.

August 22nd

Smith-Green board hears patron concerns

August 22, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — When the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees met last week there was a room full of people who wanted to share their concerns about several issues including higher textbook fees, the possible dismissal of a long-time coach and the ruling of a case involving two students who posted pictures to social networking sites.
With no formal notice of fee increases for textbooks, materials and programs, many parents where dismayed and shocked to receive fee statements on registration night at SGCS.
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Firemen hurt in Saturday house fire

August 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Two firefighters were injured during the aftermath of a fire at an abandoned house Saturday night.
Chad Jahn and Carl Freewalt, both assigned to the Thorncreek Township Fire Department, were dismantling the ceiling of the fire-damaged house on Etna Road when the ceiling collapsed, injuring both firefighters, according to Township Fire Chief Adam Hurley.
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Gladys Durham, 90

August 22, 2011

AVILLA — Gladys O. Durham, 90, a former resident of Avilla, died at midnight Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.
She was born Jan. 10, 1921, to Benjamin Franklin and Florence (Butler) Smith.
Her husband Medford Durham preceded her in death.
The surviving relatives include her four children, Charlotte (Clarence) McCormick of Avilla, Carolyn Witefeldt of Larwill, Randy Biglow of Warsaw, and Bill Biglow of Avilla; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Karen Chaney, 65

August 22, 2011

Karen Juanita Chaney, 65, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 7, 1946 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of William and Eva (Staley) Shumaker.
She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Columbia City. She enjoyed crafting, sewing and scrapbooking, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Surviving are her husband Leland Chaney; daughters Rebecca (Kevin) Berning, Tina (Kevin) Biddle; brother William (Lorraine) Shumaker; four grandchildren, Nathan, Oliver and Lily Berning and Andrew Biddle.

Richard Yarnelle, 92

August 22, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Richard J. Yarnelle, 92, of South Whitley died peacefully at his home at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
He was born Feb. 5, 1919 in Wabash, a son of the late George and Helen (DePuy) Yarnelle. His formative years were spent in Wabash where he graduated from Wabash High School in 1936.
A talented athlete, he earned a football scholarship to Purdue University. After being injured, he attended Butler University.

Richard Kreider, 44

August 22, 2011

Richard A. Kreider, 44, of Warsaw, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 at his residence.
Born Dec. 19, 1966, he was the son of Richard H. and Delores Kreider.
He attended Whitko High School and graduated with the Class of 1985.
He worked at 80/20 in Columbia City.
A lifetime resident of Columbia City, he lived in Warsaw for the past year. He was an avid bowler and participated in a league.

Orren Ware, 81

August 22, 2011

Orren Albert Ware, 81, of Columbia City, passed away 4:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born May 27, 1930 in Huntington, he was the son of Albert E. and Martha May (Hartman) Ware.
Raised in Huntington County, he graduated with the Class of 1948 from Bippus High School.
On May 29, 1949 he married Deloris May Geeting in Whitley County where he and his wife established their home.

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