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Obituaries

Evelyn Shafter, 92

December 17, 2014

June 19, 1922 — Dec. 16, 2014
Evelyn Alice Shafter, 92, of Warren, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Heritage Pointe Retirement Home, Warren. Born June 19, 1922 in Ellingson, S.D., she was the daughter of Celia M. and Beatrice I. (Gooding) Smith.
She moved in 1938 to Indiana, and lived briefly in Fort Wayne, Tri Lakes from 1946 until 1982 then moving to Columbia City. In 1993 she moved to Warren. She graduated from Lincolnville High School with the Class of 1940. She attended Wayne University Cosmetology School.

Annabelle Brower, 86

December 16, 2014

April 28, 1928 — Dec. 14, 2014
Annabelle B. Brower, 86, formerly of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at Bronson Commons, Mattawan, Mich. where she had been a resident since August 2012.
She was born April 28, 1928 in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Evan and Goldie (Walter) Sheets. Her formative years were spent in Marathon, N.Y. She graduated from Marathon High School. She completed her formal education at Ithaca Junior College.

Betty Harrison, 91

December 16, 2014

May 11, 1923 — Dec. 12, 2014
Betty Louise Harrison, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:44 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born May 11, 1923 in Goshen, she was the daughter of Theodore and Velma (Daisey) Trimmer.
She grew up in the Wolf Lake area and in 1942 moved to Jefferson Township, Whitley County. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1940.

Mildred Collier, 80

December 12, 2014

Aug. 11, 1934 — Dec. 10, 2014
Mildred “Midge” Collier, 80, of Larwill, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Aug. 11, 1934 in Cumberland, Ky., she was the daughter of James and Lillie (Estep) Bush.
She grew up in Kentucky and married Roy Howard Collier July 6, 1950 in Clintwood, Va. After he was discharged from military service they moved to Detroit, Mich.

Dale Goings, 82

December 12, 2014

Dale “Richard” Goings, 82, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born in Columbia City, he was the son of the late Ivan and Dorothy Goings. Goings was a member of Grace Gathering, New Haven. He retired in 1997 from Schneider National Carriers after 10 years. He was also a member of Scottish Rite and Masonic Lodge 189, Columbia City.

Margaret Workman, 82

December 10, 2014

Jan. 27, 1932 — Dec. 8, 2014
Margaret Louise Workman, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:08 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born on Jan. 27, 1932 in Churubusco, she was the daughter of William Stewart and Josie Fern (Truman) Craig.
She had lived in Churubusco, Kendallville, Kalamazoo, Mich. and Columbia City. She graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1950. On May 11, 1958, she married Robert Eugene Workman in Whitley County and had been a waitress at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

Berniece Barnes, 89

December 10, 2014

July 10, 1925 — Dec. 6, 2014
Berniece Barnes, age 89, beloved mother and grandmother, went home to be with her heavenly Father on Dec. 6, 2014.
She was born on July 10, 1925 in Fort Wayne to John and Mildred (Guilliaume) Wilson.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Barnes of Boise, ID; two daughters, Barbara Linsky and Karen Smith both of Columbia City; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Barnes was preceded in death by her two husbands, Alister Fraser, in 1962 and Arthur Barnes, in 1985 and two sons, Richard Barnes, in 1979 and Scott Barnes, in 2004.

Margaret Graham, 92

December 9, 2014

Dec. 17, 1921 — Dec. 8, 2014
Margaret B. Graham, 92, of Columbia City, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
She was born Dec. 17, 1921 a daughter of Elijah and Nellie H. (Schieferdecker) Osborne.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Charles (Linda) Graham of Fort Wayne and Rodney (Kathy) Graham of Columbia City; two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; and a sister, Dorothy Eileen Neilson of Sterling Ill.
In addition to her husband, Darrell E. Graham, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee Osborne and Gene Osborne.

Tammy Horne, 51

December 9, 2014

Feb. 26, 1963 — Dec. 6, 2014
Tammy Lynn Horne, 51, of Columbia City passed away at 5:27 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born on Feb. 26, 1963 in Mount Sterling, Ky., she was the daughter of George and Rebecca (Banks) Crump.

William Whittenberger, 69

December 8, 2014

Sept. 3, 1945 — Dec. 5, 2014
William R. “Bill” Whittenberger, age 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:07 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born on Sept. 3, 1945 in Columbia City, he was the son of Arthur Leroy and Florence Marie Dorothy (Kerch) Whittenberger.
He attended Arcola schools and graduated from Arcola High School with the Class of 1963. Most of Bill’s working career was spent in various jobs that ended in troubleshooting after working his way up the ranks at International Harvester in Fort Wayne.

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