Obituaries
Robert Sloffer PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 April 2011 22:07

Robert Sloffer

CHURUBUSCO -- Robert J. Sloffer, 88, a resident of Churubusco and widely acquainted Churubusco businessman and community leader, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the family residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Sloffer was born in Huntertown on June 7, 1922, a son of Milo and Bertha (Dunten) Sloffer, and spent his formative years in that area. He graduated from Huntertown High School in 1940 and as a young man served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
On April 4, 1942 he was married to Doris M. Gordon, and along with his father-in-law, the late Walter Gordon, was co-owner of Gordon & Sloffer, Inc. in Churubusco for 41 years, retiring in 1986.
In addition to his business concerns, his life was marked by memberships and active participation in a variety of civic and fraternal organizations. He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church; and was a 50 year member of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne. In addition, he was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco, Churubusco Veteran's of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846, and was a charter member of the Churubusco Lions Club.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Doris, to whom he was married for 69 years; his son, Robert J. (Sandy) Sloffer, Jr. of Churubusco; three daughters, Diane (Bruce) Fletter of Grand Rapids, Mich., Karlin (Terry) Shively of Whitehouse, Oh., and Jan Patnella of Holiday, Fla; a sister, Hilda Shively of Churubusco; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Sloffer; and by three sisters, Marie Bosler, Helen Stonestreet, and Marcella Hoyer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne K. Boruff, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Shriner's Hospital For Children, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue,Chicago, IL 60707
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Sloffer's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Robert J. Sloffer, 88, a resident of Churubusco and widely acquainted Churubusco businessman and community leader, passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the family residence following an extended illness.

 
Beverly Lewis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2011 17:15

Beverly Lewis

FORT WAYNE -- Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Lewis was born on March 15, 1928 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Lloyd and Bernice (Brown) Reynolds, and graduated from North Side High School in 1946. Upon completing her education, she worked at the former Wayne Knitting Mills and later at Security Cartage Trucking Company.
On June 10, 1950 she was married in Fort Wayne to Jack L. Lewis, and spent most of her adult life in Washington Township in Allen County.
She had worked at The Lincoln Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne for 23 years, retiring from there in 1990 as a group department systems tester. She had previously attended the Bethel United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, and was past worthy matron of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136.
Mr. Lewis preceded her in death on July 30, 2001.
The surviving relatives include two sons, Ronald C. (Marilyn) Lewis of Fort Wayne and Donald L. (Melody) Lewis of DeRidder, La; a daughter, Mari (Brian) Davis of Noble County; a brother, Jerry A. (Ruth Ann) Reynolds of Bluffton; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine McComb; and by a brother, James Reynolds.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Rick Van Horn, pastor of Christ Community Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136 will conduct memorial services at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136, c/o Margaret Hoot, 1812 W. Shoaff Rd., Huntertown, IN 46748.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Lewis' memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

FORT WAYNE -- Beverly M. Lewis, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Jack L. Lewis, passed away at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.

 
John Dambra Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:13

John Dambra

John Guy Dambra Jr., 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Parkview North Hospital following complications from cancer treatments. He was born in Ipswich, Mass. on August 8, 1942 to John Guy and Laura C. (Piecuch) Dambra Sr.
He is a graduate of Ipswich High School. Following graduation he joined the United States Marine Core where he served his country in Vietnam. When he was honorable discharged from military service he settled in the Fort Wayne area.
He married his first wife, Elouise (Esterine) Dambra, on April 10, 1965. He began his career with UPS at that time and retired after 30 years of service from driving. He married his second wife, Josephine (Lawton) Dambra, on July 30, 1973. During this time he found his love for spending time on the lake with his family. Following the death of Josephine (November 30, 2001) he married Deborah (Wright) Dambra on August 22, 2003. During his retirement he and Deborah enjoyed ushering at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and at Notre Dame University, South Bend.
Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Deborah (Wright) Dambra; his children, Penny (Ray) Turner, Gina (Jess) White, Michele (Thomas) Line, Jeffrey (Billie Jo) Dambra, Jay (Wendy) Dambra, John G. (Christina) Dambra III, Andrea (Mike) Perez, Sarah Hodgin, and Jennifer Hodgin; first wife, Elouise (Esterine) Dambra; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his second wife, Josephine (Lawton) Dambra
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1636 St. Mary’s Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, Russ Dewell, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends on Friday, April 28, 2011 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. There will also be calling before the service starting at 9:30 a.m.
For those who wish, memorials should be directed to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

FORT WAYNE -- John Guy Dambra Jr., 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Parkview North Hospital following complications from cancer treatments. He was born in Ipswich, Mass. on August 8, 1942 to John Guy and Laura C. (Piecuch) Dambra Sr.

 
Opal Longenecker PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 15:21

Opal Longenecker

COLUMBIA CITY -- Opal Longenecker, 86, of Columbia City, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at Covington Manor Health & Rehab, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since August 2010.
She was born August 6, 1924 in Eel River Township, Allen County a daughter of Clyde Franklin and Elta Edna (Disler) Longenecker. She attended the Madden School for six years, Eel River Perry School and graduated from Huntertown High School.
She made her home in Churubusco until 1972 when she moved to Columbia City. In 1997 she became a resident at Renaissance Village.
She worked at G.C. Murphy’s in downtown Fort Wayne for 19 years and General Electric for five years.
Her memberships included First Church of God.
Surviving relatives include a brother-in-law, Arthur Lamle of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Longenecker and three sisters, Minnie Longenecker, Alice Lamle and Grace Lemon.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Eel River Cemetery near Churubusco. There will be no public visitation. Preferred memorials are to First Church of God. Arrangements are being completed at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

COLUMBIA CITY -- Opal Longenecker, 86, of Columbia City, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011 at Covington Manor Health & Rehab, Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since August 2010.

 
Evelyn Andorfer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2011 15:26

Evelyn Andorfer

COLUMBIA CITY -- Evelyn Irene Andorfer, age 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home. Born November 13, 1918 in Edgerton, Ind. she was a daughter of William and Minnie (Longardner) Doty.
She graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1936. She then attended Ravenscroft Beauty College. She worked as a hairdresser until her marriage.  On March 6, 1942, she married George M. Andorfer in Fort Wayne. She was raised in Woodburn, and then lived in Fort Wayne after her marriage until 1950. She and her husband then moved to Whitley County, moving to her present Columbia City residence in 1983. A homemaker and housewife, she was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Columbia City, where she was a former member of the Rosary Society, Theo Club, and the Silver Striders.
Survivors include sons, Philip (Betty) Andorfer of Columbia City and Keith (Quennie) Andorfer of Fort Wayne; daughters, Cheryl Ball of Fort Wayne and Christine (Brad) Whiteleather of Columbia City, Charleen (James) McSwain of Decatur and Jacalyn (David) Lillich of Granger; brother, Wayne (Doris) Doty of Columbia City; 19 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Fett and a sister, Kathryn Boullion, two brothers, Donald and Gaylord Doty, and great-grandson, Kurt Rigsby.
Visitation is Monday, April 25, 2011 from 3 - 8:00 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. A Prayer Vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 315 S. Line Street, Columbia City, with calling at 10 a.m. Father Larry Kramer of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church will be celebrant. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Andorfer to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or St. Paul of the Cross St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

COLUMBIA CITY -- Evelyn Irene Andorfer, age 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at her home. Born November 13, 1918 in Edgerton, Ind. she was a daughter of William and Minnie (Longardner) Doty.

 
Cynthia Crooks PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 April 2011 22:48

Cynthia Crooks

CHURUBUSCO -- Cynthia Anne Crooks, 69, a resident of Churubusco and wife of David L. Crooks, passed away at 4:41 p.m. on 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.
On September 12, 1960 she was married in Churubusco, to David L. Crooks of Churubusco, where she spent all of her married life. She spent a period in Springfield, Ohio with her husband, moving back to Churubusco in 2002 following his retirement. She was involved with Cub and Girl Scouts with her children. Mrs. Crooks had worked at the former Pat’s Café in Churubusco and delivered the Post & Mail for 17 years.
The surviving relatives include her husband, David L.; four sons, Christopher Crooks of Fort Wayne, David (Cassandra) Crooks Jr. of Fort Wayne, Robert (Tammy) Crooks of Columbia City, and Patrick Crooks of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Diana Hoffman of Columbia City and Margaret Crooks of Churubusco; a sister, Pamela Hinrich of Churubusco; six brothers, James L. (Ann) Wilson of Decatur, Carl A. (Bonnie) Wilson of Larwill, Kenneth E. (Lana) Wilson of Pierceton, Keith E. Wilson of Pierceton, John H. (Cheri) Wilson of Spencerville, and Kevin P. (Sharon) Wilson of Philadelphia, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a former son–in-law, Kenneth Hoffman, Jr. of Columbia City.
Mrs. Crooks was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, with Rev. Corinne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 3 – 5 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m.
For those who wish, memorials should be directed to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Crooks memory, log onto www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Cynthia Anne Crooks, 69, a resident of Churubusco and wife of David L. Crooks, passed away at 4:41 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011, at Parkview Hospital from a short illness.

 
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