Obituaries
Nellene Miller PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 April 2011 14:20

CHURUBUSCO -- Nellene K. Miller, 60, of rural Churubusco, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Monday, April 11.
She was born December 21, 1950 in Wolf Lake, Indiana a daughter of Byron H. and Laura M. (Gump) Miller. Her formative years were spent in Etna Township, Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
She was employed at Viking in Columbia City and B.R.C. in Churubusco.
As a young girl, she attended West Etna Community Church.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Barbara Jones of Fort Wayne; two nephews and a niece; and two great-nephews and four great-nieces.
Her parents and companion, Nelson Arnold, preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in West Etna Community Cemetery. The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

CHURUBUSCO -- Nellene K. Miller, 60, of rural Churubusco, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Monday, April 11.

 
Danny Bolinger PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:19

Danny Bolinger

COLUMBIA CITY -- Danny Lee Bolinger, age 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born December 11, 1954 in Huntington, IN he was the son of Bill D. and Marylyn J. (Geiger) Bolinger.
A lifetime Columbia City resident, he graduated with the Class of 1973 from Columbia City Joint High School. On May 21, 1977 he married Michelle Trimmer at First Church of God, Columbia City. For 28 years, he worked as a welder for Dana Corporation, Syracuse.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Michelle Bolinger of Columbia City; daughters, Brandi (Sergio) Saldivar of Fort Wayne and Amber (Russell) Simons of Churubusco; son, Jeremy (Heather) Bolinger of Churubusco; sisters and brother, Jan Smith of Huntington, Lori (Randy) DeBallie of Pierceton, Toni (Benji) Fugate of Columbia City, Lois (Russ) Gagnon of North Manchester, Lonnie (Brenda) Bolinger of Syracuse and Stacy (Scott) Gagnon of Columbia City; one grandson, Jackson Bolinger of Churubusco. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Debbie Bolinger and stepbrother, Gary Bolinger.
Visitation is Friday, April 15, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service is Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Howard Compton of Troy Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Bolinger to the American Stroke Association, National Center, 7272 Grunville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.

COLUMBIA CITY -- Danny Lee Bolinger, age 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born December 11, 1954 in Huntington, IN he was the son of Bill D. and Marylyn J. (Geiger) Bolinger.

 
Frederick Gaff PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:17

Frederick Gaff

CHURUBUSCO -- Frederick G.C. Gaff, age 64, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:58 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at his residence. Born October 31, 1946 in Wolf Lake,  he was the son Paul Joseph and Joyce N. (Newman) Gaff.
A Churubusco High School graduate, he resided in Churubusco the majority of his lifetime. On March 25, 1972 he married Joan Marie Anspach in Fort Wayne. For 27 years he worked as a truck driver for Essex Wire and Cable retiring in 1999. After retirement, he worked for Super Value for two years. His memberships included Eagles Lodge #1906 and Teamsters Local #414. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his daughter, Amy (Jim) Bohnstedt of Columbia City; mother, Joyce Gaff of Columbia City; grandsons, Colton and Caden Bohnstedt of Columbia City; brothers, Jay L. Gaff of Winterhaven, FL, Herbert N. (Sandra) Gaff of Churubusco and Charles Gaff of Fort Wayne; sister, Bonnie Ohnesorge of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul J. Gaff; wife, Joan Marie Gaff on September 1, 2009; brother, Paul J. Gaff, Jr. and stepfather, Jay Gaff.
Visitation is Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 2-6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service is Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Larry Smith of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, 4115 South U.S. 33, Merriam, IN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in memory of Mr. Gaff to Colton and Caden Bohnstedt's college fund.  Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

CHURUBUSCO -- Frederick G.C. Gaff, age 64, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:58 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at his residence. Born October 31, 1946 in Wolf Lake,  he was the son Paul Joseph and Joyce N. (Newman) Gaff.

 
Donald Pressler PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 14:27

Donald Pressler

CHURUBUSCO -- Donald J. "Tod" Pressler, 81, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the family residence from the results of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Pressler was born on July 8, 1929 in Thorncreek Township in Whitley County, a son of Riley and Lola (Gause) Pressler. He spent his formative years on the family farm north of Collins, and served with the U. S. Army during World War II. A year after completing his military duty he was married on July 16, 1949 in Merriam to Dorcas Pippenger, and had lived in the Churubusco-area all of his adult life.
Employed at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for over 30 years, he retired from there in 1981. He was a member of the Churubusco Veteran's of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846.
During his retirement years, he and his wife enjoyed wintering for several years in Ruskin, Florida. In his leisure time he enjoyed reading, fishing, watching television, and most especially loved and cherished his family.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Dorcas, to whom he was married for over 61 years; a daughter, Diana (Bill Swinehart) Liechty of Churubusco; his sister, Mary Jane Pressler of Columbia City; three grandchildren, David (Janelle) Liechty of Auburn, Lori (Jacob) Black of Fort Wayne, and Kristina (Greg) Zelt of Leo; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Tod Pressler on April 30, 1977; and by three brothers, Alan Pressler, Mike Pressler, and Gene Pressler.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Robert C. Siegrist, pastor of Believer's Bible Fellowship, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, or one hour prior to the service Sunday afternoon.
Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Blue River Cemetery, Whitley County.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Believer's Bible Fellowship, 316 N. Main Street, Churubusco, IN 46723; or to the donor's choice.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Pressler's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Donald J. "Tod" Pressler, 81, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the family residence from the results of an apparent heart attack.

 
Terry Miller PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 14:32

Terry Miller

CHURUBUSCO -- Terry R. Miller, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 4:52 a. m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Miller was born in Fort Wayne on May 7, 1957. He was a graduate of Carroll High School in 1975, and he then earned an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech in engineering. He served in the Navy for four years earning the rank of yeoman. He was employed at Magnavox in Fort Wayne for several years, and also worked at Thompson Whitley County Motor Sales in Columbia City. He belonged to the Norris Networking group, was an independent distributor of MonaVie and Wowgreen, and spent the past year as a truck driver for Brother’s Express Trucking Company.
He was a member and former deacon of Faith United Church of Christ in Fort Wayne and the Churubusco American Legion Post 157. He also had served on the Churubusco Turtle Days Board. In his leisure time he enjoyed golf, bowling, hockey, and being a helpful neighbor.
The surviving relatives include his mother, Maurene Miller of Fort Mill, South Carolina; biological father, Jimmy Spangle, Fort Wayne; a stepson, Shane (Heather) Silver of LaOtto; a brother, Robert Miller of Lake Wylie, South Carolina; three sisters, Laurie (Bruce) Chandley of Weaverville, North Carolina, Lynette (Chris) Mitchell of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Mendi Funk of Fort Wayne; a biological brother, Gary Harp of Indianapolis; four half sisters, Alisa Wiedleman of Fort Wayne, Tami Hiter of Fort Wayne, Kerry Vanderford, and Kelly Vanderford; a stepgranddaughter; a niece and three nephews.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Miller and biological mother, Charlene Kois
A memorial service will be held at Faith United Church of Christ, 10707 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. Rev. Clare Walter will officiate.
Family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers for those who wish, memorials may be directed to Faith United Church of Christ or Churubusco Turtle Days.
Services are being provided by Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Miller’s memory, log onto www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Terry R. Miller, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 4:52 a. m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

 
Marryellen Matasky PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 April 2011 19:10

HOWELL, MICH. -- Marryellen L Matasky, 79, of Howell, Mich., died Thursday, April 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Howell.
Born May 31, 1931, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Gottlieb and Mary “Cleo” (Monroe) Nicole. Beloved wife of local businessman Ernest Matasky whom she married on August 14, 1978, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Brighton. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2004. Maryellen received Master’s Degrees in English and Social Studies from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne where she also served as the Dean of Women. She affected the lives of many students as she taught in multiple schools in Michigan, Indiana and Louisiana.She retired as a teacher from St. Joseph Catholic School in Howell where she taught social studies for over 25 years. She was also a former member of Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. She is survived by loving sisters, Jeannine Ervin of Fort Wayne and Jo (Mike) Buffalino of Churubusco; dear sister-in-law, Mary K. Matasky of Fort Wayne; close friends, Charlotte and Jim Ratke of Howell. She is preceded in death by her siblings, Edward, John “Nic” and Caroline Nicole. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. (in state 9 a.m.) Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at St. John Catholic Church, 2099 Hacker Road, Howell, Mich. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m., at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell, Michigan.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please visit online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.

HOWELL, MICH. -- Marryellen L Matasky, 79, of Howell, Mich., died Thursday, April 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Howell.

 
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