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Deloris Gaff PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 15:58

Deloris Gaff

CHURUBUSCO -- Deloris M. Gaff, 85, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Herman L. Gaff, passed away at 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital after suffering from apparent congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized since Friday.
Mrs. Gaff was born on September 6, 1925 in Kosciusko County, a daughter of Charles and Flossie Ellen (Johnson) Leiter. She spent her formative years on the family farm near Sidney, and graduated from Sidney High School in 1943.
On May 18, 1946 she was married in North Manchester to Herman L. Gaff. The couple lived in North Webster for four years, and moved to the Churubusco-area in 1965.
Deloris was known as a hard working individual who never seemed to stop. She had worked at the Magic Wand Restaurant in Churubusco, served as an attendant at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, and also worked as a cashier at the Mor For Less Grocery in Churubusco for several years. In addition, she had also served as a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne for many years.  She was a member of Christ Community Church in Churubusco, and most importantly loved and cherished her family.
Mr. Gaff preceded her in death on February 10, 1984.
The surviving relatives include her beloved daughters, Sue (Ernie) Pyle of Churubusco and JoDee (Leonard) Jaurigue of Fort Wayne; a brother, Max (Doris) Leiter of Sidney; a sister, Irene Barnes of Warsaw; ten grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers Raymond Leiter and Eugene Leiter.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 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 Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Christ Community Church.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Gaff's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Deloris M. Gaff, 85, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Herman L. Gaff, passed away at 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital after suffering from apparent congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized since Friday.

 
Mark Fast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2011 12:21

CHURUBUSCO -- Mark Fast, 54, of Churubusco, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2011, at his home.
Born in Celina, Ohio, he worked as a roofer for many years. “Mark was a wonderful man with a big heart, a funny sense of humor, and would help anyone in need.” He enjoyed playing basketball, spending time outdoors, fishing and camping with his boys.
Surviving are his wife, Carla Fast of Churubusco; sisters, Sherie (Les) Howard of Fort Wayne, Jackie Reynolds of San Diego, Calif. and Jill Imbody of Fort Wayne; sons, Zachary, Tyler, Dakota, and Elijah Fast; daughter, Tiffany Nicole; and granddaughter, Alaysia Nicole. He was preceded in death by his parents, James G. and Ruth Fast; and brother, Ricky Fast.
Memorial service is 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at St. Joe Athletic Club, 817 Anderson Ave., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements by D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne.

CHURUBUSCO -- Mark Fast, 54, of Churubusco, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2011, at his home.

 
Donnis Goneau PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2011 12:19

AVILLA -- Donnis Goneau, 83, of Avilla, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at her home in Avilla.
Born January 13, 1928, in Churubusco, she was the daughter of the late Dwight and Estella (McCoy) Parish. She married Donald Lawrence Goneau on February 5, 1949, at St. Peters Catholic Church, Fort Wayne. She was a waitress at St. James Restaurant, Avilla for 18 years, and prior to that at American Legion Post 82, Fort Wayne.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Goneau of Avilla; daughter, Rochelle Hein of Fort Wayne; sons, Patrick (Lynne) Goneau of Bradenton, Fla. and Kim (Wanda) Goneau of Fort Wayne; daughter, Lisa (Dan) Danielson of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Kelly (Loretta) Goneau of Tok, Alaska; daughter, Holly Goneau of Garrett; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Dallas (Gloria) Parish of Churubusco; and sisters, Dwila (Don) Bloom of Alpharetta, Ga. and Carman Horn of Ohio.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main St., Kendallville. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Avilla.
Preferred memorials are to Indiana  Organ Procurement Organization or the Noble County Humane Society.
Send a condolence to the family or view a video tribute of Donnis by Friday at www.hitefuneralhome.com.

AVILLA -- Donnis Goneau, 83, of Avilla, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at her home in Avilla.

 
Nora Bair PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 March 2011 17:39

Nora Bair

CHURUBUSCO -- Nora Jane Bair, 90, a former resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following an extended illness.
Ms. Bair was born on February 8, 1921 in Noble County, a daughter of Ebony E. and Ada (Haney) Bair. A 1939 graduate of Churubusco High School, she graduated from business college in Fort Wayne, and spent all of her life on the family farm in Green Township.
As a young woman she was employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne, and retired after over 30 years from the offices of Albion Production Credit Association. A member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, she had served as the treasurer of its missions board and was also the coordinator for church funeral dinners. An accomplished seamstress, she had made gowns for countless weddings and events over the years, and made the first drapes for the baptistery of her church.
Because of her sewing abilities, she served as a judge for the 4-H dress revue for many years, and had also volunteered in the office at the Noble County 4-H Fair. She enjoyed watching sporting events, and especially enjoyed watching her nieces and nephews in athletic competitions.
The surviving relatives include her sister, Mary Lois Edwards of Albion; a sister-in-law, Anita Bair of Churubusco; 16 nieces and nephews; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Delanoy; and by three brothers, Ralph L. Bair, Paul Bair, Sr., and Lynn I. Bair.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Merriam Christian Chapel, with Pastor Terry L. Zolman, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Monday morning.
Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Merriam Christian Chapel Missions Fund; or to Shriner's Hospital For Children.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Ms. Bair's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

CHURUBUSCO -- Nora Jane Bair, 90, a former resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following an extended illness.

 
June Hadley PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:37

June Hadley

LaOTTO -- June Pauline (Leiter) Hadley, 86, a resident of rural LaOtto and widow of Vaughan A. Hadley, passed away at 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been a patient there since Wednesday after suffering an apparent stroke.
Mrs. Hadley was born on June 3, 1924 in Noble County, a daughter of Clarence Samuel and Pearl Edith (Wood) Leiter. She spent her formative years in Swan Township, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1943.
As a young woman she had worked at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne for 13 years, and was married at Simpson United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne to Vaughan A. Hadley on May 21, 1954. She and her husband lived in Fort Wayne for a period before moving to the family farm in Swan Township where she spent most of her adult life.
She was a longtime member of Simpson United Methodist Church, a member of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136, and a member of Sigma Phi Gama Sorority. As an outstanding homemaker who deeply loved her family, she was an exceptional cook, hostess, seamstress, and an avid bird watcher. She had a green thumb in the garden and possessed expert skills in growing orchids and plants.
Mr. Hadley preceded her in death on April 22, 2004.
The surviving relatives include her daughter, Sandra S. Hadley of rural LaOtto; two sisters, Mary (Louie) Peduto of  Shelbyville and Dorothy Martin of Kendallville; a brother, Ray (Patsy) Leiter of LaOtto; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Glen Leiter, Glade Leiter, Robert Leiter, and Cleo Leiter; and by three sisters, Carrie Russell, Helen Thorn, and Gladys McNabb.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Edward E.  Kester, pastor of Simpson United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 1 p.m. on Saturday until the time of the service.
Interment will be in the Hooper-King Cemetery, west of Avilla.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Shriner's Hospital For Children or Simpson United Methodist Church.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Hadley's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

LaOTTO -- June Pauline (Leiter) Hadley, 86, a resident of rural LaOtto and widow of Vaughan A. Hadley, passed away at 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been a patient there since Wednesday after suffering an apparent stroke.

 
Jeanne Short PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 22:57

Jeanne Short

FORT WAYNE -- Jeanne A. Short, 68, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been in failing health since December.
Ms. Short was born on April 20, 1942 in Connersville, a daughter of Kenneth R. and Catherine (Lunsford) Klein.  She graduated from North Side High School in Fort Wayne in 1960, and was a 1963 graduate of the former Parkview Hospital School of Nursing. In addition, she was also a graduate of St. Francis College.
Her career as a registered nurse spanned most of her adult life, first working at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for 26 years. She later moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1988 where she worked at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit before returning to Fort Wayne in 2004.
She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church.
The surviving relatives include her children, Todd (Pam) Short of Phoenix, Az., and Lisa (Tony) Lucio of Fort Wayne; her stepmother, Rosalyn Klein of Carmel; four brothers, Bill (Mary) Klein of Lakeland, Fla., Donald (Deborah) Klein of Carmel, Kevin (Debra) Klein of Fort Wayne, and Craig (Susan) Klein of Oxnard, Calif; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her father and mother, she was preceded in death by her stepfather Roy Beard; and by a daughter, Amy C. Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Greg Hiatt, pastor of Huntertown United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.
To honor Jeanne's mother, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana  46804.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Ms. Short's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

FORT WAYNE -- Jeanne A. Short, 68, a resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been in failing health since December.

 
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