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Audrey Barker PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 15:45

Audrey Barker

SOUTH WHITLEY -- Audrey I. Barker, 84, of South Whitley, died at 1:25 p.m. Monday, February 7, 2011 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since November 2009.
She was born October 11, 1926 in Collamer, Indiana, a daughter of Reed and Ida Irene (Ribett) Brower. Her formative years were spent in the Collamer area. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On May 6, 1944 she was united in marriage to Lester Lewis Barker. They made their home on a farm northwest of South Whitley. Mr. Barker died June 4, 1994.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in South Whitley.
Surviving relatives include six children, Diane Prescott of Jacksonville, FL, Raymond (Virginia) Barker of Syracuse, Sandra Byrd of Churubusco, Patricia (James) Schneider of North Manchester, Lester (Cindy) Barker of South Whitley, Kevin (Renee) Barker of Pierceton; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Leola Williamson of South Whitley; and a brother, Harold Brower of Columbia City.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucille LaRue, Mary Lou Keppler and Ruth Joan Combs; and two brothers, Richard Brower and Alvin Brower.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

SOUTH WHITLEY -- Audrey I. Barker, 84, of South Whitley, died at 1:25 p.m. Monday, February 7, 2011 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since November 2009.

 
Robert Derosett PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:44

COLUMBIA CITY -- Robert K. “Bird” Derosett, 54, of Columbia City, died at 6:19 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011 at his home.
He was born March 19, 1956 in Marion, Indiana, a son of Atwell and Hazel Josephine (Todd) Derosett.
His formative years were spent in Bluffton, Churubusco and Blue Lake areas. He completed his education at Churubusco High School.
Surviving relatives include his mother, Hazel Josephine “Jo” Hurt of Columbia City; two children, Sarah Derosett of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey Schutt of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Priscilla Klingaman.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with the family receiving friends after 2 p.m. Friday.
Burial will take place at a later date at Keister Section of Scott Cemetery.
Preferred memorials to final expense account at Smith & Sons Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

COLUMBIA CITY -- Robert K. “Bird” Derosett, 54, of Columbia City, died at 6:19 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011 at his home.

 
John Harris PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:44

FORT WAYNE -- John C. “Jack” Harris, 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at Parkview Hospital.
Born in Fort Wayne, he worked with Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire for 45 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1480 New Haven, Local 963, and American Legion 241. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather who was an avid I.U. Basketball fan and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He held several offices over the years with Local 963.
He is survived by his wife, Margeret Harris of Fort Wayne; daughters, Sandra (Nick) Harris-Shively of Fort Wayne and Lori (George) Casiano of Avilla; son, Randy (Karen) Harris of Garrett; stepdaughter, Sandra (Roger) Hamilton of Fort Wayne; sisters, Barbara (Jack) Larimer and Patricia (Dwayne) Wolfe, both of Fort Wayne; brother, Ben (Marilyn) Harris of Churubusco; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Ora Harris; two sisters, and eight brothers. Service is 1 p.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue. Calling from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.

FORT WAYNE -- John C. “Jack” Harris, 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at Parkview Hospital.

 
Robert Bugert PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:43

LAOTTO -- Robert “Bob” Michael Bugert, 72, of LaOtto, died Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born January 7, 1939, to the late Edwin J. and Marcella P. (Nix) Bugert in Fort Wayne, he married Kay Louise Johnson on August 29, 1964 in Churubusco; she survives. He was a construction electrician for 41 years, retiring from Service Electric in Fort Wayne in April 2000. He was a Navy veteran and member of the IBEW Local 305 (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). He was an avid fan of West Virginia and enjoyed white-water rafting and ATV riding in the mountains.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Bugert of LaOtto; four daughters, Roberta M. (Larry) Adams of LaOtto, Melanie L. Sparkman of Garrett, Linda R. (Jason) Buchs of Kendallville and Kathleen McCurdy of Dallas, Texas; son, Charles E. Bugert of LaOtto; sisters, Sara E. Bohnke and Mary E. Beaverson, both of Fort Wayne; and brothers, Joseph A. Bugert of Indianapolis and James E. Bugert of Ossian; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
There will be a Celebration of Life gathering from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at Thomas Funeral Home, Garrett.
There are no services planned. Memorials are to the American Cancer Society for research.

LAOTTO -- Robert “Bob” Michael Bugert, 72, of LaOtto, died Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

 
Neva Writesel PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:40

WHEAT RIDGE, COLORADO -- Neva B. Writesel, 92, a native of Noble County and a former resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She had been taken there from the Ashley Manor Care Center in Wheat Ridge, where she had resided for the past year.
Mrs. Writesel was born on June 1, 1918 in Swan Township in Noble County, a daughter of Lodie and Eva Ellen (Richards) Freeman, and spent her formative years in Green Township.
In 1950 she moved to Indianapolis, and for many years worked as a buyer and store manager for the H. P. Wasson & Company in Indianapolis and Bloomington.
On November 14, 1970 she was married to Richard C. Writesel, and moved to Fort Wayne that year. She had lived in this area until moving to the Denver, Colorado area over five years ago to be near her daughter.
The surviving relatives include her daughter, Brenda (Edward) Combs of Lakewood, Col; two sisters, Mary (James) Gerber of Garrett and Laura Shank of Churubusco; a brother, Wilbur (Kay) Freeman of Marion; her grandsons, Scott (Marie) Combs of Cleveland and Brent (Haley Strample) Combs of Denver; and a great-granddaughter Allison Combs of Cleveland.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband on July 18, 1976. Also deceased is a brother, James Freeman; and two sisters, Blanche Sible and Myrtle Nine.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Writesel's memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.

WHEAT RIDGE, COLORADO -- Neva B. Writesel, 92, a native of Noble County and a former resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She had been taken there from the Ashley Manor Care Center in Wheat Ridge, where she had resided for the past year.

 
Marcia Adams PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 February 2011 14:47

Marcia Adams

FORT WAYNE -- Marcia Grabill Sicard Adams, age 75, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital.
Born April 12, 1935 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Merle and Esther (Manahan) Grabill. In her early childhood she lived for a time in Angola and later on the family farm near Flint, Indiana. After graduation from Orland High School with honors, she attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and was active in The Literary Society.
She was married to Armand Sicard of Butler, by whom she had one son, Gerard, who preceded her in death in 1993. Later she married Richard G. Adams. In addition to her parents and son, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Gayle Grabill.
Her strong effervescent personality and positive approach to life enabled her to be a popular friend to many around the country and drove her to serve as a community leader. Well organized, she was a member of many philanthropic groups including board level appointments to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Fort Wayne Ballet. Marcia was instrumental in the community fund drives that led to the building of the Fort Wayne Performing Arts Center and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award the governor of Indiana can bestow upon a private citizen. She was also a member of the Indiana Arts Commission, the First Presbyterian Church, and the YWCA. She spent her later years at The Town House where she enjoyed developing perennial flower borders and landscaping projects on the grounds.
A nationally recognized American food historian, she wrote six popular prize-winning Amish and Midwestern style cookbooks published by Crown of New York. The books were then produced by her on Public Television at both WBGU-TV in Bowling Green and Maryland Public Television. The series aired in every Public Television network in the country, and she much appreciated her loyal fans. Later while waiting for a heart transplant she published two journals, Heart to Heart, and Heart Anew. Her experience with heart disease and a successful heart transplant was also produced as a Public Television documentary for which she received the renowned Telly Award. All of her PBS work was also shown around the world on the Armed Forces Network. She was also honored by the YWCA as a Hidden Heroine for her behind the scenes work to bring increased awareness to the issue of women’s heart disease.
Among her plethora of interests were collecting 20th Century Art, Works on Paper, and traveling extensively abroad, having visited all seven continents.
She is survived by her brother, Gordon (Janet) Grabill of Angola; one grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
At the request of Ms. Adams, there will be a Celebration of Life memorial gathering of family and friends at a later date. Interment in Lindenwood Cemetery will also occur at a later time with family and selected friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the YWCA of Northeast Indiana, 1610 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46808; or the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.sheetsandchilds.net.

FORT WAYNE -- Marcia Grabill Sicard Adams, age 75, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital.

 
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