Archive for October, 2007

Irene O’Connell Guiff: 1917 – 2007

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

guiff-irene.jpgIrene O’Connell Guiff, 90, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, died at 4:08 a. m. on Monday, October 22, 2007 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City following a lengthy illness. She had been in declining health for some time, and had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Guiff was born on June 16, 1917 at Wolf Lake, a daughter of Lewis and Delliah (Marrs) Hyndman, and spent her formative years in Noble, Whitley, and Koskiusko Counties. She was married in Columbia City to Loren O’Connell on March 14, 1934, and had lived in the Churubusco-area since 1940.

As a young woman she was employed at Blue Bell in Columbia City, and later in life worked at the Magic Wand Restaurant in Churubusco. Mr. O’Connell preceded her in death on October 29, 1969.

She was a member of the Churubusco American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 157, and in her leisure time enjoyed playing Euchre, visiting with friends, and making pies.

On August 20, 1977 she married James L. Guiff in Allen County. He survives.

Other surviving relatives include her three children Verdonna “Tootie” (Paul) Konger of rural Albion, James (Nancy) O’Connell of Huntertown, and Patsy O’Connell of Fort Wayne; two step-children Gladys Wakeman of Columbia City and Gerald “Jerry” (Marsha) Guiff of Churubusco; and a sister Wanetta Snepp of Columbia City. There are eight grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and several step-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters Alice Birch and Mary Jane Geiger; four brothers Robert Hyndman, Leroy Hyndman, Ralph Hyndman, and Chester Hyndman; a step-daughter Audrey Valjack; and by a great-grandson Ben Konger.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, October 25, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Larry Smith, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Thursday.

Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery at Pierceton.

Memorials are requested to be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Women, Churubusco American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, or Parkview Home Health & Hospice.

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Kenneth C. Ebert: 1927 – 2007

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Kenneth C. Ebert, 79, a resident of Churubusco and formerly of Green Township in Noble County, died unexpectedly at 11:09 a. m. Friday at his residence.

Mr. Ebert was born on November 11, 1927 in Allen County, a son of Charles and Juanita (Hollopeter) Ebert.  He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne, and served with the U. S. Navy during World War II.

Following his military discharge he was married in Fort Wayne on May 26, 1950 to Roberta J. “Bert” Liggett.  The couple lived in Green Township for 48 years until moving to Churubusco in 2005.

He was formerly employed at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne for a number of years, and later retired in 1990 from General Electric in Fort Wayne.  He was also engaged in farming in Green Township, and was a member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 857 in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Ebert preceded him in death on December 21, 2005.

The surviving relatives include his daughters Sandra (Steven) Smith of Tucson, Ariz., and Terri (Kenneth) Sperone of Fort Wayne; a son Ronnie L. Ebert of Columbia City; and four grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Margaret Bailey; and by a grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Monday, October 15, 2007, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Timothy Grable, pastor of Sugar Grove Church of God, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday from 2 to 6 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Monday.

Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne, with military graveside rites.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.  

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Martha E. Folken: 1928 – 2007

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

folken-martha.jpgMartha E. Folken, 79, a resident of Huntertown, died at 8:20 a. m. on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at the Canterbury Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne, where she was given not only excellent care, but the daily love and support of an extraordinarily compassionate staff.

Ms. Folken was born in Huntertown on April 22, 1928, a daughter of Henry and Laura (Eby) Byerley, and was a lifelong resident of that community. She had been employed for several years as a medication aid at the Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne, retiring from there in 1990.

Martha enjoyed a full life with beloved family and friends. She loved crocheting, cooking, baking, crafts, chocolate, and was an avid Indiana University basketball fan. Her generosity, loving heart, trademark bawdy sense of humor, and incredible pecan pie endeared her to so many. She will be deeply missed.

The surviving relatives include two daughters Lauralee Aven of Fort Wayne and Susan Folken (Scott) Wermie of Tucson, Ariz; a son James E. (Linda) Aven of Huntertown; an “adopted” daughter Imogene Nusbaum-Snyder of Fort Wayne; two sisters Agnes Scott and Hilda Spangle, both of Huntertown; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Josephine Fosnaugh; and by three brothers Eugene Byerley, Clifton “Bill” Byerley, and Richard Byerley.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Wednesday, October 10, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with the Rev. Phillip Emerson, pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p. m.

Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9135 N. Meridian St., B-4, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

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James W. Messmann: 1928 – 2007

Friday, October 5th, 2007

messmannjames2.jpgJames W. Messmann, 79, a resident of Huntertown, died at 11:55 a. m. on Friday, October 5, 2007, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. He had been in declining health for some time, and had been seriously ill since July.

Mr. Messmann was born on January 17, 1928 in New Haven, a son of Edward and Mary Jane “Mae” (Ward) Messmann, and spent his early years there. He moved to Huntertown as a young man, and was married there on July 18, 1949 to Mardell M. Smith.

An inspector with International Harvester, he retired from there in 1980 after 36 years.

He was a charter member of Our Hope Lutheran Church in Huntertown, and was a member of the Garrett Eagles Aerie 1357, and the Sons of the American Legion in Monroeville. In his leisure time he enjoyed going to the lake, fishing, gardening, and most especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren.

The surviving relatives include his wife Mardell, to whom he was married for over 58 years; his two daughters and sons-in-law Corine and Arnold Bailey and LuAnn and Richard Linker, all of Fort Wayne; his sons and daughters-in-law Michael and Cathy Messmann and Robert and Kelly Messmann, all of Huntertown; eight grandchildren Justin Bailey, Shanda Linker, Shane Linker, Nathan (Amy) Messmann, Jason Messmann, Angie Messmann, Madison Messmann, and Morgan Messmann; and two great-grandchildren Grace Messmann and Audrey Messmann.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters and by seven brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, October 8, 2007, at the Our Hope Lutheran Church in Huntertown with Pastors Philip Schamehorn and Joe Fichtner, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 7 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Huntertown Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Our Hope Lutheran Church & School, 1826 Trinity Street, Huntertown, IN 46748 or Huntertown Volunteer Fire Department.

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Tommy R. Hagerman: 1939 – 2007

Monday, October 1st, 2007

hagerman-tommy-r.jpgTommy R. Hagerman, 68, a resident of rural Ligonier, died at 12:13 a. m. on Monday, October 1, 2007, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been a patient there since Thursday.

Mr. Hagerman was born on May 25, 1939 in Jolo, West Virginia, a son of Rosevelt and LouVicy (Vance) Hagerman, and moved from Paynesville, West Virginia to Noble County nine years ago.

A coal miner by trade, he was forced to retire in 1986 due to ill health after 28 years of employment with the Pittson Coal Company in Jewel Ridge, Virginia. He was a minister at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (Tom Sparks Cemetery Church) at Paynesville, and had been the moderator of the Rock of Ages Church of Love in Ligonier.

In his leisure time he enjoyed fox hunting, riding four-wheelers, and most especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren.

His marriage took place in Paynesville, West Virginia on April 19, 1958 to Leah Hicks. She survives.

In addition to his widow, surviving are six sons Allen (Mary) Hagerman, Stephen (Nancy) Hagerman, Jeffrey (Betty) Hagerman, and Michael (Stephanie) Hagerman, all of Paynesville, WVa., Anthony (Chrissy) Hagerman of Ligonier, and Aaron (Shannon) Hagerman of Chicago; five daughters Ann (Ron) Marshall of Auburn, Sherry (Luther) Hagerman of Ocala, Fla, Carolyn (Ernest) Vance of Albion, Deleah (Dennis) Ratliff of Topeka, and Tommi Jo (Estil) Pruitt of Ligonier; and a daughter-in-law Tiffany Hagerman of Ligonier.

Also surviving are four brothers Henry (Frances) Hagerman of Raysal, WVa., Theodore (Beatrice) Hagerman of Paynesville, WVa., Jimmy (Maria) Hagerman of Jacksonville, FL, and Perry (Nancy) Hagerman of Thomasville, NC; two sisters Tennessee Woods of Bradshaw, WVa., and Clara (Charles) Handshoe of Auburn; 46 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters Madelene Hagerman and Ethelene Hagerman; two sons Mark Hagerman and Jonathan Robert Hagerman; a son-in-law Charles Gross; two grandsons Joshua Hagerman and Joseph Hagerman; and four sisters Barbara Hagerman, Celia Woody, Mae Baker, and Elizabeth Jane Payne.

Mr. Hagerman will be taken from the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco to the family residence at 8919 North 450 West, Ligonier, where friends may call after 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The funeral will be held from the residence at 5 p. m. Tuesday with Carl Slone, Elmer Slone, Rusty Slone, and Billy Tuttle, officiating.

Final services will be held at 11 a. m. Thursday at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (Tom Sparks Cemetery Church) at Paynesville, WVa. Visitation will be at the church after 3 p. m. Wednesday, or prior to the service Thursday morning. There will also be an evening service at the church at 6 p. m. Wednesday.

Interment will be in the Hagerman Cemetery at Beartown, WVa.

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