Archive for February, 2011

Arthur L. Ramsey: 1935 – 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Ramsey, ArtArthur L. Ramsey, 75, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco and well-known area businessman, passed away at 7:05 a. m. on Friday, February 18, 2011, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.  He had been in declining health for some time, and had entered the nursing home in January.

Mr. Ramsey was born in Fort Wayne on March 25, 1935, a son of Amos Edward and Hilda Erma (Gomoll) Ramsey, and spent his formative years there.  As a young man he served with the U. S. Navy, and was married on December 15, 1956 to Marilyn M. Myers.  The couple lived in Fort Wayne for a period until moving to Churubusco in 1966.

Along with his wife, he founded 3 Kings Flooring in Fort Wayne, and owned and operated the business from 1968 to 2005.

He was a member of the First Church of God in Columbia City.  In his leisure time he was an avid fisherman, and most importantly loved and cherished his family.

Mrs. Ramsey preceded him in death on April 29, 2007.

The surviving relatives include his children Monica (Kevin) Nichols of Churubusco, Mark A. (Denise) Ramsey of Collins, and Pam (George) Wirges and Todd (Sara) Ramsey, both of Churubusco; a brother Paul A. (Edna) Ramsey of Morristown, Fla; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Max Edward Ramsey.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, February 21, 2011, at the First Church of God in Columbia City with Pastor Jim Martin, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Sidener Cemetery, LaGrange County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, IN  46804

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Neva B. Writesel: 1918 – 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

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 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.  Since that time 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.

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Marcia Adams: 1935 – 2011

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Adams, Marcia 2Marcia 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, Indiana, 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.

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Bryce G. Fitch: 1927 – 2011

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Bryce G. Fitch, 83, a former resident of Huntertown, passed away at 12:10 p. m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at Life Care Center in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mr. Fitch was born in Huntertown on March 27, 1927, a son of Maurice Keith and Lois Marie (Byerley) Fitch, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1946.

A former employee of the Wayne Candy Company in Fort Wayne, he moved to Long Beach, California in 1974 and lived there for 20 years before returning to Allen County in 1994.  While living in Long Beach, he worked as a parking lot attendant at Doctor’s Hospital in Lakeland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Noel Fitch in 1993.

The surviving relatives include his niece Nancy Fitch of Austin, Texas; and four nephews Miguel Cisneros of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Anthony Cisneros, Vincent Cisneros, and Richard Cisneros, all of La Habra, Calif.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, February 7, 2011, at the Huntertown Cemetery with Rev. Greg Hiatt, pastor of Huntertown United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow.

Friends may call at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday morning after 9:00 a. m.  The cortege will depart the funeral home for the cemetery at 9:30 a. m.

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