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Kenneth M. Bohnstedt 1955 – 2015

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Bhonstedt, Ken_0001 (2)Kenneth M. Bohnstedt, 59, a resident of Fort Wayne and a native of Churubusco, passed away at 7:30 a. m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the family residence in Eel River Township following an extended illness.

Mr. Bohnstedt was born on February 1, 1955 in Garrett, a son of Gene A. and Martha A. (Myers) Bohnstedt, and spent his formative years in Churubusco. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1974, and earned his technical certificate from Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis.

Formerly employed as an alignment mechanic at Kelley Chevrolet, he had last worked as a department manager at Lowe’s on Illinois Road for ten years.

He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 11353, and had served on the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

On May 14, 1977 he was married in Churubusco to Karen Nelson. She survives.

The other surviving relatives include his three children Bradley (Lindsay) Bohnstedt of Oklahoma City, Ok., and Amy (Joe) Wentworth and Nolan Bohnstedt, both of Fort Wayne; his parents Gene A. and Martha Bohnstedt of Churubusco; two brothers Steven B. (Tina) Bohnstedt and Brian K. (Julie) Bohnstedt, both of Fort Wayne; two sisters LeaAndrea McConnell of Fort Wayne and Lynette J. Bohnstedt of Churubusco; his in-laws Hurshell “Bud” and Beverly Nelson of Churubusco; and two grandchildren Audrey and Madelyn Bohnstedt.

He was preceded in death by a sister Gloria Mae Bohnstedt.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a. m. Saturday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Rd.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass. A vigil service will be held at 4 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

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Idamae L. Deem 1932 -2015

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Deem, Idamae_0001-1 (2)Idamae L. Deem, 82, a former resident of Churubusco and widow of Harold L. Deem, passed away at 7:20 p. m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Miller’s at Oak Pointe in Columbia City following an extended illness.

Mrs. Deem was born on June 18, 1932 in Craigville in Wells County, a daughter of Merlin L. and Clara H. (Chandler) Ernst. She spent her formative years in Allen, Michigan and graduated from Quincy High School in 1950.

Upon completing her education, she moved to Fort Wayne and was married on December 21, 1957 in Collins to Harold L. Deem. She lived all of her adult life in Churubusco and was employed as a winder at General Electric in Fort Wayne for 40 years.

She was a member of Believer’s Bible Fellowship in Churubusco and General Electric’s Elex Elpar Chapter.

Mr. Deem preceded her in death on December 31, 1989.

The surviving relatives include her sister Helen (Floyd Abbott) Groesbeck of Jonesville, Mich; a brother-in-law Lowell (Sandy) Deem of Auburn; a niece Beth (Brad) Bowditch of Fort Wayne, and a nephew Darrin Deem of Auburn.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her half-brother Paul Ernst in 1991.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Friday morning.

Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

The family requests memorials be directed to Believer’s Bible Fellowship, 316 N. Main Street, Churubusco, IN 46723

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David G. Rennecker: 1961 – 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Rennecker, DavidDavid G. Rennecker, 53, a resident of rural Fort Wayne, passed away at 7:58 a. m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  He had been in failing health since May.

Mr. Rennecker was born on July 11, 1961 in Fort Wayne, a son of Eugene L. and Dolores “Dee” (Weaver) Rennecker, and  graduated from Northrop High School in 1980.  On September 28, 1984 he was married in Fort Wayne to Cheryl Anne Levy, and lived most of his life in Washington Township in Allen County.

He had been employed as a plumber and boiler operator for Allen County for the past 34 years.  In his leisure time he greatly enjoyed all sorts of outdoor activities, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Cheryl; two daughters Heather Rennecker of Garrett and Deanna Rennecker, at home; his mother Dolores “Dee” Rennecker of Pleasant Lake; seven siblings James (Marty) Rennecker of Columbia City, Joan Tweedy, Michael (Mary) Rennecker, and Barbara (Gary) Berndt, all of Fort Wayne, Karen (Paul) Kozerski of Perrysburg, Oh., Deborah (Steve) Gibson of Woodburn, and Joseph (Deb) Rennecker of Fort Wayne; his mother-in-law Betty J. Levy of Fort Wayne; 24 nieces and nephews, and 31 great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law Ronald P. Levy; and by a niece Katie Rennecker.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father David Carkenord, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 1 to 6 p. m., or after 10 a. m. Monday.  The Rosary will be recited at 6 p. m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

The family requests memorials be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825; or for masses.

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Willadean J. Hall: 1926 – 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Hall, Willadean_0001Willadean J. Hall , 88, of formerly of Huntertown, passed away at 10:57 am on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at her home in Plainfield.

Mrs. Hall was born on July 6, 1926 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Forrest and Althea (DePew) Pontius. she spent her formative years in Leo, and graduated from Leo High School in 1944.
On June 14, 1947 she was married in Ossian to Russell D. Hall.

She was employed at Dana Corp., Fort Wayne for 16 years and also worked at an alteration shop in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Hall was a member of Teti-Sheri Daughters of the Nile Temple #60 in Fort Wayne, also the Huntertown Homemakers.
Mr. Hall preceded her in death on February 4, 2002.

The surviving relatives include two sons, Russell Dean Hall of Fort Myers, FL and Mark David Hall of Plainfield; sister-in-laws, Jean Pontius of NC and Kavon Pontius of TN; three grandchildren, Shane Hall, Bart (Anji) Hall, and Heather (Mark) Willis; five great grandchildren, Colton Hall, Shylee Hall, Annabelle Willis, Emma Willis, and Mark Willis.

In addition to her spouse and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Gloyd; two brothers Don and Jon Pontius.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from noon to 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in the Huntertown Cemetery, Huntertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Crossroads Church in Avon.

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Marilyn A. Helgesen: 1937 – 2015

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Helgesen, Marilyn_0001Marilyn A. Helgesen, 77, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 9:35 a. m.on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Wesley Healthcare in Auburn following a four year battle with Bulbar ALS.

Mrs. Helgesen was born on December 28, 1937 in Smith Township, a daughter of Luey J. and Florence (Ott) Wade.  She was a lifelong resident of Churubusco and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1955.

Employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 27 years, she retired from there in 1999.  She was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church and was active in its food ministry.  In her leisure time she enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles, most especially loved and cherished her family, and was a friend to many.

The surviving relatives include her eight children Vicky (Rusty) McPike of Dallas, Tx., Donna Helgesen of Greensboro, NC., Andrew (Joan) Helgesen of Churubusco, Arnold Helgesen of Fort Wayne, Gregory (Laurie) Helgesen of Albion, Susan Teller of LaGrange, Stephanie (Samuel) Schnurr of Churubusco, and Cheryl (Rich) Snavley of Camden; a sister Nancy (Norm) Stump of Columbia City; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters Betty LaRue and Hilda Wade; two brothers Everett Rhodes and Gary Wade; and a son-in-law Edwin Teller.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

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

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

The family requests that memorials be directed to ALS Association of Greater Chicago, 220 W. Huron St., #4003, Chicago, IL  60637; or University of Chicago Dept. of Neurology, 5841 S. Maryland Ave./MC 2030, Chicago, IL  60637

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