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James D. Egolf 1930 – 2015

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

James D. Egolf, 84, of Kimmell, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. at Presence Sacred Heart, Avillia where he had resided since November of 2014.

Jim was born on April 15, 1930 in Allen County, Indiana and was the son of Milo and Lois (Deem) Egolf. He spent his formative years in Smith Township and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948.

He worked as salesperson for the former Bob Amber Chevrolet in Churubusco for 25 years. He owned and operated the Little County Store in Merriam, later moving it to Wolf Lake. He retired from the store in July of 2014.

From the early 1950’s to the mid 1980’s Jim coached some of the premier men’s fast pitch softball and independent basketball teams in the Northeast Indiana. He was an Avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed country music. He promoted country music though his company, Backstage Promotions and was editor of his county music newspaper, Backstage County Style.

The surviving relatives include a son Monte L. (Nancy) Egolf of Albion; a daughter Brenda Harper of Cromwell; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per Jim’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services. A burial of ashes will take place with a private ceremony at a later date.

Memorial may be directed to the Noble County Human Society.

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Dorothy L. Conner: 1939 – 2015

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Dorothy L. Conner, 75, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:00 am on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.

Mrs. Conner was born on May 8, 1939 in Missouri, a daughter of Dennis Lee and Dorothy (Pinkerton) Sagee.

On June 27, 1963 she was married in Churubusco to Richard Lee Conner.

Mrs. Conner spent her adult life as an Air Force wife traveling. She helped with the family business. Even when she was busy she always had time for her children and attending to their needs. She was always a “Mom” to any team or club that her children participated in.

Mr. Conner preceded her in death on February 20, 2008.

The surviving relatives include two daughters, Shawn L. (Michael) Hartmann and Julie A. (Estill) Stratton both of Churubusco; a son, Steve E. Conner of Churubusco; a brother, Don L. (Candy Willard) Sagee of Forest Hill, TX; six grandchildren, Sami Hartmann, Danielle Hartmann, Cheyenne Conner, Shayla Stratton, Derek Stratton, and Tyler Stratton.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Denny, Del, and Douglas Sagee.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Christ Community Church, 8475 E. U.S. 33 Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Christ Community Church.

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.

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Virginia L. Bulmer: 1933 – 2015

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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Virginia L. Bulmer, 82, a former resident of Churubusco and widow of Herbert M. Bulmer, passed away at 12:03 a. m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  She had been in declining health for some time, and had entered the hospital earlier in the day after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Mrs. Bulmer was born on February 4, 1933 in Calla, Kentucky, a daughter of Matt and Flossie E. (Kincaid) Fletcher.  She moved to West Virginia from Kentucky in 1940 and had lived in Churubusco since 1944.

On October 13, 1950 she was married in Fort Wayne to Herbert M. Bulmer, and had been employed as an assembly worker at Magnavox in Fort Wayne for 21 years, retiring from there in 1989.

She was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 Ladies Auxiliary in Churubusco, and the Churubusco Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846 Ladies Auxiliary.

Mr. Bulmer preceded her in death on February 6, 1990.

The surviving relatives include her children Peggy (James) Ryan of Fort Wayne, with whom she made her home, Debra (Richard) Parks of Churubusco, and Terry (Cheryl) Bulmer of Ossian; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter Judy Snyder; three brothers Jesse Fletcher, Jasper “Pete” Fletcher, and Vernon Fletcher; and by three sisters Elizabeth Fletcher, Lillian Fletcher, and Delois “Dude” Clemons.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 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 from 4 to 8 p. m., on Monday or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.

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Cynthia A. Flaherty: 1937 – 2015

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Flaherty, Cynthia_0001Cynthia A. Flaherty, 77, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 4:20 a. m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.  She had been a patient there for the past 16 months.

Ms. Flaherty was born on June 13, 1937 in Sheridan, Wyoming, a daughter of Edward H. and Margaret (Jacobson) Mason.  She spent her formative years in the western part of the United States, where she graduated from high school and attended college.

She had lived in Churubusco since 1963, except for a short period when she lived in Indianapolis.  Employed in the offices of Dana Corporation, she retired from the Churubusco plant in 2002.  In her leisure time she enjoyed a variety of craft projects, tending her flower gardens, and especially enjoyed her cat.

The surviving relatives include her two children Denise (Larry) Murphy of Churubusco and Richard J. “Rick” (Pat) Flaherty of LaOtto; two brothers Donald (Jeanine) Mason of Colorado Springs and Kenneth Mason of Ft. Collins, Colorado; her six grandchildren Trisha Murphy, Tabbitha Murphy, Tiffany Murphy, Stephanie (Beau) Adair, Joey (”Sam”) Williams, and Jarrod Flaherty; and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

At the request of the family there will be no funeral service or calling hours.

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 401 Sawyer Road, Kendallville, IN 46755

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Leo Patrick Garlitz 1943 – 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Garlitz, Leo_0001Leo Patrick Garlitz, 71, of Huntertown, passed away at 10:31 pm on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, AZ.

Mr. Garlitz was born on October 29, 1943 in Provo, Utah, a son of George H. and Bertia (Sparks) Garlitz.

After high school he served his country in the U.S. Navy.

On June 6, 1970 he was married in Fort Wayne to Kathy Breunlin.

He was employed at Magnavox and ITT, and retired in 2005 after 35 years.

Mr. Garlitz was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco.

He dedicated his life to his wife and family, and was looking forward to wintering this year in Arizona.

The surviving relatives include six children, Michael (Erin) Garlitz of Fort Wayne, Brian (Kim) Garlitz of Waxahachie, TX, Richard Garlitz (Renee La Fleur) of Martin, TN, Charo Garlitz of Rockford, IL, Susie Crockett of Brownsburg, and Fabian (Cristy) Garlitz of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, with Father Polycarp Fernado, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic School, Avilla.
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