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Linda L. Clark: 1946 – 2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

clark-linda-l-obit-photo.jpgLinda L. Clark, 61, a resident of rural Churubusco in Allen County, died at 2:28 a. m. on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had been ill since September, but her death was unexpected.

Mrs. Clark was born in Fort Wayne on September 3, 1946, a daughter of Robert W. and Helen F. (Sakowicz) Warner. She spent her formative years there, and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1964.

As a young woman she served with the U. S. Army Reserves, and was married on November 27, 1987 to Charles “Chuck” Clark.

Employed as a expediator at Tec Hackett, Inc. for 27 years, she had most recently been employed at Lincoln Financial Services. She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include her husband Chuck; a brother and sister-in-law Larry and Karen Warner of New Haven; and her nieces and nephews Kayla Warner, Sara (Brian Lee) Clark, Jason (Abby) Warner, and Jeff Clark; and a special friend Cheryl Miser. She was preceded in death by her parents.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a. m. Saturday, May 3, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p. m. Friday at the mortuary.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Whitley County EMS Medic 21.

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Edith Irene Addis: 1940 – 2008

Friday, April 18th, 2008

addis-edith-l-obit-photo.jpgEdith Irene Addis, 67, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Roger L. Addis, died at 1:30 a. m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the family residence. She had been in failing health for the past 15 months.

Mrs. Addis was born in Fort Wayne on September 4, 1940, a daughter of Carl and Louise (Johnson) Ditton, and spent her formative years in Wolf Lake. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1958, and was married in Churubusco on June 6, 1962 to Roger L. Addis. She and her husband lived in LaOtto for a period, and had resided in Churubusco since 1968.

As a young woman she had worked in the offices for several area chiropractors, and later worked for over ten years at Power Wheels in Fort Wayne. Later in life she went back to school, and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from IPFW.

For five years she had worked as a teacher at the Churubusco Child Care Center until ill health forced her to retire in 2006.

Mrs. Addis was a member of the LaOtto Wesleyan Church.

The surviving relatives include her husband Roger; three children Karen (Ed) Harpel of LaOtto, Tim (Diane) Addis of Albion, and Patricia Percey of Indianapolis; her step-mother Mary Ditton of Dunfee; three sisters Judy Oglesby, Jeanie Shirley, and Denise (Rob) Grissom, all of Ocala, Fla; a brother Ronald Hunter of Ohio; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her father and mother, she was preceded in death by a sister Donna Ray and a granddaughter Paige Addis.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday April 21, 2008 at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Tyler Ward of LaOtto Wesleyan Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 6:00 p. m. at the mortuary.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Addis family.

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Walter “Wally” Queitsch: 1987 – 2008

Monday, April 14th, 2008

queitschwally.jpg Walter “Wally” Queitsch, 20, a former resident of Green Township in Noble County and more recently of Columbia City, was found dead early Sunday, April 13, 2008, at his home, apparently of natural causes.

Born on September 17, 1987 in Columbia City, Wally was the son of Paul R. and Teri (Selvin) Queitsch, and spent all of his formative years in Green Township, north of Churubusco. He was educated in the Smith-Green Community Schools, and earned his GED from Whitley County. For nearly five years he had been employed at Wal Mart in Columbia City.

He had enjoyed working on cars, spending time with friends and co-workers, and had always had a love for helping his family and other people in any way he could.

The surviving relatives include his parents Paul R. and Teri Queitsch of Churubusco; two sisters April Lynea Queitsch and Lily Mae Queitsch, both at home; his paternal grandparents Max and Jean Queitsch of Louisville, Tenn; his step-grandmother Etta Selvin of Tamarac, Fla; uncles and aunts John and Terri Queitsch of Tennessee, Bill Queitsch of Irving, Texas, and Jeri and Peter Rank of Islip, New York; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Friday, April 18, at the Charter Oak Community Church, 4899 South 300 East-57, Churubusco, with Pastor Aaron Peer, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

The family requests that memorials be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005-4001

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Wilbur W. Gaff: 1923 – 2008

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

gaffwilburwcopy.jpgWilbur W. Gaff, 85, a resident of Churubusco, died at 7:35 p. m. on Friday, April 11, 2008, at The Oaks in Columbia City. He had been in declining health for some time, and had entered the nursing home on January 31.

Mr. Gaff was born on January 20, 1923 in Smith Township, a son of Harry H. and Viva (Pippenger) Gaff, and spent his formative years on the family farm on U. S. 33 north of Churubusco. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1941 and attended Indiana Business College. On July 3, 1943 he was married in Columbia City to Naomi Nelson, and spent his adult life in the Churubusco-area.

He was employed as a tool and die maker at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne, retiring from there in 1980 after 34 years.

He was past president of the Churubusco Town Council, and in his leisure time enjoyed fishing, hunting squirrels, bowling, playing cards, and watching his family’s sporting activities.

The surviving relatives include the widow Naomi; five daughters Marsha (Robert) Hoffman and Marna (Jerry) Hinen, both of Columbia City, Annabeth (Joe) Skinner and Bonnie (Mike) Lambert, both of Churubusco, and Debra D. Gaff of Indianapolis; a son Brent A. (Shelly) Gaff of Albion; a sister Marilyn (Harold) Hull of South Whitley; three brothers Tony L. (Louise) Gaff of Larwill, Garland Link of Waterloo, and Everett (Sheryl) Link of Phoenix, Ariz; a sister-in-law Deloris M. Gaff of Churubusco; 18 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Herman L. Gaff; and by a sister Bonnie Link.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, with Pastor Samuel J. Norris, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 4 to 8 p. m on Tuesday.  

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

The family requests memorials be directed to Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, 1000 W. Whitley St., Churubusco, IN 46723, or the Humane Society of Whitley County, P. O. Box 245, Columbia City, IN 46725

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Helen A. Surface: 1921 – 2008

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

surface-helen-2.jpgHelen A. Surface, age 86, a former resident of North Main Street in Churubusco, died Friday evening April 11, 2008 in the Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City. S he had been a resident there for about two years.

Mrs. Surface was born May 10, 1921 in Kendallville, a daughter of the late Sherman and Mary (Dice) Crawford. As a young girl she moved with her family to the Arcola area, and later to a farm in Eel River Twp. She graduated from Huntertown High School with the class of 1940, and was married in Fort Wayne on December 19, 1942 to DeVere Q. Surface. Mr. Surface died May 31, 1971. Helen and DeVere had lived a short time in Fort Wayne before moving to Churubusco. Mrs. Surface had worked as a young woman at the General Electric Co. and then for U.S. Rubber both in Fort Wayne, and retired in 1985 as an inspector for the Dana Corp. in Churubusco with 21 years of faithful service.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Patty J. Surface of Churubusco; her granddaughter Della (Tony) Thompson of Auburn; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son James E. Surface on May 29, 1995; and two brothers Robert and Allen Crawford.

The funeral services will be held Thursday April 17, 2008 at 10:00 a. m. at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, Indiana with Pastor Craig Alan Myers, pastor of Blue River Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will follow in the Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne. The family will receive friends on Wednesday April 16, 2008 from 3:00 until 6:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

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