Archive for the ‘Obituaries & Condolences’ Category

Blanche Lucille Kumfer Kurtz: 1917 – 2008

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Blanche Lucille Kumfer Kurtz, 91, a resident of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 4:20 a. m.  at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.  Although she had been a patient there for over five years, her death was unexpected.

Born on May 14, 1917 in Allen County near Huntertown, she was a daughter of Bert Julius and Edith Ellen (Bice) Grim.  She graduated from Huntertown High School, and was a lifelong resident of Allen County.

Always interested in fashion and in looking her best,  she had worked as a clerk in her younger years at the former Hunter Paris Store in Fort Wayne.  She later was employed in the office at ITT Laboratories in Fort Wayne.  In her leisure time she enjoyed homemaking,  yard work, fishing, nature, birds and squirrels, and had also enjoyed traveling.

On January 8, 1938 she was married to Arthur Kumfer.  He preceded her in death on November 3, 1965.  Her second marriage took place on September 20, 1983 to Theron L. Kurtz.  He survives in Fort Wayne.

The other surviving relatives include her daughter and son-in-law Marina and Lowell Oesch of Fort Wayne; a sister Pauline McBride of Churubusco; a step-grandson Donald (Deborah) Oesch of Woodridge, Ill; and two great-grandsons.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Grace Surface; and by a grandson and his wife Mark and Lou Wenda Haverstick.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, December 8, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 2 to 5 p. m. on Sunday, or one hour prior to the service Monday afternoon.

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


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Francis “Fritz” Weber : 1921 – 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Francis “Fritz” R. Weber, age 87, a resident of Albion, Indiana died suddenly on Saturday November 29, 2008 in the North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.

Fritz was born July 6, 1921 in Jefferson, Ohio a son of the late Melvin Russell and Mytle (Hower) Weber. As a young child he moved with his family to Wolcottville, Indiana where he graduated from Wolcottville High School with the class of 1940, later serving his country during WWII with the US Navy. After his tour of duty with the Navy; he worked for the International Harvester Company as a welder for 20 years and also was a farmer.

He is survived by his children, John M. Weber of Albion, Indiana, Anita M. (Tim) Noland of Churubusco, Indiana, and 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son Michael Weber on November 8, 2008 in Haines, Alaska, grandson Infant John Weber, brother Howard Weber and his sister Berdean Young.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday December 2, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, Indiana with Pastor Timothy Grable officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. until service time. The US Navy Honors Unit will render military honors at the conclusion of the service in the funeral home.


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Timothy Wayne Jefferies: 1958 – 2008

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

jefferies-timothy-w.jpgTimothy Wayne Jefferies, 49, a resident of Churubusco, died Tuesday evening, November 18, 2008 at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Jefferies served for three years in the U. S. Marine Corps, and was formerly employed by Bosch Automotive Motor Systems in Albion.

He adored his three children, loved to search for Native Indian artifacts, was an outstanding artist, and always put others before himself.

He was born on December 3, 1958 in Goshen to Vonda L. (Knox) Barnes and Royal O. Jefferies, Jr., and graduated from Wawasee High School in 1978.

The surviving relatives include his three children Benjamin E. Jefferies and Norah C. Jefferies, both of Fort Wayne, and Tess A. Jefferies of LaOtto; his parents Vonda L. and Gary A. Barnes of Columbia City and Royal O. Jefferies, Jr. of North Webster; his former wife  Ellen (Gilbert) Jefferies of LaOtto; his paternal grandmother Nina Jefferies of North Webster; two sisters Jill C. Miller of Churubusco and Lynn Ann Michel of Monte Vista, Colorado; two brothers Jonathan O. Jefferies of Columbia City and R. Jarrod Barnes of Albion; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 5 p. m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco.  Pastor Barry L. Faucett of New Hope Wesleyan Church will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary after 3 p. m. Tuesday until the hour of the service.


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Thomas L. Bare: 1952 – 2008

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

bare-tom.jpgThomas L. Bare, 56, a resident of Warsaw and formerly of Noble County near Merriam, died at 2 p. m. on Friday, November 21, 2008 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He had been a patient there since last Saturday after suffering an apparent heart attack at his residence.

Mr. Bare was born on October 14, 1952 in Indianapolis, a son of Charles Thomas and Florence (Mead) Bare, and lived there as a youth before moving to Fort Wayne in his teen years.  He graduated from New Haven High School in 1972, and later served with the U. S. Army.  He spent most of his adult life in the Merriam-area before moving to Kosciusko County in the last several years.

He owned and operated Bare’s Gas & Grocery in Merriam for a period, and had also worked at Dana Weatherhead in Columbia City.  For the past several years he had been employed as a machinist at Zimmer, Inc. in Warsaw.

An avid fisherman, he enjoyed camping and other various outdoor activities.  Most importantly he was a loving and caring father, grandfather, and brother.

The surviving relatives include his six children Bille Jo Bare of New Haven, Sarah (Jeff) Hoffman and Joan (Jason) Thomas, both of LaOtto, Benjamin T. Bare of Churubusco, Bill (Bettina) Bryan of Avilla, and Charlotte (Jon) Mosier of Columbia City; five sisters Charla (Cliff) Bitting of Albion, Doddie (Tony) Hart of Churubusco, Mindy Wert of Merriam, Libby Sherman of Summerfield, Fla., and Donita (James) Marlow of Albion; four brothers Charles G. “Ted” (fiancee Deborah) Bare of Indianapolis, Rick (Alicia) Sherman of Columbia City, Todd (Joyce) Sherman of Churubusco, and Chad Sherman of Wolf Lake; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by all of his parents including Lester and Lore Lee Sherman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. George Cecil, pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, officiating.

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

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the American Heart Association or to Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.


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Jerry L. Griffin 1942 – 2008

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Jerry L. Griffin, age 66, a resident of Harborside Health Care Center in New Haven, Indiana for the past two years died Friday evening November 14, 2008 following an extended illness. Jerry was born February 2, 1942 in Rockwood, Tennessee a son of the late Fred L. and Ruth (Worley) Griffin. As a young man he graduated from the Portage High School in Portage, Indiana and soon after enlisted in the US Army where he was awarded the Sharpshooter (M-14 Rifle) award and attained the rake of Spc.-4. He had worked for 10 years at Bethlehem Steel, and had lived in Marion Indiana and Avilla, Indiana before entering Harborside.

The survivors include his daughter Barbara L. (Durand) Courtney of Avilla, Indiana, his brothers Larry Griffin of Watervliet, Michigan and Ronald (Joy) Griffin of Valparaiso, Indiana. Also 3 grandsons, Karsten Courtney, Christopher Hardwick, and Alex Hardwick. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Robert L. Griffin.

Chapel services will be held on Friday November 21 2008 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel on the grounds of the Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Indiana. Full military honors will be conducted by the US Army Ceremonial Honors Unit.


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