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Louise Pankop: 1928 – 2009

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

pankop-louise.jpgAda Louise Pankop, 80, a resident of Churubusco, died at 12:50 a. m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at her home following an extended illness.

Mrs. Pankop was born in Auburn on September 25, 1928, a daughter of John Andrew and Mable Vianna (Shambaugh) Englert.  She spent her formative years in DeKalb County and graduated from Auburn High School in 1945.

On June 23, 1946 she was married to Donald E. Pankop.  He preceded her in death on January 12, 1955.  On January 28, 1956 she married his brother Dale R. Pankop.  He preceded her in death on August 8, 2008.

She was a homemaker for most of her life, and had also worked at the former Bang’s Five and Dime Store in Churubusco for a period.

She spent all of her adult life in Churubusco, and had been active as a Girl Scout leader, and had been president of the Churubusco High School Band Boosters.

The surviving relatives include her children Pam (Harold) Hill of Churubusco, Marsha (Warren) Worman of Wichita, Ks., Vi (William) Sommers of Fort Wayne, Bob Pankop of Churubusco, Becky Coffelt of Columbia City, and Judy (Matt) Burrell of Garrett; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant brother John Andrew Englert, Jr; and by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Timothy Grable, pastor of Sugar Grove Church of God, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Private family burial will be held in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Sugar Grove Church of God, 5019 East 500 South-57, Churubusco, IN  46723

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Wilbur D. Rekeweg: 1918-2009

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

rekeweg-wilbur-d.jpgWilbur D. Rekeweg, age 90, a resident of High Lake in rural Albion,  died Saturday April 4, 2009 in the Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City following an extended illness.

Wilbur was born October 25, 1918 in Woodburn, a son of the late Arthur and Tena (Gerbers) Rekeweg. He spent his formative years on the family farm and was united in marriage on August 4, 1945 in Fort Wayne to Margaret B. Stein. They moved to their present home in 1974.

He was engaged in farming all of his life. His hobby’s included playing league horse shoes in the Albion, Kimmel, and Columbia City areas,  and loved to fish. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco.

His survivors include his wife of 63 years Margaret;  his children Diann (Delart) Tewes of New Bloomfield, Missouri, Wayne (companion Danni Smith) Rekeweg of Fort Wayne, Paul (Nettie) Rekeweg of Woodburn,  and Glen (Christine) Rekeweg of Coldwater, Michiganl; two sisters Lucille Reinking of Leo and Lavon Koenemann of Woodburn.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Raymond Rekeweg.

Funeral services for Wilbur will be held on Thursday April 9, 2009 at 10:00 a. m. in the Faith Lutheran Church , 9251 East State Road 205 in Churubusco, with Pastor Lane Burgland officiating. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 2:00 P.M. in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery 7616 Bull Rapids Road in Woodburn.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p. m. in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, and Thursday morning from 9:00 a. m. until service time at the church.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Faith Lutheran Church or to a church or organization of the donors choice.  Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.

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Janice F. Rapp: 1926 – 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

rapp-janice.jpgJanice F. Rapp, 82, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Dick A. Rapp, died at 5:46 p. m. on Sunday, March 29, 2009, in the emergency room at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after suffering an apparent stroke at the family residence.   Although she had been in declining health for the past nine days, her death was unexpected.

Mrs. Rapp was born in Green Township in Noble County on October 18, 1926, a daughter of John P. and Alta F. (Windle) Trumbull, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.  On December 22, 1945 she was married in Ligonier to Dick A. Rapp.  The couple lived all of their married lives in the Churubusco-area, and had resided at their present home since 1971.

A former employee of Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne for ten years, she had worked in child care for the past 20 years at Good News Baptist Church for a period, and more recently at the Churubusco Child Care Center.

She and her husband donated the land for the Good News Baptist Church in Churubusco, where she was a charter member.  In addition to her child care and church activities, she enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, playing the piano by ear, and was known for her homemade noodles.  Most importantly, she was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.

The surviving relatives include her husband Dick A. Rapp, to whom she was married for over 63 years; her children Cheryl (Steve) Fleetwood, Dick A. (Ruth) Rapp, Jr., and Gary L. (Edna) Rapp, all of Churubusco, Daryl (Karen) Rapp of Katy, Texas, and Aaron (Kim) Rapp of Avilla; her sister June R. Hults of Churubusco; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Dwight D. Trumbull on June 30, 2003.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the Good News Baptist Church in Churubusco with Pastors Edward A. Thompson and Rick Van Horn, officiating.

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

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

The family requests that memorials be directed to Good News Baptist Church, 812 W. Anderson Road, Churubusco, IN  46723

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Stephan J. Belot: 1941 – 2009

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Stephan J. Belot, 67, a resident of rural Leo and lifelong resident of Allen County , died at 9:50 a. m. on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at his residence in Perry Township.  He had been in failing health for the past month.

Mr. Belot was born on March 26, 1941 in Fort Wayne.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1959, and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  On August 8, 1964 he was married in Fort Wayne to Anne W. Witte, and had lived at his present home for the past 35 years.

Employed as a journeyman plumber all of his adult life, he worked with the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166 for over 20 years, and retired in 2005 from Current Mechanical A Link Service Contractor in Fort Wayne.

A lover of nature and outdoor activities, he enjoyed gardening, feeding the squirrels, birds, and deer, and especially loved his cat and companion “Kitty Boy.”

The surviving relatives include his wife Anne, to whom he was married for over 44 years; and his two children Lise (Dan) Greil of Indianapolis and Mark Belot of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his mother Nellie (Gerber) Cobbum.

Funeral services will be held on his birthday at 11 a. m.  Thursday, March 26, at the Huntertown United Methodist Church, 16021 Lima Road, with Pastors Greg Hiatt and Sherri Long, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the Huntertown Cemetery.

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

The family requests that memorials be directed to Huntertown United Methodist Church or to Parkview Home Health & Hospice.

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Wanda L. Chapman: 1922 – 2009

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

chapman-wanda.jpgWanda L. Chapman, 86, a former resident of rural Churubusco and more recently a resident of Snow Lake near Fremont, died Wednesday morning, March 18, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Chapman was born in Smith Township on May 17, 1922, a daughter of Orval and Aria Etta (Gaff) Ramsey, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1940.  She spent all of her life in the Churubusco area until four years ago when she became a year-round resident at her lake home in Steuben County.

A former employee of General Electric in Fort Wayne, she worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1982.

She was a member of Believer’s Bible Fellowship in Churubusco, the ELEX Club, and the G. E. Quintis Club.  She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, and in her leisure time enjoyed flowers, gardening, and her life at the lake.

On August 30, 1941 she was married in Whitley County to Harry L. Chapman.  He preceded her in death on June 26, 1995.

The surviving relatives include her daughters Colleen (Jim Williams) McDougall of Fremont and Gloria “Susie” Fox of Greenfield; a sister Hulda Marie Hursh Thornburg of Syracuse; four grandchildren Kevin (Beth) McDougall, Kelly McDougall, Jeff Lothamer, and Chad (Zhou Xue) Lothamer; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by a sister Edna Mae Shroyer on November 20, 1958; and by a brother Orval A. Ramsey on June 29, 1994.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Monday, March 23, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Rick Van Horn, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 1130, Fairfax, Virginia  22038-1130

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