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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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Josephine I. Fudge: 1920 – 2009

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

fudge-josephine-2.jpgJosephine I. Fudge, 88, a resident of Lake Township in Allen County and wife of Robert A. Fudge, died at 6:42 a. m. on Friday, March 13, 2009, at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne.  Although she had been in failing health for some time, her death was unexpected.

Mrs. Fudge was born on May 12, 1920 in Allen County, a daughter of George and Jennie (Smith) Fritz, and was united in marriage on June 20, 1941 to Robert A. Fudge.  The couple have lived at their home in Lake Township since 1947.

A homemaker, she loved gardening, going fishing with her husband, and spending time with her family and friends.  She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp.

The surviving relatives include her husband Robert; a son Dennis (Toni) Fudge of Roanoke; two sisters Frances Stuckey of Fort Wayne and Adeline (Harry) Thompson of Cedarville; two grandsons Jeremy Fudge and Brad (Melissa) Fudge; a great-granddaughter Jocelynn Fudge; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Laura LaFevor; and by a brother Saben Fritz.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, March 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp., 7314 W. Cook Road, with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 7 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp. Building Fund.

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Gaynel Catherine “Sue” Graft:1926-2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

graft-gaynel.jpgGaynel Catherine “Sue” Graft, age 82, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Lake Township in Allen County, growing up on her family’s dairy farm and later being an integral part of Graft Milk Transport with her husband and sons for 64 years.

Gaynel, “Sue” was born September 14, 1926, a daughter of the late Fred and Georgia (Valentine) Blessing. She was married in Fort Wayne on June 1, 1946 to Donald Graft for 61 years. A member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, she worked at the G.E. plant and later as secretary-treasure of Southwest Allen County Schools for 30 years. She loved her family and spent many hours taking care of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gaynel is survived by her daughter Diane (Ed) Mayer, Valrico, Florida, sons Jim (Vicki) Graft and Donald Graft, Brother Milan (Helen) Blessing, sister Charlotte (Norman) Schaefer all of Fort Wayne, grandchildren Jami (P.J.) Steffen, Avon, Kendall (Tyler) Hoffman, Columbia City, Jeremy (Nichole) Mayer, Ocoee, Florida SP4C Gregory Mayer, Ft. Bliss, Texas, Kelli (Chris) Moran, Alissa (Ken) Knepple, Ian, Aaron and Brandon Graft, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Seven grandchildren; Timothy Knepple, Rebekah, Joshua, Jessica and Luke Steffen, Lydia and Clara Moran.

Gaynel was preceded in death by her husband Donald and brother Kenneth Blessing.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 14, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. in the Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 West California Road, with Rev. William Mueller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday in the church from 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and Saturday morning from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

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Juanita Reid: 1915-2009

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

reid-juanita.jpgJuanita Reid, age 93, a life long resident of Allen County, died Sunday March 8, 2009 at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient since May of 2008. She formerly lived on Fritz Road for many years.Juanita was born June 6, 1915 in Perry Twp. Allen County, a daughter of the late Cecil and Lillian (Newman) Repine. She had owned and operated the Fritz Real Estate Company for many years and retired from Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne as a Geriatric Technician.She is survived by her children, Darwin R. (Judy) Ott of Fort Wayne, Joyce A. Smith of Bremeton, Washington, and Hazel (Thomas) Gunderman of North Little Rock, Arkansas; step-children Delores (Melvin) Kuehnert, Betty Dunten, Richard (Alice) Fritz, Alvin (Jean) Fritz and Kenneth (Barbara) Fritz all of Fort Wayne.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers Kenneth and Paul Repine; a sister Helen Neal; and her husbands.Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 11, 2009 at 10:00 a. m. in the St John’s Lutheran Church-Lake Twp. 7914 W. Cook Road Fort Wqyne,  with Pastor Ralph W. Easterhaus officiating. Burial will follow in the Eel River Cemetery in Allen County. The family will receive friends in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 2:00 until 8:00 p. m. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the St. John’s Lutheran Church–Lake Twp. Building Fund.  Envelops will be available in the funeral home.

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