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Neil F. Kreger: 1935 – 2009

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Neil F. Kreger, 73, a resident of Churubusco, died on Thursday, October 15, 2009, at his home.  Although he had been in failing health, his death was unexpected.

Mr. Kreger was born in Fort Wayne on November 25, 1935, a son of Kenneth W. and Hazel E. [Peek] Kreger, and spent his formative years in Huntertown.  As a young man he served in the U. S. Army, and lived near Albion from 1973 until moving to Churubusco ten years ago.

He had been engaged in farming in Noble County, and retired as a truck driver for Elway Tricking in Fort Wayne.

A member of the Teamster’s Union, he was also a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco and the Albion Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The surviving relatives include his children Deb [Michael] Kumfer of Fort Wayne, Eva [Joseph] Baysinger of Kimmell, Sharon Kreger and William [Peggy] Kreger, both of Churubusco, Brian [Janet] Kreger of Albion, and Dena Kreger of Syracuse; his brother Jerry [Joyce] Kreger of Pierceton; and a sister Sonia [Norm] Meyer of Fort Wayne.  There are 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Rita Kreger.

At the request of Mr. Kreger, there will be no services or calling hours.

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

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Donald W. Greve, Sr.: 1926 – 2009

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Greve, Donald jpgDonald W. Greve, Sr., 83, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died at 9:35 p. m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.  He had been a patient there for the past two years.

Mr. Greve was born in Fort Wayne on September 20, 1926, a son of Edward B. and Nora A. [Sutton] Greve, and spent his formative years there.  As a young man he served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, and was married on November 2, 1946 to Susie Irene Ackerman.  He had lived at his home at Blue Lake since 1954.

Employed as a truck driver for Old Fort Supply in Fort Wayne, he retired from there in 1985 after 25 years.

He was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco and the Churubusco Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Turtle Post 3846.  He was instrumental in starting the annual Blue Lake fireworks, and in his leisure time enjoyed fishing and Churubusco Eagle and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.

Mrs. Greve preceded him in death on February 11, 2007.

The surviving relatives include his children Jimmy Powers of New York City, Don [Rosie] Greve of Churubusco, and Carol Collingsworth and Wanda Jett, both of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chaplain Tom Novy, officiating.  A U. S. Navy military presentation will immediately follow the service.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday after 12 noon until the time of the service.

Interment will be in the Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

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Helen J. Yant: 1925 – 2009

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Yant, Helen JHelen J. Yant, 83, a resident of Fort Wayne and widow of Oathel S. Yant, died at 12:10 a. m. on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Yant was born in Fort Wayne on October 20, 1925, a daughter of Arthur and Anna (Conahon) Arnold, and graduated from Central Catholic High School.

She was married in Fort Wayne to Oathel S. Yant on May 20, 1944, was a lifelong resident of the Fort Wayne-area, and had worked as a nurses aid at the former Fort Wayne State Developmental Center.

She attended the Peace United Church of Christ.

Mr. Yant preceded her in death on July 14, 2008.

The surviving relatives include three daughters Patricia Rich, Frances Williams, and Gloria (Jessie) Moseley, all of Fort Wayne; a sister Alene; a sister-in-law Gertrude Johnson of Doniphan, Mo; a brother-in-law George (Lucille) Yant of Fort Myers, Fla; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter Sara L. Mozingo; a son-in-law Robert Rich, and by a brother John Arnold.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Thursday, October 8, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chaplain Karen Kosberg, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Thursday after 12:30 p. m. until the time of the service.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Avenue, suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN  46805

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Marilyn J. Waterson: 1927 – 2009

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Waterson, MarilynMarilyn J. Waterson, 81, a resident of Huntertown and wife of H. Max Waterson, died at 1:30 a. m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Waterson was born on October 6, 1927 in Whitley County, a daughter of Leo D. and Dorothy O. [Hively] Smith.  She spent her formative years on the family farm in Eel River Township, attended the former Center School, and graduated from Huntertown High School in 1946.

On June 29, 1947 she was married in Huntertown to H. Max Waterson.  She was a homemaker, and spent most of her adult life in the Huntertown-area.

She was a member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church, where she served in various capacities over the years; and was a member of the Huntertown Homemakers.  Along with her husband, she volunteered for seven years with Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service.  The couple also volunteered for several years during the summer months at the Oklahoma Indian Mission.

The surviving relatives include her husband Max; her children Vickie Sue [David] Gillett of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Rick [Vicki Kay] Waterson of Albion; a sister Phyllis Meyer of Perham, Minn; three brothers Roger [Karen] Smith of Churubusco, David [Jan] Smith of Uniondale, and Rev. Larry [Roseann] Smith of Churubusco; three grandchildren Matthew D. [Liz] Gillett of Atlanta, Ga., Joshua Gillett of Florida, and Tracy [Kevin] Strater of Albion; two great-grandsons Kaleb Strater and Samuel Strater; and lifelong friends Morris and Leona Bracht of Huntertown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Donald Smith and Max Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, October 5, 2009, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, east of Churubusco.  Pastors Greg Hiatt and Larry Smith will officiate, and interment will follow in the Huntertown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 6 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Monday morning.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home,5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana  46804

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Harvey John Steinbacher: 1922-2009

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Harvey John Steinbacher, age 87, a resident of Betz Nursing Home in Auburn, Indiana since 2006, died there Sunday September 27, 2009 following an extended illness. He formerly lived in rural Albion, Indiana.

Harvey was born July 15, 1922 in Fort Wayne, Indiana a son of the late Harvey and Lucille (Merilett) Steinbacher. He lived most of his life in the Fort Wayne area and was a graduate of Leo High School, and was a self employed carpenter from 1955 until his retirement in 1993. He was a great lover of dogs.

The survivors include his children, John A. (Margaret) Steinbacher of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Georgia M. (Randy) Elijah, Alberta B. (Dennis) Coil both of Albion, Indiana; Charles D. Steinbacher of Ligonier, Indiana and Harvey J. Steinbacher of Churubusco, Indiana. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, William Steinbacher of LaOtto, Indiana, Jean Steinbacher, Floyd Steinbacher, Lewis Steinbacher all of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Roseanne Hinkle of Grabill, Indiana, Sharon Harter of Garrett, Indiana, Steven Steinbacher of Harlen, Indiana and 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Wayne Steinbacher and 2 sisters, Margie Newnswander, and Annabelle Reinebaugh.

At Harvey’s request, the family is honoring his wishes, that there be no services or calling hours. Sheets and Childs Funeral Home of Churubusco, Indiana have been entrusted with the arraignments. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to the Noble County Humane Society.

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