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Betty I. Rollins: 1943 – 2008

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

rollins-betty.jpgBetty I. Rollins, 64, a resident of Churubusco and wife of Charles F. Rollins, died at 3:10 a. m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at her residence. She had been in failing health for nearly two years.

Mrs. Rollins was born in Allen County on June 28, 1943, a daughter of Jeremiah Michael and Mary Lucile (Guilliam) Heffelfinger.

On January 19, 1963 she was married to George H. Geiger. He preceded her in death on August 11, 1981.

She had been employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 31 years, retiring from there in 2003.

A member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, she was a life member of both the Churubusco American Legion and Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliaries, and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Garrett.

Her second marriage took place on July 29, 1984 to Charles F. Rollins. He survives.

Also surviving are her children Debra L. Geiger of Churubusco and Richard (Wilda) Geiger of Fort Wayne; a sister Doris O’Connell of Churubusco; and three grandchildren Richia Geiger, Tylor Geiger, and Kaylene Geiger.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was also preceded in death by a sister Sharon Fritz on January 6, 1986.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

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

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 N. Main St., Churubusco, IN 46723, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804

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Richard L. “Rick” Thiel: 1951 – 2008

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

thiel-rick.jpgRichard L. “Rick” Thiel, 56, a resident of Fort Wayne, died at 5:07 p. m. on Friday, May 2, 2008, at the family residence in Eel River Township. He had been in declining health since October.

Mr. Thiel was born in Fort Wayne on July 31, 1951, a son of Lewis and Valera (Lohman) Thiel. He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Northside High School in 1969.

On October 13, 1979 he was married in Huntertown to Betty J. “BJ” Dazey, and spent his married life in Fort Wayne. He was employed as a locomotive engineer for Norfolk & Southern Railroad for 37 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, and in his leisure time enjoyed Indiana University basketball, Indianapolis Colts football, and most especially loved spending time with his beloved family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Betty “BJ” Thiel; his son Eric Thiel of Kingman, Ariz; his daughter Erin (Rob) Niman of Fort Wayne; two sisters Sara (Dick) Conrow of Churubusco and Becky (life partner Gwen Ostrander) Shedd of LaOtto; three brothers Dan (Mary) Thiel of Garrett, Jon (Margaret) Thiel of Auburn, and Dave (Barbara) Thiel of Garrett; grandchildren Robby Niman, Wesley Niman, Braylon J. Niman, and Parker Lynn Niman; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road, with Pastor Russ Abel, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Monday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church after 9 a. m. Tuesday.

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Avenue, #200, Fort Wayne, IN  46805.

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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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