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Elizabeth (Betty Joseph) Sprague: 1927 – 2009

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

sprague-elizabeth.jpgElizabeth (Betty Joseph) Sprague, 81, formerly of Fort Wayne and Columbia City, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 24, 2009.  Her family is thankful that she is now at peace.

She was born in Napfor, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Rome and Catherine (Strong) Campbell, and lived in Fort Wayne until moving to Columbia City in 1994.  Employed as a waitress, she worked at the Van Orman Hotel, Ceruti’s, and the Waynewood Inn.  She was a member of the Saturn Christian Church near Laud, DAV Ladies Auxiliary, AMVETS Post 33 Ladies Auxiliary, and Women of the Moose in Columbia City.

Surviving are five sons Philip Joseph of Chicago, Peter (Becky) Joseph of Fort Wayne,  Michael Joseph  of Fort Wayne, Frank (Suzanne) Joseph of Carmel, James (Bobbi) Joseph of Fort Wayne, and Timothy (Rhonda)  Sprague of Erin, Tenn; two sisters Juanita Robbins of Dayton, Ohio and Margaret Flannery of Pensacola, Fla; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Charles Campbell; three sisters Bertha Whiteman, Gertrude Morrison, and Bobbie Jean Massingale; and by a daughter Katherine Joseph Sloffer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Russell Riley, pastor of Saturn Christian Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends a the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed in memory of Katherine Joseph Sloffer to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, P. O. Box 80201, Fort Wayne, IN  46898

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Matthew Wayne Miller: 1967 – 2009

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

miller-matthew-w.jpgMatthew Wayne Miller, 41, a resident of Huntertown, died unexpectedly at 2:55 p. m. on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the family residence. 


Born in Kendallville on May 27, 1967, he was the son of Jerry W. and Charsie L. (Stewart) Miller.  He spent most of his life in Huntertown, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1986.

Surviving besides his parents in Huntertown is a sister Stephanie Sue Miller of Oklawaha, Fla; his maternal grandmother Audrey Downing of Wolcottville; a nephew Tyson Allen; a niece Tia Allen; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. Thursday, May 7, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with his uncle David Stewart, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Thursday morning beginning at 11 a. m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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Betty L. Waltenburg: 1937 – 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

waltenburg-betty.jpgBetty L. Waltenburg, 71, a resident of New Haven, died at 4:25 a. m. on Friday, May 1, 2009, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.  She had been in failing health since November.

Ms. Waltenburg was born on December 5, 1937 in Burr Oak, Michigan, a daughter of Donald D. and Harriet E. (Cork) Wiard.  She moved to Fort Wayne with her family as a young person and graduated from Northside High School in 1957.

In her early years she was trained as an airline stewardess, and later took training to become a certified nursing assistant.  She was employed at Canterbury Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne, retiring in March due to ill health.

She was a member of the New Haven VFW Ladies Auxiliary and TOPS #755 in New Haven.

The surviving relatives include her children Fred (Laura) Waltenburg of Fort Wayne and Tracy Waltenburg of Mesa, Ariz; her mother Harriet E. Wiard of Fort Wayne; a sister Phyllis A. Arvola of Fort Wayne; two brothers Robert (Joy) Wiard of Churubusco and Richard Wiard of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Donald D. Wiard on September 5, 1997.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Mike Drury, pastor of Pine Hills Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary beginning at 9 a. m. Monday until the time of the service.

Interment will be in the Salem Cemetery, north of Ligonier.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Allen County or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

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Edna E. Goodyear: 1918 – 2009

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

goodyear-edna.jpgEdna E. Goodyear, 91, a former resident of the Churubusco-area and widow of Leston E. Goodyear, died at 8:50 a. m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at The Cedars in Leo.  She had resided at the nursing home for the past six years. 


Mrs. Goodyear was born on February 22, 1918 in Fulton County, a daughter of Charles E. and Ada (Swartzlander) Wood, and spent her formative years there.  On April 9, 1939 she was married to Leston E. Goodyear in Fulton County, and lived there until moving to Whitley County in 1947, and later to the family farm in Green Township in 1951.

Mr. Goodyear preceded her in death on May 18, 1984.  She moved into Churubusco in 1988 and lived there until entering the nursing home.

A homemaker, she was a longtime member of the Sugar Grove Church of God, north of Churubusco; and had been active in the former Green Township Home Economics Club for many years.

The surviving relatives include her son Roger (Gert) Goodyear of Churubusco; her daughter Phyllis (Bill) Doell of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren Chad (Angie) Goodyear of Churubusco and Leandrea Winchester of Tampa, Fla; three step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers and by two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 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 Monday from 4 to 8 p. m.

Interment will be in the Blue River Cemetery, Thorncreek Township.

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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Hobert Winebrenner: 1921 – 2009

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

winebrenner-hobert.jpgHobert Winebrenner, 88, a resident of Merriam, passed away at 8:45 a. m. on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after an extended illness. 

He was born on April 14, 1921 to the late Opal Ressler.  His pride and joy was his family.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years Marian (Poppele) Winebrenner; children Steve (Valerie) Winebrenner of Fulton, Md., and George (Jill) Winebrenner and Jane Ann (Bill) Stroup, both of Columbia City; grandchildren Kristina Tsuleff, Sarah Ball, Kara Kehoe, Joshua Stroup, Eric Winebrenner, and Kathleen Heimann; and six great-grandchildren.

Hobert retired from General Electric in Fort Wayne after 40 years of service.  In his younger years he was a mail carrier for USPS.  He also worked for L. I. Griffith in construction. 

He was a World War II Army veteran, and served as a sergeant with the 358th regiment, 90th infantry division.  He served for three years overseas in the European theater including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Bastogre.  He was honored with many medals including the purple heart with bronze cluster, silver star, five bronze stars, bronze arrowhead, French croix de guerre with Moselle-Saar Rivers Palm, and the POW medal.  He authored the book “Bootprints” which chronicled his experiences in the war. 

He was a member of the Albion American Legion Post 246, Ninetieth Division Association, and the General Electric Quarter Century Club.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. Wednesday at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 315 S. Line St., Columbia City, with  Father Larry Kramer, the celebrant. 

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p. m. Tuesday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, or at the church one hour prior to the service.  A Vigil service will be held at 4 p. m. Tuesday at the mortuary. 

Burial with military graveside rites will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. 

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT  59004  

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