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Brady Pippenger: Sept. 18, 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Brady Pippenger, was stillborn Friday September 18, 2009 at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. He is the infant son of Aaron Lynn and Michelle Leigh (Rupley) Pippenger.

He is also survived by his grandparents George and Marily Pippenger of Albion, and James and Lynn Rupley of Corunna; great-grandparents; Milton and Roberta Rupley of South Whitley, and Paul Besson of Warsaw. There are also many aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be no services or calling hours.

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Alma M. Bowers: 1919 – 2009

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Alma M. Bowers, 90, a resident of Albion and wife of Virgil J. Bowers, died at 9:02 a. m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.  She had been in failing health for the past two months.

Mrs. Bowers was born on August 23, 1919 in Celina, Ohio, a daughter of Everett Earl and Fannie [Marbaugh] Shull, and graduated from Southside High School in Fort Wayne.  On January 5, 1940 she was married to Virgil J. Bowers, and lived in Fort Wayne for a period after her marriage.  The couple moved to Blue Lake near Churubusco in 1940 and lived there until moving to Albion in 1968.

An employee of General Electric in Fort Wayne for 26 years, she retired from there in 1979.  She was a member for over 50 years of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136, and was a member of the Columbia City Rebecca Lodge and the Pythian Sisters.

The surviving relatives include her husband Virgil, to whom she was married for over 69 years; a son Robert R. [Janet] Bowers of Garrett; a daughter Dorthy Ann [William] Scheurich of Avilla; her brother Everett D. ["Shorty"] Shull of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister Wilamena Quickery.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Chaplain Kenneth Weaver, officiating.

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

Interment will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.

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Annabelle Bender: 1913 – 2009

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Bender,_Annabelle--recent 2Bender, Annabelle--youngAnnabelle Bender, 95, a former resident of Churubusco and widow of Howard G. Bender, died at 5:40 p. m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at her residence in New Haven following a brief illness.

Mrs. Bender was born in Hankley, Illinois on November 2, 1913, a daughter of Wallace H. and Cornelia Graham.  On March 29, 1941 she was married in Fort Wayne to Howard G. Bender.  The couple moved to Churubusco from Fort Wayne in 1944 and lived there until moving to Fruitland Park, Florida in 1986.

Mr. Bender preceded her in death on October 6, 1995.  She returned to Indiana in 2003, and had lived at her present home since that time.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, and was a 50 year member of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136.

The surviving relatives include her children Iris [Ralph] Radecki, Gregory G. [Deborah] Bender, and Jeannette Emley, all of Fort Wayne.  There are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her sister Janet Telschow; by a brother Wallace P. Graham, and by a great-granddaughter Ieshia Bender.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.  Chaplain Karen Kosberg will officiate, and interment will follow.

At the request of Mrs. Bender, there will be no calling hours.

Memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Avenue, suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN  46805.

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

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Marvin J. Stauffer: 1942 – 2009

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Stauffer, MarvinMarvin J. Stauffer, 67, a resident of Churubusco, died unexpectedly at 10:20 p. m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at the family residence after collapsing from the results of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Stauffer was born near Grabill on May 30, 1942, a son of Roy William and Lillian Amelia [Hollinger] Stauffer, and spent his formative years on the family farm there.  On April 15, 1960 he was married to Lois A. Griggs, and moved to Churubusco from Grabill in 1967.  She preceded him in death on November 10, 1968.

He was the owner and operator of Marv’s Paint Shop in Churubusco for 23 years, and retired in 2007 as a press operator for Federal Mogul in Avilla after 15 years.  He had a natural aptitude for mechanics and for building things, and especially enjoyed John Deer farm equipment.  He attended the Broadway Christian Church in Fort Wayne.

He was married in Fort Wayne on December 20, 1986 to Linda [Hinkson] Scott.  She survives.

Also surviving are his children Billy Douglas Stauffer of Fort Wayne, Cheri ["Spider"] Edgar of St. Joe, Chester Roy [Debbie] Stauffer of Churubusco, Colleen R. [Dan] Doberstein of South Whitley, Curtis W. [Dawn] Stauffer of Churubusco, Kristi N. [Doug] Tester of Huntertown, James Marvin Stauffer of Churubusco, John E. [Kari] Scott of New Haven, and Donna [Reynold] Yordy of Thompson’s Station, Tenn; and two brothers DuWayne W. Stauffer of Spencerville and Larry A. [Linda] Stauffer of New Haven.  There are 25 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth Stauffer; and by a sister-in-law Betty Stauffer.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Monday, September 14, 2009, at the Merriam Christian Chapel, 3985 South U. S. 33, Albion, with Pastor Robert F. Yawberg, 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 Monday morning.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Broadway Christian Church, 901 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN  46802.

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Dale J. LeFever: 1927 – 2009

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

LeFever, DaleDale J. LeFever, 82, a resident of Churubusco and former Churubusco town official, died at 2 p. m. on Friday, September 4, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mr. LeFever was born in Columbia City on March 30, 1927, a son of Arthur and Fern [Secrist] LeFever, and spent his formative years in  Churubusco.  He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1945 and later from the International Business College in Fort Wayne.   On September 4, 1949 he was married in Churubusco to Imogene C. Allman, and lived all of his adult life in this community.

Employed as an accountant all of his life, he worked at the former McCoy Lumber Company in Churubusco, and was later employed at Schlater Hardware in Fort Wayne.  He served as the clerk-treasurer for the Town of Churubusco for 45 years.

He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, was a member and past secretary for 20 years of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, and served on the board of directors of the Churubusco Public Library for 43 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Imogene LeFever on December 30, 1992.

The surviving relatives include his two sons David L. [Monica] LeFever of Churubusco and Gary F. [Elaine] LeFever of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Wednesday, September 9, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Dale H. Linhart, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Tuesday from 2 to 7 p. m.  Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM will conduct memorial services at 7 p. m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Churubusco Public Library, 116 N. Mulberry Street, Churubusco, IN  46723

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