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Kenneth E. Gross: 1931 – 2009

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Kenneth E. Gross, 77, a former resident of Churubusco, died at 12:18 p. m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at the Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester, where he had lived since 2004.

Mr. Gross was born in Arcola on October 31, 1931, a son of Alfred H. and Icie [Shively] Gross, Sr.   He spent his formative years in Arcola, and graduated from Arcola High School in 1951.

A volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service for two years, he served in Vienna, Austria helping rebuild the city that had been destroyed during World War II.  In 1957 he again shipped out, this time from Chicago as a cook on an iron ore boat which sailed the Great Lakes.   He worked as a cook for Republic Steel for 14 years, and later for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, retiring in 1984.

Kenneth had a great love of books and old movies, and  exhibited great concern and care for God’s creation.  He was a member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren, Whitley County.

His parents preceded him in death.  Also deceased is his older brother Alfred Gross, Jr., who died  on September 20, 1991.

The surviving relatives include a niece Anita Gross of Columbia City; and three nephews Bob [Rachel] Gross of North Manchester, Andrew Gross of Fort Wayne, and Gary [Micki] Gross of Churubusco.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at the Christian Chapel Cemetery in Merriam with Pastor Craig Alan Myers of Blue River Church of the Brethren, officiating.  Interment will follow.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Saturday morning after 9:30 a. m.  The cortege will depart for the cemetery at 10:45 a. m.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Blue River Church of the Brethren, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

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Wavalene M. Smith: 1938-2009

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Smith, WavaleneWavalene M. Smith, 71, a resident of Fort Wayne,  died Thursday evening August 20, 2009 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, following an extended illness. She was a former resident of Florida, and prior to that  had lived in rural Allen County.

Wavalene was born January 6, 1938 in Gomer, Ohio a daughter of the late Evan and Letha (Plikert) Evans. She graduated from Gomer High School with the class of 1956, and was united in marriage in Gomer on November 14, 1959 to Wesley Lee Smith who survives.  She was a homemaker,  an avid gardener, loved her family, and kittens. She sadly missed her beloved late cat, Bubbles.

Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Lee; their children Donald L. Smith and David L. (Jill) Smith both of Fort Wayne,  Robert (Denise) Smith of Valrico, Florida; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a. m. Tuesday,  August 25, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco,  with Rev. Larry Smith, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 5 to 8 p. m. at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Cancer Services of Allen County or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.

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Margaret Wilson: 1921 – 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Wilson, MargaretMargaret “Grandma” Wilson, 88, a resident of rural Columbia City in Smith Township, died at 12:30 a. m. on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the home of her son north of Larwill following an extended illness.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Fort Wayne on February 27, 1921, a daughter of Clem F. and Margaret Edith (Wolford) Neher.  She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and graduated from North Side High School in 1939.

On December 7, 1940 she was married to Howard W. Wilson, and had lived at her present home in Smith Township in Whitley County for the past 61 years.

A 34 year employee of Sprint, she had worked there as a telephone operator, and retired in 1981 as an executive secretary.   She was later employed at McDonald’s in Churubusco, and was affectionately remembered as “Grandma” to the staff and patrons there.

She attended the Churubusco United Methodist Church, and in her leisure time enjoyed needle work, quilting, reading, ceramics, fishing and also enjoyed traveling.

Mr. Wilson preceded her in death unexpectedly on July 2, 1981.

The surviving relatives include her children  Pamela Hinrichs and Cynthia A. [David] Crooks, both of Churubusco, James L. [Ann] Wilson of Decatur, Carl A. [Bonnie] Wilson of Larwill, Kenneth E. [Lana] Wilson and Keith E. Wilson, both of Pierceton, Jon H. [Cheri] Wilson of Spencerville, and Kevin P. [Sharon] Wilson of Philadelphia, Penn; 34 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Naomi Parks; two brothers Jim Neher and Eugene Neher; and by two grandsons.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, August, 24, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev Corinne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday from 2 to 8 p. m., on Sunday from 2 to 6 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Monday afternoon.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana  46804

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Mary M. Silverest Bucher: 1919 – 2009

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Bucher, Mary 2 Mary M. Silverest Bucher, 89, a former resident of Eel River Township and of Fort Wayne, died at 9:00 a. m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mrs. Bucher was born on October 15, 1919 in Montpelier, a daughter of Charles D. and Inas [Spaulding] Wilson, and retired as a clerk assistant from Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne in 1987.

In 1937 she was united in marriage to Curtis A. Silverest.  He preceded her in death in 1967.   On November 8, 1969 she was married to Gerald L. Bucher.  Mr. Bucher preceded her in death on July 26, 2008.

She was a member of the Ari Church of God, east of Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include her children Marsha [Jerry] Austermann of Lake Orion, Mich., Carolyn Jo Silverest of Fort Wayne, Charles K. [Stella] Silverest of Forsyth, Mo., Richard C. [Shelba] Silverest of Coats, N. C., Thomas C. [Joyce] Silverest of Howell, Mich., Curtis R. Silverest of Auburn, Roger [Devonna L.] Bucher of Fort Wayne, Gary [Sue] Bucher of Auburn, and Dennis [Kim] Bucher of Churubusco; 37 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and two husbands, she was preceded in death by a son Jack L. Silverest; three daughters Ina May Silverest, Geraldine M. Lyons, and Gloria Galante; two sisters Ruth Meadows and Frances Payter; and three brothers Arthur W. Wilson, Cryil A. Wilson, and Henry M. Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at the Silver Creek Church of God near Silver Lake with Pastor Carroll McNutt, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 3 to 7 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Ari Church of God or Parkview Home Health & Hospice.

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Nedra R. McEowen: 1918 – 2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Nedra R. McEowen, age 91, a former resident of Columbia City in Smith Township, died Sunday morning August 9, 2009 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.   She had lived for the past four and one half years as a resident in Renaissance Village Nursing Care Center in Fort Wayne.

Nedra was born May 31, 1918 in Cecil, Ohio a daughter of the late John A. and Cora Anna (Byers) Glander.  As a young woman she worked at General Electric Co. in Fort Wayne, and moved to Smith Twp in 1954. She was united in marriage in Fort Wayne on July 23, 1939 to Hubert McEowen. Mr. McEowen preceded her in death on January 26, 1977.

Nedra was an avid lover of music, playing the piano, organ, and violin.  She loved pets and bird watching, and was a former member of the Smith Twp. Home Extension Club.

Her survivors include her children Wanda (Earl) Howell of Columbia City, Juanita (Jerry) Miller of  Hoagland, Marcia (Mark) Hollopeter of Mason, Michigan, David W. (Vonda) McEowen of ColumbiaCity, Dr. Edwin L. (Mary Jo) McEowen of Columbia City, and Roger A. (Jean) McEowen of Ankeny, Iowa.  Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, and husband; she was preceded in death by an infant brother Edward Glander, and by a sister Mary Smith.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 11:00 a. m. in the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, 1000 West Whitley Street, Churubusco, with Pastor Paul D. White officiating.

Burial will follow in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p. m., and on Wednesday morning at the church from 10:00 a. m. until service time.


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