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Richard D. Carpenter: 1933 – 2014

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Carpenter, Dick PortraitRichard D. Carpenter, 80, a resident of Fort Wayne and formerly of Churubusco, passed away at 8:50 a. m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Englewood Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Carpenter was born in Fort Wayne on July 21, 1933, a son of Cloid and Margaret (Ellingwood) Carpenter, and spent his formative years there.  On June 14, 1952 he was married at Ege to Dorothy A. “Dottie” Sullivan.  The couple spent several years of their marriage in Churubusco before moving to Fort Wayne 20 years ago.

Employed for 33 years at Peter Eckrich in Fort Wayne, he retired from Klink Trucking, Inc. in Fort Wayne in 2008 after 22 years there.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, and had been a member of the Meat Packer’s Union.  He always enjoyed his work and the people there.  He has left a legacy of a strong work ethic that will continue for yeas to come.  In his leisure time he enjoyed playing cards, all types of music, and dancing.  He will long be remembered as a person who enjoyed pleasing others and as a man who loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Dorothy “Dottie” Carpenter, to whom he was married for 62 years; his children Theresa Teders, Erin Hazelett, Michael Carpenter, and Carma (Charles) MacPherson, all of Fort Wayne, and Patrick (Amy) Carpenter of Churubusco; four foster children Thomacine Dohrman, Mary North, Chris Percy, and Lynette Bohnstedt; a sister Mary Sifuentes of Princeton, Texas; two brothers Rev. Harry (Patricia) Carpenter of Montgomery, Texas and Lester (Sharon) Carpenter of Onalaska, Texas; a sister-in-law Mary Jane Oakes of Fort Wayne; 32 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Evelyn Bodle and Madaline Fusselman; two brothers Cloid Carpenter and William Carpenter; and by a grandson Richard Arthur Teders.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a. m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1101 S. Lafayette St., with Father Jeff Largent, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 2 to 8:30 p. m.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Wednesday at the church.  There will also be visitation from 9 to 10:45 a. m. Thursday at the church prior to the funeral mass.

Interment will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Ave Maria House, St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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George L. Kirkpatrick: 1933 – 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Kirkpatrick, George_0001George L. Kirkpatrick, 80, a resident of rural Albion, passed away at 12:30 p. m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the family residence in Jefferson Township.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born on November 19, 1933 in Green Township, a son of Earl and Florence (Rodian) Kirkpatrick.  He spent his formative years in that area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1951.

On September 6, 1954 he was married at Ege to Barbara Jean Crooks of Churubusco.  The couple lived all of their adult lives in Jefferson Township near Albion, and had resided at their present home since 1961.

Employed at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne for 37 years, he retired from there as a test driver in 1989.  He and his wife had also operated a PlasterCraft business out of their home since 1979.

He served as the secretary for many years of the National PlasterCraft Association, and in his leisure time enjoyed hunting, puzzles, camping, mowing, and most especially loved and cherished his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife Barbara Jean, to whom he was married for over 59 years; his six children Randy (Chris) Kirkpatrick of Ligonier, Steve (Dee Dee) Kirkpatrick of Albion, Tim (Janet) Kirkpatrick of Greenfield, Carol (David) Richter of Albion, Dennis (Jennifer) Kirkpatrick of Albion, and Ginny (Todd) Jenkins of Fort Wayne; a brother Robert Kirkpatrick of Albion; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Edna Bixby and Mary Herendeen; and by four brothers Edward Kirkpatrick, Frank Kirkpatrick, John Kirkpatrick, and Charlie Kirkpatrick.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Regan Ford, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

Interment will be in the Rehoboth Cemetery, south of Albion.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or Chain-0-Lakes Park for Stanley Schoolhouse.

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Shayne Nicole LeFever: 1974 – 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

LeFever, Shayne_0001Shayne Nicole LeFever, 39, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 2:19 p. m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  She had been taken there earlier in the day after collapsing unexpectedly at her home.

Ms. LeFever was born on August 17, 1974 in Columbia City, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.

As a young woman she had been employed at BRC in Churubusco, had worked at Al’s 33 Club, and also worked as a bartender at the Lucky Lady in Churubusco.

The surviving relatives include her mother Kathy D. LeFever of Churubusco; her father Alvin Mullins of Saylersville, Kentucky; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her only brother Dustn LeFever on April 25, 1995.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Lane Burgland, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Thursday morning.

Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks the memorials be directed to defray funeral expenses.

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Beth A. Sollazzo: 1956 – 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Sollazzo, Beth_0001Beth A. Sollazzo, 58, a resident of rural Columbia City and wife of John Sollazzo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at the family residence in Etna Troy Township.

Beth was born on March 12, 1956 in Garrett, a daughter of George e. and Shirley (Cook) Gause, and spent her formative years in LaOtto.

As an adult she had worked for 12 years at Fasson Avery Dennison in Fort Wayne, and had retired from the Wal Mart Warehouse in Garrett due to ill health.

She was known as a master gardener, and loved spending time in the out of doors.  She loved pets, had raised miniature Schnauzers, and also loved shopping.  In addition, she collected lighthouses, and had traveled to visit various lighthouses throughout the country.

On October 28, 1994 she was married at Tri-Lakes to John R. Sollazzo.  The couple had lived at Crooked Lake for a period before moving to their present home in 2002.  He survives.

Also surviving are her two children Tod Esquivel of Indianapolis and Sommer Esquivel of Monroeville; her mother Shirley Moody of Fort Wayne; two half-brothers Monte Moody of Fort Wayne and Jimmy Marquart of Merritt Island, Fla; and two grandchildren Aden Esquivel and Zoey Esquivel.

She was preceded in death by her father on August 7, 2002; and by a brother Larry Paul Gause on January 16, 1958.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Wednesday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco  with Rev. Rick Van Horn, pastor of Christ Community Church, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning.

Interment will be in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, northwest of Huntertown.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association.

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Ruth H. Ryan: 1926 – 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Ryan, Ruth_0001Ruth H. Ryan, 87, a resident of Churubusco and widow of George F. Ryan, passed away at 10:50 p. m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City where she had been admitted earlier in the day after becoming ill at her home.

Mrs. Ryan was born on December 16, 1926 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Charles and Martha (Busche) Fry.  She spent her formative years in Woodburn and graduated from Woodburn High School in 1944.

On January 25, 1946 she was married in Woodburn to George F. Ryan.  The couple lived in Fort Wayne for several years before moving to Smith Township in 1978.

She had been employed as a cafeteria cook at Concordia High School, and retired from the cafeteria at Suburban Bethlehem Elementary School.  She was a dedicated lifelong Lutheran, and enjoyed the church’s women’s activities.  In her leisure time she enjoyed a variety of games and also square dancing with the former Boots ‘n Bonnets square dancing club.  Most especially, she loved and cherished her family.

Mr. Ryan preceded her in death on April 7, 1991.

The surviving relatives include her daughters Janet Parker and Patricia (Gary) Powell, both of Churubusco; her son Steve (Shelly) Ryan of LaGrange; a son-in-law Kevin Parker of Albion; nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition  to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Lester Fry; a sister Alice Dix; an infant son; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco with Pastor Lane Burgland, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Sunday from 2 to 5 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Camp Lutherhaven, 1596 South 150 West, Albion, Indiana  46701

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