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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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Fern I. Sage: 1923 – 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Sage, Fern_0001Fern I. Sage, 90, a former resident of Eel River Township and widow of Russell H. Sage, passed away at 3:40 a. m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Emeritus Senior Living in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.

Mrs. Sage was born on August 26, 1923 in Swan Township in Noble County, a daughter of Charles and Veda (Beezley) Rhodes.  She spent her formative years on the family farm there, and graduated from Avilla High School in 1941.

On December 19, 1942 she was united in marriage in Fort Wayne to Russell H. Sage, and spent most all of her adult life in Eel River Township.  As a young woman she had worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne, and later worked as an inspector at Grid Craft in Huntertown, retiring from there in 1983.

She attended the Huntertown United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in its Untied Methodist Women.  A multi-talented farm wife, she was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking, and in her leisure time enjoyed spending time at the lake, traveling, and playing Euchre.

Mr. Sage preceded her in death on July 12, 2012.

The surviving relatives include her two daughters Diane Nagel of Auburn and Marna (Steven Byanski) Widmer of Leo; a brother Donald Rhodes of Avilla; three grandchildren Steve Widmer of Churubusco, Jennifer (Abid) Saleem of Albany, N. Y., and Jason Wells of Fort Wayne; four great-granddaughters Shelby, Layla, Maya, and Anna; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Vestal Troyer; and by six brothers George Rhodes, Argyl Rhodes, Kenneth Rhodes, Bernard Rhodes, Thadus Rhodes, and Ernest Rhodes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Greg Hiatt and Gabrielle Ginder, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 5 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning.

Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Huntertown United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 426, Huntertown, IN  46748

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Lorena “Jeanne” Dohm: 1954 – 2014

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Dahm, Lorena_0001Lorena “Jeanne” Dohm, 60 a resident of Fort Wayne and wife of Russell E. Dohm, passed away at 3:00 p. m.on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the family residence in Wallen following an extended illness.

Mrs. Dohm was born in Fort Wayne on January 17, 1954, a daughter of James Ralph and Eldora Doris (Eagleson) Rigsby, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1972.

She had previously worked at the Fort Wayne Marriott, and retired from Richards Restaurant after 20 years.  In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, a variety of arts and crafts, and cooking for family and friends.  Most especially she loved and cherished her family.

On January 2, 2009 she was married in Fort Wayne to Russell E. Dohm.  He survives.

Also surviving are her children Jason R. Jones of Fort Wayne, Kayla (Barak) Pauley of Indianapolis, and Clayton Counts of Fort Wayne; four step-children Amy (Tim) Myers of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Jason (Donna) Dohm of Defiance, Oh., Audrey Tackett of Fort Wayne, and Austin (Christina) Dohm of Satellite City, Fla; two adopted sons Shaun (Heather) Counts of Warsaw and Kevin Bergman of Okinawa, Japan; her mother Eldora Rigsby of Fort Wayne; two brothers Jim (Jean) Rigsby of Troy, Oh., and Dewey (Gayle) Rigsby of Fort Wayne; and 17 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and by a brother Judd Rigsby.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Robert Pauley, officiating.

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

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

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Ollie M. Shank: 1927 – 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Shank, OllieOllie M. Shank, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 9:05 p. m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Born in Clinch County, Georgia, she was the ninth child born of thirteen to William and Emma (Riberon) Chauncey.  As a teenager she worked in a shoe factory in Waycross, Georgia, and then moved to Jacksonville where she found employment in a cigar factory.

During her time there she met Wilbur Shank when he was stationed in the U. S. Navy.  They were married on April 7, 1951 and relocated from Jacksonville to Churubusco shortly thereafter.

Ollie was employed at Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 23 years, retiring from there in 1988.

She was a member and volunteer of the Churubusco United Methodist Church for over ten years.  In her leisure time she enjoyed fishing and watching the birds at the bird feeders around her home.

Surviving are her husband Wilbur, to whom she was married for over 63 years; her daughters Cheryl Wyatt of Churubusco and Monica Shank of Fort Wayne; and two grandsons Andrew Ott of Chicago and Toby Ott of Churubusco;  Also surviving are three sisters Arrie Dann of Fulton, New York, Louise Illum of Whittier, Calif., and Alma Foreman of Jupitor, Fla; and a brother Dr. Allen Chauncey of Jacksonville, Fla;  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church, with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church  (churubuscoumc.org)  or to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home who extended such care and compassion during our visit  (http://www.vnfw.org/content/donate).

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