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Edna B. Eldridge: 1930 -2015

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Eldridge, EdnaEdna B. Eldridge, 84, a resident of Roanoke and formerly of Schenectady, New York, passed away at 9:20 p. m. on Friday, July 10, 2015, at her home. Although she had been in declining health, she had been more seriously ill for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Eldridge was born on July 19, 1930 in Sycamore, Illinois, the only child of Alfred Ludwig and Gertrude Marcia (Driscoll) Butzow. She completed her high school education at St. Katharine’s High School in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1951 with a double major in French and Spanish. She had lived most of her adult life in Schenectady, New York until moving to Roanoke in 2008.

Born with a creative gift, she had been employed in publishing, real estate, and also worked as a legal secretary at Northwestern University. However, her passion was interior design, and she was self-employed as a designer for many years. Her creative expression also included being a Master Gardener, designing her own home in Roanoke, being an expert at crossword puzzles, and also a gifted linguist.

In the summer of 1982 she was married to Thomas S. Eldridge. He preceded her in death in 1988.

The surviving relatives include her children Cynthia (”Rick”) Wilson of Roanoke, Lisa (Guy) Walker of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Richard (Patricia) Bickle of Summerland, Calif; four step-children Alexander, Benjamin, Thomas, and Elizabeth Eldridge; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

A celebration of her life will be held from 2 to 6 p. m. Sunday, July 19, 2015, at her home in Roanoke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814; or Roanoke Public Library, P. O. Box 249, Roanoke, IN 46783.

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

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Thomas M. Scherschel: 1942 – 2015

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Scherschel, ThomasThomas M. Scherschel, 72, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:55 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Scherschel was born on September 27, 1942 in Fort Wayne, a son of Martin and Velma (Bobay) Scherschel. He spent his formative years in New Haven, and graduated from Central Catholic in 1960.

On June 19, 1965 he was married in Fort Wayne to Joan Stirnkorb, and moved to Churubusco in 1980.

He was employed at Circle S, and retired after more than 40 years.

Mr. Scherschel was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Churubusco American Legion post 157.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, and more important spending time with his family.

The surviving relatives include his wife of 50 years Joan Scherschel of Churubusco; two daughters, Christine (John) Perez of Huntertown and Terri (Chuck) Milledge of Fort Wayne; four sisters, Rosie (Bernard) Spieth of Albion, Marita (Jon) Vonderau of Woodburn, Patricia (Jack) Bouse of New Haven, and Cathy Walter of Huntertown; five brothers, Robert (Pam) Scherschel of Fort Wayne, Stephen (Patricia) Scherschel of New Haven, Richard Scherschel of New Haven, Edward (Laura) Scherschel of New Haven, Kevin (Penny) Scherschel of Fort Wayne; two brother-in-laws, Mearl Doster, John (Margret Halden) Strinkorb; three granddaughters, Amanda Perez, Riley Milledge, and Jami Milledge; two great grandsons, Caleb Perez and Gabriel Lopez.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jo Doster.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Bosco Catholic Church, Churubusco, with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. of 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, or at the funeral home one hour prior to the Mass. The Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Church for Masses or the American Heart Association.

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Donna R. Hibbs: 1938 -2015

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Hibbs, DonnaDonna R. Hibbs, 77, of Churubusco, passed away at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Hibbs was born on January 5, 1938 in New Amsterdam, a daughter of Floyd and Evaleen (Voyles) Froman.

On April 17, 1954 she was married in New Amsterdam, Indiana to Devillo “Jack” Hibbs.

She was employed at Dana, in Columbia City, and retired on October 10, 2006.

The surviving relatives include her husband, Devillo “Jack” Hibbs of Churubusco; six daughters, Janet (Loyd) Flener of Chesnee, SC, Jackie (Dave) Folk of Tennyson, Joyce (Ed) Dauscher of Columbia City, Julia (Cliff) Gaff of Albion, Jeni Speidell of Fort Wayne, and Sandy (Jody) Simmons of Battle Ground; two sons, John Hibbs of Churubusco and Jeff (Sandi) Hibbs of Cromwell; two brothers, Bill (Donna) Froman and David (Jean) Froman both of Corydon; a sister, Marilyn (Chris) Clee of Boyertown, PA; 32 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son James Hibbs (June 30 ,2015), a granddaughter Maria Flener, a sister Crystal Froman, and a brother Floyd Froman, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Robert Siegrist, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, or one hour prior to the service.

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

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

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Sandra Kay (Herron) Speakman 1939 – 2015

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

1382089_10202667110033237_723387279_nSandra Kay (Herron) Speakman, of Churubusco, passed away shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at Parkvew North Hospital in Fort Wayne from complications of heart disease.

Sandy was born on December 27, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Kenneth and Emily (Waters) Herron. She spent her youth in Whitley, Noble and Allen Counties, and attended Churubusco High School until 1957 when she left early to marry James Donald Speakman, Sr., to start a family. The couple later divorced in 1973.

As a single parent she worked full time, sometimes at two jobs to support her family before retiring as a circuit board inspector from GCI, Inc., of Huntertown. Until her recent hospitalization, she spent her final years of retirement living with her younger brother Jim in the house their parents owned in downtown Churubusco. She always considered her children and grandchildren to be her greatest accomplishment in life.

She also enjoyed sewing and crafts, and spending time with family in person, by telephone, and on the internet.  Most importantly she enjoyed being a grandma.

The surviving relatives include her two brothers Don and Jim Herron, both of Churubusco; her children Jim (Shelly) Speakman, Jr., of Churubusco, Cindi Speakman of Van Wert, Ohio, Patti Shain of Harlan, Kenny (Wendy) Speakman, of Fort Wayne, David (Richard) Speakman of Mountain View, Calif., and Pam (John Parks) Speakman of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Michael and Aaron Speakman of Churubusco, Christine (Carter) Green and Matt Carter, both of Fort Wayne, Justin Wigner and Britney Carter of Van Wert, Ohio, William, Megan and Melissa Shain of Harlan, Brandon and Aiden Speakman of Fort Wayne, and Hayley Speakman, and Samantha and Bradyn Livingston of Fort Wayne; four great grandchildren; two former sons-in-law Larry Carter of Churubusco and David Livingston of New Haven; and her two “adopted” kids Daniel J. Quintero of Fort Wayne and Michele Peacock of Charlotte, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law William Shain, Sr., and by her sister-in-law, Gail (Stoops) Herron

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, July 14.

On Wednesday, Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, will host a 10 a.m. reception of friends immediately followed by an 11:00 a.m. memorial with Pastors Jerry Blanchard and George Cecil officiating.

Burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, at a later date.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cornerstone Wesleyan Church.

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James D. Hibbs 1960 – 2015

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Hibbs, JamesJames D. Hibbs, 55, of Churubusco, passed away at 6:32 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at his home in Churubusco.

Mr. Hibbs was born on January 27, 1960 in Auburn, a son of Devillo “Jack” and Donna (Froman) Hibbs. He spent his formative years in Churubusco.

He was self employed as a farmer and handy man.

The surviving relatives include his parents, Devillo “Jack” and Donna Hibbs of Churubusco; six sisters, Janet (Loyd) Flener of Chasnee, SC, Jackie (Dave) Folk of Tennyson, Joyce (Ed) Dauscher of Columbia City, Julia (Cliff) Gaff of Albion, Jeni Speidell of Fort Wayne, and Sandy (Jody) Simmons of Battle Ground; two brothers, John Hibbs of Churubusco and Jeff (Sandi) Hibbs of Cromwell; 32 nieces and nephews and 34 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his niece Maria Flener.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana or American Cancer Society.

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