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Grace G. Siebern: 1917 – 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Siebern, Grace_0001Grace. G. Siebern, 97, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Lawrence F. Siebern, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday morning, October 19, 2014 at Covington Commons in Fort Wayne.

Grace was born in Roanoke on August 18, 1917, a daughter of Samuel B. and Laura E. (Mutton) Platt.  She spent her formative years in Huntington County and graduated from Lafayette Central High School in 1935.

On November 12, 1939 she was married in Huntington to Lawrence F. Siebern.  The couple spent the early years of their marriage in Huntington County before moving to Churubusco in 1946.

Formerly employed at J. I. Case in Churubusco, she retired from the offices of Kingsford Packing Company in Fort Wayne in 1980.

She was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women’s Grace Circle.  In her leisure time she enjoyed sewing, and was active in the church’s food ministry and assisting with funeral dinners.  She enjoyed reading, and will long be remembered by her family for her cooking and baking.

Lawrence preceded her in death on September 12, 1990.

The surviving relatives include her daughters Judy (Kenneth) Garrison of Churubusco and Carolyn (Stanley) Oke of Batavia, Ill; two sisters Lorene (Bill) Gregory of Butler and Lucille Stapleton of Fort Wayne; her grandchildren Michael (Sarah) Garrison, Melissa (Lee) Norris, Steve (Nicole) Oke, Jeffrey (Keri) Oke, and Heather (Aaron) Freeman; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Jane Hine; and by four brothers Gerald, Ralph, Russell, and Sam Platt.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Friday, October 25, 2014, at the Churubusco United Methodist Church with Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from  3 to 7 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, 750 N. Main St., Churubusco, IN  46723

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Karen Sue (Hetrick) Simmons 1961 – 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Simmons, Karen_0001Karen Sue (Hetrick) Simmons, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at her home and was found on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Karen was born in Fort Wayne on March 17, 1961, a daughter of Bill and Alice (Shaddle) Hetrick. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and graduated from North Side High School in 1979.

As a young woman she was employed at The Lincoln Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, and later worked as a receptionist for Churubusco Family Dentistry for several years. She was last employed at Gator Cases, Inc. in Columbia City until her death.

The surviving relatives include her twin sons Charles J. (Cortney) Simmons of Fort Wayne and Benjamin J. Simmons of Churubusco; her daughter Sherry Simmons, a freshman at Churubusco High School; two brothers Tom (Nancy) Hetrick of Fort Wayne and Dave (Lori) Hetrick of Fairfield, Calif; her sister Pat (Mick) Steury of Las Vegas, Nev; three nieces and three nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 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 Friday, October 24, 2014, from 4 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service.

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Barbara L. Pearson: 1928 – 2014

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Pearson, Barbara_0001Barbara L. Pearson, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Melvin B. Pearson, passed away unexpectedly at 8 a. m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.  She had been a patient there for one and one half years.

Mrs. Pearson was born in Smith Township on May 12, 1928, a daughter of Murray and Lois (Geiger) Harrold.  She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947 and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.

On September 14, 1957 she was married in Churubusco to Melvin B. Pearson.

She was first employed at the Fort Wayne National Bank, and retired from the bookkeeping department of the Churubusco State Bank in 1985 after 22 years.

She was a member of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136.

Mr. Pearson preceded her in death on October 17, 1994.

The surviving relatives include her daughter Sheila (Leonard) Harvey of Churubusco; her sister Phyllis Anderson of Churubusco; a grandson Matt (Whitney) Harvey of Danville; and a great-granddaughter Adalyn Harvey.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Murray Eugene Harrold; and by a granddaughter Megan Harvey.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, 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 Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3500 DePauw Boulevard, Suite 1040,  Indianapolis, IN 46268

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Larry D. Ford: 1945 – 2014

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Larry D. Ford, 69, formerly of Churubusco and Kendallville, passed away at 7:45 p. m. on Friday, October 10, 2014 at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion.  He had been a patient there since 2009.

Mr. Ford was born in Wabash County on October 4, 1945, a son of Henry H. and Helen Louise (Cleek) Ford, and graduated from Central High School in Fort Wayne in 1963.

He retired in 2006 from Flint & Walling, Inc.  in Kendallville after 30 years.

Surviving are his sister-in-law Linda (Warren, Jr.) Deck of Churubusco; a step-niece April Miller of New Haven;a step-nephew Donald A. Boseker of Columbia City; and his aunt Sue Baker of Richmond.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Gerald L. “Jerry” Ford on December 30, 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Monday, October 13, 2014, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, pastor of St. John Bosco Catholic Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Stahl Cemetery, Bluffton.

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Donald W. Eckert 1940 – 2014

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Donald W. Eckert, 74, of Albion, passed away at 7:30 am on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at North Ridge Nursing Home in Albion.

Mr. Eckert was born on May 1, 1940 in Fort Wayne, a son of Russell and Jeanie (Zell) Eckert. He spent his formative years in Columbia City, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1958.

On September 3, 1983 he was married in Auburn, to his high school sweetheart Barbara Bittner, and moved to his current home in Albion in 1995.

He retired from United States Air Force in 1979 after 20 years. He was also employed at various auto parts stores.

Mr. Eckert was a life time member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post #157.

He loved his Ford Mustang and was proud of his service to his Country.

The surviving relatives include wife, Barbara Eckert of Albion; his children, Christina (Doug) Hensley of Albion, Lisa (Ken) Baker of New Haven, Tracie Eckert, Debbie (Kevin) Johnson both of Fort Wayne, and Rick (Christy) Kanis of Churubusco; a sister, Barbara (Lynn) Knisley of Churubusco; seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Timothy Allen Johnson

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Green Center United Methodist Church, with Pastor John Shell, 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.

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

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