Archive - Obituary
April 14th, 2011
Danny Lee Bolinger, 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 11, 1954 in Huntington, he was a son of Bill D. and Marylyn J. (Geiger) Bolinger.
A lifetime Columbia City resident, he graduated with the Class of 1973 from Columbia City Joint High School. On May 21, 1977 he married Michelle Trimmer at First Church of God, Columbia City. For 28 years, he worked as a welder for Dana Corporation, Syracuse.
Frederick G.C. Gaff, 64, of Churubusco, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at his residence. Born Oct. 31, 1946 in Wolf Lake, he was a son of Paul Joseph and Joyce N. (Newman) Gaff.
Donald J. â€śTodâ€ť Pressler, 81, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the family residence, from the results of an apparent heart attack.
Julia Mabel Snodgrass, 98, of Columbia City, died at 11:05 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2011 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since March 18.
She was born Feb. 11, 1913 in Columbia City, a daughter of Melvin and Alice (Lower) Schumaker. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1930 and graduated from Indiana University in 1934.
She taught school at Beech Grove for six years. In 1954 she started teaching Latin and English at Columbia City High School, retiring in 1974 with 20 years of service.
Terry R. Miller, 53, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 4:52 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Gregory W. Suelzer, 54, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday evening, April 10, 2011 in the emergency room of St. Joe Hospital. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 25, 1956 in Quebec, Canada. A son of William F. and Esther J. (Walda) Suelzer, his formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School.
He was employed over 15 years at Doswell Kover Vault Company.
Surviving relatives include his sister, Julianne (Charles) Strack of Columbia City; a niece and a nephew, Jacqueline Butcher and Adam Strack.
Martha E. Kessler, 77, of Churubusco died at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born May 19, 1933 in Noble County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Evelyn (Stewart) Graves.
She attended school in Wolf Lake. On July 4, 1953 she married Robert Lee Kessler in Churubusco. She was a homemaker and mother, raising their two daughters.
Ruby L. Peoples, 89, of Fort Wayne, widow of Wayne Peoples, died Friday, April 8, 2011 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921 in Cleveland Township, a daughter of the late Rollo and Dessie (Tyner) Steele.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Sudan Interior Missions (SIM). Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Sylvia Sue Solt, 73, of Lakeland, Fla. passed away Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla. Born April 14, 1938 in Angola, she was a daughter of Lawrence Larry and Avis (Hall) Murbach.
Besides her mother, survivors include her husband, Rollyn LeRoy Solt; daughters, Jo Lyn Hensley and Lu Ann Solt; sisters, Carolyn Roach and Linda Murbach.
At Mrs. Soltâ€™s request there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private at a later date.
Elizabeth Hollis King, 97, of Hamilton, Mont. died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Marcus Daly Hospice in Hamilton. She was born Nov. 13, 1913, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Arthur C. Hollis and Mabel Gardiner Hollis. Her parents and grandparents were from Hartford City, Ind. and her parents, older brother and sister had moved to the dry Albuquerque climate for her mother to recover from tuberculosis. Elizabethâ€™s grandmother and grandfather, both medical doctors, would go back and forth from Indiana to New Mexico to oversee the recovery of their daughter-in-law.