June 15th, 2011
Leroy Lawson, 85, a resident of Churubusco, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011, at his home. He had been in failing health since April, and had returned home two days ago after being hospitalized.
Mr. Lawson was born in Wolf Lake May 11, 1926, a son of Homer and Blanche (Reed) Lawson, and spent his formative years in Noble County. As a young man he served with the U. S. Marine Corps during World War II, and was a war hero. Following his military discharge he was married to Ruth L. Schroeder Dec. 26, 1947. He was then engaged in farming, and was also a sheet metal worker.
LaDonna (Ness) Schroeder, 71, of Ligonier passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 3:15 a.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
She was born Feb. 7, 1940 in Whitley County to Edward Peter and Florence (Harkenrider) Ness.
On Feb. 23, 1963, she married Alva Eugene Schroeder. He preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1989.
Mrs. Schroeder was a lifetime area resident and graduated from Larwill High School.
Marie C. Clark, age 90, of Columbia City passed away at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community, Fort Wayne. Born on March 6, 1921 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, she was the daughter of William and Minnie (Meier) Meyer.
She was raised in Munich until she was 5 years old, when her family came to America and made Fort Wayne their home. Following her marriage to A. Laverne Clark Oct. 4, 1940 in Whitley County, she and Mr. Clark established their dairy farm in Whitley County.
Olean Cassidy, 83, of Columbia City, died at 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne where she was admitted May 19th.
She was born Jan. 19, 1928 in Breathitt County, Ky. a daughter of Willie and Clara (Little) Young. Her formative years were spent in Kentucky where she completed her education.
On July 2, 1949 she was united in marriage to Allen C. Cassidy. Since 1956 they made their home on Ellsworth Street in Columbia City. Mr. Cassidy died July 30, 2000.
A homemaker, she worked at Ion Capacitor for seven years.
Graveside services for Joseph R. â€śJoeâ€ť Krasnansky, 82, of Pierceton will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Catholic Cemetery in Pierceton. Military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post 253 in North Webster.
Krasnansky passed away May 5, 2011 at The Oaks Nursing Home in Columbia City. Owen Family Funeral Home, St. Rd. 13 and CR 500N, North Webster is in charge of arrangements.
Granville J. Whittamore, 56, of Albion (Big Lake) passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved. Granville was born Dec. 26, 1954 in Batesville. He graduated from Brookville High School with the Class of 1973. Granville Pearl Whittamore is his father and Granville J. is in heaven with his mother, Mary Marcum.
Granville married June A. Stockhausen Sept. 11, 1999 in Huntington.
Donnabelle M. Sroufe, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne after spending three years at Sycamore Village. Born Sept. 16, 1927 in Columbia City, she was a daughter of George Earl â€śPappyâ€ť and Mary Alice (Addis) Loe.
Gary Lynn Beal, 61, of rural Columbia City, died at 11:36 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Parkview Main Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 7, 1950 in Hudson, Mich., a son of the late Clarence L. and Eva (Hilbourn) Beal.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; two daughters, Robin Trudeau and Billie Jo Beal; a son, Kelby Beal; two brothers, George Beal and Wayne Beal; and three sisters, Connie Strouse, Gloria Miller and Clarice Sheldon.
Gregory D. Taylor, 49, passed away 10:48 a.m. May 29, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born April 30, 1962 to David V. and Joan (Marquart) Taylor.
Survivors include his parents; wife, Robin (Perry); daughters, Diana Rinehart and Amber Rae DeRaps; stepson, Doug Petitt; and stepdaughter, Amber Lynn Petitt; a brother, Tim Taylor; and two sisters, Mary Ayers and Julie Larkey.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco. No services are planned.
Edward A. Whitacre Sr., 63, of Big Lake, died at 7:28 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 13, 1948 in St. Charles County, Mo., a son of Ollis D. and Katherine M. (Farmer) Whitacre.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy; father, Ollis Whitacre; children, Rob Whitacre, Kim Whitacre, Eddie Whitacre, Michael Whitacre and Sacha Whitacre; and a sister, Cindy Whitacre.
Visitation was 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas.