General Newton County Obituaries
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These obituaries were compiled and contributed by Susie Hall. A very special thank you to her for her time and efforts in preserving our Newton County Heritage.

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Adams, Thomas F.
Agent, Huston R. "Hoot"
Alberts, Keith Gordon
Albright, Edna M.
Alexander, June
Allen, Frederick "Fred"
Allen, Margaret T.
Allis, Mildred F.
Antcliff, Aldine A.
Anker, Willis F.

Anderson, Geraldine W. "Andy"
Anderson, Milton S.
Anstett, Harold Francis
Anstett, Mary Katherine (Sego)
Armstrong, James Allan
Atkinson, Almeta Mae
Atkinson, William H. "Bill"
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Babitt, Mamie S.
Balensiefer, Willilam L. "Bill"
Bannon, Lawrence C.
Barbosza, Elenora R.
Bartholomew, Diane C.
Batchelor, Clara M.
Batchelor, Larry Gene
Beasley, Harold
Bell, Avery Kane
Bell, Terry
Benjamin, Marcia L.
Bennett, Gary Irvin
Bertram, Mary S.
Bingham, Gary Jan
Blankenbaker, Kenneth Dean
Blankenship, Donald E. "Tater"
Blount, Brian Joseph
Bogenshutz, Claire
Bohlinger, Bonnie E.
Borem, Sibyl
Bower, Dorothy B.
Bower, Mary F.
Brammer, Brandon Ray
Brammer, Vickie
Bridgeman, Alice M.
Brownfield, Kenneth A.
Brownfield, Raymond W.
Bruce, Delbert L.
Brunton, Doris
Brunton, Dorothy J. (Robinson)
Brunton, Rose Marie "Butch"
Brunton, William Keith
Burks, Roy L.
Burley, Janice M. (Patterson)
Burnside, Delvin R.
Burnside, Thomas J.
Burton, John Mearlin
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Cady, Donald H.
Calloway, Gladys (Cradic)
Calvert, Mildred Lavon
Carlson, Esther F.
Carroll, Catherine L.
Carroll, Laurence V.
Carroll, Thelma J. "Cork"
Carter, Judie
Carter, Jr., Allison "Al"
Cassidy, Betty J.
Chapman, Elouise H.
Cheek, Margery
Childers, Dennis W.
Clark, L. "Clarkie"
Clark, Harley D,
Clark, Kathryn Ellen
Cline, Bettty Jo
Clinton,  Patricia M.
Cloose, Richard A. "Dick"
Coapstick, Marian J.
Cobb, Bert A.
Collard, Ronald Lee
Constable, Bill Schembs
Cook, Thomas D.
Cooper, Floyd "Mike"
Cornell, Morris E. "Mr. C."
Couch, David T.
Couch, Evaleen
Cox, Lela A. (Bartley)
Crain, Eileen H.
Curts, Mary Ann
Curts, Winifred L. (Chambers)
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Dalton, William C.
Danruther, L. Wayne "Danny"
Datzman, Jennie J.
Davis, Robert "Bob" Spencer
Davis, Charles B.
Davis, Norma Jean
Dawson, Dale Irwin
Dawson, Thomas Allen "Tom"
Deardurff, Almedia L.
DeGroot, Anna C.
DeGroot, Betty J. (Peck)
Deno, Lucille
Denton, Darlene
Denton, Karen L.
Denton, Marjorie
Dewing, Ralph W.
DeYoung, Edward
DeYoung, Ruth
Dexter, Cora Elizabeth
Dieter, James D.
Dodd, Jr., Harvey A. "Jay"
Donohue, Clifford "Irish"
Donohue, Ethan Pierce
Doty, Ruth R.
Downey, Walter
Dowty, Opal F.
Dubea, Frances E.
Dye, George William
Dye, James H.
Dye, Ruth Ann (Heilman)
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Eddy, Howard
Eisen, III, John H. "Jackie"
Emmrich, Roger
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Farmer, Paul M.
Farrell, John L.
Feaster D. C., Milton O. "Doc"
Floyd, Lillian
Fox, Leonard L.
Franklin, Marian Nell
Funk, Regina R.
Funk, Robert "Bob"
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Gadson, Margaret Marie
Garmong, Richard L.
Garrett, (Pruett) Marilyn J. 
Garrett, Susan K.
Garrity, Eva E.
Geller, Ernest L.
Gerrich, Jerry D.
Gerrick Donald G.
Gibson, Harley Wayne
Gibson, Lucy
Graefnitz, Bonnie
Griffin, James “Griff”
Gulley, David Mike
Gulley, Steven
Gulley, Vicki L
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Hageman, Ethel I.
Hall, Mrs. Anna M.
Hall, Carl L.
Hall, Charles Henry
Hall, Charles "Charlie O" O'Dell
Hall, Christina Marie
Hall, Donald R.
Hall, Donald Lee
Hall, Eunice
Hall, Floyd H.
Hall, Floyd K.
Hall, James
Hall, Lawrence E.
Hall, Roseanna
Hall, Thelma
Hall, Warren S.
Hall, William C.
Hamelman, Ruby
Hamilton, Charles Edward "Eddie"
Hanrahan, Alice E. M.
Harris, Evelyn M. (Wagner)
Harris, Nancy  J.
Harrison, Stanley A.
Harrison, Vane "Speed"
Harwood, Richard
Haste, Louise E.
Hawkins, Daniel Blaine "Danny"
Hayes, Patricia Jeanne
Hensel, Lois (Morgan)
Henshaw, Francis G.
Herath, Roy L.
Herriman, Stevens Esta M.
Hess, Don E.
Hickman, Peggy Lou
Hillis, Bradley R.
Hillis, George S. "Sam"
Hinsky, Dorothy Ida
Hixson, Garry N.
Holley, Naomi Ethel
Holley, Wayne
Hollingsworth, James E.
Honn, Alice I.
Honn, Marion F.
Hopkins, Jason "Hoppy"
Hoskins, Margaret E.
Hotler, Kenneth H.
Howell, Arthur V.
Hufnagel, Sherry A.
Humphrey, Michael K.
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Jackson, Terry David
Jardenil, Romulo S.
Jefvert, Howard C.
Johnson, James G
Johnson, Eva F.
Johnson, Marlin L.
Johnson, Robert A.
Jones, Charlotte
Jones, Elsie L.
Jordan, Rodney A.
Justice, Geneva
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Kapsch, Mildred Louise
Karr, Earl Harvey
Kay, Jim D.
Kendall, Bethel L.
Kindig, Curtis "Calvin"
King, Mark Alan
King, Robert V.
Kissinger, Dorothy Lillian (Sullivan)
Klemz Sr., Danny J.
Knapp, John Peter Nicholas
Knochel, Joan L.
Krueger, Mary M.
Krug, Melinda L.
Koon, Arvel D.
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LaCosse, Chris Elaine (Hanger)
Lade, Lillie Mae
Laffoon, Bernard W.
Laffoon, David W.
Laffoon, Sherman "Marvin"
Lambert, Pearl
Lane, Earl D.
LeBeau, Leonard Joseph
Lehmann, Johanna H.
Limp, Margaret Mary "Peg"
Linback, Jr., William J. "Bub"
Lindahl, William A.
Linduska, Carrie-Evelyn (Murphey)
Long, Marjorie A.
Loveall, Sarah Blanche
Lutes, Sr., Donald L.
Lutes, Leona
Lyons, Robert E.
Lyons, Robert T.
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McCormick, Helen Ramona Smith
McClatchey, Leonard Calvin
McCormick, William C.
McGraw, Dorothy C.
McKee, Dorothy M.
Mailloux, Susan Lynn
Marshino, Robina
Martin, Grace L.
Martin, Helen N. "Hallie"
Martin, Richard L. "Dick"
Mahaffey, Wayne E.
Matheny, Michael
Meade, Julia Florence (Haas)
Mercer, Carolyn (Farve)
Merriman, Herschel (Pete)
Merriman, Sr., Laverne Keith
Miles, Fern M.
Miller, James Newton
Miller, Noah J.
Miller, T. Byron "Barney"
Miller, William Arthur "Bill"
Miller, Velora (Halleck)
Miiller, Gordon L.
Miiller, Ralph Raymond
Miiller, Rita L.
Minick, Russell F.
Molter, Raymond Leon
Molter, Samuel E.
Montgomery, Pauline B.
Montemayer, Aurora "Dolly"
Moore, Casey Ross
Morgan, Phyllis M.
Morefield, Alfred
Morefield, Jr. Alfred
Morton, Judith L.
Mounts, Bertha L.
Murphy, Cyndi (Antcliff)
Musser, Alic L.
Musser, Matthew S.
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Nelson, Edna M. (Miller)
Nelson, Megan A.
Neibert, Richard W.
Nemecik, Alice E.
Nevitt, Edward
Norman, Wanda Rae
Northcutt, Phyllis Barbara Gordon
Northcutt, Tony E.
Northern, Judy E.
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Olsen, Marye R.
Olson, Elizabeth "Betty" (Gragg)
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Padgett, Bernie "Bernie"
Padgett, Lois J.
Padgett, Ruth Juanita (Graefnizt) Merchant
Page, Debra Marie (Humphrey)
Parke, William M.
Parker, John C. Dr.
Peacock, Joan
Peacock, Martha
Pecsenye, Bette M. (Nelson)
Peck, Lula M.
Pederson, Deanie Marie
Pence, Merwin W.
Peters, Bonnie (Armstrong)
Peterson, Clarice J.
Pipes, Idabelle Claire
Pitman, Roger Dale
Ponto, Marie E. Martell
Potts, Deborah Marie
Potts, Dick
Potter, Elsie E. "Jean"
Potts, Kristine E. "Krissy"
Praeger, Paul H.
Prue, Pearl Ann
Putts, Geraldine M.
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Raisanen, Jr., Ralph H.
Ramsey, Robert A. "Bob"
Rathbun, Dorothy Jean (Hampton)
Rea, Rebekah Jean
Read, Harold
Reed, Thelma Stultz
Reimer, Raegan Lynn
Reiners, Fern O.
Reuter, Jr., Col.
Reyes, Esteban "Steve"
Reynolds, B. Frank
Reigle, Tracy R.
Richards, Helen R.
Richards, Jr., Charles
Richcreek, Sr., Kenneth W. "Ritchie"
Riegle, Evelyn S.
Riegle, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome (LaVerne)
Riley, Clifford C.
Risley, Harold
Robinson, Wilma V.
Rolls, Louise F. "Louie"
Romaine, Delores G.
Rush, A. Rosalie
Rusher, Herschel E.
Russell, Clifford G.
Ryan, R. Steven "Steve"
Rybarski, Robert J. "Bo"
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Sammons, Charline E.
Sasko, Margaret "Susie"
Schafer, John C.
Schanlaub, George W.
Schultz, Luke Edward
Sciacero, Henrietta
Searcy, Charles
Sego, Romana L.
Sell, Helen L.
Severs, Bethel "Betty"
Scearcy, William L
Schlotman, Luella C.
Schrontz, Robert "Bob"
Shea, Patricia
Shepard, Ina
Sinks, Leon E. "Mike"
Sisney, Martha "Kay"
Sisney, Willie R. "Bill"
Sisson, Victoria Lynn
Skinner, James G. "Jim"
Snell, Jack N.
Smart, Selma L.
Smith, Cletus E.
Smith, Joseph R.
Sondgerath, Betty Lou
Speer, David C.
Spradlin, James R.
Sparks, Evelyn Rosalie
Sprinkle, Kathryn (Ade)
Starnes, Lovella
Starnes, Kenneth
Steele, Virginia Maxine
Strombaugh, Dorothy
Stowers, Charlotte Joy
Stowers, Grace E.
Styck, Ruby G.
Suiter, Jr. Robert Bruce
Sullivan, Fay E.
Sullivan, Marguerite Elanore
Sunday, Jon J.
Sutton, Raymond
Swartz, Roy Clyde
Szczepanski, Sr., Martin J.
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Tagg, Charles F.
Tait, Mildred Elaine
Taylo, John
Taylor, Arlene
Taylor, Phillip D.
Tebo, (Deno) Eileen Elizabeth
Thurston, Hazel H.
Trout, Valeria
Turnpauh, Eugene E.
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Ulm, JoAlice
Uptain, Artie L.
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VanDuyn, Helen
Vaughn, Levie Thomas
Voglund, Blanche “Jeanette”

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Wagner, Julia K.
Wann, Charles "Cap"
Warne, Alice Lorene (Purdy)
Warne, Louella Rose (Anderson)
Washburn, Dawn Earline
Webb, Donald L.
Webb, Garnita
Webb, Jerry
Weishaar, Lena P.
Weiss, Sharon J.
Welsh, John "Jack"
West, William W. "Bill"
Wolford, Larry J.
Whaley, Bonnie
Whaley, Cleva
Whaley, Harold "Bud"
Whaley, Helen Fay
White, Robert D. "Bob"
White, Rose Helen
Williams, Harold E.
Williams, Shirley A.
Williams, Yelena
Wilson, Absalam
Wilson, John Lee
Wilson, Nancy Lou
Wiltfang, Benjamin
Wood, James M.
Worley, Bernice Barrett "Bea"
Wynn, Carolyn
Wynn, Ryan Paull
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Yana, Jean A.
Yoder, Trennis R.
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Zickmund, III, John "Jack" Edward

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Thomas F. Adams

THOMAS F. ADAMS LAKE VILLAGE, IN Thomas F. Adams, age 77, of Lake Village passed away August 22, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean (nee Davis); daughters: Beth (Dave) St. Clair of St. John, Kim (Kim) Medsker of Morocco, Patti (Pat) Hubbard of Crown Point, Ellen (Tom) Mantis of St. John, and Kerry (Kevin) Bushman of Lake Village; sons: Tim (Laura) Adams of Griffith and Chris Adams of Valparaiso; brothers: Art (Mary) Adams and Jim Adams both of Schererville; brother- in-law, Jim (Judy) Davis of Indianapolis; also 19 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his sons: Michael and Kevin; grandson, Shane Medsker; and parents: Frank and Genevieve Adams. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave. (Rt. 41), St. John, with Monsignor Sell officiating. Burial Mount Mercy Cemetery in Gary. Friends may meet with the family on Thursday at the funeral home from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Thomas was the former owner of Tom's Meat Market in Hammond. He also was a trainer with harness race horses at Balmoral Race Track. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the or St. Anthony Hospice. www.fagenmiller.com

Published in The Times from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2011


Huston R. "Hoot" Agent (1938 - 2010)

Huston "Hoot" R. Agent, 71, of Kentland, died at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, in Iroquois Memorial Hospital.
            Born on May 28, 1938, in Marion, Ky., he was the son of the late John W. and Tedie Agent.
            Mr. Agent was a self-employed carpenter working with Jack Bower of Kentland and Bob Murphy of Brook.
            Surviving is his companion, Sharon Yates of Kentland; his children, Robin Whaley of Rensselaer and Pamela Upthegrove (husband Ed) of DeMotte; and a brother, Leroy Agent (wife Delores) of Morocco. 
            Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bobby Gipson Jr., Kelcie Agent, Tabitha and Jonathon Upthegrove; and one great-granddaughter, Gretchen Gipson.
            Preceding him in death with his parents are two infant brothers, a brother, and three sisters.
            Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST), Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Services are Friday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. (CST). Interment to follow in Goodland Cemetery.   Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland is entrusted with care.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 18 to Mar. 18, 2010

Keith Gordon Alberts

            Keith Gordon Alberts of Nashville passed away at his home Saturday night, May 20, 2006. He was 71.  Mr. Alberts was born at home in Goodland, June 11, 1934, to John and Grace Alberts. He married Patricia Troup on July 29, 1956, in Kentland. He attended Purdue University, until the death of his father, when he returned home to take over the family farm in Goodland. After his retiremant from farming, he joined his wife Patricia and daughter Susan Fleener-Apple in their business of Alberts Antique Mall and Alberts Suites in Nashville. Mr. Alberts also owned arcade and video rental businesses at Alberts Mall. He was a member and past Master of the Goodland Masonic Lodge. He transferred his Masonic membership to the Nashville Lodge. Mr. Alberts was also a member of the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis and the Nashville United Methodist Church.

            He served with the Ambulance Company 113th Medical of the Indiana National Guard for eight years. Mr. Alberts also served with distinction for 20 years on the Selective Service Board. Mr. Alberts was an accomplished musician. He played trombone with The Starlighters Dance Band. The band played throughout the Midwest and at times accompanied the Tommy Dorsey Band. He was also known for his Shaker Chime performances at Alberts Hall. Survivors include his wife Patricia; daughter, Susan; son-in-law, Keith Fleener; grandchildren, Andrea Alberts of Chicago, Ill., Ursula Alberts of New Albany, Zachery (Terri) Fleener of Fishers and Clayton Fleener of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by a son, John Alberts of Goodland, his parents and brother, LaDonne Alberts of California. The visitation will be at 1 p.m. May 24 with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. at the Nashville United Methodist Church. Pastor Wade Compton will officiate. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Nashville United Methodist Building Fund. Contributions may be sent to the church at P.O. Box 518, Nashville, IN 47448.Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

Edna M. Albright (1933-2011)
Edna M. Albright, 78, of the DeMotte-Roselawn area passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at her home. She was born on April 19, 1933, in Brook, to Mona (Dowty) and John Edwin Scripter, both deceased.
Edna was a homemaker. On July 1, 1950, she married Melvin D. Albright, who passed away on Aug. 25, 2009.
Edna is survived by her loving children, Edna Hudak, of Rensselaer, and Melvin (Wanda) Albright of DeMotte; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild on the way; and one sister, Lucille Byrd, of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Melvin and son-in-law Mike Hudak; brothers, Charles, Jack, Albert, Jim and Floyd Scripter and sister Helen.
Friends may call on Monday May 2, 2011, from 11a.m.- 1p.m., with a Funeral Service at 1 p.m. at Jackson Funeral Service, DeMotte, with Ron Gann officiating. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise April 29, 2011

 

 

June Alexander (1922 - 2013)

June Alexander, 90, of Morocco, passed away Thursday morning, Jan,y 3, 2013, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. June was born in Bristol, Tenn., on Sept. 10, 1922, the daughter of the late John R. Fritz and Florence (Thompson) Fritz. Her marriage was to E.T. Alexander in 1943. He preceded her in death.
June worked for Garst and Dekalb sorting corn and she was a supervisor for Permonite Manufacturing Co. in Morocco for 33 years, retiring in 1984. She enjoyed shopping, reading and working crossword puzzles.
June is survived by five nieces, Loleta (Ernest) Mann of Port Isabelle, Texas, Mildred (Kenneth) Angel of North Carolina, Juanita (Larry) Conley of Kentland, Barbara Hennin of DeMotte, and Brenda Bilbrey of Nashville; one nephew, Walter (Teresa) Alexander of Mt. Ayr; and one sister, Ilene (John) Teeples of Crossville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother and one sister.
Friends called on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 10:30 a.m. until noon (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. Funeral services were held at the funeral home at noon with Pastor James Clark officiating. Interment followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Donations in June's memory are suggested to the
Alzheimer's Association or George Ade Memorial Health Care Center.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 9 to Feb. 8, 2013

Frederick "Fred" Allen

FREDERICK "FRED" ALLEN Mr. Frederick (Fred) Allen, age 72, passed away peacefully September 8, 2011 at 8:30PM. Survived by wife, Sharie (Walters) Allen; son, Scott (Leah Ann) Shultz of Lake Village, IN; daughter: Lisa (Shultz) Brown of Lake Village, IN; grandchildren: Schuyler Shultz, B.J. Brown and River Shultz; brother-in-law, Schuyler (Teresa) Walters of Lake Village, IN; two nephews: Raymond Jones of Marcellus, MI and Schuyler Nicholas Walters; four nieces: Wendye (Charles) Antilla of Greencastle, PA, Spring Walters of Demotte, IN, Hope Nunn of Shelby, IN and Amber Walters of Rensselaer, IN; six great nephews; four great nieces; and numerous (Surrogate) nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father, Lawrence (J.) Allen Sr.; and mother, Tryphena (Boardman) Allen. Fred worked at LTV Steel for 43 years as a Millwright. He retired in 2001 A "MacGyver" of sorts and a master mechanic he built Stock Cars for years. He spent his days reading, studying, learning new things and then trying them out. He loved sharing his knowledge with ones he loved. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the American Legion Post 238, 4141 East State Road 10, Rose Lawn, IN 46372 (219) 345-2752 with Brother Ronald Gann and Pastor Joel Gilbert officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date per the Family's request. Frazier Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, 621 S. Halleck St., Demotte, IN (219- 987-2323). Fred will be Loved and missed by all who knew him. Visit the online Memorial at www.frazierfuneralhome.net.
Published in The Times on Sept. 12, 2011

 

 

Margaret T Allen (1923 - 2011)

Margaret T. Allen, 88, of Brook, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center. She was born March 25, 1923, daughter of John Berry Gardner and Mattie Mae (Alford) Gardner.
Graveside services was held at Fairview Cemetery in Madison, Ga., at 10 a.m. (EST) Saturday, July 23, 2011. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco is handling the arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise on July 27, 2011

Mildred F. Allis

            Mildred F Allis, 90, of Brook passed away Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 at 7:45 p.m. in her home. She was born on August 28, 1916, in Sheldon, Ill. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1934. She was a homemaker. Mildred married Fred D Allis on April 3, 1936, in Watseka, Ill. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1987, in Rensselaer. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and sending e-mails to family and friends.         Survivors are two daughters Lois F Hartwell, (husband Walt) of Brook, Susan E Thompson, (husband Dave) of Ridge Springs, SC. And one son Tom L Allis (wife Marlowe) of Goodland, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.            Visitation was at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook on Sunday, Jan 21, from 5-7 p.m. Services were held on Monday, Jan 22, at 10 a.m. with Rev Ken Marsh officiating. Interment was at Sheldon Cemetery following services. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one grandson, one granddaughter, one sister and one brother. Memorials may be made to St Jude’s Hospital or the charity of donor’s choice. Newton County Enterprise January 31, 2007

 

Geraldine W. "Andy" Anderson (1934-2011)
Gerald W. "Andy" Anderson, 76, of Morocco, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 31, 2011, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. Andy was born in Newland in Jasper County on July 1, 1934, son of the late Ernest and Naomi (Nelson) Anderson. He was a lifetime Morocco resident and graduated from Morocco High School in 1952. On Nov. 26, 1954, in Ade, he married Geraldine "Gerry" Tichacek, to whom he was married for 56 years. She survives.
Andy worked for Local Union #41 in construction, and for the last 18 years of his career, he was custodian for Morocco Elementary School, retiring in 2001. Andy was a 50 year member of the Morocco Volunteer Fire Department serving as Fire Chief for three years and was a 50 year member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. He was affiliated with the United Church of Morocco. His hobby was camping.
Surviving along with his wife are children Fred (wife, Donna) Anderson of Lake Village, Ron (wife, Diane) Anderson of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brenda (Mrs. Willie) Coffer of Indianapolis. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Rita Agent of Brook.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gaylord; two sisters, Dorothy Smart and Mary Anderson, and a niece, Crystal Anderson.
Visitation was Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 3 – 7 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services were at 10 a.m.. (CST) on Monday, April 4, at the funeral home with interment following at Oakland Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

 

 Milton S Anderson

            Milton S Anderson, age 87, of Morocco passed away Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007 at his home. He was born on Feb 23, 1920 in Donovan, Ill. To John W Anderson and Nellie Florence (Grant) Anderson, both deceased. He was educated in the Donovan Schools and graduated with the Class of 1937. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was married to Marilois Carter in Morocco on March 21, 1943, and she survives. He was an Engineer’s Assistant for the Indiana State Highway Department for over 10 years. He also farmed for several years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Morocco. Survivors are his daughters Jill dean (Woodrow) Hammel of Dyer and Jenalyn (Robert) Reninger of Holly Springs, North Carolina, a son John Milton Anderson of Morocco, and a sister Mamie Sarah (Ivan) Babbitt of Morocco. Grandchildren are Courtney Lynn Hammel, Kristen Lois Gryze, Kacey Jeanette Crucie and Tyler Swan Reninger. A great-grandchild, Dylan Carter Gryzch also survives. Services were held on Friday, Feb 23 at noon at the First United Methodist Church of Morocco. Pastor Sam Polito officiated with the Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco in charge of the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise February 28, 2007

Harold Francis Anstett (1921-2011)

Harold Francis Anstett, 90, of Kentland, died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus of West Lafayette.
  He was born June 27, 1921, in Earl Park to the late Hugh Paul and Mary Catherine (Holscher) Anstett. He attended grade school in Dunnington, and attended high school in Freeland Park, as well as Earl Park, where he graduated from Earl Park High School in 1939. He then attended Gallagher School of Business where he received his Associates Degree.
  His marriage was to Mary Katherine Sego on June 18, 1960. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2011.
  Harold entered the United States
Army on Aug. 12, 1941, during World War II, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.  He worked with the 5207 Engineer Group and was honorably discharged on Oct. 9, 1945.
  After his time in the service, he worked as an accountant with Edwin J. Funk & Sons from 1948 to 1958. He then went on to work as a Field Examiner with the Indiana State Board of Accounts for 29 years, and after his time with the State Board, he worked as an Administrative Assistant for Newton County Sheriff's Department from 1987 until 1999, when he retired.
  Harold was very active at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland, where he served as Lector, Server, Eucharistic Minister, Usher and was the past President of Parish Council. He also served as the Secretary and Treasurer of St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Association from 1968 to 1999. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and the American Legion, Kentland Post 23.
  Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth A. Anstett of Indianapolis and Barbara J. Marks of Lafayette, four grandchildren, Lauren and Jarred Marks and Jannai and Bryan Smith, and four great-grandchildren; Braydon, Nevaysia, Jaeyla and Terrance Marks.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, Eugene, Raymond and Everett Anstett, and one sister, Mary Margaret Anstett.
  Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. (CST) Monday, Nov. 14, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CST) Tuesday, Nov.15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland.
  Memorial donations may be made in his name to Sacred Heart Catholic School, Bishop Chatard, or St. Theodore Guerrin. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2011

Mary Katherine (Sego) Anstett (1920-2011)

Mary Katherine Sego Anstett, 91, of Kentland, died at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus of West Lafayette.

She was born Jan. 30, 1920, in Kentland to the late Meddie F. and Romana M. (Cunningham) Sego. She attended grade school at St. Joseph's and high school at A.J. Kent both of Kentland. She graduated with the Class of 1938.

Her marriage was to Harold F. Anstett on June 18, 1960. He survives.

She was employed for 23 years by Sears Roebuck & Co., in Kentland, retiring in 1964.

Mary Katherine was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland where she served on Parish Council and was a member of the Women's Society. She was a Foster Mother for thirteen infants through the Catholic Charities of Kokomo. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 23, Kentland Women's Club, Indiana Rural Youth, where she was the treasurer for three years, she served on the Kentland Library Board for 12 years, and was involved with volunteer work at several nursing home for many years.

Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Elizabeth A. Anstett of Indianapolis and Barbara J. Marks of Lafayette, and four sisters, Theresa and Lorraine Sego of Kentland, Alice Silver (husband: Bill) and Martha Gretencord (husband: Bill) both of Fowler and Sister-in-Law Pat Sego of Kentland.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Lauren and Jarred Marks and Jannai and Bryan Smith and three great-grandchildren; Braydon, Nevaysia and Jaeyla Marks.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Jeanette Vouglund and Romana Sego, and two brothers, Tom Sego and Monsignor Arthur Sego.

Friends called from 4-7 p.m. (CDT) Monday, May 16, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, where a rosary service was held at 6:45 p.m. Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, May 17, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland. Memorials donations may be made in her name to Catholic School Education or Matrix Lifeline Pregnancy Center.

Newton County Enterprise May 18, 2011

Willis F. Anker (1926-2011)

        Willis F. Anker, 84, of Wolcott, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at his residence.
        He was born Oct. 11, 1926, in White County to the late John and Priscilla (Zehr) Anker. His marriage was to Marilyn Huffman on Oct. 27, 1950. They divorced in 1970.
        Mr. Anker was a member of the U.S. National Guard and the Wolcott American Legion. He farmed for several years in Monon, owned and operated Kentland Motor Inn, and retired from Purdue University where he worked on the dairy farm for several years.
        He enjoyed fishing, working on lawn mowers, and raising pugs.
Surviving are five children, Cheryl Anker Angot (husband: Vince) of Kentland, Ron Anker (wife: Deb) of West Lafayette, Charlene Stapleton (husband: Gary) of Louisville, Ky, Richard Anker (wife: Colleen) of Lincoln, Calif., and Cindy Cote (husband: Jerry) of West Lafayette, a sister, Joyce Miller (husband: Vernon) of Monticello, and a brother, Jim Anker (wife: Carmin) of Wolcott.
        Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
        He is preceded in death by a brother ,Robert Anker, a sister, Loretta Dunker, and two infant siblings.
        Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at Foster-Clapper     Funeral Home of Wolcott with Pastor Mary van Wijk officiating. Interment will follow at Wolcott Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association .
Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Aldine A. Antcliff (1913-2010)

            Aldine A. Antcliff, 97, of Brook passed away Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Jasper County Hospital Alternacare in Rensselaer. She was born April 30, 1913, in Wolcott to the late Ernest W. and Ida Mary (Mathews) Mattox. She was a graduate of Remington High School, Class of 1931, and married Harold R. "Poss" Antcliff on Feb. 22, 1933, in Remington. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2003.       
            She was a retired secretary, working at George Ade Hospital for five years and St. Joseph's College for 11 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and was an alumni member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and past president. She was a wonderful painter, and enjoyed reading, music and dancing.    Surviving are three sons, Robert C. Antcliff (Juanita) of Arlington, Texas, Don W. Antcliff of Kentland, and Tom H. Antcliff (Sue) of Wentzeille, Mo.; two daughters, Joyce A. Shuey (Tom) of Morocco and Carol L. Antcliff of Hollywood, Fla.; one brother, Paul Mattox of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Louise Spencer and Bertha Heater both of Lafayette, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 4:45 p.m. The funeral service was Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Goodland with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook following the service. Memorials are requested to the donor's choice. Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2010

 

James Allan Armstrong

            James Allan Armstrong, 23, of DeMotte, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010.
            He is survived by son, James Joseph, at home; daughter of love, Lauren; parents, Edith and Joe Massengill of DeMotte and Allan Armstrong of Minn.; grandparents, Reba Richards; Margie and Tommy Massengill; Virginia and Everett Armstrong; sister, Casey (Mike) Dunn and brother, Joey Massengill, both of DeMotte; nephews, Christian, Logan, Parker and Lucas, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.         
            He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Glenn Richards.         
            A visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Scott Weinkauff officiating and burial following in Lake Village Cemetery in Lake Village.         
            James was a 2006 graduate of North Newton High School. www.sheetsfuneral.com           
            View online guestbook at myrepublican.info Rensselaer Republican October 23, 2010.

Almeta Mae Atkinson (1926 - 2009)

Almeta Mae Atkinson, 82, of Morocco, passed away at Rensselaer Care Center on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. She was born in Hammond, Ind., on Nov. 15, 1926, a daughter of the late Nick and Ricca (Couse) Ferguson and had been educated at the Hammond Public Schools. She had resided in Morocco for 57 years moving there from Hammond. On July 13, 1952, in Morocco, she married Bernard Atkinson. He died on Jan. 31, 2002.
She was an Avon Representative for over 35 years retiring in 2007. She was affiliated with the Morocco United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 36 years. Almeta helped to start the "Methodist Thrift Shop" and was a former member of the Newton County Home Ec. Clubs, the Bunko Club and served in many church activities.
A son, Terry A. Atkinson of Morocco survives. Her husband and parents preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco with funeral services at 7 p.m., Pastor Jack Snell officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Family suggests memorials to the donor's choice. To offer on-line condolences please see
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Oct. 16 to Nov. 16, 2009

 

 

William H. "Bill" Atkinson (1927 - 2009)

William H. "Bill" Atkinson, 81, of Fair Oaks passed away on Aug. 7, 2009, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 11, 1927, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of William Doyle and Ella (Devaney) Atkinson. In 1954, he married Lydia Knapp and she preceded him in death in 2004.
Bill graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and worked as the Director of Bio Medical Communications for the University of Miami School of Medicine for 21 years. He had served in the US Army as a sergeant and medical aid technician caring for WWII veterans at Tilton General Army Hospital at Fort Dix, N.J., and as an EMT for the Lincoln Township Fire Department. Bill owned and operated Atkinson Photography for many years. He was an accomplished photo micrographer illustrating a number of text books over the years. He was a member of the St. Augusta Catholic Church in Lake Village and the Roselawn American Legion. He loved Irish bagpipes and Celtic music.
Bill is survived by two sons, David (Kimberly) Atkinson, Fair Oaks, and William (Blase) Atkinson, Wellinton, Fla.; a daughter, Ann Marie (Ronald) LaCosse, Lafayette; grandchildren, Billy, Ursula, Davey, Danny, Brandy, Bill, Susie, Natasha, Jennifer, Bob, Briann, Bill, Faith and Erin; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Friends may call on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 2-8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Service, 200 Third St. SW, DeMotte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, at the St. Augusta Catholic Church in Lake Village, with Rev. Stephen Snoich officiating. Burial will be at the Roselawn Cemetery with Military Rites.
Memorials may be made to Birthright of Rensselaer, 216 1/2 W. Washington St., Rensselaer, IN, 47978; or to the Jasper County Hospice, 1104 E. Grace St., Rensselaer.
www.
jacksonfuneral.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 10 to Sept. 10, 2009

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Mamie S. Babbitt (1916 - 2013)

Mamie S. Babbitt, 96, formerly of Morocco passed away at Brownsburg Meadows Nursing Home in Brownsburg, Ind., on Jan. 11, 2013. Mamie was born in Donovan, Ill., on Aug. 20, 1916, daughter of the late John and Nellie (Grant) Anderson. She was a lifelong resident of the Morocco area and a graduate of Donovan High School. On Jan. 28, 1939, she married Ivan Wesley Babbitt at the Beaver Church in Donovan. He died July 2, 2007. Mamie had worked for the Morocco Courier, cooked at Merchant's Restaurant and was a member of the cafeteria staff at the Morocco School. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Morocco and was a member of the Pythian Sisters and Eastern Star. Mamie enjoyed cooking, camping and family times.
Surviving are daughters; Kathryn (Kay) Niedert of Crown Point and Marilyn (Marve) Hert of Brownsburg, also six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two daughters and one brother.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Morocco.
Friends may visit with the family at the First United Methodist Church in Morocco on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, from 11:30 until time of funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Wayne Williams will officate. Interment follows at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
The Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco is handling the arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, 2013

Lawrence C Bannon

            Lawrence C Bannon, 96, Sebring, Fl., formerly of Morocco and Brook, died at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, June 20, 2004 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. No visitation was scheduled. A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Brook United Methodist Church with the Rev Susan Beckett officiating. Burial will be in the Brook Abbey Cemetery, Brook.         Memorials may be made to the Brook United Methodist Church, Morocco United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Gerts Funeral Home in Brook handled local arrangements. Newton County Enterprise July 7, 2004 

 

Elenora R Barbosza, 82

            Elenora R Barbosza, age 82, of Morocco, passed away at Rensselaer Care Center, following a two year illness, at 7:20 p.m. on March 8, 2007. Born July 10, 1924, she had been a Morocco resident for most of her life. She attended school in Newton County and was a beautician for 26 years. Surviving is son John (Janet) Barbosza of Middleton, Ohio and her very special friend Barbara Koutny of Lake Village. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters and daughter Eva Kephart. Visitation was held from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, March 12, with a funeral service officiated by Rev Jack Snell at Steinke Funeral Home, Brunton Chapel, Morocco. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco. Newton County Enterprise  March 21, 2007

William L. "Bill" Balensiefer (1941-2011)

William L. "Bill" Balensiefer, 70, of Remington, died at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, at his residence. He had been in failing health for several months.
He was born March 18, 1941, in Rensselaer, to the late Lee and Kathryn (Mather) Balensiefer.
He graduated from Brook High School in 1959 and attended Purdue University in 1977 where he received his degree in professional engineering.
He married Dorothy Marlene Hardebeck on Aug. 1, 1959, in Earl Park. She survives. The Balensiefers resided in Battle Ground for 18 years prior to moving to Remington.
Mr. Balensiefer worked as an engineer, retiring from The Indiana State Highway Research and Development Department. He also was a proprietor of Captain's Table.
Bill was the past president of the Battle Ground Lions Club, and a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He achieved rank of Eagle Scout in 1954, and continued being active in scouting.
He enjoyed architectural design, intricate ship replica building, ancestry research, computer programming, home restoration, wood working, traveling and photography.
Surviving with his wife are five children, William Balensiefer III (Wife: Cindy) of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Zenda Lanning (Husband: Roger) of Remington, Adah Farney (Companion: Ed Kyburz) of Wolcott, Heidi Hageman (Husband: Gary) of Fowler, Heather Waibel (Husband: Brent) of Wolcott.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Bill had a blessed and fulfilling 70 years of life, 51 years of it spent with his loving wife. He cherished every moment with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always shared his wisdom with his friends and family. Bill will truly be missed by everyone whose life he touched and will rest comfortably in the arms of our Lord.
Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, July 19, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Remington with the Rosary being said at 4:45 p.m. Friends also called from 10-10:45 a.m., Thursday, July 21, at St. Josephs Catholic Church of Kentland where a Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Josephs Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, or Riley Children's Hospital of Indianapolis. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

 

Diane C Bartholomew

51, of Morocco passed away Monday, March 22, at the St Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette. She was born Jan. 11, 1953 in Watseka, Ill., the daughter of Ruben Elmore Bartholomew and Phyllis J (Conn) Bartholomew.

Diane was a 1971 graduate of North Newton High School. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morocco, where she taught Sunday School for many years. Diane had also volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader for over 25 years. Diane had been employed as a secretary at Shirer-Brownfield Insurance Agency in Morocco since 1978. Surviving are her mother: Phillis Bartholomew of Morocco; one sister: Joyce (Joe) Best of Rensselaer; one brother: John (Suzanne) Bartholomew of Cedar Park, Texas; several nieces and nephews, one great-niece and two great-nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her father Elmore Bartholomew in 1994.

Visitation is 4 to 8 pm Wednesday, March 24 at the Lang Funeral Home in Morocco. Funeral Services will be held at 10 am Thursday, March 25 at Lang Funeral Home in Morocco with Rev. Tim Powers officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Clara M. Batchelor (1920 - 2010)

Clara M. Batchelor, 89, of Brook, formerly of Beaverville, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born Sept. 4, 1920, in Brazil, Ind., to John and Madeline M. Rosenbloom Yard. On June 3, 1939, she married Melvin B. Batchelor in Brazil, Ind. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1993, in Brazil.
Mrs. Batchelor was a homemaker.
Surviving are five sons, Larry G. Batchelor of Morocco, Russell H. (Shirley) Batchelor of Winamac, Melvin (Debral) Batchelor Jr. of Wolcott, Jimmy D. (Margaret) Batchelor and Ricky A. (Loretta) Batchelor, both of Brazil, Ind.; three daughters, F. Elaine Lade of Beaverville, Ill., Brenda S. (Fred) Moore of Bridgeton, Ind., and Sandra F. (Rick) Shepard of Beaverville; 33 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Darrell R., one grandson, one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons.
Visitation is Wedsnesday, March 3, at the Lawson-Miller Chapel of Brazil from 4-9 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 4, at the Lawson-Miller Chapel at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Rick Wetnight officiating. Internment will follow at the Summit Lawn Cemetery, Brazil.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of local arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Mar. 4 to Apr. 4, 2010     

 

 

Larry Gene Batchelor (1940 - 2012)

Larry Gene Batchelor, Sr., 72, of Morocco, passed away early Sunday morning, August 12, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born in Brazil, Indiana on March 28, 1940, son of the late Melvin B. and Clara M. (Yarde) Batchelor. Larry graduated from Morocco High School with the Class of 1959. On September 10, 1961, in Morocco, he married Evelyn Kay. She preceded him in death on November 30, 2008.
Larry was a member of the Army Reserve National Guard and was retired from LTV Steel, where he worked as an overhead crane operator for 40 years. He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, the Lions Club and the Moose Lodge.
Larry is survived a daughter, Patricia (Jim) Gillette of Lafayette; two sons, Larry Jr. (Cindy) Batchelor of Hebron and Leon (Chris) Batchelor of Morocco; four brothers, Russell (Shirley) Batchelor of Winamac, Melvin (Deb) Batchelor of Wolcott, Jimmy (Margaret) Batchelor of Brazil, IN, and Ricky (Reg) Batchelor of Brazil, IN; three sisters, Elaine Lade of Beaverville, IL, Brenda (Fred) Moore of Bridgeton, IN, and Sandy (Rick) Shepard of Beaverville, IL; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, and one brother, Darrell Batchelor.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m. CDT at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 214 East Walnut Street in Morocco. Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. The family requests you consider memorial donations to the Morocco Lions Club or the Jasper County Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 15 to Sept. 14, 2012

 

 

Harold Beasley (1939 - 2013)

Clara M. Batchelor (1920 - 2010)

Clara M. Batchelor, 89, of Brook, formerly of Beaverville, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born Sept. 4, 1920, in Brazil, Ind., to John and Madeline M. Rosenbloom Yard. On June 3, 1939, she married Melvin B. Batchelor in Brazil, Ind. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1993, in Brazil.
Mrs. Batchelor was a homemaker.
Surviving are five sons, Larry G. Batchelor of Morocco, Russell H. (Shirley) Batchelor of Winamac, Melvin (Debral) Batchelor Jr. of Wolcott, Jimmy D. (Margaret) Batchelor and Ricky A. (Loretta) Batchelor, both of Brazil, Ind.; three daughters, F. Elaine Lade of Beaverville, Ill., Brenda S. (Fred) Moore of Bridgeton, Ind., and Sandra F. (Rick) Shepard of Beaverville; 33 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Darrell R., one grandson, one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons.
Visitation is Wedsnesday, March 3, at the Lawson-Miller Chapel of Brazil from 4-9 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 4, at the Lawson-Miller Chapel at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Rick Wetnight officiating. Internment will follow at the Summit Lawn Cemetery, Brazil.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of local arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Mar. 4 to Apr. 4, 2010     

 

 

Larry Gene Batchelor (1940 - 2012)

Larry Gene Batchelor, Sr., 72, of Morocco, passed away early Sunday morning, August 12, 2012, with his family by his side. He was born in Brazil, Indiana on March 28, 1940, son of the late Melvin B. and Clara M. (Yarde) Batchelor. Larry graduated from Morocco High School with the Class of 1959. On September 10, 1961, in Morocco, he married Evelyn Kay. She preceded him in death on November 30, 2008.
Larry was a member of the Army Reserve National Guard and was retired from LTV Steel, where he worked as an overhead crane operator for 40 years. He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, the Lions Club and the Moose Lodge.
Larry is survived a daughter, Patricia (Jim) Gillette of Lafayette; two sons, Larry Jr. (Cindy) Batchelor of Hebron and Leon (Chris) Batchelor of Morocco; four brothers, Russell (Shirley) Batchelor of Winamac, Melvin (Deb) Batchelor of Wolcott, Jimmy (Margaret) Batchelor of Brazil, IN, and Ricky (Reg) Batchelor of Brazil, IN; three sisters, Elaine Lade of Beaverville, IL, Brenda (Fred) Moore of Bridgeton, IN, and Sandy (Rick) Shepard of Beaverville, IL; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, and one brother, Darrell Batchelor.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 1:00 p.m. CDT at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 214 East Walnut Street in Morocco. Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. The family requests you consider memorial donations to the Morocco Lions Club or the Jasper County Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 15 to Sept. 14, 2012

 

 

Harold Beasley (1939 - 2013)

Harold C. Beasley, 73, of Lake Village, passed away at his home on Friday evening, June 14, 2013 surrounded by his family. Harold was also known through the years as Sage, Jewel, Harry, Beas and Poppy. He was born in Nancy, Kentucky on November 23, 1939, son of the late Claude and Marie (Tarter) Beasley. He graduated from Brook High School and on April 15, 1961 he married Sharon Severs.
 Harold worked at Inland Steel for 10 years. He was then the co-owner of Home Furnishings in Kentland for 10 years, during which time Harold and his wife traveled to Italy, France, Africa, the Canary Islands and Mexico. In 1976, he started his own trucking company, Beasley Trucking. Harold was awarded for 22 years of safe driving with 3 million miles driven at Landstar Trucking. He was affiliated with Roselawn United Methodist Church and was a past president of the Coon Hunters Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, bluegrass music, washing and waxing cars and working in his yard.
 Harold is survived by his loving family: wife Sharon Beasley of Lake Village; two daughters, Becky (Charley) Hurst of Moore Haven, Florida and Angela Beasley of Nancy, Kentucky; four grandchildren: Sara Iseminger, Emily Robertson, Timothy Baker and Hanna Woodcox; and three great-grandchildren: Madalynn & Dawson Iseminger and Raylen Adkins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
 Friends may call on Tuesday, June 18 from 10 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco. Pastor Dennis Morros officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the
American Cancer Society or Jasper County Hospital Home Health Care & Hospice. Share memories and condolences online at SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise from June 18 to July 18, 2013

 Avery Kane Bell

            Avery Kane Bell, 19, of Kentland and formerly of Rensselaer, passed away at 9:16 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., while awaiting a bilateral lung transplant. He was born Sept. 10, 1988, in Rensselaer, the son of Chris and Robin (Spalding) Bell. A former resident of Rensselaer, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer and attended the Rensselaer Schools for 11 years. Avery transferred to South Newton High School his senior year, graduating with the class of 2007. He was a freshman at St. Joseph College for one semester before becoming ill.

            Avery was an avid baseball player and Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. While a student at St. Joseph College, he participated in the baseball program there.

            Avery is survived by his parents, Chris and Robin Bell; two brothers, Christopher and Ryne Bell, all of Kentland; one sister Kim Hottels of San Francisco, Calif.; grandparents, Robert and Paula Bell of Rensselaer and Chuck and Bonnie Spalding of Cadiz, Ky.; great-grandparents, Paul and Joan Cochran of Rensselaer, Cleora Bell of Remington, Ind., and Audrey Purvis of Lafayette, Ind.; many aunts, uncles and cousins, along with Tim Clark, a very close friend of the family.

            Avery was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Ray Bell and Max Delong.

            The family received friends on Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 2-8 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. Funeral Services were Monday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer with Rev. Gerald Egger officiating. Interment followed at Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer. Memorials may be made to the Avery Bell Scholarship Fund by procuring the proper envelope at Jackson Funeral Chapel. Also see www.jacksonfuneral.com. Newwton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

Terry Bell (1962 - 2013)

Terry Bell, age 50, Kentland, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was born June 19, 1962, in Chicago to the late Grady R. Bell Sr. and Marian Best Bell.
A visitation was held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Knapp Funeral Home, Watseka, Ill., with Pastor Ronald Childress officiating. Burial took place at Amity Cemetery in Goodwine.

Newton County Enterprise from May 30 to June 29, 2013

Marcia L. Benjamin (1953-2010)

            Marcia L. Benjamin of North Manchester, passed away quietly at her home on Nov. 24, 2010. She was born in Wabash, Ind., on Nov.27, 1953, to Edwin and Harriet Benjamin. Her mother is the former Harriet Mitten from Goodland, and Harry Mitten was her late grandfather. Marcia was one of the oldest surviving Cystic Fibrosis patients in the United States. Her determination and passion for living eclipsed many of the effects of the disease.   
            Anyone who knew Marcia remembers her kind heart, caring spirit, insightful communications and carefree laughter. She loved gourmet cooking and spent hours in her kitchen perfecting culinary masterpieces, as well as delicious comfort foods that she liked to call "Aunt Fannie meals"--named after her favorite great aunt, Fannie Oneal of Goodland.      
            Dinner parties with friends were cherished events and she kept menus of each one so a returning guest would never be served the same food. Spring often found her supervising the planting of hundreds of flower bulbs around her home where she treasured the company and personalities of her many cats.  
            After graduating from Wabash High School in 1972, Marcia attended Manchester College obtaining her B.S. in Psychology and graduating with high distinction. A Master's Degree in Communication followed from Ohio University, and in 1993 she earned a Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University.       
            During pursuit of her Doctorate degree, she worked at the Bowen Center in Warsaw, where she was a Consultation and Education Specialist, and later, Director of Volunteer Services.     
            She arrived at Manchester College in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and in three years attained the title of full-tenured Professor of Communication Studies. She retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus. Marcia's commitment to her students earned many accolades, but her greatest satisfaction came from watching her students' achievements following graduation.
            Throughout her teaching career, she was the recipient of many grants and achievement awards. Three times she was named to the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."     
            Marcia's community service included six years on the board for Youth Service Bureau of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Wabash and Grant County; as well as serving on the editorial board of Network, a quarterly publication for adult cystic fibrosis patients.   
            Her drive, determination and high spirits in the face of failing physical health will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew her and loved her.    
            In addition to her parents, she is survived by her life partner, Shea Finnegan of North Manchester; older brother, Chris (Janice) Benjamin of Waterford, Mich.; nephews Scott (Kim) Benjamin of Roswell, Ga.; Mike (Molly) Benjamin and Rob Benjamin both of Waterford and Hunter Finnegan of North Manchester; niece Brooke Jimenez of Anchorage, Alaska; as well as a great niece Maggie Benjamin of Roswell. A brother, Mark, preceded her in death. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues who will cherish their memories of her forever.           
            A funeral service was held on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 in North Manchester. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, it was Marcia's request that memorial contributions may be made in her name to Manchester College. The memorial guestbook for Marcia may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com. Arrangements were provided by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel in North Manchester Newton County Enterprise December 1, 2010

 

Gary Irvin Bennett (1947 - 2012)

Gary Irvin Bennett, age 65, of Morocco, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012 at his home. He was born in Morocco on Feb. 11, 1947, son of Bernice (Swartz Bennett) Cox and the late LaVerne I. Bennett. Visitation was Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery.

Published in Newton County Enterprise on July 31, 2012

 

 

Mary S. Bertram (1948 - 2011)

Mary S. Bertram, 62 of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at her home. She was born Dec. 12, 1948, daughter of the late William F. Bertram, Sr. and Leta M. (Jackson) Bertram. Friends may call Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, from 9 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Oct. 8 to Nov. 8, 2011

Gary Jan Bingham (1941-2012)

Gary Jan Bingham
August 1941 - April 12, 2012
Above all, Gary Bingham was a good and decent man, loved by all. He was born in August of 1941 to Harrison and Margaret Bingham in Morocco, IN. He was one of nine children. He spent his early years on the family farm, where he learned the values that guided his life -- hard work, love of family and friends and compassion toward all, and the joy to build anything he set his mind to and enjoyment of repairing things for others and making them usable again.
In 1960, shortly after graduating from Morocco High School, he made a trip to California to help his sister, Audrey, and her husband, Gene, relocate to Escondido. After enjoying the California sun he decided to make Escondido his home. He worked for San Diego Gas & Electric for 39 years, working his way up through the ranks. He retired in 1999, as a Dispatch Supervisor. After retiring he continued to work for the company helping out with furnace relights during the winter months.
Gary married his wife, Cheryl, in 1984 and they enjoyed working together restoring vintage furniture for resale. He enjoyed wood working, gardening, road trips, fishing, the outdoors and being in nature. He loved helping people and was the type of man who was always there when someone needed him, this extended beyond his life by being an organ donor.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl, of Escondido; sons, Anthony Scott (Heather) Bingham of Lebanon, Oregon, Greg Bingham of Salton City, CA, Jason (Meghan) Bingham of Escondido, Steve Kossian of San Diego, CA; Siblings, Juanita Banister of Remington, IN, Audrey (Gene) Johnson of Escondido, Dottie Kaupke of Phoenix, AZ, Larry (Judy) Bingham of Morocco, IN, Dennis (Peggy) Bingham of San Marcos, CA ; sister-in-law, Billie Sue Bingham of Ellenton, FL; many nieces and nephews; his former wife, Claudia Dominick of Fallbrook, CA and her mother, Dorothy Thallas of Escondido; grandchildren, Carly and Courtney Bingham of Lebanon, OR, and Jenna Bingham of Escondido. Gary will be deeply missed by his little dog, Sadie. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Lenore Smith, Raymond Bingham and Alice Nemecek.
A memorial service celebrating Gary's life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church, 643 W. 13th St., Escondido, CA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations can be made in Gary's name to: Western Arizona Humane Society, 950 Buchanan Street, Kingman AZ 86401 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P. O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38101. Arrangements are by Alhiser - Comer Mortuary. Newton County Enterprise April 22, 2012

Donald E “Tater” Blankenship, 74

            Donald E. “Tater” Blankenship, age 74, of Kentland, passed away at 6:48 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Center, Lafayette.

            Born Jan 1, 1933 in Fowler to the late Wilbur and Pauline (Buzzard) Blankenship. He was a 1951 graduate of Fowler High School. Blankenship was trained in sonar and radar in the U.S. Navy,  in which he served from 1952 until 1956 in the Korean Conflict.

            He married Connie Dorton on May 14, 1952 in Fowler and she survives.

            A resident of Kentland since 1956, he was a glass cutter at Capital, Kentland, and he trained and groomed race horses. He coached seventh grade girls basketball for 28 years, and seventh and eighth grade girls track for five years at South Newton School Corporation. He coached all levels in Kentland Summer League Baseball for 18 years, and took Babe Ruth All Star teams to the state finals eight of those years.

            Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland, the Kentland American Legion and the Illinois Harness Racing Association.

            Surviving with his wife is son Bernie (Becky) Blankenship, Kentland; daughter Cari Hoaks, Kentland; and grandchildren Casey Blankenship, Lafayette, and Jennifer, Jamie and Aaron Hoaks, Kentland. Also surviving is an aunt, Wanda Foster of Otterbein.

            He was preceded in death by parents Wilbur and Pauline Buzzard Blankenship.

            Visitation was held from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, with a one-hour visitation prior to services, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland. Rev Joseph Smith officiated. Burial with military rites was at Mt. Gilboa Cemetery, Fowler.

            Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Kentland Fire Department. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

Kenneth Dean Blankenbaker (1930-2011)

Kenneth Dean Blankenbaker, 81, Fayetteville, Ark., passed away on Aug. 28, 2011, at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Arcata, Calif., to Kenneth B. Blankenbaker and Mary Ward. On May 28, 1953, he married Mary Louise Golden, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Kenneth was a graduate of Mount Ayr High School, Class of 1948. He served with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a retired machinist, and was working part time for Wal-Mart as a greeter.
Kenneth is survived by his daughters; Cynthia (Bobby) Howard of Kingston, Tenn., Pamela (Marvin ) Nagel of Rensselaer, Ind., Lori Blankenbaker of Fayetteville, Ark.; sisters, Carlene (Ray) Robbins of Tucson, Ariz., Lee (David) McKinzie of Sandwich, Ill., and Patricia (John) Conley of Phoenix, Ariz., and brother, Herschal "Buddy" Jackson, of California. Kenneth was blessed with nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, and wife.
Friends may call Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer, from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Northstar Cemetery, in Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise September 7, 2011

Brian Joseph Blount

            Brian Joseph Blount, 26, Goodland, formerly of Brook, died Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident near Goodland. He was born April 19, 1981, in Hammond, Ind., to Tracy Allen Kinley and Karen Blount. He was a mechanic at Petro Plus in Remington. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Rensselaer, the V.F.W. of Rensselaer and the American Legion of Medaryville. Brian enjoyed fishing.

            He is survived by daughter Brianne Marie Blount of Maryland and son Calvin Fredrick Blount of Goodland; companion Britney McCord of Goodland; mother and stepfather Karne and Phillip Shaffer of Brook; father and stepmother Tracey Allen and Melanie Kinley of Indiana; brother Aaron Shaffer, Brook; sister, Brandy Lee Kinley of Indiana and Monica Shaffer of Brook; two stepsisters, Jennifer Walker of Tennessee and Phyllis Shaffer of North Judson; grandmothers, Eileen Blount of Rensselaer and Darlene Kiss of Indiana; grandfather, Jerry Kinley of Gary; great-grandmother, Pam Howell of Indiana and Grandma Kinley; step grandparents, Kenneth and Patricia Shaffer of Crown Point; special aunt, Dawn Herbert Ross of Hammond; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

            Visitation was Saturday, Feb 3, 2008 from 12-3 p.m. (CST) at the Gerts Funerald Home, Brook. Funerald services were Monday, Feb 4, at 11 a.m. at the Brook Methodist Church with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery, Brook.

            Memorials may be made to family wishes. Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

Claire Bogenschutz (1923-2012)

    Claire Bogenschutz, 88, of Springfield, Ill., died at 8:43 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012 at St. John's Hospice In Springfield.
Claire was born April 8, 1923 in Springfield, the daughter of Albert E. and Clara P. Kliesner Gietl. She married Arthur Bogenschutz on September 10, 1949 in Springfield. He preceded her in death on January 15, 2002.
Claire was a secretary for nineteen years at Christ the King Parish, worked for the State Journal Register for four years, and Internal Revenue Service for one year. She was a Charter Member of the Christ the King Parish and volunteered at St. Joseph's Home, Central IL Food Bank, and Hospital Sister's Mission Outreach. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, swimming and traveling to FL every winter.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert Gietl; and two sisters, Frances Gardiner and Edith Calvert.
She is survived by her five children, Dave (wife, Peggy) Bogenschutz of Lake Villa, IL, Alan (wife, Rhonda) Bogenschutz of Buffalo Grove, IL, Janice (husband, David) Kerwin of Springfield, IL, Sr. Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP of Oglala, SD, and Rose Marie (husband, Dale) Morgan of Morocco, IN; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces, four nephews and many cousins.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Concelebrated Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Christ the King, 1930 Barberry, Springfield with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz and Rev. Jeff Holtman, co-celebrants.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62703, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, P.O. Box 1665, Springfield, IL 62703 or masses.

Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2012

                                              

 

Bohlinger, Bonnie E and Hall, Warren S.

             Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Crane Funeral Home, Goodland. Rosary service there at 8 p.m. Funeral mass for the couple at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Rev. Tom Timmerman officiating. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Also surviving Miss Bohlinger are several nieces and nephews. Her mother preceded her in death in 1973. Mr. Hall is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall and maternal grandparents, Mrs. Hazel Lindahl and Thurmond Keown. One sister preceded him in death. (09/12/74) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Borem, Sibyl 98

MOROCCO -- Sibyl Borem, 98, of St. Simons Island, Ga., died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.

            A native of Fisher, Ill., she was born on Oct. 20, 1911, and had been a resident of Glynn County, Ga., since 1984. She was the daughter of the late Roy Sheffer and Marsha Wormeldoff Sheffer.

            Her husband was the late Tillman James Borem.

            She was a homemaker and a member of St. Simons United Methodist Church, Fellowship Sunday School Class and UMW circles, worked at MAP packing boxes, served on the mission committee and initiated the committee in supporting the Red Bird Mission, was a volunteer in the church office for a number of years and helped start a prayer chain. She enjoyed traveling with seniors and going to the Walk of Emmaus events.

            Surviving are two sons, Denzil Borem of Berwick, Pa., and David Borem of Ashburn, Ga.; four daughters, Betty Borem Rainford of Romney, Judy Borem Noble of St. Simons Island, Carolyn Borem of Brunswick, Ga., and Emma Borem Alkire of Stilesville. Services in Morocco Wednesday. Lafayette Journal Courier October 11, 2010

Dorothy B. Bower (1923-2011)

    Dorothy B. Bower, 87, of Kentland, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at George Ade Memorial Health Care of Brook, Indiana.
    She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in White County to the late Dollis and Lucille (Miller) Spear. She graduated from Chalmers High School in 1941, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1944 and St. Mary's of the Woods in 1978.
    Her marriage was to Robert J. Bower on February 26, 1949 in Lafayette, Ind. He survives.
    She lived in the Kentland area all of her life, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Women's Club, Newton County DAR (Daughter's of American Revolution) and Grant County Home Ec Club.
    She was employed by several area doctors from Kentland to Lafayette. She worked as the surgery supervisor at George Ade Hospital and taught nurses aid classes at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
    Surviving are two sons, James Bower (Vicki) of Zionsville, Michael Bower (Amelie) of New Iberia, Louisiana, three daughters, Mary Leisure (Robert) of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Jane Dilts of Winamac and Ann Huber (John) of Darien, Illinois.
    Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, David Bower, Allison Bower, Jacob Leisure, Anne Marie Leisure, William Dilts (Emily), Charlie Dilts, Kevin Bower, Elyse Bower, Irene Bower, Amelie Bower, Kevin Huber and Theresa Huber.
    She is preceded in death by one brother, Lloyd Spear.
    Friends called from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland where a rosary service was held at 4 p.m. Funeral mass took place at 11 a.m. (CST) Friday, Feb. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials donations may be made in Dorothy's name to George Ade Memorial Health
Care Center, 3623 East State Road 16, Brook IN 47922.
    Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise February 9, 2011

Vickie Brammer (1953 - 2009)

Vickie Brammer, 56, of Donovan, died at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born May 10, 1953, in Rensselaer, Ind., the daughter of Richard Deardurff and Joy Bartholomew. She married John "Jack" Brammer in Pontiac on April 2, 1983. He survives.
Vickie loved animals, especially cats and dogs; spending time in the country and baking cookies.
Surviving with her husband are two sons, Keith (wife Pam) Pufahl of Morocco and Mike Brammer of Martinton, Ill; two stepsons, Edward Brammer of Wisconsin and Don Brammer of Sheldon; two grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren; her mother, Joy Bartholomew of Morocco; her father Richard (wife Mary) Deardurff of Albion, Mich.; one sister Karen (Dennis) Lade of Donovan, Ill,; and one brother, Stephen (wife Annette) Deardurff of Lafayette.
She was preceded in death by son, Branden Brammer; stepdaughter Cindy Brammer and one brother, Rick Deardurff.
Visitation and services were held at the Segur-Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services were Tuesday, July 28, at the funeral home with Pam Munson and Stephen Deardurff officiating. Burial took place in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 10 to Sept. 10, 2009

 

 

Alice M. Bridgeman (1919 - 2013)

Alice M. Bridgeman, 93, a resident of Goodland since 1994, passed away at 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center, Brook.
Mrs. Bridgeman was born April 8, 1919, in Donovan, Ill., to Asa M. and Effie A. Morrison Lee. She attended Donovan Schools, graduating in 1937. Her marriage was to William H. Bridgeman on Oct. 12, 1939, in Kentland. He preceded her in death on June 17, 1982, in Lafayette.
Mrs. Bridgeman worked as a cook and waitress in the former Gray Hound Bus Station in Kentland. She also worked as a cashier in a drug store in Hammond. She was a member of the Christian Church in Delphi and enjoyed playing the organ and reading.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Honn, Goodland, and Gloria (James) Lee, Cartersville, Ga.; one son, Donald Bridgeman, Hammond; and 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchilren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Leota Warren and granddaughter Karen Burton.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with funeral services at noon at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. The Rev. Melvin Lane officiated. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.
Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 30 to Mar. 1, 2013

 

Kenneth A. Brownfield

Kenneth A. Brownfield, age 61 of Brook, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Kenneth was born in Rensselaer, Indiana on April 16, 1952, the son of the late Lester and Pearl (Coley) Brownfield.
Kenneth proudly served in the US Army. On September 25, 1972 he married Connie Kopka and she survives. Kenneth was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Kenneth is survived by is his loving wife Connie and sons, Rickie Brownfield of Brook, Jason (Jennifer) Brownfield of Vermont and Walter Brownfield of Vermont. A brother James Brownfield of CO, 3 sisters, Linda (Fritz) Zarse of FL, Shirley (Dwayne) Krout of Covington IN and Joyce (Franklin) Fleck of Veedersburg, IN, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents a sister Ruth and a brother Richard.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 1 P.M. with Pastor Melvin Lane officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook, Indiana with Military Rites. Memorials may be made to the
Cancer Society .
See
www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.

Newton County Enterprise on Apr. 2, 2014

 

Raymond W. Brownfield

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Raymond W. Brownfield, 83, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday morning, June 11, 2014 at the Rensselaer Care Center. He was born in Morocco on Nov. 25, 1930, son of the late Walter Brownfield and Katherine (Madison) Brownfield. His marriage was to the late Norma Jean Brownfield.
Friends called on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco. Funeral services were on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment with military rites followed at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the
American Heart Association or the

American Diabetes Association. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com
Published in Newton County Enterprise on June 19, 2014

 

 

Delbert L. Bruce

Delbert L. Bruce, 89, of Lowell, Ind., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. He is survived by five children, LaVerne Rush of Morocco, Johnny Bruce of Morocco, Robert (Janit) Bruce of Shelby, Brenda (Brad) Flatt of Morocco, and Jimmy (Donna) Bruce of Lowell; son-in-law, William Kralek of Thayer; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and his brother William (Georgette) Bruce of Lowell.
He was preceded in death by his wife Hester, daughter Patricia Kralek, infant son Roger Dale, sister Vera Sagonovich, grandson Donald Kralek and infant great-grandson DJ Kralek.
Delbert was prior owner and operator of Bruce Septic Services, attended Cedar Lake Baptist Church and was a 75 year member of Gleaners.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, from 2-5 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sheets Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco with Pastor Edwin Bontreger officiating services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Lake Village Grange.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Oct. 6 to Nov. 6, 2009

 

 

Dorothy J. (Robinson) Brunton (1919 - 2010)

Dorothy J. Brunton, 91, of Morocco, Ind., passed away at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, Thursday, May 20, 2010. Dorothy was born Jan. 1, 1919 in Bellaire, Ohio, daughter of the late Harry R. and Clara (Foukes) Robinson. She was a lifetime Newton County resident and graduated from Lowell High School. On July 31, 1937 in Morocco she married Harry A. Brunton. He died May 22, 1993.
She was a member of the United Church of Morocco.
Surviving are son and daughter, Richard Brunton (wife, Rosemarie) Brunton of Morocco and Judy Keppner of Plainfield, Ill.; a brother, Harold Robinson (wife, Margie) of Grass Valley, Calif.; and sister, Margie Pritchett of Hobart, Ind. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband.
Family suggests memorials to Morocco Public Library.
Friends visited with the family from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Rev. Thomas Vance and Rein Bontreger officiated. Interment is at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
To offer online condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 9 to July 9, 2010

 

 

Rose Marie "Butch" Brunton (1942 - 2012)

Rose Marie "Butch" Brunton, age 70 of Morocco, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Jasper County Hospital Alterna Care, losing her 7 year battle with cancer.
            Butch as she was affectionately known, was born in Rensselaer on August 19, 1942, daughter of the late Irvin and Julia (Hoover) Mashino. She was a lifetime Newton County resident graduating from Morocco High School in 1960.
            On September 10, 1961, she married her loving husband of 51 years, Richard L. Brunton. He survives. Following the birth of her three children Butch followed her dream of becoming an educator. She graduated from St. Joseph College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and attained a double Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Counseling. Her lifetime was spent teaching in the Elementary grades where she spent the last 25 years of her career in the North Newton School System retiring at age 54.
            Butch was gifted with many talents among which were being a wonderful loving, wife and homemaker, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend. She could do just about anything. She especially loved sewing, furniture making, upholstering, all crafts and landscaping, to name just a few.
            Surviving along with her husband are 3 children, Kevin (Kathe) Brunton of Edwardsburg, MI, Steve (Angela) Brunton of Fowler, IN, Susan (Rein) Bontreger of Rensselaer, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Linda Gibson of Boswell, IN, Donna (William G.) Smart of Morocco and one brother Garry Mashino of Muncie, IN.
            Preceding her in death were her parents and 2 sisters, Mary Jane Mashino and Edwina (Jack) Rush.
            Friends may call at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 10 until 12 noon (CST) at which time a Celebration of Life Service will be held with Rein Bontreger and Rev. Thomas Vance officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
Family requests memorials to Morocco Public Library.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 12, 2012 to Jan. 10, 2013

 

 

William Keith Brunton (1919 - 2010)

William Keith Brunton, 91, of Morocco passed away unexpectedly May 7, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital. He was born March 6, 1919, son of the late Harry and Celle (Archibald) Brunton and was a lifetime Jasper-Newton County resident. He graduated from Morocco High School in 1936 and on Sept. 1, 1940, married Wilma Stoner in Crown Point, Ind. She survives.
"Keith" was in the U.S. Army and was involved in feed-grain elevator business for 25 years before working as a carpenter. He belonged to the Morocco American Legion. Surviving is his wife Wilma; brother, John (wife, Florence) Brunton and sisters-in-laws, Arlene (Mrs. John) Lonergan and Valarie and Dorothy Brunton, all of Rensselaer. Several nieces and nephews survive.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Fondrene and brothers, Harry A, Jerry, Dean and Lavere Brunton.
Memorials are suggested to Buzzy Stoner Skateboard Park, c/o Morocco Lions Club. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, May 10, 2010 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel, 101 East Beaver St. in Morocco. Interment follows at Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. To offer online condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 8 to June 8, 2010

 

 

Janice M. (Patterson) Burley (1924 - 2009)

Janice M. Burley, 85, of Brook passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 10:35 a.m. at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born Jan. 11, 1924, to the late Carl M. and Leticia Summers Patterson in Watseka, Ill.
She managed, cooked and waitressed at restaurants in the Brook area including Senesac's Restaurant and The Wheel Inn, where she managed and cooked. She enjoyed cooking and fishing.
She is survivied by one daughter, Julie Robinson (husband Dean) of Lafayette, Ind.; three sons, Gary L. Burley (friend Ruth Ellen) of Morocco, James J. Burley (wife Hatty) of Mounds, Okla., and Dennis R. Burley (friend Sherry) of Garyville, La.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Visitation is Monday, May 4, 2009, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Funeral services follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Richard E. Gerts officiating. Burial will be at the Fairlawn Lawn Cemetery in Kentland at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 1 to June 1, 2009

Thomas J. Burnside (1972-2011)

    Thomas J. Burnside, 38, of rural Morocco, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday evening, March 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 8, 1972, in Rensselaer, son of James Thomas and Florence Ann (Bertram) Burnside.
Tom was a lifetime Newton County resident and graduated from North Newton High School in 1991. On Nov. 17, 2001, in Morocco, he married Hope R. (Saulsgiver). She survives. Tom was a heavy equipment operator for Local #150 in Countryside, Ill., and was affiliated with the United Church of Morocco.
    Surviving are his wife, Hope; mother, Florence of Morocco; and children, Cole Burnside and David Bellinger both at home. Also surviving is a sister, Diane Szczepanski (husband, Martin) of Morocco. Preceding him in death were his father, James Burnside, and one brother, Bradley Burnside.
    Friends were invited to visit with the family on Monday, March 28, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Morocco Community Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at the Morocco Community Center, with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
    The family suggests memorials to the Hemophilia Foundation, 5170 E. 65th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220. To sign the online guest registry visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com

Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Mary F Bower

            Mary F Bower, 83, of Kentland passed away May 2nd. The McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Guide May 17, 2004

Brunton, Doris

    This is jpg of the obituary for Doris that ran in the Evansville Courier, December 11, 2011.  It is two parts. Part 1, Part 2

Doris Marie Brunton

Doris Marie Brunton, 88, of Evansville, died Wednesday, December 7, 2011. She was born in Cannelton, IN, March 4, 1923, to the late Edwin Heinrich Hoddle and Anita Marie Hafele Hodde.

               Doris graduated from Cannelton High School in 1941 and received a B. Ed in Music Education and Physical Education from Indiana State University in 1944. She married the late R. Jack Brunton in January of 1946. The couple resided in Evansville most of their adult lives.

               As a young woman, Doris was an active member of St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church of Cannelton. She was Valedictorian of her high school class and was an accomplished bass clarinet player, winning a number of honors. She was also drum major for the high school band. Doris was crowned Miss Ohio River for the American Legion Ohio River Regatta in 1939. She spent several summers as a lifeguard at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach in northern Indiana. Doris loved to dance, especially the jitterbug, and enjoyed tending plants and gardens. Over the course of her life, Doris led children and adult choirs, and even served as a church organist for a number of years. She taught band music in Morocco, Indiana, and founded their high school marching band. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Evansville and Evansville Country Club. She was an avid golfer and loved playing bridge and canasta with friends. She and Jack took many trips, sightseeing, as well as playing golf, all around the country.

               Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1992; brothers, Arthur Hodde in 1986 and Charles Hodde in 1964; and a sister, Wilma Kuster in 1997.

               She is survived by her three children, William E. (Cathy) Brunton of Newburgh, Walter R. (Jill) Brunton of Mt. Vernon and Jane (Jim) Yeager of Rocky Mount, NC; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

               Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2011, at Alexander East Chapel, Private services will be held at a later date.

               Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Southern Indiana Scholarship Fund or University of Evansville Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made online at www.alexandereastchapel.com

 

Burks, Roy L.

            Roy L. Burks, 78, of Fowler, formerly of Earl Park, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 6:29 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette. He was born May 21, 1929 in Freedom, Ky., the son of the late Erastus and Lorena (Davis) Burks and was a graduate of Temple Hill High School.

            He married Betty “Sue” Viggers in 1947 in Munfordville, Ky., and she survives.

            Mr. Burks farmed for 35 years in the Benton County area. He was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Kentland and the Benton County Country Club at Fowler. He enjoyed golfing and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

            Surviving with his wife are a son, Tim (Cheryl) Burks of Kentland; three daughters, Shery (Greg) Silvers of Fowler, Sheila Donohue of Fowler, and Jenny (David) Hall of Lafayette. A sister, Phoebe (Billy Joe) Peden of Townsend, Tenn., survives as do grandchildren, Michael (Chris) Spangler of Rensselaer, Doug (Dana) Spangler of Fowler, Brent (Amanda) Spangler of Fowler, Carmen (Brian) Flook of Earl Park, Cory (Hayley) Donohue of Seymour, Kayla and Tanner Hall of Lafayette, and Brian Silvers of Fowler and 11 greatgrandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dana Sue Spangler, two brothers and a sister.

            Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation was from 4 until 8 p.m. (CST) Friday, May 2, 2008 at the 1st Baptist Church of Kentland. A funeral service was held at the church at 11 a.m. (CST) Saturday, May 3, with Rev. Bill Hal and Rev. Larry Schuringa officiating. Inurnment followed at the Blue Ridge Cemetery near Raub.

            The McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland is in charge of arrangements.          
            www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

Delvin R Burnside

            Delvin R Burnside, 66, Brook, died at 12:53 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

            He was born June 7, 1937 in Morocco, the son of Ralph J & Anna L Dunkin Burnside.

            He married Janice Marie Burrell March 10, 1961, in Morocco. She preceded him in death Dec 14, 1983, in Rensselaer. He later married Pearl M. Warran March 24, 190 in Rensselaer.

            Mr. Burnside served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1963.

            He was a truck driver for McClain Trucking and Hi-Way Dispatch, and was a member of Central States Teamsters Union Local 142 in Gary.

            He is survived by wife Pearl M. Burnside of Brook; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol A. and Allen Deno of Brook and Linda and John Miller of Lake Villa, Ill.; one son and daughter-in-law, John W and Dawn Burnside, of Lake Village; three step daughters and spouses, Pam and Alan Anderson of Valparaiso, Cindy Gamblin of Valparaiso and Jaclin and Robert Miller, of Concord, N.C.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Florence Burnside of Morocco and Ralph Jay and Jenell Burnside Jr. of Hasting, Neb.; one sister, Doris Sisco of Kentland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and seven step grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents.

            Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook.

            Funerald services were at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Richard Gerts officiating.

            Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Brook.

            Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

John Mearlin Burton, 63

            John Mearlin Burton, age 63, of Remington, Ind. passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at 5:18 a.m. at his residence.

            He was born March 21, 1943 in Rensselaer to the late John Wilbur and Ruth (Penny) Burton.

            Mr. Burton was a graduate of Brook High School. He married Eileen Margaret Gordon on June 27, 1969 in Goodland and she survives. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving from 1964 to 1967 in the Vietnam War.

            Mr. Burton worked for thirty years for Northway of Rensselaer, ten years for APW of Monon, and five years in maintenance at Grandma’s Truck Stop.

            He enjoyed fishing, hunting and drinking coffee while visiting with his friends.

            Survivors include his children, Denise Willenbrink of Springboro, Ohio, Cindy (Brandon) Del Hoyo of Matthews, N.C., and Kelly (Kenny) Gerhardt of Lafayette; brothers, Philip Burton of Brook and William Burton and Larry Burton, both of Goodland; one sister, Linda Schwier of Elkhart; three granddaughters and two grandsons.

            Visitation was on Friday, March 2, from 5-8 p.m. at the Stitz Funeral Home in Remington. Funeral Service was Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Stitz Funeral Home with the Reverend Thomas Fox officiating. Burial with military rights at graveside was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Remington.

            Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

            Arrangements were handled by the Stitz Funeral Home in Remington. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007


            

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            Donald H. Cady

            Morocco - Donald H. Cady, 77, died at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 1994 in his residence.

            He was born June 11, 1917 in Iroquois County, Ill. to Harrison Barnibe and Edna June Keath Cady and he was a lifetime resident of the area.

            Mr. Cady was married on Nov. 14, 1936 in Sheldon, Ill. to Juanita May Denton. He was employed as a carpenter and farm manger for the E & M ranch in Enos, Ind., he retiring in 1975. He was an avid fisherman.

            Surviving with the wife are four daughters, Mrs. Bonnie (Larry Dale) Crofford of Thompsonville, Ill., Mrs. Judy (Larry) Bingham and Mrs. Lois (Larry) Fox, both of Morocco, and Mrs. Donna (Bill) Person of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Larry (Jan) Cady of Lake Village and Gaylord "Butch" (Sandy) Cady of Mishawaka; two sisters, Virginia Brammer of Sheldon and Joan Johnson of Papineau, Ill.; two brothers, Keath Cady of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Raymond Cady of Daytona Beach, Fla. 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Edward Cady, two brothers and two sisters.

            Friends may call at Lang Funeral Home in Morocco on Friday, July 8 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be there on Saturday, July 9 at 11 am. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Gladys (Cradic) Calloway (1916 - 2012)

Gladys (Cradic) Calloway, 96, formerly of Morocco, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 25, 2012 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center. She was born Nov. 23, 1916, daughter of the late James Terrell and Rena Cradic. Her marriage was to Clarence Calloway, who preceded her in death.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco, with Rev. Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Village Cemetery. Share memories and condolences online at
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 28 to Dec. 28, 2012

 

 

Esther F. Carlson, 87

Morocco – Esther F. Carlson, 87, of Morocco, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 4, 1994 in St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Lafayette.

            Mrs. Carlson retired in 1971 from Dormeyer Industries in Kentland.

            She was born Aug. 12, 1906 in Paxton, Ill. She married Ehret Carlson in 1924 in Watseka, Ill. He died in 1982.

            Mrs. Carlson was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Am-Vets auxiliaries.

            Surviving are three sons, Ross Carlson of Delaware, Ohio, Russell Carlson of Foresman and Dale Carlson of Kokomo; a daughter, Mrs. Jackie (Ray) Wolford of Beaverville, Ill; a step-son, Haymond Carlson of Pittwood, Ill.; a brother, Edward Hillquist of Watseka; a sister, Alice Peterman of Rockford, Ill. A son, Melvin, and one sister preceded in death.

            Visitation was Wednesday, April 6 at Lang Funeral Home in Morocco. The funeral service was held there at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 with interment in Beaver Cemetery.

Morocco Courier Dated April 11, 1994

Catherine L. Carroll (1927-2011)

    Catherine L. Carroll, 83, of Rensselaer, formerly of Brook, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the Rensselaer Care Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Brook to the late Luther W. and Helen (Hamacher) Whaley. On Oct. 15, 1947, she was wed to Lloyd K. Carroll, and he survives.
    Mrs. Carroll graduated from Brook High School in 1945, and attended of Ball State University until 1947, and St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer. She taught third and fourth grade at Mt. Ayr school, and then taught first grade in Brook for 28 years, before retiring. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren.
    Surviving with her husband are one daughter, Pam Carroll, and one son, Tony (Julie) Carroll, both of Rensselaer; three sisters, Thelma "Cork" Carroll of Brook, Phyllis (Bill) Weston of Brook and Bonnie (Richard) Watts of Lafayette; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Preceding her in death are her parents and one great-grandson.
    Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, Jan. 21, from 4-8 p.m., at the Brook United Methodist Church. Funeral service is Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Brook United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
    Memorial contributions are requested to the Alzheimer's Association or the Rensselaer Care Center.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements

Newton County Enterprise January 21, 2011

Laurence V. Carroll (1925 - 2009)

Laurence V. "Larry" Carroll, age 84 of DeMotte, passed away December 17, 2009 at the Jasper County Hospital. Larry was born July 11, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Thomas J. and Clair (Mills) Carroll.
Larry was raised in the Morocco area and attended Morocco High School and received his GED while in the military. On March 7, 1955 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. Larry was the owner and manager of Larry's Tap Inc. for twenty-five years. He was affiliated with the catholic faith and was a 25 year member of the Roselawn American Legion Post #238.
Larry is survived by two sisters, Hilda (Albert) Yoder of Remington, IN and Miriam Steinkamp of Rensselaer and one brother, Ralph Carroll of Rensselaer. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Friends will be received at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 from 9-10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2, at the Jackson Funeral Chapel with Dr. James Blanchard officiating. Burial will follow at the Roselawn Cemetery.
See
www.jacksonfuneral.com to sign the online guest registry.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 22, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010


Thelma J. "Cork" Carroll (1929-2011)

Thelma J. "Cork" Carroll, 81, of Brook, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 a.m. at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born Nov. 20, 1929 in Brook to the late Luther W. and Hazel Helen Hamacher Whaley. She graduated Brook High School with the Class of 1947. On May 20, 1949, she and Kenneth W. "Bud" Carroll were wed in Brook. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1997 in Brook.
Thelma was a retire bookkeeper at the George Ade Memorial Hospital in Brook for 30 years. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, word search puzzles and fishing.
Surviving are two daughters, Jane M. Whaley of Brook and Karen D. Clark of Lake Mary, Fla.; one son, Thomas Lee (wife Bonnie) Carroll of Brook; two sisters, Bonnie (husband Richard) Watts of Lafayette and Phyllis Weston (husband Bill) of Brook; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister, Catherine L. Carroll.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 30, at the Brook United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Internment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements
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Newton County Enterprise September 30, 2011      

Allison "Al" Carter Jr. (1957-2012)

Allison "Al" Carter, 54, of rural Toledo, Ill., passed away 6:08 p.m., June 7, 2012, at his residence. Al was born Aug. 5, 1957, in Gary, the son of Allison and Virginia ( White ) Carter. He married Mary Hernandez, Oct. 29, 2002, in Kentucky. Al was a construction worker.
He leaves his wife Mary Carter of Jewett, Ill.; two sons, Jason Carter and wife Ashley of Lerna, Ill., and Jeff Carter and wife Brandi of Rensselaer, Ind.; three Brothers, Steve Carter and wife Ginny of Rensselaer, Mark Carter and wife Maria of Lake Village, and Scott Carter and wife Lisa of Cedar Lake; one half brother, Leo Carter and wife Martha of Casper, Wyo.; two sisters, Etha Hawkins of Morocco, and Tina Ault and husband Tony of Lake Village and three grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Laura.
Graveside Services were held at the Cochran Grove Cemetery, north west of Neoga, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012, with the Rev. Steve Massengill of Neoga officiating. Burial took place in the Cochran Grove Cemetery. The Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, Ill.
Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell. com

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012



Judie Carter (1947 - 2009)

Judie Carter, age 62 of Lake Village, passed away unexpectedly December 25, 2009 at her home. She was born December 6, 1947 in Carrier Mills, Illinois to the late Lorander and Bonnie (Johnson) Middleton. She attended the Chicago Heights public schools. On January 7, 1967 in Crete, Illinois she married Johnnie Carter. He survives. Judie was a homemaker and had been a resident of Newton County for the past 31 years. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Gary (Carolyn) Carter of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; daughters Jeri (Ernie) Iliff of Lake Village and Lisa (Leo) Chase of Rensselaer; brothers Jim Middleton of Princeton, Indiana and Johnny (Irene) Middleton of Manteno, Illinois; sisters Loretta Ivey of Manteno, Illinois, Mary (Ernest) Pritchard of Lexington, Tennessee and Linda (Paul) Sellers of Stonefort, Illinois. 3 grandchildren also survive. Her parents and a sister, Barb Cano, preceded her in death. Friends may visit with the family Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 2 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a Memorial Service at 7:00 P.M. Steinke Funeral Home, Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Memorials are suggested to the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund, Stonefort, Illinois.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 28, 2009 to Jan. 28, 2010


Betty J. Cassidy, 87

            KENTLAND -- Betty Jeanne Cassidy, 87, of Kentland, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at her residence.

            Born July 12, 1923, in South Bend, she was the daughter of the late C.D. and Gertrude Robertson Gilmore. She graduated from Kentland High School in 1941, then attended Indiana University, where she received a bachelor's degree in business education in 1945. While attending IU, she was treasurer of Mortar Board, president of Chi Omega sorority, and a member of Omicron Delta. She also belonged to Phi Beta Kappa and was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

            On June 30, 1945, she married John J. Cassidy in Boca Raton, Fla., and he preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 2005.

            Mrs. Cassidy lived in Kentland from 1930 until moving to West Lafayette 2006. She worked as a bookkeeper at JJ's Chevrolet/Buick Agency, which she owned and operated with her husband. In 1970, she began a 19-year teaching position in the business department at South Newton High School. After retiring, she did bookkeeping for Agventure, Inc.

She played the organ at Trinity United Methodist Church, served as past president of Kentland/Jefferson Township Library Board of Trustees, and was a member and past president of Tri Kappa sorority.

            She enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with her neighbors and friends.

            Surviving are her children, Sharon Cassidy, John M. Cassidy (wife: Kathy), Colleen Cohen (husband: Steve) and Tom Cassidy.

            Also surviving are 2 grandsons, whom she loved spending time with, Jay Cassidy (wife: Dinah) and Patrick Toney (wife: Sara); and great-grandchildren, Jack, Chloe and Anya Cassidy, and Aidan, Zachary, Abby and Ryan Toney.

            Friends may call 4-7 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. (CDT) Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Fr. Rob Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 13, 2010

 

Mildred Lavon Calvert

            Mildred Lavon Calvert, 72, of Kentland, passed away May 1st. The McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, was in charge of arrangements. Guide  May 17, 2004

Elouise H Chapman (1918-2012)

Elouise H. Chapman, 94, of Brook passed away Friday, May 18, at 1:18 a.m. at the I.U. Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. She was a lifetime resident of Brook, born Feb. 18, 1918, in Bloomington, Ill. On March 8, 1987, she married Darrell Chapman in Brook, and he survives. Her first marriage was to Estil O. Chapman on Dec. 9, 1933, in Morocco. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1984 in Rensselaer.
Elouise was a retired OB Nurses Aide at George Ade Memorial Hospital where she worked for 21 years. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of the Pythian Sisters and a 50 year member of the Royal Neighbors. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, gardening and kittens.
Surviving with her husband Darrell are one daughter, Marcia (Russell) Carlson of Brook; step-sons, Lyle (Regina) Chapman of Mariette, Ga., and Rex (Chris) Chapman of Brook; one step-daughter Linda Chapman of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Dewayne Chapman.
Visitation was Sunday, May 20, from 2-3 p.m. at the Brook United Methodist Church followed by a funeral service at the church at 3 p.m. Burial followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Memorials may be made in her memory to the family or the American Cancer Society .
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2012

Margery Cheek, 89

            KENTLAND -- Margery Cheek, 89, of Kentland, died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Iroquois Resident Home in Watseka, Ill.

            Born May 10, 1921, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Mary Rheude Diedam. She graduated from Kentland High School.

On Dec. 30, 1944, she married Jesse Cheek in Kentland, and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2004.

            Mrs. Cheek lived and farmed in the Sheldon, Ill., area before moving to Kentland in 1981. She worked in the Newton County clerk's office from 1981 until her retirement in 1995.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was a Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving are a daughter, Cathy E. Light (husband: Jeff) of Sheldon; and two sisters, Rita Weiss (husband: Stuart) of Las Vegas and Alice Catron (husband: William) of Tampa, Fla.

            Also surviving are a grandson, Nathan Light (companion: Jessica Wright); and a sister-in-law, Joanne Diedam of Kentland. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Reifenrath; and 3 brothers, Raphael, John and David Diedam.

            Margery was devoted to her family and was an excellent cook.

            Graveside service 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland. Memorial donations may be made in Margery's name to Iroquois Resident Home or Iroquois Memorial Hospice. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland in charge of arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier October 29, 2010

 

Dennis W. Childers (1958-2010)

            Dennis W. Childers, 52, of Milford, Ill., passed away Dec. 27, 2010 at 12 a.m. at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Formerly of Goodland, Dennis was born March 4, 1958, in Watseka, Ill., to David K. Childers and the late Mandy Estes Childers. He graduated from Benton Central High School in Fowler in 1978.      
            Dennis worked in Quality Control for Bosch Tool Corp in Watseka for five years.  
            Surviving with his father is one son, John Childers of Fowler, and one brother, Ron (Linda) Childers of Wadena, Ind.  
            He was preceded in death by his mother, one sister and one brother-in-law. 
            According to his wishes, he will be cremated with no visitation and a graveside service to be held at a later date.    
            Memorial contributions may be made in his name to charity of choice. Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise December 30, 2010

 

Harley D. Clark (1925 - 2009)

Harley D. Clark, 84, of Brook, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Clarian Arnett Hospital, Lafayette. He had been a resident of Brook since 1947. Born Feb. 24, 1925, in Hammond, he was the son of the late Harley D. Clark Sr. and Ruth M. Stutesman Clark. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1942 and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946.
On Nov. 6, 1949, he married Joan C. Denham, and she survives.
In 1947, Mr. Clark began working at the Hershman-Weston Funeral Home in Brook. He started working for his father-in-law at the Brook Reporter and later became the owner and publisher, retiring in 2002. He was Newton County Coroner from 1960 to 1968.
He was chairman of Brook United Methodist Administrative Board for several years and was also Sunday school superintendent and teacher in the former Brook Methodist Church. He was a member of the Brook School Board, Newton County Community Foundation, South Newton Production Co. for 17 years, and a 60-year member of the American Legion. He was the first president of South Newton Production Co. and South Newton Athletic Boosters Club, and with his wife, was co-chairman of Newton County Fair grandstand ticket sales from 1960 to 2004. He was a former member of the Brook Public Library Board and Brook Volunteer Fire Department from 1952 to 1962, and was former scorekeeper for Brook High School Purple Aces.
Besides his great love of family, he loved his church family, Gaither Homecoming music, and the Chicago Cubs. It was always, "Wait until next year." He loved to attend the Midwest Amputee Golf Tourney in Indianapolis.
Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Dawn Troup (husband Tim) of Midland, Mich.; and two sons, Tim Clark (wife Kim) of Greenfield and Jeff Clark (wife Chris) of Fort Wayne; and a brother, Robert Clark (wife Clara) of Hammond. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jessica and Nathan Steward, Nathan Troup and Matthew Troup, Lauran and Quinn Clark, Tyler and Madeliene Clark, Lucas and Susi Clark, Nicholas and Autumn Clark and Courtney Clark; and three great-grandchildren, Arabella, Jacob and Caleb Steward.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Don Clark.
Visitation was Wednesday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. (CDT), at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Funeral service was Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m. (CDT), at Brook United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Rose Woodke and Sue Beckett officiating. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Brook.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brook United Methodist Church or the church choir. Gerts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 27 to June 27, 2009

Kathryn Ellen Clark

            Kathryn Ellen (Ball) Clark, age 100, of Rensselaer, formerly of Newton County, passed away Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007 at the Rensselaer Car Center. She was born on March 13, 1906 in Kosciusko County to Argus Glenn Ball and Ida Metressie (Young).

            She lived in Kosciusko County for 23 years, then lived in Newton County for 67 years before moving to the Rensselaer Care Center. On October 5, 1931, in Paxton, Ill., she married George R Clark who passed away on December 31, 1971.

            She attended the Teachers College in Indianapolis. She was an elementary teacher for 33 years in Burket, In., Morocco, Colfax School, Newton County, Cedar Lake, Wolcott, Camden, Roselawn, and in Lafayette area. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morocco, a member of the D.U.V. and a member of the Newton County Retired Teachers.

            Kathryn Clark was survived by her daughter Martha F (Gray) White of Morocco, Son-in-law John Vasquez of Donovan, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers Glenn (Jane) Ball of Dayton, Ohio, J.L. (Doris) Ball of Kalamazoo, Michigan and 1 sister Mildred McFarren of Warsaw, Kathryn Clark is preceded in death by her husband, George R Clark, her parents Argus Glenn Ball and Ida Metressie (Young) a daughter Virginia Vasquez and a brother Elza Ball.

            Services were held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Rev Sam Polito officiating on Thursday, Feb 22, 2007 at noon. Burial followed at the Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Morocco. Newton County Enterprise February 28, 2007

 

Donald L. "Clarkie" Clark

            Donald L. "Clarkie" Clark, 84, formerly of Brook, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at his residence in Rensselaer. He had also lived in Florida for 23 years.
            Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Rensselaer he was the son of the late Leland M. and Leona Foresman Clark. He was a 1944 graduate of Brook High School.           
            On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Marilyn B. Kanne in Rensselaer, and she preceded him in death on June 19, 1977 in Lakeland, Fla. On Jan. 14, 1978, he married Genevieve C. Feldhaus in Rensselaer, and she survives.        
            Clark was a retired farmer who enjoyed fishing, boating, playing golf and fish fries.
            He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer. He was former vice president of the National Livestock Association, was the first president of the Indiana Northwest Cattlemen's Association, and was selected for the National Livestock & Meat Board and St. Joseph Fellow.    
            Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Nancy Brown (husband: Thom) of Lafayette and Mary Beth Ryan (husband: Tom) of Rensselaer; and three stepchildren, Sharon Davisson, Byron Schreeg (wife: Ann) and JoAnn Claussen (husband: Greg).     
            Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren and 16 step great-grandchildren.
            Visitation from 10 a.m. (CDT) until service time at 11 a.m. (CDT) Oct. 16 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Rensselaer, Revs. Tim McFarland and Ken Pleiman officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jasper County Hospital Home Healthcare & Hospice. Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, in charge of arrangements. View online guestbook at myrepublican.info Rensselaer Republican October 14, 2010

 

Betty Jo Cline (1940-2011)

Betty Jo Cline, 71, of Highland Ranch, Colo., passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colo. She was a resident of Brook prior to 2007. She was born March 26, 1940, in Kentland to the late Virgil and Arno Wesley Wallace.
Mrs. Cline was a graduate of Brook High School, Class of 1958. She attended Lafayette Business College, earning an Associates Degree. On Aug. 20, 1961, she married William W. Cline, who preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 2006 in Lafayette.
Mrs. Cline was a homemaker and also did some bookkeeping. She attended the South Soborban Christian Church in Littleton, Colo., and was a past member of the Hazelden Country Club. She did some community work and charity work in Colorado and Arizona.
She is survived by three daughters, Kimberly Jo (Mike) Stasiewicz of Littleton, Colo., Mary "Micki" (Scott) Cogan, and Melissa (Col. Tom) Riney, both of Albuquerque, N.M. Also surviving is one sister, Lena Weishaar of Brook, and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and one son, Bryan Cline.
Visitation was Friday, April 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook. Funeral services were Saturday, April 16, at the Brook United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., with Rev. Sue Beckett and Richard Gerts officiating. Burial followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Bryan Cline Memorial Scholarship or charity of donor's choice.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Patricia M. Clinton (1927-2011)

Patricia "Pat" Marie Polen Clinton, 83, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at her River Park home in Plymouth, following a six-month battle with lung cancer. She was a former Newton County resident and moved her family to Plymouth in 1974.
Patricia was born Dec. 27, 1927, to John James Polen and Cleta Marie (Goessman) Polen in Rensselaer, Ind. Due to the death of her mother soon after her birth, Patricia was raised by her paternal grandmother, Mary Egan Polen and aunt, Elizabeth Polen Hickman, in Goodland. Patricia attended school and graduated from Goodland High School in 1946.
Patricia was married to Russell Calvin Clinton in Goodland on Nov. 19, 1947, and subsequently gave birth to five children. Her husband, Russell preceded her in death July 2, 1989. She is survived by her five children: Franki Lee Clinton Budde residing in Lafayette, Ind., Stephen William (Bonnie) Clinton residing in Fishers, Ind.., Michael John Clinton residing in Bloomington, Ind., Joseph Russell (Judy) Clinton residing in Plymouth, Ind., and Patrick Thomas (Jennifer) Clinton residing in Gray Court, S.C. She is survived by eight grandchildren; Tracey (Rodney) Winger, Timothy Budde, Jennifer (William) Rutherford, Brian Clinton, Michael (Elly) Clinton, Ryan Clinton, Chad Clinton and Sara Clinton, six great-grandchildren also survive together with a brother, Francis Polen and a sister, Mary Polen. Patricia was preceded in death by a brother, John (Bud) Polen and a sister, Phyllis Polen Ferrell.
Patricia was employed in Kentland and Plymouth by United Telephone Company as a telephone operator and supervisor until her retirement in 1988. Patricia Clinton attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Plymouth.
Patricia was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who supported and nurtured her family. When challenges came in her life she always fought hard to protect her family and keep them together. She enjoyed following the lives of her grandchildren and was a regular at Plymouth High School football, basketball, baseball and volleyball games. Her favorite times were the holidays when everyone would gather at her home. As she grew older, her family took on more of the holiday responsibilities, but she always enjoyed seeing everyone back together. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visiting hours will be from 4 – 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. The Rosary will be prayed there at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 419 S. Newton St, Goodland, on Thursday at Noon where calling will continue from 10:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. CDT The Rev. Fr. Robert Bernotas will celebrate the Mass.
It was Patricia's wish that she be interred near her mother's grave in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Goodland.
Preferred memorial gifts in Patricia's name may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN 46563.

Newton County Enterprise September 28, 2011

Richard A “Dick” Cloose

            Richard A “Dick” Cloose, 69, of Marion, Ky., formerly of Lake Village, passed away on may 4, 2008, in Kentucky. He was born on Feb 4, 1939 in Pinewood, Minn., to Alice (Hendrickson) and Rudolph Cloose, both deceased. On Nov 18, 1961, he married Maybelle “May” Koshney who passed away Feb 7, 2000. Dick was co-owner of Country Classics Furniture in Lake Village and managed Ray’s Auction in Lake Village. He had served with the Minnesota National Guard and had attended Bemidji High School in Bemidji, Minn.

            He is survived by his children, Linda (Jeff) Pullins, and Jay Woudema, both of DeMotte, Joe Cloose and Rich Cloose, both of Lake Village, and Carrie Dailey, of Lafayette; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; close friend, Sandra Martin, Marion, Ky,; brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Cloose, Dean (Shirley) Cloose, and Donnie (Alvira) Cloose all of Minnesota and a sister, JoAnn Jernigan of Minnesota.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, wife May, daughter Lori Bass and brother Dale Cloose.

            Friends called on Thursday, May 8, 2008 from 208 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Service, 200 Third St. SW, DeMotte. Funeral services were on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Service of DeMotte. Interment took place at Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn.

            Also see www.jacksonfuneral.com Newton County Enterprise May 14, 2008

Marian J. Coapstick (1937 - 2013)

Marian J. Coapstick, 75, of rural Frankfort, died at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Wesley Manor Health Care Center. 
She was born  June 2, 1937, in Morocco, to Paul F. and Edith (Yoder) Johnson. She married Richard P. Coapstick on June 25, 1960, and he preceded her in death on July 2, 2010.
Mrs. Coapstick received her BS degree in Business Education from
Indiana University and her master's degree in Library Science from Purdue University.  She was a librarian for the Frankfort Community Schools, working at the former Riley and South Side Elementary Schools.  After retirement, she worked at the Frankfort Community Public Library.  She was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Delta Zeta sorority at I.U., Tri Kappa Sorority in Frankfort and the Jackson Township Home Ec. Club.
 Sruviving are daughter, Kelly A. (Bruce) Petit of Zionsville, Ind.; son, Dan R. (Steph) Coapstick of rural Frankfort, and five grandchildren, Eric and Maureen Petit, Jessie, Doug and Mitch Coapstick.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Frankfort.  Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Goodwin Funeral Home.   Burial will be 3 p.m. (CDT) Friday in Beaver Cemetery, Iroquois County, Ill. Memorial donations may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the Frankfort Community Public Library.  Online condolences may be sent at
goodwinfuneralhome.com.

Newton County Enterprise from May 23 to June 22, 2013

Bert A. Cobb

Bert A. Cobb, 92, of Earl Park, passed away at 1 AM, Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Iroquois Memorial Residence Home of Watseka, IL.
He was born on October 6, 1921 in Kentland, IN to the late Robert Ray and Myrtle (Watkins) Cobb and was a graduate from A.J. Kent High School. He attended a Purdue Winter Short Course and went on to serve in
Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. He served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Corsica. He also flew 57 missions as a B-25 radio operator and side gunner.

His marriage was to Bettie J. Nelson on May 28, 1944 in Earl Park and she preceded him in death on February 11, 2010.

He was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, and the Raub United Methodist Church. Bert was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed wood working, 3-D puzzle assembly, playing Euchre and checkers.

He is survived by his children, Nancy L. Wagoner (husband: Thomas) of West Lafayette, Linda S. Mullen of Raleigh, NC, David A. Cobb of Earl Park, and Kevin R. Cobb (wife: Kathie) of Dacula, GA; his grandchildren, Amy Pitstick , Matthew Mullen (wife: Angela), Mark Mullen (wife: Allison), and Elizabeth Wagoner; and his great-grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Elaina, and Harper Mullen.

Preceding him in death with his parents and wife are his siblings, Dorothy Stevens, Marjorie Janssen, Miriam Marshall, and Berle Cobb.

Friends called from 4-8 pm (CST), Friday, June 13, 2014 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with Masonic Service at 8 pm (CST). Funeral Service was at 11 am (CST), Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Raub United Methodist Church, with Rev. Chris Kosary officiating. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.

Memorials may be made to the Raub United Methodist Church (8404 N. St. Rd. 71, Earl Park, IN 47942) or to the Earl Park American Legion. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com
Published in Newton County Enterprise on June 19, 2014

Bill Schembs Constable (1962-2010)

     Bill Schembs Constable, 48, a lifetime resident of Goodland, passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 1962, at 11:15 a.m. at St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette. He was born April 9, 1962, in Brook to the late Wilson W. Constable and Lois Constable, who survives.       
                Bill graduated South Newton High School in 1980. He was a partner in Tournament Towers Inc., that filmed TV college football. He was a former member of the Goodland Presbyterian Church and the Reach Around Band of Indianapolis. He played the keyboard, and enjoyed the Blues and Texas Swing. He was a very social person, loved people and never met a stranger.          
                Surviving with his mother are two sister, Sally (husband, Gregory Hartmann) Constable of Ridgewood, N.J., and Nancy (husband, Robert Fritz) Constable of Ramsey, N.J.; one brother, Burt (wife, Cheryl Terhorst) Constable of Oak Park, Ill.; three nieces and five nephews.   
            He was preceded in death by his father, Wilson.        
                A memorial will be held at the Fountain Park Chautauqua in Remington on Friday Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. (EST). Scott Sanders will officiate. Internment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Fountain Park Chautauqua or the charity of donor's choice.     
                Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise August 12, 2010

 

Ronald Lee Collard (1939 - 2012)

Ronald Lee Collard, 72, of Livingston, was born Dec. 5, 1939, in Brook, to parents, Edmund J. Collard and Dorothy N. Parks. He later met and courted his sweetheart, Solita Ann South. On June 7, 1975, they were joined in holy union as husband and wife in Thayer.
 He joined the
United States Air Force and served this nation during the Vietnam war. Ronald worked while he was in the Air Force as the Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent and it was there that he spent 24 years of service. He was out of the service for six months and later went to work for the civil service for another 20 years doing the same job as he did in the Air Force. He was a loving husband, father and beloved brother-in-law and passed away on Oct. 8, 2012, at his home in Livingston, Texas.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Solita Collard, of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Monette Sue and Sean Hayes; daughter, Rhonda Lee Mardis; son and daughter-in-law, Bret E. and Nyna Burright; son and daughter-in-law, Toby M. and Jen Burright; daughter, Cindy D. Burright; daughter and son-in-law, Brigitte L. and James Baucum; son and daughter-in-law, Clinton and Rebel Taylor; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Melody and Stony Brooks, of Lake Village; sister, Carolyn Wicks, of Crawfordville, Ind.; brother, Buddy Parks, of Monticello,; nephew, Jeffrey Zak and wife, Denise; sister-in-law, Mickey Read and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, directors. Please sign the guestbook at
www.cochranfh.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22, 2012

Thomas D. Cook, 78

BROOK -- Thomas D. Cook, 78, of Brook, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Rensselaer Care Center.

            Born Feb. 13, 1932, in Jasper County, he was the son of the late Robert and Merle R. Mooney Cook. He was a 1950 graduate of Rensselaer High School and served in the Army from 1950 to 1952.

            On May 17, 1959, he married Patricia K. Hancock in Brook, and she survives.

            Mr. Cook was a millwright at Inland Steel, retiring in 1985 after 15 years.

            He was a member of Unity General Baptist Church in Crayne, Ky., Veterans of Foreign Wars and Brook American Legion.

            Surviving with his wife are two sons, Jeffry A. Cook (wife: Geneva) of Lee and John D. Cook of Gainesville, Ga.; a daughter, Janet Kay Wright of Kentland; and a brother, Herb Cook (wife: Susan) of Francesville.

            Also surviving are 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Brendon Cook; 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

            Visitation from 9 a.m. (CDT) until service time at 11 a.m. (CDT) Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, the Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice. Lafayette Journal Courier August 3, 2010

 

Floyd "Mike" Cooper (1922-2012)

Floyd "Mike" Cooper, 89, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Major Hospital.
Born Aug. 6, 1922, in Newton County, he was the son of Wilbert and Esther (Sage) Cooper.  He married his wife of 68 years, Carol Jean Haehl on January 31, 1944, and she survives.
Other survivors include his son, Michael (wife, Charlotte) Cooper of Taipei, Taiwan; daughter, Jean Kessel of Yellow Springs, Ohio; brothers, Robert (wife, Martha) Cooper of Upland, California, Roy (wife, Avalynne) Cooper of Goodland and Richard (wife, Norma) Cooper of Wooster, Ohio; sisters, Joan (husband, Ron) Peacock of Lafayette, Kay Torres of New Jersey and Joyce (husband, Jim) Sharp of Monticello; grandchildren, Carriann (husband, Alan) Alabastro, Jason Cooper, Baye-shan Cooper, Weston Cooper, Jennifer (husband, Steve) Napolitan, Denise Dinsmore, Mindy (husband, Joel) Smith, Curtis Dinsmore, Clint Dinsmore, Sam (wife, Aleksa) Franklin and Luci Franklin; eight-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Monique Dinsmore; brother, Gerald Cooper; and son-in-law, Jay Kessel.
Mr. Cooper formerly taught business classes in White Pigeon, Michigan for three years, he then worked at The Shelbyville News for 39 years as auditor, retiring in 1987.
He was a veteran of the U.S.
Army 2nd Armored Division, serving during World War II.
Mr. Cooper was a member of First Christian Church and Friends of Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library.
He graduated from Brook High School in 1940, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1946 and his master's degree in 1948 in business from Ball State University.
Mike was an avid reader, having read over 4,000 books since his retirement.  He also enjoyed gardening and yard work.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the funeral home, with Rev. Nathan D. Wilson officiating

David T. Couch (1934-2012)

David T. Couch, 78, and lifelong resident of Kentland, passed away at 12 p.m. (noon), Monday, May 07, 2012, in his residence surrounded by his family.
He had been battling cancer for the last 14 months.
He was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Kentland to the late James T. and Isabelle (Farrell) Couch and later earned his GED from Lafayette Jefferson High School.
Mr. Couch was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States
Army 4th Division Infantry serving during the Korean Conflict.
His marriage was to Bonnie Wilcox on June 7, 1969, in Cahokia, Ill.  She died Nov. 28, 2008.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland and the Kentland American Legion post #23.
Mr. Couch was retired from South Newton High School where he was a longtime bus driver and served as custodian for his first couple years. Prior to that he was an owner/operator of a Phillips 66 service station and worked with his brother at Couch Roofing.
Dave was a wonderful example of how to treat others, always generous and willing to help others.  He enjoyed his interaction with people at the school and the service station, never knowing a stranger. 
Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Shepherd (husband: Rusty) of Lafayette and Tonya Knoth (husband: Matthew) of Battle Ground; a step-daughter, Phyllis Murphy (husband: Ronald) of Montmorenci; two step-sons, Thomas Voris of Kentland and Charles Voris (wife: Diana) of Goodland and a brother, James Couch of Kentland.
Dave loved spending time with his family, especially his 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death with his wife and parents are two brother, Timothy and John Couch and four sisters, Betty Moser, Patricia McKee, Jeanette Ford and Mary Antcliff.
A rosary service will be held at 3:45 p.m. followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, Fr. Rob Bernotas to officiate. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made in his name to Jasper County Hospice or the
American Cancer Society .

Newton County Enterprise May 9, 2012

Morris E. "Mr. C" Cornell

Morris E. Cornell, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Kentland on Jan. 11, 2010.
Morris was raised in Veedersburg, Ind.
He graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1952 and was further educated at Jordan College of Music, Butler University where he earned his B.S. degree. He then attended the University of Minnesota with a Wall Street Journal Fellowship receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree.
"Mr. C" was one of the most beloved teachers in Newton County. He began his teaching career in Fowler before moving to Kentland to teach Art and Drama at A.J. Kent High School and Kentland Grade School. When the consolidation of South Newton High School in 1967 began, his lifelong passion for theater emerged. Morris formed and organized the legendary South Newton Production Company. With the help and hard work of students and adults alike, his direction of Broadway musicals and dramas rivaled the quality of any big city production. One of the amazing gifts Morris had was to develop the hidden talent of many eager students and adults who had never before been on stage.
Mr. C will be greatly missed by his students, friends and his family. He will be remembered for the many lives he enriched, the culture he brought to this small Indiana farming community and most of all, his wonderful, infectious laughter.
Morris is survived by two brothers; Larry Holland and Michael(Lori)Cornell, three sisters; Patty(Norman)Swagler, Merry(Harold)Underhill Marti(LaRue)Courtney and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his close friends; Ann Petrich, Frances Kresler, Lois Constable and Jerry and Sarah Modjeski.
Morris was preceded in death by his parents; Harold E. Holland and Dorothy Cornell Holland, his brother Charles D. Holland, his sisters; Constance Deere and Prudence Patton and his dear friend John J. Yost.
A celebration of Morris's life will be held on April 10, 2010 at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. CST in Kentland. A gathering of family and friends will continue the celebration at The Colonial Inn at 5:30 p.m. CST.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2010

 

 

Evaleen Couch, 77

            KENTLAND -- Evaleen"Evie"Couch, 77, of Kentland, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            She was born on Oct. 3, 1932, in Brook, the daughter of the late Arthur and Mittie Bill Watt and was a graduate of Morocco High School.

            On Nov. 27, 1974, she married James H. Couch, and he survives.

            Mrs. Couch worked as a waitress and, for many years, at Dormyer Industries and Viskase Corp., both in Kentland.

            She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and American Legion Post 23 Auxiliary, both in Kentland.

            Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Sally Conn of Brook, Sue Voigt of Lake Village and Lorrie Swartz (husband: Kenny) of Fair Oaks; a son, Scott Hanger (wife: Nikki) of Lake Village; a stepson, Jim Couch (wife: Kathy) of Raub; a stepdaughter, Kathy Holloway (husband: Curt) of Kentland; two sisters, Mary Brown of Lafayette and Kathleen "Katie" Styck (husband: Richard) of Rensselaer; two brothers, Robert Watt of Kentland and Donald Watt of Rensselaer.

            Also surviving are a son-in-law, Jeff LaCosse of Morocco, and a sister-in-law, Joanne Watt; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Chris LaCosse; a sister, Lois Hoeferlin; and a brother, James Watt.

            Friends may call Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (CDT) at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. (CDT) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland, Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Evaleen's memory to the American Legion Post 23 of Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Lafayette Journal Courier September 13, 2010

 

Lela A. (Bartley) Cox (1918 - 2009)

Lela A. Cox, 90, of Morocco, passed away May 10, 2009 at Rensselaer Care Center. She was born in Hickory Ridge, Arkansas on August 22, 1918, the youngest of six daughters of James and Mary Earls Bartley. She graduated from Hickory Ridge High School and moved to Indiana in 1937 where she lived with a sister in Rensselaer. On October 23, 1939 she married her husband of nearly 70 years, Lawson E. Cox of Morocco. He survives. They moved to Enos, IN in 1943 where they owned and operated the Enos Texaco station and restaurant that later became The Willow Inn. In 1954 they moved to Morocco. She spent many happy retirement winters with friends in River Ranch, Florida where she enjoyed golf, fishing and travel. Mrs. Cox was a member of the Morocco United Church and was "famous" for her homemade pies. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a willing volunteer for many projects. She is survived by her husband, Lawson, of Morocco, a daughter Nancy (Donald) Crandall of Muskegon, Michigan and a son James (Nancy) Cox of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Friends may visit on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 3:00 until time of service at 4:30 P.M. at United Church of Morocco, 104 W. College Ave., Morocco, IN. Rev. Tom Vance officiating. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society. The Steinke Funeral Home, Brunton Chapel of Morocco is handling the arrangements. To offer on-line condolences please visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 14 to June 14, 2009

Eileen H. Crain (1923-2012)

Eileen H. Crain, 88, of Kentland, died at 3:24 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at Heritage Healthcare of West Lafayette. She had been a resident there for two years.
She was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Cardiff, South Wales, Great Britain to the late David S. and Eva H. (Taylor) Lloyd.
Her marriage was to George L. Crain on March 12, 1945 in Cardiff, South Wales. She arrived in the United States as a war bride in March of 1946.
She lived in Kentland most of her adult life before moving to the Friendship House in Lafayette 10 years ago.
Eileen owned and operated Kent Café in Kentland for many years, and worked at several restaurants throughout her life.
She enjoyed knitting, cooking, making noodles, traveling, raising her three sons, spending time with her family and helping others.
Surviving are two sons, Robert L. "Bob" Crain and George "Skeeter" Crain both of Kentland, a brother, John Lloyd of Cardiff, South Wales, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son, Trevor G. Crain, three brothers, Ronald, Kenneth and Trevor G. Lloyd and two sisters, Marge and Winnie.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 1 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, April 24, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Inurnment to follow at a later date at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to Food Finders Food Bank of Lafayette. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise April 22, 2012

Mary Ann Curts, 79

            BROOK -- Mary Ann Curts, 79, a lifelong resident of Brook, died at 11:06 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, Minn.

            Born Dec. 30, 1930, in Brook, she was the daughter of Fred and Ima G. Frauenhoff Harris. She was a 1948 graduate of Brook High School.

            On July 18, 1952, she married Jerry O. Curts in Hammond, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2004, in Rensselaer.

            Mrs. Curts retired from Community State Bank of Brook, where she had been a cashier and former vice president, and was currently serving on its board of directors.

She was a member of Brook United Methodist Church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Delta, Wis., and American Legion Auxiliary of Morocco.

            She enjoyed quilting, cooking, genealogy and spending summers with her family in Delta.

            Surviving are four daughters, Debra Richard (husband: Brad) of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., Marcia Johnson (husband: Warren Jr.) of Morocco, Mary Rusk (husband: Mark) of Vicksburg, Mich., and Alisa Morehouse of Lafayette; and two sisters, Lois G. DeLay and Donna M. Cole, and a brother, Robert Harris (wife: Nancy), all of Brook.

Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, Eric and Alex Richard, Brian and Kari Johnson, Laura and Kyle Rusk, Leah and Kelsey Morehouse.

            Visitation 6-8 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Services there at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, the Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside cemetery, Brook. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Delta, Wis., or Morocco American Legion Scholarship Fund

Lafayette Journal Courier October 17, 2010

Winifred L. (Chambers) Curts (1911-2012)

Winifred L. Curts, 100, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 11:30 p.m. at the Wesley Manor in Frankfort, Ind. Formerly of Brook, she was born June 20, 1911, in Bourbon, Ind., to the late Rev. Bert Chambers and Margaret Moore Chambers. She graduated from Brook High School in 1930, and I.C.C. in 1932. Her marriage was to Charles A. "Chalk" Curts on April 14, 1933, in Brook. He preceded her in death on March 13. 1990, in Rensselaer.
Winifred was a retired teacher, and taught first and third grades for eight years at Brook Elementary School. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, Sisters of Ruth for 50 years, sang in the church choir for 60 years, and was a member of the former Brook Music Club. She also sang in the "Singing Saints" at Wesley Manor.
She enjoyed sewing and ceramics.
Surviving are two sons, Richard E. (Mona) Curts of Indianapolis, and C. David (Patti) Curts of Lafayette; three grandchildren, Stan, Doug and Mark; three great-grandchildren and two great-great-granchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes and Ruth, and two brothers, John and Marshall.
Visitation was Monday, March 26, from 10-11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Funeral Services followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Interment took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
The Gerts Funeral Home of Brook was in charge of arrangments. Send online condolences and sign the guestbook for Mrs. Curts at
www.newtoncountyenterprise.com.

Newton County Enterprise March 30, 2012

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William C. Dalton

            William C. Dalton, 68, of Winter Haven, Fl, passed away on March 20, 2008, from complications after open heart surgery and stroke. He was a graduate of Goodland High School. He was in the National Guard and U.S. Army.

            Survivors include one daughter, Christina Siegfield (Tim) of Winter Haven, Fl.; two sons, William Dalton (Tracie) of Pacifica, Calif. And Scott (Stephanie) of Pacifica, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Dreyden, Lauren, Emily, Rachel, Steven, Cole and Julian; two brothers, Virgil E. Dalton of Baton Rouge, La.; and David Dalton of Delphi, Ind.; five sisters, Marjorie Hanna of Winter Haven, Fl., Barbara King of Midland, Mich., Dorothy May of Remington, Alive Medley of Remington and Nancy Coogan of Salt Lake City, Utah.

            A memorial service will be Sunday, June 22, 2009 at Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland at 11 a.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

L. Wayne "Danny" Danruther (1927-2010)

            L. Wayne "Danny" Danruther, 83, of Brook passed away on Dec. 15, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.     
            A lifelong resident of Brook, Danruther was born on July 25, 1927, to Lawrence H. and Goldie Rae Emily Danruther. After graduating from Brook High School in 1945, he enlisted in the United State Navy, serving for a short time before being released via medical discharge.      
            Upon his return to Brook, Danruther settled into a career as a self-employed contractor. He married Martha J. Lyons Danruther on Dec. 7, 1946. Together they had a son, Chuck (wife Kathy). Both wife and son survive as well as a brother, two sisters, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.        
            Recreationally, Danruther was known to enjoy a quality game of golf. He spent much of his life as a member of the Hazelden Country Club, Brook American Legion and the Carpenters Union Local #350.      
            As per his request, Mr. Danruther was cremated. No visitation service has been planned and a graveside service is expected at an undisclosed date in the future. Newton County Enterprise December 30, 2010

 

Jennie J. Datzman, 93

            KENTLAND -- Jennie J. Datzman, 93, of Kentland, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Greenhill Manor in Fowler.

            Born Jan. 6, 1917, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Retha Vanderwall. She was a lifelong resident of Kentland and a 1935 graduate of Kentland High School.

            She married Robert C. Datzman, who died April 1, 1981. Mrs. Datzman was a homemaker.

            Surviving are three sons, Robert C. Datzman Jr. of Kentland, Steven H. Datzman of Earl Park and M. Gene Datzman of Indianapolis.

            Also surviving are five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

            Private family service. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfu neralservices.com

Lafayette Journal Courier November 10, 2010

 

Charles B. Davis (1941 - 2012)

Charles B. Davis, 71, a lifetime Brook resident, passed away at 12:35 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at Jasper County Hospital.
Born Oct. 22, 1941, in Lake County. Mr. Davis attended Brook High School, graduating in 1959. His marriage was to Barbara A. Miller Davis on July 17, 1959, in Boswell.
Surviving with his wife are three sons, Thomas (Fay) W. Davis of Des Moines, Iowa; John C. Davis, Salt Lake City, Utah; William S. Davis, Brook; and daughter Jennifer L. McCord, Brook. Also surviving are two brothers, Bill (Pat) Denton, Easton, Conn.; George (Marsha) Davis, Kouts; and, two sisters, Dotty (Paul) Curtis, Valparaiso; Joyce Scism, Parker, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Davis was a retired Newton County Highway Superintendent and farmed for several years. He enjoyed bowling and baseball, and was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Estil G. "Budge" and Virginia Beagley Davis.
Visitation will be at the Brook United Methodist Church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, with a celebration of life held at same at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 1. Reverends John Huff and Richard E. Gerts officiating. Internment follows at Riverside Cemetery, Brook.
Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Jasper County Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2012

Norma Jean Davis

Norma Jean Davis, 92, of Jenison, Mich., passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlowe Davis of Kentland; brother, John Winkle; and sister, Neva Sexton.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, Ron (Heidy) Hambly, Dr. Fritz (Joy) Hambly, Dan (Ruth) Hambly; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services are pending at a later date in Kentland.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Alzheimer's Association . Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com

Newton County Enterprise August 31, 2011

Robert “Bob” Spencer Davis

            Robert "Bob" Spencer Davis, 87, of Asheville died on Friday, July 16, 2010.          
            A native of Ames, Iowa, he was the son of the late O.W. and Mabel Buchanan Davis. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, John H. Davis and James H. Davis; and a daughter, Elizabeth Jean Davis. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and was an alumnus of Iowa State University where he received his B.S., University of Chicago where he received his M.A., and McCormick Theological where he received his M.Div. Rev. Davis had served as a United Methodist minister and missionary, and was attending Biltmore United Methodist Church in Asheville. Known for his generosity, he did volunteer work for MANNA food bank, CROP, Givens Estate, Habitat for Humanity, and Biltmore United Methodist Church.         
            Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ella Jean Woods Davis; sons, Kenneth D. Davis of Mission, KS, John R. Davis of Raleigh, David P. Davis of Carlisle, Ind.; daughter, Margaret Davis-Mintun of Indianapolis, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  
            Memorials may be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803, or Givens Estate Supplemental Fund, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville NC 28803. Newton County Enterprise, July 29, 2010

 

Dale Irwin Dawson (1930-2011)

    DALE IRWIN DAWSON, age 81 of rural Morocco, passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2011 at his winter home in Foley, Alabama. Dale was born in Ade, Indiana on March 1, 1930 to the late Lawrence "Pappy" and Verda (Hickman) Dawson and was a lifetime Newton County resident. He graduated from Morocco High School in 1948. On January 27, 1951 in Morocco, Dale married Carol Lee Bohler. She survives. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past January.
    Dale served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, based at Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Rucker, Alabama.
    He was a member of the United Church of Morocco, serving as a Bishop for several years. He was a member of Morocco Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, Low Twelve Club, and a Director on the Newton County Soil and Water Board for 40 years. Dale was a life long farmer and worked in the fertilizer and ag-chem field for over 50 years, the last 33 years as Vice-President of Dawson Farm Center, Inc., south of Morocco. He enjoyed camping and traveling.
    Surviving along with his wife Carol are three sons, Jake Dawson (wife: Brenda), Bob Dawson, (fiancé: Valerie) and Tom Dawson (wife: Eileen), all of Morocco; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, Dean Dawson (wife: Barb) of Lake Village and two sisters, Darlene and Della Lou.
    Preceding Dale in death were his parents and brother, Daryl.
    Friends may call on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 4 - 8 P.M. at the Morocco Community Center, 409 S. Polk St. Funeral services will be at the Community Center on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10 A.M., Mr. Jack Snell officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Morocco. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel is handling the arrangements. Share memories and offer condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

 

 

Thomas Allen "Tom" Dawson (1957-2012)

Thomas Allen "Tom" Dawson, age 54, of Morocco, passed away at 1:46 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook after a brief illness. He was born in Rensselaer on Sept. 24, 1957, son of the late Dale and Carol (Bohler) Dawson. He was a lifelong Morocco area resident.
Tom graduated from North Newton High School with the Class of 1975. He went on to attend Indiana State University, graduating with his bachelor's degree in automotive technology in 1980. He worked for the family business, Dawson Farm Center, as a custom applicator for 30 years, and recently had been a sales representative for Wilson Fertilizer Sales. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. He was very active in the Newton County 4-H programs and breeding and showing sheep. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.
On July 26, 1980, in Loogootee, Ind., Tom married Eileen Walker, and she survives. Surviving with his wife are two daughters: Demetria Dawson (husband: Scott Lindsay) of Indianapolis and Katherine Dawson (companion: Brandon Davenport)

of West Lafayette; and two brothers: Jake Dawson (wife: Brenda) of Morocco and Bob Dawson (wife: Valerie) of Morocco. Tom was preceded in death by his parents: Dale and Carol (Bohler) Dawson; maternal grandparents: Erwin and Trulalee (Dinsmore) Bohler; and paternal grandparents: Lawrence "Pappy" and Verda (Hickman) Dawson.
Visitation was Monday, June 11, at the Morocco Community Center from 4 – 8 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Morocco, with Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery.
Donations in Tom's memory are suggested to the Newton County 4-H. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012

Almedia L. Deardurff

Almedia L. Deardurff, age 81, of Morocco passed away at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer on May 17, 2011. The daughter of the late John Elmer and Mary (Winslow) Lindahl, she was born September 18, 1929, in Beaverville, Illinois.
Almedia graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1948, and lived in Morocco for over 60 years. She moved to Rensselaer in the mid-1990's and later returned to Morocco.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Morocco.
On December 18, 1949, in Morocco, Indiana, Almedia married Thomas E. Deardurff who passed away in August, 1993.
Surviving are her loving children, Nancy (Dale) Wynn, Morocco, Sandra Lowry and Douglas (JaLeen) Deardurff, both of Rensselaer, and Brian (Pam) Deardurff, Streater, IL; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 5 sisters.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Rev. Ed Bontregger officiating. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco, Indiana.
Memorials may be made to the family.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.
View online guestbook at myrepublican.info.

Rensselaer Republican May 19, 2011

Anna C DeGroot, 87

            Anna C DeGroot, age 87, of Goodland, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook.

            She was born on September 29, 1919 in Lochiel, Ind., to Ernest and Ethel Sigman DeGrott who preceded her in death.

            She was a retired factory worker having worked for Better Coil and Transformer in Goodland for 35 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Goodland and was a volunteer at the nursing home for many years and really enjoyed the Sing-a-long.

            Surviving are one sister, Alma (husband Maurice) of Rensselaer, two brothers, Ernest (wife Betty) DeGroot of Goodland; Louis (wife Billie) DeGroot of Rensselaer; and several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ethel DeGroot; three sisters, DeLoris DeGroot, Louise Ekstrom and Evelyn Crowden.

            Visitation was held on March 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. with funeral service following on March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland, Ind. Interment was in the Goodland Cemetery.

            Memorial contributions may be made to George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or Jasper County Home Health Care and Hospice.

            Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland, Ind. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

Betty L. (Peck) DeGroot (1929 - 2013)

Betty L. DeGroot, 84, of Goodland, went to be with her husband in heaven at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2013 at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer. Born Feb. 24, 1929 to Lester and Dorothy Hood Peck in Goodland, she was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Goodland High School in 1947, and married the love of her life, Ernest DeGroot Jr. on Feb. 4, 1949 in Goodland. He preceded her in death May 17, 2011 in Rensselaer.
Mrs. DeGroot enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing and crocheting. She was a member of Goodland First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Marcia (Wayne) Siegle, Goodland and Sharon (Larry) Zart, Soldiers Grove, Wis.; son-in-law John Johnson, Bowling Green, Kent.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers Jim (Genie) Heldlt, Chicago, and Karel (Sherry) Peck, Lafayette; three sisters, Janet Legler, Remington, Doris Zollman, Fowler and Sandy Cheever, Monticello.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Johnson; and, two brothers, Ted Peck and Bob Peck.
Visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland, with Kelly Howard officiating. Burial followed at Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials in her name may be given to the Jasper County Hospice Home Health Care &Hospice.

Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 10 to Sept. 1, 2013

 

Darlene Denton

Darlene Denton, 72, of Lake Village, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013. Survived by children, Chip Denton of Charlotte, NC, Mike (Elaine) Denton of St. Anne, IL, Julie (Scott) Bramer of Momence, Ill., Lisa (Richard) Bramer of Lake Village; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, John (Bonnie) Bennett of NJ, Bill (Pauline) Bennett of Morocco, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Dean (2007) and brother David. Visitation was Monday, March 4, 2013 from 3-8 with Funeral Services, Tuesday at 11 a.m., all at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Burial followed in Lake Village Cemetery with Pastor Chuck Hochmuth officiating services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Village Volunteer Fire Dept.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Mar. 7 to Apr. 6, 2013

                                                           

 

Karen L Denton

Karen L Denton, 50, of Fair Oaks, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the Jasper County Hospital.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1950, in Morocco To Clarence and Lorraine (Rake) Drake.

She married Randy L Denton on June 25, 1968, in Morocco. He survives.

She attended the Jasper County Public Schools. A homemaker, she also owned and operated Karen’s Katering and was the sexton and caretaker of the Fair Oaks Cemetery and Union Township Park. She was also a member of the Rock’n Ranch Country Line Dance in Crown Point.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Randy S. (Kim) Denton of Rensselaer; one daughter, Tara L (Brad) Severs of Fair Oaks; six sisters, Ruth Ann Froedge of Fair Oaks, Evelyn (Carl) Ball of Indianapolis, Sue (Bill) LaCosse of Rensselaer, Rita Keaton of Gadsden, Ala., Jeannie Bushman of Fair Oaks, and Dolly Drake of N.C.; one “brother, Sonny Drake of Fair Oaks; her mother, Lorraine Drake of Fair Oaks; two grandsons, Brad Severs and Brandon Denton; and one granddaughter, Arin Denton.

She is preceded in death by her father and two brothers.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 2 to 9 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel with Pastor Dan Earhart officiating.

Burial will take place at the Fair Oaks Cemetery in Fair Oaks.

 

 

Marjorie A. Denton

Marjorie A. Denton, 76, of Lake Village, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Vern; son, Scott (Geri) Denton of Lake Village; daughter, Sherry Moyer of Lake Village; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Marjorie was retired from Jasper Co. Co-Op in Roselawn. She was a member and Deacon of Lake Village Presbyterian Church in Lake Village, a member of the Bunco Club and Red Hatters Club, both in Lake Village, and the Homemaker's Club in Roselawn. She was an avid quilter.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, with Pastor Jay Smith officiating. Burial wil follow at the Lake Village Cemetery. A visitation will be held Monday from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Village Presbyterian Church or the Jasper County Hospice.

Lucile Deno, 78

            Lucile Deno, age 78, passed away at 9:39 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in her Goodland home.

            Born August 4, 1928 in Newton County, she graduated from Goodland High School in 1947. She worked as an advertising coordinator for Midland Foods in Michigan City, where she resided at the time, for 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and her dog.

            Her marriage was to Robert Deno in 1947 in Goodland. He preceded her in death in 1994.

            Surviving are daughter Catherine (Wayne) Waymire, Ambia; sons Jeffery E. (Bonnie) Deno, Lebanon, and George R. Deno, Indianapolis; sisters Betty (Rex) Whaley, Goodland and Sally West, Donovan, Ill; a brother, George L. (Meg) Woods, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

            Visitation was held from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, March 23 at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. Funeral services were held at same at 10 a.m. on March 23, with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial was at Goodland Cemetery.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Newton County Humane Society.

Newton County Enterprise March 28, 2007

Ralph W. Dewing (1927-2012)

  Ralph W. Dewing, 85, of Kentland, died at 10:25 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka, Illinois.
  He was born March 16, 1927 in Kentland to the late Thomas William and Ethel Rose (Milljour) Dewing. He attended AJ Kent High School.
  His marriage was to Ruby Ruth Leape on March 25, 1951, in Kentland. She survives.
  Ralph served in the United States Army during
World War II.
  He was a member of Covenant Federated Church of Kentland, American Legion Post # 23 and a former member of the Knights of Pythias in Kentland.
  Ralph worked as a self-employed farmer all his life. He loved working outdoors, farming and gardening.
  Surviving is a daughter, Carolyn Groover (husband: Joe) of Veedersburg; a son, Dennis Dewing of Kentland; a sister, Esther Vougland of Kentland; and a brother, Donald Dewing (wife: Verna) also of Kentland.
  Also surviving are three granddaughters, Amanda Bard (husband: Duane) of Iroquois, Illinois, Ashley McDonald (husband: Ross) of Fishers and Gretchen Groover of Brownsburg; two grandsons, Nicholas Groover (wife: Cory) of Kentland and Deric Dewing of Elkhart; three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
  He was preceded in death by an infant son; a sister, Julia Turnpaugh; and a brother, Walter Dewing Sr.
  Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. (CDT) until the time of funeral service at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with Rev. Wayne Meyer officiating. Interment to follow at Sheldon Cemetery of Sheldon, Illinois.
  Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Food Pantry at Covenant Federated Church of Kentland. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise May 16, 2012

Edward DeYoung (1935-2012)

Edward DeYoung, age 76, of Kentland, and formerly of Brook, passed away at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Rensselaer Care Center.
Born October 7, 1935 in Schererville, he attended Dyer High School, graduating in 1953. Mr. DeYoung wed Ruth Biggs Holder DeYoung on July 28, 1995, in Kentland, and she survives.
Surviving with his spouse are step-children Galia and Bruce Vineyard, of Congers, Ga.; Wanda and Duke Popa, of Griffith; Polly and Scott Smith, of Crown Point; and Robert Holder (companion Kerry Russell) of Steger, Ill. He is also survived by sisters Bernice DeYoung and Tressa Nichali, both of DeMotte; brothers Bill (Dorothy) DeYoung, Al (Ardie) DeYoung, both of Crown Point; and Wes (Ann) DeYoung of Cresent City, Fla. Also surviving is sister-in-law Liz DeYoung, of Crown Point, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Tina Ebbens DeYoung, and three brothers.
Mr. DeYoung was a retired truck driver and worked for Rose Acre Farms for 14 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He was a member of the Newton County Baptist Church.
There was no visitation and funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the First Christian Church, Brook. Reverends Ken Marsh and Wayne Meyers officiated. Internment was at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family. Gerts Funeral Home in Brook handled the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2012

Ruth DeYoung

Ruth DeYoung, 84, of Lake Village, passed away at home, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Ruth was a member of Lake Village Presbyterian Church where she was active in Friday Morning Bible Study and a Sunday School Teacher. Her life was centered around her family and church. She was also a member of American Cancer Society, Red Hat Ladies and she enjoyed her world travels.
She is survived by children, Roger (Beth) of Morocco, Joyce Webster of Wolcott and Doug (Stacey) of Morocco; grandchildren, Matt (Amy) DeYoung, Scott (Jill) DeYoung, Tim (Aubrey) DeYoung, Jacob (Nicole) Webster and Heather, Amber and Kyle DeYoung and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn and five siblings.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., concluding with Funeral Services at noon, all at Lake Village Presbyterian Church. Burial to follow in Lake Village Cemetery with Pastor DuWayne Hintz officiating services.
Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell handling arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2013

James D. Dieter (1959-2011)

James D. Dieter, 51, of Kentland, died unexpectedly at 12:26 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka, Ill.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1959, in Brook, to John T. Dieter and Janet Merriman. He graduated from South Newton High School in 1978.
His marriage was to Pamela M. Pitstick on Oct. 4, 1980, at St. John in Earl Park. She survives.
James lived in Kentland all his life. He worked at Viskase of Kentland for 24 years and also worked two years at S&S Plastic in Kentland as a maintenance supervisor.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears. He also enjoyed riding motor cycles.
Surviving with his wife are his two children, Jason Dieter of Kentland and Kelli Hughes (Kyle) of Flora, Ind.; two brothers, Joe Dieter (Mary) of The Colony, Texas, and John A. Dieter of Lafayette; and a sister, Jacqueline Winger (Terry) of Kentland.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Logan Dieter, Brayden Hughes and Kylli Hughes, four nieces, a nephew and several cousins.
Friends were invited to call from 4-8 p.m. (CST), Monday, May 9, 2011 at St. Joseph Parish in Kentland. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. (CST) at St. Joseph Parish with Fr. Robert Bernatos to officiating.
Interment followed in St Joseph Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation , the American Heart Association , or to the American Liver Foundation.
Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise May 18, 2011

 

Cora Elizabeth Dexter (1917 - 2010)

COLUMBIA CITY: Cora Elizabeth Dexter, 93, of Columbia City, died Friday morning, May 7, 2010 at her home.
She was born March 6, 1917 in Morocco, a daughter of George and Bertha (Fenters) Dexter. Her formative years were spent in Newton County. She graduated from Morocco High School in 1935.
She worked at the DeMotte Hotel for two years before moving to Abingdon, Ill., where she began working for Blue Bell Wrangler Jeans. In 1951, she transferred to the Columbia City plant where she worked until 1968 when she went to Weatherhead Plastics. Cora retired in 1984.
Following her retirement, she was a volunteer driver for Whitley County Memorial Hospital Meals on Wheels for 16 years, was active in the Christmas Bureau from 1970s until 1996 and the Community Christmas on the Square.
Cora received the Heart of Gold Award in 1996 for her support and cookies made for her grandson, Matt, and the Columbia City High School Soccer team and in 2003 for her work with the elderly in private homes and at the Senior Citizen Center.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and held many church offices. Cora was best known for her flowers and sharing of her garden produce. She made sure there were flowers on the pulpit at First Baptist every Sunday.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Sharon (Charles David) Persons of Columbia City; and a grandson, Matthew Persons, who was the pride of her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Adeline Lomax, Edna Dexter, Eva Courson, Irene Courson, Inez Dexter and Vera Jane Rolls; and a brother, Andrew Dexter.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
The committal service will be 2 p.m. CST Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Whitley County.
Condolences may be sent to
www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 8 to June 8, 2010

                                                                    

 

Harvey A. "Jay" Dodd Jr.

Harvey A. "Jay" Dodd Jr., 54 of Goodland, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in his home after a battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends. Jay was born July 16, 1959, in Rensselaer, IN to Harvey A. Dodd Sr., and the late Martha Lee Beaty Dodd. Jay enjoyed fishing, hunting, music, and watching movies. He was married July 10, 2010, in Brook, to Gloria S. Truman, and she survives. Jay is also survived by one sister, Harlene A. & Don Smith, Brook, IN, and one brother, Hugh A. Dodd, New Castle, IN and his father Harvey A. Dodd Sr. After his mothers death he and his sister and brother were raised by their grandparents, Claude L. & Delphene Beaty.
Visitation was on Friday, March 2l, 2014 from 10:00 am (CDT) until time of a memorial service at ll:00 am (CDT) at the First Christian Church, Brook, IN. with the Rev. Ben Crostreet, officiating. Jay's wish was to be cremated with interment at a later date. Memorials would be appreciated to the family, to help with expenses.
Newton County Enterprise on Mar. 26, 2014

Clifford "Irish" Donahue (1940-2012)

Clifford "Irish" Donahue
Clifford "Irish" Donahue, age 72, passed away after a long illness at Ohio State Medical Center on Monday, May 21, 2012. He was born in Lafayette, IN on January 28, 1940 to the late Clifford and Margaret Donahue. As a young man Clifford proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had a long and very successful career at Bunzl Paper. Clifford was an intelligent, witty and engaging man who was passionate about the things in which he believed. He was a huge Notre Dame fan and earlier in life, he loved golfing, fishing and hunting. He had many other interests in life, but above all else, Clifford had a deep and unconditional love for his family. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Gail Marie Donahue; brothers, William and Edward. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Elizabeth; children, Kelly Donahue Montgomery, Kimberly (Brian) Greene, Karrie Donahue Bruns, Kari Lee (Kile) Dyer and Megan Elizabeth (R.W.) Collette; grandchildren, Colton, Cameron, Lucas and Landon. Please join the family for a Celebration of Clifford's Life at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL 6699 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a burial service in Goodland, IN., at a later date. Donations in Irish's memory may be made to the American Lung Association , 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH. 43228. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a memory of Irish.

Newton County Enterprise May 25, 2012

Ethan Pierce Donohue (1990-2010)

            Ethan Pierce Donohue, 20, of Earl Park, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, due to an accident in West Lafayette.           
            He was born Jan. 17, 1990, in Watseka, Ill., to Kim and Donald Donohue II.          
            He graduated from St. Joseph Elementary School and in 2008 he graduated from South Newton High School, both in Kentland. He was a junior at Purdue University, College of Consumer and Family Sciences, and was enrolled in their HTM program focusing on restaurant management. This summer he completed an HTM internship at Don's Drive In, Kentland. He was a hard worker who always had a smile and a friendly word for his customers. 
            Ethan was a member of Purdue's Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity in which he was currently the PR officer. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, where he was a mass server, and FFA, where he participated on many judging teams. He was also a member of 4H Country Hicks Club and Swine Barn, Indy Goat Herd GTO Club, Spanish club, where he traveled to Spain and Costa Rica, National Honor's Society, and was also a 21st Century Scholar. 
            He received numerous awards and scholarships including: The Peter George Scholarship and Opportunity Scholarship both awarded to him by Purdue University, Earl Park Lions Club Scholarship, South Newton FFA Scholarship, and the Betty and Arch McKean St. Joseph Church Scholarship.         
            Ethan's parents, grandparents, brothers, and uncles passed their love of automobiles onto him. He was a perfectionist when it came to cars and recently started his own detailing business.    
            Surviving with his parents are two brothers; Eric Stoddard Donohue and Ean Maxwell Donohue; grandmothers, Anita Donohue of Kentland and Marilyn Ohlendorf of Beecher, Ill.; aunts and uncles, Tim and Diane Ohlendorf of Lowell, Dennis and Becky Donohue of Rainsville, Dennis and Denise Shedrow of Earl Park and several cousins, Kevin Bower, Matthew and Erica Ohlendorf, Wyatt Sassman, and Scott, Shelby, Darrin and Daniel Shedrow.        
            He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Wendell "Olly" Ohlendorf and Donald Donohue Sr. and an aunt, Debra Bower Sassman.          
            Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland where services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 23, with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. 
            Memorials may be made to the Ethan Donohue Memorial Fund to be used for future good in his name. Envelopes will be available at the visitation and funeral services or may be mailed to Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home (214 East Washington St. Kentland, IN 47951).

            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Newton County Enterprise October 20, 2010

 

Ruth R. Doty (1914-2010)

            Ruth R. Doty, 96, of Morocco passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 3:50 p.m. at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born March 6, 1914, in Boswell, Ind., to the late Desmond and Anna Leffler Daily, and graduated from Fowler High School in 1932. On Sept. 22, 1934, she married Arnold "Squire" Doty in Kentland. He preceded her in death in March 2001.  
            Ruth worked as the head housekeeper at George Ade Memorial Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Morocco First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and a 50 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and card clubs. She was a wonderful cook and pie baker. She loved to quilt and to travel.  
            She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Bridgeman (husband Charles) of Brook, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Joyce Doty, one brother and two sisters.           
            Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook with Rev. Ken March officiating. Burial took place at the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.
            Memorial contributions are requested to the Morocco Fire Department or the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center. Newton County Enterprise October 7, 2010

 

Walter Downey (1938-2011)

Walter Downey, 73, of Kentland, died at 11:20 p.m., June 21, 2011 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus of West Lafayette.
He was born on April 22, 1938, in Pence, Ind., to the late James and Mamie (Hurley) Downey. He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1957.
His marriage was to Sandra Schluttenhofer on June 21, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Fowler, Ind. He passed away on their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Walter had lived in Pence, Fowler and Kentland, and was baptized at the Christian Church in Pence.
He had worked at the Fowler Bakery, where he drove the bread truck and baked donuts, and at Harrison Steel of Attica. Walter then worked at the Liquid Fertilizer Mixing Plant in Kentland, which was originally named Edward J. Funk & Sons, then became Amaco, and was later named Cropmate. Cropmate sent Walter to Hastings, Neb., to build a large fertilizer mixing plant from the ground up. He was a manager in the fertilizer division for 25 years and retired after 40 years.
Walter loved spending time and playing with his grandchildren and going to their sporting events. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and taking extended trips with his wife and friends on his Yamaha touring bike. He traveled to the top of Pike's Peak, around the shores of Lake Michigan, around the Gulf Shore from Texas to Southern Florida, and to the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. He also enjoyed woodworking after retiring. He made quilt racks, picture frames and wall ornaments.
Surviving with his wife are five children; Debra (life-mate: Robin) Wagner of Indianapolis, Robin Downey of Kentland, Franklin (Gwyn) Downey of Elgin, Ill., Tracie (Mike) Faker of Remington and Brian Downey of Kentland.
Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Andrew Wagner-Lybolt, Simon Wagner-Lybolt, Chadwick Downey, Kyle Downey, Jennifer Faker, Tyler Faker, and Brice Downey.
Preceding him in death along with his parents are four sisters, Lois Ford, Jane Zenor, Daisy Reynolds and Arthena Jones.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT), Saturday, June 25, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral Service will be there 11 a.m. (CDT), Sunday, June 26, with Father Thomas Fox of Sacred Heart Church in Remington officiating. Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

Opal F. Dowty (1918 - 2012)

Opal F. Dowty, 94, of Morocco, passed away Friday evening, July 20, 2012 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born on April 21, 1918, daughter of the late Charles A. and Anna M. (Jessen) Brewer. She was a lifelong area resident. Opal graduated from Morocco High School with the Class of 1936. Her marriage was to Bernard "Paul" Dowty. He preceded her in death. Opal worked for many years as a clerk at the Morocco Ben Franklin Store. She enjoyed crocheting and growing flowers in her garden.
Opal is survived by two sons, Ronald L. Dowty (wife: Susan) of Rolling Meadows, IL and Larry K. Dowty of Morocco; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Duane P. Dowty; and her three siblings: Cecil Dunlop, Freda Brewer and Albert H. Brewer.
Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 10 a.m. until time of services at 2 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco, Rev. Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from July 25 to Aug. 24, 2012

Frances E. Dubea (1915-2010)

            Frances E. Dubea, 94, of Goodland passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She was a lifetime resident of Goodland, and was born Dec. 24, 1915, in Logansport, Ind., to the late Ray and Frances Horner Lewellen. In October of 1932, she married Clyde L. Dubea, who died in 1958.           
            Frances was a retired trainer for Better Coil & Transformer in Goodland, working there for 35 years. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Goodland. She enjoyed crocheting.          
            She is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. (Glen) Jarrell of Red Bluff, Calif., and Sandra S. Keen of Delphi, Ind. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.           
            Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Clyde E. Dubea, two brothers, one sister and one great-granddaughter.        
            A visitation was held at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland for Frances Dubea on Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service followed at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Vanaman officiating. Burial took place afterwards at the Goodland Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise December 22, 2010

 

George William Dye, 93

            George William Dye, age 93, of Kentland, died Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 7:45 p.m. at Regency Place of Lafayette.

            Born July 5, 1913 in Ridgevile, WV to the late William E. and Mary Horman Dye, he was a 1933 graduate of Rensselaer High School, attended Purdue University for two years and graduated from South Bend College of Commerce and Accounting in 1936. He was a veteran, serving in the Navy with the Navy Sea Bees. He married Mary E. Butz on May 29, 1947 and she survives.

            Mr. Dye was the owner/manager of the Kentland Lumber Company and retired fro the lumber business in 1981 after 44 years in business.

            Active in the Boy Scouts from 1927-1977, he was a Scout Master for 15 years and was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, number 361 F&AM, where he served as Past Master, he was a member of Kentland Rotary Club, where he had served as Past President. He was also a member of the Holiday Rambler Camping Club and was a past assistant state manager from 1989-1993. A member of the Methodist Church since 1919, and United Methodist Men, he collected and repaired toys for Henderson Settlement Mission in Kentucky at Christmas for 40 years.

            Surviving with his wife are daughters Peggy (Jack) Lawrence, Brook; Linda (Romano) Romani, Oregon; sons Stephen (Deb) Dye, Brook; William (Janice) Dye, Indianapolis; sisters Elizabeth Walker, Elkhart; Rosalie Dausman, Bremen; and grandchildren Seth and Colin Lawrence, Christopher and Jennifer Dye, Alex, Abigail and Mallory Dye, Kevin Lilly and Cindy Gibson.

            Visitation was held March 7 from 4-8 p.m., with a 7:45 Masonic Service, at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev Joseph Smith officiating. Interment was at Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland, with military rites accorded.

            Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland.

Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

James H. Dye

            James H. Dye served in the US Army during WWII from 1942 to 1946. He was with the 97th Infantry Division-303rd Field Artillery Battalion seeing action in both Germany and Japan. He was a PFC and Technician 5th Grade, serving as a driver for the top brass and officials. He received several medals and ribbons. He was trained in the firing and maintenance of the 105mm Howitzer cannon.       
            While in Germany, he was with the liberating forces that freed the surviving prisoners at Flossenburg Concentration Camp on April 23, 1945.        
            His outfit arrived in Japan in October 1945 with the occupation forces, after the bomb had been dropped in August of that year.

 ENTERED SERVICE...............  11/23/1943; SHIPPED OUT TO GERMANY...01/25/1945; SHIPPED OUT TO JAPAN........ 10/01/1945; DISCHARGED..........................01/25/1946

 After the war, he farmed for many years in the Goodland, Kentland and Remington, Indiana areas and also for about 11 years at Donovan, Illinois. 
            After leaving the farm he worked at the Goodland Grain Elevator and later was a custodian at the Goodland Public School in both the old and new buildings and retired in 1980. Lafayette Indiana Journal And Courier  Mon. Sept. 27, 1999

 

Ames H. Dye

            Goodland-Ames H. Dye, 83, died (Sunday 9/26/1999)  at 7:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth medical center, Lafayette.           
            Born in Earl Park on Oct. 27, 1915, he lived in Kentland and Donovan, ill. 
            He married Ruth Ann Heilman on Nov. 6, 1937, in Kentland. She preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 1997.           
            Mr. Dye served in the army during WWII as a driver.  He was awarded 5 medals, including a bronze service star.     
            He was a retired farmer and worked at the Goodland grain elevator.. He was also a custodian at the Goodland grade school until his retirement in 1980.       
            Mr. Dye was a member of Goodland Baptist church. Surviving are three sons, Charles E. Dye of Englewood Fla., Alan R. Dye of Monticello and David L. Dye at home in Goodland; a sister, Velma Morris of Indianapolis.

            Calling 6-8 pm Tuesday at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. Services there at 11 am Wednesday, with Pastor Nancy Demott officiating. Interment Goodland Cemetery.    
            Also surviving, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Memorials to American cancer society. Contributed by David Dye

 

 

Ruth Ann (Heilman) Dye

Journal and Courier Lafayette, Wed.  August 27, 1997

 Ruth a. Dye 77          
            Goodland-Ruth Ann Dye of Goodland died at 5:30 am Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1997 at 326 n. Newton St, Goodland.      
            Mrs. Dye had worked as a waitress and at better coil and transformer as a supervisor from 1963 to 1977.   
            Born Aug. 5 1920 in Kentland, she was a lifelong resident of the Goodland area and she had lived in the town of Goodland since 1963.        
            She married James H. Dye on November 6, 1937 in Kentland, and he survives.      
            Her hobbies were watching soap operas and working crossword puzzles.    
            Surviving with her husband are three sons, Charles e. Dye of Englewood f\Fla., Alan r. Dye of Monticello and David l. Dye at home; two sisters, Rosalie Heilman of granger and Lola Wright of Plymouth; and two brothers, Charles Heilman and Raymond Heilman both of south bend.           
            Visitation 6-9 p.m. today, Gerts funeral home, Goodland. Service there 11 a.m. Thursday, the rev. Nancy Demott officiating. Interment Goodland, in cemetery. Three grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren survive. Her parents and a sister preceded in death. Memorial contributions to the American cancer society. Contributed by David Dye

 

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Howard J. Eddy (1944 - 2009)

Howard J. Eddy, 65, of Morocco, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 15, 1944, son of the late Howard and Lucille (Boyer) Eddy. Howard grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Chicago Public Schools. He had been a Morocco resident for the past 37 years. On October 31, 1964, in Chicago, he married Sylvia Frank who survives.
Howard was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. He was a member of the Morocco American Legion Post #146 and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beaverville, Ill. He was owner/operator of Howard J. Eddy & Associates in Morocco, retiring in 2006.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters: Mary Eddy of Fishers, Ind., and Danielle Dull of California. Two grandchildren also survive, Jakob and Peyton Dull of California. His parents preceded him in death. Memorials are suggested to the Brad Hillis Scholarship Fund.
Friends may call from 2 until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 308 Saint Charles St., Beaverville, Ill. Funeral services will be at the Church at 4 p.m. with Father Robert Coleman officiating. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco is handling the arrangements. To offer on-line condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 22, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010

John H “Jackie” Eisen II, 24

            John H “Jackie” Eisen II, age 24, of Vincennes, formerly of Goodland, passed away March 8, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes.

            Born Jan. 28, 1983 in Bolder, Colo. to John and Deb Eisen, Goodland, he is survived by his parents and husband Jim Fairchild, Vincennes. Also surviving is sister Samantha (Tendaysi) Jera, Goodland; grandparents John H Eisen of Oak Lawn, Ill. And Virginia Shantz of Hammond. Also surviving are several aunts and uncles and nieces Juliana Jera, Goodland, and Claudia Lawson, Connerville.

            Mr. Eisen worked as a call center clerk for N.T.I. and was a member of the Gay Rights Movement. He enjoyed working on his computer, collecting baseball cards and woodworking.

            A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on March 17 at First Baptist Church, Goodland. The Revs George Kehler and Martha Williams Jordan officiated.

            Memorial contributions may be made to spinal cord research or Aids research.

            Arrangements were handled by Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

Roger Emmrich (1939 - 2013)

Roger Emmrich, 73, of Morocco, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, at his home.  Roger was born on Dec. 5, 1939, son of the late Herbert and Burlena (Butler) Emmrich.
Roger graduated from Morocco High School in 1959 and served his country in the U.S. Air Force.  He married Josephine B. Tysoe January 18, 1964, in Bedford, England.  She preceded him in death, Sept. 5, 1996. He was a semi-driver for W.O. Hopkins for 29 years, retiring in 2005. His marriage to Mary Kay Martin was on June 18, 1999. A member of the American Legion Post 146 William Chizum Post of Morocco, he was also a gun enthusiast, avid fisherman and enjoyed reading. 
Roger is survived by his wife Mary Kay Emmrich of Morocco; two children, Troy (wife Marla); Adam, all of Lafayette; two sisters, Lois (Jimmie) Harrison, Schwenksville, Pa.; Rita Agent, Brook; one brother, Royce (Linda) Emmrich, Pennington Gap, Va.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Josephine B. (Tysoe) Emmrich, and his parents.
Friends may call on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco.  Funeral service will be held Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco.  Pastor Harold Williams officiating.  Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Jasper County Hospital Hospice or the
charity of the donor's choice.  Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco is handling the arrangements.  Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Mar. 28 to Apr. 27, 2013

 

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Paul M. Farmer (1932 - 2013)

Paul M. Farmer, 80, of Earl Park, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at I.U. Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.  He was born Sept. 14, 1932, in Steubenville, Ohio, to the late John E. and Florence F. Firster Farmer. He was a graduate of Mingo Junction High School, Class of l950.  
He married Ethel V. Vale Farmer, April 10, 195l in Ohio and she survivies.  He farmed until 1969 when he then spent the next 27 years working for John Deere in the maintenance department. Paul was a member of the Earl Park Presbyterian Church, Earl Park Lyons Club, past member of the Kentland Masonic Lodge and a former member of the Earl Park Library Board. He enjoyed mowing, John Deere Tractors and riding around in his golf cart.
Along with his wife he is survivied by one son, Jerry M. Farmer, (wife, Peg) Brook, and one daughter, Janet N. Schnaiter, (husband Johnny) Pinellas Park, Fla.; grandfather of two and great-grandfather of five, and one sister, Nadene Stillwell, Walnut, Calif.  He was preceded in death by four brothers.  
A memorial service will be at the Earl Park Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. at 6 p.m. (EDT) with a time to visit with refreshments after the service.  Rev. Ron Elly and Rev. Ruby Kleymann will officiate.  Burial will take place at a later date.  
Memorials may be given to the Earl Park Presbyterian Church or the Earl Park Lyons Club.  Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, entrusted with care.

Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 30 to May 30, 2013

John L. Farrell (1945-2012)

    John L. Farrell, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2012, in Gilbert, Ariz.  He was born on July 6, 1945, in Lafayette, the son of Eugene and Mary Farrell.  John attended Goodland Public Schools where he was a member of the track team and helped his father run the family farm. After high school, he enrolled in the radiology program at Elkhart General Hospital and graduated as valedictorian of his class. He volunteered to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict and was assigned to Fort Knox for two years. John often said it was during this time he truly learned the skills as an X-Ray tech that would serve him his entire life.
John's first marriage was to Sharon Jackson in 1966, and they had two children, MaLisa and Matthew.  After he an honorable discharge from the Army, John and his family made their home in the Phoenix area, where John was employed at St. Luke's hospital.  He soon became the Lead Tech and was the manager at St. Luke's for several years.  Phoenix Radiology then asked John to become their business manager and he made several lasting friendships with the doctors and staff.  He was an Account Executive for Picker International and then started his own business, Advantage Imaging.  At the time of his passing, John was an employee of Southwest Kidney Institute and enjoyed the opportunity to help both his fellow employees and patients.
John married Carol Willis in 1988, and they moved to Gilbert.  John was a master craftsman and woodworker.  He loved to make furniture and continued to delight family and friends with wonderful creations.  John was a perfectionist and each board he used was carefully selected.  He made many enjoyable trips back to Indiana to scout for wood he could bring back to Arizona for his special projects. 
John was kind and generous to everyone he knew, and tried to do his best in whatever task he faced.  John's life was one of service.
The family wishes to offer sincere heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Gilbert Hospital.  They became John's trusted friends during his recent hospitalization and went beyond measure to help him and his family.
John's survivors include his cherished wife, Carol, his children MaLisa and Matthew (Cindy.)  He was the most wonderful Papa to his grandchildren Madison, Dustyn and Nathan.  He is also survived by Carol's daughter, Allison Jocom (Jacob) and their daughter Emma.
His siblings include Janice (Dave) Schuette, Charles Farrell, and Dennis Farrell. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Lora Willis in Chandler.
Services were held in Gilbert, Ariz., with burial and military honors in Chandler, Ariz.
Arrangements were by Bueler Mortuary.
John's influence and love will continue to live with each of us every day, and he will be sorely missed.

Newton County Enterprise January 20, 2012

Milton O. "Doc" Feaster D.C. (1931-2010)

            Milton O. "Doc" Feaster D.C., 79, of Hannibal, Mo., died at 5:35 PM Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.          
            Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post # 55 will at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Mo.   Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Masonic Rites at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.       
            Mr. Feaster was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Hannibal, Mo., to Carl and Cynthia l. Nichols Feaster.         
            He was previously married on July 12, 1961, to Mary Ann Bote. She preceded him in death on April 15, 1985. He later married Shirley J. Malone on August 29, 1998, in Hannibal. She survives. 
            Other survivors include his step children, Randy Sears (Maurica), Susan Campbell (Donald) and Kevin Malone (Theresa), Mike and Jane Riefesel, 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.   
            He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Robert and Richard Feaster.          
            Mr. Feaster was a U S Navy Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, practicing in Kentland. Doc was a graduate of Hannibal High School Class of 1949, Hannibal LaGrange Graduate of the Class of 1951 and Graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine in 1961. He was a member of St. John's Masonic Lodge #28 and Ancient Accept Scottish Rites, Valley of Springfield, American Legion Post # 55, Palmer College Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni, International Chiropractic Association, Kentucky Association of Chiropractors and Indiana Chiropractic Association. Mr. Feaster was a Christian by faith.           
            Memorial contributions may be made to Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55.     
            Pallbearers will be Kevin Malone, Randy Sears, Jacob Malone, Bill Meyers, Dustin Couch and Donnie Campbell.       
            Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Donald Campbell, Michael Couch, Adam Youngman, Randy Sears Jr., Brandon Rains, Bruce L'Heureaux, Kenny Willis and Jason Baugh. Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2010

  

Lillian Floyd (1914-2010)

            Lillian Floyd, 96, of Morocco passed away July 27, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital. She was born Feb. 17, 1914, in Medford, Wisc., daughter of the late Frederick and Matilda (Rabbidean) Kaemmerer. She was a graduate of the Medford High School, Teachers College and a course in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin. She was assistant librarian at the Medford Public Library for five years and librarian there for six years until her resignation on Dec. 31, 1948. On Nov. 23, 1948, she married Paul J. Floyd at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, and moved to his farm near Morocco, Ind. Paul preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1987.
            In June 1964, Lillian became librarian for the Newton County Contractual Library in Morocco and served there until her retirement on Dec. 31, 1984. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer, a member of the Christian Women Society, St. Ann Study Club, K C Auxiliary, Past President of the Newton County Homemakers Extension Club, Jackson Hi Neighbors, Smile Club, Jolly Twelve, Willing Worker, Pinochle and Euchre Clubs and Newton Bella Red Hats. Lillian enjoyed reading, travel and cards.          
            There are no immediate survivors. Visitation will be at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 4 until 8p.m. with Rosary Service at 7 p.m., Fr. Gilbert officiating. Funeral Mass Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. (Rensselaer Time) at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer. Fr. Tim Knepper officiating. Internment follows at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rensselaer.            
            Memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Church, Gibault School or Morocco Library.

Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

 

Marian Nell Franklin (1913-2010)

            Marian Nell Franklin, 97, of Kentland, died at 7:39 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2010 at George Ade Memorial Health Care in Brook, Indiana.          
            She was born July 15, 1913 near Otterbein, Indiana to the late James and Ella Thompson North. She graduated from Otterbein High School, and attended Central Normal College. 
            Her marriage was to Jay W. Franklin on December 14, 1935 in Watseka, Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1998 .
            She lived in Kentland most of her life as well as Green Hill, Indiana and Williamsport, Indiana.      
            She was a member of Covenant Federated Church of Kentland, and she worked as Deputy Auditor in Warren County, and Deputy Clerk and Assistant Librarian in Kentland.       
            Surviving are five children, Dave Franklin (wife: Susan) of San Diego, CA, Becky Staton (husband: Jim), Wib Franklin, Martha Small-Stum (husband: Brandt Stum) and Wayne Franklin all of Kentland.
            Also surviving are 7 grandchildren; John Franklin, Christine Hoy, Stephanie Broderick, Mike Staton, Allison, Derek and Jonathan Small, and 15 great-grandchildren.        
            Preceding her in death with her parents and husband are a sister, Mildred Cottrell, a brother, Bud North, a grandson, Dan Staton, and a great-grandson, Dominic Gonzaba Broderick. 
            Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. CDT Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Covenant Federated Church in Kentland with Rev. Wayne Meyer officiating. Interment will follow at Davis Kochert Cemetery in Green Hill, Indiana.          
            Memorial donations may be made in memory of Marian to Covenant Federated Church or American Cancer Society. Newton County Enterprise August 26, 2010

 

Leonard L. Fox

LEONARD L. FOX CROWN POINT, IN Leonard L. Fox, age 72 of Crown Point, passed away June 27, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Lenny loved his family and he loved life to the fullest. He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy and Grace Fox; his sisters: Marge Holle and Mary Brumm; his brothers: Roy Jr., Rusty, Billy, Kenny, Dick, and Ronnie. He is survived by his three children: daughter, Wendi (Rocco DeBeneditto) Fox of Crown Point; sons: Travis (Ashlyn Paris) Fox of Crown Point and Cody (Kortney) Fox of Crown Point; grandchildren: Maxwell Fox, Cheyenne Grace Fox, and Lyla Rae Fox; sisters: Betty Ross of Hammond, Sandy (Jay) Koehler of Crown Point; brothers: Bob (Cecelia) Fox of Oxford, IN, Larry (Lois) Fox of Morocco, IN, Bernie (Cindy) Fox of Crown Point, and Jerry (Marilyn) Fox of Hebron; many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN with Rev. Dennis Ross officiating. Interment Maplewood Cemetery in Crown Point. Friends are invited to visit with Lenny's family on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 2:00-9:00 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home in Crown Point. www.burnsfuneral.com

Published in The Times from June 28 to June 29, 2014                                 

 

Robert William "Bob" Funk (1939-2011)

    Robert (Bob) William Funk, Sr. passed away in his home in Morelia, Mexico, on Jan.19, 2011. Born Sept. 6, 1939, Bob grew up in Kentland, the grandson of Edward J. Funk, for whom a family seed corn company was named. In 1971, Bob and his brother Don assumed major ownership of Edw. J. Funk & Sons and ushered it to new heights, re: product, marketing techniques, and sales volume. One innovative idea was to introduce a fitness program for employees which drew national media attention. A?newspaper once referred to Kentland as, "The town that runs."
    Bob was a 1957 graduate of A.J. Kentland High School, and St. Joe's College, Rensselear (Class of 1961). In later years, he continued his education at the University of Chicago.
In 1979, Bob left the family business and years later, owned and managed the NuJoy Restaurant, a Kentland landmark. In later years, Bob engaged in a spiritual quest that drew him to Taos, N.M., and, eventually, to Mexico. Through these years, he wrote a number of "epistles" that focused on the spiritual lessons he was learning and which he wanted to share with family and friends.
    His first wife is Margie Harlan, who lives in Santa Barbara, Calif. Surviving from his first marriage are four children, Robert W. Funk Jr., (Sue Perkins) of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Christopher C. (Sabina Baratucci) of Santa Barbara, Calif., Maria N. Funk Reine (Gregg) of Indianapolis, and Michael A. (fiance Donna Roller) of Denver, Colo.?Known as Roberto by his Mexican family, he is survived by his wife, Mercedes of Morelia, Mexico, and their five children: Luis, Lupita, Arlene, Jesus, and Sebastian. He married his wife Mercedes in 2002.
    Bob was the son of William E. Funk and Arlene Nelson Funk and?brother to Joy Funk Covarrubias, and they have preceded him in death. He is survived by his brothers, Donald Everett of Chicago, William Richard of Kentland, and William Nelson of West Lafayette, Ind. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Bob and Emma Funk, Amalie and Theolonius Funk, and Alexander Reine. In addition, he is survived by eight nephews and five nieces.
    A funeral mass was held Monday, Jan. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland at 11 a.m
Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Regina R. Funk, 92

            KENTLAND -- Regina R. Funk, 92, of Chicago, a former area resident, died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at The Fountains at Crystal Lake in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Born April 5, 1918, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Louise Heim Funk and graduated from Raub High School.

            Surviving is a sister, Leona Funk. Also surviving are 2 nieces, Gayle Warden and Bobbi Hafer; and 2 nephews, Tim Schanmier and Tom Roberts.

            Friends may call from 10 a.m. (CDT) until the time of service at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, with Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier September 29, 2010

 

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Margaret Marie Gadson (1922-2012)

Margaret Marie Gadson, 89, of Kentland, passed away at 11:15 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Iroquois Memorial Resident Home in Watseka, Ill.
She was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Newton County to the late Frank Ivan and Mildred May (Miller) McCarty and was a graduate of Ade grade school and Brook High School. Her marriage was to Gordon C. Gadson on June 14, 1941.  He survives. 
Mrs. Gadson retired from the Newton County Auditor's office after 20 years.  Prior to that, she worked for Kentland Dairy Products, Hook's Drug Store and the Kentland Cafe.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland, the Newton County Historical Society and the Newton County Republican Women.
Surviving with her husband of 70 years is her sister Ruth Storm of Danforth, Ill., and 15 nieces and nephews. 
She is preceded in death by her sisters, Barbara Jones and Marian Walter; her brothers, Robert McCarty, Frank McCarty, and John McCarty; and her nephew, Tim Storm.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, May 22, at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland.  Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland. (6225 West 1500 South), with Rev. Ed VanWijk officiating.  Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Iroquois Memorial Hospice or to the donor's charity of choice
Share memories and online condolences at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise May 25, 2012

Richard L Garmong (1921 - 2011)

Richard L. Garmong, age 90 of Morocco, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. He was born on April 20, 1921, son of the late Porter and Alma (Martin) Garmong. He was married to Maxine Hanford who passed away in 1989. He married his second wife Pauline Long in 1989, and she survives.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 12:00 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Pastor Jack Snell officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Vine Cemetery.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 21, 2011 to Jan. 21, 2012

Susan K. Garrett (1967-2011)

Susan K. Garrett, of Brook, Indiana, died March l9, 2011, at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer, IN She was born January 8, l967, at Danville, Illinois, to James S. Bennett, and the late E. Helen Holley Bennett, She graudated from Seager High School in l986. She married Timothy L. Garrett, August l6, l997 in Fowler, Indiana. Mrs. Garrett was a homemaker and enjoyed arts and crafts. She is survivied by her husband, father, James S. Bennett, 2 sons, Jordan Lee Garrett and Jerrad J. Garrett, both of Brook, three sisters, Teresa L. Bennett, Dunnington, IN, Tammy D Holman, (husband, John), Hedrick, IN, Tena M. Fletcher, (husband, Rusty) Marshfield, IN, one brother, James W. Bennett, Danville, IL. Calling was at the Gerts Funeral Home , l to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, with services to follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Ken Marsh. Cremation followed. Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice. She was preceded in death by one sister, Bonnie Kuntz
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Marilyn J. (Pruett) Garrett

Marilyn J. Pruett Garrett, age 78, of Brook, passed away May 31, 2011 at the Jasper County Hospital. Marilyn was born in Brook on Nov. 2, 1932, to William and Erlene (Conn) Murfitt. Marilyn was a lifetime resident of Brook, graduating from Brook High School with the Class of 1950.
She retired in 1997, after being employed for 25 years in quality control with the Jefferson Smurfitt Company at both the Foresman and Portage plants.
Marilyn was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and had sung in the church choir.
Her first marriage was to Marvin Pruett on March 18, 1951. Marvin passed away Feb. 15, 1975. On Oct. 15, 1977, Marilyn married Arthur Garrett who passed away Nov. 18, 1989.
Surviving Marilyn is her loving family, daughter's Cindy (Mike) Hooker and Peggy (Brian) Smith, both of Rensselaer and Tammy Pruett of Brook; grandchildren, Craig (Brienne) Hooker, Rensselaer, Ryan (Erica) Hooker, Washington, Ill., Brad (Carol) Shilor, Lafayette, Dannielle (Ben) Warran, Rensselaer, Garrett and Leslie Smith, Rensselaer; great-grandchildren, Emma and Azriah Warran, Addison and Elinn Hooker and Maggie Hooker; and son-in-law, Steven Shide, of Brook.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husbands' Marvin Pruett and Arthur Garrett, one daughter, Linda Shide, two grandson's, Brandon and Nathan Shide, and her sister, Orpha Donnell.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 3-8 p.m. June 2. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 3 at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Pastor John Hostetter officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. Memorials may be made to the Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association.
Friends may leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry by going to www.jacksonfuneral.com
View online guestbook at myrepublican.info.

Rensselaer Republican June 1, 2011


Eva E. Garrity (1955-2010)

            Eva E. Garrity, 54, of Brook passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in her Brook home. She had been a resident of Brook since 1998, having moved from Chicago. She was born Sept. 7, 1955, in Chicago and graduated from Truman High School in 1973. She attended two years of business college in Chicago. In 2004, she married Michael A. Garrity in Rensselaear, and he survives.  
            Eva owned and operated the Rumors Bar in Brook. She enjoyed reading, animals, people and cooking.    
            She is survived by her mother Dzidra Hodkevics of Brook. Her father, Vilen Mozay M.D. preceded her in death.  
            Visitation is Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at the Gerts Funeral Home from 2-3 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Interment will be at a later date.        
            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the family to help with funeral expenses.   
            Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

 

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Ernest L. Geller, 70, of Brook, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the I.U. Medical Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. Formerly of Morocco, he was born April 13, 1941 in Enos to the late Charles A. and Florence B. Geller.
On June 24, 1989, he married Marlene M. Vanaman Geller in Brook. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2001, in Lafayette.
Ernest was a retired truck driver, having worked for T&T Trucking of Miami, Fla., for 33 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are three daughters, Cheryl Lynn (Rick) Jones of Rossville, Ind., Bonnie Jo (Rusty) Melton of Lafayette and Tammy Lynn Moore of Kentucky. He was the step-father of three, Timothy Lee Eckman, James Allen (Ann) Eckman, both of Attica, and Steven Lynn Eckman of Watertown, N.Y. Also surviving are three sisters, Linda Geller of Chicago, Ivy Bullington of Monticello and Carol Russell of North Aurora, Ill.; two brothers, Richard Geller of Watoma Wis., and David Geller of Arizona; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brian, three brothers and two sisters.
Visitation was Thursday, April 12, at the First Christian Church in Brook from 5 to 7 p.m. The funeral service followed at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. A graveside service was held Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.Newton County Enterprise April 13, 2012

Jerry D. Gerrich (1944-2011)

Jerry D. Gerrich, 66, of Kentland, went to be with the Lord at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home.
He was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Brook to the late Charles W. and Dorothy Coffey Gerrich. He attended high school in Kentland.
His marriage was to Patricia J. Sampson on Jan. 10, 1964. She survives.
He worked for Lehman Mfg. in Kentland for 37 years as plant manager and retired at the end of 2006.
He loved working in the yard, auto and home repair, working on his computer, fishing, and going to car shows. He loved his family and friends.
He is survived by a brother, James L. Gerrich (wife: Krys) of Springfield, Ohio.
Also surviving are nieces, Christy Frasier, Tammy Gerrich, Shirley Clark, Angie Dalton, Benita Eason, Christy, and a nephew, Steve Gerrich. Other family include: Misty, Donica, Keith, Shawn, Daniele, Megan, Josh, Camilly, Sydney, AJ, Sidney, Sophie, Shelby and Avie Marie.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann, two sisters, Judy Eason and Sandra Wise, and a brother, Robert Gerrich.
Friends called from 5-8 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Services were held there at 11 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, July 6, with Rev. Marcia Smith-Wood officiating. Interment followed at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society .

Newton County Enterprise July 1, 2011

 

 

Donald G. Gerrick (1929-2011)

Donald G. Gerrick, 81, of Milford, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his sons home in Bakersfield, Calif.
He was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Watseka, Ill., to the late Walter and Mildred Gerrich. He graduated from AJ Kent High School in Kentland in 1947.
Don was in the Navy from 1947-1963, he received a Purple Heart in the Korean War on Sept. 13, 1950.
He was married to Phyllis Gerrick on May 26, 1954, in Frederick, Md. They were able to share 56 years of marriage before Phyllis's death on Jan. 23, 2011.
Don lived in Ridgecrest from 1961 until moving to Milford, Ill., in 2005.
Surviving are his two sons, Edwin Gerrick (wife, Julie) of El Cajon, Calif; and Gerald Gerrick of Bakersfield, Calif. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Stephanie Gerrick Naber (husband, Chad) of Mira Loma; and Stephen Gerrick of El Cajon; and one great-grandson, Carson Naber.

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

 

Harley Wayne Gibson

            Harley Wayne Gibson, 81, passed from this life to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 27, 2008. He was born Oct. 22, 1926, in New Liberty, Ill., to Webb and Elsie Gibson. Harley was the oldest of seven children. Preceding him in death were three brothers and one sister. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II.

            He married Betty Jean Menser on Aug. 23, 1947, and she survives. He is also survived by three sons and one daughter, Harley (Cheri) Gibson, Jr. of Brook; Steven Gibson of Morocco; Michael Gibson of Fair Oaks; Susan (Ron) Amey of Lafayette. Also surviving are brother, Larry (Vergie) Gibson of Morocco, sister Diana Dewey of Rensselaer, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

            Harley lived and farmed in Newton County for 40 years and owned and operated a trucking business for several years before retiring in 1991. He was a 50 year member of the Morocco Masonic Lodge 372 and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis. He was active in the community serving on the North Newton School Board and the Soil and Water Conservation Board and the ASCS Board.

            Visitation was Tuesday, April 29, from 3 until 8 p.m. at the Beaver Township Community Center and services were Wednesday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at the Beaver Township Community Center with interment following at Memory Gardens in Rensselaer. The family has requested donations to the American Heart Association.

            www.steinkefuneralhome.com

Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

Lucy Gibson (1934 - 2010)

Lucy Gibson, age76, formerly of Rensselaer, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Indiana Veterans' Home West Lafayette, Ind.  Lucy was born on April 8, 1934, in Elizabeth, La., to the late Davide and Olive (Maricle) Thompson.On February 22, 1956 in Pitkin, Louisiana she married Charles E. Gibson who passed away March 18, 1999.
Friends may call on Tuesday June 8, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer.   Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday June 8, 2010 at 11a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer with Rev. David Hess officiating.  Internment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco. Memorials may me made to the family by procuring the proper envelope at the Jackson Funeral Chapel. 

Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 9 to July 9, 2010

                                                               

 

Bonnie Graefnitz (1924 - 2013)

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Bonnie Graefnitz, 89, of Morocco, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013 in Spencer, Indiana.  Bonnie was born July 23, 1924, daughter of the late Harry and Hazel (Holmes) Kellogg. 
Bonnie attended Jefferson High School of Lafayette.  She married Warren Graefnitz November 21, 1948.  Bonnie was a Homemaker.  She also worked as a secretary for Graefnitz Lumber for 15 years.  She attended the Christian Church of Morocco where she also played the organ.  Bonnie was part of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Morocco American Legion.  She also enjoyed bowling, having coffee with friends and family at Merchant's Restaurant, and was an avid Bears and Cubs fan. 
Bonnie is survived by her husband Warren; two children, Lyn Pittman (Tim Bucy) of Spencer, Indiana; Dale (Linda) Graefnitz of Kankakee, Illinois; Three Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren; and sister Mary Alvator.  She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters. 
Friends may call on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 11:00 until 12:30 p.m. (C.D.T.) with Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco.  Reverend Tom Vance officiating.  Interment will follow at Lake Village Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the
Alzheimer's Association and Huntington Disease Foundation.  Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco is handling the arrangements.  Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com

Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 28 to Sept. 26, 2013

 

 

James "Griff" Griffin (1948 - 2009)

James "Griff" Griffin, 60, of rural Kentland died unexpectedly at his home Thursday, April 9, 2009. He was born May 27, 1948 in Rensselaer, the son of Leland and Theresa (Jones) Griffin and was a lifetime Newton County resident. He was a 1966 graduate of Brook High School.
Mr. Griffin was an agricultural laborer in the Kentland area and served in the US Army from 1968 to 1974. He was a member of the Watseka, Illinois American Legion Post 23.
Survivors include two sons; Ron (wife Jennifer) Griffin of Romeoville, Illinois, and Chris (wife Lori) Griffin of Avon, Indiana. One sister survives, Eileen Taylor of Kentland, and five grandchildren; Logan, Caden, Lily, and Grace Griffin and Cuy Orvis. He was preceeded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Monday, April 13, 2009 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm (CDT) at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 11:00 am (CDT) at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland with burial to follow at the Morris Chapel Cemetery in rural Iroquois, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital,
www.rileykids.org, or to Caring Bridge, www.caringbridge.org.
On line condolences may be left by visiting
www.stitzfuneralhome.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 11 to May 11, 2009

 

 

David Mike Gulley

            David Mike Gulley, 62, Morocco, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2006, at the Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

            He was born April 13, 1944, in Rensselaer, the son of Dana Gulley Jr. and Mary Bennett Gulley.

            Mike was married July 14, 1979, in Morocco to Vicki L. Parrish Gulley, and she preceded him in death in 2001.

            Mike was a 1963 graduate of Morocco High School, and he retired from LaSalle Steel in Hammond after 30 years of service. He was currently employed as a deputy building commissioner for Newton County.

            Mike was a member of the Morocco Lions Club and served on the Morocco Planning Commission. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

            Survivors include one daughter, Christine (Bryon) Butcher of Lafayette; four grandchildren, Cody Thomas, Taylor Elizabeth, Molly Ann and Bryce Michael. He is also survived by his puppy dog “Ben.”

            Mike was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one sister, Sharon Martin.

            The family received friends from 4 to 7 p.m. June 27 at the Lange Funeral Home in Morocco.

            Funeral services were at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Lang Funeral home in Morocco with the Rev. Jack Snell officiating.

            Cremation was to follow the services with interment at a later date in the Prairie Vine Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morocco Lions Club.

Newton County Enterprise - June 28, 2006

Submitted by Susie Hall

 

 

Steven Gulley

            Steven W Gulley, 55, Morocco, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the United Church in Morocco.

            Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday also at the United Church in Morocco with the Rev. Jack Snell officiating.

            Burial will be in Prairie Vine Cemetery near Morocco.

            Memorials in Mr. Gulley’s name may be made to the donor’s choice.

            Arrangements were made by Lang Funeral Home in Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise September 15, 2004

 

 

Vicki L Gulley

Vicki L Gulley, 53, of Morocco, passed away on Monday, February 5 at her residence.

She was born September 1, 1947 in Rensselaer to Joseph Clark Parrish and Jewel “Tiny” McCord.

She was a lifetime Morocco area resident and a 1966 graduate of Morocco High School.

She married Mike Gulley on July 14, 1979 in Morocco. He survives at home.

She was employed as a legal secretary at the law firm of Blaney, Casey & Walton in morocco. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morocco and the Morocco Lions Club.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Jewel “Tiny” (Bob) Goddard of Morocco; her father; Joseph Clark Parrish of Rensselaer; two brothers, Chris (Luann) Parrish of Portage and Randy (Andrea) Parrish of Houston, Texas; one sister, April Parrish of Houston, Texas; one stepdaughter, Christine (Bryon) Butcher of Lafayette; and three step-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Wednesday, February 7 at the Lang Funeral Home in Morocco.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Morocco, with Reverend Jack Snell and Reverend Tim Powers officiating.

Cremation followed services.

Contributions in memory of Vicki Gulley may be made to the Morocco Lions Club.

 

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Ethel I. Hageman (1924 - 2013)

Ethel I. Hageman, 88, of Remington died Friday May 3, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette  after a 10 year battle with Parkinson Disease.  She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Chesterton, Ind., to the late Sture and Nannie Johnson and Adopted Father Murt Harrington.  She graduated from Brook High School in 1942. Ethel was married to Eugene P. Hageman on Dec.31, 1955, who preceded her in death in 1996. They had two children Steve and Suzy, both surviving. 
She lived much of her younger life in Brook, until moving to Remington in 1978.  Ethel was a farm wife who enjoyed everything that went with it from taking lunches to the field to riding horses.  She was affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  Her hobbies and loves were family, especially her grandchildren.  Ethel will always be remembered as a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, pets, cooking, and just being outdoors to enjoy nature. She loved to travel and continued even after her illness.  Ethel enjoyed the simple things in life like a big dinner with family with the stories, jokes, noise and laughter that came with it.  She loved color and fun.  Those attending any of the services are invited to wear something bright and colorful.
Ethel is survived by Son Steve (Sandy) Hageman and Suzy (Marcus Rust) Hageman of Remington, five grandchildren and one great-grandson; Sara (Shad) Schenck and great-grandson Strom of Waynetown, Ind., Shane (Jana) Hageman of Zionsville, Ind., Stephany Hageman, Stefan Rust and Sydney Rust of Remington.
Visitation will be at the Remington United Methodist Church, Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. (EDT) and Funeral at 11 a.m. (EDT) Monday, May 6.  Interment to follow at the Remington Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Hageman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Newton County Enterprise from May 3 to June 2, 2013

Carl L. Hall, 81

Carl L. Hall, 81, of Kentland, passed away at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill. He was Born Feb. 21, 1931, in Brook, Ind., to the late Fred and Thelma Cole Hall.
He graduated from Wadena High School in Wadena, Ind. in 1949 and went into the U.S. Navy where he served until 1953 as a fireman.
His marriage was to Deloris A. Lupke Hall on April 14, 1957 in Goodland.
He farmed and was a volunteer fireman for many years of his life. He was also a member of 40 & 8 Fowler and the Fowler American Legion.
He was also an avid hunter; loved fishing and trapping and enjoyed car races and auctions and helping people.
Along with his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy Gowins, of Lafayette, Lori (husband: Mike) Myers, of Kentland; one son, Randy (wife: Becky) Hall, of Kentland; three sisters, Doris Tagg, of Fowler, Jenny Lowry, of Wolcott and Freda (husband: Bill) Chasteen, of Kentland; three brothers, Earl "Buck" (wife: Maureen) Hall, his twin brother, of Kentland, Lloyd Hall, of Lochiel and Melvin Hall, of Fowler; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Visitation will be at Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, with the service to follow; pastor Larry Klingler officiating.
Internment at Goodland Cemetery after service.
Memorial contributions may be made to 40 & 8 Nursing Scholarship Fund.
Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland in charge of arrangements. (219)297-3583.
Published in the Journal & Courier on October 11, 2012
Submitted by Susie Hall

Charles Henry Hall (1946 - 2012)

Charles Hall, age 65 of Morocco, passed away early Thursday morning, Jan. 26, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital in Lafayette. He was born in Rensselaer on Dec. 17, 1946, son of Sarah "Jeanette" (Starnes) Hall and the late Floyd Hall. He was a lifelong Morocco area resident.
 Chuck graduated from Morocco High School with the class of 1965. He worked as a diesel mechanic at Inland Steel for 34 years. He was a Son of the American Legion, Post #146 in Morocco and was also a member of the Southern Lakes Conservation Club.
 Chuck is survived by daughter Kellie Lannon (Tim) of Saunemin, IL; son Bill Hall (Shari) of Brownsburg, IN; step-daughter Jane Gerdes (Brad) of Saunemin, IL; six grandchildren: Elizabeth Hall, Blake Hall, Brownsburg, IN, Brittani Henady of Bloomington, IL, and Logan Henady, Leighton Gerdes, and Walker Gerdes, all of Saunemin, IL. A sister, Gladys Hall of Morocco, sister-in-law, Gerry Dawson of Camdenton, MO also survive. Charles was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Hall; two brothers: Kenny Hall and Donny Hall; and a grandson, Hunter Gerdes.
 Friends may call Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Sons of American Legion, Morocco Post #146. Share memories and condolences online at
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 28 to Feb. 28, 2012

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Charles "Charlie O" O’Dell Hall

Charles "Charlie O" O'Dell Hall, 76, of Goodland, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born in Spruse Pine, AL May 10, 1938, the son of the late Denzil Nile and Lucile (Bray) Hall. Charlie-O served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1959. On Feb. 16, 1970, in Watseka, IL, he married his wife of 44 years June Ann (Yoder) Hall.
Charlie O was a self-employed carpenter and co-owner of CDL Wholesale for 20 years. He also operated a grader and maintained the roads at Fair Oaks Dairy Farm and operated a manure lagoon boat for Skyline Ag Services. He was a member of Victorious Life Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing and he loved to fish.
Charlie O is survived by his loving family: wife June Hall of Goodland; two sons: Larry Hall of Goodland and Jason Hall (wife: Teona) of Brook; two daughters: Tammy Clukaj (husband: Pia) of Rensselaer and Stacey Ingram (husband: James) of Goodland; daughter-in-law Shelly Hall of Goodland; one sister, Louvana Wilodene Smith of Chicago, IL; 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his parents, three brothers: James, Vernon and Warren; one sister, Katherine; and one son, Charles Denzil Hall.
Friends may call on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. (CDT) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer with Pastor Melvin Lane officiating. Interment with military rites will follow at Burr Oak Mennonite Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family. Share memories and condolences online at
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.
Published in Newton County Enterprise on June 14, 2014

 

 

Christina Marie Hall (1977 - 2013)

Christina Marie Hall, 36, of Columbia City, passed away Wed., Aug. 14, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne. She was born in Honolulu, HI on Aug. 6, 1977, the daughter of Claude Ralph (Sandy) Hall of Morocco and Shirley (Mrs. Tom) Lukes of Sumava Resorts.
Friends may call on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 5 p.m. with Pastor Wayne Williams officiating. Cremation will follow the services and interment at Lake Village Cemetery will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the family. Share memories and condolences online at
SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 16 to Sept. 14, 2013

 

Floyd K. Hall

            Floyd Kenneth Hall, age 30 of Rt. 1, Lake Village, died at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, December 24 of injuries received in a one vehicle accident near the intersections of County Roads 800-N and 400-W in Newton County.

            A native of Spokane, Washington, Hall served in the Army in the 36th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam and was employed as a mechanic at Inland Steel. He married Gerry Jean Lane on October 27, 1965 and she survives. He is the son of Floyd H. and Sarah Jeanette Hall of Morocco who also survive.

            Mr. Hall was a member of the Morocco United Church and a member of the American Legion, Post 146.

            Surviving with the wife and parents are three sons, Kenneth, Kevin, and Kyle Hall, at home; two brothers, Charles and Donald Hall; one sister Gladys Hall and maternal grandmother Mrs. Lovella Starnes, all of Morocco.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27 at the Hancock-Cardwell Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.

(1975) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Floyd H. Hall

            Floyd H. Hall, 74, of Hardin, Texas, died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 1994 in Baptist Hospital, Liberty, Texas. He had lived in Hardin since 1981 and was a former Morocco resident.

Hall was born April 19, 1919 in Wadena, IN to Charles Henry and Lydia Genevieve Dewey Hall. He married Jeanette Starnes who survives. He was retired from Inland Steel where he had worked as a diesel machinist for 30 years. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WW II and was a member of the Morocco American Legion Post 146.

            He is survived by 2 sons, Charles Hall of Morocco and Donald Hall of Calumet; 2 daughters, Gladys Irene Skinner of Port Richey, Florida and Jerry Dawson of Camdenton, Missouri; 2 brothers, Gene Hall of Kentland and Russell Hall of Reedsport, Oregon; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Kenneth Hall who died in 1975. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Donald R. Hall, 59

            Goodland - Donald R. Hall, 59, of Goodland died at 7:10 a.m. Sunday Dec. 3, in his home in Goodland. He had been in ill health for seven years.

            Mr. Hall was a general welding supervisor in the engineering department at Northern Indiana Public Service Co., where he worked for 32 years.

            Born Sept. 5, 1936, in Goodland, he graduated from Wadena High School in 1954 and attended Purdue University. He married Glenda Kay Lupke on July 17, 1960, in Goodland. She survives.

            Mr. Hall was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a former member of Goodland Fire Department, Kentland American Legion, South Newton Production Co., South Newton Athletic Boosters, IVFA and EMT's. He had been a Boy Scout master and a Little League coach. He was fond of camping, art, shopping and cooking.

            Mr. Hall served in the Navy from 1953 to 1957.

            Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Jacqualine M. Carroll of Fowler; six sons, Donald D. "Porky" Hall of Kentland, Michael J. Hall, Jared E. Hall and Matthew Dillon Hall, all of Goodland, Jason A Hall, at home, and Jeffrey C. "Pudd" Hall of Highland; his mother, Madge Hall of Lafayette; and two sisters, Jeanie Brouillette of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Carolyn Wilson of Lafayette. (1995)

Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Donald Lee Hall, 49, of Morocco, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, at his home. Mr. Hall was a welder with Inland Steel for 30 years, retiring in 1997.He was born Aug 28 1949 in Rensselaer. Mr. Hall was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Surviving is a son, Brandon Hall of Deltona, Fla; his mother, Jeanette Hall of Morocco; a brother Charles Hall of Morocco; and a sister Gladys Skinner of Port Richey FL. Visitation 12 until the service time at 2 p.m. today at Lang Funeral Home, Morocco, the Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment Oakland Cemetery. Surviving is a sister-in-law, Gerri Dawson of Camdenton, MO. Preceded in death by his father,

Floyd; and a brother, Kenneth.(1999) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Lawrence E Hall, 85

            KENTLAND-Lawrence E. “Gene” Hall, 85, of Kentland, died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lafayette.

            He was born March 8, 1923, in Wadena, the son of the late Charles and Lydia Dewey Hall, and graduated from Wadena High School in 1942.

            He married Ruth Griffin on Sept. 23, 1942, in Kankakee, Ill., and she survives.

            Mr. Hall was a veteran of World War II, serving in I Company of the 517th Parachute Infantry. He was the recipient of two Purple Heart medals and five Bronze Star medals.

            Following the war he resided in the Hammond area before moving to Oregon. He retired as maintenance supervisor of the North Bend (Ore.) school district and moved to Kentland in 1991.

            He was  a member of Disabled American Veterans, past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a member of William Chizum American Legion Post at Morocco. His hobbies included racing and CB radio, and he was an avid fisherman.

            Surviving with his wife are a son, Ralph “Butch” Hall (wife: Donna) of Morocco; a daughter, Marye Olsen (husband: Kenneth) of Goodland; and a brother, Russell Hall of Florence, Ore.

            Visitation will be Friday, April 25, 2008 from 5 until 8 p.m. (CDT) at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. (CDT). Burial with full military rites will follow at Goodland Cemetery. A special nephew, Charles “Dick” (Helen) Hall of Griffith, also survives, as do 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sons, Mark Hall and Lawrence “Jeep” Hall Jr.; granddaughter Deanie Pederson; five brothers and three sisters/ memorials may be made to the family or to the Disable American Veterans. Online condolences can be left at www.stitzfuneralhome.com.

Submitted by Susie Hall                

 

James Hall

            Brook - James Hall, 84, died Wednesday in George Ade Memorial Hospital, Brook, where he had been a patient 12 hours.

            He was born in Newton County and had been a life resident of the Brook community. He owned and operated the first service station in Brook for 36 years before his retirement. In 1910 he was married to Anna Branson at Rensselaer.

            Surviving with the widow are three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Edgren of Silver Spring, Md., Miss Florence Hall of Indianapolis and Mrs. Ethel Klaus of Merrillville; one son, James Hall of El Paso, Tex., and two sisters, Mrs. Lulu Ulyat of Remington and Mrs. Exilda Martin of Amorado, ND. (1967) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Roseanna M. Hall, 51
FOWLER — Roseanna Marie Hall, age 51, of Fowler, surrounded by her family, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, October 16, 2012. She was born Oct. 7, 1961 in Lafayette. Rose was the daughter of the late Dale Jr. and Rosemary Whitus of Fowler. She married Clint Hall on Aug. 15, 1997.
    Rose loved going to auctions and collecting and selling antiques. She enjoyed camping in the summers, spending time with friends and loved family get-togethers. She also enjoyed reading books, crocheting, scratch off lottery tickets, writing poetry and doing puzzles.
    Rose was a fun loving person and could be silly and goofy. She could make you laugh when you felt like crying. There were many times she would chase her girls around the house with kitchen tongs, which was one of the many things she did to make them laugh and love her so much. Rose had the heart of a lion and could fight any battle that came her way. She would give anything to help someone even if it meant she would do without.
    Rose was honest and never repressed words.
    Rose truly adored her family; she was the rock of the family. She will be missed by all of those who loved her, leaving a lifetime of memories to cherish. She leaves behind a Beautiful Legacy.
    Rose is survived by her husband Clint and three daughters, Bridgett (BJ) Smith of Ambia, Kandi (Branden) Nobbe of Greensburg and Karrie Marko of Otterbein, eleven grandchildren, her mother, Rosemary Whitus, one sister, Janet (Ron) Jones, Three brothers, Mark (Kim), Jeff (LynnAnn), Kevin (Kathy), father-in-law Lloyd Hall, two brother-in-laws Lee J. (Felisha) and Andy (Colleen) Hall, two sister-in-laws Tonia (Paul) Hoskins and Tammy (Keil) Vanderwall, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Dale Jr. Whitus, brother Rick Whitus, and her son T.J. Marko.
    Visitation will be from 11 am. to 2 pm. Saturday, October 20, 2012, with the funeral to follow at 2 pm., at Windler Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fowler Cemetery.

Published in the Journal & Courier from October 17 to October 18, 2012, Submitted by Susie Hall

  

Thelma Hall, 86

            Kentland - Thelma Hall, 86 died Wednesday evening, Sept 24 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.

Born Sept 22, 1911, in Kentland she married Fred Hall in 1928. He died in 1976. She was a lifelong resident of Kentland.

            Mrs. Hall was a homemaker.

            She was a member of the Covenant Federated Church in Kentland.

Surviving are four sons, Lloyd and Melvin Hall, both of Fowler, and Carl and Earl "Buck" Hall, both of Kentland; three daughters, Doris Tagg of Fowler, Mrs. Bill (Freda) Chasteen of Kentland, and Mrs. Leroy (Jenny) Lowry of Wolcott, and twin sister Velma Antone of North Port, Fla.; and a sister, Dorothy Kendig of Kentland.

Submitted by Susie Hall

William C. Hall

            William C. Hall, 67, retired machinist at Ross Gear Division TRW, died at 7:05 a.m. today in Home Hospital. He had been hospitalizes since Monday and in failing health two years.

Born in Jasper County, he was reared in Benton County and was a graduate of Wadena High School. He came to Lafayette 22 years ago and resided at 1314 Hedgewood Dr.

            He was employed at Ross Gear for 18 years, retiring in 1974. Prior to that he farmed in Benton County.

            Mr. Hall was a member of Goodland Presbyterian Church.

            In 1933 he was married at Fowler to Madge I. Cain, who survives.

            Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Jeannie) Brouillette of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Mrs. Curtis (Carolyn) Wilson of Lafayette; one son, Donald R. Hall of Goodland; five brothers, Ralph Hall of Sixes, Ore., Eldon Hall of Watseka, Ill., Floyd Hall of Morocco, and Eugene and Russell Hall, both of North Bend, Ore.; and one sister, Mrs. Delores Meeley of Martinton, Ill. (September 28, 1979) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Thelma Hall, 86

            Kentland - Thelma Hall, 86 died Wednesday evening, Sept 24 at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.

            Born Sept 22, 1911, in Kentland she married Fred Hall in 1928. He died in 1976. She was a lifelong resident of Kentland.

            Mrs. Hall was a homemaker.

            She was a member of the Covenant Federated Church in Kentland.

            Surviving are four sons, Lloyd and Melvin Hall, both of Fowler, and Carl and Earl "Buck" Hall, both of Kentland; three daughters, Doris Tagg of Fowler, Mrs. Bill (Freda) Chasteen of Kentland, and Mrs. Leroy (Jenny) Lowry of Wolcott, and twin sister Velma Antone of North Port, Fla.; and a sister, Dorothy Kendig of Kentland. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Mrs. Anna M. Hall

            Brook - Mrs. Anna M. Hall, 88, widow of James hall, Brook's first service station owner, died at 2:30 p.m. in George Ade Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient two weeks. She had been a resident of the George Ade Extended Care Facility nine months, and in ill health one year.

            Born in Jasper County, she had resided at Brook since 1921. She was married in 1910. Her husband, James, preceded her in death in 1967.

            Mrs. Hall attended Brook United Methodist Church and was a member of WSCS of the church, Brook Business and Professional Womens Club, Iroquois Demonstation Club and George Ade Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

            Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Josephine M. Edgren of El Paso, Texas, Miss Florence M. Hall of Indianapolis and Mrs. Ethel P. Klaus of Merrillville; a son, James Hall Jr., of El Paso, Texas; and two sisters Mrs. Nora Hudson of Rensselaer and Mrs. Mollie Hotler of Lowell. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Eunice Hall

            WATSEKA, ILL. - Mrs. Eunice Hall, 63, became ill at her home here Monday morning and was dead on arrival at 6:20 a.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 5, 1923, in Milford, Ill., she had lived in Watseka for many years. She was married July 8, 1944, in Watseka, to Eldon H. Hall. He died July 6, 1983

            Surviving are a son, William Hall of Lampasas, Texas; two daughters, Jerry (Donna) Webb and Lory Hall, both of Watseka:: two sisters, Annabelle Templin of Phoenix, Ariz., and Shirley Tincher of Watseka; and a brother, George Cook of Le Roy, Ill. October 6, 1986 Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Francis G. Hanshew (1939-2010)

            Francis G. Hanshew, 71, of Brook passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at 3:40 p.m. at his Brook residence. He was formerly of Monon, and was born May 6, 1939, in Fairbury, Ind., to the late Paul and Stella Birch Hanshew.            He was an upholsterer for 30 years before retiring, and owned his own business.     
            Surviving are two sons, Keith F. Hanshew of Brook and Kevin Hanshew of Highland; two daughters, Kassandra (Ricky) Mason of Highland and Kimberly (Joe) Kleckauskas of Bradenton, Fla.; two brothers, Kenneth Hanshew of Hayworth, Ill., and Jack (Cindy) Beckoff of Reynolds; one sister, Bonnie Sauls of Monon; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.    He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.           
            A funeral service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice. Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements

Newton County Enterprise November 18, 2010

Ruby Hamelman (1913 - 2010)

Ruby Hamelman, 96, of Morocco passed away early Monday morning, Feb. 15, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare in Brook. She was born March 3, 1913, in Fowler, daughter of the late Joseph and Ava Yarno. She attended school in the Fowler Public Schools. On May 20, 1931, in Fowler, she married Harry C. Hamelman. He died in 1961.
Ruby had been a factory supervisor and worked for Dormeyer Industries in Kentland for 25 years retiring in 1978. She was affiliated with the Christian faith. She was an avid collector of frog memorabilia and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
Children surviving are Cignora (Rex) Lee of Pharr, Texas, Patricia Kinkade of Uptown, Ky., Grace (Richard) Martin of Morocco, John (Dina) Hamelman of Delphi, Veronica (Dennis) Senesac of Fowler and daughter-in-law, Beverly Hamelman of Delphi. She has 26 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren surviving.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, a daughter and a son, two granddaughters, two grandsons, two brothers, and four sisters.
Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, from 10 a.m. (CDT) until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Rev. Thomas Vance officiating. Internment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Kentland. Memorials are suggested to the family. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco is handling the arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 19 to Mar. 19, 2010

 

 

Charles Edward "Eddie" Hamilton (1937-2011)

Charles Edward "Eddie" Hamilton, 74, of Lake Village passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Rensselaer Care Center. He was born March 22, 1937, son of the late Charles and Ruth (Rader) Hamilton.
Friemds called Tuesday, July 26, 2011, from 11 a.m. until time of services at noon at the Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Interment followed at theRoselawn Cemetery,

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

 

Alice E.M. Hanrahan (1918 - 2009)

Alice E.M. Hanrahan (nee Bond), 90, of Valparaiso passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. She was the youngest of six children, born on June 6, 1918, to Walker A. and Millie Gersbacker Bond.
Alice worked for the phone company, Porter County Clerk's office, Liberty Bible Church and a law office. She was loved tremendously by all that knew her.
She is survived by her children, daughter Carole (John) Kessler of Morocco, son Robert (Bonnie) Hanrahan of Valpariaso and daughter Christine (Larry Antes of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-granchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Hanrahan and daughter, Mary Ann Criswell of Valparaiso.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 7 to May 7, 2009

                                                            

 

Evelyn M. (Wagner) Harris (1928 - 2009)

Evelyn M. Harris (Wagner), 80, of Remington died Monday, June 8, 2009 at 7:10 a.m. at Home Hospital, Lafayette. Evelyn was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Wolcott, Ind., to the John and Nealla Mathew Wagner; they preceded her in death. She was a lifelong resident of the Wolcott /Remington area.  She was a 1946 graduate of Wolcott High School.  Evelyn married Jack Harris in December of 1954, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Remington, he died March of 1975.  She was a bank manager for Farmer's National Bank of Remington from July 1955 until 1987. Evelyn was a member and Altar and Rosary Guild member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Remington. 
She is survived by three sisters, Lucille Perkins and Helen (husband William) Perry, both of Kentland, and Margaret Limp of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a sister –in- law, Dula Meiser of Morocco, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Donald and Russell Wagner.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. (EDT) at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Remington, with Rev. Thomas Fox celebrating the Mass.  Interment follows at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Remington. Visitation will be Thursday, June 11, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. (EDT) with a 4 p.m. Rosary service from the Stitz Funeral Home, Remington.  Memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Remington. 
www.stitzfuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 9 to July 9, 2009

 

Nancy J. Harris (1938-2012)

Nancy J. Harris, 73, of Brook passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 6:57 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette, Ind. She was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Lafayette to the late Harold and Nona (Trudeau) Gilbert. In 1950, she graduated from Catholic school in Ft. Wayne.
Her marriage was to Robert R. Harris on Sept. 22, 1963, in Dyer, Ind. He survives.
Mrs. Harris was a retired factory worker, having worked for Intec in Morocco for 18 years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fowler. She enjoyed making blankets, baking bread, playing bingo and sitting by her pool.
Surviving along with her husband are two daughters, Tammy Holliday of Kentland and Lorri Bland of Indianapolis; one son, James R. (Jackie) Harris of Brookston, Ind.; one sister, Barbara Newton of Arizona; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her parents and one son, Michael S. Harris.
Visitation is Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook. Funeral services follow at noon with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Internment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in honor of Sophia Lindback. Newton County Enterprise April 6, 2012

Stanley A Harrison, 91

    MOROCCO -- Stanley A. Harrison, 91, of Des Plaines, Ill., formerly of Morocco, died Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2011, at Rensselaer Care Center.
Born in Morocco on Oct. 13, 1919, he was the son of the late Charles Ellsworth and Nellie Mae Pickering Harrison.
    He graduated from Morocco High School and Butler University. He resided in Chicago for a time, returning to Morocco in 1969.
    Mr. Harrison served in the Army Air Corps as staff sergeant.
    In 1941, he married Maxine Kay. She died in 1950. He then married Katherine Jacobs in 1969. She preceded him in death in 1996.
    Mr. Harrison worked for railroads since 1946, retiring from CSX in 1980.
    He was a member of Morocco American Legion and Masonic Lodge.
    Surviving are a son, Tom Jacobs (wife: Kathie) of Lake Zurich, Ill.; and a brother, Vane "Speed" Harrison of Morocco.
    Services Wednesday in Morocco.
Lafayette Journal Courier February 20, 2011

Vane "Speed" Harrison (1917-2012)

Vane "Speed" Harrison, age 94 of Morocco, passed away Tuesday evening, June 19, 2012 at the Rensselaer Care Center. He was a lifelong Morocco area resident. He was born in Morocco on August 28, 1917, son of the late Charles E. and Nellie M. (Pickering) Harrison. He was a graduate of Morocco High School.
Speed served his Country in the U.S. Navy during WW II from 1942-1945. He was a PBY Pilot stationed in the Aleutian Islands in the northern Pacific and flew four missions over Japan. After the war Speed had a career as a locomotive engineer for Inland Steel, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. He was also an active member of the Morocco American Legion Post 146, the Masonic Lodge, 40 & 8, and the Navy Club.
Speed is survived by one daughter, Karen McClatchey (husband: Michael) of Morocco; and four granddaughters: Shannon Tarrah (husband: Jay) of Terre Haute, Cory McCann (husband: Richard, Jr.) of Morocco, Meghan McClatchey of Indianapolis and Colleen Rendant (husband: Josh) of Rensselaer. Six great-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, two brothers: Herschel and Stanley Harrison, first wife Phyllis (Triplett) Harrison, second wife Anna (Maniak) Harrison, and Wilma (Kemp) Harrison.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 22, from 4 – p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Masonic Services will be at the funeral home at 7 p.m. followed by an American Legion Poppy Service. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment with Military Rites will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Donations in Speed's memory are suggested to Morocco American Legion Post 146.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2012

Louise E. Haste (1922 - 2009)

Louise E. Haste, 86, of Goodland, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 8:19 a.m., at the Crestmark Health & Rehab Center, Roselawn. She was born April 19, 1922, in Rankin, Ill., to the late Harvey and Grace DeGroot LeWellen. On June 26, 1942, she married Andrew L. Haste, and he survives.
She was a retired factory worker having retired from Better Coil & Transformer formerly in Goodland. She was a member of the Goodland Baptist Church and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafts and taking care of her flower garden.
Mrs. Haste is survived by her husband; one daughter, Andrea F. Bear (husband Vernon), of Martinton, Ill.; one brother, Robert LeWellen (wife Gloria) of Ohio; three sisters, Mary Jane Wells (husband Bill) of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Renska "Rink" Stath (husband Bill) of Mission, Texas, and Joann Elbert (husband Jim) of Georgia; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, one daughter, two brothers and one sister.
Visitation is Saturday, March 14, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 10 a.m. to noon CDT. Funeral services will follow at noon at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland with Rev. Chaunzy Lattimer officiating. Burial will be at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Martinton Church of Christ, Crestmark Health & Rehab or the Harbor Light Hospice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Mar. 10 to Apr. 10, 2009




Daniel Blaine "Danny" Hawkins (1984-2011)

DANIEL BLAINE "DAN" HAWKINS, age 26 of Valparaiso, formerly of Shelby, IN. passed away March 29, 2011 at Porter Hospital, Valparaiso, IN. Dan was born in Rensselaer on December 17, 1984, son of Randy A. Hawkins of Brook and Etha M. (Carter) Hawkins of Morocco, who survive.
Dan was educated in the Lake Village and Lowell Schools. He was an avid collector of Thomas The Train memorabilia as well as Scooby Doo and Batman.
Surviving brothers are Henry Hawkins and Eugene Hawkins, both of Brook, IN.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 12 noon till time of funeral at 3:00 P.M. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. Share memories and offer condolences at www.steinkefuneralhome.com.
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Richard Harwood

            Richard Harwood, 79, of Rensselaer passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at the Jasper County Hospital. He was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Streator, Ill. to Frederick Kahler and Vera (Logsdon) Harwood. He moved to Rensselaer 15 years ago, also having lived in South Holland, Ill.
            He was raised in the Morocco and Lake Village area where he attended school. Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 aboard the USS Northampton. For 45 years Richard was a truck driver with Teamsters Local #142 in Gary and #705 in Chicago. A member of both the American Legion Post #29 and the Moose Lodge in Rensselaer, he was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing horseshoes and euchre. His marriage was in Palos Heights, Illinois on November 19, 1983.          
            Surviving with his wife Janet, of Rensselaer, are five children, Richard F. (Mary) Harwood II, Morocco; Cindy Harwood, Cincinnati, Ohio; Tina Harwood-Schroeder, Lake Village; Sarah Harwood, Crawfordsville; and Adam Harwood, Rensselaer; 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, a brother, Tom Harwood, Bourbonnais, Ill. and a sister, Sharon (Pete) Howard, Pontiac, Ill.    
            Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 10 with funeral services to be held at 6 p.m. Cremation will follow.
            Burial will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family.     
            See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.      
            View online guestbook at myrepublican.info

Rensselaer Republican October 9, 2010

Patricia Jeanne Hayes (1936-2011)

Patricia Jean Haynes, 74, of Brook passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 12:35 p.m., at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was a resident of Brook since 1953, and was born in Sandwich, Ill., on Nov. 20, 1936, to the late Morton L. and Nettie Mae (Davis) Fowler. She was a graduate of Brook High School, Class of 1955. On July 27, 1958, she married John G. Haynes, and he survives.
She was a retired lab technician at George Ade Memorial Hospital and Jasper County Hospital for 38 years. She was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women. She was a past president of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, a member of the Birthday Club, former member of the Hazelden Country Club and a member of the DAR for 35 years and was a past regent.
She enjoyed doing ceramics, quilting, gardening and cooking.
Surviving with her husband John are two daughters, Jeanne Ann (Eric B.) Smith of Overland Park, Kan., and Jill D. (Jay) Cobb of Kentland; one son, Greg J. (Kirsten) Haynes of Lafayette; two sisters, Phyllis (Charles) Reif of Valparaiso and Marilyn Whaley of W. Lafayette; one brother, Charles D. (Charlotte) Fowler of Cleveland, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Andrea Smith and Madelyn and Patrick Cobb.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Larry Fowler.
Visitation is Friday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Funeral Service is Saturday, July 9, at the Brook United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial will take place at the Riverside Cemetery of Brook following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .

Newton County Enterprise July 9, 2011

 

Lois Hensel (1944-2012)

Lois Hensel, 67, of Morocco, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012, at Monroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Fla. She was born in Rensselaer on April 12, 1944, daughter of the late Glenn V. Morgan and Marie I. Grant Morgan. Lois was a lifelong Morocco area resident. She graduated from Morocco High School. In June of 1976, in Morocco, she married David Hensel and he survives.
Lois graduated from
Indiana University and went on to earn her master's degree in nursing from Purdue University. She was an RN and was the school nurse for the North Newton School Corp. for 34 years. While there, she not only bandaged knees, but mended hearts for many children. After retiring, she was the Newton County Step-Ahead Coordinator for several years. She continued to work for many causes for the school, such as being an activist to help prevent bullying in schools. Lois received the Newton County Woman of the Year Award for 2011 given by the Newton County Community Foundation.
Lois was a dedicated member of the Morocco First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and serving on various committees. She was a loyal member of Projects Unlimited, the Newton County Drug Coalition, and other community and professional organizations. She enjoyed being a part of the Newton County Punkin Vine Fair as the Superintendent of the Domestic Arts Building for several years.
Lois enjoyed attending her nieces and nephews activities throughout the years. She enjoyed her fishing trips, her winters in Florida and her getaways with her husband and friends. She was a kind, caring, compassionate person who touched the lives of many people. Her always-present smile will continue to shine in all who knew and loved her.
Lois is survived by her loving husband David Hensel and three sisters, Joyce Fertig (husband: Jerry) of Donovan, Ill., Beverly Bell (husband: Lloyd) of Calif., and Barbara Brown (husband: Russell) of Brook. 11 nieces and nephews and eight great-nieces and nephews also survive. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Marie Morgan and two brothers, Robert and Archie Morgan.
Friends may call Sunday, March 18, from 2-6 p.m. CDT at the Morocco Elementary School Gymnasium, 310 S. Lincoln Street in Morocco. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. CDT at the Morocco First United Methodist Church, 203 S. Clay Street in Morocco. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Morocco First United Methodist Church. Steinke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise March 24, 2012

Roy L. Herath (1937-2010)

            Roy L. Herath, 73, of Edinburgh, Ind., formerly of Brook, passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at his residence in Edinburgh at 12:04 a.m. He was born in Brook on Sept. 26, 1937, to the late Clifford and Gladys C. Light Herath. On Aug. 27, 1959, he wed his wife Barbara Graffert Herath, and she survives. He served in the US Army from 1957-1960, and was a self-employed painter before his retirement. He was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church.      
            Surviving with his wife, Barbara, are one daughter, Heidi U. Whicker of Beech Grove, Ind.; a granddaughter, Brittney M. Herath of Columbus, Ind., and one great-granddaughter, Lainey E. Herath, also of Columbus.
            A graveside service will be held at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh on Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. The Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home, Edinburgh, is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise December 1, 2010

 

 

Don E. Hess

Don E. Hess, 82, passed away on March 24, 2011, in Indianapolis due to heart failure. At his death, he was a resident of Indianapolis, but he spent many years after his retirement in Orr, Minn., as a resident of Ash River Trail Lodge where he loved to fish, boat and enjoy the wildlife and the wilderness in the beautiful boundary areas of the U.S.-Canadian Border.
Hess was a 1946 graduate of Brook High School who went on to serve in the Army, serving in Germany during the Korean War. He had many occupations during his life, which included Pinkerton detective, used car dealer, loan officer for General Finance Corporation, car wash owner, tavern owner and steel mill worker for Inland Steel Corporation.
He enjoyed life and there was really not too much fun that he missed. An avid sports fan, he loved the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Hoosiers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Ethel Hess, and a son, Scott Lee Hess. He is survived by a brother, John (Donna) Hess; a sister, Phyllis McClelland; nieces, Ann Leonard and Jennifer Hess, all of Indianapolis; a grand-niece, Katie (Dan) Center and great-grand-niece, Charley Center of Nashville, Tenn.
At the decedent's request, there will be no calling or services. Internment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Gerts Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Bradley R Hillis

            Bradley R Hillis, 25, of Lafayette, passed away at Regency Hospital in East Chicago on Wednesday, Jan 17. He was born on Dec 26, 1981, in Rensselaer, the son of George S and Rebecca (Moore) Hillis of Lake Village. He had lived in Newton County most of his life.

            He graduated from North Newton High School with the Class of 2007 and received a Business Management Degree from Ivy Tech. He attended the Faith Mission Assembly of God Church at Shelby, Ind. He was employed at the Tru Green Chem Lawn Care of Lafayette for several years.

            He is survived by his parents, sister Amber (Charles) Winebrenner of Roselawn; brothers, Dustin Gary of Lake Village and Cory Hillis of Lafayette; special niece, Elizabeth Anderson of Roselawn; his grandparents, Leroy and Bertie Moore of Oakwood, Ill., and many many friends.

            He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ross and Helen Hillis.

            Funeral services were held at the Morocco Elementary gymnasium on Saturday, Jan 20, with Pastor Jack Virgin officiating and interment followed at the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.

            The Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco was in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise January 31, 2007

 

Peggy Lou Hickman

Peggy Lou Turner Hickman, 75, of Lake Village, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013. Survived by children, Ken (Ginny) Turner of Lake Village, Cheryl Hughson of TX, Cathy (Chuck) Bement of Momence, Keith Turner of CA, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, brother Tom Hughes, LaPorte and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Kenneth Turner, Sr., Dean Hickman and siblings Nancy Brown and Gene Deardurff. Peggy enjoyed gardening, mowing and any work or help she could lend to the farm. Visitation, Tuesday, July 30 from 4-8 with Funeral Services, Wednesday at 11AM. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Rensselaer with Pastor Scott Weinkauff officiating all services. www.sheetsfuneral.com
Newton County Enterprise from July 31 to Aug. 20, 2013

 

 

George S "Sam" Hillis (1946 - 2013)

George S. "Sam" Hillis, 67, of Lake Village, passed away May 25, 2013 as the result of a motorcycle accident in Washington, DC. He was participating in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride honoring U.S. veterans. Sam was born in Gladewater, TX on April 10, 1946, son of the late Henry Ross Hillis and Maragaret Helen (Cooper) Hillis. He was a lifelong Newton County resident.
Sam graduated from Kentland High School in Kentland and went on to serve his Country in the
U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. On March 16, 1978, in Las Vegas, he married Rebecca Moore. He was a bus driver and Network Administrator for North Newton School Corporation. He also owned his own computer business, Sam's Small Time Computing. He was a member of Morocco Masonic Lodge #372, American Legion Post #146, Widow's Sons, Rolling Thunder – Chapter One, and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed computers and riding his motorcycle.
Sam is survived by his loving family: wife Rebecca Hillis of Lake Village; daughter Amber Gary of Lake Village; two sons, Dustin Gary of Lake Village and Cory Hillis of Lafayette; granddaughters: Libby Anderson, Isabella Winebrenner and Audrey Gary; and special granddaughter Zoey Howell. He was preceded in death by: his parents and one son, Bradley Hillis.
Friends may call on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 4 – 8 p.m. (CDT) at the Morocco Elementary School Gymnasium. A Masonic service will be held at the gym on Thursday evening. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. (CDT) at the Morocco Elementary School Gymnasium with Pastor Edwin Bontreger officiating. Interment with military rites will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Donations in Sam's memory are suggested to Rolling Thunder – Chapter One or
your favorite charity . Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco is handling the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise from May 28 to June 27, 2013

Dorothy Ida Hinsky (1912-2011)

Dorothy Ida Hinsky, 99, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Oct. 14, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla., where she has been residing since early 2008.  Born in Lowell, Ind., on April 1, 1912, the seventh of eight children of Dorothea and David Bruckman, she always prided her herself on being an April Fool Baby being born after five brothers.  She attended Lowell High School and married Ray Hinsky of Detroit, Mich., in 1938, where she lived until 1968. 
Never losing her love for Indiana, after Ray retired from Ford Motor Company after 42 years, they moved to Kentland where Dorothy resided until her move to Florida to be closer to her family.  Always known for her keen card sense, Dorothy was a well known figure if a card game could be found. As an officer in the Fifty and Over Club for many years, she enjoyed many friends and was always happy to welcome them into her home.  Dorothy was also known for her quick wit, friendly and outgoing personality and willingness to help others.
Dorothy is survived by her only child, Judith Ann Brown (husband, Reed), three grandchildren, Dawn, Scott and Craig, and their spouses, and four great-grandchildren, all of whom reside in the Jacksonville area. 
The family has requested that donations be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kentland, in lieu of flowers and would like to thank all of her friends who have kept in touch with her during her stay in Florida.
Visitation will be held at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. (CDT). Dorothy's funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. (CDT), followed by internment at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Kentland. 

Newton County Enterprise October 22, 2011

Garry N. Hixson

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Garry N. Hixson, 75, of Kentland, died at 8:45 am, Friday, March 21, 2014 at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center of Brook.
He was born September 12, 1938 in Milford, IL to Al L. and Maxine (Gingerich) Hixson. He graduated from Milford H.S. in 1956 and went on to serve in the United States Army for 3 years.
His marriage of 53 years was to Lyn Lehmann on September 23, 1960, she survives.
Garry had been a resident of Kentland for the past 42 years. He was the manager of Dormeyers Industries in Kentland for several years before owning and operating a machine shop in Wolcott for 22 years, supplying parts for Subaru of Lafayette.
He enjoyed his cats and his work.
Surviving with his wife are his three children; Michael Hixson (wife: Krista) of West Lafayette, Brad Hixson of Kentland, and Beth Berry (husband: Bryan) of Fowler; and his twin brother, Larry Hixson of Clifton, IL. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jordan Berry, Kali O'Dell (husband: John), Brittany Hixson, Cody Lawson, and Michaela and Konnor Hixson.
Friends may call from 2-4 pm (CDT), Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Private family service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center or to the Newton County Human Society.
Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com
Newton County Enterprise on Mar. 26, 2014

                                                                

 

John Francis Hoaks (1935 - 2012)

John Francis Hoaks, 76, of Morocco, passed away at his home on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, after a long illness. He was born in Foresman on Nov. 1, 1935, son of the late Cecil and Lela (Sparger) Hoaks.
A lifelong area resident, John was a tree trimmer and welder until his retirement in 1984. He enjoyed mowing, gardening and watching Nascar. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
On June 27, 2009, John married his companion of 45 years, Georgia Johnson Hoaks, and she survives. Also surviving are seven children: Rick Hoaks of Mt. Ayr, Ron Hoaks (Angie) of South Bend, Rhonda Goad of Indianapolis, Janet (Larry) Ross of Seymour, Steve (Kathy) Johnson of Rensselaer, Elverna Cummings of Seymour, and Cheryl (Jerry) Moore of Morocco. John is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, one daughter, one son and one grandson.
Friends called on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3 – 7 p.m. CDT at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor David Hollis and Deacon Dean Hoaks officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jasper County Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise on Oct. 23, 2012

 

Naomi Ethel Holley (1916-2010)

            Naomi Ethel Holley age 94 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, died on January 1, 2011 at Vitas Hospice Care.      
            Mrs. Holley was born March 10, 1916 to Sarah Ethel Carlock and Clifford Thoretine Carlock of Goodland, Indiana. She was raised by her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hazen of Goodland, Indiana.       
            Married to Morris W. Holley of Kentland, Indiana on August 5, 1936 and he preceded her in death on July 16, 1994. Kentland was their home for fifty five years and they spent winters in Ft. Lauderdale Florida since 1973.     
            Mrs. Holley graduated from Goodland High School in the class of 1935. She worked at Goodland Post Office as a postal clerk from 1936 to 1941. Member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Kentland, Indiana. Her hobbies were antiques and refinishing antiques.          
            Survivors include daughter Joan Holly Hunsberger of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, son Douglas L. Holley wife Linda of Noblesville, Indiana. Grandsons Greggory S. Hunsberger Sr. wife Christie, Byron D. Hunsberger, Britt of Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Granddaughter Tallia M. Holley, Derek. Grandson Tyler D. Holley of Willets, California. Grandson T G Saulmon of Columbus, Ohio. Great grandson Greggory S Hunsberger Jr great granddaughters Sequoia Holley Gambrel and Skye A. Saulmon. Brother Marlon W. Charlock, wife Betty of Brownsburg, Indiana.
            Her two brothers preceded her in death Richard T. Carlock and Woodrow Carlock.
            Naomi was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.      
            A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM with a visitation from 12:00 PM until the service at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland

 

Wayne Holley (1917 - 2009)

Wayne Holley, 91, of Morocco passed away on March 26, 2009 at Lowell Health Care, in Lowell. He was born on Sept. 16, 1917, in Morocco. He was an eighth grade graduate of Newton County Schools. He had been employeed with the Millrite Carpenters Union wheere he retired in 1990. Wayne Holley married Louise Gregerson Northcutt in October 1984. She preceded him in death.
He was affliated with the United Methodist Church of Morocco, Morocco American Legion and also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by daughters, Donna (Wilbur) Doty of DeMotte; Carolyn (Tim) Geller of Morocco; Betty (Ernie) Lebo of Winamac; one son Ron (Mary Gail) Holley of Lowell and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, two wives and one brother.
Friends and family called on Sunday, March 29, from noon til 2 p.m. with services beginning at 2 p.m. at the Steinke Funeral Home, Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Officiating was Rev. Thomas Vance. Interment was at the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
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Published in Newton County Enterprise from Mar. 31 to May 1, 2009   

James E Hollingsworth

            James E Hollingsworth, 80, Goodland, died at 10:03 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            He was bon March 13, 1924, in Benton County, the son of George & Olive C Hagenbaugh Hollingsworth.

            He was a lifetime resident of Goodland/Wadena area and attended Wadena High School at Wadena, graduating in 1942.

            He married Mary Ellen Ellsworth Oct 12, 1944, in Goodland.

            Mr. Hollingsworth served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1944.

            He worked as a welder for NIPSCO for 10 years and also farmed.

            He was a member of Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church and Fowler American Legion Post 57, and was a former member of the Goodland Lions Club. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, welding and mowing the grass.

            He is survived by wife Mary Ellen Hollingsworth of Goodland; three daughters and one son-in-law, Kathleen Clark of Goodland, Mary Lou and Dennis Stinson of Fowler and Teresa Bernier of Goodland, four sons and three daughters-in-law, Steven Hollingsworth of Lafayette, Charles and Donna Hollingsworth of Kentland, Jeff and Joyce Hollingsworth of Kentland and William and Julie Hollingsworth of Goodland; two sisters Katherine Smith of Tuscola, Ill. And Christina Short of Goodland, 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

            He was preceded in death by his parents.

            Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland with a rosary service at 8 p.m.

            Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Goodland with the Rev Robert Bernotas officiating.

            Burial was Saturday in Mt Calvary Cemetery in Goodland.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

            Arrangements were made by Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

 

Alice I Honn (1920-2011)

Alice I. Honn, 91, Brook and formerly of Goodland, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born in Morocco on March 23, 1920 to the late Louis and Pearl Budreau Bachman
Alice Honn, who enjoyed bird watching, gardening and country music, married Lawrence E. Honn on Christmas Eve in 1947. Lawrence preceded her in death on June 25, 1988.
Together the couple had three children who survive, son, David (wife Bonnie) and daughter Juanita K. Sheets (husband Todd), both of whom reside in Goodland. Mrs. Honn is also survived by two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, son Dennis, five sisters and three brothers.
Visitation is Thursday, Sept. 1, from 10-11 a.m., at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Marjorie Egger will officiate the ceremony. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Jasper County Hospital.

Newton County Enterprise August 31, 2011

Marion F. Honn (1929-2010)

            Marion F. Honn, 81, of Brook, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at the VA Illiana Healthcare, Danville, Ill. He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Muncie, Ind., to Harry Ernest and Opal Fay (Lacy) Honn.   
            After moving here with his family he attended school in Mt. Ayr and Brook. Marion was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
            Marion retired from Sears & Roebuck in Rensselaer where he was a mechanic for 26 years. He also had worked in maintenance at Rose Acres in Newton County. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Brook, a life member of V.F.W. Post #1279, the Morocco American Legion Post #146, the Iroquois Conservation Club, and was a 24 year veteran of the Brook Volunteer Fire Department. Marion was an avid race car fan and was a member and past president of the Rensselaer Racing Association.      
            On Sept. 11, 1954, in Kentland, Marion married Betty Jean Richards and she survives.       
            Surviving along with his loving wife Betty are four daughters, Vicki (Chuck) Laffoon, Morocco, Rhonda (James) Gross, Brook, Hedy (Stan) Larson, Rensselaer, IN and Mary Kristin (Jeffrey Floyd, companion) Honn, Brook, Indiana; four grandsons, one great-grandson, two brothers, Lloyd Honn, Lafayette, and Harold (Maxine) Honn, Brook, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marion was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Marie Honn, his parents, one brother and one sister.           
            Friends may call Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 2-8 P.M. CST at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 10:30 A.M.CST with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Brook. Newton County Enterprise December 22, 2010

 

Jason "Hoppy" Hopkins (1976 - 2013)

Jason Lee "Hoppy" Hopkins, 36, of Goodland, died at 1:23 am, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 
  He was born Oct. 26, 1976 in Jasper County to James Hopkins and Cindy (Speed) Shedrow. He attended South Newton High School and was currently studying Mortuary Science at Ivy Tech in Indianapolis. 
  He enjoyed being outdoors, hiking at Turkey Run, shooting guns, fishing, and cherished spending time with his family. 
  He is survived by his parents, James Hopkins of Oregon, and Cindy Shedrow (husband: Gene) of Goodland; two daughters, Destiny Hopkins of Goodland, and Arissa Hopkins of Lafayette; fiancé, Kari Jean Mitchell of Goodland; sisters, Candice Krug (husband: Jason), and Brittnee Swan (husband: Mitch), both of Goodland; and a half-sister, Tera Hopkins of Oregon. He is also survived by his grandparents, James and Velma Speed, and Jerry and Carol Wilson, all of Brook, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
  Friends may call from 3-7 pm (CST), Sunday, Sept, 29, 2013 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland.  Funeral Service there at 11 am (CST), Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 with Rev. Melvin Fenton officiating.  Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
  Memorials may be made to the Jason Lee Hopkins Memorial Fund. 
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Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25, 2013

                                                        

 

Kenneth H. Hotler (1944 - 2009)

Kenneth H. Hotler, 85, of Goodland passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. He was a lifetime resident of Goodland born May 29, 1924, in Jasper County. He was a graduate of Goodland High School Class of 1942, and attended Indiana State University in Indianapolis for two years. He married Maxine E. Rouhier Hotler on Dec. 28, 1946, in Goodland. She preceded him in death Sept. 8, 2000, in Watseka, Ill.
Kenneth served in the U. S. Navy from 1943-1946. He was a retired farmer and also owned and operated the Standard Oil Station in Goodland and the Allis Chalmers Implement for 11 years. He was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland, The American Legion Post #23, Am Vets, and was a former member of the Hazelden Country Club. He bowled on the Goodland State Bank bowling team for several years. He was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears and I.U.
He is survived by his two sons, Ronald J. Hotler of Watseka, Ill., and John G. Hotler of Goodland; one daughter, Kathryn Y. Shedrow (husband Sonny) of Goodland; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Jessie Miller Hotler.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland. Funeral service followed at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial took place at the Goodland Cemetery in Goodland.
Memorials may be made to the Jasper County Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice or the Newton County Council on Aging.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 10 to Dec. 10, 2009

 

 

Arthur V. Howell (1911 - 2009)

Arthur V. Howell, 97, a lifetime resident of Morocco, died at 6:01 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 at the Rensselaer Care Center. He was born May 1, 1911, to Elbert L. and Mary Jane Mutton Howell in Hoopeston, Ill. He attended Morocco High School and graduated in 1929. He also attended Lafayette Business College in Lafayette. He married Thelma L. Warrick on Sept. 14, 1945, in Washington Township. She preceded him in death April 21, 1990, in Rensselaer.
He worked as an exchange repairman for Indiana Bell Telephone Co. for 31 years, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Fellowship of Living Hope, and Telephone Pioneers. He enjoyed raising chickens, sheep and honeybees.
He is survived by one daughter, Donna Kay Howell of Morocco and one son, Damon Lee Howell of Goshen. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 13. Services will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 14, at Fellowship of Living Hope in Rensselaer with Rev. Ed Bontreger officiating. Interment will follow at the Oakland Cemetery, Morocco, on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Arthur and Thelma Howell Educational Fund.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 12 to Mar. 12, 2009

 

 

Sherry A. Hufnagel (1955-2011)

Sherry A. Hufnagel, 55, Goodland, Ind., passed away April 11, 2011.
She was born May 12, 1955, in Richmond, the daughter of Bradford (Bud) and Betty Power (Benton) of Centerville, Ind. Sherry was preceded in death by her mother and a brother Randy Power.
Sherry spent her childhood and young adult life living in Centerville, where she was a 1973 graduate of Centerville High School. She was an employee of Nettle Creek Industries for seven years and was also involved in sports, and very involved with her family.
She married Stephen Hufnagel Sept. 27, 1980, in Elko, Nev. They were happily married for 30 years. They started their family in Grants, New Mexico, where she was a secretary for Chemical Marketing Services. She also ran a successful house cleaning business. In 1998, after living in different states throughout the West for 18 years, Sherry and her family returned home to Indiana, settling in Goodland.
Sherry was employed at ADM/ Co-Alliance in Goodland for 10 years. She enjoyed working with the farmers as well as the truck drivers that came into the elevator.
Sherry loved spending time with her family, gardening, landscaping, working in the yard and designing floral arrangements, also watching her daughters and grandchildren play sports was a favorite thing for her.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen Hufnagel, three daughters Tricia Chapman (husband Eric), Lisa and Ashley Hufnagel of Goodland, her father Bradford Power, brothers Mike Power and Steve Power of Centerville, Ind., and two grandchildren, Caleb and Jacob Chapman. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook, on Wednesday April 13. Funeral Services were at the First Christian Church in Brook, with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Burial took place at Riverside Memorial in Brook.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be made to the Fred. B. McCashland Endowed Scholarship Fund at Brebeuf Jesuit, 2801 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268; or a charity or church of your choice.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook handled the arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise April 29, 2011

Margaret E Hoskins (1918-2012)

Margaret E. Hoskins, 93, of Morocco, passed away Tuesday morning, May 29, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Kentland on July 15, 1918, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Kirsch) Prue. She was a lifelong resident of Newton County.
Margaret graduated from A. J. Kent High School in Kentland with the Class of 1936. On Nov. 22, 1941, in Kentland, she married her husband of nearly 50 years, Ollie James Hoskins. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1991. Margaret was a homemaker and loved being the wife of a farmer. She loved her family dearly, especially her precious grandkids. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland and she had a very strong Catholic faith.
Margaret is survived by two daughters, Joyce (Stewart) Hammel of Morocco, Dr. Janice Mallory of Rensselaer and daughter-in-law Gail Hoskins of Morocco. Eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elizabeth Prue, her husband Ollie Hoskins, son James Hoskins, son-in-law Stephen Mallory and sister Dorothy Murphy.
Friends visited with the family on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 4 – 7 p.m. CDT at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. A Rosary Service was held at the funeral home immediately prior to the visitation at 3:45 p.m. Funeral Mass was Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. CDT at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 409 E. Allen St. in Kentland with Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Donations in Margaret's memory are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise June 6, 2012

Michael K Humphrey, 53

            KENTLAND -- Michael K. Humphrey, 53, of Kentland, died at 11:26 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Integris Seminole Medical Center, Seminole, Okla.

Born Oct. 6, 1956, in Chicago, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Opal Marie Wilson Humphrey.

            On Oct. 1, 1993, he married Sharel Cravens in Watseka, Ill., and she survives.

            Mr. Humphrey was employed at Intx Microbials in Kentland, and had served in the Marines.

            Surviving with his wife are two sons, Shane Humphrey and Shawn Humphrey, and a daughter, Shannah Humphrey, all of Seminole; a brother, Randall Humphrey of Rensselaer; and a sister, Deborah Page (husband: Carl) of Kentland.

            Visitation from 3 p.m. until service time at 5 p.m. Thursday at Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon, Ill., the Rev. Kim Howard officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to donor's choice. Please sign the guestbook at www.knappfuneralhomes.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 24, 2010

 

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Terry David Jackson (1945-2011)

Terry David Jackson was born on Dec. 10, 1945, and died in Fayetteville, Tenn., on Oct. 26, 2011.  Graveside services will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco, on Nov. 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. with fellowship at the Beaver Township Community Center following the service.
Terry is survived by his wife Patty Jackson, son Scott Jackson, daughter Mindy  Mathis, (husband Brian Mathis), six grandchildren, Cody Jackson, Gabrielle Jackson, Hannah Mathis, Sarah Mathis, Katie Mathis, and John Mathis, sister,  Laurie (Jackson) Berry, and  brother Dale Lomax, Jr. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Dale Lomax, Sr. and Ruth Ann Jackson, his step-father Lawrence Jackson, a sister Karen (Lomax) Gibson and son Terry William (Billy) Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the Morocco American Legion.

Newton County Enterprise November 2, 2011

Romulo S Jardenil

            Romulo S Jardenil, 72, M.D.,  of West Lafayette, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at his home.

            He was born Oct 7, 1931, in Jaroiloilo City, Philippines.

            He graduated from the University of Samtuthomas Medical School in the Philippines.

            He married Esperanza L Littua July 17, 1959. She died Dec 29, 1999.

            Dr. Jardenil was a physician at the Purdue Health Clinic Hospital for Students from 1981 until retiring in 1995. He had also practiced medicine in Kentland.

            He was a member of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in West Lafayette.

            He is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Dr. David S Jardenil and Dr Brenda Stenftenagle of Valparaiso and Steve R Jardenil of West Lafayette; and one daughter and son-in-law, Rafaelita and Paul Chew of Ithaca, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Isabella and Allana Jardenil and Marika, Camille and Selena Chew.

            Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel with a scripture service at 6 p.m.

            A funeral mass was conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St Thomas Aquinas Church in West Lafayette with the Rev Father Dan David officiating.

            Burial was in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

Howard C. Jefvert

Howard C. Jefvert, 83, of Kentland, died unexpectedly at 11:15 pm (EDT), June 9, 2014 at I.U. Medical Center, Indianapolis.
He was born on June 10, 1930 in Wadena to the late Carl and Eva (Thornbrough) Jefvert. Howard graduated in 1948 from Wadena High School and is an
Army Veteran having served two years as a Medic during the Korean War. Howard married the love of his life, June Days on September 5, 1955 in Fowler. She survives. Upon returning home to Benton County after his military service, Howard spent the rest of his life farming.
He was very involved with the community and served as President of the Raub United Methodist Church Board. He also was a 61 year member of the American Legion Post #57 in Fowler, Past President and 12 year member of the South Newton School Board, and he served as Treasurer, South Newton Building Corporation for the past 20 years. He was Past Master of the Free and Accepted Masons Benton Lodge # 521 in Fowler, a 5 year Cub Master, and a member of the South Newton Production Company.
Howard enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and he rarely missed having a cup of coffee and friendly conversation in the morning. Above all, Howard especially loved time spent with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife June (Days) Jefvert; 4 children, Mark (Lisa) Jefvert of Earl Park, Michael (Alexander deHilster) Jefvert of Chicago, IL, Michelle (Stuart) Shepherd of Rochester, MI, Maureen (Bryan) Wolf of Tigard, OR; a brother, David E. Jefvert of Fowler; 6 grandchildren, Thomas (Rachel) Jefvert, Brian Jefvert, Matthew Shepherd, Alexa Shepherd, Emma Wolf, and Jacob Wolf; and a great-grandchild, Elizabeth Jefvert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Donald A. Jefvert.
Friends called from 4 pm – 7 pm (CDT), Monday, June 16, 2014 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland with Masonic service beginning at 3:45 pm. Family and distant out of town guests called from 9 am – 10 am (CDT), Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the funeral home. Funeral Service were at 11 am (CDT), Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Raub United Methodist Church with Pastor Chris Kosary officiating. The church is handicapped accessible with an elevator. Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, Kentland. Military rites will be rendered by American Legion Post #57, Fowler. Memorial contributions may be given in Howard's name to the Raub United Methodist Church. Share memories and online condolences at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise on June 19, 2014

 

                          

Robert L. James

Robert L. James, 33, of Evansville, Ind., passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at his residence.
Robert worked in construction and was skilled at working with his hands. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed making jewelry.
He is survived by daughters, Rose and Riley James of Watseka, Ill.; mother Linda Escott and her husband Joseph of Kansas City, Kan.; father Larry James of Watseka, Ill.; sister Jessica James of Troy, Ohio; uncles, Joseph Zickmund and his wife Charith of Chicago, and James Zickmund and his wife Connie of El Paso, Texas, and numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, John and Loretta Zickmund and an uncle, Jack Zickmund.
Private services and burial will be held at a later date in Morocco, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Foundation for AIDS Research 120 Wall Street (13th Floor) New York, NY 10005-3902.
Condolences may be made online at
www.browningfuneral.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from July 9 to Aug. 9, 2009

 

 

Eva F. Johnson

            Morocco – Eva F. Johnson, 90, died at 11:02 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 1994 in St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

            Mrs. Johnson taught in Morocco and the surrounding area for eight years and was a homemaker.

            Born Jan. 14, 1904 in Morocco, she graduated from A.J. Kent High School in Kentland and attended Madam Blaker's Teachers College in Indianapolis. She lived in Chicago and Donovan, Ill., then moved back to Morocco in 1958. She married Oliver J. Johnson on May 24, 1930. He died in 1962.

            Mrs. Johnson was a member of First United Methodist Church in Morocco and No-Why Bridge Club.

            There are no immediate survivors. She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

            Friends called on Sunday, July 10 for one hour prior to the 3 p.m. funeral service at Lang Funeral Home in Morocco. Rev. Dewey Findley officiated. Interment was in Beaver Cemetery.

Morocco Courier Dated July 12, 1994

James G. Johnson (1932-2011)

James G. Johnson, 78, of Inverness, Fla., passed away at his home on Oct. 1, 2011. He was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Watseka, Ill., to the late Gilbert and Jessie L. (Wright) Johnson. His first marriage was to Alberta Stowers in Sheldon on Feb. 2, 1952. He later wed Mary Grimes in Watseka on April 11, 1992.
James served in the U.s. Air Force during the
Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Church of Christ and the American Legion. He farmed for many years, and worked at T&D Metals for 10 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Pamela German of Sheldon and Sandy (John) Laffoon of Kentland; on son, Gary (Mary Lou) Johnson of Milford, Ill.; eight grandchildren and either great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon, Ill., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post 23 and the Iroquois County
VFW Post 7450 at the Sheldon Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Watseka American Legion Post 23

Newton County Enterprise November 2, 2011

Marlin L. Johnson (1934-2011)

Marlin L. Johnson, 77, of Kentland, died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Sheldon Healthcare of Sheldon, Ill.
He was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Watseka, to the late Glenn and Neva (Wockner) Johnson. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1952.
His marriage was to Shirley Kindig on Aug. 22, 1954, in Kentland. She survives.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland and Watseka Elks Club; he served on the Darrow Elevator Board of Directors for several years, and was past president of the Sheldon School Board.
He farmed his entire life, and lived on a farm south of Sheldon prior to moving to Kentland.
Marlin loved watching his grandchildren's sporting events and was an avid sports fan; he also enjoyed wintering in Florida, and playing tennis and bridge.
Surviving with his wife are three children; Ross Johnson (wife: Deborah) of Sheldon, Rhonda Hendee (husband: Brett) of Tampa, Fl., and Teresa Welsh (husband: Jeff) of Goodland.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandson and four step-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Friday, June 24, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, June 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland with Pastor Ed van Wijk officiating. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery of Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marlin's name to Trinity United Methodist Church, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or the South Newton Athletic Association.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

Robert A. Johnson (1923 - 2013)

Robert A. Johnson, 90, of Hobart passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013. He was born on March 18, 1923, in Donovan, Ill., to the late Arno and Ruth Johnson. He was a graduate of Donovan High School. He was a Northwest Indiana area resident since 1941, and was formerly of Morocco.
Robert was a member of the Hobart First United Methodist Church and Choir and the Chorus of the Dunes. He retired from the EJ and E railroad in 1985 after 42 years of service. Robert served his country in
WWII in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 146 in Morocco, Indiana.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie M. Johnson (nee Scamihorn) of Hobart; two sons, Keith E. Johnson of Porter and Richard A. (Steven Engles) Johnson of Chicago; one brother, Warren (Bud) C. Johnson of Morocco; five grandchildren, Bradley, Blake, Benjamin, Sara and Christopher and two great-grandchildren, Camden and Quinn.
He was preceded in death by his son, Mark A. Johnson, one grandson, Brandon and one sister, Shirley R. Forberg.
Funeral services are Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart. Burial will follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Visitation is Friday, April 12, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel. Call (219) 942-2109 or visit us online at
www.Reesfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 12 to May 12, 2013

Charlotte Jones (1930-2011)

Charlotte Jones, 80, of Kentland, died at 3:58 p.m., April 14, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Health Care of Brook.
She was born July 28, 1930, in Vandalia, Ill., to the late Elmer and Pearl (Sanders) Fleming. She attended Brookston High School.
Her marriage was to Russell Jones in 1948. He preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2009.
Mrs. Jones was a member of the Pythian Sisters of Kentland.
She worked at the Bell Telephone Company, Kenny's Pharmacy, and as a receptionist for Dr. Kay's veterinary clinic. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family and cooking.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas L. Jones and Robert A. Jones (wife: Lisa), all of Kentland, and a sister, Dolores Hooker of Lafayette.
Also surviving is a grandson, Cristian Jones, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. (CST) until the time of service 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Rev. Ed vanWijk to officiate.
Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association .

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Elsie L. Jones (1925-2010)

            Elsie L. Jones, 85, of Morocco, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 13, 2010 at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. She was born in Brook on Oct. 19, 1925, daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Honn) Moline.           
            Elsie was a lifelong area resident and graduated from Brook High School. She was a member of the Lake Village Presbyterian Church, where she played the organ for several years. She was a homemaker and also worked for several area factories and was a caregiver in her later years. Elsie loved the Lord. She also loved music and spending time with her family.  
            Surviving are her children, Lester D. Laffoon of Morocco, Karen (Mrs. Billy) Harris of Brook, Kevin (wife: Cynthia) Laffoon of Rensselaer, and Brian (wife: Lorrie) Laffoon of Lake Village. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.    
            Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Lloyd H. Laffoon, second husband Donald M. Jones, brother Everett Moline, daughter-in-law Karen Laffoon, grandson Derrick Harris and great-grandson Elijah McCoy.           
            Friends may call Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 3 P.M. until 7 P.M. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Lake Village Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jay Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery of Brook. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society . Steinke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise December 15, 2010

Rodney L. Jordan (1963 - 2013)

Rodney L. Jordan, 49, of Kentland, passed away at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, Indianapolis, at 3:27 pm, Sept. 9, 2013.  Born Nov. 3, 1963 in Rensselaer, he was the son of Richard & Helen Jordan. He was a 1981 graduate of Rensselaer High School, Rensselaer, and honorably served in the U. S. Army  from 1982 - 1988. He enjoyed motorcorss, truck & tractor pulls, mud drags and was an avid gun shooter. He enjoyed watching his grandkids play in different sporting events. He was a member of American Motorcycle Association.
He married Julie A. Speed on Sept. 7, 1991 in Tennessee and she survives. Survivors include one son Kenneth Honn Jr., Lafayette, two daughters, Tiffinee Honn, Kentland, and Lance Corporal Meghan Jordan, Hawaii, three grandchildren, Gabreyelle McWilliams, Reece Honn and Mason Honn, and five sisters.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m.  until time of service at l0 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, Indiana. Burial will be at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.

Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, 2013

Geneva Justice (1923 - 2009)

Geneva Justice, 86, of Kentland, passed away at 11:36 pm Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 in the emergency room of the Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Ill. 
Born July 22, 1923 in Jackson, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Wed and Viola (Rowe) Risner, and lived in Newton County most of her life.
On Jan. 25, 1941, she was married to Stephen Justice and he preceded her in death.  Mrs. Justice was a former employee of Dormyer Industries in Kentland and was a homemaker.  She enjoyed gardening and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Surviving are her children, Crystal Justice-Krug (husband Warren) of Birdseye, Ind.; Sally Wetli (husband Donald) of Boswell; Stephen Justice (wife Linda) of Henderson, Nev.; Terry Visser (husband Tom) of Kentland; Dianne Windler (husband Larry) of Fowler; and Deborah Morgan (husband Dennis) of Kentland. Two sisters also survive; Farisee Slusher and Betty Mullins. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Velma, one brother and one sister.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. CST at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland.  A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at 11 a.m. CST, the Rev. Ed Van Wijk of the Trinity United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorials to the Spina Bifida Association with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left by visiting
www.stitzfuneralhome.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 11, 2009 to Jan. 11, 2010

 

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Mildred Louise Kapsch (1913 - 2010)

Mildred Louise Kapsch, 97, of Kentland died June 27, 2010 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.  Born March 8, 1913, in Hammond, to the late Louis and Hulda Kurth Doege. She had also resided in Gary and Roselawn. Mrs. Kapsch married Maximillian Peter Kapsch on Aug. 31, 1940, in Crown Point, and he preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Tolleston PTA, Naval Seabee Auxilary and Lutheran Ladies Auxilary of St. John's Lutheran Church of Tolleston.
Mrs. Kapsch is survived by a daughter, Maxine Harris (husband Richard) of Kentland, a brother, Elmer Doege (wife Ruth) of Fallon, Nevada, sister-in-laws, Violet Doege of Valparaiso, Dorothy Doege of Bradenton, Fla., and Sandra Doege of Dunedin, Fla., grandsons, Richard Harris III (wife Vicki) of Green Bay, Wis., Robert Harris (wife Rhonda) of Hartland, Wis., and Donald Harris,with whom she resided, (wife Linda) of Kentland, great grandchildren, Max, Sierra, Brandon, Brianne, Brittany and Payne.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur Doege, Franklin Doege, Louis Doege, Herbert Doege, and Walter Doege, and a sister Dorothea Schmidt.
A visitation will be held Thursday, July 1, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) at the Stitz Clapper Funeral Home, Kentland.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Sacred Heart CPTO. 
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 30 to July 30, 2010

Earl Harvey Karr (1915-2011)

Earl Harvey Karr passed away Sept. 14, 2011, in Wildomar, Calif. He was born June 2, 1915, in Donovan, Ill., and raised in Brook.
Mr. Karr is survived by six children, David Karr, Margaret Karr, Colleen (Karr) Saunders, Mark Karr, Eal Karr, Dwight Karr and 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Paddy. He served 22 years in the Marine Corps, retired CWO2, served in World War II and Korea. Mr. Karr attended college, graduating with a B.S. in sociology and became a juvenile probation officer and director of the youth guidance center in Orange County, Calif. He saw on son off to Vietnam and two grandsons to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is sorely missed by all who knew him and by his family most of all.

Newton County Enterprise June 13, 2012


Jim D. Kay (1933-2011)

    Jim D. Kay, 77, of Clanton, Alabama died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 in Cherokee, North Carolina.
    He was born February 10, 1933 in Morocco, Indiana to the late Milton William and Blanche May (Purdy) Kay. He graduated from Morocco High School and attended Arkansas State University.
    He served in the United States Army for twenty-two years, with two tours in Japan, a tour in Korea, and three tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the "Outstanding Military Citizen of Georgia" award for his commitment to community service.
    He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion. He was active in Lions Clubs International, and previously served as district governor for Lions Club chapters in Georgia and Alabama. While a resident of Florida, he was elected mayor of the town of Oakland. Jim especially enjoyed family reunions, traveling, gardening, and his cats.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, Dorothy A. Savoie Kay, he is survived by their five children: Steve Kay and wife, Dot, of Thomson, GA; Bill Kay and wife, Susan, of North Augusta, SC; Michael Kay and wife, Paige, of Smithfield, NC; Judy Pair and husband, Mike, of Birmingham, AL; and Joe Kay and wife, Linda, of Noblesville, IN. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, January 24, 2011 at Morocco First United Methodist Church in Morocco, Indiana, with Pastor Greg Wagoner and Pastor Greg Nobles officiating. Interment will follow at Morocco Cemetery.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Alabama Lions Sight Conservation Association, Inc., 700 18th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35233.
    Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland is in charge of arrangements
Newton County Enterprise January 27, 2011

Bethel L. Kendall (1931-2010)

            Bethel L. Kendall, 78, of Morocco passed away June 19, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Bethel was born Nov. 11, 1931, daughter of the late Kenneth and Lovella (Hauser) Starnes. She was a lifetime Morocco area resident and attended the Morocco Public Schools. She married Richard L. Kendal in Lafayette on Nov. 19, 1949. He died May 8, 2005. Children surviving are Gwenda L. (Rutledge) Morrison (Mrs. Ron), Catherine L. Grant (Mrs. Craig) and Richard Kendall (wife, Linda) all of Morocco, Thomas L. and Penny Freeland Kendall of Montmorenci and James L. Kendall of Indianapolis. There are 13 grandchildren and 10 great - grandchildren also surviving. Siblings who survive are James Starnes and Myrtle Fleming both of Florida and Jeanette Hall of Morocco.

            Friends may visit with the family on June 22, from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Memorials in Bethel’s memory may be made to Newton County Historical Society or to that of donor’s choice. Interment will be at a later date at Prairie Vine Cemetery in rural Newton County. Newton County Enterprise June 23, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall

Curtis "Calvin" Kindig (1925-2011)

Curtis "Calvin" Kindig, 85, of Kentland, died at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 03, 2011 at Freedom Village Healthcare Center in Bradenton, Florida.
He was born November 21, 1925 in Kentland to the late Curtis and Reba (Whaley) Kindig. He graduated in 1943 from A.J. Kent High School.
His marriage was to Margaret Ann Lawrence on July 20, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Brook. She survives.
Calvin lived in the same house on the Kindig family farm for 80 years, and farmed all of his life.
He was the Past Director of Community State Bank of Brook and Newton County Farm Bureau, and was a member of Hazelden Country Club, Trinity Church, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Kentland.
Mr. Kindig enjoyed golf, bridge, Purdue basketball and football.
Surviving with his wife are four children, Steve Kindig (wife: Suzie) of Brook; Karen Robinson (husband: Robb) of Alpharette, Georgia; Sherry Zaunick (husband: Ed) of Chesterfield, Virginia; and Larry Kindig (wife: Delinda) of Greenfield; and four sisters, Margaret Stonecipher, Evelyn McMullan, Virginia Simons (husband: Jim), and Shirley Johnson (husband: Marlin) all of Kentland.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Evan, Kyle and Elise Kindig, Kelly Robinson, and Grant, Greg and Garrett Zaunick.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Friday, April 8, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. (CST) Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed vanWijk officiating. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery of Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association .
Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com
Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

 

Mark Alan King (1979-2012)

Mark Alan King, 32, of Kentland, died at home on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
He was born Dec. 3, 1979, in Watseka, Ill., Donna Reifel and Bud King. He had attended and graduated from South Newton High School in 1999. He had been a lifelong resident of Kentland.
Mark enjoyed playing guitar, spending time with his two children, family and friends.
He is survived by his parents Tom and Donna Reifel and Bud and Judy King. He is also survived by his two children, Damon and Maryssa, along with four brothers and three sisters; Rob King, Stacey Schuh, Brandy Ladd, Stacy Wussow, Tommy Reifel, Andy Weishaar, Chris Weishaar, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers Bob Hall and Bill King, grandmother Betty King, and cousins Gene Hall and Chad Wetli.
Friends may call from 4-8 pm (CST), Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Service at 11 a.m. (CST), Friday, Jan. 27, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Father Robert Bernatos to officiate. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Kentland.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Damon and Maryssa King Trust that has been set up at Fowler State Bank of Kentland.
Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservice.com.

Newton County Enterprise January 28, 2012

Robert V. King (1926 - 2013)

Robert (Bob) V. King, 87 of Midland, Mich. passed away peacefully Friday Oct. 4, 2013 at Meadow View Manor in Saginaw Michigan. He was born July 7, 1926, in Goodland, son of the late Wilbur and Mary Reid.
Bob is survived by his four children, Cindy King of Saginaw, Mich., Kendal King of Reno, Nev., Robert King of San Diego, Calif., Rebecca Bowersox of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla and his granddaughter, Rachel Bowersox of Ponte Vedra Beach,Fla.  He is also survived by his brother Billy Jo Reid, sister Bonnie Green and sister Joan Flink as well as his loving companion Colleen Van Conett of Saginaw, Mich. 
As a Dixieland Jazz Musician, Bob played with The Renaissance Jazz Band, starting in 1980, and continuing for over 30 years, up until he retired from playing at the age of 84. With the Renaissance Jazz Band, he played at the nationally famous Bix Beiderbecke and San Diego Jazz Festivals, as well as many other regional and state jazz festivals. He also played approximately 20 years with the Epsilon Jazz Band of Petoskey, Mich., the Back Room Gang of Traverse City and New Reformation of Saginaw. He also played with the Blast From the Past Big Band in Midland. Bob began playing with a small swing combo, 3 Hits and a Miss, in Indiana where he grew up. Throughout his career as a musician  he was known for his strong lead cornet playing, creative ideas, excellent solo work and swinging vocals. He raised the level of performance of every group he played in and was much loved by his fellow musicians and many fans. 
Bob worked for many years as the local Jewel Tea Co. salesman for the greater Midland area. His favorite hobby was restoring classic cars.  
His many names included Robert, Huey, Dad, Daddy and Papa. 
In lieu of a traditional service, a Dixieland celebration memorial service will take place in the spring or early summer at a Midland venue. The Renaissance Jazz Band and other area musicians will perform a concert in memory of Bob and his love of dixieland music. The memorial will be open to friends, family and fans. 
Newton County Enterprise from Oct. 12 to Nov. 9, 2013

 

 

Dorothy Lillian (Sullivan) Kissinger (1917 - 2010)

Dorothy Lillian Sullivan Kissinger, 92, a lifetime resident of Kentland died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 at the Hearth of Avon, in Avon, Ind. She was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Kentland to the late John W. and Emma Swygman Sullivan. Mrs. Kissinger was a 1935 graduate of A.J. Kent High School, Kentland. She married Bill Nugent in 1935, and he preceded her in death in 1969. Her second marriage was to Herman Peters in 1970, and he preceded her in death in 1973. Her last marriage was to W. Otis Kissinger in 1979, who preceded her in death in 1991.
Mrs. Kissinger was a former Newton County Clerk and she also managed the Hazelden Country Club in Brook for several years. She was a Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 23 and the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland. She was also a member of the VFW Post 1008 of Tucson, Ariz.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Winifred Nugent of Brownsburg, Ind.; a brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Fay Sullivan of Kentland; five grandchildren, Cindy Reishus, Julie Moore, Timothy Nugent, Lisa Ross and Mike Nugent; a neice, Mary Ann Sullivan and two nephews, David Sullivan and Calvin Sullivan; a sister-in-law, Ruth Nugent Ingles; a stepdaughter; nine great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Nugent; a brother, John H. Sullivan; a grandson, Gabriel Nugent; and three stepsons, Steve Peters, Stephen Kissinger and William Kissinger.
Visitation is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, from 4-7 p.m. at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home, Kentland. Funeral Services are Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland with Rev. Ed van Wijk officiating. Interment will be at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society and the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland. www.stitzfuneralhome.com

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 9 to Mar. 9, 2010

Danny J. Klemz Sr. (1961-2011)

    Danny J. Klemz Sr., 50, of Brook passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. He was born Jan. 4, 1961, in Crown Point to the late Allen J and Carol J. (Molden) Klemz. On Sept. 1, 1989, he married Brenda L. Hough in Kentland, and she survives.
    Danny was a retired maintenance man for PerPak Corp., where he worked for 13 years. He was a member of the ABATE motorcycle club and enjoyed his motorcycle and scrapping.
Surviving with his wife are one son, Danny J. (Stacey) Klemz Jr. of Roselawn; four daughters, Jennifer L. (Eric) Bisby of Monticello, Cheryl L. Klemz, Amber M. Klemz, and Lisa Klemz, all of Brook; two brothers, Dale (Shiela) Klemz of Valparaiso, Allen (Penny) Klemz of Lake Village; three sisters, Brenda (Bill) Nolan of Chesterton, Tina Vought of Lowell and Debbie (Dave) Kastendieck of Arkansas and four grandchildren.
    Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook with Rev. Ken Marsh officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook
Newton County Enterprise February 19, 2011

John Peter Nicholas Knapp

            John Peter Nicholas "Crankshaft, Rawhide" Knapp, 80, of Fair Oaks, passed away early Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at his residence. He was born in Roselawn, on Jan. 12, 1930 to Wilma (Zable) and Peter Knapp, both deceased.           
            John was a US Army veteran serving from 1952-1954. On Sept. 21, 1957 he married Janeth Clinton, who survives. John was a farmer, a former school bus driver for North Newton School Corporation and owner of J & J Gas & Grocery. He was a member of The Roselawn American Legion and Izaak Walton and a charter member of Lincoln Twp Fire Department.
            John is survived by his loving wife, Jan; Daughters, Angie (Mike) Reese, DeMotte; Annie (Chris) Rowland, Fair Oaks; Nya (Greg) Price, Lake Village; Bobbi Jo (Todd) Sammons, Rensselaer; Jonna (Troy) White, Rensselaer; and Cricket (Larry) Duranleau, Fair Oaks; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.       
            Also survived by sisters, Zenet Knapp-Schissler, Louisville, Ky. and Freida Moser, Austria
            Preceded in death by his parents and sister & brother in law, Lydia and Bill Atkinson.         
            Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Jackson Funeral Service, 200 Third St. SW, DeMotte. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at Jackson Funeral Service, DeMotte, with Ron Gann officiating. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn.     
            Memorials may be made to Lincoln Twp Fire Department or Jasper County Hospice.         
            Also see www.jacksonfunera.com     
            View online guestbook at myrepublican.info. Rensselaer Republican September 30, 2010

Joan L. Knochel (1931-2012)

Joan L. Knochel, 80, of Lafayette, and long time resident of Kentland went to be with her Lord at noon on Monday, March 19, 2012, with her husband at her side. 
She was born Dec. 30, 1931, in Watseka, Ill., to the late Sidney and Emma (McClure) Mote.  She graduated in 1949 from Auburndale High School in Florida and also from Watseka High School in Illinois graduating with two diplomas.
Her marriage was to Dale Knochel on June 4, 1950, in the Watseka United Methodist Church.  He survives.
Joan helped her husband on the family farm in Kentland, where they lived until moving to the Lafayette area in 2002.
Mrs. Knochel was active at the Kentland United Methodist Church and was most recently a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church.  She is also a member of the Newton County Extension Homemakers Club.
She enjoyed wintering in Bradenton, Florida for several years where she was very involved in Christian Retreat activities.  She was an avid bird watcher and was an excellent seamstress and artist, drawing illustrations for books.
Surviving with her husband are her children, Cynthia Gonzales (husband: Thomas) of Denver, Colo., Charlotte Mette (husband: Christopher) of Green Bay, Wis., Christian Knochel (wife: Susan) of Kentland and Charles Knochel (wife: Kimberley) of West Lafayette. 
Joan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Tracy Coussens, Sean Knochel, Jonathan Mette and her six great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (EST) Thursday, March 22, in Dayton United Methodist Church (7201 Wesleyan Drive, Dayton, IN  47941) and also from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23.  Rev. Mike Dominick to officiate.  Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made to Physiocare Hospice of Lafayette or the Gideon's Bible Fund.
Share memories and online condolences at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2012

Arvel D. Koon (1922-2011)

Surrounded by family, Arvel D. Koon passed away peacefully on June 7. Born May 1, 1922, in Brook, he was the youngest of five children. Growing up, Arvel began a lifelong love affair with cars. Arvel joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and retired as a first Sergeant after 21 years of service.
He married his love Nadezda (Daisy) in 1946 and their union produced a son J.B. and a daughter Lana Jo. After retiring from the Corps, he managed Mission Bowl in Oceanside, Calif. He then later came to Kansas City, Mo., to manage King Louie West before beginning a second career with the Kansas Dept. of Employment, from which he retired in 1984. Arvel and Daisy traveled the country for many years, eventually returning to Kansas City to be closer to their family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four older brothers. Arvel is survived by his wife of 64 years, son J.B. (wife Shirly), daughter Lana Jo (husband Chris) and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation took place at McGilley-George Funeral Home, Belton, on June 18, from 3-4 p.m., with a Memorial Service and reception taking place immediately after. An Internment Ceremony with full military honors took place Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. at the Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Contributions suggested to Grace Hospice of Kansas City or the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be made at mcgilleygeorgebelton.com.

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

Mary M. Krueger (1922-2011)

Mary M. Krueger, 89, of Morocco passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at 3:55 p.m. at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was born March 26, 1922, in Morocco to the late Bert Logan and Goldie Edna Burrows Brown. On July 1, 1939, she wed Henry A. Krueger in Kentland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1977, in Brook.
Mary was a retired office worker at George Ade Memorial Hospital for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Morocco Literary Club and was a charter member of Morocco Projects Unlimited.
Mary was a talented artist, working in oil and water colors. She also helped with drawing for the Newton County Historical Society coloring books.
Surviving are one daughter, Dianne M. Castongia of Rensselaer; one son, Harold (wife Marilyn) A. Krueger of Morocco; one sister, Bonnie (husband Lon) Skinner of Kentland; five grandchildren, Eric Castognia and John (wife Arlene) Castognia, Hayden Krueger, Bryan Krueger and Renee Sier; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, one sister and one brother.
Visitation is Friday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Morocco with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Rev. Gregory Waggoner is officiating. Internment will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or the First United Methodist Church of Morocco.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise September 30, 2011

Melinda L. Krug (1962 - 2009)

Melinda L. Krug, 47, of Goodland, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She was born in Brook on March 26, 1962, to the late Edward W. Nevitt and Joyce L. Nevitt, who survives. She graduated from South Newton High School in 1980, and married Shannon L. Krug on April 25, 1981, in Goodland. He survives.
She worked as a deputy clerk in the Newton County Clerk's office for 10 years. She was a member of the American Legion Post #668 of Kentland and the Republican Women's Association. She enjoyed riding with her husband on their motorcycle, camping and yard work.
Melinda is survived by her husband, Shannon; one son, Travis W. Krug (wife Courtney) of Fowler; one daughter, Brooke Krug at home in Goodland; mother, Joyce Nevitt of Goodland; two sisters, Belinda B. Williams (husband John David) of Shelbyville, Ind., and Margie Williamson (companion Rob Sigo) of Fowler; and one grandchild, Payton Krug.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Visitation was Sunday, May 17, 2009, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland, from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral services were Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Internment followed at the Goodland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the donors choice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 27 to June 27, 2009

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Chris Elaine LaCosse

http://ak-cache.legacy.net/legacy/images/Cobrands/ncenterprise-info/Photos/b20cf1fb-fc66-46ee-8564-b3875f5e0d74.jpgChris Elaine LaCosse, 52, of Morocco passed away Wednesday morning, April 28, at her home in Morocco after battling cancer for over eight years. She was born in Rensselaer, a daughter of Evaleen (Watt) Couch of Kentland and the late Bernard L. Hanger. Chris was a lifetime Morocco area resident and a 1975 graduate of North Newton High School. On Nov. 29, 1975, in Morocco, she married the love of her life, Jeffrey "Jeff" Dale LaCosse. He survives.
Chris began her working career at Willow Slough Game Preserve, and then became a stay-at-home mom to love and nurture her family. She began substitute teaching, which she grew to love. This led into her graduating from IU Northwest in Gary with a teaching degree. She never quit continuing her education and was a teacher at Tri Creek School Corporation in Lowell since 1988. She was a member of Morocco First United Methodist Church.
Chris had battled cancer for many, many years and was on the American Cancer's National Poster. She was very active in the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life and the People to People Ambassador Program, which led to travel around the world.
Surviving are her husband, Jeff; mother Evaleen Couch of Kentland and children, Matthew Ryan LaCosse (wife, Sunshine) and Holli Kristan LaCosse, all of Morocco. Six grandchildren survive; Autumn, Bailee, Hunter and Hayden LaCosse, and Brock and Brooklyn Mackey, all of Morocco. Also, surviving are a brother, Scott Hanger (wife, Nikki) of Lake Village; three sisters, Sally Conn of Brook, Susan Voight of Lake Village and Lorrie Swartz (Mrs. Kenny) of Fair Oaks. Her father preceded her in death.
Friends may visit with the family Friday, April 30, from 2 until 8 p.m. at the Morocco Community Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 1, at 11a.m. at the Morocco First United Methodist Church, Reverend Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment follows at Prairie Vine Cemetery in rural Newton County. A scholarship fund honoring Chris' memory is being established and memorials are suggested to be given to this fund. Proper envelopes were available at the visitation, funeral service or at Steinke Funeral Home. To offer online condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 7 to June 7, 2010

Lillie Mae Lade

            Lillie Mae Lade passed away at her residence on Tuesday, February 7 at 11:18 p.m. She has been in ill health for three weeks, her death being due to natural causes.

She was born in Morocco, Indiana on January 13, 1922 to Kenneth and Lovella Hauser Starnes. She was formerly of Morocco, having moved to Attica in 1951. She attended school at Morocco and was a solderer at R.M.C. here. She was a member of the Christian Church at Morocco and Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 3318.

            She was married to Cecil M. Lade on October 16, 1941 in Kentland, Indiana. Surviving besides husband and mother, who resides at Morocco, are one son, Richard, of Attica, one daughter, Mrs. Donald or Mary Grubb of Attica, two brothers, Simon Starnes of Lafayette and James Starnes of Tampa, Florida, four sisters, Mrs. Floyd or Jeanette Hall of Morocco, Mrs. Ralph or Ruby Schultz also of Morocco, Mrs. Bob or Myrtle Fleming of Tampa, Florida and Mrs. Richard or Bethel Kendall of Morocco.

            Other survivors include four grandchildren.

            One son, Jake, preceded her in death.

            Services are scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Maus Funeral Home in Attica with      Reverend Don Green officiating. Internment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Attica.

            Friends may call from 3:00 to 5:00 and from 7:00 to 9:00 on Thursday. A Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post memorial service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. (1978) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Bernard W. Laffoon (1929 - 2012)

Bernard W. Laffoon, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at 2:55 a.m. in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Bernard lived in Raub since 1977 and worked in Kentland at the car dealership as a mechanic for several years. He also worked in Brook at the Brook Farmer Supply. He married Rebecca L. Zenor on Feb. 27, 1971 in Morocco, and she preceded him in death on May 8, 2005 in Watseka, Ill. He served in the
Army in Germany at the end of World War II.
Surviving are three sons, Dana L. Laffoon and Kevin W. Laffoon, both of Raub, Steve W. (wife Sharron) Laffoon, Ft. Worth, Texas; two daughters, Vina A. (husband Robert) Lanie, Fowler, Pam Van Derveen; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5-7 p.m. (CST) at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, with funeral services held on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. also at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, with Rev. John Huff officiating.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14, 2012

David W. Laffoon (1954-2011)

David W. Laffoon, 56, of Goodland, Ind., passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at 8:44 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital in Lafayette. He was a resident of Goodland for 37 years. He was born May 19, 1954, in Rensselaer to the late Charles E. and Dorothy M. (Turner) Laffoon. On Sept. 16, 1972, he wed Debra L. Jensen in Kentland, and she survives.
He was plant manager at Powell Systems in Fowler, working there for 32 years. He was a member of the Goodland Community Church. he was an avid Chicago Bears football fan and Purdue.
Surviving with his wife Debra are one son, David W. (Wendy S.) Laffoon of Goodland; one daughter, Stacey (Carlos) L. Wicker of Lafayette; three brothers, Chuck (Vicki) Laffoon of Morocco, Donnie (Mary) Laffoon of Goodland and Roger (Laura) Laffoon of Raub; two sisters, Christine Senesac of Goodland and Diane (Charles) Voris of Goodland; and four grandchildren, Ashly, Bradly, Kayly Laffoon and Emma Wicker.
Visitation was Tuesday, April 19, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service followed at the funeral home at 7 p.m. with Rev. David Mueller officiating. Internment to take place at the Goodland Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society .

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Sherman "Marvin" Laffoon (1920-2011)

A humble, quiet man who loved his family above all else, died peacefully on May 6, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marie "Toni" Laffoon, daughter Mary Ann Carnevale, son-in-law Dan Caputo, Jr. and preceded in death by his daughter Dorothy Caputo. He leaves behind five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ty grew up in Newton County, IN. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII and in 1944 he married the love of his life, Marie. They moved to Redwood City where they raised their two daughters. Ty left the service as a master sergeant. He trained others in airplane maintenance and when the war ended he went to work for Pan American Airlines, where he was employed until the mid 1970s. In retirement Ty and Toni enjoyed square dancing, traveling the world, and spending time with their longtime neighbors and friends. In 2001, they moved to San Jose to be closer to their daughters' families. Services have been held.

Newton County Enterprise May 18, 2011

 

Pearl Lambert

Pearl Lambert, 87, of Sheldon, Ill. died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 at 8:08 a.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.

She was born April 29, 1910 in Brook to David and Stella (Dewey) Heistand.

She married Gail W. Lambert, Sr. on April 9, 1926 in Iroquois who preceded her in death on Aug 13, 1955.

Survivors include three sons, Richard Lambert of Milford, Gordon Lambert of Watseka and Gail Lambert, Jr. of Sheldon; three daughters, Shirley Prater of Watseka, Helen Gipson of Morocco and Arlene Bear of Kentland; 36 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers; three sisters and three sons.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov 12 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home of Sheldon.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov 13 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Norman Kao officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sheldon Cemetery in Sheldon.

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor's choice.

Submitted by Susie Hall

Earl D. Lane (1929-2010)

            Earl D. Lane, 81, of Brook passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 at Clarian Arnette Hospital in Lafayette. He was a lifetime resident of Brook, born April 19, 1929 in Morocco. He was a graduate of Brook High School, Class of 1948. On Oct. 12, 1950, he married Lois I. McCarty Lane in Hammond, and she survives. 
            Mr. Lane was a retired farmer and also worked for Farm Bureau Co-op for two years. He was also a courier for the Kentland Bank in Kentland. He was a member of the Brook United Methodist Church, served as treasurer for the Brook Conservation Club and was also a past president of the American Cancer Society of Newton County. Earl was an avid fan of Purdue Women's Basketball team, holding season tickets. He was also a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He was proud of the fact he played basketball for the Brook High School in the 1940's. He and his wife were both active in the South Newton High School Production Company for many years.       
            Surviving with his wife are two sons, Robert D. ( Connie) Lane of Brook and Thomas L. (Chris) Lane of Dyer; two daughters, Susan M. (Chris) Knochel of Kentland and Rita G. (Tony) Valasquez of Dyer; two sisters-in-law, Alice Baker and Maria Lane; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.           
            He was preceded in death by his parents, Artie I. and Leona G. Bassett Lane, four brothers and two sisters.           
            Visitation was Monday, Aug. 30, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Internment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
            Memorial contributions may be made to the Brook United Methodist Church of the Iroquois Conservation Club.

Newton County Enterprise September 2, 2010

 

Leonard Joseph LeBeau (1916-2011)

Leonard Joseph LeBeau was born Jan.y 10, 1916, to Edward LeBeau and Dorilda Brouillett LeBeau in Marshall, Minn. He lived a full life and was deeply loved by his family and friends. Lenny joined our Lord on March 5, 2011, with the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Bernadette Muller LeBeau, by his side.
Lenny graduated from the Elgin Watchmakers College in 1940 and was the owner of LeBeau Jewelers, Kentland, Ind., for 42 years. He continued repairing watches through his 95th birthday. He was a registered jeweler and a member of the American Gem Society. He was also a past president of the Indiana Watchmakers Association. He was a member of the American Watch and Clockmakers Institute holding the title Certified Master Watchmaker. He was also a member of the Florida Watch and Clockmakers Association and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
A World War II veteran, Lenny served in the United States Army from 1941 - 1945. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater with the 113th Ordnance Company. During his time in service, Lenny was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with Bronze Star, the American Theater Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Lenny received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr in 1983. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus third and fourth degree and was also active in Rotary Club and his neighborhood Catholic Church.
Lenny is survived by his wife Bernadette, his brother Edward LeBeau, his daughter Pamela Jones (Mike), son Thomas LeBeau (Carol), daughter Margie Hobbs (John), daughter Mary Erwin (Jim), daughter Janet Godshall (David), son Richard LeBeau (Angie), and son Edward LeBeau (Karen). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. All will deeply miss the wonderfully kind, loving and gentle-hearted man they knew as husband, father, and grandfather in their lives.
Lenny was preceded in death by his parents, brother Virgil LeBeau, sister Lucille Jackson Halbur, and brother Bernard LeBeau.
Visitation was held at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, Largo, Fla., on Wednesday, March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport, Fla., at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10. Please visit www.mossfeasterlargo.com for more information.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Johanna H Lehmann

            Johanna H Lehmann, 93, of Watseka, Ill., died Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth, Ill. She was born March 10, 1914, in Milford, Ill., to Philipp and Peterke Luecht Scherf (both deceased). She married Clifford Lehmann April 28, 1935, in Schwer: he passed July 13, 1986.

            She was a homemaker who enjoyed knitting, tatting and oil painting.

            She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine Thomas of Florida; Lyn and Garry Hixson of Kentland; Harleen and Clay Luther of Olney, Ill; Brenda Lehmann of Mahomet, Ill.; Sandra Lehmann of Mansfield, Ill.; Donna and Wayne Anderson of Sheldon, Ill., and Debra and David Kohl of Anderson, Ind.; brother Raymond Scherf of Orlando, Fl., sisters, Marie Garrelts of Milford, Ill., and Louise Bruens of Watseka, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers, one sister and one grandson.

            Funeral service and burial will be private.

            Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

            Please sign the guest book at www.baierfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

 


Margaret Mary "Peg" (O'Brien) Limp (1904-2010)

Margaret Mary "Peg" O'Brien was born December 8, 1904 in Martinton, Ill., to the late Thomas and Bertha (Nagaley) O'Brien. Peg moved to Kentland at the age of nine.
In February of 1929, Peg married Henry "Doc" J. Limp. Doc had a dental practice in Kentland until his death in 1969 at the age of 73.
Doc and Peg had two children, Thomas E. Limp and Ted A. Limp. Ted died July 1974 during a mountain climbing expedition in South America (Ted never married or had children). Peg inherited Sharpe's store from Ted who had purchased it in 1963. Peg sold Sharpe's in 1988, but continued to work there until moving to California in 2000.
Peg was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and playing bridge. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Canada and Hawaii.
Peg is survived by her son Tom and his wife Norma (residing in Tucson, Ariz.), four grandchildren, Lynne (Redondo Beach, Calif.), John (Tucson, Ariz.), Janet (Valencia, Calif.) and Karen (Redondo Beach, Calif.), their mother, Margaret (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and her five great-grandchildren, David, Nicholas, Emily, Mitchell and Victoria.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, July 1, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Kentland, with interment of ashes at the cemetery
afterwards.
Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements

Newton County Enterprise June 22, 2011

William J. "Bub" Linback Jr. (1986-2011)

William J. "Bub" Linback, Jr., age 25, of Goodland passed away Friday, April 22, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Ind. He was a former resident of Brook and Rensselaer. William was born Jan. 20, 1986, in Rensselaer to William Linback Sr. and Martha (Bacewic) Linback.
William was a 2005 graduate of Rensselaer Central High School. He most recently was employed at Nelson Farms in Brook. He previously was employed for six years with Farm Builders.
On Sept. 12, 2009, in Wolcott, Ind., William married Heather Corning who survives. William and Heather were very excited about the upcoming birth of their baby, due Oct. 9, 2011.
Surviving are his loving wife Heather, his parents, William and Martha Linback Sr., Brook; one brother, Joseph James Linback, Brook; paternal grandparents, James and Gloria Linback, Remington; Heather's parents, James and Joy Corning, Rensselaer; sister-in-law, Brittany Corning and grandmother-in-law, Arlene Minter, Rensselaer.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer Thursday, April 28, from 2-8 p.m. CDT. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel Friday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. Burial will follow at the Goodland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.

William A Lindahl, 88

    MOROCCO -- William A. Lindahl, 88, of Morocco, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Jasper County Hospital Alternacare.
    Born June 12, 1922, he was the son of the late John and Mary Winslow Lindahl. He attended school in Mt. Ayr and was a lifetime Newton County resident.
    On Oct. 17, 1947, he married Opal Hoover. She died in September 2001.
    He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Morocco Methodist Church. He worked for the Newton County Highway Department for more than 35 years, retiring in 1995.
    Mr. Lindahl is survived by his son, John Lindahl of Tyler, Texas; two daughters, Charlotte Gotreaux of Sellersburg and Emma Boezeman (husband: Donald) of DeMotte; and a sister, Almedia Deardruff of Morocco.
    Services are Tuesday in Morocco.
Lafayette Journal Courier February 21, 2011

Carrie Evelyn (Murphey) Linduska (1915-2012)

Carrie Evelyn Murphey Linduska, 96, of Morocco, a fifth generation descendant of John Murphey, the Founder of the Town of Morocco, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Jasper County Hospital Alternacare. She was born in Morocco on March 24, 1915, daughter of the late James C. and Frances Bower Murphey. She graduated from Morocco High School with the class of 1933. Carrie was a lifelong Morocco resident. On Sept. 8, 1940, she married John Linduska. He preceded her in death in November 1984.
Carrie was an accountant and tax preparer, having received her training at
Indiana University. She was a dedicated member of the United Church of Morocco and a member of the Daughters of American Revolution. Carrie loved all things in nature: birds, deer and also the ever-changing landscapes of the four seasons. She also enjoyed going to garage sales, preparing taxes, keeping in touch with her high school classmates, her church and her many friends and family.
Carrie is survived by many great-nieces and nephews and her favorite companion, her dog Quincy. Preceding her in death were her sisters Agnes Bertram, Nora Harris, Gertrude Swanson, Bethel Murphey and brothers James Elwood Murphey, Oscar Murphey and Glenson Murphey.
The family received visitors on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Funeral services followed at Noon with the Reverend Thomas Vance officiating. Internment will follow at Oakland Cemetery of Morocco. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise March 24, 2012

Marjorie A. Long

Marjorie A. Long, 89 of Brook, Indiana, passed on June 12, 2014 at ll:50  pm, at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center, Brook, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Ira J. & Etta M. Lacy Honn. Marge was married on February 15, 1942 in Kentland, IN to the late Russell E. Long. Marge was a cook at the former George Ade Memorial Hospital, Brook, IN for 5 years and was a waitress at Hazelden Country Club, Brook, IN for 23 years. She babysat for many children in the Brook
area, all of which called her lovingly "Grandma Marge". She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed doing needle point. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Brook, IN
Marge is survived by 3 daughters,Diane Riegle, Bonnie Whitaker, (husband, Karl) both of Brook, IN and Julie Carroll, (husband, Tony), Rensselaer, IN. Grandmother of 8. Great Grandmother of l4 and Great Great Grandmother of l. Also surviving is 2 sisters, Catherine Willi, (husband, DeWayne), Sydney, OH and Joan Riegle, (husband, William), Kentland, IN. and a brother, Alfred Honn, (wife, Cheryl), Atkin, OH. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters and l Brother.
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at ll:00 am at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, IN, with Richard E. Gerts, officiating, with interment at the Riverside Cemetery, Brook, IN. Memorials may be given in her memory to the charity of donors choice.
Published in Newton County Enterprise on June 19, 2014

                                                      

 

Sarah Blanche Loveall (1919 - 2012)

Sarah Blanche Loveall, 92, of Morocco, passed away Friday evening, July 27, 2012, at Jasper County Hospital. She was born in Morocco on Aug. 28, 1919, daughter of the late Albert R. and Florence C. (Edmunds) Deardurff, and was a lifetime Morocco resident. Following high school she attended Kankakee Business College for two years. On Jan. 12, 1944, in Kankakee, Ill., she married Forrest T. Loveall. He preceded her in death in 1994.
Sarah was employed by Per Pak for 20 years, retiring in 1992. She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Morocco. She was a member of the Ladies Aid, Bunco Club and Senior Citizens.
Children surviving are Dale E. (Lynn) Loveall, Dean "Denny" (Carol) Loveall, Donald R. Loveall and David L. Loveall, all of Morocco and Dolly (Ken) Gymwrek of Hobart; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, daughter, Diane S. Baker, daughter-in-law, Darlene Loveall and granddaughter, Kayla Raeann Loveall.
Visitation was 10 a.m. (CDT) until time of funeral service at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 31, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church on East Walnut Street in Morocco. Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Morocco. Arrangements by Steinke Funeral Home.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from July 31 to Aug. 30, 2012

 

 

Donald L Lutes Sr

            Donald L Lutes Sr., 85, of Roselawn, passed away on Friday, March 2 at the St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point.

            He was born May 29, 1915 in Monon and had lived in Lake County, Earl Park, Ind., and Black Forest, Colorado.

            He was married in 1963 to Lona Cory, who survives at home.

            He was retired from Inland Steel after 44 years of services. He was a member of Inland Steel’s 25 Year Club and was the last surviving founding father of the United Steelworkers Local #1010.

            He was an avid pigeon fancier and was a member of the Frontrange Pigeon Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

            He also was a past judge for the International Federation of American Homing Pigeon Fanciers, Inc.

            Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Donald (Joyce) Lutes Jr. of Griffith and Robert (Henri) Lutes of Highland; three daughters, Roberta (Joe) Kormendy of Lowell, Karen (mike) Kors of Highland and Judith (Bill) Kohler of Hammond; one step-daughter, Liane Griffith of Crestview, Florida; one step-son, Michael Roush of Lowell; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Myrtle (Kellogg) Lutes, two brothers and a sister.

            Visitation was held Sunday, March 4 at the Lang Funeral Chapel in Lake Village.

            Funeral services were held Monday, March 5 at the Lang Funeral Chapel, with Reverend Ken Locke officiating.

            Burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.

 

 

Lona Lutes, 86

            Lona (nee Cory) Lutes, 86 of Roselawn,  died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept, 29, 2001 at her residence.

            Born Dec. 10, 1914 to James H and Katy (Broaderick) Cory, in Morocco, she wed Donald L Lutes on Jan. 17, 1963 in Lake County. He preceded her in death in March of this year.

            Mrs. Lutes retired from Hammond Valve, where she was a machine operator for 20 years. She was also an avid antique collector.

            Survivors include one son, Michael Roush of DeMotte; one daughter, Liane Griffith of Crestview, Fla.; one brother Malcolm Cory of New Albany; two sisters, Myra DeGroot of Hammond and Mary Cody of Crown Point; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and one sister.

            Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 at the Land Funeral Home in Morocco. Funeral services were held at same at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct 2, with Rev. Charles Hamby officiating. Interment followed at the Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.

 

 

Robert T. Lyons (1925 - 2013)

Robert T. Lyons, 87, of Goodland, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 12:15 a.m., at the Monticello Assisted Living & Healthcare. He was born March 4, 1925, in Goodland to the late Chester Bill and Mary A. Thayer Lyons. He was a graduate of Goodland High School with the Class of 1943. He was a retired farmer.
Mr. Lyons was a former member of the Griggs United methodist Church.
Surviving are one nephew, William McMurtrie of Lafayette, Ind.; two nieces, Janice (John) Inman of Monticello, and Susie (Kelly) Good of W. Lafayette; and great-neices and newphews, Joshua McMurtrie, Oliva McMurtrie and Anna Good.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Joan McMurtie (John).
Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland from 10-10:30 a.m. A Memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland with Rev. Jack Scott officiating.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14, 2013

Robert E Lyons, 70

            BROOK -- Robert E. Lyons, 70, a lifelong resident of Brook, died at 6:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at his residence.

            Born March 22, 1940, in Rensselaer, he was the son of the late Everett A. and Louise B. Barns Lyons.

            He graduated from Brook High School in 1958, then completed a two-year aviation program at Purdue University. He received a bachelor's degree, then a master's degree in vocational education, both from Indiana State University.

            Mr. Lyons was a farmer and also taught aviation technology and mechanics at Vincennes University.

            He was a member of Brook United Methodist Church and Iroquois River Pheasant Forever, and was habitat chairman. He was a trustee for Brook Library and Iroquois Conservation Club, and was a board member of Community State Bank and Indiana Aquaculture Association. He was on the Iroquois Township Advisory Board and was declared River Friendly Farmer of the Year.

            He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

            Surviving is his companion, Martha Render of Brook.

            Also surviving are a niece, Cindy Kiel (husband: Matthew) of Dallas; 2 nephews, Steve Bodwell (wife: Suzanne) of Seattle and Brent Bodwell of Independence, Ore.; and 2 great-nephews, Jack and Ben Kiel, both of Dallas. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Myrna L. Bodwell.

            Visitation 5-7 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Service there at 1 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, Steve Bodwell officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Iroquois Conservation Club or Winamac Fish & Wildlife. Lafayette Journal Courier October 13, 2010

 

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William C. McCormick, 87

            KENTLAND -- William C. McCormick, 87, of Kentland, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at George Ade Memorial Health Care, Brook.

            Born May 1, 1923, in Benton County, he was the son of the late William J. McCormick and Loretta Benner McCormick Brown. He graduated from Earl Park High School.

            In 1966, he married Mary Lou Tarr in Newton County, and she survives.

            Mr. McCormick worked at the Kentland post office for 39 years, and also sold farm insurance.

            He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Knights of Columbus and Lions Club. He enjoyed sports and was a bookkeeper for Cassidy's softball team.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, William J. McCormick (companion: Michelle) and Rex McCormick (wife: Joann), both of Kentland; and a sister, Frances Williams of Fowler.

Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

            Friends may call 5-8 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home, Kentland. Services there at 11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Lafayette Journal Courier August 13, 2010

 

Helen Ramona Smith McCormick

            Helen Ramona Smith McCormick, 93, of Westland, Mich., formerly of Raub, died at 2 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Westland Convalescent Center, Westland, Mich.

            Born July 9, 1912, in Brook, Ind., to the later Fletcher and Bertha Keckler Smith, she was a graduate of Raub High School in Raub. She also graduated from the Cook County Nursing School.  

            She married Wilson J. McCormick on March 3, 1935, and he preceded her in death in 1968.

            Mrs. McCormick was a Registered Nurse licensed in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Wayne, Mich.; Eastern Star of Remington, R.N. Club and other civic organizations. She enjoyed traveling and fishing.

            Survivors include, one son, Jerry McCormick of Westland, Mich.; one daughter, Sue Ann McCormick of Sun City, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

            She is preceded in death by one brother, Paul Smith, and one sister, Emma Smith Rush.

            Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. CST April 26 at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland.

            Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. CST Thursday, April 27, at the Raub United Methodist Church in Raub with the Rev. Jack Snell officiating.

            Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

            Memorials may be made to the Raub United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise April 26, 2006

 

Dorothy C McGraw (1912 - 2009)

Dorothy C. McGraw, 97, of Lafayette, formerly of Goodland, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 10:27 p.m. at St. Anthony Healthcare. She was born on Jan. 30, 1912, in Newton County to John L. and Katherine F. Bower McGraw.
She graduated from Goodland High School in 1929, and attended St. Mary's at Notre Dame for two years. She received her Batchelors degree at Youngtown University in Ohio.
She was a fourth grade teacher at the Goodland Elementary. She retired after 45 years of teaching in 1977. Dorothy was a member at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church; Altar Rosary Society Indiana State Teachers Association and was a former member of the Newton County Welfare Board.
She enjoyed china painting and playing scrabble. She also had a spelling bee award given out in her name.
She is survived by one sister, Agnes M. Snyder of Lafayette with whom she lived; one sister-in-law, Florence McGraw of Goodland and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lillian Downes and Anna Scheets, and two brothers John and Gerald McGraw.
Visition is at Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland on Friday, Feb. 20, 4-7 p.m. with Rosary Service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb 21, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Robert Bernotas, Rev. Joseph Bruetsch and Rev. Daniel Gartland officiating. Internment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cementary in Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Newton Elementary Spelling Bee Fund or
American Cancer Society

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 20 to Mar. 20, 2009

Dorothy M. McKee (1915-2010)

            Dorothy M. McKee, 94, of Rossville, Ind., passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 at 7:20 a.m. at the Milner Community Health Care in Rossville. She was a three year resident of Lafayette and 23 year resident of Rensselaer. She was born Nov. 20, 1915, in Culver, Ind., to the late James L. "Red" and Alice F. Fry McKee. She was a graduate of Goodland High School in Goodland in 1934 and attended one year of extended college courses.           
            Dorothy worked in Rensselaer for Sears Roebuck & Co. as an audit manager. She also worked in Brook and Kentland at the United Telephone Co. as an operator, and for three years in Rensselaer at the nursing home as a receptionist.    
            She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lafayette and was a member of the Pythian Sister for over 50 years. She was a former member of the Professional Business Women's Club of Rensselaer. Dorothy enjoyed traveling.       
            She is survived by one sister, Barbara N. (Robert) Nulph of Rossville; one brother, David K. (Pat) McKee of Rockledge, Fla, and several nieces and nephews.      
            Visitation for Dorothy McKee was Thursday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook. Funeral services followed with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery of Brook.           
            Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the charity of donor's choice.

Newton County Enterprise October 7, 2010

 

Leonard Calvin McClatchey (1927-2011)

Leonard Calvin McClatchey, 84, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Ill. He was born June 7, 1927, son of the late Harry Zeno McClatchey and Ellen (Whaley) McClatchey. Friends may call on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco, Pastor Larry Klingler officiating. Interment will follow at Buswell Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2011

Wayne E Mahaffey, 83

            Wayne E Mahaffey, 83, of Kentland, died at 6:55 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at George Ade Memorial Nursing Home Center in Brook. Born July 12, 1923 in Effingham County, Ill., to the late Wanton and Blanche Griffith Mahaffey.

            He was in the United States Navy, serving as the ship’s cook with the Seabees from July 19, 1943 to November 10, 1945.

            He was married to Rita Mathew on June 12, 1951 in Watseka, Ill. And she died April 13, 2000. Mr. Mahaffey was self-employed in Newton County, later retiring from the city of Ocala, Florida in 1985.

            Surviving are one daughter Linda, one sister, Wanda Lupke of Brook, and a step-daughter, Jean Molter, husband, Tom of Fowler. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by one daughter, Diane, one brother, Wyatt Mahaffey and one sister, Jane Walkup.

            Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on Friday, March 16, 2007, at Windler Funeral Home, Fowler, with funeral at 1 p.m. EST Rev Tom Carlson officiated. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Fowler.

            Memorials to George Ade Nursing Home Center. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

 

Susan Lynn Mailloux (1961 - 2013)

Susan Lynn Mailloux, age 52, of Irving, TX, and formerly of Remington, died on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at Grapevine, TX, due to injuries sustained in a rock climbing accident.
Susan was born on July 7, 1961 in Urbana, Ill.. She was the daughter of Richard J. and Joanne (Lynch) Mailloux. She graduated from Tri County High School in 1979 and worked at her parents' cable TV services in Kentland before moving to Texas. In Texas she worked for Time Warner Cable.
Susan was an avid rock climber and loved all extreme sports.
Surviving are her parents, Richard J. and Joanne Mailloux of Williamsport; son Josh Johnson, serving in the US Navy in Roanoke, VA; two brothers, Steve Mailloux of Williamsport, with his children Lauren, Alison, and Skyler, and Scott Mailloux (wife: Diane) of Goodland, with his children Lindsey, Wesley, and Caitlin
Susan was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Henry and Frances Lynch and paternal grandparents, Elmer and Stella Mailloux.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Tippecanoe Memory Garden with service times announced at a later time. Online condolences may be made at
www.gradyfuneralhome.com.

Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25, 2013

                                                                                      

 

Robina Marshino (1924 - 2013)

Robina H. Marshino, 89, of Kentland, died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.  Born April 5, 1924, in Terre Haute, to the late Frank H. and Helen J. Wilson Bishop, she was a 1942 graduate of Whiting High School, Whiting.  She married James H. Hunley, Sept. 19, 1942 in Hammond and he preceded her in death April 2004 in Bloomingdale.  She married William F. Marshino, April 1, 1977 in Folkston, GA. and he preceded her in death August 23, 2012, in Brook.
 She was an avid bingo and card player, enjoyed going to the gambling boats with her sons, and loved being with her grandchildren.  Surviving are her two sons, James Hunley,(Shirley, companion) Cedar Lake, and Thomas Hunley, Bloomingdale, one daughter, Lori A. Deno, (husband, Douglas) Rensselaer.  Grandmother of eight and great grandmother of several little ones, and one sister, Irene Liskey, Griffth.  She was preceded in death by three sisters.  
Visitation  10 - 11 a.m. (CDT),  Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook, with services at 11 a.m. (CDT), with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Internment at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Goodland. Memorial contributions to the charity of donors choice.

Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22, 2013

 

 

Grace L. Martin (1940 - 2013)

Grace L. Martin, 73, of Morocco, passed away Sunday morning, May 26, 2013 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center surrounded by her family. She was born in Oxford, IN on January 26, 1940, daughter of the late Harry C. and Ruby (Yarno) Hamelman. On April 12, 1959 she married Richard Martin. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2011.
Grace owned and operated the downtown Texaco station in Morocco for several years. She also worked as a waitress at the Lunch Box restaurant in Morocco and as an activities assistant at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. She was a member of the United Church of Morocco and the United Church Women's Fellowship. She enjoyed puzzles and playing cards.
Grace is survived by her loving family: three daughters: Brenda (Dave) Mayotte of Watseka, IL, Holly Goddard of Fowler, and Valerie (Bob) Dawson of Morocco; three sisters, Cignora (Rex) Lee of Texas, Pat Kinkade of Kentucky, and Veronica Senasac of Fowler; and one brother, John (Dina) Hamelman of Delphi. Eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband Richard and a daughter, Elizabeth.
Friends may call on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Vine Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the
American Diabetes Association . Share memories and condolences online at SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise from May 28 to June 27, 2013

Helen N “Hallie” Martin

            Helen N “Hallie” Martin, 89, Morocco, passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2005 at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She was born Nov. 15, 1915, in Ambia, Ind., the daughter of Maynard and Melissa (Pellam) DeWitt.

            Hallie was married Feb. 22, 1953, in Springfield, Tenn., to Harold C. Martin, and he preceded her in death in 1987.

            Helen had been a Morocco resident since 1966 and had also formerly lived in Raub. Hallie was a retired homemaker. She and her husband were formerly the owner/operators of the Hilltop Tavern in Morroco. Hallie also was a former Star Route Mail Carrier and she was formerly a cook at the Kentland Post House.

            Hallie was a member of the Morocco American Legion Auxiliary.

            Survivors include one daughter, Mary K (Roger) Emmrich of Morocco; one son, Bill McConnell of Punta Gorda, Fla., two brothers, Bill (Claudia) DeWitt of Hoopeston, Ill., and James “Pete” (Vivian) DeWitt of Salem, Ore.; three sisters, Vivian (Tony) Nelson of Brook, Jennie Klutzke of West Lafayette and Thelma “TeLou” (Dick) Townsend of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Donna, Gregg, Joni and Toni, all of California, Melinda of Michigan and Angie and Mikki of Kokomo; and several nieces and nephews.

            Hallie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, Maynard DeWitt, two sisters, Edith Thomas and Millie Honn, and two daughters, Margaret Schuh and Vivian Killman.

            Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. CST Nov. 7 at the Lang Funeral Home in Morocco.

            Funeral services are at 11 a.m. CST Nov. 8, also at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jack Snell officiating.

            Interment will be in the Fowler Cemetery.

            Contributions in memory of Hallie Martin may be made to the Newton County Community Foundation.

November 9, 2005

Richard L. "Dick" Martin (1939-2011)

Richard L. Martin of Morocco passed away at home on Thursday, March 31, 2011. He was born to Kate and Robert Martin on March 29, 1939. On April 12, 1959, he married Grace Hammelman. She survives.
He was employed by the Town of Morocco for 18 years. Formerly he owned the Downtown Texaco in Morocco. Richard was an avid fan of racing, especially Dale Earnhardt and Dick Potts.
Surviving along with his wife Grace are three daughters, Brenda (Dave) Mayotte of Watseka, Ill., Holly (Rick) Goddard of Morocco, Val Juhl (fiancé Bob Dawson) of Morocco, his mother Kate Rains of Brook, two brothers, Jerry Martin of Florida and Ron (Donna) Martin of Rensselaer, a sister, Joyce (Dick) Neibert of Morocco, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth, father (Robert), step-father (Grady), and brothers Bob Martin and Owen Martin.
Services will be held at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel on Monday, April 4, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. The funeral will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Jeffrey “Jeff” Mashino 

                Jeffrey “Jeff”Mashino passed away at his home on Jan. 16, 2011.
                He was born on May 27, 1957, to Donald and Betty Mashino. He lived in Morocco, Ind., until 1994, moving then to Loveland Colo.
                Jeff installed vinyl siding and windows since 1975, was the VP of Style Craft Home Improvement and since 1994 was the owner of JM Siding.
                He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, particularly Harleys, racing with longtime friend Pete in the AMRA, and created my68flh.com for motorcycle news and resources.
                Jeff loved music, and he played drums throughout his life. He played at many functions with friends over the years. He also enjoyed having a nice lawn and vegetable gardening.
                One of Jeff's passions was military veterans and volunteering at the Associated Veterans Club in Loveland.
                He served as commander of the Sons of the American Legion for five years, revitalizing the membership to one of the largest in the state, was the curator for historical relics at the club, a member of the historical preservation committee and a key person in the Veterans Day festivities.
                He was also the current second vice for SAL Post 15, junior vice commander of the SAL for the state of Colorado, and chairperson of the House Committee for the Associated Veterans of Loveland.
                Surviving family members are his life partner, Dawn; mother, Betty DeSilva and husband Al; children, Bradley Mashino (Desiree), Kirk Mashino (Emily), as well as Duke (Judy), Kelsey, and Brandon. Jeff was Papa to Kassie, Keegan, Kole, Jaden, Skye, and Trey. Brother Ron Murphy (Phylis), sister Linda Lintner (Steve).
                He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Mashino.
                Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Allnutt Funeral Home. A reception at the Associated Veterans Club from 3-5 p.m.
                The family requests memorial contributions to the Associated Veterans Club in place of flowers.
                A special thank-you to Dr. Diana Medgyesy and all of the nursing staff at McKee Medical Center who cared for Jeff, especially his private nurse Kels. Reporter Herald Loveland, Colorado January 17, 2011

Julia Florence (Haas) Meade, 88

            Julia Florence (Haas) Meade, age 88, of Raub, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Watseka Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Watseka, Ill.

            Born Oct 27, 1918 in Raub to William and Anna (Brown) Haas, she was the fourth generation in her family born in Raub. Her great-grandparents were from County Caven Ireland and arrived in the U.S. in 1833 and walked from NYC to Raub.

            She was a graduate of Raub High School and St Vincent Nursing School in Chicago. After she completed nursing school she joined WAITS, Women’s Air Corp, Instrument Technicians in Florida, where they installed instrument panels for the p-38 lightening planes in World War II.

            She married Michael Meade in 1948 in Kentland, he died in September 1999. She was the postmistress for the Raub Post Office during the 70’s and 80’s and sold real estate for Burge Realty for 10 years. She was a member of the St Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, Kentland American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Ladies Home Economics Club of Raub.

            Mrs. Meade was a caretaker, she took care of her family and her father and some other extended family members. She also took care of the Raub area children, she would host weinie roasts in her backyard, and would take kids fishing and read them stories. She cared about the children in her community.

            Surviving are sons Bill (Avis) Meade of Mt Prospect, Ill., John (Christine) Meade of Vancouver, BC Canada, and Chuck (Rose) Meade of San Antonia, Texas; sister Clara “ Sally” McAllister of San Rafael, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by daughters Tresa and Patricia Meade.

            Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m., with a 4 p.m. Rosary service, on March 16 at McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on March 17 at St Joseph Church, Kentland. Rev Robert Bernotas celebrated the Mass. Burial was at St Joseph Cemetery, Kentland.

            Memorials may be made to St Joesph Catholic Church, Kentland. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

Carolyn (Favre) Mercer (1930 - 2010)

Carolyn Favre Mercer passed gently and sweetly into eternal life on Jan. 1, 2010 with her husband at her side.
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Carolyn was born to Robert and Gwendolyn Favre on March 31, 1930. She attended Public School 84, Broad Ripple High School, Lindenwood College in St. Charles, MO and Butler University, BA 1952.
In 1954 she married Victor H. Mercer, D.D.S. and they were blessed with 55 happily married years together, welcoming two children, Victor Jr. and Diana (Steve Sherman). In addition to her husband and children, Carolyn is survived by her two grandsons, Gregory and Christopher Mercer, and her sister, Judith Ann Favre.
Carolyn is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, a life member of St. Margaret's Hospital Guild, Beta Beta Latrian, and Trailing Arbutus Garden Club. She was President of the Women's Auxiliary to the Indianapolis District Dental Society and President of the IU Dental Faculty Wives' Club. She organized and served as volunteer head of the Indianapolis District Dental Society Northeast Dental Clinic which provided free dental care to residents courtesy of volunteer dentists.
In 1990, they moved to Palm City, Fla., where they spent 15 happy years. They spent 25 summers at Lake Wawasee. In 2005, they returned to Indianapolis.
Carolyn and Vic have been members of Northminster Presbyterian Church since 1964 and Palm City Presbyterian Church in Florida. They treasure the presence of Jesus Christ in their lives and His saving grace.
The family wishes to thank Romnee Clark, MD and Steven Neumann, MD at the Indiana University Medical Group for their wonderful care during her illness, and for the loving home care provided by the Ruth Lilly Hospice of Clarion.
Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Jan. 5, 2010, with a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Jan. 6, both at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd., East Drive, Indianapolis. Burial took place at the Murphy Cemetery in Morocco on Jan. 7.
Visit
http://tinyurl.com/yap9bjv to celebrate Carolyn's life and legacy.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church or to the Ruth Lilly Hospice.
Gerts Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 5 to Feb. 5, 2010

Herschel (Pete) Merriman

Lake Village

Herschel (Pete) Merriman, 78, of Lake Village, IN passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 1996. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; one son, Milton (Marge) Merriman of Wheaton, IL; one daughter, Sandra Houston of Lafayette; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one step-son, Gail Vansickle of Marion, IL; two step-daughters, Carolyn (Marvin) Goldberg of Fountain Hills, AZ and Michele (Robert) Timm of Park Forest, IL; three step-grandchildren, April and Kelly Timm of Park Forest, IL and Brett Loren Rensch of Fountain Hills, AZ; one brother, LaVerne Merriman of Morocco. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Paul Merriman.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave. Lowell, IN, Pastor Fred Zaugg officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Village Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Merriman was a retired Rural Letter Carrier and Sign Artist. He was a member of the American Legion Post #375 and Grange #2386 of Lake Village, IN. He was educated in Morocco Schools, served in World War II with the 3501 Army Air Force Unit where he graduated from Radio Electronics and Radar School and became a Radar Instructor. www.nwi.com

LaVerne Keith Merriman Sr. (1925-2012)

LaVerne Keith Merriman Sr. passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Provena Covenant Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was born in Morocco on July 22, 1925, to the late Earnest Merriman and Dollie White Merriman.
He served in World War II in the Navy. He loved old tractors and trains.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters, Linda (Jim) Bingham of Newark, Ill., LaVerne (Debie) Merriman of Joliet, Ill., Connie (Rick) Potts and Ernest (Shonda) Merriman both of Morocco, and Jim (Amanda) Merriman of Lake Village; and companion Edwina Collins of Morocco.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held March 30, at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

Newton County Enterprise April 6, 2012


Fern M. Miles (1918-2011)

    Fern M. Miles, 92, of Brook passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. Formerly of Rensselaer, Fern was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Newton County to the late William F. and Edna Pearl Reigle Honn. On Feb. 1, 1947, she and Loren G. Miles were wed. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1995, in Rensselaer.
    Mrs. Miles was "lead girl" in the shipping department for Permonite Corporation. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Brook and enjoyed quilting. She was also an avid baseball fan.
    She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five sisters and one brother.
    A visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Ken Marsh will officiate. Burial follows at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.
    Send online condolences and sign the online guest book at www.newtoncountyenterprise.com.
Newton County Enterprise January 13, 2011


 

Devon L. "Skeet" Miller

Devon L. “Skeet” Miller, age 79, of Lake Village passed away June 25, 2011 at the Jasper County Hospital. Devon was born in Colfax Twp., Newton County, Indiana on November 24, 1931, the son of Mount Marion Miller and Lida Mosher Miller.
               Devon graduated from Mt. Ayr High School, Class of 1950. Shortly after, he joined the US Army and served during the Korean War as Corporal. Upon his discharge, he received a final rank of Intelligence Specialist of Operations. After his military service, Devon returned to Newton County and on December 1, 1956 in Morocco, Indiana, he married his loving wife, Shirley E. Bassett, who survives.
               Skeet was a life long farmer. Additionally, he served his community as a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee, as a past member of the Newton County Planning Commission and the Newton County Board of Zoning Appeals. He was a member of the American Legion Post #146, Morocco, Indiana.
               Surviving are his loving family; wife, Shirley; children, Carol (Scott) Carlson of Morocco, Ind.; David (Debbie) Miller of Lake Village, Ind.; Karen (John) Misiora of Lake Village, Ind.; brothers and sisters, William A. (Maryann) Miller of Lake Village, Ind.; Wayne (Nellie) Miller of Fair Oaks, Ind.; Howard (Darlene) Miller of Wheatfield, Ind.; Dorothy Lindahl of Shelby, Ind.; sister-in-law, Louise Miller of Kouts, Ind.; 5-Grandchildren, Kyra, Devin, Matt, Bradley, Deena; 3-Great-Grandchildren, Lyle, Gracie & Livie.
               He was preceded in death by 1-granddaughter, Jamie Marie, 1-brother, Raymond and 1-brother-in-law, Charles Lindahl.

James Newton Miller (1949-2012)

James Newton Miller Jr., 62, of Kentland, died at 3:24 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Jasper County Hospital of Rensselaer.
  He was born September 26, 1949 in Hammond, Indiana to the late James Newton Senior and Bertie Virginia (Ramsey) Miller.
  His marriage was to Sally Marie Robertson on August 11, 1979 in Morocco. She survives.
  He worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and a mechanic for the Jasper County Highway Department.
  James enjoyed drawing, art, and keeping the Kentland neighborhood clean. He was very handy and mechanically minded. He built an antique car on his own, and could fix just about anything.
  Surviving with his wife are 6 children, Jay Miller of Rensselaer, Jim Miller (companion: Teresa) of Colorado, Pat Miller (wife: Dani) of Fort Wayne, Margaret Miller (companion: Todd) of Monticello, Colleen Eichman (husband: Mike) of Florida and Nick Denney (companion: Vicki Hutchins) of Kentland, one brother, Bill Miller (wife: Sarah) of Florida, four sisters, Janie Dearduff of Florida, Mary Cole (husband: Fred) and Trudy Lemmons both of Tennessee and Patsy Halon (husband: Jack) of Plymouth.
  Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
  A memorial service will be held for James in the spring. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Charity of Donor's Choice.

Newton County Enterprise February 8, 2012

William Arthur "Bill" Miller (1925 - 2011)William "Bill" Arthur Miller, 86, of Lake Village, Ind. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 at IU Health Center in Lafayette, Ind.
Bill was born on June 28, 1925 in North Judson, Ind. to Mount M. and Lida (Mosher) Miller, both deceased.
Bill was a Mt. Ayr High School graduate of Class 1943. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Mary Ann Villanova, who survives. Bill was a self-employed farmer and a U.S.
Army veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #238 of Roselawn and Morocco F&AM Lodge #372.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann Miller;
daughter, Lori Ann (Louis) Traina of Crown Point, Ind.; son, Scott (Sheryl) Miller of Lake Village; five grandchildren, Jason and Kristen Miller, Ethan, Michael and Gianna Traina; brothers, Wayne (Nellie) Miller of Fair Oaks; Howard (Darlene) Miller of Wheatfield; sister, Dorothy Lindahl of Shelby, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Louise Miller of Kouts, Ind. and Shirley Miller of Lake Village.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one brother-in-law.
Friends may call on Friday, Nov. 18, from 2-8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. at Jackson Funeral Service in DeMotte. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Funeral Service with Pastor Ronald Gann officiating.
Interment will be held at Roselawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln Township Volunteer Fire Department

Rensselaer Republican November 17, 2011  
 

T. Byron "Barney" Miller (1918-2011)
T. Byron (Barney) Miller, 93, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 8:17 p.m. in Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer. He was born July 21, 1918, in Benton County, the son of Herbert and Pearl Miller. He attended the Earl Park School and graduated in 1936. He began farming in 1937 in Benton County. In 1946, he married Velora Halleck in Fowler, June 9, 1946, and she survives. They moved to a farm near Goodland in 1948. He has been engaged in farming in Newton and Benton Counties all of his life.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Goodland Community Church where he served as Elder and Deacon for several years. He was a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau and was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. he was the farm manager for Kesco, Inc. of Earl Park for 17 years.
Surviving with his wife are his daughter, Nancy (husband Michael) Moore of Kankakee, Ill.; son, Lawrence (wife Christy) Byron, and five grandchildren, Grant (wife Anne) Byron, Amber (husband Rhett) Miller Adwell, Gentry Lawrence Miller, Mark Moore and Laura Moore. His brother, Herbert L. Miller, of Brookston also survives.
Preceding him in death was a brother, James Curtis Miller, and his parents Herbert and Pearl Miller.
Barney was a loving husband and father, active in his community and a good neighbor. He made a difference.
Friends may call Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4-7 p.m. CDT, at the Goodland Community Church, with Masonic Services at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at the Goodland Community Church, Monday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. CDT with Rev. Kevin Howey officiating. Burial will follow at the Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials my be given to the Goodland Community Church.
Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise September 24, 2011

Noah J. Miller (1920-2011)

    Noah J. Miller, 90, of Kentland passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Iroquois Memorial Hospital and Resident Home in Watseka, Ill. He was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Fair Oaks to Jesse D. and Elizabeth (Helmuth) Miller. On June 4, 1949, he married the love of his life, Margaret A. Alliss, in Goodland, and she survives.
    Mr. Miller served in the U. S. Army from 1942-1946. He retired from farming in 1985. He was a member of the Mt. Ayr United Methodist Church and a past member of the Hazelden Country Club. He enjoyed bowling, playing golf, wood working and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Surviving with his wife of 61 years are one son, Raymond L. Miller of Kentland; three daughters, Shirley A. Morgan of Bradley, Ill., Joyce E. (Jerry) Crane of Goodland and Janet A. (Larry) Marner of Mentone, Ind.; two brothers, William (Norma) Miller of Mount Ayr and Jerry (Faye) Miller of Kentland and two sisters, Grace J. (Paul) Presler of Wakarusa, Ind., and Gertrude J. (Melvin) Miller of Nappanee, Ind. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
    Visitation is Wednesday, March 2, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be Thursday, March 3, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland beginning at 11 a.m., with Elmer D. Miller officiating. Burial to follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
Newton County Enterprise March 2, 2011

Gordon L. Miiller (1938 - 2012)

Gordon L. Miiller, age 74, of Goodland, passed away at 10:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born April 14, 1938 in Rensselaer, he attended Goodland High School, graduating in 1956. Mr. Miiller wed Myra J. Hufty Miiller on Nov. 12, 1960 in Kentland.
Mr. Miiller was a member of the National Guard, serving as SSGT for six years. He worked for Newton County REMC for 33 years as a lineman and then became general manager. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and enjoyed working with his goats, doing carpentry work, being with his grandchildren and wintering in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Surviving are his wife, Myra J. Miiller, of Goodland; four sons, Jeff A. (Mary) Miiller, of Goodland, Keith E. (Annette) Miiller, of Indianapolis, Craig A. (Ann) Miiller of Floyds Knobs, and Ron L. (Trish) Miiller, of Long Grove, Ill. Also surviving is one sister, Virginia (Howard) Burton, and one brother Clifford (Susan) Miiller, both of Goodland, and 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Miiller was preceded in death by his parents, Leo F. and Irene Davidson Miiller.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, with a Rosary at 4:45, at Gerts Funeral Home in Goodland. Funereal services were held at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Internment was at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Goodland.
Memorial donations may be made to the church or pancreatic research. Gerts Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30, 2012

 

 

Ralph Raymond Miiller (1927 - 2013)

Ralph Raymond Miiller, 85, of Goodland passed away at 2:35 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, in his home in Goodland. He was born to the late Raymond and Cecilia E. Lord Miiller, on October 4, l927, at Goodland.  He was a 1945 graduate of Goodland High School, where he was a member of the Goodland Basketball Team. His marriage was to Letha Mae Mathew, the love of his life, on Nov. 25, l948, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Remington, and she survives.
Mr. Miiller served proudly in the Air Force from l945  to l947.  He was a Staff/SGT with the l0lst Weather Group as a meterologist.  He also played basketball on the Air Force l0lst Weather Group, McCellan Field, Calif.  After his discharge he started farming. A member of Sts. Peter and Paul Caltholic Church in Goodland, he had served as Lector, Usher and on the Parish Council and Cemetery  Board for 15 years, Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Kentland American Legion, and was past president of the South Newton School Board for eight years, served on the board for 16 years, and 15  years on the construction board.  He enjoyed bowling, I.U. Basketball and time spent on their golf cart.  He farmed for 57 years, retiring in 2004.   
Surviving are his loving wife and three daughters:  Bonnie Hanson, (husband, Tom), Cambridge, Wis., Cheryl Durham, (husband, John), Goodland, Tammy North, (husband, Gary), Bolingbrook, Ill.; one sister Velma Benner, (husband, Tom), and  two brothers, Eugene Miiller, (wife, Marsha), Kentland, and James Miiller, (wife, Carol) Logansport.  Also surgviving are 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  
He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marie Welsh and Shirley Miiller.  
Visitation will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Goodland, on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m., (CDT) with Rosary at 3:30 p.m. (CDT).  Funeral mass will be at the church on Friday, May 3, at ll a.m. (CDT) with the Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Goodland. Memorials may be given in his name to Sts. Peter & Paul  Catholic Church, Goodland.
Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland, is in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 29 to May 29, 2013

 

                                                           

Rita L. Miiller (1919 - 2013)

Rita L. Miiller, 94, of Kentland, passed into the heavenly light of God's peace on Thursday, Feb. 21. She was born Jan. 25, 1919, in rural Newton County, the first child of Clarence E. and Mary A. (Farrell) Miiller. As the oldest of nine children, she grew up caring for others.
She was a 1937 graduate of Wadena High School and began her career in service to others as a waitress at the Nu-Joy, Post House and Hornes Restaurants in Kentland. She took in ironings to make ends meet and retired from Union Carbide at age 70.
Rita never met a stranger, developing lifelong friendships with folks she met through her work. She frequently boarded a Greyhound bus on her day off for adventures in downtown Chicago or Indianapolis. For years, Rita could be seen riding her bicycle to and from work. At the age of 50, she decided to learn to drive, bought a car and spent many days shuttling elderly friends to doctor appointments.
An avid Bingo player, Rita was proud of donating over 124 pints of blood to the Red Cross. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and St. Joseph's Women's Society and named the 2003 Kentland Citizen of the Year.
Rita was known simply as "Aunt Ret" to her 38 nieces and nephews, over 80 great-nieces and nephews, many great-great nieces and nephews and three generations of Kentland kids. She will be dearly missed by all of her extended family and most especially by her sisters: Kate Mullen, Kentland; Dorothy Provo, Lafayette; Alice Murphy, Fowler; JoAnn (Leo) Glotzbach, Monticello; and Connie Miiller, Monticello; and brother, Don (Caroline) Miiller of Medaryville. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Art and Jerry.
In her final weeks, she was attended to daily by Kate's daughters, who were at her side until she crossed. They regarded her as their second mother and loved her immensely.
Friends may call from 8:45 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, March 2, 2013, until the time of rosary services at 9:45 a.m. (CST). Funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. (CST) at St. Joseph Church Kentland. Fr. Robert Bernotas to officiate. Private Interment at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery of Goodland.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Covenant Federated Church's Food Pantry, Iroquois Memorial Hospice, or donating a pint of blood to the Red Cross in Rita's honor.
Share memories and online condolences at
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Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 24 to Mar. 25, 2013

 

 

Velora (Halleck) Miller (1919 - 2013)

Velora (Halleck) Miller, 94, of Goodland, passed away on Thursday, May l6, 2013 at La Hacienda at La Posada Rehabilitation Center in Green Valley, Ariz.  Velora was born Feb. 2, l9l9, to the late Lawrence and Wynona McFarland Halleck in Wabash, Ind. On June 9, l946, she married Byron Miller and they celebrated 65 years of marriage before Byron passed in September 2011.  
She graduated from Linlawn High School in Wabash County class of l937, Manchester College in l94l, graduated Magna Cum Laude with five majors.  She then graduated from Purdue with a Master's Degree.  Her 37 year teaching career included Bippus, Earl Park, Remington, and South Newton High Schools, and she had a one-year stint as a fifth grade teacher at Goodland, where she developed a special bond with her "Fifth-Graders."  
Her accomplishments as a teacher included writing state grants for funding several school programs, one of which introduced computers to South Newton; directed numerous play productions; sponsored many classes.  She taught English and was the Media Specialist at South Newton for the bulk of her career. After retirement in l985, she continued working with the school, instructing homebound students and assisting with school-wide testing programs.
She also was an active community member, where she served on the Goodland Library Board and was appointed its director in l998.  Through her hard work and dedication, the Mitten Memorial Building was made handicap accessible with the installation of an elevator.  Velora was also devoted to her church and taught Sunday School classes for many years.  
While a member of the Goodland Community Church, she was a member of the building committee and was chairperson of the fund raising committee for their recently built new church in 2009.   A member of Indiana State Retired Teachers Association, she served as the Legislation Chairman for Newton County, and was a 50  year member of  Eastern Star, Beulah Chapter #102, Otterbein.
Velora is survived by her two children, Nancy Moore, (husband, Michael) of  Kankakee, Ill., and Larry Miller, (wife, Christy) of Lafayette; one sister, Crystal West of Green Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Grant Miller, (wife, Anne) of Olathe, Kan.;  Amber Miller Adwell, (husband, Rhett), Carmel, Ind.; Gentry Miller, (wife, Sara), Greenwood, Ind.;  Mark Moore and Laura Moore, both of Kankakee, Ill.; and one great-grandson, Landry, a sister-in-law, Betty Windler, Lafayette, and brother-in-law, Herbert L. Miller, Lafayette.  
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marian (Red) Halleack and Maurice (Bill) Halleck.
Visitation was Tuesday, May 2l, 2013, at the Goodland Community Church, Goodland, from 5 - 8 p.m. (CDT) .  Funeral service will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Goodland Community Church, Goodland, at l0 a.m. (CDT) with the Revs. Kevin Howey, Jack Scott and Don Need officiating.  Burial will follow in the Goodland  Cemetery.  Memorials may be given in her name to the Goodland Community Church or the Velora M. Miller Scholarship Fund. Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland, entrusted with care.

Newton County Enterprise from May 23 to June 22, 2013

Russell F. Minick (1931 - 2013)

Russell F. Minick, 82, of Kentland, died at 12:36 am, Friday, September 13, 2013, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.
He was born on June 2, 1931 to the late Harford and Lillian (Sloan) Minick.
His marriage was to Joyce Stivers on January 27, 1951. She survives.
Surviving with his wife are his two daughters; Delissa "Dee" Praeger (husband:George) and Linda Wilson (husband: Jim), all of Kentland; sister, Bea Alexander of Lafayette; brothers, Ray Minick of Rensselaer, and Jesse Minick of Remington.
He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Minick, and two brothers, James and Paul Minick.
Friends may call from 11 am (CST) until the time of funeral service at 12 pm, Monday, September 16, 2013 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Pastor Glenn Minick to officiate. Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
Memorials may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association .
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Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12, 2013

Raymond Leon Molter, 70

            Raymond Leon Molter, age 70, of Indianapolis, formerly of Kentland, passed away at his home on Saturday, Feb 24, 2007.

            Born May 8, 1936 in Lafayette to the late Samuel Edward and Margaret O’Neil Molter, he was a graduate of Goodland High School. He was a graduate of Purdue University, with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. At Purdue he was a member of the marching and symphonic bands. While earning his bachelor’s degree he founded Molter Landscape Maintenance. After graduation, it grew into Molter and Wiggs Landscaping.

            He married Mary Annis Moyars in 1959.

            Mr. Molter worked at National Homes Acceptance Corp and the Indianapolis Life Insurance co. He moved to Indianapolis in 1969 and worked for several companies before becoming proprietor of Country Market Products, a business venture he enjoyed for over 22 years. An avid railroad hobbyist, he enjoyed travel to historical sites throughout the Eastern United States.

            He married Teresa Rund in 1984, she preceded him in death in 2001.

            He was a member of the St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church of Indianapolis, and was active in the Indiana Repertory Theater.

            Surviving are three children: Marilyn Eileen Molter Davis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., William Raymond (Tonya) Johnson of Markle, and Ann Marie Molter of Lafayette; five brothers and sisters: Samuel (Genevieve) Molter and Lloyd (Betty) Molter, both of Kentland, Marceline Buyno of Georgetown, Ill., Rita Molter of Indianapolis, and Richard (Natalie) Molter of Lafayette.

            Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 3, with a 12 p.m. Mass of Christian. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentland. Rev Robert Bernotas officiated. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland.

            Memorials may be made to the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

            Arrangements were handled by McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

 

Samuel E. Molter (1920-2011)

Samuel E. Molter, 90, of Kentland, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center of Brook.
He was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Goodland to the late Samuel E. Sr. and Margaret O'Neil Molter. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1938. He then went on to study law at Notre Dame, where he received his A.B. in 1943 and his L.L.B. in 1949.
He served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946.
His first marriage was to Helen Sanderson on Aug. 1, 1946, in Peoria, Ill. They had five children before she preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 1956. He then married Genevieve Anderson on Dec. 29, 1990, in Kentland. She survives.
Sam was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Newton County Bar Association, Notre Dame Alumni, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and he founded the "OB" Club of Kentland.
He practiced law for 62 years, and also worked as a Juvenile Law Officer for 21 years.
He enjoyed gardening, wood cutting, antique tractor shows, ballroom dancing, and he was an avid Notre Dame football fan.
Surviving are five children, Margaret "Peg" Arihood (husband: Brenton) of Lafayette, Samuel E. Molter III (wife: Mary) and Daniel Molter (wife: Kate) both of Kentland, and Thomas Molter (wife: Dianna) and David Molter (wife: Kim) both of Goodland; a sister, Rita Molter of Indianapolis and two brothers, Lloyd Molter (wife: Betty) of Kentland and Richard Molter (wife: Natalie) of Lafayette.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Sara, Staci and Brenton Arihood, Bradley Williams, Aaron, Derek, Brian and Mark Molter, and four great-grandchildren; Elizabeth, Emma, Hanna and Michael.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Keith Molter, another brother, Raymond Molter, and a sister, Marcelline Buyno.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, June 9, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland, where a rosary service will be held at 3:45 p.m. (CDT). Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, June 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland with military honors.
Memorial donations may be made in Sam's name to George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or the charity of your choice.

Newton County Enterprise June 8, 2011

Casey Ross Moore

Casey Ross Moore, 21, of the Morocco and Beaverville areas joined his grandfathers and infant sibling in the Kingdom of Heaven on April 5, 2010. Casey, the beloved son of Will Moore of Morocco and Vickie (Ingram) Lambert of Beaverville left behind a legacy of love, laughter, and sweetness. Topping Casey's list of favorite things were his nephews, niece, other family members and friends. Casey was known for his realistic and funny impersonations especially of movie characters that would entertain everyone. He loved big trucks, skateboarding, and had an interest in mixed martial arts. He was a fan of tattoos. Casey loved to indulge his mom in a game of catch each spring. His dad was teaching him carpentry skills.
His parents, sister Tasha Moore, nephews Jacob and Andrew, niece Kylie, his grandmother and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, will forever miss Casey.
A Saturday, April 10, memorial service at the Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco will be open to family and friends from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Reverend Royal Voeller and special family friend Martha Taulman will be delivering words of comfort and celebrating Casey's life.
The family requests donations for Little League baseball equipment or to the donor's choice.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 7 to May 7, 2010

 

 

Alfred Morefield, Jr., 76

            Alfred Morefield Jr., age 76, of Goodland, passed away at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at his home.

            Born June 4, 1930 in Portageville, Mo. To Alfred Sr. and Evie Hankins Morefield, his marriage was to Gloria Ashby and she survives.

            Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 prior to a 1:15 p.m. funeral services at Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon, Ill., with Guy Storm officiating. Burial was at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland, Ill.

            Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or donor’s choice.

Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

Pauline B. Montgomery (1915-2011)

Paulene B. Montgomery died on March 27, 2011, at Windsor Park Manor in Carol Stream, Illinois. Paulene was born on May 27, 1915, to Fred V. and Estella Mae (Foreman) Milner in Brook, Ind. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Wildasin Montgomery, her parents and five brothers and sisters: Russell L. Milner; Violet I. Grant; Robert D. Milner; Thelma M. Malone and Mary LaVergne Sladek. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Montgomery.
Paulene graduated from A. J. Kent High School in Kentland, and lived in that area for many years. Mrs. Montgomery was co-owner, with her husband, of a local business before their retirement. Since 1984, she resided primarily in the Wheaton, Ill., area, with three years spent in Phoenix, Ariz.
In the Kentland area, Paulene was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, taught Sunday school, and was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. In the Wheaton area, she was a member of the Woman's Club and enjoyed painting, ceramics, reading and other activities.
A private service was held at the Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton at on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Interment followed at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
Information and guest book are available at hultgrenfh.com or call Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton at 630-668-0027.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Aurora “Dolly” Montemayer

Born:  Dec 1, 1930    Died:  Dec 30, 2010    Age:  80 years 
            Place of Birth:  Gary, IN    Resided In:  Sumava Resorts, IN

Aurora “Dolly” Montemayer 80, of Sumava Resorts, IN, passed away Thursday December 30th at home. She is survived by her children Esther Montemayer, Debra (Brian) Holloway and Ruth Lindahl, all of Sumava Resorts, Thomas, Jr., Morocco, David (Robyn) and Mark (Penny), both of Sumava Resorts and Paul (Denise), Morocco. 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sister. She was a member the Sumava Improvement Club and attended St. Augusta Catholic Church in Lake Village. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 3rd from 4-8p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Cremation will follow services with burial in St. John Cemetery, Hammond at a later date. www.sheetsfuneral.com

 

Phyllis M. Morgan

            Phyllis M. Morgan, 83, of Morocco died at the Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. She was born on June 15, 1926, the daughter of John and Elsie Standish. She was a lifetime resident of the area. She married Gailard Hickman on July 9, 1945,. He preceded her in death. She then married Robt Morgan on Dec. 22, 1991. He also preceded her in death.

            She graduated from the Mt. Ayr School with the class of 1944. She worked in food service at the North Newton Schools and was also employed at the Morocco IGA. She retired in 1990.

            She was a member of the Morocco United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Pythian Lodge.

            She is survived by her children Sandra (Butch - deceased) Cady of Oseola; Dennis (Linda) Hickman of Morocco; and Dale (Rose) Morgan of Morocco. Also surviving are siblings Norman (Barb) Standish of Crown Point; Irene (Gene) Faris of Rensselaer and Jack (Virginia) Standish of Rensselaer.

            She was preceded in death by both parents, one brother and four sisters.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. June 6 at the Steinke Funeral Home - Brunton Chapel, Morocco with Pastor Gregory Waggoner officiating. Funeral services at Steinke Funeral Home - Brunton Chapel, Morocco at 10 a.m. June 7. Memorials can be made to the Methodist Church in Morocco. Interment at Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. View online guestbook at my republican.info Rensselaer Republican June 5, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall

 

 

Alfred Morefield, Jr., 76

            Alfred Morefield Jr., age 76, of Goodland, passed away at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at his home.

            Born June 4, 1930 in Portageville, Mo. To Alfred Sr. and Evie Hankins Morefield, his marriage was to Gloria Ashby and she survives.

            Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10 prior to a 1:15 p.m. funeral services at Knapp Funeral Home, Sheldon, Ill., with Guy Storm officiating. Burial was at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland, Ill.

            Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or donor’s choice.

Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

Judith L. Morton (1944-2011)

Judith L. Morton, 67, of Brownsburg, Ind., formerly of Brook, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, at 6:27 a.m. at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born June 29, 1944 in Rensselaer to the late John O. and Lura F. Russell Morton.
Judith graduated from Brook High School, Class of 1962, then went on to graduate from Ball State University in Muncie in 1966. She later obtained her Masters Degree from
Indiana University in Indianapolis.
She was a retired elementary school
teacher and taught in Lebanon, Indianapolis and Brownsburg. After retiring, she taught adult second language for four years. She was a member of the Wayne Township Retired Teachers Association and the Alpha Delta Kappa Professional Teachers Sorority.
Judith enjoyed traveling, photography, art, painting, music and was an avid reader.
Surviving are three sisters, Cherrie L. Morton and Lou Anne Morton, both of Brook, and Meryl J. Morton of Brownsburg.
Visitation is planned for Friday, Nov. 11, at the Matthews Mortuary in Brownsburg from 5-7 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. A local visitation will be held at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12, with the funeral service following at noon, with Rev. Andy Crowley and Rev. Ken Marsh officiating.
Interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of local arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2011

Bertha I. Mounts (1919-2010)

            Bertha I. Mounts, 91, of Goodland passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2010 at 2:28 p.m. at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. She was born June 22, 1919, in Salem, Ind., to the late Jasper and Lillian A. Morris Buchanan. She graduated from New Philadelphia High School in Salem in 1937. On May 5, 1939, she wed James A. Mounts in Scottsburg, Ind. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1979 in Goodland.   
            Mrs. Mounts worked in several factories in the area including Better Coil, Schumacher and Adkev. She enjoyed quilting, baking, reading books, doing crossword puzzles and word search puzzles. She also enjoyed canning and gardening and her dogs, Teddy and Anita.          
            She is survived by three sons, Kenneth J. (Robin) Mounts of Goodland, Jerry M. Mounts of Terra Haute and Joe F. Mounts of Goodland; one sister, Dorothy (Robert) Meyers of Monroeville, Ind.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.   
            Visitation is set for Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland. Funeral services are Thursday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack Scott officiating. Burial follows at the Goodland Cemetery. Newton County Enterprise November 18, 2010

 

Cyndi (Antcliff) Murphy (1955-2010)

            Cyndi Murphy passed away at Hospice of Hamilton on Aug. 25, 2010, after an 18 month courageous battle to be free of Bile Duct Cancer. Born Sept. 25, 1955, in Rensselaer, Ind. She attended school in Brook, and Blanchester, Ohio. She graduated from high school in Crown Point, Ind. in 1973.           
            Cyndi was a friend who was always ready to lend a helping hand. She spent time volunteering at her boy's schools, the church trips to Navajo Land was active at Pyramid Hill Art Fair, had the talent to fix the most challenging project, was a talented photographer, loved making jewelry and other works of art. 
            She is survived by her husband Norman and boys, Dustin (Laura) and Jason (fiance Megan) Bruckman of Charleston, S.C.; her parents Robert and Nita Antcliff of Arlington, Texas, and joy of her life grandson Julian Bruckman of South Carolina; three sisters Kathy (Frank) Osborn of Hamilton, Ohio, Pam Lowe of Fort Worth, Texas, Karen (Brad) Durham of Arlington, Texas; brother-in-law Mike (Rene) Murphy of Grand Prairie, Texas; sister-in-law Carol (Ned) Tango of Torrance, Calif., and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.         
            She was preceded in death by a brother, Chuck Antcliff. We will miss her smiling eyes and her get it done attitude. Arrangements are to be made by Weigel Funeral Home Hamilton, Ohio. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Lodge at Pyramid Hill, 1762 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., State Road 128, Hamilton OH 45013 Phone (513)887-9514, Aug. 28, 2010 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.   
            In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Friends of Navajo Land, Hospice of Hamilton, Ohio, or a charity of your choice. Newton County Enterprise August 27, 2010

 

 

Alice L. Musser (1920-2010)

            Alice L. Musser, 90, of Kentland, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook.
            She was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Boswell to the late Harold and Rosa (Orr) Redwine. She graduated from Boswell High School in 1938.           
            Her marriage was to Joseph R. Musser in Boswell, Indiana. He preceded her in death.        
            She was homemaker, and was a member of Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) and Eastern Star.  
            She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, playing the organ, and making cookies for her grandchildren.      
            Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Yates and Rose Ferguson (companion: Chris) of Kentland and Cindy Clingaman (husband: Ron) of Traverse City, Mich. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.   
            Preceding her in death with her husband and parents are three children, Deanna Miiller, Rita Musser and Melvin Musser, and two sisters, Eileen Richardson and Thelma Pratt.          
            Friends may call from 9 a.m. (CDT) until the time of service at 11 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with Rev. Marjorie Egger officiating. Interment will follow at Goodland Cemetery in Goodland.

Newton County Enterprise December 22, 2010

 

Matthew S. Musser (1978-2010)

Matthew S. Musser, 32, of Earl Park, died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, August 5, 2010 due to a farm tractor/train accident in Earl Park.   
            He was born January 26, 1978 in Lafayette to Glen and Connie Gordon Musser. They survive. He graduated from Benton Central High School in 1996, and he then attended Lincoln Tech where he became a certified diesel mechanic.       
            Matthew was a member of The Earl Park Volunteer Fire Department, Benton Central FFA Alumni, America Simmental Association, Grandsons of the American Legion, and Otterbein United Methodist Church.        
            He was a self-employed farmer, he ran his own hay-bailing business, and raised cattle.       
            Matt loved farming, showing cattle, and having fun with his friends. He was a goodhearted person who would do anything for anyone.         
            Surviving with his parents is a brother, Neal Musser (wife: Valarie) of Port St. Lucie, Fl., maternal grandparents, Gale and Marty Gordon, and his paternal grandmother Jean Musser.  
            Also surviving is a nephew, Gavin Musser, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.    
            Matt loved his family very much, and held a special place in his heart for his nephew Gavin.          
            He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Alvin Musser, and his uncle David Musser.      
            Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday, August 9, 2010, at The Cardinals Roost in Earl Park. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Pastors John Randall and Jack Scott will be officiating. Interment to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in Lafayette. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland in charge of arrangements.           
            Memorials contributions may be made to Earl Park Volunteer Fire Department, Raub United Methodist Church, Benton Central FFA, Benton County 4-H, and/or Otterbein United Methodist Church Building Fund.     
            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Newton County Enterprise August 12, 2010

 

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Edna M. (Miller) Nelson (1921 - 2009)

Edna M. Nelson, 87, of Rensselaer passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009 at the Rensselaer Care Center. Edna was born Dec. 28, 1921, in Mt. Ayr, Ind., the daughter of the late Jay L. and Nelle M. (Parker) Miller.
Edna was a 1939 graduate of the Mt. Ayr High School. She was a retired bookkeeper and worked for Schultz Gas Company in Lansing, Ill., for 10 years. She was a member of the Roselawn United Methodist Church, and affiliated with Trinity United Methodist Church of Rensselaer.
Edna married in Mt. Ayr on July 21, 1946, to John Carl Nelson who passed away Jan. 5, 1997.
She is survived by daughter, Carol V. Bailey of Springfield, Ill.; son, Kenneth E. Nelson of Las Vegas; sister Beth Zeigler of Rensselaer; granddaughter Sarah Bailey and great-granddaughter Sydnee Guzouskis.
She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Jay Miller.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009. Funeral services will follow at the Jackson Funeral Chapel 11 a.m., with Pastor Kathie Hostetter officiating. Interment will follow at the Memory Gardens Cemetery, Rensselaer.
See
www.jacksonfuneral.com to sigh the online guest book.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 18 to July 18, 2009

Megan A. Nelson, 20

            Megan A. Nelson, age 20, of Lowell, passed away with her unborn daughter, Savannah Linley Ann, on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

            Megan was a 2005 graduate of North Newton High School, and an associate with Donaldson’s Distribution Co. in Rensselaer. Megan was a happy person who everyone loved.

            She is survived by fiancé Stephen Ramirez, Lowell; her father, Dave Nelson, Thayer, her mother, Melissa Nelson, Rensselaer; her sister, Stacie (fiancé Eric Chandler) Nelson, Roselawn; two brothers, David James Nelson, Lafayette, and Johnny Nelson, Thayer. Also surviving are paternal grandparent Violet Nelson, Thayer; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Judy Sain, Lake Village; maternal great-grandmother, Cleta Pistorious, Iowa; and niece Hailey Chandler.

            Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26 at Sheets Funeral Home, Lowell, with Pastor Bill Kruse officiating. Burial was at Lake Village Cemetery in Lake Village. Newton County Enterprise March 28, 2007

Richard W. Neibert (1937-2011)

Richard W. Neibert, 73, of Morocco, passed away in his home Saturday evening, Sept. 24, 2011, after a brief illness. He was born in Watseka, Ill., on Dec. 18, 1937, son of the late Henry J. Neibert and Jennie M. (Bingham) Neibert. He was a lifelong area resident. Richard attended grade school in Enos and graduated from Morocco High School with the class of 1956. He served his country in the Army National Guard from 1960-1964.
Richard is survived by his loving wife Joyce (Martin) whom he married on Mar. 9, 1963, in Morocco, and their three children, Kent (Sheryl) Neibert of Morocco, Kyle (Tara) Neibert of Alpharetta, Ga., and Kati (Todd) Rainbolt of Bradley, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Brittney (Brock) Iseminger, Andrew Neibert and Brandon Neibert of Morocco; Ryan Neibert, Justin Neibert, Sydney Neibert and Morgan Neibert of Alpharetta, Ga.; Eden Rainbolt and Eric Rainbolt of Bradley, Ill.; and two great-grandchildren, Briley Iseminger and Brynn Iseminger of Morocco.
Richard was a lifelong farmer and was active in the community. He was a member of the United Church of Morocco. He was also a member and past commander of American Legion Post #146 of Morocco, 40&8 veterans organization of Fowler, Northern Indiana Chapter #33 of the International Harvester Collectors Club, Retired Iron Club and Knights of Pythias.
Richard loved farming, working outdoors, participating in antique tractor and machinery shows and plow days. He was an avid collector of antique tractors and equipment. He was also a model train enthusiast and was especially proud of his model railroad, which he designed and built in his home. Richard was also active politically and was currently serving as precinct committeeman of McClellan Township for the Newton County Democratic Central Committee. Richard was a man of loyalty and integrity. He lived by a strong set of ethics and family values. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco with Pastor Jack Snell officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The family suggests donations in Richard's memory to American Legion Post #146 or the organization of the donor's choosing.

Newton County Enterprise September 28, 2011                          

 

Alice E. Nemecik (1923 - 2011)

Alice E. Nemecek, 88, of Morocco, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at her home. She was born Mar. 19, 1923, daughter of the late Harrison and Margarett (Brenneisen) Bingham. She was married to Frank Nemecek,who preceded her in death. Per Alice's wishes, cremation was chosen and an interment service will be held at a later date.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 7, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012

Edward Nevitt

            Edward Nevitt, 75, of Goodland, Ind. Passed away at Danville, V.A. Medical Center in Danville, Ill., on Sunday May 4, 2008. He was born on March 10, 1933, in Goodland. Mr. Nevitt graduated from Goodland High School in 1951. He was married on Sept 27, 1957, to Joyce L Gray in Greensburg, Ind. She survives.

            He was in the US Air Force from 1951-1956. He worked as a gas serviceman for NIPSCO for 25 years, retiring in 1994. Nevitt belonged to the Goodland First Baptist Church, Kentland American Legion Hedrick-Brandt Post 23 for 53 years, 28 year member of the Goodland Volunteer Fire Department and Fowler Amvets.

            He was preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Pearl Grace Smith Nevitt, two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include wife Joyce; three daughters, Belinda B Williams (husband, John David) of Shelbyville, Melinda L Krug (husband, Shannon) of Goodland and Margie Williamson of Fowler and two sisters, Lorna Gayle Green, Goodland and Nancy Dearing of Lafayette.

            Visitation was at Gerts Funeral Home. Goodland on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Funeral Service was at Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland at 2 p.m. with Richard E Gerts officiating.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Goodland Fire Department, Kentland American Legion or Amvets. Newton County Enterprise May 14, 2008

 

Wanda Rae Norman

            Wanda Rae Norman of Carrollton, Ga., a former resident of Lincoln Township, passed away June 22.

            The daughter of Clarence "Mike" and Mary Irene (Sallee) Hixson, she was born November 5, 1926. She was raised by her aunt Bunny Granger in Lincoln Township after her mother died when she was quite young. She attended Thayer Grade School and Mt. Ayr High School.

            She worked as a telephone operator in Roselawn and helped her aunt in the post office when Bunny was postmaster.

            Survivors include her husband, Austin Norman of Carrollton; two daughters, Karen Benninghoven of California and Roberta Louise Smoke of Georgia; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two sisters, Vivian (Chuck) Chorzempa of Roselawn and Janet (Charlie) Martin of Rensselaer.

            She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Hoffman; a baby son and a brother, Russell Hixson.

            She wrote poetry, painted and was a member of the Methodist Covenant Church.

Morocco Courier  July 12, 1988

Phyllis Barbara Gordon Northcutt

            Phyllis Barbara Gordon Northcutt, 75, Monon, formerly of Kentland, died at 5 a.m. May 20 at her home following a five-month illness.

            She was born July 16, 1930, in Cayuga, Ind., the daughter of Teddy R Gordon and Bonedia Foreman Gordon.

            She married John Oliver Northcutt Oct 13, 1947, in Kentland. He survives.

            Mrs. Northcutt moved from Kentland to Monon in December 1991.

            Survivors include four daughters and four sons, Betty (Tom) Chernowsky of Kentland, Rebecca Northcutt of Kentland, Barbara (Robert) Wayne of Monon, Patricia (Roy) Cripe of Earl Park, Wayne (Emma) Northcutt of Trinity, N.C., Dennis (Barbara) Northcutt of Magnolia, Texas, Carl (Patti) Northcutt of Wolcott, David (Karen) Northcutt of Remington: three brothers and two sisters, Mary Jo Jones of Hillsdale, Thelma Brown of Hillsdale, Warren (Barbara) Gordon of Hillsdale, Robert (Ann) Gordon of Ridge Farm, Ill., William (Pat) Gordon of Danville, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and three step grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren; five step great-great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by one son, Rex A Northcutt; one brother, Teddy L Gordon.

            Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Kellogg Funeral Home in Monon.

            Funeral services were at 11 a.m. May 23 at the funeral home with the Rev Mathew Pickut officiating.

            Burial was in Bedford Cemetery in Monon. Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

Tony E. Northcutt

Tony E. Northcutt, age 54, of Rensselaer passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Franciscan St. Anthony in Crown Point, from injured sustained in a work-related accident. He was born May 26, 1957, in Rensselaer, the son of Robert L. Northcutt and Estella (Randolph) Northcutt.
Tony attended North Newton High School. He was a member of the Parr Baptist Church. Tony was employed with the Indiana Department of Transportation in road construction for 34 years.
Surviving is his girlfriend, Diana L. Cooper; brother, Robert D. (Pamela) Northcutt, DeMotte; brother-in-law, Bob Klacik, Port Clinton, OH; nieces, Lesia and Kris Klacik; nephews Robert (Julie) Northcutt, Jr. and Josh (Fina) Northcutt; great nieces Candace, Chloe, Bella, and Ashleigh Northcutt; and great nephews Nick Klacik and CJ Shively. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three nephews.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer from 2-8 p.m. June 20. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer at 10:30 a.m. June 21with Pastor Randy Gann officiating.
Burial will follow at Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes or American Cancer Society or the Parr Baptist Church.
See www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences and sign the online guests' registry.
View online guestbook at myrepublican.info.

Rensselaer Republican June 20, 2011

Judy E. Northern
Judy E. Northern, 61, of Kentland, died at 12:04 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2011 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital of Watseka, Illinois.
She was born December 3, 1949 in Monticello, Kentucky to Clyde Gregory and Lillie Mae (Wallen) Enlow. She attended Watseka High School.
Her marriage was to Robert Northern on June 3, 1972 in Watseka, Illinois. He survives.
Judy worked at the Sundown Restaurant in Watseka as a waitress and cook for many years and later at S&S Plastics in Kentland. She enjoyed crocheting, Facebook and Court TV.
Surviving with her husband is her mother, Lillie Mae (Wallen) Enlow (husband: Harold), four children, Lori A. Markley (Gregory) of Williamsport, Leslie A. Gregory and Jonathon D. Northern both of Kentland, and Jimmy D. Northern of Gifford, Oklahoma, three sisters, Mary Jo Caudillo of Kentland, Jeannie Wagner of Fowler, Juanita Trosper of Danville, Illinois, two brothers, David Gregory of Advance and George Enlow of Fowler.
Judy loved and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren, Maegan Rhanor, Amanda Rhanor, Ben Northern, Lesli Gregory, Braedan Gregory, Colton Gregory, Easton Gregory, Jasmine Montgomery and Tyler Northern. She is also survived by a dear family friend, Kim Reynolds and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, grandparents, one sister, Joanne Gregory, one brother, Sidney Gregory, one grandson, Brandon Northern, one niece and two nephews.
Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. (CST) until the time of funeral service at 6:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, November 28, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Spina Bifida Association or the International COPD Coalition. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Journal & Courier November 20, 2011

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Marye R. Olsen, 63

            Goodland-Marye R. Olsen, 63, died at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Goodland, where she had lived the past four years. She had previously resided in Florida.

Born Aug. 2, 1946, in Rensselaer, she was the daughter of Ruth Griffin Hall of Kentland and the late Lawrence Gene Hall.

            On March 8, 1968, she married William J.K. Olsen, and he survives in Pensacola, Fla.

Mrs. Olsen worked for several years as a legal aide in the Wic Program for the State of Florida.

She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and enjoyed gardening, crafts, cooking and her cars.

            Surviving are a son, Billy Olsen (wife: Serina) of Oak Ridge, Tenn,: three daughters, Christy Manning and Rebecca Reed, both of Pensacola, and Melissa Olsen of Oak Ridge; and a brother, Ralph “Butch” Hall (wife: Donna) of Morocco.

            Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Kathrine, Airel, C’Aira, Dearay, Terri, Kyna, Johnathan, A.J., Kimberly, Heather and Lani; and one great-grandchildren, Koby. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Eugena Ruth Ann Underwood; and 2 brothers, Mark Hall and Lawrence Hall Jr.

            Visitation from 4 p.m. (CDT) until service time at 6 p.m. (CDT) today, July 16, 2010, at Gerta Funeral Home, Goodland, Richard E. Gerts officiating. Lafayette Journal and Courier, July 16, 2010 Submitted Susie Hall

 

Elizabeth "Betty" (Gragg) Olson (1917 - 2013)

Elizabeth "Betty" Olson, 96, of Indianapolis, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013 at Westminster Village North in Indianapolis.
  She was born April 29, 1917 in Lucerne, Indiana to the late Everett and Grace (Kramer) Gragg. Grace passed away when Betty was 3, her father remarried to Marie Montgomery who helped raise Betty as her own daughter.
  Betty graduated from Lucerne High School, and went on to earn her BS & MS from
Indiana University with distinction. She worked hard and went to school in the evening and through the summer to earn her degrees.
  Her marriage was to Wilbur "Ole" Olson on June 27, 1942 at Fletchers Lake in Fulton County, Indiana. He preceded her in death on December 20, 1997.
  Throughout her life, Betty lived in Kentland, Monticello, Sebring, Florida and later Indianapolis.
  Betty taught elementary school for 24 years, and ended her career at Woodlawn Elementary in Monticello teaching 1st grade.
  She enjoyed sewing, reading, keeping house and most importantly, being a mom and grandmother. Her best advice was "whatever you do, do your best."
  Surviving are two sons; Kent Olson (Rebecca) and Eric Olson (Marti), seven grandchildren; Danielle Olson Kempf (Steve), Mark Olson, Lars Olson (Lauren), Nels Olson (Sarah), Anna Olson, Kristin Olson and Kelsey Olson and seven great-grandchildren; Simon Kempf, Molly Kempf, Amelia Kempf, Lars Olson II, Finn Olson, Jacob Olson, and Isabel Olson. 
She was preceded in death by a son; Brian Olson and a brother; William Gragg.
  Private family services will be held at a later date. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise from July 19 to Aug. 1, 2013

 

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Bernard "Bernie" Padgett (1926 - 2013)

Bernard L. "Bernie" Padgett, 86, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., formerly of Morocco, passed away at 6:58 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill. Bernie resided with his daughter Janis and son-in-law, Don Cichon for the past 14 years.
He was born August 26, 1926 in Morocco, the son of Bernard and Lucille (Smith) Padgett. His mother died on March 2, 1934 when Bernie was just seven years old so Bernie started his traveling early in life attending Morocco High School and then attended six other high schools in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, graduating from Emerson High School located in Gary. He spent several years with and received tender care from Uncle Harry and Aunt Ethel. He took eight years of night school classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology to procure an Electrical Engineering degree. Bernie was in the U.S. Navy from 1944 – 46 (Philippines: Leyte and Island of Luzon, later in Subic Bay). 
Bernie married Eleanor Margaret (MacLaurin) Padgett on July 4, 1952. They resided in Hillside, Ill. For 15 years he was an engineer for White City Electric Co. and Engelhardt Inc., both large electrical contracting firms in Chicago, filling the role of Vice President at both companies. This work involved construction for large projects such as NBC (National Broadcasting Co.), the Chicago Sun Times and Daily News buildings, Marshall Field Enterprises, the subways of Chicago, O'Hare Field and many commercial and industrial firms.
In 1964 he formed a general contracting firm Werner-Herbison-Padgett (WHP) providing construction for local, national and international clients. The firm constructed structures of varying types: Recreational Centers containing Handball/Racquetball Courts, Bowling Alleys (Brunswick, many for U.S. military bases, etc.), Fire Towers, Confined Rescue Solutions, Under Water Rescue Training Units, Mobile Fire Tower Training Units (for towns too small to afford a building, this unit could be taken across the country for Firehouse Teams to use on a temporary basis), Wickes Furniture Warehouses and more. His structures are in place across the entire nation, including Alaska and Hawaii.
For the Fire Towers, Bernie engineered and patented a panel that was resistant to constant high temperatures for what came to be known as "Padgenite" Panels, a calcium silicate insulating material, and engineered an installation system to afford maximum insulating capability. A rugged building, combined with a durable, life-like liner, WHP earned a solid reputation for quality, and set a new industry standard for fire training. When installed on the interior surfaces, live fire drills in temperature ranges of 1200 degrees may be conducted. For live fire training, WHP remains the sole provider of this innovative building design.
Bernie also pioneered large Airline Crash Simulations for several large airports across the nation so airline staff could "practice" how to evacuate passengers in the event of a crash.
He created another firm to focus on international opportunities (International Design Consultants Inc.). This firm provided turnkey construction of facilities in Canada, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Other facilities have been designed and delivered to other parts of the world, including Japan, Greece, Scotland, Turkey, Italy, Spain and South Korea. He made 54 business trips to Hawaii where he built many buildings for the military. He has flown in 39 different types of planes and he actually piloted two and co-piloted one.
Bernie was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine, the
V.F.W., Vice President and Director of the United States Military Sports Association (USMSA), and a member of the George Ade's Hazelden Country Club. Bernie loved his work but also enjoyed golf, wood working, traveling, reading, listening to music of the Big Band era, watching war documentaries, business news programs and a nice hot game of gin rummy! He had many friends who kept in contact with him his entire life. Bernie was a very happy, caring, loving Father and husband. We like to say "The Best Dad Ever"! Over and above being a very classy individual, he will be remembered by us all as a world-class gentleman.
Surviving are his two daughters Pam Larkin, Loves Park, Ill., Janis (Don) Cichon, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; granddaughter Katie Larkin, Campbellsville, Kent., a host of nieces, nephews and cousins along with many wonderful and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Irene Padgett; his wife Eleanor; two sisters, Elba Ackors and Bertie Jenkins; brother Joseph Padgett; and lifelong friend Georgia K. Westerman.
The first visitation will be held Monday, July 29 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. CDT in Illinois at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services, 415 Buesching Road, Lake Zurich, IL. Bernie will return home to Morocco for a second visitation, service and burial at Prairie Vine Cemetery. The Indiana visitation will be from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CDT at the Morocco First United Methodist Church, 203 S. Clay St. in Morocco (219-285-2762). The funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 in Morocco with Pastor Wayne Williams officiating. A Masonic service will be held just prior to the funeral service. Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco (219-866-5151) will be assisting the family with arrangements at the church. After the church service, the family will have a Military Firing Squad, Flag folding send-off and graveside service and burial. Afterwards, family and friends are welcome to return to the Morocco First United Methodist Church for a meal. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Humane Society of the United States, or the VFW. For information, call Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco at 219-866-5151, or visit
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Newton County Enterprise from July 27 to Aug. 20, 2013

Lois J. Padgett (1931-2010)

            Lois J. Padgett, 78, of Brook, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was a lifetime resident of Brook, and graduated Brook High School in 1949. She was born Oct. 29, 1931, in Brook to the late Glen and Elsie Best Harper. On Aug. 23, 1953, she married Venis (Vic) W. Padgett, and he survives.       
            Lois was a homemaker, and a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Newton-Jasper Community Band. She loved flowers and bird watching, Purdue basketball and football, Purdue musicals and snowmobiling with her family and grandchildren.        
            Surviving with her husband are one son, Vic A. (Lois) Padgett of Kentland; two daughters, Suetta L. (Cliff) Roberts of Kentland, and Nancy J. Hesler (companion Scott Robinson) of Newtown, Ind.; one sister, Marilyn Doltan of Crown Point; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.           
            Preceding her in death were her parents, twin granddaughters, Eli and Cari Padgett, and three sisters.         
            Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Gerts Funeral Home in Brook, from 5 to 8 p.m. (CDT). The funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Klinger will officiate. Burial will be at the Buswell Cemetery in Washington Township following the service.        
            Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or the charity of the donor's choice.           
            Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise September 9, 2010

 

Debra Marie Page (Humphrey)

Debra Page, 59, of Fowler, passed away in Greenville, SC on March 29. She is survived by her husband of 36 years Carl R. Page, five children, Carl G. (Destiny) Page, Joe Page, Denise (Tim) Jessie, Jimmy Page (Kaylee Tarter), and Rachael Page; 15 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Randy Humphrey. Debra was preceded in death by her father and mother and one brother. Her family was her life. She worked at Viskase in Kentland for 25 years, and was a CNA at George-Ade Health Care for 5 years. She loved taking care of the elderly.
Everyone is invited to join Debra's family for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Madison Cottages, 1106 Shawn Ra Nae in Fowler, Indiana.
Newton County Enterprise on Apr. 6, 2014

William M Parke, Jr., 80

            William M Parke, Jr., age 80, of Miami Springs, Fla., formerly of Brook, where he attended high school in the mid-1940s, passed away Feb. 25, 2007 at the VA Medical Center.

            Born April 23, 1926 in Cook County, Ill. To William and Sophia Parke, he had resided in Miami Springs since 1951.

            He was preceded in death by beloved son Gregory, brother Robert, and sister Shirley Sue.

            Surviving with his wife, Shirley Jane Roberts Parke, are sons Thomas and David (Sue), nephew Richard Sparks (whom Bill referred to as his fourth son), sister Cecilia, granddaughters Nicole, Melissa, Amanda, Ashley, Michelle and Sherlyn, grandson Sean David, and great-grandson Daniel Anthony.

            Mr. Parke was in the United States Marine Corp. He was a painter and building contractor. He owned two apartment buildings until his retirement.

            His greatest happiness was his wife, sons and grandchildren. He enjoyed working around the house and creating things. He will be greatly missed now and forever, and will always be in our hearts.

            Visitation was held from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Feb. 28 at Poinciana United Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at noon, with arrangements by John Hanks Memorial Services. Newton County Enterprise March 14, 2007

 

Dr. John C. Parker M.D. (1928 - 2009)

Dr. John C. Parker, M.D., 81, of Goodland died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 12:15 a.m., at the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center in Brook. He was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Connersville, Ind., to the late Carl B. and Dorothy Dodson Parker. He was a resident of Goodland for 51 years. He received his Bachelor Degree from Indiana University in 1952 and his medical degree from the university in 1957. On Sept. 4, 1948, he married Mary L. Dixon Parker in Plymouth, Ind. She survives.
Dr. Parker served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948. He was a retired physician who worked in family practice in Goodland for 35 years. He served as the Newton County Health Officer from 1989-1999. He was a member of the Goodland Community Church, Phi Chi International Fraternity, Hazelden Country Club, and was a past board member of the Newton County Savings & Loan. He was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman, and a master gardener.
Along with his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Linda J. Ranz (husband David) of Murphreesboro, Tenn., and Lisa Parker (husband Peter Gerger) of Lynchburg, Va; one son, John D. Parker of Goodland; one sister, Jean Cowan (husband Don) of Waynetown, Ind.; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carla J. Parker.
Visitation is Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Howey officiating at the Gerts Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Goodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 5 to June 5, 2009

Joan Peacock (1934 - 2013)

Joan Peacock, 78, of Lafayette, Ind., died on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Huffman, Tex.
   She was born October 8, 1934, to the late Wilbert and Mary "Esther" Sage Cooper, on the family farm in Brook, Ind. She graduated from Brook High School in 1952.
   Her marriage was to Ronald Peacock on June 3, 1956, in the town of Foresman, Ind. He survives.
   The couple met and formed their family in the city of Hammond. They later relocated, to Lombard, Ill., living there for 15 years. After living in various other Illinois cities, Joan spent her last years in Lafayette, Ind.
   She began her work career at Western Union. Throughout the rest of her life, Joan held various clerical jobs.
   Joan was an active member of the Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Sweet Adelines for 7 years. During this time, she would travel and sing all over the country.
   She deeply enjoyed music and singing as well as bird watching.
   Surviving Joan are her husband and children, Sandra Everett (husband: Dave) of Huffman, TX, Jim Peacock of Boca Raton, FL, Doug Peacock (wife: Michele) of Dane, WI.; and numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Gerald and Floyd Cooper.
   Joan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren Joana Everett of Colorado Springs, Co., and Kim Everett of Miami, Fl.
   Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM CST on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM CST, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the United Methodist Church of Kentland. Rev. Ed van Wijk to officiate with interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland.
   Memorial contributions may be made in Joan's name to the
Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org).
Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise from June 15 to July 15, 2013

 

Martha Peacock (1925-2011)

Martha Peacock, 86, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. She was born in Morocco on Aug. 7, 1925, daughter of the late Lloyd Brunton and Mildred (Graves) Brunton.
Friends may call Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Morocco 1st United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Waggoner and Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment followed at Oakland Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise September 7, 2011

Bette M. (Nelson) Pecsenye (1936 - 2010)

Bette M. Pecsenye, 74, of rural Morocco passed away at her home Wednesday, Feb. 3. She was born Jan. 28, 1936, in Cook County, Ill., daughter of the late Evon and Elizabeth (Stettka) Nelson. She graduated from the Blue Island, Ill., public schools with the Class of 1953. Bette married Stephen R. Pecsenye Aug. 15, 1953, in Blue Island. He preceded her in death Feb. 1, 2007.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Women Missionary League and was the church organist until a year ago. Bette loved spending time with her family and enjoyed reading. Surviving are sons Rory Pecsenye of Peotone, Ill., Kurt Pecsenye of Grant Park, Ill., Warren Pecsenye of Wabash, Ind., and Craig Pecsenye of Sarasota, Fla. Also surviving are her sister Marilyn Dietz, uncle Robert Stettka, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, son Stephen T. Pecsenye, a sister and brother.
Friends may visit with the family Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2723 N 700 W, Rensselaer. Pastor David Mueller officiating. Interment follows in St. John's Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church. Steinke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To offer online condolences visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 5 to Mar. 5, 2010

                 

 Lula M. Peck, 88

            Crawfordsville - Lula M. Barton Peck, 88, died at 10 p.m. Monday, July 21, in Williamsburg Health Care where she had been a resident one year.

            Born Oct. 13, 1908, in Owen County, she attended Own County schools. She came to the Crawfordsville community in 1975.

            Mrs. Peck was a binder at R.R. Donnelley for 23 years and retired in 1970.

She was a member of Southside Church of Christ.

            Her first marriage was to Edward O. Barton on June 5, 1927, in Owen County. He died in 1972.    On Jan. 4, 1975, she married Clyde Peck, in Crawfordville, and he died in 1981.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. David (Freda) Layton of Linden; one son, William Woodrow Barton of Poland, Ind.; and a stepson Loren Peck of Loudon, Tenn. Submitted by Susie Hall

 

 

Merwin W Pence, 83

            KENTLAND -- Merwin W. Pence, 83, formerly of Kentland, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Wedgewood Nursing Home in Clarksville.

Mr. Pence served in the Army and worked as a sales representative for Dana Corp. in Toledo, Ohio.

            He was a 60-year member of American Legion Post 23 of Kentland, where he was past commander, and Elks Lodge of Watseka, Ill. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Pence of Clarksville; a son, Brian T. Pence (wife: Dorette) of Arlington, Texas; a daughter, Christy Martin (husband: Brad) of Coral Springs, Fla.; and a brother, James Pence (wife: Lucille) of Watseka.

            Also surviving are grandchildren, Wesley Pence, Cortney Lantry (husband: Kevin), Chelsea Romeril, Samantha Pence, Amber Pence and Brianna Pence; great-grandchildren, Addy, Alex and Brady; several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Robert and Debra Prather.

Services 2 p.m. Thursday at the Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg, with interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and anytime after 12 noon on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shamrock No Kill Animal Shelter or the local charity of donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.garrfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier October 26, 2010

 

Clarice J. Peterson (1925-2011)

Clarice J. Peterson, 85, of Kentland, died at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Green Hill Manor in Fowler.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1925, in Fingal, N.D., to the Carl and Christine (Solie) Peterson.
Clarice lived in the Kentland area most of her life and worked at Murphy's Food King for 50 years.
She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crafts and painting.
Surviving are six brothers, Walter Peterson (wife: Mary), Orvis Peterson (wife: Maxine), James Peterson (wife: Carol), Ronald Peterson (wife: Cleo) and Marvin Peterson, four sisters, Helen Lemna, Olga Pinke (husband: Al), Jean Ussatis (husband: Jerome) and Sharon Bierley (husband: Jake), and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by a sister, Alice and a brother, Merlin Peterson.
Private family services will be held. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise November 2, 2011

Deanie Marie Pederson

Deanie Marie Pederson, nee Hall age 38 of Crown Point, IN passed away Saturday, March 10, 2007 at her home.

She is survived by her Husband: Kevin; two children: Cassie and Nic Bartlett; Mother: Dian Hall; Father: Ralph (Donna) Hall; Mother in law: Sherry Pederson, Father in law: Floyd Pederson; Brother: Michael Hall; Grandparents: Beverly Skratsky and Lawrence and Ruth Hall; Step sisters: Tammy (Tate Applegate) Jackson, Nikki (Dan) Dulin; Step Brother: Jaysen Kolodziej; sister in laws: Kirsten (Brian) Zerba, Kathrin (Dale) Lemaich, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, many close friends from her St. Anthony and Crown Point Fire Department family.

Preceded in death by her much loved Grandfather: Nic Skratsky.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 11:00 am at Geisen Funeral Home, Crown Point with John P Starr officiating. Cremation will precede the service.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at Geisen Funeral Home 109 N. East St. Crown Point on Friday, March 16, 2007 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Deanie graduated from Highland High School in 1986. She finished her degree in nursing as an RN at I.U.N. in 1993. She worked at St. Margaret’s North Campus from 1992 -2000 before transferring to St. Anthony in Crown Point. She worked there from 2000 to the present and was a Longaberger Consultant for many years. She was an OB nurse her entire career until cancer put limitations on her. From that she found that teaching childbirth education for expecting parents and children helped her feel happy and needed again. The past year has been long with weekly visits to the doctor and constant adjustments. She was a strong willed, hard headed Croatian with an eye for detail. In many ways it helped her battle her toughest fight. She was strong to the end of her journey, many times getting by on guts and will power. She was still in control. She made sure that everyone was ready and taken care of before allowing God to take her home. She was a devoted mother of an 11 year old son and a 12 year old daughter and my wife of five years. Her eye for detail showed us many things that we would never have seen or enjoyed without her. Deanie will be missed by many, but as they say… until we meet again, We Love You!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to a trust fund set up in Cassie and Nic’s name to MainSource Bank.

Submitted by Susie Hall

Bonnie (Armstrong) Peters (1954 - 2013)

Bonnie Armstrong Peters, age 58, of Rochester, and formerly of Lake Village, went to be with the Lord on July 20, 2013. Born Oct. 20, 1954 in Walkerton, she was a graduate of North Newton High School.
Bonnie was a loving mother and daughter. She worked as a caregiver for the elderly for 40 years. She loved her time with her grandchildren. Since she moved a lot, Bonnie always searched for a church in every area that was right for her because she believed in God.
Survived by her daughter Amanda (Justin) Hinson, Rochester; sisters Lou Ann Bishop, Cedar Lake; Lorrie (Brian) Laffoon, Lake Village; Lisa (Darrell) Hotler, Lowell; brothers Mike Armstrong, Michigan; Billy (Lori) Armstrong, DeMotte; Scott (Kathy) Madison, Morocco; Kevin (Valerie) Madison, Lowell; grandchildren Kylie Blann and Declan Laffoon.
The daughter of Anita Schermer, Cedar Lake; and, William (Judy) Armstrong, Lake Village, she was preceded in death by son Craig; father William Armstrong; grandparents Orville (Dessie) Reed, Julius (Jenny) Flachsenburger, and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Thursday, July 25 at 3 p.m. at the Community Center in Morocco. Friends visited from 1 p.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family. Bonnie will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
www.frazierfuneralhome.net.

Newton County Enterprise from July 27 to Aug. 20, 2013

Idabelle Claire Pipes (1947 - 2009)

Idabelle Claire Pipes, 61, of Brook (Foresman) died Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11:45 p.m. at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.  She was born Dec. 16, 1947, in Watseka, Ill., to Kathrine Lucille Roberts and she survives.  She was a lifetime Newton County resident.  She married Norman Pipes on Feb. 19, 1966, and he survives. 
Mrs. Pipes was a homemaker and she worked at the Mid Continent Inn of Rensselaer for several years. She enjoyed flowers, bird watching and knitting.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandkids and her dog Duke.
She is survived by two daughters, Belinda (husband Randy) Hood of Goodland and Tammy (husband Thomas) Drish of Rensselaer; two brothers, Vernon "Butch" (wife Doris) Hammersley of Rensslear and Terry (wife Kathleen) Hammersley of Bloomington, Ind.; two sisters, Leatha Kleis of Indianapolis, Pat (husband Jim) Gerbracht of Columbus, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by father Vernon Hammersley, Sr.
Funeral Services will be Monday, May 4, 2009 at noon (CDT) with a visitation from 10 a.m. (CDT) until the service time at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland. Reverend Ken Marsh officiating.  Interment will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family.

Roger Dale Pitman

            Roger Dale Pitman, 49, of Morocco, passed away May 1st. The Lang Funeral Home in Morocco was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family. Guide May 17, 2004

 

Marie E Martell Ponto, 85

            Marie E Martell Ponto, age 85, of Earl Park, formerly of Beaverville, Ill., died at 11:30 p.m. on March 14, 2007 at Rensselaer Care Center.

            Born Feb. 24, 1922 in Beaverville to the late Artie and Clara Fortin Martell, she was a graduate of Beaverville Catholic Academy.

            She married Leo Ponto and they later divorced. She was a homemaker, a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Earl Park, and a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Beaverville.

            Mrs. Ponto was a Dwight Yoakum fan and loved her white poodle.

            Surviving are brother-in-law Phillip (Mae) Lareau; nieces JoAnne Lareau, Mary (Bob) Rundle, Clara (Bruno) Forester, Ritta Curwick; nephews Martin (Carol) Lareau, Dean (Rhonda) Lareau, Dale (Nancy) Varboncouer, Bernie (Joyce) Varboncouer, Eugene Varboncouer, and Richard Varboncouer.

            She was preceded in death by step-mother Ellen Martell, sister Josaline Varboncouer, brother-in-law Vernal Varboncouer, step-sister Eileen Lareau, nephew Jack Lareau, and niece Margaret Ingalls.

            Visitation was held on hour prior to a 10 a.m. Mass on Saturday, March 17 at St. Mary’s Church, Beaverville, Ill. Interment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Father Robert Coleman officiated.

            Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund.

            McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, handled arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

Elsie E. "Jean" Potter

Elsie E. 'Jean' Potter, 78, of Mount Ayr, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010. 
            She was born on June 3, 1932 to Ted and Edna (Neeley) Were in Mount Ayr. Elsie was a homemaker and active member of the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr. She taught youth groups, her grandchildren in Sunday School and tutored at the Community Center of Mount Ayr. 
            Elsie is survived by 1 daughter: Michelle Ann Potter, 8 grandchildren: Brett (Vanessa) Wiseman, Nathan (Raenette) Napier, Bridget (Russell) Shouse, Brandon (Daphne) Napier, Kendra Ewen, Kristin Ewen, Kayla Ewen and Kasey Ewen and 7 great grandchildren: Clayton Shouse, Avery Marrow, Brock and Carigann Napier, Tharyn Wiseman, Allista Taulman, Landen Musch and Tyler Thienenan as well as siblings: Betty Kennedy and Jacki (Bob) Jewett.
            Elsie was preceded in death by husband: Frank Potter, sister, Delores Fellmy; brother, Earl McGraf and great-granddaughter, Angel Grace Napier.
            Memorial services will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Pastor Bob Jewett officiating. Interment will take place in the Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer.         
            Elsie will be deeply missed by many.
            To offer condolences please visit  www.boersmafuneralhome.com    View online guestbook at myrepublican.info Rensselaer Republican November 2, 2010

 

Deborah Marie Potts

            Deborah Marie (nee Prairie) Potts, 53, of Lake Village, passed away at her home on Monday, Jan 28, 2008. She was born March 9, 1954, in Momence, Ill., to Delmar and Louise Prairie.

            Deborah worked at Baker & Taylor in Momence, Ill.

            She is survived by her husband, Steve, whom she married on June 4, 2005; three daughter, Tina (Mary) Filipek of Terre Haute, Janice (Orval) Voorhies of Lake Village, Cindy (Aaron) Chancy of Roselawn; two step-daughters, Niki (Dennis) Reeves of Indianapolis and Brieanne Potts of Kentland; nine grandchildren, Jacqueline, Dustin and Lucas Youngblood, Samantha and Cheyenne Voorhies, Caitlyn Napier, Arianna Chancy, Jeret Padgett and Carmryn King: her mother, Louise Prairie of Momence; one sister Linda (Jack) Molleme; five brothers, Ronald (Dana), Gerald (Barb), Dean (Ursala), Steven and Francis (Gayle) Prairie; numerous nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her father, Delmar, and four brothers, Wayne, Leon, Leroy and Norman.

            A visitation was held Friday, Feb 1, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E Commercial Ave., Lowell, concluding with the funeral service at 7 p.m., Chaplain Marjorie Egger officiating. Cremation followed with private burial of cremated remains at Lake Village Cemetery at a later date.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or Jasper Co Hospice. The family wishes to thank Jasper Co Hospice with a special thank you to Kathy, Karen and Chaplain Marjorie Egger. Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

 

Dick Potts
Racing legend Dick Potts, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. It is finally revealed that Dick was 76 years old, as it was a running joke that Dick would not tell his age.
Richard R. "Dick" Potts was born in Goodland on November 3, 1937, the son of the late Raymond Potts and Artis (Camblin) Potts. He attended school in Morocco and was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Dick served his country for three years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Son of the American Legion, a member of American Legion Post #29 of Rensselaer and a member of the
Loyal Order of Moose.
Dick started racing in 1960, and #92 had 521 feature wins in his 51 years of racing. He raced at dirt tracks all over the area, as well traveling the country with racing circuits. He was the winningest driver at the Rensselaer Raceway. During his career he had 23 Track Championships, 33 Runner-up Championships, was 7-time Northern Indiana Clay Track Champion, 7-time Illiana Clay Track Champion, and 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay Track Champion. Dick was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.
In addition to racing, Dick also owned and operated his own salvage yard, Dick Potts Auto Parts, outside of Morocco since the early 1960's.
On September 16, 1997, in Morocco, Dick married Tressie Love Toler, and she survives. He is also survived by nine children: Rick (Connie) Potts, Linda Potts, Dickie Potts, Cathy (Mike) Pruitt, Kris Potts, and Peggy (Bob) Rusher, all of Indiana; and Ilene (George) Winder, Sarah (Kenny) Sprouse, and Cindy (Jay) Price, all of Virginia. 20+ grandchildren, 20+ great-grandchildren, five brothers and one sister also survive. He was preceded in death by: his parents; one sister, Millie; one daughter, Barbara Jean; and one grandson, Ryan.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2-7:30 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Per Dick's wishes, cremation will take place. Private family services and interment at Russell Chapel Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Dick's name to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer is handling the arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2014

 

 

Kristine E. “Krissy” Potts

Kristine E. “Krissy” Potts, 44, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Krissy was affectionately known by her family as “Bug-e-boo”. She was born in Rensselaer on Oct. 3, 1969, the daughter of the late Richard “Dick” Potts and the late Elizabeth (Wright) Potts.
Krissy attended North Newton High School and was a lifetime area resident. She was a housekeeper for many families over the years. She was affiliated with the Fellowship of Living Hope Church in Rensselaer. Krissy liked to laugh and loved animals and spending time with her family and friends.
Krissy is survived by her loving family: life partner Chad Laffoon of Morocco; three children: Sasha Riley (fiancé: Sheena Gipson) of Rensselaer, Derek Riley and Kirstin Pasierb, both of Morocco; two step-children: Kyle Laffoon and Kassidy Laffoon, both of Roselawn; two brothers: Rick Potts (wife: Connie) of Morocco and Dicky Potts of Kentland; three sisters: Linda (Kucharski) Potts of Thorntown, IN, Ilene Winder (husband: George) of Poquoson, VA, and Cathy Pruitt (husband: Michael) of Rensselaer; and five grandchildren and one on the way. She was preceded in death by: her father, mother and grandparents.
Pastor Edwin Bontreger officiating. Interment will follow at Russell Chapel Cemetery in Newton County 

Paul H. Praeger (1954-2010)

            Paul H. Praeger, 56, of Goodland, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Goodland. He was a lifetime resident. He was born on Jan. 22, 1954, to the late Richard and Thelma J. Atkinson Praeger in Watseka, Ill. His marriage was to Mary Louise Henderson, and she preceded him in death in 1996.       
            Paul worked for BonL Manufacturing in Kentland as a die repairman for 35 years. He was a member of the Benton County Combo Dart League, and Christmas for Kids. And was a long supporter as Santa Clause. He enjoyed playing darts and corn hole.   
            Surviving are one son, Paul Christopher (Trisha) Praeger of Bourbon, Ind.; three daughters, Patricia K. (Bill) Lock of Goodland, Mary I. Bobbitt of Fowler and Tracey Bobbitt of Indianapolis; two brothers, Charlie Doan, Kentland, and George (Dee) Praeger; sister, Debra Marion, DeMotte; and two grandchildren.        
            He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Agnes, Judy and Patricia Glenn. 
            Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 12, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland at 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home with Rev. George Kehler officiating. Burial will take place at the Earl Park Cemetery in Earl Park.           
            In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.       
            Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2010

 

Pearl Ann Prue

            Pearl Ann Prue, 73, of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. She was born Jan. 31, 1935, in Hammond, Ind. She married Alexander J. Prue who died in 1985. She was a homemaker and enjoyed golf, Rummikub and spending time with her grandchildren and her friends. She also enjoyed cooking and watching the Food Network.

            She is survived by her son Christopher (Laurie) Prue of Fort Wayne; a brother, William Rzechula Jr., of Merrillville, Ind., and two grandchildren, Garrett and Wyatt Prue.

            There will be no services or calling. The Elzey Patterson Rodak Funeral Homes of Fort Wayne is in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

 

Geraldine M. Putts (1938-2010)

            Geraldine M. "Geri" Putts, age 72, of Rensselaer passed away July 26, 2010 at the Jasper County Hospital. She was born February 4, 1938, in Rensselaer, the daughter of Gerald and Dorothy (Downs) Baldwin.     
            On June 10, 1989, in Rensselaer she married Robert "Bob" Putts who survives.      
            Friends will be received on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 3-8 p.m. at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Philip Leichty officiating. Burial will follow at the Burr Oak Mennonite Cemetery Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

 

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Ralph H. Raisanen Jr

            Ralph H. Raisanen, Jr., 63, of Morocco passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at Jasper County Hospital.  
            Raisanen was born Dec. 19, 1946, son of the late Ralph Raisanen, Sr. and Amelia (Maki) Raisanen.          
            Visitation is at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Rensselaer Republican November 18, 2010

 

Robert A. "Bob" Ramsey (1959 - 2009)

Robert A. Ramsey, 50, of Lake Village passed away on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Bob was a 1977 graduate of North Newton High School and was retired from the Lake Village Fire Dept. reserve. He was formerly employed with the Newton County EMS. He was also a former deputy and dispatcher with the Newton County Sheriff's Dept and had worked for Fair Oaks Dairy.
He was a member of Lake Village Presbyterian Church in Lake Village.
He is survived by his mother, Charlene Ramsey of Lake Village; five siblings, Cindy (Steve) Ebert of Lowell, Ginny (Ken) Turner of Lake Village, Vicki (Jim) Skinner of Roselawn, Carl (Christine) Ramsey of Fair Oaks and Barbi Ramsey of Lake Village; numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful companion Eli.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 3-8 p.m., at Sheets Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jay Smith officiating.Burial will follow at the Lake Village Cemetery.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2009

Dorothy Jean (Hampton) Rathbun (1921-2011)

Dorothy Jean Hampton Rathbun, 90, of Muskogee, Okla., formerly of Morocco and Kentland, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011 in Muskogee. She was born June 10, 1921, in Morocco to the late Grant and Flossie (Williams) Hampton. She was a graduate of the AJ Kent High School, Class of 1939. On June 29, 1940, she wed William Ade Rathbun.
Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Muskogee, as well as the Cattlewomen's Association, Home Ec Club and the Psi Iota Xi sorority. She was a scout leader, 4H volunteer and church secretary. The family was named the Muskogee County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year in 1995.
She taught Sunday school for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing and knitting. She also liked being outside working in her garden and walking. Dorothy loved spending time with her family. she often played games with her grandchildren and went antique shopping with her daughter, Caren.
Surviving are one son, Steve Rathbun; one daughter, Caren (Jerry) Patterson, both of Muskogee; one sister, Lucille (Gene) Smith of Rensselaer; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held at the Brook United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 10, form 10-11 a.m. with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. Rev. Sue Beckett officiated. A private burial took place at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church, 600 Okmulgee St., Muskogee, OK 74403.
Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is in charge of local arrangements

Newton County Enterprise September 10, 2011

Rebekah Jean Rea (1964 - 2010)

Rebekah Jean Rea, 45, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at her home in Goodland. She was a Goodland resident for 11 years, having moved from Peoria, Ill. She was born in Peoria on Nov. 21, 1964, William Lawrence and the late Lorraine Lawrence. On Jan. 7, 2000, she married Darryl W. Rea in Rensselaer and was a homemaker.
Rebekah enjoyed playing pool. She is survived by two sons, Gray T. Lawrence of Deltona, Fla., and Joshua W. Troop, of Indianapolis; two daughters, Ashley R. Troop of St. Louis, Mo., and Mariah M. Troop of Roselawn; father, William Lawrence of Peoria and sister, Lisa Lawrence of Mackinaw, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland with Rev. John Rea officiating. Internment to be at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help with expenses.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 19 to June 19, 2010

Harold Read

            J. Harold "Bead" Read, 93, of R.R. 1, Box 2, Morocco, died at 5:12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 1994 in the George Ade Memorial Extended Care Center in Brook.

            He was born on May 11, 1900 in White County near Monticello to Rev. John W. and Sattie Addie Dickey Read. He had resided in Morocco since 1908 except for 3 years when he resided in Chicago and Rochester.

            He married Mildred Louise Sheets who died on March 8, 1975. In 1976, he married Helen VanDuyne in 1976 and she preceded him in death in April, 1988.

            He was a Deputy Auditor for Fulton County from 1936 until 1940 and was elected to County Auditor for 2 terms from 1940 to 1944 and 1944 to 1945 when resigned to become an auditor for the State Board of Accounts in Indianapolis where he was employed until retiring in 1970. His mother completed his term as County Auditor from 1945 until 1948.

            He had attended the First Baptist Church in Rochester. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle from 1920-1923 and graduated from Northwestern University in 1926. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity; a 50 year member of the Rochester I.O.O.F. Lodge 47; Rochester F&AM Lodge 79; Scottish Rite, South Bend; Mizpah Shrine Temple in Fort Wayne.

            He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Weston of Morocco; a granddaughter, Kenneth (Kathleen) Sigo of Brook and a grandson, John (Deb) Weston of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Morocco Courier Dated February 15, 1994              

 

Thelma Stultz Reed, 73

            Thelma (Stultz) Reed, age 73, of Lake Village, IN and formerly of Chrisman, IL, went to heaven suddenly on Tuesday January 25, 2011. at the Jasper County Hospital ER. Thelma was born on June 9, 1937 in Chrisman, IL to the late William and Edna May (Stoops) Stultz. Thelma had been a resident of Lake Village, IN for 51 years and previously had lived in Crown Point, IN and Chrisman, IL.  
            On May 10, 1959 in Chrisman, IL Thelma married the late Herman Carter Reed, Jr. She was a graduate of Chrisman High School, was employed from 1981 to 2008 by Smurfit Stone, Portage, IN. in which she retired in 2008. Most importantly, she was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.            
            Thelma is survived by two sons: Mark Carter ( Dawn) Reed of Fair Oaks, IN, Jay Wesley Reed of Lake Village, IN; a daughter Cora Lee Reed of Plant City, FL; six grandchildren, Christopher Carter Reed, Mathew Joseph Reed, Nicholas Jay Reed, all of Fair Oaks, IN, Ashley (Bud) Reed, T.C. Dutton and Keisha Dutton; one sister Ann Ferrante of Chrisman, IL; and two brothers Phil Stultz of Georgetown, IL and John Stultz of Ridgefarm, IL.  
            Thelma is preceded in death by her parents, William and Edna May(Stoops) Stultz and her beloved husband, Herman Carter Reed, Jr.         
            Friends may call on Saturday January 29, 2011 at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman, IL from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST. Funeral services for Thelma will also be held on Saturday January 29, 2011 at the funeral home at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Kevin Coe officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Chrisman, IL. For those who wish, memorials may be made to; Ride for kids www.firstgiving.com/georgiaeford and/or Ride for A.N.N.A www.annafund.com.  Submitted By Susie Hall            
           

Raegan Lynn Reimer

            Raegan Lynn Reimer, 3, or Topeka, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 at the University of Kansas Medical Center following a brief illness.

            She was born July 3, 2004, in Lawrence, Kan., the daughter of Brady and Jennifer Reimer.

            Our little princess Raegan is survived by Brady and Jennifer, her parents; Skyler, her brother; grandparents, Karen and Steve Sumner, John and Cindy Drain, Keith and Donna Reimer; great-grandfathers, Wayne Hill and Sylvan Viner; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

            Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Dec 20, 2007, at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene followed by burial at Mount Hope Cemetery.

            To leave a message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabel.com

Newton County Enterprise February 6, 2008

 

Fern O. Reiners

            Fern O Reiners, 90, Rensselaer, formerly of Brook, died at 10:53 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2004, at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer.

            Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gerts Funeral Home in Brook.

            Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Richard E Gerts officiating.

            Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Newton County Enterprise June 30, 2004

 

Col Edmund Eddie George Reuter Jr., 84

            Col Edmund “Eddie” George Reuter, Jr., age 84, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Fla.

            Born January 1, 1923 to the late Edmund George Reuter, Sr., and Katherine Illingworth Reuter in Goodland, he was a 1940 graduate of Goodland High School. He attended the University of Maryland’s Foreign Extension Program while stationed in West Germany and later completed advanced infantry and survival training at Ft. Benning, Ga, and Ft. Bragg, NC, and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

            His marriage was to the late Dorothy “Dottie” Burnett Phillips of Holly Bluff, Miss. The couple met while stationed in Japan, and wed in Goodland.

            Col Reuter was a career veteran, serving in the Army. Upon completion of Basic Training and Officer Candidate School in 1942, he was sent into the European Theater of Operations during World War II as a commander of riflemen with the 94th Infantry Division. He was recipient of 43 medals and commendations including the Combat Infantry’s Badge with One Star, four Purple Hears, one Silver Star for Bravery, four Bronze Stars with V for Valor, the Military Merit Citation with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, and many other campaign awards. He officially retired at The Presidio, Calif. In 1971 with the full rank of Colonel.

            Surviving are five sons, John E. (Patricia) Reuter, Esq. of Cumming, Ga., Michael C (Laurie) Reuter of Dawsonvile, Ga., James M Reuter of New Orleans, La., and Memphis Tenn., Edmund G (Madeline) Reuter III of East Point, Ga. And Mark R Reuter, Esq. of Coconut Grove, Fla.; two sisters, Delores A Stone (late husband Milton) of Lafayette and Ruth R Reuter of Goodland; step-granddaughters Tracey Early of Cumming, Ga. And Crystal Morgan of Butler, Ga.; step-great-granddaughter Alyssa Early of Cumming, Ga.; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Katherine (late Oscar) Franson and Mildred F Reuter of Goodland, and Eileen I Emond of Wolcott.

            Interment will be Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. with full military honors at a later date. A Catholic service will precede his interment.

            Memorials may be made to The Disabled American Veterans National Service Foundation, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076 (www.dav.org) or by calling toll-free 1-877-426-2838 ext 2055. Newton County Enterprise March 21, 2007

 

 

Esteban "Steve" Reyes (1942 - 2013)

Esteban "Steve" Reyes was born on Nov. 28, 1942, in Edinburg, Texas, to Marcos and Raquel Reyes. His family moved to Morocco when he was a young boy. He graduated from Morocco High School in 1962, where he lettered in sports. He moved to Portland, Ore., after graduation. He married Miriam Yoder on Feb. 12, 1966. He was an active community member helping with Boys Scouts and coaching baseball, football and basketball. He died peacefully in his home in Vancouver, Wash., on April 10, 2013.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents and sister Lydia. He is survived by his two sons, Andrew and Aaron, four grandchildren, brothers Oscar and Rudy, sisters Emma, Imelda, Ofelia, Ofilia, and Belia.
Graveside services will be held May 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Camas Cemetery in Camas, Wash.
Celebration of Life Reception immediately following at the home of Andrew and Aaron Reyes.

Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 29 to May 29, 2013         

B. Frank Reynolds (1935-2012)

B. Frank Reynolds, 76, of Morocco, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, at 9:15 p.m. at home. Prior to living in Morocco, he was a Goodland resident. He was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Manchester, Tenn., to the late Benjamin F. and Jessie Chenney Reynolds. He graduted from the Goodland High School. On Oct. 30, 1957, he married Shirley J. Mead in Tennessee. She preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2007, in Indianapolis.
Frank served for two years in the U.S. Army. He was a retired truck driver having worked for the Newton County Highway Dept. for 20 years. He enjoyed mowing lawns, working on cars in his shop and tractor pulls.
Frank is survived by two sons, Jeff A. Reynolds of Mt. Ayr and Scott D. Reynolds of Lawrenceville, Ga; special friend, Karen Ross of Morocco, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters and two brothers.
Visitation was Tuesday, May 8, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook, from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service followed with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Burial to take place at a later date.
Send online condolences and sign the guest book at www.newtoncountyenterprise.com/obituaries.

Newton County Enterprise May 8, 2012

Charles Richards Jr. (1938 - 2012)

Charles Richards Jr., 73, of Brook, died at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at his son's residence.
  He was born September 28, 1938 in Rensselaer to the late Charles and Irene (Murphy) Richards.
  His marriage was to Mary Kathleen Murphy on Aug. 27, 1960, in Kentland. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2000.
  He was a member of Palestine Christian Church of Wolcott, and retired from Rogers Group, where he worked at Newton County Stone for 39 years.
  Charles enjoyed listening to country music, playing cards, attending church and church functions and spending time with his family.
  Surviving are three children; Tom Richards (wife: Sandie) of Brook, Melissa Scheurich (husband: Pat) of Rensselaer and Raymie Richards (wife: Janet) of Wolcott, three sisters; Maxine Honn (husband: Hedy), Betty Honn and Janet Burton (husband: Walt) all of Brook, and one brother; Paul Richards also of Brook.
  Also surviving are five grandchildren; Shawn, Lauren, Josh, Kyle and Ben and two great-grandchildren; Joshua and Kaden.
  He was preceded in death by two infant daughters and a sister; Judy Reid.
  Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Foster-Clapper Funeral Home of Wolcott, and also one hour prior to his funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, at Palestine Christian Church of Wolcott with Pastor Guy Brown officiating; interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery of Brook.
  Memorial donations may be made in Charles' name to Palestine Christian Church.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from July 31 to Aug. 30, 2012 

Helen R. Richards (1931-2010)

            Helen R. Richards, 79, of Goodland passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at Creasy Springs Health Campus in Lafayette. A lifetime resident of Goodland, she was born March 10, 1931, in Benton County to the late Edwin and Edith Fox Smith.. She was a graduate of the Class of 1949 from Wadena High School, in Wadena, Ind. On Dec. 4, 1955, she and James B. Richards were wed in Goodland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 2003 in Goodland.           
            Helen was a legal secretary in her husband's law office. She was a member of the Goodland Community Church and the Delta Zeta Sorority. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading and watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Indiana basketball.           
            Surviving are her three daughters, Jane C. Barton of Greenwood Village, Colo., Karen S. Davis and Denise H. Coll, both of Goodland; four brothers, Richard Smith of Goodland, Russell (Ann) Smith of Fowler, Gene Smith of Goodland and William Smith of San Diego, Calif. Also surviving are five grandchildren.   
            Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack Scott officiating. Internment took place at the Goodland Cemetery in Goodland.           
            Preceding her in death was one brother, Robert Smith.          
            Memorial contributions may be made to the Mitten Public Library. Newton County Enterprise January 4, 2011

 

Kenneth W. Richcreek, Sr. (1930 - 2012)

Kenneth W. Richcreek, Sr., 82, of Kansas City, MO and formerly of Morocco, IN, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at the University of Kansas Hospital. He was born June 26, 1930 in Kentland, IN to the late J. Leroy and Myrtle (Gerrick) Richcreek.
Ken worked for the Indiana State Police Department and retired in 1975. After retirement, he continued his career as a Private Investigator.
He was a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Platte Woods, MO, was an active member of his Sunday School Class and also a Lifetime Mason. For over 25 years, he played his trumpet in: The Northstar Community Band, The Northland Symphony, The Shrine Dance Band and his church's orchestra.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, a brother-in-law, and former wife Barbara (Ernst) Richcreek.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margie Richcreek; four sons, Ken Richcreek, Jr (Sue) of Kansas City, MO, Bill Richcreek (Nancy) of Bradley, IL, Keith Richcreek (Karen) of Kansas City, MO, and Kevin Richcreek (Pat) of San Anselmo, CA; a daughter, Beth DeYoung (Roger) of Morocco, IN; stepson, Keith Thompson (Julie) of Kansas City, MO; stepdaughter, Katie Bryant of Smithville, MO; sister Jean Leeson of Dyer; sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two nieces.
The public is invited to a Memorial Service for Ken on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2pm at his daughter's home, 1767 E 200 S, Morocco, IN. Burial of ashes will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

Newton County Enterprise from June 12 to July 12, 2012

Evelyn S. Riegle (1912 - 2013)

Evelyn S. Riegle, 101, of Kentland passed away May 7, 2013, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center, Brook, In. She was born January 29, 1912, in Dunn, Ind., Benton County to the late Edward and Nannie Graham Cripe.
  Her marriage of 72 years was to Walter O. Riegle who passed away November 9, 2001.
  Mrs. Riegle was a member of Pythian Sisters for over 50 years, a charter member of Grandmother's Club, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 23. She attended and was a member of the Covenant Federated Church in Kentland.
  She spent much of her leisure time crocheting doilies and afghans as well as playing cards with her friends.
  Surviving are three sons, Jerome E. Riegle (wife: Laverne) of Manteca, CA, William E. Riegle (wife: Joan) of Kentland, and James R. Riegle of Brook. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren, a sister-in-law Marilyn Cripe of Fowler and a very dear cousin Ruby Winslow of Lebanon.  She was preceded in death by four brothers.
  A Memorial Service will be held at the Covenant Federated Church in Kentland, on June 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. (CDT). Following the service, family and friends may gather in the church dining hall for refreshments and share memories of Evelyn's life. Rev. Wayne Meyer and Rev. Bill K. Riegle of Big Rock, Ill., will officiate. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland. Memorials may be given to the Food Pantry at the Covenant Federated Church or the George Ade Memorial Health Care Center Activities Department.
  Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise from May 9 to June 8, 2013

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerome (LaVerne) Riegle

Jerry Riegle, 84, and LaVerne Riege (82), of Manteca, CA, went home to be with their Lord and Savior this past month. Jerry passed away on February 18 and LaVerne passed away on March 3, 2014. Both had been in failing health for the past few years.
Jerry was born on September 3, 1929, in Kentland, Indiana, the son of Walter and Evelyn Riegle of Kentland. He graduated from A.J. Kent High School in 1947 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force. He worked for United Airlines for several years and later owned and operated the Riegle Fast Freight Trucking Co. for many years before retiring. He is survived by two brothers, Wm. E (Joan) of Kentland and James E. of Brook, IN.
LaVerne Austin Riegle was born June 14, 1931 in Lynn, OK. Upon graduation, she became a wife, mother, grandmother and worked in the company business. She has one surviving sibling, Jerry Austin (Carole) of Los Banas, CA.
Jerry and LaVerne celebrated their 64 Wedding Anniversary and they leave behind three children: Terry Edward, Kay Miller (Ray), Karen Ortiz (Donnie), five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Both were active members of the Cornerstone Church in Manteca, CA. On March 14, 2014 they both were laid to rest at the Sacremento National Cemetery, Dixon, CA.

Newton County Enterprise on Apr. 2, 2014

Tracy R. Riegle (1971-2010)

            Tracy R. Riegle, 38, of Brook passed away on Friday, July 2, 2010. She was born on Nov. 6, 1971, and was a lifetime resident of Brook. She attended South Newton High School and graduated in 1990.          
            She was married to David L. Riegle on June 15, 1991, in Morocco. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and bowling. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching her girls in sporting events.            
            She is survived by her husband David Riegle and two daughters, Tiphany N. Riegle and Courtany A. Riegle both living at home; parents, Janice K. Daniels, (husband, Rodney) of Brook and Gary R. Sanders, (wife, Regina) of Brook. Four brothers also survive, Wayne Cover (wife, Kindra) Avon; Jeremy Daniels and Jason Daniels both of Waseka, Ill., and Terry R. Sanders (wife, Glennda) of Brook and one sister, Teona R. Sanders of Brook; maternal grandparents, Bob and Gloria Shelton of Brook, and paternal grandparents, George and Linda Cover of Rensselaer, two nieces and two nephews. 
            She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Gerald and Mildred Sanders.  
            Visitation was Tuesday, July 5, 2010, at the Gerts Funeral Home of Brook from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were July 6, at 11 a.m. at the Brook First United Methodist Church with Rev. Sue Beckett officiating. Burial took place at the Riverside Cemetery in Brook.     
            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for her daughters. Newton County Enterprise July 8, 2010

 

Clifford C. Riley (1947-2010)

            Clifford C. Riley, 63, of rural Morocco passed away at his home Nov. 5, 2010. Clifford was born in Watseka, Ill., on July 23, 1947, son of the late John P. and Myrtle (Wesner) Riley. Clifford had lived in the Morocco area since 1957 and graduated from the Morocco High School in 1965. He was an Army Veteran. On July 11, 1987, he married Sandra Kros in Lake Village and she survives.          
            Clifford worked 16 years for Newton County Government in Building Maintenance. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the American Legion, both in Morocco. Surviving with his wife, is son Neil J. Riley at home. Two brothers survive, James (wife, Pat) Riley of Dubois, Ind., and David Riley.     
            Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Phillip Riley and a sister, Gayle Warne. Friends may call Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Morocco Community Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 S. Clay Street, Morocco with Rev. Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment will be at a later date.    
            Memorials may be made to the family. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel is handling the arrangements.           
            To offer online condolences visit www.steinkefuneralhome.com. Newton County Enterprise November 4, 2010

 

Harold Risley (1924 - 2013)

Harold A. Risley, 89, of Kentland, died at 7:20 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Iroquois Resident Home of Watseka, Ill. 
  He was born March 28, 1924 in rural Kentland to the late Raymond and Zelda (Whaley) Risley. He graduated from Brook High School and went on to serve in the Navy from 1945 to 1946.
  His marriage of 67 years was to Betty Lee Scearcy on June 4, 1946 at Mt. Zion E.U.B. She survives. 
  He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Kentland American Legion, former Newton County REMC Director, former President and board member of the Newton County Farmers Mutual Inc., and a member of the Newton County Historical Society. 
  He enjoyed bowling, playing dart ball, and going to various festivals and tournaments to play horseshoes. 
  Surviving with his wife are his children: Janine Tambling (husband: Gary) of Clifton, Ill., Randall Risley (wife: Kathleen) of Kentland, Janis Hillary (husband: Dennis) of Kankakee, Ill., Ronald Risley (wife: Debra) of Brook, and Rick Risley (wife: Debra) of Kentland. 
  He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren. 
  Friends called from 4-8 p.m. (CST), Friday, Sept. 27, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Service at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday, Sept. 28, at Mt Zion United Methodist Church of Kentland.  Pastor Larry Klingler officiated. Interment followed in Buswell Cemetery, Kentland, with graveside military rites. 
  Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or to the Iroquois Memorial Hospital Hospice. 
  Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com

Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25, 2013                           

Wilma V. Robinson

            Wilma V Robinson, 93, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died Monday, Jan 15, in Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Ariz., following an extended illness.

            She was born on April 7, 1913, and was the daughter of Bruce and Metta (Hammel) Hanger. She was a 1931 graduate of Morocco High School. She resided in Morocco for 90 years before moving to Arizona.

            In 1935, at Morocco, she married Dan Robinson, who died in 1980.

            She was employed as a bookkeeper at Brandt’s Chevrolet for many years. After retiring, she worked part time for the Newton County Health Department.

            She was a member of the United Church of Morocco.

            Survivors include son, Sam (Louise) Robinson of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Steve Martin, Susan Edinger and Sheri (Tim) Moakler and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Sam Moakler. She is also survived by three sisters, Gartha Clark, Barbara (Don) Clarkson and Dianne Hendryx, all of Morocco. She also has many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

            Wilma was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Martin, who died in 1983, her parents and two brothers, David Hanger and Bernard Hanger.

            The funeral was held at the United Church of Morocco on Friday, Jan 19 with interment following at Oakland Cemetery. The Steinke Funeral Home of Morocco was in charge of the arrangements. Newton County Enterprise January 31, 2007

           
           
 

Louis F. "Louie" Rolls (1919 - 2011)

Louis F. "Louie" Rolls, age 92 of Morocco, passed away at 12:02 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. He was born in Morocco on March 10, 1919, son of the late Frederick and Mary Jane "Jennie" (Cripps) Rolls. He was the youngest of seven children. Louie attended school in Morocco and was a lifelong area resident.
On Dec. 19, 1972 in Morocco Louie married Jane McMillan. She preceded him in death on May 1, 1983. Louie served his country in the U.S. Army in
WWII. He was a farmer and worked for Newell and Darwin Johnson and Bob Goddard, retiring in 1984. In his later years, he liked to help his son-in-law David on his farm. Louie was a member of the United Church of Morocco and was an avid reader of the Bible. He enjoyed watching The Lawrence Welk Show on television.
Louie is survived by three step-children: Laurena Watts (husband: David) of Morocco, Benny Smith (wife: Karen) of Warren, Mich., and Lanny Smith of Cody, Wyo.; six grandchildren: Sabrina Watts (fiancée Archie Reagan) and Richard Watts of Morocco, Joelene (Smith) Gonzalez (husband: Anthony), Aaron Smith, Abby Smith and Andrew Smith, all of Wyoming. Also surviving are a niece, Barbara Carlson of Goshen; a great-nephew, Bob Carlson of Illinois; and a niece-in-law, Wilma Kresel of Morocco. Six great-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Edyth Rolls Kresel, nephew Dr. George Kresel, great-nephew Dale Carlson and five brothers.
Friends may call on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 from 10 a.m. until noon at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at noon with Rev. Thomas D. Vance officiating. Interment will follow at Russell Chapel Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the United Church of Morocco. Share memories and condolences online at
www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 24, 2011 to Jan. 24, 2012

                                                                                                                   

 

Delores G. Romaine (1920 - 2009)

Delores G. Romaine, 88, of Newton County, passed away, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in DeMotte. She was born July 21, 1920, in Winamac, Ind., a daughter of the late Mamie and Metta (Shriner) Baker. She was educated at the Fair Oaks Public Schools and worked several years at Goldblat's Department Store in Chicago. On September 15, 1951, in Rensselaer, she married Leon E. Romaine. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1986.
Surviving are a daughter, Melody (Mrs. Tony) Barone, and grandchildren Kyle and Kurt Barone, all of Lake Village; sisters, Catherine Benda of Orland Park, Ill., and Bernice Shatterfield of Denver, Colo.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two brothers and four sisters.
Friends may call Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home in Rensselaer. Graveside interment services will be Friday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Melvin Lane officiating. Memorials are suggested to Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in DeMotte. To offer on-line condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 23 to May 23, 2009

A. Rosalie Rush, 99

            MOROCCO -- Audrey Rosalie "Rose" Rush, 99, of Morocco, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook.

            Born Nov. 5, 1910, in Newton County, she was the daughter of the late James Hoon and Bessie Sallee Hoon. She was a 1928 graduate of Mt. Ayr High School and was a lifelong Mt. Ayr and Morocco resident.

            On May 2, 1933, she married William Madison Rush, and he died Sept. 25, 1972.

Mrs. Rush was a homemaker and attended the EUB Church of Morocco. She was a member of Royal Neighbors and enjoyed crocheting and visiting with family and friends.

Surviving are three sons, William E. Rush of Rensselaer, John F. Rush of Brook and Ronald D. Rush (wife: Donna) of Morocco; and three sisters, Mildred Anderson of Brook, Isabel Anderson of Rensselaer and Patricia Tidd of Lebanon.

            Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Rose in death with her husband and parents were a son, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and 1 great-granddaughter.

            Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco. Memorials are suggested to George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center. To offer online condolences please visit: www.steinkefuneralhome.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 13, 2010

 

Herschel E. Rusher

            Herschel E. Rusher, 77, of Kentland and formerly of Hammond, passed away Monday, Oct 26, 2009, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, Ill.

            He was born may 21, 1932, in Fordsville, Ky., the son of the late Robert A. and bertha (Crowe) Rusher.

            Mr. Rusher was a pipe fitter at LTV Steel in East Chicago, retiring in 1980. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving four years in the US Air Force.

He was a member of the Fordsville Baptist Church and was a Chicago Bulls fan and enjoyed gardening.

            He is survived by his wife, Mildred Rusher of Kentland, a son, Robert E. (wife: Peggy) Rusher of Rensselaer; two brothers, Harold (wife: Betty) Rusher of Milford and Jim (wife: Sandra) Rusher of Hessville. Also, two sisters survive; Katherine (husband: Gene) Boling of Owensboro, Ky., and Janet Embry of Whitesville, Ky. One granddaughter, Jessica Rusher, also survives as do several nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers, and a grandson, Steven Rusher.

Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland. A funeral service was held at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, with burial following at the Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer.

            Online condolences may be left by visiting www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise November 4, 2009

 

 

Clifford G. Russell (1943 - 2009)

Clifford G. Russell, 66, of the Morocco - Roselawn area passed away Nov. 19, 2009 as a result of an auto accident at the intersection of Hwy 41 and 114 in Newton County. He was born Aug. 3, 1943, in Rensselaer, the son of the late Earl and Anita (Langley) Russell. Cliff graduated from Morocco High School in 1961 and had lived his entire life in the Newton County area. Prior to his retirement earlier this year, he was a cook at Flying J Truck Stop. He had previously been a cook at Merchant's and the Willow Inn.
Surviving are three nephews and a niece; Ron Brownfield of Morocco, Larry (Debbie) Brownfield of Wheatfield, Bobbie (Novesa) Russell and Susan Russell, both of Rhode Island. Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters.
Family suggests memorials to the
American Cancer Society . Friends may call Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 from 2 until 4 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Cremation has been chosen by his family.
To offer online condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

R. Steven "Steve" Ryan (1942-2011)

R. Steven Ryan, 68, of Goodland, a loving father and husband, and prominent local attorney, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in a single car accident near his home. ? He was born October 29, 1942 in Lafayette, IN to Richard and Marjorie Wilson Ryan. He graduated from Kentland High School in 1960. He went on to earn Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from Indiana University. ? Steve served in the Army in the Judge Advocate Generals Corp. at Fort Meade, MD. ?from 1969 to 1973. ? He married Paula Kline on August 23, 1970 in Baltimore, MD. Together they raised five wonderful children. ? He resided in Kentland and Goodland throughout his life. ? He was a member of both the Newton County and Indiana Bar Associations, served as president of the Indiana Prosecutors Association, and was also active in the Republican Party. ? He served as the Newton County Prosecutor from 1979-1990 and was a partner at Barce, Vann and Ryan Attorneys at Law with George Vann and John and Ed Barce. ? He was an avid Hoosier and Colts fan, enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, family vacations, and spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends. He truly enjoyed the practice of law, his colleagues, and morning walks with his friends. ? Surviving with his wife are his five children: Kelly Ryan of Lafayette, Patrick Ryan of Kentland, Heather Ryan of Durham, NC, Daniel Ryan (spouse: Erin) of Chicago, IL, and Megan Eells (spouse: Scott) of Indianapolis; two grandchildren: Jordan Dixon and Avalon Eells; a brother, Dave Ryan (spouse: Mary) of Munster, and a sister, Sally Waibel (spouse: Dave) of Troy, OH. ? Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (CDT), Friday, August 5, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. (CDT), Saturday, August 6, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kentland with Father Robert Bernatos officiating. ? He will be missed by all.? Memorials may be made to the Kentland Park Board and the Goodland Athletic Association.

Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2011
 

Robert J. "Bo" Rybarski Sr.

Robert J. Rybarski, Sr. "Bo", age 74, of DeMotte, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at St. Anthony Hospice. Robert was a veteran of the U. S. Army and was a member of the Roselawn American Legion. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Estelle Rybarski.
He is survived by two children: Robert J. (Kathleen) Rybarski, Jr. of Merrillville and Candance (Michael) Sanders of Brook; three grandchildren: Brianne (Brian) Carroll, Bo Jean Rybarski and Michael Sanders; one great-granddaughter Abigail Carroll; brother Thomas Rybarski; sister, Sandra Robbins; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on July 19, 2011 at Burns Funeral Home, Crown Point. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Anthony Hospice, 203 Franciscan Drive, Crown Point, IN 46307.

Newton County Enterprise July 27, 2011

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Charline E Sammons, 73

            MOROCCO -- Charline Elizabeth Sammons, 73, of Morocco, died at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer.

            Born on July 17, 1937, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia O'Donnell Molter. A 1955 graduate of A.J. Kent High School, Kentland, she attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, and was a 1959 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. She spent most of her life in Morocco.

Her marriage was to William Sammons in 1962, and they divorced in 1982.

            Mrs. Sammons was the director/teacher of the Newton County Adult Education Center for 24 years, retiring in December 2009. She also had been a teacher at Morocco High School from 1959 until 1961.

            Her memberships include American Legion Auxilary of Morocco, Alpha Delta Pi sorority of Purdue University and Indiana Association of Adult Continuing Education.

She was the recipient of the 2009 Jasper/Newton County Foundation Woman of the Year award and the 2002 Most Outstanding Adult Education Centers of Indiana and was the 1961 Newton County Centennial Queen.

            Surviving are her children, William "Todd" Sammons (wife: Bobbi Jo) of Rensselaer, George "Brad" Sammons of Greenwood, Nancy Sammons Bottom (husband: Kevin) of Indianapolis, a sister, Pat McCarty (husband: Delbert) of Kentland.

            Also surviving are eight grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles; a sister, Lorene Molter; and two grandchildren, Carson and Sydney Bottom.

            Visitation will be Tuesday, August 17, 2010, from 2 p.m. (CDT) until the funeral service time of 6 p.m. (CDT) at the Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home, Kentland. Interment St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland. Memorials may be made payable to the Newton County Community Foundation (Charline Sammons Memorial Scholarship Fund).  Lafayette Journal Courier August 16, 2010

 

Margaret "Susie" Sasko

Margaret "Susie" Sasko, 80, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013. Born and raised in Kentland, IN, Susie graduated from St. Mary's of Notre Dame with a Bachelors degree in nursing, and worked as a RN, retiring from Parkview Hospital. She was past president and member of the Lady Swingers Golf League and volunteered for the National Association of the Mentally Ill. Susie was an avid golfer who hit a hole- in- one at Shoaff Park and enjoyed art, painting, and traveling the world. Susie was always proud of her Irish heritage and was a descendent of St. Oliver Plunkett. She was a devoted, loving and caring mother, nurse and friend, who touched the lives of so many people. As a traveler she was deeply interested in the lives and cultures of people around the world. In retirement, Susie missed caring for her patients and advocated others to work as long as possible. Surviving are her children, Nancy Sasko of Fort Wayne; Kimberly Sasko (Hal) Shearer of Highlands Ranch, CO; George (Foroozan) Sasko III of Saratoga, CA; and Michael Sasko of Penryn, CA; sister, Charlene (Dr. David) Longnecker of Washington, DC; and grandchildren, Jack, Emily, Katherine, Elizabeth, Duncan, Audrey, Shereen, and George IV. Susie was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. George M. Sasko Jr., (Notre Dame graduate); parents, Charles (who was a farmer), and Clara (Plunkett) Simons; brother, James Simons, and sister, Mary Alice McArthur. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Fr. James Kumbakkeel officiating, calling 1 hour prior to Mass. Calling also 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, with a Vigil service at 7:45 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses or Hope House. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com

Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 5 to Oct. 1, 2013

                                                                                                                      

 

George W. Schanlaub (1923 - 2009)

George W. Schanlaub, 86, of Morocco, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. He was born June 4, 1923, in Mt. Ayr to the late John W. and Nora Ellen (Thomas) Schanlaub. George graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1942. On Sept. 14, 1946 in Morocco, he married Ileda Dubea. She survives.
George proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a crane operator for the New York Central Railroad, in Newton County and then transferred to Chicago where he worked for over 50 years. He then worked as a truck mechanic for Koch Leasing for eight years, retiring in 1986. George attended the United Church of Morocco. He was a member of the Morocco American Legion Post #146, the Masonic Lodge and the Knights of Pythias. George was an avid reader, and in his younger years he enjoyed hunting.
Surviving in addition to his wife are children: Verna Phillips of Linden, N.C. and John Willis (Ann) Schanlaub of Snow Cap, N.C.; a brother, Eldon (Virginia) Schanlaub of Babbit, Minn.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Steinke Funeral Home, Brunton Chapel in Morocco. Funeral services are at the funeral home at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Vance officiating. Memorials are suggested to the wife or to United Church of Morocco. To offer on-line condolences please visit
www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Dec. 22, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010

Robert "Bob" Schrontz (1939)

Robert "Bob" Schrontz, 71, of Rossville, formerly of Kentland, died at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette.
He was born May 20, 1939 in Frankfort to the late Raymond and Helen Potts Schrontz. He attended school in Frankfort, IN, Columbus, OH and Lafayette, IN. He graduated from Buck Creek High School in 1957.
He entered the Navy in July of 1957, and was stationed on the USS McKean where he was a radio operator.
On July 3, 1993, he married Charlotte A. Voglund in Kentland. She survives.
Bob was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, Delphi American Legion, NAPUS, and the National League of Postmasters.
Bob always enjoyed making people laugh and loved to pester, he also loved the time when all his children and grandchildren got together. He always looked forward to vacationing and taking cruises to exotic places.
Bob has a combined 32 years in the postal service; he retired in 1997 from the Postal Service as Postmaster in Logansport. He also worked as a policeman in Lafayette and Kentland off and on for over 30 years. Bob's real passion was to protect and serve the communities he lived in.
Surviving with his wife are five daughters, Kelly Markley (husband: Billie) of Nika, MO, Kendra Schuette (husband: Aaron) of Goodland, Shelly Reese (husband: Tim) of Lafayette, Brandi Rough (husband: Jamie) of Monticello, and Erin Romanski (husband: Jim) of Lafayette, two sons, Robbie Strouse (wife: Debbie) of Johnston, OH, and Dirk Schrontz of West Lafayette, and two brothers, Ron Warren (wife: Becky) of Lafayette and Keith Warren (wife: Peg) of Lenexa, KS.
Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Lynsey Strouse, Conner Morris, Taylor Angle, Taylor and Cameron Schrontz, Morgan, Claire and Grant Schuette, Madison and Mylie Reese, and Jordyn, Jalen, Emily and Ella Romanski.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland with Father Donald Gross officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery also in Kentland.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bob to the American Diabetes Association . Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.
Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

 

Luke Edward Schultz

            Luke Edward Schultz, six months old son of Ralph and Ruby (Starnes) Schultz, passed away Friday, in the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, following an illness of pneumonia.

            The child was born October 2, 1949 and is survived by one brother, Ralph Jr., besides the parents, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Starnes and Mr. and Mrs. Firnot Schultz of Morocco.

            Funeral services were held in Hancock's chapel Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Carl Sanger of Rensselaer officiating. Burial was made in the St. John cemetery near Parr.

(1950)                           

Submitted by Susie Hall

William L. Scearcy (1931-2010)

            William L. Scearcy, 79, of Illinois, died at 12:20 am Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 at Provena St. Marys Hospital in Kankakee, Ill. 
            He was born September 10, 1931, in Iroquois, Ill., to the late William F. and Bernice Cleo (Richison) Scearcy. He graduated from Donovan High School in 1950.   
            His marriage was to Daphne Rumbelow on June 28, 1958, in England. She preceded him in death on June 22, 2009.  
            Mr. Scearcy served in the United States Air Force, and retired after 22 years. He then worked at Wilson Brothers Elevator in Brook, and also for a construction company in Rensselaer. He was a lifetime member of the VFW American Legion in Rensselaer, and enjoyed camping and bowling.
            Surviving are three children, Maxine Robinson (husband: Gregory) of Kentland, Deb Miller (husband: Larry) of Indianapolis, and Diane Fox (husband: Mike) of Las Vegas, and four siblings, Charles Scearcy (wife: Dottie) and Betty Risley (husband: Harold) both of Kentland, Kay Bennett of Fowler, and Doris Light (husband: Irvin) of Lafayette. Also surviving are six grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and five great-grandchildren. 
            He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters, Maxine Hoover and Arlene Murray.          
            Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland where services will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010.       
            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association .          
            Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com Newton County Enterprise October 20, 2010

 

Luella C. Schlotman (1918-2011)

    Luella C. Schlotman, 92, of Sheldon, Ill., died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Sheldon Health Care in Sheldon, Ill., She was born April 10, 1918, to the late Oscar F. and Gertrude A. (Quinn) Schlotman.
    She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, and was a graduate and class Valedictorian of Sheldon High School, Class of 1936. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was an avid painter, and enjoyed history, geneology and playing cards. She worked as a secretary for Snow Insurance Agency in Sheldon from 1939-1982.
Surviving are one brother, John (Thelma) Schlotman of Kentland, 11 nieces and nephews, 19 great-nieces and nephews and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Riker and Betty Leonard, one half-brother, Dan Schlotman, and one half-sister, Dorothy Pothuisje, and one nephew.
Visitation was March 29, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland from 9:30-10:45 a.m.  Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating.     Burial took place in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland.
    Arrangements were by the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon. Memorials may be made in her name to the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland.
Newton County Enterprise March 31, 2011

Henrietta Sciacero (1928 - 2013)

Henrietta R. Sciacero, 84 of Brook, Indiana, passed away August 11, 2013 at 9:07 a.m., at the Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette.
She was born November 13, 1928 in Whiting, Indiana to the late Adolf and Rose Fauch Schuhrke. She lived in Brook since 1993 and prior to that in Hammond.
A 1947 graduate of Clark High School, Whiting, she enjoyed quilting and sewing. She married Ernest L. Sciacero, May 14, 1949 in Hammond, and he preceded her in death February 24, 2006 in their home in Brook.
Henrietta is survivied by two daughters, Lynn M. Dombroski, (husband, Don), Brook, and Gayle A. Sandquist, (husband, Dale), Valparaiso, and one son, Mark L. Sciacero, (wife, Kim) Sterling, Ill. She is also survivied by l0 grandchildren, three great grandchildren; six sisters, Verda Schshrke, Whiting, Lucille Kitka, St. John, Rosemary Diekman, Calf. , Adeline Weilmunster, Calumet City, Ill., Phyllis Marvel, Whiting, and Audrey Jucknowski, (husband, John)  Munster; two brothers, Bill Schshrke, East Chicago, and Adolf "Carl" Schshrke,  (wife, Jeri), Whiting.
She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodland, Ladies Aide and Altar Guild. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013  from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Gerts Funeral Home, Brook. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, Aug.14, 2013 at 10 a.m., at  Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodland. with Rev. David Mueller officating. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Brook. Memorials may be given in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodland. Any questions, call Gerts Funeral Home, Brook.  (219) 275-6161.

Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 14 to Sept. 4, 2013

                      

 

Charles Searcy (1937 - 2013)

Charles T. Searcy Sr., 76, of Brook, died at 8:40 p.m. Friday, June l4, 2013 at I. U. Arnett Health Hospital, Lafayette.  He was born February 11, 1937 in Iroquois, Ill., to the late William G. and Bernice Richison Searcy. On December 28, 1974  he married Dorothy M. Benner Searcy, and she survivies.
Charles was a member  of Covenant Federated Church, Kentland, where he  served as past cabinet member, deacon and lay leader. Also, the Kentland and Sheldon, Ill. Masonic Lodges, where he served as Past Master, and  Shriners where he served as Past President, and Low l2.
Surviving along with his wife are his children Donna Searcy, Lafayette, William Searcy, (wife, Becky), Brook, Charles T. Searcy Jr., Lopta, Calif., Patty Lambert, (companion, Witney), Watseka, Ill., Step Children, Carol Kolivas, (husband, Ronald), DeMotte, Pamela Porch, (husband, James), Valparaiso, Michael Merkel, Valparaiso, and David Merkel, (wife, Maria), Valparaiso, along with l7 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Betty Risley, (husband, Harold), Kentland, and Doris Light, (husband, Irvin), Lafayette.  
He was preceded in death by one grandson, three sisters and one brother. Visitation was held from 5 - 7 p.m. (CDT), with a Masonic service at  7 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday June l8, 2013 at the Gerts Funeral Home, Goodland.  Funeral service was on Wednesday, June l9, 2013 at the Covenant Federated Church, Kentland, at ll:00 a.m (CDT), with Rev. Wayne Meyer, officiating.  Burial followed at the Goodland Cemetery, Goodland.  Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice.

Newton County Enterprise from June 18 to July 18, 2013

Romana L. Sego, 82

            KENTLAND -- Romana L. Sego, 82, of Kentland, died at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at George Ade Memorial Health Care, Brook.

Born Jan. 18, 1928, in Kentland, she was the daughter of the late Meddie and Romana Cunningham Sego. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from A.J. Kent High School in 1946.

            Ms. Sego worked at Kenny's Pharmacy and Newton County Enterprise prior to working at Sears in Kentland and West Lafayette for 35 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Women's Society, 4-H and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed listening to Chicago Cubs and Purdue women's basketball games.

            Surviving are five sisters, Mary Kay Anstett (husband: Harold), Theresa and Lorraine Sego, all of Kentland, Alice Silver (husband: Bill), and Martha Gretencord (husband: Bill) of Fowler.

            Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Patricia Sego; 22 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews, whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Tom Sego and Monsignor Arthur Sego; a sister, Jeanette Voglund; and a niece and a nephew.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, where a Rosary service will be held at 4:15 p.m. (CDT). Funeral Mass 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Romana to St. Joseph Catholic Church or George Ade Memorial Health Care. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralser vices.com Lafayette Journal Courier August 11, 2010

 

Theresa Sego (1922 - 2013)

Theresa Sego, 90, of Kentland, died at home in the morning hours of Friday, June 21, 2013.
   On Sepetember 29, 1922, she was born to the late Meddie and Romana (Cunningham) Sego, on a farm near Kentland, and lived there all but three years of her life. She attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from A.J. High School of Kentland in 1940.
   Her first job was working in the office of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette. In 1943, she moved back to the farm with a job as bookkeeper at the Kentland Bank. Later she moved up to assistant cashier, and in 1962, became a cashier. In 1970, she was elected onto the Board of Directors and later served as Vice President. The next 44 years, Theresa was there on the job, retiring in 1987. Ten years later she retired from the Board of Directors, after serving in that position for 27 years.
   Theresa was active in Banking organizations, especially the National Association for Bank Women. At one conference that she was chairman at, with 500 woman bankers attending, she received the AIB certificate. Theresa was very active in the St. Joseph Parish, in Tri-Kappa, the 4-H program, and well-known in the livestock circles for raising purebred Suffolk sheep.
   Surviving Theresa are sisters, Lorraine Sego who lived with Theresa on the farm, Martha (husband: Bill) Gretencord of Fowler, Alice (husband: Bill) Silver of Fowler; and sister-in-law, Patricia Sego of Kentland; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.
   Theresa was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Anstett, Jeanette Voglund, and Romana Sego; and two brothers, Thomas Sego and Monsignor Arthur Sego.
   Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. CST on Monday, June 23, 2013, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Rosary services will begin prior to visitation at 3:45 p.m. CST
   Funeral mass 11:00 a.m. CST, Tuesday, June 24, 2013, at St. Joseph Church of Kentland. Father Robert Bernotas to officiate. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
   Memorials may be made in Theresa's name to the St. Joseph Church or the Newton County 4-H Club.
   Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise from June 22 to July 22, 2013

Helen L. Sell (1921-2011)

Helen L. Sell, 90, of Muncie, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Elm Croft Assisted Living Center in Muncie. She was born in Remington on June 26, 1921, daughter of the late Hein Bokma and Hattie (Sigman) Bokma.
She graduated from A.J. Kent High School with the Class of 1939. On Sept. 29, 1940, she married Harold M. Sell in Brook. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1989.
Helen spent most of her life in Brook and had been a resident of Muncie for the last three years. She was a homemaker. She volunteered in crafts at George Ade Hospital and nursing home for a number of years and was a member of the Pythian Sisters for 50 years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafts and gardening.
Surviving are two sons, David P. Sell (wife: Connie) and Richard H. Sell (wife: Becky), all of Brook; three daughters, Nancy A. White (husband: Ed) of Muncie, Patti L. Dietrich (husband: Larry) of Indianapolis and Beth Ann Anderson (husband: Zane "Frank") of Fort Wayne.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Douglas White (wife: Anita) of Muncie, Jeffrey White of Knoxville, Tenn., William Sell (wife: Kelly) and Lesli Hansen (husband: Richard), all of Otterbein, Amy Sell of Frakes, Ky., Chris Dietrich (wife: Sarah) of Fishers, Karen Dietrich of Indianapolis, Chad Sell of Lafayette and Lindsay Sell of Brook; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Friends may call Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. CDT at Gerts Funeral Home of Brook. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. CDT at Brook United Methodist Church with Richard E. Gerts officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Brook. Donations may be made to the Brook United Methodist Church Sound System Fund, envelopes available at the funeral home. Gerts Funeral Home of Brook is handling the arrangements

Newton County Enterprise August 10, 2011

Bethel “Betty” J. Severs

            Bethel “Betty” J. Severs age 75, a resident of Morocco since 1938, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2008.

            She was preceded in death by her brothers, Francis Hayslip, Merle Hayslip, and Edward Hayslip.

            Betty is survived by her husband, Donald E. Severs and children, Howard (Pat) Severs, Lynn (Bob) Stone, Dave (Terry) Severs, Mark Severs all of Morocco and Pat Jones of Anderson and sister Doris (Roy) Swartz of Morocco, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

            Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burns Funeral Home and Crematory, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 7, 2008

  

John C. Shafer (1931-2011)

John C. Shafer, 80, of Kentland, died at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette.
He was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Edison, Neb., to the late George A. and Eva (Lewis) Shafer. He graduated from Edison High School in 1949, and went on to attend Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., currently known as Kearney State College. While attending school there he received a principal appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., he graduated from there in 1954.
Following graduation from West Point, he began his 22 ½ year career with the United States
Army, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
While stationed at Fort Still, John met and married Bethel Marie Bell in Sayre, Okla., on June 16, 1957. She survives.
Following retirement from the Army, John worked at Litton Industries in Washington, D.C., Consolidated Aluminum in New Johnsonville, Tenn., and for Capitol Products Corporation in Kentland.
He was an active member of the Kentland
Rotary Club and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He also was a member of many veterans associations, including the American Legion of Hayes Center, Nebraska, and was awarded the Legion of Merit Award.
Surviving with his wife is a son, John Charles Shafer Jr. of Rensselaer and Nickolaus Lee MacManus, of Colorado, whom they became the legal guardians of.
Also surviving are five grandchildren, Chelsea, Paige, Hollison, Dalton and Jack, a niece Rita (husband: Allen) Erickson and a nephew, Gerry Lee Shafer.
He was preceded in death by six brothers.
Friends may call from 3 until the time of memorial service at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Jefferson Township Community Fund.
For an extended obituary, please visit
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise October 22, 2011

Patricia Shea, 69

            KENTLAND -- Patricia Marie Shea, 69, of Kentland, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Clarian Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born Dec. 18, 1940, in Butte, Mont., she was the daughter of the late Emmett and Marie McMillan Dee.

            She married Cornelius Shea in 1965, and he preceded her in death in 1999.

Ms. Shea was a homemaker, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, St. Joseph Women's Society, Tri Kappa, Kentland Women's Club and American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving are two children, Marnie Hardebeck (husband: Glenn) and Michael Shea (wife: Kelly).

Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, Katy and Connor Shea, and Allen and Megan Hardebeck.

Visitation 4:30-7 p.m. (CDT) Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland, with a Rosary Service there at 4:30 p.m. (CDT). Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Patricia's name to Jasper County Hospice or the Salvation Army. Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences online at www.clap perfuneralservices.com Lafayette Journal Courier October 28, 2010

Ina Shepard (1944 - 2013)

Ina Shepard, 69, of Earl Park, passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 15, 2013.
Ina was born Feb. 3, 1944 in Talbot, to the late Delno Burton and Emma (Gaines) Burton. She attended Raub High School
Her marriage was to Ardoth "Bud" Shepard on Aug. 2, 1962 in the Christian Church of Kentland, he survives.
      Ina was a life long resident of Benton County, she served as a clerk and post master of Goodland U.S. Postal Service until retiring in 2010.
Ina is survived by her sons; Larry and Gina Shepard of Kentland, Dan Shepard of Normal, Ill., Michael and Rena Shepard of Lafayette; Grandchildren: Ian and Ashley Shepard of New York, Taylor Shepard of Indianapolis, Erica and Steven Knutson of Roselawn; one great grandson, Carter Knutson.
Ina enjoyed spending her time reading, and various travels. She also enjoyed collecting music boxes, Christmas villages, and spending time with her loving family.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Stitz Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Service beginning at 11 a.m., Friday Sept. 20, at Stitz Clapper Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Earl Park cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society .?Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com?

Newton County Enterprise from Sept. 17 to Oct. 15, 2013

                                   

 

Leon E. "Mike" Sinks (1920 - 2012)

 Leon E. (Mike) Sinks, 92, of Kentland died Oct. 31, 2012, at Indiana Veterans Home of West Lafayette.
 He was born April 21, 1920, in Morocco, to the late Ernest and Florence (Reagan) Sinks. In 1943, he married Maxine Lane, who preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 1975. In 1976, Mike married Mary Pardue Honn in Morocco. Mary preceded him in death on Sept. 15, 2004.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. (CST), Friday, Nov. 2, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral services will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 with Pastor Jack Snell officiating. Interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery, Morocco.
Memorial donations may be made to the Newton County Animal Shelter or Guardian Angel Hospice of Lafayette, Indiana. Share memories and condolences online at
www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 7 to Dec. 7, 2012

Martha "Kay" Sisney (1943-2011)

Martha "Kay" Sisney, 68, of Raub, died at 2:41 p.m., October 17, 2011 at Saint Francis Medical Center of Peoria, Ill. She was born Jan. 19, 194,3 in Brandenburg, Ky., to the late Jim Brown and Bessie Pipes Brown. 
Her marriage was to Bill Sisney on Oct. 25, 1959.  He survives. 
She lived most of her life in Newton County. 
She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino, traveling, and spending time with her family. 
Surviving along with her husband are three daughters; Erna Woodby (husband: Roger) of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Kim Alliss (companion: James Mayton) of Springfield, Tenn., and Michele Sisney of Monticello; and Tammy Woodby, whom Kay and Bill considered as a daughter. 
Also surviving are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and one on the way. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Norman Pipes, and a grandson, Billy Joe Woodby. 
Friends may call from noon until the time of funeral service at 1 p.m. (CDT), Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Interment followed at Fairlawn Cemetery of Kentland. 
Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society

Newton County Enterprise October 22, 2011

Willie R. "Bill" Sisney (1939 - 2013)

Willie "Bill" R. Sisney, 74, of Raub, died at 11:45 am, Sunday, June 9, 2013, at his residence.
   He was born May 18, 1939, in Mount Ayr, Ind. to the late Willie Young Sisney and Agnes Hutsell Sisney Iliff.
   His marriage was to Martha Kay Brown on March 25, 1959. She preceded him in death on October 17, 2011.
   Throughout his life, Bill worked as a farmer and an engineer on the railroad.
   He enjoyed the outdoors, taking care of his flowers, feeding birds, fishing, and mushroom hunting. Bill also loved spending time with his late wife. They enjoyed travelling and going to casinos.
   Surviving Bill are daughters, Michele Sisney of Monticello, Ind., Kim Alliss of Tennessee; 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren with one on the way.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Martha Sisney; adopted niece, Erna Woodby; and grandson, B.J. Woodby.
   Friends may call from 11:00 AM CST until the time of service at 12:00 (noon) CST on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentalnd. Memorial contributions may be left in Bill's name to the
American Heart Association .
   Share memories and condolences online at
http://www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise from June 12 to July 12, 2013     

Victoria Lynn Sisson (1965 - 2009)

Victoria Lynn Sisson, 44, of rural Morocco passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, April 18, 2009. She was born in Gary on March 16, 1965 to the late Donald Edward and Donna Mae (Gray) Perkins. She had been a resident of Newton County for 37 years and was educated at North Newton High School. She married Scott A. Sisson in Lake Village in June of 1987. He survives. For 12 years she had been employed as a Habilitation Specialist at CDC Resources in Rensselaer. She was affiliated with the Christian Church.
Surviving along with her husband Scott are a daughter, Brandi Nadean Sisson at home; a brother Don Perkins of Florida and step-sister Kim Goffe of Roselawn. Visition will be at the United Church of Morocco on Saturday, April 25 from 1 p.m. until time of memorial service at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating.
Memorials are suggested to Rensselaer CDC Resources or to that of donor's choice. To offer on-line condolences please visit
http://www.steinkefuneralhome.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 23 to May 23, 2009 

James G. “Jim” Skinner

            James G. “Jim” Skinner, age 51, of DeMotte, Ind., passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Vicki; children, Joshua (Dianne) Skinner of Remington, Brittney (Sabrina) Skinner of Fair Oaks, Brandi Skinner and Brooke Skinner, both of DeMotte; grandchildren, Marcus, Rhiannon, Skylar and on the way, Liam James. Also surviving are brothers, Dale, Clyde and Johnny Skinner; sisters, Alice, Sue, Joanne and Clydette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, in 1989,

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, Ind. Pastor Christopher Ebert officiated and burial followed at Roselawn Cemetery. Friends were invited to call on Monday, May 17, from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Jim was the Recording Secretary and Business Agent for Teamster Union #142 in Gary, Ind. www.sheetsfuneral.com Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2010 Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Selma L Smart, 89

    MOROCCO -- Selma L. Smart, 89, of Morocco, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 19, 2011, at her home.
    Born Nov. 7, 1921, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of the late Clair C. and Olive C. Wolever Wolverton. She was educated in the Indianapolis Public Schools and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Indiana University.
    On Dec. 20, 1942, in Bloomington, she married Robert L. Smart. He died Oct. 24, 1979.
Mrs. Smart was a lifetime educator. She taught elementary school in Brook, Raub and Roselawn. After teaching elementary school, she taught adult education for many years. From 1981 to 2001, she was co-owner of the Lunch Box restaurant in Morocco.
    She was a member of Morocco First United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Literary Club, Projects Unlimited Club and Owl Club.
Mrs. Smart is survived by three sons, Nicholas Smart (wife: Judy), Christopher Smart (wife: Rosalita) and Bruce Smart (wife: Debra), all of Morocco; a daughter, Jennifer Smart-Bauer (husband: Mark) of Michigan City; and a brother, George Wolverton of Clarksville.
    Services are Tuesday in Morocco.
Lafayette Journal Courier February 21, 2011

Cletus E. Smith (1919-2010)

            Cletus E. Smith, 90, Youngstown, Arizona and previously of Goodland, died on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at his Arizona home.
            Smith was born in Lebanon, Indiana on November 30, 1919, graduating from Lebanon High School in 1937. Following High School, he spent two years at Aetna Business College before enlisting in the Army Air Corp, serving in the Air Service Technical Command in World War II.      
            On June 22, 1941, he married Emma B. Bower. Mrs. Smith passed away on Oct. 4, 1995.
            Mr. Smith spent 36 years with Best Foods/CPC International in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, serving as the Director of Management Systems Services before retiring in 1977. He was a former member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland, and a member of the Best Foods/CPC International Quarter Century Club . His dream was to build a house in Goodland, and enjoyed working on houses. 
            He is survived by daughters Judy Kiley, Sun City West, Arizona; Linda Smith, Youngstown, Arizona and Jospeph Smith (wife Sue), Avondale, Arizona, and sister-in-law Esther Noga. Smith is also survived by four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.     
            He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, Roy E. and Catharine Williams Smith; one son, Donald Smith; one sister and six brothers.     
            Services were held at Sts. Peter and Paul on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. with burial following at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The proceedings were officiated by Rev. Robert Bernotas.        
            Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland was in charge of arrangements.

Newton County Enterprise November 4, 2010

 

Joseph R Smith (1952-2012)

Joseph R. Smith, 59, of Avondale, Ariz., passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. at the Hospice At The Valley in Peoria, Ariz. He was born Sept. 2, 1952, in Indianapolis to the late Cletus E. and Emma B. Bower Smith. He was a resident of Avondale for 11 years.
On April 26, 1999, Joseph and Sue B. Fleischman were wed, and she survives. He was a carpenter working for the Local Union #58 for 20 years.
Surviving with his wife are two sisters, Judy Kiley of Sun City West, Ariz., and Linda A. Smith of Youngtown, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was Saturday, June 9, 9 - 10:30 a.m., at the Gerts Funeral Home of Goodland. The funeral service was held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland following at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Bernotas officiating. Burial took place at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery of Goodland.
Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society . Condolences to the family may be sent online through www.newtoncountyenterprise.com/obituaries.

Newton County Enterprise June 8, 2012

Jack N Snell (1933 - 2013)

Pastor Jack N. Snell, 80, of Morocco, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. He was born in Clinton County, Indiana on February 5, 1933, son of the late Sylvester and Fern (Goodwin) Snell. He was a lifelong area resident. Jack graduated from Morocco High School with the class of 1951. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1957 and went on to earn his Masters degree from Purdue University in 1960. On August 16, 1952 Jack married his wife of over 60 years, Sarah (Dawson) Snell.
 Jack was a teacher and counselor in the Newton County Schools for 49 years, retiring in 1998. He served as Pastor of the Raub United Methodist Church in Raub, Indiana. Jack was a past member of the Lions Club, a Boy Scout Leader, and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He enjoyed model railroads, fishing, camping, traveling and oil painting. He especially enjoyed painting pictures of covered bridges.
 Jack is survived by his loving family: wife Sarah Snell; daughter Cecilia (Mrs. Larry) Henning of Flora; two sons, Stephen Snell and William Snell, both of Morocco; and one sister, Joan Wilson of Camp Verde, AZ. Two granddaughters also survive. He was preceded in death by: his parents, a brother and a nephew.
 The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. (CST) Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the Morocco Community Center. Funeral services will be Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. (CST) at the Morocco First United Methodist Church with Rev. Katherine Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jack Snell Scholarship Fund of the Newton County Foundation or the Raub United Methodist Church.

Newton County Enterprise from Apr. 25 to May 25, 2013             

Betty Lou Sondgerath

            Betty Lou Sondgerath, 72, of Watseka, Ill., formerly of Kentland, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007 at 10:40 p.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.

            She was born Dec 18, 1934, in Thawville, Ill., to the late William and Theresa Ditman Grohler. She was a graduate of A.J. Kent High School, Kentland. She married Herbert Sondgerath on Feb 27, 1954, and he preceded her in death on July 7, 1994.

            Mrs. Sondgerath had resided in Watseka since 1995 moving there from Kentland. She was the manager of Lakeview Senior Community, Watseka, she had also worked for PCA, Country Inn, Federal Land Bank and Kentland Nursing Home, all in Kentland. She was a member of the Young Democrats and Modern Mothers Home Ec Club. She enjoyed gardening and reading.

            She is survived by daughters Vickie Sondgerath of Falls Church, Va., Susan (husband) Dale) Green of Remington, Nena Sondgerath of Sacramento, Calif.: son Gerald (wife Rhonda) Sondgerath of Remington; grandchildren Breanna Green Rogers of Frankfort, Benjamin Green of Carmel, Ind., Jacob Hollen of Ft Sill, Okla., Dustin Sondgerath of Watseka; brother Harold (Joann) Grohler of Charleston, S.C.

            She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

            Visitation was Friday, Feb 2, from 4-7 p.m. (CST) with a 7 p.m. (CST) service at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home, Kentland, with Reverend Robert Bernotas officiating. Private interment was at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Kentland.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. www.stitzfuneraldhome.com Newton County Enterprise February 7, 2007

 

Evelyn Rosalie Sparks (1923-2011)

Evelyn Rosalie Sparks, 88 of Kentland, passed away at Gilman Healthcare in Gilman, Illinois at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, October 23, 2011.
She was born July 23, 1923 in Lake Village, Indiana to the late Harry and Alma M. (Phillips) Christenson, Sr. 
Her first marriage was to Lloyd Earl Goddard in 1942.  He died in 1944.  She then married Alan R. Sparks on October 14, 1951 in Lake Village, Indiana at her parents home.  He died December 2, 2004.
A Homemaker, Evelyn was also a nurses aide at George Ade Memorial Hospital for many years. 
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland.
Surviving are her children, Lloyd Sparks (wife: Barbara) of Louisville, KY, George Sparks (Selena) of Kentland, Colleen Cripe (husband: Mike) of Goodland and Kathleen Glasgow (husband: Herb) of Kentland; three sisters, June Gribben of Greenwood, Barbara Dawson (husband: Dean) of Lake Village and Kathy Wiseman (husband: Dale) of Morocco and a sister-in-law, Gloria Christenson.
Evelyn loved spending time with her family, especially her 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death with her parents and husband's are two brothers, Robert and Harry Christenson and a granddaughter, Julie Cripe.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland.  Funeral Service there 11 a.m. (CST) Thursday, October 27, 2011; Rev. Ed VanWijk to officiate.  Interment to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland. 
Memorials may be made to the Kentland American Legion Auxiliary.

Newton County Enterprise October 26, 2011

 

David C Speer

            David C Speer, 39, of Morocco, Russia, and a former resident of Lake Village, died Thursday, May 6.

            He was born June 24, 1964.

            He is survived by wife Elena and daughter Nika, 10 months, of Moscow, and daughter Jennifer Speer of Las Vegas, Nev.; parents Robert (Marianne) Speer of Tucson, Ariz., and Linda (Dan) Powers of Denver, Colo.; sister Kim (Mark) Gatewood of Lake Village; step-brothers Keith Powers of Longmont, Colorado, and Steven Powers of Portland, Ore.; step-sisters Vicki (Todd) Huff of Bloomington, Ill., and Lisa (Scott) Clark of DeMotte; nieces Bryttany, Samantha and Hayley Gatewood and nephew Aaron Gatewood of Lake Village; uncles Dennis (Leta) Speer of Crown Point, Alan (Doris) Cool of Lake Village, Roger (Theresa) Cool of Brook; aunts Pam Bower of Rochester, Jill Whiting of Indianapolis, Cindy (Rick) Cook of Lowell and Jana Herre of Rensselaer; cousins Derek Speer of Glendale Heights, Illinois, Curtis Franklin of N.J., Doug, Mat and Andy Bower of Rochester, Kathy Burman of S.C., Rob Burman of Indianapolis, Christ Trulock of the U.S. Air Force, Ricky Cook of Lowell, Jason Cool of DeMotte, Casey of the U.S. Air Force, and Katelyn Herre of Rensselaer; great aunts Rose Pecaro of McLean, W.V., and Eleanor Rohse and Phyllis Wittner, both of Portland, Ore.

            He was preceded in death by sister Jennifer, and grandparents Fred and Janet Speer and Kathryn (Brown) and Adelbert Cook, all of Lake Village.

            David was a 1982 graduate of North Newton High School and played baseball, football and trumpet in the school band.

            He joined the Air Force in 1983 and after 10 years of service in air traffic control was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

            He started working for IBM in Denver, Colorado, as a programmer and at TCI a senior programmer. TCI then set up a company called Intessera and David was asked in January 1998 to manage the programming operations at a new office in Moscow, Russia.

            He started his own computer programming company, International software Consultants, after TCI/Intessera decided they no longer wanted an office in Moscow.

            David liked anything pertaining to computers, loved to travel, play football, and was a Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears Fan.

            Memorial services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lake Village Presbyterian Church, with cremation following at Lake Village Cemetery.

            David was a good husband, father, son, and brother. He loved life and was loved by all who knew him. Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2004

 

James R Spradlin

            James R Spradlin, 72, Kentland, passed away Sunday,  May 21, 2006, AT 8:35 a.m. at his residence, following an extended illness.

            The oldest of three children, he was born May 16, 1934, in Charleston, W.V., to the late Jim and Ruth Walton Spradlin.

            James was a graduate of Du Pont High School in Charleston, W.V. After high school, he enrolled into the West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned an accounting degree in Business Management.

            On Aug 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Rosa Flowers, and she survives.

            In 1968, Jim and Rosa moved to Loudon, Tenn., where he continued his career with Union Carbide (Viskase) as comptroller. In 1977, Jim accepted an internal company transfer and moved his family to Kentland. Jim retired in 1989 after 32 years of uninterrupted employment.

            Jim was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland, where he served on the Administrative Council and served as treasurer on the Finance Committee. He also taught Sunday School for more than 15 years, ushered and was liturgist. He was also a former member of the Kentland Masonic Lodge. His hobbies included golf, computers and being with his family.

            Survivors include: one daughter, Debra (Bill) Hines of Kentland; grandchildren Ashley, Tyler and Garrett Hollingsworth and Destiny Hines; step-grandchildren, Clayton and Logan Hines; great-granddaughter Taliyah Montoya; sisters, Ruth Nida of Charleston, W.V., and Frances Webb of Cleveland, Ohio; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

            Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. May 23 at the McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland and one hour prior to funeral services May 24 at the church.

            Funeral services are at 11 a.m. May 24 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Kentland with the Rev Joseph Smith officiating.

            Internment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

            Memorial contributions in Mr. Spradlin’s name have been established at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kentland.         www.stitzfuneralhome.com Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

 

thryn (Ade) Sprinkle (1920 - 2011)

Kathryn Ade Sprinkle, 91, of Lafayette, Ind., formerly of Brook, passed away Sunday Nov. 20, 2011 at Rosewalk Commons.
Born July 11, 1920, to Charles Roland Ade and LuEthel Davis Ade in Watseka, Ill. She graduated from Alexander J. Kent High School in Kentland in 1938, and from
Purdue University in 1942.
She taught school directly after Purdue at Carmel Clay in Carmel, Ind., and then joined the Marine Corp Women's Reserve and served during
World War II where she met her husband, Charles Kleinkort, a Marine from St Louis, Mo. She was stationed in Edenton, N.C., and at Camp Miramar in San Diego, Calif. After the war they married in Kentland in 1945.
Kathryn resumed her teaching career after the military and taught at Mount Ayr School and North Newton.  Charles preceded her in death in January 1972.  She then went on to become the County Executive Director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in St Joseph County, Ind.
She married Walter O. Sprinkle in September 1973 and they resided in South Bend, and then moved to Camden, Ind. He preceded her in death in July 1997.
Kathryn moved to Rensselaer in 1998, where she resided until she moved to Rosewalk in February 2009.
Kathryn has been active in Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Literary Club, United Methodist Church, Home Economics Club, Hazelden Country Club, Newton County Historical Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, American Legion of Rensselaer, American Legion Auxiliary,
VFW, Women's Marine Association and the Women's Republican Club.
Kathryn enjoyed her life immensely; she loved to go and to do.  She traveled to all 50 States, and many foreign countries, enjoyed attending grandchildren's sporting events, visiting with family and had many friends throughout her life.
Kathryn is survived by her two sons, Karl Kleinkort of Lafayette, and Donald Kleinkort (wife Melody) of Monticello; granddaughters, Karen Brewer (husband Aaron) and  Kelly Dobson (husband Tim) all of Rensselaer; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Kleinkort and Daphne Dobson of Rensselaer and two nieces, Marguerite Lechlitner (husband Larry) of Kokomo, Adair Vaught (husband Dale) of Carmel, and nephew William C. Ade of Brook, along with many great-nieces and nephews.   
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother John Ade (wife Carolyn) of Brook.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland with Rev. Ed van Wijk officiating. Interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2011

Lovella Starnes

            Word has been received of the death of Lovella Starnes, a former Owen County resident who had lived at Morocco many years.

            Funeral services were at Morocco, March 17.

            Mrs. Starnes died at her home March 14.

            She was born in Owen County. Her parents were Sanford and Lucy Hauser.

            Her husband, Kenneth Starnes preceded her in death several years ago. One daughter also preceded her in death.

            Four daughters and two sons survive.

            She is also survived by an aunt, Mrs. Fred Criss of Spencer; a cousin, Mrs. L. Jeff Franklin of Spencer, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Albert Gentry of Spencer. (1980) Submitted by Susie Hall

  

Kenneth Starnes, 72, Dies at Morocco

            Kenneth Starnes, 72 years old, of Morocco, but a native of Owen County, died Saturday night in the Veterans' Hospital, in Maywood, Illinois, after a lengthy illness.

            He was born January 9, 1894, in Owen County, a son of the late Simon and Lillie Brown Starnes.

            Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Lovella Hauser Starnes, to whom he had been married for 45 years; seven children; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Gentry and Mrs. Marie Lawson, both of Spencer; two brothers, Dewey A Starnes of Spencer and Robert Starnes of Indianapolis.

            Funeral rites were held Tuesday afternoon in the Hancock Chapel in Morocco. Interment was made in a Morocco Cemetery. (March 1966) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

Virginia Maxine Steele (1921 - 2012)

Virginia "Maxine" Steele, 91, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in George Ade Memorial Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, Lewis D. Stowell I, and Ernest "Jake" Steele, son, Lewis D. "Sonny" and sister Viola Adams.
She is survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Kim Stowell Fisher, whom she raised, and daughter, Susan (Denzil) Clemans of Lake Village.
Cremation will precede Memorial Services, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Morocco, with fellowship to follow.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22, 2012

Esta M. Herriman Stevens (1930 - 2010)

Esta M. Herriman Stevens, 98, of Kentland, died at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in George Ade Memorial Health Care of Brook. She had been a resident there for the past two years.   She was born Oct. 27, 1911, in Brook to the late Ross M. and Addie E. (Montgomery) Padgett.  She was a 1929 graduate of Brook High School and received her degree from Ft. Wayne Business School and was professionally placed with the Indiana Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company.   She married Donald Herriman on June 20, 1936, in Crown Point, Ind. He died February 20, 1958.  She later married Albert Stevens on June 30, 1962, in Raub, Ind.  He died in July 7, 1970.   Mrs. Stevens retired in 1975 as proprietor of the Kentland Motor Inn.  She was a homemaker and also worked as Assistant Librarian at the Kentland Public Library and for the Newton County Clerks Office.  She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland.  She was a member or officer of the Kentland Women’s Club, Red Hat Society, American Legion Auxiliary, 8&40, Newton County Fair Association, Newton County Historical Society, Kentland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star and was a 4-H Leader.   She loved to paint, knit and crochet and spend time with family and friends.  She also was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.    Surviving is a daughter, Janet K. Miller (husband: Richard) of Kentland and a son, Charles E. Herriman (wife: Johnny Sue) of Marion.   Of special joy to Esta were her grandchildren, Julie Munsey (husband: Jeff) of Lafayette, Marci Hall (husband: Don) of Kentland, Patricia Herriman Gibb (husband: Buzz) of Jupiter Island, FL and John “Bart” Herriman (wife: Beth) of Indianapolis and four great-grandchildren, Jordan Gibb, Morgan Munsey, Jack Herriman and Charlie Herriman.     Preceding her in death were her parents and husbands, a sister, Nev Carlson, two brothers, Alvin J. Padgett and Robert M. Padgett and grandson, Kurt A. Herriman.   Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. (CST) Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland and also from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland.  Rev. Joe Smith to officiate. Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Brook.   Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland or the Kurt Herriman Memorial Fund c/o Grant County Community Foundation of Marion, Ind.   Share memories and online condolences at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Jan. 5 to Feb. 5, 2010

Dorothy Stombaugh

            Dorothy M. Sell Stombaugh, 86, of Seymour, formerly of Goodland and Monticello, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour.

Born April 11, 1924, in Goodland, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Olive Luse Sell. She was a 1942 graduate of Goodland High School.

            On June 14, 1943, she married Richard E. Stombaugh in Goodland, and he survives.

Mrs. Stombaugh was a food service supervisor for Twin Lakes School Corp. from 1963 until retiring in 1983.

            She was a past member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello and Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette. She was a member of NIPSCO Retirees Service Club and enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and making homemade chicken and noodles.

            Surviving with her husband are two sons, Irvin D. Stombaugh (wife: Elsie M.) of Thomasboro, Ill., and Barry L. Stombaugh (wife: Denise M.) of West Lafayette; a daughter, Kathleen A. Jackson (husband: Ed) of Seymour; three brothers, Pete Sell of Brook, Robert Sell (companion: Dee Wagner) of Rensselaer and Charles Sell (wife: Janice) of Goodland; and two sisters, Helen Cox of Atwood and Leona Elbert (husband: Bill) of West Lafayette.

Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Earl and Jim Sell.

            Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 11 a.m. (EDT) [10 a.m. (CDT)] at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Goodland, Fr. Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Goodland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; or Covered Bridge Health Campus, 1675 West Tipton St., Seymour, IN 47274. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com Lafayette Journal Courier July 28, 2010

 

Charlotte Joy Stowers (1941 - 2013)

Charlotte Joy Stowers of Rensselaer passed away September 6, 2013, at the age of 72, following a year long battle of lymphoma. Joy was born on  August 18, 1941,  to J. Truman and Iris (Davis) Sell.  
Joy graduated from Morocco High School in 1959 and
Indiana University in 1963.  In 1987, Joy completed a Master's degree from Valparaiso University.
On June 7, 1964, in Brook, IN Joy married Manly Stowers. 
Joy taught in South Newton Schools for over 15 years, primarily as band director.  Joy was a very active member of Brushwood United Methodist Church, where she served as an organist, Sunday school teacher, and choir director.  She also worked as a substitute teacher, and band volunteer.  Joy founded the Newton-Jasper Community Band in 1985 and remained involved with the group even after having a stroke in 2011. She kept a busy schedule into her late 60's and impacted the lives of hundreds of students over the years.  She enjoyed watching sports with her family, particularly Butler University Basketball.
Joy is survived by, her loving husband Manly Stowers, a daughter Karen (Wayne) Williams of Rensselaer, two sons, Mel Stowers of Rensselaer, David Stowers of Fishers, IN, two sisters Carole ( Robert) Unger of Harrisburg, PA , Carmen (Hermann) Kuebitz of Poway, CA, a brother, Jim (Joanna) Sell of Avon, IN and her father -in-law Max Stowers of Rensselaer.
One of Joy's special honors in life was being Grandma to Kristen, Nicholas and Ryan Williams, all of Rensselaer.
Joy is preceded in death by, her parents, a sister Marcia (Sell) Scott, mother-in-law Lurretta (Harrington) Stowers, and two brothers-in-law.
Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Tuesday, September 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central time.   Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:00  a.m. with Pastor Bill Clark and Rick Gerts officiating.  Burial will be at Memory Gardens of Rensselaer, IN.  Memorials may be made to the Brushwood United Methodist Church Women and/or the Joy Stowers Scholarship fund by procuring the proper envelope at Jackson Funeral Chapel.
See
www.jacksonfuneral.com to leave condolences.
Newton County Enterprise on Sept. 8, 2013

Grace E Stowers, 96

            RENSSELAER -- Grace Evelyn Stowers, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, in New Era, Mich. Born in Newton County on April 5, 1914, the daughter of Harvey and Hattie Raymond Pierson, she was raised and educated in Jasper County.

She was married in Rensselaer on Sept. 3, 1938, to William Lewis Stowers. He died March 18, 1974.

            Mrs. Stowers was a homemaker and also had worked for 16 years in the cafeteria at St. Joseph's College.

            She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1279, Rebekah Lodge 346 and Jasper County Community Services.

Surviving are two daughters, Helen Knouff (husband: Roger) of Rensselaer and Ruby Eldridge of New Era.

            Services are Friday in Rensselaer. Lafayette Journal Courier August 26, 2010

 

 

Ruby G. Styck

            Donovan, Ill – Ruby G. Styck, 62, of Donovan, Ill., died at 10:10 a.m. on Monday, July 4, 1994.

            Born on Dec. 10, 1931 in Bloomfield, Neb., she was the daughter of Otis Russell and Wilamina M. Hamloth Lee.

            She married James Styck St. on Nov. 17, 1949 in Kankakee, Ill. And he survives.

            She was a homemaker. She belonged to the Donovan Church of Christ and enjoyed sewing and playing the organ.

            Her survivors include her husband, James; three daughters, Audrey (John) Kimble of Watseka, Ill., Cinday Pfingsten and fiance, Randy Trumble of Watseka, Ill. And Dennis (Danny) Smith of Maryland; two sons,  James (Kathy) Styck Jr. of Watseka and Russell (Joy) Styck of Watseka;

Robert Bruce Suiter Jr. (1953-2012)

Robert Bruce Suiter Jr., 59, of Earl Park, passed away at 8:39 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at IU Health Arnett of Lafayette. 
He was born on Jan. 20, 1953, in Logansport to Robert Bruce Suiter Sr. and Margaret (Burris) Suiter.  He graduated from South Newton High School in 1971. 
His marriage was to Jo Ann Henderson on Aug. 30, 1976, at a family home in Attica. She survives. 
Bob lived in the Earl Park area all of his life.  He was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post 455 of Earl Park, Raub United Methodist Church, and the NRA. 
He started farming at the age of 2, riding on the tractor with his dad.  He then started farming full time at 18 after graduation. Bob and JoAnn grew their farming operation over the years and brought their daughter, Megan, into the partnership in 2001. 
He loved being in the field in a tractor or combine the most.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, taking family vacations, and spending time with his grandchildren. 
Surviving with his wife and parents are his brother; Tom Suiter (wife: Patty) of Earl Park; his two sisters; Joyce Lantz (husband: Mike) of Kokomo, and Linda Sutter (husband: Gregg) of Clarks Hill; and his three daughters; Margo Marie Sik (husband: Kelly) of Lake Benton, Minn., Megan Christine Strasburger (husband: Marc) of Earl Park, and Audra Jo Suiter of Earl Park. 
Also surviving are his two grandchildren, Leah Lynn Strasburger and Stella Margaret Sik. 
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. (EST), Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Suiter Farms Partnership, 8423 North State Road 71, Earl Park, (Raub, Ind.).  A Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. (EST), Monday, May 21, at the Raub United Methodist Church with Pastor Jack Snell officiating.  Interment to follow in Earl Park Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , American Diabetes Association , or to the Raub United Methodist Church

Newton County Enterprise May 19, 2012

 

Fay E. Sullivan (1928-2012)

            Fay E. Sullivan, 84, a lifelong Kentland resident, died at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center of Brook.  She had been in failing health since July.
She was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Brook, to the late Ira and Etta (Lacy) Honn and was a 1946 graduate of Brook High School.
            Her marriage was to Warren T. Sullivan on Oct. 24, 1947, in Kentland. He survives.
Mrs. Sullivan was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kentland and the Junior Women's Club. 
            She worked at the Courthouse in the Recorders Office and the Kentland Bank for over 25 years.
Fay was an avid quilter and liked playing cards.
Surviving with her husband is a son, Dave Sullivan (wife: Linda) of Kentland; a daughter, Mary Ann Sullivan of West Lafayette; a close friend of the family, Faye Walburg; three sisters, Marge Long of Brook, Catherine (Duane) Willie of Sydney, Ohio and Joan (Bill) Riegle of Kentland and a brother, Alfred (Cheryl)Honn of, Atwater, Ohio.  Also surviving are numerous Nieces and Nephews.
            Fay loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Jennifer Anderson (husband: Randy), Jacqueline Zimmerman (husband: Michael and Andrew Sullivan (wife: Genevieve) and her nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are two sisters, Clara and Dorothy Anderson; a brother, Raymond Honn and an infant son, David Joseph Sullivan.
Funeral service 5 p.m. (CST) Friday, March 23, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.  The Rev. Ed VanWijk to officiate.  Private interment to follow at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the
American Cancer Society

Marguerite Eleanore Sullivan (1913-2011)

Marguerite Eleanore Sullivan, age 98, of Rensselaer passed away April 12, 2011 at the Jasper County Hospital.
She was born January 25, 1913, in Laketon, Ind., the daughter of James and Marguerite (Tracy) Roney. She was a resident of Newton County from 1948 until moving to Jasper County in 1960. On March 31, 1951, in Wabash, Indiana she married Harry David Sullivan who passed away July 20, 1979.
Surviving are her children, Eileen Sullivan of Rensselaer and Harry A. (Marla Becker) Sullivan of Pine River, Minn., and four grandchildren, Nichole Sykes (Tony) Powe of California, Abigale Sullivan, Hollie Lintner and David Sullivan all of Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Elizabeth, Esther and Mary, and one brother, James.
Eleanore received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Manchester College, her Indiana State Teachers' license from Indiana State University, her Physical Education license from Ball State University and her Master's Degree from Purdue University. She began her teaching career in Shipshewana. She went on to teach at the Remington Schools and the Mt. Ayr Schools, which became North Newton Schools, where she retired from in 1978. Eleanore was the second Newton County Extension Agent to serve the Newton County communities.
She was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Rensselaer, the St. Augustine Study Club and the Pantry Pals Home Extension Club.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the St. Augustine Catholic Church with Fr. Ken Pleiman officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Catholic School.

Newton County Enterprise April 20, 2011

Jon J. Sunday (1944-2010)

            Jon J. Sunday, 66, of Remington, died unexpectedly of natural causes and was found at 4:05 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2010. 
            He was born April 23, 1944 in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to the late David W. and Anna Mae (Clouser) Sunday.            
            Services to be held at a later date. Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Remington is entrusted with his care.      
            Share memories and online condolences at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise July 29, 2010

Raymond Sutton

            Raymond "Jack" Sutton, 69, of R.R. 2, Box 104 c, Lake Village, died at 3:44 p.m., Monday Feb. 7, 1994 in the St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point.

            Born to Carl and Bessie Sutton of Jan. 27, 1925 in Stevenson, Alabama, he had been a resident of Lake Village since 1972, previously living in Highland and Sullivan, Indiana. Sutton was educated in the Alabama schools.

            On May 31, 1945, he was married in Crown Point to Luella Ann Graefen who survives.

            He served in the Army as a Pvt. 1st Class, 102nd Quartermaster Bakery Co. and was a member of the Victory Baptist Church, Valley Forge. He had been employed for 25 years at Inland Steel and was a Ford truck operator for Scot Lad Foods in Lansing, Illinois.

            He is survived by his wife, Luella; 2 daughters, Mrs. Jim (Marlene) Craighead of DeMotte and Marilyn Rae Sutton of Lake Village; 2 brothers, William Sutton of DeMotte and Carol Sutton of Medaryville; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Sutton of Hammond and Mrs. Juanita Clark of South Holland, Illinois; numerous grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a step-son; 1 sister and 1 brother.

Morocco Courier Dated February 15, 1994

                      

Roy Clyde Swartz (1919-2011)

Roy Clyde Swartz, 92, of Morocco, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Franciscan St. Margaret Hospital in Dyer. He was born January 15, 1919, son of the late Marion Earl and Jessie May (Whaley) Swartz. Visitation for family and friends was Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 1 p.m. until time of services at 3 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco.

Newton County Enterprise June 8, 2011

Martin J. Szczepanski Sr. (1940 - 2010)

MARTIN J. SZCZEPANSKI, SR., age 70 of Lake Village passed away June 26, 2010 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point. He was born January 10, 1940 in Calumet City, IL a son of the late Frank and Adeline (Pollack) Szczepanski. He graduated from Thornton Fractional North High School and was married to Mary Agnes Everly. She preceded him in death. Martin had lived in Lake Village since 1978 coming from Lake County Indiana. He worked for the Steel Mills for 22 yrs., then worked in maintaince at St. Joseph College for 6 yrs before becoming the owner/operator of Sun Aura Campground. Surviving are children, Barbara (Mrs. Dale) Beverly of Rochester, IN, Deborah (Mrs. Jim) Mathews and Martin (wife, Diane) Szczepanski, Jr. both of Morocco. His special friend Colleen Klotz of Lake Village survives along with 2 brothers, Frank (wife, Ginger) Szczepanski of Ocean Springs, MS and Jimmie (wife, Debbie) Szczepanski of Crown Point. There are 8 grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, a daughter and a brother. Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Martin's memory may be made to donor's choice. Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco is handling the arrangements.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 28 to July 28, 2010

 

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Charles F. Tagg, 71

            Fowler - Charles Fred Tagg, 71, of Fowler, died at 1:22 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lafayette. He had been ill for the past year.

            Mr. Tagg owned and operated his own farm until retiring in 1987, and he worked at Henry's Speedway in Chase.

            Born June 6, 1924, in Lafayette, he lived in Benton County all of his life and was a 1942 graduate of Pine Township High School. He married Doris A. Hall in Fowler in 1948. She survives.

            Mr. Tagg was a member of the Christian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, American Legion Post 57 and 40&8, all in Fowler, and CBI in Lafayette. A World War II veteran, he served in the Air Corps from 1942 until 1945.

Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Mrs. Edzel (Becky) Eads Jr. and Mrs. Rudy (Vania) Alaniz, both of Lafayette, and Mrs. Donald (Rita) Barnard of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a son, DeWayne C. Tagg of Fort Myers. (1995) Submitted by Susie Hall

 

John Taylo

John Taylo, 54, of Rensselaer, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2001 at the Rensselaer Care Center.

He was born August 30, 1947 in Rensselaer to Myron Waldo and Doris Louise (Robinson) Taylo.

A lifetime resident of Rensselaer, he graduated with the class of 1967 at Rensselaer High School. He was affiliated with the Rensselaer Trinity united Methodist Church.

He was employed for two years with the maintenance department at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.

He is survived by two children, Jessie and Kevin; a brother, David (Sue) Taylo of Monrovia, Ind.; and two sisters, Mary (Benny) Hale of Rensselaer and Julia (Roy) Robinson of Roachdale, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at the Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, with Pastor David Lallathin officiating.

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Mildred Elaine Tait (1919-2010)

            Mildred Elaine Tait, 91, a leader in business and higher education, a prominent figure in the packing industry and staunch supporter of higher education passed away. Mildred Elaine Tait died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 at Cedar Crest Health Center in Janesville, Wisc. Millie was born in Colton, S.D. on June 3, 1919, to Charles and Mahtilda (Acheson) Gibson. The Gibson family later moved to rural Wisconsin where Millie attended elementary and high school in Evansville. She continued her education at Whitewater State Teachers College, and Miss Grover Secretarial School in Madison. Millie married Lloyd A. Tait of Evansville, Wisc., on Nov. 1, 1941, in Brodhead, Wisc. Millie and Lloyd later lived and worked in Chicago until 1964, when they moved to Brook, Ind., and established the Per Pak Corporation.   
            Under Millie and Lloyd's direction, Per Pak became synonymous with such corporations as General Mills, Kimberly Clark, Kellogg's, and S.C. Johnson to mention a few. While in Indiana the Taits resided in the former home of playwright and humorist, George Ade, an Indiana legend. After successful years in the packing industry, Millie and Lloyd retired and returned to Wisconsin.        
            In addition to gardening, Millie loved fashion, entertaining, playing bridge and travel. She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Evansville, DAR, Literary Club and the Rock County Republican Party. Additionally, Millie served as the past president of the Skokie Valley Professional Business Women's Association, and was a life-time trustee of St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree.   
            Millie was also an avid golfer, loved the Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Cubs, and just last year attended a Cubs-Brewers game in Milwaukee on a bus trip with her good friends from Cedar Crest. Millie was preceded in death by parents, and loving husband Lloyd. Her enthusiastic sprit continues through her cousin, Jane Dunken (Dr. R.J.) of LaSalle, Ill., and many friends and business associates. Funeral services will be held at Noon on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the Ward Funeral Home, 130 South 5th Street, Evansville, Wisc., with Reverend Dr. Luke Bocher Congregational United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Evansville. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Millie's name to the Congregational United Church of Christ in Evansville. Newton County Enterprise August 26, 2010

 

Arlene Taylor (1933-2010)

            Arlene Taylor, age 77, of Rensselaer passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at the Jasper County Hospital. Arlene was born in Rensselaer on Oct. 15, 1933, the daughter of the late Frank Leroy and Laura (Dick) Hancock. She was a lifetime resident.           
            Her marriage was on March 15, 1953, in Rensselaer, to Raymond Merl Taylor who passed away Feb. 14, 2004.  
            Friends may call at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 from 2-8 p.m. CST. Funeral services will be held at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. CST with Rev. Amber Karkosky Litten officiating. Burial will follow at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rensselaer. Memorials may be made to the family.

Newton County Enterprise November 11, 2010

 

Phillip D. Taylor (1946-2012)

Phillip D. Taylor, 66, of Kentland passed Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Ill. He was born Feb. 11, 1946, in Watseka, Ill., to Dallas and Florence Rypkema Taylor.
            He served in the United States Army from Nov. 3, 1965, until Oct. 16, 1967, during the
Vietnam War; he was stationed in Germany as a teletype operator.
Phillip worked as a forklift operator for Capital Products in Kentland. He was a member of Iroquois United Methodist Church. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading and was an avid sports fan, especially Purdue basketball and Cubs baseball.
He is survived by his special friend Marilyn Ralston of Kentland; daughters and sons-in-law:     Tracie and Richard Lain of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tina and Felix Torres of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law: Robert and Sharon Taylor of Kentland; sister and brother-in-law: Janet and Jerry McVey of Donovan, Ill.; step son, James Ralston II of Wheatfield; step daughters, Andrea Dilts of Kentland and Angela Dilts of Iowa. Also surviving are three grandchildren, James Ralston III, Jayden Peterson, and Joshua Peterson and several nieces and nephews.
            He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends is planned for Saturday, March 17, at the Donovan United Methodist Church; 10-11 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bobbi Shultz officiating.
Baier Funeral Home in Watseka is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to ICARe,
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , or donor's choice

Newton County Enterprise March 11, 2012

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 Eileen Elizabeth (Deno) Tebo, 91, of Kentland, died at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at her residence.
She was born Feb, 3, 1921, in Benton County to the late Edward and Marie (Jasheway) Deno.
Her marriage was to Carl D. Tebo on June 24, 1942. He preceded her in death on July 13, 2004.
Eileen was a homemaker and worked at the Minute Shop in Morocco for 13 years, and Murphy's in Kentland for 10 years.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland.
Surviving are two daughters; Linda Bouse (husband: Gary) and Lois Frattaloue both of Kentland, two sons; Rex Tebo (wife: Tina) and Pat Tebo (wife: Diane) both of Brook, two brothers; Richard Deno of Cedar Lake and James Deno of Brook, three sisters; Helen Hitchcock and Jeanette Sorenson both of Lafayette and Inez Lanoue of Huntington, Texas, 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Tebo, a daughter, Judy Keiser, a brother, Raymond Deno and a grandson, Van Bouse.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, April 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Share memories and condolences online at www.clapperfuneralservices.com.

Newton County Enterprise April 22, 2012

Hazel H Thurston

            Hazel H Thurston, 96, of Brook, passed away June 14th. Gerts Funeral Home in Brook was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Morocco. Guide June 28, 2004

 

Valeria Trout

            Valeria Trout, age 96, of Paxton, Ill., passed away at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb 8, 2007 at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill.

             Born Anna Valeria Telfer on Aug 4, 1910 on “The County Chairman Farm” of George Ade, at Brook, she was the youngest child of Arthur and Laura Sterner Telfer. She attended schools in White County and college in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She married Martin Trout on April 21, 1931. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2002.

            For several years, Martin and Val owned the Maytag Store in Paxton before moving to Mattoon, Ill., in 1950. After the children left home, Val worked for 20 years as a caregiver to the elderly in Mattoon. She was a member of the Mattoon Presbyterian Church, and since returning to Paxton, attended the Paxton Church of Christ. Since April 2005, Heartland Health Care was called home, and she had many friends there. The loving care of the Heartland staff made Val’s last two years wonderfully happy and comfortable. She was an avid antique collector and enjoyed making friends at auctions and yard sales. Her real joy was that of being a professional mother and homemaker. Though she resided in Illinois for many years, she considered herself a life-long Hoosier.

            Surviving are two sons, Dick (Elaine) Trout of Crawsfordsville and David (Justine) Trout of Loda, Ill.; three grandchildren, Leisa, Jeff, and Laura; two step-grandchildren, Randy and Kevin; and 10 great-grandchildren, all of Indiana.

            Private services were held Friday at the Church of Christ in Paxton with Rev John Davenport officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Brook.

            Memorials may be made to the Activity Fund at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton, Ill.

            Arrangements were handled by Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton. Please sign the guest book at knappfuneralhomes.com Newton County Enterprise February 21, 2007

Eugene E. Turnpaugh, 78

            Kentland – Eugene E. Turnpaugh, 78, of Bronston, Ky., died on Monday, April 3, 1995 in Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky. After a lengthy illness. He formerly lived in Brook and in Newton County.

            Mr. Turnpaugh was an Indiana State Trooper for 22 years before retiring. He was a private investigator. He also served as Newton County recorder for eight years.

            He was born on Sept. 2, 1916 in Newton County. A Navy veteran, he served during World War II.

            Mr. Turnpaugh attended Liberty Baptist Church in Bronston and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 0148 of Morocco.

            Surviving are his wife, Irene Flynn Turnpaugh whom he married on May 29, 1989 in Somerset; a daughter Judith Jean Myers of Cheltenham, Md.; a stepson Roger Stutesman of Boerne, Texas; three stepdaughters, Judy Haynes of Mesa, Ariz., Cathy Stutesman of Nogales, Ariz. And Lori Stutesman of Earl Park; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Ann Ryan; his parents, J.L. and Leola Turnpaugh; a brother, Paul Turnpaugh.

            Friends called on April 7 at McMullan-Stitz Funeral Home in Kentland. The funeral was there on Saturday with Rev. Jack Snell officiating. Military graveside rites followed at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

Morocco Courier April 11, 1995

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JoAlice Ulm

            JoAlice Ulm August 6, 1941 – April 22, 2011 JoAlice Ulm of Grand Junction, Colorado formerly of Morocco, Indiana passed away at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by family on April 22, 2011. JoAlice was the only daughter of Floyd and Alice Triplett Ulm. She graduated from Morocco High School in 1959. JoAlice retired from La Salle Steel Mill in Hammond, Indiana after over 30 years of service in 2007. After her retirement she moved to Grand Junction to be with her daughter and granddaughters. JoAlice was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, an avid Bingo player, and a devoted Elvis fan. JoAlice is survived by her daughter, Taffy (Brandon) Ulm Homyak of Grand Junction; two granddaughters, Ashleah and Caitlin Jones of Grand Junction. She also has a brother; five nephews, two nieces, and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Edward Allen Ulm and James Brian Ulm. Services will be held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Wednesday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. Any donations can be made to Roice Hurst Humane Society of Grand Junction, CO.
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Artie L Uptain, 77

            Artie L Uptain, 77, of Morocco, died at 6:25 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2001 at her residence.

            She was born May 31, 1924 in Oakman, Ala. To William and Verna (Smith) Ford. She was married July 5, 1941 in Oakman to William “Bill” Uptain, and he preceded  her in death Dec. 5, 1991.

            Mrs. Uptain was a homemaker and had been a Morocco resident for many years.

            Survivors include three daughters: Carolyn (Bert) Papineau of Marion, Ky., Laura (Roger) Laffoon of Raub, Martha (Richard) Dick of Lafayette; two sons: James (Linda) Uptain of Morocco, Larry (Julie) Uptain of Kentucky; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two sisters: Mary Dollar of Mississippi and Hazel Gentry of Ohio; and a brother, John Ford of Mississippi.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter, and a grandson-in-law.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., July 11 at the Lang Funeral Home, with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment followed in the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.


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Helen VanDuyn

Helen VanDuyn, 83, of Richmond, IN, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013. Survived by three sons, Robert (Karen) and Roger both of Richmond, IN, Michael (Pat) of Bluffton, SC; 3 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brothers Raymond Bruner of WI, Gerald (Debbie) Bruner of Gainesville, FL, and Harold Bruner of Lake Village. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert C. Helen worked at Roger's Cartage Co. as office manager for 42 years. Visitation will be Thursday, August 22 from 10-11a.m. with Funeral Service at 11 a.m. all at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave in Lowell. Burial following in Lake Village Cemetery with Pastor Fred Miller officiating all services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association . www.sheetsfuneral.com
Newton County Enterprise from Aug. 21 to Sept. 19, 2013

 

 

 

Levie Thomas Vaughn

            Levie Thomas Vaughn, 74, of Morocco, passed away Saturday, March 6 at his home. He was born April 24, 1929 in Rensselaer, the son of Ernest and Lottie (Coley) Vaughn. Vaughn was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was a highly decorated soldier, receiving a bronze star and purple hearts.

            Vaughn was married April 24, 1954 in Rensselaer to Rosale Geller Vaughn and she survives. Levie and Rosale would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary next month.

            Vaughn had been employed as a welder and mechanic. He retired from the Newton County Highway Garage in 1995. Levie was an avid bowler and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseshoes. He was a member of the Morocco American Legion Post 146, the Rensselaer VFW, and the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Morocco. Surviving, in addition to his wife Rosale, are his children: Tom (Lesa) Marshall of Morocco; Joyce (Mike) Rowinski of Mt. Ayr; Debra (Vance) Myers of Kentland; and Mattie Aregood of Missouri; his step-mother Mattie Klepper of Missouri; 10 grandchildren: Ron (Melissa) Hoaks Jr of Morocco; David (Lindsay) Hoaks of Morocco; Mindy Hoaks of Mt. Ayr; Kyle (Beth) Vaughn of Indianapolis; Kendra Tebo of Morocco; Kyra Tebo of New York; Kassie Aregood of Missouri; Tracey Matson f Morocco; Nathan Marshall of Colorado; and Rachel (Brett) Davis of Morocco; eight great-grandchildren: Marissa, Kayla and Chase Hoaks; Darian and Wyatt Hoaks; Brittany Moore, Adam Marshall and Chase Davis; five brothers: Cecil (Elvie) Berg of Texas; David B erg of MS; Ernie (JoAnne) Vaughn of NJ; David (Sarah) Vaughn and Tom (Kathy) Vaughn both of Mol four sisters: Brenda (Roger) Bruner, Juanita Etter, Mary Vaughn and Debbie Clarke all of MO.

            He was preceded in death by his father Ernest Vaughn, his mother Lottie Berg.

            Visitation is 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at Lang Funeral Home, Morocco. Morocco American Legion Post 146 will perform a Poppy Memorial service at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 11 at Lang Funeral Home with the Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Interment will follow with military graveside rites at the Oakland Cemetery in Morocco.

            Memorials may be made to the Morocco American Legion or the Jasper County Home HealthCare and Hospice.

 

 

Blanche "Jeanette" Voglund

Blanche "Jeanette" Voglund, 85, of Kentland, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Saint Mary's Healthcare in Lafayette. Born, Aug. 1, 1924, in Kentland, she was the daughter of Meddie and Romana Cunningham Sego. She was a lifetime resident of Kentland. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and graduated from A. J. Kent High in 1942.
On May 13, 1947, she married Vernon R. Voglund in Kentland. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1992.
Mrs. Voglund was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland. She was a member of St. Joseph's Women's Society, the Red Hat Society, Grandmother's Club, 8 & 40, Home Extension (since 1948), and the American Legion Auxiliary where she held several offices. As a youth, Jeanette was very active in 4-H.
Jeanette enjoyed her flower gardens, playing cards with friends, and loved the times when all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren got together.
Surviving are four daughters, Monica Braman (husband: Phil) of Warsaw, Charlotte Schrontz (husband: Bob) of Rossville, Donna Voglund (husband: Arnold Flores) of Richardson, Texas, Connie Saint Sing (husband: Edwin) of Mooresville, N.C.; and three sons, Dave Voglund (wife: Diane) of Louisville, KY, Don Voglund (fiancée: Tracey Horvath) of Lafayette, and Dan Voglund of Kentland.
Also surviving are six sisters, Mary Kay Anstett (husband: Harold), Theresa Sego, Romana Sego, Loraine Sego of Kentland, Alice Silver (husband: Bill), Martha Gretencord (husband: Bill) of Fowler. Surviving also are two special sisters-in-law, Pat Sego and Ester Voglund of Kentland.
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Chris Braman (wife: Krista), Tom Braman, Shelly Reese (husband: Tim), Megan Borland (husband: Brent), Nicholas and Nathanial Glaspie, Quentin and Mali Voglund, Valerie and Kelly Saint Sing, Jennifer Misenheimer (husband: Don); and three great-grandchildren, Madison and Mylie Reese and Will Borland.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Margaret, and a granddaughter, Denise Voglund; and two brothers, Rev. Arthur A. Sego and Tom Sego.
Scripture Service will be 3 p.m. CST; Sunday, Feb. 28, visitation from 3 – 7 p.m. CST, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home in Kentland. Services at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kentland, on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 11 a.m. CST with Father Robert Bernotas, officiant. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Kentland.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Newton County 4-H, Kentland.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from Feb. 26 to Mar. 26, 2010




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Julia K Wagner

            Julia K Wagner, 90, Morocco, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2006.

            Visitation and funeral services were at the Morocco First United Methodist Church. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. May 12. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. May 22. Mrs. Wagner laid in state at the church from 10 t0 11 a.m.

            Burial was in Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. Solan-Pruzin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newton County Enterprise May 24, 2006

 

Alice Lorene (Purdy) Warne (1912-2012)

Alice Lorene (Purdy) Warne
Our beloved Mother, Alice Lorene (Purdy) Warne, 99, passed away peacefully, Friday May 18, 2012, at the Rensselaer Care Center; but lived all her life in Morocco.  Alice was born on June 11, 1912, to the late Ida and Isaac Purdy in Morocco. 
Alice married Delos P. Warne July 31, 1930. Together they had eight children. She is survived by four daughters, Joyce (William) Wagner of Winamac, Ind., Judy Armstrong of Lake Village, Janet (Tom) Allen of New Castle, Ind., and Jo Alice (Barney) Belt of Morocco; three sons, Gene Warne of Hanna, Ind., Jack (Cleota) Warne of Rensselaer, and Bob (Shari) Warne of Portage. Her daughter in-law Eleaner survives, (wife of the late Jerry Warne) of Momence, Ill. Two brothers Eldon (Bev) Purdy of Indianapolis and Delbert Purdy of Oak Lawn, Ill.  Also surviving is a special nephew, Lyle (Linda) Warne of Florida who lived with us. Alice had 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Delos Warne in 1963, son Jerry Warne in 2004, daughter in-law Gayle Warne, son in-law William Armstrong, five sisters, Evelyn Purdy, Wanda Shoemaker, Blanche Kay, Marvel Williams, Georgie Earl and three brothers, Tom Purdy, Harold Purdy, and Floyd (Bud) Purdy. 
Alice was a full time bookkeeper for the family trucking business, Warne Trucking. To keep herself  busy she started working at Spradling Store. In later years she worked for the Morocco State Bank, was secretary at the Morocco Grade School and worked for the Morocco IGA Grocery Store. 
In 1967, she took up oil painting and painted approximately 110 pictures that she gave to her friends and family.  As her grandchildren married she gave them each one of her beautiful pictures as a wedding gift. 
Alice was also known as the card lady.  She always sent greeting cards to all of her family and friends with personal notes and poems inside.  In her younger years, she bowled on the Smart Insurance Team, and belonged to the Pythian Sisters.  
Alice was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Morocco where she was the church secretary for many years and led several Bible studies in her home.  Her love for God and a positive attitude is what kept her going through the years.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 203 South Clay Street Morocco. Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 22, from 4 – 8 p.m.  For church information, please call 219-285-2762.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Frazier Funeral Home of Demotte. Nathan Allen, grandson of Alice, will officiate the funeral service. Following the funeral, burial will be at the Oakland cemetery in Morocco. 
Donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Alice Warne.

Newton County Enterprise May 25, 2012

Louella Rose (Anderson) Warne (1947 - 2009)

Louella Rose Warne, 62, of Morocco, passed away on April 27, 2009, of complications from multiple myeloma at the Clarian Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. She had been battling cancer since January of 2006.
Louella was born on Feb. 6, 1947, in Jasper County to the late Einar Anderson and Charlotte Barker Anderson. She grew up in DeMotte, and graduated from DeMotte High School in 1965. After high school, Louella lived for a short time in both Florida and California, working as a dental assistant and EKG technician until moving back to Indiana.
She married Lyle Junior Warne, a self-employed farmer from Fair Oaks, Ind., on June 26, 1971, at the United Methodist Church in DeMotte. They had two children, Bryan Scot Warne of Morocco and Kimberly Warne Durham (husband Kevin) of Goodland.
Louella was a homemaker during the early years of her marriage, and then returned to school and became first an EMT, then a paramedic with the Newton County Ambulance Service. She served the community as an EMT/paramedic and ACLS instructor for 24 years, retiring due to injury in 2004.
Louella was an avid quilter, creating beautiful hand-stitched quilts for her family and friends. She also loved feeding and watching wild birds, fishing, spending time outdoors, traveling (especially to the beach), and enjoying time with her loved ones. She was an intelligent, loving, and always-cheerful wife, mother, and friend, and she will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by her husband and children, as well as by a brother, Edwin Anderson (wife Janene) of DeMotte, her mother-in-law, Helen Warne of Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in DeMotte, and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and relatives via marriage in the northwestern Indiana area.
Louella decided to donate her body to the Indiana University School of Medicine and Biological Research in the hopes that her donation could further the fight against cancer and promote medical education. Per her request, there will be no formal services held; she wished for family and friends to joyfully remember and celebrate her life in their own way.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Louella Warne requests that donations be made to Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research at the IU Simon Cancer Center. Please make memorial gifts payable to: IU Foundation Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research and mail to: IU Simon Cancer Center, PO Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245. Please indicate "In Memory of Louella Warne" on your gift.

Published in Newton County Enterprise from May 4 to June 4, 2009

Garnita Webb (1918-2011)

Garnita Webb, 93, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Healthcare Center in Brook. She was born in Grant Park, Ill., on May 6, 1918, daughter of the late William Bean and Nora (Perkins) Bean.
Friends may call Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home Brunton Chapel of Morocco. Funeral services will be at the funeral home Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. Rev. Thomas D. Vance and Rev. Greg Waggoner officiating. Interment will follow at Buswell Cemetery.

Newton County Enterprise August 5, 2011

Lena P. Weishaar