Arthelia C. Wolfe
Arthelia Catherine (Burkhart) Wolfe, 85, of Indianapolis, IN, died Monday, May 20, 1996 at St. Francis Hospital. She was born at Bippus, IN and lived in Shelbyville from 1941 to 1990. She was bookkeeper for Fairland Lumber Company for 12 years and retired in 1973.
Survivors include her husband, Russell E. Wolfe; sons James E. and John R. Wolfe; sisters, Beulah Bowers and Evelyn Greer; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Shirley Brothers Washington Chapel Wednesday, May 22 from 2-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. prior to funeral service which will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Fund. Shirley Brothers Mortuaries, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
Mary A. Purvis
Mary A. Purvis, 78, a resident of Peabody Retirement Community, died Saturday, May 18, 1996 at Huntington Memorial Hospital. She was formerly a resident of Owingsville, KY and was a resident of North Manchester for 25 years.
She was born in Bath County, KY Aug. 7, 1917 to Owen and Lucinda (Lucas) Withrow. A homemaker, she was married to Ewell Purvis Sept. 24, 1948 and he preceded her in death Sept. 5, 1995.
Survivors include sons William E. Staton and Jimmy D. Purvis, both of North Manchester, Herman O. Staton of Silver Lake, Ewell G. Purvis of Wabash, Dave H. Purvis of Salt Lick, KY, and Kenny L. Purvis of Servia; daughters Anna Goldy of Carlisle, KY and Jeanie Shepherd of North Manchester; brothers Alen Withrow of Marion, IN and Junior Withrow of Sharpsburg, KY; 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 22, at Owingsville, KY and burial was in Withrow Cemetery, Salt Lick, KY.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Della Mae Reiken
Della Mae Reiken, 86, a former resident of Laketon, IN, died Thursday, May 16, 1996 at Wabash Healthcare Center, Wabash, IN.
She was born June 24, 1909 at Huntington County, IN to John and Catherine (Swearer) Forst.
A homemaker, she married Fred Reiken Sr. Nov. 10, 1932 and he died May 10, 1974. She was a member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Fred Reiken Jr. of Traverse City, MI; a brother Porter "Jim" Forst of Peru, IN; sisters Mrs. Kline (Irene) Sands, Mrs. Tura Poehler and Mrs. Esther Wygant, all of Huntington, IN; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Graveside service was held Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN with the Rev. David Inskeep officiating.
DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Ijamsville United Methodist Church of St. Bernard's Catholic Church of Wabash.
Wanda J. Montel
Wanda J. Montel, 66, of 802 Meadowdale Dr., North Manchester, died Thursday, May 16, 1996 at Wabash Skilled Care Center, Wabash, IN. She was born May 7, 1930 in Kosciusko County to Henry and Edith Cleo (Hively) Bryan.
A 1948 graduate of Claypool High School, she was a homemaker, married to John I. Montel July 25, 1948, and she had been a clerk at the former G.C. Murphy Co. of North Manchester. She was a member of the Eel River Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include her husband, John; stepmother Pearl Bryan of Pierceton; daughters Mrs. DeWayne (Brenda) Thomas and Mrs. Duane (Barbara) Watson, both of North Manchester; a granddaughter, Nichole Watson of North Manchester; stepsisters Mrs. Mildred Peden of North Manchester and Mrs. Everett (Helen) Shoemaker of Warsaw. A brother preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 19, at the Eel River church of the Brethren, SR 14, with Rev. Martha Cory officiating. Burial was in Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Kosciusko County.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ellen Merritt
Mary Ellen Merritt, 75, of 103 W. Third Street, North Manchester, died Thursday, May 16, 1996 at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash, IN. She was born July 14, 1920 at Akron, OH to Ollie and Florence (Delvin) Burkhart.
She married Herschel Merritt May 26, 1938. She was employed at Tri-Wic 20 years, and was retired from Custom Magnetics after five years service. She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, Dorcas Society of the church, Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority, and the 39'ers Club.
She is survived by her husband, Herschel; son Karl Merrit of North Manchester; daughters, Donna Merritt of Indianapolis, Mrs. Vern (Martha) Pursifull of Huntington, Rebecca Merritt, Warsaw, and Mrs. Beth Adair of Cromwell; a sister, Mrs. Dewayne (Jane) Monce of Warsaw; and 13 grandchildren. One daughter and a brother preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held at the Congregational Christian Church Sunday, May 19 with the Rev. David Carlson officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Cancer Society or to the Congregational Christian Church. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary handled arrangements.
Helen Jennings, 87, a resident of Peabody Retirement Home, died May 13, 1996 at the Home. She was born Sept. 3, 1908 in North Manchester to William M. and Pearl (Jinks) Jennings.
She was a high school English and Home Economics teacher at Deedsville High School and Huntington High School for 15 years, retiring in 1946. She was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, Tri-Kappa Sorority, and the Riverside Garden Club, all of North Manchester.
A graduate of Central High School, she was also graduated from Manchester College with a B.A. degree and from the University of Wisconsin where she received an M.A. degree in teaching.
Survivors include nieces Barbara Shoemaker of North Manchester and Jean Nelson of Delphi, IN; a nephew, William Jennings of Fremont, OH; sister-in-law Carol Jennings of North Manchester; great nephews Rick Shoemaker of Leesburg and Randy Shoemaker of Auburn, Jason and Josh Howard, both of Delphi. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, with the Rev. William Hemmig officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Peabody Home Foundation.
Bender Chapel Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Richard L. Sparrow
Richard L. Sparrow, 65, of 308 N. Market St., North Manchester, IN, died May 12, 1998 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. He was born in Marshall County, IN Nov. 29, 1932 to George W. Sparrow and Martha "Peggy" White of Atwood, IN. He married Marlene Hatfield Aug. 31, 1952.
Mr. Sparrow was a 1950 graduate of Atwood High School, earned the B.S. and M.A. degrees from Purdue University, and taught school at Royal Center, Onward, Claypool, and retired after 29 years at Manchester Community Schools in 1990.
Mr. Sparrow was an F.F.A. advisor, 4-H leader, and worked in the Swine Barn of-fice at the Indiana State Fair. He was President of the Wabash County Retired Teachers Association, Past President of Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, Past President and member of the North Manchester Optimist Club, member of the Indiana and National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, and member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.
He served eight years on the Manchester Community School Board and was presently serving as President of the Heartland Career Center Board of Managers. He was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association, member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church where he taught Adult Sunday School and held vari-ous offices within the church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons - Randall J. and wife Janice Sparrow of Grand Rapids, MI, Ryan J. and wife Shelly Sparrow of Manteno, IL; a daughter Mrs. Ricki and husband Keith Neuman of Lenexa, KS; and 10 grandchil-dren. One sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Monday, May 18, 1998 at the North Manchester United Methodist Church with the Revs. William Hemmig, Carl Lemna and Larry Ray officiat-ing. Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. at Etna Green Cemetery, Etna Green, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the Richard L. Sparrow Scholarship Fund, in care of DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114W, N. Manchester, which was in charge of all ar-rangements.
Erma L. Plough
Erma Lea Plough, 76, of 1787E 400N, Urbana, IN, died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at her residence. She was born Feb. 14, 1922 at Ray, ND to William B. and Mary (Gehres) Chamness. She married William B. Plough July 25, 1942 in Wabash, IN.
She was a member of the North Manchester Faith Baptist Church, and worked at Controls in North Manchester.
She is survived by her hus-band, William; a son Rev William B. Plough Jr. of Laceyville, PA; four daughters - Mrs. Charles (Dianna) Karnes of North Manchester, Mrs. Arthur (Coral) Sonier and Mrs. Dale (Sue) Sendelbach, both of Wabash, and Mrs. Christopher (Audrey) Neubecker of Wickliffe, OH; a brother, Ward Chamness of Wabash; 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grand-child, three sisters and four brothers.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 19, 1998 at the North Manchester Faith Baptist Church with Pastor Andrew Gathany officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery, located at Lagro, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the Faith Baptist Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, was in charge of arrange-ments.
Arden W. Zobrosky
Arden W. Zobrosky, 75, of 614 Cardinal Lane, Marion, IN died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. He was born Oct. 8, 1922 at Laketon, IN to Lawrence and Esther (Weitzel) Zobrosky.
Mr. Zobrosky graduated from Mishawaka High School and was a four-year Rector Scholar at DePauw University, where he gradu-ated with highest distinction and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a bomber pilot with the Eighth Air Force which flew out of England.
His wife of 50 years is the former Georgia Hale of Van Wert, OH. In 1949 he gradu-ated, with distinction, from the I.U. School of Law in Bloomington. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., where he was an attorney with the R.E.A., which estab-lished co-operatives to bring electricity and phones to rural areas all over the country.
He moved to Marion in 1954 and opened a one-room law of-fice in the Glass Block Building. He has been in con-tinuous practice for the past 44 years, most recently with his daughter, Ann. During those years he was Marion City Attorney, Attorney for the Water Dept., and a member of the Board of Works under Mayors Wert and Blackman. He served as City Judge for four years and was an active member of the Democratic Party, serving as city chair-man at one time.
He has been a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 40 years, serving on the board and teaching Sunday School. He worked with a Boy Scout Troop; he helped establish the former School for Retarded Children, served as Marion Public Library Attorney for more than 16 years, was a member of the Board of Directors of Family Service Society, the attorney for the Matthews Town Board and the Eastbrook School Board. He was a member of the Marion Lions Club, the Grant County Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia, of Marion; two daughters - Ann Zobrosky of Marion and Mrs. Clark (Amy) Zobrosky Fralick of Greenfield, IN; a brother, Tom Zobrosky of Fort Wayne, and two grand-daughters.
Funeral service was held to-day, May 20, 1998 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Schramm officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Red Bird Mission HC 69, Box 700, Beverly, KY 40913 or the First United Methodist Church., 624 S. Adams St., Marion, IN 46953.
Arrangements were by Needham-Storey North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion IN 46952.
Everett F. Kirby
Everett Frank Kirby, 85, of 5257 W. Mill Creek Pike, Wabash, IN, died Sunday, May 17, 1998 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1912 in Wabash County to Frank and Mary (Baldinger) Kirby, both deceased.
He married Ethel Marie Jones in Wabash on March 19, 1938, and she died January 28, 1984. Everett was a retired self-employed carpenter.
He is survived by a son, Robert E. Kirby of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. James (Ruth) Dyson of Peru; a brother, James Kirby of Wabash, and a sister, Mrs. Don (E. Arline) Metzger of Peru, IN; three grandchildren and three great granddaughters. A grandson, a sister, and three brothers pre-ceded him in death.
Funeral services were held today, May 20, 1998 at 2:00 p.m. at Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Mowery officiating. Burial was in the Friends Cemetery of Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to the Richvalley United Methodist Church. Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Mary A. Gamsby Moore
Mary Ann Gamsby Moore, 56, of 203 N. Adams St., Marion, IN, died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. She was born Oct. 22, 1941 in Wabash, IN to Russell M. and Edna Mae (Harney) Gamsby Sr., both de-ceased.
She was employed at Custom Magnetics, Wabash, IN and North Manchester Magnetics.
She is survived by sons Kevin Butcher of Marion, Glenn Cox of Jonesboro, IN and Phillip Heeter of Peru, IN; a daughter, Maryann (Chlorisa) Bolin of Wabash; brothers Russell Gamsby Jr. of Silver Lake, Ralph Gamsby of Wabash, and Robert Gamsby of North Manchester; sisters, Mrs. Carl (Barbara) Porter of Syracuse, and Edna Marcum of Goshen; and eight grand-children.
Graveside service will be held Thursday, May 21, 1998 at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, with the Rev. Timothy Tabler officiating.
Arrangements are by the DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester, and preferred memorials are to the Family Fund.