Janice M. Bland
Janice Marie Bland, 62, of 1363E 500S, Wabash IN died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997 at her residence. She was born Aug. 11, 1935 at Wabash to Carl and Ruth (Eckman) Grimm.
She was a member of the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church on Erie St. For the past seven years, she made her home with two very special people, Jack and Shirley Sparks.
She is survived by two brothers - Dorwin "Bud" Grimm and Larry Grimm, both of Wabash; two sisters - Judith Murphy of North Manchester, and Jo Ann Garrett of Marion, IN.
Funeral was held Monday, Sept. 29, at the Wabash Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Venny VanHoose and Jack Sparks officiating; burial was in Falls Cemetery of Wabash.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Fune-ral Service, 86 E. Main St., Wabash, was in charge of arrangements. Preferred memorials are to Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare & Hospice.
Hollace L. (Clark) Cummins
Hollace L. (Clark) Cum-mins, 93, a resident of Miller's Merry Manor of Huntington, IN, and formerly of Liberty Mills, IN, died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997 at Miller's Merry Manor of Huntington. She was born Feb. 17, 1904 in Owen County, IN to Bert Wilson and Ora Ellen (Brammer) Clark. She was a homemaker, leaving a son, Lowell R. "Jack" Cummins of Walkerton, IN; two daughters Betty L. Green of North Manchester and Jean C. Myer of Toledo, OH; and a sister, Ada Clark of Lafayette, IN. Also surviving are six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter, four brothers and a sister pre-ceded her in death.
Funeral was held Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary of North Manchester with the Rev. Mark Flora-Swick officiating. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.
Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer's Association, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrange-ments.
Genevee Miller, 82, of 2249 Lukens Lake Road, Laketon, IN, died Sept. 24, 1997 at her home. She was born Sept. 17, 1915 at Mexico, IN to Ulysses and Lulu (Herron) Zobrosky. She was a seamstress who married Arden Miller Dec. 1, 1933; he preceded her in death June 22, 1986. She was a member of the First Brethren Church of North Manchester.
Survivors include a son Terry Miller of New Smyrna Beach, FL; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortu-ary, with the Rev. Marlin McCann officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary was in charge of arrange-ments.
James A. Treska
James Allen Treska, 64, of 178 E. Hill St., Wabash, IN died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997 at his Hill Street residence. He was born Aug. 6, 1933 at Speicherville, IN to Joseph and Anna Marie (Simota) Treska. He married Sue Harris in Wabash on Nov. 24, 1961. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wabash.
Mr. Treska was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War and receiving two Purple Hearts. He was a re-tired farmer, worked at General Tire and Rubber Co. in Wabash for 11 years, and was the custodian at St. Bernard Catholic School and church for three years.
In addition to his wife, Sue, survivors include two sons - Robert L. Treska of Henderson, NV and Rick A. Treska of Wabash; a daughter, Mrs. Beth Driscoll of Urbana; a brother, George Treska of Lagro; three sisters - Rose A. Harris of Wabash, Barbara McCourry of Freehold, NJ and Pauline Brinkman of Hartford, CT; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
A vigil for Mr. Treska was held Sunday evening at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Ave. Chapel. Funeral service was held Monday Sept. 29 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wabash with Fr. Tim Wrozek officiat-ing. Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery of Wabash.
Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society.
Bertha Bradford, 82, Clintwood, VA, died Friday, Nov. 29, at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN.
She formerly lived in Silver Lake, IN; then moved to Clintwood. She was a member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church of Wise, VA. She is survived by her husband Val-ice Bradford whom she married Nov. 3, 1934. In the 62 years that they were married, they had 13 children, 38 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren.
Survivors include five daughters: Osie White of Pierceton, Pauline Booe and Debra Dotson of King, N.C., Evelyn Garman of North Manchester, and Patricia Stanley of Clintwood, VA; six sons: Ray Brad-ford of Greenwood, CA, Steve Brad-ford of Warsaw, Richmond Brad-ford of North Manchester, Lon Bradford of Coeburn, VA, Donald Bradford of Pound, VA and Carl Bradford of Clintwood, VA; four sis-ters: Osie Whitaker of Kenton, OH, Margaret Richmond of Fort Wayne, IN, Ann Hall of Blue River, KY and Maudie Ford of Warsaw. She was preceded in death by two sons, Vir-gil "Bill" Bradford of North Manch-ester and Jr. Bradford of Kentucky, and by one sister and one brother.
Services were held Sunday at the Good Low Pentecostal Church. Burial was at the Bradford/Slone Family Cemetery, Middlecreek, KY. Mullins Funeral Home Chapel, of Clintwood, VA was in charge.
Raymond Montel, 83, of Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Prestonsburg, KY, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996 at the nursing home. He was a former North Manchester resident.
He was born March 24, 1913 at Warsaw, IN to Frederick and Ruth (Shirk) Montel. He married Ruby Price March 22, 1932 and she preceded him in death Jan. 3, 1990. He was retired from Dalton Foundry of Warsaw.
Survivors include sons Richard Montel of Greenbush, MI and Daniel Montel of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Evelyn Estepp of Thelma, KY; a sister, Mrs. Albert (Helen) Kline of Wabash; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. A son, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
Funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996 at DeLaughter-McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with the Rev. J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial was in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.
Feryl Ann Coplen
Mrs. Feryl Ann Coplen, 59, of 668 Brentwood Dr., Akron, IN, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996. Following an illness, she succumbed at Wood-lawn Hospital, Rochester, shortly after admission.
She was born Oct. 10, 1937 at Enid, OK to Ray and Vivian (Womble) Fouts. 1She married Dale Coplen Aug. 15, 1954 at Ft. Sill, OK.
She was a homemaker and former employee of R. R. Donnelly & Sons of Warsaw. She had been a resident of the Akron area since 1955. She was a member of the Olive Branch Church of God, Roann.
Survivors include her husband, Dale, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Karen) Conway of Tiver-ton, Rhode Island and Mrs. Kevin (Karna) Lyons of Philadelphia, PA; two sons, Don Coplen of Warsaw, and Michael and Katherine Coplen of North Manchester; five grand-children; her mother, Vivian Fouts of Enid, OK and two brothers, War-ren Fouts of Marietta, GA and James Fouts of Kansas City, MO.
Friends may call today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Foster & Good Funeral Home, Inc., Akron, and after 9 a.m. Thursday until the hour of service which will be at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Lowell Burris and Rev. Lawrence See will officiate and burial will be in Athens Cemetery, Athens, IN.
Preferred memorials are to the Olive Branch Church of God, Roann, IN, Building Fund.
Lorena L. Harms
Lorena L. Harms, 89, of Iola, WI, formerly of North Manchester, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996 at the Iola Nursing Home. Burial was in De-Witt, MI.
Mrs. Harms was born Sept. 18, 1907 in DeWitt, MI. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Bessie (Peters) Kowalk. She married William R. Pettit on March 20,1926 in Lansing, MI; then Herman J. Harms Sept. 1, 1957 in North Manchester. She had one son, William A. Pettit. All preceded her in death.
She was employed as a reception-ist at a printing company in Lans-ing, MI, and then at Heckman Bindery in North Manchester. Mrs. Harms moved to Iola, WI in 1992.
Survivors include a brother, Clay-ton Kowalk, Lansing, MI; a daugh-ter-in-law, Phyllis (Harms) Pettit, Iola, WI; three grandchildren, in-cluding Leslie Pettit of North Manchester; and two great-grand- children.
Freda L. Bowers
Freda L. Bowers, 81, a Cleveland, Township, Whitley County resident, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 in the Whitley Memorial Hospital, Columbia City. She had been in fail-ing health recently.
She was born on Dec. 18, 1914 in Richland Township of Whitley County, a daughter of M. I. and Cora (Bordner) Stukey. As a young child her parents moved to a farm near Collamer and she completed her education in the Collamer Grade School and graduated from South Whitley High School.
On Oct. 5, 1934, she was united in marriage by the late Rev. Noah McCoy to George A. Bowers and they have spent their married life on a farm in Cleveland Township.
Mrs. Bowers had been employed at the Flox Department Store in Columbia City and also as a short order cook at the Bowers and Cor-ner Cafe restaurants in South Whit-ley.
She was a member of the Collamer Christian Church.
Surviving relatives include her husband, George; three sons, Doyle Bowers of South Whitley, Marvin Bowers of Lyman, Wyoming, Gary Bowers of Fruita, CO; a daughter, Mrs. Marv (NeVonna) Allen of North Manchester; 11 grandchil-dren, three step grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Smith of South Whitley.
Two grandchildren, Brent Bowers, Angela Allen and a brother, Or-low Stukey are deceased.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Smith and Sons Miller Chapel of south Whitley, with the Rev. David Wagner, pastor of the Collamer Christian Church, officiating. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Collamer Christian Church.
Pauline A. Shoemaker, 86, of 209 E. Harrison, Claypool, IN, died Sat-urday, Dec. 7, 1996 at Mason Healthcare, Warsaw, IN. She was born March 16, 1910 in Warsaw, IN to Samuel Chester and Martha Jane (Boyer) Tibbets. She had been a resident of Kosciusko County all her life.
She married Alton "Si" Shoemaker in Warsaw, IN in 1930; he preceded her in death March 17, 1967. She was owner of Shoemaker Cafe of Claypool for 30 years.
She was a member of the Claypool United Methodist Church, the Happy Homemakers Club, and Friendly Neighbors Club of Clay-pool.
Survivors include two daughters - Diane James of Hobart, IN and Dixie Daugherty of New Albany, IN; a son, Dick Shoemaker of North Manchester; three sisters - Lucile Boggs of Warsaw, Isabell Hankins of Huntertown, IN and Joan Rule of Warsaw; eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, two brothers and her husband.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Claypool United Methodist Church of Claypool, with the Revs. Ronald Mann and Chad Burkhart officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery of Claypool.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel of Warsaw was in charge of ar-rangements.
Juanita J. Pitt
Juanita Johnson Pitt, 87, a former South Whitley and North Manchester resident, died October 25th, at the home of a daughter in Clermont, FL.
She was born Sept. 6, 1910 in Fort Wayne to Edwin and Estella (North) Pullin. After her father's death, her mother was married to Jim Bowers. Mrs. Pitt's formative years were spent in the South Whitley area.
Following her graduation from South Whitley High School in 1928, she married Frank C. Johnson of Sidney and they operated the Johnson Bakery in North Manchester for many years.
They moved to Florida in 1971 and Mr. Johnson died in 1975. She was later married to Louis Pitt and he preceded her in death in 1991.
Mrs. Pitt was a member of the Collamer Christian Church as a youth, then the Church of the Brethren while a North Manchester resident, and presently a member of the Clermont First Christian Church.
Surviving relatives include four daughters - Bonnie Woodworth of Sun City, AZ, JoAnn Burch of Wabash, Sally Cosby of Clermont, FL, and Jacqueline Wilson of Winter Garden, FL; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. A son, Max Arden Johnson, was killed in action in Viet Nam in 1969. Also preceding her in death were three grandchildren, two step brothers, Roy Bowers and Joe Bowers, and a step sister, Mary Kreider.
Graveside service and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the South Whitley Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the Collamer Christian Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. David Wagner, pastor, officiating.
Funeral arrangements are by the Smith & Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley.