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Mead Donald L, 51, R. 2, Kendallville, was dead on arrival at McCray Hospital of an apparent heart attack. He was born in Noble County September 19, 1930, the son of Lloyd V. and Orpha Mae (Albaugh) Mead. He married Agnes Herron June 19, 1953 in Columbia City. A lifetime area resident, he had been employed in the maintenance department of Flint & Walling. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Avilla, American Legion Post 86, and Kendallville VFW, and Albion Eagles. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Carl (Pamela) Fike, LaOtto, and Cheryl Mead of Kendallville; two sons, Donald L. Jr. and Mark A., both Kendallville; three stepbrothers, Harold O "Salty" Casselman and Richard Casselman, Kendallville, and Jerry Casselman, Decatur; two stepsisters, Mrs. Howard (Lureign) Beights and Mrs. Lee (Nancy) Streich, Kendallville; and two granddaughters. Services in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial, Fairfield Center Cemetery. ~ 9-9-1982 + 9-?-1982
Mead Mendon, the old soldier who was stricken with paralysis and apoplexy Sunday, died Tuesday at his home over Drake’s Meat Market. He was a member during the Civil War of Co. I. 128th Ind. Volunteer Infantry and would have been 71 had he lived until the last day of this month. ^ 8-8-1907
Mead Mert Mrs., 36, died at her home in Lisbon this morning. Death was due to organic heart trouble. She had been a resident of the Lisbon neighborhood for the past 10 years. She is survived by a husband; 2 daughters, Eleanore and Agatha; and a son, Lloyd.^ 11-16-1911
Meade Astor, 66, of Kendallville, died today in McCray Hospital. He was born Feb. 22, 1917 in Weeksbury, Ky., to Turner E. and Rhoda (Johnson) Meade. A retired Newnam Foundry worker, he was a member of the Church of the True God in South Milford. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Lizzie, in Long Fork, Ky.; his wife, Ruby; 3 daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Lorene) Shepherd and Mrs. Hugh (Mary) Tuttle of Kendallville, and Mrs. David (JoAnn) Goodman of Stroh; three sons, William, Selsus and David of Kendallville; four sisters, Jean Adam, Mable Johnson and Virginia Burke of Long Fork, and LaVerne of Springfield, Ohio; two brothers, Kermit of Springfield, and Albert of Topeka, Kans.; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services at the Church of the True God Saturday. Burial, Poplar Grove Cemetery in Weeksbury. + 8-26-1983
Meade David "Doc", 51, of Kendallville, died February 22, 2004 at Parkview Noble Hospital. He was born January 19, 1953 in Weeksbury, Ky. to Astor and Ruby (Spriggs) Meade. Surviving are his mother in Kendallville; 4 sons and a daughter-in-law, Luke of Auburn, Zack of Avilla, David of Kendallville, and Eric and Cory of LaOtto; a daughter, Shelly of Goshen; 3 sisters and their spouses, Mary and Hugh Tuttle and JoAnn and David Goodman of LaGrange, and Lorene and Eugene Shepherd of Kendallville; 3 grandchildren, Dawson, Riley and Carly Meade. He was preceded in death by his father; 2 brothers, Bud, Dick; and an infant sister. He had worked on oil rigs in Wyoming and had been a roofer until he became disabled. Services at Grace Christian Church in Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ~ 2-26-2004
Meade Hallie F, 85, of Ligonier, died Dec. 15, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He moved to this area in 1968, coming from Verdonville, WVa. He retired from Sorg Products in Ligonier. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Wilsondale, W.Va., to Elisha and Mearl (Carter) Meade. He married Sarah Hester Tabor on Aug. 21, 1965, in Verdonville, W.Va. Surviving are hois wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Arlie Mearl and Kevin Kraushaar of Wolcottville; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ray Meade of Whitman, W.Va. He was preceded in death by 4 sisters and a brother. Funeral, Thursday in the Lighthouse Tabernacle, Kimmell. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 12-17-2013
Meade Robert Paul, son of Mrs. Edward Miller, nee May VanGorder, died at her home in Garrett last Friday, aged 10 years 2 months and 15 days, from cerebral meningitis from which he had suffered about two months. The funeral was held from his late home in Garrett, Sunday. Burial, Christian Union Cemetery. ~ 4-30-1925
Meade Ruby, 83, of Kendallville, died Feb. 27, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital. She was a member of the Church of the True God in South Milford. She was born in Marrowbone, Ky., to William and Maggie (Bowen) Spriggs. She married Astor Meade on Nov. 29, 1940 in Weeksbury, Ky. He died Aug. 26, 1983. Surviving are 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Lourena and Eugene Shepherd of Kendallville, JoAnn Meade and Mary and Hugh Tuttle of LaGrange; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bobby Spriggs of Kendallville. She was also preceded in death by 3 sons, William, Dick and David Meade; an infant son and daughter; grandchildren, Anthony Prater and Scott Twaits; great-grandson, Patrick Christian; 3 brothers, Arthur, Blake and Bill Spriggs; and 4 sisters, Ruth Tackett, Wilma Spriggs, Silvia Davis and Ann Horn. Services Saturday at the Church of the True God. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 2-29-2008
Meade Selsus "Dick", 50, died February 6, 1998. He was born in Weeksbury, Ky., to Astor and Ruby (Spriggs) Meade. He was a member of Bethel Christian Church in Kendallville. Surviving are his mother; 3 daughters, Bridget Meade of Va., Rachael Scheurich of Kendallville, and Fawn Meade of Albion; 3 sisters, Mrs. Gene (Lorene) Shepherd of Kendallville, and Mrs. David (Jo Ann) Goodman and Mrs. Hugh (Mary) Tuttle of LaGrange; and 2 brothers, David and William "Bud" of Kendallville. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral in Bethel Christian Church. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 2-6-1998
Meade William E "Bud", 55, died Jan. 4, 2001 at home. He was retired due to a disability from Lane Foundry, Kendallville. He was a member of the Church of the True God, South Milford. He was born July 26, 1945 in Weeksbury, Ky. to Astor and Ruby (Spriggs) Meade. Surviving are his mother in Kendallville; his former wife, Diann Fisher of Albion; a daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Larry Bolen of Rome City; a son, Jason of Albion; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Hugh Tuttle and JoAnn and David Goodman of LaGrange, and Lou Rena and Eugene Shepherd of Kendallville; a brother, David of Kendallville; 3 grandchildren, Austin, Skyler and Kaylee Bolen. Preceding him in death was a brother. Services at Bethel Christian Baptist Church, Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 1-5-2001
Meadows Dee Lynn, 35, died November 7, 2000 at Whitley Hospital. She was born November 20, 1964 in Columbia City to Billy and Patricia (Young) Pontius. She married Randy Meadows on July 1, 1996 in Ligonier. She worked at Union Products International in Cromwell. Surviving are her husband; her parents of Ligonier; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Tim Wells of Orland; and a grandmother, Eleanor Pontius of Evening Shade, Ark. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Preston and Eva Young and Walter Pontius. Services Saturday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 11-9-2000
Meadows Gary E, 43, of Cromwell died Thursday in Kosciusko County Hospital. He was born Oct. 13, 1945 in Charleston, W. Va., the son of Edward C. and Mary (Pauley) Meadows. He moved from Maryland to Cromwell in Dec. 1988. He was employed as a garnisher for Starcraft Corporation. Surviving are his mother in Front Royal, Va.; a daughter, Allison Melanie of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Joyce Painter of Front Royal, Va., and Carolyn Joan Baumes of Baltimore, Md.; and a brother, John R. of Cromwell. Graveside services today in Sparta Cemetery. + 6-3-1989
Meagher Josephine Chapman, widow of Edmund D. Meagher, died Thursday of arthritis at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. I. Park. Born in Roanoke, she moved to South Bend when a young woman and resided there nearly all her life. She came to Kendallville a few years ago to make her home with her sister. Funeral Friday. Burial in a South Bend cemetery. + 5-?-1938
Meagher L Jewel, 96, of LaGrange, died June 21, 2005 at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. She was a member of Rome City OES No. 595. She was born Jan. 11, 1909 in Warrick County to Henry and Geraldine (Trevault) Martin. On Sept. 5, 1959 she married Sam Meagher. He preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 stepchildren. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Owen. Services Saturday at Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 6-22-2005
Mechling Hanson Clifford, 61, of Kendallville, died today at his residence. Born July 27, 1920 in Bluffton, he was the son of John and Bertha (DeWitt) Mechling. He moved to Kendallville 15 years ago from Bluffton and was a salesman for the Coca-Cola bottling Co. He is survived by his mother in Bluffton; his wife, the former Joan Deam; two daughters, Becky Morris of Bluffton, and Sue Stinson of Kendallville; four sons, Larry, Tom and Barry of Bluffton, and Peter of Skinner Lake; 17 grandchildren; six sisters, Bonnie Direley, Mary Brand, Gloria Sarasien and Roberta Beeks of Fort Wayne, Georgie Turnbow of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lucille Leath of Stanton, Calif.; and a brother, Harold of Memphis, Tenn. Services Friday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 2-2-1983
Mechling Joan D, 88, of Kendallville, died  Sept. 7, 2013 in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. She was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bluffton. She was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Bluffton to Rollie Wells and Stella Mae (Foust) Deam. On March 14, 1942, in Bluffton, she married Hanson C. Mechling. He died Feb. 2, 1983. Surviving are 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Frank Morris of Bluffton and Sue and Jeff Stinson of Kendallville; 4 sons and three daughters-in-law, Larry and Ruth Mechling of Bluffton, Tom and Carolyn Mechling of Bluffton, Barry and Shar Mechling of Bluffton, and Pete Mechling of Kendallville; 17 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and a brother-in-law, Martha and Dwight Siela of Fort Wayne and Barbara Gurule of Spring Hope, N.C.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard “Pete” and Sue Deam of Bluffton. She was also preceded in death by 4 sisters, Mamie Schreiber, Margaret Schreiber, Mary Dafforn, and Midge Daniels; and 2 brothers, Robert Deam and Roger Deam. Services will be Wednesday in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery.
Medlem Arlie M "Peg", 68, rural Angola, died in Cameron Hospital, Angola, Saturday. She was born May 2, 1908 in Fremont to Otis and Norma (Teeters) Young. She married Clarence Medlem July 2, 1932 in Kendallville. She lived in Kendallville prior to moving to the Angola area in Dec. 1975. Survivors include her husband; one son, DeLoss Kellemberger, Angola; one sister, Thresa Muvik, North Lake, Ill.; and five brothers, John, Kendallville, Willard, Elgin, Ill., Robert, Auburn, Kenneth, Fort Wayne, and Max, Churubusco. Services at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home Tuesday. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1976
Medlem Clarence, 70, R. 1, Angola, died Sunday in the Cameron Hospital, Angola. The son of Fern and Lillie Medlem, he was born Oct. 25, 1906 in Marion. On July 2, 1932, he married Arlie Marguerite (Peg) Young in Kendallville. She died Aug. 7, 1976. He had resided in Angola five years after moving there from Kendallville. He was a retired employee of Flint & Walling. Surviving are one stepson, DeLoss Kellemberger, R. 1, Hog Back Lake, Angola. Services Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 11-?-1976
Medsker Devona O, 67, died Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born May 26, 1927 in Ligonier to Milo and Katherine (Simmons) Miller. She married Paul Medsker on September 14, 1946 in Ligonier. A 1946 graduate of Ligonier High School, she had been employed by Essex Wire and Sorg Products. She was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church and Ligonier OES 325. Surviving are her husband; a son, Robert of Palatine, Ill.; a daughter, Cathy Miller of Ligonier; 2 brothers, Quentin Miller of Ligonier and Jack Miller of Fort Wayne; 5 sisters, Margaret Poyser of Kendallville, Eloise Arnold, Barbara Woods and Marylin Wright of Fort Wayne, Katherine Gangwer of Ligonier; and 3 grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Funeral Sunday in Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 7-27-1994
Medsker Paul, 86, of Greenfield and formerly of Portland, Ligonier, and Muncie died Friday at the Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. He was born May 19, 1925, in Allen County, the son of Curtis and Tillie (Leininger) Medsker. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Ivy Tech Community College earning a degree in engineering. He retired in 1987 from Johnson Controls in Goshen as chief engineer after 37 years. He was a member of the University Christian Church in Muncie and the Ligonier Masonic Lodge, and past member of the Ligonier Elks. He was married to Devonna Miller in 1946. She died in 1994. He then married Kathleen (Greaf) Prescott in 1995. Survivors include his wife; one son, Robert Medsker (Sheila) of Palantine, Ill.; one daughter, Catherine (Miller) Stiebeling (Larry) of Fort Wayne; 2 stepdaughters; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Williamson Spencer Funeral Home, Portland. Graveside service Wednesday at Oak Park Cemeery. ^ 10-24-2011
Meeks Ruth C, 92, died Sunday in Renaissance Village Nursing Home. She was born in Noble County on Oct. 12, 1905 to Ezra and Chloe Elizabeth (Sparrow) Pressler. She retired as a seamstress for Fort Wayne Tailoring after 27 years. She was a member of Collins United Methodist Church, Churubusco OES and American Legion Auxiliary. Her husband, Harlan M. Meeks, died May 22, 1984. Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Riley, Merle and Ray Pressler; and 3 sisters, Rachel Muter, Ida Cramar and Marie Ludwick. Funeral Wednesday in Sheets Funeral Home, Churubusco. Burial, Wolf Lake Cemetery. + 6-7-1998
Mefferd Gerald L, 79, of Kendallville, died March 10, 2013, in his residence. He graduated from Kendallville High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. Mr. Mefferd owned Mefferd’s Cities Service and founded Kendallville Auto Parts on Main Street in Kendallville in 1973, operating the store for 40 years. He was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist and a former member of the Jaycees of Kendallville.  He was born on August 26, 1933, in Haviland, Ohio, to Gilbert and Helen (Reid) Mefferd. On April 18, 1954, in South Milford, he married Doris Elizabeth Lee. Surviving are his wife; a son, Gerald Mefferd Jr. of Rome City; 3 daughters, Victoria Elizabeth (Clint) Wease of Wasilla, Alaska, Toni Lee Michaud of Anchorage, Alaska, and Melinda Mae Duehmig of Louisville, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren, Dawn Oiler, Gilbert Mefferd, Kelly (Ben) Hecker, Ralph (Crissy) Wease, Jake (Amanda) Wease, Jason Michaud, Kacie (Ross) Turner, John Michaud, Shauna Duehmig and Derek of Kentucky; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joanne Sibert of Kendallville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Mefferd; and a brother, Byron Mefferd. According to Gerald’s wishes there will be no visitation or services. ^ 3-12-2013
Mefferd Gilbert H died Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-?-1970
Mefferd Helen Harriet, 100, died January 31, 2007 in Kendallville. She had moved to Kendallville from Van Wert, Ohio in 1942 and had owned and operated the Dinner Bell Restaurant on S. Main St. from 1947 to 1952. She had served as the director for Area III Northeast Indiana Council on Aging nutrition site. She was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist, the McCray Hospital Auxiliary, OES and Order of White Shrine. She was born February 23, 1906 in Paulding County, Ohio to Jonas and Elizabeth (Goble) Reid. She married Gilbert Mefferd on September 1, 1926 in Haviland, Ohio. He died October 14, 1970. Surviving are a daughter, Joanne Sibert of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald L. and Doris Mefferd of Kendallville; 12 grandchildren, Stanley and Kent Sibert, Christy Burgei, Elizabeth Bliss, Bryan Mefferd, Chuck Howard, Patricia Bason, Sandra VanderHyden, Gerald Mefferd Jr, Victoria Wease, Toni Michand and Melinda Duehmig; 26 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn in 1943; a son, Byron on September 16, 2006; 4 sisters and a brother. Services Saturday at Young Family Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-2-2007
Mehl Darlo J, 83, died Wednesday in Life Care Nursing Center, LaGrange. He was born September 23, 1910 in Noble County to Webster and Sylvia (Hostetler) Mehl. He married Donnabelle Haller on November 29, 1929. She died June 5, 1953. He married Violet Eash in Middlebury on June 25, 1955. He was employed by Farver Lumber Co. in Shipshewana for 35 years and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters, Mrs. Richard (Norma) Dunlap of Ligonier, Mrs. Jim (Darlene) Sprunger of Elkhart and Mrs. Richard D. (Linda) Johnson of LaGrange; 4 stepchildren; a sister, Mrs. Dale (Mildred) Nofzinger of Seattle, Wash.; 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. One grandson and one great-grandson preceded him in death. Funeral Sunday in St. John's Church. Burial, Salem Cemetery. + 9-7-1994
Mehl David Douglas, 36, of Ligonier, died Sunday at 102 Grand St. from accidental gunshot wounds. He served in the U. S. Army and was in the wholesale and retail business. He was born Jan. 19, 1953, the son of David H. and Gertie M. (Lawson) Mehl. Surviving are his parents; a daughter, Heather Byrd of Muncie; one son, Robert Byrd of Syracuse; one sister, Jean Peterman of Ligonier; and four brothers, Ronald Morris of West Germany, Kenneth Morris of Ligonier, Phillip Morris of Allegan, Mich., and John Copas of Ligonier. Services Thursday at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-17-1989
Meibers Catherine, 87, died Friday in Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange. She was born in Danville, Ill., March 2, 1903, the daughter of Bernard and Mary Hardy. She was employed by Transagram in Sturgis, Mich. and was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City. Her husband, Joseph, died in 1943. Surviving are a son, Gene of Rome City and 2 grandchildren. No services. + 6-28-1990
Meibers Gene, 57, died at his Rome City residence Saturday. He was born Sept. 26, 1936 in Kendallville to Joseph Eugene and Catherine (Hardy) Meibers. On June 25, 1960 in St. Gaspar's Catholic Church in Rome City he married Kathryn Sutton. He was a machinist shearer-metal for Lincoln Food Service Inc., Fort Wayne, and had been with the Rome City Fire Dept. 39 year. He was a member of St. Gaspar's Catholic Church, Kendallville Eagles, Sons of American Legion Post 381, Rome City, and Orange Twp Democratic Precinct chairman. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Sarah C., and a son, Michael A. Funeral Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burail, Orange Cemetery. + 4-30-1994
Meinberg Shirley M, 60, died Tuesday in an auto accident at Ind. 3 and Ohio St. in Kendallville. She was born in Kendallville on May 20, 1936 to Willis and Amelia (Harding) Knott. She married George Hayes and he preceded her in death. In 1970 she married Earl Meinberg. They were divorced. She was a cook and worked at T.D. Shea. She was a member of the Baptist Church and Kendallville Eagles Auxiliary. Surviving are 2 daughters, Dawn and Margaret Hayes of Rome City; 2 sons, Duane Hayes of Kendallville and George Hayes of Albuquerque, N.M.; 3 sisters, Dena Abbit of Battle Creek, Mich., Reba Kilborn of Union City, Mich., and Treva Chilcote of Pleasant Lake; and 7 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Nagy, on Aug. 25, 1995. Funeral Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 6-24-1996
Meissner Anna, 84, died Friday at Avilla Sacred Heart Home. She is survived by one son, John, Wakarusa. Funeral Monday at Thallemer-Goethals Funeral Home, Mishawaka. Burial, Highland Cemetery, South Bend. + 6-?-1977
Mellinger Benjamin, 59, R. 1, Rome City, died Sunday in McCray Hospital. He was born June 18, 1917 in Fort Wayne to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Mellinger. He was married Nov. 1, 1946 to Deloris Houck in Warsaw. He was employed by Zollner Corp., Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and VFW in Kendallville, and the American Legion Post 381, Rome City. Survivors include his wife; a son, David at home; two sisters, Mrs. Russell (Vera) Grim, Springport, Ind., and Mrs. Pauline Burk, Mt. Summit; four brothers, Robert, San Jose, Calif., James, Fort Wayne, Morris, Poland, Ohio, and Jerry, Mass. Services Wednesday in Hutchins-Williams Funeral Home, Wolcottville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 3-?-1977
Mellinger L Deloris "Dee", 65, of R. 1, Rome City, died Thursday at her residence. Born in Fort Wayne Aug. 25, 1920, she was the daughter of C. Dewey and Marie (Larkin) Houck. In November 1946 in Fort Wayne she married Benjamin H. Mellinger, who died March 20, 1977. She moved from Fort Wayne to Rome City 30 years ago and was a retired bookkeeper. Most recently she worked part-time for Limberlost Country Club. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Kendallville, past member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Rome City, and a life member of Limberlost Country Club. Surviving are a son, David of Rome City; three sisters, Mrs. Mick (Greta) Guethe of Columbia City, Betty Beck of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Ron (Laurie) Cryer of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Dewey of Fort Wayne, and Gene of South Daytona, Fla. Cremation will take place with interment in Orange Cemetery at a later date. + 3-6-1986
Mellinger Laura A was born Nov. 15, 1885 and died Feb. 21, 1953. Services Feb. 25 at Methodist Church. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 2-?-1953
Mellon Wesley B was born at LaGrange, Ind., Feb. 22, 1848, where he spent most of his early life. He married May Grary in 1871 and they had 7 children, 4 of which with the wife preceded him in death. On Dec. 4, 1891 he married Elizabeth Wolf. They had one daughter, Irene. About 1910 he united with the Merriam Christian Chapel and later united with the U. B. Church, Albion, where he retained his membership until death, Aug. 22, 1928, age 80 years, 6 months. He was a member of the K of P Lodge, North Webster, Ind. Surviving are 5 children, Frank of New York, William of Syracuse, Mrs. Jane Warner of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Zula Spicher, Topeka, Ind., and Irene, Albion; one sister. Funeral at the home Aug. 24. Burial, near Topeka. + 8-?-1928
Melvin Candace, past 84, died at the Ellensburg Hospital March 27, 1941. She was born in Allen County, Ind. Nov. 12, 1856. In childhood with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Dillon, she moved to Noble County near Albion. On Oct. 22, 1878 she was married to John S. Melvin. They had one child, Howard, who died at the age of 15. In the spring of 1909 they came to the Kittitas Valley locating in the Edgemont District near Ellensburg, Wash., on an orchard tract. He died 8 years ago last Dec. Surviving are five nephews, three nieces, all living in the east and middle west; a brother-in-law, J. O. Reichelderfer of Seattle, a sister-in-law, Mrs. W. B. Dillon, with whom she made her home the past four and a half years in Ellensburg. Funeral March 29 at Honeycutt Chapel. Burial, IOOF Cemetery. + 3-?-1941
Melvin Hattie, about 73, (b. 1-20-1878) died Oct. 6, 1951 at her home five miles southeast of here in Jefferson Twp. She was a lifelong resident of Noble County. Surviving are the husband, Van; one son, Homer of Albion; and 4 grandchildren. Funeral Monday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rehoboth Cemetery. + 10-?-1951
Melvin Homer T was born Aug. 29, 1904 and died Aug. 24, 1952. Services at Bonham & Miser’s Aug. 26. Burial, Rehoboth Cemetery. + 8-?-1952
Melvin John S, orchardist of the Edgemont-Thrall District in Washington, died at his home in Ellensburg, Wash., Dec. 14 from pneumonia. He was born in Albion Sept. 6, 1853, one of a family of 7 children. He married Candace Dillon Oct. 22, 1879 at Albion and leaves his widow; a brother, Vanvactor Benjamin Melvin of Albion; a sister Mrs. Sarah Summers of Albion. An only son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin many years ago and died at the age of 15. He came to this valley in the spring of 1909 and has resided in the Edgemont District continuously since. He was prominent in establishing the storage plant at Thrall of which he is part owner. Funeral Saturday at Honeycutt Funeral Home. Burial, Odd Fellows Cemetery. + 12-?-1933
Melvin Kenneth D "Casey", 62, died Tuesday in Kendallville Manor HealthCare Center. He was born Jan. 25, 1937 in Jefferson Twp, Noble County to Homer and Vera A. (Eckels) Melvin. A lifetime Noble County resident, he was a mechanic for Group One Auto Sales. Surviving are 3 daughters, Pauline Melvin, Tracey Hebert and Melba Aquillard of La.; a sister, Mrs. Tom (Bonnie) Marks of Kendallville; and a brother, Donnie of Albion. Services Saturday in Rehoboth Cemetery. + 2-23-1999
Melvin Van Alton, 55, died Friday in Tallahassee, Fla. A native of Albion, he was employed by the Fla. Dept. of Law Enforcement. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Surviving are his mother, Vera Melvin of Albion; 2 brothers, Kenneth and Donnie of Albion; a sister, Bonnie Marks of Kendallville. Memorial services Saturday in the United Church in Tallahassee. Burial, Rehoboth Cemetery. + 2-18-1994
Melvin Van B was born Oct. 8, 1864 and died Jan. 12, 1954. Services at Bonham & Miser’s Jan. 15. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 1-?-1954
Melvin Vera A, 81, died in South View Nursing Center, Kendallville, May 19, 1995. She was born March 29, 1914 in Orange Twp, Noble County, to Cloise and Edna (Rose) Eckels. On Aug. 12, 1936 in Albion she married Homer Melvin. He died in 1952. She operated a farm in Jefferson Twp for 25 years and retired in 1976 after 24 years with Lyall Electric. She was a member of Rehoboth Missionary Church. Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie V. Marks of Kendallville; 2 sons, Kenneth D. of Kendallville and Donnie H. of Albion; one sister, Lillian Goyer of Horseshoe Bend, Ak.; one brother, Walter Eckels of Kendallville; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Van, in 1994. +5-19-1995
Mendenhall Carolyn M, 51, Kendallville, died Sept. 6 at Parkview Hospital following a recent heart attack. She was born in Fort Wayne May 24, 1938, the daughter of Kenneth and Meletine (Boyle) Amstutz. She married Keith Mendenhall Feb. 11, 1956. She was a nurses’ aide at Shepherd of the Hill and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband and her father; five daughters, Rebecca Glessner, Mrs. Rex (Donna) Allen and Maria Mendenhall, Kendallville, Mrs. Angelo (Susan) Tsetse of Bluffton, and Michelle Mendenhall of Albion; two sons, Mark of Rome City, and Matthew of Kendallville; three sisters, Mrs. David (Shirley) Croy and Mrs. Kenneth (Sharon) Fulk, Albion, and Mrs. Barry (Mona) Ruble, Avilla; three brothers, Kenneth, Avilla, Michael, Springfield, Ohio, and Richard, Kendallville; and nine grandchildren. Her mother and a brother preceded her in death. Services Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Avilla. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 9-12-1989 + 9-6-1989
Mendenhall Charles T, 71, of Albion, died Monday (d. 5-25-1986) in Greencroft Health Care Center, Goshen. Born Oct. 14, 1914 in Nappanee, he was the son of Guy and Emma (Hudson) Mendenhall. On Feb. 18, 1941 in Albion, he married Donna Belle Pincheon. A Navy veteran of WW II, he has lived in the Albion area since 1926. He was a 1936 graduate of Purdue University and retired employee of the Indiana State Highway Dept. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 246. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Douglas (Jinna Kay) Leitch of Albion; two sons, Jerry H. of R. 1, Albion, and Terry B. of Kendallville; a brother, Ray W. of Albion; and 3 grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 5-25-1986
Mendenhall Donna Belle, 84, of Albion, died July 20, 2001 in Parkview Noble Hospital. She was born in Albion on July 20, 1917 to Harry and Orpha (Hite) Pincheon. On Feb. 18, 1941 in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Albion, she married Charles T. Mendenhall. He died May 25, 1986. She worked in the Albion 5&10 Store and was a retired bookkeeper with Albion National Bank. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and served as organist for 20 years. She was a member of Prentice chapter OES. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Jinna Kay and Douglas Leitch of Albion; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerry and Connie of Albion, and Terry Mendenhall of Kendallville; 3 grandchildren, Melissa Eichelberger, Tracie and Shawn Mendenhall; great-grandchildren, Austin Wilson and Janet Mendenhall. A brother, Albert Pincheon, preceded her in death. Services Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ^ 7-22-2001
Mendenhall Emma S died May 29, 1965 at Kondas Nursing Home. Born June 12, 1880 in Portland, Ind., she had lived in Albion since 1926. Her husband, Guy, died in 1950. She was a member of the OES 178. She is survived by two sons, Charles and Ray of Albion; one brother, Clifford Hudson of Columbia City; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 5-?-1965
Mendenhall Guy, about 71, (b. 10-18-1878) died of a heart attack April 14, 1950. He was a member of the Albion Masonic Lodge. Surviving are the wife, Emmaline; two sons, Ray and Charles of Albion; 3 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Sylvania Mendenhall of Pennville; and a sister, Mrs. Arle Sutton, Rosiclare, Ill. He had lived in Albion about 25 years and was a retired B&O Railroad signal department employee. Services Monday from Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 4-?-1950
Mendenhall Isaac, 66, died on Tuesday at his home in Fort Wayne. His death was due to a complication of heart trouble and dropsy . With his parents, he resided in Swan Twp, this county, many years ago, and after his marriage to Farla Carver of Avilla in 1863 he located in Albion, where he resided until 10 years ago when he moved to Fort Wayne. He was twice elected treasurer of this county, and served as postmaster of Albion 2 years. He leaves a wife, 3 daughters, his mother, a sister and brothers. Burial, Swan Twp this afternoon. ^ 12-4-1903
Mendenhall John Argyl, 85, of Angola, died Wednesday in Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange. He worked at Steuben County Farm Bureau, retiring in 1975. He was born April 30, 1913 in LaOtto to John Wesley and Cora Ellen (Rhodes) Mendenhall. His wife, Olaf Raypole Mendenhall, preceded him in death in 1996. A son, Argyl David Mendenhall, died in 1976. Surviving are 2 daughters, Kay Emerson of Westmoreland, and Beth Ireland of Palmer, Alaska; a foster daughter; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral in Klink Funeral Home in Angola at noon. Burial, Perry Twp Cemetery, Huntertown. * 6-24-1998
Mendenhall Keith L, 68, died March 24, 2001 at Kendallville Manor Healthcare Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1932 in Kendallville to Ernest L. and Grace S. (Hendricks) Mendenhall. On Feb. 12, 1956 he married Carolyn Amstutz in Kendallville. She died Sept. 6, 1989. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Avilla and retired in 1996 as a machine operator from Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne after 34 years of service. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of American Legion Post 86 in Kendallville, Forty & Eight/V37, Fort Wayne, Moose Lodge 1301 in Kendallville and Eagles Lodge 2655 in Albion. Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Rhonda and Matthew and Carrie Mendenhall of Kendallville; 6 daughters and 5 sons-in-law, Susan and Angelo Tsetse, Rebecca and Larry Davis, Donna and Rex Allen and Maria and Jerry Rez of Kendallville, Michelle and Leon Schrock of Wolcottville and Paula Sibert of Rome City; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a half-brother and a son-in-law. Funeral Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Avilla. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ^ 3-25-2001
Mendenhall Marian A, 69, of 407 N. Oak St. in Albion, died Saturday at her residence. Born May 16, 1909 in Noble County, she was the daughter of Chester and Corinne (Butler) Eagles. She married Ray W. "Skin" Mendenhall in Albion Aug. 2, 1930. She was a lifetime resident of Noble County. Survivors are a son, Tom of R. 7, Columbia City; a sister, Mrs. Henry (Alice) Curtis, Albion; and 4 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery. + 4-?-1979
Mendenhall Ray "Skin", 81, died October 19, 1990 in Shepherd of the Hill nursing home, Kendallville. He was born April 1, 1909 in Defiance, Ohio, the son of Guy and Emma (Hudson) Mendenhall. In 1930 in Albion he married Marian Eagles. She died April 7, 1979. He formerly owned and operated a service station and operated the Sunoco bulk plant in Albion. He was a member of Presbyterian Church in Albion. Surviving are a son, Tom of Collins; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Graveside services Tuesday in Rose Hill Cemetery. + 10-19-1990
Mendenhall Sylvania, about 88, died June 11, 1950 in Albion at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Guy Mendenhall, following a heart attack. The body was sent to her home in Pennville where funeral was held Wednesday. Burial, Hillside Cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Arle Sutton of Rosiclare, Ill.; 2 grandsons, Charles and Ray Mendenhall of Albion, and 3 great-grandsons. She was a member of the Eastern Star. + 6-?-1950
Mendenhall Wade, son of postmaster Mendenhall, died on Saturday of diphtheria and was buried Monday. He was about 6 or 7 years of age. ^ 10-28-1880
Menely Jennie, 70, native and lifelong resident of the South Milford community, died Thursday at Lakeside Hospital of diabetes and heart disease. Survivors are 2 daughters and a son. Funeral Sunday at the home. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. + 6-?-1938
Menely Muriel M, 83, of R. 1, Wolcottville, died Wednesday at Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, Ill. She was born in LaGrange County, Nov. 5, 1901 to Samuel and Anna (Barr) Francis. On March 16, 1924 in Kendallville, she married Floyd J. Menely who died Jan. 24, 1974. She had resided in LaGrange County most of her life until moving to Wilmette, Ill, 13 months ago to live with her daughter. She was a member of South Milford Church of Christ. Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Burton (Mariann) Randle of Wilmette; and 3 grandsons. Services Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 1-2-1985
Menely Rosa, wife of John Menely, died Dec. 18. She was the daughter of Mrs. Olivia Call and granddaughter of J. W. Learned, at whose residence she died. She was a little over 20 years of age and had been married only a year or two. She was born and married in the same room where she died. Funeral Monday at Milford school house. Burial, Bethel Cemetery. ^ 12-22-1881
Menely Venus, 92, South Milford, died Thursday in the Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. She was born Nov. 2, 1894 in South Milford, the daughter of John and Mary (Trindle) Menely. She had worked as a bookkeeper for Seagly’s Hardware in Kendallville and was a member of OES. Surviving are one sister, Doris Winkle of Washington D. C.; a niece, Sydney Orr of Bowie, Md.; and a nephew, Paul Winkle of Washington D. C. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Services Saturday in Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville. Burial, South Milford Cemetery. + 1-15-1987
Menolascino Antonio "Tony", 72, R. 1, Kimmell, died Sept. 17, 1989 at his residence. He had lived in the area a short time after moving from Chicago, Ill., where he owned and operated a book store his entire life. Born Sept. 6, 1917 in Chicago to Mike and Rosina (Catania) Menolascino, he was married May 13, 1952 in Chicago to Fern Dull who died in 1968. Surviving are a stepson, Lester Dull of Albion; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Junior (Gloria) Iden of Kimmell. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 9-17-1989
Mensel Laura, about 78, died July 14, 1943 at her Albion home. The widow of the late William Mensel who died about two years ago, she was born on June 12, 1865 in Kosciusko County. She has been a resident of Albion since 1919. Prior to locating in Albion, the Mensels had resided at Bryan, Ohio. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Franc at home; two sons, Harry B. of Provo, Utah, and Robert J. of Miami, Fla.; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Saturday. + 7-?-1943
Mensel Wlliam H, 78, died last Friday at Fort Wayne St. Joseph Hospital. He had been a resident of Albion for many years, having served as agent at the Albion B & O RR Station here, serving that company for 55 years at the time of his retirement a few years ago. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce and the local Masonic organization. Surviving are the widow, Laura, a daughter, Miss Franc; two sons, Robert of Miami, Fla., and Harry of Provo, Utah; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral at Miser Funeral Home in Albion. Burial, was at his former home in Bremen. + 2-?-1941
Mentzer Amos was born at North Lima Feb. 15, 1833. His life was spent near his birthplace. In July 1854 he married Elizabeth Elser of North Lima, and they had four sons, Edward and Emmet of North Lima, Hosiah and Eli of Youngstown; and six daughters, Mrs. Henry Paulin and Mrs. Jacob Wolfgang of North Lima, Mrs. Rufus Caldwell of Columbiana, Mrs. Jonathan Lodwick of Mineral Ridge, Mrs. John Wightman and Mrs. Frank Cailor of Youngstown. He was a farmer and a member of the Reformed Church of North Lima. Funeral Saturday at the Reformed Church. Burial, Mt. Olive Cemetery. + No date
Mentzer Eli C died April 4 at his home at Stop 16 on the Sharon Street car line. He was born in North Lima Aug. 8, 1864 and was in his 43rd year. He was the son of Amos and Elizabeth Mentzer of North Lima. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn, ???, ???, Marie, ???, and Ruth.; three brothers, and six sisters, E. W., Emmet, Mrs. H. Paulin, Mrs. J. Wolfgang and Mrs. R. Caldwell of North Lima, H. B., Mrs. F. E. Cailor and Mrs. J. B. Wightman of this city, and Mrs. J. Lodwig of Mineral Ridge. He died from inflammation of the brain caused by injuries received while an employee of the Ohio Steel Plant. For the past two years he had been engaged in managing the Bon Ton billiard parlor in West Federal St. Funeral from the English Lutheran Church Sunday. + 4-?-1907
Mentzer Harry "Pete", 57, died Tuesday in Huntington County Hospital. A graduate of Ligonier High School, he was employed as personnel director at the Schecht Rubber Mfg. Co. He was a veteran of WW II. Surviving are the wife, Annabell; one daughter, Mrs. John Dalton, Fort Wayne; and six grandchildren. Services Friday at Robins Funeral Home, Huntington. + 2-?-1971
Menzel Emil, 51, died at his home three miles southwest of here Thursday. Grief over the murder of his daughter two months ago is believed to have hastened his death. He had been despondent and in poor health since Jan. 4 when his daughter, Emma, aged 21, was found shot to death in the car of her sweetheart, Marion Casebeer, aged 23, of Montpelier, O., who had ended his life with poison. The bodies were found in a woods not far from the Menzel home. He was born in Germany and came to America when a small boy. He had been a resident of Noble County many years. He leaves the widow; two sons, William of near Helmer, and Walter at home; and one daughter, Ruth at home. Funeral Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 8-?-1930
Menzel William E, 91, died Saturday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born in Kendallville March 28, 1907 to Emil and Pauline (Lempke) Menzel. On Nov. 23, 1929 in Kendallville he married Lucille Smith. He retired in 1972 after 42 years with Flint & Walling. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville. Surviving are his wife in Paulding, Ohio; 2 daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Margaret) Tope of Paulding, and Mrs. Max (Donnabelle) Gaff of Butler; a son, William J. of Walled Lake, Mich.; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral Tuesday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Fairfield Center Cemetery, Corunna. + 7-11-1998
Menzie Frances G, 81, died June 3 at Alfran Nursing Home, Warsaw. She was born in Noble County on Aug. 11, 1894 and had lived in Fort Wayne prior to moving to North Webster 10 years ago. She was a member of the North Webster Church of God. Her married to Fred Menzie took place Aug. 28, 1918. He survives with two daughters, Mrs. John (Mary) Smith, Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Darrell (Georgia) Dunham, Denton, Tex.; a son, Gene, Fort Wayne; 7 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mildred Eberly, Nappanee, Mrs. Evelyn Johansen, and Mrs. Winifred Close, both of North Webster. Services June 5 in Harris-Troxel Funeral Home. Burial, Washington Union Cemetery near Pierceton. + 6-3-1976
Mercer George Carl, 75, of Battle Creek, died Sunday. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich. July 16, 1914, he was the son of Delvia and Anna (Schuessler) Mercer. On May 1, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, he married Betty A. Rohrbacher. He grew up in Rome City and was a 1932 graduate of Rome City High School and 1937 graduate of Tri-State College where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He was a pilot and flight instructor in the U. S. Air Force and had worked for Indiana Steel Wire in Muncie, Allied Mills in Fort Wayne and Horner-Coppin in Battle Creek, retiring in 1983. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Susan Ann Conlee of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, George "Cappy" of Carmel, and Kent A. of Kalamazoo; a sister, Mary Jane Hague of Fort Wayne; and one grandchild. Services Wednesday in North Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek. Burial, Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek. + 11-26-1989
Mercer Rex P, of Big Lake, died Feb. 27, 2004 at the family residence. He worked as an electrical engineer at Fibre Form Corp. in Columbia City for 12 years, retiring in 1997 due to ill health. He was born Sept. 5, 1941 in Marion to Pardell Davis and Rosetta (Boothby) Mercer. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He married Joan Bixby in Fort Wayne on April 27, 1968. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Columbia City, American Legion Post 82 and VFW Post 357, both in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife; 2 children and their spouses, Lisa and Mark Doehrman of Columbia City and Rex and Melissa Mercer of Big Lake; his mother; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Rosalie and Robert Adams of Fort Wayne, Ruth and Ned Bilger of Columbia City and Rita White of Fort Wayne; and 3 grandchildren, Weston, Laura and Brandon Doehrman. Services Monday at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 82. ^ 2-28-2004
Mercer Susie R was born in Ozark County, Mo. Oct. 5, 1859; and died at Fort Wayne Aug. 16, 1903, aged 43 years 10 months and 15 days. She had been a sufferer from dropsy for several months. She leaves a father, 2 daughters, Eva and Nellie, aged 10 and 18, a brother and sister. Funeral at the M. E. Church Aug. 19. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 8-21-1903
Meriam Mason M was born in Cattaraugus County, N.Y. on Dec. 20, 1808; came to Fort Wayne when 15 years old and died at Ligonier Nov. 3, 1872. He settled in Noble County in 1833. He was one of the very early settlers of the county and came here when a young man. He was twice married; his second wife now living at Ligonier. He left one child, a daughter who is married and resides at Warsaw. He held the office of sheriff of Noble County for 4 years by election and 2 years he discharged the duties of the office as deputy of Mr. J. Humphreys. He was a member of the order of F. A. Masons by which order he was buried. Albion New Era 6-12-1873
Merica Alice W, publisher of the Kendallville News Sun, until her death January 25 at the age of 103, she was one of the oldest daily newspaper publishers in America. She became publisher of the News Sun after the death of her husband, Dr. Charles O. Merica in 1918. She was born in Warsaw in 1865, the daughter of Stephen Blake and Mary (McKeehan) White. She was a teacher before her marriage in 1888 to Dr. Merica. They had two sons. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She leaves two grandchildren, Edward and Richard Merica; and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ~ 1-30-1969 + 1-?-1969
Merica Charles O, 54, publisher of the Kendallville News-Sun and Kendallville Standard News since Dec. 1, 1913, died at his home in that city Wednesday morning. Besides the widow, 2 sons, Paul and Arnold, and one brother survive. He was born at St. Paris, O., July 3, 1864, his parents being William and Catherine (Snyder) Merica, who were pioneers of that community. He was educated at DePauw University, at the Iowa Wesleyan University and Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin. Funeral Friday at the residence. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. Contributed by Judy Richter
Merkling Angeline L, 81, died today in Cardinal Nursing Home, South Bend. She was born Dec. 3, 1894 in Kendallville to John and Anna (Lyman) Longyear. She married Glenn J. Merkling Dec. 22, 1913 in Wayne Twp. He died Aug. 14, 1968. She was a South Bend resident the past 6 years. Before then she lived in Kendallville. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, White Shrine, Eastern Star and Delphian Club, and a charter member of a home extension club, all in Kendallville. Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Dale (Anna) Harding, South Bend; 2 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-?-1976
Merkling George S, 73, died at his home just north of the city yesterday. He was a native of France and in 1831came to this country, settling in Wayne County, Ohio. When quite young he learned the marble cutter’s trade in Wooster, O., which occupation he followed until 1863 when he came to Noble County and engaged in farming in Wayne Twp in which he continued until 1873 when he came to this city and engaged in the marble business. He was the father of 3 sons and 2 daughters, trustee Lewis Merkling; Luther, a farmer of Wayne Twp, J. O., who conducts a grocery store in this city; Rachel and Della, who are connected with the educational interests of the township. Funeral Saturday from his late residence. ^ 2-20-1903
Merkling Harold Albert, 94, Kendallville resident, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Born in Wayne Twp on Sept. 15, 1888, he was the son of Martin and Nettie (Repine) Merkling. On Jan. 9, 1910 in Kendallville, he married Agnes B. Hanes, who died July 3, 1967. A 45-year employee of the U. S. government, he was a postal employee 1945-52 and postmaster 1945-52. He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Pythias and Association of Postmasters. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Wible of 621 Mott St.; a grandson, Kirk Wible of Fort Branch; and a brother, John of Los Angeles, Calif. Two brothers preceded him in death. Services Friday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-19-1982
Merkling James O, 69, Kendallville, died at his home there Wednesday of last week from a paralytic affliction of the throat. He operated a grocery store for a number of years and was later an employee of the Specialty Case Co. Surviving are the widow; two sons, State of Saginaw, Mich., Lowell of Chicago; one daughter, Lorraine at home; 2 grandchildren. Funeral Saturday from the home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-?-1936
Merkling Leola H, 67, 714 S. Main St., died Saturday at her residence. She was born Sept. 2, 1908 in Chicago to Frank and Jenny (Keifer) Hudec. She was married to James Merkling on Aug. 30, 1935 in Chicago. She had been a stenographer and attended the Church of God. Surviving are her husband; two sisters, Mrs. Arlene Baker, Berwyn, Ill., and Mrs. Ione Peters, Fort Myers, Fla. Funeral at Hite Funeral Home Tuesday. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 9-?-1975
Merkling Lewis P, 82, Kendallville, died at his home there Friday from hardening of the arteries, a heart attack and other causes. Surviving are 6 children, George of Elkhart, Mrs. Claude Shumaker at home, Roger E. of Pendleton, Ore., Otto E. of Chicago, Mrs. Ed Haynes of Englewood, Calif., and Mrs. Claude Devoe of Wayne Twp; one brother, James of Kendallville. Funeral was delayed pending word from the children out west. + 9-?-1936
Merkling Lorraine, 87, died Wednesday in Shepherd of the Hill nursing home. She was born in Kendallville Oct. 7, 1911 to James O. and Mary E. (Hess) Merkling. She had lived in the house she was born in. She was a retired secretary for McCray Refrigerator Co. and Kropp Insurance and a member of First Baptist Church, BPW Club, Noble Chapter 122 OES, Noble County Genealogy Society and Indiana State Historical Society. Surviving is a niece, Kathleen Hayward. Funeral Saturday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 6-23-1999
Merkling Louise C, 85, and Roy L, 88, died at Miller's Merry Manor in LaGrange within 15 minutes of each other Saturday. They were owners of the Pretty Lake Resort near South Milford. He was retired president of Floor Covering Installation Co. She was born Aug. 29, 1907 in Chicago to Henry W. and Anna (Eckroth) Schroeder. He was born Nov. 12, 1904 in Chicago to Otto E. and Amanda E. (Kamberg) Merkling. They were married Nov. 29, 1929. He was a member of Kendallville Lodge 706, F&AM Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne. She was a member of Noble Chapter 122 OES. They were members of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Surviving are a daughter, Louanna M. Walb of LaGrange; 2 sons, Roy L. Jr. of Kendallville, and David O. of Bartlett, Ill.; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; his sister, Eleanor Gehring of Kendallville. Two brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death. Services Wednesday at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-19-1992
Merkling Lowell James "Jim", 88, died Friday in his Kendallville home. He was born in Kendallville on Nov. 15, 1905 to James O. and Mary Elizabeth (Hess) Merkling. He married Leola Hudec on August 30, 1935 in Chicago. She died Sept. 20, 1975. He was a bookkeeper for Community State Bank in Avilla and attended First Church of God in Kendallville. Surviving are a sister, Catherine "Lorraine" Merkling of Kendallville; and a niece, Kathleen Hayward. A brother, Staate, preceded him in death. Funeral Tuesday in Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-17-1993
Merkling Luella L, 80, wife of Lewis P. Merkling, died Sunday at her home in Kendallville from Bright’s disease. Surviving are the husband; three daughters and three sons, Mrs. Inez Shumaker, Mrs. Gladys Devoe, Kendallville, Mrs. Grace Haynes, Los Angeles, Cal., George R., Elkhart, Roger of Pendleton, Ore., and Otto E. of Chicago; one sister and one brother, Elmer Gray and Mrs. Etta Myers in California. + 4-?-1935
Merkling Rachel, 79, died at the home of her brother, James, in Kendallville Saturday. She was a teacher in the township schools of Noble County for more than 30 years. Surviving are 2 brothers, Lewis P. and James O. of Kendallville. Funeral Tuesday from the James Merkling home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 7-?-1935
Merkling Roy L - See Louise Merkling.
Merkling Roy L Jr., 78, of Kendallville, died Aug. 22, 2009 at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville. He was a 1950 graduate of Kendallville High School and a 1954 graduate of Purdue University. He served in the U.S. Army 1954-1956 and worked at Flint & Walling Mfg. in Kendallville 1959-1997. He was a member of Kendallville Lions Club and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange. He was born July 30, 1931 in Chicago to Roy and Louise (Schroeder) Merkling. On Oct. 3, 1959 he married Ardelle Anderson in Chicago. Surviving are his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Jay Ferguson of Kendallville; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Machele Merkling of Avilla and Edward and Bonni Merkling of Indianapolis; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer and Ryan Ferguson, Adam, Zachary, Kathryn, Samuel and Carlee Merkling; a sister, Louanna Walb of LaGrange; and a brother and sister-in-law, David and Norma Merkling of Bartlett, Ill. Services Wednesday at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery with military rites by Kendallville VFW. ^ 8-24-2009
Merkling Ruth S (Kline) was born in Delaware County, Ohio July 25, 1843 and died in Kendallville July 23, aged 53 years 11 months and 28 days. When she was 6 years old she came with her father’s family to Wells County, Ind. Seven years later they moved to Kendallville, settling here in 1856. She and one of her brothers united with the Christian Church at Lisbon. On May 15, 1860 she married William Lash, who died in Dec. 1880, leaving her a widow with 4 daughters and one son. On Oct. 30, 1888 she married George S. Merkling, who with her 3 brothers and 3 sisters (remaining from a family of 13), 5 children, 7 grandchildren remain. Funeral from the Church of Christ on July 25. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 7-30-1897
Meroney Clarence, 75, R. 1, died Thursday in LaGrange County Hospital. Born March 18, 1899, he was the son of William and Effie Nowels Meroney. He was married March 2, 1921 in Albion to Irma Damey. A lifetime resident of the Wawaka-Ligonier area, he was a retired employee of the Noble County Highway Dept. He was a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church and Eagles Lodge. Surviving are the widow; three sons, Leland, Ligonier, Donald, Defiance, Ohio, and James, Watertown, S.D.; four daughters, Mrs. Irvin (Janis) Lantzer and Mrs. Louise (Bonnie) Roberts, both of Kalkaska, Mich., Mrs. John (Marilyn) Hostetter, Wawaka, and Mrs. Roger (Jean) Feller, Stanwood, Mich.; two brothers, Floyd of Ligonier, and Ray of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Smith of Columbia City, and Mrs. William (Alta) Huff of Albion; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral Sunday in Ulrey Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1974
Meroney E Ray, 69, died of a heart attack Nov. 3. He was a native of Noble County and graduated from Ligonier High School. He was Sunday School superintendent for the former United Brethren Church for 17 years before moving to Phoenix in 1948. He was employed as a surveyor for Salt River Project and retired four and one-half years ago. In Phoenix he helped establish several mission churches and was a member of Monte Vista Baptist Church where a memorial fund has been set up in his name. He resided with his wife, the former Grace Black of Albion, in Phoenix. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Judy Bartee of Saratoga, Calif., and Peggy Harrison of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs. Alta Huff, Albion, and Mrs. Maggie Smith of Columbia City; a brother, Floyd of Ligonier; and two grandchildren, Jeff and Christie Bartee. Memorial services Nov. 6 at Monte Vista Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz. + 11-6-1976
Meroney Effie Leetta, about 75, a lifelong resident of Noble County, died June 25, 1951 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Huff, four miles northwest of Albion. Surviving are the husband, William; three sons, Floyd of Ligonier, Clarence, Kendallville, and Ray, Phoenix, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lawrence Smith, Columbia City; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Dennis Nowels of Huntington, Carl Nowels, Ligonier, and Rowland Nowels, Elkhart. Services Thursday at Ligonier EUB Church, of which she was a member. Burial, Salem Cemetery. + 6-?-1951
Meroney Floyd M, 87, of R. 1, Ligonier, died today at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Ligonier. Born June 15, 1896 in Noble County, he was the son of William and Effie (Nowels) Meroney. In Dec. 1919 in St. Joseph, Mich., he married Gertrude Rex. A lifetime area resident, he was a retired farmer and member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Max (Marjorie) Musselman; and a son, Robert, both of Ligonier; a sister, Mrs. William (Alta) Huff of Albion; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services Saturday at Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 5-24-1984
Meroney Gertrude, 99, died Wednesday in Ligonier Health Facility. She was born Jan. 11, 1896 in Ligonier to Austin and Julia (Wyatt) Rex. On Dec. 29, 1919 in St. Joseph, Mich. she married Floyd Meroney. He died in 1984. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Robert of Ligonier; a daughter, Mrs. Max (Marjorie) Musselman of Wawaka; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral Saturday in Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 10-11-1995
Meroney Irma, 78, R. 1, Wawaka, died March 6 in LaGrange County Hospital. She was born Aug. 23, 1898 in Noble County, a daughter of Samuel Fremont and Huldah (Vance) Damey, and was a lifetime Ligonier and Wawaka community resident. She was married to Clarence R. Meroney on March 2, 1921 in Albion. He died Aug. 29, 1974. She was a member of Wawaka United Methodist Church. Surviving are 3 sons, Leland, Ligonier, Donald, Sherwood, Ohio, and James, Watertown, S. D.; 4 daughters, Mrs. Janis Lantzer, Kalkaska, Mich., Mrs. Bonnie Roberts, Jackson, Mich., Mrs. Marilyn Hochstetler, Wawaka, and Mrs. Jean Feller, Stanwood, Mich.; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Working, Ligonier, and Mrs. Hattie Brady, Rome City. Funeral March 9 in Ulrey Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-6-1977
Meroney John W, 44, died September 26, 1994 in Sibley Hospital, Arlington, Va., due to respiratory failure. He was born in Wolf Lake June 21, 1950. Following a term in the U. S. Navy he founded an office systems consulting firm in Washington, D.C. and held supervisory positions with several accounting firms. Surviving are his mother, Margret Borders; a grandmother, Ruth Soellinger Leakey; 3 sisters, Norma Miller, Albion, Diana Meroney, Topeka; Debby Biggs, Tulsa, Okla.; 2 brothers, Leland Meroney Jr. of Albion and Randy Marks, Topeka; his stepmother and his former wife, Joanne Meroney, Vienna, Va. Memorial service in Arlington on Sunday. + 9-26-1994
Meroney Leland "Pete", 54, of Ligonier, died Tuesday in the V.A. Hospital, Fort Wayne from complications following surgery. He was born in Noble County Nov. 16, 1925. On Aug. 9, 1958 in Mo., he married Margie Lengacher. He was a lifetime area resident except during the periods while he served in WW II and Korean Conflict. He was employed as a carpenter and was a member of Wawaka United Methodist Church, VFW, and American Legion. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Diana of Calif., and Mrs. Michael (Debora) Brumley of Bartlesville, Okla.; two sons, Leland Jr. of Calif., and John of Washington, D.C.; 4 sisters, Mrs. Janis Lantzer of Kalkaska, Mich., Mrs. Louise (Bonnie) Roberts of Jackson, Mich., Mrs. John (Marilyn) Hochstetler of Wawaka, and Mrs. Roger (Jean) Feller of Stanwood, Mich.; two brothers, Donald of Sherwood, Ohio, and James of Watertown, S.D.; and two grandchildren. Services Friday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 10-?-1980
Meroney Mary, 43, died Wednesday in Wausau, Wis. She was born Nov. 2, 1948 in Green Bay, Wis. to Raymond and Mary Jane (Boebel) Peters. She married Leland Meroney Jr. Surviving are her husband; her mother in Wausau; a sister, Betsy Weinkauf of Stevens Port, Wis.; and 3 brothers, Michael and Rob Peters of Cincinnati, Ohio and Ted Peters of Eugene, Minn. Memorial services today in Wausau. + 9-9-1992
Meroney Robert J, 79, of Ligonier, died Jan. 5, 2001 at Shepherd of the Hill in Kendallville. He was a farmer and had served on the Ligonier Fire Dept. for 17 years. He was born Jan. 10, 1921 in Ligonier to Floyd and Gertrude (Rex) Meroney. On Aug. 6, 1941 he married Viva M. Huff. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Lanny and Kathy Meroney of Ligonier; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Marsha Rhodes of Fort Wayne, Carol and Paul Kehr of Granger and Joy and Dale Friskney of Ligonier; a sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Max Musselman of Wawaka; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday in Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 1-11-2001
Merrick Elizabeth Lydia, 28, daughter of Charles and J. E. Arnold of this city, died at the residence of her parents last Tuesday. ^ 1-1-1880
Merrick Elizabeth, 48, died Friday of locomotor ataxia. She was born in this city, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Merrick. At the age of 15 she went to Kendallville, where she had since resided. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. A. W. Aldrich of this city, Mrs. S. Cynthia Parsons of Indianapolis, and one brother. H. J., Lake Shore car accountant of Cleveland. Funeral from the residence of her sister, Mrs. Aldrich, W. Maumee St., Sunday. + 1901
Merrifield Jean L, 63, of R. 1, LaGrange, died Friday in LaGrange Hospital. He was born Feb. 13, 1926 in LaGrange County, the son of Sidney and Iva (Choler) Merrifield. On Dec. 7, 1946 in Wolcottville, he married Betty Lou Gage. He was retired from Kirsch Co. in Sturgis, Mich., and was a U. S. Navy veteran of WW II. He was a member of the VFW in Stroh, American Legion Post 215 of LaGrange, and Meridian & Son Lodge No. 76, F & AM, LaGrange. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Sharon) Miller and Mrs. Gary (Debra) Peeve, both of LaGrange; a brother, Carldean of LaGrange; and 5 grandchildren. Services today in Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange. Burial, Greenwood Cemetery. + 6-23-1989
Merrill Caitlin M, 17, died Thursday from injuries received in an auto accident near Albion. She was born in Linton on Sept. 14, 1977, to Steven B. and Virginia L. (Gaunt) Merrill. She was a junior at Churubusco High School. Surviving are her parents; 2 sisters, Elizabeth Pilnock of Fort Wayne and Megan Merrill of Albion; grandparents, Edward and Mary Gaunt and Paulette Merrill of Fort Wayne. Funeral Sunday in Churubusco High School auditorium. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 10-6-1994
Merriman Bessie Lee, daughter of Silas C. and Elva D. Warren, was born in Eldorado, Kansas July 8, 1887 and died at her home in Zanesville, Ind. Dec. 12, 1940 at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 4 days. She married Arthur Merriman April 5, 1912. She had formerly belonged to the Baptist Church. She leaves her husband and five children, Mildred, Ernest, Paul and Robert at home, and Lowell of Huntington, Ind.; and 3 children by a former marriage, Frank Chastine, Columbia City, Ind., Mrs. Marie Wilkinson, Carleton, Mo., and Mrs. Opal Bias, Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Guthrie, Albion; and a half-brother, Charles Strange, South Bend. Funeral at Zanesville U. B. Church. Burial, Albion. + 1-?-1941
Merriman Carl F, 53, (b. 7-22-1901) died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had resided here many years and was a painter by trade. Surviving are the widow, Margaret; one son, Don, Albion; two daughters, Helen, Albion, and Joyce, Auburn; his father, Simon of Albion; five sisters, Mrs. Webb Pierce and Mrs. Joseph Weber of Albion, Mrs. Chester Caldwell, Wawaka, Mrs. Earl Ostrander, Ligonier, and Mrs. Evelyn Elion, Grand Rapids, Mich., and 3 brothers, Herman, Albion, Arthur, Columbia City, and Clyde, Wolcottville. Services Friday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 10-?-1954
Merriman Catherine Jane was born near Summit in DeKalb County, Ind. Jan. 20, 1909, the daughter of William and Anna Fetter. The parents, two sisters and two brothers survive. The sisters, Mrs. Willard Reffner and Mrs. Raymond Foster, and the brothers, John and Lawrence Fetter. On May 23, 1931 she was married to Carl F. Merriman. They have three small children, Helen, Donald and baby Joyce. Her death came on July 24 at the home of her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Merriman. Mentally ill since she gave birth to a baby nine days ago at her home, she leaped into a cistern. She had attempted suicide last Thursday by choking herself with bed sheets. Since that time she had been under guard. Monday morning she broke through a screen door and without hesitation leaped into the cistern, containing but two feet of water. She plunged head down into the water, lying in a manner to submerge her head. Artificial respiration applied by a physician proved futile. The funeral was at Bonham’s Funeral Home July 26. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 7-?-1939
Merriman Charles "Art" died Sunday at Lutheran Hospital. His residence was in Fort Wayne. He was a retired farmer, born in LaGrange County on May 26, 1895. Survivors include sisters, Ruby Pierce, Albion, Carrie Schroeder, Fort Wayne, and Evelyn Fuhrman, Bonita Springs, Fla.; a brother, Herman, Albion; the wife, Ruth; a daughter; three sons; a stepdaughter and stepson; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services Wednesday at D. O. McComb Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 10-?-1980
Merriman Clyde, about 74, of Wolcottville, died at McCray Hospital May 9, 1961. Survivors include his wife, Emma; a son, Adren; his father Simon of Albion; four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Caldwell of Ligonier, Mrs. Webster Pierce of Albion, Mrs. Joseph Weber of Albion, and Mrs. Leonard Cooper of Holland, Mich.; two brothers, Herman of Albion and Arthur of South Whitley; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral at Kendallville Funeral Home May 12. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 5-?-1961
Merriman Donald Leroy, 68, Skinner Lake, Albion, died October 31, 2005 in home from cancer. He was born in LaGrange County on May 19, 1937 to Carl and Catherine (Fetter) Merriman. He married Kathryn Moorhouse on December 19, 1956 in Albion. She died May 29, 2002. Survivors include 4 children, Monna (Bill) Kesling, Avilla, Mandy (Brian) Geiger, Wolf Lake, and Gina Jo (Rick) Gallmeyer, Albion; Duber (Sally) Merriman; 2 sisters, Helen Swanson, Albion, and Joyce Moppin, Arkansas. He was a retired business owner who lived in Noble County all of his life. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Albion, LaGrange Moose, Albion Eagles and Ligonier Elks lodges. He served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne and was a paratrooper. Services Thursday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 11-3-2005
Merriman E Margaret, 89, died Sunday in Columbia City Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 23, 1903 in York, Pa. to John Benjamin and Ada Florence (Trimmer) Herr. On Nov. 3, 1923 she married Carl F. Merriman. He died Oct. 27, 1954. She graduated from Columbia City High School and was employed at Blue Bell for several years. She was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, John E. Hunt of South Whitley; 2 stepchildren; a brother, Ben Herr of Columbia City; 4 sisters, Verna Keener of North Webster, Naomi Shaw and Annetta Souder of Columbia City and Fern Heidenriech of Fort Myers, Fla.; 6 grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Vivian Cramar and Stella Sheckler, her twin, preceded her in death. Funeral Thursday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 2-28-1993
Merriman F Ruth, 82, died Sept. 9, 1991 in Hubbard Hill Retirement Estate. She was born in Terre Haute, April 11, 1909. On March 16, 1946 she married Charles A. Merriman in Fort Wayne. He died in 1980. Surviving are a son, Donald L. Gates of Goshen; a daughter, Mrs. Maurice (Ruth Irene) Royer of Goshen; 2 stepchildren; a brother, Charles (Roy) Chambers of Fort Wayne; 3 sisters, Ethel Landers of E. Alton, Ill., June Kidwell of Indianapolis, and Agnes (Peg) Watkins of Van Nuys, Calif.; 9 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. One sister and 3 brothers preceded her in death. Services today at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 9-9-1991
Merriman Flora Bell, about 82, (b. 4-29-1869) died Jan. 8, 1952 at her Albion home. Surviving are the husband, Simon A.; five daughters, Mrs. Chester Caldwell of Mishawaka, Mrs. Earl Ostrander of Ligonier, Mrs. Nick Capseius and Mrs. Evelyn Elion of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Webster Pierce of Albion; four sons, Herman and Carl of Albion, Clyde of Wolcottville, and Arthur of South Whitley; 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and 52 great-great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Minnie Mercer and Mrs. Jennie LaBlance, both of Mishawaka, and Mrs. Edward Caldwell of Kendallville. Funeral Friday at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. +1-?-1952
Merriman Flora D of Kendallville, died Oct. 23, 1964 in McCray Hospital after sustaining a fractured hip in a fall. She was born in Wolcottville on Nov. 18, 1861, a daughter of Nathan and Susan Keck. She was married Sept. 19, 1882 to Guy Merriman, a native of Brimfield, who died in 1944 at the age of 82. She was the oldest member of the First Christian Church of Kendallville and believed to be Kendallville’s oldest resident. Surviving are two daughters, Mr. Walter Reed of Albion, Mrs. Gladys Hypes of Adrian, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Three daughters and one son preceded her in death. Funeral Monday at L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 10-?-1964
Merriman Frank, 89, a resident of the Sacred Heart Home for 42 years, died August 20. He is survived by a brother, Clifford, of San Gabriel, Calif. Services Friday in Krill-Greenisen Funeral Home in Bryan, Ohio, with burial in the Lick Creek Cemetery near there. ~ 8-28-1952
Merriman Herman F, 79, died Sunday in Kenney Health Care Center, Ligonier. He was born Dec. 29, 1911 in Topeka to Simon and Flora (Rodman) Merriman. On Sept. 12, 1935 in Kendallville he married Ruth Zimmerman. A 54-year resident of Albion, he was a self-employed carpet installer and a WW II Navy veteran. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Albion Eagles and American Legion Post 246. Surviving are his wife; 2 sisters, Evelyn Fehrmann of Murphy, N.C. and Ruby Pierce of Albion. Nine brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Services Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 246. + 11-10-1991
Merriman Irene, 72, of Lake Wawasee, died Monday in South Bend Hospital. Born June 4, 1909 in Ligonier, she was the daughter of Jacob and Ethel (Long) Pollock. She married Jack Merriman on Sept. 10, 1970, in Burkett. He died Oct. 11, 1979. She had moved from Ligonier to Niles, Mich., where she lived 36 years. She spent her summers in the Lake Wawasee community. She had been school nurse in Niles for 36 years and was a member of Ligonier Presbyterian Church. An aunt, Mrs. David Price of Kimmell, and nieces and nephews survive. Services Thursday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-22-1981
Merriman Kathryn Rose, 64, Albion, died May 29, 2002 at her home. She was born January 7, 1938 in Albion to John and Mildred (Cook) Moorhouse. She graduated from Albion High School in 1956. She married Donald Merriman December 29, 1956. Surviving are her husband; 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Mona Rose and Bill Kesling of Avilla, Amanda Beth and Brian Geiger of Wolf Lake and Regina Jo Weeks of Albion; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Sally Merriman of Albion; 3 brothers, Edward, John and Joseph Moorhouse of Albion; one sister, Anita Peters of Albion; and 13 grandchildren. She and her husband were retired and wintered in Florida but most recently owned Kehr Iron in LaGrange. She was a member of American Legion Post 246 Auxiliary, the Eagles Auxiliary, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Sodality, all in Albion. Services Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 5-30-2002
Merriman Kimberly Michele, daughter of Grant and Cathy Cole Merriman, Kendallville, died Aug. 7 in DeKalb Hospital, one hour after birth. Surviving are the parents, the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cole, 316 S. Main St., and Mr. and Mrs. Adren Merriman, 124 King St. Graveside services Sunday. Burial, Woodland Cemetery. + 7-?-1970
Merriman Mary Ruth, 78, of Ligonier, died Saturday in Goshen Hospital. Born Oct. 28, 1900 in Grandview, she was the daughter of Michael and Emma (Rice) Tremper. Her husband, David, died in 1951. She had lived in Ligonier since 1951, coming from Detroit, Mich. Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Nave of Ligonier, with whom she made her home; a stepson, Charles Merriman of Pontiac, Mich.; a niece, Helen Tremper of Grandview. Funeral Tuesday in Orr Funeral Home in Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-?-1979
Merriman Richard E, 60, of R. 3, Ligonier, died Monday at his residence from an apparent heart attack. Born March 16, 1927 in Ligonier, he was the son of Lyman E. and Minnie I. (Merriman) Ostrander. On Dec. 26, 1947 in Albion he married Betty R. Swickard. A lifetime area resident, he retired in 1983 from NYC Railroad. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Carolyn) Anglin of Ligonier; 2 sons, Michael of Ligonier, and Richard of Michigan City; 2 sisters, Katherine Ostrander and Alice Lindemuth of Ligonier; a brother, Robert of Fort Wayne; and 7 grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Services Thursday in Orr Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 8-17-1987
Merriman Robert Dale, 63, died Saturday at Anderson Hospital, Anderson, S.C., after suffering an apparent heart attack while staying with a daughter. He was born Feb. 10, 1929 in Kosciusko County to Minor and Myrtle (Maggart) Merriman. He was a machinist for Arnolds Corp. He served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict and was a member of North Webster American Legion Post. Surviving are his father and stepmother; a son, Brian of North Webster; 2 daughters, Beth Weaver of Belton, S.C., and Brenda Johnston of Williamston, S.C.; 2 brothers, Don and Paul of Fort Wayne; a sister, Hope Grimme of Fort Wayne; a half-brother, Steve Merriman of Hawaii; a half-sister, Sidney Wickliff of Montana; and 7 grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday in Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 5-30-1992
Merriman Ruth E, 84, died May 4 in Sebring, Fla. She was born April 4, 1915 in Noble County to Clinton and Ida May (Marshall) Zimmerman. On Sept. 12, 1937 in Kendallville she married Herman Merriman. He died Nov. 10, 1991. She was owner of Ruth's Beauty Shop and a member of Albion Eagles Auxiliary 2245, American Legion Auxiliary and Asbury United Methodist Church, all in Albion. She moved to Fla. in 1992. Surviving are 2 brothers, Harold and Donald Zimmerman of Lake Placid, Fla.; 2 sisters, Zelma Grady of Syracuse and Rita Herczeg of Naples, Fla. Graveside services Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery. + 5-4-1999
Merriman Simon A, 98, (b. 9-10-1864) a retired blacksmith who operated a shop in Albion for many years, died Sept. 26 in Kondas Nursing Home. He was one of Noble County’s oldest residents. A native of LaGrange County, he lived in Albion most of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1952. Surviving are two sons, Herman of Albion, and Arthur of Fort Wayne; four daughters, Mrs. Joe Weber and Mrs. Ruby Pierce, Albion, Mrs. Carrie Caldwell, Ligonier, and Mrs. Evelyn Cooper, Grand Rapids, Mich.; 37 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Services at Bonham & Miser Funeral Home Friday. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. + 9-?-1962
Merriman William E, 58, of R. 2, Kendallville, died Friday in the VA Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Bluffton Aug. 22, 1931, he was the son of Selurious and Adelia Merriman. In Oct. 1985 he married Jean Spencer. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a welder. Surviving are his wife; two stepdaughters, Betty Lunsford and Pat Gresham of Versailles, Ky.; two stepsons, Dorsey McAfee of Versailles, Ky., and Joseph McAfee of Kendallville; a sister, Wahella Roher of Liberty Center. There were no services. + 9-1-1989
Merritt Matthew M, 51, of Royal Oak, Mich., died Friday from a heart condition. A native of Macon, Georgia, and a Royal Oak resident three years, he was the husband of the former Winifred Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Clark. A son, Robert, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., also survives. Services Monday in the Clark Funeral Home. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 9-29-1955
Merritte Albert T, 76, died Monday at the Noble County home after slashing his throat in the yard. He had been in ill health for some time. He was a native of LaGrange County and had been a resident of Kendallville for many years before going to the home. + 5-?-1941
Mertz Arthur B, 76, Kendallville, died Friday in McCray Hospital. He was a retired farmer and foundry worker and member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, rural Corunna. He was born Sept. 11, 1912, in DeKalb County, the son of John W. and Emma (Krehl) Mertz. He was married April 25, 1947 in rural Corunna to Lou Ann Blevins. One sister, Selma Rodgers, preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Gary L. of Waterloo, and James A. of Fort Wayne; one sister, Margaret Harrigan of Fresno, Calif.; and 3 grandchildren. Funeral Sunday at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Corunna. + 11-17-1988
Mertz Herbert F, 76, died Wednesday in his Kendallville residence. He was born in Kendallville Sept. 19, 1922 to Edward A. and Lillian L. (Beight) Mertz. On June 14, 1947 in Kendallville, he married Doris Emmons. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard 4 years until 1946. He retired in 1988 from Kraft Foods after 47 years as a supervisor. For the past 10 years he has worked at Midtown Market in Avilla. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife; 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Susan and Michael Hively of Hudson and Cathie Swartz and Deborah Beaty of Kendallville; a son Ron, of Avilla; 8 grandchildren; Seth, Drew and Jacob Swartz, Tracey Umphrey, Rebecca and Emily Beaty, Laura Egly and Tina Larson; and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death bya brother, Ronald; and 2 sisters, Leona and Louella. Funeral Saturday in St. John Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 12-2-1998
Mertz Johanna Elizabeth, 25, of Fairfield Twp, DeKalb County, died Sunday from organic heart trouble and a complication of diseases. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Ahrens of Wayne Twp and was married April 19, 1908 to Otto E. Mertz. Funeral was held from the house Tuesday and from the Science Lutheran Church, Fairfield Twp. Burial, churchyard cemetery. ^ 7-9-1908
Mertz Lillie L, 93, of R. 1, died today in Lutheran Home. Born in Kendallville Oct. 13, 1888, she was the daughter of William and Sophia (Miller) Beight. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. Her husband, Edward A., died June 13, 1960. She was also preceded in death by two daughters and one son. Surviving are a son, Herbert, Friendly Village; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services Friday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 2-2-1982
Mertz Lucille Helen, 79, of Kendallville died January 9, 2007 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. She was a homemaker and baby-sat for several families in the 1980s. She was a 1946 graduate of Avilla High School. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the Walther League and the Lutheran Women Missionary League. She was born January 3, 1928 in Kendallville to Wesley and Elsie (Weimer) Butler. She married Robert B. Mertz on June 9, 1951 in Kendallville. He survives. Also surviving are 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Cindy Mertz of Kendallville, Roger and Dorothy Mertz of Goshen and Donald and Sandra Mertz of Portage, Mich.; 2 daughters, Janet and Kevin Wiley of Fowler and Jennifer Mertz of Kendallville; a brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Sharon Butler of Kendallville; 8 grandchildren, Kara, Joshua, Benjamin, Wayne, Jessica, and Jeremy Mertz and Elizabeth and Elaine Wiley. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Berniece and Joseph Burgi. Services Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 1-10-2007
Mertz Otto E, 99, former Fort Wayne resident, died Saturday at the Lutheran Home. He was born in DeKalb County June 10, 1881, the son of Benjamin and Johanna (Aumann) Mertz. He was a retired engineer and chemist and a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. Surviving are a sister, Metha Fraze of Kendallville, and several nieces and nephews. His wife, Agnes, died Sept. 17, 1976. Also preceding him in death were 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Services Tuesday in the Lutheran Home. Burial, Concordia Cemetery. + 4-?-1981
Merwin Cleland T, 83, of R. 1, Luther, Mich., died Feb. 6 at Reed City Hospital. She was born Nov. 24, 1898 in Noble County to Francis and Olvie (Brown) Goudy. Her husband, Homer Merwin, died in 1954. Surviving are a son, Harold Pepple of Corunna; 4 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, all from the Auburn-Garrett area; two brothers, John Goudy of Dalton, Mich., and Robert Goudy of South Milford; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Pierce of Battle Creek, Mary Lacy of Bellaire, Mich., and Beatrice Stadtmiller of Fort Bragg, Calif. Graveside services in South Milford Cemetery. + 2-6-1982
Messamann Wilfried C, 83, of R. 4, Albion and formerly of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday at Columbia City Community Care Center. He moved to Big Lake in 1982 and was a Standard Oil agent in Woodburn for 39 years and retired in 1965 from International Harvester Co. Surviving are his wife, Mildred D.; a daughter, Valeria Hirschey, R. 4, Albion; five sons, Max and Jack of Fort Wayne, Bruce of Fairbanks Alaska, Duane of Sebring, Fla., and Dennis of Columbia City; a sister, Elveria Brewer of Fort Wayne; and 26 grandchildren. Services Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City. Burial, Lutheran Cemetery, Woodburn. + 7-10-1984
Messer Clyde, 55, 352 Grove St., died today at McCray Hospital. He was born Aug. 12, 1921 to Bill and Sally (Jent) Messer at Vicco, Ky. He married Elsie Holliday in 1945 at Hazard, Ky. He was a retired employee of Newnam Foundry. He is survived by his wife; a son, Jim, Rome City; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Wilma) Stidham, Rome City; a brother, Ira, Vicco, Ky.; 5 sisters, Mrs. Rado (Rutha) Combs, Mrs. James (Nervie) Lane, Mrs. Dewey (Ollie) Wells, Miss Barbara, all of Vicco, and Mrs. Gary (Martha) Ledford, Kendallville; and 3 grandchildren. Services Saturday at the family residence. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 10-?-1976
Messer Dale, 79, of Albion, died Feb. 12, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital. She was employed with Kraft Foods in Kendallville for 20 years and was a member of the Brimfield Revival Center. She was born Sept. 7, 1928 in Mill Creek, Ky. to William and Rebecca (Short) Roark. She married Rev. Jesse W. Messer on March 10, 1946. He died in Jan. 2000. Surviving are 3 daughters and a son-in-law, Teri and Eddy Roark and Rhonda Handshoe of Albion and Robin Tackett of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Jesse Messer Jr. and Karen Markward of Avilla; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Ilda and Elmer Terry of Kendallville; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Helen Roark of Richmond, Ky. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer, in October 2001; and a great-granddaughter, Jesslyn Gallo in 2004. Services Saturday at Brimfield Revival Center. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 2-14-2008
Messer Elsie, 67, died March 23, 1992 in McCray Hospital. She was born in Carrie, Ky., May 24, 1924, the daughter of Jim and Nancy (Combs) Holliday. She resided in the area 32 years and was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. She married Clyde Messer in Hazard, Ky. He died Oct. 21, 1976. Surviving are a daughter, Wilma Stidham of Rome City; a son, James of Rome City; 3 brothers, James and Archie Holliday of Rome City and Kizer Holiday of Kingman, Ariz.; a sister, Wilma Jean Cox of Kendallville; 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Funeral Thursday at Church of the True God. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 3-23-1992
Messer Gabie, about 60, mother of Dr. Frank W. Messer, died this morning at Lakeside Hospital where she underwent a major operation Friday. Her home was at North Baltimore, O. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank B. Messer, in 1929. She was born at Shipman, Va. but had resided the greater part of her life at North Baltimore. Surviving are the son here and one sister, Mrs. W. P. Covington in Va. The body will be taken to North Baltimore tomorrow for funeral and burial. ^ 2-17-1934
Messer Jeff, 83, Stroh, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. A resident here four years, he was born Nov. 15, 1888 in Kentucky to George W. and Sabe (Terry) Messer. He is survived by 11 children. Funeral Friday in Hindman, Ky. Burial, Messer Cemetery, Vest, Ky. + 12-?-1971
Messer Jennifer, 51, of Albion, died October 25, 2001 at her sister's home. She was born November 20, 1949 in Lothair, Ky., to Jesse and Dale (Roark) Messer. Her father died January 11, 2000. Surviving are her mother of Albion; a brother, Jesse Jr. of Avilla; and 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Teri and Eddy Roark of Albion and Robin and Charles Tackett and Rhonda Handshoe of Kendallville. Services at Brimfield Revival Center. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ~ 11-1-2001
Messer Jesse, 77, of Albion died January 11, 2000 in his home. He was born November 22, 1922 in Lunah, Ky., to Eli and Mathilda (Lovins) Messer. On March 9, 1946 in Lothair, Ky., he married Dale Roark. She survives. He was a retired worker for Newnam Foundry and also a retired coal miner. He was presently in his 25th year of serving as pastor at Brimfield Revival Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II and received the Purple Heart. Also surviving are a son, Jesse Jr. of Avilla; 4 daughters and a son-in-law, Jennifer Messer and Teri and Eddy Roark of Albion, and Robin L. Freeman and Rhonda S. Handshoe of Kendallville; a sister, Goldie Short of LaGrange; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services in Brimfield Revival Center. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ~ 1-27-2000
Messer Jesse W Jr., 60, of Avilla, died May 5, 2008 at his residence. He had been employed as an inspector with Mahoney Foundry in Kendallville for about 13 years. He had also worked at Lane and Kendallville foundries, for more than 30 years. He was born in Lothair, Ky., on May 16, 1947 to Jesse and Dale (Roark) Messer. His father died in 2000 and his mother in 2008. Surviving are 2 daughters, Robin Tackett of Kendallville and Rhonda Handshoe of Albion; a son, Jesse III of Kendallville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Teri and Eddy Roark of Albion. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jennifer Messer, in Oct. 2001; and a great-grandchild, Jesslyn Gallo, in 2004. Services Thursday at Brimfield Revival Center. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 5-6-2008
Messer Lois June, 53, 328 S. Oak St., died this morning at McCray Hospital. Born in Kendallville Oct. 26, 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eichelbaugh, she had been a lifetime resident. She was married in 1964 to Dr. Frank Messer, who survives. Private services Wednesday at Berhalter-Preston Mortuary, Kendallville. Burial, Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore, Ohio. + 6-?-1975
Messer Richard A, 39, died September 24, 2005 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Kendallville on June 2, 1966 to James Preston and Linda Ann (Koenig) Messer. Surviving are his parents in Albion; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Kim Messer of Avilla; a sister, Deb Hart of Kendallville. Services September 26 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 10-6-2005
Messimore Minnie A, 84, died Wednesday in Kondas Nursing Home at Albion. She had suffered a hip fracture about 6 weeks ago. She was a native and lifelong resident of the Cromwell community. Surviving are a niece and two cousins. Services Friday in Moore Funeral Home. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 3-?-1958
Method John, 76, died Nov. 3 at the county infirmary. Funeral at Merriam Christian Chapel Sunday. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Lemon Marker of that place is a sister. + 11-?-1922
Mettert Inez, 33, died suddenly Tuesday at her home near Diamond Lake from apoplexy. She is survived by the husband, James; three sons, Frank 12, Junior 10, and Donald 8. Funeral Friday at Cedar Chapel near Garrett. Burial, Cedar Chapel Cemetery. + 3-?-1935
Mettert Lena M, 82, 329 N. Oak St., died Monday in the Lutheran Home. She was born June 22, 1892 in Portsmouth, Ohio. May 2, 1914 she married Melvelle Mettert in Goshen. He died in 1958. She was a retired Bell Telephone operator. Surviving is one sister, Ruth Lazenby, Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. Funeral Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 3-?-1975
Mettert Lydia M, 66, a former resident of York Twp, died Tuesday at her home near St. Joe. She is survived by the husband, James; two sons, James of Fort Wayne, and Lacey of Garrett; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Benjamin of DeKalb County. Funeral Friday at Cedar Chapel. + 7-?-1936
Mettert Raymond Gene, 73, died March 12, 2008 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He retired in 1990 from the maintenance department at Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne after 32 years of service. He was born Nov. 21, 1934 in Fort Wayne to Alvey Kenneth and Mabel (Worman) Mettert. He married Carol J. Lamley on June 12, 1954 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven R. and Karla Mettert of Churubusco; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Bradley Scare of Kendallville; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Mona Mettert of Fort Wayne and Tom and Lottie Mettert of Osage, Minn.; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Claretta and Owen Nuttle and Helen and Dale Archbold of Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Lois Turner of Fla.; 4 grandchildren and their spouses, Christopher and Kim Mettert, Alan and Elizabeth Mettert, Brandy and Ryan Mizik, and Hillary Scare: and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 brother, Henry and Robert. Services Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. ^ 3-14-2008
Mettler Agnes, 77, of Toledo, Ohio, died May 19. She was born in Avilla in October 1902, the daughter of Frank and Emma Stoeckley. Her husband, Thurman Mettler, died one year ago. Surviving are a brother, Charles Stoeckley, Avilla; two children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceding her in death were four brothers and two sisters. Services May 22 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sylvania, Ohio, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Toledo. ~ 5-29-1980 + 5-?-1980
Mettler John W, 82, resident of Kendallville many years, died last week in the Noble County Home where he had lived since last Dec. 21. A native of Indiana, he was born Oct. 17, 1867. Services Friday in L. E. Berhalter & Son Funeral Home. Burial, Hopewell Cemetery. + 12-?-1950
Mettler Thurman H, 79, brother-in-law of Charles Stoeckley, Avilla, died Monday during surgery. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, but lived in Sylvania, Ohio. His wife, the former Agnes Stoeckley, survives. ~ 5-14-1979
Metz Amy Amelia, a resident of Washington Twp, died Monday at her home. She was born July 18, 1868 in Noble County, the daughter of John and Mary Gilbert and had resided in Washington Twp practically all her life. Her husband, Cal, died two years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Melvin Knapp of Goshen and Mrs. Claude Hartsock at home; one brother; and four granddaughters. Funeral Wednesday from the home. Burial, Metz Cemetery on the farm of the deceased. + 6-?-1930
Metz Ardella F, retired owner of Metz Hardware in Albion, died Sunday in the Greencroft Nursing Center in Goshen. She was born in Elkhart County March 20, 1913, the daughter of Fredrick and Blanche (French) Frymier. She married Harry Metz in Syracuse November 26, 1936. He died May 24, 1974. She moved to the Albion area when she was six years old and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two daughters, Holly Vice and Harriet Metz, Albion; two sisters, Dorabelle Frymier and Mrs. Glen (Evelyn) Black, Albion; two brothers, Ted, Albion and Maurice "Chink", Florida; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were two brothers. Services Wednesday in the Presbyterian Church in Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 12-30-1982 + 12-26-1982
Metz Bessie L of Albion died of complications Oct. 31, 1939 at her home. Her husband, Herschell died in 1928 and one son, Walter, died in 1931 at the age of 12. Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Mary Baugher of Washington Twp; one son, Harry of Albion; one daughter, Donnabelle at home; and three brothers, Herschell, Chauncey and Luther of Washington Twp. Funeral this afternoon at the home. Burial, Metz Cemetery. + 11-?-1939
Metz Calvert, 65, farmer residing in Washington Twp, was seized with a heart attack at about midnight and died an hour later. He is survived by his wife, nee Mellie Gilbert; two daughters, Mrs. Melvin Knapp of Goshen, and Mrs. Claude Hartsock of Mishawaka; one brother, Norman of Washington Twp,; and four little granddaughters. He had resided all his life in Noble County. He was the son of Aaron Metz, who at one time was a wagon maker at Ligonier. + 7-?-1927
Metz Harry G
, 63, was born Oct. 26, 1910 in Albion to Herschell and Bessie (Baugher) Metz and married Ardella Frymier in Syracuse in 1936. He was a retired hardware dealer and owner of the Metz Hardware in Albion, a member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. He died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Hollis) Vice, Albion, and Harriet Metz, Goshen College; one sister, Mrs. Donna Belle Willennar, Albion; and four grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Services today in the First Presbyterian Church, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 5-30-1974 + 5-?-1974
Metz Herschell J, son of William and Mary Metz, was born in Washington Twp, May 5, 1885, and died at his home in Albion Sept. 8, aged 43 years, 4 months and 3 days. He spent his boyhood days in Washington Twp. At the age of 19, he with his parents moved to Albion when his father was elected sheriff. In the spring of 1917 he went into partnership with his father, who was in the hardware business, and soon after the death of his father in 1921, Herschell sold to Roy K. Riddle, retaining the plumbing business. On April 3, 1909 he married Bessie Baugher, and they had two sons and one daughter. There is left the wife; the children, Harry 17, Donna Bell 13, and Walter 8. Funeral Tuesday at United Brethren Church. Burial, Metz Cemetery. + 9-?-1928
Metz Kahrl August, 83, of Kendallville, died Sept. 17, 2005 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He taught in East Noble Schools 1949-1982. He graduated in 1940 from Clinton High School and received a master's degree in business from Indiana State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II and a member of American Legion Post 86. He was a past elder of the First Christian Church and a board member of the Noble County Training Center. He was born July 22, 1922 in Clinton to Charles and Adah (Slack) Metz. On May 31, 1942 in Clinton he married Margaret Lewis. Surviving are his wife; 4 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Ronald and Charlotte of Sturgis, Mich., Michael and Linda and Mark and Dawn of LaGrange, and Matthew and Linda of Houston, Minn.; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, JoAnn and Lyman Durham of Terre Haute, Edna and Dallas Foster of Wheatfield and Madeline Oswalt of Portage; 8 grandchildren, Kristen Kozan, Rhonda McKillen and Charles, Sarah, Rachel, Laura, Rebecca and Evan Metz; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy, on April 3, 1997. Services Tuesday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery with military graveside rites. ^ 9-22-2005
Metz Kathy A, 49, died Thursday in her Kendallville residence. She was born in Clinton on Sept. 23, 1947 to Kahrl A. and Margaret R. (Lewis) Metz. She was employed by Foundations of Noble County and was a member of First Christian Church. Surviving are her parents in Kendallville; 4 brothers, Ronald of Sturgis, Mich., Michael of LaGrange, Mark of Twelve Mile, and Matthew of Boulder, Colo. Private family services Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-3-1997
Metz Mary, 63, widow of the late William F. Metz, died at her home in Albion Thursday. Funeral at United Brethren Church Saturday afternoon. Burial, Metz Cemetery. + 5-?-1926
Metz Norval Edward, son of Mary and Aaron Metz, was born June 17, 1874 in Ligonier, and died Dec. 28, 1942 at his home in Washington Twp. He was married Dec. 12, 1903 to Effie Hontz. He leaves his wife; two foster sons, Ralph McCammon at home, and Oris Stump of Sturgis, Mich.; and Mrs. Pearl Hull of South Whitley; two nephews, Fred Correll of Grand Haven, Mich., Ord Secrist of Columbia City; and three nieces, Mrs. Velma Hartsock of Washington Twp, and Hattie Wheeler of Columbia City. Funeral at the home last Thursday. Burial, Metz Cemetery. + 1-?-1943
Metz Walter, son of Herschell and Bessie Metz, was born in Albion, March 31, 1920. He died at the home of his mother on Aug. 25, 1931, at the age of 11 years, 4 months and 24 days, from influenza and heart trouble. He was a regular attendant at United Brethren Church. Three years ago his father died. He is survived by his mother, a sister, Donna Bell; a brother, Harry; a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Baugher. Funeral at the home Thursday. Burial, Metz Cemetery. + 8-?-1931
Metz William F was the son of Aaron and Mary J. Metz, born at the old Metz home in Washington Twp Aug. 10, 1860. He was the oldest of five children in the family, two sisters and the parents having preceded him in death. Two brothers, Calvin and Norval, survive him. His early life was spent on the farm and in Ligonier where with his father he learned the harness maker’s trade. In 1883 he was married to Mary A. Gilbert. They had one child, a son Herschell, who with his wife, Bessie, and their three children, Harry, Donna Belle and Walter, survive. About 18 years ago he was elected county sheriff and he served for two terms, after which he engaged in the hardware business. This he continued with Mr. Moore, Mr. McMeans and his son until his death which occurred Nov. 27, 1921. He was 61 years, 3 months and 17 days of age. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge of North Webster and the Elks Lodge of Ligonier. Funeral at the U. B. Church Tuesday. Burial, Metz Cemetery. + 12-?-1921
Metzger Chad W, 7, of R. 1, Albion, died Sunday in Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital from injuries received Nov. 9 in an all-terrain vehicle accident 3 miles north of Kendallville. Born in Kendallville Jan. 18, 1973, he was the son of Barry D. and Carolyn J. (Miller) Metzger. Surviving are the parents; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Metzger, R. 1, Kendallville, David Miller, Waterloo, and Mrs. Doris Hall, Garrett; great-grandparents, Carson Ahrens, Kendallville, Mrs. Agatha Marshall, LaGrange, and Mrs. Lela Wert, Kendallville; a sister, Brandy N. 6, at home. Services Wednesday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home, Kendallville. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 11-?-1980
Metzger Clark W, about 77, died at his home at Canton, Ohio April 16, 1946. He is survived by his widow, Harriet; two daughters; a son; three brothers; one sister and four grandchildren. Funeral April 18 at Whitticar Funeral Home followed by interment at Massillon City Cemetery. + 4-?-1946
Metzger Mary Zita, OSF, died at the DeKalb Hospital. She was a resident of the Sacred Heart Home. A native of Springfield, Ill., she was born Feb. 19, 1899, the daughter of Rudolph and Regina Metzger. One nephew survives, Carl Layendecker of Springfield, Ill. Two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral mass Monday. Burial, Sacred Heart Cemetery. ~ 2-24-1972 + 2-?-1972
Metzger Nancy E, 73, of Kendallville, died Dec. 21, 2009 at her home. She was born in Kendallville on Sept. 22, 1936 to Norman and Edna (Williamson) Wert. She married Bill Metzger on Dec. 18, 1954 in Kendallville. She was retired from LDM Technologies in Kendallville as a press operator. Survivors include her husband; sons, Barry and Kim Metzger of Albion, Daron and Alva Metzger of Kendallville; daughter, Cara Fender of Springfield, Tenn.; 8 grandchildren and spouses, Brandy and Jim Mack, Courtney and Jeff Thorp, Josh and Christine Weible, Zach and Priscilla Fender, Laci and Duane Days, Megan Metzger and Dustin Ewell, Ashley and Chelsey Metzger, 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Walt and JoAnn Wert, Ray Wert, Ben and Susan Wert; sisters, Norma and Bob Wicker, Jo Bell, Susie and Bill Wallen; and half-brother, Junior Wert of Goshen. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Chad Metzger in 1980; her brother, Dale Wert; and a half-sister, Iantha Wooten. Funeral Dec. 24 at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. ^ 12-23-2009
Metzger Phil O, 77, died Sunday in the Life Care Center of Fort Wayne. He was born in Churubusco on May 29, 1916 to Ralph and Urana Harris Metzger. On Jul 14, 1938 he married Ellen R. Goodrich. He retired in 1982 as a painter at Parkview Hospital, with 16 1/2 years of service. He was a member of Sparta United Church of Christ and Parkview Ambassadors. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Gary and Kim of Fort Wayne; 3 daughters, Sandra (Mrs. Richard) Baade and Darlene (Mrs. Lester) Bender of Lake James, and Shirley (Mrs. Roger) Helle of Colfax, Iowa; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; a brother, Robert of Wyoming, Mich.; a stepbrother, Wayne Hapner; and a sister, Beatrice (Mrs. Max) Wilson of Kissimmee, Fla. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Richard Baade, and a brother, Paul. Services Wednesday in Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial, Thorn Cemetery. + 1-30-1994
Mey Maralena K, 70, of Ligonier, died Sept. 22, 2011 at her residence. She was born Oct. 4, 1940 to Charles and Lucy (Cler) Winebrenner in Noble County. She graduated from Ligonier High School in 1958 and later attended IPFW. She retired from Silgan Plastics after more than 40 years of service. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ligonier. She is survived by 2 sons, Charles Mey of Ligonier and John Mey of Iowa. Mass of Christian burial at St. Patrick's Church on Sat. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. ^ 9-23-2011
Meyer Albin was born in Alsace, France, March 1, 1825, and died at his home near Avilla June 16, 1908, aged 83 years 3 months and 15 days. He received an early education in France and when 12 he came to America with his parents and settled in Seneca County, Ohio where he married Theresia Zonker January 10, 1853. In 1855 he came to Noble County and settled on the farm where he died. They had 9 children, 2 of whom, Frank and Theresia, preceded him in death. He was a charter member of the St. Joseph’s Society at St. Mary’s Church in Avilla and for many years was a member of the church choir. He gave the 2 oldest children to the service of God, Lizzie, known as Sister Cecelia of the Poor Handmaids of Christ, is a teacher in Chicago, and Theresia was Sister Aurelia of the same order. She died in Fort Wayne about 20 years ago. He leaves his wife; Sister Cecelia of Chicago, William H., August B., Louis O. and Lena of Avilla, Mrs. Agnes Teders of Kendallville, and John A. of Carroll, Iowa, and 14 grandchildren. Ignatius Meyer of Avilla is a brother and Miss Eve Meyer of the Old Peoples’ Home and Mrs. Julia Fox are sisters. Funeral at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Friday. Burial in the cemetery north of town. * 1908
Meyer Alphonse D, 87, died Thursday evening at his Columbia City home. He was born Oct. 23, 1907 in LaOtto to Daniel Benedict and Anna Louise (Senn) Meyer. On Oct. 2, 1934 he married Guinevere G. DePew. She died Dec. 28, 1983. He grew up on a farm near LaOtto. He worked at Zollner Piston Co. and for many years was a representative for the Rawleigh-McNess Co. He was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. Surviving are 3 daughters, Charity Hancock and Lana M. Meyer of Columbia City, and Carole Lyons of Fairfax, Va.; a son, Terry A. of Hudson, Ohio; 5 brothers, Richard of Phoenix, Eugene of Avilla, Leo and Carl of Fort Wayne and James of Dayton, Ohio; 3 sisters, Marguerite of Avilla; Sister Mary Anna Clare of Frankfort, Ill, and Stella of Greenville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral mass today in St. Paul Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery, Columbia City. + 9-29-1995
Meyer Alvin C, 78, died Wednesday at his rural Kendallville home. He was retired from Magnavox in 1976 after 39 years and was a farmer. His wife, Minnie, died in 1983. Surviving are two daughters, Doris Ann Graft of Orlando, Fla., and Sandra Kay Lydy of Kendallville; two sons, Wilbur of Ossian, and Kenneth of New Port Richey, Fla.; a sister, Mable Carpenter of Woodburn; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services Saturday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Ossian. Burial, church cemetery. + 12-27-1989
Meyer Amanda J, 23, of Kendallville, was killed in an auto accident on CR 28 in DeKalb County near the Noble County line on Oct. 17. Her family used to live in Avilla. She was born July 31, 1975 to Earl and Teresa M (Smith) Amburgey. She was a factory worker in Kendallville and a lifetime Noble County resident. Survivors include her father in North Manchester; her daughter, April Marie; a sister, Brenda Murphy of Kendallville; and a brother, David of North Manchester; grandparents, Hugh and Thelma Hickman of Albion. Services in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. ~ 11-5-1998
Meyer Anna (Sister Emma), daughter of Ignatius Meyer of this place, died at St. Joseph Hospital at Fort Wayne Monday. The funeral occurred yesterday. ~ 10-3-1889
Meyer Ardella McConnel, 69, a resident of R. 2, Avilla, died Thursday in the Garrett Hospital. She was born Jan. 19, 1896 in Allen County and resided in the Avilla area since 1937. She was married Sept. 14, 1949 to Daniel M. Meyer, who died Jan. 21, 1963. Survivors include a son, John F. McConnel of R. 1, Columbia City; six stepsons, three stepdaughters and two grandchildren. Funeral Sunday at the McKee Funeral Home in Garrett. Burial, Parker Cemetery near Fort Wayne. ~ 10-7-1965 + 10-?-1965
Meyer Bernadette C, 80, Avilla, died May 9, 2003 at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was born November 3, 1923 in Waterloo to George and Marie (Hoff) Shoudel. She married Herman E. Meyer on June 28, 1945 in Auburn. He died October 2, 1960. Surviving are 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Thomas Smith of Fort Wayne and Mary Kay and Ed Helmkamp of LaGrange; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, David "Sweeney" and Clora Meyer, and John Meyer of Avilla; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer Wells, Kimberly Anderson, Brian Meyer, Alan and Steve Smith; a great-grandson, Ryan Wells; and a sister, Agnes Ball of Auburn. Preceding her in death also were a daughter, Margaret in 1973; 4 brothers, George, Clarance, Adolf "Spike" and Alfred Shoudel; and one sister, Mary Jo Weimer. She worked at Creek Chub Bait Co. in Garrett and sold Avon products for more than 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where services were held. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ~ 5-15-2003
Meyer Bernard L "Bud", 74, Avilla, died June 24, 2003 in his residence. He was born December 6, 1928 to William and Gertrude (Snider) Meyer. On June 12, 1954 he married Alice H. Teders. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters, Susan L. (Joseph) Litchfield, Avilla, Sandra L. (Jeffery) Harlan, Fort Wayne; 4 sons, Daniel B. (Judy), LaOtto, Edward J. (Darla), Kendallville, Carey H. (Tami), Fort Wayne, and Kurt F. (Malinda), Avilla; 24 grandchildren, Emily, Adam, Alison, Brett, Samantha, Aaron, Danielle, Audrey, Elizabeth, Zachary, Abigail, Logan, Joshua, Ryan, Stacey, Lindsay, Maria, Phillip, Sarah, Brooke, Noah, Jennifer, Nicholas and Matthew; 3 sisters, Agnes Tilbury, Fort Wayne, Sr. Marie Meyer, and Bernadette Teders of Avilla; 2 brothers, Edward and Francis of Avilla. Preceding him in death were 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Evelyn Freeman, Wilma Schmenk, Mildred Fischer, Robert and Herman Meyer. He was a tool grinder for Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne for 31 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and member of American Legion Post 240. Services Friday in St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ~ 6-26-2003
Meyer Carl E, 32, of San Antonio, was killed in a plane crash near Jacksonville, Ark., Monday. He was born in Kendallville to Theodore and Pauline Meyer. He grew up in Fort Wayne and was a captain in the U. S. Air Force. Surviving are his parents in Fort Wayne; his wife, Susan J.; two sons, Benjamin and C. J. at home; and three brothers, Ron of Stockton, Calif., Paul of Albion, and Ernest of Churubusco. Services Saturday in Lind Brothers Mortuary, Carmichael, Calif. Burial, Fair Oaks Cemetery, Fair Oaks, Calif. + 1-18-1988
Meyer Catherine was born in Marsh Baden, Germany, Nov. 30, 1867 and was educated in the Catholic schools of her native land. At the age of twelve years she came to this country with her mother, brothers and sister, her father having died some time before. They came to Avilla, and here she lived until her marriage with Herman Franz of Fort Wayne, which occurred Oct. 14, 1888. They had two children, Augusta, who died in infancy, and William who survives. In 1896 she accompanied her husband on a trip to Germany for the benefit of his health but where he later died. With her little son she returned to Avilla and on Jan. 27, 1898 married William H. Meyer. They had one daughter, Leonida, born Feb. 17, 1899. She died at the family home in this place Jan. 11, 1912, aged 44 years, one month and 11 days. She was the victim of cancer, for which she underwent an operation last March. Surviving are her husband; one son, William Franze; daughter, Leonida; two brothers, William Kraus of Fort Wayne, Joseph Kraus of this place; one sister, Mrs. David Deck of Fort Wayne. Funeral at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Saturday. Burial in the cemetery north of town. ~ 1-17-1912 & 1-24-1912
Meyer Catherine (Boehler) was born in Germany April 19, 1819; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Burney Waldron, near Wolcottville, April 7, aged 79 years 11 months and 19 days. She emigrated to America in 1848 and was married to John Meyer in Massillon, Ohio in 1849. She leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. Solomon Bodenhafer of Wayne Twp, Mrs. D. T. Dudley of Weeping Water, Neb., Mrs. Burney Waldron of Wolcottville; one son, Frank of Omaha, Neb.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial, Lisbon Cemetery. ^ 4-13-1899
Meyer Cora, 88, died at her home in South Bend July 23, 1963. She was a native of Noble County, the daughter of John W. and Rebecca Moorhouse and the sister of the late Ed Moorhouse, Albion. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Antoinette Shilts, Mrs. Bernadette Vanderbosch, Miss Anna and Miss Agnes, all of South Bend, and Mrs. Marcella Rood of Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Estella Vogeding and Miss Ellen of Garrett, and Mrs. Anna Young of Huntertown; one brother, J. Bernard of Pekin, Ill.; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral Friday at St. Mathew’s Church in South Bend. Interment in South Bend. + 7-23-1963
Meyer Dale E, 88, of Albion, died April 25, 2001 in Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital. He was born in Berne, Ind. on Nov. 19, 1912 to Harvey and Elizabeth Meyer. On Dec. 24, 1931 he married Virginia C. Holacaer. He retired from Dana Corp. of Fort Wayne in 1974. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Churubusco. Surviving are his wife; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Robert Miller and Pat and Duane Norris of Albion; a son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Donna Meyer; a brother, Ted of Fort Wayne; 4 sisters, Eunice Carr, Eileen Sutterline and Harvena Freimuth of Fort Wayne and Mary Shoudel of Churubusco; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Harry, Elmer and Edward, and 2 sisters, Helen Lorenz and Dorothy Draper, preceded him in death. Services today at Albion Wesleyan Church. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 4-28-2001
Meyer Daniel B "Ben", 81, a retired farmer of the Avilla community, died Monday at the Garrett Hospital. Born Dec. 15, 1881, in Pulaski County, he was a son of Charles and Barbara Meyer. He was married to Ardella McConnell September 1949, who survives. He was first married in March 1906 to Anna L. Senn, who died March 17, 1927. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Also surviving are six sons, Alphonse of Columbia City, Eugene of Avilla, Richard of Mesa, Ariz., Leo and Carl of Fort Wayne, and James of Dayton O.; three daughters, Mrs. Meinrad Meyer, R. 2, Avilla, Mrs. Gerald Meyer of Greeneville, Tenn., and Sister Anna Clare of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Danville, Ill.; a brother, Joseph of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Weaver of Fort Wayne; 30 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, the church cemetery. ~ 1-24-1963
Meyer David, 76, R. 1, Kimmel’s South Shore, died yesterday at McCray Hospital from emphysema. He was born Nov. 30, 1895 in Russia, the son of David and Mary (Walter) Meyer. He was married in 1917 in Chicago to Katherine Ulrich. He was a resident here three months, moving from Cable, Wis. He was a retired resort operator and carpenter and belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago. Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Elsie Valovic, Chicago; five sons, Richard, Cree Lake, Arthur, Bartlesville, Okla., Robert, Barrington, Ill., Vernon, Chicago, and Kenneth, Austin, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services at John V. May Funeral Home, Chicago, Thursday. Burial, Memorial Estates, Franklin Park, Ill. + 12-?-1971
Meyer Donald E, 57, of rural Albion, died April 11, 2010 at the family residence in York Twp. He was born Nov. 1, 1952 and was raised by his grandparents, Dale and Virginia Meyer. He graduated from Central Noble High School in 1971. He had worked at the Fort Wayne Foundry in Columbia City, at Newnam Foundry in Kendallville and at Seamco. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albion. On Sept. 28, 1990 he married Lori Harris in Avilla. Surviving are his wife; his son, David E. Meyer of Albion; his parents, Janet and Robert Miller of Albion; his siblings, Lee Ann Wicker of Auburn, Lisa Brashear of Albion,, Robert (Charlotte) Miller Jr. of Moriarty, N.M., and Brenda (John) Moyer of Kendallville; and 2 grandchildren, Dirk and Lillian Meyer. Funeral April 14 in the Sugar Grove Church of God. Burial, Ege Cemetery. ^ 4-12-2010
Meyer Donald J, 24, Avilla native and lifetime resident, died Wednesday in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meyer; the former Suzanne M. Smith, to whom he was married Feb. 19 in St. Agnes Church at Cleveland; a brother, Robert J. Jr., of Fort Wayne; a sister, Mrs. Gerald (Barbara) Thomas, Morenci, Mich.; the grandparents, Mrs. W. G. Meyer, Avilla, and Mrs. and Mrs. Herman DePew, Garrett; and the mother-in-law, Mrs. Helen Smith of Fort Wayne. He was employed as an inspector for Zollner Piston in Fort Wayne and had planned to resume his studies at St. Francis College in Fort Wayne. Final rites Monday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 3-31-1966 + 3-?-1966
Meyer Edward William, 83, of Avilla, died December 29, 2004 at Provena Sacred Heart Home. He was born April 21, 1921 in Avilla to William G. and Gertrude A. (Snider) Meyer. Surviving are 3 sisters, Agnes Tilbury of Fort Wayne, Sr. Marie Meyer and Bernadette Teders of Avilla; a brother and sister-in-law, Francis "Fi" and Theresa Meyer of Avilla. Preceding him in death were 3 brothers, Robert, Herman and Bernard; and 3 sisters, Mildred Fischer, Wilma Schmenk and Evelyn Freeman. A lifetime resident of Avilla, he had retired in the early 1980s from ITT. He had also worked for several years at Tokheim and Bowser in Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Services at St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ~ 1-27-2005
Meyer Eugene C, 95, of Avilla, died August 24, 2004 at Provena Sacred Heart Home. He was born May 19, 1909 in DeKalb County to Daniel and Anna (Senn) Meyer. On November 30, 1940 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Avilla he married Edna C. Kreienbrink. Surviving are his wife; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Phillip and Sharon of Pleasant Lake, Stephen and Janet, and Paul "Chip" of Kendallville; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Bob Treesh of Kendallville, June and Nick Teliha of Plainfield; 3 brothers, Leo and Carl of Fort Wayne, and James of Dayton, Ohio; 2 sisters, Marguerite Meyer of Avilla and Sr. Anna Clare Meyer of Frankfort, Ill.; 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Walter, Alphonse and Richard; and 2 sisters, Rose and Stella Meyer. He was a lifetime area resident and had worked for Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1972 after 32 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Moose Lodge and the Quarter Century Club of Zollner Corp. Services Thursday at St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ~ 8-26-2004
Meyer Florence E, 82, died Oct. 11 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born August 16, 1902 in New Haven, the daughter of George and Hulda (Stein) Hasty. She married Dale Meyer and he died three years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Judy, Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters, Celeste Springer, Palm Springs, Calif., and Margorie Bennett, New Haven; one brother, Norman Hasty of Alhambra, Calif.; three grandchildren and a niece, Susan Bremer, Avilla. Services Oct. 14 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Angola. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 10-22-1987
Meyer Frances, 57, of Avilla, died at Garrett Hospital Friday following an operation a few days ago. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia. Surviving are the husband and 8 children, Francis, Leo and Maynard, near Avilla, Otto at Chicago, Jerold, Rensselaer, Mary at home, Alberta, Valparaiso, and Clara of Elkhart. + 4-?-1935
Meyer Francis J, 71, was born March 14, 1903 in Avilla to Frank J. and Frances (Kreienbrink) Meyer. He married Marjorie Pennel June 12, 1932 at St. Mary’s Church in Avilla. She died in 1970. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance of Noble County and formed the F. J. Meyer Insurance Agency in Avilla in 1948. He retired one year ago. He resided at 120 Van Scoyoc and died Friday in DeKalb Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Leon, Avilla, and Gail, 611 Mardego Parkway, Fort Wayne; three sisters, Alberta Crosbie, Florida, Clara Stangle, Elkhart, and Alice Deboni, Elkhart; one brother, Leo, Friendly Village; four grandsons, two granddaughters. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral mass Monday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 9-12-1974 + 9-?-1974
Meyer Frank J, 83, died December 19, from a heart attack at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Rhodes. He had made his home there for the past five years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic. Surviving are five sons, Francis and Gerald of Avilla, Leo and Meinrad of R. 2 and Otto of Chicago; four daughters, Mrs. Clara Stangle and Mrs. Alberta Crosbie, Elkhart, Mrs. Alice Deboni, Manneheim, Germany, and Mrs. Mary Rhodes; nineteen grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rose Duehmig, Danville; and a brother Vincent of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Services Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 12-22-1955
Meyer Gerald R, 55, of 99 Mayor Ave., Greeneville, Tenn., died Sunday and is a former resident of Avilla. He is survived by his wife, Stella; four sons, Jerry, Clayton, Dennis and Tim; one daughter, Jennifer; three grandchildren, all of Greeneville; three sisters, Mrs. Don Spangle, Mrs. Matt Deboni and Mrs. Daniel Crosbie all of Elkhart; and two brothers, Francis and Leo of Avilla. Services April 25 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Greeneville, Tenn. Burial, Oak Grove Cemetery, Greeneville. ~ 4-27-1972 + 4-?-1972
Meyer Geraldine E, 79, died Tuesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born in Avilla Jan. 11, 1912, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Demske) Helmer. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Her husband, Leo, died in 1980. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Inman of Fort Wayne; 4 sisters, Patricia Helmkamp of Avilla, Rita Pera of Scocia, N.Y., Laroma Slater and Joan Campbell of Fort Wayne; 3 brothers, Dale and Phil of Avilla and Jim of Fort Wayne; and 2 grandchildren. Services Friday in St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. + 7-16-1991
Meyer Gertrude A, 81, died Saturday in Garrett Hospital. Born October 6, 1885 in Ege, she was the daughter of John and Jane Snider. She lived her entire life in the Avilla area and resided the past year with a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Freeman on Baum Street. In 1906 she married William Meyer, who died in 1963. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church. Surviving are four sons, Robert, Edward, Francis and Bernard, all of Avilla; six daughters, Mrs. Bernadette Teders, Mrs. Mildred Fischer, Mrs. Wilma Schmenk, all of Avilla, Mrs. Agnes Tilbury, Fort Wayne, and Sister Teresena, OES, St. Charles Church, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Bernard Snider, Avilla, and Dan Snider, Jackson, Mich.; 41 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death. Solemn high mass was celebrated Tuesday in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial, Catholic Cemetery. ~ 5-25-1967 + 5-?-1967
Meyer Guinevere G, 70, died Dec. 28 at Columbia City Care Center. She was the widow of Alphonse D. Meyer, whom she married in Oct. 1934. She was born March 3, 1913 in Corunna, the daughter of Herman and Helen (Carteaux) DePew. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John (Charity) Hancock and Lana Meyer, Columbia City, and Mrs. Mike (Carol) Lyons, Falls Church, VA; a son, Terrence of Chicago; a brother, Paul, Gulfport, Miss.; six sisters, Mrs. Hermine Meyer, Avilla, Mrs. Bud (Marjorie) Johnson, Mrs. Joe (Delores) Mueller, Mrs. Harris (Ann) Hoeffel, and Mrs. Keith (Josephine) Flesch, all Garrett, and Mrs. Harold (Constance) Englert of Auburn; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mass Saturday at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Columbia City. Burial, Catholic Cemetery, Columbia City. ~ 1-5-1984
Meyer Harry E, 70, of Royer Lake, LaGrange, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday at Parkview Hospital. Born in White County, he retired as a machinist after 40 years. Surviving are his wife, Ethel; 3 sons, Harry E. Jr., and David P. of Fort Wayne, and Harvey S. of Huntertown; a daughter, Marciel Elmer of LaGrange; two brothers, Ted of Fort Wayne, and Dale of Albion; five sisters, Eunice Carr and Eileen Suetterlin of Mesa, Ariz., Dorothy Draper of LaGrange, Mary Schoudel of Huntertown, Harvenia Freimuth of Fort Wayne; and 11 grandchildren. Services will be Friday at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home. Burial, Greenlawn Memorial Park. + 8-30-1988
Meyer Helen C, 88, of Kendallville and formerly of Fort Wayne, died Monday at McCray Hospital. A native of Defiance, Ohio, she had lived most of her life in Fort Wayne. Her husband, Omer, died in 1975. Surviving are a daughter, Irene Billings of Kimberling City, Mo.; two sons, O. J. of Fort Wayne, and R. L. of Nashville, Tenn.; and 8 grandchildren. Services Wednesday in Klaehn’s Wayne Street Chapel. Burial, Covington Memorial Gardens. + 2-1-1988
Meyer Herman E, 47, a resident of this community 41 years and owner of Herman Meyer Tractor Sales in Albion, died at Sunday in the Veteran’s Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born July 8, 1913, in LaOtto, a son of W. G. and Gertrude Meyer, and was a veteran of WW II. Surviving are the widow, Bernadette, to whom he was married June 28, 1945, in Auburn; three daughters, Ann, Margaret Mary, and Mary Kay; and two sons, David and John, all at home; his parents; four brothers, Robert J., Edward W. and Francis J of Avilla, and Bernard L. of Warsaw; and six sisters, Mrs. Mildred Fischer, Mrs. Wilma Schmenk, Mrs. Bernadette Teders and Mrs. Evelyn Freeman, Avilla, Mrs. Agnes Tilbury of Fort Wayne, and Sr. M. Teresina, OSF, of Danville, Ill. Two sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church here and the American Legion in Albion. Final Wednesday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 10-6-1960
Meyer Hermine F, 86, died February 6, 2002 at Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. She was co-owner of Meyer Farm Equipment in Avilla 1939-86 and worked with her husband before that in Pierce-Arrow automobile sales and service in Avilla. She had lived in Avilla since 1922 and moved to Garrett in 1988. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, its Rosary Society, the Daughters of Isabell, the RSVP of Auburn, American Legion Post 240 Ladies Auxiliary and Sacred Heart Home Auxiliary. She had been a Girl Scout leader. She was born December 15, 1915 in Elkhart to Herman and Helen (Carteaux) DePew. On June 16, 1936 she married Robert J. Meyer in St. Mary's Church. He died in January 1977. A son, Donald died in 1962; and 2 brothers, Donald and Paul DePew, and a sister, Guenivere Meyer, are deceased. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Gerald Thomas of Monroe, Mich.; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Beverly Meyer of Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 5 sisters, Marjorie Johnson, Dolores Mueller and Anna Hoeffel of Garrett, Connie Englert of Auburn and Josie Flesch of Ossian. Services in St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ~ 2-21-2002
Meyer Jill M, 51, of LaOtto, died Sept. 22, 2009 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis due to complications of a lung transplant she received 4 years ago. She was born Oct. 22, 1957 in Kendallville to Jack and Catherine (Kreischer) Duve. In June 1975 in Kendallville she married Stanley Meyer. He died Oct. 4, 2003. She retired after 20 years of service with Federal Mogul Corporation in Avilla. Surviving are 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Benjamin and Jamie Meyer of Fort Wayne, Andrew and Amanda Meyer of LaOtto, and Nathan and Angela Meyer of Avilla; 5 grandchildren, Caleb, Katelyn, Lily, Kelsey and Isabelle Meyer; 2 brothers, Brad Duve of Wolcottville, and William Duve of Auburn. Funeral Sept. 26 at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ^ 9-23-2009
Meyer John was born in Condern, Baden, Germany Jan. 15, 1815; died at his home south of Lisbon Feb. 15, aged 84 years and one month. He was the 4th child of a family of 6, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He emigrated to America in 1848, was married to Catherine Boehler in Massillon, Ohio in 1849. He leaves a widow; 3 daughters, Mrs. Solomon Bodenhafer of Wayne Twp, Mrs. Burney Waldron of Wolcottville, Mrs. D. T. Dudley of Weeping Water, Neb.; one son, Frank, Omaha, Neb.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral from Lisbon school house Feb. 17. Burial, Lisbon Cemetery. ^ 2-24-1899
Meyer Katherine, 90, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital. She was born in Fisher, Russia, Aug. 11, 1901 to Carl and Mary (Stoppel) Ulrich. In Chicago on March 3, 1918 she married David Meyer. He died in 1971. Surviving are a daughter, Elise Valovick of Chicago: 4 sons, Robert A. of Barrington, Ill., Vernon D. and Kenneth R. of Forney, Texas, and Richard C. of Kendallville; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Alhgrim and Erma Weher of Holiday, Fla., and Beatrice Shimanski of New Port Richey, Fla.; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A son, Arthur; a granddaughter; a brother and a sister preceded her in death. Services Thursday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Fairview Memorial Gardens, Northlake, Ill. + 8-12-1991
Meyer Kay M, 70, died September 23, 2012 at Kendallville Manor Nursing Home in Kendallville. She was born in Fort Wayne on September 28, 1941, to Gilbert and June (Sapp) Cole of Albion. She is survived by her two sisters, Linda Cole and Nancy (Gary) Weeks. She married Myron “Mike” Meyer in September of 1986. He preceded her in death. She attended Manchester College, and worked as a legal secretary in Fort Wayne before becoming a bailiff for the Noble County Superior Court in Albion. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Albion on September 29, 2012. Cremation will take place per Kay’s wishes. 9-27--2012
Meyer Kurt D, 40, of rural Kendallville, died suddenly on Sept. 15, 2010 at his home. He was born in Kendallville on July 7, 1970 to Richard and Hertha (Wenzel) Meyer.His father preceded him in death in 2003. Kurt graduated from East Noble High School in 1988 and Purdue University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He married Nanette Kay Barker on August 13, 1994 in Kendallville. He was a Corporate Quality Manager and employed with C&M Fine Pack of Fort Wayne for the last 3 years. He was a member of the Wayne Center United Methodist Church in Kendallville. Survivors include his wife; children, Samuel, Hailey and Jackson; his mother, a brother Rick Meyer of Kendallville; a sister, Hertha Meyer of Chicago. Funeral Sept. 20 at Faith United Methodist Church. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 9-18-2010
Meyer Leo F, 72, died Nov. 6 at his residence in Kendallville, having moved there from Avilla seven years ago. He was born in Avilla Sept. 5, 1908 to Frank and Frances (Kreienbrink) Meyer. He married Geraldine Helmer June 27, 1934 in Avilla. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Eagles Lodge in Garrett. Surviving are the wife; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Virginia) Inman, Fort Wayne; three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Clara) Stangle, Mrs. Matt (Alice) Deboni and Mrs. Daniel (Alberta) Crosbie, all of Elkhart; and two grandchildren. A sister and four brothers preceded him in death. Funeral mass Saturday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 11-13-1980 + 11-6-1980
Meyer Leon M, 68, of Wolf Lake, died July 12, 2004 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. He retired in 1999 from Dexter Axle and had worked part-time for Churubusco Auto Electric. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was born May 19, 1936 in Garrett to Francis J. and Marjorie (Pennel) Meyer. On Feb. 14, 2003 he married Kathi Boyer in Bowling Spring, S.C. Surviving are his wife; a daughter Marjorie of Fla., 3 stepchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Gail and Sharon Meyer of Springfield, Ohio; and a grandchild, Madison Brown. Services Friday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla. ^ 7-14-2004
Meyer Margaret, 22, was born June 30, 1950 in Sacred Heart Hospital in Garrett to Herman and Bernadette (Shoudel) Meyer. Her father died in 1960. She was a lifetime resident of Avilla and was employed at K-Mart in Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She died in a one-car accident Sunday west of Albion on County Road 300. Survivors include her mother; two sisters, Mary Kay at home and Mrs. Thomas (Ann) Smith, Fort Wayne; two brothers, David, Huntertown and John at home; and a grandmother, Mrs. Marie Shoudel of Fort Wayne. Services Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church. ~ 5-10-1973 + 5-?-1973
Meyer Marguerite B, 96, of Avilla, died Sept. 24, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was born Feb. 6, 1912 in LaGrange County to Daniel B. and Anna L. (Senn) Meyer. She married Meinrad Meyer on June 9, 1937. He died in November 1971. Surviving are 2 daughters and a son-in-law, Theresa Cary of Avilla and Jeanette and Jerry Emenhiser of Monroeville; a son and daughter-in-law, Vincent and Poksun Meyer of Okinawa, Japan; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Leo Meyer of New Haven, Carl Meyer of Fort Wayne and James Meyer of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Sister Anna Clare of Illinois. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Anne; a granddaughter, Mary Latta; and a great-grandchild. Services Monday at St. Mary's Church. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ^ 9-26-2008
Meyer Marie, O.S.F., 87, died November 17, 2005 at Provena Sacred Heart Home. She was born July 27, 1918 in LaOtto to William and Gertrude (Snider) Meyer. Surviving are 2 sisters, Agnes Tilbury of Fort Wayne and Bernadette Teders of Avilla; and a brother, Francis Meyer of Avilla. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Evelyn Freeman, Mildred Fischer and Wilma Schmenk; and 4 brothers, Edward, Bernard, Herman and Robert Meyer. She was a member of the Order of Saint Francis for 73 years and served as a school teacher 41 years. She was principal of St. Charles School in Fort Wayne for 10 years and had been assisting in pastoral care at Provena Sacred Heart Home since 1995. Services at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial, Sacred Heart Cemetery. ~ 12-1-2005
Meyer Marjorie B, 61, 120 Van Scoyoc St., clerk-treasurer for Avilla for many years, died Friday in McCray Hospital. Born Sept. 12, 1908 in Avilla, she was a lifetime resident of Noble County. Her parents were Mearl and Grace Hooper Pennel, both deceased. She was married June 12, 1932 to Francis L. Meyer, owner of the F. J. Meyer Insurance Co. She was a member of the Avilla BPW, Noble County Democrat Women’s Club, and the Municipal League of Cities and Towns. Surviving are the husband; two sons, Leon of Avilla, and Gail of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Services Monday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church of which she was a member. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 4-16-1970 + 4-?-1970
Meyer Mary Lavon Gladieux, 54, Mesa, Ariz., a former resident of Avilla, died Nov. 3, in a traffic accident in Mesa. She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Meyer Sr., four sons, three daughters, five brothers and one sister. ~ 11-9-1972 + 11-3-1972
Meyer Mary Louise, four-day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Meyer, of the Bueter Road in Fort Wayne, died Sunday in the St. Joseph’s Hospital. Graveside rites were conducted in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Avilla. Surviving in addition to the parents are four brothers, Richard, Larry, Michael and Kenny; one sister, Anita, all at home; the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Meyer, Avilla; and Mr. and Mrs. Clem Gladieux, of Fort Wayne. ~ 5-15-1952
Meyer Meinrad W, 59, R. 2, Avilla, a lifelong resident of the Avilla community, died Sunday at his home Death was due to a heart attack. Born in Avilla Feb. 12, 1912, he was the son of Frank J. and Frances (Kreienbrink) Meyer, both now deceased. He was married to Marguerite Meyer June 9, 1937. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John (Theresa) Cary, R. 2, Avilla, and Mrs. Jerry (Jeanette) Emenhiser, Monroeville; a son, S. Sgt Vincent E., USAF, Okinawa; three brothers, Leo of R. 2, Avilla, Gerald of Greenville, Tenn., and Francis of Avilla; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Stangle, Mrs. Alice Deboni and Mrs. Alberta Crosbie, all of Elkhart; and five grandchildren. A brother Otto and a sister Mary preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church where funeral was held Thursday. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 11-18-1971 + 11-?-1971
Meyer Otto, of Chicago, the son of the late Frank J. and Frances Meyer of Avilla, died March 31 at the South Shore Hospital in Chicago. Surviving are the wife, Dorothy of Chicago; four brothers, Francis, Lee and Meinrad of Avilla, and Gerald of Greenville, Tenn.; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Rhodes, Avilla, and Mrs. Clara Stengel, Mrs. Alice Deboni and Mrs. Alberta Crosbie, all of Elkhart, Ind. Funeral in DeKalb, Ill. April 3 with burial also in DeKalb. ~ 4-10-1969
Meyer Richard Arthur and Laura Ann were found dead in an Arizona desert. Their car was found Tuesday stuck in about 8 inches of sand on the Gila River Indian Reservation. They had been missing since Jan. 30 after a visit to an eye doctor in east Mesa. A motorist in search of a short cut on a dirt road found their Cadillac on Tuesday afternoon. On March 27 searchers found the remains of a woman believed to be Meyer. Richard was born in Avilla. He was a retired construction electrician. The couple, who have 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren between them, were married in 1982. He leaves 3 daughters, Anita Meyer, Kathleen Yakatis and Karen Meyer of Arizona; 4 sons, Richard of Tempe, Ariz., Larry of Texas, Michael of Mesa, Ariz., and Kenneth of California; 4 sisters, Stella Meyer of Tennessee and Marguerite and Sr. Anna Clare Meyer of Avilla, and Anita Meyer of Arizona; 4 brothers, Leo of Waynedale, Eugene of Avilla, James of Dayton, Ohio, and Carl of Fort Wayne. An infant brother, Walter, and an infant sister, Rose, preceded him in death. A memorial mass was held in Arizona. ~ 4-9-1998
Meyer Richard C, 74, died Dec. 10, 2003 at Parkview Noble Hospital. He was founder and president of Orchard Hill Farms, Inc. for the past 33 years. He had operated a livery business in Chicago and a resort in Cable, Wis. before moving to Kendallville in 1969. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was born June 21, 1929 in Chicago to David and Katherine (Ulrich) Meyer. On Nov. 17, 1962 in Bellwood, Ill., he married Hertha Wenzel. Surviving are his wife; a daughter Hertha Ann of Chicago; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Rick and Kurt and Nan of Kendallville; a sister, Elsie Valovic of Chicago; 2 brothers, Vernon and Kenneth of Forney, Texas; and 3 grandchildren, Sam, Hailey and Jack. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Arthur and Robert. Services Saturday at Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 12-11-2003
Meyer Robert Joseph, 67, a lifetime resident of Avilla, died Jan. 26 in Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne. He was president of Meyer Farm Equipment Inc. in Avilla, one of the oldest Ford Tractor dealerships in Indiana. Born in DeKalb County July 25, 1909 to William G. and Gertrude (Snider) Meyer, he married Hermine DePew June 16, 1936 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church here. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Knights of Columbus in Garrett and the Indiana Implement Association which he had served as secretary. Surviving are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Barbara) Thomas, Monroe, Mich.; one son, Robert J. Jr., Avilla; six sisters, Mrs. Mildred Fischer, Mrs. Wilma Schmenk and Mrs. Evelyn Freeman, all Avilla, Mrs. Agnes Tilbury, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Bernadette Teders, Garrett, and Sister Marie Meyer, St. Francis Woods, Mokena, Ill.; three brothers, Francis, Bernard and Edward, all Avilla; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One son, Donald, and one brother, Herman, preceded him in death. Funeral mass Monday in St. Mary’s Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 2-3-1977 + 1-?-1977
Meyer Stanley L, 45, Avilla, died October 4, 2003 at Parkview Hospital. He was born October 31, 1957 in Garrett to Francis J. and Theresa (Teders) Meyer. On June 28, 1975 he married Jill Duve in Kendallville. Surviving are his wife; his parents in Avilla; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Benjamin Meyer and Andrew and Amanda Meyer of LaOtto, Nathan Meyer of Fort Wayne; 3 sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Bob Hoile of Watonga, Okla., Lisa and Matt Marquand of Ohio, and Beth and Mathew Miller of Toledo, Ohio; 5 brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Melanie Meyer of Tacoma, Wash., Gery and Vickie Meyer of LaOtto, Kenneth and Shelly Meyer of Kendallville, and Jeff and Tricia Meyer of Michigan City; and a grandson, Caleb. He was an electrical engineer; a charter member of Avilla Jaycees, and a member of St. Mary's Church where services were held. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery. ~ 10-9-2003
Meyer Stella E, 80, died February 18, 2000 at Laughlin Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn. She was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church and the Grandmother's Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Meyer, in 1972, and 2 brothers, Alphonse and Richard Meyer. She is survived by 4 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Gerald Jr. and Marianna Meyer of Nashville, Tenn., Clayton and Melissa Meyer of Tusculum, Tenn., and Dennis and Martha Sue Meyer and Tim Meyer of Greeneville; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Robert Graham of Charlottesville, Va.; 8 grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Kimberly, Kristin, Elizabeth, Sarah, Carolyn and Susan Meyer; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Marguerite Meyer and Anna Claire of Avilla; 4 brothers and 3 sisters-in-law, Eugene and Edna Meyer of Avilla, Leo Meyer of Fort Wayne, James and Joan Meyer of Dayton, Ohio, and Carl and Helen Meyer of Fort Wayne. Graveside services in Oak Grove Cemetery, Greeneville, Tenn. ~ 2-24-2000
Meyer Teresa (Zonker) was born in Venango County, Pa., April 9, 1803; and died Jan. 20, 1917, aged 86 years 9 months and 11 days. In her girlhood days she moved with her parents to Ohio where she was married to Albin Meyer January 10, 1853. In 1855 they moved to Allen Twp. She was the mother of 9 children, 2 of whom, Sister Aurelia and Frank, departed this life many years ago. The remaining children are Sister Cecelia, Belleville, Ill., Dr. John A., Clarion, Iowa, Will, Mrs. August Teders of Kendallville, Lena, August and Louis, Avilla. There are 18 grandchildren. She was a charter member of the Rosary Society of St. Mary Catholic Church where funeral was held Tuesday. Burial in the Catholic Cemetery by the side of her husband who died about 9 years ago. ~1-24-1917
Meyer Theresa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David L. Meyer of Huntertown was stillborn Wednesday in DeKalb Hospital. Also surviving are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Avey, Ossian, and Mrs. Bernadette Meyer of Avilla. Graveside services Friday in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. ~ 7-26-1973 + 7-?-1973
Meyer Virginia C, 94, died July 22, 2007 at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion. She was a member of Sugar Grove Church of God and the Rebecca Lodge. She was born Dec. 7, 1912 in Fort Wayne to Casper M. and Agnes A. (Gladbach) Holocher. She married Dale E. Meyer on Dec. 24, 1931. He died April 25, 2001. Surviving are 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Robert Miller and Pat and Duane Norris of Albion; a son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Donna Meyer of Fort Wayne; a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Meyer of Churubusco; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, Dale, in March 1999; 3 sisters, Beatrice Miller, Velma Homsher and Anita Brandt; and a brother, Donald Holocher. Services Wednesday at Sugar Grove Church of God. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 7-23-2007
Meyer William G, 83, former Avilla businessman, died today in Garrett Hospital. He formerly operated the Meyer Farm Equipment Company and a gas station in Avilla and did custom farming until his retirement five years ago. He moved here from LaOtto. Survivors include his wife, Gertrude A., to whom he was married Oct. 16, 1906 in Ege; six daughters, Mildred Fischer, Avilla; Wilma Schmenk, Avilla; Agnes Tilbury, Fort Wayne; Bernadette Teders, Avilla, Sister M. Teresina, O. S.F., Park Forest Ill.; and Evelyn Freeman, Avilla; four sons, Robert J., Edward W., Francis J. and Bernard L., all of Avilla; one sister, Mary Weaver, Fort Wayne; two brothers, D. B. Meyer, Avilla, and J. A. Meyer, Mesa, Ariz.; 39 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where solemn requiem mass will be held Saturday. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 10-11-1962
Meyers Charles, about 70, a year-round resident of Morrison Island, Lake Wawasee, for many years, died Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Freeburn Clawson in Cromwell. Surviving are a son, Asa of South Bend, and three grandchildren. Funeral Wednesday from Henney Funeral Home. Burial, Byers Cemetery. + 4-?-1947
Meyers Henry, about 58, unmarried, and practically a lifelong resident of Noble County, committed suicide early last Thursday by drowning himself in Sackrider Lake three miles southwest of Kendallville. Despondency over ill health is attributed as the cause of his act. His body was recovered in fifteen feet of water at the southwest corner of the lake by his brothers, Lemuel and Eugene, with whom he made his home. He had apparently been in the water for about two hours and although medical assistance was summoned it was of no avail in resuscitating him. ~ 9-10-1919
Meyers James V, 63, owner and operator of the Friendly Inn tavern, was found March 30, 1966 by his wife, Thelma, in the back room of the Inn beside a cart that he had apparently been loading with cases of liquor. Death was due to pneumonia and heart failure. Survivors include his wife and one son, Ronald of Fort Wayne. + 3-?-1966
Meyers Joan Herron Stangland, 64, died March 17, 1990 at home. She was born in Noble County and employed by Memcor Truolm Inc. for 21 years. Surviving are 3 daughters, Beverly Collinsworth and Barbara Bumphrey of Huntington, and Linda Andes of Columbia City; 2 sons, Edward Stangland Jr. of 29 Palms, Calif., and John Meyers of Newport, N.C.; a sister, Lelah Steffe of Rome City; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services at Bailey-Lane Mortuary in Huntington. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 3-17-1990
Meyers Katherine Wyrick was born in Seneca County, Ohio, January 16, 1833, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Noel. She was the last of a family of 2 girls and 4 boys. She died June 6, aged 77 years, 5 months and 26 days. She came with her parents to Orange Twp when yet a teen. She married Peter Wyrick in February 1861. He died April 16, 1874. They had 3 girls and 5 boys: Jennie, who died in infancy, Elizabeth Waldron, Lucy Bricker, James, Charles, Peter, Joseph and William Wyrick. In February 1887 she married Edward Meyers, who died about 13 years ago. She was affiliated with Brimfield United Brethren Church. Funeral at Brimfield Methodist Episcopal Church June 9. Burial, Osborn Cemetery. + Poppy Scrapbook
Meyers Mahlon K "Mal" of rural Wolcottville, died Sept. 18 in his residence. He was born May 25, 1937 in Black River Falls, Wis. to Otis K. and Lillian (Mittlestadt) Meyers. On May 15, 1982 in Albion he married Thelma Charles. He had lived at Knapp Lake 10 years, moving from Albion. He retired 6 years ago from Essex Wire, Kendallville, where he had worked 22 years. Surviving are his wife; his mother; 4 daughters, Cynthia Shepherd of Rome City, Penny Flesch of Columbia City, Julia Richardson of Lexington, N.C., and Mindy Tinsley of Fort Wayne; a son, Martin of Kendallville; 3 stepdaughters, Paula Lindsey of Allegan, Mich., Tammy Woodworth of Mongo, and Alicia Hicks of Howe; 3 stepsons, Jeff Hicks of Kendallville, Virgil Hicks of Albion, and Willis Hicks of Avilla; a sister, Pamela Gallup of Wolcottville; 2 stepbrothers, James Herstad of Hudson and Kedrick Herstad of Fort Wayne; and 9 grandchildren. ~ 9-28-1995
Meyers Ruth M, 39, lived at 108 Van Scoyoc St. and died Nov. 22 in McCray Hospital. She had been a resident of Avilla since 1975, moving here from Rome City. She was born June 18, 1939 to Frank and Martha (Adams) Johnson. She and Mahlon Meyers were married May 30, 1957 in Fort Wayne. Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Cynthia Shepherd, Avilla, Penny, Julie and Mindy Meyers, all at home; one son, Martin, also at home; one brother, Donald Johnson, Fort Wayne; one half-sister, Phyllis McLain, Los Angeles, Calif.; and one half-brother, Thomas Herrington. Services Nov. 25 in Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Avilla Cemetery. ~ 11-30-1978 + 11-22-1978
Mezydlo Hilaria L, 82, died Dec. 29 in McCray Hospital. She was born Jan. 4, 1901 in Avilla, the daughter of Henry and Susan (Walsh) Vanderbosch. She married Edmund Mezydlo Sept. 12, 1923 in Garrett. He died in 1937. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Garrett, the Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella, and the Sacred Heart Home Auxiliary. Survivors are one son, Edmund Jr., Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. William (Mary) Dembickie, Garrett, and Mrs. Victor (Phyllis) Bedell, Anaheim, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Marguarite) Hruban, Des Plaines, Ill., Mrs. Dudley (Bertha) Brooks and Ursula Leeson, both Garrett; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Roberta Grobis and Joan Haffer; four sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. Services Monday in St. Joseph’s Church. Burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. ~ 1-5-1984 + 12-29-1983
Michael Charles A, 65, of R. 2, Syracuse, died today in Parkview Hospital from cancer. Born May 15, 1915 in Kosciusko County, he was the son of Vernon and Grace (Launer) Michael. He had lived in the Cromwell community 40 years and was owner-operator of Cromwell Cement Products. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Rose Marie) Yann of Fort Wayne and Louann Michael of Syracuse; four sons, Larry, Tom and Jon of Syracuse, and Kenneth of R. 2, Ligonier; and 7 grandchildren. Services Wednesday at Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 9-?-1980
Michael Ernest, 64, died Wednesday at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was born November 15, 1935 in Wolf Lake to John and Kathryn (Keister) Michael. He married Lois Sheley in Brimfield on Aug. 9, 1967. He served in the U.S. Army and worked at Silgan Plastics Corp. in Ligonier. Surviving are his wife; a son, Timothy of Goshen; 2 daughters, Terry Hullinger of Albion and Karen Michael of Auburn; a brother, Don of Huntington; 4 sisters, Dori Hutsell of Syracuse, Mary Smith of Goshen, Betsy Cox of Albion and Edith Rehling of Bear Lake; 4 grandchildren, Shalon Michael, Brandy Jacobs, Stacy and Guy Hullinger; and 3 great-grandchildren. A brother, Paul, preceded him in death. Funeral Tuesday at Ulrey-Renner Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. + 3-8-2000
Michael Ernest J, about 67, of R. 4, Albion, died July 6, 1967 when the tractor he was driving rolled down an embankment on Wolf Lake-Albion Road a few miles east of Wolf Lake. He is survived by 3 sons, Paul and Ernest Jr. of Wolf Lake, and Donald of Fort Wayne; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Rehling of Bear Lake, Mary Smith of Goshen, Dora Hutsell of Cromwell, and Betsy Cox of Wolf Lake; one brother, Plomer, of Milford; and 15 grandchildren. Funeral at Bear Lake Church of God Monday. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 7-?-1967
Michael H G died Thursday evening at the home of his niece, Mrs. Marie Davis of Indianapolis. He served as town marshal here for many years. He left here several years ago. ~ 5-6-1948
Michael Harlan "Jack", about 74, suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a truck at Ensley Ave. and Jackson St. in Auburn Saturday. It was Auburn’s first traffic fatality in 8 years. A former Cromwell residence, he was employed by Glenn E. Nicolai in a garage in Auburn and he lived in the garage. He was crossing Ensley Ave. when he was hit by a vehicle operated by another employee, Samuel Tarlton, 25. Surviving are four sons, William of Lake Wawasee, Lester of St. Petersburg, Fla., Max of Cromwell, and Arthur of the U. S. Army; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Ditmore, and Mrs. Elizabeth Mueller of Cromwell; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Billman of Ligonier, Mrs. Grace McDonald of South Bend, and Mrs. Alma Maggart in Oregon. Wednesday services from Henney Funeral Home. Burial, Salem Cemetery near Wilmot. + 9-?-1948
Michael Helen H, 98, of Fort Wayne, died Nov. 24, 2001 in Miller's Merry Manor, Garrett. She was a union steward at General Electric Co. for more than 30 years, retiring in 1968. She was a member of Prentiss Chapter 178 of OES. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Carl H. and Nila Murray of Auburn; a daughter-in-law, Eirwen Murray of Auburn; 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Private graveside services Saturday in Rose Hill Cemetery. + 11-30-2001
Michael Herbert, 54, of Indianapolis, former longtime resident of Lake Wawasee, died of a heart attack Saturday in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born at Cromwell on May 12, 1910. He was custodian of The Cummitt, an Indianapolis apartment building. Survivors include his wife, the former Kathryn Honert; his mother, Mrs. Cleo (Grace) Green, Ligonier; 4 daughters, Mrs. Hugh Geiger of Columbia City, Mrs. Wallace Clark of Syracuse, Mrs. Lester Blanchard of Lakeville, Mrs. John Cornwell of Indianapolis; one son, James of Syracuse; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday in Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Home, Indianapolis. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 12-?-1964
Michael Janis M, 55, R. 2, Syracuse, died Oct. 14 at Goshen Hospital from complications. She was born April 28, 1920 in Ligonier, the daughter of Karl and Leona (Raubert) Franks who reside in Ligonier. She married Charles Michael on Sept. 30, 1940. She was a member of the Friendly Neighbors Club, Wawasee. She resided in the Ligonier and Wawasee area all of her life. Surviving are her parents; her husband; four sons, two daughters; and five grandchildren. One sister and one brother preceded her in death. Services Oct. 16 at Harris Funeral Home, North Webster. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. + 10-?-1975
Michael Judy Lynn, 17, Albion, suffered a broken neck and head injuries in a head-on vehicle crash just east of Albion in Ind. 8 and died in McCray Hospital Saturday. The 1975 Honda in which she was riding crossed the center line and caused the accident. The driver, John T. Lehman, was also killed. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Michael, Albion; two brothers, Doug in the Navy and Donald, LaMesa, Calif.; and five sisters, Mrs. Barbara Felts, O’Fallon, Ill., Mrs. Doris Holderfield, and Mrs. Glenda Norris, Marion, Ill., and Carla and Tammy, Albion. Double services Wednesday in D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial, Parker Cemetery. + 2-?-1978
Michael Kathryn E, 84, of Wolf Lake, died Wednesday (d.8-19-1987) at the home of a son in Wolf Lake. She was born Aug. 9, 1903 in Merriam, the daughter of Andrew and Avaline (Addis) Keister. On Sept. 28, 1923 in Noble County, she married Ernest Michael, who died July 6, 1967. She was a lifetime area resident. Surviving are four daughters, Edith M. Rehling, R. 4, Albion, Mary E. Smith of Goshen, Eldora V. Hutsell of Cromwell, and Betsy N. Cox of Albion; three sons, Paul H. of Wolf Lake, Ernest J. of Kimmell, and Donald R. of Butler; a sister, Elmina Peffley of Elkhart; a brother, Harvey J. of R. 4, Albion; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. A son and one brother preceded her in death. Services Friday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. + 8-19-1987
Michael Kathryn E, 92, of Syracuse, died May 24, 2001 at Miller's Merry Manor, Syracuse. On June 7, 1908 in Goshen she was born to George and Mable E. (Seitz) Honert. She married Herbert Michael in Albion on May 26, 1928. He died in 1964. She was a member of Cromwell United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, James of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; 4 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Carol Barnard of South Bend, Donna and Wallace Clark of Syracuse, Nancy and John Cornwell of Indianapolis, and Kay and Hugh Geiger of Columbia City; a sister, Virginia Poppy of Elkhart; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. A grandchild preceded her in death. Services Saturday at Orr Funeral Home. Burial, Sparta Cemetery. ^ 5-24-2001
Michael Lester L "Bud", former Cromwell area resident, died May 13 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was born in Washington Twp on Oct. 9, 1914 and attended Cromwell High School. He was a machinist. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Susie Michael; two sisters, Elizabeth Mueller, Syracuse and Barbara Ditmore, Cromwell; two brothers, Max, Cromwell, and Arthur, Kansas City, Mo. + 5-13-1976
Michael Marie M, 80, of Albion, died September 4, 2004 at her home. She was born January 21, 1924 in Herrin, Ill. to James and Effie (Cates) South. On May 20, 1956 in Mississippi she married Leon D. Michael. He died in Feb. 1992. Surviving are 4 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, Tammie and Duane Didion of Fort Wayne, Doris and Jim Holderfield, and Glenda Norris of Marion, Ill., Carla and Giles Ley of Avilla; a son, Doug Moses of Aniston, Ala.; 11 grandchildren, Mary Kay and Melissa Moses, Gabby Keller, Rayeanne Miner, Michael Norris, Christa Lingie, Lindsay, Courtney and Kaleigh Didion, AJ Ley and Cathi Lanzante; 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. She moved to the Albion area in 1969 and was a homemaker, a member of Albion Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and the Royal Neighbors of America. Services Thursday at Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Marion, Ill. ~ 9-9-2004
Michael Max E, 74, died Thursday in Willow Ridge Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. He was born Jan. 2, 1919 in Noble County to Harlan and Susie (Rider) Michael. A lifetime Noble County resident, he was a WW II Army veteran and retired auto body repairman for Bud's Body Shop in Syracuse. He was a member of West Noble American Legion Post 243. Surviving are a sister, Barbara Ditmore of Fort Wayne; and a brother, James of Raytown, Mo. He was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters. Graveside services Tuesday in Salem Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 243. + 3-4-1993
Michael Paul H, 69, died Nov. 26, 1999 in the V.A. Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born Oct. 4, 1930 in Wolf Lake to Ernest and Kathryn (Keister) Michael. A truck driver, he was a lifetime area resident; a Korean Conflict veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps and a member of the VFW. Surviving are a daughter, Lisa of Lakeland, Fla.; 4 sisters, Edith Rehling of Bear Lake, Mary Smith of Goshen, Dorie Hutsell of Cromwell, and Betsy Cox of Albion; and 2 brothers, Ernest of Kimmell and Donald of Wolf Lake. Memorial services Wednesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. + 11-26-1999
Michael Pearl E, 92, died at Sacred Heart Home, Avilla, Saturday. She was born Nov. 20, 1882 in Flora, Ind. Her husband, Ancel, died in 1964. She was a former Indianapolis resident. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Millard (Freda) Royer, R. 1, Kimmell; one son, Trenet, Niles, Mich.; one brother, Everett Trenet, Highland, Ind.; two grandchildren. Funeral Tuesday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Indianapolis. + 3-?-1975
Michael Susie A, 102, died Wednesday. She was born June 6, 1892 in Noble County to John W. and Hettie A. (Miller) Rider. A lifetime resident of Noble County, she had worked at Essex Wire Corp. in Ligonier and was a member of Cromwell United Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, James "Art", of Lees Summit, Mo.; a daughter, Barbara Ditmore of Fort Wayne; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters and a half-brother. Graveside services Tuesday in Salem Cemetery. + 11-30-1994
Michael Vern, a lifelong resident of the Cromwell vicinity, died Dec. 11, 1944 at the home of his sister, Susan. His sudden death was attributed to angina pectoris. He is survived by two sons, Charles and Herbert of Syracuse, and the sister. + 12-?-1944
Michaelson Albert, 73, of Glassport, Pa., died Thursday at McKeesport Hospital in Pa. Born in Glassport Oct. 15, 1904, he was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Kezo) Michaelson. He married Genora Jean Kane. He was foreman for B. F. Goodrich Co., Akron, Ohio, and was owner-operator of the Glassport News Depot. He was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. Survivors include the wife; one daughter, Lael Fahlor, Glassport; two sisters, Margaret Michaelson and Mary Davis of Glassport; one brother, Anthony, White Oak, Pa.; and one grandchild. Funeral in Wojciechowski Funeral Home, Glassport, Saturday. Services Monday in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville. + 8-?-1978
Michaelson Genora "Jean", 76, of Glassport, Pa., died Wednesday in McKeesport Hospital. She was born May 16, 1910 in Elkton, S.D., the daughter of Morris and Anna (St. John) Kane. Her husband, Albert, died Aug. 30, 1978. Surviving are a daughter, Lael Fahlor of Glassport; a sister, Yvonne Davis of Albion; a brother, Vernon of Kendallville; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. A mass will be held Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, Kendallville. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. + 4-1-1987
Michelbach Veronica, 95, died Sept. 17 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Born Aug. 10, 1876 in Boxberg, Baden, Germany, she came to the United States in 1892, living for a time in Newark, N.J. She was married Jan. 5, 1898 in Flagstaff to A. P. (Pete) Michelbach. He died in 1965. She spent ten months in Cromwell in 1965 with her daughter, Mrs. Gordon Debrular. They were the parents of 8 daughters and 3 sons. Surviving are seven daughters, including Mrs. Debrular, and two sons, 18 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral mass Sept. 20 in Flagstaff, Ariz. + 9-20-1971
Mickel Esther Evelyn, 82, of Rome City, died May 13, 1987 from pneumonia at the home of her daughter. Born Jan. 4, 1905 in Rush County, she was the daughter of Emory and Estelle (Northum) Pitts. On Oct. 22, 1932 in Kokomo she married Rev. Harold I. Fraker, who died in Sept. 1955. On June 15, 1965 in Marion she married Rev. Calvin H. Mickel. She moved to this area from Mayo, S.C. four years ago. She has been a pastor’s wife for many years and taught school for 15 years. Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Harold (Lois) North of Rome City, Mrs. Gary (Mary) Fauss of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mrs. Dan (Joyce) Barker of Kendallville; two sons, Ben T. Mickel of Champlin, Minn., and Dr. Keith E. Fraker of Saratoga, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Glenn (Helen) Stuckey of Greentown; a brother, Kenneth of Aurora; 12 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services Saturday in Green Chapel Wesleyan Church, Wolcottville. Burial, Grant Memorial Park, Marion. + 5-13-1987
Mickem Lula M, 49, died Thursday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Albertis; two daughters, Karen of Claypool and Tammy of Warsaw; three sons, Harold of Claypool, and Bert and Kevin at home; a brother; and 4 grandsons. Graveside services Saturday in Oak Park Cemetery. + 12-29-1988
Middaugh David, 44, died Feb. 20 in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. A Huntertown native, he had lived most of his life in Fort Wayne and was a machinist for Bowmar Instruments. Surviving are his wife, Vada; a daughter Michelle Rena, Fort Wayne; his mother, Louis Middaugh; and grandmother, both of Huntertown; four sisters, Jeannean Raines and Carol Queen, both Huntertown, Marcia Schweitzer, Fort Wayne, and Rhonda Lukesheay, LaOtto. Services Tuesday in First Mennonite Church, Fort Wayne. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 3-1-1988
Middaugh M Louise, 88, formerly of Huntertown, died November 22, 2004 at Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett. She was born to Charles W. and Georgia L. (Bradley) Richards on February 19, 1916 in Noble County. She graduated from LaOtto High School. Surviving are 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Marcia and Nick Schweitzer of Fort Wayne, Carol and Paul Queen of Huntertown and Rhonda Listenberger of Garrett; 2 brothers and a sister-in-law, Raymond and Elizabeth Richards of Fort Wayne, and Charles Richards Jr. of Quincy, Mich.; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband Clifford J. Middaugh on June 17, 1973; a daughter, Jeannean Raines in 1995; 3 sons, David C. in 1988, Kenneth in 1944, and Karl; and 4 brothers, Billie M., Robert, Albert and Sheldon Richards. She spent her adult life in the Huntertown area where she worked as a cook at Huntertown Elementary School for 10 years. She was a member of the Carroll Community Worship Center. Services in Churubusco. Burial, Huntertown Cemetery. ~ 12-2-2004
Middleton Carrie, 25 years, 10 months and 18 days, wife of Edward Middleton, died at the Dodge House in this city Sept. 20. The remains were taken to South Bend for interment. ^ 9-26-1878
Middleton Dale A, 68, died at his home in Sebring, Fla. on Feb. 8, 2002. He was born in Topeka on Feb. 8, 2002 to Harley and Kathryn (Ganger) Middleton. He was an engineer for the Indiana State Highway Dept. for 30 years and a Korean Conflict veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of American Legion Post 240 in Albion, VFW Post 2749 of Kendallville, Elks 1447 of Garrett and FOE 2455 in Albion. On July 7, 1984 in Garrett he married Ilene Bordner. Surviving are his mother; his wife; 2 sons, Don of Colorado Springs, Co.; Brad of Auburn; 2 daughters, Norma Bergdahl of Fort Wayne, Belinda Goodrich of Indianapolis; one brother, Duane of Okla.; 2 sisters, Peggy Hartman of Rochester and Judy Mote of Garrett. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Jerry, in 1978. Funeral Feb. 14 at Brazzell Funeral Home. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 240 and VFW 2749. ^ 2-12-2002
Middleton Frances Louise was born in Vandalia, Ill. Sept. 27, 1857. Her youth was spent at Lima and Kendallville, Ind. She married Dr. G. W. Middleton in 1878. Her home for the last 6 years has been in Chicago. Her husband died 2 years ago. She died Feb. 1 and leaves a son, Harry. Funeral at the residence of William Willert on Diamond St. Feb. 3. Burial, Lake View Cemetery. ^ 2-11-1898
Middleton Francis M, age about 77, was found dead at his home on W. Hazel St. in Albion Aug. 21, 1964. Death occurred from a heart attack. He was born May 24, 1887 in Mich., and had been a resident of Albion 20 years. He was a retired laborer. He is survived by four sons, Harley of Albion, George of Coldwater, Mich., Arthur of Fremont, and Raymond of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Starrett of Angola, and Mrs. Mildred Smith of Fremont; one brother, Sidney of Empire, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral Monday at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont. Burial, Teeters Cemetery, Fremont. + 8-?-1964
Middleton Harley H, 86, died Wednesday in his residence. He was born Nov. 15, 1909 in Sheboygan, Mich. to Francis M. and Grace (Leroy) Middleton. In 1931 he married Kathryn Ganger in Rome City. A 50-year resident of the Albion area, he retired after more than 50 years as a farmer. He was a member of Albion Eagles Lodge. Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Dale of Albion and Duane of Kendallville; 2 daughters, Peggy Hartman of Mentone and Judy Mote of Corunna; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Starrett of Angola. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry, in 1978; one sister and 5 brothers. Funeral Saturday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Sweet Cemetery. + 7-3-1996
Middleton Jerry G, 38, died at McCray Hospital Saturday from exposure following a one-car accident on Ind. 8, 1 1/2 miles east of Albion. The driver of the car is listed in fair condition. He was able to go for help as Middleton was trapped in the half-submerged car. A wrecker pulled the car from the water enough to free Middleton who had been trapped over 45 minutes in subzero temperature. He was born April 17, 1939 to Harley and Kathryn (Ganger) Middleton. He married Mary L. Kline June 6, 1959 in Kendallville. He was a member of the Eagles, Albion, Moose, Kendallville, and American Legion Post 246, Albion. Survivors include his widow and parents; two sons, Jeff and Todd, both at home; two sisters, Judy Hamdin, Kendallville and Peggy Hartman, Nappanee; two brothers, Dale, Auburn, and Duane, Missouri. Services Tuesday in Brazzell Funeral Home, Albion. Burial, Rose Hill Cemetery. ~ 2-16-1978 + 2-?-1978
Middleton Kathryn E, 92, of Albion, died June 25, 2005 in Betz Nursing Home, Auburn. She was born in LaGrange County on May 25, 1913 to Frank and Gladys (Strongbeck) Ganger. She married Harley Middleton in Rome City in 1931. He died July 3, 1996. She was a nurse's aide for more than 20 years at Kondas Nursing Home in Albion and at the Garrett Hospital. Surviving are a son, Duane of Kendallville; 2 daughters, Judy Mote of Garrett and Peggy Hartman of Logansport; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death also were 2 sons, Jerry in 1978 and Dale in 2002; a brother and a sister. Graveside services Tuesday at Sweet Cemetery. ^ 6-26-2005
Middleton Sylvester, 81, of R. 4, Albion, died Jan. 8 at Whitley County Hospital. He was born May 1, 1904 in Allen County, a son of George and Estella Middleton. His marriage was on Nov. 6, 1948 near Roanoke to Emmaline Marie Crook. He was raised in Fort Wayne and lived in Huntington until 1954. He retired in 1970 from the LML Corporation. He was a U. S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Philip (Mable) Gebert of Columbia City, and Mrs. Steven (Grace) Smith of Markle; 7 grandchildren; a brother, Louis of Roanoke, and a sister Genevieve Baker of Arkansas. Three brothers and three sisters are deceased. Service Friday. Burial, Markle Cemetery. + 1-8-1986
Mielke Edward M, 75, was born Jan. 22, 1899 in Paulding County, Ohio, to Edward Ludwig and Alvina Marie (Tohm) Mielke. He married Vanda Steiner Schultz Oct. 12, 1929 in Paulding, and she died Oct. 16, 1969. He had been a farmer all his life and had resided at R. 1, Hamilton the last 16 years. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Angola. He died Saturday at the home of his son, Richard, Hamilton. Surviving are two sons, Paul E., Orlando, Fla., Richard M., Hamilton; two daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Shirley) King, Avilla, and Mrs. William (Karen) Oninski, Lake Geneva, Wis.; two brothers, Herman and William, both of Fort Wayne; four sisters, Mrs. Frieda Long, Montpelier, Ohio, Mrs. Martha Richardson, Fort Wayne, Mrs. Pauline Baldwin, Hudson, and Wanda M. Reed, Glendale, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services Monday in Swift Funeral Home, Hamilton. Burial, Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, Ohio. ~ 12-19-1974 + 12-?-1974
Mielke Herman F, 82, died Sunday in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Paulding County, Ohio, he retired in 1967 as a punch press operator for General Electric Co. after 26 years. He was an Army WW II veteran. Surviving are his wife, Drucilla R.; two daughters, Carolyn A. Magiera of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Margaret R. Lomas of Fort Wayne; three sons, Charles E., Christofer S., and George P., all Fort Wayne; one brother, William M., Fort Wayne; four sisters, Freda Long, Montpelier, Ohio, Pauline Baldwin, Largo, Fla., Wanda Reed, Glendale, Calif., and Martha Richardson of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; a niece, Shirley M. King, Avilla. Services Thursday. Burial, Lindenwood Cemetery. ~ 6-7-1984
Mielke Jewel B, 55, of rural Houston, Mo., formerly of Hamilton, died Wednesday in a farm accident. Surviving are her husband, Richard; two stepsons, Wesley Mielke, DeKalb County and Daniel Mielke, who is with the Marine Corps in West Virginia; a stepdaughter, Debbie Kamp, Angola; an adopted daughter, Shelly Shaffer, Waterloo; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Long, Churubusco, Mrs. Harlis Gardener, Coquille, Ore.; and two brothers, Bill Clyburn, Defiance, Ohio, and Walter Clyburn, Albuquerque, N.M. Services Monday at Evans Funeral Home in Houston. ~ 11-6-1980
Mielke Vanda S, 64, died last Thursday in Souder Hospital, Auburn. She was born May 20, 1905 in Paulding County, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Stiner) Schultz. Surviving are the husband Edward; two sons, Paul of Orlando, Fla., and Richard of Angola; two daughters, Mrs. Lowell (Shirley) King of Avilla and Mrs. Karen Ominski of Lake Geneva, Wis.; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral Sunday in the Swift Funeral Home at Hamilton. Burial, Maumee Cemetery at Antwerp, Ohio. ~ 10-23-1969
Mier A B, 76, banker at Ligonier, president of the American State Bank, died Thursday in Fort Wayne St. Joseph Hospital. Surviving are the wife and two sons, Everett of Warsaw and Durbin; and a sister, Mrs. Isaac Rose of Ligonier. Funeral Sunday in the Jewish Temple. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 9-?-1945
Mier Durbin, 79, died Wednesday in Strawberry Village Nursing Home. Born Jan. 27, 1902 in Ligonier, he was the son of Abe and Evelyn Mier, pioneer Jewish settlers in the community. He was a lifetime Ligonier resident and a member of the Ligonier Elks Club. The only survivor is a sister-in-law, Lovina Mier of St. Petersburg, Fla. Services Saturday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 1-13-1982
Mier Everett, 73, who had spent his entire life in Ligonier and Deer River, Minn., died Saturday at his residence near Deer River of a heart attack. He was born Aug. 1, 1898 in Ligonier to A. B. and Evelyn (Rose) Mier. He married Elvina Chassee April 16, 1965 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a former employee of Business & Professional services, Inc., a member of Ligonier Elks Lodge, and a veteran of WW I. Surviving are the wife; a brother, Durbin, Milwaukee, Wis. Funeral will be Friday in Ulrey Funeral Home, Ligonier. Burial, Oak Park Cemetery. + 6-?-1972
Mier Sol, Ligonier banker, real estate dealer, merchant and manufacturer, died at his home Sunday from pneumonia. Fifty years ago he started a bank in Ligonier and later established a branch bank in Cromwell and was principal stockholder in the Bank of Wayne, Fort Wayne. He was a member of the Fort Wayne lodge of Odd Fellows, the Order of B’nai Brith and the Jewish Church. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons and 5 daughters. ^ 2-21-1910
Mier Sol Mrs died at her home in Ligonier yesterday. Her husband, the wealthy banker and real estate dealer, died on February 19 and it is believed her last illness was due to grief over the loss of her companion. She was the mother-in-law of Hattie, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel of Columbia City. She is survived by 5 children, all grown, and was about 70 years of age. ^ 5-10-1910
Mieras Helen Josephine, 59, died Tuesday in McCray Hospital from cancer. She was born in DeKalb County Sept. 7, 1930, the daughter of Howard and Hazel (Banta) Altimus. On June 24, 1950 in Pleasant Lake she married James J. Mieras. A lifetime area resident, she worked 11 years at Puritan Ice Cream Co. and 6 years for King-Seeley. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary 2749 and First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville. Surviving are her father in Fort Wayne; her husband; a daughter, Karen Sue Paulus of Denton, Texas; a son, James Howard Mieras of Lewisville, Texas; a sister, Thelma Harter of Fort Wayne; 2 brothers, Earl Altimus of Waterloo and Carl Altimus of Kendallville; and 2 grandchildren. One brother, Dale Altimus, preceded her in death. Funeral Saturday in Berhalter-Hutchins Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemeery. + 8-12-1990
Mieras James Junior, 84, of Kendallville, died June 9, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital. He retired in 1983 from International Harvester after 22 years of service. He graduated from Pleasant Lake High School in 1941 and served in the United State Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post 240 in Avilla and VFW Post 2749 and St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. He was born in Garrett on July 7, 1923 to James and Mildred (Raber) Mieras. He married Helen J. Altimus on June 24, 1950. She died Aug. 14, 1990. He married Sara (Wagner) James on Nov. 9, 1991. Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Carolyn Mieras of Denton, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Gene Paulus of Denton; 2 grandchildren, Stacy Maxwell and Tom Paulus; a great-grandson, Ryan Maxwell; and a sister, Jeanne and Paul Banta of Angola. He was also preceded in death by a half brother, Robert Hawkins. Services Friday at Hite Funeral Home. Burial, Orange Cemetery. + 6-10-2008
Might James Allen, 38, was fatally injured in a bicycle-car collision June 30, 1995 in West Columbia, S.C. He was born November 30, 1956 in Fort Wayne, a son of William Henry and Margaret Arlena Lary Might. Following graduation from Central Noble High School, he received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University and his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He had been employed as a research scientist for AT&T. Surviving are his wife, Christine (Worman) Might of Columbia , S.C.; his father, Fort Wayne; a sister, Ann Harvey, Edinboro, Pa. Services Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. + 6-30-1995
Might Margery Arlene, 60, of R. 4, Albion, died Monday in Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. Born Dec. 12, 1921 in Iowa City, Iowa, she was the daughter of William W. and Irene (Lewis) Lary. On Dec. 31, 1955 she married William H. Might in Marion, Iowa. She moved to Fort Wayne in 1955 and to Noble County in 1956. She was a teacher in the business department of Columbia City Joint High School. Surviving are her husband; father and stepmother in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a son, James A. of Troy, N.Y.; a daughter, Mary Ann of St. Joseph, Mich.; two brothers, Robert of DeKalb, Ill., and Dale S. of Sylvania, Ohio. Services Thursday in First Presbyterian Church, Columbia City. + 12-14-1981
Mikolatcher Loyd, 67, Sturgis, died July 15. He was born Nov. 8, 1918 in Sturgis, the son of Martin and Ethel (Pierson) Mikolatcher. He was a lifetime resident of Sturgis and retired after many years as owner-operator of a service station. He was also a musician and played in several bands. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Sue) Weimer, Avilla; a son, Terry of California; two sisters, Mrs. Leonard (Thelma) Smoker and Mrs. Walt (Edna) Abbs, both of Sturgis, and five grandchildren. ~ 7-24-1986

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