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November 16th

Lois J. Lehman

November 16, 2011

    Lois J. Lehman, 87, of Berne, passed away on Monday, November 14, at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    She was born on August 14, 1924, in Berne to Werner B. and Florence Teeters Lehman.
    She was a retired teacher and librarian who graduated from Berne-French High School and Wheaton College in Illinois. She held master's degrees in English and in library and information science from Indiana University.

Olive F. Miller

November 16, 2011

    Olive F. Miller, 92, of Berne, died on Tuesday at her daughter's home in Berne.
    She was born to Fred D. and Esther E. Fowles Greenwood.
    Among survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Dean (Marilyn) Bahre of Berne.
    Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 1-3 p.m. Thursday.

Karen Schieferstein

November 16, 2011

    Karen Schieferstein, 62, of Decatur, died Tuesday at home.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.

Lois C. Wheeler

November 16, 2011

    Lois C. Wheeler, 96, of Berne, died November 11 at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    She was born to Russell O. and Verna G. Ashley McLaughlin.
    Among survivors are three daughters, Mary M. Scott of Berne; Mrs. LeRoy (Joanna C.) Adams of West Lafayette; and Mrs. Paul (Eunice L.) Barner of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and four sons:,Ashley D. Wheeler of Fort Wayne; J. Ladd Wheeler of Crofton, Maryland; D. Lee Wheeler of Decatur; and H. Wheeler of Butler.

November 15th

Lois J. Lehman

November 15, 2011

    Lois J. Lehman, 87, of Berne, died on Monday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.

Ella Jane Schauss

November 15, 2011

    Ella Jane Schauss, age 86, passed away at 10:33 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011, at Estelle's House of Marion County Hospice in Ocala, Florida.
    She had moved to Ocala in June of 2004 after having lived in Decatur.
    She loved her family. She also enjoyed reading, watching sports, spending hours at the beach, and watching and identifying birds and butterflies in her Florida garden.

Dennis Sroufe

November 15, 2011

    Dennis Sroufe, 51, of Geneva, died on Friday, November 11, 2011.
    He was born on December 28, 1959, to Bud and Penelope Sroufe.
    He is survived by his wife, Brenda Seler Sroufe; three brothers, Jim, Allen and John Sroufe; and a stepson, Nicholas.
    The funeral service will be on Thursday at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne. Pastor Wayne Guilliam will officiate.

November 14th

Merlin E. Bixler

November 14, 2011

    Merlin E. Bixler, 79, Greenfield, former Berne police chief, died Friday at his residence. Merlin was born in Adams County and married Carol (Lehman), who survives.
    He was Berne chief 1978-1992. While living in Berne he was employed at Yager Furniture and Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home for many years. For over 10 years he was director of the Adams County EMS and was the custodian of the MRE Cemetery.
    Survivors include a son, Randy (Kay) Bixler, LaGrange, and a daughter, Brenda (Bob) Bertsch. Greenfield.

Bonnie C. Herman

November 14, 2011

    Bonnie C. Herman, 62, of Decatur, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday at her residence.
    She was born on September 13, 1949, in Decatur to Earl M. and Alta May Ruhl Caston, who are deceased.
    She married DuWayne Herman on September 15, 1979, in Zion Lutheran Church at Decatur; he survives.
    She was a marketing assistant for Family LifeCare in Berne (formerly Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana) and had served as a hospice social worker.

William H. Journay

November 14, 2011

    William H. Journay, 92, of Decatur, died at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
    He was born June 9, 1919, in Jay County, the son of Orla J. and Cora A. (Bibler) Journay. On August 31, 1947, he married the former Eva Marie Bischoff.
    He was a farmer and a science teacher. He first taught at Madison Township Schools and later taught at Bellmont High School for 31 years before retiring in May of 1981.

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