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December 2nd

Clara L. Scherer

December 2, 2011

    Clara L. Scherer, 91, of Decatur, died at 9 a.m. Thursday in The Village of Heritage Nursing Home at Monroeville.
    She was born on March 19, 1920,m in Wells County to Karl and Anna Werling Nahrwold.
    She married Lloyd Scherer on April 10, 1948, in Fort Wayne; he passed away on February 4, 1985.
    Clara was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church (Fuelling), rural Decatur.

Betty J. Miller

December 2, 2011

    Betty Jane Miller, 83, of Berne, formerly of Decatur, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at Chalet Village in Berne.
    Betty was born on December 30, 1927, in Shoon, Kentucky, and was the daughter of Ammi and Urcel (Roudenbush) Miller.
    On March 1, 1957, she married Homer L. Miller. He preceded her in death on October 29, 2001.
    Betty was a member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, rural Decatur, and the United Methodist Women.

Merle L. Drake

December 2, 2011

    Merle L. Drake, 90, of Decatur, died on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    Merle was born on August 18, 1921, in Peebles, Ohio to Willie G. and Lillie (Tolle) Shelton.
    On August 23, 1939, she married Clyde E. Drake. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2009.
    She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur.

December 1st

Sandra J. Gaskill

December 1, 2011

    Sandra Joan Schuller Gaskill, 75, of Celina, Ohio, passed away at 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
    She was born on Thursday, October 29, 1936, in Montpelier, Indiana, to William Simon and Elizabeth Minniear Schuller.
    Mrs. Gaskill was formerly employed by Magnavox Corp, in Fort Wayne.
    She was a 1954 graduate of Montpelier High School and a former resident of Montpelier and Decatur.

November 30th

Walter H. Biedermann

November 30, 2011

    Walter H. Biedermann, 80, of Palm Coast, Florida, formerly of Decatur, died on November 12, 2011, at his residence.
    Walter was born in Mannheim, Germany on August 22, 1931, to Heinrich and Hermine Konig Biedermann.
    He married Helen Joan Johnson, who survives.
    Walter lived in Decatur for 43 years and lived in Florida the past 10 years.
    Walter attended St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Decatur and was a member of the Lutheran Church in Mannheim.

November 29th

Charles G. Henkenius

November 29, 2011

    Charles G. “Hank” Henkenius, 77, of Decatur, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Charles was born on October 29, 1934, in Fort Wayne to Charles C. and Emma (Forsythe) Henkenius.
    He married Jean M. Kable on August 27, 1960. She preceded him in death on April 13, 2001.
    Charles was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur. He worked for Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne and was a member of Moose Lodge 1311 in Decatur.

Katharina Lehr

November 29, 2011

    Katharina Lehr, 87, of Saratoga Springs, New York, a former Decatur resident, died at 1:25 a.m. Sunday in Saratoga Springs, where she had moved from Decatur in 2003 to live with her son.
    She was born in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, on April 26, 1924 to Johann and Sara Goertz Wiebe.
    She married Waldemar Lehr in 1949 in Germany; he passed away in 1954.

Donald J. Sprunger

November 29, 2011

    Donald J. Sprunger, 96, of Berne, died on Monday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    He was born in Adams County on April 16, 1915, to Robert L. and Rhoda Liechty Sprunger.
    Among survivors are a daughter, Jane Bean of Berne; three sons, Reggie Steiner of Berne; Phillip Sprunger of Bluffton, Ohio; and Dennis Sprunger of Fort Wayne; and a stepdaughter, Mrs. James (Margo) Loguidice of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

John H. Worley

November 29, 2011

    John H. Worley, 67, formerly of Geneva, died Saturday in Miller's Merry Manor at Hartford City.
    He was born to Claude and Maude Worley.
    Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Bob (Linda K.) Crandall of Three Rivers, Michigan, and two sons, Larry A. Worley of Geneva and John H. Worley Jr. of Portland.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, with burial in West Lawn Cemetery at Geneva. Visiting hours are until 2 p.m. today.

November 28th

Nelson Billington

November 28, 2011

    Nelson Billington, 86, of Berne, died November 24 in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
    He was born to William and Mabel Jackson Billington.
    Among survivors are a daughter, Debbie Billington of Allen County; three sons, Terry, Steve, and Jeff Billington, all of Bryant; three sisters; and four brothers, including Bill Billington of Decatur.
    There will be no funeral or visitation. Burial will be later in Westlawn Cemetery at Geneva.

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