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October 9th

Charles J. Bransteter

October 9, 2013

    Charles J. Bransteter, 90, Fort Wayne, died Oct. 7, 2013, at Heritage Park in Fort Wayne. He was born in Adams County on Oct. 24, 1922, to the late Charles and Nelly (McGough) Branstetter.
    He worked for Magnavox in Fort Wayne as a foreman, with 49 years of service. He enjoyed hunting and bowling.

Elizabeth Margaret K. Klug Jr.

October 9, 2013

    Elizabeth Margaret K. Klug Jr. 31, of New Haven, passed away, Oct. 1, 2013. She was born on January 29, 1982 in Hartford, Conn., to Laszlo and Elizabeth Maria (Pasztorik) Klug Sr.
    Elizabeth worked as a graphic designer at the Decatur Daily Democrat. She was to be married November 16 to her fiance Brian Frank, her best friend.
    Along with her parents, she is survived by her brother, Laszlo Klug Jr.

October 8th

Martha J. Hilty

October 8, 2013

    Martha J. Hilty, 91, Berne, died on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. She was born to the late Jacob and AmandaHersberger Shelter on March 17, 1922 in Homes County, Ohio. She married the late Joseph A. Hilty on Jan. 16, 1947.
    Among survivors are five daughters, Amanda Atlee) Hershberger of Wooster, Ohio, Annie (Johnny) Wickey and Martha (Emanuel) Schwartz both of Berne, Barbara (John) Graber and Elma (Elmer A.) Schwarts of Monroe; three sons, Henry A.M. (Verena) Hilty and Elmer M. (Esther) Hilty, both of Monroe and Daniel M. Hilty of Denver, Colo.

October 7th

Louis Dubach

October 7, 2013

    Louis "Jerry" Dubach, 82, Geneva, died on Friday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Adams Memorial Hospital. He was born in Adams County on Wednesday, April 29, 1931, to the late Elmer and Orrilla (Blocker) Dubach.

Darlene K. Johnson

October 7, 2013

    Darlene K. Johnson, 64, Decatur, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Chalet Village in Berne.
    She was born in Decatur on December 22, 1948, to the late Verlyn R. and  Helen I. Geyer. She graduated from Adams Central High School in 1968 and Parisian Beauty College in 1976. She was an Avon Representative since 2011, had previously sold Mary Kay Cosmetics and was a beautician.

Leroy A. Kolter

October 7, 2013

    Leroy A. Kolter, 80, of Bluffton and a longtime resident of rural Decatur, went to his eternal home on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
    He was born in Adams County on January 22, 1933, to the late Rudolph H. and Adella R. (Kruetzman) Kolter. He married his wife of 62 years, Pauline Rupert on August 25, 1951, in the Monroe United Methodist Church, and she survives.

Lorenz E. Steele

October 7, 2013

    Lorenz E. Steele, 93, Decatur, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Adams Memorial Hospital Emergency Room following a sudden illness.
    He was born on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1919, in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, to the late Edwin and Bertha (Krueckeberg) Steele. He married Irene M. Aumann on July 27, 1947, at St John Lutheran Church, Bingen, and she survives.

October 4th

Erma L. Blair

October 4, 2013

    Erma Lucille "Lucy" Blair, 82, passed away at 2:38 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    Lucy was born on April 20, 1931, in Wells County to Arnold and Gladys (Haughton) Ivins. She married Carl L. Blair on May 12, 1956, in Fountain City. He preceded her in death on July 31, 1993.

Harold B. Miller

October 4, 2013

    Harold B. Miller, 83, former mayor of Decatur, died at Woodcrest Nursing Center on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.
    Harold was born on Dec. 30, 1929, in Jay County to the late Perry S. and Fern (Huey) Miller. He married Mary Lou Hofstetter on Oct. 28, 1950. She preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 1995. On March 7, 1998, he married Nancy Pommer, and she survives.

Peggy Robinette

October 4, 2013

    Peggy Robinette, 73, Berne, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    She was born in Portland to Evelyn and Ruby (Zeigler) Updike.
    Survivors are her husband, Jack F. Robinette; and a son, Charles Robinette, of Decatur.
    Visitation will be before the service.
    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.

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