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April 15th

Janet K. Tharp

April 15, 2013

    Janet K. Tharp, 67, of Decatur, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital.
    Janet was born December 28, 1945, in Decatur, to the late John E. and Nola Faye (Mauller) Meyer.
    On November 16, 1964, she married William J. Tharp, Sr.; he survives in Decatur.
    Janet was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and also worked for Dolco for 10 years and Duo Marine for two years.

April 12th

Dorothy L. Brandenburg

April 12, 2013

    Dorothy L. Brandenburg, 91, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center Extended Care Unit.
    She was born on Thursday, May 5, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Harlan E. Williams and the late Lillie May (Sprayberry) Mitchell.
    She married William G. Brandenburg on May 30, 1946, in Mount Clemens, Mich.; he passed away October 4, 1999.

James H. Hitner

April 12, 2013

    James H. Hitner, 54, of Decatur, died Wednesday at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
    Among survivors are his wife, Paula Hitner of Decatur; three daughters, Shelley (Mike) Campbell of Fort Wayne, Christina (Don) White, and Becky Eyanson, both of Decatur; three sons, Dan Hitner of Chicago, Ill., Jim Hitner, and Nick Hitner, both of Ohio; stepson, Alex Cox of Fort Wayne; two ste-daughters, Lauren Cox and Mallory (Red) Relyea, both of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

Patricia A. Lahr

April 12, 2013

    Patricia Ann "Pat" Lahr, 68, of Warren, Ind., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Heritage Pointe in Warren.
    She was born on Wednesday, September 6, 1944, in Marion, to the late Wilford H. Lahr and the late Glendora I. (Wagner) Ross.

Donald G. Moore

April 12, 2013

    Donald G. Moore, 87, Berne, passed away Thursday.
    Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.

April 11th

John J. Hunter

April 11, 2013

    John J. “Jack” Hunter, 89, of Bluffton, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton.
    Jack was born September 1, 1923, in Decatur, to Joseph and Francis (Baker) Hunter.
    Growing up, he was very active in the Boy Scouts, obtaining his Eagle Scout award and later serving as a Scout leader for several years. He graduated from Decatur High School before enlisting in the United States Navy Air Corp during World War II.

Gerald M. Kohne

April 11, 2013

    Gerald Michael “Mike” Kohne, 77, of Decatur, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He was born on April 2, 1936, to the late Dr. Gerald Joseph and Margaret Elizabeth (Sheley) Kohne.
    Mike married Bonnie L. Hake on September 11, 1965; she survives in Decatur.
    He was the owner of Decatur Package Liquors for 30 years and he also worked for nine years at the Bob Heller Insurance Agency.

April 10th

Kathryn V. Wynn

April 10, 2013

     Kathryn was born on February 25, 1917, in Adams County, to the late George W. and Clara J. (Mauller) Hill.
    On September 25, 1938, she married David C. Wynn; he preceded her in death on October 24, 1989.
    Kathryn was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Builders Sunday School class, the United Methodist Women and was also a member of the Decatur Order of Eastern Star 127. She was a homemaker.

April 9th

Julia C. Bertram

April 9, 2013

    Julia Carolyn "Judy" Bertram passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Lakeland Home in Angola.
    Judy was born in Decatur on April 26, 1918, daughter of Roman R. Parent and Clara A. Tricker Parent.
    She lived most of her adult life in Fort Wayne and had spent the last nine years at her home at Lake George. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Fort Wayne in 1939. She was a cat lover, bird watcher and avid cook book collector.

Garald A. Lutz

April 9, 2013

    Garald A. “Gary” Lutz, 62, of Geneva, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Persimmon Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Portland.
    He was born April 9, 1950, in Elkhart, to the late Ramon R. and Wilma M. “Polly” (Kline) Lutz.
    Gary was employed as a machinist for more than 35 years with several manufacturers in the northwest Indiana area. He enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting and playing billiards.
He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

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