Archive - Obituary
August 18th, 2014
Keith Hofstetter, 88, Berne, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Swiss Village.
Among survivors are his wife, Jane Hofstetter of Berne; daughter, Karen Burke of Bluffton; sons, Kevin (Rhonda) Hofstetter of Melbourne, Fla. and Rod (Tammi) Hofstetter of Tipton; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Swiss Village Retirement Center, with Pastor Chris Thurow officiating. Internment will follow in West Lawn Cemetery, Geneva.
Jessica A. Lehman, 29, Berne, passed away Aug. 15, 2014, at her residence.
Survivors include her parents, Jim and Bertie Lehman; sisters, Krista M. (Keith) Brunstrup of Monroe and Melissa R. (Justin) Gillette of Goshen; and brother, Hunter J. Lehman at home.
Funeral services were held this morning at First Mennonite Church, Berne. Officiating were Rev. Jerry Flueckiger and Rev. Anita Rediger. Burial was in MRE Cemetery.
Preferred memorials to the Agape Respite Care, Berne
Steven N. Schwartz, infant son of Noah M.R. and Adeline E.L. Schwartz of Monroe, was stillborn Friday.
Surviving in addition to the parents are four brothers, Mervin, David, Kenneth and Matthew; and two sisters, Miriam and Lorene, all at home. Also surviving are grandparents Elmer D. and Emma Schwartz of Monroe and Melvin F. and Rebecca Schwartz of Geneva.
Burial was in Winchester Cemetery.
Mary Lou Birdsall, 85, Berne, died Thursday at Swiss Village Retirement Community. Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Berniece A. Hackman, 86, Decatur, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She was born in Decatur Jan. 8, 1928, to the late John A. and Mary A. (Bernard) Kintz.
On May 28, 1949 she married Anselm B. (Jack) Hackman; he preceded her in death Oct. 20, 2013.
Berniece was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Rosary Society. She had worked for Monmouth Elementary as a teacher’s aide.
Dale Richard Wagner, 66, Geneva, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at his residence.
He was born in Celina, Ohio, July 28, 1948, to the late Dorman “Curly” and Edna Wagner.
A 1967 graduate of South Adams High School, Dale was a member of the American Legion Post 468 in Berne and VFW Post 6751 in Geneva. He was a retired machinist and former owner of Chip and Dales in Geneva.
Janelle Riley, 68, Monroe, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur.
She was born in Decatur Monday, Oct. 22, 1945, to the late Floyd M. and Mildred (Henschen) Roth.
Janelle married Gale Riley Oct. 17, 1964, in Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren; he survives.
Elizabeth J. “Betty” Zerkel, 94, Wakarusa, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.
Betty was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Livingston Manor, N.Y., to the late Harry and Pearl (Roosa) Stewart.
She married Hubert Zerkel Jr. Nov. 24, 1943; he survives.
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Zerkel, 94 of Wakarusa, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Brenda L. Frisch, 62, passed away Aug. 8, 2014, after a 27-year battle with Crohns disease.
Born in Decatur, Brenda was a district manager with Fort Wayne Newspapers.
She enjoyed sewing for her family, making blankets for the needy and loved spending time with her grandkids.