Archive - Obituary
September 7th, 2011
Thomas J. Alberding, 51, of Decatur, died on Monday, September 5, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Tom was born in Decatur, Indiana, on July 28, 1960, to Leo W. and Mary L. (Geimer) Alberding.
On July 30, 2010, he married Sara E. Webb.
Tom was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Holy Name Society. He also was a member of Knights of Columbus Chapter 864 in Decatur, of which he was a past Grand Knight.
Melvin “Dean” Whitesel, 85, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:15 a.m. on September 3, 2011.
Born on July 19, 1926, in Richvalley, Indiana, he was the son of Paul and Ethyl L. (Harwood) Whitesel.
He married Wilma May Clark of North Manchester on January 28, 1946; she died on March 23, 2008.
He attended school at Linlawn of Wabash County and later went to Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
Thomas J. Alberding, 51, of Decatur, died on Monday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
William S. "Billy" Gravens, 43, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, September 3, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on April 5, 1968, to William S. and Ann E. McElman Gravens, who are deceased.
Billy was the former manager of the Clark Oil Co. station in Decatur and attended Decatur Church of God.
Rosemary Puterbaugh, 72, of Geneva, died Friday at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne.
She was born November 13, 1938, in Portland, the daughter of Ivan and Hazel (Whitacre) Beals.
Surviving are two sons, Curt (Melissa) Puterbaugh of Portland and David (Carmen) Puterbaugh of Geneva; one brother Ralph Beals of Florida; and three grandchildren.
She had worked for NAPA in Portland and Berne for 35 years and most recently for the Town of Geneva as deputy clerk-treasurer.
William D. "Bill" Augsburger, 72, of Berne, owner of Bill's Ice Cream Waffle Trailer, died at home on Thursday.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Berniece F. McBride, 91, of Decatur, died at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
She was born on February 28, 1920, in Adams County to Harley M. and Edna Gay Tumbleson.
She married Robert J. McBride on April 1, 1941; he passed away on August 9, 2000.
Berniece F. McBride, 91, of Decatur, died on Tuesday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Leonard (Lennie) R. Jaurigue, 60, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 28, 2011.
He was born February 25, 1951 in Decatur. He was the son of Robert and Bernice Jaurigue of Decatur.
He was employed for 25 years at the Fort Wayne Foundry, enjoyed cooking and was an avid Notre Dame fan. Most important was spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.
Delbert D. Sprunger, 83, of Decatur, a longtime civic leader in Berne, passed away on Saturday, August 27, in Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born on September 1, 1927, in Adams County to Clarence and Lorine Habegger Sprunger.
He married Ida Irene Zuercher on September 22, 1946; she preceded him in death on April 11, 2009.
Delbert and his wife owned the Musik Haus in Berne for 30 years and he was widely known in a 50-mile area as piano-tuning technician.