Archive - Obituary
May 21st, 2012
Mary E. Smeltzer-Shaw, 66, of Decatur, died at 7 a.m. Sunday at her residence.
Calling will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Funeral services will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday. A private family burial will be Friday at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.
A complete obituary notice will be provided for Tuesday's edition of the Democrat, the funeral home said.
Albert Edwin Koehler, 80, of Berne, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Swiss Village Retirement Center, in Berne.
He was born on Sunday, May 08, 1932, in New Albany, Indiana.
He married Barbara Sue (Zonker) on Saturday, November 15, 1980, in Berne.
Mr. Koehler retired in 1994 from teaching. He taught at South Adams from 1964 to 1967 and at Jay County from 1968 to 1994. He was a graduate of Purdue University.
Carl L. Lichtenberger, 79, of rural Decatur, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Carl was born in Van Wert County on May 27, 1932, to the late William H. and Ina M. (Finkhousen) Lichtenberger.
On April 18, 1954, Carl married Annabelle M. Shaffer.
Carl was a member of the formal Decatur Missionary Church and attended Mt. Zion U.B. Church in Bobo.
Gilbert Paul Blomenberg, 94 of Seward, Nebraska, died May 13, 2012 in York, Nebraska.
Gilbert was born on January 20, 1918, to Martin Conrad and Esther Johanna (Preuss) Blomenberg at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Shortly after his baptism, his parents moved to the Blomenberg farm located near Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preble Township, between Decatur and Poe, to reside with his paternal grandparents, Friederich and Wilhemine (Witte) Blomenberg.
Carl Lichtenberger, 79, of Decatur, died Wednesday at the Van Wert Hospice Center.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Marggie Solano, 89, Berne, died Tuesday at her residence.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann (Joe) Tilbury, Berne; sons, David (Pauline) Solano, Riverside, Calif., and Ruben (Janet) Solano, Berne.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Trinity Methodist Church, with calling one hour prior to services.
Burial will be in MRE Cemetery.
James Thomas Snyder, 72, of New Haven, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Snyder was born in Fort Wayne on April 10, 1940, to the late Boyd and Mildred (Gause) Snyder.
He graduated from Leo High School in 1958. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy for seven years. Jim was employed with American Electric Power for 35 years before retiring March 21, 2001.
Rev. Robert L. Hegnauer, 95, of Berne, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at Swiss Village.
He served 42 years in the ministry and retired from the Berne Cross United Church of Christ with nine years of service. He was a WW II and Korean Conflict U.S. Army Chaplain.
Survivors include two sons, one daughter, one sister, and two grandchildren.
Edna Louise Hoffman, 81, of Elkhart, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Elkhart.
She was born February 11, 1931, in Berne, to Hugh J. and Hope V. (Hart) Moyer.
On July 30, 1977, she married Dale E. Hoffman in Decatur.
Edna worked as a CNA for more than 30 years prior to her retirement at Elkhart General Hospital.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Evelyn Louise Miller, 81, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Swiss Village in Berne.
Evelyn was born November 12, 1930, in Berne, to the late Ralph and Bertha (Spichiger) Miller.