Archive - Obituary
November 25th, 2013
Jo Ellen Biberstine, 63, Berne, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at her residence.
Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Maurice A. 'Gabby' Colchin, 90, Decatur, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
He was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Adams County to the late Fredrick and Frances (Coffee) Colchin. He married Alberta C. 'Bertie' Adams; she passed away in 2006.
Gabby graduated from Decatur Catholic High School and served as a firefighter for the city of Decatur for 28 years. He serve his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Special X mechanics mate submarine torpedo specialist.
Derek Ogden Franz, 21, Monroeville, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 23, 2013. Derek was fatally injured following a traffic accident on Hoagland Road in Allen County.
Derek was born Monday, Nov. 16, 1992, in Ft. Wayne, the son of Kent R. Franz and the late Sandra J. (Ogden) Franz.
Derek was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church-Fuelling. He was a 2011 graduate of Heritage High School. Derek was a self-employed farmer working with his father on the family farm known as Franz Farms.
Everlyn D. (Fetters) Kauffman, 96, Berne, passed away Nov. 24, 2013, at Swiss Village, Berne.
She was born to the late Bryson C. and Iva (Foreman) Fetters March 12, 1917, in Adams County. She married the late Karl E. Kauffman June 21, 1936.
Louise P. Lengerich, 91, Monroeville, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Adams Heritage in Monroeville.
She was born on Sunday, July 23, 1922, in Allen County, the daughter of the late Martin J. and Lydia M. (Scherer) Boerger. She married Gerald T. “Tex” Lengerich on August 28, 1948; he passed away on March 21, 1995.
Betty L. Pettibone, 92, Woodburn, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Pettibone of Woodburn; a daughter, Virginia L. (Tony) Smith of Walton, Ky.; a son, Jeffrey W. (Connie) Chambers of Indianapolis; step-son, Gary L. (Carolyn) Pettibone of Fort Wayne; step-daughter, Donna (Norval) Lehman of Berne; step-son, Michael E. (Carol) Pettibone of Decatur; step-daughter, Angela (Mark) Wiegman of Aurora, Colo.; and sister, Dorothy Blume of Sequim, Wash.
Paul J. Schaff, 49, Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital.
He was born in Valdosta, Ga., to Donald and Nancy Schaff; they survive. He married Tammy Litmer on May 9, 1998; she survives.
Paul graduated from East Noble High School, Kendallville, and Purdue University, Fort Wayne. He worked on computer systems for Verizon and then Frontier.
Opal Martin, 97, Hartford City, died Nov. 18, 2013, in Phoenix, Ore. Arrangements are pending at Walker and Glancy Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Ruth A. Fox, 93, Berne, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Swiss Village.
She was born to Carl and Rachel (Hirschy) Burley Sept. 13, 1920. She married Melving Fox May 29, 1941.
She is survived by a daughter, Rita Fox of Westfield; a son, Mark Fox of Evansville; and three brothers, Robert Burley of Winona Lake, John Burley of Mt. Vernon, Ohio and Lynford Burley of Berne.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday at Swiss Village Auditorium.
Frieda Lou 'LuLu' Springer, 64, Decatur, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
She married Robert R. Springer Jan. 23, 1965; he survives. Frieda was a homemaker.
She is survived by four daughters, Robin Kincaid of Linn Grove, Donna Preston of Decatur, Sandy Smith of Berne and Tamie Cornett of Decatur; a son, Robert R. 'Bobby' (Jennie) Springer II of Decatur; three sisters; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.