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November 9th, 2011

Helen Mae Gerber

November 9, 2011

    Helen Mae Gerber, 99 of Bluffton, died Monday. 
    She was born in Adams County  to John A. and Katie (Steffen) Isch.  She married Alvin R. Gerber; he preceded her in death on May 31, 1998.
    Among survivors are two daughters, Mary K. (Leon) Gerber of Warren and Jeanne (Jim) Rinkenberger of Bluffton, and two sons, Jay (Deb) Gerber of Bluffton
and Mark (Barb) Gerber of Bluffton;.

Wilbur L. Schwaller

November 9, 2011

    Wilbur L. "Willie" Schwaller, 77, of Decatur, died at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He was born on January 30, 1934, in Ida Grove, Iowa, to Leonard and Anna Brinkman Schwaller,
    He married Nancy Pinkerton on July 2, 1988, in Domestic, Indiana; she died on February 25, 2005.

November 8th

Frederick P. Coffee

November 8, 2011

    Frederick P. "Fred" Coffee, 88, of Fort Wayne, died suddenly at 1:26 p.m. Sunday at home of natural causes.
    He was born on August 16, 1923, in Adams County to Adrian Henry and Mary Elizabeth Lobsiger Coffee.
    He married Patricia E. Kintz on May 10, 1947, in Fort Wayne; she died on September 6, 2005.
    Fred and his wife owned Graphic Typesetters for 25 years and Gensic Creative Metals for several years.

Judith A. Ehlerding

November 8, 2011

    Judith A. Ehlerding, 70, of Decatur, died today at home.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.

November 7th

Emma S. Girod

November 7, 2011

    Emma S. Girod, 95, Fort Wayne, died Sunday at 9:15 p.m. at her residence.
    She was the daughter of Samuel J. and Elizabeth Ann (Miller) Christner. She was married on January 18, 1940, to John S. Girod, who preceded her in death on March 5, 2002.

Jerry L. Tharp Sr.

November 7, 2011

    Jerry L. "J.T." Tharp Sr., 72, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.
    He was born on March 22, 1939, in Ridgeville, Indiana, to Roe and Frances Wooters Tharp.
    He married Mariana M. Jauregui on June 29, 1957.

November 4th

Vera C. Ahne

November 4, 2011

    Vera C. Heimann Ahne, 86, of Scranton, Arkansas, passed away in Clarksville, Arkansas, on October 21, 2011.
    She was born in Decatur on May 6, 1925 to Henry and Rose Geels Heimann.
    She is survived by nine children, 24 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.
    Local survivors are a brother, Cletus Heimann (and wife Dorothy) of Monroeville; a sister, Marjorie Shell of rural Decatur; a sister-in-law, Rita Heimann of rural Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.

Otto A. Spiegel

November 4, 2011

    Dr. Otto Arnold Spiegel, 87, of Sebring, Florida, a former chiropractor in Decatur and known as "Dr. O.A." in Sebring, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lake Placid Nursing Home.
    He was born to Otto and Stella Spiegel in Indiana on February 4, 1924, and the family moved shortly after to Wisconsin, where he grew up.
    He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was a radio operator at a secret military radio station overlooking Pearl Harbor during World War II.

November 3rd

Mary E. Bauman

November 3, 2011

    Mary E. Bauman, 93, formerly of Geneva, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
    She was born in Geneva on November 25, 1917, to Jesse O. and Mary E. Campbell Callihan.
    Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. DeWayne (Cheryl) Lehmann of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and three sons, Jay Bauman of North Webster, Indiana; Deryl Bauman of Decatur; and Brian "Rudy" Bauman of Geneva.

Alyce A. Haugk

November 3, 2011

    Alyce A. Haugk, 65 years old, of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, in Adams Memorial Hospital's emergency room. Her death was unexpected and followed a brief illness.
    She was born on Tuesday, October 1, 1946, in Decatur,  the daughter of the late Chalmer H. DeBolt and the late Ruth I. "Toots" (Macklin) DeBolt.
    She married Elroy Haugk on June 5, 1966, at First Presbyterian Church in Decatur.

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