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November 10th, 2011

Ray W. Prowant

November 10, 2011

       Ray W. Prowant, 84, a lifelong resident of Dupont, Ohio, died 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at the Defiance-Area In-patient Hospice after a brief illness.
    He was born on June 1, 1927, and raised in Continental, Ohio, the son of Homer and Addie (Anspach) Prowant.

November 9th

James L. Blocker

November 9, 2011

    James “Jim” L. Blocker, 80, of Bluffton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
    Jim was born in Nottingham Township, Wells County, to Lester and Edith (Kleinknight) Blocker.  He graduated from Rockcreek High School in the Class of 1949. He faithfully served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.

Judith A. Ehlerding

November 9, 2011

    Judith A. Ehlerding, 70, of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at her residence.
    She was born in Celina, Ohio, on October 31, 1941, to Paul E. and Dorothy A. (Harlett) Froning.
    On December 2, 1971, she married Frederick K. Ehlerding.
    Judy was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Rosary Society.

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.

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