Archive - Obituary
November 17th, 2011
Crystal M. Masterson, 83, formerly of Bluffton, died Wednesday in Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born to Leander and Mary E. McCullier Tuttle.
Among survivors are a son, Keith Masterson of Bluffton, and three daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Paula) Deininger of Bluffton, Mrs. Stephen (Joyce) Johnson of Berne, and Mrs. William (Vickie) Osborn of Bluffton.
Howard O. Wolf, 75, of Decatur, died on Wednesday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Lois J. Lehman, 87, of Berne, passed away on Monday, November 14, at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born on August 14, 1924, in Berne to Werner B. and Florence Teeters Lehman.
She was a retired teacher and librarian who graduated from Berne-French High School and Wheaton College in Illinois. She held master's degrees in English and in library and information science from Indiana University.
Olive F. Miller, 92, of Berne, died on Tuesday at her daughter's home in Berne.
She was born to Fred D. and Esther E. Fowles Greenwood.
Among survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Dean (Marilyn) Bahre of Berne.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 1-3 p.m. Thursday.
Karen Schieferstein, 62, of Decatur, died Tuesday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Lois C. Wheeler, 96, of Berne, died November 11 at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Russell O. and Verna G. Ashley McLaughlin.
Among survivors are three daughters, Mary M. Scott of Berne; Mrs. LeRoy (Joanna C.) Adams of West Lafayette; and Mrs. Paul (Eunice L.) Barner of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and four sons:,Ashley D. Wheeler of Fort Wayne; J. Ladd Wheeler of Crofton, Maryland; D. Lee Wheeler of Decatur; and H. Wheeler of Butler.
Lois J. Lehman, 87, of Berne, died on Monday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Ella Jane Schauss, age 86, passed away at 10:33 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011, at Estelle's House of Marion County Hospice in Ocala, Florida.
She had moved to Ocala in June of 2004 after having lived in Decatur.
She loved her family. She also enjoyed reading, watching sports, spending hours at the beach, and watching and identifying birds and butterflies in her Florida garden.
Dennis Sroufe, 51, of Geneva, died on Friday, November 11, 2011.
He was born on December 28, 1959, to Bud and Penelope Sroufe.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Seler Sroufe; three brothers, Jim, Allen and John Sroufe; and a stepson, Nicholas.
The funeral service will be on Thursday at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne. Pastor Wayne Guilliam will officiate.
Merlin E. Bixler, 79, Greenfield, former Berne police chief, died Friday at his residence. Merlin was born in Adams County and married Carol (Lehman), who survives.
He was Berne chief 1978-1992. While living in Berne he was employed at Yager Furniture and Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home for many years. For over 10 years he was director of the Adams County EMS and was the custodian of the MRE Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Randy (Kay) Bixler, LaGrange, and a daughter, Brenda (Bob) Bertsch. Greenfield.