Archive - Obituary
November 9th, 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.â€¨ 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, 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, 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. "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.
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, 70, of Decatur, died today at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
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. "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.
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.
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.