Archive - Obituary
October 17th, 2011
Salome E. Schwartz, 46, of rural Geneva, died on Sunday at home. She was born in Adams County on January 16, 1965, to Solomon N. and Salome A. Wengerd. Her father is deceased; her mother is a rural Geneva resident.
Other survivors include her husband, Benjamin J. Schwartz; a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Rachel) Wickey of rural Geneva; and two sons, Solomon B. and Ruben B. Schwartz of rural Geneva.
Robert R. Malone, 86, of Decatur, passed away at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at his son’s residence.
Bob was born on October 12, 1925, in Sullivan, Indiana, to William and Fayola (Grimes) Malone.
On January 30, 1949, he married Sarah L. Downs. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2002.
Bob was a life insurance salesman for Western Southern Insurance.
He served in World War II in the United States Army.
Lawrence R. “Pete” Smith, 97, of Decatur, passed away at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born on May 26, 1914, in Decatur to Daniel Ray and Grace (Zerkel) Smith.
On May 30, 1936, he married Veda V. Smith. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2003.
Pete was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Barbara J. Shumm, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in Fort Wayne.
Born July 23, 1921 in Decatur, Barb was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. She also had been a member of the Rosary Society and Beta Sigma Phi and enjoyed volunteering with different groups and organizations.
Lydia C. Kalthoff, 103, formerly of Decatur, died at 3 a.m. on Sunday in The Village of Heritage nursing home at Monroeville.
She was married to Ernest H. Kalthoff, who is deceased.
Frederick H. Blazer, 96, of Decatur, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at Woodcrest Retirement Community's Nursing Center.
Fred was born on May 14, 1915, in Fort Wayne to Frederick E. and Lena M. (Harshman) Blazer.
On January 6, 1968, he married Ruby V. (Ladd) Rambo.
Fred worked for American Hoist and also worked as a janitor for North Adams Community Schools.
MaryAnn (Fulton) Holthouse, 89, of Decatur, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
MaryAnn was born on October 2, 1922, in Wells County to Thomas and Goldine (Gossard) Nash.
MaryAnn married her first husband, Oral E. Fulton, on October 26, 1939; he preceded her in death on May 24, 1982. She then married Robert J. Holthouse on July 7, 1990; he preceded her in death on December 26, 2001.
MaryAnn moved to Decatur in 1947 from Wells County.
Robert R. Malone, 86, of Decatur, died on Wednesday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Kevin W. Steffen, 52, of Bluffton, died Wednesday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Derek (Andrea) Graham of Bluffton, and two sons, Joshua Eltzroth of Ohio and Tyson Terhune of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Goodwin Memorial Chapel at Bluffton, with burial in Elm Grove Cemetery at Bluffton. Visiting hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday.
Mary E. Bailey, 82, of Geneva, died Tuesday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Decatur on May 16, 1929, to Harold and Margaret Hirschy Hess.
Among survivors are a son, Harold Bailey of Geneva; five daughters, Deb Brooks of Poneto; Judy Nichols of Geneva; Mrs. Rick (Jackie) Lothridge of Portland; and Mrs. Brian (Kathy) Cochrane and Sandy Bailey of Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Frances Stevens of Decatur and Ruth Smith of Hoagland.