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January 5th, 2011

Robert Boknecht

January 5, 2011

    Robert Boknecht, 81, of Highland Falls, NC, died unexpectedly on January 2, 2011, at his residence.
    Born and raised in Decatur, he graduated from Valparaiso University in 1951 with a double major in psychology and geography.
    He was Vice President of Employee Relations for Standard Oil until his retirement.
    Survivors include his sons, Mark (Rita) and John, both of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren; brother Ed (Dorothy) Boknecht of Fort Wayne; and niece Dianne (Steve) Koch.

Mary Diaz

January 5, 2011

    Mary Diaz, 85, of New Lenox, Illinois, died Monday in a hospital at Joliet, Illinois.
    She was born to Lewis and Julia Alonzo Flores.
    Surviving are her husband, Edward Diaz; one son, Robert L. Diaz of South Holland, Illinois; two daughters, Gloria Tomchek and Dorothy F. Marnell of New Lenox; and one sister, Margie Solano of Berne.
    A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne.

Maxine J. Hakes

January 5, 2011

    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home for Maxine J. Hakes, 80, of Decatur, who died Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.

John E. Isch

January 5, 2011

    John E. Isch, 71, of Decatur, passed away on January 4, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    John was born on January 26, 1939, in Adams County, Indiana, to Ralph Isch and Opal (Walters) Isch Lillich.
    On October 26, 1958, he married Lois J. Archinal.
    John was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Decatur and served on many boards of the church. He was active in Big Brothers, was the community service supervisor for the Adams County Jail, and was an avid golfer.

January 4th

Maxine J. Hakes

January 4, 2011

    Maxine J. Hakes, 80, of Decatur, died today in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.

John E. Isch

January 4, 2011

    John E. Isch, 71, of Decatur, died today in Adams Memorial Hospital,
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.

January 3rd

E. Ann Blaney

January 3, 2011

    E. Ann Blaney, 77, a longtime Decatur resident, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at The Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford, Ohio.
    Ann was born on June 9, 1933, to Edward and Helen (Smith) Fisher.
    On June 21, 1958, she married Bob Blaney; he passed away on April 1, 2008.
    Ann retired from teaching in 1992 from North Adams Community Schools after 33 years.

G. David Gerth

January 3, 2011

    G. David Gerth, 82, of Laguna Beach, California, died in a nursing home there on Wednesday.
    Among survivors is a daughter, Mrs. David (Deborah) Miller of Hoagland, and a son, Douglas Gerth of Anaheim, California.
    Arrangements are pending in California.

Robert T. Helm

January 3, 2011

    Robert T. Helm, 92, of Decatur, died at 1:40 a.m. Friday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
    He married Rosali P. Miller; she passed away on May 25, 2003.
    He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ and American Legion Post 43, both in Decatur, and was an avid golfer.
    During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps.

Paul M. Herman

January 3, 2011

    Paul M. "Plug" Herman, 90, of Cloquet, Minnesota, a former resident of and business owner in Berne, died Friday in Duluth, Minnesota.
    He was born to Mentor and Ramola Herman.
    Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Connie) Allen of Naples, Florida, and two sons, Mike Herman of Friendswood, Texas, and Ken Herman of Cloquet.

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