Archive - Obituary
March 8th, 2011
James Urick, 57, of Fort Wayne, died March 4 in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.
Thelma E. Bell, 83, of Willshire, Ohio, died at home on Thursday.
She was born to Tom and Edna Thornburg White.
Among survivors are two sons, Steven Riesen of Wolcottville, Indiana, and Rev. Eric Riesen of Pittsburgh, and one daughter, Mrs. David (Tonya) Fenstermaker of Rockford, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne. Visiting hours are 9-11 a.m. Monday.
Rosella M. Mills, 85, of Craigville passed away at 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at Swiss Village in Berne, Indiana.
Rosie Mills was born on September 17, 1925, in Wells County, Indiana, to Scott Michael “Mick” Biddle and Mary Marguite (Shady) Biddle. She graduated with the class of 1943 from P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton.
Thelma E. Bell, 83, of Willshire, Ohio, died Thursday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Frances "Betty" Sprunger, 90, of Berne, died Wednesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Fred and Mary Teeple Myers.
Among survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Marion (Alice) Krehbiel of Pretty Prairie, Kansas, and five sons: Judson, Jay, and Clifton Sprunger of Berne; Arnie Sprunger of St. Louis, Missouri; and Douglas Sprunger of Muncie.
Esther Erxleben, 89, of Decatur, died at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on August 6, 1921, in Adams County to Fred and Lizzie Meier Bulmahn.
She married Lorenz Erxleben on May 2, 1943, in St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen; he passed away on August 17, 1986.
Lucille K. Sprunger, 96, of Berne, died Tuesday at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Henry and Cassie Schindler Winteregg.
Surviving are two daughters: Roxanne Leichty of Newport News, Virginia and Mrs. Ted (Lana) Schwartz of Berne; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Max E. Andrews, 78, of Placentia, California, a former Decatur resident, went to be with his Lord and Savior on the 27th of February.
He was born on August 7, 1932, to True "Tabby" and Elsie Andrews.
He was a petty officer and gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy and retired from International Harvester with more than 30 years of service.
His hobbies were reading and politics. After moving to California, he and his wife enjoyed watching the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bernice Eileen Mathys Bransteter, 88, a resident of the Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne, passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Swiss Village.
Bernice was born on January 10, 1923, in Geneva, the daughter of Clinton and Jessie (Runkel) Mathys, both deceased.
Bernice was a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneva.
She was a retired employee of the C.T.S. Corporation in Berne with 20 years of service, eight of those years as a lead lady.
Peggy L. Fortney, 78, of rural Convoy, Ohio, died on Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital,
She was born to Cyrus and Lula Roberts Cranor.
Among survivors are her husband, Harold B. Fortney; one daughter, Mrs. Ed (Ilona) Welker of Convoy; and two sons: Jody Fortney of Ashland, Ohio and Michael Fortney of Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church of rural Convoy, with burial in IOOF Cemetery at Convoy.