February 9th, 2012
Elizabeth L. "Betty" Macke, 100, of Decatur, passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Betty was born May 31, 1911, to Charles and Bertha (Bleeke) Kirchner, in Adams County.
She married William Macke on May 3, 1931; he passed away on January 5, 1990.
Betty was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Preble, and was a longtime active member in the church choir.
Frederick A. Mann, 70, of Angola, died Wednesday, in Parkview Hospital, in Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
John L. Fries, 83, of Columbia City, died on Sunday.
Among survivors are his daughter, Mary Catherine (Gregg) Palmer of Decatur.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Paul of the Cross, 315 S. Line Street, Columbia City, with visitation after 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at the church. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Marlene Wilson, 73, of Homossassa, Florida, formerly of Decatur,died Monday.
Along with her husband James L. Wilson, survivors include three brothers, Otto, Leo, and Norvin Thieme, all of Decatur.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Decatur.
Former Adams County commissioner Steve Baumann has announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the board of commissioners. His candidacy sets up a Republican primary in May against incumbent commissioner Kim Fruechte, who had previously filed for re-election.
Baumann served as county commissioner from 1997 through 2008. He lost a primary race to Fruechte in 2008.
Adams Central Elementary School held a "sport day" on Wednesday as part of a series of Relay for Life fundraising events.
School officials said students and staff were able to wear any sports apparel, with students paying 50 cents and staff $1 for the privilege.
Proceeds go to the Adams County Relay for Life.
Betty Lee Roe, 82, of rural Decatur, passed away at 5:50 a.m., on Monday, February 6, 2012, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Betty was born on Wednesday, June 26, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Raymond M. and Arberdeen (Snyder) Fickert.
She married the late Ernest Roe on September 28, 1957, in Ohio City, Ohio. He passed away on January 5, 2011.
Betty was a member of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and WELCA in Ohio City.
Emily Y. Hart, 70, of Decatur, died Tuesday.
Among survivors are her husband, John Hart of Decatur; son John Kiser Jr.; sister Mary (Lester) Sheets of Monroe; brother Jerry (Sharon) Knittle, of Decatur; brother Lloyd (Susan) Knittle of Portland; and brother Allen (Belle) Knittle of Decatur.
Calling is one hour prior to services in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery.
By BOB SHRALUKA
Here we go again!
IDEM (the Indiana Department of Environmental Management) is knocking on Decatur's door once again and ultimately it's going to be the residents of this community who are going to paying the bill to open that door.