August 15th, 2011
“Cuties of Decatur” will be presented four times this month during the city’s 175th anniversary celebration.
The play, written and directed by Mara Dee Striker Baker, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, with admission of $8.
Melody A. Shell, 47, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday in Bluffton.
She was born to Ron Pietosi and Rita A. Larimore Foss, who survive.
Other survivors include a daughter, Danyell Abbott of Fort Wayne; a son, Anthony Shell of Noblesville; a brother, Michael Pietosi of Decatur; and two sisters, Melinda Foss of Decatur and Mrs. Rob (Melissa) Manns of Bluffton.
Ermil D. Shifferly, 89, a longtime resident of rural Monroe who lived the last two years at Woodcrest Retirement Community, died at 10:40 p.m. Thursday at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He married Mary M. Burger on April 3, 1943; she passed away on April 20, 2005.
He retired in 1987 from the CTS Corp. at Berne with 22 years of service.
He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II, serving in France and central Europe.
Cindy L. Werst, 64, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday August 13, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was born on November 22, 1946, to Herman and Mary (Fuhrman) Durr in Bluffton; they are deceased.
On August 1, 1970, Cindy married Patrick A. Werst.
Judy L. Brown, 72, of Decatur, died at her residence on Friday, August 12, 2011.
Judy was born on November 21, 1938, in Pisgah, Iowa, to Leslie J. and Myrtle L. (Hanson) Nuzum.
On August 20, 1977, she married Robert L. Brown.
Judy was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Berne. She also drove buses for the South Adams Schools district and worked at Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne in Central Service.
Claude E. West, 74, and Donna K. West, 71, of Decatur, died at home on Thursday, August 11.
Claude West was born on December 28, 1936, in Bonnieblue, Kentucky, to Walter and Rose Parks West.
He married Donna K. Mountz McSwain on August 5, 1989, in Decatur.
Claude was employed at Decatur Casting from 1972 to 1998 and was a member of the Pentecostal Way Church in Van Wert, Ohio.
Officials of the Decatur Fire Department have announced that the cause of the fire which took the lives of an elderly married couple in the city last Thursday was due to overloading of the electrical circuits in their home.
Claude and Donna West, ages 74 and 71, respectively, died of smoke inhalation in their house at 720 Elm St. There funeral service was scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
Ermil Shifferly, 89, of Decatur, died on Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
The Bellmont Boys/Grils Soccer Jamboree will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the BHS Soccer Stadium with the Bellmont girls taking on Garrett.
Admission will be $5.
Each session will be 20 minutes, and there will be a 10-minute break between the 13 sessions. The South Adams boys will take on Bellmont at 3 p.m. in the final session of the day.
First team listed is the home team and will have the ball.
Seth T. Curtis, the 25-year-old Redkey man charged with six crimes in regard to a robbery attempt last Sunday at the CVS store in Berne, has been arraigned in Adams Circuit Court and was set for trial on December 2.
He is being held in the Adams County Jail under a $100,000 bond on the following charges:
• Attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, since he was allegedly carrying a pellet pistol, which is classified as a deadly weapon, according to Adams County Prosecutor Chris Harvey.