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Marie A. Hobrock

January 26, 2011

    Marie A. Hobrock, 89, of rural Decatur, died at 3:50 p.m. on January 19 in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    She was born in New Bremen, Ohio, on April 8, 1921, to Henry and Anna Whilhelmina "Minnie" Klosterman.
    Following her graduation from the eighth grade and having turned 16, Marie moved to Fort Wayne and became a housekeeper for a family for many years. This was necessary because during The Great Depression, the oldest child in many families would have to help support the family by earning an income.
    Following the death of the family with which she was staying, Marie began working at Lincoln Life Insurance in Fort Wayne. It was shortly after this time that she met Franklin M. Hobrock at a dance. They were married on May 28, 1954, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.
    Following the birth of their first child, she stopped working at Lincoln Life and became a housewife.
    Frank preceded her in death on August 2, 2002.
    During their life together, Frank and Marie enjoyed traveled to many parts of the country. In all their travels, they covered every state in the United States except North Dakota.
    Marie was also an artist and enjoyed painting and crafts.
    She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen.
    Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John (Christine) Applequist of Long Beach, California, and Mrs. Jerry Lee (Rosalyn) Spindler of Harlan; two sons, Daniel and Ray Hobrock of Decatur; three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Linda) McDermitt of St. Marys, Ohio; Esther Huebner of Paulding, Ohio; and Ruth Rush of Kendallville,; three brothers, Thomas Rempe (and wife Gloria) of Greenwood, South Carolina; James Rempe (and wife Mary Ann) of St. Marys; and Paul Rempe (and wife Dorla) of St. Marys; and four grandchildren, Chelsea Bridge, Jason Spindler, Ian Applequist, and Isabel Applequist.
    She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Rempe, and a sister, Dorothy Delzeith.
    Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen, with Rev. John Dreyer officiating.
    Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Bingen.    Visitation is 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-2 p.m. Sunday in the church.
    Preferred memorials are to St. John Lutheran Church in Bingen.
    Funeral arrangements were by Zwick and Jahn Funera Home, Decatur.

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