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Alice M. Mooi
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:42

April 29, 1930 to October 17, 2017

WINAMAC - Alice M. Mooi, 87, of Rochester (formerly of Winamac) passed away at 1:42 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Wynnfield Crossing Senior Living Community, Rochester.

She was born April 29, 1930 to the late Herbert and Lillian Brook Asmus. On Oct. 19, 1957, she married Henry "Hank" Mooi in LaPorte. He passed away Sept. 9, 2017. 

Survivors include: 
Charles (Kay) Asmus, Brother 
Nancy Asmus, Sister-in-law 
3 Nieces and 3 Nephews 
Several Great Nieces and Great Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Donald Asmus, Brother

Mrs. Mooi graduated from LaPorte High School, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University, and spent her life as an educator. She taught in both the LaPorte County Schools as well as the Eastern Pulaski Elementary School. Altogether, she taught for 36 years. She was a member of the Pulaski County Retired Teachers Association and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac where she was active with the children's choir and had served as an organist. She enjoyed traveling as well as music, especially playing the piano. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m., Sunday, at the church with Pastor Dave Marty officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery,  Winamac.

Memorial donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. 

 
John W. O'Donnell Jr.
Monday, 16 October 2017 01:30

May 31, 1943 to October 16, 2017

WINAMAC - John William O'Donnell Jr., 74, of Fayetteville, Ark. (formerly of Winamac) died at 1:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 16, at his home in Fayetteville.

He was born May 31, 1943, in Winamac, to the late John Sr. and Dorothy Hein O'Donnell. He was a 1961 graduate of Winamac High School. In 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Heater. She died Nov. 12, 2011.

Survivors include: 
Amanda O'Donnell (Curtis) Lords, Daughter 
Judy (Vic) Heater, Sister 
Jim O'Donnell, Brother 
Pat (Cheryl) O'Donnell, Brother 
Susan O'Donnell, Sister 
Patricia Keller O'Donnell, Step Mother 
Maureen Inman, Sister 
Ryan O'Donnell, Brother 
Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews

Mr. O'Donnell served in the U.S. Army, was in the band "The Group," was a hospital administrator, restaurateur, and was in sales. He and his wife moved to Fayetteville in 1983 with Winamac Steel. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at St. Peter's Cemetery, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services. Burial will follow services at the cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com

 
Thomas P. Kabrich
Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:00

October 16, 1945 to October 15, 2017

FRANKLIN - Thomas Paul Kabrich, 71, of Edinburgh, formerly of Greenville and Francesville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, at Franciscan Health, Indianapolis.

He was born Oct. 16, 1945 in Shelbyville, to the late Carl and Mary (Ping) Kabrich. He married Sharry Carr on Jan. 21, 1967 at Jollity United Methodist Church in Shelby County. She survives.

Also surviving are sons Todd Kabrich (Jill) of Lafayette, Scott Kabrich (Kim) of Wolcottville, Troy Kabrich (Jody) of Clayton, N. C.: daughter Teri Kabrich of Silver Lake;  grandchildren Katelyn Kabrich, Ryan Kabrich, Meagan Kabrich, Jackson Kabrich, Lauryn Kabrich, and Alison Kabrich; nieces Sue Urban (Mike) of Brazil, Ind., Sandy Kyle (Mike) of Edinburgh, Kim Ceccoli of Weschester, Ohio; nephew Tim Kabrich of Edinburgh; father-in-law Norman Carr of Franklin; and sister-in-law Barbara Johnson of Fishers.

He was preceded in death by a brother David Kabrich, and sister Linda Wilhite.

Mr. Kabrich was a 1963 graduate of Southwestern High School in Shelby County, and 1967 graduate with honors from Purdue University in agronomy and agriculture economics, and was a member of the Farm House Fraternity. He served as an agriculture lender from 1968 until his retirement in 2013 from Shelby County Bank/First Merchants, and he was a long life farmer. He previously had been a lender for the Federal Land Bank/ Farm Credit Services, Agri-Business Services, Bell Investments, Bank of Reynolds, American State Bank/Indiana Federal Bank/ Pinnacle Bank, and National City Bank/PNC. Prior to his career in banking he had worked for the Hamilton County Extension Services. He attended Jollity United Methodist Church in Shelby County and previously First Christian Church in Francesville, and Edwardsville United Methodist Church in Edwardsville. He grew up attending St. George Lutheran Church in Shelby County. He was a member of Shelbyville Lions Club, served on the Pulaski County Jail Board and previously on the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Board. He enjoyed coaching football and baseball.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 18, at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street), Franklin. The Reverends James Ketchen and James Hoppus will conduct a service at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Memorial donations may be made to Jollity United Methodist Church, 8990 West 600 South, Edinburgh, IN 46124; First Christian Church of Francesville, 192 East Lyman Avenue, Francesville, IN 47946; Cardinal Services, attention Silver Lake Home 10381 South State Road 15 Silver Lake, IN 46982; or the Purdue Farm House Foundation, 4280 West 700 North, Delphi, IN. 46923, attention Kevin Bender treasurer.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com. Information 317-738-0202.

 
Ronald J. DePoy
Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

November 2, 1940 to October 13, 2017

KOKOMO - Ronald Jay DePoy, 76, passed away Friday, October 13, in Kokomo while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 2, 1940, in Winamac, to the late Harry Jay and Bernice Kay Paulsen DePoy. He married Linda Dieselberg on Dec. 16, 1994. She survives.

Also surviving are sons, Andrew Jay (Teresa) DePoy, David (Danea) Dieselberg, and Douglas (Pam) Dieselberg; daughters, Kenlyn (Jeff) Watson, Teri Froelicher, and Kym Dieselberg; and brothers, DeWayne (Betty) DePoy, and Dale (Melanie) DePoy. He also leaves 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

After high school, Mr. DePoy attended Purdue University. He worked at the Chrysler plant in Kokomo for 36 years before retiring as a supervisor in 2000. He was also part of the Kokomo Underwater Recovery Unit. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and was a Scottish Rite Mason. He also belonged to the Methodist Church in Winamac. In his spare time, he enjoyed reconditioning and restoring Model T Fords and collecting model trains. He was an avid Indy Car and NASCAR fan and attended many racing events. From 1964 to 1968, he was a Golden Gloves Boxing champion in Muncie.

A private family service was held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, Kokomo, followed by entombment at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Donations in Mr. DePoy's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 
Pauline E. Fites
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:00

October 6, 1930 to October 10, 2017

WINAMAC - Pauline Elizabeth Fites, 87 passed away at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, at her home in Winamac.

She was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Pulaski, to the late Peter and Matilda Moise Becker. She married Jack Fites on Jan. 3, 1953 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Winamac. He survives.

Also surviving are: 
Diane (Bill) Moyer, Daughter 
Jeff (Robin) Fites, Son 
5 Grandchildren: Andrea (Troy) Tennyson, Scott (Megan) Fites, Erica (Chris) Saggau 
Kateri (Ben) Gilliand, and Mary Beth (Nathan) Deinlein.
5 Great-Grandchildren: Emma Tennyson, Aubrey Tennyson, Addilyn Tennyson, Peter Fites and Paul Fites.

She was preceded in death by: 
Sisters: Helen Johnson, Alberta Wank, Mary Lou Dornsife and Joan Beehler.
Brothers: Gene Becker, Clem Becker, Carl Becker, Tom Becker, Richard Becker, Jack Becker and Infant Ralphie Becker.

Mrs. Fites was active in several community organizations including, St. Peter Parish, Christian Mothers, Daughters of Isabella, Ladies of Charity, Extension Home Economics Club, Krazy Quilt Club and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was also an adult leader of the Lucky Four Leaf 4-H Club for 43 years. She worked for Singer Controls Division (later Eaton Co) for more than two decades. She help organize the union at the factory and was the financial secretary for UAW Local 1609 for 17 years. She was a beloved and devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening and sewing. She especially enjoyed making quilts. She also raised chickens and geese. She loved all animals except snakes.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 4 p.m., at the funeral home. The wake service will be followed by services by the Christian Mothers and the Ladies of Charity. Those services will be followed by a rosary service. 

A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Winamac, with the Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com

 
Glen A. Ward
Sunday, 08 October 2017 13:58

April 24, 1940 to October 8, 2017

ROYAL CENTER - Glen A. Ward, 77, of Thornhope passed away peacefully at 1:58 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on April 24, 1940 in Dorothy, W. Va., he was the son of the late Henry and Mamie (White) Ward. He was a U.S. Army veteran. On Oct. 24, 1999 he married Marlene Frye. She survives.

Also surviving are brothers, Dean Ward of Crown Point and Marvin Ward (Linda) of Tennessee; sisters, Babe Kopaczewski of Crown Point and Carol Wolf (Tom) of California; and the son he never had, Randy St. Denis of Thornhope.  He is also survived by his beloved pets, Gracie the cat, Haley the chicken and Jade the dog.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Enal Cantly, Opal Fraze and Bernease Stonebraker.

Mr. Ward retired in 2004 from Winamac Coil Spring, Kewanna. He was a member of the Logansport Church of the Nazarene, American Legion and the V.F.W.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushroom hunting.

A celebration of Mr. Ward's life and military rites will be conducted at 7p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel with visitation from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

 

 
 
Florence M. Bucher
Monday, 02 October 2017 05:35

June 14, 1922 to October 2, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Florence M. "Flo" Bucher, 95, of Monticello, (formerly of Francesville) passed away at 5:35 a.m., Monday, Oct. 2, surrounded by her family at home.

She was born on June 14, 1922 in Francesville to the late Conrad and Lena Gudeman Gutwein. On July 4, 1943, she married Leslie A. "Les" Bucher in Francesville. He passed away on April 13, 2014.

Survivors include: 
William (Maureen) Bucher, Monticello, Son 
Laurel (Bing) Hare, Wichita, KS, Daughter 
Michael (Della) Bucher, West Lafayette, Son 
Roxann (Tom) Burghardt, Monticello, Daughter 
Grandchildren: Bridgit (Brady) Bucher-Smith, Leslie (Claudio) Corenchuc, Troy (Nicole) Hare, Dawn (Frank) Oliver, Jeremy (Jacqueline) Bucher, Chad (Maggie) Franscoviak, Jason (Michel) Burghardt, Stacy (Richard) Pollard, and Travis (Rebekah) Burghardt.
20 Great Grandchildren 
Raymond Gutwein, Peoria, IL, Brother 
Irma Germann, San Pierre, Sister 
Carolyn (Cal) Kaufman, Cissna Park, IL, Sister 
Several nieces and nephews

Preceded in death by: 
1 Infant Granddaughter 
Helen Hild, Sister 
Ruth Heinold, Sister 
Clarence Gutwein, Brother 
Lewis Gutwein, Brother 
Richard Gutwein, Brother 
Melvin Gutwein, Brother 

Mrs. Bucher and her husband began their family in La Crosse, later moving to Francesville where they were members of the Apostolic Christian Church. She enjoyed being a farmer's wife. They moved to Rensselaer in 1986. She faithfully served as a pastor's wife at Milroy Community Bible Church for many years. In 2001, the couple moved to Monticello, where they attended Zion Bethel Church. She loved her family very much and will be dearly missed by all.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Gutwein officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to ViaQuest Hospice.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com

 
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