Annabelle L. Messer
Saturday, 08 April 2017 07:11

January 24, 1932 to April 8, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Annabelle L. Messer, 85, of Francesville, passed away at 7:11 a.m., Saturday, April 8, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

She was born Jan. 24, 1932 in Francesville, to the late Joseph and Lena Tyler Yaggie. 
On Oct. 22, 1958, she married Carroll J. Messer in Francesville. He died Dec. 31, 2014. 

Survivors include: 
Michael (Dawn) Messer, Crescent City, CA, Son
Felicia (Nicholas) Brock, Simi Valley, CA, Granddaughter
Kayla (Kevin) Walsworgth, San Diego, CA, Granddaughter 
Laney Brock, Great Granddaughter
Irvin Yaggie, Francesville, Brother 

Preceded in death by: 
Elsie May Yaggie, Sister 
Viola Strus Logan, Sister 
Merle Walter Yaggie, Brother 
Harry J. Yaggie, Brother 
Matthew Lee Strus, Nephew

Mrs. Messer lived most of her life in Francesville. She graduated from Francesville High School in 1950. She worked at the Von Tobel Lumber Center in Francesville for eight years. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Francesville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville; and one hour prior to services at the church Wednesday. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, at the Apostolic Christian Church, Francesville, with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Memorial donations may be given to Parkview Haven Retirement Home. 

Leona A. Sommers
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 08:10

September 25, 1929 to April 5, 2017

WINAMAC - Leona A. Sommers, 87, of Winamac, passed away at 8:10 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

She was born Sept. 25, 1929 in Kewanna, to the late Jonas Mathias and Genevieve Rosella Weaver Kuhn. On Jan. 19, 1963, she married Paul P. Sommers Jr. in Winamac. He survives. 

Also surviving are:
Nancy Sommers, Indianapolis, Daughter 
Marie (Tom) Hunt, Indianapolis, Daughter 
Tina (Dave) Bengs, Valparaiso, Daughter 
Steven (Danna) Sommers, Winamac, Son 
Nathan Sommers, Grandson 
Kathryn Sommers, Granddaughter 
Adam Sommers, Grandson 
Gabriele Bengs, Granddaughter 
Cassandra Bengs, Granddaughter 
Samuel Bengs, Grandson 
Joseph Bengs, Grandson 
Mary Pletka, Orlando, FL, Sister 
Frances (Bernard) Knouff, Winamac, Sister 
James Kuhn Winamac, Brother

Preceded in death by: 
10 Siblings: Bernice Braun, Agnes Bossung, Theresa Olson, Ruth Ann Kuhn (Sister Terrance), Ralph Kuhn, Richard Kuhn, Leonard Kuhn (Twin), Triplets (2 boys, 1 girl)

Mrs. Sommers was a faithful member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, as well as the Ladies of Charity, Christian Mothers, and Victorian Ladies. She enjoyed volunteering on Saturday mornings at the Good Samaritan Store and helping with funeral dinners. She was a proud homemaker and farmwife. She enjoyed baking, sewing, quilting, canning, and helping on the farm. She also enjoyed flying with her husband and had taken flight lessons. She was a member of the Indiana Flying Farmers and International Flying Farmers. She was a collector of bells and Christmas village houses. November was always spent decorating the house for the Sommers family Christmas and hosting BUNCO the first Thursday in December. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 9, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home followed by a Ladies of Charity and Christian Mothers Service. The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 10, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will be at St. Peters Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pulaski Health Care Center or to Ladies of Charity.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

John S. Meiser
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

November 9, 1924 to April 4, 2017

GREENFIELD – John S. Meiser, 92, of New Palestine, passed away Tuesday, April 4, at Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield.

Born Nov. 9, 1924 in Winamac, he was the son of the late John E. and Ardell Zehner Meiser. He graduated from Winamac High School in 1942. He married Betty Mae Rode on June 4, 1976, at Zion Lutheran Church, New Palestine. She survives.

Also surviving are children, Vicki (Joe) Darnell of Dryfork, VA, Kristi (Larry) Jonas of Cumberland, IN, Greg (Terri) Meiser of Landrum, SC, Marc (Susan) Meiser of Cincinnati, OH, Patti (Rob) Keaton of Stokesdale, NC, Terri (Kevin) Willard of Knightstown, and Sherri (Jim) Tucker of Rushville; step-children, Noble (Debbie) Mitchell of New Palestine, and Patricia Sue Boyd of Greenwood; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were three sisters and two grandchildren, Bradley Toll and Aaron Willard.

Mr. Meiser served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving multiple medals, including the Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. After returning from the service in 1946, he farmed. He then worked at the Indianapolis Post Office as a mail clerk for 26 years before retiring. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and American Legion Post #182, both in New Palestine.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 7, at Zion Lutheran Church, New Palestine. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 8, also at the church, with calling one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jason Taylor will officiate. Burial with full military rites will follow at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary, Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to Zion Lutheran Church, 6513 W 300 S, New Palestine, IN, or to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 S. Tuttle Rd., Springfield, OH 45505 ( Envelopes will be available at the church.

Friends may share a memory or a condolence at


Floyd F. Marcum
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

January 2, 1950 to April 4, 2017

WHEATFIELD - Floyd F. Marcum, 67, of Medaryville, passed away Tuesday, April 4, with his loving family around him.

He was born Jan. 2, 1950 to the late Golden and Gertrude Mitchel Marcum in Williamson, W. Va. He married Rita Cochran on Nov. 11, 1968 in Goodman, W. Va. She survives.

He is also survived by daughters: Lori (Ron) McIlvain, Jennifer (Ron) Barlow, and Lisa (Andy) Coldiron; nine grandchildren: Quinton (Alyssa) McIlvain, Wyatt McIlvain, Griffin McIlvain, Shelby McIlvain, Sidney McIlvain, Trace McIlvain, Ariel Barlow, Adriana Barlow, and Cooper Coldiron; sisters: Patty (David) Chafin, Pam Dixon, Edie McCoy, and Rebecca (Larry) Johnson; brothers: Kenneth (Kim) Marcum, David (Vickie) Marcum, and John (Melissa) Marcum.

Mr. Marcum worked for LTV – ArcelorMittal Steel and was a member of Local 1011. He loved his family and friends, and hunting and fishing.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. (EST), Friday, April 7, at Boersma Funeral Home, Wheatfield. The funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. (EST), Saturday, April 8, at White Post Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

Jerry Beiswanger
Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

November 9, 1941 to March 30, 2017

WHEATFIELD - Jerry Beiswanger, 75, of Medaryville passed away Thursday, March 30, at his home with his loving family around him.

On Nov. 9, 1941, in Francesville, he was born to the late Lawrence and Veleeta Stiller Beiswanger. He married Sandra Schultz on Sept. 26, 1964, in Medaryville. She survives.

He is survived by daughters: Stephanie (Gary) Culp and Cathy (Bob) Elston; five grandchildren: Carlie, Nick, and Kirstin Elston, and Jordan and Katie Culp; and one great-granddaughter: Ava May Garlach; siblings: Bonnie (Lester) Koebcke, Judy (Don) Tanner and Connie Beiswanger.

Mr. Beiswanger was a lifetime area resident who graduated from Medaryville High School. He worked for Ford Motor Stamping in East Chicago. He loved collecting old lanterns, hanging out in his garage to tinker around, and reading and completing puzzles. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12 noon until 3 p.m. (EST, Monday, April 3, at the Medaryville Christian Church. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. (EST), at the church with Pastor Don Nedza officiating. Per Mr. Beiswanger's wishes, cremation will follow and interment at the Roseland Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Medaryville Christian Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Boersma Funeral Home, Wheatfield.

Luella A. Shideler
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 01:38

November 10, 1938 to March 28, 2017

WINAMAC - Luella Ann Shideler, 78, of Winamac, passed away at 1:38 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 10, 1938 in Beardstown to the late Ralph Bernard and Florence Viola Mays Heims. On March 30, 1968 she married Frank Kenneth Shideler. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1998.

She is survived by: 
Faith M. (John) Jones, Daughter 
Deborah L. (Roger) Miller, Daughter 
Stuart "JR" Siebenhaar Jr., Son 
11 Grandchildren 
9 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
Marcia Louise Siebenhaar, Daughter 
Johnnathon S. Siebenhaar, Grandson 
Kenneth Ray Miller, Grandson 
Estella Barnett,Sister 
Eva Jean Heims, Sister 
Ray Heims, Brother 
Ralph Bernard Heims Jr., Brother

Mrs. Shideler was a member of the First Baptist Church Winamac. She was a Sunday School teacher and had served as a teacher at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Knox. She was a member of the Logansport YMCA and was active in the senior water aerobics classes. She enjoyed reading, studying her Bible and praying. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 31, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Pilger officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Winamac.

Wynona Fitz
Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00

January 19, 1946 to March 27, 2017

WINAMAC - Wynona Fitz, 71, of Winamac, passed away suddenly Monday, March 27, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Ft. Wayne.

She was born Jan. 19, 1946 in Salyersville, KY to the late Langley and Francis Minix. On May 2, 1975, she married Jon W. Fitz. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2001.

She is survived by: 
Jonwood (Julie) Fitz, Son 
Jonathon Fitz, Son 
Courtney (Matt) Artist, Daughter 
7 Grandchildren 
JC (Nila) Minix, Brother 
Billy Joe (Katie Jackson) Minix, Brother 
Leatrice Hochstedler, Sister 
Edna (Adrian) Richie, Sister 
Loretta (Arnold) Craft, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Sean Fitz, Son 
Peyton Fitz, Grandson 
Reagan Artist, Granddaughter 
Oliver Artist, Grandson 
Denver Minix, Brother 
Donald Minix, Brother 
Juanita Howard, Sister

Mrs. Fitz was an Indiana Hoosier Basketball fan and loved to watch March Madness.She enjoyed shopping and listening to country music. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Private burial will be at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


Page 4 of 190