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Patricia C. Skillen
Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

February 26, 1928 to April 17, 2017

WINAMAC - Patricia C. Sturm Skillen of Hartford City (formerly of Spring Hill, Fla. and Leesurg) passed away at the Trails of Orono Assisted Living Facility, Orono, Minn. on Monday, April 17.

She was born Feb. 26, 1928 in Jasper, Ind. to the late Victor and Clara Sturm. She married John D. Skillen on July 17, 1954 in Jasper. He preceded her in death in 2013.

Survivors include sons Jeffrey Charles Skillen and Steven Victor Skillen; daughter Ann Clare (Tom) Lockwich and grandchildren Natalie Skillen and Blake Skillen

She was preceded in death by sisters Marianne Fritch and Ruth Suttmiller; and brother George Sturm.

Mrs. Skillen graduated from Jasper High School in 1946. A year later, she left with $50 and two dresses for Indianapolis to attend St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing. She was a student council representative and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1950. After graduation she worked for Western Electric in Indianapolis as an industrial nurse where she met her husband. After marriage they moved to Dayton, OH for his work. They later moved to Hartford City, and then to Keokuk. Upon her husband's retirement in 1989, they moved to Tippecanoe Lake in Leesburg where they enjoyed many fine years with friends and family on the lake. In 2000, they moved to Spring Hill, Fla. to reside at the Timber Pines golfing community. After her husband's passing, she stay stayed in Florida with her daughter, and later in Orono, Minn. with her youngest son.

Mrs. Skillen was an excellent, lifelong golfer playing in the weekly women’s golf league at the Blackford Country Club in Hartford City, competing and winning in invitational golf tournaments in the regional area. She was also was a member of the Keokuk, Iowa Country Club league. She achieved her first hole-in-one when she was 72 years old while playing in the weekly league at Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Fla. She and her husband were avid bridge players, belonging to a couples bridge club, and she belonged to a women’s bridge club as well. She was an active member in Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Hartford City. She and her husband were active supporters of charitable and church organizations. She became a real estate agent in 1976 and worked as a realtor in Hartford City and in Keokuk. She was also the consummate homemaker; an accomplished seamstress, anexcellent cook and baker. Patricia had an artistic side to her and painted water colors, sketched women’s profiles and landscapes. She had a knack for interior decorating. Most of all she was a beloved wife and cherished mom who brought her sense of humor and love to her home and family's lives. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by all.

A memorial service will be held on May 20, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, followed by mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac. Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project or to Hospice Care for Veteran’s directed to the Henry B. Melrose Veterans Honor Fund.

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

 
Sharon D. King
Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:35

May 6, 1947 to April 15, 2017

WINAMAC - Sharon D. King, 69, of Star City, passed away at 4:35 a.m., Saturday, April 15, at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

She was born May 6, 1947 in Rochester to the late Robert and Olive Johnston Sparks. She graduated from Star City High School in 1965. On Dec. 18, 1969, she married Lonnie L. King in Chicago. He survives.

She is also survived by: 
Matthew (Sandra Sawistowski) King, Berlin, Germany, Son 
Danette Stark, Sandy, UT, Daughter 
Shannon King, Star City, Daughter 
Jeffrey King, Grandson 
Alexis Stark, Granddaughter 
Karena (David) Macy, Lakeland, FL, Sister 
Samuel Sparks, Clymers, Brother 
Benita (Rod) Henry, Temple, TX, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Curtis Sparks, Brother 

Mrs. King was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Logansport, where she was active in the Relief Society and Primary. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 20, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, April 21, at the funeral home with Rob Bettcher III officiating. Burial will be at Star City West Cemetery, Star City.

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 www.frainmortuary.com

 
Alice M. Piepenburg
Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:00

January 5, 1927 - April 15, 2017

CULVER - Alice M. Hammerberg Piepenburg, 90, of Monterey, passed away Saturday, April 15, in Winamac.

Born in Chicago in 1927, she was a graduate of Von Steuben High School, on the northwest side of Chicago. She and her husband Martin married in 1946 and raised their family of three sons and a daughter in suburban Palatine, Ill., then retired to Monterey over 20 years ago, where they were members of the Monterey United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her sons Karl, of Oakford, Ill.; Kurt (Sarah), of Boerne, Texas; and Kris, of Palatine, Ill.; granddaughters Holly and Lorna Piepenburg, of Oakford, Ill.; Jillian Piepenburg, of Boerne, Texas; Jayne Piepenburg, of Boston; Cale (Brian) Patton, of Chicago; grandson David Shell, of Palatine, Ill.; great-grandson Beowulf Patton, of Chicago; and great-granddaughters Hannah and Marlee Shell, of Palatine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin O. Piepenburg; her daughter, Karen E. Piepenburg; her parents, LeRoy and Mary Hammerberg; and her brothers, Robert K. Hammerberg and Norman E. Hammerberg.

Mrs. Piepenburg is remembered for her personal strength, her compassion, her good nature, her dedication to her friends and family, and her passion for music.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, April 21, at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery, Monterey.  

 
Hope A. Siebenhaar
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 03:07

November 17, 2016 to April 11, 2017

KEWANNA - Hope Ann Siebenhaar, 4 months, of Winamac passed away peacefully at 3:07 a.m., Tuesday, April 11, at South Bend Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Born Nov. 17, 2016 at Winamac, she was the daughter of Matthew S. and Megan Allman Siebenhaar.

Survivors include her parents of Winamac, maternal grandmother, Erica Allman of Winamac, maternal step grandfather, Billy Day of Winamac, maternal great grandparents, Eric and Joyce Allman of Peru, paternal grandmother, Michelle Siebenhaar of Knox, paternal grandfather, Stuart Siebenhaar of Winamac, and paternal great grandmother, Martha Bradley of Knox.  She is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by maternal great grandmother, Mary Ann Allman, paternal great grandmother, Luella Ann Shideler, paternal great grandfather, Frank Kenneth Shideler and uncles, Tadom Joe Day and Johnathan Stuart Siebenhaar.

A celebration of Hope’s life will be at 2 p.m., Friday, April 14, at Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home, Kewanna Chapel. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until the time of service. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Lake Bruce.

Sign the online guest book or leave condolence for the Siebenhaar family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com

 

 
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 www.frainmortuary.com

 
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 (www.honorflight.org/donate-now/). Envelopes will be available at the church.

Friends may share a memory or a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.

 

 
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