Dennis F. Pletka
Saturday, 29 July 2017 05:10

August 21, 1938 to July 29, 2017

WINAMAC - Dennis F. Pletka, 78, of Winamac, passed away at 5:10 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

He was born Aug. 21, 1938 in Winamac, to the late Frank and Martha Pucka Pletka. He graduated from Winamac High School in 1957. On Aug. 30, 1970, he married DeAnna K. Sparks in Logansport. She survives.

He is also survived by: 
Scott Pletka, Logansport, Son 
Bryan (Shanan) Pletka, Logansport, Son 
Virginia Mills, Dayton, OH, Sister 
Irene Mitchell, Winamac, Sister 
Mary Kaminski Bowman, Winamac, Sister 
David Sparks, Winamac, Brother-in-law 
Several Nieces and Nephews

He was preceded in death by: 
James Pletka, Brother 
Raymond Pletka, Brother 
Thomas Pletka Brother 
John Pletka Brother 
Frank Pletka Brother 

Mr. Pletka retired from Plymouth Tube Company in Winamac after 30 years. He was a former coach with Winamac Youth Soccer for many years. He enjoyed horse racing, sports and his cats. He was an avid Cubs fan and a frustrated Bears and Notre Dame fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 31, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the funeral home with Rev Terry Bennis officiating. Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the Winamac Volunteer Fire Department or the Pulaski County EMS. 

James E. Bogart
Monday, 24 July 2017 05:45

March 19, 1934 to July 24, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - James E. Bogart, 83 of North Judson (near Medaryville), died at 5:45 a.m., Monday, July 24, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born on March 19, 1934 in LaCrosse, to the late William and Clara James Bogart. He graduated from Wolcott High School in 1952. On June 5, 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Ruth Anliker in Monticello. She survives. 

He is also survived by: 
Wayne Bogart, North Judson, Son 
Karen (Ron) Benakovich, Monon, Daughter 
Randy Bogart, Allen, TX, Son 
Jill (Kent) Rager, Fort Wayne, Daughter 
9 Grandchildren: Joshua, Derek, Isaiah, Trevor, Aubrey, Allison, Kendall, Holly and Callista.
5 Great Grandchildren: Noah, Hunter, Brooks, Simon and Kylie. 
Verle Knope, LaCrosse, Sister 
Kay (Duane) Satterfield, LaCrosse, Sister 
Mildred Clauss, Francesville, Sister-in-law 
Emma Jean Stieglitz, Harlan, Sister-in-law 
Margaret Anliker, Florida, Sister-in-law 
Earl (Liz) Anliker, Winamac, Brother-in-law 
Several Nieces and Nephews

He was preceded in death by: 
Clifton Bogart, Brother 
Lee Bogart, Infant Brother 
Dora Wakeland, Sister

Mr. Bogart was a lifelong livestock and grain farmer. He delighted in blessing his family and friends with his fresh sweetcorn crop each summer. He served on the Pulaski County 4-H Swine Committee while his children were in 4-H and was a former board member of the Kankakee Valley REMC for 18 years. He was a member of the Francesville Apostolic Christian Church and was baptized on March 1, 1980. He enjoyed music and attending gospel music concerts. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 28, at the Apostolic Christian Church, Francesville. The ministers of the church will officiate. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humanitarian Distribution Center, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Raymond D. Bloch II
Friday, 21 July 2017 20:09

December 14, 1958 to July 21, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Raymond D. Bloch II, 58, of Francesville, passed away at 8:09 p.m., Friday, July 21, with his family by his side, at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital, Indianapolis.

He was born Dec. 14, 1958 in Detroit, to Raymond D. and Patricia Wien Bloch. On July 1, 2003 he married Tansy Woodson at their home. She survives. 

He is survived by: 
Raymond D. (Lacy) Bloch III, N. Branch, MI, Son 
Samantha Bagley, Michigan, Daughter 
Justin (Heather) Braden, Knoxville, TN, Son 
Holly (Joe Black) Robbins, DeMotte, Daughter 
Amanda (Aeron) Jimenez, Monticello, Daughter 
Addy (Mathew McCann) Crisp, Francesville, Daughter 
April (Dalton Sowder) Bloch, Medaryville, Daughter 
Amy (Alex Wash) Bloch, Winamac, Daughter 
8 Grandchildren: Cameron, Aubrey, Maranda, Reynn, Hunter, Jackson, Lilly and Temperance.
Patricia Wien Bloch, Francesville, Mother 
Raymond D. (Kelly) Bloch Sr., Howell, MI, Father 
Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

Preceded in death by: 
Cheryl Bloch, Sister 
Jeffrey Bloch, Brother 

Mr. Bloch was proud to be part of the transportation industry for 33 years. He was a member of the NRA and the "Goon Squad" bike club. He enjoyed watching baseball and hockey. He loved his family very much, especially spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

A gathering of friends will be held at Ray and Tansy's home at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Jon E. Kopka
Friday, 21 July 2017 00:00

July 18, 1932 to July 21, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Jon E. Kopka, 85, of Lafayette, passed away Friday, July 21, with his family by his side, at St. Vincent Hospice.

He was born July 18, 1932 in Francesville, to the late John and Frieda Kaupke Kopka. He graduated from Medaryville High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Irene Vogt on May 26, 1957, in Francesville. She survives.

Survivors include: 
Carolyn Cords, Francesville, Sister 
Betty (Cecil Williams) Wilmington, Rensselaer, Sister-in-law 
Louise Topp, Francesville, Sister-in-law 
Carol (Cliff) Tonjes, Lake Wales, FL, Sister-in-law 
Jake (Donna) Vogt, Rockport, Brother-in-law 
Janet (Roger) Overmyer, Monon, Sister-in-law 
Donald (Pam) Vogt, Francesville, Brother-in-law 
Ronald Vogt, Francesville, Brother-in-law 
Wanda (Richard) Joyce, Lake Wales, FL, Sister-in-law 
Many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins

Preceded in death by: 
Lynn (Alice) Kopka, Brother 
Arthur Cords, Brother-in-law 
Norman Wilmington, Brother-in-law 

Mr. Kopka was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Lafayette. He was retired from Alcoa where he worked for over 27 years. Upon retirement, he worked at Walmart for 20 years where enjoyed working in the lawn and garden department and helping others. He also enjoyed square dancing and was a member of Hoosier Hoppers Square Dance Club. Jon and Irene especially enjoyed traveling. He loved his family very much and he will be dearly missed. 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., at the church with Rev. T.J. Jenney officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m., at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services. 

Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette, or Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Francesville. 

Phyllis J. Nufer
Friday, 14 July 2017 00:46

November 19, 1931 to July 14, 2017

WINAMAC - Phyllis J. Nufer , 85, of Winamac, passed away at 12:46 a.m., Friday, July 14, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

She was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Star City, to the late Clinton and Esther Schultz Drach. On Feb. 9, 1957 she married Joseph R. Nufer. He passed away March 4, 2004.

She is survived by: 
Betty (JD) Danford, Star City, Sister 
Donald (Gloria) Drach, Winamac, Brother 
Nieces and Nephews: 
Ronda Denney 
Cindy Rife 
Diana Farris 
Donald Drach 
Debby Drach 
Doug Drach 
Dixie Weldon 
Several Great Nieces and Nephews

She was preceded in death by: 
Pauline Drach Sister

Mrs. Nufer was a homemaker. She had worked in the dietary department of Pulaski Memorial Hospital. She had also worked as a cleaner at the former Winamac Cleaning and Laundry. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and had been active in the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed automobile racing and trips to Las Vegas. She also enjoyed playing cards.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m.Monday, July 17, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 7 p.m., immediately followed by a rosary service. The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, at St. Peters Catholic Church in 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, Winamac.

Robin L. Bradley
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

March 3, 1959 to July 12, 2017

PLYMOUTH - Robin Lynn Bradley, age 58 of Winamac passed away Wednesday, July 12, at St. Anthony Hospital. Michigan City.

She was born March 3, 1959 in Plymouth, to Jimmie Glenn and Jacqueline Schrom Arbuckle. She received her GED from Plymouth High School and has lived in the Plymouth, North Judson and Winamac areas her entire life. She worked for the Lear Corp as an inspector.

She is survived by her father, Jimmie Arbuckle of Goshen; her children, Amanda Bradley and her fiancé Bret Hill of Monticello, Melissa Leed of Plymouth and Eric Bradley of Winamac; and three grandchildren, Cheyenne, Justin and Tyson. Also surviving are brothers, Donald and Nora Arbuckle of Ft. Wayne, David Arbuckle of Ft. Wayne, Scott Arbuckle of Leiters Ford and Todd and Dawn Arbuckle of Plymouth.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline Arbuckle, and her brother, Jimmie Arbuckle; plus several nieces, nephews and cousins.

According to Mrs. Bradley's wishes cremation has taken place. Burial will be on Saturday, July 22, at the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.

Arrangements were entrusted to Van Gilder Funeral Home, Plymouth.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories at

Alexander Prasinos
Monday, 10 July 2017 00:00

March 5, 1922 to July 10, 2017

WINAMAC - Alexander "Alex" Prasinos, 95, of Harwich, MA passed away Monday, July 10, in Sandisfield, MA.

He was born March 5, 1922 in Canada to the late George and Maria Papajohn Prasinos. He was a graduate of Rindge Technical School. He earned a B.S. from Boston University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He met his future wife Rose Mary Booher in Indiana and they were married on June 26, 1954, in South Bend. She preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2009.

He is survived by:

Tina (William) Holway, Sister
Anthony (Constance) Prasinos, Brother
Many Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
Nicholas (Bess) Prasinos, Brother

Mr. Prasinos worked as an attorney at several insurance companies for over 30 years. He was an officer in the Merchant Marines and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

A military graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Koster Cemetery, Francesville. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Koster Cemetery.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


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