Luigina M. Johns
Saturday, 25 February 2017 00:00

November 23, 1967 to February 25, 2017

WINAMAC - Luigina Marie "Gina" Johns, 49, of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, Feb. 25, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 23, 1967 in Chicago, to Mario and Donna Ricchio. She spent most of her life in Illinois before moving to Indiana in 2010.  On Sept. 22, 2015, she married Herbert Edward Johns. He survives.

She is also survived by:
Anthony Ricchio, Mishawaka, Son
James Ricchio, Winamac, Son
Jewel Ricchio, Winamac, Daughter
Mario Sando Ricchio, New Lenox, IL Father
Cindy Palmer, Winamac, IN Sister
Nieces and Nephews: Robby, Erica and Tori
Great Niece: Madison

Preceded in death by:
Donna Lee Mitcham Ricchio, Mother

Mrs. Johns enjoyed spending time with her friends and was always the life of the party. She also enjoyed traveling, reading, movies, floating the river, swimming, and boat rides in Lake Michigan. She loved her family with all her heart. She had an infectious personality. She was kind and caring. She will be sadly missed.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at the Winamac Town Park on the west side of the Swinging Bridge.
Scattering of cremated remains will take place in the Tippecanoe River following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to a fund for Gina's children that has been established at Alliance Bank.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Donn E. Wuske
Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00

October 23, 1946 to February 24, 2017

WINAMAC - Donn Edward Wuske, 70, of Winamac, (formerly of Mokena, IL) passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, Feb. 24, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac.

He was born Oct. 23, 1946 in Chicago.

Survivors include:
Kim (CJ) Krause, Logansport, Daughter
Cindy (Chris) Shefts, Mokena, IL, Daughter
Dawn (Ron) Bentle, Star City, Daughter
11 Grandchildren: Brianna, Devon, Jeremy, Jamie, Christopher, Lauren, Jacob, Cole, Ciara, Jayse and Caleb.
1 Great Granddaughter: Aubree
Nancy (Mike) McLaughlin, Palatine, IL, Sister
Gary (Debi) Clare, Altoona, PA, Half-Brother
Claudia Wuske, Tinley Park, IL, Sister-in-law
Mary Clare, Altoona, PA, Step-Mother
Amy Nyeholt, Winamac, Significant Other

Preceded in death by:
George W. Wuske, Father
Ann C. Schissler Wuske, Mother
Dean George Wuske, Twin Brother

Mr. Wuske served as a corporal in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He retired in June 1994 from AT&T (formerly Illinois Bell). Most recently he was retired from PWRTC and Sanders. He was a member of the NRA and Kankakee Gun Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed taxidermy. He enjoyed family vacations in Pentwater, MI where they enjoyed waterskiing and boating. He loved his family very much, and he will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military honors.

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

Cremation arrangement have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Marian E. Gutwein
Monday, 20 February 2017 01:50

May 17, 1925 to February 20, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Marian E. Gutwein, 91, of Francesville, passed away at 1:50 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at Parkview Haven Retirement Home, Francesville.

She was born on May 17, 1925 in Cleveland, to the late Joseph and Theresa Kruttschnitt Stefan. On Jan. 20, 1945, she married James C. Gutwein in Francesville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1986.

She is survived by:
Dianne Vogt, Francesville, Daughter
Janet Hertzler, Indianapolis, Daughter
Barry (Tirzah) Gutwein, Germany, Son
Gail Gutwein, Argentina, Daughter
Marsha (Paul) Schlegel, Morgantown, Daughter
Brent (Marti) Gutwein, West Lafayette, Son
Connie Schultz, Daughter-in-law
Quinnell Gutwein, Daughter-in-law
Grandchildren: Lily (Roger) Pelsy, Amy (Dale) Ringger, Camille (David) Wallwork, Joy (Bob) Huber, Melinda (Chris) Wong, Lon (Sarah) Vogt, Jim (Lisa) Gutwein, Joe (Jennifer) Gutwein, Angela Beaver, Teresa (Cole) McLaughlin, Ursula Beaver, Micah (Miranda) Somarriba, Dean (Senait) Hertzler, Katrina Hertzler, Alicia (Nikola) Blazic, Leia Hertzler, Sebastian (Leah) Gutwein, Yossarian Gutwein, Eva (Adam) Gutwein-Proctor, Zoe Gutwein, Adah Gutwein, Aili Gutwein, Zach (Shannon) Schlegel, Caleb (Kacie) Schlegel, Clarissa (Ian) Morley, Heike (Zach) Wilson, Victor (Rebecca) Gutwein and Jake Gutwein.
45 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by:
Craig A. Gutwein, Son
Mark J. Gutwein, Son
Janet Beaver, Daughter-in-law
Dean Hertzler, Son-in-law
Luke Vogt, Grandson
David Hertzler, Grandson

Mrs. Gutwein was a member of the Francesville Apostolic Christian Church. She faithfully served her Lord throughout her life. She blessed others with her baking, crocheting and hospitality.  Most of all, she was devoted to her family, whom she loved very much. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville; and one hour prior to services Saturday, at the church. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville.

Memorial donations may be to Parkview Haven Retirement Home or Life Centers of Indiana.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Joyce A. Weaver
Sunday, 19 February 2017 12:25

July 20, 1943 to February 19, 2017

WINAMAC - Joyce A. Weaver, 73, of Star City, passed away at 12:25 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

She was born July 20, 1943 in Chicago, to the late Albin and Dorothy Piet Wegner Sr. She attended St. Michael's College in Chicago. She married David E. Weaver on June 20, 1970 in Chicago. He died Nov. 24, 2000.

She is survived by:
Timothy Weaver, Star City, Son
David M. Weaver, Star City, Son
Jennifer ( Robert) Keller, Winamac, Daughter
Trent Weaver, Grandson
Brent Keller, Grandson
Allison Keller, Granddaughter
Ashlee Keller,  Granddaughter

Preceded in death by:
Albin Wegner Jr., Brother
Judy Powers, Sister

Mrs. Weaver was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski. She was a member of the Indiana County Surveyors Association. She had served as Pulaski County Surveyor from 2000 until 2012. She enjoyed going to the Four Winds Casino with her girlfriends. She enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids. She was an avid Chicago Bears fan. She watched game shows and worked crossword puzzles.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday Feb. 23, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A rosary service will be at 3 p.m., Thursday and a scriptural wake service will be at 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pulaski. Burial will be at St Joseph West Cemetery, Pulaski.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

David M. Riemenschneider
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:49

April 25, 1931 to February 15, 2017

WINAMAC - Donald Martin Riemenschneider, 85, of Logansport, passed away at 11:49 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis.

He was born April 25, 1931 in Winamac, to the late Charles Martin and Florence Myrtle Howard Riemenschneider.

He is survived by:
Gary (Sandra) Riemenschneider, Momence, IL. Son
8 Grandchildren: Nikita, Haley, Miranda, Tyler, Uriah, Hannah, Justin, and Elijah
3 Great Grandchildren
Georgiann Pickens, Lucerne, Sister
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
Scott Riemenschneider, Son
William Riemenschneider, Brother

Mr. Riemenschneider was a graduate of Lucerne High School and attended Indiana Business College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Logansport VFW Post #3790. He was retired from the Logansport State Hospital where he had worked for 42 years. In his younger years, he was an avid bowler. He was a devoted Indiana Pacers fan. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home with Kevin Nowak officiating. Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be made to a local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

William E. Ledford
Sunday, 12 February 2017 02:15

March 2, 1927 to February 12, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - William E. "Bill" Ledford, 89, of Francesville passed away at 2:15 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, at Lakeview Village Senior Living, Monticello. 

He was born March 2, 1927 in Monticello to the late Paul and Margaret Conwell Ledford. On Nov. 9, 1947, he married Minnie Alvera Rater, at Tippecanoe Christian Church in rural Winamac. She survives.

He is also survived by:

Barbara Ann (Tom) Elliott, Monticello, Daughter
Diana Lee (Mark) Burch, Rochester, Daughter
Debra Kay (Les) Ezra, Winamac, Daughter
Sandra Sue Henderson, Lafayette, Daughter
12 Grandchildren
29 Great Grandchildren
3 Great Great Grandchildren
Beverly (Ed) Loehmer, Winamac, Sister

Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
Robert “Bob” Ledford, Brother
Paul Ledford, Jr., Brother

Donald “Don” Ledford, Brother

Mr. Ledford served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer in Beaver Township, Pulaski County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He had also worked construction at the steel mills in Northwest Indiana and was a member of the Construction Workers Union Local 81. He was a loving and devoted husband who loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren very much.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapelj, Francesville; and one hour prior to services at the church Monday. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at Tippecanoe Christian Church, Winamac, with Rev. Ed Clark officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Cemetery ,Winamac. The American Legion will conduct military graveside aervices.

Memorial donations may be made to Tippecanoe Christian Church.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Guy Benson Jr.
Saturday, 11 February 2017 11:05

July 29, 1952 to February 11, 2017

ROYAL CENTER - Guy Benson, Jr., 64, of Thornhope passed away peacefully at 11:05 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hickory Creek Healthcare, Winamac surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 29, 1952 in Logansport, he was the son of the late Guy and Mildred (Anders) Benson, Sr.

Survivors include one son, Guy Benson III of Elkhart, daughters, Sabrina K. Benson and Megan Ann Benson both of Fowler, sisters, Deb Gruszczyk (Greg) of Lucerne and Barbara Benson of Royal Center, granddaughter, Nayllha Brewer of Fowler and sister in law, Laura Benson of Thornhope.  He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Mark and Dennis Benson.

Mr. Benson attended Pioneer High School. He formerly was employed at Harts Mountain in Logansport for over 10 years. He attended Thornhope Community Church and he enjoyed collecting John Deere toy tractors.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel with Pastor David Webb officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Benson family at



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