Glenn A. Pierce Jr.
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 07:16

June 28, 1981 to August 2, 2017

WINAMAC - Glenn Arthur Pierce Jr, 36, of Winamac, passed away at 7:16 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, at St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital, Kokomo.

He was born June 28, 1981 in Knox, to Glenn Arthur Sr. and Felicia M. Graham Pierce.

He is survived by: 
His parents
Twin Children: Joseph and Gabrielle 
Sisters: Angie, Braylee, and Ayla 
Brothers: Brandon, Johnny, Joshua and Travis 
Paternal Grandfather: Arthur

Mr. Pierce worked as a property manager in Peru. He was very resourceful in his outlook and approach to most any situation he encountered. His advice to others is a testament to that. Everyone who knew him well would agree that he could make the sweetest lemonade out of life's lemons. He was kind and generous to the point of giving his last penny, if someone needed it more than he did. He would say that he would find a way to get by. And get by he did. He loved life and wanted to help others. He had a wish to one day have a small farm, complete with horses, cats, dogs, chickens and a fishing pond, where youngsters could go to learn independence, self-worth and personal life enhancement skills. His vision was to help troubled adolescents learn to cope and stay out of problems that so many face today as he did. Leaving a positive mark on at least one person's life was what he wanted. He did that over and over again for so many people. Congratulations my Son. May the flowers you planted bloom for all eternity.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

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

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Kathleen Gaugert
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00

October 17, 1958 to August 1, 2017

WINAMAC - Kathleen Gaugert, 59, of Winamac, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Monticello.

She was born Oct. 17, 1958. 

No services will be scheduled. 

Memorial donations may be given to Frain Mortuary to help with final expenses.

Edith A. Streitmatter
Saturday, 29 July 2017 22:24

September 9, 1934 to July 29, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Edith Arlene Streitmatter, 82, of Francesville, passed away, surrounded by her family, at 10:24 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at Franciscan Health Hospital, Rensselaer.

She was born Sept. 9, 1934 in Rensselaer, to the late Richard and Zura Ethel Snedeker Streitmatter.

She is survived by: 
Ethel Joan Gutwein, Francesville, Sister 
Keith (Marlene) Streitmatter, Rensselaer, Brother 
Dale ( Barbara) Streitmatter, Rensselaer, Brother 
Irvin Yaggie, Francesville, Brother-in-law 
Several Nieces and Nephews

She was preceded in death by: 
Lois Yaggie, Sister 
Harvey Gutwein, Brother-in-law 
James Tucker, Nephew 
James (Rose Smith) Wren, Cousin 
Samuel Streitmatter, Great-nephew

Ms. Streitmatter was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Francesville. She had worked for over 30 years at Schumacher Company, Rensselaer. She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews. She had been a resident of Parkview Haven Retirement home for 21 years.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville; and one hour prior to services at the church. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday Aug. 4, at the Apostolic Christian Church, Francesville, with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be at Osborne Cemetery, Rensselaer.

Memorial donations may be made to Parkview Haven Retirement Home.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

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. 


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