James E. DeArmond
Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

December 22, 1933 - May 4, 2017

MUNSTER - James E. DeArmond, 83, of Chicago, formerly of Winamac, passed away Thursday, May 4.

He was born Dec. 22, 1933 in East Chicago, to Samuel and Mabel DeArmond. He married Audrey Campbell on Jan. 9, 1954.

He is survived by his children Daniel DeArmond, Timothy (Cindy) DeArmond, Laura Rathburn, and Jill DeArmond; grandchildren, John (Whitney) DeArmond, Heather (Alex) Ostrowski, Christopher DeArmond, Dillon Hott, Michael DeArmond, and Sarah Perez; great grandchild, Lila DeArmond.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; sisters Jeanette Lehmann and Norma Harmon and brother Don DeArmond; and daughter-in-law Becky DeArmond.

Mr. DeArmond grew up in the Marktown neighborhood of East Chicago and was a graduate of Lowell High School. He worked as a lithographer and supervisor at the American Can Company until retiring after 36 years of service. He and his wife were longtime residents of Crown Point. In 1997, they moved to Winamac where he later served on the Town Council. They traveled extensively, touring Mexico, Alaska, Europe, and Africa. He was an avid outdoorsman and sports fan. He coached Babe Ruth League baseball for many years winning the state championship in 1970. He enjoyed meeting people and was loved by everyone. His incredible sense of humor often made him the life of the party. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He will be dearly missed.

The DeArmond family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the staff at Norwood Crossing for their care of James. They also wish to thank Susan and Randy Van Kley and their daughters Amber, Amy, and Ashley (Josh) for their love and support over the years.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. (CT), Friday, May 12, at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave., Munster. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. (CT), Saturday, May 13, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery Hammond. 

Lamonte Boykins
Monday, 01 May 2017 23:11

December 30, 1948 to May 1, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Lamonte Boykins, 68, passed away at 11:11 p.m., Monday, May 1, at his residence surrounded by his family. 

He was born Dec. 30, 1948, in Chicago to the late Willie and Mary White Boykins. He married Shirley McMillan, on Sept. 2, 1993, in South Bend. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Andre Boykins of Georgia and Lamonte Boykins, Jr., of Illinois; two step-daughters, Latoya and Alicia Williams, both of Illinois; one stepson, Aaron Harris of South Bend; six grandchildren, including Mario, Amijha, Arijanae; two brothers, Darryl and Thomas Boykins, both of South Bend; one sister, Fran Boykins of Atlanta, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Charles McMillan, Aaron and Burnill McMillan, Cletus and Carol McMillan and Maurice McMillan and sisters-in-law, Della McMillan, John and Eloise Chorney, Pamela Harrell, Terry and Zan King and Lizzie McMillan-Hudson. 

Mr. Boykins was a graduate of Monterey High School where he excelled at basketball. He was also a basketball player at Dunbar High School in Chicago. After graduating, he attended engineering school and Rydell College in Fort Wayne. Later, relocating back to Illinois, he worked for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and years later, worked for ADT Security Company as a supervisor. He and his wife decided to return to South Bend, where he was employed by the Signature Group, Americall, and Press Ganey Associates where he retired as a security guard. His favorite pastime was listening to classical music, watching sci-fi, renting cars, and barbequing for family and friends.  He and his wife attended the Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church. 

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, May 8, at Palmer Funeral Home, West Chapel, 2702 Lincolnway West, South Bend. Evangelist Lizzie McMillan-Hudson will officiate.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the Boykins family at

Iva M. Pratt
Monday, 01 May 2017 09:25

January 8, 1928 to May 1, 2017

WINAMAC - Iva May Pratt, 89, of Winamac, passed away surrounded by her family at 9:25 a.m., Monday, May 1, at Hickory Creek, Winamac, after a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 8, 1928 in Kingman, Kan. to the late Keith and Daisy Rippey Leland. She was a 1946 graduate of West High in Plymouth. On Jan. 30, 1953, she married Melvin Pratt in Erding, Germany. He survives.

Also surviving are: 
John (Nancy) Pratt, Son 
Michael (Lisa) Pratt, Son 
Lisa (Dennis) Day, Daughter 
Daniel (Annette) Pratt, Son 
Regina Waits, Daughter 
Mark (Judy) Pratt, Son 
Maria (Jim) Nicolas, Daughter 
Dominic Pratt, Son 
Matthew (Carla) Pratt, Son 
29 Grandchildren 
35 Great Grandchildren 
Robert (Karen) Leland, Brother 
Mary Meyer, Sister 
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by: 
Waylon Cox, Great Grandson 
Jack Leland, Brother 
John Leland, Brother 
Keith Leland, Jr., Brother 
Donald Leland, Brother 
Norma Serrato, Sister 
Wanda Brown, Sister 
Anita Leland, Sister

Mrs. Pratt was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac and formerly a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Monterey, where she had been active in religious education.She enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening and nature walks. She was a devoted homemaker who had a knack for baking pies and canning. She was nurturing and loving to everyone, especially her family. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The rosary will be recited at 4 p.m., and a scriptural wake service will be at 7:30 p.m., at the funeral home.  The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 5, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.  Burial will be at Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, St. Anne's Catholic Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Kathryn Britt
Friday, 28 April 2017 00:15

July 6, 1938 to April 28, 2017

BROOKSTON - Kathryn "Katie" Britt, 78, of Wolcott passed away at 12:15 a.m., Friday, April 28, at Vibra Hospital, Crown Point.

She was born July 6, 1938 in Lee, Ind. to the late Lloyd and Louella Waymire Overton. She attended Francesville and Medaryville schools. Her marriage was to James Britt on April 13, 1956 in Rensselaer. He survives.

Also surviving are a son, Tim Britt of Remington; daughter Leann (Donald) Corbin of Francesville; grandchildren, Angala (Duke) Conley and Erin (Antonio) Gomez; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Allie, Aiden, Keegan, and Kendall.

Preceding her in death, along with her parents, is a son James Britt, and a brother Jack Overton.

Mrs. Britt was an employee of Dwyer Instrument and Indiana Ribbon. Being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was her most treasured role in her life. Her hobbies included penny slots, and taking cruises with her husband. Their travels included countries all around the world. She was avid rock collector, she loved reading and drinking iced tea on her back deck, and watching the world go around.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 30, for a celebration of life memorial service at the Wolcott Cafe, 201 N Range St, Wolcott. Private burial will be at a later date.

The family is asking memorials be made to the Riley Children's Hospital.

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Edra L. Hauptli
Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:05

March 8, 1916 to April 27, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Edra L. Hauptli, 101, of Francesville, passed away at 8:05 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at Parkview Haven, Francesville. 

She was born March 8, 1916 in Winamac, to the late James and Rose Babcock Sparks. On Aug. 24, 1940, she married Willis W. Hauptli in Winamac. He passed away April 12, 1996.

Survivors include: 
Carolyn Sue (Jim) Leslie, Scottsdale, AZ Daughter 
Several Nieces & Nephews 

Preceded in death by: 
Jack S. Sparks, Brother 
Henry W. "Hank" Sparks, Brother 

Mrs. Hauptli was a long time member of the Francesville First Christian Church where she was very involved in many activities.  She worked with her husband at Hauptli's Garage in Francesville for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend. She will be dearly missed by all.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m.Monday, May 1, at First Christian Church, Francesville, with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Francesville First Christian Church or at Parkview Haven. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Norma J. Eichelberger
Thursday, 27 April 2017 08:03

January 2, 1933 to April 27, 2017

WINAMAC - Norma Jean Eichelberger, 84, of Winamac, passed away at 8:03 a.m., Thursday, April 27, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Gary, to the late Sam and Elizabeth "Betty" Sauer Davis.

She is survived by: 
Charles (Darlene) Eichelberger, Hobart, Son 
James (Fay) Eichelberger, Oostburg, WI, Son 
Lori (Milton) Perry, Newark, OH, Daughter 
Erin (Rick) Quinn, Wheatfield, IN, Daughter 
Susan (Bill) Luethke, Valparaiso, whom Norma considered as a daughter. 
13 Grandchildren 
20 Great-Grandchildren 
5 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
2 infant twin daughters Beth and Julie

Mrs. Eichelberger had worked as a text book manager at Valparaiso University for many years. Sheenjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and other loved ones. She also enjoyed camping at Broken Arrow Campground and other sites. She moved to Winamac in 2003. She enjoyed and appreciated her many neighbors for their friendship and assistance.

To honor her request, cremation will take place. No services will be scheduled.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. 

Evelyn J. Werner
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:22

April 27, 1929 to April 25, 2017

WINAMAC - Evelyn Jane Werner 87, of Winamac, passed away at 5:22 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

She was born April 27, 1929 in Logansport, to the late Ernest and Carrie Martin Strauch of Walton. On May 29, 1949, she married Richard Eugene Werner at the St. James Lutheran Church, Logansport. He survives.

She is survived by: 
Carol (Leonard) Short, Winamac, Daughter 
Steven (Nancy) Werner, Lafayette, Son 
Stanley Werner, Waynesboro, VA, Son 
Cheryl Stout, Kewanna, Daughter 
Christine (Rod) Ringen, Francesville, Daughter 
Norman Strauch, Logansport, Brother 
Paul (Eleanor) Strauch, Kokomo, Brother 
13 Grandchildren: Michelle (Tim) Bowyer, Lenny Short, Jacob Short, Natalie Shidler, Joe (Gena) Werner, Andrew Werner, Kirsten Whan, Brent (Carrie) Whan, Ashley (Casey) Bradburn, Austin Risner, Jordan (Lisa) Burton, Nicole Burton, and Abbriel Ringen.
28 great grandchildren 
Several Nieces and nephews

She was preceded by: 
Clarence and Margaret Werner, Mother- and Father-in-law 
Arma Jean Strauch, Sister-in-law 
Madolynne Werner, Sister-in-law 
Robert Werner, Brother-in-law 
Jeff Shidler, Grandson-in-law 
Susie Strauch Cable, Niece

Mrs. Werner graduated from Washington Township High School in 1947. She lived with her parents on their family farm until she married. She worked at Richardson's Cleaners and at the Pharos Tribune in Logansport following her graduation. She met her husband, Richard, at the Rural Youth Club in Logansport. Together they shared nearly 68 years. After her marriage she worked at the Pulaski County courthouse until they had children. The Werners purchased the Tony Moose farm in 1957. There they raised five children, worked and farmed. Mrs. Werner went to work at Singer/Eaton Controls in Winamac where she was employed for 21 years until her retirement. 

Mrs. Werner was a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac and belonged to the Ladies Guild of the church. She enjoyed helping with special church activities and Vacation Bible School. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed cooking for their many holiday family dinners. She cherished time spent playing with and caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and observing wildlife with her family on frequent family camping trips. The Werners spent their retirement winter months in the Ft. Myers/Bonita Springs, Florida area for over 15 years with their snowbird friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m.Friday April 28, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac; and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m.,Saturday, April 29, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Winamac, with Pastor Tom Woodley officiating. Burial will be at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at


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