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Obituaries August 2013
Monday, August 05, 2013 12:14 PM

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DEBRA JONES 1954-2013

ANTWERP – Debra Ann Nighswander Jones, 59, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, Aug. 30 at her residence.





ROCKFORD – Sophie Mae Pfister, age 92, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford





ANTWERP – Retired Antwerp Police Chief Richard Ray “Dick” Dunderman, 82, of Antwerp, died Friday, Aug. 23.




ANTWERP – Clair Brandenburg, 71, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, at his residence.



ANTWERP – Kenneth Max Woodcox, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.




PAULDING – Lois Edith Wyatt, 96, died at 6:55 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Country inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born Oct. 26, 1916, at Ravenwood Plantation, Nottoway County, Va, the daughter of John Edward Wistner and Myrtle Rose (DeCamp). On Feb. 23, 1935, she married Fred Wyatt, who preceded her in death on April 13, 2007.

She was a homemaker, gardener, seamstress and farmer’s wife in Grover Hill until her move to the Country Inn in 2005. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.

Surviving is a daughter, Clara Rose (Raymond) Hussey of Defiance; a sister, Virginia Gudakunst of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Ricky Hussey, Robin Castillo and Rhonda (David) Casler, all of Defiance, Randi (Virgil) Hall of Ney, Kendra (David) German of Van Wert, Arron Wyatt and Denise Keehan of Lima; 16 great-grandchildren, three great-great-granddaughters and a great-great-grandson.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ray Wyatt; a brother, Gerald R. “Gale” Wistner; four sisters, Gladys S. Scarbrough, Ethel M. Etter, Geneva B. Welch and Rosa A. “Nellie” Sanderson; five half-brothers, Thomas, Oscar, Vernon, Clarence Wistner and Dewey Gillespie; five half-sisters, Pearl Tribolett, Bess Freshwater, Hazel Fortman, Rylma Marks and Esther Fish.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Middle Creek Cemetery with Chaplain Ron Johnson officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Community Health Professionals Hospice of Paulding

Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert are in charge of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to





FORT WAYNE – Mary Alice Fox, 86, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

Born in Paulding, Mary worked at GE for 25 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Christ Church at Georgetown, ELEX Club and Honorettes. Mary enjoyed bingo, Bible studies and loved her family.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Arthur Fox; sons, David Fox, Michael (Susan) Fox, Gerry Fox, and daughter, Debra (David) Fry, all of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her son, Rex Fox.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of NE Indiana or Heartland Hospice.

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HILDA McGRATH 1915-2013

PAULDING – Hilda K. McGrath, age 98, died Tuesday, Aug. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born May 19, 1915 in Paulding County, the daughter of Elba and Celia (Grine) Bercaw. On April 30, 1935, she married Leo William McGrath, who preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2002. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, Altar Rosary Society, CLC, Sisters of the Skillet, and John Paulding Historical Society.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann (Lowell) Trausch and Jean (Charles) Paisley, both of Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Suzanna Libstorff, Paulding, Thomas Paisley, Toledo, Lisa (last name unknown), Mike (Tracy) Trausch, Paulding, Deborah (Mike) Abbot, Aurora, Colo., Karen (Barry Hanenkratt) Hale, Defiance, Jonathan (Lindsay) Trausch, Noblesville, Ind., Michal Trausch, Paraguay, David Trausch, Noblesville, Ind., and Matthew Trausch, Paulding; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Alexis, Taylor, Brianna, Samantha, Andrew, Danielle, Nathaniel, Stephiane, Joshua, Jennifer, Hannah, Chloe, Tirzah, Esther, Micaiah, Julianna, Hallieann, and Shannon; and great-great-grandchildren, Hedeon, Everett, Waverly, Lamar, Emily, Amy, William; and a sister, Betty DeLong, of Antwerp.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Cloyce and Victor Bercaw; and a sister, Naomi Colley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Father Todd Dominick officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, with a wake service at 8 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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RALPH WYATT 1923-2013

PAULDING – Ralph Wyatt, age 89, died Monday, Aug. 5, at his daughter’s home in Ridgeville Corners.

He was born Oct. 30, 1923 at Grover Hill, the son of Warren and Ruth (Jay) Wyatt. In 1948, he married Joyce Burt from Melrose, who preceded him in death on Feb. 6, 2012.

He served eight years as Paulding County treasurer, from which he retired in 1989. Prior to that, Ralph served as Paulding Village mayor for six years and councilman for 10 years. For 34 years, he was employed at the Grizzly Manufacturing Company in many administrative positions, including plant manager for four years.

Ralph served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps during WWII at Lae, New Guinea, Darwin, Australia and Townsville, Australia, as well as in Manila in the Philippine Islands. Following his service in the Army Air Corps, he re-enlisted in the Air Force Reserves for six years with one year of active duty at Eglin Air Base, Fla. during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Paulding United Methodist Church for over 60 years, where he served in numerous offices and was a member of the choir for over 50 years. Other memberships included 20 years with the Paulding County Kiwanis Club, serving as secretary for many years; life membership of the John Paulding Historical Society; and a life member of the Paulding VFW Post #587.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Don) Schaefer, West Unity, and Christine (Mark) Stockman, Ridgeville Corners; seven grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Dunson, Dustin Shirey, Lisa (Mike Callicutt) Riley, Derek (Brooke Otto) Holtsberry, Jason Stockman, Kaitlyn Stockman and Susan (Cedric) Williams; eight great-grandchildren, Aidan Riley, Shayla and Maliyah Callicutt, Kenyah and Weston Shirey, Addisyn Riley Lusk, Hunter and Landyn Holtsberry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; and two sisters, Mabel (Edward) Taylor and Frances (Charles) Roth.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in the Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.

Donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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LORI CONNIN 1962-2013

BRYAN – Lori Lee Connin, 51 years, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne after a sudden illness.

Lori was born March 15, 1962 in Bryan, the daughter of the late Wilson “Beefy” and Erma L. (Musser) Connin. She was a 1981 graduate of Bryan High School. Lori had been employed by Harborside Health Care, Bryan, and at Alex Products in Ridgeville Corners. She was better known as a homemaker and child care provider. Lori was a very caring individual who enjoyed meeting the needs of others. She loved to draw, bake different recipes, joke with others and care for her grandchildren.

Surviving are her two sons, Christopher Connin of Payne and Wesley Connin of Bryan; two grandchildren, Anthony James Molina and Wesley Jaxon Nathaniel Connin; two brothers, Steven “Sonny” Omasta of Bryan and John Omasta of Defiance; and two sisters, Nancy (Paul) Elick of Payne and Shelly (Allen) Dean of Bryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a niece, Lisa Elick; and one nephew, Chris Elick.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 N. Lynn St., Bryan, with Pastor Dee Custar officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 in the funeral home.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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