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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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JANET JAUREGUI, 69, of New Haven, Ind., passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Arrangements by Midwest Funeral Home & Cremation Society.

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: Obits




















HAROLD EUGENE GORDON, 81, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at

Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne.Born in Fort Wayne, he was the

son of the late Kenneth and Louise (Mundy) Gordon. He retired in 1984

from International Harvester after 30 years. He was a member of Moose

Lodge 2387, Fremont and American Legion, Fort Myers, Fla. He was very

active in his son’s sports, especially in little league as a coach and followed

his boy’s traveling hockey teams. He was also an avid I.U. and Indianapolis

Colts fan. Harold loved the lake, was an avid golfer, could build anything,

and was known as an all-around fix-it guy. He is survived by his wife of 60

years, Roberta “Bobbie” (Freiburger) Gordon; sons, Gary Gordon of

New Haven and Rick (Amy) Gordon of Terre Haute; five grandchildren;

and seven great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son,

Jeffrey Gordon in 1984; two brothers; and one sister. Funeral service is

1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740

St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven with calling one hour prior. Calling is also

4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park,

Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to Diabetes Association or

American Heart Association . To share online condolences please visit


POSTED: 02/15/17 at 9:23 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Sgt. Joseph “Joe” A. Cox, Jr., 48, passed away unexpectedly while on duty, Sunday, February 12, 2017. He was an active member of Blackhawk Ministries, Fort Wayne where he participated in Double Exposure and Marriage Matters. He also volunteered with Juvenile Justice Ministry of YFC. The US Marine Corps veteran and 19-year veteran officer of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, was promoted to Sergeant in 2015. During that time, he served in the Confinement Division, Communications/Dispatch Center, Civil, Warrants, and Patrol Divisions. He was also a member of the Honor Guard, SWAT Team and was handler to his beloved K-9 partner, “Gunny”. Joe enjoyed woodworking and photography, but most important was reading God’s word and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Diana; children, Amy (Jacob) Richman of Woodburn, Melissa (Jordan) Palmer, Jessica (Zachary) Moord, and Joseph Cox all of New Haven, Kristen (Cole) Miller and Jerod (Kara) Hevel both of Fort Wayne; parents, Joseph Sr. and Brenda Cox of Fort Wayne; siblings, Stephanie (Matthew) Demorest of Fort Wayne and Matthew (Josh Gardner) Cox of Greenville, SC; and 13 grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Angela “Angie” (Burkett) Cox in 1998, daughter of Wayne and Judy Burkett.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne with calling one hour prior. Pastor Kevin Rivers and Tim Smith, lifelong friend, officiating. Calling is also 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne with military honors. Preferred memorials are to grandchildren’s education fund, c/o Three Rivers Credit Union.

POSTED: 02/14/17 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: News, Obits

JON D. “JACK” FORD, 74, of New Haven, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St, New Haven (IN 46774), with a gathering of friends and family one hour prior. Arrangements by Advantage Funeral & Cremation. To send condolences online, visit

POSTED: 12/28/16 at 8:43 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Donna L. Stier, 81, of New Haven, passed away on December 25, 2016. Born on October 16, 1935, in Rome City, she was a daughter of the late Monard and Noreen Vance; and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven.
She is survived by her daughters, Denice (Dean) Bender, Jacquelyn (Robert) Knapp and Cynthia (Dave) Hakes; Sons, Russell (Amy) Stier, Ronald Stier, Brian (Maureen) Stier and Mark (Donnell) Stier; 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald L. “Jerry” Stier; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Stier; grandson, David Stier; sisters, Margaret Crisswell and Diana Sloan; brother, David Vance.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Thursday, December 29, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 942 Powers Street, New Haven, with calling one hour prior, Fr. Bill Sullivan, Officiating. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Wednesday, December 28, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with a vigil service at 3:30pm. Memorial donations may be given to the masses or to the Dakota Indian Foundation, PO Box 340, Chamberlain, SD 57325. For online condolences please visit

POSTED: 12/28/16 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Hubert Joseph Sorg, 90, of Fort Wayne, formerly of New Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Hoagland, he was the son of the late Stephen and Florence (Hake) Sorg. He was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Church, New Haven, where he was an usher and member of the Holy Name Society. He served his county in the US Army during World War II and was a past member of American Legion Post 330. Hubert was an award-winning car salesman and throughout his many year career worked with Parent Chevrolet, Bill McCormick Chevrolet, and Dehaven Chevrolet. The devoted grandfather often volunteered as a popcorn popper at New Haven Elementary and lovingly sported his “Gramp’s Taxi” license plate when dropping the grandchildren off at school. Most recently he and his wife were being cared for by the loving staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, but the community will always remember them as the longtime residents of 802 Park Ave., New Haven.

He is survived by his children, Mark (Becky) Sorg and Kay (Don Etchegorry) Sorg both of New Haven; siblings, Gertrude Sorg-Wyss, Joan Sorg-Smith, Carl (Theresa) Sorg, Dorothy Sorg-Brown, and Ruth Ann Sorg-Lothamer; grandsons, Nick (Brittney) and Nate Sorg; and great grandchildren, Oliver, Graham, and Delilah Sorg. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Loretta in August 2016; and brother, Raymond Sorg.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven with calling a half hour prior. Father Bill Sullivan officiating. Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven with a vigil at 3:30 p.m. Burial in the church cemetery with military honors. Preferred memorial to Heartland Hospice or Masses.

POSTED: 12/24/16 at 10:46 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Father Kenneth Joseph Sarrazine, 79, passed away on Saturday. December 17, 2016 at St. Anne Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Norman and Florence (Bowers) Sarrazine. He attended St. Louis Academy at St. Louis, Besancon Parish, New Haven. He went on to attend Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Norwood, Ohio, and Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Wawasee. Father Sarrazine was ordained on December 22, 1962 by Bishop Leo A. Pursley in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. He retired in 2012 from active ministry after a half century of service. During his service, Father Sarrazine was appointed an assistant at St. Vincente de Paul Church, Elkhart (1963), St. Henry Church, Fort Wayne (1964), St. Jude, South Bend (1965), St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven (1972), and Cathedral, Fort Wayne (1975). He was a spiritual moderator for the South Bend Deanery Council of Catholic Nurses (1966). In July 1976, Father Sarrazine was appointed an advocate for Diocesan Tribunal. His pastoral assignments included St. Martin de Porres, Syracuse, along with St. Francis Xavier, Pierceton (1976); St. Joseph, Mishawaka (1980); St. Henry, Fort Wayne (1991), and St. Joseph, Roanoke, and St. Catherine of Alexandria, Nix Settlement (1998). He also served as a chaplain at Lutheran Hospital, and of local Catholic Order of Foresters. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, and a large supporter of Redeemer Radio.

He is survived by his siblings, Norbert (Clara) Sarrazine, Eugene (Charlotte) Sarrazine, Donald (Patricia) Sarrzine, and Mary (Wilbur) Ort all of New Haven, Leo (Marion) Sarrazine of Garrett, Bernard (Joyce) Sarrazine of Monroeville, and Ann (Lawrence) Schortgen of Fort Wayne; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Lucille Sarrazine and Robert Sarrazine; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Eleanor Sarrazine; one niece; and one nephew.

Mass of Christian Burial is 11a.m., Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. Louis Besancon, 15535 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven with visitation one hour and a half prior. Most Reverend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades officiating. Calling is also from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the church with a Rosary at 4:30 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to Masses, St. Louis Academy, and Redeemer Radio.

POSTED: 12/24/16 at 10:43 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

Diane Elaine Schaper, 60, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family after a fierce battle with cancer. She was born in Defiance, OH on July 15, 1956, and was the daughter of the late Ruth (Mohr) McDonald and Wayne Vogelsong. As a devoted sports fan (the Hoosiers, Cubs, and Colts amongst her favorites), Diane had a passion for coaching others in all aspects of life. To countless numbers of junior high sports teams, she was simply Coach Vogie. She spread her knowledge to all kids who would listen – especially cup stacking. She spent her entire career as a physical education teacher, including the last 23 years for East Allen County Schools, before retiring in the spring of this year. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Woodburn, being a member of the Altar Guild there. Diane lived life to the fullest by staying active, including biking and walking every single day, gardening, and spending every ounce of time she could with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Robert Schaper; sons, Kyle (Maria) Schaper of Columbus, OH, and Matt Schaper of Phoenix, AZ; siblings, Mike (Sue) Vogelsong of Apache, OK, Deb Smith of Defiance, OH, and Julie (Branko) Mijatovich of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Henry and Violet Schaper, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, Roger, and Daniel Vogelsong, and her parents.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, 7616 Bull Rapids Rd., Woodburn, with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor James Teasdale will be officiating. Visitation is also 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 SR 930 E., New Haven. The family suggests memorials to the Cedarville Elementary P.E. Playground Equipment Fund, or Ovar’coming Together, Inc.

POSTED: 12/24/16 at 10:41 am. FILED UNDER: Obits


DAVID L. GIBSON, 59, of New Haven, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at his home following a brief battle with cancer. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, and Sons Of The American Legion Post 420. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lisa (Carrier) Gibson of New Haven; son, Mark (Kristine) Gibson of Convoy, Ohio; daughter, Jeanne Gibson of Fort Wayne; sister, Peg (Dennis) LaRue of Columbia City; brothers, Michael (Chris) Gibson of Fort Wayne, Daniel (Debbie) Gibson of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Kevin Gibson of New Haven; grandson, Henry Gibson and another grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Marcycle (Braun) Gibson; nephews, John and Adam Gibson; and sister-in-law, Dawn Gibson. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven, with a Rosary service at 10:30 a.m. Father Bill Sullivan officiating. A celebration of life gathering is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. following Mass at the Orchid Event Center, 11508 Lincoln Hwy. E., New Haven, for friends and family to remember the devout father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend that Dave was to all he knew. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to Masses at the church, Cancer Services of NE Indiana and Bishop Luers High School tuition assistance. To share online condolences, please visit

POSTED: 12/22/16 at 9:04 am. FILED UNDER: Obits


GAYLORD D. HEINE, 90, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. He was the son of the late Carl and Alvina Heine and was married to Gertrude (Kruecke berg) for 60 years until her death. He was then blessed to marry Myla (Hyman). Gaylord was a lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven where he selflessly served in many capacities. In addition he helped found the Christian radio station STAR 88.3 and served in many community groups. Gaylord worked at American Hoist & Derrick for 28 years as a welding engineer but his passion was the family farm. He led by example and inspired his family and those that he met with his hard work. He enjoyed life through traveling, personal friendships and helping others. He is survived by his wife, Myla; sister, Phyllis Schamerloh of Decatur, Ind.; children, Colleen (Greg) Peters of New Haven, Charles (Kathy) Heine of Brighton, Mich., Stanley (Joette) Heine of Fremont, Ind., Dave (Tammy) Heine of New Haven, Gwyn (Patrick) Mannion of Fayetteville, N.Y.; and step-children, Mellany (Dennis) Secrist, Lori (Robert) Nelson, both of New Haven; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Gertrude; sisters, Marcella Paschka, Eunice Bienz; and grandson, Bryan Peters. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Green St., New Haven, with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor Paul Shoemaker officiating. Calling is also 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 S.R. 930 E., New Haven. Burial in Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, New Haven. Preferred memorials are to the church or Worship for Shut-ins. To share online condolences please visit

POSTED: 12/19/16 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: Obits