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STANLEY ALAN “STAN” BRADTMUELLER

STANLEY “STAN” ALAN BRADTMUELLER, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a member of Martini Lutheran Church, New Haven. He owned and operated Guy Bookout Masonry since 1998 and has been with the company for 38 years. He enjoyed his weekends at the lake, trips to Florida, and Friday night dinners. He was extremely sociable, with many friends and didn’t know a stranger. Amongst his many loves were his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pam; daughters, Gina (David) Hargarten of Auburn and Kelly (Matthew) Arens of New Haven; mother, Janet Meyers of Fort Wayne; sister, Pamela (Harry) Bland of St. Joe; step siblings, Paul (Jane) Meyers, James Meyers, Ruth (Glen) Richardson, and Jill (Bob) Swygart, all of Fort Wayne, and Amy (Marvin) Jacobowitz of Albion; and grandchildren, Nick, Logan, and Beau Hargarten, Haisley and Ilah Arens. He was preceded in death by his father, Karl, in 2000. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Martini Lutheran Church, 333 Moeller Road, New Haven, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor James Teasdale officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harper’s Community Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. Preferred memorials to Martini Lutheran Church. To share online condolences, visit www.harperfuneralhome.com

POSTED: 02/13/18 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

MARGARET “MARGE” LOUISE MOORE, 85, of New Haven, passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Arrangements by Harper’s Community Funeral Home of New Haven.

POSTED: 01/06/18 at 2:45 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

ELEANOR L. FEASBY, 87, of New Haven, Ind., passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Surviving are her children, Cindy (Dale) Smith, Scott (Barb) Feasby, Stan (Ann) Feasby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verlin P. Feasby. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at Gearhart & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, Ohio, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Visitation also from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at the funeral home. Arrangements by Gearhart & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 01/06/18 at 2:44 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

EMILY C. BACON, 94, passed away on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Garrett. Born in Fort Wayne, she was raised by the late Henry and Lulu (Licht sinn) Scharpen berg. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest), Fort Wayne. She was a World War II cadet nurse and retired in 1978 from the VA Hospital as a registered nurse after 32 years. She was also a member of the Concordia Seminary Guild, where she received the Miles Christi Award and the National Organization for Federal Employees. She is survived by her caregivers, Larry and Rita Lichtsinn of Auburn; cousins, LaVon (Glen) Rinard, Lowena Sharpenberg, and Warren Perkins all of New Haven; and numerous nieces, nephews, and god children. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Samuel Bacon, Arthur Bacon, Lorene Conrad, Elaine Pfeiffer, and Geraldine Lichtsinn. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest), 9909 Wayne Trace, Fort Wayne, with visitation two hours prior. Pastor Josef J. Henning officiating. Burial in the church cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Central Lutheran School or Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Soest). Arrangements by Harper’s Community Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. To share online condolences visit www.harperfuneralhome.com

POSTED: 01/06/18 at 2:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

Marvin Russel Smith, 86, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Earl and Edna (Jones) Smith. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 420, Monroeville and Howard Bandelier VFW Post 2457, New Haven. He was also a member of St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church and the New Haven Lions Club. He was the owner and operator of Smith Builders for 45 years. After his retirement he enjoyed woodworking projects, sports, was an avid reader, and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn; children, Mike (Linda) Smith of Fort Wayne, Kathy (Tad) Biddle of New Haven, Steve (Suzy) Smith of Monroeville, and Marc (Lori) Smith of New Haven; sisters, Vera (Pete) Christman of Fishers and Pat (Abe) Gerardot of Monroeville; grandchildren, Lucas (Amy) Smith, Evan (Claire) Smith, Nick (Rita) Smith, Lindsay (Casey) Anderson, Allison (Justin) Slusher, Stefani (Derek) Fillers, Henry Smith, Molly Smith, Sam Smith, Harry Smith, and Samantha Smith; and 14 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Joe Smith.

Memorial Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church, 15535 Lincoln Hwy E., New Haven with visitation one hour prior to service. Father Ben Muhlenkamp officiating. Burial in the church cemetery with military honors. Preferred memorials are to the St. Louis Besancon Catholic Church Building Fund.

POSTED: 01/03/18 at 3:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

Ruth M. Kern, 61, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Margaret (Fuelling) Kern. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. She graduated from Woodlan High School in 1975 and Indiana University School of Business, Bloomington in 1979. She worked for Marathon Oil in Findlay, Ohio then in Houston, Texas, traveling many times to the Middle East and England. She returned to Fort Wayne in 1994 and began working for Franklin Electric in 1995. She was manager of Internal Audit for all of Franklin Electric World Wide Locations, retiring in 2013. She traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure. She was an avid IU Basketball fan and always cheered for the Indianapolis Colts.
She is survived by her brother, Lyle (Juanita) Kern of New Haven; many good friends including, Pat Breit of Woodburn, Mary Wells of Indianapolis, and Sue Sipes of Fort Wayne.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to Hospice Home or St. Peter Lutheran Church Building Fund.

POSTED: 01/03/18 at 3:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

MYLA HYMAN-HEINE

MYLA HYMAN-HEINE, 82, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Rockford, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Hugo and Lorena (Stuckey) Weinman. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven, where she actively served on the Ladies Society. She formerly owned a family business. Myla enjoyed playing bridge, golf, and cheering for Indiana University basketball. Above all she loved her family. She is survived by her daughters, Mellany (Dennis) Secrist and Lori (Robert) Nelson, both of New Haven; step-children, Colleen Peters, Charles Heine, Stanley Heine, Dave Heine, and Gwyn Mannion; sisters, Mary Breithaupt of Syracuse, N.Y., and Mona Thompson of Rockford, Ohio; grandchildren, Kari Secrist, Rachel Schaller, Andrew Nelson, Staci Krueger, and Haley Nelson; 18 step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 18 step-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by husbands, Robert Hyman, in 1998, and Gaylord Heine, in 2016. Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Green St., New Haven, with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor Scott Zeckzer officiating. Visitation also from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harper’s Community Funeral Home, 740 S.R. 930 E., New Haven. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials to the Emanuel Ladies Society. To share online condolences, visit www.harperfuneralhome.com

POSTED: 09/29/17 at 9:59 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

LOIS E (HUDSON) ANDERSON, 92, of New Haven passed away on August 19th. Lois resided for many years in Antwerp, Ohio, with her first husband, Bud Hudson.  She later remarried Ben Anderson and resided in New Haven. Lois was a long-time employee of BF Goodrich, active in many organizations, and a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ohio Chapter.  Lois is survived by her sister, Carol (Barry) Miller, three Hudson grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.  Additionally, 9 Anderson stepchildren, Mike (Lana), Greg (Karla), Pat (Myra), Jackie (Tom) Miller, Mark (Laurie), Matt (Michelle), Lorrie (Rob) Sordelet, Monica (Dave) Sordelet, and Rod Anderson; 32 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Lois was preceded in death by her first husband, Bud Hudson; stepson, Edward (Shirley) Hudson; sister, Mary Crawford; and brother, Gene (Billy) Crawford.  She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Ben Anderson. Private service to be held at a later date.

POSTED: 08/28/17 at 8:28 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

WILLIAM “BILL” KERBEL

WILLIAM “BILL” KERBEL, 73, passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Sheridan, Wyo. on July 2, 1944, he was a son of the late William and Ruth Kerbel Sr. Bill was raised on a 300-acre dairy farm in Wyoming, graduated from and played football for Concordia College in Seward, Neb., and moved to Fort Wayne where he began his teaching and coaching career at Trinity Lutheran School. Bill continued his career for 37 years in the East Allen County Schools teaching, coaching wrestling and football, and retired as athletic director at New Haven High School. Bill left his mark on teaching and athletics in EACS; he started the wrestling program at Leo High School, was named the 2000 EACS Teacher of the Year, and will be inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame in February 2018. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Kathy Kerbel of New Haven, Ind.; son, Brian Kerbel of Key West, Fla.; daughter, Lori (Jim) Smasal of Appleton, Wis.; grandchildren, Grant, Tate, Jake, Alec, Michaela; siblings, Jim (Sue) Kerbel of Jenison, Mich. and Phyllis (Jody) Fournier of Fort Myers, Fla. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd. Memorial calling is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at the church. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, Neb. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or the Community Foundation New Haven High School Scholarship Fund to assist with the establishment of the Bill Kerbel Scholarship.

POSTED: 08/28/17 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: News, Obits, Schools

Joseph Sumpter, a longtime Assistant Principal at New Haven High School, passed away on June 25th, in Panama City Beach, Florida. Joe and his wife, Becky, were influential in saving and restoring the Embassy Theatre.

Per Joe’s wishes, his family has scheduled a wake in his memory for Sunday, July 23rd, at the Embassy, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Organ music and refreshments will be provided.  Friends and colleagues are invited.

JOSEPH CHARLES SUMPTER

JOSEPH CHARLES SUMPTER, 76, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City Beach, Fla. Born July 1, 1940, in Logans port, Ind., he was the son of the late Joseph and Ruth Sumpter of Logansport, Ind. He lived with his family in Fort Wayne most of his life. He was the husband of Rebecca Turner Sumpter for nearly 55 years; the father of the late Shelly Sumpter (Allen) Cowen and Cindy Sumpter (Brian) Kiel and Joe (Terre) Sumpter; Papaw of Grace and BJ Cowen and Adam, Paul, Noah, and Jordan Kiel. Joe graduated from Logansport High School and received his Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Manchester College. He earned his Master’s in Administration from Ball State University. Joe worked for East Allen County Schools as a math teacher and then as Assistant Principal at New Haven High School. He was a Shriner of the Mizpah Temple of Fort Wayne and its foot patrol. He and Becky were early Embassy Theatre volunteers, influential in saving and restoring the theatre. Joe loved music! In his retirement, he could be found disc jockeying music from all the decades. His true passion was Organ music and Dixie-land jazz to which he acquired quite a collection. Joe will be remembered by his family for his generosity, love of music and ability to love life. Memorials can be made in his name to the Embassy Theatre Foundation at 125 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

POSTED: 07/17/17 at 9:45 am. FILED UNDER: Obits