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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

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, 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, 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

Roberta “Jean” Martin, 86, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. Born in Stockton, California, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Sutton) Mattis. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Among her many loves was her dog, Raymie.

She is survived by her children, John Martin of Angola, Cathy (Karla Ueber) Martin of Harlan, Cheryl Gros of Woodburn, Cindy Baker of Auburn, Julie (Kevin) Holle and Robert (Dawn) Martin both of Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter; daughter, Mary Martin Ham; and sister, Emma Lou Hindle.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven with visitation one hour prior to service. Father Bill Sullivan officiating. Burial in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Haven. Preferred memorials to Masses or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven.

POSTED: 06/29/17 at 9:51 am. FILED UNDER: Obits


SAM “TEX” HALL, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The summation of such an extravagant life is difficult in 300 or so words, but here goes Sam liked to work and when he wasn’t working, he might have been doing something at work. He enjoyed the finer things in life like Miller High Life, a fine fifty-cent cigar, and braun-schweiger if he was really feeling festive, he might break out a can of smoked oysters for you. He had exciting hobbies like scraping and painting the radiators in his house, waxing the old Corvette to the point that the finish was wearing away, and pulling leaves out of gutters. He spared no expense in his personal appearance self-done haircuts, brushing his teeth with Comet if he was out of toothpaste, and the finest fashions known to man in 1972. He liked to work because that’s what people do and he liked being with people willing to do it with him. He liked cheap beer and cigars because it tasted good to him and why spend more if you don’t have to. He enjoyed working on his house because he loved his neighborhood and wanted everyone else to love it, too. He didn’t fuss about his own appearance because why should he have to. He did all of these things because he truly believed that simple pleasures and a simple life are not complacent or apathetic they are glorious, and to be celebrated. His desire to strive for a life comfortable in his own skin is what he wanted for all of us, and is what has touched so profoundly all who knew him well. Those lucky enough to have called him husband, dad, brother, uncle, friend, or grandpa are who they are today because of him. He will be sorely missed, but his impact survives in those fortunate souls who crossed his path over 68 very short years. Service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Please, in lieu of a formal visitation service, join us at The Philmore on Broadway, 2441 Broadway, Fort Wayne immediately following the service. This is a man who shied from formality we intend to honor this with something to eat, something to toast, and fond remembrance as deep into the evening as we need to go.

POSTED: 04/12/17 at 12:54 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Obits


LOIS ANN EMENHISER, 85, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne. Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Lucille (Krick) Ross wurm. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven. While most of her years were spent as a homemaker, Lois did spend five years as a school aide for East Allen County Schools and was a certified nursing assistant at Regency Place. Known for her poetry, she also wrote for Neighbors Supplement and was a freelance writer for the Allen County Times. Among the many things that brought her happiness, her flower garden was one of her favorites. She is survived by her children, Douglas Emenhiser of Topeka, Gregory (Sandy) Emenhiser of Monroeville, Jean Eisaman of Woodburn, Sandra Sell and Nicholas (Linda) Emenhiser, both of New Haven, Kathryn “Kitty” (Larry) Richards of Columbia City, Jennifer Guertin of Noblesville, David (Jackie) Emenhiser of Battle Creek, Mich., Randall Emenhiser of Arnoldsville, Ga., Curtis (Anne) Emenhiser of Freemont, Mich., and Matthew (Shari) Emenhiser of Fort Wayne; 39 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and siblings, Dorothy (Jerry) Nichter, Edwin (Shirley), Rosemary, Sister Barbara, Richard (MaryAnn) Rosswurm, Nancy Hauser, and Linda Love. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Della Emenhiser; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Stanley Rosswurm. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers St., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Father Bill Sullivan officiating. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 State Road 930 E., New Haven, with a vigil at 7:30 p.m. Burial in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, New Haven. Preferred memorials to Allen County Right to Life or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. To share online condolences, please visit

POSTED: 04/12/17 at 12:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

LUCY GRABER, 86, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at her home in New Haven. She was a native and lifetime resident of New Haven and Allen Co. Indiana. Lucy was the daughter of the late David and Lucy Miller. She was a homemaker and loving wife and aunt. Lucy was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Surviving are her nephew and caregiver, Sam and Clara Mae Graber of New Haven, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Ida Marie Graber, Leah Miller, Mary Ann Graber, Elizabeth Graber; brother-in -aw Martin and sister-in-law Rebecca Brandenberger; brother-in-law Jacob and sister-in-law Catherine Brandenberger; and many nieces and nephews. Lucy was preceded in death by husband, Emanuel Graber; sisters, Ida Schmucker, Rosa Schmucker, Lillie Graber; brothers, John Miller, Victor Miller, Jacob Miller, Joseph Miller, William Miller and David Miller. Service is 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Graber family home, 15616 Ehle Rd., New Haven (IN 46774). Bishop Daniel Graber officiating. Calling will begin Sunday April 9, 2017 at the home until the day of service. Burial in Milan Center Amish Cemetery, New Haven, Ind. Arrangements by D.O McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, Ind.

POSTED: 04/10/17 at 9:12 am. FILED UNDER: Obits

MELVIN LEO McCREA, 94, of New Haven, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at Genesis Health care in New Haven. Born in Auburn, Iowa, he was a son of Perry and Blandina (Schulte) McCrea. He was married to Alice Irene Artusi on June 1, 1946 in Mishawaka. She preceded his death in 2005. Graduated from Goshen High School and Tri State University. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was an electronics engineer with Magnavox and retired in 1988. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Haven since 1959 and the V.F.W. Post 2457, New Haven and the American Legion. Survivors include daughters, Janet McComb and Vickie Turner, both of New Haven; granddaughter, Gina (John) Atkison of Fort Wayne; great-grandsons, Brandon and Cameron Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Scott McComb in March of 2005; two brothers, Terrance “Terry” McCrea and James McCrea; two sisters, LaVola Dombrowski and Marian Makin. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 943 Powers Street, New Haven, Ind., with calling one hour prior to the funeral mass. Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Salvation Army or Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. Arrangements entrusted to Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne.

POSTED: 03/13/17 at 4:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obits

GENE “GIB” GIBSON, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at home. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday at New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy E., New Haven. Calling is from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven.

POSTED: 03/09/17 at 10:02 am. FILED UNDER: Obits