Friday, August 1, 2014

ANNABEL L. CONN


Annabel Lee (Shafer) Conn, 89, is at home with the Lord.  She was born August 29th, 1924, to Francis and Kathryn (Anderson) Shafer.  She peacefully exchanged her earthly shell for glory very early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during her sleep at home.  She was preceded in death by her husband Frank William Conn, daughter Joan, and her brother Rodney Shafer.  She is survived by her son David Conn, daughter Cristi (Bob) Sloan, granddaughters Abby (Mark) DuBois and Brittany Conn, and great-granddaughters Hannah, Ava, Mya, Cana and Annabel DuBois; her sisters Jane Burt and Phyllis (James) Shroyer, sister-in-law Kay (Shafer) Cowgill, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabel touched many lives as a student, Ball State grad, teacher, entrepreneur, faithful servant, and owner of Conn’s Auto Supply after her husband’s death. Anyone who knows Annabel will agree that she loved to stay very active and always did so in ways to serve her King and loved ones to the best of her ability.  She wore many hats as daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and on and on.  She wore each one beautifully and we are grateful for her love.  All of these activities, roles and accolades are of significant value yet pale in comparison to the fact that she is a child of God.  Most importantly, she chose to believe that she is a child of God and received Christ in order to obtain salvation.  It is because of Christ that Annabel’s light shined brightly and His love poured through her, permeating the lives of so many people.  We praise Him for sharing her with us, and rest assured that we will meet again in glory!  Knowing Annabel, in addition to her many jewels and crowns, she is probably baking plenty of chocolate chip cookies and brownies to serve her King!  We all know hers are the most heavenly of all!

Please join us in the celebration of her life and legacy of rich love and fellowship with the Lord, her family and her friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 2 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  She had a way of ensuring that you knew how “dear and special” you were to her.  Let us come together to share in our commemoration of how very dear and special she is to us. Rev. Lloyd Hall will officiate and private burial will follow.

Memorials may be sent to DeSoto U. M. Church, Grace U.M. Church or Church Resource Ministries with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CLAYTON I. FORD


Hartford City

Clayton I. Ford, 87, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born in Hartford City on February 25, 1927 to Ivor and Dorothy (Emshwiller) Ford and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1945.

After graduation, Clayton served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

On June 2, 1946 he married Barbara McVicker. Clayton farmed in Portland and Montpelier for many years before his employment at Dana Corporation, Marion. They moved to Hartford City in 1988 and Clayton retired in 1992. 

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hartford City.

Survivors are children, Dean (Claudia) Ford, Noblesville; Tracy (Janet) Ford, Louisville, KY; Nancy Richardson, Muncie; Susan (Ken) Thieme, Fort Wayne; Kevin Ford, Houston, TX ; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ford, Hartford City; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Francis (Margie) Ford, Hartford City; sister, Jondajane Hix, Marion and brother-in-law, John (Ann) McCammon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a daughter, Kathy Denise, a sister, Thanamae McCammon, and son, State Senator David Ford.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City with Father Dave Newton officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, July 4 from 2:30 -5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Christian Wake Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the David Ford Scholarship c/o Blackford Community Foundation, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MARY MADONNA HALL


Hartford City

Mary Madonna Hall, 81, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at I.U. Health University Hospital, Indianapolis.

Mary was born in Hartford City on May 12, 1933 to Harold G. and Margaret K. (Kirby) Houseman. She married Charles Preston Hall on November 22, 1953 in Hartford City. He preceded her in death June 26, 2010.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle.

Survivors include one son, George G. (Lois) Hall, two daughters, Lori Hall (Gregory Hardin), and Cheryl Hunt, all of Hartford City; seven grandchildren, Troy (Karinna) Williams, Austin (Jamie) Hall, Paul Andrew (Christie) Hall, Kristie (Brandon) Hall, Angela (Greg) Workman, Majenica (James) Apodaca, and Lindsey Pettit, and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles, brothers Harry, Russell Eugene, Bernard, George “Bud”, Harold, Jr., and Jerry Houseman, and sisters Joan Houseman, Marjorie Shadle, Bonnie Drake and Ruth Webster.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 27 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor Jerald Shelby officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 27.

The family requests memorials to the Apostolic Tabernacle, 1318 S. Jefferson St.,   Hartford City.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WILLIAM E. SCHANTZ


Hartford City

William E. Schantz, 89, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 in I. U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Bill was born in Beech Grove, Indiana February 9, 1925 to Edward J. and Emma (Schlick) Schantz and lived most of his life in Hartford City. He graduated from Hartford City High School in 1942, attended Purdue University and graduated from Tri-State University with a degree in drafting and engineering. Then he worked as a draftsman at Lear Corp., Piqua, Ohio, during the war.
On July 22, 1950 he married Patricia McCaffrey in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Bill was the owner of Hartford Concrete Products for 50 years, a company started by his father, Edward Schantz. At his retirement he sold the company to his employees. Hartford Concrete was more than a job to Bill – it was an important way he invested in the community and his employees were important to him.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus #1639.
Bill was a member of the board of directors of the original Citizen’s First State Bank and served on the Hartford City Library Board. He was a founding member of Blackford Community Choir and also sang in the church choir for over 50 years.

Surviving are: his wife, Patricia; a son, John (Trudy) Ryan, Logansport; five daughters, Laura (Randy) Baird, Fremont, Kathryn (Todd) Helmke, Fort Wayne, Joanne (Greg) Leach, Angola, Karen (Rich) Uggen, Hartford City and Julie (Paul) McCarthy, Carmel; grandchildren, Shelley Haines, Sean Ryan, Ashley Hetherington, Elamie Hartman, Brittany Helmke, Austin Helmke, Chad Helmke, Evan Leach, Lauren Leach, Landon Leach, Anya Uggen, Ammee Uggen, Max Uggen, Will Uggen and Luke McCarthy and six great-grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St. Hartford City. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City and on Thursday, June 19 from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
A Christian Wake Service will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses, the donor’s favorite charity or to Blackford County Community Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EDNA N. CASTERLINE


HARTFORD CITY

Edna Nell Beasley Casterline, 90, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor after an extended illness.

Edna was born November 21, 1923 in Eldridge, Alabama to Rev. T. A. and Agnes Mae (Clark) Beasley. She graduated from West Jefferson High School.

Many years of Edna’s life were devoted to caregiving, first to her oldest son, Charles and later to her husband, Sherman.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Edna retired from the dietary department of Blackford County Hospital after many years of employment.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Sherry Frazier, St. Louis, a son, Steven (Donna) Casterline, Valparaiso, and younger daughter, Donna Edgington, Hartford City, a sister, Bobbie Lenoir, Birmingham, AL. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Andrew (Jennifer) Casterline, Aimee (Phillip) Anderson, Anne (Robb) Hanson, Laura (Tomasz) Walencik, and Kimberly (Jess) Ward, and six great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Gabriel, Grace, Kaitlyn, and Ava.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Sherman, oldest son, Charles, three brothers, A.B. Beasley Sr., Aubrylee Beasley, and Charles “Lindy” Beasley, and a sister, Betty Hemphill.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Rev. Phil Abram and Rev. Dustin Jones presiding. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday, May 29 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 303 N. Walnut St., Hartford City, 47348.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

DOROTHY M. SWOVELAND


Hartford City

Dorothy M. (Schmidt) Swoveland, 91, passed away Friday morning, May 16, 2014 at her home. Dorothy was born in Blackford County on February 19, 1923, the daughter of Luther L. and Ella M. (Cale) Schmidt Clamme. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1939.

She married William Blaine Swoveland on September 10, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hartford City. Mr. Swoveland died June 17, 2010.

Having previously worked for St. Joe Paper Company and Ball State University, she retired from Hartford Concrete Product in 1984. Dorothy also participated in farming with her husband. She was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church and belonged to BPW. She enjoyed playing bridge, fishing and wintering at Bonita Springs, Florida. She was also an avid Pacers and Colts fan.

She is survived by her four daughters, Anita M. Reid, Hartford City, Mary L.(Richard) Cary, Loudon, TN, Judith A. (Max) Wiesenauer, Georgetown, IN and Patricia J. (fiancĂ©, John Jackson) Gaither, Hartford City.  Her grandchildren are Holly Underwood, Bradley Reid, Kimberli Withrow, Aimee Wilson, Chad Wiesenauer, Jason Wiesenauer, Michael Gaither and Elizabeth Dennison.  Twenty-one great-grandchildren, one sister, Louise K. Clamme and several nieces and nephews survive.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert C. Schmidt, a sister, Margaret E. Felger Morrical and a grandson, Dustin L. Reid. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, 2014 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with Rev. David H. Fleener officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, May 25 from 4 – 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 308 S. Monroe St., Hartford City 47348 or donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

JEFFERY A. HUDSON, SR.


Jeffery A. Hudson, Sr., 53, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at his residence.

He was born in Hartford City on August 31, 1960, married Martha Eldridge in Hartford City in 1988 and had worked at Sinclair Glass in the shipping department. He loved the Lord and music, attended church and was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts.

He is survived by his wife, Martha, children, Teresa (Jeremy) Ferguson, Dunkirk, Chris (Wendy) Alter, Montpelier, Jeff Hudson, Jr., Hartford City, Ryan Hudson, Hartford City, Bill Wagoner, Sandy Hook, KY, Jamie Watson and Rebecca Hudson, both of Hartford City, 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.   Also surviving are 2 brothers, John (Marcella) Hudson and Wayne (Dorothy) Hudson, 3 sisters, Marcine Williams, Sally Dobbs and Peggy (Bill) Tucker, and special niece and nephew Vicky Drake and Steve Gee, as well as several other nieces, nephews & cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Mae (Hatton) Hudson-1987, a son, Jeffery Allen Wagoner on July 31, 1983, a sister, Freda Gee, a grandson and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Full Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle, 468 E. Washington St., Dunkirk, with Rev. Bobby Thomas & Tim Hall, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, May 9 from 4 – 8 p.m. in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.