Akron Obituaries

Norman L. Tinkey

Norman L. Tinkey×í!âKhÖ<”,šÌNorman L. Tinkey, 82, of Akron, Ind., passed away at 8:05 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester, Ind.

He was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Claypool, Ind., to Clarence L. and Cleo A. (Jones) Tinkey. On Sept. 2, 1950, in Akron, Ind., at the Akron Church of the Brethren to Rozella M. Holloway, she survives.

He was an independent insurance agent as well as a real estate broker. Prior to that he worked at Sonoco Products Company of Akron. Norman was a 1949 graduate of Burket High School. He was a member of the Akron Church of the Brethren where he was Deacon and Trustee and Property as well as a Sunday school teacher. He also was a past member of the Akron Lions Club and the Akron Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed fishing, part-time farming, mushroom hunting and spending time with all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Lana (Fred) Bowser, Akron; Tana M. Tinkey, Akron; son: Byron (Christine) Tinkey, Akron; four grandchildren: Brent and Aryn Bowser; Alyssa and Travis Ramsey; LéErick Bowser; Jonathan L. Tinkey; five great-grandchildren: Dixie, Benjamin, Maison, Ella and Abbygaile; sisters: Peggy (Garwin) Eaton, Mentone; Shirley (Larry) Polk, Leesburg, Ind.;
brother: Merl (Linda) Tinkey, Akron.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Richard John Tinkey; and great-grandchild: Prim Ramsey.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Akron Church of the Brethren located at 212 S. Maple St., Akron. Pastor David Hendry will officiate. Burial will be held in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Akron Church of the Brethren.

Lauraine Sterk

Lauraine SterkUdç ùŽîGœàWÑÚ… ‹´sLauraine Sterk, 89, of Akron, Ind., and formerly of South Holland, Ill., passed away at 5:35 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw, Ind.,

She was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Chicago, Ill., to Thomas and Rica (VanSanten) Slager. On April 18, 1947, in Chicago, Ill., she was married to John C. Sterk. He preceded her in death.

Lauraine was a homemaker. She was a graduate to Fenger High School in Roseland, Ill., in 1941. She was a member of the Lansing Gospel Chapel of Lansing Ill. She had fellowship with Bethlehem Baptist Church and also with the Akron Church of God.

She is survived by daughters: Lauraine (Jim) VanRyn, Midlothian, Ill.; Betsy (Ed) Thomson, Oak Forrest, Ill.; Becky (Mike) Curiel, Crystal Lake, Ill.; sons: John Thomas (Mary) Sterk, Wheaton, Ill.; Tim (Diana) Sterk, Munster, Ind.; David (Penny) Sterk, Akron; grandchildren: Heather, Julie, JT, Jacob, Sara, Seth, Abby, John, Nathan, David, Michael and Michelle; and great-grandchildren: Brayden, Brooklyn and Eli.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: John Slager; Adrian Slager; and sister: Betty Boerma.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at the funeral home. Speaker Pete Thomson will officiate. Burial will take place at Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Karen Frolick

Karen Frolick, 59, of Akron, Ind., passed away at 8:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at her residence surrounded by loved ones after a battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Rochester, Ind., to Waitsel L. and Adeline (Matzat) Wright. She was a member of the Akron High School Class of 1973.

Karen was presently working at Lau Industries of Rochester, where she had worked since 1996. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge as well as the Moose Lodge both of Rochester. She was an animal lover, especially her horses Molly and Dixie and her Golden Retriever Dakota.

She is survived by a daughter: Kindra (Nathan) Craig, Akron; a son: Shawn Williams (Jennifer), Warsaw, Ind.; three sisters: Sharon (Jay) Heckaman, Silver Lake, Ind.; Shelly (Keith) Davison, Warsaw; Brenda (Tom) Lester, Noblesville, Ind.; three brothers: Bruce Hogue, Akron; Royce (Anita) Wright, Akron; Rodney Wright (Carrie), Akron; five grandchildren: Brant Gerald, Rayne Craig, Ryder Craig Addison Williams and Layton Williams; and a sister-in-law: Janet Wright, Claypool, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son: Aaron T. Willims; and two brothers: Garry and Larry Wright.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the funeral home with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will be in Rochester IOOF Cemetery, Rochester, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kosciusko Relay for Life or the Fulton County Humane Society.

 

Francis ‘Pat’ J. Tarter

c3e3dedf-0291-4145-98e1-68c302fb1927Francis “Pat” J. Tarter, 84, of Rochester, Ind., and formerly of Akron, Ind., passed away at 6:13 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at her home.

She was born May 29, 1929, in Wabash, Ind., to C.G. and Lerrenia (Ryall) Lehman. On Oct. 5, 1947, in Greenfield, Ind., she married Fred O. Tarter. He died on Jan. 23, 1992.

She was employed at Controls of North Manchester and Chamberlain Products of Akron, as well as being a homemaker. She attended the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church of Akron and loved NASCAR. Her favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr. She also enjoyed putting together puzzles.
She is survived by a son: Edward (Kristi) Tarter, Denver, Ind.; daughters: Sheila (Randy) Runkle, Macy, Ind.; Sherry Tarter, Rochester, Ind.; Sandy (Tom) Smith, Elkhart, Ind.; Shelly (Richard) Fry, Akron; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son: Fred Chris Tarter; a daughter-in-law: Shelly Hile Tarter; a special friend: Frances Bowyer; and her step mother: Evelyn Younglove Lehman.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Wayne Balmer. Burial is at Gaerte Cemetery in Macy, Ind.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Ethel D. Johnson

1192787_profile_picEthel D. Johnson, 75, of Akron, Ind., passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, Ind.

She was born on April 13, 1938, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to Amos Lester and Gladys (Prater) Dotson. On Feb. 5, 1984, she and Henry Johnson, Jr. were joined in marriage.

In 2007 they moved and made their home in the Akron, Indiana area. Ethel was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Silver Lake, Ind.

She is survived by two sons: Dean (Geretta) Greene, Leesburg, Ind.; Jim (Leslie) Greene, Bristol, Ill.; three grandchildren: Sossity Goble, Claypool, Ind.; Jeremy (Aime) Greene, Leesburg; Rachel Greene, Bristol; and sister: Eva Lee Hill, Dayton, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother: Amos L. Johnson, Jr.

Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the funeral home. Pastor Carl Hughes of Full Gospel Pentecostal Church will officiate. Burial will take place in Dotson Family Cemetery, Prestonsburg, at a later date.

The family has asked the gifts in Ethel’s memory be given to Gentiva Home Healthcare and Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975.

To sign the guest register or leave online condolences, go to the Titus Funeral Home website.

Nayomia Maple

Nayomia Maple, 70, of Akron, Ind., passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on July 30, 1943, in Hurley, Va., Hannible and Katherine (Justice) Lester. On July 6, 1964, in Hurley, she was married to Ervin Dotson. He preceded her in death. On June 3, 1978, in North Manchester, Ind., she was married to Jerry D. Maple. He also preceded her in death.

She retired from Tippecanoe Valley Middle School as a cook. She also worked prior to the middle school at Akron Elementary. She was a homemaker that loved to clean and visit family.

She is survived by a daughter: Jennifer (Eric) Murphy, Akron; sons: James (Lorena) Dotson, El Paso, Texas; Jerry (Malana) Maple Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind.; Travis (Melissa) Maple, Fort Wayne; sisters: Edith Justus, Hurley; Retha Adams – Akron; and 10 grandchildren: Tyler Maple, Dylan Murphy, Brandon Murphy, Roma Dotson, Katelyn Maple, Ashlyn Maple, Elijah Maple, Kaitlyn Baysinger, Hailey Baysinger and Chandler Zartman.

She was preceded in death by both her husbands; her parents; sisters: Rebecca Dotson, Okie Justice, Clemie Bailey, Mary Lester and Pearl Justus; and her brother: Lawrence Lester.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron. Funeral services will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at Gaerte Cemetery, Macy, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kosciusko County Cancer Fund.