Atwood Obituaries

Mantie L. Furnas

Mantie L. Furnas, 60, of rural Atwood, Ind., passes away Friday evening, March 28, 2014, at her home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1953, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Lonnie Vincent and Pearl Mae (Halcomb) Collier. In 1960 her family moved to Shelbyville, Ind., and in 1963 to Columbia City, Ind.. She graduated from Larwill High School.

On May 31, 1986, she was united in marriage to Donald W. Furnas. They have always made their home in rural Atwood.

She was employed at S & L Truck Stop for 13 years, Dana PTG for three years, Bob Evans in Warsaw for three years and in Walmart in Warsaw for two years.

She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Atwood and formerly Eagles #1906 Auxiliary.

Mantie is survived by her husband: Donald; three children: Joseph P. Woods, Larwill, Ind.; Ellen Leota (Daniel) Yocum, Warsaw, Ind.; and Tasha Clark, Warsaw; three step children: Phillip (Stephanie) Furnas, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Malinda Furnas and Robert Furnas, both of Akron, Ind.; nine grandchildren; five brothers: Paul L. Maggard, Eolia, Ky.; Dewey Edward Collier, Beattyville, Ky.; Wallace Collier, Harold Collier and Rick Collier, all of Columbia City; two sisters: Stacy M. Dear and Sandra Kneller, both of Columbia City; and a foster sister: Kathi McKinney, Larwill.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her foster mom: Dorothy King; three brothers: Timothy R. Maggard, Daniel B. Maggard and Roger W. Collier; and a sister: Janice Marie Maggard.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the funeral home. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Kosciusko County Hospice.

Mildred Louise Eckert

Mildred Louise Eckert, 97, or Atwood, Ind., passed away at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Betz Nursing Home, Auburn, Ind.

He was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Otis and Mary (Cartwright) Albertson. In 1935, he graduated from Atwood High School in Atwood.

On April 19, 1935, she married Edward T. Eckert. She lived most of her life in Atwood and Fort Wayne, Ind. She was a homemaker and attended New Beginnings Church in Atwood.

Mildred is survived by a son: Larry L. Eckert, Auburn, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Edward T. Eckert; and two sons: Ron and Dennis Eckert.

No visitation is planned. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Harrison Center Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Bollenbacher of New Beginnings Church.

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


Marilyn Litton

1158326_profile_picMarilyn Litton, 90, formerly of Huffman Lake in Atwood, Ind., passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Nursing Care at Hartfield Village, Munster, Ind.

She was born April 7, 1923, in Hammond, Ind., to Roy and Ruth F. (Miner) Mattix. She graduated from 1941 from Hammond High School.

On July 10, 1942, she married Kenneth A. Litton in Hammond.

Marilyn was a bookkeeper for the Hammond Public Schools; secretary for School City of Hammond and was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Atwood, Ind. She enjoyed reading, cooking and gardening and loved living on Hoffman Lake.

She is survived by two daughters: Carol (Gene) Sera, League City, Texas; and Debra (Bill) McDillon, Highland, Ind.; four grandchildren: Amy (Sean) Ricketts, Beth (Ryan) Scheckel, Ken McDillon and Jonathan (Grace) McDillon; five great-grandchildren; and a brother: LeRoy (June) Mattix, South Bend, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Kenneth A. Litton; and a brother: Robert Mattix.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with Rev. Edward Cunningham, Terrace Park Church of God in Hammond.

To sign the guestbook or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Thomas, Warren

Warren Emory Thomas

Thomas, WarrenWarren Emory Thomas, 105, a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., passed away at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw, Ind.

He was born Jan. 7, 1908, in Kosciusko County to Amos and Emily (McColley) Thomas. He graduated from Atwood High School, Atwood, Ind., in 1929.

Warren never married and served as a signalman for Pennsylvania Railroad for 25 years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Atwood, was the oldest member of Indiana Lions Club and a charter member of Atwood Lions Club, past member of the Atwood Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed a tour trip of the Holy Lands.

He is survived by a nephew: Larry (June) Thomas, Warsaw; two nieces: Jennine (Wade) Bentz, Indio, Calif.; and Darlene (Jim) Maurer, New Paris, Ind.; a sister-in-law: Virginia Thomas, Mentone, Ind.; and an additional three generations of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Ward Thomas and Max Thomas; and a sister-in-law: Frances Thomas-Albrecht.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. The service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Thomas, former pastor Otterbein United Methodist Church, Atwood, Ind. Burial will be in Stony Point Cemetery, Atwood, Ind.

Memorials may be made to the Atwood Lions Club, c/o Jay Engle, 4740 W. 300 N., Warsaw, IN 46582.


Dixie Mikel

MikelDixie Mikel, 78, of Bremen, Ind., and formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in her residence.

She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Warsaw, Ind., to Charles William “Pete” and Vivian Cleora (Slusher) Blue. On Dec. 5, 1954, in Urbana, Ind., she was united in marriage to Richard “Rich” Mikel. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter: Peggy (Bill) Hagenmeyer, Bremen, Ind.; a sister: Clete (Doug) Rensberger, Nappanee, Ind.; a brother: Terry (Nancy) Blue, Warsaw; her mother: Vivian Blue, Nappanee; grandchildren: Aaron Beck and Wendi Beck, both of Nappanee; and great-grandchildren: Kiayn, Bryce and Alexis.

She was preceded by her father; her husband: Rich; a son: James; a brother: Lawrence; and a sister: Charlotte.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 3, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Aaron Snodgrass. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the K21 Foundation, P. O. Box 1810, Warsaw, IN 46581-1810.

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Lenfestey, Royce - more recent

Royce Lenfestey

Lenfestey, Royce - more recentRoyce Lenfestey, 68, of Atwood, Ind., passed away at 3:06 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Sept. 22, 1944, Marion, Ind., to Earl Lenfestey and Gwenevere (Powell) Lenfestey. He was a 1963 graduate of Mississinewa High School, Gas City, Ind., and spent most of is life in the Warsaw, Ind., area. Royce married Cathern J. Kneeland on March 19, 1973, in Pierceton, Ind.

He entered the US Navy Sept. 11, 1963; served in the Viet Nam War; ADRAN Royce A. Lenfestey was honorably discharged Sept. 6, 1967. He worked as a Lineman for Guardian in Ligonier, Ind. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #49. He immensely enjoyed shopping for anything that had supped up engines and he worked on the numerous vehicles he owned. Royce enjoyed shopping for guns and hunting in general and he raised and showed Satin Rabbits all over the United States. He enjoyed racing in general but especially Nascar where he was a Kasey Kahne follower and those who in the past drove Dodges. In his younger years, he participated in drag racing. He enjoyed lake activities and times spent in Holden Beach, N.C. He was a loving husband, dad and grandfather who video taped all important family events including the first day of school for his children.

He is survived by his wife; four sons: Ryan Lenfestey, Warsaw; Kyle Lenfestey, Warsaw; Bryan Lenfestey, Warsaw; Shayne Lenfestey, Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters: Heather Stolte, Wanatah, Ind.; Mistina Lenfestey, Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren; a brother: Cort Lenfestey, Warsaw; a sister: Wrenay (Russ) Kann, Leesburg, Ind.; step-brother: Darren Lenfestey, Gas City; and a step-sister: Lisa.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Earl Lenfestey; Jerel Lenfestey; and Pete Lenfestey.

Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, June 3, at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Stony Point Cemetery, Atwood, Ind. Military honors will be conducted by Warsaw’s American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126

Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be used for multiple charitable gifts of their choosing. Please make your gift payable to: Cathy Lenfestey, c/o Titus Funeral Home, PO Box 705, Warsaw, IN 46581-0705.