Cromwell Obituaries

Angela C. French

HeadshotAngela Christine “Angie” French, 43, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at her home.

She was born on June 4, 1970, in Elkhart, Ind., to Samuel L. and Martha J. (Cornelius) Colbert.

She grew up in Syracuse and graduated in 1988 from Wawasee High School. She returned to the area 4 years ago from Muskegon, Mich., and formerly worked at a few local Syracuse area marinas. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Syracuse, Ind., was active with the Episcopal youth, was a camp counselor, and was a chosen delegate for the Episcopal Youth Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

She is survived by her mother: Martha Colbert, Cromwell; and a brother: Scott Colbert, Syracuse.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the All Saints Episcopal Church, 7812 E. Vawter Park Rd., Syracuse. A visitation time will be held for 1 hour prior to services at the church.

Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Angela French Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567.

Melba Conrad

Melba Conrad, 90, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in her home.

She was born Feb., 10, 1924, in Huntington County, Ind., to William and Lenora (Miller) Henry.

She was a Knapp Lake resident since 1956. She retired from Johnson Controls after 28 years and was a former member of the Markle United Methdist Church.

She is survived by her two sons: Keith Farber, Kelleen, Texas; and Robert (Patricia) Farber, Syracuse, Ind.; three stepsons: Dennis Conrad, Noble County, Ind.; William Conrad, South Bend, Ind.; Harley Conrad, Syracuse; one stepdaughter: Norma Jean Hamood, Colorado; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, three sisters, two brothers, one half-brother and two half-sisters.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. A private family graveside service will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Violett Cemetery in Goshen, Ind.


Annabelle Bieghler

Project1-178x240Annabelle Bieghler, 82, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away on Feb. 17, 2014, at the IU Health Goshen Hospital.

She was born on March 7, 1931, in Huntington County, Ind., to Herbert and Hazel Lee. In 1952 she married Richard Bieghler, he preceded her in death

As a teenager in the 40′s she was a Carhop at Johnny’s Drive-In in Huntington. She enjoyed watching Notre Dame football, IU football and basketball and Chicago Cubs baseball. She was a natural at painting portraits and landscapes. She loved her boxer dogs.

Annabelle is survived by her daughter: Cynthia (Bob) Baugher, Cromwell; granddaughter: Jordan (Ryan) Johnson; two great-grandchildren: Connor and Mattie.

She was preceded by her husband; three brothers: Bob, Devon and Earl; and two sisters: Betty and Helen.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Eastlund Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the funeral home. Brad Cox of the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel will officiate. Burial will follow at the South Whitley cemetery.

Gwen Myers

2389732Gwen Myers, 67, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

She was born on March 30, 1946, in South Bend, Ind., to Walter and Irene (Zwierzynski) Frick. On Aug. 26, 1996, she married Doyle Hensley. He survives.

Mrs. Myers was employed and retired from commercial driving. She attended the River of Life Church in Elkhart, Ind., and enjoyed making floral arrangements for the church. She enjoyed all types of crafts and especially enjoyed floral arranging. Gwen was involved in her family and loved sharing time with the grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband; two children: Melinda (Gary) Hart, Elkins, W.V.; Rodney (Julie) Lung, Wakarusa, Ind.; a step-son: Glen Hensley II, Columbia City, Ind.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son: Robbie.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Heartland Hospice Association.

Louis M. ‘Dick’ Szymanski

Louis M. “Dick” Szymanski, 88, of South Bend, Ind., and a former resident of Knapp Lake, passed away on Dec. 1, 2013, in Memorial Hospital.

Dick was born Sept. 25, 1925, in South Bend to John and Annastasia Szymanski. On Sept. 29, 1956, Dick married Lily Bencsics. They had four children, Leonard “Buddy” Szymanski, Laura (Joseph) Jakubowicz, Larry (Sharon) Szymanski and LouRon (Tina) Szymanski.

Dick graduated from South Bend Catholic in 1945 and completed a four year tool and die apprenticeship. He served in the U. S. Army and retired from both South Bend Tool & Die and Honeywell.

Dick was a dedicated and valued member of M.R. Falcon’s Nest 4, South Bend Indiana where he held several offices throughout the years and is a Gold Legion of Honor Member he also was a member of VFW Post 253 North Webster and VFW Post 1342 Syracuse. He was also a member of St. John the Baptist Church, St. Martins de Porres Catholic Church in Syracuse and Holy Family Catholic Church South Bend.

He was always ready to tell a good joke, always ready to share a funny story and always greeted everyone with a smile. Next to his family, Dick’s greatest love was fishing and nature.

A memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 56405 Mayflower Rd. in South Bend. A celebration of Dick’s life will continue at 5 p.m. with dinner at M. R. Falcon’s, 3212 Keller St., South Bend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teachers Credit Union where an account is set up in the name of Louis Szymanski. Funds will be used to replenish and stock local lakes with hatchlings to ensure that other fishermen will enjoy the sport and nature as much as he did.

Alice Geraldine Lung

2290089Alice Geraldine Lung, 84, of Cromwell, Ind., (formerly of Ligonier, Ind.), passed away on Oct. 18, 2013, at her home.

She was born on June 28, 1929, in Cromwell, Ind., to LeRoy and Henrietta (Gorsuch) Price. She married Gerald Lung on Nov. 25, 1947. He passed away in 1993.

She was employed with Sears and Roebuck that used to be in Ligonier. She was very active in the Stone’s Trace Historical Society, having been one of the founding members. She was a member of Ligonier Church of Christ. Alice spent her time as a full time grandma, and loved every minute of it.

She is survived by two grandchildren: Matt Lung, Cromwell, Ind.; Pamela (Garrett) Gough, Bloomington, Ind. she is also survived by: Kodie Turner, Ashlin Walker, Gretchen Waikel, Marcus Lung, Dakota Beckner, Kellie Lung; as well as several other great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 22, at Ligonier Church of Christ. Pastor Randy Penwell will officiate. Burial will be at Sparta Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Ligonier Church of Christ, 9025 N. 860 W. Ligonier.