Cromwell Obituaries

Dorothy L. Murrin

Dorothy L. Murrin, 88, formerly of Cromwell, Ind., passed away March 28, 2014, in Palo Heights, Ill. 

She was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Richmond, Calif., to Peter and Anna (Petsch) Petersen. 

She is survived by her two sons: John Murrin and William Murrin; a daughter: Linda (Richard) Sreniawski; and five grandchildren. 

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, Ind.

Arrangements are with Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse.

Betty L. Love

2569675Betty Lou Love, 60, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014, at home.

She was born April 17, 1954, in Ellesworth, Me., to Maurice and Florence (Palmatier) Griffin. She married Robert Love on Nov. 6, 1998, in Coldwater, Mich.

Betty is survived by her husband: Robert Love, Cromwell; a son: Robert (Brenda) Dotson, Cromwell; a daughter: Christina Dotson (Harold Blowers), Quincy, Mich.; a stepson: Derick Sims, Coldwater, Mich.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother; five sisters; and her father: Maurice Griffin, Ellesworth, Me.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Florence Griffin.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in Shiloh Baptist Church, 5574 W. 300 N., Ligonier, Ind. Pastor Jimmy Shepherd will officiate. A Cremation Committal service will take place at Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family, c/o Yeager Funeral Home 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier, IN 46767.





Patrick Dooley

Patrick Dooley, 59, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away at 11:40 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born Aug. 9, 1954, to Richard and Vivian (Young) Dooley in Elkhart, Ind. On Dec. 2, 1978, he married Cynthia Teel. She survives.

He received his GED and went on to serve his country honorably in the 101st Airborne Army. Patrick worked at Flexsteel for 25 years. He enjoyed playing pool, going to the casinos and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are his father; two sons: Byron (Tonya) Dooley, Cromwell; Anthony (Abby Graves) Dooley, Columbia City, Ind.; six grandchildren: Jace Dooley, Kameron Dooley, Kora Dooley, Ashlyn Dooley, Devon Howard and Katelyn Hoemig; six siblings: Timothy (Pam) Dooley, Penelope Chesser, Dennis ( Evelyn) VanAlstine and Lisa Ward, all of Elkhart; Charles Hilliard, Anderson, Ind.; and Michaline (Michael) Butler, Elkhart.

Patrick was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Celebrant Larry Baker officiating. A private cremation committal will take place at Legacy Cremation and Remembrance Center.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne., In.

Charles Geiger

2519132Charles Geiger, 82, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away at 7:02 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 1, 1931, to Adrian and Mary (Birch) Geiger in Noble County, Ind. On June 4, 1949, he married Catherine “Pat” Iden. She survives.

He graduated from Cromwell High School in 1949 and was a lifetime area resident. He had worked as a farmer and avid gardener, and was employed by Juday Electric and Dell Zarse electric. He then formed Geiger Electric and was owner and operator of his own business.

He drove school bus for West Noble School Corporation for a total 46 years. He played fast pitch softball for many years in multiple leagues in Fort Wayne as a pitcher and outstanding hitter often times being labeled as a professional ball player. He participated in many World Fast Pitch Softball tournaments. He enjoyed his family and loved helping others. Charles had a passion for physical fitness.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters: Vicki (Rodger) Brown, Syracuse, Ind.; Trudy (Duane) Fetters, Kimmell, Ind.; and Kim (Herb) Pattison, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother: Hugh (Kay) Geiger, Columbia City, Ind.; one sister-in-law: Bonita Geiger, North Webster, Ind; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: JD Geiger.

Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier. Visitation will also be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Chaplain Kurt Snyder of Whitley County Hospice Care officiating. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Whitley County Hospice Care.

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.