Gene O. Whitteberry

Gene O. WhitteberryGene O. Whitteberry, 84, of Mentone, Ind., and formerly of Walkerton, Ind., passed away at 10:35 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Hickory Creek of Rochester, Ind.

He was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Stockwell, Ind., to Wesley and Bertha Mae (Crose) Whitteberry. He graduated from Walkerton High School in 1946. Gene then served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He furthered his education at the Allied School of Mechanical Trade in Chicago, Ill. On Aug. 8, 1973, in Walkerton, Ind., he was married to Irene Gouker. She preceded him in death.

Gene was a process engineer for Torrington, South Bend, Ind. He retired in 1982. He attended the Mentone United Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge 266 of North Liberty, and the Scottish Rite, South Bend.

He is survived by three daughters: Roxann (Ronnie) Drake, Walkerton, Ind.; Norma (Charles) Sobieralski, Koontz Lake, Ind.; Tammy Stoneburner, Mentone, Ind.; a brother: Harold Whitteberry, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his sisters: Helen and Mildred; and three brothers, one of which was his twin: Dean, Bob and Elmer.

Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Mentone United Methodist Church 116 E. Main St., Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at the church. Burial will take place at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mentone United Methodist Church, Hickory Creek of Rochester or the Center for Hospice.

Hartzler Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Betty L. Fawley

Betty L. Fawley, 84, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Warsaw, Ind.; and formerly of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Miller’s Merry Manor.

She was born May 23, 1929, in Rochester, Ind., to John and Hazel (Clay) Waltz. On May 15, 1954, she married Jack D. Fawley in Rochester. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2001.

Betty worked at the Mentone School for 24 years in the cafeteria. She was a graduate of Richland Center High School in 1947. She was a member of the Mentone United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed crocheting and sewing for her family. She also loved to spend time with her grandchildren and made all of them an afghan. For many years she enjoyed attending the Nutrition Site in Mentone.

Betty is survived by two daughters: Cindy (Mike) Whetstone, Mentone; and Carol (Wayne) Hintz, Francesville, Ind.; a son: J. Steven (Carla) Fawley, Syracuse, Ind.; 11 grandchildren: Jared, Malissa, Crystal, Carlena, Nick, Blake, Cameron, Scott, Carrie, Jenny and Lisa; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Marjorie Gibbons, Rochester, Ind.; Irene Montague, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Patsy Waltz, Indianapolis, Ind.; and two brothers; Richard (Karen) Waltz, Rochester; Byron (Sue) Waltz, Rochester.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother; and a sister: Esther Jean Hawk.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Amber Karkosky-Litten. Burial is to take place at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mentone Nutrition Site.

Gaylord N. Toll

MJ gaylord toll 5-22-13 abGaylord N. Toll, 85, of South Bend, Ind., and formerly of Garrett, Ind.; Lakeville, Ind.; Mentone, Ind.; and North Webster, Ind., died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at RiverCrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind.

He was born March 4, 1928. On July 28, 1951, he married Flonnie Beaty; she survives.

Gaylord is also survived by four children: Tom (Kay) Toll, Hillsborough, N.J.; Ron Toll, Becky (Terry) Holzwart and Barbara (Dr. Stephen) Zucker, all of South Bend; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Rd., South Bend. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery, Eaton, Ind., at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church; the Lydick Lions Club; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Joy L. Young

Joy L. YoungJoy L. Young, 50, of Mentone, Ind., passed away 10:27 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Woodlawn Hospital Emergency Room unexpectedly.

She was born Feb. 15, 1963, in Wabash County, Ind., to William and Kathryn (Renicker) O’Hara. They both survive. On June 1, 1991, Joy was united in marriage to Mark S. Young in North Manchester, Ind. He survives.

She was the secretary of North Central Co-Op for over 10 years. Before that she was the secretary at Winona Corporation for 14 years. Joy graduated from North Manchester High School in 1981. She enjoyed bowling, her chickens, and all aspects of farm life as well as being active in Kosciusko County 4-H in goats, sheep and poultry.

She is survived by her husband; her parents; daughters: Mariah (Austin Metzger) Young, North Manchester, Ind.; Megan Young, Mentone; Christy Berger, Rochester, Ind.; sons: Josh Young, Rochester; Jermey Young, Rochester; seven grandchildren; sister: Maryann (Jack) Bever, Lagro, Ind.; brothers: Dan (Loni) O’Hara, Silver Lake, Ind.; Patrick O’Hara, South Whitley, Ind.

She was preceded by her grandchild and her brother: Scott O’Hara.

Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, at the funeral home. Services will be officiated by Pastor Larrie Kreft. Burial will take place in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone. Pastor Larrie Kreft will officiate. Burial will take place in Mentone Cemetery, Mentone, Ind.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Kosciusko County 4-H Poultry or the American Heart Association.

Carey D. Landis

void(0)Carey D. Landis, 101, of Miller’s Merry Manor, Wabash, Ind., and formerly of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 12:55 a.m., Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor.

Carey was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to John and Sadie (Dirck) Landis. On Aug. 1, 1953 in Winona Lake, Ind., Carey was joined in marriage to Jessie F. Thomas. She preceded Sept. 30, 1979.

Carey had been a school bus driver for Talma School and also he was a carpenter and an electrician. He worked at the hardware in Mentone, Ind., and farmed in his early years.

He was a 1930 graduate of Talma High School. He was a member of the Packerton United Methodist Church. Carey was a Mentone Volunteer Fireman for over 25 years where he was named Fireman of the Year as well as Kosciusko County Fireman of the Year. He was a lifetime member of Indiana Volunteer Fireman Association. He enjoyed fishing and loved sports especially going to basketball and baseball games.

He is survived by a son: Wayne L. (Beth) Landis, Mentone; two grandsons: Zarchary Landis, Mentone; Jeremiah Landis, Mentone.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Jessie Landis; and his sister: Velma Shafer.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, at King Memorial Home of Mentone. At 7 p.m., during visitation hours, a Fireman’s Memorial Service will take place. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at King Memorial Home 101 North Tucker Street Mentone. Pastor Bill Wood will officiate. Burial will take place at Mentone Cemetery, Mentone.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mentone Fire Department or the Packerton United Methodist Church.



Freeda Witham

freedaFreeda Witham, 84, of Mentone, Ind., passed away at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at her residence.

Freeda was born Nov. 27, 1928, in Plymouth, Ind., to Forrest and Goldie Teel Kesler. On Jan. 14, 1949, she married Rex Witham in Mentone. He survives.

She worked for Farmers State Bank of Mentone. Freeda was the secretary to the President of the bank. She spent 30 years at the bank and held a Vice President title. She was a lifetime area resident and resided till her passing in her childhood home. Freeda was a 1946 graduate of Mentone High School. She was a lifetime member of the Mentone Church of Christ and she faithfully read her Bible. She loved sharing time with her family and also enjoyed sewing and cooking.

She is survived by her husband; her son: Gregory R. Witham, Valparaiso, Ind.; three daughters: Caleen (Susie) Rentschler, Mentone; Janie (Eric) Gard, Carmel, Ind.; Sally (Jay) Hearn, St. Charles, Ill.; seven grandchildren: Natalie, Nathan, Aaron, Katie, Maggie, Rachel and Charlie; five great-grandchildren: Frank, Dustin, Darcy, Ben and Gibson; a sister: Ellen Flenar, Mentone; and special nephews: Bob Everman, Nashville, Ind.; and Bill Everman, Gas City, Ind.

She is preceded in death by her infant: Carol; daughter-in-law: Jennifer Witham; sister: Eloise Everman; and brother-in-law: Bob Flenar.

Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at King Memorial Home, Mentone. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the funeral home. Services will be officiated by Billy Steele. Burial will take place in Mentone Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County.