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Thomas Edward ‘Tom’ Gaskill

OI860971482_HeadshotThomas Edward ‘Tom’ Gaskill, 84, of Milford, Ind., passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in his Englewood, Fla., winter home after an extended illness.

He was born on May 7, 1929, in Mishawaka, Ind., to Joseph and Marchia (Sheets) Gaskill. He graduated from Madison Township High School, lived most of his life in the Elkhart County, Ind., area, and wintered in Florida. He was married to Yvonne Janette Haines, who preceded him in death, and then remarried on Nov. 14, 2004, in Goshen, Ind., to Laurine (Haines) Waldbeser, who survives.

He was a truck driver for over 25 years. He attended the Ligonier Evangelical Church, Sunnybrook Alliance Church in Englewood, Fla., and was an avid bowler. 

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Michelle Moseley, Sarasota, Fla.; a son: Mark (Pamela) Gaskill, Sarasota; three grandchildren: Thomas Bailey, Nichole Gibbs and Kasey Gaskill; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren: Robin and Paul Bailey; four step-great-grandchildren; stepdaughter: Kay Kuhn, Milford; stepson: Ben (Deb Skevington) Waldbeser, Milford; sister: Fran (Sonny) Lazar, Ruskin, Fla.; two brothers: Joseph (Kathy) Gaskill, Lithia, Fla.; Harold (Mary) Gaskill, Riverview, Fla.;
and a nephew: Dennis (Linda) Beadle, Syracuse, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; great-grandson: Christopher: foster-parents: John and Clara Bixler; three foster-sisters: Vera Beadle, Erma Johnson and Gladys Wagner. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Ind., with Pastor Troy Diersing and Reverend Mitchell Hile officiating. Private family burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola. Owen Family Funeral has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 

Memorial bequest may be given to Ligonier Evangelical Church, 1911 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Karis Faith Lantz

Karis Faith Lantz, of South Bend, Ind., was stillborn at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

She is the infant daughter of Kory M. and Alison M. (Gingrich) Lantz.

She is survived by her parents: Kory and Alison Lantz, South Bend; a sister: Avery Lantz; maternal grandparents: Harlan and Karen Gingrich, Davison, Mich.; paternal grandparents: Mark and Cindi Lantz, Milford, Ind.; and paternal great-grandparents: Marion “Bud” and Shirley Lantz, Goshen, Ind.

Private family graveside services will take place on Saturday, May 24, at the Friends Cemetery in Wabash, Ind., with Pastor Terry Bley of the Nappanee Missionary Church officiating.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

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

Delilah ‘Dee’ Mae (Miller) Wuthrich

Delilah ‘Dee’ Mae (Miller) Wuthrich, 85, of Milford, Ind., passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.

She was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Nappanee, Ind., to Marshall and Marie (Whitehead) Miller. On April 3, 1948, she married Donald E. Wuthrich. They were married 50 years.

Living with her daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Larry Mast, for last 5 years, Dee spent all of her life in Milford where she and Don raised their family. She loved her family dearly.

Dee is survived by four children: Dennis (Barb) Wuthrich, Debra (Larry) Mast, Diane (Neil) Olson and Douglas (Annette) Wuthrich, all of Milford; 10 grandchildren: Dawn (Todd) Mikel, New Paris, Ind.; Karin (Dave) Clark, Joplin, Mo.; Dan (Julie) Wuthrich, New Paris, Ind.; Renee (Travis) Schlabach, Syracuse, Ind.; Matthew ( Jennifer) Mast, Goshen, Ind.; Scott (Denee) Mast, Milford; Jeremy (Samantha) Olson, Milford; Chad (Amber) Olson, Milford; Dexter (Stefani) Wuthrich, Milford; Shannon Pike; 13 great-grandchildren: Brooke, Colin, Harmony, Chloe, Matthew, Lauren, Darin, Logan, Desiree, Kiaundra, Bradyn, Andy and Jade; three sisters: Phyllis Sorensen and Bonnie Yoder, both of Milford; and Nancy (Doug) Graham, New Paris; a brother-in-law: Glen ‘Pete’ Wuthrich, Nappanee; and two sisters-in-law: Irene (Jim) Sumpter and Nancy Wuthrich, Milford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Don; and a great-grandson: Brendan Wuthrich.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Milford First Brethren Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the church. Dr. Duane Beals will officiate. Burial will follow in Milford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Milford Fire Department where four of Dee’s grandsons serve.

Mishler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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Mary Helene ‘Chippy’ (Thomas) Levernier

2525733Mary Helene ‘Chippy’ (Thomas) Levernier, 89, of Milford, Ind., passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

She was born April 29, 1925, in Warsaw, Ind., to Cloyse and Mary (Wallace) Thomas, she married Daniel Levernier on Feb. 12, 1944, at Lake Wawasee; he survives.

She graduated from Milford High School in 1943, where she was a cheerleader. Mary was life member of the Syracuse American Legion Auxiliary and a life member of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary of Goshen.

Mary lived most of her life in Milford. She worked as a phone operator out of high school. After marrying she was a stay-at-home mom. She sold Avon and Fuller Brush at different times. In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Mary and Dan helped start the Milford Saturday night sock hops.

Mary enjoyed camping, traveling the US, Mexico and Europe for many years. She loved to read, sew and knit. She knitted many Christmas stockings and dishrags for family and friends. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren were all very important and the love of her life. She loved when they came to visit.

Mary is survived by her husband of 70 years; four children: Dana (Doug) Miller, Bremen, Ind.; and Dana’s family: Tracy (Julie) Miller and Cathy (Todd) Huffman, Bremen; Debra (David) Mann, Warsaw, Ind.; and Debra’s family: Tyrone (Mary Ellen) Mann, Colorado; Monica (Skip) Prudy, Mississippi; Thomas (Nancy) Levernier, Milford; and Thomas’s family: Michele Murphy, Jaime (Mitch) Hollar and Sara (Jason) Fuller, Milford; Timothy (Trisha) Levernier, Milford; and Timothy’s family; Jeff Levernier, Bluffton, Ind.; Brandy (Jim) Coons, Fla.; Heather Hampsta, Lafayette, Ind.; Destiny Turner, Bremen; and Brady Spencer, Milford; 23 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two grandsons: Casey Miller and Darren Mann.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Mishler Funeral Home, Milford, Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Milford Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23.

Memorial contributions may be given to Milford Public Library.

Margie L. Fisher

Margie L. Fisher, 87, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Milford, Ind.

She was born March 9, 1927, in Elkhart to Alford M. and Cecil (Starner) Boone. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1945.

She worked as a color artist at Biltmore Studios in Elkhart for 7 years, starting part-time while in her junior year of high school. She worked as a private secretary and bookkeeper for the rest of her career, retiring from Jone Furniture in Wakarusa, Ind., after 30 years.

She married Robert E. Fisher on Dec. 25, 1945. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1959.

She loved birds, wildlife and all animals, especially cats. She loved to travel when she was younger. She loved working crossword puzzles and reading. She was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls fan and loved to watch all sports. Margie was very active in the Greenleaf Condominium where she lived since Feb. 1971 and loved her home there.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews; a number of great nieces and nephews; and a brother: Dan Boone, Sylmar, Calif.

She was preceded in death by a sister: Dorothy Hoffman.

There will be graveside services at 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Elkhart County Humane Society.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, Ind., is handling the arrangements. 

Doral E. ‘Zeke’ Haab

Doral E. ‘Zeke’ Haab, 70, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Milford, Ind., passed away on April 23, 2014, at Lawrence Manor.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1943, in Goshen, Ind., to Perry and Esther (Cooper) Haab. Doral was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Milford Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by three children: Francis Diamond (Timothy) of Bristol, Ind.; Daniel Haab, Milford; Charlene (Leon) Frye, Nappanee, Ind.; six grandchildren; Heather, Christopher, Daniel, Terry, Bonnie Rose, Angela; three great-grandchildren; and his ex-wife: Carma Beyer Page.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; two grandchildren; and a brother.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Mishler Funeral Home, Milford. A memorial service with military honors will be at 6 p.m., Friday, April 25, at the funeral home with Reverend Nelson Beer officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family.