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.

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.

Donald Bernard Ahrns

ahrns, donaldDonald Bernard Ahrns, 100, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at Island Hospital in Anacortes, Wash.

He was born June 16, 1913, to William and Ethel Ahrns in Detroit, Mich., and grew up in Deshler, Ohio. He was the oldest of three sons. On July 1, 1939, he married Bernice Butler. They had been married 72 years. She preceded him in death.

Don was the manager of Deshler Farmers Elevator until 1949 when he bought the Milford Grain and Feed Company in Milford, Ind. He and Bernice were active members of the Milford United Methodist Church until 2008, when they moved to Sugar Land, Texas to live with Nancy and her husband Mike Treesh. He continued to be actively involved in church in both Texas and Washington. Don was a member of the Kosciusko County Indiana Area Planning Commission for 40 years and active in community affairs in Milford. He enjoyed gardening, golf, walking, traveling and playing cards, especially Euchre, in his later years. Don was always interested in how things work and learning new things.  He enjoyed reading and writing letters even into his 100th year. Don was a kind, fun-loving man whose family remembers how he loved and enjoyed time with them. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughters: Judi (Jack) Ulery, Coupeville, Wash.; and Nancy Treesh, Sugar Land, Texas; daughter-in-law: Kay Ahrns, Nappanee, Ind.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law: Marybelle Butler; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son; and a son-in-law.

No services are being planned at this time.