Charles L. Jones

Charles L. Jones, 78, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 1:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, Ind. He had been in ill health for 2 years.

He was born Jan. 22, 1935, in South Bend, Ind., to Russell and Alice (Bartz) Jones.

Charles was a graduate of Tyner High School. He served in the United States Army in Germany. On Dec. 26, 1957, he married Anna Jo Dinkeldein at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Bourbon, Ind.

Charles retired from Newmar after working there for 25 years. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Church of God and enjoyed woodworking. He enjoyed being called Boo by his family. He loved his family and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play ball.

Mr.  Jones is survived by his wife: Anna Jo; a daughter: Lorrie (George) Tancos, Granger, Ind.; a son: Jeff (Kelly) Jones, Wakarusa, Ind.; grandchildren: Jordan and Elizabeth Tancos, Camaron and Caleb Jones; sisters: Phyllis Tschupp, Nebraska, Ind.; Marian (Wayne) Zillmer, Bremen, Ind.; Linda Warner, Mishawaka, Ind.; and a brother: Melvin Jones, Plymouth, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Jones.

Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for 1 hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. Funeral Service at Mt. Tabor Church of God, Thursday, Aug. 29. Rev. Jeremy Grueser will officiate. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Mt. Tabor Church of God.

Norman Leroy Murphy

1064584_profile_picNorman Leroy Murphy, 78, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., died peacefully in his home at Waterford Crossing in Goshen, Ind., Friday evening Aug. 16, 2013. He had been ill since October of last year.

He was born March 19, 1935, in Riley, Ind., to Arthur and Esther (Clark) Murphy. He married Yvonne (Secrest) Murphy on Dec. 23, 1959, at the Beech Evangelical United Brethren Church outside of Coal City, in Owen County, Ind. They were happily married for over 53 years.

Norman graduated in 1953 from Gerstmeyer Technical High School in Terra Haute, Ind., and in 1958 from Indiana State Teachers College where he was conferred a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Speech and Hearing Therapy. In 1961, he earned a Master of Science in Special Education, also from Indiana State University.

During his 40 year career, Norman worked for the Wa-Nee School Corporation as a speech and hearing therapist, school psychologist, and the director of Special Education and for Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative as pre-school coordinator and school psychologist.

He is survived by his wife: Yvonne; one daughter, Cynthia Murphy, Goshen; three sons: Shannon (Shelley) Murphy, Nappanee; Kevin (Angie) Murphy, South Bend, Ind; and Stanley (Irene Ortiz), Nappanee; seven grandchildren: Megan Murphy, Chelsey (Geoff) Barrell, Bailey and Delaney Murphy, Jade Murphy (daughter of Tricia Alderman), and Kaylee and Sloan Murphy; three step grandchildren: Hunter Townley, Austin DeVreese and Cody Alderman; a great-grandchild: Claire Elizabeth Barrell.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for 1 hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Davidson and Pastor Teresa Dutchersmith will officiate. Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Goshen Home Care and Hospice, the American Heart Association, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

Mary Jeanette Bigler

Mary Jeanette Bigler, 83, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Goshen IU Health, after a battle with cancer. She had been a patient there since Saturday.

She was born Oct. 11, 1929, in South Bend to Charley and Wilma Lovetta (Hamsher) Welty. She lived her lifetime in this area. She was a 1947 graduate of Nappanee High School. On Sept. 2, 1951, she married Gerald Eugene Bigler in Nappanee. He preceded in death Sept. 28, 2003.

Mrs. Bigler had been a Telephone Operator and had also worked at State Bank and Metzler Shoes.

She was a member of Nappanee United Methodist Church where she was active in the Rebekah Circle, served on the Communion Committee and volunteered in the Thrift Shop.  She also played in a Bridge Club.

Surviving are her children: Dr. Elaine (Rob) Bigler-Schmeltz, Syracuse, Ind.; Jerry L. (Debra) Bigler, Rockwall, Texas; Ronald J. (Jennifer) Bigler, Colleyville, Texas; seven grandchildren: Heather, Zachary and Jeremy Bigler, Bauer and Aubrey Schmeltz, Maxwell and Camden Bigler; and two great-grandchildren: Ryan and Tyler Bigler.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for 1 hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Davidson will officiate, assisted by Rev. Janet McFall-Brown. Burial will be in Union Center East Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen Home Care and Hospice.

Joseph Sabo Jr.

1053948_profile_picReverend Joseph Sabo Jr., 86, of Hubbard Hill Village, Elkhart, Ind., passed away at 9:28 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born April 19, 1927, in Clarksville, Pa., to Joseph and Julia (Smoggi) Sabo. On Aug. 24, 1949, he married Hazel Marie Tremba in Pittgas, Pa.

Mr. Sabo was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a Seaman First Class. He was a 1945 graduate of Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Pa. He graduated from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., receiving a bachelor’s degree in theology. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in english literature, a principal’s certification and assistant superintendent certification from Penn State University. He received his pastoral ordination with the Missionary Church.

Mr. Sabo was a member of the Nappanee Missionary Church and former member and pastor of the Park Missionary Church in Hollidaysburg, Pa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching his grandsons play sports. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburg Pirates and Steelers.

Mr. Sabo is survived by his wife: Hazel Sabo; sons: Joseph Mark (Jean) Sabo, Nappanee, Ind.; Jonathan Roy (Jennifer) Sabo, Orange City, Iowa; grandsons: Joseph Mark Sabo, Goshen, Ind.; Joshua Martin (Tiffany) Sabo,Port Huron, Mich.; a great-granddaughter: Scarlette Sabo; and his sister: Norma (John) Patrick, Rices Landing, Pa.

Visitation will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the chapel. Pastor Joe Focht of Nappanee Missionary Church and Reverend Sabo’s grandson, Pastor Josh Sabo, will officiate. Pastor Roland Cadle and Pastor Josh Sabo will officiate. Burial will take place in the Alto Rest Cemetery in Altoona, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Colonial Woods Venue Church where his grandson, Josh Sabo, pastors or to World Missionary Press.

Curtis Lee George

1050261_profile_picCurtis Lee George, 26, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, in his residence.

He was born May 30, 1987, in South Bend, Ind., to James and Carol (Osgood) George. He attended NorthWood High School and had worked at Cequent in Goshen, Ind. He had served in the United States Army.

Curtis is survived by a son: James George, Goshen; his parents; two brothers: Clayton (Savannah) George, Nappanee; James George, Niles, Mich.: three sisters: Diane (Bob) George, Niles; Lisa Green, Niles; Angel (Bill) Robinson, Berrian Springs, Mich.; grandmother: Lucy (Jim) Singleton, Mishawaka, Ind.; step-brother: Jason (Faith) Lee, Kansas; and stepsister: Caitlin Lee, Monroe, Mich.

Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the funeral home. Reverend Terry Tyler will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

Ember E. Kern

Ember E. Kern, 99, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Elkhart Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 20, 1914, in Nappanee to Otto F. and Bessie Robinson Stout. She married Henry Earl Kern in December 1931. He preceded in death in September 1969.

Mrs. Kern was a lifetime resident of Nappanee. She had worked in the War-Ammunition Plant in Nappanee and Huffman Bakery. She also had been a telephone operator for the Nappanee Phone Company.

She was a member of the First Brethren Church and an honorary member of the Nappanee American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed going out to eat and playing euchre and pinochle at the Elder Haus.

Mrs. Kern is survived by a daughter: Carolyn Ann (James) Burt, Arizona; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by a son: Earl Edwin Kern.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Elder Haus in Nappanee.