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.

Nicholas H. ‘Nick’ Plank

Nicholas H. ‘Nick’ Plank, 72, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at his residence from natural causes.

He was born on Dec. 25, 1940, to Herald and Gertrude (Bush) Plank and was a lifetime area resident. He married Linda Crawford on Dec. 24, 1991, in Nappanee. She survives.

He worked in maintenance at Heckaman Homes in Nappanee. He was a member of the Nappanee Flying Dutchman Model Airplane Club, and attended the Church of God in Nappanee. He was known for making gun stocks and playing the drums in the Court Gestures band.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: Nick (Sharon) Plank, Nappanee; Shawn Plank, Nappanee; his daughter: Sheila (Jewell) Losee, Nappanee; step-daughters: Jean Wilson and Jenifer Dunn, both of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Brenda (John) Selles, Goshen, Ind.; grandson: Lukas Plank, Nappanee; six step-grandchildren: Jeremy Wolfe, Joanna Wolfe, Rebecca Wilson, Holly Anderson, Brad Strasser and Justin Selles; seven step-great-grandchildren; and sisters: Mary Akens, Goshen; and Nancy.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Church of God, 152 E. Centennial St., in Nappanee and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the church. Pastor Justin Moore will officiate. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Southern Hospice Care or to the church.

Nancy R. Slavey

2159559Nancy R. Slavey, 73, of Bremen, Ind., passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at IU Health Goshen, Ind.

She was born to Reinert and Doris (Chase) Husmann on June 13, 1940, in LaCrosse, Wiscon. Nancy graduated from Valparaiso High School with the class of 1958. She went on to work for 1st Source Bank for 18 years and later Nisco for 13 years. She also enjoyed antiquing and spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by two sons: Thomas (Betty) Slavey, Nappanee, Ind.; Jeffrey Slavey, Bremen, Ind.; five grandchildren: Alé, Shane, Alexis, Brayden and Khloe; a sister: Karen (Walt) Meyer, New Bern, N.C.; two brothers: Bill (Joyce) Husmann, Union City, Ind.; and John Husmann, Long Beach, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Joan Miskell.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bremen. Pastor Roger Rohde will officiate with burial following in the Bremen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Alter Guild or to the Goshen Center for Cancer Care Research.