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.

David ‘Fred’ Hockert

David ‘Fred’ Hockert, 75, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away unexpectedly of natural causes, Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been admitted July 1.

He was born June 26, 1938, in Nappanee, to David and Jeanette (Richmond) Hockert. Fred was a graduate of Nappanee High School and was a lifetime area resident. On Aug. 8, 1958, he married Linda Stump in Nappanee.

Fred had worked at the Associates in South Bend, Ind., and had been a plant manager for several local companies including Harbor Craft Boat and Creative Dimensions. He had managed McCormick Creek Golf Course for 8 years before retirement. Fred attended Nappanee Missionary Church. He loved his granddaughters who referred to him as “Papa”. He was an avid golfer and bowler, enjoyed walking his dogs Dixie and Daisy, and enjoyed working outside with flowers.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Beth (Brad) Sechrist, Nappanee; granddaughters: Bella and Beighlor Sechrist; a sister: Candace (Robert) Schnepp, Beiverton, Mich.; and brother: Steve (Kathy) Hockert, Nappanee.

He was preceded in death by his son, Brad ‘Rocky’ Hockert.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. Monday, at the church. Pastor Dave Engbrecht will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee Missionary Church for the Kenya Baby Center. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.