Joseph T. ‘Joe’ Linville

Joseph T. “Joe” Linville, 73, of Nappanee, Ind., died at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from natural causes.

He was born July 27, 1939, in Earl, Ark., to Garrett and Lizzie Linville. He moved to the Nappanee area as child from Arkansas. He worked as a carpenter and enjoyed fishing, hunting and listening to country gospel music.

Joe married Laverne Duncan on Oct. 15, 1957, in Nappanee.

He is survived by his wife: Laverne Linville, Nappanee; sons: Ron (Nancy) Linville and Dennis (Teresa) Linville, both of Nappanee; a daughter: Cindy (Joel) Sawyer, Syracuse, Ind.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers: Jack (Nancy) Linville, Florida; and Ray (Laney) Linville, Goshen, Ind.; and sisters: Faye Tyier and Anna Mae Ashby, both of Goshen, Ind.

He was preceded in death by brothers: C.L. and Bill Linville; and a sister: Janie Blackburn.

Friends may visit the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery.


Mildred Elizabeth Huff

1016985_profile_picMildred Elizabeth Huff, 90, of Miller’s Merry Manor, formerly of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 10:04 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa, Ind.

She was born Aug. 28, 1922, in Warsaw, Ind., to Emory and Helen (Herrin) Klopenstein. On June 16, 1946, she married Russell L. Huff. Mrs. Huff was a lifetime area resident. She had retired from CTS in Elkhart, Ind. She enjoyed people and had a friendly face. She was always smiling and called her loved ones and friends honey baby.

She is survived by her husband; sons: Russell John ( Jill ) Huff, Wilber, Wash.; Brian (Anna) Huff, Nappanee; six grandchildren: John (Kym) Huff, Tammi Clampffer, Jennifer Dieatric, Cobi (Dwayne) Ray, Toni (Brent) Warren, Mandi (Joe) English; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister: Jeanette (James) Marsh, Warsaw.

She was preceded in death by a grandson: Jason Emory Huff; and a sister: Alice Virginia Klopenstein.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 22. Pastor Norm Reimer from Nappanee Missionary Church will officiate and burial will be in Leesburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Nappanee United Methodist Church.


Charles E. Weise

974304_profile_picCharles E. Weise, 57, of Nappanee, Ind., died unexpectedly of natural causes at his residence, April 18, 2013.

He was born March 23, 1956, to Devon and Betty (Holdeman) Weise. He lived his lifetime in the area. He was a graduate of NorthWood High School and had worked in a trailer factory.

Charles enjoyed hunting and fishing and woodworking. He did RC racing.

Surviving are his daughter: Stephanie (Jeff) Richardson, New Paris, Ind.; a granddaughter: Chloee Little, New Paris; and brothers: Michael Weise, Nappanee; and Wayne (Sue) Weise, Noblesville, Ind.

He was preceded in death by an infant sibling and his parents.

Charles was cremated and there will be a celebration of life for family and friends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Charles E. Weise Memorial Fund.

Doris Ann Heckaman

Doris Ann Heckaman, 71, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 1:15 p.m. Monday, June 3, 201, at her residence from natural causes.

She was born Dec. 12, 1941, in Kosciusko County, Ind., to Howard M. and E. Berniece (Fisher) Berger. She was a lifetime area resident and a 1959 graduate of Nappanee High School. Doris worked as a nurse for many years at Anglemyer Clinic in Nappanee, and was the first paramedic to serve on Nappanee EMS, serving from 1976 to 1986.

She enjoyed collecting angels and had a large collection. She was a member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church and a former member of the Hastings Island Chapel Church.

She married Kenneth L. Heckaman on May 25, 1962, in Nappanee. He preceded in death on Aug. 2, 2009.

She is survived by her daughters: Sharie Heckaman and Lisa (Brian) Lewis, both of Nappanee; a son: Brian Heckaman, Nappanee; sisters: Lynn Whittenberger, Kokomo, Ind.; Janice (James) Fackler, Syracuse, Ind.; and Margaret Bell, Matteson, Ill.; brothers: William Berger, New Paris, Ind.; and Steven (Connie) Berger, Wallingford, Vt.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at South Union Cemetery. Revs. Jim Davidson and Jeff Fackler, a nephew of Doris, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee United Methodist Church.

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

Paula Kay Zercher

Paula Kay Zercher, 62, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 4 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013, at her residence after a 6 month illness with cancer. Her cancer started in 2010 going in to remission until November 2012.

Paula was born Nov. 18, 1950, in Elkhart, Ind., to Charles D. and Sally (Uline) Stump. Paula lived her lifetime in Nappanee. She was a 1969 graduate of Nappanee High School, graduated in 1973 from Butler University and received her Masters degree from IUSB. She married Gene Zercher on May 26, 1973, at the First Brethren Church in Nappanee.

Paula served as principal of South Side Elementary School its last year before closing. Following which she then went on as guidance counselor at Nappanee Elementary School. She was a member of the Brethren in Christ Church in Nappanee.

Surviving are her husband; a daughter: Amy (Jake Klotz) Zercher, Nappanee; sons: Charlie (Trischa) Zercher, Nappanee; Ben Zercher, Nappanee; grandchildren: Jack, Ava and Will Zercher; her mother; a sister: Carla (Kevin) Butcher, Detroit, Mich.; a brother: Charles A. Stump, Syracuse, Ind.; her mother-in-law: Alice Grace Zercher, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; brothers-in-law: Dick (Catherine Chodorow) Zercher, Lafayette, Calif.; Chuck (Laura) Zercher, Durham, N.H.; Dave (Valarie) Weaver- Zercher, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and many loving, prayerful extended family members.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. A Memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 6, at the Brethren in Christ Church. Reverend Jeff Williams, pastor at Brethren in Christ Church, will officiate assisted by Reverend Kevin Butcher, Paula’s brother-in-law and pastor at Hope Community Church in Detroit, Mich.

According to Paula’s wishes she will be cremated and her remains will be buried in South Union Cemetery with her father and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be given to Brethren in Christ Church or Hope Community Church.



Carol J. Geiger

GeigerCarol J. Geiger, 80, of Nappanee, Ind., formerly of Milford, Ind., passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Center Care for Hospice in Elkhart, Ind.

She was born on March 29, 1933, in Nappanee to Charles A. and Wanda E. (Rollins) Weisser. She lived most of her life in the Milford/Nappanee area and graduated in 1951 from Milford High School. On May 24, 1970, in Milford, Ind., she married Robert Kaiser who preceded her in June 1980 and then on July 20, 1985 in Nappanee she married Robert E. ‘Bob’ Geiger, who survives.

She retired from Milford Family Physicians after 25 years as a receptionist and bookkeeper. She was formerly employed with First National Bank of Warsaw for 13 1/2 years. She was a member of the Living Gospel Church in Nappanee, Wawasee Camp of Gideon’s International Auxiliary in Syracuse and worked with Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries in Warsaw.

She is survived by her husband; four step-daughters: Donna Madison, Goshen, Ind.; Rose (Brock) Rose, Goshen; Amy (Jeff) Martin, Wakarusa, Ind.; Jean Miller, Indianapolis, Ind.; two step-sons: Grant (Karla) Geiger, New Paris, Ind.; Steven (Joyce) Kaiser, Milford; 13 step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters: LeeAnn (William) Gladieux, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Joyce (Jim) Warren, Granger, Ind.

She was preceded by her parents and first husband.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May, 25, at Living Gospel Church, 302 W. Walnut St, Nappanee, with Reverend Mike Roasch and Reverend Dave Soliday of the church officiating. Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Milford Cemetery, CR 60, Milford.

Memorial bequest may be given to Wawasee Camp of the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 101, Syracuse, IN 46567 or Lakeland Child Evangelism, P.O. Box 612, Winona Lake, IN 46590.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home and church.