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.


Dr. James C. Zimmerman

obitDr. James C. Zimmerman, D.D.C., 94, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa, Ind., where he has been ill since Christmas of 2012.

He was born May 8, 1919, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Harry and Helen (Weaver) Zimmerman, and was a lifetime area resident. He graduated in 1943 from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and had a dental practice in Nappanee from 1946-1990. He had also taken post-graduate courses at Tulane University and the University of Kentucky. On June 10, 1951, James married Dorothy L. Ritter in Savannah, Mo. She survives.

He was a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II serving as a Dentist with the Combat Engineers. He served in five European campaigns including the D-Day Invasion, Liberation of Paris, and the Battle of the Bulge. James was a former member of the Nappanee Library Board of Directors, and served many years with the Nappanee BZA. He was also a former member of the Nappanee Park Board. He was a member of the Grace Point Presbyterian Church, the Nappanee American Legion Post #154, the Indiana Dental Society, a former member of the Nappanee Masonic Lodge, and the South Bend Scottish Rite.

He is survived by a son: Bruce (Wendy) Zimmerman, Hagerstown, Md.; daughter: Jean M. (Henry) Barger, Fort Worth, Texas; granddaughters: Jennifer Richburg; Stephanie Harbich; and Katie and Beth Zimmerman; two great-grandchildren; and brother: Richard Zimmerman, Milwaukee, Wis.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Grace Point Presbyterian Church. Funeral services wil be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Grace Point Presbyterian Church. Reverend Terry Tyler will officiate. Burial will follow at Leesburg Cemetery with military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Point Presbyterian Church or to the Nappanee Public Library.

Paige A. Seitz

Paige A. Seitz, 49, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at LuAnn Nursing Home from natural causes.

She was born Sept. 5, 1963, in Rochester, Ind., to Gene and Norma (Sanders) Pierce. She married Steve Seitz on July 27, 1985, in Nappanee. Paige enjoyed painting, puzzle books, and watching TV.

He survives, along with daughters: Jamie, Jessica, and Ashley Seitz, all of Nappanee; three brothers; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.

Cremation will take place. There will be a memorial service on at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Nappanee Brethren in Christ Church. Pastor Jeff Williams will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Paige Seitz Memorial Fund.


Roy G ‘Junior’ Slagle

royRoy G ‘Junior’ Slagle, 88, of Nappanee, Ind., passed away after a number of recent years of afflictions and illnesses.

He was born and raised in Nappanee to Roy Slagle Sr. and Merlin Nancy ‘Merle’ Strauss. After high school he served in the U.S. Army in the European theater in the capacity as a sniper. After returning home he met and married Ruby Hall on Nov. 1, 1947. They raised two boys and two girls east of Nappanee, where they lived in a home built by Roy and his family. He was an accomplished carpenter adding to the home as the family grew larger.

Roy worked for the Bendix Corporation in South Bend and retired in 1985 after 30 years. Roy and Ruby were caretakers and custodians of the Turkey Creek Brethren Church and served as Youth Leaders there for many years. Roy was a kid at heart – always finding time to take his children and grand-children hiking, cooking on an open fire, building a hut and camping out in the woods behind the family home.

He was loved and will be missed by his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; two sons: Allen (Charlene) Slagle, Nappanee; Roy Slagle III, Nappanee; and two daughters: Sonna (Rick) Shrock, Constantine, Mich.; Sue (Dan) Miller, Sarasota, Fla.; a brother: Eugene (Norma) Slagle, Wakarusa, Ind.; a niece: Sandy (Leon) Ringenberg, Elkhart, Ind. Sandy is the daughter of Marilyn, Roy’s sister, and was raised by Roy and Merle after the death of her mother at a young age.

Roy was preceded in death by his sister and a brother, James ‘Bud’ Slagle.

Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, May 21, at the Nappanee Church of the Brethren. Officiating will be Reverend Byrl Shaver and Reverend Roger Eberly. Burial will be at Union Center Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee Church of the Brethren.