North Manchester Obituaries

Arlene S. Gearhart

Arlene S. Gearhart, 91, of Timbercrest Healthcare of North Manchester, Ind., and formerly of Akron, Ind., passed at 12:20 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born on May 28, 1923, in Nappanee, Ind., to Fred J. and Vera (Stahly) Holloway. On April 7, 1950, in Akron, she was married to Gerald D. Gearhart, who preceded her in death.

Arlene was a homemaker assisting her husband on their dairy farm. She was a graduate of Burket High School. She was a member of the Akron Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed crocheting for family, making potholders for friends, flowers, reading and socializing with everyone at Timbercrest, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter: Sandra Gearhart, Akron; sons: Dennis (Trillia) Gearhart, Akron; Timothy (Diane) Gearhart, Macy, Ind.; sister: Rozella Tinkey, Akron; foster brother: Terry Weed, Reno, Nev.; grandchildren: Amy Wildermuth, Wesley Gearhart, Lisa Hunt, Rebecca Martin, Mark Gearhart, Ashley Craft, Cory Gearhart and Emily Gearhart;
and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents: Fred J. and Vera Holloway; husband: Gerald D. Gearhart; twin sister: Pauline Ryman; sister: Betty Meredith; and brothers: Wade Holloway and Carlyle Holloway.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home. Reverend Erin Huiras will officiate. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Henry Township Fire Dept.

Geraldine M. ‘Gerri’ Gidley Thomas

Thomas, Gerri webGeraldine M. ‘Gerri’ Gidley Thomas, 88, North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Oakbrook Village, Huntington, Ind. 

She was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Silver Lake, Ind., to Charles and Marie (Antrim) Hartsough. On Dec. 23, 1969, she married Reverend Robert Gidley. He preceded her in death. On Oct. 28, 1995 she married Charles Richard Thomas. 

Gerri was a secretary at Manchester College for 24 years. She was a member of Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, and a member of Ivy Chapter #69 O.E.S., North Manchester. Gerri and her current husband, C. Richard Thomas, married when they were 70 years old and have enjoyed the best years of their lives together as Dick would write her poems, brought her flowers and made her laugh. She played the piano and organ for more than 50 years in her home churches and she accompanied and sang with her husbands and children in many churches in the area. Gerri and Reverend Gidley started the Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester. 

She is survived by her husband; two daughters: Janice (John) Campbell, West Lafayette, Ind.; Barbara (David) Patterson, Atlanta, Ga.; four step-sons: Jon A. Gidley, South Whitley, Ind.; Robert D. ‘Bobby’ Gidley, North Manchester; Tim Thomas, Peru, Ind.; Rodney Thomas, Albuquerque, N.M.; two step-daughters: Sherry Hawks, Kokomo, Ind.; Linda M. Andersson, Mesa, Ariz.; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the funeral home. Pastor Matthew Staton and Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester. 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Geraldine Gidley Thomas, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N. 300 E., North Manchester, IN 46962.  

Dean Lavon Sloop

1374168_profile_picDean Lavon Sloop, 64, of North Manchester, Ind., passed away peacefully in his sleep at 4:58 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born Feb. 21, 1950, in Wabash, Ind., to Russell Sloop and Esther (Newman) Sloop Davis. Dean was a 1968 graduate of Wabash High School, and received his B.A. Degree from Indiana University. He married Joyce Gaby in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Feb. 20, 1971.

Dean retired as the manager and regional vice president of the Wabash Ridge Napa Store after 35 years. He enjoyed working, mushroom hunting, was an avid Purdue Basketball fan, and especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; three children: Andrew Sloop, North Manchester, Ind.; Laura (Jeff) Henzl, West Lafayette, Ind.; Aaron Sloop, North Manchester; three grandchildren: Brandon Sloop, North Manchester; Owen Henzl and Landon Henzl, both of West Lafayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Wanda Kay Sloop; and half-brother: Robert Sloop.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery.

Preferred memorial is Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice.


Carol A. Christ

1373283_profile_picCarol A. Christ, 64, of North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 9:06 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Wellbrooke of Wabash, Ind.

She was born Oct. 13, 1949, in Huntington, Ind., to Paul and Florence ‘Betty’ (Watkinson) Christ. Carol was a 1966 graduate of Manchester High School, and attended Manchester College.

She first worked at the Old North Manchester Library, then in 1968 she began with Heckman Bindery, where she worked more than 45 years. She was a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church. She loved children and taught Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed sewing, quilt making, gardening and cross-stitching. 

She is survived by her mother; brother: Randy (Mitzi) Christ, Peru, Ind.; aunt and uncle: Dick and Roseanne Christ, Huntington, Ind.; niece: Christina (Todd) Musselman, Denver, Ind.; and great-niece and nephew: Nathan and Ellie Musselman, of Denver; and several cousins in Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her father and brother: Dennis Christ. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Pastor Mark Eastway officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorial is Manchester United Methodist Church Building Fund or Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice.

Shirley Mae Hall

1367950_profile_picShirley Mae Hall, 71, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Ind.

Shirley Mae was born Nov. 16, 1942, in Pikeville, Ky., to Evan and Dorothy (Compton) Hamilton. On Dec. 24, 1959, she and Lloyd Hall were married in Betsy Layne, Ky.

She was a homemaker who, in earlier years, had been employed by RR Donnelley and Zimmer. Shirley Mae was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Warsaw.

She is survived by two sons: Danny Lloyd Hall, Silver Lake, Ind.; Dennis Langley (Sandy Hall), Warsaw; daughter: Roxie Delena Hall-Wimsatt, Silver Lake; and nine grandchildren: Stanford, Janelle, Ivan, Levi, Jade, Ellis and Micah Hall; and Avander and Aerronn Wimsatt.

Shirley Mae was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A celebration of Shirley Mae’s life will follow beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, in the funeral home.

The family has asked that gifts in Shirley Mae’s memory be directed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The staff of Titus Funeral Home considers it a privilege to care for the family and friends of Shirley Mae Hall. To sign a guest register or leave online condolences, visit the Titus Funeral Home website.

Millie Prater

Millie Prater, 69, of Rochester, Ind., passed away at 2:29 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Dock, Ky., the daughter of Creed and Barbara (Bradley) Flanery.

Millie had worked for many years at Controls in North Manchester, Ind.

She is survived by her children: Rita K. Sellers, Rochester; Wilbur Lee Prater Jr., Claypool, Ind.; Vicky Dixon, Thomson, Ga.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers: Curtis Flannery, Silver Lake, Ind.; Marvin Flannery, Claypool; sisters: Cassie Bradley, California; Janavee Prater, Roann, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her seven brothers and sisters: Arnold, Evelyn, Oris, Creed Calvin, Lawrence, Lloyd Flannery and Tealie Spears.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.