Syracuse Obituaries


Doris May ‘Sue’ Gilbert

OI2105864826_HeadshotDoris May ‘Sue’ Gilbert, 85, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor in Syracuse.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1929, in Syracuse, to Martin Franklin and Edith Leora (Wogoman) Hoover. She attended Syracuse High School and was married on Aug. 23, 1952, to Jimmie Lee Gilbert who preceded her in death June 3, 2007.  

She lived most of her life in Syracuse except for a brief time in Florida, North Dakota and Georgia. She was homemaker, formerly worked at Syracuse Rubber Company and assisted her husband building custom cabinets. She attended the Church of the Brethren in North Webster and was a former member of the Church of Brethren in Syracuse 

She is survived by a son: Gary Allen (Donna) Gilbert, Pooler, Ga.; three grandchildren: Michael, Allen and Melanie; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister: Louise Wise, Syracuse; 
two bothers: Karl (Evelyn) Hoover, Morganton, N.C.; and Nelson Hoover, New Paris, Ind. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter: Donna Sue Herman; granddaughter; Mary Sue Gilbert; two sisters: Ronda Hoover and Geneva Cripe; and two brothers: Ray Hoover and Junior Hoover. 

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Wyman of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery. 

Memorial bequest may be given to Donor’s Choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

Connie Ray

Connie Ray, age 74, of Syracuse, passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at home.

She was born on May 18, 1940, to Russell and Reba (Senff) Bellman in Millwood. On Dec. 24, 1964, she married Jerry E. Ray. He survives.

She graduated from Bremen High School in 1958 and went on to work as a counselor at the Indiana State School for the Deaf. She was a member of the Albion Eastern Star and enjoyed Purdue basketball and football.

Additional survivors include three children, Shaun L. (Matthew) Mawhorter, Shane E. (Lisa) Ray, Stacy L. (Travis) Steele; seven grandchildren, Blake Mawhorter, Brooke Mawhorter, Bridget Mawhorter, Madison Ray, Alison Ray, Walker Donley, and Trevor Steele; and a sister Cindy (Melvin) Coyle.

Visitatation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 3. Pastor Gene Hollingsworth will officiate. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Indiana State School for the Deaf or Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital Fund.


Gary W. Helman

OI1677403675_HeadshotGary W. Helman, 56, of Cromwell, Ind., passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born on July 3, 1958, in Gary, Ind., to Virgil Leroy and Attabelle “Atta” (Gipson) Hellman. He graduated in 1976 from Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Ind., and lived most of his life in the Cromwell area, except a short time in California and Columbia City, Ind.  

He was formerly employed at Shoemaker’s in Columbia City. He was raised in the Pentecostal Church. 

He is survived by three daughters: Emily Helman, Rachel Helman and Anna Helman, all of Columbia City; grandson: Christopher Logan; his mother: Atta Helman, Cromwell; a twin brother: Larry (Annette) Helman, Cromwell; and a sister: Teresa (Delmas) Davis, Goshen, Ind. 

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother: Michael Helman. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Carl Crise of the Whosoever Will Worship Center in Elkhart, Ind., and brother-in-law: Delmas Davis officiating. Private family burial will take place in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Memorial bequest may be given to Gary Helman Funeral Fund, c/o Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN 46567.


Mary Johnson

JohnsonMary Johnson, 79, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away at 3:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in her residence.

On Aug. 18, 1935, she was born in Floyd County, Ky., to John B. and Ada (Coleman) Whitt. She married James Johnson in Wichita, Kan., on March 4, 1993.

Mary attended Trinity Faith Church, Sellers Lake. She was a good mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

She is survived by four daughters: Donna Tolson, Campton, Ky.; Rose Gilstrap, Purcell, Okla.; Bonnie Endicott, Syracuse; and Sue Raber, Warsaw, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, two sons and several brothers and sisters.

No visitation or services are planned.

McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, was entrusted with the arrangements.

To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to the McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapels website.

Alexia Lynne Aumiller

Alexia Lynne Aumiller, passed away at birth on Aug. 14, 2014, at DuPont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She is survived by her parents: Desirae Lynne Davis and Logan Lee Aumiller; a twin sister: Abigail Joy Aumiller; her older sister: Kaylie Davis; two brothers: Devon Davis and Mason Seidner; maternal grandparents: Tonna (John) Slusher, Kimmel, Ind.; and paternal grandparents: Teresa Aumiller, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Robert Aumiller, LaPorte, Ind.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Oakwood Cemetery Chapel in Warsaw, Ind. Interment will immediately follow at the cemetery.