Julie Dieden Gillespie

Julie Dieden Gillespie, age 84, of Tuscon, Arizona, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at her home.

Julie was born July 29, 1934 in Kokomo, Indiana to Ray Dieden and Ruth Covington Dieden, both deceased. She loved her family, reading and living in the desert in her final years. She especially cherished Liz’s dogs, Myndi, Bella and Lucy. Julie was loved by all who knew her, especially the hospice nurses and support staff.

She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Wright of Tuscon, AZ, James P. Gillespie (Kaylynne) of Union, MI and Cathy Levy (Jeff) of Berrien Springs, MI, grandchildren, Lauren and Erica Levy and Troy and Todd Campenello, 5 great grandchildren, and a brother-in-law, Ray Alexander. She was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Alexander.

Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11am (CT) with visitation one hour prior to services, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox. Burial will follow at Bass Lake Cemetery in Knox.

Anna Mae Minker

89-year-old Anna Mae Minker of Donaldson, formerly of Hamlet, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CST at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel. Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Center for Hospice, the Hamlet United Methodist Church or the Starke County Scholarship Foundation.

Cindy (Biddle) Vessely

Funeral services for Cindy (Biddle) Vessely, 65, of North Judson, are Saturday, January 12 at noon at Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church in Wheatfield. Visitation is Friday, January 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Braman & Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson. Memorials may be given to Sorrowful Mother Catholic Church, English Lake Church, or Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Shirley Capouch

92-year-old Shirley Capouch, of San Pierre, passed away on January 8th, 2019. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 11 a.m. CT at the All Saints Catholic Church in San Pierre with Fr. Terrence W. Bennis officiating. Visitation will be held there from 9 a.m. until the time of the services. Interment will be at the All Saints Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. Boersma Funeral Home in Wheatfield is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Adams

Funeral services for 91-year-old Mary Lou Adams, of Francesville, formerly of Winamac, will be held on Friday, January 11th at 2 p.m. ET, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to

Carole J. Graham

Carole J. Graham, age 76, of Knox, passed away Monday, January 7, 2019. Carole was born May 25, 1942, in Marion, Indiana to Donald J. Peffley and Delores Huff Peffley, both deceased. On April 13, 1992, she married Lanny Graham, he survives. Continue reading

Paul Ferch

Funeral services for 91-year-old Paul Ferch, of Hamlet, will be Thursday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. CST at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hamlet. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel, and Thursday at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the Starke County Scholarship Fund.

Betty Sue DeShazo

Funeral services for Betty Sue DeShazo, 90, of Winamac, formerly of Monterey, are Monday, January 7 at 11 a.m. EST at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service

Anthony J. Pitts

A memorial service for Anthony J. Pitts, 39, of Winamac, will be held Thursday, January 3 at 1 p.m. EST at the Nazarene Church of Winamac, with visitation there from noon until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the family. Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox is in charge of arrangements.

Donald J. Koopman

82-year-old Donald J. Koopman, of North Judson, passed away on Wednesday, January 2nd in Knox. Funeral services for Donald Koopman will be held on Saturday, January 5th at 1 p.m. CST at the Braman & Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson with visitation there from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the Oak Park Cemetery.

Gerald T. Parascandolo

Gerald Parascandolo

93-year-old Gerald T. Parascandolo, of North Judson, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2018. Gerald was born January 7, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York, to Andrew and Josephine (Maimone) Parascandolo.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Picchietti), and four children: Brian (Judy) Paras, Carol (David) Swihart, Kathy Paras, and Mark (Lola) Paras. He is also survived by his brother Dominic Parascandolo and sister Cecelia Brookfield. He leaves behind nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Continue reading

Patrick Kerrigan

88-year-old Patrick Kerrigan, of Knox, passed away December 9th. A Funeral Mass for will take place Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. (CT) at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Knox. M.C. Smith Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elaine M. Marsh

84-year-old Elaine Marsh, of Hamlet, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018.  Funeral services will be Thursday at 12:00 noon CST at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation will be Thursday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

Robina M. McGrory

Robina M. McGrory, age 83, of Knox, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Robina was born November 4, 1935 in Grangemouth, Scotland to Neil Molloy and Anne Boyle Molloy, both deceased. She had worked as a telephone operator for Illinois Bell for over 20 years before retiring. On October 15, 1955, in Chicago, she married James McGrory, he survives. Continue reading

Woodrow Brewer

Funeral services for 82-year-old Woodrow Brewer, of North Judson, will be held on Saturday, December 29 at 12 p.m. at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Free United Baptist Church.

Wayne Berg

Funeral services for Wayne Berg, 83, of Hamlet, are Thursday, December 27 at 11 a.m. CST at the Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel, with visitation there Wednesday, December 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, December 27 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the Hamlet United Methodist Church.

Marian B. Alberding

Funeral services for 97-year-old Marian B. Alberding, of Gatesville, Texas, formerly of Jasper and Pulaski County, Indiana, will be held on Friday, December 28th at 1 p.m. EST at the First Baptist Church in Francesville. Visitation will be held there from 10 a.m. until the time of the services. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Gideon’s. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville.

Hoye Miller, Jr.

71-year-old Hoye Miller, Jr. of Tennessee, formerly of Knox, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018. A memorial service will take place on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Hamlet American Legion. M.C. Smith Funeral home is handling arrangements.

Gerald Gunter

Funeral services for Gerald Gunter, 77, of Hebron, will be Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson with visitation there from 10 a.m. CT until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Victory Baptist Church in Roselawn.