Semone R. Minix

Semone R. Minix, age 47, of North Judson, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Semone was born September 4, 1971 in Orange County, California. She had been working as a cashier at the Zip Thru Mart in Knox. On May 8, 2004 she married Gellis “Gill” Minix, he survives. Also surviving are her daughter, Emrald Nichole Brown of North Judson, step daughters, Stephanie Lillie Brooke of Toto and Michelle Rose Hutton of Knox, sisters, Tanya Helser of Warsaw and Ronda Hayter of Arizona, her step father, John Booker (Sandi) of North Judson, and 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael Lister and Debra Blue Lister.

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Michael “Lonnie” Butler

Funeral services for 59-year-old Michael “Lonnie” Butler, of Walkerton, will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. CDT at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel with visitation there from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Military graveside services will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family.

Judith Ann “Judy” Stigall

Funeral services for 74-year-old Judith Ann “Judy” Stigall, of Winamac, will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 11 a.m. at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation will be held there on Friday, May 31st from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again one hour prior to services on Saturday. Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

Theodore L. “Ted” Bombagetti

Theodore L. “Ted” Bombagetti, age 63, of Knox, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019. He was born October 11, 1955 in Chicago. Ted was dedicated to his community. For 40 years, he served his community as a volunteer fire fighter. He was a member of the Bass Lake and Knox-Center Township Fire departments. Starting out at Bass Lake, he was Chief for 6 years.

He was currently the Assistant Fire Chief of the Knox-Center Township Fire department. To him, being a fire fighter was a true calling and an honor. He also served as Starke County’s Emergency Management Director before taking a regional position with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

During his children’s time in the Knox School Corporation, he served as the Band Booster president for 4 years. He was well known for his ability to efficiently pack the trailer with props and instruments. Ted also happily cooked breakfast for post-prom goers. Encouraging those, when leaving, to pick a better pair of shoes than those they arrived in.

Ted will always be remembered for his ability to make all feel welcome. He had an uncanny way to make those around him feel important, loved, and supported. To him, no one was a stranger. His 7 grandchildren were his pride and joy. Ted was most happy and slept the most sound when everyone was home. His family will miss playing 7 Card No Peek, watching movies, and his infectious spirit. And of course, everyone who knew Ted knew that he was a huge Notre Dame fan, especially football….Go Irish!

On September 23, 1978, in Knox, he married Carol Albright, she survives. Also surviving are his mother, MaryAnn Bombagetti of Knox, his daughters, Sarah Nehrbass (Jon) of Seattle, Washington, Katie Jordan (Jesse) of Knox, and Angela Carver (Tim) of Galveston, Indiana, his brothers, Joe Bombagetti (Denise) of Crown Point, Indiana and Ed Bombagetti (Rose) of Cedar Lake, Indiana, and his 6 grandchildren, Amelia and Eleanor Nehrbass, Rylan, Kohl and Jude Jordan, and Madelynn Carver. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Bombagetti and a granddaughter, Jessah Jordan.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 4-8pm (CT) at M.C. Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11am (CT) Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Knox.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox-Center Township Fire Department, 101 W. Washington St., Knox, IN 46534.

Wanda J. Buczek

A Funeral Mass for Wanda J. Buczek, 98, of Medaryville, will be held Thursday, May 30 at 11 a.m. EDT at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church in Francesville. Visitation is Wednesday, May 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. A Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 4 p.m., and the Rosary will be recited at 9 p.m. Memorials may be given to the West Central Scholarship Fund.

John Branden

Funeral services for John Branden, 37, of Plymouth, are Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT at the Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation there from noon until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the funeral home.

Shaun “Bub” Michael Fugate

Funeral services for Shaun “Bub” Michael Fugate, 34, of Knox, are Tuesday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel in Knox, with visitation there Monday, May 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be given to the family.

David Vieting

Funeral services for 75-year-old David Vieting, of Hamlet, will be Thursday, May 23 at 11 a.m. CDT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel with visitation there on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be given to the Hospice Foundation.

Patty L. Ford

Patty L. Ford passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019 at Pulaski Center Health Care Center in Winamac, In.

Patty was a member of the North Judson United Methodist Church and served as treasurer for many years. She enjoyed reading and she was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Surviving are four daughters, Diana (David) Vermilyer, Vicki (Dale) Sturgell, Linda (Lance) Lewandowski, Karen Ford and one son, Steve Ford. Patty is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 46 great grand-children and 8 great, great grandchildren. Her greatest joy was attending all the activities of her grandchildren as they were growing up.

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Tony Wagers

50-year-old Tony Wagers of Plymouth passed away Monday, May 13, 2019. A memorial service will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. CDT at Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel. A Gathering of Family & Friends will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Dolly (Kajer) Minarik

(Dolly) LaVerne Minarik went to be with the Lord on May 12th, 2019 at the age of 94, in her sleep at Life Care Center, Rochester Indiana. Dolly was born on March 31st, 1925 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago Illinois to Frank and Julia Kajer. Dolly was married to Joseph Minarik on September 23rd, 1946 in Tennessee, was a housewife and helped on the family farm.

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Maria Sirghi

Funeral services for 61-year-old Maria Sirghi, of Plymouth, will be Wednesday, May 15 at 1 p.m. CT at the Braman and Son Memorial Chapel in Knox with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Harvey Harrison Hatfield Jr.

Graveside services for 83-year-old Harvey Harrison Hatfield Jr., of Plymouth, Indiana, will be Friday, May 17 at 1 p.m. CT at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Knox. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox VFW Post #748. The Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Knox, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond C. Christian

Raymond Curtis Christian, 76, of North Judson, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend surrounded by his family. He was born on July 18, 1942 in Lamar County, Alabama to Noble and Mary Francis (McCool) Christian. He was married on September 16, 1984 in North Judson to Susan Liechty, a former resident of Berne.

At an early age, the family moved to Warsaw and he graduated from Warsaw High School in 1961. During his high school career, he participated in band and also ran cross country. Continue reading

Clara Saine

Funeral services for 82-year-old Clara Saine, of North Judson, will be held at Braman & Bailey Funeral Home, Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11 AM with Rev. Babcock officiating.

Friends will be received 9 AM until the time of service at 11 AM, Thursday, May 16, at the Braman & Bailey Funeral Home, North Judson, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Starke County Humane Society.

Charles Wagers

83-year-old-Charles Wagers of Koontz Lake passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CDT at Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake 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.

Larry D. “Bean” Shidler

Funeral services for 79-year-old Larry D. “Bean” Shidler, of Winamac, will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 11 a.m. ET at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation will be held there on Wednesday, May 15th from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., with an Eagle’s Memorial Service at 8 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery in Winamac.

Larry L. Link

Funeral services for 71-year-old Larry L. Link, of Winamac, will be held on Tuesday, May 14th at 11 a.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation will be held there on Monday, May 13th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Sandra “Sandy” Sue Bryant

A memorial service for 68-year-old Sandra “Sandy” Sue Bryant, of North Judson will be held at a later date. The Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson is in charge of arrangements.