Anna D. Martin
May 12, 1911 - November 22, 2001
Anna D. Martin, 90, a longtime resident of W. Washington St., Plymouth, living in Miller’s Merry Manor for the past nine years, died there of natural causes at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 1901.
Born the daughter of Charles “J.C.” and Ella Reimers Dahlke in Ellicottville, New York, on May 12, 1911, Anna was educated in Ellicottville schools. She lived in New Carlisle, Ind., prior to moving to Plymouth in 1948.
On April 12, 1930, Anna and Charles F. Martin were married in Rochester, Ind. Charles died on Dec. 15, 1975.
A Licensed Practical Nurse, Anna formerly held a position with the Mayflower Nursing Home and did private duty home-care. Anna’s grandchildren and her church, the Blissville Church of the Brethren, of which she was a member for over 40 years, were of great importance to her.
She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Marjorie M. Martin of Plymouth, seven grandchildren, 29 great and 27 great-great grandchildren.
The grandchildren are: Ehler and Barbara Martin, Rochester; Alan and Donna Martin and Charles and Diane Martin, all of Argos; Tony Martin, Elkhart; John and Brenda Martin, Rogers, Ark.; Bruce Martin and friend Mary Ellen, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and Kathy and Al Schaeffner, Macy, Ind.
Two sisters, Ella Robbins, Alexander, N.Y., and Ruth Casella, Salamanca, N.Y., also survive.
Anna was preceded in death by, her husband, two sons, John W. and Charles W. Martin, three sisters and five brothers. Four grandchildren have also died.
Visitation will be in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, from noon to 2 p.m.
Funeral services will follow visitation at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Paul McBride, former pastor of the Blissville Church of the Brethren, will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Anna’s memory may be made to the Blissville Church of the Brethren.
Doris L. McFarland
January 15, 1930 - June 25, 2001
Doris Lavern McFarland, 71, a Plymouth resident all of her life, died at her home, 1018 W. Monroe St., Plymouth, under the loving care of her family and hospice, at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2001.
Doris was born in Plymouth on January 15, 1930, the daughter of Samuel and Alma Pike Hite. She attended Plymouth schools.
On May 3, 1996, in Plymouth, she and Terry L. McFarland were married.
An industrious lady, Doris cleaned churches, offices and homes. Everyone was a part of her family and she was known as Grandma Doris.
She loved to crochet and baby-sit. An avid church-goer, Doris was dedicated to God. She was a member of the Bethel Tabernacle at Argos, Ind.
She is survived by her husband, Terry, of Plymouth, a daughter, Nancy and her husband Jim Rogers of Oklahoma City, Okla., and a son, Ken and Carol Landrie, Plymouth.
Two step-daughters, Tonya and Michael White of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Dawn and Dave Birkey of Lewisville, Tenn., and three step-sons, Patrick and Brenda McFarland, Fairbanks, Alaska, Jerry Lee Morris, Louisville, Ky., and Grover and Gay Morris, Plymouth, Ind., also survive.
Eight grandchildren, thirteen step-grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren survive as well.
A brother, Chester and Helen Wilcox, two sisters, Sharon and Ray Bope and Marie Masterson, all of Plymouth, also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and seven brothers.
Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, June 28, 2001, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Doris’ funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Bethel Tabernacle, 17809 S. Michigan Rd., Argos. The Rev. J. R. Pippenger will officiate. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Doris’ memory may be made to the Bethel Tabernacle.
Ronnie Lee Mellott
September 9, 1955 - October 12, 2001
Ronnie Lee “Bucky” Mellott, Sr., 46, died at 4:01 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2001, from injuries sustained in an industrial accident at Pioneer Hybrid International, 7900 Pine Rd., Plymouth.
Bucky lived at 2403 N. Michigan Rd., Plymouth, a resident here for three years, coming from Texas.
Born in Austin, Texas, on September 9, 1955, Bucky was the son of Sam Edward and Margaret Anna Burrell Mellott. He earned his high school diploma through the United States Army in the state of Washington.
A Vietnam veteran, Bucky had served one tour of duty in both the United States Marines and the United States Army.
On February 21, 1989, in San Antonio, Texas, Bucky and Sheri Y. Craig were married.
He had worked at Pioneer Hybrid International for the past six months and before that, was employed at Dean Pickles and Pactiv.
An avid baseball fan, Bucky also liked to fish and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife and by five sons and four daughters. The sons are: Brian, Michael and Sam Mellott, all at home in Plymouth, and Ronnie Lee Jr., and Jimmy Mellott, both in Texas. His daughters, all in Texas, are Nancy, Edna Mae, Maria and Beatrice Mellott.
His mother, Margaret Anna Mellott, Texas, together with his father and stepmother-in-law, Dave and Mary Craig, Plymouth, and several aunts, uncles and cousins, also survive.
Bucky was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Cecilia Collins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2001, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Funeral services for Bucky will be at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, October, 17, 2001, in the funeral home with Pastor Rustin Krapfl of the Sunrise Chapel officiating.
Military graveside rites by the Plymouth V.F.W. #1162 will be held in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Zelma R. Mercer
January 26, 1912 - July 11, 2001
Zelma R. Mercer, 89, formerly of 619 E. LaPorte St., where she made her home with her devoted son, Michael, died of natural causes at 4:35 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. 2001. Zelma died in the Walnut Creek Nursing Home where she had lived for the past two and a half years.
Born January 26, 1912, in Huntington, West Virginia.
After her high school graduation in 1928, she attended the South Bend College of Commerce and worked for the Westinghouse Corp. When Westinghouse left South Bend, Zelma became the secretary of the First Christian Church of which she was a member. She worked with its’ beloved pastor, Dr. Elmer Ward Cole.
Throughout her life, she remained a faithful and active member of First Christian, serving in many capacities.
The church was the central focus of her life and the life of her family.
On Nov. 19, 1933, in the First Christian Church, Zelma became the bride of Harold A.. Mercer. She devoted the next 17 years to being a full-time wife and mother.
For 27 years, from 1950 until her retirement in 1977, and part-time until 1982, Zelma was a teller, then head teller for the St. Joseph Bank and Trust in South Bend. It was work she dearly loved.
Zelma was known for her sense of humor, her quick intelligence and her strength of character.
She is survived by a son and daughter: Michael K. Mercer, Plymouth and Marilee A. Mercer-Wead, and son-in-law, Gordon R. Wead of Wilmette, Ill. A sister-in-law, Helen Mercer, Plymouth, also survives as well as a niece, Betty Howard, of Lakeland, Florida .
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold who died on Nov. 2, 1988, a sister, Edith Gunter and twin brothers, Harold and Gerald Runyon.
Visitation with Zelma’s family will be on Saturday, July 14, 2001, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 1101 E. Jefferson Blvd., at Eddy Street, South Bend.
Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary. Bert Handwork, an Elder of the church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, South Bend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Zelma’s memory may be sent to First Christian Church, 1101 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN., 46617.
Sr. Lourdes Meyer, PHJC
January 22, 1913 - December 24, 2001
Sr. Lourdes Meyer, PHJC, 88, died at 11:50 p.m., on the millennium eve of Christ’s birth, Monday, December 24, 2001, in the Catherine Kasper Home, at the Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Donaldson, Indiana.
The daughter of William Joseph and Wilhelmine Kahroff Meyer, Sister Lourdes was born in Beckemeyer, Illinois, on January 22, 1913.
She first entered the community on October 15, 1933, the same year she graduated from the School of Nursing. In March of the following year she completed her State Board exams and embarked on a 50 year career of service as a nurse. Sr. Lourdes worked in nearly every hospital department, including teaching in schools of nursing as well as State University.
In 1965 Sister left the Community of the Poor Handmaids, then nearly twenty years later she re-dedicated her life to Christ and re-entered the novitiate on June 9, 1984 and again professed her vows on June 8, 1986. She continued her service to Christ, her Community and the people through her volunteer work at St. Joseph Hospital, Ft. Wayne until her retirement in May of 1996.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Nerger of Park Ridge, Ill. along with dear nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Catherine Kasper Home to celebrate the life of Sr. Lourdes on Wednesday, December 26, 2001, from 4:30 – 9 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at the Catherine Kasper Chapel. Fr. Edward Konerman, S.J. and Fr. Anthony Gillespie will officiate.
Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Donaldson, Indiana.
Lillian Bernice Miller
February 7, 1918 - March 7, 2002
Lillian ‘Bernice’ Miller, 84, died, following an extended illness, at her home, 12403 3A Road, in the loving care of her family and the Marshall County Hospice at 4:48 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2002.
Bernice was born in Culver, Ind., on Feb. 7, 1918, the daughter of Charles A. and Hattie C. Schadel Bixel. She graduated from Plymouth High School in the class of 1936.
Bernice lived almost all of her life in Marshall County with the exception of nine years, 1938 to 1947, when she was in the Chicago area.
On Sept. 4, 1938, in the First Methodist Church of Oxford, Ind., Bernice and Eli Miller were married. Eli died on March 19, 2001.
A homemaker, Bernice was a member of the County Line Brethren Church where she headed the nursery and taught Sunday School for 12 years.
She was an avid reader of, among other works, the Bible, and she was a fan of Gospel music. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, crocheting and sewing clothes. Traveling and fishing were two of her interests and she and her husband often went south and to Wisconsin.
Times spent with grandkids and the preachers kids were a highlight of her day. Lawrence Welk and Tennessee Ernie Ford brought her much listening enjoyment.
Bernice is survived by two sons and six grandchildren.
They are, her oldest son, Roy A. and Kay Miller, Plymouth, and grandson, David and Marilyn Miller, Mishawaka, and granddaughter, Susan and Jeffrey Peterson, South Bend.
Arthur W. and Elizabeth Miller, Bernice’s second son, are the parents of four children: Michael and Angela Miller, Plymouth; Matthew Miller, Plymouth; Martin and Suzanne Miller, Mishawaka and Michelle Miller, Plymouth.
In addition to several nieces and nephews, five great-granddaughters also survive. They are: Stephanie, Jessica, Lindsey, Jillian and Eve.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and six brothers: Russell, Henry, Cecil, Omer, Ernie and Harold Bixel. Martha Carmean, a sister, has also died.
Visitation with the family will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2002, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, Ind.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 11, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Larry Hanson, pastor of the County Line Brethren Church will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Bernice’s memory may be made to the or to the Marshall County Hospice or County Line Church of the Brethren.