Whitley County Obituaries

Wise, Earl
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday November 18, 1947

     Earl Wise, 67, former Whitley county Clerk, was found dead in bed at his home at 108 South Whitley street at 9:15 o’clock this morning. Approximately two months ago, Mr. Wise moved to this city from his home at Old Lake where he had resided for many years.
     In recent months, he was employed as the operator of the Star Mail Route between Columbia City and North Manchester. He had evidently returned to his bed after completing his early morning run to North Manchester and suffered the heart attack while in bed which ultimately caused his death.
     He was born in Columbia City on January 26, 1880, a son of James and Minerva Blain Wise. After completing his education he was united in marriage to Samantha Snodgrass, who preceded him in death on February 10, 1941. Following his marriage, they established their home on a farm in Etna township. He was elected to a four year term as Whitley county clerk 1924 to 1928, and during the tenure of his office resided in this city. Later they returned to Old Lake where for several years he operated the Old Lake resort. Mr. Wise was county clerk from 1924 to 1928.
     For many years Mr. Wise was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of this city; the Columbia City Lodge F. and A.M. number 189.
     The surviving relatives include a son, James Wise, New Lake; a daughter, Miss Wilma Wise, Warsaw; one sister, Mrs. George Weick, this city; and three grandchildren.
     The body has been removed to the Charles Smith and Son’s Funeral Home where services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Graham L. Kleespie, pastor of the Grace Lutheran church, officiating. Interment will be in Greenhill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 8 o'clock this evening.

Wise, Harry H.
Unidentified article from "The Scrapbook"
dated Tuesday November 29, 1938

     Harry H. Wise, 64, native of Thorncreek township, died today of heart trouble, at his home in Loraine, Ohio, after an illness of two weeks, according to a message received today by his two sisters, Mrs. Jos. Yontz, of this city, and Mrs. Harlo Burns, of Troy township.
     Mr. Wise, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Wise, of Whitley county, located in Ohio forty-four years ago. For forty years he had been district agent for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and during that time has maintained offices in Lorain.
     He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Wise, a native of Mount Clemons, Mich., and three sons, William, a druggist, Dr. Wayne Wise, a chirpodist, and Kenneth; and a daughter, Gladys, now married, a former teacher, all of Lorain. Besides the two sisters residing here, Mr. Wise is survived by a brother, Morris, residing in Sturgis, Mich.
     Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 0'clock in Lorain and committal services will be held there. Mrs. Yontz will be unable to attend the funeral rites of her brother because of illness which has confined her to her home in this city.

Wise, James R.
Undated article from "The Scrapbook"

     Two weeks ago D.A. Davis received a telegram announcing that his partner, James R. Wise was seriously ill of small pox at Chihuahua, Mexico. Mr. Davis at once came to Las Cruces to make arrangements for sending down a nurse, and to have everything possible done for Mr. Wise, till he himself, should be able to go down to take care of him. On Tuesday last, Mr. Davis was on the point of starting for his friend’s bedside when he received a telegram announcing Mr. Wise’s death. Hurrying on down he found that in compliance with his instructions every possible care and attention had been given his friend, but that the dread disease had proved too much for the best medical skill and careful nursing and Mr. Wise had succumbed. He accordingly bought a pretty lot in the cemetery in perpetuity, had it carefully fenced in, and there laid his friend’s body to rest. Mr. Wise and Mr. Davis had been intimate friends and associated together in business for years. Mr. Davis’ many friends throughout southern New Mexico feel deeply with him in the oss of his old friend and partner.

Wise, Miriam Minerva (Blain)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday March 9, 1892

     Mrs. Miriam Minerva Blain-Wise was born in Whitley county, Indiana, September 26th, 1853. Died, March 8th, 1892. Age 36 years, 5 months and 12 days. She became a member of the Columbia City Baptist church in November 1887. Mrs. Wise left two children, Earl and Ethel, aged respectively 12 and 9 years. She was a widow for more than two years prior to her death. She was a quiet, patient, faithful Christian, and passed away fully confident that all was well beyond. She bore life’s burdens without complaint, carefully concealed her troubles and with a heroism akin to greatness, toiled on. Her ambition was to properly raise and educate her children, but her summons came before the task was done. With sympathy for the orphans and friends, and respect for the memory of the deceased, we leave all with Him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. After brief services at the house, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Sanders, who was too ill to go to the place of burial, the remains were taken to the family burial grounds near Etna where Rev. Rockey preached a sermon, “One by one.” D.W. Sanders

Funeral Notice March 16, 1892
     The funeral of Mrs. Wise took place last Thursday and the remains were taken to the Scott Cemetery in Troy township for interment. Considering the condition of the roads and the driving cold wind the trip was a terrible one. When three miles north of town the horses on the hearse gave out and a team was borrowed from Mr. Egner to complete the journey. Rev. Rockey, owing to the indisposition on the part of Rev. Sanders, led the procession and he says it was the worst trip he ever made in his life. The distance was about eight miles, and the horses were obliged to travel it at a very slow and plodding gait.

Wise, Samantha Anne (Snodgrass)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday February 11, 1942

     A heart ailment and complications from which she had been seriously ill since last November caused the death at 4:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon of Mrs. Earl Wise of Old Lake. She was a native of Etna township where she resided all of her life with the exception of 10 years which she spent in Columbia City. During that time Mr. Wise served as county clerk.
     She was the former Samantha Anne Snodgrass and was born September 13, 1879, to William and Frances Trumbull Snodgrass. In 1905 she was married to Earl Wise who survives with a son, James, of Old Lake, and a daughter, Miss Wilma Wise, who is associated with the State Department of Conservation in Indianapolis; a grandson, James Richard Wise; two brothers, Milo Snodgrass of Troy township and Ray Snodgrass of Etna township; and two sisters, Mrs. J.E. Bowlby, Garrett, and Mrs. Edward Smith of Pierceton. A sister, Mrs. Willis Earnheart of Cromwell, died in 1938.
     Mrs. Wise was a member of Grace Lutheran church and the Bethany class of that church; the Order of Eastern Star; the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the Etna Methodist church; and the Lakeview Club.
     Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home until Thursday morning when the body will be returned to the residence. On Friday the body will be brought to the funeral home where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the Rev. J. S. Hoenstine officiating.

Wise, Sophia Elizabeth (Dunfee)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Friday December 8, 1916

     Mrs. William Wise, of Troy township passed away Wednesday at 1:30 o'clock from blood clots on the brain and paralysis. She has been confined to her bed for the past two weeks and although her condition varied at times, she seemingly grew weaker and the end was not altogether unexpected by members of the family who were familiar with the ailments of the patient.
     Mrs. Wise was a daughter of William and Catherine Dunfee and was born in this city September 18, 1850; she being aged 66 years, 2 months and 18 days at her death. She spent her childhood days in this city and received her education here. On October 9, 1873, she was united in marriage to William Wise, who survives. To this union four children were born; Harry Wise of Lorane, Ohio; Morris J. Wise, of Elkhart; Mrs. Maude Brubaker, of North Webster, and Mrs. Harlow Burns, of Troy township.
     Mr. and Mrs. Wise took up their residence on a farm northwest of this city following their marriage and have resided in Richland, Troy and Thorncreek townships ever since. Mr. Wise was a successful farmer and was greatly assisted by his devoted wife who was constantly caring for her children and their home. She was loved and respected by her many friends. Mrs. Wise was a member of the Thorncreek township Christian church and was a faithful worker in the cause of the Master.
     Besides her husband and children, she is survived by one brother, William Dunfee, of Columbia township, and one sister, Miss Rebecca Dunfee, of Troy township.

Wise, William P.
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Monday October 14, 1935

     William P. Wise, past 83 years old, well-known Whitley county farmer, died Saturday night at 8:45 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harlo Burns, in Troy Township. He had been in declining health for the past year but for the past two weeks his condition, due to a complication of diseases, had grown steadily worse until death ensued.
     Born in Allen county on January 1, 1852, William P. Wise was a son of Jacob and Malissa Stemm Wise, and had reached the age of 83 years, 9 months and 11 days. He resided all his life except one year in Whitley county, for when but a year old his parents brought him to Thorncreek township where he grew to manhood.
     On October 7, 1873, William P. Wise was united in marriage to Sophia Dunfee, who preceded him in death in 1916. Since her death Mr. Wise made his home with his daughter in north Troy township. In addition to Mrs. Wise, the deceased was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
     Surviving are two sons and two daughters, namely, Harry H. of Lorain, Ohio; Maurice, formerly of Elkhart and now of Troy township, who is a twin brother of Mrs. Joseph Yontz, of Columbia City, and Mrs. Harlo Burns. Two sisters; Mrs. David Anspaugh, of Ray, Ind., and Mrs. Rosie Zintz, of Lorain, Ohio, eight grand children and sixteen great-grandchildren also survive Mr. Wise.
     Early in life Mr. Wise united with the Thorncreek Christian church east of Cresco and though this church has been long since abandoned he never changed his membership. William P. Wise was a farmer by occupation all his life and was regarded as an upright and honest Christian character and a fair dealer with all his neighbors, each of whom characterized Mr. Wise as one of the finest neighbors a person could have and one who never spoke anything but kind words of everyone with whom he was acquainted.
     The body was brought to the DeMoney Funeral Home in Columbia City and was removed from there to the Harlo Burns home Sunday. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Burns home. Dr. E.C. Lindsay, of Goshen, will conduct the services and burial will be in Scott cemetery.

     Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Harlo Burns home in Troy Township, for the late William Wise, Dr. E.C. Lindsay, of Goshen, officiating. Ray Estlick and Mrs. Fern Marker sang the hymns.
     The pallbearers were Charles Yontz, William Brubaker, Charles Anspaugh, Victor Phend, William Anspaugh, and Charles Jacobs. The flower bearers were Patsy, Phyllis, Virgina and Billy Phend, great-grandchildren of Mr. Wise. Interment took place in the Scott cemetery.
     Those attending the funeral rites from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wise, Lorain, Ohio; Mrs. Rosa Zintsmeister and daughter, Lorain, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. David Anspaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anspaugh and Mr. and Mrs. William Anspaugh, Ray, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. William Brubaker, Elkhart.

Wise, Wilma F.
The Whitley Times, Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 23, 1996

     Wilma F. Wise, 89, a Columbia City resident, died at 5:25 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a patient for the past two weeks. She was born on September 10, 1906 in Etna Township, Whitley County, a daughter of Earl and Samantha Snodgrass Wise.
     She attended Etna High School and graduated from the Columbia City High School in 1924. After completing her college work at the International Business College in Fort Wayne, she worked for six years in the office of the Methodist Hospital in Fort Wayne. Later she was employed by the State Conservation Department in Indianapolis. She worked in Indianapolis for nine years and then worked in the office of the Linvill Clinic in Columbia City for twenty-seven years. Miss Wise, who was never married, retired in 1976.
     She was a member for more than seventy years of the Grace Lutheran Church, the Tabatha Group of the Church, Columbia City B. & P. W. and the Order of the Eastern Star.
     The surviving relatives include a brother and sister-in-law, James W. and Elizabeth Wise, Columbia City, nephews and nieces.
     The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Gene L. Kinney, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. The burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery. The visitation will be two hours before the service at the funeral home. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Wolfe, Frances Ellen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
January 27, 2002

     Frances Ellen Wolfe, 81, died Saturday at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne. Born in Whitley County, she worked at Precision Plastics for five years and then for Alfran Nursing Home, now The Oaks Living Center, in Columbia City.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. Surviving are a son, Ralph of Columbia City and Leesburg, Fla.; a daughter, Susie Ness of Columbia City; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
     Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City. Calling from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Burial in Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials to Northeast Indiana Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Wolfe, Frances Ellen
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
January 29, 2002

     Frances Ellen Wolfe, 81, of Columbia City, died at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2002 at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne. She had been ill only three weeks.
     Born on March 27, 1920, in Collins, a daughter of William and Zelma (Clingerman) Rockey, she graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1938. She had lived her entire life in Whitley County.
     She married Ralph C. Wolfe on August 6, 1938 at the Larwill Wesleyan Methodist Church in Larwill. Mrs. Wolfe worked at Precision Plastics for five years and then at Alfran Nursing Home now known as The Oaks Living Center, both Columbia City.
     Survivors include a son, Ralph (Bonnie) Wolfe of Columbia City and Leesburg, Fla.; a daughter, Susie Ness of Columbia City; four grandchildren, Randy ( Lorna) Wolfe, Jeanette (Doug) Hearld and Cory Ness, all of Columbia City and Shellie (Brian) Ball, Fort Wayne and eight great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Fred and Gerald Rockey; a son-in-law, Gene Ness and her husband Ralph C. Wolfe
     Funeral service is at 1 p.m. today at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Beckner of the Columbia City Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial is at the Nolt Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.
     Memorial bequests may be given in Mrs. Wolfe’s memory to the Northeast Indiana Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Wolfe, Ralph Clifford
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 8, 1986

     Ralph Clifford Wolfe, 73, 325 Hanna St., Columbia City, died at 4:44 p.m. Friday, February 7, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Wolfe submitted to bypass surgery last Tuesday and had been hospitalized since January 29.
     He was born February 14, 1912, in Whitley County, to George and Bessie Lovering Wolfe. His marriage was on August 6, 1938, in Larwill, to Frances Rockey. Mr. Wolfe spent his lifetime in this area. He had lived on Hanna St., for more than 60 years and was retired as an assistant foreman and job setter at Weatherhead.
     Surviving are his wife, Frances; a son, Ralph W. Wolfe of R. 6, Columbia City; a daughter, Susan Ness of R. 7, Columbia City; four grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Robert Wolfe of Luray, Va., and Royal Wolfe of Moline, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. George (Mabel) Bingham of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Floyd (Mary) Kneller of R. 5, Columbia City, Mrs. Donald (Martha) Smith of Columbia City.
     Friends may call at Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel today, February 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. The service will be at the chapel at 2 p.m. Monday with Rev. Leonard King officiating. Burial will be at Nolt Cemetery.

Worth, Cynthia J.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died February 14, 1896

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     Mrs. Cynthia J. Worth was born in Waynesburgh, Stark county, Ohio, January 18, 1845; died February 14, 1896, aged 51 years and 27 days.
     On March 15, 1868 she married David L. Worth. To this union was born five children, Willie E., Harry E., Roy M., Carl L., and Ray R. The first three have already been taken into the other world. About 1851 she came with her family to this city where she has made her home ever since. On May 22, 1893 her husband was removed by the hand of death. The constant care in nursing and waiting upon him, in connection with the close confinement of her business, completely shattered her nerves and broke her down from which sickness she never fully recovered.

Wunderlich, Sarah
Columbia City News - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday January 27, 1859

DIED. In this place on the morning of the 15th inst., Sarah, wife of Simon H. Wunderlich, aged 27 years 11 months and 4 days.
     Thus has passed away from earth one beloved by all that knew her, making a void notably in the family where her loss is irreparable, but in the community where for many years she has manifested such virtue as aveile [?] adoring [?] of woman as a relation and friend.

Wynkoop, Catherine (Meisenhelter)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – January 8, 1909)

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     The death of Mrs. Catherine Wynkoop, an aged pioneer of this county, occurred Friday at the home of her youngest son, Charles Wynkoop, Sr., just east of the city, near the Wynkoop & Erdmann brick yard.
     Catherine Meisenhelter was born in York county, Pennsylvania, December 11, 1826, and was aged 82 years and 27 days at the time of her death. When 13 years of age she came to Ohio to reside with her sister, and grew to womanhood there, marrying Andrew Wynkoop at Springfield, O.
     They came to this county in September, 1852, and resided in this city until their deaths. Five children were born to them, one dying in infancy. The surviving children are Charles Wynkoop, Sr., just east of the city; Gustavus A. Wynkoop, of this city; Robert G. Wynkoop, in the west, and Mrs. Mollie E. Wagner, of Redlands, Cal. One sister, Mrs. Lavina Shellabarger, of Beatrice, Neb., also survives as well as a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her to the grave on March 14, 1887.



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