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Peggy Forester

Jun 13, 1940 - Nov 05, 2023

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Elkhart, IN

Peggy Ann Forester, 83, of Elkhart, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at Majestic Care of Goshen. A Funeral Service for Peggy will be held at 12:00 pm on Monday, November 13, 2023 at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. , Elkhart, IN 46514. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours prior to the start of the service at the funeral home. Entombment will follow the funeral at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens and Cemetery in Osceola. To ...Read More

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Richard J. Baxter Sr

Feb 09, 1943 - Feb 18, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Richard J. Baxter Sr, 81, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024, in Elkhart, Indiana.Richard was born on February 9, 1943, in Niles, Michigan to the late Clifford Baxter and Fern (Reist) Baxter.Along with his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife of 34 years, Patricia (Hartstein) Baxter, and siblings, Wanita Singleton, Sonny Baxter, Jim Baxter, Nancy Yahne, Pam Payne, Donna Morris, Sandy Craig, Ronnie Baxter, and Terry Baxter.Left to cherish the memory of Richard are his sons, Steve (Ruthann) Baxter, Rich (Abby) Baxter, and Mark (Christa) Baxter; grandchildren, Crystal, Steffanie, Dustin, and Nick; great-grandchildren, Christian, Phoenix, Isaiah, and Faith, and sister, Carolyn Schneider.Richard was a lifelong enthusiast of the South Bend Motor Speedway, his presence gracing the stands for over six decades. His passion for mechanics shone through in every car and tractor he tenderly repaired.Richard's joy was palpable when frequenting the casino or bowling. His competitive spirit shone through in his love for playing horseshoes or cards with his family, activities that brought him laughter and camaraderie. His skillful hands were often seen contributing to numerous construction projects at the homes of his children.Richard's life was a testament to the bonds of family; he found his greatest joy in the simplest moments spent with his loved ones. He was a fixture at his children and grandchildren's baseball games, always there to cheer them on. His home was a hive of activity, always echoing with the laughter and chatter of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom he deeply adored.He will be remembered for his kind heart, infectious enthusiasm, and the joy he brought to every life he touched.Visitation for Richard will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm with a Celebration of Life to be officiated by Pastor Jeff Whittaker at 2:00pm at Michiana Christian Embassy, 1922 E Main St. Niles, MI 49120. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the church.Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.Photos, condolences, and memories may be left for Richard’s family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com

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Shirley James

Jul 22, 1938 - Feb 18, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Shirley James Obituary Shirley (Jackett) James, 1938 – 2024 of Osceola, Indiana, passed away quietly in her 85th year on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Center in Elkhart, Indiana, after a long and hard battle with Alzheimer’s. Shirley is survived by her four children, Tracy (Jay) Newlin, Terrie (Jeff) Burrell, Tonya (Marc Hinson) James, and Troy (Katie) James. Shirley is survived by her nine grandchildren; Nicholas Newlin, Aaron Newlin, Andrew Eisenbeiss, Leslie (Eisenbeiss) McEndarfer, Caleb Newlin, Briar (Eisenbeiss) Faye, Stephanie Bertron, Emilia James, and Adam James, and nine great-grandchildren Anastasia, Iliana, Alexander, Olivia, Isaac, Nolan, Wren, Sofia, and Sebastian all of whom have inherited a legacy of her strength, determination, joy, caring and resourcefulness. Shirley was the daughter of the late Wilfred Jackett and Pansy (Ball) Jackett and was preceded in death by her husband, Clare James. Shirley was the sister of George (Anna May) Jackett and was preceded in death by her sister Marina (John) McLennan, her brother Jim (June) Jackett, and her sister Pauline (Bill) Eberts. Originally from Fenelon Falls, Ontario Canada, Shirley graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada in 1959. Shirley continued her nursing career in Thompson Manitoba, Canada, Wabush, New Foundland, Canada, and Labrador, Canada. In 1965, Shirley moved to Indiana, along with her husband, Clare James, who preceded her in death. Shirley was a devoted mother, grandmother, avid gardener, and had a never-ending passion for being outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature whether on a walk, on her bicycle, or ice skating. Friends, family, and neighbors could all rely on Shirley for her constant willingness to help out no matter the task or situation, including during difficult hours of need. Shirley will be celebrated in August and interned at the Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Cemetery where she will be able to rest in peace with the family she loved, in the community that she called home, and the place where she found happiness. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Shirley’s name to either the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society (kawarthafoundation.ca) Read More

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Gary Benbow Erekson

Aug 28, 1933 - Feb 20, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Gary Benbow Erekson, 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart, IN.Gary was born on August 28, 1933, in Murray, Utah, to Reid Benbow & Evelyn (Olson) Erekson. He is survived by Janice (Aumann) Erekson, his wife of 62 years, and his sister and brother-in-law, Taya & John Cowan of Ft. Wayne, IN and his sisters-in-law Carolyn Brown and Judith Light. He is also survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Cameron & Audrey Erekson of Broomfield, CO, Craig Erekson of Bristol, IN, and Christopher & Joanna Erekson of Middlebury, IN.Surviving grandchildren (9) & great-grandchildren (5) include Spencer (Brittany) Erekson and their children, Reagan, Simon, and Landon, of Superior, CO, Reid (Anisha) Erekson of Arlington Heights, IL, Olivia Erekson and her fiancée Arick Doberenz of Middlebury, IN, Emily & Colin Utley and their children, Beau & Louie, of Middlebury, IN, Lt. William Erekson, USCG, Sophie Erekson of Bristol, IN, Jackson Erekson, Charlie Erekson, and Luke Erekson of Middlebury, IN.In addition to his parents and in-laws, Norbert and Hilda Aumann, Gary was predeceased by his sisters, Sandra Mutchler and Greta Schnepf.Gary’s family moved quite often and were involved in local theater and radio productions wherever they settled. He graduated from Decatur (Indiana) High School in 1951 where he played basketball, football, and baseball. After high school, he attended the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT where he finished 2nd in his class, captained the varsity basketball team for two years, and was battalion commander for his class. Gary graduated as a commissioned officer in 1955, and was stationed in Miami and Miyako Jima. Gary left the Coast Guard in 1959 to attend Harvard University where he received his MBA in 1961.He met and began dating the light of his life, Janice Aumann, during his time at Harvard and they married on June 10, 1961 settling in Decatur, IN, where he began his 27-year career with CTS Corporation. CTS took him from CTS of Berne (IN), to a sales office in Pasadena, CA, West Lafayette, IN and back to Berne, where he was eventually named President of CTS of Berne. In 1984 Gary, Jan and the boys moved to Elkhart, IN after Gary was named chief operating officer of CTS Corporation and transferred to corporate headquarters. He retired from CTS as chief financial officer in 1988.Gary enjoyed the 30 winters that he and Janice spent in Marco Island, FL. They always had plenty of family visitors and made many memories there.Gary loved to compete; he was up for just about any game or contest at any time. He was an excellent bridge and chess player. Gary loved playing basketball on the driveway with his boys. He also enjoyed golf and tennis and played until well into his 80’s when his back told him it was time to retire his clubs and racquet.Gary will be remembered by his friends and family as a wonderful husband, father and son. He had a very quick wit and enjoyed making people smile.Family and friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Zwick& Jahn Funeral Home – Decatur. Private family services will be held at a later date with burial at Decatur Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 W. Monroe St, Decatur, IN 46733. Arrangements are by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, Indiana.

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Steven Carl Westlake

Jan 27, 1948 - Feb 19, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

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Cathy Ann Ermis

Apr 10, 1960 - Feb 19, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Cathy Ann Ermis, 63, of Elkhart passed away on Monday, February 19, 2023 at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart. To to the family or in memory of Cathy Ann Ermis, please

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Laura Bauman Schumm

Apr 21, 1932 - Feb 16, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Laura Bauman Schumm passed away peacefully just after noon on February 16, 2024, in her home surrounded by many family members. Laura was the nurse everyone hopes to have; comforting, pragmatic, wise and skillful. She had an innate talent for the ministry of hospitality and was committed to radical inclusion long before it became a buzzword. She was joyfully intrepid, usually up for just about anything anyone proposed. Her grandchildren fondly remember middle of the night tea parties with Grandma Laura, bookended by hours of talking and looking at pictures. The older Laura got the more radiant she seemed to become, as though the light was just busting out. She was our load-bearing wall, perfectly designed and solid. When she passed on, she left a sturdy beam of light, strong enough to continue supporting and guiding us.Laura was born to Owen and Lydiann Bauman on April 21, 1932 on their farm in St. Jacob’s, Ontario, the second of five children. In 1957 she married Dale Schumm with whom she had two children. In 1966 while the children were still little the family moved to India where they worked together for Mennonite Board of Missions and Mennonite Central Committee. When they moved to Elkhart, Indiana in 1972 Laura worked in a nursing home and later as a hospice nurse while hospice was still a relatively new concept. She was instrumental in the beginning of Elkhart Community Hospice and worked with them until retirement and again afterwards. In addition to India, Laura and Dale visited many parts of the world. She had a special interest in Palestine and Israel having been involved in the founding of the living history site Nazareth Village.Visitation will be held at 9:00 am Monday, February 19, 2024 at Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart with funeral at 11:00 am EST. To view the service go to https://youtube.com/live/Ai7XButHIgs?feature=shareMemorial gifts in her honor can be directed to Goshen Home Care and Hospice, who cared for her in her last weeks, and to the Love Fund at Belmont Mennonite Church.

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Melvin L. Hoover

May 28, 1937 - Feb 16, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Melvin L. Hoover, 86, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Elkhart General Hospital with loving family by his side. Arrangements are pending at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St, Elkhart, IN 46514. To to the family or in memory of Melvin L. Hoover, please

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Betty L. Blake

Jul 03, 1934 - Feb 13, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Betty L. Blake, 89, a longtime resident of Elkhart, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Elkhart Meadows where she had been living in memory care since 2020. Born Betty Lou Stevenson on July 3, 1934, to Milton and Ethel Stevenson of Ottawa, Illinois, Betty was the eighth of their nine children. She met Kenneth A. Blake, the love of her life, at Ottawa Township High School, where they were elected Homecoming Queen and King as seniors in 1952. After graduation, Betty worked for the American Association of State Highway Officials (now “AASHTO”) and in 1957, she and Ken moved to Tokyo, Japan where Ken served in the United States Armed Forces. Upon their return Stateside in 1960, Betty worked for the Peace Corps while Ken completed his master’s degree at the University of Northern Illinois in De Kalb, where they had the first of their three children. They relocated to Elkhart in 1965 where Ken began a long career with Miles Laboratories, and Betty thrived as a stay-at-home mom, craft and floral design expert, and president of her kids’ PTA. Betty returned to the workforce in 1980 at Pierre Moran Junior High and ultimately retired from the Elkhart Community Schools a decade later. A relentless volunteer and charity event organizer, Betty was constantly focused on improving the lives of those around her, as well as the lives of people she had never met. We will miss her greatly. Betty was preceded in death by Ken in 2022, just one month shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her three children: Steven of Palm Springs, California; Stephanie of Bloomington, Indiana; and Jennifer Weaver of Zionsville, Indiana; and three grandchildren: Blake, Brock, and Whitney. A special memorial service and celebration of life for both Betty and Ken will be held at a later date in their hometown of Ottawa, IL, with interment at Oakwood Memorial Park. Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, tribute donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.act.alz.org To to the family or in memory of Betty L (Stevenson) Blake, please

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Kenneth Bryant

Jun 25, 1964 - Feb 12, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

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Stuart B. Basquin

Jun 17, 1929 - Feb 09, 2024

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Elkhart, IN

Stuart B. “Stu” Basquin, 94, of Elkhart, died at home surrounded by family and friends on Friday, February 9, 2024. Stuart was born on June 17, 1929, in Chicago, IL to the late Harold G. and Eugenia (Whittington) Basquin. Stu graduated from Amarillo High School in Texas in 1947 and then served in the U.S. Navy as a SEABEE. After his discharge, he enrolled at Northwestern University where he graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. While in Chicago, in 1956, Stu married Gertrude “Trudy” Gaden, his best friend for 60 years. Trudy died January 4, 2017. Stuart met Trudy on a blind date. After a courtship of sailing Lake Michigan, they married, started a family, and moved to Elkhart. In the early years in Elkhart, Stu pursued his passion for water by sailing with the Eagle Lake Sailing Club and fishing various bodies of water. Water continued to be an important part of life, as they made their home on the St. Joseph River. His first job after moving to Elkhart in 1959 was with Henry Weis Manufacturing Company in sales. He then took a position with Elkhart Products Corporation where he served as vice president of sales until his retirement in 1991. Stu was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church where he taught Sunday school and served as a vestry member and leader. He served on the YMCA board and led YMCA youth programs. He umpired youth softball. Stu was a loyal Rotarian. In his retirement, Stu took the opportunity to give back to the community. He was a member of the Elkhart Public Library Board of Trustees, involved with the CARES mentoring program for Elkhart Community Schools, a board member of the Salvation Army, and a member and past president of SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives). He mentored for the Elkhart County Court Services juvenile probation program, receiving the Dr. Earl L. Kent Award in recognition of his outstanding performance and contribution to the juvenile probation department. He was an avid reader and enjoyed reading with elementary students through the Friends of the Library. There wasn’t a “Little Library” that he could pass by. Stu and Trudy enjoyed travels to the U.S. Southwest and West Coast to visit friends and family. They enjoyed hiking the Texas Palo Duro Canyon and the mountains in Santa Fe. Locally, they hiked the county parks and the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Stu and Trudy were strong supporters of local artists and the Midwest Museum of American Art. Stu loved people and animals. He was a loving husband and father. He was kind, adventurous, compassionate, and expected good in others. Stu was a father figure and mentor to many. He never knew a stranger and opened his heart and home to all. Surviving are sister, Eugenia Basquin Oglesby; son, Blair Basquin; three daughters: Elizabeth (Philip) Krause, Robyn (Timothy) Loughran, and Jacqueline (Paul) Miotto; eight grandchildren: Joseph, Katherine (Thomas Craddock), and Thomas Krause; Nicholas (Sydney), Peter, and Anne Loughran; Michael and Christopher Miotto. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 1:00 pm until the hour of the service at 2:00 pm, all at St. David’s Episcopal Church 26824 C. R. 4, Elkhart. The Rev. Robert Armidon will officiate. Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Stuart to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens 1011 N. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46514 or the Midwest Museum of American Art 429 S. Main St., Elkhart, IN 46516. To to the family or in memory of Stuart L. Basquin, please

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