Obituaries

Helen Wiggs

Helen Wiggs

Helen Josephine Pokorny Wiggs, 89, of New Buffalo, Michigan passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, April 19, 2014 at Carol’s Home in New Buffalo surrounded by loving family and friends. Helen was born January 10, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to Vaclav “James” and Barbara (Kuska) Pokorny. The family moved to New Buffalo where Helen attended and graduated from New Buffalo High School. She was employed as a legal secretary for TC Mullen. She married Harold Wiggs on October 17, 1964 at St. John United Church of Christ in New Buffalo where…

Eldon F. Hellenga

Eldon F. Hellenga

Eldon F. Hellenga, 86, of Three Oaks, Michigan died at his home early Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014 with his wife at his side. Eldon was born May 25, 1927 in Three Oaks, Michigan to Fred and Dora (Scheevel) Hellenga. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1944. He met Dorothy Schoppers in Minnesota while visiting relatives, they were married on October 26, 1951 in Greenleafton, Minnesota. Eldon was a hard worker and enjoyed tending his vineyards. He had a knack for fixing…

Theodore Sexton

Theodore Sexton

Theodore M. Sexton, 95, of Harbert, Michigan left this earthly life Saturday morning, March 29, 2014 under the loving care of his family at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan. Ted was born on September 19, 1918, in Poskin, Wisconsin, one of eight children born to Stephen and Mabel (LaForest) Sexton. He grew up in New Troy, Michigan and graduated from New Troy High School. He served his country as a navigator aboard a Bomber in the US Army Air Force during WWII. Ted earned his Business degree at the…

John A. Knudsen

John A. Knudsen

John A. Knudsen, 76 of Lakeside, Michigan and Illinois, died peacefully at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, Michigan on Thursday morning, March 13, 2014. John was born February 3, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York to Arthur and Edith (Iversen) Knudsen. His love of the arts lead him on a lifetime of creating, teaching and collecting beautiful things. John earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Iowa. He was a Professor of Art at the William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois for 30 years. He was…

Isabella Wojcik

Isabella Wojcik

Isabella Wojcik, 87, of New Buffalo, Michigan died Thursday morning, March 13, 2014 at St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City, Indiana. Isabella was born May 6, 1926 in Three Oaks, Michigan to Casimer and Julia (Shamrowicz) Sikorski. She attended Riverside School and was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Three Oaks. On February 13, 1947 she married Carl “Charlie” Wojcik in Three Oaks. Isabella was employed by Gerwin Industries in Michigan City, Indiana. She enjoyed traveling. Isabella loved tending to her flower gardens and watching the…

Karen Dobbins

Karen Dobbins

Karen Dobbins, 55, of Galien, Michigan died Wednesday night, March 12, 2014 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles, Michigan after an illness. Karen was born September 9, 1958 in Michigan City, Indiana to Harold and Patsy (Taylor) Paulson. She grew up in New Buffalo and graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1977. Karen was a caring person, so when she began working in healthcare as a Candy Striper it was no surprise. She became a Hemodialysis Tech in the Kidney Unit at Laporte Hospital which later became Nephrology Inc.…

Margaret Huss

Margaret Huss

Margaret Huss, 82, died Tuesday morning, March 11, 2014 at Hamilton Communities in New Carlisle, Indiana. Margaret was born October 5, 1931 in Buchanan, Michigan to Carlton and Mildred (Morse) Renbarger. She grew up in Galien with her brother and all the Renbarger cousins. She graduated from Galien High School in 1949. Margaret married Robert Huss Sr on March 4, 1950 in Galien. She cared for her home and raised her 4 children in the community she would always call home. Margaret and her family tended a large garden and…

Rose Marie Covert

Rose Marie Covert

Rose Marie Covert, 83, of New Buffalo, Michigan and recently of Three Oaks, died Monday morning, March 10, 2014 at LaPorte Hospital. Rosie was born in Buchanan, Michigan on August 7, 1930, one of Frank and Josephine (Nekvasil) Fleck’s eight children. She graduated from New Buffalo High School in 1948 and on July 31, 1948 she married Jack Covert in Crown Point, Indiana. They have remained friends. Rosie was known as a woman full of energy and spunk. Her quick wit served her well when she worked as a waitress…

Adeline Sheldon

Adeline Sheldon

Adeline Sheldon, 93, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Fairfax, Virginia. Adeline was born April 9, 1920 in St. Joseph, Michigan, daughter of Ernest and Mamie (Fuller) Geipel.  She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1937.  She attended Twin City Business College and then worked at the Indiana and Michigan Electric Company, where she met her future husband. Adeline married Lt. Frank C. Sheldon on June 19, 1943, and was able to accompany him to posts on the east coast and in Yuma, Arizona. …

Edward Alexander Martin

Edward Alexander Martin

Edward Alexander Martin, 92, of Glendora, Michigan passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Mr. Martin was born October 2, 1921, in Glendora, the seventh of eight children born to John Carl and Christina (Bitter) Martin. On December 28, 1943, he married Mary Freehling in Baroda. He proudly served his country during World War II with the United States Army and was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Martin worked at Baroda Hardware and Klug Farm Equipment selling and assembling John Deere farm equipment for over 40 years.…