Leona E. 'Lee" Campbell

Leona E. "Lee" Campbell, 90, of Gas City, and having family members in Huntington, died Dec. 18, 2008, at 12:50 a.m. at Marion General Hospital.

Mrs. Campbell had owned and operated a beauty shop in Jonesboro and later worked at RCA for 32 years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Gas City, the Rosary Society and the RCA Sympathy Club. She was a graduate of Urbana High School.

She was born Dec. 2, 1918, in Urbana to Clay and Mary Coughlin Driscoll. She married Gerald Campbell, who preceded her in death on April 20, 1981.

Paul E. Johnson

Paul E. Johnson, 89, of Markle, died Dec. 20, 2008, at 8:25 a.m. at the Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center, Bluffton.

Mr. Johnson, a graduate of Liberty Center High School, was a dairy farmer. He was a former Wells County 4-H Horse and Pony leader and a member of the Wheels of Yesteryear and the Wells County Coon Hunters Club. He attended Boehmer United Methodist Church and was a member of Masonic Lodge 145, Bluffton, and Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne.

Bettie L. Strickler

Bettie L. Strickler, 66, of Huntington, died Dec. 20, 2008, at her home.

Mrs. Strickler attended the College Park Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

She was born April 21, 1942, in Wabash to Harry and Betty Fry Bradley, who survive. She is also survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert E. Strickler.

Additional survivors include four sons, Rob (Georgia) Strickler, Rod (Edna) Strickler, Bryan Strickler and Zachory (Stephanie) Strickler; a daughter, Anita (George) Pape; a brother, Michael E. Bradley; and seven grandchildren.

Mary E. Thomas

Mary Elizabeth Thomas, 97, of Dayton, TN, and formerly of Huntington, died Dec. 19, 2008, at the Rhea Medical Center in Dayton, TN.

Mrs. Thomas was a member of Northview Church of Christ. She had been a member of the Farm Bureau of Indiana for more than 50 years.

She was born March 30, 1911, in Huntington County, to Joseph Elbridge and Lena Ardella Beerbower Thompson. She married Keith Dale Thomas on Jan. 29, 1935, in Lancaster Township. Her husband preceded her in death in 1993.

Donald Sandel

Donald Sandel, 76, of Zanesville, died Dec. 19, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Sandel served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in New Haven.

He was born March 26, 1932, in Omaha, NE, to John and Ruth Sandel. He is survived by his wife, Cherie Sandel.

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert Sandel, of Zanesville, and Jim (Carolyn) Sandel, of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Julie (Steven) Lee, of Fort Wayne; a brother, Jim; four sisters, Kathleen, Joan, Rita and Linda; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sister Mary Ruth Kramer

Sister Mary Ruth Kramer, O.L.V.M., 84, of Victory Noll, Huntington, died Dec. 20, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. at the Holy Family Health Care Center at Victory Noll.

Sister Kramer entered the congregation of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters on Oct. 28, 1943, and made first vows on Aug. 5, 1946. She served in missions in California, Indiana, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio. She returned to Victory Noll in June 2008 to serve as liturgist.

Helen M. Donnelly

Helen M. Donnelly, 53, of Mayfield Heights, OH, and formerly of Huntington, died Dec. 17, 2008, at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, TX.

Miss Donnelly was employed as a project manager for Sun Gard Institutional Brokerage in Hinsdale, IL. She graduated from Huntington Catholic High School in 1973 and earned her bachelor of arts degree from Bowling Green State University.

She was born Aug. 17, 1955, in Youngstown, OH, to William J. and Anne R. "Jeanne" McGarvey Donnelly.

Christmas has a German flavor at restored schoolhouse

Jean Gernand stands in front of the restored German School on CR 1000W, Huntington County, IN.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

This story, like all good fairy tales, starts with a wicked stepmother.

There's adventure, danger, a fairy godmother - and a magical Christmas ending.

So, here goes:

Once upon a time (the late 1830s) a teenage girl lived with her family in a far-away land (Germany). The girl's stepmother was so wicked, the story passed on to her descendants goes, that she gave her only the fat from the meat at dinner time, and the girl would throw the fat out the window to the dogs.

So the girl's father gave her money to pay her passage on a ship to America.

John R. Hauenstein

John Raymond Hauenstein, 86 of Markle, died Dec. 18, 2008, at 12:47 p.m. at the Markle Health Care Center.

Mr. Hauenstein graduated from Huntington Township High School in 1940. He served as a corporal with the 3601st Quartermaster Truck Company of the United States Army in Germany during World War II, from Feb. 8, 1943, to Nov. 16, 1945.

He farmed in Union Township of Huntington County and Union Township of Wells County until retiring in 1986. After he retired from farming, he read REMC meters.

Edna M. Brookover

Edna Mae Eberhart Brookover, 96, of East Lansing, MI, and formerly of Huntington County, died Dec. 14, 2008.

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