Exuberance


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

An exuberant Jessica Zimmerman gives a big thumbs up to someone in the crowd during the Huntington North High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 2009 on Friday, June 5.

David G. Gardner

David G. Gardner, 57, of Oldenburg, IN, and formerly of Andrews, IN, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 3:47 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital and Health Care, Beech Grove.

Drabenstot's last HS competition a success as HNHS senior makes all-state with fourth place

Rex Drabenstot made his last competition as a high school athlete a successful one as the Huntington North High School senior earned an all-state track medal by placing fourth in the shot put at the Indiana State High School Athletic Association Boys' State Meet on Friday, June 5.

Coming off his regional championship last week, Drabenstot launched a throw of 57 feet, 1 inch on the fifth of his six attempts to claim his all-state honor.

Hamilton, Tackett lead HNHS golfers to regional

Sophomores Neal Hamilton and EJ Tackett fired rounds of 76 and 78, respectively, on Friday, June 5, at the Huntington North Boys' golf Sectional Tournament to lead Huntington North into regional play next week.

The Vikings fired a score of 321 to place second behind champion Norwell and earn one of three team regional tickets to Muncie next Friday.

Norwell recorded a score of 300 to easily out-distance Huntington North, with Bellmont placing third among 13 teams with a 327.

William A. Nall

William A. Nall Jr., 68, of Van Buren, IN, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 3:45 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Nall worked for GM CPC in Marion for 37 years, retiring in 2005 as a journeyman in skilled trades. He was a member of Fisher Body Sympathy Club, UAW Local 977 and American Legion Post 368 in Van Buren. He was a graduate of Sweetser High School and served with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era, working with NORAD. He attended the Lydia Baptist Church in Marion.

Shirley A. Ottinger

Shirley A. Ottinger, 73, of Columbia City, IN, and having family members in Roanoke, IN, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 7:50 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Ottinger was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Roanoke.

She was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Fort Wayne to Clarence and Mildred Parker Hyser. She married Billy L. Ottinger on Oct. 24, 1953, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Columbia City. Her husband survives.

Sister Pauline Wapiennik, O.L.V.M.

Sister Pauline Wapiennik, O.L.V.M., 88, of Victory Noll, Huntington, IN, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at 3:45 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Sister Wapiennik entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters on Oct. 28, 1939, and made her first vows on Aug. 5, 1942 She served in missions in California, Michigan, Indiana, Vermont and Wyoming. She retired from ministry in 2002 in Ida, MI, and returned to Victory Noll.

She was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Gary to Paul and Agnes Micek Wapiennik.

Lester J. Crull

Lester James Crull, 89, of North Manchester, IN, and a native of Huntington County, IN, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 9:08 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Crull was a 1938 graduate of Lafayette Central School in Allen County, where he lived for most of his life. He was a self-employed well driller for 20 years and worked as a tool and die maker for 13 years. He moved to the Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, in June of 2006.

Jean K. Keefer

Jean Katherine Keefer, 84, of Naples, FL, and formerly of Andrews, IN, died May 25, 2009, at Physician Regional Hospital in Naples following a fall she sustained at her home.

Marlene 'Joyce' Ray

Marlene "Joyce" Ray, 61, of Markle, IN, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Bluffton.

Mrs. Ray worked in interior decorating sales. She had lived in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Florida, Illinois and Okinawa, Japan, during 30 years as an Air Force wife. After retirement, she also lived in Hawaii, Texas, Wisconsin and Indiana.

She was born Dec. 20, 1947, in Beverly, MA, to Russell W. and Gertrude S. Preston.

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