Alice Bertha Bretz photo

Alice Bertha Bretz, 90, of Peru passed away at 5:16 pm on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Blair Ridge Health Campus in Peru.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 1928, to Carl and Catherine (Praxmarer) Jaeger. She married Charles Bretz on March 3, 1951. Formerly a high school cook, Alice was a member of the United Church of Christ in Crystal Lake, Illinois, as well as the IOOF Rebekah and the Holiday Rambler RV Club.

She is survived by her husband Charles, as well as daughter Cheryl (Greg) Irwin of Auburn, WA; daughter Kathryn (Wayne) Bunker of Peru; and son Charles (Stacey) Bretz of Mt. Prospect, IL. Also surviving are grandkids Jennifer Korving, Jaclyn (Brice) Orton, Kristine Schuster, Michelle Kuper, Daniel Kuper, Jonathan Bretz, and Jessica Bretz; and great-grandkids Jazlyn Korving, Kiana Korving, Ethan Orton, Chase Orton, Harrison Orton, and Taylor Hursey. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Helen Naomi Bockover, 82, Fulton, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at her residence.

She was born on January 4, 1936, and was the daughter of Charles and Irene Carr Myers. On January 1, 1955, in Argos, Indiana, she was married to Russel Lee Bockover, and he preceded her in death on November 29, 1983.

Survivors include five children, Nancy Durbin, William Bockover, Kevin Bockover, David Bockover, and Debra Murphy.

Emma Grace Dalton Murphy

Emma Grace Dalton Murphy went to her heavenly home on November 27, 2018, at 8:26 p.m. surrounded by her family and 91 years and a day after she first lit the world with her twinkling eyes and radiant smile. Her loveliness, both inside and out, was unmatched and will be dearly missed by everyone fortunate enough to know her.

Grace was born in Wayland, KY on November 26, 1927, to Tomie and Icie Dalton. She spent her childhood in Ansted WV, then graduated from Fairview High School in WV. Grace married the love of her life, David Paul Murphy Jr. on January 10, 1948, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Paintsville, KY. His career on the railroad resulted in many moves over many years which suited the “happy feet” she inherited from her ancestors just fine.

Some of Grace’s greatest joys were family time, music, and traveling. She loved the mountains and greatly enjoyed her retirement years with her husband Paul in the Great Smoky Mountains. The grandchildren loved going to Granny and Paw Paw’s, having bonfires, picking berries, and exploring the glade.

Sharlot Lee “Bob” Rice photo

Sharlot Lee “Bob” Rice, 84, of Peru, passed away at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Frenchburg, KY on July 20, 1934, the son of Yancey and Delsie Donathan Rice. Bob married Sue Ellen Poulson in 1957 and she preceded him in death on August 31, 2002.

Bob was a US Army Veteran and a retired Fisher Body employee. His Military decorations include the National Defense Service Medal.

He is survived by a son, Buddy Rice and his wife Allison of Macy, IN and a daughter Rhonda Steg and her husband Ron of Peru; grandchildren Kelley Henderson and her husband Nolan, Jake Steg, Joshua Rice, Brody Rice, Jenna West and her husband Easton and Samuel Rice and his wife Destiny and Nine great-grandchildren.

Timothy Eric Gysin photo

Timothy Eric Gysin, 62 passed away at 11 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Peru on February 21, 1956, and was adopted by David H. Gysin and Ella Louise Gysin. Tim was married to Gabriella Higgins on July 14, 2017. She survives.

Tim was a 1974 Peru High School graduate and enjoyed fishing, working in his yard and anything outdoors. He loved his dog Sienna and enjoyed taking her for walks. Tim loved watching football and NASCAR. Tim had many friends in Peru and Gary and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Gabriella Higgins of Gary, sister Kathy Hoover and her husband Jeff of Akron, his four children Darla Wilson of Peru, Shaun Gysin and his significant other Carrie Sivits of Peru, Natasha Baker and her husband Brian of Peru, and Micah Gysin and his significant other Katie Bammerlin of Peru, Also, his two stepchildren Michelle G. Jenkins of Gary, and Michael G. Higgins of Texas. Also, surviving are fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Carol J. (Fuqua) Maus photo

Carol J. (Fuqua) Maus, 90, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 23, 2018.  Carol was born to the late Vertie and Florence (Marx) Fuqua on October 12, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the Great Depression, the family moved to Peru. She graduated from Peru High School in 1946.

Carol married her loving husband, Edwin, on January 20, 1952, and he survives.

Carol was employed by Dukes Hospital. She retired in 1988 in order to travel to Alaska for the birth of her granddaughter.

She loved traveling, knitting, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. Carol was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church.

Carol is survived by a daughter Julieann (David) Vandagriff, Atlanta, Georgia; a son Michael (Andrea) Maus, Peru; sister Joan (Fuqua) Holcomb, Kansas; grandson Andrew Vandagriff, Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughters Leanna Vandagriff, Atlanta, Georgia; Meredith Vaughn (Stephen), Walkerville, Maryland; Melanie Maus, Frankfort; and Great Granddaughter Lilianna Maus, and several nieces.

Donald C. Pier Jr. photo

Donald C. Pier Jr., 78, of Miami, Indiana passed into eternity on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital of Kokomo.

He was born February 5, 1940, to Donald Cecil Pier Sr. and Genevieve (Marquis), who preceded him in death as well as an infant brother Wayne. He married Betty Lou Dye on March 6, 1960. Donald worked for the Plumber and Steamfitters Local 440 in Indianapolis. He was a journeyman plumber and retired after 42 years. He was a family man to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He served as an elder of Miami Fellowship of Praise. During retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing games and spending winters in Florida with his wife.

Donald is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty, as well as his son Jeffery (JoAnna) Pier of Bunker Hill, and daughter Teresa Pasquale of Peru. Also, surviving are his sister Beverly (Donald) Byrum of Peru, his brother Charles Pier of Amboy, and his sister Joyce Schwengels and the late Forest of Oak Ridge, TN. Also surviving are grandchildren: Heather (Matt) Brennan, Noah (Stephanie) Pier, Amber (Ryan) Record, Adam Pier, Darren (Ashley) Nelson, Micah (Micayla) Pier, and Olivia Pier; and great-grandchildren: Mayah Brennan, Madison Brennan, Alana Brennan, Elias Record, Malachi Brennan, Reagan Pier, Anaya Record, Layton Lidy, and three on the way.

Betty Cattin photo

Betty Cattin, 90, of Peru passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Autumn Ridge Nursing Home in Wabash, Indiana.

She was born in Miami County on October 30, 1928, to Jesse and Elsie Hight. She married Clyde J. Cattin on November 26, 1947, and he preceded her in death.

Betty is survived by her three children: Julie Walker and husband Larry of Denver, In; Jim Cattin and wife Janet of Maine; and John Cattin and wife Debbie of Colorado. Also, surviving are grandchildren Jen Stuber and Shawn, Jessie Ewing and husband Steve, and Nick Cattin and Kristen Cattin. Also, great-grandchildren Abbi and Sidney Stuber, Jakob and Mason Taylor, and Sydney Ewing and Gunnar Nelson. Also, one great-great-granddaughter, Aria. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, her parents, her brother Chet Hight, and great-grandson Zachary Stuber.