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Charles Duane Johnson

December 2, 2011

Charles Duane Johnson
Nov. 30, 1932-Nov. 30, 2011
PLYMOUTH — Charles Duane Johnson, 79, of Douglas
Drive, Plymouth, passed away at 1:30
p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 in the
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center,
Mishawaka following a brief illness. A
lifetime member of the Plymouth community,
he was known to many as Charlie.
He was born the son of Luther S. and
Lila A. (Larsen) Johnson in Plymouth
Nov. 30, 1932. Charlie graduated from
West High School in 1950. He then
served in the U. S. Army from 1953-1955
in Korea.
Oct. 20, 1957 in Knox he took as his bride, the former

Susan Dorthea (Schaefer) Birk

December 2, 2011

Susan Dorthea (Schaefer) Birk
Nov. 7, 1935-Nov. 29, 2011
PERU — Susan Dorthea (Schaefer) Birk, 76, of Peru,
died at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at IU Med Center
in Indianapolis. She had been ill for the past year. She was
born Nov. 7, 1935 in Fort Wayne to Louis F and Evelyn
(Burdue) Schaefer. She graduated from LaPaz High School
in 1953 and was married to Ralph E. Birk Aug. 1, 1954. He
preceded her in death Dec. 27, 2008.
Susan and Ralph built their own home in Plymouth,
where they resided from the time of their marriage until

SJRMC to add new downtown location, hire additional physicians

December 2, 2011

PLYMOUTH — If your family receives medical care from Plymouth Family and Internal Medicine at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Plymouth, you may soon have a shorter drive to doctor’s appointments.
SJRMC will be opening new outpatient offices in February, at 209 E. Jefferson St. in the previous Madison Center building. The expansion will allow the hospital to extend care to more patients at a convenient location.

Death notices 12-2-11

December 2, 2011

Arthur L. Grove
Nov. 29, 2011
BREMEN — Arthur L. Grove, 72, died Tuesday, Nov. 29
at 8:05 p.m. at the Hospice House in South Bend.
He is survived by his wife, Martha E. (McIntosh) Grove
of Bremen; sons, James A. Grove of Arkansas and David
M. Grove of Colorado; daughter, Deborah S. Grove of Ohio;
brother, Bill G. Grove of Arkansas; sister, Carol M. Grove of
Valparaiso; and a stepgranddaughter.
Visitation is Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mishler
Funeral Home, 2030 S.R. 331 in Bremen. Funeral service
will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Milford Christian

Faces in the crowd

December 2, 2011

Plymouth fans clap for the Pilgrims after their season-opening win at Triton Tuesday.

Pilgrims drop 4th straight

December 2, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Offensive and turnover woes continued to plague Plymouth, and the Lady Pilgrims lost their fourth straight with a 50-38 home defeat at the hands of Tippecanoe Valley at The Rock Thursday.
The Pilgrims (1-4) shot just 31 percent from the field with a 13-for-42 conversion rate, including a 1-for-9 clip in the first quarter as they fell behind 8-2 at the first quarter break. Plymouth fared little better at the foul line, reaching the stripe 14 times but converting on just 12 of 26 free throws.

Results 12-2

December 2, 2011

Girls basketball
Carpenter leads Westview over Bremen
Skyler Carpenter scored 23 points, and Bremen fell in a 58-46 decision to Westview at home Thursday.
The Lady Lions were led by Jenna Pfeiffer’s 14 points, while Allison Shorter scored 11 in the loss, which drops Bremen to 1-5 on the season.
The Lions open Northern State Conference play with a game against Culver Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
• WESTVIEW 58, BREMEN 46
At Bremen
Score by quarters
Westview: 11 22 43 58
Bremen: 10 16 28 46

OD’s Moore first to commit to Ancilla volleyball

December 2, 2011

HAMLET — Oregon-Davis senior Jessica Moore recently became the first member of the Class of 2012 to sign her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Ancilla College.
“The team and the coaching staff were very welcoming,” said Moore. “I’ve also heard good things about the nursing program. It will be nice to be close to home.”
Moore, who has been playing the middle blocker position, began attending Oregon-Davis this fall after moving from Wilmington High School in Illinois.

December 1st

Mary Louise Swank

December 1, 2011

Mary Louise Swank
June 21, 1930-Nov. 27, 2011
LaPORTE — Mary Louise Swank, 81, of LaPorte, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 in Goshen at the home of her son; David.
She was born June 21, 1930 in Waterford, daughter of the late Emanuel and Rose (McCormick) Gorden.
She married July 3, 1949 in Michigan City to Robert “Bob” Swank who preceded her in death April 11, 2010.

Donald E. Longanecker

December 1, 2011

Donald E. Longanecker
April 10, 1927-Nov. 29, 2011
PLYMOUTH — Donald E. Longanecker, 84, of Plymouth, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at his home.
He was born April 10, 1927 in Sterling, Ill., the son of Howard Longanecker and Elsie (Dettman) Longanecker.
Donald had worked for LaPorte Transit, retiring in 1989. He was a member of American Legion Post 83, and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. Donald enjoyed coin collecting and model cars.
July 24, 1948, in Chicago, Ill., he married Madeleine (Legoff) Longanecker who survives.

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