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In Memory Of

Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD

Died: November 27, 2017

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tribute & Message From The Family

Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD, 96 of Fort Wayne, passed away on November 27, 2017. He was born in Mishawaka, IN on October 31, 1921 and was the son of Alphonsus P. and Mary Geneva (Schroeder) Arata. Dr. Arata graduated from St. Monica Elementary School and Mishawaka High School, where he lettered in football. He completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University, in Bloomington, where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa for scholarship. He then entered Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was class president and earned the Alpha Omega Alpha scholastic award. After completing medical school, he entered the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. He interned at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California and then joined the Pacific Fleet as a medical officer. He participated in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini in 1946. After his discharge as a Lieutenant, junior grade, he returned to Fort Wayne where he completed fifteen months of postgraduate education at St. Joseph Hospital. He then moved to Gregory, South Dakota, where he worked as a locum tenens physician in general practice, for nine months. This was followed by his surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He returned to Fort Wayne and joined the surgical practice of Dr. C.G. McEachern. He was called back to military duty during the Korean War and was assigned to the U.S. Air Force as a surgeon, on the island of Bermuda. In 1954, he returned to private surgical practice in Fort Wayne where he continued practicing until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Arata was Board Certified in General Surgery, a member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and the American College of Surgeons. He and his partner, Dr. Alan Perry, founded the Arata Medical Group as well as the first Health Maintenance Organization in Indiana, Summit Health. Dr. Arata was a past President of the Indiana chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was a staff member of all three Fort Wayne hospitals and served as President and Director of Medical Education at Parkview Hospital. He was a past board member at Bishop Dwenger High School and was inducted into the Bishop Dwenger Hall of Fame. He served as a team physician for Bishop Dwenger for thirty years. He and his late wife, Mary I. Arata were founding members of the Doctors Mayo Society, a Laureate of the Mayo Alumni Association and a founding member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Arata, along with Dr. Dave Schleuter and Carol Burns, RN, established the organ donation program in Fort Wayne. At one time, the program supplied over fifty percent of all donated kidneys for transplant in the state of Indiana. He was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Arata was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Boy Scout Troop. He volunteered at Matthew 25 Clinic for many years. He and his late wife, Mary I. Arata, funded several bronze sculptures created by Professor Sufi Ahmad, in both Mishawaka and Fort Wayne, and donated to the communities. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Lincoln Post #82 and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Upon his retirement, Dr. Arata was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana. He was also presented the Kentucky Colonel award by the Governor of Kentucky. He was Board Chairman of EMS Summit Circuits in Logansport, Indiana and was involved with several other businesses in Colorado and Wyoming. Dr. Arata was predeceased by his wife of sixty-two years, Mary Imelda Welsch Arata. He is survived by their seven children, Catherine Schlesinger of Charlotte, NC, Nancy Teagarden of Wolcottville, IN, Dr. Michael (Jane) Arata of Fort Wayne, Patrick Arata (DeeAnn) of Fort Wayne, James E. (Maureen) Arata of New Haven, IN, Mimi (Dr. Michael) Conway of Tucson, AZ and John (Jane) Arata of Gahanna, OH, his wife, Patricia Semple Arata, three step-children, fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Adelaide Caleal and Agnes Laux and a brother, Dr. James A. Arata. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am, December 1, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are requested to the Mayo Clinic Foundation or to Bishop Dwenger High School. To sign the online guest book, go to



Antonio Barganza Donesa, MD

July 27, 1935-July 26, 2017

-An informed and vigilant membership is ultimately both the guardian of its interests and the beneficiary of its efforts.[1]

Throughout his career, Dr Antonio “Tony” Donesa led medical organizations from local societies to international associations. He founded the American College of International Physicians (ACIP), served as president for Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) 12th district and the Indiana Philippine Medical Association.

The politicalization of medicine has left many physicians ill prepared to combat the rising efforts to change the climate of freedom to practice medicine.[2]

Tony was elected President of our Fort Wayne Medical Society in 1990 and served us courageously during a period of great change for organized medicine and individual practitioners. A gifted writer, in addition to his presidential messages for our FWMS Bulletin, he served as editor for the ACIP Bulletin. Tony won numerous awards including the Community Service award from the Association of Philippine Practioners in America in 1982 and Outstanding Overseas Alumnus from University of the Philippines Medical School in 1985.

-We must be proactive, instead of reactive, on issues that concern the health and welfare of inhabitants of the state.[3]

Following his medical graduation and internship in Manila, Tony emigrated to the United States and completed additional internship in Connecticut, a year of surgical residency in Ohio and neurological surgery residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center. The Donesa family moved northward to Fort Wayne in 1966 where Dr Donesa began practicing in partnership with Dr George Manning, MD until he established his solo practice in 1970.

-The public is particularly discontented with the lack of humanitarian and compassionate aspects of medical care.[4]

Tony was known to his patients as a caring physician and saw many patients from our Three Rivers Health Services.  His medical colleagues will likely remember him, in the doctor’s lounge with Humphrey Bogart pose, challenging us to continue to better serve our indigent and underinsured patients. He was on staff at three of Fort Wayne’s hospitals.

Dr Antonio Donesa, MD died peacefully on July 26, 2017 at age 81. He is survived by Barbara, loving wife of 54 years, his children, Carmen and Christopher and his written words. On behalf of FWMS we extend condolences to his family and our sincere thanks for Tony’s leadership in our community.

[1] Donesa, AB, Bulletin Fort Wayne Medical Society Jun 1990, page 3.

[2] Donesa, AB, Bulletin Fort Wayne Medical Society Jun 1990, page 5.

[3] Donesa, AB, Bulletin Fort Wayne Medical Society Aug 1990, page 5.

[4] Donesa, AB, Bulletin Fort Wayne Medical Society Jan 1991, page 5.

James Rausch MD, Fred Dahling MD and Tom Sarosi MD




Donald E. Miller, M.D.

1930 – 2017

Between the time of growing up in close-by Spencerville, Ohio and establishing a Fort Wayne home and career long medical practice in 1962, Don Miller had graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio State University – College of Medicine, served two years in Idaho as a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force, and completed a three year Internal Medicine residency at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.

As a member of the Duemling Clinic, located adjacent to the “old” Fairfield Avenue Lutheran Hospital, Don helped recruit new internists to the area. Eventually Don moved his office southwest close to the then new Lutheran Hospital campus. Don was a member of several professional medical organizations including the American College of Physicians, and served as president of the Lutheran Hospital Medical Staff in 1976. He retired after 36 years in practice at the age of sixty-nine.

We the undersigned knew Don as a colleague and friend. He fit the prototypical description of the true “internist” – with his contemplative, evidence based, meticulous approach to “patient first” practice. Having had the opportunity to share in the care of some of his patients we are aware of the respect and loyalty they felt toward him.

Don Miller’s thoroughly well informed approach to medical practice was mirrored in his disposition toward all endeavors – from sailing a boat at Clear Lake Indiana to navigating the Florida intercoastal waterways. His lifelong interest and study of nature and wildlife yielded a near encyclopedic size of accumulated knowledge that he generously shared with his friends. During the retirement years he became an accomplished photographer; many of his photographs appeared on covers of our Medical Society’s quarterly publication. The very active camera club he co-founded in Boca Grande, Florida has established an annual award that bears his name.

Surviving Don is his wife of sixty-four years, Idora, their two children: Richard, a hospital chief financial officer in Phoenix and Keith, an orthopedic surgeon in Indianapolis, their spouses Debra and Anne, and three grandchildren. He will of course be fondly remembered by each of them, and also by many others who knew him as their doctor or friend.

Bill Ashman, Don Bollheimer, George Bowers, and Bill Clark



Allen Wayne Aldred, MD


Dr Allen Wayne Aldred, MD died March 26, 2017 at age 88. He was laid to rest in Vevay, IN with full military honors. He lived the American Dream.

Allen Wayne Aldred was born November 28, 1928 on a farm in Switzerland County, Indiana. Prior to his first birthday party, Black Tuesday occurred at the New York Stock Exchange and the Great Depression began and lingered for more than a decade. Commodity prices plummeted and most farmers saw their income crash; many lost their farms.

Persistent winter rains produced an 80 feet crest of the Ohio River (flood level 50 feet) and The Great Flood of 1937 extended from Cincinnati through Louisville, leaving already struggling cities, towns and farms further devastated.  Later that year, 9 year-old Allen Wayne was asked by his music teacher what he hoped to be when he grew up. The hopeful boy replied, “Miss Marvel, I can be anything I want,” and pointed to a framed photograph atop his teacher’s piano, Allen Wayne continued, “I’m gonna do just like that boy does!”¹

She was the girl of his dreams. Allen Wayne fell in love at age 16 with Eleanor Jean Wiley. The sweethearts wed 7 years later while Allen Wayne was a medical student. They were married for 65 years. Together they reared four children and were further blessed by 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Allen Wayne was a lifetime learner. His entire K-12 public school education was in Switzerland County. He then graduated from IU Bloomington in 1950 with a B.A. Allen Wayne received his MD degree in 1953 from Indiana University and did an internship at Marion County General Hospital. Dr Aldred began a rural general practice in Rising Sun, IN until Uncle Sam called him to military service during the Korean War where he served as a naval medical officer aboard General A.E. Anderson in the Pacific theater. When his tour of duty ended he joined the Whitlatch Clinic & Hospital in Milan, IN in 1956. After six years of family practice, Allen Wayne returned to IU Medical Center and completed a four year residency in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. In 1966 he joined Drs Walter Geist, MD and Charles Aust, Sr., MD in practice at Lutheran Hospital and became a member of our Fort Wayne Medical Society. Dr Aldred was board certified and a member of the College of American Pathologists, American Medical Association and American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He was a member of the Medical-Business Coalition and also was elected medical staff president at Lutheran Hospital 1974-75.

Allen Wayne believed in God, family and country. His family and friends knew him as a loving parent and trusted mentor. His medical colleagues trusted his expertise and laughed along with him in his friendly and gregarious manner. On behalf of the Fort Wayne Medical Society we extend our sympathy and prayers to Eleanor and family as we share in your loss of this fine Hoosier physician and gentleman.

¹ The photograph on the piano was of Harold Griffith, MD, member of FWMS and co-contributor of this memorial. Dr Griffith’s mother, Mrs Marvel Griffith, was Allen Wayne’s piano teacher.

James Rausch, MD and Harold Griffith, MD


Frederick O. Mackel, M.D.

January 25, 1920 – February 8, 2017

In 1950, Dr Fred Mackel joined his Fairfield Orthopaedic Surgeons partners Wayne Glock, MD and Fred Brown, MD. Their practice, precursor to Fort Wayne Orthopaedics, covered Lutheran and St Joseph Hospitals and staffed the Crippled Children’s Clinic. It was in this clinic that the young orthopaedist entered the battle against the polio virus. Prior to the Salk (1955) and Sabin (1961) vaccines, the number of polio cases were increasing at an alarming pace. Parents worldwide were in panic. In 1952 alone, 60,000 Americans were infected by the virus with greater than 3000 deaths. Iron lungs were installed in hospitals to support the respiration of those affected. Many survivors needed long term rehabilitation with tendon and muscular surgery in addition to orthopaedic bracing. Fred received many academic honors at Indiana University for both undergraduate and medical school. Preceding his IU Med Center orthopaedic residency, he served in the US Army as captain and quarantine officer in Panama, gaining practical experience with communicable and tropical diseases. Dr Mackel was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedics. Fred practiced in our community for 41 years until his retirement in 1991. Born in Clinton, IN, Fred married his childhood sweetheart, Irma Biggs, and they were wed 63 years until her passing. Together they had four children, Jerry, David, Susan and Diane, all of whom earned MD degrees. The Mackels were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A man of faith and a man of accomplishment, healer of many and an inspiration to his colleagues, Dr. Fred Mackel, MD was the epitome of an orthopaedic surgeon and a gentleman. On behalf of the Fort Wayne Society we send our condolences to the Mackel family.

Jim Rausch MD, Harold Griffith MD, Steven Glock MD and Gilbert Bierman MD


Dec 9, 1930 – December 12, 2016

Dr Peter Casey was a board-certified pathologist and active member of our Fort Wayne Medical Society from 1982-1998. Dr Casey’s practice was based at St Joseph, Whitley County and Adams County Hospitals. Peter was known as a quiet, competent and bright physician by his medical partners – Lou Schneider, M.D., Charles Pan, M.D., Sisira Ranasinghe, M.D. and Scott Wagner, M.D.. His forensic skills coupled with a keen knowledge of gross pathology assisted coroners, physicians and families throughout northern Indiana to establish the causes and means of a person’s death. After college graduation from St Francis College (NY), Peter served two years as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Chemical Corps. Marquette University Medical School graduation in 1961 lead to a rotating internship, one year of surgical residency at St Joseph Hospital (Milwaukee, WI) and five years of general practice in Wauwatosa, WI. Desiring a change in his medical career, Dr Casey completed pathology residency 1968-1971 at Hollywood Memorial Hospital in Florida. Prior to his arrival in Fort Wayne, Peter practiced general pathology in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. After 16 years of practice in our community, Dr Casey retired and with his wife, Ellen, returned to Wauwatosa, WI. Dr Casey chaired the Red Cross Advisory Committee and served as a member of our FWMS Editorial Board. Peter participated in teaching pathology to second year medical students at the IPFW campus. Peter and Ellen Casey were active members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Society extends our condolences to Ellen and family with our gratitude for Dr. Peter Casey’s many contributions to the patients, physicians and hospitals of the greater Fort Wayne community.

Jim Rausch MD and Sisira Ranasinghe MD


DR. WILLIAM EDWARD BALTES, 66 died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was a son of Dr. Joseph H. and Margaret Baltes. He graduated from St. John the Baptist grade school, Bishop Luers High School, attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, and graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. Ed completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He and his family moved back to Fort Wayne in 1980 where he practiced cardiology for 30 years. Ed was passionate about medicine and loved his work. He never turned anyone away because they couldn’t pay, believing that God’s plan for him was to use his talent and education to care for all people who came to him for medical care. Ed was a tireless advocate for his patients. Ed was Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Hospital and worked for the good of the hospital, taught for the IU School of Medicine, and mentored many medical students and PA students. He loved to share his knowledge with anyone who was interested in learning. He was a true gentleman of integrity, compassion, generosity, and kindness known for his exceedingly quick wit and sense of humor. Ed loved learning, and studied many non-medical subjects that he felt would complement his practice of medicine. Ed was devoted to his family. He loved cooking big meals, sharing stories, and spending time with them. The dinner table often included a guest who he always made feel like a part of the family. He is survived by his wife, Marsha; sons, Jonathan (Lisa) Baltes, Christopher (Adrienne Romary) Baltes; daughters, Emily Baltes, and Elizabeth (Steven) Kady; and grandchildren, Will and Greta Baltes; as well as thousands of patients he cared for and looked after like family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Margaret; brothers, Joseph and Richard; and sister, Nancy Jones. Memorial Mass is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4525 Arlington Ave., with calling one hour prior. A celebration of Ed’s life will follow Mass from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Rd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Cure PSP. Arrangements by DeMoney-Grimes, a LifeStory Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, Ind. To sign the online guest register or to send the family a condolence visit


Click on this link to make your donation to the Fort Wayne Medical Society Foundation in Memory of Dr. John F. Csicsko

DR. JOHN FRANCIS CSICSKO, 73, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. He was born in Gary, Ind. on Jan. 18, 1943. After graduating from Bishop Noll High School John obtained a Bachelor’s in the Science of Pharmacy from Purdue University. John graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1971 with a MD and MS in Pharmacology. He completed his Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Residency in 1977. Over the past four decades he had been a passionate and tireless advocate for patient care. John lived to work, loved to learn, and enjoyed bringing a smile to all with his quick wit. In addition to his medical practice, he held various teaching and administrative roles throughout his career including Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Hospital and President of the Fort Wayne Medical Society. He served as the Fort Wayne Medical Society Foundation President since 2005. John was a true friend to his family, friends, colleagues, and patients and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Csicsko; sons, Christopher (Lauren Caggiano) and Nicholas (Emi Ferguson); mother, Zorka Csicsko; and sisters, Janet Mahoney and Carole Kibler. He is also remembered by his honorary Macedonian sons, Filip Lazovski, Goce Mihajlovski and Ivanco Talevski. Memorial Mass is 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 2016, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Visitation and a celebration of John’s life will follow Mass from 2:30 to 8p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Fort Wayne Medical Society Foundation.