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February 7, 1939-July 31, 2019

JOHN MICHAEL HOOG, MD, 80, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Towne House Health Care in Fort Wayne, Ind. Born Feb. 7, 1939 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Joseph and Frances Mary (Clancy) Hoog. Michael was the second of nine children. He attended St. Hyacinth Elementary School and graduated in 1956 from Central Catholic High School. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Michael was a graduate of Indiana University (1960) and Indiana University Medical School (1964). He interned for one year at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and then completed a four-year residency in urology at Methodist in 1969. During his third year of medical school Michael met the love of his life, Rebecca, while both were working at the County Hospital in Indianapolis. Michael and Rebecca Kappus married on Aug. 22, 1964 in Indianapolis. Michael began his career in Fort Wayne in private practice with Dr.’s Cooney and Buetler in the fall of 1969. Michael practiced as a urologist for 44 years, serving patients in Fort Wayne and Warsaw. Dr. Hoog concluded his distinguished medical career treating patients at the Fort Wayne Veterans Hospital, retiring in 2013. Michael was a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1974. Dr. Hoog was respected by all who came into contact with him: patients, nurses, and his peers. Michael loved providing care and comfort working tirelessly on their behalf. Patients adored his compassion and bedside manner. Dr. Hoog was a licensed physician in Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arizona. He was a member of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fort Wayne Medical Society. Michael was a devout Catholic, a man of great faith and humility with a heart to serve the Lord and fellow man. Mike was very generous in helping many organizations including volunteering at the Matthew 25 Clinic. He loved spending time at their summer home in Glen Lake, Mich. with family, friends, and his beloved dogs. Michael loved sports. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, attending several games at Lambeau Field. He was passionate about golf, playing in Ireland and Scotland and an avid collector of golf memorabilia. Michael was a member of the Fort Wayne Country Club for many years and a lifetime member of the Indiana University Alumni Association. The family would like to sincerely thank the caregivers at The Towne House Retirement Center and Heartland Hospice. Michael is survived by Becky, his wife of 54 years; their children, Kathleen Runco of Fort Wayne, Kristine Uebelhoer of Montpelier, Ohio, and Thomas Hoog of Fort Wayne, and foster daughter, Christine (David) Fry of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Adam Uebelhoer, Aaron Uebelhoer, Tanner Ihrie, Michael Runco, Jake Fry, Gracie Fry, Luke Fry, Cooper Fry; eight siblings, Lucille Poiry, Margaret Bosler, Alice Soder, Theresa Strubbe, William (Jackie) Hoog, Joseph (Terri) Hoog, Helen (Steve) Korn and Patrick (Alejandra) Hoog; and 20 nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 518 E. Dewald Street, with calling one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, The Carriage House or Heartland Hospice. To sign the online guestbook visit


January 1, 1942-March 10, 2019

DR. REGINALD B. STILES SR., 77, departed this life on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Maxine Dean Stiles and Albert B. Stiles. He served the Fort Wayne Community as a Family Physician for 30 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 54 years, Delois Miller Stiles; children, Regina (Marcus – Alan) Stiles Gilbert of Dallas, Texas, Reginald Bradley Jr., Kimberly (Quinton) Stiles Dixie, Sherri (Detrick) Stiles Franklin, and Randall Brian, all of Fort Wayne; brother, Ronnie Stiles; three granddaughters, and 10 grandsons. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Baptist Church, with the viewing beginning two hours prior. Arrangements by Carmichael Funeral Services, Inc.


September 9, 1923 – January 15, 2019

JOHN L. HAMER M.D., 95, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Timber crest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, Ind. Born in 1923, in Waterloo, Iowa, he was a son of O. Stuart Hamer, PhD, and Gertrude (Sharp) Hamer. In his youth, the family, including an older brother named Vaughn, moved to North Manchester, Ind.; where John enjoyed working with other youth in the community and serving on the Middle Indiana Youth Cabinet. In these years John was influenced by church leaders whose teachings on peace and reconciliation became a primary focus of John. John attended school in North Manchester and graduated from Central High School in 1941 and then earned a degree in Chemistry and Pre-Med from Manchester College. John received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It was there that he met the love of his life Esther Rinehart, from Hagerstown, Ind., who was also attending Case Western Reserve University in the School of Nursing. After earning his M.D., John and Esther were married on June 28, 1952 in Hagerstown, Ind., at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren. In 1953, both John and Esther went to Nigeria, where they both performed Medical / Nursing work for 16 years. In addition to his medical work, John was also an ordained minister and elder in the Church of the Brethren and an active participant in the ministry and mission work at Lassa. During the end of their period of work at the hospital in Lassa, a co-working nurse became very ill. After various treatments, lab tests and critical evaluations, John believed strongly that they had discovered a new viral disease. Research from specimens of the nurse’s body at Yale Arbovirus Research Labs at Yale University led to the affirmation of John’s discovery and the deadly viral disease was then named Lassa Fever. Upon returning from Nigeria in 1969, John joined a group family practice in LaGrange, Ind., and then had his own family practice of 18 years in Fort Wayne. John was the first hospice physician when the Parkview Hospital Hospice Program began. John performed additional work at the Fort Wayne State Development Center for 10 years. During their time in Fort Wayne and up to the present, they are members of Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren. In 1989, both John and his wife Esther, received Manchester College Alumni Honor awards and John was recognized by the State of Indiana Medical Association for 50 years as a practicing physician. John and Esther both loved to travel and their journeys took them throughout the United States, including Alaska and the islands of Hawaii, also to China, Russia, Egypt, the Middle East, and much of Europe. John will be forever remembered by his wife, Esther Hamer of North Manchester; two daughters, Dr. Harriet Hamer (Abram Bergen) of South Bend, Ind., and Krista Hamer – Schweer (Thomas Schweer) of Colbe, Germany; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, David, Sylvia, Kevin and Janice Hamer. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Vaughn (Marcia) Hamer; and nephew, Robin Hamer. Memorial service is 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester, with visitation to follow. Visitation also from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren, 2810 Beacon St., Fort Wayne. Pastors Brian Flory and Karen Eberly officiating. Burial will be Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Ind. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the John L. and Esther L. Rinehart Hamer Endowed Professorship in Music at Manchester University; Timbercrest; or Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren. Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.

Funeral Home

McKee Mortuary

1401 St Rd 114 W

N Manchester, IN 46962




May 5, 1924 – December 27, 2018

EVELYN MAY PAULY, MD, 94, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec, 27, 2018, 2:20 a.m., at The Towne House Health Center in Fort Wayne. She suffered from pancreatic adenocar cinoma and non-alzheimers dementia. “She will be missed.” Born in Cincinnati in 1924, she was the daughter of George and Ruby (Cleveland) Rockwell. With her younger brother Delbert, she was raised in what was the then a country setting near Perin town, Ohio. Her family was comfortable during the depression at their Wolfpen Road homestead. Her contrasting grandparents lived or frequently visited with them, grandfather Rockwell tending toward drink and dreams and grandfather Cleveland a full-throated 19th Century man: successful Real Estate investor, gunsmith, big game hunter, taxidermist, and musician. The Rockwell family vacationed in the east and southeast U.S.A., California, and annually at Glacier National Park, where they camped in a summer colony at Bowman Lake along with relatives and friends such as the Bells from Perintown, Ohio, and a Disney cartoonist. Evelyn showed her considerable intellectual and artistic abilities early, including skill at the piano, which she retained as late as 2016, and scoring first in the state in algebra at 13 years old. She graduated from Owensville (Ohio) High School in 1940. She attended Western College for Women (Ohio, now Miami University) on a four year academic scholarship, graduating in 1944. Evelyn then entered University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, graduating in 1948, at age 24, when she began a four year internship and dermatology residency at Cincinnati General Hospital, passing dermatology boards in 1952. It did not hurt her that most of her professors and mentors knew her father. Here also she met her future husband, Leonard. They were married in 1952. Leonard soon shipped to Japan in support of the Korean War, where he served in Hokkaido as an Army doctor. During this time Evelyn opened practices in Detroit, then in Cincinnati, and worked as a research associate at Sloan Kettering in Cincinnati. On Leonard’s return he found a job in his home city at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, and the couple moved to a walkup apartment in Queens. After the birth of their first child, George, the city and walkup became oppressive to Evelyn, and the family moved to Fort Wayne in 1957, where Leonard had found a job at St. Joseph Hospital. In Fort Wayne Evelyn was a founding member of the Ex Libris book club that year and 60 years on, she was interviewed by The Journal Gazette at a meeting of the club’s last year. Evelyn had three more children before 1961, overfilling the tiny rental house which still stands on Paulding Road. In 1961 the Pauly family moved to Kirkwood Park, adjacent to Lion’s Park. Pleasant years passed there, and when the youngest started school, Evelyn returned to work as a general physician at the Fort Wayne State Hospital and Training Center in 1965. Two years later the sudden death of Leonard began a trying time as Evelyn at times struggled to raise her four children while working at FWSHTC as a single mother. Eventually the children left for college, and in 1987 Evelyn retired. She kept active traveling, including two trips with delegations to Fort Wayne’s sister city of Takaoka, Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Greece, Galapagos Islands, Osaka, Fiji, England, New Zealand, Spain, Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Russia, Canada, and Bowman Lake were destinations with her traveling companions who were dear friends. She and her brother Delbert attended high school reunions in Perintown annually. During her retirement Evelyn earned an accounting certificate at IPFW, and a CPA certification. She maintained her medical license until recently with continued education, as well as membership in local and national medical societies. Evelyn volunteered willingly. She served as treasurer for a local AIDS support group, as treasurer for Kirkwood Park HOA, as a tax preparer for the public at a local non-profit, as an ESL tutor for a Taiwanese immigrant, whom she admired, and as a tutor for kids at a local elementary school who needed extra help. Evelyn moved to The Towne House Retirement Center in 2007. From there she continued to travel for a time, and participated in activities such as bell ringing, playing bridge and attending concerts. Support of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and other arts organizations was a lifetime interest. She was a member of several investment and book clubs. Evelyn is survived by her sons, George of North Carolina, and Thomas of California; three grandsons, Allen, Nickelous and Michael; four nieces and nephews; a great-granddaughter, Ex Libris book club members, and friends. Evelyn out-lived many of her friends and loved ones with whom she had lifelong relationships, including her parents George and Ruby who passed in 1981 and 1970; brother, Delbert, who passed in 2014; children, Florence and Evan, who passed in 2015 and 2018; and many of her friends, schoolmates, roommates, and traveling companions. “May she be remembered fondly. She was an exceptional person.” Evelyn requested that she have no funeral. Donations in her memory may be made to ACRES Land Trust or Doctors Without Borders.




July 24, 1945 – November 6, 2018

As family, friends, colleagues, and the community at large mourn the death of John P. “JP” Smith, MD, on November 6, 2018, we, the former partners of Dr. Smith at Lake Avenue Physicians want to honor him with our memories. Our physicians group later became First Care Family Physicians and eventually became an original member of Parkview Physicians Group.

John grew up on a dairy farm in Waterloo, Indiana, and understood, from a very young age the value of work which had been engrained him. This served him well as he excelled in school, and later at Purdue University. After graduation he taught mathematics at several schools. His desire was to become a physician, and he enrolled in Indiana University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1974. John then served a 1-year Family Practice internship at Ball Memorial Hospital and subsequently came to Fort Wayne to join Drs. Al Haley, Robert Bahr and Richard Tielker at Lake Avenue Physicians.

Dr. Smith’s practice grew rapidly as patients recognized his skill and professionalism as well as his down-home manner and compassion in caring for them. John was often described as a doctor who “listens more than he talks:”. This led his patients to feel that their input into his medical decision-making was important to Dr. Smith’s patient care.

John valued friendship, fellowship and camaraderie. He was a great listener, always making one feel important even when our opinions didn’t match up. He was not quick to offer advice, but one was compelled to listen to his opinions.

Dr. Smith was a valuable and important partner of Lake Avenue Physicians (later to include Drs. James J. Harris, E. Jon Brandenberger and Jacqueline L. Akey), in leadership at the beginning of PHP, and President of the Medical Staff of Parkview Hospital.

We enjoyed our decades long working relationship with JP, and even more our lasting friendship. There was a lot of work accomplished over the years, and innumerable times of levity and hard laughs. Some of us heard way too much “Boiler-up” between JP and Dr. Akey, but we had our quiet comeback, IU championships!

JP’s faith in Christ grew through the years which was an anchor-point for his last days. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, and those of us who were privileged to call him a colleague and partner.

Richard E. Tielker, MD

Jon Brandenberger, MD

Jacqueline L. Akey



C Casey Kroh MD

December 24, 1949 – November 7, 2018

DR. CHARLES CASEY KROH SR., 68, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, after an eight year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Huntington, Ind., on Dec. 24, 1949. He graduated from Indiana University Medical School in 1976 and spent his professional life practicing internal medicine in Fort Wayne. He cared deeply about his patients, who in turn cared deeply about him. His natural curiosity led him to pursue many hobbies, but above all he was an avid reader, golfer, tennis player, cyclist and an ardent IU Hoosier basketball fan. His good heart has been, and will be, missed by so many. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lucia; parents, Charles “Jim” and Sara Kroh; sons, Casey Jr., Eric (Rachel), Evan (Sherry), and Alex (Beth) Kroh; grandchildren, Harlee, Lucas and Dexter; brother, Stan (Dawn) Kroh; and sisters, Carol (Bob) Gale and Laura (Ed) Larocque. Casey loved his poodles, Kozmo, Kody, Bumper, and Kagan. Service is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at FairHaven Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St., with calling from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Dr. Jack Dyer officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Casey was “the doctor’s doctor,” intelligent, soft spoken, and assuring. But to many of us, he was a dear friend. Casey, Jack Dyer, John Cowan and I gathered each Thursday for over 20 years to play tennis, followed by bridge in the Wildwood lounge. And for fourteen years, we enjoyed our friendship with a week of tennis at Barefoot Beach staying at the Cowans. Often, Casey and Jack would enjoy long discussions on issues of the day while lounging on the lanai. As a partner on the court, there was never an ill word said, no matter how poorly his partner played (even when his partner broke his racquet in frustration).

But although tennis and bridge were frequent pastimes, he always had time for his wife and sons. He often was on the sidelines coaching soccer, and was an ardent supporter of IU basketball, taking his boys along to get the IU experience.

One of the attributes that will be remembered about Casey was his modesty. It was exemplified in a golf outing together. After a rather forgettable drive on my part, Casey stepped up to the ball and drove well over 225 yards right down the center of the fairway. I recall looking at him with astonishment. He simply said, “I played a little golf in high school.”

Patients will remember Casey for his skill in the office and at the bedside. You never felt that he was in a hurry. When he was with you, it seemed that you were the most important person he would see that day. He was without doubt a very skilled and compassionate clinician. And his compassion persisted even while he battled Alzheimer’s. On visits, he would place his hand on yours and clearly not want you to go. He was your friend as long as he could muster the thoughts to be just that.

Many in the medical community are left with fond memories of Casey. He was a superb physician, a great Dad and husband, and a dear friend to many. He will be missed.

Fred Rasp, M.D.


Thomas L Herendeen MD

June 18, 1936 – October 27, 2018

Dr. Thomas L Herendeen, 82, passed away on Saturday, Oct 27, 2018.  He will be cremated, and during a private service, his ashes will be returned to the earth.  One of his favorite pastimes was having lunch with his colleagues on  Thursdays at the Acme Bar & Grill.  Please join the family to celebrate his life from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at the Acme Bar & Grill on State St.  Preferred memorials may be made to the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.  Arrangements entrusted to D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes.

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, there was a celebration of life for Dr. Tom Herendeen. It was a wonderful gathering attended by many of his patients, nurses and friends in the medical community who shared their experiences and reminisced about times past.

Tom and his wife Sue came to Fort Wayne in 1968 joining Drs. Joe Jontz and Justin Arata in practice doing general and thoracic surgery. Tom later introduced both heart and cardiovascular surgery to our community.

Tom was a gifted surgeon who had many interests outside the practice of medicine. Both IU graduates, he and Sue supported Indiana University athletics and attended many of their games. He was an accomplished wood worker and sculptor whose works varied from totems, busts, reliefs and beautiful renditions of the human body.

He joined a group of retired physicians made up of several doctors who had done medical case review for Medical Professional Liability Co.  They met for lunch weekly at the Acme Bar and shared cases, family stories, limericks, discussed politics, such ethereal subjects as cosmic forces in the universe and sports, especially IU, where Tom was expected to be “the man in the know”.

A country boy at heart, Tom was also an avid fisherman, who traveled at great lengths to chase walleye, northern, steelhead and salmon. Tom’s four children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren were a source of great pride and he frequently shared their successes in academics and sports. Tom and Sue witnessed great strength and devotion as they faced his final life challenge.

We have lost a valuable friend and fellow physician and were blessed by his presence among us. Rest in peace, Tom.

Phil Tyndall, M.D.


Aaron Borenstein MD

December 25, 1945 – August 12th, 2018

I was Aaron Borenstein’s colleague and business partner from 1987-1999. Sadly he passed away on August 8, 2018 in Medellin Columbia after challenges that were the consequence of a motor vehicle accident in 1999. That accident created a significant loss in our community as Dr. Borenstein was truly one of a kind. You will not know him if you have only practiced in Fort Wayne in this millennium but anyone who practiced medicine here prior to the year 2000 will undoubtedly have known him or known of him.

Aaron was an avid participant in life. He was a dedicated father to Solomon and Mila and husband to his wife Marion, whose effervescence was his perfect complement. He appreciated great food and was a huge supporter of the local arts community. I recall being in their home and marveling at the variety of art on the walls and that virtually every wall was covered with something remarkable. He relished in facilitating the success of others, particularly those with a unique and creative view of the world. Aaron was a lover of animals and I know that his choice to return to Columbia when he retired from clinical practice was to act upon a vow to “be a goat farmer”, an intention he often threatened when he was frustrated by the changing face of medicine.

Dr. Borenstein was the consummate Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon; brilliant problem solver, artistically gifted, and absolutely dedicated to his patients and their care. He elevated the caliber of our specialty in this community. He was outspoken when anything compromised the care of his patients and simultaneously drove those around him to strive for excellence. I am confident that many in our medical community became better clinicians and stronger advocates because of his teaching and insistence. His surgical skills were precise and exemplary and his results were exceptional. I was proud to have him as a partner and I matured as a surgeon under his guidance.

When bigger than life people pass it seems impossible. Fortunately for us, he left a wonderful legacy of spectacular patient care and commitment to a community he loved.

Geoff Randolph M.D.


February 15, 1925 – August 7, 2018

ELFRED HENRY “AL” LAMPE, MD., died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was born Feb. 15, 1925 on his family farm in Freistatt, Mo. Al enlisted in the Navy at 18 and was accepted into the V-12 program. During and after his service in the Navy, Al completed medical school Cum Laude and Ob/Gyn residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Al met his wife, Mary, on a blind date, and they were married in 1949. After completing his training, the family moved to Fort Wayne. Al had a busy and fulfilling practice delivering over 4,000 babies, establishing one of the first outpatient surgery centers in the country, presiding as president of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and leading the Indiana section of the American College of Ob/Gyn for 12 years. Indiana University Medical School recognized Al as “Teacher of the Year” for for his ongoing education of Medical Students and Family Practice Residents. His volunteer efforts helped to establish the Three Rivers Clinic which provided health care to the underserved women of Allen County. Al retired from medicine after 43 years of practice. After 30 years of living part time in the desert, Al and Mary moved permanently to Rancho Mirage in 2009. Al was an avid Colts fan, as well as an avid golfer. He was proud of his three hole-in-ones! He loved his football pool and made many friends. He was a past member of Fort Wayne Country Club and Rancho Las Palmas Country Club. Nothing was more important to Al than family. He and Mary shared a loving marriage for 66 years. Al was a gentleman; he was kind, thoughtful, and generous. He will be missed by many, especially by his family. Surviving are his three children, Dr. Thomas (Diane) Lampe, Dr. George (Linda) Lampe and Martha (Dr. Carleton) Keck; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Angelo) Allard, Elizabeth (Josh) Anderson, William (Cecilia) Lampe, Katherine (Grant) Muenter, Joseph Lampe, Carleton (Erin) Keck, and John (Anne) Keck; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Schnelle and Grace Doss; and sister-in-law, Pearl Lampe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Heyl; his parents; and brother, Norman. A Celebration of Life service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church, 45-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Neighborhood HealthClinics, Inc. (the former Three Rivers Clinic), PO Box 11949 Fort Wayne, IN 46862-1949 or Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.
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Hope Lutheran Church Elca
45900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 12, 2018


February 18, 1938 – July 24, 2018

JAMES J. (JIM) HARRIS, 80, long-time resident of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at his summer home at Coldwater Lake, Mich. Born Feb. 18, 1938 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late John and Mary Elizabeth (Estes) Harris. Jim was a family medicine physician in Fort Wayne for over 40 years with First Care Family Physicians and later Parkview Physicians Group. Jim attended Central High School and graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1956. Jim married Sharon (Michaud) Harris in Fort Wayne on June 15, 1963. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1966 and served in the United States Air Force as a Medical Officer at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine from 1967-1968 and Phang Rang, Vietnam from 1968-1969. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Vietnam. Jim was a 50-year member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and served in various leadership roles over the years including Chairman of the Parkview Executive Committee, President of the Iyopawa Island Association (Coldwater Lake, Mich.) and President of the Sun Seekers Club (Destin, Fla.) Jim was a loyal husband and cherished time with his kids and grandkids. Jim also treasured his patients both during and after his medical career. Jim was an avid reader, IU fan, enjoyed playing bridge and loved a good joke. Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon; son, Brent (Susan); daughters, Jill (Jeff) Schwarz, Amy (Mark) Welker; grandchildren, Elaina, Gretchen and Alec Harris, Madison and Andrew Schwarz, and Mia and Mack Welker; and siblings, Steve (Di) Harris, Mike (Betsy) Harris, John (Betty) Harris, Candy (Bob) Bohlender, Tom (Barbara) Harris, Philip (Monica) Harris, Tim (Johanna) Harris and Julie (Mike) Harris. He was also preceded in death by his brother, David Harris. A Celebration of Life Service is 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Church of the Covenant, 10001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. Visitation is from 4:30 to 6:30 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2018, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. He will be laid to rest at Highland Park Cemetery following the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Turnstone Center for Adults and Children with Disabilities or United Methodist Church of the Covenant.


John M Bentz MD

July 28, 1942 – March 23, 2018

John M. Bentz M.D., 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Friday, March 23, 2018. Born in North Manchester, Indiana, John was the son of the late Gail and E. Pauline Bentz. John graduated from North Side High in 1960. North Side is where John met his future wife Ellen. On June 13, 1964 John married the love of his life, Ellen. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 and his doctorate in 1969 from Indiana University. John served his residency in OBGYN at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. John worked for Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton from 1974-1990. He then worked for Fort Wayne OBGYN from 1990-1995, he then worked part time back at the Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, American College of OBGYN; American College of Surgeons. John enjoyed refinishing antique furniture in his youth. In his later years he enjoyed creating family Christmas cards. He had a very large passion for animals. John enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s school events. Surviving are his wife, Ellen Bentz of Fort Wayne; son, John “Jack” (Wendy) Bentz of Fort Wayne; daughter, Danielle (Chad) Bechert, M.D. of Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren, Abigail Bentz, Elaina Bentz, Luke Bentz, Benjamin Bentz, Casey Bechert, Megan Bechert, Emily Bechert; and sister, Dana (David) Smith of Fort Wayne. Service is 11:00 am, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 202 West Rudisill Blvd., with calling one hour prior, Rev. David Peterson officiating. Calling at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road Monday, March 26, 2018, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Allen County SPCA.


John M. Bentz, MD

July 28,1942-March 23, 2018

When his daughter was a medical student, Dr John Bentz shared with Danielle that he had never lost his excitement in hearing baby’s first heartbeats in utero and baby’s first breath. The sounds and rhythm of the miracle of new life were his personal Ode To Joy.

Hoosier Kid

John was born in North Manchester, IN but his family moved to Fort Wayne a few years later.  He attended North Side High School. It was there that John made lifetime friends, including Dr Tom Hayhurst, who enjoyed John’s wit and admired his lifetime determination.

A Dance for a Lifetime

He had the courage and good fortune to ask Ellen Schaper to her North Side Junior Prom. Following their first prom came his Senior Prom and four years later the IU undergraduates wed and remained together for the next 53 years

A Medical Career

Following IU medical school and internship Dr Bentz served as a captain in the USAF from 1970-72. His OB-GYN residency was served at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. John practiced OB-GYN at Caylor Nickel Clinic from 1975 until 1990 when he joined Fort Wayne OB-GYN and practiced with Phil Tyndall, MD, John Cowan, MD and their associates. The onset of slowly progressive illness made it necessary to cut back to part time practice and a return to Caylor Nickel Clinic until retirement in 1999.  Dr Bentz held memberships in FWMS, ISMA, AMA, ACOG, and American College of Surgeons.

A Hoosier Family

The Bentz’s were blessed with two children, Jack and Danielle. Having an obstetrician for a spouse and parent means irregular hours at home. Danielle related that her father was a quiet,

gentle man who lead by example and was THERE for his kids. Jack recalls the great family times spent at Oliver Lake. John and Ellen were doubly blessed with seven grandchildren. John Bentz was a faithful Christian man who respected the sanctity of life. In dealing with his own chronic illness he walked the walk with Christ and was not discouraged. He did not die alone since family and God were with him.

Jim Rausch, MD     Phil Tyndall, MD     Tom Hayhurst, MD

Little One

Little One


I listen to your swift

heartbeat breaking

ocean static and picture

your translucent skin

blinking gills.


I am seasick

for love of you

my slippery tadpole

my sleepy lizard

my parakeet fluttering

against the ribs

of its cage.


When you gasp

your first sharp breath

the light will be

a kind of blindness

but I will hold you

in the boat of my arms


and when you have forgotten

the language of water

I will tell you

as my mother told me

old fairy tales

of swans who shed

their feathered jackets

on the beach


and stories of what swims

beneath our keel—

those creatures we have been

who remember us

and guide us

when we’ve lost all sight of land.


By Shari Wagner, from Evening Chore



Alfred Stovall, MD

August 13, 1936 – February 18, 2018

ALFRED STOVALL, 81, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at his son’s home in Roanoke, Ind. Born Aug. 13, 1936, in Birmingham, Ala.. he was the son of the late Franz Stovall and Arrie Jones Stovall. Alfred went to high school in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Fisk University and Howard Medical School. He Married Ernestine Dees and started a family. After serving his country in the military, he had a family practice in Fort Wayne for many years. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Andre’ (Maxine) Stovall of Roanoke, Ind., and Alfred (Susan) Stovall Jr. of Angola, Ind.; one daughter, Dina Stovall (Arnold) Spain of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one foster sister, Wanell Hill; two grandchildren, Alfred Stovall III and Lauren Spain; two step grandchildren, Arnold E.J. Spain and Chanika Spain; and a few cousins. Alfred was also preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ernestine (Dees) Stovall; and one son, Vincent Stovall. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, where the family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Memorials and donations can be made to the Allen County S.P.C.A., 4914 S. Hanna St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806.



Gregory Schmitt MD

November 25, 1954 – February 4, 2018

Gregory S. Schmitt M.D., F.A.C.S., 63, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Woodstock, IL, Greg retired as a Cardiac Surgeon with Parkview Hospital. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Greg and his family moved to Fort Wayne in 1989 after completing his fellowship at St. Louis University. He attended Bradley University, Peoria, IL and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Biology in 1976. Greg received his Medical Doctorate in 1980 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago, where he was awarded the Warren H. Cole Scholar and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. His postgraduate training included a Fellowship in Cardio Thoracic training at St. Louis University and Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Surgery at University of Illinois. His certifications included Diplomat, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Surgery, and American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Greg held many past positions including Attending Cardio Thoracic Surgeon with Parkview Hospital; Medical Director at Parkview Hospice and St. Joseph’s Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine; Chairman, Section of Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Executive Committee, Parkview Hospital, and Maj., (ret), 122nd Medical Squadron with the Indiana Air National Guard. Greg was currently a member of the Board of Directors St. Joseph Community Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Western Golf Association Evans Scholar Foundation, and was a member of Dutch Treat Investments. Greg previously served on the board of Anthony-Wayne Services and was a Past-President of Anthony Wayne Area Council Boy Scouts of America, and Fort Wayne-Allen County Board of Health. He was a leader of BSA Troop 333, and coached 7th grade football at Woodside Middle School. Greg was an avid Cubs fan as well as an avid golfer and a USGA Rules Official. He was a member of Fort Wayne Country Club and Bear’s Paw Country Club in Naples, FL. Surviving are his spouse of 36 years, Jane (Lowery) Schmitt, Fort Wayne; two sons, David S. Schmitt of Des Moines, IA and Michael S. Schmitt of Arlington, VA; and sister, Nancy C. Schmitt of Chicago. Greg was preceded in death by, father, Daniel M. Schmitt and mother, Betty A. Schmitt. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am, Thursday, February 8, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10700 Aboite Center Road with an hour of calling prior to the Mass. Calling at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anthony Wayne Area Council, BSA or Evans Scholars Foundation, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029. To sign the online guest book, go to


Joseph J. Vukovich MD

May 15, 1942 – May 18, 2017




Joe Vukovich worked and played hard throughout his life. He was a bright, thoughtful, capable and caring physician whom all staff admired and liked.

Joe was an exceptional baseball player and pitched in a semi-pro league during college. He graduated Toronto School of Pharmacy in 1965 and Toronto School of Medicine in 1970. He practiced General Medicine a few years until gravitating to Emergency Medicine.

Joe worked in a few emergency rooms before starting with Professional Emergency Physicians (PEP). I believe, he and fellow Canadian Paul Blusys had previously worked together at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. After Joe became board-certified, he worked in Iowa and Evansville before returning to Fort Wayne. In 1986, about a year after I started, Joe accepted an invitation to join PEP by his good friend Paul Blusys. Like the other partners in our group at the time, he took advantage of the grandfathering clause and became board- certified (before formal residencies started in the field of Emergency Medicine).

Professionally, Joe’s extensive knowledge in pharmacology was beneficial to our patients and to me. I still use his recommended intravenous atropine for abdominal cramps. He was one of the first to use droperidol. In the 1980’s, when he found out we weren’t allowed to have succinylcholine in the Emergency Department, he ordered some himself and we kept a 200 cc multi-use bottle in the drawer in the PEP office.

Personally, he was a gentle giant who shared anything he owned. I borrowed his recreational vehicle many times for family vacations before buying my own. Every summer, I used his jet skis on vacation for a couple weeks. Joe would never take any payment for any of the sharing of his toys. He enjoyed his family vacations immensely, mostly camping and fishing often in Saskatchewan, Canada. In later life he had a condominium in Cancun. He was quite the handyman and his garage had more supplies and tools than an Ace hardware store. It was not uncommon for him to change an engine in a vehicle for family or friends right in his garage.

Joe developed myasthenia gravis in his late 50’s and had to retire in 2003, after 17 years with PEP. He fought a multitude of health problems but one rarely heard him complain.

Joe moved to Colorado with his wife Kari about 10 years ago. I lost touch with him but occasionally talked to him for brief periods of time. I was privileged to know and work with him for so many years. I am comforted by my knowledge that he positively influenced the lives of his many patients in his years with PEP.

On behalf of FWMS, we extend condolences to his family.

Alex D Antalis, MD Professional Emergency Physicians


Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD

Died: November 27, 2017

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana


Justin (Barney) Arata, MD, October 31, 1921 – November 27, 2017

Our medical community lost a lion of our profession with the death of Justin E. (Barney) Arata, who passed away at his home on November, 27th. Barney had recently celebrated his 96th birthday with his family.

Barney was born in Mishawaka, IN and graduated from high school there. He did his undergraduate premedical studies at Indiana University and then entered IU School of Medicine. Following graduation, he served his country as a medical officer in the United States Navy in World War II.

After his discharge from the Navy, Barney spent some time in post graduate education at St. Joseph Hospital here and did some locum tenens general practice in South Dakota. Ultimately, he entered his residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic. Barney was again called to serve his country in the Korean War. After his second discharge, he returned to Fort Wayne and began his private surgical practice, which he continued until his retirement in 1991.

Barney had many achievements and honors, both professional and personal, during his long life and career. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, and served as President of the Indiana chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Barney was a staff member of all three Fort Wayne hospitals. He served as the President of the Medical Staff at Parkview Hospital, where he also was Director of Medical Education. He served as a board member at Bishop Dwenger High School and was inducted into the Bishop Dwenger Hall of Fame.

Along with his partner, Dr. Alan Perry, he founded the Arata Health Group and the first Health Maintenance Organization in Indiana. Barney was instrumental in founding the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. He and Dr. Perry performed the first bariatric surgeries in Fort Wayne. Barney and Dave Schlueter established the first organ donation program in Fort Wayne, which at one time supplied over half of all the donated kidneys  in Indiana.

Barney was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Boy Scout Troop. He donated his time and expertise to Matthew 25 Clinic for many years. Among his many other honors, he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana and the Kentucky Colonel Award by the Governor of Kentucky.

Through his life and career, Barney provided dedicated support for his friends and professional colleagues, in good times and in bad, through whatever conflicts or difficulties in which they might find themselves. He was always the supportive pillar on which myself and others could count on for support.

His death is a profound loss to many of us who knew him well, and to whom he provided steadfast support and encouragement in our own professional lives. The entire Fort Wayne Medical Society extend our sympathy and condolences to his wife, his children and step-children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters, and brother who survive him.

David Pepple, MD


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


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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.