Alan A. Arms

Alan A. Arms, 86, Rochester, died at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Bridgewater Health Care, Carmel. Arrangements pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana.

Robert M. Hibbs

Robert M. Hibbs, 85, Holiday, Fla., and formerly of Rochester, died July 10, in Holiday.

Survivors include his wife, Penni Hibbs, Holiday; two daughters, Debra Croussore, Rochester, and Peggy Bailey, Tippecanoe.

Private interment will take place at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

David E. Murphy

David E. Murphy, 67, Peru, died Tuesday at home.

Survivors include his son, Doug Murphy, Jefferson, Md.; daughter Deanna Chowning, Fishers; mother, Judy A. Murphy, Greentown; sister, Susan A. Simmons, Cincinnati, Ohio; and brother, Daniel C. Murphy, Greentown.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, at Sycamore Friends Church, Greentown, Indiana, with Pastor Charles Cole officiating. McClain Funeral Home, Denver, is handling arrangements.

Mary Margaret Neff

April 4, 1943 – July 28, 2020

Mary Margaret Neff, 77, Rochester, passed away at 8:55 a.m.. Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at her residence.

She was born April 4, 1943, in Rochester, the daughter of Maurice L. and Margaret L. (Wilson) Sadowsky. After graduating from Rochester High School in 1961, she attended Butler University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Phi Sorority, graduating from there with a bachelor’s degree. She started her professional teaching career at schools in New York City and Chicago, Illinois.

Mary Margaret married Roger A. Neff on July 24, 1974, in Rochester, and he survives. She obtained her master’s degree from Ball State University and taught at Caston High School from 1989-2006. While at Caston, she taught English, speech, theater and had been Yearbook sponsor. In January of 1999, she was awarded Teacher of the Month and in 2000 recognized as an Academic Award Recipient. She was highly respected as an educator and known for the many “Petie” Stories. After retiring from education, she continued helping on the family farm with her husband Roger and daughter, Kathy. She enjoyed wintering in the Florida Keys where she enjoyed sailing, boating, and diving, having been certified as a wreck and rescue diver. She attended First Christian Church and was a member of Tri Kappa.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Neff, Rochester, their daughter, Kathy Neff (Orv Huffman), Rochester; children, Michael Neff and his sons, Christopher and Thomas, Rochester, Rev. Dr. Lori (Rev. Dr. Cleo) LaRue, Pennington, N.J.; brother Wilson (Ann) Sadowsky, Belvidere, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Doris (Jim) Clemons, Rochester, Phyllis Davidson, North Manchester; brother-in-law, Gerald (Irene) Neff, South Bend;and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Maurice Sadowsky Jr.

Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m., Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Private funeral services will be conducted at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home with burial at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester. Memorial contributions may be made to Caston Closet through the funeral home. In accordance with state mandates, mask should be worn while visiting with the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

David Allen Schakel

May 12, 1995 – July 31, 2020

David Allen Schakel, 25, Rochester, passed away at 12:50 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2020, at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, Mich.

David was born on May 12, 1995, in Rochester. He graduated from Caston High School in 2013. In his younger years, he enjoyed 4-wheelers, fishing and hunting. He loved music, playing video games and working as a farmhand on his aunt and uncle’s farm.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia Schakel (companion, Bill Roush), Rochester; father Eric Bowen, Fulton; grandparents Sharon Grimes, Warsaw, Ed Schakel, South Bend and Brenda Reffitt, Rochester; sister Tabatha Bowen, Fulton; aunts Stephanie (Chuck) Ault, Warsaw, and Ellen (Paul) Slisher, Rochester; uncles Gene Schakel, Beech Grove; several great aunts and uncles; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold W. Reffitt; his uncle, Marcus Reffitt, and a cousin, Olivia Prenatt.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at McClain Funeral Home, 3500 W. Indiana 16, Denver. Due the COVID-19 health crisis, the public is required to wear a face mask when attending visitation and/or funeral service. If you feel uncomfortable attending the visitation due to health risks, please visit our website where you can leave a message of condolence for the family.

A private family service will be held with Hector Fernandez officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cross in Rochester, for Celebrate Recovery.

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