Dorothy L. Lease

Dec. 25, 1922 – July 20, 2020

Dorothy L. Lease, 97, Grass Creek, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.

Born on Dec. 25, 1922, in Elwood, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Hazel (King) Hershey.

Dorothy was a 1940 Grass Creek High School graduate and a 1941 graduate with honors from the International Business College, Fort Wayne.

On Nov. 17, 1945, she married Harris D. Lease. He preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 2011.

Dorothy retired in 1982 after 26 years from First National Bank, Rochester as an administrative assistant, bank trust officer and vice president. Dorothy was a member of the Professional Women’s Association.

She was a member of Grass Creek United Methodist Church and Grass Creek United Methodist Church Ladies Aid, charter member of the 20th Century Home Ec Club, 50-year member of the Fulton Order of Eastern Star where she served as Past Worthy Matron and of the District OES Little Kins.

Dorothy was also a former member of the ambulance board and a former trustee of Woodlawn Hospital, where she served on the planning committee for the new construction of the hospital. Dorothy enjoyed getting together with her retired group from the bank and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Lavonne “Sue” Sailors (Daniel), Grass Creek; grandchildren Christopher Sailors (Debra), Grass Creek, Timothy Sailors (Michelle), Grass Creek, and Stephanie Herd (Jason), Grass Creek; great-grandchildren Christen Polomchak, Carrie Sailors, Emily Mappin, Ethan Sailors, Keaton Ferverda, Noah Herd and London Herd; and four great-great-grandchildren and one on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her infant sons, Douglas and Larry Lease; and brothers John Hershey and William Hershey.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Rans Funeral Home & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Grass Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodlawn Hospital, the Talking Book Library, Indiana State Library Association, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204, or Guardian Angel Hospice. Dorothy’s online guest book is available and condolences may be shared with the family at

Lois L. Murray-Ulerick

Feb. 7, 1933 – July 20, 2020

Lois L. Murray-Ulerick, 87, Rochester, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2020, at Life Care Center of Rochester.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1933, in Rochester, the daughter of Emmett and Lenora (Smith) Frasa.

On April 27, 1956, at Bruce Lake, she married Ronald L. Murray. He preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1976. On March 28, 1995, she married Robert Ulerick. He preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2013.

Lois had worked with her husband, Ronald, at Murray’s Radiator and Garage as well as at the Culver Exchange Bank and Farmers & Merchants Bank. Later she had worked for Rochester Metal Products and Wilson’s Feed & Grain before she was elected to serve as Fulton County recorder. After serving as county recorder, she served as registrar with the Fulton County Health Department until her retirement.

Lois had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she served on the church finance board, the Moose Family Center and Eagles Lodge and the Fulton County Historical Society and volunteered with RSVP and was an active member of the Fulton County Democratic Party. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling and was an avid euchre player.

Survivors include her children, Karen Sumpter and fiance Michael Ogle, Rochester, Rhonda and husband Tim Richter, Charlotte, N.C., and Joe and wife Jackie Murray, Rochester; stepchildren Bobby and wife Allee Ulerick, Rochester, Theresa and husband Nate Kimmel, Rochester, and Brian Ulerick, Florida; grandchildren, Dexter (Heather) Sumpter, Goliad, Texas, Arica (Jim) Moser, Fishers, Carlynn Richter, Charlotte, N.C., Christina Mast, South Bend, Michael Harris, St. Louis, Mo., and Katie (Jonathan) Glasgow, Bedford; stepgrandchildren Mitchell Ulerick, Connor Ulerick and Kasi Balanow, all of Rochester, Kyle (Kira) Kimmel, Indianapolis, and Allie Ulerick, Hamlet; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Dorothy Krohn; and brother Norman Frasa.

A private funeral service and visitation will be at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society or to Trinity United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at

Lorene C. Tesh

May 13, 1948 – July 19, 2020

Lorene C. Tesh, 72, Warsaw, and formerly of Wabash, died Sunday, July 19, 2020, at home.

Lorene was born May 13, 1948, in Floyd County, Kentucky, to Fred and Myrtle (Manns) Conley.

On Oct. 21, 1967, she married Leon F. Tesh. He preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 1986.

She worked for United Tech, North Manchester, Dexter Axle, North Manchester, and Goshen Industries. She enjoyed crafting, crocheting, reading, painting, gardening and tending to her flowers.

She is survived by her daughters, Martha Miller and companion Vincent Slone, Warsaw, and Jeannie and husband Christopher Sanburn, Warsaw; grandchildren Angel, Lucille, David, Adam, Heather and Isabella; great-grandchildren Alexzander, Raven, Arya, Lillian and Emory; sisters Zefie Jackson, Gracie Jackson and Martha and husband Ray Hancock; and brothers Amos Conley, Norman Conley and Alfred Conley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Nancy Pennington, Izinia Thorrington, Christene Cornell and Opal Conley; and brother Jerry Conley.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 305 W. Rochester St., Akron, with Pastor Glen Crouse officiating. For the health of all in attendance, the public is encouraged to wear masks. Burial will follow at Gaerte Cemetery, Macy. Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.

Donations may be made in her memory to Kosciusko County Home Care and Hospice. Family and friends may share a memory or send a condolence at

Rudy Stafford

Rudy Stafford, 76, Rochester, died Monday at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Stafford; son Jeffrey Stafford; daughter Julie Sutton and husband Matt; mother Della Stafford, Muncie; sister Nancy Stafford, Cape Cod, Mass.; granddaughter Ann Stephenson and husband Keith; grandson Thomas Sutton; and great-grandchildren.

No service is planned at this time. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

Roger Baker

Roger Baker, 46, Rochester, died Monday. Arrangements are pending.

Kyle Lindstrom

Kyle Lindstrom, 32, Indianapolis, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

Maverick J.O. Bower

Infant Maverick J.O. Bower was stillborn on Sunday at Woodlawn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

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