BARBARA BLACKFORD, mother of the Rev. Thomas Blackford (SIC) appointed to Hamilton Center in Terre Haute, died Aug. 18, 2008. A memorial service was held Aug. 21 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Cicero, Ind. Survivors include: Son, Thomas; and two daughters. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Thomas Blackford, 85 Heritage Dr., Terre Haute, IN 47803-2319 or by e-mail to ccandyrev@yahoo.com.

VERNON DOLES, retired local pastor (SIC), died July 23, 2008. A memorial service was held July 26 in Columbus, Ind. Survivors include: Wife, Pauline Doles, 2610 Stahr Lane, Columbus, IN 47203; sons, Donald, Jerry and Robert; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Opal; brother, Hershel. Memorial contributions can be made to East Columbus UMC or the American Heart Association.

MARJORIE M. FRITZ, wife of the Rev. Jim M. Fritz, retired (NIC), died Aug. 20, 2008. A memorial service was held Aug. 22 at the Abbott Funeral Home in Delphi, Ind. with the Rev. Todd Ladd officiating and burial at Fairview Cemetery in Tipton. Survivors include: her husband, Jim M. Fritz; daughter, Nola Clawson of Delphi; son, Ken Fritz of Tipton; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Jim M. Fritz, 102 N. Lafayette St., Delphi, IN 46923-1122. Memorials can be made to the Delphi UMC, 118 N. Union St., Delphi, IN 46923-1243.

CHARLES 'MAX' GRINDLE, father of the Rev. Maurice Grindle (NIC) pastor at Rochester Grace died Aug. 21, 2008. A memorial service was held at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home in Wabash, Ind. on Aug. 23, with the Rev. Philip Lake officiating. Burial was at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Marion. The elder Grindle attended Christ UMC in Wabash. Condolences can be sent to Rev. Maurice Grindle, 1058 W. 100 N., Rochester, IN 46975-7993 (e-mail: mgrindle@rtcol.com). Memorials can be made to Christ UMC, P.O. Box 643, Wabash, IN 46992.

JANE HENSCHEN, wife of the Rev. Fred Henschen, retired (SIC), died June 29,2008. A memorial service was held July 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio, with burial in the New Haven Cemetery in Cincinnati. Survivors include: Husband, Fred Henschen, 11324 Melissa Court, Cincinnati, OH 45251; three sons, Steve, Philip and Michael; two daughters, Debbie Lopez and Cheryl Jester; 14 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren Memorial contributions can be made to the Crosby UMC, 9091 Church Street, Harrison, OH 45030 or the John Wesley UMC, 1927 West Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240.

MARTHA L. McGEE, widow of the late Rev. Dee McGee and former NIC health benefits employee, died July 8, 2008. A memorial service was held in July at Alexandria, Ind. Survivors include: Husband, Steve Guyre of Alexandria: children, Donna and Mark McGee of Alexandria, and Matt and his wife, Beverly McGee of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Condolences can be sent to Donna Guyre, 260 W. 900 N., Alexandria, IN 46001. Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Olive UMC, P.O. Box 582, Sweetser, IN 46987.

SHIRLEY PFRANG, wife of Harold Pfrang former SIC conference treasurer (1976-1990), died June 22, 2008. A memorial service was held July 5 in Franklin, Ind. The family held a private service with burial in Bloomington, Ind. and Elmhurst Ill. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be sent to Honey Creek UMC, 2722 South Honey Creek Road, Greenwood, IN 46143 and Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson, Franklin 46131.

RUBIE POTTER, retired part-time local pastor (SIC), died Sept. 26, 2007. A memorial service was held, Oct. 2, 2007 in Indianapolis. Survivors include: Son, Jesse; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

JAMES M. WILSON, brother of the Rev. Jack Scott, died Aug. 9, 2008. A memorial service was held Aug.18 in Anderson, Ind. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Jack Scott, 11321 Lyndhurst Ct., Fort Wayne, IN 46845-2009 or by e-mail to pastor@covenantumc.net.

J. ERIC WITTY, son of the Rev. Dr. James W. Witty, pastor of Union UMC in Noblesville (SIC), died July 29, 2008. The family held a private memorial service. Survivors include: Wife, Kristine; children Amanda, Mathew and Krystal; parents, James W., Jr. and Sandra K. Witty; sister Jody Tolan; and grandmother Elise Witty. Memorial contributions can be made to Union UMC, 19090 DeShane Avenue; Noblesville, IN 46060.