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Yellowstone Trail Fest Begins Today in Hamlet

Yellowstone-Trail-FestivalThe Yellowstone Trail Festival gets underway today in Hamlet and every effort is being made to salute our veterans. You are invited to bring a poster of your family hero and information about their service in the Armed Forces. The poster will be displayed on the Hero’s Wall during the entire festival.

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Kenneth Ross

Kenneth Ross, 49, of Hamlet, Indiana passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  Funeral services will be Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

Larry Kensinger

Larry Kensinger, 73, of Hamlet, Indiana passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. CT at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Knox.  Visitation is Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT and Wednesday from 9:00-9:30 a.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

John Knight

John Knight, 61, of Hamlet, Indiana formerly of Koontz Lake, Indiana passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012.  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel.  Visitation is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the funeral home.

Kathryn Hensler

Kathryn Hensler, 99, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 5th, 2012.  A private funeral service will be held.  A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET at the Beaver Creek Township Cemetery in Crawford County, Michigan.  Memorial contributions may be given to Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson or to the American Cancer Society.  The Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.

June Miller

June Miller, 72, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 16th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. CT at the Free United Baptist Church at the intersection of Toto Road and State Road 39 in the North Judson area.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel and Thursday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Marge Schwenk

Marge Schwenk, 91, of Valparaiso, Indiana, formerly of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Monday, April 2nd, 2012. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Holy Cross Church in Hamlet.  Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel and Thursday, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. also at the funeral home.  A rosary service will be held Thursday at Holy Cross Church at 11:00 a.m. and a graveside service will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Daniel Berg

Daniel Berg, 53, of Knox, Indiana, passed away Friday, March 23rd, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. CT at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hamlet, Indiana.  Visitation is Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel and Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Carol Ann Huhnke

Carol Ann Huhnke, 80, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Thursday, February 16th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. CT at the St. Matthew Church in Hamlet.  Visitation is Sunday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel and Monday at the church one hour prior to services.  Memorial contributions may be made to he St. Matthew Lutheran Church or the Hamlet Lions Club.

Anna Jurgensen

Anna Jurgensen, 82, of Hamlet, Indiana, formerly of Chicago, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 20th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Hamlet.  Visitation is Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00-9:30 a.m. at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel,

Spc. Robert “Bobby” Tauteris, Jr.

Spc. Robert “Bobby” Tauteris, Jr., 44, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Thursday, January 5th, 2012.  Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 15th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson, Indiana.  Visitation is Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

IU Health LaPorte VNA Services Opening Office in Hamlet

IU Health LaPorte VNA Services is announcing the opening of a new office at 5595 County Road 600 North in Hamlet. VNA Skilled Home Care and Private Duty Services allows individuals to recuperate at home or in an assisted living residence instead of a long hospital stay.

IU Health LaPorte VNA Services provides care in Jasper, LaPorte, Marshall, Pulaski, Starke, St. Joseph, and Porter counties. For an appointment or for more information, call (574) 867-7700.

Donald Knop

Donald Knop, 81, of Koontz Lake, Indiana, passed away Friday, July 1st, 2011.  Funeral services will be Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. CT at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hamlet, Indiana.  Visitation is Friday after 9:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the church.  Military Graveside Services will be conducted.  The Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Wringer

Earl Wringer, 91, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Thursday, June 9th, 2011.  Funeral services will be Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation is Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT and Thursday, one hour prior to services at the Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Catherine Casper Home or the the 4-H Horse and Pony Club.

Bertha Scott

Bertha Scott, 76, of Valparaiso, Indiana, formerly of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, June 7th, 2011.  Funeral services will be Saturday, June 11th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation is Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be given to  the American Diabetes Association.

No New Information on Sysco Project in Hamlet

Rumors have floated around Starke County for the past few weeks that construction of the Sysco plant near Hamlet is about to become a reality. Starke County Economic Development Director, Charles Weaver, cautions that he has not received any information that supports those rumors.

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