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The Rev. Virgil Bixler g51 passed away November 20. Surviving are his wife, Leona (Reibling) fs49, and his daughters, Sheryl (Bixler fs72) and son-in-law, the Rev. Tim Steiner g74, and Joy (Bixler g77) and son-in-law, Rex Forbes g77.
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Arlene (Mitchell) Williams fs51, 87, went home to be with the Lord on September 23, 2017. She was the daughter of the late registrar, Harvey Mitchell, and the twin sister of Ardice “Ardie” Bailor fs51, who also proceeded her in death. Her husband, Ernest Williams still survives.
Donavon J. Gerig g51, 88, of Berne, passed away Sept. 27, 2016 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice in Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 7, 1928, he was a son of the late Clarence and Idella (Neuenschwander) Gerig. He married his wife of 67 years, LaDonna (Litzenberg) on Aug. 5, 1948; she preceded him in death on June 20, 2016. Don was a graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Mich., Fort Wayne Bible College, and Taylor University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and English from Ball State University. Don was music director at Hartford Center near Linn Grove, Adams Central High School in Monroe, South Adams High School in Berne and Northrop High School in Fort Wayne. He retired from teaching after 37 years in 1989. Donavon was music and choir director for more than 33 years at churches in both Berne and Fort Wayne. He was also director of the Edelweiss Singers for 18 years in Adams County. He loved traveling with his wife, singing all forms of music and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his four children, Becky (David) Ristau of Dana Point, Calif., Deb (John) Hilligoss jof Columbia City, Randy (Kristi) Gerig of Seattle, Wash., and Rick (Lori) Gerig of Fort Wayne; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Lee (Lois) Gerig; and sister, Sharon (Bob) Snodgrass. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, LaDonna. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at First Mennonite Church in Berne.