Huntertown --  G. Marie Bireley, 93, a resident of Huntertown and widow of Samuel E. Bireley, died at 7:12 a.m. Sunday, June 27, 2004, at the Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne following a lengthy illness. 


Mrs. Bierley was born in DeKalb County on april 11, 1911, a daughter of Charles and Goldie Meese Pepple and moved to Huntertown as a child with her parents.  She graduated from Huntertown High School in 1930, and was a lifelong resident of Huntertown.


She had been employed for 28 years at the institutional power plant at the former Irene Byron Sanitarium in Fort Wayne, and retired as a clerk at Tepe’s in Fort Wayne in 1986 after 12 years. 


She was an 82-year member of the Huntertown United Methodist Church.


Surviving are two grandsons:

            Brent E. (fiancee’ Marcia King) Preston of Fort Wayne

            Stephen R. (Sandy) Preston of Olathe, Kansas


Mr. Bireley preceded her in death in 1974.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter,

            Rozanne Sue Preston in 2001

            By two sisters, Ruby I. McDougall and Rowene Warner

            By two brothers, Wilbur and Walter Pepple


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. John Randall, pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Hoagland officiating.  Calling will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne.  Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. 






Huntertown – MARTHA E. FOLKEN, 79, a resident of Huntertown, died at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2007, at the Canterbury Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.  Ms Folken was born in Huntertown on April 22, 1928, a daughter of HENRY and LAURY (EBY) BYERLEY, and was a lifelong resident of that community.   She had been employed for several years as a medication aide at the Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne, retiring from there in 1990. 


Surviving are

2 daughters:

            LAURALEE AVEN of Fort Wayne

            SUSAN FOLKEN (SCOTT) WERMIE of Tucson, Arizona

A son:

            JAMES E. (LINDA) AVEN of Huntertown

An “adopted” daughter:

            IMOGENE NUSBAUM-SNYDER of Fort Wayne

2 Sisters:

            AGNES SCOTT

            HILDA SPANGLE, both of Huntertown

6 grandchildren

4 great-grandchildren

Several nieces and nephews


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, JOSEPHINE FOSNAUGH



Funeral services are today at 10 a.m. at Sheets & Childs Funeral home in Churubusco with the Rev. Phillip Emerson, pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be at Eel River Cemetery in Allen Co., IN.   Memorials are to Alzheimer’s Association.  





From the Northwest News of November 15, 2006




MARGARET E. BYERLEY, 97, a former resident of Eel River Township in Allen County and more recently of Fort Wayne, died at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at the Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne following an extended illness. 


Mrs. Byerley was born on June 30, 1909 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of WILLIAM S. and ORA (SUMMERS) SHEARER.   She moved to St. Joe township as a girl and graduated from Leo High School in 1928.


On November 2, 1929 she was married in Fort Wayne to GEORGE G. BYERLEY and moved to the Byerley farm on Carroll Road following her marriage.   MR. BYERLEY preceded her in death on July 14, 1973, and she continued to live on the family farm until moving to Fort Wayne in 1985.


A homemaker all of her life, she also assisted her husband in his insurance business and was a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.


Surviving are several nieces and nephews;  and her caregiver GEORGE ARNOLD of rural Fort Wayne.  


In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by a daughter:

            LEAH JOY BYERLEY on September 6, 1985

By a sister:


And by 4 brothers:

            ATWELL SHEARER

            GORDON SHEARER

            HARRY SHEARER

            BILL SHEARER


Funeral services were Saturday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with REV. LARRY SMITH, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church officiating.   Interment was at the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.   Memorials may be directed to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.