Obituary for Merl (Rife) Hauth


Merl (Rife) Hauth

Merl (Rife) Hauth, 93 of Warsaw, In., passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Woodview Assisted Living, Fort Wayne, In. She was born on March 3, 1920 in Warsaw to Chauncy and Edith (Hillary) Rife. A lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Merl was united in marriage to Ernest Hauth on March 24, 1940 in Warsaw.

As a child Merl work on the family owned business, Rife Diary. She later worked for Dr. Garber and Stokes Tin Shop. She and her husband managed the Warsaw License Branch and she worked on the family farm. She loved teaching the young Sunday school at the EUB Church.

Her talents shined when doing needlework, tole painting, sewing and caning.

Merl served as a judge of the needlework at the Kosciusko County Fair and surrounding area. She also received awards for her beautiful work.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Fifty Thrifty Home Economics Club and a past president of Republicans Women’s Club all of Warsaw

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Funnell, Fort Wayne; son, E. Max (Cindy) Hauth, Lakeland, FL.; a brother Lenard “Dick” (Helen) Rife, Tallahassee, FL.; and a sister, Velma Louise Hayden, Warsaw; four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, who died on September 22, 2013 and a brother, George Rife.

Graveside Service for Merl and Ernie will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, officiated by Reverend Lamar Imes.

Visitation will be 1 hours prior to the service on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.

Burial will be Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or seeing that a needy family with children is fed, clothed and gifted.



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