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BARBARA ROSE "BARB" HIPPENHAMMER, 75, of Avilla, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 9:30 a.m., at her residence, after a brief illness with her family at her side. She was a former Avilla Town Board President. Born Oct. 11, 1937, she was a daughter of the late William and Victoria (Case) Fischer. As one of 12 children, she grew up on the family farm in Avilla. She lived her lifetime in Avilla, graduating from Avilla High School in 1955. She met her husband, Richard A. "Dick" Hippenhammer and was married on June 18, 1966. Together they raise two children, Joann and Richard in Avilla. Dick died on July 13, 2003. Barb retired from the accounting department at General Telephone after 21 years of service, and also worked as a customer service representative at Community State Bank. Barb was Avilla's first woman Town Board President, was an active member of the Avilla American Legion Women's Auxiliary, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Avilla. Her grandkids were her life, she adored watching them play ball. She was an avid golfer and card player. "Barb had many friends and loved ones whom will miss her." Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Joann M. and Jeff Sparkman of LaOtto; son and daughter-in-law, Richard A. and Shannon Hippenhammer of Avilla; grandchildren, Kyle Johnson, Tanner Hippenham mer, Kendall Hippenhammer, Jeffrey Sparkman Jr., and Zach Sparkman; brothers, Donald (Connie) Fischer of Fort Wayne, Charles Fischer of Leo and Steven Fischer of Fort Wayne; sisters, Ruthie (Kent) Ihrie of Wolcottville, Nancy Lamb of Auburn, Roberta Montel of Avilla, and Alice Huth of Fort Wayne; sister-in-law, Nancy Fischer of Avilla; a host of nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Suzi Q. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Janette Fischer, Irene Delong and Deloris Lamb; brother, Tom Fischer; brother-in-law, Donald Huth; and sister-in-law, Sherry Fischer. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Avilla, with visitation one hour prior. Father Daniel Chukwuleta officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, with a Rosary service at 5 p.m., at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla Chapel. Burial following service in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Avilla. Casket bearers will be her brothers, Charles, Donald and Steve; grandsons, Tanner, Kendall, and Zach; and friend Matt Strowmatt. Honorary casket bearers will be all of her nieces and nephews. Please make memorials in memory of Barb to Noble County Humane Shelter or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. To send online condolences, please visit
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 1, 2013