Monday, May 26, 2008
By John Kline
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A Goshen man died of injuries suffered when his motorcycle collided with a car at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on Cassopolis Street near North Shore Drive, Elkhart.
Benjamin Michael Snook, 29, a conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad, died at 10:10 p.m. at the Elkhart General Hospital emergency room.
According to Elkhart County police reports, Snook had been driving his 2008 Honda motorcycle north on Ind. 19 at a high rate of speed.
Police said the motorcycle went left of center on the curve on Ind. 19 south of North Shore Drive and collided with a southbound 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Melissa A. Heintzberger, 31, Osceola. Heintzberger suffered only minor injuries.
Police closed down Cassopolis Street for two hours while investigating the crash.
Kurtis Baumgartner, a cousin of Snook’s, spoke about the unexpected loss.
“We were pretty close,” Baumgartner said. “He was going to be a groomsman in my wedding. I’m getting married this summer. He was just a great person, and had a great outlook on life.”
Baumgartner said that Snook was always incredibly outgoing and full of energy.
“He was the life of the party,” he said.
Baumgartner also recalled Snook as being athletic and a lover of all things outdoors.
“He loved to kayak and camp, and he and a couple of his buddies owned a boat together, and they’d take that out to Lake Wawasee. I know he really enjoyed that,” Baumgartner said. “He also liked to do rock climbing. He was just very outdoorsy.”
Looking back on their friendship, Baumgartner said one of his fondest memories of Snook was his unfailing ability to brighten the mood of just about anyone he encountered.
“Any time I was home I tried to hang out with him, and if you were having a bad day, he’d make it all better,” Baumgartner said. “He was just a fun guy, and great to be around.”
Friday, January 25, 2008
Friends and neighbors say 29-year-old Angela Lechlitner had 3 loves; Jesus Christ, people and
gardening. She was just as passionate about all three.
"On the outside you'd think that she was a timid and shy gal, but once you got to know her she was really engaging," said Tabernacle Church Pastor Kenny Bryant.
People who knew Lechlitner were shocked when police found her dead inside her home Saturday afternoon.
Investigators say there were obvious signs of trauma. Concerned friends called police when Lechlitner didn't show up for work at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The home located in the 2000 blk. of Shafer Street quickly became a crime scene.
"The detective said to lock your doors, lock your windows and don't answer the door if you don't know who's knocking," said one neighbor.
She says many more are baffled about who would hurt Lechlitner.
"This is very uncharacteristic of this neighborhood. I think everyone here is shaken and a little worried," she continued.
Today, members of the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk held a memorial for Lechlitner at Norfolk Botanical Garden.
"Although it was a spontaneous service, there were about 250 people that were present, so she touched a lot of lives," said Pastor Bryant.
He says he met with Lechlitners parents who flew in from Indiana.
"They grieve, but they don't grieve as those without any hope. Her time on this earth was obviously done, but there's joy in knowing one day they'll be reunited," he added.
Police are investigating Lechlitners' death as a homicide. If you know anything that could help police call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-UP.
Angela Sue Lechlitner
Feb. 22, 1979-Jan. 19, 2008
NORFOLK, Va., — Angela Sue Lechlitner, 28, 2429 Shafer St., formerly of Goshen, Ind., was found dead at her residence Saturday.
She was born in Ephrata, Pa., Feb. 22, 1979.
Surviving are her parents, Rex and Grace (Zimmerman) Lechlitner, Goshen; brothers, Jeremy Lechlitner, Elkhart, and Daniel (Jennifer) Lechlitner, Goshen; one niece; and maternal grandmother, Anna Mary Zimmerman, Denver, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Tiny and Doris Lechlitner and her maternal grandfather, Clayton Zimmerman.
She worked at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Norfolk, as a greenhouse technician.
She was a member of Tabernacle Church, Norfolk. She graduated in 1997 from Goshen High School and was a 2003 graduate of Purdue University. She was also associated with Beth Messiah Synagogue, Norfolk.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen.
The body will lie in state for one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grace Community Church, Goshen. The service will be conducted by the Rev. James Brown of Grace Community Church.
Burial will be in Olive (East) Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Angie Lechlitner Memorial fund.
Online condolences may be sent to www.rrefh.com.
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Obite from: www.goshennews.com
We will keep the site updated if there are any break throughs in Angie's death. Please say a prayer for her family.