Activa Insurance Expands Operations

first_imgActiva International Insurance Company (Lib) Limited, a Pan-African Insurer that operates in over 35 countries, was just one of the many average insurance companies in the country that operated from a two-room office when Atty. Saye D. Gbalazeh took over.Since then, and as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) over a year and a half ago, Atty. Gbalazeh has led Activa to lead the insurance industry. It now occupies the ground floor of the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) building in Sinkor.This is part of the dynamic and people-oriented leadership style of Atty. Gbalazeh and his new team.Gbalazeh is a an accomplished insurance professional who worked in Corporate America for over twenty-three years with recognized companies such as One Beacon Professional Insurance Company, a leading professional liability insurance company in Connecticut, USA, andHealthcare Professional Liability Program, United States Risk Underwriters in Dallas, amongst others.Activa is the originator of the Globus Network, which is a grouping of insurance companies in 36 countries in Africa. Activa is headquartered in Cameroon, with its holding company in Mauritius.The International Finance Corporation of the World Bank has an interest in Activa, which compels the company to live up to certain standards.The company provides client services backed by the best international financial security such as Munich Re, Africa Re, among others. Services are delivered by efficient management system.In an exclusive interview in Monrovia recently, Atty. Gbalazeh said: “Our people need better services and this is what we are here to do.”The company is at the verge of constructing its multi-million dollar headquarters in the country. “Building a permanent structure for our operations will guarantee Liberians that we are not here to grab and go, but to be a partner in the country’s development,” he added.The company has a student intern program where university students are recruited and taught about the insurance business. Atty. Gbalazeh sees leadership from several perspectives because he believes that an effective leader must have the authority to lead the people and should serve by example.He said one should not always put money ahead of service. “As a leader your priority should not always be money, if you do your core values well, benefits will follow,” he said.He also said that he always strives to provide guidance and best services to his numerous clients.AIIC (Lib) Limited currently has 24 employees and 20 additional contractors whom he referred to as agents working in many parts of the country.“My focus is not the competition, but how to set Activa apart from other insurers in this country,” he said.The company is also investing in human capital. “Since my arrival, I have scouted for the smartest and most talented guys in the industry,” he said, adding that Activa has a future in Liberia. “We want to change the perception about the industry in this country.”Atty. Gbalazeh anticipates the establishment of the Activa University Students’ Club where insurance education and technical training will be available.As a way of motivating employees, he pays his staff for 13 months (double in December)-an unusual trend in Liberia. The CEO said that Activa is a good corporate citizen that is helping to give back to the Liberian society. Through its continental corporate arm, the Activa Foundation, is based in Port-Louise, Mauritius, the company envisages taking on projects annually in Liberia.The company has spent thousands of dollars in various communities through its Corporate Social Responsibility Program with the latest beneficiaries being women and children that were affected by the Ebola Virus Disease in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties. Activa provided, through the YWCA’s WISE Project, US$20,000. WISE (Women in Sustainable Enterprise) is a 12 month project that trains women in vocational skills. The project also intends to de-traumatize victims of EVD in the two counties while trying to reintegrate them in their communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PM says Guyana Chronicle workers were at risk of losing jobs

first_img…as Opposition MPs question additionalspending of $11M for GINAPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo came under fire from Opposition parliamentarians who demanded an explanation for the sudden spending of an additional $11 million for the Government Information Agency (GINA) even after some $181 million was approved in Budget 2015 for that entity.Prime MinisterMoses NagamootooMore than one month after the previous sitting of the National Assembly, Thursday’s session was suspended just minutes after getting underway for a private debate on the constitutionality of the consideration of a financial paper on advances made from the Contingency Fund totalling some $799.9 million.Just under one billion dollars had been spent by the Administration outside of what was provided for in the Budget for the period of September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali challenged the motion brought by the Government, arguing that the spending of these monies flew in the face of the Constitution and the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.He contended that the Minister shall not in the fiscal year, introduce more than five supplementary bills except in circumstances of grave national emergency.Further, he asserted that the financial paper should have been brought to the House as soon as practicable, before the passage of Budget 2016 in light of the date the monies were spent.When the sitting resumed, House Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland allowed a review of the extra budgetary spending.Finance Minister Winston Jordan was asked to respond to the challenge and posited that the financial paper were in his opinion brought to the Parliament “as soon as practicable”.In response to a subsequent concern raised by PPP/C MP Anil Nandlall, Jordan argued that the monies were indeed spent on situations that were urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen and of grave national emergency.As the consideration commenced, the House Speaker had disclosed that an additional $11 million was provided to GINA to offset partial liabilities owed to the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) – Guyana Chronicle.When prompted by MP Ali, the Prime Minister revealed that the payment was made as part of an effort to keep the Guyana Chronicle viable in the face of monies owed by GINA.According to Nagamootoo, some $74 million was owed by GINA to GNNL.Jumping at this bit of information, MP Ali asserted that given that the debts were in existence before May 2015, then the monies spent did not meet the criteria to come from the Contingency Fund.But the Prime Minister explained that the exact figure owed was not made available until after the forensic audit was conducted into the operations of GINA.“It was only when we discovered that GINA was draining the life blood of the Chronicle that we decided that it was in fact an expenditure that could not be avoided, and (we) attempt[ed] to rescue the Guyana Chronicle,” he said.PPP/C MP Juan Edghill then questioned why the $11 million was accessed from the Contingency Fund and not by a supplementary paper that could have been brought, since the expenditure was not unforeseen and urgent.“If this expenditure was known as of May 2015, it might not have been known by the PM, it would have been known by GINA provisions for Budget 2015, this expenditure should have satisfied,” he posited.In response, the Prime Minister said the expenditure was incurred between September and December. He argued that the Guyana Chronicle could not have found money to meet its salaries and urgent demands were made, which produced a situation where workers at the news agency would have been thrown out of jobs.The PM and the Opposition MPs continued to trade barbs over the justification of the spending of the $11 million until it was finally approved by the Government with its slim parliamentary majority.last_img read more

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Firefighters contain hillside brush fire

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – About 60 firefighters and two helicopters put out a brush fire that charred one acre Thursday afternoon. No structures were threatened and no one was reported injured in the fire which was reported at 12:54 p.m. on Fullerton Road, south of Harbor Boulevard, according to LA County Fire Capt. Mike Brown. He said firefighters knocked down the blaze at 1:36 p.m. They were still doing mop up operations an hour later. Some later went to Rowland Heights where another brush fire broke out. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Coral Daily Download – Laudrup backed for the Newcastle top job

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman tells the boys Michael Laudrup has emerged as a strong contender for the Newcastle United top job.The Dane, who recently managed Swansea, has come in from 50/1 to 6/1 in the betting.There’s also a review of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City, along with a preview of March’s Cheltenham Festival.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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NO TAKERS FOR 48 BEDROOM DONEGAL HOTEL AT €175K

first_imgA 48 bedroom Donegal village hotel has failed to reach its €175,000 reserve price at an auction in Dublin.Caiseal Mara HotelThe Allsop Space auction in Dublin’s RDS failed to muster a bid on the Caiseal Mara Hotel at Foyle Street, Moville yesterday.The semi-detached hotel was also to be sold for the knock-down price with all contents included. There are 48 ensuite bedrooms, two function rooms, a bar and restaurant in the hotel, as well as a lobby, kitchen and staff rooms.The hotel has been closed since June last year, after it was taken into administration in 2010.It is understood a private deal was later done on the hotel for an undisclosed sum after the auction.NO TAKERS FOR 48 BEDROOM DONEGAL HOTEL AT €175K was last modified: October 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auctionCaiseal Mara Hotelmovillelast_img read more

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, will be performed by junior and senior high school students, 7 p.m. May 6, Sherman Oaks First Presbyterian Church, 4445 Noble Ave. Tickets: $10; $5 for children 15 and under. Call (818) 788-3330. “Sacred Tour of the Baha’i Faith Center,” presented by Valley Interfaith Council, 7 p.m. May 7, 4830 Genesta Ave., Encino. Call (818) 718-6460, Ext. 3001, or see www.vic-la.org. “Interconnectedness” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “Healing Miracles” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10 a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “On Being Worthy” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “Would You Rather Be Right or Be Happy?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “Fighting Fair and Staying in Love” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-2653. Blessing of the Animals service, led by the Rev. Lui Tran, 10 a.m. Sunday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-8111. “The Seeds of Celebration” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 363-8136. “Love as Art” will be the topic discussed by guest speakers Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818)894-9251. “The Servanthood of Man” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “When You are Gripped with Fear” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (818) 884-6480. “Release Your Creativity” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “What’s Your Level of Faith?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Paul N. Shafit, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, The Welcome Home Church, meeting at 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 314-3664. “Double Commitment” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8422. “Personal Responsibility” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651 or see www.heartchurch.com. “Dynamic, Divine Love” will be the message delivered by the Revs. Sue Rubin and Jim Lockard, 10 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105. “Through the Eyes of Faith” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Jewish Life Center of Simi Valley will present a Yom HaShoah observance with a screening of the film “Paper Clips,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Free admission but seating is limited. Call (805) 526-0153. Israel’s Remembrance Day will be observed at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, University of Judaism, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. Call (310) 440-1282. “Mary, Mother of the Church” will be the topic discussed by the Rev. Thomas Cusack at the Catholic Community luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Reservations for the buffet, at $15, are required. Call (818) 846-3271. Meditation service, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at its office at 21032 Devonshire St., Suite 208, Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. May Friendship Day 2006 will be celebrated by Church Women United, 10:30 a.m. Friday, meeting at the United Methodist Church, 1000 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. A salad potluck lunch will follow the program. Call (805) 494-7368. St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church annual family festival, noon-11 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10850 Moorpark St., North Hollywood. Free admission. Call (818) 761-6268. “Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code,” a weekly seminar led by the Rev. Rick Talbott, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, First Christian Church of Christ, 606 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. Call (818) 361-7321. The Synagogue Softball League’s third annual “Spring Classic” fundraiser for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. Admission: $20; $10 for children. Call (818) 737-0576 or see www.synagoguesoftball.com. Pianist Mikhail Morgovsky will perform a recital of classical music, 4 p.m. Sunday, St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. An offering will be taken. Call (818) 345-2057. last_img read more

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Championship news: Wagner pledges future to Huddersfield after Wolfsburg links

first_img David Wagner (pictured) was reportedly being lined up by Wolfsburg 1 Huddersfield head coach David Wagner has pledged his future to the Sky Bet Championship club following speculation linking him with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.Wagner, 45, was reported by various German news outlets on Monday to have been lined up as a replacement for current Wolfsburg coach Valerien Ismael.Wolfsburg director Hans-Gerd Bode dismissed rumours earlier on Tuesday that his club were set to appoint Wagner, who has now declared his commitment to Huddersfield.“There have been a lot of rumours around my future in the media and although I don’t believe I should be the story, I cannot stay silent on this matter,” Wagner said in a club statement.“It is correct that there has been interest from a few Bundesliga clubs. They have obviously seen the way we are going at Huddersfield Town and the journey we have been on together over the last 12 months. It’s important for me to clarify that my focus is on moving forward at Huddersfield Town. We want to develop what has been a good season so far into a great one, with the staff, players and fans together as one.”Terriers fans had reacted with dismay at reports in Germany, including the Bild newspaper and Kicker magazine, claiming Wolfsburg had held talks with Wagner about him replacing Ismael during the Bundesliga’s winter break.Wagner added: “I ask our fans to keep up the superb support they have given the players all season, starting with the game against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day. We are creating something special here.”The former Borussia Dortmund reserve-team coach, appointed as Chris Powell’s successor at Huddersfield in November 2015, was linked with another Bundesliga side, Ingolstadt, in November this year.Wagner was also among a list of possible candidates to fill the recent vacancies at Championship sides Derby and Aston Villa.Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle expressed his annoyance at the latest reports and said the German media had been disrespectful to the West Yorkshire club.“Huddersfield Town may not be a Bundesliga club or one that plays in European competition, but make no mistake – we are a serious, proud, ambitious club with a rich history,” Hoyle said.“Perhaps this isn’t clear to some of our colleagues in the media in Germany considering the tone of some articles that were published over the last 48 hours. We are not to be toyed with or dismissed out of hand. We have values and always conduct ourselves in the right manner; something that cannot be said for other clubs.“I think David’s ongoing commitment to Huddersfield Town is testament to this club and its standing. He’s turned down several advances from Bundesliga clubs during his time here, the latest coming very, very recently.”Wagner, who worked under good friend and former Mainz team-mate Jurgen Klopp during his time at Dortmund, steered the Terriers to safety in the Championship last season.He completely overhauled his playing squad in the summer, drafting in 13 new signings, and has quickly turned Huddersfield into play-off challengers. The Terriers, who will bid for a fourth straight league win against Forest, are currently fourth in the table.last_img read more

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Heading off retirement

first_imgNEW YORK – Although baby boomers are starting to head into their 60s, many of them expect to keep working well past the point where their parents retired. So small businesses that depend on boomer employees aren’t anticipating an exodus in the next few years. Nonetheless, some company owners are making sure they retain boomer workers by offering them flex time and extra benefits to help offset any hankerings for retirement. At Grossman Marketing Group, a marketing and graphic design company in Somerville, Mass., President Steve Grossman expects his boomer employees to keep working even as they begin approaching the traditional retirement age of 65. He noted that many boomers still have plenty of financial obligations, and many just don’t feel like calling it a career. (There are an estimated 77 million boomers in the United States, born between 1946 and 1964.) Still, Grossman said, many boomers will be thinking about retiring, and “to the extent that we as owners of companies can continue to make the job interesting, imaginative and make that job something they look forward to every day … we can avert that wholesale departure of people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Being flexible and understanding about the personal issues many boomers face – for example, their need to care for elderly parents – is just as important, Grossman said. So his company offers employees paid family leave. “If we have paid family leave, he (an employee) can keep his job, take care of his mother, not have to go through the guilt of not having done the right thing,” said Grossman, whose company has about 120 employees. The company offers this type of leave to other employees as well, for instance, those having children or needing to care for an ill spouse. It’s not all altruism – Grossman understands that being understanding, even generous, with employees will benefit his company in the long run. If he retains workers, he doesn’t have to find and train replacements. He gets loyalty in return for his efforts on behalf of employees. Grossman Marketing’s flexibility goes beyond family emergencies. For example, Grossman lets one boomer employee leave early every Wednesday in the summer to play golf. That might sound unorthodox, but, Grossman asked, “how does it hurt the company to let him play golf every Wednesday all summer? It kept him on board and retained the talent.” He noted that the employee made sure his work was covered, and that clients knew who to contact during the time he was on the links. At Callaway Partners, an Atlanta-based accounting services firm, 90 percent of the approximately 450 employees are boomers. Co-founding Partner Bruce Cox said the firm has built its business model on boomers because “they’re the best workers we feel like we could imagine to put on our accounting projects.” He noted that boomers are known for their work ethic and integrity, two priceless qualities for an employee to have. To ensure it keeps its boomer work force, Cox said Callaway has arranged for benefits packages aimed at the generation’s needs and wants. Health insurance is designed to handle boomer health issues, and the company’s vacation policy also emphasizes flexibility. Todd Harris, director of research at PI Worldwide, a management consultancy based in Wellesley, Mass., supports the idea of creating a flexible work environment to retain boomers. “Realizing that hey, maybe a baby boomer only wants to work 20 or 25 hours a week or wants to work every other day or only wants to work on certain projects – having that flexibility is very, very important,” he said. You can argue that looking out for all employees’ needs, while ensuring that the company doesn’t suffer, will give a small business a happier and more productive work force. Not all employers are willing to make accommodations for boomers. That’s a mistake, according to Harris. “If you have someone walking out the door with 30 or 35 years of experience that you just let go and you don’t leverage, and you don’t come up with flexible arrangements so they can still contribute, that’s just a colossal misguided approach,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘The way Man City are playing right now, can you see anyone beating them?’

first_img Manchester City beat Arsenal to move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table “I can’t see anyone beating them”@Joey7Barton thinks #MCFC have the ability to go unbeaten in the Premier League this season… pic.twitter.com/ZH9d3neFEa— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 6, 2017 Joey Barton insists going unbeaten for the entire Premier League season is a realistic prospect for Manchester City.City have made a stunning start to the campaign, winning ten of their opening 11 games and drawing the other, to storm eight points clear at the top of the table.Boss Pep Guardiola has been keen to manage expectations around the club and has claimed publicly there is ‘no chance’ his side will emulate the famous Arsenal ‘Invincibles’, who finished the 2003/4 season without losing a single game.Barton admits it would be an unlikely achievement for City to maintain their unbeaten record over 38 games, but he insists it cannot be ruled out given the way they are performing right now.Speaking as a co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “The way they are playing at the minute, can you see anyone beating them?“You think of the way they went to Chelsea and dismantled them. Man United tried to do that yesterday and came up a lot shorter than what Man City did.“They have beaten all the sides around them. They beat Liverpool 5-0 and beat Arsenal comfortably yesterday. I can see them doing it for sure.“At some stage they are going to have massive Champions League fixtures down the line and they might just take their foot of the gas in the league.”center_img 1last_img read more

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Hiram H. Nally, 91

first_imgHiram H. Nally, 91 of Ft. Wayne, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital.He recently moved to Fort Wayne from Salem, where he had lived for 26 years. Born April 14, 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Henry and Goldie Nally.He graduated from Indiana University and was a World War II Army Veteran. He retired as Vice Chairman of Summit Bank in 1989. In Salem he remained active, working as First President of the Economic Foundation, President of the YMCA and Chairman of the Board at the State Bank of Salem.He enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid bike rider.He was a Snow Bird who lived in Venice, Florida during the winter.A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eileen; sons, Steve Nally of Noblesville; Keith (Cheryl) Nally of South Whitley; and daughter: Debra Babiarz, Howell, Michigan. Three grandchildren, Tyler Nally of Los Angeles, California, Leah Babiarz and Michael Babiarz both of Howell, Michigan.Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Friday at Dawalt Funeral HomeVisitation: 11:00 am until the time of the services on Friday.Interment at Crown Hill CemeteryThe family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Donor’s Favorite Charity.last_img read more

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