MARCH
03-31-03

Frances Amato
 Frances A. Amato, 99, 1001 Myers Road, Celina, died March 28, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 She was born Feb. 12, 1904, in Springfield, to Joseph and Anna Papania. On June 22, 1927, she married Michael A. Amato who died in October 1950.
 Surviving are three sons, Jerry (Rosemarie) of Celina, Joseph (Audrey) of Coldwater, and Michael E. (Claire) of Green Valley, Ariz.; a brother, Stephen Papania, Yellow Springs; a sister, Concetta (George) Wood, Springfield; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
 A sister, Verna Papania, is deceased.
 She was the retired owner and bookkeeper at Amato Produce, Celina. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Sodality and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John, all of Celina.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the Immaculate Conception Endowment Fund.

Paul Berger
 Paul Ralph Berger, 22, 312 E. Main St., Coldwater, died the morning of March 29, 2003, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born March 1, 1981, in St. Marys, to Patrick and Joyce Bertke Berger, who survive.
 Also surviving are three brothers: Pete, Adam and Brandon of Coldwater; two sisters, Mandy (David) Koenig, Chickasaw, and Casie Berger, Coldwater; grandparents, Paul and Rosie Berger, Minster, and Annie Bertke, Maria Stein.
 Deceased is a grandfather, Ralph Bertke.
 He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater and a participant in the Cheryl Ann programs.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Coldwater.
 Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made to the Paul Berger Memorial Fund.
 
Helen Bracken
 Helen C. Bracken, 87, 12544 West Lake Village, Minster, died at 2:40 a.m. March 29, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 She was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Minster, to Louis and Anna (Senger) Sommer. On Feb. 16, 1943, she married Charles B. Bracken who survives.
 Other survivors are a son, Michael, of Michigan; two daughters, Bernadine Welke, of Italy, and Christine (Vincent) Ramby, Cape Netick, Maine; three sisters, Leona Myers, Dayton, Lois Vandenbrock, Kettering, and Jacqueline Lunsford, Charleston, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Sommer, Minster; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 A brother and two sisters are deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster. A World War II veteran, she served as a surgical nurse in an evacuation hospital attached to General Patton’s Seventh Army in North Africa and Sicily.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 There are no calling hours.
 
Ralph Bragg
 Ralph Robert Bragg, 68, of Christiansburg, died March 28, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Scottown, to Robert and Maude Dement Bragg.
 Surviving are a son, Brad Robert of Greenville; two daughters, Robyn Diann (Don) Fedor, St. Joseph, Mich., and Sandra Lea (Alan) Stammen, St. Henry; three sisters, Sarah Warner, Ravenswood, W. Va., Maxine Whitt, Ironton, and Wanda of Columbus; and two grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, including Wayne Lambert and two infants; and a sister, Alma Allen.
 He formerly worked at Hobart Brothers Company in Troy and was a U.S. Army veteran.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Richeson-Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home, St. Paris, the Rev. Douglas R. Flinn officiating. Burial will follow at Casstown Cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Christiansburg Fire Department or Christiansburg United Methodist Church.

Marie Braun
 Marie A. Braun, 71, 720 E. Walnut St., Portland, Ind., died at 4:58 p.m. March 28, 2003, at the St. Marys Living Center.
 She was born June 21, 1931, in Burkettsville, to Isadore and Emma Kaup Braun.
 Surviving are a daughter, Lori (Jim) Hart, Celina; three sisters, Rosemary (Lee) Roberts, Toole, Utah, Winnie Ostheimer, New Haven, Ind., and Virginia (Keith) Kelley, Portland; and three grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Jerome, Albert and William, and a sister, Lorene Wendel.
 She retired from Jay Garment Co., Portland.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, the Rev. Peter Doseck officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
 Calling is 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 
Rose Ellis
 Rose A. Ellis, 72, West Main Street, Montezuma, died at 12:20 a.m. March 30, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born July 23, 1930, in Guadalupe, to Raymond Spornhauer and Anna Falke Spornhauer-Schwartz. Her first husband, Edward G. Martin, died May 8, 1985.
 Surviving with her second husband, Wilfred K. Ellis, are two sons, Robert S. (Ann) Martin, Xenia, and William E. Martin of South Carolina; a daughter, Cynthia Liming, Xenia; two brothers, Raymond F. (Gloria) Spornhauer and Henry L. Spornhauer, both of Florida; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Sardinia Village Cemetery, Sardinia.
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 
Mildred Flaler
 Mildred F. Flaler, 83, 2826 Ohio 571 West, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Dayton Heart Hospital.
 She was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Savona, to Dave and Daisy Harrison Johnson. She married Carl J. Flaler 63 years ago and he survives.
 Other survivors are a brother, Robert (Pauline) Johnson, Greenville; a sister, Maxine Paulus, Greenville; three sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Morton and Martha Weis, both of Greenville, and Pauline Ahrendt, Beavercreek.
 Deceased are a daughter, Roberta P.; a brother, Ivan Johnson; and two sisters, Marjorie Cochran and Dorothy Hole.
 A homemaker, she was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenville and the Ladies’ Circle.
 Private services are at Oliver Funeral Home in Greenville, the Rev. Ronald Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery near Fort Jefferson.
 There are no calling hours.
 Contributions can be made to the Greenville Area Rescue or to the church.

Betty Kishler
 Betty A. Kishler, 78, 132 Sturgeon St., St. Marys, died at 3:30 a.m. March 29, 2003, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
 She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in New Bremen, to Walter and Helen (Kettler) Behm. On Oct. 20, 1945, she married Marvin B. Kishler who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, M. Bruce (Fredrica) of Van Wert and John (Michelle) of St. Marys; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 A homemaker, she formerly worked at St. Marys Woolen Mills. She also worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, during World War II. A 1942 graduate of New Bremen High School, she attended the University of Dayton.
 She was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, the Shakespeare Club, Drama Club and Friends of the Community Public Library, all of St. Marys. She also had been active in Scouting, having served as a den mother for a number of years.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 
Louise Luedeke
 Louise Luedeke, 89, 02768 Minster-Fort Recovery Road, Minster, died March 30, 2003, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 
Chase Miller
 Chase A. Miller, 6, Ohio 219, Montezuma, died March 30, 2003, at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.
 
Verla Roll Jr.
 Verla L. Roll Jr., 78, 16 N. Main St., North Star, died at 8:25 a.m. March 30, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Darke County, to Verla L. Sr. and Lillian Schlimmer Roll. A stepmother, Inez Roll, and a stepfather, Chalmer Martin, also are deceased. On May 20, 1950, he married Virginia Marie George who survives.
 Also surviving are four sons, William L. (Marcy) of North Star, Richard A. (Millie) of Plymouth, Thomas L. (Kris) of Sidney, and Michael R. (Joan) of St. Henry; a daughter, Judy (Tony) Sherrill, Celina; two sisters, Pearl Ann Griffin, Valdosta, Ga., and Janice Lee Ashley, Greenville; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 A brother, William, died in infancy.
 He retired from the former Avco New Idea plant, Coldwater, and was a longtime auctioneer. He currently was serving as a village council member in North Star. A charter member of the North Star Fire Department, he had served as chief for 41 years. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific and earned a Purple Heart.
 He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Greenville. He also was a member and past commander of the North Star American Legion Post.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the American Legion conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.
 
Stanley Shuster
 Stanley H. Shuster, 79, 8722 Ohio 274, Kettlersville, died at 8:53 p.m. March 28, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born Sept. 13, 1923, in New Knoxville, to Harvey and Caroline Kuck Shuster. On Aug. 5, 1950, he married Mary Lou Schwaiger who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Lynn) and Barton (Annette), both of Kettlersville; six daughters, Lucinda (Martin) Bowman, Genevieve (Neil) Schroer, and Camille (Kenny) Young, all of Anna, Michele (Leo) Borchers, Fort Loramie, Denise (John) Koverman, McCartyville, and Corrine (Mike) Prenger, Botkins; a sister, Audrey (Harold) Wietholter, New Bremen; 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a great-grandson, four brothers and a sister.
 He retired in 1986 from Hoge Lumber Company in New Knoxville. He was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Kettlersville where he served as an elder, deacon and had been church custodian. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4239, AmVets post 1989, Disabled American Veterans chapter 48, 40/8 post 367 and was past commander of American Legion post 219, all of Sidney.
 He was past chaplain of American Legion District 2 and was the current National Securities chairman. He served on the American Legion Dept. of Ohio Credentials committee and with the Shelby County Memorial Monumental Building Board of Trustees. He previously served on the Anna School Board of Education, the Shelby County Republican Central Committee, the Shelby County Board of Elections and the Kettlersville village council. He served as the Van Buren township clerk and was a 36-year member of the Kettlersville Van Buren Township Fire Department. He played baseball with the Western Ohio Semi-Pro League and softball on many local slow- and fast-pitch teams.
 Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at American Legion post 241 in New Bremen, the Revs. James Melter and Will Cook officiating. Burial is Thursday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
 Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the New Bremen post.
 Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.
 Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is handling arrangements.
 
Lucille Utz
 Lucille E. Utz, 85, 807 Cecelia Drive, Coldwater, died at 4:24 a.m. March 30, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton.
 She was born Dec. 2, 1917, in Greenville, to Orville and Clara James Enicks. On Sept. 10, 1949, she married Kenneth E. Utz who died Jan. 9, 1991.
 Surviving are a son, Gary (Shirley) Duncan, Celina; a daughter, Patricia (Mike) Stucky, Coldwater; a brother, Franklyn Enicks, St. Marys; two sisters, Betty Munn, Trotwood, and Dorothy Heiser, Greenville; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Walter, Robert and Gene Enicks.
 A homemaker, she was a member of Montezuma Church of Christ and a life member of the Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association. She was also a member of Celina Senior Citizens.
 Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Kevin Neumann officiating. Burial will follow at Burdge Cemetery in Montezuma.
 Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.



03-29-03

Frances Amato
 Frances A. Amato, 98, of Celina, died at 6:50 p.m. March 28, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

LaMar Giere
 LaMar F. Giere, 86, formerly of South First Street, Coldwater, died at 4:30 a.m. March 28, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 He was born March 14, 1917, in Coldwater, to Edward and Olive Miehls Giere.
 Surviving are two brothers, Oliver (Sara) and Earl (Gay), both of Coldwater; two sisters, Rita McDevitt, Coldwater, and Salome Peters, Delphi, Ind.; and three sisters-in-law, Betty Giere, Coldwater, Ruth Brown, Wapakoneta, and Joan Giere, Orlando, Fla.
 Deceased are five brothers, Richard, Ralph, Norb, Fred and Ed, and a sister, Valeria Otte.
 He retired from New Idea, Coldwater, and was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army in the African and European Theatres. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus Council 1991, all of Coldwater, and the Mercer County Elks Club. He also was a charter member of Coldwater Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Ron Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with military rites by the VFW.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Jeffrey Naumann
 Jeffrey P. Naumann, 30, 4974 Fort Recovery-Minster Road, St. Henry, died at 5:49 a.m. March 28, 2003, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, of complications following a March 6 traffic accident.
 He was born July 9, 1972, in Mason City, Iowa, to Philip and Cheryl Monaghan Naumann. They survive in Coldwater. On July 3, 1998, he married Lisa M. Goewert who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Kyle Jeffrey, and a daughter, Ellen Elizabeth, both at home; two sisters, Karen (Ken) Phillips, Canton, Mich., and Andrea (Todd) Hardwick, Baltimore, Md.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Earl and Virginia Goewert, St. Henry; and two brothers-in-law, Brian (Brenda) Goewert, St. Henry, and Gregg Goewert, Rockford.
 He was assistant manager of purchasing at F & P American Manufacturing Inc., Troy. He was a 1991 graduate of Coldwater High School and a 1996 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He was a member of the St. Henry Catholic Church, the Coldwater Knights of Columbus and the Dayton APICS Chapter.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Marjorie Rethman
 Marjorie “Margie” R. Rethman, 63, Mercury Court, Sidney, died at 7:58 p.m. March 27, 2003, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney, following a sudden illness.
 She was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Shelby County, to August and Mary Herbert Barhorst. On Feb. 7, 1959, she married Edward J. Rethman who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Don (Julie) of Jackson Center; four daughters, Linda (Mike) Miller, Kettlersville, Brenda (Steve) Gilardi, Mount Vernon, Janet (Don) Livornese, Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Amy (Ray) Lund, McLean, Va.; and nine grandchildren.
 Other survivors include three brothers, Herbert (Chris) Barhorst, Russia, Joseph (Wilma) Barhorst, Coldwater, and Clarence Barhorst, Botkins; seven sisters, Clarissa Brinkman, Tempe, Ariz., Charline (Lavern) Schmit, Celina, Doris Bruggeman, Coldwater, Dolores (Werner) Bruggeman, Maria Stein, Marilyn (Ralph) Meyer, Coldwater, Emily (Jack) Subler, Versailles, and Martha (Dick) Subler, New Bremen; and a brother-in-law, Ivo Braun, Portland, Ind.
 A sister is deceased.
 She was a homemaker and had worked at several fast food restaurants in Sidney in recent years. She was a 1957 graduate of Anna High School and a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 691, Wapakoneta.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Gerald Bensman officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, McCartyville.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 8:30-9 a.m. Monday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
 Contributions can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.



03-28-03

Dolores Byrd
 Dolores A. Byrd, 74, of Greenville, died at 10:50 p.m. March 26, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Rossburg, to Raymond E. and Elizabeth Couchot Liette. Husbands Robert Redinbaugh and John Byrd, are deceased.
 Surviving are a son, Troy R. (Angie) Redinbaugh, New Lebanon; four daughters, Sharon K. (Ron) Harding, Sandy L. (John) Bell and Vicki L. Redinbaugh, all of Greenville, and Terri D. Redinbaugh, Economy, Ind.; two brothers, Lowell Liette, North Star, and Ralph Liette, Chickasaw; five sisters, Ruth Hiestand, Lightsville, Norma Rammel, Coldwater, Susie Gilliland, New Weston, Connie Winner, Osgood, and Judy Knight, Springfield, Va.; five grandchildren, a stepgrandson and two stepgreat-grandsons.
 A sister, Helen Stout, is deceased.
 She retired from Westinghouse Corp. and A.O. Smith.
 Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, with the Revs. Duane Smith and John White officiating. Burial will follow at Abbottsville Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lou Gehrig Disease Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lamar Giere
 Lamar F. Giere, 86, of Coldwater, died today, March 28, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Irene Homan
 Irene Homan, 85, Post Road, Coldwater died March 26, 2003, at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Fla.
 She was born March 29, 1917, in Philothea, to August and Ethel Entrup Dues. On May 10, 1939, she married Paul Homan, who died March 17, 1997.
 Surviving are four sons, Donald (Madonna) of Dayton, Kenneth (Esther), Daniel (Cathy) and Tim (Diane), all of Philothea; two daughters, Rita (Gene) Shrack, Brandon, Fla., and Mary Ann (Luke) Homan, Chickasaw; a brother, August (Millie) Dues, Philothea; a sister, Lou Ann Timmerman, Philothea; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 A sister, Clara Hemmelgarn, and three grandchildren are deceased.
 She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church and the Christian Ladies Rosary Altar Sodality, both of Philothea, and a member of St. Cecilia Knights of St. John Auxiliary in Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-9 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.



03-27-03

Coletta Boeke
 Coletta C. Boeke, 96, of Coldwater, died at 9:25 a.m. March 26, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born Jan. 3, 1907, in Carthagena, to John H. and Amelia Dabbelt Boeke.
 Surviving are a brother, Paul of Bartlesville, Okla.; a sister, Carrie Hoyng, Coldwater; and  a sister-in-law, Lucille Boeke, Coldwater.
 Two brothers, Werner and Raymond, and a sister, M. Magdaline, are deceased.
 She had been employed in the Mercer County Chronicle office. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann Rosary Altar Sodality, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Community Hospital Auxiliary, all of Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling is 4-7 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Julianna Brackman
 Julianna M. Brackman, 82, 1643 St. Joe Road, Fort Recovery, died at 12:49 p.m. March 26, 2003, at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Ind.
 She was born March 26, 1921, in Burkettsville, to William and Josephine Heyne Reier. On July 21, 1943, she married Zeno Brackman who died June 9, 2002.
 Surviving are seven sons, Charles (Mary) of Wapakoneta, Joe and Paul of St. Joe, Luke (Luella) of Coldwater, Eugene (Joyce) of Maria Stein, Mark (Doris) of Sharpsburg, and Albert (Linda) of Philothea; three daughters, Virginia (Lester) Meyer of Coldwater, Rosemary (Carl) Stachler of Wendelin, and Rita (Vaughn) Wakefield of Versailles; a son-in-law, Steve Borges of Minster; three sisters, Betty Lange and Mary (Raymond) Wenning, both of Coldwater, and Marcella Westgerdes of St. Henry; 38 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
 A daughter, Mary Catherine Borges, and three grandchildren are deceased.
 She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Altar Sodality, both of St. Joe.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service will be held there at 8:45 p.m. Friday.

William Engel
 William E. Engel, 92, 205 N. Front St., St. Marys, died at 5:25 p.m. March 25, 2003, at Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, St. Marys.
 He was born Nov. 17, 1910, in St. Marys, to Frank and Elsie Fickel Engel. On July 1, 1937, he married Lois O. Miller who survives.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra (Lee) Clausing and Rebecca (John) Davis, both of St. Marys; a brother, Robert of Fort Myers, Fla.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Carl; three sisters, Katherine McVay, Emilie Helms and Gertrude Smith; and a grandchild.
 He worked as a projectionist at St. Marys Theatre and later retired as a blanket weaver at St. Marys Woolen Mills. He also owned the former St. Marys Kiddie Shop for a number of years. He served on American Budget Company board of directors for 25 years and was a life member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767 (Golden Eagle), both of St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Roger Hickerson
 Roger W. Hickerson, 64, 8485 Ohio 119, Anna, died at 5:30 p.m. March 25, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
 He was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Frederick, to Martin and Marguerite Koverman Hickerson. On July 18, 1959, he married Verona Ferguson who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Chris (Kristine) of Minster; a daughter, Laura (Vince) Bergman of Yorkshire; three brothers, Omer (Vernita) of New Bremen, John Henry of Virginia, and  Rodney of  Columbus; a sister, Alma Mae Chambers, Sharonville; and 10 grandchildren.
 Three brothers and a sister are deceased.
 He retired from Stamco Corp. in New Bremen after 33 years of service. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served as a machinist mate second class aboard the USS Wyandot during Operation Deep Freeze 1, 2 and 3 in the Antarctic.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, Deacon John Schmiesing officiating. Calling is after 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
 In keeping with his wishes, the body was donated to the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
 Contributions can be made to the Minster Area Life Squad.

Leonard Homan
 Leonard C. Homan, 72, formerly of Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 8:22 a.m. March 25, 2003, at Versailles Health Care Center.
 He was born March 30, 1930, in Maria Stein, to Lawrence and Mary (Schulte) Homan. On Oct. 4, 1952, he married Alice Pleiman who died March 11, 1992.
 Surviving are five sons, Ronald (Joan) of Russia, Richard (Lori) and Robert J. (Michelle), all of Maria Stein, Roger (Michele) of Minster, and Roy (Marcia) of Bowling Green, Ky.; a brother, Othmar (Rita) of Maria Stein; five sisters, Mary Ann (Maurice) Harting and Dolores (Maurice) Cron, all of Coldwater, Irene (Roger) Will, St. Sebastian, Viola (Lester) Stammen, St. Henry, and Dorothy (Daniel) Eifert, Cassella; and 12 grandchildren.
 He retired as a dispatcher from Springcreek Corp. and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Men’s Sodality, both of Maria Stein, and a member and past commander of Maria Stein American Legion Post 571.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the Legion conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to St. Peter Neurological Center.

William King
 William H. King, 75, 2551 Mud Pike, Celina, died at 8:40 a.m. March 26, 2003, at St. Marys Living Center.
 He was born April 22, 1927, in Muncie, Ind., to Zachariah and Nena Staley King. On Oct. 23, 1948, he married Mona L. Mitchner who died May 8, 1994.
 Surviving are two sons, William O. (Rose) of Celina and James Richard (Cindy) of St. Marys; a daughter, Cherie L. (Robert) Seamster, of North Richland Hills, Texas; a brother, Clyde O’Dell of Muncie, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
 A sister, Thelma, is deceased.
 He retired in 1984 from Avco New Idea, Coldwater. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the European Theatre during World War II. He held a private pilot’s license and was an amateur astronomer. He was a life member of Celina Veterans of Foreign War Post 5713.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, St. Marys, with the VFW conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Newland
 Former Mercer County resident Robert A. Newland, 88, Palm Gardens Nursing Home, Largo, Fla., died March 24, 2003, at St. Petersburg Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla.
 He was born in Alger, the son of Martin Leroy and Pearl Norris Newland. On Nov. 2, 1936, he married Inez Byerly who died March 24, 1995.
 Surviving are a brother, Marvin of Celina; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, James; three brothers, Martin L., Joe and Ray; and three sisters, Ida Gillespie, Peggy Holcomb and Elsie Fronso.
 He retired from Ford Motor Co., Detroit, Mich., and was a former member of Montezuma Church of Christ.
 Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mercer Memory Gardens, the Rev. Kevin Neumann officiating.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements. There is no visitation.

A. Donley Olson
 Retired Air Force Col. A. Donley Olson, 89, formerly of Tipp City, died Feb. 25, 2003, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
 He was born June 1, 1913, in Little Fork, Minn., to Abraham and Minnie Carlin Olson. On Sept. 22, 1936, he married Marion Randolph who died Oct. 16. 1996.
 Surviving are two sons, Donley (Valerie) of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Carl (Paula) of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Margot (Fred) Cooley, Canton, Mich.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 A sister, Ivy Heinz, is deceased.
 He was involved in the secret development of the B-29 Superfortress Aircraft which he piloted on its maiden flight. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning man-of-the-year honors in 1949. He retired from the U.S. Government as an aeronautical engineer in 1968. He drove a bus for the Tipp City Schools from 1968-78.
 He was a 1934 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Aeronautical Engineering and a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Otterbein, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating.
 Contributions can be made to the church or the Otterbein St. Marys Benevolence Fund.



03-26-03

Coletta Boeke
 Coletta Boeke, 96, of Coldwater, died today, March 26, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements.

William Engel
 William Engel, 92, 205 N. Front St., St. Marys, died at 5:25 p.m. March 25, 2003, at Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 A complete obituary will appear in Thursday’s paper.

Irene Homan
 Irene Homan, 85, of Philothea, died today, March 26, 2003, in Florida.
 Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements.

Leonard Homan
 Leonard C. Homan, 72, formerly of Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 8:22 a.m. March 25, 2003, at Versailles Health Care Center.
 He was born March 30, 1930, in Maria Stein, to Lawrence and Mary (Schulte) Homan. On Oct. 4, 1952, he married Alice Pleiman who died March 11, 1992.
 Surviving are five sons, Ronald (Joan) of Russia, Richard (Lori) and Robert J. (Michelle), all of Maria Stein, Roger (Michele) of Minster, and Roy (Marcia) of Bowling Green, Ky.; a brother, Othmar (Rita) of Maria Stein; five sisters, Mary Ann (Maurice) Homan and Dolores (Maurice) Cron, all of Coldwater, Irene (Roger) Will, St. Sebastian, Viola (Lester) Stammen, St. Henry, and Dorothy (Daniel) Eifert, Cassella; and 12 grandchildren.
 He retired as a dispatcher from Springcreek Corp. and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Men’s Sodality, both of Maria Stein, and a member and past commander of Maria Stein American Legion Post 571.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the Legion conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to St. Peter Neurological Center.

Betty Murphy
 Betty Murphy, 77, 400 E. Warren St., Celina, died at 8:05 p.m. March 25, 2003, at the home of a daughter.
 She was born Dec. 8, 1925, in Darke County, to Oliver and Mary Goodpaster Coby. On Sept. 23, 1942, she married Jack Murphy who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Roy (Robbie) of Mendon; two daughters, Karen Gillis and Jill Buck, both of Celina; a son-in-law, Robert Ritchie Jr., Celina; four brothers, Wayne (Martha) Coby, Celina, Junior (Ruby) Coby, Greenville, Bob (Ozzie) Coby, Ansonia, and Larry (Jan) Coby, Winchester, Ind.; a sister, Dorothy (Jack) Schmitt, Celina; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Nancy Ritchie; a son-in-law, Tom Gillis; and a brother, Gerald Coby.
 She was a homemaker and helped her daughter deliver The Daily Standard for 14 years.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Thomas Christen officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Robert Newland
 Former Celina resident Robert A. Newland, 88, died March 24, 2003, at St. Petersburg Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Richard Wood
 Richard W. Wood, 61, 208 E. Wiggs St., Fort Recovery, died at 12:35 p.m. March 25, 2003, at his residence following a six-month illness.
 He was born July 22, 1941, in Cleveland, to Edward and Ruth Jenisek Wood. On Feb. 14, 1959, he married Virginia Carter who survives.
 Also surviving are five sons, Dave (Pat), Jim (Judy), Phil and Tom, all of Fort Recovery, and Steve (Lisa) of Portland, Ind.; a daughter, Charlotte (Scott) Haase, Columbus; two brothers, Don of Fort Recovery and Ralph (Debbie) of Columbia, Mo.; two sisters, Barb Lockwood, Aztec, N.M., and Carolyn (Phil) Ahlers, Fort Recovery; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 A son, Jerry, is deceased.
 He retired from Fort Recovery Industries. An antique dealer, he and his wife were co-owners of Rich & Ginny’s Furniture in Fort Recovery. He was a 1959 graduate of Fort Recovery High School and a member of New Life Ministries Church, Portland, Ind.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fort Recovery Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Verl Ballmer officiating. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.



03-25-03

Elizabeth Schlarman
 Elizabeth R. “Liz” Schlarman, 69, 8373 Ohio 705, Osgood, died at 6:10 a.m. March 24, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Yorkshire, to Anton and Sophia Hoelscher Wenning. On Sept. 17, 1955, she married Hugo Schlarman who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Ron, and a daughter, Tina Williams, both of Riverside; two brothers, Cletus (Lois) Wenning, Osgood, and Leo (Margie) Wenning, Yorkshire; three sisters, Josephine Bruns, Yorkshire, Rita Bollheimer, Fort Loramie, and Theresa Alexander, Russia; a sister-in-law, Frances Wenning, Dayton; and two grandchildren.
 Deceased are three children, Jerome, Thomas and Anna Marie, who died in infancy, and a brother, Henry Wenning.
 She had served as the Osgood area correspondent for several newspapers in the area. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and St. Barbara Ladies Sodality, both of Osgood. She also was a Cub Scout leader and a church decorator.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Harriett Welch
 Former Celina resident Harriett A. Welch, 76, of North Fort Myers, Fla., died at 6:30 a.m. March 22, 2003, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.
 She was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Battle Creek, Mich., to George and Maureen DeCamp. On Aug. 14, 1943, she married H. James Welch who died March 13.
 Surviving are a son, Jim (Carol) of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a daughter, Janet (Bruce) Cromwell, Celina; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 Deceased is one son, Kenneth Gene.
 She founded and was co-owner of Welch’s Restaurant in Celina for 30 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Celina.
 A joint memorial services for her and her husband will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.



03-24-03

Thelma Bissell
 Thelma B. Bissell, 91, 3601 Ohio 703, Celina, died March 22, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Oct. 2, 1911, in East Liverpool, to Andrew and Clara Plate Smith. On May 27, 1927, she married Clyde Bissell who died May 26, 2002.
 Surviving are a son, Dale (Beverly) of Celina; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Albert Blaine; a brother, Earl Smith; and a sister, Josephine Smith.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Union United Brethren in Christ Church, Spencerville
 Services are 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Dale Bissell officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Grove Cemetery, East Liverpool.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Elfrieda Fullenkamp
 Elfrieda R. Fullenkamp, 91, of Minster, formerly of Dayton, died at 7:45 p.m. March 22, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 She was born Jan. 28, 1912, in Minster, to George and Mary Senger Baumer. In 1945, she married Bernard Fullenkamp who died May 14, 1961.
 Deceased are four brothers, Ed, Herman, Richard and Victor Baumer, and a sister, Rosetta Berning.
 She was a housekeeper, a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, and a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Minster church, the Rev. Mark Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Esther Muether
 Esther M. Muether, 70, 5040 Frahm Pike, Celina, died at midnight March 21, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Greenville, to Leo J. and Minnie A. Henry Bruns. On Jan. 27, 1951, she married George W. Muether who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, George P. (Judy) of St. Marys; a daughter, Deborah Germann, Celina; a brother, Douglas (Louise) Bruns, Greenville; seven sisters, Annette Sanders, Celina, Roberta Hercutt and Barb (Ralph) Homan, all of Inverness, Fla., Ruth Hoelscher, Osgood, Wanda (Marvin) Keiser, New Weston, Pauline Wale, St. Marys, and Patricia (Werner) Wendell, Fort Recovery; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 Four brothers, Bill, John, Paul and Louie Bruns, are deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both of Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Henry Rodriguez
 Henry S. Rodriguez, 67, 4704 Mud Pike, Ce-lina, died at 8:28 p.m. March 21, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 He was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Crystal City, Texas, to Benito and Ninfa Enriqueta Saucedo Rodriguez. On Sept. 4, 1956, he married Betty Jean Henderson who survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, John (Diane) and Tony, of Celina, and David (Cheryl), of Bluffton; two daughters, Vickey (Larry) Miller, Celina, and Tammy (Rocco) Farello, Los Angeles, Calif.; three brothers, Benito (Patsy) of Montezuma, James (Betty Lou) and Everado (Lavada) of Celina; two sisters, Carmen (Dave) Voskuhl, Celina, and Rosi (Cato) Broines, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Tommy Allen; a daughter, Nancy Ann; and a brother, Reinaldo.
 He retired from Avco New Idea, Coldwater, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.

Nelson Smith
 Mercer County native Nelson E. Smith, 85, formerly of Dayton, died at 11:15 p.m. March 21, 2003, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.
 He was born near Neptune to William and Stella Lining Smith. On Sept. 24, 1946, he married Gladys M. Peshek who died Nov. 14, 1985.
 Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including caregivers Gerald and Goldie Wisher, Spencerville.
 Deceased are two brothers, Carl and Orville Smith; a sister, Bernice M. Wisher; five half brothers, Ervin, Elmer, Roy, Ray and Adel Fast; and three half sisters, Bessie Shinn, Erma Coil and Gladys Thompson.
 He retired as an aeronautical/electronics engineer from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, in May 1981. A Rockford High School graduate, he held a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering and diplomas in aviation mechanics, air conditioning and refrigeration engineering, advanced mechanical engineering and simulation and computer technology from the University of Dayton. He served in the U.S. Army/Air Corps in World War II and was a prisoner of war from October 1944 to July 1945 in Germany. He was a life member the Disabled American Veterans, past patron of Belmont Chapter 555, Order of Eastern Star and a member of Far Hills Baptist Church, St. Johns Lodge 13, Free & Accepted Masons, and Supreme Council 33 of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton, all of Dayton. He also was a member of Kettering Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9927, Kettering American Legion Post 598 and the Dayton Chapter of X-POW Veterans.
 Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek. Burial with military rites will follow at Valley View Memory Gardens in Greene County.
 Calling is 2-5 p.m. today at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, and 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Beavercreek funeral home. Masonic services will be held there at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dorothy Timmons
 Dorothy Timmons, 77, 727 W. Arch St., Portland, Ind., died March 22, 2003, at Americare Living Center in Portland.
 She was born April 28, 1925, in Jay County, Ind., to Charles and Mary Ann Betz Davidson. In 1948, she married Nigel Timmons who died in 1974.
 Surviving are four daughters, Cheryl (David) Bubp, Celina, Sue Ann (David) Platt, Decatur, Ind., Cindy of Portland, and Sandy (Mike) Mertz, Geneva, Ind.; two sisters, Arlene Whitenack and Jeanie Weaver, both of Portland; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
 She retired from C.T.S. in Berne, Ind., and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Moose and the Disabled American Veterans, all of Portland.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, with burial to follow at Green Park Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.



03-22-03

Oscar C. Carlin
 Oscar C. Carlin, 84, 5417 Club Island Road., died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Columbus, to James K. and Romania Maehlman Carlin. On June 6, 1943, he married Mary L. Kinninger, who survives.
 Also surviving are five daughters, Catherine A. (Charles) Adams, Myrtle, Beach, S.C., Betty Ann (Dale) Voisard, Tipp City, Mary Jo (Kenneth) Shockley, Winchester, Ind., Constance M. Levi, Celina, Theresa M. (Richard) Townsend, League City, Tex.; two sons, John K. (Shirley), Troy, Richard D. (Brenda), Celina; a brother, John A. (Patti), Centerville; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Fischer, Dayton; 27 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Bill, James and Charles; and two sisters, Romania Brinkman and JoAnne Meyer.
 He was retired from Carlin Gulf Station, Dayton, and was a retired executive director of SOGGDA of Dayton.
 He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Montezuma.
 He was a member of the VFW Post in Celina, the American Legion Post in Coldwater, the Moose Lodge in Celina, the Eagles Aerie in Coldwater and Celina Knights of Columbus.
 He was graduate of Chaminade High School in Dayton and served in World War II with the U.S. Army.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina.
 Calling is 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the I.C. Endowment Fund.

Kenneth E. Clune
 Kenneth E. Clue, 63, Indianapolis, Ind., died Thursday, March 20, 2003.
 He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in St. Rose, to Clarence and Ida Heitkamp Clune.
 Survivors are his wife, Darlene S. (Branham) Clune, Indianapolis; a daughter, Julie M. (Todd) Wellmann, Indianapolis;  two brothers, Delbert F. (Charl) and Jerome (Pat), Maria Stein; three sisters, Evelyn (Ralph) Koesters, Coldwater, Janice A. (Richard) Forthofer, Portland, Ind., and Marlene S. (Rick) Carlile; and two grandsons.
 Deceased is a brother, Eugene.
 He was an electrical engineer for Central Coil Company for 33 years, retiring in 1989. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at Nativity Catholic Church in Indianapolis with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m.
 Calling is 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel in Indianapolis.

Ellery A. Mangen
 Ellery A. Mangen, 74, Versailles, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Wayne Hospital, Greenville.
 He was born March 15, 1929, in Versailles, to Lawrence B. and Margaret A. Dapore Mangen.
 Survivors are four brothers, Verl (Barbara), Clayton, Glen (Yvonne), Versailles, Nelson (Armella), Brock, Cyril (Sharleen), Celina; two sisters-in-law, Helen Mangen, Beamsville, and Jane Mangen, Bradford; and a companion, Blanche Hamblin, Versailles.
 Deceased are four brothers, Norman, Carl, Romain, and Loren; an infant brother, Bernard, and an infant sister, Mary Ann.
 He was retired after 40 years of service at Cy Barga’s Sunoco Station and fuel oil delivery.
 He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown, the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2 -5 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles.

Carolyn A. McCrate
 Carolyn A. McCrate, 60, Ohio 67, Wapakoneta, died at 6 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2003, at her daughter’s residence in Canal Winchester
 She was born Sept. 13, 1942, to Urban and Betty Hauck Kaup and her mother survives. On July 20, 1963, she married Richard R. “Dick” McCrate, who also survives.
 Also surviving are four daughters, Andrea (David) McCrate Jenike, Cincinnati, Bridget (Seth) Protus, Pickerington, Amy (Robert) Benedum, Canal Winchester, Sara (Brian) McCort, New Albany; two sisters, Kathy (Mark) Fullenkmap, St. Henry, and Judy (Andy) Fiely, Cranberry; a brother, Urban (Mary) Kaup, Coldwater; and four grandchildren.
 A homemaker, she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Wapakoneta. She was a graduate of Coldwater High School and St. Rita’s Hospital Radiology School.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, the Rev. William Eilerman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Monday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta where a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday.
 Contributions can be made to the church building fund or St. Rita’s Medical Center Development Fund.

Henry S. Rodriguez
 Henry S. Rodriguez, 67, 4704 Mud Pike, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 Arrangements are incomplete at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home in Celina.



03-21-03

Jolayne Bogart
 M. Jolayne Bogart, 65, 542 William St., Van Wert, manager of Laudick’s Jewelry in Celina since the store’s opening in 1998, died at 5:45 p.m. March 20, 2003, at her residence.
 She was born Feb. 14, 1938, in Cincinnati, to Gordon F. and Gladys L. Filder Westhaus.
 Surviving are two sons, Tim (Stacey) of Carlton, Ore., and David (Lisa) of Westlake; three daughters, Deb (Steve) Laudick and Mary (Damon) Yackey, both of Van Wert, and Linda (Mike) Kennaw, Lynden, Wash.; three brothers, Harry (Carol) Westhaus, Livonia, Mich., William (Diana) Westhaus, Ann Arbor, Mich., and John (Arleen) Westhaus, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church, Van Wert.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. The rosary will be recited there 7:45 p.m. Sunday.
 Contributions can be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice Program or St. Mary’s Catholic School Endowment Fund.

Oscar Carlin
 Oscar C. Carlin, 84, Club Island Road, Celina, died March 20, 2003, at his residence.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Daniel Hoyng
 Carthagena native Daniel L. Hoyng, 63, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died March 19, 2003, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind., following an extended illness.
 He was born Aug. 27, 1939, in Carthagena, to Vincent and Olivia Rosengarten Hoyng.
 Surviving with his wife, Barbara, are two sons, Jeffrey of Yoder, Ind., and David of Avilene, Texas; a daughter, Theresa Ehrman, Hoagland, Ind.; a brother, Thomas of St. Henry; a sister, Marjorie Jacobs, St. Henry; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Judith, and a brother, James.
 He had worked as a repairman at Navistar for 32 years before retiring in 1994. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Wayne.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven, Ind., and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church building fund.



03-20-03

Lavina Custar
 Celina native Lavina B. Custar, 92, 1002 Third St., Bowling Green, died March 19, 2003, at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green.
 She was born March 12, 1911 in Celina to Charles and Katherine Hone Weitz. On June 26, 1932, she married Hilas Custar who died in 1981.
 Survivors are three daughters, Joyce Lindemeyer, Bowling Green, Sharon Mays, Seattle, Wash., and Carolyn Rectenwald, Toledo; a brother, Charles Jr. of Celina; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are five brothers and three sisters.
 She was a housewife and member of Bowling Green Church of the Nazarene.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Dunn Funeral Home Inc., Bowling Green, the Rev. Scott Ester officiating. Burial is at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church building fund.



03-19-03

Orille Snyder
 Orille L. Snyder, 78, 502 Elm St., Celina, died at 10:09 a.m. March 18, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 He was born June 15, 1924, in Cleveland to Orille LeRoy and Pearl Stover Snyder. On May 29, 1947, he married Doris Hone who survives.
 Other survivors are a son, Dan (Mary) of Celina; four daughters, Jo (William) Cordier, and June (Jerry) Link, of Celina, and Sue (Larry) Roby, and Cheryl (Jim) Ross, of St. Marys; a brother, Russell L. of Mission Viego, Calif.; two sisters, Lilian Griswold, Celina, and Lois of Pittsford, Mich.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Jim; and three sisters, Katheryn, Helen and Marguerite.
 He was retired as a trouble-shooter at GTE. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 5713, American Legion post 210 and Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Celina.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Tom Christen officiating. Burial information was not available.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Marie Strasburg
 Former Montezuma and New Bremen resident Marie L. Strasburg, 91, died at 11:09 a.m. March 17, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minster.
 She was born May 30, 1911, in Shelby County, to Louis and Elise Soelman Schnelle. On June 28, 1933, she married Wilbur Strasburg who died July 25, 1990.
 She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
 Deceased is an infant daughter and two sisters, Caroline Hall and Alesa Ziegenbusch.
 She was a homemker and a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, New Bremen.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.



03-18-03

Jane Burger
 Jane F. Burger, 83, 7353 Ohio 219, Celina, died Feb. 13, 2003, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
 She was born March 19, 1919, in Cincinnati to Frank B. and Marie Hilbers Burger.
 Survivors are three brothers, Frank and Ralph of Dayton, and Richard (Dorothy) of Kettering; and a sister, Carol E. Smith, Centerville.
 She was retired from State Mutual Insurance and formerly worked at New England Life Insurance and Thompson Supply, all of Dayton. She was a life member of American Legion post 470, Coldwater, and a member of Mercer County 8 & 40 Salon #828, Southshore Sportsmen’s Club, Lake Improvement Assoc., Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and Women of the Moose 388 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 1291, both of Celina.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Her body was donated to medical science.
 Contributions can be made to the Dayton Children’s Hospital for cystic fibrosis, The Shrine Children’s Hospital, Ky., or the Special Wish Foundation of Columbus.
 Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, handled arrangements.

Viola Davis
 Viola C. Davis, 84, 6991 Ohio 219, Celina, died March 17, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born Aug. 10, 1918, in St. Rose to Anthony F. and Margaret R. Gast Hartings. On Oct. 26, 1940, she married Walter Davis who died Jan. 2, 1986.
 Survivors are two sons, Gerald, and Edward (Phyllis), both of Celina; two brothers, Andrew Hartings, Jasper, Ind., and Don Hartings, Fort Worth, Texas; three sisters, Rosalia Decker, St. Marys, Martha Sherman, New Bremen, and Julie Heyne, Dayton; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, Jerome and Andrew Hartings.
 She was a homemaker and member of Montezuma Church of Christ.
 Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Don Ricard officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

William Dorfmeier
 William D. Dorfmeier, 77, formerly of Montgomery County, died at 2:40 p.m. March 14, 2003, at Otterbein Retirement Community, St. Marys.
 He was born July 28, 1925, in Dayton, to Virgil Z. and Ruth M. Dean Dorfmeier. In June 1947, he married Maryhelen Roudebush who survives at Otterbein.
 Other survivors are a son, Matthew of Englewood; three daughters, Suzanne (Thomas) Knopp, Vandalia, Diana (Christopher) Lindley, Marietta, Ga., and Wendy of Gahanna; a sister, Joan (Robert) Gager, Elmhurst, Ill.; five grandsons and five great-grandchildren.
 He was a retired Dayton-area attorney who specialized in probate and family law. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. A graduate of Fairview High School, Dayton, and Ohio State University, Columbus, he was a member of Mount Olivet United Church of Christ, Dayton.
 Services are 3:30 p.m. March 29 at the Campus Center at Otterbein, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating. Burial is at Dayton Memorial Park.
 There are no calling hours.
 Contributions can be made to Otterbein-St. Marys Campus.
 Funeral arrangements were handled by Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Anna Post
 Anna M. Post, 74, 504 E. Boundary St., Fort Recovery, died at 7:20 a.m. March 17, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born May 30, 1928, in Cassella to Aloys and Cleopha Boeke Schoenherr. On Nov. 27, 1954, she married William Post who died June 2, 2001.
 Survivors are a son, Allen (Tammy) of Fort Recovery; two daughters, Diane and Geri, both of Montezuma; five brothers, Joseph (Joan) of Coldwater, Alvin of Marion, Ind., Vincent (Margie) of Fort Recovery, Roman (Roseann) of St. Paul, Minn., and Louis (Roberta) of Orem, Utah; three sisters, Imelda Heckman, Maria Stein, Irene Fullenkamp, Portland, Ind., and Rose Ann (Richard) Post, Celina; a son-in-law, Joe Bidlack, Celina; and three grandchildren.
 Deceased is a daughter, Theresa Bidlack; a brother, Victor; and a sister, Marita.
 She was owner-operator of Ann’s Beauty Shop and a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Sodality, all of Fort Recovery. She was a member of Catholic Knights of America, St. Joe, and Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Fort Recovery.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Paul Wohlwend officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Terry Bidlack Scholarship Foundation.

Delores Speck
 Delores B. Speck, 83, 242 E. Washington St., St. Henry, died at 5:57 p.m. March 17, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born June 18, 1919, in Sharpsburg to Frank and Bernadine Wourms Sutter. On Aug. 16, 1941, she married Raymond A. Speck who died June 28, 1985.
 Survivors are four sons, Robert (Barbara) of Burbank, Ill., Ken (Janice) of St. Henry, Charles (Georgie) of Rossburg, and Roger (Brenda) of Wendelin; a daughter, Carol Eads, Jonesboro, Ind.; a son-in-law, Elmer Rinderle, St. Henry; two sisters, Mary Kemper, Dayton, and Marcella Stahl, St. Henry; a sister-in-law, Lucille Sutter, Fort Recovery; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased is a daughter, Ruth Rinderle; a son-in-law, Lyle Eads; six brothers, Raymond, Julius, Walter, Rueben, Edwin and Charles; three sisters, Catherine Neitzke, Ursula Leistenschneider and Martha Wirkner; and a grandchild.
 She was a homemaker and worked at Hemmelgarn & Sons Inc., Philothea. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and a former member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Wendelin church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.



03-17-03

Eugene Cooper
 Former Coldwater resident Eugene H. Cooper, 92, Columbia Drive, Waverly, died at 10:55 a.m. March 16, 2003, at Bristol Convalescent Center & Pavilion, Waverly.
 He was born March 8, 1911, in Carroll, to Ulysses Grant and Ella Fairchild Cooper. On Dec. 4, 1947, he married Ruth E. Criss who survives.
 Other survivors are two daughters, Barbara J. Briscoe, Menifee, Calif., and Ann C. (Paul) Oyer, Waverly; and five grandchildren.
 He retired as a manufacture representative of the former Avco New Idea Farm Equipment Co. plant in Coldwater. He was a life member of Orient Lodge #321, Free & Accepted Masons, Valley of Columbus, Scottish Rite Aladdin Temple, and Pike County Shrine Club and United Commercial Travelers of Columbus.
 Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly, the Rev. Richard Hays officiating. Burial is at Waverly Evergreen Union Cemetery.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mary Drake
 Mary A. Drake, 89, formerly of 109 Washington St., Mendon, died at 10:30 a.m. March 14, 2003, at The Gardens at Celina.
 She was born Sept. 30, 1913, in Mercer County, to Earl O. and Chloe B. Andrews Poor. On April 11, 1937, she married Joseph B. Drake who died July 28, 1985.
 Surviving is a son Joseph H. (Carolyn Ann), of Celina; a daughter, Marjorie A. (Larry W.) Fetters, of Celina; a brother, Robert (Becky) Poor, of Elwood Ind.; a sister, Miriam Poor, Silver Springs, Fla.; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are five brothers, Lowell, Russell, Donald and Byron Poor; an infant brother, Everett; seven sisters, Janice McCallister, Irene Duker, Emma Schierholdt, Anna C. Poor, Betty Lormor, Pauline Brookhart and an infant sister, Dorothy Clyde Poor; and a grandson.
 She was a homemaker and a member of the Mendon Church of God.
 Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Bruce Strine officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.
 Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Ruth Orr
 Ruth V. Orr, 78, 205 W. South St., St. Marys, died at 7:19 a.m. March 16, 2003, in the emergency room of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following a sudden illness.
 She was born March 19, 1924, in Wapakoneta, to John and Jessie Willey Zwiebel. On Dec. 16, 1950, she married Arthur Orr who survives.
 Other survivors are a son, Gary (Deb) of St. Marys; a daughter, Connie (Paul) Hofmann, Chelmsford, Mass.; and four grandchildren.
 She retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Mays, after more than 30 years, and attended Zion Lutheran Church, St. Marys. She was a 1942 graduate of the former Blume High School, Wapakoneta.
 Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Herb Berry officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
 Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Howard Welch
 Former Celina resident Howard James “Jim” Welch, 75, of N. Fort Myers, Fla., died at 11:20 p.m. March 13, 2003, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.
 He was born May 16, 1927, in Flint, Mich., to Howard and Irene Welch. On Aug. 14, 1943, he married Harriet DeCamp who survives.
 Other survivors are a son, Jim (Carol), a daughter, Janet (Bruce) Cromwell, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 Deceased is a son, Kenneth Gene.
 He was co-owner and founder of the former Welch’s Restaurant, Celina, for 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks in Mercer County.
 Services and calling hours are pending. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Celina.



03-15-03

Mary Drake
 Mary A. Drake, 89, formerly of 109 Washington St., Mendon, died at 10:30 a.m. March 14, 2003, in The Gardens at Celina.
 She was born Sept. 30, 1913, in Mercer County to Earl O. and Chloe B. Andrews Poor. On April 11, 1937, she married Joseph B. Drake, who died July 28, 1985.
 Surviving a son Joseph H. (Carolyn Ann), of Celina; a daughter, Marjorie A. (Larry W.) Fetters, of Celina; a brother, Robert (Becky) Poor, of Elwood Ind.; a sister Miriam Poor, Silver Springs, Fla.; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren;
 Deceased are five brothers, Lowell, Russell, Donald and Bryon Poor, and an infant brother Everett; seven sisters, Janice McCallister, Irene Duker, Emma Schierholdt, Anna C. Poor, Betty Lormor, Pauline Brookhart and Dorothy Clyde Poor in infancy; and a grandson.
 She was a homemaker and a member of the Mendon Church of God.
 Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bruce Strine officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.
 Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.



03-14-03

David Kuck
 David William Kuck, 53, 01660 Southland Road, New Bremen, died at 12:35 p.m. March 13, 2003, at Grandview Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born Feb. 25, 1950, in Celina, to Eugene and Gestine Kettler Kuck. The father resides near New Bremen. On May 6, 1972, he married Janet Wendel who survives.
 Other survivors include two sons, Mike and Paul of New Bremen; a daughter, Janell of Bowling Green; a sister, Karen of Columbus; his mother-in-law, Mildred Wendel, St. Wendelin; and a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
 In addition to farming, he was a self-employed tractor repairman and farm machinery mechanic. He was a 1968 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and a 1970 graduate of Springfield Technical College. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, Marion Young Farmers, St. Wendelin Sportsman’s Club, Coldwater Fraternal Order of Eagles and Chickasaw Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9019.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9 a.m. Monday at the church.

Marjorie Metzger
 Marjorie F. Metzger, 81, 6 Miami Place, New Bremen, died at 6:08 a.m. March 13, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 She was born May 17, 1921, in New Bremen, to Adolph and Mariann Blanke Pape. On June 12, 1946, she married Ned W. Metzger who died Sept. 3, 2002.
 Suriving are a sister, Barbara Schmidt, New Bremen; two sisters-in-law, Beulah Roser, Wapakoneta, and Doris Schneider, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was a homemaker and former employee of First National Bank in New Bremen. She and her husband had owned and operated the former Nook Restaurant in New Bremen. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen.
 Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer County Hospice or the church memorial fund.

Glen Theurer
 Glen W. Theurer, 78, 6285 E. 700 S., Portland, Ind., died March 13, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born March 12, 1925, in Jay County, Ind., to Herman and Reda Kunkle Theurer. On Dec. 30, 1944, he married Catherine C. Wehrly who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Jerry R., of Richmond, Ind.; a daughter, Judy Blair, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a son-in-law, Bill Blowers, Portland; a brother, Ernest, of Union City, Ind.; a sister, Ruth Evelyn Mote, Union City; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
 A daughter, Linda Sue Blowers, is deceased.
 He farmed with his brother and three nephews. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Salamonia, Ind.
 Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, the Rev. Tamara Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Salamonia Cemetery.
 Calling is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church, Mercer County Hospice or the Jay County Cancer Society.

Sister Julia Ziebert
 Sister Julia (M. Leonora) Ziebert, C.PP.S., 85, a former Mercer County resident, died March 10, 2003, at Maria Joseph Living Care Center in Dayton.
 She was born in Cleveland to George and Julia Neuberger Ziebert.
 Surviving are a brother, Joseph of Parma, and a sister, Catherine Bistak, Cleveland.
 Deceased are three sisters, Sr. Mary, Sr. Frances and Sr. M. Jeannette, also members of the Sisters of the Precious Blood,  and a brother, the Rev. George, S.J., a former missionary in India.
 On Jan. 21, 1932, she joined the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton. She had worked as a housekeeper, cook, baker, activities director and manager at the Salem Heights Motherhouse, Lourdes Hall Infirmary and St. Rita Convent, all of Dayton; St. Bernard Convent, Burkettsville; Immaculate Conception Convent, Celina; St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati; and the Maria Stein Shrine Convent. She also ministered in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri.
 Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Monday at Salem Heights in Dayton. Burial will follow at the Salem Heights Cemetery.



03-13-03

Ronnie Cotterman Jr.
 Former St. Marys resident Ronnie Lee Cotterman Jr., 42, 721 Jericho Road, LaGrange, Ky., died at 3:10 a.m. March 11, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Death was due to complications following a stroke.
 He was born July 4, 1960, in St. Marys, to Ronnie L. Sr. and Kathy Paul Cotterman. His mother survives in Carrollton, Ky.
 Also surviving are a companion, Becky Schuck, LaGrange; two daughters, Ashley and Angelica of Union City; a brother, Mark (Julie) of Celina; and a sister, Darlene O’Harra, Carrolltton.
 A brother, Robert, is deceased.
 He formerly worked at the Kentec Corp., where he built wooden roof trusses.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Robert R. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to the family.

Ruth Hawk
 Ruth Elnora Shackleford Hawk, 79, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, died there March 4, 2003.
 She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Ambridge, Pa., to Robert C. and Carrie Prysi Shackleford. On Jan. 17, 1942, she married Ivan F. Hawk who died May 7, 2001.
 Surviving are a son, Daniel I. (Jacqueline) of Sidney; two daughters, Sandra H. (Jack) Cotter, Oxford, and Jane R. (Alan) Smith, Celina; two sisters, Bernice (Harold) Walters, Wooster, and Kathleen Patterson, Washington, Mich.; a brother-in-law, William Metzger, New Philadelphia; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 A sister, Dorothy Metzger, is deceased.
 She was a 1941 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and a former deputy registrar and realtor. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, the Plymouth Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Jefferson Grange and the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau Council. She had been an advisor for the Stone Creek Slick Chicks 4-H Club for 25 years.
 Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, Stone Creek, the Rev. William C. Haggis officiating. Burial will follow at Stone Creek Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home, New Philadelphia.
 Contributions can be made to Darke/Mercer County Hospice, Zion Lutheran Church or St. John Lutheran Church.



03-12-03

Rose Bihn
 Rose C. Bihn, 88, 859 Meiring Road, Fort Recovery, died at 6:05 p.m. March 11, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born April 29, 1914, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Frank and Lucy Gardner Lauber. On July 15, 1944, she married George Bihn who survives.
 Also surviving are a brother, Carl (Julia) Lauber, and a sister, Agnes Clouser, both of Indianapolis; and several nephews and nieces.
 A brother, Leo, and two sisters, Mary Murphy and Beatrice Schmitt, are deceased.
 She formerly worked as a telephone operator in Indianapolis. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Altar Sodality, both of Sharpsburg.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service will be held there at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jeanne Card
 L. Jeanne Card, 73, 11124 Circle Drive, St. Marys, died March 10, 2003, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
 She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Harold and Lola Humphry Kellmer. On June 21, 1949, she married the Rev. Robert R. Card, who died March 21, 1997.
 Surviving are two sons, Daniel of Woodbridge, Va., and Paul of Pomeroy; four daughters, Ruth (Don) Ramsey, St. Marys, Susanna (Michael) Heck, Pomeroy, Rebecca (Jack) Hatfield, Cosby, Tenn., and Elizabeth (Ron) Miller, Knoxville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 A son and a grandson are deceased.
 A graduate of Ambridge High School in Ambridge, Pa., she attended Baldwin-Wallace College. She was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Bill McOmber and David Woodyard officiating. Burial will be at Spencerville Cemetery.
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Ronnie Cotterman
 Ronnie L. Cotterman Jr., 42, formerly of St. Marys, died March 11, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Death was due to complications following a cerebral hemorrhage.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Barbara Crouch
 Celina native Barbara L. Crouch, 70, 310 North St., Van Wert, died at 2:21 a.m. March 11, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
 She was born May 26, 1932, in Celina, to Burton and Enid L. Baldwin Mace Stemen. On March 21, 1959, she married Carl H. Crouch who survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Jane (Ralph Jr.) Kreischer, Van Wert; a stepsister, Ann (James) McCray, Van Wert; three grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 A sister and a stepbrother are deceased.
 A homemaker, she attended First Friends Church, Van Wert.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Revs. Gene Moser and Job Stagner officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.
 Calling is 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Linus Miller
 Burkettsville native Linus W. Miller, 85, of Kettering, died at 12:25 a.m. March 10, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Center Hospice in Dayton.
 He was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Burkettsville, to Anton and Elizabeth Borgerding Miller. On June 28, 1938, he married Bernadine Henry who survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, Paul, David and Thomas, and two daughters, Bonnie and Mary Miller Ellis, all of Dayton; a brother, Alphonse of Minster; four sisters , Philomena Mueller, Minster, Leona Bertke, St. Joe, Anna Sudhoff, Coldwater, and Donna Vehorn, Botkins; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two daughters, Ellen and Joan.
 He had worked as a salesman for Frigidaire and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the American Legion, both of North Star, and the Knights of Columbus, Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Revs. David Zink and Louis Barga officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery with military services by the American Legion.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. today at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Philip Skapura
 Philip A. Skapura, 66, 06603 Southland Road, New Knoxville, died at 10 p.m. March 5, 2003, at his son’s home in Findlay following an extended illness.
 He was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Wooster, to Andrew and Catherine Cliffe Skapura. On Sept. 5, 1959, he married Annely Wierwille who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Christopher (Sandy) of Richmond, Ky., and David (Michelle) of Findlay; a daughter, Cynthia (Ron) Ignatuk, Tustin Ranch, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Rhoda Wierwille, New Knoxville; a brother-in-law, Bob Ed Wierwille, New Knoxville; and eight grandchildren.
 He was a 1955 graduate of New Knoxville High School and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He had been a teacher for many years in Botkins, Minster and Waynesfield, and retired from the Way International Biblical Research Center in New Knoxville, where he had worked in the computer services department for more than 20 years. He was in fellowship with the Way International.
 Services are 2 p.m. April 26 at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Dave Patterson officiating. Burial will be at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
 Contributions can be made to Hospice of Findlay.



03-11-03

Tom Anderson
 Former Celina resident Tom Anderson, 63, 407 Witmarsun, West Drive, North Newton, Kan., died March 6, 2003, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan. Death was due to injuries he sustained a day earlier when he fell on his ice-covered driveway.
 He was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Benton, Ill., to Thomas and Lucille V. Schmoellen Anderson. On Nov. 5, 1960, he married Bev Mead who survives.
 Other survivors are two daughters, Lori (Dale) Montgomery, Knoxville, Tenn., and Wendi (Robert) Rague, Urbandale, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Judy) Mead, Charles City, Iowa; parents-in-law, Harold and Mid Mead, Charles City; and two grandchildren.
 Deceased is an infant brother, and a sister, Peggy Lockey.
 He retired March 3 as manufacturing manager at AGCO Corp., North Newton. He worked at the former AGCO plant in Coldwater from 1993-2000, then at the company’s Independence, Mo., plant before transferring to the North Newton facility. He began working in the manufacturing industry for Oliver Corp. of Charles City in 1958. He was a member of Congregational Church and the YMCA, Elk’s Lodge, Lions Club International, all of Charles City.
 A memorial service will be held June 7 in Charles City. Burial was at Charles City Cemetery.
 Contributions can be made to the YMCA or specified for a bronze sculpture to be built and placed along the river where he fished.
 Funeral arrangements were handled by Petersen Funeral Home, Charles City.

Jean Card
 L. Jean Card, 73, of St. Marys, died March 10, 2003, at Otterbein-St. Marys Retirement Community.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Herbert Diffenbaugh
 Herbert Doner Diffenbaugh, 91, of Farmington Hills, Mich., died at 11 p.m. March 9, 2003, at Colonial Nursing Center, Rockford.
 He was born Sept. 30, 1911, in Prairie City, Ill., to the Rev. Edward E. and Laura Pearl Gleason Diffenbaugh. On May 9, 1939, he married Shirley Irene Shadewald Jones who died Dec. 1, 1992.
 Surviving are a son, Jay Lavin Diffenbaugh, Troy, Mich.; a daughter, Sherry J. (Steven W.) Roebuck, Rockford; and three granddaughters.
 A brother, Dr. Willis, and a sister, Helen, are deceased.
 He retired in 1976 from American Standard Industrial Products Division, Dearborn, Mich., where he had worked in the marketing department in various managerial posts, and later worked on special projects for the company until 1980. He was a 1932 graduate of the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
 Private services will be held at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, the Rev. Jim Keiser officiating. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery, Union Township.
 There are no calling hours.

Pauline Gordon
 Pauline Gordon, 85, a resident of Colonial Nursing Center, Rockford, died there March 10, 2003.
 Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
Linus Miller
 Burkettsville native Linus W. Miller, 85, of Kettering, died at 12:25 a.m. March 10, 2003, at the Veterans Administration (Hospice) of Dayton.
 His wife, Bernadine Miller, survives.
 Other survivors are three sons, Paul, David and Thomas, all of Dayton; two daughters, Bonnie and Mary Miller Ellis, both of Dayton; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the American Legion, both of North Star. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Revs. David Zink and Louis Barga officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church. Military services will be conducted by the North Star American Legion post.

Joan Overley
 Joan A. Overley, 71, formerly of 115 S. Vine St., St. Marys, died at 8 a.m. March 10, 2003, at her son’s home near Sidney.
 She was born June 26, 1931, in Mercer County, to Leander and Mary Lechleiter Tangeman. On Aug. 5, 1950, she married William Overley who died June 8, 1999.
 Survivors are two sons, Edward (Sherry) of Sidney, and Martin of St. Marys; and a brother, Norbert (Shirley) Tangeman, Chickasaw.
 She was retired from Brookside Laboratories, New Knox-ville, where she worked as a technician. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. David A. Heinl officiating. Burial is at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.



03-10-03

Ada Anselman
 Ada M. Anselman, 90, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Community Hospital.
 She was born April 26, 1912, in St. Marys, to Charles and Margaret (Hill) Colvin. On June 26, 1932 she married Vernon Anselman who died in 1967.
 Survivors are a son Jean (Pat) Anselman of Celina; a daughter, Dianne (Michael) Donovan of Port Orchard, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Helen Colvin of St. Marys; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
 She was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold and Robert Willard; and five sisters: Ethel, Gladys, Lucy Mildred, Mary Jane and Lydia May.
 She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and a graduate of Memorial High School in St. Marys. She was active in several card clubs.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, the Rev. Douglas R. Meyer officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church Liberty Township Cemetery.
 Calling in 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Henry Bowman
 Henry M. “Mike” Bowman, 91, 109 Garman Ave., died at 2:01 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, at Celina Manor.
 He was born Oct. 29, 1911 in Wildwood, N.J., to John A. and Margaret Schmitt Bowman. He married Florence Ferrari on Nov. 4, 1941, and she died April 30, 1951. He married Bertha Jacobs on Oct. 9, 1954, and she survives.
 Other survivors are a son, Dr. Michael Bowman of Madison, Wis.; two daughters, Angela Torres of Yucca Valley, Calif. and Suzanne Schidler of Monterey, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by a daughter, Maddeline Bowman Smith; four brothers; and one sister.
 He was a member of Immaculate Conception church and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U. S. Army.
 He was a retired baker having worked at several places including Pantry Pride.
 Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev., Richard Riedel officiating. Burial is at St. Marys Cemetery in Celina with graveside military honors.
 Calling is 4 - 8 p.m. today at Lehman Funeral Home.

Sylvester Eischen
 Sylvester P. Eischen, 88, 8302 Indiana-Ohio State Line Road, Fort Recovery, died at 3:30 p.m. March 8, 2003, at his home.
 He was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Bryant, Ind., to Peter and Veronica Klaus Eischen. On Nov. 28, 1935, he married Mildred Schmit who died Nov. 13, 1994.
 Survivors are two sons, James (Barbara) of Hawesville, Ky., and Orville (Carol) of Celina; three daughters, Janet Privett, Portland, Ind., Susan (Gary) Jones, Geneva, Ind., and Phyllis Gibson, St. Marys; three sisters, Beatrice Schmit, Geneva, Ind., and Catherine Hartnagel and Vita Weitzel, both of Fort Recovery; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, David; four brothers, Joseph, Arthur, John and Edward; four sisters, Elizabeth Homan, Matilda Schwoerer, Mary Koening and Cecelia Eischen.
 He was a retired farmer and employee of Central Soya, Decatur, Ind. He was a member of St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, Geneva. He also was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Portland, Ind., the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Coldwater, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Philip DeVorder officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.
 Contributions can be made to the Mercer/Darke County Hospice.

Wallace Kuck
 Wallace “Wally” Kuck, 79, 08840 Ohio 219, New Knoxville, died at 9:20 p.m. March 7, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following a brief illness.
 He was born July 27, 1923, in Allen County, to Walter and Francis Kruse Kuck. He married Marian Kuck who survives.
 Other survivors are three sons, Gary (Luanne), Gene (Jane) and Steve (Kay), all of New Knoxville; two daughters, Sandy (Roger) Hoelscher, New Knoxville, and Jackie (Wayne) Ruff, Sidney Center, N.Y.; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
 He was a retired dairy farmer and the Ohio Territory Manager for Clay Equipment Corporation. A 1941 graduate of New Knoxville High School and a 1947 graduate of Ohio State University, he was a member of First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville, where he served as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and congregation president. He also attended Christian Fellowship adult Sunday school class. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member and past commander of American Legion post 444, New Knoxville.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial is at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today in the Heritage Room of the church.
 Contributions can be made to the Radio Broadcast Fund, the church or the American Heart Association.
 Funeral arrangements are being handled by Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.



03-08-03

Naomi Benanzer
 Naomi Benanzer, 83, 7682 Cecil Road, Sidney, died at 3:25 p.m. March 7, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
 She was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Russia, to Albert and Florence Delaet Glynn. On Aug. 20, 1941, she married Paul M. Benanzer, who died June 7, 1993.
 Survivors are two sons, Leroy (Linda) of Fort Loramie and Joe (Pam) of Sidney; six daughters, Mary (Rich) Berning and Ruth (Ed) Schulze, all of Newport, Agnes (John) Fisher, Wapakoneta, Rose (Bill) Muhlenkamp, Tipp City, Judy (Victor) Schulze, McCartyville, and Louise (Rex) Frey, Fort Loramie; two sisters, Julia Billenstein, Brock, and Rose Mary (Paul) Cordonnier, Russia; 28 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.
 She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers and two sisters.
 She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Anne Rosary and Alter Sodality and The American Legion, all in Fort Loramie.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.
 Contributions can be made to the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad.

Henry Bowman
 Henry M. Bowman, 91, 1506 Meadowview Drive, Celina, died March 7, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Joseph Eilerman
 Joseph L. Eilerman, 81, 17333 Hardin-Wapak Road, Botkins, died March 7, 2003, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
 He was born Oct. 5, 1921, in North Star, to Bernard and Elizabeth Kaiser Eilerman. Jan. 28, 1948, he married Oliva Wehrman, who survives.
 Other survivors are two sons, John (Jenny) of Wapakoneta, and Herbert of Botkins; four daughters, Bernadette (Louis) Seger, Piqua, Doris (Clem) Prenger, Harpster, Madonna (Don) Ellinger, Wapakoneta, and Peg (James) Stang, Russia; two brothers, the Rev. William of Wapakoneta and Alfred (Joann) of North Star; a sister, Eleanor (Luke) Liette, Culver, Ind.; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Rev. Herbert, Bernard and Paul, and a sister, Mary.
 He was a retired dairy farmer. He was a veteran of the Army 99th Division at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Botkins and was a member of the National Farmers Organization.
 Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. William Eilerman and Rev. Patrick Slonecker officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 1-7 p.m. Sunday at 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

John Porch
 John Porch, 80, 632 S.W. 27th St., Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Celina, died March 6, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Lucer Pines, Pa., to Paul and Mary Kish Porch. On June 24, 1950, he married Viola Jordan, who is deceased.
 Survivors are two daughters, Debra (Michael) Powell of Mendon, Diane of Cape Coral, Fla.; three sisters, Helen Verdi, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Joan Decarlo and Irene Morales, Homer City, Pa.; four brothers, Joe of Georgetown, Texas, Bob of North Fort Myers, Fla., Louis of Brookpark, and Paul of Homer City, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
 Deceased are an infant daughter and two sisters, Mary Nardi and Elizabeth.
 He was a plant manager and vice president of operations at Huffy Bicycles in Celina. He retired in 1983. He served in the Army for three years during World War II. He attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church while he resided in Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lehman Funeral Home in Celina, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial follow at Mercer Memory Gardens in Celina.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Richard Rohrer
 Richard W. Rohrer, 80, 504 Ohio 49, Fort Recovery, died March 6, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born May 20, 1922, in New Weston, to William and Catherine Livingston Rohrer. On June 2, 1945, he married Georgia Purtee who died Dec. 8, 1987.
 Surviving are two brothers, Ernest (Elaine) of Fort Recovery and Jerry (Ardith) of Union City; and two sisters, Norma Smith and Bernice McDowell, both of Fort Recovery.
 Deceased are two sisters, Rosellan Ruhenkamp and Salome Glassfard.
 He had worked as a truck driver and was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery.
 Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. today at the church, the Rev. Paul Wohlwend officiating. Burial followed at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
 The family received friends in the church undercroft following Mass.
 Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, had charge of arrangements.

Tennyson Strawn
 Tennyson “Tenny” Royce Strawn, 65, 207 W. Market St., Mendon, died March 6, 2003, at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
 He was born Aug. 17, 1939, in Rockford, to Harley Edward and Erma Evelyn Kline Strawn. On Aug. 21, 1955, he married Margaret Kline, who survives.
  Other survivors are two sons, Dennis (Betty) of Celina and John (Denise) of Mendon; three daughters, Cheryl (Mike) Zumberge and Rhonda (Mick) Stose, all of Celina, and Christina (John) Sutter, Fort Recovery; a brother, Dean of Wabash; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry.
 He retired in 1999 from Chapman’s Body Shop, Celina. He attended Mendon Church of God.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cowan and Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Dean Bruce officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.



03-07-03

Richard Clark
 Richard “Dick” Edward Clark, 84, of Lima, former art director in the Celina City Schools, died at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 19, 2003, at Tucson Medical Center Hospice, Tucson, Ariz.
 He was born July 13, 1918, in Middleburg, to James Richard and Clara Shafer Clark. On July 3, 1945, he married Jessie M. Sherbourne who survives.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Rebecca (Jerry) Latta, Defiance, and Lynda (Daniel) Porter, Anacortes, Wash.; and four grandchildren.
 A sister, Thelma Fliehman, is deceased.
 A 1936 graduate of Caldwell High School, he attended the Cincinnati Art Academy, Ohio State University where he received a bachelor of education degree, Miami University and Wittenburg University where he earned a master’s degree in supervision and administration.
 He retired as director of art and administrative assistant for community relations in the Lima City Schools. He also served as art director in the Celina and Troy school districts. A commercial artist and designer, he authored the textbook “Mechanical Art” and won first-place awards in bicentennial design contests sponsored by the Ohio American Legion and Allen County.
 He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, earning numerous awards and commendations in the process. He was past president of the Troy Lions Club, past president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Lima Arts Council and a member of the Lima Area Arts Council, United Way of Greater Lima, the St. Rita’s Medical Center Development Board, Lima Senior Services Board, Lima American Legion and West Elm Street United Church of Christ, Lima.
 Memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. Betsy Tobak officiating.
 Contributions can be made to the Lions Club.

Richard Rohrer
 Richard W. Rohrer, 80, 504 Ohio 49, Fort Recovery, died March 6, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born May 20, 1922, in New Weston, to William and Catherine Livingston Rohrer. On June 2, 1945, he married Georgia Purtee who died Dec. 8, 1987.
 Surviving are two brothers, Ernest (Elaine) of Fort Recovery and Jerry (Ardith) of Union City; and two sisters, Rosellan Ruhenkamp and Salome Glassfard.
 He had worked as a truck driver and was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Paul Wohlwend officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
 The family will receive friends in the church undercroft following Mass.
 Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, has charge of arrangements.



03-06-03

Oscar Eifert
 Oscar V. Eifert, 95, Gables of Singing Woods, Dayton, formerly of Cassella, died at 1:05 p.m. March 4, 2003, at Hospice of Dayton.
 He was born April 19, 1907, in Maria Stein, to Charles and Katherine Fleck Eifert. On June 5, 1934, he married Adella Bruns who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Donald (Joan) of Dayton; two daughters, Patricia (Tony) Mastrangelo, Tucson, Ariz., and Mary Jane (Bill) Brinck, Centerville; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
 Two brothers and three sisters are deceased.
 He spent 39 of his 40 years in education in the Marion Local school district, serving as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent. The former school building in Cassella was dedicated in his honor in July 2002. For many years he wrote the Cassella News that appeared in The Daily Standard, the Mercer County Chronicle and The Community Post.
 He was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Cassella, where he was organist for 64 years, a religious education teacher and a Men’s Sodality member. He was a member and past grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2158, Minster, Catholic Knights of America Branch 943, Cassella, Knights of St. John Commandery 313, Maria Stein, the Mercer County Retired Teachers and the Ohio Retired Teachers.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to the Oscar V. Eifert Scholarship Fund in care of the Marion Community Scholarship Foundation Inc.

Dorothy Dean
 St. Rose native Dorothy M. Dean, 93, of Eaton, formerly of Richmond, Ind., died March 3, 2003, at Reid Hospital, Richmond.
 She was born July 29, 1909, in St. Rose, to Frank and Catherine Luttmer Piekenbrock. Her first husband, Urban Theodore Hemmelgarn, died in 1973. Her second husband, Dale H. Dean, survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Alan Mark Hemmelgarn, Richmond; a daughter, Gladys J. Schutte, Eaton; a brother, Werner Piekenbrock, Dayton; two sisters, Sister M. Leonides (Agnes), C.PP.S., Dayton, and Clara Meier, St. John; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two sons, Dale and Lloyd Hemmelgarn; a brother, Edward Piekenbrock; and a sister, Josephine Landwehr.
 She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, New Paris, and Holy Family Catholic Church, the Catholic Ladies of Columbia and St. Anne’s Sodality, Richmond.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Paris church, the Rev. J. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial will follow at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Barnes Funeral Home, New Paris. A rosary service is planned there at 7:45 p.m.
 Contributions can be made to the Eaton Emergency Squad.

Charles Hawkey
 Charles D. Hawkey, 77, 130 Hamilton St., Celina, died March 5, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Feb. 22, 1926, in Wapakoneta, to Francis and Marie Burden Hawkey. On July 3, 1947, he married Rosemary Huston who died March 26, 2002.
 Surviving are two sons, Charles David Jr. of Celina and Randy (Becca) of St. Marys; three daughters, Barbara (Larry) Sattler, Connie (Joe) Tebbe and Kim (Randy) Highley, all of Celina; three brothers, Orville of St. Marys, Tom of Paulding, and John of Montezuma; a sister, Nancy Staley, Wapakoneta; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 A daughter, Rose Marie; two brothers, two sisters and a grandson are deceased.
 He formerly worked as a construction worker for Henton Construction Co. and Hawkes Construction Co. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Celina, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Wapakoneta.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Rick Brosher officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Joan Lawson
 Joan L. Lawson, 69, 212 Elm St., St. Henry, died at 7:14 a.m. March 5, 2003, at Bon Securs Hospital, Venice, Fla.
 She was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Rossburg, to James and Mary Frantz Shook. The mother survives in Beavercreek. On Oct. 18, 1952, she married Paul E. Lawson who survives.
 Also surviving are four sons, Phil (Carol) of Beavercreek, Mike and Jeff (Carolyn) of Arcanum and Tom of Greenville; a daughter, Debbie (Tom) Coughlin, London; two brothers, Max (Jo Ann) Shook, Kettering, and Dick Shook, Vandalia; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 A sister-in-law, Kay Shook, is deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

John Porch
 Former Celina resident John Porch, 80, 632 S.W. 27th St., Cape Coral, Fla., died today, March 6, 2003, at his residence.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Fairy Walker
 Fairy Walker, 82, formerly of 227 Northway Drive, St. Marys, and the St. Mary Living Center, died March 5, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Feb. 4, 1921, in Mercer County, to Omer and Lydia Fox Hinton. On Oct. 2, 1943, she married Paul Walker who died April 26, 1984.
 Surviving are two sons, Paul (Linda) of Coldwater, Mich., and Glen (Becky) of Wapakoneta; four daughters, Janice (Leroy) Goodwin and Rita (Earl) Baker, all of St. Marys, Betty of Holly Hills, Fla., and Lois (Richard) Swallow, Wapakoneta; two brothers, Omer (Jan) Hinton, Arizona, and Floyd (Janet) Hinton, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Alice Hinton, Wapakoneta; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
 A granddaughter is deceased.
 She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Gregory Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.



03-05-03

David Anthony
 David H. Anthony, 82, 1 Miami Erie Place, New Bremen, died at 11:20 a.m. March 3, 2003, at Normandy Retirement Community, Rocky River.
 He was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Fort Recovery, to W. Harold and Frances Phillips Anthony. On Dec. 28, 1946, he married Marie Huerkamp who survives.
 Other survivors are three sons, Bill (Connie) of Rocky River, Philip (Betty) of Milpitas, Calif., and Bob (Mary) of Berea; three daughters, Mary Louise (Jim) Saunders, Georgetown, Mass., Helen Hancock, Crescent Springs, Ky., and Beth (Dave) Alvey, Leesburg, Va.; a brother, Vint (Betty) of Littleton, Colo.; two sisters, Mary Elaine Gerlach, Missoula, Mont., and Agnes Burgie, Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 15 grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, a sister and an infant daughter.
 He retired as a machine service and installation technician from Stamco of New Bremen in Oct. 1985. He was instrumental in the formation of the New Bremen Emergency Squad, for which he was a paramedic and CPR instructor. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran stationed in the Aleution Islands during World War II and a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and the American Legion post 241, both of New Bremen. He was a 1938 graduate of Fort Recovery High School and a 1949 graduate of Notre Dame University.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Jack Kroeger officiating. Burial is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, Minster, following cremation of the body.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and 9:30-10:10 a.m. Friday at the church where the rosary will be prayed.
 Contributions can be made to the New Bremen Emergency Fund or the church memorial fund.

Oscar Eifert
 Oscar C. Eifert, 95, formerly of Cassella-Montezuma Road, Ma-ria Stein, died March 4, 2003, at Hospice of Dayton.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Paul Fullenkamp
 Paul F. Fullenkamp, 81, Siegrist-Jutte Road, Fort Recovery, died at 3:08 a.m. March 3, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 He was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Coldwater, to Frank and Rose Bettinger Fullenkamp. On June 19, 1946, he married Agnes Post who died Aug. 30, 1995.
 Surviving are two sons, Chris (Pam) of Sharpsburg and Jerry (Barb) of Coldwater; two daughters, Ginny (Pat) Gehret, Fort Recovery, and Cheryl (Ray) Hart, Coldwater; two sisters, Geraldine (Arthur) DeTomaso, Celina, and Rita (Wynn) Freiden, California; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, four sisters and a grandchild.
 A retired poultry farmer, he was a member of the St. Peter Catholic Church and the Men’s Society of the church.
 Funeral Mass was 1 p.m. today at the church, the Rev. Ken Alt officiating. Burial was to follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling was 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made for Masses.

Mildred Grimm
 Mildred D. Grimm, 74, 518 Echo St., Celina, died at 3:33 p.m. March 4, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 She was born Feb. 2, 1929, in Jay County, Ind., to Jessie Albert and Ethel May Cox Bailey. On Jan. 14, 1950, she married Samuel L. Grimm who died Dec. 24, 1986.
 Surviving are four daughters, Linda (Dale) Boroff, Ohio City, and Sandy (Charlie) Bruggeman, Bianka (James) Jenkins and Roberta (Monte) Diegel, all of Celina; four brothers, Harold Bailey, Geneva, Ind., Jim Bailey, Marion, Ind., Edward and Robert L. Bailey, Portland, Ind.; a sister, Irma Young, Greenville; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Nancy K. Huffman; eight brothers, including Joseph, Kenneth, Melvin, Orville and Irvin Bailey; and two sisters, Ruth Ward and Nellie Shaffer.
 She was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of God, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge Auxiliary, Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Richard VanHorn officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Marjorie Kohlrieser
 Marjorie A. Kohlrieser, 54, of Mansfield, died March 3, 2003, at Mansfield Memorial Homes following an extended illness.
 She was born March 19, 1948, in Greenville, to Arthur J. and Alfrieda R. Arling Lange.
 Surviving with her husband, Daniel J. Kohlrieser, are two sons, Daniel J. (Mary) Puthoff, Celina, and Timothy G. (Jill) Puthoff, Lompoc, Calif.; two stepsons, Todd (Terri) Kohlrieser, Lima, and Jarid Kohlrieser, Wapakoneta; a brother, Daniel Lange, Tacoma, Wash.; four sisters, Jane Gwinn, Mary Iblings, Patty Roberts and Beverly Scigliano, also of Tacoma; and three grandchildren.
 She had been employed as a business representative with Sprint Corp. for 15 years and served as a tour guide at the Living Bible Museum. She was a member of Diamond Hill Cathedral.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Mansfield Memorial Park.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Thursday at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors Inc., Mansfield, and after 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Bonnie Selby
 Bonnie J. Selby, 77, a resident of Miller House in Celina, died there at 2:30 a.m. March 4, 2003.
 She was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Hammond, Ind., to Frank G. and Alice Bowles Reid. On Dec. 11, 1943, she married Ralph Selby who died June 12, 2000.
 Surviving are a son, Steven (Karen) of Evansville, Ind.; a daughter, Carolyn (Dennis) Shinn, Celina;  a  sister,  Betty  (Russell) Reichard, Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Emma Jane (Monty) Ford, Spring Hill, Fla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 She retired as a teacher in the St. Marys City Schools. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, St. Marys, and past matron of the Order of Eastern Star.
 Services are 8 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Clem Hixenbaugh and Keith Kivlin officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Western Cemetery, Rensselaer, Ind., the Rev. Keith Kinkaid officiating.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Darke/Mercer County Hospice or the McBroom School Library Fund at St. Marys City Schools.



03-04-03

Patricia Boerger
 Patricia A. Boerger, 54, 2144 N. Broadway Ave., Sidney, formerly of Fort Loramie, died at 11:15 a.m. March 3, 2003, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to injuries sustained in a Feb. 11 traffic accident near Sidney.
 She was born Dec. 20, 1948, in Dayton, to Francis and Mary Geise Monnin. Her mother and stepfather, Mary and Carl Seger, reside in Fort Recovery. On Sept. 27, 1986, she married former Minster resident Dennis Boerger who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Jason (Denise) Shiflett, New Lebanon; a daughter, Jennifer (Justin) Hennessey, Sidney; a stepson, Chris (Dana) Boerger, Tipp City; two stepdaughters, Danielle (Mark) Yonchak, Cleveland, and Tracy (Craig) Albers, Minster; two grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren.
 Other survivors include five brothers, Steve (Rita) Monnin, Botkins, Rich (Mary) Monnin, Sidney, Mike (Rose) Monnin and Carl (Cindi) Seger, Fort Loramie, and Jeff (Kendra) Seger, Newport; and three sisters, Diane (John) Hoying, St. Henry, Bonnie (Joe) Sturm and Mary Beth Seger, Sidney.
 A 1966 graduate of Fort Loramie High School, she had been an expediter at Bamal Fasteners in Sidney since 1990. She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Earl Fernandes and Deacon John Holthaus officiating. Entombment will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to the Tony Hatfield Fund.

Robert Buschur
 Robert J. Buschur, who went by the nicknames “Jake” and “Jim,” 78, Briarwood Drive, Coldwater, died at 6:20 p.m. March 1, 2003, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
 He was born May 22, 1924, in Philothea, to Albert Buschur and Minnie Uppenkamp Buschur-Luken. On Aug. 7, 1948, he married Martha Bensman who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey J. (Gayle) of Lake Orion, Mich., and Patrick J. (Elizabeth) of Cincinnati; three daughters, Margaret (Bill) Kiessling, Springfield, Kathleen (Tom) Kaup, St. Henry, and Carol (Ken) Pratt, Simpsonville, S.C.; a brother, Melvin (Audrey) Buschur, Coldwater; three sisters, Wilma Meckstroth, St. Marys, Margie (Dick) Neu, Lima, and Janet (Ed) Dilhoff, Arlington, Texas; a sister-in-law, Jean Luken, Coldwater; and eight grandchildren.
 A brother, Tom Luken, and a brother-in-law, Roland Meckstroth, are deceased.
 He retired as a cost accountant from New Idea, Coldwater, and also worked at Versa Pak, Celina, and AccuTech Films Inc., Coldwater.
 A 1950 graduate of the University of Dayton, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council 1991 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5135, Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with the VFW conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Macular Degeneration Foundation or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Paul Fullenkamp
 Paul F. Fullenkamp, 81, Siegrist-Jutte Road, Fort Recovery, died at 3:08 a.m. March 3, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 He was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Coldwater, to Frank and Rose Bettinger Fullenkamp. On June 19, 1946, he married Agnes Post who died Aug. 30, 1995.
 Surviving are two sons, Chris (Pam) of Sharpsburg and Jerry (Barb) of Coldwater; two daughters, Ginny (Pat) Gehret, Fort Recovery, and Cheryl (Ray) Hart, Coldwater; two sisters, Geraldine (Arthur) DeTomaso, Coldwater, and Rita (Wynn) Freiden, California; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, four sisters and a grandchild.
 A retired poultry farmer, he was a member of the St. Peter Catholic Church and the Men’s Society of the church.
 Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Ken Alt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Masses.

Ferd Muhlenkamp
 Ferd H. Muhlenkamp, 95, of Coldwater, formerly of Trinity, Ind., and Celina, died at 1:45 a.m. March 1, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 He was born Nov. 25, 1907, in St. Anthony, to Anton and Elizabeth Nieport Muhlenkamp. His first wife, the former Gertrude Obringer, died in 1976 and his second wife, the former Victoria Wendel, Kahlig died in 1981.
 Surviving are five sons, Gene (Mona) of Woodland, Calif., Don (Treva) of Coldwater, Charles (Margie) of Urbana, Cy (Cheryl) of Fort Recovery, and David (Judy) of Celina; a stepson, Don (Dolores) Kahlig, Sharpsburg; a stepdaughter-in-law, Helen Kahlig, Coldwater; a brother, Leander (Hilda) of Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Ethel Obringer, Dayton; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two stepsons, Norbert Kahlig  and Stanley Kahlig; a brother, Raymond; two sisters, Louise Feltz Werling and Leona Nietfeld; a sister-in-law, Hilda Heitkamp; and a grandchild.
 He was a farmer and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater. He was a former member of Holy Trinity Church, Trinity, Ind. and a 50-year member of the church choir.
 Funeral Mass was to be 1 p.m. today at the Coldwater church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling was 2-8 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Raymon Myers
 Raymon L. Myers, 72, of Virginia Beach, Va., died March 2, 2003, at a Norfolk, Va., hospital.
 He was born May 21, 1930, in Adams County, Ind., to Roy and Bessie Stein Myers.
 Surviving with his wife,  of 44 years, Mae, are a son, LeRoy (Betty) of Orange County, Fla.; four daughters, Lisa (Dale) Latham, Columbus, Miss., Cathy (Bill) Fink, Lakeville, Minn., Cindy Doan and Jean McGinnis, Virginia Beach; two sisters, Vera Kuhn and Marge Redigar, Celina; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 He retired from Ford Motor Co. and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 919 and a former member of Norview Baptist Church.
 Memorial service is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kellum Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, the Rev. Warren Wilson officiating. Private burial services are planned at a later date.

Bonnie Selby
 Bonnie Selby, 77, of Celina, died early today, March 4, 2003, at the Miller House, Celina.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.



03-03-03

Robert Buschur
 Robert J. Buschur, who went by the nicknames “Jake” and “Jim,” 78, Briarwood Drive, Coldwater, died at 6:20 p.m. March 1, 2003, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
 He was born May 22, 1924, in Philothea, to Albert Buschur and Minnie Uppenkamp Buschur-Luken. On Aug. 7, 1948, he married Martha Bensman who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey J. (Gayle) of Lake Orion, Mich., and Patrick J. (Elizabeth) of Cincinnati; three daughters, Margaret (Bill) Kiessling, Springfield, Kathleen (Tom) Kaup, St. Henry, and Carol (Ken) Pratt, Simpsonville, S.C.; a brother, Melvin (Audrey) Buschur, Coldwater; three sisters, Wilma Meckstroth, St. Marys, Margie (Dick) Neu, Lima, and Janet (Ed) Dilhoff, Arlington, Texas; a sister-in-law, Jean Luken, Coldwater; and eight grandchildren.
 A brother, Tom Luken, and a brother-in-law, Roland Meckstroth, are deceased.
 He retired as a cost accountant from New Idea, Coldwater, and also worked at Versa Pak, Celina.
 A 1950 graduate of the University of Dayton, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council 1991 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5135, Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with the VFW conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Macular Degeneration Foundation.

Wallace Hart
 Wallace E. Hart, 79, 424 E. South St., Coldwater, died at 11:20 p.m. Feb. 28, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 He was born May 12, 1923, in Ralls County, Mo., to Morris V. and Margaret Hulse Hart. On June 17, 1944, he married Aleene Lynes who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Jack (Karen) of Celina; a sister, June Vandiver, Peculiar, Mo.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked at the former Pet Milk Co. in Coldwater and sold life insurance.
 He was a graduate of Missouri University, a member, of Coldwater United Methodist Church, past commander of Coldwater American Legion Post 470, former member of the Coldwater Jaycees and longtime trustee for Buckeye Boys State.
 Services are 10:30 a.m.Wednesday at the church, the Rev. James R. Sager officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with the American Legion conducting military rites.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made to the church or the Alzheimer’s Association of West Central Ohio.

Ferd Muhlenkamp
 Ferd H. Muhlenkamp, 95, of Coldwater, formerly of Trinity, Ind., and Celina, died at 1:45 a.m. March 1, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 He was born Nov. 25, 1907, in St. Anthony, to Anton and Elizabeth Nieport Muhlenkamp. His first wife, the former Gertrude Obringer, died in 1976 and his second wife, the former Victoria Wendel, died in 1981.
 Surviving are five sons, Gene (Mona) of Woodland, Calif., Don (Treva) of Coldwater, Charles (Margie) of Urbana, Cy (Cheryl) of Fort Recovery, and David (Judy) of Celina; a stepson, Don (Dolores) Kahlig, Sharpsburg; a stepdaughter-in-law, Helen Kahlig, Coldwater; a brother, Leander (Hilda) of Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Ethel Obringer, Dayton; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two stepsons, Norbert Kahlig  and Stanley Kahlig; a brother, Raymond; two sisters, Louise Feltz Werling and Leona Nietfeld; and a grandchild.
 He was a farmer and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater. He was a former member of Holy Trinity Catholic, Trinity, and a 50-year member of its church choir.
 Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Coldwater church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Phyllis Poppe
 Phyllis M. Poppe, 77, 1119 Teaberry Lane, Celina, died at 2:40 p.m. March 2, 2003, at the Gardens at Celina.
 She was born Dec. 26, 1925, in Darke County, to John Smith. Her mother’s name is not known. On Aug. 30, 1967, she married John Poppe who survives.
 Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Linda Sue of St. Marys; and two sisters, Nell Foreman, Van Wert, and Alice Foland, Ithica.
 Three brothers are deceased.
 She formerly worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, and was a member of the Celina Sen-ior Citizens.
 Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Eugene Baker officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is after noon Wednesday at the funeral home.

Elenora Schockman
 Elenora B. Schockman, 91, Philothea Road, St. Henry, died at 6:50 a.m. March 2, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born May 23, 1911, in Carthagena, to John and Bernadina Wuebker Stelzer. On April 23, 1938, she married Walter Schockman who died Jan. 20, 1942.
 Surviving are a daughter, Ruth (Carl) Bettinger, St. Henry; three brothers, Werner of Celina, Norbert (Adele) and John (Ruth) of St. Henry; four sisters, Lidwina Bergman and Delphina (Irenus) Quinter, St. Henry, Butch Geise, Coldwater, and Sis (Lawrence) Puthoff, Chickasaw; a brother-in-law, Leo (Betty) Schockman, Celina; a sister-in-law, Alma Stelzer, Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Henry, Willibald and Francis; a sister, Corinna; two brothers-in-law, Albert Bergman and Elmer Geise; and a sister-in-law, Rosella Stelzer.
 She formerly worked at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Coldwater, and retired from Huffy’s, Celina, in 1973. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann Altar Rosary Sodality and St. Cecelia Knights of St. John, Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Christina Siefring
 Christina M. Siefring, 84, 2226 Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, St. Henry, died at 8:05 p.m. March 1, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born May 8, 1918, in Maria Stein, to Joseph and Catherine Bruns Knapke. On Oct. 9, 1940, she married Marcellus Siefring who died Jan. 16.
 Surviving are three sons, Dennis (Diana) of Fort Recovery, Larry (Kris) of Troy, and Ed (Dana) of New Weston; two daughters, Mary Lou (Ron) Stammen, Fort Recovery, and Donna (Steve) Braun, St. Henry; a son-in-law, John (Alice) Otte, Maria Stein; one brother, Lee Knapke, Maria Stein; 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two sons, Robert and Dale; two daughters, Helen Siefring and Ruth Otte; three brothers, Herbert, Alfred and Ed Knapke; two sisters, Mary Homan and Clara Hartings; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Burkettsville, and the Ladies Guild of the church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.



03-01-03

Verlin B. Strasburg
 Verlin B. Strasburg, 79, 15176 Townline-Kossuth Rd., St. Marys, died Feb. 28, 2003 at his residence, following an apparent heart attack.
 He was born June 15, 1923, in Mercer County, to Benjamin and Lilly Nieter Strasburg. On Feb. 2, 1947, he married Martha Niemeyer who died in 1995.
 He is survived by two sons, Ron (Cindy), of Wapakoneta, Tom (Bev), of St. Marys; a daughter, Carol (Kevin) Doseck, Sharon, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Strasburg, of St. Marys; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
 Deceased are a son, John; two infant children; three brothers, Richard, Willard and Robert; and a sister, Wilhemina Wierwille.
 He was a 1940 graduate of Celina High School where he had played football. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Auglaize Holstein Club, Ohio Holstein Club and the National Holstein Club. He was a 4-H advisor for many years.
 An active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys, he had been a member of the church consistory and a trustee. He was active in the Men’s Fellowship. For 14 years, he had been a bus driver for the St. Marys City Schools.
 Services are 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville.
 Calling is noon until 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys and one hour before services at the church.  Contributions can be made to the church endowment fund.



 
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