JULY
07-30-03

Rose Mary Edge
 Rose Mary Edge, 82, of Coldwater, died at 11:48 a.m. July 29, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born April 27, 1921, in St. Henry, to Edward Feltz and Louisa Mary Muhlenkamp Feltz-Werling. Her husband, Norton Leroy Edge, died in 1969.
 Surviving are a brother, Norbert (Wilma) Feltz, Liberty, S.C., and three sisters, Hilda (Sylvester) Rosenbeck, St. Wendelin, Agnes Wenning, Huber Heights, and Mary Catherine Moeller, Celina.
 Two brothers, Joseph and Everit Feltz, and two brothers-in-law, Edward Wenning and Louis Moeller, are deceased.
 She retired from Mersman Furniture Co. in Celina. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and St. AnnÕs Rosary Altar Sodality, both of Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 
Bertha Granger-Lawrence
 Bertha Granger-Lawrence, 83, 507 N. Second St., Coldwater, died at 4:24 p.m. July 29, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born May 8, 1920, in Portland, Ind., to Sam and Mary Martin Franks. Her husbands, Arthur Granger and Samuel Lawrence, are deceased.
 Surviving are four daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Wood, Joplin, Mo., Barbara Schwenzer, Sidney, Cheryl (Michael) Amedeo, Chandler, Ariz., and Pat (Norm) Moeller, Celina; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, John, and three sisters, Esther, Zella and Thelma.
 She was a homemaker.
 Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Macedon Cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.
 
Pauline Moorman
 Pauline Moorman, 82, of Coldwater, died at 3:20 p.m. July 29, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born May 30, 1921, in Coldwater, to Henry G. Wenning and Anna Agnes Vondrerwell Bonifas Wenning. On May 16, 1942, she married Anthony Moorman who died Aug. 8, 1972.
 Surviving are 10 sons, Jim (Elaine) of Chickasaw, Sam (Lilly) and Chris (Mary Agnes), both of St. Henry, Bob and Terry (Carol), both of Celina, Randy of South Whitely, Ind., Ted (Marti) of Fairfield, Pat of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Tim (Susan) of Coldwater, and Dave (Joan) of Maria Stein; and seven daughters, Jane (Paul) Clune and Dot (Ken) Tobin, both of Coldwater, Donna (Don) Siefring and Sandy (Gene) Smart, both of Celina, Cathy (Rick) Homan, Bryant, Ind., Tina (Steve) LaMott, Hamilton, and Nita (Dave) Scudder, Independence, Ky.
 Other survivors include two sisters, Henrietta Hart, Versailles, and Margaret Tobe, Fort Recovery; a sister-in-law, June Wenning, Covington; 46 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are seven brothers, Eldon, Ivo, Ben, Leo and Isadore Wenning and Leonard and Emmit Bonifas, and a sister, Bernie Fiala.
 She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. AnnÕs Rosary Altar Sodality, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135 Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #3025.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.



07-29-03

Helen Fessler
 Helen Bolton Fessler, 75, of Celina, died at 9:49 a.m. July 28, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Covington, to Frank and Dora Gish. In 1946, she married Merrill Bolton who died in 1978. On Dec. 12, 1981, she married Lawrence Fessler who died Dec. 27, 2001.
 Surviving are a son, Gary Bolton, Piqua; a daughter, Sherry (Charles) Tyson, Piqua; a stepson, Marion (Janice) Fessler, also of Piqua; a stepdaughter, Rita Carol (Bill) Pappas, Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, Raymond Gish, Covington; a granddaughter, six stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
 A brother, Harold Gish, and a sister, Ann Kurtz, are deceased.
 She had worked for Daniels Bakery and was a homemaker. She was a 1945 graduate of Covington High School and a member of Congregational Christian United Church of Christ, the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Loyal Order of Moose Auxiliary, all of Piqua, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Celina. She was a leader in the Scouting program in Piqua for many years and chairman of the VFW Americanism program.
 Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, the Rev. Richard Henry Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 
Ralph Griesdorn
 Ralph E. ŌBudĶ Griesdorn, 71, 419 E. Walnut St., Coldwater, died July 28, 2003, at Dayton Heart Hospital.
 He was born Nov. 8, 1931, in St. Rose, to Julius and Philomenia Fiely Griesdorn. On Jan. 22, 1955, he married Mildred M. Severt who survives.
 Also surviving are four sons, Randy (Marge) of Celina, and Gary (Deb), Tim (Lynda) and Todd (Janelle), all of Coldwater; three daughters, Nancy Gerlach and Lori (Gene) Buening, both of Coldwater, and Carol of Dayton; three brothers, Luke of Chickasaw, Clete (Margie) of St. Rose, and Mark (Margie) of Cassella; a sister, Thelma Barber, St. Henry; 15 grandchildren and a stepgrandchild.
 Two brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law and a granddaughter are deceased.
 He was the former owner and operator of Coldwater Auto Repair and Coldwater Shell Service and a 10-year member of the Coldwater Volunteer Fire Department.
 He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the MenÕs Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus Council 1991, all of Coldwater, and a life member of American Legion Post 470 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135, also of Coldwater. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with the American Legion and 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 Dayton Heart Hospital.



07-28-03

Sarah Fett
 Sarah E. Fett, 94, formerly of 1016 W. Spring St., St. Marys, died at 7:46 p.m. July 26, 2003, at the St. Marys Living Center.
 She was born June 15, 1909, in Logan County, to Andrew and Anna Shoults Cox. On May 5, 1928, she married Foster Jones who died Jan. 13, 1940. On Sept. 22, 1973, she married William Feth who died March 2, 1982.
 Surviving are two stepdaughters, Shirley (Ronald) Dorazio, Watertown, Conn., and RoseMarie Hiznay, Bridgeport, Conn.; a sister, Eldine Holaday, Naperville, Ill.; and three stepgrandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Patricia Jones; two brothers, Robert and Kenneth Cox; and a sister, Ruth Ward.
 She had worked at Boss Glove Company and Peerless Glove Company, both of Bluffton. She was a member Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 767.
 Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Jumbo.
 Calling is after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ralph Griesdorn
 Ralph ŌBudĶ Griesdorn, of Coldwater, died today, July 28, 2003, at Dayton Heart Hospital.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Frederick Mueller
 Frederick R. Mueller, 49, South Frankfort Street, Minster, was pronounced dead on arrival July 26, 2003, at Wayne Hospital, Greenville. He reportedly became ill that morning while mowing a lot he owns at 52 East St. in Yorkshire.
 He was born Sept. 26, 1953, in Coldwater, to Henry and Marietta Drees Mueller. He previously was married to Nancy Pottkotter who survives in Osgood.
 Also surviving are two sons, Eric of Maria Stein and Alvin of Osgood; two daughters, Angela and Emily, also of Osgood; five brothers, Paul (Elaine) of New Weston, Elmer (Jean) of Yorkshire, Carl (Lois) of Fort Loramie, William (Nancy) of St. Henry, and Michael (Donna) of New Bremen; and three sisters, Betty (Stanley) Bertke, Maria Stein, Linda (Wayne) Bowers, Yorkshire, and Margaret (Richard) DeMange, Versailles.
 His parents and a brother, Kenneth, are deceased.
 He was employed at Crown Equipment Corp. He was a 1971 graduate of Marion Local High School, a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood, and a life member of the North American Hunting Club.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David L. Zink officiating. Burial will follow at St. Martin Cemetery, Osgood.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
 Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Foundation.

Dona Rasberry
 Coldwater native Dona L. Rasberry, 74, died at 1:49 a.m. July 27, 2003, at The Gardens at Celina.
 She was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Coldwater, to William and Hilma Johnson Lauber. On Dec. 19, 1950, she married James H. Rasberry who died Sept. 5, 1997.
 Surviving are four sons, Garry (Annette) Moorman, Hartland, Mich., John (Mary) Rasberry, Polson, Mont., Richard Rasberry, St. Marys; and Michial (Janet) Rasberry, Celina; a daughter, Patricia (Dennis) Pruitt, Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Val Lauber, Stockton, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 Two sisters and a brother are deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Abounding Grace Church of God, Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Rick Brosher officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Evangelical Methodist Cemetery, Mendon.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.

Bruno Rybicki
  Bruno L. Rybicki, 83, of Delphos, died at 4:45 a.m. July 27, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Medical Center, Lima.
 He was born May 17, 1920, in Butternut, Wis., to Frank and Katie Kienszkonski Rybicki. On Aug. 23, 1941, he married Leota P. Bryan who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Robert (Georgeanne) of Romeoville, Ill.; a daughter, Cheryl (Larry) Howell, Celina; two brothers, Walter (Joan) and Harry, both of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
 Two brothers and three sisters are deceased.
 He retired from the Chicago City Police Department after 32 1/2 years of service. He served as an aerial gunner/tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and earned 11 awards, including two Purple Hearts. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Harter and Son Funeral Home, Delphos, the Rev. Dan Eaton officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church or the American Cancer Society.

Linda Smuland
 Linda S. Smuland, 49, 13450 Renee Drive, McCartyville, died at 7:40 p.m. July 26, 2003, at her residence following a two-year illness.
 She was born July 21, 1954, in St. Marys, to Virgil and Irene Schipper Hoying. The mother survives in McCartyville. In June 1980, she married Kevin Smuland who survives.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Lori (Benny) Smuland Facio and Melissa, both of Cypress, Calif.; three brothers, Thomas (Deb) Hoying, Troy, Paul (Donna) Hoying and Dave (Linda) Hoying, both of McCartyville; three sisters, Margaret Hoying, Atlanta, Ga., Betsy Hoying, Scotts Valley, Calif., and Mary (Steven) Liening, Minster; and a grandson.
 She owned the Kentucky Country Register newspaper. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, McCartyville, and a former member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress, where she had been involved in the caring ministry.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the McCartyville church, the Revs. Patrick Welsh and Vincent Hoying officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care.

Mildred Sutter
 Mildred Sutter, 70, 709 N. Second St., Coldwater, died at 4:13 a.m. July 27, 2003, at her residence.
 She was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Coldwater, to Julius and Odelia Broerman Bruggeman. On Jan. 9, 1954, she married Ernest J. Sutter who died Oct. 8, 1997.
 Surviving are a son, Ed (Janelle) of Irvine, Calif.; five daughters, Mona (Mark) Heitbrink, Charlotte, N.C., Edith (Mike) Plummer, Granger, Ind., Barb (John) Wachauf, St. Marys, Chris (Jay) Harnish, Fremont, and Phyllis (Terry) Gaerke, Celina; and 16 grandchildren.
 Other survivors include two brothers, Ves (Pat) Bruggeman, Sarasota, Fla., and Carl (Vinnie) Bruggeman, Beavercreek; and two sisters, Elaine (Eldon) Lewis, Miamisburg, and Thelma (Dick) Cowman, Centerville.
 Deceased are a brother, Dale Bruggeman; a sister, Ruth Foster; and a grandchild.
 She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. AnnÕs Rosary Altar Sodality and St. Cecelia Knights of St. John Auxiliary, all of Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 Contributions can be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.



07-26-03

Lawrence Reinhard
 Former Fort Recovery resident Lawrence R. Reinhard, 58, of Lima, died at his residence on July 24, 2003, of natural causes.
 He was born Aug. 2, 1944, in Celina, to Sylvester and Martha Lewis Reinhard.
 Survivors include a daughter, Kim Evers of Union City; a son, Mike (Alana) of Hollansburg; three brothers, Jim (Debbie) of Downers Grove, Ill., Steve (Kila) of Fairlawn, and Dave of Chillicothe; three sisters, Jean (Frank) Grieshop of Russia, Janice (Bob) Murlin of Huber Heights, and Mary (Tim) Philpot of Arcanum; and three grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by his parents.
 A 1963 graduate of Fort Recovery High School, he served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was employed at Ford Motor co. in Lima. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lima.
 Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, with the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in St. Joe.
 Calling is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.



07-25-03

David Lantz
 David L. Lantz, 63, Houston, Tex., died at 10:01 a.m. July 20, 2003 in Houston, Texas.
 He was born, in Greenville, April 28, 1940, to M. J. Rome and Frances Hough Lantz.
 He is survived by his wife, Sue, two sons, Steven, Miami Fla., and Bradley (Jill) Phoenix, Ariz.; three stepsons, Jeff (Amanda) Brown, Las Vegas, Jason Fennig, Columbus, and Kevin, Augusta, Ga.; three stepdaughters, Julie (Scott) Darner, Sarasota, Fla., Sherry (Jamie) Williams, St. Marys, and Denise Fennig, Columbus; two brothers, John (Jean), Centerville, Steven (Francia), Rincon, Puerto Rico; three sisters, Jean (Bill) Shepherd, Mary Ann (Chip) Caldwell, both of Greenville, Paula (Jack) Weitz, Celina; and seven grandchildren.
 Deceased are his parents and a brother, Lowell.
 He was a graduate of Greenville High School in 1958, and of Findlay College in 1962. He also earned his masterÕs degree from Indiana State University.
 He coached football in Ohio and Florida and baseball at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. He also established the Special Olympics program in Portsmouth. In Houston, he was owner/operator of Leave It To Lantz Foundation Repair Co. until his retirement in June 2002. He was an active member in the Canterbury United Methodist Church in Houston.
 Memorial service will be Wednesday at 1:59 p.m. at Greenville Church of the Nazarene, with the deceasedÕs nephew, the Rev. Bruce Shepherd, officiating.
 Condributions may be made to: M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Southwest Area Ministries,both of Houston, Tex., or Greenville Athletic Boosters, in Greenville.
 Condolences may be sent to Sue Lantz, 14110 Royal Hill, Houston, Tex. 77083.

Doris Taylor
 Doris E. Taylor, 95, 517 Linden Ave., St. Marys, died at 11:53 p.m. July 23, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
 She was born Oct. 30, 1907 in West Union, to James H. and Ida May (Slagle) Mahaffey. On Sept. 2, 1933, she married Landis Taylor, who died March 25, 1984.
 She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
 Deceased is a sister, Princess Bodkin.
 She retired as co-owner/operator of Favorite Cab Service in St. Marys. She was named resident of the year in 1995-96 at St. Marys Living Center.
 She was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys, Kishler WomenÕs Relief Corps, St. Marys and Indian Lake Senior Citizens.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Monday at Miller - Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is one hour prior to service at the funeral home.



07-24-03

Mark Behr
 Mark A. ŌShockaĶ Behr, 40, Eastview Drive, Fort Loramie, died July 22, 2003, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born May 20, 1963, in Sidney, to Cletus and Ruth Ann Leugers Behr. The mother survives in Fort Loramie. He previously was married to Theresa Otting and she survives in LaPort, Texas.
 Also surviving are a 9-year-old son, Ryan, of LaPort; three brothers, Michael (Lin) of Fort Meyers, Fla., James (Lisa) of Maria Stein, and Donald of Fort Loramie; and two sisters, Kathryn and Mary, also of Fort Loramie.
 His grandparents are deceased.
 He was employed at MichaelÕs Mowers near Houston. He was a 1982 graduate of Fort Loramie High School and the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, Piqua, where he was enrolled in the auto mechanics program. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Fort Loramie.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. The body was cremated and the ashes will be interred at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
 Contributions can be made to ChildrenÕs Medical Center, Dayton.

Wanda Hubley
 Memorial service for Wanda M. Hubley, 93, 1302 Queensbury Drive, Celina, is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Celina Manor Nursing Home chapel, the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating.
 She died at 3:30 a.m. July 12, 2003, at Celina Manor.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements. Contributions can be made to the Red Cross.

Natalie Lopez
 Natalie Ann-Marie Lopez, infant daughter of Hector and Gerri Bonifas Lopez, 517 E. South St., St. Marys, died July 22, 2003, shortly after birth at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
 Surviving with the parents are the grandparents, Charlene (John) Roby, St. Marys, Richard (Deb) Brown, Wapakoneta, and Esperansa Lopez, Guatemala City, Guatemala; and the great-grandparents, Leon Rupert, St. Marys, and Geraldine Minnich, Celina.
 Deceased are a brother, Hector Jr., and a grandfather, Uvaldino Lopez.
 Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is after noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Doris Taylor
 Doris Taylor, 95, formerly of 517 Linden Ave., St. Marys, died at 11:53 p.m. July 23, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.



07-23-03

Mark Behr
  Mark Behr, 40, Eastview Drive, Fort Loramie, died July 22, 2003, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes.
 Arrangements are pending at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.

Mary Hemmelgarn
  Mary C. Hemmelgarn, 90, 1217 Fairground Road, Celina, died July 22, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 She was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Celina, to Ruben and Veronica Stachler Sacher. In September 1936, she married Wilfred Hemmelgarn who is deceased.
 Surviving are a brother-in-law, Don Hemmelgarn, Louisville, Ky., and three sisters-in-law, Vinola Puthoff and Alfreda Meinhardt, both of Celina, and Delma Ellis, Florida.
 Deceased are two sons, Robert and Ronald; a daughter, Nancy; and a brother, Robert Sacher.
 She was a homemaker and a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Ladies Altar-Rosary Society and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the church or Cheryl Ann Special Olympics.

Wanda Hubley
 Memorial service for Wanda M. Hubley, 93, 1302 Queensbury Drive, Celina, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Celina Manor Nursing Home, the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating.
 She died at 3:30 a.m. July 12, 2003, at Celina Manor.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.



07-22-03

Ronald Wicker Sr.
 Ronald L. Wicker Sr., 56, 230 N. Chestnut St., St. Marys, died at 5:45 p.m. July 21, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
 He was born March 2, 1947, in Knott County, Ky., to Wilson and Sadie Thornsberry Wicker. On June 22, 1968, he married Lana Kay Chiles who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Ronald Jr. (Aimee) and Timothy, both of St. Marys; a daughter, Angela (LeRoy) Ginter, St. Marys; four brothers, Larry (Karen), Tom (Angeline) and Terry (Kristine), all of St. Marys, and Jerry of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Patty (Donald) Brock, Celina, and Peg (Gary) Meiring, Minster.
 Two sisters, Judy and Debby, died in infancy.
 He retired as a firefighter/paramedic from the City of St. Marys Fire Department after 27 years of service. He also owned WickÕs Appliance Clinic for many years.
 A 1966 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, he was a member of Only Believe Ministries, Botkins.
 Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Revs. Bill Drummond and Roger Channell officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4  and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.



07-21-03

Iola Brunswick
 Former St. Henry resident Iola A. Brunswick, 94, Otterbein Retirement Community, St. Marys, died at 9:45 p.m. July 18, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born June 26, 1909, in Cranberry Prairie, to Edward and Helen Schoen Zahn. On Jan. 30, 1929, she married Frank J. Brunswick who died April 4, 1980.
 Surviving are a son, Dennis (Lois) of Coldwater; four daughters, Betty (Orville) Jutte, St. Henry, Wilma (Paul) Walsh, Riviera Beach, Fla., Lou Ann (Ken) Kremer, Maria Stein, and Janice (Don) Gagel, New Bremen; two sisters-in-law, Loretta Zahn, Sidney, and Betty Brunswick, St. Henry; 34 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Jerry; two brothers, Urban and Paul Zahn; four sisters, Henrietta Rentz, Viola Stammen, Mary Huelsman and Irma Heitkamp; and three grandchildren.
 She was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella and the Altar Rosary Sodality, all of St. Henry.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Emil Labbe officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Julie Eichler
 Julie Anne Jackson Eichler, 41, of Rockford, died at 6:42 a.m. (Indiana time) July 18, 2003, in a traffic accident near Berne, Ind.
 She was born April 10, 1962, in St. Marys, to Ralph and Dorothy Robbins Rhoades. They survive in Rockford. On Jan. 3, she married Brice A. Eichler who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Jake Jackson, and a daughter, Jamie L. Jackson, both at home; and a sister, Barb (Scott) Bowen, Rockford.
 A sister, Deborah Fisher, is deceased.
 She was an accountant at Micromatic in Berne. She was a member of Rockford Presbyterian Church and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1473, Celina.
 Memorial services were at 11 a.m. today at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Karen Long officiated. Burial followed at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the Jamie and Jake Jackson Trust Fund in care of Peoples Bank of Rockford or Coldwater.

Theresa Gagel
 Theresa B. Gagel, 88, formerly of Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 5:45 a.m. July 20, 2003, at Otterbein Retirement Community, St. Marys.
 She was born Sept. 29, 1914, in St. Rose, to Frederick and Catherine Hemmelgarn Goettemoeller. On Oct. 4, 1941, she married Vincent J. Gagel who survives at Otterbein.
 Also surviving are two sons, Joseph (Diane) of Perrysburg, and Fred (Linda) of Tempe, Ariz.; four daughters, Susan (James) Salm, Newburgh, Ind., Barbara (Anthony) Trione, Baltimore, Md., Sarah (Paul) Budde, Bowling Green, Ky., and Helen Gagel Squires, Evanston, Ill.; a brother, Eugene Goettemoeller, Timonium, Md.; a sister, Mary Becher, Dayton; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
 She had worked at Gagel Hardware, Maria Stein, and as a nurseÕs aide at Community Hospital, Coldwater. She was a former Marion Township election judge. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of Maria Stein, and a charter member of the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, St. Rochus Commandery, Maria Stein.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Harry Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to Otterbein St. Marys or the Marion Community Foundation.

Marian Huber
 Marian Huber, 94, formerly of St. Sebastian, died at 5:25 p.m. July 18, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home in Coldwater.
 She was born March 10, 1909, in St. Sebastian, to Daniel and Anna Severt Moeller. On May 27, 1930, she married Urban W. Huber, who died in 1973.
 Survivors include four daughters, Phyllis (Denny) Stachler, Burkettsville, Velma (Paul) Billerman, Celina, Alice Thieman, Rockford, and Sister Cecilia Huber, St. Martin; three daugters-in-law, Marlene of McCartyville, Joan of St. Sebastian, and Norma of Celina.; a sister, Monica Franz, of Laura; a sister-in-law, Mary, of St. Henry; 26 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
 Deceased are four sons, Lavern, Donald, Gerald and Myron; a brother, John Moeller; and a grandson.
 She was a homemaker, a member of the St. Sebastian Catholic Church, and a member of the Ladies Rosary Altar Society.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Bensman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Gregor Post
 Gregor N. Post, 82, 1100 Meyers Road, Apt. 24, Celina, and formerly of Wendelin, died at 10:16 a.m. July 18, 2003, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
 He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Wendelin, to John B. and Cordula Guggenbiller Post. On Oct. 9, 1943, he married Ester Bruggeman who survives.
 Also surviving are six sons, Ron (Sandy) and Paul (Diana), all of St. Henry, Linus (Carla) of  Coldwater, Lee (Donna) of Celina, and Virgil (Ginny) and Greg (Colleen), all of Fort Recovery; eight daughters, Elaine (Melvin Jr.) Brunswick and Evelyn (Joe) Will, Fort Recovery, Teresa Ellrich, Virginia Beach, Va., Jean (Thomas) Yarletts, Worthington, Helen (Gary) Kremer, Chickasaw, Irene (Joe) Selhorst, North Star, Doris (Dan) Hartings and Lucy (Dane) Riesen, Celina; a son-in-law, Gerald Monnin, Versailles; three brothers, Ben (Joan), Alvin (Alice) and Eugene, all of St. Henry; two sisters, Alma (Orville) Ranly, Coldwater, and Mary (Jim) Faller, New Weston; 49 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Kathleen Monnin; four sisters, Rita Nerderman, Agnes Fullenkamp, Zita Drees and Rosie Vondrell; and two brothers, Zeno and Hugo.
 He was a farmer and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the St. Wendelin Catholic Church, the church MenÕs Society, and a Knight of St. John, Maria Stein.
 Services were 10:30 a.m. today at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiated. Burial with military rites followed at the church cemetery.
 Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, had charge of arrangements.

Alice Steinbrugge
 Alice Klute Steinbrugge, 90, formerly of 406 W. Second St., New Bremen, died at 1:15 a.m. July 19, 2003, at St. Marys Living Center.
 She was born April 4, 1913, in New Bremen, to William and Sophia (Schroer) Schrolucke. On June 14, 1934, she married Herbert Klute who died in April 1970. On Dec. 9, 1976, she married Edgar H. Steinbrugge who died in August 1989.
 A number of nephews and nieces survive.
 Seven brothers and three sisters are deceased.
 She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the WomenÕs Christian Service Guild, both of New Bremen. She was a lifetime member and past president of New Bremen American Legion Auxiliary Unit 241.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to the church or the legion auxiliary.



07-19-03

Joseph Dresher
 Joseph J. Dresher, 71, of Necedah, Wis., died July 17, 2003, at House of the Dove Hospice Home in Marshfield, Wis.
 He was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Sharpsburg, the son of Edwin and Dorothy Quinter Dresher. His mother survives in Celina. On May 3, 1958, he married Mary Margaret Stein, who survives.
 Also surviving are three daughters Marianne Dresher and Carol Dresher, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Sister Mary Theresa, Alton, Il.; five sons, Ronald (Deanna) and Gary, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., David (Erin), Wichita, Kan., Paul (Helga), Carrboro, N.C., Mark (Amy), Green Bay, Wis.;five sisters, Lucy Ann Monnier, Covington, Marie Dresher, Celina, Susanna Hueker, Botkins, Barbara (George) Hellinger, Jackson Ga., and Bertha (Guilbert) Jones, Donalsonville, Ga.; and eight grandchildren .
 He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and John.
 He was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus, all of Necedah, Wis.
 He worked in several Celina-area factories before being drafted into the U.S. Army for the Korean War, serving as a combat engineer from 1952-1954. After moving to Necedah, he established himself as a master carpenter and later owned the Necedah Flea Market.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Michael Mertens officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery, where military rites will be conducted.
 Calling is  4-7 p.m. Monday and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Torkelson Necedah Family Funeral Home, Necedah, Wis.

Julie Eichler
 Julie Anne Jackson Eichler, 41 of Rockford, died at 6:42 a.m., July 18, 2003, in an auto accident on Indiana 218, near Berne, Ind.
 She was born April 10, 1962, in St. Marys, the daughter of Ralph and Dorothy Robbins Rhoades, who both survive. On Jan. 3, 2003, she married Brice A. Eichler, who survives.
 Also surviving is a son, Jake Jackson; and a daughter Jamie L. Jackson, both at home.
 Deceased is a sister, Deborah Fisher.
 She was a member of the Rockford Presbyterian Church, Rockford, and a member of Celina Moose Lodge 1473. She worked as an accountant at Micromatic, Berne, Ind.
 Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Karen Long officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
 Calling is 9-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the donorÕs choice.

Marian Huber
 Marian Huber, 94, formerly of St. Sebastian, died at 5:25 p.m., July 18, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home in Coldwater.
 She was born March 10, 1909, in St. Sebastian, to Daniel and Anna Severt Moeller. On May 27, 1930, she married Urban W. Huber, who died in 1973.
 Survivors include four daughters, Phyllis (Denny) Stachler, Burkettsville, Velma (Paul) Billerman, Celina, Alice Thieman, Rockford, and Sister Cecilia Huber, St. Martin; three daugters-in-law, Marlene, McCartyville, Joan, St. Sebastian, and Norma, Celina.; a sister, Monica Franz, of Laura; a sister-in-law, Mary, of St. Henry; 26 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
 She was a homemaker, a member of the St. Sebastian Catholic Church, and a member of the chuch Ladies Rosary Altar Society.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Bensman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Gregor Post
 Gregor N. Post, 82, 1100 Meyers road, Apt. 24, Celina, and formerly of Wendelin, died at 10:16 a.m. July 18, 2003, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
 He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Wendelin, to John B. and Cordula Guggenbiller Post. On Oct. 9, 1943, he married Ester Bruggeman, who survives.
 Also surviving are six sons, Ron (Sandy) and Paul (Diana), St. Henry, Linus (Carla),  Coldwater, Lee (Donna), Celina, and Virgil (Ginny) and Greg (Colleen), Fort Recovery; eight daughters, Elaine (Melvin Jr.) Brunswick and Evelyn (Joe) Will, Fort Recovery, Teresa Ellrich, Virginia Beach, Va., Jean (Thomas) Yarletts, Worthington, Helen (Gary) Kremer, Chickasaw, Irene (Joe) Selhorst, North Star, Doris (Dan) Hartings and Lucy (Dane) Riesen, Celina; a son-in-law, Gerald Monnin, Versailles; three brothers, Ben (Joan), Alvin (Alice) and Eugene, all of St. Henry; two sisters, Alma (Orville) Ranly, Coldwater, and Mary (Jim) Faller, New Weston; 49 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are four sisters, Rita Nerderman, Agnes Fullenkamp, Zita Drees and Rosie Vondrell; and two brothers, Zeno and Hugo.
 He was a farmer and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the St. Wendelin Catholic Church, the church MenÕs Society, and a Knight of St. John, Maria Stein.
 Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery, where military rites will be conducted.
 Calling is from 2-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday, at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.



07-18-03

Florence Gray
  Florence R. Gray, 73, 350 Greenback Road, Fort Loramie, died at 3:55 a.m. July 17, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 She was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Shelby County, to Joseph and Cecilia Wuebker Seger. On May 8, 1976, she married Robert W. Gray who survives.
 Also surviving are a stepson, Robert (Linda) of Clay Springs, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Kathy of Tucson, Ariz.; three brothers, Edward (Charlene) Seger and Carl (Mary) Seger, all of Fort Loramie, and Fred (Bertha) Seger, Yorkshire; a sister, Esther Seger, Fort Loramie; a brother-in-law, Richard Middendorf, Fort Loramie; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Seger, Minster, and Rita Seger, Fort Loramie; five stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Three brothers, Henry, Jerome and Urban Seger, and three sisters, Edna Frazier, Marie Niekamp and Erma Middendorf, are deceased.
 She retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital in April 1985 after 33 years of service. She was a member of St. MichaelÕs Catholic Church, St. Anne Rosary & Altar Sodality and the marching unit of Knights of St. John Auxiliary #79, all of Fort Loramie, and the Yugoslavian Folk Dance Group, Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup 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, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to the American Parkinsons Disease Association.
 

Eileen Heiland
 Eileen E. Heiland, 81, 8181 Ohio 274, Anna, died at 10:30 p.m. July 16, 2003, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney.
 She was born July 17, 1921, in Kettlersville, to William and Nellie Greves Becker. On Feb. 4, 1939, she married Wilbur Heiland who survives.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia (Ned) Yoakum, Grove City, and Marilyn Forhan, Orinville, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Prueter, Siebring; and four granddaughters.
 A daughter, Sally Jo, and three sisters, Ester Maurer, Orlainda Jung and Anna Topp, are deceased.
 She retired from Stolle Corp., Sidney, in 1988 after 35 years and later worked four years at Wal-Mart in Sidney. She was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and the WomenÕs Guild, both of Kettlersville, and a former member of the Shelby County Farm Bureau.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. James Melter officiating. Burial is at Pearl Cemetery near Swanders.
 Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Shelby County Kidney Association.

Patricia Hirschfeld
 Patricia S. Hirschfeld, 69, 7716 Weitz Road, Celina, died at 10:20 p.m. July 16, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Medical Center, Lima.
 She was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Mercer County, to Lawrence and Emma Willrath Deitsch. A stepmother, Wilma Weitz Deitsch, survives in Celina. On May 12, 1956, she married Eugene L. Hirschfeld who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Rodney (Carla) of Celina and Tim (Missy) of Dublin; three daughters, Mary Jo (Joseph) Muhlenkamp and Alice (Mike) Siddall, all of Columbus, and Pam (Bret) Gilmore, Hilliard; a brother, Edward Deitsch, Celina; 11 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
 She worked as a registered nurse at the former Gibbons Hospital, Celina Manor Nursing Home and Cheryl Ann School, all of Celina.
 A 1951 graduate of Celina High School and a 1954 graduate of Lima Memorial School of Nursing, she and her husband served as ambassadors last year for the Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Africa. She continued to help with womenÕs issues in Tanzania.
 A lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township, she had held numerous church offices and served as president of the Northwest Ohio Synod of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She also was a member of the Celina Altrurian Club.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Revs. Arvid A. Harklau and Eugene Hegemier officiating. Burial will follow at Buck Cemetery, Hopewell Township.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at W. H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Aya Seconday School  in Dodoma, Tanzania, Africa.

Attilia Hoffman
 Attilia Hoffman, 87, 110 Bennet St., Sidney, died at 11:15 a.m. July 16, 2003, in a traffic accident at the intersection of Ohio 274 and Ohio 29 in Shelby County.
 She was born Jan. 4, 1916, in Allegheny County, Pa., to Vito and Aquilina DeRosa Petitti. On May 10, 1952, she married Ezra Hoffman of New Bremen who died Jan. 28, 1991.
 Surviving are three brothers, Micheal Petitti, Highland Heights, Peter Petitti, Cleveland, and Angelo Petitti, Parma; two sisters, Rose Wellman, Toledo, and Cel Eidenmiller, Strongsville; three stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 A brother and two sisters are deceased.
 She was a homemaker.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is after 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
 

Jerome McIntosh
 Former Celina resident Jerome J. McIntosh, 62, of Marshallville, Ga., died July 7, 2003, in Marquette, Mich.
 He was born May 29, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to Josephine Lozon and later adopted by Raymond and Jean McIntosh of Celina.
 Surviving with his wife, Sally, are three sons, Jeffrey McIntosh, Jarrod McIntosh and Matthew Kirsch; three daughters, Jodi Simpson, Leslie Kirsch and Tiffany Fallaw; a brother, Christopher McIntosh; two sisters, Pat Hupp and Sharon DeLamielleure; and six grandchildren.
 He owned Grandeur Farms and raised, trained and raced harness horses. He previously was a history teacher and varsity football coach in Ohio and an entrepreneur in Florida.
 He was a 1948 graduate of the former Immaculate Conception High School and a graduate of Wright State University, both in Celina. He also worked full time at HuffyÕs while attending college. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
 A private prayer service was held following his death.
 Contributions can be made to New Vocations of Laura, a non-profit retired racehorse adoption agency.

Karen Reed
 Karen ŌSueĶ Reed, 59, 129 N. Cherry St., St. Marys, died at 10:31 p.m. July 16, 2003, at Lima Memorial Hospital. Death was due to natural causes.
 She was born Nov. 12, 1943, in St. Marys, to George and Betty Jones Sullivan. In June 1963, she married F. Pearl Reed who survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Deb (Dave) Fisher, St. Marys; five brothers, Larry (Sue), Bob (Sue), Terry and Timothy Sullivan, all of St. Marys, and Louis Sullivan, Florida; two sisters, Judy (Ray) Slone, New Knoxville, and Lynn Dircksen, Celina; and three grandchildren.
 She was employed at the former Huffy Manufacturing Co. plant, Celina, for 31 years. She was a 1961 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School.
 Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. James Nuhfer officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.



07-17-03

Patricia Hirschfeld
 Patricia Hirschfeld, 69, 7716 Weitz Road, Celina, died July 16, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Medical Center, Lima.
 Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.

Margaret Krugh
 Margaret A. Krugh, 83, 302 Middle St., Van Wert, died at 12:05 a.m. July 16, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
 She was born Oct. 3, 1919, in Van Wert County, to Lewis McKinley and Christena Linora Rauch Bolton. On Feb. 26, 1966, she married Brice T. Krugh who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Jim Kistler, town not listed; a daughter, Betty (Robert L.) Bolton, Venedocia; a sister, Ruth Bowsher, Spencerville; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
 Three brothers, Wayne Lewis, Edwin Richard and Paul Bolton, and a sister, Helen Virginia Bolton, are deceased.
 She retired as a nurse at Van Wert County Hospital in 1985 and also had worked as a supervisor at a St. Marys nursing home. A graduate of York High School, she completed nurseÕs training in Chillicothe and New York City. She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert.
 Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Raymond E. Feeck officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Van Wert Emergency Medical Services, Gideons International or Channel 44 TV.

Doris Miller
 Memorial service for Doris Caryle Miller, 67, 2689 Bunker Hill Road, Celina, is 11 a.m. Saturday at The LordÕs Church, Celina, the Rev. Randy Christian officiating.
 She died at 3:40 p.m. July 5, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Hospital, Lima.
 Calling is after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.

Karen Reed
 Karen ŌSueĶ Reed, 59, 129 N. Cherry St., St. Marys, died at 10:31 p.m. July 16, 2003, at Lima Memorial Hospital. Death was due to natural causes.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Robert Reigelsperger
 New Weston native Robert P. Reigelsperger, 77, of Spring Valley, died July 16, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in New Weston, to Charles and Helen Roseboom Reigelsperger. His wife, Adeline E., died Nov. 18, 2002.
 Surviving are three sons, Gary (Joyce) of Bellbrook, Terry (Kathy) of California, and Chuck (Cathy) of Spring Valley; three daughters, Deb Stiles, Spring Valley, Cathy (David) Maynard, Camden, and Amy (Joe) Grasso, Missouri; a sister, Alma Raines, Vandalia; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 He formerly owned Dayton Corrugated Packaging Co. and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Centerville.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Tom Schmidt officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
 Calling is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Tobias-Conner & Koch Funeral Home, Bellbrook, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Grace Scheer
 Former New Bremen area resident Grace K. Scheer, 85, died at 9:45 a.m. July 16, 2003, at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney.
 She was born May 2, 1918, in New Bremen, to George and Sophia Dicke Knost. On Jan. 17, 1942, she married Clifford Scheer who died Sept. 15, 1991.
 Surviving are a son, David (Jane) of Greer, S.C.; two daughters, Carolyn Sanford, Englewood, and Amy of New Bremen; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Three brothers, Richard, George and Carl Knost, and a sister, Annabelle Dickman, are deceased.
 She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, and the Busy 12 of the church.
 Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at the church assembly room chapel, the Rev. Richard Weir officiating. The body was cremated.
 Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, has charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to the AlzheimerÕs Association or the Dorothy Love Life Care Fund.

Lillian Stanley
 Lillian Agatha Stanley, 89, of Decatur, Ind., died at 11:15 p.m. July 13, 2003, at Woodcrest Nursing Center in Decatur.
 She was born July 2, 1914, in Kirksville, Mo., to Jessie and Cora Ethel Dabney Collins. On Feb. 18, 1933, she married Clyde W. Stanley who died Aug. 2, 1991.
 Surviving are a son, Jerry (Loretta) of Rockford; two sisters, Daisy Greene, Palm Springs, Calif., and Dorothy Elton, Napa, Calif.; two grandsons and a great-grandson. The homemaker and longtime Napa resident moved to Decatur two years ago.
 Services were to be today at Richard Pierce Funeral Home, Napa.
 Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, had charge of local arrangements.

Olive Weyrauch
 St. Henry native Olive L. Weyrauch, 90, of Dayton, died July 16, 2003, at Oak Creek Terrace Nursing Center, Kettering.
 She was born June 26, 1913, in St. Henry, to Bernard J. and Catherine (Knapke) Lammers. Her first husband, John Cramer, died in 1966. In 1971, she married George Weyrauch who died in 2002.
 Surviving are two daughters, Joy (Cal) Rose, West Carrollton, and Cathy (Stan) Sims, North Carolina; two sisters-in-law, Lois Stammen, North Star, and Virginia Lammers, Columbus; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 She was a homemaker and a member of St. Rita Catholic Church, the Catholic WomenÕs Club, the Maria Joseph Auxiliary and the Greater Dayton Boat Club, all of Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. William OÕDonnell officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Baker-Hazel Funeral Home, Dayton.



07-16-03

Julia Apelian
 Former St. Marys resident, Julia Lynn Apelian, 42, of Spring Valley, Calif., died June 22, 2003, at her residence. The cause of death was not available.
 She was born May 12, 1961, in Columbus, to George and Clover Werner Apelian. They survive in Boca Raton, Fla.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Cassandra Lynn Green, Yuma, Ariz.; a brother, Michael of Boca Raton; and a sister, Georgeanne Shockey, Houston, Texas.
 Deceased are the maternal grandparents, Howard and Jess Werner.
 She was director of marketing at Montbeau Wood Designs in San Diego, Calif. A 1979 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and a graduate of the University of Florida, she was a volunteer at the San Diego Estuary.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Jerry Folk officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Contributions can be made to Skyline Wesleyan Church ChildrenÕs Ministries of La Mesa, Va.

Jade Bayman
 Former Celina resident Jade William Bayman, 29, of Los Angeles, California, was killed July 8, 2003, in a traffic accident in Albuquerque, N.M.
 He was born Jan. 31, 1974, in St. Marys, to Pat and Carla Bayman. They survive in St. Marys.
 Also surviving are a brother, George (Amanda) of St. Marys, and two nephews.
 He was a self employed photographer and waiter.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina,  the Rev. Slowride officiating.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Urban Bornhorst
 Urban A. ŌBarneyĶ Bornhorst, 86, 25 Sawmill Road, Unit 3, Fort Loramie, died at 10:15 a.m. July 15, 2003, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney. He had resided at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster, the past three months.
 He was born Aug. 17, 1916, in Shelby County, to Louis and Rose (Meyer) Bornhorst. On Aug. 7, 1942, he married Helen H. Winner who survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, Tom (Margaret) of West Palm Beach, Fla., David (Mary) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Tony (Dina) of Dublin; four brothers, Ralph (Madelyn) of Sidney, Homer (Mary Lou) of Fort Loramie, Paul of McCartyville, and Raymond (Doris) of Anna; five sisters, Norma Bensman, McCartyville, Eileen Borchers, Fort Loramie, Martha (Dick) Barhorst, Russia, Verona (Elmer) Poeppelman, New Bremen, and Dorothy Combs, West Union; and eight grandchildren.
 A brother and a sister are deceased.
 He retired from Mosier Tree Co., Dayton, and served with the U.S. ArmyÕs Fourth Infantry Division in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Knights of St. John and American Legion Post 355, all of Fort Loramie, and the Knights of Columbus, Minster.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, McCartyville, 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 the Arthritis Foundation.

Kenneth Moorman
 Memorial Mass for former Mercer County resident Kenneth Moorman will be noon Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater.
 Moorman died June 6, 2003, in Stuart, Fla.



07-15-03

Wanda Hubley
 Wanda M. Hubley, 93, 1302 Queensbury Drive, Celina, died at 3:30 a.m. July 12, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 She was born July 8, 1910, in Mercer County, to Walter and Dencie Smalley Nutt. On Aug. 22, 1935, she married Rankin Dale Hubley who died March 9, 1997.
 Surviving are two sons, Alan (Dorothy) of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Roger (Melody) of Mason; a sister, Esther Bollenbacher, Celina; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Oliver Nutt, and three sisters, Dorothy Miller, Florence Turner and Ruby Dean.
 She was a teacher in Cincinnati and Cleveland before moving to the Spencerville School District, where she retired in 1974 after 20 years of service. She was a member of St. PaulÕs United Methodist Church and the Retired Teachers Association.
 Memorial services will be at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements. There will be no calling.
 Contributions can be made to the Red Cross.

Kenneth Moorman
 Memorial Mass for former Mercer County resident Kenneth Moorman will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater.
 He died June 6 in Stuart, Fla.

Lillian Stanley
 Lillian Agatha Stanley, 89, of Decatur, Ind., died at 11:15 p.m. July 13, 2003, at Woodcrest Nursing Home, Decatur.
 She was born July 2, 1914, in Kirksville, Mo., to Jessie and Cora Ethel Dabney Collins. On Feb. 18, 1933, she married Clyde W. Stanley who died Aug. 2, 1991.
 Surviving are a son, Jerry (Loretta) of Rockford; two sisters, Daisy Greene, Palm Springs, Colo., and Dorothy Elton, Napa, Calif.; two grandsons and a great-grandson. A homemaker, she had spent much of her life in Napa, Calif., before moving to Decatur two years ago.
 Services will be July 17 at Richard Pierce Funeral Home, Napa.
 Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, had charge of local arrangements.

McKenna Tebbe
 McKenna Dru Tebbe, infant daughter of Kenneth and Amanda (Nuding) Tebbe, 329 Schroeder Road, Fort Recovery, died at 6  p.m. July 12, 2003, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, where she had been born 16 hours earlier.
 Surviving with the parents are a twin brother, Kendrick; paternal grandparents, Alvin and Edna Tebbe, Fort Recovery; maternal grandparents, Grover and Patricia Nuding, Celina; paternal great-grandmother, Stella Piekenbrock, St. Rose; and maternal great-grandparents, Grace Nuding, Celina, and Al and Betty Lechifflard, Vero Beach, Fla.
 Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Cemetery, St. Anthony, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating.
 Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, has charge of arrangements.



07-14-03

Walter Aufderhaar
 Walter Aufderhaar, 88, 320 Market St., St. Marys, died at 2:08 a.m. July 13, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born March 5, 1915 in Moulton to William and Margaret Roediger Aufderhaar. On Feb. 2, 1947, he married Margaret Henkener, who survives at the residence.
 Also surviving are two sons: Jim (Sue), Columbus, Ron (Diane), Botkins, a daughter, Joyce Aufderhaar, St. Marys; a sister, Esther Sandridge, Greenfield, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, Ervin and Norman; three sisters, Martha Palm, Dorothy Diamond and Leona Painter; two infant brothers; and two great-grandchildren.
 He attended Country School, Moulton, and Wapakoneta High School. He was a United States Army veteran, having served in Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomans. He was a member of VFW Post 9289, American Legion Heiland Post 446, Anna. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, hunting and fishing.
 Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. PaulÕs United Church of Christ, St. Marys, with the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial is at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
 Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, where memorial donations may be directed to the church.

Mary R. Bubp Beyke
 Mary R. Bubp Beyke, 92, 302 S. Wayne St., Fort Recovery, died at 5:30 a.m. July 13, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born April 11, 1911 in Minster to Henry and Bernadine Meyer Olding. Her adoptive parents were Louis and Rosa Moeller. She married Albert F. Bubp in 1933 and he died in 1968. In 1974, she married Leo Beyke and he died in 1976.
 Surviving are four sons: James (Charlene), Fort Recovery, Thomas (Marilyn), Englewood, David (Cheryl), Celina and Steve, Van Wert; a daughter, Janice (Ralph) Jutte, Hebron; two stepdaughters, Virginia (Darrell) Jutte, Indianapolis, and Elaine (Joe) Wellman, Washington, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Cecelia Olding, Minster; 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Virginia; a son, Jerome Bubp; a brother, Edwin Olding; and two sisters, Alvina Schulze and Edna Knapke.
 She was the last of her immediate family.
 Former co-owner of Fort Recovery Lumber Company, she was a graduate of Fort Recovery High School. She was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery, and the Altar Sodality.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Paul Wohlwend officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brockman & Boeckman funeral home.
 Memorial contributions may be made to Mercer-Darke County Hospice.

Armella Bruggerman
 Armella Bruggeman, 83, 641 E. Main St., St. Henry, died at 9:36 p.m. July 12, 2003 at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
 She was born July 18, 1919 in Maria Stein to August and Anna Miller Everman. On April 27, 1940, she married Leo Bruggeman in Maria Stein and he died Jan. 15, 1971.
 Surviving are two sons, Marvin (Shirley), Plant City, Fla. and Ronald (Linda), St. Henry; five daughters: Lois (Elmer) Grilliot, Yorkshire, Sharon Voskuhl, Maria Stein, Gerri (Fred) Bertke, New Knoxville, Bernice (Ron) Dwenger, Chickasaw, and Beverly (Gary) Clune, St. Henry; two brothers, Richard (Mary Agnes), Cranberry Prairie, Cyril (Wilma), Maria Stein; three sisters: Adaline Knapke, Yorkshire, Alfrieda Reichert, Maria Stein, and Wilma (Albert) Zumberger, Newport; 25 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, Art and Bill; one sister, Clarina Broerman; a son-in-law, Charles Voskuhl; and a granddaughter.
 She was a member of St. Henry Catholic church, the Rosary Altar Sodality and the St. Henry American Legion Auxiliary.
 She was retired from Huffy Manufacturing, Celina and was a personal care giver.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Gerard H. Dircksen
 Gerard H. Dircksen, 46, 1220 Dircksen Rd., Fort Loramie, died July 11, 2003, at his residence following a farm accident.
 He was born April 1, 1957, in Coldwater, to John and Anna Marie Heitkamp Dircksen, and they survive in Egypt. On April 29, 1995, he married Ann C. Berning, who survives.
 Also surviving is a son, Dustin, two months old; three brothers, Tom and Jerome (Angie) Minster, John (Angie) New Knoxville; four sisters: Mary Lou (Jim) Nerderman, Versailles, Dorothy (Roger) Moeller, Fort Loramie, Betty (Ron) Marchal, Burkettsville and Anne, Lockington.
 Deceased is a sister-in-law, Judy; and a nephew.
 He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Egypt, Eagles Aerie 1391, Minster, and was a 1975 graduate of Minster High School.
 He was a self-employed truck driver and a farmer.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Memorials may be made to the Dustin Dircksen Education Fund.

Harold J. Eisenhut
 Harold J. ŌJackĶ Eisenhut, 72, 12526 Ohio 362, Minster, died at 12:55 p.m. July 12, 2003 at Heritage Manor Nursing home, Minster.
 He was born June 23, 1931 in Lockington to Wilson and Ada Stewart Eisenhut.
 Surviving are a son, Stanley ŌJimĶ, Celina; and two daughters, Ina (Bill) smith, Fort Loramie, and Ada Pry, Bradford; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother and two great-grandchildren.
 He was an auctioneer for 30 years and a member of Covington Eagles Aerie. He was retired from Hobart Brothers, Troy, as a group leader in 1993 after 43 years of service.
 Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Beechwood Cemetery, Lockington, with the Rev. Wayne Jump officiating.
 There is no visitation.
 Memorials may be made to Wilson Hospice Care. Condolences may be expressed to cromesfh@bright.net.

Betty Jean Hall
 Betty Jean Hall, 75, Columbia City, Ind., died at 9:22 a.m. July 12, 2003, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, where she lived with her daughter.
 She was born in Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, 1928 to Chester and Loretta Algar Myers. On Oct. 24, 1970, she married Charles R. Hall, who died on Jan. 7, 1995.
 Surviving are four sons, Ted (Sherrell) Gordon, Tulsa, Okla., Fred (Christina) Gordon, Roanoke, Ind., Wayne Gordon, Whitewater, Wis., and Kenny (Sherry) Gordon, Fort Wayne; two daughters, Judy (Matthew) Barnes, Fort Wayne and Vickie (Don) Ashcraft, Celina; two stepdaughters, Grace (Mike) Kelly, Donna Diss, Fort Wayne; a sister, Colleen Statler, Wolf Lake, Ind., four brothers, Robert (Judy) Myers and Bill Myers, both of Fort Wayne, Jim (Rose) Myers, Waco, Tex., Don (Sandy) Myers, Avilla, Ind., former husband, Tony Gordon, Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
 Deceased are a stepdaughter, Sherry Morton; a brother, Chester Myers; two grandsons and one great-grandson.
 Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind., with the Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs of Churubusco United Methodist Church officiating. Burial is in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Noble County, Ind.
 Condolences may be expressed at www.demoneygrimes.com.

Opal May Huffman
 Opal May Huffman, 93, Rockford, died at 3:20 a.m. July 13, 2003 at Colonial Nursing Center, Rockford.
 She was born May 25, 1910 in Rockford to Benjamin and Merle Rush Snyder. In 1926, she married Darrell Huffman, who died in March 1972.
 Surviving is a son, Dan (Bonnie), Jacksonville, Fla.,; two sisters, Bessie Fahncke, Celina, and Bonita (Dean) Deitsch, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and two granddaughters.
 Deceased are four brothers: Dee, Lowell, Verl and Darlene; four sisters: Arberdene Fickert, Lela Felver, Lena Cook and Jessie Sapp.
 Service are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral home, Rockford, with the Rev. Clifford Bollenbacher officiating. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
 Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service Wednesday.



07-12-03

Hugh Burnett
 Mercer County native Hugh E. Burnett, 78, 204 South Ave., Van Wert, died at 5 p.m. July 10, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Medical Center, Lima.
 He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Mercer County, to Homer and Irene Roller Burnett. On Nov. 22, 1997, he married Anna Wilkin Buettner who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Homer (Carol), of Celina, and Ray (Donna), of Greenville; four daughters, Donna (Mike) Hampton, Lima, Mary Miller and Gay (Robert) Pease, both of Van Wert, and Martha Melco, Indianapolis, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Jane (Jeff) Maus, Van Wert, and Sherry Buettner, Delphos; a sister, Dorothy Hartung, Celina; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Clarence; a sister, Hazel Johnson; and a great-grandson.
 He had been employed the past 12 years as a security guard at Wemco in Lima after retiring from Crown Manufacturing. A 1943 graduate of York High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and attended Middle Point United Methodist Church.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Revs. Jay Roller and Cindy Lumm officiating. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery near Mendon.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Albert Houts
 Albert S. Houts, 78, 1 N. Eastmoor Drive, New Bremen, died at 2:10 a.m. July 11, 2003, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys.
 He was born July 14, 1924, in Mercer County, to Clarence and Bertha Copsey Houts. On Aug. 4, 1945, he married Bernice Fischbach who survives.
 Other survivors include brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.
 Deceased are his twin brother, Alfred; another brother, Robert; and a sister, Doris Temple.
 He retired as a supervisor at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was held prisoner in Nazi Germany for some months.
He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, American Legion Post 44, New Knoxville and various Masonic organizations including Mercer Lodge 121, Free & Accepted Masons, Antioch Shrine and the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. John Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.



07-11-03

Robert Brinkmeyer
 Retired Lt. Col. Robert H. Brinkmeyer, 89, 5704 Rockmere Drive, Bethesda, Md., a native of St. Marys, died July 7, 2003, at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C.
 He was born Aug. 9, 1913, in St. Marys, to Herman and Flora Lambert Brinkmeyer. His wife, the former Mary Yarbrough, survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Robert H. Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark.; a daughter, Elizabeth (John) Graham, Raleigh, N.C.; five granddaughters and a great-grandson.
 He retired from the U.S. Air Force and later served as a budget and fiscal officer with the U.S. government in Washington, D.C.
 Graveside services with military honors are 9 a.m. Monday at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, the Rev. James Nuhfer officiating.
 Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.

Judith Ditmer
 Judith C. ŌJudyĶ Ditmer, 62, formerly of Fort Recovery, died at 9:30 p.m. July 10, 2003, at The Gardens at St. Henry.
 She was born March 8, 1941, in Celina, to Arnold and Luella Bruns Schwieterman. On June 7, 1977, she married Lowell Ditmer who died March 22, 1992.
 Surviving are a son, Joe of Fort Recovery; a daughter, Danette Gremminger, Mayville, Wis.; a stepson, Gene of Tennessee; and a stepdaughter, Shirley Baker, Pitsburg.
 Other survivors include four brothers, John (Jinny) Schwieterman, St. Henry, Tom (Marge) Schwieterman and Roy (Deb) Schwieterman, all of Burkettsville, and Ron (Ellen) Schwieterman, Fort Recovery; four sisters, Nancy (Ron) Jones and Mary (Bill) Gaerke, all of Fort Recovery, Sue (Jerry) Borchers, Russia, and Karen (Jack) Hatert, New Weston; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Foureman, Greenville.
 One sister, Darlene Schwieterman, and a brother-in-law, Ron Wendel, are deceased. She formerly worked at Elder Beerman in Dayton. She was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Carl Wise officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.

Marjorie Eckrote
 Marjorie I. Eckrote, 73, 6620 S. 550 E., Berne, Ind., died at 2:50 a.m. July 10, 2003, at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ind.
 She was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Jefferson Twp., Ind., to Otto and Margaret O. Bollenbacher. On May 19, 1951, she married George Ralph Eckrote who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Jerry Dean (Sheryl) of Geneva, Ind.; two daughters, Lou Ann (David) Sharp, Amboy, Ind., and Cathy Sue (Rodney) Pierce, Bluffton, Ind.; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 A brother, LeRoy Bollenbacher, and a sister, Arveda Purdy, are deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga. She had attended Rockford High School.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, Ind., the Rev. Tom Arnheit officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Albert Houts
 Albert Houts, 78, 1 N. Eastmoor Court, New Bremen, died at 2:10 a.m. today, July 11, 2003, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
 Calling is 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 A complete obituary will appear in SaturdayÕs paper.



07-10-03

Melvin Woehrmyer
 Melvin Kenneth Woehrmyer, 81, 248 N. Cleveland St., Minster, died at 9:47 a.m. July 9, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 He was born May 25, 1922, in Shelby County, to Willard and Appolonia Bornhorst Woehrmyer. On June 1, 1943, he married Vera Puthoff who survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, Ken (Deb) of Lebanon, Jay (Deb) of Three Rivers, Mich., and Bill (Donna) of New Bremen; three daughters, Judy (Larry) Heitkamp, St. Henry, Dianne (Ned) Sielschott, Minster, and Sue (Jim) Christian, Versailles; a brother, Thomas (Irene) of Minster; a sister, Marjorie (Al) Larger, Minster; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
 One grandchild is deceased.
 He was the owner and operator of MelÕs Decorating in Minster. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, the Civic Association and the Cataract Fire Company, all of Minster.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 1-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-9:30 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.



07-09-03

Louetta Katterhenry
 Louetta ŌBootsĶ Katterhenry, 86, 14030 Kohler Road, Wapakoneta, formerly of Saint James City, Fla., died at 7:50 a.m. July 8, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Auglaize County, to Grover and Henrietta Rohrbacher Lynch. On March 7, 1939, she married Paul Katterhenry who died Feb. 3, 1986.
 Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ann (Ed) Shroyer, Wapakoneta; a son-in-law, Sam Swartz, St. Marys; three sisters, Winona Mees and Marian Kentner, both of Moulton, and Berdella Kentner, Wapakoneta; three grandchildren, a great-grandson and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Kathryn Swartz; three brothers, Emil, Raymond and Theodore Lynch; and a sister, Catherine Lynch.
 She had worked as office manager at Resthaven Memory Gardens near St. Marys. She was a 1934 graduate of Blume High School, Wapakoneta, and a member of St. PaulÕs United Church of Christ, St. Marys. She also attended the Saint James Baptist Church in Florida.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the St. Marys church.

Suzanne Kittle
 Suzanne Flack Moyer Kittle, 46, of Leonidas, Mich., died June 29, 2003, at her residence following a lengthy illness.
 She was born Feb. 7, 1957, in St. Joseph County, Mich., to Berwyn Flack and Marion Himebach Flack Moyer. The mother survives in Three Rivers, Mich. Also surviving are her first husband, Terry Moyer, and her second husband, Mercer County resident Julius Kittle, whom she married in 1997.
 Other survivors include two sons, Clinton and Corey Moyer, both of Leonidas; a brother, Jerry Flack, Denver, Colo.; and a sister, Linda Seelye, Marcellus, Mich.
 She was the co-owner of T-M Asphalt Sealing for several years and the owner of Country Basket in Leonidas. She also was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Leonidas and Vicksburg, Mich., the past nine years. A 1975 graduate of Mendon High School in Mendon, Mich., and a graduate of Kellogg Community College, she had been a chorus member and soloist at the Mendon Kiwanis Showboat.
 Services were held July 3 at Bethel Apostolic Church in Vicksburg, the Rev. Robert Krauss officiated. Burial was at Prairie Cemetery near Centerville, Mich.

Mary Sturwold
 Mary B. Sturwold, 99, formerly of Newport, died at 3 a.m. July 8, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 She was born Jan. 6, 1904, in St. Rose, to Henry and Anna Fullenkamp Dwenger. On June 22, 1926, she married John H. Sturwold who died Aug. 25, 1977.
 Surviving are five sons, Clarence of Vandalia, Ralph (Mary Ann) and Gilbert, both of Fort Loramie, Wilbur (Mary Jane) of Russia and John (Marlene) of Minster; two daughters, Norma (Warnie) Alexander, Piqua, and Irma (Charles) Wendeln, Maria Stein; a brother, Joseph (Delores) Dwenger, Celina; 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Marilyn Gaerke; a son-in-law, Virgil Gaerke; a daughter-in-law, Helen Sturwold; a brother, four sisters and three grandchildren.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Newport.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Anthony E. Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at the church.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care.



07-08-03

Marjorie Baer
 Marjorie H. Baer, 89, 609 N. Cherry St., Celina, died at 1:25 p.m. July 6, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 She was born Sept. 28, 1913, in Neptune, to Shirley and Ruth Dutton Wollam. On March 1, 1941, she married Dale Owen Baer, who died in 1990.
 Surviving are a son, Michael A. (Carol) of Troy; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Heindel, North Carolina; a brother, Harold E. Wollam, Celina; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 Deceased are a son, Dr. Eric Warren, and a sister, Lyndol Orrison.
 She was a member of St. PaulÕs United Methodist Church, Celina. She was a charter member of Iota Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Psi sorority in 1937, serving as president and holding other offices over the years.
 Services are 7 p.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating.
 Calling is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church music fund.

Mildred Hamilton
 Mildred E. Hamilton, 87, 1010 Meadowview Drive, Celina, died at 5:38 p.m. July 6, 2003, at her residence.
 She was born March 20, 1916, in Mercer County, to Charles and Flora Buck Andrew. On June 1, 1939, she married Dale P. Hamilton who is deceased.
 Surviving are a daughter, Barbara J. King, Elkhart, Ind.; a sister, Vadie Bollenbacher, Rockford; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 A brother, Glenn Andrew, and a sister, Vestie Martz, are deceased.
 She had worked for Celina City Schools for 20 years and was a member of St. PaulÕs United Methodist Church, Celina.
 Services are 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will be at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Calvin Stephenson
 Calvin L. Stephenson, 96, died at 6:15 a.m. July 6, 2003, at Miller House, 1506 Meadowview Dr., Celina.
 He was born Sept. 13, 1906, in Celina, to George and Lutitia Byrly Stephenson. On July 21, 1934, he married the former Cecil Dudgeon, who is deceased.
 Surviving is a brother, Harold E. Stephenson, Celina.
 Four brothers are deceased: Theodore, Robert, Donald and an infant brother, John. Seven sisters are deceased: Marie Behm, Neddie Weir, Orlie Sutton, Dora Crouch, Edith Hines and two infant sisters, Stella and Mary.
 He was retired from Frigidaire in Dayton after 30 years.
 He was a member of the Celina First Church of God where he was a Sunday school teacher. He also taught Sunday school at the Brethren Church in Dayton for 50 years.
 Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Celina First Church of God, the Revs. Bruce Strine, Richard Van Horn and Forest Jackson officiating. Burial will be at Buck Cemetery.
 Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Lehman Funeral  Home, Celina.



07-07-03

Marjorie Baer
 Marjorie H. Baer, 89, of Celina, died July 6, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Carl Billenstein
 Carl G. Billenstein, 87, formerly of 14199 Johnson Road, New Weston, died at 6:30 a.m. July 5, 2003, at a daughterÕs home.
 He was born Sept. 27, 1915, in Darke County, to Frederick and Anna Marie Stephan Billenstein. On March 30, 1940, he married Esther Schutz who is deceased.
 Surviving are two sons, Eugene (Sharon) of Ansonia and Jerry (Diane) of Rossburg; four daughters, Grace (Bill) Stacy, Dayton, Joann (Ronald) Coates, Troy, Betty (Bill) McKibben, Covington, and Alice (Tom) Replogle, Tipp City; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, William, John and Paul, and six sisters, Freida, Ruth and Anna, Esther Rarick, Wilhemina Wentworth and Anita Godown.
 He was a retired farmer and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Star.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Laura Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Donald Grimes
 Former Celina Mayor Donald H. Grimes, 71, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died July 6, 2003, at Regency Place in Fort Wayne.
 He was born Aug. 17, 1931, in New Knoxville, to Fred and Araminta Grimes.
 Surviving with his wife, Martha, are two sons, Steven (Kay) of Celina and Michael of Fort Wayne; two daughters, Kathy (Robert Chris) Porch, Fay-etteville, Ga., and Kristina of Columbus; a half brother, Dale Grimes, New Knoxville; and five grandchildren.
 A half sister, Evelyn Meyer, is deceased.
 He retired in 1981 as vice president of office services at Celina Financial after 27 years. He also was vice president of service operations at Advanced Products Service Inc. for 12 years.
 He served as Celina mayor from 1975-1979 and was a former Celina City councilor and council president. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War era, he was a member of Celina Masonic Lodge 241, the Mercer County Republican Party and Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 Graveside rites are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mercer Memory Gardens with the U.S. Army conducting military rites. A memorial service will take a 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Wayne church.
 Calling is 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne.
 Contributions can be made to the church or the League for the Blind.

Daniel Goodman
 Daniel Keith Goodman, 43, of Lima, died at 11:18 p.m. July 4, 2003, at his residence. The cause of death was not available.
 He was born Oct. 9, 1959, in Lima, to Donald and Cathryn Sandy Goodman. On June 17, 1995, he married former Mercer Countian Brenda Roessner who survives.
 Also surviving are three daughters, Miranda, Kelsey and Cathryn, all at home; three brothers, Donald (Sally), David and Jesse (Stephanie), all of Lima; and three sisters, Judy (Pete) Welch, Bluffton, Julia (Brian) Castle, McGuffey, and Lelia (Buddy) Davis, Lima.
 He was preceeded in death by his parents.
 He was employed by Brick Mason Local 35 and also had worked at Tuttle Construction.
 He was a member of Firm Foundation Christian Center and Bricklayers Allied Craftsman Local 35.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chiles & Sons-Laman West Wayne Street Chapel, Lima, the Revs. Ed Tobin, Scott Dove and Doneta Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Cairo West Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mildred Hamilton
 Mildred Hamilton, 1010 Meadowview Drive, Celina, died July 6, 2003, at her residence.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Lucille Hays
 Lucille E. Hays, 85, 818 Kingswood Drive, Celina, died at 3 p.m. July 5, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born April 2, 1918, in Marissa, Ill., to Gus and Ema Triefenback. On Jan. 4, 1939, she married Gene Harold Hays who survives.
 Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Ralph (Beulah) Hays, Ada; two sisters-in-law, Dortha Baer and Jean Hays, both of Celina; and several nieces and nephews.
 A brother, Norman, is deceased.
 She retired from communications work with General Motors. She was a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church and the Altrurian Club, both of Celina.
 Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Katie Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery,
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Doris Miller
 Doris Caryle Miller, 67, 2689 Bunker Hill Road, Celina, formerly of Fort Myers, Fla., died at 3:40 p.m. July 5, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Medical Center, Lima.
 She was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Van Wert, to William and Gwendolyn DeWitt Vian. On Oct. 21, 1951, she married Frank L. Miller who survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, Dan of Englewood, David (Jennie) of Bristol, Fla., and Bryce of Bursville, Minn.; and 14 grandchildren.
 Two grandchildren are deceased.
 She had been employed at The Fort Myers News Press. She attended The LordÕs Church in Celina and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Florida.
 Memorial services are 11 a.m. July 19 at the church, the Rev. Randy Christian officiating.
 Calling is after 10 a.m. July 19 at the church.
 Contributions can be made to the Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation.

Ora Murphy
 Ora Jack Murphy, 79, 400 E. Warren St., Celina, died at 8:45 p.m. July 4, 2003, at St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo.
 He was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Cadillac, Mich., to Otto and Edith Swain Murphy. On Sept. 23, 1942, he married Betty Coby who died March 25.
 Surviving are a son, Roy (Robbie) of Mendon; two daughters, Karen Gillis and Jill Buck, both of Celina; a son-in-law, Robert Ritchie, Celina; two sisters, Mary Fitzgibbon, Bradington, Fla., and Maxine Arron, Fairborn; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Nancy; a son-in-law, Tom Gillis; and a sister, Margaret Donovan.
 He was a retired mechanic who trained and owned horses for 30 years. He was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Thomas Christen officiating. Burial will be at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Daniel Schroeder
 Daniel E. Schroeder, 28, formerly of McCartyville and a resident of The Anne Grady Center in Toledo, died at 12:30 a.m. July 5, 2003, at St. Luke Hospital, Toledo. He had been ill since birth.
 He was born Jan. 22, 1975, in St. Marys, to Edward and Martha Grieshop Schroeder. They survive in McCartyville.
 Also surviving are two brothers, David (Bridget) of Detroit, Mich., and John, at home; and two sisters, Maria of Boston, and Theresa (Scott) Meiring, Sidney.
 He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, McCartyville.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Patrick Welsh officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogen-kamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to The Anne Grady Center.

Donald Sigmond
 Donald ŌZiggyĶ Sigmond, 77, 629 Cumberland Drive, Celina, died July 3, 2003, at his residence.
 He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Erie, Pa., to John and Helen Meyers Sigmond. On Feb. 14, 1972, he married Louise Forlow who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Doug of Celina, and Les (Cheryl) of Greenville; a daughter, Debra (Jeremy) Bachman, Elkhart, Ind.; three sisters, Helen Dubane, Miami, Fla., Lillian Sipple and Nancy Stowe, both of Erie, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
 A brother, Jack, is deceased.
 He was a retired boiler maker and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the Loyal Order of Moose, both of Celina.
 Funeral services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating.
 The VFW conducted military rites Sunday following calling at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.



07-05-03

Wayne Fark
 Wayne G. Fark, 61, 11 N. Jefferson St., New Bremen, died at 12:30 p.m. July 3, 2003, at St. RitaÕs Medical Center, Lima. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born July 25, 1941, in New Bremen, to Robert and LaVerne Niemeyer Fark. His father is deceased. On Jan. 8, 1961, he married Ardythe LaViness who survives.
 Other survivors are three sons, Kevin (Kelli), of Celina, and Bruce and Anthony (Beverly), all of New Bremen; a brother, Jan (Joan), of New Bremen; and 14 grandchildren.
 Deceased is a son, Robert.
 He was retired from Minster Machine Co. where he was a member of the 25-year club. He was a member of St. PeterÕs United Church of Christ, New Bremen, and the Bob Tinnerman Dance Club.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund or the American Cancer Society.

Delores Hardwick
 Delores D. Hardwick, 61, of 6498 S. State Line Road, Portland, Ind., died July 2, 2003, at Jay County Hospital, Portland, Ind., following an extended illness.
 She was born Oct. 8, 1941, in Walterville Ky., to James and Cynthia Anna Crowe Lairson. Her mother survives in Portland.
 Other survivors are a former husband, Richard D. Hardwick of rural Portland, Ind.; three sons, Richard A. (Debbie), Harold and Daniel, all of Jay County, Ind.; four daughters, Kitty (Steve) Foster, Cayman Islands; Rebecca Bruce, Jay County, Cindy (Gary) Farmer, Alturas, Fla., and Victoria (James) Payne, Fort Recovery; a brother, Marion Lairson, Portland; a sister, Dolly Lairson, North  Salem, Jay County; 12 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 She retired in 1983 as a CNA at Center of Hope Health Care Center, Union City, and attended Church of God of Prophecy, Portland.
 Services are 6 p.m. (Ohio time) Sunday at the Portland Chapel of Williamson and Spencer Funeral Homes Inc., the Rev. Nancy Wilson officiating. Cremation will follow with burial at a later date.
 Calling is 3 p.m. Sunday until time of services at the funeral home.

Lucy Karafit
 Lucy Virginia Karafit, 83, 5063 Karafit Road, Celina, died at 7:14 p.m. July 2, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born July 22, 1919, in Mercer County, to Frank and Mertie Mosier Colson. On Aug. 8, 1937, she married Frank Karafit who died Sept. 1984.
 Survivors are two daughters, Molly (Ben) Trisel, and Arlene Crumpler, all of Celina; a brother, Dick (Mary Jo) Colson, Celina; six grandchildren, a stepgrandchild, six great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased is a daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Jack Thompson, and a son-in-law, Jerry Crumpler; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Mary Colson; a sister and brother-in-law, Burnell and Gerald Deitsch; and a grandson.
 She was retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 20 years. She was a member of Montezuma United Church of Christ and the Celina Flower & Garden Club.
 Services are 2 p.m. today at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Jon Kraner officiating. Burial is at Burge Cemetery, Montezuma.
 Calling is 11-2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer County Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Donald Sigmond
 Donald ŌZiggyĶ Sigmond, 77, 629 Cumberland, Celina, died the morning of July 3, 2003, at his home.
 He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Erie, Pa., to John and Helen Myers Sigmond. On Feb. 14, 1972, he married Louise Forlow who survives.
 Other survivors are two sons, Doug, of Celina, and Les (Cheryl), of Greenville; a daughter, Bedra (Jeremy) Bachman, Elkhart, Ind.; three sisters, Helen Dubane, Miami, Fla., and Lillian Sipple and Nancy Stowe, both of Erie, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
 Deceased is a brother, Jack.
 He was a retired mold maker. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of VeteranÕs of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) and Moose Lodge, both of Celina. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina.
 Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. His body will be cremated.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, with a military service at 8 p.m.



07-03-03

Lucy Karafit
 Lucy V. Karafit, 83, of Celina, died July 2, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Donald Sigmond
 Donald Sigmond, 77, of Celina, died early today, July 3, 2003, at his residence.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.



07-02-03

Gregor Esser
 Maria Stein native Gregor Joseph Esser, 74, of Maumelle, Ark., died of cancer June 18, 2003, at his home.
 He was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Maria Stein, to Gregor J. and Regina Mary Kramer Esser.
 Surviving are four sons, Mark A. of Quitman, Ark., John E. (Kerry) of Mabelville, Ark., Gregor J. III and Matthew W., both of Conway, Ark.; a daughter, Karen Esser Moore, Clewiston, Fla.; a sister, Margaret Esser, Maumelle; a brother-in-law, David Byers, Clinton, Ark.; and three grandchildren.
 A sister, Dolores Byers, is deceased.
 He worked more than 20 years for United Telephone Company in Indiana and Florida. He relocated to Clewiston in 1960 and owned several businesses before retiring to Arkansas in 1990. He was involved in the Lions Club, March of Dimes and the Library Board.
 Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family with burial at Crabtree Cemetery, Crabtree, Ark.
 Contributions can be made to any public library.

Josephine Heitkamp
 Funeral Mass for Josephine M. Heitkamp, 82, 312 Lane St., New Bremen, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, the Revs. Milton Ballor and Greg Bornhorst officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 She died at 11:45 p.m. June 30, 2003, at St. Marys Living Center.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. today and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.
 Contributions can be made to the renal dialysis unit at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice or the St. Marys Living Center.
Alvina Kunk
 Funeral Mass for Alvina Kunk was 10:30 a.m. July 1, 2003, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiated. The Resurrection Choir sang.
 Pallbearers to St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, were Michele Waymire, Janet McDonald, Sandy Eckhardt, Jessica Brusven, Angie Brown, Della Hanna, Connie Imwalle and Dianna Bruns.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, had charge of arrangements.



07-01-03

Marjorie Haas
 Marjorie Haas, 71, formerly of Fort Recovery, died at 3:45 p.m. June 29, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born Dec. 10, 1931, in Fort Recovery, to James and Mabel Deitsch Denney. On April 18, 1953, she married Harold Haas who died April 9, 1989.
 Surviving are three sons, Samuel (Linda) McKitterick, Van Wert, Donald Haas, Fort Recovery, and Jerry (Lisa) Haas, Troy; a sister, Ida Mae (Kenneth) VanTilburg, Fort Recovery; a sister-in-law, Viola Knapke, also of Fort Recovery; and five grandchildren.
 She formerly worked at Mersman Brothers in Celina and was a member of Macedon Congregational Christian Church.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, the Rev. Verl Ballmer officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the St. Peter Neurological Center.

Josephine Heitkamp
 Josephine M. Heitkamp, 82, 312 Lane Ave., New Bremen, died at 11:45 p.m. June 30, 2003, at St. Marys Living Center.
 She was born May 4, 1921, in St. Anthony, to John and Elizabeth Post Homan. On Jan. 13, 1945, she married Oscar J. Heitkamp who died March 12, 1997.
 Surviving are three sons, Earl (Marie) of Versailles, Neal (Jane) of St. Henry, and Dale of New Bremen; four daughters, Diann (Roger) Bornhorst, Karen (Cliff) Thatcher and Linda (Rob) Huber, all of New Bremen, and Nancy (Bill) Lampert, Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Barbara Kremer, New Bremen, and Madonna Kremer, Dayton; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 Ten brothers and sisters are deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, New Bremen.
 Arrangements are pending at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.
 Contributions can be made to the renal dialysis unit at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Mercer/Darke County Hospice or St. Marys Living Center.

Homer Maxson
 Homer E. Maxson, 79, 2100 Celina Road, St. Marys, died at 2:40 p.m. June 30, 2003, at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.
 He was born April 26, 1924, in Van Wert, to Durbin and Arlene Roller Maxson. He first married Pearl Lamb. On Dec. 4, 1982, he married Norma Clouner who survives.
 Surviving are two sons, Virgil of Lima and Dennis (Kathy) of Wapakoneta; five daughters, Carol McDowell, Newport News, Va., Nancy Greiwe, Waynesfield, Catherine (Art) Stimmel, Elida, Barbara (John) Gieder, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Terry (Rodney) Doyle, Martinsville, Ind.; a stepson, Carey Clouner, St. Marys; two stepdaughters, Debra Brewer, St. Marys, and Retha Best, Winnfield, La.; a brother, Edward of Saginaw, Mich.; 32 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Durbin, and two brothers, Carl and Virgil.
 He retired as an electrician at Minster Machine Company and served with the U.S. Air Force in Europe during World War II. He was a life member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, a life member of Disabled American Veterans Post 119, St. Marys, and a member of American Legion Post 210 and MOC Pup Tent #61, both of Celina, the Minster Machine 25-Year Club, the Northmoor Golf Hole-in-One Club and St. John Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta. He was one of the founders of the VFW clown unit.
 Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Michael Nicols officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens with the VFW conducting military rites.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Robert Romine
 Robert L. Romine, 56, 221 E. Sixth St., Portland, Ind., died June 30, 2003, at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ind., following a sudden illness.
 He was born March 25, 1947, in Bluffton, Ind., to Fred and Margaret Lee Romine. His mother and stepfather, Linus Mescher, survive in Portland. On Oct. 21, 1995, he married Myra Bollenbacher who survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Nathan of Bluffton; a stepson, Brad Stein, Portland; a stepdaughter, Turee Boyd, Portland; three sisters, Diana Vance, Muncie, Ind., Sadonna Hinshaw, Saratoga, Ind., and Barbara Spencer, Portland; and six stepgrandchildren.
 He was employed as a welder at Strick Corporation in Monroe, Ind. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served 27 years in the National Guard. He was a member of American Legion Post 211, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Celina and the National Rifle Association.
 Services are noon Thursday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland. Burial with military rites will follow at IOOF Cemetery, Pennville, Ind.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.



 
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