SEPTEMBER
09-03-02

William Barnett
 William L. Barnett, 78, 850 Dorothy Lane, St. Marys, died at 3:15 a.m. Sept. 1, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
 He was born May 28, 1924, in Lima, to William and Dallas (Rickels) Barnett. On Aug. 18, 1945, he married Rita Hirsch and she died Nov. 3, 1994. On March 16, 1998, he married Sarah Baldwin and she survives.
 Also surviving are three daughters and their husbands, Susan and Richard Hecht, Dora, Ala., Janet and Paul Dicke and Peg and Ernest Schweitzer, all of St. Marys; four stepchildren, a sister and her husband, Grace and Richard Bay, Barstow, Calif., and a sister, Margaret Shaffer, Lima; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 14 stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are an infant brother, Robert, and three grandchildren.
 A 1924 graduate of Lima South High School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 166, Fort Wayne, Ind. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, American Legion Post 323 and the City of St. Marys Planning Commission, all of St. Marys, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Wapakoneta.
 Private services are 1 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Dale Leinbach officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Contributions can be made to New Community Church, St. Marys, or the St. Marys Rider Rooters.

Patricia Grote
 Patricia Elaine Grote, 77, 1001 Harbor Point Drive, former Mercer County Recorder, died at 1:05 a.m. Sept. 1, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born March 4, 1925, in Gettysburg, to Roland and Lela (Houdeshell) Rench. On Dec. 12, 1946, she married William H. Grote and he died Dec. 24, 1971.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, William M. and Marie of Covington, La.; a brother and his wife, Gene and Joanne Rench, Arcanum, and a brother, Harvey Rench, Knoxville, Tenn.;  three sisters-in-law, Madonna Rench, Phoenix, Ariz., Patty Rench, Englewood, and Barbara Rench, West Milton; and three grandchildren.
 Three brothers, Jack, Glenn and Joe Rench, are deceased.
 A 1943 graduate of Arcanum High School, she is also a graduate of Dayton Beauty Academy. She was a member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Iota Gamma Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Cancer Society and St. John Lutheran Church, all of Celina. She was a lifetime member of the Mercer County Democratic Party.
 Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens. A sorority service will precede the funeral at 12:45 p.m.
 Calling is after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, the church or Mercer/Darke County Hospice.
 Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.

Betty Hierholzer
 Betty A. Hierholzer, 55, 6848 Ohio 705, New Weston, died at 8 p.m. Aug. 30, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born May 13, 1947, in Piqua, to Paul and Julitta (Broerman) Henry. On April. 30, 1966, she married Valbert Kelch and he died Feb. 12, 1974. On Aug. 5, 1976, she married Julius Hierholzer and he survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Lance and Paula Kelch, North Star, and Chad and Sara Kelch, Maria Stein, and a son, Robert Kelch, North Star; two daughters and their husbands, Audrey and Dan Subler, Maria Stein, and Valerie and Tony Heitkamp, Fort Recovery, and a daughter, Trisha Hierholzer, Burkettsville; and 17 grandchildren.
 Other survivors include two brothers and their wives, Tom and Sharon Henry and Don and Zita Henry, all of Versailles; four sisters and their husbands, Norma and Rich Nerderman, New Bremen, Ruth and Dan Wenning, Minster, Cathy and John Shue, North Star, and Sharon and Duane Goubeaux, Greenville, and three sisters, Jan Russell, Troy, Sue Henry, Lima, and Judy Henry, Frenchtown; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Matt and Dee Schwieterman, Coldwater, and Paul and Shirley Kelch, Osgood; six sisters-in-law and their husbands, Joan and Mark Kunk, Versailles, Jody and Dan Lange, St. Henry, June and Dale Leistenschneider, Burkettsville, Anna Mae and Don Bohman and Charlene and Charles Steinemann, all of Minster, and Marilyn and Gil Heitkamp, Tipp City; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Rosella (Kaiser) Hierholzer, Burkettsville.
 Deceased are her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Helen (Armstrong) Kelch;  a brother-in-law, Jeff Hierholzer; and two sisters-in-law, Joyce Schwieterman and Waveline Kelch.
 She was a homemaker and a bookkeeper at Hierholzer Garage in Burkettsville. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Sodality and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of North Star, and a volunteer at Veterans Administration Hospital, Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. today at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice or the Darke County Cancer Association.

Jimmie Patton
 Jimmie R. Patton, 64, 2492 Ohio 29, Celina, died at 11:10 p.m. Aug. 30, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater, following an extended illness.
 He was born June 21, 1938, in Richmond, Va., to Jesse and Rose B. (Morris) Patton. On March 19, 1980, he married DeMera Jean Steele and she survives.
 Also surviving are two stepdaughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Dennis Parsons, Fort Recovery, and Suellen and Mike Denney, Rochester, Ind.; a brother, Harold Patton, Richmond, Va.; a foster brother, Arthur Waters, also of Richmond; seven stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
 He retired from Phillip Morris in Richmond and served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 Graveside services with full military honors were to be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina, the Rev. Tamara Wood officiating.
 Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, had charge of arrangements.
 

Kaden Rhoads
 Kaden William Rhoads, infant son of Susan Coutee and Shawn Rhoads, 632 Cron St., Celina, was stillborn at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 Surviving with the parents are a sister, Makaela Coutee; maternal grandparents, Linda Ballinger, Celina, and Rick Hans, Findlay; paternal grandparents, Bill and Sandy Gilbert, Celina; and the maternal great-grandparents, Bill and Grace Ballinger, Celina, and Mary Hans, St. Marys.
 Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at North Grove Cemetery, the Rev. Stephen Merold officiating.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.

Rex Sheets
 Rex Sheets, 64, 310 Southway Drive, St. Marys, died at 5 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, following an extended illness.
 He was born March 7, 1938, in Mendon, to Glenn and Evelyn (Rexroth) Sheets. On Nov. 15, 1965, he married Marilyn Davis and she survives.
 Also surviving are a stepdaughter and her husband, Patricia and Jim Fast, St. Marys; a sister and her husband, Shirley and Michael Hoelscher, Celina; and a stepgrandson.
 A brother, Gary Sheets, is deceased.
 A 1957 graduate of Mendon High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323, all of St. Marys, and the Loyal Order of Moose, Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Troy Green officiating. Burial will follow at Neptune Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Fund.

Justin Stachler
 Justin Roman “Gus” Stachler, 84, of Miamisburg, who has relatives in Mercer and Auglaize counties, died Sept. 1, 2002, at Walnut Creek Nursing Home, Kettering.
 He was born April 14, 1918, in Dayton, to August and Rose (King) Stachler. His first wife, Catherine, and second wife, Lillian, are deceased.
 Surviving are a son, Mark of Dayton; two daughters and their husbands, Marlene and Dan Mundey, West Chester, and Marilyn and David Aker, Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Stachler Sikora, Troy, Mich.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 Three brothers and a sister are deceased.
 He operated Justin Dance Manor for 40 years. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and did much volunteer work in the Dayton area. He was a member of Church of the Holy Angels, Dayton, and grand marshal of the 1999 Kettering Holiday at Home Parade.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Revs. Dan Meyer and Gary Scherer officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Tobias Funeral Home — Far Hills Chapel, Dayton.
 Contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton.



09-04-02

Millicent Boltz
 Millicent A. Boltz, 77, 13209 Ohio 118, Van Wert, formerly of St. Marys, died at 2:02 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born July 12, 1925, in Auglaize County, to Roger and Bessie (Parke) Chiles. On Aug. 29, 1941, she married Louis Boltz and he survives.
 Also surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and John Mihm and Beverly and Carl Thomas-Ward, all of St. Marys; a brother, Leo Chiles, Wapakoneta; a sister and her husband, Betty and James Dearbaugh, Wapakoneta; a sister-in-law, Doris Chiles, Cleveland; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two sons, Charles and Louis; a brother, LeRoy Chiles; and a grandson.
 She attended St. Marys Memorial High School and formerly worked as a bus driver for the St. Marys City Schools. She retired from Joint Township Hospital and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767 and Hawthorne Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star, all of St. Marys.
 Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Christian ministries of WTGN Radio or WTLW Television.

Irene Bruns
 Irene Pearl Bruns, 76, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Aug. 31, 2002, at Midtown Nursing Home in Indianapolis, following an extended illness. She has relatives in the Coldwater area.
 She was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Lima, to Ralph and Esther (Greene) Parish. Her husband, Leo Bruns, died Feb. 2, 1986.
 Surviving are a son, Ralph of Carmel, Ind.; a daughter, Sheridian Ann House, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
 She had worked as a dietitian for many years at Jay County Hospital, Portland, Ind.
 Funeral Mass is 3:30 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portland, the Rev. Michael Kettron officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
 Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, has charge of arrangements.

Martha Trefz
 Mercer County native Martha J. Trefz, 84, of Gahanna, died Sept. 2, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Mercer County, to William and Lillie (McAffee) Jamieson. She and Russ Trefz had been married 46 years. He survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Alison of Gahanna; a sister, Ruth Jamieson, Columbus; and two sisters-in-law, Ethel Jamieson, Van Wert, and Roma Williams, Xenia.
 Three brothers and three sisters are deceased.
 She retired from General Motors, where she had been executive secretary to the plant manager. She also had served as a local Avon saleslady for many years. She was a member of Mifflin Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Women and Women’s Gathering and a participant in the Meals on Wheels and Youth Logo’s programs, all of Gahanna. She also was a member of the General Motors Retirees and  Charity Belles
 Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the church, Dr. Roger Wagner officiating. Graveside services are noon Saturday at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, Gahanna.
 Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.

Raymond Wilcox
 Raymond F. Wilcox, 88, of Williamsville, N.Y., died at 4:30 a.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, where he had been a patient since July.
 He was born Aug. 29, 1914, in Friendship, N.Y., to E. Floyd and Maude (Davidson) Wilcox. On May 31, 1937, he married Jessie R. Jackson who survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Brian and Claudia of Coldwater; a daughter and her husband, Sandee and Richard Radtke, Elma, N.Y.; three granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.
 He retired as a policeman for the city of Buffalo, N.Y., where he was the recipient of the Conners medal for bravery in 1945. He was a member of the Buffalo Science Museum Camera Club and had received numerous awards for his photographs.
 Funeral Mass is 10:45 a.m. Thursday at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.
 Calling is today at Amigone Funeral Home in Williamsville.



09-05-02

Howard Bevington
 Howard L. Bevington, 70, of Ohio City, former manager of Mercer Landmark, died at 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.
 He was born March 23, 1932, in Venedocia, to Carl and Marian E. (Tester) Bevington. On July 25, 1986, he married Nancy Wendel and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Randy and Judy of Nipomo, Calif., and Todd and Ellen of Wabash; three daughters and their husbands, Lynn and Rex Davis, Middle Point, Lee and Larry Schumm, Van Wert, and Laura and Sam Brewster, Lansing, Mich.; a stepson, Walter Simon, Rockford; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Andrea and Paul McHenry, Orlando, Fla., and Jenifer and Brooks Call, Rockford, and a stepdaughter, Judie Cochiols, Virginia Beach, Va.
 Other survivors include a brother and his wife, Rodney and Kay of Van Wert; a sister, Joan Boley, St. Marys; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
 A sister, Colleen, is deceased.
 He retired as manager of Mercer Landmark in 1987. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and formerly served as chief of the Ohio City Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. He was a member and past commander of the Harvey Lewis American Legion Post, Ohio City, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Rockford.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery in Mercer County with the American Legion conducting military rites.
 Calling is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Ohio City EMS.

Katie Guingrich
 Katie Guingrich, 97, a resident of Miller House in Celina, died there at 11:25 p.m. Sept. 4, 2002.
 She was born Aug. 8, 1905, to Sylvanus Sylvester and Melinda (Miracle) Wilder. On May 31, 1924, she married Virgil Guingrich and he died April 3, 1990.
 Surviving are four sons and their wives, Earl and Joan of Lagro, Ind., Ralph and Karen of Portland, Ind., Rodger and Charlene and Dale and Mary Ann, all of Celina; five daughters and their husbands, Veleria and John Baron, Toledo, Eilene and Bob Ziegler, Monroeville, Ind., Violet and Vern Riggenbach, Paulding, Lorene and John Zuber, Coldwater, and Pat and Jean Anselman, Celina; and a daughter, Mildred Green, Toledo.
 Also surviving are two half sisters, Celia Speelman, Convoy, and Betty Odle, Theodore, Ala; two brothers-in-law, Robert Guingrich, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Eugene Stoller, New Haven, Ind.; three sisters-in-law, Helen Miller, St. Marys, Lucille Shealy, Payne, and Helen Guingrich, Ventura, Iowa; 32 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son-in-law, Ben Green; five brothers, three sisters, a half brother, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Loyal Order of Moose and Hopewell Grange, all of Celina.
 Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Stephen Merold officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice or the church.

Ned Metzger
 Ned W. Metzger, 81, 6 Miami Erie Place, New Bremen, died at 10:20 p.m. Sept. 3, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 He was born July 27, 1921, in Wapakoneta, to William and Luella (Koch) Metzger. On June 12, 1946, he married Marjorie Pape and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sisters, Beulah Roser, Wapakoneta, and Doris Schneider, Maryland; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Schmidt, New Bremen.
 A sister, Pauline Metzger, is deceased.
 He formerly worked at Robertson Heating and Supply in Alliance and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, American Legion Post 241 and Woodmen of the World Camp 149, all of New Bremen.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the New Bremen Emergency Squad.

Jean Sells
 Jean M. Sells, 47, of Dayton, formerly of Maria Stein, died Sept. 4, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to natural causes.
 She was born May 18, 1955 in Coldwater, to Vitus and Dorothy (Hausfeld) Siegrist. They survive in Maria Stein. Rick Sells, her husband of 20 years, survives.
 Also surviving are two children, Kelly and Matthew, at home;  a brother and his wife, Mike and Kathy Siegrist, Maria Stein; a sister and her husband, Judy and John Jernigan, Circleville, and a sister, Lois, of Minster; her mother-in-law, Marge Sells of Dayton; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Bob and Sherrie Sells and Randy and Marji Sells; and two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Mark and Dee Dee Tuss and Jim and Susie Staley.
 A graduate of Marion Local High School and Bowling Green State University, she was employed as a speech pathologist at Trotwood-Madison Schools. She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church, Dayton.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Park Cemetery.
  Calling is 4-8 p.m., Friday at Baker/Hazel Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelphia Drive at North Main Street, Dayton. Prayers will be offered there at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
 Contributions can be made to the Kelly and Matthew Sells Educational Trust Fund.



09-06-02

Viola Brehm
 Viola Grace Brehm, 87, of Celina, died at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2002, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
 She was born May 19, 1915, in Geneva, Ind., to Lorin “Polly” and Zelma (Burley) Carr. On Oct. 15, 1936, she married Earl Brehm and he died Dec. 30, 1973.
 Surviving are a sister and her husband, Kathryn and Ray Black, Geneva, Ind.; as well as nieces and nephews.
 Deceased are three brothers, Victor, Gene and Thurman A. Carr; and a sister, Rose Ford.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Missionary Church, Celina.
 Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Steve Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. today and after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.

Elmer Clarkson
 Former Neptune resident and area teacher Elmer R. Clarkson, 96, of Kentwood. Mich., died July 24, 2002, at an assisted living center where he resided.
 He was born Jan. 10, 1906, in Lightsville. His wife, Irene, died in October 2001. He is survived by a son, Elmer Jr., and a daughter, Marjorie Larsen, both of Flint, Mich.
 He was a teacher at the former Center Township High School in Neptune, and a wood craftsman following his retirement from teaching.
 Burial was July 27 at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Michigan.



09-07-02

Viola Brehm
 Viola Grace Brehm, 87, of Celina, died at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2002, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
 She was born May 19, 1915, in Geneva, Ind., to Lorin and Zelma (Burley) Carr. On Oct. 15, 1936, she married Earl Brehm and he died Dec. 30, 1973.
 Surviving are a sister and her husband, Kathryn and Ray Black, Geneva, Ind., as well as nieces and nephews.
 Deceased are three brothers, Victor, Gene and Thurman A. Carr, and a sister, Rose Ford.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Missionary Church, Celina.
 Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Steve Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. today and after 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.

Charlene Leonard
 Charlene Leonard, 55, a resident of St. Marys Living Center and a former resident of 1020 Hendricks Ave., St. Marys, died at 10:42 p.m. Sept. 5, 2002, in the emergency department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to natural causes.
 She was born May 28, 1947, in Celina, to Charles and Harriett (Ball) Young. On Aug. 28, 1964, she married Jerry Leonard and he died March 19.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Jerry and Jeannette of St. Marys and Terry and Kim of Wapakoneta; a daughter and her husband, Teresa and David Slife, St. Marys, and a daughter, Tina of Union City; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 Other survivors include two brothers, Robert and Ronnie Young, both of St. Marys; and five sisters, Mary Toler and Crystal Adkins, both of Wapakoneta, Joyce Lindeman, Delphos, Rose Krauss, Detroit, Mich., and Ola Crist, St. Marys.
 Deceased are two children, Patricia and Jeffrey, and two brothers, Charles and Drake Young.
 She formerly worked as a housekeeper at area businesses. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. James Bryne officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

John Roby
 John N. Roby, 78, 11190 Schroeder Road (Harmon’s Landing), St. Marys, died at 12:51 a.m. Sept. 6, 2002, at Valley Nursing & Rehab Center, St. Marys.
 He was born March 19, 1924, in St. Marys, to John Clarence and Ethel Elizabeth (Bay) Roby.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Richard and Janet of St. Marys, Leonard and Kathi of Corning, and John and Carol of St. Marys; a daughter and her husband, Sandra and Michael Meier, Wapakoneta; a brother, Harlan Eugene of Glynwood; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, Robert and Clint; four sisters, Mildred Yocum, Cleona Rempfer, Hazel Hood and Mary Henshaw; and two grandchildren.
 He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had been employed at the former Westin Paper Mill in St. Marys for many years and retired with a disability from the City of St. Marys electrical department. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Glynwood, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767, St. Marys, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9287, also of St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. James O. Byrne officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.



09-09-02

Marylou Dunlap
 Marylou Dunlap, 70, 9434A John Brown Road, Van Wert, died at 12:05 p.m. Sept. 7, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 She was born Feb. 23, 1932, in Celina, to William O. and Mary E. (Emans) Agler. On June 1, 1973, she married Robert W. Dunlap and he preceded her in death.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Michael W. and Paula Martz, Wolcottville, Ind., and Kevin M. and Tanya Martz, Greensburg, Ky.; a daughter, Donella L. Cornelius, Van Wert; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
 Two brothers, Donald Agler and Lynn Soul, and one grandchild are deceased.
 She was a member of the Salvation Army, Van Wert.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Capt. Pat Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Donald Gray
 Celina native Donald O. Gray, 84, of Dayton, died Aug. 27, 2002, at Grandview Hospital, Dayton.
 He was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Celina, to Clifford and DeMona Gray.
 Surviving with Dona Gray, his wife of 58 years, are three brothers and their wives, Harold and Jean of Alabama, Richard and Mary Ann and Ronald and Charlotte, all of Celina; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Gray, also of Celina.
 A brother, Joe, is deceased.
 He retired from Rike’s Department Store in Dayton after 24 years of service.
 Memorial services were 1:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Central Congregation, Dayton.
 House of Wheat Funeral Home Inc., Dayton, had charge of arrangements.

Barbara Koesters
 Mercer County native Barbara R. Koesters, 90, of Centerville, died Sept. 6, 2002, at St. Leonard Rehab Center, Centerville.
 She was born Nov. 29, 1911, in Carthagena, to Casper and Rosa (Hoelscher) Hess. Her husband, Leonard Koesters, died in 1961.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Ronald and Joanne of Trotwood, Denis and Linda of Dayton, and Bernard and Susan of Weaverville, N.C.; three daughters and their husbands, Thecla and Richard Zech, Clayton, Marlene and Jefferey Showalter and Carol and Mitchell Deis, Dayton, and a daughter, Diana of Centerville; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Also surviving are a brother and his wife, William and Stella Hess, Dayton, and a brother, Leo Hess, Carthagena; a brother-in-law, Alex Koesters, Carthagena; and four sisters-in-law, Pauline Hess and Leona Koesters, both of Coldwater, Lucy Hess, Kettering, and Sister Assumpta Koesters, Cincinnati.
 Deceased are five brothers, the Rev. Henry, Paul, Joseph, Carl and Casper Hess; a sister, Irma Muhlenkamp; and a great-grandson.
 She was a seamstress at Mercy Sienna Retirement Community, Dayton, and a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Kettering.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering. Prayers will be offered there at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
 Contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton or St. Leonard Rehab Center.

Clarence Liette
 Clarence “Butch” Liette, 86, 472 E. Columbus St., St. Henry, died at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 2002, at the Lima Convalescent Home.
 He was born Jan. 25, 1916, in Yorkshire, to Frank and Lydia (Borchers) Liette. On April 26, 1941, he married Clarine Buehler and she survives.
 Also surviving are four sons and their wives, Daniel and Veronica of Dayton, Tom and Dottie of St. Henry, Richard and Dixie of Tipp City and Kenneth and Debrah of Union City; three daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Jerome Clune, Maria Stein, Joyce and Matthew Hart, Greenville, and June and Tom Eisert, Lima; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
 Other survivors include two brothers and their wives, Bill and Ruth of St. Marys and Hubert and Mary of Burkettsville; four sisters and their husbands, Loretta and Bob Stammen, North Star, Kate and Cy Dues, St. Henry, Marge and Joe Schmidt, Anna, and Charlene and Curly Pearson, Fort Recovery; and a brother-in-law, Leon Hein, Chickasaw.
 Deceased are a brother, Norbert, and three sisters, Rosa Hein, Emerita Greer and Dorothy Schaefer.
 He retired from Minster Machine Co. and farming. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will be at St. Louis Cemetery, North Star.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
 Contributions can be made to St. Rita’s Hospice, Lima, or Mercer/Darke County Hospice.

Geneva Mehmert
 Geneva B. Mehmert, 86, 87 N. Hanover St., Minster, died at 10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, where she had been a patient seven weeks. She had been ill the past two years.
 She was born March 1, 1916, in Minster, to Henry and Elizabeth (Wacker) Mehmert.
 Surviving are a niece and her husband, Marsha and Fred Rosen, Ridgefield Park, N.J.; a great-niece and a great-nephew.
 Three brothers are deceased.
 She retired from Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. in 1983. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Historical Society, both of Minster.
 Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling will be from 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
 Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, has charge of arrangements.

Henrietta Thobe
 Osgood native Henrietta Thobe, 83, 12161 Fort Loramie-Swanders Road, Sidney, died at 8:35 a.m. Sept. 8, 2002, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney.
 She was born Jan. 22, 1919, in Osgood, to Stephan and Mary (Winner) Bergman. On Feb. 19, 1941, she married Julius Thobe and he survives with a son and his wife, Virgil and Barb of Sidney; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 Three brothers and five sisters are deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of McCartyville.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Pat Welsh officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Rev. Nathan Wierwille
 The Rev. Nathan Wierwille, 83, 11716 Kingfisher Lane, St. Marys, formerly of New Knoxville, died Sept. 7, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born Sept. 12, 1918, in New Knoxville, to Benjamin and Wilhelmina (Fledderjohann) Wierwille. On Aug. 22, 1943, he married Elmeda Fledderjohann and she died Dec. 13, 1994.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Dr. Jonathan and Angela of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy and Nancy of Ruidoso, N.M.; a daughter and her husband, Rebecca and Nicholas Miller, Franklin, Mass.; a brother, the Rev. Linus of Madison, Wis.; and six grandchildren.
 Two sisters, Luella Eversman and Velma Koepke, are deceased.
 He graduated from New Knoxville High School, Lakeland College and Mission House Theological Seminary, Sheboygan, Wis. He was ordained an Evangelical and Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) minister in 1943. He served the following churches: First United Church of Christ, Bremen, Ind., and St. Paul United Church of Christ, Bourbon, Ind., 1943-47; St. John United Church of Christ, 1947-66; and St. Paul United Church of Christ, Cincinnati, 1966-84. He was named pastor emeritus of the latter congregation upon his retirement. During retirement he served as interim pastor at congregations in St. Marys, Spencerville, Rockford, New Bremen and New Knoxville.
 In addition to serving as vice president of the Northwest Ohio Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, he served on the Lakeland College Board of Trustees for 21 years. He also made yearly visits for the Northwest Ohio Synod’s denominational pension board serving more than 45 retired ministers and their spouses.
 Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville, the Rev. Linus Wierwille officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church’s Heritage Room.
 Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville, has charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to the UCC Mission Fund or the New Knoxville Historical Society.



09-10-02

H. Thomas Brown
 H. Thomas Brown, 77, a former Mercer County attorney, died Aug. 24, 2002, in Cincinnati.
 A native of Hamilton, he married Marian Giere of Coldwater in 1949 and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, William and Nancy of Celina, and two sons, Jim of Florida and Bob of Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters and their husbands, Kathy and David Currier and Carol and Tom Saul, both of Cincinnati, and Marilyn and Bob Rothring, Arizona; and three grandchildren.
 He attended the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati, where he obtained his law degree. The Brown family resided in Coldwater when he practiced law  in Mercer County during the 1950s. He later returned to Cincinnati to continue his practice.
 Funeral Mass was Aug. 29 at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Westwood.
 Contributions can be made to St. Rita School for the Deaf in Milford.

Diane Seger
 Diane Lynn Seger, 46, 13418 Mangen Road, Versailles, died at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 2002, in a traffic accident near Osgood.
 She was born March 1, 1956, in Greenville, to Herbert and Barbara (Tharp) Rismiller. Her mother survives in Versailles. On Aug. 14, 1976, she married Charles Seger and he survives.
 Also surviving are two sons, Michael and Adam, both at home; two brothers and their wives, Larry and Bonnie Rismiller, New Bremen, and Thomas and Gwyn Rismiller, Versailles; and a sister and her husband, Sue and Bryan Sharp, Greenville.
 A 1974 graduate of Versailles High School, she had worked as a cook at Versailles Health Care Center the past 16 1/2 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Star, and president of the church women’s organization. She was a former member of the church council and the Osgood Life Squad.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Chuck Boomhower officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.
 Contributions can be made to the church’s handicap accessible fund.



09-11-02

Dorothy Clifford
 Dorothy C. Clifford, 85, formerly of 331 Jay St., St. Marys, died at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 10, 2001, at the Wapakoneta Manor nursing home.
 She was born July 18, 1917, in St. Marys, to Joe and Amelia (Fortman) Wieman. On Sept. 14, 1946, she married Charles Clifford and he survives at Wapakoneta Manor.
 Also surviving are a son, Charles “Tim” Clifford of St. Marys; a daughter and her husband, Madonna and Mark Puthoff, Chickasaw; and four grandchildren.
 Two sisters, Viola Wieman and infant Mary Diane, are deceased.
 A 1935 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, she was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Altar Sodality of the church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 323, all of St. Marys.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

James Pyburn
 James Russel Pyburn, 39, of Spring, Texas, died Sept. 3, 2002, in Houston, Texas. Death was due to complications of cystic fibrosis.
 He was born March 25, 1963, in Houston, to Thomas and Mary Pyburn, who survive. On July 16, 1988, he married Donna Keifer of Celina and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sisters, Cynthia Smith and Cheryl Lee, both of Texas; and the grandmother, Martha Clark of Texas.
 A brother, Thomas Wayne, is deceased.
 Services were Sept. 7 at Brookside Funeral Chapel in Houston, the Rev. Bill Langford officiated. Burial followed at Brookside Memorial Park.

Treva Witherow Yoh
 Rockford native Treva B. Witherow Yoh, 85, of Van Wert, died at 3:05 p.m. Sept. 9, 2002, at Lincolnway Nursing Home, Van Wert.
 She was born Dec. 16, 1916, in Rockford, to Adam and Maude (Oliver) Alt. Her first husband, Cary Witherow, died in 1970 and her second husband, Joshua Yoh, died in 1995.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Cary and Sarah Witherow, Warrenton, Va., Robert and Portia Witherow and Carl and Jill Witherow, all of Van Wert; one daughter and her husband, Verona and Terry Eikenbary, Van Wert; one stepson and his wife, Jay and Jennifer Yoh, Van Wert, and two stepsons, Gregg Yoh, Defiance, and Kenneth Yoh, Van Wert; a stepdaughter and her husband, Vivian and Ric Beebe, Defiance, and two stepdaughters, Penny Yoh, Defiance, and Connie Lange, Celina.
 Other survivors include a brother and his wife, Adrian and Norma Alt, North Carolina; two sisters and their husbands, Clela and Cletus Stoephel, Van Wert, and Gloria and Everett Hanefeld, Continental; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 22 stepgrandchildren and 19 stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a stepdaughter, Sue Peters; four brothers, John, Orville, Lorin and Bevan Alt; and two sisters, Ada Alt and Mabel Dickey.
 She retired from Mersman Manufacturing, Celina, in 1981. She also worked at Continental Can and National Seal, both of Van Wert. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Van Wert.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Doug Stockton officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Louis Zanglin
 Louis Zanglin, 4568 Ohio 29, Celina, died today, Sept. 11, 2002, at his residence.
 Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.



09-12-02

Arthur Dull
 Arthur Cecil Dull, 90, of Celina, died at 7:20 a.m. Sept. 11, 2002, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
 He was born Jan. 24, 1912, in Van Wert County, to Benjamin N. and Florence B. (Johnson) Dall.
 Surviving are two sons, Roger W. Dall of Carol Stream, Ill., and Charles W. Dull of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are six sisters, Mildred McConkey, Beatrice Ocie Crabill, Eileen Reed, Anna Chilcote, Ercie McConnell and Minnie Brown.
 He retired from National Seal of Van Wert in 1976 after 11 years of service. He formerly worked as a salesman at McConnell’s in Decatur, Ind., for 13 years and at General Electric in Decatur for four years. He was affiliated with St. John Lutheran Church in Celina and was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, Decatur, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 886, Van Wert.
 Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial will follow at Greenbrier Cemetery near Ohio City.
 Calling is after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to The Laurels of Shane Hill.

Stanley Huelskamp
 Coldwater native Stanley H. Huelskamp, 84, of Lima, died at 1 a.m. Sept. 11, 2002, in Lima.
 He was born Aug. 31, 1918, in Coldwater, to Frank and Elizabeth (Schroeder) Huelskamp. On May 14, 1949, he married Rita I. Annesser and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Greg of Lima; and two grandchildren.
 Deceased are an infant son, Robert J., and two brothers, Cletus and Virgil.
 He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, where he had played on the baseball team. A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Army’s 728th Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the South Pacific, earning numerous medals and commendations. He retired in 1976 after working 36 years in the consumer and retail sales departments at Standard Oil. He later sold cars at a number of local dealerships before obtaining a Realtor’s license and selling commercial properties for Townsend Realty until 1983.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima, the Rev. David M. Ross officiating.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Siferd Funeral Home, Lima, and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to St. Charles School, Lima Central Catholic High School, St. Rita’s Medical Center or the Aids Foundation of the Miami Valley.

Vernon May
 Vernon E. May, 56, of Bryant, Ind.,  died Aug. 30, 2002, at  Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind., following a heart attack.
 He was born June 4, 1946, in Fort Wayne, to Ferd and Irene (Hartnagel) May. His mother survives in Bryant.
 Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Angela and Stephen Fouch, Portland, Ind., and a daughter, Teresa Rice, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Mendenhall, Coldwater; and six grandchildren.
 He had worked at the Jay County Sheriff’s Department and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus.
 Memorial Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Robert Reinhart officiating.
 Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, has charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.

Margarete Merath
 Margarete Merath, 80, a resident of Celina Manor nuring home, died there at 5:45 a.m. today, Sept. 12, 2002.
 Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.

Thomas Schoch
 Thomas J. Schoch, 84, 8646 E. 500 N., Portland, Ind., died at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 11, 2002, at Jay County Hospital, Portland.
 Arrangements are pending at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.

Louis Zanglin
 Louis R. Zanglin, 86, 4568 Ohio 29 West, Celina, died at 5 a.m. Sept. 11, 2002, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
 He was born Jan. 23, 1916, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Joseph and Mary Ann (Hill) Zangelin. On Dec. 1, 1951, he married Patricia McKenna and she survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Patrice and John Link, Tipp City; two sons and their wives, Raymond and Madeline of Decatur, Ind., and Majors Paul and Lisa, serving with the U.S. Army in Montgomery, Ala., and a son, David of Cleveland; a sister, Ann Connors, Novi, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are an infant son, Michael, and a brother, Joseph.
 He owned and operated Zanglin Motor Sales Inc. in Celina from 1952-1976 and Rush-Zanglin Ford-Lincoln-Mercury in Brazil, Ind., from 1977-1984.
 A graduate of the University of Detroit, he served as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1800, Loyal Order of Moose #1473 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1291, all of Celina, and the Cal Club of the University of Detroit. He also was a charter member of the Mercer County Elks Club #2170.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice, Coldwater.



09-13-02

Margarete Merath
 Margarete Merath, 80, formerly of 1130 Princeton Ave., Celina, died at 5:45 a.m. Sept. 12, 2002, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 She was born Jan. 17, 1922, in Achstetten, Germany.
 Surviving is a sister, Babette Wutz, Achstetten; and several nephews and nieces.
 Two brothers are deceased.
 She was a housekeeper and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina.
 Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church.
 W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.

Henrietta Meyer
 Henrietta “Hank” A. Meyer, 90, formerly of 34 S. Main St., Fort Loramie, died at 3:29 p.m. Sept. 12, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minster, where she had resided the past two years.
 She was born March 25, 1912, in Minster, to John and Elizabeth (Nagel) Kaiser. On June 13, 1936, she married Clarence B. Meyer and he died May 31, 2000.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Dave and Dottie of Fort Loramie; a daughter and her husband, Jan and Tom Griner, Minster; a brother and his wife, Richard and Emma Kaiser, Minster; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
 A granddaughter is deceased.
 She was a homemaker and a member of  St. Michael Catholic Church and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, both of Fort Loramie, and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Minster.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Steve Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-7 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Thomas Schoch
 Thomas J. Schoch, 84, 8646 E. 500 N., Portland, Ind., died at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 11, 2002, at Jay County Hospital, Portland, Ind.
 He was born Jan. 22, 1918, in St. Joe, to Stephen and Margaret (Reinhard) Schoch. On May 4, 1946, he married Margaret Goecke and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, James and Nurinalda of Mount Vernon and John and Agnes of Geneva, Ind.; a daughter and her husband, Patricia and James Kaufman, Columbus; a brother and his wife, Leon and Antionette of Celina; a sister and her husband, Katherine and Jerome Zehringer, Fort Recovery, and three sisters, Alvina Schoch, Marie Wallace and Martha Smith, all of Dayton; and six grandchildren.
 A brother, Albert, is deceased.
 A retired farmer, he served with U.S. Army’s 240th Artillery Division in the European Campaign during World War II. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society, both of St. Anthony, Fort Recovery American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.



09-14-02

Robert Sullinger
 Former Mendon resident Robert Lloyd Sullinger, 80, of Sherwood, Mich., died Sept. 13, 2002, at his residence.
 He was born April 30, 1922, in Mendon, the son of Charles and Faye (Leonard) Sullinger. In 1981 he married Linda Coville, and she survives.
 Other survivors include a daughter, Lois Studer, Middle Point; three sons, Terry, Mendon, Scott, Union City, Mich., and S. Mark Sullinger, Indianapolis, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles.
 He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps and worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys for 36 years. He also served as the Algansee Township Branch county sexton for several years.
 A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the George White Funeral Home in Quincy, Mich. The family requests no flowers.
 Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Sherwood Free Methodist Church.

Louis Zanglin
 A funeral Mass for Louis Zanglin has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina. Zanglin’s obituary appeared in Thursday’s edition of The Daily Standard.



09-16-02

Debra Hassloch
 Debra E. Hassloch, 48, 117 S. Leblond St., Celina, died at 3:20 a.m. today, Sept. 16, 2002, at Celina Manor Nursing Home. Death was due to natural causes.
 She was born May 25, 1954, in Celina, to William and Barbara (Winans) Hassloch. Her mother survives in Celina.
 Also surviving are a sister and her husband, Linda and William Sieber, Fairfield; a nephew, three nieces and three great-nieces.
 She was a 1973 Celina High School graduate.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Barry Burns officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is noon until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marcellus Hausfeld
 Maria Stein native Marcellus Hausfeld, 84, of Dayton, died Sept. 12, 2002, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
 He was born May 21, 1918, in Maria Stein, to Ludwig and Hildegard (Goecke) Hausfeld. His wife, Mildred E., is deceased.
 Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Virginia and Robert Hentrich Jr., Fairborn, and Joyce and Chuck Schafer, Beavercreek, and a daughter, Linda of Dayton; a sister and her husband, Dorothy and Vitus Siegrist, Maria Stein; a sister-in-law and her husband, Vicky and Leo Rosenbeck, and two sisters-in-law, Esther and Rosemary Rosenbeck; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 He retired from NCR and Inland Manufacturing. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Dayton, where he had been a longtime usher.
 Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. today at the church. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
 Contributions can be made to St. Anthony’s Contine the Tradition Memorial Fund.
 Tobias Funeral Home — Belmont Chapel, Dayton, had charge of arrangements.

Tom Henderson
 Tom Henderson, 59, 516 W. South St., St. Marys, died at 1:31 a.m. Sept. 14, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 Services are 7 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
 Calling will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
 A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s paper.

LeRoy Imel
 LeRoy L. “Roy” Imel, 83, 102 Harrison St., Fort Recovery, died Sept. 15, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
 Arrangements are pending at Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home, Portland, Ind.

Earl Worthington
 Earl W. Worthington, 91, 111 N. Van St., St. Marys, died at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 15, 2002, at Valley Nursing & Rehab Center, St. Marys.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.



09-17-02

Thomas Henderson
 Thomas Henderson, 59, 516 W. South St., St. Marys, died at 1:31 a.m. Sept. 14, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born Sept. 1, 1943, to Frank and Louise (Miller) Henderson. On June 29, 1978, he married Kimberly Barney and she survives.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Amy and Stacey, both of Cleveland; three sons he raised as guardian, Andrew Watt, Celina, John Carmain, Paso Robles, Calif., and Patrick Watt, currently serving aboard a carrier with the U.S. Navy; and a brother, Steve of Warsaw, Ky.
 He previously owned several companies that made products for the aerospace industry. A former member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he was a graduate of Sinclair Community College, Dayton, and a member of First Baptist Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 7 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Mark Foor officiating.
 Calling is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Leroy Imel
 Leroy L. “Roy” Imel, 83, 102 Harrison St., Fort Recovery, died Sept. 15, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
 He was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Jay County, Ind., to John and Margaret (Stahl) Imel. On Nov. 11, 1939, he married Pauline L. Young and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Keith and Sandy of Fort Recovery; a daughter and her husband, Karen and Gary Hargis, also of Fort Recovery; a stepbrother, George Stahl, Michigan; a half brother and his wife, Clarence and Penny of Portland, Ind.; a half sister and her husband, Vera and James Jackson, and a half sister, Francis Brown, all of Portland; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 One daughter, Kay Petit, is deceased.
 He retired as a self-employed brick mason in 1989. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Fort Recovery Church of the Nazarene.
 Services are 11 a.m. (Ohio time) Wednesday at the Portland chapel of Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home, the Rev. John Perkins officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
 Calling is 4-9 p.m. (Ohio time) today at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.

John Nicodemus
 John Ross Nicodemus, 19, of Covington, was found dead Sept. 14, 2002, off Klinger Road near Covington. It is believed he died Sept. 10. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.
 He was born April 26, 1983, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Scott L. and Loree Caroline (Zumberge) Nicodemus. They survive in Covington.
 Also surviving are a twin brother, Jesse Louis of Covington; the paternal grandmother, Wilma Jean Nicodemus, Bradford; and maternal grandparents, John and Virginia Zumberge, Celina.
 A paternal grandfather, Ronald Nicodemus, is deceased.
 He attended Covington High School and the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School in Piqua. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Covington, where he was an altar boy for two years. He also worked as a lifeguard at Covington Pool for two years and played SAY soccer for 12 years.
 Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. James Duell officiating. Burial will follow at Harris Creek Cemetery, Bradford.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Bridges-Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Covington.
 Contributions can be made to Miami County Children’s Services, Troy, or the St. Teresa Youth Ministry, Covington.

Earl Worthington
 Earl W. Worthington, 91, 111 N. Van St., St. Marys, died at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 15, 2002, at Valley Nursing & Rehab Center, St. Marys.
 He was born Dec. 2, 1910, in Auglaize County, to William and Nettie Jane (King) Worthington. On Oct. 7, 1933, he married Ruth Ashbaugh and she died April 1, 2000.
 Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Leora and the Rev. Mark Burden, Lima, and Lana  and John Baker, Houston, Texas; a sister and her husband, Frances and George Winget, St. Marys; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Willis, and two sisters, Pearl Bruner and Ferrel Wilgus.
 A machinist by trade, he taught at an early vocational program at Westinghouse Corp., Lima. He retired as a custodian at St. Marys City Schools and was a member of Community of Christ Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Mark Burden officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.
 Calling is noon-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.



09-18-02

Bertille Gleich
 Bertille Gleich, 62, 6477 Borror Road, Grove City, died Sept. 16, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born Jan. 3, 1940, in Columbus to William and Helena (Schmidt) Hetterscheidt. Her husband, Joe Lersky, survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Ben Gleich, Columbus; a daughter and her husband, Heather and Matt Kromer, Sandusky; a daughter, Kerry Gleich, Troy; a sister and her husband, Jeanne and Glen Liston, Canal Winchester; two sisters, Helen James, Celina, and Nancy McSweeney, Columbus; and four grandchildren.
 She was a retired rural mail carrier.
 Memorial Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Grove City, the Rev. John Swickard officiating.
 Maeder-Quint-Tiberi Funeral Home, Columbus, has charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to Mount Carmel Hospice, Columbus.

Donald Leitzell
 Donald M. Leitzell, 86, 118 E. Market St., Celina, died at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 18, 2002, at his residence.
 He was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Mattoon, Ill., to John E. and Lula (Miller) Leitzell. On Oct. 12, 1940, he married Mildred Shindeldecker and she died Feb. 29, 1996.
 Surviving are a daughter, Karen Hiles, Middleton, Wisc.
 A sister, Pauline Hampton, is deceased.
 He was the retired owner of Leitzell’s Photography and Leitzell’s Orchard, both of  Celina. He was a member of the Mercer County Sportsmen Association and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Othmer Leugers
 Othmer L. Leugers, 84, 202 E. First St., Rockford, formerly of Celina, died at 1:56 a.m. Sept. 18, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Wilbur Pancake
 Wilbur Pancake, 93, formerly of Convoy, died at 8:55 p.m. Sept. 16, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.
 He was born Jan. 15, 1909, in Convoy to Albert and Elizabeth (Friedly) Pancake. On Dec. 9, 1945, he married Viola L. Moll and she died March 31, 2002.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Leon and Carolyn of Celina; a son, Loren of Van Wert; a daughter and her husband, Lynette and Daniel Asher, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister, Edith Lyons, Convoy; four grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.
 Four brothers and three sisters are deceased.
 He formerly worked at Drakes Hardware in Convoy and Continental Can in Van Wert. He also sold and repaired bicycles. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, and the American Legion and Grange, both of Convoy.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, the Rev. Raymond Feeck officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, Convoy.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Legion or the church.



09-19-02

Geraldine Bader
 Geraldine “Gerri” A. Bader, 77, 1835 N. Lexington-Springmill Road, Mansfield, died Sept. 16, 2002.
 She was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Monroe County. Her husband, former Celina resident Richard Paul Bader, died in 1997.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Susan R. and Clifford Cicila, and a daughter, Barbara J. Hummel, all of Mansfield; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a daughter, Shirley Ann Reed; four brothers, Wilbert E., Starling E., Vernon R. and Leonard R. Schindler; and two sisters, Helen Mae and Evelyn L. Gabor.
 She was employed at Tappan Stove Co. during World War II. She later worked at Kroger Co. for two years, then with Great Scot Supermarket where she was front end supervisor until moving to Kerr Motors Inc. as office manager and automotive accountant. She retired when the firm was sold in 1984.
 A former 4-H club adviser and member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Shelby, she currently attended Westwood Alliance Church. She served as secretary of the Richland County Cooperative Home Extension Group and was a member of  the Extension Advisory Committee, 4-H Advisory Committee, the Richland Rural Life Center Board of Directors, Tappan Girls Club and the American Association of Retired Persons.
 Services are noon Friday at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, the Rev. Doyle Peyton officiating. Burial will follow at Mansfield Memorial Park.
 Calling is after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Westwood Alliance Church.

Paul Bockrath
 Paul H. Bockrath, 79, of Toledo, formerly of Minster, died at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18, 2002, at Good Shepherd Home in Springfield. He had resided there the past five years.
 He was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Minster to Ferd and Hilda (Wiggenhorn) Bockrath.
 Surviving are a half sister and her husband, Mary Ann and Louis Jung, Springfield; a niece and a great-nephew.
 Deceased are a stepmother, Florence (Schemmel) Bockrath; a brother, Vernon; and a nephew.
 He retired five years ago from American Restaurant in Toledo. A 1941 graduate of Minster High School, he was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Springfield, St. Charles Catholic Church, Toledo, and St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the Minster church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today and 9-9:30 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

James Hays
 James “Jack” Hays, 81, 913 Canterbury Drive, Celina, died at 7:22 a.m. Sept. 19, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born Sept. 26, 1920, in Rockford, to James and Irene (Wolfe) Hays. On Dec. 20, 1941, he married Kathleen Hawk and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Tom and Ruth of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Judy and Steve Duckett, Farmington Hills, Mich.; a sister, Donna Moeller, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
 A brother, Robert, is deceased.
 He retired from farming and Mersman Brothers, Celina. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Celina, and the American Legion and Masonic Lodge, both of Rockford.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Donald Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and after noon Saturday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Ellen Knous
 Ellen M. Knous, 74, 15745 St. Marys Road, St. Marys, died at 1:38 p.m. Sept. 18, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Auburn, Ind., to Samuel and Allie (Stoker) McCollum. On Aug. 23, 1943, she married Allen Knous, who survives.
 Other survivors are a son and his wife, Gary and Julie of Sylvania, and a son, Hank of Denver, Colo.; a daughter and her husband, Dixie Lee and James Plush, Hillsdale, Mich.; a brother, John McCollum, St. Marys; two sisters, Dory Moon, Wapakoneta, and Mary Lou McCollum, St. Marys; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Sam McCollum, and three grandsons.
 She formerly worked at JCPenney in Toledo.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Othmar Leugers
 Othmar L. Leugers, 84, 202 E. First St., Rockford, formerly of Celina, died at 1:56 a.m. Sept. 18, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 He was born Aug. 22, 1918, in St. Rose, to John and Mary (Uhlenhake) Leugers. On Nov. 13, 1948, he married Viola Link, who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, John and Sherri of Rockford and Thomas and Rachel of Charleston, S.C.; a sister and her husband, Marcella and Elmer Lange, and three sisters, Hilda, Ludvina and Agatha, all of Celina; seven grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 A sister, Catherine, is deceased.
 He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Mersman Brothers, Celina. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the American Legion, both of Celina, and a life member of the Ohio Disabled American Veterans.
 Memorial Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.



09-20-02

Wanda Heiser
 Wanda L. Heiser, 89, formerly of Fort Recovery and Celina, died at 12:55 p.m. Sept. 19, 2002, at Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville.
 She was born Nov. 4, 1912, in Celina, to Floyd and Nellie (Moody) Boise. On Nov. 18, 1931, she married Lawrence Grant Heiser and he died Feb. 19, 1985.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Carl and Evie of Tipp City, Ted and Pam of New Madison and Dan and Sue of Celina; a brother and his wife, Glen and Sharon Boise, Montpelier, Ind.; three brothers-in-law, seven sisters-in-law, 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are six brothers, four sisters and a granddaughter.
 A homemaker, she was a member of Celina First Church of God and the Order of Eastern Star, Fairborn.
 Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, the Rev. Richard VanHorn officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, and after 1 p.m. Sunday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Hazel Stuehr
 Hazel I. Stuehr, 78, 501 E. Fourth St., Winchester, Ind., formerly of Celina, died at 11 p.m. Sept. 19, 2002, at St. Vincent Randolph Hospital, Winchester, Ind.
 She was born March 25, 1924, in Celina, to Joseph and Della (Brown) Andrews.
 Surviving are a sister, Laura Gilmore, Celina.
 Deceased are seven brothers, Cyrus, Irvin, John, Paul, Louis, Elmer and Warren Andrews, and a sister, Myrtle Dohme.
 She was a member of the Christian Church in Winchester.
 Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Thomas Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is noon-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Janice Stienecker
 Janice D. Stienecker, 81, of Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of New Knoxville, died at 10 a.m. Sept. 18, 2002, at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne.
 She was born June 23, 1921, in Columbus, to Harvey and Florence (Newport) Daum. On Feb. 9, 1960, she married James Stienecker and he died Sept. 21, 1981.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Dan and Cindy Ellenwood and Rex and Deanna Stienecker, all of Anna, and a son, Mike Ellenwood, Fort Wayne; a daughter and her husband, Sandra and Lonnie Jenneman, Fort Wayne; a brother-in-law and his wife, Don and Shirley Stienecker, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Meyer, all of New Knoxville; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 A sister, Jeanne Thackara, is deceased.
 She retired from Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen, and formerly attended First United Methodist Church, New Knoxville.
 Graveside services are noon Saturday at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery near New Knoxville. An open house will follow at the home of Chris Leffel.
 Contributions can be made to Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

Joseph Turckes
 Fort Recovery native Joseph W. Turckes, 80, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., died Sept. 18, 2002, at Bon Secoures Nursing Home, St. Clair Shores.
 He was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Fort Recovery, to William and Theresia (Sudhoff) Turckes.
 Surviving with his wife, Genevieve, are a son and his wife, Joseph Jr. and Karen; two daughters and their husbands, Catherine and Randall Stevens and Rosemary and David Barker; a brother and his wife, Raymond and Irene, and a brother, Richard; a sister and her husband, Rosemary and Charles Umstead; and seven grandchildren.
 He was employed at AWT Metal Specialties in Roseville, Mich., for 41 years. He was a member of the Independent Order of the Foresters.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, St. Clair Shores, the Rev. John McGreevey officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. today at Kaul Funeral Home, St. Clair Shores. A 7 p.m. prayer service will be held there.
 Contributions can be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame.



09-21-02

Harry Barber
 Harry C. Barber, 65, 3301 Ohio 118, St. Henry, died at 12:45 p.m., Sept. 20, 2002, at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus.
 He was born June 13, 1937, in Akron, to Harry and Juanita (Walls) Barber. His mother survives in Van Wert. On Nov. 4, 1968, he married Thelma Griesdorn who survives.
 Other survivors are three stepsons and their wives, Ronald and Bernie Gross, St. Henry, James and Mary Gross, Coldwater, and Daniel and Lisa Gross, St. Rose.
 Also surviving are two sisters, two half sisters, two half brothers, and three stepgrandchildren.
 Deceased is a stepgrandchild.
 He was retired from Richardson Carpet in Celina, and was a member of St. Marys Church, Philothea, its Men’s Holy Name Society of the Church and the church choir. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1991, Fraternal Order of Eagles #3025 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5135, all of Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery with military services conducted by the Coldwater V.F.W.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.



09-23-02

Paul Fronig
 New Bremen native Paul E. Fronig, 83, 3877 N. Salem Road, Decatur, Ind., died Sept. 21, 2002, at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ind.
 He was born Oct. 6, 1918, in New Bremen, to Jacob A. and Anna (Grieshop) Fronig. On June 5, 1941, he married Dorothy Harlett and she survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Judy A. and Fred Ehlerding, Preble, Ind.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 Two brothers and a sister are deceased.
 He worked as superintendent at the Mercer County Elks Club and at Habegger Schafer Co., Decatur. He was a pitcher with the  New York Giants professional baseball farm club. A World War II veteran, he served as a captain with the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy and France. Wounded five times, he received a Purple Heart with four oak leaf clusters as well as seven presidential citations. The Chicago Tribune saluted his U.S. Army heroics in a July 1945 edition.
 He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Holy Name Society of the church and Knights of Columbus Council 864, all of Decatur; Mercer County Elks Golf Club, Celina, and American Legion Post 43. He also was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Adams County Park Board.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Philip DeVolder officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Decatur.
 Calling is 5-9 p.m. today at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur. A rosary service will be held there at 7 p.m. today with a 10:30 a.m. prayer service planned Tuesday.

Robert Good
 Robert Good, 50, 422 Anthony Drive, St. Henry, was killed at 1:50 a.m. Sept. 21, 2002, in a traffic accident at the intersection of Ohio 118 and Mercer-Darke County Line Road, south of St. Henry.
 He was born Nov. 4, 1951, in Union City, Ind., to Glen and Roberta (Subler) Good. His mother survives in St. Henry. On Oct. 26, 1973, he married Connie Minch and she survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, Rob of Minster, and Brett and Eric, both of St. Henry; a daughter, Mandie of St. Henry; two brothers and their wives, Chuck and Marge of St. Henry and Rick and Jo of Botkins; and two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Don Ontrop, St. Henry, and Jean and Walt Minch, New Bremen.
 Other survivors include his father-in-law, Walter Minch, St. Henry; a brother-in-law and his wife, Rick and Nancy Minch, Fairview, N.C., and a brother-in-law, Jim Link, Bryant, Ind.; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Becky and Steve Simcoe, St. Henry.
 Deceased are a brother, David; a sister, Dianne; and two brothers-in-law, Rodney and Ronnie Minch.
 He formerly worked at Minster Machine Co. and was currently employed at Safeway Packaging, Minster. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, St. Henry; Sons of the American Legion, Fort Recovery; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, Minster; and the U.S. Army Reserves.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military services by the Fort Recovery American Legion Post.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Margaret Knauss
 Margaret Knauss, 79, 1100 Myers Road, Celina, died at 7:40 a.m. Sept. 21, 2002, at Lima Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
 She was born Feb. 9, 1923, in Kossuth, to Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Bigelow.
 Surviving are a son, Fred of Panama City, Fla.; a daughter and her husband, Kay and Don Bruggeman, St. Marys; four half brothers, David Bigelow, Rockford, Rex Bigelow, Troy, Jerry Bigelow, Cleveland, and Dick Bigelow, Celina; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
 One grandchild is deceased.
 She retired from Huffy Manufacturing Co., Celina.
 Private services are planned with Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, in charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to the Celina Area Visiting Nurses.

Dwight Miller
 Dwight V. Miller, 74, of Mendon, died Sept. 22, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Ollie Risch
 Ollie F. Risch, 82, 5383 U.S. 127 South, Celina, a longtime used car dealer, died at 6:05 p.m. Sept. 21, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 He was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Hennessey, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Risch. In October 1945, he married Marcella Simmons and she died in April 1994.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Tom and Connie of Coldwater, and a son, Ron of Celina; and two grandchildren.
 Deceased are four brothers, Jerome, Andrew, Albert and Bernard, and three sisters, Elizabeth, Marie and Rose.
 He owned and operated Ollie & Sons Used Cars for 45 years. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, and a 57-year member of the Celina American Legion Post.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

William Youngs
 William T. Youngs, 80, 511 E. Anthony St., Celina, died at 7:56 a.m. Sept. 21, 2002, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
 He was born July 4, 1922, in St. Marys, to Elmer H. and Mary (White) Youngs. On May 1, 1946, he married Corinne Mallory and she survives.
 Also surviving are three sons and their wives, Bill and Carol and Tom and Margaret, all of Toledo, and Jim and Kathy of Yukon, Okla.; two daughters and their husbands, Diana and Tom Finkelmeier, Wapakoneta, and Kathy and Steve Kuhn, Celina; two sisters, Kathryn Luecke and Mary Danaher, both of St. Marys; and 14 grandchildren.
 Two brothers, John and Elmer, are deceased.
 He was a retired Prudential Insurance agent and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Loyal Order of Moose, all of Celina, and Northmoor Country Club, St. Marys.
 Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the Immaculate Conception Educational Endowment Fund.



09-24-02

Burdette Huddlestun
 Burdette E. Huddlestun, 95, formerly of Celina, died at 7:20 p.m. Sept. 23, 2002, at the Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community Living Center, St. Marys.
 She was born Oct. 20, 1906, in Celina, to Leander and Mae (Stein) Cole. On May 2, 1926, she married Ralph Huddlestun and he died Oct. 1, 1986.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Helen and Junior Robbins, St. Marys; a sister, Alberta Anderson, Greenville; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Bob Cole, and two sisters, Dorothy Coates and Mildred Hamlett.
 A retired bookkeeper, she had worked at JCPenney Co., Weber Optical and Celina Group Insurance Co., all of Celina. She also worked 16 years as a teller at First National Bank in Celina. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Shakespeare Club, both of Celina. She had served as past matron of the Celina Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Robert Metheny and Kathleen Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice or the Otterbein Chapel Fund.

Dwight Miller
 Dwight V. Miller, 73, formerly of Mendon, died at 5:35 p.m. Sept. 22, 2002, at Vancrest Care Center, Van Wert.
 He was born Sept, 23, 1928, in Spencerville, to Thomas Wesley and Mabel (Boroff) Miller.
 Surviving are three brothers and their wives, Harold and Fern of Van Wert, Don and Betty of Mendon, and Fred and Mary Ellen of Wapakoneta.
 Two sisters, Freda Highly and Evelyn Miller, are deceased.
 A 1946 graduate of Spencerville High School, he had been an accountant with Baker Auto in St. Marys for 18 years. He was a member of Olive Chapel Church, Converse.
  Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Dave Ray and Ray Feeck officiating.
 Calling is 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Cancer Society of Mercer and Van Wert counties.

Robert Good
 Robert Good, 50, 422 Anthony Drive, St. Henry, was killed at 1:50 a.m. Sept. 21, 2002, in a traffic accident at the intersection of Ohio 118 and Mercer-Darke County Line Road, south of St. Henry.
 He was born Nov. 4, 1951, in Union City, Ind., to Glen and Roberta (Subler) Good. His mother survives in St. Henry. On Oct. 26, 1973, he married Connie Minch and she survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, Rob of Minster, and Brett and Eric, both of St. Henry; a daughter, Mandie of St. Henry; two brothers and their wives, Chuck and Marge of St. Henry and Rick and Jo of Botkins, and one brother, Keith of Fort Recovery; and two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Don Ontrop, St. Henry, and Jean and Walt Minch, New Bremen.
 Other survivors include his father-in-law, Walter Minch, St. Henry; a brother-in-law and his wife, Rick and Nancy Minch, Fairview, N.C., and a brother-in-law, Jim Link, Bryant, Ind.; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Becky and Steve Simcoe, St. Henry.
 Deceased are a brother, David; a sister, Dianne; and two brothers-in-law, Rodney and Ronnie Minch.
 He formerly worked at Minster Machine Co. and was currently employed at Safeway Packaging, Minster. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, St. Henry; Sons of the American Legion, Fort Recovery; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, Minster; and the U.S. Army Reserves.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military services by the Fort Recovery American Legion Post.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Esther Stukenborg
 Esther M. Stukenborg, 80, 201 Glenwood Drive, Greenville, formerly of St. Marys, died Sept. 23, 2002, at Dayton Heart Hospital.
 She was born March 9, 1922, in Mercer County, to Alfred and Mable (Joseph) Sanders. Her husband, Cyril Stukenborg, died in 1999.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Dale and Ella Mae Michael, New Weston; two daughters and their husbands, Kay and Paul Siefring, Greenville, and Sharon and Dale Wissman, Russia; three brothers, Keith, Roger and Eugene Sanders, all of Ansonia; four sisters, Marcella Bonifield, Salamonia, Ind., Margret Oldiges, Winter Garden, Fla., Ruby Singer and Becky McEldowney, both of New Weston; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, John and Melvin Sanders and Wayne C. Bonifield.
 A homemaker, she was a member of First Baptist Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Oliver Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Mark Foor officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Greenville.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Phyllis Williams
 Former Rockford resident Phyllis Williams, 77, of Garrett, Ind., died Sept. 20, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Rockford, to John and Mae (Custer) Hiles. She married Bud Williams in August 1943 and he preceded her in death.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Cheryl and Dee Ansett, Pleasant Lake, Ind.; and a niece, Lois Snavely, Celina.
 Three sisters and a brother are deceased.
 Services will be held at National Cemetery in Busknell, Fla., at the convenience of the family. Services also are planned in Garrett at a later date.
Othmar Leugers
 Memorial Mass for Othmar Leugers was 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiated. Organist was Cindy Karper and the Resurrection Choir sang.
 Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Celina, with military rites conducted by the Celina American Legion Post.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, had charge of arrangements.



09-25-02

Clarence Art
 Clarence P. Art, 93, 1014 Clover Lane, Celina, died at 3:50 a.m. today, Sept. 25, 2002, at The Gardens in Celina.
 He was born Dec. 11, 1908, in Cincinnati, to John Bernard and Anna (Winkeljohn) Art. On July 19, 1932, he married Emma Lee Pulskamp and she died March 15, 2001.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, C. Bernard and Jocelyn of New Bremen, and a son, Kenneth E. of Celina; four daughters and their husbands, Rosmarie and Jerry Amato, Celina, Dorothy Lee and Jerry Backus, Delphos, Kathleen and Charles Gorsuch, Hendersonville, N.C., and Georgiann and William Nungester, Spencerville, and a daughter, Patricia Hoyng, Celina; 23 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.
 A brother, Henry Art, is deceased.
 He had worked as a letter carrier at the Celina Post Office for 36 years. A 1927 graduate of Immaculate Conception Catholic High School, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 1800, both of Celina, and the Rural Letter Carriers of America.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial will be at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the I.C. Education Endowment or the church restoration fund.



09-26-02

Evelyn Hatcher
 Evelyn Juanita Hatcher, 75, 1107 Parkway Drive, St. Marys, died at 3:50 a.m. Sept. 25, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born July 31, 1927, in Careysville, to Steven and Lucille (Norris) Brandyberry. On June 17, 1946, she married William Lott Hatcher and he survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Mike and Becci of Celina, and a son, Byron Wayne of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Kathy and Steve Nevergall, Celina; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two daughters, Sherry Hatcher and Carla Lindemuth; a brother, Steve Brandyberry; and a sister, Barbara Scott.
 She retired as a supervisor at the former St. Marys Cotton Mill and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 Auxiliary, St. Marys.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Darrell Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.



09-27-02

Evelyn Hatcher
 Evelyn Juanita Hatcher, 75, 1107 Parkway Drive, St. Marys, died at 3:50 a.m. Sept. 25, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born July 31, 1927, in Careysville, to Steven and Lucille (Norris) Brandyberry. On June 17, 1946, she married William Lott Hatcher and he survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Mike and Becci of Celina, and Byron Wayne and Janet of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Kathy and Steve Nevergall, Celina; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two daughters, Sherry Hatcher and Carla Lindemuth; a brother, Steve Brandyberry; and a sister, Barbara Scott.
 She retired as a supervisor at the former St. Marys Cotton Mill. She was a member of the auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, St. Marys.
 Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Darrell Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jessie Springer
 Jessie Springer, 66, of Celina, died early today, Sept. 27, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.



09-28-02

Jessie Springer
 Jessie L. Springer, 66, 315 Morton St., Celina, died at 1:55 a.m. Sept. 27, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
 She was born June 5, 1936 in Celina to David and Bernice Kendall Sheets. Her mother survives in Mendon. On April 26, 1956, she married Norman D. Springer, who survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Mark and Regina and Kevin and Lori, all of Celina; one son, J.D. of Celina; two brothers and their wives, David and Diane Sheets and Veryl and Marilyn Sheets, all of Mendon; a sister and her husband, Amy Lou and Stanley Baker of Elgin; one sister, Marilyn Sheets of Mendon; and six grandchildren.
 She was retired from Thompson’s Cafe, where she had worked for 18 years. She was a member of Celina Baptist Temple.
 Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Cisco Funeral Home in Celina, the Rev. Steve Clayton officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

George Yocum
 George J. Yocum, 84, Mendon, died at 4:16 a.m. Sept. 27, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
 He was born Nov. 30, 1917 in Rockford to Merl and Hazel (Stover) Yocum. He married Donna Marie Anderson, and she died Nov. 11, 1988.
 Survivors are three sons and their wives, Forest and Lynda of Canal Winchester, Gene and Angela of Spencerville, Dean and Marilyn of Marysville; two sisters, Doris Piper and Lucille Reed, both of Rockford; and six grandchildren.
 A brother, Russell, is deceased.
 He retired from Avco New Idea and also was a farmer. He was a member of the New Horizons Church in Rockford.
 Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at the Christian Church of Rockford, the Rev. Kenneth Whetstone officiating. Burial will follow at Stringtown Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to Huntington College in Huntington, Ind. or to Camp Cotubic in Bellefontaine.



09-30-02

Alvina Fullenkamp
 Alvina Fullenkamp, 86, 812 Westview Drive, Coldwater, died at 4:40 p.m. Sept. 29, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born May 27, 1916, in St. Peter, to Bernard and Elizabeth (Homan) Jutte. On June 18, 1938, she married Werner Fullenkamp who survives.
 Other survivors are two sons and their wives, Wayne and Rosie, and Mike and Theresa, all of Fort Recovery; three daughters and their husbands, Elaine and LaVern Fortkamp, Vandalia, Alice and Bernard Wuebker, Coldwater, and Edna and Gary Dietz, Celina; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are five brothers and two sisters.
 She was a homemaker and member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Ron Wilker officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
 
Richard Robinson
 Richard Otto Robinson Sr., 76, 726 Lake Ave., St. Marys, died at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 27, 2002, at his home.
 He was born Jan. 20, 1926, in Delphos, to Jesse and Rose (Dolt) Robinson. He married Frances Brinkman and she died March 24, 1984. He then married Hazel Raymond who survives.
 Other survivors are two sons and their wives, Richard and Karen, and Eric and Heidi, all of Delphos; four daughters and their husbands, Beverly and Tony Phillips, Wapakoneta, Patricia and Ira Connell, Jacksonville, Fla., and Kathleen and Tim Keiber, and Sandra and Larry Thobe, all of St. Marys; a stepson and his wife, Tim and Sheri Raymond, Coldwater; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Patti and Jim Eyink, Coldwater, and Jennifer and Bruce Monnin, Russia; a brother, Donald Robinson, Delphos; a sister, Florence Aldrich, Toledo; 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Melvin, Alvin and John.
 He was a painter at Fruehauf Corporation where he retired after more than 40 years, and later worked as a security guard at Roundy’s of Lima. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
 Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. John Spyker officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Celina Visiting Nurses Hospice or the American Cancer Society.


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