OCTOBER




10-01-02

April Buckler
 Former Mendon resident April (Etgen) Buckler, 31, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Sept. 30, 2002, at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.
 Funeral arrangements are incomplete at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon.

Lawrence Grubb
 Lawrence E. Grubb, 89, 617 S. Echo St., Celina, died at 11:48 a.m. Sept. 30, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 He was born April 23, 1913, in Paulding, to George W. and Mary (Spanglet) Grubb. On Sept. 28, 1936, he married Sarah Forest who died July 16, 1989.
 Survivors are three daughters and their husbands, Kay and Jack Ross, Decatur, Ind., Janet and Jack Mockbee, Toledo, and Susan and Jeff McLamore, Kenansville, N.C.; three brothers, Irvin and Elzie, both of Stanton, Mich., and Donald of Bryant; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are four brothers, George, Henry, John and Dave.
 He retired from the former Mersman Brothers factory in Celina.
 Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Brian Wikoff officiating. Burial is at Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to Decatur Baptist Church.
Clarence Art
 Funeral Mass for Clarence P. Art was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Revs. Richard R. Riedel and George Blasick officiated. Organist Cindy Karper was accompanied by the Resurrection Choir.
 Pallbearers to St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery were grandsons Vince Amato, Dave Backus, Doug and Rick Hoyng, Jeff Gorsuch and Andy Nungester.
 Arrangements were handled by W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.



10-02-02

April Buckler
 Former Mendon resident April M. Buckler, 31, 8419 McMan Place, Fort Wayne, Ind., died at 9:22 p.m. Sept. 30, 2002, at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. Her death was due to complications while awaiting a liver transplant.
 She was born Dec. 6, 1970, in Lima, to Rick and Linda (Freewalt) Etgen who reside in Mendon. On Nov. 27, 1993, she married Scott Buckler who survives.
 Other survivors are a brother and his wife, Darrell and Nancy Etgen, Mendon; parents-in-law, Judy and Donald Buckler, Kendallville, Ind.; grandparents, Orland and Doris Freewalt, Mendon, and Buster and Phyllis Furr, New Port Richey, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Kim Clay, Fort Wayne.
 Deceased is her paternal grandfather, Richard Etgen.
 She was an office comptroller at Excell Color Graphics of Fort Wayne. A 1989 graduate of the former Mendon-Union High School, she  had attended Wright State University-Lake Campus in Celina.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mendon United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial is at Mendon Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to any organ donation program.

Harold Heindel
 Harold Gene Heindel, 85, 18434 Ohio 118, Rockford, died at 7:52 a.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
 He was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Mercer County, to Marion and Harriet (Hoel) Heindel. In December 1940, he married Lillian P. Shank who died in 1953. On Dec. 21, 1954, he married Marquerite (Linton) who died Dec. 2, 1998.
 Survivors are two sons and their wives, Charles and Carolyn of Garner, N.C., and Jerry and Valentine Yaney, St. Marys; a daughter, Barbara Bolenbaugh, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are three brothers, Ted, Lowell and Charles, a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
 He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 40 years and was a farmer. He was a World War II veteran and served a three-year tour in France and Italy. He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church and the American Legion, both of Celina.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.



10-03-02

Thomas Elkin
 Thomas Elkin, 55, 5300 Bayview Road, Celina, died at 9:22 p.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born July 17, 1947, in Germantown, to Thomas Elkin and Francis (Blankenship) McCloskey. His mother survives in Celina.
 Also surviving are a brother and his wife, Gary and Sandra of Chillicothe.
 Deceased are a brother, Terry Dean McCloskey, and a sister, Sharon Sue Elkin.
 He was employed at Meijer Distribution, Tipp City.
 Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Germantown Cemetery, the Rev. Jon Kraner officiating.
 Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements.

Thelma Luma
 Thelma M. Luma, 75,a resident of Celina Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Wheeler Lane, Wapakoneta, died at 8:20 a.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born March 23, 1927, in Waynesfield, to Howard J. and Estella M. (Krites) Parkins. On Sept. 5, 1946, she married William J. Luma, who died Dec. 28, 1965.
 Survivors are a son and his wife, Rodney W. and Cindy of Waynesfield; four daughters and their husbands, Kathy and Mike Powell, Wabash, Constance Fay and Ferd Fisher, Wapakoneta, Mary Alice and Adam Holbrook, Columbus Grove, and Teresa Jane and Charles Tingler, Summerville, S.C.; a sister and her husband, Joan and Rollie Kiefer, Wapakoneta; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased is a brother, Roger Parkins; a sister, Imogene Swick; and three grandchildren.
 She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn, Wapakoneta. She was a former member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Lima.
 Services were to be held this morning at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, the Revs. Donald Goodwin and Ed Jarrell officiated. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
 Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Alvena Middendorf
 Maria Stein native and former Osgood resident Alvena E. Middendorf, 87, 8990 Willowgate Lane, Huber Heights, died at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2002, at Grandview Hospital, Dayton.
 She was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Maria Stein, to Herman and Mary (Vondenhuevel) Winner. On Nov. 24, 1932, she married Lawrence J. Middendorf who died March 26, 1997.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Marlene and Ronald Foster, Huber Heights; three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
 She was a homemaker and former member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood. She was a current member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Huber Heights, and its Ladies Sodality, the American Legion Auxiliary, Osgood, and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Fort Loramie.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Osgood church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial is at St. Martin Cemetery, Osgood.
 Calling is 4-7 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.



10-04-02

Dewey Brooks
 Dewey Hobson Brooks Jr., 77, of Dayton, died Oct. 1, 2002, at Bethany Lutheran Village, Dayton.
 Surviving with his wife, Mercer County native Mary Agnes Rutschilling, are three sons and their wives, Dan and Cindy of Bolton, Maine, Robert and Rae Ann of Bellbrook, and Steve and Mary Jo of Beavercreek; a daughter, Teresa of Alexandria, Va.; a brother and his wife, Bill and Edith of Petrolia, Texas; two sisters and their husbands, Margie and Don Irvin, Portland, Ore., and Dottie and Willard Stone, Fort Washington, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
 He retired from Bendix as superintendent of die machine tooling and later retired as a broker from DH Brooks Realty.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Dayton. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
 Calling is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Tobias Funeral Home, Dayton. A prayer service is planned there at 10 a.m. Monday.
 Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Eileen Kan
 Eileen A. Kan, 80, 7465 Edison St., Russells Point, formerly of Celina and Portland, Ind., died at 9:19 p.m. Oct. 3, 2002, at The Gardens at Celina.
 She was born March 26, 1922, in Portland, to Raymond and Osa (Flauding) Smith. On March 28, 1981, she married Andrew Kan and he died April 8, 1987.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Phillip and Loretta Schneider, Portland; a daughter, Mary Jo Pearson, Celina; a sister, Betty Lyons, Marion, Ind.; a brother, Gilbert Smith, Moundsville, W. Va.; her companion, John Hyland, Russells Point; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son-in-law, Marion Pearson; a daughter-in-law, Susan Schneider; and a brother, Francis Smith.
 A retired antique dealer, she also retired from Jay Garment Co., Portland, after 14 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, both of Portland, the American Legion Auxiliary, Coldwater, and the Loyal Order of Moose, Russells Point.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, with Deacon Timothy Knepper officiating. Burial will follow at Green Park Cemetery, Portland.
 Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.



10-05-02

James Weidman
 Former Celina resident James Weidman, 79, of Rawlings, Va., died Sept. 14, 2002.
 He is survived by his wife, Florence (Halstead) Weidman; three sons, Charles Halstead Weidman, Burgess, Va., Ronald Ray Weidman, Chesterfield, Va., and John James Weidman, Adsit, Va.; a daughter, Verda Lynn Cohen, Petersburg, Va.; a sister, Betty Grayson, Jacksonville, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.
 He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, reaching first class Chief Petty Officer and was a retired farmer.
 Graveside services were held Sept. 16, at Crestview Memorial Park, South Hill, Va. Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Va., handled arrangements.

Alvina Henkener
 Alvina W. Henkener, 94, formerly of 205 E. German St., New Knoxville, died at 9:30 a.m. October 1, 2002, at the home of her son in Shalimar, Fla.
 She was born October 7, 1907, in Moulton Township in Auglaize County, the daughter of William and Louise (Rehn) Eversman. On October 12, 1928, she married Orley Henkener, who died on May 25, 1983.
 Survivors include a son and his wife, Bill and Geraldine Henkener, Shalimar, Fla.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 She was preceded in death by two sisters and six brothers.
 A 1926 graduate of New Knoxville High School, she and her husband owned and operated the Henkener’s Service Station in New Knoxville for 35 years. She also had been employed at New Knoxville Telephone Co.
 She was a member of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville and its women’s guild.
 Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home in New Knoxville, the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville
 Visiting hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 Memorials may be directed to the church’s radio broadcast fund.



10-07-02

Melva Francis
 Melva R. Francis, 89, 1400 Port Jefferson Road, Sidney, died at 3:51 a.m. Oct. 6, 2002, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney, where she had been a patient six days.
 She was born Oct. 29, 1912, in Russia, to Louis and Elizabeth (Batty) Simon. On June 21, 1933, she married Glen R. Francis and he died April 17, 1991.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Ronald and Patricia of Sidney, Robert and Bonnie and Randy and Denise, all of Celina; a daughter and her husband, Marilyn and William Sullivan, Dayton; two brothers and their wives, Louis and Dorothy Simon, Russia, and Norbert and LaWanda Simon, Bastrop, Texas; a sister and her husband, Norma and Paul Dues, Minster; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are an infant son, a grandson, one brother, James Simon, and two sisters, Louise Middendorf and Inez Goffena.
 She was a former member of St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, and a current member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Remy Church, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.

Hilda Heitkamp
 Hilda M. Heitkamp, 92, a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster, died there at 5:45 a.m. today, Oct. 7, 2002.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Virginia Kleinhenz
 Virginia Kleinhenz, 73, 69 N. Canal St., Montezuma, died at 9:44 a.m. Oct. 6, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born Sept. 22, 1929, in St. Sebastian, to Julius and Frances (Hartings) Borgert. On June 10, 1950, she married John Kleinhenz and he survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Jeanine and Matt Forwerck, and a daughter, Theresa, all of Montezuma; two brothers and their wives, Walter and Jackie Borgert, Gainesville, Fla., and Luke and Norma Borgert, Dayton; two sisters and their husbands, Vera and Robert Sudhoff, Coldwater, and Susan and Ed Wagner, Celina; and a brother-in-law, Don Kuhn, Shardon.
 Deceased are two sons, Rick and Jack; two daughters, Debbie and Ann; three brothers, Paul, Orville and Tom Borgert; and a sister, Jeanette Kuhn.
 She was the co-owner of Arnie’s Corner in Montezuma since 1967. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Christian Mother’s Sodality, both of Montezuma; the American Legion Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, both of Coldwater; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Chickasaw.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Glenn Miller
 Mendon native Glenn W. Miller, 76, of Brooksville, Miss., died Oct. 4, 2002, at Noxubee General Hospital, Macon, Miss.
 He was born April 15, 1926, in Mendon, to Wiley Isaiah and Blanche (Ashbaugh) Miller.
Surviving with his wife, the former Betty Lowry, are two sons, John G. and Dan W. Miller, both of Brooksville; two stepsons, Billy Lowry, Brooksville, and Wade Lowry, Longview, Miss.; two brothers, Ray of Celina and Wayne of Mendon; and two sisters, Alice Henry, Wilford, Ind., and Betty Simons, Monroeville, Ind.
 He moved to Brooksville in 1960 and was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of Brooksville Pentecostal Church.
 Graveside services were held this morning at Memorial Gardens, Columbus, Miss., the Revs. C. Holliday and Sam Vernon officiated.
 Cockrell Funeral Home, Macon, had charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Ida Schaaf
 Maria Stein native Ida Schaaf, 96, of Dayton, died Oct. 5, 2002, at Friendship Village, Dayton.
 She was born Dec. 20, 1905, in Maria Stein, to Henry and Mary (Roettgerman) Albers. Her husband, Cletus Schaaf, died in 1980.
 Surviving are a brother and his wife, John and Regina Albers, Chickasaw, and a brother, Herbert Albers, Celina; a sister and her husband, Joanne and James Peay, Worthington, and a sister, Marcella Burris, Springdale.
 She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, the church choir and the Catholic Ladies Guild, all of Dayton.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Del Staigers officiating.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. today at Baker/Hazel Funeral Home, Dayton. A prayer service is planned there at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
 Contributions can be made to the church.



10-08-02

Hilda Heitkamp
 Hilda M. Heitkamp, 92, a resident of Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater, died there at 5:45 a.m. Oct. 7, 2002.
 She was born Dec. 13, 1909, in St. Anthony, to Anton and Elizabeth (Nieport) Muhlenkamp. On Oct. 14, 1931, she married Edward Heitkamp and he died May 3, 1982.
 Surviving are six sons and their wives, Paul and Stella and Wilfred and Barb, all of St. Henry, Elmer and Julie of Fort Recovery, John and Millie of Tipp City, Ronald and Donna and Dan and Mary, all of Coldwater, and two sons, Melvin of St. Henry, and Kenneth of Sanford, N.C.; three daughters and their husbands, Dorothy and Don Chaney, Houston, Eileen and Tom Litmer, Fort Recovery, and Janice and Howard Homan, St. Marys, and a daughter, Ruth Sutter, St. Henry.
 Other survivors include a brother and his wife, Leander and Hilda Muhlenkamp, and a brother, Ferd Muhlenkamp, all of Coldwater; 53 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren, a great-great granddaughter and a great-great-stepgrandson.
 Deceased are two infant sons, a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Heitkamp; a brother, Raymond Muhlenkamp; two sisters, Louise Feltz Werling and Leona Nietfeld; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 A homemaker, she was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Rosary-Altar Sodality of the church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.



10-09-02

Clara Luginbill
 Clara Louise Luginbill, 70, of Willshire, died at 11:22 a.m. Oct. 8, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
 She was born Sept. 12, 1932, in New Corydon, Ind., to Mike Schott and Idora Luttman. On Feb. 22, 1958, she married Kenneth Leroy Luginbill and he survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Jeff and Sara of Willshire and Scott and Jill of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Ruth A. and Charles Whitten, Willshire; a sister and her husband, Joyce and Don Shively, Celina; and six grandchildren.
 A son, Kenneth Jr., is deceased.
 She was a housewife and a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ near Rockford.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Paul Moeller
 Paul J. Moeller, 77, 8315 Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died early today, Oct. 9, 2002, at his residence.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.



10-10-02

Clara Luginbill
 Clara Louise Luginbill, 70, of Willshire, died at 11:22 a.m. Oct. 8, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
 She was born Sept. 12, 1932, in New Corydon, Ind., to Mike and Idora (Luttman) Schott. She first married Lloyd Fogt in 1952 and he died in 1953. On Feb. 22, 1958, she married Kenneth Leroy Luginbill and he survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Jeff and Sara of Willshire and Scott and Jill of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Ruth A. and Charles Whitten, Willshire; a sister and her husband, Joyce and Don Shively, Celina; and six grandchildren.
 A son, Kenneth Jr., is deceased.
 She was a housewife and a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ near Rockford.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. today at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Paul Moeller
 Paul J. Moeller, 77, 8315 Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 9, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
 He was born July 11, 1925, in St. Sebastian, to Gerhard and Ida (Goecke) Moeller. On April 12, 1947, he married Rosemary Leugers and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Ken and Jennifer of Louisville, Ky., and Gary and Amy of New Bremen, and a son, James of Upland, Calif.; three daughters and their husbands, Linda and Ed Pleiman Jr., Cassella, Susan and Gary Mescher, Milton, N.Y., and Roxanne and Randy Spillers, New Bremen; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 Other survivors include three brothers and their wives, Ott and Virginia of Vandalia, Earl and Evelyn of Sidney, and David and Margie of St. Sebastian; and a sister and her husband, Ruth and Stanley Kremer, Montezuma.
 A longtime mail carrier in the Maria Stein area, he initially worked as a milk hauler for Fort Recovery Dairies. Following his retirement from the post office, he served on the National Rural Letter Carriers Committee for eight years. A former officer of the Ohio Rural Letter Carriers, he also  retired from grounds maintenance at St. John Catholic Church in Maria Stein. In later years, he made colorful wooden signs promoting sports teams throughout the area as well as seasonal wood decorations for the home and yard.
 A U.S. Army veteran, he served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II and earned a Purple Heart. He was a member of St. John Church, a former choir member and communion distributor at the church, a past commander and firing squad member of  American Legion Post 571 and a member as well as past president and vice president of Knights of St. John Commandery 313, all of Maria Stein, and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9019, Chickasaw. He also was a member of the Uniform Rank of the Fourth Degree Knights and the Marion Local Athletic Boosters. He was a 1943 graduate of St. John High School in Maria Stein, a fund-raiser and volunteer at St. Peter Neurological Center for 19 years and a longtime videographer for Marion Local athletics.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial with military rites by the Legion will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 1-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to the St. Peter Neurological Center.



10-11-02

Olivia Deis
 Maria Stein native Olivia E. Deis, 86, St. Leonard Center, died there Oct. 9.
 She was born Feb. 7, 1916, in Maria Stein, to Aloys and Anna (Brockman) Eifert. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Kuntz, and her second husband, William Deis.
 Surviving are six stepchildren and four sisters-in-law, Doris Eifert Thompson, Dublin, and Betty Eifert, Marie Kuntz and Mary Kuntz, both of Dayton.
 Deceased are four brothers, Otto, Albert, Arnold and Eugene Eifert, and three sisters, Rita Reinhard, Armella Hausfeld and Marie Weitzel.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dayton, with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery.
 Calling is 4-7 p.m. today at Westbrock Funeral Home, Dayton. A prayer service is planned there at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Royce Kittle
 Former Celina resident Royce Edwin Kittle, 84, of Conway, Ark., died Oct. 10 at his residence,
 He was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Bradford, to Louis and Demona (Sanders) Kittle.
 Surviving with his wife, the former Ruth Peachey, are four sons, John of Ravenna, Jim of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Michael of West Plains, Mo., and Dana of Bedford, Texas; three daughters, Judy Johnson, Medical Lake, Wash., Paula of Conway, and Betsy Kankel, Houston, Texas; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a retired school teacher.
 A gathering of remembrance will be held later.
 Griffin Leggett Custom Funerals and Cremations has charge of arrangements.

Earle Williams
 Earle Williams, 82, 1810 Chesire Drive, St. Marys, died at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 10 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following an extended illness.
 He was born April 29, 1920, in Auglaize County, to John and Nellie (Tam) Williams. On June 12, 1943, he married Rosemary Schneider and she survives.
 Also surviving are one daughter and her husband, Marsha and Matthew Williams-Steen, Troy; a brother, Donald of Dayton.
 A brother, Cloice, and two sisters, Betty Charest and Marilyn Ditson, are deceased.
 A 1938 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired as purchasing agent from Minster Machine Co. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, St. Marys, and the Reservoir Amateur Radio Association.
 Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. A private burial service is planned.
 Calling is after 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.



10-12-02

Robert Vondenhuevel
 Robert G. Vondenhuevel, 70, 13080 Luthman Road, Minster, died at 11:27 p.m. Oct. 10 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney.
 He was born April 26, 1932 in McCartyville to Frank A. and Mildred (Muter) Vondenhuevel. On Sept. 28, 1955, he married Mary Katherine Epler who survives.
 Also surviving are four sons and their wives, James and Patricia of Minster, David and Margo of Cincinnati, Jon and Linda of St. Marys, Douglas and Jennifer of Coldwater; a son, Jeffrey of Dayton; two daughters and their husbands, Doreen and Douglas Wyen of Minster, Julia and Michael Matthew of Versailles; a sister, Mary Lou Davis of St. Marys and 16 grandchildren.
 Deceased is a brother, Dussel Muter.
 He had been a tractor-trailer driver and was currently working at Holloway Sportswear in Sidney. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Anna. He also was a member of the Wapak Antique Tractor Association and Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 691 in Wapakoneta.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, the Rev. John Schlicher officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.
 Calling is 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care in Sidney.



10-14-02

Norbert Geier
 Norbert H. “Jim” Geier, 80, 3170 Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, St. Henry, died at 6:10 p.m. Oct. 12, 2002, at The Gardens at St. Henry.
 He was born June 6, 1922, in St. Henry, to Charles and Anna Mary (Schmackers) Geier. On May 5, 1951, he married Rose Marie Kremer and she died March 7, 1993.
 Surviving are four sons and their wives, Gerald and Nancy of Celina, Marvin and Mary E. and Randal and Sharon, all of Coldwater, and Thomas and Diane of St. Henry; and two daughters and their husbands, Carol and David Marchal, Celina, and Diane and Joseph Reichert, Fort Loramie.
 Also surviving are a brother and his wife, Paul and Mary Ellen of Centerville, and a brother, Herman of Coldwater; a sister, Helen Eyink, St. Henry; 23 grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
 Deceased are three brothers, Edward, Lawrence and Urban; three infant brothers;  two sisters, Hilda Adams and Frances Koesters; and one grandchild.
 A retired farmer, he was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Ruth Lennartz
 Ruth C. Lennartz, 69, 1001 Myers Road, formerly of Fort Recovery, died at 10:45 p.m. Oct. 13, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
 She was born Nov. 3, 1932, in Frenchtown, to Clarence and Ursina (Gigandet) Bey. On Nov. 15, 1952, he married Louis Lennartz and he died June 7, 1984.
 Surviving are four sons and their wives, Tom and Cathy, David and Sue, Roger and Shelly and Duane and Amy, all of Fort Recovery; and four daughters and their husbands, Linda and Tom Boeckman, Coldwater, Karen and Ray Timmerman, New Bremen, Jane and Kevin Gaerke, Sharps Chapel, Tenn., and Brenda and Rick Kunk, Fort Recovery.
 Other survivors include three brothers and their wives, Jerome and Loretta Bey, Wilmer and Phyllis Bey and Carl and Donna Lou Bey, all of Versailles; two sisters and their husbands, Thelma and Mark Jutte, Fort Recovery, and Marlene and Lester McCullough, Greenville; 30 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 A sister-in-law, Dianna Leinen, is deceased.
 She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers Sodality of the church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service is planned there at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Regina Sutter
 Regina Sutter, 93, 1506 Meadowview Drive, Celina, died at 7:25 a.m. Oct. 12, 2002, at Miller House in Celina.
 She was born Feb. 14, 1909, in Mercer County, to George and Mary (Zumbrink) Leugers. On June 23, 1926, she married Clarence Sutter and he died Dec. 27, 1988.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Carl and Judy and John and Vickie, all of Celina, and Leroy and Judy of Willshire, and two sons, Norb and Paul, also of Celina; four daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Robert Kaylor, Neptune, Mary and Bryan Dupes and Madonna and Leonard Sattler, all of Celina, and Jane and Roger Eibling, Fort Wayne, Ind., and a daughter, Joan Williams, Celina.
 Other survivors include two sisters, Louetta Magato and Matilda Maier, both of Celina; 31 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son-in-law, two brothers, three sisters, a grandson and a granddaughter.
 She was a homemaker.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
 Contributions can be made to the Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

Dewane Walls
 Dewane Walls, 79, 7260 U.S. 33, Celina, died at 12:25 a.m. today, Oct. 14, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Van Wert, to Luther and Gertrude (Fackler) Walls. On Dec. 21, 1946, he married Donna Couts and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Robert and Marie of Coldwater and Dennis and Adele of St. Marys; eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
 Other survivors include three brothers and their wives, Lowell and Jeanette of Mendon, Don and Arlene of New Philadelphia, and Gary and Sharon of Mercer; two sisters and their husbands, Dorothy and Wilbur Stoll, Florida, and Shirley and Stan Roediger, Neptune, and four sisters, Lois Feasby, Convoy, Eleanor Feasby, New Haven, Ind., Alice Parnell, Florida, and Sue John, Van Wert.
 A brother, David, is deceased.
 He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 37 years of service. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, the Amercian Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, all of Celina.
 Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Kenneth Baker and Donald Ricard officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church or Mercer County Hospice.

Dorothy Wibbeler
 Dorothy E. Wibbeler, 85, formerly of 1103 Motz St., St. Marys, died at 1:42 a.m. Oct. 12, 2002, at Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, St. Marys.
 She was born May 3, 1917, in Van Buren Township, Shelby County, to Eli H. and Bertha F. (Vordermark) Timmerman. On June 10, 1936, she married Harry L. Wibbeler and he died Jan. 20, 1970.
 Surviving are three sons and their wives, Ned and Barbara of Wapakoneta, Gary and Christy and Gregg and Lynn, all of St. Marys, and two sons, Lewis of Wapakoneta and Dennis of New Knoxville; three daughters and their husbands, Janice and Craig Suchland, Eileen and Robert Schamp and Christine and David Chivington, and a daughter, Carol Knatz, all of St. Marys.
 Other survivors include two brothers, Ted Timmerman, Lima, and Larry Timmerman, Wapakoneta; three sisters, LaRue Shoemaker, Elida, Ruth Berry, Dayton, and Helen Erb, Wapakoneta; 23 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son-in-law, Charles Knatz; two brothers, Robert and Marvin Timmerman; a sister, Delores Burden; and two grandchildren.
 A 1935 graduate of New Knoxville High School, she was a homemaker and former employee of Adolph’s Restaurant, New Knoxville, and McGee’s Cafeteria and Orchard Tree Restaurant, both of St. Marys. She was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Noble Township, and the United Methodist Women.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Dale Mangen officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery near New Knoxville.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.



10-15-02

Ira Dilsaver
 Ira Dilsaver, 78, 935 Cleveland Ave., St. Marys, died at 5:46 a.m. Oct. 14, 2002, following a sudden illness.
 He was born March 18, 1924, in Allen County, to Charles and Della (Simpson) Dilsaver. On May 22, 1943, he married Lodean Davis and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Wayne and Patricia and Darrell and Rebecca, all of St. Marys; two daughters, Karen Geise, Sidney, and Lisa Fairchild, Portland, Ore.; a brother, Floyd of Botkins; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
 A son, Steven Joseph, died in infancy.
 He was a retired farmer and maintenance man at Mersman Brothers Inc., Celina.
 Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Ron Spurgeon 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 a charity of the donor’s choice.

James Kite
 James E. Kite, 73, 01747 Waesch Road, St. Marys, died at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
 He was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Lima, to Dr. C.P. and Anna (Dunan) Kite. On Aug. 12, 1950, he married Anne Burger and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Jim and Barb of Columbus; two daughters and their husbands, Cathy and Tom Ahman, Lima, and Jean and Jeff Vossler, St. Marys; a stepbrother, Fred Schelby, Albuquerque, N.M.; and 10 grandchildren.
 Deceased are two sisters, Leah Schwepe and Janet Makley, and a granddaughter.
 A 1947 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, he attended Ohio State University and served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys after 36 years of service and worked as a lake patrolman for many years. He also served as a St. Marys Township trustee for 20 years and was instrumental in the construction of the Belle of St. Marys canal boat and the covered bridge at St. Marys Memorial Park.
 A Miami-Erie Canal and Grand Lake St. Marys historian, he was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 323, the Lake Development Corp., OFCC and the Grand Lake Soundwaves Chorus, all of St. Marys. A member of the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees from 1966 to 1985, he served as secre-tary/treasurer in 1968 and vice president from 1972 to 1984. He was a member of the St. Marys Township Fire Department from 1976 to 1984.
 Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Revs. David Woodyard and Stephen Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
 Contributions can be made to the JTDM Foundation, the church or Mercer County Hospice.

Henrietta Rentz
 Henrietta M. Rentz, 95, formerly of 11 S. Maple St., Chickasaw, died Oct. 14, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born July 19, 1907, in Chickasaw, to Edward and Helen (Schoen) Zahn. On Oct. 11, 1937, she married John Rentz and he died April 28, 1943.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Eugene and Edna of Houston, Texas, and Gerald and Carol of Chickasaw; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Rentz, also of Chickasaw; a sister, Iola Brunswick, St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Loretta Zahn, Vandalia; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.   Deceased are a son, Harold; two brothers, Urban and Paul Zahn; three sisters, Irma Heitkamp, Viola Stammen and Mary Huelsman; and a grandson.
 She retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of Chickasaw.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. John Bensman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-9:45 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Henrietta Wuebker
 Henrietta H. Wuebker, 92, 12981 Thaman Road, Anna, died at 4:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster, where she had been a patient one week.
 She was born Nov. 9, 1909, in Fort Loramie, to Fred and Johanna (Mertz) Benanzer. On May 12, 1931,  she  married  Robert  F. Wuebker and he died Nov. 6, 1986.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Robert and Barb of Minster and Carl and Velma of Anna; a daughter and her husband, Mary and John Schwieterman, Montezuma; two brothers, Urban Benanzer, St. Patrick, and Fred Benanzer Jr., Sidney; a sister and her husband, Leona and Dick Hoke, Nokomis, Fla., and a sister, Bertha Selhorst, Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Hilda Benanzer, Fort Loramie; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, a daughter, a brother and a sister.
 She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Rosary-Altar Sodality, both of McCartyville.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Patrick Welsh officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.



10-16-02

Linnie Goodwin
 Linnie Lucile Goodwin, 86, formerly of 203 South St., Willshire, died at 7:05 a.m. Oct. 14, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.
 She was born April 20, 1916, near Spencerville, to Orville and Minnie (Barber) Coffman. On Sept. 18, 1937, she married Glenn G. Goodwin and he died Feb. 13, 1988.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, the Rev. John O. and Barbara of Van Wert, and a son, Gary A. of Tokyo, Japan; three daughters and their husbands, Phyllis and Ronald Brockmyer, Fort Wayne, Ind., Janet and Fred James, Springfield, and Martha and Palmer Inniger, Indianapolis, Ind., and a daughter, Mary Haddad, Adrian, Mich.; 15 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, a foster grandchild and 17 great-grandchildren.
 Also surviving are two brothers and their wives, Harold and Margie Coffman, Spencerville, and Homer and Eva Coffman, Edgerton; three sisters and their husbands, Mary Jane and Carl Putman, New Haven, Ind., Marilyn and Alfred Emans, Mendon, and Martha and Max Wood, Spencerville; and a sister, Marie Savidge, Celina.
 Deceased are a stepmother, Gladys Coffman; two brothers and a sister.
 She was a homemaker and a former employee of Decatur Industries in Decatur, Ind. She was a member of the Willshire United Brethren Church and numerous historical societies throughout the area.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. John O. Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow at Wright Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to The Navigators, Living Rock Family Outreach or the Willshire Park Fund.

Connie Henry
 Connie J. Henry, 54, of Greenville, formerly of Versailles, died at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 11, 2002, at her residence. Death was due to natural causes.
 She was born Dec. 14, 1947, in Greenville, to Paul and Irene (Rinderle) Henry. Her father and stepmother, Lynn, survive in Versailles.
 Also surviving are a brother and his wife, Alan and Jeanie of Versailles, and two sisters and their husbands, Donna and Jim DeMange, Versailles, and Jane and Don Evers, Maria Stein.
 She retired as a technical writer and editor at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, and was a volunteer tax preparer for senior citizens. She was a graduate of Versailles High School and Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church and Business and Professional Women’s Association, both of Greenville, and the Society of Standards & Engineers at Wright Patterson. She also served as assistant treasurer for the Habit for Humanity Board of Directors.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. John White officiating. Burial will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. A prayer service is planned there at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
 Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Rev. Charles Johnson
 The Rev. Charles H. Johnson, 80, of Scio, died Oct. 12, 2002, at Sunnyslope Nursing Home, Bowerston.
 He was born Aug. 17, 1922, in East Liverpool, to William Floyd and Flossie Dale (Reese) Johnson. On Aug. 16, 1943, he married Helen Louise Manbeck and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Charles Alan and Jeanette of Medford, Wis.; a daughter and her husband, Charlotte Marie and the Rev. George Johnson, Bucyrus; a brother-in-law, Paul Kerr, Lucerne Valley, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Doris Manbeck Terrano, Tryon, N.C., and Nora Erwin Manbeck, Scio; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, including some who reside in Celina and Wapakoneta.
 Deceased are a brother, Paul; a sister, Eileen Kerr; and three brothers-in-law, Virgil Manbeck, Robert Manbeck and Carl Terrano.
 He served as a U.S. Navy Seabee in the South Pacific and the Philippines, later joined the the U.S. Army Reserves in Cadiz and retired from the Air National Guard in Mansfield. He initially worked at Scio Pottery before studying at Derstine Christian Retreat School of Ministry and being ordained in Bradenton, Fla. Former pastor of Deersville United Methodist Church, he helped to establish Unto the Least Ministries and Mae’s House.
 He was a member of Scio United Methodist Church, Scio Civic Club, the Dining Room Ruritans and the American Legion Post.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at the Evangelical United Brethren Cemetery, New Rumley.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Henry Kohnen
  Celina native Henry P. “Hank” Kohnen, 74, died Oct. 14, 2002, in La Habra Convalescent Hospital, La Habra, Calif.
 He was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Celina, the eldest son of Henry H. and Rosemary Kohnen. On April 5, 1948, he married Barbara Hicks and she survives.
 Also surviving are three sons, two daughters, a brother, Donald of Celina; and three sisters, Mary Hart and Rosemary Wilkins, both of Celina, and Ruth A. Vondrell, Leesburg, Fla.
 Deceased are a son, Marc, and a brother, David.
 Services will take place in California.
 Contributions can be made to St. Paul Lutheran School in Garden Grove, Calif.

Dolores Opperman
 Dolores A. Opperman, 68, 8 Elk Drive, New Bremen, died at 3 p.m. Oct. 15, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
 She was born Nov. 16, 1933, in Sidney, to William and Helen (Kloeppel) Schemmel. Her mother survives in Minster. On Oct. 4, 1952, she married Paul Opperman and he also survives.
 Other survivors include two sons and their wives, Jeffrey and Denise of New Bremen and Bruce and Rita of New Knoxville; two daughters and their husbands, Elaine and Jim Lampert, New Bremen, and Jane and Kevin Shelly, Indianapolis, Ind., and a daughter, Susan Townsend, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 Also surviving are a brother, Ronald Schemmel, New Knoxville; a sister and her husband, Ellen and Dwight Kurtzman, Van Wert; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
 A 1951 graduate of New Bremen High School, she retired as head cook at New Bremen Schools. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen.
 Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Leo Hoying officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville, and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Elvira Schmidt
 Elvira A. Schmidt, 84, 451 Bernard Ave., St. Henry, died at 1:05 p.m. Oct. 15, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born Dec. 2, 1917, in St. Peter, to August and Josephine (Weitzel) Ontrop. On April 10, 1937, she married Vincent Schmidt and he died May 3, 1995.
 Surviving are five sons and their wives, Clete and Irene of Rockford, Roger and Theresa of McCartyville, Vincent and Carol of Rossburg, David and Alice of Coldwater and Ronald and Linda of Minster; a daughter and her husband, Mary Ann and Jerry Knapke, Celina; a brother and his wife, Ernest and Luella Ontrop, Portland, Ind.; 20 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Joseph; a sister, Esther Link; and a grandson.
 She was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Sodality, both of St. Henry, and the Daughters of Isabella, Fort Recovery.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Martha Tullis
 Martha A. “Marty” Tullis, 73, of Rockford, died at 1:16 p.m. Oct. 14, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.
 She was born March 14, 1929, in Van Wert, to Harry Waldron and Icy (Heath) Waldron Bates. On March 14, 1946, she married Joseph Tullis and he survives.
 Also surviving are a son, John of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Kathy and Michael Shrider, also of Rockford; a brother, Bill Waldron, New York, N.Y.; a sister, Madge Eichhorn, Decatur, Ind.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Joseph, and a brother, Harry Waldron.
 She had worked as a cook at several area restaurants and participated in several bowling leagues.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Michael Berne officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or Colonial Nursing Home, Rockford.

Marceil Wenning
 Marceil L. “Marcy” Wenning, 59, 14151 Ohio 29, Anna, died Oct. 14, 2002, at her residence following a sudden illness.
 She was born Aug. 10, 1943, in St. Wendelin, to Louis and Clementine (Stachler) Schmackers. Her mother survives in St. Henry. On Sept. 14, 1963, she married Kenneth J. Wenning and he survives.
 Also surviving are three sons and their wives, Joseph and Terri of Kalida, Jeffery and Tamara of Westerville, and Patrick and Leigh Ann of Dublin, and a son, Scott of New Bremen; and three grandchildren.
 Other survivors include five brothers and their wives, Jerry and Janet Schmackers, Maria Stein; Paul and Marilyn Schmackers, Lima; Harold and Vicki Schmackers, St. Sebastian; Elmer and Beth Schmackers, Troy; and Lester and Sue Schmackers, New Bremen; a sister and her husband, Bernice and Garth Workman, Columbus; and a brother-in-law and his wife, Glenn and Renee Franck, New Carlisle.
 A sister, Lois Jean, is deceased.
 She had owned and operated Marcy’s Beauty Shop in Minster since 1973. She was a 1961 graduate of St. Henry High School and a graduate of Tracy’s Beauty Academy, Grand Rapids, Mich., where she also taught classes for a time.
 She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Ladies Sodality and the Mission Commission of the church, all of McCartyville; Respect for Life, Get-Tuit, the American Legion Auxiliary of Minster and the Fort Loramie Historical Society. She had served as past president of the Anna Band Boosters and was named volunteer of the year in the Anna School District. She held all offices in the Shelby County Extension Homemakers in addition to serving on the organization’s advisory and support committees.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Patrick Welsh officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.



10-17-02

Ralph Fickert
 Ralph O. Fickert, 80, 812 Pro Drive, Celina, died Oct. 16, 2002, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 He was born March 16, 1922, in Mercer County, to Otto and Freda (Schaadt) Fickert. On Nov. 26, 1961, he married Janet Winemiller and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Jeff and Tracie of Hollansburg, and a son, John of Lorain; a brother, Roma of Rockford; a sister and her husband, Doris Jean and Don Gerber, Berne, Ind.; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
 Deceased are a son, Timmy Lee; three brothers, Raymond, Homer and Lloyd; and four sisters, Alvina Trafzer, Esther Noack, Loretta Bollenbacher and Betty Carter.
 He was a lifelong farmer in the Celina area and a former member of the Mercer County Harness Horseman’s Association.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Donald Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or Bethany United Methodist Church.



10-18-02

Donald Schneider
 Donald F. Schneider, 75, 212 S. Franklin St., New Bremen, died at 7:40 p.m. Oct. 17, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
 He was born Oct. 23, 1926, in New Bremen, to Leonard K. and Salome (Timmerman) Schneider. On Oct. 23, 1946, he married Dorothy Rogers and she survives.
 Also surviving are four daughters and their husbands, Wanda and Charles Hemmelgarn, Wright City, Mo., Linda and Dennis Shupp, New Knoxville, Myra and Michael Hanenkratt, Minster, and Donna and Bill Culver, Coldwater; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a sister, Leta Cunningham, and a granddaughter.
 He retired in 1989 from the former Borden Inc. of New Bremen. A 1944 New Bremen High School graduate, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 241, also of New Bremen.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the New Bremen Emergency Squad or the church memorial fund.



10-19-02

Arley Baker
 Arley J. Baker, 56, 520 Columbia St., St. Marys, died at 6 a.m. Oct. 18, 2002, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born June 10, 1946, in Jellico, Tenn., to James H. and Margie (Smith) Baker. On Sept. 3, 1966, he married Sarah L. Haynes and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, William and Dawn McAnally, St. Marys, and three sons, Arley E., Michael and Preston Baker, also of St. Marys; two daughters, Lisa Baker and Tina McAnally, both of St. Marys; a brother and his wife, James Earl and Rita of St. Marys; two sisters and their husbands, Stella and Dave Napier, Trenton, and Elizabeth and Albert Coffey, St. Marys; and eight grandchildren.
 A brother, Charles, is deceased.
 He had been a construction worker prior to becoming disabled. He was a member of Living Faith Ministry, St. Marys.
 Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Steve Coburn officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery near Mendon.
 Calling is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ernest Wehrkamp
 Ernest “Slim” Wehrkamp, 84, 14194 Friend Road, North Star, died at 5:10 p.m. Oct. 18, 2002, at his residence.
 He was born Oct. 21, 1917, in Cranberry Prairie, to John and Elizabeth (Staugler) Wehrkamp. On Sept. 5, 1942, he married Mary Jean Stammen and she survives.
 Also surviving are four sons and their wives, Michael and Dixie of Versailles, Edward and Marlene of Fort Recovery, Mark and Diane and Leo and Linda, all of North Star; two daughters and their husbands, Joyce and Ron Hiestand and Melanie and Barry Parin, also of North Star; a son-in-law and his wife, Richard and Carol Francis, Versailles; 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
 Other survivors include a brother, Herbert of St. Henry; and two sisters-in-law, Alvera Wehrkamp, Fort Recovery, and Hulda Wehrkamp, Coldwater.
 Deceased are a daughter, Jane Francis; seven brothers, five sisters and a grandchild.
 He was the former owner and operator of North Star Blue Flame. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the Men’s Sodality, both of North Star.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-9 p.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, and 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church.



10-21-02

Sharon Gross
 Sharon Gross, 26, 817 Linden Ave., Celina, died late Saturday evening, Oct. 19, 2002, in a traffic accident in Conway, S.C.
 She was the daughter of Dennis and Linda (Thobe) Gross of Celina.
 Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Christine Houts
 Christine Jane Houts, 24, 901 Kingswood Drive, Celina, died late Saturday evening, Oct. 19, 2002, in a traffic accident in Conway, S.C.
 She was the daughter of John and Roxanne Houts of Celina.
 Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Dorothea Larie
 Celina native Dorothea Rosabella Larie, 81, of Springfield, died Oct. 19, 2002, at St. John’s Center, Springfield.
 She was born Aug. 24, 1921, in Celina, to Henry and Ethel (Runkle) Deitsch. Her husband, Donald Larie, is deceased.
 Surviving are six sons and their wives, Jack and Anna Springer, Rick and Jewell Springer, and Donald and Rosalee Larie, all of Springfield, Willis and Dee Springer, Chillicothe, Greg and Carol Springer, South Charleston, and Randy and Sharon Larie, South Vienna, and a son, Dale Springer, Springfield; two daughters and their husbands, Carol and Pearl Nichols, Chillicothe, and Jeannine and John Vanover, Springfield, and a daughter, Linda Von Hranburg, Holiday, Fla.
 Other survivors include four brothers, Ralph, Carl, Gene and Jonny Deitsch; three sisters, Mabel, Ivy and Velvie; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Jerry Springer; a daughter, Joan Springer; three brothers, Dale, Lloyd and Gerald; and three sisters, Mary, Ruth and Mildred.
 She worked as a licensed practical nurse at various nursing homes. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the AmVets.
 Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home, Springfield, the Rev. Aaron Turner officiating. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Reber Hill Cemetery, Circleville.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

John Lynch
 John Patrick Lynch, 23, 709 Gordon Grove, St. Marys, died at 12:36 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, of injuries sustained in a pickup truck-pedestrian accident near the intersection of Ohio 66 and U.S. 33.
 He was born Dec. 29, 1978, in St. Marys, to Robert and Denise (Hartung) Lynch. His father and stepmother, Sue, and his mother survive in St. Marys.
 Also surviving are a 3-year-old son, Hunter Patrick of Celina; a sister and her husband, Kelly and Mitch Burden, St. Marys; and the maternal grandmother, Dorothy Hartung, Celina.
 Deceased are the paternal grandparents, John and Lyda Lynch, and the maternal grandfather, Darrell Hartung.
 A 1997 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, he was employed by Lakeside Investment Corp., St. Marys. He had played on the Rams midget football team as a child and later played for the St. Marys Roughriders. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to Serenity House in Sidney.

Ruth Monfort
 Ruth C. Monfort, 88, of Spencerville, died at 1:45 a.m. Oct. 19, 2002, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.
 She was born April 19, 1914, in Auglaize County, to Clarence E. and Myrtle (Rempfer) Dingledine. On March 21, 1931, she married J. Harold Monfort and he died May 15, 1982.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Grace and Glen Place, Spencerville; a brother and his wife, Clyde H. and Carrie Dingledine, Wapakoneta; a brother-in-law, Homer Monfort, Columbus; three sisters-in-law, Delphene Monfort, Columbus, Madonna Monfort, Spencerville, and Doris Dingledine, Lima; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, Merlin and Carl Dingledine, and a grandson.
 A retired seamstress, she had worked at The Leader Store and later at Abram’s Store in the Lima Mall. She was a member of the former Christie United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of Spencerville Chapter 130, Order of Eastern Star, where she served as worthy matron in 1959 and 1986, and Spencerville Grange 2424. She also was past worthy high priestess of Lima Chapter 20, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and a member of the Social Order of Beaucent, Lima; the Order of Amaranth, Wapakoneta; the Excelsior Club and The Hobby Club, both of Spencerville. She also served on the Allen County Childrens Home Board.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. John G. Medaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, east of Spencerville.
 Calling is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Order of Eastern Star services will be conducted there at 9 p.m.
 Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Monique Post
 Monique M. Post, 47, 252 E. Columbus St., St. Henry, died Oct. 20, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.
 Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Eva Schritz
 Former Celina resident Eva M. Schritz, 95, 3215 Wise Creek Lane, Aiken, S.C., died at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born April 19, 1907, in St. Henry, to Henry and Clara (Goettemoeller) Beckman. On Nov. 26, 1931, she married Alois J. Schritz and he died in July 1982.
 Surviving are a son, Robert of Celina; two daughters, Ann James, Aiken, S.C., and Penelope of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 She was a homemaker.
 Burial will be in Fort Myers, Fla.
 The Florida Chapter of the National Cremation Society has charge of arrangements.

Dallas Schroyer
 Dallas P. Schroyer, 83, 222 N. Lake St., Celina, died at 10:41 p.m. Oct. 19, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born Feb. 27, 1919, in Wabash, to Albert and Anna (Noble) Schroyer. On June 7, 1942, he married Dorothy Dock and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Richard and Nancy of Lima; a daughter and her husband, Margie and Dale Manbeck, Celina, and a daughter, Melba Milak, St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Dale of Wabash; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, George and Carl, and a son-in-law, John Milak.
 He retired as a carpenter from Leffler Brothers in Celina and later retired from the former Gibbons Hospital in Celina. He also retired from Celina Medical Center. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of Wabash United Church of Christ and the Celina American Legion Post.
 Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Wilton Hull officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lewis Speckman
 Lewis W. Speckman, 92, formerly of New Bremen, died at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2002, at Auglaize Acres, Wapakoneta.
 He was born April 10, 1910, in New Bremen, to John and Elise (Waterman) Speckman. In 1936, he married Opal Binkley and she preceded him in death.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Ron and Mary Jo of Dayton; a daughter and her husband, Janice and Robert Benzing, Adrian, Mich.; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Lloyd; three sisters, Leola Wissman, Roma Speckman and Selma Briggs; and a half sister, Ethel Freytag.
 He formerly worked as a machinist at Minster Machine Co.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery, New Bremen.
 Calling is after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

David Wenning
 David E. Wenning, 55, 616 N. Mill St., Celina, died at 7 a.m. Oct. 19, 2002, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. Death was due to natural causes.
 He was born July 1, 1947, in Celina, to Lavern and Annabelle (Koeper) Wenning. They survive in New Bremen. On Dec. 2, 1972, he married Linda Gehle and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Steven and Jodi, and a son, Craig, all of Celina; and two grandchildren.
 A former employee of New Idea, the YMCA and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Coldwater, he was employed in the maintenance department at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community. A 1966 graduate of New Bremen High School, he had served with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Vietnam era. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, New Bremen; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the American Legion, 40 & 8 and the AmVets, all of Coldwater.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Tom Christen officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mark Staugler
 Mark “Shark” Staugler, 44, 515 N. Cherry St., Celina, died at 1 a.m. Oct. 20, 2002, at Celina Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness.
 He was born Nov. 3, 1957, in Celina, to Leo and Mildred (Brinegar) Staugler. His mother survives.
 Also surviving are a brother and his wife, James and Kim of Celina; and two sisters, Mary Dirksen, Celina, and Pat Bruggeman, Carson, Calif.
 He had worked at Huffy’s in Celina and later was a commercial truck driver for E. Conrad Trucking, Van Wert. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina.
 Memorial Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating.
 Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.

Louis Tangeman
 Louis B. Tangeman, 80, 2036 Jefferson St., Maria Stein, died at 1:45 a.m. Oct. 19, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 He was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Maria Stein, to Ben and Nora (Behrens) Tangeman. On March 14, 1970, he married Betty Mellon  and she died Dec. 23, 1997.
 Surviving are a brother and his wife,  Robert and Virginia of Maria Stein; two stepdaughters, Karen Skillman, Sidney, and Diane Emrich, Piqua; four nephews, five nieces and numerous great-nephews  and great-nieces.
 Deceased are three sisters, infant Norma Annette, Dorothea Koons and Margaret Copeland.
 He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 41 years of service. He was co-founder and owner of Tangeman Orchard in Maria Stein. A veteran of World War II, he served with the 517th Paratrool Battalion in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5019, Chickasaw.
 Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at  St. John Catholic Church, Maria Stein, the Rev. Emil Labbe officiating.
 There will be no viewing as he donated his body to medical science.



10-22-02

James Bayman
 James O. Bayman, 65, 432 Clinton St., St. Marys, died at 12:32 p.m. Oct. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Richard Beltz
 Richard H. Beltz, 90, formerly of 903 Fox Ranch Road, Findlay, died at 8:25 a.m. Oct. 18, 2002, at Otterbein Retirement Community, St. Marys.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Mary Bowersock
 Mary M. Bowersock, 77, 822 Columbia St., St. Marys, died at 12:31 a.m. Oct. 21, 2002, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
 She was born Aug. 8, 1925, in St. Marys Township, to Carl and Marguerite (Slemmons) Hagaman. On Sept. 19, 1942, she married Edward E. Bowersock and he died May 9, 1986.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Edward E. and Cathy of Austin, Texas, and a son, Dale H. of St. Marys; two daughters and their husbands, Rhonda L. and Steve Drummond, Tampa, Fla., and two daughters, Tina M. Wycuff and Carol Batch, both of St. Marys; a brother and his wife, George and Ivadean Anderson, St. Marys; 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a sister, Carol Byerly, and two grandsons.
 She was a homemaker and a 1942 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, St. Marys.
 Private services and burial are planned.
 Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.

Jacqueline Gast
 Jacqueline J. Gast, 45, Fort Myers, Fla., the wife of a former Coldwater resident, died Oct. 14, 2002.
 She was born May 28, 1957, in Queens, N.Y., to Jack and Josephine Bartkovsky.
 Surviving with her husband  John are two daughters, Brooke and Amanda; two brothers, Albert and Jack of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oliver and Rosella Gast, Coldwater.
 She graduated from Dixie Hollins High School and attended St. Petersburg College.
 Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord, Fort Myers. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery.
 Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Monique Post
 Monique Post, 47, 252 E. Columbus St., St. Henry, died at 11:10 p.m. Oct. 20, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, following an extended illness.
 She was born Sept. 17, 1955, in Piqua, to Ferris and Gloria (Brunetto) Henson. They survive in Piqua. On March 14, 1981, she married Larry Post and he survives.
 Also surviving are three daughters, Kendra, Kristina and Shelly, all at home; five brothers and their wives, Dr. Ferris and Leatha Henson, Huntsville, Ala., Joseph and Linda Henson, Humboldt, Ariz., John and Alison Henson, Covington, Michael and Julie Henson, Sugar Grove, and Leo and Karin Henson, Las Vegas, Nev.; and a sister and her husband, Anita and William Henson-Prince, Dayton.
 Other survivors are her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Roseann Post, St. Henry; three brothers-in-law and their wives, Dave and Nancy Post, Fairfax, Va., Mike and Jo Post and Don and Linda Post, all of St. Henry; seven sisters-in-law and their husbands, Deb and Ken Puthoff and Diana and Mike Ahlers, all of St. Henry, Carol and Roger Niekamp, Celina, Nancy and Ron Krugh, Mendon, Betty and Bill Tobe, Rossburg, Brenda and Kevin Nagel, Maria Stein, and Alice and Dave Mescher, Hilliard, and two sisters-in-law, Ann Post, St. Henry, and Kim Post, Sylvania.
 Deceased are a brother-in-law and his wife, Ken and Connie Post.
 A Piqua Central High School graduate, she graduated from Sinclair Community College in Dayton with an associate in applied science degree in 1975. She also graduated from Wright State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in education and in 1997 with a master’s degree. She taught at Miami County Head Start in Piqua for 14 years. She had been associated with the St. Henry Schools since August 1989, first as an aide and then as a substitute teacher. She became a full time teacher in the district in August 1992. She also was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.



10-23-02

James Bayman
 James “Dago” Bayman, 65, 432 Clinton St., St. Marys, died at 12:32 p.m. Oct. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind., following a lengthy illness.
 He was born March 16, 1937, in St. Marys, to George and Lucille (Coehick) Bayman. On April 25, 1958, he married Sharon Zimmerman and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, James Jr. and Michelle of Delphos, and a son, Darrell of St. Marys; three daughters and their husbands, Tonya and John Meyer and Dawn and Chet Knous, all of St. Marys, and Penny and Doug Hicks, Wapakoneta, and a daughter, Pamela Schwartz, also of St. Marys; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
 Other survivors include three brothers and their wives, Jack and Mamie of Lavern, Ala., Michael and Laura and Pat and Carla, all of St. Marys; two sisters and their husbands, Roberta and Louis Schoenher, Orem, Utah, and Diane and Cloyd Zimmerman, Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Shirley Bayman, Wapakoneta; and his mother-in-law, LaVere Zimmerman, St. Marys.
 Deceased are a son, Mark, and two brothers, John and Gary.
 He retired from Union Local 329, Lima, and previously worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys. He formerly served in the Ohio National Guard and was a member of Lima Christian Center and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767, St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Samuel Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

James Decker
 James E. Decker, 64, 295 N. Holly Lane, Rockford, died at 12:10 p.m. Oct. 22, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
 He was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Paulding County, to Ward L. and Fay Afford (Stockberger) Decker. He was raised by a grandmother, Mary Ellen (Decker) Baer. On June 5, 1997, he married Barbara (Straley) Barnett and she survives.
 Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Randy and Pam of Mercer and Todd and Sherry of Celina; a daughter, Julie Jones, Celina; two stepsons and their wives, John and Julie Barnett, Wapakoneta, and Shawn and Emily Barnett, Willshire; and a stepdaughter, Jenny Barnett, Dayton.
 Other survivors include a brother, Rex E. of Bandera, Texas; two sisters, Geneva A. Ellis, Van Wert, and Patricia J. Bryie, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and 14 grandchildren.
 Deceased are an infant brother, Robert, and a sister, Almeda Simpson.
 He operated the Motor Inn Truck Stop at Mercer for 25 years and retired from MacDonald’s Industrial Products Inc., Spencerville. He currently owned B & J Vending.
 A U.S. Navy veteran, he attended Blue Creek High School near Haviland. He was active at Trinity Friends Church, Van Wert, and was involved in Trinity Friends Disaster Services. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Van Wert, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Rockford.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, with military rites conducted by Harvey Lewis American Legion Post 346.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Van Wert Navy Club (Ship 726) will conduct memorial services at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the Celina Area Visiting Nurses — Hospice or Trinity Friends Disaster Services.

Sharon Gross
 Sharon M. Gross, 26, 817 Linden Ave., Celina, died at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 19, 2002, in a traffic accident near Aynor, S.C.
 She was born March 18, 1976, in Coldwater, to Dennis and Linda (Thobe) Gross. They survive in Celina.
 Also surviving are a sister and her husband, Julie and Scott Bell, Celina, and a sister, Cynthia of Celina; and a maternal grandmother, Henrietta Thobe, New Bremen.
 She had worked at Visions and Plaza Bowling Lanes, both of Celina, before moving to South Carolina in July. A 1996 graduate of Celina High School, she was a member of Abounding Grace Church, Celina.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Rick Brosher officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, and after 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Christine Houts
 Christine Jane Houts, 24, 901 Kingswood Drive, Celina, died at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 19, 2002, in a traffic accident near Aynor, S.C.
She was born April 21, 1978, in Celina, to John M. and Roxanne (Hoselton) Houts. They survive in Celina.
Also surviving are a brother and his wife, Randy and Stephanie of Wapakoneta; a sister, Tressie Sigmond, Celina; the paternal grandmother, Rita Houts, Celina; and the maternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Hoselton, Celina.
A paternal grandfather, Alfred Houts, is deceased.
She was employed as a waitress at Carolina Road House in South Carolina. She was a member of the First Church of God, Loyal Order of Moose and the American Legion, all of Celina.
 Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Bruce Strine officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.



10-24-02

Rodney Phillips
 Former Celina resident Rodney L. Phillips, 29, of Waynesville, N.C., died at 3 a.m. Oct. 17, 2002, at Mountain Area Hospice Solace Center. Death was due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Waynesville.
 He was born May 13, 1973, to Luther Phillips and Sharon Rogers. The father survives in Waynesville and the mother lives in Dayton.
 Also surviving are a son, Jacob Rodney Allen, and a daughter, Elizabeth, both of Celina; a stepmother, Wanda Phillips, Canton, N.C.; a brother, Tim, also of Canton; and four sisters, Tracy Wright, Elizabethton, Tenn., Angie McKissack, Celina, Mandi Robinson, Waynesville, and Carrie Robinson, Dayton.
 Other survivors include the paternal grandparents, Claude and Iva Lee Phillips, Waynesville; the maternal grandmother, Betty Jo Kilby, Waynesville; and a stepgrandmother, Kay Coffee, Marble, N.C.
 He was employed as a climber at Davey Tree Service.
 Services were held in North Carolina with burial at Long Community Cemetery, Canton.
 Contributions can be made to the Long Community Cemetery Fund.

James Sealscott
 Celina native James M. Sealscott, 86, of Lima, died at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2002, at Plus Health Care, Lima.
 He was born June 13, 1916, in Celina, to John H. and Oral (Shively) Sealscott. On Feb. 14, 1941, he married Mary M. Crouch and she died Oct. 27, 1992.
 Surviving are two sons and their wives, Russell L. and Joyce of Bluffton and Howard E. and Gloria of Lima; a brother, Leo of St. Marys; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are four brothers, Richard, Edgar, Harry and Paul, and two sisters, Bessie Trissel and Mary Long.
 He retired in 1980 as a pipefitter with West Ohio Gas Co. and he previously worked at the Crane Co. for 20 years. He attended Union Chapel Missionary Church and was a life member of the Allen County Sportsmen & Farmers Association, a member and past president of the Allen County Conservation Club and a member of Pheasants Forever and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 370.
 Services were to be held at noon today at Chiles & Sons-Laman Lewis Chapel, Lima, the Rev. Mark Bayliff officiated. Burial is to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima.
 Contributions can be made to the church.



10-25-02

Nina Rohrbach
 Nina E. Rohrbach, 86, 710 Cleveland Ave., St. Marys, died at 8 a.m. Oct. 24, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Oct. 30, 1915, in Elgin, to James and Zelma (Collins) Miller. On Jan. 19, 1939, she married Francis E. Rohrbach and he died May 25, 1992.
 Surviving are a son, Gary of St. Marys; two daughters, Ruth Pendergraft and Marjorie Rohrbach, also of St. Marys; two sisters, Bernice Huffine, Van Wert, and Ruth Burget-Spicer, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Mae Beatty, St. Marys; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
 Three brothers, Victor, Orville and Carold Miller, are deceased.
 She was a homemaker, a graduate of Spencerville High School and a member of Friends Church, Spencerville.
 Services are 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Revs. Rodney Abram and Kent Place officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Wavelene Smith
 Wavelene Smith, 81, 222 Gwendolyn St., Fort Recovery, died at 10:20 p.m. Oct. 24, 2002, at the Gardens at St. Henry.
 She was born April 18, 1921, in Darke County, to Walter and Bess (Oswalt) Reigel. On May 27, 1939, she married Donald Smith and he died Feb. 24, 1992.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Terry and Thama of Fort Recovery; a daughter and her husband, Rebecca and Tom Everhart, Greenville; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 A brother and a sister are deceased.
 A graduate of the former Jackson High School in Darke County, she was a member of the United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star Chapter 111 and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Fort Recovery.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, the Rev. Verl Ballmer officiating. Burial will follow at Teegarden Cemetery, Union City.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.



10-26-02

Goldie Black
 Former Fort Loramie and Versailles resident Goldie M. Black, 99, died at 9 a.m. Oct. 25, 2002, at Versailles Health Care Center where she was a resident for more than two years.
 She was born July 12, 1903, in Claysville, Pa., to Reese and Cora (Hewitt) Kerns. On May 27, 1922, she married Alva Black who died Sept. 18, 1973.
 Survivors are a daughter and her husband, Mary and Ralph Johnston, Versailles, and three daughters, Lucille Meyer and Grace Linniman, both of Versailles, and Catherine Dross, Yorkshire; a brother, Herman Kerns, West Alexander, Pa.; 16 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 46 great-great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-grandchild.
 Deceased are four brothers, two sisters, a grandchild and an infant daughter.
 She was a homemaker and member of Versailles United Methodist Church and a former member of Fort Loramie American Legion Auxiliary.
 Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, the Rev. Kelly E. Moody officiating. Burial is at Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson.
 Calling is 3-6 p.m. Sunday and noon Monday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Eileen Dicke
 Eileen Dicke, 84, 14040 Mercer-Auglaize County Line Road, St. Marys, died at 10:42 a.m. Oct. 25, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 She was born Nov. 26, 1917, in Auglaize County, to Roland and Margaret (Abe) Hollman. On Dec. 27, 1941, she married Lester Dicke who survives.
 Other survivors are a son and his wife, Jonny and Wanda Dicke, Celina; and five grandchildren.
 Deceased is a brother, Edwin Hollman.
 She retired as an elementary school teacher from Celina City Schools, and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, St. Marys, where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She was a 1935 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and 1965 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She held memberships in the Hawthorne Chapter 119, and the Order of Eastern Star of which she was a Past Worthy Matron, and was Grand Representative of Indiana and Ohio.
 Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. An Eastern Star Memorial service will be held at 8 p.m.
 Contributions can be made to the endowment fund of the church.

Esther Grodey
 Coldwater native Esther M. Grodey, 81, 314 E. State St., Botkins, died at 11 a.m. Oct. 25, 2002, at Auglaize Acres, Wapakoneta.
 She was born Oct. 5, 1921, in Coldwater, to Ernest and Ellen (Buck) Yaney. In 1940 she married Dillon Gallihugh who died Jan. 24, 1978. On July 6, 1979, she married Howard W. Grodey who survives.
 Other survivors are two daughters and their husbands, Rebecca and James Harrass, Columbus, and Nancy and Sam Berning, Botkins; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, four brothers and three sisters.
 She retired in 1980 as head cook at Botkins High School and was a member of Christ the King Church, Jackson Center.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, the Rev. James Maxwell officiating. Burial is Tuesday at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church.

Cordula Schmitz
 Former Burkettsville resident Cordula “Lefty” Schmitz, 82, died at 1:04 p.m. Oct. 25, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
 She was born Dec. 1, 1919, in St. Sebastian, to Edward and Eleanor (Kramer) Schwieterman. On May 11, 1946, she married Norbert Schmitz who died Feb. 5, 1997.
 Survivors are three sons and their wives, Bob and Jane of St. Henry, Don and Maureen of Everett, Wash., and Larry and Becky of Vandalia; six daughters and their husbands, Doris and David Downs, and Carolyn and David Ballinger, all of Dallas, Texas, Dorothy and Frank Elsner, Kettering, Betty and Terry Moore, Centerville, Mary and Mike Humbert, Englewood, and Teresa and Chris Fryman, Bellbrook, and a daughter, Diana Schmitz, Dayton; a brother and his wife, Ivo and Mary Ann Schwieterman, Burkettsville; a sister and her husband, Helen and Cletus of Dayton, and a sister, Rita Wannemacher, Coldwater; 27 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
 Deceased are four brothers, Arnold, Matt, Louie and Cy; and a sister, Alvira Clericus.
 She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic, Burkettsville, and its Ladies Guild, and served as a past CCD coordinator. She was a member of the Fort Recovery American Legion Auxiliary.
 Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
 Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice of Coldwater.

Robert Shuffelton Sr.
 Robert Gordon Shuffelton Sr., 98, formerly of 689 Coventry Green, St. Marys, died at 6:10 a.m. Oct. 25, 2002, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community where he was a resident.
 He was born Aug. 20, 1904, in St. Marys, to Frank and Sarah (Gordon) Shuffelton. On June 29, 1935, he married Harriet Sullivan who died Oct. 9, 1981.
 Survivors are a son and his wife, Robert Jr. and Marguerite of Ecscandido, Calif.; two daughters and their husbands, Ann and Dick Hudson, St. Marys, and Jean and Jim Sullivan, Bowling Green; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Shuffelton, St. Marys; and eight grandchildren.
 He retired as the vice-president of sales at Fisher Cheese Company and worked for many years as secretary/treasurer of the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce. He was a 1922 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and had attended Ohio State University and Northwestern University. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Hamer Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons, Valley of Dayton Shrine Club and Auglaize-Mercer Shrine Club. He served on the Auglaize County Council of Aging board and was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys.
 Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. John Tostrick officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Linus Uhlenhake
 Former Mercer County Home resident Linus J. Uhlenhake, 90, died at 8:10 a.m. Oct. 25, 2002, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
 He was born June 18, 1912, in St. Henry, to John I. and Mary M. (Borger) Uhlenhake.
 Survivors are two sisters, Mary Ellen Homan, Avon Park, Fla., and Adele M. Gattes, Dayton; and many nieces and nephews.
 Deceased are three brothers, Wilfrid, Arnold and David; and three sisters, Viola Linkhart, Ursula Uhlenhake and Laura Henry.
 A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Burial will be held at St. Henry Catholic Church Cemetery.
 Funeral arrangements are being handled by W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.



10-28-02

Gene Adams
 Former Fort Recovery resident Gene Matthew Adams, 58, of Trotwood, died Oct. 24, 2002, at University Hospital in Louisville, Ky., following a sudden illness.
 He was born Dec. 15, 1944, in Indianapolis, Ind. His mother, Lucille (Knoth) VanSkyock, survives in Fort Recovery.
 Also surviving are his wife, the former Penelope Becker; four sons, Matthew and Jon, both of Dayton, Troy of Cincinnati, and Kris of Clayton; a daughter and her husband, Stacy and Scott Melling, Indiana, and a daughter, Jennifer of Dayton; and two grandchildren.
 Other survivors include two brothers and their wives, Jerry and Katherine, Cincinnati, and Ronnie and Connie VanSkyock, Fort Recovery, and a brother, Kevin VanSkyock, Ludlow Falls; and a sister and her husband, Joyce and Chuck Long, Celina.
 Deceased are a stepfather, Weldon VanSkyock, and a brother, Larry VanSkyock.
 He had served as program manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 28 years. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a member of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, Tipp City.
 Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Jung officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Jerry Enyart
 Jerry W. Enyart, 53, 8248 Erastus-Durbin Road, Celina, died at 1:34 p.m. Oct. 27, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater, following a sudden illness.
 He was born Sept. 11, 1949, in Washington Township, Mercer County, to Sherman W. Enyart and Carrie L. (Williamson) Enyart Taylor. On June 9, 1979, he married Norma Jean Hone and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son, Andrew of Celina; a daughter and her husband, Laura and Ronald Stevens, Sweetser, Ind., and a daughter, Sara, at home; two brothers and their wives, Donald and Sandy of Rockford and Michael and Mae of Van Wert; two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Gene Steiner, Rockford, and Ada and John Fast, Celina; and three grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, James, and three sisters, Dorothy Flore, Norma Jean Howell and Barbara Enyart.
 A 1967 graduate of Celina High School, he had worked as a security guard at Taylor University, Upland, Ind. He was a member of Celina Church of the Nazarene.
 Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry D. Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, and after 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.
 Contributions can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the church.

Cletus Huter
 Cletus C. Huter, 81, 13164 Luthman Road, Minster, died at 10:20 a.m. Oct. 27, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster. He had been ill the past six months.
 He was born March 18, 1921, in Piqua, to Charles and Clara (Meiring) Huter. On Feb. 6, 1980, he married Marjeane Shanley and she died Aug. 8, 1999.
 Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Anne and Lynn Barker, Springhill, Kansas, and Jane and Bob Ramshaw, Pamona, Kansas; and three grandchildren.
 He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired as a pattern maker at Troy Pattern Works. He attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster and was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391 and the American Legion, all of Minster, and American Legion Post 184, Piqua. He also was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4874, Piqua.
 Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Minster American Legion.
 Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Emma Leet
 Celina native Emma Lou (Davis) Leet, 81, of Dayton, died Oct. 25, 2002, at her residence following a sudden illness.
 She was born and raised in Celina. Survivors include a son, Jim Skelton; three daughters, Linda Gross, Ann Vogel and Mary Jo DiPasquale; a sister and her husband, Mary and William Baggs of Celina; a brother and his spouse, John and Chip Davis, Topeka, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
 Preceding her in death were husbands,  Robert Sollenberger and Charles Leet.
 She graduated from Good Samaritan School of Nursing and spent many years working as a registered nurse in Dayton area hospitals and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Dayton. Burial is planned at a later date at  David’s Cemetery, Dayton.
  Calling will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at  Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home, Dayton.

Fern Sealscott
 Fern Louise Alt Sealscott, 81, of St. Marys, formerly of Chattanooga, died at 9:46 a.m. Oct. 27, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
 She was born March 29, 1921, in Duck Creek Township near Rockford, to Willam B. and Amber C. (Michael) Oakley. On Feb. 8, 1940, she married Ralph Alt and he died Aug. 16, 1994. In 1997, she married Leo Sealscott and he survives.
 Also surviving are a stepson and his wife, Jim and Pat Sealscott, New Bremen, and two stepsons, Ron Sealscott, St. Marys, and Jerry Sealscott, Celina; four grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a son, Gene Alt; two brothers, Robert and Ervin Oakley; and a sister, Eileen Uncapher.
 She had worked at the former Barr Store in Celina. Following its closing, she worked the past seven years at Shirley’s Sweets in Celina. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Rockford, and the Ladies Aid of the church.
 Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Edmund VanOss
 Edmund G. VanOss, 88, 244 S. Hanover St., Minster, died at 1:20 a.m. Oct. 27, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. He had been ill the past two years.
 He was born Feb. 10, 1914, in Ottoville, to Joseph and Dorothy (Vincke) VanOss. On Feb. 21, 1944, he married Elsie Freytag and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Mark and Jean of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters and their husbands, Gretchen and James Eilerman and Ellen and Paul Zircher, all of Fort Loramie; a sister and her husband, Agnes and Wilbur Miller, Kenton, and a sister, Dottie Hovest, Ottoville; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 Three brothers and three sisters are deceased.
 He attended St. Joseph College, St. Charles Seminary and DeSales College in Toledo, earning a master’s degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati. He served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army in the Asian Theatre during World War II.
 A former Fort Loramie teacher, he served as a teacher, principal and athletic director in the Minster Local Schools. He helped to establish the Student Council and National Honor Society during his years at Minster. He retired as school superintendent in 1975. He also served as mayor of Minster for eight years and as the village’s zoning administrator.
 He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391 and the American Legion, all of Minster; and the Auglaize County School Board. He formerly sang in the church choir for 18 years. He served as past president of the Lake Loramie Improvement Association, a life member of the Minster Civic Association and the association’s citizen of the year. He was named Grand Marshal of the Minster  Oktoberfest Parade in 1985.
 Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the Minster Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
 Contributions can be made to the Minster High School Scholarship Fund.



10-29-02

Richard Beltz
 Richard Henry Beltz, 90, a resident of Otterbein Retirement Community, St. Marys, formerly of Findlay and Bellefontaine, died at 8:25 a.m. Oct. 18, 2002, in the emergency department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
 He was born May 30, 1912, in Hancock County, to Harry P. and Etta M. (Bowman) Beltz. In June 1938, he married Ruth Ann Logeman and she survives at Otterbein.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Linda Schofield, Bellefontaine; a sister, Jeanette Montooth, Springfield, Ill.; two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are two brothers, Harold and Warren, and two sisters, Laverne Beltz and Janet Lichtle.
 A graduate of Findlay High School and Ohio State University, he was the high school’s leading scorer in football and played with the OSU Big 10 Championship Team in 1936. He went on to play professional football with the former Cleveland Rams and Pittsburgh Amerks. During World War II, he served in the U. S Navy. He was a teacher and coach at school districts in Paulding, Hillsboro, Mount Sterling and Bellefontaine. He also coached the Otterbein College, OSU and U.S. Navy football teams.
 He was a former member of First Lutheran Church, Findlay.
 Services are 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Mark E. Brodbeck officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Hancock County.
 Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to the Logan County Humane Society.

Miriam Brodnix
 Miriam Brodnix, 75, formerly of Mendon, died early Oct. 28, 2002, at St. Marys Senior Village.
 Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Franklin Clutter
 Franklin D. Clutter, 69, of Rockford, died at 3:20 p.m. Oct. 28, 2002, at his residence.
 He was born April 10, 1933, in Dublin Township, Rockford, to Samual A. and Lela M. (McClintock) Clutter. On May 31, 1953, he married Lois Elaine Custer and she survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, James and Corrie, and two sons, Nathan and Neil D., all of Rockford; two brothers and their wives, Dale and June of Rockford and Raymond and Evelyn of Celina; two sisters and their husbands, Jane and Roland Baker, Florida, and June and Myron Cashel, Van Wert; a brother-in-law and his wife, Rolland and Carolyn Custer, Urbana; and a grandson.
 He retired from Huffy’s Manufacturing in Celina after 35 years of service and also was a farmer. He was a member of Olive Branch Church of God, Rockford, GWRRA Chapter U, Celina, and Chapter N, Lima. He was a former adviser for Rockford Thrifty 4-H Club.
 Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 Contributions can be made to the church, the National Kidney Foundation or St. Peter Neurological Center.

Dennis Mowery
 Dennis P. Mowery, 47, 635 N. Franklin St., Apt. 2, Van Wert, died at 9:45 p.m. Oct. 26, 2002, at Select Specialty Hospital, Columbus, following an extended illness.
 He was born Jan. 27, 1955, in Coldwater, to John B.F. Mowery and Lorraine (Fowler) Heiland. His mother survives in Mendon. On May 19, 1990, he married Carol Roberts and she survives.
 Other survivors include a daughter, Rebecca, at home; a brother and his wife, Thomas and Ersilia of Van Wert, and a brother, Stephen of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister and her husband, Teresa and Joseph Cornett, St. Marys; a stepfather, Norman Heiland, Mendon; and a stepmother, Shirley Mowery, Florida.
 He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina.
 Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, Deacon Timothy Knepper officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mark Robinson
 Mark C. Robinson, 34, 9205 Brandenburg Lane, Lafayette, Ind., the husband of a former Celina woman, died at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, 2002, in a Carroll County, Ind., traffic accident.
 He was born Sept. 28, 1968, in Danville, Ind., to Bob and Susie (Perkins) Robinson. They survive in Danville. On July 6, 1996, he married Kristine R. Judt and she survives.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Kamryn, at home; and a sister and her husband, Amy and John Staab, Plainfield, Ind.
 He was a 1987 graduate of Danville High School and a 1992 graduate of Purdue University. He had been employed at Subaru the past eight years. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and the John Purdue Club.
 Services are noon Thursday at the church, the Rev. Ron Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette, Ind.
 Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, Lafayette.
 Contributions can be made to the Robinson Memorial Fund.

Virginia Stupp
 Virginia M. Stupp, 80, a resident of The Gardens at St. Henry, died there at 1:20 p.m. Oct. 28, 2002.
 She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in New Weston, to George and Rosa (Stammen) Buehler. On July 18, 1970, she married Robert Stupp and he died June 12, 1989.
 Surviving are a brother and his wife, Edward and Marcene Buehler, Fort Recovery; two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Werner Thobe, Maria Stein, and Phyliss and Cyril Evers, St. Henry, and two sisters, Clarina Liette, St. Henry, and Dorothy Raterman, Dayton; and a sister-in-law, Alvina Buehler, Ocala, Fla.
 Deceased are two brothers, Clarence and Walter Buehler, and a sister, Evelyn Bruening.
 She retired from General Motors in Dayton. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Sodality of the church.
 Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
 Calling is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.



10-30-02

Judy Brinkman
 Celina native Judy Carol Brinkman, 57, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Oct. 28, 2002, at Elizabeth House, Flat Rock, N.C.
 She was born March 15, 1945, in Celina, to Kenton Khale and Winifred Janet (Morrow) Keister. The mother survives in Celina. Eldon Brinkman, her husband of 40 years, survives.
 Also surviving are a son and his wife, Dan and Terri of Travelers Rest, S.C.; a daughter and her husband, Sue and Matt Gallagher, Fremont, Calif.; three brothers, John, David and Kevin Keister, all of Columbus; and four grandchildren.
 She worked as a medical assistant while residing in California for 22 years.
 Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home, Hendersonville, the Rev. Gus Martschink officiating.
 Contributions can be made to the National Fibromyalgia Association or the Humane Society.

Donald Grimm
 Celina native Donald C. Grimm, 70, of Toledo, was killed Oct. 25, 2002, in a traffic accident in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
 He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Celina, to Otto and Melva Grimm.
 Surviving with Barbara, his wife of 49 years, are two sons and their wives, Allen and Amy of Findlay, and Steven and Carol of Columbus; a brother and his wife, Frederic and Lynn of Mount Vernon; a sister, Rosalyn Hill, Marblefalls, Texas; a sister-in-law, Mildred Grimm, Celina; and four grandchildren.
 A brother, Sam L., is deceased.
 While residing in Celina, he taught 11 years at the junior high school and coached basketball, track and football. Prior to retirement in 1986, he taught biology for 20 years and served as assistant football coach at Whitmer High School, Troy. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of Trilby United Methodist Church, Toledo, and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Bowling Green State University.
 Memorial services are 1 p.m. Friday at the Toledo church, preceded by calling at noon.
 H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, Toledo, has charge of arrangements there.
 An additional memorial service is planned 3 p.m. Tuesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Calling there is 1 p.m. until the time of services.
 Contributions can be made to the Whitmer High School Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Scott Valentine
 Former New Bremen resident Scott S. Valentine, 54, Tracy’s Landing, Md., died at 5 p.m. Oct. 21, 2002, of injuries sustained in a Maryland traffic accident.
 He was born Dec. 11, 1947, in Celina, to Robert W. Sr. and Caroline (Schrage) Valentine.
 Surviving are three brothers and their wives, Robert W. Jr. and Linda of St. Marys, John and Barbara of New Bremen, and James and Linda of Greer, S.C.; and a sister and her husband, Sarah and Tom Glover, Wooster.
 He was employed by The Washington Post for 30 years. A 1966 graduate of New Bremen High School, he had served as a journalist with the U.S. Army Honor Guard in Washington, D.C.
 Memorial service is 4 p.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Charles Richtmyer officiating. The body was cremated and the ashes will be interred at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati.
 Calling is after 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Sister Magdalen Miller
 Sister Magdalen Miller, 90, a resident of Maria-Joseph Living Care Center, Dayton, died there Oct. 27, 2002.
 She was born in Bryant, Ind., to Aloysius and Catherine (Willhoff) Miller.
 Surviving are a brother, Raymond, and two sisters, Adeline Wag-ner and Mildred Schoen, all of Celina.
 She entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood Oct. 1, 1927 at Salem Heights, Dayton.
 Originally known as Sister Mary Alphaeus, her 52 years of ministry began in California, where she taught first and second grades for five years. She also worked at the former Minster Boarding School in Auglaize County for five years. She spent the remaining years as a housekeeper for bishops and priests at St. Charles Seminary, Carthagena, and the Chancery in Cincinnati; as cook and housekeeper for Bishop George Rehring in Hyde Park and Toledo; and as a cook at convents in Coldwater and Dayton.
 In 1983, she retired and moved to St. Leonard’s Retirement Community, Dayton, as one of its first residents. She moved to Salem Heights in 1993 and continued painting pictures and brooches after transferring to the Emma Hall nursing section of the Maria-Joseph Center in 1999.
 Services are 2 p.m. today at Salem Heights with burial to follow at Salem Heights Cemetery.

Ellen Paton
 Mercer County native Ellen Coil Paton, 84, died Oct. 28, 2002, in El Cajon, Calif.
 She was born Jan. 31, 1918, in Mercer County, to Pearl and Ella Coil. The family resided on a farm near Mendon, where she attended school.
 Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Omer O.;  a daughter, Penny Smith; four grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. They all reside in California.
 Deceased are a brother, Carl Coil, and two sisters, Dorothy Burklo and Mildred Detrick.
  Burial was at Old El Cajon Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.



10-31-02

Rose Ann Buschur
 Former Celina teacher Rose Ann “Rosie” Buschur, 66, 214 E. Canal St., Ansonia, died Oct. 30, 2002, at her residence.
 She was born April 15, 1936, in Versailles, to Aloys and Irma (Hickey) Voskuhl. In 1957, she married Daniel Buschur and he preceded her in death.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Debra M. and Terry Laux, Naples, Fla.; a brother and his wife, Marvin and Claire Voskuhl, Washington; a sister and her husband, Alice and Bill Merrill, Virginia, and two sisters, Mary Ellen Schweitzer, Sidney, and Veronica Leib, Columbus; a sister-in-law, Margaret Voskuhl, Cincinnati; and a grandson.
 She retired from the Celina City Schools in 1996 and previously taught school in Minster, Coldwater and St. Henry. She and her husband owned and operated Anjo’s Boutique, a craft and ceramic shop in Coldwater, for five years.
  A graduate of Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich., with a cadet teaching certificate, she received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in education from Wright State University, where she received awards for outstanding achievement in her field of study and as outstanding graduate student in the College of Education and Human Services. She also attended Ohio State University, where she received certification in the visual arts, and Miami University, where she was involved in the Ohio Writing Project.
 Memorial services are noon Saturday at the First Church of God in Ansonia, the Rev. Chris Cottrell officiating. Burial will follow at Harris Creek Cemetery, Bradford.
 Calling is after 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
 Oliver Funeral Home, Greenville, has charge of arrangements.
 Contributions can be made to the Darke County Cancer Association, the Fire and Wind Youth Ministry of the church or the Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
 
Miriam Brodnix
 Miriam O. Brodnix, 75, 800 Indiana Ave., St. Marys, formerly of Mendon and Detroit, Mich., died at 3:58 a.m. Oct. 28, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
 She was born March 24, 1927, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Raymond and Orpha (Mears) Embury. On Oct. 23, 1948, she married Charles R. Brodnix and he died June 27, 1975.
 Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Suzanne and Michael Hoelscher, St. Marys; a brother, Howard Embury, Florence, Ore.; two sisters, Joyce VanMeer, Jackson, Mich., and Isabel Oldfield, Niagara Falls; a sister-in-law, Pauline Embury, Kenmore, N.Y.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 Deceased are a brother, Thomas Embury, and a sister, Doris Barry.
 She retired from the Mendon branch of First National Bank. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Holy Rosary Hospital Guild #12, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of the Community Library, all of St. Marys; the Mendon Women’s Civic Club and the Celina Order of Eastern Star.
 Private family services are planned.
 Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.
 
James Farson
 James L. Farson, 79, of Rockford, formerly of Cincinnati, died at 3:55 a.m. Oct. 29, 2002, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
 He was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Norwood.
 Surviving are a son and his wife, Scott Matthew and Jean F. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a daughter, Cynthia Rigsby, Cincinnati; and a grandson.
 A sister, Dorothy Dunning, is deceased.
 He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a graphic artist.
 No service is planned.
 Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, had charge of local arrangements.


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