Vernon E. Busse, 81, 37 S. Frankfort St., Minster, died at 12:25 a.m. April 8, 2004, at his residence.
He was born March 2, 1923, in Minster, to Edward and Mathilda Knostman Busse. On June 7, 1947, he married Jane Dorsten who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Thomas (Carolyn) of Cincinnati; three daughters, Jill (Doug) Jennings, Dayton, Joan (Michael) Buschur, New Weston, and Lisa (Daniel) Chaffee, St. Louis, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Annette of Cleveland; a sister, Norma (Alvin) Mescher, Dayton; and 18 grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Bruce; two sisters, Jane Schmuecker and Anita Busse; and a granddaughter.
He had worked as a mechanical engineer at Minster Machine Company. He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Orphan Society of the church, the American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391 and the Knights of Columbus, all of Minster, and the U.C. Alumni Association.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Minster firing squad.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-9:30 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care.
George E. Sutter, 65, 231 Lowery Road, Fort Recovery, died at 11:55 p.m. April 7, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born May 29, 1938, in Celina, to Julius and Erma Harlett Sutter.
Survivors are two brothers, John Sr. (Sharon) and Fred, all of Fort Recovery; three sisters, Dorothy (Bill) Lininger, St. Marys, Dianne Gaerke, Troy, and Mary Ann (Al) Saam, Cridersville.
He formerly worked at LoyÕs Sale Barn, Portland, Ind., and was a member of Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Fort Recovery.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Paul Wohlwend officiating. Burial is at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
Calling is 2-5 p.m. Saturday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.
Rita Westerbeck, 78, 109 N. Water St., New Bremen, died at 7:45 a.m. April 7, 2004, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born May 25, 1925, near Russia, Ohio, to Felix and Emma Perin Grilliot. On April 27, 1946, she married Paul A. Westerbeck who died May 5, 2003.
Survivors are three sons, Mike (Merrie) of Nashville, Tenn., Richard (Karen) of New Bremen, and Ralph (Judy) of Oswego, N.Y.; seven daughters, Karen (Mike) Diffie, Las Vegas, Nev., Susan (Ron) Snyder, Minster, Nancy Muether, Celina, Rebecca (Ned) Vordermark and Mary Ann (Jerry) Smith, all of New Knoxville, Teresa (David) Legg, Saginaw, Mich., and Donna (Bill) Woehrmyer, New Bremen; 34 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a son, James, a sister and three brothers.
She worked as a waitress at the former WintÕs Restaurant in New Bremen for more than 19 years and was a home caregiver. She was a charter member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen, and its Saint Ann Altar Sodality. She also was a member of Senior Citizens and American Legion Auxiliary post 241, both of New Bremen.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and 9:30-10:10 a.m. Monday at the church where a rosary will be prayed.
Services for Opal Brown were 11 a.m. April 8, 2004, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Larry Hopkins officiated. Connie Hamrick was organist and Sharon Hopkins sang.
Pallbearers to Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, were Albert Fleming, Dennis and Doyle Line, Paul Germann, David and Harold Merkle, and Jim McDonough.
Mass for Robert Fleck was held March 24, 2004 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiated. Organist was Cindy Karper.
Pallbearers to St. Marys Catholic Cemetery were Derrick Harter, Ben and Dan Fleck, Amy Walters, Robert Muhlenkamp, Frederick Cass, Joe Alverson and Isaac Wilker.
Military rites were given by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion post of Celina.
Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, handled arrangements.
Services for Peggy Putman were 10:30 a.m. April 7, 2004, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Fuhrman Miller officiated. Connie Hamrick was organist and the family offered special remembrances.
Pallbearers to Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, were Shaun, Michael, Chris and Brian Putman, and Brian and Matt Linder.