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Lucille Beck
Ruth Bellman
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Marcella Schroeder
Doris Slife
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Judith Boyce
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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Marion Bailey

Marion F. Bailey, 65, Glynwood Road, Wapakoneta, died at 4:45 p.m. April 19, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born July 24, 1938, in Auglaize County, to Howard and Leona Schumann Bailey. On July 21, 1962, he married Nancy L. Seitz who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, John (Mandy) of Wapakon- eta; two brothers, Warren E. (Deb) of Wapakoneta and Ken L. (Barbara) of Tipp City; and a grandson.
   He owned and operated SwongerŐs Furniture City, Wapakoneta, and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta, where he had served as chairman of the administrative board and the finance committee. He also was a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 1170, Wapakoneta, Moose Lodge 1473 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1291, both of Celina, and the Northwest Tractor Pullers Association. He was a member and past president of the Grand Lake Tractor Pullers Association and past secretary of the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. G. Richard Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, with an Elks memorial service set for 8 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to Tri-County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Lucille Beck

Former St. Marys resident Lucille C. Beck, 92, 311 Sumter Drive, Marietta, Ga., died April 18, 2004, in Marietta.
   She was born May 9, 1911, in St. Marys, to John and Maude Wilkins Vogel.
   Surviving are three sons, Phillip (Mary) of Woodland, Calif., John (Sharon) of Urbana, and Barton (Darlene) of New Bremen; four daughters, Sybilla (Darrell) Hertenstein, Holly, Mich., Joan (Tony) Palopoli, Paso Robles, Calif., Cheryl (Leonard) Witcher, Marietta, Ga., and Barbara (Rick) Padon, Redlands, Calif.; 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a sister, Sybilla McEldery; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.
   A nurseŐs aide for many years, she had worked at the former St. Marys Nursing Home and at a hospital in California. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a graduate of Memorial High School, both of St. Marys.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Ruth Bellman

Ruth H. Bellman, 81, of Ottawa, died April 19, 2004, at her residence.
   She was born July 24, 1922, in Ottawa, to Lawrence and Agnes Dinan Maas. On Oct. 8, 1941, she married Victor Bellman who died Jan. 26, 1989.
   Surviving are five sons, Robert (Donna), Eugene (Karen), Michael (Judi) and William (Vicki), all of Ottawa, and Tim (Darina) of Chandler, Ariz.; three daughters, Joan (Dan) Byrne, Celina, Mary Ann (Tom) Duling, Ottawa, and Catherine Perry, Columbus; 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
   Other survivors are two brothers, Richard (Marie) Maas and Don (Julianna) Maas, both of Ottawa; and three sisters, Maxine (Norbert) Lammers, New Cleveland, Beatrice (Bob) Meyer, Leipsic, and Mary Catherine (Tom) Siefker, Ottawa.
   She was co-owner of a former family business in Ottawa and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she had been a minister of praise, and the Rosary-Altar Society, both of Ottawa.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Tom Hemm officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. today at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa. A Scripture service will be held there at 3 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul School Endowment Fund or the cemetery fund.

Regina Dues

Regina K. Dues, 91, formerly of Woodview Drive, Coldwater, died at 2:40 a.m. April 20, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born May 9, 1912, in Osgood, to Henry and Agnes Luebke Bruns. On May 8, 1935, she married Clement J. Dues who died Sept. 26, 2003.
   Surviving are three sons, Virgil (Irene) of Coldwater, Dennis (Mary) and Gary (Jan), all of Celina; a daughter, Marlene (Rob) Fisher, Coldwater; two daughters-in-law, Dotty Dues, Allen, Texas, and Joan Dues, Coldwater; 18 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two sons, Leon and Orville; three brothers, August, Clement and Harry; and five sisters, Marie, Rose, Clara, Alvina and Anna Rita.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. AnnŐs Rosary Altar Sodality and St. Cecelia Knights of St. John Auxiliary, all of Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Steven Heil

Steven E. Heil, 50, 812 W. Oliver St., St. Marys, died April 19, 2004, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born March 27, 1954, in St. Marys, to John and Wilma Brodbeck Heil. They survive in St. Marys.
   Also surviving are a brother, Bruce of West Chester, and three sisters, Deborah of New Knoxville, Pam (Fred) Scheer and Amy (Bill) Lauth, all of St. Marys.
   Two brothers, Ted and Mark, are deceased.
   He was a 1973 graduate of Memorial High School and a member of St. PaulŐs United Church of Christ, both of St. Marys.
   Private family services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnich officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Marcella Schroeder

Marcella Beams Schroeder, 97, formerly of Chattanooga, died April 19, 2004, at The Laurels at Shane Hill, Rockford.
   She was born Nov. 24, 1906, in Mercer County, to Lawrence and Blanche Fell Beams. On July 18, 1927, she married Carl Schroeder who died Feb. 9, 1987.
   Surviving are a sister, Marjorie Betz, Rockledge, Fla.; four nephews and three nieces.
   Deceased are two brothers, Glenn and Ashley Beams, and a niece.
   She taught elementary school in Willshire for 221Ú2 years before retiring in 1969. A graduate of Ohio Northern University in Ada, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, and a life member of the Mercer County Retired Teachers Association.
   Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Randall Swanson officiating. Burial will be at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church, the Laurels of Shane Hill Activity Fund or Parkway Schools.

Doris Slife

Doris Nell Slife, 76, 113 Ada Ave., Celina, died at 3:20 p.m. April 19, 2004, at her residence.
   She was born May 17, 1927, in Dayton, to William Glen and Molly B. Daughtery Justis. On May 19, 1945, she married Lee I. Slife who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Bernard L. (Sylvia) of Celina; a daughter, Betty A. Lennartz, Celina; a brother, Donald C. Justis, Celina; a sister, Geraldine F. Davidson, Kentucky; four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
   A brother is deceased.
   She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Celina, where she was a deacon and sang in the choir, and a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Police and the Order of Eastern Star.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Keith Kivlin officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

John Townsend

Mercer County native John Edward Townsend, 57, of Fairbanks, Alaska, died April 1, 2004, in Fairbanks. Death was due to injuries sustained in a fall.
   He was born Feb. 2, 1947, in Mercer County, to John W. and Jessie M. Townsend. On July 4, 1976, he married Judy M. Goecke who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Dylan, Arlo, Odin and Eric; three daughters, Heidi, Jessie and Tessa; two brothers, Tim (Leslie) of Celina and Thor of Winchester, Ky.; and a sister, Sarah Farnsworth, Bath.
   The family moved to Alaska in 1976, first living in Anchorage and then in Fairbanks, while employed as manager of a trucking firm serving national clients. A graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University, he taught high school in Garrett, Ind., before serving with the armed forces in Vietnam. Active in politics, he headed the Alaska campaign branch for Ross PerotŐs party.
   Mass was April 7 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbanks, the Rev. Richard McCaffrey officiated.
   Calling and a memorial service will be be 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Judith Boyce

Services for Judith Rose Boyce were 10:30 a.m. April 19, 2004, at St. PaulŐs Lutheran Church, Hopewell Township, the Rev. Debra Domeier officiated. Organist was Margaret Fisher and Doloras Irish offered special words for her sister and read a poem.
   Pallbearers to Mercer Memory Gardens were Bobby, Brandt and Bert Huttis, Art Bader, Gary Katterheinrich and Frank Shindeldecker. Jarrett Boyce was an honorary pallbearer.
   Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, had charge of arrangements.


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