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Monday, May 3, 2004

Robert Boeckman

Robert "Bo" Boeckman, 59, of Celina, died at 4:21 p.m. May 2, 2004, at Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Roger Henkener

Roger J. Henkener, 81, of Columbus, formerly of 500 S. Mill St., New Knoxville, died April 30, 2004, at Riverside Hospital, Columbus.
   He was born Oct. 16, 1922, in New Knoxville, to Raymond and Lenora Doenges Henkener.On June 15, 1947, he married Marcile Amstutz who survives.
   Also surviving are three daughters, Ann of Columbus, Barbara (Joe) Malsom, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mary (Paul) Henkener Esposito, Cincinnati; a sister, Marge Wellman, New Knoxville; and four grandchildren.
   A brother, Don, is deceased.
   He established a law practice in Wapakoneta and practiced with Ron Miller from 1970 to 1987, serving as village solicitor in Minster, New Bremen, New Knoxville, Jackson Center and Waynesfield. He was a 1940 graduate of New Knoxville High School and attended Ohio State University until called to military service with the U.S. Army. He later graduated from the OSU College of Law in 1949.
   He served as president of New Knoxville Telephone Company board of directors and helped establish the New Knoxville Historical Society. He was a member of First United Church of Christ and American Legion Post 444, both of New Knoxville, Wapakoneta Rotary Club, New Bremen Lions Club and Hamer Lodge 167, Free & Accepted Masons.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial will be at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. today at Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.
   Contributions can be made to the Radio Broadcast Fund of the church or the Historical Society.

Esther Karch

Esther B. Karch, 92, 2664 Ohio 29, Celina, died May 1, 2004, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
   She was born April 9, 1912, in Mercer County, to Frank and Mary Rasawehr Karch.
   Surviving are a nephew, Donald (Nancy) of Celina; three great-nephews and a great-niece.
   Deceased are seven brothers, William, Earl, George, Clarence, Albert, John and Leo Karch, and a sister, Mabel Felver.
   She retired from Reynolds & Reynolds in 1977 and was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Washington Township. She graduated in 1931 from Washington Township School.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Arvid Harklau officiating. Burial will be at Swamp College Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to The Gideons.

Alvina Kuether

Alvina B. Kuether, 91, 135 Water St., Osgood, died May 2, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Dorothy May

Dorothy H. May, 79, 2360 N. Wapakoneta Ave., Unit 114, Sidney, died at 12:10 a.m. May 1, 2004, at The Pavilion nursing home in Sidney.
   She was born May 17, 1924, in Botkins, to Henry and Hilda Lammers Henschen. On Aug. 8, 1943, she married Donald May who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Joe (Valerie) of Botkins; a daughter, Diane (Raymond) Jones, Columbus; a brother, Curtis (Esther) Henschen, Sidney; and four grandchildren.
   A brother, Robert Henschen, is deceased.
   She had worked as a milk tester at DHIA in Shelby County and currently was an office assistant at Dan Hemm Auto Mall, Sidney.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, with Charles Moeller officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care, Sidney, or the church memorial fund.

Richard Post

Richard J. "Dick" Post, 65, 1158 Post Road, St. Henry, died at 2:20 a.m. May 1, 2004, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   He was born Aug. 16, 1938, in Wendelin, to Raymond and Adele Koesters Post.
   Surviving are five brothers, Ernest and Vic (Sharon), all of St. Henry, Marvin (Pat) of Coldwater, Bob (Roseann) and Mark (Judy), all of Fort Recovery; and four sisters, Margie (Dick) Dirksen, Maria Stein, Joyce (Al) Roach, Woodbridge, Va., Karen of St. Henry, and Connie (Bob) Rose, Coldwater.
   He was a farmer and a former employee of Mersman Brothers, Celina. He was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Gilbert Smith

Former Mercer County resident Gilbert R. Smith, 83, of Richmond Hill, Ga., died May 1, 2004, at Hospice House, Savannah, Ga.
   He was born May 28, 1920, to William and Mabel Smith. His wife, the former Marguerite Hayes, is deceased.
   Surviving are a daughter, Gail S. (Rick) Bond, Richmond Hill; a brother, Wilbur (Marilyn) of Garden City, N.Y.; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.
   He worked in credit management for the Case Company and later as corporate manager at AVCO New Idea before retiring in 1983. He also worked as sales clerk at IveyÍs Department Store, Daytona Beach, Fla.
   He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He organized three reunions for shipmates and began writing memoirs of his naval service in 2000.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. JohnÍs Episcopal Church, Savannah. Burial will follow at Burnt Church Cemetery, Richmond Hill.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Carter Funeral Home, Richmond Hill.
   Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
  Charlotte Fogt
   Services for Charlotte Belle Fogt were noon May 1, 2004, at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiated. Organist was Carol Zimmerman.
   Pallbearers to North Grove Cemetery were Dixie and Marta Fast, Trish Walker, Jerry and Terry Fogt, David Hanes and Ron Severance.


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