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Bertha Hammond
Evelyn Hensley
Evelyn Karbowiak
Albert Leuthold
Elsie Lykins
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Monday, June 7, 2004

;Loretta Gavit

Loretta D. Gavit, 87, of South Main St., North Star, died at 12:30 p.m. June 6, 2004, at Oakley House, Greenville.
   She was born May 30, 1917, in North Star, to Charles and Estella Alexander Gavit.
   Surviving is a sister-in-law, Dorothy of North Star; four nephews and three nieces.
   Deceased are a brother, Robert; and two sisters, Cecelia Lauber and Genevieve Gavit.
   She retired as an employee with the Internal Revenue Service at offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Bertha Hammond

Bertha R. Hammond, 78, 03311 Glynwood Road, St. Marys, died at 12:50 p.m. June 5, 2004, at her residence.
   She was born July 23, 1925, in Montezuma, to Charles and Anna Newland Burden. On June 25, 1943, she married Jasper W. Deckman. On Feb. 2, 1965, she married Bennie Hammond who died March 28, 1999.
   Surviving are a son, William (Pam) Deckman, and a daughter, Mary Jean (Marvin) McLaughlin, all of St. Marys; a sister, Anna (Carl) Wappelhorst, Coldwater; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Hammond, St. Marys, and Mary (Lyn) Hemmelgarn, Bellefontaine; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Bill and Leo Burden; a sister, Pearl Curts; and a great-granddaughter.
   She retired from Agway Pet Foods, St. Marys, and formerly worked at DWG Cigar Factory and St. Marys Woolen Mills. She was a member of First Wesleyan Church, where she had been a Sunday School teacher, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 323, both of St. Marys.
   Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. C. Bonnie Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Evelyn Hensley

Evelyn Hensley, 75, 106 W. Wayne St., Rockford, died at 4:40 a.m. June 5, 2004, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
   She was born April 15, 1929, in Pineville, Ky., to Clarence and Annie Greene Simpson. On Dec. 7, 1946, she married Lonnie Hensley who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Darrell (Rebecca) of Sidney and Gary (Pam) of Celina; two daughters, Diane (Gary) Thatcher, Pemberville, and Gay (Greg) Brehm, Rockford; a brother, Lonnie (Donna) Simpson, Pineville; two sisters, Christine Carver, Corbin, Ky., and Joan (Paul) Willis, Pineville; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   A brother, Eugene Simpson, is deceased.
   She retired as an assembly worker at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, St. Marys, and was a member of Breakaway RecPlex.
   Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Evelyn Karbowiak

Evelyn A. Karbowiak, 79, 606 Camden Drive, St. Marys, died at 10:30 p.m. June 4, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   She was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Troy, to Clarence and Helen Aukeman Fleck. On June 10, 1947, she married Raymond J. Karbowiak who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Raymond Jr. of Lima, Mark of Buckland, and Charles (Pamela) of Wapakoneta; three daughters, Charlotte (Lester) Helmlinger, Wapakoneta, Ann (Dean) Brotherwood, St. Marys, and Carol (Mark) Gilbert, Celina; a brother, John Fleck, San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Patricia Pieper, Toledo; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   A brother, Clarence Fleck Jr., is deceased.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, where she had been a communion distributor and past president of the Altar Society. She was a 1944 graduate of Libby High School, Toledo.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David A. Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Albert Leuthold

Albert F. "Chickie" Leuthold, 87, 3143 Carrell Road, Bucyrus, died at 9:36 p.m. June 5, 2004, in the emergency room at Community Hospital, Bucyrus, following an apparent heart attack.
   He was born Jan. 23, 1917, in Crawford County, to Christian and Clara Geissman Leuthold. On Sept. 18, 1943, he married Martha E. Brown who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Mike (Barb) of Bucyrus; a daughter, Sandra (Frank) Snyder, Celina; and six grandchildren.
   Deceased are seven brothers, Wilbert, Melvin, Walton, Paul, Milton, Calvin and Eldon, and three sisters, Velma Wilson Kellerhouse, Hazel Cotsmire and Helen Phenegar.
   He was a farmer and a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, where he was janitor for 30 years and a member of the young men's class later known as the Epworth Men's Class. A supporter of the Holmes Township and Chatfield Township volunteer fire departments, he was a member of the Crawford County Republican Central Committee and was Republican of the Year in 1997. He was a past member of the Bucyrus Chamber of Commerce.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Sue Chidley officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, Bucyrus.
   Contributions can be made to the church or the Holmes Township Fire Department.

Elsie Lykins

Elsie Lykins, 60, of South Cherry St., Celina, died June 4, 2004, at her home.
   Funeral arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Powell Sprunger

Powell L. Sprunger, 64, of Celina, died at 2:35 p.m. June 5, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Adams County, Ind., to Lowell and Nellie Jones Sprunger. His wife, the former Tamae Imasaka, survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Rene T. of North Branford, Conn.; and two brothers, Michael of Leamington, Utah, and Melville of Phoenix.
   He was a patent lawyer and the author of seven mathematics books. He graduated from Purdue University and the University of Southern California Law School.
   Services are 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, Ind., the Rev. Harold Nussbaum officiating. Burial will follow at M.R.E. Cemetery, Berne.
   Calling is after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the First Mennonite Church Missions.

Heidi Thornberg

Heidi M. Thornberg, 18, 702 E. Spring St., St. Marys, died at 5:30 a.m. June 2, 2004, in a single-vehicle accident on Ohio 29, north of New Knoxville.
   She was born Jan. 5, 1986, in Marion, to Teddy and Leslie Ireland Thornberg. Her mother survives in Wapakoneta.
   Surviving are a sister, Sansha of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; a brother, Harley of St. Marys; a grandfather, Fred Brown, Arlington; and her foster parents, Deny and Kim Morlino and Michael and Stephanie Harris, all of St. Marys.
   A 2004 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, she had completed the commercial food services program at Apollo Vocational School. She was employed at McDonald's Restaurant, St. Marys.
   Services are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Calling is after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


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