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Monday, July 19, 2004

Paul Clay

Paul H. Clay, 83, 613 W. Spring St., St. Marys, died at 6:10 p.m. July 16, 2004, at Otterbein Retirement Community, Cridersville.
   He was born Aug. 18, 1920, in Mendon, to Simon and Beatrice Agler Clay. On Feb. 25, 1947, he married Faye Fetters who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Lynwood) Stucker, Orlando, Fla., and a sister, Mildred (Blaine) Drake, Convoy.
   Four brothers, Truman, Wilmer, Robert and John, are deceased.
   A retired mechanic and farmer, he owned Clay's Automatic Transmission Service in St. Marys for nine years. He was a co-founder and member of the Old Fashion Farmers Association which initially held annual shows at the Fetters farm near Rockford before moving to the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. He was a member of the St. Marys First Church of God, past master of Grand Lodge Chapter 121, Free & Accepted Masons, high priest of St. Marys Masonic Chapter 51 and a member of St. Marys Masonic Council 81 and Buckeye Farm Antiques, Wapakoneta. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre.
   Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Michael Bratten and Charles Richtmyer officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the funeral home. Masonic services will be held there at 8 p.m. today.
   Contributions can be made to St. Rita's Hospice, Lima.

Rev. George Heinzen

Former Mercer County resident The Rev. George Heinzen C.PP.S., 89, of Liberty, Mo., died July 13, 2004, in Liberty.
   He was born Jan. 8, 1915, in Milwaukee, Wis., to William A. and Francis Graf Heinzen.
   Deceased are a half brother, Dert Heinzen; a sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Albert Wagner; and two sisters, Sister M. Frances and Sister Mary George.
   He entered St. Marys Prep School, Burkettsville, in 1929 and attended St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind. In 1935, he transferred to St. Charles Seminary, Carthagena, and was ordained Sept. 8, 1940.
   Following several brief assignments, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a chaplain in the Pacific throughout World War II. He was parochial vicar at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and St. Anthony in the Park Falls, Wisconsin, from 1946 to 1951. From 1951 tp 1985, he served as parish pastor at St. Teresa in Rockford, Mary Help of Christians in Fort Recovery, St. Marys in Nebraska City, Neb., St. Stanislaus in Ingalls, Kansas, Holy Ghost in Vinta, Okla., and St. Patrick in Georgetown, Iowa.
   He spent his retirement at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Casa Grande, Ariz., Tucson, Ariz., and Precious Blood Center in Liberty.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Center, the Rev. Angelo Anthony officiating. Burial will follow at St. Charles Cemetery.
   Calling is after 1 p.m. today at St. Charles.

Margaret Pontius

Margaret E. "Marge" Pontius, 68, of Rockford, died at 12:45 a.m. July 17, 2004, at Colonial Nursing Home, Rockford.
   She was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Van Wert, to Earl and Ida Mae Moorman Stripe. On Sept. 5, 1954, she married William D. Pontius who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, William Michael (Cindy) of Detroit, Mich., Richard A. (Claudia) and Jack Lee (Deb), all of Rockford; two daughters, Jill Ann of Rockford and Laura Sue Chandler, Pensacola, Fla.; a brother, Lawrence Stripe, Van Wert; a sister, Mildred Adams Clark, Convoy; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Deceased are two brothers, John and Richard Stripe; four sisters, Ruth Howard, Phyllis Stripe, Virginia Meeds and Doris Edwards; and a granddaughter.
   She and her husband owned and operated Pontius Hardware in Rockford, where she did the bookkeeping and helped with sales.
   Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Karen Long officiating. Burial will be later at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Carl Seger Sr.

Carl A. Seger Sr., 80, 84 Eastview Drive, Fort Loramie, died at 10:40 p.m. July 17, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Fort Loramie, to Joseph and Cecelia Wuebker Seger. On May 18, 1957, he married Mary Geise Monnin who survives.
   Also surviving are five sons, Carl Jr. (Cindi) Seger and Michael (Rose) Monnin, all of Fort Loramie, Jeffrey (Kendra) Seger, Newport, Steven (Rita) Monnin, Botkins, and Richard (Mary) Monnin, Sidney; three daughters, Mary Beth Seger and Bonnie (Joseph) Sturm, all of Sidney, and Diana (John) Hoying, St. Henry; and a son-in-law, Dennis Boerger, Sidney.
   Other survivors include a brother, Edward (Charlene) of Sidney; a sister, Esther of Fort Loramie; two brothers-in-law, Robert Gray and Richard Middendorf, both of Fort Loramie; three sisters, Rita Seger, Fort Loramie, Bertha Seger, Yorkshire, and Mary Ann Seger, Minster; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter, Patricia Boerger; four brothers, Jerome, Urban and fellow triplets, Henry and Fred; and four sisters, Edna Frazier, Marie Niekamp, Erma Middendorf and Florence Gray.
   He retired from Minster Machine Company in 1987. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, an owner of White Oak Lake and a member, past commander, firing squad member and chicken frier at American Legion Post 355, all of Fort Loramie. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a prisoner of war and a Purple Heart recipient.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.


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