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Edith Pence
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Thursday, July 22, 2004

James Baker

Former Celina resident James Baker, 43, of Perry, Mich., died at 11:20 a.m. July 19, 2004, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich., following an accident.
   He was born Jan. 7, 1961, in Celina, to Bernard and Joan Brown Baker, who survive in Celina.
   Other survivors include a son, Douglas James of Holt, Mich.; two daughters, Amanda Faye and Aarika Jaye, both of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a brother Mark (Kim), of Celina; and a sister, Elizabeth (Tracy) Fogt, both of Celina.
   He owned and operated numerous pharmacies in Michigan and New York. He was the salutatorian of his 1979 Celina High School class and was also second in his 1984 class at Ohio Northern University.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, the Rev. Tom Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

Vincent Gagel

Vincent J. "Jim" Gagel, 86, formerly of Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 12:30 a.m. July 21, 2004, at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Community, Timberville.
   He was born Nov. 30, 1917, in Maria Stein, to Michael and Catherine Synck Gagel. On Oct. 4, 1941, he married Theresa Goettemoeller who died July 20, 2003.
   Surviving are two sons, Joseph (Diane) of Perrysburg and Fred (Linda) of Tempe, Ariz.; four daughters, Susan (James) Salm, Newburgh, Ind., Barbara (Anthony) Tirone, Baltimore., Sarah (Paul) Budde, Bowling Green, Ky., and Helen Gagel Squires, Evanston, Ill.; a sister, Vera Barga, Bullard, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
   Three brothers and two sisters are deceased.
   He had served as manager at Gagel Hardware in Maria Stein and was one of the founders of the Marion Little League. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Men's Society and the Knights of St. John, all of Maria Stein, and the Mercer County Democratic Central Committee.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Harry Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
   Contributions can be made to Otterbein Retirement Communities or the Marion Community Foundation.

Harold Hiatt

Former Fort Recovery resident Harold L. Hiatt, 80, of Reynoldsburg, died at 8:50 a.m. July 20, 2004, at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus.
   He was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Fort Recovery, to Morton and Lydia Grile Hiatt. On March 12, 1944, he married Esther P. Manning, who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Martha (Richard) Harding, Columbus; and one grandchild.
   Deceased are a brother, John, and two sisters, Edna Pearson and Edith Prescott.
   He had worked at Union City Body Company in Union City, Ind., and was a farmer. A 1942 graduate of Fort Recovery High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a past worshipful master and member of Masonic Lodge 539 and the American Legion, both of Fort Recovery, and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton and Antioch Shrine Temple, both of Dayton. He also was a member of Fort Recovery United Methodist Church.
   Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, the Revs. Robert Dugan and Christopher Hintz officiating. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemtery, Fort Recovery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. today and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held there at 7:30 p.m. today.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Augustine Kruck

Brother Augustine Kruck C.PP.S., 89, St. Charles Center, Carthagena, died July 20, 2004, in the infirmary there.
   He was born April 9, 1915, to John and Regina Kruck.
   Surviving are two sisters, Regina Maguire, Canton, and Betty Willaman, North Canton.
   Two brothers-in-law, Charles Maguire and Arnold Willaman, are deceased.
   He was a skilled carpenter before entering the Missionaries of the Precious Blood as a brother candidate in 1961. The oldest member of his class, he supervised remodeling work at the Burkettsville Novitiate. He later earned a boiler operator license and worked in the St. Charles powerhouse in addition to serving as fire chief at St. Charles.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Center, the Rev. Ken Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at the community cemetery.
   Calling is 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at St. Charles, where a prayer service is set for 7 p.m.
   Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, has charge of arrangements.

Edith Pence

Edith E. Pence, 94, 18277 Maier-Barber Road, St. Marys, died at 6:10 p.m. July 21, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Rev. Carl Wise

The Rev. Carl Wise C.PP.S., 76, of St. Charles Center, Carthagena, died July 21, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Center with burial to follow at the community cemetery.
   Calling is 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at St. Charles with a wake service at 7 p.m.
   Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, has charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will appear in Friday's paper.

Margaret Pontius

Services for Margaret E. Pontius were 11 a.m. July 20, 2004, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Karen Long officiated.
   Organist was Connie Hamrick and Kimberly Pontius gave a reading.


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