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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Rev. Clement Alt

The Rev. Clement Alt, C.PP.S., 79, former pastor of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Rockford, died at 1:15 a.m. Aug. 25, 2004, in the infirmary at St. Charles Center, Carthagena.
   He was born Feb. 11, 1925, in New Washington, to Clemence and Blanche Alt.
   Surviving are four sisters, Rosemary Baker, Fostoria, Anna Mae Studer and Alice (George) Willman, both of Shelby, and Joan (Thomas) Rospert, Norwalk; a brother-in-law, Frank Weaver, Shelby; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Alt, New Washington, and Alice Alt, Willard; and numerous nephews and nieces.
   Deceased are three brothers, Francis, Urban and Edmund; a sister, Bertha Weaver; and two brothers-in-law, Ed Studer and Gerald Baker.
   He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1939 and was ordained May 24, 1951. After serving as assistant pastor at churches in Kalida, Hamilton, Columbus and Cleveland, he was named pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wapakoneta in 1969, administrator of St. Peter Catholic Church in Archbold in 1975 and pastor of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Dayton in 1983. He served as pastor of the Rockford church from 1990 until his retirement in 1999.
   Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Friday at St. Charles, with Bishop Robert Baker, a nephew, officiating and the Rev. Angelo Anthony delivering the homily. Burial will follow in the community cemetery.
   Calling is 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at St. Charles. A prayer service will be held there at 7 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to St. Charles Center.

Freddie Fannon

Former St. Marys resident Freddie L. Fannon, 62, 6 E. Meadow Lane, Batavia, died at 4:55 a.m. Aug. 24, 2004, at Hospice of Cincinnati. Death was due to cancer.
   He was born Nov. 18, 1941, in St. Marys, to Frederick and Mary Rush Fannon.
   Surviving are three brothers, Mike (Rita) Fannon, Mick Gross and Tim (Nancy) Gross, all of St. Marys; seven sisters, Barbara (Norman) Coil, Mendon, Karen Auer, Mary Schwartz, Sherry (Bob) Weaver, Candace (Dan) Fisher, Brenda (Jerry) Bergman and Susan (Gary) Wicker, all of St. Marys; and his fiancee, Marilyn Warner, Batavia.
   He had been a truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran.
   Private services and burial are planned.
   Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.

Hilda Knapke

Hilda W. Knapke, 95, formerly of 1853 Cranberry Road, St. Henry, died at 7:55 p.m. Aug. 24, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born June 3, 1909, near Cranberry Prairie, to William and Rose Hemmelgarn Knapke.
   Surviving are a brother, Bill (Esther) of St. Henry; two sisters, Sister Julia of Donaldson, Ind., and Lucille Hess, Dayton; two sisters-in-law, Norma and Eileen Knapke, both of St. Henry; and 45 nephews and nieces.
   Deceased are four brothers, Claude, Bernard, Mark and Bob, and three sisters, Rita and Roselyn Muhlenkamp and Paula Knapke.
   She retired from Buckeye Overall Co., Coldwater, and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of Cranberry Prairie.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Helen Valentine

Former Celina resident Helen F. Valentine, 89, of Lima, died at 9:40 p.m. Aug. 23, 2004, at her residence.
   She was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Delphos, to Charles G. Sr. and Philomena Fortener Steinle. In 1937, she married Fred Mersman who died in 1941. Her second husband Arthur Imber, whom she married in 1944, died in 1948. In 1965, she married William Valentine who died in 1985.
   Surviving are a son, Jack (Phyllis) Imber, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; a daughter, Barb Imber, Lima; and a granddaughter.
   Deceased are a brother, Charles Steinle Jr.; two sisters, Elizabeth Imber and Elsie Williams; and a granddaughter.
   A graduate of St. Rita's School of Nursing, Lima, she worked 15 years as office nurse for Dr. Howard Illig in Delphos and 15 years as a nurse at St. Rita's Medical Center, where she was known as "Big Red." She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Chuch, Delphos.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, Delphos. A parish wake service will be held there at 8 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to the Northwest Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
  Marguerite Findley
   Services for Marguerite J. Findley were 1 p.m. Aug. 25, 2004, at Lehman Funeral Home, the Rev. Alva Daniel officiated. Organist was Carol Zimmerman.
   Pallbearers to Swamp College Cemetery were Trae, Tim, Jim, Edward and Jaison Findley and Henry Schoen.


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