Lila J. Brogaard, 54, 341 Leisure Lane, Celina, died at 11:01 p.m. Sept. 21, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
Services are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
James J. "Coop" Cooper, 58, formerly of 901 Sycamore St., Van Wert, died at 8:40 a.m. Sept. 20, 2004, at a relative's home at 8875 Garwick Road, Celina. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Oct. 4, 1945, in Oak Hill, to George and Erma Lauderbach Cooper.
Surviving are two sons, Mike (Cynthia) of Cincinnati, and Wayne (Shannon) of Celina; a daughter, Tammy (Rob) Trenshaw, Milford, Ind.; a sister, Marsha Thompson, Oak Hill; and nine grandchildren.
Three brothers, Raymond, Gaylord and Joe, are deceased.
He had worked at Huffy's in Celina for 20 years and more recently worked in machine repair at ELMCO in Van Wert. He was a graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Kuhner-Lewis Funeral Home, Oak Hill, the Rev. Stan Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Monroe Cemetery in Jackson County.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. today at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
New Bremen native Jean W. Dock, 82, of Ada, died at 10:25 a.m. Sept. 21, 2004, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.
She was born Dec. 18, 1921, in New Bremen, to Frank and Ruth Brockman Niemeyer. On Sept. 27, 1941, she married Orville A. Dock who died Jan. 5, 1969.
Surviving are two daughters, Candace (Gary) Wolfe, Lima, and Chris (Harold) Christopher, Ada; a brother, Robert Niemeyer, New Bremen; a sister, Laverne Fark, also of New Bremen; six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A brother, Frank Niemeyer Jr., is deceased.
She retired in 1986 from Ohio Northern University in Ada, where she had worked as secretary at Hetrick Memorial Library. She was a charter member of the Junior Civic League of Ada, a former member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 6 of Ada, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Post 157, Kenton, and the Kings & Queens Dance Club, Lima.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, the Rev. Thomas Dearth officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-4 p.m. Friday and until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association.
August Dues, 80, of Township Line Road, St. Henry, died Sept. 21, 2004, in Dayton.
Services are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Jay Epperson, 30, of rural St. Marys, died at 3:05 p.m. Sept. 18, 2004, at his residence.
Epperson, who had been featured in a Daily Standard story last December, had battled glioblastoma multiforme, a fast-growing form of cancer that attacks supportive tissues of the brain.
He was born Nov. 30, 1973, in Lima, to Edward C. and Virginia S. Westbay Epperson. His father survives in Wapakoneta. On March 19, 2004, he married Jodi M. Schultz who survives.
Also surviving are two brothers, Eric C. (Beth) of Wapakoneta and Matt of Toledo; a half sister, Teresa (Brian) Limbert, Wapakoneta; two grandmothers, Alma Westbay and Bertha King, both of Wapakoneta; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Judy Schultz, St. Marys.
A half sister, Renee Epperson, is deceased.
He was an employee of Setex in St. Marys and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Henry Albietz officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta. A prayer service will be held there at 2 p.m.
Contributions can be made to St. Rita's Hospice.
Douglas H. Grieshop, 33, 6950 Fleetfoot Road, Celina, died at 11:43 a.m. Sept. 20, 2004, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center in Findlay. He became ill suddenly while working in Findlay.
He was born Sept. 19, 1971, in Lima, to Herbert L. and Janice Rammel Grieshop. They survive in Celina. On Sept. 22, 2001, he married Stacey Dorsten who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Grant Douglas of Celina; a brother, Jeff of Celina; a sister, Jill (Bill) Roy, also of Celina; a grandmother, Delma Rammel, Fort Recovery; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Marilyn Dorsten, Minster; and a brother-in-law, Sean (Sandy) Dorsten, also of Minster.
He was employed as a welder at H.A. Dorsten Inc., Minster, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catho- lic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1800 and the Loyal Order of Moose, all of Celina.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Revs. Tom Brenberger and Ken Alt officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home.
Contributions can be made to the Grant Grieshop Scholarship Fund or the Tri-Star Welding Program.
Gladys M. Heckman, 54, 235 Stallo Road, Minster, died at 1:26 a.m. Sept. 21, 2004, at the Cleveland Clinic. Death was due to complications following surgery.
She was born July 2, 1950, in Coldwater, to Leonard and Edna Elking Heitkamp. On Aug. 14, 1971, she married Jeff Heckman who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Shawn (Shannon) of New Bremen and Ryan of Columbus; two daughters, Stacie (Ben) Ernst, Dublin, and Rhonda (Peter) Beck, Portland, Ore.; four brothers, Luke (Frances) Heitkamp, Panama City, Fla., Stan (Marilyn) Heitkamp, Van Buren, Howard (Susan) and Ted (Janet), all of Maria Stein; six sisters, Lillian (Robert) Guggenbiller, Sharpsburg, Paulette (Jim) Hemmelgarn, Worthington, Viv (Ron) Hartings, Maria Stein, Bert (Tom) Giere, Dublin, Brenda (Dave) Moran, Celina, and Annette (Russ) Wortman, Columbus; her mother-in-law, Joan Heckman, Minster; and four grandchildren.
A 1968 graduate of Marion Local High School and a graduate of St. Rita's School of Nursing in Lima, she was a homemaker and a part-time employee at Auglaize Industries, New Bremen. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-9:30 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
Mary Frances Now, 77, 701 Willow St., Celina, died at 8:40 a.m. Sept. 21, 2004, at her daughter's home in Yorkshire.
She was born March 10, 1927, in Celina, to Stanley G. and Frances Watson Yaney. On July 23, 1957, she married Cloyd Now who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Lorna (Joseph) Kuether, Yorkshire; a brother, Stanley (Mary) Yaney, Huntley, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Joann Yaney, Naples, Fla.; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.
A brother, Robert Yaney, is deceased.
She was a homemaker and a five-year employee of Wal-Mart in Celina. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Celina.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Karen Long officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery.
Calling is after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Celina Area Visiting Nurses.
Sylvia L. Rhodes, 92, 537 Touvelle St., Celina, died at 3:08 a.m. Sept. 21, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born June 26, 1912, in Winamac, Ind., to Frank and Huldah D. Vanaman Stelts. On Nov. 10, 1931, she married Edgar F. Rhodes who died Jan. 6, 1952.
Surviving are two sons, James (Ruth) of Celina and Donald (Ladonna) of Otsego, Mich.; two daughters, Kay (Dean) Shaffer and Dorothy Coats, all of Celina; two sisters, Lucille Tharp and Delores Stelts, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 17 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son-in-law, Don Coats; a brother, Dan Stelts; and two grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and a member of Celina American Legion Auxiliary Unit 210.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Rick Brosher officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County or the American Heart Association.