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Saturday, October 9, 2004

Edna Bickham

Mercer County native Edna M. Bickham, 87, Brenham, Tex. and formerly of Kossuth, died at 7:20 a.m., Oct. 7, 2004, in her home.
   She was born May 29, 1917 in Mercer County to Icem E. and Elsie L. Beaber Rupert. On Sept. 12, 1935, she married Kenneth E. Bickham who died July 3, 1978.
   Surviving is a son, Kenneth (Phyllis) Bickham of Brenham; a sister, Beulah Carnes, Kossuth; and four grandchildren.
   Deceased is a son, John, and two sisters, Helen Spees and June Bollinger.
   She was a member of Kossuth Zion United Methodist Church and had attended Buckland High School. She retired in 1980 from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, St. Marys.
   Service is 10 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Donald Ricard officiating. Burial will follow in the Kossuth Cemetery.
   Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
   Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Cancer Society.

Mitchell Fetters

Mitchell Fetters, 30, 1005 Cantebury Drive, Celina, died at 5:04 a.m. Oct. 6, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. Death was due to leukemia.
   He was born March 9, 1974, in Celina, to Jerry and Debra L. Euckert Fetters who survive in Celina.
   Other survivors are a brother, Brian (Valerie) of Celina; and a grandmother, Virginia A. Euckert, Celina.
   Deceased are grandfathers, Donald E. Euckert and Chester Fetters, and a grandmother, Blanche Sowders.
   He was formerly employed by the city of Celina's street department and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Celina. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 5713, American Legion and Moose lodge, all of Celina.
   Services are 10 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church, Celina, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
   Calling was 2-8 p.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, and is 9-10 a.m. today at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.

Jerome Hoelscher

Jerome Hoelscher, 81, Fort Loramie, died Oct. 8, 2004 at his residence.
   Arrangements are pending at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.

Henry Luthman

Henry B. Luthman, 85, 703 W. College St., Coldwater, died at 9:35 a.m., Oct. 8, 2004 at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home.
   He was born Jan. 23, 1919 in Fort Loramie to John Casper and Rosa Hoyng Luthman. On Sept. 27, 1947, he married the former Viola Pleiman who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Michael (Kathy), Livonia, Mich., Joseph (Dorothy), Custar, Donald (Karen), Cincinnati; a daughter Sr. Ruth Luthman, O.S.F., Mishawaka, Ind.; a brother, Larry (Ruth), St. Marys; two sisters, Alma (Jim) Overman, Dayton, Coletta Schwieterman, Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Mildred Luthman, Wapakoneta; and six grandchildren.
   A member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, he was also a member of the Men's Holy Name Society of the Church, and Mercer County Elks Lodge. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving in the Signal Corps in the Pacific during World War II.
   He was a retired supervisor at New Idea, Coldwater.
   Service is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association.

Freda Reynolds

Freda M. Reynolds,105, life-long resident of Spencerville, died at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 7, 2004 at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville, where she resided since 1997.
   She was born Jan. 27, 1899 on Ridge Road, Spencerville, to Isaac Clinton and Mary Loyer Hanes. On June 24, 1915, she married Harold Wilkin Shaffer. On Nov. 22, 1942, she married Homer D. Reynolds, who died May 16, 1961.
   Surviving is a son, Lavern D. (Norma) Shaffer, Spencerville, and a daughter Ruth (Paul) Snider, West Lafayette, Ind.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter and son-in-law, Lorene and C. Franklin Wood; a sister, Mona Fissel; a half-sister, Lucille Abernathy; two brothers, Adrian and Raymond Hanes; a great-granddaughter; and a granddaughter-in-law.
   She was a member of Spencerville Trinity United Methodist Church since 1919. She was active in the Women's Society, Gleaners Sunday school class, Joy Circle, and sang in the choir.
   She was a member of Ida Rebekah and Eastern Star, Spencerville Grange, Past Noble Grands Circle, Excelsior, Van Allen, and Aunt Emma.
   She worked at the Spencerville Post Office and at Westinghouse Corp. during World war II. For 20 years she served as Spencerville village treasurer.
   Service is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Michael Swanton officiating. Burial will follow in Spencerville Cemetery.
   Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where Ida Rebekah Lodge will conduct services at 4 p.m.
   Memorials may be made to the church.


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