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Monday, November 15, 2004

Cleora Block

Cleora C. Block, 87, of St. Marys, died at 9:36 p.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Mary Eschmeyer

Mary R. Eschmeyer, 92, formerly of 6099 Botkins Road, New Knoxville, died at 7:20 a.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   She was born Aug. 23, 1912, in Lakeview, to Isaac and Carrie Beam Howell. On Jan. 30, 1930, she married Richard Eschmeyer who died Jan. 1, 1987.
   Surviving are three daughters, Twylah (Walter) Thomas, Donna Larson and Ruth (Eugene) Opperman, all of New Knoxville; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter, Martha; three brothers, James, Clyde and Clarence Howell; and two sisters, Lula Fogt and Nora Westerbeck Keller.
   She was the retired co-owner and bookkeeper of Eschmeyer Lumber Co. She was a member of Wapakoneta Church of the Nazarene and a graduate of Anna High School.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Revs. Ward Lewis and John Wine officiating. Burial will be at Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, New Knoxville.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.
   Contributions can be made to the church,

Edna Heitkamp

Edna M. Heitkamp, 88, formerly of St. Henry, died at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Burley Hough

Burley R. "Muggs" Hough Sr., 71, 8628 North 450 East, Bryant, Ind., died Nov. 12, 2004, at his home.
   He was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Bryant, to Rev. Burley A.D. and Hulda M. Kessler Hough. In 1956, he married Corinne Doolan who died in 1959. On Nov. 3, 1961, he married Joyce E. Wygant who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Burley R. Jr. (Barbara), Geneva, Ind., and Mathew P. (Jennifer), Bryant; three daughters, Rebecca A. Bisel Hough, Bryant, Faith M. (Harvey) Hooten, Geneva, and Bonnie Y. (Michael) Carpenter, Union City, Ind.; five brothers, Robert, John (Judy) and Joseph, all of Bryant, Thomas (Marilyn) of Geneva, and Lonnie (Carolyn) of Indianapolis; three sisters, Bernice Teeple, Caroline (Homer) Jones and Carolyn (Stanley) Wittwer, all of Bryant; and nine grandchildren.
   A brother, William, is deceased.
   A farmer, he had worked as a quarryman at Karch Stone Co. and continued after the company was sold to Stoneco. In 2002, he switched to Meshberger's in Linn Grove, Ind. and retired in September. He was a member of Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home, Portland, Ind., the Revs. Chad Clark and Arthur Page officiating. Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery near Bryant.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. today, 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Edna Baker Ray

Edna F. Baker Ray, 92, 1065 Parkway St., Berne, Ind., died at 5:24 a.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Chalet Village Health Care Center, Berne.
   She was born March 6, 1912, in Jay County, Ind., to Wilmer and Ruth E. Riesen Pyle. On March 26, 1933, she married Wilbert T. Baker who died Dec. 8, 1960. In February 1970, she married Cleo F. Ray who died Nov. 25, 1989.
   Surviving are a son, Carl (Carolyn) Baker of Berne; two sisters, Helen R. Harris, Geneva, Ind., and Hazel (Dale) Noble, The Villages, Fla.; three grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
   A brother, Sherman E. Pyle, and a sister, Pearl Champ, are deceased.
   She was a homemaker and a former employee of Berne Furniture. She attended Taylor University and was a member of Pleasant Neighbors Home Economics Club.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, the Rev. Joe Nass officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Berne.
   Calling is 1-9 p.m. Tuesday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Eleanor Werling

Eleanor Josephine Werling, 95, 48 Walnut St., Burkettsville, died at 1:01 p.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born July 13, 1909, in Frenchtown, to Charles and Mary K. Chappie George. On Aug. 22, 1933, she married Albert F. Werling who died April 2, 1958.
   Surviving are four sons, James R. (Marilyn) and Edward J. (Sally), all of Burkettsville, Bernard J. (Sharon) of Springboro, and Frederick J. of Sarasota, Fla.; two daughters, Norma Jean (Sam) Moorman, Osprey, Fla., and Mary Ann of Louisville, Ky.; four brothers, Kenneth (Juanita) George and Marion (Vernita) George, all of New Madison, John George, Longwood, Fla., and Lester George, North Star; four sisters, Francis Holscher, Osgood, Rosemary Kinninger, Sidney, Bertha (Arthur) Bruening, Yorkshire, and Jean Roll, North Star; 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Earl Jim and Lee Edward George, and three sisters, Luella George, Leoma McEldowney and Ruth Thiebeau.
   She was the co-founder of Werling & Sons in Burkettsville and a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Sodality, both of Burkettsville, and the Daughters of Isabella, St. Henry.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
   Contributions can be made to the Center for Neurological Development, Burkettsville.


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