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Obituaries
Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Herman Beeks

Herman Beeks, 82, of Rockford, died at 11:15 p.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
   He was born April 2, 1922, in Blackford County, Ind., to Clarence C. and Eva M. Keller Beeks. On Dec. 23, 1945, he married Imogene Hickman who died Jan. 9, 2003.
   Surviving are a son, Ralph H. (Vicki) of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three daughters, Yvonne Lautzenheiser, Fairfield, Roberta (Richard) LePage, Rockford, and Regina (Bill) Jenkins, Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Inez Hutchinson, Pennville, Ind., and Mary Alice Beger, St. Joe, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Alberta and Sue Beeks; nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Deceased are three brothers, Harry, Virgil and Robert, and a brother-in-law, Lewis Hutchinson.
   He retired as a truck driver for Mogul Corp. in 1984 and also retired from farming. He was a member of New Horizons Community Church and the American Legion Post, both of Rockford. He had served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Robert Loar officiating. Burial will follow at Otterbein Cemetery, Rockford, with the American Legion conducting military rites.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford.
   Contributions can be made to the church or State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.


Cleora Block

Cleora Block, 87, a current resident of St. Marys Living Center and a former resident of 231 S. Ash St., St. Marys, died at 9:36 p.m. Nov. 14, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   She was born Nov. 1, 1917, in St. Marys, to Franklin and Lavina Luelleman Luedeke. On Oct. 25, 1941, she married Karl H. Block who is deceased.
   Surviving are a son, Lowell of Spring Valley, Calif.; two daughters, Anita (Stephen) Emrick, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brenda (Charles) Daker, Centerville; a brother, O.W. Luedeke, Lansing, Mich.; a sister, Enola Hirschfeld, New Bremen; five granddaughters and two great-grandsons.
   A brother, Merlin Hirschfeld, is deceased.
   She was a 1935 graduate of Memorial High School and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Rebekah Circle of the church and Hawthorne Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star, all of St. Marys.
   Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating.
   Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.


Amelia Forsthoefel

Amelia Forsthoefel, 81, of Coldwater, died today, Nov. 16, 2004, at her home.
   Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.


David Galbreath

David K. Galbreath, 78, of St. Marys, and formerly of Troy, died at 9:18 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born Jan. 29, 1926, to Earl and Golda Hanlon Galbreath. His wife of 27 years, Sharon Hall, survives.
   Other survivors include, two sons, David Jr. (Julia), Piqua and Tim (Kathy), Winder, Ga.; a daughter, Connie (Charles) Winkler, Roswell, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Beth (Terry) Shaffer, Fredricksburg, Va.; two sisters, Betty (Bill) McGee, Casstown, and Kay Holder, Indianapolis; his former wife, Ruth Galbreath, Troy; seven grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
   A 1944 graduate of Troy High School, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduate from Miami University in 1949.
   He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Troy, and a realtor for 50 years. He was a member of the Miami County Board of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors, where he was national director from 1976 to 1979. He also served on Troy City Council, Grand Lake St. Marys Lake Improvement Association, and Troy Rotary Club, where he was past president. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose, Celina, and Elks Lodge 833, in Troy.
   Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the church, with the Rev. James C. Wilson II officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Troy.
   Calling is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy.
   Memorials can be directed to The Lehman High School Foundation or The Troy Foundation.


Edna Heitkamp

Edna M. Heitkamp, 88, formerly of St. Henry, died at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Oct. 31, 1916, in Coldwater, to William and Elizabeth Bruns Nieberding. On Oct. 19, 1940, she married Alphonse Heitkamp, who died Dec. 29, 1982.
   Surviving are four sons, Larry (Lillian), of St. Marys, Gary (Rosemary), of Austintown, David (Roxanne), of New Haven, Ind., and Dennis, of Celina; a daughter, Patricia Schmidt, of Celina; a sister, Mary Agnes (Bart) Ahlers, Columbus; a step-brother, Orville (Sara) Niekamp, North Star; a step-sister, Mary Ann Nieberding, Versailles; four sisters-in-law, Mary Nieberding, Columbus, Rose Schoen, Sharpsburg, Rita Post, St. Marys, and Helen Heitkamp, Macedon; a step sister-in-law, Bernadine Niekamp, North Star; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Bernard; two sisters, Bertha Homan and Lillian Nieberding; and a step brother, Victor Niekamp; and a grandchild.
   She was a homemaker and a cafeteria worker at Fort Recovery Local Schools. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Sodality and Daughters of Isabella. She also was a lay distributor at the church and a volunteer at local nursing homes.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 9-10:10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be directed to Community Adult Day Care Center, Celina, or at the donor's choice.


Elma Schamp

Elma Schamp, 92, County Road 66A, St. Marys, died at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 13, 2004, at St. Marys Living Center.
   She was born Dec. 19, 1911, in St. Marys, to Arlie and Luella Quellhorst Schwepe. On Dec. 30, 1930, she married John Schamp who died April 7, 2003.
   Surviving are a son, Larry of St. Marys; a daughter, Carolyn (Robert) Lewis, Dayton; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Merlin and Vernon Schwepe; and a great-grandson.
   She was a retired farmer, a 1929 graduate of Memorial High School, and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and the Senior Citizens, all of St. Marys.
   Services are noon Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnich officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church bell tower fund.


Steven Smith

Steven C. Smith, 50, 424 Columbia St., St. Marys, died at 10:19 p.m. Nov. 15, 2004, in the emergency room at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.


Marcia Timmerman

Marcia Ann Timmerman, 42, 310 S. Walnut St., New Bremen, died at 11:52 a.m. Nov. 15, 2004, at her home following a 412-year illness.
   Timmerman had undergone a stem cell transplant earlier this year at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., in hopes of curing breast cancer that spread to the bones. Her condition had deteriorated in recent weeks.
   She was born June 13, 1962, in Coldwater, to Ralph and Janice Huwer Miller. They survive in Coldwater. On June 19, 1982, she married Maurice Timmerman who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Jason, Aaron and Andy, and a daughter, Stacy, all at home; three brothers, Steve (Tammy) and Mike (Amy), all of Celina, and Gary (Jodi) of Coldwater; a maternal grandmother, Alma Huwer, Coldwater; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wilfred and Jean Timmerman, Fort Loramie.
   A 1980 graduate of Coldwater High School and a 1982 graduate of Lima Technical College, she was employed as a medical technician for Dr. Puttagunta Ranga in New Bremen. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen, where she had served as a baby sitter during Masses.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Revs. Thomas Mannebach and Mark Miller officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
   Contributions can be made to Relay for Life in New Bremen.

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