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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Amelia Forsthoefel

Amelia Ann Forsthoefel, 81, 320 E. North St., Coldwater, died at 12:45 a.m. Nov. 16, 2004, at her home.
   She was born March 18, 1923, in Coldwater, to John and Francis Dressman Bruns. On June 27, 1946, she married Jerry Forsthoefel who died Oct. 30, 1996.
   Surviving are two sons, John (Barbara) of Piqua and Frank (Robin) of Cincinnati; three daughters, Vicki, Margie (Sam) Hoops and Nancy (Butch) Gillis, all of Coldwater; three sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Bruns and Betty Bruns, both of Coldwater, and Rose Mary Bruns, St. Marys; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Seven brothers and sisters are deceased.
   She had been part owner of the former Busy Bee Grocery in Coldwater and also worked at Romer's IGA in Burkettsville and Harry Birt's Store in New Weston. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Contributions can be made to Coldwater Unit 7 of Mercer County Emergency Medical Services.

Victoria Gephart

Victoria Agnes Gephart, 87, of Rockford, died at 8:03 p.m. Nov. 15, 2004, at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ind.
   She was born May 7, 1917, in Decatur, to Mable Springer. On Oct. 15, 1936, she married Robert L. Gephart who died March 24, 1989.
   Surviving are three sons, Robert (Carol) of Portland, Tenn., Richard (Jean) of Union City, Tenn., and Randy (Christina) of Decatur; four daughters, Norma Jean (Roger) Hawkins, Decatur, Sharon (Carl) Gangwer and Fran (Rolland) Miller, both of Rockford, and Karen Ward, Columbus; 24 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter, a grandson, two stepgranddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
   She was a homemaker and a former employee of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, and Smith Brothers, Berne, Ind. She was a member of Rockford United Methodist Church and the Women's Association of the church.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Mike Berne officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Rockford Recreation Program.

Jerry Gilliland

New Weston native Jerry C. "Jake" Gilliland, 61, of Greenville, died Nov. 15, 2004, at his home. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   He was born Oct. 31, 1943, in New Weston, to Charles A. Sr. and Erma M. Fast Gilliland.
   Surviving are two brothers, Charles A. of New Weston and Owen (Janet) of Ansonia; and a sister, Donna Sanders, Ansonia.
   A brother, Darlene, and a sister, Jean Shultz, are deceased.
   He retired from Fram/Allied Signal in Greenville after 20 years of service and served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
   Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Joe Royer officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.
   There is no visitation at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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, Celina; a sister, Mary Agnes (Bart) Ahlers, Coldwater; a stepbrother, Orville (Sara) Niekamp, North Star; a stepsister, Mary Ann Nieberding, Versailles; four sisters-in-law, Mary Nieberding, Columbus, Rose Schoen, Sharpsburg, Rita Post, St. Marys, and Helen Heitkamp, Macedon; a stepsister-in-law, Bernadine Niekamp, North Star; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Edward and Bernard; two sisters, Bertha Homan and Lillian Nieberding; a stepbrother, Victor Niekamp; and a granddaughter.
   She was a homemaker and a former cafeteria worker at Fort Recovery Local Schools. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where she had been a communion distributor, the Altar Rosary Sodality and Daughters of Isabella, all of St. Henry.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Henry church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is from 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10:10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
   Contributions can be made to the Community Adult Day Care Center, Celina, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Carl Jackson

Carl A. Jackson, 78, 410 W. Walnut St., Coldwater, died Nov. 16, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   He was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Curtisville, Pa., to Carl and Lillian Thomas Jackson.
   Surviving with his wife, the former Hilda May Loveday, are two brothers, David Lee of Irvine, Calif., and Mark Hendricks Jackson (Dee A.) of Coldwater; a daughter, Valarie Ann (Jerry) Jackson, Celina; a sister, Donna Ann Udit, Pittsburgh, Pa.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Lawrence D.; a daughter, Valarie Marie; and a brother, Bob.
   He was the founder of Jackson's Garage in Celina. He previously worked for Lefeld Implement and started a television repair service. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
   Private family services are planned.
   Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements. There is no visitation.

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. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born Nov. 26, 1953, in Celina, to Wilbur and Lois Jean Donovan Smith. His father survives in Lebanon. On June 30, 1995, he married Deborah D. Dearth who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Steven K. (Valerie) of Alexandria, Va., Seth T. (Krysten) and Sean R., both of St. Marys, and Charles A. Hood, Springfield; a daughter, Angie (Jerry) Coffey, St. Marys; a sister, A. Renee (Jim) Pohl, Lebanon; and six grandchildren.
   Prior to becoming disabled, he had worked at the Lima Correctional Institution and served as police chief in Harrod. He was a 1972 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767, also of St. Marys.
   Services are 6 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Calling is after 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


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