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Monday, November 29, 2004

Lorena Boeckman

Lorena Boeckman, 88, of Celina, died Nov. 28, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Sharpsburg, to John and Elizabeth Wilker Weitzel. On Aug. 31, 1940, she married Wilbert Boeckman who died Jan. 26, 1996.
   Surviving are three sons, Marvin (Diane) of Wapakoneta, Don (Linda) of Versailles, and John (Martha) of Celina; and five daughters, Marjorie (Robert) Delaet, Houston, Diane (Robert) Christian and Janice (Roger) Osterloh, all of Ansonia, Karen (Allen) Ashley, Decatur, Ind., and Susan of Celina.
   Also surviving are two brothers, Clete Weitzel, Fort Recovery, and Joseph Weitzel, Sharpsburg; two sisters, Edna (Luke) Rose, Fort Recovery, and Dorothy (Herb) Timmerman, Coldwater; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Robert Boeckman; five brothers, a sister and a granddaughter.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society, both of Celina, and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, Maria Stein.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the I.C. Education Endowment Fund.

Josephine Dues

Josephine Mary Dues, 95, formerly of Coldwater Creek Road, Coldwater, died today, Nov. 29, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born Dec. 25, 1908, in New York, N.Y., to John and Catherine Bruns Heyne. Her husband, Raymond B. Dues, died Jan. 9, 2001.
   Surviving are three sons, Robert (Joan) of Houston, Donald (Linda) of Celina, and James (Janet) of Portland, Ind.; five daughters, Alice (Roger) Klosterman, The Villages, Fla., Viola (Arnold) Westgerdes, Fort Recovery, Virginia Knapke, St. Henry, Mary Jane Severt, Columbus, and Patricia (Greg) Myers, Adrian, Mich.; 32 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are her stepmother, Rose Quinter Heyne; a son-in-law, Alfred Knapke; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   She was a homemaker and a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Sodality, both of Carthagena, and a member and past president of the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, Maria Stein. She also had been a volunteer at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Henry Gaerke

Henry T. "Hank" Gaerke, 68, 117 E. Broadway St., Fort Recovery, died at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27, 2004, at his home.
   He was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Fort Recovery, to Henry F. and Anna M. Fullenkamp Gaerke. On Aug. 13, 1960, he married Janet Sturdivant who survives.
   Surviving are two sons, Greg (Maria) of Berea, Ky., and Mark (Renae) of New Bremen; a daughter, Ellen (Jeff) Sudhoff, Fort Recovery; a brother, Charlie (Betty) of Coldwater; five sisters, Lorine Forthofer, Vandalia, Luella Franck, St. Henry, Mary Ann Homan, Fort Recovery, Ginny (Robert) Tangeman, Maria Stein, and Marcy (Dick) Topp, Fort Myers, Fla.; four sisters-in-law, Lillian (Cletus) Homan and Dorothy Gaerke, all of Coldwater, Dorothy Gaerke, Fort Recovery, and Eileen Gaerke, Berne, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
   Deceased are an infant daughter, Ann Marie, and six brothers, Jerome, Herbert, Harold, Leonard, Bernard and Virgil.
   He was a retired farmer and a motor coach driver for Don Ray Driveaway in Decatur, Ind. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Peter, Catholic Knights of America, St. Joe, and the Foresters of Fort Wayne, Ind. He was a 1953 graduate of Coldwater High School and a U.S. Army veteran.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Fort Recovery American Legion Post.
   Calling is 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. The rosary will be recited there at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice or the Cancer Association of Mercer County.

Regis Spindler

Regis Anthony Spindler, 16, of Rockford, died at 9:31 a.m. Nov. 27, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
   He was born Oct. 2, 1988, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Russell R. and Annette V. Minnich Spindler. They survive in Rockford.
   Also surviving are the grandparents, Jon and Patricia Minnich, Convoy, and Louise Spindler, Hoagland, Ind.
   Deceased are two brothers, Randy Sovine and Royce Spindler, and a grandfather, Paul Spindler.
   He was a freshman honor roll student at Parkway High School in Rockford.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Rockford, the Rev. Tom Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 2-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford. A wake service will be held there at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday with the rosary to be recited later at 8:30 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to a muscular dystrophy charity, Community Hospital Home Nursing Care or a charity of the donor's choice.

Tommy Tester

Celina native Tommy Tester, 54, 08121 Washington Pike, Wapakoneta, died at 4:34 p.m. Nov. 28, 2004, at his home. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   He was born July 29, 1950, in Celina, to Raymond and Wilda Zwiebel Tester. On Jan. 12, 1973, he married Debra Albright who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Chad, and a daughter, Nikki (Jake)
  Sutton, all of Wapakoneta; a brother, Larry (Penny) of Wapakoneta; a sister, Laurae (Larry) Henkle, Bluffton, Ind.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Clara Albright, St. Marys; and three grandchildren.
   He was employed at Pro-Pet Corp. in St. Marys. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moulton, a 1968 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and an Ohio National Guard veteran.
   Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Revs. Joy Miller and Roger Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
   Calling is 1-4 and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.


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