Timothy J. Besanceney, 47, 13 Haarbye St., New Bremen, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Dec. 24, 2004, in the emergency room at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to complications of diabetes.
He was born Feb. 27, 1957, in Cleveland, to John W. and Marilee Sunderman Besanceney. His mother survives in New Bremen.
Also surviving are four brothers, William J. of Pittsburgh, John R. of California, Mark F. of New Bremen, and Christian of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sisters, Mary Errand, Salem, Ore., and Jean M. of San Francisco, Calif.
The grandparents, Leo F. and Mae Miller Sunderman, are deceased.
He had been a sales representative for various companies and most recently was an executive customer representative with Eckhard Pharmacies. An Eagle Scout and a graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, he was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen, and the Knights of Columbus Council, St. Marys.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Milton Ballor officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Joshua "Grease" Brandt, 20, 3731 Van Wert-Mercer County Line Road, Willshire, died Dec. 24, 2004, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. Death was due to injuries sustained in an earlier snowmobile accident near Rockford.
He was born April 25, 1984, in Van Wert, to Larry E. and Jackie J. Archer Brandt. They survive in the Willshire area.
Also surviving are a sister, Bobbi of Willshire; and the grandparents, Mary Zimmerlee, Decatur, Ind., and Tom and Dottie Brandt, Willshire.
He was a line assembly worker at Thunderbird Products, Decatur.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Crossroad Church, the Revs. Jody Harr and John Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow at Willshire Cemetery.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.
Contributions can be made to Wren Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
Howard F. Davis, 54, 1701 South St., Piqua, died at 4:25 a.m. Dec. 25, 2004, at James Cancer Hospital, Columbus.
He was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Sidney, to Russell O. and Virginia E. Henderson Davis who survive in Sidney. On Sept. 30, 1978, he married Linda J. Pence who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Angela of Piqua; a brother, Russell (Cindy) of Jackson Center; two sisters, Linda (John) Knouff and Shelia (Joe) Strunk, all of Sidney; and a grandson.
He was employed in the shipping department at Hartzell Propeller, Piqua. A 1968 graduate of Sidney High School, he was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose 1067, Piqua, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sidney, and South Shores Sportsman Club, Celina.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, the Rev. James A. Hoffbauer officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to South Shores Sportsman Club or the Arthur James Cancer Institute.
Paul W. Eilerman, 86, state Route 705, Sidney, died at 10:48 p.m. Dec. 23, 2004, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney.
He was born March 9, 1918, near Sidney, to Anthony and Elizabeth Sommer Eilerman. On June 14, 1944, he married Victoria Poeppelman who survives.
Also surviving are six sons, Dick (Janice), Dan (Rose), Don (Margie) and Phil (Carolyn), all of Fort Loramie, Steve (Helene) of New Bremen, and Tony (Patty) of Sidney; a daughter, Linda (Jerry) Platfoot, DeGraff; four brothers, Albert (Marie) of Sidney, John (Marie) and Anthony (Evelyn), all of Fort Loramie, and Vernon (Vera) of Minster; two sisters, Mary Kuether, Houston, and Bertha Wenning, Osgood; 26 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A brother, three sisters and a grandchild are deceased.
A retired farmer, he was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Fort Loramie, Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Council 6239, McCartyville, and the Farm Bureau Council.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Franklin Joseph Limbert, 66, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Botkins, was found dead at his residence Dec. 24, 2004.
He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Botkins, to Alvin M. and Mary Brown Limbert.
Surviving is a sister, Rosemary (Andrew A.) Droesch, Chickasaw; a nephew, two great-nephews and a great-niece.
A nephew is deceased.
He retired in 1996 as a chemical engineer with Bayer Corp. in Pittsburgh after 30 years of service. A 1956 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Wapakoneta, he received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Dayton in 1960 and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1962. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, McKees Rocks, Pa.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins, the Rev. Patrick Slonecker officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
Contributions can be made to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery Fund.
Monty Hal "Mac" McIlroy, 60, 209 E. Fayette St., Celina, died at 1:55 a.m. Dec. 23, 2004, at Kettering Medical Center. Death was due to cancer.
He was born Sept. 10, 1944, in Madison, Wis., to George H. and Ellen Mae Bauer McIlroy. On March 29, 1965, he married Paula K. Remaklus who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Hallie G. (Jeff) Craven and Jessica R. Cooper, all of Celina; a brother, Scott (Mary) of Columbus; and three grandchildren.
Deceased are a twin son and daughter, Paul A. and Jennifer Rachel; and a sister, Sue Ellen Jones.
An independent insurance agent and a published writer, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, and the Woodland Foundation.
Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. today at the church, the Rev. Tom Brenberger officiated. Burial followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, had charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to the Mercer County Cancer Society, the church or the Cancer Association.
St. Henry native Cletus A. Moorman, 74, Seal Avenue, Piketon, died Dec. 23, 2004, at Pleasant Hill Manor, Piketon.
He was born April 17, 1930, in St. Henry, to William B. and Irene C. Hartings Moorman. On Aug. 18, 1956, he married Jean Marie Flaspoehler who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William Martin (Lavada) of Lancaster and Michael James (Stacy) of Piketon; three daughters, Ellen Marie of Springfield, Mary Linda (J. Doug) Wolf, Kettering, and Teresa Joann (Jon) Johannes, Virginia Beach, Va.; and nine grandchildren.
Other survivors include three brothers, Thomas (Marie) and Edward (Teresa), all of St. Henry, and John Henry (Wendy) of Maywood, Ill.; three sisters, Mary Ruth (Harold) Willman, Fort Recovery, Helen Elizabeth (Frank) Umphrey, Battle Ground, Wash., and Marjorie Ann (Roger) Stachler, St. Henry; and two sisters-in-law, Eloise Moorman, Dayton, and Rebecca Moorman, Ottoville.
Two brothers, Gerald and Robert, are deceased.
He was an educator in numerous school districts and retired from the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Queen of the Missions Catholic Church, Waverly, the Rev. James Black officiating.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home, Piketon. American Legion Merritt Post 142, Waverly, will conduct military rites following calling hours.
Contributions may be made to the University of Dayton Alumni Band.
Arthur John Vagedes, 81, 2560 Philothea Road, Fort Recovery, died at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 25, 2004, at his home.
He was born July 12, 1923, in Coldwater, to Frank and Henrietta Lechleiter Vagedes. On Oct. 22, 1949, he married Lorena Elizabeth Heitbrink who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Eric (Marge) of Gosport, Ind., Jerry (Mary) of Philothea, David (Rebecca) and Frank (Carol), all of Fort Recovery; two daughters, Mary Jo (Carl) Zepeda, Rockford, and Marge (Jim) Will, Fort Recovery; a sister, Rose Ann (Dennis) Garman, Hampton, S.C.; 34 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Joe Sutter, are deceased.
He retired from New Idea, Coldwater, and was a farmer. He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church and the church choir, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135 and American Legion Post 470, both of Coldwater. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Irene Betty Woeste, 82, 1100 Butler St., Coldwater, died at 7 a.m. Dec. 24, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born Sept. 18, 1922, in Dayton, to William and Josephine Westerheide Werner. On May 31, 1952, she married Richard Woeste who died Oct. 2, 1982.
Surviving are a daughter, Nita of Dayton; a brother, Bill (Lil) Werner, Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Kay (Bill) Donauer, Coldwater; a brother-in-law, Bill (Mary) Woeste, Coldwater; and a sister-in-law, Mary Margaret (Romie) Kaup, Coldwater.
She formerly worked as a bookkeeper for CW Service in Coldwater. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, all of Coldwater. She also was a charter member of the Community Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteers and the American Legion Auxiliary, both of Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the Community Hospital Volunteers.