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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Rev. James Flinchbaugh

The Rev. James E. Flinchbaugh, 80, 11312 Bobwhite Lane, St. Marys, died at 8:45 p.m. Feb. 6, 2005, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
   He was born Feb. 8, 1924, in Dallastown, Pa., to Jerome and Minnie Wise Flinchbaugh. On Jan. 13, 1951, he married Jean W. Turner who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Bruce (Mary Fontana) of Dallas, and Paul (Angela) of Brownsville, Texas; a daughter, Nancy of Springfield; a brother, Robert of Dallastown; four grandchildren and a stepgrandchild.
   Three brothers are deceased.
   A retired United Methodist minister, he had served as chaplain at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and Flower Memorial Hospital in Sylvania and as pastor at Belmont United Methodist Church, Dayton, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina. He also served as superintendent of the Dayton South District for six years.
   He graduated from Dallastown High School, Lebanon Valley College and United Theological Seminary before earning a PhD in the philosophy of religion from Boston University. He was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys.
   Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at the Otterbein chapel, the Rev. Mary Kay Brown officiating. Private burial services will be held later at Mount Rose Cemetery, York, Pa.
   Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.

Hildred Geurkink

Former Celina resident Hildred "Hillie" Anne Geurkink, 62, of Wyoming, Mich., died Feb. 5, 2005, at her home. Death was due to natural causes.
   She was born March 27, 1942, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Andrew and Tillie Cammenga. Her mother survives in Grand Rapids, Mich.
   Also surviving are two sons, Fred (Hollie) of Belding, Mich., and Mike (Nikki) of Mendon; a daughter, Sharon (Rob) Chaney, New Bremen; five brothers, Syd (Ethel) Cammenga, John (Esther) Cammenga, Andy (Millie) Cammenga, Phil (Marie) Cammenga, and Ken (Sue) Cammenga; a sister, Beth (Jack) Knol; and 11 grandchildren.
   A son, Robbie, and a brother, Ron Cammenga, are deceased.
   Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, the Rev. Arnie Dykstra officiating.
   Calling is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, Kentwood, Mich.

Agnes Howe

Former New Knoxville resident Agnes Howe, 86, of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, died at 9:25 p.m. Feb. 7, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.

Mary Niekamp

Mary R. Niekamp, 62, 3196 Harrison Road, Celina, died at 2:53 p.m. Feb. 7, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. Death was due to natural causes.
   She was born March 3, 1942, in Fort Recovery, to Paul and Mary Shannon Long. On June 18, 1960, she married Thomas R. Niekamp who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Daniel (Carol) of New Weston; two daughters, Angela (Thomas) Raterman, Fort Loramie, and Marsha (Brian) Blickel, New Bremen; a brother, Richard (Nancy) Long, Richmond, Ind.; seven sisters, Kathleen Schmidt, Greenville, Betty Imel and Shirley Butcher, both of Portland, Ind., Rita (Harry) Long, Patricia (Mark) VanTrees and Margaret (James) Champ, all of Fort Recovery, and Joan Banda (Ray Prod), Chicago; and 10 grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, John and Paul Long; a sister, Mary; and three brothers-in-law, Bob Imel, Marvin Schmidt and Donald Butcher.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, where she served as a caring minister, the Ladies Sodality and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, all of Chickasaw.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Harry Cavanaugh 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.

Marlyn Schlemann

Marlyn Marcella Schlemann, 79, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Fort Recovery and Portland, Ind., died Jan. 31, 2005, at her home.
   She was born Jan. 8, 1926, in Hartford City, Ind., to Norval and Eureka D. Pierson Marsh. On June 14, 1945, she married James F. Schlemann who died in 2003.
   Surviving are a daughter, Sue (Don) Klosterman, Celina; two brothers, Cleon (Evelyn) Marsh, Warsaw, Ind., and David (Beth) Marsh, Noblesville, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Schlemann, Hamilton; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   She retired as a secretary from CTS of Berne, Ind., and was a member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Bradenton, a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Portland, a charter member of Psi Iota Xi sorority, Fort Recovery, and a graduate of Portland High School.
   Memorial services and interment of the ashes will be held at a later date.
   Contributions can be made to Hospice, the American Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation of West Central Ohio.

Betty Schockman

Betty J. Schockman, 79, 303 Harbor Drive, Celina, died at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 5, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   She was born Nov. 26, 1925, in Detroit, to Henry and Sylvia Droppelman Vian. On May 27, 1946, she married Leo W. Schockman who died Dec. 21, 2003.
   Surviving are four daughters, Carolyn Shaner, St. Henry, Gloria (Michael) Fortman and Joreen Gonzalez, all of Celina, and Janet (Michael) Kittle, Cridersville; two half sisters, Mary Romer, Fort Recovery, and Jane Tobe, St. Henry; two sisters-in-law, Delores Vian, Greenville, and Margaret Vian, Celina; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are an infant daughter, Candace Ann; two brothers, Joe and Bob Vian; a half brother, Ed Vian; and two half sisters, Margaret Barnett and Alvira Lose.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both of Celina.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery, St. Henry.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the Immaculate Conception Endowment Fund.

Michael Springer

Michael Springer, 46, of Coldwater, died Feb. 7, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, following a sudden illness.
   Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.


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