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Obituaries
Saturday, February 12, 2005

John Bender

Celina native John Russell Bender, 79, of New Orleans, La., died Feb. 10, 2005, following an extended illness.
   He was born Jan. 15, 1926, to John Henry and Dona Lawson Bender. He married Naomi Kuhn Bender, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Steven (Betsy), Austin, Texas; two daughters, Nancy Lee (Bryan) Pedeaux and Diana Lynn, all of New Orleans; a sister, Mary Ann Smolen, Melbourne, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
   Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Aurora United Methodist Church, New Orleans, the Revs. Odell Simmons and Hugh Warren officiating. Burial will follow at St. Louis Cemetery #3, New Orleans.
   Calling is 9-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Mothe Funeral Home, Algiers, La., has charge of arrangements.


Leo 'Barney’ Bernard

Former Celina resident Leo J. "Barney" Bernard, 91, of Kenton, died at 11:10 a.m. Feb. 10, 2005, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
   He was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Osgood, to Frank and Mary Bertke Bernard. On June 2, 1941, he married Elizabeth Fox, who died June 13, 2000.
   Survivors are a son, Dan (Dale) of Longmont, Colo.; three daughters, Kathy (Jack) Franzel, Kirkland, Wash., Marie (Tony) Sprang, Kenton, and Anne (Duane) Keller, Cincinnati; a daughter-in-law, Janice of Cleveland; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Michael, and a grandchild.
   He owned and operated the Bernard Furniture Store in Kenton for 18 years. Prior to that, he also owned furniture stores in Wellington, Carey and Upper Sandusky. He was a graduate of Kenton High School and attended St. Anthony Institute.
   He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Kenton . He served as a member on the board of directors for Kenton National Bank, San Antonio Hospital and Amcon Manufacturing. He was a member of Kenton Elks Lodge #157, the American Legion, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association and the Knights of Columbus, all in Kenton. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served at various locations in England during World War II.
   Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. James Csaszer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Kenton.
   Calling is 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Price Funeral Home in Kenton. A vigil and prayer service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church or to the Barnard Family Fund of the Hardin County Community Foundation.


Norbert Burkhart

Norbert F. Burkhart, 55, of Cloverdale, died at 6:32 p.m. Feb. 10, 2005, at the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center.
   He was born Dec. 28, 1949, in Cloverdale, to Clarence and Alma Geckle Burkhart.
   Survivors are three brothers, Larry (Ann), Cloverdale, Ken (Ruth), North Star and Mike (Melissa), Broken Arrow, Okla.; a sister, Donna (Ron) Burgei, Cloverdale; a brother-in-law, Cy Hubert, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mary Burkhart, Cloverdale; and a step-grandchild.
   Deceased are two brothers, Robert and Dennis, and a sister, Mary Lou Hubert.
   He was a truck driver for K&L Ready Mix, Kalida, for the last 20 years. He was a member of the Cloverdale Game Club, the American Legion inContinental, Buckeye Riders and Drivers, and St. Barbara Catholic Church, all in Coverdale.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Robert Kill officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday and again 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, Ottoville. A wake service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.


Judy Francis

Judy K. Francis, 54, 2568 Hollansburg-Sampson Road, New Madison, died at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 10, 2005, at Hospice in Dayton after a brief illness.
   She was born July 17, 1950, in Wapakoneta, to Walter and Christina Huston Griner.
   On July 17, 1976, she married David Francis, who survives.
   Other survivors are three sons, Jim (Mary) Adkins, Albany, Elvin (Lee) Adkins, New Weston, and Ted (Stephanie) Adkins, Union City; three Bill (Bernita) Griner, Decatur, Ind., Butch (Jane) Griner, Celina and Ed (Eileen) Griner, Rockford; three sisters, Pat (Jerry) Walter, Connie (Joe) Tebbe and Mary Larson, all of Celina; and five grandchildren.
   She was a nurse's aid for home health care.
   Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton.


Vickie Jarrell

Vickie A. Jarrell, 48, 131 Floral Ave., Portland, Ind., died at 7:10 a.m. Feb. 10, 2005, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.
   She was born July 16, 1956, in Decatur, Ind., to Darrell and Maxine Herman Burgess, who survive in Geneva, Ind.. She married Dave Jarrell, who survives at the residence.
   Other survivors are a son, Kyle L. (Marci L.) Andrews, Celina; a sister, Lisa K. (Leo) Kahn, Bryant, Ind.; a mother-in-law, Oral, Portland, a sister-in-law, Pam (Leo) Holmes, Bluffton, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Tom, Kokomo, Ind.; and three grandchildren.
   She was employed at Bing-Lear Manufacturing Group in Berne, Ind. She was a 1974 graduate of South Adams High School in Berne and was a member of Sardinia Congregational Christian Church, Bryant.
   Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva, Ind., the Rev. John Huddlestone officiating. Burial will follow at Stahl Cemetery, Petroleum, Ind.
   Calling is 1-6 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Jay County Cancer Society in Portland.

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