Vera D. Baumgardner, 82, 702 S. Main St., St. Marys, died at 6:50 a.m. Feb. 22, 2005, at St. Marys Living Center.
Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Paul Boyer, 80, 631 N. Spruce St., St. Marys, died at 11:42 p.m. Feb. 21, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born May 9, 1924, in St. Marys, to Joseph and Louise Hertenstein Boyer. In 1946, he married Wilma Chasteen who died in October 1975. On June 15, 1978, he married Bernice Schulte Vossler who died Dec. 8, 1998.
Surviving are two sons, Paul of Moore, Okla., and Phillip (Connie) of Coldwater; two daughters, Sharon (Paul) Schmitt, Celina, and Jean (Tim) Grothouse, Tampa, Fla.; two stepsons, Dennis (Pam) Vossler and Jeff (Jean) Vossler, all of St. Marys; a stepdaughter, Jackie (Wes) Vossler-Protsman, Chicago; a sister, Onolee Lederer, Fort Myers, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Joe and Louis, and three sisters, Mildred Beaver, Mary Lou McCullough and Geneva Boyer.
He retired from Railway Express, where he had been a truck driver for 34 years, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II earning two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in battle. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323, both of St. Marys.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Tony Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Eunice M. Gander, 80, of Lima, died at 4:10 a.m. Feb. 22, 2005, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
She was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Spencerville, to Earl A. and Gladys M. Ross Koenig. On June 25, 1949, she married John I. Gander who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Gene A. (Inell) of Durant, Okla., and Bruce W. (Pamela) of Celina; a daughter, Margaret L. (Tom) Wohlgamuth, Cridersville; a sister-in-law, June Koenig, Lima; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Ross and George Koenig; three sisters, Creta Comer Mueller, Donna Nocera and Margaret Regedanz; and a great-granddaughter.
She retired in 1986 after 33 years service at the former Ex-Cell-O plant in Lima, where she had been the first female supervisor. She was a member of Perry United Methodist Church of Lima, where she had served on the Nurture Committee and director of acolytes, and Bowersock Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 and its Clown Unit, both of Spencerville. She had attended Spencerville High School.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, Pastor Kim R. Kiracofe officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Anthony V. "Tony" Guggenbiller, 80, 2698 Philothea Road, Fort Recovery, died Feb. 22, 2005, at his home. The death has been ruled an apparent suicide.
He was born March 29, 1924, in St. Wendelin, to Vincent and Cecilia McFarland Guggenbiller. On Nov. 23, 1950, he married Mary C. Franzer who died April 12, 1987.
Surviving are a daughter, Lou Ann of Fort Recovery; a brother, Sylvester (Alice) of Fort Recovery; two sisters, Frances Limbert, Dayton, and Hilda Benanzer, Fort Loramie; and two sisters-in-law, Helen Guggenbiller, Burkettsville, and Corrine Guggenbiller, Union City, Ind.
Deceased are two brothers, Clarence and Werner; two sisters, Gertrude List and Helen, and three brothers-in-law, Paul List, Jerry Limbert and Edward Benanzer.
He was a retired farmer and a retired Fort Recovery Equity employee. He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church, Philothea, where he sang in the choir for more than 60 years.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiated. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
Clara Sowers Hayes
Clara E. Sowers Hayes, 84, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Bellevue, Ohio, died Feb. 22, 2005 in Cape Coral, Fla.
She was born in Bellevue to William and Bessie Artino. Her husband, Elmer Sowers, died in 1964.
Surviving are two sons, John Chase and William (Jill) Sowers, all of Cape Coral; two daughters, Betty (John) Spaulding, Cape Coral, and Kathryn Sowers, New Knoxville; five brothers, Joe Artino, Sandusky, Carl (Lois) Artino, Cape Coral, Frank (Lois) Artino, Chicago, Orlando (Bea) and John Artino, all of Bellevue; seven sisters, Theresa (Donald) Breest, Sandusky, Frances (Mario) Leonard and Lois (Walter) Barnett, all of Bellevue, Connie (Paul) Strickfaden, Castalia, Mary (Richard) Moomaw and Wilma (Irvin) Heiser, all of Attica, and Toni (Rob) Goetz, Cape Coral; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Samuel Artino and Samuel Artino, are deceased.
A retired hairdresser, she had worked as a teacher's aide, as a security guard at the Fort Myers, Fla., airport and as an employee of Lee County Workforce. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Loyal Order of Moose, Club Amer-Ital and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, all of Bellevue, and St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Fort Myers.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bellevue church with burial to follow at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Foos & Son Funeral Home, Bellevue.
Contributions can be made to Hope Hospice of Fort Myers or The Sorrowful Mother Shrine of Bellevue.
Jane A. Hofmann, 98, 279 N. Hanover St., Minster, died at 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 2005, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
She was born Nov. 30, 1906, in St. Patrick, to Jacob and Theresa Mueller Zircher. On Jan. 30, 1934, she married George Hofmann who died Aug. 20, 1991.
Surviving is a sister-in-law, Leona Zircher, Fort Loramie.
Three brothers and seven sisters are deceased.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster.
Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
John M. Hyland, 82, of Russells Point, died at 1 a.m. Feb, 21, 2005, at his home.
He was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Neffs, Ohio, to Irwin and Alta Carney Hyland. On Nov. 10, 1970, he married Jeannette Douglass who died April 17, 1990.
Surviving are two brothers, Thomas (Donna) of Centerville, Va., and Paul (Marcy) of Dayton; and two nephews and three nieces, including several who reside in the Grand Lake St. Marys area.
A brother, Richard, and a sister, Betty Sabec, are deceased.
He retired from Dayton Rubber Co. after 22 years and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Doyle R. Miller AMVETS Post 39 and Indian Lake Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3615, both of Lakeview, American Legion Post 675, Dayton, and the Logan County Friendly Senior Center, Bellefontaine.
Services are noon Friday at Van Horn Funeral Home, Lakeview, Pastor John O'Hara officiating. Burial will follow at Lima Memorial Park Cemetery.
Calling is after 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Dorena A. Knapke, 92, 8441 Bulcher Road, Versailles, died at 1:25 a.m. Feb. 22, 2005, at her home.
She was born March 28, 1912, in Osgood, to Fred and Mary Synck Bohman. On April 25, 1934, she married Aloys H. Knapke who died July 5, 2004.
Surviving are a son, Ivo (Henrietta) of Versailles; two daughters, Janice (Charles) Schwieterman, Celina, and Gladys (Denis) Rethman, Maria Stein; a son-in-law, Thomas Poeppelman, Yorkshire; two brothers, Othmer (Agnes) Bohman, Englewood, and Elmer (Verena) Bohman, Versailles; a sister, Thelma Schmitmeyer, Minster; 15 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Dolores Poeppelman; three brothers and three sisters.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and St. Barbara Ladies Sodality, both of Osgood.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.
Steven L. Schneitman, 58, 110 S.E. Lee Ave., Live Oak, Fla., died Feb. 17, 2005, at Surrey Place Care Center in Florida. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Oct. 26, 1946, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Henry L. and Anne E. Strother Schneitman.
Surviving are two children, both of Live Oak, and a brother, Michael (Karen) Schneitman, Celina.
He had worked as a handyman in the Live Oak area and served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Private services are planned.
Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.
Mary Frances Shiverdecker, 83, 1123 Kensington Lane, Celina, died Feb. 21, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born Oct. 25, 1921, in St. Marys, to Dale and Mary Jane Sutton Minckley. On Jan. 25, 1945, she married Jack Garman Shiverdecker who died Oct. 6, 1975.
Surviving are two daughters, Darlene (Ben) Basone, Maineville, and Amy (Steve) Wade, Celina; a daughter-in-law, Alice (Douglas) Cook, Celina; five grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Jerry Leroy, and four sisters, Ruby Mallory, Hazel Stain, Opal Vetor and Mildred Adams.
She was a homemaker and later became owner of Consolidated Heating & Plumbing following the death of her husband and son. A 1939 graduate of Ottawa Public High School and the Secretarial Institute of Detroit, she was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ladies of the Elks #2170, the Mercer County Sportsmen's Association and the Mercer County Council on Aging, all of Celina. She was a former member of the Golfing Association, past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 5713 and a former member of the Girl Scout Board of Directors in Lima.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, and 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church music fund.