D. Marcile Bair
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David Kuhn
Ernest Ontrop
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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

D. Marcile Bair

D. Marcile Bair, 87, 2901 York St., Celina, died at 2:40 p.m. Feb. 28, 2005, at her residence.
   She was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Coldwater, to Forest C. and Ada V. McNair Ensign. In July 1946, she married Willis W. Bair who died in March 1979.
   Surviving are a brother, Hoyt (Betty) Ensign, Toledo, and a sister, Janice Evans, Celina.
   A sister, Gladis Temme, is deceased.
   She had worked with her husband at Bair Pharmacy in Celina. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina, a 1935 graduate of Coldwater High School and a graduate of Fort Wayne Business College and Flower Hospital School of Nursing, Toledo.
   Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
   Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.

Norma Bauer

Norma L. Bauer, 94, formerly of Willow Street, Celina, died at 8:40 p.m. Feb. 27, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Sept. 14, 1910, in Celina, to Thomas B. and Lillie Coate McGee. On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Clarence Bauer who died June 12, 1969.
   Surviving are two sisters, Miriam and Gladys McGee, both of Celina, and two sisters-in-law, Melva McGee and Virginia Yohey, also of Celina.
   Deceased are four brothers, Edward, James Lowell, Orville and Russell McGee, and two sisters, Mary and Esther McGee.
   She retired from Mersman Brothers-Sommers Corp., Celina, and was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
   Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.

Sarah Hellwarth

Graveside services for Celina native Sarah M. Hellwarth, 99, of Ann Arbor, Mich., will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Hankins Cemetery near Celina.
   She died at 5:10 p.m. Feb. 27, 2005, at Hillside Terrace Nursing Home, Ann Arbor.
   Calling is noon - 12:45 p.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.

David Kuhn

Former Rockford resident David Herman Kuhn, 61, of Greenwood, Ind., died Feb. 28, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Ind., where he was a patient.
   He was born June 4, 1943, in Van Wert, to Herman Lavern and Helen Irene Nosek Kuhn. On Feb. 4, 1967, he married Carol Speckman who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Ed (Tricia) of Lima and Aaron (Karie) of Celina; two daughters, Kellie (Pete) Lamonica, Indianapolis, and Stacie of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Dennis (Patty) of Alexandria, Ind., and Ron of Chattanooga; a sister, Diane (Terry) Reard, Underwood, Minn.; and six grandchildren.
   He had been a farmer in the Rockford area before moving to Indiana nearly five years ago and was a member of Our Lady of Greenwood Catholic Church, Greenwood.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Thomas Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford.

Ernest Ontrop

Mercer County native Ernest B. Ontrop, 82, 1617 W. 100 N., Portland, Ind., died Feb. 27, 2005, at Americare Living Center, Portland.
   He was born March 15, 1922, in Mercer County, to August and Josephine Weigel Ontrop. On July 26, 1944, he married Luella Braun who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Dennis (Sharon) of Fort Recovery and Howard (Martha) of Portland; three daughters, Carolyn (Dan) Kirkendall, Decatur, Ind., Margie (Herbert) May, Salamonia, Ind., and Mary Jo (Nick) Delzeith, St. Henry; nine grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Paul; a daughter-in-law, Esther; and two sisters, Esther Link and Elvira Schmidt.
   He retired in 1984 from Mersman Brothers, Celina, and also was engaged in farming. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portland, a member of the Steelworkers Union and a 1940 graduate of Fort Recovery High School.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Marty Sandhage officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, Ind. A scripture service will be held there at 4 p.m. today.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.

Edward Pleiman Sr.

Edward J. Pleiman Sr., 98, 1921 Cassella-Montezuma Road, Maria Stein, died at 9 a.m. Feb. 26, 2005, at The Gardens at St. Henry.
   He was born March 29, 1906, in Fort Loramie, to Joseph and Christine Zimmerman Pleiman. On Feb. 12, 1930, he married Margaret Schaeffer who died Dec. 29, 1976. On Sept. 4, 1981, he married Alice Mertz who died Aug. 23, 1996.
   Surviving are four sons, James (Joan) and Edward Jr. (Linda), all of Maria Stein, Nicholas (Rosie) of Celina, and Jerome (Jan) of Dayton; seven daughters, Mary Dahlinghaus and Teresa (Bill) Winner, Maria Stein, Dolores (Bob) Van Leeuwen, Dayton, Helen Grogean and Ellen (John) Grillot, all of Versailles, Sister Grace Mariam S.F.P., New York City, and Johanna (Larry) Harlamert, Coldwater; two stepsons, Bill (Shirley) Mertz and Bob (Melinda) Mertz; and two stepdaughters, Margie (Joe) Prevish and Betty (Ray) Olfry.
   Other survivors include a sister, Lorene (Arthur) Kaser, Sidney; 50 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, 20 step grandchildren, 22 stepgreat-grandchildren and a stepgreat-great-grandchild.
   Deceased are an infant daughter, Irene; two sons-in-law, Norbert Dahlinghaus and James Grogean; seven brothers, two sisters, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
   He was a retired farmer, a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and the Men's Sodality, both of Cassella, and the Knights of Columbus, Minster. He formerly served on the Osgood School Board.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church, Maria Stein, the Rev. Ken Schroeder. Burial will follow at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, Cassella.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Pauline Schwieterman

Pauline Mary Schwieterman, 87, of Garden City, Kansas, died Feb. 26, 2005, at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City.
   She was born Feb. 7, 1918, in Hooker, Okla., to Henry and Elizabeth Kuhl Bergkamp. Her husband, former Mercer County resident Walter Schwieterman, died Oct. 24, 1991.
   Surviving are five sons, Dave (Jenny), Omer (Taa) and Kent (Tina), all of Syracuse, Kansas, Luke (Verena) of Garden City, and Bart of Amarillo, Texas, and two daughters, Judy (Marlin) Kocher, Onaga, Kan., and Jean (Kenneth) Huser, Salina, Kan.
   Deceased are two brothers, three sisters and three brothers-in-law.
   A housekeeper and caregiver, she also had worked in a dress shop and a restaurant. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Syracuse.
   Funeral Mass was held today at the church with burial following at Syracuse Cemetery.
   Greene-Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments, Syracuse, had charge of arrangements.
   Contributions can be made to the Altar Society of the church.


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