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Thursday, March 3, 2005

Lucille Doenges

Lucille Kathryn Doenges, 83, 8861 Guadalupe Road, New Bremen, died March 2, 2005, at her home.
   She was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Botkins, to Martin and Anna Daniel Huecker. On Aug. 19, 1944, she married Louis William Doenges who survives.
   Also surviving are seven sons, Andrew (Jan), Mark (Terri) and Edward (Marge), all of New Bremen, Joseph (Sharon) of Sugar Land, Texas, William (Edith) of St. Marys, Greg (Carol) of Philothea, and Jeff of Bethesda, Md., and eight daughters, Susan (James) Wagner, Celina, Nancy (Patrick) Fitzgerald, Bowling Green, Fran (Mick) Hanselman, Ashtabula, Rita (Ralph) Tobe, Coldwater, Therese (Bill) Pohlman, Versailles, Kathleen (Rob) Tucker, Radford, Va., Barb of Frankfurt, Germany, and Amy (Shawn) Brady, Springboro.
   Other survivors include two brothers, Richard Huecker, Sidney, and Eugene Huecker, Huber Heights; two sisters, Mary Ballweg, Huber Heights, and Ruth Bertke, Maria Stein; 39 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers Daniel and Veron Huecker.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers Sodality, both of Montezuma, St. Marys Deanery Community Service program, Mercer County Farm Bureau, the Red Hat Society, Royal Roughriders Book Club and State Line Writers Club. She served as a 4-H adviser for more than 30 years and a member of the Mercer County Community Hospital Board of Governors for 14 years. A volunteer at Valley Nursing Home, Celina Manor Nursing Home and State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice, she received the Jefferson Volunteer Award and was named Mercer County Chronicle Senior Citizen of the Year for 2004.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.

Stella Kohli

Stella M. Kohli, 68, 114 S. Beech St., St. Marys, died at 8:15 p.m. March 2, 2005, in the emergency department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Homer Koontz

Homer Alan Koontz, 86, of Rockford, died at 8:46 p.m. March 2, 2005, at Maplewood of Shanes Village, Rockford.
   He was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Willshire, to Dale and Hila Figley Koontz. On April 8, 1939, he married Martha Esther Byer who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Charles (Shari) of Rockford; a daughter, Claudia Noel, Ashland; two sisters, Martha Archer, Rockford, and Rhea (Bob) Duvall, Bluefield; a sister-in-law, Mabel Koontz, Rockford; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
   A brother, Lawrence, is deceased.
   A longtime farmer, he founded Rockford Thrifty 4-H Club and served as its adviser for many years. He was a member of Rockford United Methodist Church and Mercer County Farm Bureau, past officer of Mercer County Federal Land Bank and past grand master of Shanes Lodge 377, Free & Accepted Masons, Rockford.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Pastor Mike Berne officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held there at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Marvel Lloyd

Marvel A. Lloyd, 80, of Van Wert, died at 9:15 a.m. March 2, 2005, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.
   She was born July 12, 1924, in Van Wert, to Fred B. and Emma Gehres Kiehl. On Nov. 16, 1952, she married D. Haydn Lloyd who died June 17, 2000.
   Surviving are two sons, Larry H. (Shirley) and Rex E. (Lisa), all of Van Wert; a daughter, Connie (Kevin) O'Neill, New Bremen; a sister, Norma Duncan, Bradenton, Fla.; two stepsisters, Billie Good and Jean Kelly, both of the Lima area; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Leonard and Charles Kiehl; a sister, Thelma Gehres; and a stepbrother, Dale Ackom.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Salem Presbyterian Church, Salem Women's Association and Chimes Hour, all of Venedocia, Church Women United and Van Wert County Farm Bureau.
   Services are 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, the Rev. Wendy Pratt officiating. Burial will follow at Venedocia Cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, and after 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Glenn Matthews Jr.

Glenn Matthews Jr., 74, 421 S. Sugar St., Celina, was pronounced dead on arrival at 9 p.m. Feb. 28, 2005, at LaPorte County Hospital, LaPorte, Ind. He reportedly became ill while in his truck at a Wanatah, Ind., truck stop.
   He was born July 4, 1930, in Van Wert County, to Glenn R. Sr. and Leah Mottinger Matthews. On Dec. 21, 1974, he married Clara Richards who survives.
   Also surviving are six sons, Curtis Matthews, Big Lake, Alaska, Randy (Sandy) Matthews, St. Marys, Kenneth Huston, Kevin (Tracie) Huston and Ronnie (Dorothy) Huston, all of Celina, and Greg Matthews, Columbus; and three daughters, Glenna Sue (Gene) Wiehe, Palmer, Alaska, Lynn (Keith) Bond, Novi, Mich., and Pearl Harris, Celina.
   Other survivors include a brother, James (Beverly) of Celina; four sisters, Mary Ellen Matthews and Norma Jean (Milton) Davidson, all of Celina, Margaret (Don) McBride, Brookville, and Marilyn (Gary) Stewart, Ruskin, Fla.,a brother-in-law, Roger Menchofer; 16 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   A sister, Judy Kay Menchofer, is deceased.
   He was a driver for Banchi Trucking and a member of Abounding Grace Ministries, Celina, where he was a former trustee. He graduated from Neptune High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, Pastor Rick Brosher officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Edna Simpson

Edna Phyllis Simpson, 87, 800 Indiana Ave., St. Marys, died at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 26, 2005, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys.
   She was born Feb. 20, 1921, in Mercer County, to Harvey and Etha Pearl Haney Shimp. On Sept. 2, 1958, she married Gerney B. Simpson who died June 14, 1979.
   Surviving are a brother, Nathan B. Shimp, Quincy, Ill; and five sisters, Bernice (Hal) Cone, Mentor, Wanda (Ernie) Ballard, Altamont, Ill., Rita (Claude) Groters, Centerville, Pa., Celia (Ray) Beougher, Celina, and Marilyn (Howard) Craft, St. Marys.
   Deceased are a son, Nathan; a brother, Charles Shimp; and three sisters, Stella (Earl) Wolf, Annie E. Shimp and Zola (Eugene) Simmons.
   She was an employee when Joint Township District Memorial Hospital opened in St. Marys, a practical nursing instructor in Hamilton and nursing supervisor at Turtle Creek Nursing Home, Noblesville, Ind. She and her husband established a private home nursing service in St. Marys and later worked as a registered nurse at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys, and Celina Manor Nursing Home before retiring in 1981.
   A 1938 graduate of Center Township School in Neptune, she received her first certificate in nursing from Family Health Association in Cleveland and later a degree in nursing from Ball State University. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, St. Marys.
   Services were held March 1 with the Rev. Robert Ellis officiating. Burial followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens near St. Marys.
   Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, had charge of arrangements.


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