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Obituaries
Saturday, March 19, 2005

Donald Albers

Donald Albers, 74, 2096 state Route 716, Maria Stein, died at 6:20 a.m. March 18, 2005, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minster, where he was a resident for two days.
   He was born March 14, 1931, in Egypt, to Herman and Gertrude Knuefner Albers. On April 23, 1960, he married Alfrieda Hausfeld who survives.
   Other survivors are a son, David (Jenny) of Maria Stein; a daughter, Nancy (Randy) Bullard, Centerville; and four grandchildren.
   Also surviving are a brother, Herman (Cecelia), Fort Loramie; and nine sisters, Rita Seger, Fort Loramie, Eileen (Urban) Meyer, Minster, Dorothy (Jim) Meyer, Sidney, Martha Wolters and Diane (Bob) Wyen, all of McCartyville, Norma (Gene) Gill, Wapakoneta, Rosie (Dave) Cooper, New Bremen, Betty (Gerald) Kempfer, Botkins, and Peggy (Tim) Simon, Houston.
   Deceased are a brother and a sister.
   He was retired from Crown Equipment, New Bremen, and owner of Albers Distributing. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Maria Stein, and its Men's Sodality. He also was a member of the Knights of St. John of Maria Stein and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Minster.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Revs. Harry Cavanaugh and Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.


Joshua Fortkamp

Joshua W. Fortkamp, 22, 3809 state Route 219, Coldwater, formerly of Fort Recovery, died at his home March 17, 2005, from an apparent suicide.
   He was born Aug. 5, 1982, in Coldwater, to Robert and Bonnie Dues Fortkamp who survive in Fort Recovery.
   Other survivors are a brother, Jason of Coldwater; four sisters, Sarah of Coldwater, and Stacy, Beth and Lindsey, all of Fort Recovery; grandparents Vincent and Jean Fortkamp of Fort Recovery, and Mildred Dues, Coldwater.
   Deceased is a brother, Eric, and a grandfather, August Dues.
   He worked at Dillers Custom Pumping, St. Anthony, and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Sharpsburg, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. A 2001 graduate of Fort Recovery High School, he received an ag-mechanics degree from Northwestern University, Lima, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3324, Fort Recovery.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service led by the Knights of Columbus will be held at 7:45 p.m. Sunday followed by a wake service.


Kathy Menchofer

Kathy D. Menchofer, 46, 5829 Wabash Road, Celina, died March 18, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born Feb. 24, 1959, in Mercer County, to James Jr. and Evelyn Fennig Bryan. Her mother survives in Celina. On Dec. 2, 1978, she married John Menchofer, who also survives.
   Other survivors are two sons, Curtis (Cassie), and Eric, all of Celina; a daughter, Laura Menchofer, Celina; a brother, Keith (Lubica) Bryan, Cincinnati; and a sister, Carol (Todd) Gagel, Maria Stein.
   Deceased is her father.
   She worked as assistant director of the Mercer County Child Support Enforcement Agency in Celina. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Coldwater, and a member of a church women's group. She also had taught Sunday school for many years and had served on the church council.
   Services are 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Arvid Harklau officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home in Celina and after 9 a.m. Monday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church.


William Pursley

William Pursley, 91, of Fort Recovery, died March 17, 2005 at Jay County Hospital in Portland, Ind.
   He was born June 7, 1913, in Hartford City, Ind., to Albert and Ella Smith Pursley. He married Jean Meehan Pursley, who is deceased.
   Survivors are a daughter, Sandy Pavey, of Indianapolis; two sisters, Audrey Spretly and Betty Pursley, both of Columbus; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a sister, Marjorie Duff.
   He was retired from Hobart manufacturing in Dayton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
   Calling is noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial is at Greenville Cemetery.
   No other services are planned.


Eugene Putman

Eugene Putman, 86, Rockford, died at 5:15 p.m. March 17, 2005 at The Laurels of Shane Hill where he had been a resident.
   He was born Feb. 21, 1919, in Ohio City, to George H. and Emma Fredricka Pfleuger Putman. On Dec. 20, 1952, he married the former Iris Naomi Roebuck, who died Feb. 18, 2003.
   Surviving are two brothers, Theodore (Mary Jane), New Haven, Ind. and Howard (Norma), Spencerville; and one sister, Joan (Leonard) Berry, Sun City, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Eudora Putman, Fairborn.
   Deceased are two brothers, Robert and Orby.
   A life-long farmer, he was retired from Mercer County Landmark. He was a World War II veteran, a member of Rockford United Methodist Church and the Rockford American Legion Post.
   Private graveside services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, the Rev. Mike Berne officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Rockford American Legion Post at the cemetery.


Joan Silvers

Joan M. Silvers, 75, formerly of 12312 Cottonwood Dr., died at 7:55 a.m. March 18, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   Funeral arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home.

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