Emma Baumer
Urban Gaier
Nathan Hanna
Joe Kennedy
Lilas Lininger
Matilda Maier
Richard J. Muhlenkamp
Emma Nutt
Rita Penno
Celia Speelman
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Emma Baumer

Emma Gabrielle Baumer, infant daughter of Matthew and Kimberly Hess Baumer, 4975 Fort Recovery-Minster Road, St. Henry, was stillborn at 5:10 a.m. March 23, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   Surviving with the parents are the grandparents, Donald and Donna Hess, St. Henry, and David and Peg Baumer, McCartyville; and the great-grandparents, Adella Hess, St. Henry, Jerry and Joan Wright, Wapakoneta, Lawrence and Wilma Baumer, McCartyville, and Irma Francis, Sidney.
   She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
   Graveside services are 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the church cemetery, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating.
   Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, has charge of arrangements.

Urban Gaier

Urban C. Gaier, 88, formerly of 73 W. Star St., North Star, died at 2:50 p.m. March 23, 2005, at Heartland of Greenville nursing home.
   He was born Oct. 11, 1916, in Minster, to Joseph and Elizabeth Barhorst Gaier. On Nov. 14, 1940, he married Dorothy M. Hole who died Oct. 31, 1999.
   Surviving are a son, Michael (Bonnie) of Yorkshire; three daughters, Judy (Robert) Heistand, Ansonia, Kathy (Scott) Jones, New Weston, and Connie (Mike) Meyer, Brookville; a brother, August of Tennessee; a sister, Hilda Siegel, Fort Loramie; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   A sister is deceased.
   He was a retired brick layer and a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star.
   Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Nathan Hanna

Nathan Burnell Hanna, 18, 1015 Rosewood Drive, Celina, died at 4:30 p.m. March 21, 2005, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to injuries sustained in a March 19 accident.
   He was born April 5, 1986, in Van Wert, to Ray and Ruth Hammons Hanna who survive in Celina.
   Other survivors are a brother, Daniel of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Sheryl of Troy; and grandparents Vernis and Martha of Celina.
   Deceased are grandparents Burnell and Innes Hammons, and stegrandmother Betty Hammons.
   He worked at Versa Pak Inc., Celina, and was a member of Living Hope Assembly of God, St. Marys. He was a 2004 graduate of Celina High School where he participated in track and cross country teams. As a student, he was awarded a State Governor Award in High School Art.
   Services are 11 a.m. March 26 at the church, the Rev. John Nunnally officiating. Burial is at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, and 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the Celina Parks & Recreation Skateboard Park Fund.

Joe Kennedy

Mendon native Joe Clair Kennedy, 86, of Seattle, Wash., died March 16, 2005, at his home.
   He was born April 15, 1918, near Mendon, to John and Cora Kennedy. In 1946, he married Gerry Baldwin who survives.
   Also surviving are two daughters, Shannon (Phil) Lundstrom and Erin (Don) Ray, all of Seattle; and two granddaughters.
   Deceased are a son, Pat, and a brother, William.
   He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1976 as a pilot with the rank of captain. He worked briefly for Trans World Airlines at the start of World War II and then flew for a small charter service out of Detroit before joining Northwest in 1945.
   A service of remembrance is 1 p.m. Saturday at John Knox Presbyterian Church, Normandy Park, Wash.
   Contributions can be made to Quest Aircraft Charitable Fund of Portland, Ore.

Lilas Lininger

Lilas S. Lininger, 91, 212 N. Walnut St., New Bremen, was found dead March 23, 2005, at her home.
   She was born June 5, 1913, in New Bremen, to John and Emma Wittenbrink Schierholt. On Nov. 15, 1947, she married Raymond Watercutter who later died. On July 25, 1981, she married Charles Lininger who also is deceased.
   Surviving are two stepdaughters-in-law, Irene Lininger, St. Marys, and Karen Lininger, Brookville; six stepgrandchildren and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two stepsons, Louis and Joseph Lininger, and an infant brother.
   She retired as a dietitian at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, in 1978 and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.

Matilda Maier

Matilda R. Maier, 90, 122 S. LeBlond St., Celina, died at 8:44 a.m. March 23, 2005, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
   She was born Aug. 12, 1914, in Osgood, to George and Mary Zumbrink Leugers. On Feb. 28, 1933, she married George J. Maier who died Feb. 20, 1978.
   Surviving are four sons, Robert (Phyllis), James (Shirley) and Richard (Patricia), all of Celina, and Dallas (Linda) of Nesbit, Miss.; two daughters, Mary Jo (Richard) Colson and Ruth (Cletus) Stoepfel, also of Celina; a sister, Luetta Magato, Celina; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, August and Henry Leugers; four sisters, Carrie Allison, Ann Elking Miller, Frances Braun and Regina Sutter; and a grandchild.
   She formerly worked at Buckeye Clothing, Mersman Brothers, Huffy's and Equity Dairy and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Altar-Rosary Sodality and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, all of Celina.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the Immaculate Conception Endowment Fund.

Richard J. Muhlenkamp

Richard J. Muhlenkamp, 66, 5520 state Route 49, Fort Recovery, died at 1:30 p.m. March 23, 2005, at his home.
   He was born May 13, 1938, in Celina, to Alfons and Alvina Krieg Muhlenkamp. On Jan. 25, 1969, he married Susan Remaklus who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Jason of St. Anthony; four daughters, Tracy (Chris) Muhlenkamp and Tonia, all of St. Anthony, Tara (Todd) Buschur, Philothea, and Tammy (Shawn) Schneider, Coldwater; and nine grandchildren.
   Other survivors include five brothers, Mark (Joan) and Ron (Carol), all of Coldwater, Roger (Donna) of Flagstaff, Ariz., Dale (Gayle) of Tustin, Calif., and Bob (Sally) of Portland, Ind.; and five sisters, Jean Bruns, Chickasaw, Lori (Charlie) Froning, St. Henry, Dorothy Brockman, Fort Recovery, Lucy (Don) Beckstedt and Carol (Dale) Laux, all of Celina.
   Deceased are two brothers-in-law, Lavern Brockman and Ivo Bruns.
   He was a truck driver for Minster Farmers Cooperative Exchange, St. Anthony, a member and usher at the St. Anthony Catholic Church, a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3025, Coldwater, a 1956 graduate of Coldwater High School and a U.S. Army veteran.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.

Emma Nutt

Emma C. Nutt, 97, formerly of 16 Elm St., Fort Loramie, died at 8:45 a.m. March 23, 2005, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
   She was born Oct. 4, 1907, in Fort Loramie, to Conrad and Catherine Hoelscher Fleckenstein. On Oct. 13, 1934, she married Robert Nutt who died Nov. 3, 1984.
   Surviving are three nephews, Les (Evelyn) Kemper, Celina, Tom (Ann) Kemper, Xenia, and Donald (Betty) Nutt, Vandalia, and a niece, Mary Lou (Gene) Phlipot, Minster.
   Deceased are a sister, Theresia Kemper, and three nephews, Elton, Alvin and Robert Kemper.
   She worked at the former Turner Men's Wear in Fort Loramie and formerly served on the Shelby County Election Board. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and its Rosary-Altar Sodality, St. Anne Sodality and the Apostleship of Prayer, all of Fort Loramie, League of the Sacred Heart and the Blue Army of Fatima.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
   Contributions can be made to Fort Loramie Rescue Squad or the Fort Loramie Police Department.

Rita Penno

Rita Agnes Penno, 92, formerly of Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, Coldwater, died at 4:25 a.m. March 23, 2005, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born Nov. 15, 1912, in Cassella, to Augustin and Elizabeth Boeke Stelzer. On June 26, 1934, she married Theodore F. Penno who died Aug. 5, 1982.
   Surviving are two sons, John (Nancy) and Theodore C., all of Coldwater; a daughter, Mary Ann (Joe) Diller, Coldwater; 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
   Two brothers and seven sisters are deceased.
   She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality, both of Coldwater, and Catholic Knights of America, Cassella.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Revs. Thomas Dorn and Anselm Boeke officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Celia Speelman

Celia V. Speelman, 88, of Convoy, died at 8:05 a.m. March 23, 2005, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Sept. 1, 1916, in Melrose, to Sylvanus and Sarah Seals Wilder. On Jan. 29, 1938, she married Leonard L. Speelman who died March 27, 1977.
   Surviving are two sons, Kenneth L. (Janet) of Scott and David L. (Nancy) of Convoy; a daughter, Linda L. (James) Hooghe, Dayton; a sister, Betty Odle, Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Lee Wilder, and several half brothers and half sisters.
   She was a homemaker.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. James Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Scott Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


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