Morris Blackburn
Eugenia Borger
Gary Duncan
John Hellwarth
Eileen King
Karen Schmerge
Elmer Siefring
Walter Sudhoff
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Morris Blackburn

Morris R. "Happy" Blackburn, 93, of Ansonia, died April 10, 2005, at the Brethren Retirement Home Community, Greenville.
   He was born Feb. 28, 1912, in Potsdam, to Charles and Emma J. Kelly Blackburn. In 1935, he married Mary J. Karns who survives.
   Other survivors are two sons, Kenny L. of Ansonia, and Steve (Carrie) of Minster; four daughters, Shirley (Gene) Yohey, Greenville, Carol (Charles) Close, and Becky (John) Klipstine, all of Ansonia, and Connie (George) Harling, Celina; a sister, Ruth Rudisill, Troy; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
   Deceased is a son, Benny R.; three brothers, Huber, Harold and Richard; and three sisters, Marie Kress, Helen Cagwin and Mildred Woods.
   He was a farmer and member of the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, Union City, and a former member of the Pitsburg Lions Club.
   Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Gary Oser officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, West Milton.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Ansonia Area Emergency Service.

Eugenia Borger

Eugenia M. "Jim" Borger, 83, formerly of 422 E. Main St., St. Henry, died at 11 p.m. April 10, 2005, at The Gardens at St. Henry.
   She was born Aug. 2, 1921, in St. Joe, to Lewis and Bertha Granacher Schuh. On Jan. 27, on 1940, she married Delbert Borger, who died on July 27, 1987.
   Surviving are two sons, Eugene (Carol) of Coldwater, and Tom (Mary) of Huber Heights; two daughters, Lois (Ed) Downs, Union, and Bernice (Stanley) Muse, Huber Heights; a sister-in-law, Adella Mae Kaiser, Celina; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a son, Joseph, and 14 brothers and sisters.
   She retired from Hemmelgarn & Sons, Philothea, and was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial is at St. Henry Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan, 62, of Celina, died 5:43 p.m. April 11, 2005, at Mercy Mount Airy Hospital, Cincinnati. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   Services are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

John Hellwarth

John Corvin Hellwarth, 93, 5428 Frahm Pike, Celina, died 11 a.m. April 10, 2005, at the Laurels of Massillon.
   He was born Aug. 11, 1911, in Mercer County, to Abner and Emma Hoenie Hellwarth. On Oct. 29, 1939, he married Bernice Houts who died Oct. 15, 2003.
   Surviving are two daughters, Connie (Ken) Leonard, Green, and Kathy (Ron) Davis, Massillon; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Sam Sr. and Orville, and two sisters, Gladys and Luella.
   He was a retired farmer and member of the Ohio Farm Bureau and Hopewell Township Grange. He was a 1929 graduate of Celina High School and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Celina.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Donald Ramsey officiating. Burial is at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Eileen King

Eileen King, 80, of Otterbein-St. Marys Retirement Living Community, died at 10:12 a.m. April 5, 2005, at her residence.
   She was born July 27, 1924, in Columbus, to Charles and Alta Munns Stevenson. On June 18, 1946, she married Russell King who survives at Otterbein-St. Marys.
   Other survivors are two sons, Larry (Barbara) of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Tim of Denver; two daughters, Judy (David) Sims, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Sandra (John) Mulholland, Chicago; two brothers, Richard and David Stevenson, and a sister, Mary Beth Smyres, addresses not listed; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
   She was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, St. Marys, and a Christian missionary with the Methodist Church.
   Services are 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Otterbein-St. Marys, the Rev. Mary Kay Brown officiating.
   There are no calling hours or burial service.

Karen Schmerge

Karen Schmerge, 41, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:30 a.m. April 10, 2005, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. The cause of death is currently undetermined.
   She was born Jan. 7, 1964, in St. Marys, to William R. and Izetta Ice Fulton. Her mother survives in St. Marys. On Dec. 31, 1999, she married David J. Schmerge who survives.
   Other survivors include several nieces and nephews.
   She delivered newspapers and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge 691, Wapakoneta.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. William Maki officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Elmer Siefring

Elmer J. Siefring, 75, of 4015 Darke-Mercer County Line Road, Fort Recovery, died at 2:15 a.m. April 9, 2005, at his residence.
   He was born Oct. 20, 1929, in Burkettsville, to Henry and Agnes Reier Siefring. On June 17, 1959, he married Rita F. Mescher, who survives.
   Other survivors include three sons, Chris of Burkettsville; Luke (Peggy) and Michael (Angie), both of New Weston; five daughters, Diane (Jeff) Schulze, Fort Loramie, Lisa (Rick) Schulze, Willowdell, Sarah (Troy) Flenar, St. Henry; Rosann (Harold) Philipot and Mary (Ron) Gehret, both of Versailles; two brothers. Cyril (Romilda), and Herbert (Irene), both of New Weston; eight sisters, Alfreda Rose, St. Henry, Esther Evers Wuebker and Mary (Hubert) Liette, both of Burkettsville; Lucille (Leon) Kramer. Celina, Mildred Mendenhall, Coldwater, Jeanette (Paul) Lenhartz, St. Marys, Virginia (Robert) Schafer, St. Anthony, and Eulalia Zumberger, of Anna; a sister-in-law, Hilda Siefring, Burkettsville; and 20 grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by a brother, Aloys; a sister, Florentine Siefring; and five brothers-in-law, Walter Evers, Victor Wuebker, Ralph Rose, Ronald Mendenhall and John Zumberger.
   He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Burkettsville, and the Men's Society of the parish. A lifelong farmer, he was a member of the Darke County Farm Bureau.
   Services are at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
   Memorials can go to the Center for Neurological Development, or State of the Heart Home Health and Hospice.

Walter Sudhoff

Walter F. Sudhoff, 79, 4842 state Route 49, Fort Recovery, died at 1 a.m. April 11, 2005, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   He was born Jan. 11, 1926, in St. Anthony, to John and Ida Homan Sudhoff. On Sept. 26, 1953, he married Laura M. Stammen who survives.
   Other survivors are a daughter, Karen (Larry) Trefz, Clearwater, Fla.; and a sister, Bernice (Herman) Uhlenhake, Celina.
   Deceased are two brothers, the Rev. Leonard Sudhoff and Werner Sudhoff; two sisters, Mildred Sudhoff and Helen Klosterman; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Klosterman.
   He was a farmer and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of American Legion post 345 and Veterans of Foreign Wars post 6515, both of Fort Recovery.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial is at St. Anthony Cemetery where graveside military honors will be conducted by the American Legion.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.


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