Merle Marie Craft, 84, formerly of 824 W. Jay St., St. Marys, and a resident of St. Marys Living Center, died Monday, May 16, 2005, in the emergency department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born in December 1920, in Mendon, to Jacob and Lena Leonard Hundley. On June 1, 1941, she married Urlen L. Norris who died July 29, 1959. On March 3, 1962, she married Leo C. Craft who died Feb. 10, 1995.
Surviving are a stepson, Richard (Kathy) Craft, St. Marys; two stepdaughters, Marlene (Donald) Hitchen and Donna Chilcoat, all of St. Marys; a brother, Dale Hundley, Marion; 11 stepgrandchildren and numerous stepgreat- and stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two stepdaughters, Dorcas Vanover and Betty Sanders; a brother, William Hundley; two sisters, Alice Kline and Gladys Dieringer and two stepgrandchildren.
She retired from Mersman Furniture Co. in Celina and served as salutatorian of the Mendon High school class of 1938. She was a member of Hillsdale United Brethren Church in St. Marys, where she had served as Sunday School teacher, church secretary, church board member and a member of the Edith Stoker Fund Board.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with burial to follow at Mendon Cemetery.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Florence Evers, 88, 3504 Lange Road, St. Henry, died May 16, 2005, at his home.
Arrangements are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Former Coldwater resident John J. "Jack" Hoelscher, 74, of Orlando, Fla., died May 15, 2005, at his home.
He was born Oct. 19, 1930, in Dayton, to John and Leona Ahlers Hoelscher.
Surviving with his wife of 53 years, Patricia, are two daughters, Vickie (Greg) Getter, Orlando, and Debra (Gregg) Holtvoigt, Dayton; an adopted son, Edd (Nancy) Wimsatt, and an adopted daughter, Patsy Treat, all of Dayton; and three grandchildren.
A juvenile detective with the Dayton Police Department for 30 years, he spent 12 years as a bus driver for Coldwater Exempted Village Schools following retirement. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater. The family will meet there for prayers at 10 a.m. Friday.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Esther M. Link, 85, of Celina, died May 16, 2005, at Miller House in Celina.
Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.