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William Curry Sr.
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Monday, May 23, 2005

John Burden

John Byron Burden, 62, 18638 Owens Rd., Venedocia, died May 21, 2005 from injuries sustained in a horse riding accident at Dew Downs near Sidney.
   He was born Oct. 20, 1942 in Auglaize County, to Walter Bryan and Pearl Maxine Coon Burden. On Feb. 1, 1964, he married Linda Crider, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons: Ron (Ginger) Burden, Rockford, and Mark, Ohio City; two daughters: Laura (Dan) Adams and Kathy (Steve) Roeder, all of Spencerville; a brother, Randy (Pat), Celina; five sisters: Jean (Gary) Baltzell and Betty (Bob) Dailey, all of Rockford, Kay Lauth, Spencerville, Margaret (Max) Ketchum, Montezuma, and Rosalee Burden, St. Marys; and nine grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, David; a sister, Sharon Coffman; and a grandson.
   He worked in assembly at New Idea in Coldwater for 38 years until the plant closed. He retired in January from Benchmark Precision in Spencerville.
   He was a member of Eagles Lodge and American Legion Post, both of Rockford.
   Service is 1 p.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, the Rev. Randy Christian officiating. Burial will follow at Wright Cemetery in Jennings Township, Van Wert Count.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mendon funeral home

William Curry Sr.

William J. Curry Sr., 76, 605 Jay St., died at 8:44 a.m., May 21, 2005, in the emergency room at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born Nov. 4, 1928, in Wayne County, West Virginia, to Major and Ora Tomblin Curry. On April 4, 1953, he married Elizabeth Shepherd, who died March 7, 2004.
   Surviving are six sons: Jay (Tammy), Chapmanville, W. Va.; Ron (Karen), Harold (Pat), Jimmy (Janice), all of Celina; and Joe (Sue), Rockford; five daughters: Elizabeth (James) Conley, West Logan, W. Va.; Carol (Thomas) Cox, Emily (Jerry) Longsworth, Karen Ann Curry, all of Celina; and Mary (James) Davis, Holden, W. Va.; a sister, Arlene Vance, Huntington W. Va.; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Grover and Carson; and five sisters: Nina, Orpha, Roma, Opal and Geraldine.
   A retired mine worker, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Celina.
   Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at James Funeral Home, Logan, W. Va., the Rev. Joaquine Ooten officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Logan.
   Calling is today from 4-8 p.m. at Cisco Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. tonight, the Revs. Tony Richmond and John Mobley officiating.

Kathleen Kenney

Kathleen M. Kenney, 87, Cincinnati, died at Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community, Cincinnati, at 8:15 p.m. May 21, 2005.
   She was born July 12, 1917, in Adams County, Indiana to James and Bridget Moran Kenney.
   Surviving is a cousin and several nephews.
   Deceased are: four sisters, Agnes, Grace and Helen Kenney, and Lucille Post; and a brother, Peter.
   A graduate of Jefferson Township High School, Adams County, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Cincinnati.
   She was a retired school teacher, a member of the University of Cincinnati Women's Alumni Group,a and was active in the Democratic party.
   She was a member of Assumption Parrish Catholic Church, Cincinnati.
   Funeral Mass is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Marys of the Presentation Catholic Church, Geneva, Ind., the Rev. J. Bosco Perera officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Calling 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home.

Silas Lammers

Silas O. Lammers, 93, 205 S. West St., New Knoxville, died at 3:50 p.m. May 21, 2005, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys.
   He was born Jan. 22, 1912, in Auglaize County, to Fred W. and Matilda Fledderjohn Lammers. On June 19, 1935, he married Lola E. Howe who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Dennis (Marlene) of New Knoxville; three daughters, Karen (Robert) Wisenborn, Celina, Sandra (David) Berlet and Diane (Tom) Fledderjohann, all of New Knoxville; eight grandchildren, three step grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two half brothers, the Rev. Paul and Victor, and a sister, Tabitha Hoelscher.
   A retired farmer, breeder and exhibitor of registered Brown Swiss, he owned and operated LaRainbow Farm. A former student at Brookside country school and New Knoxville High School, he was a charter member and past president of the Auglaize County Dairy Association, past president of the Ohio Brown Swiss Association, past president of the All-American Swiss Cattle Breeders Association, director of the National Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association for eight years and past president of Farmers Home Mutual Fire and Storm Insurance Co.
   He also was a member of the New Knoxville Historical Society, New Knoxville Community Singers, Moulton Gun Club and First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville, where he served as an elder and sang in the choir. He was a director of Pilger Ruhe Cemetery and groundskeeper at German Reformed Cemetery. He purchased and detonated fireworks for New Knoxville's annual Fourth of July celebration for 25 years.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the church Heritage Room. Masonic services will be held there at 8.
   Contributions can be made to the church Radio Fund or the Historical Society.
   Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, has charge of arrangements.

Robert Paulus

Robert J. Paulus, 41, 316 S. Beech St., St. Marys, died at 8:02 p.m. May 21, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   He was born Feb. 2, 1964, in Shelby County, to Joseph and Alice Storer Paulus. On Oct. 3, 1987, he married Barbara Allen who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Travis, and a daughter, Nikkita, both of St. Marys; two brothers, Steve and Shannon, also of St. Marys; three sisters, Theresa (James) Haynes, Sidney, Pamela Paulus and Melissa (Mike) Fowler, both of St. Marys; and his father-in-law, Sid Allen, Garrett, Ky.
   A brother, Edward, and a sister, Tina, are deceased.
   A graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and a U.S. Army veteran, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Con-Ag/Quality Ready Mix Corp., St. Marys. He was a member of the National Wildlife Association and Whitetails Unlimited.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Bill Maki officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jeanne Schmitmeyer

Jeanne A. Schmitmeyer, 32, 123 S. Hamilton St., Minster, died at 8:45 p.m. May 21, 2005, at her residence following an extended illness.
   She was born July 6, 1972, in Dayton, to Jerome and Kathleen Feltz Schmitmeyer. They survive in Minster.
   Also surviving are a brother, Jarett (Nicole) of New Bremen, and twin nephews.
   She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, and a 1991 graduate of Minster High School.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Revs. Larry Wyen and Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Lucille A. Schwabero

Lucille A. Schwabero, 79, 408 East St., New Knoxville, died at 2:10 p.m. May 21, 2005 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   She was born March 23, 1926 near New Bremen to Omer and Aurelia Dicke Ruese. On Aug. 11, 1945, she married Richard Schwabero, who died June 1. 1968.
   Surviving is a daughter, Jane (Don) Shulta, Anderson, Ind.; two sons, David (Connie), Reading, Mich. and Mark (Charlotte) Schwabero, Naperville, Ill.; sister- and brother-in-law, Verneda and Vernon Fark; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.
   She was a member of the First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville, and the Women's Guild. A notary public, she was a member of the New Knoxville Civic Association.
   She had worked at Katterheinrich Motors, New Knoxville, and retired from New Knoxville Supply Co. She was a volunteer at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, receiving her 1,000th hour volunteer pin.
   She was a 1944 graduate of New Knoxville High School
   Service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Mitch Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Pilger Ruhe Cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. tonight at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at the church.
   Memorials may be made to First UCC Radio Fund or to the New Knoxville Park Association.

Wilma Strait

Wilma Jeanette Strait, 84, of New Weston, died May 21, 2005, at her home.
   She was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Randolph County, Ind., to George W. and Delpha Crumrine Moore. Her husband, Clarence R. Strait, died June 26, 2001.
   Surviving are two sons, Richard Hardwick, Fort Recovery, and Gary Hardwick, New Weston; four daughters, Barbara J. Ponzuric, Fort Recovery, Tina S. Quirarte, New Weston, Sherry L. Betancourt, Bowling Green, and Cindy L. Culler, Syracuse, Ind.; a sister, Garnet Comer, Winchester, Ind.; 23 grandchildren and several great- and great-great grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Eugene and John Moore; a sister, Ruby Rife; and four grandchildren.
   Memorial services are 4 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Doug Defoe officiating. Burial will follow at Shook Cemetery, Rossburg.
   Calling is after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


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