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Ollie Inman
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Ruth McMartin
Albert Prueter
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Eleanor Eiting

Eleanor A. Eiting, 92, 132 N. Hanover St., Minster, died at 9:06 p.m. May 24, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.
   She was born Dec. 14, 1912, in Russia, to Henry and Rosalie Simon Grogean. On Aug. 22, 1936, she married Norbert Eiting who died June 10, 2003.
   Surviving are a son, Ronald (Betty) of Minster; three daughters, Doris Ann (Gene) Romie, Sharry (Ron) Robinson and Mary Rose (Mike) Williams, all of Dayton; two brothers, Cyril Grogean, San Angelo, Texas, and Charles (Hilda) Grogean, Russia; two sisters, Rita (Henry) Vohs, Rantoul, Mich., and Ruth (Fran) LeMieux, Burton, Mich.; a brother-in-law, Edward Schieltz, Russia; two sisters-in-law, Vera Grogean, Newport, and Elizabeth Grogean, St. Henry; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, the Rev. Larry; four brothers and a sister.
   She was a housewife and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and St. Monica Sodality, both of Minster, and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, Fort Loramie.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
   Contributions can be made to the Father Larry Eiting Memorial Fund or the St. Augustine Capital Campaign.

Ollie Inman

Ollie M. Inman, 93, 122 S. Walnut St., New Bremen, died at 6:05 a.m. May 24, 2005, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
   She was born Dec. 31, 1911, in New Straitsville, to Charles and Daisy Morrison Stephenson. On April 25, 1930, she married Albert C. Inman who died Aug. 7, 1973.
   Surviving are a daughter, Joyce (Tom) Holdren, New Bremen; a sister, Betty Moore, Gnadenhutten; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Carl; three brothers and three sisters.
   She formerly worked at Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen, and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, the Historic Association, Senior Citizens and Women's Club, all of New Bremen.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund, the Historic Association or the Heritage Manor entertainment fund.

Robert Kelner

Robert A. Kelner, 89, of Celina, formerly of Mendon, died today, May 25, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home.

Steve Kruse

Steve Kruse, 61, 09818 Plattner Pike, New Knoxville, died May 23, 2005, in the emergency department at Spectrum Health Care Center, Grand Rapids, Mich. Death was due to an apparent heart attack.
   He was born April 25, 1944, in Celina, the son of Leroy and Rachel Wierwille Kruse. His mother survives in New Knoxville. On June 8, 1962, he married Sharon Leffel who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Marlene (Tom) Henschen, New Knoxville; a brother, Rodney (Dawn) of Greenville, S.C.; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A former contractor, he currently worked for the Thomas Shelby Co. installing 911 systems. A 1962 graduate of New Knoxville High School, he attended Chicago Technical Institute and was a member of First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, Pastor Mitch Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to the church radio broadcast fund or the Gideons.

Ruth McMartin

Former Celina resident Ruth Crossman McMartin, 89, of Minneapolis, Minn., died May 14, 2005, at MillPond Health Facility, Ankeny, Iowa.
   She was born June 12, 1915, in Lansing, Mich., to Egbert T. and Elgie Pierce Crossman. On June 19, 1943, she married Wallace McMartin who is deceased.
   Surviving are a son, Wallace Pierce McMartin, Oakton, Va.; daughter, Jean McMartin Rommes, Osceola, Iowa; four granddaughters and four great-grandsons.
   A brother, Sheldon Crossman, is deceased.
   She was librarian and girls counselor at Celina High School from 1957-1966 and director of instructional media at Fargo City Schools in Fargo, N.D., from 1966-1985. She previously served as library cataloguer and then head cataloguer at the University of Texas in Austin.
   She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State College in 1936 and bachelor of science and master of science degrees in library science from the University of Illinois in 1938. She was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, Becketwood Senior Cooperative, League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma sorority.
   Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Becketwood Senior Cooperative in Minneapolis.
   Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or an arts organization of the donor's choice.

Albert Prueter

Former St. Marys resident Albert "Tiny" Prueter, 79, 726 Sandusky St., Perrysburg, died at 2 a.m. May 22, 2005, at his home.
   He was born July 27, 1925, in St. Marys, to Albert and Amanda Eversman Prueter. On March 23, 1947, he married Anne Pepple who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Kyle (Ann) of Perrysburg; a daughter, Kay (Richard) Teeters, St. Marys; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
   Deceased are a brother, Lelon, and two sisters, Cecil Bruinsslot and Shirley Prueter.
   He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after working 43 years as a tool engineer in the St. Marys and Logan plants. A 1943 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, he formerly served as a 4-H advisor and the Ohio 4-H Advisory and sang with the former Goodyear Choir. He also was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Perrysburg, and a former member of Waynesfield United Methodist Church.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Ed Groff officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Perrysburg church.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the United Methodist Church or the Auglaize County 4-H program.

Pauline Steele

Former Celina resident Pauline R. Steele, 88, of Bluffton, died at 4:35 p.m. May 23, 2005, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.
   She was born May 5, 1917, in Waynesfield, to Masslen Morgan and Elnora McDonald Donehoo.
   Surviving are two sons, Richard R. (Linda) of Bluffton and Terry L. (Connie) of Lebanon, Ind.; five daughters, Sue Archer and Virginia (James) Spencer, all of Lima, Mildred Laudick, Ada, Ellen (Dale) Redd, Upper Sandusky, and Pam (Paul) Wingate, Bluffton; a sister, Maxine Donehoo, Bluffton; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
   Deceased are two infant sons, two sons-in-law, Ray Archer and Paul Laudick; a brother, Mick Donehoo; a sister, Helen Walsh; and a grandchild.
   She had been a cook at Bluffton Community Hospital for 17 years.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Chiles & Sons-Laman Funeral Home, Bluffton, with chaplain William Herr officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Mennonite Memorial Home or the Alzheimer's Association of West Central Ohio.

Rev. Michael Swanton

The Rev. Michael Swanton, 56, of Spencerville, died at 7:26 p.m. May 24, 2005, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   He was the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Spencerville.
   Arrangements are pending at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville.


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