Former St. Marys resident Jack N. Heistan, 74, of Englewood, Fla., died Aug. 6, 2005, at an Englewood hospital.
He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Lima, to John H. and Catherine Riley Heistan.
Surviving with his wife, Margaret, are four sons, John (Sharon) of Coldwater, Mich., Jeff (Sonja) of Lima, Jim (Suzy) of St. Marys, and Jerry of Celina; two daughters, Karen (Sam) Heistan, Venice, Fla., and Kathy (Don) Kilborne, Indianapolis, Ind; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A retired U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Englewood, and the Venice American Legion Post.
Memorial Mass is 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood, has charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to Holy Rosary School in St. Marys.
Katherine A. "Kathy" Hemmelgarn, 52, 27 W. Main St., Burkettsville, died Aug. 8, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Piqua, to James and Delores Siefring Baltes who survive in Frenchtown. On Feb. 14, 1973, she married Dennis J. Hemmelgarn who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael (Lisha) of St. Henry and Bryan (Nikki) of Coldwater; a daughter, Odessa (Keith) Boeckman, Coldwater; two sisters, Jayne Baltes, Greenville, and Holly (Nick) Keiser, Versailles; and four grandchildren.
She was employed at Classic Carriers in Versailles and was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, the Ladies Sodality of the parish, the Park Board and the Community Picnic Board, all of Burkettsville.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Leah M. Kruse, 71, 10911 Knierim Road, New Knoxville, died at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 7, 2005, at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Auglaize County, to Noah and Selma Wibbeler Settlage. On Oct. 10, 1954, she married Lester Kruse who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Alan (Carol) of New Knoxville; two daughters, Jeanne (Rodney) Campbell, St. Johns, and Patty (David) Mann, Jackson Center; two brothers, Robert Settlage, Jacksontown, and Lester Settlage, New Knoxville; three sisters, Marilee Eversman, New Knoxville, Grace Roediger, New Bremen, and Joyce Smith, Celina; nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
She was a homemaker and a five-year employee of Pizza Hut in New Bremen. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 444 and First United Church of Christ, both of New Knoxville; a former poll worker and presiding poll judge for the Auglaize County Board of Elections and a 1951 graduate of New Knoxville High School.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, Pastor Chuck Moeller officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church Heritage Room and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the Radio Broadcast Fund at the church or Wapakoneta Manor.
Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville, has charge of arrangements.
Robert F. Rager, 87, of Rockford, died at 10:23 p.m. Aug. 7, 2005, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born March 31, 1918, in Van Wert County, to Elvin and Estella Webb Rager. On April 7, 1940, he married Lois McSherry who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Larry (Tammi) of Columbus; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Carol Diane; a brother, Russell; and a sister, Mildred Davis.
He retired after 37 years from ConRail, where he had been an office supervisor in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Rockford Presbyterian Church, the National Blue Bird Society and Glen D. Eckhart American Legion Post 508, Rockford. He also was a charter member of the Ohio Blue Bird Society.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Pastor Karen Long officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church or the Helpers Class at Olive Branch Church of God, Rockford.
Dorothy Ann Schaefer, 66, 3630 state Route 118, Coldwater, was pronounded dead on arrival at 5:31 p.m. Aug. 8, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. See traffic accident story on 1A.
She was born July 19, 1939, in Akron, to Matthew and Eva Reisinger Kohler. On July 6, 1963, she married Pete Schaefer who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Dean) Miller, Tipp City; a brother, Robert (Dee) Kohler, Akron; two sisters, Betty (Michael) Tanaska and Sandra (Fred) Oliver, all of Akron; and four grandchildren.
She retired in January after working 30 years in the meat department at Chief supermarket in Coldwater. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church and the Ladies Rosary Altar Sodality, both of Philothea, and the Coldwater Quilting Club.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. The body will be cremated with burial to be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Willshire native Henry L. Schumm, 81, 404 E. Hunnicut Drive, Syracuse, Ind., died at 11:20 p.m. Aug. 6, 2005, at his home.
He was born June 19, 1924, in Willshire, to Theodore and Leona Stetler Schumm. On June 2, 1946, he married Norma Jean Carr who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Greg (Mary) of St. Marys, and Kip (Pam) of Syracuse; two daughters, Toby (Jerry) Oswald, St. Cloud, Fla., and Tammy of Cincinnati; a brother, William of Willshire; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A brother, Frederick, is deceased.
He retired as purchasing manager at Star Agri, Goshen, Ind., and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Willshire United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School, a 60-year member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge, where he had served as past master, and a 50-year member and past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star, all of Willshire.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, Syracuse, the Revs. Ken Robinson and Earl Thomas officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Syracuse Cemetery.
Calling is 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse, and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Contributions can be made to Syracuse Emergency Medical Services, SouthernCare Hospice or the American Diabetes Association.