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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Sharon Beckman

Sharon K. Beckman, 62, Trotwood, died Sept. 8, 2005, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.
   She was born Sept. 12, 1942, in Celina, to Louis and Mary Kuhl Hausfeld. On May 22, 1965, she married Jim Beckman, who survives.
   Also surviving is a son, Shawn (Shari), Pittsburgh, Pa.; a daughter, Shannon (Michael) Blessing, Dayton; and six grandchildren.
   She was a homemaker.
   Services will be noon Monday at Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Rev. Bill O'Donnell and Ron Wilker officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Trotwood.
   Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, Brookville.
   Contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Barbara Fortner

Barbara H. Fortner, 61, Fort Wayne, Ind., died July 29, 2005, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
   She was born May 24, 1944, in San Diego, Calif.
   Surviving are her husband, Karl M. Fortner, Fort Wayne; her mother, Helen (Brosko) Barna, Fort Wayne; a stepdaughter, Serena J. (David) Fortner-Wenger, Goshen, Ind.; three sisters, Linda (Michael) Stover, Fort Wayne; Kathy (Duane) Wilson, Wyandotte, Mich., and Vicki (Wayne) Spratke, Lewiston, Mich.; and a brother, John (Anne) Barna, Mt. Clemens, Mich.
   She was preceded in death by her father, John S. Barna.
   She was a 1962 graduate of Parkway High School, Rockford, and was an office administrator for GTE.
   Private funeral services were held.
   Contributions can be made to the Cancer Society of Allen County or Lupus Foundation.
   Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Thomas O'Brien

Thomas W. O'Brien, 74, 133 S. Vine St., Celina, died at 2:35 a.m. Sept. 9, 2005, at his residence.
   He was born May 15, 1931, in Greenville to Joseph A. and Norma E. Lytle O'Brien. On Sept. 24, 1952, he married Phyllis Rodgers, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, David, Edgewater, Md.; a daughter, Kathleen (Gregory) Haidet, Dublin; and three granddaughters.
   He is a retired biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and had worked for New Idea in the public relations department for six years in Coldwater. He was the advertising manager for Crown Equipment Co., New Bremen, and was a sales manager for Ohio Marine, Celina. He also was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church, Celina.
   Private family memorial services will be held at North Grove Cemetery at a later.
   Arrangements are being handled by Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.

Helene Richey

Helene Richey, 84, 163 Winterhaven Dr., Wapakoneta, died Sept. 7, 2005, at 9:25 p.m. at Wapak Manor Nursing Home, where she had been a resident two months.
   She was born Sept. 8, 1920, in New Bremen to Edward and Louise Miller Wuebbenhorst. On Nov. 4, 1939, she married Nathan Keiber, who preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1949. On March 15, 1940, she married Horace Richey, who died Dec. 11, 1985.
   Surviving are six stepchildren, Marilou Wuebbenhorst, Wapakoneta, Horace (Sharon) Richey, Lakeland, Fla., Janice (Russ) Reynolds, Lima, Christine (Ned) Glass, St. Marys, Herbert (Janice Faye) Richey, St. Marys, and Frank (Bev) Richey, Lima; 32 step-grandchildren; 51 step-great-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a brother, Carl Wuebbenhorst, and a stepson, Carl Richey.
   She was a homemaker and active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Wapakoneta, where she served several positions within the church. She was a graduate of New Bremen High School and Bethel Bible School.
   Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Elaine Mikesell officiating. Burial will be in German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 1 p.m. to time of services Sunday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Bible study class of St. Paul's church.


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