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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Margaret Deitsch

Margaret Elizabeth Deitsch, 93, 8093 Hellwarth Road, Celina, died at 12:05 p.m. Nov. 18, 2005, at her daughter's home in Denver, Colo.
   She was born Sept. 15, 1912, in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, to Oscar and Catherine Menchhofer Hellwarth. On Nov. 30, 1935, she married Floyd C. Deitsch, who died Nov. 4, 1990.
   Survivors are a daughter, Kathryn of Denver; a sister, Mary Kingsley, Celina; and two sisters-in-law, Martha Jane Hellwarth and Alice Hellwarth, both of Celina.
   Deceased are two brothers, John F. and George Hellwarth.
   She was a homemaker and served 30 years with the Mercer County Board of Elections as a Hopewell Township poll worker. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, St. John Lutheran Charity Circle, the Altrurian Club and Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, all of Celina. She also was a member of Celina and Rockford garden clubs.
   Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Jason Tyas officiating. Burial is at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.

William Granger

Mercer County native William F. "Bill" Granger, 88, of Rawson, died at 11:10 p.m. Nov. 21, 2005, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Bluffton Campus.
   He was born July 31, 1917, in Mercer County, to Charles and Anna (Cline) Granger. On Sept. 21, 1946, he married Sarah Ellis who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Bruce A. (Jill) of Rawson; a daughter, Connie Sue (Michael) Combs, Beavercreek; a brother, Shirl (Mary) of Fort Recovery; a sister, Margaret Orth, Union City; a grandchild, a stepgrandchild; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Edgar; and a sister, Doris Harter.
   He retired from the Nickel Plate Railroad.
   Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Burial is at Hasson Cemetery in Hancock County.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton; the American Diabetes Association; or to the Rawson Fire Department.
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Carl Knapke

Carl J. "Chick" Knapke, 84, 271 E. Washington St., St. Henry, died at 6:10 p.m. Nov. 22, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   He was born Aug. 17, 1921, in North Star, to John and Elizabeth Huelskamp Knapke. On Aug. 25, 1948, he married Marie Bruggeman, who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Charles of Garden Grove, Calif., James of Coldwater, Jeffrey of Ponca City, Okla., and Timothy (Deborah) of St. Henry; two daughters, Linda (Chris) Onkst, Greenville, and Connie Flaska, Sidney; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are five brothers, Louis, John, Clem, Clarence and Ivo; and three sisters, Henrietta Uhlenhake, Josephine Keller and Viola Knapke.
   He retired from the former Avco New Idea plant in Coldwater. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Europe. He was a member of the St. Henry Catholic Church, St. Henry American Legion Post 470 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1291, Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will be at St. Henry Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by the St. Henry American Legion.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10:10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.


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