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Saturday, December 3, 2005

Harry Burd

Harry L. Burd, 87, of 1013 Cleveland Ave., St. Marys, died at 5:20 p.m. Dec. 1, 2005, at the St. Marys Living Center.
   He was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Auglaize County, to Alonzo and Eva Wieser Burd. On April 10, 1948, he married Gwendolyn V. Young, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Harry Jr. (Linda) and Scott, all of St. Marys; four daughters, Judy (Frank) Murphy, Atlanta, Ga., Jan (Albert) Grooms, Belle Glade, Fla., and Lynne K. Taylor and Gwen (Floyd) Sharp, all of St. Marys; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Clayton Eugene; a brother, Charles; two sisters, Jennalee Burd and Zona Knapp; and a half sister, Agnes Ridenour Burd.
   He was a retired general contractor and retired owner of Burd Construction. He was a musician and called square dances with bands for many years.
   Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

William Dougherty

The Rev. William Dougherty, C.PP.S., 88, of St. Charles Center, Carthagena, died Dec. 1, 2005, in the center's infirmary.
   He was born Jan. 12, 1917, in Blue Island, Ill., to Edward and Clara Dougherty.
   Survivors are a brother, Jack; and a sister, Patricia.
   Deceased are two brothers, Bernard and John, and two sisters, Sr. M. William and Sr. M. Xavier.
   He made his final profession as a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood on Feb. 2, 1946, in Carthagena, and served as a parochial vicar or assistant chaplain at various parishes in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana. In 1962, he was appointed pastor of St. Anne parish in Sanbon, Wisc., and later became a member of the Kansas City Province. He was assigned to various parishes in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas before returning to St. Charles in 1991, and serving in several local parishes.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Assumption Chapel at St. Charles. Burial is at St. Charles Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at St. Charles, with a wake service planned for 7 p.m.
   Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Wilda Large

Wilda L. Yount Large, 85, of Houston, died at 4:35 p.m. Dec. 1, 2005, at Koester Pavilion Nursing Home, Troy.
   She was born May 13, 1920, in Piqua, to Warren and Edith Benkert Yount. On Nov. 7, 1941, she married Robert M. Large, who died Dec. 16, 1999.
   Surviving are four sons, James (Patricia) of Coldwater, Michael (Fern) of Sidney, Daniel (Kay) of Trenton, and Mark (Sylbia) New Carlisle; three daughters, Judy (Jerry) Stumpff, Springfield, Catherine of Piqua, and Jan Matusz, Houston; three sisters-in-law, Mildred Slaybaugh, Fletcher, Joan of Houston, and Anna Yount of Virginia; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Ronald; a brother; two sisters; and a son-in-law, John Matusz Sr.
   A 1938 graduate of Piqua Catholic High School, she was a member of St. Boniface Church, Piqua.
   Funeral Mass is 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Angelo Caserta officiating. Burial is at Houston Cemetery.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, where a prayer service will be held at 4 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter, Dayton, or Hospice of Miami County, Troy.
   Condolences can be expressed at www.melcher-sowers.com.

Norma Thornell

Norma M. Thornell, 78, of Convoy, died at 6:50 a.m. Dec. 2, 2005, at Convoy Care Center.
   She was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Latty, to Minor and Hazel Bailey Long. Her husband, Arnold F. Thornell survives.
   Other survivors are a son, Maurice (Linda) of Convoy; two daughters, Maureen King, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jone (Mick) Boroff, Scott; two brothers, Noah Gene (Doris) of Celina, and Russell (Juanita) of Latty; a sister, LaDonna Poling, Convoy; and seven grandchildren.
   Deceased is a brother, Kenneth; and a sister, Sarah Anna Louise Williamson.
   She was a homemaker and worked on the family farm. She attended Sugar Ridge Church of God, Convoy.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Dealey Cemetery, Paulding County.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, and on hour prior to services at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the Convoy Emergency Medical Service.


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