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Monday, December 19, 2005

Martha Archer

Martha M. Archer, 89, 335 Sunset Drive, Mendon, died the morning of Dec. 16, 2005, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
   She was born Feb. 29, 1916, in Rockford, to Dale and Hila (Figley) Koontz. On Feb. 26, 1938, she married Henry Hugh "Jeff" Archer, who died May 9, 1992.
   Survivors are a sister, Rhea (Bob) Duvall, Bluefield, W.Va.; two sisters-in-law, Mabel and Martha Koontz, both of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.
   Deceased are two brothers, Lawrence and Homer Koontz.
   She was a homemaker and 1933 graduate of Rockford High School. She was a member of the Mendon United Methodist Church, the Mendon United Methodist Quilters Group and the Mendon Order of the Eastern Star 259.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, the Rev. Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
   Calling is 4 - 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Nancy Crowell

Nancy Jeanette Crowell, 50, of New Paris, died Dec. 16, 2005, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind., of natural causes.
   She was born in Celina Sept. 27, 1955, to James K. & Mary (Kohnen) Hart, who survive in Celina. Her husband of 18 years, Marvin Crowell survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Kelly J. of New Paris, and Dustin J. (Mandy) of St. Marys; a daughter, Dawn (Mark) Sims, Springboro; four brothers, Jim Hart, Celina, Dan Hart, Middletown, Rick Hart of the Netherlands and Kevin Hart of Chillicothe; and seven grandchildren.
   Deceased is a sister, Cathy Huber in 2005.
   Since 1994 she was an assistant librarian with the Preble County District Library, Eaton, working in the Genealogy Department. She graduated from University of Cincinnati with an associate's degree and in 1988 received a bachelor of arts degree from Wright State University. She was a member of the Preble County Genealogy Association; Ohio Library Council; St. John's Catholic Church, New Paris; Tomahawk Brotherhood; Fort St. Clair Black Powder Club; Harley-Davidson Owners Association; Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713 Ladies Auxiliary, Celina; and, for several years, had played Mrs. Claus during the Christmas season.
   Services are 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes Funeral Home, New Paris, the Rev. J. Thomas Fitzsimmons officiating.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Springlawn Cemetery, New Paris.
   Contributions can be made to the Preble County District Library Genealogy Department.
   Condolences can be sent to the family via Guest Book at

Bevan W. Deitsch

Bevan W. Deitsch, 69, 4755 St. Peter Road, Coldwater, died at 3:44 p.m. at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, following a brief illness.
   He was born March 28, 1936, in Mercer County, to Glenn and Martha Bollenbacher Deitsch. His mother survives in Rockford. On Nov. 7, 1959, he married Rosie A. Muhlenkamp, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Rob of Geneva, Ind., and Lee (Lisa) of St. Henry; five daughters, Sandy (Mike) Sherrill, Vandalia, Barb (Mike) Elliott, Goldsboro, N.C., Jill (John) Henry, Millbrook, Ala., Lisa (Neal) Giere, Coldwater, and Jayne (Mark) Pearson, Portland, Ind.; a sister, Linda (Ted) Jutte, Coldwater; and 14 grandchildren.
   He was retired from Avco New Idea, Coldwater. He was a 1954 graduate of Coldwater High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135, American Legion Post 470, Knights of Columbus and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3025, all of Coldwater. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, St. Peter.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial is at St. Peter Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. Prayer service is 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Joseph Holscher

Joseph John Holscher, 82, of Mendenhall Road, Yorkshire, died at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17, 2005, at his home.
   He was born April 18, 1923, in Yorkshire, to Frederick Holscher and Clara Poeppelman.
   Survivors are three brothers, Robert of Yorshire, Raymond of Fort Loramie, and Wilfrid (Rita) of Minster; a sister, Rosamary (Donald) Homan, Burkettsville; and two sisters-in-law, Frances and Ruth, both of Osgood.
   Deceased are four brothers, Edward, Urban, Leo and Alfred; a sister, Matilda Pleiman; and three infant siblings.
   He retired from farming and had operated a weld shop and saw mill with his brothers. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and its Men's Society, Osgood.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church the Rev. David L. Zink officiating. Burial will follow at St. Martin's Cemetery, Osgood.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
   Contributions can be made to the charity of donor's choice.


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