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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Fred Beamer

Fred L. Beamer, 86, 5320 U.S. 127, Celina, died at 10:35 p.m. Dec. 24, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   He was born July 7, 1919, in Arlington, Ind., to Harvey and Alma Coleman Beamer. On Jan. 18, 1943, he married Miriam Cregor who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, John (Diane) of Celina; a daughter, Linda Howell, Celina; a sister, Noda Bostic, Adams, Ind.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, Bill, Arthur and Thomas; and two sisters, Mamie and Marjorie.
   He worked at International Furniture Manufacture, Rush- ville, Ind. and retired in 1985 from Pax Steel, Coldwater.
   Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Eric Muhlenkamp officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Wavelene Bell

Wavelene W. Bell, 84, 625 N. Ash St., Celina, died at 1:32 a.m. Dec. 26, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Feb. 16, 1921, in Union City, to Eugene and Bessie Grooms Hittle. On Sept. 21, 1940, she married James Richard Bell, who survives in Celina.
   Also surviving are two sons, James Scott (Elvie) of San Jose, Calif., and Steve Allen (Shirley) of Celina; a daughter, Connie Knapke, Celina; a sister, Lucille Snider, Barefoot Bay, Fla.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two sisters, Eco Erwin and Winifred Riegel; and two grandchildren.
   She and her husband were owner and operator of the Bell and Horn Appliance Store, Celina. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Atrurian Club, Celina.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday
  at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial is at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the American Heart & Cancer Society of the St. Paul's United Methodist church.

Orville Hawkey

Orville Hawkey Sr., 85, 11470 East Drive, St. Marys, died Dec. 26, 2005, at his residence.
   He was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Wapakoneta, to Francis and Nancy Hawkey. On Nov. 22, 1938, he married Betty Slemmons, who died Aug. 9, 1996.
   Survivors are four sons, Daniel (Dee), Ron (Neta), Scott (Dot) and David (Ann), all of St. Marys; three daughters, Diana (Michael) Alge of Helena, Ala., and Sharyn (Ralph) Young and Rebecca (Earl) Knutzen, all of St. Marys; a sister, Nancy Staley, Wapakoneta; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Orville Hawkey Jr.; and a grandson.
   He was retired from the foundry at Minster Machine Company.
   Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is after 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Carmella Held

Carmella Held, 81, 805 North Augustus St., St. Marys, died Dec. 17, 2005, at St. Marys Living Center.
   She was born Jan 24, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Carmello and Mary Nixey Catanese. On Aug. 24, 1962, she married John Held, who died in 1995.
   Survivors are a son, Jeffrey of St. Marys; and two stepgrandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers and a sister.
   She was the owner of Carmie's Beauty Shoppe, Pittsburgh. She was of the Catholic faith.
   Private family services will be held at a later date.
   Funeral arrangements are pending with Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Thomas Southard

Thomas C. Southard, 64, 05257 Vogel Road, St. Marys, died at 11:03 a.m. Dec. 24, 2005, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, following a sudden illness.
   He was born Dec. 28, 1940, in Monroe, La., to Thomas S. and Lilly E. Arnold Southard. On May 9, 1981, he married Janie Turner-Sorg, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Thomas S. (Tammy) of Plain City, and Scott of Columbus; a daughter, Valerie (Matt) Ball, Potter, Neb.; a stepson, Eric (Tina) Sorg, Monroe, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Hannah (Brett) Martin, Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, James Southard, Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren; and a former wife, Sondra, of Columbus.
   Deceased are his parents and a sister, Ruth King.
   He was employed at AAP St. Marys Corp., where he was a safety and environmental coordinator. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a 1958 graduate of New Albany Senior High School in New Albany, Ind. He was a charter member and past president of the Grand Lake Safety Council and volunteered as an instructor for the American Red Cross.
   Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Don Ricard officiating. Military rites will follow by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Brunhilda Wittenbrink

Brunhilda M. Wittenbrink, 79, 6913 County Road 66A, New Bremen, died at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 26, 2005, at her residence.
   She was born April 13, 1926, near New Bremen, to Roscoe F. and Lillian Bushman Egbert. On May 10, 1945, she married Edwin Wittenbrink, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Thomas (Patricia) of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Joann (Barry) Boyer, New Bremen; three brothers, Lawrence (Marlene) Egbert, New Bremen, Adrian (Mary) Egbert, Botkins, and David (Judy) Egbert, Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sisters, Norma (Don) Mumaw, Versailles, and Janet (Allen) Kuck, Quincy; a sister-in-law, Barbara Egbert, New Knoxville; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Dale Wittenbrink; and a brother, Alvin Egbert.
   She was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, and member of the Capsule of the Church. She also was a member of the New Bremen Senior Citizens.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund or to State of the Heart Home Health and Hospice.


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