Carl Carmean
Harry Davies
Timothy Eilerman
Ruth Knapke
Zenith Longworth
Oleen McElroy
Helen Meyer
Walter Niekamp
Agnes Schwieterman
Ione VanSchoyck
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Monday, January 9, 2006

Carl Carmean

Carl E. "Babe" Carmean, 77, of Spencerville, died at 5:55 p.m. Jan. 7, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, following a short illness.
   He was born May 20, 1928, in Delphos, to Gordie Isaac and Agnes Rose Kohorst Carmean. On June 24, 1951, he married Glenna LeMar, of Venedocia, who survives.
   Also surviving are four daughters, Barbara (Gary) Zeigler, Connie (Tom) Wegesin and Debra (James) Wells, all of Wapakoneta, and Glenna Binkley, Lima; a brother, Gordon (Betty) of Delphos; three sisters, Almeda (John) Ondo, Lima, Rita (Richard) Suever, Delphos, and Patricia Johnson, Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Ursula of Delphos, 15 grandchildren; a stepgrandchild; 15 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Carl Lee Carmean; a brother, Lee Carmean; a son-in-law, Roger Obringer; and a brother-in-law, Melvin Johnson.
   He retired in 1991 with 36 years of service at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys. He attended Ross Church of the Brethren, Mendon. He was a member of the Monday night church bowling league and the Northwestern Ohio Field and Stream Association.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Glen Masser officiating. Burial will follow in the Wright Cemetery, near Converse.
   Calling is 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Harry Davies

Harry Davies, 101, died Jan. 8, 2005, at Otterbein Retirement Community, near Grand Lake St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending with Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Timothy Eilerman

Timothy James Eilerman, 39, state Route 716, Yorkshire, died at 12:54 a.m. Jan. 7, 2006, at his home of natural causes.
   He was born June 14, 1966, in Sidney, to Thomas A. Sr. and Susan B. Botkin Eilerman, who both survive in Fort Loramie. On Sept. 17, 1988, he married Marcia J. Pleiman, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Shawn and Mitchell, Yorkshire; a daughter, Nichole, Yorkshire; two brothers, Thomas A. Jr. (Denise) and Kevin (Jill), all of Fort Loramie; a sister, Sharon, Fort Loramie; a brother-in-law, Donald Seger, Fort Loramie; three sisters-in-law, Angie (Martin) Brown, St. Marys, Patricia (Jon) Thobe, Marie Stein, and Cindy Pleiman, Osgood; and father and mother-in-law, Neal and Jean Pleiman, Osgood.
   Deceased are a sister, Constance Seger and a brother-in-law, Michael Pleiman.
   He was employed for the past seven years at Ohio Valley Integration Service (OVIS), Sidney. Previously he worked for Crown Equipment, Vandalia and New Bremen. He was a 1984 graduate of Fort Loramie High School and obtained an associate degree in electronics at Edison State Community College. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood, where he was an usher and active in the Men's Sodality. He was a member of the Osgood Fire Department, Marion Local Athletic Boosters and the Osgood Park Board. He was on the Thobe TV softball team and coached little league baseball and softball.
   Funeral Mass is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the church, the Rev. David L. Zink officiating. Burial is at St. Martin's Cemetery, Osgood.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
   Contributions can be made to a charity of donor's choice.

Ruth Knapke

Ruth A. Knapke, 68, of Hoagland, died Jan. 6, 2006, at her residence.
   She was born Nov. 7, 1937, in Portland, Ind., to Daniel N. and Florence Freund Schindler. Her husband of 48 years, James B. Knapke, survives in Hoagland, Ind.
   Also surviving are two sons, Jim (Roselyn) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tony (Amy) of Hoagland; four daughters, Debra (Cleland) Dade, Houston, Texas, Lisa (John) Beckman, Hoagland, Marilyn (Tony) Johnston, Hoagland, and Karen (Eric) Scherrer, Fort Wayne; six sisters, Pauline Miller, Decatur, Ind., Donna (Leon) Homan, Fort Recovery, Emilda (Clyde) Gerber, Decatur, Betty (Glen) Greaf, Fort Wayne, Jeanette (Maurice) Grieshop, Fort Recovery, and Joann (Orvel) Wendel, Portland, Ind.; four brothers-in-law, Robert Knapke and Jerry (Marlene), all of Coldwater, Edward (Toni) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Louis Braun, St. Henry; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Schindler, Bryant, and Mary Lou (Walt) Fortener, Coldwater; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
   Deceased are a brother, Irvin Schindler; a sister, Margaret Kaiser; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Knapke, Josie Knapke and Sylvia Braun.
   She was a homemaker. She was a Roman Catholic and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Hessen Cassel.
   Prayer service is 10 a.m. Wednesday to be followed by Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at the church, the Rev. Edward Erpelding officiating.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. with a rosary at 2:30 p.m. at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.
   Contributions can be made to Visiting Nurses and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne or at masses.

Zenith Longworth

Former resident of 504 W. South St., New Knoxville, Zenith C. Longworth, 93, died Jan. 8, 2006, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home, Wapakoneta.
   Arrangements are pending with Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.

Oleen McElroy

Former Celina resident, Oleen W. McElroy, 90, of Columbus, died at 2:15 a.m. Jan. 7, 2006, at Columbus Rehabilitation Center.
   She was born Sept. 20, 1915, in Celina, to Stephen T. And Lorena M. West Smith. On Sept. 28, 1940, she married Walter A. McElroy, who died April 12, 2000.
   Survivors are a daughter, Kay Schofield, Columbus, and two grandchildren.
   Deceased is a sister, Uhlah Rahmann.
   She worked in automotive repair at Main & North Service Station, Sidney. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Celina.
   Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Steve Moulton officiating. Burial is at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Helen Meyer

Former resident of 8695 Celina Mendon Road, Celina, Helen L. Meyer, 94, of 1506 Meadowview Drive, The Miller House, died at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 7, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Nov. 24, 1911, in Celina, to Henry W. and Ruth M. Snavely Miller. On April 27, 1943, she married Lavern H. Meyer, who survives in Celina.
   Also surviving are three nephews, Gregory A. Miller, Moses Lake, Wash., Milton L. Miller, Celina, and Roman N. Hemmelgarn, Fort Recovery; and two nieces, Gwen L. Ley, Celina, and Marjorie Wehrman, Yorshire.
   Deceased is a brother, Kenneth Miller and a nephew, Walter J. Hemmelgarn.
   She worked at Brookhart Insurance Co. and the Mercer County Auditors office. She graduated from Celina High School. She was a member of Celina First Church of god.
   Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Steve Whetstone officiating. Burial will follow in North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Miller House or Celina Manor Nursing Home.

Walter Niekamp

Walter "Dick" G. Niekamp, 86, 272 Stallo Road, Minster, died at 12:20 p.m. Jan. 6, 2006, at Otterbein Nursing Home, St. Marys.
   He was born Jan. 5, 1920, in Chickasaw, to Julius and Regina Winner Niekamp. On April 26, 1941, he married Virginia Striber, who survives in St. Marys.
   Also surviving are three sisters, Lucinda VonderHaar, Mary Jean (John) Holtzhaur and Mary Alice (James) Haley, all of Tipp City; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Niekamp, Farmington Hills, Mich.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a son, Daniel R. Niekamp.
   He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, all of Minster.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial is a p.m. Wednesday at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. today and 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
  Peggy Lou Robinette
   Former St. Marys resident, Peggy Lou Robinette, 66, of 270 Winna Drive, Monticello, Ky., died Jan. 8, 2006, at St. Marys Living Center.
   She was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Wheelwright, Ky., to Earnest and Lilla Osborne Preston.
   Survivors are a son, H. Ray (Stephanie) of Monticello; a daughter, Melissa (David) Plokhooy, St. Marys; two brothers, Clarence (Sue) Preston and David (Judy) Preston, all of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two sisters, Faye (Effert) Little, St. Marys, and Kathleen Preston, Monticello; former husband, Homer Robinette, St. Marys; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
   Deceased are a sister, Virgina Preston and three grandsons.
   She was a homemaker, worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, and at Dishman's Care Home, Monticello.
   Services are 7 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Ed. Groff officiating. Private burial will take place in Monticello.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Agnes Schwieterman

Agnes J. Schwieterman, 94, 6803 state Route 274, St. Sebastian, died at 9:45 a.m. at her residence.
   She was born July 16, 1911, in Cassella, to Frank and Ann Holdheide Evers. On Oct. 10, 1934, she married Leander Schwieterman, who died in Nov. 1950.
   Survivors are a daughter, Joan Huber, Celina; a brother, Anthony (Marie) Evers, Cassella; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son-in-law, Gerald Huber; and three sisters, Mary Harting, Matilda Rose and Regina Schwieterman.
   She worked at Mercer County Community Hospital's cafeteria, Coldwater, and was a housekeeper for several area Catholic parishes. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church and its Ladies Rosary Altar Sodality.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Harry Cavanaugh officiating. Burial is at St. Sebastian Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Contributions can be made to the St. Sebastian Cemetery Fund.
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Ione VanSchoyck

Former Coldwater resident, Ione Crow VanSchoyck, 88, of Lima, died at 5:20 p.m., Jan. 6, 2006, at Lima Manor.
   She was born May 7, 1917, in Wapakoneta, to Charlie & Louella Reed Crow. On Oct. 8, 1935, she married Darwin VanSchoyck, who died Feb. 17, 1988.
   Survivors are six sons, Donald (Leota) of Delphos, Bill (Diane) of Lima, Jack (Michelle) of Pennsylvania, John of Cridersville, Michael (Joyce) of Lima, and Terry (Penny) of West Virginia; two daughters, Sharon Craun, Lima, and Cheryl (Jim) Reynolds, Coldwater; 31 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren & 27 great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are nine brothers and sisters, four grandchildren, and a great grandchild.
   She was a homemaker and a seamstress with Ohio Coverall, Lima.
   Services are 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Al Childers officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
   Calling was Sunday and is today 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.


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