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Belva Christian
Ruth Dicke
Mary Kirgan
Paul Lemke
Beulah Morgan
David Poore
Howard Shaffner
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Virgil Barhorst

Virgil B. Barhorst, 79, of Schmitmeyer-Baker Road, Minster, died the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2006, of natural causes at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.

Belva Christian

Belva Jean Christian, 76, 6562 Mercer Road, Mendon, died at 1:35 a.m. Feb. 21, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   She was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Center Township, to Loran and Dessie Steele Harner. On May 15, 1949, she married Robert Christian, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Randy (Tricia), Celina; two daughters, Beverly (Delbert) Piper and Barbara (William) Hamilton, all of Mendon; a sister, Ester (Dean) Snyder, Celina; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are four sisters, Mildred Swander, Mabel Stover, Lucille McGee and Ruby Price.
   She was a homemaker and cook at Kozy-Korner, Mendon. She was a member of The Lord's Church, Celina, and a 1948 graduate of Neptune High School.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Randy Christian officiating. his mother's funeral. Burial is at Mendon Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Ruth Dicke

Former New Bremen resident, Ruth E. Dicke, 87, died at 8:50 a.m. at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community. She was a resident there for three years.
   She was born Sept. 10, 1918, near New Bremen, to Gustave and Laura Doenges Dicke.
   Survivors are nephews and nieces, Kenneth and Caroline, New Bremen, and Jean and Charles Dickman, Coldwater.
   Deceased are a brother, Albert and a sister, Elnor Steinecker.
   She was a 1936 graduate of Memorial High School, St. Marys, a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, and a member and tour guide for New Bremen Senior Citizens.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Richard Weir officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Celina Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

Mary Kirgan

Mary E. Kirgan, 89, 382 Lawrence Road, Union City, died at 8:20 a.m. Feb. 21, 2006, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Portland, Ind., to Colwell and Carrie Smith Coldren. On Oct. 27, 1939, she married Robert Kirgan, who survives.
   Also surviving is a son, Patrick (Nancy), Union City.
   Deceased are two brothers, Colwell and Charles Coldren and four sisters, Beatrice Loy, Edith Stafford, Thelma Tullis and Lillian Coldren.
   She was a secretary of the former Kirgan Stove Company, Fort Recovery.
   She was a 1935 graduate of Jay County High School. She was a member of the Bitter Ridge Bowman Association, Portland, Ind.
   Private graveside services are Monday at Springhill Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
   Contributions can be made to the Fort Recovery Public Library.
   Arrangements are by Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.

Paul Lemke

Paul Lemke, 55, 718 West North St., St. Marys, died at 8:55 a.m. Feb. 21, 2006, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, St. Marys, after an apparent heart attack at home.
   He was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Columbus, to Gertrude Gunther and Fred Miller. He was adopted and raised by Lester and Elizabeth Sheranko Lemke. On Sept. 26, 1970, he married Elizabeth Adams, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Christopher (Angela), St. Marys, and Marvin (Michelle), Cridersville; two daughters, Mary Howe, Columbus Grove, and Anne (Rob) Brincefield, Minn.; a sister, Joyce (Ronald) Jewitte, Westhoven, Minn.; and eight grandchildren.
   He was formerly employed at Omni Manufacturing, St. Marys, and coached T-ball and Little League baseball. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Anthony Clutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m Thursday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Beulah Morgan

Beulah R. Morgan, 84, of Celina, died at 7:22 a.m. Feb. 21, 2006, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Celina, to Richard Harrison and Clara Cotrell Byrley. On Feb. 25, 1947, she married Fred L. Morgan, who died July 8, 1985.
   Survivors are three sons, Dudley (Glenda) Ginter, Lake City, Mich.; Larry (Linda) Byrley, Napoleon, and Sam, Celina; three daughters, Janice Sue (Bill) Norris, Celina, Sandy (John) Bussing, Defiance, and Michaelene Leiss, Celina; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Richard Ginter; two daughters, Crystal Schmidt and Carolyn Morgan; seven brothers, Thomas, Stephen, Robert, David, Roy, Ernie and Alvin Byrley; eight sisters, Elsie Ginter, Barbara Bailey, Helen Chaney, Millie Reynolds, Inez Newland, Ethel Harvoth, Bessie Phillips and Joanna Byrley; and a grandchild.
   She was employed at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and The Cotton Mill, both of St. Marys, and Bunny Bread Company, Defiance. She attended Zion Lutheran Church and was a member of their Missionary Effort, Defiance. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 3360, Defiance and was a past president of the Defiance Senior Citizens Club and the past noble grand of Maumee Rebekah Lodge 665, Defiance.
   Services are 11 a.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Larry Eads officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to a charity of donor's choice.

David Poore

David E. Poore, 58, 7704 state Route 219, Celina, died at 1:35 a.m. Feb. 22, 2006, at his residence of natural causes.
   He was born Feb. 7, 1948, in Dayton, to Leon and Peggy Spears Poore. On Aug. 16, 1969, he married Susan Mayrer, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Phillip, Celina; and a brother, Richard (Mickey), Sidney.
   He was a manager at IPC, Dayton.
   Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial is at Ellis Cemetery, Montezuma.
   Calling is 4-9 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Southshore Sportsmans Scholarship Fund or Celina Area Visiting Nurses Hospice.
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Howard Shaffner

Howard "Bud" Shaffner, 71, of Troy, died Feb. 20, 2006, at his residence.
   He was born Jan. 19, 1935, in Coldwater, to Homer L. and Lillian Cole Shaffner.
   Survivors are five sisters, Virginia Phillips, Bryson City, N.C., Dorothy Ayers, Celina, Blanche (Gene) Gross, Coldwater, Paula (Leon) Roeth, Arcanum, and Cheryl (Edward) Chappie, Houston.
   He was a 1953 graduate of Coldwater High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. He was former owner/operator of The Lamp Post, Piqua. He was an inspector at Goodrich Corp., Troy, and served with Goodrich Unit 128 and The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Lima Troy Council.
   He served in various capcacities with the Miami Co. Board of Mental Retardation & Development Disabilities. He was a past chairman of the Edison Community College Board of Trustees.
   He was a member of Benvolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 833, Troy; past president and trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 971, Troy; Miami County Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2611, Troy; Amvets Post 88, Troy; and American Legion Post 586, Tipp City.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy, the Rev. James Manuel officiating. Burial is at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco. Graveside military service by Veterans Memorial Honor Guard of Troy.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. There will be an Eagles Lodge Service 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


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