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Monday, February 27, 2006

Marita Bertke

Marita M. Bertke, 77, 207 S. Seventh St., Coldwater, died at 8:50 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2006 at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born April 4, 1928, in St. Sebastian, to Joseph and Helen Heyne Wolters. On May 24, 1950, she married James E. Bertke, who died Aug. 19, 1982.
   Survivors are four daughters, Roseann (Timothy) Burton, Portland, Ind., Barbara (Danny) Long, Union City, Ind., Mary (Tim) Black, Coldwater, and Noreen (Randy) Brunswick, Fort Loramie; a brother, Woody (Skeet) Wolters, Coldwater; three sisters, Rosella (Tom) Budde, Fond Du Lac, Wis., Ruth Beck, Bakersfield, Calif., and Marty (Larry) Poor, Celina; a sister-in-law, Mary Alice Bertke, Celina; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
   She retired after 35 years at the Huffy Bicycle Company, Celina. She was a member of Mercer County Community Hospital Volunteers. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater, a Eucharistic minister, religion class teacher and a member of St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality and St. Cecelia Knights of St. John. She also was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3025 Auxiliary, Coldwater, Widow and Widowers Club and Society of the Red Hat.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.
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Bevan Fetters

Mercer County native, Bevan D. Fetters, 87, of Englewood, died Feb. 25, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.
   He was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Mercer County, to Floyd and Icy Martz Fetters. He married Elizabeth, who is deceased.
   Survivors are a son, Thomas, Englewood; and two daughters, Sandy, Englewood, and Roberta, Dayton.
   Deceased are a brother and two sisters.
   He owned and operated Northmont Engineers for more than 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 707, Englewood, Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 8211, West Milton, Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 2411, Celina, and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 833, Troy.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. at Kindred Funeral Home, Englewood, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the March of Dimes.
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Clara Grube

Clara H. Grube, 88, former Township Line Road resident, Fort Recovery, died at 1:50 a.m. Feb. 27, 2006, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   Arrangements are pending at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.

Dean Hellwarth

Dean Hellwarth, 79, of Celina, died Feb. 24, 2006.
   Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Nathan Shimp

Celina native, Nathan Brooks Shimp, 82, of Sycamore Health Care Center, Quincy, Ill., died Feb. 25, 2006, in the emergency room of Blessing Hospital, Quincy.
   He was born May 13, 1923, in Celina, to Harvey and Pearl Shimp. On Oct. 27, 1943, he married Marjorie Lucille Beougher, who died Feb. 2, 2006.
   Survivors are two sons, Kevin (Jayne), Quincy, and Marvin, Rio Rancho, N.M.; four sisters, Wanda, Rita, Celia and Marilyn; a daughter-in-law, Chris, Monroe City, Mo.; and five grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Charles; and five sisters, Phyllis, Bernice, Stella, Annie and Zola.
   He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 1876th Engineers Aviation Battalion. He designed and helped build the first Speicher trencher in Celina. In 1968, he started manufacturing Hydra-Tandem trenchers, Palmyra. In 2003, he was inducted to the National Land Improvement Contractors Association Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Okla.
   He and his wife owned and operated the TO 1/2 Dance Club, Palmyra, and operated the Fiesta Motel and Dairy Castle, West Quincy, Mo.
   He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Free & Accepted Masons. was a past co-chairman of the Marion County fair board and was active in the Republican Party and ran for state representative in 1978.
   Service is 7 p.m. Thursday at Lewis Brother's Funeral Chapel, Palmyra, Mo. Private burial is at Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra.
   Calling is after 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.
   Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Logan Voisard

Logan Faith Voisard, 718 Oakwood Drive, Minster, was stillborn Feb. 23, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Survivors are her parents, Douglas and Tess Patton Voisard; a brother, Grant and a sister, Layne, all of Minster; grandparents, Omar and Beverly Patton and Gene and Pam Voisard, all of Minster; and great-grandparents, Francis and Georgene Thobe, Sidney, and Erna Voisard, Russia.
   Private services were today at St. Augustine Cemetery, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiated.
   Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
   Arrangements were by Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Services for Pauline Yaney were 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25, 2006, at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny Jr. officiated. Organist was Jim Maurer.
   Pallbearers to Swamp College Cemetery, Celina, were Steve Hatfield, Dave Cron, and Charlie, Gene, Traci and John Beams.


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