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Friday, March 10, 2006

Jack Donovan

Former Celina resident Jack L. Donovan, 77, of Bellevue, Wash., died Feb. 8, 2006.
   He was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Mercer County, to Roy L. and Frances Donovan. His wife, the former Martha Hollingshead, is deceased.
   Surviving are three sons, Jon (Cyndi) and Steve, all of Bellevue, and Dennis, Oregon; two daughters, Kimberly of Bellevue and Phyllis Jean (Roger) Moore, Kingman, Ariz.; a sister, Betty Andrew Snyder (Carl L.) of St. Marys; and a number of grandchildren.
   A stepfather, Horton Booher, is deceased.
   He served 21 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
   Burial with full military honors was at a national cemetery in Washington State.

Clifford Fisher

Clifford L. Fisher, 82, 331 E. Fayette St., Celina, died at 5:05 p.m. March 9, 2006, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   He was born Sept. 11, 1923, in Celina, to Owen C. and Helen L. Walter Fisher. On May 6, 1944, he married Rita M. Braun who survives.
   Also surviving are a sister, Barbara Huelskamp, Coldwater; and a number of nieces and nephews.
   Deceased are a son, David; a brother, Thomas; and two sisters, Frances Shady and Jeanne Fisher.
   He retired from the former Mersman Furniture factory in Celina, where he had worked 45 1/2 years in the pattern sample department. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he had served 30 years as an usher, Knights of Columbus Council 1800, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1291 and the Loyal Order of Moose 1473. He was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and a former member of St. Marys Cemetery Board and AMVETS Post 91, Celina.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Revs. Thomas Brenberger and Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will be at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-7 p.m. Sunday at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Lando Franks

Lando O. Franks, 86, 103 Garman Ave., Celina, died at 9:40 a.m. March 9, 2006, at his home.
   He was born Oct. 3, 1919, in Mercer County, to William H. and Francina Mae Franklin Franks. On May 25, 1946, he married Mary A. Smart who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Virginia L. (Jerry) Miller, Celina; a stepsister, Helen Winkler, Wildwood, Fla.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two infant sons, a daughter, Cheryl Lynn; a sister, Bessie Stephenson; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Stephenson and Paul Winkler.
   He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the National Rifle Association.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Randy Christian officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 210 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713, both of Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.

Josephine Nedderman

Josephine Music Nedderman, 69, 17735 state Route 66, St. Marys, died at 4:39 a.m. March 10, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   She was born July 7, 1936, in Bonnaza, Tenn., to Erman and Cora Webb Music. Her mother survives in Lima. On Feb. 17, 1956, she married Donald E. Nedderman who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Dusty (Vickie) and Todd (Melinda), all of St. Marys; two daughters, Christina Caudill, Tennessee, and Lori (Scott) Adams, Celina; six brothers, Gene (Evelyn) Music, Wapakoneta, Gordon Music, Tennessee, Darrell (Diane) Music, Spencerville, Hank Music and Ted (Vickie) Music, all of Lima, and Bill (Betty) Music, Bellefontaine; seven sisters, Doris (Larry) Culp, Bellefontaine, Phyllis Anspach, Findlay, Nellie Music, Bonnie (Ken) Miller, Brenda (Darwin) Schoonover and Dori (Dan) White, all of Lima, and Macy (Don) McBride, Cincinnati; a sister-in-law, Sharon Music, Lima; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
   A brother, Doug Music, and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Don Baker, are deceased.
   She retired as a practical nurse in the home health field and was a member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ, St. Marys.
   Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Cisco Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia G. Minnick officiating. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Christian Stauffer

Christian L. Stauffer, 59, died March 1, 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya, of natural causes.
   He was born July 23, 1946, in Decatur, Ind., to LeRoy and Arvilla Hilty Stauffer. He married Hettie Harden, who survives in Fort Wayne, Ind.
   Also surviving are two sons, Mark, of Memphis, Tenn., and Gary, Fort Wayne; two daughters, Julie, Pompano Beach, Fla., and Stacy (Robert) Hirshelman, Fort Wayne; a brother, Steven, Bluffton, and a sister, Erma Beougher, Celina; and two grandchildren.
   He was a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving at the West Nairobi School. He had served 12 years at Manila, Philippines, at Faith Academy. He also served 15 years as a teacher in the Fort Wayne Community Schools. He was a member of Brookside Community Church and a graduate of Taylor and Ball State Universities.
   Services are 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Brookside Community Church, Fort Wayne, the Rev. James Pearson officiating.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, and after 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Richard Stoker

Richard "Dick" Stoker, 70, 05511 St. Marys-Kossuth Road, St. Marys, died at 7:24 p.m. March 9, 2006, at his home.
   He was born Jan. 21, 1936, in St. Marys, to Edward and Mary Goodwin Stoker. On Nov. 13, 1956, he married Alice T. Lawyer who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Bud of St. Marys; four daughters, Robin (James) Crews, Covington, Ga., Teresa, Tammy (Chris) Stein and Kelly (Larry) Freewalt, all of St. Marys; a sister, Marcella (John) Grim, Tocsin, Ind.; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, Leon, David and Bud, and a sister, Linda Miller.
   He retired as a construction foreman from AFL-CIO Local 329 and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
   Private services will be at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Samuel Wetzel

Minster native Samuel Urban Wetzel, 77, of Aurora, died March 7, 2006, in North Royalton.
   He was born Dec. 5, 1928, in Minster, to Urban and Neona Depweg Wetzel. His wife, the former Audrey Kemp, died March 7, 1991.
   Surviving are three sons, Paul (Krista), Toledo, and Edward (Rose) and Raymond (Debbie), all of Cleveland; five daughters, Becky (Tom) Sawyer, North Royalton, Carrie (Mark) Kaminski, Georgia, Stephanie (Kevin) Toole, Lakewood, Marlene (Greg) Bloomfield, North Olmstead, and Gerri (Walt) Schautko, Mansfield; six brothers, Len, of Texas, Phil, of Dayton, David of Minnesota, and Tom, John and Gene, all of Columbus; four sisters, Mary Brown, Evonne Stechschulte and Marge Slonkosky, all of Minster, Bonnie Schmieder, Columbus, and Patty Young, St. Marys; 32 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   A sister, Theresa Murnane, is deceased.
   He worked in real estate in Maple Heights. He was a Minster High School and John Carrol University graduate.
   Services were today at St. Wenceslas Catholic Church, Maple Heights. Burial was at All Saints Cemetery, Northfield.
   Busch Funeral Home, Parma, handled arrangements.
   Condolences can be sent at www.buschfuneral.com.


   Valerie A. Wilder-Laug, 71, 1208 Fenway Drive, Celina, died at 7:56 p.m. March 8, 2006, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
   She was born July 30, 1934, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Max Paul Boxell and Betty Elliott Sollazzo. She married Donald C. Laug, who is deceased.
   Survivors are two sons, Dennis (Jane) Wilder, Celina, and Dean Wilder, Baltimore, Md.; two daughters, Cathy (Russell) Krick, Convoy, and Shari Brooks, New Haven, Ind.; a brother, Melvin Parker, Mt. St. Helen, Wash.; a son-in-law, Dale Lehman, Celina; the father of her children, Carl Dean Wilder, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter, Renee Lehman and 1 granddaughter.
   She was the former owner and manager of Laug's Cottages and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina.
   Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the church, with Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will follow in Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
   Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, and after 10 a.m. Monday at the Church.
   Contributions can be made to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church.


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