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Wanda Knapke
Larry Roby
Lola Ruell
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Monday, March 13, 2006

Anna Axe

Anna Axe, 74, 1415 White Oak Drive, St. Marys, died March 10, 2006, at her daughter's home, Yukon, Okla., following an extended illness.
   She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in York Township, Van Wert, to Walter and Mary Counts Lauth. On Jan. 23, 1954, she married Mike Axe, who died Oct. 22, 2004.
   Survivors are a son, Kevin (Lynn), Libertyville, Ill.; a daughter, Diane (Mark) Carr, Yukon, Okla.; three brothers, Harold Lauth, New Knoxville, Ron Lauth, Sebring, Fla., and Jim Lauth, St. Marys; two sisters, Doris Tinnerman, St. Marys, and Emmie Severt, Wapakoneta; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Bill Lauth; and four sisters, Betty Jean McClintock, Jean Ann Conaby, Leona McPheron and Mary Lauth.
   She was a homemaker and member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and its Altar Sodality, St. Marys.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

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 worked for Hinton Construction Comapany, Celina. 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 Celina Area Visitors Nurses and Hospice.

Wanda Knapke

Wanda K. Knapke, 92, 435 E. North St., Coldwater, died at 9:33 a.m. March 11, 2006, at Briarwood Manor, Coldwater.
   She was born Aug. 11, 1913, in Coldwater, to Ray and Bertha Disher Briner. On Aug. 24, 1940, she married Edward Edy Knapke, who died Oct. 9, 1992.
   Survivors are 11 nieces and nephews.
   Deceased is a brother, Ralph Briner.
   She was employed as a seamstress at Buckeye Overall. She was a member of Coldwater United Methodist Church and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2170, Mercer County.
   Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church the Rev. Allen Brown officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Contributions can be made to the church.
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Larry Roby

Larry Roby, 56, of 245 N. Spruce St., St. Marys, died at 3:27 p.m March 12, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Lola Ruell

Lola Ruell, 90, of Celina, died at 7:20 a.m. March 11, 2006 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. She was a patient for three weeks.
   She was born January 24, 1916, in Mercer County, to Charles and Myrtle (Now) Freeman. On July 3, 1947, she married Harold Ruell, who died June 4, 1990.
   Survivors are two stepdaughters, Barbara Mainville, Alpena, Mich., and Linda St. Onge, of Morley, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Helen Freeman of Celina and Patricia Freeman, Viera, Fla.; four stepgrandchildren and 8 stepgreat-grandchildren.
   Deceased are four brothers, Claudia, Clifford, Gerald and Harold; one sister, Arretta Nash; a brother-in-law, William Nash; and a sister-in-law Leona Freeman.
   She worked in an insurance office, was an office manager at Otis Hospital and helped her husband manage their furniture business, Mercer Sales. She graduated from Celina High School in 1933. She was a member of the Celina First Church of God, where she served as choir director. She sang with, directed and accompanied the Sunshine Singers.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Richard Van Horn officiating. Burial will follow in Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Rev. Charles Rueve

Rev. Charles Rueve, C.PP.S., 88, died March 10, 2006.
   He was born May 25, 1918, in Springfield and was ordained Dec. 5, 1943 at St. Charles, Carthagena.
   Calling is 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
   Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Wednesday in Assumption Chapel, St. Charles Center. Burial will follow in the community cemetery.
   Arrangements are by Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.


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