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Alice Castlen
Celia Cron
John Davis
Erma Dirksen
Kenneth Lautzenheiser
Robert Presho
John Smith
Donn Yarian
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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Rose Binkley

Rose Binkley, 90, of Cincinnati, died at 7 a.m. April 1, 2006, at her residence.
   She was born Jan. 15, 1916, in Toledo, to Michael and Roza Edvi Bartal. She married Mendon resident Russell Binkley, who died in 1999.
   Survivors are a daughter, Rebecca (Gayle) Entrup, Batavia; a brother, James Bartal; a sister, Irene Fisli; and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are brothers, William and Frank Bartal and a sister, Mary Egri.
   She was a housewife.
   Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Mendon Cemetery, the Rev. Jay Riedel officiating.
   Arrangements are by Moore Family Funeral Homes, Batavia.

Alice Castlen

Alice M. Castlen, 80, 674 N. Miller St., Celina, died April 2, 2006, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born Dec. 27, 1925, to Ashley and Goldie Burris Bigelow, Celina, and adopted by Clair and Etta Kelly Vale. Her first husband was Wilbur Stein who is deceased. On Dec. 2, 1994, she married Harrison F. Castlen, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Richard Clair Stein, Riverview, Fla.; two daughters, Ginny (Jim) Hague, Celina, Sharon (Richard) Meindering, Decatur, Ind.; a stepson, Edward Hudson and a stepdaughter, Susan Renee Hudson, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
   Deceased are a sister, Virginia Lee; a son-in-law, Michael Freisthler; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
   With her first husband, she owned and operated the Vale & Stein Funeral Home. She was a life member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina and was a Sunday school teacher.
   She was a member for more than 50 years of Celina Eastern Star Chapter 91 and American Legion Auxiliary 210, where she was a past worthy matron and past president, respectively. She was a charter member of the Eagles Aerie Auxiliary 1291 and a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club.
   She volunteered at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., and at the Senior Citizens Food Drives and delivered food to Senior Citizen Home Food homebound recipients.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will follow in North Grove Cemetery.
   Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Order of Eastern Star will conduct services at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Memorials can be made to the charity of donor's choice.

Celia Cron

Former St. Henry and Cassella resident, Celia B. Cron, 93, died April 4, 2006, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born June 11, 1912, in Egypt, to Gerhard and Agnes Overman Buening. On June 20, 1934, she married Arnold Cron, who died Oct. 27, 1965.
   Survivors are a son, Maurice (Dolores), Coldwater; a daughter, Mary (Ernest) Eyink, New Bremen; two daughter-in-laws, Connie, Phoenix, Ariz., and Judy, Centerville; two sister-in-laws, Lucille, St. Henry, and Caroline, Boise, Idaho; 14 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two sons, Carl and Lester; a daughter, Janet; and a grandchild. She is the last of her family of fourteen.
   She baked wedding cakes and worked in the Infirmary at St. Charles Center, Carthagena. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella, both in St. Henry; Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary, Maria Stein; Catholic Knights, Cassella; Christian Mother's Sodality of Nativity Church and Minister of Praise, St. Henry Parish; 4-H advisor of the Rainbow Sewing Club and the Maria Stein Adoration Guild. She received a special Ohioan Award in 2003.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Henry Catholic Church the Rev. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial is at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cassella.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

John Davis

Celina native John W. Davis, 86, of Topeka, Kan., died April 1, 2006, died at his residence.
   He was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Celina, to Abner and Beulah Desch Davis. On Jan. 18, 1962, he married Leandra Chip Aguilera, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, James W. Davis, Topeka, Peter Bell, Chula Vista, Calif., and John Davis Jr., Topeka; two daughters, Delores (Dee) Padilla, Topeka, Kan., and Sandy Flohrschultz, Holton; and a sister, Mary Baggs, Celina; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a sister, Emma Lou Leet.
   He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, having 35 years of service. He was a city carrier and foreman of mails, assistant carrier, station superintendent, superintendent of station and branch operations and manager of station and branch operations. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked at the Topeka Veterans Administration Hospital from 1946 to 1954.
   He was a 1937 graduate of Celina High school and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Philip Billiard Post 1650, both of Topeka.
   Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. today
  at the church. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military honors by the VFW.
   Contributions can be made to Heartland Hospice or Project Pride with the church.

Erma Dirksen

Former Maria Stein resident Erma Margaret Dirksen, 89, died April 4, 2006, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born July 6, 1916, in Mercer County, to Edward and Johanna Otte Dirksen.
   She is the last of her family.
   Deceased are four brothers, an infant, Gregor, Edward, Gregor and Eugene; and a sister, Irene.
   She was a retired seamstress at the former Buckeye Overall, Coldwater. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and its Ladies Rosary Altar Sodality, Cranberry Prairie.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial is at St. Francis Cemetery, Cranberry Prairie.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

Kenneth Lautzenheiser

Kenneth L. Lautzenheiser, 71, of Rockford, died at 8:18 p.m. April 3, 2006, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
   He was born May 19, 1934, in Adams County, Ind., to George C. and Effie Cook Lautzenheiser. On Sept. 24, 1955, he married Bonnie Stetler, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Ted, Maplewood, Minn., and Darren, Rockford; a daughter, Barbara (Calvin) Young, Rockford; four brothers, Ray (Becky), Middlepoint, Dean (Betty), Manchester, Tenn., Phil (Judy), Van Wert, and Marlin (Rose), Wapakoneta; and four grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, George and Jerald and an infant sister, June.
   He was retired from over 30 years at Fort Wayne International Harvester. He previously worked at Aeroquip, Van Wert. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, and Fraternal Order of Eagles 1292, Rockford.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home the Rev. Randall Swanson officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Eagles service at 7 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Robert Presho

Robert Alanzo Presho, 79, 10644 Celina-Mendon Road, Mendon, died April 1, 2006, at his residence.
   He was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Union Township, to Lester C. and Opal Kincaid Presho. On Sept. 1, 1962, he married Marlene Fifer, who died Sept. 2, 1992.
   Survivors are three brothers-in-law, Hugh (Ruth) Fifer, Convoy, Dale (Sierra) Fifer, Payne, and Jim (Salley) Fifer, Defiance; and two sisters-in-law, Effie (Harry) Varvel, Coldwater, and June Laux, Fort Recovery.
   Deceased are a brother, Ewrin H. and three brothers-in-law, John and Andrew Fifer and Donald Schwieterman.
   He was a barber for the State of Indiana at the state school. He worked for Westington House, Lima, for five years and was also a farmer. He was a graduate of Celina High School and Barber School, Huntington, W. Va. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force of World War II, where he was head of records and vital statistics. He was a member of the American Legion Post 210 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713, both of Celina.
   Services are 10 a.m Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Dean Bruce and Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial is at Hamilton-Bethel Cemetery, Mendon.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

John Smith

John Leroy Smith, 67, of Van Wert, died at 10:15 a.m. April 4, 2006, at his residence.
   He was born Feb. 28, 1939, in Rockdale, Ind., to Harry L. and Florence Van Steenbrug Smith. On Dec. 27, 1969, he married Nancy Ransbottom, who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Eric (Susan), St. Cloud, Fla., Ryan (Amy), Columbus, Spencer, Cincinnati, and Doug, Wren; five grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Bob and Donald Yoxthimer and two sisters, Janet Schaadt and Shirley McCoy.
   He was a 1957 graduate of Edgerton High School and receiving his license of practical nursing degree at St. Rita's School of Nursing, Lima. He served in the U.S. Army, returning to assist his mother in the operation of Smith Nursing Home, Rockford. His wife and her parents opened Shane Hill Nursing Home, south of Rockford, in 1971. He owned and operated Shane Hill for 29 years and Shanes Village for three years.
   He was Rockford mayor for eight years, served on village council, was voted citizen of the year in 1984 and served on Parkway School Board for eight years.
   Services are 10 am. Saturday at Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, the Revs. W. Clark, Williman , Raymond E. Feeck and Mike Potter officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church.
   Arrangements are by Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert.

Donn Yarian

Donn A. Yarian, 61, Mascoutah, Ill., died April 1, 2006, at his mother's Celina home.
   He was born May 26, 1944, in Almont, Mich., to Willis and Marcella Menchhofer Yarian. His mother survives in Celina.
   Also surviving are five brothers: Carl (Nazia), Falls Church, Va., Mark (Carolyn), of Troy, Ill., Daniel (Dinah), Bondurant, Iowa, Luther (Grace) Burleson, Texas, and Paul (Melissa), Perrysburg; and two sisters, Ruth Ann (James) Nugent, Aiea, Hawaii, and Esther (John) Mowen, Freeburg, Ill.
   He worked at Scotts Air Force Base Aero Club. He was retired after 26 years service the U.S. Air Force.
   Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Coldwater, the Revs. Douglas Meyer and Derik Yarian officiating. Burial will follow with full military rites at the church cemetery.
   Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.


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