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William Book
Merlin Hirschfeld
Owen Kissinger
Violet Klenz
Francis Pickering
William Roberts
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Charles Wurster
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Monday, April 10, 2006

Fred Bell

Fred A. Bell, 80, 1601 Bishop Court, Celina, died early morning April 8, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   He was born May 19, 1925, in Spencerville, to William and Rhoda Ross Bell. On Dec. 20, 1945, he married Vivian Wilkins, who died Jan. 15, 2000. On Nov. 25, 2000, he married Mary Ann Leuthold, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Kevin (Emily), Mendon; a daughter, Karen, Fort Recovery; two stepsons, Tom (Leisa) Tremper, Columbus, and Jim (Deb) Tremper, Fredrichsburg, Va.; four stepdaughters, Susan (Kedell) Krites, Wapakoneta, Carol (Brad) Pospichel, Columbus, Nancy (Rick) Bertges, Columbus, Alice Tremper, Wapakoneta, and Diane Fischett, Columbus; a brother, William (Jean), Elida; five grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are five brothers, Harold, Merlin, Patrick, Clifford, Winford and Lorenzo; four sisters, Dortha, Elsie, Norma and Edna; a grandchild and a stepgrandchild.
   He retired from New Idea after 39 years and 13 years at Wal-mart. For 19 years he owned The Auction House, Mendon.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Glenn Masser and Richard Riedel officiating. Burial is at the Mendon Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

William Book

William Gene "Bill" Book, 81, of Ohio City, died at 7:55 p.m. April 8, 2006, at his residence.
   He was born Oct. 27, 1924, in Rockford, to John Asa and Luella Raver Book. On May 12, 1945, he married Crystal June Hurless, who died April 24, 1985. On May 14, 1989, he married Edna Marie Herberger, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Terry, Dublin; a brother, Rea Pershing; three sisters, Ella Mae Thomas, Helen Iona Hurless and Pauline Luella Sell; a sister-in-law, Anna Katherine Clouse; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, John, Theodore Russell and Wilson Dean Book; and three sisters, Esta Book, Olive Leighner and Florence Book.
   He retired after 35 years as art director at Gray Printing, Fostoria. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from June 22, 1943 through Feb. 3, 1946, where he achieved the rank of Sonarman First Class. He was president of the Dutch Rabbit Breeders Association, a member of the Lions Club, Amsden, the American Legion Post 2246, Ohio City, and former president of the Athletic Boosters of Lakota High School, where he designed its logo. He also was a member of the former Otterbein Church, Rockford.
   His remains are to be cremated. A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Horizons Church, Rockford, the Rev. Robert Loar officiating.
   Contributions can be made to Community Health Professionals-Hospice Program or the American Cancer Society.
   Funeral arrangements are being handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert.

Merlin Hirschfeld

Merlin F. Hirschfeld, 80, 9 Vine St., New Bremen, died at 1:32 p.m. April 8, 2006 at The Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus.
   He was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Kettlersville, to Henry L. and Alice Sollman Hirschfeld. On Oct. 21, 1950, he married Aurelia Ann "Susie" Fark, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Michael (Linda), Cincinnati, David (Debra), New Bremen, and Dean (Kathy), Spring, Texas; one daughter, Kaye (Gregg) Peacock, Lewisburg; three sisters, Lucille (Harold) Meyer and Marie Elsass, all of Botkins, and Martha (Ken) Thomas, Bucyrus; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Tangeman, St. Marys, and Faye Hirschfeld, New Bremen; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
   Deceased are three brothers, Wilson and Louis Hirschfeld and Leroy Tangeman.
   A member of St. Peter's Church in New Bremen, he belonged to the Men's Fellowship and the Lay, Life and Work.
   He was a member of the New Bremen Historic Association, the American Legion Post 241, New Bremen, a 50-year member of Eagles Aerie 767, St. Marys, the Woodman of the World, New Bremen, and was a trustee for the Willow Grove Cemetery Association.
   He retired in 1989 from STAMCO, division of Monarch Machine and Tool Company, after 42 years of service.
   He served in the Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1946, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1949 where he was a first sergeant. He attended school in Kettlersville and was a graduate of Anna High School.
   The services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
   Calling is 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9:30 a.m. at the church.
   Memorials may be made to the church memorial fund, the New Bremen Emergency Squad or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Owen Kissinger

Owen J. Kissinger, 92, of Versailles, died at 6:16 p.m. April 8, 2006, at Wayne Hospital, Greenville.
   He was born Dec. 30, 1913, in Versailles, to Daniel and Edith McGreevey Kissinger. On Feb. 25, 1941, he married Alma Subler who survives.
   Other survivors are two sons, John (Donna) and Ed (Barbara), all of Versailles; a sister, Gertrude Tekamp, Coldwater; and four grandchildren.
   Deceased is a sister, Claudine Barga; and a grandson.
   He and his sons were the founders of Kissinger Brothers Paltry following his retirement from Wood Shovel & Tool Company, Piqua, and Allied Tech., Troy. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct medals, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with three bronze service stars, a World War II Victory medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award and Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3847, both of Versailles.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the St. Denis Church, the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial is at St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, where a graveside military service will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.
   Contributions can be made to the Versailles Life Squad or donor's choice.

Violet Klenz

Violet L. Klenz, 87, of Celina, died at 12:40 a.m. April 9, 2006, at Van Wert County Hospital.
   She was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Celina, to Lawrence and Margaret McDonald Bollenbacher. On Feb. 26, 1939, she married Glen Klenz who died June 11, 1986.
   Other survivors are a son, Rolland (Virginia), Delphos; a daughter, Elaine (William) Fritzinger, Celina; a brother-in-law, Calvin Fennig; a sister-in-law, Helen Klenz; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Raymond and Glenn Bollenbacher; two sisters, Evelyn Fennig and Inez Mae Bollenbacher; a grandson and four great-grandchildren.
   She was a homemaker and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Celina. She was a former 4-H advisor, and a member of the Chatt Homemakers Club, the Women's Circle and the Durbin Bean Bake committee.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial is at United Church of Christ Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at W.H. Dick & Son's-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Celina, and 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to donor's choice.

Francis Pickering

Francis Edward Pickering, 81, Shawtown Community, Tenn., died April 6, 2006 at his home.
   He was born June 22, 1924, in West Alexandria, to Karl Victor and Eva Roach Pickering. On Jan. 3, 1945, he married Evelyn Philips who survives.
   Other survivors are a son, Leslie (Gwen), Dayton, Texas; a daughter, Fran (Harry) Cotterman, Union City, Tenn.; three brothers, Joe, Wapakoneta, Ralph, New Bremen, and Bob, Gainesville, Fla.; three sisters, Hazel Heinfeld, Ada, Karlene Speicher, Wapakoneta, and Anita Andrew, Celina; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a brother, James.
   He was retired from Crown Control, New Bremen. He was a 1942 Celina High School graduate and a World War II veteran.
   Graveside services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Obion County Memorial Gardens, Union City, Tenn., the Rev. Jerry Leggett officiating.
   Calling is 1:30-2:45 p.m. Sunday at White-Ranson Funeral Home Inc., Union City, Tenn.

William Roberts

William Earl Roberts, 63, of Franklin, died April 8, 2006, at the Sycamore Hospital emergency room in Dayton.
   He was born Sept. 1, 1942, in Owsley County, Ky., to Wesley and Myrtle Johnson Roberts. On Nov. 4, 1972, he married Anna Louise Ferguson who survives.
   Other survivors are a daughter, Heather (Joe) Kouts, Franklin; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
   He worked in maintenance in the Celina School district for 28 years and at Unico Co. A Lima High School graduate, he also was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member and f St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Rockford, where he served two years on the Consistory.
   Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home, Franklin. Burial is at Woodhill Cemetery, Franklin.
   Calling begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Herb Stanfill

Herb Stanfill, 77, died the afternoon of April 9, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Celina.

Charles Wurster

Celina native Charles "Chuck" Wayne Wurster, 78, of Newnan Ga., died April 7, 2006, at Newnan Hospital.
   He was born March 29, 1928, in Celina, to Dale and Thelma Pichon Wurster. His wife of 55 years, Thelma Wade Wurster, survives.
   Also surviving are a brother, Glen A. (Rita); a sister, Juanita (Tom) Wise; and a sister-in-law, Jane Wurster.
   Deceased is a brother, John G. Wurster.
   He was a former principal of the Peewaukee Elementary School, Wisc., and retired from Coweta County, Georgia School System as an elementary teacher.
   Services will be held at a later date.
   Contributions can be made to Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, Ga.


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