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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Martha Hennessey

Martha R. Hennessey, 85, of Piqua, died at 5:40 p.m. April 23, 2006, at her home.
   She was born April 23, 1921, in Dayton, to Edwin and Jennie Wolf Rehmert. On June 17, 1945, she married Robert A. Hennessey who died March 14, 1982.
   Surviving are a son, Steve (Patti), Coldwater; two daughters, Marcia (Skip) Garrett and Marjie (Bob) Hayes, all of Piqua; a brother-in-law, Carl Schultz, Sidney; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   A son, John S., and a sister, Mary Schultz, are deceased.
   A 1939 graduate of Piqua Central High School and a 1941 graduate of Miami Jacobs Business College, she was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Altar Society, Piqua Leisure Club and the Meals on Wheels program, all of Piqua. She had served as a Cub Scout den mother, a Girl Scout leader and a "Gray Lady" at the former Piqua Memorial Hospital.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Grilliot officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, where a prayer service will be held at 5.
   Contributions can be made to Hospice of Miami County or the American Cancer Society.

G. Joan Knatz

G. Joan Knatz, 77, 16031 County Road 66A, St. Marys, died at 12:27 a.m. April 24, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   She was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Auglaize County, to Daniel and Maude Kilger Hertenstein. On Nov. 6, 1947, she married Robert E. Knatz who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Dan (Teresa) and Larry, all of St. Marys; two daughters, Sue Ellen (Bob) Harman, Celina, and Lori (Steve) Hirschfeld, St. Marys; a brother, Harold Hertenstein, St. Marys; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   A great-granddaughter is deceased.
   She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, St. Marys.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Bill Maki officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, and after noon Thursday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Roman Lechleiter

St. Rose native Roman C. Lechleiter, 84,of Mauston, Wis., died April 13, 2006, at University Hospitals, Madison, Wis.
   He was born Jan. 11, 1922, in St. Rose, to Julius and Sophia Imwalle Lechleiter. On July 19, 1947, he married Mary Edna Monnin who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Kenneth (Connie), Necedah, Wis., Michael, New Orleans, La., and Kevin, Jefferson, La.; two daughters, Karen (Paul) Differt, Mauston, and Carlyn (Brian) Thomas, Necedah; a brother, Leon (Katie), and a sister, Mary Ann, all of Coldwater; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Two brothers, Linus W. and Leroy, are deceased.
   He worked with the U.S. Air Force as a civilian motion picture processing technician in the education and training film department at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, and Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He retired after 30 years and then worked 13 years at Farnam/Colt Industries in Necedah. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Mauston, McEvoy-Miller Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2114, Burton-Koppang American Legion Post 81, Solomon Juneau Council 2770 Knights of Columbus and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
   Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. April 20 at the church, the Rev. Cheriyan Thomas officiated. Burial with military honors followed at the church cemetery.
   Crandall Funeral Home, Mauston, had charge of arrangements.


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