Paul Charles "Cottonpicker" Bettinger, 83, 3778 state Route 118, Coldwater, died April 24, 2006, at his residence.
He was born January 23, 1923, in Coldwater, to Arthur and Regina Hemmelgarn Bettinger. On Feb. 26, 1949, he married Angela Wehrkamp, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Conrad (Tammy), William (Lori), Eric (Sandy), all of Coldwater, and Dietrich, Beavercreek; four daughters, Theresa (Rod) Arney, Dayton, Gretchen (Mike) Hoyng, Georgia, Carmen (Ralph) Meyer, Coldwater, and Ramona, Columbus; three brothers, Clete (Norma), Carl (Ruth) and Robert (Barb), all of Coldwater; two sisters, Maguerite (Clete) Griesdorn, St. Rose, and Grace (Paul) Rutschilling, Coldwater; two sisters-in-law, Rita, Saint Henry, and Marlene, Coldwater; and 12 grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Christina; three brothers, Herman, William and LaVern; four sisters, Clarina Lefeld, Lucille Bergman, and Mary Ellen Bettinger; and two brothers-in-law, Harold Bergman and Seraphim Lefeld.
He was retired from New Idea after 42 years as field service manager. He was veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II, a past member of Coldwater School Board, a retired Butler Township Trustee and a co-chair of the Coldwater Sesquicentennial. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a member of the Men's Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus Council 1991, where he served as financial secretary for 27 years, and the St. Gasper Del Bufalo 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Minster. He was a member of the New Idea Committee of the Mercer County Historical Association, Planning and Service Areas 3 Agency Council on Aging, American Legion Post 470 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135, both of Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater. Military rites will be conducted by the legion and VFW.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to Society of the Precious Blood.
Condolences can be made at www.hogenkampfh.com.
Mary Ellen Homan
Former St. Henry resident Mary Ellen Homan, 83, of Newberry, Fla., died at 3:45 a.m. April 25, 2006, at Shands Hospital, Gainesville, Fla.
She was born Nov. 25, 1922, in St. Henry, to John and Mary Borger Uhlenhake. On Nov. 25, 1922, she married Paul E. Homan, who died Feb. 19, 1998.
Survivors are four sons, Stephen (Sandi), Orlando, Fla., Michael (Mary Lee), Garland, Texas, Jeffrey (Betty), San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Chris (Linda), Houston, Texas; seven daughters, Patricia (George) Brown, Ballwin, Mo., Margaret (Dermot) Rollison, Fort Washington, Md., Deborah Castellan, Pittsburgh, Pa., Mary Beth (Dan) Dwyer, Golden, Colo.; Barbara (Donald) Idalski, Warren, Mich., Kathleen (David) Woeste, Long Valley, N.J., and Paula (James) Turpening, Gainesville; a sister, Adele Gattes, Centerville; 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers and three sisters.
She was a homemaker and member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gainesville, Fla.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Henry Catholic Church the Rev. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10:10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Contributions can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.