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Friday, April 28, 2006

Harold Bensman

Harold J. "Bud" Bensman, 80, 4788 Bensman Road, Minster, died at 2:20 p.m. April 26, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Minster, to Robert and Josephine Wynk Bensman. On Oct. 14, 1950, he married Dolores E. Hoying, who survives.
   Also surviving are four daughters, Ann (John) Halpin, Powell, Marjorie (Scott) Barnheiser, Hilliard, Christine Noykos, Minster, and Donna (James) Smith, Buxton, Maine; two sisters, Alfrieda Bangerter, Minster, and Esther Roth, Englewood; and 12 grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Steven, and an infant son, William.
   He was a retired farmer and part-time employee of Wagner's IGA, Minster. He was a member of the Auglaize County Farm Bureau and Holstein Association, and a member, usher and lector of St. Augustine Catholic Church and its Orphan Society, Minster. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, Minster, the Knights of Columbus 2158, Minster, president of the organization's Home Corp., and a bingo caller at the K of C for 55 years.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-9:30 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Ruby Bienz

Ruby M. Bienz, 80, Celina, died at 11: 44 a.m. April 28, 2006, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born Oct. 18, 1925, to Leola A. Bottom and Carl D. Wilkins in Wyandotte, Mich. On Jan. 27, 1942, she married Clarence W. Bienz, who died March 27, 1997.
   Surviving are two sons, John (Teresa), Mendon, and Abe (Suzanne), Rockford; three daughters, Laurel, Albuquerque, N.M., Alice (Charles) Kendall, Mt. Vernon, Ind., and Leola (Ronnie) LaRue, Lindale Ga.; two sisters, Fairy Holmes, Modesto, Calif., and Ivy Green, Michigan; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two sons, Clarence and Alfred Lee; a daughter, Paula Bell; five brothers, Dare, Ray, Ivan, Alfred and LaVaughn Wilkins; a sister, Pearl Daggs; a grandson; and great-grandson.
   She was a homemaker and member of Willshire and Rockford United Brethren churches.
   Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Ind., the Rev. Mark Rutledge officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
   Memorials can be made to Praise Point United Brethren, Willshire, or the New Horizons United Brethren Church, Rockford.

Monica Felver

Celina native Monica R. Felver, 54, of Hartford City, Ind., died at 8:20 p.m. April 26, 2006, from injuries received in a traffic accident on Interstate-69 in Grant County, Ind. See story on page A5.
   She was born May 1, 1951, in Celina, to Luther and Clara Schaadt Gibbons. On Oct. 10, 1989, she married Glenn Felver, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Nick, Marion, Ind., David (Lisa), Montpelier, Ind., and Eric (Ashley), Hartford City; five daughters, Kelly Gehle and Hope (Doug) Beckley, all of Hartford City, Amy (Matthew ) Atkins and Monica (Steven) Kellogg, all of Montpelier, and Shaunee (Jeff) Coburn, Fort Wayne, Ind.; two brothers, Tom (Carol) Gibbons, Celina, and Denny (Gayle) Gibbons, Rockford; two sisters, LilaLee Roe, Monroe, Ind., and Darlene Gibbons (Gerald), Chattanooga; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   She was employed at the dining commons at Taylor University of Indiana. She was a 1969 graduate of Parkway High School and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, both in Rockford.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City. Burial is at Jefferson Cemetery, Upland, Ind.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the donor's choice.

Trent Fogt

Trent G. Fogt, 16, 291 S. Frankfort St., Minster, died at 10 p.m. April 27, 2006, in Shelby County from an auto accident.
   He was born June 3, 1989, in St. Marys to Tracy and Elizabeth Baker Fogt, who survive.
   Also surviving are a brother, Tyler, at home; a sister, Tricia, at home; paternal grandmother, Sara Fogt, Minster; and maternal grandparents, Bernard and Joan Baker, Celina.
   Deceased is a grandfather, Tom Fogt.
   He worked at Haus Der Eleganz Coffee Shop, Minster, and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster. He was a member of the Minster Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and a sophomore at Minster High School.
   Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, the Rev. Rick Nieberding officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Monday and 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
   Memorial donations can be made to Minster High School Scholarship Fund.

Roy Leighner

Roy H. Leighner, 73, Rockford, died at 7:57 a.m. April 28, 2006, at Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
   He was born Jan. 9, 1933, to Harry O. and Mary Applegate Leighner, in Allen County. On Nov. 10, 1956, he married Nancy Hoke, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Rodney (Diana), Dayton; two daughters, Cynthia (Douglas) Thompson, Bothell, Wash., and Penny Jo Moffett, Ypsilant, Mich.; a sister, Lois Helen Yeager, Cincinnati; four grandchildren; a step grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, Ray, Harold and Howard; and a sister, Harriet Thomas.
   He was retired from Goodyear, St. Marys, with 40 years of service and was a farmer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with rank of corporal. He was also a member of Rockford American Legion Post 508 and the Celina Veterans of Foreign Wars.
   Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Mike Berne officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Memorials can be made to the Parkway Athletic Department.

Myriam Simms

Former Celina resident Myriam Simms, 74, of San Antonio, Texas, died April 26, 2006, in San Antonio.
   She was born June 11, 1931, in El Salvador, to Antonio and Celia Suárez. She married Robert A. Simms, who is deceased, and Thomas O. Ervin, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Robert A. Simms Jr., Austin, Texas; two daughters, M. Anabella (Mario) La Maestra, Brussels, Belgium, and Leslie I. (Rob) Roberts, San Antonio; a brother, Mauricio Suárez; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
   She was homemaker.
   Services are noon Monday at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, San Antonio. Burial will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
   Calling is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio.


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