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James Boone
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Esther Klosterman
Henry Knapke
Cecelia Ruppert
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

George Armstrong

George A. Armstrong, 83, 419 Huffman St., St. Marys, died at 11:27 p.m. June 27, 2006, at the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born May 30, 1923, in Van Wert, to George and Mildred Ditto Armstrong. On Nov. 15, 1974, he married Linda Drummond, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Jim (Mary), Wapakoneta, Grover, St. Marys, and Joe, Cartersville, Ga.; two stepsons, Duane (Kathy) Drummond, Goodyear, Ariz., and David (Tamie) Drummond, St. Marys; a step daughter, Dawn (Chad) Hennon, St. Marys; a brother, Al (Tootie), St. Marys; two sisters, Edith Adams, Spencerville, and Gwen Uncapher, Mendon, a brother-in-law, Harold Fleming, Van Wert; two sisters-in-law, Barb, Mendon, and Marilyn, St. Marys; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are an infant daughter, Dorothy; two brothers, Tom and Paul; and a sister, Catherine Fleming.
   He was a 1941 graduate of Spencerville High School and retired from Tampa Scrap Metal Company, Tampa, Fla.
   Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

James Boone

James C. Boone, 54, of Sidney, died at 1:15 a.m. June 28, 2006, at he residence. He was ill for 15 months.
   He was born May 6, 1952, in Sidney, to Claire and Barbara Elliott Boone. His mother survives in Sidney. On April 25, 1981, he married Annette C. Bornhorst, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Jason, Dayton; a daughter, Jill, Columbus; and two brothers, John (Cindy), Bellefontaine, and Dan (Polly), Statesville, N.C.
   He worked at Airstream, Jackson Center. He was an usher and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, McCartyville and was a junior high girls basketball coach, 4-H advisor and a 1970 graduate of Sidney High School. He was a member of the Anna Athletic Boosters and the Anna High School Football Chain Gang Crew.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Patrick Welsh officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
   Calling 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
   Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care.

Harriett Colvin

Harriett Colvin, 89, 11511 Dove Lane, Otterbein, St. Marys, died at 12:01 a.m. June 28, 2006, at her daughter's residence, New Knoxville.
   She was born March 5, 1917, in St. Marys, to Robert and Deborah Williams Judy. On Oct. 5, 1940, she married Walter Colvin, who died June 16, 2001.
   Survivors are a son, David, St. Marys; four daughters, Becky (Terry) Huston, New Knoxville, Debbie (Gene) Knox, St. Marys, Ann, Celina, and Beth (Bill) Skelding, Pataskala; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Robert Judy; a sister, Mary Janet Rubel; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.
   She retired as secretary from Wayne Street United Methodist Chruch, St. Marys. She worked more than 30 years at Auglaize County Board of Elections and volunteered at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. She was Lima District Treasurer of the United Methodist Women and named woman of the year by the United Methodist Women. She was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Homemakers Sunday School class, Ruth, Esther and Mary Martha Circles, Lima District CHUMS, Mother's Study Club, Jolly Seventeeners and United Methodist Heritage Campers Association.
   Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the church the Rev. Mary Kay Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to church or Tri-county Hospice.

Esther Klosterman

Former Montezuma resident Esther M. Klosterman, 90, died June 27, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born May 7, 1916, in Illinois to Jesse and Emma Baucher Rhyne. On Dec. 26, 1936, she married Wilson Klosterman, who died Jan. 3, 1985.
   Survivors are a sister Elizabeth Piper, Fort Wayne, Ind.
   Deceased are three brothers, Dale, Harold and Elmer Rhyne and a sister, Helen Beougher.
   She attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma and was a member of its Christian Mother's Sodality.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church the Rev. James Dugal, officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
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Henry Knapke

Celina native Henry J. Knapke, 98, of St. Petersburg, Fla, died at 7:45 p.m. June 26, 2006.
   He was born March 7, 1908, in Celina, to August and isabella McKirnan Knapke. He married Gertrude E. Coughlin, who died in 1986.
   Survivors are a son, Murph (MaryAnn), Celina; a daughter, Elizabeth (Ron) Salamone, Tierra Verde, Fla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   He retired as a self-employed attorney in Celina. He was a former Celina Solicitor and from 1937-1944, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney. He was a member of the Mercer County and Ohio State Bar Associations and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2170, Celina. He graduated from Celina High School in 1926.
   Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel offiating. Burial is at St. Marys Catholic Church, Celina.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Cecelia Ruppert

Cecelia Ruppert, 88, Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys, died June 28, 2006, at the nursing home.
   She was born Nov. 1, 1917, in Wapakoneta, to Joseph and Philomena Fisher Rieger. On July 26, 1943, she married Cletus Ruppert, who died May 12, 1973.
   Survivers include a son, Marv (Carol), St. Marys; two sisters, Loretta Pugh, Cape Coral, Fla., and Delores Stahler, Lima; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are seven brothers, Louis, Joseph, Paul, Ralph, Albert, Clarence and Carl Rieger; a sister, Mary McEvoy; and a grandson.
   She was retired from St. Marys Cotton Mill and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, both of St. Marys. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, and its Altar Sodality. She was also a member of American Legion Post 323 Auxiliary, and St. Marys Senior Citizens.
   Funeral mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to Friends of Holy Rosary Church Trust Fund.

Freda Voress

Freda M. Voress, 81, 506 E. Monroe St., New Bremen, died at 7:50 p.m. June 27, 2006, at Otterbein of St. Marys.
   She was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Twelve Mile, Ind., to Arthur and Bernice Dazell Earl. On Nov. 29, 1942, she married George Voress Sr., who died Oct. 21, 1997.
   Survivors are two sons, George Jr. (Karen) and John (Gin), all of New Bremen; a daughter, Judy, of Austin, Texas; two sisters Mary (Phil) Maurer, St. Marys, and Dorothy Hatton, Knightsville, Ind.; a son-in-law, Roger Koenig, New Bremen; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter, Jane Koenig and a sister, Ruth Ann Baker.
   She was a homemaker and formerly worked as a receptionist at the Pape Accounting Services in New Bremen. She was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, its Women's Guild and World Ministries. She was a former Board of Directors member and Camp Director of the Ohio Conference UCC Church Camps. She volunteered over 5,000 hours at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, and belonged to several area Bridge clubs.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church the Revs.Richard Weir and John Tostrick officiating. The body was cremated at her request.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.
   Contributions can be made to the Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice or to the church memorial fund.


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