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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Bertha Bowman

Bertha Bowman, 96, 109 Garman St., Celina, died at 7:10 a.m. today, Oct. 24, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   Arrangements are pending at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dezendzel Funeral Home, Celina.

Deborah Ford

Former Celina resident Deborah Ann Ford, 49, of Newport, Ky., was found dead Oct. 22, 2006, at her home. Death was due to natural causes.
   She was born Sept. 2, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Kenneth Sr. and Rita Ford. Her parents and stepmother, Joanne Hemmelgarn Ford, are deceased.
   Surviving are a stepgrandmother, Marcella Hemmelgarn, Celina; and numerous uncles and aunts.
   Deceased are two brothers, Dennis Ford and Kenneth Ford Jr.
   She was a waitress at Frisch's Restaurant, Newport.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial is at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Ralph Mescher

Mercer County native Ralph B. "Red" Mescher, 78, of Versailles, died at 10 p.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at Versailles Health Care Center.
   He was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Mercer County, to Otto F. and Rosa Buening Mescher. On Feb. 18, 1950, he married Marcella Heitbrink, who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Doug (Kim), Springboro, and Ron (Karen), Michael (Janice) and Kenny (Sabina), all of Versailles; five daughters, Carol (Richard) Francis, Willowdell, Theresa, of Pennsylvania, Nancy (Cam) Franklin, Sidney, Jan (Bub) Monnin, Versailles, and Lisa (Tyrone) Gasper, Ansonia; six brothers, Nick (Sally), West Liberty, Stanley (Mickey), Tipp City, Jim (Mary Katherine), Fort Loramie, Vernon (Mary Lou), Osgood, and Dennis (Viola) and David (Lucy), all of Maria Stein; six sisters, Lucille Neilson, of Arkansas, Elsie Balster, Maria Stein, Sister Verlina, Arvada, Colo., Sally Mills, Versailles, and Martha, Haiti; 27 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are sons, Ralph and Joseph, a daughter, Lori, and a brother, Gilbert.
   He was a self-employed electrical contractor from 1956 to 1990 and helped build and operated the Knights of Columbus Chapter 1756 baseball diamond in Versailles for 11 years. He helped start the Little League program and the Versailles Athletic Boosters, and was a charter member of Stillwater Valley Golf Club. He also was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 1756 where he served as Grand Knight, and District Deputy, Rotary Club, and Versailles Developmental Association, all of Versailles. He also was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1473, Celina.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial is at St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles. A Knights of Columbus prayer service is Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Alzheimer's Association or Versailles Life Squad.
   Condolences can be sent at

John Nagy

John Karl Nagy, 87, 6100 Nagy Road, Celina, died at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   He was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Detroit, Mich., to Charles K. and Esther D. Nagy. On July 19, 1947, he married Marilyn J. Corrigan, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, John E. (Pam) and Mark A., all of Celina; two daughters, Carla A. (Linus) Post, Coldwater, and Cecelia E. (Terry) Kremer, Celina; a sister, Esther Sokoloski, Vandalia; seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.
   Deceased are five brothers, Charles, Vincent, Jack, Alex and Joseph, and a grandson.
   He was former owner and operator of M.J. Bar, Dayton, and retired from the 7-Up company after 27 years. He was known locally as the "7-Up Man" and the "Candy Man." He attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will follow in Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the John K. Nagy Memorial Fund.

Paul Siefring

Paul Siefring, 75, 217 South Perry St., St. Marys, died Oct. 20, 2006, at St. Marys Living Center.
   He was born Aug. 3, 1931, in St. Marys, to John and Rosa Kramer Siefring. On Nov. 26, 1953, he married Ruth Helen Lenhart, who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Edward (Deb), Celina, Donald (Laura), St. Marys, Stephen, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Paul (Angie), Wapakoneta; six daughters, Ann, of Gorham, Maine, Rebecca (David) Flaute, Karen (Larry) Williams, Vickie (Ed) Smith, Christine (Randy) Taylor and Mary Beth, all of St. Marys; four brothers, Harold (Pauline), Decatur, Ind., John (Marge) Columbus, Lawrence (Joy), and Wilbur (Monica), all of Louisville, Ky.; four sisters, Laurena Frilling, St. Marys, Barbara Winner, Osgood, Deloris (Tom) Hemmelgarn, Fort Recovery, and twin sister, Pauline (Leo) Kunk, Phoenix, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a sister, Mary Heitkamp.
   He was a farmer and retired from Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, and Knights of Columbus, where he was a 4th Degree Knight.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Robert Stocker

Robert L. Stocker, 65, of Ridgeville, Ind., died Oct. 21, 2006, at Ryan RV Campgrounds, Albany, Ky.
   He was born May 23, 1941, to Harold B. and Ruth O. Weaver. His mother survives in Portland, Ind.
   Also surviving are two sons, Harold L., Fort Recovery, and Danny E., Portland; three brothers, Jack E., Dunkirk, Ind., Ralph E., Albany, Ind., and Fred A., Centerville, Ga.; and two sisters, Barbara A. Meek, Portland, and Janet (James) Beeson, Dunkirk.
   Deceased is a son, Jeff.
   He was an iron worker with Local 147 Union, Fort Wayne, Ind., and attended Madison Township High School. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 928, Portland, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6515, Fort Recovery, and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 417, Portland.
   Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the Portland Chapel of Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Kelly officiating. Burial is at Wells Cemetery, northwest of Portland.
   Calling is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.


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