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Gloria Bricker
Vernon Fark
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Rita Jones
Rosemary Schrolucke
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bertha Bowman

Bertha R. Bowman, 96, 109 Garman Ave., Celina, died at 7:10 a.m. Oct. 24, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Dec. 30, 1909, in St. Peter, to Bernard and Mary Fullenkamp Jacobs. On Oct. 9, 1953, she married Henry Bowman, who died March 7, 2003.
   Survivors are a stepson, Michael, Madison, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Angela Rainstar, Yucca Valley, Calif., and Suzanne Schildler, Monterey, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
   Deceased are a stepdaughter, Maddelin; four brothers, Victor, Leander, Jerome and Norbert Jacobs; and two sisters, Sister Mary Constance Jacobs and Agnes Jacobs Brunswick.
   She worked at Central Motors, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Allied Van Lines, Lansing, Mich., and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, and its Altar Rosary Sodality.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

Gloria Bricker

Gloria J. Bricker, 56, 1300 Myers Road, Celina, died at 10:45 p.m. Oct. 23, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to a brain illness.
   She was born Dec. 14, 1949, in St. Marys, to Clyde and Waneta Buckenroth Wolfe. Her mother survives in St. Marys. Her ex-husband, Russell E. Bricker, survives in St. Marys.
   Also surviving are two sons, James, Celina, and Anthony (Angie), Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Veronica (Mike) Weiler, Celina; three brothers, Richard (Heidi) Petersime, Hartford, Conn., Edward Petersime, St. Marys, and Cloyd Wolfe, Troy; and seven grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Chalcey and Nelson Petersime; and a sister, Marcella Petersime.
   She retired as a nurse's aid at the St. Marys Living Center and was a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School.
   Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. John Schroyer officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Vernon Fark

Vernon John Fark, 87, of St. Marys, died at 11:35 a.m. Oct. 24, 2006, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, due to heart complications.
   He was born Oct. 19, 1919, in Auglaize County, to Edwin and Amanda Quellhorst Fark. His wife of 60 years, Verneda Schwabero Fark, survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, John (Estelle), Marion, and Steven (Cheryl), Jackson Center; a daughter, Joyce Ann (Mark) Keller, Dayton; two sisters, Irene Berning, Botkins, and Aurelia Hirschfeld, New Bremen; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three sisters, Lorma Scheer, Edith McMillan and Marjorie Weber.
   He was a lifelong dairy farmer and graduate of New Bremen High School. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, a Moulton Township trustee and served as president of the Moulton School Board of Education.
   He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323, both in St. Marys; Auglaize Soil & Water Conservation; Auglaize Holstein Club; Auglaize Farm Bureau; Church Consistory; and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, St. Marys, the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, St. Marys, and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to Agape Ministry, the church memorial fund or the American Heart Association.

Wilma Knapke

Wilma E. Knapke, 81, 5555 Wabash Road, Coldwater, died at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 2006, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   Arrangements are pending at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.
  Norman Kuhlman
   Norman Kuhlman, 93, 1125 Neil Ave., St. Marys, died at 9:10 a.m. Oct. 24, 2006, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Living Community.
   He was born Aug. 17, 1913, in New Knoxville, to Herman and Emma Fenneman Kuhlman. On Nov. 16, 1940, he married Gladys Schwieterman, who survives at Otterbein St. Marys.
   Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
   Deceased are numerous brothers and sisters.
   He was the retired president of the former Home Banking Company, St. Marys, past president of the First National Bank in Mercer County and had served as a State of Ohio bank auditor. He was a 1931 graduate of New Knoxville High School and attended Ohio State University.
   He was a member of Idlewild Club, St. Marys; Mercer Lodge and Valley of Dayton Shrine Club; St. Marys Rotary Club; Northmoor Country Club; Shawnee County Club; and First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville. He was a charter member of the St. Marys Community Foundation and Community Improvement Corporation.
   Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Rita Jones

St. Henry native Rita Mary Jones, a one-year resident of Breenbriar Nursing Center, Eaton, died at 9:35 a.m. Oct. 18, 2006, at the center.
   She was born June 23, 1924, in St. Henry, to Julius R. and Anna Winklejohn Moeder. She married Paul W. Jones, who is deceased.
   Survivors are a son, Richard (Mary), Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Carol (Michael) Schnipper, Oxford; six brothers, Norbert (Roberta) Moeder, Dayton, Jerry (Marilyn) Moeder, Englewood, Leander (Jeanette) Moeder, Maria Stein, Richard Moeder, Victor (Rose Mary) Moeder and Charles Moeder, all of St. Henry; three sisters, Marcella (Aloys) Larger, Dayton, Ruth (Fred) Krebs, Orlando, Fla., and Rose Ann (Roger) Siefring, Coldwater; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two sisters, Mary and Sister Mary Julian Moeder.
   She retired in 1988 from the outpatient business office at the former St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. She also was a homemaker; worked as a bookkeeper and administrative associate jobs at Dayton Oil Company and Builder's Insulation Company, Centerville; and was a bus driver for Carousel House Nursery School.
   She was a 1942 graduate of St. Henry High School. She and her husband were founding members of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Kettering, where for over 30 years she sang in its choir. She was a founder of its Retiree Card Club.
   Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at the church. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
   Contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton.
   Arrangements were by Far Hills Chapel, Tobias Funeral Home, Dayton.

Rosemary Schrolucke

Rosemary J. "Rosie" Schrolucke, 82, of rural Spencer-ville, died at 9:34 a.m. Oct. 24, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, where she had been a patient since Oct. 21.
   She was born in Logan Township, Auglaize County, to Alfred and Leona Mack Sutton. On July 3, 1946, she married Robert E. Schrolucke, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Rex E. (Suzanne), Williamsburg, Jack (Diana), Spencerville, and John (Cathy), Glendale, Ariz.; a daughter, Judy (Archie) Sawmiller, Spencerville; a sister, Helen Jauert, Wapakoneta; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a brother, Mark Sutton.
   She worked at City Loan and the Shell Oil Company, both in Lima, and at St. Marys Woolen Mills. She was a 1942 graduate of Spencerville High School and a member and past president of Bowersock Bros. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 Auxiliary, Spencerville. She also was a member of Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post 191 Auxiliary and Ida Rebekah Lodge 391, both of Spencerville, and active in Girl and Cub Scouts.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Rex Schrolucke officiating. Burial is at Kossuth-Zion Cemetery east of Kossuth.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A VFW Auxiliary service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday.
   Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Norma Jean Slife

Norma Jean Slife, 81, of Vandalia, died 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2006, at Brown County Hospital, Georgetown.
   She was born July 12, 1925, in Troy, to Jesse and Callie Mae Werts. Her husband of 49 years, Carl Slife, survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Carl (Karel), Celina, Robert (Betty), Salisbury, N.C., and Richard (Dawn), Warner Robins, Ga.; a daughter, Debra (Ted) Jones, Sardinia; a brother, Allen Werts, West Milton; a sister, Delores Laub, Fort Myers, Fla.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   She was a homemaker.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Tobias Funeral Home, Belmont Chapel, Dayton. Burial is at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
   Condolences can be sent at

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 Stocker. 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.; two stepsons, James and Carl Miller, Ridgeville, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Lori Miller, Lynn, Ind.; two sisters, Barbara A. Meek, Portland, and Janet (James) Beeson, Dunkirk; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.
   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 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 417, both of Portland, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6515, Fort Recovery.
   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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