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Obituaries March 2013
Friday, March 01, 2013 3:16 PM

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FRANKLIN FERRELL 1921-2013

GROVER HILL – T. Franklin Ferrell, age 91, of Grover Hill, died at 8:03 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Aug. 16, 1921 in Ritchie County, W.Va., the son of Raymie and Edith (Burdiss) Ferrell. A 1939 graduate of Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, Va., he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator and gunner with the 386th Bombardment Group in the 552nd Squadron. He retired from General Motors in Defiance after 29 years of service and was a member of the Grover Hill VFW and Lion’s Club.

Surviving are his children, Allison (Earl) McClure of Payne and Tom (Brenda) Ferrell and Leslie (Vinal) McClure, both of Grover Hill; a son-in-law, Dick Stahl, New Haven; a sister, Betty Gilroy of Victor, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Carrie (Duane) Sinn, Erin (Tim) Farrell, Matt (Jenni) Ferrell, Nathan Ferrell, Nick (Mary) Ferrell, Thomas Ferrell and Mitch (LeAnn) McClure.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine (Matthews) Ferrell; a daughter, Maureen Stahl; brothers, Charles Ferrell, and Walter Lee Ferrell in infancy; and a grandson, Bryan Ferrell.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday, April 3 at Grover Hill Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Waldron officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill Zion U.M. Church, Van Wert Inpatient Hospice or Grover Hill EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

RICHARD LUGINBUHL 1932-2013

PAULDING – Richard E. Luginbuhl, age 80, died Friday, March 29 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 16, 1932 in Bluffton, Ohio, the son of Maynard and Alice (Simon) Luginbuhl. On Aug. 3, 1952, he married Donna “Joan” Ream, who survives. He retired in 1992 from AEP Ohio after 40 years and was recently a carryout man for Chief Supermarket for 10 years. He was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and was an a avid bowler, golfer, fisherman and Ohio State Buckeye fan.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Luginbuhl, Paulding; his stepfather, Roe Lansing, Ada; three children, Rebecca Jo (Donnal) Corbitt, Fort Wayne, Kim R. (Kim M.) Luginbuhl, Bridgman, Mich., and Holly (Kevin) Vance, Paulding; one half-sister, Cindy Luginbihl; two half-brothers, Michael Luginbihl and Patrick (Kim) Luginbihl; nine grandchildren, Stref, Seth, Shawn, Michelle, Andrew, Adam, Kelsie, Kera and Troy; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, April 5 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Huntersville Cemetery, Harding County, Ohio.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Donations may be made to the Paulding United Methodist Church Roof Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 


RACHEL WYANDT 1940-2013

HAVILAND – Rachel L. Wyandt, 73, of Haviland, died at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

 

CAROLINE “CONNIE” SMITH 1924-2013

CONVOY – Caroline "Connie" Smith, 89, of Convoy, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Paulding County, to the late Lewis and Wilhelmina (Gombert) Myers. Her husband, Robert L. Smith, died Nov. 19, 2012. They were married March 23, 1947. She retired in 1986 after 25 years of service as a secretary with Crestview Schools. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy, a past member of Japonica Garden Club of Convoy, a member of the Lady Board of Managers of Van Wert County Hospital and Fidelitas Guild of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her children, Martha Smith of Columbus and Marilyn Smith of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Joan (Wilbur) Eddy of Van Wert; sisters-in-law, Ruby Myers and Phyllis Myers, both of Van Wert, and Colleen Myers of Haviland; a granddaughter, Rebecca (Troy) Gray, and her mother, Debra.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith; brothers, Lewis, Maurice and Thomas Myers; and a grandson, Gregory Smith.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy. The Rev. Rita Bair will officiate. Burial will be in Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Convoy.

Visitation will be held at 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Gearhart-Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorial is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

ARTHUR DOSTER 1927-2013

SCOTT – Arthur C. Doster, age 85, died Friday, March 29 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

He was born Aug. 11, 1927 in Paulding County, the son of Erna and Lula (Smith) Doster. On July 1, 1950, he married LaDonna F. Hamman, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2004. He was employed as a lineman for Sprint Company, retiring in 1993.

He is survived by three sons, Dan (Pat) Doster, Toledo, Don (Cheryl) Doster, Van Wert, and John (Marsha) Doster, Scott; two sisters, Methel Densmore, Melrose, and Ethel Sutton, Toledo; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a daughter, Carla White; three brothers, Lawerence, Vadis and Ira Doster; a sister, Mary Hartwig.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

TRAVIS DAVIS 1977-2013

PAULDING – Travis Davis, 35, of Paulding, died Tuesday, March 26.

 

 

DONELDA KECK 1921-2013

OAKWOOD – Donelda C. Keck, 91, formerly of Oakwood, died at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Meadows of Leipsic, where she was a resident. Donelda lived at the Country Inn, Paulding, before moving to The Meadows.

She was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Melrose to Orrin and Rosa (Fisher) Workman. Her father died when she was only 6 years old and her mother died when she was 17. On March 14, 1942, she married Durward C. Keck, who died March 19, 2004.

Donelda was a 1939 graduate of Oakwood High School. She was a homemaker and later an employee at Sylvania GTE of Ottawa. She and her husband farmed in Leipsic from 1946 to 1981. At retirement they moved back to Durward’s 100+ year old farm near Melrose. Donelda was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and was active in the Leipsic United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her family and loved flowers and gardening. She will be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Dannie (Darlin) Keck of Marion, Iowa and Gary (Marty) Keck of Leipsic; five grandchildren, Dawn (James) Gilman of Jacksonville, Fla., Dean (Heather) Keck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kori (Jerry) Daniels of Cincinnati, Scot (Angie) Keck of Deshler, and Kent (Stephanie) Keck of Fremont; 10 great-grandchildren, Suzanne, Keigon, Avarie and Harper Keck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Horatio and Sophia Gilman of Jacksonville, Fla., Raelynn and Hunter Keck of Deshler, and Spencer and Cayden Keck of Fremont.

Donelda was preceded in death by seven brothers, Arthur, Gerald, Bernard, Harold, Lionel, Leon and Raymond Workman; and six sisters, Navarro Fagan, Hellen Workman, Colneda Varner, Bernice Ross, Eunice Deatrick and Ondelea Keezer. Donelda was the last survivor of Orrin and Rosa’s 14 children.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, and from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Memorials may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church or Leipsic United Methodist Church.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

PATRICIA PRIEST 1951-2013

PAULDING – Patricia L. Priest, age 61, died Sunday, March 24 at the CHP Hospice Center, Defiance.

She was born April 23, 1951 in Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of Woodrow W. and Claudeane (Wollet) Dotson. She was previously employed by SE Johnson/Stoneco Inc. and was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Lori (Jack) Brooks of Paulding, Melanie (Ron) Priest of Boca Raton, Fla., Kathryn (Anthony) Diaz of Paulding and Jessica (Ken) Kohart, Paulding; six grandchildren, Alexis, Dakota, Corbin, Karlee, Kendall and RJ; two brothers, John Dotson of Zephyr Hills, Fla. and James (Maria) Dotson, of North Carolina; six sisters, Barbara (Russell) McClure of Fort Wayne, Carolyn Powell of Rotonda, Fla., Judy Sanderson of Grover Hill, Donna (James) Miller of Van Wert, Mary Fast of Scott and Deb Dotson, Findlay; numerous nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Donations may be made to Caring Voice Coalition or CHP Hospice, Defiance.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

DUANE PEASE

WEST UNITY – Darrell Duane “Toe Head” Pease Jr., age 53, died Friday, March 22, 2013 at CJWC Hospital, Bryan.

He was born in Paulding,  the son of Darrell D. and Freda M. (Howard) Pease Sr. On Sept. 16, 2006, he married Peggy A. Lero, who survives. He was a life member of the AMVETS Post #54 Bryan, American Legion #669 West Unity and Dept. of Ohio Sons of AMVETS Commander.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Pease, West Unity; parents, Darrell and Freda Pease, Paulding; a son, Shane Pease, Paulding; a brother, Mark (Diane) Pease of Mark Center; and a sister, Lisa (Roger) Rhonehouse, Paulding.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding, at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AMVETS or American Diabetes Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

MARY CLASSEN 1935-2013

ARCHBOLD – Mary C. Henderson Classen, age 77 years, of Archbold, passed away Friday afternoon March 22, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold.

She was born March 27, 1935 at Dayton, the daughter of Ralph and Opal (Powell) Dunstan. She married Curt Classen, who preceded her in death. A resident of Archbold 36 years, she was the Paulding County Clerk of Courts for eight years, and retired from Campbell Soup Company after 15 years. She enjoyed collecting dolls, and was a member of the Archbold Evangelical Church.

She is survived by three children, James (Marsha) Henderson Jr. of Paulding, Deborah Schaback of Littleton, Colo., and Charles (Cynthia) Henderson of Montpelier; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John (Beverly) Dunstan of Paulding and Ralph (Lorene) Vogel of Lexington, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Bill Vogel, Joe Vogel, Don Vogel, Glenn Vogel and Vern Vogel; and a sister, Vivian Schoenauer.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at the Archbold Evangelical Church with the Revs. Matt Boyers and Charles Gautsche officiating. Interment will be in the Archbold Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. on Monday at the Fairlawn Chapel. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.

The family suggests that memorials be given to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be left at www.ShortFuneralHome.com.

 

 

KAREN GRABIANOWSKI 1944-2013

Karen Sue Ross Grabianowski passed from this earthly life to Heavenly Glory on Tuesday, March 19 following a 24-year battle with cancer.

Karen was born Oct. 13, 1944 in Lima to Betty Ilena Newton and Marvin Earl Ross. On Aug. 9, 1969, Karen married the love of her life, Ronald Emil Grabianowski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp.

Karen will be sadly missed by her husband, Ron; daughter, Jen Eve (Jeremy) Strassell of Columbus; and son, Aaron Ross Grabianowski of West Carrollton City. Karen is survived by siblings, Janet Elaine (David) Johnson, Marvin (Betty) Ross, Ronald (Linda) Ross and Joseph (Yong) Green. Also surviving are many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bruce; and grandparents Morven Asa and Bertha Rosetta (Koehler) Newton, Orval Fredrick and Esther Iona (Snyder) Ross.

Karen was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, after which she attended The Ohio State University where she earned her B.S. degree in elementary education. She continued graduate studies at Indiana/Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Karen began her teaching career at Antwerp Local Schools, teaching second grade and kindergarten. She substituted for many years in Paulding County schools, had worked in human resources at Sears TeleCatalog Co., Fort Wayne, was the second Antwerp Branch Library Manager (where she had managed the library’s move to their new building) and she had worked for the county election board at Carryall Township for many years. Karen served as an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery volunteer, had been an active 4-H advisor, a member of the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association (ORTA) and the Paulding Retired Teachers Association (PACRTA). For many years Karen was involved in horse rescue with the organization, Friends of Barbaro. Over the years, she believed that giving names online to the thousands of horses up for auction or possible slaughter, would help to save their lives. Karen authored and illustrated several children’s books, as well as her autobiography. She loved weaving baskets, reupholstering furniture and gardening.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Funeral services will be held Friday evening, immediately following the visitation, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Family and friends are invited back to the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, where there will be a brief prayer, followed by the processional to Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima, where the committal service and burial next to her parents will be held.

In lieu of flowers the family appreciates contributions to a memorial scholarship in Karen’s name to students of Paulding County Schools. Contact information or memorials may be sent to Scholarship Administrator: Mr. Jeremy Strassell, PNC Bank, 2346 Turtle Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43235. The annual scholarship recipients will be selected by members of PACRTA.

Condolences may be expressed at hartmansonsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

ROBIN WOLFORD 1960-2013

ANTWERP – Robin Wolford, 52, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 14, 1960 in Erie, Pa., the daughter of the late Aurelia (Nowaki) and Robert Wolford.

Robin will be sadly missed by her daughter, Aurelia (Ronald) Krick of Van Wert; siblings, Dede Goodison of Hamburg, N.Y., Mary Lynn (Ronald) Van Atta of Antwerp, Terry Whitaker and Karen Barnes, both of Fort Wayne, and Ronald Richards of Tucson; and a grandson, Jakob Krick.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Richards.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, March 23 at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Caroline St., Paulding. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are to Fort Defiance Humane Society, Box 2, 7169 St Rt 15, Defiance, Ohio 43512.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

HELEN STAHL 1930-2013

OCALA, Fla. – Helen Mae (Hardesty) Stahl, age 82, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 15.

She was born June 16, 1930 in Paulding and has been a Florida resident for 30 years. She is a retired office manager from Buckeye Stamp Redemption Center. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards, cooking, crossword puzzles, social gatherings, bowling and traveling.

She is survived by a son, Steven (Sandra) in Ocala; stepdaughter, Linda Hart Grise in Germantown, Ohio; granddaughters, Lisa Grise Bell (Dan) in Germantown and Smokie (Billie) West in Ocala; great-grandchildren, Syntillie, Syra, Sheyana Stahl, Christopher Grise and Emily Bell; a brother, George Hardesty in Paulding; and sisters Mary Frank in Ocala and Bettie Eagleson of Paulding.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and brother, Jack.

We would like to thank the nurses and staff of Odyssey\Hospice for helping make this a beautiful transition.

A celebration of life will be held in her home at noon Sunday, April 7.

 

DAVID THOMAS 1928-2013

VAN WERT – David T. Thomas, 85, of Van Wert, formerly of Grover Hill, died early Friday morning, March 15 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Morenci, Mich., the son of John W. and Rosie (Adams) Thomas. His wife, Beverly (Knotts) Thomas, survives of Van Wert. They were married for 62 years. He retired from General Electric in Fort Wayne and had formerly been a Paulding County Sheriff reserve officer. He was a member of the former Grover Hill Church of Christ. He was a United States Army veteran of 101st Airborne Division, Grover Hill volunteer fireman, a member of Van Wert American Legion and Van Wert F.O.P., Van Wert U.S.B.C. Bowling Association board member and had been inducted into its Hall of Fame. He bowled in the Van Wert Tuesday Night Industrial League. Dave loved his grandchildren, his cars, was an avid coin collector and bowler.

Other survivors include his children, Julia (Manuel) Rhodes, Susan Moorman, Paula J. (Danny) Mullins and Steven (Melissa) Thomas, all of Van Wert; grandchildren, Calvin Rhodes, Rebecca Dull, Amber Etzler, Jason Mullins, John Moorman, Amanda Bragg, Jennifer Chavarria and Jessica Morefield; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, John E. and Clarence W. Thomas; brother-in-law, James C. Knotts; and sister, Mary Ankney.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating.

Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or Van Wert Men's Bowling Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

CHRISTINE LAKER 1924-2013

 

Wednesday, March 13, Christine E. Laker, 88, was freed from the bonds of her earthly body and journeyed home with the Blessed Virgin Mary to be received into the loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ. Christine rejoiced at meeting her earthly mother Marie (Kummerant) Phlipot for the first time since her birth June 19, 1924. And once again at her side her Aunt Rose (Phlipot) McGrath mother who raised, cared for and loved her as a daughter joined in the celebration.

Christine married the love of her life, Roman C. Laker, Aug. 21, 1945 as the world rejoiced at the end of WWII. She was a dedicated, supportive and loving wife for 67 years. As Roman and Chris shared their joyful love in the sacrament of marriage, Christine devoted her life to caring for her nine children, David (Janet) Laker of Cecil, Jim (Karen) Laker of Antwerp, George (Susan) Laker of Bryan, Jerry Laker of Defiance, Ken (Arlene) Laker of Cecil, Bonnie (Tim) Nally of Defiance, Ted (Donna) Laker of Antwerp, Rosann (Carol) Laker of Paulding, Mary (Scott) DeGood of Syracuse, Ind.; her 27 grandchildren, Shelly, Jen, LeAnn, Tamara, Brian, Stephanie, Stacy, Heather, Andy, Danielle, Tim, Ashley, Matt, Mandy, Sara, Brad, Adam, Wes, Ryan and Abby Laker, Regina, Kim, Nate and Aimee Nally and Joshua, Caylyne and Cassandra DeGood; her 46 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Christine is the daughter of Raymond (Marie) Phlipot and raised by Rose (T.J.) McGrath. She has four living Phlipot siblings, Helen Coil of Traverse City, Mich., Harold of Paulding, Laura Pease of Paulding and Dorothy Alt, Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond, Marie, Hazel Phlipot; Rose, T.J. McGrath; her siblings, Lawrence, Howard, Ruth, Earl, Mabel, Jerry Phlipot and Charles, Pat, Loretta, Leo McGrath.

Christine was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cecil , until 2003 and at the end a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and prayed the rosary daily to our Blessed Mother, Mary. She loved square dancing, gardening, harness horse races, local fairs, traveling and her many, many grandbabies.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Crane Township, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.

Please make memorials for a Mass or to Hospice Care of Paulding County or The Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

ROSEMARY KAPPEL 1924-2013

PAULDING – Rosemary Kappel, age 89, died Wednesday, March 13 at Grand Rapids Care Center, Grand Rapids, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 19, 1924 in Henry County, the daughter of Joseph H. and Genevieve (Long) Dietrick. On April 8, 1967, she married Friedrich Kappel, who preceded her in death on May 26, 1998. She was employed by Kappel Hardware True Value, New Holstein, Wis., retiring in 1986. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, where she also volunteered in the parish office, and was formerly a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, New Holstein. She was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary, past president of New Holstein Chamber of Commerce and a member of Business and Professional Women Association of New Holstein.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Karen (Marv) Traver, Marsha Mathews, Larry Widmer, Edward Stults, Genevieve Stults, Suzanne Plummer, David Stults, Jody Tudico, Sandy Miller and a special niece, Ida Ronan; 19 great-nieces and nephews; 41 great-great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Norbert and Bill Dietrick; and two sisters, Doris Widmer and Patricia Stults.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 20 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Donations may be made to Masses, Hospice of Northwestern Ohio or Grand Rapids Care Center, Grand Rapids.

Special thank you to Vicki and Tonya from Hospice of Northwest Ohio and all the staff at Grand Rapids Care Center.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

MORGAN BUSSING

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. – Morgan Christopher Bussing, age 23, of Rainbow City, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

He was a member of Christ Central Church. He graduated with honors from Southside High School in 2007, where he was a member of the varsity soccer team and played the saxophone in the PRIDE of Southside. He attended UAB where he planned to major in nursing and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Morgan was known for his brilliant intellect, wonderful sense of humor and kind and loving spirit.

Survivors including his parents, Chris and Dawn Bussing of Rainbow City; grandparents, Harold and Ruth Williams of Oakwood; a sister, Meghan Bussing Tinsley of Birmingham, Ala.; brother-in-law, Brandon Tinsley, Birmingham; uncles and aunts, Doug and Jane Williams of Rossford, Ohio, Dave and Wendy Williams of Minerva, Ohio, and Steve and Beverly Bussing, Tim and Melody Bussing, Carol and Leon Goyings, Joni Bussing, Jamie and Amy Bussing and Mary and Russ Hermans, all of Paulding; and many loving cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Anna Faye Bussing; grandfather, George Bussing; and uncle, Randy Bussing.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Christ Central United Methodist Church, Rainbow City, with Sherri Reynolds officiating. Morgan Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Central United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Central United Methodist Church youth program.

 

CHRISTOPHER LONGSTRETH 1974-2013

VAN WERT – Christopher E. Longstreth, age 38, of Van Wert, died Monday evening, March 11, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born July 5, 1974 in Van Wert, the son of Terry and Pamela (Jackson) Longstreth.

Surviving are his mother, of Van Wert; his father, Terry (Zoe) Longstreth of Ohio City; his wife, Lacey Gray Longstreth of Paulding; children, Olivia and Aubrie Longstreth of Paulding, Saige Karcher of Van Wert and Tyson Crone of Van Wert; two brothers, Eric Showalter of Pensacola, Fla. and Matt (Amy) Longstreth of Ohio City; and two sisters, Michelle (Travis) Finkhousen and Sumer Figley, both of Van Wert.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to his children.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

CELESTE SCHEURICH 1919-2013

PAULDING – Celeste C. Scheurich, age 93, died Sunday, March 10 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 23, 1919 in Paulding, the daughter of Ralph Cress and Eva Lenore (Dowell) Hanenkratt. On Dec. 23, 1941, she married William J. Scheurich, who preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2007. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and was formerly employed by Fry’s Pharmacy and Meredeth’s Drug Store. She was a volunteer at the Paulding Food Pantry.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Raymond) Carlisle, and a son, William “Bill” Scheurich, both of Paulding, and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, William and Ralph; infant brother, Ralph; two sisters, Esther Payne and Wanda Rosebrock; and an infant sister, Rose Marie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

DONALD SCHWELLER 1938-2013

PAULDING – Donald A. Schweller, age 75, died Saturday, March 9 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Ottoville, the son of Julian and Regina (Hilvers) Schweller. On Sept. 30, 1961, he married Norma Jean “Jeannie” Haunhorst, who survives. He was owner/operator of Schweller Electric, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, Paulding Eagles #2405 and VFW Post #587.

Also surviving are a son, Todd, Schweller, Paulding; two daughters, Lisa Clinton, Paulding, and Amy (David) Bleke, Fort Wayne; two brothers, John of Delphos and Henry (Jeanette) of Ottoville; two sisters, Marie Ernst of Ridgecrest, Calif. and Francis Grothouse, Delphos; and six grandchildren, Lyndi and Julia Clinton, Claire and Jack Schweller, Grace Wirts and Seth Bleke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter and Charles; and a sister, Anna Allersmeyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the church prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Masses, Paulding High School Music or Community Health Professionals of Paulding/Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

LISA ELICK 1962-2013

PAULDING – Lisa Ann Elick, age 50 died Saturday, March 9 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

She was born June 19, 1962 in Paulding County, the daughter of Lloyd E. and Erma G. (Rhoad) Zielke. On Dec. 8, 1984, she married David L. Elick, who survives. She taught business classes for the Wayne Trace High School of Haviland. Prior to teaching high school students, she taught at the International Business College of Fort Wayne and at Wright State University Lake Campus, Celina.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jordan Elick of Paulding; a brother, Leslie (Marilyn) Zielke of Summerville, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Sally Baumle, Payne; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gary and Dennis Zielke.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. David Rohrer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials to: the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

 

THAIS STALLBAUM

Thais Bryan Stallbaum, 84, passed away on March 7, 2013 at the Defiance Hospice Center.

There will be no service or memorial. Snyder Wesche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that contributions be made to the Community Health Professionals Hospice or the First Christian Church of Paulding.

 

 

RITA COPSEY 1932-2013

DEFIANCE – Rita Kathryn Copsey, 81, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, March 5 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1932 to Raymond and Mabel (Rittenhouse) Osborn in Defiance. On Dec. 24, 1949, she married LeRoy Copsey. Rita graduated from Defiance High School and was a cafeteria supervisor for Tinora Schools. She enjoyed antiquing and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her loving spouse of 64 years, LeRoy; a son, Dan (Linda) Copsey of Jewell; a daughter, Susan (Fred) Copsey-Pearce of Delaware, Ohio; grandchildren, Nathan Copsey, Austin Copsey, Emma Copsey-Pearce; stepgrandchildren, Brenda (Randy) Slattman, Jeannie (Perry) Mason, Leah (H.D.) Mowery;, 10 great-stepgrandchildren; four great-great-stepgrandchildren; a brother, Ray Osborn Jr. of Defiance; and a sister, Nancy Gearig of Defiance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David LeRoy Copsey in infancy; a brother, Jack Osborn; and daughter-in-law, Joyce (Erford) Copsey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Tom Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery in Paulding County.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Napoleon or the Cancer Society.

Online condolences can be given at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.

 

 

ROBERT REINHART 1928-2013

DEFIANCE – Robert Richard Reinhart, age 85, died Sunday, March 3 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 17, 1928 in Allen County, Ind., the son of Leo “Jack” and Sarah “Sadie” (Foltz) Reinhart. On Jan. 12, 1953, he married Ruth D. Troyer, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and was employed by Lafarge Corporation, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and a life member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Reinhart, Defiance; two sons, Dennis (Sue) Reinhart, Oakwood, and David (Reinhilda) Reinhart, Morehead, Ky.; a daughter, Sue (Patrick) Irving, Napoleon; two grandsons, Robert Neuenschwander and Michael (Alison) Neuenschwander; two stepgrandchildren, Nicholas and Jessica Irving; three great-grandchildren, Sydney Perrott, Mitchell and Samantha Neuenschwander; and four great-stepgrandchildren, Bailee Bauer, Aidan, Madison and Nicholas Irving.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Reinhart; a granddaughter, Sarah Reinhart; three brothers, Maurice, Eugene and Donald Reinhart; and two sisters, Carolyn Dietrick and Florence Cox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Tim Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County. VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church Handicap Ramp Fund or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

 

WILLIAM SLONE

PAULDING – William J. Slone, 74, of Paulding, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Service is 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with calling one hour prior. Visitation also from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

MICHAEL TUNIS 1948-2013

VAN WERT – Michael Tunis, 64, of Van Wert, died Friday morning, March 1 at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1948, in Grant County, Ind., to the late William and Ethelena (Sharp) Tunis. He was a 1966 graduate of Paulding High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of American Legion and VFW Post in Van Wert, Delphos Eagles and Loyal Order of Moose, Van Wert.

Survivors include his daughters, Amanda N. (Jason) Morrison of Syracuse, Ind., Brook Tunis and Philip Kahle of Van Wert and Courtney (Drew) Doner of Kaleen, Texas; brothers, Terrence Tunis of Paulding and Scott (Reese) Tunis of Summerfield, Fla.; sisters, Cheryl (Richard) Emerling of Paulding, Judith Cook of Fort Wayne, Tammy Dugan of Paulding and Lorna (Jeff) Beining of Ottawa; and four grandchildren, Grace and Derek Morrison, Lydia Fry and Jericho Doner.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Tunis.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 4 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Rev. Randy Bevington of Ohio City Church of God will officiate. Military rites will follow by the combined honor guard of VFW and American Legion Posts, Van Wert.

Calling is noon-3 p.m. on Monday.

Preferred memorial is VFW Post 5803.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

GLEN SNYDER

HAMILTON LAKE, Ind. - Glen Duane Snyder, of Hamilton Lake, Ind., died at St. Vincent Hospice on March 1, 2013.

Glen was the son of Nathan and Jessie Snyder of Antwerp.

Glen graduated from Tri-State College In 1955 and Antwerp High School in 1952. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Ft. Knox from 1957-59. He retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne after 30 years. In his retirement, he focused on things he loved: music, dancing, spending time with family, playing cards and following sports. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Waterloo, Ind. Glen gave back to his community in many ways: the Scrip Program at St. Michael the Archangel in Waterloo, the Board of Works, and Adams Township Youth League president and coach in New Haven and the hospital board in Paulding.

Glen is survived by his wife of 55 years, Coleen (Schaefer); siblings, Ed, Fred, Wayne and Ruth Anne Clem; three children, Dawn (Michael Clark), Michael "Duke" (Jane), and Patrick (Tammy); and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Gale and Rita Robinson Murray.

Visitation hours are from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 5 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Waterloo, followed by Mass at noon and lunch. A private service will be held graveside in Payne at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Feller and Clark Funeral Home of Waterloo is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the Snyder family requests donations to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

To send condolences, visit www.fellerandclark.com.

 

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