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Obituaries 2008

2008 obituaries


DONALD KREISCHER

1930-2008
VAN WERT — Donald Eugene Kreischer, 77, of Scott, died at 7:29 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Van Wert, the son of Jacob and Leona (Foor) Kreischer, who both preceded him in death. On Oct. 30, 1951, he married Mary L. (Downing) Kreischer, who survives in Scott.
He was a 1948 graduate of Van Wert High School and a member of the Calvary Evangelical Church and Friendship Sunday School Class. He retired from the Chrysler Corporation in Van Wert in 1989, following 26 years of service.
Also surviving are two sons, Donald E. (Lisa) Kreischer Jr. of Paulding and Jason C. Kreischer of Scott; six grandchildren, Bryce (Amanda) Kreischer, Tracie Kreischer, Caleb (Tifanie) Kreischer, Joshua Kreischer, Kimberly Kreischer, and Rachael Kreischer; and a great-grandson, Jaxon Kreischer.
Also preceding him in death was a brother, Robert L. Kreischer.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 9, at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor W. Clark Williman officiating. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery, Scott.
Memorials may go to the choice of the donor.
Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com.


LEONA ROTHGEB
1944-2008
ANTWERP — Leona “Tannie” Rothgeb, 63, of Antwerp, died at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Nov. 5, 1944 in Hicksville, the daughter of Vernon W. and Julia E. (Sigler) Morris, who both preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Antwerp Church of Christ, a lifetime member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary. She loved bluegrass music and playing cards on Friday night at Ida Stiner’s.
She will be sadly missed by a daughter Tannie “Ree” (Justin) Tate of Spring City, Tenn.; a son, James (Karrie) Rothgeb of Akron; one sister, Nancy Howard of Hicksville; and a brother, Glenn “Butch” Morris.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sharon McClish.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Antwerp Church of Christ with Sam Stiner officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

WAYNE SOWERS
1954-2008
HICKSVILLE – Wayne Richard Sowers, 53, died at 5:49 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1954 in Defiance, the son of Richard and Donna (Kittridge) Sowers. On Oct. 24, 1997 he married Laura Crabill, who survives. A 1971 graduate of Fairview High School, he was a truck driver for 5C’s Farm of Hicksville, and enjoyed fishing.
Also surviving are three daughters, Tina Holman of Paulding, Sara (Paul) Prescott of Hicksville and Nina Sowers of Butler, Ind.; three stepchildren, Tina Leverton of Hicksville and Michael and Melissa Leverton of Garrett, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Paul (Linda) of Defiance and Ed (Claudia) of Hicksville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Richie and Ryan; and a wife, Kay Sowers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 6 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Larry Weller officiating. Burial was in Farmer Cemetery, Farmer.
Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home or the American Heart Association.

HELEN WHITMAN
1915-2008
PAYNE – Helen L. Whitman, age 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.
She was born Dec. 15, 1915 in Payne, the daughter of Harl and Estella (Myers) Sitcler. On Oct. 24, 1936 she married Lawrence F. Whitman, who preceded her in death on April 9, 1981. She was a member of Payne Church of the Nazarene, Club 36 Farm Ladies, and a former Sunday school teacher at the Payne Church of God.
She is survived by three sons, Larry (Shaaron) Whitman, Gerald “Pete” Whitman, and Richard (Eileen) Whitman, all of Payne; three daughters, Mary Harting of Fort Wayne, Judy Rosselet of New Berlin, Wis., and Kay (Richard) Williams, Plano, Texas; four sisters, Christine (Victor) Timbrook of Hicksville, Shirley (Robert) Barbeau of Dayton, Jean Gibson of Fort Wayne, and Sharyn (Gaylord) Willett, Oak Harbor; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Whitman; and sisters Maxine Steibling, Madeline Gideon, Betty Landrie, and infant Nancy Sitcler.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Mike Harper officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Convoy Care Center Activity Fund or Payne Church of the Nazarene Building Fund.

NANCY JOHNSTON
1942-2008
CECIL – Nancy A. Johnston, 65, of Cecil, passed away at 4:50 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton, Ohio.
Nancy was born on April 15, 1942 in Defiance County, the daughter of Hugh and Iva (Crawford) Keegan. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing cards, garage sales and flowers. On April 17, 1960, she married Max Johnston, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2005.
She will be sadly missed by her mother, Iva Keegan of Montgomery, Mich.; two daughters, Debbie (Denny) Wells of Mark Center and Julie Johnston of Cecil; two sons, Max Jr. of Cecil and Mark of Fort Wayne; five sisters, Karen Armstrong of Pittsburgh, Mich., Sharon Hill of Brooksville, Fla., Judy Altheiser of Montgomery, Mich., Kathy Altheiser of Logan, W.Va., and Mary Keegan of Mark Center; six brothers, Kenneth of Cecil, and Hugh Jr., Thomas, William, Gordon and George, all of Montgomery, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her father, and a sister, Dina Sue Keegan.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 12, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARY LICHTY
1920-2008
ANTWERP – Mary B. Lichty, 87, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10 at DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Auburn, Ind.
She was born on Feb. 24, 1920 in Cement City, Mich., the daughter of the late Andrew and Rose (Hoover) Traylor. She married Max Lichty, who preceded her in death. Mary was a valued employee at General Electric, Fort Wayne, for 19 years, a member of the Royal Neighbors and enjoyed knitting.
Mary will be sadly missed by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Mary) of Payne, Andy (Marilyn) of LaGrange, Ind. and Frank (Shirley) of Van Wert; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 14, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to the First Baptist Church of Antwerp.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARY HARSHMAN
1922-2008
PAYNE – Mary M. Harshman, age 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
She was born July 29, 1922 in Berne, Ind., the daughter of Fred and Lavina (Beer) Pickford. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, and the St. Paul United Methodist Women’s Club. She was an honorary grandmother to countless children.
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Harshman, Payne; two daughters, Frances (James) Litzenberg, Merritt Island, Fla., and Sharon “Sis” (Gary) Burke, Payne; two brothers, Fred Jr. (Patsy) Pickford of Pensacola, Fla. and Donald (Shirley) Pickford, Decatur, Ind.; two grandchildren, Rachelle Litzenberg and Matthew Burke; and a great-grandson, Samuel Litzenberg.
She was preceded in death by a son, Eric Harvey; a brother, Stephen Pickford; a sister, Bernice Barte; and a great-grandson, David Litzenberg.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne. Burial was in MRE Cemetery, Berne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

MARY GROVES
1916-2008
FORT WAYNE — Mary Louise “Mame” Groves died Jan. 12, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Dec. 27, 1916, in Washington Township, Paulding County, the daughter of George W. Goings and Lillian Underwood. She married Elmer Maurice Groves on June 19, 1940, who preceded her in death.
She attended Michigan State University, where she studied child development. She began working with foster children in 1969 and was involved in the Head Start program for 14 years.
In 1979, she was voted Woman of the Year by the Paulding County Business and Professional Women’s Association.
She was very active in the community and church. She was a member of the Latty Zion Missionary Baptist Church until moving to Fort Wayne in 1984. There, she became a Watch Care member of the Renaissance Baptist Church.
Mary loved children and enjoyed gardening, and baking her popular rolls, cakes, sugar cookies and holiday candies.
Mary leaves to cherish her memory two sons, George (Ruth) Groves of Van Wert, and Elmer Groves Jr. of Latty; four daughters, Barbara Jean (Joe) Franklin, Beverly Groves and Beatrice (Vernter) Tabron, all of Fort Wayne, and Carol (Michael) Scott of Fredericksburg, Va.; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Justus Groves.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to services, today, Jan. 16, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Michael Lathan Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Donations may be made to Paulding County Head Start.

RAYMOND DELGADO
1922-2008
PAULDING – Raymond I. Delgado, age 85, died Sunday, Jan. 13 at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
He was born May 22, 1922 in Waelder, Texas, the son of Pablo and Maria DeJesus (Ibarra) Delgado. In 1948, he married Mary A. Almaraz, who preceded him in death on April 3, 1992. He was a WWII Navy veteran, serving on the U.S.S. Raleigh. He retired from GM Powertrain in 1982. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, United Auto Workers, VFW Post #587, and a member of the Corsillo Movement.
He is survived by five children, Rosa (James) Orthman of Fort Wayne, Mary (Charles) Bruce of Rome City, Ind., Gloria (Donald) Highwarden of Paulding, Ofelia Morr of Kendalville, Ind. and Sylvia (Mark) Delgado Stickroth, Oro Valley Ariz.; two brothers, John (Mollie) Delgado of Holland, Mich., and Abdon Joe (Chena) Delgado, Waelder, Texas; four sisters, Dora (Pedro) Gonzales of Defiance, Delfina Nunez of Austin, Texas, Angie (Joe) Leija of Denver City, Texas, and Aurora (Jim) Saldana, San Marcos, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by brothers Marcos, Ascension and Filipe; sisters Paula Rodriguez and Ninia Delgado; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites by VFW Post #587.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. A Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

MAXINE CORNELY
1920-2008
ANTWERP – Maxine Cornely, 87, formerly of Akron, died Thursday, Jan. 17 in Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Sept. 11, 1920. She was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and friend to many. She will be dearly missed.
Surviving are two children, Ralph of Decatur, Ind. and Laura (John) Rindahl of Antwerp; two sisters, Barbara Grandon of Warren, and Mary Menhorn; two grandchildren, Melissa and John Rindahl; a great-grandchild, Chase; and many nieces and nephews.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jack.
Burial will be along side her husband at Arlington National Cemetery. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARK ALTIC
1958-2008
ANTWERP – Mark D. Altic, 49, of Antwerp, passed away at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Paulding County Hospital.
Mark was born on July 12, 1958, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late William and Betty L. (Brown) Altic. He was employed at Sims in Payne. On Oct. 16, 1983 he married Deborah Williamson.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Deb; his sons, Kyle (Holli) and Bradley; his brothers, Stephen and Shawn of Fort Wayne, and Michael, Shane and Greg, all of Antwerp; sisters, Ruth Kaufman, Deborah Ricard, Vicki Vachon and Traci O’Donnell, all of Antwerp, and Tina Galbreath; and several nieces and nephews
He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, Jeff and Chris.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 21 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Preferred memorials are to the family in care of Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp, OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.
Services today for 102-year-old Anita Schilb

ANITA SCHILB
1906-2008
HICKSVILLE — Anita A. Schilb, 102, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.
She was born on Jan. 12, 1906 in Paulding County, the daughter of Emmet and Alberta (McConnell) Barnes. She graduated from Paulding High School and attended Defiance College. In 1925, she married J. Ray “Bud” Schilb, who preceded her in death in 1971.
She was a homemaker and a bookkeeper for their family owned businesses in Hicksville, Schilb Funeral Home and Ray’s Furniture Store. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hicksville, an 80-year member of the Eastern Star, Paulding, several card clubs, and she enjoyed baking cookies.
She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Burl Barnes Sr., Lyle Barnes and Herbert Barnes; and three sisters, Lietha Thompson, Vernice Jackson Kincade and Gail McMichael.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 23, at Smith and Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with the Rev. Tom Graves officiating, and visitation one hour prior to services.
Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp.
Memorials may be made to: Hawthorn Court Activity Fund or donor’s choice.

ROSALIE KOENN
1924-2008
CECIL – Rosalie E. Koenn, age 83, died Thursday, Jan. 17 at Harborside Healthcare, Bryan.
She was born Oct. 19, 1924 in Huntington, Ind., the daughter of Jess and Grace (Johnson) Tobias. On April 23, 1949 she married Virgil Koenn, who preceded her in death on July 4, 1987. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding County Hospital Benevolent Society, and was a volunteer at the Bargain Bin, Paulding. She was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church, Cecil and the Altar Rosary Society.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (John) Wappes, Antwerp; a son, Phillip Koenn, Cecil; grandchildren, John and Alyssa Wappes of Pineville, N.C., Jean Wappes of Charlotte, N.C., Scott and Tiffany Pease of Paulding, Kellen and Tricia Koenn of Sunbury, Andy and Andrea Manor of Fort Wayne, and Ashley Koenn, Bryan; a great-grandson, Trevor Manor, Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Wanda Wannemacher, Payne, and Doris Heckelmann, Antwerp.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Ted; a daughter, Beverly; an infant brother; and her stepfather, Perry Jackson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery, Cecil. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses; Make a Wish Foundation; or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

DICK CARR
1921-2008
ANTWERP – Charles Richard “Dick” Carr, 86, of Antwerp, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at his residence.
He was born July 16, 1921 in Antwerp, the son of the late Thomas and Phoebe  (Smith) Carr. He served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt. in WWII. On April 14, 1943, he married Marie Slusher, who survives. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp, where he had been the clerk and treasurer.
Dick spent summers traveling to learn more about computers, consequently introducing computers at Indiana Institute of Technology, where he was the chairman of the Math & Computer Science Department. While there he received the honorary title “Faculty Emeritus of Indiana Institute of Technology” as a tribute to his 35 years of dedicated service.  He was a kind,  reserved and dignified gentleman, who enjoyed gardening, designing and carpentry.
Dick will be sadly missed by his wife, Marie; daughter, Christal Gibson of Antwerp; son, Richard Gregory (Barbara) Carr of Warren, N.J.; and three grandchildren, Jason Gibson of Antwerp and Amanda and Cory Gibson of Orlando, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a sister,  Maxine Farst; and a brother, Lyle.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 19 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker  officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

EMALINE JOHN
1918-2008
ELIDA — Emaline R. John, 89, died at 4:45 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 14, 1918, in Allen County, the daughter of George W. and Wilhelmina B. “Minnie” (Huck) Haller. On June 24, 1937, she married Francis “Ray” John, who preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2006. She was a homemaker, and loved to travel with her husband. She enjoyed taking pictures and scrapbooking.
She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, Delphos Chapter of Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years, a charter member of the Lima Motorcycle Club, and a member of the International Airstream Club of Auglaize Valley Unit.
She is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann (Roy) Noggle of Haviland; six grandchildren, Douglas (Star) Zizelman of Celina, Vicki (Steve) Salmons of Wapak, Connie Myers and Steve Zizleman of Elida, David (Amy) Noggle of Payne, and Cindy (Ken) Trammell of Convoy; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Gary E. John; a daughter, Carol R. John; three brothers, Harold, Clayton and Merle Haller; and one sister, Nettina Haller.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 23 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may go to the Zion United Methodist Church or Delphos Chapter of the Eastern Star.

KENNETH SIMINDINGER
1925-2008
MANDALE — Kenneth Ivan Simindinger, 82, of Mandale, died at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Convoy Care Center in Convoy.
He was born May 8. 1925, in Mandale, the son of George and Goldie (Leiber) Simindinger. He married Betty Talbott, who preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 1987. He married Martha Verdene (Pease) Lehman, who also preceded him in death on July 3, 2006.
He retired as an inspector from International Harvester of Fort Wayne.
He is survived by six sons, Virgil (Teresa) and Marcus (Lisa) Simindinger of Van Wert, Kenneth George (Elizabeth) Simindinger of Ottoville, Terry of Grover Hill, and Jerry and Timothy of Cloverdale; a sister, Donna Mae Simindinger of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Charles David Simindinger; a granddaughter, Heather Renee Simindinger; and two brothers, Gayle Smith and Virgil George Simindinger, who was killed in WWII.
Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Rev. Don Rogers of the Mandale Church of Christ in Christian Union officiating. Burial was in the Middle Creek Cemetery, near Grover Hill.
Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to: cowanfh@yahoo.com.

MONICA FILLMAN
1923-2008
DEFIANCE — Monica Fillman, 84, of rural Defiance, died at 3:24 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mercy Hospital in Defiance.
She was born May 10, 1923, in Paulding County, the daughter of John and Augusta Justinger. On June 24, 1950, she married Bill Fillman, who survives. She was employed at the Zeller Corporation for 19 years, and had worked at All Star Products for 10 years.
She was a member of the St. Isidore Catholic Church at the Bend, a member of the Altar Society, and the Defiance Eagles Auxiliary.
Also surviving are two sons, Rev. Allen Fillman of Paulding and Patrick (Martha) Fillman of Sherwood; two daughter-in-laws, Greta (Tom) Porter of Defiance and Helene Fillman of Thermopolis, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Mike (Slim) and Bill Fillman; and two brothers, Ralph and Virgil Justinger.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 28, at the St. Isidore Catholic Church at the Bend, with Father Allan Fillman officiating. Interment was in the St. Stephan Church Cemetery at Delaware Bend. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may go to the Alex Foldvary Scholarship Fund.

ROBERT
LADIG
FORT WAYNE – Robert D. “Ard” Ladig, 78, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, he was a sales engineer for Challenge Tool New Haven, retiring in 1994. He was a former pattern maker casting engineer. He worked for Harvester and Hitachi. He graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1948 and was a member of Abundant Life Tabernacle. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Cherie Ladig of Fort Wayne; daughters, Terri (Ted) Ballard of Fort Wayne, Denise (Brent) Christen, and Cindy (Brian) Everly, both of Columbia City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence N. and Gusta M. Ladig; two sisters; and a brother.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 25 at Abundant Life Tabernacle, with the Rev. David Keller officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park. D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Abundant Life Church.

“SUSIE” PERRIELLO
1927-2008
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Antwerp native Eleanor Marie Perriello, “Susie” to all who knew her, died Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Rosewood Health Care Center, Bowling Green Ky., of cancer.
Born Aug. 12, 1927 in Hicksville to Gerald and Dorothy (Boyce) Fulmer, she moved to Chicago when she was 16. She married Anthony Perriello  in 1954 and gave birth to two sons there, later moving with him to Naugatuck, Conn., where she gave birth to their daughter.
They moved back to Antwerp in 1984. Not long afterwards, she began a 20-plus year career working for the Antwerp Public Schools, an association which brought her great happiness.
Susie was a member of the First Baptist Church of Antwerp, and was active in the Antwerp posts of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was also a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs.
She is survived by her brother, Sam (Marie) Fulmer of Coleman, Mich.; half-sister Carolyn (Geoff) Peverill of Malvern, England; two sons, Vincent (Christine) Perriello of Bowling Green, Ky. and Thomas (Linda) Perriello of Naugatuck, Conn.; a daughter, Susann (Richard) Platt of Naugatuck; grandchildren, Josephine Perriello, Christopher Perriello, Valerie Newcomb, Cassie Platt, Erin Perriello, Karl Platt and Rachael Perriello; three great-grandchildren, four nieces; and four nephews.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 27 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements. Interment was at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass., with  her beloved Anthony, who was laid to rest there after his death in 1989.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to the Kindergarten class at Antwerp Local School, c/o Antwerp PTO, 303 S. Harrmann Road, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

EDNA PRICE
1911-2008
PAULDING – Edna B. Price, age 96, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Convoy Care Center, Convoy.
She was born July 25, 1911 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Christina (Swary) AuFrance. On July 12, 1929 she married Arthur C. “Bud” Price, who preceded her in death on March 21, 1989. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, the Altar Rosary Society, the Prayer Chain, and the Paulding County Hospital Auxiliary. She was previously employed by the Paulding County Hospital for 22 years, the former Grizzly Manufacturing in Paulding, and Fruehauf Trucking in Fort Wayne, and had been a home health care provider.
She is survived by a son, Arthur “Bud” (Dorothy) Price Jr., Oakwood; a daughter, Ramona Jean (William) Winterhalter, Defiance; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a grandson, Marty Winterhalter; a brother, Joe AuFrance; and four sisters, Elizabeth Parrish, Marie Devers, Catherine Price and Frances Bullock.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. David Tscherne officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

TERI SOWERS
1959-2008
Teri A. Sowers, 48, of Van Wert, died at 1:34 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Paulding County.
She was born Feb. 7, 1959, in Van Wert, the daughter of Helen L. (Ward) Hoverman, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Charles Olen Hoverman. On June 24, 1989, she married Michael R. Sowers, who survives.
She was director of Van Wert County Crime Victims Services and had also worked as a paralegal for Legal Aid for nearly 20 years. She was very active in the Van Wert Civic Theatre, serving on several boards and as the sound technician and director. She was also involved in the United Way of Van Wert County.
Also surviving are two children, Natalie (Edward) Van Winkle of Charlotte, N.C., and Marc (fiancé Kristin Kalkreuth) Flickinger of Cincinnati; two brothers, Richard “Dick” (Pam) Hoverman and Michael Olen (Mary) Hoverman of Maumee; and two sisters, Mary Lou Johns of Charlotte, N.C., and Barbara J. (Tom) Furniss of Waterville.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Harr officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Memorial contributions may be made to Van Wert Civic Theatre or Van Wert County Crime Victims Services.

RICHARD THOMPSON
1953-2008
SYRACUSE, Ind. — Richard Burton Thompson, 54, of Syracuse, died Monday, Feb. 4, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 29, 1953 in Paulding, the son of Carl and Dorothy (Sutton) Thompson. He had resided in Syracuse, Ind. since Aug. 2007, moving there from New York City. He was a controller with Van Guard Inc. in Manhattan from 1979 until 2004.
He is survived by two brothers, Robert and James Thompson, both of Syracuse; a nephew, and his best friend, Jim Lavin, also of Syracuse.
There will be no calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home, Harris Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


CHARLOTTE ROGERS
1933-2008
VAN WERT, Ohio - Charlotte A. Rogers, 74, of Van Wert, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 14, 1933, in Gibsonburg, Ohio, the daughter of Leona (Crispen) Runion and Allen Runion, who both preceded her in death. She married Donald E. Rogers. He died June 21, 1999.
Survivors include a son, Gary (Kristy) Rogers of Van Wert; one brother, Donald “Jack” Runion of Gibsonburg, Ohio, and her grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Allison, Madeline and Mason Rogers.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Paul Runion, and two sisters, Evelyn Pratt and Mary Pratt.
She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Friends Church, Van Wert.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, Scott, Ohio.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials can be made to the Trinity Friends Church.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com.


BRUCE MOORE
1919-2008
OAKWOOD – A. Bruce Moore, age 88, died Thursday, Jan. 31, at his home.
He was born Nov. 2, 1919 in Hicksville, the son of I.F. “Frosty” and Maude (Platter) Moore. He was a 1938 graduate of Hicksville High School and in 1944 he married M. Imogene (Tracy) Moore, who preceded him in death in 1996.
He was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran, serving in Northern Ireland aboard the USS Waukesha, also serving at the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Tokyo Harbor for the occupation of Japan. He was a 32-year employee of General Motors, Defiance, Ohio retiring in 1982. He also delivered ambulances for Braun Industries.
He was a former Boy Scout leader of Troop #19 in Oakwood. He was a life member and past post commander of VFW Post #3360 of Defiance. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Continental, and a member of the Royal Arch Masons of Defiance. He was a member of the American Legion Post #541 of Continental, and a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church of Oakwood.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Peg) Moore of Oakdale, Pa.; a daughter, Patty (Bill) Vance of Paulding; a sister, Virginia Beltz of Hicksville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Powell; a grandson, Thomas Moore; and a sister, Leila Hannah.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with the Defiance VFW Post #3360 conducting military honors.
Preferred memorials are to: the World War II National Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Twin Oaks United Methodist Church of Oakwood; or the charity of the donor’s choice.


DONALD KAGY
1923-2008
PAULDING – Donald W. Kagy, 85, of Paulding, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Country Inn, Paulding.
Donald was born on Jan. 27, 1923, in Bloomville, Ohio, the son of the late Clyde and Clady (Weaver) Kagy. On Oct. 30, 1948, he married Marie Roth, who survives. Donald graduated from Ohio State University and was the director of the Paulding County Soil & Water Conservation District from 1969-78.  Previous to that he was the plant manager  at Page Dairy, Bluffton, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a sergeant stationed in England during WWII, was a member of the Paulding VFW Post 587 and the Soil Conservation Society of America, and enjoyed farming.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marie; two daughters, Diane (Marshall) Olp of Yuma, Ariz. and Ann (Steve) Wamberg, Colorado Springs; two sons, Roger (Pat) of Houston and James (Jane) of Cincinnati; three sisters, Eunice (Junior) Nagle of Willard, Marlene (Boyd) Gurney of Richmond, Va. and Lois (Bill) Reichart of Columbus; three brothers, Joe (Katie) of Maumee, and Steve (Dottie) and Merle (RoseAnne), both of Tiffin; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by
sisters, Mildred and Joyce; and brothers, Gilbert, Berlin, Ken, Carlton and Forest.
You are invited to participate in his service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Steve Wamberg officiating. He will be laid to rest at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home.
The family requests donations to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


ANN SHERRY
1917-2008
OAKWOOD – Ann E. Sherry, 91, of Oakwood, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4.
She was born Jan. 23, 1917, the daughter of McElroy and Grace (Roberts) Swallem. On Jan. 8, 1942, she married Lester W. Sherry, who preceded her in death as a result of injuries sustained in a farming accident on June 21, 1997.
She received a two-year diploma from Bowling Green State University. In 1953, a bachelor of science degree was confirmed upon her by Ohio State University. And she received a master of science degree in education from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne. She taught school in Allen, Hardin, Marion, Paulding and Van Wert counties. She was a world traveler, having visited six great divisions of land on the globe. She was the author of the book, The Melrose Area. She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church of Oakwood, a past matron and secretary of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a past president of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.
Surviving are two sons, Phillip of Oakwood and William of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. William W. Sherry officiating. Interment will be at the Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. today, Feb. 6 at Lawson-Roessner.
Preferred memorials are to The Ann Sherry Foundation, 925 Forest Creek Drive West, Columbus OH 43223, which is a nonprofit charitable foundation.

LEOTA BRANDENBURG
1915-2008
ANTWERP – Leota  Brandenburg, 92, of Antwerp, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.
Leota was born on Oct. 12, 1915, in Knox, Ohio, the daughter of the late Hary and Edythee (Ewing) Miller. On Dec. 14, 1933 she married Vadis Brandenburg, who preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1970. She was a homemaker, a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America.
She will be sadly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Clair and Carol of Antwerp; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her daughter and son-in-law, Daisy and Herman Stout; two sisters, Ellen Fillmore and Lucretia Noll; and three brothers, Lavon, Leon and Carey Miller.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 9 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp and Payne was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

VERA GRAY
1921-2008
PAULDING — Vera M. Gray, 86, died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.
She was born July 10, 1921, in Latty, the daughter of Henry S. and Hannah A. (Sloan) Hill. On Dec. 15, 1947, she married Raymond Gray, who preceded her in death on July 23, 2006. She was a homemaker and she retired from the housekeeping department at Paulding County Hospital in 1970.
She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Paulding, where she was very active in church functions. She assisted with Paulding County Cancer Society fundraising, was a member of VFW Post #587 Auxiliary, and worked for the Paulding County Election Board for 25 years.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Ann (Carl) Lemmerbrock of Harper, Texas; and a grandson, Christopher (Kristina) Waaland of Northport, Ala.
Also preceding her in death were a son, William J. Gray in 1997; six brothers, Floyd, Waveland, Ray, Vernon, Ed and Harold Hill; and three sisters, Gladys McCullough, Helen Hill and Florence Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 20, at the First Christian Church in Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. There will be visitation one hour previous to services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery in Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 1233 Emerald Road, Paulding OH 45879.

ALBERT SCHRIMSHAW
1912-2008
PAYNE — Albert C. Schrimshaw, 95, died at 8:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Oaks, in Columbia City, Ind.
He was born April 15, 1912, in Paulding County Ohio, the son of Charles and Minnie (Allan) Schrimshaw. On Jan. 1, 1939 he married Helen W. Huebner, who preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2002. He was an engineer for Kunkle Valve of Fort Wayne. He was also a test driver for the former International Harvester Truck Manufacturers of Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Briceton.
He is survived by three sons, Rex (Irene) Schrimshaw of Wesley Chapel Fla., Neal (Mary) Schrimshaw of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Keith (Linda) Schrimshaw of Auburn, Ind.; a daughter, Marla (John) White of Churubusco, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph A. Schrimshaw; and a sister, Grace LeFure.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Feb. 20, the St. John Lutheran Church in Briceton, with Pastor Joe Allen officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. There will be visitation at the church one hour before services. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 7611 Rd. 87, Paulding OH 45879.

GLENDA GONSER
1911-2008
PAYNE — Glenda A. Gonser, 96, died at 2:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
She was born Aug. 7, 1911, in Paulding County, the daughter of Emil and Lucinda (Wald) Huguenin. On June 8, 1946, she married Charles G. Gonser, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2001. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne. She was employed as a nurse for St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, hospitals in Chicago, home health care, and was also an x-ray technician for St. Joseph Hospital.
She is survived by two daughters, Gaye Potts, Payne, and Cindy Munoz, Hamilton, Ind.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Victor Huguenin.
Funeral services were held Feb. 15 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church or Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.

DONALD
CADWALLADER
1922-2008
PAYNE – Donald James Cadwallader, 85, of Payne, passed away at 4:40 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1922 in Paulding, the son of the late Everett  James  and Myrtle  Mabel (Munson) Cadwallader. On Nov. 4, 1943, he married Mildred Tracey, who survives. He was the  co-owner of C&Y Oil, Payne. Having served in the Air Force during WWII, he proudly attended the WWII Memorial dedication in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Payne Church of Christ, where he was a deacon and elder; Payne Flatrock Masonic Lodge #580; the Payne American Legion; Payne Chamber of Commerce; Union State Bank Board and Payne School Board. Don enjoyed flying Champ and Sesna airplanes, golf and mowing grass.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Millie; a daughter, Cheryl Luther of Payne; three sons, Ted (Loretta) of Tonawanda, N.Y., Gary (Kathy) of Payne and Thomas (Kim) of Van Wert; a brother, Warren of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Geyer; and two brothers, Harold and Raymond.
You are invited to participate in his funeral at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 20 at the Payne Church of Christ with the Rev. Jammie Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations to the Payne Church of Christ or Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

PAULINE HALE
1933-2008
PAULDING – Pauline L. Hale, age 74, died at 7:38 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Harborside Healthcare Center, Defiance.
She was born on May 5, 1933 in Paulding County, the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Hart) Harrow. On June 1, 1952 she married Joseph W. Hale, who survives. She was a homemaker.
Also surviving are three sons, Steven (Nancy) Hale of Sherwood, Kirk (Kelly) Hale of Northport, Ala. and James (Karen) Hale of Latty; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim (Diane) Harrow of Cecil; and three sisters, Joann (Max) Pease of Latty, Marjorie (Clayton) Howell of Paulding, and Viola (Morris) Dobbelaere of Oakwood.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert A. Hale in 1977; one brother, Richard Harrow; and one sister, Mary Louise Grindstaff.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with Pastor Mary Beth Smith-Webb officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

MARIE STEFFEN
1927-2008
DECATUR, Ind. — Marie L. Steffen, 80, of Decatur, Ind., died at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Latty, the daughter of Gustav and Maria (Miller) Rager. On Sept. 4, 1955, she married Harold Steffen, who preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1968. She was employed at the Adams Central Community Schools in the cafeteria for 25 years. She was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Bluffton, Ind.
Surviving are four sons, Ed (Denise) Steffen of Bluffton, Ind., Bob (Marcia) Steffen of Decatur, Ind., Ray (Debra) Steffen of Lafayette, Ind., and Kent (Terri) of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Rose (Tom) Rohr of Auburn, Ind.; two sisters, Lillian Schlatter of Latty and Freida Rehklau of Toledo; and 10 grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Carl, William, Eli and Roy; and two sisters, Rose Zeltwanger and Elsie Schlatter.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Apostolic Christian Church East in Bluffton, Ind., with Ron Kipfer and Mark Gerber officiating. Burial was in the Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery in Bluffton. Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, Ind. was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to the church charity fund.

KATIE FLINT
2008
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. — Kate Flint, 74, of Danielsville, Ga., died Friday, Feb. 15, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 19, 1933, in Paulding County Ohio to Dorris Paul and Myrtle Wilcox Steele, who both preceded her in death. She was a retired customer service manager with Holiday Inn, and a member of the Grove Level Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Flint of Danielsville; five sons, Kenneth (Dannette) Flint of Commerce, Ga., David (Sandi) Flint of Danielsville, Rick (Amy) Flint of Danielsville, Robert D. Flint of Danielsville, and Dennis Flint of Commerce; a brother, Dennis Steele of Antwerp; three sisters, Grace Marshell, Centerville, Ohio, Lee Ann Richards, Paulding, and Vickie Long of Ohio; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russell and Donna Flint, Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Loren Brown, Kenny Flint, Jake Flint, Jessie Flint, Morgan Flint, Matthew Flint, Anna Flint, Dalton Flint, Tucker Flint, and Bryson Flint; and one great-grandson, Boston Brown.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Eric Tyson and Doug Duke officiating. Burial followed in the Flint Family Cemetery. Little-Ward Funeral Home in Commerce, Ga. was in charge of the arrangements.

CORY PRATT
1979-2008
SCOTT — Cory Lee Pratt, 28, of Bedford, Texas, and a former Scott resident, died Sunday, Feb. 10, in Grapevine, Texas, from injuries received in a car accident, along with two other friends.
He was born Sept. 17, 1979, in Paulding County, the son of Stanley and Debra (Zartman) Pratt, who survive in Scott. He graduated from Wayne Trace High School in 1998, where he was active in football and baseball. He joined the Marine Corps in 2000, along with his childhood friend, Caleb Kreisher.
He had been employed for DFW Honda in Grapevine, Texas, and was to have started a new career with Nationwide Insurance on Feb. 11. He was an avid NASCAR fan, dirt bike rider, and enjoyed all New York related sports. He was also an avid Michigan Wolverine fan and enjoyed following the musical performance of his “Texas Brother, and close friend, Justin Ross.”
He is survived by his son, Logan Joseph Pratt of Euless, Texas. A co-worker shared that, “Cory lived for Logan and not just with Logan.”
Also surviving are two sisters, Amber Pratt of Ypsilanti, Mich and Audrey Pratt of Scott; two nephews, Cameron Wilson of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Zaden Chavez of Scott; his maternal grandmother, Jean Zartman of Payne; his paternal grandfather, Joseph Pratt of Scott; his special friend, Lisa Mullins of Colleyville, Texas; and his faithful dog, Sadie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Michael Zacharias officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by combined posts of the American Legion and the V.F.W.
Preferred memorials are to the family to be used for a trust fund for Logan.


MARGARET SUTTON
1918-2008
PAULDING — Margaret H. Sutton, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 17, at Williams County Community Hospital, in Bryan.
She was born July 26, 1918 in Hamburg, Germany, the daughter of Henry and Margaret Golly. On Dec. 3, 1944, she married Kenneth H. Sutton, who preceded her in death on October 26, 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of the Montpelier Eagles.
She is survived by thirteen children, Betty (Ken) Mertz, Penn., Ernest Sutton, N.Y., Elizabeth (Paul) Swanson, Miss., JoAnn (Dennis) Thompson, Texas, Lorraine Biller, Montpelier, William (Philys) Sutton, Ind. Brenda (Bob) Norling, Montpelier, Russell (Dawn) Sutton, Montpelier, Alvah Sutton, Ohio, Elaine (Jerry) Greene, Colo., Ella (David) Heck, Colo., Eyvonne (John) Harding, Colo., Robert Sutton, Ohio; forty-four grandchildren; and fifty-one great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by four grandchildren, Mark Thompson, Dustin and Jesse Rhoads, and Jennifer Sutton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Charles Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.
Visitation will be 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 and one hour prior to services on Friday, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made in memory of Margaret Sutton in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.











JAMES
BAARLAER
1930-2008
DAYTON — James Bernard Baarlaer, 77, died at 4:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.
He was born July 17, 1930, in Cincinnati, the son of Joseph L. and Eleanor (Taylor) Baarlaer, who both preceded him in death. On June 8, 1957, he married Ellen Marnell, who preceded him in death on Nov. 25, 1977. He was a draftsman at H.C.I. in Stanwood, Wash. He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Seattle. He was active in his church and community and was an avid photographer.
Surviving are two sons, Richard (Heather) of Dayton, and David (Clare) Baarlaer of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Laura (Neil) Baker of Oakwood, and Barbara (Greg) Lehmicke of Stillwater, Minn.; a sister, Nancy Coch of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was a son, Doug Baarlaer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Feb. 25, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance, with Father Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or Mary Knoll Missionaries.





BEN “JEFF”
BLANKENSHIP
1958-2008
SHERWOOD — Ben “Jeff” Blankenship, 49, died Saturday, Feb. 23, at Toledo Hospital.
He was born May 6, 1958 in Van Wert, the son of Ben and Martha Blankenship. He was a 1977 graduate of Paulding High School. On Sept. 29, 1979, he married Tamara Laney, who survives. He was employed by Sims Cab in Payne for 21 years until the business closed doors due to moving the company. He then worked at Global Suspension Systems in Bryan, for four years.
He was a lifetime member of Defiance Fish ‘n Game Club, Fort Defiance Deer Hunters Club, and a member of Eagles #2405, Paulding. He loved his family, friends and grandkids. He also enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, and country music.
He is survived by his father, Benjamin Blankenship, Paulding; his wife, Tammy Blankenship, Sherwood; a daughter, Jennifer Blankenship, Van Wert; a son, Brandon Blankenship, Paulding; four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Connor, Landon and Tyler Blankenship and three sisters, Wilma (Ted) Saylor, Convoy, Wanda McCoy, Paulding, and Diana Serrado, Titusville, Pa.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Martha Ann; a daughter, Jessica Nicole Blankenship; a brother, Donald Cecil Blankenship; and a sister, Brenda Lee Blankenship.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Feb. 27, at Den Herder Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to the family.




HARVEY CLEMENS
1917-2008
PAULDING – Harvey E. Clemens, age 91, died Saturday Feb. 23 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.
He was born Jan. 29, 1917 in Paulding County, the son of Peter Burr and Martha Jane (Myers) Clemens. He was a lifelong farmer.
He is survived by three sons, Donald (Shirley) Clemens, Tom (Karen) Clemens, and Harvey C. (Susan) Clemens, all of Paulding; two daughters, Martha Baughman, Paulding, and Barbara (John) Peck, Continental; a brother, Alva Clemens, Defiance; a sister, Violet Andrist, Jacksonville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Peter, James, Joe, George, Ward and William; a sister, Maude Tuohy; and a grandson, Jack A. Clemens.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Home Health Care or Defiance Inpatient Hospice.



HAROLD GLASS
1915-2008
WARSAW, Ind. – Harold James Glass, age 92, died Monday, Feb. 18 at Mason Health Care, Warsaw, Ind.
He was born July 23, 1915 in Tipton, Paulding County, the son of Denver M. and Vada (Robinson) Glass. On May 9, 1938 he married Dorothy Schiwietzer, who survives. He attended Pleasant View Bible Church, Warsaw. He retired from the grain business which started at age 8.
Also surviving are a son, Jerry (Linda) Glass, Paulding; a daughter, Janet (Robert) Shull, Warsaw; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Roy and Ray Glass.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Charles Ashman officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


HELENE LEE
1922-2008
OAKWOOD — Helene E. Lee, 85, of Oakwood, died at 2:55 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Harborside Healthcare in Defiance.
She was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Oakwood, the daughter of Edgar E. and Almina G. (Kretzinger) Rhees. On March 21, 1942, she married Andrew Lee, who preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2001. She was a homemaker and a member of the Dupont Church of the Brethren and the New and Better Methods Extension Club. She was formerly employed at the Oakwood Tent Factory and she volunteered at the Oakwood Library.
She is survived by a son, Darwin (Carol) Lee of Ashland; three daughters, Darlene Hale of Bristow, Va., Shirley Zipfel of Defiance, and Teresa Keezer also of Defiance; a sister, Hilda Noffsinger of Continental; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Keezer; a brother, Milo Rhees; and a sister, Lola Tracy.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to the family.



DONNA PHILLIPS
1963-2008
GROVER HILL – Donna L. Phillips, age 44, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
She was born Sept. 18, 1963 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Thomas and Marcia (Napierala) Phillips. She was employed by Ohio Mirror Technologies in Paulding and was a member of the Paulding Eagles Post #2405 Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her mother, Marcia (Jerry) Pagley, Paulding; her father, Tom Phillips, Toledo; a son, Grant Harris, Auburndale, Fla.; a daughter, Alexandra Durfey, Grover Hill; a brother, Thomas Phillips Jr., Paulding; two sisters, Lorinda Allen of Grover Hill, and Barbara (Christopher) Freeman, Toledo; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Donna Phillips in care of Den Herder Funeral Home.




ROBERT
REINHART
1930-2008
PAULDING – Robert W. Reinhart, age 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
He was born May 28, 1930 in Paulding, the son of George W. and V. Louise “Sal” (Todd) Reinhart. On Aug. 28, 1952 he married Rosemarie Walz, who survives. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was owner/operator of the former Reinhart Chevrolet, Paulding. He was previously employed by Paulding County Department of Human Services. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding, VFW Post 587 and Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #3584.
Also surviving are a son, Chris (Mary) Reinhart, Paulding; a daughter, Kathy Wherry, New Haven; a brother, Fred (Carole) Reinhart, Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Dick Wilson, Paulding; a sister-in-law, Bev Reinhart, Tempe, Ariz.; four grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and six great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John J. and Stephen Reinhart and an infant brother; two sisters, Martha Wilhelm and Monica Wilson; a son-in-law, Mark Wherry; and a brother-in-law, William Wilhelm.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Paulding VFW Post 587. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding EMS or Masses.



DONNA RENOLLET
1927-2008
WICHITA, Kan. — Donna R. Renollet, 81, a former Paulding resident, died on Thursday, Feb. 21.
She was born Jan. 30, 1927. She married Warren Brown, who preceded her in death. She then married Lewis Renollet, who survives in Wichita.
Also surviving are her sons, David A. Brown of Boulder, Colo., Philip (Alison) Brown of Wichita, and heart adopted son, Ray Gonzales of Haysville, Kan.; four brothers, Fred, Tom, Ray, and Stan Bashore; a sister, Mary Carr of Chicago; stepchildren, Gary (Janet) Renollet, Pam (Darwin) Wampler, Patty (Fred) Snyder and Laura Renollet; grand- and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death was a daughter, June Douglas.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Broadway Mortuary Chapel in Wichita, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fireman’s Relief Fund.







DR. JOHN
SCHAEFER
1926-2008
REDDING, Calif. — Word has been received that Dr. John H. Schaefer, 81, passed away at Mercy Medical Center on Oct. 19, 2007.
He was born into a Lutheran missionary family in Madras, India, in 1926. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and following his discharge from the service, successfully pursued a degree in medicine from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Schaefer began his 35 year medical career as a general practitioner in Paulding. He served with the foreign service in Jakarta, Indonesia and with a U.S. military base hospital on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. In 1974, Dr. Schaefer relocated to Redding, Calif., where he retired in 1985 as medical director at Shasta General Hospital.
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Schaefer spent many happy summers in northeastern Pennsylvania. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hiking, skiing, camping, and tennis, and was a certified master diving instructor.
He is survived by his children, Kris and David.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Eva Schaefer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Good News Rescue Mission.






DOLORES WOBLER
1926-2008
PAYNE – Dolores M. Wobler, 81, of Payne, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 22, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home.
Dolores was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Defiance, the daughter of the late Edward and Velva (Shirk) Lero. On May 10, 1947, she married Edward Wobler, who preceded her in death on March 6, 1979. She had worked at Permaglass and Haffner’s 5 & 10, Payne. Dolores was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Payne, the Altar Rosary Society, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary. Her family is what brought her the most joy.
She will be sadly missed by her sons, Michael (Nancy) of Antwerp, Bernard (Roberta) of Lima, and Francis (Peg) and John, both of Payne; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her children, Betty Ake and Richard, William and Thomas Wobler; and siblings, Winnie Brady, Paul and Francis Lero, and Robert Shirk.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 25 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman and Deacon Don Coughlin officiating. She was laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations to the church or the charity of your choice.

JOHN BAKSA
1922-2008
PAULDING – John Baksa, age 85, died Friday, Feb. 29, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
He was born Nov. 1, 1922 near Okolona in Henry County, the son of Steve and Maggie (Kaptain) Baksa. On Feb. 5, 1944 he married Theresa Feffer, who preceded him in death on May 26, 1982. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a grain and dairy farmer.
He is survived by a son, Gene Baksa, Toledo; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Vance, Antwerp; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Jr., and an infant brother.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, March 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Paulding with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Paulding County Animal Shelter.

ANTHONY BERNARD
1970-2008
ANTWERP – Anthony Quinn Bernard, 37, of Antwerp, passed away suddenly Monday, Feb. 25 in a semi vs. pickup truck accident on U.S. 24, near Antwerp.
He was born on June 7, 1970, in Hicksville, the son of Charles and Bonnie (Walters) Bernard. He was a member of Boilermakers Local Union #549.
He will be sadly missed by his father, Charles of Antwerp; mother, Bonnie of Paulding; daughter, Brittney of Fort Wayne; sisters, Toni Katschke of Hicksville, Tina Neer of Paulding and Cheryl Kelly of Fort Wayne; brothers, Chuck of Cecil, Randy of Arthur, Shawn of Florida, and Bobby of Massachusetts.
Preceding him in death were a sister, Tammy Thompson; and two brothers, Greg Bernard and William Gaskill.
Services were held Saturday, March 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Scott Marsee officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MILDRED ELICK
1908-2008
MESA, Ariz. – Mildred E Elick passed away Feb. 16, nine days short of her 100th birthday.
She was born Feb. 25, 1908, in Payne, one of eight children of Elmer and Elnora Lehman. She received her teaching certificate from what was then the State College at Bowling Green. The first nine of her 33 years of teaching were spent in Lima, and the rest in Payne. Most of her career she taught first grade, but she finished as a second grade teacher. She married Dorr Elick in 1939; he preceded her in death in 1971. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne and participated in many social clubs and civic endeavors.
Mildred moved to Tucson, Ariz. in 1974 to join her family. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church there and volunteered at the Food Bank. She moved to Mesa, Ariz. in 1997, once again following her family. Throughout her life, she enjoyed traveling and playing cards with friends. She played bridge into her early 90s.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Garza; her granddaughters, Christina Garza and Stacey (Frank) Masci; her great-grandchildren, Celeste and Daniel Masci; and a brother, Harry Lehman of Kentucky.
A memorial service was held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Mesa. A memorial service also will be held in Payne in May.
Her family thanks all those who sent cards for her 100th birthday. Many came before her death and she appreciated hearing from all.
The family requests any memorial donations be given to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 154, Payne.

TYRONE
HOMER
1940-2008
PAYNE – A. Tyrone Homer, age 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 27 at his residence.
He was born March 30, 1940 in Van Wert County, the son of Walter and Georgia (Custer) Homer. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by the former Sims Cab, Payne. He was an avid Ham and C.B. radio enthusiast and a gun collector.
He is survived by a sister, Connie Polanco, Payne; a brother, Donald (Joyce) Homer, Waynedale, Ind.; three nieces and four nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lelah Elliott.
Graveside services will be conducted at a later date at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Handling funeral arrangements is Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

TINA JENNINGS
1976-2008
GROVER HILL — Word was received of the Feb. 17 death of Tina Marie Jennings, 32, of Grover Hill.
She was born Feb. 15, 1976, in Louisa, Ky., the daughter of Benny and Sandra (Skaggs) Jennings. She was a member of God’s House of Prayer, Lowmansville, Ky.
Surviving are her mother, who resides in Oakwood; a daughter, Jade of Oakwood; a brother, Andrew Jennings of Warsaw, Ind.; two sisters, Amanda Vance of Oakwood and Jessica Boundy of Paris Island, S.C.; and her grandparents, Violet Skaggs of Lowmansville, Ky. and Marie Jennings of Paintsville, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Services were held Feb. 21 at God’s House of Prayer with John Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery, Staffordsville, Ky. Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville was in charge of the arrangements.

LUCILLE OVERMYER
1918-2008
PAYNE – K. Lucille Overmyer, age 89, died Saturday, March 1, at the Paulding County Hospital.
She was born Dec. 26, 1918 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of George and Gertrude (Diver) Laker. On Jan. 28, 1943, she married Richard E. Overmyer Sr., who preceded her in death on May 18, 1999. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, and the Altar Rosary Society, and the Payne Grange.
She is survived by three sons, Richard E. (Ann) Overmyer Jr. Lt. Col. (Ret.), Woodbridge, Va., and Larry L. (Marti) and Terry L. (Terri), both of Payne, a daughter, Pamela Proxmire, Payne; a brother, Roman “Bud” (Christine) Laker, Cecil; two sisters, Pauline Swary of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Leona Molitor, Payne; nine grandchildren, Lindley Ann, Sarah Katherine, Meredith Leigh, Leslie L., Tyler A., Rodney W. and Nathan C. Overmyer, and Mick L. (Laura) and William W. (Kim) Proxmire; and five great-grandchildren, Luke M., Jarod, Garret, Gabriella and Mason Proxmire.
She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia; two brothers, Theodore and Dean Laker; and two sisters, Beatrice Johanns and Betty Swary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, March 5 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund; Masses; or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church School.

RENA QUISNO
1912-2008
ANTWERP – Rena N. Quisno, 95, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28 at Convoy Care Center, Convoy.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1912, in Antwerp, the daughter of Ralph and Bessie (Overmeyer) Tracy. On Nov. 8, 1930, Rena married Clarence Quisno, who died Oct. 24, 1998. Rena was a homemaker and a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Barbara (Howard) Presar of Van Wert and Ruth Snyder of Antwerp; a sister, Doris Toth of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, Jack Tracy; and a grandson, Dan Snyder.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 4 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. She was laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests memorial donations to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com .

WANDA SHEETS
1913-2008
ANTWERP — Wanda  Sheets, 95, of Antwerp, died at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 25, 1913, in Van Wert, the daughter of Rollie and Goldie (Thomas) Springer. On April 12, 1936, she married Glenn Sherman Sheets, who preceded her in death on June 10, 1995.
She was the  head bookkeeper for Mercer and Rockford Landmark and Farmers Grain Elevator from 1958 to 1967, and retired in 1975 as personnel secretary at Kroger, Fort Wayne and as a division distributor for Luzier Cosmetic Company. She was a member of the Methodist Church, but spent the last three wonderful years at the Country Inn, Paulding.
She was president of Celina Business and Professional Women’s Club, OSU Agricultural Extension Service for Van Wert and Mercer counties for 18 years, Eastern Star Worthy Matron of Rockford Chapter #152, 4-H leader and a member of the Van Wert and Mercer County’s fair board.
She also had her own band of twin accordions with Gertrude McCain, called the Rhythm Dots. She sung in the Berne, Ind. Mennonite Choir and enjoyed painting. She received honors at the Van Wert Art Show in 1989.   
She will be sadly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Kevin West of Antwerp; brother and sister-in-law, Meredith and Ernestine Springer of Van Wert; two grandchildren, Chad (Mandie) West of Hull, Ga. and Candace West of Warren Michigan.
You are invited to participate in her funeral service 11 a.m., Thursday, March 6, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Mike Schneider officiating.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, March 5, and one hour prior to services. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
The family requests donations to The Country Inn Activity Fund.  Condolences and fond memories may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

MARJORIE WINNERS
1917-2008
FORT WAYNE – Marjorie Jean Grant Winners, age 91, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 9, 1917 in Oakwood, the daughter of Lawrence and Alice (Gettal) Bidlack. In 1936, she married John A. Grant, who passed away in 1974. In 1984, she married G. Basil Winners, who preceded her in death in 2002. She had been a press operator at Figley Tool and Die, and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Martha Club at the church.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Cramer, Fort Wayne; a stepson, Mike Winners, Defiance; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Ron Grant and John Phillip Grant; and a stepson, John Winners.
Services were held Monday, March 3 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Joe Chrisman officiating. Burial was in Riverview Memory Gardens in Defiance County.
Memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

CHARLES BAIR
1930-2008
PAULDING – Charles “Junior” E. Bair, age 77, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.
He was born on July 16, 1930 in Grover Hill, the son of Austin E. and Margarite E. (Stahl) Bair. On Jan. 15,1949, he married Roberta Merritte, who survives. He retired in 1993 from the former Continental Can Company of Van Wert, where he worked for 46 years. He was a veteran of the Ohio National Guard, serving from 1947-50. He attended the Melrose United Methodist Church of Melrose and the Trinity United Methodist Church of Van Wert.
Also surviving are two sons, Doug Bair of Cincinnati and Dana (Ruth Ann) Bair of Oakwood; two daughters, Sue (Denny) Reinhart of Oakwood and Jayne (Rick) Molnar of Grand Rapids; one sister, Joyce (Marvin) Estle of Oakwood; one brother, Robert (Patricia) Bair of Melrose; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Betty Sherry.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 11, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding with the Revs. Tim Burden and Carol Retcher officiating. Burial was in the Little Auglaize Cemetery Melrose. Military graveside services were conducted by Paulding VFW Post 587.
Preferred memorials are to Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.

FRANCES BROOKS
1911-2008
ANTWERP – Frances C. Brooks, 96, of Antwerp, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Monday, March 10 at Hawthorn Court, Paulding.
Frances was born on July 23, 1911, in Hoytville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles A. and Ida E. (Bickers) Reynolds. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp and the Royal Neighbors of America.
Frances will be sadly missed by her sister, Rita Lambert of Antwerp; and a brother, Jim Reynolds of Aurora, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Kilpatrick; and second husband, Homer Brooks. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Kathryn Swann and Theresa Hammer; and brothers, Leo, Bernard and Edward Reynolds.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp, with Father Thomas Oedy and Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating. She will be laid to rest at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today, March 12, with an 8 p.m. Catholic Vigil Service, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
The family requests donations to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CONNIE DEATRICK
1950-2008
PAULDING — Connie K. Deatrick, 57, of Paulding and formerly of Defiance, died at 4:38 a.m., Monday, March 10, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Defiance, the daughter of Forest and Eunice (Workman) Deatrick. She was a nutrition specialist for the Paulding County Senior Center. She attended the Melrose United Methodist Church and was a long time member of the former Junction United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Eunice Deatrick of Paulding; two brothers, Glen (Julia) Deatrick of Payne and Ron (Marita) Deatrick of Ottawa; several nieces; a great-nephew and a great-niece.
Preceding her in death was her father, Forest Deatrick; and a nephew, David Deatrick.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery in Oakwood.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 14, and from noon-1 p.m. prior to services at Heitmeyer Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

PHYLLIS FAST
1911-2008
VAN WERT — Phyllis Deane Fast, 96, died at Hearth and Home in Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 30, 1911, in Paulding County, the daughter of Ralph and Cornellia (Chemin) Dangler. On June 29, 1934, she married Gaylord Clayton Fast, who preceded her in death on May 5, 1973. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church for 64 years, making her the longest continual member of the church and the Women’s Missionary Society of the church.
She is survived by three children, Elaine (Winfred) Grismore of Pandora, Arnell (Shirley) Fast of Van Wert, and Marilyn (Paul) Heine of Louisville, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, Greg (Pam) Grismore of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Doug (Gina) Grismore of Findlay, Dwight (Letty) Grismore of Auke Bay, Alaska, Dan (Polly) Grismore of Fort Wayne, Cynthia (John) Tilford of Valparaiso, Denise (Shaun) Blackburn of Kalida, Mark (Lori) Fast of Van Wert, Jonathan (Stacy) Fast of Tampa, Fla., David (Tisha) Fast of Van Wert, Craig (Shannon) Heine of Mason, Ohio, and Jason (Emily) Heine of Louisville, Ky.; and great-grandchildren, Shannon (Mike) Renfro, South Bend, Heather Lee and Laura (Brent) Robinson, Murfreesboro, Tenn, David and Ruben Grismore, Auke Bay, Alaska, Abbi Grismore, Fort Wayne, Bryan and Hanna Tilford, Valparaiso, Emily, Bethany, and Rebekah Fast, Van Wert, Whitley and Clayton Fast of Van Wert, Gavin and Addison Fast of Tampa, Reid Heine, Mason, Ohio, Jacob and Olivia Heine of Louisville, Ky.; and two great-great-grandchildren, Madeline and Timothy Renfrow of South Bend.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Hope Dangler, Eleanor Goodenough, and Gail Hopkins; and two brothers, Chris and Murl Dangler.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 15, at Brickners Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steven A. Robinson officiating. Internment will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Friday, March 14, at Brickners Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church in Van Wert, The Gideons, or Echo Rach Bible Camp of Auke Bay, Alaska.

HOBART KUHN
1928-2008
PAYNE — Hobart L. Kuhn, 79, died Sunday, March 9, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 30, 1928 in Payne, the son of Edward J. and Victoria M. (Lucas) Kuhn. On June 26, 1954 he married Mary M. Hake, who survives in Payne. He was a United States Marine veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne and the American Legion Post #297. He was a self-employed farmer.
He is also survived by three sons, Hobart Kuhn, Michael (Claudia) Kuhn, and Matthew (Tosha) Kuhn, all of Payne; four daughters, Melissa, Kuhn, Payne, Angela Kuhn, Marion, Ind., Mary Brueggemann, Fort Wayne, and Katrina (Scott) Bauer of Oakwood; a brother, John (Phyllis) Kuhn, New Haven; three sisters, Christina (Charles) Schaefer and Clela (Bill) Sample, both of Payne, and Nila (Ralph) Radenbaugh, St. Helen, Mich.; seven grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony E. Kuhn; a sister, Mary Obringer; stepfather, Leo J. Kuhn; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Bauer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 AM Thursday, March 13 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Payne, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Payne with military graveside services conducted by Payne American Legion Post #297.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today, March 12, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m., at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Church Education Fund or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.

MARSHA CONWELL
1931-2008
FORT WAYNE – Former Payne resident Marsha M. Conwell, age 76, died Monday, March 10 in Fort Wayne.
She was born July 27, 1931 in Allen County, Ind., the daughter of Marcell C. and Gladys M. (Turner) Gaut. On Nov. 8, 1965, she married Gene S. Conwell, who preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1997. She was a 1949 graduate of Payne High School.
She is survived by her mother, Gladys M. Gaut, Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Myrna (Don) Snyder, Payne, and Miriam Gaut, Fort Wayne.
She also was preceded in death by her father; and a son, Kevin.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial was in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

RICARDO LUCIO SR.
1932-2008
PAULDING – Ricardo Lucio Sr., age 75, died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, March 16 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home in Paulding.
He was born Sept. 1, 1932 in Laredo, Texas, the son of Antonio L. and Belen (Fierrus) Lucio. On Oct. 7, 1950, he married Emma Curiel, who died on July 13, 1991. On Sept. 16, 1997, he married Barbara J. Fling, who survives. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paulding. In 1989, he retired from GM Powertrain in Defiance after 35 years of service. He was a member of UAW Local #211.
Also surviving are three sons, Ricardo Jr. of Findlay, Rene (Amy) of Wylie, Texas, and Ruben of Lorain, Ohio; four daughters, Margot (Roger) Glanemann of Clyde, Linda (Brad) Bradshaw of Atlanta, and Careena and Maria Lucio, both of Paulding; four stepchildren, David (Kristen) McCann of Northwood, Alan Eddings of Paulding, Wendy (Roy) Klien of Hoytville, and Laurie (Andrew) Billings of Tollhouse, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 15 stepgrandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Antonio Lucio Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. today, March 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with calling at the church one hour before services. The Rev. G. Allan Fillman will officiate. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Lucio Grandchildren’s Educational Fund.


DEWEY MILLER
1928-2008
PAULDING – Duane “Dewey” D. Miller, age 80, died Thursday, March 13 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center, Defiance.
He was born Feb. 5, 1928 in Fort Wayne, the son of Russell and Gladys (Doster) Miller. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a service technician for Ohio Gas Company in Paulding, retiring in 1987. He was a life member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Eagles Aerie #2405, Defiance Moose Lodge #2094 and the Payne American Legion Post #297.
He is survived by two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hope Diss, in 1997.
Visitation was held Sunday, March 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, where military rites were accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587. Burial will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Dayton at a later date.
The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

JAMES WRIGHT
1931-2008
CHARLOE – James E. Wright, age 76, died Thursday, March 13 at his residence.
He was born June 23, 1931 in Lima, the son of George S. and Emma I. (Miller) Wright. On Sept. 30, 1961 he married Jacqueline L. Worthen, who survives. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked at Dinner Bell in Defiance for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He also worked for the former Nickel Plate Railroad in Lima. He was a member of the Junction Bible Christian Church.
Also surviving are one daughter, Judy Woodruff, Charloe; two sons, James Jr. of Charloe and Jeremy of Paulding; two sisters, Della Childs of Archbold and Ruby (Charles) Gillette of Lima; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held Monday, March 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Pat Shepard officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe, where military rites were accorded by Paulding VFW Post #587.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in James’ memory in care of the Wright family.


VICTOR TUOHY
1917-2008
DEFIANCE — Victor R. Tuohy, 90, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 28, 1917, in Paulding County, the son of Frank and Stella (Price) Tuohy. He married J. Marceile Dimock, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII. He was employed as a supervisor at Defiance Precision Products, retiring in 1980 after 46 years.
He was a lifelong member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction. He served as an Auglaize Township trustee for 12 years and was a lifelong farmer.
He is also survived by a son, Dennis of Defiance; three daughters, Carol (James) Birkemeier, Ottawa, Mary (Jerry) Price, and Cheryl (Al) Tennyson, both of Defiance; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Woodrow and John Tuohy.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at noon Tuesday, March 18 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Todd Dominique officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Masses or Visiting Nurses.


WANETA SKIVER
1912-2008
CONTINENTAL – Waneta Gale Skiver, age 95, died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, March 15 at her daughter’s residence in Oakwood.
She was born Nov. 19, 1912 in Paulding County, the daughter of Abner and Sela (Sanford) Carnahan. On Nov. 27, 1929, she married Perlie Skiver, who preceded her in death on May 8, 2001. She was a farmer and homemaker and a member of North Mount Zion Church, Continental.

GEORGE SEIBERT
1930-2008
HICKSVILLE – George G. Seibert, 77, died Friday, Aug. 1 at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville.
He was born Oct. 8, 1930 in Defiance, the son of Robert and Gertrude (Weber) Seibert. A 1948 graduate of Defiance High School, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-53. On Oct. 6, 1956, he was united in marriage to Barbara Meyer, who survives. He retired from Dana/Weatherhead, Antwerp, after 23 years of employment. He served as a volunteer fireman with the Hicksville Fire Department for 30 years. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hicksville, Hicksville Eagles Aerie #2556, Knights of Columbus, Defiance VFW, Hicksville American Legion Post 223, and the Moose Lodge of Cleveland, Fla.
Also surviving are two daughters, Angela (Brian) Slattery of Hicksville and Ann (Troy) Sonner, Bowling Green; two sons, Alan (Chris) of Grover Hill and Andrew (Andrea), Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Michelle and Jeremy Slattery, Alex, Bailey, Garett and Parker Seibert, and Cole and Grant Sonner; a sister, Mary Seibert MSC; and two brothers, Robert and Joe (Lucille), both of Bryan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Anthony; his parents; and two brothers, Mike and John.
A funeral mass was held Monday, Aug. 4 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Hicksville, with Fr. Tom Oedy officiating. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, with military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 223. Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

GENE GOODENOUGH
1929-2008
PAULDING – Gene S. Goodenough, age 79, died Monday, Aug. 11 at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home, Payne.
He was born June 1, 1929 in Paulding, the son of Tom S. and Katie L. (Hasch) Goodenough. On Aug. 27, 1946 in Covington, Ky., he married Elizabeth E. Carnahan, who survives. He was employed by Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, for 42 years and 8 months, retiring in 1991. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding.
Also surviving are a son, Tom (Deb), of California; three daughters, Beth (Eric) Stoller and Sandi (Tim Wolfle) Smith, both of Paulding, and Cindi (Mike) Williams, Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack; and two sisters, Alta Sanders and Mildred Swires.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Mary Beth Smith Webb officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

NICK MARTINEZ SR.
1917-2008
PAULDING – Nick Cano Martinez Sr., age 91, died Friday, Aug. 8 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.
He was born Jan. 10, 1917 in Rock Springs, Texas, the son of Rafael and Flora (Cano) Martinez. On Dec. 2, 1939, he married Lupe Hernandez, who survives. He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Antwerp. He was a retired Construction Worker in Indiana for Local Labor Union #213.
Also surviving are four sons, Rosalio (Genevieve), Nick Jr. and Juan, all of Paulding, and Martin (Gloria) of Racine, Wis.; five daughters, Lupe (Ray) Contreraz, Esther (Joe) Rangel and Lisa (Tim) Bermejo, all of Paulding, and Phyllis Martens and Valentina (Art) Ybarra, both of Fort Wayne; 29 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Mayo, Jacinto and Mike; two sisters, Rafaela and one unknown; a granddaughter, Martina Contreraz; a grandson, Brandon Bermejo; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Martinez and Talan Fett.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Gary Bear officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses/Hospice or Hawthorn Court Nursing Home Activity Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RHEBA MILLER
1919-2008
VAN WERT – Rheba L. Miller, age 89, died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at Van Wert Manor.
She was born Feb. 19, 1919 in Van Wert County, the daughter of William and Leona (McClure) Thomas. On Jan. 5, 1938 she married Samuel E. Miller, who preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1991. She was a nursing assistant for 33 years at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. She attended the Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
Surviving are three sons, Garry D. (Cleona) of Van Wert, and Ricky L. (Pat) and Randy G. (Julie), both of Grover Hill; one brother, William Thomas of Lima; three sisters, Olive Scherer and Donna Adams, both of Grover Hill, and Betty Koenig of Van Wert; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 13, at Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery Grover Hill.
Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill Fire Department or the Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY
RIGGENBACH
1924-2008
PAULDING – Dorothy Dean Riggenbach, age 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
She was born Oct. 18, 1924 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charley and Hazel M. (Patton) Smith. On Oct. 5, 1942 she married Ray Henry Riggenbach, who preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1996. She worked for attorneys Paul Spriggs, Harvey Hyman and Norman Cook. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and helped on several committees. She was also a volunteer at the Paulding County Hospital.
Surviving are four sons, Gerald (Mary) of Defiance, and David (CarieLynn), Duane (Brenda) and Ron (Deborah), all of Paulding; a daughter, Sue (Richard) Wannemacher, Payne; three grandchildren, Kevin (Sally) Wannemacher, Troy (Amy) Riggenbach and Ivy Riggenbach; a stepgrandchild, Kyle Mohr; and two great-grandchildren, Kristin and Konnor Wannemacher.
She also was preceded in death by three sisters, Glendine Jeffery, Averial Baughman and Edith DeMuth.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 8 at Paulding United Methodist Church, with Pastor Ben Lowell officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church; Paulding County Hospital Foundation; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

LUCILE COE
1917-2008
PAULDING – Lucile Anna Coe, age 91, died at 5:31 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Hawthorn Court Nursing Home, Paulding.
She was born Aug. 10, 1917 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of William P. and Minta (Newton) Smitley. On Aug. 21, 1945, she married Hilen J. Coe, who preceded her in death Oct. 10, 2007. She was a homemaker and worked for General Electric in Fort Wayne Indiana during World War II. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, where she served as a former deacon and was member of the Women’s Church Circle.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary (Randy) Bussing of Paulding and Marjorie (Craig) Rupp of Bryan; two sons, Charles (Paula) Coe of Paulding and Michael (Nancy) Coe of Defiance; a brother, Kenneth (Geraldine) Smitley of Hicksville; one sister, Juanita (Jack) Carr of Antwerp; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death a brother, Ivan Smitley; and an infant sister, Irma.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 20, at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation is one hour before services.
Preferred memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, or Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

CAROLE DUNDERMAN
1939-2008
ANTWERP – Carole S. Dunderman, 68, of Antwerp, died Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center after an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 28, 1939 near Antwerp, the daughter of Wendell R. and Nellie M. (Reed) Savage. She was a graduate of Antwerp High School and Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. She retired in 2000 from the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities after 26 years of service. She was an avid traveler and reader, and belonged to the local book club in Antwerp.
She is survived by three daughters, Elaine (Phil) Kuhn of Edgewood, Ky., Rebecca (Jack) Benna of Glendale, Ariz. and Vanessa (Paul) Sciortino of Jeffersonville, Vt.; two sons, Bradley (Judy) of Clarendon Hills, Ill. and Douglas (Laura), Cincinnati; a sister, Barbara (Richard) Brown of Hicksville; a brother, Lynn (Ruth) Savage of Coral, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Savage of Antwerp; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a stepfather, Melvin (Dugan) Billman; a stepmother, Mildred Savage; and a brother, Rex (Pete) Savage.
A private burial service will be held. Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne is in charge of arrangements.
Friends and family are invited to join in celebrating Carole’s life from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 at Grant’s Reception Hall, 501 East Canal St. in Antwerp.
Preferred memorials are to the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, 06817 SR 66 N, Defiance OH 43512.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

DUANE GEER
1940-2008
PAULDING – Duane W. Geer, 68, of Paulding, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, surrounded by his family at his residence.
He was born May 9, 1940 in Lincolnville, Pa., the son of the late Clifford and Pauline (Stover) Geer. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. He worked at Sims Manufacturing, Payne, and also as a truck driver for M&D Transport and Bryan Trucking. On Feb. 24, 1968, he married Barbara Masone, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Dina (Matthew) Shinabery of Waldron, Mich.; a son, Michael (Ruth) of Bandon, Fla.; a sister, Luella Chippiga of Union City, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Alex and Corey Geer and Emily, Jordan and Bailey Shinabery.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, Marjorie Hand.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 20 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Dwight Bowers will officiate.
The family requests donations to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses, or the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York NY 10006.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

WILLIAM HANENKRATT
1925-2008
CECIL – William Henry Hanenkratt, age 83, died Monday, Aug. 18 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Florence (White) Hanenkratt. He was a lifelong farmer.
He is survived by a nephew, Daniel H. (Jean) Stouffer Jr., Bosque Farms, N.M.; and two nieces, Bonnie (William) Borsa of Frederick, Md. and Susan Stouffer, Paulding.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margery A. Smith and Alverda C. Stouffer.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Aug. 20 at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding County Hospital.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HOMER HOWARD
1931-2008
MONROE, N.C. — Homer Gene Howard, 77, died at his home on Sunday, July 27.
He was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Union County, N.C., the son of Jesse Earl and Mary Crisco Howard, who both preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Masonic Lodge Monroe #244.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Hill Howard; a daughter, Susan Easley of Monroe, N.C.; four brothers, Melvin (Katherine) of Marshville, N.C., Gary (Helen) of Wingate, N.C., Keith (Pam) of New Salem, and Charles (Patricia) Howard of Monroe, N.C.; two sisters, Polly Robinson of Paulding and Viola (Jay) Smith of Oakboro, N.C.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Cynthia L. Howard; a sister, Patricia Griffin; and two brothers, Wade and Leonard Howard.
Funeral services were held July 30, at Gordon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Lakeland Memorial Park.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, S.C.

EARL STEWART
1935-2008
ANTWERP – Earl E.  Stewart, 73, of Antwerp, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born May 24, 1935 in Isaban, W.Va., the son of the late Charles E. and Ida Belle (Jones) Stewart. On April 2, 1955, he married Betty Horsley, who preceded him in death on April 20, 1993. He worked at International Harvester, Fort Wayne, and enjoyed his family and spending time at the cardroom.
Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly (Rod) Schaefer of Antwerp; two sons, Michael (Sandra) of Antwerp and Patrick (Jill) of Hicksville; two sisters, Martha Young of Columbus and Dorothy Sparks of Manchester; a brother, Art of South Webster; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 18 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
The family requests donations to Northeast Indiana Burn Council.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

GLENN BAUER
1944-2008
PAULDING – Glenn H. Bauer, age 64 died Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
He was born Aug. 2, 1944 in Paulding County, the son of Clark G. and June (Condon) Bauer. On June 8, 1992, he married Brenda M. Bremer, who survives. He was employed by GM Powertrain, Defiance, retiring in 2006 after 44 years. He was a member of UAW #211, VFW Post #587 of Paulding, and Fraternal Order of Eagles #372, Defiance. He was a graduate of the former Blue Creek High School, where he was active in baseball and basketball. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Also surviving are a son, Brian (Dorothy) Bauer, Paulding; two stepsons, John A. Hasch Jr., Sherwood, and James A. Hasch Sr., Cecil; two stepdaughters, Tracey (David) Schroeder of Oakwood, and Tammy (Steve) Hawkins, Defiance; and two brothers, David C. (Jill) of Grover Hill, and Kevin R. (Pam), Briceton; 15 stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today, Aug. 27, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

JAMES BURKE
1936-2008
ANGOLA, Ind. – Paulding native and former Defiance resident James R. Burke, 72, Crooked Lake, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at his home.
He was born Feb. 15, 1936, in Paulding, the son of Rex and Vera (Wunder) Burke. He married Margo McGrath, who died in 2000. He graduated from Defiance High School in 1954 and was a commercial carpenter. He was a member of Defiance Elks Lodge 147 and the NRA. He also had a winter home in Tucson, Ariz.
Surviving are a son, James Jr. (Tami), Tucson; two daughters, Jamie (James) Provencio and Jana Burke, Tucson; a friend, Barbara McCarthy, Defiance; two grandsons; and a great-grandson.
Also preceding him in death were his parents.
No services are planned. Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

RICHARD DYER
1947-2008
DEFIANCE — Richard W. Dyer, 61, of Defiance, formerly of Oakwood, died at 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 28, 1947, in Lima, the son of Richard J. and Thelma J. (Lovely) Dyer, who both preceded him in death. In 1965, he married Jean Holbrook Dyer. who survives in Payne.
He was employed as a quality control manager at several area manufacturing facilities for over 40 years. He attended Abiding By Faith Assembly Church in Findlay.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kara Combs of Peralta, N.M.; and his grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three daughters, Kimberly Weible, Kalin Dyer and Laura Dyer.
There are no public services or visitation. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, was in charge of arrangements.
Suggested memorials are to the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at lawsonroessner.com

ROGER HALL
1941-2008
OAKWOOD – Roger Hall, 67, Oakwood, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 in his home.
He was born June 29, 1941, in Portsmouth, the son of Lilbryn “Lib” and Ollie (Gee) Hall. In 1985, he married Wilma Stidham, who survives. He was retired from GM Powertrain, Defiance, and was a member of Big Run United Baptist Church, Lucasville, and Continental Masonic Lodge.
Also surviving are two sons, Charles (Michelle) Crabtree of Xenia and Chuck Hall, Tiffin; a brother, Robert (Linda), Lucasville; two sisters, Nancy Rosier and Phyllis (Bob) Ehrler, Lucasville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Nichole Hall; and a brother, Stanley.
Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Ray Newsome officiating. Another service was held Thursday, Aug. 21 at Big Run United Baptist Church, Lucasville, with pastor Corbert Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Big Run Community Cemetery, Lucasville.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Condolences may be left at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

DANNY LETUTOUR
1953-2008
MELROSE — Danny “Dan” Ray Letutour, 55, of Melrose, formerly of Philadelphia, Miss., died Saturday, Aug. 16, in a hospital in Meridian, Miss.
He was born Aug. 4, 1953, the son of Arthur Letutour and Ruby McClain Letutour, who preceded him in death.
He was a retired truck driver of 30 years. He loved birds, gardening, wood working and his family and friends very much.
He is survived by his loving companion and mother of his daughter, Betty Letutour; his daughter, Kelly (Christopher) Fuerst; stepsons, Randy Sr. (Jean) Michaelson and Bobby Michaelson; a sister, Sherrie Willis of Philadelphia, MISS; Justin and Justina Letutour, who are his grandchildren, but since he has raised them from babies, he considered them his children and loved them very much; grandchildren, Ashley Michaelson and Randy Michaelson Jr.; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Aug. 30, at the Melrose Church. He will then be laid to rest at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia, MISS.
Memorials are to Justin and Justina Letutour.

JOYCE RUSSELL
1940-2008
DEFIANCE – Joyce Anne Russell, age 67, died Thursday, Aug. 21 at her home.
She was born Aug. 22, 1940 in Payne, the daughter of Harry H. and Marjorie K. (Wells) Chester. On June 28, 1958, she married Rex Russell, who survives. She was a 1958 graduate of Payne High School and a member of the Paulding County Rabbit Breeders Association. She was employed by Allied Molded Products, Bryan, for 24 years. She was previously employed by Vagabond Village Restaurant as a hostess and cashier and the former Holiday Inn, Defiance, as a waitress.
Also surviving are five sons, Rex A. (Lisa) of Harrison, Charles (Alex) of Holgate, Scott (Cheryl) and Darren, both of Defiance, and Bruce (Penny), Paulding; a daughter, Kathy J. Russell Hogan, Sherwood; a sister, Jean (Kenneth) Shininger, Defiance; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Jim Stinehelfer Jr. officiating. Burial was in Hedges Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

“WHITEY” GERENCSER
1958-2008
ANTWERP – Larry “Whitey” Gerencser, 50, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 17, 1958, in Hicksville, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Strubing) Gerencser. He worked at Kwik Lok, New Haven, and also at Solarcrete in Antwerp and Payne. He enjoyed farming, model airplanes and was a Cleveland Browns fan.
Surviving are his father, Paul; two sisters, Marsha (Don) Oberlin and Christine (Rick) Steffens of Antwerp; and a brother, James (Nadene) of Antwerp.
His mother, Dorothy, preceded him in death.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 3, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with calling one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery, Cecil.
The family requests donations to Hicksville Community Service Center for Dr. Wiley’s Free Clinic, P.O. Box 43 Hicksville OH 43526.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JUDY “FAUN” JACKSON
1943-2008
GROVER HILL — Judy “Faun” Jackson, 65, of Grover Hill, died Saturday, Aug. 30, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice in Defiance.
She was born on May 11, 1943, in Saginaw, Mich., the daughter of James Oliver and Dorothy A. (Bershing) Jackson. She worked as a barmaid for several establishments in Ohio, California and Florida.
Surviving are two sons, John and Jim Bozak; a sister, Pat Ross of Grover Hill; three nieces whom she raised as her own, Nikki, Kelsey, and Lakin Clemons, all of Grover Hill; and four grandchildren.
There will be no visitation and services will be private for her family. Arrangements were made by Burr Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan.

DANNY LETUTOUR
1953-2008
MELROSE — Danny “Dan” Ray Letutour, 55, of Melrose, formerly of Philadelphia, Miss., died Saturday, Aug. 16, in a hospital in Meridian, Miss.
He was born Aug. 4, 1953, the son of Arthur Letutour and Ruby McClain Letutour, who preceded him in death.
He was a retired truck driver of 30 years. He loved birds, gardening, wood working and his family and friends very much.
He is survived by his loving companion and mother of his daughter, Betty Letutour; his daughter, Kelly (Christopher) Fuerst; stepsons, Randy Sr. (Jean) Michaelson and Bobby Michaelson; Justin and Justina Letutour, who are his grandchildren, but since he has raised them from babies, he considered them his children and loved them very much; grandchildren, Ashley Michaelson and Randy Michaelson Jr.; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sherrie Willis of Philadelphia, Miss.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Melrose Church. He was laid to rest at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Philadelphia, Miss.
Memorials are to Justin and Justina Letutour.

PAUL
MANSFIELD
1933-2008
DEFIANCE – Paul O. Mansfield, 75, Defiance, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
He was born April 20, 1933, in Defiance County, the son of Zoma and Edna (Wellman) Mansfield. On Sept. 22, 1953, he married Betty Jean Wellman, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran and owner of Paul’s IGA and associate stores in Van Wert, Continental and Oakwood for 37 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church and served as state chaplain of Gideons International for three years.
Also surviving are two sons, David (Lesa) Mansfield and Randy (Jan) Mansfield of Oakwood; a daughter, Tammy (Greg) Carpenter, Bakersfield, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kylee Shirey and Michael, Levi and Lindsey Mansfield; a great-grandchild, Kenyah Shirey; two brothers, Roma (Barbara) Mansfield of Oregon and Jerry (Janice) Mansfield, Defiance; three sisters, Beverly Rettig of Colorado and Janet (Charles) Koch and Carole (Roger) Engel of Defiance.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Verden and William Mansfield; and two sisters, Marcella Ketner and Roberta Zachrich.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 in First Baptist Church, Defiance, with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial was in Mansfield Cemetery, Defiance County, with military rites by VFW Post 3360. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Gideons International or First Baptist Church.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com.

MAVIS MERRITTE
1925-2008
CONTINENTAL — Mavis Louise Merritte died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Defiance Mercy Hospital, Defiance.
She was born July 23, 1925, in Clarksville, Tenn., the daughter of Onus T. and Ruby F. (Adkins) Johnson. On Oct. 20, 1945, she married Edward “Glen” Merritte, who preceded her in death in March 1997.
She was employed by General Motors in Defiance from 1955-1981 and had 25 years of service. She worked for the Civil Service at Fort Campbell, Ky. during WWII, where she met Glen, and moved to Ohio.
She was an active member of the Continental United Methodist Church and the UMW. She helped organize the Circle of Friends Food Pantry, which is supported by several area churches and businesses.
She is an active member of the Continental Chapter #129 Order of Eastern Star since 1965, serving as worthy matron twice, and grand page at the Grand Chapter of Ohio in 1983, for the associate grand conductress, Gloria Veltz. She was a member of the Retirees U.A.W. Local #211.
Surviving are two sons, Bill (Alberta) and Frank (Margaret) Merritte, both of Oakwood; three sisters, Ora Mae (Rocky) Smalley of Harrisburg, Pa., Helen (Ronald) Dostater of Clarksville, Tenn., and Peggy Johnson of Martinez, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Homer Johnson; a sister, Mildred Booth; and a great-grandson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 30, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental with Pastor Rick Snyder officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Little Auglaize Cemetery in Melrose.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Continental United Methodist Church or the food pantry.

RONALD BEAMER
1925-2008
PAULDING — Clifford Ronald Beamer, 83, died at 9:10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, shortly after admission.
He was born in Paulding, May 3, 1925, the son of Edward N. and Ethel C. (Brown) Beamer. On Nov. 28, 1948, he married Bonita R. (Lake) Beamer, who survives in Paulding.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, both in Japan and Germany. He was a 50-year member of the First Christian Church in Paulding. He retired from General Portland/Lafarge Corporation in 1990, where he worked as a kiln operator. He was also formerly employed by the Paul Bakle Plumbing Company, and the Ralph Hanenkratt Plumbing Company. He also was was a meter reader for the Paulding Light Plant. He was a fireman for the Paulding Fire Department for 23 years and a charter member of Paulding VFW #587. He was a former owner and operator of the Star Lite Café, Paulding.
Also surviving are a son, R. Allen (Lois) Beamer, Paulding; a daughter, Rhonda (Dietrich Schmidt) Beamer Schmidt, of Yonker, N.Y.; a twin brother, Donald (Phyllis) Beamer of Defiance; a sister, Marilyn R. Edwards of Paulding; and a granddaughter, Lexie Beamer, of Bowling Green, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Beamer; and three sisters, Norma Rae Beamer, Florice Wilhelm and Marjorie Bordner.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will be in the Live Oak Cemetery, with military graveside services conducted by VFW #587.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. today, Sept. 10 and from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.
Donations may be made to Paulding Fire Department, or Paulding EMS, or First Christian Church, Paulding.

SHEILA CRATES
1952-2008
PAULDING — Sheila K. Crates, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 4, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 8, 1952 in Bowling Green, Ohio, the daughter of David F. and Alberta E. (Nichols) Cotterman, who both preceded her in death. In 1974, she married Steven Crates, who also preceded her in death in 2000.
She is survived by three sons, Mark (Sherry) Cotterman, Marion, Ohio, Steven M. Crates, and David Crates, both of Payne; two daughters, Michelle (Barry) Watson, Paulding, and Maria (Bob) Rivera, Payne; a brother, Ron Cotterman, Continental; two sisters, Sharon Crampton, Paulding, and Donna Stahl of Grover Hill; and fourteen grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Denny Cotterman.
Burial will be at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be sent in memory of Sheila Crates made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

HOLLIS CRAWFORD
1931-2008
VAN WERT — Hollis R. Crawford, 77, of Van Wert, went to be with the Lord at 4:37 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born April 9, 1931, in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of Caleb and Effie (Lee) Crawford, who both preceded him in death. On June 27, 1964, he married Nancy (Zinsmeister) Crawford, who survives in Van Wert.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He retired in 1994 from the National Seal Corporation in Van Wert, following 44 years of service. He also served with the Van Wert Sheriff’s Auxiliary for 16 years. He was a life member of the Van Wert VFW, where he served as commander in 1975-1976, and received the VFW National Aide-de-Camp; member of the Van Wert American Legion, a member of the Silver Seals Retirees, and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
He is also survived by a daughter, Holly (Terry) Childs of Van Wert; three brothers, John, Fitzhugh and Jerry Crawford, all of Van Wert; three sisters, Maxine (Dan) Sutton of Lima, Dot (Bob) Ziegler of Ottawa, and Karen (Edgar) Money of Van Wert; and two grandchildren, Jordan and Joel Crawford.
Also preceding him in death was a sister, Mary Gloris Crawford.
Services were held Monday, Sept. 8, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in the Ridge Cemetery in Middle Point, with military rites conducted jointly by the Van Wert VFW and the American Legion. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.

MARGARET HOLMES
1918-2008
MONROE, Mich. — Margaret E. Holmes, 90, of Monroe, Mich. died Friday, Aug. 29, at the Medilodge of Monroe, Mich.
She was born Feb. 18, 1918, in Flanagan, Ill., the daughter of William and Emma (Doden) Durre. On March 17, 1951, she married Thomas C. Holmes, who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1991. She was employed by the Monroe Intermediate School District for several years.
Surviving are her loving children, Gary (Kris) Kipker of Payne, Pamela (Tom) Brannen of Tampa, Fla., Mary K. Faryniarz of Monroe, Thomas (Millie) Holmes of Payne, and Phil (Linda) Holmes of Temperance, Mich.; a sister, Eileen Wiederanders of Illinois; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Elaine Holmes; and three brothers.
Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home in Temperance, Mich., with Pastor Andrew Edwards III officiating. Interment was in Whiteford Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to ARC of Monroe.

URSULA HOSTE
1920-2008
PAULDING – Ursula C. Hoste, 87, of Paulding, died Monday, Sept. 8 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in Forest, Ohio, the daughter of John and Mary “Molly” (Tuohy) Clark. On Dec. 7, 1946, she married William Tope, who died May 30, 1971. On Feb. 12, 1977, she married George Hoste, who died March 1, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding VFW Auxiliary, and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Bercaw and Leann Moser, both of Paulding; a son, William (Karen) Tope of Greenfield, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Linda (Fran) Rhoad of Cecil and Nancy (Tom) Patterson of Butler, Ind.; a sister, Eleanor Justinger of Paulding; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters and four brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Calling will be held one hour prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Sept. 10, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with a vigil service at 8 p.m.
The family requests donations for Masses or Paulding County Hospital Home Health.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ELMA LEE
1921-2008
CONTINENTAL — Elma G. Lee, 87, of Continental, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Hospice of Defiance.
She was born April 12, 1921, in Oakwood, the daughter of Lawrence and Jennie (Kretzinger) McCullough. On March 13, 1941, she married Joseph Lee, who preceded her in death March 2, 1999. She retired from the Campbell Soup Company in Napoleon. She was a lifetime member of Prairie Chapel Bible Church in Oakwood.
Surviving are two sons, Roger Lee of Continental and Stephen (Mary) Lee of Defiance; two daughters, Sharon (Fred) Fitzenrider of Defiance and Judy (Robert) Rodenbach of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a brother, Lawrence B. (Lodema) McCullough; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Norma McCullough and Catherine Lee.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Prairie Chapel Church in Oakwood with Pastor Earl Chapman officiating. Burial was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials may be made to Defiance County Hospice.

HELEN MUMMA
1914-2008
HAVILAND – Helen L. Mumma, age 94, died at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
She was born March 18, 1914 in Paulding County, the daughter of John and Susie (Gunderman) Jenkins. On June 24, 1937 she married Gerald B. Mumma, who preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2001. She was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland, a member of United Methodist Women, served as organist for 81 years, and was the oldest member of the church. She was a 1932 graduate of Haviland High School and played on the girls’ basketball team. She was an avid golfer.
She is survived by a son, John (Judy) Mumma, Paulding; two daughters, Brenda (Paul) Ladd, Grover Hill and Marsha (Michael) Miller, Defiance; 10 grandchildren: Kathleen, Jeff, Stephanie, Suzanne and Kevin Mumma, Kyle Ladd, Janine (Ladd) Roeder, Scott and Tracy Hahn, and Kelly (Hahn) Erford; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucy Egger Partee and Edith Towe; and two brothers, Forest and Roy Jenkins.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
Memorial donations may be made to Scott EMS or Country Chapel United Methodist Church, Haviland.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

AUDREY SHAW
1913-2008
PAYNE – Audrey M. (Bute) Shaw, age 95, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at the Heartland Health Care Center, Three Rivers, Mich.
She was born on Aug. 25, 1913 in Payne, the daughter of Walter and Marilda (Bouley) Bute. In 1951, she married Robert W. Shaw, who preceded her in death in 1951. She was a legal secretary for Fuel Distributors of Jackson, Mich., retiring in 1981. She was a member of Queen of Miraculous Medal Church, Jackson, Mich. She was treasurer of National Council of Catholic Women, a member of King’s Daughters Guild, Queen of Miraculous Medal Church Holy Family Circle, Queen of Miraculous Medal Church Prayer Line, Queen of Miraculous Medal Church Perpetual Adoration Chapel adorer, and a RSVP volunteer.
Surviving are a daughter, Janice (David) Broker, Three Rivers, Mich.; a son, Douglas (Mary Jane) Simon, Seal Rock, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen and Roy Bute; a sister, Anna Fay Bute; and a grandson, Robbie Williams.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Sept. 5, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (the former St. Joseph Catholic Church), Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman and Deacon David Barrett officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY
WANNEMACHER
1930-2008
PAYNE —Dorothy A. Wannemacher, 78, of Payne, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born June 8, 1930, in Payne, the daughter of John and Sarah (King) Cluts, who both preceded her in death.
On Oct. 21, 1950, she married Robert Wannemacher, who survives. She was a nurses aid in the O.B. department at Paulding County Hospital. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne American Legion Post Auxiliary and the Town and Country Club. She liked to crochet, sew and bake.
Also surviving are three sons, Lynn (Joanne) of Naples, Fla., Dana (Kim) of Roanoke, Ind., and Rob (Deb) of Payne; a brother, Harry (Helen) Cluts of Payne; and three granddaughters,  Sarah (Toby) Sennebogen and Amber and Amelia Wannemacher.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Elizabeth Cluts; and two brothers, Robert and Roy Cluts.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (formerly St. John the Baptist), in Payne, on Monday, Sept. 8, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating.
Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home in Payne was in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests donations to Divine Mercy School Endowment Fund or Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

SHEILA CRATES
1952-2008
PAULDING — Sheila K. Crates, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 4, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She was born Aug. 9, 1952 in Bowling Green, Ohio, the daughter of David F. and Alberta E. (Nichols) Cotterman, who both preceded her in death. In 1974, she married Steven Crates, who also preceded her in death in 2000.
She is survived by three sons, Mark (Sherry) Cotterman, Marion, Ohio, Steven M. Crates, and David Crates, both of Payne; two daughters, Michelle (Barry) Watson, Paulding, and Maria (Bob) Rivera, Payne; a brother, Ron Cotterman, Continental; two sisters, Sharon Crampton, Paulding, and Donna Stahl of Grover Hill; fourteen grandchildren; and a companion, Craig Sharp, Paulding.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Denny Cotterman.
Graveside services will be conducted 11AM Wednesday, September 17 at Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County, OH. Family and friends are invited to share memories of Sheila Crates at the Youth Leadership Building of the Paulding County Fairgrounds from 2 – 8 PM Wednesday, September 17.
Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding is in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be sent in memory of Sheila Crates made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

LOUISE MILLER
1927-2008
ANTWERP — D. Louise  Miller, 81, of Antwerp, passed away at 8:45 am, Thursday, Sept. 11, at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 4, 1927, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Stellar) Allison. On March 26, 1945, she married Leon Miller who preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1996.  
She worked many years in food service and was a regular panelist on the WANE-TV Anne Cologne Show. She was the mayor of Antwerp from 1988-2000, and was the first female and first consecutive three term mayor of Antwerp. She was an intricate part of the Fort to Port U.S. 24 project, a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and the Royal Neighbors.  
Louise will be sadly missed by three daughters, Susan (Terry) Warner of Defiance, Barbara (Tim)  Kelley of Grand View, Ind. and Patricia (Fain) Lowe of Antwerp; three sons, Steven (Viv) of Holland, Mich.; David of New Haven, and Daniel of Antwerp; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Sharon and Joann Allison.
Services were held Monday at the Antwerp United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Schneider officiating.
Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. The family requests donations to PCH Home Health.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

GERALDINE MULLEN
1931-2008
Geraldine M. “Gerry” Mullen, 77, of Sylvania Township, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, in Flower Hospital.
She was born in Payne, Aug. 3, 1931, the daughter of Anthony and Florence Schaefer. In 1953 Gerry graduated from Mary Manse College. In that same year she married John J. Mullen, who preceded her in death. As a devout Catholic, she was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. A member of Sylvania Country Club and Innisbrook Country Club, she enjoyed golfing and luncheons with her many friends. Her other hobbies included gardening, painting and reading.
During the winter months Gerry resided in Florida. She was a very loving, caring and generous mother and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Barbara (Lloyd) Stager, Maureen (Dan) Keller, Diann (Donald) Hack and Kim Mullen; 9 grandchildren; two brothers, Charles and Jake Schaefer; and a sister, Roseanne Glass Schaefer.
A son, Patrick, also preceded her in death.
A funeral mass was held at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

MARY BULLINGER
1922-2008
DEFIANCE — Mary Ann “Toots” Bullinger, 86, died at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Ottoville, the daughter of Bernard and Anna (Grote) Horstman. On Feb. 4, 1950, she married Raymond A. Bullinger, who preceded her in death June 2, 2000. She was a waitress for many years at Riverview Carryout (now Cabbage Patch) in Defiance and Uncle Fudds in Melrose. She was a member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Junction and she enjoyed crocheting, the Ohio State Buckeyes, playing bingo and cards and watching softball and basketball.
She is survived by a son, Jerry (Joy) Bullinger of Napoleon; and two daughters, Sharon, and Diana (Larry) Brown of Defiance; six grandchildren, Sheila “Sis” Korte, Ben Schilt, Jason Bullinger, Carrie Deatrick, Drew Brown and Chelsi Brown; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Audrey, Gavin, Kolin, Kristen, Allison, Jadyn and Ava; and a sister, Rosemary “Babe” Wannemacher of Ottoville.
She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Cletus “Click,” Cyril “Shrimp,” Leo “Lee,” Richard, and Ralph Horstman.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, with Father Dave Tscherne officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice, or the Oakwood EMS.

WENDY CARLISLE
1962-2008
CECIL – Wendy A. Carlisle, 46, of Cecil, passed away at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 19, 1962, in Toledo, the daughter of Donald and Nelda (Franks) Evers. On Oct. 28, 2006 she married Steve Carlisle, who survives. She was the office manager at Strable Paving, Cecil and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Paulding.
Also surviving are her mother, Nelda Evers of Paulding; a daughter, Lindsay (Nathan) Metzger of Van Wert; two sons, Kyle Mawer of Paulding and Ryan Mawer of Cecil; a stepson, Steven Carlisle of Van Wert; two sisters, Chris (Steve) Talley of Arlington, Texas and Stacey (Terry) Riley of Paulding; two brothers, Bradley (Cindy) and Toby (Deb) Evers of Oregon, Ohio; and a grandson, Gavin Metzger.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Joseph Allan officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Cecil.
The family requests memorial donations to American Cancer Society.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ESTHER CARR
1917-2008
ANTWERP — Esther F. Carr, 91, of Lathrup Village, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Aug. 10, at Briar Hill Health Care Center in Middlefield, Ohio.
She was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Antwerp, the daughter of Emelia Boylan (Schade).
She was a graduate of Bowling Green University. On Aug. 19, 1950, in Antwerp, she married Robert F. Carr, who died on Sept. 8, 2008.
She was a member and past president of the Birmingham Republican Women’s Club and Lathrup Village Women’s Club. She was a member of Northbrook Presbyterian Church, in Beverly Hills, Mich.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Carr of Middlefield, Ohio.
She also was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker officiating. Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 20 at Northbrook Presbyterian Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ROBERT CARR
1918-2008
ANTWERP — Robert F. Carr, 89, of Lathrup Village, Mich., went to be with the Lord on Sept. 8, at Briar Hill Health Care Center in Middlefield, Ohio.
He was born Oct. 19, 1918, in Antwerp, the son of Mabel and Edward Carr. He was a graduate of Bowling Green University. On Aug. 19, 1950, in Antwerp, he married Esther F. Boylan, who preceded him in death on Aug. 10, 2008.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After his discharge, he was employed by Colt Industries as a sales manager, retiring in 1990. He was a member or Northbrook Presbyterian Church, Beverly Hills, Mich. and Lathrup Village Lion’s Club.
He is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Carr of Middlefield.
He also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with the Rev. Ralph Klinker officiating.  Burial will be at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 20 at Northbrook Presbyterian Church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MICHAEL ELICK
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio – Michael D. Elick, 41, of East Palestine, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 at his residence.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Myron and Stephanie Elick, East Palestine; his mother, Barbara Grunick; a son and daughter, Ryan Michael Elick and McKenna Alysse Elick; a sister, Geri Noel of East Palestine; his grandmother, Maribeth Elick; and several cousins in the Payne area.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, George Elick; and his stepfather, Michael Grunick.
Funeral services were held Sept. 9, with military rites.

DEAN GAISFORD
1955-2008
ANTWERP – Dean A. Gaisford, 53, of Antwerp, passed away at 4:17 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, surrounded by his family at his residence.
He was born Aug. 28, 1955, in Hicksille, the son of the late Leroy “Abe” and Ethel (Cromley) Gaisford. He worked  in route sales at ARAMARK, Fort Wayne, and was a former Scout Master for Pack 143. He enjoyed building and remodeling, the Red Sox, and always enjoyed his family and friends, especially around his campfires. On Sept 20, 1975, he married Coni Elders, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Jessie) of Antwerp and Shane (Jessica) of Cromwell, Ind.; three sisters, Rita (Lawrence) Reising of Schertz, Texas, Etta (David) Reece of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Janet (Dean) Hood of Del City, Okla.; a brother, Tom (Jan) of Payne; a sister-in-law, Becky of Dayton; two grandchildren, Clayton Phipps and Julian Gaisford; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Charles Elders of Defiance.
He also was preceded in death by a brother, John.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 22 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mike Schneider officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests memorial donations to The Gaisford Family Fund, PO Box 727, Antwerp OH 45813, or to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ALEX GONZALES
1943-2008
PAULDING — Alex S. Gonzales, age 64, died Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
He was born Oct. 9, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas the son of Jesus and Trinadad (Tapia) Gonzales Sr., who both preceded him in death. He married Delores C. Rios, who preceded him in death on June 25, 2000.
He is survived by four sons, Mark Gonzales and James Gonzales, both of Paulding, Robert Gonzales of Tampa, Fla., and Joe Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas; four daughters, Jessica Acosta and Melinda Gonzales, both of Paulding, and Cynthia Gonzales and Caroline Gonzales, both of San Antonio; four brothers, Antonio, Edward, Charles and Jesus Gonzales, all of Paulding; two sisters, Olga Rocha and Lupe Genero, both of Paulding; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Alex “Bubba” Gonzales; a brother, Alfonso “Toto” Gonzales Sr.; and a grandson, Angel Gonzales.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Donations in memory of Alex Gonzales may be made to Den Herder Funeral Home.

JANE ANN SCHAEFER
1946-2008
URBANA – Former Paulding County resident Jane Ann Schaefer, age 62, died Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Heartland of Urbana Care Center, Urbana.
She was born Aug. 16, 1946 in Paulding County, the daughter of Leo P. and Mary E. (Letso) Schaefer. She was formerly employed by General Electric in Fort Wayne, and was a former Fritz House resident for several years.
She is survived by two brothers, Richard (Bertha) Schaefer of Urbana, and Joseph (JoAnn) Schaefer, Lakeland, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon today, Sept. 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, Payne. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services today.
Memorial donations may be made to Masses or Fritz House Activity Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

RODGER WILSON
1925-2008
VAN WERT — Rodger O. Wilson, 83, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at his residence in Van Wert.
He was born March 26, 1925, in Broughton, the son of Omer and Jennie (Rodgers) Wilson. He was married to Winifred (Campbell) Wilson, who survives. He graduated from Union High School in 1943, and attended Indiana University. He was employed as a tool and dye maker for the Eisenhauer Company in Van Wert, retiring in 1987, following 47 years of service.
He loved to play the guitar and played with the Singing Strings for many years. He also played bluegrass music at Melrose. He was a gunsmith and built beautiful muzzle loaders. He was an avid hunter and collector of Indian artifacts, but his first love was to be out fishing with his friend, Frank Ross.
He is also survived by a daughter, Lynne (Tom) Dunifon of Whitehouse, Ohio; two sons, Steven (Barbara) Wilson and Barry (Connie) Wilson, both of Van Wert; a brother, Gene (Jeannie) Wilson of Van Wert; five grandchildren, Jeremy (Sara) Wilson of New Haven, Ind., Josh (Dina) Wilson of Mendon, Cody Wilson of Convoy, Amanda (Cory) Lichtensteiger of Denver, Colo., and Aaron Dunifon of Columbus; six great-grandchildren, Kali, Tyler, Madison, Megan and Kaylin Wilson, Ayden Lichtensteiger; and his dog, Buddy.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Wilson; and three sisters, Maxine Tarlton, Ethelyn Freisner and MaDonna Wilson.
A private family service will be held. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert County Historical Museum.
Online condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

ROBERT SCHAEFER
1935-2008
COLDWATER, Mich. — Robert W. Schaefer, 73, of Coldwater, Mich., died Wednesday, Sept. 24, at his residence.
He was born April 22, 1935, in Payne, the son of Carl and Velta (Commer) Schaefer. On June 12, 1977, he married Janet Caulley who survives. He graduated from Bowling Green University in 1953 and also served in the U.S. Army.
He was a former newscaster for Channel 21 in Fort Wayne and also a radio host at a local Fort Wayne station. He had also worked for the Fort Wayne Sheriff’s Department and also sold real estate for many years. He enjoyed buying, fixing and selling properties.
He also loved photography and operated a side photo business during his career. He was a member of the Coldwater Eagles for over 50 years, and he always loved to dance to any type of music.
Also surviving are his sons, Gary, Rick (Michelle) and Mark (Diana), all of Fort Wayne, and Carl (Brandy) of Reading, Mich.; his daughters, Sherri (Jeff) Grier of New Haven, Laura (Mike) Kurtz of Fort Wayne, Londa (Mike) Pompilio of Tennessee, Deborah Schaefer of Chicago, and Martha (Denver) Nutt of Quincy, Mich.; sisters, Marge (John) Eldon, Susan (Dick) Waring and Linda (Rick) Stoller, all of Perrysburg, and Joan (Clyde) Schroeder of Ottawa; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many friends including his friends from the Dialysis Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Felicia LaShea Banker.
The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.
Preferred memorials may go to the Cerebral Palsy Association.
You may leave a message at www.dutcherfh.com.

WARREN DeCAMP - 1922-2008
VAN WERT – Warren A. “Pappy” DeCamp, age 86, of Van Wert, died at 5:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Jan. 6, 1922 in Paulding County, the son of Joseph Frank and Susan (Gattshall) DeCamp. On Aug. 23, 1941, he married Lucille Porter, who preceded him in death in 1994. He retired from Continental Can in Van Wert after 44 years of service. He was one of the founding members of the Van Wert Outdoorsman Club, and enjoyed fishing and trap shooting. He also enjoyed playing pool and riding his motorcycle.
Surviving are a son, Dana (Sandy) DeCamp of Van Wert; two brothers, Ernest and Andrew (Joyce), both of Grover Hill; grandchildren, Kellie (Ken) Miller, Tiffany (Jeremy) Cox, Jay (Tammy) Herrick and Callie (Jason) Miller; great-grandchildren, Owen Miller, Andrew Miller, Chandler Cox, Brayden Cox, Garret Cox, Allyson Evans and Marissa Miller; and special friends, Ralph and Gloria Woods, and Harold and Helen Murphy.
He also was prececed in death by a daughter, Shirley Jean; a brother, William; and nine sisters, Sarah Grunden, Esther Miller, Dellie Pucket, Ethel Long, Bessie Price, Grace Mosier, Lucy Adams, Velma DeCamp and Florence Daniel.
Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 4 at Alspach-Gearhard Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals Visiting Nurses.
Condolences may be sent to afghc@embarqmail.com

LEVI SCHNEIDER - 2008
PAULDING – Levi John Schneider died shortly after birth on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He is survived by his parents, Michael D. and Jodi D. (Ifft) Schneider, Paulding; three brothers, Joel, Lathan and Thad, and a sister, Lynelle, all of Paulding; his grandparents, Jim and Sandra Schneider and Larry and Shirley Ifft, all of Fairbury, Ill.; great-grandparents, Earl and Esther Gerber, Forrest, Ill., Elmer and Emma Ifft, Fairbury, and Emma Gerber, West Bend, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Al and Gladys Schneider, and Noah Gerber.
Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Dotterer Cemetery, Junction. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the Apostolic Christian Church Endowment Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

TIMOTHY SHULL - 1958-2008
HICKSVILLE — Timothy L. Shull, 50, died Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paulding County Hospital.
He was born July 23, 1958, in Defiance, the son of Leland and Betty (Carpenter) Shull. He was a 1976 graduate of Hicksville High School and Four County Vocational School. In February 1998, he married Lou Ann Williamson who survives. He was employed at Continental General Tire (Titan Tire) in Bryan. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union; past member of U.S. Trotting Association and the Ohio Horseman’s Association.
Also surviving are two daughters, Tasha at home, and Amanda (Brent) Miller of Montpelier; two sons, Eric (Kristina) of Cecil and Steve (Nicole Smith) of Antwerp; his mother, Betty of Hicksville; a sister, Pam (Lee) Peters of Hicksville; three brothers, Gary (Val) and Brad, both of Hicksville, and Jim (Suzane) of Defiance; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland; and a brother, Lyle. Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 8, at Smith and Brown Funeral Home in Hicksville, with visiting hours one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp.

KENNETH STEED - 1969-2008
SPEEDWELL, Tenn. — Kenneth William Steed, 39, of Speedwell, Tenn. passed away Oct. 4. He had been enjoying a Florida vacation with his parents and fiancé when he passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with his Lord and Savior.
He was born Jan. 12, 1969, in Lima. He was a 1988 graduate of Paulding High School. He was an avid outdoors man and loved to hunt, fish and 4-wheel.
He is survived by his mother and father, Wanda and Bob Steed of Speedwell, Tenn.; a brother, Dan (Crystal) Steed, also of Speedwell; three children, Micaiah, Michelle and Ashly, all of Lima; his beloved fiancé, Cindy Coons of Speedwell; a nephew, Hunter; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Dustin Putt.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Reece Valley Chapel in Harrogate, Tenn. Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday.

CRAIG COPSEY
1980-2008
VAN WERT – Craig Michael Copsey, age 28, died Wednesday, Oct. 8 at his residence.
He was born June 2, 1980 in Van Wert, the son of Charles L. and Cheryl (Burgoon) Copsey. He was employed by Fleetwood of Decatur, Ind. He was an avid fisherman, and NASCAR and Ohio State University fan.
He is survived by his mother, Cheryl (Marshall) Davis, Paulding; father, Charles L. Copsey, Enfield, Conn.; his companion, Vicki Ellerbrock and her son, Aiden Ellerbrock; a brother, Jeremy Copsey, Enfield; a sister, JoLynne (Mark) Begley, Orlando, Fla.; maternal grandparents Betty and Earl Burgoon, Haviland; and paternal grandfather, Charles (Betty) Copsey, Payne.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Esther Copsey.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Jim C. Burns officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Donations may be made in memory of Craig Copsey to Den Herder Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DOROTHY
MONROE DEPEW
1938-2008
DEFIANCE – Dorothy Mae Rhoden Monroe Depew, age 70, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
She was born April 30, 1938 in Jackson County, Ohio, the daughter of Calvin and Opal (Hall) Rhoden. She managed Rosie’s Bar from 1979-91 and owned R&S Sanitation from 1982-2001. She was a member of Paulding Eagles.
Surviving are two sons, James “Jimmy” Monroe and Joe Monroe, both of Defiance; four daughters, Sandie Monroe, Kathy (Rudy) Monroe LeChuga and Kellie Depew, all of Defiance, and Robin (Dave Schroeder) Begley of Oakwood; stepchildren, Harvey Jr., Clyde, Robin, Steve and Chrissy Depew, all of Indiana; seven grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and her first husband, James “Buck” Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her second husband, Harvey Depew, in 1996; a daughter, Deborah Monroe; two grandsons and one granddaughter; and three brothers, Paul, Calvin Jr. and William Rhoden.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 10 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. Max Begley officiating. Burial was in Blue Creek Cemetery, Paulding County.
Preferred memorials are to the Kellie Depew College Fund.

ELLA MAY EBLIN
1917-2008
MELROSE – Ella May Eblin, age 91, died at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Mercy Hospital, Defiance.
She was born March 17, 1917 in Melrose, the daughter of Everet and Gavatta (Halsey) Linnabary. On July 13, 1940, she married Floyd Eblin, who preceded her in death on April 19, 1991. She was a homemaker and attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.
Surviving are a daughter, Loretta (Steve) Peters of Melrose; a sister, Nellie (Henry) Scherer of Grover Hill; a half-brother, Fred (Joy) Linnabary of Dustin, Okla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; and three great-great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter; and a half-sister, Clara Adams.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastors Dave Prior and Terry Porter officiating. Burial was in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.
Preferred memorials are to the Mt. Zion Building Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

DENNIS EIBLING
1953-2008
PAULDING – Dennis R. Eibling, 54, of Paulding passed away Saturday, Oct. 11 at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1953, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late Ralph and Margaret (Boyd) Eibling. He was a truck driver at Hornish Brothers, Defiance, and a member of Christ’s Hope Church, Fort Wayne.
Surviving are his son, Neil (Kendra) of Fowler, Ind.; a daughter, Stephanie of Paulding; a sister, Beverly (Bill) Rose of Antwerp; and five grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Laurie.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 15 at Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne, with the Rev. John Demongeot officiating. Dooley Funeral Home of Antwerp and Payne is in charge of arrangements.
His family requests memorial donations to Christ’s Hope Church, 2818 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne IN 46818.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JESSE MORENO SR.
1925-2008
PAULDING – Jesus “Jesse” R. Moreno Sr., age 82, died at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 26, 1925 in Little Rock, Ark., the son of Amondo and Elouise (Rangel) Moreno. On May 31, 1950, he married Ernestine Sanchez, who survives. He was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. He was a foreman for Hagerman Construction Corp. in Fort Wayne for 46 years, retiring in 1987. He also was a member of Local #213 Labor Union, Fort Wayne.
Also surviving are a daughter, Patricia (Mike) Wood, Payne; six sons, Jesse (Lucy) Moreno Jr. of Cecil, Robert (Clara) Moreno of Pendleton, Ind., Tomas (Michelle) Moreno and Tim (Lisa) Bermejo, both of Paulding, J.J. Moreno of Michigan, and Tom Bermejo, Toledo; five brothers, Sidd (Chela) and Amado (Mary), both of Arizona, Richard (Connie) and Monico “Nick” (Helen), both of Fort Wayne, and Macedonio (Sylvia) of California; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Larry S. Moreno in 1972; one grandson, Brandon Bermejo in 2006; one brother, Rudolfo “Rudy” Moreno; and two sisters, Pauline Gaza and Carmen Sanchez.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Oct. 10 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Masses or to Ernestine Moreno.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

OPAL VANCE
1937-2008
GROVER HILL — Opal A. Vance, 71, of Grover Hill, died at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Van Crest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born Sept. 28, 1937, in Haviland, the daughter of Gus and Blanche (McClain) Vance, who both preceded her in death.
She was employed by Lakeview Farms in Delphos and Uncle Fudd’s Restaurant in Melrose.
She is survived by three sisters, Mary Vance of Grover Hill, Elva Lenhart of Melrose, and Janet Vance of Coldwater, Mich.; a brother, Herbert Vance also of Coldwater; and a niece, Barbara Sweitzer.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Lester McClain.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 10, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Alan Newsome officiating. Interment was in the Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

WILLIAM COBURN
1963-2008
ALBION, Ind. — William H. Coburn, 45, of Albion, Ind. passed away at 6:26 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born in Defiance Sept. 20, 1963, the son of  Floyd Coburn and Wanda (Osborne) Sanchez, who survive. He was a construction worker.
He is survived by his mother, Wanda Sanchez of Okeechobee, Fla.; father and stepmother, Floyd and Dozzy of Butler, Ind.; a daughter, Misty Swiger of Richmond, Ind.; two sons, Brian and Devin of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Sheila of Palm Springs, Calif. and Penny Harrison of Leo, Ind.; six brothers, Dennis (Melissa) of Defiance, Noah Thacker of Fort Wayne, Scott of Michigan City, Ind., Bruce of Shelby, Ohio, Mark (Laurie) of Butler, Ind., and Butch (Lisa) Coburn of Grover Hill; and a grandson, Bryton Woods.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Sanchez; and one brother, Gregory Thacker.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Tim Dooley officiating. He will be laid to rest at Brunnersburg Cemetery, Defiance.
You may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Dooley Funeral Home.
His family requests donations to the Devin Coburn Fund.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JOHN RHOAD
FORT WAYNE — John E. Rhoad, 88, of Fort Wayne, died Monday, Oct. 6.
He was born in Latty, but had been a resident of Fort Wayne since 1945. He was a member of the St. Michael Lutheran Church. He served in the Army during WWII and retired from Magnavox.
Surviving are a daughter, Kaylene (John) Stallsmith of Fort Wayne; a son, Richard (Marlaine) Rhoad of Fort Wayne; a brother, Eugene (Mary) Rhoad of Haviland; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florice in 2000; three sisters, Donna Wilson, Arlene Tyas and Enid Learned; and four brothers, Floyd, Kenneth, Doyle and Arlo Rhoad.
Services were held at the Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home in Fort Wayne. Burial was in the Covington Memorial Gardens.
Preferred memorials are to go to the St. Michael Lutheran Church.

HELEN SEGUR PRIEST
1910-2008
PAULDING – Helen B. Segur Priest, age 98, died Sunday, Oct. 19 at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
She was born July 6, 1910 in Toledo, the daughter of Ernest E. and Gertrude Louise (Martens) Pelton. She married William Henry George Segur, who preceded her in death in 1964. She then married George Washington Priest, who preceded her in death in 1979. She was employed by Paulding County Hospital as a registered nurse for 15 years. She was also employed by Defiance Hospital, Defiance County Home, and Paulding County Senior Center. She was a member of Nurses Association of Ohio Division #26.
She is survived by a son, William George (Vivian) Segur of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Franks of Toledo and Betty Isaac, Minneola, Fla.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by infant twins, Helen Gertrude and Richard Segur; and five sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations may be made Paulding County Senior Center or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

HARRY
COIL JR.
1948-2008
DEFIANCE — Harry H. Coil Jr., age 60, died on Sunday, Oct. 26, at his son’s residence in New Haven.
He was born Aug. 4, 1948, in Paulding, the son of Harry H. and Leanna (Hildebrand) Coil Sr. He was a Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was also a foreman for General Motors for 37 years, retiring in 2004. He was a life member of the VFW Post #3360.
Surviving are a son, Alec Coil of New Haven; two daughters, Leanna Coil of Defiance and Sannita Coil of Paulding; his mother, Leanna Coil of Hicksville; two brothers, Jim of Convoy and Russell of Paulding; four sisters, Margaret “Peg” (David) Vaughn of Sherwood, Carolyn (William) Wieland of Cecil, and Jane Ballow and Sue Coil both of Hicksville; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry H. Coil Sr.; a son, Gustave Resendez Coil; his first wife, Laurentina Resendez; a brother, Mark Coil; and a granddaughter.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Hours of visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be conducted by VFW Post #3360.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BARBARA DIETTRICH
1918-2008
PAULDING – Barbara Diettrich, age 90, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008 at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born April 22, 1918 in Vertesbogler, Hungary, the daughter of Johan and Barbara (Kreidl) Leitgib. On May 16, 1936, she married Stefan Diettrich, who preceded her in death on March 1, 1985. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. She was employed for many years by the former Geha’s Restaurant, Paulding.
She is survived by a son, Stefan Diettrich, South Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Elizabeth (Lee) Bates of Oakwood, and Mary (Allen) Green, Bowling Green; a sister, Rosa Nagl, Rednitzheimbach, Germany; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by a brother, Johan Leitgib.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Visitation also will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Divine Mercy Catholic Parish.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

JOANNE GOULD
1923-2008
CHESTER, Va. — Joanne Sewall Gould, 85, formerly of Falls Church, Va., died on Monday, Oct. 13, at the John Randolph Medical Center.
She was born in Paulding, the daughter of John Henry and Clara Maude (Sewall) Wiegel. A graduate of Paulding High School, she served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was an administrative assistant for the Mitre Corporation.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Jo Gould of Chester, Va. and Judith Elizabeth Pennell of Fredericksburg, Va.; a son, John “Jack” C. Gould of Hopewell, Va.; five grandsons, Charles and Daniel Pennell, J. Anderson Gould, James Gould, and Nicholas Solberg; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail Pennell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Raymond Gould.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Arlington National Cemetery.
Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss and Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

JAMES HODGE
NAPLES, Fla. – James “Jim” E. Hodge, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 after losing a long, difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted family, wife Marlene, daughters Margo Kyser and Mindy Wilt, and son-in-law Bob Kyser as he passed on to his heavenly home.
Jim was born in Somerset Ky., son of the late Rev. William and Ada Hodge.
His “second home and family” was The Club Pelican Bay, where he was the maintenance supervisor for 15 years. Their love and support was unending.
He was a graduate of Paulding High School and the New York Institute of Photography. In Paulding, he owned a photography studio, a restaurant, and was a volunteer fireman. Jim never lost his love of photography. His favorite pastime was taking photos at The Club and at Moorings Presbyterian Church. He loved computer technology, which he learned totally on his own. When he wasn’t taking pictures, he was computerizing anything that could be computerized.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; three daughters, Margo (Bob) Kyser, Mindy (Rich) Wilt and Melissa (Denny) Coburn; a son, Matthew (Robin) Hodge; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Dr. William (Sharon) Hodge; and a sister, Edna (Elmer) Maxwell.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Moorings Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at The Club Pelican Bay.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James Hodge Memorial Fund at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbor Drive, Naples FL 34102, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo CA 90245. PanCan donations can also be made on-line at www.PanCan.org. An acknowledgment will be sent to the family by PanCan if requested when the donation is made.

NORVEL
BANKS
1927-2008
HICKSVILLE – Norvel E. Banks, 81, of Hicksville, died Saturday, Nov. 1 at his residence.
He was born April 18, 1927, in Cecil, the son of Stanley and Jennie Mae (Taylor) Banks. He served in the U.S. Army as a private in WWII and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 20 years and Harlan Cabinet for 15 years. On Nov. 15, 1947, he married Irmgard Schmidt, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Maurine Holle of Fort Wayne; a son, Aaron of Denver; and grandsons, Allen and Nathan.
He was preceded in death by a son, Allen E. Banks; and two sisters, Roma Banks and Juanita Shreve.
He was laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery, Cecil. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Crane Township Trustees for the Forder-Bethel Cemetery Fund, or to Defiance County Hospice.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

CLEO BIDLACK
1905-2008
OAKWOOD — Cleo Bidlack, 103, died at 9:25 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at The Laurels in Defiance.
She was born Sept. 2, 1905, in Henry County, the daughter of Guy Eugene and Iva (Frederick) Durham. On March 6, 1926, she married Guy Bidlack, who preceded her in death in October 1977.
She graduated from Oakwood High School in 1924. She was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, and had served as a Sunday School teacher. She was a current member of the Farm Bureau, a former member of the Oakleaf Grange, Pamona Grange, the Everwilling Homemakers Club and the Rebecca Lodge. She and her husband were selected as Mr. and Mrs. Oakwood in 1976.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. Donald Bidlack of Coursegold, Calif. and Dr. Duane Bidlack of Chambersburg, Pa.; a daughter, Marjorie Roughton of Paulding; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, LaVerne and Burdette Durham; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood, with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Oakwood.
Hours of visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today, Nov. 5, and from 10-11 a.m. prior to services on Thursday.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, The Laurels of Defiance, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

FLOELLA
BODENBENDER
1919-2008
DEFIANCE – Former Oakwood resident Floella G. Grimes Bodenbender, age 89, died at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
She was born March 10, 1919 in Oakwood, the daughter of Albert and Pearl (Heilshorn) Adams. On June 1, 1936 she married Kenneth Ward Grimes, who died Oct. 31, 1974. On Sept. 4, 1987, she married Melford Bodenbender, who died Jan. 10, 1995. She farmed, had worked at Roberts Manufacturing, Dresser Industries and Pauline’s Restaurant of Oakwood, and was a bus driver for Quadco. She was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, taught Sunday School for many years at Centenary United Methodist Church of Oakwood, and volunteered at the Oakwood Library.
Surviving are a son, Kenneth A. (Alison) Grimes of Tigard, Ore.; four daughters, Grace L. Mangas and Kathryn J. (Ken) Ludwig, both of Defiance, Alberta (Bill) Merritt of Oakwood, and Karen Y. (Ed) Sanders of Antelope, Calif.; a brother Larry Adams of Oakwood; three sisters, Evelyn Johnston of Continental, and Norma Erford and Margaret Elliott, both of Oakwood; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-stepgrandchildren and great-great-stepgrandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Earl Adams; a sister, Gayle Foss; twin brother and sister in infancy, Richard and Rachel Adams; and a granddaughter, Faith Grimes.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 31 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with the Rev. Dr. James Ernst officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

EDMUND SCHARF
1924-2008
CLOVERDALE — Edmund E. Scharf, 83, of Cloverdale, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Meadows of Kalida.
He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Cloverdale, the son of Aloysisus and Margaret (Geyer) Scharf. On Oct. 29, 1960, he married Florence Beair, who preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 1990. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.
He is survived by three sons, Joe (Dawn) of Delphos, and John (Cora) and Jerry (Charlene), all of Cloverdale; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and six great-stepgrandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Cloverdale, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 5, at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, corner of Ohio 634 and 224.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

ROSEMARY WETLI
1917-2008
PAYNE – Former Payne resident Rosemary  Wetli, age 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 3:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Coventry Meadows, Fort Wayne.
She was born Jan. 28, 1917 in Chenoa, Ill., the daughter of James and Kathryn (Kennedy) Brady. On Nov. 4, 1939 she married Eugene C. Wetli, who preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1971. She was a homemaker and a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (formerly St. John the Baptist), Payne, where she was active in St. Catherine’s Circle and the Joan of Arc Study Club.
Surviving are three daughters, Theresa (Jack) Ditton of Glendale, Ariz., Ann (Robert) Moore of Clarksville, Tenn. and Mary Jane (Terry) King of Toledo; two sons, Thomas (Mary) of Defiance and L. Joseph (Nancy) of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Genevieve Miller and Kathleen Brady; and brothers, Vincent and Frank Brady.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 1 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne,  with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Parkview Hospice or for masses in her memory.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

MARTHA ROBY
1920-2008
PAULDING – Martha K. Roby, age 88, died Thursday, Nov. 6 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Feb. 29, 1920 in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Hammock) Gutridge. In 1939, she married Ralph W. Roby, who preceded her in death in 1985. She previously was employed by the National Bank of Newark and was a former member of the Methodist Church of Bethesda of Bethesda, Ohio.
Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Gawronski, Paulding; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Eva Callan and Gladys Gill.
There will be no visitation or funeral services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be at Ebenezer Cemetery, Bethesda, at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MARGARET BIRKHOLD
1925-2008
DEFIANCE — Margaret E. Birkhold, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, at her daughter’s residence in Grabill, Ind.
She was born July 18, 1925, the daughter of Frank and Georgia (Miller) Papenbrock. On March 25, 1944, she married Gerald Birkhold, who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2007. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Defiance and a former member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne. She was previously employed by Dana Corporation, Antwerp.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Gene) Richhart of Grabill, and Cindy (Leroy) Tyas of Atlanta; a brother, Joseph (Laura) Papenbrock, Elyria; a sister, Evelyn Kee of Fort Wayne; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Friday, Nov. 7, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Payne with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Payne. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

CHARLES MILLER
1942-2008
ANTWERP – Charles L. Miller, 66, of Antwerp, passed away at 3:36 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 22, 1942 in Bryan, the son of the late Maurice and Dorothy (Johns) Miller. He worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp, for 37 years, and owned C&E Trucking for six years. On June 25, 1971, he married Eleanor Steele, who survives. He was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp Conservation Club, was a former Antwerp Fireman and EMT, and assisted Antwerp Rotary with its recycling program.
Also surviving are three daughters, Sue (John) LaFountain of Paulding, Kay (Barry) Stoller of Antwerp, and Lisa (Tony) Keegan of Cecil; two sons, Gary (Sarah) Huss of Defiance and Brent (Misty) Miller of Bryan; two sisters, Margaret Wiler of Diamondhead, Miss. and Helen Ingram of New Haven; a brother, Gene, of Coldwater, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 10,  at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Dooley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
His family requests memorial donations to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

BONNIE BERNARD
1937-2008
PAULDING – Bonnie L. Bernard, age 71 died Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Aug. 19, 1937 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of William D. and Wanda M. (White) Walters. She married William H. Gaskill, who preceded her in death in 2003. She married Charles L. Bernard, who preceded her in death in 2008.
She is survived by five sons, Charles Bernard of Cecil, Randy Bernard of Arthur, Scott Bernard of Montpelier, Robert Bernard of Massachusetts, and Shawn Bernard, Antwerp; three daughters, Toni Bernard of Antwerp, Tina (Tim) Neer, Paulding, and Cheryl (Tim) Kelly, Fort Wayne; a sister, Sandra (Ronald) Parisot, Avilla, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, William D. Gaskill and Anthony Q. Bernard; a daughter, Kathy Gravant; and a sister, Ruth Ann Walters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

WAYNE CARR
1934-2008
ANTWERP – Wayne R. Carr, 74, of Antwerp, passed away at 1:57 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born July 2, 1934 in Antwerp, the son of the late Harry and Florence (West) Carr. On June 30, 1956, he married Carolyn Rowan, who survives. He was the supervisor of employee relations at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp, where he retired in 1995, a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, and a 60-year member of Hicksville Masonic Lodge 478. Having participated in many community activities, such as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, little league  baseball, athletic and music boosters, he was named 1986 Antwerp Citizen of the Year.
Also surviving are a daughter, Elaine (Dean)  Phillips of Hicksville; two sons, Steven (Lisa) of Indianapolis and Kevin of Antwerp; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his brother, Lee; and a sister, Mary Ann.
Services were held Friday, Nov. 14 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ERMA CONNIN
1917-2008
BRYAN — Erma L. (Musser) Connin, 91, of Bryan, died Monday evening, Nov. 17, at Hillside Country Living near Bryan.
She was born Aug. 11, 1917, in Bryan, the daughter of William and Anna Belle (Dailey) Musser. She married Stephen Omasta and Wilson “Beefy” Connin, who both preceded her in death.
She was a lifetime resident of the Bryan area, a homemaker and had previously worked as a telephone operator. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Bryan and loved to crochet and read.
Surviving are two sons, Steven “Sonny” Omasta and John Omasta, both of Bryan; three daughters, Nancy (Paul) Elick of Payne, Shelly (Allen) Dean of Bryan and Lori Connin of Montpelier; seven grandchildren, David (Lisa) Elick, Jenny (Allan) Martin and Christopher Connin, all of Payne, Scott (Gina) Elick, Kimberly Semer, Heather Semer and Wesley Connin, all of Bryan; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers; six sisters; and a grandson, Chris Elick.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan with Pastor Mary Beth Smith-Webb officiating. Burial will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, Nov. 19, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Anna’s House at Hillside Country Living.

MARY LOU CRAMER
1927-2008
PAULDING – Mary Lou Cramer, age 81 died Sunday, Nov. 16 at The Gardens of Paulding.
She was born Sept. 13, 1927 in Paulding County, the daughter of Paul G. and Esther M. (Ream) Cramer. In 1987, she retired from Paulding Putnam Electrical Cooperative, where she was a bookkeeper for 35 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Paulding.
She is survived by one brother, Paul E. (Shirley) Cramer, Paulding; two nephews and one niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Gregory Bibler officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Also, calling will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, or to the PC Workshop, Paulding.
Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DONNA DENSMORE
1927-2008
JUNCTION – Donna M. Densmore, 81, of Junction, died at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born June 23, 1927 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles L. and Mary E. (Edwards) Brown. On April 7, 1945, she married Delbert M. Densmore, who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1980. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are a son, Delbert C. (Barbara) Densmore, Defiance; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin and Bob Brown and George Weimer; and two sisters, Madaline Ankney and Nettie Alice Brown.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Bobby Branham officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Preferred memorials are to the American Red Cross.
Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com

KENNETH DUNMIRE
1933-2008
VAN WERT – Kenneth L. Dunmire, 75, of Van Wert, died at 4:47 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born June 19, 1933 in Hicksville, the son of Florence (McCavett) Semer and Curtis L. Dunmire. On Dec. 23, 1967, he married Carolyn (Chivington) Wills, who survives.
He retired from Federal Mogul Corporation, Van Wert, after 42 years of service. He was a member of Van Wert Moose Lodge, Van Wert County Outdoorsman Club and was a life member of NRA.
Also surviving are his children, Kenneth Lee (Jan) Dunmire Jr. of Magnolia, Texas, Tamara (Tom) Tomlinson and Candace Wills, both of Van Wert, Cheryl Swartz of Florida, Kimberly (Tom) Wyman of Columbus, Sherri (Brian) Schaadt, Kerri (Collin) Thomas and Jacqueline (David) Dixon, all of Van Wert, and Steven (Janie) Dunmire of Paulding; a sister, Madonna Coquillard of Fort Wayne; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; a sister, Ernestine Potter; and one grandchild.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 15 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to agfhc@embarqmail.com

BETTY ENSLOW
1930-2008
OCALA, Fla. – Betty Rose Spires Griffiths Enslow, age 78, died Nov. 9 in Ocala, Fla.
She was born Sept. 20, 1930 in Wellston, Ohio, the daughter of George and Rose Ellen (Martin) Spires. She was a member of the Belleview (Fla.) United Methodist Church. She was involved in Bible study, the thrift store and the Stevens Ministry. She also was a member of the Belleview Garden Club. On Jan. 19, 2001, she married Ernest Enslow.
Surviving are her sons, Gregory (Elizabeth) and Alan (Cheri) Griffiths, both of Paulding; two stepchildren, Sam Enslow of Egypt and Pam Barrett of Maryland; six grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and siblings Pat Ruger of Haviland, Mary Ellen Duda of Chillicothe, and Joyce Exline, Cheryl Norton, Romey Spires and Marion Spires, all of Wellston, Ohio. One grandson is deceased.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 19 at the Belleview United Methodist Church, Belleview, Fla.
Preferred memorials are to the church, P.O. Box 567, Belleview FL 34421.

CECILIA HERZIG
1936-2008
PAULDING – Cecilia Herzig, age 72, died Thursday, Nov. 13 at The Gardens of Paulding in Paulding.
She was born March 3, 1936, the daughter of Joseph and Maria (Radich) Ottmayer. On Nov. 9, 1956, she married John Herzig, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard (Dawn) Herzig of Pittsburgh and John Herzig, Chicago; a brother, Stefan Ottmayer, and three sisters, Maria Brill, Annaliesa Klinger and Erika Bauer, all of Germany; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Stallkamp; and a brother, Frank Ottmayer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Monday, Nov. 17 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Donations may be made to masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

EUGENE
NELMS
1924-2008
PAULDING – Eugene J. Nelms, 84, Paulding, died Saturday, Nov. 15 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
He was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Omar, W.Va., the son of David and Bessie (Carroll) Nelms. On Nov. 21, 1990, he married Frances (Stump) McGuire, who preceded him in death in 1998. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was employed by Donely Painting Co., Defiance, retiring in 1979. He was a life member of VFW Post 587.
Surviving are three sons, Ted (Elaine) of Raleigh, N.C., Charles (Kay) of Stephens City, Va., and Larry, Rock Hill, S.C.; a daughter, Debbie (Robert) Barr, Rock Hill, S.C.; a stepson, Charlie McGuire, Paulding; three stepdaughters, Fredia (William) Coleman of Sandusky, Barbara (Michael) Betts of Defiance and Sheila (Hacker Jr.) Combs, Paulding; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a son, Ned; a stepdaughter, Mary Yates; three brothers, Rocky, Earl and Sandy; three sisters, Lucille Spitzer, Jimmie Mae Cooper and Doris Taylor; and a stepgrandson, Joshua Miller.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Arnold Saylor officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil, with military graveside services by VFW Post 587. Visitation is one hour prior to services today.
Preferred memorials are to VFW Post 587 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

KENNETH
STANTON
1939-2008
GROVER HILL – Kenneth Eugene Stanton, 69, of Grover Hill, died at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Van Crest Nursing Home, Van Wert.
He was born March 1, 1939, in Melrose, the son of the late Harold Stanton and Mary (Lontz) Stanton Spangler. On April 15, 1961, he married Mary Busch, who survives in Grover Hill.
He retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1997 after 30 years of service. He was a member of Rose Hill Church of God, Paulding; served in the U.S. Army Reserves; and loved to watch Western movies, eat ice cream and collect Panda bears.
Also surviving are two sons, James (Trisha) Stanton of Paulding and Kent (Nikki) Stanton of Van Wert; one daughter, Joyce Stanton, Van Wert, and a sister, Mildred Combs, Ottawa.
He also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Rose Hill Church of God, Paulding, with the Rev. Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to Rose Hill Church of God.

BETTY ADAMS
1913-2008
OAKWOOD — Betty Louise V. Adams, 95, died at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford, Ohio.
She was born Jan. 29, 1913, in Auglaize Township, Paulding County, the daughter of John D. and Cecil (Raney) Miller. On Dec. 23, 1933, she married Karl B. Adams, who preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1982.
She was formerly employed by Dickies in Oakwood and the Oakwood Telephone Company. She was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church and the Oakwood Fireladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a son, Elmer (Carol) Adams, and a daughter, Ruth (Don) Taylor, both of Oakwood; eight grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Emmit and Otis Miller; a sister, Alice Holtsberry; and an infant sibling.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Oakwood with Pastor Stan Harmon officiating. Burial was in the Riverview Memorial Garden in Defiance.
Preferred memorials may be made to the Paulding Area Visiting Nurses or the Laurels of Shane Hill.

BETTY BAUER
1923-2008
ANTWERP – Betty Jane Bauer, 85, of Antwerp, passed away at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.
She was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Antwerp, the daughter of Harry R. and Hattie G. (Ours) Bissell. On March 20, 1942 she married Richard Bauer Sr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 2000. She worked at Magnavox for 48 years.
Surviving are a son, Richard Jr. (Sharon) of Antwerp; a brother, Robert “Bing” Bissell of Payne; grandchildren, Yvonne (Dan) Marlin and Todd Bauer; and great-grandchildren, Teeghun and Ethan Marlin.
She also was preceded in death by her sister, Flossie Seslar.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding Area VNA & Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Antwerp V.E.T.S.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

HELEN BEAR
1943-2008
CECIL – Helen Johnston Bear, 65, of Cecil, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born Aug. 13, 1943 in Ann Arbor, Mich., the daughter of the late Paul W. Bodell and Grace M. (Belman) Crawford. On June 13, 1994, she married Joseph Bear, who survives. She worked at McDonald’s in Paulding and was a member of The Rock Church, Oakwood, where she was the church secretary and taught Sunday School.
Also surviving are five daughters, Cindy (Scott) Rosebrock of Delaware Bend, Cheri (Larry) Ray of Paulding, Candy (Mike) Minck of Grover Hill, and Nicole and Cristina Bear, both of Bryan; a son, Edward Johnston Jr. of Cecil; a sister, Sonya Toms of Edgerton; two brothers, Glen Crawford Jr. of Sherwood and Don Crawford of Elkhart, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a stepfather, Glen Crawford; a brother, Paul Bodell Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Burnell Hammons officiating.
Her family requests donations to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

JOSEPH
COUGHLIN
1923-2008
PAULDING – Joseph W. Coughlin, age 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born Dec. 5, 1923 in Payne, the son of William J. and Matilda A. (Ditlinger) Coughlin. On April 16, 1947 he married Harriett C. Swager, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. In 1986, he retired from Macallister Machinery Co. in Fort Wayne, where he was a mechanic for 29 years. He was employed as a safety director by Cooper Farms, Oakwood, where he was affectionately known as “Safety Joe.” He was a lifetime member of the Grover Hill VFW Post #2873 and was also a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding.
Also surviving are six children, Jerry (Jennifer) Coughlin of Cincinnati, Janet (Richard) Peters of Fort Wayne, Steven Coughlin of Oberlin, Stanley (Patricia) Coughlin of Findlay, and Michael Coughlin and Susan (Rodney) Kreager, both of Paulding; two brothers, Donald (Sue) of Payne and Frank (Bonnie) of Antwerp; three sisters, Evelyn (Wayne) Copsey of Payne, Margaret McNamee of St. Marys and Patricia (Mike) Young, Buck Creek, Ind.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 24 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, where Grover Hill VFW Post #2873 accorded graveside military rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Masses or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

CARMEN RUIZ
1921-2008
FORT WAYNE – Carmen Trevino Ruiz, age 87, died Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne.
She was born April 15, 1921, in Ennis, Texas, the daughter of Juan Cruz and Concepcion (Hernandez) Trevino. On Nov. 30, 1938 she married Espetacion “John” Ruiz, who preceded her in death on June 8, 1986. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, the Renew Group, Guadalupe Society, and the Altar Rosary Society.
She is survived by three sons, Jose (Maria Olga) of Defiance, Juan Cruz (Cathy) of Payne, and Paul, Fort Wayne; nine daughters, Irene (Raul) Perez of Paulding, Louise (Milton) Zimmerman of Wauseon, Martha “Marti” (David) Carsten of Savannah, Tenn., Teresa (David) Smith of LaFayette, Ind., Elida (Mark) Sorg, Hoagland, Ind., and Connie Torres, Celia Foelber, Magdalena Pfefferkorn and Leonor “Lanni” (Denny) Connelly, all of Fort Wayne; a brother, Frank (Julia) Trevino, Donna, Texas; a sister, Petra Moreno, Fort Wayne; 32 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel and David; two brothers, Cruz and Senon Trevino; and a sister, Tana Rodriquez.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 26 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is today one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding; St. Jude Parish in Fort Wayne; or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JERRY SHRIDER
1943-2008
CECIL – Jerry Lee Shrider, age 65, died Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 1, 1943 in Paulding County, the son of William B. and Kathryn (Pollard) Shrider. He married Mary Ann Miller, who preceded him in death on June 28, 1980. On Sept. 18, 1992 he married Charlene Smith, who survives. He was a retired sergeant in the U.S. Army. After retiring, he worked for Miles Training Equipment, Indianapolis, a private military contractor, from 1986-92. He was a member of VFW Post #587, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405, and Academy Model Aeronautics “Prop Floppers.”
Also surviving are his mother, Kathryn Shrider, Paulding; a son, Steve (Vicki) of Queen Creek, Ariz.; a stepson, Brian (Dorothy) Bauer, Paulding; a sister, Donna (Lonnie) Schooley, Paulding; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his father; and a son, Danny J. Shrider.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Payne Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Michael Harper officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside services provided by VFW Post #587. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Filling Home of Mercy in Napoleon, or the Payne Church of the Nazarene.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

DARLENE STROMAN
1946-2008
DECATUR, Ind. — Darlene Stroman, age 62, died Monday, Nov. 17.
She was born March 12, 1946, in Decatur, the daughter of Edwin and Lois Lehman. She was a graduate of of Monroeville High School. On Dec. 27, 1969, she married Fred Stroman, who survives. She enjoyed being a homemaker and was involved in various functions such as Cub Scouts and PTA. At home, her hobbies were cooking, baking, sewing, gardening and traveling.
She is also survived by a son, Lance Stroman; a daughter, Jennifer Goosey; two brothers, Joe Lehman and Gary Rex Bennett; a sister, D’Nell Edwards; and four grandchildren, Emily and Ethan Stroman and Samuel and Audrey Goosey.
Services were held Nov. 22 at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Fresno, Calif. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns, and Blair Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements.

JAMES DOUGHTY
1974-2008
ANTWERP – James Francis Doughty, age 34, of Antwerp, died Friday, Nov. 28 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 6, 1974 in Avon Park, Fla., the son of Ronald and Rosemarie (Downs) Doughty. On Oct. 21, 2000 he married Sera L. Smith, who survives. He was a professional musician and an instructor of music.
Also surviving are his parents, Ronald and Rosemarie of Jefferson, Ga.; a brother, Phillip, of Athens, Ga.; a sister, Krista Jacobson of Lawrenceville, Ga.; paternal grandmother, Mary Doughty of Emerson, N.J.; maternal grandmother, Rose Downs of Park Ridge, N.J.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Rebekah Smith of Antwerp.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert Downs; and his paternal grandfather, Horace Doughty.
A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 1 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hicksville, with the Rev. Donald G. Leckrone officiating.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorial contributions be made to Sera Doughty. They may be mailed to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


LEAH MOSIER
1924-2008
SCOTT — Leah M. Mosier, age 84, died at 12:53 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Van Crest Nursing Home in Van Wert.
She was born June 25, 1924, in Paulding County, the daughter of Delbert and Berniece (Staley) Shaw. On Nov. 21, 1942, she married Herbert Mosier, who preceded her in death on July 29, 2002.
She was a member of the Country Chapel United Methodist Church, where she served as church organist for many years, and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Payne and had been deputy grand matron.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Stanley) Kilburn of Lapel, Ind. and Elaine (Michael) Rodman of Haviland; a brother, Delbert LeRoy Shaw of New Haven; a sister, Evaleen (Steve) Lanning of Norfolk, Va.; six grandchildren, Brian Kilburn, Kim Orelup, Kris Skene, Wendy Kasper, Andrew Rodman, and Ashley Makurat; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, Nov. 30, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Private graveside services were held at Blue Creek Cemetery in Paulding County.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Country Chapel United Methodist Church in Haviland.


TODD BARNHOUSE
1943-2008
ANTWERP — Todd L. Barnhouse, 65, of Antwerp, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born Jan. 19, 1943, the son of Charles Smith and Esther Fay (Boyer) Barnhouse. On Sept. 19, 1964, he married Gail (Lowe) Barnhouse, who survives.
He was retired from General Motors in Defiance following 38 years of service. He was a United States Navy veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church in Antwerp.
Also surviving are a son, Todd Allan (Heather) Barnhouse; a daughter, Terry Lynne (Michael) McKeever; six sisters, Irene (Richard) Duffney of Ohio, Phyllis (Robert) Ganger of Sturgis, Mich., Joy McCrea of Phoenix, Karen (Ron) Kotowski of Newaygo, Mich., Marsha Poole of Phoenix, and Jean (Joe) Cymbulski; a brother, Craig Barnhouse of Houston; and eight grandchildren, Kristen, Nicholas, Taylor, Sidney and Ashton Barnhouse, Avery Braaten, and Jessica and Christina McKeever.
Services were held Nov. 29, at the Antwerp Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in the Maumee Cemetery in Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to go to the First Baptist Church in Antwerp.
Condolences may be sent to www.dooleyfuneralhome.com


ELAINA STOLLER
2008
HAVILAND – Elaina Lynn Stoller, age 8 weeks, died Saturday, Nov. 29, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born Oct. 4 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Ross A. and Joy L. (Bahler) Stoller.
She is survived by her parents, of Haviland; a brother, Blake, and a sister, Ava, both of Haviland; grandparents, Craig and Ruth (Klopfenstein) Stoller of Haviland, and Mark and Benita (Schlatter) Bahler, Wolcott, Ind.; great-grandparents, Russell and Melvene (Zimmerman) Stoller of Paulding, Ellen (Martin) Klopfenstein of Paulding, and Elmer and Marilyn (Getz) Bahler, Wolcott, Ind.
She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Ben and Esther (Dotterer) Schlatter, and Alvin Klopfenstein.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Dec. 3 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will be in the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis; or the Ronald McDonald House.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com


PAM KNEPPER
1968-2008
ANTWERP – Pamela Sue Knepper, 40, of Antwerp, died Sunday, Nov. 30 at her residence.
She was born Feb. 14, 1968, in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of the late Mary (Parton) Leas and George Kinsey. She previously worked at Bohn Aluminum, Butler, and was a member of Antwerp American Legion Post 253. She enjoyed crafting pillows and blankets for her family and friends.
Surviving are her father, George Kinsey of Cecil; stepmother, Jan Kinsey of Plymouth, Ohio; daughter, Karian, and son, Colton, both of Payne; fiancé, Zachary Art of Antwerp; two brothers, George “Butch” (Trish) of Auburn, Ind. and Don Horner of Colorado; and sisters, Tina Northam of Oklahoma, Chris Massey of Texas, Barbara Jean Kinsey of Muncie, Ind., Karen (Glen) Miller of Colorado, Cindy (Ron) Perkins of Williard, Debbie (Jim) Holloman of Plymouth, and Bridgett (Ed) Ball of Delaware, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and on Friday one hour prior to services at the church.
Her family requests donations to the V.E.T.S. Memorial.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

ROBERT
BASHORE
1927-2008
VAN WERT – Robert J. Bashore, age 81, of Van Wert, died at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at his residence.
He was born July 14, 1927 in Flint, Mich., the son of Brooks W. and Audrey (Parrish) Bashore. He married Barbara K. Kreischer, who survives. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he worked in automobile dealership management for over 35 years, primarily in Florida. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Van Wert County, the Ohio City American Legion and Van Wert VFW, was a former member of the Paulding Masonic Lodge, and served in the Civil Air Patrol in the Daytona Beach area for many years. He was an avid NASCAR and Miami Dolphins fan.
Also surviving are two children, Robert (Dawn) Bilderback of Pickerington, and Rebecca (Steve) Bradley of Sanford, Fla.; a brother, William (Rowena) Bashore of Paulding; seven grandchildren, Robb, Tony, Richard and Amanda Bilderback, Renee Leonard, and Robert and Amanda Heintzman; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 6 at Ohio City United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Paul Miller and Mike Waldron officiating. Military services were conducted by the Ohio City American Legion. Burial will be held at a later date. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred Memorials are to the American Cancer Society or the Van Wert CHP Hospice Program.

JACK COLLEY
1936-2008
PAULDING – John W. “Jack” Colley, age 72, died Monday, Dec. 1 at his residence.
He was born April 25, 1936 in Paulding County, the son of John Robert and Naomi Mae (Bercaw) Colley. On Sept. 14, 1957 he married Mary Lou Helle, who survives. He was a self-employed farmer, a former Paulding Township trustee for 33 years, and a member of the Paulding County Township Trustees Association.
Also surviving are his mother, Naomi Colley, Paulding; a son, John (Wava) Colley, Paulding, a daughter, Sandra (Doug) Parrish, Paulding; a brother, Richard Colley, Paulding; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, John R. Colley; and a brother, Robert.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell and Dr. Max Miller officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

EMMA DEMING
1936-2008
OAKWOOD — Emma J. Deming, 72, of Oakwood, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.
She was born May 14, 1936, in Defiance, the daughter of Port Nelson and Frances (Adams) Miler Sr. On Dec. 5, 1954, she married Arthur Deming who survives in Oakwood. She was a homemaker and worked at Karl’s Drive-In in Defiance. She was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance and was active in various church activities.
Also surviving are three sons, Keith (Lori) and Arthur Todd (Cyndi), both of Defiance, and Jeffrey S. (Jane) of Napoleon; three daughters, Kim (Richard) Weidenhamer and Cindy (Tim) Sanders, both of Defiance, and Angela (Richard) Bodenbender of Cloverdale; a sister, Frances (James) McKinney of Defiance; 22 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, George; a great-grandson; two sisters, Mary Shinnaberry and Daisy Eitniear; and four brothers, Nelson “Bud”, Robert Sr., Harmon and James Miler.
Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance was in charge of the arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

CAROLYN GEETHING
1929-2008
VAN WERT — Carolyn M. Geething, 79, of Van Wert, died at 7:48 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Grover Hill, the daughter of Vinal C. and Delilah (Gaw) Ackerman. On April 4, 1951, she married James C. Geething, who survives in Van Wert. She retired in 1991 from National Seal Corporation, Van Wert, after 40 years of service. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Van Wert. She enjoyed spending time with family and collecting antiques.
Other survivors include a son, Rick (Kathy) of Orrville; a brother, Richard Ackerman of Hanover, Mich.; three sisters, Joyce (Ray) Doenges of Wapakoneta, Christine Ackerman of Lapier, Mich., and Sandra (Tom) Brown of Grover Hill; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Two sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 8, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hoaglin Township.
Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals-Hospice the Caring Way.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family at agfhc@embarqmail.com

CARL
HEIDEPRIEM
1940-2008
OAKWOOD – Carl W. “Heide” Heidepriem, age 68, of Oakwood, died Monday, Dec. 8 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance.
He was born March 18, 1940 in Defiance, the son of Fred and Esther (Mulligan) Heidepriem. In 2004, he married Jeanne Miller, who survives. A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked at Johns Manville, Defiance Farm Bureau, was manager of Hoosier Soil Services of Oakwood, and worked at SK Tool Company, where he served six years on the Union Negotiating Committee. He also was maintenance supervisor at Braun Industries. He operated Carl’s Plumbing Service from 1968-90.
He served with the Oakwood Fire Department for 37 years and was fire chief from 1978-80 and again from 1992-2002. He also served on Oakwood EMS from 1977-87. He was a member of the Oakwood Ball Association, Paulding County Fireman’s Association, and Oakwood Village Council.
Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia (Mike) Graf of Jacksonville, Fla. and Christine (Brad) Seemann of Napoleon; a son, Gregory (Deb) of New Bavaria; a sister, Eleanor (Curtis) Blanchard of Defiance; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Alice (Horner) Heidepriem; his second wife, Bonnie (Spahn) Jacobs Heidepriem; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Rev. John McFarland officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Paulding County.
Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today, Dec. 10 at the funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to Oakwood Fire Department or Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences may be sent to www.mastmockhoffman.com

ANNABELLE LANDRUM
1920-2008
OHIO CITY – Annabelle Landrum, age 88, of rural Ohio City, died at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Ira G. and Cora E. (Handwerk) Davis. She was raised by Clark and Grace (Handwerk) Crider. On July 5, 1947, she married Paul Owen Landrum, who preceded her in death on April 30, 1989. She retired from Marsh Supermarket after 13 years. She was a 1939 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School.
Survivors include three sons, Glenn (Beverly) Amstutz of Delphos, Jessie (Sandy) Landrum of Paulding and Jerry G. (friend Brenda) Landrum of Ohio City; a daughter, Jean (Fred) Jenkins of Grover Hill; three sisters, Janet Crosley, Marion Winters and Helen Wahmhoff, all of Van Wert; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter; two grandchildren, Jessie O. Landrum Jr. in 1990, and Jerry Francis Landrum in 1992; three brothers, James Christian Davis, Richard G. Davis and Robert J. Davis; and three sisters, Dorothy Jean Sickmiller, Margaret Ellinger and Betty Miller.
Services were held Thursday, Dec. 4 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Pastor Jim Burns officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.
Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals-Hospice.

RAE MOUSER SMITH
1920-2008
Rae Justine Mouser Smith, age 88, died on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 19, 1920 in Latty, the daughter of Dr. Justus Ambrose Mouser and Zada (Loop) Mouser. She graduated from Latty High School in 1938 as the class valedictorian, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in home economics education, then earned a master’s degree in early childhood development.
To many she was known only as Mrs. Smith, a teacher in the Crestview Local Schools from 1947-80. Before teaching home economics, for which she was best known for 25 years, she organized Convoy’s first kindergarten and first school cafeteria. Throughout her life, Mrs. Smith loved working with youth organizations and providing positive guidance to children and young people.
Rae Smith was a long-term member of the Brumback Library Board of Directors in Van Wert. Among her many honors over her years of dedicated service to the community, Rae was most recently declared Outstanding Garden Club Member, Region Two, from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. She was an active member and officer of the American Association of University Women, Van Wert Chapter, a charter member of the Convoy Research Club and member of the Japonica Garden Club; Phi Delta Kappa, educational honorary; and Phi Upsilon Omicron, National Family and Consumer Sciences honorary. She was a faithful member of the Convoy United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Dwight Emerson Smith; son Dwight Alan Smith and daughter-in-law Katherine Norden-Smith of North Potomac, Md.; a daughter, Susan Rae (Thomas) Shockey of New Albany, Ohio; and grandchildren, Alana Rae and Kathryn Ruth Shockey. Other close family survivors include her first cousins, Lee Mouser Sunday of Van Wert, Eleanor Mouser Sickles of Silver Spring, Md., Alvin Loop of Visalia, Calif., and Marjorie Bailey Lentz of Payne.
Her sister, Katherine Mouser Baker, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday Dec. 15, at Convoy United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. Burial will be in Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Visitation is from noon-3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 14, at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, and also one hour prior to service time Monday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Convoy United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

CRYSTAL STAHL
TRITSCH
1971-2008
MELROSE – Crystal M. Stahl Tritsch, age 37, of Melrose, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at Toledo Hospital.
She was born Feb. 27, 1971 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ronald and Carol (Rakes) Stahl. She was a member of Global Outreach in Defiance, and coached T-ball in Melrose.
Surviving are her mother, of Melrose; her father and stepmother, Ronald and Ellen Stahl of Oakwood; maternal grandparents, Bethel and Wilma Rakes of Oakwood; two brothers, David Stahl of Grover Hill and Michael (Tracey) Stahl of Paulding; two sisters, Samantha Stahl and Sandra (Derrick) Seibert, both of Oakwood; and several nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved and adored.
She was preceded in death by a son, Austin Charles; and paternal grandparents, Issac and Florice Stahl.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood with the Rev. Carol Retcher officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.
Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today, Dec. 10 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the Diabetes Association, Kidney Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

JOE VOGEL
1929-2008
BEVERLY HILLS, Fla. – Joe E.C. Vogel, age 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 3.
He was born July 6, 1929, in Latty, the son of Lloyd and Opal (Powell) Vogel. He was a retired barber and the owner of Vogel’s Barbershop in Paulding. He moved from Paulding to Florida in 1993. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and a lifetime member of VFW Post 587, Paulding. He was a former Paulding County commissioner, a Mason, and a member of the Beverly Hills Recreational Association. He enjoyed playing shuffleboard.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Shirley L. (Shultz) Vogel; two sons, David (Sue) of Mississippi and Dan (Connie) of Ohio; two daughters, Lori (Harold) Shaffer of Ohio and Linda Higinbotham of Indiana; two sisters, Vivian Schoenauer of Inverness, Fla., and Mary, of Ohio; four brothers, Ralph (Lorraine) of Kentucky, Don (Betty) of Indiana, Vern (Dorothy) of Ohio, and John (Bev) Dunstan of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Troy; and two brothers, Glen and Bill.
A memorial service of remembrance was held Sunday, Dec. 7 at Fero Funeral Home in Beverly Hills.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills FL 34464.

CHERYL
KING-WILHELM
1952-2008
ANTWERP – Cheryl King-Wilhelm, 56, of Antwerp, died at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.
She was born Oct. 20, 1952 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Herman and Christine (Peffley) Rickard. Cheryl previously worked at the Park Station, Antwerp, for 17 years, then at Fountain Manor, Hicksville. She also was a member of the Antwerp VFW and American Legion posts.
Surviving are three daughters, Amy King and Lacey Sanders, both of Antwerp, and Kristy Funes of Ney; two sons, Robert King of Edgerton and Michael Wilhelm of Antwerp; two sisters, Pennie Young of Defiance and Pamela Jacobs of Fort Wayne; a brother, Richard Rickard of Bryan; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Her parents preceded her in death.
Services were held Monday, Dec. 8, at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.
Memorials should be directed to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

NANCY REEB
1942-2008
ANTWERP – Nancy L. Reeb, 66, of Antwerp, died Wednesday, Dec. 10 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 4, 1942, in Perrysburg, the daughter of James and Betty Jane (Sharrer) Stemen. On Feb. 14, 1975, she married Rudie  Reeb, who survives. She owned Nancy’s Boutique in Antwerp and was the manager of the Antwerp Equity Exchange. She was a member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087 and American Legion Post 253 and served on Antwerp Village Council for eight years.
Also surviving are a son, Jerry of Missoula, Mont.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 13 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating.
Preferred memorials are to the V.E.T.S. Memorial, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.  
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

IRENE STORK
1918-2008
PAULDING — Irene E. Stork, 90, of Paulding, died Monday, Dec. 15, at Mercy Hospital in Defiance.
She was born July 18, 1918, in Henry County, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Eberle) Engelmann. In 1936, she married Vern “Shirley” Stork Sr., who preceded her in death in 2002.
She farmed and raised dairy cows and was a meat packer at Dinner Bell Foods. She was a member of the St. John United Church of Christ and a member of the Defiance V.F.W. Auxiliary.
She is survived by five sons, Vern (Cindy) Stork and Paul G. (Gail) Stork, all of Paulding, Larry (Chellie) Stork of Oakwood, and Gary (Peggy) and Michael G. Stork all of Defiance; four daughters, Elizabeth Zuber of Oakwood, Judy Shaffer, Deborah (Robert) Ramon and Gloria (Dennis) Arps all of Defiance; a brother, Sylvester Englemann of Fort Wayne; a sister, Ruth Ross of Defiance; 35 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Nelson Stork; a granddaughter, Emily Grace Stork; a great-granddaughter; three brothers, Andrew, Paul and Willis Englemann; and two sisters, Edna Wolf and Lydia Bennett.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at the St. John United Church of Christ in Defiance, with the Dr. Rev. William R. Nirote officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Defiance.
Hours of visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., today, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral home in Defiance, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church.

WILLIAM WELCH
1951-2008
PAULDING – William Keith Welch, age 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, at The Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Aug. 21, 1951 in Ithaca, N.Y., the son of Walter and Dorthea (Maxwell) Welch. He was employed by Stoller and Sons Farming Inc., Paulding.
He is survived by four children, Sabrina L. Spaulding of Freeville, N.Y., Cody James Welch of McLean, N.Y., Cole Younger Welch of Ithaca, N.Y., and Tanner Jay Welch, Paulding; a sister, Carol (Doug) Chevalier, Fancy Gap, Va.; four grandchildren; and caregiver, Bonnie Hamilton, Paulding.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. A memorial service will be held at Perkins Funeral Home in Dryden, N.Y. with burial in Willow Glen Cemetery, Dryden, N.Y., at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

JEFF ROBISON
1965-2008
ANTWERP – Jeffrey L. Robison, 43, of Antwerp, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at his residence.
He was born Nov. 18, 1965, in Defiance, the son of  John and Joan (Jesse) Robison of Ney. He worked at SpecTemp in Antwerp for 16 years and was a member of The Rock Church in  Oakwood. Surviving are his parents; a son, Jeremy  of Fort Wayne; a fiancee, Terri Thomas of Antwerp; and two brothers, Allen (Michelle) of Okolona and Jerry (Pat) of Findlay.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 20 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with the Rev. Bobby Branham officiating. Burial was in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. His family requests donations to Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 452 Antwerp, OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

LOIS MUNGER
1918-2008
PAULDING – Lois H. Munger, age 90, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 at the Gardens of Paulding.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1918 in Cecil, the daughter of Elmer and Irene (Fansler) Morris. On March 30, 1938 she married Virgil F. Munger, who preceded her in death on June 6, 1988. She was a homemaker, was employed by the East Side and West Side Markets in Paulding, was a housekeeper at the Paulding County Courthouse and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Paulding.
She is survived by two sons: Forrest “Fuzzy” (Rose) Munger, Paulding and John (Melissa) Munger, Defiance; one daughter; Bea (Larry) Endsley, Payne; two sisters, Wilma Pepper of Paulding and Kaye Rex, Sherwood; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Smith. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Den Herder Funeral Home with Sam Schlatter officiating. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paulding County Hospital Home Health Care. Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

ROBERT GIBBS
1973-2008
PAULDING — Robert James Gibbs, 35, died Sunday, Dec. 21, in Paulding Township, Paulding, Ohio.
He was born Aug. 20, 1973, in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Defiance High School. He was a master carpenter in Arizona, Colorado, and Ohio.
He is survived by his mother, Roberta A. (Paul) Perl, Paulding; his father, Jimmie (Diane) Rigsby, Springfield, Ohio; three children: Allan Gibbs, Ayersville, Priscilla Gibbs, and Jacob Gibbs, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers, Jimmie K. Rigsby, and Jason B. Rigsby both of Springfield, Ohio; and Jacob Perl, Paulding; a sister, Kimberly Gibbs, Louisville, Ky.; and his companion, Sonya Barajas of Paulding; and aunts and uncles
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Harold and Lenore (Livingston) Gibbs.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.
Services will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Robert James Gibbs may be made to Roberta and Paul Perl.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

LOIS YOUNG
1910-2008
PAYNE – Lois I. Young, 98, of Payne, died at 5:55 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Parkview Hospice, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 23, 1910 in Paulding, the daughter of the late Otto and Martha (Mossoney) Ludwig. On May 9, 1931 she married Evard Young, who preceded her in death on May 9, 1974. She was a member of Payne Church of Christ, the Paulding County Benevolent Society, John Paulding Historical Society and the Eastern Star. She was also a volunteer at Parkview Hospital.
Surviving are a daughter, Sue (Joe) Meyer of Antwerp; son, Garry (Anita) of Payne; a daughter-in-law, Jean of Payne; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Howard; sisters, Florence Unger, Helen Reinhart, Beulah Straley, DeLean Dotterer and Lela Wilhelm; and a brother, William Ludwig. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Payne Church of Christ with the Rev. Joseph Allan officiating. Burial was in Lehman Cemetery, Payne. Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorial donations are to Payne EMS or the church. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

NORMA BUTYOK
1930-2008
ANTWERP – Norma F. Butyok, 78, of Antwerp, died at 8:58 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28 at her daughter’s residence in Antwerp.
She was born on May 4, 1930 in Diana, W.Va., the daughter of the late George Thomas and Ida Blanche (Carpenter) Cutlip. On April 20, 1957, she married Richard Butyok, who preceded her in death on March 3, 2005. She worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp and was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Lisa (Jim) Mortorff of Antwerp; a son, Thomas, of Antwerp; a sister, Virginia “Kitty” Polen of Fairmont, W.Va.; a granddaughter, Jessie (Brian) Gaisford; and great-grandsons, Clayton Phipps and Julian Gaisford.
Also preceding her in death were four sisters, Melba Fox, Ellen Riffle, Martha Bennett and Betty Jo McSwain; and brothers, Lonnie, Boyd, Aaron Jimmy, Cornelius and David Cutlip.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2 at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 S. Pike St., Shinnston, W.Va. Burial will be in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Dooley Funeral Homes of Antwerp & Payne is in charge of arrangements.
Her family requests donations to Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding OH 45879.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

LELAND CARR
1924-2008
PAULDING – Leland M. Carr, age 84, died at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25 at The Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Jan. 14, 1924 in Willshire, the son of J. Homer and Leona (Baker) Carr. On Jan. 29, 1953, he married R. Colleen Moore, who survives. He was the owner-operator of the former Carr Tractor Sales Inc. of Paulding. He was a member of the First CHristian Church of Paulding, where he served as an elder. He was a Mason of the former Paulding Widows Sons Lodge #571 F&AM, and served on the Paulding County Foundation.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Sue (Terry) Dohoney of Bowling Green; a son, the Rev. Dave (Leigh) Carr of Lexington, Ky.; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Humbert.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 29 at the First Christian Church. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church, 1233 Emerald Road, Paulding OH 45879.

EVELYN JACKSON
1924-2008
PAYNE – Evelyn L. Jackson, age 84, died Saturday, Dec. 27 at Paulding County Hospital.
She was born May 23, 1924 in River Rouge, Mich., the daughter of James and Catherine (Scarlet) Jackson. She worked at numerous restaurants in Michigan and Ohio as a waitress.
She is survived by four nieces, Alice Pacitti and Nina Gonzales, both of Paulding, Denise Tromblay of Cecil, and Michelle Baatz; seven nephews, Leonard and John Coble, both of Michigan, Tim Tromblay of Huntsville, Ohio, Kyle and Ryan Tromblay, both of Van Wert, and David and Donald Highwarden, both of Paulding.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today, Dec. 31, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Dallas Lamb Foundation Home Activity Fund.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

GLADYS KLEIN
1918-2008
DEFIANCE – Gladys M. Klein, age 90, of Defiance, passed away at 4:04 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 at Laurels of Defiance.
She was born Feb. 16, 1918 in Brown Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Alonzo and Emma (Grimes) Williams. She graduated from Oakwood High School in 1936. She was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood, and also attended St. John’s Catholic Church. She married Bob Park, who died in 1949. She married Richard Klein, who died in 1960. Gladys worked at the Defiance College Book Store for 34 years, retiring in 1995. She was an auxiliary volunteer at Defiance Regional Medical Center for over 10 years.
Surviving are two sons, Mike (Cathy) Klein and Mark (Barbara) Klein, both of Defiance; a sister, Joyce (Bill) Buchanan of Bellevue, Ohio; two brothers, Harold (Ruth) Williams and Carl “Abe” (Nancy) Williams, both of Oakwood; and four grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Alonzo Jr., Glen and Richard Williams; and four sisters, Grace Thrasher, Lucille Williams, Mary Ellen Copsey and Carolyn Williams.
Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery, Brown Township, Paulding County.
Suggested memorials are to Hospice-The Caring Way of Defiance, Defiance Regional Medical Center Foundation, or Defiance College.
Condolences may be left at lawsonroessner.com.

GLENN RAGER
1923-2008
PAULDING – Glenn E. Rager, age 85, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25 at Paulding County Hospital.
He was born June 23, 1923 in Paulding County, the son of Edward G. and Laura (Geyer) Rager. On Oct. 4, 1944 he married Alice Wilhelm, who survives. He was a lifetime farmer, retiring in 1987. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene.
Also surviving are three daughters, Janet (Don) Terry of Roscommon, Mich., Laura (Jim) Durre of Paulding and Nancy (Brooks) Myers of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two sons, Mark (Amy) and David, both of Paulding; a brother, Russell (Betty) of Paulding; a sister, Isabelle Ringler of Paulding; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth L. Rager.
Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Revs. Kim Semran and Jim Edwards officiating. Burial was in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.

PAUL WHITE
1918-2008
GROVER HILL – Paul E. White, age 90, died Saturday, Dec. 27 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.
He was born June 10, 1918 in Van Wert, the son of Robert and Iva White. On Jan. 29, 1943, he married Annie Rose Bolenbaugh, who preceded him in death in 2001. In 1982, he retired after 25 years of employment at Aero-Equip in Van Wert. He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II, serving in the European Theater and the Battle of the Bulge.
Surviving are two sons, Alan (Tonda) of Van Wert, and Kevin (Pat) of Antwerp; two daughters, Iris White of Grover Hill, and Colleen (Randy) Green of Hicksville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
He also was preceded in death by a daughter Teresa Waskelo; three brothers, Lawrence, Ernest and John; and three sisters, Grace, Nellie and Mellie.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 31, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill, where Paulding VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Paulding County Hospital Phone-A-Ride, Paulding County Meals on Wheels, or the Grover Hill EMS.
Condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com

HARRY HARRMANN
1951-2008
ANTWERP – Harry L. Harrmann, 57, of Antwerp, died Tuesday, Dec. 30 at his residence.
He was born April 29, 1951 in Hicksville, the son of the late Henry and Catherine (Dunderman) Harrmann. A 1969 graduate of Antwerp High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-71. On June 27, 1980, he married Deborah Kitson, who survives. He was the owner of Harrmann’s Trucking & Excavating and a member of the Paulding Eagles and Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding County.
Also surviving are two daughters, Laural (Corey) Sargent and Nicole Harrmann, both of Antwerp; two sons, Wyatt (Michelle) Young of Van Wert and Kyle Harrmann of Antwerp; a brother, Robert, of Antwerp; and seven grandchildren, Olivia and Keylei Young, Kristen, Keira, Corbin and Colton Sargent, and Emmaleigh Helton.
Memorial services were held Monday, Jan. 5 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Deacon Robert Nighswander officiating.
His family requests donations to Dooley Funeral Home,  PO Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

RICHARD WALLACE
1930-2009
PAULDING – Richard E. Wallace, age 78, died Thursday, Jan. 1 at The Gardens of Paulding.
He was born Sept. 30, 1930 in Antwerp, the son of Walter and Mary (Wyman) Wallace. In 1968, he married Grace E. Reynolds, who preceded him in death in 1975. He was previously employed by the former Grizzly Manufacturing of Paulding Ohio. He was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2405.
He is survived by a sister, Maxine Helstad of Van Wert; and two nephews, Robert Helstad of San Marcos, Texas and Rodney R. Helstad Jr. of Spencerville.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Clair and Robert; and two sisters, Violet and Helen.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial was in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderth.com

EILENE CRISP
1936-2008
HAVILAND – Eilene Rose Crisp, age 72, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 31 at her residence.
She was born Nov. 8, 1936 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Beulah (Breininger) Weber. In 1955, she married McKenley Crisp, who preceded her in death in 1993. She was a homemaker and attended the Bible Baptist Church of Grover Hill.
Surviving are two daughters, Wanda (Don) Sprow of Sherwood and Tammy (Robert) Thomas of Cecil; two sons, Douglas (Virginia) of Paulding and Duane of Haviland; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Brickel of Hicksville, Donna (Earl) Baldwin of Cecil, and Linda Barham of Defiance; one brother, Edward (Dorothy) Bostelman of Haviland; and one stepbrother, Paul Bostelman of Defiance.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Randy Crisp in 1965; a sister, Mary Wooding; a stepsister, Dorothy Simpson; and a stepbrother, John Bostelman.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Pat Holt officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood.
Preferred memorials are to the Eileen Rose Crisp Family.
Condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

MAKENZIE JACKSON
2008
VAN WERT — Makenzie Jo Jackson, 2 days old, died at 5:25 p.m. Dec. 30, at Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
She was born Dec. 28, 2008, the daughter of Joshua E. Jackson and Brittney Workman of Van Wert, who survive.
She is also survived by her paternal grandfather, Edward (Trisha) Jackson of Talking Rock, Ga.; paternal grandmother, Sharon (Darin) Williams of Van Wert; maternal grandmother, Sandra Thompson of Defiance; maternal great-grandmother, Marilyn Fruchey of Grover Hill; paternal great-grandmother, Janice Layne of Augusta, Ga.; paternal great-grandmother, Sherry Cole of Van Wert; a brother, Kaivian Jackson; and a sister, Hailee Bakle.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor William Sherry officiating. Burial was in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.
Donations may go to a charity of the donor’s choice.

VIRGINIA WOLFE
1921-2008
OAKWOOD – Virginia Marie Wolfe, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 28 in Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. She was from Oakwood but lived the last couple of years at Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding, where the excellent staff cared for her.
She was born Sept. 1, 1921, in Sherwood, the daughter of John and Emma (Brinck) Rahmer. In 1942, she married Wendell Wolfe, who preceded her in death on May 13, 1985. She grew up on a farm near Sherwood and lived for 40 years on a farm near Arthur. She was a devoted housewife, member of Arthur Bethel Christian Church and the church’s Ladies’ Aid, an election worker for Auglaize Township and a participant in the Defiance County Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, canning, cooking and raising acres of strawberries to sell.
Surviving are one daughter, Shirley (Craig) Thompson, Defiance; one son, Gary (Candee) Wolfe, Lima; two sisters, Dorothy Roehrs of Defiance and Vivian Eschhofen, North Canton; and five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were four sisters, Margaret Bergman, Effie Krill, Erma Greenler and Lola Rahmer; and one brother, Glenn Rahmer.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 2 at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Pastor Dave Underwood officiating. Burial was in Riverview Memory Gardens.
Preferred memorials are to the American Arthritis Foundation, Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.mastmockhoffman.com

JACQUELINE FREY
1933-2008
SCOTT — Jacqueline O. Frey, 75, devoted wife and mother, died peacefully with her family by her side, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Van Wert County Hospital.
She was born Dec. 3, 1933, in Grover Hill, the daughter of James and Geneva B. (Wistner) Welch, who both preceded her in death. On June 10, 1952, she married Kenneth Harold Frey, who preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm and was formerly employed by General Electric in Fort Wayne.
She was an active member of the former Grand Victory Church affiliated with the North Union United Methodist Church, a current member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Victory Ladies Aid, and the Caribbean Isles Park Association in Apollo Beach, Fla.
Surviving are a son, Kent (Sabrina) Frey of Scott; two daughters, Roxanne (Nicholas) Steele of Convoy and Donna Miller of Indianapolis; three brothers, Dana (Flora Jean) Welch of Sherwood, Robert “Pinky” (Ticha) Welch of Haviland and George Welch of Paulding; a sister, Sarah Ferckel of Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Alberta Welch of Grover Hill; and six grandchildren, Tyler and Laney Steele, Dustin, Anna and Ryan Frey, and Nathan Miller.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, James Welch; and a sister, Rose Welch, who died in infancy.
Services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Mary Ann Tomlinson officiating. Burial was in the Mohr Cemetery in rural Van Wert County. Preferred memorials are to the Scott EMS or Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry.