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Obituaries November 2011

 

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YOLANDA DILLERY 1919-2011

VENICE, Fla. – Yolanda V. Dillery, 92, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Paulding, died Monday, Nov. 28.

She was born Oct. 9, 1919 in Detroit, the daughter of Yoland (Kish) Gabor Escedi.

Survivors include her son, Robert Dillery of Reidsville, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara Meyer of Venice; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Smith of Trentown Township, Mich. and Margaret Szalia of Allen Park, Mich.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, Dec. 2 with entombment immediately following at Venice Memorial Gardens.

To share a memory, visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

WOODY SCHEY 1912-2011

PAULDING – Former resident Woodrow “Woody” P. Schey, age 98, died Monday, Nov. 28 at Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne.

He was born Dec. 13, 1912 in Leipsic, the son of Walter S. and Jessie E. (Pickens) Schey. On Dec. 25, 1936, he married Gladys Faye Tooman, who preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2010. He retired in 1977 from American Electric Power as area manager. He was previously employed by Central Ohio Light Power and Ohio Power. He was a member of River Savior Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Elks Club, Kiwanis, Auglaize Country Club and Flat Rock Lodge F&AM. He was a past Paulding Library board president and Paulding Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Stephen) Shambaugh, Fort Wayne; a son, Stephen Schey, Fremont; a brother, Gene (Shirley) Schey, Findlay; two sisters, Mildred Taylor of Findlay and Helen O’Dell, Bradenton, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Robert Schey; and two sisters, infant Doris Schey and Betty Jane Rump.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Ridge Cemetery, Leipsic.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church or Hospice Home of Northeast Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

JOHN “ED” MATSON 1934-2011

OAKWOOD – John “Ed” Matson, 77, of Oakwood, died at 8:21 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Jan. 14, 1934 in Oakwood, the son of Lawrence and Anna (Thomas) Matson. On Oct. 14, 1952, he married Frances Rhees, who survives in Oakwood. He was a farmer.

Also surviving are two children, Elizabeth Lloyd and Lawrence Matson, both of Oakwood; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry (Catherine) Matson of Oakwood; and two sisters, Janet Bidlack of Oakwood and Thelma Thomas of New Haven.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Robert Merriman and Rev. Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Auglaize Chapel Church of God or to the Gideon’s.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

DUSTIN COIL 1988-2011

DEFIANCE – Dustin M. Coil, age 23, of Defiance, died Sunday, Nov. 27 in Paulding County.

He was born Feb. 4, 1988 in Defiance, the son of Jeffrey and Kristi (Kingery) Coil. He as a machinist, formerly employed at Extreme Machine in Defiance. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, auto racing and playing pool.

Surviving are his mother, Kristi (Spc. Jason) Farquhar of Ft. Bragg, N.C.; two sisters, Erika Miller of Defiance and Pfc. Andrea Miller, Ft. Hood, Texas; his father Steve (Rhonda) Schweitzer of Defiance, who raised him; six aunts, Kimberly (Jerry) Shaffer of Grover Hill, Peggy Diaz of Houston, Annette Mason of Defiance County, Kim Abbasi Chandler of Arizona, Kathy Blankenship of Defiance and Julia Canfield of Alvordton; two uncles, David (Myra) Schweitzer of Holgate and Jason Schlegel of Michigan; grandparents, Margaret Bradford of Defiance, Barbara Bell Chandler of Arizona and Larry (Lynda) Coil of Nevada; a stepgrandfather, Frank (Diane) Farquhar of Paulding; and a stepgrandmother, Naomi Link, Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jeffrey Coil; grandparents, George Bradford and Hershel and Donna Schweitzer; and a great-grandmother, Eleanor Edwards.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Shaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Condolences may be left at www.HCSfuneralhome.com.

 

 

KATHLEEN SNODGRASS HART

FAIRBORN – Kathleen Hart, age 89, of Fairborn, passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.

She was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Paulding, the daughter of Dean and Zona Snodgrass.

She was a longtime member of the Fairborn Methodist Church.

She is survived by her children, Judith A. Hart, Michael H. Hart and Timothy B. Hart; a grandson, Morgan M. Hart; three great-grandsons, Colin, Rowen and Duncan; and two siblings, William B. Snodgrass and Mary Snodgrass LaFountain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert H. Hart, a brother, Robert Snodgrass and two sisters, Colleen Culp and Linda Lee Snodgrass.

Private family arrangements. Newcomer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Beavercreek Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

To leave a special message of condolence, please visit www.NewcomerDayton.com.

 

BILL ZARTMAN 1927-2011

ANTWERP – Bill Zartman, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24 at his daughter’s residence in Ottoville.

Justus William Zartman was born on May 17, 1927 in Briceton, the son of Harold and Viola (Matthews) Zartman. On May 18, 1948, he married Edith Carr, who preceded him in death Feb. 5, 2007. He served in the U.S. Army as a PFC in WWII and worked at Casad Depot, New Haven, from 1952-92. He was a member of Antwerp VFW and American Legion Posts. Bill never knew a stranger and was always willing to share his sense of humor with everyone.

Surviving are his children, Cherri (Joe) Clementz of Ottoville, Kathy (Charlie) Amburgy of Middletown, Mark (Lucy) of Bartelso, Ill., and Terry (Pam), Billy (Becky) and Kelly (Danielle), all of Antwerp; siblings, Hilda Lyons, Olive Dinger, Genevieve Hoaglin, Edie Mills and Lennis, all of Payne, and Larry (Carol) of Sherwood; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Katherine Fegley, Denene Yenser, and John, Wesley and Harold Zartman.

His funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 4-8 Monday, Nov. 28 at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice, 250 Dooley Drive, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

HILDA WURM MAY 1914-2011

OAKWOOD – Hilda (Wurm) May, 97, Berea, died peacefully in hospice Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.

She was born Feb. 3, 1914, in Brown Township near Oakwood, the daughter of William Oscar and Maude Belle (Sherman) Wurm. On Sept. 16, 1934, she married Robert W. May, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1957. In her early marriage, she was a homemaker, and after her husband’s death, became the bookkeeper for the Oakwood Oil Company in Oakwood. After retirement, she spent her winters on Pine Island, near Ft. Myers, Fla. Since 2007, she has lived near her oldest daughter in Berea.

Hilda enjoyed reading, needlework, travel, outings with her friends, and visiting her daughters and their families across the country. She was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Paulding, a charter member of the Oakwood Home Extension Club and volunteered for the Defiance Hospital Thrift Store after retirement. She was honored at the 1989 Oakwood Labor Day homecoming as Honorary Citizen.

Surviving are four daughters, Alison Elliott of Berea, Mary Lynn (Carleton Sr.) Tanner of Renton, Wash., Karen May (John) Marra of Nanuet, N.Y. and Kristi Neal of Tomball, Texas; eight grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Also preceding her in death were a brother, Guy Wurm, and two sisters, Hazel Fitzwater and Mildred Williams.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Pastor Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 pm Saturday, Dec. 3 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Preferred memorials are to the Hospice Services of Southwest General, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville OH 44136 or to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

TERESA COTTRELL 1955-2011

PAULDING – Teresa Rose Cottrell, age 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 22 while under hospice care in Hot Springs, Ark.

She was born May 27, 1955, in Paulding County, the daughter of Vern and Violet (Guingrich) Riggenbach. She was a graduate of Paulding High School and Fort Wayne International Business College. She worked most recently as an accountant at the Area Agency on Aging in Hot Springs, Ark. She was an active member of the National Park Church of Christ in Hot Springs. She was a gifted singer, loving mother and grandmother.

She endured a lengthy illness with cancer and the family is indebted to the wonderful hospice staff of Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.

She is survived by her four children, Janel (Todd) Deaver of West Chester, Pa., Zachary Cottrell of Alexander, Ark., Holly Wilder of Glenwood, Ark. and Katie (Larry) Carroll of Toledo; her mother, Violet Riggenbach of Paulding; two brothers, Jerry Riggenbach and Tom Riggenbach; three sisters, Rita Fahrlender, Shirley Graham and Natalie Garrick; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Rex.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 28 at the Paulding Church of Christ with Todd Deaver officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Breast Cancer Research or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

SHARON ILER 1942-2011

MONTPELIER – Sharon L. “Spinner” Iler, 69, a resident of Montpelier since 1994, and formerly of Defiance, died Monday morning, Nov. 21 at Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1942 in Detroit, the daughter of Leslie E. and Elizabeth (Heimberger) Mottashed. On Aug. 9, 1969, she married William H. Iler in Ayersville, he survives. She was a former waitress in various restaurants in Defiance and Williams County. She was also an EMT for the Montpelier Medic #5 unit.

Also surviving are four daughters, Tammy Brenner and Neil Bowling and his son Reid of Edon, Tina and Rick Moore of Craig, Colo., Vianna and Mark Lawson of Vinton and Pari Goodwin of Fort Wayne; two sons, Timothy and Beverly Iler of Cocoa, Fla. and Charles E. Iler of Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren, Nikki, Melissa, Gary B., Dawn, Jennifer, Gary P., Joe, Sarah, Aubrey, Terry, Alicia and Rachel; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Earl and Dorothy Mottashed of Defiance; and one sister, Diane Davis of Roma, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Robert Davis.

Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier with Pastor John E. Rumple officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be made to the Activity Fund at Hillside Country Living in Bryan.

Condolences can be done on line at thethompsonfuneralhome.com

 

SHARON LOTHAMER 1947-2011

ANTWERP – Sharon J. Lothamer, 64, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Sept. 29, 1947 in Coldwater, Mich., the daughter of Freeman T. and Betty Jean (Garton) Boger. She had been the owner of the Video Junction in Antwerp and was a member of the Antwerp VFW Post 5087 Auxiliary.

Surviving are her children, Cindy Banks (Scott) Carpenter of Chagrin Falls, Darryl Banks of Van Wert and Jason Lothamer of Antwerp; stepchildren, Nathan (Vickie) of Winona Lake, Ind. and Kurtis and Renee, both of Fort Wayne; a sister, Beverly Stickan of Butler, Ind.; grandchildren, Jacob, Jaime, Jesse, Emily, Cade and Jaydan; and stepgrandchildren, Neil, Megan, Jimmy, Liz, Mackenzie and Boston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Barry Banks and Neil Lothamer; and siblings, Dean Boger and Sandra Richards.

Her graveside service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp.

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

 

JAMES UNGER 1930-2011

PAULDING – James L. Unger, age 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 16 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 13, 1930 in Paulding, the son of James I. and Florence (Ludwig) Unger. He was a member of First Christian Church. He retired from farming in 2000 and was previously employed by the former Grizzly Manufacturing of Paulding and Thompson Steel.

He is survived by a brother, Robert Unger, Paulding, and many nephews and nieces and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Hanenkratt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Bull Mastiff Association or First Christian Church of Paulding.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

ROGER RUGER 1968-2011

HAVILAND – Roger W. Ruger, age 43, left us to join our Heavenly Father and to run, laugh and play with Michelle, on Thursday, Nov. 17.

He was born Jan. 16, 1968 in Fort Wayne, the son of Edwin and Patricia (Spires) Ruger. On June 30, 2009, he married Vickie Marie Carter, who survives. He was employed as a tire builder by Titan Tire, Bryan, and was a member of the USW Local 890L union. He enjoyed dogs, gardening and snowmobiling. He graduated from Paulding High School, where he excelled at wrestling in high school.

Also surviving are his parents, Edwin and Patricia Ruger, Haviland; a son, Ryan, Haviland; a brother, Ronald Ruger, Haviland; a brother-in-law, Curt Carter of Lansing, Mich.; and two nieces, Amanda and Steffany.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Erin Ruger, in 1999.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Benton Township.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House, Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne in memory of Michelle Erin Ruger.

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

 

PAULINE JORDAN 1925-2011

ANTWERP – Pauline P. Jordan, 86, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, Nov. 18 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Nov. 11, 1925 in Antwerp, the daughter of Thurman and Ola (Manges) Powell. A 1943 graduate of Antwerp High School, she retired after 20 years at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. On Jan. 12, 1944, she married Stanley Jordan, who survives. She was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star and formerly the Antwerp Fire Department Auxiliary.

Also surviving are son, Gale (Lisa) of Antwerp; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Antwerp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Preferred memorials are to Meals on Wheels.

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

 

 

TERRY STOLLER 1959-2011

MORTON, Ill. – Terry Ellis Stoller, age 52, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12.

He was born May 6, 1959 in Van Wert, the son of Eugene E. and Minerva (Guingrich) Stoller.

He is survived by five brothers, Keith (Mae) Stoller, Van Wert, Roger (Robin) Stoller, Knoxville, Tenn., Wade (Pat) Stoller, South Bend, Ind., Linn (Brenda) of Peachtree City, Ga. and Larry Stoller, St. Louis; two sisters, Lucette Dietrich, Fort Wayne, and Rose Ella Stoller, Noblesville, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Doug Stoller.

Private graveside services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Latty. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

HERBERT MONROE 1913-2011

PAULDING – Herbert K. Monroe, age 98, died Friday, Nov. 11 at Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.

He was born Sept. 3, 1913 in Licking County, the son of Daniel G. and Henrietta (Berger) Monroe. On March 2, 1940, he married Mildred Martin, who preceded in him death on Jan. 13, 1997. He was a 1937 graduate of Berea College and was employed by Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, retiring in 1987 as general manager. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, where he served as deacon and elder, was a member of the church choir, and of the Paulding Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by a son, Robert A. (Marty) Monroe, Cincinnati; a daughter-in-law, Darlene Monroe, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tim) McCormick, Katherine (Brandon) Whitaker, Sarah Monroe, Stephanie (Chris) Wilson and Lara Monroe; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Alyssa Wilson.

He also was preceded in death by two sons, Daniel and Glenn; a brother, Lewis Monroe; and a sister, Mildred Gaber.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating.

Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 in Jersey Township Cemetery, Licking County.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

HERTHA “PENNY” HERTEL 1927-2011

ANTWERP – Hertha “Penny” Hertel, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Aug. 21, 1927 in Sherwood, the daughter of George and Caroline (Prigge) Rosebrock. On May 29, 1950, she married Frederick “Mike”" Hertel, who survives. She was a nurse at Hicksville and Paulding hospitals. While in nursing school, she was a member of the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. She was also a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.

Also surviving are three children, Micki (Doug) Dunakin and Jim Hertel, both of Antwerp, and Ann (Ray) Steup of Yoder, Ind.; two half-brothers, Albert Rosebrock of Sherwood and Rex Rosebrock of Preston, Md.; and her stepmother, Margaret Rosebrock of Preston, Md.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Rosebrock.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church of Antwerp, with the Rev. Robert Becker officiating. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and also one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

MARY EDITH WINKLE 1928-2011

CONTINENTAL – Mary Edith Winkle, 83, of Continental, went to her heavenly home surrounded by her family at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Kalida, the daughter of Lawrence and Loretta (Quinn) Unverferth. She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Kenneth B. Winkle, of Continental, whom she married on March 31, 1951.

She was a very active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental, where she served as sacristan for over 25 years and as the longest tenured member of the church choir. She was also a member of their Altar Rosary Society. She was affectionately known as “Grandma Gum” to the children of her parish for her smile and special treat after each mass. She was a member of the Continental American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and served on the Putnam County Board of Elections. Her favorite pastimes included bowling, playing bingo and card games with her sisters, as well as cheering on the Pirates at many sporting events.

Also surviving are three children, Tom (Vicki) Winkle of Defiance, and Ron (Wanda) Winkle and Diane (Sam) Brown, both of Continental; “Grandma Neen” was adored by her seven surviving grandchildren, Kristin (Darrell) Tacy of Charlotte, N.C., and Kelly (Anthony) Tegenkamp, Rob (Melissa) Winkle, Ryan (Katie) Winkle, Stacie (Charlie) Dirr, Kurtis and Jessica Brown, all of Continental; six great-grandchildren, Quinn and Reid Tegenkamp, Addison and Aubrey Winkle, Ryley Winkle and Grady Dirr; one stepgranddaughter, Jolene (Ben) Williams of Defiance; three great-stepgrandchildren, Alexi, Caden and Megan; three sisters, Ruth Ann Horstman of Cloverdale and Julie (Harold) Selhorst and Irma (Ron) Kahle, both of Kalida; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Winkle and Norma Jean Morgan, both of Continental; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She also was preceded in death by two great-grandsons, Caden and Connor Winkle; four brothers, Urban (Helen), Virgil (Virginia), Richard (Gladys) and Donald “Jiggs” (Helen) Unverferth; one sister, Marietta “Toots” (Harold) Smith; and three brothers-in-law, Bob Horstman, Joe Winkle and David Morgan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental, with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.

The family will receive visitors from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to the mass at church on Monday. There will be an Altar Rosary Society Rosary at 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would request that memorial contributions be made to St. John the Baptist Building Fund.

Condolences may be expressed to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

FERN BENSCHNEIDER 1919-2011

PAYNE – Fern Louise Benschneider, 92, of Payne, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born June 19, 1919 in Woodburn, the daughter of Bert and Sophie Louise (Beckmann) Stauffer. On March 14, 1946, she married Roy Benschneider, who preceded her in death June 20, 2000. Fern enjoyed helping on the farm, playing cards and needlecrafts. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Hoghe of Antwerp; a son, Gary (Jane) Benschneider of Payne; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. James Lutheran Church, Payne, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation also will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Special Olympics.

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

 

MAXINE CADWALLADER 1923-2011

PAYNE – Maxine Cadwallader, 88, of Payne, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born July 8, 1923 in Center, Texas, the daughter of Odis and Ruby (Kilcrease) Huffman. On Dec. 24, 1941, she married Raymond Cadwallader, who preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1992. She worked at L.S. Ayres in Fort Wayne for 16 years, retiring in 1983.

Surviving are a son, Michael (Madge) of Valdese, N.C.; two daughters, Sally (Ron Hunton) Lorden of Fort Wayne and Susan (John) Tinlin of Payne; siblings, James Huffman of Galena, Kan. and Louise Ramsey and Pauline Jett, both of Spring, Texas; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Cooper-Haines Cemetery.

Visitation also will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Preferred memorials are to Paulding Hospice or Payne Food Pantry.

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

 

RONNIE HOSTETTLER 1943-2011

CECIL – Ronnie Lee Hostettler, age 68, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and family on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born Oct. 5, 1943 in Defiance County, the son of Archie and Mary Elizabeth (Partee) Hostettler. On June 19, 1971, he married Sherry L. Sitton, who survives. A U.S. Marines veteran, he was employed by GM Powertrain, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Rock Church, Oakwood UAW #211; and a lifetime member of Paulding VFW Post #587.

Also surviving are two daughters, Dawn (Dave) Minck of Cecil and Billie Jo (John) Keber, Marysville; a brother, Chuck (Joyce) Hostettler, Edgerton, Ohio; two sisters, Nancy Grant of Hicksville and Linda Grubb, Napoleon; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Hostettler.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Bethel Forder Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Paulding Home Health Care, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

RAY PROWANT 1927-2011

DUPONT – Ray W. Prowant, 84, a lifelong resident of Dupont, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice after a brief illness.

He was born June 1, 1927 and raised in Continental, the son of the late Homer and Addie (Anspach) Prowant.

After graduating from Continental High School in 1945 he attended “The School of Hard Knocks” graduating at least 99 times and counting. He was the vice president of Durant Enterprises Inc., as well as serving as the CEG, Chief Executive Go-Fer, a title he not only bestowed on himself, but one he wore with pride, dedication, a huge grin and an even bigger laugh.

Mr. Prowant lived his life serving the public. As a young man he joined the Navy and was a veteran of WWII. He was very active in the community. He served as a town councilman, Republican Party committeeman, community club member, as well as a member of the Continental American Legion, Van Wert VFW, and a 58-year member of the Continental Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Continental United Methodist Church where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, greeter and trustee. He was a member of the Continental Community Club, the Continental Development Corporation, and a long time director of The Dupont Service Company.

Professionally, Mr. Prowant began his career in 1948, working for the Myers Concession Company. He and his wife traveled with the Gooding Amusement Company, serving many Ohio fairs and festivals with their confection trailers. In 1966, he established Durant Enterprises Inc., a mobile amusement company, currently consisting of over 30 rides and 20 food concessions. He belonged to several professional organizations; greater Ohio Showmen’s Association, of which he served as president for over four years as well as a trustee; Ohio Fair Manager’s Association; Ohio Festival and Events Association; Outdoor Amusement Business Association; and the International Independent Showmen’s Association. In addition, he served on the Ohio Ride Safety Advisory Board, where he was instrumental in establishing the Ride Safety Program with the governor and the director of agriculture.

Mr. Prowant loved visiting with people and traveling to fairs and festivals in the area. He was a lover of Ford trucks, animals, and loved to tell stories and jokes. He also loved to read newspapers and subscribed to approximately 12 per week.

He leaves his adoring wife of 63 years, JoAnne (Myers) Prowant; two daughters, Jill Byrd and her special friend Dan Daly of Lewiston, Mich., and Lynn (Bill) Miller of Decatur, Ind.; a “#1 son” Bill (Anissa) Prowant of Dupont; three grandchildren, Lisa (Clark) Gable of Decatur, Ind. and Jeffrey Prowant and Allison Prowant, both of Dupont; one great-granddaughter, Anna Jo Gable; two very loyal dogs and two granddogs; a sister, Phylis Stemen of Savannah, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Susan Prowant of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Prowant.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Continental United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Schmunk officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Dupont with military rites by the Continental American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 pm Friday, Nov. 11 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to service on Saturday at the church. There will be a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Continental United Methodist Church, the Continental Community Library, or to Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com

 

JAMES ROMES 1933-2011

SHERWOOD – James A. Romes, 78, of rural Sherwood, passed away Friday, Nov. 4 at his home.

He was born Aug. 13, 1933 in New Bavaria, the son of the late Leo and Dolores (Bauer) Romes. On Oct. 25, 1958, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Kunesh, who survives. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56, in the Korean War. He worked as a pattern maker at GM Central Foundry for 25 years, retiring in 2000. He was a lifetime member of St. Isidore Catholic Church at Marysdale and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a life member of Defiance AMVETS Post 1991, a member of the Ney American Legion for 52 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus, U.A.W. Retirees, the Moose and the Foresters.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeff (Mirna) Romes of Bryan and Dennis (Sheryl) Romes of Cecil; a sister, Mary (Fred) Wheeler of Ney; two brothers, Robert Romes of Ladylake, Fla. and Greg (Barb) Romes of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren, Andrea Rodriguez, Amanda Romes, Alanna Romes, Alex Romes, Carrie (Stephen) Coressel, Craig Romes, Kyle Adkins, Sean Romes and Kruz Harrington; and six great-grandchildren, Lily and Hadi Coressel, Clowey Harrington, and Kaitlin, Valerie and Kyle Jr. Adkins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Bloom.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at St. Isidore Catholic Church - Marysdale, with Father Robert Kill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery where the Ney Legion will conduct honorary military rites.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation also will be one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Suggested memorials are to the donor’s choice.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

KENNETH PARRISH 1958-2011

EDGERTON, Ohio – Kenneth D. Parrish, 53, of Edgerton, passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 4.

He was born June 17, 1958 in Texas, the son of the late Richard and Pauline (Sanders) Parrish. He was a groundskeeper and caretaker and member of the National Audubon Society.

Surviving are his stepmother, Donna Parrish, Antwerp; three brothers, Richard (Cheryl) and Stephen (Joyce), both of Antwerp, and Ronald (Jean) of Hicksville; two sisters, Anna Conley of Antwerp and Christine of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Joseph Crabill of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey (Christine) Crabill of Antwerp; and three stepsisters, Lonna (Don) Nelson of Suffolk, Va., Pamela (Craig) Mills of Wapakoneta and Kimberly (Jim) Bowers of Paulding.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in Sherwood Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation also will be held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

DONNA EMCH 1944-2011

ANTWERP – Donna J. Emch, 67, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, Nov. 7.

She was born Jan. 3, 1944 in Denver, the daughter of the late Harry B. and Gertrude A (Maten) Waugh. In 1978, she married Erich Emch, who survives. She worked at LP Decorators in New Haven and was a member of Countryside Church of Christ, Grabill.

Also surviving are a son, Rick Thompson, of Defiance; two stepsons, Mike of Montana and Benjamin of Creston; and two grandchildren.

Donna’s siblings also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Countryside Church of Christ, 14314 Hurshtown Road, Grabill, with visitation one hour prior to services. Pastor Dave Atchley will officiate. Burial will be in Diehl Cemetery, Woodburn.

Viewing also will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

BETTY MILLER 1923-2011

GROVER HILL – Betty Jean Miller, age 88, died Thursday, Nov. 3 at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home, Van Wert.

She was born Jan. 19, 1923 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Harry and Hazel Leona (McClure) Gatshall. On April 5, 1947, she married Ernest Miller, who preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1998. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion United Methodist Church, Grover Hill.

She is survived by four sons, Keith (Linda Sue) Miller and Dennis (Janet) Miller, both of Grover Hill, Ronald (Katie) Miller of Orlando, Fla. and James “Jay Bird” (Donna) Miller of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Owen, Glenn and Berman Gatshall.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 and one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Zion United Methodist Church or Grover Hill EMS.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

SHEILA WOJCIECHOWSKI 1943-2011

HOLLAND, Ohio – Sheila Wojciechowski, 68, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Ebeid Hospice, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Paulding, the daughter of Walter “Pete” and Amy Smith. Sheila worked as a machine operator for Powertrain of Toledo and Defiance for 28 years before retiring in 2004. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She was always cooking and loved her dogs, P.J. and Packer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dale Wojciechowski; a daughter, Kelly L. (David) Pracht of Paulding; two sons, Chris (Karen) Cluts and Randy P. Krick; stepchildren, Charlene Wagner, Rhonda Wojciechowski, Gail (Tim) McGuire and Anndrea Wojciechowski; seven grandchildren, Jason, Lindsey, Mesa, Dayton, Michael, Patrick and Tony; three great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Cherie, Jeffrey, Elaine and Anita.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Neville Funeral Home Southwest Chapel, 7438 Airport Highway, Holland. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. prior to services.

Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Ebeid Hospice.

Condolences may be made to the family online at www.nevillefuneralhome.com

 

HELEN HARDESTY 1933-2011

OAKWOOD – Helen J. Hardesty, age 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born April 29, 1933 in Auglaize Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Otto and Louise M. (Flenteje) Bumpus. On March 24, 1962, she married Arlo B. Hardesty, who preceded her in death Aug. 14, 1993. She was a member of the Paulding Church of the Nazarene and the Paulding County Senior Center.

She is survived by a son, the Rev. Lester O. (Rev. Lisa) Hardesty, of Cherokee, N.C.; a daughter, Dorothy L. (Rev. Jonathan) Hoagland of Grover Hill; a sister, Olieta Bouldrey, Fairbury, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Jehane and Fredrick Hoagland.

She also was preceded in death by an infant son, Barry L. Hardesty; a set of twins; sisters, Gertrude Kaylor, Bertha Louth, Rosetta Odem, Louise Underwood, Margaret Gable, Viola Smith, Marjorie Rhoden and Emma Bell Bumpus; and a brother, George W. Bumpus.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Kim Semran officiating. Burial will be in Junction Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Camp and Conference Center in St. Marys or Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com