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Obituaries April 2012
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012 7:43 PM

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WILMER NIERMAN 1920-2012

VAN WERT – Wilmer D. Nierman, 91, of Van Wert, died at 9:13 p.m. Monday, April 23 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 10, 1920, in Whitley County, Ind., the son of Albert and Grace (Clark) Nierman. He worked for the State of Ohio in the state garage for 22 years and at the weigh station for 10 years, retiring in 1985. He also worked as a greenskeeper at the Fort Wayne Country Club and the Willow Bend Country Club for several years and served on the Van Wert City Reserve Police Force for 22 years. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert and the Lutheran Layman’s League and was a past deacon of the church. His wife, Edith L. (Marbach) Nierman, survives.

Other survivors include his children, Gregory (Sandra) Nierman of Newton, N.H., Joyce Ann (Don) Ryan of Kalamazoo, Mich., Pamela (Michael) Chavarria of Van Wert and Ellen (Rudy) Bidlack of Scott; a sister, Dorothy (Edgar) Kuckuck of South Whitley, Ind.; grandchildren, Christopher Van Doren, Jennifer Van Doren, Mitchell Chavarria, Jason Chavarria and Lynn Bidlack; stepgrandchildren, Amy Doolin and Erin Deary; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harmon Nierman; and a sister-in-law, Audrey Nierman.

Services were held Friday, April 27 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert with the Rev. Philip Zielinski officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Van Wert EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

MIKEAL GEORGE 1957-2012

CLYDE – Mikeal Anthony George, age 54, died Sunday, April 29.

He was born Nov. 6, 1957 in Paulding, the son of Torrence L. and Betty Lou (Unger) George. In 1986, he married Gena P. Scott, who survives. He was employed by Whirlpool in Clyde, and was an avid collector of hunting knives and old model cars.

Also surviving are a son, Nicholas, and a daughter, Nicole, both of Clyde; a brother, James George, Hicksville; and a sister, Denise Lange, Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, William Hanenkratt; and a sister, Kay George.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

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

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, Paulding.

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

 

 

 

JOHN BAUMLE 1923-2012

PAYNE — John P. Baumle, 89, died Saturday, April 28, at the Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Payne, the son of Roman and Vivian (Hummell) Baumle. On May 4, 1946, he married Delores M. King, who preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2007. He was owner/operator of Baumle’s Sohio Service Station. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne K.of C. in Payne, American Legion of Payne and served on the Payne council for 18 years. He was a US Army Combat Medic during WWII.

He is survived by a son, Kevin Baumle, Payne; two daughters, Diane (Warren) Bissell Jr., Payne and Lisa (Nicholas) Burgei of Fort Jennings; a brother, Robert Baumle, Payne; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Michael and two brothers, Harold and Norbert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Payne with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Church cemetery in Payne, with military graveside rites accorded by Payne American Legion Post #297.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m., Monday, April 30, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a wake service at 8 p.m.

Donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice or Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

PAUL F. DOSTER 1936-2012

PAULDING – Paul F. Doster, age 75, died Saturday, April 28 at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

He was born Nov. 4, 1936 in Broughton, the son of Lester H. and Kathryne T. (Densmore) Doster. On Sept. 21, 1963 he married Patricia Ann McClish, who survives. He retired in 1993 from International Harvester, Ft. Wayne, and worked part-time at Cooper Hatchery.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Doster, Paulding; two sons, Chris (Sally) Doster, Paulding and Todd (Rhonda) Doster, Auburn, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Tasha, Miranda, Corbin, Caitlin, Bree, Baylee, Tucker and Leigha; and a great-granddaughter, Ashlyn.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott Doster and two brothers, Donald and Robert Doster.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding Co. with military rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be 2:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

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

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

PAUL  GERENCSER, JR. 1923-2012

ANTWERP – Paul Gerencser, Jr., 88, of Antwerp passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born in Delaware Bend, on May 22, 1923, a son of the late Mary and Paul  Gerencser. On July 3, 1947 he married Dorothy Strubing, who died June 8, 1999.

Paul served in the U.S. Army as an engineer in the 10th Mountain Division and in the Liberation of Italy during WW II. He was a farmer and a member of Antwerp VFW Post 5087, Hicksville Eagles and the Fairview Grange. He always enjoyed polka dancing with his wife, Dorothy.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Marsha (Don) Oberlin, Christine (Rick) Steffens and James (Nadene) all of Antwerp; siblings, Helen Daughtery of Bryan and Mary Babinger of Hicksville; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Paul was also preceded in death by his son, Larry; grandson, Ben Oberlin; and siblings, Irene Pigman, Steven and Robert Gerencser.

Viewing is Tuesday, May 1 from noon until 2 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home at which time the funeral service will take place with Rev. Regan Clem officiating. He will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery.

Memorials are to  PCH Home Health Care.

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

 

AVIS MAE MILLER 1916-2012

PAULDING – Avis Mae Miller, age 96, died Saturday, April 28 at the Gardens of Paulding.

She was born April 28, 1916 in Jackson Township, Paulding Co., the daughter of Frank and Katie (Coder) Horner. On Aug. 14, 1934 she married Ralph T. Miller, who preceded her in death on April 5, 2005. She was employed by the former GC Murphy Store, Defiance, as a cashier. She was a member of Junction Bible Church, and an avid NASCAR #24 Jeff Gordon fan.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Donna Miller, Paulding; three grandchildren, Roger (Shelly) Miller, Convoy, David (Janice) Miller, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Karen (Denny) McVay, Paulding; great-grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, Jordan, Courtney, Marcus, and Joseph; and great-great grandchildren: McKenna, Brady and Aubree.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Everett Miller and a sister, Alys Fockler.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday.

Donations may be made to Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

 

 

DENNIS LYNN HIRN 1943-2011

VAN WERT – Dennis Lynn Hirn, 68, of Ridge Township, celebrated Christmas with his family and unexpectedly passed away, December 25, 2011.

He was born March 25, 1943, at home in Spencerville to Juliana Louise “Dottie” (Miller) Hirn and Karl Englehart “Bud” Hirn, who died from World War II injuries. His mother married E. Vaughn Morgan. He married Joyce R. McCleery on August 24, 1963. She survives in Van Wert.

He was in the first graduating class of Lincolnview High School and attended The Ohio State University and Columbus Business University. He was employed with J.C. Penney for many years and several locations. Returning to Van Wert, he joined the Winkle car dealership as sales and general manager and later at Anchor Propane as office manager. In recent years, he worked with S.I. Distributing in sales and transportation plus he assisted with the planting and harvesting on the family farm.

Hirn was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities, of bowling and softball teams. He loved to sing and was a choir and quartet member and a lifetime soloist for area churches. He was a Legacy Contributor to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. He was passionate about vehicles, particularly the Classic Cars, plus traveling to state and national parks, bicycling, and enjoying his pond and the local reservoir with his family and dogs.

He is also survived by a son, Colby Lynn Hirn of Columbus;   brothers, Janic Lee Hirn (Patricia) of Clarkston, Mich., and Karl Dean Hirn (Kathleen) of Lima; six nephews and their families; and ten great nieces and nephews.

A sister-in-law, Sharon (James) McConnell and brother-in-law Ronald (Joy) McCleery survived him, but are now deceased. A sister, Judith M. Hirn, and a nephew, Justin Hirn, are also deceased.

A Celebration of Life memorial service and visitation has been planned for Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Greg Wack officiating at Bethel United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Visitation will be 1-2 and 3-5 p.m. in the church social room.

Preferred memorials are to Bethel Church or the Van Wert County Foundation either for the Van Wert County Park District Bike-Walking Trail or the Hirn Community Music Fund.

 

 

 

RONNIE ALAN JACKSON 1953-2012

CECIL – Ronnie Alan Jackson, age 58, died Wednesday, April 25 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 20, 1953 in Paulding, the son of Elmer Paul and Ruth M. “Bud” (Winterhalter) Jackson. On Feb. 23, 1979 he married Carol Scott, who survives. He was a lifelong farmer, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish in Paulding, Antwerp Conversation Club, Paulding Eagles 2405, and EEA Chapter 149. He loved flying and skydiving and had his private pilot’s license and helicopter license: “He will now forever be in flight.” He was a former Crane Township Trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Jackson, Cecil; a daughter, Crystal (Larry) Trabel, Cecil; a son, Chris (Elizabeth) Jackson, Lafourche Parish, La.; three brothers, Richard (Jackie) Jackson, Sherwood, Larry (Linda) Jackson, Paulding, and Dan Jackson, Ft. Wayne; and four grandchildren, Allyssa, Kennedy, Maydaline, and Case.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, April 27 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in Bethel-Forder Cemetery, Crane Township.

Visitation will be 2:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made for Masses or to Community Health Professionals Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com

 

PATRICIA RAE INGOL 1956-2012

VAN WERT – Patricia “Pat” Rae Ingol, age 55, died Wednesday, April 25 at the Van Wert Manor, Van Wert.

She was born June 16, 1956 in Paulding County, the daughter of Ernest C. and Alice M. (Goings) Crutchfield. She was formerly employed by Zollner Piston of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and by Teleflex Corporation of Van Wert.

She is survived by three children, William (Jennie) Crutchfield of Van Wert, Tyler Crutchfield of Lexington, Ky. and Alisha Crutchfield of Paulding; three brothers, Ernest Crutchfield of Latty, Patrick Crutchfield of Paulding and Albert (Darlene) Crutchfield of Indianapolis, Ind.; five sisters, Barbara (Ernest) Eubank of Harrisburg, Pa., Roberta Hardman of Paulding, Mary Alice Crutchfield of Ft. Wayne, Margaret Ann Crutchfield of Latty, and Allison Smith of Payne; and six grandchildren, Rae, Lane, Brittan, Santia, Maddix, and Caiden.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. There will be no funeral service.

Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the Patricia R. Ingol Family.

 

DONNA J. HALTER 1962-2012

OAKWOOD – Donna J. Halter, 49, of Oakwood died at 2:56 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance. She was born August 18, 1962 in Paulding to Leroy and Edna (Ladd) Halter who survive in Oakwood.

Also surviving is a sister, Debbie (Anthony) Butler of Oakwood; a brother, Dan (Cheryl) Halter of Oakwood; five nieces and nephews, Bobbie Jo Fuller, Tony Butler II, Danny Joe Halter, Christina Anderson and Michael Halter and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Donna was a member of Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood with Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice or to The Laurels of Defiance.

Condolences can be expressed to:   www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

CARL CLEVINGER 1941-2012

ANTWERP - Carl Ellis Clevinger, 70, of Antwerp passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Carl was born in Big Sandy, Ky. on Sept. 8, 1941, a son of the late Lola (Swiney) and Chester Clevinger.

He worked at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp for 31 years.

In 1963 Carl married Jeannette Hamlin, who survives.

Carl will be sadly missed by his wife, Jeannette; sons, Matthew (Michelle), Chad (Stephanie) and Shane, all of Antwerp and Woody (Delena) of Pikeville, Ky.; siblings, Bronson (Glenda) of Pikeville, Joyce (Clay) Coleman, Donna (Floyd) Ramsier and Dwyane (Carol) all of Antwerp; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Viewing is at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp on Thursday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Viewing and services will be at Lucas & Son Funeral Home, Pikeville, Ky. on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.

He will be laid to rest at Clevinger Family Cemetery, Marrow Bone, Ky.

Memorials are to Jeannette Clevinger.

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

 

 

GEORGE LEE 1928-2012

George Lee, 83, passed away Saturday, April 21 at Riverpoint Rehab Center, Virginia Beach, Va., from prostate cancer.

He was born July 29, 1928, the son of George and Sallie Lee of Pathfork, Ky. He was a veteran and lived over 30 years in Payne and worked as a welder and prefabricator in Fort Wayne.

Surviving are a son, George Steven Lee of Virginia; a daughter, Joan (Bunny) Christianson of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Brianna Lee of Virginia, Andrew Christianson of Ohio and Arthur Christianson of New York.

He was predeceased by eight siblings.

A graveside ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Saylor Cemetery, Pathfork, Ky. Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

AMY WHETSTONE 1968-2012

ANTWERP – Amy D. Whetstone, 43, of Woodburn, formerly of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, April 11.

She was born Nov. 8, 1968 in Paulding, the daughter of Jack and Gloria (Miser) Whetstone. Most people would remember Amy from Pond-A-River Golf Course in Woodburn, where she worked for over 25 years.

Surviving are her mother, Gloria Whetstone and stepfather, Paul Daeger; a brother, Daren (Rebecca Bodnar) Whetstone; and a niece, Eva Bodnar-Whetstone.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Relatives and friends are invited to her graveside memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp, followed by a reception at Grant’s Reception Hall, Antwerp. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to the Antwerp Community Band, 3491 Road 192, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

HILDA LYONS 1925-2012

PAYNE – Hilda Mae Lyons, 87, of Payne, passed away Saturday, April 21 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Payne, the daughter of Harold and Viola (Matthews) Zartman. On June 2, 1945, she married Donald Lyons, who preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1995. She worked at Magnavox and Dana Weatherhead. Hilda enjoyed her family, being a member of the Payne Church of the Nazarene and collecting clowns and salt and pepper shakers.

Surviving are four sons, Chuck (Janet), Ray (Judy), Dave and Emory (Margaret), all of Payne; siblings, Olive Dinger, Genevieve Hoaglin and Edie Mills, all of Payne, Lennis of Findlay and Larry (Carol) of Sherwood; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Larry; and siblings, Katherine Fegley, Denene Yenser, John, Wesley, Harold and Bill Zartman; and a great-granddaughter, Tyler McClure.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Payne Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

 

 

FREDA LIPP 1922-2012

DEFIANCE – Freda M. Lipp, 90, a resident of Paulding the past three years, passed away on Thursday, April 19.

She was born Jan. 2, 1922 in Ney, the daughter of John and Amelia (Smith) Elser. She spent her formative years in Ney area and graduated from Ney High School in 1940. On May 30, 1941, she married Harold Lipp, who preceded her in death in 1996. The couple lived in rural Defiance all their married life. She worked at the Ohio Art Company, Bryan, the Bargain Bee, Defiance Library, Spiegel’s Catalog Store and volunteered for Lutheran World Relief for several years. For a number of years, she was part of a quilting group at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Defiance. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and Peace Lutheran Church respectively.

Survivors include her children, Carol (Gary) Hume and Gary (Janice) Lipp of Paulding; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford, Glenn and Guy Elser; and four sisters, Ethel Obenland, Gladys Carlin, Mary Partee and Mildred Kimpel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials directed to Community Health Professionals Hospice, American Cancer Society or The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

LAURA RIGGENBACH 1932-2012

VAN WERT – Laura D. Riggenbach, 80, of Van Wert, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born April 16, 1932, in Paulding County, the daughter of Earl and Annabelle (Moorehead) Williamson. On June 17, 1950, she married Richard Riggenbach, who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She was also a former member of the Van Wert Elks and the Moose Lodge.

Surviving are two sons, Stan (Nancy) of Waterville and Mark Riggenbach of Van Wert; six grandchildren, Thomas, Brian, Bradley, David, Nicholas and Callie Riggenbach; and 10 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Tyler, Noah, Ellie, Taylor, Maxwell, William, Isabel, Kylie and Elijah Riggenbach.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Ken and Bill Williamson; and two sisters, Kate Sprow and Betty Fox.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Hours of visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Alspach-Gearhart and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

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

 

BEULAH STEVENS

FORT WAYNE – Beulah M. Stevens, age 98, of Fort Wayne, formerly of North Adams, Mich., and Gull Lake area, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Town House in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Born in Grover Hill, the daughter of Albert L. and Mildred P. (Goble) Foster, she graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and taught school in Michigan for 42-1/2 years, missing just five days her entire teaching career. She taught 11 years in Hoxie, 11 years in North Adams, and 20-1/2 years in Addison. She was a member of Northeastern Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, at the time of her death.

She is survived by eight nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Judson H. Stevens, in April 1985, and by three sisters and a brother.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation is one hour prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to RBC Ministries.

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

 

JEANNETTE WIEST 1942-2012

SAN RAMON, Calif. – Jeannette Wiest passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center following her long and valiant battle with COPD.

Born Aug. 19, 1942, in Ypsilanti, Mich., she was the third and youngest daughter of Walter and Olive (Denning) Ratliff. A Payne High School graduate, Jeannette was long active in San Ramon youth sports, serving several terms as president of Canyon Creek Little League. She later earned an Associate Degree from Diablo Valley College and was employed the past 16 years by Chevron Corporation as an expatriate tax specialist.

Jeannette is survived by her husband of 41 years, Tom Wiest; two sons, Chad of Martinez, Calif. and David of San Diego.; a granddaughter, Jordann Martz of Stockton, Calif.; and an uncle, cousins and nephews from Paulding County.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Phyllis Kiser and Billie Gaisford.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held April 11 at Grace United Methodist Church in San Ramon, Calif.

 

 

DONALD VOGEL

ANGOLA, Ind. – Donald R. Vogel, 81, of Angola, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012.

Don grew up in Latty with six brothers and a sister. He starred in basketball and baseball while attending Latty High School. During this time, Don met the love of his life Betty Flint. They were soon married and enjoyed 57 years together until Betty’s death in June 2010. He retired from General Telephone in 1991. He was a member and past president of IBEW Local 723. During his career, his easygoing personality, work ethic and sense of humor afforded him many friends among his co-workers. Don enjoyed working around his Crooked Lake home and his time spent with Betty. Don was the type of person everyone would like to have as a brother, father, grandfather, husband or friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include two sons, Douglas Vogel of Fort Wayne and Curtis (Jill) Vogel of Brownsburg, Ind.; a daughter, Angela Vogel of King George, Va.; two brothers, Ralph of Louisville, Ky. and John Dunston of Paulding; a sister, Mary Classen, Archbold; grandchildren Christopher (Jennifer) Vogel, Timothy (Loretta) Vogel, Adam (Courtney) Vogel, Jordan (Carly) Vogel, Shelby Vogel, Demita Vogel and James Vogel; and great-grandchildren Jacob, Alyssa and Ashton Vogel.

A celebration of his life with be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3512, 2730 Lofty Drive, Fort Wayne.

 

OWEN HANEY 1939- 2012

SPRINGFIELD – Owen Haney, 72, loving lifelong partner, father, and grandfather, went home to his Savior unexpectedly Friday, April 13.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Kathy Werling for 52 years. They were originally from Paulding.

Owen was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be missed by many. He graduated from Paulding High School in 1958 and worked for 35 years at Navistar in Fort Wayne and Springfield.

Also surviving are two sons, Jim Haney and John Haney, both of Oakwood; and a daughter, Jo (Peter) Spargo and beloved grandchildren Leila and Nathan, all of North Canton; a brother, Herb Haney, Florida; a sister, Leah Gunderman of Paulding; and many adored nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nutie and Mable Haney, and a brother, Paul Haney.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Calvary Bible Church, Paulding, with Pastor Larry Nickell officiating. Littleton & Rue Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to The Autism Society of Ohio in lieu of flowers.

 

DORIS PEASE 1917-2012

DEFIANCE – Doris M. Pease, 95, of Defiance, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13 at the Twin Rivers Care and Rehabilitation Center, Defiance.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1917 in Paulding County, the daughter of Samuel and Goldie (Hanenkrath) Stork. On Dec. 24, 1937, she married Gester “Barney” Pease, who preceded her in death July 24, 1965. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Doris was a homemaker and retired from Dinner Bell Foods in 1979. She enjoyed spending time with family, baking and gardening.

Surviving are her daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Relue of Dupont; a son-in-law, Floyd Huebner of Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Jacki (Harley) Dunakin of Paulding, Carie Lynn (David) Riggenbach of Paulding, Floyd (David) Huebner of Sellarsburg, Ind., Linda (Harold) Hasch of Paulding, Brenda (Joel) Edwards of Paulding, Chad (Cheryl) Huebner of Decorah, Iowa, Amy (Doug) Quigley of Continental, Steve (Pam) Relue of Dupont, Angie Keeran of Ottoville and Ronnie (Tammy) Relue of Cloverdale; 28 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Aden of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Joann (Fred) Wichman of Defiance.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Huebner; a grandson, Tommy Huebner; a son-in-law, Gary Relue; two sisters, Marvel Skiver and Minnie Liska; and four brothers, Blaine, Gilbert, Shirley and Clifford Stork.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

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

 

 

DONALD WINCHESTER 1944-2012

OAKWOOD – Donald Allen Winchester, 67, of Oakwood, died at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at Parkview Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born April 28, 1944, in Oakwood, the son of Leo and Beulah Maude (Grimes) Winchester. On July 14, 1969, he married Barbara Pierce, who survives in Oakwood. He  worked for 33-1?2 years at the former Zeller Corporation in Defiance and then for Baughman Tile until his retirement. He was a member of Defiance Christian Church. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the military police, scoring second in his class and having the highest score. He was a member of the Defiance VFW Post 3360.

Also surviving are his mother, of Oakwood; two sons, Marlin (Brenda) Winchester of Holland and Paul (Vernica) Winchester of Oakwood; eight grandchildren, Auntonio, Angelina, Marie, Alexander, Coltin, Lilly, Emelia and Isabelle; two great-grandchildren, Lalyla and Shyla; and a sister, Helen Winchester of Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his father and a granddaughter, Amy L. Winchester.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood, with military graveside rites by Defiance VFW Post.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, April 15 and one hour prior to service on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

JOHN WISTNER 1933-2012

HAVILAND – John Robert Wistner, 78, of Haviland, passed gently into the arms of Jesus at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Richland Manor, Bluffton, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Grover Hill, the son of Gerald and Marcele (Hapster) Wistner. John graduated from Grover Hill High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On Sept. 3, 1960, he married Cora Moore, who survives. He retired from General Dynamics in Lima in 1993 and previously worked at Grizzly Manufacturing, SK Wayne and Chrysler. He was the owner of the 5-STAR Auction and worked as a real estate agent and auctioneer.

John was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica), Grover Hill Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had a heart for the Lord and pioneered the establishment of Youth For Christ in Paulding County. John loved to share his musical gift of playing the harmonica and was widely known as “Harmonica John,” performing in many local parades and festivals. He also enjoyed playing men’s fast pitch softball for many years.

Also surviving are his daughters, Laura (Kevin) DeLong of Grover Hill, Nannette (Shawn) Stiger of Wapakoneta, and Rhonda (Kerry) Samples of Defiance. John adored his seven grandchildren, Aaron (Carly) Stiger, Lindsay DeLong, Katelyn Samples, Alyssa (Zac) Lauck, Brock DeLong, Allison Stiger, Beau Samples and his great-grandson, Roman DeLong. He is also survived by two sisters, Naomi Bidlack and Ona (Ray) Volk; a brother, Maurice (Cheryl) Wistner; and a sister-in-law, Judy Wistner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Rodney Wistner; and a brother-in-law, Paul H. Bidlack.

A celebration of life worship service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16 at Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill with the Rev. Dr. Paul Bennell and Pastor Mike Waldron officiating. A military service and burial will be at Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the church in Grover Hill.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion United Methodist Church, The John Wistner Memorial Fast Pitch Softball Scholarship or the Wayne Trace Performing Arts Association.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

 

ANNETTE DEBACHER 1923-2012

VAN WERT – Annette A. Debacher, 88, of Van Wert, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday, March 26 at the Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.

She was born June 22, 1923 in Scott, the daughter of George H. and Ella May (Moyer) Stettler. She married Roy Edwin Debacher, who preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2001. She was a L.P.N. at the Van Wert County Hospital. She attended First Friends Church and Ridge Church and was a graduate of Ridge High School.

Surviving are a son, Jerry Allan Huffine of Greenville; a daughter, Joyce (Bob) Scinone of Euclid; a brother, Raymond Stettler; three sisters, Joyce Kimmel of Scott, Mary Waldron of Sherwood, and Ida; and seven grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Eugene Huffine; and a brother, Henry Stettler.

There were no visitation or services. Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, was in charge of arrangements.

 

RODGERS GRANT 1936-2012

PAULDING – Rodgers Lee Grant, age 76, died Thursday, April 12 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Jan. 18, 1936 in Harlem, N.Y., the son of Albert and Mary E. (Rodgers) Grant. On Jan. 28, 2000, he married Louise E. Morhart, who survives in Paulding. He was an American jazz pianist, composer, and lyricist. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is also survived by a son, Mandingo Ndingi, Oakland, Calif.; a daughter, Biah Bia Buchongo of Oakland, Calif.; a stepson, Don (Marilyn) Stevenson, Cecil; four stepdaughters, Becky (Tom) Jackson of Bluffton, Ind., Jackie Adams of Oakwood, Sally Stevenson of Dunedin, New Zealand, and Richelle Britt, Paulding; a sister, Judy Lee, New Rochelle, N.Y.; three grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alberta.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Bob Shepard officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials are to CHP Hospice.

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

 

 

ROBERT JACKSON 1926-2012

DEFIANCE – Robert J. Jackson, 86, Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, April 10 at The Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Cecil, the son of Jay and Mary (Bakle) Jackson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during WWII. On Feb. 5, 1949, he married Evelyn R. Heazlit, who preceded him in death on April 24, 2011. He worked at GM as a millwright. He was a member of Ayersville United Methodist Church and a life member of the VFW and the AMVETS.

Surviving are a son, Kirk (Kelly) Jackson of Holgate; two daughters, Jane (Dennis) Roeschley of Greymont, Ill. and Debra (Rex) Wreede of Defiance; 11 grandchildren, Matthew (Lindsey) Roeschley, Carlen (Brian) Owens, Lauren Roeschley, Scott (Dawn), Megan, Melissa Thompson, Kyle (Heather) Jackson, Jason Jackson, Anthony (Elizabeth) Jackson, Jody (Andrew) Dieter and Joel (Cindi) Wreede; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jay Jackson of Antwerp.

He also was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Paul, Joe and Donald Jackson; and four sisters, Ruth Dysinger, Pauline Shong, Alice Miller and Violet Noneman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Clarence Dinnen officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.

 

 

 

TERRY “MIKE” OVERMYER 1944-2012

CECIL – Terry Lynn “Mike” Overmyer, age 67 of Cecil, passed away in his beloved wife’s arms on Thursday, March 29 while RV-ing in the Redwoods of California that he loved so much.

Born Aug. 11, 1944 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Donald Owen and Marjorie Helen (Keener) Overmyer. After graduating from Paulding High School in 1962, he moved to California to work on a green chain in the California Redwoods. After moving back to Ohio in 1964, he married Faith Christine Gillett of Broughton and together they had three children. On Oct. 10, 1980, he married Darlene Mae (Meeker) Kill of Defiance, which then made him a father of a blended family of six children.

After over 25 years of working for General Motors, he retired in 1990. He was now able to do the things he loved, tinkering on his farm, rebuilding things, spending loads of time with his kids, grandkids and friends and traveling. It was also at this time that he became a member of Ney Church of God where he loved to learn the gospel and develop deep friendships with his many friends at church. He had a very difficult time saying the word “No” when it came to serving others. There were many evenings when he’d be working on a project in his barn when somebody would pull up and that project would be put on hold till the next day; nothing was more important than the people that came into his life. He often would say, “The best gift you can give someone is your time.”

Through the many periods of his life, Mike had many interests and hobbies. In 1969, he was a charter member of the Steel Steeds Motorcycle Club. He had been active in the Eagles and the #620 Masonic organizations. In 1973, he founded a motorsport park at his farm in rural Sherwood. In 1983, he earned his pilot’s license and was an avid sportsman. Traveling was his latest passion, achieving visiting all 48 continental United States.

Also surviving are two sons, Donald Overmyer of Toledo and Andrew (Michelle) Kill of Olympia, Wash.; four daughters, Barbara (Bruce) Schmitmeyer of Columbus, Theresa (Matt) Ashbaugh of Defiance, Tammy (Keith) Shultz of Eaton, and Anna (Jim) Perry of Ohio City; grandchildren, Kristian (Nick), Sarah, Darlene, Nickolas, Samuel, Alaina, Dana, Adrienne, Alex, Addison and Alissa; one-great grandchild, Logan; two brothers, Tim Overmyer of Defiance and Todd Overmyer of Metairie, La.; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother Tom; and a grandson, Cody Allen Shultz.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, with the memorial service at 11 a.m. at Ney Church of God with Pastor Kevin King officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ney Church of God or the Defiance Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

 

 

CARL BARTLEY 1945-2012

DEFIANCE – Carl E. Bartley, 66, of Defiance, passed away Monday, April 9 at his home.

He was born April 11, 1945 in Pikeville, Ky., the son of the late Jack and Faye (Branham) Bartley. On Jan. 31, 1964, he married Leona Lively, who survives. He worked at GM Central Foundry for over 25 years and retired in 1995.

Also surviving are five daughters, Sheila (Phillip) Thomas of Ostrander, Delilah Collins of Defiance, Tina (Rob) Kesler and Lisa Land, both of Oakwood, and April Bartley of Delaware; a sister, JoAnn Childres of Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, Johnnie Branham of Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a younger sister, Betty Carline Bailey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home in Defiance, with the Revs. Bobbie Branham and Robert Dean officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home.

Condolences may be shared at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

RAYMOND KLOPFENSTEIN 1915-2012

PAULDING – Raymond E. Klopfenstein, age 97, died Monday, April 9 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 7, 1915 in Paulding County, the son of Edward and Emma (Stoller) Klopfenstein. On Feb. 24, 1957, he married Catherine Gerber, who survives in Paulding. He was a self-employed farmer and a member of the Latty Apostolic Christian Church where he was the oldest member.

He is also survived by two sons, Leon (Debra) Klopfenstein of Haviland and Jerry (Cherry) Klopfenstein, Paulding; a daughter, Betty (Harlan) Wulf, Larchwood, Iowa; a brother, Marvin (Mary) Klopfenstein, Scott; a sister, Aldean Price, Van Wert; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Alvin, Floren, and an infant, Gene; and two sisters, Frances Laidig, and an infant, Mabel.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the church fellowship hall, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Latty Apostolic Christian Church Alms Fund.

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

 

 

HARLAN RIGGENBACH 1925-2012

PAULDING – Harlan E. Riggenbach, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 7 at the Paulding County Hospital.

He was born April 1, 1925 in Latty, the son of Samuel and Anna (Kaiser) Riggenbach. On Feb. 6, 1955, he married Dolores L. Stoller, who survives. He was a self-employed dry wall installer. He retired from Dinner Bell Meats of Defiance in 1987 and he was a part-time farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and the Payne American Legion Post #297. He was a member of the John Paulding Historical Society, The Black Swamp and Maumee Gas Engine and Tractor Club and the Hart-Oliver Collectors Society. He was a  member the Latty Apostolic Christian Church.

Also surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Gehman of Fort Wayne and Patricia (David) Gerber of Paulding; six grandchildren, Bethany, Adriana, Natalie, Laura, Bryant and Kelsey; and a sister, Lucille (Frank) Treece of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Riggenbach and Helen Schlatter; a brother, Ray Riggenbach; and a son-in-law, James Gehman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church. The church clergymen will officiate with burial following in the church cemetery, where the Paulding VFW Post #587 will conduct military graveside services.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall and one hour before services on Thursday morning at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Gateway Woods of Leo, Ind.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

 

MARCELLA “MARCIE” SKIDMORE 1926-2012

PAYNE – Marcella “Marcie” Skidmore, 86, of Payne, passed away Saturday, April 7 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Feb. 22, 1926 in North Collins, N.Y., the daughter of Robert and Blanche (Krebs) Cary.

Surviving are a son, Robert (Beverly) Lelonek; grandsons, Brian and Brent (Holly) Lelonek; and two great-grandchildren, Bobby and Brooke Lelonek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elza “Tiny” Skidmore; two brothers, Robert and Joseph Cary; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Lelonek.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with the Rev. Paul Hamrick officiating.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, 1151 Westwood Drive, Van Wert OH 45891.

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

 

 

MAURICE BRADY 1929-2012

PAYNE – Maurice A. Brady, 83, of Payne, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Wednesday, April 4 at the place he loved, Pleasant Valley Golf Course.

He was born Jan. 1, 1929 in Fort Wayne, a son of Harry Michael and Miriam (Castelman) Brady. He was a graduate of St. Francis Preparatory School, Spring Grove, Pa., and a member of the Hoosier Turf Grass Association, the Knights of Columbus in Fort Wayne, and Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. He also was a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, having flown his own plane from 1977 to 1999. He had been the president and chairman of the board of directors of the Union State Bank.

He designed the Pleasant Valley Golf Course, which he owned and operated. He was a farmer and owned Brady Elevator, Payne, retiring in 1964.

In 1950, he married Helen Stabler, who passed away in 1969. He then married Carol Osborne in 1970.

Surviving are his wife, Carol; children, Kathleen (Gary) Cadwallader, Susan Johnson, Michael (Sue) Brady, Nelson Snellenberger and Jeffrey (Jane) Snellenberger; grandchildren, Jennifer Cadwallader, Stephanie (Jason) Cox, Joshua Johnson, Kimberly (Gino) Farnham, Lisa Johnson, Brian Brady and Sonya Snellenberger; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Johnson and Brady Cox.

He also was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Harry Brady, who was a navigator in World War II.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 9 with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Visitation is also from 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Masses, Payne EMS or the Payne Branch Library.

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

 

 

 

NORAH BASH 1928-2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Norah Bash, 83, of Goodyear, formerly of Paulding, passed away March 12 while under care of Hospice of the Valley.

She was born March 18, 1928 in Warrington, England, the daughter of Albert and Catherine Shay. She moved to Arizona in May of 1997. She was a certified nursing assistant and a parishioner at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, and loved to bake Christmas cookies.

Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Mayer of Pipe Creek, Texas; two sons, David Bash of Moncks Corner, S.C. and Christopher Bash of Tuscon; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bash.

A service was held Thursday, March 15 at Thompson Valley West Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, Ariz.

Preferred memorials are to Hospice of the Valley.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.

 

 

MILDRED FITZGERALD ZIELKE 1914-2012

PAULDING – Mildred L. Fitzgerald Zielke, age 97, died Wednesday, April 4 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Nov. 5, 1914 in Harrison County, the daughter of John and Mabel (Kirby) Holmes. In 1939, she married Jeptha D. “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who preceded her in death in 1966. In 1971, she married Arthur P. Zielke, who preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1987. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and a 50-year charter member of the Paulding Better Homes and Garden Club. She was employed as a secretary for Dr. Weaver, retiring in 1977.

She is survived by two daughters, Carla Yoh and Ja-Dee (Rick) DeGood, both of Paulding; five grandchildren, Scott, Tami, Wanda, Rick and Kathleen; 11 great-grandchildren, Karli, Zack, Josh, Caylyne, Cassie, Aaron, Jamie, Lindsey, Hannah, Sarah and Paul; and four great-great-grandchildren, Taylor, Greg Jr., Olivia and Conner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 6 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Den Herder Funeral Home.

Preferred donations are to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

TINA HOLMAN 1971-2012

PAULDING – Tina Marie Holman, age 40, died Monday, April 2 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 2, 1971 in Defiance County, the daughter of Wayne and Susan (Neidhardt) Sowers. She was employed as a clerk for the Defiance City Police Department for 13 years and was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding.

She is survived by her mother, Susan Eagleson, a son, Sean Holman and a daughter, Casey Holman, all of Paulding; grandparents, Gene and Mary (Zartman) Neidhardt, Hicksville; and two sisters, Sara (Paul) Prescott and Nina Sowers, both of Hicksville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Sowers Sr.; two brothers, Wayne Sowers Jr. and Ryan Sowers; great grandmother, Floetta Newland; grandparents, Richard and Donna (Kittredge) Sowers; and an uncle, Robert Sowers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the First Christian Church of Paulding with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 9 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Donations may be made to the children of Tina Holman.

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

 

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