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Obituaries May 2012

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CHERIE SMITH LADIG

FORT WAYNE – Cherie (Smith) Ladig passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 at home.

She grew up in Paulding. She was a member of Abundant Life Church and volunteered for Lutheran Hospital. Children and family were her life; she was very proud of her grandchildren. Throughout the years she had worked as a nursery school teacher at Faith Baptist Church, teacher at Kindercare, and then with special needs children at Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Surviving are her daughters, Terri (Ted) Ballard of Fort Wayne and Denise Christen and Cindy (Brian) Everly, both of Columbia City; a brother, Jeffrey M. Smith of Defiance; sisters, Elaine Bradford of Florida and Anita (Jack) Suman of Defiance; nine grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Robert Ladig; her parents, Walter and Amy Smith; and a sister, Sheila Wojiechowski.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Abundant Life Church, 3301 E. Coliseum Boulevard, with Pastor David Keller officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.

Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 4 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.

Preferred memorials are to the Abundant Life Church.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

 

JEFFERY WEIBLE 1966-2012

PAULDING – Jeffery Jon Weible, age 45, died Tuesday, May 29 at his residence.

He was born Nov. 10, 1966 in Defiance County, the son of Jerry and Mary (Framptom) Weible.

He is survived by four brothers, Shawn (Patty) Weible of Edgerton, Bradley Weible and Kirby Weible both of Paulding, and Craig (Pam) Weible, Van Wert; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation or funeral services. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.

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

 

 

 

JUDY BAUMLE

PAYNE – Judy S. Baumle, 64, of Payne, died Friday, May 25, 2012 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

The Fort Wayne native was the daughter of Charles and Eva France. She was a registered nurse, whose career was centered in cardiology and geriatrics at Parkview Hospital, The Dallas Lamb Foundation and Harborside Healthcare. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven.

She is survived by her children, Laura (Dustin) Tirpak of Fort Wayne, Valerie (Neil) Frederick of Versailles and Gregory (Gretchen) Baumle of Arcanum; her mother, Eva France of New Haven; a sister, Jeanne Smith of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Morgan, Cameron and Erin Frederick, Roy Baumle and William Tirpak.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles France.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 29 at St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven, with visitation one hour prior to service. The Rev. David Williamson will officiate. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven, is in charge of arrangements.

The family has requested memorial contributions to Systemic Lupus Foundation or Guillain-Barre Foundation.

To share online condolences, please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

ROMANE RICKELS 1939-2012

DEFIANCE – Romane J. Rickels, 72, passed away Thursday, May 17 in his apartment at Rosewood Manor in Defiance of natural causes.

He was born Nov. 7, 1939 in Paulding, the son of Roy J. and Eva Rickels. He was a graduate of Paulding High School and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed mainly in Greece. In the l970s and 1980s, he lived in Mishawaka, Ind. He was employed as an engineer by Dodge Mfg. Co., Wheelabrator-Frye, and the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgeman, Mich.

Romane is survived by the most important persons in his life, his two sons, Alan C. (Amie) Rickels of Westfield, Ind., a computer engineer, and Aaron M. Rickels of Mishawaka, Ind., a musician. Romane took pride in his sons’ accomplishments and made an effort to stay in their lives throughout his entire life. Romane is also survived by three nieces, Sandra (Joseph) Weaver of Angola, Ind., Janet (Randall) Goyings of Paulding, and Debra (Kim) Poling of Convoy, and a nephew, Robert (Gina) Phlipot Jr. of Paulding. He had one grandchild, Alexandra Rickels, and three great-nephews, Ryan (Amanda) Goyings, Robbie Phlipot and Josh Poling.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dolores Phlipot, who died on Feb. 13, 2012.

Services for the family are private. There is no visitation. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. The Lawson Roessner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

VERNON “BRUCE” DYSINGER 1957-2012

PAULDING – Vernon “Bruce” Dysinger, born May 1, 1957 to the late Vernon C. Dysinger and Iona M. Holtsberry, died May 21 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, surrounded by family.

In February 1976, he married Cheryl Nickols, but later divorced. They had two children, a son, Greg (Carrie) Dysinger and a daughter, Cassie Dysinger. Bruce enjoyed being outdoors, tinkering with multiple projects, gardening, and fossil hunting with his sisters and family. He also loved spending all the time he could with his grandchildren, Alyssa Dysinger and Timothy Dysinger. He was formerly employed at Dietrich Industries in Hicksville.

He also is survived by three sisters, Rita Robinson of Paulding, Brenda (Ba) Vo of Texas, and Karen (Curt) Felver of Zanesville; three brothers, Jim (Chris) and Terry Dysinger, both of Paulding, and Jerry Dysinger of Putnam, Conn.; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces that he loved dearly.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Preferred memorials can be made to the family or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

MARY ELLEN EICHENAUER 1919-2012

GOODRICH, Mich. – Mary Ellen Eichenauer, age 92, passed away May 21 at Grove AFC in Goodrich.

She was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Rawson, the daughter of Burt and Ara (Nichols) Hews. She married Gerald DeVore and Edgar Eichenauer, both of whom preceded her in death. Mary Ellen and Gerald were members of Paulding United Methodist Church in Paulding. Mary Ellen and Edgar were members at Bethany United Methodist Church in Celina. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Davison, Mich. and Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Paulding and worked a number of years at Paulding’s ASC office.

Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Rochelle (DeVore) Coleman and Dr. Ronald Coleman; stepchildren, DeWane and Sarah Eichenauer, H.W. (Ike) and Connie Eichenauer, Larry and Mary Eichenauer, and Sharon and Gary Moore; 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernadine Basinger.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Nanette Dietsch; a son, Douglas DeVore; and a sister, Catherine Hews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Allen Funeral Home in Davison, Mich., with Dr. John Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Harmon Cemetery, Gilboa, on a later date.

Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. prior to services Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church in Davison or New Hope Pregnancy Care Center in Cleveland, Tenn.

Share your thoughts with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

 

 

DELLA WEAVER 1937-2012

PAULDING – Della Mae Weaver, age 74, died Saturday, May 19 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Aug. 4, 1937 in Oakwood, the daughter of John and Hazel (Babbcock) Rau. On Aug. 30, 1964, she married Robert Louis Weaver, who preceded her in death on March 14, 1998.

She is survived by a son, John Weaver, Paulding; a daughter, Tina Johnson, Defiance; two sisters, Donna Peters of Defiance and Darlene Buell, Cecil; a half-brother; a half-sister; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.

She also was preceded in death by a brother and a half-sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Richard “Bud” Larimore officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. prior to services Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

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

 

 

DAVID MAYHUGH 1943-2012

David W. Mayhugh, 68, of Sattahip, Thailand, passed away Monday, May 14.

He was born Sept. 27, 1943, in Paulding County, the son of Kenneth and Margaret Nelson, who preceded him in death. He was a retired United States Navy veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.

He is survived by wife, Suntaree Mayhugh, two sons, Kiengsak (Vanessa) Mayhugh of El Paso, Texas and Daniel Mayhugh of San Diego; three daughters, Niyada (Bryan) Elie of Germantown, Md., Nipa (Larry) Tarrant of Dallas and Margaret (Roberto) Fernandez of Round Rock, Texas; a sister, Jayne Heck of Paulding; and four grandchildren, Declan, Garek and Conlin Elie and David Fernandez.

 

VIOLA DOBBELAERE 1930-2012

OAKWOOD – Viola M. Dobbelaere, 81, died Sunday, May 13, at Estelle’s Hospice House in Ocala, Fla.

She was born May 28, 1930, in Paulding County, the daughter of Arthur I. and Frances E. (Hart) Harrow. On Nov. 4, 1950, she married Morris R. Dobbelaere, who survives. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding Eagles, Friendly Neighbors Farm Bureau Council, Eagles Lodge #2405 and was a past member of Busy Neighbors Extension Club.

She is also survived by her children, Cathy (Larry) Thornell, Tom (Shelly) Dobbelaere and Carole (Mark) Gross, all of Paulding, Cindy (Rich) Skiver of Defiance, Tim (Tami) Dobbelaere of Oakwood, and Denise (Joel) Althauser of Kenton; a brother, James (Jeanne) Harrow of Cecil; two sisters, Marjorie Howell of Paulding and Joan (Max) Pease of Latty; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Fred Grindstaff and Joe Hale; and a sister-in-law, Luetta Harrow.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Frances Marie and Julie Annett Dobbelaere; a brother, Richard Harrow; two sisters, Mary Louise Grindstaff and Pauline Hale; and a brother-in-law, Clayton Howell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Very Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Den Herder Funeral Home, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. There is also visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

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

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

 

ALICE HAMMAN DUNBAR 1933-2012

DEFIANCE — Alice Jean Hamman Dunbar, age 78, died Sunday, May 13 at her daughter’s residence.

She was born June 27, 1933, in Bellefontaine, the daughter of Zura and Elsie (Davis) Dunno, who both preceded her in death. On Nov. 9, 1956, she married James Hamman, who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1998. On Jan. 25, 2003, she married Donald Dunbar, who survives. She was a 1951 graduate of Van Wert High School and retired from Paulding-Putnam Electric Co-op in 1994. She was a former member of Grover Hill Zion United Methodist Church and attended Zion Lutheran Church of Defiance. She was a committee person for Paulding County Democratic Party, secretary of the Paulding County Crippled Children for 20 years and secretary treasurer of the Paulding Lions Club. She wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She is also survived by her children, Korenia R. (Michael) Scott of Paulding, Eric (Angie) Hamman of Fort Wayne, Lynette Weible, Las Vegas, Lynda Sheets, Wauseon and Kent Dunbar of Indianapolis; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Fran) Dunno, Fort Wayne; and a special friend, Bonnie Kaemming, Defiance.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Dunno, and a sister, Martha Heck.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17 and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to ALS Foundation or Zion Lutheran Church, Defiance.

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

 

ADELLA NUTTER 1928-2012

PAULDING – Adella L. Nutter, age 83, died Sunday, May 13 at Community Health Professionals Hospice, Defiance.

She was born July 30, 1928 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Neil and Alma (Shull) Altman. On April 4, 1948, she married Daniel L. Nutter, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Neil (Cindy) Nutter of Whitehouse and James (Lynn) Nutter, Paulding; three daughters, Paula (Paul) Osterfeld of Coldwater, Susan Nutter of Graytown and Jayne Nutter, Paulding; two sisters, Barbara Gilliam of Indianapolis and Edith Till, Fort Wayne; a daughter-in-law, Nancy (Kenny) Nutter Rumschlag, Delphos; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Martin Nutter; three brothers, Guy “Bud”, Arden “Tiny” and Jim Altman; and two sisters, Rosalie Endorf and Donna Altman.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Foundation, Defiance CHP Hospice or Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation.

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

 

WILLIAM GOOD JR. 1923-2011

VAN WERT – Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of William R. “Bill” Good Jr. on May 26, 2012. This gathering will be held at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home on South Washington Street in Van Wert from 10 a.m.-noon.

William Rodkey Good Jr. passed away on Oct. 6, 2011. He and his wife, Betty, began Blue Water Camp near Grover Hill. After selling the campgrounds in 1975, Bill went into real estate with Straley Realtors and successfully worked there for many years. After Betty’s death from cancer, Bill married Luella Wade. Together they owned and ran a shop, Heritage Coins and Antiques, in Van Wert.

Immediate family members will be present and would be very grateful for the opportunity to visit and reminisce with Bill's friends.

Those feeling the desire to memorialize Bill, please do so with a gift to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

MICHAEL SISCO 1951-2012

ANTWERP – Michael Dean Sisco, 60, of Antwerp, passed away Thursday, May 10 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

He was born on Aug. 28, 1951 in Bryan, the son of Louis and Ganelle (Lyons) Sisco. On Feb. 7, 1987, he married Peggy Stehlik, who survives. He worked at Johns Manville, Defiance, but also owned his own retail clothing company, Stepping Out. He was an avid Nascar racing fan.

Also surviving are a sister, Sharon (William) Beck of Defiance; sisters-in-law, Donna (Tom) Schnipke of Kalida, Lorri (Bill) Koch of Lima and Amy (Rick) Valasquez of Ottawa; brothers-in-law, Michael (Suzie) Stehlik of Florence, S.C. and Terrence (Elena) Stehlik of Baton Rouge, La.; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Animal Clinic of Paulding.

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

 

NORMAN JOSEPH “JOE” PRICE 1931-2012

DOUGLAS, Wyo. – Norman Joseph “Joe” Price, 80, died Sunday, May 6 at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas after a short battle with cancer.

He was born June 26, 1931 in Paulding County, the son of Frank and Ursula (Tuohy) Price.  He grew up on a farm and attended school at Oakwood.  Joe met his wife, Phyllis Schweigel, at a county fair in Paulding, and they married April 7, 1951. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.  His job was fueling planes.  He then returned to his former job as a truck driver.  In June 1960, they moved to the Douglas area.  He did various jobs and then settled on his own trucking business. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed bird hunting and shooting sports and also antique engines.  He raised a garden with pumpkins to hold an annual “pumpkin shoot.”  He was a huge lover of his great friend, dog “Cookie.”

Surviving are his sons, Rick (DeEtta) Price and Joey Price, both of Douglas; sisters, Helen Johnson of Fort Wayne and Deloris Giltz of Phoenix; a sister-in-law, Leda Price of Lost Springs, Wyo.; grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Jared (Jennifer) Price, Stacy (Kevin) Schrandt, Tamara Price, Rick (Kat) Price; and great-grandchildren, Megan and Kael Schrandt, and expecting Wesson Price.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, on Jan. 5, 2012; and brothers, Gilmore, Vincent and Gene Price.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyo. with Pastor Tim Ricker of the Frontier Baptist Church officiating. Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and the Wyoming Army National Guard Military Honors will conduct military honors. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

A celebration of life will be held at Clementine’s Cattle Company, 1199 Mesa Drive, immediately following the service at the cemetery.

A memorial to the choice of the donor would be appreciated by the family.

 

ARABELL “JUDY” FRY 1926-2012

CONTINENTAL – Arabell “Judy” Fry, 85, of Continental died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Aug. 13, 1926 in Melrose, the daughter of the Rev. Jacob and Agnes (Stahl) Edds. On Aug. 22, 1941, she married Edward A. Fry Sr., who preceded her in death June 2, 2011. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Free Christian Church of God in Continental and a Sunday School Teacher for 30 years. She was a member of the “Singing Fry Family.”

Surviving are three children, the Rev. Carol (Jerry) Retcher of Defiance, the Rev. Robert (Terry) Fry of Toledo, and the Rev. James (Lisa) Fry of Continental; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Ford of Defiance and Ethel Winters of Temperance, Mich.; and a daughter-in-law, Jayne Mussery of Angola, Ind.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Fry Jr.; three brothers, Carl, Floyd and Paul Edds; and a sister, Doris Albright.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Free Christian Church, Continental, with her three children officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental is handling the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 11 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday all at the church.

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

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

ORMAN GOINGS SR. 1932-2012

LATTY – Orman Ellis Frederick Goings Sr., age 80, died Wednesday, May 9 at his residence.

He was born on April 27, 1932 in Latty, the son of Wesley E. and Hazel A. (Hope) Goings. On April 4, 1956, he married Annetta M. Williams, who preceded him in death on Oct. 21, 2009. He was a graduate of Latty High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was employed by Landmark as an engineer. He was a member of the Latty Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee and was a member of the church choir, and was also a member of the Payne American Legion.

He is survived by two sons, Orman Goings Jr., Latty, and Kim (Sandy) Goings, Defiance; three daughters, Paula Wilder of Van Wert, Yvonne Goings of Paulding, and Melissa Hale, Latty; a brother, George Goings, Latty; 11 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Scott Eric Goings; a brother, Glennard Goings; and two sisters, Stella Faye Hallom and infant Doris Goings.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Levi Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Zion Baptist Cemetery, Grover Hill with military graveside rites.

Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice.

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

 

REGINA TANER 1921-2012

PAULDING – Regina B. Taner, age 91, died Monday, May 7 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 10, 1921 in Lake Como, Pa., the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Spyholski) Sienko. On Jan. 2, 1943, she married Donald Clemens Taner, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1989. She was a 1939 Preston High School graduate and worked at Royal Hospital in Bronx, N.Y. until 1942. She moved to Detroit and worked for the Navy at Naval Ordinance until 1945. She then moved to Paulding in August 1945. She was a member of Sisters of the Skillet from 1966-90.

She is survived by a son, Mark Taner, Paulding; a son-in-law, Terry Hasch, Defiance; two grandchildren, Derek Taner and Merri Hasch, both of Defiance; and a brother, Leonard Sienko, Hancock, N.Y.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Hasch; brothers, John, Walter, Joseph, Henry and Chester Sienko; and sisters, Albina Denofsky and Clara Carey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. A Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Masses.

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

 

CHARLES  HARGESHEIMER 1922-2012

VAN WERT – Charles A. Hargesheimer, 90, of Van Wert, died at 9:33 a.m. Monday, May 7 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born March 27, 1922, in Union Township, Van Wert County, the son of Elbert and Stella (Hansel) Hargesheimer. On July 17, 1948, he married Mary K. Davis, who survives of Van Wert. He retired from the Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert, had previously worked at Grizzly Manufacturing Marimont in Paulding, and helped on the family farm.

He was a lifetime member of North Union United Methodist Church of Van Wert, a United States Army veteran of WWII stationed in Japan, a member of American Legion Lewis Post 208 in Convoy,Van Wert County Democratic Party, Van Wert County Genealogical Society and Van Wert County Historical Society. He served as North Union United Methodist Church financial secretary.

Other survivors include four daughters, Rose (David) Wherry and Vicky (Richard) Racster, both of Van Wert, Wanda (Gary) Evans of Troy and Rita (Charles) Kreinbihl of Findlay; a sister, Marilee Conner of Longview, Wash.; grandchildren, Kris Kill, Angela Plumley, Tim Racster, Steven Racster, David Racster, Bryan Long, Eric Long, Nathan Long, Laura Kreinbihl and Marisa Kreinbihl; and two great-grandchildren, Kenyon and Carolina Kill.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Dixie Sue Hargesheimer; two brothers, Phillip Hargesheimer and Elbert Hargesheimer II; and a sister, Alice Bailey.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Greg Wack will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Military graveside services will be conducted.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

Preferred memorials are to North Union United Methodist Church or Community Health Professionals – Visiting Nurses and Private Duty.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

LOIS CAROTHERS 1929-2012

PAULDING – Lois M. Williamson Carothers, age 82, died Monday, May 7 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Scott, the daughter of Clifford and Stella (Penwell) McClain. On Dec. 31, 1948, she married Billy Leue Williamson, who preceded her in death on Jan. 2, 1986. On May 28, 1994, she married Robert Carothers, who survives. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and the former Paulding Order of the Eastern Star. She retired from Dana Weatherhead in 1990.

Also surviving are five daughters, Carol (Ken) Grimm, Sebring, Fla., Becky (Mike) Lamb, Paulding, Sandy (David) Burchan and Pam (Jerry) Brown, both of Van Wert, and Marilyn (Jason) Shaffer, Sherwood; a son, Karl Carothers, Fort Wayne; two brothers, Wesley McClain, Traverse City, Mich., and Earl McClain, Paulding; a sister, Donna McNeil, Orlando, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Proxmire.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to CHP Hospice.

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

 

HELEN FINK

FORT WAYNE – Helen I. Fink , 85, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne.

Born in Defiance, she retired from L.S. Ayres and International Harvester, where she had been a radio dispatcher. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Helen had a nurturing heart for raising Yorkshire terriers and enjoyed working in her yard.

Surviving are a sister, Laura Craig of Auburn, Ind.; Goddaughters, June Keiser, Deanna Kissinger and Tara Van Houten, all of Columbia City; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis E. Fink; parents, Floyd and Nellie Bruner; three brothers; and four sisters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with Pastor Douglas D. Punke officiating. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

 

MARTY WHITE 1952-2012

 

 

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Marty (Russi) White, age 59, died Thursday, May 3 at her home.

She was born Sept. 9, 1952 in Zanesville, the daughter of Roy and Grace (Hull) Russi. She moved to Paulding in 1965 and graduated in 1970. She was married to Chad White on Dec. 18, 1971 and lived in Chicago since 1974.

She is survived by her husband, Chad; a son, Matthew; a sister, Elizabeth; a brother, Rodger Russi; and five grandchildren.

Marty was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael; and a brother, Roy Russi.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11 at Rosedale Chapels in Roselle, Ill. Visitation will be Thursday, May 10 from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial are to the American Cancer Society.

 

RUTH PATE 1936-2012

OHIO CITY – Ruth E. Pate, 76, of Ohio City, died at 8:50 a.m. Friday, May 4 at her residence.

She was born April 4, 1936, in Paulding County, the daughter of Raymond “Bob” and Georgia Mae (Morrow) Hamman. Her husband, Barry M. Pate, preceded her in death Aug. 14, 2000. She worked hard all her life but recently worked at The Iron Horse Bar about five years then worked at The Gathering Place for three years, both in Ohio City. She was a life member of the Van Wert VFW Auxiliary, the Van Wert American Legion Auxiliary and was a former member of the Cloverdale Community Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlene Nunez of Cloverdale; a brother, Jack Hamman; a sister, Janet Parton of Leo, Ind.; three grandchildren, Mike Imler, Michele Siebert and Miguel Nunez; and seven great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James D. Imler; and a brother, James Hamman.

Services were held Monday, May 7 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Robert Pauley officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.

Preferred memorials are to Community Health Professionals Hospice Program.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

DOROTHY GLECKLER 1934-2012

CONVOY – Dorothy M. Gleckler, 78, of Van Wert, formerly of Convoy, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

She was born March 2, 1934 in Scott, the daughter of Renzie and Blanche (Pugh) Funk. On Dec. 31, 1955, she married Maurice Dean Gleckler of Convoy, who preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1987. She formerly was a secretary at Blue Creek School, clerk at Economy Savings and Loan, medical assistant to A.C. Diller, M.D. in Convoy, scale clerk for S.E. Johnson Company at Scott plant and an enforcement officer for the Van Wert County Child Support Agency. She also served as an EMT with the Convoy Fire Department for 10 years as well as a squad leader.

She was a “people lover” who spent lots of her free time in helping others. Also, she was an “organizer” and helped organize The Convoy Homemakers Club, Van Wert Area Visiting Nurses Auxiliary, Van Wert County Medical Assistants Organization, Convoy Community Days, Convoy Branch of the Brumback Library, NW Ohio Friends of HD Support Group and the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

She was also a member and served as an officer in numerous community organizations. For over 10 years, she wrote a monthly newsletter and newspaper articles for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in an attempt to eradicate the stigma of mental illness by helping educate the public.

Dorothy coined the phrase “Convoy – the little town that does big things.” In 1986 she was named Citizen of the Year by the Convoy Community. In 1996, NAMI OHIO presented her with the Stigma Buster of the Year Award.

Surviving are a daughter, Vickie Jo (Dan) Troyer of Van Wert; a son, Randal L. Gleckler of Lima; a sister, Evelyn Funk, of Newark; 10 nieces and nephews; as well as a number of great-nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Chester Funk, and a sister, Florence Sanderson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 the Convoy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. The family will receive friends one hour preceding the service. There will be no viewing. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory of Van Wert is in charge of arrangements.

Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Convoy.

Preferred memorials are to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, National Alliance on Mental Illness or local NAMI Affiliate in Van Wert.

 

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