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EDWARD MICHAEL PANICO 1972-2012

PAULDING – Edward Michael Panico, 39, of Paulding, formerly of Antwerp, passed away suddenly Wednesday, June 27, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 29, 1972 in Hicksville, the son of James and Tina (Dunderman) Panico. On July 8, 2000, Mike married Elisa Doan, who survives. He worked at Classic Die Services in New Haven and was a Detroit Tigers fan.

Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Cate; his mother and stepfather, Tina and Earl Huebner of Antwerp; a sister, Stacie (Brad) Lovellette of Auburn, Ind.; a brother, Tim (Tasha); grandparents, Barbara and Andy Panico and Nila and Larry Dunderman, all of Antwerp; two stepsisters, Laura (Jim) Boesch of Cecil and Wendy (Craig) Locante of Salt Lake City; his stepmother, Judy (Doug) Smith of Cecil; and three stepbrothers, Greg Billman of Newville, Ind., Doug Billman of Bryan and Brian Billman of Decatur, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 1 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Preferred memorials are to Elisa Panico, P.O. Box 452, Antwerp OH 45813.

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

 

 

 

FLOYD ROSS 1954-2012

VAN WERT – Floyd L. Ross, age 57, of Van Wert, went home to be with the Lord at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, June 25 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

A son of Harold and Mary (Ditto) Ross, he was born Nov. 10, 1954 in Paulding County. He married Lynnette Craig on Aug. 1, 1980. He was employed at Alexander & Bebout in Van Wert for over 31 years and was a social member of the Van Wert VFW Post.

He is survived by his wife; children, Amber (Ryan Miller) Smith and Jason (Kristy) Ross, both of Van Wert and Jody; a brother, Frank (Carol) Ross of Haviland; sisters, Judy (Charlie) Aultman, Joyce Ross and JoAnn (Brady) Stainback, all of Florida, Janet (Lee) Lepper of New Haven and Jill (Louie) Strauss of New York; and grandchildren, Madison, Conner, Braylon, Kayson and Kamdon.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ziegler and father, Harold Ross.

Friends may call at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory in Van Wert from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29 at the funeral home with burial in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Rev. Keith Stoller will officiate.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

JAYDEN MITCHELL 2008-2012

CLOVERDALE – Jayden C. “JC” “JBug” Mitchell, 3, of Cloverdale, died at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Defiance Regional Hospital.

He was born Aug. 28, 2008 in Defiance, the son of Samuel Mitchell and Jennifer Schroeder. His father survives in Ottawa, and his mother and stepfather, William Wildermuth, survive in Cloverdale.

Jayden loved to give hugs and kisses and had the most captivating smile. He enjoyed Thomas the Train, cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and playing outside. He was the friendliest child that you could ever know and he never knew a stranger.

He is also survived by his grandparents, Kimberly J. Schroeder of Paulding, Tim (Tammy) Schroeder of Paulding, Julie (Rollin) Bullinger of Oakwood, and Robert (Nancy Caraway) Mitchell of Ottawa; great-grandparents, Ron (Hilda) Schroeder of Sherwood, Sandra K. Schroeder of Montpelier, Brice Carnahan Jr. of Ranger, W.Va., Marjorie (Herman Heinz) Carnahan of Continental, and Shirley Meyers of Antwerp; seven aunts; seven uncles; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two aunts, Shalisa Moyer and Brandi Moyer; and two great-grandparents, Myrtle and Robert W. Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, June 28 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Gene Yenser officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Jayden’s family.

Condolences can be expressed at www.loveheitmeyerhome.com.

 

 

CATHRIN SMITH 1943-2012

PAULDING – Cathrin W. Smith, age 69, died Saturday, June 23 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born April 13, 1943 in Henleyfield, Miss., the daughter of William Edward and Ruby (Jarrell) Perry. On Jan. 15, 1960, she married Hiriam C. Smith, who preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2011. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Paulding.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Ferguson, Henleyfield, Miss.; a son, Tracy Smith, Paulding, a daughter, Regena (Gerald) Butler, Euless, Texas; two sisters, Linda (Harold) Smith of Laurel, Miss. and Hazel Darsey of Houston; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Paulding, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

 

RUSSELL COMER 1943-2012

GROVER HILL – Russell D. Comer, 68, of Grover Hill, died at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born Aug. 8, 1943, in Paulding County, the son of John and Madeline (Rodman) Comer. On Nov. 3, 1984, he married Judith Hirn, who preceded him in death.

He retired from H.E. Orr Co. in Paulding, having worked there for over 34 years and then after retirement he would deliver and pick up expedited shipments for the H.E. Orr Co. He attended Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Van Wert. He had previously served on the Haviland Village Council.

Survivors include four sons, Pat Comer of Grover Hill, Chris (Paula) Comer of Middle Point, Shawn (Jody) Comer of Van Wert and Thomas (Tracy) Hirn of Jacksonville, N.C.; a brother, Tim Palte of Haviland; his best friend, dog Buddy; 11 grandchildren, Abbie, Patrick, Keeley, Ariel and Kristian Comer, and Devin, Logen, Adrianna, Jacob, Braxton and Gavin Hirn, and a great-grandchild, Keegan Comer.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Ig Palte; and a brother, Harold Comer.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Ron Lumm will officiate. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

OREN ELLIOTT 1932-2012

EDGERTON, Ohio – Oren H. Elliott, age 79, of Edgerton, Ohio, died at 12:05 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he was a patient, after an extended illness.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1932, on the family farm in Paulding County, the son of Ward and Edra (Eakins) Elliott. He married his wife of 57 years, June E. Kurtz, on March 25, 1955, in Angola, Ind., and she survives. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he owned two restaurants in Paulding and worked at All Star Products in Defiance, before he went to Edgerton in 1981. In 1983, he purchased All Star Products and formed Oren Elliott Products. He was active in politics, working with Paul Gillmor and Delbert Latta on issues related to Worker’s Compensation legislation in Ohio and was also instrumental in the opening of the turnpike exit on Ohio 49. He also was a longtime member of NFIB and was a longtime member of the Edgerton Rotary Club, of which he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also owned and trained harness race horses and enjoyed fishing.

Also surviving are four daughters, Marcia (Carlos) Herandez of Paulding, Karen (LeRoy) Hurtig of Defiance, Sandra Elliott of Edgerton and Patricia Elliott of Defiance; two sons, Steven (Michelle) Elliott of Bryan and Matthew (Stephanie) Elliott of Edgerton; nine grandchildren; and two brothers, Leroy (Sandra) Elliott and George (Donna) Elliott, both of Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Warren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, with the Rev. R.L. Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 23 in the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Edgerton Area Foundation Rotary Scholarship Fund.

To sign the online register or to send condolences, please visit www.krillfuneralservice.com.

 

CHARLENE CLOSSON 1942-2012

DELPHOS – Charlene A. Closson, age 69, devoted wife and loving mother, went home to be with the Lord at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Community Memorial Hospital.

She was born Nov. 21, 1942 in Lima, the daughter of Richard and Betty Jean Schmelzer. On Dec. 20, 1961, she married George A. Closson Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1981. A member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, she loved watching movies, playing cards and gardening. She spent her last few years among family and friends at the Manor House in Antwerp.

Surviving are a son, Darren (Ann) Closson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three daughters, Jeana (Jim) Fisher of Delphos, Sheri (Drew) Dunlavy of Fort Wayne and Tina (Jeff) German of Warsaw, Ind.; and seven grandchildren, Dustin (Megan), Tyler, Devan, Sean, Katie, Emma and Claire.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Sheidler.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos with the Rev. Ron Carter officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Manor House Assisted Living.

 

 

ANDREA STRAHLEY 1971-2012

TOLEDO – Former Paulding resident Andrea A. Strahley, 40, Toledo, died Wednesday, June 20.

She was born July 28, 1971, in Paulding, the daughter of Paul and Sharon (Leslie) Strahley. Andrea will be greatly missed by her family and multitude of friends. She was the greatest mother and friend to all, a very giving and helpful person, putting others ahead of herself.

Surviving are her mother, Sharon Strahley, Paulding; her children, Olivia Williams and Anthony Heard, both of Toledo; a sister, Kim Strahley, Paulding; a brother, Kevin (Lori) Strahley, Denver; nephews, David Kochenour and Kevin Paul Strahley; a niece, Brittany Strahley; and great-niece, Autumn “Rosebud” Kochenour.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25 at the Solomon Temple in Toledo. Burial will be at a later date in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding County. Dale-Riggs Funeral Home, Toledo, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at the temple one hour before services on Monday.

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

 

 

REUHAMA KLENDER 1916-2012

ANTWERP – Reuhama C. Klender, 96, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, June 20 at Ossian Health Care & Rehab Center.

She was born April 18, 1916, in Antwerp, the daughter of Bert and Edith (Camp) Kauffman. On Jan. 6, 1940, she married Raymond Klender, who preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1969. She was a cook at Antwerp Local School and Paulding County Hospital. She also owned her own beauty shop and was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being a 4-H adviser and MYF leader for many years.

Surviving are four children, Edward (Jacquelyn) of Hamilton, Ind., Linda (Ronald) Heyerly of Ossian, Ind., Carl (Sandra) of Columbia City and Anita (Terry) Myers of Wolcottville; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Lois Hoghe; and six siblings.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 25 at Antwerp United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Dooley Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to the church.

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

 

ANNA SMITH 1944-2012

ANTWERP – Anna Faye Smith, 68, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, June 19, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Anna Faye was born June 16, 1944 in Antwerp, a daughter of the late Norman and Elizabeth (Handy) Cottrell. On Nov. 11, 1967, she married Sammy Ray Smith, who preceded her in death July 20, 2007. She had been a volunteer at Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by her son, Michael.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 22 at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

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

 

 

PAUL KEELER 1949-2012

PAULDING – Paul David Keeler, age 63, died Sunday, June 17 from injuries sustained in an automobile/pedestrian accident.

He was born May 10, 1949 in Paulding County, the son of Charles H. and Agnes C. (Noneman) Keeler. On July 23, 1990, he married Dawn Wythe, who survives. He was a 1967 graduate of Paulding High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era. He was a Paulding County deputy sheriff from 1973-83, Paulding chief of police from 1983-95 and a rural postal delivery driver for Paulding U.S. Post Office for 17 years. He was commander and instructor for Paulding Police Academy from 1979-95, winning numerous federal and state law enforcement training awards. He also was a driver education instructor for Paulding High School; chief probation officer for Paulding County 2001-06, where he won two successive top state awards in 2005 and 2006; and was a polygraph operator for Paulding County.

He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, a life member Paulding VFW Post #587, a member of Paulding County Sheriff Reserve and served on Paulding Village Council.

Also surviving are three sons, Joshua Keeler of Huntertown, Ind., Neil (Cindi Radel) Elick of Van Wert and Brandon (Melissa) Elick, Rolla, N.D.; a brother, Larry (Sherry) Keeler, Walbridge; a sister, Deb (Larry) Atchley of Cecil; a brother-in-law, Shawn (Teresa) Wythe, and sister-in-law, Shannon (Wayne) Rucshall, both of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter, Natasha Stiltner.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with Mr. Matt Frisbey officiating. VFW Post #587 will conduct military rites. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to American Heart Association or Divine Mercy Catholic Church Paulding Prayer Garden.

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

 

 

 

THELMA SHISLER 1920-2012

Thelma M. (Weaver) Shisler, age 92, passed quietly into God’s loving arms on Monday, June 11.

Born on March 24, 1920, Thelma was one of eight children born to Frank and Rebecca (Ditto) Weaver. We will miss her loving arms and her “Can Do” spirit. Her life was a beautiful canvass expressing her ability to teach, love and “coach” while maintaining a strong work ethic. She was a special treasure.

She is survived by her four children, Donald (Mary) Shisler of Denver, James Shisler of Oakwood, Mildred (Jerry) Holzer of Napoleon, and Ruth Ann (Chuck) Booher of Johnstown; one sister, Bessie Strope of Oakwood; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Thelma was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gerald A. Shisler; and seven siblings.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 in Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. Stanley Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, June 15 in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please remember the Pride of Toledo Angel Fund, Sharon Coe, Treas. 3152 Kenwood Blvd. Toledo OH 43606.

Online condolences may be made at www.hcsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

ROGER EAGLESON 1952-2012

PAULDING – Roger L. Eagleson, age 59, died Tuesday, June 12, at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

He was born Aug. 11, 1952 in Van Wert, the son of Chester L. and Betty H. (Haney) Eagleson. He was a Paulding Fire Department volunteer for 35 years and was previously employed by Eaton Corporation in Van Wert, and the former Dietrick Industries of Hicksville. He was a member of the Paulding Eagles #2405.

He is survived by his mother, Betty (Charles) Copsey, Payne; three daughters, Kendra (Brad) Kauser of Paulding and Heather (Bob) Fields and Chelsie Eagleson, both of Defiance; a sister, Patricia Marcom; and six grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle John Kauser, Robbie and Alex Fields, and Jaylen and Michael Rollins Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15 at First Christian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to First Christian Church or the Paulding Volunteer Fire Department.

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

 

BRAEDEN WHITE

CECIL – Braeden Eugene White, of Cecil, silently passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH.

He was born on June 7, 2012, the son of Brody and Tracie (Lambert) White in Toledo, OH.

Braeden is survived by his parents, a sister, Alayna White, at home; grandparents, Carla Lambert of Cloverdale, Brett (Kay Eaton) White of Paulding and Cindy (Jerry) Burt of Paulding; and several aunts and uncles, cousins, and great-grandparents.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Troy Lambert.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Jerry Burt officiating. Burial will follow in the Ayersville Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from noon-1 p.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

 

 

 

BETTY ADOLPH 1944-2012

DUBLIN – Betty Jean “Cookie” Adolph, age 68, of Dublin, passed away on Tuesday, June 5.

She was born Feb. 16, 1944 in Paulding, the daughter of Bernard and Mabel Seslar. She was a graduate of Paulding High School and Bowling Green State University. She taught at Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, Calif. for many years. Betty had a passion for the dance and art worlds. She was dearly loved by her family, friends and students.

Surviving are her husband, David; a son Shane McCarthy of Los Angeles; a daughter, Heather (Jason) Cavazos of San Diego; a sister, Cindy (Dan) Stuart of Fort Wayne; a brother, James (Mary Ann) Seslar of Gallup, N.M.; three stepsons, Mike (Laurie) Adolph of Columbus, Mark (Mignon) Adolph of Denver and Tom (Karen) Adolph of Columbus; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 at St. Brgid of Kildare Catholic Church, Dublin, with The Reverend Monsignor Joseph Hendricks officiating. Private family burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Randolph.

Family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 3320 Tremont Road, Columbus OH 43221.

Send condolences for the family to: www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

PAULA BRAMLETT 1965-2012

PAULDING – Former Noblesville, Ind. resident Paula Jo Gabers Bramlett, age 47, died at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 25, 1965 in Paulding, the daughter of Paul J. and Mary Jane (Steele) Gabers. On June 25, 2005, she married Jay Bramlett, who survives. She was employed for 20 years as a floral designer and interior decorator and was a former college recruiter for ITT, Indianapolis.

Also surviving are her mother, Mary Jane Gabers, Paulding; three children, Devin, Marcus and Austin; four sisters, Carla (Steven) Wyss of Smithville, Tenn., Donna (Thomas) Scheele and Nyla (Al) Snyder, both of Fort Wayne, and Julie (Daniel) Clemens, Defiance; two brothers, Robert (Becky) Gabers, Napoleon, and William (Eve) Gabers, Henderson, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9 at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice.

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

 

DENELDA RHOAD 1917-2012

SCOTT – Denelda Rhoad, 94, of Scott, died at 7:35 a.m. Monday, June 4, at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center.

She was born Aug. 25, 1917, near Roselm, in Washington Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Roy and Mae (Sites) Halter. On May 14, 1942, she married Floyd G. Rhoad, who preceded her in death on March 13, 1987. She was a 1935 graduate of Grover Hill High School, Veteran Auxiliary member of Gideon’s International, pianist, organist and Sunday School teacher for many years at Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God in Scott. She had resided at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center for seven years, where she enjoyed playing the piano and many other activities. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Darrel (Marilyn) Rhoad of Scott; and a granddaughter, Hilary (Stephen) Yoder, also of Scott.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Darrel and Leland S. Halter.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God, Gideon’s International or Country Inn Enhanced Living Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

WATSON DALE BLAIR 1958-2012

CECIL – Watson Dale Blair, age 53, died Sunday, June 3 at his residence.

He was born July 1, 1958 in Paulding County, the son of Shade and Maggie Ruth (Thompson) Blair. He was employed by General Motors, retiring in 2008. She was a member of the UAW and Pleasant View Missionary Church, Junction.

He is survived by his parents, of Cecil; two sons, Russell Blair of Paulding and Joshua Blair, Three Rivers, Mich.; five brothers, Charlie Blair, Doug (Rena) Blair and Dave Blair, all of Cecil, Jeff (Chris) Blair of Oakwood, and Kenny (Lee Ann) Blair, Hicksville; and a granddaughter, Melody Merckley.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Julie Lynn Lauber.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Perry Mason officiating. Burial will be in Blair Adams Sun Valley Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

 

MELVIN PORTER 1926-2012

PAULDING – Melvin L Porter, 85, of Paulding, and longtime resident of Ayersville, passed away on Sunday, June 3 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Dec. 3, 1926 in Highland Township, Defiance County, the son of Russell and Ruth I. (Schubert) Porter. On Oct. 4, 1953, he married Barbara Tobias, who survives. He was a 1944 graduate of Oakwood High School and a World War II Army veteran. He was a farmer and worked for the Compo Corporation and later retired from GM Central Foundry Division. He also owned an antique shop. He was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and a former member of the Ayersville United Methodist Church. Other memberships included the Black Swamp Antique Tractor Club, Oakwood American Legion and Highland Township Fire Dept. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and attending auctions.

Also surviving are his children, Michael (Lillie) Porter of Oakwood, Steven (Mary) Porter of Delta, Jeanine (Douglas) Caryer of Defiance and Jenni (Tom) Ellis of Engelwood, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Mary) Porter of Defiance and Leon Porter of Montgomery, Mich.; and five sisters, Virginia Kern of Florida, Betty Clark of Archbold, Mary (Wilford) Osborn of Bryan, Donna Smith of Hamler and Grace (Melvin) Baxter of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy, Sam and Mark Porter; a brother, Robert Porter; and a sister, Erma Klingshirn.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be Ayersville Cemetery with military graveside rites being accorded by the Oakwood American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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

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

 

CATHERINE JACKSON 1929-2012

PAULDING – Catherine Ann Jackson, age 82, died Saturday, June 2 at the Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Paulding County, the daughter of Cyrus and Edna (Copsey) Hamman. In 1948, she married Newton H. Kochenour, who preceded her in death in 1956. On April 26, 1958, she married Elmer J. Jackson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1990.

She is survived by five children, James (Sally) Kochenour of Spencerville, Ind., Bill Jackson of Broomfield, Colo., Marsha L. Kochenour, and Linda Kochenour Kehres, both of Fort Wayne, and Theresa (Jim) Scott, Huntertown, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Terra, Alec, Doug, Lindsay, Lauren, Logan, Jennifer and Christopher; and nine great-grandchildren, Ashley, Miah, Riley, Gavin, Harrison, Derek, Drew, Colt and Kyliegh.

She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heidi Kochenour.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

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

 

DANIEL WISWELL 1947-2012

CECIL – Daniel L. Wiswell, age 64, died Friday, June 1, at the Community Health Professional – Hospice Center Van Wert.

He was born Dec. 6, 1947 in Paulding County, the son of Loyde E. and Geraldine F. “Geri” (Rosselet) Wiswell. He retired as a propane gas operator working for various propane gas companies around the country. He was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding Eagles #2405 and was a former mayor of Divide, Colo.

He is survived by four daughters, Karen (David Snyder) Price and Jodi Lawson, both Paulding, Teri (Leslie) Logan of Van Wert and Kaye Wiswell of Dublin; a son, Josh (Heather Johnson) Wiswell of Dublin; five brothers, Bob (Marilyn) Wiswell of Cecil, Fred Wiswell of Celina, and Jack (Angie) Wiswell, Mike (Jennifer) Wiswell and Tom Wiswell, all of Paulding; 10 grandchildren, Rachael, Dustin, Cassie, Nick, Natalie, Hunter, Kaleb, Jacob, Braden and Kierra; and three great-grandchildren, Blake, Craig and Maxwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, with Pastor Drew Munger officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Health Care.

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

 

 

 

 

DONNA ILER NEIDHARDT 1930-2012

Donna Iler Neidhardt, passed from this life on Thursday, May 31.

She was born July 16, 1930 in Paulding County, the daughter of Charles and Thelma Iler. She graduated from Paulding High School and pursued music studies at Morehead State University, earning a bachelor of arts in music, followed by graduate studies at The Ohio State University. Donna and Joe were married on June 26, 1955. The young couple lived in Lima, Xenia, Mount Gilead and Columbus, before settling in the Dublin area, while Joe built highways and bridges and Donna began giving piano lessons and working as a substitute teacher.

In addition to private music lessons, Donna was also director of music for Dublin Community Church for 18 years, assistant director of the Columbus Damenchor, secretary of the Washington Township Zoning Board of Appeals, a charter member of the Dublin AM Rotary Club, formed a small group known as the Dublin Folk Singers, was a member of the Auxiliary to the Franklin County Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, and for eight years owned and operated the Dublin office of UNIGLOBE Travel Unlimited. In addition, she served the wider community on the Columbus Interfaith Council, The International Visitors Council, the Open Church, Bethlehem on Broad, and as grand marshal of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1984.

Her work in music ministry compelled her to pursue theological education at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, completing a master’s degree in divinity in 1987. Ordination by the United Church of Christ soon followed, allowing Donna to serve the faith community through work in HIV/AIDS education, as an interim minister, as a leader of grief support groups.

Donna’s involvement with the Columbus Cursillo/Cum Christo Community as a spiritual director led to her being part of the first Kairos Prison Ministry at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). She also served on many Kairos teams at ORW, and was a volunteer chaplain at Marion Correctional Institution, ministering to incarcerated men.

Surviving are her loving husband of 57 years, Walter Joe Neidhardt; five children, Neil (Nanette), Laurie (John), Lisa, Linda and Ned (Lisa); four grandchildren, Lauren, John, Daniel and Jessica; a brother, William; and a sister, Gaynell; and an aunt, Virginia Paulus.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack.

A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Dublin Community Church in Dublin, with the Rev. Robert Tussing officiating. Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, Worthington, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary International “End Polio Now” at www.rotary.org/en/EndPolio.

 

 

 

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