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Obituaries April 2013

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PAYNE – Laura Schoenherr, 70, of Payne, died Thursday, April 18 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.



OAKWOOD – Memorial services for Hulet “Bill” Arms will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bluegrass Opry Barn, 9461 SR 66, Oakwood, with Pastor Stan Harmon and Pastor Ted Ramey officiating.

Visitation will be from noon until time of service.

Those wishing to send flowers in memory of Bill may do so for the memorial service. The family will accept donations which will be distributed to various charities and organizations related to lung disease research.

Arrangements by Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

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JULIE MILER 1984-2013

PAULDING – Julie Marie Miler, born in Defiance on Nov. 13, 1984 to Sheila (Hacker) Combs Jr. of Paulding and Richard Miler of Oakwood, got her wings to fly with angels on April 24. She was killed in a car accident involving her and her boyfriend of 10 years, Josh Finfrock.

Julie was truly loved by all. She loved her family; her boyfriend; her cat was her baby since she had no kids of her own. Her cat’s name is Pink, she left her beautiful and cherished niece, Eliza Schleuter, name her baby boy Pink. Julie loved animals, especially butterflies, cats, hummingbirds, flowers, gardening, spending time with family and especially time with her boyfriend Josh.

She leaves behind her mother and stepdad, Sheila and Hacker Combs Jr. of Paulding; her father, Richard Miler of Oakwood; her baby sister who she loved dearly, Jessie Miler (Brandon Schleuter) of Paulding; her big brother, Richard (Ashley) Miler Jr. of Paulding; two stepsisters, Angie Gipple of Hicksville and Chrissy (Brian) McClish of Hicksville. Julie had nine nieces and two nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her. Julie had many friends; I don’t think she knew how much she was truly loved. Julie liked I.C.P. and loved going to shows with Josh. Her uncle, Charlie McGuire, who also lived with Julie and her parents, loved Julie and she loved him.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard McGuire, Eugene and Frances Nelms, and Janet and Harmon “Duke” Miler; and a brother, Joshua Miler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. She will be laid to rest next to her grandparents in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Donations may be made to Friends of Feline Rescue Center, Defiance.

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GROVER HILL – James E. Bidlack, age 90, died Tuesday, April 23 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 11, 1922 in Grover Hill, the son of Aaron Ray and Edna Marie (McClure) Bidlack. On March 23, 1946, he married Marjorie M. Davis, who preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 1994. On April 24, 1999, he married Connie R. Lee, who survives. He retired from Farm Bureau Landmark Grain Elevator after 38 years. He was a member of the Grover Hill Church of Christ and a WWII US Army Air Force Quartermaster 2nd Air Transport Command for three years. He was a member of Paulding County and Van Wert County fire associations, serving Grover Hill as assistant chief; lifetime member of Grover Hill VFW Post #2873 and a Latty trustee for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Bidlack, Grover Hill; two sons, Garry Bidlack, Van Wert, and Randi Bidlack, Grover Hill; a daughter, Janet (Greg) Burnett, Ottawa; and two grandchildren, Amber and Tina.

He was also preceded in death by infant son, James William Bidlack.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Donations may be made to Grover Hill Fire Department or All Caring of Defiance.

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Shirley Ann Nussbaum passed away on Sunday, April 21.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1946 to Ralph and Alma Nussbaum in Lima.

Shirley is survived by her children, Russell Carter Sr. of Houston, Texas, Tonnia Marshall of Holgate, Anthony (Tony) Carter of Rockport, Texas. Also surviving are her mother, Alma Tyo of Oakwood, her sister, Doneta Adkins of Melrose, and a stepsister, Patricia Lannahan of Dayton. She has seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, one step-niece, one great-niece, three great-nephews, and one great-great-niece.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ralph Nussbaum, and her brother, Thomas Nussbaum.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26 at Melrose United Methodist Church.

Preferred memorials are to the family.



ANTWERP – James Hutchins, 71, formerly of Antwerp, died Dec. 25, 2012. Jim's memorial service will be held at noon Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Roads 192 and 73, Antwerp.



PAYNE – Jeffery Wobler, 52, of Payne, passed away Wednesday, April 17.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at Wiltsie Cemetery, Township Road 51, just north of State Route 500, Payne.

Memorials are to Dooley Funeral Home, PO Box 452, Antwerp, Ohio 45813.

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NOEL “BUD” THOMAS 1928-2013

GROVER HILL – Noel E. “Bud” Thomas, age 84, of Grover Hill, died at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Paulding County Hospital.

He was born May 15, 1928 in rural Grover Hill, the son of Noble N. and F. Verna (Busick) Thomas. He married Eileen Elston, who survives. A lifetime farmer, he was a retired custodian for Wayne Trace Grover Hill Elementary and formerly worked at Sylvania in Ottawa. A 1946 graduate of Grover Hill High School, he was a Boy Scout, member of Grover Hill Lion’s Club, attended Middle Creek United Methodist Church and coached girls softball for many years.

Also surviving are two children, Ruby (Don) Crossland of Paulding and Nola (Gary) Ginter of Haviland; grandchildren, Bethany (Matthew) Saris, Benjamin Ginter, Brittany (Matthew) Gurtzweiler, Maely (Garrett) Alexander, Martin (Shannon) Crossland and Jace (fiancee Natalie Hanson) Crossland; and great-grandchildren Alexa, Jillian and Allison Saris, Kaitlyn and Kyle Gurtzweiler and Nicholas Alexander.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Bidlack.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 22 at Middle Creek United Methodist Church, Grover Hill, with Pastor Gary Ginter officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, and at the church one hour prior to services on Monday.

Preferred memorials are to Middle Creek United Methodist Church.

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LEIPSIC – Henry Rosengarten Jr., 79, was surrounded by his family this week, before he passed away 3:15 a.m. Sunday, April 14.

Henry was born in Leipsic on July 30, 1933 to the late Henry and Francis (Kreinbrink) Rosengarten. On Aug. 31, 1957, he married Genevieve M. Hermiller. Genevieve preceded Henry in death on Sept. 24, 1997. He then married Emma R. (Bidlack) Crone on Sept. 11, 1998. She survives in Leipsic.

Henry is survived by his children, Rebecca (Larry) Hilvers of Napoleon, Roseann Rosengarten of Leipsic, Dean (Jane) Rosengarten of Leipsic, Sandra (Gilbert) Mosher of Harbor Springs, Mich., Shirley Brenner of Port Clinton and Dora (Mike) Kujawa of Perrysburg; 10 grandchildren, Christina (Jason) Schwiebert, Jeana Hilvers, Jonathon Hilvers, Sarah Rosengarten, Angie Rosengarten, Lindsay Rosengarten, Brianne Rosengarten, Joe Updike, Bryce Cherko and Karis Cherko; one great-grandson, Carter Roberts; three stepchildren, Jamie (Harold) Householder of Fort Wayne, Ginger (Jerry) Olds of Paulding, and Ron (Pam) Crone of Grover Hill; six stepgrandchildren, Scott, Heather and Alison Kujawa, Alicia Dionne and Michael and Micayla Morris; and 13 great-stepgrandchildren.

He also is survived by his brothers, Linus, Bernard (Doris), Jack (Ruth) and Jerry (Lucretia) Rosengarten; a sister-in-law, Thelma Kuhlman; and brothers-in-law, Omer Recker and Paul Bellman. He is survived by five brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Art (Ronnie), LaVerne (Marge), Carl (Bertha), Dennis, and John (MaryAnn) Hermiller, and Art Schimmoeller; four sisters-in-law, Doris (Cleo) Liebrecht, Florence (Thad) Schroeder, Donna (Adrian) Utrup and Margaret Schimmoeller; sisters-in-law, Ruth Hermiller, LouAnn Hermiller; and his step in-laws, Frieda, Paul (Shirley), Jim (Connie) Bidlack, Mary (Raymond) Hoverman and Edna (Dale) Spitnale.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa “Buffy” Haman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Art, Virgil (Ann), Norman (Martha), Carl, Thomas, Albert Rosengarten; and his sister, Sally Recker; brothers-in-law, Wilfred and Richard Hermiller; and sisters-in-law, Delores Schimmoeller, Rosalie Rosengarten and Arlene Rosengarten.

Henry was a member of New Cleveland Holy Family Catholic Church. Henry was employed at Sylvania/Phillips for 39 years, retiring in 1992. He was an avid member of Knight of Columbus, a Grand Knight in 1967 and a 4th Degree member. Many people will remember him though his promotion and planning of the new K of C building, chicken fries and polka dances. He was a member of Ottawa Eagles and Polka Boosters as well. Henry was a Boy Scout master of Troop 260 in New Cleveland for approximately 15 years. Henry loved polka dancing, including dancing in his wooden shoes. He loved to travel and camp, taking his family on long summer trips throughout the United States.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Cleveland with Fr. Stephen Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday and 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, where a scripture service will be held 6 p.m. Monday and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be said 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County Home Care and Hospice, Holy Family Catholic Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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ROBERT "BOB" L. BELAU 1934-2013

OAKWOOD – Bob was born on Oct. 29, 1934 to Emery and Ethel Belau in Oakwood. After 78 wonderful years, Bob passed away in Tavares, Fla. (while being treated for cancer).

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol L. (Andrews) Belau of Oakwood. Bob and Carol were blessed with three children, Kent (Becky) Belau of Granville, Keith (Julie) Belau, Defiance, and Kay Belau Green, Savannah, Ga. He was the devoted grandfather of Katie (Josh) Armstrong, Kylie Belau, Kristopher Belau, Kassady (Laura) Belau, Kennan Belau, Kurt Belau, Karlton Green, Kaila Green and Kasey Green. He was fortunate to have one great-grandson, Kameron Belau, and one nephew, Richard Gype, Seattle. Bob was well known throughout the area for growing Belau melons. He began growing his melon fame at the age of 12 and his 2013 season is still on schedule.

After serving in the United States Army, he returned to Oakwood. In 1960, he expanded his love for making things grow, by founding Bob & Carol’s Greenhouse, followed by a flower shop in Continental. In 1968, Bob embarked on his next challenge by purchasing Kircher’s Flowers Inc. in Defiance. Soon Kircher’s Flowers, by Bob and Carol was serving Defiance, Continental, Paulding and Napoleon. He was a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Paulding County Farm Bureau, the Ohio Florist Association, and a lifetime member at the Elk’s Lodge.

Bob was preceded in death by his infant daughter Kim Ellyn; sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Richard Gype; nephew Jeff Gype; and parents Emery and Ethel Belau.

Bob has left behind an amazing legacy of love. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh and his larger than life personality. Many lives were touched by this wonderful man, and many melons were enjoyed!

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. John UCC in Defiance, with Alfred "Sam" Schroeder officiating.

Visitation will be held at Schaffer Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 12, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.



CLARA MODEN 1931-2013

CECIL – Clara Marie Moden, age 81, died Sunday, April 7 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

She was born May 26, 1931 in Paulding County, the daughter of Paul B. and Ruth L. (Phillips) Holtsberry. She was an avid NASCAR fan.

She is survived by three daughters, Kay (Fred) McBroom, Defiance, Carol (Ray) Finfrock, Paulding, and Jill (Ruben) Rodriguez, Fort Wayne; two sisters, Ramona Fillman, Paulding, and Ruth Elaine Underwood, Van Wert; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; companion, Andrew J. Tilley; an infant son, Floyd A. Glass; a brother, Paul D. Holtsberry; and a sister, Alice Foust.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Donations may be made to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

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DONALD CROY 1933-2013

OTTAWA – Donald R. “Pete” Croy, 79, passed away 5:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1933, to the late Paul D. and Kathryn (Blymyer) Croy. On Oct. 2, 1954, he married Jean King and she survives in Ottawa. Pete was born on Maple Street in Ottawa, lived his entire life on Maple Street and died at his home on Maple Street following a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Pete was a lifelong dealer of poultry and eggs. He enjoyed many years of working with his wife, making crafts for their business, Croy’s Country Crafts. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa. Pete’s greatest love was for his family. He enjoyed family gatherings, especially at their cabin on the Auglaize River, He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and was a huge part of each of their lives. He loved building campfires, cooking, grilling and feeding people, as well as mushroom hunting and playing cards.

He is survived by his children, Don (Teresa) Croy, Deb (Chuck) Inkrott, Diane (Mark) Fuerst and Daryl (Diane) Croy, all of Ottawa; 10 grandchildren, Jeff (Cari) Croy, Lyle (Amee) Croy, Brian (Kendall) Inkrott, Jason (Laura) Inkrott, Mark (Kendra) Unterbrink, Kevin (Holly) Unterbrink, Alison (Aaron) Teders, Curt (Kayla) Croy, Mitch (Brittany) Croy and Nolan Croy; two stepgrandchildren, Meghan (Craig) Baldauf and Micah (Krista) Fuerst; 14 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Josh, Gracie, Garret, Wyatt, Everett, Kathryn, Maddox, Maris, Gwenevere, Karlie, Charlotte, Stella and Valerie; two sisters, Dorothy Michel and Pat (Ed) Ketner, both of Ottawa; three sisters-in-law, Alice Croy of Perrysburg, Sally Croy of Waterville and Mary Croy of Ottawa; and a brother-in-law, Gary Okuley of Ottawa.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Bob Croy, Jim Croy and Bill Croy; a sister, Carol Okuley; and a brother-in-law, Harry Michel.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8 at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa with Pastor Lynda Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Putnam County Hospice.

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JOANN HARRIS 1934-2013

SHERWOOD – Joann M Harris, 79, of Sherwood, passed away on Saturday, March 30 at the Twin Rivers Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Jan, 1, 1934 to the late William and Marjorie (Leonard) Ripke in Defiance. On June 4, 1954 she married James E. Harris Sr., who survives. Joann was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Defiance. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Joann is survived by her husband, James Sr. of Sherwood; sons, Terry (Denise) Harris of Perrysburg, James (Cathy) Harris Jr. of Defiance, Richard "Rick" (Chris) Harris of Defiance and Corey (Nicole) Harris of Paulding; a daughter, Michelle "Mick" (Tom) Curtis of Antwerp; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Lenore Levy of Hicksville and Pam Florence, Pat Osborn, Nancy Fedderke and Brenda Ankney, all of Defiance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William Jr. and Richard Ripke; and a great-grandson, Anakin Curtis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with the Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday prior to the funeral service.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Northwest Ohio Hospice or the American Cancer Society.




OAKWOOD – Thomas Calvin “Tom” Ankney, 60, of Oakwood, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 at his residence.

He was born May 12, 1952 in Defiance to the late Simon and Violet (Goodwin) Ankney. On Sept. 11, 2005, he married Sindy Dackenhaus, who survives in Oakwood. Tom was a self-employed brick mason. He loved spending time with his dogs, Sadie and Butter, and enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, and doing arts and crafts. He was an avid music fan.

He is also survived by five children, Angie (Randy) Brown of Helena, Joey (Amy) Ankney of Bryan, Pete (Angie Evans) Ankney of Independence, Amy (Ryan) Sanders of Minnesota, and Calvin (Cassandra) Ankney of Tennessee; nine grandchildren and one on the way; five brothers, Jim (Ruth) Ankney of Ayersville, David (Deb Aden) Ankney of Defiance, Dennis (Rosie) Ankney of Hicksville, Dan (Jodi) Ankney of Continental, and Billy Ankney of Defiance; and a sister, Kim Epple of Defiance.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 5 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Pastor Don Litchfield officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Paulding County Humane Society or to Community Health Professionals of Paulding County.

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PAULDING – Juanita Marjorie Hyman, 94, of Paulding, passed away peacefully Monday, April 1 surrounded by her loving family at Community Health Professionals Hospice, Van Wert.

She was born July 2, 1918 in Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of James M. and Charity (Wright) Jacobs. On Dec. 23, 1939, she married Harvey E. Hyman, who preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2000. Before her marriage she was employed as an assistant in the trust department at National Bank of Lima, and after marriage worked for a time as a secretary in her husband’s law office. Marjorie was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding, and its women’s groups and couple’s groups. She was selected as a volunteer Gray Lady at the Paulding County Hospital, served one year as the Paulding County Fair secretary, and as a baseball league treasurer. Memberships included Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star, John Paulding Historical Society, Ladies Literary Society and the Current Event Club.

She is survived by three sons, David A. (Jacqueline) Hyman of Paulding, Geoffrey L. (Bonnie) Hyman of Payne and H. Douglas (Paula) Hyman of Lima; one daughter, Cara Lou (Charles A.) Strahley of Paulding; a brother, James M. (Helen) Jacobs of Middleton, N.J.; grandchildren, Gregory Hyman, Sarah E. (Tim) Bernhardt, Angela M. (Tony) Zartman, Scott A. Strahley, Michael G. Hyman, Julie N. Hyman, Rachel (Greg) Parrett, Erin Hyman, Gretchen Hyman, Harvey D. (Caci) Hyman and James M. (Katherine) Hyman; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Marjorie was also preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at First Presbyterian Church, Paulding, with the Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Paulding County Junior Fair Board to benefit 4-H.

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ANTWERP – Isabelle Koehlinger, 96 of Antwerp, passed away Monday, April 1 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.



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