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Obituaries May 2013
Monday, May 06, 2013 7:07 PM

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MARY SMITH 1917-2013

PAULDING – Mary Francis Smith, age 96, died Friday, May 31 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born May 28, 1917 in Cecil, the daughter of Conrad and Emma Fay (Biggs) Winterhaulter. In 1934, she married John P. Smith, who preceded her in death on July 8, 2001. She was previously employed as an LPN for Paulding County Hospital and was a member of Cecil First Presbyterian Church.

Mary was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family meant everything in the world to her. She went without many things in life so that her family would not have to endure all the hardships she experienced throughout her life. Mary’s personality was one of being strong, even tough when necessary, but most of all, giving of herself and whatever she had in life to her family.

Mary loved babies and children. She always enjoyed having her grandkids visit her. Mary’s passing leaves an empty hole in our hearts and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Jerry L. (Robin) Smith, Perrysburg; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Smith, Hicksville; a brother, Bill (Ramona) Winterhaulter, Defiance; grandchildren, Greg, John, Sally, Ryan and Matthew; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John “Jack” Smith; a brother, Mike Winterhaulter; and four sisters, Betty, Donna, and Ruth “Bud” Winterhaulter, and Helen Stratten.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Her favorite charity was St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She was supportive of the services they provide to all children. Please send donations in Mary’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

 

 

 

BILL COPSEY 1920-2013

PAYNE – Charles "Bill" Copsey, 92, of Payne, died Wednesday, May 22 at his residence.

 

 

CARMA DOCTOR 1928-2013

PAYNE – Carma Jean Doctor, 84 of Payne, died Thursday, May 23 at Paulding County Hospital.

 

 

ALBERTA ROWE 1927-2013

DEFIANCE – Alberta Della Rowe, age 86, died Monday, May 20 at CHP Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

She was born Feb. 7, 1927 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Walter W. and Alberta N. (Turner) Brown. On March 19, 1990, she married Robert Leroy Rowe, who preceded her in death on March 10, 1999.

Alberta is survived by five children, Larry (Rose) Rowe, White Lake, Mich., Robert (Diania) Rowe, Shelby Township, Mich., Margaret Ann (Lavon) Ross, Adrian, Mich., Constance Rowe Sullivan, Fort Wayne, and Nancy (Pat) Okuley, Toledo; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Teresa Brown; two brothers, Emmett and Walter Brown; and a sister, Dorothy B. Woodson.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Grover Hill.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CHP Hospice.

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

 

STANLEY MOHR 1945-2013

LATTY – Stanley Owen Mohr, age 67, died Tuesday, May 21 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

He was born Oct. 29, 1945 in Van Wert, the son of Doyl R. and Beulah E. (Danklefsen) Mohr. On Sept. 8, 2000, he married Myria Dene (Boyd), who survives. He was a self-employed floor installer. He was a member of Grover Hill VFW #2873, Paulding Eagles #2405 and the Payne American Legion #297. He was a former volunteer fireman for Scott and Paulding fire departments.

He is survived by his wife, Myria Mohr, Latty; two daughters, Tina Mohr of Fort Wayne and Crista Mohr of New Haven; seven stepchildren, Michelle Siefker, Ramona Oberley, Dawn Wamsley, Lonnie Leverton and Randy Belcher, Barry Belcher and Danielle Osmun; two sisters, Lynn (Jerry) Fensler, Defiance, and Lois (Richard) Schmucker, Pioneer; and 12 stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 24 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Scott Cemetery, Scott.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Friday.

Donations may be made to Scott EMS.

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

 

EUNICE BRADFORD 1921-2013

OAKWOOD – Eunice Marie Carnahan Bradford, age 91, passed away Sunday morning at her home near Oakwood.

Eunice was born Dec. 16, 1921 in Brown Township. She was the fifth child of Marion and Elsie (Fuller) Carnahan, who, because she was much younger than her siblings, developed close relationships with many of her nieces and nephews. After graduating from Oakwood High School in 1939, Eunice received a secretarial degree from International Business College in Fort Wayne. She worked at Royal Typewriter Company and WOWO radio station. Eunice married Ralph Allen “Johnny” Bradford on April 21, 1945 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1989.

Eunice assisted her husband in farming and was a bus driver for Oakwood and Paulding schools. She was a charter member of the Everwilling Club, the Hammer and Hands Dulcimer Group of Defiance, and a 4-H advisor for the Brown Bettys and Buster Browns. She shared her sewing and cooking talents with many young people over the years. She enjoyed playing cards with the Bunnies. Eunice was a member of the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church and its women’s group, and served as a Sunday School teacher and in various other capacities.

Eunice was honored in September 2012 as the grand marshal by the Oakwood Homecoming. Eunice enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in basketball, softball, baseball, and show animals at the fair.

She is survived by daughters, Jerrolyn (Charles) Parrett and Patricia Spitnale, and a son, Lynn (Sandy) Bradford. Also surviving are grandchildren, Judd (Myra) Parrett, Joel (Heather) Parrett, Jon (Lesley) Parrett, Jandra (Keith) Kilgore, Chad Bradford, Rusty (Jessica) Bradford, Casey (Ben) Homier, Julie (George) Mast and Scott (fiancé, Brittany Cowgill) Spitnale; great-grandchildren, Justin, Cole, Madison, Jaylynn, Joselyn, Janae, Marley, Gavin and Gannon Parrett, Brooke and Baylor Kilgore, Sam, Westen and Emme Mast, Cody, Logan and Finn Bradford, and Gracie, Ava and Claire Homier; and great-great-granddaughter, Taelynn Parrett.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Ethel Specht, Laurel Carnahan, Guy Carnahan and Clair Carnahan; and two grandsons, Travis Bradford and Troy Spitnale.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, with Pastor Eric Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Cooper Community Library in honor of Troy Spitnale and Travis Bradford.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

ILEAN McCLAIN 1929-2013

PAULDING – Ilean McClain, age 84, died Friday, May 17 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born March 26, 1929 in Lucas County, the daughter of Frank and Blanche A. (Wilson) Guyton. On Nov. 22, 1947, she married Lester E. “Earl” McClain, who survives. She was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Earl McClain, Paulding; three sons, Steve (Sheila) McClain, Paulding, Mark McClain, rural Cecil, and Robert (Alicia) McClain, Cascade, Mont.; a daughter, Karen (Dave) Santo, Paulding; four sisters, Helen Shong and Barbara (Larry) Procunier, both of Defiance, Ester Bland, Paulding, and Shirley (Elton) Reneau, Findlay; a half-sister, Marsha (Tom) Gorman, Kentucky; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Robert, Carl and an infant.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, May 20 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Donations may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church.

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

 

 

STEPHEN PAPP 1916-2013

PAYNE – Stephen Papp, age 96, died Wednesday, May 15 at The Gardens of Paulding in Paulding.

He was born Nov. 9, 1916 in Port Huron, Mich., the son of Andrew and Sophia (Peto) Papp. On June 30, 1951, he married Loraine M. Von Behren, who survives. He was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran. He retired in 1976 from International Harvester of Fort Wayne after 30 years. He was a member of VFW Post #587 and American Legion Post #297.

He is survived by his wife, Loraine Papp, Payne; two sons, Charles S. (Marjorie) Papp, Van Wert, and LaRue Papp, Indianapolis; a daughter, Karyl (Gene) Leser, Fishers, Ind.; a sister, Martha Straka, Defiance; three grandchildren, Stephen C. Papp, Nicholas and Nathaniel Leser; and a stepgrandson, Chris Sauer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Julius and John Papp; and three sisters, Ida Overmeyer, Margaret Zavasky and Helen Isaacs.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25 in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Paulding EMS or Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter.

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

 

 

SYLVIA GUYTON 1936-2013

MELROSE – Sylvia K. Landers Guyton, 77, of Melrose, died at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 at her residence.

 

 

EDITH GRIMES 1921-2013

Edith L (Devers) Grimes is finally home and resting in the loving arms of Jesus. Her journey home started May 28, 1921 and ended 91 years 11 months and 13 days later on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Preceding her on the way was her father and mother, Elmer and Stella (Keck) Devers; her loving husband, Verlin Grimes; her sisters Donna in infancy, Irene (Mott) Bashore, Helen Bissell and Ruby Zartman; and her brothers, Ronald “Tuffy”, Roy, Paul “Ray”, Charles “Chuck”, James “Pete” and Herb Devers.

Those remaining to celebrate her life as well as remember her many letters of encouragement and laughter are her many friends and family of two brothers, Glenn (Nick) Devers of Piqua and Richard (Dick) Devers of Cleveland; two sisters, Dene (Carter) Wilson of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Norma Jean (Peg) Brown of Anacortes, Wash.; as well as her children, Nancy (Dave) Druley of St. Louis, Barbara (Bill) Harader of Cape Coral, Fla. and Bill (Margaret) Grimes of Defiance; her eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and her two great-great-grandsons.

Edith was a long time member of the Zion United Methodist Church of Grover Hill, the Cornerstone Church of God, and the First Church of God on Carter Road. Her works in the church and in life were many and varied. But from starting as a nursemaid and cleaning girl at the age of 13 for her grandfather, owning a restaurant, to retiring as a licensed practical nurse at the Paulding Hospital, she was faithful and persistent. All who knew her were touched in a special way.

Visitation will be at the Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance on Friday, May 17 from 3-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

A homecoming celebration and memorial service will be held at the First Church of God on Carter Road on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rick Rufenacht officiating.

Thank you to all for remembering our mother. Memorial donations may be made to the Zion Methodist Church of Grover Hill or to the First Church of God of Defiance.

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

 

 

FREDERICK BLACK 1930-2013

PAYNE – Frederick H. Black, 83, of Payne, passed away Friday, May 10 at his residence.

Fred was born on Feb. 17, 1930 in Van Wert, a son of the late Gertrude Mae (Tomlinson) and Don Black. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and The National Guard. He worked at BF Goodrich for 33 years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Payne American Legion Post 297. On Oct. 1, 1955, he married Jeanette Hoersten.

Fred will be sadly missed by his wife, Jeanette; children, Susan Black and Julie (Ed) Stuart, both of Payne, Jeff (Kris) Black of Fort Wayne and Laura (Steve) Cox of Marysville; siblings, Charlotte (Gordon) Morgan of Van Wert and Dean (Diane) Black of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Emily, Jason and Adam Black, Mina Cox and Eli Stuart.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, with calling from 9-9:30 a.m. at Dooley Funeral Home. Visitation also from 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Dooley Funeral Home, with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. He will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are to Masses, or Divine Mercy School or Payne EMS.

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

 

 

WANDA WANNEMACHER 1920-2013

PAYNE – Wanda E. Wannemacher, 92 of Payne, passed away Tuesday, May 7 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

Wanda was born on July 6, 1920 in Zainesville, Ind., a daughter of the late Jess and Grace (Johnson) Tobias. On June 22, 1940, Wanda married John A. Wannemacher, who died Dec. 30, 1994.

Wanda will be sadly missed by her children, Harold of New Haven, Dianne (George) Heymann of Orlando, Fla., Marsha (Michael) Baldea of Van Wert and Keith (Lisa) of Payne; a sister, Doris Heckelman of Antwerp; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Wanda also was preceded in death by her stepfather, Perry Jackson, and a sister, Rosalie Koenn.

Wanda’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. She will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne. Viewing is also Tuesday, 9-9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are to Community Health Professionals, 1155 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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

 

DAVID “SLEEPY” BAKLE 1941-2013

PAULDING – David L. “Sleepy” Bakle, 72, of Paulding died at 1:18 p.m. Sunday, May 5 as a result of an accident at County Road 115 and U.S. 24 in Paulding County.

He was born Jan. 25, 1941 in Defiance to the late Vaughn and Ottillia (Johanns) Bakle. David was retired from Johns Manville in Defiance. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Flat Rock Creek Gas Engine, Steam and Tractor Club, Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Paulding, Paulding Knights of Columbus, Defiance AM VETS Post 1991, Paulding’s VFW and Eagles and the Eagles in Defiance.

He is survived by three children, Cheryl, Tim (Mary) Bakle of Linwood, Mich., and Jody (Greg) Good of Paulding; five grandchildren; nine brothers, Dan (Jan) Bakle of Defiance, Carl (Doris) Bakle of Haines City, Fla., Vince (Nori) Bakle of Fairborn, John (Sandy) Bakle of Haines City, Fla., Walt (Deb) Bakle of Paulding, Larry (Joyce) Bakle of Maumee, Gerry (Jean) Bakle of Paulding, Lee (Karen) Bakle of Paulding, and Glenn (Roni) Bakle of Paulding; and four sisters, Catherine (Calvin) Frank of Dayton, Rita (Tom) Diaz of Paulding, Margaret (John) Romoser of Deltona, Fla., and Julia (Jan) Shock of Kettering.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Traci Koenig officiating.

Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Paulding County Senior Center.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

DON BUCHMAN 1959-2013

TUCSON, Ariz. – Former Paulding resident, Donald Alan David Buchman, age 53, peacefully went to be with his Father in Heaven on Friday, May 3. Beside him, as she had been for the last 33 years, was his wife Johanna.

Don was born Nov. 21, 1959 to Richard and Joan (McCarthy) Buchman. On April 19, 1980, he married his high school sweetheart, Johanna Marie Venglarcik. Don spent the last 14 years enjoying the warm weather in Tucson. Don was a founding member of LAMb International, a Christian missionary team that focuses on worldwide orphan and adoption issues. In his life, Don overcame many obstacles and challenges, leading his family by his faith. Don lived his life by following Proverbs 3:5 “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Don and Johanna raised two sons, Adam (Jennifer) Buchman of Lewis Center and Paul (Adriana), Peoria, Ariz. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Haley, Danielle and David Alan Donald, of Lewis Center, Andre, Dylan, Bryan and Aidan of Peoria; his mother, Joan Buchman, Paulding; siblings, Anthony (Jane) Buchman, Paulding, Teresa (James) Gallup, Westerville, Melanie (Dave) O’Brien, Edgewood, Ky., Margaret Buchman, Fostoria, Laura (Scott) Brune, Fort Wayne, John Buchman, Paulding, and Joel (Andrew C. Reguindin) Buchman, Tucson.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Richard Buchman and his faithful K-9 companion, Samson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at Paulding Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, May 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests, donations be made to LAMb International or donated through the website www.lambinternational.org.

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

 

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