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Obituaries June 2013
Monday, June 03, 2013 1:26 PM

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PAYNE – Joseph Daniel Lyvers, 49, of Payne, passed away Saturday, June 29 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.


JAKE YODER 1933-2013

WOODBURN – Jacob “Jake” Yoder, 80, of Woodburn, passed away Friday, June 21 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.


MARY MILES 1959-2013

PAULDING – Mary Beth Miles, age 53, died Thursday, June 20.

She was born Nov. 13, 1959 in Paulding County, the daughter of James and Alean (Johnson) Miles. She was previously employed by Herbert E. Orr Company, Paulding.

She is survived by her mother, Alean Miles, Antwerp; three brothers, James (Debra) and Danny W. Miles, both of Paulding, and Mark Miles, Defiance; a sister, Marti K. Miles, Defiance; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of services on Friday.

Donations may be made to Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

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DEFIANCE – Charles L. Pixler, 87, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

He was born on Dec. 23, 1925 to Clifford and Zelpha (King) Pixler in Defiance. On Feb. 24, 1951, he married Susan (Ellsworth) Pixler. Charles was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, honorably serving his country in the South Pacific. He graduated from Defiance College and continued his studies at Bowling Green State University where he received his master’s degree in education. He was school teacher and principal at Slocum Elementary School/Defiance Junior High School. He also taught sociology and physiology at Northwest State College in Archbold. Charles helped start the YMCA in Defiance and was a former director. A founding member of the Skylark Club, he was a 60-year member of the Elks and a member of VFW Post 3360, Defiance. He refereed basketball games and wrestling matches. He coached and played on the Defiance High School football team and played on the Defiance College football team. Lou also coached the old-timers football team, Pixler’s Pirates.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Susan; sons, Jim (JoAnn) Pixler of Cincinnati, Tom Pixler of Defiance, John (Linda) Pixler of Petersburg, Mich., Dave Pixler of Defiance, Steve (Lori) Pixler of Westminster, Md. and Paul (Tammy) Pixler of Defiance; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack (Gwen) Pixler of Lehigh Acres, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William “Bill” Pixler; and a sister, Phyllis King Carr.

Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, June 24 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Deacon Jeff Mayer officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, where military honors will be accorded by VFW Post 3360.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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MIKE HERTEL 1921-2013

ANTWERP – Frederick “Mike” Hertel, 91, of Antwerp, passed away Wednesday, June 19 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Mike was born in Antwerp on July 5, 1921, a son of the late Abbie (Carr) and Frederick Hertel. He served in the European Theater in U.S. Army during WWII. Mike was the owner at Hertel Jewelry, but would be better remembered as Antwerp’s postmaster. Mike was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, American Legion Post 253 and charter member of VFW Post 5087, and a former Antwerp Village council member. On May 29, 1950, Mike married Hertha “Penny” Hertel, who died Nov. 12, 2011.

He will be sadly missed by three children, Micki (Doug) Dunakin and Jim, both of Antwerp, and Ann (Ray) Steup of Yoder, Ind.

He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Caroline Sevey and Basil Hertel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Antwerp, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26. He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, with military honors.

Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, with a vigil service at 6 p.m., at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. Visitation will also be 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are to Divine Mercy Parish, 417 N. Main, Paulding 45879.

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FORT WAYNE – Herbert Schaadt, 78, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, June 13 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home.




PAULDING – Former Paulding resident Louise F. Sinn Copsey, age 78, died Tuesday, June 11 at The Laurels, Defiance.

She was born July 24, 1934 in Paulding County, the daughter of Alva E. “Hap” and Anna E. (Chester) Klingler. In 1953, she married Wilbur Fred Sinn Jr., who preceded her in death in 1989. In 2001, she married Paul D. Copsey, who survives. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton, a life member of Eagles #2405 Auxiliary where she was a former chaplain; and a former Girls Scout leader. She retired in 1995 as a cook for the Paulding Exempted Village School.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Copsey, Bryan; four daughters, Colleen (Steven) Wilson, Lake Geneva, Wis., Connie (Dan) Monroe, Churubusco, Ind., Lucinda (Jeff) Yenser, Weston, and Lanette (Paul) Doan, Paulding; a son, Wilbur “Fred” Sinn III, Latty; three sisters, Beverly (Howard) Oskey, Paulding, Sharon (Duane) Bailey, Cecil, and Shirley (Marion) Reece, Defiance; a brother, Burl E. (Debbie) Klingler, Stryker; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wilbur, and her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton.

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EDGAR DOSTER SR. 1928-2013

PAULDING – Edgar “Red” M. Doster Sr., age 84, died Sunday, June 9 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born in Paulding County on Dec. 11, 1928, the son of Ora Edgar and Nellie (Densmore) Doster. On Jan. 27, 1951, he married Irene Betty Finnegan, who preceded him in death on April 30, 2001. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587.

He is survived by a son, Edgar M. (Sue E. Kiessling) Doster Jr., Paulding; a sister, Edith Sholl, Defiance; two grandchildren, Kaleena (Max) Goetschius, Hicksville, and Edgar Tobin “Toby” Doster, Briceton; and a great-grandchild, Lex T. Koerber.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a grandson, Alex Doster; and a sister, Betty Gillett.

There will be no funeral or visitation. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery at a later date. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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FORT WAYNE  – Halice M. Grabner, 93, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at Parkview Hospital – Randallia, Fort Wayne.

Born in Edgerton, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Esther Klinker. She was a member of Edgerton Wesleyan Church. Halice was a 25-year retired employee of the General Electric Company.

She is survived by her brother, Major (Pauline) Klinker of Payne; sister-in-law, Lois Klinker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Oliver “Pete” Grabner in 2012; and brothers, Roger and Darrell Klinker.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Monday, June 10 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor David Dignal officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Calling is also 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to St. Anne’s Home, Fort Wayne.

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WAUSEON – Kathryn Kay Hardesty, age 65, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

She is survived by two children, James (Shelli) Hardesty and Jackie (Aaron) Barajas; four siblings, George and Rick (Wendy) Clemens, Bettie Wireman and Anna Hetz; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Hardesty; parents, Ward and Bernice (Klingler) Clemens; brother, Dennis Clemens; and adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dysert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, June 10 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services on Monday.

Donations may be made to the family.

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ANTWERP – Dorothy D. (Donat) Balser, 90, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, June 3 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home, Hicksville.



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