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Obituaries May 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 1:55 PM

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KARL WERLING 1919-2014

PAULDING – Karl G. Werling, age 95, died due to injuries sustained in an auto accident Thursday, May 29.

He was born March 30, 1919 in McCartyville, the son of Leo and Mary M. (Reier) Werling. On Oct. 12, 1940, he married Garland E. Ritz, who preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 2001. He was a WWII Army veteran; owner/operator of the former Western Auto Store from 1948-67; and owner/operator of the former Werling Furniture from 1964-80. He then worked many jobs including selling buildings for Lane Company in 1980 and from 1991-2005 he drove vehicles for Winkle Chevrolet. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and Auglaize Country Club.

He is survived by his children, David (Brenda) Werling, Kathleen Haney, Janice (Gary) Lipp, Ellen (Arvin) Grimm, Lisa Werling and Ann Miller; a sister, Leaneda Thompson; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; siblings, Lowell, Robert, James, Warren and Saloma Werling and Eleanor “Ruthie” Lesan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, June 6 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service by the K of C at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Sherwood or Paulding library, masses or Caring and Sharing Food Pantry.

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EDNA PARSON 1937-2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Former Paulding resident Edna Irene Parson, age 77, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, May 25.

She was born Dec. 3, 1937 in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Robert and Marcella (Coucquyt) DeLaurelle. Most of her life was spent living in Paulding. Edna was a retired registered nurse.

Edna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lloyd P. Parson Jr.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Stevenson and Tim (Heather) Parson; grandchildren, Anessa (Duane) Martin, Mekayla, Bailey and Ryan Parson; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Bellamy Martin; brothers, Robert (Joan) DeLaurelle and James (Judith) DeLaurelle; and her beloved pet, Ava.

Visitation for friends and family will be conducted at Sam Swope Care Center Pillars Chapel, 3505 Moyers Circle, Louisville, on Friday, May 30 from 4-7 p.m.

Local arrangements will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

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NEW HAVEN – Emma J. Ginter, 78, died May 27, 2014 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Born in Otis, La., she was the daughter of the late Clint and Mahalie Walker. She was a member of First Baptist Church, New Haven. She was a clerk at King’s Department Store, Hutner’s, Blackwell’s Meat Market, and Meijer’s.

Emma is survived by her children, Yvonne (Jim) Thompson Jr. of Yuma, Ariz., Gary (Nola) Ginter of Haviland, Teresa (Earl) Begley III of Stanton, Ky., Roger (Terri) Ginter of Graniteville, S.C., and Tamara (Bruce) Tatman of El Cajon, Calif.; siblings, Elizabeth (Tommy) Johnson of Natchitoches, La. and Archie (Mary) Walker of Bossier City, La.; brother-in-law, Roland Stokes of Moringsport, La.; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Nolan Ginter, in 1994; sister, Bonnie Stokes; and granddaughter, Bobbie Jean Thompson.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, May 30 at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor David Trimble will officiate. Burial is in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven.

Calling is also 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to First Baptist Church, New Haven.

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PAULDING – Jean E. (Patton) Cramer Woodring, age 88, died Thursday, May 22 at CHP Hospice, Defiance.

She was born July 24, 1925 in Clark County, the daughter of Floyd and Thurza (Forbeck) Patton. In 1946, she married Robert Francis Cramer, who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1989. In 1992, she married Glen Woodring, who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1996. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Lady’s Group of Paulding, the Paulding Garden Club and the Paulding Business Women Association. She retired as assistant manager of Paulding County ASCS Office and was formerly a realtor for Straley Realty.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Philip) Johanns and Deborah (Walter) Bakle, both of Paulding; four stepchildren, David (Karen) Woodring of Sherwood, Pamela Keller of Kendallville, Ind., Mary Woodbridge of Lake City, Fla., and Rebecca (Jeff) Riley, Fort Wayne; a sister, Martha Green, Marysville; a brother, Waldo (Jean) Patton, Marysville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-granddaughters.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Michael; grandson, Bradley Bakle; and siblings, Junita Richardson, Roger Patton, Lawrence Patton and Betty Randall Johanns.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 30 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to CHP Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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PAYNE – Norman H. Eschbach, 97, of Payne, died Friday, May 23 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.




PAULDING – Catherine I. Stoller, age 91, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 20 at the Inn at Olentangy Trail, Delaware, Ohio.

She was born May 28, 1922 in Latty, the daughter of Elza and Emma (Hubert) Tope. In 1944, she married Wendall R. Vance, who was KIA during WWII. On Oct. 9, 1948, she married returning POW Lloyd D. Stoller, who preceded her in death on May 22, 2011.

In addition to raising a family, she spent 30 years employed at Dana Weatherhead and was a member of the First Christian Church of Paulding. She will proudly be remembered by family and friends as feisty, loyal, patriotic and fun loving.

Catherine is survived by her children, Terry (Karen) Vance of Creston and Beverly (Jerry) Miller of Lewis Center; three grandchildren, Sally Criss, Michael Miller and Samuel (Lisa) Vance; four great-grandchildren, Sylvia, Cameron and Cosette Criss and T.J. Vance; and a sister, Margaret (William) Clemens, Latty.

She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Wilbur, August, Ira and Carl Tope; and sisters, Maxine Riggenbach and Dorathea Blue.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Paulding County Senior Center or First Christian Church.

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CHICAGO – McKenzie Lauren Phlipot, 12, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Born in Chicago, she loved music, playing the guitar, sports, the outdoors and hanging out at the lake with her cousins.

Surviving are her mother, Beth Martin of Chicago; father, Travis Phlipot of Paulding;  grandparents, Joseph and Judith Phlipot of Paulding, grandmother, Phyllis Martin of Coldwater, Mich.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Edward “Pepper” Martin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 14 at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. Burial was in Catholic Cemetery. D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the family in the name of Joe Phlipot, 847 Emerald Road, Paulding OH 45879.

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ANTWERP – Maxine “Mickie” Farnsworth, 90, of Antwerp, passed away Monday, May 12.



LINDA LYTLE 1944-2014

DEFIANCE – Linda Lue Lytle, 69, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, May 15 at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1944 to Ruby (Ferrill) Turley in Spring Hill, W.Va. On Jan. 24, 1977, she married Jim Lytle and he preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1986. Linda worked at General Motors Central Foundry.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby of Defiance; son, Paul Bays of Defiance; daughter, Regina Bays of Defiance; step-son, Tommie Lytle of Grover Hill; grandchildren, Paul Lytle of Fort Wayne, Carrie (Nate) Armstrong of Defiance, Erica Brown of Defiance, Samantha of Fort Wayne, Jessica of Fort Wayne, Mirissa Scott of Grover Hill, Justin of Pennsylvania, Chelsea of Pennsylvania; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy (Dave) Miller of Fort Wayne.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Debbie Bays; and a son, Charles Bays.

Visitation will be held  from 9-11 a.m. Monday, May 19, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Tim Yazel officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

Memorials are designated to the benevolence of the family.

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PAULDING – Danny Riggenbach age 78, died Tuesday, May 13 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.

He was born May 20, 1935 in Paulding County, the son of Harold and Laura (Spriesterbach) Riggenbach. On April 4, 1959, he married Almalee C. Monroe, who survives. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He retired in 1993 from Consolidates Freightways, Fremont, Ind. and was previously employed by Reed Trucking, Kauser Trucking and Lafarge. He was a member of the Paulding VFW Post #587 and Woodburn American Legion #377.

He is survived by his wife, Almalee, Paulding; three children, Molly (Russell) Haney of Paulding, Danny “Toie” Riggenbach Jr. of Wauseon and Kristi (Gary) Donat, Antwerp; a sister, Phyllis (Tom) Reynolds, Altoona, Fla.; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Rose Hill Church of God with Pastor Ron Hofacker officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and 1:30 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church.

Donations may be made to Wounded Warriors, Caring and Sharing Food Pantry or CHP Hospice in Paulding.

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ANTWERP – Matthew Clevinger, 48, of Antwerp, died Monday, May 12 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.




CONVOY – Donna Mae Thornell, wife and companion of Myron W. Thornell of Convoy, passed away on Thursday, May 8 at the home of their daughter and son-in-law at the age of 87. Donna and Myron served alongside each other in many capacities during their 67 years of marriage.

Donna was born to Cloyce and Elizabeth “Betty” Vance on Aug. 26, 1926, in Haviland, and lived in the Paulding area until after she married Myron on Jan. 4, 1947. They have since been longtime residents of Convoy, where they raised their two children, Shirley (Robert) Taylor of Cadillac, Mich. and Randy (Trayce) Thornell of Van Wert.

One of Donna’s favorite pastimes was building memories with her friends and family, whether it be summers in Ohio or winters in Florida. She loved spending special times with her six grandchildren, Matt (Mary) Taylor, Michelle (Matt) Baum, Krista (Chadd) Dailey, Nicole (Josh) Cook, Barbara (Jeff) Ginn, and Jason Taylor; and 13 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Caitlin and Isaac Taylor, Javin, Kalen, Myia Etzler and Chloe Dailey, Bode and Michiele Baum, Olivia and Addison Ginn, and Kasia, Kierra and Jada Cook. They were her pride and joy.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Wendall and Darryl Vance; and two sisters, Valera Riley and Dolores White.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Grace Bible Church, 603 Airport Avenue, Van Wert, with Pastor Lance Hostetler officiating. Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Convoy.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 12 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and one prior to services Tuesday at the church.



SCOTT – Robert E. Hartman, age 69, of Scott, passed away at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Jan. 11, 1945 in Van Wert, the son of George and Thelma (Stegaman) Walls. He was retired from Phelps-Dodge in Fort Wayne. He was a member of Van Wert VFW, American Legion and Moose Lodge, and also a member of Convoy Fox Hunters Conservation Club.

Surviving are his mother, of Van Wert; children, Robert W. (Cathy) Hartman of Wilshire, Mike W. Hartman of Convoy, and Cynthia (Phil) Rhea of New Albany; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Pattie (Dee) Puckett of Muleshoe, Texas, and Sandy (Larry) Hirschy of Convoy.

He was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Bonnie Jean Hartman.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, May 10 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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PAYNE – Pauline Eva Klinker, 85, of Payne, passed away Monday, May 5, at home.

Pauline was born on April 23, 1929 in Allen County, Ind., a daughter of the late Eva (Dodane) and Leonard Mourey. On June 7, 1949, she married Major Klinker. She was devoted to her family and her church.

Pauline will be sadly missed by her husband, Major; children, Nicholas (Belinda) of Fort Wayne, Rebecca Willis of Oakland, Calif., Kenneth (Joy) of Carmel, Ind., David (Janet) of Columbus Grove, Coleen (Greg) Kelly of Grand Rapids, Mich., Andrew (Denise) of Hoagland, Ind., Matthew (Elizabeth) of Paola, Kan., Annette (Kenneth) Schwartz of Delaware, Ohio, Peter (Amy) of Payne and Benjamin (Shelly) of Fort Wayne; siblings, Blanche Schaefer, James Mourey and Maxine Rorick, all of Fort Wayne; 29 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pauline was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary; and seven siblings.

Her Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, May 9 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne. She will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 with the Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne, where viewing is also Friday from 9-9:30 a.m.

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

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Jayden Noel Slaydon, 44, lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, April 17 at the home of her aunt, Johanna (Venglarcik) Buchman. She was surrounded by her mother Sondra Adams, Aunt Johanna, stepmother Sheila Palczewski, and fiancé William Barruzza.

Heidi Lynne Palczewski was born Friday, June 13, 1969 in Paulding, the daughter of the late David Charles Slaydon and Sandra (Venglarcik) Adams.

From the age of 10, her family identified the great designer that was within her. She was always ahead of her time and even the current fashion. In high school she created designs that the fashion industry would produce years later.

She moved to Tucson, changed her name to Jayden Noel Slaydon, and began designing handbags. Her logo was: “Handbags That Wear You” under the trademark of “JNOEL.”

She is survived by her son, Spencer Allen Jacobs; mother, Sondra Adams of Tucson; brother, Joshua (Jamie Waltimire) Palczewski of Tucson; step-sister, Alexa (Lee) Behrens Hargreave of Orlando, Fla.; adoptive father, Robert (Sheila Behrens) Palczewski of Defiance; grandmother, Ruby (Venglarcik) Tinker of Tucson; nieces, Erika Palczewski of Lima and Katherine Palczewski of Tucson; a great-nephew, Kaison Williams of Lima; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father; brother, David Charles Palczewski (Slaydon); grandfather, Steve Venglarcik; step-grandfather, Ray Tinker; and uncle, Don Buchman.

A memorial service will be held in at the home of Steven and Darlene Venglarcik of Petersburg, Mich., at 11 a.m. June 7, followed by a dinner, 3221 Summerfield Rd, Petersburg, Mich. Friends and family are invited to attend or stop by.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to LAMb International at or by sending checks to 7481 Crossing Place, Lewis Center, OH 43035.

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While she is in heaven dancing with her brother, her legacy here will live on.


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