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Obituaries June 2014
Monday, June 02, 2014 2:05 PM

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MARK THOMPSON 1949-2014

LIMA – Mark Alan Thompson, 64, passed away at 3 p.m. Friday, June 27 in his home surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Mark was born Dec. 29, 1949 in Lima, to Robert and Mary Alice (Porter) Thompson. His father preceded him in death when he was 6 years old and his mother survives in Lima. His father figures were his Uncle Harry Whetsel and Thomas Moyer, who have also preceded him in death. On April 27, 1973 he married Fran Moyer, who survives in Lima.

Mark was a gentle giant who touched the hearts of many. He was devoted in faith, family and relationships. Mark’s passion was mentoring youth and making a difference. Mark’s mentoring began in his careers at Brookhill Center and Marimor. Mark retired from Marimor to join his wife Fran, working together in their Longaberger business for 14 years. He then went on to Paulding Elementary, where he taught for two years, before becoming principal at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School in 2013. Mark was a sports fanatic and coached basketball throughout life, being the head coach at St. Gerard and St. Charles, the freshman coach at Elida, the assistant coach at Lima Central Catholic, and the head coach at Paulding and Hardin Northern. He was a member and past president of Rotary International. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church where he was a longtime tenor in the St. Charles quartet. Mark enjoyed music, theater, and traveling.

Survivors include his two sons, Shea (Andrea) Thompson of Pickerington and Seth Gerard Thompson of Los Angeles; two brothers, Todd (Cindy) Thompson of Findlay and Dennis (Janna) Thompson of Lima; his sister, Donna (Greg) Wannemacher of Lima; and his three grandchildren, Olivia, Jonah and Noah.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1 at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery Mausoleum.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 30 at Chiles-Laman Funeral Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel.

In lieu of flowers and personal gifts, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for Catholic education in Lima for St. Charles, St. Gerard, and St. Rose Catholic Schools; or St. Rita’s Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

MICHAEL PASTOR 1954-2014

LATTY – Michael L. Pastor, age 59, died Wednesday, June 25 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1954 in Paulding, the son of Louis and Helen (Long) Pastor. He was a member of Paulding Eagles #2405 and an amateur radio operator (KB8BJK). He enjoyed radio-controlled airplanes, karaoke, family and friends.

He is survived by a brother, Terry (Lisa) Pastor Sr., a sister, Connie Sue (Tom) Sulfridge, and a daughter, Emily Pastor, all of Paulding; many nieces; nephews; and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and a nephew, Brad Pastor.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 27 and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

MARY LOU McCULLOUGH 1927-2014

PAULDING – Mary Lou McCullough, age 87, died Tuesday, June 24 at The Gardens of Paulding.

She was born Feb. 9, 1927 in Toledo, the daughter of Gale and Bertha (Crocket) Eisaman. On Sept. 22, 1956, she married Robert McCullough, who preceded her in death on May 2, 2006.

She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer DeSota, Oakwood; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Inella Finnegan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, June Donley; and a brother, Marvin Eisaman.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor David Meriwether officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Charloe.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to The Gardens of Paulding Activity Fund.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

 

 

HELEN BRADLEY

D. Helen Bradley, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Born in Payne, Helen was a registered nurse with St. Joe Hospital. She was a member of Maplewood Mennonite Church for over 50 years. Helen was a 1947 graduate of the Old Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and an alumnus of Parkview School of Nursing.

Surviving are her sons, Forrest Bradley of Fort Wayne and Mark (Tama) Bradley of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Garon, Grant and Gabrille Bradley.

Helen was preceded in death by husband, Howard J. Bradley; parents, Jacob and Mabel (Blackburn) Baker; brother, Lester Fields.

Funeral Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at Calvary Baptist Church, 7810 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne, with the Rev. Mike Harris officiating. Burial in Lehman Cemetery, Payne.

Visitation is one hour prior to services on Saturday, and also at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home 2-5 pm and 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 27.

Memorials may be made to Black Pine Animal Park, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or WBCL Radio.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.

 

 

LARRY HOPKINS 1938-2014

CRIDERSVILLE — Retired pastor Larry Dale Hopkins, 76, died at 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at Otterbein Cridersville in Cridersville.

 

 

ANDREW SCOTT 1987-2014

HICKSVILLE – Andrew L. Scott, 26, died Wednesday, June 18 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born on July 5, 1987 in Paulding, the son of Darrold Scott Jr. and Rita Gardner.

Andrew is survived by his children, Destiny Wells and Andrew Scott, both of Hicksville; his mother, Rita Gardner of Hicksville; father, Darrold (Deb) Scott of Paulding; four brothers, Dwain (Heather) Bigger of Hicksville and Chad (Tessa) Rosalez, Alex Scott and Aaron Scott, all of Paulding; and grandparents, Dwain and Nola Gardner of Hicksville and Karen Scott of Paulding.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Melissa Gardner; and grandfather, Darrold Scott Sr.

Services for Andrew will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to services. Burial will take place in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Memorials may be made to Smith & Brown Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.smithbrownfuneralhome.com.

 

 

RUSSELL HANEY 1954-2014

PAULDING – Russell Edward Haney, age 59, died Tuesday, June 17 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 30, 1954 in Paulding County, the son of Charles and Irene (Scott) Haney. On Oct. 10, 1981, he married Molly D. Riggenbach, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, retired in 2012 from BF Goodrich, and was a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his wife, Molly Haney, Paulding; three children, Tim (Monica) Haney of Gibsonburg, Scott Haney, Antwerp, and Clint Haney, Paulding; grandchildren, Collin, Jaxson, Joseph, Abigail; two brothers, Virgil (Tina) Sentel, Paulding, and Charles “Todd” Sentel, Pioneer; and a sister, Joyce (Everett) Nichols, Oakwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Paulding Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Jeremy Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post #587.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 23, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to American Cancer Society or Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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

 

 

BETTE GOLLIVER 1921-2014

OAKWOOD – Former Oakwood resident Bette Golliver, age 92, died Tuesday, June 17 at the Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility, Coldwater, Mich.

She was born Aug. 14, 1921 in Paulding County, the daughter of Lloyd and Lela (Miller) Jones. She married George W Golliver, who preceded her in death on June 4, 1990.

Bette is survived by three children, Shirley Gilmore, Lima, and Nila (Michael) Quimby and Richard Golliver, both of Quincy, Mich.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Wayne Jones; two sisters, Gae Golliver and Wilma Post; a grandson, and a great-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Bette Golliver Family.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

 

MARY CLARK 1925-2014

BLUFFTON – Mary Elizabeth Clark, 88, passed away at 6:47 p.m. Monday, June 16 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Mary was born Aug. 26, 1925 in McGuffey to the late John M. and Merle M. (Lewis) Canaan. On April 29, 1944, she married James A. “Cappy” Clark, who preceded her in death on April 13, 1981. She was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. Mary retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton, and also worked at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton following retirement. She was a member of the Beaverdam Church of Christ and had been a volunteer for the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and most of all her family.

Survivors include two sons, J. Steven (Mary) Clark of Paulding and Thomas G. Clark of Fischers, Ind.; a granddaughter, Catharine (Eric Robinson) Clark of London, Ontario; a grandson, Hayden James Clark of Fischers, Ind.; a great-granddaughter, Naomi Clark-Robinson; and a sister, Marjorie Jordan of McGuffey.

Mary was preceded in death by four sisters, Maxine Barfell, Ruth Runser, Ople Dranzyk and Elsie Wilson; and two brothers, Gail Canaan and Austille Jarvis.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, with Pastor Sam Wireman officiating. Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Bluffton High School Athletic Boosters or Beaverdam Church of Christ.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

 

ARCHIE BARNHART 1942-2014

FORT WAYNE – Archie Barnhart, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, June 14 at Parkview Hospital.

 

TERRY DERCK

ANTWERP – Terry Derck, age 76, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Antwerp, passed away in Wilmington on Friday, June 6. Services will be held in July in Antwerp.

 

 

GERALD GRATTON 1944-2014

Gerald (Gerry) Gratton, 70, passed away at his home on Friday, June 13, after a brief illness.

He was born on June 9, 1944 in Peoria, Ill. to John and Stella Gratton. Both preceded him in death, along with his brother, Robert. Gerry relocated to this area in 1971 after graduating from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. He founded and pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church in Paulding from 1971-78 before retiring from Lincoln Financial Group in 2009 with 24 years of service as a business analyst. However, he never retired from being a faithful servant to the Lord and was an active member of North Park Community Church.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra “Sue” (Harpster); son W. Steven Jones of Fort Wayne, and daughter, Angela Marie (Jones) and Tom Henry of Granger, Ind.; along with his best four-legged friend, Charlie. He has five grandchildren, Chelsea and Lindsey Jones of Butler, Ind. and Christian, Riley and Rowen Henry of Granger, Ind.; sister, Marcia (Roger) Washburn of Peoria, Ill.; and brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert (Cathi) Harpster; as well as sister-in-law Patricia (Tom) Elkington. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held Monday, June 16 at North Park Community Church, Fort Wayne, with Pastors Scott Qualls and Pete Kobe officiating. Interment followed at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, New Haven. E. Harper & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to North Park Community Church and will be designated for missionaries Tom Graef (Romania) and David Drullinger, (South Africa). Memorials may also be made to Loving Shepherd Ministries (Loving-Shepherd.org/donate) who provide Homes of Hope for children in Haiti and Ethiopia.

To share online condolences go to www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

ROBERTA BAIR 1933-2014

PAULDING – E. Roberta (Merritte) Bair, 81, of Paulding, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 12.

Roberta was born on Sept. 27, 1933 in Garrett, Kentucky, the daughter of Beatrice (Johnson) and Abraham Merritte. On Jan. 15, 1949, she married the love of her life, Charles “Junior” E. Bair, with whom she shared 59 wonderful years.

While alive, she truly lived. Blessed with a talent for creating beauty in the world around her, Roberta kept a meticulous home, created magnificent wreaths and centerpieces, and cultivated a garden, which rivaled those in her favorite magazines, Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.

She was always a loving inspiration to those around her, touching many hearts and lives with her quiet strength in the Lord. She was a magnificent wife, mother, and grandmother, and cherished her church family at Harvest Field Pentecostal Church in Scott.

Surviving are her children, Doug Bair of Loveland, Dana (Ruth Ann) Bair of Oakwood, Sue (Denny) Reinhart of Oakwood and Jayne (Rick) Molnar of Grand Rapids, Ohio; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandsons; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Fredrick (Phyllis) Merritte, Paulding; and a sister, Jeanette Miller, Findlay.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Junior” E. Bair; granddaughter, Sarah Reinhart; and grandson, Andrew Reinhart.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 at her home church, Harvest Field Pentecostal Church, 13625 Road 12, Scott, with the Rev. Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Community Health Professionals & Hospice.

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

 

 

SHARON STRAHLEY 1941-2014

PAULDING – Sharon J. Strahley, age 73, died Tuesday, June 10 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 22, 1941 in Paulding County, the daughter of James J. “Pete” and Mary E. (Elliott) Leslie. On Jan. 22, 1958, she married Paul D. Strahley, who preceded her in death on July 27, 2007. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding; Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary; and OES Former #95 Corona Chapter.

She is survived by two children, Kevin (Lori) Strahley of Denver and Kim Strahley, Paulding; a sister, Norma Ruth Rosselet, Paulding; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Andrea Strahley; a sister, Mary Hockbarth; and two brothers, Rex and James “Roy” Leslie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Sharon Strahley Family for Medical Expenses.

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

 

 

RICHARD “DICK” BOND

Richard Bond, 88, died April 9, 2014.

He was born in Garrett, Ind., and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a disabled vet. Dick was a longtime resident of Fort Wayne, retiring from MET Life. He moved to Fort Myers, Fla., to pursue his lifelong passion of building and remodeling homes. Dick loved his summers on the farm outside of Payne.

He is survived by his wife Anne Bond; daughter Leesa Bond; three stepchildren, Dawn, Tara and Doug; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his brother Paul and sisters Louise, Iona and Lucille.

A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at Wiltsie Cemetery east of Payne with a celebration of life at St. Jacob’s United Church Fellowship Hall on Oak Street in Payne.

In lieu of flowers, your presence is requested with hugs, smiles and stories of this wonderful man.

 

 

ELIZABETH HANKEY 1947-2014

PAULDING – Former Paulding resident Elizabeth Ann (Den Herder) Hankey, 66, died on Tuesday, June 3 at her residence, surrounded by her family and memories.

Betsy was born Sept. 7, 1947, in Cincinnati. She was the daughter of the late John S. DenHerder and Lucille E. (Matson) DenHerder. In 1969, she graduated with a B.A. in biology from Denison University in Granville. She received an advanced degree in microbiology from Northwestern University in Chicago. On June 18, 1977, she married attorney Charles D. Hankey in Indianapolis. Until 1985, she worked in the microbiology lab at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was passionate about literacy, volunteering in the library at Park Tudor School. She worked with her husband as the bookkeeper for Hankey Law Office. She retired in 2012. She filled her life with the living of it – reading, gardening, needlepointing, antiquing, and being with her family. She was an avid traveler and her favorite destinations were San Francisco, London and Paris. She was a lover of fine arts and theater.

Betsy is survived by her husband, Charles Hankey, of Indianapolis; daughters, Anne E. (Randy M.) Forman of Chicago and Emily C. Hankey of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her granddaughter, Madeline J. Forman; her brother, John W. (Janis) DenHerder of Paulding; and her nephews, William J. (Leah) DenHerder of Middletown and Joseph E. DenHerder of Paulding.

She was preceded in death by her father, John S. DenHerder, and mother, Lucille E. (Matson) DenHerder.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Dr. Jim Riley is officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would love any memorial contributions to be made to the Westminster Food Pantry in Indianapolis.

 

 

CAROLYN DANGLER 1942-2014

PAULDING – Carolyn A. Dangler, age 71, died Sunday, June 1 at her home.

She was born Nov. 7, 1942, the daughter of I.H. “Jake” and Leona R. (Strunkenburg) Aldred. On Jan. 1, 1966, she married Gene N. Dangler, who preceded her in death on July 1, 1985. She was a former teacher for Defiance City Schools and a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. She was a volunteer for the Paulding County Bargain Bin and a member of the Sewing Circle of the Paulding County Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Angelique R. Kirk, Paulding; a stepdaughter, Wanda Harris, Defiance; three brothers, Francis (Karen) Aldred, Ivan (Rhonda) Aldred Jr. and John Aldred, all of Paulding; six sisters, Billie (Fred) Elder and Sheila (Gary) Justinger, both of Defiance, Mary Elder, Susan Aldred, Marcia Smith and JoAnn Aldred, all of Paulding; three grandchildren, Adilae Bergalowski, Ricky Bergalowski and Cal Ward; two stepgrandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Lana.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Ricky Lee Dangler; a brother, James Aldred; and a sister, Marlene Aldred.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the Bargain Bin or St. Paul Lutheran Evangelical Church.

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

 

 

 

ALTHA REIGHTER 1914-2014

Altha D. Reighter, age 99, died Monday, June 2 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding.

She was born July 29, 1914 in Paulding, the daughter of Grover and Lovina (Long) Pollard. On June 12, 1937, she married Wm. Earl Reighter, who preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2004. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Paulding.

Altha is survived by two children: Rex (Barb) Reighter, Paulding, and Sarah Ann (Winn) Rood, Fort Wayne; grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Alice Phlipot and Kathryn Shrider; and brothers, Ronald, Dean and Wayne Pollard.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, June 5 at the First Presbyterian Church of Paulding. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Donations may be made to St. Paul Country Church Fund.

 

 

VERA LAUKHUF 1921-2014

PAULDING – Vera Marie Laukhuf, 93, passed into eternity Sunday evening, June 1, at the Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1921, the daughter and fourth child of Joel and Ida Mae (Gillion) Maller. She and her siblings, Helen, Melvin, Naomi and Robert, were all raised on the family farm east of Bluffton in Adams County, Ind. On Jan. 1, 1944, she married Lester Laukhuf, son of Henry and Ollie (Gerber) Laukhuf. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Pauline, Dale, Dwain, LeAnn and LaNae. Lester and Vera accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and were baptized Dec. 9, 1945 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church.

Vera was a homemaker, supporting Lester in his vocation as a lifelong farmer west of Haviland. She also volunteered in church and community activities, notably with the Blue Creek and Wayne Trace music mothers’ organization and quilting with Apostolic Christian World Relief. With Lester’s passing in 1987 and moving to Country Inn in 2010, she always remained active with the church, family and friends. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, and giving candy to her grandchildren, great-grandkids and other children. Nothing gave her greater joy than to sing and hear the Gospel in word and song.

Vera is survived by four of her children, Dale (Marcia) of Lima, Dwain (Wanita) of Haviland, LeAnn (Rodney) Stoller of Van Wert, and LaNae (Arlyn) Rudin of Milford, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Maller; a brother-in-law, Ted Kaehr; many nieces, nephews and cousins of the Laukhuf-Gerber/Maller-Gilliom families.

Vera is preceded in death by her husband, Lester; an infant daughter, Pauline; her parents; siblings; and an infant great-granddaughter, Ashley Claire Blume, who she believed with be with Christ to welcome her into heaven’s glory.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at Latty Apostolic Christian Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Van Wert Inpatient Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

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