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CYNTHIA BUSTOS 1955-2013

PAULDING – Cynthia Marie Bustos, age 57, died Sunday, July 28 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 29, 1955 in Harts, W.Va., the daughter of Johnie and Thelma (Stolling) Egnor. On May 16, 1975, she married Daniel J. Bustos, who survives. She was a member of the VFW Post #587 Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Danny Bustos, Paulding; two sons, Jonathon (Erin) Bustos, Paulding, and Jamie Bustos, Thibodaux, La.; a granddaughter, Kaeli Bustos; five brothers, Robert “Bobby” (Janice) Egnor of Corinth, Ky., Charles Egnor, Roy (Diane) Egnor and George (Irene) Egnor, all of Paulding, and Don (Nancy) Egnor, Payne; and two sisters, Dorothy (Cecil) Vance, Berea, Ky. and Joyce Cooper, Hamlin. W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Egnor; and an infant sister, Florence.

Funeral services will be conducted 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Todd Murray officiating. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made CHP Hospice.

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

 

 

LIZ HEDRICK 1929-2013

ANTWERP – Elizabeth Irene Hedrick, 84, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, July 27 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Liz was born in Hicksville on May 9, 1929, a daughter of the late Julia (Kalmer) and Joseph Szabo. She was the owner at Riverside Restaurant, Antwerp, for 12 years and had worked at Holiday Lanes in Defiance. Liz was a member of the Antwerp VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and Defiance Eagles Auxiliary. She married Julius Beregszazi in 1946. He died in 1977, then in 1978 Liz married George Hedrick.

Liz will be sadly missed by her husband, George; eight children, Diane Kemerer Sliger of Fort Wayne, Jeanette (Randy) Brooks, Louis (Lisa), Carl, Julius Jr. and Joe (Lisa) Beregszazi and Christine (Jeff) Crabill, all of Antwerp, and Kay Beregszazi of Cecil; two sisters, Margaret Rau of Latty and Helen (Harry) Seslar of Antwerp; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death was her brother, Louis.

Her service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at First Baptist Church of Antwerp. She will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday, July 31 from 2-4 and 6-7:45 p.m., with a VFW Auxiliary service at 7:45 p.m., at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, and at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Memorials are to PCH Home Health Care or Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

 

ROSE MARY SHARP 1929-2013

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Rose Mary Sharp, age 84, of Rochester Hills, died July 27.

Loving wife of Everett for 63 years. Dear mother of James Sharp, Robert (Madelein) Sharp, Barbara (Terrence) Filipiak, Elizabeth (Baird) Hawkins, Patricia Williams, Kathryn (Floyd) Tate, Jeffrey Sharp and Douglas Sharp. Survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sister of Marie (Hessler) Kilpatrick.

Rose Mary was a licensed X-ray technician. She enjoyed this work very much but chose to leave for what she considered the more important job of caring for and nurturing her children. However she still found time for outreach activities including serving as a school lunchroom monitor, playground monitor, Girl Scout leader and much more. Then when her youngest children were in high school, she began a new career as audiovisual coordinator in the library at Rochester Adams High School. Finally, in 1991, she retired to enjoy well-earned free time and travel.

Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 with an instate time of 9 a.m. St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 771 Old Perch Road, Rochester Hills. Interment Van Hoosen Jones Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Rochester.

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to OCIMA Missions c/o St. Irenaeus Catholic Church.

Online guestbook www.modetzfuneralhomes.com.

 

WILLIAM WEIPPERT SR. 1933-2013

CECIL – William Weippert Sr., age 80, died Friday, July 26.

He was born to Glenn and Ethel (Hasch) Weippert Feb. 15, 1933. He married the love of his life, Audrey Glenn, on Jan. 14, 1956. He was an avid churchgoer. His passion in life was farming. From the time he was 8 years old, he was farming and has been ever since. He never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved being with family as much as possible and had many friends. In the winter months he enjoyed time in Palmetto, Fla., playing cards and eating out with family and friends. He was an expert mechanic and could fix anything. He will be deeply missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Weippert; two sons, Dr. William (Jane) Weippert and Rick (Pam) Weippert; three daughters, Lori (Rick) Dietrich, Lisa (Jim) Phlipot and Jill (Sam) Hatcher, all of rural Cecil; 10 grandchildren, Adam Dietrich, Dr. John (Jana) Weippert, Jarrod (Sara) Phlipot, Summer Dietrich, Shade Haskins, Jesse Phlipot, Jordan Phlipot, Taylor Hatcher, Audra Phlipot, Spencer Hatcher and Nicholas Hatcher; great-grandson Weippert to come due in November; three stepgrandchildren, Angie (Abe) Wyse, Laura Beth (Matt) Lintz and Nicole (Brad) Weirauch; seven great-stepgrandchildren, Mason and Brayden Weirauch, Mila Wyse, Liam Lintz, twins Taylor and Allie, Madison; and a sister, Barbara (Wayne) Frankart, New Haven.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved dog and companion of 16 years, “Cookie.”

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will be follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, July 29 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made to Paulding Humane Society, Paulding County Caring and Sharing Food Pantry or St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paulding.

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

 

 

 

KEITH IMLER 1947-2013

SCOTT – Keith Evans Imler, age 65, of Scott, died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

He was born Oct. 2, 1947 in Van Wert, the son of Kermit and Frances (Evans) Imler. He farmed and sold Farmer’s Mutual Crop Insurance for many years. He was a member of Bowling Green United Methodist Church in Bowling Green and Scott Lion’s Club; loved to play cards and belonged to a bridge club in Bowling Green; loved gardening; and was a former member of Van Wert Eagles.

Surviving are his mother, of Scott; and two brothers, Kermit (Lan) Imler of Columbus and Kevin Imler of Celina.

He was preceded in death by his father.

No services or visitation will be held. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorials are to Scott EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

GLADYS BARKLEY 1906-2013

CONVOY – Gladys Barkley, 106 years, 9 months, 25 days, of Convoy, passed away at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 at Vancrest of Convoy.

She was born Sept. 29, 1906 in Tully Township, Van Wert County, to Gilbert Franklin and Rosa Etta (Feasby) Fensler, who are deceased. She was one of eight children, all of whom are deceased.

She married Floyd H. Barkley on May 31, 1928. He passed away on July 4, 1990.

She is survived by three sons, Harold (Marie) Barkley, Fort Wayne, Max (Nancy) Barkley, Fort Wayne, and Mervin (Arlene) Barkley, Scott; two daughters, Carol J. Cavanaugh, Convoy, and Eula Rose Jerome, Convoy; a sister-in-law, Joella Fensler, Fort Wayne; 12 grandchildren, Matt (Stacy) Cavanaugh of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Chris (Cathy) Cavanaugh of San Diego, Mitchell (Erica) Barkley of Toledo, Kim (Bob) Freiberger of Fort Wayne, Jennine (Bob) Coakley of Laguna Niquel, Calif., John Barkley of Deland, Fla., Debra (Brian) Ruble of Grover Hill, Don (Diane) Snyder of Findlay, Tom (Julie) Barkley of Fort Wayne, Greg (Claire) Householder of Roanoke, Ind., Jim (Marianne) Cavanaugh of Indianapolis and Jackie (Kevin) Nielsen of Lafayette, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Chloe & Brody Cavanaugh, Meghan & Ethan Cavanaugh, John, Jim, & Mary Beth Cavanaugh, Adam Nielsen, Nicole (Lance) Housinger, Sara (Zach) Miller, Andy Lingerberg, Chris Linderberg, Devon Barkley, Griffen Barkley, Gage Barkley, Nathaniel (Kelsey) Barkley, Abigail Coakley, Nicholas (Kerry) Ruble, Rebecca Ruble, Danielle Snyder, Meg Barkley and Natalie & Amanda Householder; and three great-great-grandchildren, Haley & Madelin Miller and Maddox Barkley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by grandson Scott Barkley; daughter-in-law, Nancy J. Barkley; sons-in-law, Jim Cavanaugh and Kenneth Bill Jerome; brothers, Floyd, Herbert, Russell and Lester Fensler; and sisters, Lela Crabtree, Ruby Marie Lare and Wilma Black.

Gladys traveled by horse and buggy as a child and walked to a one-room schoolhouse. She saw numerous changes throughout her lifetime such as telephones, electricity, running water, automobiles, and TVs to name only a few. She enjoyed gardening and canning and was an excellent cook as well. Homemade pies were her specialty. She was a homemaker, a helpful neighbor, a devoted mother and loved by everyone who became acquainted with her.

She was a member of Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church and a former Sunday School teacher. She was so fortunate to be able to stay in her own home until the age of 103. She devoted her life to family and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 29 at Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church, rural Convoy. The Rev. Wayne Kargas of Countryside Chapel U.M. will officiate. Burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Tully Township, Van Wert County.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church or Vancrest of Convoy Activity Fund.

Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to: cowanfh@yahoo.com.

 

 

JANET PETERS 1928-2013

DELPHOS – Janet Eileen Peters, age 84, a resident of Sarah Jane Living Center, Delphos, died at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born Nov. 26, 1928 in Van Wert County, the daughter of Oscar and Frieda (Gehres) Kiehl. On Feb. 4, 1951, she married Donald L. Peters, who preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2011. A 1946 graduate of Van Wert High School, she was a homemaker and member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a son, Dennis (Pam) Peters of Prospect; a daughter, Donna (Mike) Porter of Paulding; nine grandchildren, Andy (Gabrielle) Porter, Sarah (Curt) Bibler, Ben (Sarah) Porter, Dan (Laura Porter, Anna (Oliver) Turner, Isaac Porter, Angie (Craig) Schnoebelen, Matt (April) Peters and Adam (Danielle) Peters; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Peters; and two brothers, Arthur Glenn Kiehl and Clifford Eugene Kiehl.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Convoy, with the Rev. Michael Saylor officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Convoy. Cowan & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at the church from 1-5 p.m. prior to services Sunday.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Gideons International.

Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to cowanfh@yahoo.com.

 

JOAN EDDY 1927-2013

VAN WERT – Joan Eddy, 85, of Van Wert, died at 1:03 a.m. Friday, July 19 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

 

JANICE SHAFFER 1930-2013

ANTWERP – Janice Shaffer, 82, of Antwerp, passed away Saturday, July 20 at The Gardens of Paulding.

Janice was born in Antwerp on Nov. 4, 1930, a daughter of the late Hazel (Ehrhart) and Fred Major. She was a secretary to the superintendent at Antwerp Local School, retiring in 1978, and co-owner of Shaffer Hardware for 18 years; a member of First Presbyterian Church of Antwerp, the Eastern Star and her book club. She was united in marriage in 1951 to Fred Shaffer.

Janice will be sadly missed by her husband, Fred; son, Randy (Lynn) of Antwerp; daughter, Denise (Gary) Molnar of Springfield; and four grandchildren.

Her service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23 at Dooley Funeral Home, 202 W. River Street, Antwerp. She will be laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery.

Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorials are to the church.

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

 

WILMA HARTWIG 1935-2013

HAVILAND – Wilma Jean Hartwig, age 78, died Thursday, July 18 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born July 17, 1935 in Blue Creek Township, Paulding County, the daughter of Harold A. and Ilo A. (Smith) McAdams. On Nov. 28, 1953, she married Cletus Ray Hartwig, who survives. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Briceton, and was previously employed by Paulding County Title office and the Paulding County Health Department, retiring in 1989.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Hartwig, Haviland; three daughters, Debra (Dr. Larry) Tope and Karen (Lee) Bakle, both of Paulding, and Julie (Spencer) Beckman, Haviland; eight grandchildren, Ashley Tope, Kayla (Joel) Miller, Remy Tope, Dylan Flint, Brett Beckman, Rachael Fisher, Stacy Flint and Jadyn Flint; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harry E. McAdams.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Briceton, with the Rev. Karen Stetins officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery, Haviland.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 22 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to St. John Lutheran Church.

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

 

 

GEORGE KELLY 1935-2013

PAULDING – George G. Kelly, age 77, died Monday, July 15 at The Gardens of Paulding, Paulding.

He was born Oct. 19, 1935 in Frampton, Quebec, Canada, the son of John and Mary (Audet) Kelly. On June 18, 1966, he married Helen R. Phlipot, who preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2012. He was born and raised Catholic. He was a member of Paulding Eagles #2405 and Paulding K of C St. Joseph Council #2584. He worked as a lineman for N.G. Gilbert and Paulding Putnam Electric, where he retired in 1997. Above all he was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who enjoyed the outdoors.

He is survived by four children, Anne (Jeff) Pieper of Paulding, George G. “Charlie” (Rachel) Kelly Jr. of Granville, Rita (Tom) Ricica of Defiance and Gary “Bub” English of Paulding; five sisters, Dorothy (Kuno) Fleig of East Hartford, Conn., Bertha Longchamps, Evelyne (Donald) Turbide, Agnes (Gilles Chagnon) Kelly and Cecilia Kelly, all of Quebec, Canada; and seven grandchildren, Mikayla and Bailey Pieper, Jennifer (Matt) Devereaux, Jeffery Ricica and Sara, Hannah and Sophia English.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers, Edward, Hubert, Joseph and Lawrence Kelly; and two sisters, Annie Bourdon and Madeleine Lamanque.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paulding United Methodist Church; Community Health Professionals, The Gardens of Paulding or American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

LILLIAN PEA 1917-2013

VAN WERT– Lillian Esther Pea, age 95, died Thursday, July 4.

 

 

RALPH BROWN 1927-2013

ANTWERP – Ralph D. Brown, 85, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, July 16 at Vancrest of Antwerp.

Ralph was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Waverly, a son of the late Daisy L (Streitenberger) and Ralph A Brown. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a superintendent at Unioto Local Schools and Antwerp Local Schools and was a member of Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp Rotary, the Masons and Shriners. On Dec. 27, 1953 he married Nancy Collis.

Ralph will be sadly missed by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Jennifer (Neil) Ramsier of Antwerp and Suzanne (Jon) Hollabaugh of Fremont, Ind.; a brother, Carroll of Chillicothe; grandchildren, Anne (Jordan) Cline and Doug Ramsier; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Eliza Cline.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Wilhelm.

His service is at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19 at Antwerp United Methodist Church, with viewing one hour prior. He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, with military honors.

Visitation is also 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, with Masonic Rites at 7:30 p.m., at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.

Memorials are to the church or Vancrest of Antwerp Activity Fund.

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

 

 

ARTHUR PHILLIPS JR. 1934-2013

LIMA – Arthur “Art” “Poppy” “Uncle June” Phillips Jr., 78, died at 10:43 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at his residence in Lima.

Arthur was born on Dec. 5, 1934, in Paulding, to Arthur Sr. and Anna Elizabeth (Bass) Phillips, both are deceased. Mr. Phillips first married Jeanine K. Williams, on Nov. 9, 1962, in Lima. She died March 20, 1992. He then married Clemmie A. Glover on Feb. 14, 1996, in Las Vegas. She survives in Lima. Mr. Phillips graduated from Grover Hill High School in 1953. He had served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from March 25, 1953 till Sept. 25, 1957 with the 7th Division, 73rd TK BN during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the Ford Motor Company Lima Engine Plant as a quality control inspector for 30 years, three months, retiring on Jan. 1, 1990. He belonged to Philippian Missionary Baptist Church, Lima. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars #9289 in St. Marys and the American Legion #0888 in Indianapolis.

He is survived by: two sons, Arthur E. Phillips of Lima and Ronald A. Phillips of Hartford City, Ind.; two daughters, Shellie E. Brown and Donna J. Phillips, both of Lima; four stepsons, Charles E. Glover and Richard L. Glover, both of Columbus, Sean E. Glover of St. Marys and Melvin E. (Kimberly) Glover of Atlanta; a brother, James L. (Gertrude) Phillips of Lima; a sister, Marlyn F. Miles of Columbus; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert, Alvin and William Phillips; and six sisters, Thelma Mines, Pauline Young, Juanita Greenwade, Mary Middlebrook, Rosann Dent and Marva Young.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima, with military honors conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9289, St. Marys.

A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. with Pastor Larry Tinker officiating. Interment will be in Little Middle Creek Cemetery, Washington Township, Paulding, County, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 740 Commerce Drive,, Suite B, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com.

 

 

GREGORY BAUER 1947-2013

ANTWERP – Gregory J. Bauer, 65, died Saturday, July 13, at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, from a heart attack.

Greg was born on Oct. 1, 1947 in Hicksville, the son of Ardon and Mildred (Putzkilo) Bauer. He was a 1965 graduate of Hicksville High School. On Feb. 25, 1984, he was united in marriage with Faye Morton, and she survives. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Antwerp VFW, Antwerp Legion, Danville, Ky. AmVets, Montpelier Moose and Hicksville Eagles. He loved auto racing, for many years he co-owned a late model asphalt car and then worked on an outlaw sprint car. He loved rodeos, especially going with his son and watching him ride the bulls. He loved music, dancing, Antwerp softball and high school wrestling. He retired from Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp.

He is survived by his wife, Faye (Morton); his father, Ardon of Defiance; son, Brian Hattersley of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Tracy (Michael) Ondrejko of Defiance; granddaughter, Brianna “Sis” of Colorado Springs; mother-in-law, Millie (Wilmer) Rohrbach of Monroeville, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Doug (Sheila) Morton of New Haven, Mike (Terry) Morton of Monroeville and Larry (Linda) Rohrbach of Fort Wayne; nieces, Kalah, Kendra, Kelsey, Kate, Catherine, Lexi, Alena; and nephews, Kris, Scott, Matthew, and Sasha.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred.

Funeral services for Greg will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Research Department of Indiana University Medical Center.

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

 

HELEN BETZ 1920-2013

PAULDING – Helen L. Betz, age 92, died Monday, July 8 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 25, 1920 in Cuyahoga County, the daughter of Calvin and Kathleen (Kovacs) Kaiser. On June 20, 1942, she married Harold C. Betz, who preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1991. She was a 1938 Paulding High School graduate and formerly employed by the VA Hospital, Gainesville, Fla. and Dana Weatherhead of Antwerp.

She is survived by her son, John (Lillian) Betz, Paulding; grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Nist, John (Jennifer L.) Betz and Jennifer A. Betz; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Max, Jack, Grayce, Katy and Cameron.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Dan Kaiser; and sisters, Velma Straley and Rose Buku.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at St. Patrick Church, Gainesville, Florida. Burial will follow in Forest Meadows Cemetery, Gainesville.

Visitation will be two hours prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 500 NE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 or Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 417 N. Main Street, Paulding OH 45879.

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

 

 

JANET RAKES 1959-2013

OAKWOOD – Janet L. Rakes, 53, of Oakwood, died at 9:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at Regency Hospital in Sylvania.

She was born Oct. 15, 1959 in Defiance to Bethel Gene and Wilma (Cassidy) Rakes Sr. Her father is deceased and her mother survives in Oakwood.

Also surviving are two sisters, Carol Stahl of Melrose and Pamela (Darwin) Sherry of Trenton, Ga.; several nieces and nephews, David, Niki, Michael, Tracey, Johnny, Karisa, Rob, Aaron, Lance and Cory; great-nieces and nephews, Shelbie, Jennifer, Tyler, Taylor, Hunter and Kinlee Jo; and many loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bethel Gene Rakes Jr.; a niece, Crystal Stahl; and a great-nephew, Austin Tritsch.

Janet worked at Libby’s and then at Campbell Soup in Napoleon.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Pastor Carol Retcher officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Condolences can be expressed at heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

MATTHEW ROUGHTON 1963-2013

OAKWOOD – Matthew M. “Matt” Roughton, 49, of Oakwood, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday, July 8 at The Laurels of Defiance.

He was born Sept. 6, 1963 in Paulding to Rollin R. and Carolyn (Tunks) Roughton. His father is deceased, his mother survives in Oakwood.

He is also survived by two brothers, Gene (Judy) Roughton of Oakwood and Eric (Shelly) Roughton of Paulding; two sisters, Rhonda (Buck) Downing of Oakwood and Diana (Ron) Sierer of Paulding; three nephews; seven nieces; four great-nephews; and two great-nieces.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Cheryl Early.

Matt was a set-up operator for Thompson Steel in Paulding from 1995-2007. He worked at Cooper Farms from 1978-87. He was a 3rd class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and served from 1982-86. He was on the first crew of the newly commissioned U.S.S. Doyle and then was in the Reserves. Matt was a member of the Oakwood American Legion post #341. He was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men’s Group.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at Melrose United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Oakwood with military rites by the Oakwood American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church or to The American Cancer Society.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralome.com.

 

 

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JOSEPH LYVERS 1963-2013

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.

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

 

CHARLES PIXLER 1925-2013

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 www.ComHealthPro.org or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

 

 

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.

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

 

 

HERBERT SCHAADT 1935-2013

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

 

 

LOUISE SINN COPSEY 1934-2013

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

HALICE GRABNER

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.

For online condolences please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com.

 

KATHRYN HARDESTY

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.

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

 

 

DOROTHY BALSER 1922-2013

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

 

 

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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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LAURA SCHOENHERR 1942-2013

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

 

HULET “BILL” ARMS

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

 

JAMES BIDLACK 1922-2013

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.

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

 

 

SHIRLEY NUSSBAUM 1946-2013

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.

 

JAMES HUTCHINS

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.

 

JEFFERY WOBLER 1961-2013

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.

Condolences may be expressed at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

HENRY ROSENGARTEN JR. 1933-2013

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.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

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.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

 

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.

 

 

THOMAS ANKNEY 1952-2013

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.

Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

MARJORIE HYMAN 1918-2013

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.

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

 

ISABELLE KOEHLINGER 1916-2013

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

 

 

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FRANKLIN FERRELL 1921-2013

GROVER HILL – T. Franklin Ferrell, age 91, of Grover Hill, died at 8:03 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born Aug. 16, 1921 in Ritchie County, W.Va., the son of Raymie and Edith (Burdiss) Ferrell. A 1939 graduate of Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, Va., he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a radio operator and gunner with the 386th Bombardment Group in the 552nd Squadron. He retired from General Motors in Defiance after 29 years of service and was a member of the Grover Hill VFW and Lion’s Club.

Surviving are his children, Allison (Earl) McClure of Payne and Tom (Brenda) Ferrell and Leslie (Vinal) McClure, both of Grover Hill; a son-in-law, Dick Stahl, New Haven; a sister, Betty Gilroy of Victor, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Carrie (Duane) Sinn, Erin (Tim) Farrell, Matt (Jenni) Ferrell, Nathan Ferrell, Nick (Mary) Ferrell, Thomas Ferrell and Mitch (LeAnn) McClure.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine (Matthews) Ferrell; a daughter, Maureen Stahl; brothers, Charles Ferrell, and Walter Lee Ferrell in infancy; and a grandson, Bryan Ferrell.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday, April 3 at Grover Hill Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Waldron officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Grover Hill Zion U.M. Church, Van Wert Inpatient Hospice or Grover Hill EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

RICHARD LUGINBUHL 1932-2013

PAULDING – Richard E. Luginbuhl, age 80, died Friday, March 29 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 16, 1932 in Bluffton, Ohio, the son of Maynard and Alice (Simon) Luginbuhl. On Aug. 3, 1952, he married Donna “Joan” Ream, who survives. He retired in 1992 from AEP Ohio after 40 years and was recently a carryout man for Chief Supermarket for 10 years. He was a member of Paulding United Methodist Church and was an a avid bowler, golfer, fisherman and Ohio State Buckeye fan.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Luginbuhl, Paulding; his stepfather, Roe Lansing, Ada; three children, Rebecca Jo (Donnal) Corbitt, Fort Wayne, Kim R. (Kim M.) Luginbuhl, Bridgman, Mich., and Holly (Kevin) Vance, Paulding; one half-sister, Cindy Luginbihl; two half-brothers, Michael Luginbihl and Patrick (Kim) Luginbihl; nine grandchildren, Stref, Seth, Shawn, Michelle, Andrew, Adam, Kelsie, Kera and Troy; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, April 5 at Paulding United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Huntersville Cemetery, Harding County, Ohio.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Donations may be made to the Paulding United Methodist Church Roof Fund.

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

 


RACHEL WYANDT 1940-2013

HAVILAND – Rachel L. Wyandt, 73, of Haviland, died at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

 

CAROLINE “CONNIE” SMITH 1924-2013

CONVOY – Caroline "Connie" Smith, 89, of Convoy, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Paulding County, to the late Lewis and Wilhelmina (Gombert) Myers. Her husband, Robert L. Smith, died Nov. 19, 2012. They were married March 23, 1947. She retired in 1986 after 25 years of service as a secretary with Crestview Schools. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy, a past member of Japonica Garden Club of Convoy, a member of the Lady Board of Managers of Van Wert County Hospital and Fidelitas Guild of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her children, Martha Smith of Columbus and Marilyn Smith of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Joan (Wilbur) Eddy of Van Wert; sisters-in-law, Ruby Myers and Phyllis Myers, both of Van Wert, and Colleen Myers of Haviland; a granddaughter, Rebecca (Troy) Gray, and her mother, Debra.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith; brothers, Lewis, Maurice and Thomas Myers; and a grandson, Gregory Smith.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy. The Rev. Rita Bair will officiate. Burial will be in Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Convoy.

Visitation will be held at 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Gearhart-Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorial is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

ARTHUR DOSTER 1927-2013

SCOTT – Arthur C. Doster, age 85, died Friday, March 29 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

He was born Aug. 11, 1927 in Paulding County, the son of Erna and Lula (Smith) Doster. On July 1, 1950, he married LaDonna F. Hamman, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2004. He was employed as a lineman for Sprint Company, retiring in 1993.

He is survived by three sons, Dan (Pat) Doster, Toledo, Don (Cheryl) Doster, Van Wert, and John (Marsha) Doster, Scott; two sisters, Methel Densmore, Melrose, and Ethel Sutton, Toledo; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a daughter, Carla White; three brothers, Lawerence, Vadis and Ira Doster; a sister, Mary Hartwig.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with the Rev. Ben Lowell officiating. Burial will follow in Hedges Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 1 at Den Herder Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Donations may be made to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Van Wert.

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

 

TRAVIS DAVIS 1977-2013

PAULDING – Travis Davis, 35, of Paulding, died Tuesday, March 26.

 

 

DONELDA KECK 1921-2013

OAKWOOD – Donelda C. Keck, 91, formerly of Oakwood, died at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Meadows of Leipsic, where she was a resident. Donelda lived at the Country Inn, Paulding, before moving to The Meadows.

She was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Melrose to Orrin and Rosa (Fisher) Workman. Her father died when she was only 6 years old and her mother died when she was 17. On March 14, 1942, she married Durward C. Keck, who died March 19, 2004.

Donelda was a 1939 graduate of Oakwood High School. She was a homemaker and later an employee at Sylvania GTE of Ottawa. She and her husband farmed in Leipsic from 1946 to 1981. At retirement they moved back to Durward’s 100+ year old farm near Melrose. Donelda was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and was active in the Leipsic United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her family and loved flowers and gardening. She will be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Dannie (Darlin) Keck of Marion, Iowa and Gary (Marty) Keck of Leipsic; five grandchildren, Dawn (James) Gilman of Jacksonville, Fla., Dean (Heather) Keck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kori (Jerry) Daniels of Cincinnati, Scot (Angie) Keck of Deshler, and Kent (Stephanie) Keck of Fremont; 10 great-grandchildren, Suzanne, Keigon, Avarie and Harper Keck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Horatio and Sophia Gilman of Jacksonville, Fla., Raelynn and Hunter Keck of Deshler, and Spencer and Cayden Keck of Fremont.

Donelda was preceded in death by seven brothers, Arthur, Gerald, Bernard, Harold, Lionel, Leon and Raymond Workman; and six sisters, Navarro Fagan, Hellen Workman, Colneda Varner, Bernice Ross, Eunice Deatrick and Ondelea Keezer. Donelda was the last survivor of Orrin and Rosa’s 14 children.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with the Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, and from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood.

Memorials may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church or Leipsic United Methodist Church.

Condolences can be expressed at www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.

 

PATRICIA PRIEST 1951-2013

PAULDING – Patricia L. Priest, age 61, died Sunday, March 24 at the CHP Hospice Center, Defiance.

She was born April 23, 1951 in Allen County, Ohio, the daughter of Woodrow W. and Claudeane (Wollet) Dotson. She was previously employed by SE Johnson/Stoneco Inc. and was a member of the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Lori (Jack) Brooks of Paulding, Melanie (Ron) Priest of Boca Raton, Fla., Kathryn (Anthony) Diaz of Paulding and Jessica (Ken) Kohart, Paulding; six grandchildren, Alexis, Dakota, Corbin, Karlee, Kendall and RJ; two brothers, John Dotson of Zephyr Hills, Fla. and James (Maria) Dotson, of North Carolina; six sisters, Barbara (Russell) McClure of Fort Wayne, Carolyn Powell of Rotonda, Fla., Judy Sanderson of Grover Hill, Donna (James) Miller of Van Wert, Mary Fast of Scott and Deb Dotson, Findlay; numerous nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday, March 28 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Donations may be made to Caring Voice Coalition or CHP Hospice, Defiance.

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

 

 

DUANE PEASE

WEST UNITY – Darrell Duane “Toe Head” Pease Jr., age 53, died Friday, March 22, 2013 at CJWC Hospital, Bryan.

He was born in Paulding,  the son of Darrell D. and Freda M. (Howard) Pease Sr. On Sept. 16, 2006, he married Peggy A. Lero, who survives. He was a life member of the AMVETS Post #54 Bryan, American Legion #669 West Unity and Dept. of Ohio Sons of AMVETS Commander.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Pease, West Unity; parents, Darrell and Freda Pease, Paulding; a son, Shane Pease, Paulding; a brother, Mark (Diane) Pease of Mark Center; and a sister, Lisa (Roger) Rhonehouse, Paulding.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding, at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Den Herder Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to AMVETS or American Diabetes Foundation.

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

 

MARY CLASSEN 1935-2013

ARCHBOLD – Mary C. Henderson Classen, age 77 years, of Archbold, passed away Friday afternoon March 22, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold.

She was born March 27, 1935 at Dayton, the daughter of Ralph and Opal (Powell) Dunstan. She married Curt Classen, who preceded her in death. A resident of Archbold 36 years, she was the Paulding County Clerk of Courts for eight years, and retired from Campbell Soup Company after 15 years. She enjoyed collecting dolls, and was a member of the Archbold Evangelical Church.

She is survived by three children, James (Marsha) Henderson Jr. of Paulding, Deborah Schaback of Littleton, Colo., and Charles (Cynthia) Henderson of Montpelier; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John (Beverly) Dunstan of Paulding and Ralph (Lorene) Vogel of Lexington, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Bill Vogel, Joe Vogel, Don Vogel, Glenn Vogel and Vern Vogel; and a sister, Vivian Schoenauer.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at the Archbold Evangelical Church with the Revs. Matt Boyers and Charles Gautsche officiating. Interment will be in the Archbold Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. on Monday at the Fairlawn Chapel. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.

The family suggests that memorials be given to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be left at www.ShortFuneralHome.com.

 

 

KAREN GRABIANOWSKI 1944-2013

Karen Sue Ross Grabianowski passed from this earthly life to Heavenly Glory on Tuesday, March 19 following a 24-year battle with cancer.

Karen was born Oct. 13, 1944 in Lima to Betty Ilena Newton and Marvin Earl Ross. On Aug. 9, 1969, Karen married the love of her life, Ronald Emil Grabianowski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Antwerp.

Karen will be sadly missed by her husband, Ron; daughter, Jen Eve (Jeremy) Strassell of Columbus; and son, Aaron Ross Grabianowski of West Carrollton City. Karen is survived by siblings, Janet Elaine (David) Johnson, Marvin (Betty) Ross, Ronald (Linda) Ross and Joseph (Yong) Green. Also surviving are many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bruce; and grandparents Morven Asa and Bertha Rosetta (Koehler) Newton, Orval Fredrick and Esther Iona (Snyder) Ross.

Karen was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, after which she attended The Ohio State University where she earned her B.S. degree in elementary education. She continued graduate studies at Indiana/Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Karen began her teaching career at Antwerp Local Schools, teaching second grade and kindergarten. She substituted for many years in Paulding County schools, had worked in human resources at Sears TeleCatalog Co., Fort Wayne, was the second Antwerp Branch Library Manager (where she had managed the library’s move to their new building) and she had worked for the county election board at Carryall Township for many years. Karen served as an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery volunteer, had been an active 4-H advisor, a member of the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association (ORTA) and the Paulding Retired Teachers Association (PACRTA). For many years Karen was involved in horse rescue with the organization, Friends of Barbaro. Over the years, she believed that giving names online to the thousands of horses up for auction or possible slaughter, would help to save their lives. Karen authored and illustrated several children’s books, as well as her autobiography. She loved weaving baskets, reupholstering furniture and gardening.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Funeral services will be held Friday evening, immediately following the visitation, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Family and friends are invited back to the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, where there will be a brief prayer, followed by the processional to Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima, where the committal service and burial next to her parents will be held.

In lieu of flowers the family appreciates contributions to a memorial scholarship in Karen’s name to students of Paulding County Schools. Contact information or memorials may be sent to Scholarship Administrator: Mr. Jeremy Strassell, PNC Bank, 2346 Turtle Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43235. The annual scholarship recipients will be selected by members of PACRTA.

Condolences may be expressed at hartmansonsfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

ROBIN WOLFORD 1960-2013

ANTWERP – Robin Wolford, 52, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 14, 1960 in Erie, Pa., the daughter of the late Aurelia (Nowaki) and Robert Wolford.

Robin will be sadly missed by her daughter, Aurelia (Ronald) Krick of Van Wert; siblings, Dede Goodison of Hamburg, N.Y., Mary Lynn (Ronald) Van Atta of Antwerp, Terry Whitaker and Karen Barnes, both of Fort Wayne, and Ronald Richards of Tucson; and a grandson, Jakob Krick.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Richards.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, March 23 at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Caroline St., Paulding. Dooley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are to Fort Defiance Humane Society, Box 2, 7169 St Rt 15, Defiance, Ohio 43512.

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

 

HELEN STAHL 1930-2013

OCALA, Fla. – Helen Mae (Hardesty) Stahl, age 82, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 15.

She was born June 16, 1930 in Paulding and has been a Florida resident for 30 years. She is a retired office manager from Buckeye Stamp Redemption Center. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards, cooking, crossword puzzles, social gatherings, bowling and traveling.

She is survived by a son, Steven (Sandra) in Ocala; stepdaughter, Linda Hart Grise in Germantown, Ohio; granddaughters, Lisa Grise Bell (Dan) in Germantown and Smokie (Billie) West in Ocala; great-grandchildren, Syntillie, Syra, Sheyana Stahl, Christopher Grise and Emily Bell; a brother, George Hardesty in Paulding; and sisters Mary Frank in Ocala and Bettie Eagleson of Paulding.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and brother, Jack.

We would like to thank the nurses and staff of Odyssey\Hospice for helping make this a beautiful transition.

A celebration of life will be held in her home at noon Sunday, April 7.

 

DAVID THOMAS 1928-2013

VAN WERT – David T. Thomas, 85, of Van Wert, formerly of Grover Hill, died early Friday morning, March 15 at Van Wert Hospital.

He was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Morenci, Mich., the son of John W. and Rosie (Adams) Thomas. His wife, Beverly (Knotts) Thomas, survives of Van Wert. They were married for 62 years. He retired from General Electric in Fort Wayne and had formerly been a Paulding County Sheriff reserve officer. He was a member of the former Grover Hill Church of Christ. He was a United States Army veteran of 101st Airborne Division, Grover Hill volunteer fireman, a member of Van Wert American Legion and Van Wert F.O.P., Van Wert U.S.B.C. Bowling Association board member and had been inducted into its Hall of Fame. He bowled in the Van Wert Tuesday Night Industrial League. Dave loved his grandchildren, his cars, was an avid coin collector and bowler.

Other survivors include his children, Julia (Manuel) Rhodes, Susan Moorman, Paula J. (Danny) Mullins and Steven (Melissa) Thomas, all of Van Wert; grandchildren, Calvin Rhodes, Rebecca Dull, Amber Etzler, Jason Mullins, John Moorman, Amanda Bragg, Jennifer Chavarria and Jessica Morefield; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, John E. and Clarence W. Thomas; brother-in-law, James C. Knotts; and sister, Mary Ankney.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating.

Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or Van Wert Men's Bowling Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

CHRISTINE LAKER 1924-2013

 

Wednesday, March 13, Christine E. Laker, 88, was freed from the bonds of her earthly body and journeyed home with the Blessed Virgin Mary to be received into the loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ. Christine rejoiced at meeting her earthly mother Marie (Kummerant) Phlipot for the first time since her birth June 19, 1924. And once again at her side her Aunt Rose (Phlipot) McGrath mother who raised, cared for and loved her as a daughter joined in the celebration.

Christine married the love of her life, Roman C. Laker, Aug. 21, 1945 as the world rejoiced at the end of WWII. She was a dedicated, supportive and loving wife for 67 years. As Roman and Chris shared their joyful love in the sacrament of marriage, Christine devoted her life to caring for her nine children, David (Janet) Laker of Cecil, Jim (Karen) Laker of Antwerp, George (Susan) Laker of Bryan, Jerry Laker of Defiance, Ken (Arlene) Laker of Cecil, Bonnie (Tim) Nally of Defiance, Ted (Donna) Laker of Antwerp, Rosann (Carol) Laker of Paulding, Mary (Scott) DeGood of Syracuse, Ind.; her 27 grandchildren, Shelly, Jen, LeAnn, Tamara, Brian, Stephanie, Stacy, Heather, Andy, Danielle, Tim, Ashley, Matt, Mandy, Sara, Brad, Adam, Wes, Ryan and Abby Laker, Regina, Kim, Nate and Aimee Nally and Joshua, Caylyne and Cassandra DeGood; her 46 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Christine is the daughter of Raymond (Marie) Phlipot and raised by Rose (T.J.) McGrath. She has four living Phlipot siblings, Helen Coil of Traverse City, Mich., Harold of Paulding, Laura Pease of Paulding and Dorothy Alt, Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond, Marie, Hazel Phlipot; Rose, T.J. McGrath; her siblings, Lawrence, Howard, Ruth, Earl, Mabel, Jerry Phlipot and Charles, Pat, Loretta, Leo McGrath.

Christine was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cecil , until 2003 and at the end a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and prayed the rosary daily to our Blessed Mother, Mary. She loved square dancing, gardening, harness horse races, local fairs, traveling and her many, many grandbabies.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Crane Township, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.

Please make memorials for a Mass or to Hospice Care of Paulding County or The Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

ROSEMARY KAPPEL 1924-2013

PAULDING – Rosemary Kappel, age 89, died Wednesday, March 13 at Grand Rapids Care Center, Grand Rapids, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 19, 1924 in Henry County, the daughter of Joseph H. and Genevieve (Long) Dietrick. On April 8, 1967, she married Friedrich Kappel, who preceded her in death on May 26, 1998. She was employed by Kappel Hardware True Value, New Holstein, Wis., retiring in 1986. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding, where she also volunteered in the parish office, and was formerly a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, New Holstein. She was a member of Paulding VFW Post #587 Auxiliary, past president of New Holstein Chamber of Commerce and a member of Business and Professional Women Association of New Holstein.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Karen (Marv) Traver, Marsha Mathews, Larry Widmer, Edward Stults, Genevieve Stults, Suzanne Plummer, David Stults, Jody Tudico, Sandy Miller and a special niece, Ida Ronan; 19 great-nieces and nephews; 41 great-great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Norbert and Bill Dietrick; and two sisters, Doris Widmer and Patricia Stults.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 20 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with the Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Donations may be made to Masses, Hospice of Northwestern Ohio or Grand Rapids Care Center, Grand Rapids.

Special thank you to Vicki and Tonya from Hospice of Northwest Ohio and all the staff at Grand Rapids Care Center.

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

 

MORGAN BUSSING

RAINBOW CITY, Ala. – Morgan Christopher Bussing, age 23, of Rainbow City, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

He was a member of Christ Central Church. He graduated with honors from Southside High School in 2007, where he was a member of the varsity soccer team and played the saxophone in the PRIDE of Southside. He attended UAB where he planned to major in nursing and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Morgan was known for his brilliant intellect, wonderful sense of humor and kind and loving spirit.

Survivors including his parents, Chris and Dawn Bussing of Rainbow City; grandparents, Harold and Ruth Williams of Oakwood; a sister, Meghan Bussing Tinsley of Birmingham, Ala.; brother-in-law, Brandon Tinsley, Birmingham; uncles and aunts, Doug and Jane Williams of Rossford, Ohio, Dave and Wendy Williams of Minerva, Ohio, and Steve and Beverly Bussing, Tim and Melody Bussing, Carol and Leon Goyings, Joni Bussing, Jamie and Amy Bussing and Mary and Russ Hermans, all of Paulding; and many loving cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Anna Faye Bussing; grandfather, George Bussing; and uncle, Randy Bussing.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Christ Central United Methodist Church, Rainbow City, with Sherri Reynolds officiating. Morgan Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Central United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Central United Methodist Church youth program.

 

CHRISTOPHER LONGSTRETH 1974-2013

VAN WERT – Christopher E. Longstreth, age 38, of Van Wert, died Monday evening, March 11, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born July 5, 1974 in Van Wert, the son of Terry and Pamela (Jackson) Longstreth.

Surviving are his mother, of Van Wert; his father, Terry (Zoe) Longstreth of Ohio City; his wife, Lacey Gray Longstreth of Paulding; children, Olivia and Aubrie Longstreth of Paulding, Saige Karcher of Van Wert and Tyson Crone of Van Wert; two brothers, Eric Showalter of Pensacola, Fla. and Matt (Amy) Longstreth of Ohio City; and two sisters, Michelle (Travis) Finkhousen and Sumer Figley, both of Van Wert.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert, with the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday prior to services.

Preferred memorials are to his children.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

 

 

CELESTE SCHEURICH 1919-2013

PAULDING – Celeste C. Scheurich, age 93, died Sunday, March 10 at Paulding County Hospital.

She was born Dec. 23, 1919 in Paulding, the daughter of Ralph Cress and Eva Lenore (Dowell) Hanenkratt. On Dec. 23, 1941, she married William J. Scheurich, who preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2007. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, and was formerly employed by Fry’s Pharmacy and Meredeth’s Drug Store. She was a volunteer at the Paulding Food Pantry.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Raymond) Carlisle, and a son, William “Bill” Scheurich, both of Paulding, and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, William and Ralph; infant brother, Ralph; two sisters, Esther Payne and Wanda Rosebrock; and an infant sister, Rose Marie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

DONALD SCHWELLER 1938-2013

PAULDING – Donald A. Schweller, age 75, died Saturday, March 9 at The Gardens of Paulding.

He was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Ottoville, the son of Julian and Regina (Hilvers) Schweller. On Sept. 30, 1961, he married Norma Jean “Jeannie” Haunhorst, who survives. He was owner/operator of Schweller Electric, a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish of Paulding, Paulding Eagles #2405 and VFW Post #587.

Also surviving are a son, Todd, Schweller, Paulding; two daughters, Lisa Clinton, Paulding, and Amy (David) Bleke, Fort Wayne; two brothers, John of Delphos and Henry (Jeanette) of Ottoville; two sisters, Marie Ernst of Ridgecrest, Calif. and Francis Grothouse, Delphos; and six grandchildren, Lyndi and Julia Clinton, Claire and Jack Schweller, Grace Wirts and Seth Bleke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter and Charles; and a sister, Anna Allersmeyer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding. Burial will follow in Paulding Memorial Cemetery. Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the church prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Masses, Paulding High School Music or Community Health Professionals of Paulding/Hospice.

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

 

LISA ELICK 1962-2013

PAULDING – Lisa Ann Elick, age 50 died Saturday, March 9 at the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.

She was born June 19, 1962 in Paulding County, the daughter of Lloyd E. and Erma G. (Rhoad) Zielke. On Dec. 8, 1984, she married David L. Elick, who survives. She taught business classes for the Wayne Trace High School of Haviland. Prior to teaching high school students, she taught at the International Business College of Fort Wayne and at Wright State University Lake Campus, Celina.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jordan Elick of Paulding; a brother, Leslie (Marilyn) Zielke of Summerville, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Sally Baumle, Payne; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gary and Dennis Zielke.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, with the Rev. David Rohrer officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials to: the American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

 

THAIS STALLBAUM

Thais Bryan Stallbaum, 84, passed away on March 7, 2013 at the Defiance Hospice Center.

There will be no service or memorial. Snyder Wesche Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that contributions be made to the Community Health Professionals Hospice or the First Christian Church of Paulding.

 

 

RITA COPSEY 1932-2013

DEFIANCE – Rita Kathryn Copsey, 81, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, March 5 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

She was born on Jan. 30, 1932 to Raymond and Mabel (Rittenhouse) Osborn in Defiance. On Dec. 24, 1949, she married LeRoy Copsey. Rita graduated from Defiance High School and was a cafeteria supervisor for Tinora Schools. She enjoyed antiquing and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her loving spouse of 64 years, LeRoy; a son, Dan (Linda) Copsey of Jewell; a daughter, Susan (Fred) Copsey-Pearce of Delaware, Ohio; grandchildren, Nathan Copsey, Austin Copsey, Emma Copsey-Pearce; stepgrandchildren, Brenda (Randy) Slattman, Jeannie (Perry) Mason, Leah (H.D.) Mowery;, 10 great-stepgrandchildren; four great-great-stepgrandchildren; a brother, Ray Osborn Jr. of Defiance; and a sister, Nancy Gearig of Defiance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David LeRoy Copsey in infancy; a brother, Jack Osborn; and daughter-in-law, Joyce (Erford) Copsey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11 at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Tom Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery in Paulding County.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Napoleon or the Cancer Society.

Online condolences can be given at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.

 

 

ROBERT REINHART 1928-2013

DEFIANCE – Robert Richard Reinhart, age 85, died Sunday, March 3 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 17, 1928 in Allen County, Ind., the son of Leo “Jack” and Sarah “Sadie” (Foltz) Reinhart. On Jan. 12, 1953, he married Ruth D. Troyer, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and was employed by Lafarge Corporation, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and a life member of Paulding VFW Post #587, Paulding.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Reinhart, Defiance; two sons, Dennis (Sue) Reinhart, Oakwood, and David (Reinhilda) Reinhart, Morehead, Ky.; a daughter, Sue (Patrick) Irving, Napoleon; two grandsons, Robert Neuenschwander and Michael (Alison) Neuenschwander; two stepgrandchildren, Nicholas and Jessica Irving; three great-grandchildren, Sydney Perrott, Mitchell and Samantha Neuenschwander; and four great-stepgrandchildren, Bailee Bauer, Aidan, Madison and Nicholas Irving.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Reinhart; a granddaughter, Sarah Reinhart; three brothers, Maurice, Eugene and Donald Reinhart; and two sisters, Carolyn Dietrick and Florence Cox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7 at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Tim Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding County. VFW Post #587 will accord military graveside rites.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church Handicap Ramp Fund or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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

 

WILLIAM SLONE

PAULDING – William J. Slone, 74, of Paulding, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Service is 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne, with calling one hour prior. Visitation also from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

 

MICHAEL TUNIS 1948-2013

VAN WERT – Michael Tunis, 64, of Van Wert, died Friday morning, March 1 at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1948, in Grant County, Ind., to the late William and Ethelena (Sharp) Tunis. He was a 1966 graduate of Paulding High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of American Legion and VFW Post in Van Wert, Delphos Eagles and Loyal Order of Moose, Van Wert.

Survivors include his daughters, Amanda N. (Jason) Morrison of Syracuse, Ind., Brook Tunis and Philip Kahle of Van Wert and Courtney (Drew) Doner of Kaleen, Texas; brothers, Terrence Tunis of Paulding and Scott (Reese) Tunis of Summerfield, Fla.; sisters, Cheryl (Richard) Emerling of Paulding, Judith Cook of Fort Wayne, Tammy Dugan of Paulding and Lorna (Jeff) Beining of Ottawa; and four grandchildren, Grace and Derek Morrison, Lydia Fry and Jericho Doner.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Tunis.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 4 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Rev. Randy Bevington of Ohio City Church of God will officiate. Military rites will follow by the combined honor guard of VFW and American Legion Posts, Van Wert.

Calling is noon-3 p.m. on Monday.

Preferred memorial is VFW Post 5803.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.

 

GLEN SNYDER

HAMILTON LAKE, Ind. - Glen Duane Snyder, of Hamilton Lake, Ind., died at St. Vincent Hospice on March 1, 2013.

Glen was the son of Nathan and Jessie Snyder of Antwerp.

Glen graduated from Tri-State College In 1955 and Antwerp High School in 1952. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Ft. Knox from 1957-59. He retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne after 30 years. In his retirement, he focused on things he loved: music, dancing, spending time with family, playing cards and following sports. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Waterloo, Ind. Glen gave back to his community in many ways: the Scrip Program at St. Michael the Archangel in Waterloo, the Board of Works, and Adams Township Youth League president and coach in New Haven and the hospital board in Paulding.

Glen is survived by his wife of 55 years, Coleen (Schaefer); siblings, Ed, Fred, Wayne and Ruth Anne Clem; three children, Dawn (Michael Clark), Michael "Duke" (Jane), and Patrick (Tammy); and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Gale and Rita Robinson Murray.

Visitation hours are from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 5 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Waterloo, followed by Mass at noon and lunch. A private service will be held graveside in Payne at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Feller and Clark Funeral Home of Waterloo is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the Snyder family requests donations to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

To send condolences, visit www.fellerandclark.com.

 

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