April 17, 2014

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MR. and MRS. DARYL W. HART PDF Print E-mail

PAULDING — Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Hart will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on May 7.

Daryl W. Hart and Floanne R. Mott were married on May 7, 1988, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Defiance, by Jon Lebsack and Richard Ooten.

Daryl was employed by Hartzog Lumber for 14 years and has installed for Lowe’s since 2001.

Floanne is a barber/stylist at Hart’s Hair Care and Country Inn.

The are the parents of two children, Riley J. and Quinten E. Hart.

They will celebrate the occasion with an open house hosted by their family from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Paulding County Senior Center.


NEW LONDON – Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mobley recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Theresa Bradley and Charles Mobley exchanged wedding vows on April 11, 1953, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cecil.

They are the parents of five children. They also have 11 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

All of their children, spouses and grandchildren were together at Christmas time for an early anniversary celebration at their home in New London.

MR. and MRS. LOUIS PRACHT PDF Print E-mail

PAULDING – Louis and Carol Pracht will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary.

The couple was united in marriage on March 1, 1958 in the Paulding Church of the Nazarene by the Rev. Donald Teegarden.

They are the parents of two children, Deborah (Tim) Ryan of Swanton and David (Kelly) Pracht of Paulding.

They also have four grandchildren, Elisha, Emillee, Mesa and Dayton, and two great-grandchildren, Silas and Nehemiah (with the third on the way).

Louis and Carol are both retired and delight in spending time with their grandchildren, also attending their various sports and music activities at school and church.

The family will be dining out together to celebrate this special occasion.


PAYNE – Larry and Colleen “Sue” Strickler will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

The couple was united in marriage on Feb. 23, 1963 in the Payne St. Paul United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Meredith Ball.

They are the parents of two sons, Randy (Kathy) and Lynn (Becky) Strickler, both of Payne.

They also have five grandchildren, Kayla, Katie, Spencer, Ashley and Trisha Strickler.

Both Larry and Sue are retired and spend their days watching their grandchildren play ball and being very involved in their church.

The family will host a party for them from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Payne St. Paul United Methodist Church. All who know the couple are invited to attend. They ask that gifts be omitted.

MR. and MRS. PAUL CULLER PDF Print E-mail


ANTWERP – Mr. and Mrs. Paul Culler will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 11.

Paul Culler and Mary Schilb were united in marriage on Feb. 11, 1953 in the Antwerp United Methodist Church by the Rev. J.E. Turner.

The couple enjoyed raising their children on their farm north of Antwerp. Paul supported his family by working in construction and in farming. Mary was his girl Friday in the construction business and later was employed in the marketing department at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mary shared her musical talents and her Christian faith by directing the children’s choirs and playing the organ for church and weddings.

The couple have five children, Mike (Jonne) Culler, Susan (Anthony) Marlin, Diane (Ron) Conner, Ruth Knapp and Julie (Todd) Harmon.

The have 11 grandchildren and are expecting their 10th great-grandchild.

They are enjoying their retirement and love to have family and friends come to visit.


Mr. and Mrs. WAYNE ZIELKE PDF Print E-mail

ANTWERP – Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zielke will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 25.

Wayne Zielke and Mary Jane Gilbert were married on Dec. 25, 1952, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Briceton.

The couple enjoyed raising their family on a farm just north of Forder’s Bridge. Wayne also worked as a commercial welder at Challenge Cook Brothers in Bryan. Mary Jane retired from Antwerp Exchange Bank and prior to that was employed by Antwerp Local Schools.

Over the years, the couple loved spending time camping at Silver Lake, Ind, taking trips to Florida in the winter and spending time with their family.

They are the parents of two sons, Jerry (Sue) and John (Darlene) Zielke, both of Antwerp; a daughter, Nancy (Del) McClain of Monroeville, Ind. and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They will celebrate their anniversary with a Christmas family celebration hosted by their children and families.

MR. and MRS. KEVIN WEST PDF Print E-mail

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin (Reneé Sheets) West celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 16.

They are the parents of two children, Chad (Mandi) West of Dallas and a daughter, Candace West of Warren, Mich.

The couple are expecting their first grandchild in May.

They vacationed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to celebrate the occasion.

MR. and MRS. JERRY DeLONG PDF Print E-mail

PAULDING – Mr. and Mrs. Jerry DeLong of Paulding, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Jerry DeLong and Brenda Miller were married on Nov. 10, 1962, at the former Paulding Church of Christ by Rev. Zug.

Jerry is retired from the Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne and Brenda is retired from the Paulding County Hospital.

They are the parents of three children, Kevin (Kay) DeLong of New Haven, Ind., David DeLong of Leesburg, Ind. and Debbie (Steve) Thompson of Defiance.

They also have four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

In October, the couple celebrated the occasion with a trip to Lake Tahoe, Nevada and the surrounding areas of Carson City, Virginia City, Reno, Emerald Bay and the D.L. Bliss State Park.

Their children and grandchildren will host a party for them Friday, Nov. 23. Family and friends are invited. They ask that gifts be omitted, but greeting cards will be accepted.

MR. and MRS. ORVAL MULLEN PDF Print E-mail

VAN WERT – Orval and Luella (Conley) Mullen are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with a gathering of family and friends in their home at 10912 U.S. 127, Van Wert, Ohio 45891 on Oct. 28.

They were married Oct. 24, 1942 at the Presbyterian Church in Ottawa by Rev. Gibson Wilson. To this union was born three children, Dr. Orval L. Mullen deceased, James H. Mullen, and Judith (Mullen) Wieging. There are four grandsons, Corry Singer, Troy Singer, Chad Mullen, and Shawn Mullen. They are also loved by their 10 great- grandchildren and their four step great-grandchildren.

Over the years they have loved spending their time together camping and fishing all over including Canada and Michigan, as well as living in Florida. But the one thing they love the most is spending time with the family and friends.


PAULDING – Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Gonzales Jr. are observing their 25th wedding anniversary today.

Tony and the former Christina Merritte were married Oct. 24, 1987 by the Rev. Randall Merritte at the Rose Hill Church of God.

They have a son, Antonio Gonzales III. They are expecting their first grandchild.

To celebrate their special milestone, the Gonzales’ will travel to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Savannah, Ga.


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