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Wednesday, February 06, 2013 5:40 PM


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.


Wednesday, January 09, 2013 7:11 PM

ANTWERP – Todd and Angela Wilhelm (Dempsey) of Antwerp and Tonya Stetz (Engel) of Fort Wayne have announced the engagement of their children, Desare Wilhelm and Mitchell Long.

The bride-elect attended Paulding High School and the Institution of Therapeutic Massage in Ottawa. She is employed as a licensed massage therapist at WillPower Fitness in Hicksville.

Her fiancé attended Newark School and the Professional Skills Institute of Toledo where he studied to become a physical therapist assistant. He is employed at Parkview Nursing Center in Edgerton, Ohio.

The couple is planning a May 18, 2013 in Ash Cove, Hocking Hills.

They will reside in Defiance.


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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:41 PM

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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 2:45 PM

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.