Miscellaneous Defiance County, Ohio Obituaries - 2000

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George Snider
ANTWERP - George R. "Ron" Snider, 60, Antwerp, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at home.
He was born April 18, 1939, in Fort Wayne, the son of Lloyd and Flossie (Bissell) Snider. In 1961, he married Ann Erter, who survives. He worked as a classifier at Uniroyal Goodrich, Woodburn, and drove bus for Antwerp schools after his retirement. A member of Antwerp United Methodist Church, he was past co-chairman of its trustees. He coached Little League and Pee Wee teams in Antwerp and was a Cub Scout den master.
Also surviving are his mother, Antwerp; three sons, Michael of Butler, Ind., Matthew of Madison and Mark, Fairfield; a daughter, Margie, Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Antwerp United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Ketzler officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Cecil. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Monday at Dooley Funeral Home and an hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church or the Paulding Visiting Nurses and hospice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Earl Carlson
BRUNSWICK - Earl E. Carlson, 77, died Saturday at home.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Edwin and Agnes (Hopkins) Carlson. In 1942, he married Katherine Colaric, who survives. He owned the funeral home in Sherwood and founded the Carlson Funeral Homes in Brunswick. A member of the National and Ohio Funeral Directors associations and the Ohio Embalmers Association, VFW Post 9520 and Knights of Columbus Council 4847, he was recently elected to the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. He served in the United States Navy in World War II and was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
Also surviving are four sons, Michael and Patrick, both of Brunswick, Neil of Medina and Sean, Garrettsville; three daughters, Kathleen Bolan and Carleen, both of Brunswick, and Mrs. Timothy (Mary) Marcovy, Cleveland Heights; a sister, Mrs. Milton (Helen) Barrett of Seattle, Wash.; and 15 grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church with Rev. Robert Hilkert officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Monday and from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Carlson a Golden Rule Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the Earl Carlson Scholarship Fund, in care of First Merit Bank, 1344 Pearl Road, Brunswick, Ohio 44212.  - Published 3/1/2000

Philomena Rieman
CUBA - Philomena M. Rieman, 90, Cuba, died at 11:18 a.m. Friday at Calvary Manor Nursing Home, Glandorf. 
She was born March 2, 1909, in Putnam County, the daughter of Bernard and Katherine (Barlage) Vennekotter. In 1933, she married Alfred Rieman, who died in 1983. A homemaker, she was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary and Catholic Ladies of Columbia societies. 
Surviving are a son, Virgil, Ottawa; two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Eileen) Kemper of Cloverdale and Mrs. Virgil (Margaret) Niese, Leipsic; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Casper, Bernard, August and John Vennekotter; three sisters, Mary Verhoff, Clara Kreinbrink and Adelaide Brown; and a stepbrother, Camillus Nartker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Scott Kramer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-9 p.m. Sunday, at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Altar Rosary service will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and a Scripture Service at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to Putman County Home Health.  - Published 3/1/2000

Evelyn Heisler
EDGERTON - Evelyn M. Heisler, 86, Edgerton, died at 9:10 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Nursing Center. 
She was born June 5, 1913, near Edgerton, the daughter of Harvey and Alma (Freyman) Reichman. In 1932, she married Raymond Heisler, who died in 1991. She was a cook at many area restaurants including Dolly's in Edgerton, Kaufman's in Bryan and Hillsdale College and operated Ruth's Restaurant, Bryan.
Surviving are two sons, Allan of Edgerton and John, Montpelier; a daughter, Sharon Alwood, Toledo; six grandchildren, 12 great- grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and two great-stepgrandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a brother.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Maple Grove Cemetery with Rev. Eric Dailey officiating. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Krill Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the Bryan Home Health Agency.  - Published 3/1/2000

Elizabeth Behrens
GRAND RAPIDS - Former Deshler resident Elizabeth N. Behrens, 87, died Friday evening at Grand Rapids Care Center.
She was born Aug. 23, 1912, in Deshler, the daughter of John and Minnie (Grey) Behrens. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are five sisters, Thelma Kyle of Deshler, Mrs. Ralph (Cleo) Fry of Orlando, Fla., and Mabel Zimmerman, Betty Smigelski and Ruby, all of Grand Rapids.
Preceding her in death were a brother, Edward, and a sister, Anna May.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wright Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Clarence Mumy
MARK CENTER - Former Mark Center resident Clarence Mumy, 81, Fort Wayne, died Friday at 4:45 p.m. at Regency Place of Fort Wayne.
He was born March 17, 1918, in Antwerp, the son of Millard and Cora (Lehman) Mumy. In 1939, he married Esther Woodring, who survives. A retired farmer, he was employed at the former L. Smith and Sons Buick/Pontiac dealership, Antwerp. He attended Cecil Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau and Cecil Grange.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Elizabeth) Garlock of Columbus and Mrs. Michael (Ellen) Jackson, New Haven, Ind.; a son, Harry, Fort Wayne; and seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Preceding him is death were five brothers, Peter, Emmett, Harry, Ralph and Burl; and two sisters, Daisy Tolbert and Nora Moore.
Services will be a 2 p.m. Tuesday at DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Rev. David Meriwether officiating. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery, Cecil. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. until the service Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Byrde Slentz
NAPOLEON - Byrde E. Slentz, 98, Napoleon, died Friday morning at Napoleon Lutheran Home.
She was born April 25, 1901, in Ridgeville Corners, the daughter of George and Veronica (Steinman) Miller. In 1925, she married Roy Slentz, who died in 1990. A 1923 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she taught elementary school at Ridgeville Corners, was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Ladies Progressive Club of Ridgeville for 50 years, and the state Teachers Retirement Association.
Surviving are a son, Vincent of Cuyahoga Falls; two daughters, Marilyn of Napoleon and Mrs. Tom (Joan) Beebe, Portage, Mich.; a sister, Georgia Hawkins, Toledo; and a grandson and two great-granddaughters.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Nellie Knape and Orpha Demaline.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Walker Mortuary with Rev. Linda Burger officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Preferred memorials are to Napoleon Lutheran Home, First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Claude Jackson
NAPOLEON - Claude J.R. Jackson, 63, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Friday at 8:45 p.m. in Napoleon.
He was born May 19, 1936, in Paulding County, the son of Claud and Rachel (Smith) Jackson. He retired in 1992 from B.F. Goodrich Uniroyal, Woodburn, Ind. He belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose 1480, the Navy Club of America 245 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3164, all of New Haven, Ind.
Surviving are his fiancee, Jan Ashbaugh, Napoleon; a son, Brad, Fort Wayne; a stepson, Tom Rhodes, Bryan; two brothers, Tom of Sherwood and Ed, Hicksville; four sisters, Sarah Kupfersmith of Paulding, Ruby Tinker of Lincoln, Mo., Rebecca Moore of Fort Wayne and Burta Smith, Antwerp; three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Paulding Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Keith Sarver officiating. Burial will be in Cooper Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday at DenHerder Funeral Home and an hour before services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church.  - Published 3/1/2000

Helen Vajen
NAPOLEON - Helen L. Vajen, 80, Napoleon, died Friday in the Lutheran Home.
She was born April 1, 1919, in Henry County, the daughter of Oscar and Elizabeth (Kuhlman) Harmon. In October, she married Chalmer Vajen, who survives. A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, she worked at Campbell Soup Co. for 19 years.
Also surviving are two sons, Herbert and Richard, both of Napoleon; a brother, Junior Harmon, Napoleon; two sisters, Evelyn of Perrysburg and Hazel Eickhoff, Napoleon; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.. 
Preceding her in death were six brothers, Robert, Leo, Lawerence, Donald, Harry and Floyd; and two sisters, Mable Foor and Doris Kruse.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the church with Revs. Norm Koy and Peter Marcis officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home.
Preferred memorials are to the Lutheran Home, the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Elbert Lambert
OAKWOOD - Elbert Lambert, 83, Oakwood, died at 3:25 p.m. Friday.
He was born April 18, 1916, in Ranger, W.Va., the son of Ira and Viola (Nelson) Lambert. In 1947, he married Sylvia Adkins, who survives. He worked for C and O Railroad, Branchland, W.Va., retiring in 1976.
Also surviving are four sons, Lonnie of Paulding, Donald of Oakwood, Daniel of Defiance and Kennith, Holgate; a brother, Willie, Ranger, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were five brothers, Roy, Lloyd, Ernie, Connie, Collie and a sister, Letha Shelton.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at 14 Mile Church of Christ, Ranger. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Monday at Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville, W.Va. Heitmeyer Funeral Home is handling local arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Henry Meyers Jr.
PETTISVILLE - Henry Meyers Jr., 90, Pettisville, died early Saturday at Fulton County Health Center, Wauseon. 
He was born Nov. 28, 1909, near Denver, Colo., the son of Henry and Catherine (Steinbrecker) Myers Sr. In 1934, he married Mabel Rychener, who died in 1998. He lived in the Pettisville area for 62 years hauling stone and gravel for local contractors before retiring. He was a member of Pettisville Missionary Church and lived for 112 years at Fairlawn West Haven, Archbold.
Surviving are a son, James, Perrysburg; a daughter, Mrs. Merrill (Shirley) Sams, Perrysburg; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Otto, and an infant; three sisters, Emma Wagner, Lydia Stevens and Marie Lind.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pettisville Missionary Church with Revs. David Dyck, David Blue and Charles Kauffman officiating. Burial will be in Pettisville Cemetery. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Monday at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Alvin Burkhart
STRYKER - Alvin C. Burkhart, 83, Stryker, died Friday at Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan.
He was born Aug. 17, 1916, in New Bavaria, the son of Henry and Mary (Klingshirn) Burkhart. In 1950, he married Dorothy Thomas, who survives. A retired farmer, he served during World War II in the United States Army. He was a member of Defiance VFW and DAV and Bryan Eagles Lodge.
Also surviving are five daughters, Rita and Patty, both of Stryker, Mrs. Alvin (Lois) West of Alvordton, Mrs. William (Bev) Perdue of Defiance and Mrs. David (Cheryl) Pfaff, Florida; a son, Charles, Stryker; and five grandchildren.
Preceding him is death were a daughter, six brothers and three sisters.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery, Archbold, where military rites will be conducted. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Grisier Funeral Home. 
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/1/2000

Bessie Schultz
Services for Bessie V. Tussing Schultz were held Friday at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Hess officiating. Organist was Carolyn Small. Burial was in Myers Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff and Greg Schultz and Ed and Butch Hammersmith. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  - Published 3/2/2000

Esther Snyder
Services for Esther E. Snyder were held Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Mix officiating. Organist was Barbara Stephens. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Phil Eureste, Abdo Abdouni, Patrick Small, Albert Garcia, Albert J. Garcia and Victor Engel. Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  - Published 3/2/2000

Goldie Davison
Services for Goldie R. Davison were held Saturday at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Revs. Michael Dyck and Jerry Davis officiating. Burial was in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Paulding. Pallbearers were James, Jeff, Larry, Tim, Dan and Randy Davison.
Alta Mae Sanders
Services for Alta Mae Sanders were Saturday at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home with Rev. Alfred Schroeder officiating. Pallbearers were Tom, Brad, Tim and Jerry Sanders, Dave Penella, Mike Hillman and Mitch Warncke. Burial was in Webb Cemetery.  - Published 3/2/2000

Letha Peters
Letha M. Peters, 85, Defiance, died at 7:22 a.m. Sunday in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 12, 1914, in Defiance County's Tiffin Township, the daughter of Daniel and Sadie (Garber) Kuhn. In 1936, she married Ronald Peters, who died in 1975. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, its women's guild, Defiance Senior Center and was a former American Red Cross volunteer for 20 years.
Surviving are a son, Robert, Defiance; and two grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Richard; two brothers, Donald and Leonard Kuhn; and a sister, Edith Farmer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Rev. Alfred Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church.  - Published 3/2/2000

Clyde Swilling
STRYKER - Clyde C. Swilling, 83, Stryker, died Thursday at Community Hospitals of Williams County-Montpelier.
He was born June 11, 1916, in Atlanta, Ga., the son of Clyde and Pansy (Slater) Swilling. In 1997, he married Sadie Besancon, who survives. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Stryker, and an engineer for the U.S. government. 
Also surviving are a daughter, Faith Lambert, Arlington, Va.; a stepdaughter, Marie Besancon; two stepsons, Michael Besancon of Evanston, Ill., and Charles Besancon, New Bern, N.C.; and a grandchild and 11 stepgrandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two sisters and a brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Rev. Daniel Douglass officiating. Burial will be in National Memorial Garden Cemetery, Fairfax, Va. There will be no visitation. Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials are to the church.  - Published 3/2/2000

Ronald Jodry
STRYKER - Ronald J. Jodry, 82, Stryker, died Saturday evening from injuries sustained in an auto accident at Ohio 34 and Williams County Road J.
He was born July 12, 1917, in Stryker, the son of Sylvan and Mabel (Bourquin) Jodry. Before his retirement, he worked at Metal Forge Co., Stryker, and was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving are two brothers, Dillwyn of West Unity and Sylvan, Lima; and two sisters, Margaret Maxwell of Ruskin, Fla., and Emma Jones, Kingsley, Pa.
Arrangements are pending at Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Preferred memorials are to Gideons International or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/2/2000

Edwin Stoltz
WAUSEON - Former Wauseon resident Edwin C. Stoltz, 81, Mt. Vernon, died Saturday at Country Court Nursing Home, Mt. Vernon.
He was born May 13, 1918, in Fayette, the son of Nelson and Gussie (Johnson) Stoltz. In 1937, he married Vivian Lamb, who survives. Before retiring, he had worked in construction and engineering with United Telephone Co. 
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Floyd (Judy) Smith, Mt. Vernon; a son, Jerold, Fort Wayne; a sister, Ilvah Quillet, Slocum, Ala.; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a son, James; and two brothers, Olan and Veryl.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, with Rev. Edward Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties.  - Published 3/2/2000

Amelia Rodriguez
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Word was received of the Feb. 3 death of Amelia A. Rodriguez, 78, Corpus Christi.
She married Hilario Rodriguez Sr., who preceded her in death. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Surviving are two sons, Israel of Defiance and Hilario Jr., Litchfield, Mich.; five daughters, Rosenda Garza of Corpus Christi, Dalia Cramer, Mrs. Roy (Lydia) Rodriguez and Mary Barrera, all of Defiance, and Mrs. Raymond (Betty Jean) Aranda, San Antonio; a brother, Agapito Alvarado, Continental; a sister, Clotilde Martinez, Mercedez; and 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were six grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 7 at Seaside Funeral Home, Corpus Christi.  - Published 3/2/2000

Pearl Lively
CRAB ORCHARD, W.Va. - Pearl Olie Lively, 88, Crab Orchard, died Feb. 21 in Beckley.
She was born May 20, 1911, in Ballangee, the daughter of William and Mary (Campbell) Nelson. She married William Lively, who died in 1992. She was a homemaker and member of Glenview Independent Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher.
Surviving are two sons, Billy Joe of Sherwood and David, Daniels; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Lena) Gunther of MacArthur, and Mrs. Buddy (Norma) Foreman, Crab Orchard; a sister, Mrs. Harry (Mildred) Glover, Atwater, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Frank, Richard, Donald and Leonard Nelson.
Services were held Feb. 23 at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley.  - Published 3/2/2000

Hubert Hesselschwardt
Hubert J. Hesselschwardt, 74, rural Defiance, died at 8:15 p.m. Monday in his residence.
He was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Defiance County's Washington Township, the son of Bernard and Lillian (Grine) Hesselschwardt. In 1952, he married Hildonna Sheets, who survives. A journeyman millwright, he retired from General Motors in 1991 after 42 years. He was a member of Marysdale Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in Japan. He was a life member of Defiance Knights of Columbus Council 1039, Jewell American Legion Post 635, Defiance Eagles Aerie 372, Defiance Fish and Game Club and National Rifle Association. He was a member of UAW Local 211 and a former member of Noble Township Fire Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary.
Also surviving are his mother, Defiance; two sons, Gale and Michael, both of Ney; two daughters, Donna of Defiance and Mrs. Mark (Deborah) Duquette, Barstow, Calif.; a brother, Edgar, Hicksville; three sisters, Mrs. Gilbert (Junella) Coolman of Ney, Mrs. James (Illa) Lutz of Edon and Mrs. Robert (Monica) Hearne, Defiance; and eight grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his father; a brother, Marvin; and four infant sons.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. William Martin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery where military rites will be conducted by Jewell American Legion Post 635. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and from 2-9 p.m. Friday at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/3/2000

Gilbert Lammers
NEW CLEVELAND - Gilbert L. Lammers, 89, New Cleveland, died at 12:20 p.m. Monday in Calvary Manor Nursing Home, Glandorf.
He was born May 15, 1910, in New Cleveland, the son of Frank and Katherine (Weis) Lammers. In 1935, he married Helen Folmring, who died in 1995. He was retired from Buckeye Sugar in Ottawa and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and Ottawa Eagles aerie.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Mary Ann) Weasel, Malinta; and eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, three great-stepgrandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Alma Wolke; a sister, Luella Barlage; and three brothers, Waldo, and two in infancy.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the church with Rev. Robert DeSloover officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, with an Eagles service at 7 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Home Health or Putnam County EMS.  - Published 3/3/2000

Arthur Horney
PAYNE - Arthur L. Horney, 85, Payne, died Sunday afternoon at his home.
He was born Oct. 15, 1914, in Grover Hill, the son of James and Vera (Anderson) Horney. He married Lola Pirtle, who preceded him in death. He retired from Chrysler Automotive Corp. in Detroit and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the Purple Heart. He was also a member of Paulding VFW Post 587 and Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405.
Surviving are a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ed (Ruby) Nicholson, St. Simons Island, Ga.; three sisters, Ruby Worthington of Antwerp, Bertha Mae Davis of Van Wert and Alverda Harmon, Defiance; and five stepgrandchildren and seven great-stepgrandchildren. 
Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Edwin, William, Glen and John; and three sisters, Ethel Rice, Jessie McClure and Hazel Snyder.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Rev. James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Grover Hill, with military rites conducted by Paulding VFW Post 587. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until services Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to Paulding County Area Visiting Nurses-Hospice, Paulding County Chapter of the American Heart Association or National World War II Monument Fund, Washington, D.C.  - Published 3/3/2000

Ronald Jodry
STRYKER - Services for Ronald J. Jodry will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, with Revs. Thurman Payton and David Jodry officiating. Burial will be in French Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Preferred memorials are to Gideons International or a charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 3/3/2000

Helene Fox
Services for Helene E. Fox were held Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Tim Kummerer officiating. Organist was Jim Dunham. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill and Tony Fox, Albert and Richard Mekus and Alex and David Lackey. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  - Published 3/3/2000

Florence Stouder
Florence K. Stouder, 87, Defiance, died Tuesday at 12:50 p.m. in Laurels of Defiance.
She was born Sept. 24, 1912, in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Rudolph and Bertha (Watson) Kline. In 1941, she married Eugene Stouder, who died in 1998. She attended Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and was a homemaker. She was also a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and its Ruth Circle, Twin Rivers Garden Club and the 13 Club. 
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Philip (Marilyn) Eberle, Defiance; a son, Donald, North Royalton; a sister, Virginia Hickey, South Bend; and two grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death was a sister, Marguerite Shields.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, South Bend. Visitation is from 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. Thursday. 
Preferred memorials are to Alzheimer's Association.  - Published 3/3/2000

Veleda Copeland
NAPOLEON - Veleda B. Copeland, 95, Napoleon, died early today at Holgate Quality Care Center, Holgate. Arrangements are pending at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.   - Published 3/3/2000

Grace Miner
VAN WERT - Defiance County native Grace R. Miner, 74, Van Wert, died early Monday at her residence.
She was born March 16, 1925, in Defiance County, the daughter of Richard and Mary (Ranes) Shellenberger. She was a homemaker. 
Surviving are two sons, Morey Drew of Van Wert and Donald Shartzer, Haviland; three brothers, Alvin Shellenberger of Oakwood, Arnold Shellenberger of Texas and William Shellenberger, Arthur; two sisters, Virginia Busch of Defiance and Jean Grubb, Flint, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were a daughter, Doris Landers; and three brothers and two sisters.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Rev. David Gramm officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Wert. Visitation is from 3-8 p.m. Thursday.  - Published 3/3/2000

Jesse McCoy
VAN WERT - Jesse G. McCoy, 78, Van Wert, died at 12 a.m. Monday in Lima Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born May 30, 1921, in Rome County, W.Va., the son of Ervin and Clara (Kraft) McCoy. In 1942, he married Joanne Adams, who survives. He was a finish roller operator for S.E. Johnson Construction, Toledo, and formerly worked at Union Quarries for 46 years before retiring in 1986. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II and a life member of Van Wert VFW and American Legion posts.
Also surviving are a son, Travis, Convoy; three daughters, Mrs. Tom (Trudy) Webster, Mrs. Doug (Robbin) Benner and Mrs. Frank (Denise) Scott, all of Van Wert; a sister, Ada Taylor, Van Wert; and 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were a brother, Wilford; and two sisters, Blondena Blaney and Birdie Mae White.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point, where military rites will be accorded by Van Wert VFW and American Legion posts. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation.  - Published 3/3/2000

Pluma Short
ARCHBOLD - Pluma Short, 93, Archbold, died early today at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold. She was the widow of Sylvan Short. Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.   - Published 3/3/2000

Marion Sindel
EDGERTON - Marion J. Sindel, 87, rural Edgerton, died Monday evening in Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 4, 1913, near Edgerton, the son of Fred and Estella (Mowry) Sindel. In 1936, he married Fern Wertman, who died in 1996. He was a farmer, retiring in 1975.
Surviving are a son, Jack, Edgerton; two daughters, Mrs. John (Jean) Goebel and Mrs. Tom (Shirley) Wickerham, both of Edgerton; and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers, three sisters and a grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, with Rev. Lloyd Turnbull officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to West Milford Church of Christ or Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties.  - Published 3/3/2000

E. Gail George
LEIPSIC - Former Leipsic resident E. Gail George, 83, Findlay, died at 4:35 a.m. Tuesday in The Heritage, Findlay.
She was born March 13, 1916, in Putnam County, the daughter of Albert and Amy (Wingate) George. She retired in 1972 from teaching at Liberty Center Local Schools and was a member of Leipsic United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women. She was a member of the local, state and national Retired Teachers' Associations, Delta Kappa Gamma, Order of Eastern Star Trinity Chapter 16 and Otterbein-Leipsic Auxiliary. She was a former member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Napoleon, and a graduate of Findlay College and Ohio State University.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were three sisters, Dona Van Scoyoc, Alta Snyder and Maver Tobias; and two brothers, Paul and Arthur George.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, with chaplain Pam Kimmel officiating. Burial will be in West Belmore Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday and from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/3/2000

J. Kirk Krutsch
PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Word was received of the Feb. 22 death of Defiance native J. Kirk Krutsch, 83, Palm Harbor, at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor.
He was born Aug. 27, 1916, in Defiance, the son of Joseph and Hazel (Kirk) Krutsch. He married Annabelle Fisher, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II, graduated from Ohio State University and received his master's degree from Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y. He was a Defiance High School teacher and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater, where he served as an RCIA facilitator. He was also director of compensation and benefits at Aro Corp., Bryan, for 15 years.
Also surviving were three sons, David of Orlando, Paul of Redlands, Calif., and Thomas, San Ramon, Calif.; a daughter, Kathi McClanahan, Grand Blanc, Mich.; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 26 at the church with Rev. Ted Costello officiating.  - Published 3/3/2000

Lora Haase
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Former Hamler resident Lora Anne Haase, 85, Bonita Springs, died Monday morning at her son's residence in Florida.
She was born Nov. 7, 1914, in Henry County's Marion Township, the daughter of William and Emma (Cordes) Meyer. In 1935, she married Walter Rohrs, who died in 1977. In 1979, she married Clarence Haase, who died in 1999. She was a homemaker and helped on the farm. She was also a member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Bonita Springs and St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Hamler, formerly serving in its Ladies' Aid Society. 
Surviving are a son, Arnie, Bonita Springs; a daughter, Vivian Theisen, Hamler; a stepson, Larry, Hamler; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Robert (Janette) Cook of Paulding and Mrs. Joseph (Nancy) Brown, Holgate; and five grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nine great-stepgrandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Arnold and Rudy Meyer; and a great-stepgrandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Stephen's Lutheran Church with Rev. James Budke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church's building fund or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 3/3/2000

James Acton
James B. Acton, 48, Defiance, died at 12:25 p.m. Saturday in his residence.
He was born Sept. 19, 1951, in Defiance, the son of Tanner and Dollie (Fair) Acton. In 1979, he married Diane Ponds, who survives. He worked at Timcor for 18 years and was a 1970 Defiance High School graduate. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association and National Trapper Association and a social member of VFW Post 3360.
Also surviving are his parents, Defiance; a daughter, Erica, Defiance; a brother, Terry, Defiance; a sister, Mrs. Jim (Vicki) Rice, Defiance; and a grandchild.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Yenser officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to the family.  - Published 6/10/2000

William Horner
OAKWOOD - William Nelson Horner, 82, Oakwood, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday in his residence.
He was born March 10, 1918, in Oakwood, the son of Durl and Blanche (Burt) Horner. In 1938, he married MaDonna Johnson, who died in 1984. He was a farmer and worked at Johns Manville, Defiance, until retiring in 1984. He was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Oakwood, where he served as a trustee. He was also a member of Charloe Grange, Auglaize Valley Kiwanis Club and had been a 4-H advisor.
Surviving are a son, William, Holgate; two daughters, Mrs. Howard (Janice) Donaldson of Continental, and Mrs. Gary (Judy) Frederick, Oakwood; eight sisters, Leota Roberts of Zephyrhills, Fla., Helen Johnson of Oakwood, Hazel Sierer and Nancy Noffsinger, both of Paulding, Lois Schweigel and Joan Bowman, both of Fort Wayne, Ruby Buckmaster of Ashley, Ind., and Jeannette Dimock, Defiance; and 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Alice Heidepriem; a sister, Carolyn Heare; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the church with Rev. Robert Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Hedges Cemetery, Broughton. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church building fund or Home Health of Paulding County Hospital.  - Published 6/10/2000

Delmar Benecke
NAPOLEON - Delmar (Jack) F. Benecke, 86, Napoleon, died Saturday evening at Toledo Hospital.
He was born Sept. 28, 1913, in Waynesville, the son of William and Dorothy (Schweinhagen) Benecke. In 1940, he married Marie Michaelis, who died in 1968. In 1972, he married Vera Franz, who survives. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and owned and operated Benecke Hardware and Lumber Co. in Ridgeville Corners from 1946-1960 and Benecke Pro Hardware, Wauseon, from 1960-1975. He was a former member of Wauseon Chamber of Commerce and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ridgeville Corners and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, holding various positions at both churches. He was also a life member of Bert G. Taylor American Legion Post 300, Napoleon.
Also surviving are two sons, Dexter of Ridgeville Corners and Neal, Napoleon; a daughter, Mrs. Denny (Beverly) Meyer, Archbold; a stepson, Larry Sonnenberg, Dayton; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Jim (Ila Rose) Storrer, Archbold; a sister, Novella Reed, Holgate; and eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, 11 stepgrandchildren and nine great-stepgrandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a stepson, Lyle Sonnenberg; and a grandchild.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Norm Koy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 6/10/2000

Glenn Thayer
BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Former Defiance resident Glenn R.P. Thayer, 85, Brookfield, died Thursday at his residence. 
He was born Aug. 25, 1914, in Wyoming Township, Mich., the son of Glen and Blanche (Roberts) Thayer. He married Ruth VanCampen, who preceded him in death. He was the former owner and manager of WONW, Defiance.
Surviving are two sons, Glenn and Perry; a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Drue) Steele; and grandchildren.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield. Burial will be in Grand Rapids, Mich. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to Defiance's First Presbyterian Church.  - Published 6/10/2000

William Miller
LATTY - William E. Miller, 66, Latty, died Saturday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident in Paulding County. Among survivors is his wife, Donna. Arrangements are pending at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.  - Published 6/10/2000

Lulu Schooley
ANTWERP - Lulu Fay Schooley, 89, Antwerp, died at 5:20 a.m. today at Fountain Manor Care Center, Hicksville.
She was born Dec. 10, 1910, in Warsaw, Ind., the daughter of Moses and Ellen (Roose) Hershberger. In 1935, she married Ralph Schooley, who died in 1992. She worked at Ray's Restaurant, Antwerp, and was a member of Payne Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary Conners of Coldwater, Mich., and Caroljean Lee, Ashland; and four grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were 10 brothers and a sister.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, with Rev. Michael Harper. Burial will be in Maumee Cemetery, Antwerp. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to the Diabetes Foundation.  - Published 6/10/2000


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